Finally the racing season has begun with the Australian Grand Prix hosting the opening of the Superbike Championship. A good start for our riders, with the best result for Chaz Davies, conquering the third place in both races after a strong battle. Good results for Nico Terol who came eighth in race 1 and sixth in race 2, and also for Camier, Baiocco, Mercado and Barrier who all received points in both races. Unfortunately Niccolò Canepa crashed in race 1 and David Salom had a big fall in Superpole meaning they both could not participate in the race. To both riders our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Next race in Thailand march 22.
Here the rider’s declarations:
Chaz Davies - X-lite X-802R: Third in race 1 and 2
“I’m finally on the podium at Phillip Island, and twice over - having tried every year to get here, I’ve finally done it. I would have liked to be able to do something more but it wasn’t possible, I was just missing a little more drive in the final laps and tried to conserve the tyres as well as I could. I personally have always started the championship a little badly and so this result is extremely important. It confirms that we are starting at a different level with respect to last year, and I was able to stick there with Rea fairly comfortably. We’re worked hard this weekend, concentrated on race distance, and it seems to have paid off. I thank my whole team but also all of the technicians back at Borgo Panigale for their hard work over the winter. The results obtained here are a good base on which to build.”ltati ottenuti qui sono una buona base su cui continuare a crescere.”
Nico Terol X-lite X-802R: 8th in race 1 e 6th in race 2
“In race 1 I made some really great laps at the start and I was pleased, but then strong winds gave me some problems and I struggled to retain the pace I had at the start, and ended in eighth position. In race 2 I didn’t have the right concentration at the start because I thought one of the lights was on on my dashboard and so I kept looking down, distracting myself, which led to some mistakes. From the mid-race point I found the right concentration and did my best. Sixth position is a good result but I’m sorry because if I’d made a few less mistakes I could have finished further up.”
Matteo Baiocco X-lite X-802R: 11th in race 1 e 9th in race 2
“Two positive and constructive races after testing and qualifying. In the first race I just missed out on the top ten, closing eleventh, but I was able to make it in race 2, finishing ninth. I made a small mistake on the last lap but all in all I’m satisfied because we’ve grown a lot. It’s been a while since I made two races so close together at this level but it’s a good starting point for the future. I’ve collected important points and the team has worked really well, making modifications before race 2 that allowed me to be faster. Now we will continue to work in preparation for the next races.”