The tenth round of this year’s World Supersport Championship in Magny-Cours ended disappointingly for Orelac Racing VerdNatura riders Fahmi Khairuddin and Nacho Calero. Nacho was forced to retire after just four laps, with an electrical problem. Fahmi did finish the race, but was unable to get in the points, ending 19th at the end of the 19 laps.
Fahmi Khairuddin – 19th
“It is always difficult when you start so far down the grid in this class because the competition is so hard and it is not easy to overtake people. My start was OK and I managed to move up a couple of places after a few laps. I was then in a group of riders and we were all fighting for position. We traded places backwards and forwards but I could not get to the front of the group and make it stick because I could not pull away from them. It was a frustrating race because I thought I could make more progress than I did. I am looking forward to the next round in Jerez and getting back into the points.”
Nacho Calero - DNF
“There’s not much to say really. My start was not particularly good and after a couple of laps the bike started misbehaving. I tried to keep going but it was impossible and so I had to retire. The electrical problem we had today was not the same as the one we had before, but it’s something we have to sort out before the next race in Jerez.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“I have to say that I am disappointed today. We thought we had solved Nacho’s bike’s problem, but we then had another problem – a lambda failure. Sometimes racing is like that – solve one problem, get another. With Fahmi, we thought we had a good set-up, but it just didn’t work out here in Magny-Cours. So now we have to pick up the pieces from this weekend, re-group and go to Jerez for the next round. We tested there earlier in the year and did some good times, so we are hoping to build on that. Jerez will be a sort of ‘home’ race for us, so it is important that we put on a good show and get some decent results. We’ve nothing to lose, so we’re going to go all-out to do the best we can.”