Today’s fourth round of this year’s World Supersport Championship ended in disappointment for Orelac Racing VerdNatura. Spaniard Nacho Calero finished 19th in the 18-lap race, but his team mate Fahmi Khairuddin only managed eight laps before being forced into retirement with arm pump. The positives of the day (and the weekend) were that there were no engine or any other major issues.
Nacho Calero – 19th
“My start was not so bad and I think I gained a couple of places by the end of the first lap. The bike was working well and I thought that I would be able to force my way up the field and get into the points. But after a few laps I began to get pains in my arm and from then on it was difficult to brake hard. There are many areas on this track where you have to brake hard, so I was at a disadvantage. I could’ve pulled in, but I was determined to complete the 18 laps and give the team as much data as possible.”
Fahmi Khairuddin – DNF
“I am not particularly happy with how today went. I honestly thought that I could do a good race today and get some decent points. I made a good start and was up to 16th by the end of the first lap but soon I got arm pump. I tried to keep going but it just became worse and it was hard just to get round the track, so I had no choice but to retire. It’s very disappointing for me and also the team. They’ve worked so hard this weekend and the bike had none of the recent problems, so it’s a shame I could not finish the race.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“You cannot hide the fact that this has been a disappointing day for us. I had expected both riders to get some points, but neither did. It may sound funny, but I am pleased that we didn’t experience any engine or bike issues at all. That shows that the work we have done since the last round in Aragon has paid off and now we can look forward to going racing without worrying about any technical problems. We will re-group and come out fighting in Imola.”
Results: 1 Sofuoglu (TUR-Kawasaki ZX-6R), 2 Mahias (FRA-Yamaha YZF R6), 3 Cluzel (FRA-Honda CBR600RR), 19 Nacho Calero (ESP-Orelac Racing VerdNatura – Kawasaki ZX-6R), DNF Fahmi Khairuddin (MAS-Orelac Racing VerdNatura – Kawasaki ZX-6R),