After their strong performances yesterday, Orelac Racing VerdNatura riders Fahmi Khairuddin and Nacho Calero both suffered problems in today’s 19-lap race. Fahmi experienced clutch problems and was unable to maintain his good start and finished 15th. Nacho’s bike began to have grip problems after three or four laps. He carried on for another twelve laps but then lost the front in turn 1 and crashed out of contention.
Fahmi Khairuddin – 15th
“After yesterday, I expected a lot more. The bike worked really well yesterday and everything was in place for a good race today. I made a good start and moved up to ninth after six laps, but then soon started having problems with the clutch, which made downshifting difficult. I kept going as best I could, but wasn’t able to keep my position and slipped further back. If I didn’t have the problem, I really think I could’ve fought for a place in the top six. I will take the positives from this weekend to the next race in Qatar, where I think we can get a good result and end the season on a high.”
Nacho Calero – DNF (15 laps)
“Like Fahmi, I thought today’s race would be a good one for me. We used more or less exactly the same bike set-up as yesterday and this morning’s warm-up. After only a few laps, I began to have major problems with grip. The front felt as if it was closing in and the rear was sliding around a lot. I could’ve pulled in but I really wanted to finish the race, so I kept going. Four laps from the end, I lost the front (without any warning) and crashed. Fortunately I wasn’t injured but the bike was too damaged to continue. It was a big shame because I had looked forward to the race. So now, we will regroup and go to Qatar even more determined to have a good weekend and finish on a positive note.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“Today was a bit disappointing after yesterday – but that is racing. All the signs were there for a good race for both riders, but it was not to be. Fahmi started well and had good pace. We knew that the grip level would go down in the race, so he tried to conserve his tyres for the second half of the race. But then he started having problems downshifting and that was that really. Considering that, getting a point was good. Both riders were strong in yesterday’s morning session and Superpole, so we will take those positives and give everything we’ve got in the next race in Qatar.”