Orelac Racing VerdNatura riders Nacho Calero and Fahmi Khairuddin both experienced misfortune in the eighth round of the World Supersport Championship at Misano today. Fahmi started the race from 29th position on the grid, but carved his way through the field and was 15th after 11 laps. He was pushing hard to get into 14th,but lost the front and crashed – fortunately without injury. His teammate Nacho possibly suffered even worse luck. He began the race from 26th place but, after just a few laps, his engine started losing power. He carried on, hoping to nurse the bike home, but it stopped – on the very last lap.
Nacho Calero – DNF
“It’s hard to know what to say really. It was always going to be a tough race starting so far down the grid – especially at a track like Misano. Everything was OK at the start, but the engine began to lose power after about two to three laps. I kept going and thought that I could finish the race, but it cut out completely on the last lap!”
Fahmi Khairuddin – DNF
“In the race, I was doing well and gaining positions lap after lap. The early part was not so easy because my windscreen was getting sprayed with oil from a rider in front of me and it wasn’t easy to see through it. I tried to tell the rider what was going on, but I don’t think he understood. I managed to pass him on lap four and carried on pushing hard because I wanted to finish up as high as possible. I was in 15th after 10 laps and chasing 14th place, but maybe I pushed a bit too hard and lost the front at the last turn. It was a big pity because I had worked so hard from the tenth row of the grid.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“Today was difficult and disappointing. Fahmi put in very good lap times and I was confident that he would get into the points. He was pushing very hard because he wanted so badly to do well. We’re not sure exactly what happened to Nacho’s bike. This weekend, we had more engine problems then we should have had. This is not normal, but we’ll find the cause of the problem when we get the bikes back to our workshop and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”