After recent technical issues, Orelac Racing VerdNatura riders Fahmi Khairuddin and Nacho Calero were happy to bring both their bikes safely home in today’s sixth round of the World Supersport Championship at Donington Park. The first race was red-flagged after a few laps and the re-started as a 13-lapper. From their positions on the seventh and tenth rows of the grid, getting into the points was always going to be a tough ask but, when the race distance was reduced, their job became harder. In the end, Fahmi finished 20th and Nacho 22nd.
Fahmi Khairuddin 20th
“The last few races have been difficult for the team (because of the technical issues) but now that situation has been resolved and we are concentrating on the matters in hand – qualifying and the race. I know that I need to give 110% in the first practice and qualifying so that I can be in a good position for the race. I am finding that the bike works differently depending on whether or not the tyres are new or old and I need to adapt to these changing conditions better than I have been doing. The team have worked so hard over the past few weeks and deserved better today.
Today, I just wasn’t strong enough when I was battling with a group. I could stay with them, but I couldn’t pass them. I need to work on that because I know I can be fast and run with the top guys. We have some ides how we can improve the bike for Misano and I aim to fight right from the start of first practice.”
Nacho Calero – 29th, 1:34.282
“When the race was re-started, I didn’t get off the line very well and lost a few places as a result. I was 26th at the end of the first lap and from then on in I had a battle to make up any places. Sometimes, I could catch the guys ahead of me and pass them and then sometimes I would lose ground. I think my lap times were respectable and I think I could’ve got a better result if I hadn’t been so far down the grid to start with.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“My feelings are a bit like yesterday. I expected more from the riders today and was disappointed that we didn’t do as well as I thought we might. If there is any good news is that we completed both races without the technical issues that have plagued us recently. But for us that is not enough. Currently, our results are not showing what we are capable of and this is not good enough.
We know, as a team, that we should be scoring decent points in every race and so it is disappointing that we are not. It is up to us to sort things out, make progress and come out fighting in Misano.”