Orelac Racing VerdNatura rider Tati Mercado was on course for a solid points finish until the eleventh lap of today’s WorldSBK race in Aragon. Pushing hard to stay in contention, he lost the front into Turn 8 and lost control of his Kawasaki ZX-10RR, fortunately without injury.
TATI – DNF, 11 laps
“That was a real pity, because I was having a great battle with a group of five or six riders and it looked like the fight would go all the way to the end of the race. Throughout the race, I didn’t have a very good feeling with the front end, especially when I was trying to stop the bike going into the turns and also when I was on the brakes leant over on the right hand side. The front went so quickly I didn’t have time to recover.
I am positive I can get a good result in tomorrow’s race if we can sort out this problem. We will look at the data and maybe make some small changes in tomorrow morning’s warm-up. Hopefully we’ll then have a trouble-free race and I will be able to push as hard as I want.”
Orelac Racing VerdNatura rider Tati Mercado finished in the points after a long and difficult race in Aragon today. At the end of the 18-lapper, Tati ended 13th despite problems with the brakes.
TATI – 13th
“It’s been a difficult weekend and a difficult race today. I tried to keep the pace but it wasn’t so easy. I was losing out on acceleration out of the turns and I was having braking problems going into the turns, which meant that it was hard to attack. My start was OK, but when I opened the gas after Turn 1, I couldn’t accelerate hard enough and two riders passed me. When I got stuck behind some riders, I couldn’t accelerate past them and keep ahead. So, today I am a little frustrated because I know I could’ve done better without these problems. At the moment, the bike is not doing what I know it can do and that is hard to take, but we will all work hard at it and try and come up with some solutions.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“Today was frustrating for the rider and frustrating for the team. At the moment, the rider is forced to ride at 99.9% and cannot afford to make any mistakes. If he makes a little mistake or the bike is slightly off, then he loses positions easily.”