Team Orelac Racing VerdNatura rider Tati Mercado finished a fighting 12th
In Race 2 of the Argentian round of this year’s WorldSBK Championship. It was the first weekend that Argentina has hosted a round of the WordSBK Championship and Tati was keen to do well in front of his home fans, but a problem with a tyre slipping on the rim curtailed his attack on the top ten and he was forced to race as fast as he was able and bring the bike home.
“I am disappointed because I wanted to give all my fans and supporters a good result today. After yesterday’s disappointment when a stone holed my bike’s radiator and caused me to crash, I so badly wanted a top ten finish.
My start wasn’t too bad, but my feeling with my bike was not as good as yesterday. I was having problems getting the bike to stop and I was getting a vibration from the back end. I could’ve pulled in, but I was determined to finish the race and get as many points as I could. Also, I didn’t want to disappoint my fans – as I know a lot of them had made special trips to come and see me. It has been a bit of an emotional weekend because this is the first time that WSBK has visited Argentina. It was important that I finished today’s race, but I wish the result could’ve been better.”
Michelle Ducoli (Tati Mercado Crew Chief)
“This weekend has seen many changes of track conditions and I don’t think any of us found things easy. Despite the problems, I think this has been a very positive weekend for us. It is the first time we have been here and it was not easy to manage everything, but I am happy because we did a good job.
Obviously there was a lot of interest in Tati here, but he managed everything very well. The results, yesterday and today, do not reflect all the hard work the whole team has put in.
I feel sorry for Tati today. After 10 laps there was a vibration from the rear end. When we looked at the bike and the data after the race we found that the rear tyre was slipping on the rim and that was causing the vibration. I am sure that if had not have had that problem he would have finished easily in the top ten. Every time we go out, we learn something and I am happy because all season we have moved forwards and improved and that’s what we’ll continue to do in the next (and last) round in Qatar.”
Sunday Race 2 results
1 Rea (GBR-Kawasaki ZX-120RR), 2 Fores (ESP-Ducati Panigale R), 3 Melandri (ITA-Ducati Panigale R), 12 TatiMercado (ARG-Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki ZX-10RR)