Orelac Racing VerdNatura rider Tati Mercado took a superb tenth place in Race 1 at Misano this afternoon. In scorchingly hot conditions, Tati made a good start and was up to eleventh after one lap. After he was passed by Lowes, Tati kept his head down and continued to keep up a good race pace. After a few laps he lost touch with the group ahead, but was also clear of the group behind. From then on, it was a pretty lonely race, but one that required full concentration.
“We made some small changes to the balance of the bike in this morning’s warm-up but I didn’t like it, so we went back to our previous set-up. Superpole 1 was not bad. It felt fast and I pushed hard, but we just missed out on getting into Superpole 2 - which was a shame.
The start to the race was OK and I tried to stay with a bunch of riders including Camier and Lowes. When Lowes overtook me, it was hard to keep his pace and I lost touch with him and the group in front. I decided to keep up a good rhythm and maintain the gap between me and the group behind.
I am happy with a top ten place today, but I think it could’ve been even better. The RPM penalty imposed on us is affecting our bike’s acceleration, so you have to ride on the limit throughout the whole race and that is very hard. If we could get two or three tenths of a seconds, that would make a big difference and I think we could be fighting for a top 6.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“I am happy with 10th, but I want more. When you taste success, you want more. Today’s race was not easy - because of the high temperature and the high race pace. Tati rode a smart race today and I am happy because we also learned some things. Our biggest limitation right now is the RPM penalty. Reducing the RPM means that we lose out on acceleration and that makes it hard for a rider to have any kind of breather during a race. Hopefully, Kawasaki will come up with something soon and then we can see where we really belong.”
CRASH PUTS TATI OUT OF THE POINTS
A crash after seventeen laps caused Tati to miss out on some points in Race 2 at Misano today. Tati had been running comfortably in the top twelve and knocking on the door of the top ten, but suffered a fall in Turn 1. He remounted and carried on, but could not catch any of the riders ahead and finished seventeenth.
Tati – 17th
“My start was not too bad and my feeling with the bike was good – better than yesterday’s race. I tried to stay with Camier, but his pace was a bit faster than mine. Things were going OK until the last ten laps when the rear started sliding around.
I tried to mange the rear tyre but when Rinaldi passed me, I made a mistake. There was a chance to finish the top independent rider if I could get past Rinaldi, but I lost the front in Turn 1 and crashed. By the time I got back on the bike the rest of the field had gone, so the last four laps were lonely ones.
I want to say sorry to the team for my mistake and giving them extra work to do. On a positive note, we’ve improved the feeling of the bike and we have some ideas to try in the test in Portimao in August. I am sure that we will improve and get more competitive.
The first part of the championship has been new for all of us, but we are all looking forward to the second part, continuing our improvement and getting better results.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“I have mixed feelings about today’s race. Until the crash, our position was about the same as yesterday, but the lap times were better. The average lap times were faster today and things were looking pretty good. We had made some changes to the bike to improve traction and tyre consistency.
In the end, we didn’t get the result we were expecting, but we did learn a lot and get some ideas about things to try in the Portimao tests.”