Orelac Racing VerdNatura rider Nacho Calero finished a disappointing 18th in a shortened WorldSSP race in Phillip Island today. The race was scheduled to run 16 laps, with a mandatory pit-stop to change the rear tyre, but a red flag after about five laps caused race direction to come up with a new plan. It was decided that the race should be re-run as a 9-lapper, with no mandatory tyre change.
Nacho Calero – 18th
“We made some changes to the bike in the morning warm-up and it felt better. In the first start I didn’t get off the line very well and I didn’t do much better in the second start. From early on, I felt that the bike was sliding around, but I was determined to keep going. I nearly crashed a couple of times, but managed to finish the race. I wasn’t happy that the race was reduced to nine laps because I felt that I had a better chance of a good result if I had more time and more laps.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“Nacho said that the bike was good in the warm-up this morning and everything was looking OK for a decent race. In the second start, the bike seemed to be sliding about. We’re not exactly sure why, so we’ll have to look at the data and see what was going on.”