Orelac Racing VerdNatura rider Fahmi Khairuddin took a hard fought for seventh in the final round of this year’s World Supersport Championship in Doha today. It was a positive end to a season that has had its ups and downs and gives the team a platform from which to work on next year. There was disappointment for Fahmi’s team mate Nacho Calero, who was forced to DNF after just one lap after a water hose clamp broke on lap one.
Fahmi Khairuddin – 7th
“I didn’t get a good start – which was my fault – but I managed to brake a bit later in first corner and keep 7th place. I had no problems with the bike - everything went well. I'm really happy how the race went, and it’s been long time since I’ve had such good result. I was really focused on getting a good result all weekend and finally, to get 7th, is good for me and the team. This season has been a bit up and down. The team is new and I am new to World Supersports. We were fast at some tracks and not at others. We have acquired a lot of good information this year and I believe that we will be a lot better next year. My Kawasaki is really good – it has good speed and, towards the end of the season, we found good setup on the bike, which I like. We had competitive bike this year and I think that only some small things have to improve, but generally I'm happy with the bike and the team.
Nacho Calero – DNF
“I was looking forward to the race today and finishing the season on a high, but a water hose clamp broke on lap one and that was that. Racing is like that sometimes and you just have to get over it and move on. It is a pity that it happened in the last race of the year, because I was feeling very positive about today’s race. I have enjoyed the season, even though our fortunes have been a bit mixed. It is good to have a teammate because you can share information and work together and that is what we’ve done throughout the year. I feel that I was stronger and better with the bike as the season went on, so now I am looking forward to using all that experience next year. Thank you to everybody in the team for all their hard work.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
It was good to see Fahmi get a solid seventh today. He improved throughout practice, qualifying and Superpole. This was his first year on a Supersport bike, but we have seen his potential and the way he works, so we know he will be a force next year. Nacho has improved steadily throughout the season and has bettered his lap times at all or most of the tracks from last year. It is a shame that he was unable to finish the race today because I really think he could’ve done a good race. The World Supersport class is much more competitive than last year and it has been a hard year for all of us. Our team is a very good team. We have had to contend with many obstacles from the get go. We chose to start the season with a brand new bike and began late, so we only had one test before we had to put the bikes and equipment in the crates for the first race in Australia. We’ve managed to get some good results and we’ve also had some difficult times. Throughout the season the team have stayed united. We put our heads down and kept working hard! I think a good team should be judged by how it performs in difficult times. When all is going well, everybody is happy and everything feels much easier, but to stay united and keep working in difficult times is much harder. During this year we learned a lot about the bike. We have understood our mistakes, weaknesses and advantages and we will capitalise on them in the future. As we are at the end of the season, I would like to give my sincere thanks to all the people who have given us so much support in this adventure. We've already started working towards next year and will do so in the knowledge that we will be better and stronger.”