The weekend that had not started well did not end much better for Orelac Racing VerdNatura in Imola today. The race was red-flagged twice and then reduced to an eleven lapper, which made things more difficult for Fahmi and Calero as they were well down the grid.
Nacho Calero 21st
“Today was a very strange day because of the red flags. Then, when we did manage to race properly, the restarted race was just eleven laps and that wasn’t enough time to move up through the field and into the points. In the eleven-lap race my start was not so bad, but I had a problem with the brakes almost immediately and it was difficult to get the bike to stop properly. I went into the gravel at Rivazza because of this and lost ground and from then on in, it was impossible to make up the difference. This has not been a great weekend, but I now look forward to the next round and better luck.”
Fahmi Khairuddin DNF
“I’m afraid that the weekend started badly for me and finsihed the same way! Before the first red flag, I had made a good start and overtaken maybe five riders on the first lap. I felt confident that I would be able to finish in the points and that would’ve been a great boost to all of us. When we got underway, for the third time, the bike didn’t feel right before I could complete a lap. For safety’s sake I pulled in and that was the end of my weekend. I know that sometimes racing is like this, but it’s hard not to be frustrated when things happen like this. We have to put this all behind us and come back fighting, and that is my aim.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“Once again, it’s hard to know what to say when a weekend like this happens. The team have worked incredibly hard this weekend (especially on Friday night when we finished at 5am) and it is very disappointing not to get any good results. If there are any positives, one is that Nacho finished the race without any engine issues. We are not sure what went wrong with Fahmi’s bike, but we’ll find out when we get back to our workshop. We will work as hard as we can to get everything in the best possible condition for Donington. Our aim is to put recent history behind us and make the progress we know we are capable of.”