2018 Buriram Friday World Superbike Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and series organizers after the first day of practice at the Thai round of WorldSBK:

#THAIWorldSBK– Day 1
Rea and Sykes back on top after tough day in Buriram

One second separates the top five after action filled FP3

After a tough start to the day, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) did what he does best and ended on top.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) starred in Free Practice Three at the Chang International Circuit, where there was never much more than a tenth of a second separating the top five. Each of the best eight in the combined results set their fastest time in the third session, and rankings were therefore changeable throughout. But Rea continued a day of steady improvement, climbing from eleventh in FP1, to fourth in FP2 and finally to lead the list of automatic qualifiers to Saturday’s Tissot-Superpole session.

Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) was the biggest name not to improve in FP3 as, after heading the timesheets in FP2, he collided with Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team) in dramatic fashion. Both riders bit the asphalt but climbed back aboard their machines, Fores later confirmed fit to continue his weekend after suffering an abrasion to his toes. Both finished comfortably inside the top ten despite the incident: Fores, who finished FP1 on top, remained the lead independent rider as has become his custom in 2018, while Laverty dropped back to ninth.

Behind the lead British duo on the timesheets, Jordi Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) finished third having, until the final batch of hot laps, sat first.

Aruba.it Racing – Ducati runners Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies made the biggest improvements in FP3. Australian double winner Melandri found almost a second to leap from tenth to fourth, and Davies showing no ill effects after his crash in FP2.

Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was the top Honda runner throughout, with Yamaha also represented in the top ten through Michael Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team). The Dutchman finished the session just two thousandths of a second clear of crash duo Fores and Laverty, with his teammate Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) also behind and occupying the last of the top ten positions.

Behind the break-away group of eight, there was a close contest to hold on to a place in the top ten: four riders separated by one and a half tenths of a second. Despite setting more laps than anyone in the three sessions combined, Loris Baz (GULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team) was unable to force a seventh manufacturer into the day’s top ten, the Frenchman twelfth but well clear of the pack of independent riders directly behind.

WorldSBK riders take to the track at 10.45LT (+7 GMT) for FP4 ahead of a jam packed Saturday, with Superpole at 13.55 and the action kicking off with Race One at 16.00LT.

#THAIWorldSBK at Chang International Circuit: Friday

1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1:33.327

2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.057

3. Jordi Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +0.070

Fast Opening Day For KRT Duo

After three track sessions during the first day of the FIM Superbike World Championship round at Buriram in Thailand KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished first and second in the timesheets.

The intense 4.554km long Chang International Circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the current KRT riders, who have won all the previous WorldSBK races in Thailand between them.

After recent rule changes that limit Kawasaki to a lower maximum rpm limit than any other four cylinder machine, adjustments had to be made to the overall bike set-up of each rider as the day progressed. The result of this hard work saw Rea and Sykes respectively 1-2 in the pre-Superpole rankings.

Rea managed to complete a strong race simulation in FP3 and feels 100% fit after illness and a finger injury affected him on the opening weekend of the season in Australia, held one month ago.

Sykes was on course to record his best lap time relatively early in FP3 but was penalised for a yellow flag infringement following an accident between two other riders. With his class-leading lap finally discounted, he then had to go out and do a second fast lap, which took him to within 0.057 seconds of his team-mate Rea.

The contest for automatic Superpole 2 qualifying positions was particularly intense on day one in Thailand, with the top ten riders covered by only 0.528 seconds after all three 40 minute sessions had been completed.

Now the KRT riders face a 20 minute-long FP4 session on Saturday morning and then Superpole 2, which will determine their grid placings for the first race of the weekend. Race one, to be held over 20 laps, is scheduled to take place at 16.00, local time in Thailand.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It feels good and the times are so close. Today I just worked through some set-up changes, arriving step-by-step at a good pace. In the last session today, which was held at the same time of day as the races will be, we decided to do a race simulation. I was very constant, not really fast, but constant to the end. We need to find a little bit more I think, for tomorrow. I tried to ride the bike like I did last year but with the final gearing, gearbox and rpm for this season, it is a very different bike. This morning I had to readjust my riding style so in the last two sessions we made some inroads and I felt a lot better. I have the information from the race simulation now, and it is good information.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “We set a fast lap time and I am happy enough, even through the confusion of a cancelled lap. We had to use a new set of tyres after that, which was not in our plan of attack, but we still made a faster lap. But aside from that, the bike is really consistent and we have continued on from Phillip Island. We are definitely prepared for the first race tomorrow. The chassis is working well. I hope tomorrow we can find a little bit extra anyway. Even in the hot conditions this afternoon, in both afternoon sessions, I really had a good feeling and feedback from the bike, even when the tyre drops. I am feeling really confident and optimistic for tomorrow.”

Melandri and Davies finish Friday's practice sessions at Buriram in 4th and 5th position respectively but very close to the top

A month after the opening round in Australia, which resulted in a double win, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team resumed action at Buriram (Thailand) for the second round of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship. Friday's free-practice sessions, which were held in more favorable weather conditions compared with the past - with about 30 degrees in the atmosphere - resulted in a close fight at the top of the time sheets, with five riders within a tenth of a second.

Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies joined this group by posting respectively the fourth and fifth fastest time of the day, separated by only 11 thousandths of a second. Both riders focused their work on race pace, improving their best lap times by circa one second throughout the day. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati will resume action Saturday at 10:45 local time (CET +6) for the fourth and final free-practice session ahead of Superpole and Race 1, scheduled to start at 16:00.

Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #33) – 1:33.424 (4th)

"It was a good day. Luckily the temperatures were more mild than usual so it was actually nice to ride here and I had fun. My feeling with the bike is OK. We still need to put together a few pieces of the puzzle but I'm quite confident ahead of the race, though anything can happen with such narrow gaps in the time sheets. We worked methodically on race pace, but we were also able to set a competitive lap time on fresh tires, which means we have good balance overall."

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 1:33.435 (5th)

"We improved steadily throughout the day despite a couple of issues in FP2 and FP3 that delayed our progress a little bit. The most important thing is that we're not at all far from the top, and we can still improve, especially in terms of grip and stability under braking. At the moment it's a work in progress and it's hard to make predictions because we're all very close, so tomorrow's morning session will be important to verify a few things and tick the last boxes ahead of Race 1."

Camier and Gagne on the pace in Thailand practice

Thai Round

Chang International Circuit, Thailand

On the opening day of the Thai WorldSBK round at Chang International Circuit, Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne got off to a solid start in what has a hotly contested day of action.

On a day where the top-ten quickest riders were separated by only half a second after three sessions, both Camier and Gagne showed competitive pace on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. From the outset in the morning Free Practice 1 session, Camier set a frantic pace and was near the top of the leaderboard in all the sessions and eventually finished in P6 overall with a best time of 1’33.435; a mere two-tenths of a second off the quickest time of the day.

On the #45 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, Jake Gagne continued to impress as the American rookie quickly got up to speed on his first visit to the Thai circuit. Gagne ended the day fourteenth quickest, his best lap time of 1’34.500 coming in Free Practice 2 and left him just 1.1 seconds off the pace.

The next WorldSBK session is Free Practice 4 which gets underway at 10:45 local time (GMT +7) tomorrow morning. Qualifying commences at 13:30 with Superpole 1, followed by Superpole 2 at 13:55 before Race 1 starts at 15:00.

Leon Camier 2

It was a good start from the first session today, the lap time came quite easily from the beginning so I felt competitive on the bike right away. My pace was good throughout all the sessions, but there's still a few things we want to try tomorrow as I need to improve my race pace a little bit to take the fight to the top guys. We took another step today so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne 45

It was a good first day for me in Thailand on a track I've never ridden before. The circuit is easier to learn than some others, so I felt I got up to speed quickly. I made some good progress from the first to the second session and improved my lap time, but in the last session we made some changes which didn't work for me so I couldn't improve in FP3. I still learned a lot today and think I can get closer to the top ten tomorrow in qualifying and the race.

- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

For our first day here in Thailand I'm quite happy how things went for Leon and Jake. On Leon's side he was quick straight away and was able to improve in every session and we were able to try quite a few things on the chassis side today to find a good setting for qualifying and the race. For Jake, for his first time at the circuit he made a good step from the first to the second session, but was unable to improve in FP3 but overall he had a good first day and for sure will improve again tomorrow. The conditions will be a bit warmer tomorrow but we're well prepared to fight for a good result.

Pata Yamaha Make Good Progress on Friday In Buriram

Free practice

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team got off to an encouraging start on an exciting and close-fought Friday at Round 2 of the 2018 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship in Thailand that saw half a second separate the top ten. Michael van der Mark impressed in the heat and humidity at the Chang International Circuit to end the day in seventh position on the overall timesheets, incredibly just 0.242s off the pace of the fastest rider. His teammate Alex Lowes showed good consistency, steadily improving in every session before ending the day in tenth overall, just 0.528s off the top.

Van der Mark worked his way steadily through the opening day in Thailand, with the 25-year-old Dutch rider making good progress as he managed to improve in each session. He eased his way into FP1, finishing in 12th overall with a 1:34.765. The 2014 WorldSSP Champion then stepped up a gear in FP2, improving by over seven-tenths to end the 40-minute session with a 1:34.068, which saw him move up to fifth overall. In the final track session of the day, van der Mark made some tweaks to his Pata Yamaha R1 and managed to shave another half a second off his time, to finish Friday in seventh overall and automatically make it through to SP2 on Saturday.

Lowes showed good pace straight out of the box in FP1, ending the session in sixth with a 1:34.437. The 27-year-old British rider then improved to a 1:34.144 in FP2 to finish in eighth overall just 0.293s behind the fastest rider. Just like his teammate, Lowes then managed to show good improvement again in FP3 to record a 1:33.855, which incredibly saw him end Friday in tenth position, despite only being 0.528s off the pace. The 2013 British Superbike Champion, therefore, joins his teammate in going directly through to SP2 and is confident there is more to come on Saturday.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team return to action on Saturday at 10:45 am with the 20-minute FP4 session, ahead of SP2 at 1:55 pm local time, with Race 1 scheduled to start 4pm.

Michael van der Mark

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 7th - 1:33.569

"I'm really happy with today! We started quite solidly this morning but kept on improving bit by bit and it was pretty clear what I needed for the second session. We went out looking for rear grip but didn't really find much, so we changed the bike a lot, then I found the grip and I was getting faster and faster. I was feeling quite good, I only felt that we need to make some small changes, so that's what we did for the third session and I went out on used tyres and at the end of a longer run, I was still quite fast, which is a good sign for the race. I am happy to have put in a really fast lap at the end and we are looking forward to tomorrow! We have few things to tweak, but with the times so close, it should be a very exciting race."

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 10th - 1:33.855

"It's been a good day! We are slowly chipping away each time we go out. I did a longer run and felt okay on the bike and still have a few areas that we know we can improve for tomorrow. Overall, it was a decent day really, we are probably in a better position than P10 looks and I am looking forward to racing!"

Paul Denning - Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Principal

"It has been a solid first day for the team and we have managed to get through most of the evaluations we were hoping to do over the course of the three sessions. The lap times here at Buriram are extremely close and small differences in performance are showing up as big gaps in terms of position. In general, the R1 is performing well at this circuit, we have a couple of areas to focus on, different priorities for both of the riders, but if we can maximise their potential and the potential of the R1 we could have two very interesting races!"

Superpole 2 start in the heat of Thailand for Milwaukee Aprilia

Chang International Circuit 23 / 03 / 2018

Free Practice Report

Milwaukee Aprilia had a mixed start to Round 2 on Friday in Thailand, rider Eugene Laverty progressing straight to the pole shootout as his teammate Lorenzo Savadori returned from injury.

Laverty had a strong morning session, ending Free Practice 1 in P2 with a 1'34.249 lap, +0.289 from the top. He was able to find even more pace for FP2, and beat his own time by over 0.3 seconds with a 1'33.851 that put him P1 at the end of the session. FP3 ran in cooler conditions that slowed the track down. Laverty was hit by Fores early in the session at Turn 9, resulting in a crash that caused him to box for repairs. He was back on track quickly, eventually finishing the session P12 with a 1'34.186. His morning efforts were enough to secure a place in the pole shootout for the second consecutive round, as the team continue their rapid development and improvement.

Savadori is back to riding duties after sustaining a broken collarbone in qualifying at Round 1. Accepting Round 2 as a weekend of damage limitation as he gets back to full fitness, Savadori put in a good number of laps in the morning to finish P15 with a 1'35.441. He found an impressive 0.8s in the afternoon's FP2 to finish P14 with a 1'34.676, and found a further 0.7s to finish FP3 in P10 with a 1'33.986, just +0.6s off first place in an impressive recovery display. Though still required to fight in Superpole 1 for a place in the pole shootout, he showed consistent improvements.

The team can take positives from both riders finishing the day within 0.6s of the front. Their encouraging form at Phillip Island and testing laid a strong foundation for the Aprilia to develop further, and they are targeting the big points this weekend.

Free Practice 4 begins on Saturday 24th at 10:45 local time (GMT +7), ahead of Superpole 1 at 13:30, Superpole 2 at 13:55, and Race 1 at 16:00.

Eugene Laverty #50 - Aprilia RSV4-RF

FP1: 1'34.249 - P2

FP2: 1'33.851 - P1

FP3: 1'34.186 - P12

Combined result: 1'33.851 - P9 - Superpole 2 automatic entry

“We finished today really strong. In the morning session we were fast and the bike was working well, and then the second practice was fantastic and we managed to finish P1.

I struggled in the last session honestly. The temperature dropped and the grip of the track increased, which seemed to help others but not us so much. That's good information for us to work with tonight, and I know the guys will have some changes to make ahead of the race.

It was good to make Superpole 2 again, and top ten after practice was a decent result considering the tough afternoon. I think we can have a good session and the podium has to be our goal in the race."

Lorenzo Savadori #32 - Aprilia RSV4-RF

FP1: 1'35.441 - P15

FP2: 1'34.676 - P14

FP3: 1'33.986 - P10

Combined result: 1'33.986 - P11 - Superpole 1 entry

“It was a difficult day for me really, like I expected it to be. I still have some pain in my collarbone particularly through the heavy braking areas and chicanes, but I just have to grit my teeth and do the best I can.

We made some really good progress through today and the bike was working well. We are following a new set up path that worked well in Phillip Island, and that has helped to find more speed. Of course I still need to do more laps to be 100%, but we have more useful time in the morning.

Everyone in the field is close after today we can see, but I can't say yet where we will be after Superpole. I hope to make the fight for pole position, and for the race I will give my best effort for points."

Baz sizes up the Chang track

Buriram (Thailand), Friday 23 March 2018

The Gulf Althea BMW Racing team is on track at the Chang International Circuit, taking part in round two of the 2018 Superbike World Championship. Having completed all three timed practice sessions with rider Loris Baz, the squad is satisfied with initial results.

Making his first visit to the Thai track, Baz used session one to get to the grips with the layout and assess his physical condition, before starting to work with his technicians to adapt the BMW S 1000 RR to the track and conditions. Making gradual progress on his bike throughout the day, the Frenchman was lying in eighth position by the end of first practice (1’34.615), before improving on his times during sessions two and three, to set a best time of 1’34.011 and place twelfth in the overall classification.

Although Loris is still suffering some shoulder pain following his accident at Phillip Island, the Frenchman is keen to improve on his performance tomorrow. Today’s results will see the Gulf Althea BMW Racing team participate in tomorrow’s Superpole1.

Loris Baz

"We had a good day but I’m nevertheless a little frustrated. I learned the track quickly in session one and we were immediately fast this morning, but I feel we didn’t improve enough during the subsequent sessions. Everyone seems to have improved significantly compared to last year, the top 5 is already under the lap record, so we just need to work hard to try and close the gap tomorrow. It’s really close right now anyway, with 12 riders within just six tenths of a second. My shoulder is aching after the three sessions, but it’s not as bad as I expected so that’s good.”

WorldSSP: Mahias takes to the top in Thailand

Free Practice One and Free Practice Two had an identical order among the top three finishers

Reigning world champion Mahias continues to shine in 2018

A familiar pecking order emerged after Free Practice Two for the FIM Supersport World Championship in Thailand. The lead duo in the series after the Australian Round, Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) and Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team), were comfortably fastest in FP1 but saw their advantage slashed in the second session.

Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) in particular made a significant gain during the day, closing over half a second on Mahias’ 1:37.469 time and to within three tenths of a second of top spot. But the Italian’s new fastest time only enabled him to remain in third position, just ahead of Jules Cluzel who completed a lead quartet of Yamaha runners.

Thai Wild Card riders Thitipong Warokorn (CORE Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team) and Ratthapong Wilairot (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team) finished just over a tenth of a second from one another, disputing the last of the top ten positions.

In what was a close session throughout, Lucas Mahias was one of only two among the top ten riders who failed to improve his pace in FP2. The other was Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing), who suffered a turn five crash less than ten minutes into the session and dropped from fifth to ninth overall.

The fastest seven ahead of him were eventually separated by less than half a second in the first two sessions combined, and with third place in particular having been closely contested right to the flag in Australia, indications are for a similarly close-fought race weekend in Thailand.

With Superpole on the agenda for Saturday, WorldSSP will prepare for Superpole to commence at 14.30LT.

#THAIWorldSBK WorldSSP at Chang International Circuit: Friday

1. Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) 1:37.469

2. Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Even Bros. WorldSSP Team) +0.034

3. Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) +0.223

Mahias Sets the Bar in Buriram on Friday

Free practice

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias continued where he had left off in Phillip Island on Friday for Round 2 of the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship in Buriram, Thailand. The reigning WorldSSP Champion dominated proceedings on the opening day at a hot and humid Chang International Circuit, leading the way in both practice sessions and ending the day on top of the timesheets with a sensational 1:37.469. Not to be outshone, his teammate Federico Caricasulo also showed stunning pace to end Friday in third overall after setting 1:37.692 to finish just 0.223s behind his teammate.

Mahias carried on the form that saw him dominate the opening round at Phillip Island, where he took a superb win from pole position to get his title defence off to the perfect start. The 28-year-old French rider topped FP1 by setting a 1:37.469, just 0.124s off the WorldSSP lap record at the circuit. Having prepared specially for the hot and humid conditions in Thailand, his pace showed no signs of wilting in the afternoon's warmer FP2 session as he set a 1:37.592, with Mahias able to show excellent consistency as he used the session to work on his setup for Sunday's race. After topping both practice sessions, he now heads into Saturday's qualifying full of confidence, looking to secure his third pole position in a row.

His teammate Caricasulo also displayed excellent pace, as he looks to build on his fourth-place finish last time out at Phillip Island at a track where he took his maiden WorldSSP victory last season. Getting straight down to work in the morning's FP1 session, the 21-year-old Italian was impressive as he ended it in third place with a 1:38.219, 0.750s off the pace of his teammate. Determined to improve in the afternoon, he managed to shave over half a second off his best time, recording a 1:37.692 to conclude the day in third overall, just 0.223s behind Mahias, as he joined his teammate in automatically qualifying for SP2 on Saturday.

It was another great day for Yamaha after their lockout of the top four slots during the Phillip Island race, as they dominated once again and showed that the YZF-R6 is the bike to beat this year in WorldSSP by completing a Yamaha 1-2-3-4 on the combined timesheets, with Randy Krummenacher (Bardahl Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) in second and Jules Cluzel (NRT) fourth.

The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team is back in action on Saturday at 11:15 am local time for Free Practice 3, with SP2 at 2:55 pm and Sunday's race scheduled for 2.30 pm.

Lucas Mahias

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 1st - 1:37.469

"Today was a big surprise because this is not my strongest track on the calendar, it can be difficult and I don't exactly have a brilliant record here. I went out and followed my plan for the moment, which is just to relax on the bike and enjoy riding it, and it felt good. When I came in from FP1 it was a big surprise because my lap time was very fast and close to the lap record. In FP2, it was hotter and so it was a little bit tougher but I worked on my race pace, and my lap times were good. I didn't put in a new tyre at the end of FP2 to try and set a fast lap because I am feeling confident and normally you don't improve a lot due to the temperature. The feeling was really good, the R6 was perfect and I have been working a lot with the mechanics to tweak the settings and it feels amazing now. You can see how good the R6 is by the fact Yamaha managed a 1-2-3-4. I will be aiming to try and get the same results as I did in Qatar and Phillip Island. The weekend has started well, but I am sorry that Kenan (Sofouglu) cannot ride due to his injury, I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to battling him again on track soon!"

Federico Caricasulo

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 3rd - 1:37.692

"I am happy because we did a really good job together as a team today. We started in a difficult way this morning because we had no data to be fast from last year, so we worked hard to constantly improve the bike today and we closed the gap to Lucas in FP1 by a lot in FP2. Tomorrow we will try and improve more and fight for pole position!"

Filippo Conti

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team Manager

"It has been another great day! First Lucas showed amazing pace and confirmed how quick he can be. It's incredible, he just seems so comfortable on his R6 at the moment. Federico also worked very well and it was important for us to get such a great start for both riders. In both sessions, we were first and third, so that means we are working in the right way and we hope to continue this so we can reach our targets this weekend. I want to thank the team for working so hard and Yamaha for providing an amazing package, as always, and we will try and fight for the win again like we did last year!"

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda looking for key to Chang

Posted on 23rd March 2018

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Niki Tuuli concluded day one of Round Two of the 2018 World Supersport Championship at the Chang International circuit thirteenth on the combined timesheets and will challenge to claim one of the top two spots in Superpole 1 tomorrow.

Tuuli said: “Not so bad, not so good! In the first practice I had good feeling to ride and it felt like the riding is coming better and better but I hit a wall on the speed. It feels like I am going faster but the time is not better. The second practice it is difficult to say what the problem is. I know we can do much better but we just have to find the right way and I hope tomorrow is the day we find it.”

Teammate Andrew Irwin ended the first day of his World Supersport debut in 25th position after suffering a spectacular crash in Free Practice 2 at turn 7. Irwin was uninjured but the crash resulted in substantial damage to the rear end of his Honda CBR600RR.

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Niki was 10th and six tenths from 3rd after FP1 and we tried some changes for this afternoon. We improved but we are now a tenth off the top ten which is a shame. We’ll look at the situation going forward tomorrow. It’s always better to go straight to SP2, it’s not going to be easy the field is tight there are a lot of good riders and machinery which is good for everybody to see great racing. We have to do our job now and get into SP2, qualify really well and challenge inside the top six for the front of the race.”

“Andrew is struggling to click at this circuit. He started off alright but he’s not been able to make the next jump and then because he’s not clicked he’s tried too hard and in motorcycle racing the harder you try the slower you go. Andrew needs to go out and enjoy riding the motorcycle, not think about lap times and allow the improvement in performance to come.”

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