MV Agusta Reparto Corse is at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain where it has competed in round 2 of the Supersport world championship. The very high temperatures this weekend complicated the work of riders and technicians. Friday saw riders Raffaele De Rosa (1’44”497) and Federico Fuligni (1’45”999) take part in the two free practice sessions, with the aim of adapting the setting of their respective MV Agusta F3 675 bikes to the Andalusian track. On Saturday morning, the two MV Agusta Reparto Corse riders were back on track for the third and final practice, with De Rosa (1’44”036) closing in ninth and Fuligni (1’45”230) eighteenth. In the Superpole session that serves to establish the starting grid for the two races making up this round, De Rosa (1’43”389) concluded seventh and Fuligni (1’44”437) eighteenth. As a result, Raffaele earned a spot on row three and his team-mate on row six of the grid for the two 17-lap races. In race 1, De Rosa made a good start, but through the first turns the Italian was slowed following contact with other riders and lost a few positions. Tenth on lap one, Raffaele began to make a great recovery. In the final stages he fought hard for fourth, but totally worn tyres saw him settle for a nevertheless satisfactory fifth-place finish. Fuligni didn’t make the fastest start and also came into contact with other riders, falling back down the field as a result. Federico didn’t give up however and powered his bike to the limit to work his way back up to cross the line in thirteenth position. Today’s race should have started at 12.30pm but was interrupted during the sighting lap when an inattentive rider hit De Rosa. The MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider was able to prevent a crash but his bike was damaged in the impact. Luckily, his technicians quickly got to work to fix it in the time available, meaning that Raffaele was able to take part in the race, reduced to 11 laps as a result of the incident. De Rosa didn’t make the fastest start, lying eleventh at the end of lap one. But from that point on, Raffaele picked up the pace and was able to execute many passes to make his was up through the field and score an excellent fifth-place finish. Fuligni also struggled off the line but like his team-mate, he was able to work his way up from twenty-second position on lap one to fourteenth across the line. The third round of the Supersport world championship will play out next weekend, 7-9 August at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal.
Circuito Angel Nieto – Jerez de la Frontera – Spagna – Campionato mondiale Supersport
Superpole: 1) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 2) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 3) Oettl (Kawasaki) – 4) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 5) Vinales (Yamaha) – 6) Perolari (Yamaha) …….. 7) De Rosa (MV Agusta) …….. 18) Fuligni (MV Agusta)
Gara2: 1) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 2) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 3) Oettl (Kawasaki) – 4) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 5) De Rosa (MV Agusta) – 6) Odendaal (Yamaha) ……. 13) Fuligni (MV Agusta)
Gara3: 1) 1) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 2) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 3) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 4) Oettl (Kawasaki) – 5) De Rosa (MV Agusta) – 6) Perolari (Yamaha) ….. 14) Fuligni (MV Agusta)
Raffaele De Rosa: “Saturday’s race was very tough. We’ve struggled at this race to find a good setting, and I’ve had to adapt my riding style to the bike. After some difficulties through the first laps, I found good pace and finished fifth after battling for fourth in the final stages. As for today’s race, I hope that the rider who hit me isn’t hurt. Luckily, I was able to return to the garage and was unhurt. Starting further back in an 11-lap race isn’t easy though. I also didn’t make a particularly good start, and although I did my best to recover, the frontrunners were already too far ahead, and I couldn’t do more than fifth place. I want to thank my team for all their hard work after the incident, as they were able to fix my bike really quickly. We head home with two fifth-place finishes and can look ahead to the next round with confidence.”
Federico Fuligni: “In qualifying it looked like we’d found a good setting for my bike but then we tried a different solution in Saturday’s race and it didn’t bring the expected results. The bike was difficult to ride and to avoid crashing, I had to slow my pace and settle for thirteenth place. I wasn’t happy with today’s race because the points zone is our minimum aim and I know we have the potential to do more. Unfortunately, I was penalised by the qualifying results and the fact I started too far down the grid. In the race I did my best to make up positions but with only 11 laps available I couldn’t do more than fourteenth. We’ll try to do better next week in Portugal.”