The third round of the Supersport world championship has concluded today at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal. During yesterday’s race, MV Agusta Reparto Corse scored a podium finish with Raffaele De Rosa, who put on an extraordinary performance and made up enough ground to cross the line in third place. Fuligni was more unlucky, forced to retire due to an electrical problem. Today in hot and sunny conditions, the two MV Agusta Reparto Corse riders were back on track for race five of the season. Like yesterday, and based on the Superpole results, De Rosa lined up in ninth, on the third row of the grid, and Fuligni in fifteenth position, on row five. Raffaele got away very fast when the lights went out, moving up to seventh place, while Fuligni was lapping in around twentieth position through the opening stages. As the race went on, De Rosa remained part of the chasing group, oscillating between seventh and eighth position, while his team-mate climbed back up to seventeenth. At around the mid-race point, De Rosa moved to the front of his group, in fifth, but unfortunately during the course of lap twelve, he suffered a crash. Able to get straight back on his bike, he continued the race in fifteenth place and despite his bike being damaged in the incident, he was able to make up several position and cross the line twelfth, while Fuligni closed sixteenth, just missing out on the points zone. The next round of the Supersport world championship will take place over the weekend of 28-30 August at Motorland Aragon in Alcaniz, Spain.
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve – Portimao – Portogallo
Supersport world championship
Gara5: 1) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 2) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 3) Vinales (Yamaha) – 4) Odendaal (Yamaha) – 5) Oettl (Kawasaki) – 6) Gonzales ( Kawasaki) ……12) De Rosa (MV Agusta) … 16) Fuligni (MV Agusta)
Raffaele De Rosa: “Towards the middle of the race there was a battle that caused me to lose time. I pushed hard to try and make up placed and did my best to stick with the group fighting for the podium, but unfortunately I crashed. I got back on and despite having lost the left foot peg, I was able to continue with the race and finish twelfth. I’m really sorry to have lost so many points, but we knew this track wouldn’t be easy for us. My feeling with the bike was similar to yesterday, but for some reason I was struggling more. We look ahead now anyway and will focus on the next round at Aragon, where I’ll be doing my best to make up for the points lost today.”
Federico Fuligni: “In this race I struggled particularly along the straight. I didn’t make a bad start, but then I found myself in a group of riders who I couldn’t easily pass and who caused me to lose a lot of time. It was a pity because I could have finished in the points zone, but I’m sure we’ll make up for things at the next round at Aragon, a track that better suits our bike.”