MV Agusta Reparto Corse has completed the eleventh Supersport race of the season at the Catalunya Barcelona circuit in Spain. While yesterday’s race was conditioned by rain, today’s weather was much more favourable, with sunny skies and a dry track. De Rosa started from the second row and Fuligni the ninth in the 17-lap race. Raffaele got away very fast when the lights went out, moving straight into the leading group, comprised of six riders. His pace was fast and this allowed him to remain in the mix for the win until the very last stages when he lost a little ground to the front three riders, crossing the line in fourth place, just eight tenths from third. An unlucky race for Fuligni, who was forced to retire three laps from the end of the race due to an electronic problem. In the championship standings De Rosa lies fifth with 106 points, while Fuligni places sixteenth with 21 points. The next Supersport world championship event is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 2-4 October at the Nevers Magny Cours track in France.
Barcelona-Catalunya- Spain Supersport world championship Race 11: 1) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 2) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 3) Oettl (Kawasaki) – 4) De Rosa (MV Agusta) - 5) Odendaal (Yamaha) - 6) Vinales (Yamaha) ….… n.c.) Fuligni (MV Agusta)
Raffaele De Rosa: “It was not an easy race. I expected to do better because we’d worked well in practice. Considering our potential, today’s result was disappointing, although we all gave it our best shot. We proved competitive anyway and showed we can fight for the win, so I hope to do better already at the next round in France in two weeks’ time.”
Federico Fuligni: “I started well but the riders in front of me blocked me in. I didn’t fall but had to slow and found myself right at the back. I felt good on the bike and started to make up ground to the riders ahead. Unfortunately, after a few laps, my bike became difficult to ride due to an electronic problem and in the end, I preferred to pull in rather than risk a crash. I’m sure the team will be able to solve this ECU problem and so I’m confident ahead of the Magny Cours races.”