Cold, wet conditions again played a starring role in the thirteenth Supersport world championship race, which ran in the late morning at the Nevers Magny Cours circuit in France. Yesterday, MV Agusta Reparto Corse riders Raffaele De Rosa and Federico Fuligni competed in the first race of the weekend, which took place in the rain and on a slippery track. De Rosa scored a solid fifth-place finish while Fuligni made a good recovery to cross the line in eighth place. Race 2 played out in the late morning today, once again on a wet track, the riders lining up in the order they finished in Superpole. This meant De Rosa started from the second row of the grid and Fuligni from the seventh for the 18-lap race. Raffaele made a good start and moved up towards the front. Unfortunately on lap thirteenth, while fighting for the top 5, he slipped in an attempt to recover positions, without being able to resume the race. The same went for Fuligni who was making a strong recovery when he fell four laps from the end, at turn seven, ending his race in the run-off area. A real pity for the MV Agusta Reparto Corse riders, who will have chance to make up for this at the eighth and final round of the Supersport world championship that will take place at Estoril in Portugal from 16-18 October.
Circuito Nevers Magny Cours – Francia
Supersport world championship
Gara 13: 1) Mahias (Kawasaki) – 2) Smith (Yamaha) – 3) Soomer (Yamaha) – 4) Odendaal (Yamaha) – 5) Hanika (Yamaha) – 6) Gonzales (Kawasaki) ………. nc) De Rosa (MV Agusta) – Fuligni (MV Agusta)
Raffaele De Rosa: “Compared to yesterday, track conditions were worse today and this caused us problems. I started well and tried to pick up the pace so as not to lose contact with the leaders, but during lap thirteen I lost traction at the front and crashed. Maybe I should have settled for finishing, but I was trying to score a good result and the slippery track caught me out. I’m really sorry, particularly for the team as they’re doing a great job and the bike has consistently improved since the Aragon races.”
Federico Fuligni: “I struggle quite a lot in the first laps of a wet race and so made a cautious start, losing a few places. From mid-race on, I found good feeling and started to push harder, catching the group immediately ahead of me. Unfortunately, four laps from the end, I crashed at turn seven and my race ended there. A real shame because I was lying in around tenth position and could definitely have finished in the top ten. I’m really sorry for the team as they’ve worked really hard.”