A hot and sunny day in Misano Adriatico for the practice and Superpole making up round 8 of the FIM Supersport World Championship.
Testing Times for Schmidt Racing
Yesterday was a complicated day for the Schmidt Racing Team and its riders Nico Terol and Kyle Ryde who were slowed down by problems with their bikes.
This morning both were out on track at the Misano World Circuit for the final free practice session. Despite the great efforts of the technical staff and the riders themselves, the situation only improved in part. Terol (1’40”482) closed in eighteenth, while Ryde (1’42”441) was only able to complete a few laps, finishing in thirty-first place.
In Superpole1 Nico Terol tried to make up in the corners what he was losing along the straight, considering that his bike is one of the slowest due to a lack of engine power. With a time of 1’40”596 the Spaniard closed in fourteenth place. Ryde (1’42”780) worked with his team to try to improve the chassis of his F3 but couldn’t do more than twenty-third.
These results mean that Nico will line up on row eight and Kyle on row eleven of the grid for tomorrow’s 19-lap race.
Robert Balogh – Team Manager:
“I’m definitely not pleased with how things are going. My riders and technicians are doing what they can to sort the bikes out and make them competitive but we cannot do miracles. After Donington, MV had reassured me that we would receive some valid material but this did not happen. So we think we are forced to change bike and will do so immediately after this Misano round, to be ready for the next round at the Lausitzring in September.”
“The situation is no different to yesterday really. Unfortunately, we can only work on the chassis because we don’t have enough time to work on the engine. In Superpole I gave it my all
but was unable to do more than fourteenth place and so tomorrow will be very difficult seeing how far back we are on the grid. I’ll nevertheless try to do my best and bring home the best possible result, also as a way of thanking the team for their hard work here at Misano.”
“Today was very difficult again. We made a big step with the suspension though, and I
feel more comfortable, so we take that as a positive. This morning we had a problem which prevented me from changing gear easily. Engine performance was also not so good but we’ll try to make some more steps for tomorrow. Anyway I expect a very difficult race tomorrow.”