Round nine of the World Supersport Championships has taken place this weekend at Lausitzring, Brandenburg, Germany, this circuit is around 60Km from Dresden and around 110Km from the capital Berlin, nestling in what was the former East Germany.
The World Superbike / Supersport Padocks have been regular visitors to Germany over the decades with races having been held at several tracks such as Hockenheim, Oschersleben and Nürburgring and now with Lausitzring having returned to the calendar in 2015, having previously hosted the championship on five occasions between 2001 and 2007.
The Summer Break has ended, it’s now back to Business!
Free Practice & Qualifying
After the long summer break Kyle was again finding it difficult to attain the settings he would have liked in order to give him the confidence that he requires to ride this virtual factory Kawasaki machine; he was hoping that after the summer break he would come back with a vengeance and start achieving some top ten finishes again, but alas this wasn’t proving to be a good free practice and he landed down in 21st position on the grid alongside Spanish rider Nacho Calero and Dutchman Rob Hartog, not a position that Kyle would wish to be in, but all he could do was try and improve on his position on the day.
Kyle’s comments on his practice results:
‘We finally managed to improve considerably in qualifying in the afternoon compared to Friday’s free practise. I’ve been standing for nine weeks and I’m only now starting to regain confidence in riding the bike.
. I’m sure I can improve tomorrow in the race and I’m hoping to make a good start in order to be able to get closer to the top ten finishers.
With a slight improvement in the early warm-up laps, Kyle achieved 17th place and was feeling a bit more positive for the race early in the morning sunshine.
As the lights went to red, Kyle got a good start and was chasing American rider Jacobson down for fifteenth place, but by lap 5 Jacobson had moved on and Kyle’s Italian Team mate Canducci was now on Kyle’s tail! For the next few laps Kyle and Canducci were locked together in their own little battle, with both of them swapping places upand down the leader board.
By lap 10 Kyle had again got the better of his team mate and they werein 18th & 19th respectively, meanwhile their other Team mate Sofuoglu was having his own fight at the front of the pack with Morias Caricasulo etc. not knowing that these two young protégés were fighting it between themselves, further down the field.
As the race entered into the final few laps and with Canducci having lead Kyle for the last few laps,the red flag was shown by the marshals as Caricasulo had crashed heavily at turn 3, so with the racealready passed the required ¾ race distance completed, the race win was declared for Morias, aheadof Sofuoglu in 2nd and Mahias in 3rd. Kyle came in a respectable 16th position 0.2seconds behind his fellow teammate.
With only four rounds left on the calendar the next one will take place on theweekend of 15th to the 17th Sept at the circuit Portugal on the Algarve, were Kyle will try again to finally master this machine and end the season with some good worthy results under his belt.
Kyle’s race comment:
“I’m not very happy with today’s result. I was hoping to get back into the top ten and bring home a better result. After the initial start I recovered several positions, but then it was not easy to retain and throughout the weekend we never really managed to solve our earlier problems. Now there will be another few weeks before the next race in Portugal, were I do hope to be able to make a comeback and once again be more competitive’’.