Orelac Racing logo-300x67The fifth round of this World Supersport Championship in Imola did not to plan for Orelac Racing VerdNatura today. The race was red-flagged after just three laps and then restarted as an eleven lapper. The team made a bit of a gamble with the tyres for the restart for Fahmi Khairuddin and Nacho Calero but things didnโ€™t work out in their favour. Nacho finished 23rd and Fahmi 26th after a five second penalty for cutting one of the chicanes.

 

2016 - World Superbike Championship (WSBK) - Orelac Racing - Nacho Calero
Nacho Calero โ€“ 23rd
โ€œWe made quite a few changes to the bike in this morningโ€™s warm up and it was definitely better. After the red flag we began the restart with a softer tyre and didnโ€™t quite work as we expected โ€“ maybe because the track temperature was a little too cool for it to work properly. I was 25th at the end of the first lap and worked my way to 22nd after six laps. After that I found it hard to make up any further ground. I couldnโ€™t push the bike as hard as I wanted to do and then lost a position in the closing stages. Although the result wasnโ€™t great, I am happy that we made the bike better and maybe we have to be more aggressive with any changes we make in the future.โ€

 

2016 - World Superbike Championship (WSBK) - Orelac Racing - Zulfahmi Khairuddin

Fahmi Khairuddin โ€“ 26th
โ€œI am not happy with the result today because I know that it shouldโ€™ve been much better. I didnโ€™t make a good start to the first race, so maybe it wasnโ€™t bad for me that it was red-flagged and we all had to go again. The race was restarted as an eleven lapper and, once again, I didnโ€™t make a good start. We opted to use a softer tyre but it didnโ€™t work out to be the right choice and my situation got worse when I made a mistake at the chicane and had to stop for a five second penalty. The positive is that I have a really good feeling with my bike. We now have a good base to work from and that gives me confidence for the next race in Sepang. It is my home race and I am determined to do well there.โ€
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
โ€œThinking positively, I am happy with the superb lap that Fahmi put in during yesterdayโ€™s Superpole. It shows that both he and the bike have potential. Today was just one of those days when things donโ€™t work out as you think. Weโ€™ll re-group and Iโ€™m sure that the next race will see a big improvement. We made some steps forward with Nachoโ€™s bike and I believe further progress is possible. Fahmi has his home race up next and he is very determined to get a good result in front of all his fans.โ€
Results
1 Sofuoglu, 2 Cluzel, 3 Jacobsen, 23 Nacho Calero (ESP-Orelac Racing VerdNatura, 26 Fahmi Khairuddin (MAS-Orelac Racing VerdNatura)

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