After an impressive 5th position on the grid in Moscow, Suriano Suzuki’s Alex Baldolini was once again close to the top in final qualifying for the 9th round of the World Supersport championship, grabbing 16th position on the grid, less than one second from the fourth fastest time.
The Suzuki continues to improve and Alex is confident of a strong race performance tomorrow.
Alex Baldolini – Suriano Suzuki Team: “16th is not as bad as it seems but I was hoping for a higher starting position. The times are all really close and I just needed a bit more luck to get that ‘lucky’ lap. Tomorrow will be a nice fight, we have made some changes for the warm up to try to improve some more. I can only say that it will be ‘full gas’ in the race.”
The 16 lap race is scheduled to start at 1330 local time.
by Michael Hill Promotions
Suriano Suzuki achieved their best grid placing after Alex Baldolini’s late surge saw him finish 5th in the opening qualifying session at the Moscow Raceway this afternoon.
Baldolini who returned to the Suriano ‘family’ at Donington has been improving race by race and arrived in Russia full of confidence.
The step forward by the team is clear for all to see and today’s qualifying result is proof of the effort that the whole Suriano Suzuki team are putting in.
Final qualifying takes place tomorrow afternoon at 1605 local time.
Italian Alex Baldolini fought hard in the 7th round of the World Supersport championship in Imola this afternoon, charging to a well deserved 9th position on his Suriano Suzuki.
Alex who underwent an operation to prevent arm pump less than two weeks ago, was understandably delighted with the result, his best since rejoining the Suriano family at Donington.
The result gives both Alex and the team a great deal of confidence for the second half of the season where their next target is the top 6.
Today's race was hectic at times, but Alex who is not scared of a good fight overcame a group of 5 riders including former World champion Fabien Foret to claim 9th position at the flag.
Alex Baldolini – 9th position: "Finally a good weekend where we could work consistently. In the second start, I had a good getaway from the line and for the whole race I was in a big fight. Little by little my confidence grew and I started to pass people. Marino was hard to pass but I am really happy because after my operation I can now ride with no pain. The team and I are improving race by race and the feeling with the Suzuki is really good. I want to thank Ninetto and the whole Suriano team because they put in a lot of hard work and a big effort to make us competitive but we deserved this top 10. We are going the right way and we need to keep pushing and making little steps forward. I also want to thank everyone who has stood by me and always trusts in me. Their support is very important to me. Thank you."
By Michael Hill Promotions
Alex Baldolini was once again inside the points finishers in the 6th round of the World Supersport championship at Portimao in Portugal this afternoon aboard his Suriano Suzuki.
The Italian who was experiencing his 2nd race with his team from last year, made an electrifying start and was soon well inside the top 15.
The early pace put Alex in contention for the top ten as he swapped positions with Roberto Rolfo, Massimo Roccoli and a group of other front running riders.
A lack of feeling in his arms caused by arm pump mid-way through the 20 lap race prevented a further push and at the flag he had to be content with 13th position and 3 world championship points to add to his 2013 tally.
Alex will now endure an operation to cure the problem ahead of round 7 at the legendary Imola circuit in his native Italy in 3 weeks.
Michael Hill Promotions