Alex Baldolini heads to Donington Park this weekend full of optimism after a post Monza team change will see him line up on the British grid with his former team, Suriano Racing.
Alex is no stranger to the family run team having had his debut World Supersport season last year with the then Triumph team.
This year Suriano Racing are Suzuki powered and are already making people sit up and take note as young South African Matthew Scholtz has secured some encouraging results.
With a podium finish at Misano last year, Alex could well spring some surprises over the coming races as he looks to get his season back on track.
Alex Baldolini: "I am delighted to return to Ninetto Suriano's team, and am anxious to get back in the saddle GSX-R after the positive experience in the Christmas trophy race at Vallelunga. Unfortunately, the season has not started in the best way for me, but I am convinced that with the help of everyone at Suriano Suzuki we can soon be back in the positions that we were expecting before the season. I've seen the great work done by the team on the bike after only four races with a completely new bike, it has improved spectacularly and I am looking forward to working with Matthew to make even better results. I'm really happy and focused and I want to thank all the people who made it possible for my return to Team Suriano. "
After a disappointing opening round at Phillip Island, Lorini Honda rider Alex Baldolini dug deep to salvage a spirited 11th position in the 2nd round of the 2013 World Supersport championship at the Motorland Aragon circuit earlier today.
The former moto 2 and world supersport podium finisher is still seeking an ideal setting for his machine after switching from Triumph to Honda this year but both he and the team are pleased with the progress that they are making and look forward to further improvements at Assen in two weeks time.
Alex Baldolini – Lorini Honda: "We know the engine wasn't so fast today so I tried to stay near the others but they start to go away even in the first lap. I tried to save my tyre to push at the end to pass Marconi and Roccoli. I managed to pass Massimo but Marconi's bike was faster. I'm not totally happy but we will work hard to fix the speed of the bike and try our best at Assen."
Alex Baldolini looked like pulling off a solid 11th position finish until tyre wear issues prevented any further advancement through the field.
The Lorini Honda rider had a difficult opening weekend to this year's campaign suffering a fall on Friday and several set up isssues with his new machine. Despite these problems the former WSS podium finisher raced hard and after starting 20th soon found himself just outside the top ten.
A dejected Baldolini was obviously disappointed at the end of the shortened 15 lap encounter and he will now focus on achieving a stronger result when the championship heads back to Europe in mid April for round two.
Alex Baldolini (15th) - 'It has been a weekend to forget. I am sorry for everyone who woke up or didn't sleep to see me race. I was up to 11th but I had many tyre blisters during the last 6 laps. My tyres were finished and it was impossible to ride. I am very disappointed to have started the championship this way. We have a lot of work to do but we must look forward to Aragon where we will do our best to achieve the best possible result.'
(By Michael Hill Promotions)
Italian Alex Baldolini had a mixed day in Phillip Island, Australia for the opening round of the World Supersport Championship.
After an encouraging test earlier in the week, the former 250cc GP and Moto 2 star was optimistic of a good result but a crash in the opening free practice session this morning left the Italian nursing a bruised knee and facing a race against time to make it out for qualifying.
The Lorini Honda team worked their magic and despite missing the opening ten minutes Alex qualified in a provisional 17th.
This may appear on paper to be a lowly position but with less than 0.7 seconds covering the riders placed 3rd to 18th, Alex is confident of qualifying stronger tomorrow.
Alex Baldolini (P17) - 'It's been a tough day. In the morning there were lots of crashes and I also crashed at the end of the session. It was an unusual crash and hurt quite a lot especially my hips and my knee. We were late to start qualifying as the bike wasn't ready but the team managed to fix it. I was improving at the end of the session but I had a big moment in the last corner and I almost crashed again so I couldn't improve. Third position is not so far, I just need to lower some tenths. Tomorrow we will try to improve the settings and do our best to qualify strongly.'
Sunday's race has been reduced to 15 laps on the grounds of safety concerning tyre wear.