The heat, humidity combined with a tyre and engine problem could not prevent Alex Baldolini notching up his 6th top ten finish of the year in round 9 of the World Supersport championship at the Sepang Internatinal circuit on Sunday, the Italian elevating himself to 8th overall in the points standings with 3 races to go.
Another strong weekend saw Alex running close to the fastest times in all sessions, and an encouraging 4th in morning warm up gave him and the team great hope of a possible podium fight.
The race however saw the privately entered MV Agusta rider plagued from lap 3 with a lack of grip. Starting from 8th on the grid the tyre issue coupled with a yet unknown engine problem that meant he had no straight line speed in comparison to the previous sessions.
Nevertheless, Baldolini used his experience to finish a credible 10th, a mere second behind Christian Gamarino in 9th and comfortably ahead of the 11th placed finisher Dominic Schmitter.
In the championship Baldolini is now only 18 points behind 6th placed Roberto Rolfo, the Race Department ATK #25 rider focused firmly on improving further before the final chequered flag in Qatar.
Alex Baldolini – 10th in Sepang and now 8th overall in the WSS championship standings: “Obviously I'm not totally happy with this race, especially after the good practices, qualifying and the warm up. My target was to try to repeat the top 5 of Misano and after the 4th best time in the warm up I was really motivated and thought it was possible. I made a good start and I was running sixth but unfortunately I felt the engine wasn't as fast as throughout the weekend and I also had tyre problems after three laps. However it is another top ten achieved in our first year, we are after all running private bike. In all the races we have finished we have been inside the top 10 and I'm now 8th in the championship standings, which is good if we bear in mind I had 3 consecutives DNF’s due to engine problems. I'm looking forward Jerez round, I really like that track and I will be pushing for the top 6 if not the podium.”