The 3rd round of the World Supersport championship at Motorland Aragon was one that Alex Baldolini can take a lot of pride from, despite the Italian failing to finish.
The ATK#25 Race Department MV Agusta rider was running 3rd until a technical failure robbed him of what looked odds on to be his best result of the year and most likely a podium finish.
A crash in qualifying left Baldolini in Superpole 1 meaning he had to finish in the top positions to progress to the final top 12 shootout. This he did with ease and after a good start and some late braking at the first corner he was soon. placed 4th. At the front Sofuoglu started to open a gap leaving Alex to fight it out with Randy Krummenacher and Jules Cluzel, the trio pulling away from the rest of the field.
However, on the seventh lap, just after he overtook Cluzel, the engine broke on the start straight and Alex had to jump over the pit wall to return to the box, losing the chance to finish on the podium. The cheering crowd was small consolation for what could have been at least 16 points if not 20 added to his championship tally.
The Race Department ATK#25 squad is really confident for the next few races after showing their true potential - they know they can fight at the front.
The next race will be held at Assen on 17th April, 2016.
Alex Baldolini: "The weekend finished in a very bad way. The engine broke when we were fighting for the podium. I just overtook Cluzel was third and boom the engine let go. I didn't imagine there was a problem with the bike, it never warned me before it stopped. I decided to attack and I am sure if the bike had kept going I had the pace to follow Krummenacher but unfortunately, after overtaking Jules the engine broke. We didn't deserve this, I was really comfortable on the bike, I love my MV Agusta and the setting was really good. It's a pity because I really think I could have finish on the podium and I'm disappointed for the whole team who are working so hard every session. We worked hard during all the weekend sorting out all the problems we faced on Friday. On Saturday the bike improved a lot and in the beginning of the race the bike was perfect. Now we can only think of what we can do at Assen bearing in mind all the positive things of this weekend. We have improved our level since the first two rounds of the championship and we are really close to the top positions so if we keep this kind of work, the result will arrive. I want to thank all the people on the grandstand who cheered me when my bike stopped. It would have been nice to hear them standing on the podium but at least they appreciated my effort. I also want to thank my friends who came here to watch the race. Unfortunately I could not give a good result to all the people who believe in me and in our project but we will keep pushing and believing. Thanks a lot to my team and all the Sponsors that make us being on the grid possible."
by Michael Hill Promotions