Alex Baldolini: It's a pity that I have been injured. I started in a really good way in Australia, showing that we can fight for the podium positions. At Buriram we were testing some settings when I crashed, but I'm sure I would had been able to fight for the podium there too. Now I will have to watch the others race for a while. The surgery went well and as soon as my body will let me I will be back on my MV. I'm really happy Dadda scored his first points of the season in Thailand and I'm going to give all my support to him in the box to grow him and help him to improve. He knows Aragon circuit and he will feel more comfortable on the bike. I'm sure in this round he will make a big step forward. I'm happy to be substituted by Cardelus, he's young and fast and has experience with the 600 (moto2). He also knows the track well. We will do our best to support him so that he can adapt to our MV F3 quickly"
Alex Baldolini will take no further part in the second round of the Supersport World Championship at the Chang International Circuit after a crash in FP2 resulted in a broken ankle for the Italian.
Baldolini who was on course for a podium at Phillip Island until he was forced to take avoiding action of two rivals crashing out arrived in Thailand full of optimism and steadily improving the feeling with his Race Department ATK25 MV Agusta until disaster struck.
A highside sent the Italian flying and unfortunately he is unable to race. He will also miss the next round at Aragon.
By Michael Hill Promotions
Phillip Island, Race: Baldolini Shows Front Running Pace In World Supersport Opener, Pizzoli crashes
Alex Baldolini (13th): "I'm really angry, in the first crash it was my fault but not in the second one. I saw Jules bike coming into me and i tried to avoid the bike losing less time but i lost the front and with this the podium I am sure I would have got. I gave everything i had and I battled in the correct way during all the race but I recieved overtakings which where not 100% correct and I lost some positions. However, I could always overtake again and go back to the first three positions. It's a pity all our work ended up like this, we deserved the podium. We worked so hard during the tests and even yesterday to find a good setting for our new Bitubo suspensions and we really find a good one for the race. My bike was just perfect and I knew a win was possible. I have to keep in mind the positive things from that race: I know the red flag helped me and I had a second chance after my mistake while I was leading the race. I really thank all the people of my team that had worked so much during this week in Australia and I had my bike fixed in a few minutes. I really wish to pay back all this effort as soon as possible, my crew deserves it. See you in Thailand!"
Davide Pizzoli (DNF): "I did a good start on the first race and I was 15th but unfortunately the race was redflagged and we had to come back to the pits. In the second start I did it better than in the first one and I was within the group but due to the bad grip to which I'm not yet use to I started to have problems with the front and after three laps I crashed. It's the first race of the championship and there are 11 to go to do a better job, improve and gain experience."
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Teenage Italian Davide Pizzoli will join Alex Baldolini in an expanded two rider Race Department ATK#25 squad in 2017. The Italian duo will line up on a full grid of World Supersport rivals aboard an MV Agusta F3 675 - running numbers 7 and 25 respectively.
Pizzoli makes his World Supersport debut following successes in the Moto3 FIM CEV Repsol International Championship and several wildcard appearances in the World Championship.
Davide Pizzoli #7: “ I’m very happy to become part of Race Department ATK#25. I hope to adapt quickly to the new bike and the new team since. I can't wait to take part in World Supersport and I will do my best every race weekend to gain experience, score points and I will try to reach the leading positions as quickly as I can. There will be many new circuits but I believe in the team and Alex and am ready for the challenge."
Alex Baldolini #25: This will be the third season with my team and we have a really nice project for 2017. I’m very glad to have young Italian talent Davide Pizzoli in our box. Since 2002 I’ve been racing at world championship level and I think The team and I will be able to help Davide to adapt to the MV fast. I’m very confident for the new season - this year I’ve been really competitive but unfortunately the injury on the scaphoid took me out of action in the last two European rounds. I went to Qatar without knowing whether I would race but I could and even though I had a lot of pain in my hand I was fast in every practice and I also lead the race for one lap. Testing begins shortly after new year and then we head off in early February to Australia.
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