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Cardelus Joins Race Department ATK#25 For Aragon

Andorran Xavi Cardelús will replace Alex Baldolini in the third round of the season which is being held at Motorland Aragon from 31st March to 2nd April.
The Italian was forced out of the recent Thai round at the Chang International Circuit after a crash during FP2 left him with a broken left ankle. Alex underwent surgery last wednesday in Oglio Po Hospital by surgeon Alessio Pedrazzini, who operated on him last year after Magny Cours crash and is now focused on returning to the track as soon as possible. 
His absence gives an opportunity to young Moto2 racer Cardelus who will make his WorldSSP debut alongside Davide Pizzoli. 
Xavi Cardelús: I'm very happy and I want to thank the Race Department ATK#25 squad for the opportunity given to make my debut in the World Supersport Championship at Motorland. I'm surprised but honoured that Baldolini's team thought of me to replace him in this race and to have given me the chance to take part at a World level event. I have accepted their offer because it doesn't interfere with my plans with the Team Stylobike/Petronas squad who I will ride for in the Moto2 European Championship. The team asked me to race in Assen too if Alex is not able to do it but I can't since I have the first race of the Moto2 Championship so it's impossible. The main goal for me is do my best in what will be a new experience for me"

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"


by MHP

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Thai Round: Alex Baldolini Crashes during FP2. Unfit to race in Thailand and Motorland

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.

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Phillip Island, Race: Baldolini Shows Front Running Pace In World Supersport Opener, Pizzoli crashes

Alex Baldolini should have left the opening round of the 2017 Supersport World Championship with more than the 3 points that he collected, after leading the race in the early stages of the initial start and front running throughout of the shortened 10 lap restart. 
Qualifying a strong 6th aboard his Race Department ATK25 MV Agusta Baldo looked to be heading for a podium finish until a crash involving two of his rivals sent him onto the grass losing what would have been at worse a 3rd place finish. 
Despite being classified 13th Alex can move onto to Buriram in Thailand for round two in a fortnight with the confidence he can be a contender for the remainder of the season. 
On the opposite side of the garage WorldSSP Davide Pizzoli made solid progress throughout the weekend and can also look forward with optimism for the rest of the season. 

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 positionsIt'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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Pizzoli joins Baldolini in expanded Race Department ATK#25 squad

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. 

Baldolini returns for another assault on the World stage. The likeable Italian hopes to build on several front running performances last year with podium challenges the immediate goal. 
Both riders are keen to give 100% both on and off track, with Pizzoli excited to see what the Paddock Show is all about having heard so many good things from Baldo and those he knows within the WorldSBK paddock. 


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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Baldolini Continues Front Running Form At Donington

Alex Baldolini continued his front running form in the latest round of the World Supersport championship at Donington Park on Sunday, finishing 7th after qualifying on the second row. 
The weekend could have been a disaster though as during an early practice session Baldo was the victim of a late braking Kenan Sofuoglu. The Turkish rider misjudging his line into the hairpin before taking down the #25 rider. Thankfully Alex was unhurt and was able to qualify 4th after making it through Superpole 1. 
The race was pretty uneventful with Alex in contention for the top positions until rear grip started to play a factor. 
Nevertheless Alex is happy with the result and is looking ahead to his home race at Misano in a couple of weeks.  
Alex Baldolini: “It’s been a strange weekend, I was fast at a track where I have always had problems in the past and what's more I achieved my best grid position in World Supersport with a really good lap time. I started the race really well keeping my position during the first laps but then some riders overtook me with not so good movements and I lost a lot of time, nearly going straight into the gravel. I tried to overtake Zanetti as quickly as possible as he was quite slow and I was losing precious time but I went wide at the Fogarty esses. I pushed hard after losing a lot of time and I overtook both official MV riders once again. I was behind Badovini and soon overtook him to avoid losing contact with Rea and Stapleford. When I eventually overtook him they were a little bit far and I started having rear tire issues during the last seven laps. Kyle Smith overtook me two laps from the end, he had a great pace, I tried to follow him and tried to overtake him but it was so hard. I’m not satisfied with the result because I know without the mess at the begining I could have fought for fourth with the brits. However, my pace wasn’t so bad and we have to see the positive side of this weekend. Donington is not my favourite track and we have had a good performance here. Next race is our home race. I really love Misano it has always given me good memories and I'm certain we will be able to fight with the top runners there. I really want to thank all our sponsors and all my team for the great results and performances so far, not just in the UK but all season. See you in Misano”
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