Suriano Suzuki achieved their best grid placing after Alex Baldolini’s late surge saw him finish 5th in the opening qualifying session at the Moscow Raceway this afternoon.
Baldolini who returned to the Suriano ‘family’ at Donington has been improving race by race and arrived in Russia full of confidence.
The step forward by the team is clear for all to see and today’s qualifying result is proof of the effort that the whole Suriano Suzuki team are putting in.
Final qualifying takes place tomorrow afternoon at 1605 local time.
Italian Alex Baldolini fought hard in the 7th round of the World Supersport championship in Imola this afternoon, charging to a well deserved 9th position on his Suriano Suzuki.
Alex who underwent an operation to prevent arm pump less than two weeks ago, was understandably delighted with the result, his best since rejoining the Suriano family at Donington.
The result gives both Alex and the team a great deal of confidence for the second half of the season where their next target is the top 6.
Today's race was hectic at times, but Alex who is not scared of a good fight overcame a group of 5 riders including former World champion Fabien Foret to claim 9th position at the flag.
Alex Baldolini – 9th position: "Finally a good weekend where we could work consistently. In the second start, I had a good getaway from the line and for the whole race I was in a big fight. Little by little my confidence grew and I started to pass people. Marino was hard to pass but I am really happy because after my operation I can now ride with no pain. The team and I are improving race by race and the feeling with the Suzuki is really good. I want to thank Ninetto and the whole Suriano team because they put in a lot of hard work and a big effort to make us competitive but we deserved this top 10. We are going the right way and we need to keep pushing and making little steps forward. I also want to thank everyone who has stood by me and always trusts in me. Their support is very important to me. Thank you."
By Michael Hill Promotions
Alex Baldolini was once again inside the points finishers in the 6th round of the World Supersport championship at Portimao in Portugal this afternoon aboard his Suriano Suzuki.
The Italian who was experiencing his 2nd race with his team from last year, made an electrifying start and was soon well inside the top 15.
The early pace put Alex in contention for the top ten as he swapped positions with Roberto Rolfo, Massimo Roccoli and a group of other front running riders.
A lack of feeling in his arms caused by arm pump mid-way through the 20 lap race prevented a further push and at the flag he had to be content with 13th position and 3 world championship points to add to his 2013 tally.
Alex will now endure an operation to cure the problem ahead of round 7 at the legendary Imola circuit in his native Italy in 3 weeks.
Michael Hill Promotions
After missing virtually the entire opening free practice session yesterday, Alex Baldolini rescued a credible 18th position in qualifying for the 6th round of the World Supersport championship in Portimao this afternoon.
The likeable Italian who returned to his former Suriano Team at Donington park is still learning the Suzuki machine and both he and the team are happy with the progress that they are making.
Both he and team mate Mathew Scholz are making good progress every time they take to the track and with the times so close, a top ten finish for 'baldo' is possible tomorrow.
The 20 lap World Supersport race at the undulating Portuguese circuit is scheduled to start at 1330 local time.
photos courtesy of Formula Photograhie
Suriano Suzuki grabbed the last world championship point at Donington Park this afternoon after pulling off a last corner move that saw him finish in a very encouraging 15th position.
Baldolini rejoined his former team this weekend and looks set to remain with them for the duration of 2013.
Having used the weekend as an extended test everyone involved is looking forward to the next race in Portimao, Portugal in a fortnight.
Alex Baldolini – 15th position: "It was a satisfying result this weekend. It was tough because everything was new but the whole team have worked very hard. In the last corner it was do or die, there was a gap and I went for it. We can move on positive to Portimao now."