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Baldolini Looking Ahead after Sepang Result

 
Alex Baldolini added another 7 points to his World Supersport tally in 2016 after finishing 9th in a rain soaked 14 lap race at the Sepang International Circuit. 
 
Plagued by problems from the opening day which saw Free Practice 2 washed out courtesy of a Malaysian thunderstorm Baldo rode well but with confidence diminishing on a drying track he had to be content with 9th at the flag after losing two places in closing stages. 
 
Despite not finishing in the top 6 which on paper and based on the previous races was more than possible, Alex was full of praise for the Race Department ATK#25 team after they worked through the night to replace an engine before the race. 

Alex Baldolini: "It hasn't been a good weekend for sure. Things didn't go well from the first session and we lost the only one hour dry session to find a good setting and we paid for this on Saturday in Superpole. The race was delayed until after Superbikes so it meant a lot of waiting but we were ready. We started the race well on wet tyres and I thought I could stay with the leading group but I lost so much time overtaking Terol and when I did eventually make it through there was a 2 second gap to the next group. I pushed to try to catch them but I nearly crashed twice and as the track was drying my confidence with the bike was getting worse. I tried to keep the pace but in the last two laps Cluzel and Krummenacher overtook me. I'm really angry because we know we have the potential to do much better, as we have shown so far in the other races and we didn't take the opportunity to make a better result. Anyway we finished another race in the top 10, but we will work hard to be back closer to the front at Donington."

 

 

by Michael Hill Promotions

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Baldolini Finishes 4th At Imola

Italian Alex Baldolini just missed out on his first podium since 2012 after a spirited ride saw him race to a season's best 4th at Imola yesterday, cementing his place as a regular contender for podium finishes in the 2016 World Supersport championship. 
 
In a race that was initially red flagged for an on track incident, Baldolini made the most a solid restart to lock horns with compatriot and fellow MV Agusta rider Lorenzo Zanetti, getting the better of him and a 4 rider group to secure 4th at the end of an encouraging and well raced 11 laps. 
 
The result at iconic Imola elevates Baldo into the top 5 in the overall World Championship standings ahead of round 6 which takes place in Malaysia at the Sepang International circuit in a fortnight. 
 
Alex Baldolini: "It's been a good weekend a really good race. Before the red flag I was was already fifth and feeling good but then the race was stopped. I had a good start in the restart and could keep the pace of the leading group for more than half the race. On the last few laps I began to have problems with the tyres but even with less than perfect grip I could overtake Zanetti to finish 4th. Imola is a track I love so it's fantastic to reward all the team, my sponsors, my family and the fans with this result. The most important thing is that we are consistently finishing in the top 6 and fighting at the front in all races except in Aragon when I broke the engine when I was third. We have packed the flight cases and are ready for the next round in Malaysia where I hope to get even closer to the podium."
 
 
 
 
By Michael Hill Promotions
 
Photo Credit Vaclav Duska Jr.
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Baldo Shows Podium Pace in Spain

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."

 

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Strong Thai Result Puts Alex Equal 4th In World Supersport Standings

Alex Baldolini finished 6th in the second race of the World Supersport championship which took place today at the extremely hot and humid Chang International Circuit, in Thailand.

The result elevates Baldo to equal 4th in the overall classification as the series moves to Motorland Aragon, Spain for round 3. 

The Race Department ATK#25 rider started from  5th on the grid and was with the leading group during the first third of the race before losing touch slightly in the final laps. Nevertheless with this hot weather the performance of the engine wasnt as good as yesterday and so did the tyres, that FINiSHED before than they did on the free practices. After nearly crashing twice as the tyres started to fade in the extreme heat Alex decided to continue to push eventually taking the chequered flag less than 9 seconds behind the winner. 

Baldo was the best placed Italian rider and the second best MV Agusta entrant.

After the opening two overseas rounds the bikes will return to Europe to face the third round of the season which will be held on 3rd April at Motorland Aragon, Spain.

Alex Baldolini - 6th: It's been another good race where we have finished 6th again. We Are the second MV which is pleasing as we are a small private team. It wasn't an easy race, as it was much hotter today compared to the other days. This affected us a little as the engine wasn't as fast as previous days due too the high temperature. The tyres also went off before I expected. I was able to complete half of the race with the leading group but then I was forced to slow down my pace because I nearly lost the front twice. Unfortunately, Kyle Smith overtook me and I couldn't follow him.We finished 6th so we showed again our potential both in the race and qualifying. The next round is at Motorland Aragon, a track that I love. I can't wait to get back on track because many friends and family will come to the first European race"

 

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Baldo in Podium Fight At Phillip Island, Finishes 6th

The first World Supersport race of 2016 was an epic battle with many overtakes and amazing start to finish battling from start to finish which had the fans on their feet. Qualifying strongly on the second row, Alex started well and was on the leading group from the beginning, holding fifth position until the very end, just missing out on 2nd on the final lap when he dropped to 6th after he was hit by another rider which forced him wide. Fortunately Alex was able to cling on to 6th position claiming 10 points and the accolade of being the first MV Agusta rider to finish.

Understandably angry because of the last lap incident the Australian race has given Baldolini a lot of confidence and optimism for the rest of the season and he can't wait to ride again.

The second round of the series is in a fortnight at the Chang International circuit, Thailand with Alex and the Race Department Atk#25 ready to fight again.

Alex Baldolini - 6th: “It's been a good race and a solid start to the year. I started well and was always in the middle of the action. Some riders had problems, others crashed just ahead of me which forced me to lose some time, however, I was always able to catch the front group again. I was getting ready to attack and I was sure I could finish at least 4th, or maybe even third, when unfortunately Gamarino went into me and I was forced to go wide losing some positions and precious time. Luckily I managed not to fall, and was 6th at the flag. It's a good start for the season even if I'm not completely satisfied.”

 

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