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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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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

Photo by Hazrin Cric

 

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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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