Suriano Triumph's Alex Baldolini has ended the official test session ahead of the Russian round of the World Supersport Championship in 13th position.
Having been 6th in the morning's first session, the likeable Italian (who claimed a podium finish earlier in the season) was hampered with problems which both he and the team were unable to resolve.
Alex is confident however that by the time official qualifying starts in 48 hours time that they will have achieved a setting to allow him to once again challenge the front runners.
The race on Sunday will be the first time that the World Supersport Championship has raced in Russia.
The 7th round of the World Supersport Championship took two attempts to complete following an initial red flag following an incident between Matthew Scholtz and Dan Linfoot.
When the race did finally get going it was the PTR Hondas of Sam Lowes, Jules Cluzel and Ronan Quarmby that made the early running with Suriano Triumph’s Alex Baldolini startin
g stongly in 5th.
With the leading four slowly edging away Alex found himself in a 7 rider battle with the Italian having to make some hard but fair moves to stay in the chasing pack.
By half distance the battle between Alex and the others in the group still raged and was doing all he could to hold on to 8th, a position that he managed to cling to until the flag.
The race was eventually won by Jules Cluzel ahead of his team mate Sam Lowes with Australian Broc Parkes claiming the final podium place.
After the disappointment of not finishing at Aragon and Brno, Alex is pleased to be back on the scoreboard and is looking forward to battling hard again in the remaining three championship races. Today’s result cements Alex in 8th position in the World Supersport Championship.
The next round takes place at the brand new Moscow Raceway in Russia on August 26th, 2012.
Suriano Triumph rider Alex Baldolini saved the best for last moving from 9th to the provisional front row of the grid in the opening qualifying session of the World Supersport Championship at Silverstone with his very last lap.
Having only completed 5 laps in the morning's Free Practice session due to a gearbox problem, the rider from Italy (who achieved a maiden WSS podium at Misano) made the most of the drying track to finish in 4th position. "I am happy especially after the problems this morning. The conditions were not ideal and I caught some traffic in the final sector which cost me a couple of tenths so overall I am satisfied" commented Alex.
Final qualifying for the British round of the World Supersport Championship takes place later today.