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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Photo Credit to Vaclav Duska Jr.
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.”
Photo by Vaclav Duska Jr.
Alex Baldolini heads to Magny-Cours for the penultimate round of the World Supersport championship after another impressive result last time out aboard his privately entered Race Department ATL#25 MV Agusta
Alex Baldolini heads to Magny-Cours for the penultimate round of the World Supersport championship after another impressive result last time out aboard his privately entered Race Department ATL#25 MV Agusta.
Recently married, Baldo was eager to get racing again after the long break since the Malaysian round in Sepang and despite an issue during qualifying where she slipped back, the likeable Italian was never outside the top 8 in every other session.
6th in warm-up gave the whole team confidence and after a strong first part to the race things were looking good for the former podium finisher.
The latter part of the race saw a dip in performance as the tyre went away but nevertheless another top ten aboard a privately entered machine is impressive.
Alex Baldolini - “It's been a positive weekend. After this long summer break I was looking forward to riding my MV again and being at Jerez circuit was great. During the sessions we were always within the top 8, however the worst session was the qualifying session, where we had some problems because of the hot weather. After finishing the warm up in 6th position I was relaxed and I knew I could make a good race. I had a good start and for the first half of the race I had a good pace, my gap from the leader was 6-7 seconds, which was the same gap I had to the rider behind me. tried to push to overtake Faccani but I nearly crashed more than 4 times. I finished the race 7th which is good but the fact of losing 7-8 seconds in the last 5 laps makes me angry as we could have been much closer to the winner. I raced with a broken toe at Jerez so with all of this considered I cannot be too unhappy. I see you all in Magny-cours!”
The French round of the series takes place this week with the season finale under floodlights in Qatar a fortnight later.
The heat, humidity combined with a tyre and engine problem could not prevent Alex Baldolini notching up his 6th top ten finish of the year in round 9 of the World Supersport championship at the Sepang Internatinal circuit on Sunday, the Italian elevating himself to 8th overall in the points standings with 3 races to go.
Another strong weekend saw Alex running close to the fastest times in all sessions, and an encouraging 4th in morning warm up gave him and the team great hope of a possible podium fight.
The race however saw the privately entered MV Agusta rider plagued from lap 3 with a lack of grip. Starting from 8th on the grid the tyre issue coupled with a yet unknown engine problem that meant he had no straight line speed in comparison to the previous sessions.
Nevertheless, Baldolini used his experience to finish a credible 10th, a mere second behind Christian Gamarino in 9th and comfortably ahead of the 11th placed finisher Dominic Schmitter.
In the championship Baldolini is now only 18 points behind 6th placed Roberto Rolfo, the Race Department ATK #25 rider focused firmly on improving further before the final chequered flag in Qatar.
Alex Baldolini – 10th in Sepang and now 8th overall in the WSS championship standings: “Obviously I'm not totally happy with this race, especially after the good practices, qualifying and the warm up. My target was to try to repeat the top 5 of Misano and after the 4th best time in the warm up I was really motivated and thought it was possible. I made a good start and I was running sixth but unfortunately I felt the engine wasn't as fast as throughout the weekend and I also had tyre problems after three laps. However it is another top ten achieved in our first year, we are after all running private bike. In all the races we have finished we have been inside the top 10 and I'm now 8th in the championship standings, which is good if we bear in mind I had 3 consecutives DNF’s due to engine problems. I'm looking forward Jerez round, I really like that track and I will be pushing for the top 6 if not the podium.”