Imola (Italy) - May 10th 2015
Spectacular racing weekend for FALCO riders at 5th round of WSBK Championship in Italy.
The hot days at Autodromo Internazionale "Enzo e Dino Ferrari“ of Imola ended respectively with an excellent seventh and eighth place for argentinian Leandro Mercado, local hero Matteo Baiocco finished eighth and nicely Sixth, young frenchmen Chris Ponsson grabbed a fourteenth and a DNF during two spectacular Superbike races held in front of almost 65.000 enthusiasts italian fans.
Leandro Mercado #36: "It was a really positive weekend during which we were able to solve some problems we had in the past races. Today we could ha finished Race 1 fifth, if the race wouldn’t have been suspended by the red flag. It’s a pity, but I am satisfied with my seventh place anyway. In race two I couldn’t do a good start and in the first laps I lost some positions. I had a contact and I finished on the gravel and when I got back on track the other riders were already too far. During the last laps I was able to get closer, but it was too late. In spite of that I am really happy with the steps forward that we made this weekend! Now we have to start thinking about the next rounds“.
Matteo Baiocco #17: “I’m really pleased with today’s two races, which went to making up for yesterday unlucky Superpole episode. I was able to see that if we’d started a little further ahead on the grid I would have been able to make a great race. A solid result in terms of the championship anyway, two good positions and consistency throughout the races. The team has worked really well and these results give us confidence for the next races. I would like to thank everyone who was here, Genesio Bevilacqua and all my staff, who never set a foot wrong and who have helped me complete two strong races. I will continue to try and repay them with results that are equal to or better than these.”
Chris Ponsson # 23: "Today was a positive day. In the first race I had a good start and tried to maintain a pace throughout the race, at least until 'was not the red flag. On the restart, I could still keep my pace up to record my best lap in the very last round. Even in race 2 I made a good start, gaining two positions and the changes we made seemed to yield positive results. the first three rounds were good, then unfortunately there has been a problem to rear brake caliper which forced me to retire. Now we still have a good basis from which to improve further as early as next round at Donington.
The next seasonal round will take place in two weeks, on May 24th, at the English track of Donington Park.