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2017 WorldSSP Assen Netherlands

28 April 2017

Caricasulo and Mahias Make Promising Start at the Cathedral

Caricasulo and Mahias Make Promising Start at the Cathedral

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Federico Caricasulo and Lucas Mahias made a promising start to this weekend’s Dutch round of the FIM World Supersport Championship in Assen, taking third and fourth respectively.

Italian Caricasulo struggled in the opening session with a collarbone injury carried over from the last round in Aragón. He was only able to complete a couple of laps in the morning, but a healing session in Clinica Mobile and an inspired change of body position and riding style saw him back on form in the afternoon and confidently up to third in the timesheets with a 1’39.349s lap, just 0.399 from top.

Aragón race winner Mahias was equally challenged in the morning practice, struggling to find consistency in the ever-changing Assen weather conditions. Despite completing the day still hunting for the perfect set up for the race, he had no trouble dropping a 1’39.377s lap to take fourth and ensure a place in Superpole 2 tomorrow.

Interviewed: Federico Caricasulo

Today was really difficult because I have a lot of pain in my left shoulder after Aragon. In the first session it was impossible to do more than a couple of laps. I worked in Clinica Mobile a lot and changed my position on the bike to use the rest of the body and it was much easier in the second session. I’m confident for tomorrow; I think we can be in the first three positions. The R6 is great here, the bike is very good and the front end is working well under braking to enter the corners well.”

Interviewed: Lucas Mahias

Today was a difficult day, especially this morning because the weather was changing a lot. I pushed a lot for one lap to get in to the top ten for qualification in the afternoon, and was able to finish fourth, but it was just one fast lap. My rhythm for the race is not great yet, but we are working with the team on it. For qualification we are ok, but for the race we need to work more on the pace for consistency to ensure we can finish in a good position.”

Interviewed: Filippo Conti

Today was a good day, both riders are straight in to SP2. From Federico’s side it was a fantastic performance considering his injuries from his crash in Aragón. If he had pain he simply rode over it. For Luca, he doesn't feel 100% comfortable as he did in Aragón. We are trying to understand how to make the bike better. The crew are working hard to find solutions and we are confident we will make a step for tomorrow, and of course for the race. We need to make some little changes here and there and he will be ready to fight.”

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