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2017 WorldSSP Donington Park Great Britain

26 May 2017

Determined Start in Donington for Mahias and Caricasulo


Determined Start in Donington for Mahias and Caricasulo<br />
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Pata Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team riders Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo made a determined start to the UK round of the 2017 Supersport World Championship today in sweltering sunshine at the Donington Park circuit. Mahias completed the day in fourth in the combined times, with Caricasulo in 12th.

Championship leader Mahias was quick to find his pace in the first morning practice, working through some set up changes on the flowing Donington circuit to finish in third, just 0.258s from top. The afternoon saw track temperatures rise even further, in a session interrupted with a red flag at the halfway point. Mahias remained consistent, continuing his form from the morning to finish in fourth on the overall times with a 1’31.451 best lap.

Teammate Caricasulo was unfortunate to experience another challenging first day of practice to kick off his race weekend. The young Italian managed only limited laps in the morning but was back on track for the hot afternoon practice, making up for lost time to make a step from his morning time of 1’33.755. He completed the day in 12th with a 1’31.880.

The combined times mean Mahias will go straight to Superpole 2 at 12:25pm GMT tomorrow, with Caricasulo starting his challenge for grid position slightly earlier in Superpole 1 at midday.

Interviewed: Federico Caricasulo

Unfortunately, we couldn’t do much in the morning due to the technical issue. In the afternoon, the team worked very well to set up the bike, but after missing most of FP1 it was impossible to break into the top ten. I am confident tomorrow that we can make progress and I hope to improve my lap time. The aim is to get through into SP2 and then see what we can do.”

Interviewed: Lucas Mahias

t was a very good day and great weather here at Donington. It’s almost like a new track to me, I have only ridden it once before in 2015, but then I only did 20 laps. Therefore, this morning was tricky as I got used to the track, but after five laps I came back to the box and I was third. That was nice. I have been working a lot with the team to improve the bike, especially for the race. This afternoon I focused on a long run to work on my race pace and my rhythm was very good. I am very happy as the R6 is very good and I am confident for tomorrow.”

Interviewed: Filippo Conti

I am very happy, because today has worked out very well. Federico did a great job and was so close to getting through to SP2, but got held up in the last corner by a slower rider. Lucas was once again very consistent and everything went to plan. This morning his aim was to finish in the top three and in the afternoon focus on race pace and long runs. He stuck to this plan perfectly, and we are very happy with his fastest lap time, but also his consistency. He is always very happy, because he has a great feeling with the R6, and we managed to make a few small adjustments this morning to make it even better. Tomorrow I think Lucas is in a very good position. Federico needs to get through SP1, but I don’t think this will be an issue, as he has very good pace and we will give it our best.”



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