The Althea Racing team is fully prepared for this weekend’s Russian round of the Superbike World Championship, taking place for the first time at Moscow Raceway. This is the first international motorcycle event to be hosted at the brand new track, which officially opened just last month.
Riders Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano are looking forward to the challenges that a brand new track will present; putting all of the Superbike riders on an even playing field, it will be interesting to see who adapts best to the circuit at this crucial point of the championship.
Riders will a first taste of the track during tomorrow’s test session, ahead of the first practice session on Friday. After ten of fourteen rounds, current champion Checa lies in fourth position in the classification with 220.5 points, behind Sykes (222.5), Melandri (263.5) and Biaggi (274). Davide is tenth in the rider’s standings, well within reach of the riders immediately ahead of him, Fabrizio and Guintoli.
Forced to deal with the very unstable weather conditions at the recent Silverstone round, Checa took care to stay upright and finish the races rather than risk a crash, closing in fifth and sixth position. Giugliano crossed the line ninth in race 1, before crashing out of race 2 in the very wet conditions.
Both Carlos and Davide will be fighting hard in Sunday’s races to improve their respective positions in the championship standings.
“It will be interesting to see this brand new track, we don’t know so much about it seeing as it only officially opened a couple of months ago. There is a fairly long straightway which won’t help us but, on the flip side, it’s an anti-clockwise track and I always prefer left-hand tracks. The goal is always the same, to give 100% and aim for the win. There are eight races still to run this season, meaning 200 points are still up for grabs…”
“I cannot predict how things will go this weekend. We need to see how Wednesday’s test day goes and then build on that starting with Friday’s first practice session, but I hope I can adapt quickly to the new track. It’s perhaps an advantage that no-one knows the circuit so we’ll all in the same boat this time. We’ll see what we are able to do but I can guarantee that I will be giving my all as always.”
Name: Moscow Raceway
Length of circuit: 3.931 km
Pole Position: right
Race distance: 25 laps = 98.275 km
LAP RECORDS: new circuit 2011 RESULTS: new circuit
Source: Althea Ducati
FG_AUTHORS: Mark Morrison