Race Report: CIV Italian Championship, Round 4, Misano

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My JDSMoto team and I raced the fourth round of the CIV championship at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, it turned out to be quite difficult due to some of the challenges we had been given. The Thursday practice first practice went ok, the week before this meeting the bike had a major overhaul replacing many damaged parts, a new chassis, new swingarm and forks. It definitely felt more responsive now but in recent times I have had a vague feeling with the front of the bike and in the second session I had a small crash in the last turn losing the front end.

This vague feeling from the front of the bike was holding me back in many places, another small problem I was having was getting passed down the straight, a few rules and regulations had been changed a week prior to the race meeting, but nothing that I thought could make much of a difference.Thursday evening, we came up with a solution for the front end feeling problem, we decided to make a radical change to find some sort of fix and try it in Friday FP1.

Friday morning the bikes handling was in the ball park but just needed a few more tweaks here and there, but again the bike seemed awfully slow, I was getting be out accelerated from riders who were behind me in the time sheets and not be able to stay in anyone’s slipstream. It was the third slowest bike through the speed trap by 18 kmph, I was losing one second down one straight and another second down the other. At the beginning of the year I knew that we were a little behind on power but when we get the bike handling good it doesn’t bother me, but we were caught by surprise this weekend.

We rolled into qualifying one with a positive outlook, I had a good feeling with the bike and in the session I found myself pushing incredibly hard in the corners, but I couldn’t stay in a slipstream. I was on the power five meters earlier than what I usually would be and the bike couldn’t physically turn anymore I was using all the track and more, all it could do was slide because there was so much force and momentum. It was Saturday morning and qualifying two, I pushed my hardest and I felt good on the bike in the corners, then we had an issue with the ECU and lost time in the pits, so I ended up way down the grid.

In race one I made up eleven places but was having trouble staying in the slip stream and lost touch with the group ahead, it was a hard race and I fought till the very end. Race two I made up fifteen places from my grid position, I was pushing hard, and I managed my way to sixteenth, we were chasing the lead group but again all the hard work I did in the corners was lost in acceleration and top end. It’s been a difficult weekend, but we are learning, we have found a better setup for the bike and we will try to improve the motor for the next round at Mugello.

The last two rounds have been really tough, but I am constantly over coming new challenges and problems. I will never stop believing and will continue to work hard for my dream. None of this would be possible without my team, my supporters, my sponsors and my family!



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