Race Report: CIV Italian Championship, Round 5, Mugello

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The JDSMoto team and I were at Mugello for the fifth round of the CIV Speed Championship. It was good to be back at Mugello a circuit where I had previously ridden before back in May. We rebuilt the engine before this round and I was eager to see how my bike stacked up against the competition.

Friday – Morning free practice we used old tyres checked the bike setup as it was completely different to what I had used back in round two and also the lap times were two seconds faster since then.

Qualifying one was difficult the whole session I was in twenty-eighth position, I came into the pits four or five times trying to find a group I could join and then with forty seconds to go I was able to put in a last lap dash to position seven. I was thinking tomorrow I go with the group from the start and try to take advantage of the slipstreams.

Saturday – Qualifying two the pace is very tight, I got one good lap in and ended up in tenth, I was fighting the bike when changing direction, but apart from that I felt ok, so the goal is to make a good start and fight in the front group.

Race one I didn’t get the best of starts and fell back to thirteenth, the group ahead pulled a gap in the early stages but slowly over the race we caught back up and were fighting for fourth position. A group of eight were constantly battling and losing touch with the first three riders, on the last lap I made my way from seventh position to fourth and came out of the last turn at the front of the group but then seven riders slipstream past down the straight to the line and I ended up in eleventh! It was a crazy race and I knew I needed a better plan going into race two.

Sunday – We tried something new in the 9.00am warm up and it was better, so I was keen for race two but would have to wait for the at 5.20pm start time. Race two I made a great start and in a half a lap made up five positions from position p10, I was gaining ground on the first four. I was coming around the Correntaio curve a downhill right-hander the bike’s exhaust pipe dug into the ground and the bike spun out from underneath me. I was okay but disappointed we could not put on a good race; we are still looking for a solution of why it happened. We are a lot closer with the bike now and I will be ready to do battle again for a final round in two weeks’ time at Vallelunga.

Big thanks to my team, my sponsors, supporters, friends & family for making my racing possible!

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