Race Report CIV Supersport Round 1 Mugello
I am incredibly happy to be back for the 2021 season in the super sport 600 class. We are back in Italy for the Italian CIV championship and the season starts at Mugello. I did not go home during the winter, so I had time to prepare for this year’s season physically and practically.
The weekend started off well with three free practice sessions for day one. I used these sessions to reacquaint myself with the track and get started on finding a setup for the weekend. During this day there is more time being spent behind the laptops by the technicians setting up engine breaking maps, fuel maps and general checkups before we can start to work on the details.
The track was not in the best condition due to cars being driven there the whole week leading up to the race, also it had been raining the days before, so the surface was quite green. When its like this, it can be difficult to find feeling and trust in the tires and you can easily be led on by what you think could be a setup problem, but I knew as the weekend went the track condition would change drastically.
First day working with the new team was great, I felt comfortable with them and all the guys were working hard to help me to find the right direction developing the bike. The day was challenging due to the weather conditions, the track was cold, and it was difficult to find the limit, but the as the day went on, we were improving the feeling every session.
Friday consisted of one official free practice and provisional qualifying one, Free practice went well with 25 minutes to try some new things with the bike and continue improving my riding.
I felt quite good and made some good laps, but we needed to keep working to close the gap to the front. With four hours until qualifying my team were working hard with the telemetry to find another step with the bike. Unfortunately, we went in the wrong direction with the bike, and I was unable to make a competitive lap time.
In race one, I knew I had my work cut out, but I also knew it was crucial to attack on the first lap to tuck in behind the group ahead. The first lap I was able to pass five riders and get myself into a good position with some very experienced riders. I was getting more confidence in the bike lap by lap and I was involved in four rider battle, I crossed the line in fourteenth. I was extremely happy with the direction we were working as a team as it was only track time standing the way of finding a good setup.
Sundays race we made another step towards the right direction. We took a little gamble and changed the bikes setup completely and we found something which worked well. I made a great start and made 7 positions on the first lap. We had a great pace in the early laps to go with the front group and I was in a great battle during the race and after an elbow out fight for the top ten. On the last lap I got pushed wide and lost a little time and I finished in thirteenth.
I think we had a good weekend as a whole working with the new team and bike it’s been great progress during the four days. It is good to start the season positive knowing where we need to improve to be able to fight in the top positions. This year I already feel grounded and I’m taking the weekend in a different way than before. The atmosphere in the team is good and I believe we will make steps in the coming races and we are already focused on Misano.
Thankyou to all my sponsors, supporters, friends and family for helping me make this weekend possible!
See you in Misano, Jack.