Race Report CIV Supersport Round 2 Misano
We are back for the second round of the 2021 season at the Misano world circuit. I was happy to back as this is a track as there are a mixture of fast flowing corners and slow technical sections. From Thursday to Sunday the weather was difficult to predict so we were in for a busy weekend. Thursday started off well with three free practice sessions. These sessions were especially important to find a good rhythm and reacquaint myself with the track. My feeling throughout the day was improving as we made steps with the setup of the bike and my riding. We were faced with challenging winds in the afternoon, and I suffered a small crash while being pushed offline onto a dirty section of the track. Fortunately, the bike and myself were ok but I had to finish the session early and look forward to Friday.
FRIDAY. We made some changes for qualifying, but I had some problems with a lack of feeling from the front tire. I was on a great lap that was going to put me inside the top ten, but I suffered from another fall at the penultimate corner. I was very disappointed with myself as I was fast, and the fall was very surprising to me as I was getting no warning.
SATURDAY. Despite some changes made during the night, I struggled again with my feeling and was not able to make a competitive lap time and concluded the session in twenty-third. The start of the race was going quite well, with making a great start and picking off positions on the first lap but as I came around for the second lap, I suffered from another fall at the second corner. It was difficult to explain as I had made the same line and movements as the whole weekend so far. At that point I knew we were in a particularly challenging situation with the bikes setup as I was suffering unpredictable falls that I could not explain. On a positive note, there was next to no damage to bike, and I was able to re-join and finish the race.
SUNDAY After a long night speaking with the team and pouring over data of the bike, we decided to revert to a setup that we knew and manage the race as it were. All day the clouds were looking dark, and the rain held off, then it drizzled ten minutes before race start and we put on the wet tires. I saw it as a good opportunity to take advantage of a challenging condition where I could make the difference. I made a great start and as we entered turn one, I gained three positions then as we exited turn two the rider ahead suddenly jumped on the brakes to avoid a crash, I ran into the back of the bike ahead and broke the end off my handlebar and veered off to the left as the rider that crashed slid across the front of my bike. I had to take a detour through the gravel trap, by that time I had lost more than ten seconds. I endured a lonely but challenging race as the track was drying and we were using wet tires and I finished the race in P17. This has been one of the most challenging weekends I have ever endured, the results have not reflected the hard work and good progress we have been making. I will take the positives that the speed and will continue to work hard and arrive prepared for the next round at Imola.
I would like to thank my sponsors, supporters and family standing by me in difficult weekends like this.