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WSBK in Portimao with Go Eleven and Loris Baz
Race 1 was one of the most exciting of the last years of the Superbike World Championship. Close fight for all the top positions, hard breakings, twists, and "old style" one-on-one. Loris did an incredible Race; starting well keeping his position, he started in pursuit of the group for the podium. In the first few laps he tried to save the tyre, with clean lines, then, from the middle of the race, he started his comeback. First on Gerloff and Locatelli, then he enters the fight between Haslam and Rinaldi, managing to pass them both in turn 1. From behind comes strong Bautista, who manages to put himself in third place and sets the pace, closing the challenge for the podium between himself and the Go Eleven Frenchman. In the last two laps, the two overtake each other several times, but in the end, in turn 15, the Honda Spaniard loses the front and crashes. Loris concludes third, with an aggressive race, always on the attack, proving that he already has the V4-RS in his hands. It's only the second round, the third race on the Ducati Go Eleven, but he seems to know it perfectly. What a ride, Loris!
A dream, this weekend in Portimao was a kind of dream, both for the Go Eleven team and for Loris Baz, who arrived from America without expectations, and found himself on the podium three times with stunning races and battles. Amazing what he did as a substitute rider, with just one race to adapt, in Jerez.
Sunday anyone has realized who he is and what Loris can achieve, if put in the right condition, and more than anyone else he deserves a saddle in the World Superbike Championship!
MotoGP of the Americas – Austin TX
Ducati Pramac Racing team starts the race from the second line of the grip with Martin P4 and Zarco P5.
Martin starts duelling against the two official Ducati riders and Rin’s Suzuki for the third place on the pole.
Unfortunately, during the last laps when he’s trying to take Bagnaia away from the P3 he’s assigned with a Long lap penalty so the pilot from Madrid has to surrender and finish the race in P5. This great position is a Victory for the Ducati Pramac Racing – first independent team on the race.
Let’s all keep in mind this is the very first season of the Martinator in the MotoGP, he’s also been involved in a bad accident that forced him to stop for some surgeries and recovery. Regardless, he’s now one of the most dreaded riders in the championship.
Despite Zarco’s fall, he’ss still in p5 in the general ranking.
This had definitely been a positive weekend for the teams supported by Accossato but we want to keep a low profile and avoid celebrations in order to show respect and our grief to Vinales family for the loss of the young talent Dean Vinales.
See you in Misano!