Samuele and Loris complete all three WorldSBK races at home, Gimbert shows great race pace on Saturday
Round 3 of the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship took place at a familiar venue for TPR Pedercini – the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli – the home race for the squad.
Competing in both WorldSBK (Round 3) and WorldSSP300 (Round 2), the squad were looking forward to putting on a show for the fans, who after a more than a year of absence, were allowed back into the circuit, albeit in limited numbers.
The weekend itself saw Superbike riders, Samuele Cavalieri and Loris Cresson continue to adjust to life in the premier class, the pair producing the first triple finish for both riders in the series to date, which bodes well as the series heads to the UK and Donington Park for Round Four in a fortnight.
In WorldSSP300 Johan Gimbert showed impressive race pace on Saturday to finish 23rd, whilst on Sunday he was not so fortunate, the Frenchman taken out through no fault of his own on the opening lap of Race 2.
“We made a lot of laps during the Free Practice and continue to improve. I was able to finish in the Top Twenty in Race 1 and was looking forward to the races on Sunday. It was much hotter on Sunday, but we improved a little bit more and I was able to achieve a best result of P17, but the feeling that I want is still not quite there. I want to thank the team for their hard work, to the sponsors and to say a big thank you to the fans – it was great to see them and hear them back at the track this weekend.”
“We made a good step in the morning Warm Up compared to the race on Saturday and also in the Superpole race. The feeling was good, but we knew that with the extreme heat we may struggle, and it was like this in Race 2. Anyway, we continue to learn, and we are understanding the way that we need to go. Thanks to the team, Max and Nico did a great job as did everyone. I am looking forward to Donington Park on a Superbike as I have only ridden there in Supersport.”
“I struggled before Race 1 to find the feeling. I was losing the front everywhere and in qualifying we had a small problem. I started thirty-seventh and ended twenty-third which is not too bad, but we need to improve on the opening day at the next round to allow us to fight where we know we can be. Unfortunately, on Sunday I was taken out and unable to even make one lap. It’s disappointing but sometimes racing is like this.”
“The start of the season has not been easy for us, but we remain calm, and we continue to work and do our best. Both Loris and Samuele were able to gain more experience and finish all three races, which is the first time this year that this has happened, and I am sorry for Johan because he showed a great determination on Saturday and today it was completely out of his control. We go to Donington Park next where will continue to do our best and we look forward to further improvements there.”