Superbike at Sepang: best result of the season for De Angelis on Aprilia RSV4 RF in Race2
The second race of the Malaysian round of the Superbike saw Alex De Angelis get his best result of the season and Lorenzo Savadori cross the finish line in points.
The Superbike race got underway sunday in rain conditions, but not as intense as that which has delayed the start of the Supersport class before. In wet conditions, the Iodaracing Team riders that started from the third row (Lorenzo Savadori) and fifth line (Alex De Angelis), did their best not to lose sight of the riders in front, managing to stay in one group .
Lap by lap, Alex De Angelis has been particularly effective in managing the bike in the wet conditions, also fighting with Michael Van Der Mark and Tom Sykes, with his pace close to the front group. With the Dutch Honda rider, De Angelis battled until the last of the sixteen laps for the Superbike race, ending in seventh place.
A bit more difficult was the race of Lorenzo Salvadori, who has not found himself particularly at ease with his Aprilia RSV4RF the wet. The rider has nevertheless sought in every way to not get out of the points, ending his race in fourteenth place. At the end of the Malaysian round, the world championship standings see Lorenzo Savadori in tenth place with 66 points and Alex De Angelis in fourteenth place with 41 points.
The World Superbike will be back on track again May 27 for Round of the UK free practice at the iconic Donington Park.
Superbike at Sepang: unlucky Race1 for Savadori and De Angelis
It‘s over sooner than expected the first of two Malaysian Round races for Alex De Angelis and Lorenzo Salvadori.
After the qualification rounds SP1 and SP2, the race taken at 16.00 local time, saw Lorenzo Savadori start from the third row with the seventh fastest time and Alex De Angelis starting from the fifth row with the thirteenth time trial. Sadly the race ended early for both. De Angelis crashed on lap nine of the sixteen planned, while Savadori has he slipped one round later.
Both drivers have fallen by the sudden loss of front-end grip without previous signs. De Angelis crashed while fighting for the twelfth position, while Savadori has followed the same fate as his teammate one lap later while trying to climb the top ten.
After the first race in Sepang, the situation of the standings sees Lorenzo Savadori ninth with 64 points and Alex De Angelis sixteenth with 32 points.
Superbike at Sepang: Aprilia on top with Savadori after the first practices
The first day of practice at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia for the sixth weekend of the 2016 season in the Superbike races, was closed in very positive way for Aprilia thanks to the best absolute time clocked by Lorenzo Savadori at the end of FP2.
The novice rider in the Superbike and the Superstock 1000reignin Champion, is demonstrating a surprising ability to adapt to the new category evidencing a brilliant management of the sessions. Savadori has worked with the team to continuously improve the performance of his Aprilia RSV4RF, managing to get the best time just a few minutes left in the time available for FP2.
The rider of the Team Iodaracing that did not run in Malaysia since 2008, when he still ran in the 125 class, he got, in addition to direct access in Superpole 2, the best time on the new Sepang asphalt with 2.03.951. The good performance achieved in the “free practice” will not rest Iodaracing Team and Aprilia engineers who follow Savadori.
The priority now is to get a good position in SP2 and resolve difficulties in the second half of the race, as found in the previous rounds.
“Definitely see your name in front of all in the time sheet is very satisfying, and I entered immediately in Superpole 2 too on a track that had not raced for years and that for me is really unknown. But we must be realistic, we are doing our job for the race so my priority is to improve the second half of the race and this is the real challenge for us. I want to share my satisfaction for the best time of today with Iodaracing Team and Aprilia, and I want to say thanks to them for the work they are doing and for the help they are giving me sharing their big experience, especially here in Malaysia. For me this track is made even more treacherous by the new asphalt because in these conditions there is not a real line to follow, and then because I miss from Sepang since 2008, when I was racing in 125cc and riding the RSV4RF SBK, all is new for me here and having obtained the best time of the day is a great satisfaction”.