The iconic Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola (IT) hosted the fifth round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship this Sunday, and it was the home race for MV Agusta Reparto Corse team. Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti had an impressive race, finishing 2nd and 6th, while Leon Camier finished in the top 5 for the World SBK race.
World SBK – Race 2
Leon Camier rode his MV Agusta F4 RC into the top 5 at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, getting 11 more points to his overall standing. The Italian squad, led by the Team Manager Andrea Quadranti, showed how their persistence in setting up the bike over the weekend paid off, along with the excellent riding performance by Camier, the team took home another important result, especially at a challenging track like Imola.
Camier is currently 9th in the overall ranking and for the next world World SBK round in Malaysia, at the Sepang International Circuit, Camier will seek to consolidate its placement in the Top 10 overall standing.
The great performance of the team in this race was the chance to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna, who tragically lost his life at Imola on May 1 1994 . Given the great friendship between Ayrton Senna and Claudio Castiglioni, historic patron of MV Agusta, the Schiranna based manufacturer decided to honor this event with a photo of the team with the F4 Senna version.
Really, really happy to be honest. The start wasn’t so good, I got caught behind the BMW and some other riders and it was quite difficult to pass, so as soon as I could I passed them. Unfortunately, Giugliano was too far from me. I am very happy with the feeling with the bike and with the changes we made between Race 1 and 2. Big thanks to everyone in the team for the awesome job.
Jules Cluzel finished in 2nd place at the Imola Round of World SSP, and stepped up in 3rd place in the overall championship standings, just 13 points behind the number two rider.
After winning the Tissot-Superpole 2 on Saturday’s qualifying, Cluzel also dominated the early stages of the World SSP Race. In the first phase, French rider got off the line well for the Italian team on his F3 675, then maintaining his pace until the race was red flagged after just 3 laps, with a consequent restart for a shortened distance. The new start saw the race shortened to 11 laps and Cluzel immediately found an excellent race pace and started fighting in the top three, to finish in 2nd place behind rival Kenan Sofuoglu.
Cluzel’s teammate Lorenzo Zanetti fought among the top positions in the race, to finish in 6th position under the checkered flag.
I’m very happy because the second place is definitely a good result in a race so difficult. I could have won but I had some problems early in the race and I still haven’t figured out what happened. When I passed Jacobsen I tried to get close even to Kenan but it was too late because there were only two laps to go. We did a really good job here at Imola, and I cannot wait to be back on track for the next Race in Malaysia.
Finally, we were back to a very positive weekend, without problems or complications. At the same time I am a little bit disappointed since we had the pace to do even better, but honestly, we still lack something to keep the pace of Jules. In the next races, we will try to close this gap. What really matters now is we showed we can fight with the riders in the front.