Part 2: WorldSBK quotes from Misano, Italy

Reaction from the paddock following round 3 of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship

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Round 3 of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship was full of ups and downs for the paddock. Some riders secured their first victories of 2021 whilst others had a weekend to forget.

Read on to see what the rest of the grid had to say about their weekend…

Eugene Laverty – RC Squadra Corse BMW

“The important thing is to get back on the horse and that is all today [Sunday] was. I am a racer and when I feel that I can ride the bike and score one point then I feel I owe it to my team and to BMW. So to score one point makes it worth it for me. Today [Sunday], I was physically far from 100 per cent but I am happy that I raced because this is the important thing, to get back on and then recover next week and be ready to come back 100 per cent strong again.”

Leon Haslam – HRC Honda

“Obviously the last race was a bit of a disaster as I lost the front in turn one, ran onto the green to try and save it but ultimately crashed. We have struggled with a few issues throughout the whole weekend, things we’ve been carrying since the first race actually. It’s a little strange as I’ve felt very positive during all the tests we have done. So yes, it was a less than ideal weekend here in Misano but we will work together as a team to seek a solution. We have some tests in a few days’ time before my home race at Donington where I hope to arrive feeling more like I did at the beginning of the year.”

Image: Team HRC

Alvaro Bautista – HRC Honda

“Today [Sunday] was tougher than yesterday [Saturday] because in the Superpole race we had a problem with the set-up that affected our whole race. Finishing outside the top nine also dropped us back on the grid for race two. I’m sorry because it was a small mistake, but it prevented us from performing well. In race two I was able to make a good start and gain a lot of positions but – on a more slippery track and considering the problems we’ve been having all weekend – I struggled more than yesterday. In the end I think eighth was the best possible result today. We have work to do, we know that, but we’ll get it done. I just want to thank HRC and the team as everyone’s working hard on this project.”

Andrea Locatelli – PATA Brixx Yamaha

“We improved a little bit today [Sunday] but in the end I am not really happy because I lost too much grip on full lean angle. I tried to stay with Bassani and Bautista in race two but it was not possible. In general, we improved during the weekend but maybe we lost too much time on Friday and we could not understand the best way to improve. But we will see now we have two days of testing in Navarra to learn the new track and also continue to work for the next races. For sure, we will not stop and make sure that we arrive ready for the next round of the championship.”

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Garrett Gerloff – GRT Yamaha

“It was a very challenging weekend – it started okay in practice, but then I could not even set a time in Superpole. Plus, I had to start from pit lane in race one, before starting from the back again in the Superpole race. It was definitely a mentally challenging weekend, but I am super happy to end it like this [P5 in race two], it gives me a lot of confidence. Massive thanks to the whole team for their support, for their belief in me and for their positivity. Race two was the best I have felt with the bike all weekend and, had we had the same setup in qualifying and for the first race, I think we could have fought at least for the podium.”

Michael Van Der Mark – Motorrad BMW

“I think we should not be really happy with this result. In this morning’s [Sunday’s] Superpole race I made a mistake by myself. I entered T1 way too quick and then I lost it. It was a shame because we tried something on the bike and we didn’t know if it was better or not. In race two, I had a not so great start. I had problems at the start and then I gained some positions back but unfortunately we can be really consistent but we are just too slow. It’s difficult, but it is like this now. Soon we will be testing and hopefully we find some solutions.”

Words: Daniel Blackham Lead Image: Team HRC