Uphill debut for Patacca and Renzi Corse at Misano
Not the best debut for Renzi Corse and Matteo Patacca, especially considering the pre-season ambitions. The rider from Abruzzo and the team encountered some difficulties while searching for the right set-up which compromised the first race weekend of the Next Gen Supersport Championship, obtaining an eighth and a tenth place in the two heats. The bitterness in the mouth remains for not having achieved something more, but the fact that Patacca – net of setup problems – lapped faster than he did during the wild card in Last year’s world championship right here in Misano Adriatico.
RACE 1 As usual, when the traffic lights went out in Race 1, Patacca managed to get away well, gaining positions compared to the eleventh spot on which he had lined up on the grid. The pace held by the leading riders, including several riders from the world championship present as wild cards, proved difficult to match, also due to the wrong choice of tires which forced Matteo into a cautious race to avoid a further collapse of the performance in the final. A management race, therefore, which ended under the checkered flag in eighth position.
RACE 2 The second heat was held along the same lines as the first, the bike setting problems and the choice of tires did not allow the young talent of the Renzi Corse Team to express the full potential of the bike/rider package, closing the second race in tenth position.
Stefano Renzi, team manager: “It was a long and difficult weekend, although we had the opportunity to test on Wednesday too, we weren’t able to find the right set-up to achieve a good result in the two races. It was a debut under expectations, also considering how we closed the last championship at Imola, our objectives remain the ones we declared at the beginning of the season but to achieve them it is clear that we must work head-on to mend the gap with the best in the class right from Mugello. the level of teams and riders on the grid this weekend was very high, with several wild cards coming from the World Championship, but we want to reach their level and compete on an equal footing. Now there will be appointments on circuits more congenial to us, but this does not we’ll go back to Misano and we’ll be caught unprepared.”
Matteo Patacca, rider: “It was certainly not the weekend I would have expected, especially considering what we wanted to achieve, but we managed to get the most out of it considering the difficulties we had in approaching the two races. Unfortunately, I had problems finding the right setup with the bike, with top-level riders on the grid, didn’t help. In qualifying I did quite well, even if I would have liked to have done better in Q2, while in the race I struggled to keep pace also because of the choice wrong tires that forced me to run on the defensive, especially in the final. Obviously we don’t give up and try to take all the positive aspects and arrive prepared for the Mugello appointment.”
Source: Renzi Corse press office
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