In action at Motorland Aragon, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing has completed the final two races making up the opening round of the Superbike World Championship with rider Lucas Mahias. After finishing seventeenth in yesterday’s Superpole, Lucas crossed the line in fourteenth position in the subsequent race, scoring his first two points of the season.
This morning saw Mahias compete in the Superpole Race, which runs over a distance of ten laps. He started from seventeenth place, on row six of the grid, based on the result he scored in yesterday’s Superpole. Having made a good start, the French rider maintained a consistent pace that allowed him to move up the field and cross the line fourteenth.
In the afternoon, Lucas lined up for the third and final race of this first WorldSBK round. On the back of his fourteenth-place finish in the Superpole race, Mahias started race 2 from the fifth row. The Frenchman got away well when the lights went out, and after successfully passing several rivals, he battled in a group comprising six riders. Lapping with strong pace and without making any mistakes, Lucas finished the race in eleventh place, scoring five championship points. An excellent result considering that the weekend started in a rather difficult way.
The next Superbike World Championship round is scheduled to take place at the Assen circuit in The Netherlands on 22-24 April.
Motorland Aragon –Superbike World Championship
Superpole race: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Rea (Kawasaki) – 3) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 4) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 5) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 6) Lowes (Kawasaki) ……. 14) Mahias (Kawasaki)
Race 2: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Rea (Kawasaki) – 3) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 4) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 5) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 6) Bassani (Ducati) ………. 11) Mahias (Kawasaki)
“Today was a positive day. In the Superpole race, I tried to build confidence with my bike and maintain a constant rhythm. In race 2, I started well and tried to increase my pace. This allowed me to remain part of the chasing group and score a solid eleventh place finish. After the crash and the problems I had during practice, I think I found good feeling with my bike again today and so I’m optimistic as we look ahead to the rest of the season. I want to thank my team for all their help.”