Not even a week after contesting the tenth WorldSBK and WorldSSP round at Motorland Aragon in Spain, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing is back on track, this time at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal.
The eleventh round is also the penultimate of the season. In the previous event at Motorland Aragon, Superbike rider Tito Rabat had confirmed his constant progress, while in Supersport Can Oncu had contested two excellent races, despite not yet being in full physical shape after returning from the long absence caused by the injury in the fall of Assen in April. For the Spaniard the objective is to enter the points zone, while the young Turkish rider will continue that recovery which will bring him back among the protagonists of the category.
The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve was inaugurated in October 2008, and received FIM and FIA approval. It cost around 195 million euros, and hosted the first official competition on 2 November 2008 with the last round of the Superbike World Championship, which ended with the farewell to competitions of multiple champion Troy Bayliss, who dominated both race 1 and race 2.
In addition to the track, the facility includes a kart track, a technology park, a five-star hotel, a sports complex and several apartments. A “citadel of motor sport” that extends over an area of approximately 300 hectares on the hills around the Portuguese town. The track is 4,684 meters long with 64 possible variations compared to the original circuit configuration.
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“Portimao will be the third round we have played in four weeks, an intense period full of commitment for our entire team. We are all focused and motivated to do our best. In Superbike we want to continue to progress together with Rabat while in Supersport both the one in Portimao and the next one in Jerez have most of the corners on the right and this should favor Can Oncu who won’t have to force his injured left arm.”
“I really like the Portimao circuit and I hope to be able to continue my physical recovery in the best possible way. On a fast track like this my goal is to reach the points zone, but above all to feel more and more comfortable on the motorbike I am confident and optimistic because I know I can count on a great team.”
“It was in Portimao that I made my debut two years ago with Team Puccetti. Last week at Motorland I found a good race pace and I hope to be able to continue the work done in Spain. In the last few races we have been close to the officials and in Portugal my goal is to improve the set up of our Ninja, to take a further step forward.”