Motorcycle transport Sheridan Morais Donnington Park
Warm and dry conditions appeared at Donnington Park in time for the World SSP race, with Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finishing ninth and scoring valuable championship points. A competitive early ride for Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) ended in a crash on lap five.
After finding similar problems in hard braking areas, that he had experienced in practice and qualifying, Morais found it tough to pass other riders, from his tenth place staring position. Running wide and losing places as a result in the early laps. Morais made up several places as the race progressed, making his ninth place finish a strong performance.
Okubo’s race was shaping up nicely as he was fifth on lap one and lap two, and then slowly dropped back before his fall at Coppice Corner. It appears he drifted onto the kerb, as Hikari could find no other reason why he fell.
In the championship, Morais is 15th and Okubo 19th, with the top Kawasaki rider being Anthony West in overall ninth position.
The next round will be held at Brno, in the Czech republic, with raceday on Sunday the 10thof June. Motorcycle transport Sheridan Morais Donnington Park.
Hikari Okubo, stated: “My start was good and for the first few laps I was inside the top group, which is very important. I do not really know why I crashed. The front moved a lot and I could not control the front and I think that is why it crashed. I was very shocked and I am very sorry to have fallen again, so I am not happy about that. I will try to have a good race next time.”
Sheridan Morais stated: “I am happy with the progress we have made with the bike. But the problem we have had this weekend is stopping the bike. It was a problem at the start when I was trying to pass and make up positions. I kept running wide and was losing way more positions. This was the only issue and we started to make up positions after that and I had to make passes in the fast corners. I also struggled a bit with arm pump due to so much brake pressure. But I believe this was a really hard track for the bike because the stopping power was so difficult. I am happy with the bike but I am disappointed only to come home with a top ten finish.”
Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was just outside the top 10. His 11th place being his fourth points scoring result of the season.
Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne’s Racingteam MTM) was 20th in the race. Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 21st and Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 22nd.
Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was not able to start the race at the last minute. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) crashed out, but still leads the FIM Europe Supersport Cup (ESS) championship by 15 points.