The second Supersport World Championship round has concluded for the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team. Competing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, rookies Kaito Toba and Khairul Idham Pawi have gained further knowledge and experience during what has been a challenging weekend.

After a brief morning warm-up, the team prepared for the second and final race of the weekend, which got underway at 3.15pm local time (CET) in dry conditions. From row eight of the grid, both Toba and Pawi made a strong start. Within the first couple of laps, Toba was already up to twenty-sixth, while Pawi was lying thirty-first. The riders were working to get into a consistent rhythm when the race was unexpectedly red-flagged on lap six following an incident for another rider. The restarted race, which commenced just a short time later, consisted of just six laps, leaving the riders little opportunity to make progress, particularly from the back end of the grid. The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda riders got off to a similar start, with Kaito again lying twenty-sixth and Pawi thirty-second at the end of lap one. Both riders were able to make up a couple of positions but, with such a large and competitive field, there was only so much they could do in the six laps available, with Toba ultimately crossing the line twenty-fifth and Pawi twenty-ninth.

The next WorldSSP round will see the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team take on the Assen TT Circuit over the weekend of 19-21 April.

Kaito Toba P25

“It was a bit of a frustrating race, honestly. I think we’re improving bit by bit, but not enough. We still have a problem with acceleration although one positive is that we have seen some improvement over the course of the weekend. And the race has provided us with more important information, so hopefully this can help us to take another big step at Assen.”

Khairul Idham Pawi P29

“What can I say? It was tough today. I couldn’t keep with the others, and little by little they moved away from me. I tried different things and felt I was on the limit to try and keep the pace, but I couldn’t do any more. We need to improve all round and will keep working to try and find more already at the next round.”