The MIE Racing Althea Honda team have concluded round 2 of the World Superbike Championship at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, competing in today’s short Superpole race and second 20-lap Superbike race.
The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 11am. Both Gabellini and Takahashi started from row eight of the grid and lapped consistently over the course of the short sprint despite struggling to make up positions. The riders ultimately crossed the line in twentieth (Lorenzo) and twenty-second position (Takumi).
The second Superbike race began at 2pm CET in similarly hot conditions to yesterday’s race 1 (air 37°C, 60°C). From row 8, Gabellini was lying twenty-first and Takahashi twenty-second through the first few laps. Unfortunately, Takumi suffered a crash at turn 5 on lap six which put a premature end to his race. Gabellini did his best to manage the inevitable drop in tyre performance owing to the extreme heat, crossing the line in eventual nineteenth place.
The team will travel straight on to the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, Portugal for round 3 of the WorldSBK championship, scheduled to take place already next weekend, 7-9 August.