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Pedercini celebrates best Kawasaki results
2 March 2011
Team Pedercini's decision to remain loyal as Kawasaki's satellite operation paid dividends during the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island as it scored its best results with the manufacturer.
Taking advantage of the new ZX-10R, though Pedercini failed to get any one of its three riders – Roberto Rolfo, Mark Aitchison and wild-card Bryan Staring – into the Superpole shootout, each made impressive gains in the races.
Returning after two years out, Rolfo was the team's star performer as late charges in both races saw him pass several better fancied rivals to claim 11th and 12th place finishes. Together with Staring scoring a point for 15th in race one, it was Pedercini's best points' haul since linking with Kawasaki in 2008.
“I'm really very happy because in both races I reached the points zone and that was my target in these two first races of the season with the Pedercini team. Starting from Saturday's qualifying I found a good feeling with my Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and today my pace was really very fast.
“Unfortunately my second start was not so good because I was forced to brake roughly to avoid Badovini and I lost the first group of riders. I'm satisfied also with my lap times.
“I really want to thank my entire team because they worked very hard over the whole weekend to prepare my bike in the best possible way. They did a great job and I hope to give them some more satisfaction during the season.”
Staring was also pleased with his performance on his Superbike debut as he gets ready to concentrate on his Superstock ride with the same team for 2011.
“The first race was good as I managed to enter into the championship points. I had fun fighting with the other riders and riding for the full distance. For the second race we changed the bike a little, but even though I had a good feeling, this was the most I could do today. These races were good training for me, considering my year ahead in Superstock. Thank you very much to all my team who has worked so hard.”
Though he was unable to score in either race, having only jumped on the bike for the first time during the pre-season test at Phillip Island, Aitchison was pleased to be competitive with his team-mates at least.
“I really enjoyed my first Superbike races. In the first race I experienced a problem with the rear brake and as I entered into Honda corner I could not stop the bike and I ran off the circuit. Fortunately I managed to rejoin and finish.
“In the second race I really enjoyed myself. I found a good rhythm and feeling with the bike, but after approximately ten or twelve laps I felt a big decrease in performance from the rear tyre.
“In any case I'm very satisfied with the weekend our team had here. We have collected a lot of data and we'll use these for our future races. Thank you to my team for all their hard work.”
Although ten points is the best Pedercini Kawasaki has managed on a single weekend, Ayrton Badovini still holds its best result of ninth at Monza in 2008.