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Badovini breaks Panigale podium duck in Russia
24 July 2013
Ayrton Badovini says he is pleased to have finally notched up a World Superbike Championship podium for the new Ducati 1199 Panigale after taking full advantage of the inclement weather conditions in Russia to finish third.
An unexpected result for a rider that had only achieved one WSBK podium prior to his move to Alstare Ducati, his feat seemed even less likely given his previous best finish of just eighth place on a bike that has struggled for competitiveness against its rivals.
However, despite qualifying a lowly 14th for what would prove the only race of the day, Badovini slowly worked his way into contention as weather conditions steadily worsened.
Benefitting from retirements ahead, Badovini nonetheless still had his work cut out to beat Jonathan Rea to the final step of the podium, the Italian achieving his objective despite losing two seconds to his rival as a result of a slower pit stop.
Though Badovini's joy was understandably curtailed by the later accident that tragically claimed the life of countryman Andrea Antonelli in the World Supersport race, he was pleased to break the Panigale's long-awaited podium duck.
“It was an important day for me, having achieved my first podium with team Ducati Alstare, and the first for the Panigale in this championship,” he said. “The race was really hard and conditions were difficult. We knew we'd have good pace if it were wet and everything went as I had hoped. My guys did a fantastic job, my pit-stop was really fast and, back on track, I was really able to push.”
“I am sorry for the accident in Supersport and for the tragedy involving Antonelli. It's impossible to revel in a podium finish when something of this magnitude happens.”
Badovini's podium lifts him ahead of his 2011 title-winning team-mate Carlos Checa to 12th place in the overall standings.