Lagrive settling into WSBK with top ten

Matthieu Lagrive continues to scale the World Superbike Championship standings after recording Althea Honda's highest finish in 23 races with a run to ninth at Brno.

Having only joined the team for the first time at Misano, Supersport graduate Lagrive has been impressive on Superbike machinery, scoring in four of the six races he has participated in thus far.

Reaching the second knockout phase of Superpole in qualifying – the first time an Althea Honda rider has done so this year -, Lagrive shrugged off a bad start in race one to gradually stalk his way into the top ten.

Passing Makoto Tamada for ninth place, Lagrive was on the cusp of the battle for sixth when the chequered flag eventually fell.

Nonetheless, despite another poor getaway preventing him from finishing any higher than 14th in race two, Lagrive is pleased with the team's current rate of improvement.

”I'm very happy for my today's races results but I'm just a little disappointed only because of my two bad starts,” he said. “I'm sure with a better starts I would be able to reach the front group of riders because my bike was very good today and I could have run fast times all the way through. In the second race my start was so bad that I had to overtake seven or eight riders in the first lap.

“Anyway I'm happy because today I was able to collect some good points for my championship standing. My bike set up has significantly improved due to the good solution we found during Imola testing. I want to thank all the technicians of my team for their great job. We must continue to work on the bike setting to be able to reach better results.”

Tagged as: Honda , Lagrive , superbikes , Althea , Brno

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Plaggie - Unregistered

July 29, 2009 11:33 PM

I think Lagrive prooved that the Althea Honda isn't such a bad machine! finishing in 9th was an excellent result! Hopefully Lagrive can keep this up. Didn't believe he would do much with his SBK step-up, because he was always an very average WSS rider.

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