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Pedercini Kawasaki enjoying best season since 2004
12 July 2011
A total haul of 11 points during the latest round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Brno means Team Pedercini is on course for one of its best-ever seasons at this level.
The Italian outfit has been regarded as a perennial tail-ender over the years, particularly since its switch from Ducati to Kawasaki in 2008, but its decision to stick with the Japanese manufacturer and make use of the new ZX-10R is now beginning to pay dividends.
Though undoubtedly helped by the smaller grid numbers this year, Pedercini Kawasaki riders Roberto Rolfo and Mark Aitchison have nonetheless shown competitive mid-field pace, with Aitchison cracking the top ten at Assen and also reaching SP2 in the last two events.
Despite this, former Moto2 race winner Rolfo remains the team's top representative, the Italian finishing 11th and 12th at Brno to strengthen his points' tally.
“I'm very happy with the results also because I was able to reach the points zone in both races. Starting from the first few laps I pushed very hard and found a very fast pace. I was able to overtake a lot of riders and only during the last laps did I have to reduce my rhythm because the tyres had no more grip.
“Starting from Aragon my team found a good set up for my Kawasaki and now I'm more comfortable on the bike and I'm sure we'll reach some good results also in the next races. We must improve on our results during the qualifying sessions to reach a better starting position for the races. I want to thank my crew for having done such a wonderful job this weekend.”
With a mechanical problem preventing him from making the most of his 12th place starting position, Superbike rookie Aitchison was nonetheless pleased with the progress the Pedercini team is making.
”My two races in Brno have been satisfying but difficult. During race one we unfortunately broke an internal clutch spring which affected my result. For race two the team made a decision to revert back to our original clutch from Aragon. This meant I was entering in race two with a bike I was slightly unfamiliar with, but I believe it was the right choice.
“My pace in race two was quite good but again as in Aragon, after eight laps we suffered a major loss of grip from the rear tyre. Overall I'm happy with the work from this weekend, but we must again look to improve the bike on consistent rear grip. Thank you to my team for their hard work this weekend.”
The 11 points won over the course of the day is also the highest achieved by Team Pedercini since it became a satellite Kawasaki outfit, while its current total tally of 50 points is already more than they have achieved over a single seasons since 2004.