Ayrton Badovini says he can be pleased with his double top ten finish at the Nurburgring, despite being unable to take full advantage of his privileged starting position at the front of the grid.
Badovini raised eyebrows during the German event by taking the Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale to pole position following a wet Superpole on the Saturday, a first for the Italian having only just celebrated his 100th WSBK start.
However, with both races taking place in dry conditions, Badovini was unable to keep pace with the leaders and was swiftly shuffled down the order. Nonetheless, given the Panigale has struggled for competitiveness in dry conditions throughout the 2013 season, Badovini was still pleased to notch up a ninth and seventh place finish by the end of the weekend.
“Unfortunately in the first race I lost too much ground in the first laps and many guys got past me. I was having trouble and made some mistakes too. For race two we made a small change to the bike and I decided to approach it with a different mentality and take things more calmly.
“It worked because I was able to be more precise, more consistent lap after lap. I'm pleased because besides the result, seventh, the important thing was that I was able to close the overall gap between myself and the leaders. All in all it's been a positive weekend, one of the best we've had so far.”
The results mean Badovini has furthered his advantage over former title-winning team-mate Checa in the overall standings and is now 27 points ahead with four rounds remaining.