Triumph returns to WSS podium

Triumph notches up its first World Supersport podium since 2010 thanks to the consistent Alex Baldolini and Power Team Suriano.
More than a year after Chaz Davies handed Triumph a podium finish on the British manufacturer's last World Supersport outing as a factory-supported entity, the three-cylinder machine is back on the rostrum courtesy of Alex Baldolini and Power Team Suriano.

Since Triumph's decision to halt its official WSS entry at the end of 2010, Suriano has been the only team to run a pair of Daytona 675 machines, but while the Italian outfit is a wholly independent operation, it has made impressive gains since its debut in 2011.

Headed up by ex-Moto2 rider Baldolini, the Italian is the only rider to have scored in each WSS race this season, peaking with his competitive run to third on home soil at Misano.

It is consistency that ensures he currently holds down fifth in the overall standings, ahead of the likes of Broc Parkes and Sheridan Morais, much to his delight.

"I'm really happy. This is the result of the great work done by the team even after some issues we had during practices. I knew about my potential with this bike and I hit the result I was hoping for. I kicked off really well immediately gaining some positions and I could get lose some competitors and boost up the gap on them.

“When I knew that I was two places ahead, I fought hard because the soft tyre was starting to lose its performance. I tried to adapt my style to the situation and was able to hold off Tamburini. It's a great satisfaction that helps me to be in fifth place in general ranking."

Baldolini's efforts mean Triumph are currently classified ahead of reigning champions Yamaha in the manufacturers' standings, despite having a much smaller presence on the grid.

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Baldolini and Foret, WSS race, Misano WSBK 2012
Cluzel, Sofuoglu, Baldolini, WSS race, Misano WSBK 2012
Baldolini, WSS, Misano WSBK 2012
Cluzel and Baldolini, WSS race, Misano WSBK 2012
Alex Baldolini will ride for the Power Team by Suriano in the 2012 World Supersport Championship
Vittorio Iannuzzo

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SP3 - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 1:05 PM

Great result especially since the other mfgs are heavily involved while 'rumph sits it out. If they had even cursory involvement in WSS and in the US series where the Daytona is being run (well), they could probably make a decent jump in performance. A field full of fours is boring - love the triple!

DonT - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 5:35 PM

I know Triumph sells bikes regardless but it'd be nice to see them full blast supporting their teams. DiSalvo is doing really well in the AMA and Triumph advertises like crazy there and sponsors some rounds but I don't think Latus Motors Racing with DiSalvo is a full factory effort.

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