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In free practice Oncu and Oettl prepare for the races

The eleventh and penultimate round of the Supersport World Championship began today at the San Juan Villicum circuit, located near San Juan in Argentina. After a long journey, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing reached the Argentine track and today the two drivers Can Oncu and Philipp Oettl were engaged in the two free practice sessions.

In the morning session, Oncu proved to be at ease on the South American track even if it represents a new experience for both riders, having never raced on this track. Can set a time of 1’43 “576 and finished in third position, while with a lap of 1’44” 753 Oettl finished in thirteenth place.

In the afternoon they returned to the track for the second and final session of this first day, in which they both lowered the time in the morning. Oncu (1’43 “162) got the ninth place while Oettl (1’43” 802) the fifteenth.

There were two sessions in which the two riders of Kawasaki Puccetti Racing worked together with their teams to adapt their riding style and their Ninja to the Argentine track.            

Superpole will be first for them tomorrow, followed by the first race of the weekend.

San Juan Villicum Autodrome – Argentina

Supersport World Championship

Cumulative free practice standings: 1) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 2) Gonzales (Yamaha) – 3) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 4) Sebestien (Yamaha) – 5) Tuuli (MV Agusta) …… .9) Oncu (Kawasaki) ………. 15) Oettl (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu: “A positive day given the great amount of work we have done. This morning I was quick right away, while in the afternoon we did a long run ahead of the two races tomorrow and Sunday. I feel comfortable on the bike and we have found a set-up that makes me optimistic for the races. A big thank you to my team who supported me in the best possible way ”.

Philipp Oettl: “We worked hard today, but it didn’t go all right. I’ve never raced on this track and I struggle a bit to adapt my driving style to the track. We worked according to the races, but I still don’t have the right feeling with my Ninja on this track. We’ll try to find him tomorrow in Superpole ”.

Positive day for Rabat in Argentina

Twelfth and penultimate round for the Superbike World Championship at the San Juan Villicum track in Argentina. After making his debut on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR at Portimao two weeks ago, Tito Rabat has been confirmed by Kawasaki Puccetti Racing as the replacement for the injured Lucas Mahias for the final two rounds of the 2021 season.

This morning the Spaniard took to the track for the first free practice session, without ever having raced on this track. His goal was to learn the track and at the same time to increase his feeling with his Ninja.

In the first free practice session Rabat set a time of 1040 ”171 and finished fourteenth. In the second session of the afternoon Tito improved by almost eight tenths and with a lap of 1’30 ”309 he finished the two sessions today in thirteenth position.

Tomorrow the Spaniard will play Superpole and race 1 of the eleventh WorldSBK round.

San Juan Villicum Autodrome – Argentina

Superbike World Championship

Cumulative free practice standings: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Redding (Ducati) – 3) Lowes (Kawasak) – 4) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 5) Rea Kawasaki) – 6) Davies (Ducati). ……. . 13) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Tito Rabat: “An overall positive day. Even though I didn’t know this track, today I felt more comfortable on the bike than in Portimao. We started from what we did in Portugal and we looked for a set up that would allow me to be fast on this track as well. I am satisfied with what we have done today, but there is still some work to do in order to be more competitive ”.   

Oncu reaches the podium in WorldSSP race 1 at San Juan!

Conditions were cool and sunny at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina today, the stage for the Superpole and first race making up round eleven of the Supersport World championship. Yesterday saw the two Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders, Turk Can Oncu and German Philipp Oettl, build confidence with the Argentinian track, one at which they’ve never ridden until this weekend. Oncu (1’43”162) concluded in ninth position with Oettl (1’43”802) fifteenth.
During the early afternoon, both were back out for the Superpole, which established the grid positions for the weekend’s races. Oncu put in an excellent performance, setting a 1’42”136 to finish fourth. Oettl also improved (1’42”745) and closed in eleventh place.
The weekend’s first race got underway in the afternoon. Oncu lined up on the second row of the grid and Oettl from the fourth. The Turkish rider made a strong start and moved into second position, while Oettl was part of the chasing group, ninth. Mid-race, Oncu found himself battling to hold second, while his team-mate dropped one position and was lying tenth. With only a few laps to go, Oncu had to concede second position and crossed the line third, scoring only his second career podium in Supersport, after his third-place finish at Magny Cours. Oettl, in difficulty with the tyres in the final stages, crossed the line eleventh.
In the championship standings, Oettl lies fourth with 237 points, while Oncu jumps to seventh with 143 points.

San Juan Villicum Circuit – Argentina
Supersport World Championship
Superpole: 1) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 2) Odendaal (Yamaha) – 3) Gonzales (Yamaha) – 4) Oncu (Kawasaki) – 5) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 6) Debise (Yamaha) ……… 11) Oettl (Kawasaki)

Race 18: 1) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 2) Gonzales (Yamaha) – 3) Oncu (Kawasaki) – 4) Odendaal (Yamaha) – 5) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 6) Debise (Yamaha) …… 11) Oettl (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu: “First of all I want to say thank you to Kenan Sofuoglu because we worked a lot for this podium. We have taken what we have waited for a long time. This weekend the team gave me a very impressive bike and I want to say thank you to them, all my supporters, my family and my brother Deniz. He said ‘hello’ from the Moto3 podium and now I said it back to him.”

Philipp Oettl: “It is a difficult weekend at the moment. In the beginning of the race it was fine but in the middle I got problems with my left arm and I couldn’t really brake hard any more. I don’t know why but that was, in the end, the big problem. On Friday we were far behind but in qualifying it was a little bit better. The beginning of the race was fine but at the finish it was not what we want.”

Rabat just misses the top ten in WorldSBK race 1 at San Juan

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing has completed the qualifying and first race making up round twelve of the WorldSBK championship at the San Juan circuit in Argentina.
Yesterday, Tito Rabat finished thirteenth in the first two practice sessions, demonstrating good feeling with his Ninja around the South American track. This morning, the Spaniard was back out for the third and final practice. Tito didn’t improve on his best time of yesterday and closed sixteenth in the combined practice standings.
This morning saw the team compete in the Superpole, a session that establishes the race grid for race 1 and tomorrow’s Superpole race. With a time of 1’39”516, Rabat finished in eighteenth place and, as a result, started from the sixth row of the grid for the afternoon’s race.
The Spaniard made a good start and moved up into fourteenth place. Maintaining a very strong pace, Tito continued to make up positions and was lying twelfth by around the mid-race point. The rider ultimately crossed the line eleventh, just outside the top ten. This is Rabat’s best result with the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Ninja to date, and confirms that the Spaniard’s feeling with his new bike continues to grow.

San Juan Villicum Circuit – Argentina
Superbike World Championship

Combined free practice results: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Redding (Ducati) – 3) Rea (Kawasaki) – 4) Gerloff (Yamaha) – 5) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 6) Lowes (Kawasaki) ……… 16) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Superpole: 1) Redding (Ducati) – 2) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 3) Bassani (Ducati) – 4) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 5) Rea (Kawasaki) – 6) Locatelli (Yamaha) …… 18) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Race 1: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Rea (Kawasaki) – 3) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 4) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 5) Bassani (Ducati) – 6) Van der Mark (BMW) ……… 11) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Tito Rabat: “It was a positive race, and the first time I’ve had fun with the bike, which I’ve only been riding for a few races. My feeling with the Ninja continues to improve and in the final stages I was able to up my pace and make some passes which allowed me to finish in eleventh place. For tomorrow, I hope to continue along this path and will give it my all to be even faster and score a better result. A big thanks to my team, as they are really helping me a lot.”

Oncu second in WorldSSP race 2 in Argentina!

The San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina today hosted the second race that concluded the eleventh Supersport World Championship round. Yesterday brought Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Can Oncu and Philipp Oettl very different outcomes. Oncu celebrated his second SS podium, crossing the line third, while Oettl finished the race in eleventh place, having not yet found the right feeling with his bike at this track.
After this morning’s warm-up, the two riders were back on track this afternoon for the second and final race of this eleventh WorldSSP round. Like yesterday, Oncu lined up on the second row of the grid and Oettl from the fourth for the race, which took place in cool and sunny conditions.
The young Turkish made a very strong start and was straight up into second place, while a crash at the first corner caused Philipp to run off the track and lose many positions as a result. Through the initial stages, Oncu was just behind the race leader, with Oettl lying fifteenth. Over subsequent laps, the Turk stuck close to the frontrunner, closing the race with an excellent second-place finish, his best Supersport result to date and his third podium of the season. Oettl had a more unlucky race. Finding himself in the chasing pack, he pushed hard to make up some positions and cross the line twelfth.
In the championship standings, Oettl lies fifth with 241 points, followed by Oncu with 163.
The final Supersport World Championship round will run on 19-21 November at the Mandalika circuit in Lombok, Indonesia.

San Juan Villicum Circuit – Argentina
Supersport World Championship
Race 21: 1) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 2) Oncu (Kawasaki) – 3) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 4) Soomer (Yamaha) – 5) Sebestyen (Yamaha) – 6) Debise (Yamaha) …… 12) Oettl (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu: “From Friday we were strong here and on Saturday we finished third just because the other two guys were a little bit faster. On Sunday morning Kenan told me I had to do every lap in the low 1’42s, so we did it and we finished second. I tried to follow Jules Cluzel and I had a really good feeling in this race. I am happy to take second and I hope to get on the podium again in Indonesia.”

Philipp Oettl:

“I had a good start in Race Two but also a problems with my arm again, like yesterday. I had a good position at the beginning but suddenly there was a crash in front of me and I had to go wide and then I was more or less last. I tried to catch up to the group and it would have been possible but my arm was not able to cope with all the stress. I hope in Indonesia we can make a step in the right direction.”

Points and positive races for Rabat in Argentina

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing and rider Tito Rabat have now concluded the twelfth and penultimate Superbike World Championship round at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina.
Yesterday was positive for the Spanish rider who, after finishing eighteenth in Superpole, closed race 1 with a satisfactory eleventh-place finish, proof that he has improved his feeling with the Kawasaki at this track, one at which Tito had not ridden previously.
Today’s first race was the short 10-lap Superpole race, which Rabat began from the sixth row of the grid based on yesterday’s Superpole qualifying result. After making a good start, Tito immediately got into a good rhythm and started to make up place, crossing the line in twelfth place.
Race 2 ran this afternoon. Rabat started well and once again began to gain ground thanks to an increasingly strong pace. Without making mistakes, the Spaniard finished in twelfth place, not far from the top ten.
The final Superbike World Championship round will run over the weekend of 19-21 November at the Mandalika circuit in Lombok, Indonesia.

San Juan Villicum Circuit – Argentina
Superbike World Championship

Superpole race: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Redding (Ducati) – 3) Rea (Kawasaki) – 4) Bassani (Ducati) – 5) Van der Mark (BMW) – 6) Locatelli (Yamaha) …… 12) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Race 2: 1) Redding (Ducati) – 2) Rea (Kawasaki) – 3) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 4) Bassani (Ducati) – 5) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 6) Van der Mark (BMW) ……… 12) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Tito Rabat: “It was a very positive weekend. We’ve completed three good races in which we continuously improved. I also worked with my team on the tyres, and we understood how to fully exploit them. In today’s race, I really worked hard and scored two good results and so I’m quite happy. I want to thank the team for their great work too. Now we have to wait a month before we’re back out racing and so we have time to rest up, but we’ll be training too so as to be ready and try to score the best possible results.”

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 in News

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