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A positive start for Oettl and Oncu at the Mandalika track

The final round of the Supersport World Championship is now underway for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia. A brand-new track that was only inaugurated this morning by the WorldSSP riders, the first category to take to the track.
Can Oncu and Philipp Oettl began the first practice session with the aim of learning the new layout and finding the best set-up for their Kawasaki ZX-6R bikes. The Turk was immediately one of the fastest and finished FP1 in fifth place with a time of 1’39”568. The German made a more cautious start, setting a best of 1’40”403 to place eleventh.
During the afternoon’s second session, both Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders made progress. Oettl proved to be the quickest of the pair and closed in seventh place with a 1’37”592. A time of 1’37”971 saw Oncu round out day one in eleventh place.
Tomorrow the team will compete in Superpole and the first of the weekend’s two races.

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit – Indonesia
Supersport World Championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Krummenacher (Yamaha) – 2) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 3) De Rosa (Kawasaki) – 4) Gonzales (Yamaha) …… Oettl (Kawasaki) …… 11) Oncu (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu

“I used today’s sessions to get to grips with the track. I had difficulty at first but then things gradually improved. In FP2 we carried out a race simulation which went very well. We weren’t really focusing on lap times and stuck with used tyres throughout, so we can definitely be faster tomorrow, in both Superpole and the race”.

Philipp Oettl

“I really like this track, although it was slightly more slippery in the second session. It’s a fast layout and so you need to be consistent through every sector. As well as learning the track, we worked on bike set-up so that we can be more competitive in tomorrow’s Superpole and particularly in the race”.

Rabat makes constant progress during WorldSBK practice at Mandalika

The thirteenth and final Superbike World Championship round has now begun at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia. Kawasaki Puccetti Racing is once again fielding Spanish rider Tito Rabat, who stands in for injured Lucas Mahias. The Indonesian track is brand new and was only inaugurated last week. With no one having ridden at the circuit before, Rabat spent the morning’s first free practice session learning the track and trying to identify the best set up for his Ninja, without focusing too much on lap times and working to prepare for the races. With a time of 1’37”784, Tito finished session one in fourteenth place.
During the afternoon’s second session, the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider improved on his morning’s best by more than two seconds, placing eighteenth in the day’s combined standings.
Tomorrow will see Rabat take part in the final Superpole of the season, followed by the first of the weekend’s three races.

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia
Combined free practice results: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Rea (Kawasaki) – 3) Gerloff (Yamaha) – 4) Bautista (Honda) – 5) Redding (Ducati) – 6) Haslam (Honda) ………18) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Tito Rabat

“This morning I struggled to find the right feeling with my bike at this totally new track. Things picked up in the afternoon and I was able to improve quite a bit, but we need to continue to work to improve our set-up and be quicker in both tomorrow’s Superpole and the race. We’re all working very hard, me and the team, and so I’m optimistic about the weekend to come”.

Oncu seventh and Oettl twelfth in race 1 at Mandalika

The Superpole and first race making up the twelfth round of the Supersport World Championship played out today at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia.
The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Philipp Oettl and Can Oncu used the practices to interpret the Indonesian track, inaugurated only a week ago and therefore new for everyone, finishing in seventh and eleventh place respectively. This morning they were back out on track for the Superpole, which established the starting grid for the weekend’s two races.
With a time of 1’36”812, Oettl earned seventh place, just ahead of team-mate, who set a best of 1’36”921. Thanks to these results, both Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders lined up on the third row of the grid for the race that took place in the early afternoon and in hot, humid conditions.
Oncu made a very strong start and moved up into the leading group. The first laps saw him oscillate between fifth and sixth place. A few laps in, rain began to wet the track, but the Turk proved to be at ease in the difficult conditions and moved into fourth. The rain then stopped and the track dried. Oncu stuck with the leaders for a long white, but unfortunately lost contact with him in the final stages, finishing his race seventh just a few tenths from fifth. Oettl meanwhile had a tough and unlucky race. He didn’t make the quickest start and was lying between tenth and eleventh through the early stages. When the rain began to fall, Philipp slowed his pace and dropped to the back of the group, but soon got back up to speed as the rain stopped, making up positions and ultimately crossing the line in twelfth place.
In the championship standings, Oettl lies fifth with 245 points, while Oncu moves up into sixth place with 172.

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit – Indonesia
Supersport World Championship
Superpole: 1) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 2) Gonzales (Yamaha) – 3) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 4) De Rosa (Kawasaki) – 5) Krummenacher Yamaha) – 6) Tuuli (MV Agusta) – 7) Oettl (Kawasaki) – 8) Oncu (Kawasaki)

Race 18: 1) De Rosa (Kawasaki) – 2) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 3) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 4) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 5) Gonzales (Yamaha) – 6) Odendaal (Yamaha) – 7) Oncu (Kawasaki) .…… 12) Oettl (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu

“The race was a little bit strange. What I learned is that you need to race how you can and if they touch you need to touch them back. I think tomorrow will be a different race. Hopefully it will be dry so we can show something better. The rain came a little bit more, then stopped, then came again. But the problem was not the rain, the problem was me. We will try again tomorrow.”

Philipp Oettl

“It was not a very good race and I lost it, more or less, when it started to rain. I thought I could go with them but I couldn’t. I didn’t feel anything when I was riding in the rain. My last lap was good but I realised too late that the track conditions had improved. That was my problem today, not realising that the track was much better than it had been earlier.”

A difficult Superpole for Rabat. WorldSBK race 1 postponed

The hot and humid climate typical of south-east Asia characterised this second day of action making up the thirteenth and final round of the Superbike World Championship. Yesterday saw Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Tito Rabat, who stands in for injured Lucas Mahias just as he did in Portugal and Argentina, exploiting the two practice sessions and building confidence with the brand-new track. This morning Rabat took part in the third and final practice, improving on Friday’s performance to set a time of 1’35”345.
In the late morning, the Spaniard was on track for the Superpole, lowering his earlier reference slightly to record a 1’35”258, with which he closed in seventeenth place. With this result, Tito should have lined up on the sixth row of the grid for the afternoon’s race, but this was ultimately postponed until tomorrow when a violent storm hit the Mandalika circuit and left the track flooded.
The Superpole Race is thus cancelled, and tomorrow Rabat will compete in the two long races, which will conclude the 2021 Superbike World Championship.

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit – Indonesia
Superbike World Championship

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

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

Tito Rabat

“The final free practice session went well and we took a step forward. Then, in Superpole, I came back into the garage because I thought it was starting to rain and by the time I went back out on track I didn’t have to exploit the qualifying tyre. It’s a pity about the Superpole result, but I’m pleased with the work we’ve done so far. I’ll try to make the most of this in tomorrow’s race. Thanks to the team for all their hard work”.

Oncu sixth due to tyres, after a great race. Oettl in the top ten

The 2021 Supersport World Championship concluded today at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia. Having finished yesterday’s rain-affected race in seventh and twelfth place, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Can Oncu and Philipp Oettl pair returned to the track today for the final race of the 2021 season.
Like yesterday, the Turk and the German lined up in seventh and eighth place for the race based on the results they scored in Superpole. Today’s race ran on a dry track.
Oncu made a fantastic start, moving immediately into the leading group while Oettl was eighth. The young Turk battled it out at the sharp end, oscillating between first and second position in the early stages. As the race went on, Can remained at the front, one of a group of six riders, while Philipp lay ninth, part of the chasing pack. With six laps to go, unfortunately a drop in tyre performance caused Oncu to lose traction at the front. He was able to stay upright but fell back to sixth, a position he then held to the line, while Oettl concluded the race in ninth place.
In the final 2021 Supersport World Championship standings, Oettl places fifth with 252 points, followed by team-mate Oncu with 182.

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit – Indonesia
Supersport World Championship
Race 2: 1) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 2) Tuuli (MV Agusta) – 3) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 4) Caricasulo (Yamaha) – 5) De Rosa (Kawasaki) – 6) Oncu (Kawasaki) …… 9) Oettl (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu

“We did the best we could and because it was the last race of the year we tried to enjoy it a lot. I was first for many laps but then I lost my place. We will improve the bike and aim to be champions next year. We not here to have a holiday we are here to be champions. Now I know what I need to improve, and I will work on it all winter.”

Philipp Oettl

“A difficult race again but I would say it is a step in the right direction. I felt a little bit more comfortable overall this weekend but the ease of riding was missing. I think it was not a bad race but not a fantastic one. I finished the season the best Kawasaki rider but at the moment I am a bit disappointed. We took seven podiums and a pole position, but a race win was missing. I thought in Jerez we were really close to it. I am happy with the past two years overall and happy with my guys in the team.”

Rabat scores three points in a wet race 2 at Mandalika

Today’s races at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia rounded out the 2021 Superbike World Championship season. A violent storm that flooded the Indonesian track yesterday forced Race Direction to schedule both of the long Superbike races for today. Called up to stand in for injured Lucas Mahias, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Tito Rabat lined up on the sixth row of the grid in both races, thanks to the result he scored in yesterday’s Superpole before the rain fell.
In race 1, rain conditioned the initial phase, falling only in certain sectors of the track. The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider made a good start and was making up positions when unfortunately, a technical problem forced him to retire.
The second race, the last of the 2021 season, got underway very late with respect to the original schedule, after heavy rain forced the riders and teams back into their garages. After a long break, the race began but was reduced to just twelve laps. Rabat ran a careful race, striving to score points but without wanting to risk a crash on the almost flooded track. Despite lapping with the same pace as those ahead of him, Tito crossed the line in thirteenth place, rounding out his time with the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team by scoring three championship points.

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit – Indonesia
Superbike World Championship

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

Race 2: 1) Rea (Kawasaki) – 2) Redding (Ducati) – 3) Van der Mark (BMW) – 4) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 5) Sykes (BMW) – 6) Gerloff (Yamaha) …… 13) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2021 in News

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