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Puccetti Racing gain valuable points at WorldSBK and WorldSSP Magny-Cours

Friday

Mahias improves in the rain at Magny-Cours

The seventh round of the Superbike World Championship got underway at the Nevers Magny Cours circuit in France today. For Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Lucas Mahias, this is a home round that offers him the opportunity to meet with his fans. This weekend, the French rider’s Ninja will flaunt a GiVi livery as a tribute to the historic sponsor that has long supported Manuel Puccetti’s team.

In cool, cloudy conditions, Mahias took to the track for the morning’s first practice. The session began on a dry track but continued in the rain. In these conditions, Mahias completed just a few laps, the best of which in 1’55”974.

Rain never stopped falling in FP2, but Lucas was nevertheless able to improve on the wet track. With a time of 1’52”587, the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider completed the session in twelfth place, classifying twenty-first overall in the day’s combined standings.

Nevers Magny Cours Circuit – France – Superbike World Championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 2) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 3) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 4) Bautista (Ducati) – 5) Locatelli (Kawasaki) ……. 21) Mahias (Kawasaki)

Lucas Mahias

“We had typical Magny Cours weather today with intermittent rain but, as we say in these situations, ‘when it rains, it rains for everyone’. I had something to test, and it wasn’t easy to do that in the rain, but we managed it. In the afternoon’s session, despite lapping in the wet, I had good feeling with the bike and quite good pace. We’ll need to see what the weather and track are like tomorrow, but we’re ready for any eventuality.”

Rain hinders Oncu and Montella’s work at Magny Cours

The long summer break is over, and Kawasaki Puccetti Racing is at the Magny-Cours circuit in France for round seven of the Supersport World Championship, in which it competes with riders Can Oncu and Yari Montella.

In cool, cloudy conditions the two young riders used the two practice sessions to adapt their ZX-6R bikes to the French track. The first session ran on a wet track that gradually began to dry out as the practice progressed. Montella (1’49”998) and Oncu (1’57”345) were reluctant to risk a crash, but nevertheless worked hard to fine-tune their respective bikes.

The afternoon session had a similar flavour, beginning on a wet track that was alomost dry by the end of the phase. Both Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders improved on their earlier times, with the Turk setting a 1’42”777, while the Italian put ni a 1’43”475. In the day’s combined standings, Oncu places eleventh and Montella fifteenth.

Tomorrow will see Kawasaki Puccetti Racing taking part in Superpole and the first race of this seventh round.

Nevers Magny Cours Circuit – France – Supersport World Championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Debisa (Yamaha) – 2) Caricasulo (Ducati) – 3) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 4) Huertas (Kawasaki) – 5) Bulega (Ducati) 11) Oncu (Kawasaki) ……… 15) Montella (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu

“The weather complicated this first day of practice, during which we had to switch between rain and slick tyres. I tried to push hard on the slicks and was able to improve. We didn’t make any mistakes and the bike is behaving well and so we’re optimistic ahead of the races. We haven’t raced for more than a month, but we were able to immediately regain those automatisms and have worked well, so I hope that tomorrow we are able to fight for the podium.”

Yari Montella

“The rain definitely didn’t help us, although we were able to lap on a dry track for a time. We were able to work on on our bike anyway and we know whether we need to work in preparation for Superpole and the races. I had a small crash in FP2 but am unhurt.”

Saturday

Mahias finishes tenth in WorldSBK race 1 at Magny-Cours

The Nevers Magny Cours circuit in France today hosted day two of action making up the seventh Superbike World Championship round. For Lucas Mahias, who is riding with a special bike livery dedicated to GiVi, a historic Kawasaki Puccetti Racing sponsor, this is a home round, which means he can count on the support of his fans.

Yesterday, during a day complicated by rain, Lucas completed the first two free practice sessions in twenty-first place with a time of 1’52”587. This morning, on an almost completely dry track, he took part in the third and final practice and, with a strong time of 1’37”931, he climbed to twelfth in the combined standings.

The Superpole ran in the late morning, serving to establish grid positions for the afternoon’s race. With a fastest time of 1’36”678, Mahias qualified eleventh, earning a place on the fourth of the grid for the weekend’s first two races, the first of which got underway this afternoon and ran over a distance of 21 laps.

After making a good start, the French rider was lying in around tenth place early on. Unfortunately, after coming into violent contact with another rider, Lucas lost his right knee slider on lap three which naturally limited his riding. Mahias was nevertheless able to maintain a good pace to cross the line twelfth. A solid result but the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider could well have done more without the slider problem.

Tomorrow, the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider will compete in the Superpole Race, followed by the second and final 21-lap Superbike race of the weekend.

Nevers Magny Cours Circuit – France – Superbike World Championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Redding (BMW) – 3) Baz (BMW) – 4) Bautista (Ducati) – 5) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 6) Rea (Kawasaki) ……. 12) Mahias (Kawasaki).

Superpole: 1) Rea (Kawasaki) – 2) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 3) Redding (BMW) – 4) Bautista (Ducati) – 5) Gerloff (Yamaha) – 6) Lowes (Kawasaki) ……11) Mahias (Kawasaki)

Race 1: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Redding (BMW) – 3) Bassani (Ducati) – 4) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 5) Gerloff (Yamaha) – 6) Rinaldi (Ducati) ……. 10) Mahias (Kawasaki)

Lucas Mahias

“I’m not happy with today’s result. The race became difficult after I lost my right knee slider, having come into contact with a Honda rider. Without any reference for the contact between my knee and the asphalt, it wasn’t easy to maintain my pace and hold tenth, but in the end I brought home a good result. I’m optimistic for tomorrow because we have good potential and without this problem today, I could have achieved a better result. I want to thank my team for providing me with a competitive bike.”

Oncu and Montella narrowly miss out on the podium at Magny-Cours

Day two of action making up round seven of the WorldSSP has played out at the Nevers Magny Cours circuit in France. Despite rain complicating yesterday’s proceedings, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Can Oncu and Yari Montella completed two free practice sessions, placing eleventh and fifteenth respectively.

Both returned to the track this morning for Superpole. In cloudy conditions, but on a dry track, Oncu set the seventh fastest time (1’41”190), while Montella finished fourteenth (1’41”529).
With these results, the Turk got away from the third row of the grid and the Italian from the fifth in the weekend’s first race.

Oncu made a strong start to position in the leading group. Montella also got away very well and moved into ninth place. In the space of a few laps, Yari had caught the leading group, while Can oscillated between first and third place. As the race went on, the two Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders lost contact with the leading trio, before the race was brought to a halt with a red flag on lap thirteen, after another rider crashed, his bike left on the track. This prevented Oncu and Montella from catching the frontrunners, with the Turkish rider therefore finishing fourth, immediately ahead of his team-mate.

In the championship standings, Oncu lies fourth with 125 points, while Montella is seventh with 86. Tomorrow will see the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders compete in the second and final WorldSSP race of this seventh round.

Nevers Magny Cours Circuit – France – Supersport World Championship
Superpole: 1) Caricasulo (Ducati) – 2) Baldassarri (Yamaha) – 3) Huertas (Kawasaki) – 4) Bulega (Ducati) – 5) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 6) Van Straalen (Yamaha) – 7) Oncu (Kawasaki) ……….. 14) Montella (Kawasaki)

Race 1 – 1) Baldassarri (Yamaha) – 2) Van Straalen – 3) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 4) Oncu (Kawasaki) – 5) Montella (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu

“The red flag prevented me from pushing to catch the leaders and battle for the podium. I’m not pleased with the result, but at least we’ve shown that we’re competitive and can fight for the win. We have the potential to do well, and I hope we can demonstrate that already in tomorrow’s race. Thanks to my team, they’ve done a great job.”

Yari Montella

“Considering my grid position, fifth place is a good result. I wasn’t able to make a clean lap in Superpole and so had to start from the fifth row. I knew I had good pace and so was very focused as the race started. I pushed to the max without making any mistakes and, in the end, I finished fifth. For tomorrow, we’ll make a few changes to the bike, but we’re basically ready and will be aiming for a top result. I want to thank the team as they’ve been a big help.”

Sunday

Mahias consistently in the points at WorldSBK Magny-Cours

The seventh round of the Superbike World Championship has concluded at the Nevers Magny Cours Circuit in France today. A home round for Frenchman Lucas Mahias, competing for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing, whose Ninja bore a special livery dedicated to historic sponsor GiVi, which has long supported Manuel Puccetti’s team.

Yesterday, Mahias took part in Superpole and Race 1. In the first, he qualified eleventh, which meant he started Race 1 from the fourth row of the grid. He concluded the race in tenth place, despite riding for most of the time without his right knee slider, which was ripped off following contact with another rider in the early stages.

Today’s action played out in cool, sunny conditions, with Lucas out on track this morning for the Superpole Race, a short ten-lap sprint in which he finished fourteenth.

The day’s second and final race ran over a distance of 21 laps. Mahias started strong and maintained very good pace within the chasing group, before crossing the line twelfth.

The next WorldSBK round will take place at Barcelona in Spain from 23 to 25 September.

Nevers Magny Cours Circuit – France – Superbike World Championship

Superpole Race: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Bautista (Ducati) – 3) Rea (Kawasaki) – 4) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 5) Redding (BMW) – 6) Bassani (Ducati) ……14) Mahias (Kawasaki)

Race 2: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 3) Bassani (Ducati) – 4) Lowes (Kawasaki) – 5) Rea (Kawasaki) – 6) Redding (BMW) ……… 12) Mahias (Kawasaki)

Lucas Mahias

“It was a positive day all things considered, the whole weekend in fact, as we continued along the growth path we’ve set out. We’re consistently inside the points zone and ever closer to the top ten. We still have to work to try and reduce the gap to those ahead of us, but we’re definitely on the right path. Racing in front of my fans has been a wonderful experience and I thank them as well as my team and our sponsors.”

A difficult WorldSSP race two for Oncu and Montella

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing has completed the second and final race making up the seventh WorldSSP round at the Nevers Magny Cours circuit in France. Yesterday, Can Oncu and Yari Montella, the team’s two Supersport riders, took part in Superpole and the first of the weekend’s races.

In Superpole the Turkish rider finished seventh, while the Italian closed fourteenth. As a result, Oncu got away from row three and Montella from row five for a race in which both put in a very strong performance. Can Oncu crossed the line fourth, ahead of his team-mate. Results that could have been even better if the race hadn’t been brought to a close on lap thirteen due to a crash.

Today brought cool, sunny conditions for the day’s race, which ran on a dry track over a distance of 19 laps. The two Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders made a good start and made up a few positions right away. The Turk ran with the frontrunners until around the mid-race point, when he was hit by another rider, which bent the frame that supports the saddle. By leaning on the tank, Can was not only able to finish the race, but in the final laps he gained further ground, climbing to final sixth place.

It was a difficult race also for Montella, who never good into the kind of rhythm that would allow him to make up many positions. The Italian nevertheless made some progress in the final stages, crossing the line tenth.

In the championship standings, Oncu now lies fourth with 135 points, while Montella is seventh with 92.

The next WorldSSP round will take place on 23-25 September at Barcelona in Spain.

Nevers Magny Cours Circuit – France – Supersport World Championship
Race 2 – 1) Aegerter (Yamaha) – 2) Cluzel (Yamaha) – 3) Bulega (Ducati) – 4) Debise (Yamaha) – 5) Baldassarri (Yamaha) – 6) Oncu (Kawasaki) ……..10) Montella (Kawasaki)

Can Oncu

“The race was difficult after the contact as I did not have the rear seat unit fixed to the bike anymore. We did not so bad a job, even without the seat unit in the correct position, so there are not too many more things to say. We will work more and improve a lot in the next week before we go to Barcelona. We will keep going at full gas and we are motivated to succeed.”

Yari Montella

“My race was conditioned by my starting position. I got away well, but then found myself with a group of riders and I wasted time getting past them. Once I’d done that, the group ahead was already too far off. My bike worked really well, but we still need to work to be able to fight with the frontrunners. Thanks to the team for all their hard work here in France.”

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