This weekend the second round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will be held at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia. For Ten Kate Racing a circuit with good memories as last November the second consecutive world title was won here.
After a good start of the season in Australia with top ten finishes for both riders in both races, with a podium finish in Race 2 for Stefano Manzi being the highlight, the goal for Ten Kate Racing is to continue this upward trend this weekend in Indonesia. The tropical heat means an extra challenge for both the riders and the team, with heavy rain also likely to play a role.
Due to an adjusted schedule, the first World Supersport race at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit will start Saturday at 12:00 local time, 05:00 Central European time. Race 2 on Sunday will also be run at 12:00 local time, 05:00 CET.
Stefano Manzi : “I cannot wait to be back on the bike again because the last time we were stopped whilst fighting for the victory. Now we try to continue in this way and we will put in all our effort to try and catch that win. I think it is going to be a great weekend and I am looking forward to start again on Friday.”
Jorge Navarro: “I am glad that we have another race weekend straight after the first round at Phillip Island. This is very good for us to keep working and keep adapting to the new bike and new category. I am looking forward to start riding in Mandalika, I think it can be a better track for me because of the condition of my leg; this track has more right corners so it should be less painful. I cannot wait to start and ride my bike again!”
Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager: “We are already on the eve of the second round of the championship. It actually feels quite strange that we are here again, because we were still here in November it feels like we just left. The team got off to a very good start in Phillip Island and I also think we can make the next steps here in Mandalika.
Stefano has already found his rhythm and I expect him to be up front from FP1. I also expect more from Jorge this weekend because there are more right turns here, so he will be less affected by his injury. In addition, it is clear to see that the more he rides, the better his rhythm becomes. The leg does recover despite him riding, so that is good to see.
It will also be another exciting and educational weekend for the Yamaha Thailand Racing Team. In short, we are looking forward to the weekend with a positive outlook and hope to be competing for prizes again.”
After two free practice sessions on Friday and a Superpole session on Saturday morning, the first World Supersport race at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit will kick off Saturday at 12:00 local time, 05:00 Central European Time. Race 2 on Sunday will also be run at 12:00 local time, 05:00 CET.