DIFFICULT BEGINNING FOR BLACK AND BARRIER
Both started well, but unfortunately Gregg Black and Sylvain Barrier did not have much luck later in the first race of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup in Valencia (Spain). One had to retire because of a technical problem and the other one crashed.
Gregg Black started 26th and was quickly 16th after a very good start. He stayed in that position for the first two laps, but his brakes stopped working properly and he had to retire in the pits.
Sylvain Barrier started well also, from the 4th position on the front row. After the first lap, he was second behind Claudio Corti (Suzuki). During 9 laps out of 23 he was with the leading group of 5 riders: Corti, Xavier Simeon (Ducati), Maxime Berger (Honda), Javi Fores (Kawasaki) and Sylvain. Unfortunately he crashed on the next lap.
Sylvain Barrier: " The beginning of the race was correct. I had a good start and I was second in the first curve. I was careful because the temperature of the tyres was not hot enough yet. Two riders passed me in the main straight and I went to 4th position. I tried a new line to pass these guys, so a entered a corner wide. But I lost the front on some bumps. It's a shame because I could have finished 4th."
Gregg Black: " My start was good, from the 26th to the 16th position. In the second lap, I was closing the gap on Ortega who was in front of me. But on the third lap my front brake was not working properly anymore and I had to retire. Considering that Ortega finished 9th, a top 10 finish would have been possible."
Michel Garnier, team owner: " There is not we can do against the Ducati. Sylvain wanted too much too soon. He should have kept the 5th position. With 3 laps to go, he had a good margin. Gregg retired because of a front brake problem."