Positive weekend for Steve Martin. Steve Martin had his best weekend of the season at Lausitzring for round seven of the World Superbike championship. The weekend began well with Steve running sixth fastest in first qualifying. Steve then ...
Positive weekend for Steve Martin.
Steve Martin had his best weekend of the season at Lausitzring for round seven of the World Superbike championship. The weekend began well with Steve running sixth fastest in first qualifying. Steve then qualified for Superpole and recorded the tenth fastest Superpole lap in front of several factory riders.
In race one Steve looked in fine form as he pushed his Pirelli shod DFX Ducati hard while battling with Gregorio Lavilla on the factory Suzuki and Juan Borja on another Ducati. The pace proved too hot for Borja's Ducati and he retired on lap 18, leaving Steve and Lavilla to fight over ninth place. Lavilla, on the factory Suzuki GSX-R, only just beat Steve to the line, finishing under half a second up on Steve's privateer Ducati.
Then came the second race. Steve was confident and raring to go. His Pirelli tyres had proved excellent in race one and he couldn't wait to get off the grid for some more race action. Unfortunately, just as he was battling his way up through the field, overhauling some more factory bikes on his way, his bike faltered momentarily. "On lap six it seemed to cut out for a few seconds," explained Steve, "I'm not sure what happened, but then just as suddenly the power chimed back in and I was underway again." But the incident had dropped Steve from tenth, where he was just lining up to pass Chris Walker, to twentieth - right at the back of the pack.
Steve then put on an incredible charge back up through the field. "Although I was obviously upset to have lost out ten places," said Steve, "I actually had great fun blasting up past all those riders, and my lap times just got faster and faster."
By the end of the race Steve had pulled himself back up to finish in eleventh. He recorded the ninth fastest lap time doing so, again lapping quicker than some factory riders.
Steve will now driving down to Italy where he'll be a guest of honour at the World Ducati weekend taking place at the Misano circuit, just prior to the next World Superbike race there.