Hot Misano for Steve Martin and the Superbike boys.

Steve Martin showed the rest of the Superbike world that he means business this weekend under the burning sin in Misano for the San Marino round of the World Superbike Championship. Steve rode the wheels off his DFX Racing Ducati all weekend, shrugging off the near 40-degree heat and fifty percent humidity, "I'm an Australian, the heat doesn't bother me!" he joked.

During the weekend Steve climbed as high as third during some qualifying sessions, finishing a brilliant sixth in the first qualifying session and ninth in the second. Steve finished Superpole in ninth, just missing a second row start by only six-thousandths of a second. And the name of the rider who just shaded him off the second row? None other than full factory Ducati rider Ruben Xaus!

Both races were a little more challenging for Steve, who didn't get the best of starts in race one and finished thirteenth. In the second race Steve suffered from a minor problem in the shape of a slight misfire which was later traced to a faulty quickshifter. But he still finished race two in twelfth.

"It wasn't a big thing," explained Steve, "but it was costing me time and you can't afford to give away time like that in a World Championship race. But these things happen. I'm just a little disappointed after having such a good time in qualifying but at least I scored more championship points."

Steve was yet again the top Pirelli rider in both races.

Steve's looking forward to racing in America, "I like the track at Laguna Seca and reckon I can go well there."

The World Superbike Championship travels to the USA on 14 July.

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