Season's highlight for Martin and FPR at Misano Steve Martin achieved Foggy PETRONAS Racing's highest finish of the season with eighth place in the second race at Misano today. The Australian followed up an unfortunate 11th place in the first...
Season's highlight for Martin and FPR at Misano
Steve Martin achieved Foggy PETRONAS Racing's highest finish of the season with eighth place in the second race at Misano today.
The Australian followed up an unfortunate 11th place in the first race of round six of the Superbike World Championship with a ride described by team owner Carl Fogarty as `incredible'.
Foggy said: "I honestly believe there are very few riders in the world who could have performed as well Steve did today. He was incredible. He got good starts and that's the key thing for us to be able to achieve decent results on a bike which is still down on power on the rest of the field. It has been our best day of the season without doubt, although it has been a disappointing weekend for Garry."
Garry McCoy was forced to retire from the first race with an engine failure and, in race two, he high-sided while closing in on a points-scoring finish. Both races were won by Regis Laconi although Troy Corser's two third places were enough to maintain a 73-point advantage over Chris Vermeulen in the championship.
In race one, Steve had gained ground from his grid position of eighth with a stunning start and looked comfortable in seventh place when the race was red flagged for oil on the track. Following a chaotic restart, which was aborted on one occasion due to faulty lights, Steve dropped back down the field to an initial aggregate position of 10th. In the searing Italian temperatures he was able to maintain consistent lap times and was gaining ground on Karl Muggeridge before the chequered flag.
Another excellent start in race two found him up with the leading pack and he again had Muggeridge in his sights in the closing stages.
Steve said: "I am really happy to have finished two races and to have got some points in the bag. The bike felt as good as it has done for me and I have now found a set-up, through adding more weight to the back, that I think will work well at every circuit. I had one good start today, and two brilliant starts. In the first race I could sit in seventh without any problem. It was a shame about having to restart, but that's racing. My start for that second heat was also good but I got chewed up on the first lap and it was difficult to gain places after that. In the second race I stayed with the front guys for a couple of laps but, as the tyre went off, I started to lose corner speed. The reliability has been faultless all weekend and the team have worked really hard for these results."
Garry endured a traumatic end to a traumatic weekend. While lying in 17th, and stringing together consistent laps that matched some of the top ten finishers, he missed out on a points-scoring finish when he high-sided going into the final chicane on lap 19. His luck was no better in the opening race because, after battling back from a track position of 24th, he was forced to retire with four laps remaining while in 18th.
He said: "I had a problem with the clutch in the second race that was making it harder to back-shift. I guess I was pushing too hard and high-sided after backing it in a bit too much into the last chicane. I landed on my head but feel okay. I had been feeling pretty comfortable until then. For the first race, my number one bike was just not running properly and my number two bike seemed okay out of the pits but felt the same as the other bike off the line. I just got my head down after that, hoping to get into the points, until the engine failure."