Pain in Spain for Foggy PETRONAS Racing Foggy PETRONAS Racing's suffered another day of disappointment at the third round of the Superbike World Championship in Valencia, Spain. Steve Martin finished the second race of the afternoon in 17th,...
Pain in Spain for Foggy PETRONAS Racing
Foggy PETRONAS Racing's suffered another day of disappointment at the third round of the Superbike World Championship in Valencia, Spain.
Steve Martin finished the second race of the afternoon in 17th, having crashed in the first race. Team-mate Garry McCoy was unable to finish the first contest after his bike developed engine problems and the Australian was taken out by another rider in race two.
The team had spent the most of the first two days of qualifying trying a new stage of engine development, although Steve reverted to the previous specification for both races. Garry opted for the newer engine in the second race in a bid to gather more data for the next round at Monza, where the latest developments are expected to have a more significant effect.
Team manager Jack Valentine said: "The whole team has put in an extremely motivated performance and we are not getting the results we feel we deserve. The riders are pushing hard to pick up as many points as possible, as could be seen in Steve's crash in the first race. I would put his result in the second race down to a tyre problem, although we know we are still struggling with punch out of the corners. Garry was unlucky in both races. I think we have benefited from using the latest engine development here and, although we have more work to do at Monza, we are hoping that circuit will suit the engine better than this tight track."
Steve said: "There are not too many positives to take out of the weekend, although we will hopefully get some benefit from using the latest engine during qualifying here when we go to Monza. I tried my hardest in the second race and the bike was better in the braking areas than in the first race. But, when the tyre started to go off, I didn't have enough control or feel. In the first race, Nieto was holding me up and if I had sat there any longer the pack behind me would have come past. I had overtaken him twice but he immediately passed me back down the start-finish straight. I lost the front end trying to make another overtaking move stick because, if I had got past him at that part of the circuit, I would have half a lap in which to make a bit of a gap on him."
Garry said: "Unfortunately, this was just a repeat of Phillip Island for me. After not finishing the first race, I went into the second really wanting to finish, no matter what. But, from starting where we are on the grid, we are playing around with people that we shouldn't be. I was playing everything pretty safe but Silva had passed me three times already and each time had run wide. On lap four I passed him again down the front straight and, as I started braking, he flew back past and ran wide again. Then he came from off line into the white paint and left me with nowhere to go. When we touched, my rear end lost traction and span me round. In the first race I noticed on the grid that we had a bit more tail wind than we had had all weekend, which worried me. Sure enough, I was running out of gears at the end of the straight and was on the hard limiter a couple of times. I was being patient with the guys in front as a few of them were pushing very hard but I was losing o ut on the straights and getting held up in the corners before the engine problem occurred. So I decided to use the latest specification engine for race two and wanted to get as much information for Monza as possible."
Troy Corser comfortably won both races to further extend his championship lead and another former FPR rider, Chris Walker, made the podium in race two.