WSS: Alstare Suzuki Brands Hatch race report

XAVI TAKES SECOND IN THE SUN AT BRANDS HATCH In scorchingly hot conditions, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Xavi Simeon continued his run of good form with a superb second place at Brands Hatch today. And if it were not for a poor start...

XAVI TAKES SECOND IN THE SUN AT BRANDS HATCH

In scorchingly hot conditions, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Xavi Simeon continued his run of good form with a superb second place at Brands Hatch today. And if it were not for a poor start and a problem getting past Claudio Corti (Yamaha), there is little doubt that Xavi would have challenged Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) for the victory. Getting past Corti cost Xavi the best part of two seconds, yet he was just six tenths of a second behind Canepa when the Italian took the chequered flag. Third place went to Corti, with Matteo Baiocco (Yamaha) fourth, Brendan Roberts (Ducati) fifth and Ayrton Badovini (MV) sixth.

Xavi - 2nd

Overall I am happy because I have taken another podium and I am now just sixteen points behind the series leader (Baiocco) in the championship. Before today, I was in third place and now I am second, so I know we are improving. I didn't make a good start and was only seventh at the end of the first lap, so there was a lot of work to do. I moved into third place, behind Corti, on lap six, but it was difficult getting past him. It took me until the twelfth lap before I finally did get past and make it stick, but by then there were only two laps left and I couldn't catch Canepa. I am sure if I could've got past Corti much sooner, I would've been in a good position to fight Canepa for the victory. Today my bike worked well and I had no problems - except Corti!

-credit: alstare suzuki

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Matteo Baiocco , Niccolo Canepa , Claudio Corti , Brendan Roberts , Ayrton Badovini