WSS: Team Alstare Imola race notes

XAVIER TAKES SECOND IN A THRILLER. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Xavier Simeon had already wrapped up the title, but that didn't stop him having one of the best fights of the season in the ninth round of the championship at Imola. He ...

XAVIER TAKES SECOND IN A THRILLER.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Xavier Simeon had already wrapped up the title, but that didn't stop him having one of the best fights of the season in the ninth round of the championship at Imola. He was involved ina ding-dong battle with Italian Davide Giugliano (Kawasaki) for the entire nine lap race before overtaking his rival on the approach to the final chicane on the last lap. But then he missed a gear and was forced to go straight on instead of making the turn and that allowed Giugliano to take the chequered flag. After a bit of grass-tracking, Xavier rejoined the track to take a comfortable second place. Third went to Frenchman Sylvain Barrier (Yamaha)

XAVIER - 2nd

Although I already had the title, I wanted to stamp my authority on the championship with a win here at Imola. Giugliano and I had a great battle in the race and I decided to make my move on the final lap. I passed him on the brakes going into the final chicane, but then I missed a gear and had to go straight on. I was carrying too much speed to make the turn, so I was forced to straighten the bike up and go across the grass. I am disappointed because I know that if I hadn't had the gear problem I would have won the race for sure. But now at least I can celebrate the title before going to the last round at Magny-Cours - where I intend to finish the season with a win.

-credit: team alstare suzuki

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Xavier Simeon , Davide Giugliano , Sylvain Barrier