Kawasaki Puccetti Racing will take part in its second house spherical of the 2023 WorldSSP season when the Imola spherical takes place between 14-16 July. Former World Champion Lucas Mahias will once more journey instead of common group rider, Can Öncü, who is constant on his path of restoration from damage.
Frenchman Lucas has contested three rounds of the present championship on the Ninja ZX-6R, which options completely different technical specs from the one he competed on beforehand – and with a lot success – earlier than shifting to the WorldSBK class with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing in 2021 and 2022.
Lucas is a nine-time race winner in WorldSSP racing and has earlier expertise competing at Imola. His finest end on the 4.936km lengthy Italian parkland circuit was second place in 2017. He final raced at Imola in 2019, when the officially-titled Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola hosted its most up-to-date WorldSSP occasion.
Lucas had a difficult second race at Donington Park final trip. Nonetheless, he elevated his private expertise of the much-changed WorldSSP class, which now options a number of completely different engine configurations and displacements in comparison with Lucas’ earlier appearances within the middleweight class.
After Imola, the Autodrom Most WorldSSP spherical within the Czech Republic takes place from 28 to 30 July.
Lucas Mahias said: “I haven’t raced at Imola for a very long time. I just like the monitor and can do my finest to take pleasure in it after what was an advanced Donington spherical. I need to watch out in observe and work to construct my feeling with the monitor and, extra importantly, discover the very best setup for my bike. In England, I realised that I wanted to vary my method to the races and that I have to be much more decided within the early phases. The bike’s very aggressive, so it’s as much as me to harness its potential. That is our group’s house spherical, and so it will likely be vital to attain sturdy leads to entrance of the followers.”
Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) loved his best-ever WorldSSP end of fourth at the newest race within the championship, simply over every week in the past at Donington Park. Huertas is now the second-highest-ranked Kawasaki rider within the total championship, in twelfth place, with Öncü in tenth place.
John McPhee (Vince64 by Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) is a four-time Moto3 race winner, and he has already stood on a podium in WorldSSP on the opening spherical of the 12 months at Phillip Island.
Tom Sales space-Amos (Motozoo ME AIR Racing Kawasaki) clearly leads the ‘WorldSSP Problem’ factors rating and secured his career-best race end of total sixth at his house spherical of Donington Park. The WorldSSP Problem is a championship-within-a-championship for riders who solely race on the European rounds of the general WorldSSP sequence.
At Imola, Australia’s Luke Energy (Motozoo ME AIR Racing Kawasaki) and Japan’s Yuta Okaya (Prodina Kawasaki Racing) will as soon as extra compete as WorldSSP Problem riders.
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