Prolonged candid chat with Andrea Locatelli after #AUSWorldSBK

2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship

Spherical One – Phillip Island

Andrea Locatelli

Q: How did your weekend go?

Andrea Locatelli: “Superpole, as a result of we began from P9, was not straightforward, particularly yesterday within the moist, right here on this monitor. We all the time see it’s troublesome to overhaul properly right here, in the long run we closed on P5 in the course of the Superpole race, however I wished to attempt to go away right here Phillip Island with a podium.

“We received this so I’m actually glad and I’m actually happy with my job and the job of the blokes as a result of we labored very properly in the course of the check. We labored properly in the course of the winter check in Portimao and Jerez, so I believe that is one goal for certain.

“We have to proceed to work to attempt to be extra shut however I believe we’ve got a great bundle, so we simply must imagine in it and we will get the utmost.”

Andrea Locatelli – Picture by RBMotoLens

Q: Do you perceive from information, from yesterday, why Toprak struggled right here? Identical bike, identical staff, you share data, why is he struggling and also you succeeding?

Locatelli: “Is troublesome to say, however I can simply say Toprak is a bit totally different using fashion, so in all probability that is the issue. I don’t know, it’s simply my concept. I’m a bit upset as a result of I believe final 12 months was not so dangerous, however I don’t know what occurred.”

“We all the time work to be on the entrance, so happily we’re working properly, on my facet, we labored properly doing the pre-season to we arrived right here with a good suggestion, with a great base set-up, and we tried to push and it was good. Every thing was good, so for me it’s not straightforward to say what occurred about him.”

Andrea Locatelli

“I believe we’ve got a great bundle for braking, for turning, for fringe of the corners, we’ll see what occurs subsequent week. Ultimately we have to get what we will get, the factors.”

Q: What does this consequence imply for you, contemplating the final 12 months?

Locatelli: “Final 12 months, in the long run, was a great weekend right here, however my first time on the superbike, was not straightforward, it was like yesterday with the great climate, shit climate, good climate, shit climate. I used to be studying on the monitor, and studying the scenario.

“It was a troublesome weekend final 12 months, however in the long run we had been near the entrance riders and the primary rider, so it was not so dangerous for certain. This winter we labored properly and once we arrived right here, all the pieces was extra clear, and I believe that is the consequence.”

Andrea Locatelli celebrates his podium – Picture by RBMotoLens

“I’ve extra expertise, I perceive sooner and what’s occurring on the bike, for certain the expertise helps everyone. It’s simply my third 12 months on the superbike, it’s a very long time, but in addition a short while, in respect to Alvaro for instance, or to Rinaldi, or Toprak, or Jonny, we will say a whole lot of names.

“I imagine in my job and I’m all the time working and so I believe in the long run there’s a route, and the work helps on the outcomes, so that is sufficient.”

Andrea Locatelli – Picture by RBMotoLens

World Superbike Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Alvaro Bautista  62
 2  Andrea Locatelli  34
 3  Jonathan Rea  31
 4  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  31
 5  Axel Bassani  25
 6  Toprak Razgatlioglu  23
 7  Iker Lecuona  22
 8  Philipp Oettl  20
 9  Danilo Petrucci  15
 10  Xavi Vierge  14
 11  Dominique Aegerter  12
 12  Scott Redding  10
 13  Remy Gardner  10
 14  Garrett Gerloff  8
 15  Alex Lowes  6
 16  Michael Van Der Mark  4
 17  Loris Baz  1
 18  Hafizh Syahrin  1