Solid World SSP weekend for Luke in Barcelona
Luke Power raced to his first World Supersport double finish in the latest round of the FIM Supersport World Championship in Spain this past weekend, gaining more valuable experience in his debut year in the ultra-competitive series.
A crash in FP1 put him slightly on the back foot but both he and the team worked hard throughout the remainder of the opening day, bouncing back with improved lap times in FP2.
Saturday morning saw huge gains in terms of lap time and a race long multi-rider battle when the lights went out for race one on Saturday allowed Luke to show his racing ability as he locked horns with several former world championship podium finishers, finishing ahead of a world champion, and a British champion.
Sunday’s race was faster in comparison but a small mistake in the early stages saw him lose touch slightly with the group.
The Aussie now looks forward to the first of two visits to Italy and the Emilia-Romagna round in Misano in a few weeks, optimistic of further improvements.
“It was a difficult start to the weekend. I had to learn the track on Friday and sadly made a small mistake in FP1 which gave the team some work, but we made a step in FP2 which was positive. I made a big step in Superpole, and closed the gap to the front considerably and finally started to understand more about how these bikes need to be ridden. The position didn’t show the jump we made but it gave me a lot of confidence for the future qualifying sessions, especially with how I attacked right until the end. Saturday’s race was quite good. I made my best start of the year and was able to stay in the group I was with for the whole race. It was the first that I had finished, and I learned so much. I was good to get my elbow out with the guys around me who all have so much experience at this level than me. On Sunday was also positive. We tried something in warm up, but I made a mistake on lap two in race two. It was a bit of a lonely race, but my pace was as fast as a lot of the guys ahead, especially at the end of the race which is encouraging. I learned lots on track and also was able to put in place some things that helped me massively off track. Am really looking forward to Misano which is a track I have tested at so see you all there. A big thanks to the Motozoo ME AIR Kawasaki team, and to everyone who is supporting me.”