Luke shows pace in both wet and dry conditions in Czech Republic
It was a tale of what might have been in the latest round of the 2023 FIM Supersport World Championship for Luke Power.
The event, which took place at Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic started well with Luke running well inside the top twenty and a mere 1.6s from P1. A further improvement came in Saturday’s Superpole giving the talented Aussie teen huge confidence. Unfortunately, a tech issue on the first lap curtailed any hope of another points scoring finish.
Sunday started well with Luke running inside the top six in warm up before a second mechanical issue meant he did not start the second race despite a valiant effort from the team to fix it before the race began.
Understandably frustrated and disappointed Luke is happy and encouraged by his pace in the Czech Republic and is already focused on redemption in France for him and his ME AIR Motozoo Racing team.
“It was challenging yet at the same time positive weekend in Most. My pace was really good on Friday considering It was my first time at the track on a 600. I was only 1.6s from Nicolo Bulega which is the closest I’ve been to the world championship leader all year which gave me a lot of confidence. We made another small step on Saturday morning in qualifying although the position didn’t reflect that. The times were super close, but I was happy with how I was riding and the feeling I now have. Unfortunately, we had a small mechanical issue in race one which put me out of the race on lap one, but these things happen. It was wet on Sunday morning for warm-up, and I was able to gain some valuable experience with the Kawasaki in these conditions. I was in the top six when I came into the pits before the end of the session which was good, and I was ready for race two whether it was wet or dry. We had another technical issue on the grid right before the start of race two which was frustrating for me, especially with how the race panned out. We could have had a good result but sometimes in racing you must take the rough with the smooth. I believe in the team; they believe in me, and we will come back stronger in France.”