Luke makes the most of challenging Aragon weekend
Luke Power’s penultimate FIM Supersport Championship weekend of the 2023 season saw the talented Aussie teen narrowly miss out on a double top twenty finish in what was another hot weekend both on and off the track.
A steady start on Friday morning saw Luke settling into the weekend before a big crash towards the end of Free Practice 2, after a significant step forward in terms of pace, saw the #68 lucky to escape with no injuries.
An overnight rebuild of his Motozoo ME AIR Kawasaki meant Luke was able to make it out for the sole grid deciding Superpole session before a spirited ride in Saturday’s opening race at Motorland Aragon, despite some technical problems which were out of both his and the team’s control, saw him cross the line in twenty-second position.
Gaining more confidence on Sunday morning in the warm up, Luke spent race two banging bars throughout with a multi rider group – coming out on top in his own personal on track battle. He finished twenty-first.
The next round of the championship takes place in Portimão at the “rollercoaster” as it’s known with Luke keen to end his debut world championship season on a high.
“It was a positive round at Aragon. Friday started with a not so bad, not so great FP1 but the team ironed out a few things for FP2 and the bike felt much better. We put on a new tyre at the end of the session and unfortunately, I crashed at turn two on my first flying lap which stopped me from going any quicker. The crash destroyed the bike, and I was certainly a bit battered and bruised but was quite lucky to come away without any substantial injuries, but it meant a late night for the team. They did a great job, but the rules mean we were then going straight into Superpole. We made a massive step of over 1.5s which gave me a lot of confidence for race one. I made a good start and was running a good pace with what I believe, could have seen us inside the top twenty, maybe even in the points but we were hit by a technical issue that affected not only me but several riders. This problem, nothing to do with the team, cost us a better result than we achieved and was quite frustrating. The team did another great job of fixing things for Sunday and race two we were able to get our elbows out once again and race with many much more experienced riders. I am disappointed that I messed up a bit on the first lap but I’m proud of the way I bounced back and had good pace and was able to make some good overtakes. I am learning a lot and improving and making progress every time we ride which was the target for my first season at this level. I want to say a big thanks to my team, my sponsors and everyone who is supporting me. See you all in a few days in Portugal.”