Canducci Seventh After French WorldSSP Round2017-10-01 10:17
After a five rider breakaway in the 19-lap WorldSSP race became a six rider fight, with Michael Canducci closing in on the leaders after starting from 11th place on the grid, the battle was on for the podium places.
Tenth on lap one Canducci was close to a top six placing by the end, as he rode across the line to take the chequered flag right inside the slipstream of much more experienced competitors Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti.
Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) made some set-up changes for the race but when his rear traction dropped off after a few laps he dropped places again and ended up 22nd.
In the championship Sofuoglu is now second, nine points from the lead, with Ryde 12th and Canducci 15th.
Two rounds remain in the championship, the first at Jerez de la Frontera, with raceday on Sunday October 22nd.
Michael Canducci, stated: “I am really happy about today especially after the past few races. I think this was a strong performance from us. I felt confident on the bike and I was the first Kawasaki rider to finish the race. I am proud of that and I hope that I can keep improving in the next races and build on the good result from today.”
Kyle Ryde, stated: “I struggled a lot from lap four onwards after not finding the right settings all weekend and we had to guess the set-up for the race but it was not ideal. I got a good start and got up to 19th. I felt strong but as soon as my SC0 tyre started to go off it started to push the front. It is not ideal to finish so far back so we have to go back to basics at the next round and hopefully it comes a bit better there.”
ESS rider Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) was 17th today, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 19th and Peter Sebestyen (SSP Hungary by Pedercini Racing) 21st. Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) was 24th.
Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) retired at the start of the race and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) also did not make it to the end. Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) 17th was an early faller.
Source: Kawasaki Racing Team
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