The second round of the CIV was held in the Mugello circuit. It was a weekend race characterized by variable weather conditions that put the teams and drivers to the test, forcing them to work on different solutions to reach the best race strategy.
The Thursday of the championship is a day of technical and sporting checks. For the riders, the first round served to adapt the set up, and then in the following rounds they worked on finding new solutions regarding the balance of the bike.
Significant changes have also been made to the Supersport 300 category, giving the bike a completely new electronic management. The rainy day also made it possible to test the rainy tires, preparing the team for the eventuality of a race on wet asphalt.
On Friday, following a morning of free practice, we faced qualifying sessions 1. All the work prepared in Thursday’s sessions was exploited and optimized regardless of the track conditions, which were not completely dry due to the rain of the previous days.
Despite this, we achieved excellent results by conquering the first position in qualifying first in the Supersport 600 category, setting the time of 1’55.251, well behind the second qualified, thus winning the provisional pole.
As for the Supersport 300 and the National Trophy, we looked for new solutions to adapt the chassis to the physical needs of the riders.
After two days of testing, the team’s work is finally concretized through qualifying and races over the weekend.
Qualifying 2 of the Supersport 600 was characterized by excessive traffic which prevented the driver Marco Bussolotti from using the tire for some time. Despite this Bussolotti managed to conquer the second position in qualifying, guaranteeing the pole position on the starting grid. As for the Supersport 300 due to an electronic problem it was not possible to qualify for the race while the National Trophy 1000 sees Matt Prince in a 31st position in terms of the noble riders with whom he is competing.
Race 1 of the Supersport 600 sees Bussolotti start in second position on the starting grid. The group of leading race drivers immediately distanced themselves from the others and was the protagonist of a fierce challenge. For 4 laps Bussolotti led the group keeping the first position. The last laps of the race were fought, characterized by overtaking and recoveries and it finished taking home the fourth position just four tenths from the first classified.
The National Trophy 1000 race took place on Sunday. Matt Prince, after Saturday’s qualifying in 33rd place, improved his performance by lining up 31st in qualifying 2. Sunday’s starting grid saw him start in 33rd position and, following a hard-fought race, finish in 28th place, gaining 5 positions.
The Supersport 600 opens the final day of the second round of the championship with a warm up in which various solutions were tried in order to adapt the bike to the expected weather conditions. The results were positive and brought Bussolotti to the top of the standings, with a time of 1’55.029.
Race 2 begins with Bussolotti second on the grid. After a not entirely positive start, requiring him a couple of positions, the driver managed to gain ground and gain first position in the second lap. With great determination he led the race for 11 laps, without letting his opponents sneak in to steal the show. Unfortunately in the last 2 laps the balance created between the leading drivers of the race broke, leading to a war of overtaking that saw Bussolotti lose his position and finish the race in 4th place just 0.476 away from the first classified.
It ends the second round of the CIV, leaving the team with various ideas for the work that will have to be done in anticipation of the next race weekend to be held on 22/23/24 June in Imola.