Misano maestros: Mahendra and Iglesias the big winners from weekend on Adriatic Coast

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship saw yet another brilliant weekend of action, with Round 4 returning to Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”. The junior class of the Championship, WorldSSP300, saw some incredible, wheel-to-wheel action across the entirety of the weekend, with Inigo Iglesias (Fusport-RT Motorsports  by SKM – Kawasaki) picking up a big win in Race 1 and a podium in Race 2. Conversely, Aldi Satya Mahendra (Team BrCorse) secured a silver medal in Race 1 before going one better in Race 2.

Race 1 saw an absolutely epic finish, with a last corner duel that literally went down to the wire (more accurately, a tyre width). The margins were so fine that winner and P2 were ultimately separated by just 0.007s. When the smoke had cleared and everyone had caught their breath, it was Iglesias who had won the day.

Reacting to his success in the titanic tussle for the win, Iglesias said this: “Yes, for sure it was a really tough race! I spent the race fighting with Mahendra, and it was a great fight – I like the race like this! I think I had a good strategy; I tried to make good pace from the start, and I caught up to the race leaders, but I was not saving the tyre. When Aldi overtook me, I was like “I can’t believe it!”. But anyway, I was able to keep the feeling into the last straight and get the win.”

Race 2 on Sunday was as equally dramatic an affair, and was a race saw Iglesias and Mahendra once more locked in an intense battle for the win in a three-way war with reigning Champion Jeffrey Buis (Freudenberg KTM-PALIGO Racing), only this time Mahendra was able to overcome his Spanish rival and Dutchman Buis to achieve a very hard-fought victory.

Discussing his victory, Mahendra had this to say: “I’m very happy because this is my first victory this year. The race today was very hard, because I started from P10. I tried to push from the beginning until the end, but in the middle of the race I felt that the rear brake was broken. I just wanted to stay focused and stay strong. For Most, I will do my best. I know the track, and I really enjoy that track.”

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Source: WorldSBK.com

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