The second round of the World Superbike Championship takes place this weekend. Having finished last year’s season with races in Indonesia and Australia, this season has been reversed and the paddock has moved from Phillip Island to Lombok to resume action at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit.
A few days after the start of the new season, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is already preparing for a second round in 2023 with the Motul Indonesian round. The Pertamina Mandalica International Street Circuit is on the calendar for the third year, albeit at a different time at the start of the season. With promises of plenty of back-and-forth battles, several key players have shared their thoughts on the upcoming weekend in one of WorldSBK’s most exciting nations.
Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati): “Last year Tobrak was very fast here and Jonathan was very competitive, so I expect them to fight for the win in all three races. Then we celebrated the championship here, but now we are in a new season.
I still have fond memories here after visiting Phillip Island last weekend. We struggled a bit here last year, so we might have a lot to think about. The weather here is unpredictable, so you’ll need to adapt a plan depending on the trail conditions.
The biggest problem at the front was because Pirelli didn’t bring the tire I used last season. They brought it out this year so I’m curious if the problem I felt has gone away. With what we saw at Phillip Island, I don’t think it’s a complete reflection of where everyone is because we had two days of testing before the weekend, so a lot of riders had a good set-up and it was very special. Track.
The remaining riders this season are closing the gap and if you have a bad day, there are more riders. It’s clear that Tobrak was fast here last year and Jonathan is really competitive, so I expect them to fight for the win in all three races.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK): “I have good memories, let’s see this year. I didn’t have a very strong weekend in the first round, but I really liked this track. I had the same feeling when I went to Phillip Island last year. The bike felt different because we used harder tires, it was a different track. It was my No style. My style is usually hard braking.
Mandalika is my favorite song and I will try to give my best again like last year. Last year we won three times. We will see this year because everyone is very fast and very strong; Everyone upgraded their engine. Generally we are very strong here. Hopefully we can start strong and fight for victory again.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK): “It was a tough week to leave Australia without the points we wanted to get. Everything went smoothly until race day. It’s hard to make big decisions. The balance of the engine was very different during testing. We knew we had to work on an engine this weekend.
We should try to be more competitive. We forget about last weekend and want to be strong this weekend whether it’s wet, dry, windy or whatever. I think we have a good chance to fight for the podium this weekend. Our goal is more than that. I want to win a race and get my season off to a good start.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati): “We need to improve in the wet because when it rains we can compete for a podium. But overall I’m very happy with how the season started. What I learned is that the foundation is not good on a wet track, so I spoke to the engineers and said, “If we want to compete in the top positions all year, all We have to improve in the positions, “because finishing in P14 is unacceptable. When it rains we do a different set-up, then I’m fine. It’s a different track than Phillip Island and I think we can compete, but the other riders will be close. That one rider will pull away.” I don’t think so.
As for Imola’s announcement, it’s one of my favorite circuits; I won the STK1000 and it’s fond memories! I love riding there because it’s just as special as Misano, so I couldn’t be happier with that news!
Andrea Locatelli (Bada Yamaha Promethean WorldSPK): “At Yamaha we are always trying to improve the bike and work together to understand and compare the data. We have to keep doing this because it’s important to work together and improve the bike and try to improve ourselves. It’s the same goal we have every year.
We’ll have to see what happens here in Mandalika because it’s always going to be a little weird with the hot atmosphere. Last year and the first year were great: we will enjoy again! In the end it won’t be so bad if we end up in the same positions as last year, but if we go ahead and try to fight for the podium in the long races, then we’ll see… it’s always hard to say. By the end of the week, but we have full confidence in that.
I had to laugh when I saw the news about Imola because for me it is one of the best circuits! I was very happy and can’t wait to ride this bike on the track. It won’t be easy because it’s July and it’s going to be really hot, but if there’s a good result there, we can relax and go to the beach! ”
Hafish Syahrin (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team): “It’s very close to my home and it’s one of my favorite circuits. It won’t be easy, but I’ll try to do better than in Australia. This track suits my style and we’ll see what the weather holds this weekend. I wanted to score more points in the Australian round. I’m really I couldn’t challenge where I wanted to. At the start of the season, getting a point is better than nothing. We tried to bring this motivation or spirit to Mandalika.
Check the updated schedule of Motul Indonesian round below.
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