Pit Beirer opens strongly with a second
RaceSkittles Yamaha Team Radiorama newly signed Pit Beirer headed a Yamaha filled top five on the fast and exciting Bellpuig track. While the German secured a position on the podium, both Claudio Federici and Brit Paul Cooper just missed it with fourth and fifth respectively.
Beirers teammate Yves Demaria was very fast in qualifying with third, but was unlucky in the race, scoring a DNF.
P. Beirer - 2nd / C.Federici - 4th / P. Cooper, - 5th / J. Aubert - 11th / M. Kovalainen - 12th /J. Cepelac - 13th
It didnt look it would be an easy race for Pit Beirer, as he struggled to come to terms with the modified qualification format. He could secure only an eleventh place on the starting grit. He stated; We have only a short practice and then have to qualify. Initially I did not find a good set up of the bike which made me a little nervous, but finally we got it dailed in for the race. The team did a great job to get it done in the end.
The race result on Sunday was a lot better for Pit; My wrist has been operated only two weeks ago, so a podium is great. My aim was to not make many mistakes today as we now have only one change to score per GP. I think everybody was nervous about this. My speed is really good which makes me very confident for my changes this year.
At the Yamaha Team AXO press presentation Claudio Federici made a very relaxed and confident impression. With a second grid position he proved that he had not made a sham. I liked riding here last year, with the changed track layout I dont like it as much, it is not so much fun as it used to be. I knew from last year that I would be quick here, its a fast track and my Yamaha is very very competitive. In qualifying I did not have too much trouble, I am really fit, so it comes easy.
On the Sunday it looked like things were coming together nicely as well for Claudio when he let the race at some stage, but then crashed; I was riding comfortably, but fell on the whoops. Pichon, Beirer and Crochard came by and I could not catch them anymore as I lost a bit of rhythm, this track is tough! I think I can win many races this year, my speed is as good as anyones, so I am happy.
Yves Demaria qualified strongly in third, but could not put his good gate position to good use at the start of the race. I was hit by another rider and damaged my bike, I tried to continue but finally had to stop. Naturally I am disappointed, its the first race and I have no points. That is tough, especially because I could have done good here, my speed is good enough for winning races.