Treble Podium for Pata Yamaha's Mahias at Season Final
Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 rider Lucas Mahias flew to fourth in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup standings at the Circuito De Jerez this afternoon after another stunning performance saw him claim his third consecutive podium on the YZF-R1. A strong race for Riccardo Russo at the Spanish track completed his season finale in sixth.
Determined to challenge from his fifth place start, Mahias immediately dug deep as the 15-lap race began. Moving his way through the field, the Frenchman positioned himself on the podium, and in second, by the close of lap four, instantly breaking the hold from the riders behind and setting the fastest lap of the race as he made his mark. Challenging for the lead on the final lap, Mahias was briefly rewarded with a clear view of the line before being beaten to the flag in the dying seconds. His third podium in a row highlighting the impressive performance, he concludes the 2016 season fourth in the championship standings on 70 points, having only competed on the YZF-R1 in just three races.
Contesting his final race of the year from a front row start, and promoted to second overnight, Russo looked confident as he maintained the podium-worthy position for the opening laps. Enjoying the fight with the front group, the Italian's pace began to suffer as the heat reduced his grip, slipping to fifth by lap six. Regrouping, he remounted his charge, holding fourth for the bulk of the final laps before the determination of the championship's title challenger saw him overpowered. Closing the final race in sixth position, Russo sits ninth overall, on 49 points, with Yamaha taking third place in the Manufacturer's Championship.
Race: 2nd / + 0.089 / 15 laps. Championship: 4th / 70 points
"It was a good race, with a good rhythm and the second positon is great for me and for Yamaha. I would have preferred to win, but it is still a strong position. It was a hard race because the rear tyre was struggling for grip, so I didn't push a lot in the opening laps as I was saving for the end. I really pushed to get the win in the last lap but unfortunately it was just not possible. I'm really happy because I have finished fourth in the championship despite only riding for three races which is a great result for all the team for their hard work!"
Race: 6th / 10.302 / 15 laps. Championship: 9th / 49 points
"The race was not perfect for me and I'm not happy with the result as my qualifying showed I could have had better. I started the race in second, on the front row, and didn't need to push too hard in the first laps. Unfortunately my tyres began to drop and I was sliding a lot after about five laps so I lost positions. I wanted a better result for the end of the season but thank you to all my guys for their hard work over the year."
Sandro Carusi Team Manager
"I am pleased to have demonstrated the high level of the Pata Yamaha team after a difficult season. On one side there is the regret of not having had access to the official riders for much of the season; on the other side we have confidence as we look towards the potential of 2017.
"The fourth position in the championship won by Mahias today, despite having only deputised with us for just three races, demonstrates the level reached by our YZF-R1. We will continue to work in this direction to become even more competitive when we return next year."