Caricasulo refuses to think about championship fight

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:29 GMT

Italian back in the title hunt but is keeping feet on the ground

Fresh off the back of a dramatic end to the FIM Supersport World Championship race in Portugal, Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) explained he felt he didn’t deserve his second victory in a row, after his team-mate Lucas Mahias was disqualified.

In a dramatic turn of events at the Autodromo Interacional do Algarve, Caricasulo was fighting for the podium positions as Mahias had dominated throughout the 18 laps. But as he crossed the line for the final lap, the Frenchman had a problem with a rear tyre which caused him to withdraw from the race. Putting Caricasulo in the lead on the final lap, the race came to an abrupt end as the red flags were waved. Mahias then had five minutes to get back to pit lane with his YZF-R6, but was unable to do so without cutting the final corner of the track.

Caricasulo was then declared the race winner, meaning he has stood on the top step of the podium for two races in a row. Delighted to take the win, it was a tough one to register as he knew his team-mate had suffered such bad luck. Sitting 20 points off the championship leader, he is prepared for some stunning battles in the final three rounds, but won’t think about taking the title.

“It was I think a very lucky race,” admitted Caricasulo. “I was fast in any case, I could fight for the win and I was second. It was an incredible last lap, Lucas had tyre issues which meant I was first. Then we had a crazy last lap, there was a red flag and we didn’t know why. I am very sorry for Lucas as he rode a very good race and deserved the win.”

The 22 year old continues: “But races are like this, one time I’m lucky and one time he is lucky. So I am happy for the championship, now we are close winning it. But I am not thinking of the title, I have never thought about the championship before, so we will see in Qatar. This is the place to look for the championship. I am happy with my bike, we will be on top to fight in the next three races.”

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