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Rapido Sport Racing suffer setbacks at Cadwell Park

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Rapido Sport left Cadwell Park ruing crashes in both the Superbike and Superstock classes while Ducati Manchester’s Robbie Brown has season’s best result.

Matteo Baiocco suffered a crash in Superbike qualifying which left his 1199 Panigale languishing in 21st place on the grid for race one. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Italian who was racing at the Lincolnshire circuit for the first time. Baiocco had struggled in the last few races with his pace in the early part of races and was hoping to be further forward on the grid on this unfamiliar track. Despite his best efforts Baiocco only managed to finish in 18th position at the end of the first contest.

In race two, starting from 18th on the grid, Baiocco again struggled off the line, pushing him back into 21st on lap one, however Baiocco improved as the race went on, fighting back to 15th and into the points.

Steve Moore, team principal, Rapido Sport Racing said: “At the moment the first third of the race is killing us and to be on the back row was always going to be difficult for a good result. We really struggled with set up and tried the set-up from last year but this just didn’t suit Matteo. Matteo liked the track but having never raced here before it was going to be tough for him. We can now put two of the most difficult tracks on the calendar, Oulton and Cadwell behind us and look forward to progressing at Donington.”

In Superstock 1000 Tristan Palmer was looking forward to continue his good form and move up from third in the Championship. Palmer starting from fifth on the grid has his customarily good start quickly taking the lead from Jenkinson on the first lap. Palmer immediately tried to make a break for it, opening up a second gap on Jenkinson and Aquino.

Aquino was proving to be the fastest man on track and quickly reeled in Palmer, passing him into Coppice on lap five. Palmer soon had Simon Andrews on his tail as Aquino opened a 2.5 second gap. On lap nine, Andrews made an aggressive move on Palmer coming out of Coppice into Charlies forcing him wide. With nowhere to go, Palmer crashed out practically ending any championship hopes. On lap 11 the race was red flagged and with two thirds race distance covered the race result declared. Simon Andrews was later excluded from the race after his part in Tristan Palmer’s crash.

In contrast to Palmer’s woes, Robbie Brown on the Ducati Manchester 1199 Panigale finished a brilliant 12th position after starting the race back in 21st. For the first time in 2013 the Biddiluph-based rider really found his groove, and is hoping to press on to more strong results in the remaining rounds.

Tristan Palmer, Rapid Sport Racing said: “I was just gutted after the race, I knew Tommy (Aquino) had gone, I just couldn’t live with him as his pace was really good, but I thought I could settle for second or third. Jenkinson was having a poor race and Hudson (Kennaugh) was out so I knew I could have got some good points. I will just put it behind me now and go to Donington and win.”

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