The first race went well: I got off to a good start and made the most of a Stefano Gai mistake. Then I was alone up front and, as I didn’t have anyone to measure myself against, I got a bit distracted and allowed Manuel Villa to close in. Things turned out okay as I was able to defend my lead and cross the line first.
When I have a free track I do find it a little tougher as I prefer chasing. Maybe I was a little fazed by how the race went. For someone like me who usually competes in climbs that last two minutes max, driving on the track for forty is crazy! Still, it was a great experience and, luckily, the sacrifices made to be here this weekend were worth it”.
Manuel Villa (2nd overall): “I was hoping to win. A few minutes from the end I was right behind Baldi and, in truth, I didn’t realise it was him at first. I slowed down because I thought it was a back marker. When David realised that he had slowed too much, he picked up the pace again and I couldn’t catch him.
I am happy with second, especially as I was convinced I would finish third. Then came Stefano’s gearbox problem and this opened the way for me to take second on the podium.
There was a lot of traffic out there. I hope that we cope with the back markers better in Race 2”.
Stefano Gai (3rd overall): “I had gearbox trouble and this meant that I lost contact with Baldi and Villa, meaning that I had no chance of taking the win. Unfortunately, in the slower sections I was not able to defend myself at all and I spun twice, leaving the door open to my rivals. It is a shame because I was pretty fast. I hope to do well in Race 2”.