Saturday, July 9, 2011

Smart in doubt for Oulton Park BSB round

‘No, two engines…’

By BSB desk
Image by Bonnie Lane

Moto Rapido Ducati suffered a difficult weekend at the Snetterton British Superbike round with a mystery engine problem which hampered rider Scott Smart in qualifying and then forced him out of race one when he was in an Evo class podium position.

Smart was only able to do one lap in qualifying after the team carried out an incredibly fast engine swap and on Sunday he rode from the back of the grid into second before a second engine failure forced him out of the race. The team had no further spares so were forced to watch race two from the sidelines.

?Motec and Ducati have been excellent in dedicating their engineers to the problem and have helped us immensely. We are sure to find the issue and cause but until we reach a definite conclusion we can not risk another failure,? said team manager Steve Moore.

?The Ducati is a well-proven motor and failures are usually very rare but with little time left we are now considering sitting out Oulton Park to get the situation resolved.?

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