Ninth place for Forés in race 1

 
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Xavi Forés ended ninth the race 1 at Jerez de la Frontera, penultimate 2017 Motul FIM WorldSBK round. In front of his home fans the Spanish rider of the Barni Racing Team, departed from the twelfth spot of the grid, had a fantastic start being sixth after few turns, but the race was red flagged due to the crash which involved Badovini (Kawasaki) and De Rosa (BMW). When the race started again the Spaniard was stuck in traffic at the middle of the group. Tenth after the first turn Forés moved up because of the mistake of Laverty, then he took the nine position riding with a constant pace his Ducati Panigale R. Thanks to the Melandri's retirement Forés caugth the eight position, but in the last lap he was overtaken by Laverty being ninth on the checkered flag. Thanks to this result Forés has now 176 points in the overall standings and he will start from the sixth place of the starting grid in the race 2 tomorrow.

Marco Barnabò, Principal Manager
«The red flag penalized Xavi, he would have been in fight for the sixth or seventh place, but races are unpredictable. We have to stay focused on the setup of the bike which is not perfect. Compared with others rounds we faced more troubles to find the right direction. We worked hard and whatever we do improved the bike setting, but in order to be at the front a big step is still necessary».

Xavi Forés, #12
«It was a tricky race because after my good start the race was stopped. It was a pity! Nevertheless our race pace was quite good. In the last part i suffered the lack efficiency of the rear tyre which prevent me to catch the group ahead. If we would be more competitive we have to improve at the brake and at the corner's beginning ».