Forés celebrate with a podium the victory as best independent rider

A cool second place for Xavi Fores in Argentinian race 2 means that he is now the official independent riders champion of MOTUL FIM WorldSBK. Consequently the Barni Racing Team is the best independent team of the season 2018.

Thanks to the grid revised from race 1 where he was fourth, Forés was quick off the marks from pole position. At the four-lap mark, he had already opened a huge three-second gap taking advantage from the pack. Forés immediately pounced back at the back straight, but the Kawasaki’s pace was too much on the day and the weekend.
Therefore the flagbearer of the Barni Racing Team was fast enough to secure his second position till the checkered flag. He succeed in withstanding to the recovery of Melandri.
Thanks to this second place, fifth podium in 2018, Xavi Forés jumps to 227 points in overall standings, still seventh, but only five points far from Lowes, sixth.
In two weeks the WorldSBK Championship will be out on track for the last round in Qatar and Xavi’s goal would be to pass the Yamaha Factory to conquer a fantastic sixth position overall. 

Marco Barnabò, Principal Manager

«Being second today sounds like a victory for us. We arrived in a new-brand track and we manage to find immediately a good setup. Thanks to the advise by Xavi the bike fitted this circuit and the tyre choice was good too. I can say this is a perfect weekend for us and I want to thank all the crew and the rider who had a such great performance. After being the italian champion team now we celebrate the victory among the independent team and rider in WorldSBK».

Xavi Forés, #12

«It was not easy to stay at the front pushing hard without having a reference. When Rea overtake me I tried to follow him, but his pace was too fast. At that point I decided to defend the second position and I did it. Yesterday the podium had been stolen from my grasp and today I wanted. Our goal in this season was winning the title as best independent rider and today we achieved it. I want to share the happiness with all the team that always supported me. Now I want a good result more in Qatar, a track I like a lot».