Positive Start And Tough Finish For Triple M Honda In Argentina

The Triple M Honda World Superbike team and their new rider Florian Marino arrived in Argentina full of optimism in their first working weekend together, with Marino learning quickly and starting 15th.

The challenges of the El Villicum circuit were new for the Triple M team and Florian and after Friday practice, where Florian qualified 17th out of the 19 riders on the grid. After Superpole 1 on Saturday, he secured 15th place on the grid for Race 1.

In the first ever race at the brand new Circuito San Juan Villicum, located in the west of Argentina, Marino rode with confidence as he learned more of the secrets of his Honda CBR1000RR SP2 machine, finishing 11thand scoring points his first time out.

The second race on Sunday was run in significantly warmer conditions than day one. On lap two Marino collided with Leon Camier’s machine and the Frenchman suffered a heavy crash. His initial diagnosis is a double fracture of the lower left leg. Florian is now undergoing more medical checks in a local hospital.

The final weekend of the 2018 WorldSBK season will take place under the floodlights in Qatar, with race day taking place on Saturday 27 October.

Florian Marino

Florian Marino 51

It was a positive first race on Saturday and I was not sure what to expect at the start. I saw that the guys behind were a bit confused, they did not really know if they should push or not. At this time I pushed and passed some riders like Baz and even Gagne. I did not question myself and just went. After I had set some fast laps I tried to fight and stay with them as long as possible. I was still not feeling really like I wanted to on the bike and I struggled physically. The second half of the race was really tough on Saturday but I learned a lot.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Manuel Cappelletti

Manuel Cappelletti

Team Manager

It was a good weekend until today. Florian told us he hit Leon Camier and he crashed into Leon and then he fell off the bike. He has broken his lower left leg and we are going to hospital now to see him.

Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

Argentinian Round

Circuito San Juan Villicum, Argentina

WorldSBK 2018, Round 12

Sunny / 24/2

Sunday 14 Oct 2018, 19:36 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24/2°C
  • Humidity: 39%
  • Ground Temp: 43.2°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 35’13.668
2 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 20 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +3.273
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +4.660
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.838
5 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +9.377
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +10.945
7 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 9 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +12.638
8 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +13.958
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +15.715
10 Jake Gagne 45 USA 6 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +20.861
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +25.595
12 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 4 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +33,171
13 Román Ramos 40 SPA 3 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +47.254
14 Gabriele Ruiu 16 ITA 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +55.140
NC Max Scheib 77 CHI 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Jakub Smrz 96 CZE 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Florian Marino 51 FRA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
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