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 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.
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.
Circuito San Juan Villicum, Argentina
WorldSBK 2018, Round 12
- 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|