Rispoli gains valuable experience in tricky conditions at Knockhill
JUNE 29, 2016
American James Rispoli returned to the fourth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship determined to finish two solid races at Knockhill last weekend and the young rookie did just that, finishing both races in Scotland.
On his return from injury after the previous round at Brands Hatch, Rispoli was continuing to improve his pace throughout the weekend, slashing 0.7s off between the opening free practice session and qualifying in the dry conditions.
In the races, Rispoli was still lacking the perfect set-up on the tight sub-minute race circuit, but the young Floridian continued to use the races as a valuable learning experience to finish 23rd. With ever changing conditions race two took place in very wet conditions. The team made some dramatic set up modifications and again the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha rider overcame the challenge to narrowly miss out on a points scoring finish in 17th position.
Rispoli said: “It was another difficult weekend for us at Knockhill. With it being another small and twisty track we went into it with some realistic goals, knowing we wanted to finish the two races and get some of the confidence back that we lost at Brands Hatch. We struggled most of the weekend in the dry, but we still make some decent progress developing the set up with the Yamaha. There are some things that hampered us from moving forward and getting the most amount of track time we needed, but we did the best job we could at that moment.
We had some good conversations within the team and we know what we need to look at to move forward and to gain that extra bit of confidence like we had at Silverstone. Behind the scenes they are pushing to make additional progress on motor and chassis set up before the next round and that should give us a good direction. We still need to build on some areas that will then bring the results we know we can have – we just need to put it all together.
Towards the end of the weekend in the wet conditions we did find something that helped us with different areas. We didn’t have an amazing result, but it wasn’t bad as we finished the races in very challenging conditions which would have been easy to get caught out like some of the other guys. We have some good tracks coming up next that we know the Yamaha should be better suited at this time in development like Snetterton, Thruxton and Brands Hatch and I can’t wait.”