Double podium for Uramoto at Jerez

Published On November 1, 2021 | 2 Wheels, Naomichi Uramoto

Naomichi Uramoto Media Information | 11.01.2021

The final round of the 2021 ESBK Spanish Superbike Championship took place at Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto, a world known circuit with both MotoGP and World Superbikes hosting races here.

Naomichi Uramoto came to Jerez, determined to wash away his frustration from the last round. He started his race weekend with maturing the settings on Thursday and Friday. Although the problem he had did not solve, Uramoto finished 6th fastest in FP1, and 3rd fastest in FP2.

Wet conditions greeted the paddock on Saturday. As qualifying started Uramoto started out his run by checking the track, and tweaking the settings. He made his first flying lap after two pit-stops. On his first try, Uramoto lapped a 1’52.959 and emerged on top. He was the only rider to make it in the 52s until the end of the session when Oscar Gutierrez made it also in the 52s, but was 0.009 seconds short of Uramoto, allowing Uramoto to take his first Pole Position of the season.

Rain made the start of Race 1 a wet race. Uramoto chose the softer compound on his rain tires, which he had a good feeling. The race started, but was red-flagged immediately due to heavy rain. The riders waited 30 minutes for the now shortened 10-lap restart of the race. Uramoto made a great start and started pulling away from his rivals, however as the track started to dry out, his rain tires drastically faded its competitiveness, and Uramoto dropped to 3rd. It was not possible to follow the leaders, and had to settle for 3rd in Race 1.

Sunday’s Race 2 showed similar conditions with Race 1. This time, the rain stopped before the start, and left both dry and wet sections throughout the track. While his rivals chose rain tires, Uramoto opted to use the intermediate tire on his rear.  Starting from the 3rd grid, which was not on the record line, Uramoto had to carefully start the race, which forced him to sacrifice positions. However, his choice of the rear tire gave him a crucial advantage in dry sections, allowing him to advance his positions without much difficulties. He gained his position back to 3rd by Lap 4 and took 2nd in Lap 6. However, by this time the leader was 10 seconds ahead of Uramoto. Sharing fastest laps of the race every lap, Uramoto could not shorten the gap between him and the leader, as they were lapping at similar lap times. Uramoto finished his final race of the of the season in 2nd place.

Uramoto finished the season with 159 points which ranked him 6th in the Championship.

Naomichi Uramoto
“I wanted to win so bad so this wasn’t the result I wished for, but considering the situation I was throughout the season, I am happy that I was able to take pole and finish both races on the podium.  I am really thankful that my team worked hard for me. I would also like to thank SUZUKI, JEG Racing, all the sponsors that supported me, and last but not least, my fans who have cheered me on for the whole season. I hope I can let you know of my plans for next season as early as possible. Thank you sincerely for the support!”

Results
Qualify Pole Position 1’52.959
Race 1  3rd Fastest Lap 1’54.442
Race 2  2nd Fastest Lap 1’53.527
Standings  6th 159 points