A valuable experience for Uramoto at his World Superbike debut

Published On August 23, 2021 | 2 Wheels, Naomichi Uramoto
Naomichi Uramoto Media Information | 08.23.2021 The World Superbike debut for Naomichi Uramoto became a valuable experience for him. This wildcard entry into the World Superbike Championship (SBK) Round 7 at Circuito de Navarra, came in very short notice. His full time team in the Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK), JEG Racing decided to enter the race weekend, as this round took place in Spain, as well as the fact that ESBK will be holding their Round 5 of the season at Navarra next week. It has been since last May that Uramoto ran this track at Navarra. There were no time for testing before the race weekend. Although Uramoto and the team expected that it would be a difficult race for them, considering the fact that there was little time to prepare, and the SUZUKI GSX-R1000 specifications would be the same as in ESBK, Uramoto came to Navarra to make the most of what he has, and for experience. Uramoto’s best lap here at Navarra was 1’39s, and his best lap here in the ESBK race last May was 1’39.946. This would be his target lap time of the week. Uramoto could only make 1’41s in the two practice sessions on Friday. He managed to lap in the early 1’40s on Saturday morning, and in Superpole, Uramoto lapped his personal best at 1’38.973. Although this time did not allow him to be competitive with the full season riders, it became a good qualifying session for him. Uramoto qualified 20th. Race 1 followed Superpole on Saturday. Uramoto manages to keep 20th after start, but a miss on Lap 2 pushed him to the back of the field. However, Uramoto jumps to 19th on Lap 4, 18th on Lap 5, 16th on Lap 7, and on Lap 8, Uramoto places himself in 15th. From there on to the end of the race, Uramoto fought hard to keep the 15th position for his first points in SBK, but was passed at the final corner on the final lap and settled for 16th in Race 1. Uramoto decided to change his selection of the front tire on Sunday. His feelings on it were good, and this was good for him preparing for the next weekend. The 10-lap Sprint Race on Uramoto ended up in 19th. Although it was not a position he was happy about, this was is first time to lap in the 1’39s during a race at Navarra, so this was also a good thing for him. In Race 2, Uramoto managed to climb to 16th in the early stage of the race, but was forced to pit at Lap 8 due to a mechanical failure, and had to retire from the race. Naomichi Uramoto “This became a valuable experience for me. I would be lying if I told you that I wasn’t a bit unhappy that the regular season riders were so faster than me, but then again, that also became valuable for me. I thank the team for the great opportunity.” Result Superpole  20th  Best Lap 1.38.946 Race 1 16th  Best Lap 1.41.021 Superpole Race  19th  Best Lap 1.39.575 Race 2    DNF  Best Lap 1.40.108
*All Photos by Satoshi Endo