Mixed feelings for Uramoto at ESBK Navarra

Published On August 30, 2021 | 2 Wheels, Naomichi Uramoto
Naomichi Uramoto Media Information | 08.30.2021 With just 4 days after Naomichi Uramoto’s World Superbike debut at Navarra Circuit, Uramoto was back again in Navarra, this time for Round 5 of the ESBK Spanish Superbike Chammpionship, where he races full time. Uramoto started his Thursday untimed practices attempting to mature his settings at Navarra, based on his experience and data he acquired from the previous weekend. In his past outings at Navarra, Uramoto was only able to lap in 1’40s and 1’41s on is first day, but this weekend was different, with him starting the day in the 1’39s. However, Uramoto ran into something he did not expect as Friday’s timed practice sessions started. Uramoto lapped at 1’39.906 in FP1, 1’39.441 in FP2, and was able to keep pace in the 1’39s but finished FP1 7th fastest and FP2 6th fastest, which he was not satisfied. The field show fierce competition as the top 7 riders were separated by only 0.3 seconds. At qualifying on Saturday, Uramoto marked a 1’39.455 and qualified 7th for Race 1. It was a similar situation for both Race 1 and Race 2. Uramoto would pace similar laps with the top group, but was not fast enough to pass them. He would shorten the gap in Sector 1 and 2, but would lose that advantage he gained in Sector 3. Uramoto finished 7th in Race 1 and 6th in Race 2. Naomichi Uramoto “There were things we found out at the World Superbike, so we started to mature the settings from there, but I couldn’t do anything to bring me to the front during both races. My pace was good, and I have cleared all the targets I set before the race weekend, so that was a good thing, but obviously the results wasn’t where I wanted to be. I am going to do my best at the next round in Valencia, so that I can go home satisfied.” Results Qualify  7th  Best Lap 1.39.455 Race 1  7th  Best Lap 1.39.589 Race 2  6th  Best Lap 1.39.420 Standings  6th 103 points
All Photos by Francisco Fraile Martin