Different situation on the other hand for Andrea Locatelli, as he was able to get to know the Catalan circuit during his time in Moto2 and Moto3, obtaining an 11th place in 2018 as his best result. Since his entry into the World Supersport Championship Andrea has beaten the competition with nine wins out of nine races he has competed in, becoming the rider with the most successes in a single season in the history of the category, and at Montmelò he will have the first chance to mathematically conquer the World Champion title.
Locatelli arrives at the last weekend on Spanish soil of the year with 79 points ahead of Jules Cluzel, absent in this round due to injury, and 106 ahead of Lucas Mahias. To be crowned champion at the end of the Catalan round, Andrea must finish Race 2 with at least 100 points ahead of the future second in the overall standings.
Team and rider are ready to start this important and intriguing weekend, starting from the two free practice sessions scheduled in the morning and in the afternoon on Friday. Saturday will then be the time for FP3, but especially for Superpole and Race 1, while Sunday the program will be completed with the morning warm up and Race 2. The Superpole and the two races will be live on channel 205 of the Sky platform.
Fabio Evangelista (Team Principal): "This weekend we will be on track in Barcelona for the first time, which makes us look forward to starting work and discovering the track, in the hope that the weather will be better than the current forecast. We want to continue the super positive trend of the first five rounds and try to catch a certain result, aware of the great value of both the rider and the team".
Andrea Locatelli: "We are only at the third last round of the season, but after the last events we have a first opportunity to reach our final goal. Barcelona is a track that I like and that I know, so I can start from a good base. It's new for the team to race on this track, but I'm sure that thanks to their usual good work we will be able to be competitive right away. I'm confident, we want to get the most out of it and make this weekend as sweet as possible".
WEEKEND TIMETABLE - SUPERSPORT
11.30 - 12.15 Free practice 1
16.00 - 16.45 Free practice 2
09.30 - 09.50 Free practice 3
11.40 - 12.05 Superpole
15.15 - Race 1 (17 laps)
09.25 - 09.40 Warm up
12.30 - Race 2 (17 laps)