Cardus caught out in weather lottery but confident to turn things around in race
Everything seemed to go according to plan for QMMF Racing Team rider Ricky Cardús on the second day of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. With improved track knowledge and quicker cornering lines, the 23-year-old Spaniard was clearly on his way up with 22nd place in the third free practice session on Saturday morning. For qualifying in the afternoon, he fine-tuned the set-up of his Moriwaki prototype and was ready to attack, but was caught out when it started to rain. With ever-changing track conditions, the rest of the qualifying session turned into a lottery in which Cardús lost his chance to win when he missed the right moment for a fast lap toward the end of the session. He ended up in 27th spot on the grid but is confident to turn things around in the race.
Ricky Cardús – 27º, 1:36.695
“I begin to understand the circuit better, the team has given 200% to get the best out of the bike. In the morning I was 22nd, but there was room for improvement. In the afternoon the bike was better and in the dry I’m sure would have ridden faster and been further up. But with the bad weather everything got worse a little. I did my fastest lap on lap three, then it started raining. I went out to ride more with the track still wet, but it dried and other riders took advantage of that moment and improved while I was slow there. I just needed one good lap in good conditions, but I’m not looking for excuses, I couldn’t do it and was left empty-handed. The good thing is that the bike has improved, it gives me a better feeling for the race tomorrow, I want to show what I didn’t manage to do today.”
Source: QMMF Racing