Ricky Cardus takes 16th place at Phillip Island
Ricky Cardus, undertook a brave effort to end up in 16th at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix after issues with his helmet hindered his efforts to score a top ten finish.
The Spanish rider began the race right behind his teammate in 11th place on the grid and as the event began, undertook a typically forward start to leap up to 8th by the close of the first lap.
However, the connection of his camelback water supply broke and caused liquid to spray inside his helmet causing vision problems. Therefore, on the tenth lap Cardus had slipped back to 17th but remained determined to try and ascend up the field and get back inside the points.
The Spanish rider relentlessly powered onwards throughout the 25 lap race and despite a tough effort, he eventually finished in 16th position and just outside the points.
The Tech3 rider will now look towards the next race in a weeks time at Sepang where he will aim to bounce back and produce a strong performance as he targets the top ten once again.
Ricky Cardus – Race : 16th – Championship : 20th – Points : 37Cardus – Philip-Island – 20014
“Unfortunately today was a very difficult race for me in Australia. In all honesty, I feel that I made an error in choosing to ask the team to drill holes in the fairing in order to combat the wind, which was quite strong today. This slowed me down a lot on the straight and many riders managed to pass me. Yet, my biggest concern was vision problems, as the connection of my camelback inside my helmet broke in the middle of the race and I wasn’t able to see anything on the straight. Therefore, I got a bit nervous and struggled enormously to find the right braking points and lines as there was a lot of water inside my helmet which really hindered my progress. Nevertheless, there are still positives for the weekend as we had a good pace during all the sessions and qualified well, so we intend to repeat this performance in Sepang next week.”
Source: Tech3 Communications