24h Spa 2022: ERC Endurance Ducati to start from P6 on the grid
ERC Endurance Ducati will start the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps with its riders Xavi Fores (ESP), David Checa (ESP) and Chaz Davies (GBR) from sixth on the grid.
Preparations for the 24 hours of Belgium at Spa Francorchamps redux have come to an end with the Karlsruhe based ERC Endurance Ducatai team fielding the two Spanish riders Xavi Fores and David Checa, as well as Brit Chaz Davies. In the Qualifyings, the trio earned itself sixth on the grid.
Fores put in a best effort of 2:21.437 minutes with Davies lapping the circuit in 2:21.653 which meant an average time of 2:21.545. The team missed a qualifying point by only half a second. Checas quickest time was a 2:24.433.
The race will start tomorrow, Saturday, 03. June 2022 at 13:00 o’clock and will be flagged off on Sunday at the very same time.
“We wanted to do much better in Qualifying, but unfortunately this was not to be. We are lacking a bit in some aspects, where our competitors are clearly better. We also had a little issue with the front feeling during today’s Qualifying 2. But still, it is going to be a long race and anything can happen. It will be very hard to ride here in the night because you can’t see anything as it is so dark. In night practice I could not find my braking marks right in every lap, so you have to be really really focussed every second and this will get – lets say – interesting when tiredness kicks in. But of course we will give our best tomorrow, as the whole ERC Endurance Ducati team deserves a good result from us, as they have worked so hard all week again.”
“We have prepared ourselves for the 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps tomorrow and I think we have a good base for the race. In Qualifying we had some issues with the front feeling that we will address tonight and in the warmup tomorrow. We could have done better, but the race is long and in Endurance always anything can happen. We will see, what we can do in the race. I have raced in a lot of 24 hours races and also Oschersleben 24h was very dark in the night. But here we are talking about much higher speeds and it is just impossible to see, if there is something on the track in front of you or nor – in worst case there is a crashed rider on the street and you wont see him. This should be thought off. But if they say we race, I will race.”
“The second qualifying today was a bit of a disaster as I had two red flag situations and got disrupted by that. Unfortunately we also had no good feeling for the front today and also David and Xavi said that. I came here for the experience of doing a 24 hours race and that this will be here at Spa, such a legendary place, is just a coincidence. I really like this track, even though in some places it is dangerous. The night practice was a mega experience and it was my first time to race in the night. Its going to be hard during the race, when everything is so dark and you can’t see if there is oil or debris or whatever on the track. I think they have to put some more lights up to make it safer for everyone. Anyways, I am enjoying this adventure with the ERC Endurance Ducati Panigale V4R and am looking forward to the race tomorrow.”