|Posted on May 3, 2018 at 5:40 AM|
A host of successful test session along with his impressive form during various guest rides for the Monroe Racing team saw Luca Coccioni piloting the Yamaha R3 at the Border Motorsport East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday, April 28, during Round 3 of the 2018 Super-GP Champions Trophy.
The seat became available following the first round of the championship. Although Coccioni was announced as rider prior to Round 2, the team opted out of the Cape Town round of the championship. When the opportunity arose to compete at East London, he grabbed it with open arms and delivered an impressive performance on debut. Unlike many of his rivals, Coccioni does not participate in events other regional and club events that regularly. Although the rider himself didn’t expect to set the world alight on his first attempt, he soon came to grips with the racing line around the ultra-fast circuit; qualifying in eighth position on Friday afternoon.
With the Super 300 class not scheduled to participate in Round 4 of the championship at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, the two missed races were slotted into the programme for Round 3 and 5. This saw Coccioni making his debut during Friday afternoon’s first race as the sun set over the picturesque seaside circuit. An incident at the front allowed the top-two to break away from the rest of the field. This brought on an entertaining battle in the mid-pack. Coccioni exercised caution and rather settled for sixth position in the interest of having the bike in one piece for the remaining two races.
Saturday morning saw the team return for the second race with a gearing change which sadly did not work well with the strong winds that greeted the competitors on arrival. Although it was a rather lonely performance during Race 2, Coccioni secured fifth position at the end of it.
For the third race the team resorted back to the original gearing setup. At this stage the wind got even stronger; making this outing the most challenging for the young rider. Coccioni got involved in an entertaining battle with Dominic Doyle during the latter part of the race. On the last lap Coccioni made a very risky attempt around the outside of the last corner. This paid off with the duo lined up for a head-to-head battle to the flag. Coccioni took fifth place yet again; beating Doyle by 0.049 of a second in the process.
Coccioni left the circuit content with his performance: “This was a great learning curve on the Yamaha R3. There is no greater teacher for this than racing itself. I’m looking forward to Round 5 at the Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Port Elizabeth. I’d like to thank the Monroe Racing team for this opportunity as well as our sponsors Monroe South Africa, Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, Banff Lodge Hotel, Better Drive, Yoshimura and Adrenalin Powersport for the continued support.”
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
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