|Posted on May 31, 2018 at 3:55 AM|
It was a weekend of showing strength and constant improvements on the big stage for the Monroe Racing team during Round 4 of the Super-GP Champions Trophy. The weekend of May 25 to 27 saw Nicole van Aswegen and Luca Coccioni delivering superb performances during their Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit debut in the Super600 class.
Friday’s compressed timetable presented the team with a host of setup challenges. With only 25 minutes between practice sessions this didn’t allow much time for any fine-tuning and the focus was shifted to the riders rather familiarising themselves with the circuit. Unlike many of their rivals, neither Van Aswegen nor Coccioni took part in any of the few track days hosted around the new circuit layout either. Despite this, the duo excelled in qualifying to post their fastest times of the day. Coccioni riding the Kawasaki ZX-6R secured P9 on the grid with Van Aswegen on the Triumph Daytona 675R in P10
Saturday saw Van Aswegen in particular showing competitive pace during the weekend’s first race; momentarily heading up an entertaining midfield battle for fifth position. With the race panning out towards the close she occupied eighth position which she held onto till the end. During Sunday’s second race she finished in ninth position. More important that the finishing position though was the further improvement of her lap time from the previous day of over a second. Considering that the tyres were fitted prior to the qualifying session, this was an indication of her pace after gaining more experience around the circuit. It also again showed why she is considered as the fastest female superbike rider in Africa.
Van Aswegen is very happy with her performance during the weekend: “We’ve learned a lot from the weekend and we’re looking forward to racing at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit again. By the end of Sunday’s second race my times were matching those of the guys running in the upper midfield. We are certainly looking forward to building on this.”
Apart from this being Coccioni’s Kyalami debut, this was also his first outing since Round 3 of the championship a month prior and his first on a 600cc machine in three months. He again impressed finishing in ninth and tenth position respectively.
Coccioni thoroughly enjoyed the experience: “Kyalami is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It’s a challenging circuit and throughout the weekend we made constant improvements. We’re certainly looking forward to returning.”
The Monroe Racing team would like to thank the following sponsors for making their 2018 season possible: Monroe South Africa, Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, Banff Lodge Hotel, Better Drive, RICH Racing and Race Tech.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Categories: FMN News South Africa