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  • Maxime Cudeville

Round 4: Donington Park

Day 1:

First session on a drying track, regularly in the top 10, I feel at ease on the bike but I make a small mistake at the end of the session by wanting to double a driver less fast and I leave the track, fortunately without falling. I'm leaving for a last lap but on a slightly slower pace and I finished this session in position 12. Second session on the dry this time, I still miss a lot of benchmark and the bike does not react as I wish, so we have a lot to test tomorrow in the 3rd session in order to be ready to qualify for the afternoon.

Day 2:

Third free session, the settings are positive and I win a second compared to yesterday in old tyres (1.33.2), I leave with a new tyre but I fall losing the front in the last corner of my second lap, I cannot improve my time but the rhythm in 1.32 is there.

The qualifying session starts well when I sign a 1.32.8 but I crossed a little on the green paint behind the curb, so my time is removed.

I return to the pits to pass a new rear tyre but I relapse in my first round started, still ahead.

Efforts do not pay, I am very disappointed with this difficult day.

The pace is there but I cannot make it happen.

I sincerely apologize for the hard work that I am doing to the members of Team Flembbo following these two falls.

Tomorrow is another day...

Day 3

P15 / + 1min04 / best time: 1.33.1

Complicated day where I struggled to regain full confidence following my two falls yesterday.

So I did not manage to in touch with the front riders.

But at the end of the race, the sensations came back, the chronos went down again and I managed to let go again.

The gap went down but it was too far to make up as the laps clocked away.

I still leave with one point from 15th place.

I am also satisfied with the end of race where I managed to be strong on this physically demanding track.

Despite a difficult Saturday I learned a lot this weekend by analyzing my falls and I know what to work for the next races.

A huge thank you to all Team Flembbo members for the quantity and quality of work throughout the weekend!

Photo credit Philippe Saccaro & Thomas Benoit

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