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  • Maxime Cudeville

Round 7: Portimao

Day 1: free practice

A positive first session on this fabulous but very demanding Portuguese track, beginning with a time of 1.49.6, which puts me in the 12th position.

Maxime Cudeville Portimao

Second session, the track is much warmer, slower and the bike moves a lot.

But we have a satisfactory run to validate new electronic settings.

I leave with a new rear tyre to push for a better time but we make the choice not to change the front to save tyre allocation for another session.

Unfortunately, I fall on my first flying lap (really small drop on the corner in a slow turn).

Session ended, we'll see what tomorrow brings with the right tyres!

In total, I finish 15th of the day.

Qualifying results:

P14 1.47.5 + 3.6

Superb qualification where I realize a time of 1.47.5 which puts me in 14th position. Due to another rider’s penalty, I will start the race from P13, putting me at the front of the 5th row and positioned on the outside for in the battle for turn 1.

A big thanks to all the members of my team who worked hard to advance the bike, a big step was taken today.

Race results

P 13 + 1min00s 1.48.3

I get a great start where I arrive in the top 10 at the first corner, it is hard battle in the first lap and I quickly realize that the track is very tricky with poor levels of grip under the midday sun.

Maxime Cudeville Laurent Engel Team Flembbo

I make several small mistakes where I lose a few places, I try to ride as fast as possible - I'm 15th for a good part of the race.

Not so far from the driver in front of me at the halfway mark of the race, I do my best to come back, I close the gap and launch an attack in the last lap that allows me to gain an additional place.

WSBK Portimao European Superstock 1000 race

With the fall of another rider in the last lap, I take 13th position when I cross the finish line, just one tenth ahead of my competitor, it was hard fought battle. I am very happy with this result which allows me to score three additional points in the championship.

A big thank you to all of Team Flembbo for their hard work over the weekend and for my family who made the trip to support me.

Photo credits: Philippe Saccaro, Thomas Benoit and

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