The first Superbike race for Federico Caricasulo was filed away with a 12th place at the finish, but he still has reason to smile, which has nothing to do with a final position. In fact, the rider from Ravenna collected lots of useful information, lap after lap, and also experienced the thrill of body-to-body contact with the reigning champion, Jonathan Rea, intent on recovering after the digression that occurred at the first lap.
"I think he had every reason in the world to try to get back up as soon as possible," he said. "Iwas slower than he was and, if he saw half a meter of space, he did well to try. I'm sorry that he fell a few turns later. He apologized on the track, and that's enough. I would have done the same, and I'm honored to have been bull's-eyed by him."
How do you judge your race?
“As a first race, it's going really well. My goal was to understand the situation and be able to complete the race without errors, so I'm satisfied. I have to improve at the start, since today I was pretty cautious to avoid mistakes, while the overall pace was positive. I took twenty seconds off the top, and I don't think it's an exaggeration since I was at my debut."
Do you think more could be achieved? Did you have expectations?
“I had no expectations at the start, neither for myself nor for the others. I never did more than 13 laps in a row, so I also had to understand the wear on the engine, tires, and my body. Was there a chance to achieve more? I don't know. I lost a lot in the first laps between the start and the contact with Rea, where the airbag also opened on me. Maybe, without these factors, I could have remained in the Rinaldi and Davies group."
Have you already received the first messages from friends and relatives after your first Superbike race?
“I heard from my father, and he was happy with the race, just like me. It was a very useful race in terms of experience as will tomorrow's two will be."