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Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse Close to Top 3 on Opening Day in Portugal

The 10th round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship got underway today at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, with Leon Camier ending up 4th in WorldSBK free practice combined timesheet and PJ Jacobsen closing 5th in WorldSSP class.

WorldSBK – FP1, FP2
Leon Camier showed a solid and positive feeling with the MV Agusta F4 RC set by the MV Agusta Reparto Corse men, a sign that the road taken with the bike development is moving on the right direction.

At the end of the FP1, Camier was able to close in 3rd position, in front of his fellow countryman Chaz Davis; the MV Agusta F4 RC is the fastest Italian bike of the session. For a long part of the second session, Leon continued to lap in the top3 area, but the British rider was forced to give up up one position in the final stages, closing 4th (1’43,415s) at the end of the day.

WorldSSP – FP1, FP2
The MV Agusta Reparto corse WorldSSP teammates, PJ Jacobsen and Alessandro Zaccone, were both involved in the two free practice heats of the day, with the American ending with a solid 5th final position, only 0.5s farfrom the top3 and Zaccone closing 2nd in the ESS (20th in WorldSSP chart).

Leon Camier #2 WorldSBK – Honestly, I am very happy with this result, this was definitely a positive day both for me and the team. The feeling with my bike was really good and I managed to do some consistent laps in both the session. It won’t be easy to close the gap with the top 3 guys but we have some data to analyse and I am confident tomorrow we can show some improvement.

Patrick “PJ” Jacobsen #99 WorldSSP – Today was definitely not so bad for me. We improved a lot in the second session and I think hopefully tomorrow we can improve and make a good job for the superpole. The bike is working good and it would be great to be on the front row of the Superpole. We will try our hardest tomorrow.

Alessandro Zaccone #61 ESS – During the FP1 I tried to find the right feeling with the bike and the track and, after a few laps, we managed to consistently lower our lap time. Unfortunately, in the second session I immediately had a problem with the bike and I couldn’t get on the track. We are working hard to fix the bike and get back for tomorrow’s qualifying sessions.