Aragon, Spain (A Recap) – April, 2016
With the 2016 World Superbike season already underway, Ortt who is racing the European Supersport series within the World Supersport championship had a tough first round in Aragon, Spain at the beginning of April.
“We lost a number of testing days before the season started due to weather, new FIM test regulations and engine build issues, so I only had 2 days of testing the Supersport engine on a smaller track prior to the race weekend.”
Ortt who turned 16 at the end of February is really enjoying riding his Honda CBR600RR but is still in the process of learning bike setup and becoming familiar with the data acquisition that is used for setup and team and rider feedback.
“The level of data acquisition is unlike anything I have ever used before, so I’m trying to learn how to give proper feedback to the team to maximize the bike setup.”
Unfortunately on Friday the conditions were very windy in the morning and gusts of wind took his and several other bikes down in turn 2 causing him to lose the hour long morning practice session. His afternoon session ended in a crash as well when he miscalculated corner entry speed and ran off onto the paint stripe. With two hours lost of much needed practice time, Ortt would only have 15 minutes of warm up on Saturday prior to qualifying in Superpole 1.
The wind was down and the sun was shining on Sunday for the race. Ortt who qualified last on the grid, had a great start and had made up a few positions entering corner 1 but braked too late and was involved in a race incident with three other riders. He managed to pick up his bike and rejoin and finish the race. Ortt was definitely disappointed with how the weekend went but is looking forward to this weekend’s round at Assen, Netherlands.
“ I was really disappointed with how the whole weekend went, but I can’t thank my team enough for all of their hard work and efforts to keep me on the track and keep me going. Of course I’m hoping Assen goes much better than Aragon but every experience is helping me to learn the setup of the bike and to be able to ride it the way it’s capable of being ridden.”
“As well as thanking my amazing team; Jeremy, Zsolt and Damien, I have to give a huge thank you to Alpinestars for sponsoring me. I had the unbelievable good fortune and honor of meeting the company founder, Mr. Mazarollo at Aragon. What a privilege that was for me!”