First Objective Achieved In Aragon For Indy Offer
After missing the opening two rounds of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship through injury, Indy Offer was back on track at MotorLand Aragon today, where he experienced his first WorldSSP300 race start.
The weekend wasn’t without worry with Indy having to pass two physical checks on his broken leg on Friday before being passed fit to take part in the rest of the weekend.
Improving significantly between the day’s two practice sessions Indy was geared up for the race which unfortunately only lasted a lap before he was forced to retire due to a technical issue.
Despite the DNF the #18 Scuderia Maranga Kawasaki rider is upbeat and confident of making another big step in the next round of the series, which is being held next weekend at the same venue.
“Firstly I am massively relieved to have been given the green light to race. I was really worried as I have worked so hard, even with the broken leg, to be in the best physical shape possible. I want to thank Monica and everyone at the Clinica Mobile. Friday was all about me learning a whole new setup. We basically went back to base one because I hadn’t ridden on track properly since winter testing. This morning (Saturday) we tried a different set-up and it worked perfectly; I just couldn’t put the lap together. I altered my riding style a lot after looking at the data and talking to my team-mate, so we had to change it again for the race. I was happy and looking forward to it, but also the most nervous I think I have ever been. It’s good to finally go racing in 2020 and when the lights went out, I felt a huge relief to know that whatever happened I had at least started a World Championship race. It would have been good to finish but immediately there was a technical problem. Firstly, the quick shifter didn’t work and then the clutch started to slip so I had to stop. That’s racing, it’s one of those things and all part of the learning experience. The team are so behind me and that means a lot. For sure I am frustrated but I am looking at the positives, my leg is still technically fractured although stable, and we have a great starting point for next week’s race. Thanks to the team for all their hard work and to all the people that sent messages of support on my social media. Let’s finish the race next week and then we can move on for the rest of the season in a good way!”
Photo courtesy of Vaclav Duska jnr.