Confidence Boosting Race In Catalunya For Indy Offer
Indy Offer took another giant step closer to the front of the field in the 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship in the latest round of the series at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, his second after he missed the season openers due to a broken leg.
Another new circuit for the #18, Indy took the first half of FP1 to find his feet, before a downpour meant a wet FP2, the first time on track in the rain since his WorldSSP300 ‘wildcard’ appearance at Magny-Cours last year. He ended the opening day just outside the top twenty in his group in both wet and dry conditions.
Overnight rain meant a drying track for FP3, Indy once again riding high on confidence ahead of the ten-lap race.
A lightning start immediately saw Indy gaining positions and a further decisive overtake saw him soon into the top twenty. Lapping faster than he managed in qualifying he was able to stick with the multi rider group ahead, crossing the line in a more than respectable eighteenth position, the gap to front almost halved from the previous event at MotorLand Aragon.
The next round of WorldSSP300 takes place in early October in France.
“Catalunya was another new circuit for me. A lot of the field hadn’t been here either which is a big leveller. Coming off the back of my first WorldSSP300 race finish in Aragon I was feeling much more confident, we found a good base and we started with that here in Barcelona. FP1 was good. We reduced the gap to the front, and my feeling was much better. The data I have access to within the team is so helpful, especially as one of my team mates is running at the front. We made a big step and I was looking forward to FP2 but then it started to rain. I hadn’t ridden in the rain since France last year but all in all I was happy. We wanted to try some things if it had stayed dry, but we cannot control the weather. FP3 was another positive session. The weather was not ideal, but luckily the track was at least drying. I started twenty-fourth on the grid, but I made a really good start and started to overtake people. I kept with the group on the opening lap and it really made a difference. I was able to set my fastest lap of the weekend on lap two or three but because of the limited dry track time the bike could have been set a little different which would have helped even more. The team did a great job though to give me a really solid bike and even though I lost touch with the group, I was able to learn so much and the end result was my best of the season. I proved that I can race close in terms of times to the top ten and it has really helped my confidence, especially after the leg break and limited testing because of the Coronavirus. The team were really happy with me and really cannot thank them enough. We are making great progress and I cannot wait to get to Magny-Cours where wet or dry I think we can make another step forward.”