Accolade Smrz Racing
First points for José Luis Perez Gonzalez, unlucky Victor Rodrigez taken out by another rider Mixed weather conditions were reigning at MotorLand Aragon this Sunday to spice up the opening round of the 2021 World Superbike Championship. The warm-up session was wet for all categories, but the track dried out by early afternoon for the second race of the World Supersport 300 category. Victor Rodriguez was a victim of a first-corner crash on the first lap of the race, due to a mistake of another rider, which took the Accolade Smrz Racing rider out of the race. José Luis Perez Gonzalez had a great race and was able to fight in the leading group right until he lost a couple of seconds after a contact with another rider. He was still able to score three points for a 13th position and the first points of the season for the Czech team.
#73 José Luis Perez Gonzalez “First race weekend is behind us. We worked a lot during free practice to prepare for Superpole and the two races. We did not qualify where we expected. My start to the first race wasn’t ideal either and ended with a 19th position. This morning was wet so we needed to try different settings in case the second race is also wet. The second race went really well, we were going with the first group and it is a pity that another rider then hit me from behind. We were still able to finish 13th and therefore in the points. I would like to say thanks to the team for all their hard work this weekend.”
#19 Victor Rodriguez Nuñez “We worked so much this weekend and during the pre-season but we did not have luck this weekend. This is racing. We know where we need to improve. Yesterday was completely my fault because I wanted too much, however, today in the race there was nothing I could do. Overall, we have seen this weekend that when I am alone, I have a really good pace but when I am with other people, I am not able to accelerate the way I would like. This is something we need to work on.”
Jakub Smrž (team manager) “Taking each rider in turn, Victor was unlucky this weekend, because he was not able to convert his good qualifying into points in the races. However, he was still able to show his speed and that he can fight with the leading group. We also had some problems with the bike this weekend that we managed to resolve. It is a pity about the crash as it wasn’t his fault. In terms of José Luis, we also made some changes on the bike and they clearly worked. He was in the leading group until a contact with another rider, which was not his fault, and which made him lose contact. He still finished in the points so we are happy. We definitely have something to build on – we have two riders that are able to fight in the front. We will have some time now to do some testing and to figure out what we need to improve. I would like to say thanks to both riders for their attitude and the whole team for the great work. The first race is always difficult but everything was working 100% and I am sure that we have a lot to look forward to this year.”