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Mitchell Carr endures a tough weekend at Monza

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The AARK Racing team had worked hard in the down time between rounds three and four of the 2013 World Supersport Championships to prepare for the fast Monza circuit.

The team arrived to much needed warm weather and began the set up in preparation for the weekend.

The warm weather didn‰Ûªt last long, with rain setting in for Fridays events. The team made the most of the time that was available, making great head way with the wet set up of the AARK Racing/Andy Offer prepared bike.

Qualifier one commenced and Mitchell improving his times with every lap. He spent most of the session around 17th position, which once again was shaping up for a great first day at the circuit. With 10 minutes remaining, a new wet rear tyre was fitted for him to make the most of the qualifier, as nobody was to know what day two would bring.

He was on a flying lap and was considerably faster in his first 2 splits when devastatingly an engine passed it‰Ûªs used by date. Mitchell was forced to retire from the session and finished in 22nd position.

The sun was shining for day 2. It was time for the team to make a fresh start and work on a dry set up. Disaster struck on the opening lap of free practice when the new engine developed a vibration, forcing Mitchell to pull into the pits immediately. This resulted in the team missing out on the first dry session for the Supersport scheduled session.

Qualifying was the next outing for Mitchell, with no dry laps, he had to make the most of the time available. He was slowly progressing and lowering his lap times when light rain on the back circuit caused a horrific crash, leaving Mitchell battered and bruised and a sore right foot. The bike was a little worse for wear, leaving the AARK racing team to work into the night to prepare the bike.

The AARK machine was back in action for race day. Mitchell completed morning warm up for a final check that the bike was ready to race. The race was originally scheduled for 1:30pm. A series of incidents causing 3 red flags which resulted in the race being postponed till 4:30pm and reduced to 10 laps to allow for race 2 of the Superbikes.

The lights were out and Mitchell made a great start picking up many positions. Early in the race, everything seemed to be running smoothly, when the bike began to drastically drop in speed. This was costing a lot of time, especially with the Monza circuit being notorious for straight line speed.

Mitchell managed to cruise the bike across the line and finished the race in 25th position. A disappointing weekend for the AARK Racing Team, however they will keep our chins up and prepare for the next round. It was never going to be easy!

Donington in the United Kingdom is round 5 of the WSBK Championships on the weekend of the 24th-26th of May.

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