H43 Team Nobby keeps up its good performance with two more podium finishes

Carlos Cano was second and came close to victory, while Simon Jespersen finished third

The Navarra circuit hosts the fifth round of the Spanish Superbike Championship. The H43 Team Nobby came to the event with the aim to continue fighting for the title in the Supersport and Moto4 categories. So far, in the first races of the weekend, the team has shown that it is still in great shape. 

In the Moto4 class, Carlos Cano continues to demonstrate his talent. The weekend started with the usual free practice sessions, in which Cano set his best time in FP1 with a time of 1:58.399. The young H43 Team Nobby rider improved his time by half a second in Saturday’s qualifying session with a time of 1:57.842, a time that qualified him in second place on the starting grid.

In Saturday’s race, the young rider from Murcia showed his great form and put in an outstanding performance. Cano was fighting with the front group during the whole race and, in the last lap, when the distance with the first one was six tenths, the H43 Team Nobby rider pushed until the end and crossed the finish line in parallel with the first classified; the Murcian rider was 57 thousandths of a second away from the victory and showed, once again, his competitiveness. With this result, Cano is still in third position with 130 points, but he has reduced the gap to the leader of the category: only 18 points separate them.

Carlos Cano #71“I felt very comfortable in the group, as the laps went by, I overtook my rivals and I felt stronger and stronger to win the race. On the last lap, in turn nine I went long and lost six tenths, then in turn fourteen I had to recover a lot to get a good position and, finally, I was in second place. I’m looking strong for tomorrow, let’s hope for less air and hopefully we can get the win”.

Manuel Hernández (Team Manager)“Carlos Cano surprises us more and more every day. When you look at the race and analyse it carefully, even if he had finished third or fourth, he had a spectacular race. He had the situation totally under control from the first moment, when he wanted to be second, he was second, when he wanted to be first, he was first. We can only say good things about that, and we have high hopes for tomorrow’s race”.


 

H43 Team Nobby keeps title chances alive in the Supersport class

In the Supersport class, the weekend did not start in the best possible way for H43 Team Nobby. Juan Rodriguez had a crash in free practice on Thursday that prevented him from taking part in the fifth round of the ESBK. The H43 Team Nobby rider suffers a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand and is recovering to be available as soon as possible. On the other hand, Simon Jespersen also had a heavy crash on Thursday which resulted in an injury to his left ankle. Fortunately, the Danish rider was able to continue racing, albeit with clear signs of pain. 

In Friday’s free practice, Simon Jespersen was the standout rider with a creditable second place in both sessions. The Danish set his fastest lap in FP1 with a time of 1:41.756. On the other hand, Joan Diaz and Davide Fabbri continued with the set-up of the bike and improved their sensations compared to Thursday. 

In the qualifying session, H43 Team Nobby fought for the front row of the grid, with Simon Jespersen finishing fourth with a time of 1:41.519. Joan Diaz improved his times from free practice and finished thirteenth with a time of 1:43.000. Finally, Davide Fabbri also lowered his times in QP and qualified eighteenth. 

The first race of the weekend was marked by a strong performance from the H43 Team Nobby riders. First of all, Simon Jespersen managed to finish in the top three of the class with a creditable third place, thus achieving his fifth podium finish of the season. With this result, the Danish rider remains third in the overall standings with 115 points. For his part, Joan Díaz maintained a constant pace throughout the race and finished twelfth. Davide Fabbri fought until the end and finished in seventeenth position.

 

 

Simon Jespersen #43“Today we got back on the podium and I had a very good feeling in the race, I had a pretty good start and we have a pace that is not bad. I opted to try something different this weekend, but in the end I suffered more. Anyway, I think we have a better bike set-up than the last time we raced here in Navarra, so tomorrow we will have another chance and we´ll have new options. We can try tomorrow for the warm up and for sure use for the race 2 as well, I am Ready!”.

Manuel Hernandez (Team Manager)“After seeing how we started the weekend, I think we did very well. Simon Jespersen came in very strong after the result he achieved in the World Supersport Championship riding as a substitute rider. He crashed heavily on Thursday and we felt it at the start of the weekend. The truth is that Simon has recovered quite well from the injury, we have found improvements for the bike for Sunday’s race but, as I always say, we are competitive and we are at the front, which is the important thing. With Joan Diaz we are going through a learning cycle, he is doing some specific training at home to improve, and I think this step back we are taking will be good for the future. As for Davide, he is improving, more and more, we are trying to make him go more fluently, to improve his times, and the truth is that he has had a good race. We have finished the three bikes, a pity about Juan Rodríguez’s injury. We hope to come back stronger for the next round, we will do more specific training for the last two races so that we can be more competitive than we are already”.