Alex Schacht will start tomorrow’s penultimate European Superstock 1000 round of 2017 at Magny-Cours in France from the nineteenth place at the seventh row of the grid. As expected, the start of the second practice day was very tricky because of heavy rain, a strong wind and cold air and low track temperatures. Alex ended this session aboard his EAB Schacht Racing Team Ducati Panigale R in twenty-two position after seven slippery laps at Magny-Cours.
In the afternoon the weather improved but the circumstances at Magny-Cours were still very unpredictable and as a result of that there were many crashes during the qualification session. After one of these crashes the session had to be red-flagged. Alex had some difficulties to get on speed in the qualification and wasn’t completely satisfied at the end.
Instead of earlier weather reports, the forecast for tomorrow is quite positive as it look likes that it will stay dry at Magny-Cours all day long.
Alex: “In the morning I felt really good on the bike, but unfortunately we had some issues with the engine. In the qualification there were still damp places on the track and that meant it was all about who was the bravest on track. I had no experience on the Ducati in this conditions and therefor it took me some time to find a good rhythm. By the time I had found that rhythm we were running out of time and that’s a shame because I’ve got the feeling a better result was possible. For tomorrow I’m still positive and I’m sure we can fight for the points.”