After a very long summer break, Glenn van Straalen and EAB Racing Team got back into action this weekend at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão. Glenn used the holiday season to train even more with a new training program and was ready for the World Supersport weekend, despite the fact that unlike him most other riders tested at Portimão during the summer break. After the first day, Glenn wasn’t completely satisfied with P21:
‘We started very well in FP1 and in FP2 we made a small step, but we expected more. On the other side, we gathered a lot of information and I was looking forward to Saturday.’
Fortunately Saturday went much better for Glenn aboard his EAB Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-6R as he ended FP3 in a strong P17 and the all-important Superpole in P19.
‘We made a big step forward in FP3 and in the Superpole and the feeling with the bike was good. It wasn’t my ultimate lap in qualifying, but I was satisfied.’
Despite his good feeling, the first lap of Glenn wasn’t easy at all as he lost some positions. But once in his rhythm, he was able to improve and was in P16 with a possibility to score world championship points when the race was red-flagged due to track conditions and that meant P16 for Glenn.
‘I’m disappointed with my start and the first lap as I lost too much time. Later in the race I had a good pace but it was too late to finish in the points. It was also too bad that the race was red-flagged early, but it was another educational weekend for us and we will give it all again in Magny-Cours!’
The next World Supersport race will be in three weeks’ time at Magny-Cours in the middle of France.