DYNAVOLT Intact GP’s Jesko Raffin is hoping for a turn in fortune at next month’s Spielberg round after a spell of bad luck capped his chances in Germany.
The Swiss rider had looked on for a strong result after leading FP1, half a second clear of Niki Tuuli, and taking fourth in FP2 with less than 0.150sec separating him from the top spot.
But disaster hit in E-Pole as Raffin missed his slot to run the one-lap qualifier by just a few seconds, forcing him to start on the back row of the grid.
And while he only managed to climb back up to 13th and bag two championship points, the former Moto2 man now knows he has the pace he needs and is eyeing much more as the team heads to the Red Bull Ring in just a few weeks’ time.
“Especially after Friday my expectations were high for this weekend,” Raffin admitted. “To start from the penultimate position on the grid is not easy and especially at the Sachsenring circuit, where you don’t have a lot of places to overtake.
“Under the given conditions only just the ideal line was dry and the places where you attack were damp. That made it even more difficult to catch up positions. That’s really a pity.
“But we have to take the good things with us to Spielberg. We know that we are fast.”