After a season blighted by injuries, Team Pedercini will finally have their first-choice rider line-up out on track at Imola this weekend. Bryan Staring substituted for Leandro Mercado in Australia after the Argentinian fractured his right radius in a training accident while David Salom injured himself in the second race at Phillip Island.
Salom admits he hasn't fully recovered from that crash but doesn't expect it to hinder him during the race weekend.
“I'm ready to race in Imola. I tested at Aragon two weeks ago and my right wrist fracture has improved a great deal. I'm still feeling some pain but this will not prevent me from racing. I know the Imola circuit well and I like it. Is very technical and requires good bike balance. We didn’t have the best of luck in Australia and so I am very motivated to turn that around, perform well and have two solid races come Sunday”.
Teammate Mercado is also unconcerned about the injury he has been suffering from and is eagerly awaiting his World Superbike debut.
“I like the Imola track and after my test in Aragon I can say I'm ready for my first Italian races of the year. I missed out on the Phillip Island races because of injury but now I'm really motivated and my physical condition is good. I did some extensive training to be ready for this round. I like Imola, also because there are many team Pedercini supporters and it is our home race. I will try to get as many points as possible”.