Tati Mercado is closing in on a World Superbike ride for the 2012 season after a successful test with Team Pedercini at the Ricardo Tormo circuit this week.
The Argentinian rider competed with the Italian outfit in the Superstock 1000 class this year, finishing 16th overall with fifth place at Silverstone a highlight, and was given the opportunity to test the Kawasaki ZX-10R in Valencia as Pedercini look to finalise their plans for the upcoming season.
Mercado was happy with the progress he made in such a short space of time and hopes it will lead to a SBK ride in the new year.
“These two days of testing for me were very positive and as a first test, I think it went very well. I really enjoyed riding the bike as this was my first real experience of a superbike. My Kawasaki is powerful and fantastic to ride. Every time I entered into the circuit I improved my riding style to better suit the bike. Of course we have now a lot of areas to improve with the overall bike set up and with my riding style, but I think these two days here in Valencia have taught me a lot. I enjoy working with my team and I look forward to test again next year, before the beginning of the Championship”.
The 2012 Superbike World Championship is set to get underway at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia on February 26th.