New Delhi, Febru Feb 23 (IANS) India's first World Superbike team Mahi Racing made a confident start to their World Supersport Championship campaign with their riders - Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret - claiming second and third positions, respectively, on the starting grid for Sunday's race at Philip Island, Australia.
This will be the opening race of the season.
Mahi Racing, which debuted last year, witnessed a solid performance from both their riders in the two qualifying sessions, showcasing their credentials as front runners to take the chequered flag Sunday.
Three time champion Sofuoglu cut about half a second from his Friday's best lap timing to take second position with a timing of 1:33.157 while Foret bettered his timing by almost a second to clock 1:33.721.
Foret suffered some technical problems and was down to 12th after the first qualifying. But Saturday, the Frenchman returned stronger and faced no trouble in climbing up the grid.
After the race the much relieved Foret said, "The competitive approach that we show as a team helps us to better our timing every time we are out there. Hopefully both me and Kenan can better our performance and aim for a pole finish on Sunday."
In Saturday's qualifying, the pole went to Sam Lowes of Yakhnich Motorsports Yamaha, who had clocked a timing of 1:32.545 in Friday's qualifying session and the new track record was enough for him to take the top position on the starting grid.
However, Mahi Racing riders were confident that they could turn the table on Lowes on race day.
"We were solid throughout the qualifying session and the bike (Kawasaki ZX-6R) performed fantastically over the two days," said Sofuoglu.