Damian Cudlin heads to the third round of the IDM Superbike Championship keen to maintain the form that has seen the Aussie win three of the opening four races of the season so far.
Sitting a comfortable 22 points on top of the current championship standings, Cudlin goes into this weekend’s round brimming with confidence, but concedes that his opponents won’t be easy to beat at Oschersleben’s tight and twisty layout.
“We’ve definitely made a great start to the season and credit has to go to my RAC Team who’ve put a great package together for me.” Cudlin explained. “We’ve really set the pace so far this year but I know my opponents are working really hard to close the gap so I’m expecting some great battles at the front in the next couple of races.”
“Oschersleben is a really technical circuit, one that demands a good chassis and tyre combination as opposed to brute horsepower. Thankfully our package is strong in all of those areas at the moment so I’m pretty confident we’ll be competitive again at Osch. I always enjoy racing there and I know the place really well so hopefully I can add some more wins to the tally!”
Cudlin’s RAC Team didn’t take part in any testing at Oschersleben prior to this race, unlike Honda, Yamaha or Wilber’s BMW, however the championship leader believes this shouldn’t affect his chances of winning this weekend.
“Most people don’t realize that RAC is a privateer team. It relies on help from passionate volunteers and some of them couldn’t afford the time off work from their regular jobs to go and test like some of the other teams have. Having said that, this crew is one of the best I’ve ever worked with and I honestly don’t think we’ll be playing ‘catch up’ for very long.” Cudlin grinned. “I’ve been training hard and I feel pretty sharp, so I’m ready for the next couple of rounds.”
The IDM Superbike Championship will see free practice commence on Friday the 14th, with two qualifying sessions on Saturday the 15th, followed by the two Superbike races on Sunday the 16th of June.