O’Carroll fifth in Brazilian Superbike debut

Road racer Anthony O’Carroll finished fifth in his Superbike debut in Brazil on Saturday.

The Ballyduff man is currently on holiday in the South American country.

Before leaving he made contact with São Paulo-based Dezero Racing having meet members of the team on the Isle of Man last summer.

O’Carroll was a frontrunner in the Irish Junior and Senior support categories last season – both categories are limited to 600cc.  

Brazilian motorcycle racers are huge fans of Irish Road Racing and after a few initial enquires O’Carroll was invited to ride Dezero Racing’s BMW 1000RR Superbike.

He rode the bike at an event on the 2.4km Autodromo Fazenda Capuava near São Paulo last weekend.

It was his first time experiencing a ‘big bike’ on a racetrack but he gave a good account of himself by finishing fifth in the race.

“Dezero Racing own a race school and a bike garage where they repair ordinary bikes and build race bikes,” said O’Carroll.

“One of their lads is currently riding in the World Superbike Championship for Yamaha on a 300.

“Gustavo Manso is his name and he also won Superbike races in Brazil.

“It is a pretty big operation.

“The Superbike was amazing, and the track itself was very good. Great for training in all sorts of corners with off-camber bends to tight hairpins and long-lasting corners, it had a  bit of everything“I am just about recovered, the track temperature was over 40 degrees and I must have consumed my own body weight in water during the race.”

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