He scored a virtual double win at the Mugello round of the Italian ELF CIV championship, crossing the line first on both Saturday and Sunday. French rider Lucas Mahias does not feature in the general standings though, as he was taking part as a wildcard, using the national event as a way to get back into race mode ready for the 2021 SBK season, which will kick off at Aragón.

But having left Mugello, the Kawasaki Puccetti rider will first head for the operating theatre and undergo a minor surgery in order to solve an issue with his right arm. The problem is quite specific, becoming apparent when the former Supersport champion rides at the limit.

Mahias will then have time to rest ready for the world championship season, which will open at Motorland. With three races per weekend and a Spain-Portugal doubleheader ahead of him, the Frenchman will need to be in tip top physical condition.

Translated by Heather Watson

WorldSBK, the calendar: to start with an Aragon-Estoril doubleheader