2013 Aragon World Superbike And World Supersport Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying on Saturday at the Motorland Aragon circuit:


CAMIER RULED-OUT OF ARAGON WSB

Team Suzuki Press Office - April 13.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier will be forced to miss the rest of this weekend's eni FIM Superbike World Championship event at Motorland Aragon in Spain due to the injuries he sustained in a huge crash yesterday.

Camier high-sided during the first qualifying session on Friday afternoon and suffered severe trauma to his left knee in the accident. After initial inspection at the track, he was immediately taken to Alcaniz hospital where the injury was assessed and operated on soon after. The procedure was successful and Camier will now need to spend a minimum of five days in a splint while the wound heals. He is hoping to be fit for the next round at Assen in two weeks' time and will begin his recuperation as soon as he is released from hospital later today.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki will make further announcements on the condition of Camier and his progression to full fitness as more news becomes available.

Leon Camier:

"To be in the hospital and kept away from the race due to a flesh wound is boring and extremely frustrating to say the least. Having said that, I guess I should be thankful that nothing is broken as it was a pretty big impact. My frustration is made so much worse because the bike was feeling good, the lap-time was coming easily and I know we could have had a good fight this weekend.

"I'll be doing everything I can to be back at Assen; it all depends on how the surgery heals. I just hope our luck changes and that we can get back out there to give the team a result."


FIRST AND SECOND ROW FOR APRILIA RACING AT ARAGON.

EUGENE LAVERTY ON THE FRONT ROW WITH THE SECOND BEST TIME.

FOURTH TIME AND SECOND ROW FOR SYLVAIN GUINTOLI.

Aragon (Spain), 13 April 2013 – The Aprilia Racing riders confirmed the good impressions from the Friday sessions and astride their official RSV4 Factory bikes they were key players in the Superpole session that decided the starting grid for the races tomorrow.

Laverty and Guintoli – who are tied in the World SBK rankings lead after a win and a second place each during the opening round in Australia – came through the first of the three Superpole sessions easily, both saving their qualifier tyres.

Starting the second session on qualifiers from the first lap, the two riders quickly put themselves in a safe position (Laverty second and Guintoli sixth, later dropping to eighth place just before the end of the session) to go through to the decisive round where only the top nine participate.

In the decisive session Eugene Laverty showed that he was quite ready to take advantage of the high performance tyre and immediately stopped the clock with the second best time (1’56.638), less than 3 tenths behind pole specialist Tom Sykes. An excellent performance by Sylvain Guintoli as well who, after hovering in ninth and seventh place during the sessions yesterday and this morning, took an excellent fourth place (in 1’57.486) which will put him in the best spot on the second row of the grid tomorrow.

Eugene Laverty is well aware that he can shoot for an important result: “Our goal is always to qualify on the front row and we managed to do that here at Aragon as well. Today we worked quite well, especially in the last free practice session where we found some good solutions for our race pace. Superpole went according to schedule. Second place is an excellent position to start from. Tomorrow will be difficult because there are at least four other riders other then myself who are quite capable of making a play for the win. There have always been some great battles on this track, we'll definitely be in the game and we'll have our sights set on the top step of the podium”.

“Superpole went better than I had hoped – confessed Sylvain Guintoli - I don't like to make excuses, but I think that I am still lacking something compared to the other riders in terms of race pace. In any case I took the first spot on the second row which is a good placing since it puts me on the outside of the first brake. I have never achieved good results on this track so tomorrow I will be looking for two good races. The feeling with my RSV4 increases lap by lap and that makes me hopeful, I want to take full advantage of all their strong points like I did at Phillip Island”.


Sheridan heads second row at Aragon

PTR Honda's Sheridan Morais will start the second round of the World Supersport Championship from fourth place at Aragon in Spain, with the South African very much in contention for a podium.

Really starting to get to grips with his PTR Honda, Sheridan managed to reduce his lap time from yesterday and is in good shape for the race, which starts at 1330 CET on Sunday 14th April.

David Linortner took over a second off his lap time to jump up to 14th on the grid, within touching distance of the top 10. Luca Marconi slashed half a second off his lap time but dropped a place to 21st. A better racer than qualifier, he has a strong points finish in his sights.

Australian Matt Davies improved by more than half a second and will start from 25th in only his second race in the class.

Nacho Calero, racing at home, put a crash littered Friday behind him to reduce his lap times by nearly two seconds and will start from 28th.

Nacho said: "I am still learning this class and yesterday I made some mistakes. Thank you to my team for repairing my bike and supporting me today, I am happy to be 2-seconds faster. I will do my best in the race and for my home fans."

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager, said: "Sheridan did a good job to qualify fourth and be there to fight for the podium finishes. After the loss of time in Australia, we still have some work to do to match the pace of the top two, but we have made big strides.

"David has improved a lot and can fight for the top 10 for sure. Luca has again improved and shows a lot of potential but could benefit from qualifying further up the grid. Saying that, he will race better and it will be interesting to see how far up the results he will climb.

"Matt and Nacho have improved their performances and are both learning the trade in only their second race at this level. They impress me with their dedication and determination. I'd like to see both of them inside the top 20 in the race, that would be a good step forward."


BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Motorland Aragón - Superpole

The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team will start the second round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship from the front row. Factory rider Chaz Davies (GBR) finished third in today’s Superpole qualifying at Spanish “Motorland Aragón”. For Chaz, who has been fast on his BMW S 1000 RR over the whole weekend, it will mark the first time he has ever been on the front row in a World Superbike race. His team mate Marco Melandri (ITA) was struggling with the front end of his bike and had to settle for eighth place on the third row of the grid.

In Superpole 1, both riders easily qualified for the next session by setting one fast time on race tyres. In Superpole 2, the team started to have mixed fortunes. While Chaz set another fast lap on race tyres to be third and comfortably progress to the final and deciding session, Marco was struggling. For his first outing in Superpole 2, Marco opted for the qualifying tyre, but he was nearly one second slower than his team mate. Marco improved his time on race tyres in a second outing and finished ninth to progress into Superpole 3. Both riders started the deciding session on qualifying tyres. While Chaz again was third fastest, Marco set the eighth fastest time. The Italian returned to the garage and settled eighth grid position. Chaz used his remaining qualifying tyre to make another attempt in the closing stages of the session but went wide on one corner and could not further improve his time.

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier will start the 2013 season opener from pole position. The Frenchman from the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team dominates the weekend on his brand new BMW HP4, being fastest in all the sessions so far, including today’s qualifying. His team mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) will start from sixth on the grid.

Chaz Davies:

Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:58.117 min (P4) / Fastest lap FP: 1:58.627 min (P5) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:56.845 min (P3)

“I am really happy, it was a good step forward. It is my first front row in World Superbikes – last year I barely managed to get on the second row never mind the front row. Qualifying has always been the weakest part of my weekend. I think people underestimate what it takes to learn a superbike and the difference it makes when you come back to a circuit after having the experience of racing here last year. The front row feels great actually. It is the result of the work that BMW have done over the last month since Australia. In addition, I am getting used to my RR. I am very happy but I have to remember that tomorrow is the most important bit which I am looking forward to. The plan is to get a good start and then see if I can match the best rhythm. The race pace, as we have seen in free practice, is not too bad although I think we can improve a little bit. The bike seemed a little bit better in qualifying so we will use that data for tomorrow’s work on race pace.”

Marco Melandri:

Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:58.925 min (P7) / Fastest lap FP: 1:58.213 min (P3) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:58.268 min (P8)

“Unfortunately we struggled a lot with vibrations today and despite several different set ups we tested, we did not find the one which allowed me to ride as I wanted. I feel like I am riding on the wet. I am pretty slow in the corners because I do not really feel comfortable. We need to find the right way – even a small change could bring a big result and allow me to ride better, to be more confident and ultimately to go faster. I had no problem with my shoulder today, because it was not over stressed. Because we were looking for the right set up I came to the garage very often so I never rode for a long time in a row. Tomorrow morning we will see which solution is the best for the races.”

Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“It was a demanding day. Today we had to test a lot of different set up solutions. Chaz and his crew found the right one, while unfortunately Marco’s bike did not work as planned. Chaz continues to improve and the qualifying result confirms that. He had a good qualifying practice and a great Superpole and now starts from the front row for the first time in World Superbikes. Unfortunately the Superpole did not go that well for Marco. He was struggling with vibrations and we could not solve this issue. On the contrary, it got worse and he could not show his true performance. Tomorrow during warm up we will test further solutions for him. We need to overcome these difficulties or at least reduce them in order to enable him to have a good race. The Superstock team worked very well. Sylvain confirmed today that he is the fastest rider at the moment. Also Greg, who will start from the second row, is doing well. We planned to have a strong start to the season and we are happy that we achieved our target so far. I am really confident and am looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“We had bitter sweet emotions in the garage today. On one side we are very happy with Chaz and with what he has achieved today. He has taken another step forwards and a good point is that everytime he does, he builds on it. He handled the Superpole qualifying very well and he deserves to be in the first row after the strong results he had so far this weekend. So we are happy and look forward to tomorrow’s race. On the other side, Marco was struggling. We have been testing several settings but so far we could not fix the issue he is having with the front end. We will have another chance tomorrow and give our best to find the right direction for him. I am convinced that as soon as we can improve the bike he will be able to fight with the top guys, even if we start from the third row. Usually he starts very well and we are pretty confident we have a good race pace.”


CLUZEL FIFTH IN ARAGON WSB SUPERPOLE

Team Suzuki Press Office - April 13.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Jules Cluzel celebrated his first appearance in an eni FIM Superbike World Championship Superpole by recording the fifth fastest time at Motorland Aragon in Spain today.

Cluzel qualified for this afternoon's shoot-out with the 10th quickest time overall from the two qualifying sessions, the second of which was held this morning, and then conducted a long run in the practice session to prepare for tomorrow's race distances. Cluzel started this afternoon's Superpole 1 with a race tyre but was concerned that his time wouldn't be good enough to advance further, so quickly changed to the qualifying rubber - the first time he had ever ridden on the Pirelli qualifying compound - and produced a lap to take a stunning third place in the first session. For the second 12-minute session, Cluzel used a race tyre again and produced an even better lap than he had done previously on the qualifying material, to make sure he made it in to the third and final part of the shoot-out. The Frenchman started the last part of Superpole on his final qualifying tyre and recorded his fastest lap around the 5,344m Spanish circuit to place him and his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R in the middle of the second row for tomorrow's 20-lap races.

Cluzel was FIXI Crescent Suzuki's sole representative at Aragon today after team-mate Leon Camier was forced to withdraw due the injuries he sustained in yesterday's crash. Camier had surgery last night to repair his injured left knee and is still resting in Alcaniz hospital. The Englishman had looked sharp on Friday and his best time from his three laps in yesterday's qualifying session, before the crash, would have been good enough to see him qualify for the Superpole with the ninth quickest overall time, a fact that leaves the team with a feeling of what might have been.

Today's Superpole was held in warm and sunny conditions, with track temperatures getting up to 39°C, was secured by Tom Sykes on a Kawasaki, the 12th of the Englishman's WSB career, with Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies joining him on the front-row. Cluzel's fifth place makes for an all French affair on row two, as he is joined on either side by his compatriots Sylvain Guintoli and Loris Baz, who qualified fourth and sixth respectively.

Cluzel and the rest of the World Superbike field will line up for the first of tomorrow's races at 12.00 local time (11.00hrs BST) and with race two scheduled for 15.00hrs local time (14.00hrs BST), the FIXI Crescent Suzuki star will certainly be looking for a good start in both races to capitalise on today's qualifying.

Jules Cluzel:

"I am very happy with the whole of today; the practice and qualifying session went well and so did Superpole. This morning we did a long run with the race tyre and we have more information and it was good for me to get more of a feeling over a longer distance. Before Superpole I was very nervous because it was my first time, but at the end everything came good so I am really pleased with that. In the first exit we were panicking a bit because although I improved my time it was not enough to make Superpole 2, so we had to use the first qualifying tyre. I improved a lot and this was my first experience with qualifiers so I enjoyed that very much. We did have some vibration, but I think that everyone had that because there was so much more grip. We used a race tyre in the second session and I did an even faster lap than I did with the qualifier, so for me this is the really good point from the whole of Superpole. In the last run I improved again; I think it might have been possible to go quicker but I made a couple of mistakes on the lap, including a big one in the first corner, so I had to push because the qualifier only lasts for one lap. But I still improved again so I am very happy with that. We will start both races from fifth place and I enjoyed today, so this has been a high point of the weekend so far."

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

"After spending most of yesterday afternoon in the hospital with Leon, it has been a great boost to the whole of the team to see Jules improve his performance, and that of the Suzuki GSX-R, so much over the course of the day. He clearly has a lot of raw speed and isn't afraid to lay it on the line. The potential he demonstrated today really shows a great deal of promise for the rest of the season, as he gains more experience. The race will be very tough tomorrow and the tyre degradation is a concern for everybody, so our focus in the warm-up will be to find the most consistent setting we can to look after the rear tyre and to allow Jules to ride at his limits throughout the race.

"It has been a brilliant performance today by everyone in the team - especially Jules - and I hope we can give Leon a little get well present tomorrow by further demonstrating that the FIXI Crescent Suzuki has the potential to challenge at the front."


Top ten for Checa and team SBK Ducati Alstare in today's Superpole at Aragon

Alcaniz (Spain), Saturday 13 April 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini experienced another challenging day on track at MotorLand Aragon today. In the second Superpole of the 2013 championship Checa qualified in tenth position and Badovini in thirteenth, meaning they will line up on the fourth and fifth rows of the grid respectively in tomorrow’s races.

During second qualifying this morning, and on a much cooler track than yesterday, both Ducati Alstare riders improved in terms of lap time on board their Ducati 1199 Panigale bikes. While Carlos recorded a 1’59.6 in the final stages, improving on his best time set yesterday by four tenths, Ayrton closed with a best time of 2’00.1, half a second quicker than yesterday. Thanks to these times both Ducati Alstare riders therefore qualified for Superpole in thirteenth and fourteenth position.

Superpole 1 – Carlos made a first exit on a race tyre but, finding himself ninth after making one fast lap, he decided together with his team to go out on a qualifier. Thanks to a lap time of 1’59.0, he closed in final twelfth position, thus progressing to the second phase. Ayrton, who didn’t race in Australia, was therefore using the new qualifying tyre for the first time here at Aragon. He recorded a best time of 1’59.4, coming in just behind his team-mate in thirteenth position. Unfortunately, with only the top twelve progressing to the second phase, this meant that his Superpole came to a close there.

Superpole 2 – Checa followed the same strategy in this second phase, making a fast lap on race rubber before going back out on the second qualifier. His best time, a 1’58.3, positioned him tenth at the end of the phase; he missed out on the third phase by a fraction of a second.

Carlos Checa: ‘We’re worked quite well but our current limits prevented us from progressing further than the second stage. It’s a shame that we missed out on the final phase by such a small margin but I don’t think there is much difference between ninth and tenth position in the end. We’re still having problems through different sections of the track and the others have better top speed of course. Tomorrow will be a really challenging race day – the gap between us and the leaders is pretty big. I can only do my best and we’ll see…’

Ayrton Badovini: ‘It’s the first time that I’ve used the new qualifying tyre and I definitely didn’t get as much out of it as I could have. It wasn’t at all easy. During the sessions I’ve started to improve the feeling I have with the bike but we still have a lot of work to do to resolve the problems we’re having, especially exiting the corners. Tomorrow I cannot say how it’ll go – we don’t know what our race pace will be like. Of course we don’t expect to be able to stick with those right at the front but I hope to be able to battle with the group in front of me.’

TIMES (Superpole): 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’56.3; 2. Laverty (Aprilia) 1’56.6; 3. Davies (BMW) 1’56.8; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’57.4; 5. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1’57.5; 6.Baz (Kawasaki) 1’57.8; 7. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1’57.9; 8. Melandri (BMW) 1’58.2… 10. Checa (Ducati Alstare) 1’58.3…. 13. Giugliano (Ducati Alstare) 1’59.4


EUGENE LAVERTY ON THE FRONT ROW WITH THE SECOND BEST TIME

FIRST AND SECOND ROW FOR APRILIA RACING AT ARAGON.

FOURTH TIME AND SECOND ROW FOR SYLVAIN GUINTOLI.

Aragon (Spain), 13 April 2013 – The Aprilia Racing riders confirmed the good impressions from the Friday sessions and astride their official RSV4 Factory bikes they were key players in the Superpole session that decided the starting grid for the races tomorrow.

Laverty and Guintoli – who are tied in the World SBK rankings lead after a win and a second place each during the opening round in Australia – came through the first of the three Superpole sessions easily, both saving their qualifier tyres.

Starting the second session on qualifiers from the first lap, the two riders quickly put themselves in a safe position (Laverty second and Guintoli sixth, later dropping to eighth place just before the end of the session) to go through to the decisive round where only the top nine participate.

In the decisive session Eugene Laverty showed that he was quite ready to take advantage of the high performance tyre and immediately stopped the clock with the second best time (1’56.638), less than 3 tenths behind pole specialist Tom Sykes. An excellent performance by Sylvain Guintoli as well who, after hovering in ninth and seventh place during the sessions yesterday and this morning, took an excellent fourth place (in 1’57.486) which will put him in the best spot on the second row of the grid tomorrow.

Eugene Laverty is well aware that he can shoot for an important result: “Our goal is always to qualify on the front row and we managed to do that here at Aragon as well. Today we worked quite well, especially in the last free practice session where we found some good solutions for our race pace. Superpole went according to schedule. Second place is an excellent position to start from. Tomorrow will be difficult because there are at least four other riders other then myself who are quite capable of making a play for the win. There have always been some great battles on this track, we’ll definitely be in the game and we’ll have our sights set on the top step of the podium”.

“Superpole went better than I had hoped – confessed Sylvain Guintoli – I don’t like to make excuses, but I think that I am still lacking something compared to the other riders in terms of race pace. In any case I took the first spot on the second row which is a good placing since it puts me on the outside of the first brake. I have never achieved good results on this track so tomorrow I will be looking for two good races. The feeling with my RSV4 increases lap by lap and that makes me hopeful, I want to take full advantage of all their strong points like I did at Phillip Island”.


Mixed feelings for Pata Honda duo

Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have mixed feelings this evening after today’s Superpole sessions at Motorland Aragon in Spain left them in ninth and eleventh places respectively on the grid for tomorrow’s two second-round World Superbike championship races.

Haslam, particularly, had a testing day which began with a crash in this morning’s second qualifying, causing the British rider to miss the entire 45-minute session. Technical issues in the subsequent free practice hindered his progress further but he qualified for Superpole thanks to his lap time from yesterday.

The 29-year-old British rider made it to Superpole 2 and did his best time on a race tyre, leaving him reasonably satisfied.

Rea, meanwhile, made impressive steps forward, finishing inside the top four in both regulation qualifying and free practice. The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland made it through to Superpole 3, where a broken wheel-speed sensor restricted him to a third row start.

Jonathan Rea – P9, 1m57.765s (Superpole 2)

Today was a mixture of positive and negative, really. We made a lot of progress on our race set-up and, with the electronics, we’ve got kind of close to where I feel we were last year. But, going into Superpole 3, a wheel-speed sensor caught us out and trying to match wheel speeds with everything else under braking went completely out the window and I felt a bit like a passenger. It was partly my mistake staying out for two laps at the beginning and not coming straight in but I wasn’t sure what the problem was and I was trying to change the engine brake settings. We didn’t have enough time left to get out at the end and it was quite frustrating because it was a problem we found out about after Superpole. What I feel should have been the second row is now the outside of the third row, so I can just hope and pray for a clean start tomorrow. We’ve been in the top five all weekend, timing wise, and I feel we did a pretty good race run this morning – a long run – which I was happy enough with. And we’ve improved since then, so it’s just a race where I feel we’ve been handicapped a little bit more than we should be at the start. We’ll see – it’s more experience; I still feel like we’re doing a lot of testing but we’ve got to man-up for two 20-lap races tomorrow.

Leon Haslam – P11, 1m58.329s

I’ve never been so happy to be P11 on a grid! On Friday, we had a lot of problems electronically which we couldn’t get sorted. This morning we went out and I didn’t even get one lap – I had a big crash and lost the whole session and that was the session when we needed to sort a few of the issues. We did the whole session in Free Practice 2 but a sensor had broken and we didn’t find out until after that session. So, going into Superpole 1 was my first go on a bike with sensors working so I was really happy. I think I went 1.6 seconds quicker than I did before, which is quite hard to do when you’re under pressure to do it in one lap. But the bike worked. I made a mistake in Superpole 2, which knocked me out by less than a tenth. So I’m really happy with what we’ve done – we’ve solved the issues that we had but it’s still going to be a tough race tomorrow.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

Today with Leon we encountered a lot of problems and we were not really making progress at all. Still, we managed to make Superpole and reached eleventh place in the end, which was pretty good, considering everything. We had to find a setting in Superpole itself and in the end he did a really good lap on a race tyre and started to feel good on the bike. I must say ‘hats off’ to Leon for staying calm, keeping on working and keeping his comments coming. Despite his position, we look forward to the race, and he does, as well. On Jonathan’s side of the garage we managed ninth place and it could have been a possible second row but we had a small problem with the bike. He wasn’t able to put in a good lap time on his last Superpole run and we must apologise for that. These things happen. They should not happen, but they sometimes do, and Jonathan did not get what he deserved today. I hope he can find a good rhythm in warm-up. His race pace is quite good, so we’ll see tomorrow.


Qulaifying: ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse still on the learning curve

Motorland, 13th April 2013

The "second day of school" at Aragon, the team is working for a good set up of the MV Agusta F3 675.

Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon have been working on it since the morning free practice to improve the exit of the slow corners and the feeling of the bike.

Their feedback came early on the session but the improvement of the other competitors as well, leaving the qualifying positions unchanged for both ParkinGO riders.

Even though the results haven't been the best, 22nd for Iddon and 23rd for Rolfo (having a technical problem as well), the great job done by the whole team is to be considered positive.

The characteristics of the track and the experience of the other riders, will make tomorrow a hard day but team and riders are confident for tomorrow.

Christian Iddon

Despite the grid position I can't say that today hasn't been positive as I have a better feeling with the bike and a good race pace.

If I can improve the rear grip tomorrow I am confident I can do a good race. An aggressive start is what I need, I'll work on it; the rest is experience but the team is helping me heaps.

Roberto Rolfo

I am quite disappointed if I think about the feeling I had this morning and the results I was expecting for today.

We have put a new engine that has given me different feelings of the one we had in Phillip Island.

I was sure I could get in top 10 but I had a technical problem that made me loose 15 minutes. For us every minute is worth gold.

For tomorrow I am confident anyway; I hope to do a good race and get the results my team deserve. Today's qualifying must stay on the past....


Team Althea Racing – Aragon qualifying and Superpole

Second day of practice and qualifying for the Althea Racing team on the track of Motorland Aragon in Spain. Yesterday’s results did not satisfy the technicians and rider of Genesio Bevilacqua’s team, and today they continued to work on the Aprilia RSV4 and gathered important results. In the last qualifying session this morning on a dry track, Davide Giugliano improved yesterday’s best time by two-tenths of a second and set a time of 1'58 "330 reaching fifth place and qualifying for Superpole this afternoon. The team Althea Racing staff took advantage of the last free practice session to prepare Giugliano’s bike for the Superpole and the two races tomorrow. David closed the session in seventh place (1'59 "363).

Excellent performance for Davide in Superpole. In the first phase, the Althea Racing team driver reached the seventh place with a time of 1'58 "661; therefore, easily qualifying for the second phase. Unfortunately in phase two, Davide made a small mistake during his best lap, but improved the time of 1'58 and with a time of 1'57 "602 and took fifth place and access to phase three. Unfortunately, in the last phase

Giugliano did not use soft tires and finished with a time of 1'57 "975 and in seventh place. Third row for him in the two races that will take place tomorrow for a distance of 20 laps each.

Genesio Bevilacqua: "During qualifying in the morning we found some problems that luckily did not resurface in the Superpole, but we were put on alert. Phase one of the Superpole went very well, while in the second Davide was carrying out a very good lap when unfortunately he made a small mistake that not only ruined the race, but also forced us to use the last soft rubber tire for the next round. But here we had an important surprise because with the race tire Giugliano clocked an excellent time of 1'57 "975 which demonstrates how competitive he is even with the tires that will be used in the race. This year we are also struggling with inexperience as it is our first year with Aprilia, but we are constantly improving and this makes us confident for a great championship. "

Davide Giugliano: "Today was good. We are improving step by step and this is very positive. I'm still finding it difficult to adapt to the changes that my team makes on my RSV4 but my technicians are helping me a lot and the results are now showing. The third row satisfies me only partially because I was aiming for at least the second row. I'll try to get a good start and jump right into the group of the fastest riders, as we are only at the beginning it will be a learning experience for me as I still have to start exploiting the full potential of my bike that is remarkable. "


Second row in Spain for van der Mark

Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s second-round World Supersport race at Motorland Aragon in Spain from row two of the grid after finishing sixth in today’s qualifying session.

Towards the end of the 45-minute session, the 20-year-old Dutch rider suffered a small crash at turn three of the 5.344km circuit. However, after checking the bike for damage, van der Mark continued riding and set a time within one tenth of his best lap.

His Pata Honda World Supersport team-mate, Lorenzo Zanetti, made significant improvements to the set-up on his Honda CBR600RR today and was able to advance to the third row of the grid with the eighth fastest time.

Michael van der Mark – P6, 2m02.379s

This morning I did an impressive race simulation and we saved some tyres for a few fast runs in this afternoon’s qualifying session. I don’t know why, maybe I over-pushed, but I couldn’t find one really fast lap. I was consistent and there was no-one going really fast. At the end I made a small crash and I did some good laps after that but I was a bit disappointed for not finding one really perfect lap. For tomorrow, I’m quite happy because you can see our race pace is really good and I hope we can do it tomorrow.

Lorenzo Zanetti – P8, 2m02.895s

Every session we improved and that’s important. It’s more important that I work really well with the team for the race. This morning I tried a race simulation which was good and the team made some changes to the bike, which improved a lot. I crashed halfway through the qualifying session and after that maybe lost a bit of concentration. We had changed the tyre and it was my mistake, but I still improved the time a little. I think we’re OK for tomorrow.


Saturday at MotorLand under the sign of Tom Sykes

Alcaniz (Spain), Saturday 13 April 2013 - World Superbike Round 2 Tissot-Superpole was performed today at MotorLand Aragon under blue skies. After missing the top spot of the grid at Phillip Island Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) went back to his usual Saturday level by scoring the 12th Superpole of his career and set a 1'56.339 new best lap for the Spanish track.

Tom Sykes: “It has been nice to ride without any injuries this weekend as well after my fall in testing at Phillip Island. The most important thing to get today was a start on the front row and it was also good to get my first Tissot-Superpole win of the year for my Spanish-based team. Moreover, my old team-mate Joan Lascorz is doing commentary on Spanish TV so hopefully I can give him something to talk about in the races.”

The English rider saved both qualifying tyres for Superpole 3, a strategy that proved to be perfect. Fellow Brit Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) did the same, but went wide on the last lap and missed his last opportunity to snatch pole position, finishing 3rd behind Eugene Laverty. The Championship current Leader, who lead both Free Practice 2 and Superpole 1, is still looking forward to his maiden Superbike pole start.

Eugene Laverty: “Our goal is always to qualify on the front row and we managed to do that here at Aragon as well. In the last free practice session we found some good solutions for our race pace. Superpole went according to schedule. Second place is an excellent position to start from. Tomorrow will be difficult because at least four other riders other than myself are quite capable of making a play for the win and there have always been some great battles on this track.”

Chaz Davies: “It was a good step forward, it is my first front row in World Superbike. Qualifying has always been the weakest part of my weekend. I think people underestimate what it takes to learn a superbike and the difference it makes when you come back to a circuit after having the experience of racing here last year. The race pace, as we have seen in free practice, is not too bad although I think we can improve a little bit also by using that data for tomorrow’s work.”

Second works Aprilia rider and co-protagonist at Phillip Island Sylvain Guintoli gets the first slot of the second row for tomorrow's two races, making some ground after a poor start of the weekend, and will be flanked by Jules Cluzel who - onboard the FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R - had an incredible maiden Superpole of his career.

6th place for Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), ahead of Italy's Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet). An unfortunate Tissot-Superpole in front of his home crowd for Carlos Checa, who couldn't make it to Superpole 3 for a matter of just 0.036 seconds.

Tissot-Superpole times: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'56.339 average 165.365 kph; 2. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'56.638; 3. Davies (BMW) 1'56.845; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'57.486; 5. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1'57.540; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'57.869; 7. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'57.975; 8. Melandri (BMW) 1'58.268; 9. Rea (Honda) 2'01.613; 10. Checa (Ducati); 11. Haslam (Honda); 12. Neukirchner (Ducati); 13. Badovini (Ducati); 14. Fabrizio (Aprilia); 15. Lundh (Kawasaki).

World Supersport - Sofuoglu clinches the top spot on the grid at Aragon

Three-time and current World Superport Champion Kenan Sofuoglu put himself in the best possible situation for tomorrow's race at the end of Qualifying 2. The Mahi Racing Team India rider set a competitive 2'01.450 in the final minutes of the session to edge Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) out of pole position. The young Brit, already not 100% fit, had a crash with 35 minutes to go at Turn 15 but was able to get back on track later on in the session.

Mahi Racing Team India almost perfect qualifying is completed by 3rd place Fabien Foret, who dropped 0.8 seconds off yesterday's qualifying lap-time to get a well-deserved front row start. South Africa's Sheridan Morais showed further improvements onboard his PTR Honda Machine and finished 4th ahead of Scot Kev Coghlan (DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki), rookie Michael van der Mark - who crashed towards the end at Turn 3 - and Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres).

A superb 9th place for WSS debutant Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki), in what was only his 4th session in the series, followed by fellow Italian Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda), able to get a top-10 finish after the difficult end of the Season Opener at Phillip Island.

Times: 1. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2'01.450 average 158.406 kph; 2. Lowes (Yamaha) 2'01.610; 3. Foret (Kawasaki) 2'02.216; 4. Morais (Honda) 2'02.239; 5. Coghlan (Kawasaki) 2'02.366; 6. Vd Mark (Honda) 2'02.379; 7. Scassa (Kawasaki) 2'02.593; 8. Zanetti (Honda) 2'02.895; 9. Russo (Kawasaki) 2'02.958; 10. De Rosa (Honda) 2'02.981; etc.

Superstock 1000

Defending Champion Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) scored the 9th pole position of his career today at Alcaniz Motorland Aragon. His lap-time of 2'01.347 was 0.287 seconds faster than former STK1000 champion Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Team Ducati), who showed a good synergy with the 1199 Panigale on what is not the best track for the L-Twin machine from Borgo Panigale.

Third place Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini) was the last rider able to lap within the 2'01 bracket and finished ahead of team mates Leandro Mercado and rookie Alessandro Andreozzi. Johannesburg-born Greg Gildenhuys (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) will start his first STK1000 race as full-time rider (second overall) from the 6th grid slot, while 2012 title contenders Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) and Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Ducati) will move off from the 3rd row, in 7th and 8th place respectively.

Times: 1. Barrier (BMW) 2'01.347 average 158.540 kph; 2. Canepa (Ducati) 2'01.634; 3. Savadori (Kawasaki) 2'01.920; 4. Mercado (Kawasaki) 2'02.144; 5. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 2'02.303; 6. Gildenhuys (BMW) 2'02.392; 7. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2'02.523; 8. La Marra (Ducati) 2'02.544; 9. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2'02.931; 10. Bergman (Kawasaki) 2'03.137; etc.

Superstock 600 – Race

Close racing was the main factor of STK600 first race of the year at Alcaniz MotorLand Aragon. Pole man Gauthier Duwelz (MTM Racing Yamaha) gets a hard-won victory after a breathtaking 10-lap race on the 5344 m Spanish venue. It's the maiden win for the 19 year old Belgian, who was able to take advantage of the tough four-way battle behind him, eventually making a small mistake towards the end of the race that allowed his rivals to close the gap down to 1 second.

But the battle for the 2nd place helped once again Duwelz to maintain a small margin up to the finish line. Tony Coveña (Nito Racing Kawasaki) made his final move on Swiss Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Racing Honda) during the final lap, down the long straight going into Turn 16, and set at the same time the new Lap Record in 2'05.250.

Robin Mulhauser (MTM-MVR Yamaha) kept his team mate Adrian Nestorovic behind to get a 4th place finish, while Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia) lost some ground in the early laps and was not able to stay with the front runners.

Race Results: 1. Duwelz (Yamaha) 10 Laps/53.440 km in 21'04.746 average 152.113 kph; 2. Coveña (Kawasaki) 0.941; 3. Chesaux (Honda) 1.138; 4. Mulhauser (Yamaha) 1.271; 5. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 1.733; 6. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 5.488; 7. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 12.566; 8. Casalotti (Yamaha) 20.834; 9. Schmitter (Yamaha) 21.019; 10. Tessels (Suzuki) 24.225; 11. Nekvasil (MV Agusta) 25.045; 12. Tuuli (Yamaha) 25.908; 13. Vitali (Suzuki) 28.395; 14. D'Annunzio (Yamaha) 28.505; 15. Jones (Honda) 28.911; etc.

Standings: 1. Gauthier Duwelz (Yamaha) 25; 2. Tony Covena (Kawasaki) 20; 3. Bastien Chesaux (Honda) 16; 4. Robin Mulhauser (Yamaha) 13; 5. Adrian Nestorovic (Yamaha) 11; 6. Franco Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 10; 7. Christian Gamarino (Kawasaki) 9; 8. Stefano Casalotti (Yamaha) 8; 9. Dominic Schmitter (Yamaha) 7; 10. Wayne Tessels (Suzuki) 6; 11. Marco Nekvasil (MV Agusta) 5; 12. Niki Tuuli (Yamaha) 4; 13. Luca Vitali (Suzuki) 3; 14. Federico D'Annunzio (Yamaha) 2; 15. Mike Jones (Honda) 1.

European Junior Cup

Spaniard Albert Arenas has taken the first pole position of the 2013 Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda season after a late charge that saw him displace long time provisional pole sitter Guillaume Raymond. Raymond (who was fastest yesterday), held on to second ahead of a much improved Michael Canducci. Kiwi Jake Lewis also improved late in the session to take 4th just a fraction ahead of Illan Fernandez and Javier Orellana who completed the top 6.

Sabrina Paiuta from Brazil continued to mix it amongst the front runners by putting her CBR500cc Honda into a solid 12th position overall. Amelie Demoulin from France was 34th on her Honda.

Times: 1. Arenas (Honda) 2'25.483 average 132.238 kph; 2. Raymond (Honda) 2'25.504; 3. Canducci (Honda) 2'25.687; 4. Lewis (Honda) 2'25.855; 5. Fernandez (Honda) 2'26.171; 6. Orellana (Honda) 2'26.213; 7. Levy (Honda) 2'26.523; 8. Sebestyen (Honda) 2'26.686; 9. Rusmiputro (Honda) 2'26.720; 10. Pittet (Honda) 2'26.924; etc.


Kennedy Still Chasing Set Up At Motorland

Rivamoto’s Jack Kennedy was disappointed to qualify in 16th position overall at the second round of the World Supersport championship at Motorland Aragon earlier today.

The Dubliner who made an impressive debut at Phillip Island has struggled to find the perfect setup so far this weekend but is confident of a solid race tomorrow.

Jack Kennedy – Rivamoto Honda: “Today was just ok. We are still trying to find the correct set up but we have some things to try tomorrow in the warm up. It will be difficult from 16th on the grid but I am more than up for the fight.”

The Supersport race is scheduled to start at 1330 local time tomorrow.


9th Row Start For Davies In Spain

PTR Honda’s Matt Davies continued to find his feet within the World Supersport championship by qualifying in a respectable 25th position for the second round of the championship this afternoon.

The youngster from Australia improved by over half a second and will line up on the 9th row of the grid in tomorrow’s race which is scheduled to take place at 1330 local time over 18 laps of the Motorland Aragon circuit.


Round Number: 
2
Year: 
2013

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