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

Press releases after qualifying for Sunday's Dutch round of World Superbikes at Assen:


SMOOTH SUPERPOLE FOR THE APRILIA RACING TEAM - RANKING LEADER IN THE MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP - PLACING LAVERTY ON THE FRONT ROW WITH THE THIRD BEST TIME AND GUINTOLI ON THE SECOND ROW WITH FOURTH BEST.

SYLVAIN GUINTOLI WILL HAVE TO DEFEND HIS PROVISIONAL FIRST PLACE.

SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE FRONT ROW FOR EUGENE LAVERTY.

Assen (Holland), 27 April 2013 – The Aprilia Racing Team, reigning WSBK Champion and leader in the Manufacturer rankings, was once again a key player on Superpole Saturday at Assen.

In cold but dry track conditions, Aprilia standard bearers Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli finished with the third and fourth best times respectively. These are placings that will allow the Irishman to start tomorrow's races from the front row and the Frenchman (current ranking championship leader) from the second.

Laverty demonstrated impressive drive today and will start from the front row for the seventh consecutive time. In fact, the Irishman has not failed to ride his RSV4 to the best row of the grid since the Moscow round last season (August 2012).

Immediately behind him was Guintoli, defending his position as ranking championship leader, achieved thanks to a victory and three second place finishes in the first four races. Another two RSV4 riders in the top nine – Giugliano (sixth) and Fabrizio (ninth) on their private bikes – testifies to the excellent condition of the Aprilia V4.

The Superpole sessions went smoothly for the Aprilia Racing standard bearers, coming through the first two sessions without any trouble, staying at the respectable end of the rankings. In the decisive session the two battled it out with the always-feared Tom Sykes, Superpole specialist, and with Jonathan Rea who is always at home on the Dutch track, leaving rivals in their exhaust who will in any case need to be reckoned with in the races tomorrow, such as Baz, Melandri and Checa.

Eugene Laverty: “I'm really happy to be on the front row. Today I thought it would be difficult after the free practice sessions because, besides Sykes and myself, Rea and Sylvain were also quite quick. In the end when Tom puts the qualifying tyre on he's basically unbeatable and Jonny put in a perfect lap, so I'll be starting from the third spot on the grid. Tomorrow the races will also be difficult since today is the only day we've been able to test in the dry. Understanding how the tyres will perform and how to manage them over the race distance will make the difference. We'll have some work to do this evening and during the warm ups tomorrow morning to be ready for the starting grid”.

Sylvain Guintoli: “This time I was just a shout from the front row. My feeling with the qualifying tyre is getting better with each race. I'm really happy in any case, as it is always important to start from the front two rows. I'm right behind Tom, who is a strong starter, so I'll just need to follow him and then overtake him! All joking aside, I'm confident for tomorrow. Usually my pace gets better during the race compared to qualifying sessions, as we saw at Phillip Island and Aragon. Let's hope the final result will also be similar”.


Rea on Assen front row

Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s two third-round World Superbike championship races from the front row of the grid after setting the second-fastest time in this afternoon’s Superpole sessions at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands.

The Pata Honda rider had felt confident of challenging fellow British rider Tom Sykes for pole position, but a front-end slide early on in his fastest lap in Superpole 3 persuaded Rea, 26, that a front row start was good enough.

With team-mate Leon Haslam absent from Assen through injury, Rea will be the only Pata Honda World Superbike rider in tomorrow’s two 22-lap races – the home event for his Dutch team which is based just 60km south of Assen.

Jonathan Rea – P2, 1m35.639s

First of all, I’m just excited to be back in a front row press conference - the last time was the end of last season. I’m looking forward to the races, though; my guys have done some work and I’m feeling very, very comfortable on the bike but we’ve had minimal time so far to put distance on a race tyre. I think we have two options we can have a look at but a lot will depend on the temperature tomorrow. I thought I could go with Tom [Sykes] this weekend and really push, but I had a big front slide in turn three and put my heart rate through the roof, so I nursed it home. Superpole’s not really my thing, but I felt really confident at the start of Superpole 3 and went out first on a race tyre. Anyway, it’s great to be on the front row for the team’s home race and I just want to send a ‘get well soon’ message to my team-mate, Leon [Haslam], who had a big crash on Friday.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

We have only Jonathan riding here now but, of course, we are very happy to take second place on the grid after Superpole today. With Leon’s crash, yesterday was a really miserable day, so this is a great boost for the whole team. Every time we go out, we find something and Jonathan finds more confidence. We still have something to improve for tomorrow and I think we can run for podiums, so well done to the team and to Jonathan.


Eighth and eleventh for Team SBK Ducati Alstare in tomorrow’s races at the TT Circuit Assen

Assen (The Netherlands), Saturday 27 April 2013: After a hard-fought Superpole, Carlos Checa qualified in eighth position with Badovini ready to line up in eleventh place for tomorrow’s races.

The two riders used the first phase of the second qualifying session to get back into their rhythm on a now dry track after a first very wet day of action yesterday. From mid-session onwards the times of both riders started to drop dramatically with both Carlos and Ayrton recording their fastest laps in the final minutes. Carlos closed with a best time of 1’37.8, positioning himself sixth, while Ayrton, having resolved a small issue in the first part of the session, finished twelfth with a fastest time of 1’38.4. The two Ducati Alstare flag-bearers therefore qualified easily for this afternoon’s Superpole.

Times continued to drop in the final free practice session, with Carlos able to take another eight tenths off his morning’s best time. Ayrton too was making some improvement but a highside at turn 11 put a premature end to his session – fortunately he was not seriously hurt and was able to participate in the Superpole.

Superpole 1: both riders made a first exit on race rubber and Carlos’ first lap was sufficient to see him through to the next phase. Ayrton meanwhile decided to return to the track with his first qualifying tyre and thanks to two fast laps he was able to finish tenth, thus also progressing to the next stage.

Superpole 2: in the second phase Ayrton, having difficulty using the clutch due to a swollen and blistered left hand, went out on the second qualifier but was unable to push as he wanted to, closing his Superpole in eleventh position today, thanks to a best lap of 1’36.9. Carlos took advantage of the first qualifier in this stage, recording a very fast lap of 1’36.1 that projected him into third position.

Superpole 3: Carlos went out on his second qualifier but had to return to the garage to make a small change to the suspension. Unfortunately the performance of the tyre had already dropped after making a first lap and so he was unable to make the fast lap that he needed. Checa will line up from the third row of tomorrow’s grid in eighth position.

Carlos Checa: ‘In the third phase I missed a gear in an important and fast point of the track. I tried to make a second fast lap but I wasn’t able to improve with that qualifier. Maybe my position should have been fourth or fifth today but it’s ok anyway. We have to understand which direction to take in order to secure two strong results tomorrow. Today was our first day in the dry with a bike that’s never been ridden here before and so I don't think it's gone badly considering. We’re concentrating on tomorrow, although it’s impossible to predict how the races will go. No-one’s really done a lot of consecutive laps today and so pace is something of a question mark. We’ll see which group we’re with during the races and do all we can to fight.’

Ayrton Badovini: ‘Unfortunately I hurt my fingers in the crash during practice. I hoped it wouldn’t be a problem in the Superpole but I had a glove that was really rubbing against my hand and making the problem worse. I was also riding a bike built from the rolling chassis of course, so it was a rush for my team to get it ready in time, they worked so hard today. I lapped quite well with the qualifying tyre and if it hadn’t been for the physical problem I think I could have done much better in the second phase of the Superpole. Anyway the work completed today gives me confidence for tomorrow’s races – I’ll do my best from the fourth row.’

TIMES (Qualifying): Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’35.0; 2. Rea (Honda) 1’35.6; 3. Laverty (Aprilia) 1’35.8; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’35.9; 5. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’36.1; 6. Giugliano (Aprilia 1’36.3; 7. Melandri (BMW) 1’36.3; 8. Checa (Ducati Alstare) 1’36.4; 9. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 1’37.5; 10. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1’36.8; 11. Badovini (Ducati Alstare) 1’36.9


CLUZEL JUST MISSES SUPERPOLE 3

Team Suzuki Press Office - April 27.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Jules Cluzel narrowly missed out on qualifying for Superpole 3 during this afternoon's sessions of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Assen in The Netherlands.

The Frenchman made the most of the dry conditions at the 4,542m Dutch circuit this morning to post the 10th quickest time and see him comfortably qualify for Superpole. In the first part of the 15-rider shootout he was ninth fastest and progressed to the second session. Cluzel had a qualifying tyre in his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R in Superpole 2 and looked on for a good lap to seal his place in the final instalment, but a mistake on his fast lap cost him dearly and he had to abort the attempt. He tried to do another flying lap, but had used all the grip in his qualifying tyre and had to settle for a 10th-placed finish and a position at the head of the fourth row of the grid.

Leon Camier was left frustrated after a technical issue forced him to miss all of the second qualifying session. He made his way on track at the start of the practice, but immediately returned to the pits and was forced to sit out the remaining time while his crew worked on his bike. Camier unfortunately missed the chance to set a time good enough to qualify for Superpole and will start tomorrow's races from 19th on the grid, due to the time he set in yesterday's wet qualifying. The Englishman did get the chance of some dry laps in the second free practice and showed some impressive form, considering he is not fully fit, as he clocked the ninth fastest time; which coincidently could have given him ninth place on the grid if he had qualified for Superpole 3.

Today's practices were held in vastly different conditions to Friday, with sporadic sunshine and a dry track making things safer and easier for all riders. Tom Sykes on a Kawasaki took his second consecutive pole of the season, with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty completing the front row.

Cluzel and Camier will line up for the first of tomorrow's 22-lap races at 12.00 local time (11.00hrs BST) and then be on the grid again at 15.00hrs local time (14.00hrs BST) for race two, when both FIXI Crescent Suzuki stars will be looking for good starts to enable them to push for strong results.

Jules Cluzel:

"I am a little bit disappointed because I think it was possible to be in Superpole 3. I made a couple of mistakes with the qualifying tyre, because it caused some chatter in the left corners and I nearly crashed twice; so I had to stop pushing. My best lap-time was with a race tyre and it was quite good - like at Aragon - but with the qualifier I am sure I could have gone faster and made the final session. I am looking to improve my feeling on the bike tomorrow because I need to be more consistent after a few laps, so we need to do some work tonight. I hope that we can improve things for Sunday and have two good races."

Leon Camier:

"Considering how many laps I've done - and that last session was only a few - I was actually quite happy to be ninth quickest in the free practice and be only 0.6 seconds off the fastest time. It feels like I'm not meant to ride this weekend, with the way things have gone, but I still have the races to come! We have some options for settings and we're not sure which way to go. We have one that I normally run and another that I have been trying which we think has some potential, so we will need to look at things and make the decision; but from last on the grid there is not a lot I can do and it will be pretty difficult to get a good result. I have to see if my knee can stand up to race distance as well though, because I've only done four laps at the maximum before it has started hurting. I don't know if I can do the whole race or not, but I'll give it my best and just have to see what happens."

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

"Yesterday's result was above expectation, but today unfortunately was a day of disappointments. The team needs to apologise to Leon for the problem this morning - which left him out of Superpole. He showed very good pace in the free practice, considering the lack of laps and his obvious physical restrictions. Starting from the back may even has its positives - there are no expectations and everyone knows how difficult it has been for Leon to even be here - so whatever he can achieve will be a bonus.

"To get the bike right for Jules in the dry here has been very difficult. We've had a problem with stability, but despite this he has improved throughout the course of the day and, but for a mistake on the qualifying tyre, he would have made Superpole 3 and the top-nine on the grid. We've fixed one end of the bike for Jules, we now need to get the rear more stable and give him an easier time over race distance."


BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Assen - Superpole

The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team experienced a Saturday with mixed emotions at Dutch “TT Circuit Assen”. Factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) finished the Superpole qualifying session, for the third round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship, in seventh place. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) struggled with a technical issue in the first part of the Superpole. Consequently, the Welshman will start the race tomorrow from 13th place on the grid. In comparison to the rain yesterday, the weather had improved with dry conditions, however the temperatures were still low.

Both Marco and Chaz opted for race tyres on their BMW S 1000 RRs for their first outing in Superpole 1. Marco was fifth fastest with his first flying lap, his time was good enough for him to qualify for Superpole 2. Chaz was already struggling in Superpole 1 and was eighth fastest. He tried to improve his time with a second outing but directly returned to the pits reporting that the issues had worsened. He dropped back to 13th meaning his Superpole qualifying was over. In Superpole 2, Marco opted for the qualifying tyre and only had to complete one flying lap to comfortably progress to the last and deciding session. In Superpole 3, Marco used his second qualifying tyre. He was sitting in sixth position, putting him on the second row until the last seconds of the session but then dropped one position. Therefore he will start from seventh place on the third row on the grid.

Assen also hosts the second round of the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team’s Sylvain Barrier (FRA), who won the season opener two weeks ago at “Motorland Aragón”, qualified third on the grid on his new BMW HP4. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) finished in eighth.

Marco Melandri:

Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:38.043 min (P7) / Fastest lap FP: 1:37.712 min (P11) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:36.330 min (P7)

“It was not a straight forward day. In the beginning, I was not happy but then before Superpole, we made an important step modifying the weight distribution so the bike improved. I think we are heading in the right direction and tomorrow we just need to make another little step. In the race, I need a good start to close the gap to the front runners; I want to be with them immediately. In Assen, overtaking is not easy. So I prefer to be in seventh position, instead of the sixth because that means I can approach the first corner from the outside and have a better view of what the other riders do. Overall, I am quite confident for the race tomorrow now.”

Chaz Davies:

Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:38.150 min (P8) / Fastest lap FP: 1:36.864 min (P3) / Fastest lap Superpole 1: 1:37.865 min (P13)

“The free practice went well. We made a step forward with the bike so I was a little bit happier and we were continuing to make progress. But then unfortunately, in Superpole as soon as I left the pits I could feel that something wasn’t quite right. I tried to do one quick lap but in the end it was not good enough to get me through to Superpole 2. I am not sure what the problem was, the guys are looking into it now. Obviously I am very disappointed because it is not easy to pass at Assen and it is going to be two very difficult races tomorrow. Starting so far back with my rivals in the front two rows, it is easy to lose some time in the first few laps so we need to make progress in the early part of the race. I think tomorrow we just have to try and get as many points as possible.”

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

“It was day of mixed fortunes. Marco experienced some difficulties this morning but in the afternoon before Superpole, we moved in a new direction which seems to be the right one. Marco was quite satisfied with his RR in Superpole and he is confident for tomorrow’s races. Chaz was really happy with his lap times in the morning and could have done a good Superpole. But unfortunately a technical issue meant that he could not finish the session. Anyway, we can be confident for tomorrow and we expect that both riders can have two good races.

In the Superstock class, Sylvain will start from third place on the grid, but he has a good race pace so he will fight for the victory. We are also confident that Greg can score a strong result starting from eighth.”

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

“Today we finally got a dry track even if the temperature was still quite low. We started from our base to work on setting up the bikes for these conditions. Both riders improved their performance step by step and their feeling with the RR. Chaz made a big step from qualifying practice to the second free practice and showed a good performance on the race tyre, riding the third fastest time of the session. Unfortunately he could not continue this performance during the Superpole due to an issue that has to be investigated and we are very sorry for this. But we are confident that this will give him even more motivation to catch up in the race tomorrow.

Marco as well improved even if his feeling was still not perfect during the second free practice. The bike did not give him enough confidence to push. But the last change done before Superpole has improved his feeling and we are confident that he has found the right way. He has proven the potential during the Superpole with the race tyre as well as with the qualifying tyre. He will start from the third row but we believe that he will have the right package to fight with the top guys. The race will be tough, as usual in Assen, and we will take a few steps during the night in order to offer the best possible package to our riders.”


Team Althea Racing- Second day of qualifying and Superpole on the track of Assen TT

For the second day of qualifying and Superpole, the track in Assen was dry under cloudy skies. In the second qualifying session this morning Davide Giugliano stole the show with his impetuous leadership, which was also profitable after gaining many fastest laps he reached the first position with a best lap time of 1'36 "814. An important performance for the Althea Racing Team rider. During the practices in the afternoon he continued to work with his team to find the best set-up for his Aprilia RSV4. At the end of the session Davide clocked the sixth fastest time (1'37"029). In Superpole Giugliano provided three outstanding performances in each of the three phases. In the first one, he got the second time and an easy qualification to phase two. In the second he reached seventh place which allowed him to enter to the final phase where only a small clutch problem prevented him from gaining the first row. However, the sixth position and the second row satisfied the rider and his team who are ready for the two races that will take place tomorrow on the distance of 22 laps each.

Davide Giugliano: "Everything went well and we achieved the result we wanted. We shot very strong with the race tires and reached a good second row. I was not able to fully use the soft tires, but my result in Superpole satisfied me and I'm confident for the races tomorrow. I will face two difficult races, both physically and mentally, but I think I am not far from the fastest riders and I am convinced I can be competitive with them. I would like to thank my team, who once again today have done a fantastic job."

Genesio Bevilacqua :”I’m really satisfied with the work that both David and my whole team have completed. We’ve reached the target that we set ourselves, which was to be fast in every session. Our rider put in a great performance this morning, when he finished qualifying in first position. In Superpole there are some expert riders that are difficult to beat when it comes to the flying lap and, in addition, Davide suffered due to a small clutch problem in the second and third phases. We are nevertheless happy with the second row and, from what we have seen over these two days, we are sure that we can complete two top level races.’


Tough Supersport day for Pata Honda

Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s third-round World Supersport race from the fourth row of the grid after setting the 11th fastest time in this afternoon’s final qualifying session at Assen in The Netherlands.

Despite being just 0.7s from a front row start, van der Mark’s Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti will start from 14th on the grid for tomorrow’s 21-lap race at the 4.542km circuit, after British rider Sam Lowes secured pole position.

Michael van der Mark – P11, 1m39.835s

It was a bit frustrating today and the guys were working really hard, but it was like we hit a wall every time we went out. We need to find a big improvement on the bike, but I think we’ll find it tomorrow because the guys always give more than 100%. I’m struggling a bit in the last two sectors and losing a lot of time there, so this is an area where we will concentrate and hopefully bring something to the race.

Lorenzo Zanetti – P14, 1m39.988s

I went quite hard early on in the qualifying session this afternoon and was running in fifth place when I had a small crash on my third lap. Luckily the guys were able to fix the bike so I could go out again, but I was missing some rhythm and a bit of concentration. I still improved a little but not enough and I think Mikey [van der Mark] also had some problems because the time is similar. We need to do some more work on the set-up for tomorrow but I’m sure we will have something to try in the warm-up.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

We are a little disappointed with the results actually, and we are paying the price for a lack of track time. Both the riders are new to Supersport at Assen and yesterday was lost because of the rain so we haven’t had enough time to find the right setting for them. In the end, Michael was 11th and Lorenzo 14th, after a small crash. We have a lot of data here from previous years, so we’ll work hard to overlay that with what we got from today and make a plan for tomorrow, when we hope to be able to fight nearer to the front.


Kennedy Just Misses Front Row In Assen

Rivamoto and Jack Kennedy powered to their best ever World Supersport championship qualifying placing with a fighting ride to 4th position in the final qualifying session at Assen, Holland this afternoon. Rivamoto also achieved the accolade of being the first Honda in the field.

The likeable Irishman had looked like securing the final spot on the front row until with seconds to spare Fabien Foret nudged him back onto row two.

The weather today was thankfully dry, but the cold weather was still playing havoc with the grip levels on the circuit. That said, Jack rode superbly in both sessions today giving the team something to cheer about before the race tomorrow.

The team are not only satisfied with the grid position but also with the fact that Jack was putting in some consistently fast lap times which should put him in a strong position in the 21 lap race tomorrow.

Jack Kennedy – 4th position on the grid: “I couldn’t have hoped for a better day than today especially after being in 15th yesterday so to be fighting for the front row today is great. The Honda is working really well and it was a great job by Jeremy and the team. I’m delighted to be up there, obviously disappointed to miss the front row but Foret just pipped us at the end but we have to happy. The lap time wasn’t a one off we have put together some consistent times so we will see what tomorrow brings, but I’m happy.”

Jeremy McWilliams - Team Manager: “I’m delighted with this afternoon’s result. We couldn’t have wished for a better weekend. Looking at Jack’s times he is one of the most consistently fast riders out there which bodes well for tomorrow. We have a set up that he is happy with, the bike is working very well as are the electronics and we haven’t had any issues. It’s one of those weekends where despite the weather conditions everything has gone smoothly. We are in a good position and the team is full of confidence for the race tomorrow.”

Rivamoto’s other rider Edik Blokhin failed to qualify after a weekend of limited track time and a brake issue during free practice today hindered his progression. The Russian will look to get his season back on track when the championship hits Monza.

Round 3 of the WSS championship will take place tomorrow at 1330 local time.


Teamwork shines through at Assen

THE PTR technicians worked tirelessly to get all riders out and qualified for tomorrow's third round of the World Supersport Championship after a brace of crashes at the Assen circuit in Holland.

Sheridan Morais crashed in the morning practice and injured his shoulder, which then hampered him during qualification. He ended up 21st on the grid and is seeking medical advice on how to manage the pain ahead of tomorrow.

Luca Marconi, fourth in the first practice session, suffered a crash near the end of qualifying and lost the chance to improve from 24th.

First of the PTR Honda rookies, David Linortner, qualified 26th and is hoping to make his first finish in the race tomorrow.

Nacho Calero in 27th is looking for a strong result in the race. Matt Davies in 31st was lucky to qualify after a major crash in the morning wrote his bike off. The team worked to get him out in time for the last minutes of qualifying so he can claim a place on the starting grid at 1330 CET tomorrow, April 28th.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Team Manager: "We hope Sheridan is feeling better for tomorrow after his crash this morning on cold tyres. He has injured his shoulder but with medical assistance we are hoping he regains mobility as he is struggling with direction changes. The team did a great job repairing his bike and getting him out in qualifying.

"In fact it's been a fantastic job by the team with every rider crashing already this weekend. The starting positions for the race do not reflect the hard work and amazing efforts by the PTR team.

"We are doing all we can to push through these problems and go for the best results possible and appreciate everyone's on-going support. Our results will come."


Rolfo and Iddon: really fast with the MV F3 675

Assen, 27th April 2013

Busy day for ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse and the riders Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon, searching for the right set up of the MV F3 675 to be competitive on the afternoon qualifying and tomorrow’s race.

In free practice Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon have finished 4th and 9th respectively, concentrating the 45 minutes on sectors where they couldn’t get the best out of the bike.

In the afternoon final qualifying, Rolfo, third for the most of the session, crashed right at the end taking all the hopes away; anyway, 5th place is an excellent result considering that the bike is still developing and the rest of the teams have more experience.

Christian Iddon has been working with his team to find the right feeling on the splits where he wasn’t too confident.

On tomorrow’s warm up the rookie will look for his “fine tuning” to improve the 12th position of today’s qualifying. An excellent result considering his experience in world championship.

Roberto Rolfo, 5th position

I am very happy to be in second row even if I think I could have done better.

Unfortunately at the end of the session I have lost time trying to get rid of another rider that was following me and I left the tyres get cold; this has cost me a crash, with no consequences, but it has stopped me from improving at the last minute.

For tomorrow we are quite confident. The team has done an excellent job and the bike feels very good.

Is a great and deserved result, considering the little time we have had with the bike and the big effort we are all doing.

Christian Iddon, 12th position

I am not totally satisfied. I have improved my best lap from last year when I won the race here in BSB, but we still have work to do.

We have tried quite a few things and we lost a bit of time. We are very fast in some sectors but we are struggling in others.

Today we wanted to focus on the race pace. We are starting from 4th row but I will attack straight away. It will be a nice race.


Lewis 12th In Assen Qualifier

The current leader of the PATA European Junior Cup, Jake Lewis, has qualified in 12th position on the grid for the second round of the series at the Cathedral of Speed, Assen earlier today.

Despite showing strongly in the early stages, the talented Kiwi found himself in a group of riders at the wrong time and was unable to improve his position.

Nevertheless, Jake is not a million of miles away in terms of lap time and was one of only a handful of riders to be lapping at a consistently fast pace and is therefore confident of another strong showing in the race.

Jake Lewis – 12th position on the grid: “I felt really good but in the end the time just didn’t come. We aren’t to far away from the top group in terms of time so I just need a good start and to get my head down when the lights go out tomorrow.”

The race is scheduled to take place at 1435 local time tomorrow over 10 laps.


23rd On Grid For Schacht In Holland

Racing Team Toth’s Alex Schacht has qualified in 23rd position for the 3rd round of the World Supersport championship at Assen.

Having been an impressive 13th yesterday in trickier conditions, the Danish rider who was 4th overall in last year’s UEM Superstock 600cc championship dug deep and salvaged a respectable starting position for the race tomorrow.

Alex is confident of further improvement of his position in the race and is hopeful of scoring his first World Championship points.

Alex Schacht – 23rd on the grid: “The session was alright, but I managed to do a 1 minute 41 lap time which was my goal for the day. I am looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully to score some points.”


Confidence Building Race For Kyee At Assen

Californian Brandon Kyee put a spate of crashes in practice and qualifying behind him to put on a brave show in today’s UEM Superstock 600cc race at Assen with a 25th position finish at the flag.

It was a miracle that the Schacht Racing rider made the grid after Brandon’s crash earlier in the day left the team with a mountain of work to do to repair his CBR Honda machine.

Kyee was lucky not to be involved in another incident on the opening lap after several riders fell leaving Brandon to take avoiding action.

All in all the team are pleased that Brandon rode with his head, finished the race and gained confidence ahead of the next round of the championship in Monza in a fortnight.

Brandon Kyee (25th position) – SCHACHT Racing: “The weekend started great with a top 10 after the first practice. I was really confident going into first qualifying but got a little impatient after being held up with some slower riders and unfortunately I crashed. Going into 2nd qualifying I was little off the pace at the start, we made some minor adjustments but when I went back out I lost the front through the fast left hander and crashed again. The bike was pretty messed up but my dad and the team worked really hard to get me on track for the race. I didn’t want to make any mistakes in the race especially after it was red flagged on lap one so I stuck to a steady pace and am happy not to crash again and to finish in 25th position. Monza in two weeks is a new weekend and I am looking forward to further improving things there.”


Another Tissot-Superpole to "Watch-man" Tom Sykes

Assen (The Netherlands), Saturday 27 April 2013 - The top-15 riders from Qualifying faced today the challenge of Tissot-Superpole to secure the best positioning on the grid for tomorrow's two races at the iconic Assen's TT Circuit. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) got his 13th pole start of his career, the 2nd in 2013, courtesy of an outstanding 1'35.043. The rider from Huddersfield was not fully satisfied of his achievement and tried, with no success, to further improve Jonathan Rea's Best Lap from 2010.

Tom Sykes: “The ZX-10R is working well and I was quite happy with my race pace, so when we put the Pirelli qualifying tyre in it was even better. I am happy to be on the front row and even better to be in pole position. I just hope we can have some dry conditions tomorrow. Our decisions are pretty much made on what settings to run but we do have a little bit of discussion to have later, just to confirm things, but I think we know what to do. We put 22 laps on a tyre earlier and were very surprised and happy with the results, so when I am on clear track I can do what I want and I know what’s needed. Tomorrow we will be faced with a bit of a fight maybe but if we can have some good luck I am confident.”

The Pata Honda World Superbike rider himself - who got 4 wins out of the last 6 races at Assen - was 2nd and finally able to turn over a new leaf on his difficult start of the season. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) took the last slot of the first row and preceded his team mate Sylvain Guintoli, with Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) to follow.

Jonathan Rea: “First of all, I’m just excited to be back in a front row press conference - the last time was the end of last season. I’m looking forward to the races, though; my guys have done some work and I’m feeling very, very comfortable on the bike but we’ve had minimal time so far to put distance on a race tyre. I think we have two options we can have a look at but a lot will depend on the temperature tomorrow. Superpole’s not really my thing, but I felt really confident at the start of Superpole 3 and went out first on a race tyre. Anyway, it’s great to be on the front row for the team’s home race and I just want to send a ‘get well soon’ message to my team-mate, Leon Haslam, who had a big crash on Friday.”

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) ended up Superpole in 7th place and was again unable to get a spot in the first two rows (the Italian rider never managed so far in 2013 to get a front row start). Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) finished 8th ahead of Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia). The Spanish rider was 0.3 seconds slower in the end than in Superpole 2 (he would have been 5th with his SP2 lap-time).

A difficult Superpole for Aragon double winner Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who will move off tomorrow from 13th place on the grid. The Welshman was kicked out of top-12 in the closing stages of Superpole 1 by Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki, 10th at the end).

Tissot-Superpole times: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'35.043 average 172.040 kph; 2. Rea (Honda) 1'35.639; 3. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'35.814; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'35.973; 5. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'36.166; 6. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'36.326; 7. Melandri (BMW) 1'36.330; 8. Checa (Ducati) 1'36.438; 9. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 1'37.570; 10. Cluzel (Suzuki); 11. Badovini (Ducati); 12. Neukirchner (Ducati); 13. Davies (BMW); 14. Clementi (BMW); 15. Iannuzzo (BMW).

World Supersport - Sam Lowes on pole position

Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) got his 7th career pole position at Assen today with an astonishing 1'38.375 lap-time. The young Brit from Lincoln proved once again to be an excellent qualifier and, despite a still injured left hand and wrist, was able to precede the defending Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) by 0.643 seconds.

Second Mahi Racing rider and current Championship leader Fabien Foret, after sitting out of yesterday's Free Practice and Qualifying because of the wet track conditions, made his way up to 3rd place ahead of Irishman Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) and Italian Roberto Rolfo, in the sharp end of the action onboard his ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse machine.

Aragon podium finisher Luca Scassa (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki) snatched the last slot of the 2nd row from Russian Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Yamaha Motorsport) in the final stages of Qualifying 2 for just 0.008 seconds. It was a difficult Q2 for Dutch star Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport), who will move off tomorrow from the 11th grid slot. Pata Honda's tough day was completed by Lorenzo Zanetti's 14th place: the Italian rider also crashed out, early on in the session, at Turn 1.

Times: 1. Lowes (Yamaha) 1'38.375 average 166.213 kph; 2. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1'39.018; 3. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'39.266; 4. Kennedy (Honda) 1'39.350; 5. Rolfo (MV Agusta) 1'39.445; 6. Scassa (Kawasaki) 1'39.544; 7. Leonov (Yamaha) 1'39.552; 8. Marino (Kawasaki) 1'39.661; 9. Ivanov (Kawasaki) 1'39.740; 10. Antonelli (Kawasaki) 1'39.815; etc.

Superstock 1000

Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Ducati) secured his first pole position of the season - the 3rd of his career in STK1000 - with a last lap effort which placed him 0.015 ahead of team mate Niccolò Canepa, who was first at the time. Reigning and defending champion Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) completes the front row for tomorrow's race and was the last rider in the timesheets to lap within the 1'38 bracket.

The top-3 riders swapped position throughout the session and the closeness of the times foresee a hard-battled race ahead.

Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), who scored his maiden STK1000 podium last time out at Aragon, bounced back from a crash sustained yesterday to head row 2 just a fraction ahead of Romain Lanusse (Team MRS Kawasaki) - currently in his rookie season after a year in World Supersport - and Ondrej Jezek (SK Energy - Fany Gastro Ducati), who improved late on to finish 6th.

Times: 1. La Marra (Ducati) 1'38.571 average 165.882 kph; 2. Canepa (Ducati) 1'38.586; 3. Barrier (BMW) 1'38.820; 4. Mercado (Kawasaki) 1'39.338; 5. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 1'39.450; 6. Jezek (Ducati) 1'39.872; 7. Savadori (Kawasaki) 1'39.880; 8. Gildenhuys (BMW) 1'40.136; 9. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'40.175; 10. Bergman (Kawasaki) 1'40.248; etc.

Superstock 600 – Race

Gauthier Duwelz (MTM Racing Team Yamaha) keeps full points lead in the standings after a close battle with his team mate Adrian Nestorovic to get on the top step of the podium in today's Superstock 600 European Championship Race at Assen. The young Belgian got the inside of Nestorovic to make a successful move entering the 'Geert Timmer', on the final lap, and rode the last meters ahead of him to cross the line in first place.

The two riders battled out during the 8-lap race, that was shortened straight after the first start because of crashes involving Dutch wild-card Rob Hartog (NIWA Racing Team Suzuki), Federico D'Annunzio (Pata by Martini Team) and Niki Tuuli (Tuuli Racing Yamaha), who broke his left medial malleolus in the process.

The last part of the race saw 5-way battle for the podium, but despite how close the racing was at the front the fight for the win was mostly about Duwelz and Nestorovic, with Swiss Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda) crossing the finish line in 3rd place side by side with Dutch wild-card Wayne Tessels (Wanyes Racingteam Suzuki).

Despite a late charge at the front - and the Fastest Lap of the race - Christian Gamarino (Team Goeleven Kawasaki) was 6th ahead of Dutch rider Tony Covena (Nito Racing Kawasaki).

Results: 1. Duwelz (Yamaha) 8 Laps/36.336 km in 13'49.706 average 157.658 kph; 2. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 0.182; 3. Chesaux (Honda) 0.384; 4. Tessels (Suzuki) 0.388; 5. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 0.610; 6. Coveña (Kawasaki) 3.891; 7. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 4.325; 8. Morrentino (Yamaha) 4.493; 9. Mulhauser (Yamaha) 12.532; 10. Casalotti (Yamaha) 13.250; 11. Marchal (Yamaha) 16.461; 12. Nocco (Kawasaki) 16.952; 13. Vavrous (Kawasaki) 17.318; 14. Salvadori (Yamaha) 17.440; 15. Basic (Yamaha) 17.615; etc.

Standings: 1. Duwelz 50; 2. Chesaux 32; 3. Nestorovic 31; 4. Coveña 30; 5. Mulhauser 20; 6. Gamarino 20; 7. Tessels 19; 8. Morbidelli 19; 9. Casalotti 14; 10. Morrentino 8; 11. Schmitter 7; 12. Marchal 5; 13. Nekvasil 5; 14. Nocco 4; 15. Tuuli 4; etc.

European Junior Cup

The second Pole Position of the PATA European Junior Cup, powered by Honda was claimed by Frenchman Guillaume Raymond (Activebike) who snatched the top spot with his final lap. Conditions at the historic Assen TT Circuit in northern Holland were cold but thankfully dry today, meaning the 35 riders all improved their lap times from yesterday.

Yesterday's pace setter Kevin Manfredi (Newton Trasformatori) was again at the sharp end but could only manage 7th at the flag as top honours today went to the flying Frenchman. Local wildcard rider Bo Bendsneijder was a brilliant second after holding top spot until the dying seconds, while Michael Canducci (Colors Experience) claimed the final front row position.

The Italian rider making it two front row starts in as many races. Row two will be headed by Adrien Pittet (Swisscare) who appears to be as fast in both wet and dry conditions this weekend. Peter Sebastyen (World Management) took 5th just ahead of his Hungarian compatriot Richard Bodis (Sparta Motorsport) who will complete the second row.

Times: 1. Raymond 1'57.203 average 139.512 kph; 2. Bendsneijder 1'57.713; 3. Canducci 1'58.543; 4. Pittet 1'59.091; 5. Sebestyen 1'59.278; 6. Bodis 1'59.289; 7. Manfredi 1'59.505; 8. Hubner 1'59.573; 9. Orellana 1'59.598; 10. Harland 1'59.895; etc.


Davies Down But Not Out In Holland

Aussie youngster Matt Davies has had a day of ups and downs at the 3rd round of the World Supersport championship in Assen today.

This mornings session couldn’t have gone any worse for the youngest rider in the series after a crash early on in free practice destroyed his PTR Honda meaning a complete bike rebuild before final qualifying.

His team worked hard for several hours which enabling the former European Junior Cup champion to qualify albeit further down the field that he was hoping.

The events of the day mean Davies will start tomorrow’s 21 lap race from the 11th row of the grid in 31st position.


SBK Stk600 - San Carlo Team Italia with two riders in the Top 15 in Assen

Morbidelli is 7th, Nocco 12th.

The red flag, due to several crashes without consequences during the first lap, nullified the good start by both riders who were respectively in 12th and 16th position after QP.

Morbidelli got off a good start the second time as well, behind the leading group with Duwlez in front. The race, shortened to just 8 laps, turns into a hard fight until the checkered flag and Morbidelli, after a hard move by Gamarino, goes wide and loses precious time, unable to cut the gap. The Italian has to settle for 7th place.

Nocco also put up a fight in the middle group, defending himself fiercely despite his 15 years of age against Casalotti, Marchal and Savadori. He was 12th in the end, after many overtakes.

Franco Morbidelli (Kawasaki ZX-6R #12) 7th 13'54"031

"During the first laps I was close to the leaders and trying to copy their lines to catch up. Once I've done that I was hit by Gamarino and lost some time. I was penalized by my lack of experience on this track and few laps done in dry conditions. I hope to make the most of the engine of my Kawasaki in Monza and pay the team back for all their efforts."

Alessandro Nocco (Kawasaki ZX-6R #81) 12th 14'06"658

"It could have gone better, but after practicing in the wet it wasn't easy to race in the dry. It was my first time in Assen and I made valuable experience for the future. I'm learning each time I go out, which is important. I'll try to do better in Monza."

Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"It was our first time here with these bikes and riders, and if we consider the difficult weather we can say we had a positive week-end. We accumulated experience, which will turn out to be useful in the future. We have our home race coming up in Monza and we'll be ready to improve our results."

Next UEM European Championship race will be in Monza, may 11

Supersport World Championship

Riccardo Russo will start from 6th row with in 17th position with a 1'40"286. Despite his place on the grid, the Italian is less than two second slower than Lowes, who was fastest today. With a good start, he can aim at running with the front. The race will begin at 13:30 (live on Italia2) SBK Stk600 - San Carlo Team Italia with two riders in the Top 15 in Assen

Morbidelli is 7th, Nocco 12th.

The red flag, due to several crashes without consequences during the first lap, nullified the good start by both riders who were respectively in 12th and 16th position after QP.

Morbidelli got off a good start the second time as well, behind the leading group with Duwlez in front. The race, shortened to just 8 laps, turns into a hard fight until the checkered flag and Morbidelli, after a hard move by Gamarino, goes wide and loses precious time, unable to cut the gap. The Italian has to settle for 7th place.

Nocco also put up a fight in the middle group, defending himself fiercely despite his 15 years of age against Casalotti, Marchal and Savadori. He was 12th in the end, after many overtakes.

Franco Morbidelli (Kawasaki ZX-6R #12) 7th 13'54"031

"During the first laps I was close to the leaders and trying to copy their lines to catch up. Once I've done that I was hit by Gamarino and lost some time. I was penalized by my lack of experience on this track and few laps done in dry conditions. I hope to make the most of the engine of my Kawasaki in Monza and pay the team back for all their efforts."

Alessandro Nocco (Kawasaki ZX-6R #81) 12th 14'06"658

"It could have gone better, but after practicing in the wet it wasn't easy to race in the dry. It was my first time in Assen and I made valuable experience for the future. I'm learning each time I go out, which is important. I'll try to do better in Monza."

Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"It was our first time here with these bikes and riders, and if we consider the difficult weather we can say we had a positive week-end. We accumulated experience, which will turn out to be useful in the future. We have our home race coming up in Monza and we'll be ready to improve our results."

Next UEM European Championship race will be in Monza, may 11

Supersport World Championship

Riccardo Russo will start from 6th row with in 17th position with a 1'40"286. Despite his place on the grid, the Italian is less than two second slower than Lowes, who was fastest today. With a good start, he can aim at running with the front. The race will begin at 13:30 (live on Italia2)


Round Number: 
3
Year: 
2013

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