Press release previews from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams for this weekend's Misano round of WSBK:
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Misano - Preview
Munich/Stephanskirchen, 06th June 2011. The FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Europe after contesting its USA round. Misano Adriatico, situated in close proximity to the Republic of San Marino, hosts the sixth round of the 2011 season during the forthcoming Whit weekend from 10th to 12th June. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport travels to the Adriatic with fond memories: Last year the team had good reason to celebrate at the Misano World Circuit after works rider Troy Corser (AUS) scored the team's first pole position before claiming its second podium placing.
Four weeks ago Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport completed a successful two-day test at Misano. In addition, the team took the opportunity of setting up the BMW S 1000 RRs entered for Troy and his team-mate Leon Haslam (GBR) for the race weekend.
After five of 13 race weekends, Leon (95 points) occupies fifth place in the riders' championship; Troy is 14th on 49 points. In the constructors' classification, which counts only each single best race result, BMW lies fourth with 117 points. In total Leon and Troy have to date this season scored 144 points for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
In Misano the team will welcome a prominent guest: Bobsleigh World Champion and World Cup winner Manuel Machata will visit Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. BMW is a technology partner of the German Bobsleigh Federation (BSD).
"I am looking forward to Misano. We tested there a few weeks ago, and that test went off very well. We found a good set-up for this upcoming weekend, and put in some pretty competitive lap times. I think we are well prepared for Misano. It can only go better than the last race weekend in the USA. We definitely need to take some more steps forward. Fingers crossed we will do so in Misano, but after our test I am confident.
Misano is a fast and flowing circuit. Troy had a successful race there last year, so I'm sure we can have a good result again. I am looking forward to the circuit. The temperature is normally warm, and that always plays a part. As long as we can find the right set-up I am feeling pretty confident."
"I like Misano, and have always had good results here. We tested here after the Monza race, which was very encouraging. We found a good set-up, so I am looking forward to the race weekend. I think Leon and I should have a pretty strong race. In the USA it was a bit of a let-down having those tyre issues in the first race after starting so strong. In the second race I made a mistake and went down, which was a shame as we could have had a good race.
The track in Misano is pretty fast, with the back straight being very important. The grip is quite good, but I think the temperature will be high at this time of year, so it could physically be a tough race. You don't get much rest except on the back straight, where you have about four seconds before turning in again. The rest of the track consists of a combination of corners, so you need to be very fit. But I am fit enough and the bike works well here, so I think we should get a good result."
Bernhard Gobmeier, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
"After the disappointing weekend in Salt Lake City we need to make up for lost ground in Misano. We are optimistic about the race; after all, Troy last year gave the team its first Superpole before claiming a podium placing for us. We plan to build on that."
Misano Adriatico is situated in Emilia-Romagna on Italy's Adriatic coast, and lies within close proximity of Rimini. This spa town has around 12,000 residents. The "Autodromo di Santamonica", a 3,488 kilometre circuit, was opened in 1972. Subsequently the complex was renamed "Misano World Circuit", and variously upgraded to its current 4,226 kilometre length.
In 1993 the circuit was lengthened for the first time - to 4,060 kilometres. Simultaneously a new pit complex was constructed, which was further extended in 1996/97. The winter of 2006/2007 saw the next major phase, during which the circuit was totally upgraded and a change in direction to clockwise was introduced. This facilitated improved run-off areas.
The FIM Superbike World Championship round at Misano is considered a classic, having been a fixture on the calendar since 1991. The MotoGP World Championship, too, regularly visits the Adriatic venue. Although Misano is situated on Italian soil, both world championship events are run under the flag of the nearby city-state San Marino.
The "Misano World Circuit" includes some challenging chicanes which demand good turn-in from bikes. In addition the circuit has interesting braking points which lie deep within corners. High top speeds are possible on the straight after "Tramonto", demanding courage and precision for the "Curvone" section. Overall the circuit flows well, and places a premium on good acceleration.
In 2010 Misano saw Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport achieve another important milestone: Works rider Troy Corser (AUS) scored the team's first pole position and its second podium in the FIM Superbike World Championship. Troy's lap time of 1:35,001 minutes achieved during the Superpole session marks the fastest-ever Superbike lap on the current Misano layout.
Kawasaki Riders Make It A Triple For San Marino Round
WSBK, Misano, Republic of San Marino, 7 June 2011
The official Kawasaki World Superbike entry will be back to full strength for round six of the championship, as Chris Vermeulen gets set to rejoin Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz at Misano.
Vermeulen missed the previous round in America to be fully fit for this forthcoming Misano outing and he proved at a recent test at Motorland Aragon that he should be ready to complete a full race weekend in Italy, despite suffering an additional elbow injury recently.
Lascorz also had an outing on his official Kawasaki Racing Team machine at the recent Aragon tests, albeit for a short time only, after he headed back from the Miller Motorsports Park round.
Sykes approaches this Misano race fresh from a top six finish in the first race at the previous Miller Motorsports Park round, looking for more double digit points scores at a circuit which could not be more different from the American venue.
Presently, Sykes is 13th overall in the standings, Lascorz is 15th and Vermeulen has yet to score due to his long-term recovery from a knee injury. The Pedercini Team Kawasaki pairing of Mark Aitchison and Roberto Rolfo will get back to work at Misano, the second Italian based round of the season for the Italian owned and operated team. Rolfo is ranked 17th at present, Aitchison 19th.
Located almost at sea level, the Misano International Circuit is the host venue for the San Marino round of the World Championship. Tight and twisty for the most part, Misano is a favourite with many riders and fans alike, partly for its location right on Italy's Adriatic holiday coast. Despite its obvious on and off circuit attractions it will be work all the way for all three official Kawasaki entrants until both 24-lap races are completed on Sunday 12 June. Then it will be a quick dash across southern Europe to Spain, for the Motorland Aragon event, which follows right on the heels of Misano.
Tom Sykes: "Misano was one of our least favoured tracks from 2010 but I am still confident about our chances. This year we have a better package to work with, and one which is improving with every race. There is still work to be done but every time I head to a new circuit I feel positive, so I am looking forward to Misano. After Miller we have even more ideas on how to improve the bike and bring something else to the table, both at Misano and at Aragon shortly afterwards."
Joan Lascorz: "I had a short test at Aragon recently and it was good to ride the bike again, even if I did not do so many laps. I learned some things there but the main thing is that I have some information for when we go back there to race. I do not know what will happen at Misano but I am thinking positive and we will work hard with the team. We have good potential there, and at other tracks too."
Chris Vermeulen: "We tested recently at Aragon, at the full Superbike track and it was good because I had never been there, which means I have learned the layout for that race which happens right after Misano. The first day I did 60 laps and the second day 72, so it wasn't too bad. We got a lot of work done and tried a lot of parts and settings. My previously injured knee is a lot better than it has been. I am feeling more and more back to my old self on the bike. The elbow I injured recently will also be a lot better when we get to Misano. Now I am just looking forward to getting to a racetrack I know well, on a bike I have tested and ridden a lot more now."
High Hopes For Kawasaki's High Fliers
WSS, Misano, Republic of San Marino, 7 June 2011
After a break in race action since Monza at the beginning of May neither Broc Parkes nor David Salom have had a WSS round to compete in - but Misano will see them return to race action afresh.
Only the Superbike World championship class made the long haul to Miller Motorsports Park recently but the Provec Motocard.com WSS team has been continuing with the overall race development programme, designed to help Broc and David towards greater success.
A recent development session at the team's designated test track of Motorland Aragon will stand them in good stead for the Spanish WSS round when it takes place there between 17 and 19 June, but the tests have also delivered improvements which will count at Misano.
Parkes has also spent some time recently staying fit and sharp at his team's base near Barcelona by training and riding Supermotard machinery, while Salom has continued his fitness programme at home in Mallorca.
The immediate aim for both official riders at Misano is simple; to peg back the championship lead enjoyed by Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa. Broc is currently third, only ten points from the joint leaders, while David is fifth, equal on points with the fourth placed rider.
In the Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki Team Massimo Roccoli is now ranked eighth in the championship fight and is about to race at his favourite circuit of all, Misano. His team-mate and fellow Italian Vittorio Iannuzzo is 12th in the standings after Monza.
Broc Parkes: "We had a good break from racing and then a good test at Aragon where we got to try lots of things on the bike. We worked on a few different suspension and engine settings so we had quite a lot to test. I have been staying in Barcelona with the team for a while, doing a lot of Supermoto riding and motocross, just keeping active. I feel 100% again now and I have been doing a lot of cycling and training. I really like Misano, I've had some good results there in the past and I love this time of year when summer is really starting in Europe."
David Salom: "After our test in Aragon I think we are in good shape. We had a positive test and tried new suspension and engine settings. It was a good time to have a track session. Misano, for me, is a happy circuit. It has bumps but that is no problem for me. In fact I would say it is a strong circuit for us, with a lot of corners and I think for the bike and me it could work out well."
Lowes going for glory at San Marino
PARKALGAR HONDA'S Sam Lowes is back to full fitness after breaking his collarbone at Assen in mid-April and will be going for victory at Misano in San Marino in Italy at the fifth round of the World Supersport Championship this Sunday June 12th.
Portuguese racer Miguel Praia broke a bone in his shoulder at the last round at Monza and this will be his first time back on his bike. He crashed while fighting inside the top 10 and will be aiming to recreate that form at Misano. There are practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday before the race starts at 1330CET on Sunday, June 12th.
Sam: "I am back to full fitness and cannot wait to get racing again, it seems a long time since Monza last month. I have learnt a lot in the first four races and want to use that to challenge for the win at Misano. The Parkalgar Honda is good enough and so am I, so it is full gas, I will be On It this weekend."
Miguel: "My shoulder is sore but I will do my best this weekend at Misano. Before my crash at Monza I was riding well and a personal best finish may have been possible. I have confidence in my Parkalgar Honda and want to get strong results for the rest of the season, the top 10 in the Championship remains my goal."
Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: "Sam did a fantastic job in Monza considering the pain he was in to grab fifth. We will be disappointed if he doesn't challenge for the victory and get on the podium at Misano.
"Miguel suffered a minor injury in Monza breaking a bone in his shoulder. It will make his weekend difficult at Misano but we hope that he can continue the run of good form he has shown all season and challenge inside the top 10."
Castrol Honda team seeks Misano bounce back
The Castrol Honda World Superbike Team is preparing for round six of the 2011 series, which takes place at Misano in Italy this weekend (10-12 June), and looking to bounce back from two disappointing races last time out at Miller Motorsports Park in the USA.
With both riders crashing out of race one, a solitary points-scoring finish – 11th place for Jonathan Rea in race two – was scant reward for the hard work of the whole team, which tested at the Salt Lake City circuit the week before the race.
However, Rea and his team-mate Ruben Xaus are confident that their respective crews can dial in a good setting for their Castrol Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades at the demanding 4.226km Misano circuit on Italy's north east Adriatic coast.
Despite many of the front-running SBK teams having tested at the circuit recently, confidence will be high going into the weekend as it is a favourite of both Castrol Honda riders. Misano was the scene of Rea's first World Superbike victory in 2009 and Xaus scored his most recent win there the season before.
Castrol Honda fans visiting Misano this weekend have a great opportunity to show their support by purchasing tickets for a special Honda grandstand. Those who buy a ticket will also receive a free Castrol Honda cap, T-shirt and key fob and 10 ticket numbers will be drawn to receive an exclusive Castrol Honda garage tour. Fans are invited to visit http://tribunesbk.it and click on the Honda link.
We've put the disappointment of Miller behind us now and I'm looking forward to getting on the bike again at Misano, where I have some good memories, even though we struggled a little last year. I know how hard the guys have been working on the data since they got back from America and I'm confident that they are as determined as I am to bounce back at Misano. Even though everyone has tested there, we'll go with a clean sheet and work methodically as we always do to get a good set-up for Sunday. It won't be easy, of course, but we need to get right back at the sharp end of the races and the championship.
Italy is like my second home and going back to Misano is always great for me. It's a fantastic circuit and I have had some good results there. After Miller, I did a customer event for Arlen Ness in China on the way back to Europe and was able to ride at the Zhuhai circuit with some customers, which was a great experience and kept me in a good rhythm. We did make some progress in America, even though the results did not reflect that, and we will start at Misano with a similar setting. We'll try to improve over the weekend and I'll be doing my best with the team to be fighting closer to the front on Sunday.
Ronald ten Kate – team manager
It's fair to say, of course, that Miller was a big disappointment to everyone in the team. Even though the bikes have gone directly from America to Misano, we've been working hard in all departments since we got back to the workshop last week, looking at all the data to find some solutions. We believe that we have a plan to rectify the problems at Miller and hope that it will put us back at the front of the field at the Adriatic course, as we approach the second half of the season.
World Superbike season heads for Adriatic Riviera races
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Tuesday 7 June 2011 - Just a few days after unusually wintery conditions at Miller Motorsports Park in the USA, the World Superbike teams and riders are heading for the warmer and hopefully sunnier climes of Italy's Adriatic Riviera for the sixth of the 13 rounds in this year's calendar. With the mid-point of the season rapidly approaching, Spain's Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) currently holds a healthy 61-point lead in the table over his Italian rivals Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team).
Last year Checa took home a second and a fifth place in the two races won by Biaggi, the 2010 champion who is still in with a good chance of retaining his crown. But this year, with six wins to his name (including two doubles), Checa is in spectacular form and will be going all out to maintain his advantage this weekend. Biaggi on the other hand is still searching for his first, elusive win this season on the Aprilia RSV4-R machine, and he will be required to call upon all his vast experience and character to bring an end to a series of episodes that have kept him down in third place overall in the standings.
Marco Melandri has already won once this year and his immediate aim will be to repeat that feat at Misano, all the while keeping one eye on Biaggi, who is just one point behind. In his post-Miller declarations, Melandri was not particularly optimistic about the chances of a good result at Misano but after seeing the win escape him at Monza, the man from Ravenna will be going all out to taste the champagne this weekend in front of his numerous home fans.
Ducati, Aprilia and Yamaha must be considered as favourites for the wins at Misano, but Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda), who scored a win here in 2009, and BMW Motorrad challenger Troy Corser, who scored a podium in race 1 last year, will surely also be at the business end of the grid.
Other riders aiming for podium places, if not more, will include Monza double winner Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team), Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), a podium finisher here last year albeit for a different team, and Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team). After their outstanding performances at Miller both Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli (Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati) now also form part of this elite group of contenders.
The Kawasaki Racing Team will be back up to full strength at Misano, with Chris Vermeulen, who missed the last round to focus on his recovery, joining Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz again, while James Toseland also takes another step along the road to full recovery for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team. His team-mate Italian Ayrton Badovini has been making real progress recently with a string of top 10 finishes, while Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) has recovered from his debilitating condition at Miller and will again be giving his all on the singleton entry Suzuki GSX-R1000 machine.
Two Italian wild-card entries complete the field, the Barni Racing Team Ducatis for Alessandro Polita and Matteo Baiocco.
Points (after 5 of 13 rounds): 1. Checa 195; 2. Melandri 134; 3. Biaggi 133; 4. Laverty 109; 5. Haslam 95; 6. Rea 94; 7. Camier 91; 8. Fabrizio 85; 9. Smrz 83; 10. Guintoli 54; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 202; 2. Aprilia 172; 3. Yamaha 171; 4. BMW 117; 5. Honda 98; 6. Suzuki 89; 7. Kawasaki 69.
San Marino Superbike prologue
The historic centre of the Republic of San Marino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be the scene Thursday morning for the traditional media event involving WSBK men and machines. The appointment is at 10.30 am at the San Marino Grand Hotel, from where a parade of 2011 race machinery will set off on a 300 metre long route through the San Marino streets before arriving in Piazza della Libertà. Here the riders, organizers and authorities will inaugurate the San Marino Superbike Expo, which will remain open until Sunday. This will then be followed by a press conference at the Grand Hotel.
The event will see the presence of Fabio Berardi, Segretary of State for Tourism and Sport of the Republic of San Marino; Paolo Ciabatti, SBK Superbike World Championship Director, Umberto Trevi, Vice-President of Santamonica Spa; Stefano Giannini, Mayor of Misano Adriatico, Amedeo Michelotti, President of the San Marino Motorcycling Federation and the following riders: Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia), Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad), Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati), Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare), Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki Racing Team), Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda), Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Racing Team).
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PREVIEW ROUND 06 JUNE 12 MISANO, SAN MARINO.
UPTURN ON THE CARDS FOR REA AND XAUS
Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea is eager to get to Misano for many reasons, not least that he won his first ever Superbike World Championship race at the circuit by the sea in 2009, while riding the predecessor of the Honda CBR1000RR that he campaigns this year. His fortunes took a downturn at the most recent round in the USA, but Jonathan is still only 15 points from the fourth place he had held since his race win at the Assen round, although championship leader Carlos Checa has now made something of a breakaway from all the riders ranged out behind him.
Now sixth in the standings, Rea knows that there is a lot of racing left in the 2011 season and also knows that his machine has the potential to win again after the most recent victory at Assen in April.
Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) was on course for his best weekend of the year at MMP until he struck two patches of bad luck and ended up scoring no points, but the 11-times race winner in this class had made a real breakthrough in finding a strong race set-up at that venue. Now he returns to one of his best circuits, scene of three of his career wins, Misano. He has taken victories in both clockwise and anti-clockwise versions of the twisty and compact circuit.
The challenge of Misano is one both Rea and Xaus know they can now meet with confidence, despite the record number of genuine contenders on the grid in 2011. After the Misano race weekend, the entire WSBK paddock will decamp and head straight to the next round at a new venue for this class, Motorland Aragon, in northern Spain.
WSBK Rider Comments
Jonathan Rea, Castrol Honda says: "I'm really looking forward to Misano and another type of circuit. I am also quite open minded about how the bike will perform there and hopefully we should be challenging for the podium. That is our aim there. Lot of our rivals have had a test at Misano, so that will make it a little more difficult. I am looking forward to at least some more consistent weather than we found in America, to maximise set-up time. I like the Misano circuit and it has good memories for me, because it is where I scooped my first superbike race win."
Ruben Xaus, Castrol Honda says: "I am really on fire again to go to Misano and try to finish what I started on the last race weekend at Miller. What I mean by that is to finish growing up with the team. When I was practicing at Miller we proved that we could do good lap times, even on a hard tyre, because we found a proper set-up for that. We found good rhythm in warm up and we were the fastest then, so we have shown a good progression. It didn't work out in the races in America, but my pace was strong and I could do positive things with the bike. I like Misano and I feel at home there. I think at Misano we can be in there again, but the competition is very tough this year. I am flying to this race with a good feeling."
World Supersport Preview – ROUND 5
Misano The Next Challenge For Honda Riders As Championship Seasons Restarts
With no Supersport World Championship race running alongside the Superbikes at Miller Motorsports Park recently, round five for the 600cc class will be another opportunity for Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) to shoot for a podium finish in 2011. He will find one less rival to deal with at Misano, as joint championship leader Luca Scassa (Yamaha) will not be allowed to ride this weekend, as he rode here earlier in the season during a race school session, and it is not his designated test circuit.
Privateer Harms was outgunned somewhat at the ultra-fast Monza last time out, but Misano should be a circuit that suits his machine very well, particularly as it will have some new developments that his team technical staff have been working on during the break. Robbin is currently fourth in the championship and intends to keep his top five status all the way to the final race at Portimao on October 16.
Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) has been a winner at Misano twice in this class, in 2002 and 2003. He currently sits sixth in the overall standings, having suffered a series of injuries early in the season, but now he feels he is in the best shape of the year as he approaches the San Marino round. A second and a third in the previous two races show Fabien is well on his way to competing for wins once again.
Despite only scoring in two races so far new WSS powerhouse Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) is seventh in the championship chase. The broken collarbone he suffered in race three of the season at Assen is now almost healed and the reigning British Supersport champion is ready to grit his teeth once again as he goes for his second podium of the year.
Foret's Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate Florian Marino is already in the running for the unofficial rookie of the year prize, the teenager from France having shown flashes of podium pace if not quite the full package and good fortune to be able to join the top three elite so far. He is now 9th overall, only a point behind Lowes.
James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) has been able to fill the gap between Monza and Misano with some track time at two British circuits and he approaches the Misano round with real confidence, despite suffering some bad luck during the Donington and Monza races.
Bad luck and incident have also stalked the talented Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda) in recent contests, but he is hoping to be fit enough to ride at full pace at Misano and get back into the top ten championship places. He cracked his left elbow after a crash at the Ascari chicane at Monza. Rea, no relation to Castrol Honda Superbike rider Jonathan, has already tasted podium champagne in 2011, at his home circuit of Donington, but that remains his only points score in the first four rounds.
Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) is in 14th place overall and he is followed in the rankings by Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda) in 15th and Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing Honda) 16th.
Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) has been a points scorer every time out for his team and he is 18th, one place up on Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda) and two places and five points ahead of his more experienced team-mate, Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda). Bastien Chesaux (MACH - Moto Academy Swiss Honda) is 21st after four races, Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) is 23rd.
WSS Rider Comments
Robbin Harms says: "It has been a long break for me because we did not get the chance to test the bike on track. We have been improving some technical stuff on the test bench and we hope it can give us some good results on the circuit. What we wanted was more midrange and that will be important at Misano. On the computer it looks good, we just need to test it in real life. I am looking forward to Misano compared to Monza! I think the layout will be better for us. For the rest of the year, if the changes to the bike prove to be better, our goal is to stay in the top five. When we have our bright days, I think it is possible. If we keep things stable, it is possible."
Fabien Foret says: "We have been on the podium in the past two races so my target is that again in Misano, but to be on the best place on the podium. My fitness is now much better and my injuries are almost gone. I am looking forward to riding my bike in better shape and being sharper, so I think we will be able to go for the win. There will be one less main rival competing at this race, which is bad for him, but obviously it makes things easier to get. We will see how the weather is, but in any case I will be doing my best and trying to win. This season has been tough and I hope all our efforts can be rewarded with a win."
Sam Lowes says: "My left shoulder is better, definitely getting better, and I have been out in Misano for the past few days to do some training. Not riding, as it is not our test track, but just doing fitness training. When the calendar came out I was gutted that we were not going to America, but it has worked out mega for me, because I feel I can be back to as fast as I was before my injury, pushing at the front. That is what we need to be doing because from now on we need to get some strong finishes and start to move up there if we are going to have a chance at the end of the year. I think we can do that now and I am looking forward to getting going after this break. If we get strong results in the next four races, it can all change around."
Florian Marino says: "Misano is OK for me, I rode there one time last year in the Superstock class. It was OK and for sure I want to improve this year in the races. I hope to get into position to be with the leaders of the race. I am happy with the way things are going. I have missed some experience when it has come to the races and two or three things about the settings on the bike, but now I am concentrating only what happens on raceday at Misano."
James Ellison says: "I am feeling really good and looking forward to this weekend. I have not been there before, racing in the current direction at least. Sam Lowes has said he will help me around for the first half a lap! I have been playing Misano on the Playstation game to learn where the corners go, and it usually helps a little bit. I just want to get on with it. I have been out on my bike since Monza, one session at Mallory in England then a track day at Donington. I'm in good spirits, and it has been good to get out on the bike again. I hate not riding regularly so it has been good to get out after the last round at Monza."
Gino Rea says: "The left elbow I injured at Monza is OK, not too bad, and I have been having physio to help it along. I didn't want to have a cast on it just to keep moving and let it heal naturally. It is still store but I'm getting strength back into it. We should have made some changes to the bike for Misano, which should be better than the previous version. We just need some clear track time and set-up time. I really want to have smoother weekend than at Monza and get a good set-up from the first day."