Yet more press releases from World Superbike and World Supersport teams in the run up to Misano. This time, from Yamaha, Bogdanka, Alstare Suzuki, Althea Ducati, the WSBK press office, and a video preview from Castrol Honda:
ALSTARE SUZUKI READY FOR MISANO WSB
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 7.
The sixth round of this year's Superbike World Championship takes place in Misano this weekend and Team Alstare Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio is looking forward to his second 'home' round of the series.
The Italian has recovered from his 'flu and the badly bruised and battered left leg he suffered when he was hit by Spaniard Ruben Xaus in the first race in the last round at Miller Motorsports Park in America.
"I didn't feel anywhere near right throughout the race weekend in the USA and it was a big struggle, especially during practice and qualifying. I arrived in America feeling pretty rough - because of something one of my children had passed on to me - and on race day I guess I was about 80% fit. It then didn't help when I was taken out in the first race and injured my left thigh and leg. But that injury made me more determined in the second race and I really enjoyed the fight - especially with Laverty towards the end of the race. If there had been one more lap, I would've passed him for sure.
"I don't feel any extra pressure racing in Misano, even though people regard it as a 'home' race for me. I know that I will have a lot of friends and fans there, but it is just another race track and I want to do well at every race track I go to. For me, the season so far has been hard, but we all knew that before it began and I think we have surprised a few people along the way. I am pretty happy with how things have gone and I am so much more comfortable on the bike now then I was at the start of the season.
"Miller was the first time that I had really ridden in the wet and it was a very different experience and one that took a bit of getting used to. I am hoping that Misano will be dry and that I can do better in qualifying and Superpole than in the USA. As I said before, this series is so competitive that you have be on the first two rows of the grid if you are to have any chance of a podium. So my aim is to be on the first two rows of the grid, make good starts and get on the podium. I was on the podium at Misano last year, so it would be good to be on it again this year."
Yamaha World Superbike Team Set Out for Round Six on the Italian Riviera.
Just less than two weeks after the US calendar stop off in Salt Lake City, the Yamaha World Superbike Team are preparing for Round Six of the championship, closer to home on the well know Italian Romagnola Riviera. Misano, situated on the Adriatic coast is to host the second of three Italian rounds on the 2011 World Superbike Championship, this weekend. This stop-off marks the home race for Marco Melandri, who is based just over 30 minutes from the track. The Misano World Circuit, formerly known as the International circuit of Santa Monica, has undergone massive renovations over the years since Melandri first became acquainted with the layout in the early days of his racing career, with the most recent modifications in 2007. The newly renovated and modernized track has ten right turns, six left turns and 1850 metres of straights. The most significant changes were made to the Del Rio and Del Carro turns to ensure improved safety but also a reversal in the direction of travel from anticlockwise to clockwise is an added feature.
Marco Melandri experienced a less than perfect race weekend in Miller, USA where he struggled to find a suitable set up providing sufficient stability to be on top form. Intent on capitalizing on his familiarity with the track, Melandri is confident that Misano is the ideal place to bounce back and display his true potential, gain valuable points and re-confirm his position in the World standings where he currently sits in second place behind Carlos Checa. Team-mate Laverty is also familiar with the track where he has been victorious on the Supersport bike in previous years. The Irishman, currently fourth in the classification after climbing even further up the ladder at Miller, is determined to continue on the consistently strong and competitive path which has been evident in the previous races and deliver another victory on his powerful YZF-R1.
Yamaha World Superbike Team
"I'm delighted to be heading to Misano. It's really near home for me and it's a track I like and I know really well. I've ridden the track many times since I first started riding when I was a kid. Ive also always had relatively good results there in the past and I think it's the perfect track where I can get over the difficult weekend I had in the USA and put that behind me. The team and I have since had the chance to work out what the problem was in Miller and I'm pretty sure we are heading in the right direction. I'm really looking forward to trying my Yamaha R1, hopefully to our full potential, this weekend in Misano."
Yamaha World Superbike Team
"I'm really looking forward to Misano. Last year on the Supersport bike I won the race with a significant margin so I have fond memories. Some of the Superbike teams have tested there earlier in the season so it'll definitely be a challenging race weekend. It's really important for me to continue on the good run that I've been on since Monza so I'll be pushing my hardest and doing my best to get back on the podium again. I'm particularly excited about riding my Superbike through the fast section at the end of the back straight. That was very enjoyable on the Supersport bike and I'm sure it will be even more so on my R1."
Misano technically speaking according to Silvano Galbusera
Marco Melandri's crew chief
"In Miller, Marco struggled to get the right feeling with the front of the bike, so after analyzing the data we gathered there we have a good idea of how to improve on this. We know the Misano World Circuit quite well. It's a track that requires good rear grip and bike handling. We'll start with our base setting which is similar to that used in Donington and see where to go from there, depending on the weather conditions. We also intend trying a different traction control setting to improve tyre life ahead of Sunday's races. Let's hope the weather will be good!"
Misano technically speaking according to Frankie Carchedi
Eugene Laverty's crew chief
"Misano is a technically difficult track which requires a good set-up for the higher track temperatures. Our recent changes in making Eugene comfortable on the bike will be important as it is a track which is physically demanding as there is no time to rest during a lap. We made good improvements on the front suspension during Miller and will be looking to improve this further. We will start with our base set-up on one bike and on the other we have a different link to try and absorb the bumps better. During the last three races only Carlos has scored more points than Eugene, our target is to continue this consistency and try and gain more valuable points towards the championship."
Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
"It will be important to try and reduce the gap between both Marco and Eugene and Checa who is in the lead. I hope we'll get stable weather conditions for the weekend in order to provide the riders with enough track time to enable their crews to find the ideal race set up ahead of Sunday's races but also and very importantly to have sufficient consistent track conditions to guarantee that the tyres are providing the stable performance expected and required over the full race distance."
Davies Eager to get Back to Business on his R6 in Misano
With just over a month off since the last round of the World Supersport calendar in Monza, the Yamaha Parkingò Team is geared up and all ready to hit the Adriatic coast for this weekends racing in Misano. Following the high of the spectacular double podium at the teams home race in Monza, Chaz Davies and his team are aiming to replicate victory at the second of the three Italian rounds while Luca Scassa is forced to sit it out following an infringement of the regulations prior to the last round in Monza.
Chaz Davies began the season in less than perfect fashion in Australia being forced to retire from the race, losing out on the opportunity to gain precious points. The Brit has since made up for this with two race victories and a second in the last three rounds to comfortably take him to the top of the 2011 Championship standings, a place he stares with team-mate Scassa. Davies is eager to head to Misano, get back on his powerful R6 machine which has delivered two consecutive victories, confident on his ability to pocket the third win of the season and reconfirm his leading status.
Scassa will be present in Misano to encourage his team mate while losing out on precious points and inevitably risking his position in the standings. The Italian was refused entry to the race by the Superbike race direction following an error on the rider's behalf, unaware that conducting his riding school in Misano was an infringement of the regulations. Scassa is disappointed but further motivated to be back with a blast in Arragon next week as competitive as ever, on a track he recently successfully tested with his YZF - R6.
The Yamaha ParkinGò Team have spectacularly won all four rounds of the 2011 World Supersport championship so far and have sights on making it an impressive five in a row this weekend in Misano.
AFTER A DOUBLE WIN AT MILLER, THE ALTHEA RACING TEAM HEADS TO ITALY AND MISANO.
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Wednesday 8th June 2011: the Superbike circus stops off at the Misano World Circuit this coming weekend for the sixth round of the World Championship, just two weeks after Salt Lake City's fifth round.
Team Althea Racing and rider Carlos Checa head to the Misano World Circuit with a 61 point lead in the championship standings, an advantage that was extended thanks to two race wins at the latest Salt Lake round.
Carlos' best Superbike results came last season with Althea Racing when he achieved a podium and a fifth place finish. Coming right after Carlos' favourite track Miller, Misano is another track that the Spanish rider enjoys and where he hopes to obtain two strong results this coming weekend.
At the same time Althea Racing's two Superstock riders, Davide Giugliano and Lorenzo Baroni, prepare for the third round of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, taking place this weekend at the same Misano track.
"Misano is a strong track for us. We carried out testing here after the Monza race and the results were very positive, very constructive. During those tests we made some improvements to the bike and so I'm feeling very confident ahead of this next race. It will depend on the tyres that will be made available; we'll see if they provide the same sensation as we had in testing. We know who will be strong, it's a track where Melandri, Biaggi and Corser go very well – it will undoubtedly be a close race! I'm hoping for good weather as, after the unstable conditions at Miller, it would be nice to race in the sun."
Checa's Superbike form at Misano:
2010: Race 1- 2nd, Race 2 – 5th
2009: Race 1 – 11th, Race 2 – 5th
2008: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 8th
Country: Italia Circuit: Misano World Circuit Length: 4.226 km Pole Position: left Race distance: 24 laps/101.424 km
LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1'36.546 (2010). Superpole – Corser (BMW) 1'35.001 (2010).
2010 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Checa (Ducati); 3. Corser (BMW). Race 2 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 2. Haslam (Suzuki); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati)
Bogdanka back in action at Misano
BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's James Ellison and Pawel Szkopek are gearing up for San Marino with the World Supersport Championship returning to action after a five week summer break.
Currently tenth in the overall standings, Ellison targets another strong result while Szkopek will be out for more points following his best ever finish at Assen. Superstock 1000's Marcin Walkowiak is confident too following the team's successful tests in the UK.
James Ellison: "The last time I've been to Misano was in 2003 and the track went the other way around but it looks like good fun and has both fast and tight sections. I'm very confident and want to be up there fighting for a top three result - that's where we need to be. I've been busy since Misano, training hard as well as doing some testing at Donington and Mallory Park and I can wait for the race."
Pawel Szkopek: "After the tests in the UK I'm very, very optimistic ahead of Misano. It's a new track for me but I'm sure I will learn my way around quickly and I'm very confident and highly motivated. The team did a fantastic job during testing and worked very hard to give me the best bike possible. I'm really looking forward to the weekend and racing again after the summer break."
Marcin Walkowiak: "We've tested both at Misano and Aragon earlier this season so I'm feeling confident ahead of the two upcoming rounds. We've also tested at Mallory and Donington Park lately and I'd like to thank James and the whole team for their help. James rode my bike and helped me to improve the setup so I'm sure this will help me to go faster."
Simon Buckmaster: "All three Bogdanka PTR Honda racers tested in the UK during the break and we are expecting improvements all round. James is more focused on what he needs to do to get the most from his race bike, there is a lot more to come from him. Pawel has found extra speed and now he needs to be more consistent. James has improved Marcin's bike considerably and we look forward to seeing how Marcin uses that."
Misano hosts full support programme together with World Superbike
Misano Adriatico, Wednesday 8 June 2011 – The FIM Superbike World Championship weekend will be at its very best this coming weekend for the San Marino Round, with a full programme of supporting events, including World Supersport, Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and UEM European Superstock 600 Championship, following the sole appearance of the Superbike category at the last round in the USA.
The forced absence of Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO) from the fifth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will give a great opportunity to his team-mate Chaz Davies, currently level on points with the Italian at the top of the table, to make the break. This time round both Kawasaki and Honda will be trying to interrupt the sequence of four successive Yamaha wins (two for Scassa, two for Davies), with Honda probably having the best chance. The CBR600 is getting closer all the time, as demonstrated by a second and third place at Assen and Monza for Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate), yet the best Honda in the standings is currently the Harms Benjan Racing Team version of Denmark's Robbin Harms in fourth.
So far the Kawasakis have failed to live up to pre-season expectations, but Broc Parkes and David Salom are actually third and fifth respectively with their Motocard.com bikes, the Australian twice finishing on the podium. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) scored his only Supersport win at Misano and the local man from Rimini will be aiming to go well in front of his numerous home fans. It's also the home track for the promising young Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service Yamaha), while the 38-strong grid is boosted by a massive flux of wild-cards and one-event entries including Italian champion Ilario Dionisi (Honda Italia) and Stefano Cruciani and Mirko Giansanti (Kawasaki Italia), as well as series regular Danilo Dell'Omo on the Suriano Racing Team Triumph.
Points (after 4 rounds of 12): 1. Davies 70; 2. Scassa 70; 3. Parkes 60; 4. Harms 43; 5. Salom 42; 6. Foret 36; 7. Lowes 27; 8. Roccoli 26; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha 100; 2. Honda 68; 3. Kawasaki 60; 4. Triumph 14.
There are eight Italian riders in the top 10 (and 11 in the top 15) in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup standings, a clear demonstration of the validity of the latest generation of Italian talent. The opening two rounds of the FIM Cup were won by Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) and Lorenzo Zanetti (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team), first and third in the table. In second place can be found Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Ducati), on the podium at Assen. The top 5 positions are completed by Andrea Antonelli (Lorini Honda) and Michele Magnoni (Baru Racing BMW), in fourth and fifth.
All eyes will also be on Lorenzo Baroni (Althea Racing Ducati), former champion Niccolò Canepa (GOELEVEN Kawasaki) and Fabio Massei (Piellemoto BMW), while the best non-Italian riders, including Frenchman Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team), Australian Bryan Staring (Pedercini Kawasaki) and the young German Markus Reiterberger (Garnier Alpha Racing Team BMW) are also aiming to be amongst the protagonists.
Points (after 2 rounds of 10): 1. Giugliano 45; 2. Petrucci 33; 3. Zanetti 32; 4. Antonelli 18; 5. Magnoni 16; 6. Barrier 16; 7. Baroni1 3; 8. Canepa 13; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 45; 2. BMW 41; 3. Kawasaki 20; 4. Honda 18; 5. Yamaha 4.
No joy so far for Italian riders in the junior Superstock category, with the wins going to Dutchman Michael Van der Mark (Ten Kate Junior Team Honda) and Frenchman Romain Lanusse (MRS Yamaha Racing France). At Monza Bernardino Lombardi (Martini Corse Yamaha) scored a positive second place and is the leading Italian in the category, while Racedays Kawasaki's Joshua Day is also showing promise. Nine wild-cards and one-event entries are expected to boost the 24 regulars on the starting-grid, with the best of the bunch at their home track expected to be Franco Morbidelli (Forward Racing Jr Yamaha), Giuliano Gregorini (RCGM Team Yamaha) and Luca Vitali (Forward Racing Jr team Yamaha).
Points (after 2 rounds of 10): 1. Lanusse 45; 2. Lombardi 33; 3. VD Mark 31; 4. Day 23; 5. Russo 20; 6. Calero Perez 17; 7. Metcher 16; 8. Morbidelli 13; etc.
The weekend programme is completed with an interesting support race at Misano, the first of two in the Two Countries Cup, between Superstock riders from Italy and Russia. Around 30 riders are entered from the two countries for this opening round and the return match is scheduled for August 21 at the new Canyon Circuit in Kazan (Russia).