Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the races at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Best ever result for Sam
PARKALGAR HONDA'S Sam Lowes took a best ever second place in the sixth round of the World Supersport Championship at Aragon in Spain after enjoying a race long fight for the win right to the chequered flag.
Miguel Praia starting from 15th rode well and won a thrilling last corner dice to take ninth by just 0.001seconds. The next round of the Championship is at Brno in the Czech Republic on 10th July, however, Sam is in action again next weekend Sunday 26th June at the Mallory Park Race of the Year.
Sam: "It's been a decent weekend. I suffered a couple of crashes that were my mistakes but I have scored my best ever finish as well. I struggled to keep pace at the start but as the tyres wore it came back to me and I was sitting in third. I was on the limit and then it was unfortunate for Broc to crash. Chaz then picked up his pace and I couldn't see where I could overtake. It's another podium and that is good - I just want to get riding again now and can't wait for Mallory Park next weekend to be racing at home."
Miguel: "That was a good hard race and I am really happy to take ninth place right at the end. My Parkalgar Honda was good and I was able to run very consistent lap times and towards the end I got a good top 10 finish. My shoulder injury is much better and now I am looking forward to racing at Brno."
Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: "Sam aggravated his shoulder injury in a small crash this morning and that meant he couldn't change direction quick enough to get into the draft on the straight. He composed himself well and rode a great race - his best ever result, it is only a matter of time before he wins.
"Miguel rode a good race. At one point he was six seconds behind Marino and he kept his cool and simply reeled him in. It was Miguel's best ride of the year, a great job."
Pawel picks up points in Spain
BOGDANKA PTR HONDA'S Pawel Szkopek scored a brilliant 13th place and three points at the sixth round of the World Supersport Championship at Aragon in Spain - just one position behind his best ever.
James Ellison on the other Bogdanka PTR Honda made a good start and was moving up the field on lap two when we was forced to retire with a brake problem. Marcin Walkowiak finished 19th in his season best performance on the Bogdanka PTR Honda 1000cc Superstock racer.
The next round of the Championship is at Brno in the Czech Republic on 10th July, however, James is in action again next weekend Sunday 26th June at the Mallory Park Race of the Year.
Pawel: "I did not get a great start but did not panic. Instead, I rode my own race and as the laps went by I caught up a lot of riders. 13th is my second best result ever and I am very happy. This is a good day for Bogdanka PTR Honda."
James: "I felt good and was passing riders when my brakes faded and I was forced to retire. We had found some pace for the race and I think if I had been able to finish the top five was possible. It is disappointing but we will get stronger from here."
Marcin: "I targeted the top 20 in the race and achieved it. This is an important step forward for us and thank you to my team for working so hard - and I think we can see continue to get better from here."
Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: "Pawel got a bad start but he kept his head and got in the points. It is his second points scoring finish and a good effort.
"James retired when his brakes faded badly and there is no doubt the pads in his bike are glazed. It is disappointing because he was a top six finisher for sure, the early lap times show that.
"Marcin improved a lot and is now in the top 20. We need to build on that and are looking for him to challenge for the points. He's made a big step in performance this weekend."
Hannspree riders battle for top ten points in Spain
Fabien Foret and Florian Marino both recorded top ten finishes in today's six round World Supersport championship race at Motorland Aragon in Spain but they were not the results either had hoped for.
Coming into the weekend without any significant set-up data after a sub-zero winter test, temperatures in the mid-thirties did not help the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team achieve an optimum setting for the riders' CBR600RR machines.
The race was one by Britain's Chaz Davies but, with other series contenders Broc Parkes and Luca Scassa both crashing out of contention and with six rounds still to go, the championship is far from over.
Foret sits in fifth place after finishing seventh in today's 18-lap race around the 5.344km Aragon circuit, while his team-mate Marino finished tenth to stay in ninth overall in the series.
Fabien Foret – 7th
This weekend has been a bit o f a nightmare. We couldn't find a setting to suit the track or my riding style, or both. I thought we had found a little something in warm-up but we made another small change before the race and I don't know whether it was that or the heat, but I didn't really get a good feeling. There weren't really many positive points to the race and, although I tried hard everywhere, the lap times weren't there. We'll just put this one behind us and think about the next race, which I'm sure will be an improvement.
Florian Marino – 10th
It's the second bad weekend for us and I'm so sorry for my mechanics and the whole team. It's a shame because we don't deserve this result – our place is at the front. We changed the setting a little for warm-up and the race but it still wasn't going how I want. The start was OK but I made a big mistake at the hairpin and I l ost a lot of time. Then I got into a group just behind Fabien but I could only stay with them for five or six laps. I was having to push so hard that I got quite tired towards the end. Now we have a couple of weeks to rest and prepare for Brno, which is a place I like very much. I was second last year in Superstock and I won there with the Red Bull Rookies, so I will be hoping for better things there, for sure.
Ronald ten Kate – team manager:
Well it's not been the weekend we had hoped for after last week's fantastic ride from Fabien. We were not able to find a setting that would allow either rider to push for the lap times that were required in qualifying or in the race today. We found something in warm-up this morning and made a couple of changes in the same direction, but maybe the increased temperature caused them not to work. We've played catch-up all weekend and that's been reflected in the r esults. Now we head to Brno where we already have an idea what works, so we're looking forward to that now.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Aragon - Races
Another injury to works rider, Troy Corser (AUS), overshadows this race day at Motorland Aragón (ESP) for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. On the first lap of the second race, Troy was hit by a competitor and fell. As his left arm was painful, he was taken to the Medical Centre. The x-ray showed that he had broken both the ulna and radius in his left forearm. Troy will now return to the United Kingdom for further examinations and treatment.
In today's first race, the team was able to make the best of its difficult situation. After experiencing bad luck and some issues in yesterday's Superpole qualifying, works riders, Leon Haslam (GBR) and Troy, had to start from 14th and 16th positions respectively. Troy had a very good start and made up six places so was up to tenth, while Leon improved to 12th. Both were able to do very consistent lap times with their BMW S 1000 RRs. In the latter stages of race one Leon and Troy enjoyed an exciting battle, crossing the line in ninth and tenth. In the second heat – his 100th race in the FIM Superbike World Championship – Leon made a brilliant start and moved up to seventh. This time he had a good, long fight with Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), crossing the line in front of the Italian in ninth position. The races were won by Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi.
After seven rounds of the 2011 season, Leon is currently sixth in the riders' championship (120 points), Troy lies in 15th (55 points). In the manufacturers' standings BMW is fourth with 153 points.
BMW Motorrad congratulates BMW S 1000 RR rider Lorenzo Zanetti (ITA) for another podium in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race. The rider from the BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team fought for victory until the last corner and finished second. In all, four BMW riders finished in the top ten: Lorenzo, his team mate Sylvain Barrier (FRA / fifth), Markus Reiterberger (GER / seventh) from the Garnier Alpha Racing Team and Fabio Massei (ITA / tenth) from Team Piellemoto.
Result Race 1: 9th / Gap to 1st: 00:24.205 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 2:00.084 min
Result Race 2: 9th / Gap to 1st: 00:24.184 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 2:00.783 min
"It has been another tough weekend for us. In race one I did not get a good start and left myself with a lot of work to do. I felt like I had the pace to run with the second group of riders who were fighting for fourth, but I made a mistake on lap one and was not able to bridge the gap. However, I worked hard, made up some places and finished the race in ninth. In race two I got a better start, the one I was hoping for in the first race. Sadly I did not have a good feeling on the bike, as we went for a softer tyre and I did not have the same level of grip, but I had a good battle with Ayrton. We just have to go through the data now and get ready for the next one."
Result Race 1: 10th / Gap to 1st: 00:24.694 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 2:00.603 min
Result Race 2: DNF
"I braked at the end of the back straight, passed two other riders and braked a bit late. I overshot the last corner and went straight for a bit. When I turned in I saw Maxime Berger coming. I could see that his rear wheel was off the ground when he was braking and he just went straight into me. I am not blaming him. It was my fault for being off the track. It was just unlucky, really. But I am happy that I only suffered a broken arm, after the injury that I just suffered a week ago. I do not have any bruises, nothing is sore and my neck is fine."
Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
"We have to forget this weekend as soon as possible. From the first practice session on it did not work so well for us, and the race results are not as good as we had hoped for. But on a weekend like this results are secondary. After Troy's heavy crash all that matters is now that he recovers from his injuries and returns to full fitness as soon as possible. We will support Troy during his recovery as much as we can. After two back-to-back-races we now have two weekends without racing before we go to Brno. The whole team has worked really hard and I want to thank all of them for that."
CHECA (ALTHEA RACING) DEFENDS HIS SBK LEADERSHIP STATUS WITH A THIRD PLACE FINISH IN RACE 2 AT HOME TRACK ARAGON
Alcaniz (Spain), Sunday 19th June 2011: the Althea Racing team and rider Carlos Checa gave their all this afternoon at Motorland Aragon, taking a third place finish in Race 2 that was particularly appreciated by the Spanish fans at Carlos' home track.
In Race 1 Althea Racing's rider found himself in third place through the first corners. Even though his pace in the opening laps was not particularly quick, he improved a lot from the third lap onwards, finding his rhythm and recording very fast times, each lap quicker than the last. Chasing down Melandri and Biaggi, who had an advantage of around 1.5 seconds but a pace slightly slower than that of the Spaniard, Carlos made the quickest lap of the race overall on the seventh lap (1m58.862), a new lap record. Unfortunately in the second split of the eighth lap Checa was victim of a highside that signified the end of his race, though the rider was fortunately unhurt in the incident and able to participate in the second race of the day.
In the second race, even though he lost a couple of positions off the line, he immediately made them back up by passing Camier, Fabrizio and Sykes in the space of two laps, to place himself third at the fifth lap. Unfortunately the distance between him and race leaders, Biaggi and Melandri, was too big and despite his best efforts Checa was unable to reach them. In the final stages he began to suffer from a drop in tyre performance; the bike slid around, his times increased as a result and the Spanish rider had to content himself with third position.
After the seventh round of the championship, Team Althea Racing and Carlos Checa continue to lead; Checa holds 261 points and an advantage of 43 over Biaggi in second. Ducati leads the manufacturer's championship with 273 points to Aprilia's 257.
"I am disappointed because it would have been fantastic to win here in front of the Spanish fans. We didn't need the Race 1 crash. I was pushing hard to close the gap between me and the leader and I slipped. I was slowly catching them and so I'm sorry because it could have been a great race. I don't know if I would have been able to win but I wanted to at least catch them. Anyway this is racing and I was lucky to be able to take part in race 2, despite some shoulder pain. This was a lesson today and I will learn from it. We changed the tyre for Race 2 and this was an intelligent decision but I wasn't able to close the gap that opened between me and the leaders. In the final stages the bike began to move around and I couldn't gain any more ground. I am however satisfied. We know that we're in great shape, me, the team, the bike and we'll go the the next round at Brno where we'll continue to fight for race wins and for the championship."
Genesio Bevilacqua, General Manager of Althea Racing
"It was a bit of a difficult weekend, unforeseen. Unfortunately we suffered a DNF in race one when Carlos slipped and he also injured his shoulder which probably made a difference to his race 2 performance too. We made a strong choice with regard to tyres for the first race and I think we would have had a good chance. The crash came at an important point of the season but these things happen, also to our rivals. We trust that Carlos will bounce back quickly, particularly physically speaking. The season is still long but I believe that we can fight back from Brno onwards and make our best races yet because we will be even more motivated."
XAUS OUT OF LUCK AND POINTS AT HIS HOME RACE
Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) endured a tough weekend as the FIM Superbike World Championship visited the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain for the first time. The Spanish rider was out of luck and the points at his home round. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha) shared the honours on the day as they went 2-1 and 1-2 respectively.
Xaus just failed to make superpole qualifying on Saturday and his fortunes did not improve early on race day as he finished race one ranked in 16th position, thanks to an off track excursion. He pulled out of race two with issues that affected traction from the rear and grip from the front on the extremely hot track surface, which reached 53 degrees Celsius.
Much of the data the team had gathered during a short winter test at Motorland proved to be of very little use as the conditions were so different in the heat of race day. Finding workable solutions to allow Ruben to compete at the level he and his CBR1000RR are capable of were not helped by the team being without his regular team-mate, and Assen race winner, Jonathan Rea.
The team now heads to Brno for the eighth round with expectations to improve the base set-up to allow Ruben to ride to the maximum and score more valuable points in the championship. Ruben is 16th overall, on 44 points. Rea, recuperating from injuries picked up at Misano, maintained his overall eighth position in the points table.
World Championship leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) lost some ground to chasing riders Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha) as each took one Aragon win and one second place respectively. Biaggi's team-mate Leon Camier was third in race one, as Checa crashed out, but the points leader finished race two in third place. In the championship, Checa now has 261 points, Biaggi 218 and Melandri 195.
SECOND PLACE FOR LOWES MOVES HIM TO SIXTH OVERALL
Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) got to within 0.564 seconds of the race win at Motorland Aragon, but still gained 20 points for second place and moved into sixth place in the overall standings, one place behind his fellow CBR600RR rider Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Fabien was seventh today, finding some set-up issues holding him back, and leaving him in the same position he had qualified in.
Fabien now sits fifth in the championship and the top ranked Honda rider, two points ahead of Sam. Second place was Lowes personal best so far and his third career podium. He had been third on the grid.
After race long leader and pole man Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) had crashed out, Chaz Davies (Yamaha) won his third race of the year to take the championship lead with 105 points. David Salom (Kawasaki) was third in his home race and he is also now third in the championship, just behind Parkes.
A solid block of Honda riders were ranged out between sixth and 13th in the race results at the 5.344km long Motorland circuit. Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda) finished sixth, his best placing since his podium finish of third at Donington Park in late March. Behind seventh place finisher Foret, privateer Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda) battled against faster machines on the long straight to take eighth place and go seventh in the championship.
Despite the continuing pain and weakness from a recent shoulder injury, Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) posted ninth, only just heading off young talent from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team, Florian Marino.
Ever-improving riders Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda) and Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) went 11h and 12th respectively, while Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) posted his own strong result in 13th place, equalling his previous best.
The last point on offer went to Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda). Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda) just missed out on scoring points, finishing in 16th place.
James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) was the first rider to retire with braking problems causing him to overshoot and then lose force and feel from his brake lever.
The next round for both Superbike and Supersport classes is at Brno, in the Czech Republic, on July 10th.
Honda rider comments:
Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda)
Race result: 16th / DNF Championship position: 16th
"It's been incredibly difficult this weekend, which is, of course, very disappointing for the team and especially for me as I wanted to put on a good performance for all my family, friends and fans who have come to support me here. There has not really been one individual issue this weekend – more a combination of different problems and I can only say that we'll work tirelessly to start and finish at Brno in a better way than we were able to here."
Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 2nd. Championship position: 6th
"I fell in warm-up and hurt my shoulder again, but it did not affect me too much in the race. After the flag it was hurting a lot, but it is not an excuse. The team did a fantastic job because in the first session I was struggling here. The bike set-up was a long way off and I did not have a good feeling, but we just worked more and more. I knew I would have to hang on in there for the first half of the race because the bike was not working mega on fresh tyres. As soon as they bedded in I knew we were in with a chance. The leaders upped the pace and I could do the times, but I just couldn't make a pass. I'm really happy and massive thank you to the team. I am really enjoying my racing. To have a third and a second in these past two races is great."
Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 7th. Championship position: 5th
"This weekend has been pretty much like a nightmare, as we didn't find the settings to suit the track or to suit my riding style. I thought we had found a solution in the warm-up but, maybe it is because of the heat this afternoon, the little change we made meant I had no feeling. I tried hard anyway, but I could not make it and my lap times were not so good. I just want to move on."
Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 6th. Championship position: 10th
"Rubbing is racing but it was a bit annoying that a last hairpin incident lost me a place. I made a clean pass up the inside and hardly ran wide but then Tamburini used me as a berm and there was nothing I could do to get him back. It was frustrating because we could have been in the top five. Even if we were not, we should be a lot higher up; we should be on the podium. We are still coming into the races a bit blind after qualifying. We are scoring points again but I want to be closer to the front."
Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 8th. Championship position: 7th
"I really wanted to catch some of the fast riders today, which I managed with Foret and some others, but then I made a mistake in one corner and had to run wide. I came back and caught them again but when I came to the straight everything I caught up from the first to 15th corners I lost on the straight. In the corners I felt I could be with every rider in front of me but when it comes to the fast corner exits and top speed, I lose everything. That is the situation. So in one way we have to be happy because we have good corner speed and chassis set-up."
Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 10th. Championship position: 9th
"It's the second bad weekend for us and I'm so sorry for my mechanics and the whole team. It's a shame because we don't deserve this result – our place is at the front. We changed the setting a little for warm-up and the race but it still wasn't going how I want. The start was OK but I made a big mistake at the hairpin and I lost a lot of time. Then I got into a group just behind Fabien but I could only stay with them for five or six laps. I was having to push so hard that I got quite tired towards the end."
James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda)
Race result: DNF. Championship position: 12th
"I felt good and was passing riders when my brakes faded and I was forced to retire. We had found some pace for the race and I think if I had been able to finish, the top five was possible. It is disappointing but we will get stronger from here."
Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 9th. Championship position: 13th
"It went quite well but I did not have the pace to go with them straight away. Especially in turn one and in the hairpin, I had some problems with strength in my injured shoulder, so I knew I had to brake a little before. That was definitely slowing my lap times. I had to wait for the race and then I caught Marino at the end. I wanted to be battling with Gino, Foret and Tamburini, but they were just too far in front. With my shoulder like this I could not hold that pace."
Melandri and Biaggi cut into Checa's championship lead
Motorland Aragon (Spain), Sunday 19 June 2011 – A hot afternoon of racing in every way saw Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) trade wins and second place finishes to squeeze the title leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) in the overall points standings. The Spanish rider fell in race one at his home track and then took a well-deserved podium place, third, in race two. Checa, desperate to make amends for sliding off as he chased the leading duo in race one, had to work hard to keep Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) behind him for much of the race and Checa's 16 points for third place mean that Biaggi is still 43 behind and Melandri is 66 adrift as the season clicked past its mid-point today.
Spanish riders had some good and the occasional not so good results all round, with Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) posting seventh in race one then finishing an season best equalling fifth in race two. Irish rider Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) put in a fourth and a sixth place today, to remain fourth overall. This weekend WSB legend Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) took part in his 300th race and left with strong results of sixth and seventh to his credit. Tom Sykes equalled fellow Kawasaki rider Lascorz' prowess with fifth in race one, but a fall in race two spoiled an otherwise consistent and competitive weekend, as the whole Kawasaki effort took another step up with their new bike.
Once more it was a tough weekend for the BMW riders, this time from both official and satellite teams, with Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) scoring two ninth places and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) was eighth and tenth. The worst experience of all came for the luckless Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) as an entirely accidental collision between him and Maxime Berger caused Troy's left radius and ulna to fracture, putting him out of action in race two. He had been tenth in race one.
Melandri took his second win of the year after leading when it really counted as his rival Biaggi made a small slip a few laps from the end. The margin of victory was 1.5 seconds. Camier was a strong finisher in third, and Laverty took fourth place in a close fight with Sykes. Haga and Lascorz followed close behind those two. Checa fell while in a potential podium position, on lap eight. He had just set the fastest lap of the race and was pushing on to try and stay with the leading riders.
Marco Melandri: "It's been an awesome race for me. Max was strong and consistent at the start and it was difficult to follow him. But in the end it was going to be tough for me to pass him so thanks to him that he made a mistake! Otherwise it would have been difficult. The team has been working very hard and I was very confident all weekend."
Max Biaggi: "I cannot say I am super-happy for the result but I had a good rhythm and just at the end the bike was a little more difficult to ride. We need to work more on the bike to improve it towards the end of the race, and hopefully we can do that for race 2."
Leon Camier: "I was struggling a bit at the beginning to get into the rhythm, but I'm happy with the result and happy for Aprilia, everyone's worked hard this weekend. It'll now make me try and go better at the beginning of the next race really."
Results: 1. Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 40'01.968 (160,189 kph); 2. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1.572; 3. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2.432; 4. Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 10.799; 5. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 10.847; 6. Haga N. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 11.931; 7. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-10R 12.591; 8. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 16.954; 9. Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 24.205; 10. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 24.694; etc.
Biaggi took his long awaited first win of the 2011 season after an immaculate display of front running, heading Melandri by 4.809 seconds, after he ran off track at one point, with a few laps to go. Checa completed a damage limitation exercise after his fall in race one, scoring third in the second 20-lap contest, from the impressive Fabrizio. Lascorz was a ‘hometown' top five finisher, from Laverty and Haga. Biaggi's victory made him the fifth different rider, from the fourth different manufacturer, to win at least one race in 2011.
Max Biaggi: "I'm very happy of course, this is my first win of 2011. I didn't get one before because the other guys did a better job than me. This win came after a very strong race, I had a good pace all the way to the end, so the changes we made to the bike's suspension made it work better than race 1. We should have done it before for race 1 but I'm happy with today's results."
Marco Melandri: "The conditions were a little bit different to race 1 and Max had a bit better pace. I was braking so hard to recover what we lost in acceleration, so I lost the front, the tyre locked and I lost the position on the bike and went off. I'm disappointed, it wasn't easy to try and pass like in race 1, but I'm happy anyway."
Carlos Checa: "What a weekend with a crash in race 1 and struggling to catch Marco and Max in race 2, but it was impossible. After reaching third I felt it was the best situation to stay in third. Honestly, it was quite acceptable and I am quite satisfied for race 2, it was a shame because it was my home race, we wanted to be at the top but here was not the place."
Results: 1. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 40'04.407 (160,026 kph); 2. Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 4.809; 3. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 6.944; 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 9.001; 5. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-10R 11.562; 6. Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 14.288; 7. Haga N. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 15.138; 8. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.660; 9. Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 24.184; 10. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 24.676; etc.
Points (after 7 of 13 rounds): 1. Checa 261; 2. Biaggi 218; 3. Melandri 195; 4. Laverty 146; 5. Camier 125; 6. Haslam 120; 7. Fabrizio 108; 8. Rea 94. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 273; 2. Aprilia 257; 3. Yamaha 235; 4. BMW 153; 5. Suzuki 112; 6. Honda and Kawasaki 111.
Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO) won his third race of the year and took the championship lead after a dramatic race at Motorland. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) was a close second but was unable to get into the slipstream of Davies to mount a last lap pass. David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) and Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) finished third and forth respectively, in a race where two top contenders fell out of leading positions. Poleman Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com) and Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO) no scored after separate crashes near the end.
Results: 1. Davies C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 37'06.751 (155,514 kph); 2. Lowes S. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 0.564; 3. Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.645; 4. Roccoli M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 10.984; 5. Tamburini R. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 23.792; 6. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 24.009; 7. Foret F. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 24.297; 8. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 33.850; etc.
Points (after 6 rounds of 12): 1. Davies 105; 2. Parkes 85; 3. Salom 71; 4. Scassa 70; 5. Foret 65; 6. Lowes 63; 7. Harms 59; 8. Roccoli 39; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha 135; 2. Honda 108; 3. Kawasaki 101; 4. Triumph 16.
Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) took his third win in the 1000cc Superstock category this year but he had to work hard out front for it. He was pushed in the final sector of the 12-lap race by second place rider Lorenzo Zanetti (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock), who tried on the final two laps to pass the Roman rider, after Davide had made a mistake and lost his yet small race-long advantage. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Team) went third, winning a sprint to the line from Niccolò Canepa (Lazio MotorSport). The top four were well ahead of fifth place man, Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock).
Results: 1. Giugliano D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 24'25.762 (157,502 kph); 2. Zanetti L. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 1.078; 3. Petrucci D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2.785; 4.Canepa N. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2.790; 5. Barrier S. (FRA) BMW S1000 RR 8.806; 6.Antonelli A. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 16.656; 7. Reiterberger M. (GER) BMW S1000 RR 16.881; 8. Staring B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 20.834; etc.
Points (after 4 of 10 rounds): 1. Giugliano 95; 2. Petrucci 69; 3. Zanetti 68; 4. Barrier 40; 5. Canepa 37; 6. Antonelli 28; 7. Magnoni 26; 8. Massei 26; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 95; 2. BMW 77; 3. Kawasaki 39; 4. Honda 36; 5. Yamaha 9.
Motorland Aragon also hosted the third round of the European Junior Cup, which saw a second successive win for Matt Davies. The Australian took the flag ahead of Germany's Tom Busch and Spain's Ruben Fenoll. Busch leads the table with seven points advantage over Davies.
Official Tyre Supplier
"Racing at a new track like Motorland Aragón with the longest straight of the championship, elevation changes and truly extreme braking points is very exciting and challenging for a tyre supplier. To guarantee fast racing and longevity of performance, Pirelli furnished a total of 4300 tyres consisting of 3 front and 4 rear solutions for WSBK and 3 front and 3 rears for SSP. WSBK tyre options included the standard mid-soft (SC1), and a new for 2011 mid-soft (SC1) rear tyre both presented at and winning Race 2 of last week's San Marino round. Additionally, Pirelli's medium (SC2) from World Endurance and SC3 rear tyres were present in case of an over abrasive track. Front WSBK tyres included the standard SC1 and development soft (SC1) along with a mid-soft (SC2) front. At this first ever Alcaniz round, most riders opted for the standard mid-soft "B" rear tyre for Race 1, with the exception of Biaggi (Aprilia) and Melandri (Yamaha) who chose the development "A", or SC1 tyre, as well as Checa (Ducati) who opted for the harder SC2 rear tyre and set a Pirelli Best Lap of 1'58.862 before crashing out. Biaggi (Aprilia) demonstrated confidence in the new mid-soft, having registered lap times in the 1'57s during the Superpole. Nine riders switched to the new mid-soft rear for Race 2 with an asphalt temperature peaking to 53°C; Fabrizio (Suzuki) benefitting strongly from this change with a jump from 11th to 4th position, and both Melandri (Yamaha) and Biaggi (Aprilia) who lapped consistently in the 1'59s throughout the middle part of the race. Supersport riders were also content with the mid-soft SC1 front and rear tyres, as it was the choice of all three manufacturers on the podium: Davies (Yamaha), Lowes (Honda) and Salom (Kawasaki); the Diablo Supercorsa tyres helping Lowes to earn his second Pirelli Best Lap and Salom to obtain his first podium. Interesting note also from the Stk1000, where the gap between Giugliano's (Ducati) fastest lap of 2'01.589 and his slowest (10°) was just 0.66 secs, demonstrating real consistency of the Diablo Supercorsa SC2 in such hot conditions. We look forward to our return to Aragon for a continuation of this excellent tyre development. " - Giorgio Barbier, Racing Director, Pirelli Moto
Pirelli BEST LAP Awards:
SBK Race 1 – Carlos Checa (Althea Racing), 1'58.862 (Lap 7)
SBK Race 2 – Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike), 1'59.159 (Lap 3)
Total BEST LAP (SBK): Checa C. (Althea Racing): 6, Biaggi M. (Aprilia Alitalia Racing): 3, Haga N. (PATA Racing Team Aprilia): 1, Sykes T. (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike): 1, Camier L. (Aprilia Alitalia Racing): 1, Fabrizio M. (Team Suzuki Alstare): 1, Melandri M (Yamaha World Superbike): 1
WSS – Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda), 2'02.785 (Lap 6)
Total BEST LAP (WSS): Foret F. (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda): 2, Lowes S. (Parkalgar Honda): 2, Scassa L. (Yamaha ParkinGO Team): 1, Davies C. (Yamaha ParkinGO Team): 1
Stk1000 – Niccolò Canepa (Lazio MotorSport), 2'01.565 (Lap 2)
Stk600 – Jed Metcher (MTM-RT Motorsports Team), 2'05.91 (Lap 2)
FABRIZIO AND SUZUKI BOUNCE BACK IN SPAIN
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 19.
Team Alstare Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio bounced back to take a hard-fought-for fourth place after crashing in the first race of the Aragon World Superbike Championship seventh round today.
The Italian started both races from the fourth row of the grid, but once again showed his ability to fight his way through the pack and challenge for the podium: In race one he moved up to seventh by lap nine and was pushing hard when he lost the front and fell. Fortunately he was uninjured, but the impact of the fall did not do his already-damaged right hand any favours. Despite this, he came out fighting in race two and began by making a good start. He was up to fourth by lap five and soon started pressing Carlos Checa (Ducati) for third spot. For a while it looked as if he would get the better of the Spaniard but had to settle for fourth.
Marco Melandri (Yamaha) won the first race with the Aprilias of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier in second and third places. Race two was another battle between Biaggi and Melandri, but this time Biaggi took the win. Series leader Checa was third just ahead of the Suzuki rider.
Michel Fabrizio - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 4th:
"I am happy with my performance in the second race but obviously not happy with my crash in the first. My first race start was not so good and I was pushing very hard trying to catch the leaders when I lost the front and down I went. I managed to hit my injured arm again but fortunately I didn't do any further damage.
"The crash made me all the more determined to do well in race two. I made a perfect start and was up to fourth by lap five. I saw Checa ahead and closed in on him lap by lap, but although I could get near to him, his bike's acceleration out of the corners was better than mine and so I couldn't pass him. It was a bit frustrating seeing the way his bike blasted out of the turns, but I kept fighting in case he made a mistake. Unfortunately for me, he didn't so I ended fourth.
"Today I am happy because my lap times were very similar to the leaders and this proves that I can run with the best. If it hadn't been for my poor grid position, I think I would've been on the podium today. If I can qualify, I'm sure I can get on the podium. The next round in Brno would be a good place to do it."
Salom Storms The Podium At His Home Race
WSS, Motorland Aragon, Spain, 19 June 2011
David Salom fought back from a poor start to take a career best of third after 18-laps of Aragon, making this his best race finish in his entire WSS career to date.
Salom was down in seventh on lap one, from his qualifying spot of second, as his team-mate and pole man Broc Parkes led. By the end of the race Salom had made up ground at a very high pace to take a clear top three, ending up 4.6 seconds behind winner Chaz Davies, with Sam Lowes second.
Parkes was unlucky in the final part of the race, having led and looked comfortable in that position until the mid part of the race. Losing front tyre grip but trying to keep his closest rival Davies behind him, he slid off on lap 16 of 18. Despite trying to get going again he had to retire and no scored.
Despite the disappointment of losing the championship lead to Davies, Parkes is still a strong overall second after six rounds, with another six to go. The best news of the day for the Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki team is that Salom has now propelled himself to third overall, as he makes his own assault on the championship lead.
More good news came along for the battling Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki rider Massimo Roccoli, as the Italian posted a season best fourth, and in doing so jumped two places up the championship rankings to eighth. Right behind Salom for much of the race as they made forward progress, Roccoli eased off to make sure he scored points after some difficult early periods in this intense season. Roccoli's team-mate Vittorio Iannuzzo retired from the race.
David Salom: "We got a podium, which I have been chasing all year, so that is fantastic. But, overall, I cannot say it was the best race it could be because I had problems with the clutch biting point at the start and lost some places. My race pace, I think, was better than the other riders. It was a good race for the team, but I wanted to have more. I think I could have had a first or second. But we took the first podium in Spain, so my first top three is great for the family, friends, my Spanish team, Kawasaki and for the first WSS race at Motorland Aragon."
Broc Parkes: "It was all going fine at the front, all under control. Then the front tyre felt that it was moving a little bit under me, from about half race distance. I was struggling to control the pace and a couple of times I lost the front. I tried to back down a little bit and then it started to feel OK. I had three laps to go and I knew there were two riders behind me and the gap back to them was pretty much the same. Then I made a mistake and lost the front. Maybe on days like that you should finish and settle for the points in third, or something like that. Anyway, it didn't work out and I am really upset because it was good points we lost."
Massimo Roccoli: "Not so bad, a top four and I finished with very good points. I started the season with some bad luck so here, in the last three laps, I thought it was important to just arrive at the finish and take the points. The podium was not important. I am happy for the team and myself as this was a good result for our hard work. I hope the last six races of the year will be more like this one."
Ups And Downs For Top Ninja ZX-10R Riders
WSBK, Motorland Aragon, Spain, 19 June 2011
Joan Lascorz celebrated the first race meeting at his home circuit of Aragon with a seventh and a fifth place, his best combined points score of the season so far.
Joan matched his personal best individual race score of fifth in race two, a 20-lap contest that was held in much warmer conditions than race one. Also well in the mix was fast man in practice and qualifying Tom Sykes, who started from fifth place on the grid and took fifth in race one.
He was to slip off and be unable to restart in race two, but he was pushing hard for his second strong result at the culmination of a race weekend where more progress was made with the set-up and real race performance of the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.
Chris Vermeulen also found his first race meeting at the impressive new WSBK facility of Motorland Aragon a game of two contrasting halves. He scored 12th in race one despite losing many places in the early laps, then found his race two set-up far from ideal in the much hotter mid afternoon conditions, ending up 14th but still in the points scoring places.
In the championship, Tom is 13th, Lascorz 14th (only three points behind) and Chris is 19th.
After an intense weekend at Aragon the work rate of the official Kawasaki team shows no let-up, as the squad will test with all three riders at Motorland tomorrow, Monday 20th June.
For the Pedercini Team Kawasaki riders, raceday was an opportunity to score more points, with Roby Rolfo 14th then 13th, and Mark Aitchison 15th and 12th.
Brno is the next race venue for all the WSBK classes, with track action held between July 8 and July 10.
Tom Sykes: "Again there are some positives and negatives but I am going to ignore the latter. The positive side is that we have been top five all weekend, and in race one, and in race two I went down but we were still racing in a good position. Unfortunately I went down, but I went down trying. We came away with good levels of performance during a dry weekend, which is another big positive. We will get a test in Aragon to be ready for the Brno race, and we have a lot to test. Maybe too much for one day, so we'll prioritise things and make it count. Brno is a fantastic circuit that I love and hopefully the new Ninja ZX-10R will work well there as well."
Joan Lascorz: "I was fifth in race two and the same position I took at Donington. Very good, but I was much closer to the top positions here. We had some laps of testing but not many so this was really a new circuit for me in qualifying, so we did a good job. I like it but it is not easy. My crew chief gave me a good setting for the second race, and persuaded me not to go for the softer rear tyre, so I used the same B tyre in each race. It was a good decision in race two. The tyre was destroyed in race one, more than Tom's but this race it looks better. We were only five seconds from the podium in race two, and not only me, Tom was also very fast this weekend."
Chris Vermeulen: "Race one was so bad, got quite a good start but then boxed in on the first lap, and I actually went back to last place. But we passed quite a few of them and our pace was quite good in he middle of the race same as that of the fifth to seventh place guys. I managed to get up to 12th and in the last couple of laps the tyres dropped off, but we still managed to pass Rolfo. In race two our set-up and tyre choice was exactly the same and I had no grip from the start, so I was riding along two seconds a lap slower in the hot conditions. It was frustrating when you know the package under you can do to do it but for some reason we were unable to do it. "
Davies Claims Superb Spanish Victory
Chaz Davies provided a remarkable race in this afternoon's Spanish heat to claim his third victory of the season and fifth race win for the Yamaha ParkinGO team. A perfect start from fourth position on the grid saw Davies shoot into second place. The Brit immediately set the pace and was consistent throughout. Closely tailing Parkes for the first 15 laps, Davies moved in and was ready to take the lead, when the Australian crashed out of contention. Davies crossed the finish line just half a second ahead of fellow Brit Sam Lowes, in second. Team-mate Luca Scassa had a less fortunate race day in Aragon. Struggling to maintain the pace, the Italian lost the front of his machine causing him to crash out with just four laps to go.
Yamaha have further increased the gap in the manufacturer's standings now leading by 27 points. Davies leaves Aragon topping the rider's standings with a total of 105 points, 20 points ahead of Parkes in second. Scassa now sitting in fourth place with 70 points, is just one point behind Salom in third. Yamaha ParkinGo team head to Brno for round seven of the WSS Championship in just three weeks' time.
Yamaha ParkinGO Team - 1st
"It was a very good day especially considering all the issues I had throughout the weekend. I went into the race a bit blind and knowing that Parkes was so strong all weekend. I wasn't sure what to expect but I figured if I could hold on for the first 10 laps and make the tyres last that I'd probably be ok. I just had to make sure I kept the pace till the very end. I can't thank the team enough for the hard work all weekend, they were amazing. It's a pretty great bonus after such a difficult weekend. A huge thanks to all the crew, to Yamaha, Monster Energy and all my sponsors."
Yamaha ParkinGO Team - DNF
"We had a lot of problems over the weekend. Even when we were testing here we had a few issues, so it's just not my track. We tried so many solutions but failed to find a good set up and improve lap times. Three crashes in one weekend is too much so I'm going to put it behind me, forget about the bad weekend and look forward to Brno."
Spectacular One Two for Melandri in Spain
Yamaha World Superbike rider, Marco Melandri powered his R1 to two extraordinary podium finishes on the new Spanish track in Aragon today. Impeccable race craft and performance was on display in both races as Melandri claimed an impressive one two under sweltering sunshine and on a hot track.
In the opening race of the day, Melandri got off to a perfect start from pole position to tuck neatly behind Biaggi in second place. Constantly on his tail, the WSB Rookie cleverly played the waiting game, in search for the opportune moment to pass and take the lead. With just five laps to go Biaggi made a mistake and Melandri grasped the chance to overtake and proceeded to power his R1 to the finish line, crossing the chequered flag with over one and a half seconds advantage on the runner up. Team-mate Eugene Laverty had a less than perfect start from his sixth place position on this morning's grid, falling back to eight place in the first turn. Caught up in traffic the Irish Rookie held position for a further five laps before gradually working his way through the pack to cross the line in an impressive fourth place just 0.048 of a second ahead of Sykes.
Race two was almost a replicate performance for Marco Melandri . Unfortunately with just five laps to go the Italian slipped up, presenting Biaggi with the opportunity to create a significant gap. Melandri fought hard for the second victory of the day before settling for second place on the afternoon's podium. Laverty struggled as the rear wheel of his machine locked in the first turn of lap one causing him to run wide and fall back to sixteenth place. The Irish man proved to be strong and consistent yet again as he put his head down, working his way through the bunch of riders ahead to claim a remarkable sixth place.
To add to the weekend's list of achievements, Marco Melandri was presented with the Pirelli fastest lap of the race award having recorded a lap time of 1'59.159 in race two and reaching the highest speed of 322.1 Km/ph. Following today's outstanding performance Melandri has reduced the gap on the leader in the World Superbike standings by 29 points. Heading to the next round in Brno on 10thJuly, the Italian is in third place on 195 points, now 66 points behind Checa in the lead. Laverty leaves Aragon with a total of 146 points and with a firm hold of fourth place in the classification, 21 points ahead of Camier.
Marco Melandri - Yamaha World Superbike Team- 1st, 2nd
"I had a pretty amazing day. Max was very strong and consistent so it wasn't easy to pass him in either races but thankfully I managed to succeed in race one. I felt good on the bike and gained confidence which was very important. In race two the track was hotter than in race one, making it more difficult for the tyres. Towards the end I felt I was about to lose the front and while trying to avoid going wide my foot slipped on the pedal. It was a really good race though, I'm happy. I want to thank my team and Yamaha for doing a great job again this weekend."
Eugene Laverty - Yamaha World Superbike Team - 4th, 6th
"In race one I wasn't brave enough on the first corner, which was usually my strongest point and I ended up getting bottle necked. I came through in the end and was very happy with my result. Something similar happened in race two but I felt the rear wheel locking and went wide causing me to lose sveral places. Had I gotten off to a better start, I know I could have been stronger. Considering the difficult weekend I had, I think we made a great breakthrough which will help us for every track. We'll take the experience to the future and hopefully be stronger in Brno."
Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
"Marco had a fantastic weekend, fast and consistent throughout. He played his cards well, managing the tyres to ensure they'd resist to the end and comes away with two great results. Eugene did a great job to make up so many places lost in the initial stages of both races. He has made progress this weekend but still has some more work to do especially with the steering of the bike in order to be as competitive as the top three."