2011 Brno World Superbike And World Supersport Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the teams after the first day of practice for the World Superbike and World Supersport riders at Brno:


Miguel confident; Sam building pace

PARKALGAR HONDA'S Miguel Praia was sixth in first practice before qualifying 13th within touching distance of the second row for the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic.

Sam Lowes was fifth in qualifying as he worked hard on re-learning the track and setting up his Parkalgar Honda. He has a good direction and is looking for the front row in final qualifying. There are additional practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow before the race takes place at 1330CET on Sunday July 10th.

Miguel: "The first session was good but in the afternoon the conditions changed a little. The difference in time to the second row is not so big and I think it is possible to qualify there tomorrow. My Parkalgar Honda is very good here and I am confident for this weekend."

Sam: "We are still working on the setting and gearing for my Parkalgar Honda, so fifth is pretty good. I feel there is a lot more to come from the bike and I definitely know there is more to come from me. We have been really consistent today and I've done more laps in the 2m04s bracket than anybody else. I am happy enough and we know what we need to do to make a big step tomorrow. I feel good now and we can move forward from here."

Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: "Miguel has had another good day and in 13th he continues to impress and build on his recent performances. Both he and his bike can improve more and shall be challenging for the first three rows tomorrow.

"Sam is right there in contention, his race pace is consistent and we have gearing options we want to try for the twisty sections. It is tight at the front but we are confident we can challenge for pole position in final qualifying."


Brno – Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport qualified provisionally on the second row for the eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Brno (CZE). Factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) finished the first Qualifying Practice seventh after being in the top four for a long time. The team used the day to work on race preparation for Sunday. The two riders from the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team, Ayrton Badovini (ITA) and Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA), finished in tenth and 14th respectively.

Factory rider Troy Corser (AUS) is not able to compete due to the fractures he suffered at the last round at Aragón (ESP), but is spending the weekend with the team at Brno. He is looking forward to racing again in the next round at Silverstone (GBR).

Leon Haslam:

Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:01.200 min (P8)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 2:00.164 min (P7)

"Brno is one of the tracks I really enjoy riding at. The day was pretty good, and the weather was okay. We worked through quite a lot of chassis stuff. We are still struggling a little bit with the engine pushing in some corners, but we are working hard on solving that. At the moment we are seventh, so we have to improve a little bit, but it was a pretty good first day."

Rainer Bäumel (Head of Race Operations):

"The work is a bit difficult when you have only one rider, because you are able to collect only half the data. Today we concentrated on finding a good set-up for this circuit. In Brno this is quite tricky on a Friday, as the track has not a lot of grip yet, and this is quite extreme here. The grip just improves over the course of the weekend, so you always have to adjust the bike a little bit, but we are pretty happy. We are in seventh, and between P4 and P8 it is quite close. They are only separated by two tenths of a second. Now we will continue to work hard."


Positive start at Brno for Pawel

BOGDANKA PTR HONDA'S Pawel Szkopek is 19th on the provisional grid and is sure he can lower his lap times tomorrow during qualifying ahead of his home World Supersport race at Brno in the Czech Republic on Sunday 10th July.

James Ellison on the second Bogdanka PTR Honda is 14th and confident he can challenge the front two rows after finding good settings for his bike in the final minutes of today's opening qualifying. Superstock 1000 rider, Marcin Walkowiak, was 29th and is looking to improve.

Pawel Szkopek: "We've made some big changes after the first session and I was able to go much faster right away. We can still improve the front a little bit but we have some ideas for tomorrow and I'm happy after the opening day. I lost two positions in the final minutes of the qualifying but I'm not worried as I have a very good race pace and feel confident."

James Ellison: "We struggled a little bit this morning but we've found the right combination of tyres and suspension at the end of the qualifying session. I only did three laps with the good settings which wasn't enough to get into a good rhythm but it was easy to improve the times so I'm very confident we can go much quicker tomorrow."

Marcin Walkowiak: "I'm not happy with my lap times today. We need to change the gearing for tomorrow and adjust the suspension. However, the team is working really hard to give me the best bike and since I know this track well, I'm hopeful we can go much faster tomorrow."

Simon Buckmaster: "Pawel's had a strong first day and the momentum is going in the right direction. As long as we can get in the top 16 tomorrow he'll be in a position to challenge for his best ever result and set a new record for Polish motorcycle racing.

"James struggled to get a good feel in practice and most of qualifying. At the end he found a good setting and his bike is doing what he wants. He wants to complete a lot of laps now that he is happy with the bike settings and the team needs to see real commitment from him in qualifying tomorrow."


Checa holds off local man Smrz on first day at Brno

Brno (Czech Republic), Friday 8 July 2011 – Two Ducatis led the way in this afternoon's first qualifying session for the Czech Republic Round at Brno, the quickest being the Althea Racing machine of points leader Carlos Checa. The Spaniard's time of 1 minute 59.322 seconds was a couple of tenths quicker than the one recorded by the next man, home favourite Jakub Smrz on the all-Czech Effenbert-Liberty Racing 1098R.

Another manufacturer pairing, this time from the Yamaha World Superbike Team, made up the provisional front row of the grid, Italian Marco Melandri just a fraction ahead of his team-mate Eugene Laverty. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) was next up in fifth place, the Italian as always opting to dedicate Friday to obtaining the best set-up for his bike. More is expected of Biaggi at his all-time favourite circuit for tomorrow and Sunday.

Tom Sykes had a good run near the end of qualifying to post sixth place on his Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike machine, with Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) right behind. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) completed the overnight second row, while the top 10 was completed by Sylvain Guintoli (Effenbert-Liberty Ducati) and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team). Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) was 11th, just over a second from Checa, with Ducati privateer Maxime Berger (Supersonic Ducati) 12th.

After participating in the morning's free practice session, Badovini's regular team-mate James Toseland preferred to sit things out for the rest of the weekend due to his still recovering wrist, and his place was again taken by Lorenzo Lanzi. Lorenzo went 14th in his first session on the machine, just one place behind Noriyuki Haga (Pata Aprilia). Mark Aitchison had a good first day on his Pedercini Kawasaki, as he was the last rider in the top 15, from a field of 22.

Falls in the unofficial opening session from Kawasaki Racing Team riders Joan Lascorz and Chris Vermeulen held back their efforts in first qualifying, with Lascorz 19th and Vermeulen 20th. Alex Lowes, riding as a replacement for the injured Jonathan Rea in the Castrol Honda team, was 21st today, his first day in the WSBK class.

Times: 1. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R; 1'59.322; 2. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'59.585; 3. Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.653; 4.Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.906; 5. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.940; 6. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.154; 7. Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 2'00.164; 8. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.196; 9. Guintoli S. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 2'00.310; 10. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 2'00.348; 11. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.440; 12. Berger M. (FRA); Ducati 1098R 2'00.463; 13. Haga N. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.494; 14. Lanzi L. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 2'00.580; 15. Aitchison M. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.604; 16. Xaus R. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.681; etc.

World Supersport

Aussie Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com) set the quickest time of 2 minutes 03.611 seconds in Supersport qualifying this afternoon at Brno, confirming the positive trend for the Spanish-run team. Second place behind Parkes went to Britain's Gino Rea after a great performance on his Step Racing Honda CBR600RR, with another Honda, that of Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate) was in third.

Spain's David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com), quickest in the morning's free practice, had to settle for fourth place in the afternoon run. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) was next up ahead of one of the early pacesetters Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) in sixth, Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team) in seventh and Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T. Yamaha) in eighth. Some problems were encountered by the two ParkinGO Yamaha riders, Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies, who are currently languishing down in ninth and tenth places respectively.

Times: 1. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'03.611; 2. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 2'03.909; 3. Foret F. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 2'03.941; 4. Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.013; 5. Lowes S. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.123; 6. Roccoli M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'04.279; 7. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 2'04.639; 8. Tamburini R. (ITA); Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.047; etc.

Superstock 1000

Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Team Ducati) went four-tenths of a second quicker than the next man, Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock) to take the provisional pole in Superstock 1000. The Frenchman came very close to taking the mark from his Italian rival, who was the only one under 2 minutes 04 seconds, but he eventually had to settle for second place. There was just a whisker between him and the next man, the promising German Markus Reiterberger (Garnier Alpha Racing Team BMW) and the current FIM Cup points leader Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati).

Lorenzo Zanetti put the second Italian BMW into sixth place, but then crashed out in the final stages. Niccolò Canepa (Lazio Motorsport Ducati) continued to re-familiarize himself with his new Ducati mount in ninth place, just ahead of South African Sheridan Morais (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) who completed the top 10.

Times: 1. Petrucci D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2'03.625; 2. Barrier S. (FRA) BMW S1000 RR 2'04.079; 3. Reiterberger M. (GER) BMW S1000 RR 2'04.086; 4. Giugliano D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2'04.091; 5. Baroni L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2'04.355; 6. Zanetti L. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 2'04.702; 7.Antonelli A. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 2'04.830; 8. Massei F. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 2'04.874; etc.

Superstock 600

The first European Superstock 600 Championship qualifying session at Brno concluded with an American rider in provisional pole position. Joshua Day (Revolution Racedays Kawasaki) went quickest with a time of 2 minutes 08.432 seconds, one-tenth ahead of Italian Christian Gamarino on another Kawasaki, this time from the Goeleven team. Third place went to Spain's Nacho Calero Perez (Orelac Racing Yamaha), with Slovakian Tomas Krajci (TK Racing Slovakia Yamaha) fourth.

Points leader Romain Lanusse (MRS Yamaha Racing France) had another quiet first run down in eleventh place, but his closest championship rival Jed Metcher (MTM-RT Motorsports Yamaha) was much better placed in fifth.

Times: 1. Day J. (USA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'08.432; 2. Gamarino C. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'08.553; 3. Calero Perez N. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R6 2'08.578; 4. Krajci T. (SVK) Yamaha YZF R6 2'08.768; 5. Metcher J. (AUS) Yamaha YZF R6 2'08.874; 6. Lombardi D. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 2'09.052; 7. Egea S. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 2'09.150; 8. Duwelz G. (BEL) Yamaha YZF R6 2'09.153; etc.


FIRST POSITION FOR CHECA AND THE ALTHEA RACING TEAM IN FIRST QUALIFYING AT BRNO

Brno (Czech Republic), Friday 8th July 2011: the eighth round of World SBK Championship got underway this morning at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic and team Althea Racing and rider Carlos Checa immediately threw down the guantlet, registering the overall fastest time of the day and concluding first qualifying in first position.

Despite cloudy skies, rain held off this morning and Carlos Checa was straight out for the first free practice session, projecting himself to the top of the timesheets within the first ten minutes. He continued to improve on his times throughout the hour-long session, registering a best of 2m00.9 in the final stages, to close this initial practice in seventh position overall.

In the afternoon's first qualifying session, the Althea flagbearer was immediately lapping quickly. A few drops of rain fell during the first phase but didn't affect lap times, with many riders putting in times that auger well for two hard-fought races on Sunday. Over the course of the session Checa continued to improve, lapping over a second and a half faster than he did in morning practice. He was one of only five riders to lap in under 2m00 on the rather hot track (36C), recording several laps in the 1m59 range. His fastest overall time, 1m59.322, came in the final minutes and positioned him in first place at the session's end.

Carlos Checa:

"Today went well but is only the first day. We were able to make good use of the tyre and made a lot of laps with one that probably won't be the race tyre, and this is why we look to be a little ahead. We're not in a bad position but at the same time we're not at a big advantage either. I'm satisfied with the work done today and we're first, but I'm not looking at that; I'm concentrating instead on the work we have to do tomorrow to have more of a guarantee for the races. Maybe it will rain on Sunday but I'm not particularly worried. I'm confident and think we'll be ready for battle whatever the weather conditions may be."


FABRIZIO 8TH ON BRNO WSB FIRST DAY

Team Suzuki Press Office - July 8.

Team Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio ended the opening day of practice and qualifying at the eighth round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic with the eighth quickest time of the day, but feels that he could have gone faster...

Despite a braking problem, only eight-tenths-of-a-second separate the Italian from provisional Pole-Setter Carlos Checa (Ducati), so he's not too unhappy with today's performance. Checa's lap of 1:59.322 was a 10th of a second inside the lap record and just two-10ths ahead of local favourite Jakub Smrz (Ducati). Third quickest today was Marco Melandri with his Yamaha team-mate Eugene Laverty fourth.

Michel Fabrizio - 8th, 2:00.196:

"I am a bit disappointed to finish eighth today because I know it could've been better. The rear end of the bike was moving around a bit on the brakes and that stopped me from going quicker. Without this problem, I'm sure I would have been in the top four.

"I was fastest for quite some time in this morning's session and was looking forward to improving quite a bit this afternoon. But now we'll have to look at all the data and make some plans what to do about the problem tomorrow morning. As long as the problem can be solved, I think I'll be able to challenge for a place on the front two rows of the grid. That's something that hasn't happened for me yet this season and tomorrow would be a good time to change that. I hope that we can manage our tyres well in Superpole and be in a good grid position n Sunday."


Provisional Czech front row for Foret

Fabien Foret set the third fastest time in today's opening qualifying session for round seven of the 2011 World Supersport championship at Brno in the Czech Republic.

The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider lapped the 5.403km Brno circuit in a time of 2m03.941s, just three tenths behind provisional pole sitter Broc Parkes. Foret won the Brno World Supersport race two years ago and is keen to repeat his triumph and return to winning ways on the Honda CBR600RR.

His fellow Frenchman, Florian Marino, was 12th fastest in today's qualifying session, which was run in the dry despite the threat of rain. The 18-year-old knows where he and the bike need to improve to get closer to the front in tomorrow afternoon's final qualifying.

Fabien Foret – P3, 2m03.941s

We tried something quite different this morning and went the wrong way, but sometimes you have to try these things and accept one step backward to make two steps forward. I was happy with the way we found a direction this afternoon and started to enjoy riding the bike and to have some fun. I felt that I could start to push but we didn't go for a fast lap on a soft tyre because that was not my main aim for the session. I think tomorrow we can make another step and become even more competitive but we are heading in the right direction.

Florian Marino – P12, 2m05.358s

We lost most of the session this morning because the front was not working so good. I got a better feeling this afternoon but the session went by so fast! When I got back to put in a fresh tyre there was only six minutes left and it felt like the front didn't really want to keep the line I wanted. I am sure that we can improve things tonight to give me a better feeling to attack tomorrow.

Ronald ten Kate – team manager

It' s been a positive day for Fabien and he is confident of even more improvement tomorrow to put himself in a good position on the grid for Sunday's race. Florian needs some more work to give him a front end feeling that he is comfortable with but I am sure we can deliver something for him to use tomorrow.


Successful First Qualifying for Yamaha in Brno

Yamaha World Superbike riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty successfully completed the first qualifying session in Brno today, finishing up in third and fourth place respectively. While weather conditions were unpredictable with spatters of rain present in the early parts of the afternoon's first qualifying, both riders recorded fast and consistent times as the session progressed.

Both Yamaha riders got straight down to business this morning working on Chassis set up ahead of Sunday's race day. Laverty struggled with an issue on turning his machine and completed the morning's free practice session in tenth place. Team-mate Melandri, satisfied with the direction he was going in search of a suitable race set up, took third place in the morning's session.

Both riders head into tomorrow's second qualifying session intent on fine tuning the race set up on their machines and working on tyre choice for Sunday's races, taking into consideration the high possibility of rain and thunderstorms threatened for the remainder of the weekend.

Marco Melandri

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 3rd, 1'59.653

"Today was a pretty good day for us despite the difficult conditions. The track was very bumpy and the weather was not favorable, it was very windy. The bike was working well and this is clearly a good track for my R1. Overall I'm very happy but I need to improve in some sectors and work on tyre choice to ensure durability. At the moment they seem to work well for few laps and then deteriorate rapidly. I'm confident ahead of Sunday's races."

Eugene Laverty

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 4th, 1'59.906

"I'm pretty content with the day. This afternoon went much better than this morning's free practice. I was off the pace this morning but improved in the first qualifying and the bike was turning really well on the side which was an issue earlier in the day. We still need to improve the front end of the bike but I'm confident we can do that. Tomorrow we'll also work on tyre duration and race pace. At the moment I am where I want to be for a Friday so I'm satisfied."

Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"Today was definitely a good start to the weekend for both riders. Marco and Eugene proved to be consistent and have a good rhythm. After working on and improving the bike's chassis set up and change of direction earlier in the morning, the riders proceeded to work on tyre choice which will be vital especially seen as the temperature of the asphalt is quite low and they suffer more than we expected. We still need to see where we can fine tune to recuperate the three and five tenths of a second off the lead time. Both riders need to work on the front end of the bike to ensure better feeling on entering the flowing chicanes, especially in areas where the asphalt is not as smooth as it used to be with bumps clearly present."


Successful First Qualifying for Yamaha in Brno

Yamaha World Superbike riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty successfully completed the first qualifying session in Brno today, finishing up in third and fourth place respectively. While weather conditions were unpredictable with spatters of rain present in the early parts of the afternoon's first qualifying, both riders recorded fast and consistent times as the session progressed.

Both Yamaha riders got straight down to business this morning working on Chassis set up ahead of Sunday's race day. Laverty struggled with an issue on turning his machine and completed the morning's free practice session in tenth place. Team-mate Melandri, satisfied with the direction he was going in search of a suitable race set up, took third place in the morning's session.

Both riders head into tomorrow's second qualifying session intent on fine tuning the race set up on their machines and working on tyre choice for Sunday's races, taking into consideration the high possibility of rain and thunderstorms threatened for the remainder of the weekend.

Marco Melandri

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 3rd, 1'59.653

"Today was a pretty good day for us despite the difficult conditions. The track was very bumpy and the weather was not favorable, it was very windy. The bike was working well and this is clearly a good track for my R1. Overall I'm very happy but I need to improve in some sectors and work on tyre choice to ensure durability. At the moment they seem to work well for few laps and then deteriorate rapidly. I'm confident ahead of Sunday's races."

Eugene Laverty

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 4th, 1'59.906

"I'm pretty content with the day. This afternoon went much better than this morning's free practice. I was off the pace this morning but improved in the first qualifying and the bike was turning really well on the side which was an issue earlier in the day. We still need to improve the front end of the bike but I'm confident we can do that. Tomorrow we'll also work on tyre duration and race pace. At the moment I am where I want to be for a Friday so I'm satisfied."

Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"Today was definitely a good start to the weekend for both riders. Marco and Eugene proved to be consistent and have a good rhythm. After working on and improving the bike's chassis set up and change of direction earlier in the morning, the riders proceeded to work on tyre choice which will be vital especially seen as the temperature of the asphalt is quite low and they suffer more than we expected. We still need to see where we can fine tune to recuperate the three and five tenths of a second off the lead time. Both riders need to work on the front end of the bike to ensure better feeling on entering the flowing chicanes, especially in areas where the asphalt is not as smooth as it used to be with bumps clearly present."


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