Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after this weekend's races at Silverstone:
Silverstone – Races.
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport leaves the Silverstone race weekend with mixed emotions. At the last race weekend before the summer break, factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) secured the squad another top five finish in the 2011 season of the FIM Superbike World Championship. On the other hand, Troy Corser (AUS) had to retire from the second race due to a technical issue. In the championship standings, Leon is fifth (158 points) and Troy is still 15th (62 points). In the manufacturer standings, BMW lies fourth with 194 points.
Two BMW riders were again successful in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race: BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team rider Lorenzo Zanetti (ITA) celebrated a podium, finishing second. 17 years old German Markus Reiterberger (GER) from the Garnier Alpha Racing Team secured another top ten result finishing sixth.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport congratulates Erwan Nigon (FRA), Sébastien Gimbert (FRA) and Damian Cudlin (GBR) from Team BMW Motorrad France on the fourth place on its debut at the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour race. The result catapulted Team BMW Motorrad France 99 to the top of the Endurance World Championship standings, with just two rounds of the series remaining.
Result Race 1: 4th / Gap to 1st: 00:07.116 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 2:06.417 min
Result Race 2: 8th / Gap to 1st: 00:11.496 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 2:06.328 min
"In race one I was really happy with the start. I was able to get myself into the position I wanted to be in and ran with the leaders. I was really pushing for the podium and battled to keep with Marco Melandri, but I was really struggling to pass him and stay in front. I was happy to be running close to the front and the lap times were OK. I just narrowly missed out on a podium. In race two I was having a few issues with the bike and I was forced to adapt my riding style to try and ride around it. I got to the point where I was able to run consistent lap times, but by then the leaders had gone. Now we have the summer break, so I am just looking forward to spending some time at home and preparing in the gym for the next races."
Result Race 1: 9th / Gap to 1st: 00:25.491 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 2:06.979 min
Result Race 2: DNF / Fastest Lap Race 2: 2:07.099 min
"In race one I got a great start. I actually had a little incident at the first corner – I collided with another rider which did cost me a bit of time and to be honest I was lucky not to go down. I fought hard and managed to get to the front of the group and I felt well on the bike. The grip level dropped off as the race progressed, and it caused me to slide and spin the rear tyre. I just managed the situation the best I could and brought it home. In race two we had an issue with the bike which we are currently looking into. That sadly brought an early end to the race for me. We are not sure exactly why the issue occurred at the minute but it does seem bizarre at this stage because we only made minor changes between races. The changes we did make seemed to improve the package but sadly we couldn't take advantage of that. I have a couple of days off before going back to serious training. I still do not feel 100 per cent fit on the bike after my injury."
Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
"We leave Silverstone with mixed emotions. In the first race, Leon's lap times were good enough for a podium finish. After the second race, he complained about chattering. This didn't allow good lap times. Troy showed a really good performance in race 1 and demonstrated that he is back from his injury. In the second race he brought the bike back to the garage and retired early from the race as he had technical issues. We now will analyze the data and find out what the problem was. The entire squad in Stephanskirchen, Munich and at the race track has worked hard over the last couple of months. Everybody should now recover before we come back to our home race at Nürburgring."
Checa's brilliance shines on at Silverstone
Silverstone (UK), Sunday 31 July 2011 – World Championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) had a remarkable weekend in front of 64,000 fans at Silverstone, despite not expecting to be in full contention before arriving in the UK. In winning the first race Checa became the rider who gave Ducati 300 race wins in this championship, and added one to the total when he took his second win in a few hours. His race two victory was his tenth of the season. Checa is something of a century man, as he notched up 100 WSBK races in the second encounter and he was also the rider to give Honda its 100th win in WSBK, at Miller Motorsports Park in 2008.
He missed out on a Superpole victory but controlled the pace in each race, making a break away from early leader Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) each time. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) was third in each race, moving closer to overall second place rider Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) who had a terrible opener but a much-improved second race.
Carlos Checa: "I didn't know it was my hundredth race, but it's most important I'm not 100 years old! It was also Ducati's 300th win, a fantastic weekend, and I will remember it for these many reasons. You never know, there are still many races to go and it's easy to lose points but now we arrive at some tracks where I feel more comfortable. I expected to have more trouble at Silverstone but we worked, planned and adapted well to make a perfect result. For sure now we go on holiday quite relaxed!"
Eugene Laverty: "I've got to be happy with 40 points. It's not a victory but two seconds are going to have to do. I was pushing for the win, in particular for my brother John who's laid up in hospital. It was a better second race for me, after Carlos rode away in the first one. For race 2 I changed the rear tyre, there was an improvement but every time I closed in on Carlos he reacted. The Yamaha has been working well around here, last year it did the double and me and Marco are on the podium this time round."
Marco Melandri: "It's been a good race, I changed the tyre for race 2 to get better grip on the left side, but the lap time at the beginning was faster so it was tricky for me to follow the leaders. After ten laps I started to get a better feeling with the bike and started to go faster than the guys in front of me. I caught Camier and Max was behind me but I really wanted this podium, a big thanks to all of my team."
Behind the riders in the front positions John Hopkins delivered on his Superpole status for much of raceday only fading towards the end of each contest, as a wildcard rider arrived with interest at this round. A brace of sixth places for Sylvain Guintoli put another privateer well in the mix, while local rider Haslam worked hard for his race finishes in the points. For the other main regulars, Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) had a high of ninth in race two, and Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was seventh in race one, having started 19th on the grid. Stand-in rider Alex Lowes (Castrol Honda) did not finish either race, Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) was tenth on each occasion and his team-mate James Toseland battled hard in each race to finish 12th and 13th. Another comeback rider, Troy Corser, was ninth in race one.
Carlos Checa took the total of Ducati race wins in WSBK history to 300 in race one. Early race leader Eugene Laverty was second and Marco Melandri third. Local hero Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was fourth, while pole man and wildcard rider John Hopkins ending up fifth and well in the points. Sylvain Guintoli got into the top six ahead of Joan Lascorz, after early fast Pedercini Kawasaki rider Mark Aitchison crashed out. Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi was a disappointed 11th, his team-mate Leon Camier distraught at losing a podium place as his bike suffered a problem that held him back in 15th place.
Results: 1. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 38'06.477 (167,266 kph); 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 3.304; 3. Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 4.782; 4. Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR; 7.116; 5. Hopkins J. (USA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.057; 6. Guintoli S. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 21.899; 7. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22.308; 8. Berger M. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 22.734; 9. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 25.491; 10. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 25.725; 11. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 25.844; 12. Toseland J. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 45.578; 13. Rolfo R. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 51.650; 14. Kirkham J. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 57.310; 15. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.457; RET. Lai F. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR; etc.
Points leader Checa made it ten wins in 2011 and in his 100th WSBK race no less, when he won the second 18 lap race at Silverstone, moving further ahead in the championship chase. Laverty took his four-cylinder bike to second, with his fellow Yamaha man Melandri was third but only after a tough battle. Biaggi was with Melandri in the final few corners but could not work a way past at the flag, taking a fighting fourth place. Biaggi's team-mate Camier was fifth, having been in a podium spot for most of the race. Wildcard Hopkins was pushed to seventh by the impressive privateer Guintoli.
Results: 1. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 38'03.361 (167,494 kph); 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 2.274; 3. Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 3.675; 4. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 3.960; 5. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 4.405; 6. Guintoli S. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 10.958; 7. Hopkins J. (USA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.387; 8. Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 11.496; 9. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 12.247; 10. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 19.705; 11. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 19.753; 12. Berger M. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 21.582; 13. Toseland J. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 27.235; 14. Aitchison M. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 30.702; 15. Kirkham J. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 42.579; 16. Lai F. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 43.420; etc.
Points (after 9 of 13 rounds): 1. Checa 343; 2. Biaggi 281; 3. Melandri 272; 4. Laverty 208; 5. Haslam 158; 6. Camier 146; 7: Fabrizio 141; 8. Badovini 118; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 355; 2. Yamaha 320; 3. Aprilia 320; 4. BMW 194; 5. Suzuki 158; 6. Kawasaki 137; 7. Honda. 113.
Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO) Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) held off the race long challenge of David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) to take his fourth win of the season and extend his championship lead to 42 points. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) finished third, 2.449 seconds from Davies, but the late challenge of the luckless Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda) ended in the gravel as he ran on trying to pass Foret, and he finished 11th.
Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T. Yamaha) put memories of a big Silverstone crash last year behind him with fourth place, one position up on Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki). Broc Parkes, Salom's team-mate was sixth. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) fell after a collision early in the race with Rea. Davies is now leading the championship with 141 points, Salom is second on 104, Foret has 101 and Parkes is fourth with 95.
Results: 1. Davies C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 34'55.198 (162,255 kph); 2. Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.085; 3. Foret F. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 2.449; 4. Tamburini R. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 8.319; 5. Roccoli M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 11.283; 6. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-6R 12.308; 7. Nemeth B. (HUN) Honda CBR600RR 14.011; 8. Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 14.814; etc.
Points (after 9 of 12 rounds): 1. Davies 146; 2. Salom 104; 3. Foret 101; 4. Parkes 95; 5. Scassa 83; 6. Lowes 73; 7. Rea 62; 8. Harms 59; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha 176; 2. Honda 149; 3. Kawasaki 134; 4. Triumph 23.
Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Ducati) won a ten-lap race by over three seconds from the warring duo of Lorenzo Zanetti (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock) and Niccolo Canepa (Lazio Motorsport Ducati). The fight for the lead was eventually contested by Petrucci and championship leader Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) until Giugliano crashed out of contention on lap nine, leaving Petrucci a clear run to the flag. This was Petrucci's first win in this class. Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock) also crashed out. In the championship fight, Giugliano has an unchanged 115 points, Zanetti 104, Petrucci 94 and Barrier 65.
Results: 1. Petrucci D. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 21'36.434 (163,89 kph); 2. Zanetti L. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 3.431; 3. Canepa N. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 3.465; 4. Baroni L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 12.047; 5. Mercado L. (ARG) Kawasaki ZX-10R 14.270; 6. Reiterberger M. (GER) BMW S1000 RR 14.715; 7. Antonelli A. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 18.739; 8. Morais S. (RSA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 19.371; etc.
Points (after 6 of 10 rounds): 1. Giugliano 115; 2. Zanetti 104: 3. Petrucci 94; 4. Barrier 65; 5. Canepa 64; 6. Baroni 46; 7. Antonelli 44; 8. Reiterberger 42; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 140; 2. BMW 122; 3. Kawasaki 58; 4. Honda 52; 5. Yamaha 15.
The European Superstock 600 race provided a spectacular end to the UK Round held at Silverstone. The race win went to American Joshua Day (Revolution Racedays Kawasaki), who became the sixth different winner this year. In a sprint finish to the line Day got the edge on Australian Jed Metcher (MTM-RT Motorsports Yamaha) and Italian Riccardo Russo (Trasimeno Yamaha), who stepped onto the podium for the first time in his debut STK600 season. Romain Lanusse (MRS Yamaha Racing France) again failed to score a win but held off the challenge of Daniele Beretta (Trasimeno Yamaha) in the last few metres to keep his points lead intact. Brno winner Lombardi had an off day for the Martini Corse Yamaha team, the Italian finishing thirteenth and dropping to fourth in the table.
Race: 1. Day J. (USA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 20'14.620 (157,436 kph); 2. Metcher J. (AUS) Yamaha YZF R6 0.187; 3. Russo R. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 0.245; 4. Lanusse R. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 0.425; 5. Beretta D. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 0.816; 6. Egea S. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 5.074; 7. Schacht A. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 6.703; 8. Covena T. (NED) Yamaha YZF R6 7.124; etc.
Points (after 6 of 10 rounds): 1. Lanusse 94; 2. Metcher 81; 3. Day 76; 4. Lombardi 74; 5. Russo 54; 6. Vd Mark 51; 7. Duwelz 51; 8. Gregorini 35; etc.
Official Tyre Supplier
"Facing radically different conditions compared to Donington Park's race in March just 100 km north, Pirelli was prepared for the Silverstone Circuit with over 4800 tyres to support 140 riders. For SBK, these options consisted of an SC1, SC2 and a development mid-soft front tyre, along with an SC0 and intermediate rear. Superpole started off the weekend with BSB Championship rider and wildcard Hopkins (Suzuki) setting a new track record of 2'04.041 on Pirelli's Diablo Superbike qualifying tyres. During R1 of SBK with a racing surface of 31°C, the mid-soft ‘B' front and soft ‘B' rear was the popular tyre choice, with Laverty on a slightly harder SC1 rear tyre, Camier, Biaggi and Haslam on the SC2 front, and Haga and Guintoli on the SC1 front. Technical problems left both factory Aprilias out of podium contention, but race-winner Checa (Ducati) and the two Yamahas of Laverty and Melandri gave the fans a real race, rounded out by Hopkins (Suzuki) in the top 5. R2 of SBK saw a nearly identical result, with the factory Aprilias trailing the podium and Biaggi recording the Best Lap of 2'05.5. Supersport was equally productive, with development work on Diablo Supercorsa SC0's progressing well, having seen Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda finish on the podium and only a 2.5 second gap amongst them. Infront Motor Sport's contract with Pirelli as Official Tyre Supplier has been renewed through the end of 2015, confirming Pirelli's 8 years of continued tyre development for faster, closer and more entertaining racing." - Giorgio Barbier, Racing Director, Pirelli Moto
Pirelli BEST LAP Awards:
SBK Race 1 – Carlos Checa (Althea Racing), 2'06.045 (Lap 5)
SBK Race 2 – Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing), 2'05.525 (Lap 2)
Total BEST LAP (SBK): Checa C. (Althea Racing): 6, Biaggi M. (Aprilia Alitalia Racing): 5, Melandri M. (Yamaha World Superbike): 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
WSS – Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team), 2'09.771 (Lap 2)
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, Rea G. (Step Racing Team): 1, Harms R. (Harms Benjan Racing Team): 1
Stk1000 – Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Team), 2'08.796 (Lap 2)
Stk600 – Romain Lanusse (MRS Yamaha Racing France), 2'13.468 (Lap 3)
Foret podium at Silverstone
Fabien Foret took his fifth podium finish in six races at Silverstone today in round eight of the World Supersport championship at Silverstone in the UK.
The race was won by series leader Chaz Davies, with Spain's David Salom finishing just ahead of Foret in second. Foret's Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Florian Marino, was ninth.
Foret started from the second row of the grid but the French ace dropped some places at the start and had to fight his way to the front of the field. He led for two laps before a false neutral on Silverstone's back straight saw him drop to third.
Marino, conversely, began the 16-lap race around the 5.902km circuit from the front row and led for the opening two laps. However, tyre problems forced the 18-year-old from Cannes in France to drop back through the field in the closing laps.
Fabien Foret – third
Well it wasn't the result we wanted, but the weekend has been quite difficult, so I'll take it. I feel a bit sorry for the team though, because I didn't really do the best race here and had the wrong tyre. I wasn't 100% happy with the setting either, but I made some mistakes too, so it wasn't great. We didn't really find what we wanted on the bike and I'm sorry I couldn't get a better result for the team.
Florian Marino – ninth
I'm really disappointed with the result here. I got a good start and when Chaz passed me I could go with him. Even when I dropped to fourth, I was able to match his times but after nine or ten laps the rear tyre just went and I had no grip. After this I had to fight the bike so much just to get to the end. After a good qualifying I was confident for a nice result, but there are some positive things from the weekend so I can be confident going to Nurburgring.
Ronald ten Kate – team-manager
It was quite a hectic race today that saw both our riders leading. That was good for Florian in particular, because he's had some problems finding a setting for the machine, and he showed his true speed on the bike. We've had some problems trying to sort the bike for Fabien this weekend, but we never really got it perfect. We're happy with yet another podium although a win just before the summer holidays would have been nice. We're in a good connection with the leading group now and all we can do now is fight for race wins and try to make a big step towards the lead at Nurburgring.
FIM SUPERBIKE / SUPERSPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 09 SUNDAY JULY 31 SILVERSTONE, GREAT BRITAIN
Weather: Dry, Sunny
Temperature: Ambient 20/23 degrees C / Track 31/38 degrees C
LOWES FINDS MISFORTUNE AT HIS HOME RACE
In his second meeting as a replacement for the injured Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes (Castrol Honda) was unable to finish a race at round nine of the FIM Superbike World Championship held at Silverstone. In contrast World championship leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) extended his lead in the points standings with a double win, while Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) and his team-mate Marco Melandri took identical double podium finishes of second and third respectively.
Lowes started each 18-lap race in 18th position on the grid, but Lowes was to fall on lap six of race one, and then retire in race two after finding he could not lap competitively on his spare bike, which had some different settings from his crashed number one machine.
Regular rider Ruben Xaus was unable to compete at Silverstone due to injury, and when original planned replacement Karl Muggeridge was ruled out of the running, Fabrizio Lai (Castrol Honda) was drafted in as a late substitute.
He worked diligently in practice and qualified 21st, but was to fall in race one at turn six after losing the front. He posted a finish in 16th place in race two, but just missed out on a point by one place.
With Max Biaggi only 11th and then fourth today, Checa extended his championship lead to 62 points over Biaggi, 343 to 281. Melandri has 272 points, Laverty 208. Jonathan Rea is now 12th overall with 94 points, Xaus 16th with 44 points.
FORET THIRD IN THE SILVERSTONE RACE AND THE POINTS STANDINGS
Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) got involved in a fight for the podium places at Silverstone after qualifying sixth on the grid and finished 2.449 seconds from his first win of the season, in a race taken by championship leader Chaz Davies (Yamaha) from David Salom (Kawasaki). This was Foret's fifth podium of 2011.
Some top riders, including Brno race winner Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda) were to fall during the usual intense supersport contest, with Rea particularly unfortunate to first collide with fellow CBR600RR rider Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) in the early laps and then work his way back to a potential podium, only to crash trying to pass Foret.
Gino remounted to take 11th in the race, and go seventh in the championship standings. He had qualified fourth, for a front row start. Lowes crashed out after his collision with Rea, rejoining for a time, but being forced to retire with a damaged machine.
Balasz Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) made a remarkable run through the field from his 21st place on the grid, going seventh at the flag and in doing so proving to be second best Honda rider on the day. The 26-year-old Hungarian rider jumped up to 14th in the championship with his best finish to date.
Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) set the fastest lap of the day on the second circuit, but fell from third place on lap four. The Dane had been fifth in qualifying.
Silverstone is a favourite circuit of Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) and he went eighth in the race, one place up on young French rider Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Marino had been impressive in the lead in the early laps, but lost traction and several positions as the race counted out over all 16-laps. He had qualified an impressive third.
James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) slotted into the last place in the top ten, having been 16th on the grid and then being unable to make up crucial early places in the first few corners. The last Honda rider in the points was Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda), 13th after qualifying in 12th.
Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda) went 16th, Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) 17th, and Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing Honda) 18th. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) fell while pushing on from 16th place.
Chaz Davies is now in a strong championship position with 146 points, Salom has 104, Foret 101 and Broc Parkes (sixth today on a Kawasaki) 95.
Honda rider comments:
Alex Lowes (Castrol Honda)
Race result: DNF /DNF Championship position: 30th
"Race one was going OK, even though I made a bad start. I made some passes on other riders, was really enjoying it. I went into one of the corners a little bit fast, and slowed down too much in the middle of the corner, then got on the gas too much on the exit, so it was really my fault. It was a big crash and I felt pretty beaten up. In race two I had not much confidence and feeling on the second bike. The team worked really well and in some parts of the weekend we were pretty fast, but at the end of the weekend crashing out never helps a lot. The team and bike deserve to be a lot higher up, but I am taking some positives away because we had some positives."
Fabrizio Lai (Castrol Honda)
Race result: DNF / 16th Championship position: 31st
"It was a very difficult weekend because it is the first time at Silverstone, first time with this team this bike and all of it was very complicated. Today in race one I used a soft tyre and, before I fell, it was not giving me the best grip even after three laps. In race two I chose a harder tyre and it as very good in the corners, but then the problems was in the rear and I did not have the traction I wanted. I used more traction control to finish the race. I am sorry for this result for the team, all the people and myself."
Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 3rd. Championship position: 3rd
"The bike was OK, obviously good enough to take a podium, and my team worked hard. We did not find the best base setting ever this weekend, but the bike was good. It was really good in some areas in others I was struggling a bit. I think maybe I took the wrong tactics, as I felt I could have gone out in front at one stage, but I decided to wait. Then, I could not change my rhythm again, making a few mistakes. At the end I could not make it and I am a little sorry not to perform better this race, even if the bike set-up was not as good as I would have liked."
Balasz Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda)
Race result: 7th. Championship position: 14th
"We started quite far back because I had some problems in qualifying with my set up so I could not do one good fast lap. In the race I made a good start and I could gain some positions in every lap. In the last few laps I saw I had some chances to catch the riders before me and I pushed more. In the last two laps it was a bit hard with some overtaking and I was on the gravel sometimes, but in the end it was a very good result."
Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 11th. Championship position: 7th
"Fabien went in pretty tight into a left hander at the end and I just went in a bit wide to get underneath him on the right, and the front just tucked. It was a weird crash, but maybe the tyre had just gone off. I did not have the same feeling from the bike after Sam hit me from behind, so maybe it had buckled the rear wheel a bit and it made the bike react differently, making me run on after lots of backing-in. I lost loads of time and it was frustrating just to have to re-pass people and try to catch up to the front guys. I'm a bit disappointed in myself so I feel sorry for the team and we could have had a strong result. Had I not run off twice we could have definitely been on the podium."
Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 9th. Championship position: 11th
"I had a good start, but if I tried to run a big lean angle at the end to make the bike turn I started to close the front and I was not getting grip. When the rear tyre was OK, I was OK. At the end I was almost crashing every lap so I had to slow down. I was feeling good at the beginning but near the end I was two or three seconds slower than the pace I could do."
James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda)
Race result: 10th. Championship position: 12th
"I had a bit of a plan in the race, to go inside at the first corner and use a part of the kerb, but a few others had the same plan! I needed to get past at least four people to get with the fast guys, but I couldn't because of the other riders around. It was an uphill battle, but the bike felt pretty good all weekend, and we have changed only clicks here and there on suspension. We lost a bit of practice time with crashes and being taken out, so we were lacking a bit of track time on it."
Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: DNF. Championship position: 6th
"I have to apologise to everyone for the non finish, my team especially, and the fans out there. From the pace the race was run at I know I could have done a good job, but that is all ifs and buts and you do not get anything for that. Congratulations to Chaz on his win, but we are really disappointed. I just made a mistake and that is racing."
CHECA AND ALTHEA RACING CELEBRATE THE 300TH, AND ALSO 301ST, SBK WIN FOR DUCATI TODAY AT SILVERSTONE; CHECA INCREASES HIS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD!
Silverstone (UK), Sunday 31st July 2011: the Althea Racing team and rider Carlos Checa had several reasons to celebrate today at the Silverstone circuit; the team has achieved the 300th Superbike race win for Ducati, followed by the 301st in race 2! The second race also gave the Spanish rider another reason to smile as it was his 100th Superbike start.
Checa made a strong start to race one and was fourth at the end of lap one. He fought with Haga for third position through the first laps and passed both him and Hopkins on the third. Giving chase to Laverty, he got past him on lap six to take the lead. By mid-race he had built up a two second lead over the Yamaha rider but did not slow his pace for anyone, continuing to put in some extremely fast lap times all the way to the line, to win with a 3.3 second advantage. Carlos also made the fastest lap of the race, obtaining his sixth Pirelli prize of the season.
The second race was also significant for the fact that is was championship leader Checa's 100th race in World Superbike. The Althea Racing rider was fifth at the first corner but up to second by the end of the first lap. In the initial stages he battled hard to reach leader Laverty and was able to get by him on lap six, just as he had done in race one. From that point on, he worked hard to slowly increase his advantage and he defended his position perfectly. He crossed the line 2.2 seconds ahead of Laverty, to take another 25 points for the championship.
Thanks to today's fantastic double win, Checa has extended his championship advantage to 62 points. He holds a total of 343 points to second-place Biaggi's 281. Ducati continues to lead the manufacturer's championship with 355 points to 320 of Yamaha and Aprilia.
"It was a wonderful day. I didn't believe that it would be possible to win here, but we managed to do it twice over! To achieve the 300th win for Ducati is an important result and we are all very happy to have been able to repeat this in race two. I thank everyone involved, my team, Ducati and all the sponsors. I also heard that I have now completed 100 SBK races. I didn't know this but the important thing is that I still feel young and am not yet 100 years old! We have a good advantage for now but as we all know, it is hard to build up points and easy to lose them. We now head to tracks where I have had some good results in the past but we are taking it one step at a time; nothing is a given. It's been a fantastic weekend that I will remember forever. Now the team can go on holiday in a more relaxed state of mind."
Genesio Bevilacqua, General Manager dof Althea Racing:
"A double win that gives us great satisfaction. We've achieved two wins at just the right time and they help increase our championship advantage. A true demonstration of strength by our rider who made the most of everything we have given him on a technical level. I would like to underline that it has been a difficult weekend from a media point of view; I think that our rivals should clarify their declarations as they continue to insist that they believe us to be at an advantage when the opposite is in fact true. What we bring to the floor is our strength as a team, a great rider and a bike that has less acceleration. We also lose at least 12km/h of top speed at every track. I would therefore like to see more respect being paid when it comes to the hard work of our team and our rider. We will continue to work to achieve our objectives and Ducati's objective."
Ernesto Marinelli, Superbike Project Director in Ducati
"Today was a memorable day for Ducati and for everyone that has shared in the years of passion, races and wins. We have crossed a line that no other manufacturer has every reached – 300 SBK wins… And now 301… In thanking all of the teams and riders that have made Ducati history, I also thank Carlos who, with his enormous talent, has added the victory that we needed in order to reach this milestone. Another big thank-you goes to Genesio and the entire Althea team for their passion, determination and professionalism that has led to such great results this year."
Upbeat Ellison 10th at Silverstone
BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's James Ellison finished the eighth round of the World Supersport Championship at Silverstone in 10th place after starting from 16th on the grid.
Silverstone rookie Pawel Szkopek on the other Bogdanka PTR Honda crashed uninjured while battling for a point scoring position on lap 10 out of 16. Series leader, Chaz Davies, won the race with round nine taking place at the Nurburgring in Germany on the first weekend of September.
James Ellison: "I knew it would be difficult to come from 16th on the grid. I tried to make a move on the inside of the first corner but two or three riders had the same idea. We were close to crashing and lost a lot of places but from then on it was a case of picking others up. We were catching the guys in sixth and seventh so potentially it could've been a very good race but the problem was we missed too much track time yesterday."
Pawel Szkopek: "I was fighting hard with Iannuzzo. He was slower than me in some corners but was defending his position well and it forced me to lose the front on the brakes. It's a pity as I could've scored another point today but we still learned a lot this weekend and found some interesting setup solutions. We have a bit of a break now and I'm looking to work hard to be in perfect shape for the last four races of the season."
Simon Buckmaster: "It is a top 10 for James and we will take the positives out of that. We all need to work harder to achieve the results that both James and the team are capable of.
"Pawel started well and was fighting for points when he made a mistake under braking. He is showing good potential but we must work with him to finish the races consistently."
Miguel superb as Sam falls
PARKALGAR HONDA'S Miguel Praia recovered from 17th place at the end of the opening lap to take a competitive eighth place at the eighth round of the World Supersport Championship at Silverstone in the UK.
Sam Lowes fell out of the race on the third lap after running into the rider in front of him mid-corner. He remounted but was unable to finish. The next round of the Championship is at the Nurburgring in Germany on the 4th September.
Miguel: "I was blocked in at the start and lost many places. I then came back and started passing a lot of people. I had a good fight with James Ellison and as my tyre went away I adjusted my traction control settings and was able to break away from him and finished eighth. The important thing is my race pace is very good - I finished just 14-seconds down on the winner and only three seconds from fifth. I lost at least five seconds on the first lap or two but then ran a quick pace for the rest of the race. My problem is I must qualify better and learn how to go a second a lap faster with a new tyre; we have the top five pace if we can qualify and get away at the front. A big thank you to Parkalgar Honda for working so hard and giving me a good bike to race."
Sam: "I just want to say sorry to everyone who came here to cheer me on and to my Parkalgar Honda team. I made a mistake and ran into a rider in front of me early on in the race and lost the front, crashing out. We are working hard and we will get the job right soon."
Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: "Miguel was boxed in at the start but he worked his way through the field. He had a great race and passed Marino again on the last corner - for the second time this season - to take a superb eighth. That's a good encouraging result.
"Sam got a bit excited at the start of the race and made a mistake that cost him the chance to win. He's young but he has the talent and the speed; we will work with him to put in place the last piece of the jigsaw that will see him winning races - his day is coming soon."
TOUGH DAY FOR FABRIZIO AT SILVERSTONE
Team Suzuki Press Office - July 31.
Team Alstare Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio endured a tough time at today's World Superbike Championship round at Silverstone in the UK: He crashed out of the first race and then suffered tyre problems almost from the start of the second and was forced to ride cautiously just to make the finish.
Spaniard Carlos Checa (Ducati) ran away with both races - his fourth double of the season - and took his tally of victories to 10 this year. In both today's 18-lap races, Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) took second; with team mate Marco Melandri third.
Michel Fabrizio - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 9th:
"I am disappointed with how things worked out today. I think the crash in race one was probably a bit my fault. I high-sided on lap one, maybe because I was pushing a bit too hard and a bit too soon. I hurt my right collarbone and gave my right hip and thigh a pretty good bang, so I was a bit battered and bruised for race two.
"Because the track temperature was quite hot, we chose a hard front tyre for the second as we felt that a soft one would get destroyed too soon. But the front was a bit too hard and I just couldn't get any mid-corner grip after just a couple of laps. From then on, it was a struggle to maintain my position and when I got passed by a few riders I couldn't do anything about it. I kept pushing as hard as I could and finished a frustrating ninth place. It was a pity, because I had qualified on the second row of the grid and, as I know that my race-pace is normally very good, I was looking forward to at least top-four finishes and maybe even a podium. Racing is like this sometimes and I have to put today behind me, enjoy the upcoming break; and then look forward to better times in the next round at the Nurburgring."
Outstanding Double Podium for Both Laverty and Melandri at Silverstone
Yamaha World Superbike Team riders Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri were on top form at Silverstone today claiming an impressive double podium a head in the warm British sunshine. Laverty and Melandri completed two solid races in second and third places respectively at the historic track where the Yamaha R1 has proved it's strength yet again.
In race one, Eugene Laverty shot off his second place on the grid to immediately take the lead, a position he proceeded to hold until the last turn of the sixth lap when he surrendered to the championship leader, Checa. The 25 year old World Superbike rookie pushed hard, holding off advances from Hopkins and Camier behind to complete the first race of this home round in second place, in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Fellow Teammate Marco Melandri was on equally impressive form, moving up to fifth place off the grid. A strong battle with Hopkins and Camier mid race saw the Italian interchange positions with his adversaries on several occasions. Melandri was shadowing Camier and preparing to make his move when the Brit was forced to prematurely retire due to engine failure with just three laps to go. The Italian then proceeded to complete the race in third place, joining his Yamaha World Superbike teammate on the podium.
Laverty and Melandri proved to be just as determined and consistent in race two, which was almost a replica of the first race of the day. Laverty performed flawlessly, holding the lead until the sixth lap before finally powering his YZF-R1 to the chequered flag in second place while his teammate followed close behind to claim the third spot on the second podium of the day. From a perfect second row start off the grid, Melandri shot up to fourth place. The Italian, bottled necked in traffic was caused to fall back to fifth and then sixth place before regaining fourth by lap 10. While holding off advances from Biaggi, Melandri proceeded to battle his way up to third place.
Following today's incredible performance and four podiums, Yamaha is now holding second place in the Manufacturers standings. Melandri leaves Silverstone with 272 points and sitting in third place in the standings, having succeeded in closing the gap to Biaggi in second place, to just 9 points and 71 points short of Checa in the lead. Laverty is sitting in a solid fourth place on 158 points, 64 behind his teammate and 50 ahead of Haslam in fifth. With four rounds left to go and eight races, there are still a total of 200 points up for graps.
Eugene Laverty - Yamaha World Superbike Team - 2nd, 2nd
"Yes I'm happy with the 40 points today. Not a victory but two second places are quite good. In race one Carlos went by me and pushed on but I had some limits with the bike so I couldn't really catch up. In the end, second place was more than enough. In race two I really wanted to push for a victory, especially to cheer up my brother John in hospital, but I'm sure he's happy with my results. I had a better second race, I changed the tyre and there was an improvement. In the later part of the race I tried to move my body position on the bike and began to close in on Carlos, but when I did, he reacted. He had the edge on us today so he would have been extremely difficult to beat".
Marco Melandri - Yamaha World Superbike Team - 3rd, 3rd
"In race one, I had a very unstable bike, I didn't have a good feeling from the beginning of the race and struggled with a lack of rear grip. I lost a lot of time with Hopkins and Haga in front of me and it wasn't easy to get by. We changed the tyre before race two to get better grip on the left side, but I hit a stone with my knee on the straight and it caused me to lose a lot of time on that lap. I started to improve then and saw I could catch Camier . I was struggling to keep Max at bay but I pushed to stay ahead. I'm happy with my double podium today. Now I'm looking forward to some holidays and I hope to come back stronger than ever."
Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
"Two great races today! Four podiums in an event is an amazing result. Eugene did a fantastic job, at his home round in front of his many fans. He managed both races perfectly, with two great starts off the grid, sitting in the lead before Checa overtook him, then following him to the flag. Great job! Marco got a good start from his second row on the grid but got held up with Hopkins and lost precious seconds trying to get away from his adversaries, especially in the second race. Well done to both sides of the garage, they worked really hard yet again. We highlighted once again the strength of the R1, which has taken Yamaha into the second place in the manufacturer's standings and consolidated the lead in the 2011 Team standings."
Davies Claims Spectacular Home Race Victory at Silverstone
Chaz Davies was protagonist of the World Supersport race today at his home round at Silverstone, powering his YZF- R6 to claim his fourth race win of the season. From a less than perfect eighth place on the grid, Davies shot into third place at the start and worked his way up to claim the leading position by just lap three. Determined to impress his numerous fans at his home race, the Welshman fought hard to hold off his adversaries. Briefly surrendering his lead to Foret mid race, Davies reclaimed the position by lap eleven, from where he proceeded to the finish line, snatching the chequered flag. Davies struggled throughout the weekend's qualifying sessions and was unable to secure a front row start for today's race. The Yamaha ParkinGO team made impressive improvements on his R6 set up allowing the Brit to perform to his potential and deliver yet another race victory.
Teammate Luca Scassa had a less successful race day. The Italian encountered several issues throughout the weekend and had to settle for the third row on this afternoon's grid. The Italian fought hard to push through the pack and climb up to ninth place. Struggling with the tyre issues, Scassa was unable to fight off his adversaries and was bumped down to 12th place by the end of the 16 lap race.
Chaz Davies remains at the top of the World Supersport championship on 146 points, 42 ahead of Salom in second place. Despite the less than perfect race, Luca Scassa managed to retain his fifth place and now has a total of 83 points, 12 points short of Parkes in fourth.
Chaz Davies - Yamaha ParkinGO Team - 1st
"It was great to get a win at my home race. It was definitely one of the best races of the year. There were a good few passes back and forth so it wasn't easy to get the win. I was eighth on the grid, we struggled all weekend as I couldn't get that fast lap in to get on the front row. I got off to a good start and did my best to hold the pace. I wasn't sure which tyres to use so I think we must have made the right choice and I'm relieved with that. It was a great battle with the guys and I had so much fun. Thanks so much to my team, they did a great job and I want to dedicate the win to my sister, who celebrates her birthday today."
Luca Scassa - Yamaha ParkinGo Team - 12th
"I thought I had resolved the issues I had in this weekend's qualifying and I was sure I'd be able to fight for a podium. I got off to a good start and pushed hard to battle through the pack. I did my best to fight on but then I started to struggle with the tyres and began to lose positions. I'm disappointed but I'll do my best at the next round in Nurburgring."
Lascorz Seventh In Race One, Luckless In Race Two
WSBK, Silverstone, Great Britain, 31 July 2011
Joan Lascorz rode brilliantly in race one from 19th place on the grid to take seventh place, and was only stopped in race two by a water leak caused by a collision with another rider.
Lascorz made short work of passing other riders in the midfield once he had recovered from a start that saw him 19th on lap one, then get to seventh place on lap ten of 18. He maintained this placing to the flag, to go 11th in the championship, on 97 points.
In race two Lascorz collided with James Toseland as three riders ran off track in the first lap, and unknown to Joan his machine lost all its coolant water. He went out on lap seven when his bike overheated.
Tom Sykes was forced to miss the race on Sunday at Silverstone, being unable to start due to the beating his body had taken in a free practice crash on Saturday. Sykes is now concentrating on getting himself fit and ready for the next round, at the Nürburgring on September 4.
Pedercini Team rider Mark Aitchison was running well in race one when a problem with his brakes saw him run wide and then fall, but he scored two points for 14th in race two. His team-mate Roberto Rolfo was 13th in race one, but retired from race two.
Joan Lascorz: "We had one good result and one unlucky one, but my bike felt even better in the second race than the first one. It was unfortunate that Toseland collided with me because his footpeg went into a water hose on my bike and it ran the cooling system dry, which meant I could not finish. I think I could have had a top six if that had not happened. I was seventh in race one and that is not so bad having qualified 19th. We have to improve in qualifying but it is good to know that I can make a good race pace on the bike when things work out."
Tom Sykes: "I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a bus and because we do not want to cause any further potential damage to my ankle we decided not to race. I also have a lot of pain and stiffness in my neck, back and shoulders. After qualifying on the fourth row because I could not make it into Superpole, I was not going to get anything too much out of this weekend, and the risk was a little too much. I do not want to speculate on my ankle injury until I see a specialist tomorrow."
Salom Second And Parkes Sixth
WSS, Silverstone, Great Britain, 31 July 2011
David Salom started from pole and was only a second from winning a 16-lap race at Silverstone, having battled with the leading riders almost until the end of the race. Broc Parkes was sixth.
The Kawasaki Motocard.com Ninja ZX-6R riders found the competition tough in the early laps, with some top names like Robin Harms, Sam Lowes and Gino Rea crashing or running off the circuit. The race settled into a pattern of Parkes vying for a top six finish which he achieved, and Salom looking capable of the win once he and Fabien Foret had caught up to the early leaders.
Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki team rider Massimo Roccoli had a great run through to fifth place, and in doing so went tenth in the championship. His team-mate Vittorio Iannuzzo scored a point for 15th.
In the European Superstock 600 race American rider Joshua Day won a thrilling contest that saw five riders inside the same second across the line. The Revolution Racedays Kawasaki rider became the sixth different competitor to win in six races so far. He is now third in the rankings, only 18 points from the leader Romain Lanusse.
David Salom: "A good result for us. Right at the very end I had the same tyre performance as Chaz, both very good. I tried hard in the braking zones but Chaz is very strong in braking and it was not possible to make a pass. I passed at one stage but he got me back again. I think it was possible to win, but only if I had been right at the front straight away. My race pace was good and I'm happy for the team because we worked very hard. Second position in the championship now, which is very good for me this year, but Chaz is quite far ahead. I still think it is possible to fight for the championship. It will be difficult, but we have four races left and I think I am the only rider to have finished in the points in every race so far."
Broc Parkes: "We struggled in the race big time and didn't have the pace all weekend. It was damage limitation really, a matter of seeing what I could do in the race. For some reason our set-up is not working the way we want it. I could do the same consistent lap time but to have the pace to get to the front I could not pass people. Sixth was not so good for our championship push but we came out of here with some points and we have to improve and go into the last part of the season and see what we can do."