2012 Misano World Superbike and World Supersport Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after this weekend's round of the series at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli:

WSBK Misano - Team Italia FMI wraps up 4th and 5th places in the Stk1000

Barrier wins in Misano. La Marra finishes ahead of Savadori. A red flag during the fourth lap splits the race in two.

At the start of the Fim Cup Stock1000, Eddi La Marra takes off and defends his pole position, while Lorenzo Savadori, 6th on the grid, is third at Turn 1.

The trio, with Magnoni in between the two Barni Racing Team Italia riders, pulls away from Barrier and Raitemberger. The German's bike, after an innocuous crash, spills oil on the track and the race is red-flagged during lap 4.

At the new start, La Marra is still first with Savadori on his tail. With the race shortened to six laps, the battle rages from early on, with the Italian duo fighting the attacks of Barrier and Magnoni.

Baroni climbs back during the last few laps, closing in second place behind teammate Barrier. In third place, Magnoni pips La Marra by a few thousandths of a second. Savadori closes in fifth position.

With today's victory, Barrier is the championship leader ahead of Savadori. La Marra is third in the standings.

Eddi La marra (Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati#47) 4th, +0"571

"The bike worked well and I was aiming at the victory, but red flags make things more difficult. I got off a good start, but then tyres made us suffer a bit. I'm ready to fight back in Aragon."

Lorenzo Savadori (Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati#32) 5th, +2"269

"I started well twice, but the second time was more difficult and I had to play defense. The team worked well, but the tyres didn't help us. Still, it's a long championship and our target remains the same."

Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"It's a little disappointing. It isn't the first time this year we could win but a red flag, aptly exposed, influences our performance. Our tyres don't work as well after a re-start. Three riders are fighting for the championship, two of which our ours. We have the potential to do better soon."

FIM Cup Superstock1000 standings

1) Barrier 75pt.; 2) Savadori 64pt.; 3) La Marra 61pt.; 4) Reitemberger 41pt.; 5) Baroni 40pt.

Team Italia FMI Stk1000 and Stk600 will hit the track again on July 1 in Aragon.

Tough Misano for Bogdanka PTR Honda

BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's Sam Lowes was on course for a podium finish in the sixth round of the World Supersport Championship at Misano in San Marino after starting from pole position, before crashing on lap 12 but remounting to finish 18th. The Briton is now third in the overall standings.

World Supersport rookie, Mathew Scholtz, was fighting for a point scoring position when another rider clipped the front wheel of his Bogdanka PTR Honda on lap five, which resulted in the South Afrian crashing, luckily uninjured.

Bogdanka Honda PTR's Marek Szkopek, standing in for his injured brother Pawel, had a promising start to his first ever World Supersport race, closing in on the top 20 before crashing without injury on lap 13. The seventh round of the World Supersport Championship will take place at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain in three weeks time.

Sam Lowes: "I had a good start and took the lead but I had to adjust my clutch straight away which wasn't easy. After five or six laps I got settled into a rhythm and started to make my way up to third position. After the crash I had to turn the electronics off because of a damaged sensor. The right foot peg was damaged and so was the brake lever so it was really difficult but I got back up and continued, bringing the bike home in the end."

Mathew Scholtz: "I was feeling good and fighting for a point scoring position when another rider ran a bit wide and as he got back on the racing line, he clipped my front wheel with his rear wheel and there was nothing I could do. It's not the end of the weekend we were expecting but we're moving on to Aragon which is a track that I know and I'm confident we can have a good weekend there."

Marek Szkopek: "I was very determined to do well in my first World Supersport race and had a good pace after the start. I was catching up the riders in front of me and we were on course for a top 20 finish which was our goal before the race. Unfortunately, I had a front end crash and that was it. Thanks to the team as it was a great new experience for me to ride in the World Championship."

Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: "Sam got a really good start but the clutch dragged and went to full reach. It took him a little time to adjust the clutch and he lost some time. Then he was in a safe third and lost the rear and crashed. It is unfortunate after such a good effort all weekend. Mathew didn't anticipate the actions of the rider in front of him and crashed out when they made contact. That was unfortunate also as he was showing another promising weekend but didn't achieve the result he deserved. He has the talent and speed and it will happen for him."

Close second for Jules at Misano

PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel enjoyed a race long battle at the front of the sixth round of the World Supersport Championship at Misano in Italy, finishing runner-up and moving up to second in the overall standings.

Ronan Quarmby was a solid ninth when he crashed out on the seventh lap. He remounted but was forced to retire due to damage to his PTR Honda. Martin Jessopp on the Riders PTR Honda continued to improve despite his broken collarbone, starting in 27th and finishing a determined 19th.

The season enters its second half at the seventh round at Aragon in Spain on Sunday July 1st. Before then, Jules will be taking part alongside his Bogdanka PTR Honda stable mate Sam Lowes at the Open Race at the British GP at Silverstone next weekend, June 16th - 17th.

Jules: "I tried to catch Kenan but he was too fast in places while I was faster on others. Near the end I tried but it was too many risks and I made two mistakes that allowed him to get a small lead. Anyway, I am really happy, this is my third time on the podium in a row and I am now second in the Championship which is good for the PTR team, me and the rest of the season. I am really happy. Next time I want to be first and I will do my best."

Ronan: "I got an OK start but then Sheriden made a move on the inside and pushed me wide and I ran off the track. I was losing drive with the rear spinning and I tried to make a move on the brakes and lost the front. I remounted but the bike was too badly damaged to finish the race. It is disappointing but I'll take the positives from my best every qualifying and look forward to Aragon."

Martin: "Jules bullied me into getting a pain relieving injection before the race - I am not fond of needles but he has had a few before and said I should do it. For the first six laps I felt good and managed to get through some traffic and up to where I normally would be but then the pain came back. I managed to maintain my lap times but it was a lonely race. I am mega chuffed just to finish because on Friday morning I didn't know whether I could even ride. Now I'll concentrate on healing before the next round and improve for the second half of the season."

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "It is another great result for Jules. He fought Kenan all the way and only lost a little bit at the end. It is a superb job by him and the team and it is great he is up to second in championship. Ronan didn't get the best of starts but was coming through the field and was a little frustrated. He clipped a rider and went down. He will come back stronger after an impressive performance in qualifying. It was a good job by Martin just to finish this race given his injury and he now has three weeks before Aragon to heal further."


Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 10th June 2012: another difficult day for the Althea Racing team today at the Misano World Circuit. The team celebrated a double podium in race 1 when Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano crossed the line in second and third place respectively, both having put on an impressive show in front of the Italian crowds; unfortunately the success was not to continue, with both riders crashing out of the second race.

Race 1 – by the end of the first lap Davide was up in third position and Carlos, having already made up ground thanks to a very fast start, lay ninth (having started from sixteenth on the grid). While Giugliano chased down Sykes and Haslam, Checa got past Melandri before heading into battle with Biaggi. On the eighth lap Carlos recorded the fastest lap of the race (1m36.0), moving gradually closer to the leading group. Towards the middle of the race, Giugliano, having passed both Sykes and Haslam, moved into second position. A couple of laps later Checa was up in fifth ahead of Melandri and Sykes. The current champion’s impressive recovery continued and at the sixteenth lap he was in third position, right behind Biaggi, second. At the same time Giugliano moved into first position, holding the lead for six laps until three laps from the end of the race, when ‘veterans’ Max and Carlos moved in front of him. The fight for victory went down to the wire; Checa crossed the line in eventual second position, just three tenths of a second behind winner Biaggi, while Giugliano finished third, earning a very well deserved second podium place of the season.

Race 2 – once again the two Althea riders made strong starts. By the end of lap one Giugliano was fourth and Checa, closing in on the leading group, in eighth position. On lap three, while in the process of making another incredible recovery, there was contact between himself and Melandri. The Italian tried to pass in a dangerous point of the track, causing Carlos to crash out as a result. Unfortunately the Spaniard was unable to continue with the race, returning immediately to the garage. Giugliano meanwhile pushed hard to catch Rea, passing him during the course of the fourth lap and moving into third position. As he pushed to catch Sykes, he unexpectedly found himself on the ground without warning.

As the seventh round of the championship comes to a close, Carlos lies in fifth position in the general standings with 150.5 points, while Davide is ninth with 80 points. Ducati leads the manufacturer’s championship with 222.5 points to Aprilia’s 221.

The Althea Racing team and riders Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano will return to the Misano World Circuit in less than two weeks time for World Ducati Week, taking place between 21st and 24th June.

Carlos Checa:

“Considering our position on the grid, and the fact that it’s not at all easy to make passes at Misano, the result in race 1 was pretty good. I admit that I didn’t expect to be up there fighting for the win today but I was able to make up ground, which was no easy task! Max was strong today, well done to him and to Davide who rode a fantastic race! Then what can I say about race 2? It seems like this season we are under fire from all sides. Marco pushed me out through the corner, which is strange as he’s normally more careful but anyway that’s how it went. It’s a real pity as I could have made another good race and taken important points.”

Davide Giugliano:

“I’m really happy with how race 1 went. We’re gaining experience race after race and I’m trying to put everything that the team and Ducati has given me to good use. I knew that the last phase of the race would be more difficult and I was right; I started to have grip issues and got a little nervous when I saw Carlos and Max right behind me! I’m really happy with the result, and the fact that it comes here at Misano. On the other hand, I’m really sorry about what happened in the second race. I was lapping very fast and doing all I could to stick with the leading group. Perhaps I pushed a little too hard and it was game over. I apologise to my team, that has worked so hard for me this weekend, to the fans and I’m also sorry for how Carlos’ race came to an end.”

Genesio Bevilacqua – General Manager of Althea Racing:

“Another difficult day, though we partly made up for the problem we had in qualifying in race 1. A fantastic second place finish for Carlos and above all a great performance by Davide who showed us exactly the kind of race we believed he could make, as a result of which we can consider our rider to be a force to be reckoned with, a frontrunner. In the second race Carlos made a good start once more, he was able to make up lost ground and was there, close to the leaders. Then, in the key stages of the race, a strange incident occurred in which I saw Melandri take a rather aggressive approach in a risky point of the track; he should have waited rather than try to pass there. Davide proved to be quick once again. He didn’t want to miss out on a second podium and so was perhaps pushing harder than usual. Perhaps he could have controlled his emotions a little better but when you race at this level anything can happen; he has nevertheless undoubtedly proved to be a contender, and we hope he continues in a similar vein for the rest of the season.”

Misano: mix fortunes for Chaz Davies

Race 1

Chaz Davies has impressed the fans in Misano with a great improvement on race 1, finishing in 6th place after starting from 21st on the grid. Chaz’s race has been full of spectacular attacking manouvers allowing the British rider and his Aprilia RSV4 to arrive together with the best.

On the first lap, the ParkinGO MTC Racing rider got back 4 positions of the 15 recovered all the way to the chequered flag.

Race 2

In race 2, after starting with more confidence, Chaz took the same strategy, getting to 10th position in only a few laps.

Unfortunately his come back was interrupted nine laps to the end of the race after loosing the front when he was closing up the gap with both Kawasaki.

The conditions of the bike after his crash didn’t allow the British rider to get back on the race.

Chaz Davies after race 1

It has been fun! The bike was very consistent, not great but fun to ride and manage.

Last night the team changed a few things on the front allowing me to ride it better and finally breaking the wall of the 36’s after going through the wall of the 38 and 37.4 during this weekend.

Rea back on the podium in Misano

Jonathan Rea returned to the podium in the second of today’s seventh-round eni FIM World Superbike championship races at Misano in Italy, finishing second after taking fifth place in the opener. Both races were won by Italian Max Biaggi.

The 4.226km Misano circuit was the venue for Rea’s debut World Superbike victory in 2009, and today’s podium – the 27th for the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland – is his third in as many rounds, moving him into second place in the championship.

In significantly cooler temperatures than those he experienced during practice and qualifying, race one began well for Rea. Starting from second on the grid, he led from the opening lap until rear tyre issues dropped him from first place to fifth in just five laps.

However, track temperatures increased by almost 20 degrees between races, allowing Rea’s Honda World Superbike Team to use the first choice rear tyre for race two. He was shadowed for most of the race by fellow British rider, Leon Haslam, but Rea rode a controlled race to take 20 points at the flag.

His team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama finished just outside the points with 16th place in race one after experiencing similar tyre issues, but the 30-year-old Japanese rider bounced back to a points finish with 12th in race two.

Jonathan Rea – 5th and 2nd

The first race was quite strange and I was comfortable at the front in the first part, but then the tyre went off so quickly and dramatically and it was all I could do to bring it home in fifth. I had to ride a perfect race in the second outing because from about lap nine I had ‘+0, Haslam’ on my board and that went on for the whole race. In the beginning of that race I got stuck behind Tom [Sykes] and Giuliano was being quite aggressive, so I got out of my rhythm a bit. But I stayed calm and re-grouped and made a nice pass on Tom. I made no mistakes but Leon stayed very close so he gave me a lot of pressure. I rode the best last laps that I could and it’s good to finish second here after struggling in the last couple of years. Now summer has arrived, I’m happy that our bike is working on the softer ‘A’ tyre and my guys are working calmly in the box. To get back on the podium at a circuit where we struggled so much before is good. I& rsquo;m looking forward to going to Aragon now – it’s exciting, because it’s going to be a new circuit for me and I always enjoy that challenge.

Hiroshi Aoyama – 16th and 12th

It’s been another difficult weekend for me. In race one we struggled a bit and I got stuck with some slower riders. When I got past the gap to the next group was too big and the tyre started to lose a lot of grip. In the second race it was difficult to feel the bike, maybe because of the higher temperature. It was a hard race but we got some points in the end. It was not so bad but position-wise I’m not so happy. I’ll try to think about what can do to make it better for the next race in Aragon and I will do my best there.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

Race one was actually quite disappointing. Because of the cooler conditions, we didn’t have the right tyre in the back and that was an issue for both riders. In race two the temperature was fortunately a lot hotter and we were able to use our original choice for the weekend. Jonathan had to get into a rhythm which allowed Biaggi to make a gap but he finished a strong second, holding off Haslam for most of the race. We’re second in the championship with Jonathan now, so, all-in-all, not bad. With Hiroshi, he finished 12th in race two, well in the points, which was a positive end to the day. We have a test at Assen next week with a few things up our sleeve to try and hopefully we can be in a stronger position at Aragon.

Biaggi has a wonder day as he extends his lead

Misano Adriatico (Italy), June 10, 2012 – Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) left Misano with the sound of his fan club members’ voices ringing in his ears after he completed a home double that will long be remembered by all 67,000 weekend spectators. He pushed his career win total to 19 today. These were Biaggi’s second and third wins of the year, but the first since the opening race in Australia, way back in February.

Having started off the third row in each race Biaggi made up places quickly and held off the close pressure from Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) in race one, then he had a clear win from Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) in race two. Biaggi has been the most consistent of the top riders in 2012 so far, but today he proved that when his bike is right he can also compete for race wins again.

Another rider from Rome, Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) had a podium day, third in race one, his second top three finish as a rookie in SBK racing. Off the podium positions at Misano, Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Aprilia) was an excellent sixth, after starting 21st on the grid, while Kawasaki Racing Team rider Loris Baz rode with panache and pushed to score eighth in race two, just behind his team-mate Tom Sykes. Wild-card man Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team Ducati) was 15th in race one but a much-improved tenth in race two.

In the championship fight, Biaggi is on 210.5 points, Rea is second on 172 and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) has 164.5, after finishing fourth and seventh today.

Race 1

Biaggi rode from the third row to the win, after a superb performance in front of his home crowd. With many passes and changes throughout the race he had to ride hard at the end to defend from another lowly starter, Checa, who finished second, having started 16th. Giugliano secured a combative third place, with Sykes fourth after riding up front at the start, then dropping to seventh for a time. He overhauled long time race leader Jonathan Rea.

Max Biaggi: “This weekend didn’t start in the best way for us, that kind of Superpole out of the top 4 made it so difficult to come back. There are not many places to overtake here at Misano but in the end I found a way, someone made some mistakes, and little by little we tried to climb the mountain to get to the top.”

Carlos Checa: “It was an amazing result considering the position we started in. Today we fixed yesterday’s mistake, finally fighting for the win which was unthinkable because of the difficulties in this track to overtake. Second and third is great for the team, it was tough and in the end Max was stronger.”

Davide Giugliano: “This is a track I like a lot and where the Ducati has always gone well but now we have to confirm our good form. The race was splendid, I demanded a lot from the bike and the tyres for half the race, then after the mid-point I began to suffer. I knew that Carlos and Max were arriving, then when I saw the black ‘shadow’ of Biaggi let’s say it wasn’t much fun because I used to watch him all the time on TV when I was a kid!”

Results: 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 24 Laps/101.424 km in 38'58.471 average 156.139 kph; 2. Checa (Ducati) 0.305; 3. Giugliano (Ducati) 4.503; 4. Sykes (Kawasaki) 8.858; 5. Rea (Honda) 11.627; 6. Davies (Aprilia) 12.258; 7. Laverty (Aprilia) 12.551; 8. Guintoli (Ducati) 13.561; 9. Smrz (Ducati) 17.014; 10. Camier (Suzuki) 18.361; 11. Badovini (BMW) 20.029; 12. Haslam (BMW) 22.082; 13. Berger (Ducati) 22.966; 14. Fabrizio (BMW) 27.014; 15. Baiocco (Ducati) 31.133; 16. Aoyama (Honda) 31.719; etc.

Race 2

Biaggi secured a second brilliant victory, pulling clear after some early action with other riders and winning by a margin of 5.355 seconds, easing down in the final lap. Rea and Haslam had a long fight for second with Rea securing it. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia Gold Bet) had another personal duel that went the way of Melandri. The top five riders were covered by only seven seconds at the flag. Race one co-stars Checa and Giugliano each crashed out of race two.

Max Biaggi: “It was an unbelievable weekend, it was such a long time since my first win in Australia in February. Now we are back in first position and it’s great. This race was amazingly difficult, much sliding of the tyres, chattering and it’s a difficult place to race at the top level. I won these races that make me happy, one in the last two laps and the other when you take the lead and go. I can’t ask for more, thanks to all the boys who always try to help me win.”

Jonathan Rea: “Really happy, my bike worked pretty good. I felt like I was riding well and enjoying myself as well. I had stronger pace than Sykes at the beginning and once I got past I could maintain the pace to Max who was on race management. Now we go on to Aragon where I haven’t ridden yet so I’m quite motivated for that. Thanks to all the Italian fans who were cheering me on today!”

Leon Haslam: “After race 1 when we had tyre issues from half distance on the boys worked really hard to change the set-up. We made a different tyre choice and the rear was much better. I struggled with the front and that made it difficult to get past Johnny, but it was another good battle and fair play to those guys”

Results: 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 24 Laps/101.424 km in 39'01.869 average 155.912 kph; 2. Rea (Honda) 5.355; 3. Haslam (BMW) 5.731; 4. Melandri (BMW) 7.004; 5. Badovini (BMW) 7.921; 6. Fabrizio (BMW) 17.291; 7. Sykes (Kawasaki) 17.351; 8. Baz (Kawasaki) 17.630; 9. Smrz (Ducati) 18.211; 10. Baiocco (Ducati) 28.131; 11. Berger (Ducati) 28.407; 12. Aoyama (Honda) 38.060; 13. Canepa (Ducati) 49.003; 14. Hopkins (Suzuki) 51.881; 15. Camier (Suzuki) 55.502; 16. Mercado (Kawasaki) 1'06.361; etc

Points (after 7 of 14 rounds): 1. Biaggi 210.5; 2. Rea 172; 3. Sykes 164.5; 4. Melandri 155.5; 5. Checa 150.5; 6. Haslam 123; 7. Guintoli 103; 8. Laverty 95; 9. Giugliano 80; 10. Smrz 75.5; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 222.5; 2. Aprilia 221; 3. BMW 197; 4. Honda 176; 5. Kawasaki 170.5; 6. Suzuki 56.5.

World Supersport

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) and Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) contested the win in the 22-lap Supersport World Championship race at Misano but the Turkish rider had the upper hand and Cluzel had to settle for second, 1.228 seconds behind. Sofuoglu’s win makes him the only rider in this class to have won more than a single race in 2012. Alex Baldolini (Power Team by Suriano Triumph) was an impressive third, with Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini Honda) for close company. Pole man Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) struggled for early pace and crashed, then restarted to finish 18th, with no points. In the championship fight, Sofuoglu now leads Cluzel, 106 points to 84, with Lowes on 76.

Results: 1. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 22 Laps/92.972 km in 36'44.023 average 151.858 kph; 2. Cluzel (Honda) 1.228; 3. Baldolini (Triumph) 20.597; 4. Tamburini (Honda) 21.800; 5. Parkes (Honda) 26.357; 6. Morais (Kawasaki) 26.935; 7. Metcher (Yamaha) 33.183; 8. Foret (Kawasaki) 34.587; etc.

Points (after 6 of 13 rounds): 1. Sofuoglu 106; 2. Cluzel 84; 3. Lowes 76; 4. Foret 63; 5. Baldolini 54; 6. Parkes 53; 7. Tamburini 38; 8. Morais 37; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 131; 2. Honda 131; 3. Triumph 67; 4. Yamaha 52; 5. Suzuki 6.

Superstock 1000

The Superstock 1000 race was eventually run over only six laps after it had started and then been stopped after an oil spill at the third corner. Eddi La Marra took the holeshot on his Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati Panigale, but within half race distance he had been passed by Sylvain Barrier’s BMW and then Michele Magnoni’s GM Racing BMW. Lorenzo Baroni, Barrier’s BMW Motorrad Italia Gold Bet team-mate, was an eventual second after catching the leading pack on the final lap then passing two riders with ease. Magnoni was third. The top four were covered by 0.571 seconds. In the championship Barrier leads with 75 points, Lorenzo Savadori is second with 64.

Results: 1. Barrier (BMW) 6 Laps/25.356 km in 10'06.206 average 150.579 kph; 2. Baroni (BMW) 0.137; 3. Magnoni (BMW) 0.528; 4. La Marra (Ducati) 0.571; 5. Savadori (Ducati) 2.269; 6. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2.572; 7. Staring (Kawasaki) 2.655; 8. Coghlan (Ducati) 5.718; etc.

Points (after 4 of 10 rounds): 1. Barrier 75; 2. Savadori 64; 3. La Marra 61; 4. Reiterberger 41; 5. Baroni 40; 6. Bergman 33; 7. Baz 30; 8. Massei 30; etc. Manufacturers: 1. BMW 84; 2. Ducati 74; 3. Kawasaki 60; 4. Honda 30; 5. Aprilia 15.

KTM European Junior Cup

Austrian rider Lukas Wimmer scored a victory in the single make European Cup Series, taking his KTM single to the win by seven seconds. Christian Vidal was second, winning a fight with Giuseppe Scarcella for the next podium place. In the championship, due to the absence of round 1 winner Adrian Pasek with injury, Vidal now has 26 points, Wimmer 25.

Results: 1. Wimmer (KTM) 9 Laps/38.034 km in 17'02.314 average 133.934 kph; 2. Vidal (KTM) 7.799; 3. Scarcella (KTM) 7.868; 4. Orellana (KTM) 13.121; 5. Demoulin (KTM) 13.184; 6. Fazzina (KTM) 13.703; 7. Lewis (KTM) 15.624; 8. Odegard (KTM) 16.162; etc.

Points (after 3 of 8 rounds): 1. Vidal 26; 2. Wimmer 25; 3. Pasek 25; 4. Demoulin 24; 5. Orellana 21; 6. Hartog 20; 7. Wielebski 20; 8. Lewis 19; etc.

Coppa dei Due Paesi (Two Nations Cup)

Leonardo Leuthe Biliotti (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) won the Coppa dei Due Paesi race today, with Denis Sacchetti (SD Rider Team Kawasaki) only 0.730 seconds behind. Alessia Polita (Team Trasimeno) was third after holding off the push of Patrik Vostarek (Motorpower Honda) across the line. Dakota Mamola (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) was fifth. This was the first of three rounds of the championship, which will continue at Brno and culminate in Russia, at Moscow Raceway.

Official Tyre Supplier

"For the race round on the Misano Adriatico circuit, named this weekend in memory of Marco Simoncelli, the Superbike riders had 3 slick solutions available for the front and no less than 5 solutions for the rear in SC0 and SC1 compounds, including two new tyres and two in oversized profile, along with the standard SC1. The temperature definitely influenced the way the two races went: in race 1 the asphalt temperature was about 15° lower than in race2. Precisely in race2, with higher temperatures, the SC0 solutions like the new R548 and the P1126, which have the same compound but a different profile, definitely performed at the top of their game. This is demonstrated by the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team performance, changing solutions and taking 3rd and 4th places with Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri. Therefore we had some important confirmation in race2 on the soft SC0 solutions, including the new R548 used by about 1/3 of the riders on the grid. The new SC1 R549, on the other hand, was chosen by a few riders in race1 when temperatures were unfortunately not yet suitable for it, and then in race2 many riders obviously switched to other solutions, so we did not have any response that would allow us to assess this solution. As regards the front, on the other hand, 2/3 of the riders opted for the SC1 in the range. We watched two very exciting races and I would like to offer my compliments, first of all to Max Biaggi for his beautiful double win, and also to Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa for the exciting show they gave us in race1. Moving on to the other categories, in Supersport we saw that the SC1 was more used than the SC0, which however came back into favour when the temperatures went up significantly. My congratulations also to BMW for the fantastic triple that they took in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, racing on the new Diablo Supercorsa SC tyre this year. I also want to mention the Coppa delle Due Nazioni which held the first of 3 rounds here at Misano: these riders also used and will continue to use Pirelli tyres, specifically the Diablo Supercorsa in the SC1 compound on both the front and the rear." - Giorgio Barbier, Racing Director, Pirelli Moto

Pirelli BEST LAP Awards:

SBK Race 1 – Carlos Checa (Althea Racing), 1'36.080 (Lap 8)

SBK Race 2 – Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team), 1'36.557 (Lap 3)

Total BEST LAP (SBK): Checa C. (Althea Racing): 5, Biaggi M. (Aprilia Racing Team): 4; Sykes T. (Kawasaki Racing Team): 2; Guintoli S. (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing): 1; Melandri M. (BMW Motorrad Motorsport): 1

WSS – Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step), 1'39.513 (Lap 4)

Total BEST LAP (WSS): Lowes S. (Bogdanka PTR Honda): 2; Foret F. (Kawasaki Intermoto Step): 2; Parkes B. (Ten Kate Racing Products): 1; Lanzi L. (Prorace): 1;

Stk1000 – Lorenzo Baroni (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet), 1’39.248 (Lap 5)

Stk600 – Michael Vd Mark (EAB Ten Kate Junior), 1'42.221 (Lap 10)

BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Misano - Races

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport added another podium position to its tally in the FIM Superbike World Championship. Leon Haslam’s (GBR) third and Marco Melandri’s (ITA) fourth in race two at Misano (ITA) gave a happy end to a race Sunday that started in a difficult way for the team. In race one, both factory riders were denied the top positions they were initially fighting for.

In the opening stages of this first heat both riders showed an incredible performance. Starting sixth and 13th respectively, Leon and Marco quickly fought their way to the front, both being in the top five after three laps. In the process, Marco set a lap time of 1:36.100 minutes which for a while was the new lap record. Halfway through the race Leon was second and his team mate fourth, less than half a second adrift of the lead. But like several competitors, they then both suffered massive issues with tyre wear. Fighting with blunt weapons, Leon and Marco slipped back one place after another. Marco had to retire after 22 laps, having dropped back to 18th. Leon managed to hang on to 12th up to the finishing line.

For race two both crews made another tyre choice – and they turned the page again. Leon was challenging for the top positions from the start. Marco meanwhile started his chase from a bit further down the field, being ninth after the first lap. From lap six on, Leon was involved in exciting battles for second place, first with Tom Sykes (GBR) and then for more than half of the race with Jonathan Rea (GBR). In the end he crossed the line in third, just a few tenths shy of second placed Rea. Marco fought his way through the field and was fourth after 14 laps. He defended that position for the remaining ten laps. With BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team’s riders Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio (both ITA) finishing fifth and sixth, four BMW S 1000 RRs were classified in the top six. In race one, Ayrton was 11th and Michel 14th. Both races were won by Max Biaggi (ITA).

In the Riders’ Championship, Marco is fourth with 155.5 points and Leon is sixth with 123 points. In the Manufacturers’ Standings BMW lies in third with 197 points, 25.5 points adrift of leader Ducati. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport will now head to the Spanish Motorland Aragón where it will conduct two days of testing on 19th and 20th June. The next races in the 2012 Superbike World Championship will then take place at the same venue on 1st July.

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier (FRA), Lorenzo Baroni (ITA) of the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet STK Team and Michele Magnoni (ITA) of G.M Racing secured a triple podium for the BMW S 1000 RR. Markus Reiterberger (GER) of Team Alpha Racing finished tenth on his RR.

Leon Haslam:

Result Race 1: 12th / Gap to 1st: 00:22.082 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:36.419 min

Result Race 2: 3rd / Gap to 1st: 00:05.731 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:37.100 min

“It was another weekend where we challenged for the podium. In race one we were unlucky with the tyre, so we could not do anything. We were fighting for a podium position but then had a tyre issue and dropped three to four seconds a lap. The tyre was unrideable, so I was quite happy to get four points but also frustrated because after these strong first laps we did not get the podium in race one. But we did it in the second one.

Between the races the boys were working hard, as we changed the set-up and made a different tyre choice. This tyre was definitely a lot better. It was a good battle with Johnny. I thought I had the pace to overtake him, but it seems it took me too long to get passed Tom and the other guys, and Johnny was quicker than me in a couple of corners, which made overtaking very difficult. He did a perfect race and we had to settle for third which I don’t like doing. But I am happy to be back on the podium and a big thanks to BMW. Now are heading to Aragón for two more days of testing. We will try to fine tune a few things and get some more mileage on the different tyres.”

Marco Melandri:

Result Race 1: DNF / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:36.100 min

Result Race 2: 4th / Gap to 1st: 00:07.004 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:37.109 min

“In race 1 we used the smaller rear tyre, and the grip level was quite ok. Suddenly, after nine or ten laps, the grip level dropped down. It took only another couple of laps and the tyre was gone completely. It was impossible to continue riding, so I decided to come into the garage.

In race 2 we used the bigger rear tyre. I originally preferred this tyre, but we only had one set to use before the races. When we tested the bigger tyre in practice, we had more chattering than with the small one, but did not have the opportunity to fix this issue. As a result we focused on the small tyre for race 1. In race 2 the bike felt much more consistent and the grip level was much better, but unfortunately the chattering was still really bad, so overtaking was tough. On lap four I was behind Carlos. I tried to pass him in turn four where I felt strong in braking. We were side by side, so I expected him to see me. But when we started to flick into the corner he seemed not to realise that I was next to him, as he touched my leg with his shoulder and he lost the front. I am very sorry, Carlos is a great guy and a fair sportsman.

Here in Misano I raced with a special helmet design. We will organise an auction on Ebay in the next couple of days and donate the money to the people in Emilia Romagna who suffered from the earthquake. Just follow me on Twitter and you will find out more about the details.”

Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):

“It was a difficult weekend for us. As early as in Superpole the weather played a trick on us. At the beginning of race one it was looking very good for us. Both riders showed a strong performance and we were in second and fourth. Marco even set a new lap record for a short time. But as the track temperatures were a bit cooler than yesterday, we chose the wrong tyre. From half distance on it wore away completely. For the second race we made another tyre choice. With it we had been successful in Australia where we jumped on the podium. Our expectations have been met with third and fourth places. With better starting positions, even more would have been possible.

The fact that four RRs finished inside the top six in race two makes me particularly happy. All four have been very close performance wise and we were able to prove that BMW as a manufacturer belongs at the very top. We send hearty congratulation to our endurance colleagues, the BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent, who won the world championship round at Doha this weekend. We are very happy that they have been able celebrate such a dominant victory. Congratulations also go to the BMW riders in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup who celebrated a triple podium on their RRs today.”

Parkes fifth in Misano

Broc Parkes finished fifth in today’s sixth round World Supersport race at Misano in Italy as Turkish rider, Kenan Sofuoglu, took victory, closely followed by Honda rider, Jules Cluzel.

Starting from the front row, Parkes was forced wide at Misano’s turn one, which dropped him down to thirteenth on the first lap. As the Australian rider battled his way back towards the front, two riders crashed in front of him, forcing him wide.

In spite of being unable to challenge for a podium position, Parkes continued to battle, taking fifth place from South African, Sheridan Morais on the final lap.

Broc Parkes – P5

I think it was one of the Kawasaki’s that pushed me off the track at turn one, which wasn’t the best start for me. I had to get back into a rhythm and then, when I’d settled down a bit, two riders crashed in front of me and forced me wide again. I felt pretty comfortable on the bike and didn’t have any big issues but I had to work hard to get back to the guys in front. A podium was what we’d all hoped for, but after that it was out of reach. We’ve got a test at Assen in the week, though, and a few things to try, so we’ll come back strong at Aragon, which is a track I really like.


Team Suzuki Press Office - June 10.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki racer Leon Camier took an impressive 10th place in the first race at the seventh round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Misano in Italy today.

Camier started from 14th on the grid and was quickly on the pace and involved in a multi-bike battle for top-10 places. As the race progressed Camier tried to push on, but the technical nature of the 4.226m Italian circuit made overtaking very difficult. With two laps remaining Camier had made his way up to 12th, before passing two riders on the same lap to move into 10th; a position that he held until the chequered flag. In race two, Camier was in ninth by the fifth lap, but a crash ruined his chances of improving on his race one result. He was uninjured and able to get back on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R and rejoin the race to try and salvage something. Camier chased after the pack and eventually came home in 15th place for a final points-scoring position and thoughts of what might have been.

John Hopkins scored points in the second race as he completed his first double race weekend of the season. He finished the 24-laps of race one in 17th position, before bringing his machine home in 14th place - despite being hit by another rider high-siding in-front of him - to score his first points since round three of his injury-hit season. Hopkins will take solace from completing the 48-laps from the two races today, with no ill effects from his recent injuries and will look to be stronger for the next round in three weeks' time.

Today's races were held in warm and sunny conditions, with track temperatures getting up to 41°C. Italian Max Biaggi on an Aprilia took victory on his home soil in both races to extend his title lead.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki will next be in race action at the Motorland Aragon Circuit in Spain on Sunday July 1st for the eighth round of the Championship.

Leon Camier:

"I know the results don't look great, but I'm pretty happy with our potential today - especially race two. We made a bit of a gamble with the settings in race one, because the conditions were quite a bit cooler than they had been, but the settings weren't spot on and the grip wasn't too good, so the tyres wore out pretty quickly. I rode as hard as I could, kept a consistent pace; and finished 10th.

"The bike felt really good in race two and I was lapping quickly from the start. I made a lot of progress and was enjoying myself passing people. Everything felt comfortable until a tip-off in turn four. I think I might have gone in a bit slower and tighter than normal and the front suddenly folded and down I went. I got back on the bike and, a lap later, I was just four-tenths-of-a-second slower than my previous best lap. During the race I set times equal to all the top guys except Biaggi. I was the fastest rider in sector four, second in sector five and third in sector one that shows how well the FIXI Crescent Suzuki was going - probably the best it's been all year! I feel really positive after today and now all we have to do is nail Qualifying and we'll be up there fighting with the fast guys for sure."

John Hopkins:

"I can't say that I am too happy with the results, but I am happy because I've done 48 laps today in hard conditions with no problems and I'm regaining my confidence. I didn't make a particularly good start in race one and then got held up in traffic. It took a bit of time, but once in the clear I tried to stay consistent throughout the race. My lap times at the end of the race were good, so it's a pity that I lost touch at the start.

"We made some quite big changes to the bike for race two and I felt an improvement straight away. Starting races from the fifth row of the grid is never easy - especially when the competition is so tough. To make matters worse, Mercado high-sided right in front of me early on and he and his bike hit me and forced me off the track and into the gravel. I recovered, rejoined the action and then spent the rest of the race playing catch-up. Once again I was running pretty good lap times, but unable to make as much progress as I would've liked because of my grid position."

Paul Denning - Team Principal:

"For John, the important thing this weekend was to rebuild his physical strength and his confidence. Even though the day didn't go to plan - results wise - he put 48 laps under his belt and made good improvements. He was unfortunate to get knocked off the track in race two, but recovered and was lapping well at the end of the race.

"Leon today showed massive potential - especially in race two. Without the crash, I'm sure a minimum of the top-five was on the cards - the lap times demonstrate that. The crash was unfortunate but we were impressed with his commitment to pick the bike out of the gravel and immediately start charging again.

"We've got two days of testing coming up in Aragon and that will provide John with more miles, which will be good for his comeback and will stand him in good stead when we race there a week later. He, Leon and the team will keep working hard, keep learning and keep trying to get the FIXI Crescent Suzuki competing with the fastest riders - which is where we believe we can be."



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