Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying on Saturday at Brno:
Rea satisfied with sixth at Brno
Jonathan Rea has declared himself satisfied after securing a second-row starting position for tomorrow’s two ninth-round World Superbike championship races at the Automotodromo Brno in the Czech Republic.
The 25-year-old went into this afternoon’s Superpole sessions needing to improve on his regular qualifying positions of 15th yesterday and 12th this morning. Adjustments made to his Honda CBR1000RR, however, allowed him to progress to Superpole 2 in which he had set the second-fastest time before the session was red-flagged.
After a lengthy delay to clean oil from the 5.403km Brno circuit, drops of rain began to fall and Superpole was then declared ‘wet’, with one 20-minute session given to the remaining riders. However, although the track never became wet, Rea had already used his two allotted qualifying tyres.
Pole position was taken by Britain’s Tom Sykes, with Rea setting the sixth fastest time on a race tyre. His Honda World Superbike team-mate, Hiroshi Aoyama, was unable to qualify for Superpole and will start tomorrow’s races from the fifth row of the grid.
Jonathan Rea – P6, 1m59.560s
I’m quite satisfied with sixth today, especially after yesterday. In the final Superpole session, we only had a race tyre left to go out on. I was a little bit worried because there were quite a few qualifiers still kicking around, but we managed to put a good lap together. While I’m happy with where I qualified, I’m still not completely happy with the bike. We still need to make a few adjustments overnight to try in warm-up tomorrow morning. But at least we’re on the front two rows and our race pace is OK. We still need to improve our out-and-out lap speed for the first five or ten laps of the race, but we’re working on that.
Hiroshi Aoyama – P18, 2m00.693s
We improved from yesterday to today, which is quite positive, and then we improved from this morning, using a new swingarm in the free practice. It gives a little bit more drive grip, which is good, but because we only just tried it, we still need to make some adjustments for tomorrow. Yesterday I was struggling with the front feeling and although it’s still the same today, the rear has become better and, with that, the lap time improved. We’ll try another setting in the warm-up when I hope to improve the front feeling so I can push harder in the races.
Pieter Breddels – team co-ordinator
Hiroshi unfortunately did not make Superpole, but we improved a little bit this afternoon and his ideal time would have put him in Superpole. Now we need to string a few good laps together for consistency and improvement. I hope he’ll have a positive race anyway, and learn something for the next time. After yesterday, Jonathan had to come from quite far back but he and the team did a really good job, working step-by-step and improving the setting. He’s sixth on the grid for tomorrow and I think like he found some pace for Superpole just by doing some more laps, he can find a bit more tomorrow and then anything can happen from there.
Second row for Lowes at Brno
BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's Sam Lowes will start tomorrow's round eight of the World Supersport Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic from the second row after posting the fifth fastest time in Saturday's dry but rain hit second qualifying. Close second in the overall standings, the Briton will be aiming for another podium finish.
Mathew Scholtz on the other Bogdanka PTR Honda will be starting from 19th on the grid and targeting a point scoring result on one of the few circuits on the World Supersport calendar that the series rookie knows well.
Pawel Szkopek on the Bogdanka Honda PTR will be starting his and Bogdanka's home race from 20th on the grid and looking to score his best World Superpsort result of the season when the lights go off at 13:30 CET on Sunday.
Sam Lowes: "We had some rain during the session so I was a bit cautious and in the end I'm quite happy with fifth position and confident ahead of the race. We had some chatter late in the session but that shouldn't be a problem with race distance tyres. It's looking good."
Mathew Scholtz: "The qualifying wasn't too good. We've tried to change a few things, but they didn't seem to work. In the end we're down in 19th position but I'm pretty happy with my race pace so I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I just need to get a good start and move forward from there."
Pawel Szkopek: "As I went out on the soft tyre, it started raining so we got a bit unlucky there. We had another go and I improved my time by almost half a second. I had to pass a slower rider in the end and I'm sure I'd be a bit further up otherwise but it's not a problem. We have a good setup and a good pace so I'm looking for a good home race for myself and all of the Polish Bogdanka fans."
Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: "Sam suffered a slow speed crash at the end of qualifying and will start fifth. He has good race pace and he is still on course for fighting for the podium. Mathew improved his lap times but they are so tight he ended up 19th. We will be looking for a points finish in the race."
Jules just 0.002secs behind pole position
PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel will start tomorrow's eighth round of the World Supersport Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic from second place after finishing a scant 0.002secs behind pole position in final qualifying.
His teammate Ronan Quarmby improved his lap time but slipped to seventh on the grid - still an excellent starting position for the vibrant South African. Martin Jessopp on the Riders PTR Honda will start 31st despite improving his time. He is battling to get to grips with the nature of the Brno circuit. The race starts at 1330 CET tomorrow, July 22nd.
Jules: "It is OK, we improved from yesterday which is the main thing. Also this year no one has won from pole position, so I am happy in second. I feel good on my PTR Honda and this morning we did a lot of laps with my tyre - it was a useful session. We will try for the podium tomorrow; we will do our best."
Ronan: "That was one of my best qualifying sessions, it was a good day. We got a set up in practice and I did full race distance tests as well. It was spitting with rain mid session and after that I tried very hard and got a good lap time. Everything's looking good for the race and definitely a top five is possible."
Martin: "I am really struggling with the track and can't ride it the way I should. Here you must really commit to corners while I am braking between them. When I try to run the speed through the corner I run off line. I need to find something so I can ride it like a 600 and not my normal Superbike style."
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "It's another great job by Jules and Ronan. Jules is not bothered as no one has won from pole this year and his pace is good. He will be in there fighting for the podium. Ronan has been consistently fast all weekend and times are tight, he will be challenging for a good top position. Martin has improved but he is struggling and after being knocked by Fabien Foret yesterday he has lost momentum. We will do everything we can to help him improve."
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Brno - Superpole
After a turbulent Superpole qualifying, the two Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory riders will start tomorrow’s races at Brno from the second row. The Czech track hosts the ninth round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship. A delay of nearly one and a half hours and unstable weather conditions made this afternoon a challenge for riders and teams. Marco Melandri (ITA) qualified fifth, while his team-mate Leon Haslam (GBR) occupies seventh on the grid with his BMW S 1000 RR.
Marco, who almost missed the second qualifying practice in the morning due to a crash, only needed one flying lap on race tyres to set the best time in Superpole 1. He then returned to the garage and prepared for Superpole 2. Leon also started on race tyres and then switched to the qualifying tyre, setting a time that promoted him to the next session. Superpole 2 had to be red flagged after only a few minutes, as a bike had dropped oil on the track causing several riders to crash. It took one hour to clean the track and just when Superpole 2 was about to resume, light rain started. This caused another delay and Superpole 2 was declared “wet”, meaning there was only one session of 20 minutes in which the 12 riders fought for the final starting positions on the grid. In difficult conditions with a still partly dirty track and drops of rain it was a kind of lottery, with Marco finishing fifth and Leon being seventh. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) of the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team will start from eighth place on his RR. His team-mate Ayrton Badovini (ITA) was one of the riders who crashed because of the oil. He could not take part in the deciding session and starts from 12th.
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:59.545 min (P3) / Fastest lap FP: 1:59.743 min (P4) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:58.885 min (P5)
“Starting from fifth position here in Brno is not too bad. First of all, I start on the outside of the track which hopefully allows me to carry more speed into the first corner. On top of that, the way to the first corner is quite long, and last but not least, there are opportunities for passing on this circuit. Again, I did my fastest lap times on the race tyre and could not exempt the potential of the qualifiying tyres. Compared to yesterday, we improved the chattering on the race tyre, but I still struggle a little bit. I don’t think I could be much faster but have a lot better race rhythm. Overall, I am confident for tomorrow.”
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 2:00.422 min (P15) / Fastest lap FP: 2:00.486 min (P10) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:59.583 min (P7)
“I am quite happy. This is one of the circuits where I have always had issues and slowly but surely we are getting a set-up for the bike and I am changing my riding style to try and get to where we need to be, which is at the front. We made a big improvement for Superpole and hopefully we can make some more improvements for tomorrow. The conditions in the afternoon were quite tricky, with the rain coming down and oil on two corners so everyone was a little cautious. Some took more risks than others. The races will be hard, but we will keep pushing and if we can keep improving as we have done today then I want to fight for the podium.”
Andrea Dosoli (Head of Race Operations):
“It was a very thrilling Superpole. It is always important to be in the front two rows and we are pleased that we managed this by being in the second row with both riders. We are happy with the progress made by Leon on a race track where he has been struggling in the past. He has improved his pace and his performance. Still something is missing but we hope that during the warm-up tomorrow we can further improve some areas of the bike in order to be a few tenths faster on the pace. Marco has been fast all weekend and even though he had lost the qualifying session this morning, he and his crew were able to work well on the bike’s set-up. Also his performance has improved compared to yesterday as we have seen with the lap time done in Superpole on the race tyre and his pace is one of the best. It is a pity he cannot start from the front row but we are confident that, as usual, he will perform well during the start and he will be fighting for a race win.”
Czech front row for Parkes
Broc Parkes will start tomorrow’s eighth round World Supersport championship race from the front row of the grid after setting the fourth fastest time in this afternoon’s second qualifying session at the Automotodromo Brno in the Czech Republic.
Pole position was take by Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu with Parkes’s fellow Honda rider, Jules Cluzel, second and Fabien Foret third.
Parkes had set the pace in yesterday’s qualifying and looked to have secured pole position today before spots of rain began to fall on the 5.403km Brno circuit. However, the 30-year-old Australian is happy with his pace and confident for tomorrow’s 18-lap race.
Broc Parkes – P4, 2m03.379s
It was a little bit frustrating because we had some good pace with the soft tyre. We put one in but it was just like a warm-up tyre because it was spitting rain a little bit. When the rain stopped, I went out and checked the track and came in for a fresh tyre – exactly the same, with no changes to the bike – but we got really bad chatter with it. I couldn’t even do a lap with it, it was that bad. But the front row is good, and we have quite a good race pace. We mostly worked on that set-up today and found our race tyre, so it should be alright for tomorrow.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
We were very close to catching the pole position today but unfortunately the last tyre gave us some chatter and we couldn’t push. At the same time, our competitors pushed past us by a tenth or so, but Broc is still on the front row. He needs a good start and then I think he can race at least for the podium.
TEAM ALTHEA RACING SCORES FRONT ROW STARTS FOR TOMORROW’S RACES AT BRNO; CHECA SECOND, GIUGLIANO FOURTH
Brno (Czech Republic), Saturday 21st July 2012: an emotional and tricky Superpole for Althea men Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano today at the Brno circuit. Davide suffered a crash during the all-important session, caused when a stone punctured his bike’s radiator. Despite this set back, the young Italian qualified fourth for tomorrow’s races. Current world champion Carlos lapped three tenths faster than his team-mate to qualify in second place, behind polesitter Sykes.
Dry conditions this morning for the second qualifying session. Carlos and Davide, on board their 1198 bikes, dominated almost the entire session. The two Althea Riders recorded the second (Carlos) and third (Davide) fastest times of the session. Taking advantage of the wider tyre solution that he did not have chance to test yesterday, the Spanish rider was able to improve on his best time set yesterday by four tenths of a second, recording a fastest lap of 1’59.7. The young Italian rider on the other hand, having finished first yesterday, was unable to improve on that time but once the times of the two qualifying sessions were combined, Giugliano nevertheless qualified for this afternoon’s Superpole in second position, with Checa closing in fifth place.
The Althea pairing made the most of the early afternoon’s final practice session, making some final changes to the set-up in preparation for the all-important Superpole. At the end of the practice, Davide was in first position with a best time of 1m59.5, while Carlos finished second with a fastest lap of 1m59.6.
Superpole 1: both Carlos and Davide made a first exit with a race tyre, immediately recording what would be the second (Carlos) and eighth (Davide) final fastest times of the session. Thanks to these results, there was no need for the Althea men to continue on track, and both returned to the garage, having already done enough to qualify for phase 2.
Superpole 2: This time both riders decided to go out with a qualifying tyre. Unfortunately as Davide lapped, a stone hit the radiator, causing his bike to lose oil. The oil on track led to the session being red-flagged. Giugliano then crashed, injuring his left forearm. In the space of fifteen minutes Davide’s technicians, with the help of the technicians on Carlos’ side, were able to do an impressive job of fixing his 1198, allowing him to participate in what remained of the Superpole.
The session was subsequently restarted though was declared ‘wet’ after a light shower just minutes before the start (the track was in reality only damp in certain sections). Back on track after a stop of almost one hour, Carlos recorded a very fast time of 1’58.7 almost immediately. A few minutes later he went one better and shaved another three tenths of that time, to close today’s Superpole with the second fastest time overall (1’58.4). Giugliano used his first exit to build his confidence back up, before registering a clean, fast lap during a second exit which was good enough to ensure him of a front row start. He will therefore line up in fourth place for tomorrow’s race, alongside his team-mate Carlos.
“We’ve been working well all weekend. We identified a good set-up at Aragon and, having continued the work here, I’d say we’re at a good point now. What happened to Davide was a real shame but in the end we were both able to take strong results, despite the threat of rain in that last Superpole session. I think this is already a significant result for the team, as our performances prove that we can be competitive at this track. Tomorrow we’ll be fighting hard – I’m feeling confident that we can do well.”
“First of all I want to say that I’m really sorry for what happened and for the fact that it affected other riders’ Superpole performance. I heard something hit my bike but I didn’t immediately notice that I was losing oil. I hurt my left forearm in the crash but it’s nothing serious I don’t think. It was great to see Carlos’ technicians come and help my guys to get the bike fixed in time – I therefore want to thank the entire team for giving me the chance to go back out in the last session. It was a hard and emotional day but we can be satisfied with the final result I think. This is the first time I’ve been able to interpret this track so well. Now I will rest up to be in the best possible condition for tomorrow’s races.”
Magnificent 7th Tissot-Superpole for Sykes and Kawasaki
Brno (Czech Republic), July 21, 2012 – A much delayed finish to the Tissot-Superpole session, due to an oil spill and the time required to clean up the track afterwards, saw Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) take pole for the seventh time this season. His winning lap time of 1 minute 58.010 was a new best lap.
The final running of Tissot-Superpole 2 was declared wet and thus the top 12 riders who had made it through to that stage battled it out in a 20-minute session, which ended in dry conditions. Second fastest after the delays was Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) with the front row completed by Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati). Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was fifth and Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) sixth.
Tom Sykes: “I’m very happy to take pole again but I’d swop this for 25 points in the championship any day of the week! It’s fair to say that Kawasaki have got the sheer speed in this championship and it’s no secret we still need to work on the balance of the bike for the race, but this is coming and today we made the best of the situation.”
Carlos Checa: “For us this is a track that is quite difficult so to be in second place fills me with confidence for tomorrow. The team did a great job, basically we found a really good set-up in Aragon and moving to here, it’s working well again. We’ll try and do our race and see what happens. The championship is still open and we’ll be trying our best until the end.”
Eugene Laverty: “It’s been a good weekend for us so far, we’ve been on the chart from the first practice session and to be on the front row is the most important thing here. We’ve been working strong for the races tomorrow, we’re not sure about tyre life but it’ll be the same for everyone. Brno is a circuit where I’ve struggled at in the past so this is a good result.”
Championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) missed out on qualifying beyond Superpole 1 and will therefore start from 14th place on the grid. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) put in a seventh place performance and alongside him on the second row of the grid will be Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) who took the last place on the second row.
Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) secured a top nine place, with Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) inside the top ten at his home round, despite a fall in the first attempt at running Superpole 2.
A great privateer ride from team Pedercini Kawasaki rider David Salom put him 11th, although both he and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) were both involved in the Superpole 2 crash that claimed four riders, damaging their bikes so badly that they could not continue in the ‘wet’ Superpole 2 that decided the final grid places for the top 12 riders.
Times: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'58.010 average 164.823 kph; 2. Checa (Ducati) 1'58.470; 3. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'58.741; 4. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'58.789; 5. Melandri (BMW) 1'58.885; 6. Rea (Honda) 1'59.560; 7. Haslam (BMW) 1'59.583; 8. Fabrizio (BMW) 1'59.621; 9. Davies (Aprilia) 1'59.748; 10. Smrz (Ducati) 1'59.871; 11. Salom (Kawasaki) 1'59.279; 12. Badovini (BMW) 1'59.154; 13. Camier (Suzuki) 1'59.439; 14. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'59.453; 15. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'59.627; 16. Hopkins (Suzuki) 1'59.973; etc.
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Lorenzini) took pole in the Supersport category after an intense session that was too close to call right until the end. Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) was second only 0.002 seconds behind Sofuoglu, with Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing) only 0.080 seconds off the pole. Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) finished his day fourth and 0.162 seconds down on Sofuoglu. The first rider off the second row for tomorrow’s race will be championship challenger Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) in fifth, with the Power Team by Suriano Triumph of Vittorio Iannuzzo in sixth place.
Times: 1. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2'03.217 average 157.858 kph; 2. Cluzel (Honda) 2'03.219; 3. Foret (Kawasaki) 2'03.297; 4. Parkes (Honda) 2'03.379; 5. Lowes (Honda) 2'03.481; 6. Iannuzzo (Triumph) 2'04.005; 7. Quarmby (Honda) 2'04.014; 8. Baldolini (Triumph) 2'04.043; etc.
Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) took his fourth pole of the 2012 season in holding off a trio of Kawasaki riders at Brno. Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki), Christoffer Bergman (BWG Racing Kawasaki) and Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) completed the front row in readiness for Sunday’s race. Lorenzo Baroni (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) was fifth, ahead of local man Ondrej Jezek (SBK Energy Racing Team Ducati). Title challenger Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Italia) was the top 1199 Panigale rider, but in seventh.
Times: 1. Barrier (BMW) 2'03.343 average 157.697 kph; 2. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2'03.744; 3. Bergman (Kawasaki) 2'03.945; 4. Staring (Kawasaki) 2'04.069; 5. Baroni (BMW) 2'04.100; 6. Jezek (Ducati) 2'04.291; 7. La Marra (Ducati) 2'04.392; 8. Savadori (Ducati) 2'04.688; etc.
Superstock 600 – Race
Michael van der Mark (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda) scored his third win of the season after a thrilling 11-lap Superstock 600 race at Brno, having overcome the close attention of three other riders. Gauthier Duwelz (MTM Yamaha) finished only 0.125 seconds from van der Mark after battling hard with him for the final few laps. Riccardo Russo (Yamaha Team Italia FMI) went third and another fast qualifier, Alex Schacht (Schacht Racing SBK ONE Honda) worked his way up to finish right behind and just off the podium. In winning the race van Der Mark moved to the top of the championship, by only two points from Russo, 124 to 122. Each of these riders has three wins apiece in 2012. Duwelz is third on 78 points.
Results: 1. Vd Mark (Honda) 11 Laps/59.433 km in 23'25.755 average 152.202 kph; 2. Duwelz (Yamaha) 0.125; 3. Russo (Yamaha) 0.687; 4. Schacht (Honda) 0.900; 5. Cocco (Yamaha) 9.062; 6. Morbidelli (Yamaha) 9.157; 7. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 9.473; 8. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 10.488; etc.
Points (after 6 of 10 rounds): 1. Vd Mark 124; 2. Russo 122; 3. Duwelz 78; 4. Calero Perez 50; 5. Vitali 46; 6. Gamarino 41; 7. Nestorovic 37; 8. Cocco 35; etc.
KTM European Junior Cup
Javier Orellana and Jamie Patterson were the top two in the European Junior Cup qualifying session at Brno, with Orellana just over half a second faster than his rival from Northern Ireland to take the pole position slot. The Spanish youngster, who turns 15 next Friday, is also not entirely fit due to a recent injury. Lukas Wimmer went third, Gaston Garcia fourth, with Tom Busch fifth on the grid.
Times: 1. Orellana (KTM) 2'17.680 average 141.275 kph; 2. Patterson (KTM) 2'18.203; 3. Wimmer (KTM) 2'18.490; 4. Garcia (KTM) 2'18.681; 5. Busch (KTM) 2'19.055; 6. Wielebski (KTM) 2'19.999; 7. Fazzina (KTM) 2'20.005; 8. Pasek (KTM) 2'20.070; etc.
FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI ON BRNO 4TH ROW
Team Suzuki Press Office - July 21.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki racers Leon Camier and John Hopkins will start the ninth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship from Brno in the Czech Republic tomorrow on the fourth row of the grid.
Camier comfortably qualified for this afternoon's Superpole session following this morning's final qualifying and a high-placed grid position looked in his grasp with just minutes of Superpole one remaining. He was in fifth place, but was bumped down the leader-board as other riders posted quicker times in the final part of the session, leaving the Englishman on the edge of the top-12 that went through to the second session. His time of 1'59.789 was good enough for 13th overall and he will start tomorrow's races from the head of the fourth row.
Hopkins made sure of his participation in this afternoon's Superpole on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R and was in a confident mood of producing his best grid position of the year so far. He recorded his fastest lap of the weekend during the first Superpole session, with a time of 1'59.973, but it just wasn't enough to carry him through to final shoot-out and he will start Sunday's races from 16th on the grid.
Following the elimination of the FIXI Crescent Suzuki racers, the Superpole session was delayed by an oil spill and the time taken to make the track safe. When it finally resumed, it was declared wet as the rain had started to fall, so the remaining 12-riders only had a single 20-minute session. Tom Sykes on a Kawasaki took pole - for the seventh time this season. He will be joined on the front-row by Carlos Checa, Eugene Laverty and Davide Giugliano. Current championship leader Max Biaggi will start from 14th on the grid.
Camier, Hopkins and the rest of the World Superbike field will line up for the first of tomorrow's races at the 5,403m Czech circuit at 12.00 local time (11.00hrs BST), with race two scheduled for 15.00hrs local time (14.00hrs BST), when both the FIXI Crescent Suzuki riders will be looking for good starts to get in amongst the action early on.
"Our FIXI Crescent Suzuki has definitely improved a bit since the last round in Aragon and I'm pretty happy with it and the set-up on race tyres. In Superpole 1 we started out on a race tyre and I found myself in a bit of a freight train at first, but the good news is that I was staying with the fast guys fairly easily and that felt pretty good. When we put in the qualifying tyre to go faster, I felt it chatter almost right from the start of the lap. I pushed as hard as I could, but the chatter got worse and I nearly lost the front a couple of times. If I hadn't had the chatter, I'm sure I would've qualified for Superpole 2, and then who knows how far I could've gone."
"Basically we spent most of the day working on finding a good set-up and trying to improve the chatter. We also tried some different tyres and, at the end of normal qualifying, the bike had the least amount of chatter it's had all season. I started Superpole 1 on race tyres and made a couple of little mistakes and I don't think I maximised the potential of the tyres. We put in a qualifier late on in Superpole 1 and, because we've been struggling all year with them, I was bit sceptical about how they would perform, so I was a bit cautious at first. I then started to go quicker, but misjudged the amount of time left and the chequered flag came down before I could put in a faster lap."
Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
"I genuinely thought we could've progressed further in Superpole with Leon and, in the end, he missed it by the narrowest of margins. His pace in Superpole 1 was good but he didn't get the best out of his qualifying tyre and was bumped down in the last minute. I felt sure he'd do it today and it's disappointing he didn't manage it. John went out on his qualifying tyre, but didn't go for it on his first lap and ran out of time before he could put in a quicker one before the flag came out. On a positive note, both riders are happy with the bike's chassis, their race set-ups and the feel of the engine. I think the bike is probably the best it has been all year, so I'm gutted that we didn't get into Superpole 2. I hope both riders can get good starts and if they can get on the back of the lead pack then good results are possible."
WBSK Brno - Team Italia on the podium with Russo in the Stk600. Vitali is 12th. Tomorrow the "Azzurri" will start the Stk1000 from second row
Russo is third after a hard-fought race, while Vitali nearly misses the Top 10 after many attacks. In the Stk1000 tomorrow, La Marra and Savadori will start from 7th and 8th place respectively.
Russo (Team Italia FMI Yamaha#84) had already confirmed his 4th pole position of the season in the morning, but is surprised by a quick start from Duwlez and VD Mark. The trio fought throughout the race, passing each other until the checkered flag. The Italian rider, after losing a couple of tenths, came back in the last lap and tried an attack but had to settle for the podium, behind VD Mark and Duwlez. Russo also just lost the lead in the standing by two points, with VD Mark on top.
Vitali (Team Italia FMI Yamaha#70) fought his way back after staring from 18th place. He was up to 11th, and closed 12th after many spectacular passes. He thus grabbed 4 points and closed in behind Calero Perez, 4th in the standings.
UEM European Championship Round#6 Brno
1) VD Mark; 2) Duwlez +0"125, 3) Russo +0"687, 4) Schacht +0"900, 5) Cocco +9"062…12) Vitali +21"695
1) VD Mark 124pt.; 2) Russo 122pt.; 3) Duwlez 78pt.; 4) Calero Perez 50pt.; 5) Vitali 46pt.
Riccardo Russo (Team Italia FMI Yamaha#84) 3rd, +0"687
"It was a spectacular race. The bike was sliding a lot towards the end and I decided not to take too many risks. With 4 races to go, the gap is very narrow. I'll try to win in Silverstone."
Luca Vitali (Team Italia FMI Yamaha#70) 12th, + 21"695
"I had fun, lapping 1 second faster than during qualifiers. Being 12th is not what I aim for, but I defended the 4th place in the standings and I head to Silverstone with much motivation."
In the FIM Cup Superstock1000, Barni Racing Team Italia riders will start from 2nd row. La Marra posted the 7th best time with a 2'04"392. His teammate Savadori is right behind him, with a 2'04"688. The riders constantly improved in Brno so far, and will try to stay at the top during the race (10.30 am).
Cristiano Migliorati, FMI Technical Coordinator
"In the Stk600 we limited the damages. Russo kept close to VD Mark, who was faster today. Vitali found his pace only during the race. In the Stk1000, Barrier seems to be in best shape, but the others are very close to one another. We won't try many changes during warm-up, and we'll plan our attack during the race."