Press release previews from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's race at Silverstone:
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Silverstone - Preview
Munich/Stephanskirchen, 30th July 2012. Two weeks after the historic success in the Czech city of Brno, the next challenge awaits Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. This weekend (3rd to 5th August) sees the riders travel to iconic Silverstone (GBR) for the tenth round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship. In Brno, the team and factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) claimed a clean sweep for the first time, winning both races at the ninth round of the World Championship and propelling BMW to the top of the Manufacturers’ Championship for the first time. Marco and team-mate Leon Haslam (GBR) scored 68 points for BMW Motorrad Motorsport – a new team record. As such, the team arrives in Silverstone with the wind in its sails and is looking to kick on from this success.
BMW leads the Manufacturers’ Championship with 292 points, two more than its closest rival Aprilia. In the Riders’ Championship, Marco currently lies second with 250.5 points. The Italian has already won five times this season – more than any other rider. Marco’s two wins in Brno saw him close the gap to leader Max Biaggi (ITA) to 21 points. Leon is sixth on 160 points. Nine race weekends into the season, Marco and Leon have scored five wins, 13 podiums and three fastest laps for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
Leon has been promoting his home race at Silverstone with a rather unique campaign. He allowed two-time body painting world champion Carolyn Roper to paint his BMW Motorrad Motorsport racing leathers onto the top part of his body and arms. Star photographer Gary Prior then captured the fascinating work of art during a photo shoot in one of the Silverstone garages. A time-lapse film was also taken of Leon being painted, which Silverstone is using to advertise the coming race weekend online.
Silverstone from the rider’s point of view:
“I am really looking forward to Silverstone. I like the track very much. It is one of the fastest and longest circuits of the season. You have a lot of fast corners, so you can adopt a flowing riding style. Last year I was on the podium there twice. It will certainly be not easy, as the track is very bumpy, but I am confident. I cannot wait to ride there with my RR.
I am just trying to keep consistent, to think from race to race and to have fun riding. I hope that we will challenge for the podium again at Silverstone and we will try to get some more wins. However, it will certainly not be easy because all the English riders want to win there. Carlos Checa will also be pushing for the victory and Max Biaggi will be strong too, so it will be very exciting races.”
“I am very positive about the weekend. Silverstone is synonymous with racing back in England, but is also means that we have left the two bogey circuits behind us. The last couple of rounds have been tough but I feel that we took important steps and can now get back to normal and to winning ways. There is no better place to do that than at my home race. Silverstone is very flowing and one of the fastest circuits in the calendar. It is very technical and has some real high-speed corners. That makes for good racing.
The body painting took three hours and was great fun. Carolyn painted my leathers on my skin and did a fantastic job. The attention to detail was incredible. It was the first time I had done a body painting and I was really surprised by how real and how good it looked.”
Silverstone from a technical point of view:
Andrea Dosoli (Head of Race Operations):
“The whole team is looking forward to Silverstone, a race track where both riders have performed well in the past. The British circuit, with its unique layout and a surface that used to be bumpy, could be a tough challenge for our team. You also have to consider the unpredictable weather. However, we are confident that both our riders will be fighting for the top positions and put on a great show for all the passionate spectators.
Marco is in fantastic form and has won the last three races. He and his crew will work hard to be fast from the first practice on. We are thinking from race to race, knowing that the competitors are very strong and ready to take any opportunity. Silverstone will be Leon’s home race and he knows the track better than any other riders. After what he has shown at the last two races on circuits where he had struggled in the past, we are convinced that the British track will be the right place for him to get back to challenging for the podium, which is where he deserves to be.”
Silverstone from Pirelli’s point of view:
For the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship, which will be the second round held on English soil, in addition to the ever present intermediate and wet solutions, Pirelli has decided to bring three different solutions for the riders to choose from on the front and just as many for the rear. On the front, besides the SC1 and SC2 range of solutions, there will also be the choice of the P1280, which is an SC1 development already used this year at Donington, Misano, Aragón and Brno. The three alternatives for the rear, on the other hand, fall into the SC1 area as compound type and are the same ones which were already used for the first English round at Donington.
These are the P1060 solution range which is joined by two developments, the by now familiar R302 which has become increasingly popular with the riders for various races this season, and the R551, a solution designed to prevent cold tearing which is typical in low temperatures. This solution was introduced and made its sole appearance during the weekend at Donington and Pirelli decided to bring it to Silverstone in the spirit of the development of future 16.5 inch tyres that the British Superbike Championship will continue to use next season.
The heart of British motorsport beats in the county of Northamptonshire. Situated between Northampton to the north and Oxford to the south is the sleepy little village of Silverstone. However, despite having just 2,000 residents, it still plays a central role in the history of international motorsport and has earned its byname of the “Home of British Motor Racing”. The first ever race of the Formula One World Championship was held in Silverstone in 1950. Nowadays, many racing teams and their suppliers are located close to the circuit. Silverstone is one of two home races in Great Britain for BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR). His father Ron runs a racing driver school at the circuit.
The iconic circuit was built on the site of an RAF airfield after the Second World War. The first car race was held there in 1948, and the track has been the site of motor racing history ever since. The FIM Superbike World Championship first visited Silverstone between 2002 and 2007. After a two-year break, during which the circuit was the subject of extensive modifications, the series returned in 2010. It was during the break that the new “Silverstone Arena”, which is combined with parts of the old track, was built. This includes a stadium-style section, approaching 800 metres in length, the layout of which is specially designed to meet the requirements of motorcycles. At the same time, famous corners like “Maggotts”, “Becketts”, “Copse” and “Stowe” were retained. In May 2011, the imposing new pit complex – the “Silverstone Wing” – was opened between the “Club” and “Abbey” corners.
Silverstone is a very flat circuit. The engine power of the BMW S 1000 RR is hugely important on the long straights and in ultra-quick corners. However, it is also important to have a sensitive throttle response. The tyres are put under great strain on one side in a number of long corners. The modifications have also seen the addition of “stop-and-go” corners, giving Silverstone an interesting combination of fast, slow and technical corners. An added peril are the bumps lurking in several spots on the circuit.
Kenny Noyes to Ride World Supersport at Silverstone
American Kenny Noyes will make a wildcard start at the British round of the World Supersport Championship this weekend at Silverstone. Kenny, who has not raced in World Supersport since a one-off replacement ride in 2006, will be the only Suzuki rider on track. He is currently running third in the Spanish CEV Moto2 series, but has experience at Silverstone from his two years in the World Moto2 Championship.
After being contacted by the WKbikes Hampshire Motorcycles team, Kenny tested the GSX-R600 at Silverstone and, last weekend, at Jerez de la Frontera. After the two days of testing at Jerez both rider and team were pleased with the results and the team returned to the UK where some final tweaks to the electronics will be made on the basis of data acquired in Spain.
For Noyes the switch to the heavier but more powerful Supersport and the change to Pirelli tires is a challenge, but he enjoyed the boost in horsepower compared to the Moto2 class.
Kenny Noyes: "I am looking forward to this weekend. Over the last few days I tested with the team both at Silverstone and Jerez. It was a trackday test at Silvesrtone with a lot of slower traffic and at Jerez the track temperatures were around 120 degrees, so it was impossible to make comparisons on lap times, but both the team and the bike are good and I felt very comfortable on the Suzuki. We´ll see how it goes at Silverstone and, if it works out, the team has offered a few more rides both in World Supersport and the BSB Supersport championships. That will be in addition to the Spanish CEV Moto2 where we are still in the running for the title."
Jessopp looking for home boost
RIDERS PTR HONDA'S Martin Jessopp is looking forward to the ninth round of the World Supersport Championship at his home track of Silverstone where he is looking for his supporters to give him a boost into the points.
Jules Cluzel on his PTR Honda tested at Silverstone in June and is looking forward to racing at a circuit he likes and has won on previously in the Moto2 World Championship. His teammate Ronan Quarmby is still in pain from a massive high side at the last round but is positive and will do his best.
A home round for the PTR race team organisation, based in Louth Lincolnshire, there are practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday before the race at 1330 GMT on Sunday 5th August.
Martin: "I can't wait for another home round at a track I do enjoy riding and know well. I am in as good a shape as I can remember and back to full training, which is good. Home support will help me definitely. We do not get many rounds at home so having family and friends supporting me should be good."
Jules: "My plan is to do as good a result as possible at Silverstone. I would like to be more on the front of the race. I like this track and have some good memories. My PTR bike looks good, maybe we can do a good race. Maybe wet is good for us as Foret does not like the rain and we won at Monza in the wet - and maybe Sofuoglu can make a mistake in the rain, anything is possible."
Ronan: "I am still aching bad after my high side at Brno - I can't move around much. I have seen my chiropractor a few times but there is not much they can do and we are waiting for the pain to go away. I am going to Silverstone in a confident mind-set and I will do what I can do. I am still in a lot of pain but will get on the motorbike and get around Silverstone and do some good laps."
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Silverstone is a home round for PTR and one we have won at previously. Martin is looking to turn his fortunes round and he knows Silverstone well and likes it; we are sure he can get into the points with the help of his home fans. Jules should as he has all this year compete for the podium and given his ability and bike that is where we expect him to be. Ronan is in pain but still has four days before racing and is doing everything he can to recover, we will be right behind and look for another strong showing from him."
Second home race for Lowes
BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's Sam Lowes is a close second overall and aims high for his second home World Supersport race of the season at Silverstone this weekend, having taken his first series victory last time out on home ground at Donington Park in April.
Mathew Scholtz on the other Bogdanka PTR Honda will be looking to get over the bad luck from the recent races to grab a point scoring result he deserves. After the home race for Bogdanka at Brno, Silverstone will be a home round for PTR with the entire crew in top form and ready for the lights to go off at 13:30 local time on Sunday.
Alexander Lundh will be stepping in for the injured Pawel Szkopek onboard the Bogdanka Honda PTR machine, with the Swedish rider making his return to World Supersport on a familiar ground, having raced at Silverstone only last month.
Sam Lowes: "I'm feeling mega and really looking forward to Silverstone. I'm in good spirits and feel fit. I love Silverstone and I'm happy we go there at this time of the season trying to get back in winning ways and pushing hard for the championship. It's my home race and a track that I like so I think it will be a really good weekend for us. Silverstone is fast and flowing which suits my style and I know that PTR is working hard to give me a good bike. A home race means more pressure but I like that and we've shown at Donington that we can get the job done so I want to go to Silverstone and do the same thing."
Mathew Scholtz: "I haven't been to Silverstone before but I've seen a lot of videos and played a lot of Playstation and the track looks really good so I can't wait to try it in front of the British fans. I like fast and flowing circuits and Silverstone looks like fun. I was on course to score points at Brno before a small technical problem so hopefully I can get a point scoring result this weekend and keep moving forward. Things haven't gone as planned in the last couple of races but I know that both myself and the team can do well. I know that I have a good pace. I just need a bit of luck and I can finally show what I can do."
Alexander Lundh: "I'm very happy to be racing at Silverstone again and joining the Bogdanka Honda PTR team for this weekend. It's a very good squad so I'm really looking forward to it. It won't be easy, as I need to re-learn riding the Supersport bike with electronics and Pirelli tyres, but I raced in World Supersport last year so I'm confident we can have a good weekend and after a session or two, I'll learn my way around. The competition is hard in this class but I'm hoping for a dry weekend and a good result at Silverstone which is a track I really like."
Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: "Sam is riding very well and likes Silverstone, so we will be expecting him to be racing at the sharp end as he maintains his title challenge in front of his home crowd. Mathew has a lot of talent and ability and this is another chance for him to show that as he continues his first learning year in World Supersport."
World Superbike riders aiming for Silverstone gold
Rome (Italy), 31st July 2012 – The eni FIM Superbike World Championship returns to the United Kingdom for its second of two appearances this coming weekend, this time right in the middle of Olympic fever, at the legendary Silverstone circuit, approximately 100 kilometres north of London, where the Games are based.
The 25th edition of the production-based championship is turning out to be one of the most competitive of all time: after nine of 14 rounds five riders from five different manufacturers are separated by just 84.5 points (with 250 still up for grabs) and all of them have their minds set on the title. Once again World Superbike is living up to its reputation of being edge-of-seat, down-to-the-wire, unpredictable stuff and more of the same is expected this weekend in the UK.
The previous round at Brno bunched up the leading group even further as Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) cut the gap to leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) to just 21 points. The Italian five-time world champion also lost points to Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team’s charger (now just 59 points down) and to Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati), the reigning champion who is 67 points behind Biaggi. The group of pretenders for the title is completed by Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team), 84.5 points off the top slot.
Silverstone will be the venue for a World Superbike round for the ninth time. The track, flat and flowing, appears to be tailor-made for Ducati, which has won here 11 times in 15 races. In last year’s edition Checa powered to a dominant double win: half-way through this season he appeared to be out of the title battle, but by repeating the same result this weekend the Spaniard has every chance of becoming a key player in the title run-in.
Checa’s hopes of a resurgence are helped by the fact that none of the three riders ahead of him in the standings have a particularly good record at Silverstone. Max Biaggi has never taken a podium at this track and his best result is a fourth place. The Aprilia RSV4 machine has suffered on bumpy tracks like Silverstone in the past and it was also for this reason that a few days ago Aprilia Racing carried out a test at Mugello in preparation for this important round.
With his double triumph at Brno Marco Melandri has now notched up five wins this year with BMW, more than any other rider. He made his Superbike debut in 2011 with Yamaha, twice finishing third, while since its debut in 2009 the German four-cylinder bike has never finished in the top 3 but things have now changed radically: in 2012 the S 1000 RR has been on the podium in every round except Assen.
Neither can Tom Sykes boast particularly brilliant results at the British circuit, and it was just one year ago that he had to abandon the race weekend following a big crash in qualifying. The Kawasaki ZX-10R’s best result here is a seventh place, with Joan Lascorz, but in recent races the Japanese machine has made sensational progress.
Jonathan Rea, the 25-year-old leader of the Honda World Superbike Team, has not won a race since Donington in May this year but he comes to Silverstone in the wake of a fantastic win in the Suzuka 8 Hours as part of the FCC TSR team, one of Honda’s top squads in this endurance racing classic.
Round 10 will also be a fundamental race for FIXI Crescent Suzuki which is yet to obtain results living up to the team’s and the riders’ expectations. American John Hopkins has been sidelined by a series of injuries and crashes, but he returns to the track where one year ago he set pole position as a wild-card and then finished the two races in fifth and seventh. Silverstone is also a ‘friendly’ circuit for Leon Camier who scored a podium place here in 2010 with the Aprilia Racing Team.
The Manufacturers’ title battle is now wide open, after BMW moved into the lead for the first time ever at Brno by two points over Aprilia but Ducati (15.5 points behind) are still in with a big chance. Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki on the other hand are some way behind.
The forecast for the weekend looks like cool weather and showers, conditions that could bring out the best in Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati), the 22-year-old rookie who has already stepped onto the podium twice this year. Niccolò Canepa will also be back on his regular Red Devils Ducati machine after missing out on Brno, while in the Pata Racing Ducati team, Lorenzo Zanetti is joined by new signing Sylvain Guintoli, winner at Assen when he was in Ducati Liberty Team Effenbert.
Points (after 9 of 14 rounds): 1. Biaggi 271.5; 2. Melandri 250.5; 3. Sykes 212.5; 4. Checa 204.5; 5. Rea 187; 6. Haslam 160; 7. Laverty 148; 8. Guintoli 110; etc. Manufacturers: 1. BMW 292; 2. Aprilia 290; 3. Ducati 276.5; 4. Kawasaki 218.5; 5. Honda 193; 6. Suzuki 72.5.
Uncertainty also reigns in the battle for the World Supersport crown. After eight rounds of 13 Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Lorenzini) is tenaciously holding on to his leadership despite injuries and penalties that have slowed his progress down in the last few rounds. The two-time winner has a 23-point lead over British rider Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) whose copybook has been blotted with two no-scores at Assen and Misano. His home track will give Lowes a good opportunity to close the gap. Two Frenchmen with the same aim are Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step), galvanized by his win at Brno, and Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) while Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) is not far off the top either but with five rounds to go these three must now pull out all the stops to remain in touch with the leaders. Newcomers on the Supersport scene at this round will include Britain’s Dan Linfoot in the newly-formed Kawasaki MSD R-N India team and Moto2 rider Kenny Noyes from the USA on a WK Hampshire Racing Suzuki.
Points (after 8 of 13 rounds): 1. Sofuoglu 137; 2. Lowes 114; 3. Foret 108; 4. Cluzel 95; 5. Parkes 82; 6. Morais 62; 7. Baldolini 54; 8. Quarmby 54; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 176; 2. Honda 172; 3. Triumph 83; 4. Yamaha 66; 5. Suzuki 6.
The FIM Superstock 1000 Cup arrives at its seventh round of 10 with Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati) at the top of the table with a 19-point lead over Sylvain Barrier of the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet team. The 23-year-old Italian made the break with a second place in the wet at Brno, capitalizing on the French rider’s second successive crash. But after recent results the leading duo now have to keep an eye on Australian Bryan Staring, winner of the last two races. The 25-year-old Kawasaki Pedercini rider from Perth is riding brilliantly and is just 24 points off the top slot. Further down the field and more or less out of contention are Lorenzo Savadori (Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki), who however is rapidly becoming a frontrunner at this level.
Points (after 6 of 10 rounds): 1. La Marra 94; 2. Barrier 75; 3. Staring 70; 4. Savadori 67; 5. Guarnoni 62; 6. Baroni 56; 7. Reiterberger 55; 8. Bergman 49; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 110; 2. Ducati 107; 3. BMW 103; 4. Honda 46; 5. Aprilia 16.
The battle between the Netherlands and Italy continues unabated in the European Superstock 600 Championship. After six rounds of 10 in the under-22 category, the 19-year-old Dutchman Michael van der Mark (EAB Ten Kate Junior Team Honda) heads the field, but by just two points over his fellow 19-year-old competitor Riccardo Russo (Team Italia FMI Yamaha). With three wins apiece, two of the most interesting young talents in Europe have made the championship their own this year and they now have a virtually unassailable lead over Belgium’s Gauthier Duwelz (MTM Racing Yamaha), who is however rapidly emerging in his own way with four podiums in the six races. Last weekend Russo was unable to clinch the Italian CIV title at Misano, as both wins went to Franco Morbidelli (Bike Service R.T. Yamaha) who will be racing as a wild-card at Silverstone.
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
The last race on the Silverstone weekend programme will be the sixth round (of 8) of the KTM European Junior Cup, the one-make trophy series reserved for talented under-19 youngsters. In the previous round at Brno Austria’s Lukas Wimmer powered back to the top of the table and now has an eight-point lead over Javier Orellana. The Spanish rider, who turned 15 last Friday, has already had some experience in the KTM Red Bull 125GP series but is also performing well on the Duke 690 machines directly supplied by the Mattighofen factory.
Points (after 5 of 8 rounds): 1. Wimmer 70; 2. Orellana 62; 3. Vidal 48; 4. Demoulin 48; 5. Garcia 45; 6. Wielebski 36; 7. Pasek 35; 8. Odegard 29; etc.
FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI EAGER FOR HOME RACE
Team Suzuki Press Office - July 31.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki is in the UK this week to compete in round 10 of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at the team's home race at Silverstone in England.
Englishman Leon Camier and Anglo-American John Hopkins are both eager to get back on-track and are looking forward to the team's home race on a track the pair know well and enjoy. Last year Hopkins was a 'wild card' entry for the race with the Crescent Suzuki BSB squad and made the most of it by winning Superpole, much to the surprise of the WSBK regulars. Camier also started from the front row of the grid in 2011, albeit with a different manufacturer, and he and his current team-mate will be aiming to repeat those feats this year.
Silverstone was built on the site of a former RAF airfield after the Second World War and the first car race was held there in 1948. World Superbikes first visited Silverstone in 2002 and this year will be the ninth time the Northamptonshire track has hosted a round of the championship. The 5,902m circuit is generally very flat and features a mixture of fast, slow and technical corners and some long straights, with a few bumps thrown into the equation.
Camier, Hopkins and the rest of the WSB field will first take to the track on Friday morning for the initial practice session, before competing in the opening qualifying practice in the afternoon. Saturday morning will see the second qualifying session to confirm the 16 riders that will progress towards the afternoon Superpole session, which will see them then compete for the best grid positions. Sunday's two races will be held over 18-laps, with the first scheduled for 12.00hrs local time (13.00hrs CEST) and the final race set to get underway at 15.30hrs local time (16.30hrs CEST)
"It's always fun to race at home and I'll be doing my best to get good results with my FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R. I qualified on the front row of the grid last year and I will be aiming to do the same again this year, though first I have to have a good Superpole! The bike has definitely improved recently and I'm hoping that it will suit Silverstone and we can all have a good weekend. It would be good to get good results at Silverstone and say thank you to all our fans at home."
"To repeat last year's pole position is not going to be easy, but there's no reason why it cannot be done - as long as I have a good Superpole. The competition is very tough, but as long as I get on the front two rows of the grid, I'll be happy - though another pole would be great! I like the track and hope Silverstone will be where I turn around my season and start posting good results again."
Jack Valentine - Team Manager:
"I don't feel any more pressure at Silverstone than any other circuit, but obviously we all want to do well at our home race and make all our fans and sponsors happy. The team has been working its socks off and the recent improvements in the FIXI Crescent Suzuki have made the bike better for Leon and John to ride. Qualifying and doing well in Superpole is our priority and if we can do that, I'm sure good results will follow."
Rea and Aoyama re-focus on Silverstone
Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama are setting their sights on Silverstone in the United Kingdom as they return to round 10 of the 2012 World Superbike championship this weekend (3-5 August).
Both Honda World Superbike Team riders were in action for rival Honda teams at the prestigious Suzuka 8-hours race in Japan last Sunday, but experienced contrasting emotions.
While Rea emerged victorious with his FCC TSR Honda team, becoming the first British rider to win the Suzuka 8-hours, Aoyama saw his MuSASHi Honda team-mate and former Honda SBK rider, Ryuichi Kiyonari, crash out of the race while battling for the lead with Rea’s team-mate Kosuke Akiyoshi.
Swapping endurance-specification CBR1000RR Fireblades for their more familiar World Superbike versions this weekend, both Rea and Aoyama will be seeking success at the 5.902km Silverstone circuit near Northampton to make up for a disappointing outing in the last SBK round at Brno in the Czech Republic.
Rea missed the Silverstone round last year through injury, but took two strong second place finishes in 2010. Meanwhile, Aoyama took a top-ten placing in MotoGP in 2011.
The Suzuka race was unbelievable – there was so much happening but we managed to stay consistent and bring it home. I’m a little tired and my body is adjusting after we got back to the UK on Monday evening but I’m looking forward to the week ahead. We had a very disappointing weekend at Brno last time out but I’m quite optimistic about Silverstone. I really enjoy the layout of the circuit and, although I missed last year, the bike worked pretty well there for me in 2010. I hope we can develop our new electronics package a little more this weekend and get some better throttle control. It’ll be good to come back for a second home race this season – it’s always great to meet the British fans and ride in front of them.
I am quite tired after Suzuka and travelling back to Europe again, but I have a few days to get over the jetlag before this weekend. Of course, the result in Japan was disappointing but I was happy to be challenging with my team at the front of the race. Now I must focus on Silverstone and try to find again the improved feeling I had with the bike on Saturday at Brno. Unfortunately, we could not make any more steps the following day because of a crash and a technical problem in the races. I will work hard with my team at Silverstone on Friday and try to improve our qualifying position for better races on Sunday.
Ronald ten Kate – team manager
We’ve got some new parts to try for this weekend at Silverstone, but after a difficult weekend at Brno, we first need to go back a step, closer to the base setting that we know has worked at other circuits this season. Both riders are currently recovering from their efforts at Suzuka, but they will return with some confidence I’m sure – Jonathan with a good feeling from his victory, but also Hiro because he was dicing for the lead as well. We know how well the CBR can work at Silverstone and it’s always a thrill to race in front of the enthusiastic British crowd, so we’re all looking forward to the weekend.
THE ALTHEA RACING TEAM RETURNS TO BRITISH SHORES FOR SBK ROUND TEN THIS WEEKEND AT SILVERSTONE
Silverstone (UK), Wednesday 1st August 2012: after a ten day break, the Althea Racing team returns to British soil for the tenth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship. After participating in the Donington round earlier in the season, the team now takes on the Silverstone track, a circuit that both Althea riders Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano enjoy.
Last year’s Silverstone round was just one of many high points for current world champion Checa who won not just one, but both of the day’s Superbike races. Giugliano, who was racing in the Stock 1000 category last season, was leading his race but unfortunately crashed out two laps from the end. The Althea flagbearers know that they have strong pace and good chances of success at the English track, despite the fact that results may well be conditioned by the traditionally unstable weather conditions.
Ten days ago, Checa obtained a third and fourth place finish in the two races at Brno, in the Czech Republic.
A more than satisfactory result for the Spaniard, considering that the track is not particularly kind to the Ducati bikes. Giugliano was one of the fastest riders on track throughout the practice sessions but unfortunately his races were conditioned by bad weather and tyre choices.
After the first nine round of the championship Carlos is still in fourth position overall with 204.5 points, 67 points behind leader Biaggi. Davide is ninth with 99 points. Ducati lies third in the manufacturer’s standings with 276.5 points to the 290 of Aprilia and 292 of BMW.
“Last year’s Silverstone races couldn’t have gone any better, I won both and that was the perfect conclusion to what was a great weekend. I like the track and I think we can do well there again this year. The weather conditions are always a total unknown in the UK but after the solid results that we scored in mixed conditions at Brno, I’m feeling confident ahead of Sunday’s races.”
Checa’s Superbike form at Silverstone:
2011: Race 1 – winner, Race 2 - winner
2010: Race 1- 7th, Race 2 – 10th
“It was good to see that we had the pace to be up there with the frontrunners at Brno, even if the races then didn’t go according to plan. We worked well in all of the practice sessions and so I hope that we can be equally competitive in the upcoming races, starting with Silverstone, a track that I know and enjoy racing at.”
WSBK - Team Italia FMI back on track in Silverstone for the Stk1000 and Stk600
La Marra will try to defend his lead in the FIM Cup standings while Russo is only two points behind in the European championship.
With four races to go, Team Italia riders touch the ground in the land of the Olympics.
In the FIM Cup Superstock1000, Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Italia Panigale1199 #47) leads in the standings after a series of consistent of results throughout the season. Thus far, he seized four podiums (one 2nd and three 3rd places) and two 4th-place finishes in six races. Barrier is now 19 points behind, and La Marra can afford not to take too many risks on the British track.
Lorenzo Savadori (Barni Racing Team Italia Panigale1199 #32), who was fighting for the title before Brno, wants to forget the last two races and cut the gap with the leaders. After the crash caused by Barrier in Aragon and the high fever in Brno, he is now 4th in the standing, 27 points behind his teammate. Silverstone can be his comeback race.
In the UEM European Championship Superstock600 (whose race will take place on Sunday this time) Riccardo Russo (Team Italia FMI Yamaha#84) will once again fight against VD Mark. The Dutchman leads by only two points, but the Italian won three races and scored four pole positions, proving to be a tough opponent. Russo got his first international podium in Silverstone and aims at winning both the European and Italian titles (where he just needs 3 points in Vallelunga in October).
Luca Vitali (Team Italia FMI Yamaha#70) can attack the 4th place in the standings. After the "0" in the season opener in Imola, Vitali always scored points, showing a constant growth. He is now only 4 points behind Calero Perez.
Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"Eddi's lead in the Stk1000 is important and will allow us to face this race with more serenity, even though the Panigale never lapped here before. Lorenzo, on the other, will try to attack during the race. He is motivated to put behind the past couple of races. In the Stk600, we aim for the jackpot: Russo knows the track well, which suits him, and Vitali needs to score points and defend his position."
Infront Motor Sports / onlus online auction to support the Emilia Romagna region after the earthquake
As announced in the recent SBK Round in Misano, the charity auction run by Infront Motor Sports, the company that organizes and promotes the Eni FIM Superbike World Championship, together with the non-profit Gregorio FUN & SAFE Association in support of the earthquake-hit population in the region of Emilia, is now underway.
Thanks to the additional collaboration of riders, teams and sponsors who have kindly donated the items present in this auction, race fans, collectors or even members of the public can acquire these unique items, while at the same time lending a hand to the population of Emilia.
The auction includes several original and autographed items and it will be held on a number of different occasions consecutively and each lasting one week.
All proceeds will be donated to the city of Sant’Agostino (Ferrara) to finance the resurfacing of roads badly damaged by the recent earthquake. This decision is in line with the Superbike spirit of making people aware of safety both on the track and on the road.
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