Press release previews from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's round at Aragon:
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Motorland Aragón - Preview
12th – 14th April 2013
2nd of 15 race weekends
Munich/Milan, 9th April 2013. Almost seven weeks have passed since the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team kick-started its 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship campaign with a podium at Phillip Island, Australia. The world championship now returns to Europe for the second round of the season, which takes place next weekend (12th to 14th April) at “Motorland Aragón” in the northeast of Spain.
Works rider Marco Melandri (ITA) was, through no fault of his own, involved in a crash in the first race of the season-opener, before finishing third to claim a place on the podium in race two. He currently lies fifth in the Riders’ Championship on 16 points. His new team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) finished fourth at the first attempt in his maiden race on the BMW S 1000 RR. The Brit then came home 17th after a crash in the second race. He goes into the second race weekend of the year tenth in the overall standings on 13 points. BMW is second in the Manufacturers’ Championship with 29 points.
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team used the long break after the opening event of the season to complete further tests. The team travelled to Jerez, Spain, for a series of tests in March and last week. The squad spent a total of four days working on further optimising various aspects of the RR. At the first Jerez test, Chaz was on his own while Marco recovered from an operation on his shoulder, which he underwent after the race at Phillip Island. At the second test, both Chaz and Marco rode. Both riders have fond memories of Aragón: Marco claimed a win and a second place there last year, setting the fastest lap time in both races. Chaz finished third there to make his first appearance on the FIM Superbike World Championship podium.
The 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup also gets underway at the “Motorland Aragón” race weekend. The BMW Motorrad GoldBet Team will line up with reigning champion Sylvain Barrier (FRA) and new team member Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) as it looks to defend its title. This season, the team will be equipped with the new BMW HP4 for the first time.
Aragón from the rider’s point of view:
“I am looking forward to be in Aragón. I am very optimistic. For sure it will not be an easy race, but I am confident that I have fixed the shoulder problems I suffered from. I don’t feel hindered anymore when riding, even if I am still lacking resilience. We worked a lot after the Australian round in order to close the gap to Aprilia and we have done a very good job.
I like Aragón; it is a great track. It is a very technical and fast circuit. It will be the ideal venue to verify the work we have done. My only wish is that we finally will have good weather.”
“Aragón is one of the best tracks in the calendar, a great venue and one to look forward to. The circuit offers a good mixture of everything. You have uphill and downhill sections, short corners and fast corners. It is difficult to set the bike up as the circuit varies so much. In addition, it will be different to ride there compared to last year as we are racing there three months earlier. That changes a lot, temperature-wise, which has an effect in some areas like how much grip you have.
Aragón is a special place for me because back in 2011 I won there in Supersport which was quite unexpected and last year it was the venue of my first podium finish in the Superbike World Championship. With that in mind, I know Aragón works well for me and I am excited to go there. The positive results from last week’s test in Jerez also make me confident. We will push straight away from Friday morning on and hopefully on Sunday we will see the results.”
Aragón from a technical point of view:
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“We are looking forward to Aragón with a lot of interest. After the test completed in Jerez last week, we are now eager to see the result of the hard work carried out by the whole race and R&D team in Italy and Germany on this different track – where we have won in the past but where our competitors are very strong. We are still sweating remembering the thrilling races we had there last season.
The circuit in Aragón offers a bit of everything. It has tight corners, fast and flowing sections, hard braking and a long straight where we will be able to get the best from our powerful BMW engine. It is a demanding track for the tyres because the asphalt is abrasive, and also a demanding track for the riders because of its unique characteristics. To find the right bike set-up will be an exciting challenge, especially considering that the weather conditions could be cooler than in the past as the race has been moved from summer to the middle of April. After such a long break we are all looking forward to some nice action on the track and we are confident that our riders will be in the thick of the action in this fantastic show we call World Superbikes!”
Aragón from a sporting point of view:
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Aragón is the first European race after a long break and will also be the opening race for the Superstock team. The results from last week’s Superbike test in Jerez and the Superstock test in Aragón were really positive. In addition, Marco has no pain to his shoulder after testing and Chaz’ feeling with the RR is getting better and better with each outing. Both of our works riders got positive results last year in Aragon, and even if Marco will not be one hundred per cent fit, we are still really confident. We’ll do our best from the very beginning of the weekend to get the best possible results.”
Aragón from Pirelli’s point of view:
The new Pirelli 17 inch tyres return to Spain, to “Motorland Aragón”, where last year they were tested for the first time by the Superbike riders on the Monday following the race weekend. The track has rather demanding asphalt for the tyres because it is quite abrasive. For this reason, a compromise is needed between the stability and rigidity of the compounds and the grip they are able to produce when hot. As the temperature in April will be lower, Pirelli brings a few development solutions which should be an excellent compromise between tyre grip and hardness. For the Superbike class Pirelli will provide three slick solutions for dry on the front and just as many for the rear. These are joined by the rear qualifier, the intermediate solutions as well as the wet solutions. On the front Pirelli has chosen standard slicks with an SC1 solution in a soft blend and the SC2 standard solution in medium blend which are joined by a development solution (S41) in a soft blend as an alternative to the standard SC1 (R426) intended to reduce cold tearing and to provide greater mechanical stability, a good compromise between the SC2 for solidity and the SC1 in terms of grip.
For the rear the riders will also be able to choose from three solutions, the standard SC1 (R828) medium compound already used at Phillip Island and the standard SC2 hard compound which is capable of providing greater resistance even in the event of low temperatures. The third option comes in the form of the R829, a development solution that, in terms of compound hardness, falls about halfway between the standard SC1 and SC2 and which was designed to combat the significant wear which is typical on this circuit. Also, for the first time the new intermediate tyre (S44) will be making an entrance on the scene, available only for the rear on this occasion. Pirelli decided to redesign the new Diablo Wet starting from scratch. The new tread design is halfway between the slick solutions and the rain solutions, and was designed to improve performance on a wet/damp track and to make sure riders can finish the race in completely dry track conditions.
Located in a sparsely populated region in the north-east of Spain, surrounded by a sweeping and picturesque hilly landscape, is one of the most modern motorsport centres in the world: “Motorland Aragón”. It can be found about three hours’ drive west of Barcelona, near Alcañiz – a town of 16,000 residents in the autonomous region of Aragón. Alcañiz enjoys a long motorsport tradition: between 1965 and 2003, races were regularly held on a street circuit there.
“Motorland Aragón” was opened in 2009 and soon became a fixture in international automobile and motorcycle racing. It has welcomed the MotoGP series every year since 2010. The FIM Superbike World Championship made its debut in Aragón in 2011. The circuit is also used all year round for testing by many racing teams.
For many riders, Aragón is one of the best circuits on the calendar. The layout is regarded as being extremely technically demanding. Ultra-quick sections lead into very tight corners, with this combination complemented by flowing combinations of turns. This varied layout demands a precise set-up. It features uphill and downhill sections, blind crests and downhill corners, which are reminiscent of the track in Portimão, Portugal. The combination of turns seven and eight is based on the infamous “Corkscrew” at Laguna Seca (USA).
The riders can give free rein to their powerful engines in the fast sections, including the main straight, which is almost 1.8 kilometres long. One key point on the circuit is the final turn: here, the riders must get on the gas early in order to take momentum up the hill and onto the start/finish straight, at the end of which is one of the track’s many overtaking opportunities. The asphalt offers plenty of grip and is very rough.
The Superbikes return to Aragón as Team SBK Ducati Alstare prepares to embark on the European tour.
Tuesday 9 April 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini are all set to continue their quest in this weekend’s second round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship, taking place at MotorLand Aragón in Spain.
Round 1 of the 2013 championship concluded over a month ago at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia but the opening event unfortunately did not go smoothly for either rider. Ayrton could not participate in the races due to a foot fracture and Carlos’ fall in race one prevented him from taking part in the second race – he too came away from Australia with a fractured foot and both riders have spent time recuperating in recent weeks.
The upcoming Aragón round therefore provides a clean slate for both Checa and Badovini who, unable to show their potential at Phillip Island, will both be doing their utmost to prove themselves this weekend.
2012 marks the Superbikes third visit to ‘La Ciudad del Motor de Aragón. Checa’s ‘home’ track, the local rider was honoured when circuit organisers dedicated a corner to him, turning the third corner of the track into ‘curva Carlos Checa’.
Carlos has reached the podium on two occasions, scoring a third place finish in both 2011 and 2012 while Ayrton’s best finish at Aragón to date was eighth place in 2011.
‘Physically speaking I’m more or less OK. I still can’t really go cycling or running but I’ve been training at the gym and don’t expect to have any real trouble riding the bike. I feel strong from a mental point of view too, I’m ready for the next races.
Until we’re there on track I can’t really make predictions. We’ll start with our base set-up and then, once I’m on the bike we’ll see what we need to do – it always depends on the conditions, levels of grip, the tyres and their consumption... I was in Aragón last week to see the development team that was testing; they worked a lot on the electronics, that are working well, and with the antispin. We can’t do those kind of tests during a race weekend as they’re time-consuming and we only have one bike of course, so the work that they’ve done during testing should give us some useful information, useful parameters. In Aragón I hope to be able to continue to improve, both in terms of the bike and myself.’
Checa’s Superbike form at Aragón:
2012: Race 1- 3rd, Race 2 – 7th
2011: Race 1- DNF, Race 2 – 3rd
‘At the gym I’ve concentrated on working on my upper body and my arms because I can still do very little as far as my legs are concerned. At the start it was very risky to put weight on my foot and so I was on crutches until a few days ago. Now I can walk quite well, and navigate stairs etc. but I don’t yet have full mobility of my foot. I’ve worked with the Clinica Mobile staff, we’ve tried putting on my boot, assuming the riding position and nothing really hurt so I don’t expect to have any real problems riding – it shouldn’t be too bad on the footpeg.
Regarding Aragón, it’s a track that I enjoy. In this case it’s an advantage for me that it’s not a very physical track, so I have chance to rest a bit, and that it fortunately won’t be very hot. We still have the issue of the two straights of course so we’ll be working to compensate for that, but I’m feeling positive.’
Badovini’s Superbike form at Aragón:
2012: Race 1- DNF, Race 2 – 9th
2011: Race 1- 8th, Race 2 – 10th
Shez ready to show what he can do at Aragon
PTR HONDA'S Sheridan Morais is hotly anticipating the second round of the World Supersport Championship at Aragon in Spain on Sunday April 14th, and is determined to be competing for the podium.
The likeable South African scored the fastest lap of the race and a podium in 2012 and is expecting better this year now he is with PTR - the team that won at the circuit last year.
Shez: "I am really looking forward to Aragon and want to be where we deserve - at the front of the race competing for podiums and victory. I am 100 per cent positive and with the best team behind me I want to show what we really can do.
"I have got a CBR600 in South Africa that I am building with Bitubo suspension from PTR and I'll be riding at my local tracks to keep sharp and get in some practice before Aragon. It's all good."
Austrian David Linortner will be hoping to capitalise on his raw speed at Aragon on his PTR Honda after a disappointing crash at the opening round when he was clearly capable of a top 10 finish.
Italian Luca Marconi equalled his best result in the class on his debut outing with PTR Honda at Phillip Island and is looking to maintain that momentum. Rookies Nacho Calero from Spain and Matt Davies from Australia will be looking for improved finishes.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "We are expecting Shez to challenge at the front in Aragon, he went well last year and we won the race so we have high ambitions.
"We are hoping David will be more consistent and if he can stop crashing he is a top 10 finisher. Luca Marconi will be looking to build on his best ever result and with improved qualifying and a better start he has every chance to do so.
"Nacho and Matt are continuing their steep learning curve. With some circuit experience we are aiming to improve on their opening round results, both have a lot of potential and are keen to do the best they can.
"The big gap between Australia and Aragon is not good for us and I think it needs looking at for next year. If you end the season in November and start in February then you have no time to prepare for the next season. It is the same for everyone but this is something I urge the organisers to think about."
Intense Spanish preparation for Rea and Haslam
Pata Honda riders Jonathan Rea and Leon have completed their preparations for round two of the 2013 World Superbike championship to be held at Motorland Aragon this weekend (12-14 April).
The British duo tested their CBR1000RRs at the 5.344km Spanish circuit for three days last week but opted for an additional test this week to further develop the new electronics system that has been introduced to their machines for the 2013 season.
The second Spanish test took place at the Alcarras circuit, 175km to the west of Barcelona, with both riders finishing their riding duties today before heading back to Aragon for this weekend’s racing activities.
Rea and Haslam currently lie in sixth and seventh places respectively in the championship standings, separated by just one point, following the opening round at Phillip Island in Australia on 24 February.
We have certainly made some progress the last few days at Alcarras but it’ll be difficult to tell just how much until we’re back riding against our rivals at Aragon on Friday. I’ve got a good feeling with the bike now and my confidence is certainly higher than when we left the Aragon test last week where we really made zero progress. We’ve been working hard on all aspects of the new electronics system and made some in-roads at Alcarras. Our engine braking particularly is now more consistent and I can hit apexes more precisely, whereas during the Aragon test, I felt a bit like a passenger at times. We were definitely a bit lost there but now we can head back to Aragon with more confidence and see where we are on Friday.
I stayed at Alcarras a little longer than Jonathan and got to try some tyres that he tried yesterday and I managed a pretty good lap time in the end. We definitely had major problems during the first two days at the Aragon test - in fact, it's not really accurate to call it a test. Although the guys found a solution on the evening of day two, we didn’t really get a chance to try it out on the final day because of the bad weather. So the Alcarras test has definitely been useful, even though we started here with a completely blank sheet of paper. We’ve made some progress and got a good base setting so that we can now go back to Aragon with a little more optimism for the race.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
We’ve had a very good test here at Alcarras following a very difficult one at Aragon last week. It’s no secret that we had some problems which came from the fact that we didn’t have a very good series of base maps for the new electronics system. It’s a very complicated development process made more complicated by the fact that everyone has been learning the new system, including finding out how the riders respond to input changes. You can only get that through testing so, although the last week or so has been very intense, it’s been very useful. We've managed to find a good base setting for both the riders, although we’ll have to wait until Friday to see how we measure up against our rivals. But now we’re actually looking forward to Aragon and you might not have heard that from me last week!
Pata Honda - video preview, Aragon
After an intense week of testing, Pata Honda riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam discuss their preparations as they look ahead to this weekend's races at the Motorland Aragon circuit.
WSBK Stk600 - San Carlo Team Italia ready for the European championship debut in Aragon
Superstock600 kicks off in Aragon, Spain.
Alessandro Nocco and Franco Morbidelli and their Kawasakis are ready to make their season debut after a positive test on the Spanish track three weeks ago. The riders' feeling on the bikes, the crew work, and the atmosphere in the team leave the team hopeful.
Nocco, fifth at the 2012 CIV, knows the bike, while Morbidelli, has experience in the European championship (last year closed in sixth place): an important combination for a championship fight as the Continental.
This year the Stk600 championship will be aired on TV on Italia2 throughout its nine races, all scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 6 pm.
Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We worked well this winter to be ready physically, psychologically and technically. Team Italia's project put Doriano Romboni next to me this year to develop emerging talents. If the results come too, it is all for the best. We head to Spain to do well, but it's the first race of the year so we don't have any specific objectives. It'll be a long season and we'll try to grow race after race and still have a chance for the title at the end of the season".
World Superbike hits Europe for Round 2 at Aragon
Rome (Italy), Tuesday 9 April 2013 - Eni FIM Superbike World Championship lands in Europe for the second round of 2013 season, that will take place this weekend at Alcaniz’s Motorland Aragon. The spectacular and challenging track in northern Spain, favourite destination for testing of numerous WSBK teams, entered the calendar in 2011 and, after being halfway through the season for two years, it is now the first round to be held within the European borders.
Following the dominant performance of Phillip Island, Aprilia Racing Team is called for a repeat performance on a track that suits well both RSV4 1000 Factory and the current Championship leader Eugene Laverty: the Irishman has always finished within 2nd and 6th place and missed the win last year courtesy of Marco Melandri, who got the better of him at the last lap of Race 2.
Sylvain Guintoli, on the other hand, never managed to finish within the top-10 here. The Frenchman, though, has already shown an excellent feeling with the Italian vee-four machine, as he is currently tied up in points on top of the standings with his team mate.
The current king of Aragon is without a doubt Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who has won 2 races out of 4 and was 2nd when not on top of the podium. The only one able to match his performances was Max Biaggi but the current World Superbike Champion, now moved to the commentary box.
It won’t be an easy task for the Italian rider, since he is still recovering from a shoulder injury, that was aggravated by the unfortunate crash of Phillip Island Race 1. After a first test carried out only by Welshman Chaz Davies (who scored his maiden WSBK podium finish last year at Aragon) and primarily focused on evaluating the latest electronics installed on the factory BMW S 1000 RR, the team underwent a further two days on track at Jerez last week, this time with both riders.
Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), whose braking error during the first Australian race lead to the collision with Melandri and resulted in an injury for both, will partake in his home race. With no points under his belt at the moment, the Spaniard is eager to make some ground in the standings. His team mate Ayrton Badovini will attempt to participate despite still recuperating from a fractured bone in his left foot.
High expectations for the Kawasaki Racing Team, who has done well over last week’s three-day test at Aragon – as they shared the track with numerous teams, including FIXI Crescent Suzuki and Pata Honda World Superbike. Tom Sykes set the fastest lap of the test and proved to be back near full fitness. Sykes and Baz are now ready to keep the flag flying high for the Barcelona-based team.
Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel will show up at Aragon boosted by new engine-spec on their FIXI Crescent Suzuki machines, already evaluated on the Spanish track on April 2-4 with some positive feedback. Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam’s hard work is not over yet, as the British duo did a further two-day test to check out the new electronics developed by Honda for their CBR1000RR at Alcarras.
Standings: 1. Laverty 45; 2. Guintoli 45; 3. Fabrizio 29; 4. Sykes 22; 5. Melandri 16; 6. Rea 16; 7. Haslam 15; 8. Cluzel 14; 9. Camier 14; 10. Davies 13; 11. Neukirchner 11; 12. Giugliano 10; 13. Baz 10; 14. Allerton 6; 15. Clementi 4, etc.
The Supersport World Championship is back at Aragon and it will be once again a chase of the leader and defending Champion Kenan Sofuoglu, who won the Opening Race at Phillip Island. The controversial outcome of last year’s race is all water under the bridge as Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret are now team mates under Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki colours.
2012 race winner Sam Lowes is the number 1 candidate to challenge Sofuoglu’s leadership, but the young Brit landed badly on his left hand during a three-day test at Aragon last week and won’t be 100% for the upcoming round. Lowes and Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) were joined on track by Pata Honda World Supersport duo of Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti, Luca Scassa (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), Kev Coghlan and Vladimir Ivanov (DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki) and Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace Honda).
PTR are looking for redemption after a nightmare Season Opener, that saw Sheridan Morais held back by technical issues on his CBR600RR. Last year’s STK600 runner-up Riccardo Russo will make his World Supersport debut this weekend with the San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki.
Standings: 1. Sofuoglu 25; 2. Lowes 20; 3. vd Mark 16; 4. Foret 13 5. Salom 11; 6. Scassa 10; 7. Antonelli 9; 8. Zanetti 8; 9. Roccoli 7;10. Kennedy 6, etc.
The top-3 riders from last year will be back contesting the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. Defending Champion Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) will have to deal once again with Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Ducati) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki), who are willing to do their best to take his crown. It’s going to be a trip down to memory lane for Niccolò Canepa, after one year racing in the Superbike class, who will jump on the Barni Racing Team 1199 Panigale. Following the brilliant performance at Magny-Cours last year, South Africa’s Greg Gildenhuys will be alongside Barrier as full-time rider for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet Team.
Italy is again the most represented Country of the 12 in the series, with 9 riders out of the overall 26 entries.
As several protagonists of the past season stepped up to Supersport class and numerous young talents from European Junior Cup (including 2012 Champion Lukas Wimmer) and national championships arrived, the European Superstock 600 Championship gets underway with a new mix of riders ready to fight over the 9 rounds in calendar.
MTM Racing Yamaha riders Gauthier Duwelz and Adrian Nestorovic are likely to play a major role this year, as well as Franco Morbidelli and Alessandro Nocco, selected by the Italian Federation (FMI) to race the Puccetti Racing ZX-6R. After the promotion of last year’s winner Michael van der Mark, the EAB Ten Kate Junior Team confirmed Swiss Bastien Chesaux for another season.
The total of 31 riders representing 14 countries, gives an idea of the continuing appeal of the series.
European Junior Cup
For its third consecutive season, the European Junior Cup now goes under Honda’s wing to provide its 36 entries from all over the world the brand new CBR500R. The new naming of the series “Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda” underlines the prestige and importance of the one-make entry-level championship designed for the young talents of motorcycle racing. This year’s EJC will see the participation of two young female riders, respectively from France and Brasil.
WORLD SUPERBIKE MAKES ITS EUROPEAN DÉBUT WITH THE MOTORLAND ARAGÒN WEEKEND.
THE APRILIA RACING RIDES ARRIVE AT THE SPANISH ROUND TIED FOR THE LEAD IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
APRILIA IS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MANUFACTURER LEADER.
Noale, 10 April 2013 - World Superbike embarks on Europe with the first continental race at the Spanish Motorland Aragòn circuit. In the first round of the season, held at Phillip Island more than a month ago, the Aprilia RSV4 dominated with one win each for the official standard bearers Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli, who therefore arrive in Spain tied at the top of the standings.
The beautiful circuit just a few miles from Alcaniz has always proven to be favourable to the RSV4 because of its conformation. However, Eugene and Sylvain will not be able to rest on their laurels. The perpetually mild climate that distinguishes the Spanish circuit makes it the perfect place for testing during the cold season, and this has made it the favourite test track for many World SBK Teams, giving the rivals an advantage in terms of experience and set-up. When we add the desire for a rematch that many of the World Championship top players have, the cocktail for a heated weekend is complete.
Irishman Eugene Laverty remembers Aragòn as the positive turning point for his 2012 season: “Aragon was our breakthrough race last year. We fought for the race win and so I have fond memories of the track. Some teams have been testing at Aragon during the break so they will have the upper hand to start. However, the RSV4 is working so well at the moment that I believe we can catch up with them and fight for race wins”."Aragòn è stata la svolta per noi lo scorso anno. Qui abbiamo combattuto per la vittoria, quindi ho buoni ricordi del tracciato. Dobbiamo però considerare che molti team hanno testato ad Aragòn durante la pausa, questo permetterà loro di partire con un leggero vantaggio nei nostri confronti. Nonostante questo la RSV4 sta funzionando così bene da rendermi comunque ottimista, credo proprio che potremo giocarcela e lottare per la vittoria".
The first race winner of the 2013 season, Sylvain Guintoli, took advantage of the Spanish weather to continue training and he is eagerly looking forward to getting out on the track.
“I’m very happy to be back on my Aprilia RSV4 after such a long gap since the Australian race. It felt like another winter break! Weather in UK has not been the best, so I went to Spain to step up my physical training. Now I’m ready for the fight and looking forward to the action”.
Ceramiche Althea back in World Championship Superbike
Ceramiche Althea, leading company in the field of sanitary tools alongside Unibat on Davide Giugliano's Aprilia RSV4 in World Superbike. The return to motorcycle racing competition, in which Althea has been present since 2008 and has collected the most ambitious goals up until 2011 World Superbike Championship is the final part of a path that has seen Genesio Bevilacqua’s company obtain a "100 % Made in Italy " certification, the only Italian brand to have received a prestigious award from the Homologation Dept. involved with the Ministry of Productive Activities. Ceramiche Althea not only increased its production in Italy (located in the modern production plant in Civita Castellana) but uses raw materials and semi processed which are exclusively Italian. A great effort, a strong message of hope for the Italian economy.
Genesio Bevilacqua : “I am happy and proud to have brought the brand Althea Ceramiche in the world of motorcycle racing. This is the last step of a path that has seen my company fully sink their roots in Italy, until obtaining the prestigious certificate "100% Made in Italy". Our commitment could not but interact with the Superbike World Championship, a league that not only is part of our history, but that is has visibly increased thanks to Dorna and the worldwide media. Starting from next weekend at the Aragon Motorland, the brand Althea Ceramiche will appear on Davide Giugliano’s bike, together with other prestigious brands, completing a team "100% Made in Italy" with Althea, Aprilia and Unibat, as well as Italian technicians and rider. We are in Aragon anxious to be able to improve the difficult weekend at Phillip Island. We are ready and determined to achieve the results that we always compete.
Davide Giugliano : “After my recent experience in Australia, I will be facing this second round of the World Superbike with a lot of optimism. At Phillip Island, I was able to get to better know my team, I became more familiar with the Aprilia RSV4 and I have learned to put it in place. Aragon is a track that I like and where I've always been very strong, even though I did not achieve the results I had expected. The long straight part of the track penalized me last year but this year it shouldn’t be a problem; therefore, we can tackle Spain with confidence and fight for the positions that count."
The second round of the Superbike World Championship will take place over the weekend of April 12-13-14 at Motorland Aragón circuit. The Ciudad del Motor de Aragón is a 5.344 km race circuit located near Alcañiz, Spain. The circuit has been designed by well-known German architect Hermann Tilke and McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa was a technical and sporting consultant on the project. The facility has been designed to incorporate three main zones - a technology park, a sports area and a leisure and culture area. The sports area will include the racing circuit with multiple layouts, a karting track and various gravel circuits. On 19th May 2010, it was announced that the circuit would hold a round of the Superbike World Championship from 2011, with a threeyear deal being agreed.
FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI FIRED-UP FOR ARAGON
Team Suzuki Press Office - April 11.
The FIXI Crescent Suzuki squad is in a confident mood as it heads to Motorland Aragon for the first European round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship following very promising results in last week's test at the same circuit.
Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel both performed impressively at the three-day test around the 5,344m Spanish circuit last week, which saw them cover a huge amount of laps and undertake a comprehensive test schedule that covered many aspects of the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R, including a full evaluation of a new-spec engine from the Japanese company. The data collected from the test has now been analysed by the FIXI Crescent Suzuki engineers and the improvements will be utilised during the race weekend.
The Motorland Aragon circuit is situated near Alcaniz, approximately 120kms from Zaragoza. This modern track was built in 2009 and was used as a WSBK venue for the first time in 2011. The Aragon facility is a multi-purpose motorsport zone and features many circuits for off-road events, as well as a kart track and the road-racing circuit with multiple layouts. The configuration that World Superbike will use this weekend has 17 turns, with a fast straight of just under a kilometre in length, rolling sections, blind crests, tight hairpins and downhill corners, in fact a bit of everything is included on the circuit to make it very challenging for riders, and exciting for spectators.
Camier and Cluzel will take to the track for the first free practice session on Friday, with the pair aiming to make sure they use the first two qualifying sessions to their full extent so they are both able to compete in Superpole on Saturday afternoon. The first 20-lap race of Sunday's double-header is scheduled to get underway at 12.00hrs local time (11.00hrs BST).
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to racing - it feels like a long time since we were last competing on-track. I think it will be a difficult weekend because everyone will be trying so hard, so we'll have to see what happens. We made some progress in testing at Aragon last week, not really with lap-times, but with the starting procedure and the electronics on the bike. We have some work to do on the chassis settings throughout the weekend, as we have a couple of little ideas that we want to work on that should make things a lot better with the overall package."
"After the successful test at Aragon last week, I am really excited about heading back to the track so soon. We had a really good test and learned a lot of things about how to set-up the FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R and how different things work in different situations. I am planning to continue from where I left off in the test and follow on from the good results I had in my debut at Phillip Island. My aim for the weekend is to make more progress and try to finish both races in the top-10. I know this will be a tough task, but I will try my best and see what we can achieve."