Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at the second round of the World Superbike series at Aragon:
Top 10 for Marconi at Aragon
PTR HONDA'S Luca Marconi scored his best ever result in the World Supersport Championship taking a hard-fought 10th place at the second round of the series at Aragon in Spain.
Italian Marconi is going from strength to strength on his PTR Honda and building confidence. Marconi said: "The race was not so bad, I was sliding a lot with my tyre, but I am happy for the result, this is my best finish in World Supersport. I still need to improve my qualifying so this is something to work on at the next round."
South African Sheridan Morais had been targeting a podium result from fourth on the grid but crashed out after being knocked off on lap one by his team mate David Linortner. He will have to wait until the next round of the Championship at Assen on April 28th to score his first points of the season.
Matt Davies in only his second race in the class finished an impressive 18th just two-seconds behind a points scoring place. Nacho Perez had looked on for a top 20 finish as well but was violently sick with a lap to go and was forced to retire.
Linortner was competing with Marconi for much of the race but retired mid-race from what would have been a good points haul.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Team Manager, said: "Luca rode a really good race to claim his first ever top 10 result in the World Supersport Championship - well done to him.
"It was a massive disappointment for Sheridan to be taken out by his team mate after qualifying so well. Sheridan has proved he has the ability to challenge at the front in practice and qualifying so we will take encouragement from that to the next round.
"Matt Davies made a poor start but stuck to his task and rode a good race. He continues to improve.
"David, after recovering from putting Sheridan out of the race, got back to a points scoring position before being forced to retire. Nacho was sick inside his helmet on the penultimate lap and was forced to retire from a good race effort that would have seen him in the top 20."
EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE BY SYLVAIN GUINTOLI WHO STRENGTHENS HIS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH TWO SECOND PLACE FINISHES.
APRILIA LEADS IN THE MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP.
LAVERTY, OUT FRONT IN BOTH RACES, IS HELD UP BY A TECHNICAL PROBLEM AND THEN A CRASH.
Aragon (Spain), 14 April 2013 – Aprilia confirms the lead in all the World SBK standings.
Sylvan Guintoli strengthens his hold on the championship lead with two strong second place finishes and widens the spread between him and the nearest rival to 22 points, now Englishman Davies - double winner at Aragon.
An exceptional performance by the French Aprilia RSV4 rider who has been in the top two for the first four races of the season. In the Australian round he took the win in the opening race and second place (behind team mate Laverty) in Race 2. In Spain he confirms his role as a key player in the championship with two second place finishes. This is a streak that earns him 85 points which put him in the lead of the championship, ahead of Davies (63 points), Aprilia Racing team mate Eugene Laverty (45) and Melandri (43).
As a result of the performance by the French rider and his Aprilia RSV4, Aprilia Racing maintains the Manufacturer Championship lead with 90 points. The Italian bike is followed by BMW (79 points), Kawasaki (49), Honda (37), Suzuki (35) and Ducati (28).
“In the first race I was a bit worried – confessed a smiling Sylvain Guintoli – because I was really struggling, as I had been throughout the weekend. Aragon is perhaps my most dreaded track, so two second places are a really great result. I must thank the Aprilia Team, the engineers and my crew chief, Aligi Deganello, because thanks to them I was able to ride very well in Race 2. The changes we kept making to the RSV4 worked as they should have even if Chaz was really impossible to beat. I'm going to Assen with a lot of confidence. The results today are a perfect way to announce the arrival of my fourth child!”
Eugene Laverty had an incredible weekend, turning up with the championship lead and showing that he was definitely in the run for the win during practice sessions, but having his ambitions slip through his fingers while in the lead for both races. In the first race he was stopped by a mechanical breakdown of the exhaust valve motor while, after leading from the start, he was trying to break away from the pack. In Race 2, in the lead once again, it was a crash – without injury to the rider – that put him out of the race. However, the potential Eugene displayed is assurance of his return as a key player for the Assen round.
“Race 1 was truly disappointing. I was in the lead and had a good pace, but I had already noticed that something wasn't working properly on the bike. I had to stop in the pits which cost me 6 laps, but I knew I could make a comeback in Race 2. Instead, the double starting procedure created some problems for me because the tyres cooled off a bit. In fact I lost the rear first and then the front which caused me to crash. It definitely wasn't the perfect Sunday, but there is still plenty of championship left and I'm encouraged by the fact that I had all the prerequisites, hard luck permitting, to aim for a good result here too”.
Rea fourth in Spanish sun
Jonathan Rea took a fourth place finish in today’s opening second-round World Superbike championship race at Motorland Aragon in Spain but his Pata Honda team had little else to show for its hard work over the weekend and in two tests leading up to the races.
Today’s two outings at the 5.344km circuit – run under clear blue skies and with temperatures in the mid-twenties – were both won by Chaz Davies as Rea battled for a possible podium in the first 20-lapper.
His result underlined the steps forward made by his team since testing at Motorland Aragon two weeks ago, but the 26-year-old Northern Irishman was unable to match that performance in race two. A broken brake-adjuster forced him to pit, although he rejoined the race to take a solitary point in 15th place.
His Pata Honda team-mate, Leon Haslam, took two ninth-place finishes, with brake issues of his own affecting both his races this afternoon. The 29-year-old made some adjustments after race one, but was unable to fight for a better result.
The team will now re-group and target a strong come-back at its home race at Assen in The Netherlands in two weeks’ time.
Jonathan Rea – 4th and 15th
It’s hard to know what to say, really, because it was clear that we were on a bit of a high coming to the races here after the test two weeks ago. Immediately on Friday morning the bike felt a lot better and we worked really hard with the guys all weekend and put in a long run to understand the electronics setting. I feel that we got it in a satisfactory area where I was happy to push, but I’m disappointed with the overall performance. In the races I was unable to compete with the guys around me on the straight, which made riding the rest of the circuit very intense. In race one we had a game plan that worked out better than we expected because a few riders had some misfortune. We plugged away and were there to pick up the pieces and finished fourth. For me it felt like a podium because we’ve come from a long way back and we kind of had the feeling that we were climbing a ladder. Then in race two it was like someone kicked me back of f it because I had a problem with the brake adjuster. The brake kept winding itself in and for one lap I tried to ride with it but the lever was coming back to the bar. I was going to be a risk to other riders so I came in to fix that. Again, my pace was strong when I rejoined which is a real shame because I felt like we deserved some more points in race two. We go to Assen with no more testing which gives the guys some downtime. I think we all need it because we’ve had a lot of testing recently, but we’ll hopefully learn from these issues and start again in Assen.
Leon Haslam – 9th and 9th
It was a tough start to the weekend with the issues we had on Friday and then Saturday even more so with the crash in qualifying and then the technical problem with a broken sensor in FP2. We finally got the bike running in Superpole, which I was really happy about and we found a really good amount of time. Today we’ve just had brake issues. Race one was worse than race two but the problems have kind of determined our results and they are long old races when you have those kind of problems.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
We were quite happy with Jonathan’s fourth in race one. It was a pretty good result considering the problems we had in testing here, trying to find a setting for the electronics. Fourth was more than we could have hoped for, really, so well done to him for that. Unfortunately in race two he had a problem and had to pull in to get it fixed. He got fifteenth in the end but that was not what he deserved. You could see from the lap times that he could have aimed for another fourth or fifth, maybe sixth, but we apologise to him for that. I think he will be strong again in Assen and we hope he can fight for the podium. Leon got two ninths which was a bit disappointing but the reasons were obvious. He had some braking issues and that’s a pity because we found a good overall setting for the bike yesterday. If he hadn’t experienced those problems, I’m sure he would have been fighting for similar positions to Jonathan. We’ll keep working, stay positive and head for our home track at Assen.
Team SBK Ducati Alstare: top ten for Checa and Badovini in today's races at Aragon
Alcaniz (Spain), Sunday 14 April 2013: team SBK Ducati Alstare and riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini were able to complete both of today’s two Superbike races at MotorLand Aragon inside the top ten. Despite Aragon being one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar for the Ducati 1199 Panigale, Carlos closed the races in seventh and eighth position while Ayrton finished both races tenth.
Race 1 – in warm and sunny conditions Carlos made a good start from the fourth row and was lying tenth by the end of the first lap. Ayrton, thirteenth on the grid, gained a couple of positions during the first laps before passing Neukirchner to move into eleventh place. Managing to keep pace, Checa was able to gradually improve his position and by lap seven he was up to seventh position. The second half of the race became a rather solitary affair for both Ducati Alstare riders, with a few seconds separating them from both the riders immediately in front of them and those behind. Unfortunately this gap meant that neither rider was able to improve further, with the pair crossing the line in final seventh (Carlos) and tenth (Ayrton) position.
Race 2 – on a much hotter track compared to the first race, Carlos was in eighth place by the end of lap one followed by Ayrton, tenth. For almost the entire race Checa fought with Haslam while Badovini battled it out with Fabrizio. On the twelfth lap Ayrton was able to pass the Roman rider, moving into tenth and closing the race in that same position, earning himself another six important points. Carlos, having passed Haslam in the final stages, closed in final eighth position.
At the end of this second round Checa lies in thirteenth position in the championship standings, with 17 points, while Ayrton is fifteenth, having earned his first 12 points here today. During the weekend, team SBK Ducati Alstare has collated a lot of useful data, thanks to Carlos and Ayrton’s feedback which the technicians will evaluate in order to move forward with development and understand how to improve the set-up of the Ducati 1199 Panigale for the coming races.
Carlos Checa: ‘I think there has been some improvement on the chassis side, although I still had trouble through the corners – in race one I was struggling to find the apex. At a certain point I realized I’d been stung by a bee and in the final laps my shoulder started to give me some trouble, so there were definitely a few problems to contend with. Despite all that I did what I could to keep pace and was able to hold my position in both races. In the end it wasn’t so bad. Of course we’re not exactly satisfied with the race results but in these circumstances I don't think we could have done more here today. I am satisfied though with the work we’ve done over the weekend. I’ve given my technicians a lot of feedback and they’ve worked really hard – I know that they are capable of moving us in the right direction. We’re looking ahead. We now have two important test days at Jerez and then we go to Assen where we hope to be able to close the gap a little.’
Ayrton Badovini: ‘Today’s races were not at all easy for us. In race 1 I did all I could to finish the race and take a few points, without taking any risks. In the second race I was lapping a lot better, the bike was behaving quite differently compared to the first race and I was able to push. We made some quite big changes to the bike between the first and second races and they made a difference. I’d say we’ve made a step forward. We’re working well and understanding the direction we need to take. The tests this week in Jerez are very important for me in particular because I still haven’t had a lot of time on the bike so I hope to make the most of those sessions. Here at Aragon we’ve collected a lot of information that we can hopefully use to our advantage in the coming weeks.’
Francis Batta, Team SBK Ducati Alstare owner: ‘The important thing is that both riders completed both of today’s races. We’ve collected some points, and this is always important. I’m sure that if we continue to work consistently and tenaciously we will make progress. Ducati has a great deal of experience, they know how to work and I remain confident – I continue to believe in this project.’
Team Althea Racing- Motorland Aragon SBK races
Second round of the World Superbike Championship at Motorland Aragon in Spain. Warm weather and a sunny sky characterized this day of races. Thanks to the excellent performance provided in Superpole yesterday, the Althea Racing team rider Davide Giugliano started from the third row with the seventh fastest time in the two races over a distance of 20 laps each.
In race one, Davide was the author of a spectacular race. Giugliano started well, he passed the first lap in fifth place. Unfortunately, during the third round, after having touched with another rider, he was forced out of the track coming in tenth. The Althea rider, however, did not give up and began a furious comeback made of overtaking and hard braking which led him to win the third place. However, while he was fighting with Melandri, Davide’s bike stopped due to an abnormal consumption of gasoline. The disappointment was enormous, but also great joy for his fantastic performance. Giugliano in race two was the author of another great performance. After a good start he occupied fifth position behind the leaders. During the ninth lap David was able to overtake Melandri and was off to catch Sykes who was ahead of him. Unluckily, despite his great commitment Giugliano could not fill the gap that separated him from the Kawasaki rider, but crossed the finish line in fourth place.
The next round of the World Superbike Championship will be held at Assen in the Netherlands from April 26 to 28.
Genesio Bevilacqua: "A very good weekend. Unfortunately, as what happened in Phillip Island we had to deal with an unexpected problem that disadvantaged us of a good result. In race two, Davide confirmed his extraordinary value combined with his excellent physical and mental conditions. After Aragon we aware that these two races were a starting point but we have the certainty of having a valued rider and here in Spain he was able to interpret the race strategy with great skill. The Superbike World Championship is difficult, but we have the rider and the team to be able to reach great results. "
Davide Giugliano: "The second race was amazing and I finished in fourth place. Following the disappointment at Philip Island, this result is a good pay back for me as only bad luck stopped me. I think that the two races today still went really well. I was fast in both and in the end I reached satisfying results. This is the first reactive feedback that we received from our opponents and now we know that with some other bike competitors we cannot compete on equal terms, but I am certain that both my team and Aprilia will continue to make my RSV4 even more competitive. "
Van der Mark back on Supersport podium
Dutch rider Michael van der Mark scored another rostrum finish in today’s second round World Supersport race at Motorland Aragon in Spain – his second successive podium, following his World Supersport debut in Australia seven weeks ago.
Today’s 18-lap race around the 5.344km Spanish circuit was won by veteran French rider Fabien Foret as 20-year-old van der Mark put in another mature and considered race-long performance in his rookie world championship season.
His Pata Honda team-mate, Lorenzo Zanetti, stepped up his own performance, finishing sixth today to follow his eighth place in Australia. The 25-year-old Italian is also in his rookie World Supersport year on Honda’s CBR600RR machine.
Michael van der Mark – 2nd
I made a really good start and passed the fastest guys and I tried to push but I had not such a good feeling with the bike today. It was very different to how it was in practice and it’s a shame we could not have done a little bit more. I tried to stay with Fabien (Foret) and Sam (Lowes) when they passed me but it was too risky. I saw that the guy behind wasn’t catching me so, although I kept pushing, I wasn’t on the limit because I felt that another podium would be a good result. I’m really happy to be back on the podium and to be in second place in the championship. The guys have done a really good job all weekend and now I’m really looking forward to Assen.
Lorenzo Zanetti – 6th
I’m happy for the step we made today because we improved a lot today compared to what we had before the race, thanks to the team for a good job. Another part of me is not so happy because I see that the podium is so close. I had some good pace in the first half of the race, similar to Mikey (van der Mark), and maybe enough to fight for the podium. But when the tyre went down I lost some time so I think I need to change the style a little more. I improved on my target of seventh and finished two seconds from the podium so for this I’m happy. I’m also happy for the team and congratulations to Mikey for his good result.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Another fantastic podium for Michael! He had a really good start and managed to stay at the front and finished second. He’s also second in the championship, and we don’t know what to say. It’s amazing, actually. Yes, some of our competitors had some bad luck but we’re still very, very happy. We must keep calm now and see what we can do in Assen, but I think we can do good things there. Lorenzo also had a very good race, fighting right to the end, aggressive, out-braking people, and we are also very happy for him. The team is two guys – it’s not all about Michael – so well done to him for his sixth place and we’re very happy with that.
Aragon Supersport: Mixed fortunes for ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse
Motorland 14th april 2013
Difficult race for ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse. Different results for both riders, but good feeling with the bike and more experience acquired.
Roberto Rolfo finishes a tough weekend with an important 9th place.
Very different for Christian Iddon that had a good feeling with his F3 improving 6 positions on the first lap, but less lucky due to a crash. Rejoining the race to try to get some points the British rider has been forced to re-enter the pits as his bike was too damaged.
Despite the mix fortunes the MV F3 675 is showing its potential to compete with the best. Now the team will continue the development to improve the gap. A dry race in Assen would be the best to get more experience.
I felt I could get into top 10.
It's true that the result I've got has been also thanks to a couple of riders retiring of the race but the feeling with the bike has improved a lot.
We have to work on the start of the race, when we ride with a full tank. Anyway today I have ridden the bike I had yesterday, giving me a good feeling and the confidence to get into the top 10.
As for the next race, Assen is one of my favourite race tracks. If it's dry we can do some improvements we need to continue our development work.
The whole weekend has been very hard and the race at the end quite bitter.
I am not happy because I did a really good start and overtook 5 or 6 positions already on the first lap.
I was riding good and aggressive when I had to slow down due to a crash in front of me. One of the riders has avoided me but not the other one, damaging my exhaust and footrest. I came back to the box and my team has worked hard to get me out again but the damages were too big and I had to re-enter the pits and finish early my race. I can't wait to come back to Assen and ride again my bike!
HEROIC RACE BY CLUZEL FROM PIT-LANE TO 7TH
Team Suzuki Press Office - April 14.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki racer Jules Cluzel produced the best ride of his fledgling Superbike career today as he stormed from a pit-lane start to seventh in the second race at Motorland Aragon.
As the riders lined up for the start of the second eni FIM Superbike World Championship race, Cluzel had a problem selecting neutral and signalled to the starting official. The Frenchman was pushed to pit-lane where he was then required to begin the race from. As the lights indicated the start, Cluzel was forced to wait until all the remaining 18 riders went past him before he could commence. He then produced two superb laps to make his way up to 10th position by the end of lap two and continued through the field before he caught his fellow countryman Loris Baz and a long battle then ensued between the pair for sixth. Cluzel managed to get past his compatriot, but a technical issue meant he couldn't hold the place and Baz re-passed him, forcing Cluzel to settle for a hard-won seventh.
In race one Cluzel got a solid start and was in eighth at the end of the first lap. He made up a couple of places in the early laps, before getting involved in a four-way battle for the higher places. The Frenchman battled hard on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R to try and make in-roads into the top five, but as the race drew towards a conclusion Cluzel looked to have settled for a comfortable seventh, but on the last lap another rider slowed with a problem and the FIXI Crescent Suzuki man capitalised to take sixth place.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki was joined at Aragon today by Leon Camier after he was released from hospital. The Englishman underwent surgery on Friday evening to repair a large wound on his knee and as soon as he was discharged from Alcaniz hospital, he made his way to the circuit to support Cluzel and the rest of the team. Camier will now return home and begin his recuperation in a battle for fitness ahead of the next race in two weeks' time.
Today's two races were held in near perfect sunshine with bright sunshine covering the 5,344m Spanish circuit, pushing track temperatures up to 42°C. Chaz Davies on a BMW took victory in both races in front of an enthusiastic and passionate crowd. Aprilia's Sylvain Guintoli finished second in both events to take the championship lead.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now return to the UK before travelling to the Netherlands for the third round of the season, which will be held at Assen on Sunday April 28th.
"Race two was very complicated and we had a few problems. As I came to the grid I couldn't find neutral, it is normally easy, but I could only get first and second. I was in second gear waiting for the start and tried first again, but that wasn't working and the bike was starting to roll because the clutch was getting hot. I thought if the lights come on soon it would be ok, but they were a long time coming so I put my hand up to say I had a problem. I then had to start from pit-lane, so I tried to get away really quickly and do something. I felt comfortable as the race went on, but as I passed Baz I had a strange vibration from the engine and then heard a noise and looked behind to check nothing was broken, because also the power felt different. There was no smoke so I continued, but Baz got past me and made a bit of a gap. I caught him up again, but my engine wasn't working properly, so I did all I could to finish seventh and I am very happy with that result.
"The first race was difficult because I had some grip problems that meant I was sliding a lot, but I was happy to finish sixth. I was then looking forward to improve my result in race two and maybe finish in the top-five, but that was not to be with what happened at the start. It has been a good weekend for us and I am pleased with both results after everything that happened. It was really good to see Leon at the track and I hope he makes a full recovery as quickly as possible, because we need him in the garage and out on the circuit."
"I am really disappointed not to be riding and racing, but it is what it is and now we have to concentrate on getting back for Assen. There is a chance it won't be right for then, so I need to do everything I can to be ready to race. I need to make sure the chance of infection doesn't happen and if the skin heals and swelling goes down I will have a chance of being at the race. Where the bone has tried to push through the skin is the problem, because that could get infected. There is also a little part near a ligament that's damaged, so I've got a lot of internal stitching to repair everything. I'll take things as they come and hopefully everything will be ok.
"I want to say well done to Jules, he did a great job in both races today for the whole team, and I just wish I could have been out there with him!"
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"Jules did a fantastic job today of waving the FIXI Crescent Suzuki flag and keeping the Team's spirits high in Leon's absence. He showed an incredible amount of aggression in the early part of race two after having to start from pit-lane and despite a fairly significant technical issue from the middle of the race onwards, he adapted, kept pushing and showed a lot of maturity. This is only his second World Superbike event and for a rookie he shows massive potential.
"It was great to see Leon come back to the track today from the hospital, he'll be transported back home this evening, where he has specialist help lined up to help him for the rest of the week. We probably won't know more until the end of next week, because the surgery needs to heal before any assessment can be made about the Assen race.
"It was a tough weekend here at Aragon for a number of reasons and we had to face quite a few problems, but the team reacted very well and when things roll in our favour I am very confident we will get some very interesting results."
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Motorland Aragon - Races
It was a dream day for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team at the Spanish track of Motorland Aragón. Factory rider, Chaz Davies (GBR) was the man to beat at the second round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship after the Welshman won both races on his BMW S 1000 RR. He made the best use of his front row start and celebrated his first ever double-victory in the series. His team mate Marco Melandri (ITA), who started from eighth, jumped on the podium in third place in race one. In the second race, Marco finished fifth. In the Riders' championship, Chaz has now climbed into second place with 63 points, while Marco sits in fourth with 43 points. In the Manufacturers' classification, BMW lies in second with 79 points.
In both races, Chaz was on for the victory from the word go. In race one, the Welshman took the lead on lap five, while his immediate rivals, Eugene Laverty (IRL) and Tom Sykes (GBR), ran into difficulties. Once at the front, Chaz grabbed the chance to secure his first season victory with both hands and lap by lap he increased his lead which brought the win home safely. Marco improved from eighth to sixth within the opening lap, but went wide when fighting for positions and consequently fell back to ninth place. The Italian once more showed a great determination and caught up: on lap five, he was already third, taking second place on lap 13 by overtaking Sylvain Guintoli (FRA). Unfortunately on lap 16 he went wide again and dropped a number of positions, only to fight his way back onto the podium crossing the line in third place. The second race was shortened to 19 laps after the start was delayed. This time, Chaz took the lead on the second lap and began building the gap in front of his pursuers. He kept a cool head and rode a determined race to secure his second victory of the day. Not only this, but he also rode the fastest lap of the race. In the opening stages it seemed that both riders of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team would be on the podium as Marco had a brilliant start and took third place on lap two. But he then experienced some issues and was not able to hold the position. Consequently, Marco slipped back into fifth which was the position he held until the chequered flag.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, reigning champion Sylvain Barrier (FRA) rode to victory at the season opener at Aragón. This meant that the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team rider secured the first ever international victory for the brand new BMW HP4. The bike is equipped with the Dynamic Damping Control DDC, meaning this was also the first ever victory of an electronic damping system in the history of motorcycle racing. Sylvain's team mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) finished tenth. In addition, BMW Motorrad Motorsport congratulates Jörg Steinhausen and Grégory Cluze for their success at Aragón. The pair won the first round of the 2013 FIM Sidecar World Championship with their LCR BMW S 1000 RR.
Result Race 1: 1st / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:58.218 min (lap 2)
Result Race 2: 1st / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:58.860 min (lap 2
“For me it is just an amazing day. I cannot explain how happy I am. What a weekend! My first victory with BMW and then the double win - this is something I was hoping to achieve this year but I did not expect it to happen this early. I want to thank BMW and everybody who supported me. I knew coming here that we are going to be strong. BMW has done a fantastic job over the last month we had off since Australia, and everybody was working very hard. In addition, I now really feel that the RR is mine, I feel so comfortable on it.
In race one, the DNFs by Tom and Eugene definitely made it easier. In race two it seemed that I had a comfortable lead, but to be honest I had to push a lot. One of the most impressing things is the fact that we have done a lot of testing in Jerez but not here in Aragón, where nearly everybody else has been. So to win with that up against us, is quite impressive and it is credit to the work BMW has done. We will now keep being focused, continue to work hard and look forward to Assen, another race track I really like.”
Result Race 1: 3rd / Gap to 1st: 0:07.089 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:58.751 min (lap 11)
Result Race 2: 5th / Gap to 1st: 0:19.766 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:59.351 min (lap 3)
“For me, it wasn't the best weekend. After race one I was still pretty happy. At the start I wasn't very comfortable with the front end and I made a big mistake trying to catch the guys in front of me at the end of the main straight. After that I got into a good rhythm and improved into second place. I thought that would be my position in the end but unfortunately the bike went into neutral between third and second gear. But I finished in third place which was not so bad for me. In race two, based on my experience with the 16.5 inch tyre, I chose a harder tyre for the front. But with the 17 inch tyre, it worked differently to how I expected. I had less grip and could not ride properly. In the beginning I pushed very hard, but then I preferred not to risk too much. I had no pain in my shoulder, but by the end of the race I had no strength left in my arms. I am looking forward to the next race in Assen, when we will be in a better shape. Congratulations to Chaz. He rode awesome – well done!”
Andrea Buzzoni (General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK):
“It was an extraordinary weekend. All team members have worked day and night over the last six months to make it possible. The guys in Munich and Bologna are extremely committed and this is the perfect reward for them. These results show their passion and show the amount of responsibility they put into their jobs. Chaz has impressively shown his talent with two perfect races today. He demonstrated that he was a mature rider and to be ready to be one of the season’s main contenders. We trust him and he proves to be an excellent rider and person. Marco, despite a difficult Saturday, had a good first race. If things would have gone a little bit smoother, it's possible that he could have fought for the victory. In race two, a wrong front tyre choice prevented him from being amongst the front runners. He collected important points for the season after finishing in fifth place.
"This weekend, the brand new BMW HP4 equipped with DDC made its debut in the Superstock Championship. Thanks to the development work that the team have done over the last three months, BMW wrote an important page in the history of motorcycle racing as it is the first bike to win with an innovative electronic damping system. I want to congratulate both the team along with our colleagues in Munich for developing the system and Sylvain, who knows how to make perfect use of this new technology: Sylvain dominated the whole weekend right from free practice up until this morning’s race.”
Stephan Fischer (Technical Director BMW Motorrad Motorsport):
“It is a great day for BMW. We are reaping the rewards of our development work, with the RR and as well with the new BMW HP4. The icing on the cake for sure was Chaz' double victory in the top class, the World Superbikes. After race one, it could have been said that Lady Luck contributed her part, but in fact in racing you do need luck. But in race two Chaz impressively proved that he was dominating today. Over the whole weekend he rode at a constant rhythm, he did consistently fast laps, and the bike suited him perfectly. The development team provided the excellent basis and the race team at the track transferred it very well to suit Chaz' needs and found the right set up quickly. It is a really great result for all of us. Marco struggled today, but we are convinced that he will be back to full strength very soon.
In the Superstock category, the new BMW HP4 proved its potential impressively. Over the whole weekend, Sylvain rode the best times consistently and as a result celebrated the victory today. We have built the basis for great success in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup this year with introduction of the electronic damping system and the hard work of the team.”
Chaz Davies ends the Aragon round in perfect fashion
Alcaniz (Spain), Sunday 14 April 2013 – Eni FIM Superbike World Championship says goodbye to 2013 Round 2 at MotorLand Aragon after a thrilling and exciting race day. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) has proven testing to be done in the right direction by scoring his maiden double win in the series (the second one for BMW). Davies lies now 2nd in the standings behind Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), 2nd in both races, and ahead of the other factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty. The unlucky Irish rider never made it to the chequered flag today, first due a technical problem in race 1 and then because of a crash on the opening lap of race 2.
A 3rd place each for Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and pole-sitter Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) did not fully satisfy the two 2012 title contenders. A technical issue on his ZX-10R put an early end to the Brit’s tough battle at the front, but in race 2 Sykes was able to keep a competitive Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) behind for the final place on the rostrum.
Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) decided to pay a visit to his WSBK peers and to sign autographs during the pit-walk, after the successful left knee operation he underwent Friday night: a nice surprise for the fans who attended the round – who reached a total of 26.910 over the three days.
The MotorLand Aragon circuit proves again to be a special place for Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), World Superbike Race 1 winner. It was a perfect race for the Welsh rider - who got his maiden podium in the series last year on this very track - out on his own after two potential winners were forced back to the pits.
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) experienced technical problems - while they were on the lead - during lap 4 and 5 respectively and had to make their way back to the their garages. Aprilia works rider went back on track later on to test his RSV4 after the work done by his crew.
The positive note for Noale's manufacturer comes from 2nd place and new Championship Leader (after Race 1) Sylvain Guintoli. BMW chances for a one-two were denied by a false neutral experienced by Marco Melandri, who then had to make his way through from 5th to 3rd at the chequered flag.
An unfortunate technical problem on the last lap stopped Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) from finishing in 4th place. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) crossed the line in 7th place behind Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).
Race 1 results: 1. Davies (BMW) 20 laps/106.880 km in 39'50.332 average 160.968 kph; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 5.216; 3. Melandri (BMW) 7.089; 4. Rea (Honda) 8.196; 5. Baz (Kawasaki) 14.417; 6. Cluzel (Suzuki) 18.332; 7. Checa (Ducati) 24.306; 8. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 25.884; 9. Haslam (Honda) 35.721; 10. Badovini (Ducati) 44.129; 11. Neukirchner (Ducati) 51.424; 12. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1'09.217; 13. Clementi (BMW) 1'14.091; 14. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'48.328; NC. Laverty (Aprilia); RT. Giugliano (Aprilia); RT. Lundh (Kawasaki); RT. Aitchison (Ducati); RT. Sykes (Kawasaki).
A Sunday to remember for Chaz Davies, who repeated first race success and got a double race win at Aragon. The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team rider was unstoppable under MotorLand Aragon heat and crossed the finish line with a big margin over Sylvain Guintoli, still Championship leader after race 2.
Chaz Davies: “For me it is just an amazing day. I cannot explain how happy I am. My first victory with BMW and then the double win - this is something I was hoping to achieve this year but I did not expect it this early. In race one, the DNFs by Tom and Eugene definitely made it easier. In race two it seemed that I had a comfortable lead, but I had to push a lot. One of the most impressing things is the fact that we have done a lot of testing in Jerez but not here in Aragon. What a weekend!”
A race day to forget for second works Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty, who lost the front of his RSV4 on the opening lap of the race at Turn 2, straight after getting the hole-shot ahead of Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team): 2012 WSBK runner-up was 3rd at the chequered flag after pulling away from a tenacious Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia).
Tom Sykes: “Scoring a podium in race two was not a perfect way to end race weekend but it was certainly an acceptable way. It would have been good to finish race one as well just so that I could have collected a bit more information to take into race two, but I am not making excuses - the riders ahead of me in race two rode fantastically well. We are now moving onto circuits where we are a little bit stronger than here. I am also riding uninjured now and Kawasaki has been working really hard so let’s see what Assen can bring next time out.”
Fifth place for Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), not as competitive as in race 1 but still able to finish ahead of Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki). Both French riders had an outstanding Race 2, as Baz and Cluzel moved off from the pit lane. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), on his home track, finished in 8th place the second race of the day.
Race 2 results: 1. Davies (BMW) 19 laps/101.536 km in 37'52.691 average 160.836 kph; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 5.035; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 7.677; 4. Giugliano (Aprilia) 12.549; 5. Melandri (BMW) 19.766; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 23.855; 7. Cluzel (Suzuki) 26.926; 8. Checa (Ducati) 31.593; 9. Haslam (Honda) 35.308; 10. Badovini (Ducati) 44.497; 11. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 53.071; 12. Neukirchner (Ducati) 55.223; 13. Lundh (Kawasaki) 1'32.995; 14. Clementi (BMW) 1'41.979; 15. Rea (Honda) 1 Lap; RT. Sandi (Kawasaki); RT. Iannuzzo (BMW); RT. Laverty (Aprilia); NS. Aitchison (Ducati).
Standings (round 2 of 15): 1. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) 85; 2. Chaz Davies (BMW) 63; 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 45; 4. Marco Melandri (BMW) 43; 5. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) 42; 6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 38; 7. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki) 33; 8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 31; 9. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 30; 10. Leon Haslam (Honda) 29; 11. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) 23; 12. Max Neukirchner (Ducati) 20; 13. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 17; 14. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 14; 15. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati) 12; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 90; 2. BMW 79; 3. Kawasaki 49; 4. Honda 37; 5. Suzuki 35; 6. Ducati 28.
World Supersport - Foret wins unpredictable WSS Aragon race
Mahi Racing Team India gets its 2nd win of the season today at Aragon, this time courtesy of Fabien Foret, who crossed the line on his own in first place, following the gear shift problem on Sam Lowes' Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha that forced the Brit to a frustrating retirement on the last lap. Thanks to his 16th race win of the career, the 2002 WSS Champion becomes the new leader in the standings.
An almost countless number of crashes, technical issues and unforeseeable happenings characterised today's Supersport close race, starting from the braking issue that put an early end to Reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu attempt for a repeat performance. Scot Kev Coghlan (DMC Lorenzini Racing Team) had a shot at the lead during the race, but at crash at Turn 7 prevented him from maintaining the first position.
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) gets another podium finish in his rookie season, a 2nd place this time ahead of Italy's Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres), Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven Kawasaki), Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) and team mate Lorenzo Zanetti.
Race results: 1. Foret (Kawasaki) 18 Laps/96.192 km in 37'10.286 average 155.268 kph; 2. Vd Mark (Honda) 6.595; 3. Scassa (Kawasaki) 9.909; 4. Antonelli (Kawasaki) 10.110; 5. Russo (Kawasaki) 11.950; 6. Zanetti (Honda) 12.658; 7. Kennedy (Honda) 16.105; 8. Leonov (Yamaha) 16.800; 9. Rolfo (MV Agusta) 26.034; 10. Marconi (Honda) 29.106; 11. Baldolini (Honda) 29.296; 12. Roccoli (Yamaha) 29.336; 13. Coghlan (Kawasaki) 45.557; 14. Menghi (Yamaha) 47.652; 15. Tamburini (Suzuki) 55.948; etc
Standings (Round 2 of 14): 1. Foret 38; 2. Vd Mark 36; 3. Scassa 26; 4. Sofuoglu 25; 5. Antonelli 22; 6. Lowes 20; 7. Zanetti 18; 8. Kennedy 15; 9. Russo 11; 10. Salom; 11. Roccoli 11; 12. Marconi 10; 13. Leonov 8; 14. Rolfo 7; 15. Baldolini 6; Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 50; 2. Honda 36; 3. Yamaha 28; 4. MV Agusta 7; 5. Suzuki 4.
Sylvain Barrier concludes the first battle of his FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Title defence campaign in the best way by winning the 12-lap race at Alcaniz MotorLand Aragon. The BMW Motorrad GoldBet rider, after he got the lead from Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati) on lap 3 at Turn 16, down the long straight, rode comfortably and kept a pace quick enough not to let the former WSBK rider close the gap.
Barrier's 6th win in the series completes the perfect weekend for the French youngster, who has proved once again to be the man to beat in 2013, following yesterday's pole position. The STK1000 comeback for Niccolò Canepa proved to be a successful one: the experienced rider from Genova led the early part of the race and tried not to lose contact with Barrier, but the lack of horsepower on the straight didn't help his mission.
Argentinian Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), back for a full Superstock 1000 with some great confidence shown on track by finishing 3rd and getting the maiden rostrum finish in the series.
Race results: 1. Barrier (BMW) 12 Laps/64.128 km in 24'22.239 average 157.882 kph; 2. Canepa (Ducati) 3.255; 3. Mercado (Kawasaki) 5.852; 4. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 10.437; 5. La Marra (Ducati) 10.477; 6. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 21.436; 7. Jezek (Ducati) 27.271; 8. Bussolotti (BMW) 30.099; 9. Ferrer (BMW) 30.488; 10. Gildenhuys (BMW) 31.586; 11. McFadden (Honda) 36.124; 12. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 39.829; 13. Dittadi (Kawasaki) 40.204; 14. Ponsson (Kawasaki) 43.572; 15. Ockelfelt (Suzuki) 55.039; etc.
Standings (Round 1 of 10): 1. Barrier 25; 2. Canepa 20; 3. Mercado 16; 4. Guarnoni 13; 5. La Marra 11; 6. Lanusse 10; 7. Jezek 9; 8. Bussolotti 8; 9. Ferrer 7; 10. Gildenhuys 6; 11. McFadden 5; 12. Andreozzi 4; 13. Dittadi 3; 14. Ponsson 2; 15. Ockelfelt 1.Manufacturers: 1. BMW 25; 2. Ducati 20; 3. Kawasaki 16; 4. Honda 5; 5. Suzuki 1.
European Junior Cup
The opening round of the Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda was, as expected, a close and exciting race. With a leading group of eleven riders locked together throughout, nobody could predict the final outcome. The race was eventually won by Kiwi Jake Lewis (Jake Lewis Racing), who stole the victory by 0.003s from Spanish wildcard rider Albert Arenas, who had taken pole position yesterday. The final podium position went to Italian rider Michael Canducci (Colors Experience).
Sabrina Paiuta (LS2 Helmets Racing Team) from Brazil was once again the fastest of the female competitors, at one point making the fastest lap of the race, before eventually finishing in 13th position. The next round of the series will take place at Assen, The Netherlands, in two weeks time.
Race results: 1. Lewis (Honda) 8 Laps/42.752 km in 19'45.835 average 129.788 kph; 2. Arenas (Honda) 0.003; 3. Canducci (Honda) 0.143; 4. Raymond (Honda) 0.494; 5. Fernandez (Honda) 0.598; 6. Levy (Honda) 0.754; 7. Rusmiputro (Honda) 1.539; 8. Sebestyen (Honda) 3.756; 9. Manfredi (Honda) 3.847; 10. Mykhalchyk (Honda) 4.975; 11. Anne (Honda) 5.225; 12. Aranda (Honda) 5.338; 13. Paiuta (Honda) 8.357; 14. Orellana (Honda) 15.299; 15. Garofoli (Honda) 15.350.
Standings (Round 1 of 8): 1. Lewis 25; 2. Arenas 20; 3. Canducci 16; 4. Raymond 13; 5. Fernandez 11; 6. Levy 10; 7. Rusmiputro 9; 8. Sebestyen 8; 9. Manfredi 7; 10. Mykhalchyk 6; 11. Anne 5; 12. Aranda 4; 13. Paiuta 3; 14. Orellana 2; 15. Garofoli 1.
Opening EJC Race Won By 0.003s
The opening round of the Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda was, as expected, a close and exciting race. With a leading group of eleven riders locked together throughout, nobody could predict the final outcome.
The race was eventually won by Kiwi Jake Lewis, who stole the victory by 0.003s from Spanish wildcard rider Albert Arenas, who had taken pole position yesterday. The final podium position went to Italian rider Michael Canducci. French rider Guillaume Raymond just missed out on the final podium spot by finishing 4th a fraction ahead of Ilian Fernandez and Zac Levy who grabbed 6th on the final lap. The top six at the flag were covered by 0.7s.
Sabrina Paiuta from Brazil was once again the fastest of the female competitors, at one point making the fastest lap of the race, before eventually finishing in 13th position.
The next round of the series will take place at Assen, The Netherlands, in two weeks time.
Nemeth Nearly In The Points At Aragon
Complus SMS Honda team rider Balazs Nemeth battled hard in the 2nd round of the World Supersport championship narrowly missing out on the final world championship point.
The race went without incident for Nemeth who was involved in a great battle for the full race duration.
The Hungarian finished in 16th position, less than half a second behind Roberto Tamburini giving him a great confidence boost ahead of the next round which will take place at Assen in a fortnight.
More Points For Baldolini At Aragon
After a disappointing opening round at Phillip Island, Lorini Honda rider Alex Baldolini dug deep to salvage a spirited 11th position in the 2nd round of the 2013 World Supersport championship at the Motorland Aragon circuit earlier today.
The former moto 2 and world supersport podium finisher is still seeking an ideal setting for his machine after switching from Triumph to Honda this year but both he and the team are pleased with the progress that they are making and look forward to further improvements at Assen in two weeks time.
Alex Baldolini – Lorini Honda: “We know the engine wasn’t so fast today so I tried to stay near the others but they start to go away even in the first lap. I tried to save my tyre to push at the end to pass Marconi and Roccoli. I managed to pass Massimo but Marconi’s bike was faster. I’m not totally happy but we will work hard to fix the speed of the bike and try our best at Assen.”
So Close To The Points For Schacht In Spain
Alex Schacht completed his first World Supersport race earlier today in a positive 17th position.
The rider who has made the jump from the Superstock category battled hard with several more experienced riders throughout the 18 lap race and narrowly missed out on a point scoring result finishing less than 1 second behind Roberto Tamburini at the flag.
Schacht will now regroup and focus on the next round at Assen in a fortnight which the talented Danish youngster will be treating as his home race.
Alex Schacht – Racing Team Toth: “The race today was very good. It was a long race, 18 laps but I felt my fitness level was very high and I could challenge the other guys at the end. It was a great race and I hope in Assen that I can be in the points.”
16th To 7th For Kennedy At Motorland
Jack Kennedy qualified in 16th position for the second round of the 2013 World Supersport championship but that didn’t stop the hard charging Dubliner from securing Rivamoto Honda’s best ever result with a fighting 7th place finish at Motorland Aragon this afternoon.
Having struggled to find the best setup throughout the weekend, the team once again found something that worked in the morning warm up session and this, together with Jack’s determined style meant that by the time the race finished he would be heading to Assen for the next round in 8th position overall in the world championship standings.
The team’s other rider Edik Blokhin finished the race in 20th position which was encouraging given that he still hadn’t recovered from a viral infection.
Jack Kennedy – Rider: “I made a reasonable start and after settling into a rhythm I tried to stick to the other guys around me. The group was very close and there were lots of crashes. I didn’t want to get involved in the commotion but I gave it my all that’s for sure and am happy to get seventh after starting sixteenth.”
Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “Today’s result was the team’s best to date. We improved the bike a little in warm up with minor changes and Jack was happy with the set-up. He had a lot on his plate with another new track, with more traction control settings and suspension options but it worked out well. Another great effort on his part particularly in the latter part of the race but as usual he kept his head and is now 8th overall in the standings. Edik finished but struggled in the race. He picked up some kind of viral infection at the test and hasn’t been at full strength. Hopefully Assen will be better for him. Jack knows Assen well so the whole team are looking forward to the next event.”
Another Top 20 For Davies In WSS Debut Season
Matt Davies continues to impress in his debut World Supersport championship season after a race long duel saw the youngest full time rider in the series finish in 18th position in today’s race at Motorland Aragon.
Despite not making one of his usual lightning starts, Matt rode both smoothly and aggressively to end his second world supersport event less than 1.5 seconds from the points scoring places.
Looking ahead to Assen, Matt is confident that he can improve further with his experience PTR Honda team and challenge for a top 15 finish there.
Matt Davies – PTR Honda “I really enjoyed today’s race. We finished closer to the top 15 and that’s what we wanted to do. I’m happy and looking forward to the next one where I will try to improve more and get some points.”
Thrilling start to European Junior Cup
The opening round of the Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda took place yesterday at Motorland Aragon in Spain and, as expected, produced a close and exciting race.
Riders from no fewer than 18 countries around the world lined up on the Aragon grid for eight laps of the 5.344km Spanish circuit on identical Honda CBR500Rs.
With a leading group of eleven riders locked together throughout, it was difficult to predict the final outcome, but the race was eventually won by New Zealander Jake Lewis. He took the victory by just 0.003s from Spanish wildcard rider Albert Arenas, who had taken pole position in Saturday's final qualifying.
The final podium position went to Italian rider Michael Canducci. French rider Guillaume Raymond just missed out on the final podium spot by finishing fourth, a fraction ahead of Ilian Fernandez and Zac Levy who grabbed 6th on the final lap.
The top six at the flag were covered by 0.7s.
Sabrina Paiuta from Brazil was once again the fastest of the female competitors, at one point making the fastest lap of the race, before eventually finishing in 13th position.
The next round of the series will take place at Assen, The Netherlands, on 28 April.