Press releases from some of the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after several incident-packed races at Monza:
Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare finish 9th and 11th in today's Monza races
Monza (Italy), Sunday 12 May 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and Ayrton Badovini fought hard during today’s fourth round of the World Superbike Championship at the ‘Autodromo di Monza’, concluding the day’s races in ninth and eleventh position. Carlos Checa did not take part due to an ongoing shoulder injury.
Race 1 – starting from twelfth position on the grid, Ayrton lost a few positions through the first chicane but was able to make up two of those lost places before the end of the first lap, positioning himself fourteenth. He then set out to chase down Sandi and Neukirchner immediately ahead of him, passing both of them during the course of the subsequent laps. By lap eight Ducati Alstare’s flag bearer was in eleventh position and, by keeping Neukirchner firmly behind him during the second half of the race, he was able to cross the line in that same position, scoring five championship points as a result.
Race 2 – Badovini made a good start to the second race, making up a couple of positions through the first corners and moving into eleventh position during lap two. Once past Neukirchner, Ayrton tried to push to reach Baz a few seconds ahead of him. By mid-race he was in ninth place but unfortunately, due to the gap that had opened up between him and Loris ahead of him, he was unable to further improve on his position and so brought his 1199 Panigale home in final ninth position.
Ayrton Badovini: “Race 1 was difficult as we had chattering issues through the fast sections of the track. We solved this in part for the second race by making some changes, or tests, and we saw that something good came out of it. In the coming days we’ll test at Mugello, where the aim will be to focus on what we’ve found here today and try to refine it in preparation for the next races. I’d like to thank all my sponsors, fans and the many Ducatisti who’ve come to cheer us on this weekend – I’m always grateful for their support.”
At the end of Round 4 Ayrton holds 32 points and lies in thirteenth position in the general standings. Carlos, having not participated in this weekend’s races, is fourteenth with 29 points.
FIGHTING PERFORMANCE BY CAMIER AT MONZA
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 12.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier rode to a determined and extremely impressive seventh place in today's second eni FIM Superbike World Championship race at Monza in Italy.
Starting from eighth on the grid, Camier held that position over the first three laps and kept in contention with the leading group. As the race wore on the Englishman pushed on through the field and was up to sixth by lap-six. He then got involved in a battle with Davide Giugliano and Michel Fabrizio over the rest of the race, before Camier crossed the finishing line seventh to confirm his comeback to fitness, equal his best result of the season so far; and move into the top-10 in the championship. Jules Cluzel had a second race to forget as he crashed on the second lap and ended his weekend early. He was mainly uninjured in the accident - he lost the nail on his little finger - but was very disappointed with the outcome of the race. The victory in the second event was taken by Eugene Laverty on an Aprilia.
Race one saw both Camier and Cluzel get solid starts and maintain positions in the top-10, before a mistake on lap five cost one of the FIXI Suzuki racers dearly. Cluzel missed his braking point going into the first chicane and went straight on and into the run off zone. He quickly re-joined the race - after losing five places - but was then further penalised with a ride-through penalty for not taking the correct line through the run-off area. Cluzel came into the pit-lane two laps later to take his penalty and re-joined the race in last place, fought to try and catch up to the closest riders but was unable to bridge the gap and had to settle for 17th position, his first non-scoring finish of the season so far.
Camier fared better than his team-mate in the first event, as he pushed hard on the demanding and fast 5,777m Italian circuit to bring his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R home in ninth place, despite struggling with braking issues for the majority of the race. The race was won by local hero Marco Melandri, after a dramatic final few laps involving the Italian, Tom Sykes and Laverty which saw the trio swap places regularly, before Melandri came out on top with Sykes and Laverty coming home in second and third respectively.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki now heads back to the UK for its first home race of the season, as the European round of the WSBK championship with be held at Donington Park in England on Sunday May 26th.
"I had a pretty good start in the second race and got past Jules on the first lap. I then tried to get in a rhythm and not lose the tow. It took me a lap or two to get the feel and confidence in the brakes because we'd made a change to them for the second race. They felt ok, not as good in performance, but more consistent, so at least I could race with them. The set-up of the bike also worked better and let me do a bit more in the race, but I think the results today are what we can expect at this track. Yoshimura and the Crescent team have done a great job and the engine performance is in a different world to last year, but I don't think we could have done much more here."
"I made a mistake in the first race and had to do a ride-through. I think this was a bit harsh because I had already lost 10-seconds and so for me there was no chance of any points. In the second race we worked a lot on the bike and made some changes to help with the traction, but I lost the rear for the first time in four races and crashed. I think I made a mistake, but the bike set-up was completely new and with a different feeling because we changed quite a lot. Maybe I need to adapt more before going for fast laps, so we will need to learn from this. I got zero points this weekend, but I am already looking to get to the next race, because this one was not the best for me."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"First and foremost the whole team is very relieved that Jules is largely uninjured after what looked like a very nasty accident in the second race. Race-day just didn't pan out in the way we were hoping for with Jules. He had a great pace in race one before running on at the chicane, and then the ride-through destroyed any opportunity to see what he could have done. After settling in calmly on lap one of the second race, the crash put an end to his day. I have to be honest and say we are struggling between us - the team and Jules - to fully understand the best way to get him comfortable on the GSX-R for all conditions and circuits. There is still some significant work to do to find the right base, but that said, he's an inspiring racer and we're sure he'll bounce back strongly at Donington.
"For Monza I think Leon had a pretty good day! We struggled with a braking problem in the first race, but in race two the bike was a lot closer to the others. In the end we only got beaten by a factory Kawasaki, a factory BMW and the Aprilias, which on a track like this is no shame. The engine performance is night-and-day better than 2012, thanks for which I have to give to our guys at Crescent and our partners at Yoshimura Japan, who are working so hard for us. Apart from the last four or five laps - where we ran out of grip - Leon's pace was on a par with the front group. We are coming in to some tracks that will suit the bike, such as Donington and Portimao. Leon's really done well there before and we're positive of further progress towards the podium."
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Monza - Races
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is back on winning ways. Factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) rode his BMW S 1000 RR to victory in race one today and in race two, Marco was once again one of the front runners and finished second, claiming the fastest race lap. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) finished fifth in the first race, but crashed out of race two, once again, lying in fifth. The “Autodromo Nazionale di Monza” hosted the fourth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. In the Riders’ Classification, Marco climbed to fourth with 96 points. Chaz is fifth with 94 points. In the Manufacturers' classification, BMW lies in second with 144 points.
Race one, which was recorded as the fastest average speed World Superbike race ever, was a breathtaking thriller from the start flag until the finish line. Marco, who started from fifth, pushed forward from the word go and took second position on lap two. Until the chequered flag, he fought an exciting battle with Eugene Laverty (IRL), Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) and Tom Sykes (GBR). Positions between the four changed all the time. On lap 11, Marco took the lead but slipped back to third on lap 15. The battle continued and reached its climax on the final lap. Marco took the lead but lost it a few corners later, however he did not give up the fight. With a brilliant manoeuvre he regained first place with only a few hundred metres to go and defended his lead until the chequered flag. In a photo finish, he had an advantage of just 0.085 seconds to Sykes in second place and 0.107 seconds to Laverty in third. Chaz, who started from ninth, also gained several positions in the early stages of the race. He was involved in a battle with Jonathan Rea (GBR) and Davide Giugliano (ITA) and soon took fifth place, a position he successfully kept until the finish of the race.
Race two saw the same four protagonists, but this time the quartet did not change positions as much, they instead seemed to wait for the closing stages to start their final battle for victory. Marco was in third place for the majority of the race, and on the penultimate lap he started his charge forward and overtook Guintoli for second place. Laverty however defended his lead up until the finish line, winning the race with an advantage of 0.143 seconds ahead of Marco. Chaz had a more difficult race than race one. In the early stages, he again improved to fifth, but then went wide in the chicane and dropped back to eighth. The Welshman fought his way back to fifth, but a crash on lap 12 ended his hopes of another top result.
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team had a more than unlucky day. The race of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup ended prematurely for both riders after Sylvain Barrier (FRA) and Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) were involve in a heavy crash in the first corner which involved a number of motorcycles. Both had to be taken to the Medical Centre to be assessed. Sylvain luckily escaped unhurt, Greg was suspected to have fractured his right leg, but further examinations showed that he fortunately just twisted his ankle.
Result Race 1: 1st / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:42.343 min (lap 2)
Result Race 2: 2nd / Gap to 1st: 0:00.143 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:42.379 min (lap 18)
“It was an unbelievable day for me. To finish first and second here in Monza is just awesome and it feels great after we had a difficult start to the season. Race one was unbelievable. I knew that my race pace was quite good, even if we struggled a bit in qualifying. When we started, I knew that it would be very tough until the last corner. When Eugene passed me on the last lap, I thought it would be impossible to pass him back again, because he was very good in the turns and he was pulling away. But in the last corner I was quite close, I knew that I could go a little bit faster than the others and so I overtook him and, even though I was a little bit wide, I kept full throttle until the finish line. Until the chequered flag, I was talking to my RR, telling her ‘go, go, go’ – that was incredible.
In the middle of race two I was a little bit faster than the two guys in front of me, but I could not try to pass. But when Sylvain made a little mistake, I overtook him and then tried to catch Eugene, but he was a bit too far away. Anyway, I was also very happy with second place. Now I am confident because I feel that the feeling with the bike is coming back. I can brake and go into corners aggressively, it is my riding style. I am sure that from now on we can fight with the top guys at every race. Thanks a lot to my team because they are working so hard and I am sure our championship will start now. And I also want to say ‘Grazie’ to the many fans who came here today. It was just awesome to see the grandstands.“
Result Race 1: 5th / Gap to 1st: 0:07.629 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:42.922 min (lap 7)
Result Race 2: DNF / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:42.504 min (lap 4)
“Race one was a fun race but not ideal. It was fun to battle with Jonathan and Davide, but there is no need to fight around here because the front group goes away too quickly and you lose everything, especially in the slipstream which is very important. You have to take a few tenths every lap in the slipstream. I was quite happy with my pace in the middle of the race, I could see that I was closing a little bit on the front group but in the end it was not possible to catch them. I would have liked to see how the race would have ended if I would have been able to go with them. In race two I lost time fighting with Davide again. It was fun, but it cost me half a second a lap to the top group. I thought I could close the gap and was pushing to fight for the race win and not to finish fifth. In the end I was pushing too hard and lost the front. Obviously I am disappointed to crash, but I am happy because we improved the bike step by step and were going in the right direction.”
Andrea Buzzoni (General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK):
“After a dramatic weekend in Assen we came to Monza with many new ideas for Marco, ideas that have worked well since Friday. Thanks to the work the race and R&D team have done after Assen, as Marco feels comfortable and is able to show his talent. In both races he was perfect in terms of performance and race management. We’re really happy he finally got back the right feeling with the bike, which allows him to go as fast as he did here in Monza. Now we have to keep up this level of performance for the future races. We have many ideas so we are really confident. I want to thank his crew for their work in Saturday’s Superpole, as they did a perfect job in a short amount of time and allowed him to compete the session, so well done. Unfortunately, because of the crash on Friday, Chaz started to work on the settings later. The set-up was defined today after race one. Chaz is aware of his capability and power, and it showed in race two when he tried to close the gap to the front riders to fight for the win but unfortunately he crashed. We have to appreciate the consciousness and commitment he showed. In race one he gained a fifth place which is important for gaining points towards the championship. The championship is still long, so we have to keep working.
The Superstock race unfortunately had a dramatic start with Sylvain and Greg crashing on the first lap. Sylvain was OK, Greg had a bad impact but luckily he suffered a minor injury. We leave with empty hands but this has had no dramatic impact on the overall standings. Let’s restart at the next race.“
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“In Monza we were finally rewarded for all the hard work we have done with Marco. We have lost races due to some unlucky situations and small technical issues. All the guys have been working very hard and it was obvious from the first practice session here in Monza that Marco was confident with his bike. It was great to see him smile again. Today’s two races confirmed what we had seen since Friday and we are all happy. We must congratulate him and his crew for their work. We have seen that our RR is quite competitive on this track, even if, as we expected, our competitors are very strong. For Chaz, it was not an easy weekend. He had a crash on Friday but then working with his crew he improved his feeling for the bike step by step. Even if his starting position was not the best, he was catching up, especially in race two. In the middle of the race he was really fast but unfortunately he hit the bumps with the front and lost the opportunity to fight with the top group. But he proved that he was going at a good speed. So again, a big thank you to all the guys.”
Disappointment for Pata Honda in Monza
The Pata Honda World Superbike team endured a difficult fourth-round event at the Autodromo Nationale di Monza in Italy today with only a handful of points to show after some positive development steps with the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
In race one at the historic 5.777km circuit just north of Milan, Jonathan Rea enjoyed a superb start from the second row of the grid but, on the second lap, a missed gear on the exit of Monza’s infamous first chicane dropped him down the order.
In a bid to get back on terms, the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland ran on at the same corner eight laps later and clipped a safety bale, for which he was awarded a penalty and ordered to drop two places. Rea made those two places back over the last three laps to finish eighth at the flag.
In race two, clutch problems forced his retirement early in the race as his stand-in team-mate, Kosuke Akiyoshi, who earlier finished 14th in race one, crashed out unhurt at turn eight.
Jonathan Rea – 8th and DNF
It’s been a tough day and I don’t feel like we got what we deserved today. It was clear I had pace all weekend but, unfortunately, in a race situation, while I had pace by myself, when I tried to capitalise on my strengths in the race, I couldn’t run the same corner speed. It made it difficult to pass people and that was upsetting my already good entry speed by braking too late. So in race one I learned a lot but in race two, again I made a good start, but straight away I had some problem with the bike. I thought maybe I should adjust the clutch but, to be honest, the guys are still looking into it and investigating because I don’t think that’s the only problem. It’s hard to say we can leave here with our heads held high. When I’m on my own I’m actually enjoying riding the bike and we’ve made massive gains, but it’s hard to stomach an eighth place from a weekend. But, we move on to Donington – I’ll try and keep my head up and remain positive like the rest of the guys and hopefully come back stronger.
Kosuke Akiyoshi – 14th and DNF
During the weekend we improved the bike step-by-step. We did it in stages – first engine brake, then traction control. We made some small changes to the chassis which gave a good feeling but in race one it wasn’t correct. In race two it was a lot better, with the tyres as well. The lap time was improving but I crashed in turn eight when the rear tyre span out because I was a bit faster. Engine braking, chassis and the mapping was all good. With some more time on the bike, I think I could make more progress. It has been a good experience and I enjoyed working with this team.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
In race one Akiyoshi-san got into the points with 14th and Jonathan got eighth after missing a chicane and not returning to the track in the correct way. He had to drop two places and fight back so eight was the maximum. We didn’t have a lot of luck in race two either, with Akiyoshi-san crashing out of the race and Jonathan had some technical problems with the bike. All in all it’s been a weekend to forget for the Superbikes, however, I would like to say a big thank you to Akiyoshi-san for replacing Leon Haslam at such short notice. His feedback has been very accurate and useful and I hope we can work together again. But, for now, we’re happy to pack up and head for Donington!
APRILIA WINS AT MONZA - EUGENE LAVERTY WINS RACE 2.
- THE TWO APRILIA RIDERS LEAD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: SYLVAIN GUINTOLI OUT FRONT, FOLLOWED BY TEAM MATE EUGENE LAVERTY.
- APRILIA LEADS THE MANUFACTURER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
Monza, 12 May 2013 – Aprilia Racing was the star player at Monza in the fourth World SBK round and finished the Italian weekend with its two standard bearers, Guintoli and Laverty, respectively in first and second place for the championship standings.
Aprilia strengthens its hold on the Manufacturer World Championship lead (172 points) in front of BMW (144), Kawasaki (127), Honda (78), Suzuki (68) and Ducati (52).
In both races the four riders – Laverty, Guintoli, Melandri and Sykes – left the others behind, leap frogging in and out of the lead several times, battling down to the last turn for victory.
In the first race, after a spectacular flying finish and after having led the race for a large portion of the time, the two Aprilia riders finished in third (Laverty) and fourth place (Guintoli) behind Melandri and Sykes.
The second, extremely fast race, which ended with an average speed of more than 201 kph, followed the same script with the quartet running away at the front. The Aprilia riders stayed in the lead: first Laverty for seven laps and then Guintoli in the next eight and then Laverty again, taking the lead in the last two laps to then defend down to the wire and win in front of Melandri, Guintoli and Sykes. Sylvain's podium was made official after Aprilia Racing lodged a complaint due to Sykes running straight on in a chicane during the last lap. This is a result that is enriched by the presence of all four RSV4s in the top six places (Fabrizio fifth, Giugliano sixth).
With this victory, the third of the season after the one in Phillip Island and the last round at Assen, Laverty is now lying in second place in the championship which is led by his team mate, Sylvain Guintoli. The French Aprilia Racing rider was a protagonist today, leading in both races. The third and fourth place finishes are not a complete satisfaction for him, but they are important results for championship points.
Eugene Laverty: “This was a great day for me. After the podium in Race 1 it was nice to end the weekend with a victory. Especially since I was a bit disappointed because I had a shot at the top step of the podium in the first race as well if I had managed the end differently. We showed that we can be fast and consistent on two very different tracks like Assen and Monza. My RSV4 did extremely well for me. On this track the speed and balance of the bike in braking are essential. The points situation is excellent if you consider the double dnf in Aragon, but I've already left those difficulties behind and I count on doing well at the next round in Donington as well. Even though it will be an 'almost' home round, it has never been a particularly favourable track for me, but I think this year I've got everything in order to bridge this gap as well”.
Sylvain Guintoli: “What an exciting weekend! In Race 1 I felt like I was really fast until the halfway point and then my feeling dropped, so the fourth place finish was the most I could get. In the second race I had a better pace. The others were struggling a lot more to overtake me but in the last two laps I wasn't able to keep Eugene and Melandri's pace. The decision that was taken after Sykes' manoeuvre seemed obvious to me immediately. I'm happy with third place even though I missed out on the podium celebration because the Team deserved it after working so hard. For the championship these are really important points”.
Althea Racing team – Monza Superbike races
The fourth round of the World Superbike Championship took place today at the historic Monza circuit, with dry and sunny conditions for both of the day’s races. In the morning warm-up Althea Racing’s technicians defined the last details concerning the setting of Davide Giugliano’s RSV4 bike. Thanks to his brilliant performance in yesterday’s Superpole, he started today’s race from the second row with the sixth time.
In the first race Davide started in an excellent position just behind the leading group before unfortunately experiencing some brake issues which limited his performance. During the ninth lap Giugliano, in the proximity of the first chicane, lost contact with the group who were racing for first position. Davide reentered the track, but could not do better than tenth place. In race two, Giugliano started well and spent the first laps in third place. However Davide then risked falling at the Roggia chicane - he managed to stay on his feet but lost ground against the leading riders. The Althea team rider chased them, but could not close the gap that separated him from the first four. After struggling with Davies and Fabrizio, Giugliano ended the race in sixth place. A position that places him in ninth place in the championship standings with 49 points.
Genesio Bevilacqua: "In race one, a technical problem with the brake system did not allow us to obtain the desired result while in the second Davide showed his great potential and that of his bike. We made another progressive step forward and we accumulated experience which will be useful in the next races. I am pleased with how the rider and the team worked here in Monza and I want to thank all our fans who came to support us and in particular Antonio Annoscia of Unibat who wanted to be close to our team here in Monza."
Davide Giugliano: "This is a race to forget. We had so many problems with the brakes and the rear tyre did not work as expected either. In race two I started well and had good pace. I wanted to stay with the leading group but I made a small mistake through the Roggia chicane and almost crashed, possibly due to an oil spill as there was oil on the rear tyre. I tried to catch the leading group but they were already too far ahead. This is a strange track and different from the others, I prefer to close the chapter of this story and start thinking about the next races at Donington."
Monza – May 12th 2013 - World Superbike Championship
Race 1 – 1) Melandri (BMW) – 2) Sykes (Kawasaki) – 3) Laverty (Aprilia) – 4) Guintoli (Aprilia) – 5) Davies (BMW) – 6) Fabrizio (Aprilia) – 7) Baz (Kawasaki) …….. 10) Giugliano (Aprilia)
Race 2 - 1) Laverty (Aprilia) – 2) Melandri (BMW) – 3) Sykes (Kawasaki) – 4) Guintoli (Aprilia) – 5) Fabrizio (Aprilia) – 6) Giugliano (Aprilia) – 7) Camier (Suzuki)
Crash For Kennedy At Monza
After a disappointing qualifying session left Rivamoto Honda’s Jack Kennedy back in 17th on the grid, Rivamoto Honda’s Jack Kennedy failed to finish this afternoon’s 4th round of the World Supersport championship at Monza.
Jack who was 5th in the morning warm up, once again showed his fighting spirit as he powered his CBR 600cc Rivamoto Honda into the top ten until a mistake by the Honda rider ended his race prematurely.
The race took four attempts to run due to a number of incidents on track, but Jack kept his cool until a lap 8 crash saw the hard charging Dubliner crash at turn 13 ending an impressive run of point scoring finishes.
In the 10 lap dash which gave the result, Jack had been impressive from the off, slicing past several riders on the opening lap and was soon circulating in the battle for 6th.
Despite the result today, Rivamoto’s position in the overall classification is still impressive with Jack lying in 10th overall.
Edik Blokhin also achieved an important result for the team, finishing in 26th position at the flag.
Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “All I can say is Jack has once again showed he’s a fighter. There is so much support for him from the team and they all feel the disappointment as much as he does when it ends like this. Jack will bounce back and we are looking forward to Donington.”
The next round of the championship is at Donington Park in a fortnight.
Zanetti shines on chaotic day at Monza
Lorenzo Zanetti took his debut podium for the Pata Honda team in today’s fourth round World Supersport race at the Autodromo Nationale di Monza in Italy. However, his team-mate Michael van der Mark was left with a broken foot following a crash-strewn afternoon.
The race, eventually won by Sam Lowes, was red-flagged no fewer than three times, finally running after today’s second World Superbike race at the 5.777km Monza circuit, with both Pata Honda riders involved in two of the three incidents.
In the first part, several of the leading riders, including Zanetti, crashed out on oil left from an earlier crash at Variante Roggia. Part two was halted when part of the air-fence at the Ascari chicane was damaged in another crash.
In part three, Zanetti was taken out from third place by another rider at the Prima Variante – Monza’s infamous first chicane – with van der Mark crashing on the resulting debris. The 20-year-old Dutchman sustained four broken bones in his left foot and was forced to miss the final re-start.
Suffering from an extremely sore back, Zanetti was only able to take part in the race thanks to a remarkable effort from his team who had to build an entirely new CBR race machine for him after his main bike suffered severe damage in the earlier crash.
The 26-year-old Italian rode superbly throughout the 10-lap race, underlining his impressive pace throughout his home-race weekend, to take a well-deserved third place for both him and his Pata Honda team.
Lorenzo Zanetti – 3rd
It’s been an incredible weekend. I was near the front in every session and we worked very hard for that. Today was bad, though, and I crashed twice and have a lot of pain in my back. The bike was completely destroyed in the second crash and the team did not only a good job – it was a fantastic, incredible job to build a new bike. I could not ask any more from them. I tried really hard in the race which was luckily only 10 laps and I was fighting for a win, but it was positive for me and the team to finish on the podium. I thank them a lot.
Michael van der Mark - DNS
It was a lot of chaos with all the red flags and, on the third start, I think everybody was in a bit of a panic and some guy made a stupid move and Lorenzo got hit as a result. I was thinking I was going to be lucky to avoid it but the crash put mud and grass on the track. When I entered the corner, I lost the rear and highsided. When I landed I thought my foot was painful but was able to bring the bike back. I knew the foot was not right so I went to the Clinic and they made an X-ray. I have four broken bones but they say it will be ready for Donington. I wanted to ride but they said it was not possible and that’s just a shame for the team because we worked so hard all weekend. In the first two starts I was in quite a good position but I hope in Donington we can get a better result. The red flags were all good decisions and these things happen but it seemed like today they didn’t want a Supersport race!
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
It was a very hectic afternoon with three red flags. On the third occasion, some rider hit Lorenzo and he fell. Because of that, more riders crashed including Michael, who broke some bones in his foot and could not take part in the restart. The race finally took part after the second Superbike race, but this gave us time to build a complete new bike for Lorenzo. He was actually the fastest guy on the track, got the fastest lap and could have won it. But he finished third and we are really happy to end the weekend with a podium finish after some bad luck in Superbikes and with Michael getting hurt. We are third and fifth in the championship and it’s still early days, so not so bad.
Three starts and two good races for ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse
Difficult race for Supersport, alfer stopping the race three times and postponing it after the second Superbike race. The first red flag has been caused by oil on the track and 4 riders crashing.
The second red flag was due to a bike on fire; the third one due to a crash involving a few riders.
The ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse riders, Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon, always trying not get involved on the crashes, have done a great recovery improving their start positions with spectacular overtakes and good skills, on a race that has been shorten up by race direction to 10 laps.
Roberto Rolfo starting from 20th position has finished 11th, finally competitive on his MV F3 675.
Christian Iddon, from 26th has finished 13th after great overtakes.
The development and solutions given from Mv Agusta to ParkinGO tested this weekend by both riders, have given a more competitive bike.
Roberto Rolfo (11th)
Things weren’t looking too good at the beginning of the weekend. Step by step we have improved and we have been able to race with a competitive bike.
The engine and the set up of the bike were really good.
Obviously to overtake from our start position in such a long track is quite difficult.
I would like to thank all my team for the excellent job done this weekend. In Donington we will probably be more competitive.
Christian Iddon (13th)
Three starts are quite stressful but I managed to keep calm.
The second start, risking a bit, I went from 26th to 4th but the race was stop unfortunately.
After the third start it has been quite tough; 10 laps to improve all these positions are not enough in such a track.
But at the end of the day I can’t complain, the gearbox doesn’t feel the best yet but it was much better than at the beginning of the weekend.
We are improving step by step. In Donington, a known track for me, I will be more competitive.
Double top 10 for PTR at Monza
PTR HONDA'S Sheridan Morais scored his first finish of the 2013 season with sixth place at the fourth round of the World Supersport Championship at Monza in Italy, with team mate Luca Marconi a close 10th.
With the race running to conclusion on the fourth start after a series of crashes, Sheridan worked his way through the field from a lowly 14th during the first lap to a strong result, running the same lap times as the leaders once he was clear of traffic.
Sheridan said: "I am happy to finish the race given everything we have had to deal with. To go from 14th to sixth is good. By Donington my shoulder injury should be a lot better and that is positive too. My confidence is high because at the end of the race I was doing good lap times and that is very promising."
Luca was battling with his teammate for much of the race and was running seventh on the final lap before making a mistake and ending up 10th. It equals his best ever result in the class, achieved at Aragon earlier this season.
David Linortner on his PTR Honda also enjoyed a good day to take his first points, scoring 14th place in the 10-lap shortened race. He finished just ahead of his young rookie teammate Matt Davies who took an impressive 16th as he starts to show his real potential. The Australian was just over a second behind 11th place so can take great heart from his performance.
Nacho Calero got off to a slow start but took a decent 20th at the flag as he built up his speed and would have benefited from full race distance.
The next round of the Championship is at PTR's home circuit of Donington Park in England on Sunday, May 26th.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager, said: "PTR has made a big step forward this weekend. Sheridan made a slow start but when he got through he had the same pace as the leaders. That is really positive for us. To be back in the top six and running those times means we should be racing at the front at Donington.
"Luca rode a great race but made a mistake at turn three and was passed by other riders. It is still a very good result and he now knows he can run inside the top 10 competitively and should improve from here.
"It is great to see David get his first points of the season and that will hopefully give him the confidence boost he needs to challenge for the top 10; he certainly has the ability.
"Matt was disappointed to finish a fraction of a second off points but I am delighted with his progress. He is now there fighting with the group for points and he is impressing me with his speed and talent - his first scoring result is not far away.
"Nacho got a good top 20 finish and comfortably beat his qualifying time in the race, so can take that positive to the next round and we look forward to more progress."
Davies Produces Best Result Of Year At Monza
After claiming his best ever WSS qualifying position yesterday PTR Honda’s Matt Davies was fired up for a point scoring ride in the 4th round of the World Supersport championship at Monza today.
The race was stopped after 2 laps as several riders fell victim to oil on the track which came as a godsend to Davies who had stopped on the previous lap with a technical problem.
The experienced PTR team changed the clutch on Matt’s bike within 8 minutes ensuring the hard charging Aussie could make the restart.
The restart lasted a lap, by which time Matt had shot from dead last on the revised grid to an impressive 22nd when the red flag came out again due to Alessia Polita crashing her VFT Yamaha, thankfully without injury.
It was a case of 4th time lucky for the riders in the World Supersport race as after a third stoppage (in which Matt was up to 6th), a shortened race, run over 10 laps was won by Britain’s Sam Lowes.
Matt rescued what could have been a disaster with a fighting ride to claim 16th at the flag and is now very much looking forward for the next round at Donington Park, in two weeks time where he is confident of claiming his first World Championship point.
Gyorfi Grabs First Points For H-Moto BMW In Monza
Alen Gyorfi finished a respectable 12th in the 3rd round of the FIM Stock 1000cc Cup, at sunny Monza today picking up his first championship points of the season.
After a frustrating start to the year, Gyorfi, who finished well at Monza 12 months ago, looked ‘at home’ aboard his new H-Moto BMW.
Starting from 19th, Alen made a great start and was up to 15th but the race was initially red flagged due to several crashes on the opening lap involving reigning champion Sylvain Barrier, his team mate Greg Gildenhuys and Leandro Mercado who all tumbled at turn one.
The restart would begin with the riders starting from their original grid positions in a race over 7 laps of this historic Italian circuit.
This time around Alen, got a great start ending lap one in 13th.
With Monza known for its close racing, it was no surprise that Alen spent the remaining 6 laps locked in a fierce battle with several other riders.
As the flag came out though, it was Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini) who took the victory from Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) with Alen coming home in 12th.
With a gap of 5 weeks until the next race the H-Moto BMW team can go to the ‘holiday’ confident that they have turned things around with the new machine and look forward to regular point scoring finishes in the remaining races.
Anne Wins EJC Battle On The Line In Monza
As expected, the 3rd round of the PATA European Junior Cup powered by Honda was a fiercely contested affair with ten riders in with a shout of the victory on the final lap.
The start had been delayed due to some incidents in the Supersport category and so the 34 riders were all keen to get racing.
From the start, the action was unpredictable as several riders fell at turn one. Thankfully several were able to remount and continue.
Pole sitter Guillaume was a little too keen to get going, as was Ilya Mikhalchyk and Adrian Bodis who all received a jump start penalty.
Augusto Fernandez crashed out of the lead on lap 4 leaving a gaggle of hungry riders to battle it out to the flag.
With positions changing faster than the timing screen could cope with it was difficult to keep track with who was dominating as each of the leading bunch all took a turn in charge.
Kevin Manfredi and series leader prior to Monza, Michael Canducci gave the home fans something to cheer about as they each took a turn at the front.
As the riders started the final lap it was Aussie Zac Levy and Lorenzo Garafoli who had moved into what looked like the best position but just like the opening two races, the drag to the flag would decide the outcome.
Ten riders crossed the line almost together, but when the computer had caught up with the frantic pace, Robin Anne was declared the winner by 0.011s from Adrian Pittet and Aragon winner Jake Lewis completing the podium.
Less than 0.5 seconds covered the top ten proving once again that this exciting championship where all riders compete on equal Honda CBR500cc machine is a breeding ground for the future champions.
Fourth place today went to Zac Levy who claimed his best result of the season. Michael Canducci was 5th, retaining his championship lead and James Flitcroft an impressive 6th.
Lorenzo Garafoli was classified 7th at the flag, with Josh Harland, Andrea Zanelli and Ali Adriansyah Rusmiputro rounding out the top ten.
Charly Eberhard scored his first points in 11th, Peter Sebastyen recovered from a spill in qualifying to add 12th place to his previous results, Sabrina Paiuta brought her Honda home in 13th matching her Aragon race finish.
Illya Mikhalychyk dropped to 14th after his penalty while American Alex Wisdom improved massively to claim his first championship point with a spirited ride to 15th position.