2013 Donington World Superbike Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams and the series organizer after qualifying at Donington Park:
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Donington - Superpole
Weather conditions: Sunny.
Temperature: Air: 13 – 15 °C, Track: 22 – 40 °C
Number of riders participating: 19 from 11 teams
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1:28.800 min
Fastest lap Superpole 3: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1:27.378 min
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team has a good base for the two races tomorrow at British track, Donington Park. Factory riders, Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR) will start the fifth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship from the second and third row. Marco finished today’s Superpole qualifying in sixth and local hero Chaz put his BMW S 1000 RR onto seventh place on the grid.
After yesterday’s cold and wet weather, today saw the return of spring to the middle of England. With sunshine and milder temperatures, the conditions allowed the team to start working properly on setting up the RRs for tomorrow. Marco finished the second qualifying session and the free practice in fourth and second respectively, Chaz was sixth and ninth in these sessions. In Superpole 1, both riders did their first outing on race tyres. Marco’s time allowed him to proceed to Superpole 2 and the Italian just did one more lap on used tyres when he went out for the second time. Chaz opted for a second outing on qualifying tyres and finished the session in second place. In Superpole 2, the RR riders chose different strategies. Chaz first went out on a used race tyre and then changed to his second qualifying tyre. With this, he rode the fifth fastest time to progress to Superpole 3. Marco did both of his outings on qualifying tyres and finished eighth. This also qualified him for the final and deciding part of the Superpole. There, both of them only had race tyres available, with Marco finishing sixth and Chaz directly behind him in seventh.
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:29.107 min (P4) / Fastest lap FP: 1:28.721 min (P2) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:28.280 min (P6)
“I’m quite satisfied. Tomorrow I will start from the second row, which is not bad here at Donington. But I need to have a good start in order to keep in contact with the front runners. In Superpole we unfortunately could not use the additional grip that the qualifying tyres offer. It was much better with the race tyres. With them, I constantly improved and did a very good lap time. I am still looking for some more grip on the rear but we have some ideas how to improve. Tomorrow, we need to find a few more tenths of a second to have a good race pace. Overall, I’m positive for tomorrow. I just hope that we will have good weather.”
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:29.256 min (P6) / Fastest lap FP: 1:29.400 min (P9) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:28.644 min (P7)
“We are improving, but not quite enough unfortunately. But it is actually a better grid position than I have had in the last few races. I think we made a good step forward regarding the settings and now I feel like I have a bike which could be reasonably competitive tomorrow. We are getting closer. But yesterday’s rain has hurt us a little bit. It has taken us too long to find the set-up because of the bad weather on Friday – as it already was the case at the last two races. I don’t have experience with the RR on this circuit so we have to just work a little bit more than the guys who are familiar with their bikes here. Anyway, it is all a learning process and we will see what we can put into play tomorrow. The plan is to first make a good start and get away with the front group. It would have been nice to be on the second row, but even from my position on the third row, it is not so bad.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“This morning, finally, the sun came out. The forecast for tomorrow is good too and we are confident we will have two dry races. We had a good day, apart from the fact that in Superpole we struggled a little bit with the qualifying tyres. Marco rode very well on race tyres and did his fastest lap with them. We’ll continue working in order to improve by some more tenths of a second so that he is even more competitive and able to fight for the front position. Chaz also did a good job on race tyres. We have to improve a little bit on his side too, especially in the first sector. On this basis I’m really positive for tomorrow, Donington is Chaz’ home race and this will boost him further.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Our target is always to start from the first two rows. We succeeded with Marco and with Chaz we missed it narrowly. Today we had to compress the work we normally do on two days into one day as yesterday we had bad weather. We had to look for the best set-up and we had to select tyres as well. We have not achieved our targets one hundred percent yet and some work has still to be done, even if we could see that both our riders improved their performance step by step with race tyres. Unfortunately we are still struggling with the qualifying tyre - mainly with Marco - we are not able to make the best use of the increased grip they offer. But we are confident that with race tyres he will be able to fight with the top guys tomorrow even if he is not one hundred percent happy with the rear end of the bike. We have some ideas and we will try something during the warm-up.
Chaz would like to be a bit more comfortable because the races will be tough as they have to do a lot of laps. So, it is important that the riders are able to be fast, not for one lap, but for the race distance and the bike should allow them to do that without requesting a lot of effort from the riders. So Chaz is looking for a bit of improvement regarding the handling of the bike.”
Traffic Spoils Kennedy's Front Row Charge At Donington
After this morning’s free practice and 3rd position overall, the Rivamoto Honda team were optimistic of a strong showing when final qualifying took place for round 5 of the World Supersport championship at Donington Park this afternoon.
With conditions almost perfect, Jack Kennedy made an instant impression posting the 3rd fastest time, which he would hold until the end of the session when a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time meant a row two start in tomorrow’s 22 lap race.
Florian Marino knocked Jack into fourth with ten minutes to go before the hard charging Dubliner responded to retake the position.
A quick tyre change on the Rivamoto Honda and Kennedy returned to the track for his customary final attack. However despite being on successive personal improvers a combination of traffic and a crash by Glen Richards and Alex Schacht prevented any further improvement.
As the flag came out Jack was classified 6th, achieving another solid grid slot and giving the Rivamoto team something to cheer about.
Jack Kennedy – 6th position: “It was a good session and we were consistently fast which is important. The Rivamoto Honda is working well and we have a good race pace. I’m still getting arm pump which affected me a little when I wanted to push but with a couple of riders crashing on my faster laps and a lot of traffic there was nothing I could do. I’m a little disappointed to miss the front row after being in the top 3 for most of the session but row two is a good place for us to challenge from tomorrow.”
Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “We are all pleased with the second row. Jack has been consistently fast all day. We got nudged back right at the end by a couple of one lap wonders but overall we are satisfied and more importantly consistent, which puts us in a strong position for the race tomorrow.”
Donington second row for Rea
Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s two fifth-round World Superbike championship races at Donington Park in the UK from the second row of the grid after setting the fourth fastest time in this afternoon’s Superpole sessions.
The 26-year-old Pata Honda rider from Northern Ireland lapped the 4.023km Donington circuit in a time of 1m28.139s as Tom Sykes took pole position for tomorrow’s two 23-lap races.
Rea was joined in Superpole by his team-mate Leon Haslam, a significant achievement for the 29-year-old, who lives less than 30km from Donington Park, and who broke his leg badly at Assen in The Netherlands just four weeks ago.
Haslam has used the sessions so far at Donington to try and improve his comfort on the CBR machine and plans to try some more modifications in tomorrow morning’s warm-up.
Jonathan Rea – P4, 1m28.139s
I guess today was OK and I’m happy enough to be fourth and to be in the top two rows here. We started the weekend a little on and off and sluggish with the settings, and it really didn’t help with Friday morning being wet and the second session not being perfect. So we’ve really only made progress between the two sessions today and I think we haven’t shown our full potential yet. I know I’m struggling a little bit on the bike in some areas and we need to iron that out first but I was quite happy with the lap time we set in Superpole 3 on a race tyre. Hopefully I can make two good races tomorrow.
Leon Haslam – P13, 1m29.172s
I’m frustrated more than anything. I can’t do what I want to do on the bike but I was happy to get into Superpole and I just missed out in the first stage by less than a tenth. I went slower on the Q than I did on the race tyre but that’s just the way it goes. I’ve got to wait and see what more we can do to help me out for tomorrow. There are some issue with the bike, as there are every weekend, but a lot of it is me more than the bike and I’m trying to change the bike more to help me than to go faster. I’m getting quite a lot of pain from the bone movement when I put pressure through it and the knee bend is still one of the biggest problems for positioning on the bike. It is getting better but its getting more sore with more irritation but I’ve only got one more day to go!
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Leon fought his way into Superpole this afternoon, which was a tremendous achievement in itself. He missed out on Superpole 2 by a fraction and took 13th place, but it’s not easy for him. He can’t ride the bike as he wants to and we’ll see how he feels in the morning, maybe to try some more things to make him more comfortable. With yesterday’s weather, we had a few issues to sort out with Jonathan and had a few more problems this morning. We made a step forward in the second free practice though, and Jonathan was able to take fourth place in Superpole, even though the qualifier did not allow him to go much faster. We’ll try to give him a bit of rhythm in warm-up tomorrow and make some final changes that will allow him to fight for podiums.
SUPERPOLE REWARDS THE APRILIA RACING TEAM ONCE AGAIN AT DONINGTON
EXTRAORDINARY FRONT ROW FOR GUINTOLI AND LAVERTY, SECOND AND THIRD ON THE STARTING GRID.
Donington Park, 25 May 2013 – The expectations for the Donington weekend were met in the Superpole sessions that were held today. The two riders from the Aprilia Racing Team, reigning World Champion team, employed perfect strategy on the track, allowing Sylvain Guintoli to take the second spot on the starting grid for the races tomorrow with team mate Eugene Laverty finishing in third place and starting from the front row for the ninth straight time.
This is a result which came after two diametrically opposite days: yesterday's rain kept the team from Noale from working as they would have liked, while the spring like weather today allowed the team to pick up the pace and make up the lost ground in terms of settings and tests on the various tyre options. The last free practice session before Superpole had Laverty fourth and Guintoli fifth, putting in a lot of laps to test race pace.
In Superpole 1 both the Aprilia riders moved through into the top 12 without using their rear qualifying tyre, proof of the excellent work accomplished in the previous sessions. In Superpole 2 it was a different story, where tight time gaps among the top riders forced both Guintoli and Laverty to use the first of the two soft tyres available to them. Sylvain took the second best time, with his team mate immediately behind him. In Superpole 3, the battle for the first three rows, the only three riders with a qualifier left were Guintoli, Laverty and Tom Sykes. In fact, the final order had ranking leader Guintoli taking second place, right behind Sykes, and the front row was completed by Eugene Laverty's third best time.
For Sylvain this is his best Superpole result so far with Aprilia, after his third place in Monza, while Laverty is demonstrating lethal consistency with his ninth consecutive front row start.
Sylvain Guintoli: “I pushed hard out there in the last Superpole session. I had a good feeling and I knew I could do well. Unfortunately in my fast lap I made a few small mistakes in the last two sectors which cost me a few tenths of a second, but I think even with a perfect lap it would have been very difficult to take the pole from Sykes the specialist. Starting from the front row is important, especially here, and it's good to see that the Aprilia is fast even on a small track like Donington”.
Eugene Laverty: “I'm really happy to be here on the front row because around this circuit there are at least five fast riders with a similar race pace. So it's very important to start from the front row, especially since the characteristics of this track make overtaking quite difficult. I'm also happy to keep up my Superpole streak. It's a great sign of consistency and it is a good indicator of the shape my RSV4 and I are in”.
Team SBK Ducati Alstare’s riders to line up on the third, fourth and fifth rows of tomorrow’s SBK race grid at Donington Park
Donington Park (UK), Saturday 25 May 2013: a hard-fought Superpole this afternoon at Donington Park saw the Ducati Alstare men, Canepa, Checa and Badovini, qualify for tomorrow’s races in ninth, tenth and fourteenth position respectively.
Conditions were slightly warmer and much sunnier for second qualifying this morning, with a track temperature of 22˚C that allowed all three of Ducati Alstare’s flagbearers to work well and without interruption. Each of the riders dropped his times during the 45 minutes available, with each recording his fastest time in the final stages. All three qualified for this afternoon’s Superpole, in eleventh (Checa), thirteenth (Canepa) and fourteenth (Badovini) position.
Superpole 1: in the first Superpole phase and in good conditions all three riders made a first exit on race rubber before returning to the track on qualifying tyres. At the end of this first mini-session Canepa was eighth with a best time of 1’28.5 followed by Checa and Badovini, twelfth and fourteenth respectively. Badovini, suffering from grip problems, closed his Superpole here, and will line up on the fifth row of the race grid tomorrow.
Superpole 2: Checa was able to drop his time by more than half a second with respect to the first phase but despite this improvement he concluded the second phase in tenth position, which means that he will start from the fourth row tomorrow. Canepa meanwhile went straight out on the second qualifying tyre available to him, recording the seventh best time, enough to proceed to the third and final phase with a fastest lap time of 1’28.3.
Superpole 3 – having already used the two qualifiers, Canepa was back out on a race tyre and was able to record a best time of 1’29.3 which positioned him ninth at the session’s end. A small error during his fast lap meant that he couldn’t improve on row three of the grid, from where he will start tomorrow’s races.
Carlos Checa: “This afternoon we started with a different engine after a few issues yesterday and this morning. The Superpole didn’t go so well, it’s not an excuse but I came across some traffic and we had some difficulties that meant that I couldn’t reach the third phase. This evening we’ll work to try and make a few improvements regarding race pace and then we’ll see tomorrow. Today, compared to yesterday, my shoulder’s been hurting a bit – we have to see how I am tomorrow, after completing race distance. This is one of the more physical tracks so it won’t be easy but I’ll do my best.”
Ayrton Badovini: “We hoped to do a little better in Superpole and at least reach the second phase but it didn’t go as planned. I didn’t get on so well with the qualifier and I wasn’t able to make a clean lap. We had a few problems with grip and chattering, and hope to find some solutions this evening. We'll have to see what we’re able to do tomorrow from the fifth row – of course it won’t be easy starting from that position but I’ll try hard to obtain two good results.”
Niccolò Canepa: ”Reaching Superpole 3 was already a good result considering that, as a wildcard, this is my first approach in Superbike with the new Panigale. But I’m sorry at the same time because I thought we could be a couple of positions further forward on the grid, but I made a mistake during my fast lap. I was pushing harder and went long. I’m confident as far as race pace is concerned and we should be able to do well tomorrow; I just need to concentrate on making a good start and will do what I can to stick with the others.”
Francis Batta, Team Manager: “I’m worried about Carlos’ shoulder and we’ll have to see what he is able to do tomorrow. I’m pleased with Niccolo’ who has shown a dedication with which he has been able to bring the bike close to the second row. This is good for the whole team because it demonstrates that the bike has potential and has supplied us with important data with which to work; our aim is to reach the positions that count before the end of the season. As far as Ayrton’s concerned, Superpole didn’t go well but consistency in the races should allow him to obtain better results.”
TIMES (Superpole): 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’27.3; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’27.7; 3. Laverty (Aprilia) 1’28.0; 4. Rea (Honda) 1’28.1; 5. Camier (Suzuki) 1’28.2; 6. Melandri (BMW) 1’28.2; 7. Davies (BMW) 1’28.6; 8. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1’28.7; 9. Canepa (Ducati Alstare) 1’29.3; 10. Checa (Ducati Alstare) 1’28.4... 14. Badovini (Ducati Alstare) 1’29.2
CAMIER SCORES BEST WSB SEASON SUPERPOLE
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 25.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki racer Leon Camier produced his best Superpole performance of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship season so far to secure a place on the second row at Donington Park in England today.
Camier has been performing well all weekend at his home race and has regularly been up amongst the leaders in each session. He qualified comfortably for this afternoon's Superpole by recording an impressive third fastest time around the 4,023m British circuit in this morning's final qualifying session. Camier made his way through to the third and final part of this afternoon's shoot-out and went all-out in the final session to achieve the best grid position for his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R. He pushed as hard as he could and missed-out on a front row start by just 0.238 seconds as he recorded the fifth quickest time to give him a place in the middle of the second row for tomorrow's two races.
Camier will also take heart from the fact that the best lap he produced in Superpole 2 was with a race compound tyre and was only marginally behind his best time with a qualifier.
Jules Cluzel also made it through to Superpole after he finished qualifying in 12th position to make sure of his involvement in the knockout stages. He progressed through to the second session, but was unable to make any further advances and had to settle for 11th position on the grid. He is still looking to get the right set-up for his FIXI Crescent Suzuki around Donington and will continue to work with his crew this evening and in tomorrow's warm-up to find the best solutions.
Today's proceedings were held in vastly different conditions to those of yesterday, as warm sunshine covered the circuit all-day long and track temperatures rose to 40°C. Tom Sykes on a Kawasaki again took the Superpole award, his fourth consecutive one this season.
Camier and Cluzel will be looking to put on a good show in front of the team's home crowd tomorrow as the pair battle it out in with the rest of the World Superbike field in the two 23-lap races, the first of which is scheduled to get underway at 12.00hrs local time (13.00hrs CEST).
"I'm a little bit frustrated because the normal strengths that we have are holding me back a bit this weekend. That front-end feeling on turning-in and then braking just isn't quite there and this is usually a strong point for us, so we need to work on that to get it right tomorrow. Overall everything feels ok and if we can get it that little bit better should be a lot stronger for the races. It's going to be tough tomorrow, because so many guys are doing similar lap-times and although it will be good to start nearer the front, as I said it will be difficult, so we'll just have to get involved with the front group and see what happens."
"This morning the session went well and the setting for race distance looks good and I did my fastest lap with a tyre that had done 20-laps. I think we need to work on finding something a little better for me and at this moment we are still searching for what that is! In Superpole it was difficult to do a faster lap-time than I did because I had some chatter and nearly crashed. I think we need to work hard to find out the things that are blocking me from going faster at this moment. I will work with Les this evening and see where we can make changes, but i'll certainly be giving everything tomorrow!"
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"For the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team fifth on the grid is a good result - one which normally in qualifying we would be quite content with - but we're actually a bit disappointed that we didn't make it on to the front row with Leon. We ran the Superpole sessions - in terms of tactics - perfectly and Leon was the only rider to have a new qualifier left at the end of the third session. Unfortunately the lap didn't come together and Leon was unable to improve on the lap he had done on the race tyre. Nonetheless, it gives us a competitive chance tomorrow as Leon has been fighting in the lead group all weekend and we're excited about the prospect for the races tomorrow.
"Jules is also disappointed with 11th but he really shouldn't be. As with every weekend it's a new experience with the Superbike and at Donington it's difficult to get the best out of the horsepower and grip that the GSX-R offers. He's improved in every session and got into the 28's in Superpole and he has a very strong attitude towards racing - as we've seen all season - so we're sure we'll see more from him tomorrow.
"We are looking forward to seeing a lot of our sponsors and guests here at the track on Sunday and we hope that we can put on a show for all of them."
Zanetti fifth at Donington Park
Lorenzo Zanetti set the fifth fastest time in today’s final World Supersport qualifying session at Donington Park in the UK for a second row start to tomorrow’s fifth-round race.
The Italian Pata Honda rider lapped the 4.023km Donington Park circuit in a time of 1m31.361s as local rider Sam Lowes secured pole position for the 22-lap race.
There was frustration for Zanetti’s team-mate, Michael van der Mark, however, who has worked hard on his rehabilitation to prepare for this weekend after breaking his left foot at Monza in Italy less than two weeks ago.
The Dutch ace, who currently holds third place in the World Supersport rankings, suffered technical gremlins in this afternoon’s qualifying session and was restricted to the seventh row of the grid.
Lorenzo Zanetti – P5, 1m31.361s
Yeah, it was good today. I am happy, but not with fifth position. It’s OK but I wanted to be on the front row because I think we have potential. It was important to arrive here and show this after our test at Assen and then the last race in Monza. At Monza we made a step forward but I always race well at Monza, because it is my home race. I wanted to check that the improvement was true and it’s OK. We have found a good way and we have been working on the race set-up today because yesterday the weather was so bad. I did a half-race simulation and I think I have a good rhythm for tomorrow. Of course, I hope that the first corner is not like Monza and that we can have a good race.
Michael van der Mark – P20, 1m32.272s
I don’t know what I can say because I am so disappointed with today. Yesterday was no good because of the weather and this afternoon we had a big problem with the bike’s electronics that took away my chance to get a good grid position. My foot is OK, so I hoped that the bike would be too, but every lap I completed today was really difficult – sometimes with no traction control, sometimes without power, it was incredibly difficult. I have a big job to do in the race tomorrow if the guys can find the problem, but I will do my best.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Lorenzo had a good day today and proved that Monza was not a one-off and that the steps we have made in the last weeks have been the right ones. He rode well today and we expect him to go well again in tomorrow’s race. Unfortunately, it was not a good day for Michael because we were not able to give him a bike to do the job that he has worked so hard to prepare for since breaking his foot at Monza. We’re not sure what the problems were, but it seems that one of the sensors malfunctioned and that led to a string of problems. We can only apologise for this and work our hardest to give him a bike that offers him a chance to move forward tomorrow.
Sheridan eighth with more to come at Donington
PTR HONDA'S Sheridan Morais qualified eighth for tomorrow's fifth round of the World Supersport Championship at Donington Park in the UK, and is getting faster and faster every time he rides his bike.
Sheridan said: "This morning in the dry I got a good feeling and we improved it this afternoon, taking over half a second off my lap times. My PTR Honda is good and we are approximately 1/10th of a second from fourth on the grid. There are a couple of areas we can improve on for tomorrow, so I think we can go faster again. The podium is the target and I'll be giving it my all."
David Linortner is riding with increasing confidence and took 1.8 seconds from his morning lap time to qualify a strong 17th, just over half a second back from fourth place on the grid. He says some of the corners lift his heart rate high they are so fast. He is looking to get another points scoring finish in the race.
Luca Marconi qualified 19th in a personal best lap time at the circuit and is feeling good for the race, well within touching distance of a top 10 finish.
Matt Davies made a big step forward to take nearly three seconds of his morning lap time to take 25th on the grid. Baulked by another rider on his fast lap, he feels sure he could have gone even faster and qualified in the top 20.
Nacho Calero improved his lap times by more than two seconds to qualify 28th as he looks for the best set-up for his bike for the race, which starts at 1330GMT on Sunday 26th May.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Sheridan in eighth has the potential to fight for the podium with some small improvements and a good race set up. He did a great job considering he is still struggling with shoulder ligament damage sustained at Assen. There is just one-second covering fourth to 23rd on the grid, so it looks like the race for the top 10 will be close.
"David is really starting to get confidence in his bike and show his potential. His 17th place is closer to the front than it sounds. Luca is riding really well and he has top 10 potential if he can get a good start.
"Matt has improved dramatically since yesterday and his confidence is building. He should challenge for points over the race distance. Nacho is improving but needs to go faster earlier in the event so he can improve his qualifying position. He is targeting a top 20 in the race."
Baldolini Satisfied With First Dry Suzuki Qualifying At Donington
Fresh from a provisional top ten in the wet qualifying conditions yesterday, Suriano’s Alex Baldolini was excited to sample the Suzuki GSXR in the dry for the first time since returning to the team this weekend.
The weather conditions were almost ideal, giving Alex the best opportunity to get to grips with the new machine.
Well inside the top twenty in this morning’s free practice, Alex continued to improve his lap times in final qualifying this afternoon closing to with 0.7 seconds of the top ten.
With the morning warm up session still allowing some additional tweaks, Alex is confident of a strong showing in the 22 lap race tomorrow afternoon.
For more information about Alex’s season please go to www.alexbaldolini.com
Davies Grabs 25th On Donington Supersport Grid
The youngest full time rider in the World Supersport championship, waited until his final lap of qualifying to claim 25th on the grid for tomorrow’s 5th round of the World Supersport championship.
After a difficult start to the weekend, the young Aussie improved dramatically in today’s two sessions and was happy with the set up on his PTR Honda going into the all important timed session this afternoon.
Pole position went to Sam Lowes who destroyed the outright circuit record meaning Matt’s time is very respectable given the limited dry track time on a Supersport machine.
Tomorrow’s race will be tough but Davies is confident of putting in a strong performance in the 22 lap race which is scheduled to take place at 1330 local time.
Matt Davies - “That was a good session. I am only 2.5 off Sam’s pole time which is encouraging. The team and the bike are working well and I am closer to where I need to be. We will keep improving in the warm up and look forward to a good race.”
Nemeth Down But Not Out At Donington
A lack of track time due to a free practice crash (which wasn’t his fault) left Hungarian Balazs Nemeth 31st on the grid for the 5th round of the World Supersport championship at Donington Park.
The Complus SMS Honda team worked hard to repair the bike between sessions and although not where they want to be in terms of starting position, they are optimistic of further improvements on Sunday.
The 22 lap race is scheduled to take place at 1330 local time.
Crash Leaves Schacht 32nd On WSS Grid At Donington
The final qualifying session for the 5th round of the World Supersport championship ended with a crash for Alex Schacht at the uphill Mcleans corner at Donington Park this afternoon.
After suffering a clutch problem in the day’s earlier free practice session, Alex was looking much more comfortable aboard his Racing Team Toth Honda but with less than ten minutes to go, an incident involving the reigning British Supersport champion left the likeable Dane with nowhere to go, ending his session on the floor.
Nevertheless, Alex has made the qualifying maxima and will start tomorrow’s 22 lap race from 32nd on the grid where he is hopeful of fighting hard to improve his finishing position.
Excellent result for MV Agusta in Donington Park
Saturday, 25th May 2013
Positive day for both of the MV Agusta F3 675 - ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse.
Both riders have been between the best the most of the day, even though they finished in different positions.
Christian Iddon, at the home track that has seen him get into the podium twice in the British Supersport championship, finished free practice in eighth position, and seventh on qualifying improving his time and getting an excellent third row for tomorrow’s grid.
Roberto Rolfo, very fast in the morning with a great sixth place on free practice, has done the 16th best time on qualifying, due to lack of rear grip on his MV after changing a few things looking for a better setting.
From both riders we’ll see different races. For Christian Iddon, an aggressive race in a very well known track that has seen him shine. For Roberto Rolfo, a comeback with experience like the ones he has done since the beginning of the season.
Christian Iddon (7th place, 1.31.410)
I’m very satisfied of the bike and the day in general.
We solved the rear grip problems but now we have to watch the front; tomorrow during warm up we try to find the right balance.
For the layout of the track and my experience here, I know that my position in the grid will allow me to do a good race.
The team has given me the bike I was asking for and I’m very satisfied of their job done. Tomorrow we will have fun.
Roberto Rolfo (16th place, 1.31.986)
This morning hasn’t been bad at all but in the afternoon everything changed.
The changes we have done, have given me a totally different bike, with rear grip problems and worst feeling than expected.
As well as difficulties, we had bad luck. I found traffic more than once when I was going for the hot lap, and I haven’t been able to play my cards well.
Tomorrow, like already done this year, we have to do a good comeback. We have to learn from our mistakes and give the fans a good show.
Sykes clocks the new Best Lap for another Tissot-Superpole win
Donington Park (Great Britain), Saturday 25 May 2013 - The 5th Tissot-Superpole of the season got underway today at Donington Park under an unusual British sunshine and home fans were not surprised to see Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) scoring his 15th career pole position. Thanks to his 4th consecutive top slot on the grid, the Huddersfield-born rider equals Colin Edwards at sixth all-time for Superpole wins, one off fellow English Neil Hodgson. The works Kawasaki rider bettered three times the previous Best Lap of the Leicester circuit, up to an unbeatable 1'27.378.
Tom Sykes: “We have worked hard on the race set-up here not just in qualifying. There are a number of factors why I can do well in Superpole but I have always enjoyed riding by myself on the best package we have. Combine that with the ‘time-trial’ element of Superpole and I just race myself and the tarmac. The refreshing thing is that the Ninja ZX-10R is working well over race distance and now when we start at the top. We should have a fairly consistent package for tomorrow’s races. That is the most important thing.”
An irony of fate for 2nd place Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who matched exactly the previous record set last year by Sykes (1'27.716) to secure a front row start along with team mate Eugene Laverty.
Eugene Laverty: “I'm really happy to be here on the front row because around this circuit there are at least five fast riders with a similar race pace. So it's very important to start from the front row, especially since the characteristics of this track make overtaking quite difficult. I'm also happy to keep up my row 1 streak. It's a great sign of consistency and it is a good indicator of the shape of both my RSV4 and myself.”
After coming close to an early elimination in Superpole 2, Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) progressed to an outstanding 4th place, a great result for the Ulsterman on the track that saw him winning the latest WSBK race held on the Leicester circuit.
Encouraging performance for Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) who was 5th at the chequered flag to precede works BMW riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) and Niccolò Canepa. The One Event rider, current Championship leader in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, was the only one entry of the Team Ducati Alstare to qualify for Superpole 3, finishing 9th.
Spaniard Carlos Checa ended his charge to the front rows in Superpole 2 and will start from 10th place on the grid, while Ayrton Badovini was 14th behind local man Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike), who was cleared to ride just before Free Practice 1 on Friday morning.
Tissot-Superpole times: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'27.378 average 165.749 kph; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'27.716; 3. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'28.014; 4. Rea (Honda) 1'28.139; 5. Camier (Suzuki) 1'28.252; 6. Melandri (BMW) 1'28.280; 7. Davies (BMW) 1'28.644; 8. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'28.779; 9. Canepa (Ducati) 1'29.318; 10. Checa (Ducati); 11. Cluzel (Suzuki); 12. Baz (Kawasaki); 13. Haslam (Honda); 14. Badovini (Ducati); 15. Fabrizio (Aprilia).
World Supersport - Lowes the pole-sitter for tomorrow's race
Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) keeps his outstanding momentum up by scoring his 9th career pole position, the third in a row for the current World Supersport Championship leader. The local rider rode to an amazing new Best Lap for Donington Park in 1'30.276, improving by 0.6 seconds the time set in this morning's Free Practice 2.
The Brit decided to get back on track again towards the end of the session after Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) closed the gap to the front by lapping under the 1'31 seconds, to further improve his already competitive time.
The Turkish rider will start from 2nd place on the grid ahead of One Event rider and current British Supersport Champion Glen Richards (Smiths Triumph Team), who had a spectacular collision in the closing stages with rookie Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth Honda) with both riders able to walk away uninjured. Encouraging 4th for Frenchman Florian Marino (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), substitute for injured David Salom, who kept himself with the front runners after a really positive performance in the previous round.
Following his maiden World Supersport podium at Monza, Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) will move off from the 5th grid slot in tomorrow's race, flanked by Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda), Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) and Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda).
Times: 1. Lowes (Yamaha) 1'30.276 average 160.428 kph; 2. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1'30.733; 3. Richards (Triumph) 1'31.100; 4. Marino (Kawasaki) 1'31.339; 5. Zanetti (Honda) 1'31.361; 6. Kennedy (Honda) 1'31.382; 7. Iddon (MV Agusta) 1'31.410; 8. Morais (Honda) 1'31.448; 9. Ivanov (Kawasaki) 1'31.600; 10. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'31.602; etc.