Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Moscow:
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Moscow Raceway - Superpole
First and second row: the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team has had a successful Superpole at “Moscow Raceway” (RUS). Factory rider Chaz Davies (GBR) claimed his best ever qualifying result in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The Welshman finished second, putting his BMW S 1000 RR on the front row of the grid. His team-mate Marco Melandri (ITA) is also happy with qualifying. He finished fifth and thus will start the eighth round of the season from the second row.
Changing weather made the conditions difficult today. After it had rained in the morning, the track was still wet when the riders went out for the second qualifying practice. Already, the two BMW factory riders were fast, with Marco setting the fastest time of the session and Chaz placing fifth. During the free practice session in the early afternoon it started to rain again, so the track action was pretty limited. But then conditions bettered and for the Superpole, it was dry.
At the beginning of Superpole 1, both Chaz and Marco did two laps on race tyres and then returned to the garage, having comfortably qualified for the second part. In Superpole 2, Chaz again started with a race tyre, then he came to the pitlane to change to his first qualifying tyre. With this, Chaz put in the second fastest time and progressed easily to the final session. Marco meanwhile started Superpole 2 with his first qualifying tyre. He returned to the garage, but to be on the safe side, he went out for another attempt with his second qualifying tyre with two and a half minutes to go. He set the fourth fastest time. In the final and deciding Superpole 3, Chaz began with his second qualifying tyre and was temporarily fastest. In the end he slipped back to second when Davide Giugliano (ITA) set a better time to secure pole position. Marco did two outings in Superpole 3 with the qualifying tyres he had already used in the second part. Thus, he set the fifth fastest time.
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:36.303 min (P10) / Fastest lap FP: 1:37.072 min (P4) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:34.833 min (P2)
“I am very happy. The result confirms the steps that we have taken all weekend have been right. We made the turning a little bit better and now I feel like I can actually force the front to turn rather than the bike deciding where it wants to go. We made some changes that have really helped. I felt that I did not make the best lap, I lost a couple of tenths here and there, maybe enough to keep me off from pole but to get there you have to put it all together and I did not. But still I am very satisfied with the front row and am looking forward to the races. I think it is going to be a battle tomorrow, it is going to be close off the line and whoever has the pace will stay at the front. I think that it will be between a few riders tomorrow. It will be interesting but I am pretty confident with my package and on the few laps we did today in the dry, I had a good pace.”
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:35.891 min (P3) / Fastest lap FP: 1:37.135 min (P5) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:35.115 min (P5)
“Today we have made a good step forward, especially on the race pace both in dry and wet conditions. We improved a lot in the last sector, while we have still some room for improvement in the first one. Tomorrow the weather will be the key. In case the weather conditions change during the race, we will have to do a pit stop to change tyres. Tonight we will define a strategy to decide if and when it is better to do this. Tomorrow in the race many riders will be fighting for the top positions. On this track it is quite difficult to overtake but we could be at the front. Today’s fifth position is a good result, I feel good for the race and I’m happy.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“It was a very positive day. Both our riders were fast in all conditions. This morning, in the wet, we were in front. This afternoon, when it was supposed to be the worst weather of the whole weekend, we had a dry Superpole. Chaz is back on the front row and this is good for his and the team’s mood. Tomorrow in the races, I’m sure, he could do even better. Marco is quite serene and in the races he can also do very well. The weather is unpredictable and it changes quite fast. Tomorrow the team will have to be ready to manage all weather conditions and, in case they change, to manage them quickly. I am confident that tomorrow we will be able to have a good race in any conditions.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Overall it has been a good day. We have achieved our target for Superpole which was to start from the two front rows. But the most important point is that we have improved the performance of our RR. With both riders we have improved a few tenths in the first and last sectors where we are struggling. And I have to say that I am satisfied with the job done by both crews in such difficult and unpredictable weather conditions. We managed to always be well prepared and we were fast in both dry and wet conditions. The races will not be easy. The start will be very important and quite a few riders will be able to fight for the podium but I am confident to say that our two riders will be among them. So it is up to the guys to make a good start and up to the team tonight to analyse the data and to try to fine tune the RRs. Then we will use the warm-up to further improve the package.”
Checa and Team SBK Ducati Alstare qualify sixth for tomorrow’s SBK races at Moscow Raceway
Moscow (Russia), Saturday 20 July 2013: mixed fortunes for team SBK Ducati Alstare in this afternoon’s eighth Superpole of the World Superbike season at Moscow Raceway. Carlos Checa qualified for tomorrow’s races in sixth position while Ayrton Badovini will line up in fourteenth position on the grid.
Due to a wet track, no rider was able to improve on their times set yesterday during second qualifying this morning. The Ducati Alstare pair nevertheless went out on track in order to be prepared in case tomorrow’s races prove to be similarly wet. Unfortunately, just a few minutes before the end of the session, the rear wheel of Carlos’ 1199 locked up, throwing Carlos to the ground. The team is still looking into the cause of the crash. The Spanish rider took a blow to the head in the fall but after consulting with the doctors at the Clinica Mobile, he was passed fit to participate in the subsequent track sessions, albeit on the ‘new’ bike built from the rolling chassis by his mechanics in just over an hour.
Carlos and Ayrton, fourth and thirteenth in yesterday’s first qualifying session, thus qualified for this afternoon’s Superpole thanks to the times recorded yesterday afternoon in dry conditions.
Superpole 1: both Ducati Alstare riders went out on qualifiers, having made a first exit on race rubber. With the qualifier Carlos was able to record a fast time of 1’35.4 that positioned him third. Ayrton, who struggled to make the most of the qualifying tyre, closed in fourteenth position and will therefore start tomorrow’s races from the fifth row of the grid.
Superpole 2: taking advantage of the second qualifying tyre available to him, Checa once again earned the third position thanks to a flying lap of 1’35.0, his best time of the weekend so far.
Superpole 3: back out on one of the used qualifiers, the Spaniard was nevertheless able to record a best of 1’35.2, thanks to which he closed this final Superpole phase in overall sixth position, thus ensuring himself of a position on the second row of tomorrow’s race grid.
Carlos Checa: “Considering how this morning went, with the crash, I’d say that we did well in Superpole. I felt better and we were able to record some good times. Of course we have a limitation along the straight where we’re losing at least three tenths but in the mixed section I was able to lap fast with the used tyre. My mechanics have done a great job today, providing me with a bike - built from the rolling chassis - that was well balanced and almost identical to my bike of yesterday. It was a pity that I crashed this morning, I hit my head and also my shoulder but in the end it didn’t bother me while riding, I just had a bit of a headache after the session ended. As long as I rest up this evening I’ll be fine for the races. It won’t change a lot for us if it’s wet tomorrow, the race would be more ‘open’ but that would the case for everyone so we’ll see. I feel ready whatever conditions are like tomorrow.”
Ayrton Badovini: “I am not very happy as it was a difficult day. This afternoon I had unexpected chattering problems with the qualifying tyre which prevented me from recording a fast lap. I’m disappointed because this morning I was lapping well in the wet… We have to look at the data carefully this evening but of course we’ll have to make some changes before tomorrow morning’s warm-up, I hope we can find a solution. To tell the truth I wouldn’t mind if it were wet for the races at this point.”
Rea heads row two in Russia
Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s eighth-round World Superbike championship races at the Moscow Raceway from the front of the second row after setting the fourth fastest time in this afternoon’s Superpole sessions.
In the first fully-dry conditions of the day, the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland set a time of 1m35.058s at the 3.931km circuit, which lies 77km west of the Russian capital. Rea was just 0.3s from the pole position time set by Italian Davide Giugliano, and one tenth off a front row start.
Rea’s Pata Honda team-mate, Leon Haslam, was left frustrated after an electronics issue prevented his progressing beyond Superpole 1 this afternoon. The 30-year-old from Derbyshire in England will start from 13th place in tomorrow’s two 25-lap races.
Jonathan Rea – P4 1m35.058s
We made a pretty big set-up change for today but it was wet this morning and conditions in free practice were not perfect, either. So, Superpole 1 was the first time we got to try it properly on a race tyre. It didn’t feel right straight away, so I was questioning the changes. But we stuck with it for Superpole 2 and I went nine tenths quicker on the same code of tyre, which also looked much grippier on the data. When we checked the tyre batch numbers, they were completely different, so there’s a real consistency issue there. I wanted to be on the front row today but it wasn’t to be. I struggled a lot on the straight, but I think the guys can put in a fresh engine tonight, which should put us back in the ball-park for speed tomorrow. They’ve done a good job with the bike in the technical sectors where CBR’s working well and I think I’m riding pretty well. Tomorrow I need two clean starts because it’s hard to pass here. We&rsquo ;ve done some good work on old tyres, but the front is still a question mark because I’ve been between the hard and the medium all weekend, so that’s a decision we’ll have to make tonight.
Leon Haslam – P13 1m36.069s
I felt pretty confident going into Superpole but we had an electronics problem which kind of determined the result for us, really. And that was that. I was fourth quickest in the wet qualifying session this morning and we made good progress with the setting there, so I was happy with that. In the intermediate conditions for free practice we only got a couple of laps, so that was a bit of a wasted session. But on every Superpole lap I had the electronics problem and I was nowhere near where I should have been on the time. Even then, I only missed out on Superpole 2 by a tenth. We haven’t really done many longer runs in the dry and we have to sort this problem, so it’s difficult to say how tomorrow will go. But I’m sure we can have a good go at it.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Conditions were not good today, so we couldn’t really test the plans we had for Leon. Then he had a problem in Superpole and he could not get beyond Superpole 1. We’ll work hard tonight and see what we can provide for him tomorrow. Jonathan had the same weather conditions and he got a bad race tyre for Superpole but he got through anyway. In Superpole 2 the same spec tyre worked, so apparently there is a problem with the consistency of the tyres. In the end he was fourth, so well done to him. We have one or two problems to look at but I think Jonathan can be a podium runner tomorrow.
CLUZEL CLOSE TO MOSCOW WSB FRONT ROW
Team Suzuki Press Office - July 20.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki racer Jules Cluzel continued to impress at this weekend's Russian round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at the Moscow Raceway by putting in a competitive performance in this afternoon's Superpole.
Cluzel made his way into Superpole due to his time in Friday's first session after this morning's wet qualifying practice, where no riders improved on their times. The French Rookie made his way through Superpole 1 and 2 and began the third and final session with his last Pirelli qualifying tyre. He set a time of 1'35.256, which saw him in a provisional front-row position for a short while, before his time was marginally bettered by other riders. At the end of the 10-minute session Cluzel was only three-tenths-of-a-second away from the front row and just over half-of-a-second off Pole Position. He will head the third row for tomorrow's races after finishing seventh quickest.
Cluzel had a good day all round, and after a third-place in this morning's wet qualifying; he followed that up with another third position in the dry free practice. He is confident with the set-up for his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000, whatever the conditions are on race-day, and will be looking to push for a strong result in both races.
Leon Camier will start directly behind his team-mate in tomorrow's races after the Englishman qualified in 10th place. He looked like getting a good grid position after recording the second fastest time in Superpole 1, but he was unable to use his qualifying tyre to its best effect and was eliminated in the second session. Camier had looked on-the-pace earlier in the day when he set the second fastest time in the dry free practice and his time in the first Superpole underlined that performance. He will be hoping to make a fast start in tomorrow's races so that he can be up amongst the front pack as soon as possible.
Today's practices and Superpole were held in varying conditions, but the rain that threatened this afternoon never materialised. Davide Giugliano on a factory Aprilia took his maiden World Superbike Pole Position; championship leader Tom Sykes will start from ninth on the grid after he crashed in Superpole 3.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Cluzel and Camier will line up with the rest of the field for the first of two races from the 3,931m Moscow raceway at 12.00hrs local time (09.00hrs BST), with the second 25-lap event scheduled for 15.30hrs local time (12.30hrs BST).
"It felt really good out there today, I was consistent and solid and I am very happy about this because we need to keep improving at the moment. In the rain we are really good and in the dry we have improved again. For tomorrow we are feeling positive no matter what the conditions are, because we have a good setting for both. I hope to make two good races tomorrow because this would give us a good conclusion to the weekend. I will try to do my best and see what we can achieve."
"I was feeling good on the bike in Superpole 1 and was a bit behind Eugene - I was trying to use him as a tow - and the bike was handling really well. When I was behind Eugene I felt really comfortable and it was as though he was holding me up, but on the back-straight I couldn't quite stay with him. I then came in and got a qualifying tyre and did a pretty good time to get through to Superpole 2. In the next session I was trying hard on my second lap on a race tyre, but Melandri was on my racing line and got in my way. So I came in and put on another qualifier, but I was so angry with him for messing up my lap that I think I tried too hard with the qualifier and didn't get the best out of it. I had a bit of chattering, but I was the main reason I didn't go quicker. I am reasonable happy with the race setting, but around here it is difficult to overtake, so if it is a dry race it will be tough coming from so far back. I will just need to keep the pace and my rhythm up and try to be strong at the end."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"The FIXI Crescent Suzuki team has done a very good job over the last two days in the changeable conditions at the Moscow Raceway and in a strange way it's very positive to be disappointed with Jules's qualifying position of seventh - and only half-of-a-second off Pole Position. However, when you miss the front-row by three-tenths - and we know that one mistake on his best lap cost him that - then we know that the potential was much more. This has been Jules's best run-in to a World Superbike event so far and wet or dry, he knows he's got a good package underneath him and is looking forward to the races.
"Leon also has shown excellent and consistent speed. He was second in the dry free practice this afternoon and unfortunately just didn't get the job done in Superpole 2 when he needed to. He's disappointed, but with more changeable conditions on the way for tomorrow, the starting position might not be as critical as it might have been.
"The FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 is working very well here this weekend and we are looking forward to two hard, but competitive, races tomorrow."
FIRST ROW FOR EUGENE LAVERTY IN THE MOSCOW RACEWAY SUPERPOLE: THE NORTHERN IRISH RIDER WILL START FROM THE THIRD SPOT TOMORROW.
SYLVAIN GUINTOLI, LYING SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, GRITS HIS TEETH AND TAKES AN EXTRAORDINARY EIGHTH POSITION CONSIDERING HIS PHYSICAL PROBLEMS.
THERE IS AN APRILIA RSV4 IN FRONT OF ALL THE REST - THE ONE RIDDEN BY DAVIDE GIUGLIANO (ALTHEA RACING TEAM).
Syãëvo (Moscow), 20 July 2013 – The Saturday at Moscow Raceway concluded with the Superpole which determines the starting line-up for the races tomorrow. There will be two RSV4s on the front row, thanks to Eugene Laverty's third place, also third in the overall championship standings, and the excellent time Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Team) put on the boards. Sylvain Guintoli took eighth place, gritting his teeth through the pain and heroically managing to get into the third Superpole session.
After the second qualifiers this morning, held on a wet track, almost all the riders went out for just a few laps during the afternoon free practice sessions. In fact, the changing asphalt conditions made long runs during practice pointless and even risky. Sylvain Guintoli benefited particularly from this situation as he was able to focus on recovering from the right shoulder injury he suffered Sunday during training.
The three Superpole sessions were held on a dry track with both the Aprilia Racing Team riders making it to Superpole 3 and therefore in the running for a spot in the first three rows. Sylvain had to use his two soft tyres straight away with the goal of qualifying among the top nine, whereas Eugene came easily through the first session to then make an assault for pole position.
A crash by Tom Sykes in Superpole 3 allowed Sylvain to gain a splendid eighth place, despite his pain and not too many laps ridden this weekend. Eugene Laverty performed brilliantly, third under the chequered flag but, most of all, stopping the clock with his best time on race tyres.
Eugene Laverty: "This was a difficult Superpole, quite chaotic, and in the end I'm a bit surprised with this third place. My pace yesterday and in the wet was very good and it took a few laps in Superpole to adapt to the new track conditions in order to push to the limit. The changes we made to my RSV4 during the test sessions after the Imola race also took a little getting used to, but in any case the bike is working well and with the right adjustments my feeling with it leaves me confident for tomorrow's races”.
Sylvain Guintoli: "If they had told me this would happen on Monday, while I was having X-rays taken and couldn't move my arm, I never would have believed them! Getting to the end of the Superpole sessions was a pleasant surprise since the weekend certainly hasn't been the easiest one so far. To save my shoulder I preferred staying in the garage when the conditions weren't good, so after taking a lot of laps yesterday I calmed down a bit today. Thanks to the support of my team, even taking just a few laps today we were still able to take the track with a bike that is working very well. Tomorrow's races may be the most difficult of my life, but I'm hoping that the natural excitement and adrenaline will lend a hand in taking home a few very important points".
Second row in Moscow for van der Mark
Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Moscow Raceway from the second row of the grid after today’s concluding qualifying practice.
Grid positions were, in fact, determined by yesterday’s qualifying after rain began to fall at the beginning of this afternoon’s second 45-minute session, preventing any of the 30 World Supersport contenders from improving their lap times.
Pole position was taken by Kenan Sofuoglu, with van der Mark eight tenths of a second off the Turkish rider’s time of 1m38.088s. But van der Mark’s Pata Honda team-mate, Lorenzo Zanetti, was more disappointed than most after setting the 17th fastest time.
The 26-year-old Italian had some setting changes for his Honda CBR600RR that he was confident might place him higher on the time sheets. Indeed, Zanetti was tenth fastest in this afternoon’s qualifying session but the weather consigned him to a sixth row start for tomorrow’s 22-lap race at the 3.931km Moscow Raceway circuit.
Michael van der Mark – P6 1m38.975s
It’s been a bit frustrating today. I was quite fast in the wet this morning and had a good feeling. When it started to dry in the last few laps, some guys put in a new tyre but I stayed out on the rain tyre, which wasn’t too bad. For the second qualifying, we wanted to try some set-up changes but it started to rain at the beginning of the session. Even though it started to dry again at the end, it was quite difficult to find the limit this afternoon. For tomorrow, it’ll be difficult, but sixth place is not such a bad place to start.
Lorenzo Zanetti – P17, 1m39.751s
The rain came! It was exactly what I did not want. I had a new setting to try but this track is difficult. I think it was going to be better but I couldn’t really try it today. Starting from 17th position my race is, of course, a little bit compromised, but I will try 100% and see what I can do.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Weather conditions played a big part today. The track was not in very good shape at the beginning of qualifying and, even though it was getting quite dry towards the end, it was still difficult to improve the times from yesterday when it was completely dry. Neither of our guys was able to improve which meant they kept the positions from yesterday’s qualifying. It would have been good to have some more dry time and it’s a shame for Lorenzo because he’s back in 17th. Michael’s position is not so bad and he can run for the podium, while Lorenzo will just have to fight from the beginning and see where he can end up.
Davide Giugliano takes Superpole at Moscow Raceway!
The second qualifying session of this eighth round of the World Superbike championship took place in the rain and on a wet track at Moscow Raceway this morning. The track conditions prevented all riders from improving on yesterday’s times and so Davide Giugliano, who concluded first qualifying in second position, maintained that position heading into Superpole.
Unfortunately, just a few minutes from the session’s end Davide fell through turn 1 on a slippy section of the track. He hit his elbow on the kerb during the fall, resulting in a contusion and small cut but luckily this didn’t condition his participation in the final free practice or the Superpole. In the free practice Davide completed only a few laps, just enough to test some solutions in preparation for the Superpole.
In the first phase of the Superpole the Althea Racing rider used a race tyre with which he recorded an excellent time of 1’35”659, placing himself fourth and qualifying for the second phase. In the second session team and rider again opted for a race tyre. Davide improved further and with a best time of 1’35”504 he took sixth position and progressed to phase three. In the third and final session the team’s strategy proved to be a winning one and, with a qualifying tyre, Davide gave it his all with a fast lap that he completed in 1’34”67. This fantastic lap time put him in overall first place and meant that Giugliano took his first ever Superpole. A result that rewards both the abilities of Davide and his team and that confirms the competitiveness of the team and the RSV4 Aprilia. Tomorrow
Giugliano will start from pole position in the two 25-lap races.
Genesio Bevilacqua: “It was a very eventful day which began with Davide’s crash this morning, which could have complicated things, and ended with the satisfaction of seeing our young rider achieve his first ever Superpole. The team worked perfectly and our decision to save both qualifying tyres for the third and final phase of the Superpole proved to be a winning one. I’m sorry for Sykes, a rival who is always correct, but I think that even if he hadn’t crashed we could have fought for the pole today – it would have been great to see a duel between him and Davide. For tomorrow’s races I’m fairly confident because our rider has demonstrated that he has a very fast pace. Contrary to what has happened at other tracks, Giugliano was immediately comfortable with the bike and the track here in Russia and so I’m sure we’ll see two great, hard-fought races tomorrow.”
Davide Giugliano: “It’s hugely satisfying for me and my team, and I must thank the guys for all the help they’re giving me. After a few races in which we have gained the necessary experience with our new bike, now we are at a very competitive level. We must not stop working, because we still have to improve the sensation with the front of the bike, but we are clearly on the right path. This Superpole is very valuable to me and my team and it’s very satisfying to fight with and beat the official riders and teams. As far as tomorrow’s races are concerned, I hope to be able to fight for the win. The two races will be difficult and despite his crash today Sykes will surely be there too. The weather is also an unknown and right now it looks like rain is forecast. Either way, I’ll give it my all to achieve another great result.”
Lino shows impressive wet weather pace
PTR HONDA'S David Linortner showed an impressive turn of speed in the wet but drying second qualifying session, taking 11th, just over a second away from the top three positions. His qualifying position of 22nd set yesterday will stand however, as the dry conditions then allowed for faster lap times.
With rain forecast for the race, the Austrian looks in good shape to score points given his wet weather pace.
All the PTR Honda riders remained in yesterday's qualifying positions as the rain stopped all but two riders improving their times, making no changes to the standings. It means Kenny Noyes will start 23rd, Nacho Calero 24th, Luke Mossey 25th and Matt Davies 28th. The race starts at 1330 local time tomorrow, 21st June.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager, said: "David showed really good pace today and was only 1/10th away from bettering his yesterday time despite the treacherous conditions. He obviously has good feel in the wet and that may well play into his favour if the rain scheduled for tomorrow arrives. His starting position is not the best but he should be competing for points in the race.
"The rest of the riders showed improvement in the morning damp session, Matt especially. Both Matt and Nacho have top 20 potential and I do hope they get good starts and achieve that tomorrow.
"Luke and Kenny couldn't have endured a harder weekend to get on to a new bike, in a new team, in a new Championship at a new circuit. Wet conditions make that even more difficult. We will use our experience and give them bikes that we know will be competitive and see how far they can progress in the race."
Moscow Raceway: Positive debut for Rolfo and Iddon
Moscow, 20th July 2013
ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse closes the official qualifying at the Moscow Raceway circuit with a positive balance for both riders.
The MV’s F3 675 of Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon, have been honoured in wet and dry conditions at a completely unknown track for both riders.
Roberto Rolfo, the quickest this morning in free practice, has closed the official qualifying in ninth place; third row in the grid that will allow him to show his potential.
Christian Iddon, very quick as well in free practice with the fifth fastest time, has closed his qualifying in fourteenth place in the grid, fifth row that will force him to do an aggressive race but overall very confident with the feeling of his MV.
I am happy with this morning’s free practice. We have been very fast in wet, dry and mixed conditions. I would like to improve on the third sector of the track where we have some difficulties, but overall I am satisfied with the feeling of my bike, that has done a good improvement.
To be honest I didn’t think this layout would favourite my MV. The straight is quite long and is not good for us, but we get back the time lost in the other sectors.
For tomorrow I am quite confident. You will see a nice race.
This morning we have been very fast. We took the fifth quickest time in free practice but we have been fast in other conditions as well. In the afternoon the rain has bothered us but we are not disappointed. I am not over the moon with 14th place but it’s not that bad if I think about tomorrow.
Wet or dry, I am happy either way. I will give my 100% as I always do.
Career Best Supersport Qualifying For Baldolini In Russia
Alex Baldolini will start tomorrow’s 8th round of the World Supersport championship from a career best 5th position on the grid at the Moscow Raceway circuit after rain prevented any changes to the overnight standings.
The Suzuki rider has been in terrific form all weekend, and despite a rain interrupted final qualifying session is absolutely right that his grid placing is on merit.
Alex gave his Suriano team a few hours of concern after a technical problem with the Italians machine this morning meant a rebuild.
The team, as always, remained calm and professional, and together with Alex they are confident of a strong race tomorrow come rain or shine.
Alex Baldolini – 5th on the grid: “There’s not to much to say about today because in FP2 I did two laps and the engine broke. In qp2 we were ready but it started to rain before the session. During the last minutes I went out to the track to see if everything was ok with the new engine. Tomorrow in the warm up we have to do some modifications but I am very happy to start from 5th position. It’s my best starting position since I started in World Supersport, and I am very happy for the team who are working really well. Let’s see what the weather will be like tomorrow!”
Tomorrow’s 22 lap race is scheduled to take place at 1330 local time and signals the half way point in the 2013 World Supersport championship.
Nemeth Looking To Put Difficult Moscow Qualifying Behind Him
Balazs Nemeth’s season of frustration continues after final qualifying for the Russian round of the World Supersport championship saw the Complus SMS Honda rider in 30th position on the grid.
The likeable Hungarian suffered another tumble yesterday morning and with the Complus SMS team left to rebuild the Honda machine, Balazs was left with limited track time in opening qualifying.
The weather at the Moscow Raceway played a big part in the outcome of the grid today, as a rain shower shortly before the all important final session prevented any rider from improving.
Nemeth will now regroup overnight and push hard for a strong result in tomorrow’s race which is scheduled to start at 1330 local time.
Balazs Nemeth – 30th on the grid: “Yesterday I had a crash in the first free practice. My back, knee and my finger were injured and for the first qualifying session my team couldn’t repair completely my bike. Today it was raining in the morning and in the qualification the track was too wet. For the last 5-10 minutes the track was getting dry but my lap time was only good enough for 30th position on the grid. Tomorrow I will race with painkillers because I have some pain but I will try to do my best.”
Davies Back In The Groove In Russia
Aussie Matt Davies put the disappointment of yesterday behind him, and although the weather prevented PTR Honda’s youngest rider from bettering his grid position, both he and the team are keen to show their true potential in tomorrow’s 22 Lap race.
The Moscow Raceway is a tight, technical circuit and this weekend is the first time that Matt has visited the Russian venue.
Matt who had narrowly missed out on world championship points on several occasions was an encouraging 20th position in today’s earlier free practice session but with rain falling for the duration of the important final session, neither Matt or any other rider in the field could improve their times from yesterday.
Matt Davies – 28th on the grid: “Today was better. In the rain I was around 10th position but then it dried out. The last session was okay but with the weather it made it difficult to improve. Hopefully tomorrow’s race will be good! I will be pushing hard for a good result for the team.”
The 8th round of the World Supersport championship is scheduled to start at 1330 local time.
Rivamoto Looking Strong In Russia
Rivamoto Honda will start their home race at the Moscow Raceway from 7th position on the grid as Jack Kennedy continues to be one of the revelations of the 2013 World Supersport season.
Kennedy has once again shown that he is a quick learner, and after running at the sharp end of proceedings in both wet and dry conditions it’s looking very like he could secure both his and Rivamoto’s best World Supersport result at the tight and twisty Russian circuit, which is located just 70km from the country’s capital.
Today was a difficult day for all concerned as many teams and riders stayed in the garage, as rain prevented any of the front runners improving their Friday times.
Despite the weather, the Rivamoto Honda team did venture onto the circuit in the final few moments of the session, keen to try some overnight changes which should put them in a better position for the race.
2nd fastest in today’s qualifying session is encouraging, but whatever the weather, Kennedy is ready to race as is Edik Blokhin who will compete tomorrow in front of a large number of local fans and start from 29th on the grid.
Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “With the strange weather conditions in Moscow today, qualifying didn’t really amount to much. We went through the motions in FP2 to test a wet set-up and there was no need to take risks, so the riders spent most of the time waiting for the weather to make it’s mind up. QP2 was pretty much the same and when the window opened during the last ten minutes Jack made the most of it. Nobody was able to go quicker but the overnight changes seemed to help and Jack finished the session 2nd quickest, but obviously times from yesterday stood. 7th on the grid gives him a good chance to bag some decent points. Edik also put in a good effort and is fired up at his home round. We’re hoping for a dry race though.”
Jack Kennedy – 7th on the grid: “Not much action on track today with the mixed weather conditions. We went out to get a wet setting in FP2 then qualifying was wet so it was just a waiting game for it to dry up. We got 12 minutes track time to try our new settings which were positive and I think good for the race. We finished the session P2 but no one went quicker than earlier so still I am 7th on grid for tomorrow! Great work by the team behind the scenes today!”
Round 8 of the World Supersport championship is scheduled to start at 1330 local time tomorrow and run over 22 laps.
Giugliano gets maiden Tissot-Superpole win as Sykes crashes out
Moscow (Russia), Saturday 20 July 2013 - Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) scored his first ever Tissot-Superpole win today at Moscow Raceway. The 23 year old from Rome managed to time in 1'34.676 lap-time to secure first place ahead of Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), as the Welshman achieved his best ever grid positioning in WSBK, too.
The biggest surprise in today's Tissot-Superpole was the crash suffered by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in the third session, at Turn 3, that put an end to his pole position streak after six consecutive wins and will force the Brit to move off from an unusual 9th place. The first row for tomorrow's two races is completed by Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), who repeated himself on the same slot as last year's Russian Round.
Despite being the first rider unable to lap in the 1'34 seconds bracket, Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) ended up 4th, ahead of Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) – with the Spaniard who proved to be "alive and kicking" after the big crash in the morning's Qualifying 2.
The indomitable Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), still dealing with a dislocated right collarbone, did his best to obtain an impressive 8th place, behind fellow Frenchman Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).