Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after an incident-packed weekend at the Nurburgring in Germany:
Tom Sykes wins red-flagged first race
Nurburgring (Germany), Sunday 1 September 2013 - Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is the winner of the first eni FIM Superbike World Championship race at the Nurburgring. The race was red-flagged on the eighteenth lap as a result of two crashes that involved Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) and Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), who both lost control of their bikes at Turn 9 on the oil left on track by Federico Sandi's Team Pedercini ZX-10R broken engine.
Once the flag came out, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) was on the lead after a successful overtake at the first turn but, as the final results were based on the previous lap, Sykes was awarded with the victory, with Melandri's team mate Chaz Davies to complete the podium. The three riders, along with Rea, rode together up front, but it was Sykes who led almost the entire race, after overtaking Melandri at the second turn during the opening lap.
Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) holds now only a single-point advantage on Sykes after finishing the race in fourth place, ahead of Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Aprilia) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike). Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty ended up 15th after crashing out of Turn 4 in the early stages of the race, and rejoining following a pit-stop. Home rider Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing Ducati) had to withdraw from the race due to a technical problem occurred on the fourth lap.
Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier were both flown by helicopter to the hospital. Rea was diagnosed with a broken left femur, while Camier was sent for precautionary measure due to an injury on the top of his neck.
Race 1 results: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 17 Laps/87.329 km in 32'38.184 average 160.549 kph; 2. Melandri (BMW) 0.269; 3. Davies (BMW) 0.714; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 6.427; 5. Giugliano (Aprilia) 8.526; 6. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 13.234; 7. Haslam (Honda) 13.818; 8. Cluzel (Suzuki) 18.726; 9. Badovini (Ducati) 21.049; 10. Checa (Ducati) 22.774; 11. Aitchison (Kawasaki) 33.284; 12. Smrz (Yamaha) 48.329; 13. Reiterberger (BMW) 48.627; 14. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'32.530; 15. Laverty (Aprilia) 2 Laps; RT. Rea (Honda) 0.976; RT. Camier (Suzuki) 6.677; RT. Sandi (Kawasaki); RT. Neukirchner (Ducati).
CAMIER OUT OF NURBURGRING SECOND RACE
Team Suzuki Press Office - September 1.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier has been forced to withdraw from this afternoon's second eni FIM Superbike World Championship race following a huge crash in race one that has left him needing a precautionary scan in hospital.
Camier was battling for fifth position in race one, but hit a patch of oil on the track that had spilled from a recently-crashed bike and lost control of his machine at high-speed. He was immediately assessed at trackside by the medical staff at Nurburgring and was then flown by Air Ambulance to Stiffungs Klinicum in Koblenz for further observations on potential neck injuries. Despite the accident, Camier left the circuit in good spirits and had full movement and feeling in the rest of his body.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki will keep you updated on his condition as more information becomes available. Jonathan Rea of the Pata Honda team crashed at the same spot as Camier, due to the spilt oil, and has been airlifted to hospital with reports of a broken left femur.
Chaz Davies wins as Sykes is new leader
Nurburgring (Germany), Sunday 1 September 2013 - Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) got back on the top step of the podium after winning the second race of the day, that was red-flagged on the nineteenth lap after One Event rider Matej Smrz (Yamaha Motor Deutschland) suffered a high-side and landed on track next to his YZF-R1, laying some oil on the tarmac. The Welshman successfully defended the lead in the final laps in a three-way battle with second place Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) and team mate Marco Melandri. Davies was able to repeat exactly the same results scored last year in the two races, and achieved a long-awaited win after the double at Aragon earlier in 2013.
Despite the absence of three top riders due to injuries sustained today – Loris Baz during the warm-up, Leon Camier and Jonathan Rea in first race - Race 2 was characterised by a fierce battle up front for the win. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) finished fourth and fifth respectively, after being very close to the front for most of the 18 laps completed. The two riders, though, could not manage to get in the mix for the top-3, as well as sixth place Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Team Aprilia), who lost a lot of ground in the closing stages.
Top-10 was completed by Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare), Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Aprilia) and Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing Ducati), with Badovini's team mate Carlos Checa in eleventh place. Jules Cluzel's performance was hampered by a temporary technical problem, as the FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider was able to rejoin and to end up fifteenth.
Sykes and Guintoli are still separated by one point, but the factory Kawasaki rider is now the new leader in the standings, at the end of the tenth round of the season.
Results: 1. Davies (BMW) 18 Laps/92.466 km in 34'36.933 average 160.274 kph; 2. Laverty (Aprilia) 0.132; 3. Melandri (BMW) 0.366; 4. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1.189; 5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1.621; 6. Giugliano (Aprilia) 3.233; 7. Badovini (Ducati) 14.677; 8. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 18.859; 9. Neukirchner (Ducati) 22.125; 10. Checa (Ducati) 23.828; 11. Aitchison (Kawasaki) 30.444; 12. Reiterberger (BMW) 36.419; 13. Haslam (Honda) 59.787; 14. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1'05.331; 15. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'27.381; RT. Smrz (Yamaha) 53.782; RT. Sandi (Kawasaki).
Standings – provisional (round 10 of 14)*: 1. Sykes 287; 2. Guintoli 286; 3. Melandri 257; 4. Laverty 247; 5. Davies 221; 6. Baz 180; 7. Rea 176; 8. Fabrizio 156; 9. Cluzel 123; 10. Giugliano 121; 11. Camier 114; 12. Badovini 107; 13. Neukirchner 84; 14. Checa 80; 15. Haslam 63; 16. Sandi 36; 17. Iannuzzo 18; 18. Clementi 18; 19. Aitchison 15; 20. Canepa 11; 21. Lundh 10; 22. Lai 8; 23. Reiterberger 7; 24. Allerton 6; 25. Smrz 4; 26. Stauffer 4; 27. Akiyoshi 2; 28. Haga 2. Manufacturers 1. Aprilia 369; 2. Kawasaki 341; 3. BMW 321; 4. Honda 201; 5. Suzuki 175; 6. Ducati 144; 7. Yamaha 4.
* Possible updated results could be defined by the International Disciplinary Court which is dealing with the appeal lodged by Aprilia Racing Team and rider Sylvain Guintoli, following the decision taken by the FIM Stewards in Monza (Italian Round, last 12 May) to cancel the drop of position sanction (from third to fourth place in race 2) imposed by the Race Direction on rider Tom Sykes
Four top-ten results for Team SBK Ducati Alstare in today’s Superbike races at the Ring
Nürburgring (Germany), Sunday 1 September 2013: highs and lows for Team SBK Ducati Alstare during round 10 of the 2013 World Superbike championship this weekend at the Nürburgring. After scoring pole position yesterday, Ayrton Badovini finished today’s races in seventh and ninth place, Carlos Checa crossed the line tenth.
Race 1 – the first race took place in cold but dry conditions (air temp 14˚C, track 21˚C). Starting from pole for the first time in his Superbike career, Ayrton lost several positions through the first corners, placing eleventh by lap two. Followed by his team-mate Carlos, twelfth, who was able to make up a number of positions in the opening stages, the two Ducati Alstare men maintained those positions for the best part of the race. The race was brought to an early close by Race Direction when Rea and Camier were the victims of a bad accident two laps from the end. As a result, Badovini closed in final ninth position, Checa just behind him in tenth.
Race 2 – With less riders taking part after race one’s incident, Carlos started from fifteenth on the grid this time around. He was up in eleventh place after one lap and his position remained as such for almost the entire race. Despite fighting to catch first Cluzel and later Neukirchner, he was unable to pass them and thus closed the race in tenth place. Ayrton made a better start than he did in race one and was able to maintain a strong pace for the duration of the race. By lap six he was in seventh position behind Giugliano, a position that he was able to hold until the line.
Ayrton Badovini: “Unfortunately in the first race I lost too much ground in the first laps and many guys got past me. I was having trouble and made some mistakes too. For race 2 we made a small change to the bike and I decided to approach it with a different mentality and take things more calmly. It worked because I was able to be more precise, more consistent lap after lap. I’m pleased because besides the result, seventh, the important thing was that I was able to close the overall gap between myself and the leaders. All in all it’s been a positive weekend, one of the best we’ve had so far.”
Carlos Checa: “What can I say, the results speak for themselves. We made changes between race one and two but unfortunately this didn’t make a great deal of difference. I’ve had trouble getting the right balance with the bike this weekend. Contrary to Misano, where testing went pretty well, here I’ve had some problems. I don’t know, maybe I’ve lost some of the confidence I had in Misano. We’ve made modifications during the weekend but perhaps I haven’t been able to interpret them properly. The team has worked well and I hope we can find a better set-up with which we can improve our results in the next races.”
Rea breaks femur in Nürburgring crash
Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea crashed out of the first of today’s two tenth-round World Superbike championship races at the Nürburgring in Germany, breaking his left femur.
The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland had been in contention for a podium finish before falling at approximately 225kph on oil from another rider’s machine two laps before the end of the scheduled 20 at the 5.137km circuit.
The crash brought out the red flags to end the race early with victory going to British rider Tom Sykes. Rea’s Pata Honda team-mate Leon Haslam finished in seventh place after suffering electronics problems.
Haslam was running with the leading group in race two before losing the front of his Honda CBR1000RR at turn seven. The 30-year-old was able to pick up his machine and rejoin the race, finishing in 13th place at the flag.
Leon Haslam – 7th and 13th
It’s been a bit of a disaster, really. I felt pretty good all weekend and we made some good steps, but in race one we had an electronics issue which kind of determined the result. In race two we made some good changes that allowed me to hold on to the leading group, but I just pushed the front a bit too hard and went down. So it was frustrating because I had a really good feeling on Saturday afternoon but, after changing the engine last night, I never got the feeling back. I really felt we had the pace for a podium this weekend, so it’s a bit frustrating. Of course, I wish Johnny [Rea] all the best for a quick recovery and we’ll try to get some better results in Turkey.
Jonathan Rea – DNF and DNS
I’ve felt better, but I’m hoping to get the leg pinned later tonight so hopefully I can be home in a few days and start the recovery as soon as possible. It’s unbelievable what was happening with the flags in the race because I saw an oil flag at turn six but then nothing at turn seven or after that. I went down at the fast left at turn eight and, unfortunately, I stayed conscious throughout so I can remember everything. I was feeling pretty good before then and, although I didn’t have the pace to pass the guys in front, it was clear I had the best package and, although it was late in the race, I still had good grip levels. Until I hit the oil.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
It’s been a day to forget for the team. Jonathan had a race-long battle for a podium and crashed on the oil of a blown-up engine. It looks like he’ll miss some races now, which is really sad and I feel really sorry for him and his crew. The guys have worked really hard to get the bike back to fighting for podium finishes every race and that’s the position he was in again today. We just wish him a really speedy recovery and hope to see him as soon as possible. Leon couldn’t get a good pace in race one and was struggling a little. We made some small changes for race two and he was racing with the top runners but he had a crash. In the end, the results were not good but we saw some elements of his potential again and I hope we can sort some things on the bike so he can be up there again in Turkey.
TWO RED FLAGS IN THE PENULTIMATE LAP STOP THE RACES ON THE NÜRBURGRING.
SECOND PLACE IN RACE 2 FOR EUGENE LAVERTY WHO WAS MAKING A PLAY FOR THE LEAD WHEN THE RACE WAS STOPPED.
WITH A FOURTH AND FIFTH PLACE FINISH SYLVAIN GUINTOLI LIMITS THE DAMAGE AND STAYS CLOSE TO THE LEAD IN THE RIDER STANDINGS.
APRILIA CONTINUES TO LEAD THE MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP.
Nürburgring, 1 September 2013 – Two red flags due to oil on the track, both during the penultimate lap, stopped the World Superbike races at the Nürburgring. A blown out engine for Sandi first and a crash by Smrz in the second forced Race Direction to end the competitions a lap early.
While the finishing order had all but been decided when Race 1 was suspended, in the second race the duels between Davies and Eugene Laverty for first place and between Sylvain Guintoli and Sykes for fourth place were just heating up. In fact, the red flag kept the Aprilia Racing Team standard bearers from a direct attack on their rivals at the chequered flag.
After a difficult Superpole Sylvain Guintoli got off to a good start in both races, immediately gaining positions. After successfully fending off attacks by Giugliano and Camier, Sylvain's race for the podium stopped short at fourth place in Race 1. In the penultimate lap an oil leak caused Rea and Camier to crash, unfortunately injured in the accident, putting an end to the race and deciding the finishing order. Race 2 followed a similar script, at least in the first part. With an excellent start followed by a series of fast laps, the French rider had closed the gap with the leading pack, nipping at Sykes' heels during the final laps. Just as the duel was about to start in earnest, a crash by wild card Smrz with fluids leaking onto the track from his bike put an end to the race a lap early. Thanks to his fifth place finish, Sylvain is now in second place in the rider standings, just one point behind Sykes.
Sylvain Guintoli: “This was a difficult weekend on a very physical track. In Race 1 I couldn't find my rhythm in the first laps, dropping behind the leaders and having to ride alone, fending off attacks. In Race 2 the changes we made to my RSV4 really worked well. I pushed hard to catch Sykes up and when I did my plan was to attack in the last lap, but unfortunately the red flag stopped the race. My only consolation is that my shoulder responded well. I was able to push hard all the way to the end in both races without serious problems. It hurts now, but as long as I'm on the bike everything is OK. We'll go to Turkey as pursuers, but it's a track that I like where I think I can make a good play for it just as well as the other four or five riders who have proven to be consistently fast”
It was a double-sided weekend for Eugene Laverty. Starting from the twelfth spot on the grid, the Northern Irish rider also had two good starts. However, his comeback in Race 1 was interrupted in the fourth lap when a crash forced him to head back to the garage. After the damage to his bike was repaired Eugene went back out, ending the race in fifteenth place and earning one point. In Race 2 Eugene unleashed his potential from the start, reaching the podium range within a few laps where he engaged in battle first with Sykes and then with Melandri, overtaking them both and setting his sights on frontrunner Davies. All signs pointed to an assault in the final laps, just when the red flag that ratified a second place finish for Eugene came out.
Eugene Laverty: “It was a shame about the red flag in Race 2 when I was about to attack Chaz Davies for first place. I'm not saying I would have won it, but I would have had a go. The crash in Race 1 created a bit of a mess. I want to battle for the Championship and mistakes like that one can be costly. When you start so far back on the grid there's a lot more pressure and with that comes the risk of making some mistakes. We definitely will not be able to make any more slip ups for the rest of the season. All told we haven't lost too much ground behind the Championship leaders but we've got a hard battle ahead.”
Aprilia leads the manufacturer championship with 369 points in front of Kawasaki (341), BMW (321), Honda (201), Suzuki (175), Ducati (144) and Yamaha (4).
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Nürburgring - Races
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team celebrated a successful home round at Nürburgring (GER), including a victory and four podium finishes in total. Factory rider Chaz Davies (GBR) won the second of today’s races with his BMW S 1000 RR after finishing third in race one. His team-mate Marco Melandri (ITA) finished second and third. Thus, the team set a new record: for the first time ever in the FIM Superbike World Championship, BMW Motorrad had both riders on the podium in both races. In addition, Chaz claimed the fastest lap in race two. Collectively, Chaz and Marco achieved 77 points today, equaling the best ever result of BMW Motorrad in the series.
After ten of 14 rounds of the season, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is second in the Team standings with 478 points. In the Riders’ classification, Marco improved to third with 257 points, reducing the gap to the front to 30 points. Chaz is fifth with 221 points, 66 points behind the lead. In the Manufacturers’ ranking, BMW is third with 321 points and a gap of 48 points to the top.
In race one, both BMW factory riders had a good start to lay the foundations for a strong result. Marco, who came from second, took the lead shortly but then dropped back to second when he was overtaken by Tom Sykes (GBR). Chaz, who started from sixth, moved to third at the first corner. Throughout the race, both riders stayed in touch with race leader, Sykes. On lap 13, Chaz passed Marco to take second but two laps later Marco returned the favour. The BMW duo caught up with Sykes and in the first corner of the penultimate lap, Marco passed him to take the lead. Chaz also prepared for overtaking his fellow Brit but then the race had to be red-flagged after Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier (both GBR) had heavily crashed due to oil on the track. Thus, the ranking from the previous lap counted as the final race result, with Sykes classified the winner in front of Marco and Chaz.
Race two was another thriller, with a BMW rider leading from the start to the end. It was a nail-biting fight for victory, with the top 6 close together in battle. Marco took the lead at the start, while Chaz moved to second straight away. The BMW Duo were closely followed by their competitors but also fought for P1 between themselves. On lap 7, Chaz took the lead while Marco slipped back to third on lap 10 as he was passed by Eugene Laverty (IRL). However, the Italian fought back and by the end of lap 14, entering lap 15 Marco took just a few corners to pass Laverty and then Chaz and to retake the lead. The fight was not over, as Chaz passed his team-mate again on lap 16, heading the field for the second time in this race. On lap 18, Marco lost second position to Laverty but everything was still open as the gaps were minimal. One lap later, this race also had to be red flagged due to a crash. Chaz won, Laverty was came second and Marco was third on the podium.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier from the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team extended his lead in the overall Riders’ classification. The Frenchman finished today’s exciting race second on the podium with his BMW HP4, missing victory only by one tenth of a second. With two more rounds to go, Sylvain now tops the ranking with 165 points and has an advantage of 40 points to his closest rival. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) finished 11th. In the Manufacturers’ classification, BMW leads with an advantage of 28 points.
Result Race 1: 3rd / Gap to 1st: 0:00.714 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:54.680 min (lap 5)
Result Race 2: 1st / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:54.703 min (lap 9)
“I am obviously super happy with the victory in race two. I was already happy with my podium in race one but I knew we could improve and so we did. In race one, I made the start I was hoping for coming from the second row of the grid and I was racing in the leading group with Marco and Tom. In the early stages, Tom put some really good pace at the front. Generally, the bike was working really well as it has done all weekend. We were just slightly struggling in a couple of areas which cost me a bit on acceleration but we worked on that for race two.
We definitely made a step in the right direction. I felt that my RR was a little bit better in certain areas of the track. It was still hard to brake but I tried all I could do to build a bit of a gap. It was a good battle with Eugene and Marco. The last couple of laps I just put my head down seeing if I could just get away from the guys fighting behind me. I was thinking that there couldn’t be another red flag but just in case I tried to stay in the lead. In the end the red flag came and I was in right place at the right time. A big Thank you to my team; they did a great job this weekend and we got a double podium again. I wish all the best and a speedy recovery to the guys that got injured today.”
Result Race 1: 2nd / Gap to 1st: 0:00.269 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:54.692 min (lap 4)
Result Race 2: 3rd / Gap to 1st: 0:00.366 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:54.846 min (lap 9)
“I’ve never seen a red flag at the end of both races in my life. It was a shame because in race one I was leading and race two I was third but I am sure that it would have been a great final lap because all three of us were trying to win and everyone was pushing hard. The red flag was not on my side today and as a consequence I had no chance to make use of the opportunities we had and this is frustrating, but these are the rules. I am so sorry for the guys that crashed and got injured because they had much more bad luck than me. All the best and a speedy recovery to all of them! For sure I can be happy because we have shown that we are strong but at the same time I am disappointed because I did not get as many points as I could have. The championship is still very open and I have reduced the gap to the front. So in general it was a good weekend for us and we are looking forward to the next rounds. Now we are going to tracks that I really like and I am sure that today’s disappointment will only give me even more motivation.”
Andrea Buzzoni (General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK):
“It has been an extraordinary weekend. For the first time in the history of BMW in the Superbike World Championship, we got a ‘double, double podium’ and we are honoured to have achieved this success at BMW’s home race. The result confirms that the team is continuing to work hard and retain concentration to achieve the best possible result in this championship. With today’s victory, the sixth of the season, we matched last year’s number of wins. Both Marco and Chaz are consistently reducing the gap to the top of the overall ranking and they also demonstrated that they are able to fight for the title. This shows the strength of BMW, of the team and of our guys.
In the Superstock series, the team did a great job and Sylvain demonstrated great maturity. He had a difficult start but was able to close the gap and manage the race, achieving an important second place which brings him closer and closer to the title.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“It has been a great day. Both races were very exciting and we got almost the maximum we could expect having both riders on the podium in both races. This was the right way to respond after the issues we experienced in Silverstone and I must say a big thank you to everyone at BMW Motorrad and in the team for the great job they have done. Both crews have worked very well on improving the machines. Practice by practice we went faster in the dry and in the wet. Only unlucky circumstances prevented us from winning both races but this is racing and what we have achieved today is important. We have closed the gap to our competitors and we have proven that our RR is improving and is a winning package. So now we are looking forward to the next races with strong motivation. Everyone is focused knowing that we have the right package to win as many races as possible.”
HUGE CRASH HALTS CAMIER AT NURBURGRING WSB
Team Suzuki Press Office - September 1.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier was challenging for a great finish in race one of today's eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Nurburgring until a massive crash brought his race and weekend to a premature end.
Starting from 10th on the grid Camier got a solid start and was ninth at the end of the first-lap. He then caught and passed Leon Haslam and Davide Giugliano to make his way up to sixth, but as the Englishman was sizing-up to pass Sylvain Guintoli for fifth position, he hit a patch of oil on the track that had spilled from a recently-crashed bike. He lost control of his machine in the high-speed left-hander and crashed hard and was immediately assessed at trackside by the medical staff and was then flown by Air Ambulance to Stiffungs Klinicum in Koblenz. Camier was observed and scanned for potential neck injuries, but the scans proved negative and he was given the all-clear despite the massive impact. He hopes to leave hospital later today and will assess his condition in the coming days to decide on his availability to ride at the next race. Jonathan Rea of the Pata Honda team also crashed at the same spot as Camier, due to the spilt oil. He was airlifted to hospital with a broken left femur and the whole FIXI Crescent Suzuki team wishes him well for a speedy recovery. The race was red-flagged after the crash and due to Camier's inability to return to the pits he was excluded from the results.
Jules Cluzel had a tough afternoon that resulted in an eighth place in race one and a 14th in the second event after he was forced to stop when the bike cut-out on lap-16. Cluzel had to pull-off the track to re-start his machine and managed to finish the race in a points-scoring position, but was not too happy with his weekend's work.
The Yoshimura-powered FIXI Crescent Suzuki will next be in action at Istanbul Park when World Superbikes makes its first visit to Turkey on the weekend of September 13th and 15th.
"It has been a hard weekend for us, but we learnt a lot in race one and I was looking for some more improvements in the second race. I felt quite good for the first four or five laps of race one, but when my tyre dropped, the bike felt unstable and was difficult to ride, so I was quite happy to get eighth. The second race was similar to the first, but I had a massive high-side and nearly crashed on the first lap, so I realised the grip was less than race one and I tried to do my best - but it was really hard. We improved a bit with the stability out of the turns, so this is a good point and we don't have to forget this weekend because we have to work after this and learn. I was disappointed at the end of the race, because I think I could have got eighth or ninth, but the bike stopped due to an electronic problem, so I pulled-over and managed to restart and I finished much lower than I wanted to. It was a bit of a bad weekend, but Leon had more bad luck and I hope he is ok and he can come back soon and we can fight together at a good pace in the next race."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"At Silverstone earlier this month the FIXI Crescent Suzuki showed its potential and again here Leon raced right on the pace of the podium battle, but the frightening accident with two laps to go in race one, put everything into perspective and meant that our only focus was on Leon's condition - which initially was very concerning. It's important to be calm in these situations, but we do have concerns as to why the bike that caused the oil slick was even out there on the track, given certain information that we have, and why there wasn't clear warning of the oil for the approaching riders or even a red flag - as there was in race two. We'll speak to the Race Direction to see if these matters can be explained and hopefully improved in the future. The team is relieved that Leon's injuries don't appear to be too serious, but we also send our best wishes to Johnny Rea who also through no fault of his own was involved in the crash.
"Looking forward, Jules has raced at the Istanbul Park circuit in the MotoGP™ series and loves the track and we hope that we will be able to put what was a tough couple of races behind him and get back to the rhythm of the fastest riders in Turkey. As for Leon, we will make sure that he is able to recover sufficiently and we will make an announcement as soon as possible regarding his participation. We all really hope he'll be there; he is getting everything out of the GSX-R and challenging the best riders and teams out there."
Nemeth Fails To Finish WSS Race At The Nurburgring
Complus SMS Honda rider Balazs Nemeth failed to finish the German round of the world championship at the Nurburgring today after a technical problem ended his race on the 7th lap of 19.
The Hungarian, who had started from 30th position on the grid had shown some real flair in the 2nd wet qualifying session and was disappointed to be side-lined once again before the race was even at half distance.
Balazs and the team are taking the positives from the weekend, and also from a private test held ahead of the race in Germany and will move on to the next race in Istanbul optimistic of showing their true potential.
Davies 26th In Nurburg WSS Race
Aussie youngster Matt Davies grabbed a well earned 26th position in today’s tenth round of the World Supersport championship at the Nurburgring.
Matt who was unlucky with the weather in terms of being able to start further up the grid rode a mature race, and continues to learn all the time in what is his debut season in the world championship.
It was great to see Matt gaining in confidence and really attacking his much more experienced rivals throughout the race and Davies can be proud of what he has achieved today in the Eiffel mountains.
Matt now goes to a new circuit for most of the riders in the series as the championship visits the Istanbul circuit in Turkey.
Webb gets finish in first WSS race
PTR HONDA'S Danny Webb took an encouraging 23rd place finish in his first World Supersport race at the 10th round of the Championship at Nurburgring in Germany, just behind his team mate Luca Marconi in 22nd.
In his first race in the class, the Londoner recovered from a crash in warm up to put together a consistent race run and finish only 54-secs behind the winner.
Danny said: "It was a good experience, I learnt loads in the race. The main thing is I need to learn to use new tyres because I am doing the same lap times at the start and end of the race. It has been a good weekend for my first time on the bike. I'd like to thank PTR for getting my bike ready after a warm up crash, the team is awesome and I am looking forward to Turkey."
Luca in 22nd, is still feeling race rusty returning to action after breaking his arm. He is disappointed at not showing his true potential but will come back stronger at the next round. Matt Davies took a well-earned 26th with Nacho Calero pleased to take 28th.
Stand in rider Kevin Wahr was fighting to get inside the top 20 when he retired due to fatigue. The next round of the World Supersport Championship is at Istanbul in Turkey on Sunday 15th September.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Danny is improving all the time, it is a four race programme, so we look forward to the next rounds with him. Considering he has never raced a 600 before, he can build from this encouraging start.
"Luca is disappointed with himself for not racing as well as he can, but tomorrow is another day and we have confidence in him and his ability to get back fighting for the top 10.
"Matt and Nacho continue their learning of what is a very tough World Championship class. It is great to see them both finish and keep fighting right until the end. Unfortunately our stand in rider Kevin Wahr retired because the pace was just too physical for him and he suffered fatigue - that by itself shows how tough it is to come into this class and compete."
Gutsy Ride For Rivamoto Honda's Jack Kennedy At The Ring
Jack Kennedy gave himself a hard task in the 10th round of the World Supersport championship after losing several places on the opening lap after an uncharacteristic bad start from his 6th position on the grid.
Finishing the opening lap 13th, the determined Rivamoto Honda rider showed his maturity with a gutsy ride to 8th at the flag after a race long duel with Florian Marino, Christian Iddon and David Salom.
Getting the better of all of them with some great overtakes, both rider and team can only wonder what might have been had Jack not been caught up with so many other riders in the opening laps given Kennedy’s pace over the final third of the race which was as quick as the riders who made the podium.
Nevertheless everyone can take a lot of positives from the weekend and move onto the next round in Turkey in a fortnight.
In terms of the championship Jack’s result today keeps him in 7th position overall in the championship with 3 rounds remaining.
Rivamoto’s other rider Edik Blokhin also showed grit and determination as he battled hard for 32nd position at the end of the race.
Jack Kennedy – 8th position: “A bad start has cost us what could of been our best result of the season so far. I felt confident and I knew we could be consistent as we proved by fighting from 15th at turn one to 8th position at the end. We were setting as good a pace as the front runners so we have to take the many positives from this weekend to the next race”
Technical Woe For Schacht After Strong Showing in German WSS Race
After overcoming the technical issues of the previous races and after posting some impressive times in the damp final qualifying session, Denmark’s Alex Schacht’s encouraging ride in today’s World Supersport race at the Nurburgring came to an abrupt end on the final lap of what had been his best race of the season, as another technical problem took it’s toll on the Racing Team Toth rider.
Schacht has learned this season that racing can be tough and although it has been frustrating at times, remains positive that things can only get better.
Taking the positives from the weekend, Alex can be proud that he has shown that he can still fight hard after making some audacious moves until he was forced to retire.
The eleventh round of the championship will take place in a fortnight at the Istanbul Raceway in Turkey.
Nurburgring: positive for ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse
Nurburgring, 1st September 2013
ParkinGO MV Agsuta Corse closes a positive weekend in german territory thanks to a great debut in the 5137 m layout in Nurburgring.
Christian Iddon 12th and Roberto Rolfo 15th, have battled till the end, showing the potential of the MV F3 675 .
Closest to the top Iddon’s race, making a mistake; more difficult the race of Rolfo, with a complicated start due to traffic.
In Turkey, country where it will take place the next round, will offer a new track for everybody. The MV F3 from ParkinGO are ready to take the opportunity to do a good result.
Christian Iddon (12th)
Even though the position is not the best, I have to say that I am quite satisfied this weekend. Maybe it has been the most solid one for us, as we did a couple of steps forward with the setting and understood the behaviour of the bike. The race was going great up until I did the mistake. I couldn’t finish any closer to the top but I am sure I have shown I can ride well when everything goes good. Turkey? I can’t wait!
Roberto Rolfo (15th)
If yesterday in qualifying I would have had the chance to do more, I reckon I could have done better.
I got caught in traffic at the start, I have done a mistake and everybody passed me. All this made me nervous and the race became almost a nightmare.
It’s a pity as the bike is working really well. I don’t want to say I would have finished in the top 5 but I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say I could have finished in top 10 with a good start.
I hope Turkey is the right place to get back to the top.
Pata Honda riders battle in Germany
Lorenzo Zanetti and Michael van der Mark finished in fourth and fifth places respectively in the tenth-round World Supersport championship race at the Nürburgring in Germany this afternoon.
The 19-lap race around the 5.137km circuit was won by series leader Sam Lowes after his closest challenger Kenan Sofuoglu crashed out of contention. Starting from fifth place on the grid, Zanetti was battling in a podium position for much of the race but a small error two laps from the end saw him slip back a place.
It was a different race for van der Mark, who started from the fourth row after set-up issues and bad weather affected his qualifying performance. The 20-year-old Dutch ace dropped back to 16th in the opening laps but fought his way through the pack impressively to fifth, retaining fourth place in the points standings.
Lorenzo Zanetti – 4th
I have not been 100% fit this weekend, but after Silverstone I had some confidence. I wasn’t sure we could fight for the podium here but I like the circuit and we made some good steps. We changed completely the front of the bike after warm-up this morning. It was a big change and I started the race without trying it, which was a bit strange. Two laps before the end I made a mistake and I lost the podium position but before this I had a good rhythm and was staying with the front guys. I feel positive for Turkey and the rest of the season.
Michael van der Mark – 5th
My start was not so good and I probably released the clutch a little bit too fast. In the fourth corner a rider in front of me made a stupid move and cut right across me so I had to close the throttle. Everybody passed me and then I was 16th, I think. I had to push all through the race and, although I had the pace for the podium, I lost too much time and too many positions at the start.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Michael started from quite a way back and then had to come back from 16th after not such a good first lap. To fight back to fifth was another amazing achievement and he showed again what he can do on the bike. Lorenzo also had a good race but couldn’t quite hold on to third place. He fought all through the race, though, and the result was a good achievement.
Lowes Steps Closer to World Supersport Title with Yamaha
Yakhnich Yamaha World Supersport rider Sam Lowes took another step closer to championship victory today after scoring his fifth win of the season at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, round ten of the World Supersport Championship.
Lowes made a less than perfect start from pole, his eighth of the season, but recovered well and had pushed his YZF-R6 back into the lead of the race by the third lap. By mid race he had built a comfortable lead over Championship rival Kenan Sofuoglu who then crashed out, allowing Lowes to cruise to his fifth win of 2013.
Teammate Vladimir Leonov was close to joining Lowes on the Nurburgring podium. Having qualified well and started from fourth, Leonov was running in third after Sofuoglu crashed out and a podium finish was on the cards until a technical issue forced him to retire with just four laps remaining, relinquishing third place in the process.
The victory puts Lowes on 185 points, 54 clear of Sofuoglu with four races remaining. Teammate Leonov sits in 12th on 48 points, 3 behind Roberto Rolfo in 11th. The team now move to Istanbul for the next race on 15th September.
“I would just like to say I don't like to win a race like that, Kenan was pushing hard and I didn't want to see him crash. Even after what has happened after the last few races I like battling with him. I want to win this championship a lot but I don't want it to hinge on a mistake by him. Racing is racing; I knew that if I stuck to my pace it would be hard for him. I saw the gap get a little bit bigger, then he pushed on and made a mistake. I want to thank my team who gave me a fantastic bike today and thank you to Yamaha for helping out as well. It’s been a great weekend, hopefully I can carry that on for the next few races.”
Bendsneijder Wins PATA European Junior Cup Thriller At The Nurburgring
After a delay of over an hour, the 6th round of the PATA European Junior Cup eventually got underway and lived up to expectation by providing yet another thrilling climax to a race that nobody could predict the winner as the race entered its final lap.
Pole setter Jake Lewis was in confident mood and led at the end of lap one from Italian Kevin Manfredi.
Michael Canducci from Italy crashed on lap 2 leaving a breakaway of five riders at the front.
Lewis continued to lead while behind him positions were changing at almost every turn.
Guillaume Raymond (France) showed his hand at the start of lap four but Lewis responded instantly. Agusto Fernandez (Spain) then hit the front but again Lewis reacted and reclaimed the lead half way around the lap.
With one lap to go the leading group was now 9 riders all covered by less than half a second.
Fernandez and Hungarian Richard Bodis crashed out at turn one leaving 7 to battle for the podium.
As the gaggle reached the final straight they were line astern with nobody seemingly wanting to lead and as the riders entered the final corner it was Bo Bendsneijder (Netherlands), who was making his second wildcard appearance in the series who took the lead, holding a slender advantage to claim his 2nd win of the year.
Kevin Manfredi held on to second while Robin Anne (France) took his chance on the run into the line to grab the final podium spot.
4th was Britain’s Josh Harland who produced his best ride of the year, marginally ahead of compatriot James Flitcroft in 5th.
Championship leader Lewis had to be content with 6th after being pushed wide on the run in to the flag, the Kiwi holding on to his championship lead albeit by a reduced margin.
7th eventually went to Spaniard Javier Orellana who rode superbly from the back of the grid. 8th was Adrian Pittet (Switzerland) who got the better of Estonian Hannes Soomer and Stinius Odegard (Norway) who grabbed his first top ten finish of the season.
Local rider Marcel Schultheiss was an impressive 12th as Guillaume Raymond picked up a 20 second penalty and was eventually classified 13th.
Sabrina Paiuta from Brazil rode her CBR 500cc Honda machine into 16th position.
Magny-Cours in France will be the setting for the penultimate round of the PATA European Junior Cup powered by Honda in 5 weeks time.
BENDSNEIJDER DISHES UP ANOTHER THRILLER
Wildcard specialist Bo Bendsneijder won another scintillating Pata European Junior Cup event after round six and eight laps of the Nürburgring in Germany today.
The 14-year-old Dutch flyer, who also won round two at his home circuit of Assen in the Netherlands – the first of his two wildcard entries this season – had to be patient as the Honda CBR500R-mounted European Junior Cup regulars battled for supremacy around the 5.137km German circuit.
It was another classic EJC thriller with the leading group of eight riders often covered by less than a second, but Bendsneijder emerged victorious for the second time this season, snatching the lead on the final corner and leading Italian Kevin Manfredi across the line by just six hundredths of a second.
The final podium position was taken by Frenchman Robin Anne, whose compatriot Guillaume Raymond crossed the line in fourth but was later penalised 20 seconds for an incident at turn one on the final lap.
Raymond was placed 13th and slips from second to third place in the championship standings, 13 points behind Anne and 17 behind series leader Jake Lewis from New Zealand, who finished sixth today.
2013 Pata European Junior Cup, round six
Nürburgring, Germany – 5.137km, 8 laps
1 Bo Bendsneijder (NED)
2 Kevin Manfredi (ITA)
3 Robin Anne (FRA)
4 Josh Harland (GBR)
5 James Flitcroft (GBR)
6 Jake Lewis (NZL)
7 Javier Orellana(ESP)
8 Augusto Fernandez (ESP)
9 Hannes Soomer (EST)
10 Stinius Viking Odegard (NOR)
Championship points after six of eight rounds:
1 Lewis 76, 2 Anne 72, 3 Raymond 59, 4 Flitcroft 56, 5 Michael Canducci (ITA) 55, 6 Bendsneijder 50, 7 Manfredi 50, 8 Fernandez 46, 9 Peter Sebasteyn (HUN) 40, 10 Orellana 40.
Next round: Magny-Cours, France – 4-6 October
Lewis Clings On To Championship Lead After German EJC Thriller
Pole Sitter and championship leader Jake Lewis was unlucky to miss the podium for the 4th time this season, finishing a confident 6th in the latest round of the PATA European Junior Cup powered by Honda at the Nurburgring, Germany.
The race was initially delayed following incidents in the earlier World Superbike race but thankfully the conditions were almost perfect when the rescheduled 8 lap race final got underway at 1635 local time yesterday.
Lewis made a typically impressive start from the front row of the grid slotting into 2nd at turn one before hitting the front half way around the opening lap.
With the leading group of 5 piling on the pressure, Jake rode what was in many people’s opinion the best race of his European career, as he fought back almost instantly with every attempt made displace him.
As they started the final lap, the leading group was now 9 as frantic swapping of positions allowed the following group of four riders to close in.
Looking to cling on into the final chicane, Jake was swamped as the pack behind benefited from the slipstream edging Lewis to a hard fought 6th at the flag.
After leading almost every lap, Jake can be satisfied with his efforts in Germany and moves onto the penultimate round of the series in France with a reduced championship lead of 4 points.