Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Jerez:
Baz takes Tissot-Superpole and sets new best lap at Jerez
Jerez (Spain), Saturday 6 September 2014 – An intense Tissot-Superpole second session has been won by Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) who claimed Pole Position today at Jerez. the young Frenchman will move off ahead of everyone else in the two Sunday races for the second time this year. Baz also recorded the new best lap of the track for the Superbike class in 1’40.298, beating the previous record by 0.322s.
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) will join Baz on the front row for the two 20 lap races tomorrow. The top-3 riders were awarded with the Tissot-Superpole trophies by 2011 Superbike World Champion Carlos Checa. Row two will see the Aprilia Racing duo of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli as well as Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who was 6th.
Alex Lowes crashed his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki at turn two in the final 30 seconds and will start 9th behind Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team, 7th) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike, 8th), and ahead of other Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea.
The accolade of being the fastest of the EVO qualifiers went to Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) who will start tomorrow’s races from 12th on the grid despite falling at turn 6 with two minutes to go.
Superpole 1 was as equally exciting with Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) posting an incredible lap of
1.41.768s, a time that would have put him 3rd overall on the pre-Superpole classification. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) also made it through to Superpole 2 with his fastest lap of the weekend where they joined the automatically seeded top ten riders after free practice.
Times: 1. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'40.298 average 158.755 kph; 2. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'40.533; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'40.561; 4. Melandri (Aprilia) 1'40.822; 5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'40.877; 6. Laverty (Suzuki) 1'41.092; 7. Davies (Ducati) 1'41.199; 8. Haslam (Honda) 1'41.338; 9. Lowes (Suzuki) 1'41.421; 10. Rea (Honda) 1'41.447; 11. Elias (Aprilia) 1'41.882; 12. Barrier (BMW) 1'42.928; 13. Salom (Kawasaki); 14. Canepa (Ducati); 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki); 16. Morais (Kawasaki); 17. Guarnoni (Kawasaki); 18. Staring (Kawasaki); 19. Corti (MV Agusta); 20. Toth (BMW).
SECOND ROW FOR APRILIA RACING TEAM'S OFFICIAL RSV4s IN THE JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA SUPERPOLE
FOURTH BEST TIME FOR MELANDRI AND FIFTH BEST FOR GUINTOLI AS THEY GEAR UP FOR THE ANDALUCIAN ROUND OF WORLD SBK
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 6 September 2014 – After dominating the practice sessions and setting he best time in both qualifying and free practice on Saturday morning, Marco Melandri finished fourth this afternoon in Superpole, the decisive session that defines the order on the starting grid. This means that the rider from Ravenna will start from the second row of the grid astride his silver RSV4. A couple uncertainties and Barrier's crash right in front of him as he was making a play for the front row compromised his time, but they did not affect his ambition for victory, especially considering the excellent race pace and consistency demonstrated from the start of the weekend.
“I made a couple of mistakes in the first part of the track with the qualifier mounted and then in turn 6 Barrier crashed in front of me so I lost a bit of confidence. In the second lap the tyre had lost some efficiency so I wasn't able to improve. I'm sure I lost a few tenths of a second. In any case, compared to the other rounds this was a good Superpole, especially because I was able to get even closer to the front runners. Getting off to a good start will be important tomorrow. Jerez is a track where it isn't hard to overtake so the second row with a good pace is just fine”.
Sylvain Guintoli, who is holding out his hopes for the championship on the eve of the Spanish races, given his current second place in the standings, also encountered a few uncertainties in Superpole. However, the second row is still a good placement which puts him among the contenders in Sunday's race, especially if Sylvain and his team are able to recover a few tenths in race pace during the warm up session tomorrow morning.
“We have worked a lot over these two days but there is still something missing. In any case we are all very close, so it will be important to make the right choices for the races tomorrow. We'll use the warm up session to try something different in the hopes of improving our pace. I haven't planned out a strategy. The important thing at the moment is shaving off a little more in the warm up session”.
Baz Takes Jerez Superpole Win With New Best Lap Time
Loris Baz took a confident second career pole position for the Kawasaki Racing Team with a new best lap of 1'40.298 in Superpole 2 at Jerez. Tom Sykes (KRT) placed third on the grid with a 1’40.561 and in doing so joins Baz on the front row for both of Sunday's 20-lap Superbike races. David Salom (KRT SBK Evo) was 13th Superpole qualifying and now starts from the fifth row of the grid tomorrow.
Baz made an almost perfect lap in his desire to start from the front row of the grid, only losing a fraction in the early stages of his fastest lap as he found the true limits of grip on his rear qualifying tyre.
Sykes looked like he may have just edged out Baz’s best time near the end of the second Superpole session but Baz held on to record his second career pole position and his first in fully dry and hot track conditions.
Tom was also under the previous lap record as he prepares to go out and defend his championship lead on Sunday at the same venue he became world champion at in 2013. With eight race wins under his belt in 2014 already Sykes would like to add to his collection at a circuit that only reappeared on the SBK calendar for the first time in over 20-years last season.
David Salom (KRT SBK Evo) will start from 13th spot on the grid after Superpole One, just missing out on progressing to Superpole Two by one place. He is still recovering from a recent hand and wrist operation but still pushed to the maximum he could in qualifying and is determined to defend his Evo championship lead at his home round.
Sunshine and warm conditions have blessed the Jerez circuit all weekend so far and the prospects for a similar raceday are good, with high track temperatures expected once more.
Loris Baz: “We changed something on the bike set-up for Superpole and it worked out well. I could have pushed a little bit more in the first split because I did not know how the full grip of the tyre would be. I think I did the second part of the track really fast so it was a really good lap. My second pole this year but it is the first in fully dry conditions and I am really happy about that. This morning I was struggling a little with finding the best grip but it was the same for everyone. When the conditions are hot here it can be a little strange. Allowing for this I think we have been strong from the beginning of the weekend, especially on fresh tyres. I am happy and confident for the races now.”
Tom Sykes: “I am happy enough because for me the target was the front row, to make sure we would get a good start tomorrow. We have tried a lot of things this weekend and now we have left ourselves in a good position for raceday. We know Jerez is a circuit where we have to work a lot compared to some other circuits but the times are very close. When you look at practice times many riders put in a soft tyre near the end of a session, so you can drop down the order because of that. In reality I think there are two or three riders who will be very strong on raceday. We will see how the two long races go and I am happy to be sitting where I am on the front row.”
David Salom: “My hand is sore and it was quite difficult to ride the bike so soon after an operation. I will try tomorrow but it is not possible to push as hard as I normally could. The team worked very well here, like they do at every race. I wanted to finish first Evo rider in Superpole, but I could not today. I am not sure if it is possible to finish the two races in the best physical condition but in a race you can find something extra and push hard.”
Spanish second row for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty will start tomorrow’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship races from the second row after securing sixth place in this afternoon’s Superpole shoot-out at Jerez in Spain.
A strong start to Saturday’s action saw Laverty conclude the weekend’s free practices in fourth and second positions respectively, consolidating the previous day’s efforts and good feeling aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000. Continuing his progression into the mid-afternoon heat, the Irishman again showed promise on his race tyres before setting a 1’41.092 with qualifying rubber - the time awarding him sixth position and a second row grid start for Sunday’s two contests.
Alex Lowes maintained his challenge to the front runners at the Cadiz circuit as fractional differences separated the times during the three excursions on track. Claiming sixth and seventh on his Yoshimura-powered machine in the opening sessions – just half a second between him and the quickest efforts - the British racer rounds out the third row for tomorrow’s races, a late crash in the closing minutes of Superpole preventing him from advancing on his ninth place 1’41.421 lap time.
Kawasaki’s Loris Baz collected pole position with a 1’40.298 under the 30°C Andalućian sunshine, his countryman Sylvain Barrier taking the fastest EVO position for BMW.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki returns to action at the Circuito de Jerez at 08:40hrs local time (07:40BST) tomorrow morning in preparation for the day's two races scheduled for 10:30hrs (09:30BST) and 13:10hrs (12:10BST) respectively.
“It has been a really positive day. We got progressively faster and faster and finished the free practices in second, so on race tyres we are right at the sharp end. We know we’re not the best in qualifying, the aim was to get on the first two rows and we’re there. The GSX-R really feels like ‘my’ bike here and as my confidence grows so will the qualifying speed. We’ve got the race pace to fight at the front and that’s the important thing, so fingers crossed for a good start in the race tomorrow and I think we’ve got a chance!”
“Not the result we were looking for! Superpole obviously didn’t go to plan with my small crash at turn two but I’m actually really happy with my race pace. We are planning to make some small changes to try in the morning so I’ve got a good feeling that we should be there or thereabouts tomorrow. As always the team is working very hard and I’m pretty optimistic of what tomorrow can bring.”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“We have taken good steps today compared to yesterday especially in Free Practice 4, where Eugene and Alex were the second and sixth quickest riders on race tyres. Qualifying, compared to where we have been at some tracks this year, was disappointing in terms of the grid positions but still allows us a really good shot at challenging for the top positions tomorrow. On race tyres in qualifying Eugene was again second quickest and his consistency and rhythm is outstanding. He hasn’t had the best of runs on the qualifiers this year so it takes a while to build your confidence to really use the additional grip so all-in-all second row is a decent result. For Alex we have some work to do to improve the stability of the bike. It is quite a challenge to set the bike as the temperature increases throughout the day, but also for the rider to adapt to the relative lack of grip as it gets hotter and hotter. Overall, the pace is there and we’re looking forward to the races tomorrow.”
Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team to line up on the front row of tomorrow's grid at Jerez!
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Saturday 6 September 2014 – The tenth Superpole of the 2014 season took place at the Jerez circuit this afternoon, and brought positive results for the Ducati Superbike Team; Davide Giugliano qualifies on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s races, in second position, Chaz Davies seventh.
Lower track temperatures for this morning’s third timed practice session allowed all of the Superbike riders to improve on times set yesterday. Giugliano found good pace right from the start of the session, gradually improving on his lap times to record a best of 1’41.645 (over a second faster than yesterday), a time that projected him into second position overall, just two tenths of a second from Melandri. Davies continued to make small set-up modifications throughout the session, lowering his time by almost a full second to close in fifth position (1’41.983). Both Ducati men therefore qualified easily for this afternoon’s Superpole 2.
Superpole 2 – making a first exit on race rubber, and recording interesting lap times in the process, Giugliano immediately returned to the track with the qualifying tyre. Able to complete a clean, fast lap, the Ducati rider put in a time of 1’40.533. Thanks to this impressive result, Giugliano ducked under last year’s best lap record to qualify in second position for tomorrow’s races, less than three tenths from polesitter Baz. Davies also completed laps on the race tyre before heading back out with the qualifier. Unfortunately a small mistake through the fastest corner caused him to lose valuable tenths, meaning that he concluded today’s Superpole with a best time of 1’41.199. This result places Davies seventh on tomorrow’s race grid.
Quotes after the day’s sessions:
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 2th (1’40.533)
“I’m really pleased to be back on the front row as we haven’t been here for a while. This weekend has been tough so far because these conditions make things a bit difficult for us but this result means that the entire team has done a great job and that we are continuing to make good progress. Tomorrow’s races will be hard work I expect, due to the hot conditions. I’ll be doing everything I can to keep the tyres in the best possible condition and obtain the best possible results. I thank my whole team for their hard work so far – it’s a great result.”
Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 7° (1’41.199)
“In order to improve grip at the rear it seems like I’m losing some of the feeling at the front of the bike so that’s been a bit challenging, as to improve in one area it feels as if we’re taking away from another. I’m a little disappointed with qualifying because I didn’t manage to put together a great lap, losing a few tenths when I ran wide through the fastest corner. If it hadn’t been for that I’d have been on the second row. Anyway, my lap times are good and I feel that the bike is working well so I think we can be in the mix tomorrow. We just need to see if we can find a compromise that gives me the best possible level of rear grip but, at the same time, also good front feeling.”
Dominant Spanish pole position for van der Mark
Pata Honda rider Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s ninth-round World Supersport championship race from pole position after setting the fastest time in this afternoon’s qualifying session at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.
The 21-year-old Dutch rider, who can secure the 2014 World Supersport title tomorrow if he takes three points more than series rival Jules Cluzel, has been fastest in every session at the 4.423km Jerez circuit and extended that domination with a 1m44.293s lap this afternoon.
Van der Mark’s Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti will start alongside him on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s 19-lap race after setting the third fastest time this afternoon.
Kenan Sofuoglu was second fastest today but must begin the race from pitlane after contravening engine durability regulations during the season. Zanetti consequently moves up one place for a Pata Honda 1-2 on the grid.
Michael van der Mark - P1, 1m44.293s
Today was a really good day! We started fast again this morning and I did quite a long run on a really good pace which was really good for confidence in the set-up. This afternoon we decided to try some little things which worked OK but the track was warming up a lot, which reduced the grip. At the end Lorenzo and I worked together and we have a 1-2 on the grid which is amazing for the team and the race tomorrow.
Lorenzo Zanetti - P3, 1m44.489s
In the end, I think this is a great result for the team after some great teamwork this afternoon. Mikey [van der Mark] and me helped each other today which is good for tomorrow and for the first time this season we will start first and second on the grid. Tomorrow is important for me – I want to try to win but, of course, I understand the situation with Mikey, who can win the championship here. If I can stay fighting for the victory I think maybe I can help Mikey but I will try my best and see what happens.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Michael has been strong and leading all sessions here at Jerez. Today he just finished it off with pole position which is a fantastic way to start tomorrow’s race. What’s also great to see is that, after quite a bad morning session today, Lorenzo drastically picked up the pace this afternoon. After working together with Michael he will start from second position on the grid which is a fantastic team effort, so it was a really good day in the office. Tomorrow is an important day when we could win a championship but we have to keep things together, get a good start and, hopefully, have an exciting race.
Third row for Haslam in Spain
Pata Honda’s Leon Haslam will start tomorrow’s two tenth-round World Superbike championship races at Jerez in Spain from the third row of the grid after setting the eighth-fastest time in this afternoon’s Superpole sessions.
Haslam, 31, finished this morning’s third free practice session in 11th place and therefore took part in the opening Superpole, progressing to Superpole 2 by setting the second-fastest time.
However, the British rider was pleased to have the opportunity to try an additional qualifying tyre which set him up for Superpole 2 and allowed him to improve his previous lap time by almost a second.
In 30˚C of Spanish heat this afternoon and with track temperatures again over 50˚C, Haslam’s Pata Honda team-mate Jonathan Rea and his crew struggled to find an optimum setting for the 4.423km Jerez circuit. British rider Rea, 27, will consequently start from the fourth row after setting the 10th fastest time in Superpole 2, 0.1s behind Haslam’s time.
Leon Haslam - P8, 1m41.338s
I’m not too unhappy really and we made some good progress towards our preparation for tomorrow’s races. It was a little cooler today, especially this morning, and going from hot to cool conditions makes a big difference in lap times and in set-up. It’s the first time that I’ve gone a lot quicker on a qualifying tyre compared to a race tyre so that was a bonus. We've never found 0.9s like we found today and hopefully we can translate that into the race set-up. Other than that, I’m on the third row at a track where we’ve really struggled in the past and I’m pretty happy.
Jonathan Rea - P10, 1m41.447s
It’s been a little frustrating to be honest because we were optimistic coming here with the new specification on the engine. We’ve had a few problems which is making it hard work and this is not where I want to start from. It’s been a tough weekend so far but the plan for tomorrow morning is to go back to the engine spec that we’ve been running all season. That might put us back a little with regard to electronics settings so warm-up will be crucial. But we need to do something because to race in the top five with the current setting is not possible.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Eighth position for Leon is not too bad and he also made quite a step improving his lap time on a qualifying. For the race, we still need to dial in a few things because we’re losing too much in the first split so we’ll find a solution for that. Jonathan was tenth and we hoped to make more progress than we did. We chased our tails a little with settings and we’ll make a big change for tomorrow. We’re a little bit behind compared to yesterday and our rivals have all made a jump up today.
Sofuoglu Second Fastest But Starting From Pit Lane
Kenan Sofuoglu took his San Carlo Puccetti Racing Ninja ZX-6R to the second fastest time in qualifying at Jerez, only 0.140 seconds from pole, but he has to start Sunday’s 19-lap WSS race from pit lane after his allocation of six engines for a season had been used up when changing teams for this race.
Sofuoglu therefore has to start ten seconds after the green light goes at the beginning of the race, and from pit lane, rather than the second place on the grid he earned in qualifying.
With the other riders who qualified behind Sofuoglu now moving up one position on the grid Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) starts the race from the front row, in third place.
PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) put his Ninja on the second row after qualifying, while Italian Roberto Rolfo (Team Go Eleven) is now in the middle of row three, only 0.683 seconds from pole.
Roberto Tamburini (San Carlo Puccetti Racing) went 13th on the grid, and Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) is 15th.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I could only use qualifying as practice and to get used to the package from the San Carlo Puccetti Racing team, which is quite good generally. I am just one tenth off pole position. The engine spec and electronics are different from the Ninja ZX-6R I rode earlier this year. For tomorrow I have a hard situation because I have reached the limits of my engine allocation and I have to use a new engine. That means I have to start from pit lane. It is disappointing because I have the speed to fight to win the race but I will only be riding for practice, and maybe to get some points. We will see how many points I can get.”
Leonov Will Start From Row 6 On Rivamoto Debut At Jerez
Vladamir Leonov will start his debut race with the Rivamoto Honda squad from 17th on the grid tomorrow after a small technical problem prevented him from featuring any stronger.
The Russian rider, who is returning to the paddock after several races without a ride is, together with the entire team, happy with the results that have been achieved given the very little time that they have had working together.
Leonov has also never ridden a Honda before so to be a little over 1.5s from the Pole Position is testament to the team.
Vladamir Leonov: “We are disappointed and I am sorry to everyone that is supporting us but we had a small electrical problem which meant I could only manage 7 laps in the whole session. We made a step forward and we are improving with every lap that we make so I am confident that we can make some more improvements in the warm up and have a good race. The whole team is working well and still very positive about the weekend considering I only rode the bike for the first time yesterday so thanks to them.”
Superstock 600 - Marco Faccani and San Carlo Team Italia clinch the European Stock 600 title in Jerez
Faccani wins in Spain to seize the championship with one race still to go. Strong race by Tucci, who barely misses the podium
For the second consecutive year, Jerez de la Frontera crowned San Carlo Team Italia in the European Superstock 600 championship. After a sensational season, with five victories in six races, Marco Faccani took the title, which went to his predecessor in the Italian Federation’s Franco Morbidelli last year, once again in Jerez.
Starting for the fourth time from pole position thanks to a sensational 1’46.649, the Italian riding the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R #5 prepared by Puccetti Racing made no mistakes for the whole 13 laps, keeping the first position from the start until the end. For Faccani and the team, the triumph seals a season of hard work and the competitiveness of the San Carlo Team Italia project carried out by the Italian Federation and its partners, which were crucial toward this achievement.
Remembering the friendship and precious lessons taught, San Carlo Team Italia wishes to dedicate this victory to Doriano Romboni, who is still in everyone’s heart.
Marco Faccani (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #5) 1st
"What a fantastic day! This may have been the most difficult race of the season for me, it was close, fast, and with Caricasulo always on my tail. It wasn’t easy, but I wanted to seal the title with a win. We did it and I’m so happy I couldn’t ask for more. I want to thank the whole team for this wonderful year. Now we head to Magny Cours to have even more fun!".
Cristiano Migliorati (Sporting Director - San Carlo Team Italia STK600)
"After a day like this we are enthusiast and proud of what we achieved. As Team Italia, in the last 16 races, we took 10 victories with three different riders. But, no one impressed me as much as Faccani. He’s precise, fast, he never crashed this year, and always gives you the impression he has some margin. I’d give him an A+, as he fully deserves the title, which I want to dedicate to Doriano Romboni. Up there in the sky, I’m sure, he cheered for us all the way through. As for Tucci, his resilient race shows his progress in the last period. Now he’s third in the championship, and we’ll try to secure that position in Magny Cours to wrap up a fantastic year".