2015 Jerez World Superbike Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and series organizers after the World Superbike and World Supersport races at Jerez:


Sykes wins Jerez Race 1 as Rea clinches WorldSBK crown

Davies and van der Mark complete the podium ahead of the new Champion.

The opening race of the Pirelli Spanish round of this year’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship has been won by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), the former champion notching up his 60th WorldSBK career podium finish as team mate Jonathan Rea sealed his first World Title by finishing fourth after an early race fight with rival Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) who eventually finished 2nd. Sykes dominated after leading from the start easing away to take his 26th race win

Not wanting to risk a mistake, Rea was overhauled by Michael van der Mark who showed some real speed on his Pata Honda, the Dutchman claiming his 3rd podium of the year ahead of the new World Champion and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) who was in contention despite a lowly 11th position grid slot.

Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) finished a credible 6th ahead of Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes, Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and the outgoing champ Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who completed the top ten.

Jordi Torres made life difficult for himself, the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils rider running off track at the start. Rejoining he ended the opening lap in 18th before eventually finishing 12th 4 seconds adrift of compatriot David Salom (Team Pedercini) who had the accolade of being the best placed Spanish rider.

The final points finishers were Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing) and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia).

Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) was running a strong fourth in the early stages before losing the front of his Ducati Panigale at Turn 6. The Italian, fresh from his first front row start was able to rejoin proceedings – he eventually finished 17th.

Race 2 will start at 13:10 local time and once again be run over a distance of 20 laps.

WorldSBK Jerez - Race 1

1 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team

2 - Chaz Davies Kawasaki Racing Team +2.865

3 - Michael van der Mark Pata Honda World Superbike +6.665


Davies returns to winning ways in Race 2 at Jerez

Aprilia pair join Ducati winner on the podium as Rea and Sykes complete top 5.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) went one better than in race 1 to win the second race of the day at a very hot and sunny Jerez Circuit in Spain.

Unlike the opening encounter, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was unable to break away after taking the holeshot for the second time. Despite stretching his advantage in the early stages, the Race 1 winner was passed with ten laps to go by Davies, who went on to grab his ninth win of his career, the fifth of 2015 and the fourth in the last six races.

The race pace was slower this afternoon, as expected because of the increase in track temperature, with Davies pulling away in the second half of the race to win by 1.840s from Jordi Torres, who made amends for his race 1 and edged his Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils team mate Leon Haslam at the line.

Fresh from winning the 2015 Superbike World Championship title in race 1, Jonathan Rea took another fourth position aboard his Kawasaki ahead of Sykes, who seemed rider one who suffered the most in the hotter conditions.

The top 6 was completed by Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati) ahead of Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), who had another solid race to finish seventh.

8th to 10th positions were taken by Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World SBK Team), who had his 150th WorldSBK race start, and Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing).

Niccolò Canepa finished eleventh after starting on the front row aboard his Althea Racing Ducati with David Salom (Team Pedercini) in twelth place.

Michael van der Mark crashed his Pata Honda out of the podium fight with five laps to go. The Dutchman was however once again in contention until he lost the front at Turn 9. He rejoined to salvage three points with 13th at the flag.

14th was Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), with the final point taken by the youngest competitor Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini Kawasaki). Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) was given a ride through penalty after pulling into the pit lane after a lap, a disappointing end to his weekend after a strong showing in Race 1. By finishing 4th and 5th in Race 2, Rea and Sykes give Kawasaki its first Manufacturer Title.

The WorldSBK riders will return to the track tomorrow for a one-day official test at Jerez, which can be followed via Live Timing and through regular updates on WorldSBK.com.

WorldSBK Jerez - Race 2

1 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team

2 - Jordi Torres Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils +1.840

3 - Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils +2.335

Standings (11 of 13 rounds completed)

1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team 478*

2 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team 353 (-125)

3 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 331 (-147)

*Already crowned the 2015 Champion


Championship Wins For Rea And Kawasaki At Jerez, Race Win For Sykes

Jonathan Rea (KRT) scored two fourth place finishes at Jerez today to take the FIM Superbike World Championship crown. After the second 20-lap race of the day Kawasaki was confirmed as Manufacturers’ Champion. Tom Sykes (KRT) won the first race of the day and finished fifth in race two.

Jonathan Rea realised he only needed six points from the Jerez weekend to make sure he won the title but in finishing fourth in race one he took more than he needed and win his first World SBK championship, with five individual races to spare.

These two races were the first times in 2015 that Rea had finished off the podium in what has been a remarkable season so far. His 12 races wins, 20 podiums and ability to score big points every time out gave him the edge that he and his official Kawasaki team used to such effect - from the first race win in Australia in February to his championship win in Spain in mid September.

Tom Sykes has now scored four race wins in the season so far, playing his full part in helping Kawasaki secure the Manufacturers’ Championship after the second race at Jerez. Tom had a typical front running success in the first race today, leading every lap and enjoying an impressive margin of victory of almost three seconds. Choosing a less than ideal tyre option for race two meant he led for ten of the 20 laps, but dropped back to fifth place.

Rea has grown his points total to 478 after Jerez. Race two winner Chaz Davies is second overall on 353 and Sykes has 331 points, in third.

The next round will be held in Europe again, at the Magny-Cours circuit in France, on October 4th.

Jonathan Rea: “This is an amazing moment for me in my career because I started schoolboy motocross when I was six years old, spending time at race circuits with my father and growing up in a racing environment, so I always dreamed of being world champion. So to finally be here and be world champion is incredible. There has been a lot of hard work from myself, sacrifice and dedication from my family, but most of all this championship would not be possible without Kawasaki. I want to thank both my team manager Guim Roda, and Steve Guttridge from KME, who really believed in me and gave me this opportunity. Right now it has not sunk in. When my mechanics were putting the number 1 sticker on the bike out on track it felt really strange but I am just so happy and grateful for this opportunity. There have been many ups and hard times. Moments like this are even more special because of the challenges I have faced with injuries, a broken wrist and a bad fracture of my femur. When I watched the 2002 World Championship between Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss I got so much inspiration from this it became my dream. It became like, ‘I have to do this.’ So even in tough times I never doubted my ability. Finally we are here today so hopefully this can also inspire some other young riders to start, or for young riders who are already racing to never give up on their dream. Right now it still does not feel real but I am world champion and I am really proud.”

Tom Sykes: “Overall I am fairly satisfied because we have never won at this circuit, so considering the whole season today is fairly acceptable. We struggled in race two and perhaps chose the wrong front tyre in that race. It was the same as race one and even in race one I did not have a good feeling with the front. But when you win with that margin at a circuit you have never won at before it’s is still good. I think if we had changed the front tyre we would have had a much different bike to compete for race distance. It is great to be part of Kawasaki winning the Manufacturers’ Championship. Obviously the majority of the points have come from Jonathan but I think that over the years I have helped create an environment and package that helped all the riders who have contributed toward Kawasaki’s first Manufacturers’ title.”

David Salom (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) secured 11th and 12th places at his home round, while his compatriot Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) was 11th and a non-finisher. Roman is 14th in the championship standings and David 15th.


Davies and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team score their fifth SBK win of the season!

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Sunday 20 September 2015 – fantastic results for Chaz Davies and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team in the Jerez World Superbike races; having reached the podium in race 1, in second position, the Welshman put together a faultless race 2 to achieve his fifth win of the season! Michele Pirro completed two good races, crossing the line in sixth and seventh place.

Race 1 – from sixth on the grid, Davies got away very well, moving straight into third place. Chasing down the Kawasakis ahead of him, the Welshman reached and passed Rea on lap seven to take second position. In the second half of the race Chaz was able to increase his pace but unfortunately it was not enough to reach race leader Sykes, meaning that the Aruba Ducati man crossed the line in second position.

Pirro, seventh on the grid, held that position throughout the opening laps. In the first half of the race, the Italian struggled to close in on his rivals on the new tyre but, thanks to a significantly quicker pace in the second phase, he caught up to Haslam and Rea, immediately ahead of him, to cross the line in sixth position.

Race 2 – once again Chaz quickly got into a good rhythm and was lying second through the opening stages. He did well to fight off the advances of the chasing pack and, thanks to his extremely strong pace, was able to pass Sykes to move into the lead on lap eleven. Gradually increasing his lead while effectively managing the final phase of the race, the Aruba Ducati man crossed the line in first place, with an advantage of almost two seconds. This marks his fifth win of the 2015 season, thanks to which he consolidates second position in the overall standings.

For Pirro, the second race was more difficult. In order to prevent the front of the bike from moving around so much, a harder front tyre was selected for this second race but unfortunately this resulted in a more dramatic loss of grip in the afternoon’s higher temperatures. Michele nevertheless maintained a constant pace which allowed him to conclude in seventh position.

With only two rounds left to run, Chaz Davies continues to hold second position in the overall standings, with 353 points, while Michele Pirro has earned points enough (35) to place twentieth. Ducati maintains second position in the manufacturer’s standings with 408 points.

Quotes after the races:

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 2nd, winner

“What a second race! I thought it would be very difficult to win here today but we did well not to change anything from race 1; the track conditions were very different and it went better. In race 1, I knew that I’d have trouble in the early stages. I was able to match Tom’s pace in the second half but I expected a drop in his tyre performance that never arrived. I’m very pleased with today’s results of course and it’s really important to have taken good points at this stage of the championship. I know the battle for second in the overall standings will be tight and I hope it goes to the wire in Qatar.”

Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #55) – 6th, 7th

“In race 1 I didn’t go to badly but hoped to be able to do better in the second. We changed the front tyre for race 2, opting for a slightly harder solution but unfortunately it didn’t perform as we’d hoped. I had no grip at the front and it was all I could do to keep the bike upright and get to the end of the race. A pity, as I would have liked to do more but I thank the team for having given me the opportunity and for all their hard work this weekend.”

Stefano Cecconi – Team Principal

“We’re really pleased with today’s results, a further confirmation of the fact that the work completed this season, particularly in the second part, by the riders and team has continued to take us in the right direction, allowing us to fight consistently for race wins. We are proud of the partnership with Ducati that has, already during this first season, given Aruba a strong return in terms of image and visibility.”

Serafino Foti – Team Manager

“To start again after the summer break and repeat the results of the last round is truly fantastic! This confirms our strength and rewards the work of the entire team and racing department, thanks to which Chaz had a really high-performing bike today. He did the rest and really deserves this result, having demonstrated his ability to interpret the race perfectly. Conditions were very difficult today due to the high temperatures. I also want to thank Michele who, as usual, has done a great job, providing us with precious data for the future. Unfortunately a different front tyre choice in race 2 penalized him but he did well to manage the loss of grip.”


TWO APRILIAS ON THE PODIUM AT JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA

IN RACE 2 JORDI TORRES FINISHES SECOND AHEAD OF LEON HASLAM

LORENZO SAVADORI JUST ONE POINT FROM THE TITLE IN THE SUPERSTOCK 1000 FIM CUP

Jerez, 20 September 2015 – The Superbike weekend at Jerez de la Frontera ended with to Aprilia RSV4 machines on the podium.

In Superstock 1000 FIM Cup just one point separates Lorenzo Savadori and his Team Nuova M2 Aprilia from the championship title after taking third in the race today.

In Superbike home town hero Jordi Torres, who started the race from the second row, had some difficulties braking in Race 1 from the first laps, ending up in the middle of the pack and having to settle for a twelfth place finish. Leon Haslam made a great comeback, starting from the twelfth spot on the grid and crossing the wire in fifth place.

In Race 2 the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils riders got off the line well when the lights went out, with Jordi in third and Leon in fifth. Without pushing too hard on a boiling hot track, they maintained a consistent pace looking after their tyres carefully. This was a factor which, from the midrace point on, allowed them to overcome their adversaries until moving into second place for Jordi Torres, followed by team mate Leon Haslam. There was no lack of excitement in the final moments with Leon braking hard in an attempt to overtake, an unsuccessful but highly spectacular move.

Jordi Torres: “I’m very happy about the result in Race 2. I really wanted to do well here at home. The team worked perfectly and I gave 100% every time I went out on the track. From about midrace on I had to change my riding style a bit to accommodate tyre wear. With this heat it was very difficult but in free practice we worked on the settings precisely in consideration of this problem. In Race 1 I got off the line well but in the first turn I shifted into neutral and ran on. I tried to recover but I just didn’t have the right feeling with the front brake and I had to settle for collecting some championship points.”

Leon Haslam: “The conditions in Race 2 helped us out. We worked to solve yesterday’s problems and we were successful. If I was sure after FP3 that I could win, after Superpole I would have been happy with a podium, given my position on the starting grid. I managed to get off the line well and come back in both races, but in the first I was struggling coming out of the slow turns. In Race 2 we corrected this problem but the podium still wasn’t easy since after 9 laps the tyres had already begun to deteriorate and it would have been easy to make a mistake. I’m pleased with this podium. I hadn’t been there since Misano and having two Aprilias up there is well-deserved satisfaction for the team.”


Strong seventh for Lowes and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki on turbulent Jerez raceday

Alex Lowes secured a seventh place finish for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki in the opening World Superbike race at the Jerez circuit in Spain today.

A good start from his ninth place grid-spot saw Lowes manoeuvre his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R into seventh by the third lap of the day's first race. Faced with a fairly solitary but strong run for the remainder of the contest, the British racer continued to hold his rhythm steady securing nine points as the chequered flag was raised.

A challenging afternoon saw Lowes pit for a new rear tyre on lap two of the second race – a switch that ultimately proved too slick as he collected a ride through penalty for failing to meet the desired pit intervention time. However, he got back up to speed quickly, impressively matching the leading pace consecutively despite being placed at the back of the field. While his 18th place finish barely reflects the effort and potential on show, Lowes is pleased with the performance of himself and the GSX-R1000 and is looking forward to the season’s final European race in two weeks’ time.

Randy de Puniet concluded his first Superbike race at the Jerez circuit just shy of the points. Using race one to adapt his riding style to the bike’s character – having solved the weekend’s braking issue overnight – the Frenchman battled with the 13th place group before consolidating 16th at the line. De Puniet’s difficult day continued into the afternoon as a technical issue affected his Suzuki GSX-R on the sighting lap for race two before he was forced to retire the bike at turn 11 of his sixth lap due to engine failure. The French round of the championship now beckons for the Maisons-Laffitte-born racer who is hoping for a positive weekend on home-turf.

Thoroughly enjoying their own ‘home event’, Kawasaki celebrated securing both the Rider (Jonathan Rea) and Manufacture Championship titles under Jerez’s clear blue Spanish skies, despite Rea being absent from the podium in both races. As temperatures rose from 25 to 29°C in the stands and 29 to 43°C on track, his teammate Tom Sykes claimed victory in the opening race, while Ducati’s Chaz Davies continued his recent form to take the win in race two.

De Puniet’s home race is next on the agenda for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, as the World Championship visits Magny Cours, in France, on Sunday 4th October.

Alex Lowes:

“Overall a slightly disappointing day but we had a solid seventh in race one. We made the bike better for race two and had really good pace, but unfortunately we had an issue with the tyre at the start, which if it wasn’t for this, we could have had an even stronger second race. I’m pleased with how I’ve been riding all weekend, the team have worked hard and I did the best I could for 40 laps, unfortunately we didn’t get the results we wanted but we’ll look forward to Magny-Cours. I feel like I’m riding the best I have all season so my confidence feels good and I’m looking forward to the last two rounds of the year.”

Randy de Puniet:

“Two difficult races for me today. We fixed the problem with the brake this morning, which was good but I needed time to adapt my riding style with this. In race one the brake was consistent but I was not 100% comfortable with the bike, I was racing with the guys who finished 13th all race but unfortunately I finished 16th. In race two my bike stopped on the sighting lap so I had to push it to the grid. The team fixed the issue in time but after six laps I broke the engine. A weekend to forget again and I really hope for more luck in Magny-Cours for my home race.”

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

“Race two brought a disappointing end to what genuinely has been a very positive performance over the weekend here at Jerez. We’ve struggled in the past in the very hot temperatures with the GSX-R but new suspension parts this weekend and Alex improving his technique in these conditions found much more competitive pace. Alex was disappointed with seventh in the first race but it was still a very strong performance and the second race – with some changes that took the bike in the right direction – promised a top five result. The problem causing Alex’s need to stop and change the rear tyre after only two laps was very disappointing, but we then suffered a further set back with a ride-through penalty after changing the tyre too quickly. The fact that Alex then dug in, rode to the maximum over the full course of the race, and over the last ten laps matched the podium challengers, enables us to take some positives.

“The weekend for Randy again was difficult. Primarily we have to thank Tomo from Nissin BS for supplying a complete new braking system to try and test on Sunday which brought an immediate improvement for Randy in terms of consistency and predictability and we will use this until the end of the season. With that problem fixed, unfortunately Randy’s pace wasn’t good enough to score points in race one, despite coming close, and in race two some changes in the set up to help him further weren’t able to be evaluated due to his technical problem on lap six.

“Many positives to take from Jerez and an equal number of disappointments, but I feel we have plenty still to prove and plenty to race for in the final two rounds of the championship.

“I would also like to send our congratulations to Suzuki and the SERT team for winning the 2015 Endurance World Championship at the Paul Ricard Circuit this afternoon with a third place finish in the Bol d’Or 24 hour race. It’s great to see Suzuki have this success in the 30th Anniversary colours while celebrating the GSX-R’s legacy and it’s nice to end the day on a positive note!”


Van der Mark impresses with Spanish podium

Michael van der Mark took the third podium of his rookie World Superbike championship season today, taking his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to third place in the first race of round 11 of the series at Jerez in Spain. The race was won by Tom Sykes.

Starting from fourth place on the grid, van der Mark dropped a position going into turn one but never lost touch with the leaders. By mid-race, the 22-year-old had passed Jonathan Rea, who finished fourth to secure the 2015 World Superbike championship title.

It was van der Mark’s first podium since he doubled up at Assen in the Netherlands in April and in this afternoon’s second race he looked to be on his way to another double podium. He had fought his way up to fourth place and was challenging Leon Haslam for the final podium position when he crashed unhurt at turn six.

Van der Mark was able to right his lightly-damaged CBR and re-join the race, matching the lap times of eventual winner, Chaz Davies. The Dutch rider finished in 13th place to consolidate seventh place in the overall championship standings.

Pata Honda team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, meanwhile, was unable to match the pace of van der Mark in today’s two races. The French rider finished 10th in race one and 9th in the second 20-lap outing at the 4.423km Jerez circuit.

The Pata Honda team will remain at Jerez for a one-day official test tomorrow before heading back to the workshop in the Netherlands to prepare for the penultimate round of the season at Magny-Cours in France on 2 October.

Michael van der Mark - 3rd and 13th

All weekend I’ve had some difficulties with the clutch, so the start in race one was not perfect. I managed to stay with the guys even though I was missing some grip at the beginning. As the pace dropped a little I was able to close the gap but I had to wait a little more before I could pass Leon [Haslam] and Jonathan [Rea]. I tried to close the gap to Chaz [Davies] but the grip was not there. Race two was a little bit similar at the beginning and I closed the gap to the front as the pace began to drop. I had a good feeling when I got to the back of Torres and Haslam so I was holding back a little bit because I saw they were pushing really hard. Then I just lost the front in a slow corner and crashed. I was able to get back on and do some good lap times before the end of the race and I think overall I must be happy with the performance this weekend. We finally had a weekend without problems and that’s really good for my motivation, and of course the podium is great motivation for the whole team.

Sylvain Guintoli - 10th and 9th

It’s been a difficult Sunday. I thought we could have done a bit better than this, to be honest, but it was a bit of a struggle. I was trying really hard in the races and maybe that wasn’t the best thing. I just lost my mojo a bit and didn’t feel comfortable. The feeling was not good and the pace wasn’t there so it’s been a very difficult Sunday. We need to have a sit down to put it back together. Hopefully it will be a different story at Magny-Cours; it’s a track I really like and I want to finish the season strongly so I’ll reflect on what happened here and why I was so slow and try to understand how to pick it back up.

Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator

Sylvain struggled a little today. We made some changes on the bike which didn’t really work out and he wasn’t able to get into a rhythm in either race. It’s a shame because on Friday everything was looking quite good, but he wasn’t able to show his full potential today. The next round is at Magny-Cours though, and we know he’ll be back then. Michael showed really good pace all weekend and his qualifying performance yesterday gave him the boost he needed to race for the podium. It’s the first podium for him and the team since Assen and it makes us really happy, especially here at Jerez, which has not been a good circuit for us in the past. In race two Michael was challenging again but, even after his crash, he was able to put in some impressive lap times, matching those of the race winn er. Overall it was a good weekend for Michael and it’s good that he has been able to show his potential along with that of the team and the CBR.


Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) 20 September 2015

The eleventh round of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship came to its conclusion today under the Andalusian sun at Jerez. Team Althea has achieved a positive result overall, with Matteo Baiocco sixth in SBK race 2 and eighth in the general standings, and Raffaele De Rosa scoring a second place finish in the Superstock 1000. A rather unlucky day for Niccolò Canepa.

Superbike race 1: Niccolò Canepa got away very well and was lying behind Sykes, Rea and Davies, keeping pace with them and keen to pass the factory Ducati that was immediately ahead of him. Unfortunately a crash on lap two put paid to the potential shown up to that point. Matteo Baiocco did not make such a good start and battled with riders further back. He strived to catch up to the group ahead of him, against whom he’d proved competitive in the practices. From the mid-race he recorded a series of laps with times very close to those of the leaders and was finally able to get the better of Guintoli and Camier to conclude the race in eighth place.

Superbike race 2: This time Baiocco made a better start and concentrated on setting a good pace to make up ground. He came across former world champion Guintoli and was caught up in a close battle with him, before passing him and moving on to aim for Pirro on the second factory Ducati. Matteo, proving that he has both ability and grit, was four tenths behind Pirro but was able to get past the Italian and achieve a fantastic sixth place finish, just 1.2 seconds from Sykes immediately ahead of him. A very different result for Canepa who was slowed down by a gearing problem. By gritting his teeth, in the end he was able to finish eleventh. Matteo Baiocco, thanks to today’s performance, regains eighth position in the general standings and may be able to improve on this before the end of the season, with four races still to run.

Today was the penultimate race for those in the Superstock 1000 category and Raffaele De Rosa returns home having scored a fantastic second place finish.

In the race, he was slowed down by a difficult start that saw him having to fight with various riders to make up positions while the gap between him and leader Tamburini increased. Lapping with times in the low 1’45s, Raffaele was able to get past both Massei and Jezek and once he moved into second place, he had a free track and could work to catch Tamburini. At that point tyre wear came into play, as a result of the high track temperatures, and he had to settle for what is nevertheless a great second place finish. De Rosa is in third place in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and still has a chance to take his first race win at Magny-Cours on 4 October.

The Superbike World Championship still has two events left to run.

Matteo Baiocco: “It was a great weekend for me. I did well and limited the distance between me and the leaders. In race 1 I maintained a good pace after making a mistake at the start, but in the race 2, after a good start, I crossed the line sixth which has put me into eighth position in the standings. I want to continue like this until the end of the year.”

Niccolò Canepa: “It was a good weekend because, like at Laguna Seca, we were able to stick with the frontrunners. Unfortunately in race 1, as I tried to keep pace with the leaders, I crashed. The good race pace I found once back on track bode well for the second race but then in race 2 I unfortunately had a problem with the gearing that caused me to lose concentration. Now I’m looking ahead to the French round in two weeks’ time.”

Raffaele De Rosa: “This weekend was a little difficult and I suffered during all the sessions. I didn’t make the best start to the race and had to make up some positions, losing precious time as Tamburini increased the gap. This is nevertheless an important result and I want to thank the team that has worked so hard and allowed me to bring home this second place finish here today.”


Sunday's Words & Pictures

#JerezWorldSBK

Jonathan Rea (GBR)

Chaz Davies (GBR)

Tom Sykes (GBR)

Jonathan Rea #65 - Kawasaki Racing Team

Race 1 4th Race 2 4th - 2015 WorldSBK Champion

Twitter: @jonathanrea

Instagram: @jonathan_rea

Facebook: JonathanReaOfficial

“This is an amazing moment for me in my career .There has been a lot of hard work from myself, sacrifice and dedication from my family, but most of all this championship would not be possible without Kawasaki. I want to thank both my team manager Guim Roda, and Steve Guttridge from KME, who really believed in me and gave me this opportunity. Right now it has not sunk in. Moments like this are even more special because of the challenges I have faced with injuries. When I watched the 2002 World Championship between Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss I got so much inspiration from it. It became like, ‘I have to do this.’ So even in tough times I never doubted my ability. Right now it still does not feel real but I am world champion and I am really proud.”

Chaz Davies #7 - Aruba.it Racing - Ducati SBK Team

Race 1 2nd Race 2 1st

Twitter: @chazdavies

Instagram: @chazdavies7

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“What a second race! I thought it would be very difficult to win here today but we did well not to change anything from race 1; the track conditions were very different and it went better. In race 1, I knew that I’d have trouble in the early stages. I was able to match Tom’s pace in the second half but I expected a drop in his tyre performance that never arrived. I’m very pleased with today’s results of course and it’s really important to have taken good points at this stage of the championship. I know the battle for second in the overall standings will be tight and I hope it goes to the wire in Qatar.”

Tom Sykes #66 - Kawasaki Racing Team

Race 1 1st Race 2 5th

Twitter: @TheRealTomSykes

Facebook page: Tom-Sykes

“Overall I am fairly satisfied because we have never won at this circuit, so considering the whole season it is fairly acceptable. We struggled in race two and perhaps chose the wrong front tyre. But when you win with that margin at a circuit you have never won at before it’s is still good. I think if we had changed the front tyre we would have had a much different bike. It is great to be part of Kawasaki winning the Manufacturers’ Championship. Obviously the majority of the points have come from Jonathan but I think that over the years I have helped create an environment and package that helped all the riders who have contributed toward Kawasaki’s first Manufacturers’ title.”

Jordi Torres #81 - Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils

Race 1 12th Race 2 2nd

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“I’m very happy about the result in Race 2. I really wanted to do well here at home. The team worked perfectly and I gave 100% every time I went out on the track. From about midrace on I had to change my riding style a bit to accommodate tyre wear. With this heat it was very difficult but in free practice we worked on the settings precisely in consideration of this problem. In Race 1 I got off the line well but in the first turn I shifted into neutral and ran on. I tried to recover but I just didn’t have the right feeling with the front brake and I had to settle for collecting some championship points.”

Michael van der Mark #60 - Pata Honda

Race 1 - 3rd Race 2 - 13th

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"All weekend I’ve had some difficulties with the clutch, so the start in race one was not perfect. I managed to stay with the guys even though. As the pace dropped a little I was able to close the gap but I had to wait a little more before I could pass Leon [Haslam] and Jonathan [Rea]. In Race 2 I had a good feeling when I got to the back of Torres and Haslam so I was holding back a little bit because I saw they were pushing really hard. Then I just lost the front in a slow corner and crashed. We finally had a weekend without problems and that’s really good for my motivation, and of course the podium is great motivation for the whole team."


Jerez Win Extends Sofuoglu’s Championship Lead

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) recorded his fifth FIM Supersport World Championship race win of the year as the three-time champion extended his championship lead at Jerez in Spain with a start-to-finish victory.

After positive machine development work in the summer break from his team, and hard physical preparation from the rider himself, Sofuoglu was ready to face 19-laps around the 4.423km Jerez circuit, particularly as he was starting from pole position.

With his main championship rival Jules Cluzel out through injury Kenan just had to make sure he finished ahead of Patrick Jacobsen to ensure he extended his championship lead.

At the mid-stage of the race Jacobsen threatened to close in on Kenan’s advantage but upping his pace at a crucial point Sofuoglu widened his leading gap, easing up over the line to finish 1.037 seconds from Jacobsen. Lorenzo Zanetti was third.

Kenan now has 193 championship points, Jacobsen 160 and Jules Cluzel an unchanged 155. These totals give Kenan a 33-point advantage over Jacobsen with only a maximum of 50 points available for any rider from now to the end of the season in Losail.

Kenan lifted his career race wins in WSS to 32, twice as many as the next best rider in the record books Fabien Foret, who was part of the official SRC Endurance team that won the Bol d’Or for Kawasaki this weekend.

Having qualified fourth Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) rode hard at a hot Jerez to take sixth place in the race and move into the championship top ten, with 53 points.

Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) went eighth today and Dominic Schmitter (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) 12th.

Kenan Sofuoglu: “Today the tarmac was very warm but I knew this race was very important for me and I had to take maximum points. I knew I could not crash and I took the lead, according to my plan. I stayed with the group behind for around five laps, but after that my plan was to try and go away a little bit. l I knew we were very good on an used tyre. I made a bit of a gap around one second so when Jacobsen came a little bit closer I started to push again. With two seconds of a gap I just rode to maintain it and stay on the bike. We did a lot of work and at Jerez we were fast in every session. We are very happy and today we got the results for all the good work we did in the summer break.”


Smith takes CBR to fourth place at Jerez

Kyle Smith rode his Honda CBR600RR to fourth place in today’s tenth round World Supersport championship race at Jerez in Spain.

The race was won by Kenan Sofuoglu as Smith’s fellow Honda CBR rider Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen took second, with Lorenzo Zanetti securing the final podium position, denying Smith by 1.5s at the flag.

Pata Honda’s Smith, 23, had qualified in fifth place for today’s 19-lap race at the 4.423km Jerez circuit. He struggled to make an impact in the early stages but, as his fuel load and grip levels decreased, he found he was able to make inroads and match the lap times of the leading riders.

However, Smith ran out of laps, crossing the line 3.5 seconds behind Sofuoglu to retain sixth place in the overall championship standings with two rounds remaining.

Kyle Smith - 4th

I struggled a bit at the beginning of the race like I have for most of the season. I’m not sure whether it’s bike set-up or the full tank of fuel but I just can’t seem to hold the pace at the beginning of races. But halfway in the pace was really really strong and I managed to claw my way back to fourth. I really felt like I had the pace to run with the front two but I just couldn’t make up the gap because of the amount that I’d lost at the beginning of the race. It’s something to work on for the next round, even though we’ve had the same problem all season. But we’ll see if we can come up with something!

Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator

Kyle went into the first turn in fifth and the front runners gapped him a little bit. It took him a while to get in the groove but when he got going he was really doing some good lap times and making up the gap to the front runners. In the end he got up to fourth but it seems the race was just a little bit too short for him to reach the podium. He had a really positive weekend with the team though and we’ll take that to Magny-Cours with the aim to go one or two places better.


Wagner shows promise at Jerez

Sun, 20 Sep 2015

AUSTRALIAN Aiden Wagner showed his undoubted promise by coming from 17th on the grid to finish 13th in the 10th round of the World Supersport Championship at Jerez in Spain, on only his second time on the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda.

Aiden said: “I am happy to get more points and equal my personal best in the class. I am learning more and more about the bike and team every session and getting faster all the time. I can’t wait to get racing again and see if I can challenge for the top 10.”

Martin Cardenas finished 14th in the points after switching the bike off by accident mid-race, coming to a full stop and then restarting.

CIA Landlords Insurance Honda racer Gino Rea had got a good start and was in fourth place before Luca Mahais had a technical problem that forcing him off the track and back to ninth. He was up to eighth fighting back and closing the gap on the battle for fourth when he made a mistake and crashed out with nine laps to go. Kevin Manfredi was looking good for a points scoring finish when he retired with a technical problem.

The 11ith and penultimate round of the World Supersport Championship is at Magny Cours in France on Sunday, October 4th.

CIA Landlords Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Aiden is a star of the future and has shown that again today, to finish 13th on his second ride for the team – and being in the fight and so close to 11th. We look forward to seeing what more we can achieve together.

“Martin would have been well inside the top 10 today but he hit the kill switch on his bike by accident in the race. He would have been a strong top 10 finisher otherwise. For Magny Cours we will work on better qualifying so we can get him into the top six where he belongs.

“You cannot make up Gino’s bad luck, Luca Mahais had a problem that put Gino back to ninth and he was closing the gap and still on for a good result when he crashed out at the fastest point of the track. Thankfully he is OK and will come back at Magny Cours and try again to add to his podium tally.

“Kevin would have scored points but had a throttle position sensor fail and had to retire. He deserved points today for riding so well and improving all weekend. It’s been a tough day for CIA Landlords Insurance Honda but we are already looking forward and will come back stronger at Magny Cours.”


Tamburini wins in STK1000 and keeps his title chances alive

Raffaele De Rosa is second at the line as series leader Savadori completes podium.

Roberto Tamburini (MotoxRacing BMW) has kept his slim title chances alive by winning the 15-lap FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race at Jerez today. The 24-year-old Italian managed to pull away in the early stages of the race to cross the line with a comfortable 4.6s lead over Althea Racing’s Raffaele De Rosa.

Series leader Lorenzo Savadori (Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia) completed the podium with a strong ride in spite of his finger injury but, despite the 25-point advantage in the standings over Tamburini, he still has to finish in the top 15 in the final race at Magny-Cours to clinch the title.

Riccardo Russo made a fine debut aboard Team GM Racing’s Yamaha ZF-R1M as he narrowly missed out on the podium, the Italian finishing fourth ahead of Jeremy Guarnoni (Team Trasimeno Yamaha), Lukas Trautmann (MRS Yamaha), Fabio Massei (EAB Racing Ducati) and Ondrej Jezek (Triple-M by Barni Ducati).

The other Nuova M2 Racing rider Kevin Calia had a disappointing end to the race as he crashed out of second place in the second half of the race.

The final race of the 2015 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup will take place at Magny-Cours in a fortnight’s time.

Superstock 1000 Jerez - Race

1 - Roberto Tamburini Team MotoxRacing BMW

2 - Raffaele De Rosa Althea Racing Ducati +4.667

3 - Lorenzo Savadori Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia +6.652

Standings (7 of 8 rounds completed)

1 - Lorenzo Savadori Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 156

2 - Roberto Tamburini Team MotoxRacing BMW 131 (-25)

3 - Raffaele De Rosa Althea Racing Ducati 105 (-51)


Orellana and Biddle crowned champions in Spain

Javier Orellana finally got his hands on the 2015 Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda, in round seven at Jerez in Spain this afternoon, as fellow Honda CBR650F competitor Avalon Biddle became the very first FIM Europe Women’s European Champion.

The original 10-lap race at the 4.423km Jerez circuit was stopped on lap six after a last corner crash with local wildcard rider Xavi Pinsach leading the way. Pinsach completed victory in the five-lap re-start in which Orellana finished in third place.

The 18-year-old Spaniard had been denied the championship after being taken out of the lead with just three corners remaining in the last round at Misano in Italy, but that disappointment was made up for today as he climbed the EJC podium for the sixth time in seven races. Misano is the only podium that Orellana has missed out on and he has won four of the sixth races he has finished.

Similarly, Biddle has dominated the inaugural FIM Women’s championship that has been run within the European Junior Cup races on identical Honda CBR650F machines. The New Zealander has impressed many with her consistency this season and she currently lies 23rd in the overall EJC points standings.

The final round of this season’s championship will take place at Magny-Cours in France on 2 October.

Javier Orellana – 2015 Pata European Cup Champion

It’s been a difficult year but it’s great to finally get the championship. In the first race today I was too nervous and the two fast guys got away. In the restart I knew I had to stay with them so I pushed with them. In the last lap I felt really comfortable and thought I could overtake Pusceddu for second but I nearly had a highside in the last corner, maybe because some fluid was on the track. I looked behind me and saw I was alone so I was able to celebrate the championship. It’s a big relief after Misano when I was very upset but it’s fantastic to do it here with the support of all my friends and family so I’m really, really happy.

Avalon Biddle – 2015 FIM Europe Women’s European Champion

It’s quite a relief to get it done really – it’s awesome and I’m really happy, not just for myself but for everyone who has supported me to get here. My sponsors, my mum, my boyfriend Jake have helped me out a lot. It’s great for females as young as 14 to have an opportunity to come and race in a European championship at a world championship event. It’s just what the sport needed to get more girls interested and the beauty of this championship is that we are all on identical machinery. There are no advantages or disadvantages for anyone and you get to race with the boys so you can really push yourself. You get to know where you stand overall, while getting recognized for being a female in a male-dominated sport. I’m so thankful to everyone who put this championship together.


Round Number: 
11
2015

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With all the excitement of Rea's championship win, we still haven't heard what happened to him in race one. Right after he sets the fastest lap, and looks to be closing down on Skyes, he suddenly looks awkward getting through some corners, and loses a fair bit of time.

It looked like tyre problems, but why if so, why so sudden, and no official explanation(that I can find)?

In race two, he looked to be in a bit more control, although with the same outcome. Understandable since he had just become the world champion.