Press releases from the series organizers and teams after Sunday's World Superbike round at Magny-Cours:
Rea masters wet conditions in Race 1 at Magny-Cours
Sykes edged in the closing stages as Guintoli claims home podium.
The opening WorldSBK race of the day at a very wet Magny-Cours has been won by newly crowned Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea after a reduced race distance of 19 laps. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider overhauled long team leader and teammate Tom Sykes, who made a mistake at Turn 8, eventually finishing 4.7s behind Rea at the flag. For Rea it was a sweet 13th season victory and the first for him at the Magny-Cours circuit.
The podium was completed by Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), who kept his consecutive run of podium finishes at his home circuit in tact with a spirited ride.
Fourth, after a multi rider battle from the start was Michael van der Mark on the second Pata Honda, the Dutchman getting the better of Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) , Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing) who completed the top 7, Camier giving the Italian manufacturer its best finish ever in its WorldSBK history.
Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) rode a solid race after a huge spill in Superpole yesterday to claim eighth ahead of Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Team) and Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing) who finished tenth.
The final point scorers were Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini SBK Team), Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), Luca Scassa (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven).
Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) started strongly but faded and with seven laps to go he made the decision to pit for intermediate tyres, he eventually finished 16th after starting from Pole.
WorldSBK Magny-Cours - Race 1
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +4,711
3 - Sylvain Guintoli Pata Honda World Superbike +14.683
Rea ends Fassi French Round with the double
Davies and Sykes complete Magny-Cours Race 2 podium.
The second race at Magny-Cours was won by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), the World Champion doing the double for the fifth time this year after a three-rider battle raged from the start. His podium tally of 22 puts him equal with Troy Bayliss who achieved the feat in 2002, and is the second highest number of podiums in a season in the all-time list.
At the flag at the end of 21-adrenalin-filled laps the remaining podium places were taken by Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) meaning the fight for the runner-up spot in the series will continue to the season finale under floodlights in Qatar in a fortnight.
Behind the top three, Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) had their own private duel with the Dutchman taking fourth with a few laps to go from his English rival.
Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) had another solid day pleasing the many fans trackside with sixth in dry conditions.
Seventh was Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing) ahead of the duelling Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Luca Scassa (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), who were eighth and ninth respectively, with Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) rounding out the top 10.
The remaining points-scoring positions were claimed by Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing), Markus Reiterberger (VanZon Rehema BMW), David Salom (Team Pedercini) and Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse).
WorldSBK Magny-Cours - Race 2
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team +2.848
3 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +6.551
Standings (12 of 13 rounds completed)
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team 528*
2 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team 383 (-145)
3 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 367 (-161)
*Already crowned the 2015 Champion
APRILIA RSV4 RF AND LORENZO SAVADORI CHAMPIONS IN STOCK 1000 FIM CUP
TWO UPHILL RACES IN WSBK FOR LEON HASLAM AND JORDI TORRES
Magny-Cours (France), 4 October 2015 – The last race of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup gave Aprilia and Lorenzo Savadori a well-deserved championship victory, earned after 4 first place finishes and three podiums out of the eight rounds of the season. The Team Nuova M2 rider showed a cool head and great control on the track, avoiding pointless risks on a treacherous track to be crowned champion with a 22 point advantage over his nearest rival.
Thanks in part to Kevin Calia's second place finish today, Aprilia also dominated the brands, earning the Manufacturer title with 176 points: 34 ahead of BMW, 39 over Ducati, 64 in front of Yamaha and 118 more than Kawasaki.
The two Superbike races proved to be quite demanding for Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils. Leon Haslam finished Race 2 in fifth place and Race 1 in sixteenth after making a pit stop.
Race 1 started without any rain but with a very damp track, a condition that led all the riders on the grid to choosing wet tyres. Starting well from the first spot on the grid, Leon Haslam stayed in the leading group for a few laps before losing ground due to a poor feeling in the saddle. In Race 2, on the other hand, the English rider battled no holds barred, staying at the foot of the podium, finishing the race in fifth place. Jordi Torres' comeback ride after starting from the fourth row stopped at eighth place in Race 2. In the wet in Race 1 the Spanish rider, in his rookie SBK year, suffered from his lack of experience in these conditions, finishing the race twelfth.
Leon Haslam: “Something just didn't go right today. Between Race 1 and Race 2 the guys changed everything but we had the same problems. I'm disappointed because after practice and taking pole position I was sure that I could do well. In the first phases of the race I was even able to fight but lap after lap things got harder and harder. Fifth place is definitely not the result we deserved today.”
Jordi Torres: “In Race 2 I struggled a bit to regain my pace on the dry track after so many laps in the wet. In the first phase I wasn't able to repeat yesterday morning's times, but at the end I had the right pace and was able to make up a few positions. In Race 1 I simply lacked experience on a new track and in the wet. These are conditions where you need to take a few risks. The bike moves around a lot and you need to have utmost confidence.”
Davies and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team back on the podium at Magny-Cours
Magny-Cours (France), Sunday 4 October 2015 – The penultimate round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship concluded today at the French circuit of Magny-Cours with mixed results for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team. Chaz Davies continued the positive trend of recent rounds, riding his Panigale R into second position in race 2, after closing a complicated (wet) race 1 in sixth place. Luca Scassa crossed the line in thirteenth and ninth position.
Race 1 – The first race was delayed by 15 minutes due to oil spilt on what was already a wet track after overnight rain. The race was declared ‘wet’ and shortened to 19 laps.
From fourth position on the grid, Davies moved straight into second place behind Rea but during the subsequent laps he had to battle with various rivals, Sykes, Haslam and Guintoli included. Struggling with rear grip issues that conditioned his race, the Welshman lost some ground during the 19 laps and concluded race 1 in final sixth position.
From sixth position, Scassa was lying tenth through the opening laps, fighting briefly with Baiocco and Lowes and finding himself in twelfth place at the mid-race point. Separated from the riders immediately ahead of him and also suffering due to a lack of grip, Luca crossed the line in thirteenth place.
Race 2 – Dry conditions for the second race, comprising 21 laps. Getting off the line well, Davies was straight up into second, fighting with the two Kawasakis and Haslam through the opening laps. After lap three the Aruba Ducati man took the lead, a position he was able to hold until the mid-race point. Lying second through the final stages, Chaz managed the situation well, maintaining a strong pace to ensure that he crossed the line in second place, scoring a further 20 championship points. This is Davies’ first podium result at the Magny-Cours circuit.
Scassa, despite not having made the quickest start, was quickly able to get into a good rhythm that allowed him to pass Badovini in the opening stages to position eighth. Despite his solid pace, which he was able to maintain for the duration of the race, Luca was unable to close the gap between himself and the riders positioned immediately ahead of him, thus crossing the line in final ninth place.
This means that after this penultimate round of the 2015 championship, Davies consolidates second position in the overall standings, with 383 points, while Scassa positions 26th having scored 10 points today. Ducati continues to hold second in the manufacturer’s standings with 438 points.
Quotes after the races:
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 6th, 2nd
“In race 2 I had decent pace but, also considering the general standings, I chose not to take too many risks trying to catch Rea. When I saw Sykes start to drop back a little, I decided to focus on scoring second position. In race 1 on the other hand we got the set-up wrong, not managing to change back to a wet set-up from a dry one in time. It was like riding on ice and I did all I could to bring it home in sixth. Anyway I’m pleased with the weekend, both for the fact that this is my first podium at Magny-Cours and also because we head to Qatar with an advantage of 16 points over Tom. He’s always been strong here in France and I actually thought I might lose more points here today; so it’s gone well and now we can focus on the final round.”
Luca Scassa (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #99) – 13th, 9th
“In race 1 I was suffering severe tyre issues already after a few laps and I couldn’t push at all on the straights. I was unsure as to whether to come back to the garage and change the tyre but in the end I decided to stay out and was able to cross the line inside the points zone… In race 2 I didn’t make the best start but I was able to keep a good pace. I couldn’t keep Torres behind me in the end, but I’m pleased with ninth and also with my speed, especially considering that I was suffering from pain in my knee in the final stages… Anyway, I go home happy because I was able to make continuous improvement throughout the weekend and that was my main goal. Thanks to the entire team who did a really good job this weekend.”
Ernesto Marinelli – Ducati SBK Project Director –
“It’s been quite a positive weekend all in all. Conditions in race 1 were particularly critical, because it takes a long time for this track to dry out after rain. Chaz did well to manage the lack of grip in that first race and then in race 2, on a dry track, he was able to complete a great race, riding the Panigale to the podium once again. Luca also did a good job, as to finish inside the top ten in Superbike is no easy task. In both yesterday’s qualifying and today’s race he showed real tenacity.”
Double Win For Rea And Double Podium For Sykes In France
Jonathan Rea (KRT) took the 13th and 14th race wins of his remarkable championship-winning season today during the 12th round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France. He also broke through the 500 points mark, with one round and two races still to go. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was second and then third at Magny-Cours, to draw himself closer to second place in the championship standings.
After an oil spill on the wet track surface at the end of morning warm-up session the first race start was delayed and cut to 19-laps. The riders had to finally contend with a wet but drying track surface and a nervous first few laps.
The second race at the 4.411km circuit was held in dry but not ideal conditions after the track had to be heavily cleaned following the morning oil spill.
In the first race of the day Rea led for the first two laps, until he got demoted to second for a time by Sykes. Tom had been fourth after one lap, having started from ninth place on the grid. Rea waited until three laps from the end to take the lead again and earn his first ever WorldSBK race win at Magny-Cours. Sykes stuck to his task behind Rea but finally slowed to make sure he would take second place and another 20 championship points.
In the full-distance 21-lap second race, slightly delayed from its original starting time after a red flag in the earlier FIM Supersport World Championship fight, Chaz Davies led for nine laps before Rea took control, and won by 2.848 seconds while easing up over the line. Sykes, looking good for second again, could not pick up the pace at the end as he had used up his tyre in the early laps. He still scored his 13th podium of the season.
Rea now has 528 points and a lead of 145 over second place rider Chaz Davies. Sykes has 367 points, and has 16 points to make up over Davies in the final round at Qatar on October 18th to move into second place in the final points standings.
Jonathan Rea: “I am super-happy, especially to win in the wet and the dry. It was a double bonus. It was tough because I came here off the back of being really busy after winning the title in Jerez so I did not get too much down time, and my typical training week was out of the window. When I got back here it was just so important to me to get back on the podium. Pirelli brought my favourite SC2 front tyre and immediately from the first session I felt really comfortable again. So I am really happy to have come out and not just have two podium finishes but a double win at a circuit I have never won at before.”
Tom Sykes: “Two podiums today but things could have been even better. In race two we had the exact same bike set-up as we had in free practice and we had such a great feeling and great consistency then. The only thing I can think of is that today, with no rubber on the track, it looks like it did not accept the change. We used our package a bit too much and certainly used the tyres too much and for that we were not able to finish off the corners in some areas, and that proved costly. In race one we had a good race in the first half but it just did not stick in there in the drying conditions.”
David Salom (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) had a DNF in race one, followed up by being 14th in race two. Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) scored a point in race one, for 15th place, but just missed out again by being 16th in the second. Salom is only three points behind Ramos, in 15th position overall, with one round remaining.
Mixed Magny-Cours race-day for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
2015’s penultimate race saw Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes power through to take two top-ten finishes at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France, despite his high-speed crash in qualifying yesterday.
A wet track greeted the Superbike World Championship for the early warm-up but a problem with Marcus Reiterberger’s wildcard BMW towards the end of the 15-minute session left a covering of oil on the already slippery surface – bringing out the red flags and delaying the first race by 15 minutes. With the race declared wet, and reduced to 19-laps, the question of tyre-life hung in the air – the rain had abated but how quickly the evolving surface would dry remained an unknown.
Yesterday’s crash in Superpole had left Lowes with little wet knowledge of his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R, so he tentatively judged his feel as the lights went out. The British racer’s pace improving as his confidence in the conditions grew, Lowes concluded the opening contest in a strong eighth position and with the weather brightening he was looking forward to the second race.
The sun shone brightly as the afternoon grid formed, but the wrong choice of tyre proved costly for Lowes, making challenging work of the final 21-lap race. Dropping down the order in the early laps, he struggled to pass his competitors without running wide, but true to style he dug deep to regain the top-ten and claim 14 points overall from the day’s efforts.
Randy de Puniet concluded a frustrating home race with just one 18th place finish from the afternoon battle, having struggled to gel his Suzuki GSX-R1000 with the Magny-Cours track. The Frenchman was keen to perform in front of his native fans but a lack of grip in the wet race brought about an early retirement on lap 11 after previously pitting for a new rear tyre failed to improve his situation. The second race looked more promising as de Puniet diced with the mid-pack but it was ultimately not to be and he crossed the line out of the points.
World Champion Jonathan Rea proved Jerez was a misnomer as he returned to the top step of the podium in both today’s wet and dry conditions, while his Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes and Ducati challenger Chaz Davies continued their fight for the runner’s up spot claiming a second place apiece in front of the 23,000 passionate Gallic-fans.
Lowes and de Puniet now have their sights firmly set on the 2015 finale as Voltcom Crescent Suzuki prepares for the journey east, to Qatar’s capital Doha, for the concluding round of the Superbike World Championship under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit on Sunday 19th October.
“Tyre performance was the main story for us today. We chose the hard tyre as we had struggled to make the soft option work over long distance, and when we changed the bike settings to run the soft, it created problems in other areas. We were running about half a second down on our FP3 pace, but as the track was quicker today that ultimately dropped us a second a lap It’s disappointing as we had been running top-six for the majority of the weekend, but eighth and tenth in the changing conditions is at least an improvement from last year! Now we have the night race and the season finale to look forward to, so we will get our heads down and look forward to Qatar.”
Randy de Puniet:
“It was a really, really difficult weekend. I’m really disappointed because it was my home race. In race one the feeling was bad, I had no entry-grip and I locked the rear so I decided to stop, change the tyre and make some adjustments but it was the same. In race two I started ok and was in the back of the group for the top-ten but I was over the limit, again locked the engine-brake on some corners and finally I went straight-on. I changed the mapping but in the end I finished 18th. I am really disappointed but I hope I can finish well in Qatar so we will concentrate on this”
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
“It was really a disappointing race day at Magny-Cours, the only positive being that Alex was able to compete at all after such a big crash and impact yesterday. The difficult wet qualifying performance yesterday and the crash itself meant that Alex needed to feel his way in to the level of grip in the first race and once he’d done that he made impressive improvements to eighth place. The dry race was an opportunity to do well as Alex had been in the top-six all weekend in every dry session, but the bottom line is we selected the wrong rear tyre and tenth place was the absolute maximum that could be achieved. We need to learn from this and move forward.
“Randy also had a tough day, and while he didn’t have any issues with the bike, the pace was simply not there. Let’s look forward to Qatar in two weeks’ time and we will do our best as a team to make full potential of the bike’s performance.”
Guintoli podium tops fine day in France for Pata Honda
Sylvain Guintoli scored his first podium of the 2016 season today, taking his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to third place in the first of two 12th round World Superbike championship races at Magny-Cours in France.
His Pata Honda team-mate, Michael van der Mark, also put in two stunning performances, starting from 15th place on the grid and taking fourth place in each of today’s races, both of which were won by Jonathan Rea.
Guintoli was relishing the prospect of a wet race after yesterday’s rain failed to dry overnight and he was duly rewarded with a damp 4.411km track this morning. Starting from fifth place on the grid, the 33-year-old delighted the partisan crowd with a good start and kept in touch with the leaders, passing Chaz Davies for third and never looking back.
The French rider was not so confident with his dry set-up but those were the conditions as race two began. After another strong start, Guintoli settled into a relatively lonely sixth place and brought his CBR home for a solid points haul.
Van der Mark endured a difficult qualifying session yesterday at Magny-Cours and ended up on the outside of the fifth row of the grid. However, superb starts in both races allowed him to get close to the leading riders in both wet and dry conditions.
In race two particularly, the 22-year-old Dutch ace showed impressive pace by riding around the outside of Leon Haslam on to the back straight at Magny-Cours. Van der Mark’s times in the closing laps of the race matched those of the podium finishers and he takes renewed confidence into the final round of the season at Losail in Qatar in two weeks.
Sylvain Guintoli - 3rd and 6th
It was good to grab the opportunity with the wet conditions in race one and bring home the first podium of the season. Race two was dry but it was OK – P6 was not too bad, and I would definitely have taken that yesterday morning. We made a few changes from the last dry session in FP4 yesterday to improve the pace and we used the SC0 tyre. I thought the other tyre would drop in performance but the guys in front seemed to be on that one. The important thing was that it was two solid races. To be on the podium at home was what I really wanted to do, so it’s been a good performance from the whole team. Now we’re looking forward to the final round in Qatar to finish the season on a high.
Michael van der Mark - 4th and 4th
It’s been an awesome day because we’ve had some problems all weekend, not only on Friday and Saturday but also in Superpole yesterday. I wasn’t really happy and then the warm-up was wet this morning. It was OK though, and I had such a good start to race one. I took a lot of risks but the bike felt really good, even though I missed a bit of acceleration. I was really happy with fourth and happy for Sylvain to be on the podium because he also worked really hard. For race two we changed some settings on the front for the dry and it worked perfectly. I got a really good start again and fought my way round the outside and ended up in a nice battle with Sylvain. There was a gap to Leon [Haslam] and I had to make a bit of a move to get by him. Our bike is not quite as fast as his and I had to make so much spee d going on to the back straight that I had no choice really. I was not really sure about making the move but I was quite happy with how it worked out! Then I saw the pace of Sykes in third was dropping a little so I kept pushing in case it dropped more. But I’m really happy with another fourth place and want to thank the guys in my crew who did a fantastic job today.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
The conditions were strange today with a wet race and a dry race, but we know that Sylvain is strong in the wet. We’re very happy to finally get a podium with him at his home race, and it’s great for his team, too. Michael started from 15th on the grid and got a good start in race one. He caught Sylvain but then had a little problem and had to slow the pace a bit. He raced really well in race two and passed Haslam to secure another fourth with a fantastic manoeuvre and then was matching the lap times of the race winner, so well done to Mikey and his team.
Magny Cours (France), 4 October 2015
The penultimate round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship has concluded at the French track of Magny Cours.
Niccolò Canepa concludes race 1 in tenth place and race 2 seventh, while Matteo Baiocco closed seventh in the first race and eleventh in race 2.
It was already a difficult morning with riders having to deal with a wet warm-up session as a result of overnight rain. The short session also closed prematurely after a crash for another rider left oil on the track. Subsequent sessions were delayed and other warm-ups cancelled as a result.
In race 1 riders took to the track with rain tyres despite the fact that it was no longer raining. Baiocco made a cautious start, not wanting to make mistakes and despite having started further back on the grid he was able to make a great recovery. After executing a series of perfect passes, he was forced to manage the tyre wear in the later stages, closing the race in seventh place.
Canepa unfortunately had to deal with a technical problem that slowed him down throughout the entire race. Niccolò, having started from the front row, did his best to limit the damage, concluding nevertheless inside the top ten.
In race 2 weather conditions had improved and the temperature was higher. With a different set-up and tyres, Canepa was able to put together a good race this time around, sticking with the leading group. He crossed the line in final seventh position. Baiocco struggled with a physical problem (likely an intestinal virus) but by gritting his teeth he was able to finish eleventh, consolidating his position – eighth – in the general standings.
The Superstock 1000 Championship concluded today, with Althea rider Raffaele De Rosa a frontrunner in the difficult but exciting race. After yesterday’s qualifying, Raffaele started the race in ninth position and was already able to make up several places in the early stages, soon moving into the lead, a position he was able to hold for several laps.
Unfortunately he had to use the tyres more than usual in order to catch up and suffered a sudden drop in performance as a result. He was overtaken on the penultimate lap by Guarnoni and Calia, to conclude in third place. The sixth podium of the season, out of eight races, for De Rosa, who concludes the Superstock 1000 championship in final third position.
Matteo Baiocco: “It’s been a positive Sunday for me. In race 1 I really had fun, I had a great wet set-up and completed a good race. In the final stages a drop in tyre performance forced me to manage the situation and I closed seventh but I’m pleased with how I did. In race 2 I didn’t do so well also because I was feeling unwell. Now we focus on Qatar where I want to do as well as possible in the final races of the year.”
Niccolò Canepa: “Overall I’m satisfied with my performance this weekend, as I was constantly among the frontrunners. Unfortunately in race 1 I was slowed down by a technical problem that really made me suffer. I’m sorry because I could have done very well. In race 2 I maintained a strong pace to close seventh, a good result. Now we go to Doha where I’ll try to close the season on a high.”
Raffaele De Rosa: “The race was very difficult because I was started from further back on the grid. I held the lead for several laps and did all I could to win the race. It wasn’t easy even though I fought all the way to the end. I want to thank my team, Genesio Bevilacqua, and my family for believing in me and giving me the great opportunity I have had this season.”
Jacobsen wins as Sofuoglu clinches fourth WSS title
The penultimate round of the World Supersport Championship was stopped after several laps and restarted over a reduced distance of 11 laps following a retirement for Kevin Manfredi (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) that brought out the red flags to allow the track to be cleaned. The encounter was eventually won by PJ Jacobsen (CORE Motorsport Thailand) after an edge-of-the-seat duel with the new 2015 FIM Supersport World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who settled for a safe second position to clinch his fourth WSS crown.
The podium was completed by local rider Lucas Mahias (MG Competition) who despite setting a good pace was unable to stay with the two leaders.
A two-way fight for fourth was eventually won by Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) over Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport Team), with Kevin Wahr (SMS Honda) in sixth nd Gino Rea, who salvaged a seventh place finish despite crashing and re-joining aboard his CIA Landlords Insurance Honda.
The top 10 was completed by Martin Cardenas (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda), Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven) and Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing).
Roberto Rolfo (Team Lorini), Dominic Schmitter (Team Go Eleven), Aiden Wagner (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda), Nico Terol (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Xavi Pinsach (Team Lorini) rounded out the point scorers.
There was disappointment for Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) who had been in contention for the podium in the opening encounter but he failed to take to the grid for the restart due to a technical problem.
World Supersport Magny-Cours - Race
1 - PJ Jacobsen CORE'' Motorsport Thailand
2 - Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Team +3.910
3 - Lucas Mahias MG Competition Yamaha +8.950
Standings (11 of 12 rounds completed)
1 - Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing 213*
2 - PJ Jacobsen CORE'' Motorsport Thailand Honda 185 (-28)
3 - Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse 155 (-58)
*Already crowned the 2015 Champion
Sofuoglu The Supersport World Champion Again For Kawasaki
Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) became a four-time FIM Supersport World Champion today after securing a second place finish in a shortened 11-lap Magny-Cours race. It was his second world title on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R since he became a Kawasaki rider in 2012.
Kenan’s fourth championship came after fighting in what were two WSS races in France. The first attempt at a race was stopped after a few laps when another rider’s engine blew oil onto the track surface, while Kenan was leading by over five seconds.
The second and real race, the only one that would count for points, saw Kenan second until lap four, and then take the lead for three laps. His only championship rival PJ Jacobsen passed him again later in the race, but Kenan understood he only needed to finish second to win the title. With a comfortable six second cushion to third place, Sofuoglu made sure of his fourth world crown with second place.
Kenan’s career statistics in the Supersport class are without peer in almost all regards, having first become a regular WSS rider in 2006. He has taken 32 race wins from 103 starts. He has scored 68 podiums in all, 22 pole positions, 81 front row starts and 25 fastest laps. He was already the only rider to have taken three WSS titles (in 2007, 2010 and 2012) extending his record with today’s fourth career championship.
In a contrastingly tough day for Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) the Italian rider secured tenth place. He is tenth in the championship with one round remaining, on 59 points.
Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) was ninth today and Dominic Schmitter (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) 12th.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “We came here to get the title not to win the race. That was most important for us. Everybody knows that the track conditions were very difficult. In the first race it was easy to go away out in front. In the second race it was different and I had a different tyre, but I had one goal – to go very fast at the beginning of the race to stay with Jacobsen only, take second place and get the title. When we had a two second gap to the rider behind I just thought I had to stay on my bike, not crash and get the title. Our plan worked well. I am happy because I did not make any mistakes and the team did not make any mistakes. I think everybody did a great job. I have to say a big thanks to the Puccetti Racing team, they have done an incredible job and of course Kawasaki helped us a lot to win this title. In the end we got the championship.”
Battered Rea takes seventh in France
Sun, 04 Oct 2015
CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA racers Gino Rea and Martin Cardenas finished line astern in seventh and eighth at the 11th round of the World Supersport Championship at Magny Cours in France.
The pair traded positions in a shortened 11-lap race with Gino coming out in front. Gino said: “At the start of the first race I had a wet front and intermediate rear. I’ve never used intermediates before so I was learning them and coming on strong in the battle for third. I could've probably got through that group for third the way I was riding. On the restart I used an intermediate front and dry rear tyre. With hindsight I probably should have gone dry/dry. As I got confidence in the front, I was pushed wide by Zanetti on to the oil at Adelaide and lost the front. I managed to get the bike up and myself back to pip Martin for seventh. We’ll go to Qatar looking for a strong finish to the year.”
Eighth place is another excellent result for Martin as he builds towards a return to the Championship in 2016. Aiden Wagner finished 13th as he continues to improve. Kevin Manfredi did not start the restarted race after retiring from the first part.
The 12th and final round of the World Supersport Championship takes place at Qatar on Sunday, October 18th.
CIA Landlords Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Gino is very battered and bruised after his crash on Friday, so to take seventh is a good result. He was fighting for fifth but got forced wide by Zanetti at the hairpin and tipped in on the oil and slid off. He did well to get back up and finish seventh.
“It’s another good result for Martin. In the changing conditions he didn’t feel as confident as he normally would.
“It’s another points scoring finish for Aiden and we will look to improve again at Qatar and finish on a high.
“Kevin’s oil sensor had been damaged in his qualifying crash yesterday but appeared completely fine and undamaged. It failed in the race causing a significant oil leak, causing him to retire.
“Congratulations to Kenan Sofuoglu from the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda team for winning his fourth World Championship.”
Smith fifth in French World Supersport fight
Pata Honda rider Kyle Smith took his CBR600RR to fifth place in today’s two-part World Supersport championship race at Magny-Cours in France. The race was won by fellow Honda CBR rider Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen, with Kenan Sofuoglu taking this year’s title by finishing second.
After heavy rain yesterday, the 4.411km Magny-Cours circuit was still wet this morning but World Supersport warm-up was cancelled following earlier red flags. The race finally began on a damp track with Smith going on a wet front tyre and a dry rear.
However, the race was stopped on lap four following an oil spill, by which time Smith had slipped from fourth on the grid to eighth. This was where the 24-year-old British rider consequently lined up for the 11-lap restart.
A strong getaway saw Smith battling with the leaders but as the race progressed he was unable to maintain the pace and he eventually dropped to fifth place at the flag. He will aim to get back to podium ways in the final outing of the season at Losail in Qatar in two weeks.
Kyle Smith - 5th
In the first part of the race the track conditions were not very good – patchy, damp, dry, oil on the track in some parts. It was a bit like a motocross race. I enjoy track conditions like that and they usually favour me a lot but the bike felt twitchy under me and I really did not want to crash. I have crashed too much this season. The second part was a bit drier but still similar. Gino Rea is in front of me in the championship and he did not have the best of results today. I wanted to finish the race and hopefully get a top five in the championship, which is better than sixth. It is just a shame that Zanetti passed me at the end. I struggled at the beginning of the restarted race and came strong later but it was only an 11- lap race. I felt the rear was going to come round on me at any time in the early laps and I could not push into corner entries. I did not want to crash.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
We had a two-part race today in the first part was still really wet. He restarted in eighth position and had a long fight with Zanetti for fourth but in the end he was fifth. It was OK but hopefully in Qatar he can finish the season off with a podium.
Sunday's Words & Pictures
Jonathan Rea (GBR)
Tom Sykes (GBR)
Chaz Davies (GBR)
Jonathan Rea #65 - Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 1 1st Race 2 1st
“I am super-happy, especially to win in the wet and the dry. It was a double bonus. It was tough because I came here off the back of being really busy after winning the title in Jerez so I did not get too much down time, and my typical training week was out of the window. When I got back here it was just so important to me to get back on the podium. Pirelli brought my favourite SC2 front tyre and immediately from the first session I felt really comfortable again. So I am really happy to have come out and not just have two podium finishes but a double win at a circuit I have never won at before.”
Tom Sykes #66 - Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 1 2nd Race 2 3rd
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“Two podiums today but things could have been even better. In race two we had the exact same bike set-up as we had in free practice and we had such a great feeling and great consistency then. The only thing I can think of is that today, with no rubber on the track, it looks like it did not accept the change. We used our package a bit too much and certainly used the tyres too much and for that we were not able to finish off the corners in some areas, and that proved costly. In race one we had a good race in the first half but it just did not stick in there in the drying conditions.”
Chaz Davies #7 - Aruba.it Racing - Ducati SBK Team
Race 1 6th Race 2 2nd
“In race 2 I chose not to take too many risks trying to catch Rea, so I decided to focus on scoring second position. In race 1 on the other hand we got the set-up wrong, not managing to change back to a wet set-up from a dry one in time. It was like riding on ice and I did all I could to bring it home in sixth. Anyway I’m pleased with the weekend, both for the fact that this is my first podium at Magny-Cours and also because we head to Qatar with an advantage of 16 points over Tom. He’s always been strong here in France and I actually thought I might lose more points here today; so it’s gone well and now we can focus on the final round.”
Sylvain Guintoli #1 - Pata Honda World Superbike
Race 1 3rd Race 2 6th
It was good to grab the opportunity with the wet conditions in race one and bring home the first podium of the season. Race two was dry but it was OK – P6 was not too bad, and I would definitely have taken that yesterday morning. We made a few changes from the last dry session in FP4 yesterday to improve the pace and we used the SC0 tyre. I thought the other tyre would drop in performance but the guys in front seemed to be on that one. To be on the podium at home was what I really wanted to do, so it’s been a good performance from the whole team. Now we’re looking forward to the final round in Qatar to finish the season on a high.
Kenan Sofuoglu #1 - Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
2015 FIM Supersport Champion
“We came here to get the title not to win the race. In the first race it was easy to go away out in front. In the second race it was different and I had a different tyre, but I had one goal – to go very fast at the beginning of the race, take second place and get the title. When we had a two second gap to the rider behind I just thought I had to stay on my bike, not crash and get the title. Our plan worked well. I think everybody did a great job. I have to say a big thanks to the Puccetti Racing teamand of course Kawasaki helped us a lot to win this title. In the end we got the championship.”
Savadori wins the STK1000 title after Guarnoni’s race victory
Tamburini is fifth at the flag as Calia and De Rosa complete the podium.
Jeremy Guarnoni (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) came out on top at the end of an intense 15-lap, FIM Superstock 1000 final race of the season at Magny-Cours. This is the fourth win in the series for the 22-year-old Frenchman, and the third in front of his home crowd. As a four-way fight for honours raged ahead, Roberto Tamburini (MotoxRacing BMW) and Lorenzo Savadori (Nuova M2 Racing) had their own personal battle for the title, with the Aprilia rider claiming the ultimate prize by finishing eighth at the line, but not without some drama.
Meanwhile Tamburini, who needed to win to have any chance of lifting the Champion’s trophy did all he could to recover as many places as possible, but his sixth-row start did not help the Italian in fulfilling an almost impossible mission.
The 2015 runner-up was fifth at the flag behind local man Mathieu Gines (MRS Yamaha), with Italian riders Kevin Calia (Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia) and Raffaele De Rosa (Althea Racing Ducati) claiming the remaining podium positions in second and third, respectively, while Riccardo Russo (Team G.M. Racing Yamaha) crashed out of the leading group with two laps to go.
Superstock 1000 Magny-Cours - Race
1 - Jeremy Guarnoni Team Trasimeno Yamaha
2 - Kevin Calia Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia +1.019
3 - Raffaele De Rosa Althea Racing Ducati +1.307
1 - Lorenzo Savadori Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia 164
2 - Roberto Tamburini Team MotoxRacing BMW 142 (-22)
3 - Raffaele De Rosa Althea Racing Ducati 121 (-43)
Champion Orellana signs off with victory at Magny-Cours
Javier Orellana backed up last weekend’s European Junior Cup championship victory at Jerez in Spain with a thrilling victory in today’s final round at the French circuit of Magny-Cours. He was joined on the podium by two French riders Dorian Laville and Guillaume Raymond.
In a fantastic race with constant changes of leader and battles throughout the field, Orellana displayed the class that has taken him to five race victories in this season’s European Junior Cup which is contested on identically-prepared Honda CBR650F machines.
The 18-year-old Spaniard experienced several problems in preparation for today’s 10-lap race at the 4.411km Magny-Cours circuit and could qualify no higher than fifth but he used his four years of EJC experience to battle his two French rivals both of whom had started on the front row, with Raymond in pole position.
Also starting on the front row was Emanuele Pusceddu who ran off track whilst leading the closing stages after tangling with fellow Italian Alfonso Coppola. Pusceddu eventually finished just off the podium in fourth with promising youngster Paolo Grassia fifth and securing second place overall in the standings.
New Zealand’s Avalon Biddle followed up her own victory in the inaugural Women’s European Championship at Jerez last time out by taking her sixth win of the year to emphasise her own domination of the women’s series.
It was a perfect race after the disaster of Friday and Saturday. I crashed on lap three of free practice and then I had a problem with the disk brake and couldn’t do any laps. We had the rain on Saturday for qualifying when I had to push and then the race today was a big battle. We had a group along the big straight and I was fighting Pusceddu really hard. But it’s been a great season for me with five victories out of eight, two other podiums and one zero. I want to say thank you to Gerry Bryce [series director], I’ve had four great years in this series and I have learned so much. I hope to be with him for some more years to come.
Gerry Bryce – series director
It was a fantastic race to end the season here at Magny-Cours and we were so lucky with the weather. I think it was probably the best race of the season – there were so many lead changes, so much action right through the field and, in the end, Javi just showed his class again. It wasn’t an easy win by any means but I think he’s been a fantastic champion all year. Paolo Grassia, who finished second overall, is only fifteen and is definitely one to watch next year when he could be a contender. And Guillaume Raymond, who was also on the podium, has been fast all weekend. Needless to say, Avalon Biddle won the Women’s championship race again and underlined her dominance. It’s been a great inaugural Women’s European Championship and I hope it inspires more female racers to come forward and sign up for the first race of 2016 at Aragon!
2015 Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda
Round eight, Magny-Cours, France – Sunday, 4 October
1 J Orellana (ESP)
2 D Laville (FRA)
3 G Raymond (FRA)
4 E Pusceddu (ITA)
5 P Grassia (ITA)
6 M Perez (ESP)
7 S Hill (GBR)
8 H Cabuk (TUR)
9 M Ciprietti (ITA)
10 S Wilford (GBR)
EJC standings after final round:
1 Orellana 157, 2 Grassia 101, 3 Raymond 98, 4 Pusceddu 90, 5 Laville 79, 6 de Gruttola 60, 7 Soomer 59, 8 Wilford 58, 9 Coppola 57, 10 Cabuk 46
FIM Europe Women’s European Championship standings after final round:
1 Avalon Biddle (NZL) 166, 2 Anastassia Kovalenko (EST) 112, 3 Laura Rodrigues (SUI) 105, 4 Viktoria Kis (HUN) 86, 5 Charlie Oakland (GBR) 20