Press releases from the teams and organizers after qualifying and race 1 at Misano:
Misano: Day 2
The Return of the King
Toil and trouble in the first few laps on the Riviera di Rimini as chaos reigns before the calm, before the storm…
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea has taken his first victory since Assen in a classic game of cat and mouse at Misano World Circuit, holding off intense pressure from teammate Tom Sykes throughout the Race to cross the line for another win in 2016 – ending his longest drought before moving to Kawasaki. Honda’s Michael van der Mark, after a storming start, completed the podium in P3 as the Dutchman moved back up the grid to where he belongs after a more difficult Superpole 2.
A drama filled first part of Lap 1 saw Lorenzo Savadori fall foul of a tussle just behind the front few bikes, with the Aprilia sliding off into the gravel and sadly seeing the Italian rookie unable to finish his first WorldSBK Race in Misano. Chaz Davies was pushed down outside the top ten as Torres, Camier and Savadori got caught up in chaos, and the biggest winners off the line were undoubtedly Honda’s Michael van der Mark and Pedercini’s Anthony West, with the Australian moving well into the top ten. Van der Mark, who pulled through the field with a stunning launch and first lap to cross the line at the end of Lap 1 in P5, then saw Ducati rider Davide Giugliano lowside off the track in front of him, before Honda teammate Nicky Hayden suffered a spectacular trip through the gravel at the final corner.
Davies was left with a fight back after having needed to sit up, and Aruba.it teammate Giugliano got going again to also face the uphill battle through the field at the Ducati team’s second home Race of the year, with the Italian eventually coming home in P14. Head down and focused, Davies fought back into the top 5 by lap 11, on course for a good haul of points to salvage from what had seemed a disastrous start and hunting down Jordi Torres to end Race 1 just off the podium in P4.
Torres ended Althea BMW’s Race 1 in P5 for the team at home, just ahead of Althea teammate Markus Reiterberger, who debuted as a wildcard at Misano last year and crossed the line in P6 in another good rookie showing, competing a fantastic first Race of the home round for the Althea BMW team.
Pata Yamaha’s Niccolo Canepa, riding in place of recovering Sylvain Guintoli, crossed the line in P7 at his and Pata’s home race in an impressive showing, ahead of MV Agusta rider Leon Camier, who after getting tangled up at the start rode a solid recovery for MV at their home Round.
Roman Ramos put in an impressive performance to take P9 for Team GoEleven, ahead of Anthony West on the Pedercini Kawasaki who rounded out the top ten. Milwaukee BMW’s Josh Brookes crossed the line in P11 in a solid performace, ahead of Aprilia’s Alex De Angelis at his closest circuit to home. The second Pata Yamaha machine of Alex Lowes crossed the line in P13 after the Brit suffered a run off early on, an impressive showing nonetheless as the former British Champion recovers from a broken collarbone, with Giugliano in P14 ahead of Pavel Szkopek competing the points in P15.
Race 2 will reset the grid once again on Sunday, as lights go out for the final showdown in Misano at 13:00 local time (GMT +2).
WorldSBK Race 1:
1. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
3. Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +0.090
3. Michael van der Mark Honda World Superbike Team +3.093
Rea And Sykes Put On A 1-2 Show For The Ninja ZX-10R
Kawasaki Racing Team Rider Jonathan Rea took his first race win since Assen in the opening 21-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race at Misano today, holding off his race long companion and team-mate Tom Sykes by only 0.090 seconds over the line. The sixth KRT 1-2 finish of the season keeps Rea and Sykes out in front in the championship, with Rea extending his overall lead once more.
From the start, and after some of their main rivals had run off track into the first chicane, Rea and Sykes made an escape from their peer group as they kept up a pace that none of their rivals could match.
At halfway distance Rea slowed to allow Sykes to take the leading duties but Sykes refused the offer and maintained his track position right behind Rea for all 21 laps, looking for a way past in the final two laps. Unable to find a gap, despite a strong attempt into the penultimate right hand corner, Sykes drew himself from behind Rea’s slipstream to close up to within 0.090 seconds for a class leading 1-2 finish.
Rea has a 61-point lead over his team-mate Sykes and with Chaz Davies finishing fourth today Sykes extended his advantage down to third place in the table to 13 points.
Earlier on Saturday morning Sykes had taken his sixth Superpole win of the year and the 36th of his career. He has won all of the last five pole position qualifying contests at Misano. Sykes set a new best lap of 1'34.037 to win Superpole, with Rea just behind in second place on the grid.
With the first race of the weekend completed in front running fashion for the lead Kawasaki duo they now head into race two on Sunday full of confidence.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “Getting back on the top step was the clear target here, and to get both race wins, so we are halfway to accomplishing that. To be honest it was a little bit surprising how much we struggled towards the end because yesterday our pace was so strong at the end of my long run, staying in the low 1’36 laps. I am not sure how much the track temperature increase has affected us today, because it seems to be a lot. We need to sit down tonight and understand how we need to improve. Tom was strong in some areas of the track, we were strong in some areas of the track, but overall our lap times were quite similar. I am really happy to win again.”
Tom Sykes, stated, “Nearly there, but not quite. Overall I am relatively happy with our performance, and consistency, but I am just a little bit disappointed that I did not win because I certainly feel that Marcel and Danilo and the boys have worked hard. We lost a little bit of time yesterday but we made up for it today and felt we had a good set-up - so I have to be happy. It was just not able to make a clean pass in the last couple of laps. I know on the last two laps when I tried I was not able to put the nose of the bike in a good position. We were less than one tenth of a second from the win and we have to take some positives. We have been fast and consistent in recent rounds and we have come to another completely different circuit, where Jonathan has been really strong and winning in the past, and we had a good potential to win the race. We just were not able to get into the right track position on the last lap.”
Behind the podium places the top Kawasaki rider proved to be the consistent and determined Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki), in ninth place after strong-starting Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) lost pace as his rear grip started to drop. ‘Westie’ finished tenth. Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) finished 17th, Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 19th and Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) 20th.
Podium for van der Mark as Hayden crashes out of opening race at Misano
Round 8 – Riviera di Rimini
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
Michael van der Mark has returned to podium ways by taking third place at the end of the 21-lap opening race of the weekend at Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ in Italy, where the eighth round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship is currently underway. His Honda WorldSBK Team mate Nicky Hayden crashed out of third place in the early stages of the race.
In what was an ultra-close Superpole 2, Nicky Hayden claimed sixth place on the grid despite being only 0.084secs away from third place. Michael van der Mark impoved on his FP2 lap time by half a second to take the tenth slot on the grid.
Both Hayden and van der Mark enjoyed a great start to the race and were running fourth and fifth on the opening lap. They were promoted to third and fourth when Giugliano crashed out but shortly afterwards, it was Hayden who low-sided at the last turn before the completion of lap two. Once in third place, van der Mark rode a superb race and maintained a competitive pace up to the chequered flag, claiming his fifth podium of the season despite a strong comeback by fourth-placed Chaz Davies.
Race two will be contested tomorrow from 13:00 local time (GMT +2) and will be preceded by the traditional 15-minute morning warm-up at 9:25.
Michael van der Mark 60
This is the result we needed and I’m so happy to be back on the podium! We have been quite fast throughout the weekend but definitely not enough, but yesterday afternoon I was finally happy with the set-up of the bike. Superpole 2 didn’t go as planned but I was really lucky in turn two after the race start: I played a little bit safe so, when the guys in front of me crashed out, I could make up some places. Davide (Giugliano) and Nicky’s crashes were like a warning for me, because definitely the feeling with the front was not the best. Jonathan (Rea) and Tom (Sykes) pulled away but I kept my head down and, towards the end, I could see that Chaz was coming up really strong but my pace was really good in the final laps. I take this podium with both hands and I look forward to tomorrow: if we manage to improve the feeling with the front, then we’ll be up for another great race.
Nicky Hayden 69
I had a good start and was closing up on the Kawasakis, when Giugliano lost the front and I had to wait a little before opening the gas. At the last turn I ended up on those couple of bumps just because I was simply one and a half km/h faster than the lap before. I went through that corner quicker yesterday, but this time I push too hard to stay with Rea and Sykes. It was just a rider error but It’s a shame, because we had the pace to be on the podium. This is how it goes sometimes but I’m happy there’s another race tomorrow.
We worked well this morning and made some changes to both bikes: Nicky continued on his good form and missed a front-row start for less than a tenth of a second, while Michael had a bit of a harder time but definitely improved his feeling with the bike especially with engine braking. Things were really looking good for us at the beginning of the race. Nicky and Michael had a great start ad were running in the top-5, although then Nicky had the most common of crashes at the last turn after losing the front. He was pushing a lot to close the gap with the Kawasaki riders ahead. Michael rode a spectacular race, especially in the second part of the race as he managed not only to keep a fast pace, but also to reduce the gap with the leaders. Well done to him and to the team and now we focus on race two. If we keep going this way we’ll have a chance for another great result.
Great comeback for Davies, from 22nd to 4th in Race 1 in Misano; Giugliano is 14th after a crash
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team faced a difficult day in Misano (Italy). After an encouraging FP3, during which Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano posted the 2nd and 4th best time respectively, the Welshman and the Italian struggled with qualifying tyres, closing Superpole in third row. At the start of Race 1, a series of contacts forced Davies to go off the track and rejoin the race in last position. Giugliano, on the other hand, was quick off the blocks to take provisional third place.
During the second lap, however, the Italian suffered a low-speed crash in turn 14 and restarted in last position, 20 seconds behind the frontrunners. Meanwhile, Davies mounted a thrilling comeback, passing 18 riders and showing the most competitive pace to close in fourth position. Giugliano also showed resiliency, finishing in 14th position despite a damaged windshield.
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will be resume action tomorrow for Race 2, scheduled for 13:00 local time (CET).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 4th
“We had a bit of a rough start, as we were pushed off the track. But, these things happen during races, especially after a complicated Superpole session. Unfortunately, the rear started to push a lot with the qualifying tyre on, altering the behavior of the bike. Anyway, I’m really happy with our pace during the race. Climbing back through the field was definitely fun, even though it’s a shame we just missed the podium. Tomorrow is another day and, with a clean start, we’ll have another go at it.”
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) – 14th
“I’m very sorry, for myself and the team, because we managed to get a great start and we could have scored a really good result. The crash didn’t damage the bike, aside from the windshield. It was important to rejoin and finish the race, taking all the points available to us. At first, I struggled to find my rhythm, but eventually I was able to make some passes and, towards the end, we were just as fast as the guys at the top. The good thing is that we’re competitive, and I’m confident we’ll bounce back tomorrow.”
Ernesto Marinelli, Superbike Project Director
“Today, Superpole made our life a bit more complicated. With race tyres, both Chaz and Davide were really competitive, but starting from third row penalized them. Davide was quick off the blocks, unfortunately he crashed but still finished the race. Chaz was the fastest rider in the second half of the race, taking five seconds off the guys at the front, but the incident at the start slowed him down. We’ve still shown to have great potential and, with a better start, we can redeem ourselves tomorrow.”
Fifth and sixth for Torres and Reiterberger in SBK Race 1 at Misano; De Rosa qualifies second for the STK1000 race
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Saturday 18 June 2016
Today at the Misano World Circuit in Italy, the Althea BMW Racing team riders, Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger, completed today’s Superbike race making up round 8 of the championship in fifth and sixth place respectively. Raffaele De Rosa qualified in second position for tomorrow’s Stock1000 race.
STK1000 - qualifying: current championship leader and Althea BMW man Raffaele De Rosa made the most of today’s qualifying session to make the final adjustments to his BMW S 1000 RR ahead of tomorrow's race. Already very fast yesterday, De Rosa was once again able to put together some quick laps, which saw him qualify for the race in second place, thanks to a best time of 1’37.464.
Superpole 2: thanks to their second and fifth place finish yesterday, both Reiterberger and Torres qualified directly for Superpole 2. Reiterberger set a 1’35.605 with the race tyre and was lying fifth as the team mounted the qualifier. Despite a small crash during his fast lap, the German was subsequently able to drop his time by half a second to finish eleventh. Torres lost some valuable minutes at the start of the session due to a technical problem. Back on track, he was only able to complete one fast lap (1’36.014) to close in twelfth place. The two Althea BMW men thus qualified on row four of the grid.
SBK - Race 1: hot and sunny conditions for today’s race. A good start saw Torres position eighth through the first laps, while Reiterberger was lying twelfth. Both avoided the crashes of other riders and made up several position over the course of the first five laps to position fourth (Jordi) and eighth (Markus) at the mid-race point. The Althea BMW pair continued to push all the way to the line, with the Spaniard finishing fifth, followed immediately by his German teammate in sixth.
“This morning we worked well in practice, confirming our good pace. In the Superpole we had a small issue that caused me to lose a lot of time unfortunately. In the race, I was there in the midst of the accident but luckily I was able to avoid the chaos. After that I made a good recovery, concentrating on my own performance. I’m a little disappointed that we don’t yet have the pace we want, or that we deserve, but the data collected today can help us to improve for tomorrow. The bike is working quite well, there are just a couple of things to work on, to reduce the bike movement and improve tyre performance over race distance.”
“In Superpole we went back to yesterday’s set-up and I was feeling good. On the race tyre I was in fifth but on the qualifier I had a small crash which conditioned my fast lap of course. I had time to make one more lap, but I wasn’t very confident with the front. In the race I was caught up in the traffic when riders crashed early on, so I lost a lot of time there. After that I was able to put together some good lap times but I know we can be faster. Sixth is good, considering what happened, but we should do better. I’m losing a lot of time from the race leaders because I’m not yet confident with the front of the bike. I nevertheless want to thank the team as they are doing a really great job this weekend.”
Raffaele De Rosa
“Considering how we were doing yesterday with the used tyres, I hoped to do a little more in qualifying today. I crashed at the start unfortunately but I came straight back to the garage and the team quickly sorted the bike but after this it wasn’t quite 100% compared to before, which is normal after a crash. I’m just sorry for the team as they worked so hard to get the bike ready. I know we have good pace, and I’m pleased about that, though I’d have liked to be on pole, as I know it was within our reach. The important thing is the race of course, it’ll be the usual suspects fighting for the podium I guess and I’m feeling confident.”
Canepa Delights at Home with Strong Seventh in Debut Misano Race
Home talent Niccolò Canepa secured a top ten finish on his debut race with the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this afternoon as he claimed seventh in the 21-lap battle. Alex Lowes rode a strong opening race, holding an excellent fourth position until half distance before his shoulder injury restricted his pace, crossing the line in 13th.
Canepa immediately fought hard as race one began, building on the weekend's momentum and frustrated by his qualifying session - after a red flag situation called time early on the opening Superpole, preventing him from setting a lap on the optimum tyres. Jumping five places, to tenth, as the lights went out the Italian continued to push, circulating in eighth from the second lap before his pace improved further in the closing laps. Taking a sensational seventh place on his debut race on the YZF-R1 Canepa claimed nine championship points for himself and his Pata Yamaha team.
A stunning qualifying performance on Saturday morning, setting a 1'34.641 time, gave Lowes a fourth place start as the grid lined up for the opening contest. Strong off the lights, the British rider managed to avoid the second corner incident and was running sixth as he crossed the line for the first lap. Continuing to progress on the riders around him he claimed fourth by the next revolution, holding the position for the next eight laps until his strength, due to the recent injury, began to wane. Determined to continue to fight and battling hard to regain his rhythm, Lowes eventually took 13th position at the flag but is eager for more in Sunday's return, at 13:00 local time.
Race: 7th / +19.385 / 21 laps. Championship: 20th / 9 points
"I was really frustrated after the Superpole because I had bad luck with the red flag and was unable to set a lap on the qualifying tyres. Starting in 15th position did not help us, for sure, but I tried to push from the very beginning and got a very good start. From the first lap I was tenth and had a very consistent pace, the bike felt good until the end and for the last five or six laps it was very fast compared to the others. I am very satisfied with the results today and for sure with a better position in qualifying we could have been fighting nearer the front. It's very good to be seventh in my first race and to be the top Italian at the home round and good to get this result for Yamaha on my debut."
Race: 13th / +38.181 / 21 laps. Championship: 10th / 73 points
"I'm really frustrated with today as I feel I lost out on what could have been a strong finish. The main issue was my physical condition as I haven't done a full race since Saturday in Sepang. I was only able to manage a few laps at Donington after the operation on my shoulder. I came here determined to race and realistically I could only do 10-12 laps today. Misano is a physically demanding circuit and today was a bit of a strange race. I could see van der Mark in front of me and the chance of a podium so I was pushing too hard for my condition which resulted in a mistake, running off the track. I was lucky not to crash and re-joined, but had lost a lot of my rhythm so it was a frustrating way to finish as I feel it was a good opportunity for a top-five finish."
Paul Denning Team Principal
"First of all, congratulations to Niccolò on his debut ride with the team and his first World Superbike race since Qatar last season. He was unlucky in qualifying with the red flag not allowing him to improve his lap time on new tyres, but from 15th on the grid he avoided the lap one carnage, and smoothly and consistently increased his pace over the course of the race and seventh place was a great result - with an average speed less than one second a lap from the leader. I think with the experience of this race under his belt, I believe there are more improvements that can be made for tomorrow and we will try to repeat today's excellent showing.
"Alex also rode a brilliant race, but unfortunately was only able to take that performance to half distance. Athletes can often believe that more is possible with their recoveries than normal people but in the end a combination of weakness in the shoulder, particularly in the heavy braking zones, and the physical changes of direction here started to take their toll. It was extremely disappointing for Alex that he wasn't able to maintain his excellent pace and his safe fourth position. With the help of the Clinica Mobile and perhaps some changes to the bike to make it easier to ride, Alex will put himself through it again tomorrow and hopefully this time try to put a consistent race together as much as his physical condition will allow."
Great comeback for Alex De Angelis, Savadori crashes just after the start
Misano Adriatico, June 18 2016 - The first race of the eighth round of the Superbike season at Misano Adriatico ended for Iodaracing Team with a crash and with a twelfth place.
To end up in the ground in the second corner of the first lap was Lorenzo Salvadori, after the good start made from the second row. The Cesena rider took with the fifth fastest time achieved in SP2, has been hampered by Xavi Fores, whose bike has been in contact with the front of the Savadori's Aprilia RSV4RF of causing the fall. Fortunately for the Iodaracing rider, despite being dropped in the middle of the starting group, there were no physical consequences, but it remains the regret for a wasted opportunity, especially after the good progress made in Superpose sessions.
Nice comeback, however, for Alex De Angelis. The rider from San Marino, in his home race, after the electronic problems in SP1 that forced him from the back of the grid, finished the first race of the weekend in twelfth place recovering thirteen positions a gaining world Championship points in 12th place.
ALEX DE ANGELIS #15 - MISANO ROUND - RACE 1 - 12th - "This is certainly not a position that satisfies me as I am not satisfied at all about the race I did. But if we look at where we started, namely the technical problem had in qualifying up to the points in twelfth place, the thing changes. Tomorrow I will aim to do the same thing, or to get them to take the points, though one that still has not really like the race pace. We must look for a solution to be even faster, because if today I were al little more effective, three or four tenths, maybe I would not have missed the group in front of me. With the team we will work to try these improvements already from the warm-up tomorrow morning. As for the fall of Lorenzo Savadori, I saw that he was slipping, but I did not see the dynamic between him and me because there were a lot of riders in the middle, but what has happened is a classic Misano. Even to me when I was in MotoGP happened a something like that, I'm sorry for him. "
LORENZO SAVADORI # 32 - MISANO ROUND - Race 1 - DNF - "My race was over too soon, in the second corner. In my view Fores made an impossible overtaking and the prove of it are the facts, since he had to straighten while he hit me, while two other pilots, Davies and Camier, are due to go wide to avoid it. Unfortunately it went like this, but to me it all seemed very excessive, fortunately I haven't got anything physically since I fell into the group. It was too bad because surely we could have a good race, considering the timing of the first five. with ifs and buts it is hard to think but we could enjoy ourselves, unfortunately is over as well. Hopefully tomorrow the weather stays because I'd like to finish the work started in the dry" .
Pawel Szkopek takes his first World Superbike point of the season
Pawel Szkopek finished the Saturday’s World Superbike race at Misano in Italy in 15th position, scoring his first point of the season after an impressive charge through the field from 22nd on the grid. It’s the Pole’s 17th point in his World Championship career.
Nine-time Polish Champion entered the FIM World Superbike Championship during round four in Assen in April, joining the Hungarian Team Toth squad onboard a Yamaha R1 and consistently closing in on his first points of the season until finishing 15th today.
„I’m really happy to score another point in my World Championship career - said Pawel Szkopek. - I never doubted I can be fighting in the top 15 this year. Practice went really well for us but I was a bit unlucky in the Superpole and had to start from 22nd on the grid. I had a great start though, passing about six riders before the first corner but then lost it all with two crashes right in front of me in the next couple of turns. I dropped back to the very end of the field but I knew that if I can keep up a good, consistent pace, I could make up a lot of ground and that was the case. I never gave up and was making good progress, reaching the top 15 with a couple of laps to go. I guess it was the most I could do today but we’ll analyse the data tonight and try to improve for tomorrow. I’ll try to stick with the front runners for as long as possible in race two and try to score more points. I’d like to thank all the Polish fans for their great support as well as my team and partners.”
Race two at Misano takes place tomorrow, on Sunday, at 1PM CET.
Pawel Szkopek in World Superbike - Career Summary
Szkopek made his debut in the FIM World Superbike Championship at the end of 2004, scoring a total of four points in the final round at Magny-Cours in France by finishing 15th and 13th. To this day he’s the first and only Polish rider to score points in WorldSBK.
Since then the now 40-year-old took part in a total of 29 races in World Supersport as well as 17 in World Superbike, including two full seasons in the smaller class in 2005 and 2011, with his last points there scored in the final round at Portimao. In total Szkopek scored 17 points on the world stage, including today’s single point for 15th position. The Pole is also a frequent points scorer in the FIM World Endurance Championship, most recently last weekend in the 12 hours of Portimao.
WorldSSP: Rookie Caricasulo Takes Stunning Pole
Incredible weekend continues for Bardahl Evans Bros Honda rider at home
WorldSSP rookie Federico Caricasulo has taken an incredible pole position at his home Round at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, beating reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu to the top spot by half a tenth. Honda rider PJ Jacobsen completes the front row in P3.
World Supersport Superpole 1 saw a last minute dash to the top of the timesheets, with Sepang winner Ayrton Badovini heading Profile Racing’s Luke Stapleford to move into Tissot-Superpole 2 to join the top ten from Friday. With Randy Krummenacher having been quickest in FP3, the fight for the front row looked set to be titanic, and the tumbling lap times didn’t disappoint.
As the flag dropped at the end of the session, Krummenacher found himself marginally off the front row as Jacobsen edged him by a few hundredths, but the Misano veteran will be looking to push forward immediately in the Race. Second Italian representative at home Christian Gamarino will start from the middle of the second row, ahead of Ayrton Badovini and top ESS rider Alessandro Zaccone.
The rider to have won the last two Races at Misano, Jules Cluzel, starts from P8 at MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s home Round, ahead of Ilya Mikhalchik in P9 and Luke Stapleford rounding out the top ten.
The WorldSSP Race begins in Misano at 11:20am (GMT +2) on Sunday 19th June as the battle rages on and the title hots up.
1. Federico Caricasulo Bardahl Evan Bros Honda Racing 1:38.097
2. Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +0.057
3. PJ Jacobsen Honda World Supersport Team +0.503
Second And Fourth Grid Spots For Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
Superpole qualifying at Misano for the FIM Supersport World Championship riders saw Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team-mates Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher finish second and fourth on the grid in readiness for Sunday’s 19-lap race.
Starting his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R off the front row for the eighth time in eight races this year, Sofuoglu clocked up 90 career front row starts today, fifty of them on Kawasaki machines.
For Krummenacher a change in set-up before Superpole took him away from the optimum bike set-up for the 4.226km circuit. As a result he could not quite get onto the front row, finishing up fourth and surviving a small ‘moment’ on his fastest lap that lost him a small amount of time.
Now the challenge that awaits the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team is to make sure each of their riders are in position to fight for the win on Sunday to continue their class leading performance. Their pace and consistency has seen them lead all other competitors at the top of the table, with Sofuoglu first and Krummenacher second entering raceday at Misano.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I cannot say I am disappointed because it was a good qualifying result. No pole but not a problem. I think I was losing time in the last sector and although I was not pushing I also lost the last corner a little bit. This year we have changed the suspension to WP and it is working very well. I feel very strong here now and it was the worst track for us before. In some sessions I was P1 this time. I am happy with the general package we have this year and I am ready for the race tomorrow. We did a good race simulation, the tyre is OK so all is working very well.”
Randy Krummenacher, stated: “For sure I expected more but fourth on the grid is not a drama. I have made some really good starts so I have confidence to immediately pass riders. We made a definite mistake in our set-up direction but we are trying to improve all the time. When you are trying this, at a high level like we are at already, then it is also possible to make mistakes. We have learned from it and we know definitely now which the best direction is for us. This should give us the right set-up for tomorrow’s race, so I am very confident.”
Jacobsen on front row for Misano World Supersport race
Round 8 – Riviera di Rimini
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen has claimed a spot on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s eight-round FIM Supersport World Championship race, which will be contested over 19 laps from twelve o’clock at the Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’. The Honda WorldSSP rider was third at the end of today’s closely contested Superpole, with pole position being scored by fellow Honda rider Federico Caricasulo.
Jacobsen made an important step forwards in terms of feeling with his Honda CBR600RR between free practice 3 this morning and Superpole and he was the first rider to move to the top of the timesheets, before being edged out by Sofuoglu by only 0.002secs. On his final quick-lap attempt before the chequered flag, the 22-year-old American made a small mistake that cost him the opportunity for a pole position, but his 1’38.600 was quick enough to secure his fourth front-row start of the season.
Patrick Jacobsen 2
I have to say I’m happy with today’s Superpole lap-time, although it could have been a bit quicker if I hadn’t run wide at turn 1. Given the difficulties we encountered so far this weekend, it was an encouraging performance. I was really on the limit, so for tomorrow we need to improve a couple more things, get a good understanding of the bike in the warm-up and be ready for the race. We just need to make the most of the last fifteen minutes of practice we still have.
We made some important steps forwards between this morning and Superpole after trying some new front-fork settings in free practice 3. PJ’s feeling with the bike improved considerably in almost every area and that allowed him to attack Superpole 2 the way he always does. If we consider how the weekend started, a first row start is a really good result. We are still not 100% with set-up but a podium position is within our reach. We’ll try to make good use of the warm up and be fully ready for tomorrow. I would take the time congratulate Federico Caricasulo and the Evan Bros. team with their pole position.
Bergman up to speed at Misano
Sat, 18 Jun 2016
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Christoffer Bergman achieved his best World Supersport qualifying position to date in Superpole 1 today at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, illustrating his continued progression in the fiercely competitive WSS class. Christoffer finished SP1 in 4th position, narrowly missing out on qualifying for Superpole 2 and will start the race 14th on the grid in the race tomorrow. Christoffer said: “I lost the last lap as I was close to catching the rear tyre of Khairuddin which was a shame as the sector was red so it would have been more of an improvement but I am happy with my lap time and I am a lot more confident. Obviously this is another step forward from Donington Park and if I can keep this pace in the race here I think the top ten is not far off.”
Hikari Okubo continued to impress in Superpole 2 qualifying 16th after having a time disallowed for allegedly exceeding track limits. He too is looking for a strong points finish inside the top ten.
Kyle Smith’s ankle injury sustained in his crash in FP2 yesterday caused him some discomfort and because of this he was unable to battle for Superpole 1, finishing the day in 20th position.
Stefan Hill’s lap times continued to improve throughout the sessions and he gave his best practice performance to date qualifying in 23rd position.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “Looking at the positions we expect to do better but Hikari continues to impress in his first season outside of Asia and along with Christoffer is in with a strong chance to challenge for a top 10 finish tomorrow. Kyle is always stronger on race day and he also has time for his physical condition to improve before tomorrow. The team will alter settings that will help Kyle to get best possible result to continue his Championship challenge. Stefan has made the best progress in his World Supersport career so far here at Misano and his aim is to finish inside the top 20 in the race tomorrow.”
Supersport - Pole position of the European Cup for San Carlo Team Italia in Misano
Alessandro Zaccone in the Superpole-2 gets the third row and he's the first rider of the European Cup, Axel Bassani will start from the nineteenth place.
Thanks to the maximisation of the "home" factor at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Team Italia is protagonist of his 2016 best qualifying and the conquest of another pole position in FIM Europe Supersport Cup. As leader of the championship,Alessandro Zaccone gets the seventh time overall in Superpole-2, with a time in 1'39"344 that gives him the seventh place of the starting grid and a place in third row of the race that will start at 11:20.
A prestigious result for the seventeen-year-old rider from Rimini, who has proved once again to be the fastest among the riders of the European cup and that he's able to do well also in Supersport World championship, in a Superpole-2 led by Federico Caricasulo (Honda) who gets his first pole position in career in 1'38"097.
It will be a comeback race for Axel Bassani, who has qualified nineteenth (fourth in the European Cup) with his 1'39"988 of Superpole-1, but with all the potential to improve thanks to some convincing results of the free practice.
Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #61) 1'39"344
1st FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 7th FIM Supersport World Championship
"I am satisfied with the result, but we could have done better. Yesterday we lost some precious time for the set-up, and and I was not at my 100% in terms of riding, but I am trying to find the best trajectories to follow here in Misano with my Kawasaki Supersport. Anyway to start from the third row is a remarkable performance, we will start from here to confirms our levels tomorrow and to get the best result in our home race."
Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #47) 1'39"988
4th FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 19th FIM Supersport World Championship
"Unfortunately I haven't been able to realise a good lap, clean and with no mistakes. I am sorry because this morning we did very well and we have the potential to be in higher positions in line with our potential. Tomorrow I will start from behind, I will try to recover as many position as possible in the 19 laps, in order to forget today."
"We are extremely satisfied with Alessandro's performance, for us it's the best qualifying of the year and it confirms the great work done by the team. We want to thank Krummenacher because he gave us the perfect wake for Alessandro's best lap: behind a faster rider, he was able to improve his times. We are ready for the race, in Warm Up we will just test a change to perfect the limber set-up, testing a blend different from the one of the back tyre. Our target is always the top-10, without neglecting our main goal represented by the European standings."
"Unfortunately in the last period, we are not able to realise our potential when there's something to be won. With new tyre, Axel was slower than in free practice where he had reached good results, constantly on top-10 and leader of the European riders. We don't concretise and now we will try to understand what didn't work. Axel is a talented rider, fast, he has the skills to get important results and he has already proved it at the start of the season, but he demands a lot from himself. The team will help him tomorrow to show what he's capable of and to improve today's negative performance."
Misano Day 2: Words and Pictures
The best photos and quotes from the second day of action at #MisanoWorldSBK
P1 - Jonathan Rea @JonathanRea
Kawasaki Racing Team @KRT_WorldSBK
"For me this is a really important race win because it’s been a long time now. Yesterday we did a long run and it felt really good, then today the tyre behaved completely differently, the same tyre. We had some more degrees in the track and we need to look at that for tomorrow, because we didn’t expect that much drop. But in the end with the fight with Tom it was clear that I did what I had to do today and that was to win. Tomorrow I am sure we can improve because the last laps were a little bit painful."
P2 - Tom Sykes @TheRealTomSykes
Kawasaki Racing Team @KRT_WorldSBK
"I'm disappointed not to be able to get my nose in front where I wanted to on the last few laps. You know that is a shame but we’ll learn from this and try to be stronger tomorrow. The tyre was also working quite hard, we saw that from both the Kawasakis. But overall the pace was acceptable and tomorrow we’ll have one more go. Credit to Jonathan on the victory."
P3 - Michael van der Mark @mickeyvdmark
Honda World Superbike Team @HondaWSBK
"The start was ok, then I was lucky with some guys who crashed at turn 2. Those crashes were like a warning for me, but that is racing, you have to be consistent and stay on the bike. I saw that Chaz was closing and I was counting in my head but I had to move on and try to stay as consistent as possible. I knew that my last couple of laps should be my strongest ones and even though I had some problems with the bike I finished on the podium and that is what we needed after those last couple of rounds. "
P7 -Niccolo Canepa @NickCanepa59
PATA Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team @crescent_racing
"It was really good. I’m really satisfied about the result. It wasn’t so easy starting from the 15th position because we had a problem in the Superpole. Well not a problem but bad luck with the red flag, so I wasn’t able to make a lap with the qualifying tyres. I started in 15th and I had a very strong pace in the race and I finished seventh so I’m really really happy, as the bike is working good. I was also fast at the end so that makes me happy for tomorrow’s race."
WorldSSP: Caricasulo Tops Tissot-Superpole
P1 - Federico Caricasulo
"I did a very fast lap so I’m very happy. I know the track in Misano very well and this is helpful. I had two riders in front of me and it helped me to do this lap, but I’m fast alone too. I think tomorrow I can have a good race."