Press releases from the teams and organizers after the racing on Sunday at Misano:
Marvelous Melandri takes 100th Italian victory at Misano
Dramatic WorldSBK race two as Kawasaki complete the podium
At the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round on Sunday it was home rider Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) who took a stunning first win of 2017, with Kawasaki Racing Team pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes also on the podium.
Responding positively to his last lap crash in Race 1, Melandri came from tenth on the grid to return to winning ways with a +1.113s victory over Rea. It was Melandri’s first WorldSBK win since 2014 and the 100th victory for an Italian rider in the top class of the championship.
The second place result for World Champion Rea strengthened his title defence as he now leads the standings by 50 points after seven rounds. It was also a successful weekend for Sykes as he followed up on his Race 1 win with another podium result to continue his excellent recent form.
Starting from pole Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) had held the lead for 8 laps but he was hugely frustrated to drop out of the race with a technical problem with just 3 laps to go when riding in second place.
The top five was completed by Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia), with the Dutchman crossing the line fourth and the Irishman fifth.
Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia), Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team), Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) and Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) completed the top ten.
Only 12 riders finished the race at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, with the likes of Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) and Roman Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) all retiring with technical problems.
With 10 laps to go Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) went down at Turn 2 and he was unable to finish the race.
After his crash in Race 1 Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was unfit to race on Sunday, having suffered a closed thoracic trauma, a fracture of the transverse process of L3 (3rd lumbar vertebrae) and a contusion of the left thumb.
The WorldSBK riders will next be in action at the Geico US Round over the 7th to 9th July weekend.
P1 - Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"It was not easy, I had so many good races at the beginning of the season and then we dropped off, but we made some good changes after the test so the bike works a lot better for me. To win here and in front of all of Ducati, all my family and friends is unbelievable for me to explain."
P2 - Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
"Honestly the race was very difficult and I didn't have too much more pace to give .We only made some minor changes to yesterday, but the bike felt completely different. I am happy with the result but disappointed in the bike and myself. At the mid point of the season its good to get a good set of points under our belts."
P3 - Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
"Today I was a lot closer but I am disappointed in the early laps, for some reason I use the bike and tyres to their full potential. We made some good passes early on, but when we got to Torres and Fores I wanted to go but I didn't have the rear traction. However the positive is that we had a good weekend in general."
#RiminiWorldSBK at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli: Race 2
1. Marco Melandri Ducati
2. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki +1.113
3. Tom Sykes Kawasaki +1.285
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team wins Race 2 at Misano with Marco Melandri. Chaz Davies watched the race from the pits after being discharged from the hospital
After a difficult Sunday, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team bounced back in Race 2 at Misano Adriatico (Italy) with a masterful win by Marco Melandri. The Italian rider, who crashed out yesterday during the last lap while fighting for the win, mounted a spectacular comeback from 10th position on the grid to take his maiden victory with the Panigale R and his 20th overall in WorldSBK.
Declared unfit for Race 2 due to a fracture of the transverse process of L3 (3rd lumbar vertebra) and a contusion of the left thumb caused by a crash in Race 1, Chaz Davies watched the race from the pits after being discharged from the hospital. The Welshman will now observe a period of rest with the intention to be back on track for the eighth round of the season, scheduled for July 7-9 at Laguna Seca (U.S.).
After seven rounds, Davies and Melandri are respectively third (185 points) and fourth (163 points) in the championship.
Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #33) – 1st
“This win means so much to me. It’s my first with Ducati and first on Italian soil but also the 100th by an Italian rider in WorldSBK. It's the result of a lot of efforts, a composed attitude during some difficult moments, and great teamwork. We never stopped to believe in ourselves, and this result is a payback for all the sacrifices. We made a small change to our setup this morning, and before the start I was sure I could have a go at it. During the race, I tried to manage my pace and, once I took the lead, to ride smoothly. I hope Chaz recovers soon, he had a nasty crash but fortunately without serious injuries. I hope to be able to fight for another win, this time with him on track as well, at Laguna Seca.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7)
“It’s never ideal to be at the track and not be able to race, but it's good to come to support and honestly I’m happy to be here because it could have been a lot worse. I don’t feel 100 percent, so we’ll focus on recovering in the upcoming days. Tomorrow I’ll visit a specialist and we’ll set a plan based on his recommendations. The goal is be back at Laguna Seca.”
Stefano Cecconi, Aruba S.p.A. CEO & Team Principal
“After a terrible Saturday, it was important to get back on the right track as soon as possible. Today we put to fruition our potential, which was clear yesterday as well. Marco’s win is particularly important, because it’s his first with the team and the first in a long time by an Italian rider on an Italian bike. It was good to have Chaz with us, despite the pain, and we hope he recovers quickly to come back in full shape and join the action at Laguna Seca.”
Podium Finishes For Rea and Sykes At Misano
Jonathan Rea (KRT) and Tom Sykes (KRT) both reached the second race podium at the Misano round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Jonathan finishing second and Tom third. They continue to sit 1-2 in the championship, with 50 points between them after the seventh intense weekend of the season.
Under the new championship rules in allocating grid places for race two, race one winner Sykes and third placed Rea had to start today’s 21 lap contest from ninth and seventh places respectively. The KRT riders moved forward with determination in the first corners, to put Tom third and Jonathan fourth after just one lap.
Up front Xavi Fores and Jordi Torres were doing the early front-running but neither would ultimately finish, in a race that was eventually won by local rider Marco Melandri. Only 12 riders were classified after seven others failed to make the finish in the hot conditions today.
With Torres a late retiree Rea ended up with 20 points for his second place over the line, having passed Sykes on lap 15, but he was unable to get quite close enough to challenge for the win. Sykes finished very close to his team-mate at the end of the 21-laps, with all top three riders covered by just 1.285 seconds after another intense Misano race.
Rea leads the championship as it passes into the second half of the season after this round, with 296 points to Sykes’ 246. With Chaz Davies ruled out of the second Misano WorldSBK race after suffering an injury in race one, he is now 61 points behind Tom.
After the completion of the Misano weekend the championship now heads to the ever-popular Laguna Seca circuit in the USA for the eighth round of the championship, with racedays on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am really satisfied with the results today but unfortunately we could not challenge for the win because I felt we were struggling a little bit, as the rear tyre was completely out of balance. I was having a lot of rear vibration and chatter. That was really difficult to manage. I focused on trying to pass Tom for many laps and when I went through I tried to hunt down Torres in second place but, unfortunately for him, he had a problem and could not finish. We have to be very satisfied with the result and go back into the garage now to understand exactly why we struggled more today. Yesterday’s bike felt much better but the set-up was virtually the same each day. In the championship standings we are in a good position right now. I also wish Chaz Davies a speedy recovery from injury.”
Tom Sykes, stated: “I basically expected more from the beginning of the race. I had a good start and made some nice early passes but unfortunately I was not able to take the best from the tyres or the bike. The first five laps were the downfall of my chances to win the race. Apart from that, towards the end we had good speed but like I explained to the boys in the team, my bike stayed consistent but it was not enough in the beginning. I feel it really affected the race result in those early laps when there was no way to challenge Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores. We have something to work on Laguna. I feel really sorry for Chaz Davies and all I can do is wish him a speedy recovery. The points are opening up behind and that was a big bag of points Jonathan and I took away this weekend.”
Magic Michael Charges to Fourth in Race 2 at Misano
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's Michael van der Mark bounced back on Sunday at Misano to charge through the field and secure fourth in Race 2 during round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, despite another technical issue with his rear tyre. His teammate Alex Lowes showed good pace and was battling with his teammate when he, unfortunately, lost the front in turn 1 and crashed out.
Van der Mark was determined to bounce back from Saturday's Race 1 when a technical issue with his tyre caused him to crash while leading the race. He started from 12th on the grid and when the lights went out he immediately got his head down and started to charge through the pack. The 24-year-old Dutch rider caught his teammate and passed him for sixth place after Lowes ran wide on lap 9, also managing to get past Laverty at the same time. He then tried his best to close the gap to the riders at the front. He was lapping at the same pace as the leaders, and with a rider retiring in front of him, on lap 18 he was up to fourth place. Unfortunately, he had already felt vibration from his rear tyre and was naturally concerned that a repeat of his Race 1 problem might occur. This meant he had to back off although he bravely continued to cross the line in fourth and match his best result for the Pata Yamaha Team in 2017.
Lowes was determined to follow up his podium in Race 1 with another good ride, but due to the rules for Race 2 he had to start from eighth on the grid. Lowes showed great pace and made his way through the pack one by one until he was in sixth place, before he got held up behind Eugene Laverty. In an effort to pass he ran slightly wide, allowing his teammate van der Mark through. He fought back, passed Laverty, but while hunting down the leading group with his teammate, on lap 12 he tucked the front at turn 1, ending his race prematurely.
Lowes DNF means he is now fifth in the championship with 141 points, 22 behind Marco Melandri in fourth. Van der Mark moves up to sixth with 115 points, 26 behind his teammate. The team are next in action at Laguna Seca for round eight of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship on 7th-9th July.
Michael van der Mark
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 4th - +13.364s
"The start was not perfect, I didn't know where to go in the first couple of corners, but one by one I passed a few people and made some good moves. I was behind Alex and I struggled to do my pace. I was struggling to stop the bike, but we hadn't changed anything from yesterday. I saw that the guys in front were also not doing the same pace from yesterday, so I tried to do my own laps and got close to Alex and Eugene. I passed Alex and then Eugene and tried to close the gap to the guys at the front, but we were doing similar times so I couldn't really achieve that. Towards the end, I got another problem with the rear tyre. It's a shame, but the positive is that we got some good points today. The best thing about the weekend was leading the race for so long yesterday. We can't change anything, so we will take the positives and I look forward to Laguna Seca!"
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - DNF
"I didn't get the best start, it seems to go against us when we don't get a good start as we find it hard to pass, but actually the team did a great job with the bike. I had a lot better pace than yesterday, even when Michael passed me I felt I had a stronger pace than him. I managed to pull away from him at the start, but I got caught behind Laverty, and he caught me back up. Even when Michael passed us both, I could stay with him and felt quite comfortable. All weekend he has been faster than me, so I feel like we have done a good job to improve our pace. It was easy to make a small mistake today, and I am not too sure what happened so it is a shame to lose an opportunity to get some good points. Overall, it's been a promising weekend, showing good potential - even if it was a tough one. We learnt a lot and I am looking forward to Laguna!"
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Principal
"Starting from eighth and twelfth today with the new Race 2 grid format didn't work out well for our guys in the early laps, but both Alex and Michael looked set for good finishes after they had cleared some traffic. At the time Alex tucked the front, both he and Michael were pushing hard to catch the front group and on a greasy track with more than 50°C track temperature it can easily happen. It's a great shame because in clear air Alex had the pace of the podium group. For Michael, yesterday was a massive disappointment and there was no way to challenge for the win today from so far back on the grid, but his pace was superbly consistent until unfortunately, he suffered another problem with the rear tyre with around eight laps to go. Michael had no choice but to back off significantly and of course, he was extremely worried that during the fast section of this track that the same problem would happen as yesterday. We look forward to a positive reaction to avoid this problem in the future."
Season-best finish for Milwaukee Aprilia in Misano Race 2
Misano World Circuit 18 / 06 / 2017
Race 2 at Misano delivered the best performance so far for Milwaukee Aprilia, topping their previous-best result from Race 1. Coming home in P5 and P6 respectively on their Aprilia RSV4 RFs, Eugene and Lorenzo delivered a total of 21 points for the team.
Starting P3 under the SBK reverse grid rules, Eugene was quickly on the attack, jostling for position with Sykes and Melandri in the early stages of the race. As the lead group began to edge away Eugene held his own and managed his pace, eventually taking 5th place and leading home teammate Lorenzo.
Lorenzo started P6, struggling initially to find his pace and progress. More comfortable on his bike than in Race 1, he fended off attacks from De Rosa and Krummenacher throughout the middle of the race. As he found a consistent pace towards the end, he was able to pull away and finish 6th behind teammate Eugene.
With a positive finish to Round 7, the team now look ahead to Round 8 at Laguna Seca in the United States, where they will be hoping to deliver more strong results before the season’s summer break.
The action continues from July 7-9 at Laguna Seca in the United States of America
Torres and Althea BMW denied the podium at Misano; Faccani wins the Stock1000 race
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 18 June 2017
The seventh World Superbike round has concluded at the Misano World Circuit and it proved to be a bittersweet one for the ’Althea BMW Racing Team. Unfortunately, Jordi Torres, having led the race for several laps and comfortably in line for a podium finish, suffered a tyre issue on lap 18 which prevented him from finishing what was easily, until that point, the best race of his season so far. Raffaele De Rosa did well to finish race 2 in seventh place today.
In the Stock1000, in what became a race of two parts, Marco Faccani scored his first win of the season!
Superbike - Race 2 - Starting from pole today (thanks to his fourth place finish in race 1), Torres was lying second though the opening laps, right behind leader Forés. On lap four the Althea rider was able to pass his fellow countryman to take the lead. Holding this position for several laps, Jodi was passed by the factory Ducati of Melandri on lap nine, but the battle between the Spaniard and the Italian continued through the subsequent laps. Unfortunately though, Torres lost his chance to step onto the podium when a rear tyre problem, on lap 18, forced him to stop. A very disappointing end after a fantastic performance by the Spaniard.
De Rosa, 15th on the grid, made up some ground early on, placing 13th. Earning another couple of places as the race went on, the Italian was lying tenth by mid-race. With a fast and constant pace, Raffaele continued to improve, closing today’s race in seventh place, his best result of the season so far.
STK1000 - Race – from third on the grid, Faccani made a very strong start to position second. He maintained that position through the first laps and all was well until lap ten when the race was stopped with a red flag after a crash for Sandi left oil on the track. The race was restarted, shortened to just five laps, and this time Faccani was lying third, battling with Razgatlioglu and Sandi for the podium spots. On the last lap, the Althea BMW kicked into gear and went all out to catch race leader Rinaldi, passing him in the very final stages with a spectacular move that saw him score his first win of the season!
Having now concluded round seven, Torres lies ninth in the standings with 85 points while De Rosa has 27 points, placing 17th. In the Stock1000 category, after five rounds, Faccani is fifth with 52 points.
“We were convinced we could do well today. I started strong, making the most of being on pole. Having no-one up ahead helped, I could take my lines, get into a rhythm. I ran my race, pushing to the limit, giving 100% all the way. I ran with Melandri for several laps and continued to push but then four laps from the end, I felt some vibration and the rear was sliding around, I realised it was the same issue we had at Assen in race 1. I thank my Althea guys, who came up with a significant chassis solution that we'd never tried before, that allowed me to find the right level of confidence and fully express myself. I’m so sorry I was unable to finish the race, but we have to take today’s performance and carry it to Laguna…”
Raffaele De Rosa
“Today went better than yesterday but it’s a pity we couldn’t have reached the top ten yesterday to start a little further forward today, with the inverted grid. Anyway, I’m quite pleased because slowly, step by step, we are managing to improve. It was easy in today’s conditions, I tried to catch up as much as possible and maintain a good pace. Now we’ll take this result and try to build on it race by race.”
"What a race! I’m so happy for the team, for me, everyone! It was very tough in the first part of the race, with a really fast pace to keep. I held on and then pushed to the max again in the second heat. I knew I had to try on the last lap and I did it. What can I say, I’m very happy, we needed this. I thank everyone for their support, the team, the sponsors, we did a great job here and I hope we can continue like this.”
“Though disappointed about what happened to Torres, I’m very pleased with our rider’s performance as he once again showed a great ability to make the most of a good opportunity. Today, particularly after we intervened on the chassis, the bike had good balance, something that the rider himself confirmed in warm-up. As a result, he was able to find that confidence that was lacking. The rest is history, but I want to congratulate him, and then all my guys who used their skills to support our rider. Well done also to De Rosa, who seems to have regained some confidence and then the day came to a positive end with Faccani’s win of course, much needed as it gives all of the Stock team a boost after their hard work in recent months. Lastly, I thank all the sponsors who have supported us.”
Mercado ninth place in Race2. Pontone: fantastic second place in the home round
Misano, June 18 2017 - A solid performance for Leandro Mercado in Misano Race2. The Argentinian rider closes his Riviera Round with a ninth place. After a good starting, the Iodaracing team's rider has battled with the group ahead but in the end he didn’t have a good feeling with his Aprilia and tryed to finish the race in the best way possible.
LEANDRO MERCADO #36 - WSBK RIDER - 9° IN RACE2
It was an hard race for me today, especially in the second half. After a good start, I tried to push more than I could to gain some positions. Turn after turn I started to lose feeling with the bike and the pace was not so good as in the start, so I do managed to finish the race. Now we are working to solve few problems spotted in today’s race and we look forward to Laguna Seca for a better week end.
Armando Pontone's race weekend has closed with a very important result. The italian rider got the second place after a great race that saw him also as a leader. The Team Iodaracing rider has pushed hard since the beginning of the race and has achieved an important result for the whole team. Armando Pontone is back on the podium after a long injury, confirming the work done after the recovering and since the beginning of the season.
ARMANDO PONTONE #80 - WSSP 300 RIDER - 2nd IN RACE
I am very happy for this result. It has been an hard race and I want to thank the whole team and the sponsors because they have always believed in me. During the race I felt good on the bike and I push hard to stay with the first group. During the last lap I tried to overtake the rider in front of me but, at the end, I got the second place. It is a very important result gained thank the work done with the team.
Top-10 for Bradl at Misano in race two
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
The closing race of the ‘Riviera di Rimini Round’ of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship was contested today at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Stefan Bradl and the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rounded out the top-10 in what was another hot and eventful 21-lap race around the 4.226km Italian track.
Bradl maintained his position at the start of the race while steadily making his way up to tenth place, which he reached on the 18th lap. From then on, Stefan rode the remaining laps on his own to retain tenth at the chequered flag.
The next round of the World Superbike championship will take place in a three-weekend’s time at Laguna Seca, United States of America.
Stefan Bradl 6
Today’s race was surely a better one, but it wasn’t easy! After four laps, I had some problems with the dashboard. It took me a couple of laps to figure that out and once I realised everything else was OK, I could find a bit of pace back and finish the race. Tenth place is not a bad result, especially given the circumstances, but obviously we need to find some direction for the next round because this weekend has been quite difficult for everyone.
- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Once again it was not an easy race for us. Unlike yesterday, the bike was working OK and Stefan put together a great effort by riding the bike home in tenth place despite the issue with the dashboard. We now have some time to prepare for the next race at Laguna and we will work hard to be ready for it.
WorldSSP: Sofuoglu storms to fourth successive win
World Champion takes big win at Misano, ahead of fellow podium finishers Cluzel and Caricasulo
At the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round on Sunday it was World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who took a fourth consecutive victory, with the Turkish rider accompanied on the podium by Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) and Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team).
In clear and sunny conditions at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” Sofuoglu extended his brilliant winning run as he continues to put his early season injury troubles behind him with a two second win over Frenchman Cluzel.
In the final stages Cluzel was just unable to challenge Sofuoglu despite a good earlier fight, whilst Caricasulo was delighted to finish behind them in third place as the top Italian - in front of the Misano fans.
PJ Jacobsen (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) applied the pressure to Caricasulo for the last podium position over the finals laps but just could not catch the Yamaha man. Crossing the finish line behind American rider Jacobsen were two Britons, Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini) and Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) in fifth and sixth respectively.
Completing the top ten, meanwhile, were Axel Bassani (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI), Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing), Hannes Soomer (WILSport Racedays)
and Anthony West (EAB West Racing). Soomer was the top FIM Europe Supersport Cup finisher in ninth place.
Early in the race championship leader Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) crashed out, falling twice and unable to rejoin after the second of his two spills, with the DNF being a significant blow to his title assault. His lead in the standings is now reduced to just five points ahead of Sofuoglu.
There were also crashes for the likes of Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing), Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing), Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura), Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing), Christian Gamarino (BARDAHL EVAN BROS. Honda Racing) and Robin Mulhauser (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda).
The WorldSSP riders will return to action at the Prosecco DOC German Round - after their summer break - over the 18th to 20th August weekend.
P1 - Kenan Sofuolgu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
"Today was a difficult race but it was all down to experiecne I think, I was expecting a strong fight from four riders, so to fight with Cluzel was surprising. It was a tough race, but I am so happy to take the victory at such an important race for Pucetti Racing. They put in so much work so it's great to be able to celebrate here with them."
#RiminiWorldSBK: WorldSSP Race
1. Kenan Sofuoglu (TUR) Kawasaki
2. Jules Cluzel (FRA) Honda +2.076
3. Federico Caricasulo (ITA) Yamaha +5.600
Sofuoglu Makes It Four Race Wins
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu won his fourth 2017 season WorldSSP championship race in succession today, recording his 42nd career victory in masterful style. Kyle Ryde, his team-mate, finished in the points with a 14th place finish.
Sofuoglu drew on all his long experience in this class of racing to take his fourth win of the year, after running out front with some of his championship rivals, and finally only having Jules Cluzel for company.
Kenan controlled the pace at the end and won by just over two seconds to take himself within five points of the championship lead. Lucas Mahias, still the overall leader on points, crashed out twice in the early laps and no-scored.
After qualifying 19th Ryde was still able to progress to 14th at the flag, scoring two more points and still well inside the championship top ten at the start of the summer break.
Ryde and his pit crew found him the same race pace as he had demonstrated in qualifying which helped him to ride with confidence and consistency.
In the current championship standings, Mahias has 105 points and Kenan 100, with the next nearest rider 24 points behind Sofuoglu after seven rounds.
There will be no WorldSSP race at the forthcoming WorldSBK Laguna Seca round, which means that the eighth race in the Supersport season will take place on Sunday 20th August, at the Lausitzring in Germany.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I am very happy to have won another race because Puccetti did a lot of organising this weekend and Kawasaki did a lot of work with us. So I am very happy to give them this present. My team told me that Mahias was out but this was not my biggest point - I just wanted to win the race. I wanted to see what Cluzel could do but I understand that I had a faster pace and I could pull a gap. This is what I tried and it paid off. Today I cannot say that I was very fast but my experience won the race.”
Kyle Ryde, stated: “I have not done a long run all weekend and a couple of riders fell off so I got a some points. That is a positive but I am even happier with the consistency I showed during this race. It was a solid one second per lap off the race winner but I was doing consistent mid 1’40s after my qualifying time had been a mid 1’40. I had a bit of bad luck on lap six when a rider in front missed a gear and I ran into the back of him, bashing my knee on his exhaust pipe. I lost a few seconds there and it took me a few laps to get back into it. I think I could have been up to, maybe, eighth without that happening. But we were definitely better in the race than on Friday and Saturday.”
Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was a strong sixth today at his team’s home round, with Axel Bassani (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) just one place behind him as he deputised for an injured Michael Canducci.
Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was 12th at Misano, Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) 13th, Ryde 14th and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 16th.
Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) did not finish after a heavy fall, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) also a non-finisher after a crash.
Cluzel secures superb second at Misano
Posted on 18th June 2017
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Cluzel secured second position after a good fight with Kenan Sofuoglu at the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini round of the World Supersport Championship.
Jules rode a controlled race throughout in bright and sunny conditions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncellli and settled for the second step on the podium. This points haul takes the French rider to 30 points off the Championship lead and only one point from third.
Jules said: “I can say that I am happy to finish 2nd because today was a tricky race. For sure I want to win but sometimes we have to be more intelligent. I didn’t make any mistakes this weekend so I am happy. It was a tricky weekend, a strange feeling for the front and there were many crashes, it’s good to be at the front without crashing. I saw Mahias crashing and thought for sure I have to finish the race because this is the guy that is leading the Championship with a lot of points. This is the chance to get closer so even with that feeling I was able to pass Caricasulo and come back to Kenan. When I passed him I was consistently doing 39.6s. I just felt bad with my front which is why I was not able to come back and be faster. Kenan pushed really hard at the end, we came back to fast lap times and I tried, you can see the big black mark on my leathers, I nearly crashed and after that I knew that 2nd was the best position.”
It was always going to be a tough race for Hikari Okubo who, having crashed in Superpole 2 yesterday started the race from 33rd at the back of the grid. Hikari fought through the pack to finish in the points in 15th place.
There was more disappointment for Switzerland’s Robin Mulhauser when he had a coming together with another rider at turn 9 and crashed out of the race on lap 6.
Hiromichi Kunikawa made his best lap time of the weekend during the race finishing just outside the top 20 in 21st position.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a great race by Jules, a really good fight. With about two laps to go Jules came back at Kenan but then almost lost the front end which was when I knew he would have to settle for 2nd. Jules had some problems with feeling for the front and I think everybody had this problem with the track temperature but I am really happy for Jules and the whole CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team who all did a great job this weekend. We will do everything we can to improve our machine over the summer break so we can make the strongest title challenge possible in the remaining 5 rounds. Hikari didn’t have quite the same feeling in the race after his crash yesterday and the lap times weren’t what we hoped for him but his true Japanese fighting spirit shone through and he ended up with one point. Robin had another disappointing race. He was ok after his crash but there was substantial damage to his bike and he couldn’t continue. Hiromichi made another positive step forward in the race and he continues to improve. I am very happy for him and his crew because he wants to do better and we want him to do better.”
Home Hero Caricasulo Returns to the Podium at Misano
GRT Official Yamaha WorldSSP Team's Federico Caricasulo returned to the podium for the first time since his win at Buriram at his home race in Misano, round seven of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. His teammate Lucas Mahias unfortunately crashed out of the race whilst battling for the victory, but leaves Italy still leading the championship by five points.
Caricasulo started from the front row in third and immediately was involved in the battle at the front. The 21-year-old Italian from Ravenna, less than 80km from the track, rode superbly as he showed that he has recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained in Assen. Consistently quick, he fought with Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel for the victory throughout the race, managing to hold off Cluzel until lap 8 when the French rider made contact with Caricasulo as he passed. Caricasulo recovered and knew he had the podium in his sights, bringing his R6 home to cross the line in third, 5.600s behind the winner.
Mahias started the race from fourth on the grid with a 30-point championship lead, and immediately he was involved in an excellent battle with Sofuoglu at the front. The two riders were swapping places at almost every corner before Mahias lost the front at Turn 4 on the third lap. The 28-year-old French rider managed to rejoin, but unfortunately crashed again at turn 8 and retired from the race.
Mahias still leads the championship standings by five points with 105, whilst Caricasulo has now moved up to sixth with 51 points. The WorldSSP class does not race at Laguna Seca, so the GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team will be back in action at the Lausitzring on the 18th-20th of August.
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 3rd +5.600s
"It is a very nice feeling to return to the podium! I wanted to try to win this race because last year, I was so close to winning, before Kenan overtook me on the last lap. The podium is good I am happy after some difficult races and my injury. It is very important to be back on the podium and Yamaha and my team did a great job. I am happy because we are making really good progress and I think we will be very competitive in the next races."
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - DNF
"The race was not so bad, sure I crashed, but I followed the plan. The plan was to push a lot, because while it is good that I have finished every race in a good position, now it is important to win races. I don't like finishing second or third. I am rider who likes to fight. It was a very little crash, in fact I am a little bit angry because during the weekend I didn't have a problem at all in this corner, but in the race, I crashed. That's racing. It is my first time in this championship, my first season as an official Yamaha rider - with a new team and new bike - and this is my first error all season. Okay, it has consequences for the championship, but now I don't feel the pressure. I am still leading the championship by five points. I like to look at the positives and the Championship is not finished, we still have a lot of races left. I look forward to the second half of the season, and I like the tracks that we have left."
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team Manager
"Today we had a very good strategy. Our aim was for Lucas to take the fight to Kenan and win. But, as always, everything is at the limit and just a little change in temperature and the track became slippery. When Lucas went into the slow corner the front closed and we were very unlucky. I am still very happy though, as we have shown that we have what it takes to battle at the front to win. For Federico, I am very happy, because he has been very focused and concentrated all weekend, despite a little crash in Warm Up. He had a very good race, and it was very important for him to be on the podium at his home race. We managed this, so I am very happy for him and the team. The team have been fantastic all weekend and have done a great job. I am very satisfied for the strategy we had, racing is racing, sometimes it goes to plan, sometimes it doesn't."
A Stock1000 race of two parts for Althea MF84 at Misano
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 18 June 2017
A hard-fought Stock1000 race for the Althea MF84 team and rider Julian Puffe at the Misano World Circuit. Young rider Puffe crossed the line 18th after completing ‘two races’ in very hot conditions.
Race – 23rd on the grid, Puffe lost a little ground at the start, finding himself 25th after lap one. From there, he made up a couple of places but then on lap ten the race was stopped with the red flag after a crash for Sandi left oil on track. The race soon restarted, shortened to just five laps, and this time Puffe was in 22nd place through the first corners. Earning another four positions over the course of the 5-lap sprint, the young German closed in final 18th position today.
After five championship rounds, Puffe currently lies in 18th position in the standings with 8 points. There is now a two-month break before the next round, taking place at the Lausitzring over the weekend of 18-20 August.
“Another really tough weekend for us unfortunately. I had an issue with my quick shifter in the first ‘heat’ of the race, which meant I lost quite a few positions. We were able to fix the shifter for the next heat, which got off to a better start, but when a couple of riders crashed in front of me, it slowed me down… A negative weekend, but now we will prepare for Germany, where I hope we will have more luck.”
“It was a very difficult weekend, right from Friday. I realised we’d struggle to reach the top fifteen here. We were 23rd on the grid but there were many riders within just a few tenths of each other. Then we had a small electronics issue during the first part of the race. We resolved that in time for the second ‘heat’ but with only 5 laps available, Julian wasn’t able to progress any further than 18th place. We’re a little disappointed but hope we can do a good job at the Lausitzring, our rider’s home race. Congratulations to Faccani, he ran a great race.”
WorldSSP300: Perez converts pole to victory at stunning Misano
Spanish rider secures second win of the season in enthralling race
Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays) has secured a stunningly close victory in the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round, following a stunning 13 lap race around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Pole sitter Perez (WILSport Racedays) got a stunning start off the line and was locked in a battle for the lead in the opening laps, as a leading group of six began to form under the sunny Italian skies.
Armando Pontone (IODARacing) impressed in his first race up in the leading group, and he out up a strong fight throughout the leading pack as he was joined by the now experienced riders of Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP300 Team), Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing), Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) and Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team).
World Championship leader Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) spent his race locked in the second group and the battle for a top seven finish. Crossing the line in 12th position, his championship lead is now down to three points as they head to the summer break.
Leading the majority of the race, despite missing out with his front end speed on the Honda, Perez took the victory by 0.027s ahead of Italian Pontone, marking his first podium finish in front of his home crowd. Coppola made up for the disappointment overall result from Donington Park and secured a podium finish making it an Italian 2-3 in Rimini.
Following the enthralling fifth round of the WorldSSP300 season, the inaugural series heads into their summer break. Don’t miss a minute of all the action from the season so far as the title fight continues, and following the disqualification of Coppola from the Donington Park round, the championship is now wide open.
P1 - Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays)
"It was a really difficult race, it was a close race like always, I tried to push to get away but it was not possible with six guys on the last lap and in the last corner. I am so happy, I want to say thanks to my team and I look forward to Lausitzring."
#RiminiWorldSBK: WorldSSP300 Race
1. Mika Perez (ESP) Honda
2. Armando Pantone (ITA) Yamaha +0.027
3. Alfonso Coppola (ITA) Yamaha +0.137
Misano World Circuit to host WorldSBK until 2020
Contract extension announced at Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round
Santamonica SpA and Dorna WSBK Organization are thrilled to announce a contract extension, which will see Misano World Circuit host the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship until 2020.
As the ever popular Rimini Round reaches its 50th WorldSBK race this weekend, it is the perfect occasion to announce an extension of the partnership. Providing fantastic racing, state of the art facilities and stunning levels of Italian passion, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli are also celebrating their 45th year of hosting racing activity. This extension will see WorldSBK racing action take on the 4.226km circuit for the next three years.
Luca Colaiacovo, president of Santamonica SpA expresses his delight following the announcement: "With the WorldSBK series there is a historical and important link which brings strong levels of commitment, in order to improve the facilities that we welcome each year. This year we launched our new Paddock 4, we have redesigned the main paddock building and opened another entrance point."
"Signing the agreement,” adds Andrea Albani, Managing Director MWC, “Opens up new development opportunities for sports and business activities. Additionally the event schedule is a key ingredient of the Motor Valley, an activity Misano is highly involved with and is strengthened with the WorldSBK series.”
WorldSBK Executive Director Daniel Carrera explains: “The Misano Round is a natural circuit for WorldSBK to visit. You can find widespread passion, strong organizational skills and plenty of involvement on a local scale. It was an easy decision to make, one which feels almost natural."