Press releases from the World Superbike teams and organizers after the first race in Germany:
Davies dominates in Germany with Race One victory
Race 1 at Lausitzring sees Davies speed to victory, with Rea and Sykes also on the podium
As the riders enjoyed their first race since the summer break it was Welshman Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) who produced a superb ride at the Prosecco DOC German Round on Saturday, taking victory by a 1.834s margin from Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) also on the podium.
Repeating his Race 1 victory from Lausitzring last year Davies controlled the race well after starting in third on the grid, taking the lead on the second lap. He was too strong for Rea and Sykes despites their best efforts to chase him down.
Sykes had set a new pole record earlier in the day but could not match Davies’ race pace and crossed the line in third place, 3.25s down on the Ducati-equipped race winner.
The Saturday contest at Round 9 in Germany saw Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) cross the line in fourth place, 16 seconds down on his teammate Davies, with Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) getting a creditable fifth place as he finished half a second behind Melandri.
Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) put pressure on Camier for fifth but just missed out by 0.186s as the highest finisher on the YZF R1.
Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) was the best finisher on the Aprilia RSV4 RF in seventh, whilst Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team), Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) rounded out the top ten.
On his WorldSBK return wildcard Markus Reiterberger (Van Zon Remeha BMW) was running in a solid eighth place for much of the race before he ran into the gravel at turn 10 and dropped down the order to eventually finish 13th.
Earlier Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) had suffered a midrace off track excursion and he ended up 11th. There were several high profile crashers and retirees including Italian quartet Riccardo Russo (Guandalini Racing), Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team).
Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was forced to sit out due to pain in his left elbow, after crashing on Friday and having a further medical check following Superpole on Saturday morning. His condition is to be evaluated again on Sunday morning before Warm Up.
Indeed Sunday’s action at the Prosecco DOC German Round will see the WorldSBK riders on track for their Warm Up session at 9.30am local time (GMT+2), with Race 2 commencing at 1pm local time.
P1 - Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"Last year was a great race for us in the first race and this year I knew that would be a different story. It was a matter of scratching out a result as everyone had a strong pace, I felt like we showed we had the best pace over 21 laps instead of one lap. I kept my powder dry, 25 points in the bag and I'm very happy with that."
P2 - Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
"I think second position is the best we could have expected this weekend, after we've had some problems all weekend. In the mid part of the race I did think I had a little bit extra, but it wasn't enough to match Davies' pace, so a big well done to him."
P3 - Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
"Overall I'm happy with our performance, I had a bit of a problem and wasn't able to exit the long turns as I would have liked and that's whats slowed us down, we just need to work on those issues tomorrow and I think we'll be up and fighting."
Relentless Davies takes Race 1 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz to seize his fifth win of the season, Melandri is 4th
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team once again took the top step of the podium in Race 1 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz (Germany) with Chaz Davies, who thus clinched his fifth win of the season. After a hectic moment before the start due to a rear-brake issue, the Welshman kept his cool and got off to a strong start from sixth position on the grid. Second at the first corner, Davies took the lead in lap 2 and progressively pulled away from Rea and Sykes by imposing a relentless pace in the low 1:37 mark.
Marco Melandri, fourth on the finish line, faced a more difficult race. Despite a positive start from fourth position, the Italian suffered some issues under acceleration as the rear tyre progressively dropped and was forced to play defense. Melandri will start Race 2 from pole position, while Davies will take 9th position on the grid.
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will resume action at 09:30 (CET) tomorrow for warm-up ahead of Race 2 (scheduled to start at 13:00).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 1st
“The sighting lap was pandemonium, I nearly high-sided going into the last corner because of an issue with the rear brake. That made for a few tense minutes on the grid, because usually you can’t fix something like that in such a short time, but I have a good crew and they fixed to almost entirely, so it was good enough to allow me to do what I needed to do. Then, I got a great start and found myself in a good position in the early laps. Once I took the lead, I just tried to set my pace without looking at the lap times and we came out on top. The rhythm was good, but there is still room for improvement ahead of Race 2. We’ll start from 9th position but I think this track offers opportunities for overtaking and we’ve worked on our starts recently, finding more consistency, so I’m in for another interesting race.”
Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #33) – 4th
“It wasn’t an easy race for us. In the first few laps we managed to stay within the leading group, but as the rear tyre dropped our bike started to wobble too much over the bumps and I was forced to ease off the throttle, losing contact with the riders ahead of me. At first, I tried to compensate by braking later to make up for it but, the harder I pushed, the more mistakes I made, and I almost lost the front a couple of times. Our pace was in the high 1:37 mark today, we couldn’t do more and it wouldn’t have been smart to take more risks. Tomorrow we’ll try some setup modifications during WUP. The goal is to stay with our rivals for the whole race.”
Stefano Cecconi, Aruba S.p.A. CEO and Team Principal
“Chaz gifted us with a very emotional win today, because it was a result of both his heart and his brains. After the issues encountered in the sighting lap, it wasn’t easy to stay calm but, thanks also to great teamwork, he managed to regularly start the race and dictate his pace from early on. Unfortunately, Marco struggled more with the bumps and, after a few laps, he was forced to drop the pace a bit. It’s never easy to do a double, but we’ll try our best to put both our riders in a position to win tomorrow.”
Podium Finishes For Rea And Sykes
Jonathan Rea (KRT) and Tom Sykes (KRT) each scored podium results in the opening 21-lap WorldSBK race at the Lausitzring in Germany, with Rea second and Sykes third today. With one more race to go this weekend, Jonathan has a 63-point championship lead over Tom
Making progress through race weekend, despite encountering some changeable track conditions, Rea built up to an eventual second place in the opening race, having scored second spot in Superpole. He chased eventual winner Chaz Davies all the way to the flag after he took second place on lap three, but could not find enough traction near the end to mount a final challenge for victory. Rea was less than two seconds down on the win at the flag.
Sykes, who had set a new pole record for the Lausitzring earlier in the day as he captured his 42nd career Superpole win, led the first lap of race one. After first Davies and then Jonathan passed him, Tom could not regain a winning position and he finished 3.25 seconds from first place. His pole win was the 70th for Kawasaki in WorldSBK history and was taken on Tom’s 32nd birthday.
After more heavy overnight rain, the track took some time to get back to the grip level of the early sessions today, but when it did it allowed the leading three to move well ahead of the chasing riders at the flag, with Sykes 13 seconds up on the fourth placed rider.
In the championship standings, with one more Lausitzring race to go tomorrow, Sunday 20th, Rea now has 361 points and Sykes 298 – with the official Ninja ZX-10RR duo still 1-2 in the rankings. Davies’s win takes him to a total of 251 points, in third place.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “In the beginning and middle parts of the race I felt I had the pace to be with Chaz. Following him, I did not know exactly where I was going to be strong enough to make a pass to make my own race. I just tried to say stay there as long as I could and hope that the gap would open up behind. Then I started suffering with the right hand side of my rear tyre. I was starting to struggle to make the lap times and through some of the right-handers I felt on ice a little bit. I just had to manage my own race, and the guys gave me incredible pit-board signals. When Chaz was eking out a gap there was nothing I could do to win. So I put all my effort into keeping a solid rhythm and preserving the tyre for the last laps. Until we all put our heads together and look at the data we will not really know if we chose the correct rear tyre option today. It has been such a tough weekend because of the conditions, and all the rain we have had. But the pace today was still much faster, on a green track, than last year’s race, or even my race simulation during the test here in the summer break. Hopefully it will not rain again so much tonight.”
Tom Sykes, stated: “I got a strong start and the lap times were good but our main rival had something extra compared to all the practice, so we just missed out. Whether it was a tyre choice, as we went for the softer option, but the only thing I was struggling with in the race is that I was not able to get of the corners as strongly as I wanted to. We will have to look at this for tomorrow but overall I am just disappointed not to convert the pole position into a win today. But Chaz and Jonathan were riding strongly and compared to last year the lap times were much faster. In Superpole the bike itself was working really nice, really consistent and it did pretty much what I wanted it to.”
Lowes Charges to Top Six Finish in Race 1 at the Lausitzring
It was a mixed Saturday for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team at the Lausitzring for round nine of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship as Alex Lowes pulled off an excellent ride to secure sixth, whilst his teammate Michael van der Mark suffered a loss of rear tyre pressure that saw him cross the line in 15th. Lowes rode superbly to finish less than 0.8s off the man in fourth, despite struggling a little on a full fuel load at the start of the race. His teammate van der Mark had a great start during the race, but the rear tyre pressure loss - the reason for which is yet unknown - forced him to drop his pace significantly and he bravely bought his R1 home in 15th place.
Lowes made it directly through to SP2 on Saturday and the 26-year-old was on blistering form, managing to set a 1:36.7745, just 0.653s from pole, to start Race 1 from the head of the third row in seventh. When the lights went out for Race 1, Lowes made a superb start, cutting inside at Turn 1 to move into fifth and breaking away from the rest of the pack with the leading group of five. Unfortunately, he didn't quite have the front-end confidence he needed on his Pata Yamaha R1 with a full load of fuel and so could not take the fight to the leaders in the opening laps, but instead became involved in an excellent race-long battle with Leon Camier. On lap 4 Camier passed Lowes for fifth, but as the race went on the feeling with his R1 improved dramatically as the fuel load dropped, allowing him to fight back and start to chase down Camier and Marco Melandri ahead of him. Lowes pushed hard in the final laps and closed down the gap to the men in front dramatically but, unfortunately, he ran out of laps, crossing the line in sixth just 0.1s behind the fifth-placed Camier and less than 0.8s behind Melandri in fourth. Due to the new grid rules for 2017, Lowes will line up on the front row for Sunday's Race 2 in third and is confident the lessons learnt from today will allow him to make a step forward as he aims to secure his third podium of 2017.
His teammate van der Mark had to go through SP1 for only the third time in 2017 after he was unlucky with the timing of a red flag and the subsequent thunderstorm on Friday that saw him finish FP2 in 11th overall. The 24-year-old Dutch rider made a statement in SP1 as he went over 0.5s quicker than the rest of the field on a race tyre to finish the session in first and head into SP2 with his teammate Lowes. He went onto qualify in the middle of the fourth row in 11th and then made a blistering start when Race 1 got underway, blasting his way past a number of riders to be up to eighth by the end of the first lap. While pushing to join the battle at the battle at the front, he ran off track on the second lap and had to rejoin in 16th. Undeterred, the former World Supersport Champion started to battle his way through the field, making it up to 11th before he started to lose pressure in his rear tyre. As the tyre visually deflated, van der Mark bravely carried on, despite advice to return to the pits and retire from the Pata Yamaha team, who were worried for his safety. Incredibly, he managed to bring his R1 home in 15th to salvage a championship point, despite the fact that by the time he reached parc fermé his tyre was completely flat. Van der Mark will, therefore, line up on the grid for Sunday's Race 2 at the back of the fourth row in 12th, eager to make amends for today's bad luck.
This result sees Alex Lowes remain fifth in the championships standings with 158 points and extends his lead over the rider in sixth to 18 points. Van der Mark stays seventh in the standings with 130 points, just 10 points behind the rider in sixth place. The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are back in action at the Lausitzring on Sunday at 9.30am for Warm Up, with Race 2 scheduled for 1pm.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 6th +16.783
"Today has been pretty good, I am quite happy with my race considering missing the test and yesterday's dramas! I had a really good race with Leon Camier but, unfortunately, I didn't quite have the front-end confidence to pass him. Fair play to him, he didn't make one mistake and did a good job. I learnt quite a lot during the race today, my pace was honestly better than I expected and I think we can make some good steps for tomorrow. I am looking forward to Race 2, the R1 is working a lot better than last year at this track and I feel that I rode well today. I want to say thank you to my team who have done a great job this weekend, let's see if we can take another step forward tomorrow!"
Michael van der Mark
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 15th +1:04.118
"To be honest I was happy with the way I made it out of SP1 into SP2. I went more than a second faster on my race tyre in SP1 than I had done so far, but in SP2 on the qualifying tyre, I didn't have a great feeling. I think the rear was pushing the front, so I had to start from 11th on the grid. During the race, I had a good start but I started to struggle with the grip right from the early stages. I then made a mistake, although I am not sure what really happened, I ran off track and then had to fight my way through the field. To be honest, while my pace was not fantastic, it was better than in practice. I just focused on maintaining this pace, but then I started to get slower and slower and the bike was moving around a lot. I just finished the race as every point is vital in this championship, but when I got back to parc fermé I realised I had a completely flat tyre. We obviously have to find out how this happened, which we will work on tonight, and I will give my best again in Race 2 tomorrow."
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Principal
"It has been a complicated weekend so far here at Lausitzring: thunder, lightning, tropical rainstorms, and some challenging issues also for the team to overcome but I think we have to be - on Alex's side of the garage anyway - happy with today's performance. Having not tested here we knew that trying to take the challenge to the top four was going to be difficult but Alex rode a very considered and intelligent race to look after his tyre, be fast but consistent, and in the end that meant missing out on fourth position by only seven-tenths of a second. Good job by him and his team and with this race experience under their belts and a couple more improvements for tomorrow, we look forward to starting from the front row and seeing what we can achieve. Michael did an excellent job in SP1 to do a 1:37.5 lap and dominate the session to make it through to SP2 earlier today. He also made a great start to the race from 11th on the grid, challenging immediately inside the top eight and had a good consistent pace going until, unfortunately, he began to lose pressure from the rear tyre before mid-race. The problem was clear watching from trackside so we became very concerned on the safety aspect and gave him the signal to enter the pits and retire, but typically enough, Michael managed the situation and even though there was only one point to be scored, he made sure he stayed out and achieved that. We are not sure of the cause of the pressure loss, but of course, it is critical that we find that information out as quickly as possible."
Technical problem for Giugliano as Bradl sits out race one at Lausitzring
The opening race of the ninth WorldSBK round of the season was contested today at the Lausitzring racetrack in Germany. With Stefan Bradl out of action following yesterday’s crash during free practice two, Davide Giugliano was running in the top-15 when a technical problem forced him back to the pits approximately halfway through the encounter.
Giugliano enjoyed a good start to the race from sixteenth place on the grid and made up two positions on the opening lap on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine. The 27-year-old Italian was battling for a finish in the points until lap ten, when he ran off track first and then made his way back to the pits.
After riding through the pain in both FP3 and Superpole 1 and qualifying in fifteenth place, Stefan Bradl decided to sit out the opening encounter of his home round in order to rest his injured elbow and increase his chances to line up on the grid for tomorrow’s race two. The German rider’s condition will be reviewed by the medical centre tomorrow morning before warm up, which is set to get underway at 9:30 local time (GMT +2).
Davide Giugliano 34
It was a good race for as long as it lasted. At the beginning, with everyone so close together, it was hard for me to be aggressive – it was still my first race with this bike after all – so I lost a bit of ground. Then when the pack opened up a bit, I was able to ride more like I wanted to and my pace improved. My lap times were quite interesting, too, as I was quicker than during the rest of the weekend. It was a shame we were forced to retire with a technical issue: the team is now trying to understand what happened in order to be ready for tomorrow.
- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Stefan Bradl 6
No doubt it’s been an unlucky weekend so far. After hitting my elbow hard in yesterday’s FP2 crash, this morning I tried to ride but it could only do a few laps before the pain got too intense and I had very limited movement in the joint. That’s why I had to make the decision of not racing today. I will get some more treatment later at Clinica Mobile in order to get in better shape for tomorrow and try to race.
- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
We kept working with Davide to improve his feeling with the bike and we made some steps forward. In the race he looked a bit more comfortable and his times were quicker, too. It was disappointing that we had a technical problem, and we are currently analysing what happened in order to prepare for tomorrow. With better luck, he’ll be able to enjoy a good second race here at Lausitzring. Stefan decided not to race today as the pain from his elbow was too much. Hopefully that decision will give him time to recover enough to be able to take part in race two.
Great recovery by Torres in race 1 at the Lausitzring
Lausitz (Germany), Saturday 19 August 2017
Race 1 at the Lausitzring, a home track for German manufacturer BMW of course, proved to be a mixed bag for the Althea BMW Racing team. Jordi Torres was able to make a great recovery having lost ground at the start, crossing the line ninth, while Raffaele De Rosa suffered a crash mid-race.
Over in Stock1000, Marco Faccani has qualified eighth for tomorrow’s 14-lap race.
Superpole 1: De Rosa completed a first fast lap, in 1’38.758, which positioned him second mid-session; after a tyre change, the Italian was back out, able to improve on his time by a further six tenths. Finishing with a fastest lap of 1’38.194, the Althea BMW rider closed the session third, which translated into 13th on today’s race grid.
Superpole 2: The 1’37.369 set by Torres early on saw him lying seventh prior to the tyre change. In the final stages, on a qualifying tyre, the Spaniard was able to drop his time by a good six tenths, (1’36.739), to qualify in a solid fifth place.
SBK – Race 1: From fifth on the grid, Torres risked crashing through the first corners when the rear of his BMW started to slide around. Forced to modify his trajectory and losing many places as a result, Jordi found himself down in 20th position. With a lot of work ahead of him, the Spaniard immediately started to play catch-up, putting together a series of fantastic passes to climb to 14th by lap six. Over the next laps, his solid pace allowed him to improve further, passing one rider after another to cross the line ninth today.
De Rosa earned a couple of positions off the line, eleventh after one lap. Finding good pace through the first phase of the race, the Italian battled in a group with Laverty and Forés. Unfortunately, on lap 11, Raffaele suffered a crash and although he attempted to continue the race, he was forced to retire a few laps later.
Superstock 1000 - qualifying: eighth in this morning’s final practice, Faccani recorded a series of interesting times in the qualifying session, the best of which, a 1’39.330, awarded him eighth position on tomorrow’s Stock1000 race grid.
“Superpole went well and I scored a good grid position. I made a good start in the race but at turn 3 I almost lost the rear, losing many positions as a result. The same thing happened another couple of times and I lost confidence in the tyre; we have to look into what happened as it was very strange. I then gradually got back into a rhythm, making up places lap after lap. It’s just a shame about the start because I lost a lot of time getting past riders further down the field; I did what I could in the circumstances.”
Raffaele De Rosa
"After the crash in Japan, I’ve continued to feel better, physically-speaking, as the sessions have progressed this weekend. I’m just sorry about today’s crash, I’m discouraged and it’s a shame because the bike was working well and I felt good. I was there with Forés, trying to get into my rhythm and progress but the crash prevented me from continuing. We need to look ahead though and try to make up for this in tomorrow’s race.”
"I’m not particularly happy with the position, I don’t want to be on the third row of course. We’re stil missing something, though we have actually improved step by step throughout the course of the sessions. We still have tomorrow’s warm-up to make some final changes and then, in the race, we’ll be aiming for the positions that count; I’ll do my best as always.”
Milwaukee Aprilia score double points finish in Race One at Lausitz
EuroSpeedway Lausitz 19 / 08 / 2017
Riders Lorenzo and Eugene scored another double points finish in Race One at Lausitz, taking P7 and P10 for the team and a total haul of 15 points.
Before the race Lorenzo scored a fantastic P3 for the team in Superpole 2, setting a blistering lap that placed him behind only Sykes and Rea and marking a significant step forward for Milwaukee Aprilia. Eugene took a respectable P8, finishing the session three tenths off the pace of his teammate.
The team's race result didn't quite deliver on the promise of Superpole, with both riders hampered by separate technical issues. Lorenzo made a steady start and followed the leaders, after being passed by the fast-starting Lowes and Camier. Waiting for his opportunity to attack, he was forced into damage limitation when his bike developed a traction control issue that cost him time and the chance to push forward. Unchallenged for most of the race, he brought home nine important points and secured a P4 starting position for Race Two.
Eugene was caught up in a clash at Turn One at the race start, and was pushed wide into the run-off area. Dropped to the back of the field, he pushed an excellent recovery attack which moved him to P9 by lap five. From there he passed Reiterberger and shadowed teammate Lorenzo. He fended off Fores and Torres for much of the race, but was then affected by a backshift issue on his RSV4 RF which put him on the backfoot until he could finish P10 with 6 points.
With another chance to prove their mettle on Sunday, the team will ensure both riders and bikes are on song for Race Two.
The action continues for Milwaukee Aprilia on Sunday with Race 2 at 13:00 (12:00 GMT).
Lorenzo Savadori #32
Superpole 2: 1'36.463, P3
Race: P7, 9 points
"Superpole went well for me, and I was really happy to get my first front row this year for the team. We made good progress on the lap speed and I think we closed the gap a lot.
It was an OK start in the race, I lost some positions but I was able to keep fighting. I tried to maintain my pace and wait to attack the leaders, but around halfway I had a traction problem with the bike which made it difficult to push and I lost a lot of time.
I was not so happy to only finish P7, but points are good and we know areas we can make better for Race 2. I am happy we had good qualification speed, and I hope we can continue this."
Eugene Laverty #50
Superpole 2: 1'36.796, P8
Race: P10, 6 points
“Superpole wasn't so bad, eighth wasn't where we wanted to start but the bike ran well and I felt confident on it which was good.
The race was really tough for us. I got tangled up in a Turn One incident which dropped me nearly to last place. After that it was a battle for me, I forced some passes and made my way back through the field. Around Lap seven I had a problem with the backshift which worked intermittently, and the second half of the race I was struggling to keep up with the pace.
It was a frustrating end and we were showing a lot of potential. We'll get the problem fixed for tomorrow, it's just a shame when the problems hit you in the race. The bike felt good and I was on the leaders' pace mostly. The top three guys today are still a step ahead, but fourth is there for taking and that has to be our aim for tomorrow."
"We had a great Superpole session, and another first for the team to get a legitimate front row start without a reverse grid or penalties for other riders. It was a big achievement to close some lap time potential down to the front. Eugene was strong on the race tyre in SP2, the qualifying tyre not so much, and we were looking forward to a promising race.
Lorenzo had a frustrating race. He settled in at the start and tried to be cautious, and wait to make his move up the field. He had a traction control problem which was cutting too much power for him, and he had to play things safe to bring it home in the points.
Eugene had a similarly disappointing result. He was pushed wide at Turn One and worked his way up really well, running the same pace as the front runners. His bike then had a rear speed sensor issue which caused problems with his electronic backshift controls, and he lost a lot of time as a result.
We have a few issues to iron for both riders ahead of Race Two, but we know the race pace is there and we'll have a slightly harder challenge starting further down the grid."
WorldSSP: Morais storms to first pole position
South African rider on pole in Germany ahead of Caricasulo and Tuuli
At the Prosecco DOC German Round on Saturday afternoon Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing) cashed in on his good pace so far this weekend to grab his first ever WorldSSP pole, ahead of fellow front row qualifiers Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) and Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing).
Morais produced a fine 1’40.440 lap in Tissot Superpole 2 to put him at the head of the grid for Sunday’s race, with Italian rider Caricasulo 0.065s behind him in second place. From the other side of the Kallio Racing box Morais’ colleague Tuuli made it a great day for his team to round out an all-Yamaha row one.
Friday’s fastest rider Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) qualified in fourth and will be joined on row two by World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and championship leader Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team).
Britons Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing) and Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini) qualified in seventh and ninth respectively, with Italian rider Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Factory Vamag) in eighth.
On the fourth row it’s Hannes Soomer (WILSport Racedays) in tenth place, in front of Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) and Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven). Towards the end of the session Rea crashed but was not too adversely affected.
In SP1 Soomer topped the timesheet with a 1'41.519s lap and he was joined in graduation to SP2 by Zanetti.
At the #GermanWorldSBK round on Sunday the WorldSSP riders will commence their race around the 4.255km Lausitzring circuit at 11.30am local time.
Pole Position - Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing)
"Really happy to get the pole position and we have made a small improvement with the new bike, which has made a big difference. We are feeling really comfortable here in Germany and we have a chance to fight for the victory tomorrow."
Confident Qualifying Performance for GRT Yamaha at Lausitzring on Saturday
The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team enjoyed an excellent Saturday at the Lausitzring for round eight of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. Federico Caricasulo managed to secure his third front row start of the season and he will line up on the grid in second for Sunday's race. His teammate, championship leader Lucas Mahias, put in another strong performance and will start the race from the second row in sixth. To cap off an excellent day for Yamaha, the Japanese manufacturer completed a front-row lockout, with Kallio Racing's Sheridan Morais on pole and his teammate Nicki Tuuli in third.
Caricasulo ended Friday's practice in fifth on the combined timesheets but managed to make a big step during SP2. The 21-year-old Italian had a great feeling with his Yamaha R6 and improved his time from Saturday morning's FP3 by 1.3s to set a 1:40.505 to qualify in second, just 0.065s off pole. While he was disappointed to miss out on his first pole position of the season, he is confident that he can fight at the front in tomorrow's race.
His teammate Mahias was third fastest overall after Friday's practice and hit the ground running on Saturday morning by topping FP3. The track temperatures rose in the afternoon for SP2 and the 28-year-old French rider was caught out slightly as he continued to focus on race pace instead of trying to set a hot lap, but he still managed to secure a second row start after setting a 1:40.943 to finish the session in sixth. Mahias leads the championship by five points and is looking forward to Sunday's race, especially as he feels he has an excellent race pace after running a number of simulations during practice.
The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team are back in action on Sunday morning at 9:00am local time for Warm Up, with the 19-lap race due to start at 11:30am.
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 2nd - 1:40.505
"I had a good feeling today with my Yamaha R6! We tested here at the Lausitzring two weeks ago and that has helped us a lot. I am happy because the bike is working brilliantly here and I am a little disappointed to miss out on pole position. I am confident tomorrow that we can have a good race. We will try and work on the bike some more tonight and I focus on finding a good rhythm for the race. I don't really have a plan for tomorrow, but I will push as hard as I can and we will see."
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 6th - 1:40.943
"I am not very happy as all weekend I have been battling right at the top of every session, but in qualification, I was only sixth fastest. My lap time was good compared to the time riders have been doing the rest of the weekend, but in qualifying their times were incredible and they managed to improve by over a second. I am confident for the race as my lap times during the simulations we ran were very good and I don't think the others will be able to match their pace in SP2 for 20 laps, so I am looking forward to the race tomorrow and I want to say thanks to all of my team for their excellent work this weekend."
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team Manager
"We are very happy with today's results! We were a bit surprised at how much our rivals lap times dropped in Superpole, because they managed to take over a second off their best times from free practice, so they did a great job. It caught Lucas a bit by surprise how much the lap times dropped as he wasn't really focusing on setting a hot lap, but working on his race pace. Federico has done a brilliant job all weekend and he has been consistent and his race pace is not far off his hot-lap pace. Lucas has a very good race pace, and although we missed out on a hot lap in qualifying, he has a great feeling with the bike and we feel that both riders can fight at the front during the race. The team did a great job and I am very excited for tomorrow!"
Sofuoglu On Second Row In Germany
Five-time WorldSSP champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) found himself on the second row of the grid at the Lausitzring after a sometimes challenging weekend of practice and Superpole qualifying.
With current statistics of 98 front row starting positions from 122 WorldSSP race meetings, Sofuoglu ended up with a fifth grid placing, after the completion of the second WorldSSP Superpole qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.
Having won the Imola race this year from fifth place on the grid Sofuoglu is confident he can fight for the race win on Sunday - but the experienced Turkish star fully expects to be involved in a fight at this particular circuit. Sofuoglu will be shooting for a fifth consecutive race win tomorrow; after a run of unbroken success in Assen, Imola, Donington and Misano.
Only five points behind the lead in the championship standings, despite missing out on points scores in some early rounds through injury, Kenan will be going out for a 43rd career race win on Sunday.
Kyle Ryde, Sofuoglu’s team-mate, qualified 21st on the grid after making great progress compared to what was a tough Friday for the 20-year-old British rider, who has not been on track since the traditional summer break began in mid-June.
On Sunday the 19-lap WorldSSP race will take place at 11.30 local time in Europe, before the next round gets underway in mid-September in Portugal.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I think it is going to be a good race tomorrow, because the lap times are very close. Of course I am not happy that I could not make it onto the first row but the good thing is that tomorrow should give us an exciting race. I also like to be involved in exciting races – if things are difficult, I like it! Tomorrow will be good as my bike and my package are doing the same lap times as last year, but the competition is strong now. We will find anything and everything that can be improved when we sit down tonight. We will work on the settings and look forward to the race tomorrow.”
Kyle Ryde, stated: “It was better today as I was two seconds faster than I was yesterday although still a way off of the quickest. But we are at least moving in the right direction. I have been away from the track for nine weeks, while some others have been testing or riding, which was tough. But we improved to set a 1’43.1 flat today. Kenan was quickest here last year but even he is half a second off today. If I keep focused on him I will see how close I can get to him in the race.”
Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) leads a four rider Kawasaki run from 18th to 21st place on the grid, with Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) 19th, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 20th and Ryde 21st.
Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) went 24th in Superpole, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 26th and Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) 28th. Kawasaki Puccetti Racing one-off rider Ken Iguchi was 32nd.
Puffe and Althea MF84 qualify 15th at Lausitz
Lausitz (Germany), Saturday 19 August 2017
The Althea MF84 team, with rider Julian Puffe, is at the Lausitzring in Germany this weekend for the sixth round of the Superstock 1000 championship. After two encouraging days, and finding himself at ease on the German track, Puffe has qualified 15th for tomorrow’s race.
In yesterday’s free practice, the young German concluded the first session in 13th place, thanks to a fastest time of 1’41.989. Julian then improved slightly on that time in the afternoon’s session (1’41.900), to close day one in 17th place. Today, after having finished the third practice in 19th place, the German rider was able to set a 1’40.739 during qualify, which means he will line up in fifteenth place on the grid for tomorrow’s 14-lap race, set to start at 3.15pm local time.
“The qualifying session was only so so to be honest. We improved the bike a lot compared to third practice and it was feeling really good. So I was sure I could set a really good time and was completing a fast lap, but then in the last corner another slower rider got in the way, ruining my lap and almost causing me to crash. I really lost my rhythm as a result so my grid position is not what it should be, my ideal time is almost a second quicker than my actual time in fact. Anyway we will our best to make up some places in tomorrow’s race.”
WorldSSP300: Coppola secures pole position in tense Superpole
Italian fights off competition to take stunning pole position
Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) will start from pole position in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, as the championship returns for their sixth round of the inaugural season, in a competitive qualifying session at Lausitzring.
Superpole one began at the Prosecco DOC German Round with all riders keen to get out on track as the 15 minute session began. Borja Sanchez (Halcourier Racing) was the first rider to set a competitive lap time around the 4.265km circuit, dominating the opening half of the session. Unchallenged for the top spot, Michael Carbonera (SK Racing) secured second position in the closing three minutes, just 0.380s behind the Spanish rider. However a stunning lap from Indonesian rider Ali Adriansyah Rusmiputro (MVR Racing) as the flag went out saw him shoot into first position with a lap time of 1.57.009, taking him automatically into Superpole Two.
As riders went out for the all important Superpole Two and the dash for pole, Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team) was the first rider to set a strong lap time, and it was a highly competitive session around Lausitzring. A strong fight for pole position ensued, with six riders sitting in provisional pole. Ultimately it was Coppola who took the top time with a lap of 1.55.665, ahead of Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays) in second position after the Spanish rider was caught up in traffic. Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) completes the front row, 0.730s off the pole position. Giuseppe De Gruttola (SK Racing) will head the front row, ahead of Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing) who was able to lead the session mid-way through as Gabriel Noderer (Scuderia Maranga Racing) ended the session in the top six.
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Pole position - Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing)
"It was a difficult qualifying session, with a lot of riders out on track but I was able to keep calm and set a strong lap time. It's not the race, so you don't need to worry about scoring points and I am so happy to have secured pole position. I want to say thank you to my SK Racing team, and I am looking forward to the race tomorrow."