Press releases from the organizers and teams after Sunday's races at the Lausitzring:
Davies dominates to take double in Germany
Ducati secure double podium with Rea continuing podium run
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) wrapped up a superb weekend on Sunday with his second victory of the Prosecco DOC German Round in Race 2, whilst Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) also secured podium results.
With light rain falling during the final laps the WorldSBK riders had to focus hard in order to avoid any mistakes and Davies did just that to register a third victory in four races at Lausitzring. Coming from the back of the third row on the grid the Welshman ultimately beat Rea across the line by 2.29s, with Melandri just over two further seconds back having held the lead early in the race.
Despite setting pole on Saturday Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) could not stay with the front three on this occasion and finished in fourth place having started Race 2 in seventh on the grid.
The results saw World Champion and standings leader Rea open up a 70-point gap over his teammate Sykes in the standings with four rounds to go.
Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) just beat Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) to fifth by 0.237s, with five Britons finishing in the top six.
Just behind them on the finish line was Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) as the top Aprilia-equipped rider, just trailing Camier by 0.115s in that tight group also involving Lowes.
Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team), German wildcard Markus Reiterberger (Van Zon Remeha BMW) and Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) completed the top ten. A brave ride by Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) saw him finish 13th, after he missed Race 1 due to severe elbow pain from a crash on Friday.
Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Pawel Szkopek (Pazera Racing) all crashed out, with Riccardo Russo (Pedercini Racing SC-Project) also suffering a DNF as a late retiree.
The WorldSBK grid return to action in just under a month (15th-17th September) at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão, Portugal.
1st - Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"It's incredible, I knew the second race was going to be tighter, it was hard to come from the third row, I made some good passe out there and had a lot of fun. It was a a case of setting my won rhythm, we had a lot of fast sections but they were quicker than me in other sections and for that reason it was harder to get away, but I made some good passes and got the job done."
2nd - Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
"It was as much as we could expect, I really emptied the tank in that race, the bike is so easy to ride here so I gave it 100% to bring the fight to Chaz. I did all I could to stay with him but he was so fast and I was beaten by a better guy today and we look forward to the next one."
3rd - Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"After yesterday I couldnt beleive to inish on the podum today but the team amde an asesome job, a fwe orenrs it was too slow, i couldnt open the throttle too mich but I am happy ith the result and thanks to all the guys."
Outstanding Davies does the double in Race 2 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz, resilient Melandri takes 3rd place
The EuroSpeedway Lausitz (Germany) was home to a memorable weekend for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, who took a sensational double – the second of the season after Imola – with Chaz Davies. After winning Race 1 on Saturday, the Welshman repeated the feat starting from ninth position. Quickly recovering ground thanks to a strong start, Davies pulled away together with his teammate Marco Melandri and Rea, and took the lead during lap 11. He then made one decisive charge with 5 laps to go, as a light rain started to fall, to take his sixth win of the year.
Melandri also enjoyed a positive Sunday, bouncing back from a difficult Race 1 with a solid third place (his eighth podium of the year) that leaves him hopeful ahead of the next rounds. The Italian, who started from pole position, led the race for the first five laps, fighting for the victory for most of the race and showing significant improvements in terms of overall pace.
After nine rounds, Davies (276 points) and Melandri (218 points) are respectively third and fourth in the championship. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will be back in action at Portimão (Portugal) for the tenth round of the season, scheduled for September 15-17.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 1st
“It was a great race and I loved every minute of it. It was different from yesterday though, as we had to work our way up from third row on the grid. We had a good start and in the first couple of laps we were within sight of the lead, so when I saw Rea making his move I tried to hunt down him and Marco. It wasn’t easy to pass them, but then I just tried to set my own pace, ride clean, and not make mistakes. I was surprised by our rhythm today in the high 1:36 mark, we definitely improved since the tests here a month ago, and it shows the effort everyone is putting in. I’m confident going into Portimão, but we’ll enjoy this double for now and get prepared for another battle.”
Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #33) – 3rd
“After the issues we encountered yesterday, I wouldn’t have thought we could take the podium here. But, we did a great job together with the team, changing the weight distribution and the overall balance of the bike. The Panigale R was much easier to ride today, and I felt comfortable. Unfortunately, the bike still moved a lot in a couple of corners and I was losing ground under acceleration. I tried to brake deeper to recover, but I made a couple of small mistakes and I decided to secure the podium, thinking back to what happened in Race 1 at Misano. It’s been a positive round: we keep learning new things about the bike, and soon we’ll race on tracks that suit my riding style better. I’m confident ahead of the next rounds.”
Ernesto Marinelli, Superbike Project Director
“It’s been an incredibile weekend. Chaz scored a very important double, especially because today’s pace was so fast, which shows his confidence on the Panigale R. We’re very happy also with the progress made by Marco, who just missed a bit of confidence to fight for the win until the end but recovered strongly after a tough Race 1. I want to thank the team and all the boys in Borgo Panigale for their great effort. We’ll do our best to stay at this level also in Portimão.”
Rea Second And Sykes Fourth In Germany
The second WorldSBK race of the Lausitzring weekend saw Jonathan Rea (KRT) take the runner-up spot and his team-mate Tom Sykes score a fourth place finish, meaning that the official Kawasaki riders remain 1-2 in the championship standings with four rounds to go.
The Lausitzring weekend ended the summer break in the FIM Superbike World Championship class. In scoring two second places and 40 points in the comeback weekend Rea extended his lead over his own team-mate Sykes to 70 points. Sykes’ opening day podium at Lausitz, and second day fourth place, gave him 29 points in total this weekend.
Sunday’s race in Germany saw Sykes start from seventh place on the grid and Rea eighth, under the new rules which put the podium finishers from the first race onto the third row for race two. As on day one, Chaz Davies won the race, this time by 2.290 seconds.
A good start from today Rea saw him move up to third place on lap one, then take the lead on lap five, being passed by Davies on lap 11. Sykes made a good launch from his third row grid slot but touched the bike of another rider in turn one, losing momentum. Unable to pass other riders easily in the early laps he worked his way to fourth and finished clear of a battling group of riders behind him.
After nine rounds and 18 individual races Rea has 381 points, Sykes 311 and Davies 276. Kawasaki leads the Manufacturers’ Standings by 56 points.
Returning WorldSBK venue Portimao, in Portugal, will host the tenth round of the championship, one month from now.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “Chaz was really solid in race two and his pace was good. When I had really good grip in the beginning I felt strong on the bike but as soon as I started to lose entry-traction the bike became very physical to ride. I was manhandling the bike and this is such a bumpy track. Yesterday’s race started to take its toll a little bit also. I had no big moments but I just tried to rein it in a little bit and I saw that my gap behind to Marco was just moving forward, tenth by tenth, so it was about consolidation at the end. When I lost the edge grip it was just not possible to stay in front but I did try. I am happy with the results from this weekend as the bike has never really worked that well here and we were on the back foot on Friday. So to make the set-up changes we did, and make some big steps, I am really happy with the team - so thanks to them. We came away with 40 points, from Lausitzring, which I am satisfied with.”
Tom Sykes, stated: “Things in that race definitely did not go to plan early on. I got a good start but touched the back of Savadori in turn one, so lost all the advantage of the good start. When I got clear laps towards the end, that’s when I started going towards a normal feeling again. Before that I did not have the confidence to pass the other guys on the brakes and I was suffering every time I tried to line them up. I was just losing out because I could not get off the turns as well as I wanted to. It was an awkward fight all race and I am disappointed that I did not have the confidence to make passes under heavy, heavy braking. I wanted to get on the podium for sure but unfortunately we did not make the best of our situation. We will keep working and there are still four rounds left.”
Lowes Powers to Fifth in Race 2 at the Lausitzring
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's Alex Lowes produced another blistering display to charge through the field and secure a fifth-place finish in Race 2 at the Lausitzring for round nine of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship. His teammate Michael van der Mark struggled early on during the race with the feeling on his R1 but recovered well to cross the line in 11th.
After his sixth-place finish in Race 1, Lowes lined up on the front row for Sunday's Race 2 in third but endured a tricky start that saw him drop down to 8th by the first corner. The 26-year-old British rider didn't panic and showed excellent maturity during the early laps of the race, as he worked on improving his understanding of his Pata Yamaha R1 at this tricky circuit. He then settled into an excellent rhythm and started charging his way through the pack, enjoying an excellent battle with Eugene Laverty before the Irish rider crashed out of the race on lap 9. By lap 16, Lowes had fought his way up to sixth and caught the group of riders battling for fourth place. Despite drops of rain appearing in sector 4 during the last few laps, Lowes carried on pushing as hard as he could and closed the gap to Leon Camier in fifth. Lowes kept on pushing and in the last corner, in a dramatic finish, he made an excellent move on Camier to secure fifth and collect 11 championship points.
His teammate van der Mark started from 12th on the grid but the 24-year-old Dutch rider did not have the best of starts and found himself in 14th place after the first few corners. Struggling to turn his R1 while on the throttle meant that it was hard for van der Mark to pass the riders ahead of him and he lost precious time, but undeterred, he remained focused and step by step started to make progress. On lap 11 he had made his way up to 11th, but by this time there was a large gap to the rider in tenth and he faced a tough task to close him down. Digging deep, van der Mark managed to up his pace in the latter stages of the race while his competitors were slowing down. He put in a gargantuan effort to close down Xavi Forés in tenth, his pace half a second quicker than the riders in front of him during the last few laps, but try as he might it was a bridge too far and he crossed the line for a hard-fought 11th place, collecting 5 championship points in the process.
This result sees Lowes remain fifth in the championship standings with 169 points, whilst his teammate van der Mark occupies seventh with 135 points. The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team return to action at round ten of the 2017 FIM World Superbike Championship in Portimao on the 15th-17th of September.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 5th +15.786s
"I am disappointed with the start of the race, I wanted to improve on my start from yesterday and make best use of the front row position but it didn't work out! My pace was a bit better early on than Race 1, but in general it was a good race for me, I had fun on the R1 despite this track being so strange, and I really enjoyed the battles. I am happy to have secured a sixth and a fifth-place finish this weekend, but we can definitely improve on these results so I will work with the guys and see if we can make a good step forward for Portimao. Honestly, I really enjoyed how we worked this weekend, I think the guys have done a great job and I am really looking forward to Portugal!"
Michael van der Mark
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team - 11th +24.885s
"It was a difficult race for me. In the beginning, I struggled to pass some riders and I lost quite a bit of time. I struggled with turning the bike while I was on the throttle and it was difficult to find a way to ride around this problem. To be honest, my race was quite consistent but I was not fast enough. I need to find a way to get the bike turning again because usually, this is one of the strong points of the bike. We have to work really hard and hopefully, in Portimao we can have some better results, as this weekend was not the outcome we are aiming for."
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Principal
"Today's race was also a little bit complicated for the team, as the whole weekend has been, but in the end, we saw another extremely solid ride from Alex. He kept calm after a difficult start and judged his pace superbly to retake many of those positions and to pass Camier on the final lap for a well-deserved top five finish. It is clear that the lack of testing here and the character of the track was never going to make it an easy weekend for us, so the team is happy with Alex's results and I think they will give him the confidence to take the next step forward and push hard for podiums as we enter the final part of the 2017 season. Michael also, unfortunately, had a really difficult start from the fourth row which made the race very challenging but the pleasing point - which I am sure he will reflect on despite his disappointment with the result - was that his pace improved quite significantly compared to yesterday. This was highlighted by the fact that Michael almost matched his best time on his final lap of the race, showing that he was learning how to get the best out of the Pata Yamaha R1 on this track. His potential and that of the bike is more, and I know that Portimao will suit us better."
Top seven finish for Milwaukee Aprilia in Race Two at Lausitz
EuroSpeedway Lausitz 20 / 08 / 2017
Milwaukee recorded another strong points finish of 2017 in Race Two at Lausitz, Lorenzo Savadori taking P7 again while teammate Eugene Laverty retired from the race.
Having demonstrated impressive speed in Superpole on Saturday, Lorenzo started Race Two from fourth on the grid under the reverse grid rules. His start was rapid and he kept pace with the leaders, passed only by Davies on Lap Two. Lorenzo set about chasing down Fores, reeling him in and forcing a strong overtake on Lap Eight to retake fourth. He produced an excellent defence against Sykes, Camier and Lowes but a loss of grip in the late stages of the race hurt his ability to attack, and Lorenzo brought home another important haul of nine points in P7.
Eugene faced a challenge starting from P10 on the grid, but was on the attack immediately. He diced with Lowes for P8, and made a pass that stuck on lap six. He looked set for a good finish and was closing on the group ahead, before a mistake at Turn Six on lap eight resulted in a small crash that was enough to put him out of the race.
Over the weekend the team have seen clear progress made with their Aprilia RSV4 RF, and they look set to carry this progress on for the last four rounds of WorldSBK 2017.
The action continues for Milwaukee Aprilia in Portugal at Round 10 of the 2017 WorldSBK series, at the Portimao circuit 15-17 September.
Lorenzo Savadori #32
Race: P7, 9 points
"In general I am happy with how the weekend has been. In the race today I tried very hard to keep with the front group, and it wasn't easy to pass riders ahead of me.
I got into a good rhythm and I knew the riders behind were very close, so I defended hard and focused on my pace. Towards the end of the race I tried to push again and take back some places, but we had a small problem with grip and I lost some acceleration.
We have had a good weekend for the team I think, we made good progress with the Aprilia RSV4 RF and we know how to make more progress. Portimao is a great track but it is quite difficult, so we will have to work hard, and I want to thank SMR and Aprilia Racing for their work."
Eugene Laverty #50
“I had a good start and I was trying to make my way through the field straight away. I got stuck behind Lowes for a few laps before I was able to pass and make it stick. I tried to go forward but I had another gear shift problem which cost me time.
There was nothing particularly strange about the crash, I just lost the front which was a bit of a surprise. We seem to lose some performance when the temperature rises, which is something we'll be looking at for next time.
In terms of progress with the bike this weekend it's been huge. Our morning warm up was incredible and the bike felt fantastic, it's just a shame we didn't have the same pace in the afternoon. Portimao is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. I've been strong on all bikes there and won on an Aprilia before, so I'm looking forward to going back and hopefully we can put it on the podium."
"Overall it has been a far more positive weekend for us, even though the results haven't been what we wanted. We're showing our potential that we can take a good step toward the front, and Lorenzo showed that today with probably his best performance over a race, so we have positives to take from that.
Both guys are still having to ride pretty close to the limit, and sometimes it's not worked out for them. We had good potential with Eugene which we weren't able to capitalise on, but we just to need work hard now to make sure that both guys can fight for those top six positions.
The bike in general is more consistent. We've made global improvements with braking, steering, race pace and other areas, and we need to make that next step in performance to score the big points."
Bradl returns to action in Germany to claim thirteenth place
The German Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has taken place with local hero Stefan Bradl in thirteenth place at the end of the 21-lap encounter at the Lausitzring racetrack. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike team mate for this ninth event of the season, Davide Giugliano, crossed the finish line in 17th position.
After missing the opening race of the weekend due to severe pain in his elbow, which was badly bruised and wounded following an unfortunate crash on Friday, Bradl was able to line up on the grid for race two. The 27-year-old from Augsburg maintained his position at the start and as the race got closer to its halfway point, he entered a battle for 12th place with Leandro Mercado and Raffaele de Rosa. Bradl successfully overtook the latter on lap 19 as he moved up to thirteenth, a position he defended hard up to the chequered flag.
Davide Giugliano did not enjoy a good start as he was down to 20th place on the opening lap. The Italian was able to make his way back to 17th place in the early stages but struggled to keep a competitive pace as the laps went by. In the final part of the encounter, the former STK1000 Champion fended off the attacks coming from Badovini to end the race two positions away from the top 15.
World Superbike will now enjoy another break before the next round of the season, which takes place at Portimão’s Autodromo do Algarve on September 15-17.
Stefan Bradl 6
It was good to take part in the race. I felt OK to ride because when the adrenaline kicks in you don’t feel too much pain. I feel it was the right decision to sit out yesterday’s race in order to be almost fully fit today. Unfortunately, my feeling with the bike today was not perfect, because it was nervous over the many bumps and I suffered a bit on corner exit as well. Surely the lack of track time from not having raced yesterday did not help. I had to keep my pace under control for the most part, but in the final laps I could push a bit more and overtake De Rosa before the finish line. I’m a bit disappointed with this race and obviously for the weekend in general, but I hope for next event we’ll be able to make a bigger step forwards.
- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Davide Giugliano 34
This morning we made a good step forward in warm up and I was able to lap much faster than I had done over the whole weekend. I felt good with the bike at the beginning of the race and was able to make some passes, but unfortunately after 4 to 5 laps the rear tyre started to wear, so it was impossible for me to keep up that good pace. There isn’t much else to say, really, but I guess this is part of racing. Too bad, because we worked very well this morning and my feeling with the Fireblade had improved significantly from yesterday.
- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
We tried some changes this morning with both riders and they turned out to be quite positive. Stefan’s elbow condition improved from yesterday so he could take part in the race, and he had quite a good start and fought for half the race for 12th place. Unfortunately, the bike was moving a bit too much and he was having a tough time, and he was also struggling with drive out of the corners. Davide had an encouraging first part of the race, but from lap three onwards he started to struggle with rear grip, and data confirmed this issue. We have another break now, which will help us analyse all the telemetry ahead of Portimão. It’ll be interesting to go back to Portugal after the tests we did earlier this year, and the extra day of testing after the round will surely be of great help for us, too.
Althea BMW concludes a tough weekend in Germany
Lausitz (Germany), Sunday 20 August 2017
Althea BMW Racing Team has concluded round nine of the SBK World Championship at the Lausitzring in Germany but results unfortunately failed to meet with expectation. Jordi Torres crossed the line eighth in today's second Superbike race, Raffaele De Rosa fifteenth, while Marco Faccani closed the Stock1000 race in twelfth position.
Superbike - Race 2 – sixth on the grid thanks to his eighth place finish in race one yesterday, Torres lost a little ground off the line today, tenth through the opening stages. Ninth on lap nine, the Spaniard continued to push to close the gap, earning another position in the latter stages to eventually cross the line eighth.
Like yesterday, De Rosa immediately made up a couple of places, lapping twelfth through the first laps. Thirteenth by mid-race, a constant pace saw the Italian hold that position for the best part of the race, before crossing the line fifteenth.
STK1000 - Race – eighth on the grid, Faccani was ninth through the first laps. Moving into eighth on lap five, Marco unfortunately came into contact with another rider on lap seven, losing several positions and dropping back to 16th. Working hard to catch up, the Althea BMW rider passed a number of riders through the final stages to finish the race in twelfth place.
After nine rounds of the championship, Torres lies ninth in the standings with 109 points while De Rosa has 31 points, to position 18th. In the Stock1000 category, after six rounds, Faccani is fifth with 56 points.
“The race didn’t go too badly. The bike and I both had to give it our all. The pace was insane though and we struggled to keep up. I was able to remain close to, but not right up with the group immediately ahead of me. I had fun and can say I did my best anyway. The bike wasn’t turning as I would like or like the bikes of the fastest guys. We’ll continue to work to try and be more competitive at Portimao.”
Raffaele De Rosa
“I was able to hold my position at the start and then make up a little ground. On lap six though I had a problem through turn 9 and almost crashed. From there on in there was some strange sliding that meant I struggled to ride the bike – it was really tough to reach the end. We’ve looked at the data and there’s something not right so we need to take a closer look there. I’m sorry as we’d worked well all weekend and it was a pity not to take a good result today. We have to stay strong and continue to work hard.”
"Clearly I’m not pleased with today’s result. I was battling with Fritz but unfortunately we made contact mid-race and both lost a lot of positions. These things can happen in racing but I’m not happy of course. We’d worked well in practice and I had a good feeling with the bike – after that ‘incident’ I was even able to set some very fast times, but it was too late by then. I’m sorry and hope to make up for this at Portimao.”
WorldSSP: Morais wins red flagged Lausitzring race
Late drama in Germany in Supersport thriller
The WorldSSP race at the Prosecco DOC German Round saw the red flags come out on the penultimate lap with the victory being awarded to Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing), with Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) also taking podium results.
The race standings were taken from the rider positions at the end of lap 17 after a crash on the penultimate lap - the 18th lap of the 4.255km Lausitzring track - which saw Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) go down at turn 2, with Mahias also involved.
Mahias was able to remount and was therefore included in the final race results whilst Caricasulo was immediately taken away for medical checkups.
It is therefore a first career win for South African rider Morais, who also took his first pole this weekend, showing great pace on his Yamaha YZF R6 in Germany.
Second place for World Champion Sofuoglu moves him to within one point of the championship lead, which is still just held by Frenchman Mahias, who picked up 16 valuable points in third despite his crash.
The top five at Lausitzring also included Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) and Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing).
Meanwhile, Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Factory Vamag), Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini), Anthony West (EAB West Racing), Thomas Gradinger (MPB Racing) and Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing) were all in the top ten.
Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) and PJ Jacobsen (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) both retired with technical issues, whilst Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) crashed out and was also forced to retire.
The WorldSSP riders will be back in action in just under a month over the 15th-17th September weekend at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão, Portugal.
P1 - Sheridan Morias (Kallio Racing)
"I feel like we had the pace to win the race today, I knew we had what we needed and I felt comfortable. I expected a fight in the last few laps and I was ready for that, but unfortunately just as it started we had the red flag. I just hope Caricasulo is ok but also I am very happy for my team, for Yamaha and for myself."
Red Flag Finish Keeps Sofuoglu Second
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu had his clear chance of winning a highly competitive Lausitzring WorldSSP Championship race taken away from him after a red flag was shown just as he had taken the lead in the closing stages of the race.
The planned 19-lap race was finally ended early after a rider that Sofuoglu had just passed crashed out of contention, with his machine re-entering the track and knocking off another rider. A red flag was shown and the results taken back to the end of lap 16, which left Sofuoglu second.
His latest strong ride saw Kenan make it five podium finishes in a row, despite having not had an easy time in qualifying in Germany, and sitting as low as fifth until the halfway mark.
Making his way forward in the gradual way he had planned it, the Turkish star chose to take the lead and make it stick near the end, but had to settle for second after the race was stopped.
Sofuoglu’s young team-mate Kyle Ryde was 16th today, just one place out of the points. He had not been able to find confidence in his set-up to maximise his hard cornering style, which would have allowed him to fight inside the leading groups.
After the eighth round of the championship Lucas Mahias has 121 points, Sofuoglu 120 and Lausitz race winner Sheridan Morais 101. Ryde has 43 points and is in tenth place overall.
The next round of the WorldSSP Championship will take place at Portimao, in Portugal, with raceday on Sunday September 17th.
Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “It went how I thought in many ways and I think we played a good game, waiting for the last few laps. In the beginning I decided to try and take the lead on the last lap and then win the race that way. The plan worked well but the red flag was not in my end plan. I think after a hard race we deserved to win but the red flag stopped that. We still had a podium, second position, after a weekend that was not so easy. We proved that even in a hard round we could handle it and manage things in the race. I am happy for the points and the podium and we took 20 points, which is still very good.”
Kyle Ryde, stated: “I have not had a good feeling with the front end all weekend and the way I ride I only make time up on the front. I have struggled all weekend although we have tried softer and harder settings. I matched my time from qualifying this morning in warm-up and made another change but it was no better and no worse. I may be a little off the front guys in myself, but not this far off, so we need to find out why and sort it out.”
Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) was 15th in Germany, Ryde 16th, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 18th, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 19th and Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) 20th. Test rider Ken Iguchi (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) placed 24th.
Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) is 26th and is 31st was 21st in Germany, while Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) no scored today.
Mahias Retains Championship Lead with Podium at the Lausitzring
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias survived a scare to secure his sixth podium of the season to lead the championship by one point after a red flag ended the race prematurely at the Lausitzring for round eight of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. His teammate Federico Caricasulo was incredibly unlucky as he crashed out of the race while battling for the lead in the incident that led to the red flag.
Mahias started from sixth on the grid and when the lights went out he immediately showed he meant business by getting involved in an excellent battle for fourth with championship rival Kenan Sofuoglu. After a couple of big moments in the opening laps while fighting with Sofuoglu he settled into an excellent rhythm and was the quickest man on track, setting the fastest lap of the race, a 1:41.109, on lap 15. On lap 18, he was in third just behind Caricasulo when, unfortunately, the Italian crashed at turn 3 and Mahias had nowhere to go and hit his teammate's bike in an incident that saw the race red-flagged. Incredibly, Mahias managed to get back on his R6 and return to the pits within the 5-minute time limit, which meant he was eligible to be included in the results that were based on the riders' positions at the end of lap 16. His quick thinking ensured that he will head to the next round in Portimao leading the championship, although the gap to Sofuoglu in second is now just one point.
Caricasulo started from the middle of the front row after showing great pace all weekend. At the start, he shot off the line and immediately tagged on to the rear of race-leader Sheridan Morais. They were inseparable throughout the early stages of the race, with the 21-year-old Italian biding his time and waiting to make his move. On lap 17, he made an excellent pass on Morais to take the lead and immediately became involved in a great battle with Sofuoglu who was on a charge, but while attempting an overtake on the following lap, he lost the front and crashed, with his bike running across track and hitting his teammate's machine. Caricasulo was immediately taken to the medical centre for checks but luckily, apart from a slight concussion and some light bruises, he was okay.
It was an excellent debut for the Kallio Racing Team on the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 as Sheridan Morais was awarded the race victory after a dominant performance that saw him lead for the first 16 laps. His teammate Niki Tuuli also impressed on the new bike to cross the line in fifth to ensure three Yamahas in the top five.
This result means that Mahias still leads the championship after eight rounds with 121 points, whilst Caricasulo is now sixth in the standings with 51 points. The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team return to action in Portimao for round nine of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship on the 15th-17th of September.
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - 3rd +0.600s
"I am not very happy for the result because today I felt I had the rhythm to win the race. I followed my strategy, which was to save my tyres so I could push a lot in the final part of the race. In the beginning, I lost the front twice and didn't feel that confident, but then I found a good rhythm and did a lot of laps in the low 1:41's. Towards the end of the race I overtook Cluzel for third and I was preparing to make a move on the leading two riders, but then my teammate Caricasulo crashed, and it was impossible to avoid his bike. It was unlucky, but I had some good luck too because I managed to make it back to the pits and finished in third. Although obviously, I would have preferred to have finished ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu! In Portimao, I will give everything to win the race, as right now I only have a one-point lead over Kenan and it is like we have started the championship again. My mission is to go out and try to win every one of the last four races!"
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team - DNF
"I was very happy to be battling at the front during the race and I feel I had the pace to win, but I was unlucky and while fighting with Kenan for the lead I crashed! I am lucky to be okay, as it could have been a lot worse. The good thing is the pace we showed this weekend and we will try and build on this so we can be even stronger at Portimao."
GRT Yamaha Offical WorldSSP Team Manager
"Lucas was very clever! He didn't lose concentration when he crashed and the red flag was shown, managing to get back on the bike and get back to the pits to make sure he finished in third. On one hand, I am very happy, as both riders had the pace to win the race and the team did a great job. I am also very glad that Federico is okay because it was a scary accident but, obviously, it was a shame and very unlucky that both our riders crashed. The most important thing is that Federico is okay and will be able to go to Portimao for a test and the race. Lucas still leads the championship by one point, which is important, because if he did not bring the bike back to pits he would have been trailing Kenan by 20 points and it the championship would have been almost out of reach. Instead, we are still leading and can take the fight to our rivals in the last four races although every race now is going to be tough. I want to congratulate Yamaha, Kallio Racing, and Sheridan Morais on his win, they did a great job! We are ready and looking forward already to Portimao!"
Cluzel misses out on podium in Germany
PTR Honda·Sunday, August 20, 2017
Drama in the late stages of the World Supersport race meant CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Jules Cluzel had to be content with fourth place at the Prosecco DOC German round in Lausitzring after the race was red flagged on the penultimate lap.
Frenchman Cluzel had moved back up into third position after Caricasulo and Mahias crashed on lap 18 but the subsequent red flag meant the race standings were taken from the rider positions at the end of the previous lap, in accordance with the rules.
Jules said: “I was happy to stay with the leading group because the pace was really fast. I was struggling in the slow turns where it doesn’t give me the possibility to pass at the end of the straight. So I was just at the back of the group waiting for an opportunity to maybe pass Morais on the last lap as he was looking like he was struggling but then to win the race was impossible for me this weekend. I am happy to finish the race but disappointed because I am looking to win. The circumstances of the last lap were crazy. I nearly hit Mahias too. I am happy that Caricasulo seems to be ok but it is the same guys that do something crazy on the last lap. It was a shame about the red flag as I was on the podium at this moment but I think that this is just racing.”
Hikari Okubo started the 19 lap race from 11th on the grid and was running in 14th on lap 6 when he made a mistake downshifting and ran onto the gravel at turn 6 and then again at turn 9. He was able to re-join the race but had lost a lot of time and could only make it back up to 23rd at the time the race was curtailed.
Christoffer Bergman consolidated his return to the WSS Championship and the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team with a solid points scoring finish just outside of top ten in eleventh place.
CIA Landlord Insurance Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a really exciting race with five riders fighting for the win. I think this was another mistake by Caricasulo, similar to Philip Island but his time he took his teammate out. I can see why it was red flagged so quickly as it did look serious. We were unlucky, but the rules are the rules and they were applied correctly. Unfortunately it didn’t work in our favour again but it was a great job by Jules and the team.”
“Chris did a great job to finish eleventh. He lost out on one place with the red flag too but still with no testing it’s a good first result for him with the team and he can improve from there for the rest of the season.”
“It was unlucky for Hikari. When he ran on the first time he didn’t lose so much but then he ran on again and lost a lot of time and finished 23rd. We continue with him to try and get the best results and improve for the rest of the season.”
WorldSSP300: Coppola takes stunning victory in photo finish
Italian secured the victory as the sensational series returns from the summer
As FIM Supersport 300 World Championship action resumed in Germany, enthralling racing action ensued which kept fans on the edge of their seats. Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) took the victory ahead of Marc Garcia (Halcouier Racing) and Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays).
Perez got a stunning start off the line and took the lead into the first corner ahead of Coppola and Guiseppe De Gruttola (SK Racing), but following the nature of the series, this wasn’t the case for long.
Front row starter Garcia shot up into the lead on the opening laps as he led an opening group of seven riders. An overcast sky didn’t prevent the riders from attacking and pushing until the end, and with six laps to go a group of 10 riders developed, with Coppla and Perez leaving the way.
With the podium positions chopping and changing all the way throughout the race, a final lap battle ensued between Coppola, Perez and Garcia, which resulted in a photo finish and Coppla took the victory by 0.018s. Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team) took fourth position ahead of early championship leader Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki), with Daniel Valle (Halcourier Racing) rounding out the top six.
Coppola’s debut victory has seen some changes in the world championship standings, as Perez takes the lead in the championship by two points ahead of Deroue.
The WorldSSP300 series now heads into a three week break before the seventh round of the season at Portimao, with the championship battle heating up.
P1 - Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing)
"For me its the first win after the disqualification, and it was great to push in a very strong race with a lot of riders. I just kept calm and I was lucky that I wasn't too slow and I was able to pass in the last lap. I am so happy and I want to say thank you to my team SK Racing and to Yamaha."
Top ten for Puffe and Althea MF84 at the Lausitzring
Lausitz (Germany), Sunday 20 August 2017
The Althea MF84 team and rider Julian Puffe have just concluded the sixth round of the 2017 Superstock 1000 championship. The young rider crossed the line in ninth place at the end of what was a hard-fought race.
Fifteenth on the grid, Puffe, racing on home turf in his native Germany, earned two places almost immediately, lapping thirteenth by lap two. The young German held that position for several laps, before moving up into eleventh on lap eight. Thanks to a strong pace, Julian was able to go even further, earning another two positions in the later stages of the race to cross the line in finial ninth place. His best result of the season so far.
The Althea MF84 rider, after six of nine scheduled rounds, now lies 15th in the standings with 15 points scored up until now. The team will return to the track for round seven at Portimao in Portugal over the weekend of 15-17 September.
“The race went really well, despite a problem at the start when I was running wide with a full tank. I lost a lot of time as a result but things got better after the first four laps or so, and I could make better lap times. I was pushing all the way and am very happy to have finished ninth, especially to do so at my home track. My team worked really hard and I thank them for their efforts here, now we have to continue to work in preparation for the final races of the season.”