Press releases from the organizers and teams after Sunday's racing at Brno:
#CzechWorldSBK Day 3 - Phenomenal Lowes leads Yamaha one two at Brno
Maiden WorldSBK win for the British rider in unpredictable Czech Race 2
Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) took his debut win in style around Brno
Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) took his first ever MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship race win at the Acerbis Czech Round, in an astonishing Race two which saw championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) crash out early on. The thousands of Czech fans present at the Automotodrom Brno witnessed a wild, unpredictable affair, ending in a Yamaha one two and a sixth race winner in 2018.
The front row all kept their positions at the start, with van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) holding off his teammate through the first corners. Lowes would make his move into the race lead the following lap however, gaining the inside line through the first corner. Meanwhile, Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) climbed all the way from eighth on the grid to third by lap two, and past van der Mark a few corners later.
The next couple of laps saw three dramatic, almost unbelievable twists. First, championship leader Jonathan Rea went down at turn 12, apparently after coming in contact with teammate Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). The Northern Irish rider couldn’t make it back on track, retiring for the first time this season. If yesterday his lead seemed almost unsurmountable, after Sunday there was more than a glimmer of hope.
Next, Marco Melandri, having just passed Lowes for the race lead, lost control of his Ducati and rode through the gravel, immediately dropping the Italian to the back of the field and denying Melandri a return to the top of the rostrum when he was the fastest man on track. And then Sykes slipped in lap 6, leaving all of yesterday’s podium men off the rostrum in Race two. In four seasons together, never had both British KRT riders left a race empty-handed. Melandri was able to salvage a point, putting him in 15th.
With a dozen laps left, the stage was thus set for a Yamaha battle to the end, as Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), in third, was unable to match the pair’s pace. But this time, unlike when he led at Donington, Lowes’ YZF-R1 did not drop off in the final third: a smart, consistent and overall flawless ride by the Brit kept him ahead of his Dutch teammate all the way to the checkered flag with two seconds to spare. The man from Lincolnshire made his debut at Brno in 2011 – seven years on, he can finally call himself a WorldSBK winner.
With van der Mark claiming another podium finish in second, the Dutchman moves into third in the championship standings, above Sykes; while for Davies, who took an excellent third at Brno considering the issues that have plagued his weekend on the Panigale, cut Rea’s lead to 65 points.
Behind the rostrum riders, Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) took fourth, his best result of the season, with his teammate Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) also a season-best in fifth. Brno welcomed more good results for the Italian manufacturer, adding their bikes to the long list of podium contenders this season.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team) had a career-best of sixth at Brno, rising from eleventh on the grid in just his tenth WorldSBK race. He finishes above Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team), in seventh. Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team) returned to the top-ten in eighth, with Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in ninth, and Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) tenth.
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P1 - Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
"It's amazing, I don't want to talk too much because I'll get upset. But honestly, its fantastic, thank you to the team and hopefully we can get a few more now!"
P2 - Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
"I'm really happy with this result, I changed the front tyre compared to yesterday and Alex was so fast. I knew he had a really good pace so I tried to catch him and stay calm but in the end he was stronger, but anyway I am really happy with this podium, Alex's first win is something he deserves and its a really great day for the Yamaha team."
P3 - Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
"Its been such a tough weekend, probably one of the most difficult weekends that I've endured as a Ducati rider in recent memory, after some harsh words last night we regrouped and came back with a bike that was able to fight for the podium. I think we got a little bit lucky today but we made a step forward and that was important and it's fantastic. Thanks to everybody involved because it's been a really tough weekend."
#CzechWorldSBK at Automotodrom Brno: Race 2
1. Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
2. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) +2.167
3. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) +7.649
Lowes Sets the Level with Stunning Maiden WSBK Victory in Brno
Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team’s Alex Lowes wrapped up a challenging MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship round in Brno today by winning style! The young Brit dominated the second Superbike race from pole to chequered flag to score his maiden WSBK race win and his first for the Pata Yamaha team. Teammate Michael van der Mark added the finishing touches to the perfect race day, bringing his YZF-R1 home in 2nd position to make it a Yamaha 1-2 – the first 1-2 finish for the team and for the new generation R1.
A fifth place in yesterday’s first Superbike race of the weekend with very low grip conditions and a hotter than expected track, put the hard working Pata Yamaha rider Lowes on pole position for today’s second race. Taking all the experience and data from yesterday, the team were able to step up a level and deliver a race bike that proved unbeatable in the right hands. Lowes took the holeshot into turn one at the front of the pack, and only briefly allowed teammate van der Mark past for a few corners as he settled into his rhythm. As the second lap unfolded he was immediately back in front, and working hard towards keeping his YZF-R1 ahead. Marco Melandri briefly took the lead with 14 laps to go, but quickly made an error, running off and leaving Lowes to strike ahead.
Back in second, van der Mark was able to keep him close but the race was the British rider’s to lose. A faultless race pace followed, Lowes maintaining and finally growing the gap to van der Mark behind to just over two seconds at the finish line. The perfect performance delivers Lowes his maiden WSBK victory, and Yamaha’s third victory in the last four races.
Teammate van der Mark had also picked up his pace from yesterday’s challenging conditions and looked comfortable taking off from second on the grid today. The young Dutchman was unfazed by the greasy surface, calmly moving back into second after Melandri ran off the track ahead of him and race leader Lowes. Clearly benefiting from the race winning confidence of the last round, van der Mark was able to keep within 2s of his teammate to the finish line, leaving the pack behind to secure a memorable Yamaha 1-2 on the podium.
The race results bring van der Mark up to third in the championship standings on 196 points, 17 ahead of Tom Sykes in fourth and just nine behind Chaz Davies in second. Lowes’ race win brings him up to 154 points and places him in sixth in the standings, just three points behind Melandri in fifth.
“The first thing I need to say is a massive thanks to Yamaha, to the team and especially Paul who believed in me and brought me here from BSB. All the guys worked so hard to give me what I wanted on the bike. For me to win and Michael to come second for a Yamaha 1-2 is fantastic. On a personal level I’m so happy, Donington was hard to take, not to take anything away from Michael but it was tough for me to accept as I wanted to be the one to get the first win for the team as I felt like I’ve put so much into the project. The bike worked really well for me today, I really enjoyed the race, which is not easy when it’s so hot and slippery! I focused on being as smooth and consistent as I could be and now I’m over the moon. A massive thank you to Yamaha, I feel honoured to be part of this project and now we need to keep trying to win more races!”
Michael van der Mark
“This morning in warm up we tried to change something on the bike to get a better feeling with the front and in the end it didn’t feel as good so we went back to yesterday’s setting. We only changed the front tyre and at the beginning of the race I struggled to get a good feeling with it. Alex passed me, Marco passed me; then he made a mistake. I was following Alex, he had such a good pace and we managed to pull away from third place so I was happy about that. I tried to close in on him and fight to win, I made it but in the last few laps he was stronger. I’m really happy with this podium and really happy for Alex for his first win. I think it's a great end for the whole Pata Yamaha Superbike Team.”
“What a day for everybody involved in the Pata Yamaha World Superbike project and of course in particular for Alex. To see Michael win at Alex’s home event two weeks ago and be so gracious and supportive of the team’s effort was appreciated by us all, but to come here to Brno have a relatively difficult first race and react as strongly as he did today to withstand all of Michael’s pressure and pull away towards the end was simply outstanding. Congratulations to Alex, to his crew and all the engineers involved. Of course a huge “well done” also to Michael for another super-strong performance and the maturity and intelligence to understand that 20 points was a better result than a potential crash on such a low grip surface.. Another weekend of firsts for the team, Alex’s first win, the team’s first 1-2 and a good step forward in the standings for both riders.”
Davies third in Race 2 at Brno with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, Melandri finishes in 15th position
After Marco Melandri's second place in Race 1, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took another the podium in Race 2 at Brno (Czech Republic) with Chaz Davies, who finished third. The Welshman made a clear step forward since yesterday getting off to a strong start from second row, and quickly pulled away from the second group to defend his position until the checkered flag.
Melandri, on the other hand, suffered an unlucky fate after a blistering start from third row that quickly saw him take the lead with a series of spectacular passes before being forced to go wide due to a rear-brake-lever issue. Once he rejoined the race, the Italian climbed back to 15th position, also taking the fastest lap with a 2:00.176.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi, on track with the Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team, took home his best WorldSBK result so far in sixth position. After seven rounds, Davies (205 points) and Melandri (157 points) are respectively second and fifth in the championship, while Rinaldi (54 points) is 14th. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will return to the track at Laguna Seca (United States) for the eighth round of the WorldSBK Championship, scheduled for June 22-24, while the Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team will resume action the following round at Misano (Italy).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 3rd
"We finally made a step forward after a difficult couple of days, where we struggled with the setup and low grip levels. Despite still not having the best feeling, it was enough to put me in a position to hold my own and not drop off in the end of the race. We want to do better, but I'm really happy to be back on the podium. It's important for the morale of the team, and we'll keep plugging away without giving up. This is my 'thank you' to my crew, who worked so hard. We recovered some points on our rivals but the priority is to get the feeling back 100 percent and hopefully we'll take it to the next level soon."
Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #33) – 15th
"Looking at our pace today, it would have been enough to get the win, so to finish in 15th position is disappointing. We had a lot of bad luck, because I was feeling good and once I was in the lead I was trying to push harder to pull away, but the rear-brake foot lever broke and I was forced to go wide at turn 3. Still, I wanted to finish the race to collect important information ahead of Laguna Seca. Looking at the bright side, we regained our confidence after improving the bike's stability so I'm looking forward to the next round, where we can surely fight for good results."
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team #21) – 6th
"This is a great way to finish what's been a tough weekend, with my best result of the year so far. Yesterday we were fast but I crashed, and today in WUP we've made another step forward. The race was fun, but in the final laps I was struggling with the tires because it was hotter than yesterday, and after the crash I thought P6 was OK. Now we will skip Laguna Seca, but I'll cheer for Ducati and I can't wait to go to Misano for my home race."
Marco Zambenedetti, Technical Coordinator on track for Ducati Corse
"Today's race leaves us only halfway happy. Chaz managed to improve his feeling with the bike compared with yesterday and rode a solid race to step back on the podium, while Marco missed a probable win due to bad luck. We'll do our best to allow both of them to show their full potential at Laguna Seca."
Race 2 at Brno brings best-ever result for Milwaukee Aprilia
Brno Circuit 10 / 06 / 2018
Race Two Report #CzechWorldSBK
In a dramatic and closely-fought Race 2 at Brno Milwaukee Aprilia riders Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori delivered the team's best WorldSBK result with P4 and P5.
Following a similarly hard-fought contest in Race 1 where they finished P6 and P7 respectively, Eugene and Lorenzo lined up P3 and P4 for Sunday's race. Eugene got away strong from the front row and took the fight to Lowes and Van der Mark, while Lorenzo initially struggled and slipped to P8.
Eugene ran slightly wide and was passed for third by Melandri on lap 2, while a crash for Rea in P7 moved Lorenzo up a place. Eugene fought with Davies for P4 but lost out, before Melandri ran wide and dropped out of contention.
>From there the teammates were locked in a tense fight with Rinaldi in fifth, Eugene's consistent pace keeping him at bay while Lorenzo was in attack mode and looking very comfortable on the Aprilia. Lapping mere tenths apart Eugene pulled out a small gap and Lorenzo made a strong move on Rinaldi on lap 14 to take P5. They ran nose to tail for the final laps and crossed the line just 0.294 apart, scoring an excellent best-ever result for the team in WorldSBK and demonstrating the big progress made over the last two rounds.
The championship now heads overseas for Round 8 to Laguna Seca in California, USA, a track that should play to the Aprilia's strengths and brought the team solid top 8 finishes in 2017.
Round 8 of the WorldSBK championship takes place at the Laguna Seca circuit in the United States, 22-24 June.
Shaun Muir - Team Principal
"Obviously we are on a real high from this weekend at Brno, we've had two strong finishes in two races and produced the best performance of our WorldSBK campaign.
To be only 1.7s off Davies in third who we beat yesterday was hard to take, but nevertheless we go away on a real wave to Laguna Seca, a track that we can excel at.
I'm really proud of the team, they worked hard all week and their focus and drive is great to see. The riders are in a good place with the bike, so we have much to look forward to."
Eugene Laverty #50 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Race 2 grid: P3 - Row 1
Race 2 result: P5 - 13 points
Total weekend points: 23 points
"It was a great result today for the team with me and Lorenzo fighting for fourth and fifth. We knew there was promise and we delivered on it.
My aim today was the podium, we weren't too far off in the end but there was just not enough pace. It was a hotter race today so I had a bit less rear grip, and my rhythm was a bit slower
We'll keep on like this for Laguna Seca and keep pushing. The fourth place is good but I really am desperate to get back on the podium. It's been 4 years for me since being on the podium and the whole team deserves a result, so we have a clear goal for America."
Lorenzo Savadori #32 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Race 2 grid: P4 - Row 2
Race 2 result: P5 - 11 points
Total weekend points: 20 points
"The position today was positive but I'm not very happy with my race. I think we could have been quicker and pushed for the podium.
My start was not so great and I lost some places, so I had to push hard to pass the riders and move up. I was close to Eugene at the end and I tried to pass but there was not enough time.
Overall it was a good weekend for the team, we have made good progress. I am looking forward to Laguna Seca, we did quite well last year and I am sure this time we can do even better."
Camier seventh, Gagne twelfth in roasting Race 2 at Brno
Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team concluded their Czech WorldSBK adventure with a double point-scoring finish as Leon Camier crossed the finish line in seventh place and a resurgent Jake Gagne took twelfth in hot conditions at Brno.
Camier started Race 2 in P6 on the grid but needed a couple of laps to find his feet, settling into P9 in the opening laps. As other riders struggled in the warm conditions, Camier adapted and was able to improve his pace to work his way ahead of his competitors and climbed to seventh place with five laps remaining, the position he held until the chequered flag.
Further back, Gagne got a good start from the seventh row of the grid and quickened his pace as the race went on, setting his quickest lap of the race on lap 9. A last lap push nearly brought the American his first top-ten finish in WorldSBK, but ultimately he just missed out although he still equalled his best result of the year with P12.
The Race 2 result sees Camier move up one place in the championship standings to tenth on 72 points, while Gagne stays in seventeenth overall but increases his points tally to 24.
The United States hosts the next WorldSBK round at Gagne’s home circuit of Laguna Seca from June 22-24.
Leon Camier 2
The start of the race was a bit of a struggle until I found my rhythm, we made a couple of setting changes during Warm Up which worked well but the start was tricky with the hot conditions. As the race progressed I managed to adapt and find a good pace, even when the tyres dropped off I managed to hold my pace. This weekend we weren't fast enough to challenge for the top five but if we keep this momentum going and work on the areas on the bike where we need to, I really think some better results will be on their way soon.
- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Jake Gagne 45
It was a good race today, we made some changes to the Fireblade this morning in Warm Up which helped give me the feeling I was looking for all weekend. The biggest challenge was being so far back on the grid and it took a couple of laps to get my rhythm, but in the middle of the race I was quite strong. I've been working on my riding and the team on the bike throughout the weekend so today it all came together. It was a positive end to the weekend and next up is Laguna Seca which will be awesome.
- Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Our objective coming into this weekend was to continue building momentum with both riders and today's race helped us achieve that with Leon finishing in P7 and Jake equalling his best result of the season with twelfth place. Leon's pace in the race was quite good, especially in the latter stages and Jake also managed to improve throughout the race. It's the second round back having both our riders fit so to score some good points and get a lot of track time puts us in good shape looking ahead to Laguna Seca. With Leon being close to being fully fit and it being Jake's home race, we will be aiming to be more competitive at the upcoming rounds.
First Stock1000 podium of the season for Gulf Althea BMW at Brno
Brno (Czech Republic), Sunday 10 June 2018
The Gulf Althea BMW Racing Team and rider Loris Baz rounded out the Brno race weekend with an eleventh-place finish in the second Superbike race. In the Superstock 1000 category on the other hand, a courageous Alessandro Delbianco achieved his first podium of the 2018 season, crossing the line in second position with his BMW.
Superbike - Race 2 – tenth on the grid today (after a crash in race 1 yesterday), Baz was lying twelfth at the end of lap one. Making up three places during the early stages, the Frenchman was up to ninth by mid-race. Struggling as a result of a lack of rear grip, similar to yesterday in fact, the rider did his best to remain focused and bring his BMW home in final eleventh place.
STK1000 - Race – Despite the wet conditions, Delbianco was keen to get away well from eighth on the grid today. He did just that and was lying fifth through the first corners. Quickly making up one place, the Italian then pushed to reach Reiterberger, immediately ahead of him, managing to pass him on lap seven. From third position, Alessandro maintained a very fast pace, setting the best lap of the race before moving into second position in the final moments to score his first podium of the season as well as 20 very important championship points!
Having now completed seven WorldSBK rounds, Baz lies eleventh in the general standings with 72 points. Delbianco now positions seventh in the Stock1000 championship with 35 points scored thus far
"The same problem as yesterday really; the lack of rear grip means that we wear the tyre more quickly than some of the other guys. I did what I could to stick with Camier and Forés earlier on, but once I lost grip at the rear, I found I was also struggling to control the front. I gave 100% as ever and really hoped to reach the top ten but it wasn’t to be. We’ll continue working to improve, trying to remain positive.”
“The race went really well. We’d have completed a solid race in dry conditions too I think, but the wet definitely helped us today. I’m really pleased with the result and thank the team for all their great work this weekend. I’m very happy and hope we can continue on like this.”
“I’m really pleased with Alessandro’s performance. It’s the first time he’s reached the podium and he did a really good job. The wet conditions surely facilitated things for him, seeing as he was having a little more difficult in the dry but we’re very happy. As for Superbike, Loris ran a decent race; unfortunately, we are still struggling with the same electronics issues and are therefore unable to exploit our rider’s talent. It’s a pity, but we hope to be able to improve already in the next rounds.”
Second Day Bad Luck For KRT Duo
Two moments of misfortune prevented either KRT rider from scoring points in the second WorldSBK race at Brno, with Jonathan Rea out on lap three and Tom Sykes falling on lap six. Sykes restarted, finished 16th and missed a championship point by one place. Rea still enjoys a handsome lead in the standings after round seven, with Sykes in fourth position overall.
On the hottest day of the WorldSBK weekend in Brno the 18-lap second race offered up several surprise results. These included a rare DNF for triple World Champion Jonathan Rea, after an accidental clash with his team-mate Tom Sykes on lap three, at turn 12.
As the official Kawasaki riders vied for track position they arrived on the same line at the corner exit and after they touched Rea crashed. After his emphatic race one win on Saturday, and recording the greatest ever number of race wins in WorldSBK history as a result, Rea still left Brno with a new record of 60 race wins and an extended 65 point championship lead.
With Sykes and Rea starting off the third row, after they each scored podiums on the opening day of racing, they were running in sixth and seventh position respectively early in race two. Sykes survived the early scare at Turn 12, but fell on lap six, in the middle of turn 10.
Despite his low-side crash Tom’s bike could be ridden again and he completed the race, just missing out on a championship point.
In the overall standings Rea leads still with 270 points, Chaz Davies is second with 205, Michael van der Mark has 196 and Sykes 179.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was top Kawasaki rider in race two, in ninth position. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) placed tenth and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) got two championship points for 14th place. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki was 17th today.
The United States round, at Laguna Seca, will be next up for the WorldSBK riders, with race weekend being held between the 22nd and 24th of June.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “It has been a great weekend for so many reasons but unfortunately today we did not get to finish it off in the way we wanted. We have to understand that we extended our lead in the championship and that is the positive I can hang onto today. I felt very comfortable in the early laps. I had asked the mechanics to write ‘smooth’ on the dashboard. It was an 18-lap race and my pace all weekend has been a step ahead of everyone, so I was in no urgency to get to the front and start making ground in the race. At the start everyone was in a rhythm, in the low to mid two minutes lap times, and that pace I could manage, no problem. But what happened put paid to my race. A very short race for me, so not much to say.”
Tom Sykes, stated: “It was disappointing to not score in race two but in general this weekend I am not overly disappointed because I thought we would have the pace. Today, I think we made some improvements after race one and we got a good start. I certainly felt we could have started to push on and close in on Eugene and Chaz. We had the pace to run at the front. I am not saying what the outcome would have been but we had the bike and the package to run at the front in these conditions. I fell when I was trying to line a pass up. I had good corner speed and was about to pick the bike up, to get a good run into T11 and go inside. As I picked up the throttle I lost the front. To lose the front when you touch the throttle is not the usual way you crash, and it just caught me out.”
Triple M Honda World Superbike Team in the points again at Brno
Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
In the seventh round of the championship first year WorldSBK entrants the Triple M Honda World Superbike Team scored points in race two at Brno, with a weekend best of 13th for American PJ Jacobsen and his CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
After a test at the same Czech circuit after the Assen round of the championship a few weeks ago, the rookie 2018 Triple M Honda team had useful data to work with on the first day of free practice. Unfortunately they found three different sets of weather or track conditions on that opening day, from fully wet to warm and sunny.
Having been 20th going into Superpole 1 at the end of play on Friday, Jacobsen qualified 17th on the grid for race one on Saturday.
PJ was in a points scoring position for some of race one, but he finished 16th, and just a fraction of a second from the rider in front. Race one was eventually run over 16-laps, not the planned 18, after a red flag incident and then a false start, due to a fault with the startline lighting system.
Race two at Brno went the scheduled 18 laps, and was held in warmer air and track conditions than race one. PJ moved up to 13th place by lap 14 and stayed there until he took the chequered flag. This was his eighth points scoring finish of his and his team’s maiden season in WorldSBK.
Jacobsen remains 18th in the championship table thanks to the three points he scored today in the Czech Republic. A special race is coming up for PJ, as he returns to home soil in America for the Laguna Seca round of the championship, on 23 and 24 June.
PJ Jacobsen 99
We got some points today and it was an OK race, but 13th is still not where I want to be. We had some quite different temperatures here at Brno from when we tested, and the race today was extremely hot. It seemed nobody had much grip. We just have to keep improving everything, and each time we go out we find something. We will just keep improving. It is my home race next. I have not been to Laguna Seca in a long time, since 2011 I think. I will try my hardest there try to and get a good set-up with the bike.
- Triple M Honda World Superbike Team
On Friday things were not consistent because the condition of the track was completely different to the test we did here one month ago. We scored three points today and until the middle of the race the three Hondas set the same rhythm. Our target, honestly, is a top ten and PJ did a good job. His lap times were consistent and we found something good for him in the bike in qualifying. Today we made another step. For us, it is our first season and we still have to learn. PJ was happy about the behaviour of the bike and we look forward in a positive way to Laguna Seca. It is his home race and he is going to give 200% to be near the front.
WorldSSP: Cluzel reigns at Brno after stunning battle with Cortese
Incredible final lap ends with Cluzel taking third win of the campaign
Cluzel and Cortese went toe to toe around Brno
Jules Cluzel (NRT) and Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) continued their sensational tussle as an intense rivalry is developing between the pair, putting on a strong show here in Brno. After a first promising tussle at Donington Park, the pair put an even more thrilling battle at the Automotodrom Brno to heat up the FIM Supersport World Championship even further, with the Frenchman managing to beat his championship rival this time around, and reducing the gap to the top of the championship to only two points.
Cluzel struck first at the lights, taking advantage of a slow start from Cortese to move into first by the first corner. Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) also made his way into second, a position he would lose back to Cortese however by the end of lap one, with Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag) also moving into third above the Swiss rider a few turns later. Meanwhile, Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) suffered his second retirement of the season, going down at Turn eight.
The two frontrunners had battled on the timesheets throughout the weekend, and that rivalry translated to the track, with a thrilling sequence at the tail end of lap four leaving an early highlight: Cortese cut ahead of Cluzel at Turn 11, but the Frenchman shot back two bends later, both riders nearly coming together in a flashback of Cortese’s winning move at Donington Park. In the midst of that action, the shadow of De Rosa’s MV Agusta crept up behind.
By lap 10, Cluzel was facing mind blowing pressure in the lead, with Cortese not even a tenth of a second behind. But two, three, four laps went by, and the championship leader, with better pace, couldn’t find his moment to attack – or chose not to. His moment came in the final lap: turn three saw the German move in front, but a wide line allowed Cluzel to push in around the outside of turn four. Again the pair clashed, with Cluzel managing to just squeeze out in front, and hold his lead until the checkered flag. A third win of the season for Cluzel, who emerges from the Czech round as the clear contender to Cortese’s championship lead.
With De Rosa drifting behind in the final laps, and managing his fourth consecutive podium, there was more action at the back. With Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) claiming fourth place over Krummenacher at the end, as well as the fastest lap of the race.
Thomas Gradinger (NRT) completed an excellent Sunday for the NRT team with his best result of the campaign in sixth. Another frantic battle in the middle of the pack between Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing) and Kyle Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda), with the veteran Australian edging ahead of the new CIA Landlord rider for seventh place. Behind, Eerneli Lahti (Sterkman Motorsport by HRP) took his first top-10 finish of the campaign in ninth, scoring vital points for the FIM Europe Supersport Cup.
Can the championship battle get any closer? There’s four weeks until the WorldSSP riders go back on track at Misano, and it's set to be electrifying.
P1 - Jules Cluzel (NRT)
"It was really hot! I think everybody enjoyed, but me not so much because I expected him to make the pass. But I give everything until the last lap, it was a close fight and this time I was struggling with the rear grip, I am not sure if Cortese also was. I just tried to do my best on the last lap, and I tried to close the door. I have a big mark on my leathers from when we touched, but it was funny and I think everybody enjoyed it."
#CzechWorldSBK WorldSSP at Autodromo Brno - Race
1. Jules Cluzel (NRT)
2. Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) +0.148
3. Rafaelle de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag) +3.368
AFTER FIRST LAP COLLISION, WEST BATTLES THROUGH TO SEVENTH
Round 7 Czech Republic
Autodromo Brno, Czech Republic
The EAB antwest Racing World Supersport Team arrived on Wednesday in the Czech Republic encouraged by Ant’s history of strong results at the flowing Brno circuit.
Still nursing his surgically repaired arm from the crash in Assen, and coming off a recent victory at the Suzuka round in ARRC, Ant was ready to take advantage of a circuit that suits his riding style.
Free Practice 1 started with dry conditions and a lot of questions regarding bike setup since World Super Sport had not visited the Czech circuit for many years and the specifications of the class had changed. After the first laps on track, Ant and the crew were struggling to find grip. The unique downhill nature of the Brno Circuit requires a similarly unique setup to deal with the fast, flowing downhill corners. Without much improvement in grip, Ant was able to finish the session in ninth place, first Kawasaki, but 1.8 seconds adrift of P1.
Free Practice 2 started under partly cloudy skies and a new setup in the bike to try and find the illusive grip required to make a fast lap time. The first thirty minutes of the session were especially difficult when the new FP2 setting did not deliver any added grip. Ant was visibly frustrated with the lack of progress in finding a setup after numerous exits from pitlane. The crew took a gamble in the waning moments of the session, threw in a new rear tire and sent Ant out to try and find his way in to the coveted top ten that automatically advance in to Super Pole 2. With less than four minutes to go in the session when he exited pitlane for the final time, Ant was only going to get one flying lap to try and set a new time and earn a top ten position. With only the out lap to learn how to ride the new setup, the pressure was on. He passed the start line just moments before the checkered flag flew and started his time attack. Ant put his head down and fired in a 2:04.585, good enough to be fifth overall in FP2 and first Kawasaki. More importantly, he made it into SP2.
Overnight, Ant and the crew worked on refining the radically changed setup they used in FP2 for the short FP3 session that precedes Super Pole 2. The FP3 session was an improvement over FP2 but Ant and the crew were still looking for more after finishing in eighth place. As the crew prepared for Super Pole, more setup changes were made. After an intense ten minutes of the fifteen minute Super Pole session, Ant was languishing near the bottom of the twelve competitors. With a new tire installed he exited pitlane for one last attempt at a fast lap. The crews’ fast work in pitlane was going to allow Ant to get two flying laps to try and get further up the field. After the first flying lap, Ant set his personal best of the weekend with a time of 2:04.381. His second lap was even faster through the first three sectors before he encountered a slower rider and he lost time. The previous lap was good enough to finish the session in eighth place, middle of the third row, and first Kawasaki.
During the Saturday night debrief, it was determined that another change was going to have to happen to give Ant the best possible package for fighting during the race. The crew looked at all the data and all the notes from Ant and formulated a new setup to try in morning warmup. Morning warmup started with a 32 degree track temperature and Ant was on the circuit the moment the track went green. After the fifteen minute session, Ant was in eighth position again and, more importantly, had found the setup he was going to use for the race.
As the time for the race was approaching, the skies were blue and the track temperature was increasing. The final preparations were made and it was time to race. When the lights went out, Ant got a decent start and was looking to attack on the downhill corners, determined not to lose touch with the much faster Yamahas. As Ant lined up to overtake some riders in front of him going in to turn five, the field compressed together and pushed some riders out, causing a collision between Ant and another rider. Ant was able to save the bike from crashing, but the effort pushed him wide and allowed the field to pass, he was now in the fifteenth position. He was able to pass a rider on the way back to the stripe and he was in fourteenth at the end of the first lap. On lap two, he made up four more positions and crossed the line in tenth. By lap four, he was eighth. On lap six, he almost crashed after losing the front in turn three. Between laps eight and thirteen he was battling with Kyle Smith for seventh position. After gapping Smith, he set off after Gradinger and was catching him but he just ran out of time. Ant’s last lap was a 2:06.2, compared with race winner Cluzel’s 2:06.0 last lap time, and he crossed the finish line in seventh place overall and first Kawasaki.
Ant is now eighth in the World Championship standings, first Kawasaki in the standings, and he has delivered 41 of Kawasaki’s 57 point total in the manufacturers’ championship.
Anthony West 13, P7
Looking at my lap times, we had the pace to finish farther up the field, but after colliding with another rider on lap one, I just put my head down and tried to catch as many people as I could. I had a big moment on lap six in turn three. I thought we missed the mark on setup, but then two turns later I saw Morais crash after losing the front in turn five. I just tried to settle down and let the tires recover after abusing them when I was coming through the field. After the tires cooled down, I was able to attack again. I felt like I was on the limit catching and passing riders because our bike is still lacking acceleration off the corners. I can’t even draft pass anyone, I have to dive bomb people on the brakes. We need to find more engine power.
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Top Ten for Smith & frustration for Irwin at Brno
Posted on 10th June 2018
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith delivered a top ten finish in today’s hot and humid World Supersport race at Brno in the Czech Republic.
From his qualifying position on the fourth row of the grid Smith got a bad start but fought his way through the field to trade positions with Ant West for the majority of the 16-lap race finally crossing the line in eighth place.
Smith said: “Positive first race back I think we still have some work to do and hopefully we can soon be fighting for the top 5. We’ve kept improving throughout the weekend, we had a few problems with grip which in warm up took us in the wrong direction so for the race we didn’t want to risk going in the opposite direction and went back to where we were. Maybe we should have taken the risk but we have more races ahead of us so hopefully we can keep improving on the result.”
Fellow CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Andrew Irwin made a good start to the race but his bid for another points scoring finish was frustrated when the grip levels went down and he finished just outside the points in 17th place.
“It was a frustrating race. The first four laps I felt pretty good maybe 13th/ 14th then the front tyre went off a lot faster that we thought it would. I crashed this morning and I didn’t want to do the same thing with the worn tyre the same as this morning so I used my head as much as I could and the tyre progressively got worse. No points, it’s one of those things, you have to have a bad race every now and then and this is it. I’ve got to progress from here and come back in Misano as competitive as possible.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “I think we can take confidence and a good feeling from today’s race. Kyle made a bad start but he battled for seventh with West just losing out a bit on the last lap but a good strong finish. We tried different settings this morning but the conditions were a bit cooler in warm up so it would have been a risk to run them in the race. Maybe it would have paid off but we wanted to get a good positive start to our reunion so I think it is a good result and we can look forward from here with confidence and enthusiasm. Congratulations to Kyle and his crew Stu and George, I think we can go to Misano in a good frame of mind.”
“Andrew slipped off in warm up this morning in cooler conditions so we went for the softer front tyre to give him confidence but the track temperature went up quite a lot during the race and the tyre started to wear. To look at it’s not too bad but after the crash this morning he didn’t want to make the same mistake. Andrew’s learning all the time it’s another completely different track unlike anything he is used to so he just dropped out of the points. He is going forward so I am sure in Misano he will go from strength to strength. He is learning tracks well, we have really good data from there and Misano has been a strong track for us and for Kyle in the past so we are looking forward to a good race. Our aim is to be fighting further towards the front and closer to the top ten with Andrew. Let’s see what we can do.”
Points For Okubo After Morais Finds Misfortune
Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 13th in the WorldSSP race at Brno today but his team-mate Sheridan Morais was unlucky to crash as he tried to pass another rider, ending his race on lap six of 16.
On a dry and warm raceday Morais looked set for a top six finish at least, as he felt he had the race pace to challenge right at the 5.403km Brno circuit.
Starting from the third row he was unfortunate to lose the front as he tried to overtake another rider, in order to get free to make his challenge towards the front group of riders.
Okubo, knowing that he had to score points today, kept a cool head and finished up taking three points away for 13th position. A new rider to Brno on Friday, he could not find the same level of full race pace as he had found to qualify 12th in Superpole.
Morais is still 15th in the overall championship standings and Okubo is now 18th after seven of 12 rounds.
The WorldSSP riders will not race at the Laguna Seca WorldSBK weekend but will return to action at Misano, in Italy, between the 6th and the 8th of July.
Hikari Okubo, stated: “It has been a very difficult race week. On Friday I had a very bad position in Free Practice but in Superpole we improved to 12th, but I could not find a good race set-up. Over one lap was no problem but for race pace it was not the same. If I pushed hard maybe I would crash again. I am not happy with my finishing position but it was important to get some championship points. I am not giving up and I like the track at the next round in Misano, so I need to push hard there.”
Sheridan Morais stated: “I just lost the front. We had really good race pace but I was trying to get past Gradinger. His bike is really fast, and I had to risk it like I did to try and get past him, and I crashed. It is a pity because we had the race pace to be at the front, not only for the podium, but to fight to the guys out front.”
Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was the best placed Kawasaki rider in the race today, in seventh. The Aussie rider is now eighth in the championship fight, just four points behind the seventh placed rider.
Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) was 11th, and second in the ESS class-within-a-class race. He still leads the overall ESS rankings by 13 points. Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne’s Racingteam MTM) was 20th today, with Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) just one place behind.
Luigi Morciano (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 22nd at Brno, Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 23rd.
Mixed Fortunes for GRT Yamaha in Brno
The seventh round of the 2018 World Supersport Championship proved a day of mixed fortunes for the GRT Yamaha Official WSSP Team this afternoon at the Autodrom Brno in the Czech Republic. 2017 World Champion Lucas Mahias was able to secure fourth position but teammate Federico Caricasulo was left frustrated having crashed out early in the race. Fellow GRT Yamaha rider Alfonso Coppola made good progress to finish in 14th.
The Brno weekend has been a challenging experience for defending champion Mahias from the beginning. The Frenchman has struggled with the team to find the optimum set up on his YZF-R6 and knew today would not be an easy fight. Initially in sixth in the first lap, Mahias managed to move forward a little, then was helped by teammate Caricasulo crashing out in the second lap. Establishing himself in fourth he worked hard to keep Randy Krummenacher at bay behind him, and the podium battle in view in front. He was unable to get into the front group, but held fourth until the line.
Coppola had a frustrating start to his Brno race from pitlane. Beginning his attack from 29th at the back of the pack he was undeterred. The rookie put his head down and put in an incredible ride, passing a huge number of riders to cross the finish line in the points in 14th position.
Italian Caricasulo’s race was definitely one to forget. A positive start saw him just ahead of teammate Mahias in the opening lap, before almost immediate disaster as he crashed out in the stadium section on turn 8 of the second lap. Caricasulo had chosen a different front tyre to try to find more grip later in the race, but unfortunately was not able to exploit it.
Today’s race results put Lucas Mahias into fourth in the championship standings on 103 points. Federico Caricasulo remains on 79 points, now in sixth position. Alfonso Coppola’s performance adds a point to put him on 2, and sits him in 24th.
GRT Yamaha continue to lead the team standings with 182 points, 22 clear of rivals NRT and Yamaha lead the manufacturer standings with 175 points, 92 clear of MV Augusta.
“Today was again a difficult race for me, before starting I knew it would be like this because I knew we had a problem with lack of speed. It was difficult to follow the other riders, I pushed a lot in the beginning, but when the tyre started to slide I lost the edge and knew I couldn’t push harder. I’m a little happy because I pushed at the end to keep Krummenacher behind and I won that battle. I am very confident for Misano because will have some updates that we are working on together and I’m confident we can arrive at the podium.”
“Nothing to say about today for me, I tried to put another front tyre to be better in the last laps of the race, but in the beginning I was struggling to stay with the front group and I crashed. I am looking forward now to Misano with positivity as we will have a new technical set up to help us get in front.”
“The race was fantastic, I was unhappy to start on the pit lane, but I controlled myself. It was very important to pass as many riders as possible in this moment. Now I can relax and study and look forward to Misano and work towards the next step, the top ten. Thanks to GRT and Yamaha for fantastic work, the bike is very top level!”
“We are in a difficult moment, but every team has moments like this where they then have the chance to improve for the future. This is not the best moment for our team but it is a very important moment to understand where we are, our potential and where we can go. We are learning, to make good steps ahead as we have all the credentials to be race winners. For the race, Lucas made the best lap of the race, but we couldn't keep the pace for the length. For Federico we need to check the data, he closed the front and crashed very early.
On the other side we had a very good performance with Alfonso, he started from the pit lane, in last place and made an incredible recovery and improved a lot. We think we are in a very good way to be an important contender with him. The whole team did a good job, now we have to work even harder to find that extra step. For Misano we are working really hard to step ahead so I am positive we can be back where we should be.”
WorldSSP300: Hendra Pratama completes dream weekend with Brno win
Indonesian rider dominates as race is brought to an early finish
Hendra Pratama czeched out in style this weekend
Galang Hendra Pratama (BIBLION YAMAHA MOTOXRACING) was phenomenal for a third day in a row at the Automotodrom Brno, flying away from pole at the start and securing his second race win in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, after winning at Jerez last season. Walid Khan (Nutec- Benjan – Kawasaki) took his first WorldSSP300 podium in second with Borja Sánchez (ETG Racing) in third, in a race that ended early due to a red flag.
The Indonesian lost his pole lead momentarily to Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team) at turn one, but two corners later the 19 year old was back out in front, quickly making space between himself and the near 40 riders behind. With Hendra Pratama running away at the front, the fight for second turned into a vintage WorldSSP300 scuffle to the line, with Carrasco defending her place from attacks by Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) and the surprising Maria Herrera (BCD Yamaha MS Racing), up from 17th on the grid.
A mistake by Carrasco put her at the back of a ten rider strong group of riders, with several more incredibly close behind. And with the riders gearing up for a thrilling race finish, it was suddenly all over: a crash in the back group forced a red flag, and with seven laps out of 10 having been completed (over two thirds of the full race distance) the race end was declared.
As things stood, Khan and Sanchez completed the podium, with Koen Meuffels (KTM Fortron Junior Team) in fourth, Glenn van Straalen (KTM Fortron Racing Team) in fifth and the returning Nick Kalinin (GP Project Team) in sixth. The red flag came at the worst moment possible for Carrasco, back in eleventh and out of the top 10 for the first time this year; she remains the championship leader, however, with Sanchez now second 20 points behind, and Luca Grunwald (Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team), tenth at Brno, falling to third one point below the ETG Racing rider.
P1 - Galang Hendra Pratama (BIBLION YAMAHA MOTOXRACING)
"I am very very happy, it's an incredible race, I can't say anymore! I want to say thank you to my team, to Yamaha and all my sponsors and friends. Finally I got the first position, so thank you very much."
#CzechWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at Automotodrom Brno - Race
1. Galang Hendra Pratama (BIBLION YAMAHA MOTOXRACING)
2. Walid Khan (Nutec - Benjan - Kawasaki) +4.739
3. Borja Sanchez (ETG Racing) +4.852
Hendra Strikes with Masterclass WSSP300 Victory in Brno - Results
Yamaha Racing’s bLU cRU star Galang Hendra Pratama wrapped up his Brno race weekend in supreme style yesterday, ending a weekend of dominant form for the Yamaha Team MotoX Racing with a stunning victory on the YZF-R3. The race itself was a drama filled spectacle reduced to just seven laps after a red flag two thirds into the round, leaving fellow bLU cRU riders Hugo De Cancellis in 16th, Luca Bernardi in 21st and Dennis Koopman in 23rd.
Galang was the man to beat all weekend, and had lost none of his form come race day. Starting from pole position the Indonesian rider was temporarily passed by Ana Carrasco on the first corner but was quick to respond. It took just two turns to return to the front, a position he was then determined to hold on to. He out his head down and pushed hard, using the full benefit of his R3 to build a safety gap of several seconds to the chasing pack. From there it was a lonely ride to the finish line with no challenges, the race decided after seven laps with the red flag calling time. Galang leaves Brno having scored his second WSSP300 race win, the Brno pole position and the fastest lap!
Team Toth YART’s Hugo De Cancellis made a strong start to his Brno race and was happily embroiled in an enjoyable battle with the leading group. Unfortunate contact with one of the riders in the heat of battle broke his rhythm and forced him wide, taking him away form the lead group. He was pushing hard to come back but with the race shortened after the red flag had to settle for 16th at the line.
Team Trasimeno’s Luca Bernardi found Brno a frustrating experience, having struggled in qualifying the race was challenge, however with focus and determination he was able to bring it home in 21st, gaining valuable knowledge to step up a level at the next round.
Dennis Koopman enjoyed his first visit to the Brno track, taking his time over the practice and qualifying to get to know the fast sweeping circuit. Having found a comfortable race pace he was looking to push on until an almost immediate incident with another rider cutting hi off relegated him to 35th with a lot of work to do! The Dutchman worked hard to fight back up, making to 23rd before the shortened race also meant no further opportunity for him to climb higher.
Galang Hendra Pratama
Biblion Yamaha MotoXRacing
“I’m very happy for the result, because this is my first win in this season. In the race I tried to push from the first lap, and in the second lap I made a three second gap to the rider behind me. I was able to stay in front and finally I got the first place in the race! I want to say thank you to my team, to Yamaha, to all the sponsors, my family, friends, who all have supported me this year. For the next race I will keep my focus and try to continue like this.”
Hugo De Cancellis
Team Toth - YART
“The beginning of the weekend went well, a lot of positive points and fun on the beautiful circuit with an improvement in my personal time at each exit that placed me second on the grid. After a good warm-up Sunday morning, I had good ambitions to score my first points this weekend. After a good start, I found myself in the first group and I had the rhythm to fight with them. Unfortunately a pilot touched me and made me lose contact with the first group. After, I had to fight to stay ahead of the second group. The race was not completed, so I finished in 16th place, disappointed because I knew that I could fight in the first group to score my first points this weekend! I thank Yamaha bLU cRU, my team and my family and sponsors for this fantastic opportunity!”
“It was a difficult weekend for me. I was not able to do good qualifying and it was one of the reasons for the result in the race although I'm happy because my team did a good job and I thank the team and the Yamaha.”
GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team
“Brno for me was a new track; I liked it from the beginning and kept improving during my lap-times. In SP1 we were in one big group and I let myself drop off the group a bit and I found a gap. I made my fastest lap-time all alone so I had a good feeling for the race. I had a decent start but in Turn four, another rider cut me off and I almost ran off into the grass. I was in 35th place. I made up some positions but it’s not where I want to fight for places. Next race I want to be in the points again. Big congratulations to Galang for winning the race! Big thanks to my team and sponsors!”
Khan And Sanchez Podium As Carrasco Still Leads
Spanish rider Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) continues to lead the WorldSSP300 championship on her all-new Ninja 400 despite scoring 11th place at the Brno round in the Czech Republic today. Ana was only one second from a podium finish, despite being 11th; such was the ferocity of the battle for a top three finish. Championship challenger Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was seventh, and is fourth in the championship standings.
Ninja riders Walid Khan (Nutec Benjan Kawasaki) and Borja Sanchez (ETG Racing Kawasaki) finished second and third respectively today after an intense race at Brno, at the head of a vast group of riders behind the race winner Galang Hendra Pratama.
Third on the grid after Superpole 2, Carrasco and her 37 fellow competitors finally faced only a six-lap race, not the scheduled ten laps, after a red flag was thrown following a two-rider crash on lap seven, leaving Ana stuck in the middle of the pack after a small mistake dropped her from a potential podium position.
Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was in the running for the podium places also, as he invariably is, after scoring the second best time in Superpole 2. Even finishing seventh in the shortened race he was within touching distance of another podium. Just over two seconds separated the main competitors from Khan in second place to the rider in 14th!
Donington park podium finisher Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was 12th today just behind Carrasco, with stand-in rider for the Motoport Kawasaki) team, Tom Toparis, 19th. Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) crashed out on lap one today.
Carrasco leaves Brno with her championship lead almost intact. Ana is 20 points ahead of Sanchez, 21 ahead of Luca Grunwald, and 23 ahead of Deroue. Loureiro is seventh, 32 points from Carrasco.
The next round of the exciting WorldSSP300 tour will take place at Misano, with raceday on the 8th of July.
Ana Carrasco, stated: “I’m a bit upset with the result because I think we could have finished further ahead, even so the weekend has been positive. We’re still leading the championship with almost the same advantage that we came with, so we have to be content. We’ll have to work harder to get back on the podium in the next race at Misano. I want to thank the team for this weekend’s work, and to thank Kawasaki.”
Scott Deroue, stated: “It was really disappointing in today’s race. We were fast all weekend long but because of a red flag, with three laps to go, the race stopped and I ended up 7th. It’s a shame because I was just waiting for the last lap to attack to try for a podium.”