Press releases from the organizers and some of the teams after the races at Jerez on Sunday:
Michael van der Mark takes first win of the season as championship leader Bautista crashes
Dutch rider conquers Race 2 in Jerez ahead of Rea and Razgatlioglu
In what was a thrilling Race 2 at Jerez, an uncharacteristic error from Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) at the start of Lap 2 saw the Spaniard suffer his first racing crash in WorldSBK. The battle for the win came alive as Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) went head-to-head in the Spanish sun, resulting in the Dutchman taking his first win of 2019, whilst Razgatlioglu romped to third and yet another podium.
Into Turn 1 on the opening lap, Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) took the initial advantage, whilst a disaster for his fellow Yamaha rider Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team), who crashed at Turn 2 on the opening lap. Bautista took the lead at Turn 5 and Michael van der Mark followed him through as Melandri went wide. Jonathan Rea took the pair of Yamaha riders at Turn 6, in a bid to pursue Bautista at the front.
However, it was a disaster for the Spaniard at the beginning of Lap 2 as he crashed out of the lead! The championship leader was on the floor at Turn 1, with his ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati tumbling through the gravel. Bautista remounted but retired soon after. The race was now on, as Jonathan Rea led van der Mark and Marco Melandri, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) completing the top five.
With 15 laps to go, the top five were covered by a second but disaster struck again, this time at Turn 5, as Marco Melandri attempted an ambitious pass on Davies, resulting in both riders crashing out. Davies was clearly frustrated with his former teammate, as both of them lost the chance to achieve a good result with Bautista out. Three of the main protagonists had suffered terrible results – Jonathan Rea was now looking like he was going to walk away from Jerez with a strong haul of points.
Michael van der Mark wasn’t prepared to let Rea have it all his own way, as the Dutchman took the lead with 14 laps to go at Turn 6. Jonathan Rea initially stayed with the Yamaha of van der Mark but couldn’t keep with the relentless pace of the 26-year-old out front, as 10 laps later, he had pulled out a two seconds lead. Alvaro Bautista had re-joined and was circulating in 16th position, ready to pick up the pieces in case anyone else was to crash out.
Battles continued to develop down the field, as Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team), who rocketed through from 11th on the grid to be the top running Ducati in fourth position, ahead of a jostling Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), with the Brit getting ahead of the German in the closing stages at Turn 1.
A crash for Ryuichi Kiyonari (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) at the fast Turn 11 resulted in gravel being put all over the circuit and a red flag coming out with two laps to go. Kiyonari walked away from the crash, although his bike was not so fortunate, having barrel rolled.
Michael van der Mark was a winner once again completing a faultless weekend, right the way through from FP1 to Race 2. Second position and closing the gap down to Bautista in the championship to 41 points, Jonathan Rea was happy to be back on the podium. It was another stunning ride from Toprak Razgatlioglu to complete the race in third position. Rinaldi took a career-best fourth, whilst Leon Haslam fought hard to complete the top five.
Just behind the Brit, Sandro Cortese took his best WorldSBK result. Seventh position belonged to Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), who had a relatively quiet Acerbis Spanish Round, whilst Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing), Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha) and a superb Tommy Bridewell (Team Goeleven) completed the top ten on a day where Independent teams took the majority of top ten placings.
Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) had a good comeback in 11th, ahead of Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), Yuki Takahashi (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) and Alex Lowes in 14th place being the last of the point-scorers.
P1 - Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team)
"My plan today was to fight with Alvaro Bautista, but unfortunately he crashed, and I hope he is ok. After that, it was Johnny and me, and I was following him trying to pull away from Toprak, but his pace wasn't as fast as I expected, so I passed him and just tried to do my rhythm. The bike felt so much better today compared to yesterday. Big thanks to the team because this weekend they did an incredible job and from Friday morning I was feeling comfortable on the bike. I am proud of my first win of the season".
P2 - Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
"That was a real podium for us today. We made the bike better compared to yesterday, so I had to thank my team. I had a little bit more front end feeling, but Michael's pace was incredible, and even with the heat, he made the same race pace as the race winner yesterday. It was a very tough weekend from all aspects, but we had to consolidate it today, and we got some points back in the championship. Now we move on to Misano where we had a strong test last week, but the biggest thing is thanks to my team for all the confidence this weekend and making the bike step by step better".
P3 - Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing)
"I am really happy! The Tissot Superpole Race didn't go well for me because we used a different setup that didn't work well for me. We decided to return to the old one for Race 2 and I felt good on the bike again. I am pleased to be on the podium again after Imola, and now we look forward to continuing like this also for next race".
Pata Yamaha’s Van Der Mark Storms to Race 2 Victory in Jerez
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider, Michael van der Mark, stepped onto the top step of the podium for the first time in 2019 today, after a superlative performance saw the 26-year-old take a resounding victory in WorldSBK Race 2 in Jerez. The race win, the first for a Yamaha rider this season, was the perfect way to round out what was an incredibly successful Spanish weekend, in which van der Mark finished on the podium in all three WorldSBK races. Marco Melandri crashed out of Race 2 this afternoon while running at the front, but the GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK rider departs Jerez with his confidence renewed, having joined van der Mark on the Jerez podium after the Sprint Race this morning. Sandro Cortese completed a solid weekend by securing his best result of the season in Race 2, which he finished in sixth place. It was a weekend to forget for Alex Lowes, who picked up just two championship points today after unfortunate crashes in both races.
Despite starting the Superpole Race from seventh on the grid, van der Mark managed to fight his way through the field to finish second, which secured him the front row start he needed to launch his challenge for the victory in Race 2 this afternoon. The Pata Yamaha rider got a good start and, after a brief battle with Melandri and Toprak Razgatlioglu in the early stages, the Pata Yamaha rider then shadowed reigning World Champion, Jonathan Rea, as the pair quickly pulled away from the pursuing pack at the head of the race.
Seven laps into the race, as Rea’s pace started to drop and the chasing group began to close again on the two leaders, van der Mark made his move, outbraking the Kawasaki rider into turn two to take the race lead. The Pata Yamaha rider rode faultlessly for the remainder of the race, increasing his lead over Rea with every lap to win by more than three seconds. The victory, the first for Yamaha this season, consolidated van der Mark’s third place in the championship standings, which he now holds with 188 points.
While van der Mark enjoyed success in Jerez, it was a different story for his teammate, Lowes, who had a day to forget. Despite showing impressive pace all weekend, the Briton was denied a podium finish yesterday by Rea’s overly ambitious passing attempt at the final corner and then picked up just two points in the two races today. A crash while battling with his teammate in the Sprint Race was followed by another on the opening lap of Race 2, as Lowes got pushed wide into turn two, having started from tenth place on the grid. The Pata Yamaha rider managed to rejoin the race, picking up two points for 14th place at the chequered flag.
Melandri repeated his podium success from yesterday by finishing third in the Sprint Race this morning but missed out on points in Race 2 this afternoon. The GRT Yamaha rider led the race away from the line, but a collision with Chaz Davies at turn five saw both riders crash out of the race after just six laps. Melandri has since been sanctioned for the incident.
It was a successful weekend in Jerez for Cortese, with the reigning Supersport World Champion enjoying a return to form after a difficult weekend last time out in Imola. The GRT Yamaha rider finished ninth in the Sprint Race, before going on to claim his best result of the season to date with sixth place in Race 2.
It was a solid debut weekend for the Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK team and their rider Loris Baz. The Frenchman was forced to retire from the Sprint Race on the opening lap due to a technical problem but bounced back to add to his points tally with ninth place in Race 2 this afternoon.
Michael van der Mark
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK
“What an amazing day! I was a bit upset with myself in the Sprint Race because I tried some optimistic overtakes that lost me a lot of time but in the end, I managed to finish second, which put me on the front row for Race 2. I got a good start but then Johnny passed me quite quickly and I was happy to sit behind him and conserve my tyres after Alvaro crashed out. But his pace wasn’t quite what I wanted to do and I could see the group behind were starting to catch us, so I decided to put in a pass and see if I could pull away, which I did. It’s been an incredible weekend and the bike has been great, with only very small changes required. I’m really happy with the progress made with the bike, so many thanks to the team and to Yamaha for all their hard work.”
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK
“It’s been a tough weekend here in Jerez. In Race 2 I was pushing to make up places after starting from tenth on the grid, because I knew we had the pace to run with the guys at the front if we could get there. I got pushed wide in turn two, which is a bit tight when everyone arrives at the same time on the opening lap, and I slid off. Not what I was hoping for, but the bike was working really well at this track, we had good speed and we were consistent. Unfortunately, we were also a bit unlucky. We need to focus on these positives and continue working so in the same way so that we come back stronger in Misano. Congratulations to Michael and the team on the win today.”
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
“It was a shame to finish the weekend with a crash, but when you think about where we were just two weeks ago and then how we were able to fight for the podium in all three races here in Jerez, it’s something so positive for us. It’s unfortunate that Chaz didn’t leave me the same amount of space I left him when the positions were reversed on the previous lap, but for me it was a racing incident and nothing more. Like I said, it’s a shame, because another podium finish was a real possibility today, even if fighting with Toprak was difficult because he’s so aggressive on the brakes. Anyway, I go home from here much more positive for the future.”
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
“It was a good race this afternoon, which I finished with my best result of the season. The lap times increased a lot compared to Race 1 yesterday, which meant we didn’t quite have the set-up we needed to run with the front guys and challenge for maybe a fourth place finish today. But, we learned a lot and we know what we need to do for the next race, so I leave Jerez happy with the race result and with the progress we’ve made. Now I’m looking forward to the next race in Misano, where we will aim to fight once again with these guys and, hopefully, secure an even better result.”
Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
“It wasn’t so much fun at the start of the day, but we definitely finished with a smile. We had a technical issue with the bike in warm up and we weren’t able to fix the problem ahead of the sprint race, unfortunately. We managed to resolve the issue for Race 2, but I started with a bike that was set up completely differently to yesterday, so the first laps were all about understanding the bike. I was feeling more confident than yesterday and able to go faster as the race progressed. I’m happy; I still need to improve a little bit, but it was a good start after seven months off the bike. Thanks to the team, as it’s taken a lot of hard work to get us here and thanks also to Yamaha, who gave us a good direction with the set-up of the bike. Now I can’t wait to get to Misano.”
Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager
“It’s been a very successful Jerez weekend for Yamaha, culminating in Michael claiming his first race win of the season today. Congratulations to him and the team on the victory, which he secured with an intelligent ride that underlines his continued development as a rider. This bodes well for the future, as we look towards the remaining races this season. What is also clear is that recent developments made by Yamaha Motor Europe together with the teams have significantly improved the R1 as a competitive race package. Commiserations to Alex, whose results this weekend didn’t reflect his pace, but he should focus on the positives now because I am confident that he will realise his full potential in the coming races. It’s also good to see the GRT Yamaha riders back where they should be. They’ve had a few difficult races recently, but they retained their fighting spirit, they never stopped believing and Marco’s two podiums this weekend is just reward for all their hard work. It was nice to see Loris Baz back in the championship aboard a Yamaha here in Jerez. Returning so late in the season is never easy, but we’ve seen some big steps already this weekend and I’m sure this trend will continue in the coming races, as they build a better understanding of the bike.”
“Congratulations to the Bardahl Yamaha riders on their performance today, but especially Federico Caricasulo. He went into the WorldSSP race with a clear strategy, was patient enough to stick to it and then put in two incredible record breaking laps at the end to take the win. It was also good to see Jules Cluzel back on the podium for the first time since Thailand. Finally, I’d also like to congratulate bLU cRU rider, Galang Hendra Pratama, who rode a fantastic WorldSSP300 race today but missed out on a podium finish by the narrowest of margins, to Maria Herrera on securing her best result of the season with 14th place in the WorldSSP race and to Beatriz Neila, who scored her first World Championship points with 13th place in the WorldSSP300 race today. Their performance underlines the fact that motorcycle racing is a truly inclusive sport.”
Rea Reaches Final Jerez Podium
Jonathan Rea (KRT) scored a second place finish in the last race today in Spain, after he had battled through to fourth in the earlier Tissot-Superpole Race. Leon Haslam was sixth and then fifth today, scoring valuable points.
Rea, having to start the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race from the back of the grid after suffering a double penalty on Saturday, worked his way through the pack at speed. He finished fourth despite having the same pace as the leading riders. Haslam was eventually sixth after starting the race from fifth place on the grid, after changes to his machine’s set-up from Saturday.
The planned second full distance race of the weekend was a dramatic finale to complement the hot on-track action in Spain. Race leader Alvaro Bautista fell while leading and Rea took over his top spot, only relinquishing it to eventual race winner Michael van der Mark. The race was called to a halt after 18-laps, due to the after effects of a crash.
Rea was particularly keen to win the final race today to make up the maximum points possible on his championship rival Bautista. Jonathan did not quite have an optimal set-up for the second half of the race, but 20 points to Bautista’s zero means he leaves Spain 41 behind in the championship fight, and still in a clear second place overall.
Haslam found his bike better under braking in the final race of the Jerez weekend, but less so entering corners, meaning that he had to work hard to finish fifth in the race and remain in fifth place overall.
In the championship standings Bautista has 300, Rea 259, Van Der Mark 188, Alex Lowes 142 and Haslam 130.
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the seventh round of the championship, between 21 and 23 June.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “In the final race I did not have the pace of Mikey. I need to check the times but we definitely made a step with the bike set-up from yesterday afternoon to today, especially with the front end feeling in the faster corners. But over the lap there were some areas where I was very close, or even better than Michael, but in one crucial area I just lost too much. It is something we have been working on all weekend and today the bike was better. I needed a clean day today to finish both races strongly. This morning’s race took a lot out of me mentally and physically - coming from the back of the grid to try and make up all those positions in a short space of time. I am looking forward to Misano now.”
Leon Haslam, stated: “Every session we were struggling with the front traction and we ran a bit more angle and corner speed compared to some of the other Kawasaki riders and I think that has been hindering me, especially as the temperatures have risen. I have tried to adapt my style and played around a little bit with set-up. I felt in that final race of the weekend I had good pace and could have challenged for that third place but I get stuck behind Tom for too many laps. Then when I got past him I was pushing too hard, like I was before, making too many mistakes. I was just lining Rinaldi up when the red flags came out. Another fifth place, so obviously I am not too happy about the result, but we have managed a lot of problems here this weekend.”
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) went from seventh in the sprint race today to third place in the red-flagged finale. This was Toprak’s second podium of the season, after scoring third place in race one at Misano one month ago. He is ranked seventh overall, with 95 championship points.
Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: “Today I am really happy to take a second podium of the year. In this morning’s short race we tried a new set-up but I did not like it. We came back to the same set-up as we used earlier. Today I followed Michael van der Mark and Johnny, but I was on my limit. I watched Johnny as he has the same bike but my big problem was in turn 11 and 12. In the last eight laps my front tyre had started to slide and I reduced my pace because I was in a podium position.”
Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) finished eighth in each race today, the sprint and the red flagged full race, to end his home weekend in 11th place in the championship. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 13th and 11th today, making him the 16th placed rider after missing some recent races through injury.
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team takes another top-five result with the BMW S 1000 RR.
Tom Sykes finishes fifth in the Superpole Race in the FIM Superbike World Championship at Jerez de la Frontera.
Seventh place for Sykes in the Sunday race.
Team-mate Markus Reiterberger comes home 15th and 12th.
Jerez de la Frontera. Round six of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) at Jerez de La Frontera (ESP) concluded with the Superpole Race and the Sunday race for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. Tom Sykes (GBR) claimed another top-five result with the BMW S 1000 RR, finishing fifth in the Superpole Race.
That result meant Sykes started the afternoon’s main race from fifth on the grid. When Chaz Davies (GBR) and Marco Melandri (ITA) collided in front of him on lap six, Sykes moved up into fourth place, however, he then dropped several positions after a mistake on lap nine. The race was then suspended on lap 18 following a crash and Sykes was classified in seventh place. Team-mate Markus Reiterberger (GER) ended the Superpole Race in 15th place. Like Sykes, he struggled for grip in the main race and eventually came home twelfth.
Misano (ITA) hosts the next round of the 2019 WorldSBK season in two weeks. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is familiar with the circuit, having tested there in the run-up to Jerez de la Frontera.
Quotes after race two at Jerez de la Frontera.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We can see the progress we are continuously making with the new BMW S 1000 RR. For various reasons, however, we are still unable to convert this progress into corresponding results in all the races. That is why we had such a mixed weekend at Jerez. Given the fact that some of the top riders failed to finish, we should have been capable of far better results in today’s main race. However, both riders had grip issues. We will now analyse that and find out what caused it. On the plus side, Tom was able to score some valuable points and Markus’ feel for the bike improved. We have to build on that now. At the same time, development of the new RR continues and we hope to be able to take the next step at Misano.”
Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “The Superpole race was really strong from Tom. He was on the SCX which was good for the race distance. We were really happy with that fifth position which set him up for a good start in the main race. That main race was quite difficult for Tom as he was suffering from lack of grip. His lap times were quicker than in race one but that also was the case with everyone else. He finished P7 but without the retirements in the field it would have been probably more a P10. Equally for Markus, he had a difficult day. So after a promising start to the weekend the Sunday did not go too well but we will come back stronger at Misano.”
Tom Sykes: “All things considered, I really feel that we had a decent set of results. I’m a little bit disappointed with race two. I had a big moment in the fast last right hander. I lost the front with 170 km/h and the slide was over fifty metres so it was lucky that we were able to save it. I was able to catch up with the guys again but wasn’t able to pass. Overall, I think we had some decent results given where we are with the performance of the engine. We’re continuing to collect information for moving forward. So now my expectations are to keep the program developing towards the podium. That’s the ultimate target. When you look at the team, the manufacturer and the riders, we have high potential but obviously just for now we need to sit back and understand what we’ve got in this little gap and hopefully for Misano we can have another step forward.”
Markus Reiterberger: “Unfortunately, the changes we made today for the Superpole race and the main race did not help as much as we had hoped. I had a great start in the second race and felt super on the bike in the opening laps. I was easily able to match the pace of the front-runners. However, I then started to lose grip on the rear wheel and it was tough to hang on to twelfth place. The result is obviously not what we wanted. However, we made a few findings again and gathered some information. We will continue to work hard and I am now looking forward to Misano. Before then, I will attempt to find out how I can possibly change my riding style and we will analyse the data to see what we can do to the bike.”
Double disappointment for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team in Race 2 at Jerez de la Frontera with crashes for Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies. The Spanish rider takes his 13th win of the season in the Superpole Race
After another dominating victory by Álvaro Bautista in the morning’s Superpole Race, both riders of the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team were forced to retire after crashes during Race 2 of the Spanish Round at the Jerez circuit.
After crossing the line in the lead at the end of the opening lap, the 34-year-old Spanish rider immediately crashed out on his entry into Turn 1. Bautista returned to the pits and then joined again after seven laps, but because of the red flag on lap 19 he didn’t complete the minimum distance, and for the first time this season he finished a race without scoring any points.
Team-mate Chaz Davies also suffered a similar fate today. The 32-year-old Welsh rider, who started from twelfth on the grid, was making a good recovery when a contact at Turn 5 on the sixth lap with Melandri (Yamaha) eliminated both of them from the battle for fourth.
After the Jerez results, Bautista is still leading the table with 300 points, 41 more than Rea, while Davies drops two positions to eighth with 94 points. The next race in the Superbike World Championship – the Riviera di Rimini Round – will take place in two weeks’ time at the Misano World Circuit, from 21st to 23rd June.
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing Ducati #19) – 1st / DNF
“Today was a day of two halves, in the sense that first we won the Superpole Race and then I crashed on lap 2 of the second race. It was a pity because I did nothing strange, I just lost the front, but racing is like that sometimes. The Jerez weekend was amazing, not only because of my two wins but also for the atmosphere here in the paddock, and for all the fans who came to the circuit to witness the show. Now we have only to continue the great work we did this weekend and try and repeat the same sensations in the next round at Misano.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing Ducati #7) – 10th / DNF
“I was quite aware that this was going to be a difficult weekend but I was hoping that with a good mind-set I could have got some decent results. On this type of circuit, with many longish corners, I was really far away with the set-up. I had a vibration issue with the bike in the Superpole Race, but then the guys did a great job to give me a good bike for the last race, where at least I could ride it OK. But then I got caught up in the incident with Melandri at Turn 5. I’m OK, I just picked up a big bruise on the hip and the side of the leg.”
"CALIENTE" TOP TEN!
A good Sunday in progression redeems the difficult days of adaptation for Tommy at the Jerez circuit!
An unexpected tenth place repays the whole Team of the work done during the weekend in Spain.
The day opens immediately in positive, with Bridewell that shows ample improvements since the Warm Up! Finally he feels the V4-R and shows a nice race pace, much faster than on Saturday.
In the morning the news of 2019 SBK, the Tissot Superpole Race starts. In the 10 laps of the race Tommy pulls out his claws and, after a slow start, recovers several positions.
With hard but correct braking, he placed himself in front of Reiterberger's official BMW and Takahashi's Honda HRC.
A big step in the last 5 rounds brings him back to the other Panigales on the track; then concludes twelfth just 3 seconds from Chaz Davies!
The road taken by the Team is the right one, Tommy improves considerably in the fast part of the track and can now express his full potential.
Some small braking adjustments will allow the Go Eleven Team to fight for the top ten!
What a Race 2! Great battle from the first lap and an amazing Van Der Mark that bends the Cannibal Jhonny Rea taking advantage of the only (till today) Bautista's crash!
Not far behind, our rider Bridewell starts again badly, but with more confidence in his Ducati, he manages to score excellent times, in line with the first group of pursuers.
Towards the middle of the race he manages to overtake Mercado and Reiterberger, launching himself in pursuit of Baz, not overtaking him.
Thus, he finished tenth, remaining grabbed to the French rider; another excellent result, in continuous progression and fruit of the great work carried on session after session. Entering the current championship, without experience on Marelli SBK electronics, replacing a Top Rider like Eugene by injury is not an easy task ... good job Tommy!
The WorldSBK is thus approaching the stage of Misano (21-23 June). It will be the second homeround for the Go Eleven team that hopes to be able to count on the return of Eugene Laverty! Unfortunately, the important injury of Imola needs time to recover 100%, so in the coming weeks we will update you on the conditions of Eugenio: Come back soon, we are waiting for you!
Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):
"Today we have proved to be a strong and united Team, succeeding in turning a really bad start of the weekend. Tommy is a great rider, he knows what he wants. The difficulties of Friday, caused by the lack of experience on this bike and track didn't make him sad; he worked hard and managed to lead a weekend in continuous progression, up to the final top ten, which was our goal.
Thank you for accepting the challenge, Tommy, and for best replacing Eugene in these races! "
Tommy Bridewell (Rider):
"Today was a much better day for us, we understand the best position for my riding style and make the bike much better for me. The feeling was very good in the 2 races today and I’m very happy with the team work. I want to say a massive thanks to Team Goeleven for this great opportunity I’ve enjoyed a lot"
Yuki Takahashi builds on his race weekend to take his first Championship points, Kiyonari improves pace and speed before crashing out of the points zone in Race 2
Yuki Takahashi took his first Championship points today at Jerez, concluding Race 2 in 13th place. More than that, however, the Japanese rider was satisfied with the work he carried out on the set-up of his Fireblade together with his team and engineers, work that allowed him to improve his feeling on the bike and steadily improving his lap times and race pace over the weekend.
A similar pattern was traced by Ryuichi Kiyonari, despite him riding at the Spanish track for the first time. “Kiyo” improved both his speed and race pace during every session and especially in Race 2 when he unfortunately crashed out while lying fourteenth with just one lap to go.
In the morning’s Superpole race, Takahashi and Kiyonari crossed the line in 14th and 17th place respectively.
The next event, the Pata Riviera di Rimini Round, will be held at Misano (Italy) on June 21-23. Leon Camier’s path to recovery will be re-assessed prior to that.
Yuki Takahashi 72
Superpole Race 14th Race-2 13th
“Generally speaking, I think we saw a positive trend over the weekend, although in terms of race results, we are still nowhere near where we would liked to be. Anyway, as I said, together with the team we completed constructive work regarding the bike’s setup. Thanks to the experience and data we gathered yesterday, we decided to try a change to the setup which resulted in a good improvement regarding both my feeling and speed. Also choosing a different Pirelli rear tyre spec (“A” on Friday, “B” on Sunday) helped us to find more grip. So, already in the Superpole race I could ride better and be faster. In Race 2 we took another little step forward and finishing in the points was a nice way to conclude the weekend. I enjoyed the experience and once again I wish to thank the Moriwaki Althea Honda Team and HRC for this. I hope I was able to provide useful feedback to the engineers and I wish Leon (Camier) a speedy recovery.”
Ryuichi Kiyonari 23
Superpole Race 17th Race-2 NC
“Crashing is never good, but I was pushing hard during the entire Race 2 and was faster than I’d been all weekend. That’s the positive side of the coin. It has been a weekend with some ups and downs, especially this morning when we tried a change that did not work as we expected but at the same time it gave us a lot of good information. So, in the end, I think that by working closely together and analyzing all the data we were able to find a good direction. I think this was a useful weekend from a bike setup standpoint.”
An unlucky day for Delbianco at Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Sunday 9 June 2019
The Althea MIE Racing Team and rider Alessandro Delbianco have completed round six of the Superbike world championship at the Jerez circuit in Spain, finishing the sprint race in sixteenth place.
The 10-lap Superpole sprint race got underway at 11am. From row six of the grid, the young Italian rider tried to find and maintain a constant rhythm throughout the race, battling with Kiyonari in the final stages and crossing the line sixteenth.
At 2pm, the lights went out on the second 20-lap SBK race. Eighteenth off the line, Delbianco was lying sixteenth through the opening stages. Lap five saw him gain two more positions and move up to fourteenth. Unfortunately though, on lap eight, the Italian made a mistake that forced him to return to the garage and conclude his race ahead of time.
After the first six rounds of the 2019 championship, Delbianco positions 21st in the standings with 5 points.
“All in all, I’m fairly satisfied with the weekend as a whole because I feel I’ve continued to grow. In the sprint race, I did my best to maintain a good rhythm while in race 2, everything was going well and I was making up places when unfortunately a mistake stopped me. As always, we’ll take the experience gained here and try to apply it in the next races…”
WorldSSP: Caricasulo battles back to take Jerez victory
The WorldSSP race saw daring passes and late lunges in a thrilling race that saw Caricasulo and Krummenacher at the front
The World Supersport championship took yet another swing in 2019, with the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team riders of Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher battling hard throughout the 19-lap encounter with the rest of the field, to come out on top – in that order – ahead of a charging Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA).
Lights-out and it was an explosive start from third on the grid for 2017 WorldSSP Champion Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who took the holeshot ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher. Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) was up to fourth whilst Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing) dropped to fifth ahead of Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). Jules Cluzel had a bright start but was fighting hard on the opening lap, in the leading group but making little progress.
It was a leading group of seven at the front of the field, but Lucas Mahias was looking vulnerable, with Randy Krummenacher making his way ahead of the Frenchman at Turn 6, whilst Caricasulo also made his way ahead of the Kawasaki man. Mahias fought back on Caricasulo but the Italian was having none of it on Lap 4. As the two battled, Krummenacher pulled clear.
However, soon they were all back with the Swiss rider, whilst De Rosa passed Mahias at Turn 6 on Lap 5, before Mahias began to look vulnerable. The Frenchman battled with Gradinger between Turn 9 and 10, which allowed fellow countryman Jules Cluzel to take both of them into Turn 11. All of the squabbling had allowed the leading three to break clear, with a whole second lost.
But as is the case in WorldSSP, battles soon started at the front and they were all back together again as one group with nine laps to go. Hikari Okubo had dropped off the back of the leading group and was a relatively safe seventh position. Caricasulo and Krummenacher enjoyed swapping paint and trading passes as the teammates continued their season long battle, with most overtakes coming at Turn 1, Turn 6 and Turn 13.
Jules Cluzel went from fifth to third in half a lap, as he got De Rosa for third at Turn 1 with seven laps left to complete. Later in the lap, Krummenacher passed Caricasulo at Turn 6 and held the lead for the next few laps. Cluzel got into second momentarily with six to go at Turn 13 but couldn’t hold on as Caricasulo fought back with five to go.
Jules Cluzel’s race pace had been phenomenal, racing up from eighth on the grid and now had the lead as he got ahead of Caricasulo at Turn 13. However, it didn’t last long as the Italian fought back and put 0.7s into the chasing pack on the penultimate lap, although Krummenacher was now second as he passed Cluzel at Turn 6.
Despite Krummenacher’s best efforts, Caricasulo put the hammer down in the closing laps to take a second consecutive Jerez win and setting a new lap record on the final lap. Randy Krummenacher completed yet another BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team 1-2, with Cluzel finishing a hearty third. Thomas Gradinger pushed his way through to fourth ahead of Raffaele De Rosa and early race leader, Lucas Mahias.
Okubo was seventh ahead of home rider Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) ahead of Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) and Hungarian rider, Peter Sebestyen (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda), who completed the top ten. Hannes Soomer (MPM WILSport Racedays), Loris Cresson (Kallio Racing) Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing), Maria Herrera (MS Racing) and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer) rounded out the points.
P1 - Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
"Jerez is one of my favourite tracks, but this year, I am feeling quite comfortable everywhere. I am sorry that my lap record of yesterday was cancelled because it was a good one, but it's ok. Today we did a great job. I tried to put someone between Randy and me, to get more points from him but it didn't work as he was fast too. During the final two laps, I pushed like a was doing qualifying and managed to increase the gap, and that was enough to win. I am really pleased about it".
Another One-Two for Caricasulo and Krummenacher in Jerez
The Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP riders dominated once again today in Jerez, with Federico Caricasulo taking his second race win of the season ahead of teammate Randy Krummenacher. Between them the two Bardahl Yamaha riders have won five of the six races this season and both have finished on the podium at every round. Jules Cluzel, the only other race winner in 2019, secured the GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP squad their first podium finish since Thailand, crossing the line in third place after a titanic battle with the Bardahl Yamaha teammates.
Once Krummenacher and Caricasulo had despatched early race leader Lucas Mahias on lap three, with both outbraking him into turn one, it looked as if it would be another two-way battle for the win between the Bardahl Yamaha teammates. Cluzel, Mahias, Raffaele De Rosa and Kallio Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider Thomas Gradinger remained in close contact and looked threatening throughout the 19-lap race, but only Cluzel was able to mount a serious challenge on the two front runners.
The Frenchman led the race briefly, after passing Caricasulo into the final turn on lap 16, but then Caricasulo made his move with two laps to go, taking the lead on the brakes into the newly christened Dani Pedrosa corner and then pulling away to take the win with two successive record breaking laps.
Krummenacher passed Cluzel in the same place on the penultimate lap and took the chequered flag in second place, with the Frenchman claiming his first podium finish since his race win in Thailand in third.
Gradinger added to his championship points tally with fourth place, with his Kallio Racing Yamaha teammate, Isaac Viñales finishing four places further back in eighth. GMT94 Yamaha’s Corentin Perolari secured a top ten finish in ninth on his return from injury, while Loris Cresson also finished in the points in 12th position.
MS Racing Yamaha rider Maria Herrera also finished in the points today, crossing the line in 14th position to secure her best ever result in WorldSSP.
Krummenacher continues to lead the championship with 135 points, but today’s win means that, although still placed second in the standings, Caricasulo has closed the gap to his teammate to just 17 points, with Cluzel third on 94 points.
Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP
"It was a good race, but quite slow at the start because our strategy was to take a big group. In the last two laps I pushed really hard to try and get away from Randy and Jules, and it worked exactly as planned. Of course, I'm very happy to be back on the top step of the podium for the second time this season!"
GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP
"I'm very, very happy to be back on the podium after what has been a really tough period for us, so it's good to be back. The team found a big improvement with the bike this morning and we made a big step. This afternoon we tried a little bit more, but it was maybe too much. However, we are back and close to the others, but we still need to improve a little more."
More Points After Front Running Spanish Race
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP riders Lucas Mahias and Hikari Okubo were part of the leading group at Jerez, finishing sixth and seventh respectively after the sixth round of the WorldSSP championship.
From third place on the starting grid, thanks to a strong Superpole showing, Mahias took the holeshot and led the first two laps, with a pack including his team-mate Okubo in close attendance.
After being passed by three riders in the first half of the race Mahias was still firmly in the leading group, while Okubo’s pace quickly dropped off as he experienced vibration from the rear of his machine.
Under sunny skies Mahias hung on to the leading pack for as long as he could but had to settle for a sixth place finish, 5.516 seconds from the race winner Federico Caricasulo. Okubo was only one place behind Mahias, in seventh, but 17 seconds from the win.
In the championship standings Hikari remains fourth, on 59 points, with Lucas seventh on 50 points.
Okubo and Mahias have one free weekend to prepare for the next round, to be held at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli between 21 and 23 June. Today marked the end of the first half of the season, with six rounds remaining.
Lucas Mahias stated: “Again a difficult race but my feelings are strange today. One is positive and the other negative. I think this was my best ride on the bike; every lap on the limit. It was the best result possible right now. If I tried a little bit more for sure I would have crashed. After I dropped back a little it was impossible to improve and come back in the podium at the end. Riding at the front is always good but I want to ride for the win, or to jump on the podium, and I finished sixth. It is disappointing.”
Hikari Okubo, stated: “Today started well but it was not a happy race because when I was behind the top group for five laps I could follow them, but after ten laps then I had a problem with my feeling. There was a vibration coming from the rear after the first or second lap. I need to check the data and maybe it was the tyre as it was a new one in a bigger size. There was just too much vibration and the tyres were finished so quickly. My lap times are much improved from two years ago but I was seventh, and we need to get on the podium.”
Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was unfortunate to encounter a problem with his rear sprocket and that held him back in 13th position. He is ranked 14th in the championship standings. Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) lost out on track time in practice and experienced so much chatter in the race that he fell on the second lap. Kyle is still the leader of the FIM Europe Supersport Cup, and 16th overall.
Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) scored a point for 15th place today but Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) just missed out in 17th position. Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) did not finish the race and Gaetan Matern (Flembbo Leader Team Kawasaki) was forced to enter the pits to retire.
WorldSSP300: Gonzalez extends advantage with Jerez victory
Manuel Gonzalez took his third win of the season to head an all-Spanish podium, whilst Hendra Pratama was fourth
The WorldSSP300 race provided action, drama, thrills and spills and even a red flag as the final day of a packed schedule at the Acerbis Spanish Round from the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. With incidents on Lap 1 of the initial start, a red flag truncated the distance to seven laps upon the restart in what was another intriguing and action-packed WorldSSP300 encounter.
Marc Garcia got the holeshot (like he did in the first attempt) ahead of Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team), although the Dutch pole-sitter took the lead at Turn 5 on the opening lap. Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) made a good start and placed second ahead of Garcia, whilst Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) made it up to fourth place.
On Lap 2, Carrasco hit the front with a fabulous move around the outside at Turn 6, although Gonzalez struck back soon after. It was a French disaster at Turn 13, as Hugo De Cancellis (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) made contact with Andy Verdoïa (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) at the final corner; Verdoïa sliding out but remounting, 10 seconds behind the point-scoring places.
As the race continued to unfold, the leading group began to fragment as Garcia, Gonzalez and Carrasco broke clear: the Spaniards were having a great home event at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. With three laps to go however, Victor Steeman and Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing) closed them down to make for a fantastic grandstand finish in the closing laps. Jan-Ole Jahnig (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) was the leading the chasing pack behind the leading quintet.
As the lap began, Carrasco hit the front from Gonzalez at Turn 1, as she went in pursuit of what would be her first race win in the 2019 WorldSSP300 championship. However, Gonzalez came back through at Turn 6 and Hendra Pratama was third.
On the run to the line however, it was anyone’s guess as to who won, with a photo finish needed to decide the winner. Gonzalez got the verdict for his third WorldSSP300 win of the year, ahead of 2017 champion Marc Garcia and 2018 champion, Ana Carrasco. An ecstatic Galang Hendra Pratama took fourth ahead of Victor Steeman, who completed the top five.
Sixth place went to Jan-Ole Jahnig, ahead of Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing), Hugo De Cancellis, Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Manuel Bastianelli (Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki), who got a top ten ahead of his home race at Misano – of which he won last year!
P1 - Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team)
"Incredible is the perfect word to describe the race today. On the last corner, it was quite difficult to close the door to my contenders but I tried really hard and I won. It was so difficult, but Kawasaki and my team gave me an amazing bike and I was able to overtake Garcia on the straight. Yesterday we finished fourth and that was good for the championship but with the victory today we are now able to extend our leadership".