Press release previews from the organizers and some of the teams ahead of the Misano round of the World Superbike Championship:
#RiminiWorldSBK: Electric feel
There’s electricity in the air as WorldSBK returns to the Riviera di Rimini for Round 7 of the season
The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship heads back to Italy, at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, for the first of three rounds inside four weeks. The season is moving forward at breakneck pace and mistakes are becoming costlier than ever. Just ask the two championship frontrunners. Before Jerez, there were few visible cracks in Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) or Jonathan Rea’s (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) respective armors, as they waltzed onto the rostrum in every single race so far.
But then there was Spain. One rider crashed whilst leading, unopposed; the other was forced into an uncharacteristic mistake that very nearly ruined his weekend. Is the tension of the title race getting to the top men? Or was Jerez a one-off, a two-pronged lightning bolt which won’t strike again? They have both visited Misano more times than they can remember, but then again, that was the case for Jerez too. Continued issues and misfortune for teammates Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) will be another cause for concern for both teams as we edge closer to do-or-die time.
Either way, Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was the person who profited the most from the other two’s woes, yet it would be foolish to think that he needed any assistance. The Dutchman was on another level at the Spanish circuit and broke his duck for the year, just over twelve months since his Donington double, by simply riding perfectly all weekend. The YZF R1 itself was also up for the challenge, highlighted by Alex Lowes’ (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) equally admirable pace – unfortunate incidents aside. If the blue bike is capable at last of beating the Ducati and Kawasaki week in, week out… Then who said the fight for the championship will be a two-horse race come Autumn?
Conversely, after Thailand, many thought that the Independent Riders’ championship would be decided between a pair Yamahas, Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK). It was a bold assumption to make and one that Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) seems committed to proving wrong, as he sits just seven points behind the rider from Ravenna and twelve ahead of the German rookie. After taking third in Imola’s Race 1, the Turkish starlet stated that he needed more podiums. Well, he’s got two now, and we’re just six rounds in. At this rate, Razgatlioglu will be shifting his focus towards a greater goal very soon, perhaps as soon as this weekend.
The fact that it’s a home round for the Puccetti squad may help his case, but in fairness, Misano is a home round for a large share of hungry challengers, including a long-time rival of Razgatlioglu’s: Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team). The 23-year-old scored his personal best WorldSBK result in Jerez (4th in Race 2) and is growing each and every race on the V4 R. Squad resources will be split at Misano, however, as Michele Pirro joins Rinaldi inside the BARNI squad. Experience versus youth, national champion versus world stage hopeful – another thrilling duel to look out for in Italy.
And then there’s the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, who – whisper it – are edging ever closer to the top positions. Jerez was a relatively quiet weekend for Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), yet that was perhaps more down to other teams’ ups-and-downs and overall chaos than to the Yorkshireman’s performances themselves. In fact, Sykes scored more points than at any other Round this year, a sign that the project is chugging along according to plan. The 2013 World Champion seems happy and with more updates for the S1000 RR potentially arriving in the near future, it may become hard to rub the smile off his face.
BMW have been edging further and further away from Honda in the Manufacturer’s Championship, as the Japanese manufacturer endured a weekend of disappointment in Jerez. With Leon Camier’s (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) status still uncertain, it could be up to Ryuichi Kiyonari (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) to once again guide the HRC-backed outfit into the battlefield in search of a breakthrough.
It’s all about to kick off again in Italy! Summer officially starts for our Northern Hemisphere fans on June 21st and so does the Pata Riviera di Rimini Round, with FP1 and FP2 set for Friday. The Tissot Superpole will decide the grid for the next two races in Italy: Race 1 on Saturday 22nd (14:00 local time, GMT+2) and the Tissot Superpole Race on Sunday 23rd (11:00 LT), before Race 2 pulls down the curtain on Round Seven at 14:00 LT.
Aruba.it Racing - Ducati prepares for the halfway point in the championship and its second home race - the Riviera di Rimini Round - which will take place this weekend at the Misano World Circuit
After the Jerez weekend, which saw two wins and a crash for Álvaro Bautista in front of his home crowd, as well as some unexpected difficulties for team-mate Chaz Davies, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team arrives at Misano Adriatico for the seventh round of the season out of 13 and the midpoint of the championship.
With 13 wins to his name this season, Bautista continues to keep a firm grip on the championship standings with 300 points and a margin of 41 over his closest rival Rea (Kawasaki). For the 34-year-old from Talavera de la Reina this will be his first race ever with a Superbike machine at Misano, but he knows the Adriatic Riviera track well having raced there in MotoGP ever since 2010.
Team-mate Chaz Davies, who in his lengthy SBK career has never actually triumphed at Misano, will have another chance to take his first win on board the Panigale V4 R and break a non-winning streak that has lasted since April 2018.
Both men completed two days of group testing at this track just before the Jerez round, but on that occasion the conditions weren’t particularly good; instead for this weekend summer weather and high temperatures are expected.
The Superbike World Championship returns to action therefore on the track dedicated to Marco Simoncelli, where out of 52 races held so far, Ducati riders have won 29 times: on ten occasions (the last one of which was in 2011 with Carlos Checa) they have scored a double win.
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will be out on track on Friday at 10:30 CET for the first free practice session, while the weekend schedule sees Race 1 take place at 14:00 on Saturday, the Superpole Race at 11:00 on Sunday, followed by Race 2 at 14:00.
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) – 1st (300 points)
“It was a pity about my crash at Jerez, but as I said at the time, that’s racing, so there’s no point in dwelling on it too much! Now we look forward to the next race in Misano, where we did some tests a few weeks ago. Although the conditions weren’t great, we managed to get some references for this weekend. I’m looking forward to trying to keep the same feeling with the Panigale V4 R and continue the good work we’ve done so far. Misano is a second home race for the Aruba team and Ducati, and we will for sure have a lot of fans to support us.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 8th (94 points)
“We tested at Misano before Jerez, but conditions were a lot different to what we expect this weekend, so we’re not under any illusions that it’s going to be particularly easy there. Despite the results, I feel like with the knowledge from Jerez, we made a little step forward. We finally found something in the longer and faster corners which Misano also has so I’ve got to be optimistic. Before the crash, I was in the fight for the podium again so I feel it’s getting better. It’s still taking longer than I would have liked to get to grips with the Panigale V4 R but hopefully from Misano we can keep progressing.”
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Along with circuits such as Phillip Island, Assen and Donington this is one of the ‘classic’ World SBK venues with the championship having visited the Italian track almost every year since 1991, the only exceptions being 1992 and 2013. The first time WorldSBK raced at Misano was in 1991 with Doug Polen winning both races from pole on his Ducati en route to the first of his two World titles. The late Marco Simoncelli was from the nearby town of Cattolica and the local region has produced a number of the sport’s top names, including Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Melandri.
Opportunities Again In Italy For Rea And Haslam
Official KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam will get back into full FIM Superbike World Championship action this coming weekend at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, located on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
The seventh round of the 13 round championship will host track action from Friday 21 June until Sunday 23 June, with Rea and Haslam having three potential opportunities to score podiums and points.
Last time out in Jerez Rea took his 18th career pre-race Superpole win, and challenged for podium positions in the two longer races. He scored a second place in race two in Spain but aims for much more in Italy; ideally to add to his all-time race winning tally of 73.
Rea has recorded six race wins at Misano in previous seasons, including his first ever WorldSBK victory, way back in the 2009 season. He has already got his 2019 winning score off the mark, with two wins in the only to races that took place at Imola in May.
After two strong podium places at Phillip Island in the opening round of the year, Haslam has been tantalisingly close since then on several occasions. After a recent private test at Jerez and an earlier one at Misano he approaches this round ready to challenge for top three places once again.
Almost omnipresent on the WorldSBK calendar Misano is not only a popular circuit but a well used one, with 52 individual WorldSBK races having taken place at the circuit since its debut in 1991. Kawasaki riders have won nine of the last 10 WorldSBK races at Misano, including a double for Rea last year.
As in all race weekends this season there will be three scheduled WorldSBK races, not two – even if attempted race starts at Assen and Imola have fallen foul of poor weather conditions. This means that 16, not 18, races have been completed after the opening rounds.
In the championship standings, after six of 13 rounds that make up the full season, Rea is second with 259 points and Haslam is fifth on 130 points.
After one free weekend the WorldSBK championship will reconvene at Donington Park in the UK, between 5 and 7 July 2019.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “Misano is a race weekend that I always look forward to. It is the scene of my first ever SBK win in 2009 and the whole atmosphere of being in Italy, and right by the beach, means it has a great feeling to it. And people always come out and watch as well. After a really difficult Jerez it is the perfect place to go to and try and get back the feeling we had in Imola and some previous races. We had a really strong test at Misano just a few weeks ago, where I was both fast and consistent, so we have a really good idea where to start FP1 from, and then build forward from there. I will work with all my crew to maximise our potential.”
Leon Haslam, stated: “The atmosphere at Misano is always fantastic. Jerez was a tough weekend last time out but we did a private test after the race weekend and in my opinion we made some really big steps. The whole year I have been trying to adapt my style to how this bike needs to be ridden, especially with the electronics. At that test in Jerez, however, we got to explore the bike a bit more and try to make it work more for my natural style. Straight away we made a big step so I want to take that on to the next round in Misano. We did a test there a few weeks ago too, although it was a little bit hampered by the weather. I like the circuit there and hopefully we can restart my season and try to get back on that podium.”
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) has now scored two podium finishes in the past two rounds, at Imola and Jerez. Sitting seventh overall in the championship, and ranked second in the Independent team’s standings, he will approach a second home round for his Italian team with confidence this weekend.
Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) is learning more and more positive things about his Ninja ZX-10RR at each round. He is looking for more strong finishes inside the top ten at Misano, which is also a home round for his team. He is ranked 11th overall in the points standings. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) returned from injury to instant points scoring ways at the recent Jerez round, putting himself into 16th place in the championship as the season reaches the halfway point this weekend.
Pata Yamaha's Van der Mark Aiming to Repeat Jerez Success in Misano
Yamaha’s R1 riders head into Round 7 of the FIM Superbike World Championship in Misano keen to repeat the success of Jerez, where Michael van der Mark secured his first race win of the season with a dominant ride to victory in Race 2 - a fitting end to a weekend that saw the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider finish as the top points scorer. A resurgent Marco Melandri also added to his podium tally with third place in Race 1 in Jerez, while GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK teammate, Sandro Cortese, secured his best result of his debut WorldSBK season with sixth place in Race 2.
While Jerez proved an unlucky round for Alex Lowes, with a series of incidents seeing him pick up just two points, the 28-year-old Briton's speed and consistency over the course of the weekend means that he heads to Misano with his sights set firmly on a return to the podium. After a solid debut in Jerez for the Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK squad, which culminated in a top ten finish in Race 2, Loris Baz heads to Misano keen to close the gap on his Yamaha mounted rivals.
Van der Mark heads into the Misano weekend riding a wave of confidence, after a stellar performance in Jerez. Podium finishes in both Race 1 and the Superpole Sprint Race proved just a warm-up for the Pata Yamaha rider, who went on to claim his and Yamaha's first race win of the 2019 season with a dominant ride to victory in Race 2. It's a performance that the 26-year-old is keen to repeat this weekend in Misano, a track at which all five Yamaha riders tested a few short weeks ago.
Lowes was denied a podium finish in Race 1 when he was the innocent victim in a last lap, last corner incident with Jonathan Rea, for which the reigning World Champion was later penalised. Unfortunate crashes in the remaining two races may have made it a weekend to forget for Lowes, but the 28-year-old Briton showed he had the pace for the podium and, as a result, heads into the Misano race weekend confident he can fight at the front once again
Jerez saw Melandri return to the podium for this first time since the opening race in Australia and, having found a set-up on the GRT Yamaha R1 that better suits his riding style, the veteran Italian is confident that there is more to come. Melandri rates Misano as one of his favourite tracks and he heads to Italy's Adriatic coast determined to give his home crowd something to cheer about this weekend.
Sixth in Race 2 in Jerez, his best result of the season to date, means Cortese heads into the Misano weekend with the top five firmly in his sights. Like Jerez, Misano is a track the reigning Supersport World Champion knows well and one of the very few circuits at which he's tested the R1 prior to a race weekend.
Baz rounded out his debut race weekend aboard the Ten Kate Yamaha R1 with a top ten finish in Jerez, a result that Frenchman is keen to build on this weekend in Misano. Baz and the team still face a steep learning curve, after returning to the championship midseason, but the Ten Kate Yamaha rider is confident that their combined experience will stand them in good stead as they work to close the gap on the other four Yamaha riders.
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a fast, flowing, and technical track located next to the picturesque town of Misano Adriatico in the province of Rimini, North East Italy. A firm favourite with riders and fans alike, it held its first event in 1972 and has been a permanent fixture on the WorldSBK calendar since 1993. The track underwent extensive modifications in 2006, with the direction reversed so that races now run in a clockwise direction. The iconic track, which is 4.226km in length, comprises ten right and six left-handed corners together with a 510m long start-finish straight.
Michael van der Mark talks through a lap of the Misano World Circuit
Michael van der Mark
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK
"We had a great weekend in Jerez with two podium finishes and our first race win of the season, so we head to Misano now with a really good feeling. We tested in Misano less than a month ago and, although the weather wasn’t ideal, we got enough dry track time to make things a little easier for us to get up to speed quickly this weekend. We have a really good package now, as we saw in Jerez, so I'm pretty sure we can enjoy another great weekend in Misano and fight once again for podium finishes in all three races."
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK
"After a good test in Misano a few weeks ago, and with speed we showed in Jerez, I'm looking forward to getting back on track this weekend. We didn't get the results we were hoping for in Jerez, but rather than going into Misano looking to make amends, I'm going to stick to the working process with my guys that has worked so well for us all year. We showed we had the pace to challenge for the podium in Jerez, so we know we can do the same this weekend in Misano. It's always a great atmosphere when you race in Italy and, unlike the test, this weekend looks like it's going to be a scorcher!"
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
"I am looking forward to Misano, as it's one of my favourite tracks and it's where we made a significant step forward with the R1 during the recent test, identifying a set-up that works really well with my riding style. After Jerez, where my both my confidence and pace were improving day by day along, the whole team is full motivated to keep working and to keep improving. The weather is going to be hot; I'm feeling good and I'm sure it's going to be a great weekend."
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
"I'm feeling confident and looking forward to returning to Misano, where we tested a few weeks ago. The updates we received from Yamaha at the test were a big help and allowed me to secure my best result to date in Jerez last time out. My confidence in the bike is increasing and the smaller fuel tank has allowed me to be more relaxed on the bike, as well as improving my feeling. Misano, like Jerez, is a racetrack I know well and while I'm confident we can continue our run of top ten finishes there, the goal has to be to start closing on the top five. The weather forecast looks good, the track is very beautiful, and I can't wait to race there once again."
Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
"I'm looking forward to getting back on the R1 in Misano, after we learned so much during our first race weekend in Jerez. We made improvements and increased our knowledge of the bike over the three days in Jerez, which I was happy with. Now we head to Misano, where we already have an idea of what to expect, having completed our first ever test with the R1 at the circuit a few weeks ago. I think what we discovered with the bike between Race 1 and Race 2 in Jerez will help us to make another big step this weekend. In Jerez the group battling to finish in the top five were just a few seconds in front of me, so the target for Misano is to try and close this gap. It looks like we'll have good weather and a good crowd, so I can't wait to get started."
Next stop Misano for the new BMW S 1000 RR and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team.
Round seven of the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship at the ‘Misano World Circuit’ on the Adriatic coast.
Productive Misano test in preparation for the race.
Marc Bongers: “We are well equipped going into the weekend on the Adriatic coast”.
Munich. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is heading to the Italian Adriatic coast. This weekend (21st to 23rd June) sees the team compete with riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Markus Reiterberger (GER) on the new BMW S 1000 RR at the “Misano World Circuit” for round seven of the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).
In preparation for the event, the team completed a two-day test at Misano three weeks ago. They were faced with unsettled weather, but took advantage of the opportunity to gain valuable information in various different areas. The continuous development of the new RR continues, and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team travels to Misano with more updates.
Quotes ahead of the races in Misano.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We are well equipped going into the weekend on the Adriatic coast. We hope that the race will confirm our outcomes from the Misano test three weeks ago. It is clear that we still have to up our performance, and we will take a step in the right direction here at Misano. Our goal is to consistently finish in the top six. We also want to continue the positive set-up work we did at Jerez with Markus. We are confident that he will then be able to raise his performance levels to Tom’s.”
Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “Obviously we had a solid performance at Jerez for Tom and we want to continue that good work at Misano. I think more importantly we want to see if we can consolidate our qualifying results into good race finishes. We hope that we can compete in the top six again at Misano, a circuit at which we quite recently had a very positive test. Markus went to Jerez trying to find a new set-up on the bike that he could be comfortable with in a similar area to where Tom is with his set-up. Hopefully, the set-up that we finished with at Jerez will also be positive and work at Misano. The weather forecast is positive and the track temperature will be high which will affect everybody. On the whole, however, we are looking forward to going to Misano, from where we can hopefully return with some strong performances.”
Tom Sykes: “I am very much looking forward to the Misano round of the Superbike World Championship. It’s always a pleasure to race in Italy and of course it’s on the back of a two-day test there. It was certainly worth doing the test in preparation for the race and obviously I have quite high expectations with the BMW S 1000 RR chassis. I really hope we can have a very consistent weekend and the target is to try to finish in the top five in all three races. I am certainly trying my best along with the entire BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team to try and secure some podiums now and hopefully get the one that we were so close to at Imola. That would be great for the whole team.”
Markus Reiterberger: “Misano is a cool circuit, which I really like. Last year, we were very successful and won there with the Superstock bike. After the test there a few weeks ago, we are prepared for anything the weather can throw at us. I think our bike will perform well there. I obviously hope that the weather is nice, but not too hot, and that we have an awesome weekend. A lot of friends and fans from my part of the world will travel there, as the event is very popular. I am really looking forward to it. At the same time, I am obviously focussing fully on the race.”
The Moriwaki Althea Honda Team head to Misano as the season reaches its midway point
Round seven of the Superbike World Championship, scheduled to take place this weekend at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in Italy, marks the midway point of the 2019 season.
Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari will be joined once again by Yuki Takahashi, standing in for Leon Camier who continues to recover from a complicated injury to his left shoulder ligaments and aims to be back in shape for the British round.
The Japanese pair have raced at Misano in the past, Ryuichi in WorldSBK and Yuki in both 250 (2nd place in 2008) and the Moto2 class. The two riders had the chance to get re-acquainted with the track during the two-day test session held at Misano on 29-30 May.
Leon Camier 2
"I've made some good progress with the shoulder over the past month but ligaments are not a quick fix. My doctor is happy with the recovery so far, and the level of movement is better but I'm lacking a lot of strength especially in certain positions. I am working daily with my physio and trainer to get back to full strength as quickly as possible. This has been a frustrating year because I’ve had two injuries sustained after getting caught up in other riders' crashes, in Thailand where I broke the top of the tibia and in Imola breaking the ligaments in the AC joint in the shoulder. I just want to get back on the bike again and see if we can make some progress. I want to thank Honda and the team, I'm very grateful for their support and I will be back as soon as possible!”
Ryuichi Kiyonari 23
We completed a test in Misano before the Spanish round and despite the weather not being perfect, it was a good opportunity for me to re-adjust to the track having not ridden there for almost ten years. We also tried several different settings, work you normally have no time to carry on during a race weekend, and then in Jerez we put it all together as we continued to work on the bike’s tuning. As for the track layout, Misano is somewhat challenging, with a mix of fast and slow corners but I look forward to heading back there and trying to do my best for the team”.
Yuki Takahashi 72
“First of all, I’m sorry Leon cannot be back with his team at Misano and I hope he can return as soon as possible. I quite like Misano, though it’s not among my favorite tracks on the calendar. I had the chance to complete a few laps there in May and that will be useful in preparation for the weekend. And then the experience we gained in Jerez is very important of course, helping us to make work in the garage as efficient as possible. I’ll continue to try and provide the team with useful feedback on the bike while also striving for the best possible results on Saturday and Sunday”.
Delbianco prepares for his home round at the Misano World Circuit
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Wednesday 19 June 2019
The Althea MIE Racing team and rider Alessandro Delbianco are busy making the final preparations prior to the start of the seventh Superbike World Championship round, taking place this weekend at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is located in the town of Misano Adriatico, in Italy. The structure was inaugurated in 1972 and has hosted the Superbikes for many years, generally during the summer season. 4.2 kilometres in length, the track comprises 10 righ-hand turns and 6 left-handers.
For Delbianco, who was born just a few miles away in Rimini, the Misano round is truly a home event. After last year, when he was unable to take part in the Stock1000 race due to injury, Alessandro is determined to do well in front of his home crowd this weekend.
“After the Jerez race, I’m very keen and can’t wait to get on track at Misano. This is literally my home round, as I live not even 2 kilometres from the track. So I’m feeling really excited to be able to compete in WorldSBK here in front of all my friends for the first time. I’m also pleased with the way our recent tests have gone, and I hope to be able to continue with this positive trend over the Misano race weekend.”
UPDATE ON EUGENE'S CONDITIONS
The WorldSBK circus is in sight of the stage of Misano Adriatico, now it's only 9 days at the start of the weekend on the famous Italian track!
Eugene Laverty, injured in that of Imola, is doing his best to participate in the seventh round of the season ... let's see together what his current conditions and expectations are!
Eugene Laverty (Rider):
"Sorry for the radio silence the past few weeks, I have been 100% focused on my recovery and working towards my return to racing. Watching the race in Jerez at the weekend was very difficult and I felt sad not to be there racing for Team Go Eleven Ducati. I know how much potential there is with my Ducati V4 R and I just want the opportunity to showcase it, ideally in Misano. I’m doing everything possible in terms of rehabilitation to be ready for Misano but the clock is ticking. After my accident in Thailand last year my aim was to make my return at Donington Park but I actually made it back one round ahead of schedule. Again this year Donington Park was a more realistic target but I’ve had Misano in my sights for two reasons: it’s my team’s home round and secondly it was my strongest round of the season last year.
My left wrist has progressed well as it was a straightforward fracture of the radius and first metacarpal. The right wrist is a little more complicated with the fracture of the radius, ulna and scaphoid. Pronation and extension are quite limited and these are two key movements for the right wrist of a motorbike racer. I need to remind myself that most would still be in cast after four weeks so I can’t complain about having limited range of movement at this stage! I’m aiming to race within 6 weeks so it is a tall order but something that I have been 100% focused on. As a racer I need targets and goals to help me to work day in, day out to speed up my recovery. Hands to a motorbike racer are like feet to a footballer, they are the money makers, therefore I I have to be 100% fit before I can come back to race. And that’s something that I will only know in one week’s time prior to Misano."
The Go Eleven Team will inform, over the days before Misano, about the real possibility of the Irish rider to come back racing.
In any case, Eugenio will be present at Rimini WorldSBK, on the track or as a supporter of the Team!
LORENZO ZANETTI REPLACES LAVERTY IN MISANO!
Now it's official: Lorenzo Zanetti is ready to get on the Ducati V4-R by Go Eleven on the Misano track, replacing the still convalescent Eugene Laverty!
Class of '87, from Brescia, 6 seasons in the 125 gp World Championship, 9 in the Superbike World Championship, 16 career podium finishes between World Supersport and Stock1000, his best result is the victory of the Imola Supersport class 2014 Grand Prix, and the 3rd place in the overall standings of the Supersport World Championship in 2015. It will be the Brescia-born ace to keep the Piedmontese team's colors high in front of the Italian spectators this weekend, 21-23 June.
Lorenzo still showed a great desire to race and get involved and he immediately accepted our challenge. He is currently a Ducati SBK test rider and a Pirelli tester, he collaborated in the growth of the V4-R project, so who better than him knows this bike?!
The Italian rider will find a different technical package than the bike he developed, and this will help us gather a lot of important information for the rest of the Championship: it will be an interesting comparison, which will intrigue the fans and the Team.
The staff of Go Eleven is sure that Lorenzo Zanetti is the right choice to face the Misano stage, and, as soon as he can sew up the V4-R Go Eleven, he can push hard and look for a good result!
The Team would like to thank Tommy Bridewell for the seriousness and commitment shown both at Imola and at Jerez, who was able to replace Eugene in the best way; unfortunately due to his commitments with the Suzuka 8h and the BSB (where he is first in the championship) he could not come to Italy and take part in the Misano race. Thanks Tommy and good luck for your seasonal goals!
Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):
"Eugene made a wise choice, better focus on physical recovery and get back on track when you are sure to be able to ride well, rather than struggle with a physical problem! On the track the challenge must be only against the chronometer: here too he demonstrated his great intelligence and professionalism.
However, we will face the home race with a great rider: Lorenzo is an old friend, I remember when we were fighting against each other at the time of the minibikes, now working together in the World Superbike has a certain charm and I have to admit that I am excited!
It is important for us to have the opportunity to work with him, and we must make the most of it. Zanetti knows the V4-R very well, being the test rider, and will be able to provide us with many interesting data for the growth of our package.
Lorenzo is a tough guy on the track, he will make us have fun!
Lorenzo Zanetti (Rider):
"Replacing an injured rider is never nice, nobody wishes it, but unfortunately this is part of the races!
I'm glad that both the Go Eleven Team and Ducati have thought of me in this context. I will try to make my experience as a Ducati test rider available and give my best on a special weekend like Misano.
It will be my first opportunity to work with this team, with a different technical package than the bike I normally use in tests, but even this is a way to check other technical solutions and report them when developing the bike, with detailed directions.
It's a great opportunity, racing on the home track, in front of your audience with Team and Italian motorbike will be wonderful; I couldn't ask for more!
With Denis, we know each other from the minibikes, but we've never had the chance to work together and this will be our first time. I hope to repay the whole team with a good all weekend!
I thank Denis, the Go Eleven Team and Ducati for calling and believing in me!"
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#RiminiWorldSBK: Will Kawasaki extend their winning streak in Misano?
Find out who has been succeeding and who has been struggling on the 4.226 km of the Italian track
Kawasaki is the team to beat in Misano: they've won 9 of the last 10 races held here, missing out only in 2017, when Melandri won for Ducati, leaving Rea in 2nd and Sykes in 3rd. In total they have 10 wins in Misano: in their history, they have only won more at Donington Park (15).
Their domination in recent times is striking: they have been the only team recording the Superpole here from 2011 onwards, for seven straight seasons (2011, 2012, 2014-2017), a record string for Misano. All these Superpoles were recorded by Tom Sykes. The absolute record string in WorldSBK history has been set by Ducati in Brands Hatch: 9 straight Superpoles from 1995 to 2002 (double race weekend in 2000).
Their podium tally here is 25: 17 came from 2014 onwards. The only tracks in which they scored more podiums are Donington (38) and Phillip Island (30).
Ducati dominates the Misano stats with 29 wins, 11 Superpoles, and 79 podiums. The number of victories and podiums amassed by Ducati at the Italian track are the most for a manufacturer on any given track in the World Championship history. Last year, they managed two podiums, with Davies in Race 1 (2nd) and Melandri in Race 2 (3rd).
The last of their 11 Superpoles (the track record) here came in 2009, with Jakub Smrz: Ducati is experiencing its longest Superpole drought in Misano.
Honda have won 4 times here, the last one in 2009 Race 2 (Jonathan Rea’s maiden win) and climbed 17 times on the podium: the last came in 2016, with a 3rd by Van der Mark in Race 1. Last year, the best result for Honda came from Leon Camier: 9th in Race 1. Camier was also the best Honda rider in Race 2, with 10th.
Yamaha won twice in Misano: in 2006 Race 2 with Andrew Pitt (the only career win for the Australian) and in 2009 Race 1 with Ben Spies. Yamaha managed a podium finish in each of his last two Misano weekends, just behind the winner: Alex Lowes was 2nd in Race 1, 2017 and Michael Van der Mark last year in Race 2.
In 2010, Troy Corser recorded the first (and so far, only) BMW Superpole in WorldSBK history in Misano (incidentally the last pole in Corser's career). They climbed twice on the podium in third, their best result here: with the aforementioned Corser in Race 1 2010 (the last of Corser's 130 podiums) and with Leon Haslam in Race 2, 2012. Last year Loris Baz crashed in Race 1 and was 9th in Race 2 for BMW.
WorldSSP: Title pendulum set to take another swing at Misano
As the season unfolds, the title fight is heating up, but who will be able to master Misano?
With the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship kicking up another gear at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, the title race is well and truly on as Misano beckons in Italy. The Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” has been a regular fixture on the calendar in the WorldSBK calendar and is steeped in history for WorldSSP, but who will write their name in the record books this time?
Randy Krummenacher’s (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) championship lead was whittled down at Jerez, back to 17 points after finishing second to his ever-improving teammate, Federico Caricasulo. The Swiss rider has never finished on the podium at Misano, having been fifth last season and fourth in 2016. However, he is also yet to finish outside of the top two positions this season; will Krummenacher keep his title lead after the Pata Riviera di Rimini Round?
It was a mesmerizing final two laps that gave Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) a second victory of the 2019 WorldSSP season. The 23-year-old romped home for his second win at the Jerez circuit and will look to repeat that statistic at Misano, a circuit he won at in 2018. With his strong current form and a positive history at Misano, will the title fight continue to swing in the Italian’s favour at his home round?
Back on the podium at Jerez for the first time since he won at Buriram, Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) is back in the title fight, with an inspired ride at the Acerbis Spanish Round. The Frenchman, who currently sits 41 points behind Randy Krummenacher, will need to find his race-winning form if he is to have realistic hopes of clinching that elusive first title. Having won at Misano in 2015 and 2016, the 30-year-old knows what it takes to succeed at the Italian venue.
Once again featuring prominently at the sharp end, Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) holds fourth in the championship after a sixth top-ten finish of the season at Jerez. The Japanese sensation arrives at Misano where in 2018, he achieved ninth. Besides a retirement at Losail last season, Okubo has been inside the top ten in every race since then and will look to continue his strong form this weekend. Is a first podium in the offing?
It was another positive showing from Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse), as the Italian continues his quest for a first WorldSSP victory. Heading to Misano onboard the MV Agusta, the partisan crowd will be cheering De Rosa on for his first win at a circuit where he was second last year and in Superstock 1000, back in 2015. Will De Rosa deliver the goods at home?
Fighting tooth-and-nail to remain in the championship battle and the battle for his first race win, Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing) was back in the leading group last time out at Jerez, finishing fourth. The Austrian rider, who is sixth in the championship, heads to Misano, where he suffered his only DNF of the 2018 WorldSSP season. With just six points covering fourth, to sixth in the standings, it could be all change again after Misano.
Keep an eye on other riders too, starting with 2017 WorldSSP Champion, Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who led a race for the first time this season at Jerez. Isaac Viñales’ (Kallio Racing) consistency has kept him in the top eight overall, ahead of Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) and Peter Sebestyen (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) who secured another top ten at Jerez. Massimo Roccoli (Team Rosso Corsa) is one of eight wildcards in the class.
The Battling Evan Bros. Boys Set to Resume Rivalry in Misano
Two riders have dominated the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship, winning all but one of the six races contested so far this season. The two riders, Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo, both of whom race for the Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP squad, have also finished on the podium in every single race this year. The battling Bardahl boys are all set to resume their fight for supremacy this weekend in Misano, but does sharing a pit box make for additional pressure on the two riders when the on-track rivalry is already so intense?
The last race in Jerez marked the halfway point in the season for the WorldSSP riders and it is Krummenacher who heads the championship standings, courtesy of three race wins and three second place finishes in the six races. The Swiss rider, who honed his skills in the 125cc and Moto2 World Championships before switching his attentions to WorldSSP, is relatively relaxed about having such a fast teammate sat across from him in the pit box.
"For me, it's actually a big positive to have such a strong teammate," explained Krummenacher. "We're both as fast as each other on track and that helps both of us when it comes to fine tuning the set-up of the bike each weekend."
"You also learn from a fast teammate. In Assen it was Federico who put in the better final lap to win the race, but I think I learned more finishing second that weekend than I had winning races previously. Sure, I want to win every race but, sometimes, not winning opens your eyes to ways in which you can improve as a rider."
This is a philosophy shared by Caricasulo, who took an emphatic win in Jerez, his second of the season, to close to within 17-points of his teammate in the championship standings.
"It's normal for me to have a fast teammate on the other side of the pit box," declared the 23-year-old Italian. "When I raced for GRT Yamaha my teammate was Lucas Mahias and I learned a lot from him. The same is true this year with Randy."
"In Assen I learned a lot from Randy, and I think he learned from me in Imola, so the current situation is one that works to the advantage of us both."
But what of the atmosphere in the pit box during sessions? Managing two riders fighting for a championship can be a daunting task for any Team Manager, a fact Krummenacher is well aware of.
"I guess it's quite difficult for the team. On the one hand they get to enjoy both of us winning races and sitting one-two in the championship standings, but on the other it can't be easy managing two riders who are fighting with each other for the race win every weekend."
For Caricasulo it's business as usual and the Italian is adamant that sitting just two metres away from his closest championship rival brings no additional pressure.
"Things in our pit box are pretty normal, even with the two of us battling against each other every weekend," said Caricasulo. "Everyone just gets on with their job; we are all working towards the same goal, so it's a normal situation. At the moment there are no problems with us being together in the pit box. Maybe in the next races, as the end of the season gets closer, this may change but for now it's all good."
It's a feeling also shared by Krummenacher.
"I think we both have enough respect for each other to race clean on the track and actually enjoy the battles together," concluded the championship leader.
The race winner in Misano 12 months ago, Caricasulo heads into the coming weekend confident that he can fight for victory in front of his home crowd once again, while Krummenacher heads to Italy equally determined to stamp his authority back on the championship by claiming his fourth win of the season. However, the two teammates may not have things all their own way this weekend in Italy.
A resurgent Jules Cluzel, whose victory in Thailand makes him the only rider other than the Bardahl Yamaha teammates to win a race this season, took the fight to Krummenacher and Caricasulo in Jerez and the GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider heads to Italy determined to do the same this weekend.
Podium The Target At Misano
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Lucas Mahias and Hikari Okubo will compete at their team’s second home race of 2019 when they take to the track at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this coming weekend.
After some strong early showings at the previous race in Jerez, both Frenchman Mahias and Japanese Okubo have potential podium results in their sights at what will be the seventh race meeting of the 13 round season.
Mahias finished sixth in Spain last time out, which was his second best result since he joined his new team in 2019. The 2017 World Champion wants much more at Misano as the 2019 season flips over into the second half of its duration at this round.
The top-ranked Kawasaki rider approaching Misano is Okubo. His fourth place finish at the first Italian round of the year was his career best. Finishing one place higher in Misano would give him his first career podium – which would be a fine reward for rider and team after finding gradual improvements through their second season together.
Fourth overall, Okubo has 59 points so far, with Mahias seventh on 50 points.
After the Misano weekend the team and riders will relocate to the UK for the eighth round, at Donington Park between 5 and 7 June. That will be the final WorldSSP round before a long summer break, as the WorldSSP riders do not join the WorldSBK competitors at Laguna Seca in mid-July.
Hikari Okubo, stated: “I like the Misano track, even though last year I picked up only a ninth position. I'm sure this time it will be better. The championship rules give us a little help and it is a further incentive to fight for the top positions. I will give my best to do well in front of the Italian fans, who are always very enthusiastic and ready to support us.”
Lucas Mahias, stated: “I can't wait to get on track at Misano. In the last race at Jerez we have shown once again that we can compete with the leaders, and we hope that this little regulatory help can help us find a little of that power that we have lacked so far. The team is working hard, I'm working hard and I'm sure we will be able to reap the rewards of our commitment soon. It would be great to be able to do it right away in Misano, which is one of the two home rounds for my team.”
Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) remains 14th in the championship as he approaches his second home race of the year, with his team-mate Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 16th overall on he eve of the Misano round. Smith still leads the ‘championship-within-a-championship’ FIM Europe Supersport Cup.
Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) is still just one point and one championship place behind Smith, while Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) sits 21st.
Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) and ESS rider Gaetan Matern (Flembbo Leader Team Kawasaki) will be looking to get their first points of the season at Misano. In a crowd-pleasing initiative the highly experienced Roberto Rolfo will also compete as a WorldSSP wildcard at Misano, on a Team Green Speed Kawasaki.
WorldSSP300: the championship fight set to rage at Misano
In a frantic season which has seen records shattered, rivalries ignited and early celebrations, what is on the horizon for WorldSSP300 at Misano?
The WorldSSP300 championship battle is beginning to take shape, with both former champions joining champion-elect Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) at the front of the title fight. Jerez proved a pivotal round for the likes of Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT), as he failed to score points, meaning that Gonzalez has momentarily been let off the hook – but Misano always throws up a surprise.
It has been an impressive start to the season for Manuel Gonzalez, who before the start of his 2019 campaign, had never won a WorldSSP300 race. Now with three wins from the opening four races, the 16-year-old heads to Misano, where he picked up his first career podium last year. With this being the fifth round, it is the second half of the season and Gonzalez could certainly put one hand on the championship trophy.
However, that is if everything goes to plan – which in WorldSSP300, is a rarity. Chasing him down in second position is Scott Deroue, with the Dutchman losing lots of ground on Gonzalez after being taken out in the first start of Race 2 at Jerez and not climbing through the order. The Dutchman has a mountain to climb to claw back the lost ground from Jerez but Misano could be the place – although he’s never achieved a podium at the circuit.
A return to the top in Jerez Race 1 for Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team) saw him launch up the order to third in the standings and just six points back of Deroue. The 2017 WorldSSP300 champion finally showed some of his 2017 form at the track which he clinched the championship at. Garcia’s form at Misano isn’t as fruitful, having only managed a sixth in 2017. Can he come good again for a second round running?
Fourth place sees Jan-Ole Jahnig (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) sitting pretty, with a consistent start to 2019 meaning he remains in contention. The German teenager, who has a best result of third in 2019, will be hoping to get back on the podium for only the second time in his career. He was 20th on the grid at Misano but strong race craft saw him carve his way into eighth.
Completing the top five is French rider Hugo De Cancellis (Team Trasimeno Yamaha), who has also enjoyed a consistent start to the 2019 season, finishing every race in the top eight and with a podium at Aragon. At Misano in 2018, the 17-year-old scored his first points of his career and will be hoping to vastly improve on that in 2019, in a bid to stay in the title fight, with just nine points covering second to fifth.
Keep an eye out for Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300), as the reigning champion made a return to the podium at Jerez, whilst Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing) took his best result of the season. Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) was in the leading battle at Jerez, whilst the winner of the 2018 race at Misano, Manuel Bastianelli (Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki), will look to do it all again. There’s plenty of wildcards to keep an eye out for too, with six in the WorldSSP300 class.
Misano in capsule! All you need to know
Read all the stats and facts ahead of Round 7 of the 2019 season at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
1. Misano has hosted 52 WorldSBK races so far, third overall with Donington. Only Phillip Island (58) and Assen (56) have hosted more races.
2. This is the track in which a single manufacturer has won the highest number of races: Ducati won here 29 times. Next up is also Ducati, with 27 wins in Assen. The best value for another team is 15 by Kawasaki at Donington.
3. The podium placements of Ducati riders in Misano, 79, an all-time record. The next highest is from Assen, as the Italian manufacturer have 75 there.
4. Kawasaki is running the record string of Misano Superpoles: they have recorded pole position in the last 7 years here, from 2011. The absolute record string in WorldSBK history has been set by Ducati in Brands Hatch: 9 straight poles in qualifying from 1995 to 2002 (double race weekend in 2000).
5. There is only one rider in the current field who has qualified from pole at Misano: Tom Sykes, 7 times. He has recorded pole in all his last seven race weekends here. Sykes is the only man in WorldSBK history with 7 poles at any given track.
6. Ruben Xaus is the only rider who won here starting outside the top ten on the grid. In 2003, he recorded the double starting twice from 12th on the grid.
7. Ten years ago Jonathan Rea got his maiden WorldSBK win at this track. 72 wins and four World Championships have since followed.
8. This is one of the seven tracks in which Rea climbed on the podium at least 10 times: Assen (18); Algarve (14); Imola (14); Aragon (12); Buriram (10); Phillip Island (10); Misano (10).
9. There are only three riders in history with two-digit podium figures in Misano: Troy Corser (16), Troy Bayliss (11) and Jonathan Rea (10).
10. Last year Jonathan Rea joined Troy Bayliss as the most successful Misano rider: they both won 6 times here. Rea could surpass him this season.