Press releases from the organizers and some of the teams after the races on Sunday:
#RiminiWorldSBK - Day 3:
Rea conquerers his 75th WorldSBK victory as Bautista crashes early on
Reigning World Champion wins after going head-to-head with Toprak Razgatlioglu on the final lap, slashing Bautista’s lead to 16 points
With a 39-point advantage over Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) had a comfortable margin ahead of Race 2 in WorldSBK, combined with a pole position start. The 34-year-old Spaniard looked set for another win but, for a second round, Bautista crashed out of the lead at the start of Lap 2 at Turn 4. This made for an incredible battle at the front as the championship catapulted into life in Italy.
With the race underway, Bautista took the holeshot into Turn 1 as the pack filtered through as neat as possible. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) blasted through the order and was into third by Turn 1, challenging Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) into Turn 4. At Turn 14, Jonathan Rea sliced under the Turkish rider for third place.
Then, drama at Turn 4 on Lap 2 as Alvaro Bautista made another error, crashing out of the lead as the front end gave way. The Spaniard crashed out, leaving Leon Haslam in the lead ahead of teammate Rea, whilst Razgatlioglu was third ahead of Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) and Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team). Bautista re-joined but was at the back of the field.
With 18 laps to go, it was Razgatlioglu who put a move on Rea at Turn 4, before leading at Turn 1 a lap later, ahead of Leon Haslam. At Turn 14 on the same lap, Rea lunged ahead of Haslam, as the five-time WorldSBK race winner began to fade away. The number 91 then suffered a collision with Marco Melandri as the Italian tried an audacious pass into Turn 2. Both stayed upright but it allowed Razgatlioglu and Rea to break away.
It was another race to forget for Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK), from a weekend that looked to show so much promise after Saturday. The German crashed once more but re-joined the race.
With 12 laps left to go, the race was far from decided, with two separate battles: Razgatlioglu defended at the front from Jonathan Rea, whilst Leon Haslam held on to third ahead of Marco Melandri, as Alex Lowes began to claw time back on the battling duo ahead of him. Meanwhile, Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) was lapping half-a-second a lap quicker than those ahead of him.
Three laps to go and it was another disaster for the GRT Yamaha squad, as Marco Melandri crashed at Turn 8, as grip deteriorated with rising track temperatures. Melandri’s crash promoted Bautista into the points. A lap later, and the battle for the race win had calmed, as Rea made a mistake at Turn 10, momentarily letting Razgatlioglu off the hook.
The final four laps was when Jonathan Rea made his move out front, taking the lead at Turn 1. It was a heart-in-mouth moment for Razgatlioglu at Turn 4 however, as he came within millimetres of hitting the rear of Rea, with his rear wheel in the air. The fight was far from done, as the 22-year-old Turkish rider stayed glued to the rear end of Rea.
The final lap beckoned, and it was going to be a head-to-head between the young pretender and the four-time WorldSBK Champion. Razgatlioglu tried at Turn 4 but thought better of it, waiting until Turn 8 to make his move. Toprak ran wide, with Rea slicing back ahead and the gloves were really off. As the lap came to a close, Rea defended superbly and despite Razgatlioglu bouncing up the rear wheel of Rea at the final corner, he couldn’t get the better of the reigning-quadruple WorldSBK Champion. Rea took the win ahead of the Turkish star, to take a 75th WorldSBK win and become the highest point-scorer of all time. Third place went to Leon Haslam, ahead of Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi.
Sixth went to Tom Sykes ahead of Chaz Davies, whilst Michele Pirro (BARNI Racing Team), Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Goeleven) and Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing) completed the top ten, in a frantic, feisty end to Race 2.
The championship gap is down to 16 between Bautista and Rea at the top, whilst Toprak Razgatlioglu moved into the top Independent slot in the championship, with his best ride of his WorldSBK career.
P1 - Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
"Toprak did an incredible job! Congratulation to him and his team I had to wait because I had to conserve the tyres and even with that, in the end, I was struggling a bit, and I could see that he was struggling as well on the front, trying to closing the lines. I'd just kept pushing because that 25 points were important but the conditions today compared to the rest of the weekend were difficult. It was very slippery out there, so I tried my best to minimize the risk and take the maximum. This was a really good race, and now I am looking forward to Donington".
P2 - Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing)
"I started from the fourth position, and after a few laps, I found a good feeling with the bike. I try to take the lead, and when I got there I kept pushing all laps, and I saw that the gap was increasing, but on the final lap Jonny caught me, and we had I fought with him! It wasn't easy. He took the lead, I tried again, but in the end, I couldn't get back to first place. I am pleased especially after the big crash I had yesterday, and I want to dedicate this race to my crew! Thanks to them. I am happy because this has been my best race and I will try again in Donington!"
P3 - Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
"We definitely made a good step, but I felt we were struggling a bit in the race. I had a good battle with Alex Lowes for the third step of the podium so I can't be too unhappy, but I felt I had to manage a few little issues. I think that everybody was in the same position. The temperature is high today. I enjoy the battle! My home race is next so I can't wait for that one".
Rea Wins Kawasaki Podium Lockout
Jonathan Rea (KRT) finished fifth and then first in the two WorldSBK races at Misano today and with his team-mate Leon Haslam third in Race Two, and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) second, it was an all Ninja ZX-10RR podium. Rea has cut Alvaro Bautista’s championship lead to just 16 points this weekend
Before the Race Two podium domination the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race – effectively a sprint race - provided had already provided a podium for KRT, as Leon Haslam took third spot in a crash-strewn race. Rea had led the race, then fell from second place, remounting to take fifth place.
On a dry track in Race Two, which was hotter than the morning Superpole race, Bautista took a lead after his sprint race win. He fell on lap two, allowing first Haslam, and then Razgatlioglu and Rea, to do the front-running.
Rea and Razgatlioglu had a crowd-pleasing fight for the final win of the weekend on the final laps, with the eventual margin of victory only 0.381 seconds. Rea now has 75 career race wins, and a round figure of 150 career podiums from 262 race starts.
The three Ninja ZX-10RR riders that filled the Race Two podium – Rea, Razgatlioglu and Haslam - are the same three riders picked to race in the official Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8 Hours squad next month.
After the Sunday races at Misano Kawasaki has now scored over 400 podium places in WorldSBK, with a new total of 403.
Arriving 41 points behind Bautista, Rea now leaves Italy for a home round in the UK next time out just 16 points adrift, and with two more race wins to his credit.
Haslam is still working toward finding an ideal set-up but his strong recovery from two crashes at Misano saw him leave with two more podium finishes, his first top threes since round one at Phillip Island. Haslam is fifth overall, just 11 points from fourth place as he approaches Donington, a circuit which is almost literally a home round for him.
In the championship standings Bautista has 330, Rea 314, Van Der Mark 188, Alex Lowes 164 and Haslam 153.
The next round will be held at Donington Park, between 5 and 7 July.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “Winning two races at Misano was good for us, especially the two important races. Unfortunately in the Superpole Race today I made a big mistake in turn ten, when I lost the front. But I restarted to finish fifth which was all important for the weekend. Race Two today was a tough one because the temperature was hot. I was very unsure of the pace. I felt like it was slow but I did not want to push any faster. I saw Alvaro go down very early in the race and the conditions out there were very tough, especially for the front tyre. The rear was just not digging in and going forward, it was just spinning so much – but we won, which was the main thing. It was a super-nice day for Kawasaki because we put three bikes on the Race Two podium. Team Suzuka! Donington next and we will go to every track with an open mentality.”
Leon Haslam, stated: “The third place in the sprint race today was just a matter of staying on and bridging the gap to Tom Sykes, and I managed to pass him on the last lap. This afternoon I was struggling from lap one and did not have much front feeling, but I think everybody was in the same position. When Johnny and Toprak came past I felt I could have pushed to go with them but I had already risked too much so I had to run my own race. Alex was then behind me and I did not want to give up the podium, so I fought a little bit at the end. We have made some good steps from the Jerez test but there are little things we are still finding out.”
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) finished just behind Haslam in fourth place in the short race but finished in a strong second place in Race Two, running out front of his fellow Kawasaki riders for 13 laps. He is now sixth overall and the top Independent Rider in the championship standings.
Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: “For me, Race Two was my best race. In the short race I did not like the feel because yesterday I had a big crash and we tried the second bike. I did not have a good feeling in the race because the rear was sliding too much. I knew Race Two was important because I started from fourth position and I needed to stay with the front group. In the race I followed Johnny and Leon after Bautista crashed and I felt the bike was good, especially under had braking. I pushed in all laps and made a gap but I saw Johnny was coming. In the last lap I tried to get to the front again but it was not easy. After my crash yesterday this podium was for my crew who did a good job, and we tried a small set-up change that worked. Imola, Jerez and here, on the podium.”
Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) finished eleventh in the sprint and then tenth in Race Two. He is 12th in the championship standings.
Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) pushed himself to ninth in the sprint but fell in Race Two. He remounted but was eventually forced to retire. Leandro, despite missing some races through injury, is 17th in the points.
Lowes Returns to the Podium in Sweltering and Slippery Misano
Alex Lowes returned to the podium today in Misano, with a superb ride to second place in the 10-lap Superpole sprint race. The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider looked all set to repeat his podium performance in Race 2 this afternoon but, with grip levels at an all-time low, Lowes erred on the side of caution and took the points for fourth place rather than risking all to pass Kawasaki's Leon Haslam on the final lap.
Rising temperatures and a slick track surface made for a difficult first outing for the WorldSBK grid today but, unfazed by the tricky conditions, Lowes rode an intelligent race to second place in the 10-lap sprint race. Grip was at even more of a premium for Race 2, with a number of riders caught out by the increasingly unpredictable track, but Lowes again rode to the limit dictated by the conditions, to round out his weekend with another points scoring finish in fourth place. The results mean that Lowes remains fourth in the championship standings with 164 points, but with the gap to his teammate in third now just 24 points.
It proved a frustrating day for GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK rider, Sandro Cortese, with crashes in both races while running close to the front. The reigning Supersport World Champion made the most of a front row start in the sprint race to initially challenge for the podium but was left disappointed after losing the front and crashing out of third place just after half race distance. Cortese was keen to make amends in Race 2 but, again, the GRT Yamaha rider was caught out by the tricky conditions in the early stages and crashed while running with the lead group. Cortese managed to rejoin and salvage a single point in 15th place at the chequered flag.
Marco Melandri rode an impressive sprint race, which he started from 19th on the grid as a result of a penalty imposed after Race 2 in Jerez. The veteran Italian picked up places on every lap to eventually finish sixth and claim a second row start for Race 2. Unfortunately, Melandri was unable to capitalise on this due to a crash on lap 13 while challenging for the podium positions. The GRT Yamaha rider remounted but finished outside the points in 16th place.
Loris Baz continued his familiarization with the Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK R1 today, but with hot and sunny conditions replacing the torrential rain of yesterday, the Frenchman was unable to replicate his top five finish in Race 1 today. 12th in the sprint race this morning, Baz rounded out his Misano weekend with a points scoring 12th place finish again in Race 2 this afternoon.
Pata Yamaha's Michael van der Mark returned to the Misano paddock today, following his heavy crash in FP2 on Friday. The Jerez race winner was sporting a plaster cast on his injured wrist but was able to confirm that further examination had revealed that the two ribs thought fractured on Friday were in fact just bruised. Van der Mark will undergo surgery at Rimini Hospital to plate his fractured right radius, after which a decision will be made in conjunction with his medical team as to when he will be fit to return to action.
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK
"The weekend has been a pretty good one overall, marred only by the mistake yesterday when I was trying to win Race 1. I got caught out by new standing water, which was a bit unexpected at that point in the race, but I'll learn from it. This morning was good, and I was expecting to be stronger this afternoon, but we struggled a bit with acceleration as the temperature rose and grip went down. We'd made some changes to the bike compared to Friday, but the worsening track condition made it difficult to assess whether these were an improvement or not. It was tough for everyone in the race today. I tried to pass Haslam a few times, but I didn't feel comfortable on the front and couldn't make the passes stick, so I had to settle for fourth in the end. Now it's off to Donington, my home track, after a two-day test in Suzuka - I'm looking forward to it!"
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
"First of all, I'm very sorry for the team and my crew, as they did a fantastic job this weekend and it's a shame we leave here with just one point after today, because a lot more was possible, including a first WorldSBK podium finish. The positive thing is that we made a big step since Jerez and I was able to run with the front group, which was our goal for this weekend. In the end I had two crashes where I lost the front and both times I didn't feel I was on the limit but, once again, I learned a lot this weekend. A big shame and a big disappointment because everyone gave their all this weekend. But that's racing; you have ups and you have downs. Now I am looking forward to working hard to be ready for Donington."
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
"Actually, it was a good weekend for me, even if I missed the result in Race 2 today. In the sprint race the bike felt much better for me; we knew it was going to be hard to finish top nine from 19th on the grid but, in the end, I had a little bit of luck and finished sixth. In Race 2 I got a good start, but I wasn't going to accept to finish fourth, so I was pushing hard to pass Haslam, which wasn't easy. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake and went down. I'm sorry for the team and for Yamaha because they've been working so hard and they never gave up, even after difficult days. That makes me more motivated than ever for the next round in Donington, a track that will suit the Yamaha well."
Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK
"Overall, it's been a good weekend, with the fourth place yesterday putting a smile on people's faces in the team. The sprint race was tough today, as I was expecting a good feeling after the warm-up, but in the race the feeling was gone and I felt close to crashing on the front in every corner. We made a change for Race 2, but that just moved the problem from the front to the rear and I was spinning up everywhere. It's the first time I've ever had more grip on the last lap than the first! I finished 12th, picked up some points and continued the learning process. At the moment, the most important thing for us is to finish every race, collect the data and increase our understanding of the bike and the tyres. Now we head to Donington, where we will try to make another step."
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team confirms the performance of the new BMW S 1000 RR in WorldSBK on Sunday at Misano.
Tom Sykes on course for podium again in the Superpole race in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Another top-six result for the RR in race two on Sunday afternoon.
Markus Reiterberger finishes 13th in the Superpole race and eleventh in the main race.
Misano. Having achieved the first podium finish for the new BMW S 1000 RR in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) on Saturday at Misano (ITA), the next podium was within reach for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team on Sunday. Tom Sykes (GBR) was running third in the Superpole race until he was forced to retire shortly before the finish. In the afternoon’s second race, the Englishman finished sixth to claim another top-six result. Markus Reiterberger (GER) came home 13th and eleventh on Sunday.
Sykes started the morning’s Superpole sprint from third place on the grid. He initially dropped back in the battle at the front of the field, however regained third place when two riders crashed in front of him. He went into the final lap with the next podium in sight, but was then forced to retire shortly before the finish when his engine suffered a mechanical issue. After ten laps of racing, Reiterberger crossed the finish line in 13th place.
The results of the Superpole race meant that Sykes started the afternoon’s second race from eleventh place, ahead of Reiterberger in 14th. By the end of the second lap of the main race, the two RR riders had both made progress through the field. Sykes was eighth, while Reiterberger lay 12th. In the closing stages, Sykes rejoined the group battling for the third spot on the podium. He ultimately came home sixth, just 1.8 seconds outside the top three. Reiterberger also had a flawless ride to finish eleventh.
Quotes after race two at Misano.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “On the whole, we can be very happy with the Misano weekend. It is obviously a shame that we were denied our next podium by a mechanical issue this morning. However, you must not forget that this kind of thing can always happen with a fledgling project like ours. We will analyse what the cause was. That is part of the learning process. The podium in Saturday’s race was the next important step with our new BMW S 1000 RR. The sprint and main race on Sunday allowed us to demonstrate the progress we have made with the development of the RR. The performance was spot on. If Tom had started from further up the grid in the afternoon, he could have challenged for a spot on the podium again. In the end, he missed out by under two seconds. However, his sixth place was another good result. The hard work also paid off for Markus and his crew. They took a step forward and this is the direction to go now. We now must continue this positive trend at Donington Park.”
Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We are really gutted for Tom. He has put all his effort in and got very little reward for it in the sprint race when, with half a lap to go, he had a mechanical DNF when he could have been on the podium. That would also have meant third on the grid for the main race but he had to go from P11 on the grid and we all know that it’s difficult to pass the Ducatis in a straight line. He came within 1.8 seconds of the podium from 11th on the grid and I think that shows the talent and effort that he put in there. So, we apologise to Tom for not giving him the tools today. However, I think we can all see that there has been real progress and he is going to come back strong for sure at Donington. Markus, on the other hand, is still struggling to find his real form and we’re not yet where we want to be. We will look at all the data, sit down, discuss the set-up for Donington and hopefully cooler track temperatures will be very good towards our tyre wear and he and Tom can come back and do a good job at our home round.”
Tom Sykes: “It was a little bit unfortunate. I really honestly feel that we had three podiums in reach. We were third in the sprint race until the last lap. We had an issue which allowed Leon Haslam to come close and then unfortunately we retired. That, was also unfortunate, meaning that I started the last big race from the fourth row which cost me some time in the first few laps. The whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team did a great job. We ran with our spare bike with a few performance compromises and we still had great pace. I feel if we had started from the front row we could have gone away, kept our rhythm and I definitely feel that this would have allowed another podium position. So a little bit of a shame but on the plus side we’ve had a podium, we finished second this weekend with the all-new BMW S 1000 RR, we are showing its potential. Even in this last race we had very good consistency. We will build on this.”
Markus Reiterberger: “Today was better than yesterday, although my start was not so good in the Superpole race and a mistake cost me valuable time. The result was that I had to settle for 14th on the grid in race two. However, I made a good start and was able to hold on to 12th and later 11th place for the whole race. I did my best, did not make any mistakes, and brought the BMW S 1000 RR home safe and sound. The track conditions were more difficult today. It was very hot and I have never known there be so little grip. It was tough for everyone, but we coped well. We have taken a small step forward, which gives us more confidence. We will continue to work hard to improve. So a big thank you to the whole team.”
Álvaro Bautista crashes out in Race 2 in Round 7 of the Superbike World Championship at Misano Adriatico, after winning the Superpole Race, while Chaz Davies arrives twice at the flag, but in 17th and 7th place
For the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team, the Riviera di Rimini Round of the Superbike World Championship proved to be more complicated than expected, with both riders – Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies – for various reasons unable to bring home satisfactory results in the home race for the Aruba team and for Ducati.
Due to a crash at Turn 4 on lap 2 of the second race while he was in the lead, the championship leader Bautista saw his advantage in the table reduced to just 16 points over his closest rival Rea (Kawasaki). Bautista did manage to get back on the bike and finish the race in 14th place, picking up just two points. This morning, he dominated the Superpole Race over ten laps, taking the chequered flag ahead of Lowes (Yamaha) and Haslam (Kawasaki).
Unfortunately, it was another difficult weekend for his team-mate Chaz Davies, who struggled in both races today. In the Superpole Race, following a crash at Turn 14 on lap 3, he finished in 17th place after rejoining the race. After making some modifications to the set-up for Race 2, Chaz struggled with a lack of grip and was unable to go any higher than seventh place.
Bautista still leads the table with 330 points, 16 more than Rea, while Davies is in eighth place with 114 points. The next race in the championship – the UK Round – will take place in two weeks’ time at the Donington Park circuit, from 5th to 7th July.
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) – 1st / 14th
“I’m happy but at the same time very angry with myself about the results of today’s two races. It went well in the morning’s Superpole Race because we were on really top form. After a good start I immediately took the lead, and set the pace right down to the chequered flag. In Race 2 it was very hot and the track didn’t have as much grip. On lap 2, I didn’t do anything strange at Turn 4, but just lost the front and crashed. Pity because our potential was obviously to fight for the win. Maybe the error came about because I was too confident after the win in the Superpole Race, but in any case we must have a good look at the data because I’ve made two similar mistakes in the last two races, and that’s not good. We have to understand why so as not to repeat the same mistakes and lose more points.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 17th / 7th
“It has been a difficult Sunday for me. I lost the front in the Superpole Race in Turn 14, and as a result didn’t get the chance to start in the top 9 for Race 2. Then we made some changes for Race 2, but they didn’t give us the step we needed. It was a critical racetrack today because grip was low, but it was the same for everyone. I just felt like I’ve got no adaptability with the bike, even though I tried to change my style during the race. It’s a bit frustrating to finish races like that, because I know we can do better than that. We just need to learn from the information and work hard in the areas that are letting us down at the moment.”
THREE RACES, THREE TOP TEN FOR ZANETTI AS SUBSTITUTE: WHAT ELSE?
Zanetti made the most of the opportunity offered by the Go Eleven Team!
Called at the last to replace Laverty, still convalescent, he managed to conquer two ninth places, showing great sensibility in the wet, confirming himself also on a dry track.
On Sunday, the Race-Day was inaugurated under a warm sun: after yesterday's storms, the riders were able to give their best in optimal conditions.
During the Warm Up Lorenzo tested the new solutions prepared during the evening to solve the small difficulties encountered yesterday and Friday.
Despite a not so fast laptime, he was quite satisfied with the bike.
Some small changes and the bike would have been ready for the Superpole Race!
Warm-Up: P 16 1.37.939 + 2.125
The Superpole Race, a short 10 laps race, starts with huge battles since the green light.
Riders have little time to overtake and comeback, so they don't think twice and attack.
Zanetti immediately tries to get himself in a good position, he completes some overtaking, he did a small mistake when he is about to attack Pirro, and he loses some seconds. In the final he manages to change the pace again and puts Jordi Torres and Loris Baz behind him.
Top Ten reached, but unfortunately does not fit into the grid change in view of Race 2 for a few tenths. He will be forced again starting from the 17th position.
P 10 L. Zanetti + 18.742
Finally, 2.00 pm, starts Race 2!
While on the starting line-up there are showmen and showgirls, from Gerry Scotti to Rocco Siffredi, passing through Miss Italia 2018 Carlotta Maggiorana, the riders look for the right contraction to face the 21 laps under 30 degrees of stuffiness!
Lorenzo Zanetti again starts badly, the bike wheels up and finds itself losing many positions. He then showed great determination in climbing the slope, passing the official BMW of Reiterberger and the Yamaha of Baz and clinging to the rear of Torres. Lap after lap he approaches, he passes Jordi after a great duel and puts in his sights Michele Pirro.
The laps at the end are by now few and so he prefers to consolidate the ninth position, without exaggerating.
The bitterness is growing for having started in all the races so far back, after a non-exploiting qualification, but the weekend was very positive for the whole Team and the data collected will become very useful in the future.
P 9 L. Zanetti + 20.043
Finally, the home weekend ends with a smile and great hopes for the races to come!
Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):
"We are satisfied with this weekend!
First of all for our audience; the home race really has a magical atmosphere, and this can give up to 5 cv more!
Zanetti, it is true that he knew the Ducati V4-R well, but he had never ridden it in our configuration and although he found himself immediately well, however a tailor-made set-up had to be built for him. The technicians put him more and more at ease, practice after practice, and thanks to his qualities as a test rider, we managed to build a good result. In Race 1, in the rain, Lorenzo was really smart, he didn't take risks in the first part of the race, he set a steady pace and in the final he surprised the group in front of him, beating them in a sprint on the last lap. In the second race, only the bad start separated us from getting an amazing result, rode well and caught the maximum possible, so this makes us even happier and more satisfied. I thank him speaking by the whole team! "
Lorenzo Zanetti (Rider):
"It was a double ninth weekend and a tenth place in Superpole Race! I think it was a good weekend.
We worked hard and well because, apart from the final results, it wasn't easy to start on Friday with a partly unknown technical package. We were able to adapt the Panigale quite well to my riding style and we continued to improve. Today we achieved the same result as yesterday, but while it was raining yesterday, today the race was fast and hot. Considering also the fact that a good part of the gap I took in the first laps, starting back due to a half disastrous qualifying, we managed to make a good comeback, coming close to the good group, that of the first Reference Teams. This should make us happy with the work done. I thank Go Eleven for the opportunity to race the Misano Round; it was nice to work with all of you guys, and give it my all, even if maybe it's just for this race!"
A tough Sunday for the Moriwaki Althea Team at Misano
The third and final day of the WorldSBK race weekend at Misano proved to be a challenging one for the Moriwaki Althea Honda Team. After some very heavy rain on Saturday, both the Superpole race and Race 2 took place under clear blue skies and in high temperatures today.
Yuki Takahashi concluded the morning’s sprint race in 14th place, followed by team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari in 15th. Yuki was pushing hard in Race 2 trying to catch Sandro Cortese in 15th place but he unfortunately crashed with two laps to go, though with no physical consequences. Kiyonari concluded Race 2 in seventeenth position.
Ryuichi Kiyonari 23
Superpole Race P15 Race 2 P17
“This Misano round has been tough for me because I could not improve my feeling with the bike, especially with the front, and the fluctuating conditions over the weekend did not help the situation. Having said that, it is me who has to adapt to this kind of tricky conditions and for this reason I wish to apologize for the team for a less than satisfactory weekend”.
Yuki Takahashi 72
Superpole Race P14 Race 2 RET
“We made quite a good start in the Superpole race and the decision to use the Pirelli soft tyre was a good one, as it worked well during the race and we were able to lap consistently enough until the end. We also changed something in terms of set-up, looking for more grip, and I think we saw a little improvement. We continued in that direction also for Race 2, adjusting the bike’s settings a bit, and I was happy with my feeling on the bike. We know it is not enough yet of course, but we worked very hard and I hope this work will be useful for the future. I also wish to say sorry to the team for the race 2 crash, as I made a mistake in braking, and I thank everyone for their support and hard work this weekend.”
A disappointing day for Delbianco at Misano
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 23 June 2019
Round seven of the Superbike world championship has concluded today at the Misano World Circuit with the Tissot Superpole race and the second Superbike race. For the Althea MIE Racing Team and rider Alessandro Delbianco it proved to be a disappointing day, the rider crashing in the Superpole race and suffering a technical problem in Superbike race 2.
After yesterday’s very wet conditions, today’s races both took place in hot and sunny conditions. At 11am local time, the riders were out on track for the Superpole race. From seventeenth on the grid, Delbianco did his best to get into a good rhythm. Holding his position through the opening laps, a crash on lap five, at turn 4, prevented the young Italian from concluding his race.
The second Superbike race got underway in the early afternoon, Delbianco positioning fifteenth at the end of lap one. The Italian then oscillated between fourteenth and fifteenth during the first half of the race, after which a technical problem, on lap eleven, forced him to return to the garage. An unlucky ending to the Italian rider's home round.
“This morning, in the sprint race, I came into contact with another rider at turn one, but from last place I was then making up the lost ground to the guys immediately ahead of me. Unfortunately a crash prevented me from continuing but I was nevertheless pleased with my pace up until that point. In race 2 I was inside the points zone but then my bike switched off mid-race, we don’t yet know why, and my race ended there. Now we look ahead to Donington, a track I really like and where I hope to be able to do well.”
WorldSSP: Krummenacher beats Caricasulo after titanic final lap battle
The gloves have come off in WorldSSP, as Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo finally collide in a thrilling final lap brawl
The Pata Riviera di Rimini Round played host to the seventh WorldSSP race of 2019, a frantic 20-lap encounter which saw the WorldSSP championship pendulum continue to swing and add drama to the title race. Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) took the win ahead teammate Federico Caricasulo, after a thrilling final lap.
Starting from pole position, it was Lucas Mahias who took the lead into Turn 1, whilst Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) surged through but almost tagged his fellow countryman, allowing Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher to take advantage. With the race settling into a pattern, Mahias had the advantage ahead of the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team riders, with Jules Cluzel and Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) in fourth and fifth respectively.
Caricasulo and Krummenacher battled at the start of the second lap, with the Swiss rider forcing his way into second at Turn 4. A lap later, the pair were ahead of Lucas Mahias, as the familiar sight of the Swiss and the Italian out front, with Cluzel leading the charge to Mahias for the final podium place.
The lead order changed numerous times over the next few laps, with Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) in the leading group until a crash at Turn 1 on Lap 4, whilst Raffaele De Rosa crashed a lap later at Turn 6. Caricasulo took the lead at Turn 10, with Krummenacher second and Mahias holding off Cluzel and Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing).
Krummenacher took the lead back at Turn 1 at the start of Lap 9, leading for five laps whilst the battle simmered down, and everyone held their own stations, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. It was a mistake on Lap 14 that allowed his teammate Caricasulo back ahead at Turn 10, with the Italian taking the lead provoking the cheers of the home crowd. Two laps later though, Krummenacher took the lead back, moving Caricasulo out wide at Turn 4.
In the final three laps, the gloves were off and Krummenacher had the advantage from his teammate, whilst 2017 WorldSSP Champion Mahias latched onto the back of the battling Yamaha duo. Behind them, a big gap back to Cluzel and Okubo, with the Frenchman starting to drop the Japanese rider. Completing the top six was wildcard Lorenzo Gabellini (GOMMA Racing), putting in an exceptional ride.
On the final lap, it was a lunge at Turn 1 from Federico Caricasulo that nearly took himself and his teammate out. The Italian barged ahead at Turn 8, pushing his teammate out wide but there was still more to come with half-a-lap to go. A desperate move from Krummenacher at Turn 14 pushed his way through, with Caricasulo cutting back to try and get the drive on the exit of the corner. The two touched on the run to Turn 15, before Krummenacher blocked the inside line at Turn 16, doing enough to secure the win! Mahias charged late on but it was Caricasulo who took second ahead of the Frenchman who completed the podium – his first of the year.
Fourth position went to Jules Cluzel ahead of Hikari Okubo – making it two Puccetti Racing Kawasakis inside the top five. Gabellini took sixth, ahead of Hannes Soomer (MPM WILSport Racedays) who took his joint-best result of his career. Wildcard Kevin Manfredi (Team Rosso e Nero) was eighth, whilst Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing) and Massimo Roccoli (Team Rosso Corsa) completed the top ten.
The championship lead is now 22 points for Krummenacher, as he takes the advantage with five races to go in 2019.
P1 - Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
"I really wanted to win and thanks to Federico we but on a great battle today. We really pushed each other to reach our maximum. I thought about winning and in the end, I did it! It is always an amazing feeling to win in front of the family, the fans and our team guests! It was a difficult race, we were sliding all the time but the final lap I really had a lot of fun. We need to work more and try to keep this consistency!"
RANDY KRUMMENACHER ON THE HIGHEST STEP OF THE PODIUM ONCE AGAIN AT THE MISANO WORLD CIRCUIT “MARCO SIMONCELLI”
Misano Adriatico (Italy) 23 June 2019
Randy Krummenacher played a starring role at the Misano World Circuit today. The Swiss rider, along with his team-mate Federico Caricasulo, led the way in what became an incredible race. Starting from third on the grid, he soon moved to the front of the group, battling with Italian Caricasulo until the very last lap. A memorable race that saw the two Team Bardahl Evan Bros. riders battling it out for first place all the way to the final turn. In the end, it was Krummenacher who got the better of his team-mate, Frenchman Lucas Mahias crossing the line behind the pair.
Thanks to today’s result, the FIM Supersport world championship leader consolidates his position in the standings, with a 22-point lead over Caricasulo.
#RK21: “It was a difficult race, there was little grip and this made it all a little more complicated. Federico and I fought for the win all the way to the line and I thank him for having spurred me on. A 22-point lead is helpful but we still have five races to go and need to continue to work, improving and giving it our all. I now have my mind focused on Donington where we will race in two weeks’ time. I hope to continue in this way. I am doubly happy today as I can celebrate with my family, friends, fans and sponsors. I dedicate this victory to them”.
Krummenacher wins Misano Supersport Thriller
Randy Krummenacher got the better of teammate Federico Caricasulo to take the win in an incredibly hard fought Misano WorldSSP race, in which the two Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP riders were banging bars right up until the chequered flag. GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Jules Cluzel, was unable to challenge for the podium, but picked up important points in fourth.
Former Supersport World Champion, Lucas Mahias, may have denied the two Bardahl Yamaha teammates pole position yesterday, but just three laps into the race normal service had been resumed, with first Krummenacher and then Caricasulo forcing their way past the Frenchman to contest the lead.
It was Krummenacher who made the early running at the front, with Caricasulo seemingly happy to sit in his Swiss rider's slipstream. On lap four the Italian made his move, forcing his way past his teammate to take the lead and then trying to pull away by setting the fastest lap of race so far. Krummenacher then found himself relegated to third as Mahias took advantage to split the two Bardahl Yamaha riders.
Krummenacher retaliated at the first opportunity to reclaim second place and by lap seven was once again breathing all over the rear of his teammate at the front, eventually retaking the race lead one lap later. Mahias was pushing hard to stay with the two Bardahl Yamaha riders, while also defending third place from a hard charging Jules Cluzel aboard the GMT94 Yamaha.
At half race distance it was Krummenacher from Caricasulo and Mahias at the front of the race, with Cluzel and Hikari Okubo still in contact and pushing hard to challenge the leading trio for the podium. These positions remained unchanged until lap 14, when Caricasulo squeezed past Krummenacher to take the lead once again
Two laps later and the championship leader was back in front, with Mahias the only rider able to match the pace of the leading duo. As has happened so often this season already, it turned into a straight battle between the Bardahl Yamaha riders, with the two of them swapping places five times on the last lap and banging elbows in the two final corners as they fought it out for the win. It was Krummenacher who finally won the race to the line to claim his fourth victory of the season, with Caricasulo second by less than the width of a rear wheel and Mahias in third.
Jules Cluzel picked up important points in fourth, while Kallio Racing Yamaha's Thomas Gradinger rescued a difficult weekend with 9th place. The Austrian's teammate, Loris Cresson, picked up points in 13th but crashes early in the race saw GMT94 Yamaha's Corentin Perolari forced to retire, while Kallio Racing Yamaha's Isaac Viñales managed to rejoin after his crash, but finished outside the points.
Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP - P1 - Championship Position 1st - 160 Points
"I came here to Misano to win and we did that, after an incredible battle with Federico. We really pushed each other to the maximum, especially on the last lap, so thanks to him for an enjoyable race. It wasn't an easy win, that's for sure, but I'm happy with the result today."
Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP - P2 - Championship Position 2nd - 138 Points
"It's been a good weekend for me. In the race there wasn't so much grip available, so I tried to stay behind Randy until the last lap, when I started to push more. I knew it was going to be a battle, but I wasn't expecting him to be so aggressive in the final two corners. The line was very narrow, so I had to sit behind him on the brakes and wait, I couldn't go right or left, and it wasn't easy. This is racing, it was close, but I think we were correct. I missed out on the win this time, which means we need to take more points in the next races."
First Kawasaki Podium For Confident Mahias
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP rider Lucas Mahias used all his experience as a former World Champion to take his first podium of the season, securing third place after starting the Misano race from pole position. His team-mate Hikari Okubo pushed hard throughout and took fifth place.
Having already scored a satisfying fastest lap in Superpole qualifying Mahias was in determined mood as he led the first two laps of the race. Holding onto the leading riders around the intense 4.226km long circuit for all 19-laps, Mahias was almost close enough to pounce when Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo made contact in the final corners.
Lucas was not quite close enough to pass either of the leading duo in the very last corner but the 2017 world champion was just 0.161 seconds from his first win in Kawasaki colours. This was Lucas’ 16th podium finish in WorldSSP and the first of the year for his team and Kawasaki as a manufacturer.
Determined to make up places after his Superpole qualifying performance in ninth place, Okubo made a lightning start and then made up several places in the first corners, keeping pace just behind the leading group.
As the race unfolded Hikari kept up his strong pace, re-joining the top four at one stage. He was forced to slow in the final laps as he had used up the best performance from his front tyre, but he secured yet another top five finish in fine style.
In the championship standings, after seven rounds, Hikari holds on to fourth place overall. He has 70 points, with Lucas jumping up to fifth place overall, now with 66 points.
The next round will take place at Donington Park in the UK, between 5 and 7 July, before the start of a long summer break in race action.
Lucas Mahias stated: “It is an incredible feeling and an incredible sensation to take this podium finish. For me it feels the same as a victory because at the start of the season I knew it was so difficult to jump on the podium. But race after I race I continued to push. The race was not very fast because the two riders at the front played a lot - but for me I am not playing. The last lap was very aggressive from the leaders but in the last corner exit it was impossible to get to second or first position. Thanks to Kawasaki and to my team - I hope this is a good present for them because they are working a lot. Sometimes I am not smiling when we are not at the front but for tonight I have a big smile!”
Hikari Okubo, stated: “Today’s race was not so bad because for the first time I could follow the leading group, but in the last five laps I had finished the front tyre. I was losing a bit on top end compared to the riders in front. I tried to maintain the small gap to the front group by diving into the corners, so the front started closing and I finished fifth. Also, as a rider I know I need to make one more step, but today’s race was very important. I got more championship points in the race which allowed me to keep fourth place overall in the championship standings.”
Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) crashed out of his home race and now sits 15th overall. His team-mate Kyle Smith finished out of the points in 19th place. Smith still leads the FIM Europe Supersport Cup standings and is 18th overall.
Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) placed 18th, Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) 20th.
Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) ended the Misano weekend 22nd at the flag with wildcard rider Roby Rolfo (Team Green Speed Kawasaki) 23rd.
WorldSSP300: Carrasco conquers chaotic WorldSSP300 at Misano
The reigning World Champion moves on to be the rider with the most wins in WorldSSP300 history to go second in the race to be champion!
A thrilling WorldSSP300 race saw numerous accidents and the usual fairing-bashing action across the 13-lap encounter. In the end however, it was a fourth career win for Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300), who held her nerve in a titanic six-rider scrap to move back into title contention.
On lap one of the WorldSSP300 race, it was carnage throughout as crashes were littered all the way around the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in a chaotic sequence of events. Turn 5 claimed Nick Kalinin (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki), which then brought down Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team), Jacopo Facco (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing), Tom Bramich (Carl Cox-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) and Daniel Blin (Terra e Moto).
Further round the lap at Turn 13, it was Hugo De Cancellis (Team Trasimeno Yamaha), Robert Schotman (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) and Jan-Ole Jahnig (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) who all crashed. Then at Turn 14, Koen Meuffels (Freudenberg KTM WorldSSP Team) and Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) who fell.
Meanwhile, from the riders who were still upright, Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) was the race leader, with the likes of Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team), Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing), Andy Verdoïa (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) and Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) all in the mix. Emanuele Vocino (GRADARACorse) was in sixth and closing up.
It was a far from ideal race for Scott Deroue on the sole-surviving Kawasaki MOTOPORT machine, as the Dutchman was fighting through into seventh, where he rode a lonesome race, not being part of any large groups.
It was a frantic final few laps as the race lead swapped and changed, eventually seeing Ana Carrasco fight her way back to the lead and pull out an advantage throughout the last lap. Gonzalez and Hendra Pratama got ahead of Steeman into Turn 8 as they began to chase down the reigning WorldSSP300 Champion. However, Hendra Pratama got a strong slipstream down the back straight and through Turn 12, he took second place. Vocino tried to get ahead of Steeman at Turn 14 but the Dutch rider fought back.
Into the final corner, Carrasco had enough in hand to take the win, but Gonzalez bashed his way through ahead of Hendra Pratama, forcing him off the circuit and therefore costing the Indonesian a podium, as Andy Verdoïa came through for third. Steeman was fifth behind Hendra Pratama, whilst Vocino was a hearty sixth. Scott Deroue could only manage seventh, ahead of 2018 WorldSSP300 Misano winner Manuel Bastianelli (Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki), Kevin Sabatucci (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) and Ferran Hernandez Moyano (BCD Yamaha MS Racing).
Carrasco now moves into joint-second in the championship with Scott Deroue, whilst Manuel Gonzalez continues as the championship leader.
P1 - Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300)
"I felt really strong all the weekend and I think we did a perfect job from free practices to qualifying yesterday. I had a good pace and I wanted the victory here which I think is a good circuit for me. After the double podium in Jerez, I arrived here extremely motivated so it is a really good thing for me that I achieved my first victory of the season and that we moved up in the championship standings. Thanks to my team, Kawasaki and everyone who is helping me. We are improving and I hope we will continue this way".
Carrasco Takes First Win Of The Season
Reigning WorldSSP300 champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) won her first race of the 2019 season after making a small break from the rest of a six-rider leading pack and staying clear of the dogfights going on just behind her in the final few corners.
Ana enjoyed a winning margin of 0.822 seconds on her Ninja 400, which can be considered a clear win in this evenly matched and exciting world championship class.
Incidents and accidents through the race took their toll on some top runners and broke the leading groups up on occasion, but Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) avoided the dramas and was second today.
Gonzalez had been on pole for this race, with Carrasco also on the front row of the grid, in third place.
The final six-rider group featured just two Kawasakis Ninja 400 riders, but they were to finish first and second. Ana’s win has maintained Kawasaki’s 100% success in 2019, after victories from Gonzales (three) and DS Junior Team Kawasaki rider Marc Garcia (one) in the four previous rounds.
Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport) could not get to the final leading group after qualifying 18th in the wet Superpole for his group of riders.
The three time podium scorer in 2019 rode at high pace through the whole race but his race was interrupted by crashes that held up his push towards the front. Scott was finally seventh, having a lonely race in the final laps to finish 9.730 seconds behind the winner.
Manuel Bastianelli (Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki) was eighth, meaning half of the top eight riders today were on Ninja 400s.
The 13-lap race was held in warm and dry conditions after some earlier periods of wet weather on Saturday, but that did not prevent some bad luck showing up for winner of one of the most recent races in Spain, Garcia. He was 23rd and out of the points, having qualified 15th. Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) was one of the high-profile fallers, crashing out early at Turn 13.
No fewer than 58 riders tried to qualify at Misano, split into A and B qualifying groups who then went on to Superpole sessions. The sensational Last Chance Race on Saturday afternoon was just that as usual - the final opportunity for the top six riders who did not automatically make the grid via Superpole to race for points on Sunday.
Donington Park in the UK will host the sixth of nine championship rounds next time out. Raceday will be on Sunday July 7.
Ana Carrasco, stated: “I am very happy to have taken my first victory of the season. I think we have worked very well all weekend and this has allowed me to keep a very good pace in the race. I pushed hard from the beginning, but it was difficult because it was very hot and had little grip in some places. But I really wanted to win so I pushed as much as possible! I climbed many positions in the championship and I'm second overall now. Donington Park comes along now and I like the layout a lot. As always, thanks a lot to Kawasaki and Provec for giving me a super Ninja 400 to win on!”
Manuel Gonzalez, stated: “A good race for the championship. We knew we have to take podiums in all races to maintain enough points for the leading championship position but the race was very calm because the leading group was small. I tried to be second in the last lap but the KTM overtook me and then tried to push as much as possible to take Ana. But I have to be happy for a second place finish, as it is a good result for the championship. Thanks to all for the good work the team does through all the sessions. We have to continue like this.”
Scott Deroue, stated: “During the free practice sessions it went pretty well. I was always able to set good lap times. In the wet qualifying I did not have a good feeling with the engine and that resulted in being P18 on the grid. I had a good start, but the first lap was one big period of chaos. There were several falls around me, so I lost a lot of time. This created a gap from a few seconds to the leading group. I rode clear from the second group, but without a slipstream I could not get to the front. I have driven a very constant and good race, but it wasn’t possible to convert this performance into a good result.”