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#ARGWorldSBK - Day 3:
Rea makes the double on Sunday in Argentina
2019 World Champion victorious in Race 2 as Davies comes back strong
The final race of the weekend at the Motul Argentinean Round was a thrilling spectacle, with plenty of hard action and big moves all the way through the pack. Despite making his own mistakes and needing to fight in the early stages, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) romped to win number two of the weekend, holding off the opposition.
Off the start and into Turn 1, Jonathan Rea held on to his first position, whilst Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) battled behind. Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) was a fast starter and into fourth, whilst Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) and his teammate Michael van der Mark were fifth and sixth. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) had dropped to seventh.
With the race beginning to take shape, Rea pulled away from Bautista, whilst Toprak Razgatliolgu was as relentless as ever, chasing down Bautista. Bautista and Rea in-turn were trading fastest lap times. Chaz Davies had picked off the Yamahas ahead of him one by one, using the top speed advantage of the Ducati Panigale V4 R down the long straights of San Juan to good effect. The next target for the Welshman was Razgatlioglu, who was going to need to fight hard to resist the former WorldSBK runner-up.
There was drama up front for Rea, who made a big mistake at Turn 8 and ran completely off the circuit, allowing Bautista to take the lead for the first time. However, Rea wouldn’t give in and a lap later, on Lap 8, Rea fought back and pushed his way back to the front at Turn 7, shoving Bautista wide. The squabble between the two heavyweights allowed Razgatlioglu and Davies to close up.
With 13 laps left to go, Davies took third from Razgatlioglu with a strong move at Turn 10 on the Turkish rider. The former WorldSSP Champion from 2011 was now a move on a mission and soon, caught his teammate. Bautista tried to fight but Davies powered ahead of his teammate two laps later to take second. 2.6s to close down on the race leader, Davies had plenty of work to keep him occupied for the remainder of the race.
Bautista however was in more problems and with 9 laps to go, as Toprak Razgatlioglu had regrouped and was immediately able to get ahead of the Spaniard, sweeping around the outside at Turn 2 to take third from the Race 1 winner. Bautista was losing time to Michael van der Mark hand over fist and needed to get to the end of the 26-year-old Dutchman got him.
Further down the field, Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) was having an incredible race, climbing all the way up to the fringes of the top ten. The home hero picked off Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing) and at Turn 10 with eight laps left, dived up the inside of factory Kawasaki rider Leon Haslam to take eighth place. A lap later, and Eugene Laverty (Team Goeleven) was up ahead of Haslam and Torres. Ahead of all of them, Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) was a sitting duck.
With four laps to go, Mercado got ahead of Rinaldi at Turn 15, sparking a massive roar from the partisan crown trackside. However, Laverty got ahead of the pair of them on the front straight, pushing Mercado back to eighth whilst the Irishman went in pursuit of his best result since Aragon. In terms of Mercado, he had come from 19th to eighth; an astonishing comeback.
Out front on the final lap, Jonathan Rea was uncatchable and took victory for a fourth time in Argentina and now, extended his consecutive point-scoring finishes run to 45 – the first time a rider has ever achieved this. Chaz Davies was up into second whilst Toprak Razgatlioglu completed a stellar weekend with another podium, his sixth in seven races. Fourth belonged to Michael van der Mark whilst Alvaro Bautista limped home to complete the top five. Alex Lowes was up to sixth.
Eugene Laverty put in a strong ride up to seventh, but ride of the day went to home-hero Mercado, who stormed from last on the grid to eighth, much to the delight of the crowd. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing) was ninth ahead of Leon Haslam in 10th. Sandro Cortese slipped to 15th, having run as high as fourth in the early stages.
P1 - Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
"After a difficult weekend, I think we got the bike right today and I felt really good, so massive thanks to my crew. We were still suffering in some area but in the rest of the track, my ZX-10RR was working so well. Thanks to all the fans to come to see us, I am happy we were able to put on a good show for them. Now I will enjoy a good time with my team in Argentina and I can't wait to be back into action in Qatar".
P2 - Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati)
"I didn't know what to expect today because the track has been changing so much. My bike work really good in the race. I got such a terrible start, and maybe it was my worst start of the year so far. I had to come through, and I used quite a bit of the tyre. I felt like I had an excellent pace and Johnny was getting even closer, but unfortunately, I run out of grip towards the end of the race, but overall I can't complain about that. I am pleased, and I feel like it was a solid performance to end the weekend".
P3 - Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing)
"This weekend we were able to achieve three podiums, and we are happy with that. We tried a different setup for Race 2, but it didn't work well as at the end of the race tyres were completely destroyed. These points are important for the championship because now we really close to the third position in the standings".
Two Wins For Rea In Argentina
WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea took his Ninja ZX-10RR to the top step of the podium twice today, winning both the ten-lap Superpole Race and Race Two. Leon Haslam (KRT) battled hard today and finished eighth and tenth. Two third places for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) ended his weekend on a high.
The penultimate round of the 2019 season ended up providing two fast and competitive races on Sunday, each won by Rea to extend his all time record score of race victories to 85.
In the cooler conditions of Sunday at Circuito San Juan Villicum the pace improved greatly and Rea set a new lap record - and track best - of 1’37.462, on lap three of the ‘sprint’ race. His opening Sunday race win also earned him the top grid spot for the final race of the weekend, and thus Jonathan also became the 2019 Tissot-Superpole Award winner, for the best overall qualifying performance.
In the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole fight Rea was in command from the start, easing away to win by over two seconds from Alvaro Bautista. Haslam was eighth, having started from 14th on the grid.
In Race Two Rea got involved in a tense early fight with Bautista, before his pace told and he eased away to score his second race win of 2019 and his 14th of the season.
Now starting from eighth place on the grid for the final race at the 4.276km long circuit Haslam was finally tenth in Race Two, after losing early ground in a collision with another rider. Three points scoring races all together in Argentina keep Leon sixth overall in the championship standings, with one more round to go.
Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK won the Teams’ Award today, with one round to go. Kawasaki leads the Manufacturers’ standings by 37 points with just the final three individual races to be run.
The season finale, to be held under floodlights as is now traditional, will take place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, with WorldSBK racedays on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “That was really positive, especially the Superpole race where I felt really strong in the cooler conditions. The grip level was really high so I was able to push the bike and manage it. The sensations felt quite normal. We made a change overnight, on the front of the bike, just to give me a bit more front confidence in trail braking to stabilise the bike. That enabled me to carry that much more entry speed. We knew Alvaro was one of the strongest guys and to race with him I was going to have to be really strong on the brakes and corner entry. Kudos to the guys because we came up with a really good set-up. Yesterday I made too many mistakes in the race and that gave Alvaro too much breathing room, so now I am really happy to win both races today.”
Leon Haslam, stated: “Starting from 14th on the grid was hard work. We made it to sixth in the long race yesterday and eighth in the first race today, and I do not think we could have done much more because the passing around this circuit has been hard. I was really looking forward to that last race. I got a good start and then got tangled with Tom Sykes. As I went up the inside of him he came into me and I think it was my handlebar that got caught in his fairing. That dropped us back to pretty much last. We came through to battling for eighth position, I think, at one point but we had destroyed the rear tyre and ended up going backwards for the last five, six or seven laps.”
Already crowned top Independent Rider, Toprak Razgatlioglu put in another strong weekend performance with two third places today. In doing so he drew himself to within six points of the third placed rider, ensuring an exciting season finale in Qatar next time out. Toprak is currently fifth, but with a clear aim to finish third by season’s end.
Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: “More podiums, but in the sprint race the bike felt like it was not turning. After we changed the set-up the bike gave me an incredible feeling. But my tyre was finished. This was a problem for all riders but I tried for second place, but it was not possible. I am happy to take another podium. We will see how things are in Qatar because I am very close to the top three in the championship.”
Home rider Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was tenth in the sprint and a truly combative eighth in front of his enthusiastic Argentinean countrymen in Race Two. Leandro is now 14th overall.
Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 11th and then 9th today and enters the final round in 10th place overall, six points up on the next nearest rider. All five Kawasaki riders in Race Two finished inside the top ten positions.
World Superbike in Argentina: excellent second place for Chaz Davies in Race 2 at San Juan, Álvaro Bautista finishes in fifth
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati rider Chaz Davies brought home an excellent second place today in the second race of the Argentinean Round of the Superbike World Championship, held this weekend at the San Juan Villicum circuit.
Today the conditions of the track, thanks to cooler temperatures than yesterday, were much better and this allowed the Welsh rider in particular to emerge in the second race of the day, after he had finished the Superpole Race in fourth. Starting badly from fourth on the grid, Chaz took the chequered flag in second, five seconds behind the winner Rea (Kawasaki) after a good comeback.
Team-mate Álvaro Bautista on the other hand was unable to repeat his win from yesterday. After a second place in the Superpole Race, he finished Race 2 in fifth. The Spanish rider, in the initial stages, battled it out with Rea for the top slot, before yielding and slipping down to fifth because of a sudden drop of rear tyre grip.
In the Riders’ standings Álvaro Bautista lies second with 460 points, while Chaz Davies remains seventh with 249 points.
WorldSBK now moves to the Middle East for the final event, where the Qatar Round will be held from 24th to 26th October at the Losail International Circuit close to the capital Doha.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing Ducati #7) – 4th / 2nd
“It was a really good way to finish the weekend. This morning in the Superpole race I was able to finish in fourth place which put me on the second row of the grid for race 2. Unfortunately, in the second race I made a bad start and I was swamped by several riders at the first corner. I felt comfortable enough however and began to pick my way through the pack. When I got up to second place the gap to Jonathan was almost three seconds, and although I closed it down a bit, it was impossible to get any closer to him. Pity because I think if I had been there from the beginning, it might have been a nice race. However, we were competitive on another track, that’s four or five now where we’ve been near or on the podium. A big thanks to the team for their work but also for standing by me yesterday. Hopefully now we can go to Qatar and continue the momentum to finish the season strong.”
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) – 2nd / 5nd
“In the Superpole Race we had a good run, but unfortunately Rea’s pace was better than ours and it was difficult to keep up with him, so I think that second place is the most we could do. In race 2 on the other hand I started quite well, Jonathan gained a few metres on me but because of his error I was able to catch him and we had quite a duel. After about ten laps I began to feel an unexpected drop of grip at the rear which made me lose a few places. We still don’t know what happened, I was struggling to brake in the corner turn-in while on the exit, as soon as I opened the throttle I felt the bike spinning. It was a very difficult race and I’m disappointed because I think that today we could have fought for the win.”
Positive Conclusion to Pata Yamaha's Argentine Adventure
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider, Michael van der Mark, took a hard fought fourth place finish in today's WorldSBK Race 2 at Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina, having caught and passed yesterday's race winner, Alvaro Bautista, with just four laps of the race remaining. With Alex Lowes finishing in sixth position this afternoon, the Pata Yamaha teammates are now separated by just a single point in the championship standings, with Lowes currently holding the advantage in third place.
Lowes and van der Mark started today's 21-lap WorldSBK Race 2 from the second row of the grid, having finished this morning's Superpole Sprint Race in fifth and sixth places respectively. The two Pata Yamaha riders made a good start and, while both were quick to find their rhythm, neither had the outright pace needed to compete for the podium today.
Lowes rode a solid but lonely race to sixth place, lacking the additional pace needed to close the gap to van der Mark ahead of him. The Dutchman managed to find a little bit extra in the closing stages of the race to catch and pass Bautista for fourth place, but the gap to the podium contenders was insurmountable in the few laps remaining.
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK rider, Sandro Cortese, was looking to build on his solid top-ten finish in the Superpole Race this afternoon, but the reigning Supersport World Champion and his crew took a gamble on tyre choice that didn't work as expected and Cortese was disappointed to finish only 15th after struggling for rear grip from lap seven onwards.
Argentina proved another difficult weekend for Marco Melandri, who continues to struggle to adapt the bike to suit his particular riding style. The veteran Italian and his crew have worked tirelessly to find a solution but so far to no avail. Melandri was frustrated to finish 15th in the Superpole Race this morning and then to only improve by one place to finish 14th in Race 2 this afternoon.
The penultimate round of the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship in Argentina proved a painful one for Loris Baz. The Frenchman crashed out of the Superpole Race on the opening lap, at the same corner at which he crashed in qualifying on Saturday morning, but bounced back this afternoon to pick up championship points with a 12th place finish in WorldSBK Race 2.
Michael van der Mark
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK - P4 - Championship P4 - 304 Points
"If you look at the results then it's not been too bad here in Argentina. It's been a difficult weekend for everyone, I think, but fourth place yesterday was a good start for me. In the Superpole Race this morning I didn't really have a good feeling and I struggled a bit with the bike, but we made quite a big change for Race 2 and I felt a lot stronger from the start. Of course there were some areas where I'd have liked to be a little better but, anyway, I picked up another fourth place on a track that proved difficult for us last year, so we must be happy with these points and now look forward to Qatar, where I'm sure we will be even stronger and able to fight for the podium once again."
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK - P6 - Championship P3 - 305 Points
"I had a bit of a frustrating start to Race 2. I've had a few issues back shifting to first gear and on the opening lap I got a slipstream from Sandro on the straight and was maybe in a bit too fast and I couldn't get the gear to go in. It was shame, because when you lose track position it's really difficult to recover. I had good pace, but not quite enough to catch back after losing ground. Michael was in a similar situation in the Superpole Race; he was matching my pace but didn't have that little bit extra needed to close on me. I felt I rode quite well today, made no mistakes and I enjoyed the race, but I didn't want to be finishing sixth. But now we need to focus on the final round in Qatar. I'm looking forward to racing there and defending my third position in the championship."
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK - P14 - Championship P9 - 173 Points
"This has been another weekend where I've struggled a lot. My main strength is my riding style and, unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be compatible with the bike. Every time I tried to push harder after a few laps I made a lot of mistakes and lost ground. It looks like me and the bike are working in opposite directions still. I've tried many things with the team to find a solution this season but, as the results show, we're still looking."
GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK - P15 - Championship P11 - 126 Points
"This morning I had a good Superpole Race after a strong start, and I was looking forward to more of the same in Race 2 this afternoon. Again, I got a good start, but we took a gamble on tyre choice which proved to be a step too far and, after seven laps, the rear tyre was completely done. To be honest, I'm not sure how I managed to finish the race. I'm disappointed and it's a shame because I think I could have finished with a good result today but, again, we didn't take the chance that was open to us. So, yes, a big disappointment today."
Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK - P12 - Championship P12 - 118 Points
"The only goal in the Superpole Race is to finish in the top nine and secure a grid position on the front three rows. I was pushing hard to make up as many places as possible on the opening lap but strayed onto the dirty part of the track while trying to pass Alessandro Delbianco and crashed. The impact was a heavy one and it meant that I was riding with some pain in Race 2 this afternoon. I took no risks in the early laps and came back slowly, losing a bit of time overtaking the guys ahead of me, but eventually finished P12 and not so far away from the top eight or nine guys. It is really frustrating because, like in Magny-Cours, I think we had the pace to stay with the two Pata Yamaha guys, but we scored some points and now we're not so far from top ten in the championship. I want to say sorry to the guys in the team because the two crashes were really my mistake, but now I will try to recover in the best way I can for Qatar."
Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager
"It's been a challenging round for everyone here in Argentina, with circumstances beyond our control placing additional pressure on both riders and teams throughout the course of the weekend. I am happy to say that our teams and our riders maintained their focus and overcame the obstacles that we encountered along the way. Michael and Alex did the best that was possible this weekend, with both achieving solid results in the three races. It was a more difficult weekend for Marco and Sandro, whose results today are not what they were looking for after the difficult situation they found themselves in yesterday. Loris showed incredible determination in Race 2 this afternoon, because he was riding in some pain following his crashes in qualifying and the Superpole Race. His commitment was rewarded with a points scoring finish, but we expect him to be back at the sharp end in Qatar once he's had a chance to recover. Despite all the difficulties experienced this weekend all three WorldSBK races were contested safely. There are lessons to be learned, but it was gratifying to see all of the stakeholders pulling together and overcoming these difficulties for the good of the championship."
WHAT A COMEBACK FOR EUGENE IN RACE 2, SEVENTH AT CHEQUERED FLAG!
Great race, great comeback and strong determination for Eugene Laverty and Team. From the seventeenth to the seventh position, 9 overtakes one more exciting than the other, even overtaking 2 riders in one braking!
A seventh position that has the taste of rebirth!
Sunday at the El Villicum track began with a tough Warm Up, but all the technicians were able to pull off 100% from themselves and in the Superpole Race the first positive signs were seen. Laverty, just got off the bike, immediately confirmed that he had finally found the right way to return to the feeling of the beginning of the season with his V4-R, despite the thirteenth place.
P 13 E. Laverty + 22.785
In Race 2, the Irish ace and the whole Team took another step forward, returning to fight for important positions.
21 exciting laps, at the first pass on the box straight the V4-R by Go Eleven was in seventeenth position; then lap after lap the confidence is increased. Laverty overtook rider after rider, imposing an incisive rhythm. From mid-race on he was constantly among the 5 fastest riders on the track; not a flaw, a consistent and aggressive ride that has excited all the public present in the stands.
Even more important is the fact that there have been no crashes and none of the riders in front of him has retired, this emphasizes even more the good performance.
It's amazing to see the Ducati Go Eleven and Eugene go so strong!
P 7 E. Laverty + 33.901
In two weeks the WorldSBK will be back on track, Round 13 Qatar.
Come on guys, let's have a strong finale!
Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):
"Weekend started badly and finished well, these are the races I like! Today Eugene really enjoyed us, he did a fantastic race, a comeback to be remembered. What gives me the most satisfaction is that he seems to have re-found the feeling with the Panigale V4-R. From the Portimao race we entered a black hole, there was no grip at the rear when entering the corner, and no set-up seemed to help. Today we found the right path and this is thanks to the work of all team technicians and rider perseverance. Now we go to Qatar with high motivation and an extra charge!"
Eugene Laverty (Rider):
"We enjoyed a fantastic end to race 2! Languishing down in 17th position on lap 1, I never imagined that I would cross the finish line in 7th. Thank you to Team Go Eleven for all their hard work and we have rediscovered the correct setting to allow me to attack. We are optimistic of a strong finale in Qatar!”
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s hard work goes unrewarded in San Juan on Sunday.
Penultimate round of the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship season at the ‘Circuito San Juan Villicum’ in Argentina
Ninth place for Tom Sykes in the Superpole race; technical issue in race two.
Markus Reiterberger finishes in 17th and 16th place.
San Juan. BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s hard work went unrewarded in the Sunday race of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in San Juan (ARG). Tom Sykes (GBR) finished in ninth place on his BMW S 1000 RR in the Superpole race, but then a technical issue forced him to retire from the second race in the afternoon. His team-mate Markus Reiterberger (GER) finished in 17th and 16th place. The ‘Circuito San Juan Villicum’ hosted the twelfth and penultimate round of the 2019 WorldSBK season.
With considerably cooler temperatures, the track conditions on Sunday were much better than on the previous days. Sykes started the Superpole race in the afternoon from 13th on the grid. He moved up into eighth place right after the start. He lost one place, but crossed the finish line in ninth place after a hotly contested race, which saw him secure a start position on the third row of the grid for the second main race in the afternoon. Reiterberger finished in 17th place in the Superpole race, which was his start position for the afternoon race.
The hopes of Sykes moving up the field from ninth on the grid came to nothing. He initially dropped down the field slightly, before he was forced to park his motorcycle at the edge of the track on the seventh lap. Reiterberger was embroiled in several duels at the rear of the field and in 16th place missed out on finishing in the points by just 0.1 seconds.
The finale of the 2019 WorldSBK season will be held in two weeks’ time, in Qatar from 24th to 26th October.
Quotes after race two at San Juan.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “It was a difficult end to a disappointing weekend. Unfortunately, we retired from the main race as a result of a technical issue with the clutch. However, we have to be realistic and say that we were never going to get a good result. We just didn’t understand why we were so far behind and what we needed to do to remedy the issue. We didn’t have consistent track conditions to enable us to find a solution. The track was catastrophic on the first day, okay yesterday morning, then extremely hot in the afternoon, and this morning it was back to being acceptable – these conditions meant that the lap times varied drastically. As a result, we were unable to gradually draw the necessary conclusions as to which direction we needed to take. We will now take the data we collected back with us, and will analyse why we weren’t as competitive as we had hoped this weekend.”
Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “Today was probably one of our most difficult days of the season. On paper, the Superpole race was not so bad for Tom. At least he managed to get on the third row for the start of the main race, but with this new model of bike we don’t have any data to work with, so everything is new for us. With every setting we try, we are chasing the perfect set-up. All we can do is take all this data with us and when we come back here again, we will have a better position to start with. So it’s been really difficult for us, but we must take the positives and build on this. Markus has also really struggled and didn’t find a comfortable setting, but we just have to close the book on this event and re-energise as we get ready for Qatar, where hopefully we can start on the front foot.”
Tom Sykes: “It’s been a difficult weekend. We made some improvements on the greasy track condition and I honestly felt we had a consistent race pace during that last race, but we ran into difficulty with the bike which meant we had to retire. Overall, it’s been a challenging weekend for the whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, but like I said it wasn’t the easiest of track conditions; however, given the circumstances I feel we gathered some very valuable information for the future. We will put this weekend behind us and move on to the next race in Qatar, where hopefully we can take another step forward.”
Markus Reiterberger: “We had much better weather conditions today. It was cooler, which meant that the racing line on the track was in a much better state. Unfortunately, I made two mistakes on the first two laps of the Superpole race and went too wide. As a result, the race didn’t go well for me, and I crossed the finish line pretty far down the field. We made a few changes for the second race, and I felt relatively okay on the bike in the race itself. Points would have been achievable, and I battled with Sandro Cortese on the final three laps, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get the point. Generally, we are still a little bit too slow and we need to find the reason why. I hope that I will end the season on a personal high in Qatar. We all pulled together here, and I’m grateful for that, even if we weren’t rewarded with a good result.”
In Argentina Leon Camier finishes in the points in Race 2, Kiyonari struggles to find the pace
The final day of the Argentinean round at the San Juan Villicum Circuit played out in cooler conditions with respect to the rest of the weekend, the air temperature having dropped from 32°C on Saturday to 21° Celsius on Sunday.
After finding good feeling with his bike set-up, Leon Camier finished the Superpole race in 12th place and Race 2 in 13th place, fighting inside the top ten for a long while during both races, but dropping back in the final stages. Ryuichi Kiyonari struggled to maintain a competitive race pace and closed sprint race and Race 2 in 18th and 17th place respectively.
The Moriwaki Althea Honda Team will now fly back to Europe before heading to Qatar where the Losail Circuit will host the 2019 WorldSBK season finale in two weeks’ time.
Leon Camier 2
Superpole Race: 12 - Race 2: 13
“I felt very good on my bike in the sprint race. I made a good start, the bike worked really well, and I was feeling strong in certain areas with respect to the riders around me. Unfortunately, I suffered particularly with tyre wear in the final stages and this caused me to lose both time and positions. Up until that point, I had been able to fight with Haslam and Sykes. It would have been hard to beat them, but I had a good feeling and could manage to stick with them. In the second race I once again felt pretty good in the middle of the group, maybe just losing a little in acceleration compared to the others but we were able to use our strengths to hold our position. Again though, we suffered more than the others with a drop in tyre performance at the end. Anyway, since having come back from injury, I was able to get a better idea of where we are with the bike today, I could see the improvements we have been able to make and where we might be able to improve further. So that’s very positive”.
Ryuichi Kiyonari 23
Superpole Race: 18 - Race 2: 17
“It has been a very difficult weekend for me, both in terms of my feeling with the track and with my bike. Today, with lower temperatures, the grip was much better, but I was not able to adapt quickly enough to the changed conditions, even if they were better than they had been earlier in the weekend. Usually, even when my results are not good, I can see a progression in terms of feeling, but this time I just could not improve enough. I’m very sorry for the team, for how this weekend went in general. I can only say that I’ll try to do better in the last races at Qatar, a track that I like very much”.
A difficult day for Delbianco in Argentina
San Juan (Argentina), domenica 13 ottobre 2019
The twelfth round of the Superbike world championship has concluded at the Argentinian track of San Juan Villicum, today’s two races turning out to be somewhat challenging for Althea MIE Racing and rider Alessandro Delbianco.
Having qualified well in yesterday’s Superpole, Delbianco was keen to take advantage of his grid position (eighth) for this morning’s Tissot Superpole race, but it wasn’t at all easy. From the third row of the grid, the young Italian did what he could to remain part of a group of three riders but he lost ground in the later stages, crossing the line in sixteenth position.
The second Superbike race got underway in the early afternoon. This time, from the fourth row of the grid, Delbianco made a fairly good start, maintaining eleventh place through the first corners. Unfortunately though, the Italian was unable to fully express himself, losing ground after making a riding error and positioning sixteenth towards the mid-race point. Suffering from a lack of grip and considering the gap that had opened up between him and the rider immediately ahead, the Italian decided to return to the garage on lap fourteen.
“The sprint race went quite well I think, in that I was able to push and remain with a good group of riders. In the second SBK race I gritted my teeth and did what I could to stick with those immediately ahead of me but after making a mistake that caused me to run off track, I’d lost too much ground to be able to make up and so decided to stop. I’ll try to make up for this during the final round in Qatar.”
FIM STATEMENT - WorldSBK - Motul Argentinean Round
Following the decision of six riders not to participate in Race 1 at the Motul Argentinean Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, in San Juan on Saturday October 12th, FIM wishes to provide some clarifications.
At the request of the FIM in 2018, the circuit of San Juan was resurfaced to host WorldSBK in 2019. On Wednesday, October 9th during the inspection of the track, the FIM safety officer requested the circuit management to wash the track to remove the dust that had accumulated during the last days to ensure the safety conditions necessary for the smooth running of the Argentinean round.
After an intensive cleaning of the track, the homologation was issued on Thursday during a new inspection. This homologation procedure valid from Friday to Sunday is identical for each event of the championship and takes place on the Thursday preceding each race according to the FIM rules.
On Friday evening during the safety commission meeting, the rider representatives expressed concern over the scorching conditions and its possible effect on the newly laid asphalt. In agreement with all the stakeholders (Riders, representatives of FIM and Dorna), it was decided that a meeting would be held on Saturday at 12h00 after the Free Practice session 3 to make a new point on the situation. At this meeting all riders were happy with the improvement of the track conditions and it was unanimously decided to go ahead with the Qualifying Sessions and race. Nevertheless, after Qualifying Sessions six WorldSBK riders decided not to take part in the race two hours later.
The FIM wishes to remind that the safety of all riders is its priority and wish to emphasize that neither the scorching conditions nor the condition of the track surface at that precise moment justified the cancellation of the race.
In addition and to provide a high level of marshalling, the FIM also provided a seminar for the 150 track marshals on Thursday at the San Juan circuit with the support of the national federation CAMOD.
WorldSSP: Cluzel storms to San Juan victory, Krummenacher and Caricasulo clash
The WorldSSP title race remains a three-man duel at the front as drama and excitement add to a captivating scrap in Argentina!
The title was on the line ahead of the World Supersport race in San Juan, Argentina, making the duel one of the most important in 2019. In a thrilling race where plenty of mistakes and hard moves were seen, it was Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) who delivered the goods to take victory and keep his title hopes alive, whilst for a second round on the trot, there were no BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team Yamaha riders on the podium.
Down into the first turn for the first time of asking and it was pole-sitter Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) who had the advantage, whilst Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki duo Kyle Smith and Ayrton Badovini collided, sending the Italian down to seventh. Jules Cluzel was up to second place whilst Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was in third. Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) had got the better of his teammate Randy Krummenacher, with the two title contenders fifth and sixth respectively.
The opening laps were crucial for the leading group, with Jules Cluzel hitting the front ahead of teammate Perolari before drilling in three brand new lap records, pulling clear of his teammate. Further back, Caricasulo was making headway and got ahead of Kyle Smith, before pinching third place a lap later from Corentin Perolari – the Frenchman fading, having lost second position to Lucas Mahias.
Randy Krummenacher made his first move on Lap 6, capitalising on the slipstream down the back straight and pushing Kyle Smith wide at Turn 8. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) followed the Swiss rider through and took sixth. However, at the front, Cluzel was streaking clear and eight laps in, was nearly three seconds ahead of the big battle for second, which now had five riders closely matched. Caricasulo made his way into second place at Turn 10, pushing ahead of Lucas Mahias. From eighth to second, the Italian was flying.
Cluzel was still out front and lapping consistently, seeking to keep his championship hopes alive. However, having set the fastest lap, Lucas Mahias was not done for and attempted an ambitious pass at Turn 8 to get ahead of Caricasulo, only for Caricasulo to fight back. The two swapping paint brought Krummenacher into play.
Mistakes were soon occurring in the race, as Isaac Viñales almost wiped out Randy Krummenacher at Turn 1. Then, at Turn 10, Corentin Perolari got it all wrong and narrowly avoided taking down Caricasulo and Mahias. Half a lap later, Caricasulo himself got himself in a pickle at Turn 1, running wide and losing places to Mahias and teammate Krummenacher.
Krummenacher was now in third, whilst Perolari was fourth ahead of Caricasulo. The leading positions had swapped frantically, with Caricasulo now the rider who was needing to push hard. Amidst all the mistakes and changes, Raffaele De Rosa was up to seventh and the faster than those ahead of him.
Three laps remained and Corentin Perolari bundled down the inside of Randy Krummenacher at Turn 1 and took the pair wide, allowing Isaac Viñales to burst through and putting Krummenacher just one place ahead of his teammate and title rival. However, it would be fireworks a lap later at Turn 7, as Caricasulo clashed with Krummenacher and pushed his way through. De Rosa followed ahead and now, Krummenacher found himself back in seventh.
The final lap was now upon the field, with Cluzel and Mahias way out front and rooted to their positions. However, Caricasulo went ahead of Perolari for fourth, but ran wide, allowing the pole-sitter to come back ahead. Krummenacher was out of the fight and down in seventh, so Caricasulo knew he needed to take advantage.
Cluzel stormed to victory ahead of Mahias, whilst Isaac Viñales held on to third. In the battle for fourth, Perolari held off Caricasulo, whilst De Rosa and Krummenacher were in behind – Caricasulo making up two points in the Championship standings on his teammate. Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing) was up to eighth after a lonely race, whilst Kyle Smith and Ayrton Badovini completed the top ten.
The Championship race now goes to Qatar and the Losail International Circuit, with Krummenacher, Caricasulo and Cluzel ready to fight it out for the title. Who will come out on top in one of the most incredible seasons?
P1 - Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA)
"I am really happy. The race turned out exactly as I wanted. I would like to thank my team because they did an amazing job this weekend. The conditions were difficult for everybody, but we managed well, and I really enjoyed this race! I pushed hard at the beginning and tried to find my pace and I found out that I was able to go away, then I saw the gap ad I tried to manage it. It looked easy from the outside, but it isn't. I tried to relax and just to finish the race".
Cluzel Victorious in Argentine Supersport Thriller
GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Jules Cluzel, secured his third race win of the season with a dominant performance in a thrilling WorldSSP race at Circuito San Juan Villicum today. The Frenchman, who celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday, took over the race lead from his teammate and pole sitter, Corentin Perolari, two laps into the race and simply rode away from the field to victory.
From the start, it was an all-French affair at the front of the race, with first Perolari and then Cluzel leading the way, pursued by their fellow countryman Lucas Mahias. Cluzel was quick to take advantage of the battle for position going on behind him and with a series of fast laps, including a new lap record, the GMT94 Yamaha rider had pulled out a gap of three seconds at the front by half race distance.
While Cluzel was focused on pulling away, Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Federico Caricasulo, was steadily making his way through the field, picking off riders as he went to eventually head the group chasing the race leader. With Mahias, Perolari, Kallio Racing Yamaha's Isaac Viñales and Bardahl Yamaha teammate, Randy Krummenacher, in his wake, Caricasulo started pushing to reduce Cluzel's lead, whilst simultaneously defending against attacks from a hard charging Mahias.
With six laps to go Mahias overtook Caricasulo to take second, dragging Krummenacher past the Italian in his wake and Perolari took advantage when the Bardahl Yamaha rider ran wide to also force his way past, relegating Caricasulo to fifth.
Mahias pushed hard to close the gap to Cluzel, but the GMT94 Yamaha rider's lead proved unsurmountable and he crossed the line with more than a two second advantage to take his third race win of the season. The result saw Cluzel close the gap to championship leader Krummenacher to 22 points and, numerically at least, still a championship contender going into the final round of the season in Qatar.
Mahias took second place, with Viñales getting the better of a five-way battle to claim a second successive podium finish in third.
Pole sitter Perolari held off the Bardahl Yamaha riders to finish fourth, with Caricasulo fifth and Krummenacher forced to settle for seventh place behind Raffaele De Rosa, after losing ground following contact with his teammate on the penultimate lap. Thomas Gradinger followed Krummenacher home in eighth, with his Kallio Racing Yamaha teammate Loris Cresson 14th.
Krummenacher retains his lead in the championship standings but saw his advantage over teammate Caricasulo reduced from 10 to 8 points with just the final round in Qatar remaining.
GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP - P1
"That was an amazing feeling. Ahead of the race I thought we could secure a good result today, but nothing like this. It was a dream race; I pushed at the beginning, but I didn't know what pace the others were capable of until I saw that I was pulling away at the front. I could see the gap going up, but when it got to 2.2 seconds it got more difficult as it stayed like that for quite a while. But I wanted three seconds, so I pushed harder and with six laps to go my advantage was slightly more than that. Then I started to relax a little bit and just tried to manage the gap to the end of the race. Like I said, an amazing feeling and massive thanks to the team because this weekend we made a big step and today I had one of the best feelings on the bike."
Kallio Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP - P3
"That was an incredible race, but a hard one too! I lost quite a lot of time in the first few laps and had to chase back onto the leading group, then I made a mistake and lost contact again, which meant another chase to recover the couple of seconds lost. I managed to fight my way to the front of the group in the closing stages and then hold everyone off to finish on the podium for the second time in as many races. I'm really happy."
VICTORY OF JULES CLUZEL, GREAT P4 FOR CORENTIN PEROLARI !
At the top of the timesheet from Friday to Sunday, the GMT94 signed its best weekend in Argentina in the World Supersport Championship !
While Corentin started perfectly from pole position, he took the lead just ahead of his teammate. The two GMT94 riders quickly created a gap, which allowed Jules Cluzel to fly away to victory without ever being worried. Imperial, Jules Cluzel wins his third victory this year!
Corentin had a lot to do. In the battle for the podium, Corentin fought every lap, without respite. After unexpected overtaking, he finished ahead of the top two in the World Championship, allowing Jules to remain in the race for the world crown.
Jules Cluzel: “I did a solid race, without making any mistakes. I set a pace in 42-43 from the first to the last lap. I finished the race almost 3 seconds ahead of the 2nd, which is great for the last race in Qatar. I would also like to thank the team that did a great job throughout the weekend. »
Corentin Perolari: “I learned a lot during this race that I spent alongside the best in the category. I missed my gear selector on three corners, which relegated me to a few tenths of the podium, even though my pace would have allowed me to hold on to it. I am achieving the best result of my career, and I hope to be able to aim for the top 3 again in Qatar! »
Mahias Second After Intense Villicum Race
Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) could not quite take his second race win of the 2019 season today in Argentina but he finished in runner-up position, securing 20 more championship points. His team-mate Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th after suffering chatter from his machine in the race.
Mahias, the 2017 FIM Supersport World Champion, was once again fully in the fight for the win today, overcoming a lack of feel in the early part of the race. He pushed hard to try and win the race outright as his pace improved but eventual winner Jules Cluzel had built up too much of an advantage and Mahias was ranked second by just 2.406 seconds.
For Okubo the 19-lap race, held in relatively cool conditions, was a difficult one as he felt a strong vibration from the rear of his machine. This held back his pace in the early laps and his motivation in the closing laps.
After a challenging weekend all round Mahias is fourth overall, with 143 championship points, while Okubo remains fifth, with 97 points.
After relocating from Argentina the 2019 competitors will finish their competitive action under the floodlights, at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The final race will be held on Saturday 26th October.
Lucas Mahias, stated: “The race was nice. When I started out I did not have a good feeling because in practice and qualifying the feeling was not so nice. I was a little bit slow then but maybe because I did not follow the other riders during the sessions. In the race I looked at the other riders and I understood some little points of the track to go faster. Finally, in the middle of the race, I was very fast. I pushed to try and get into first position but it was not possible. A good race and also good for Kawasaki, so I am happy.”
Hikari Okubo, stated: “Today’s race was so difficult because I had a problem with a big vibration from the start of the second lap on. When I picked up the bike going onto the straight it was vibrating so I could not push harder. I could not keep my motivation in the race. I do not know why we had this vibration from the rear. We are looking again to Qatar.”
Team-mates Kyle Smith and Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) tussled in the first corner but pushed on inside the early leading group, until the laps counted down and they lost touch with the leaders. Kyle was ninth and Ayrton tenth. In the overall championship, Ayrton is still tenth and Kyle now 15th.
Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) placed 18th, and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) 21st, neither scoring championship points. In the rankings, with one race to go, van Straalen is 20th and Hartog 21st.
Sebestyen takes points in Argentina
Posted on 13th October 2019
Peter Sebestyen gave CIA Landlord Insurance Honda another Championship points scoring finish in today’s 19-lap World Supersport race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina. With the track temperature markedly lower for the race giving yet more differing conditions, the Hungarian rode a solid race to take eleventh place at the flag.
Sebestyen said: “In the race the track was completely different again. We had much more grip, for me maybe too much grip on the rear. I had some trouble with the front because it pushed and I couldn’t close the corners and I didn’t feel good at the beginning of the race. With the drop it was coming better, unfortunately I didn’t get a good start and I made a mistake in the first corner. After that I tried to recover but I’m happy because I had good pace without any mistakes, I could defend my position and I won a big fight with Okubo. Of course, eleventh position is not good but I am happy about the weekend because I saw that when it is difficult I am really fast and that gave me a big confidence boost. I think Qatar will be better.”
Teammate Jules Danilo just missed out on scoring Championship points, digging in to cross the line in sixteenth position to conclude a challenging Argentinean debut for the Frenchman.
Danilo said: “It was a very difficult weekend. We had problems with grip on the first day but it was the same for everyone. I felt we understood a bit more this morning. We made quite a step in terms of feeling but for some reason I had problems shifting down in morning warm up and right off the start in turn one I went into neutral and the same in the first two laps and I just ran off so I had to adapt and finish the race. I felt we could have done a good race today. I’m very disappointed.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Realistically Peter was done at the first corner; he didn’t get a good drag off the line and dropped places then he was away from the group. His times were good, he fought with Hikari and beat him but considering how well Peter has been riding this weekend, we are obviously disappointed with eleventh. The bike worked really good, the team worked really well. The bike was much stronger here than last year and Peter was strong throughout practice, he kept his fighting spirit but it was done at the start.”
“Jules ran on early in the race but after that he kept at it. He did some 44s and he probably had the pace to be in the points. It has been a disappointing weekend for him once again. He hasn’t shown the potential that we all know he has and there is only on race left in which to show it but we go to Qatar for the final round in a positive frame of mind. Let’s finish the season on a high.”