2013 Monza World Superbike And World Supersport Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Monza:

Team Althea Racing – First day of action at the Monza racetrack

The first day of action at Monza, where Round 4 of the World Superbike championship is taking place this weekend, was conditioned by rain and difficult track conditions. Team Althea and its rider Davide Giugliano are ready and motivated to do well in front of the Italian fans. This morning heavy rain made the first practice session very difficult, with a slippery track and poor visibility. Giugliano headed out on track but, seeing that it was almost impossible to ride in the conditions, he returned almost immediately to the garage. The rain had stopped prior to the afternoon session and the track dried out almost completely during the course of qualifying. This allowed Giugliano and his technicians to start working on the set-up of their Aprilia and the results soon followed. Team Althea’s rider continued to improve and in the final phase he recorded a lap of 1’43.623 that allowed him to take fifth position in the standings. Tomorrow’s weather should be fine both for qualifying and the Superpole which will set the grid positions for Sunday’s races.

Davide Giugliano : “This morning we had some difficulty especially with the track conditions. In the afternoon’s qualifying we didn’t make the best start but I worked well with my team and together we made significant improvements to our RSV4 and in the final minutes I was able to make some fast laps. I’m pretty satisfied because in a very short space of time we’ve made some important improvements. Tomorrow we’ll start from this base to try and improve further in qualifying and Superpole.”

Monza – First Superbike free practice

1) Rea (Honda) – 2) Badovini (Ducati) – 3) Sykes (Kawasaki) - 4) Akiyoshi (Honda) – 5) Cluzel (Suzuki) – 6) Laverty (Aprilia) – 7) Baz (Kawasaki) …… nc) Giugliano (Aprilia)

Monza – First Superbike qualifying session

1) Melandri (BMW) – 2) Rea (Honda) – 3) Guintoli (Aprilia) – 4) Sykes (Kawasaki) – 5) Giugliano (Aprilia) – 6) Fabrizio (Aprilia) – 7) Laverty (Aprilia) – 8) Baz (Kawasaki)

Team SBK Ducati Alstare hard at work at Monza

Monza (Italy), Friday 10 May 2013: Checa and Badovini (Team SBK Ducati Alstare) faced mixed conditions today at Monza, finishing the first qualifying session in eleventh and twelfth respectively.

The first free practice session took place earlier this morning in heavy rain. Despite the difficult conditions, Ayrton was able to make an immediate impression, recording a best lap of 2’06.1 which projected him to the front of the field in the final minutes. The Italian rider concluded the session in second position, just two tenths of a second behind session leader Rea. Carlos, who has been receiving intense treatment for his injured left shoulder over recent days, took things more easily during this opening session, recording a best time of 2’09.5 to close in thirteenth position.

In the afternoon’s qualifying session, on a still damp track that dried as the session progressed, Badovini made a first exit in which he was able to drop his times with each lap he made. In the second part of the session Checa too was able to improve his lap times, despite suffering pain in his shoulder. The two Ducati Alstare flag bearers closed with almost identical times – Carlos recorded a 1’44.7 in the final minutes, to finish eleventh while his team-mate Ayrton lapped in 1’44.8 which positioned him twelfth at the session's end.

Checa and his technicians will continue with the scheduled work tomorrow before taking a decision with regard to the Spaniard’s participation in Sunday’s races.

Carlos Checa: “I must admit that my shoulder is giving me trouble. If it worsens tomorrow I’ll find it difficult to complete the races on Sunday. We’ll see how things go tomorrow – I’d like to try and make a string of consecutive laps and then, from there, we’ll see how I am physically and decide whether it’s worth trying to race or whether it’s better for me to concentrate on getting fit in time for Donington instead. With regard to the bike, I am losing a few tenths along each of the straights but we knew this would be the case. The chassis set-up is not bad, in the changes of direction etc. the bike’s behaved quite well today. We’ll continue to work tomorrow and then we’ll make a decision.”

Ayrton Badovini: “This morning in the wet I was lapping pretty well, I did a few laps and didn’t have too much trouble which I’m pleased about. In the dry this afternoon, it wasn’t so bad although we know that we would be suffering in terms of top speed. I expected worse to tell the truth. Physically I’m more or less ok though when I’m down low, tucked in on the bike, my neck is aching quite a bit, though I expected that to feel worse than it did today too, so all things considered it’s not been a bad day.”



Monza, 10 May 2013 - On the first day of testing at Monza – free practice in the morning and the first qualifying session in the afternoon – Aprilia proved itself worthy of its double leadership in the World SBK standings (both rider and manufacturer championship), placing all its riders in the top end of the rankings.

The two official Aprilia Racing bikes were immediate protagonists on the super fast Brianza track. The ranking World SBK leader, Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli finished the day with the third best time while his team mate, Northern Irishman Eugene Laverty, winner of the last round at Assen and lying in second place in the championship, put the seventh best time on the boards. For both riders it was a demanding day which had them battling changing track conditions which forced them to look for the best set ups in the various conditions. A normal day at the office for Guintoli, pleasantly surprised by the feeling he found straight away with his RSV4 for his first time with it on the Monza track. Laverty had a few concerns trying to find the best braking set up.

In fact, the opening day of the WSBK Monza round was conditioned by foul weather (the free practice session in the morning was held almost entirely in a driving rain) and by residual oil left on the Ascari turn which caused an hour and a half delay for the first qualifying session, valid for admittance to tomorrow's Superpole sessions.

In free practice Guintoli even avoided going out on the track altogether whereas Laverty only took 4 laps, just enough to get a taste of the track conditions and assess the wet set up. This was a precaution that proved to be pointless for the times that were put on the board in almost entirely dry track conditions with a grip that improved minute by minute.

The private RSV4 bikes also put in excellent performances. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) finished the day with the fifth best time and Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) sixth.

Sylvain Guintoli: “We were finally able to get out on the track! I've been thinking about this round for a month, thinking about riding my RSV4 at Monza and the rain this morning plus the delay this afternoon was really frustrating. Once I started to lap I was surprised by the feeling with my bike. My Aprilia really pushes hard and it performed great. I'm confident that we will do very well this weekend”.

Eugene Laverty: “I got off to a bit of a problematic start this morning. We had a few problems with the braking system and that's an important factor on this track as well as one of my strongest points. Usually it's quite easy to go fast right from the start at Monza, but it gets more difficult to shave a few tenths of a second off: I have a feeling that it will be the opposite for us. In any case I'm still quite confident since we have a good handle on the problem and we are working to resolve it for tomorrow”.

BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Monza - Qualifying Practice 1

Weather conditions: Rain until the afternoon, then some sun.

Temperature: Air: 16 – 20 °C, Track: 17 – 28 °C

Number of riders participating: 17/19 from 11/12 teams

Fastest lap Free Practice: Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda WSBK) 2:05.912 min

Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) 1:42.883 min

In tricky conditions, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team secured provisional pole-position for its home round at Monza (ITA). The iconic “Autodromo Nazionale” hosts the fourth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. Factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) set the fastest time in today’s first qualifying practice on his BMW S 1000 RR. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) was also on course for a top position, but for him the qualifying practice came to an early end when he crashed 15 minutes into the session and was classified 13th.

The day started with rain and during the first free practice at noon, both Marco and Chaz did not risk too much in the wet conditions and used the session to gather information. Marco returned to the garage after three laps and Chaz completed seven laps in the rain. In the afternoon, the sun came out and the surface dried for qualifying practice. However, the riders needed to be patient before they could go out on the track again as a delay in the schedule meant that the first qualifying practice began one and a half hours later than planned with parts of the circuit still damp.

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team’s rider Sylvain Barrier also secured provisional pole-position with his BMW HP4, being fastest in the first qualifying practice with a gap of more than seven tenths of a second to his closest rival. His team mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) was 15th.

Marco Melandri:

Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:08.781 min (P10)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:42.883 min (P1)

“It is great to be back at the top. Today I had such a good feeling on the bike which I haven't had for a long time, I am so happy. In the team, we are doing such a great job and I think we now really understand what went wrong at the beginning of the season. We struggled with the front part of the bike. It was not absorbing the bumps and it was difficult to turn, now this is much better. Of course, we still don't have the perfect set-up, because 30 minutes track time in the dry is not enough. But we are starting from a good base and that means that we can fight for a good position at the end of the weekend. Now we just need to try to keep working and to set the RR up for the race distance and Superpole tomorrow which is also important. The weather forecast looks good for Saturday and Sunday so we will have time to further improve the bike.”

Chaz Davies:

Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:07.910 min (P8)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:44.992 min (P13)

“It has not been a particularly productive day. The rain was one thing and the delay another, but a crash so early in the weekend is frustrating. The track was probably not completely clean. I lost the front but I saved it, but then I think I hit some bumps and the front went again. At one point I thought I would save it but it was too close to the outside of the circuit and unfortunately I had a big crash. Until then my times had been good and the bike felt pretty good. I could have done with a few more laps just to get a feel for it, but then I crashed and did not manage to get back out. So tomorrow, I need a little bit of more track time to catch up but if the weather is good then it should be fine.”

Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“Despite the unstable weather, the weekend has started off quite well. Marco is back at the front after finding the right feeling with the RR. He is now able to ride to his full ability and we are very happy because finally he is starting to smile again. After Assen, the team analysed the data and worked hard and we are confident that we have found the right way to move forwards. I am sorry for Chaz, who crashed and could not improve. Chaz was quite satisfied with the bike but unfortunately he slipped and lost the front. This can happen; it’s part of racing. Tomorrow he has time to improve and put in a good qualifying session.

“In the Superstock class, Sylvain set the best lap time, despite the fact he rode just a few laps and completed them on used tyres. Tomorrow we will prepare for the race and I am sure that Greg can also improve. The weather forecast for the next two days seems to be good and we are looking forward to a good weekend.”

Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“It was a difficult day due to the changing weather conditions. With Marco, we are satisfied with the job we have done. He has started off on the right foot this weekend and already has a clear understanding of what needs to be improved for tomorrow. It is just a matter of fine tuning the electronics, the gearbox and the chassis. We are sorry for Chaz. His initial feeling for the bike was fine and he was improving, but unfortunately he had a big crash in the first of the ‘Lesmo’ corners when he lost the front. Thus, he lost the opportunity to further work on his bike in dry conditions but we are confident that tomorrow the weather will help us and that he will have enough time to set his RR up for Superpole. It is also a case of some fine tuning of the settings for him as his overall feeling on the bike was pretty good.”

Rea provisional second at Monza

Jonathan Rea set the second fastest time in this afternoon’s opening qualifying session for Sunday’s two fourth-round World Superbike championship races at Monza in Italy.

The 26-year-old Pata Honda rider lapped the 5.777km Monza circuit in a time of 1m43.157s, near lap record pace and just two tenths behind provisional pole sitter Marco Melandri.

Rea topped this morning’s wet free practice session, but missed approximately 20 minutes of qualifying this afternoon while adjustments were made to the brakes on his Honda CBR1000RR.

His team-mate for this Monza weekend, Kosuke Akiyoshi, was fourth quickest this morning but, with a dry track this afternoon, spent time adjusting to Pirelli tyres and a CBR that is significantly to the one he rides in the All-Japan Superbike championship. The 38-year-old Japanese rider finished the day in 17th place.

Jonathan Rea – P2, 1m43.157s

It’s really fun to be back on the fast straights at Monza. In the wet this morning, I was doing some bedding in of brakes and I was quite surprised how motivated I was to ride in the rain. Normally, if it’s wet in FP1 I’m not that happy about going out and it kind of went OK! We improved the bike a lot in the wet compared to Friday at Assen, where we still needed to get better control on the electronics. In the dry this afternoon, I was doing some more brake testing but I had some issues so the guys had to spend a lot of time making changes. It ate up a lot of the session but when I went out again the bike directly felt better. So, with little time today, we’re quite happy with where we are. The bike’s really strong in engine braking and we’re looking forward to tomorrow when our main focus will be on acceleration off the corners.

Kosuke Akiyoshi – P17, 1m47.201s

It’s been OK today. The wet this morning was interesting to compare rain tyres – it was my first time on Pirelli. It was not so bad but this afternoon there was quite a harsh feeling with the chassis setting so we need to make a bit softer. We need to make some changes to electronics, too because first acceleration is difficult. Corner entry is OK but corner exit is not so good. But I like the Monza circuit so we go step by step.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

This morning we had a wet session and Jonathan was doing very well finishing first. Akiyoshi was just fast and a big surprise for his first time on the bike, on Pirellis, and he got fourth. This afternoon it was dry and despite a low number of laps, Jonathan was second, which was above our expectations for Monza, which is not normally a good track for us. With Akiyoshi things changed quite a bit in the dry and he finished 17th in the session. Obviously he has a lot to learn about this bike and it will take more time for us to set it up for him.


Team Suzuki Press Office - May 10.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki racers Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel made a confident start to this weekend's eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Monza as both riders finished inside the top-10 in the opening qualifying session.

With this morning's first free practice session virtually a total wash-out due to heavy showers over the 5,777m Italian circuit, it was imperative that Camier and Cluzel made the most of this afternoon's dry session. Camier was up as high as fourth in the standings, with only a short time to go in the qualifying, but had to pit with a braking issue. He lost out on a higher-placed finish as other riders recorded quicker times than the Englishman in the final few minutes, leaving Camier in ninth place.

Cluzel is making his first appearance at Monza on a Superbike and acquitted himself well to the extra performance of the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. The Frenchman made consistent improvements throughout the session and is convinced he can make further steps tomorrow. He ended the day in 10th and a provisional place in tomorrow's Superpole.

Today's conditions at Monza saw heavy rain and bright sunshine affect the day's proceedings, which led to this afternoon's sessions all being delayed as the track was allowed to dry for safety reasons. Local Italian favourite Marco Melandri on a BMW posted today's' fastest time.

Camier and Cluzel will have a second qualifying session tomorrow morning to confirm their places in the afternoon's Superpole, to give them the chance to battle for the best grid positions.

Leon Camier:

"I'm not particularly comfortable with the bike at the moment; there are a few strong points with it and a few things that we can work on to get it better. I think there could be a bit of a split in the group on race day and we will have to work hard to try and be in the main one. My knee is very sore today, as it's the first time I've ridden since the stitches were removed and it's really rubbing. I'll have some ice treatment on it tonight and hope that it feels a bit stronger in the morning."

Jules Cluzel:

"It was good to ride in the dry this afternoon, because you can learn the speed for this track in the dry and it helps you when you ride in the wet. This is the first time for me on a Superbike here and it's the fastest track of the year so it's not that easy to learn because you need to find your braking points. At the end I was doing consistent laps and I did my best lap-time with a used tyre, so I think I can go a bit faster with a new one. I'm not that satisfied though because in many areas I need to improve my feeling on the bike and also improve my own riding. We have a bit of work to do tonight and hopefully tomorrow we can have a dry track and do a good lap-time. I think that one-and-a-half-seconds off the best time on my first visit here on a Superbike is quite good, but maybe tomorrow it could be less than a second, so I am quite happy with this."

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

"We hope that the Monza weather has done its worse and that it doesn't affect the race weekend in the same way that it did in 2012. The wet session this morning was too dangerous to ride properly, but this afternoon the track was in a good enough condition to start getting through some work on the setting, for what will hopefully be a dry race. Leon was up to fourth when he had to pit with glazed front brake pads, which is a problem we can easily solve. Jules, as ever, pushed hard to ensure he is in a solid position as we go into tomorrow.

"Our uprated specification engine, using new parts developed and just delivered by Yoshimura, is working well and by comparison to 2012, we are a lot closer to the competition in terms of outright speed. Let's hope we can get the details right and have a strong qualifying tomorrow!"

Work and development for ParkinGO and MV at Monza

Monza, 10th May 2013

Wet day of work and test for ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse on its debut with the MV F3 675 with Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon at Monza.

The british rider, first time on the italian track, finished very close to top 10, 13th position in the morning free practice and 12th position in qualifying.

The English rookie has been working on his set up, specially in the rear grip and the exit of the corners, things that need improvement on the F3 675.

Very different though for Roberto Rolfo, concentrated on the new material brought by MV.

The italian rider hasn’t done many laps in the morning free practice due to problems on the gearbox (19th position), and the same problem didn’t allow him to ride at all in the afternoon first qualifying (29th position).

Roberto Rolfo

I am not too happy as we haven’t ridden much today.

We have tried new things on our MV F3 675 but we had some problems with the gearbox.

We are confident we can do a good result at home anyway, and we will try our best.

Christian Iddon

This morning the overall situation was quite good so in the afternoon I tried to push a bit more.

We have tried a few things and the feeling was positive even though we still have a lot to do. We need to find grip on the corner exit but we are not worried as it’s a brand new circuit for me.

Zanetti fifth at wet Monza

Lorenzo Zanetti took a provisional second row start for Sunday’s fourth round World Supersport race at Autodromo Nationale di Monza in Italy by setting the fourth fastest time in this afternoon’s first qualifying session.

At his home race, the 26-year-old Italian rider clocked a time of 2m00.996s around the historic 5.777km Monza circuit as British rider Kevin Coghlan took provisional pole position.

Zanetti’s Pata Honda team-mate, Michael van der Mark, was 11th fastest in qualifying this afternoon on a drying circuit following morning rain. The young Dutch rider was on an old set of wet tyres and is confident of improving his position in tomorrow’s free practice and qualifying sessions.

Lorenzo Zanetti – P5, 2m00.996s

It was strange conditions today but it was important to work hard with the team. We tried a lot of different settings today and each time we improved a bit, so this is important. In the last ten minutes I was able to come in for a new tyre and we changed the front suspension a little and this made it possible to finish in the top five. I’m happy because this is my home race and it’s important for me to stay near the front. Of course, tomorrow is another day and I hope it is dry, but I have a good sensation and we will continue to work towards the race.

Michael van der Mark – P11, 2m01.690s

Yes, it was quite wet today but we were quite lucky and we were making a lot of improvements on the bike during qualifying. At the end the circuit began to dry and in the last few minutes the tyre was getting very old and I began to lose the grip. It was too late to come in and change it so we dropped back a bit. When it was still wet we were really fast and still at the top and I’m very positive about this. But I do hope that the rest of the weekend will be dry!

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

We had a drying track this afternoon for qualifying and the conditions were changing every minute. Michael chose to stay out on a used set of tyres, which felt good, but in the last minutes the other guys improved more than he could. His tyre was finished and he ended up in 11th spot. Lorenzo managed to put in a fresh tyre and he got fifth and this was pretty good. The forecast is for more dry weather so conditions will surely change tomorrow and we’ll be there.

Kennedy Splashes To Provisonal 3rd Row In Monza

Italy’s Historic Monza circuit plays host to Round 4 of the 2013 World Supersport championship this weekend, meaning another new circuit for Rivamoto’s Jack Kennedy.

Currently 7th equal in the world championship standings, the fast Dubliner has already proved that he relishes the challenge of learning a new track and today’s practice sessions were no exception.

The weather was typical of 12 months ago with heavy rain and dark skies greeting the riders this morning for the opening free practice session in which Kennedy was an encouraging 9th.

This afternoon’s official first qualifying session started in similar conditions with Jack and the Rivamoto team working well to provide a solid base setting should the race on Sunday be wet.

With five minutes to go, and with the sun breaking through the clouds, Kennedy began to post some consistently fast laps elevating him from outside the top ten to a very credible 9th on the provisional grid for Sunday’s race.

The team’s other rider Edik Blokhin was just outside of the qualification maxima but is confident of improving in final qualifying.

The fastest times were sit by the last riders to take flag which gives the Rivamoto team a lot of confidence for tomorrow’s final qualifying session which should be held in much dryer conditions.

Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “Again we really can’t fault what Jack has done, or his work ethic today. Monza is another new track for Jack but we were in the top ten in both sessions. On one side we need to make some progress with Edik, but on Jack’s side we are sitting quite confident for tomorrow. Jack likes the track which is a bonus as Monza can be quite daunting when you ride it for the first time. We have no complaints and are looking forward to a good final qualifying session with both riders tomorrow.”

Jack Kennedy – Provisional 9th on the grid: “The conditions were really bad. I would have preferred to learn Monza in the dry but it worked out well in the wet, top 10 in both sessions so I’ve got to be happy with that. We were 4th with a couple of minutes to go but someone blew up on the back straight and they red flagged the session so I wasn’t able to complete the lap I was on. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, Monza is a very fast track and I’m enjoying riding the Rivamoto Honda here.”

Final qualifying is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 1605 local time.

Nemeth 25th In Monza First Qualifying

The rain in Italy didn’t prevent Hungarian Balazs Nemeth from having an encouraging start to the 4th round of the World Supersport championship at historic Monza earlier today.

After suffering a broken collarbone at the season opener followed by two difficult races in Aragon and Assen, the Com Plus SMS Honda rider rode confidently to secure a provisional 25th on the grid ahead of Sunday’s 16 lap race.

With final qualifying scheduled to take place at 1605 tomorrow in dryer conditions, Balazs is hopeful that the overnight changes that the team will make will bring further improvements to his lap times and starting position.

WSBK Stk600 - San Carlo Team Italia provisionally on first and second row in Monza

Nocco and Morbidelli were fast even in tricky conditions.

San Carlo Team Italia FMI's week-end in the Temple of Speeed got off a good start.

Despite heavy rain, the Italian riders took advantage of their knowledge of the track, placing their Kawasaki ZX-6R in the first rows.

Nocco, who was already during the morning free practice session, closed the day with a 2'07"012, four tenths behind the leader Duwlez. Morbidelli, who opted not to take risks during his first outing, climbed back during QP1 and finished in sixth position with a 2'08"004.

Tomorrow's qualifiers will be decisive for the race, which will take place at 6 p.m. (live on Italia 2).

A. Nocco 3°, 2'07"012

San Carlo Team Italia FMI

Kawasaki ZX-6R#81

F. Morbidelli 6°, 2'08"004

San Carlo Team Italia FMI

Kawasaki ZX-6R#12

Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"Finally we had a good day despite the weather. I was sure our riders' potential would show here. Both Nocco and Morbidelli rode hard and well, and the good laptimes prove that. Tomorrow should be a dry day, so we'll modify the setup to stay at the front. We're aiming at the podium."

Supersport World Championship

Riccardo Russo, who won in Monza last year in the Stk600, finished in seventh place, same as during free practice, on Puccetti Racing's Kawasaki with a 2'01"261 (1.6 seconds faster than in FP1). The Italian opens the third row, 1.9 seconds behind provisional poleman Coghlan but only three tenths from first row.

Strong first day for PTR at Monza

PTR HONDA has come out fighting at Monza and the fourth round of the World Supersport Championship, with Sheridan Morais fourth and Luca Marconi sixth after a wet first qualification.

Coming off a torrid previous round at Assen, the team looked inwards and has gone back to basics on set up and found extra pace, helping its two most experienced riders to get into the top six.

Sheridan said: "Two wet sessions may not be ideal but I have been at the front in both of them all day and getting a good feeling from my PTR Honda. I'm enjoying riding and hope that it will be dry tomorrow. My shoulder is not 100 per cent yet but I am getting treatment that is helping and it will not hold me back at all."

Marconi led the morning practice session for a time and is a proven wet weather racer enjoying racing at home. Matt Davies in 28th only completed two flying laps due to an electrical problem. Rookies David Linortner and Nacho Calero in 30th and 31st are working with the team to improve their lap times.

There are additional practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow before the race takes place at 1330CET on Sunday, May 12th.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager, said: "For PTR we have gone back to basics and back to the front, it is as simple as that. I am very confident we have found a technical step up in performance for this round and have proved it with Sheridan and Luca today. Although it is wet, I think that they can compete in the dry as well.

"Matt only completed two flying laps in qualifying and that is a shame because he has real potential here; I think he has the pace to qualify inside the top 20.

"David and Nacho need to find extra pace from themselves right now. Both can ride faster and have the package to compete right at the front, so we will be working with them to help them realise their potential."

Gyorfi Grabs Provisional 13th On Grid In Italy

After a difficult and frustrating start to his 2013 FIM Stock 1000cc Cup campaign, H-Moto’s Alen Gyorfi looks to have turned the corner with a hard charging ride to 13th on the provisional grid ahead of round 3 at Monza on Sunday.

The likeable Hungarian rider, who finished a career best 6th at historic Monza 12 months ago, looks to have sorted the technical and suspension issues that plagued him at the start of the season.

With the rain falling heavily this morning, Alen looked smooth and comfortable aboard his BMW, ending the 45 minute free practice in an impressive 9th position overall.

Qualifying was delayed by over an hour due to an earlier incident on track. When the track was finally given the all clear, Alen was circulating just outside the top twenty. Having made some changes, he ventured back onto the track stringing together two successive faster laps which lifted him to 13th position overall and only a fraction of a second away from a top ten grid slot.

The team will work hard overnight to understand better their new machine and with the knowledge from a test in Slovakia coupled with Alen’s feedback today, they are confident of challenging for a higher starting position in final qualifying tomorrow.

Drying Track At Monza Sees Raymond Fastest In EJC Free Practice

With the opening two races of the 2013 PATA European Junior Cup powered by Honda being won by less than 0.006s, the infamous Monza circuit in Italy plays host to round 3 this weekend.

Free Practice was held earlier today on a track that was drying by the minute following an earlier downpour, and with all riders aboard equal Honda CBR500ccR machines nobody could predict who would come out on top on.

Italian Kevin Manfredi was the initial pace setter, while Chris Kosnan was an early faller. Thankfully though, the young American was able to fix his machine and make it back onto the track before the end of the session.

It was difficult not to confuse today’s free practice with what is expected to be an ultra close race on Sunday, as at times, the talented champions of the future went over the start and finish line six abreast.

Illya Mikhalchyk from the Ukraine and Richard Bodis from Hungary each took a turn at the top of the standings before Raymond, who took Pole position at Assen returned to the front.

Augusto Fernandez who was a wildcard last time out is also wildcarding here and was again fast, finishing second overall ahead of Kiwi Jake Lewis who won the season opener at Aragon.

4th was Manfredi ahead of Indonesian rider Ali Adriansyah Rusmiputro and Bodis who completed the top 6.

Illan Fernandez was 7th with Peter Sebastyen, Riccardo Filippini, and current championship leader Michael Canducci rounding out the top 10.

Former Red Bull Rookie James Flitcroft was the top British rider a fraction ahead of Mikhalchyk (who tumbled late in the session), Josh Harland, Javier Orellana and Lorenzo Garofoli (who also crashed) 15th.

Norwegian rider Stinius Viking Odegard was given a warning for speeding in the pit-lane but still ended up 19th overall.

Female racers Sabrina Paiuta and Amelie Demoulin were 25th and 34th respectively on their CBR500ccR machines.

Lewis 3rd In Italian EJC Free Practice

Inaugural winner of the PATA European Junior Cup powered by Honda, Jake Lewis was back at the front of proceedings in the opening free practice of the weekend at Monza, Italy for round 3 of this year’s championship.

After a crash Assen a fortnight ago, the former series leader was in determined mood, securing 3rd place overall at the end of the 45 minute session.

The session was a pretty uneventful one for Jake with only a few minor suspension changes needed to his Honda CBR500ccR machine.

Jake Lewis – 3rd position: “It’s been a good start to the weekend and it’s good to be back at the front after what happened in Holland. The bike was awesome today and I want to say a big thank you to my dad for all of his hard work. Tomorrow should be dry so hopefully we can repeat today’s result. I want to be on the front two rows and will be doing my best to make it happen.”

Official qualifying will take place tomorrow at 1330 local time with the race scheduled to run over 7 laps at 1435 local time on Sunday.

Melandri flies his BMW to the top on Friday at Monza

Monza (Italy), Friday 10 May 2013 – Mixed weather did not prevent eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders from tackling most of today’s qualifying session on dry conditions, so they were able to get up to full speed at the super-fast Monza's Autodromo Nazionale, following the rain that hampered the first part of the day.

The delay from the original schedule, caused by the presence of oil on the track from Supersport Qualifying 1, turned out in the end to be a good waiting for the riders.

Home-star Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) took the best out of the powerful BMW S 1000 RR to storm to first place with a lap-time of 1'42.883. The Italian is finally feeling comfortable with the front end of his bike and he’s looking forward to some more track time in order to find a proper set-up for race day.

Marco Melandri: “It is great to be back at the top. Today I had such a good feeling on the bike which I haven't had for a long time, I am so happy. In the team, we are doing such a great job and I think we now really understand what went wrong at the beginning of the season. We struggled with the front part of the bike. It was not absorbing the bumps and it was difficult to turn, now this is much better. Of course, we still don't have the perfect set-up, because 30 minutes track time in the dry is not enough. But we are starting from a good base and that means that we can fight for a good position at the end of the weekend.”

Following Melandri in 2nd place a revived Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), who showed some good potential after the productive last week’s post-round test at Assen by finishing ahead of Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who set an incredible top-speed of 333,6 km/h. The four-brand top-4 was completed by KRT Ninja ZX-10R of Tom Sykes, who lapped almost identically to the current Championship leader (0.011 seconds gap between 3rd and 4th place).

The 'well-known' top-speed performance of the RSV4 was also displayed by 6th place Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma), who recorded 331 km/h at the speed trap (matching Melandri's) but was preceded by another private Aprilia rider, the fellow Roman Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing), and followed by works rider of Noale's manufacturer Eugene Laverty. BMW's mixed day saw Chaz Davies' spectacular crash at Turn 10, that almost destroyed his bike.

Times: 1. Melandri (BMW) 1'42.883 average 202.144 kph; 2. Rea (Honda) 1'43.157; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'43.510; 4. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'43.521; 5. Giugliano (Aprilia) 1'43.623; 6. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 1'43.849; 7. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'43.956; 8. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'43.961; 9. Camier (Suzuki) 1'44.106;10. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1'44.466; 11. Checa (Ducati) 1'44.763; 12. Badovini (Ducati) 1'44.823; 13. Davies (BMW) 1'44.992; 14. Neukirchner (Ducati) 1'45.855; 15. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1'46.336; 16. Lai (Kawasaki) 1'47.192; 17. Akiyoshi (Honda) 1'47.201; 18. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'47.509; 19. Aitchison (Ducati) 1'47.521.

World Supersport – Kev Coghlan leads the way

World Supersport Qualifying 1 saw improving conditions throughout the 45 minutes on track, with a bit of sunshine popping out from behind the clouds in the closing stages. Scotsman Kev Coghlan (DMC-Lorenzini Kawasaki Team) proved to be very comfortable on a damp Monza Circuit by setting a 1'59.339 towards the end of the session to precede home rider Andrea Antonelli (Goeleven Kawasaki) and the reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki).

While the top-3 managed to lap within the 1'59 bracket, following riders were far in terms of lap-times. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) rode his CBR600RR to 4th place ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) and Luca Marconi (PTR Honda).

Rookie Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki), is joined this weekend at Monza by team mate and Italian Championship rider Stefano Cruciani, who finished right behind him in 8th place. Assen race winner Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) ended up only 13th, behind Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) and fellow English Christian Iddon (Parkingo MV Agusta Corse).

Times: 1. Coghlan (Kawasaki) 1'59.339 average 174.270 kph; 2. Antonelli (Kawasaki) 1'59.635; 3. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1'59.728; 4. Morais (Honda) 2'00.977; 5. Zanetti (Honda) 2'00.996; 6. Marconi (Honda) 2'01.229; 7. Russo (Kawasaki) 2'01.261; 8. Cruciani (Kawasaki) 2'01.331; 9. Kennedy (Honda) 2'01.542; 10. Scholtz (Suzuki) 2'01.603; etc.

Superstock 1000

It was a delayed Qualifying 1 for the Superstock 1000 riders: after a technical problem occurred to

Mitchell Carr’s Triumph in the preceding Supersport session - that laid some oil on track - an extensive effort to clean the entrance of Turn 10 was required. Despite the time waiting, riders were paid back by an almost dry tarmac. Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Ducati) renewed their rivalry after Assen close battle to finish in 1st and 2nd position respectively.

La Marra's team mate, 3rd place Niccolò Canepa, managed to stay within a second gap from the leader, following by Sweden's Christoffer Bergman (BWG Racing Kawasaki) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki). Good qualifying 1 for wild-card Michele Magnoni (G.M. Racing BMW), back to Superstock 1000 after last year's podium finish at Misano and 6th ahead of other Italians Marco Bussolotti (Rider Promotion by T. Trasimeno BMW), Lorenzo Savadori and Alessandro Andreozzi (Team Pedercini Kawasaki).

Different luck for another Pedercini rider, Leandro Mercado, who high-sided out of Turn 10 in the first half of the session, but was able to walk away from the track on his own feet despite visible pain.

Times: 1. Barrier (BMW) 1'47.726 average 193.056 kph; 2. La Marra (Ducati) 1'48.429; 3. Canepa (Ducati) 1'48.648; 4. Bergman (Kawasaki) 1'49.073; 5. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'49.077; 6. Magnoni (BMW) 1'49.105; 7. Bussolotti (BMW) 1'49.291; 8. Savadori (Kawasaki) 1'49.618; 9. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'49.666; 10. Jezek (Ducati) 1'49.857; etc.

Superstock 600

Championship leader Gauthier Duwelz (MTM Racing Yamaha) doesn't want to leave anything to chance, even under the soaking wet conditions found in today's Superstock 600 Qualifying 1 at Monza. The 19 year old from Sint Lambrechts Woluwe, Belgium, took advantage of slightly improving conditions during the last 20 minutes to start pushing for better lap-times.

Duwelz managed to put in a 2'06.536 towards the end to secure first place over Italian Federico D'Annunzio (PATA by Martini Yamaha), who was 2nd with just a 0.035 seconds gap ahead of fellow Italians Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) and team mate Luca Salvadori. Salvadori proved to be at ease on wet conditions and was leading at some point, but fell off his YZF-R6 at Turn 3 with 10 minutes to go. The youngster from Milan quickly went back to the pits and was able to get a last attempt before the chequered flag.

Front runners in the last two rounds Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda), Tony Covena (Nito Racing Kawasaki) and Adrian Nestorovic (MTM Racing Yamaha) were far from the top and ended up 8th, 11th and 13th respectively.

Times: 1. Duwelz (Yamaha) 2'06.536 average 164.358 kph; 2. D'Annunzio (Yamaha) 2'06.571; 3. Nocco (Kawasaki) 2'07.012; 4. Salvadori (Yamaha) 2'07.087; 5. Mamola (Yamaha) 2'07.724; 6. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 2'08.004; 7. Mercandelli (Yamaha) 2'08.707; 8. Chesaux (Honda) 2'08.945; 9. Tatasciore (Yamaha) 2'09.056; 10. Stizza (Yamaha) 2'09.083; etc.

European Junior Cup

Today’s Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda 45-minute Free Practice saw France’s Guillaume Raymond (Activebike) having the better of Augusto Fernandez (DS Junior Team) thanks to a 2'16.837 lap-time set on dry conditions at Monza.

Opening round winner Jake Lewis (Jake Lewis Racing) bounced back from Assen’s DNF to finish 3rd ahead of Kevin Manfredi (Newton Trasformatori) and Iranian Adrian Rusmiputro. Current Championship leader Michael Canducci (Colors Experience) was 10th at the flag with a 2-second gap from Raymond.

Times: 1. Raymond (Honda) 2'16.837 average 151.985 kph; 2. Fernandez (Honda) 2'17.101; 3. Lewis (Honda) 2'17.387; 4. Manfredi (Honda) 2'17.714; 5. Rusmiputro (Honda) 2'17.780; 6. Bodis (Honda) 2'18.067; 7. Fernandez (Honda) 2'18.445; 8. Sebestyen (Honda) 2'18.595; 9. Filippini (Honda) 2'18.705; 10. Canducci (Honda) 2'18.889; etc.

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