Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at the Nurburgring:
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Nürburgring - Qualifying Practice 1
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team took provisional pole-position at its home round at Nürburgring (GER). Factory rider Chaz Davies (GBR) set the fastest time in today’s first qualifying practice for the tenth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. His team-mate Marco Melandri (ITA) finished tenth. In this morning’s free practice session Chaz and Marco were fourth and sixth respectively with their BMW S 1000 RRs.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier (FRA) from the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team also took provisional pole-position after being fastest in today’s first qualifying session with his BMW HP4. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA), who has never raced at Nürburgring before, finished 11th.
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:56.222 min (P4)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:55.034 min (P1)
“It was a good day. I am happy with the RR, it was working pretty well straight away this morning. The bike was already pretty good in the dry at Silverstone and it was also working very well in Russia so that shows that we have found some decent settings in the last few races. Today we only struggled a little bit at the beginning of the first qualifying as we went in the wrong direction with the shock absorber but the guys quickly went back to a previous setting and the bike improved again. I am happy and I think that we can make another step tomorrow.”
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:56.509 min (P6)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:55.705 min (P10)
“It was quite a good day. The bike works well here despite the fact that the track is bumpy. With the hard tyres, we were fast, but with the soft tyres I was not able to ride well. I could not raise the tyre temperature properly and with the little grip I could not go faster. Tomorrow we’ll test the soft tyres again because it’s important to be fast with soft tyres, especially in qualifying. It is crucial to start from the front to have a good race but our race pace is good and we feel we can fight for the podium.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“We are quite happy with today. Chaz has shown he’s in really good shape, he set the fastest lap and demonstrated that he feels really comfortable on this track, where last year he was very successful. We’re really happy with this result which also repays the work the team has done. Marco’s results do not show the real situation, with hard tyres he was fast and the race pace was really good. Tomorrow we need to find a solution to improve with soft tyres to put in a good performance in qualifying and to start from the front. Anyhow, Marco is focused and for sure, he’ll do very well.
In the Superstock class, Sylvain got the provisional pole-position, continuing the positive trend. We need to avoid underestimating our competitors who seem to be fast on this track. Tomorrow we’ll keep concentration high in order to start from the front. Greg also did quite well, despite the fact that he is riding on this track for the first time.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Overall it was a positive day. It was nice to get back to action after the long break. Our riders spent the morning session taking off some rust but I must say that they started on the right foot. Both began with our base setting and then they worked as usual on the suspension set-up and they were able to evaluate almost all tyres available. Chaz did an amazing lap claiming P1. Now we have to work on the race pace because we have seen that our competitors are quite consistent. Marco was quite fast with the used tyre and did a lot of consistent lap times but once we fitted a new soft tyre, he could not get the best out of it. This is the point we need to improve, especially for tomorrow’s Superpole because as always it is very important to start from the two front rows which is our target for tomorrow.”
A tough start to proceedings for Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at the Ring
Nurburgring (Germany), Friday 30 August 2013: a difficult start to the weekend for Team SBK Ducati Alstare, on track today at the Nurburgring for round 10 of the 2013 World Superbike season; while Ayrton Badovini concluded first qualifying in fourteenth place, Carlos Checa suffered a crash which meant he failed to set a qualifying time.
In the first free practice session this morning both team Ducati Alstare riders got off to a fairly good start. The pair were able to work consistently and made progress throughout the practice. While Badovini’s fastest time (1’56.9) placed him eleventh at the session’s end, Checa closed right behind him in twelfth thanks to a best time of 1’57.1.
Unfortunately Checa crashed in the first minutes of afternoon qualifying, without having completed even one timed lap. Although it was a small crash the bike and rider were unable to return immediately to the garage due to the point of the track at which the crash took place. The bike returned to the garage with twelve minutes left on the clock but the technicians were unfortunately unable to fix it in time. Badovini meanwhile improved on lap times set in the morning. Finding a good rhythm, he dropped his times a little further in the final stages, recording a best of 1’56.3. Thanks to this time he closed first qualifying in fourteenth position.
Ayrton Badovini: “We’ve made a start today, not a great one but not bad either. In the afternoon I improved slightly on lap times but we still have a few issues to resolve. I’m still lacking some grip and in certain points the bike goes wide and I can’t turn as I want to. I hope we can make a step tomorrow because the gaps between us and those ahead are too great right now. With any luck it’ll stay dry tomorrow so we can continue with the work started today.”
Carlos Checa: “I’m angry and disappointed about the crash, I just lost the front. As a result we lost the entire session because they only brought the bike back to the garage a few minutes before the end. We needed today’s session, it was important, also because it might rain tomorrow. I didn’t even record one lap time. I hope it stays dry tomorrow morning so that I have a chance to enter the Superpole.”
Rea and Haslam on pace in Germany
Returning after a welcome summer break, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam set a good pace on the opening day of the tenth round World Superbike championship event at the Nürburgring in Germany today.
The Pata Honda riders finished this afternoon’s first qualifying session in fifth and eighth places respectively, but in close contention with Chaz Davies’s provisional pole position time of 1m55.034s.
After making a mistake that left him 0.6s adrift in the first sector, 26-year-old Rea, ended his best lap just 0.4s off Davies’s time, while his Pata Honda team-mate Haslam, was just two tenths further adrift.
Both riders are confident of further improvement in tomorrow morning’s second qualifying session, followed by Superpole in the afternoon, as long as forecast showers stay away from the Nürburgring.
Jonathan Rea – P5 1m55.434s
I made a bit of a mistake in turn one on my fastest lap after we’d fitted some new tyres, but I concentrated on trying to do a long run this afternoon to try and get some rhythm. We made some positive changes and some steps in the right direction but I’m struggling a bit with corner entry. We just need to smooth out the feeling from the rear and then I know the time will come more easily because I’ll be able to pinpoint the line more accurately. For day one I’m quite satisfied, to be honest. It’s clear we need to find some pace but it’s not so worrying because we know where to find it.
Leon Haslam – P8 1m55.683s
We had a few issues getting dialled in this morning, mostly around the electronics, but we did the whole session on a hard tyre and we weren’t that far away – about a second off on that tyre, which I was pretty happy with. We went that second faster on the old tyre this afternoon but, when we put in a softer tyre, we had the same problem as we’ve had before and couldn’t go any faster. On the twelfth lap with that tyre though, I put in my fastest lap for P8. In general, we’re not too far away on the race tyre, but Johnny and I are both losing 0.5s in the first sector and I’m only 0.6s off at the end of the lap. So, we’re not a million miles away but we definitely need to improve sector one!
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Leon is really starting to get back the strength in his leg and this morning he showed immediately that he can ride the bike better. In the end he was eighth, but it’s really close. There are still some settings to improve but it was a good day for him. Jonathan had a slightly slow start this morning but showed consistent pace and rhythm this afternoon and was fifth in the end. We need to make another step with both guys tomorrow, but we are pretty happy with our progress so far.
NOMINAL GAPS IN THE FIRST TWO SESSIONS OF WORLD SUPERBIKE AT THE NÜRBURGRING.
SYLVAIN GUINTOLI'S SHOULDER IS HOLDING UP WELL AND THE FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS LEADER IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE SESSIONS TOMORROW.
GOOD FEELINGS FOR EUGENE LAVERTY, JUST A FEW TENTHS OFF THE PACE TO AIM FOR THE TOP.
Nürburgring, 30 August 2013 – From the looks of the first time results in today's sessions, the Nürburgring should be the setting for a truly heated weekend. The narrow gaps (11 riders within one second of each other in the qualifiers) and the continuous changes at the top highlight an extremely balanced situation where the Aprilia Racing riders have good reason to be optimistic about this weekend.
The main concern for ranking leader Sylvain Guintoli was seeing how the shoulder he dislocated before the Moscow round would hold up. The response after the first sessions is encouraging. Sylvain was able to focus on his RSV4s setting, putting in a total of 29 laps. The sixth best time he put on the boards during the qualifiers this afternoon, just a half a second from the top and riding on used tyres, was the best way possible to end the first day of sessions.
Sylvain Guintoli: "My goal today was to see how my shoulder would react and I must say that, in spite of the pain, I felt a lot of improvement compared to Silverstone. This is positive, especially since we had a few problems, so being able to perform without any physical hindrances allowed me to work better. Particularly concerning my riding style, I noticed that this track demands some adapting in order to be really fast. Today when I tried to push hard I didn't put in any remarkable times, but when I was looking for new lines and thought I was going slower my times dropped even with the worn tyre. That's a good sign. I'm feeling good and I think that if we can improve our pace on a new tyre we'll be able to set our sights on a good result. We're on the right track".
The first session for Eugene Laverty got off to an uphill start with a few small problems that kept him from getting out on the track until the last few minutes. In any case, the Northern Irish rider and his team made up for it in the afternoon, working hard on the number 58 RSV4 and testing various solutions to end the qualifiers with the ninth best time. The data gathered will be analysed and lay the groundwork for the choices made tomorrow, both for Superpole and in view of the races on Sunday.
Speaking of which, Eugene already seems to have identified the areas where work is needed in order to shave off those few tenths of a second needed to catch up to the fastest riders today.
Eugene Laverty: "Today was partly an uphill climb. Some problems in the first session kept me from leaving the garage until the end and I was only able to put in 4 fast laps. In any case we made up for it quite a bit in the afternoon, trying a few different things that we'll work on for tomorrow. In terms of times, to be honest we are still about 5 tenths off. Sykes was really fast and if we want to stay in the points for the championship we need to get close to him. I struggled a bit today, especially in the more winding part of the track, so we're working on my RSV4 to make it more nimble. If we can manage to solve this problem I think that will be a big step forward".
CAMIER ON THE PACE AT NURBURGRING WSB
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 30.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki got back to business today at Nurburgring in Germany for the 10th round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship after the summer lay-off and Leon Camier immediately began from where he left off at Silverstone.
Camier produced consistently-fast laps during this afternoon's first qualifying session around the 5,137m German circuit, which saw him end the day in fourth position overall, just 0,308 off the provisional pole position. He knows where he needs to improve and will be looking to take steps tomorrow to close the gap on the very top places and push for honours on race-day.
Jules Cluzel had a good start to his Superbike career at Nurburgring as he recorded a time less than a second off the best lap of the day. Cluzel used this morning's first session to re-acquaint himself with his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R1000 and learn the different characteristics of the circuit compared to those of his first visit to the track on a 600cc machine last year. He made constant gains on his lap-times and will be looking to push-on even more tomorrow.
Today's sessions were held in dry, but overcast conditions with track temperatures reaching 33°C. Chaz Davies on a BMW set the fastest time.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki will have one more qualifying session tomorrow morning to confirm the places for the afternoon's Superpole, where the riders will battle for the best grid positions for Sunday's two 19-lap races.
"The bike has felt really good from the start of the day, but the first session didn't really do us justice because we had a bit of a chatter issue and this caused some grip problems - we're not sure what it was, but it didn't feel right. In the afternoon we put in some really good lap-times on used tyres and that put us up to third at the time and then we used a new tyre at the end and continued to go well with that. There are still a few places I haven't got quite right and there are a couple of areas where I think we can improve, especially in the first section, but the FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R feels good and I think if we can make these improvements we can be quite strong."
"Today was a day to get my feeling back on the bike after a few weeks with no riding, except for on a bicycle, so I needed to get back up to speed. This morning was quite a good session, but I felt I struggled a bit this afternoon and had to push too hard to go fast, so I think there is something not right and we have to find out what it is so we can get the bike to do some fast lap-times. We will work hard tonight to improve the bike and make it better for me to ride. It was very different here today because last year I was on a Supersport and the corner speed, braking, the gearing, everything, is different. It looks like we will be ok though because we are only nine-tenths from first and I hope that tomorrow we can be closer to the top-five. "
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"Following up from the great results at Silverstone, the three-week break has allowed us to catch-up with a lot of important work at Crescent as we prepare for a very busy run-in to the final part of the season. The slightly revised engine-spec is working well here at Nurburgring and it's great to have Yohei san from Yoshimura here to help us over the course of the weekend.
"Leon looks like he's back to his confident best; he's getting everything out of the bike and is able to produce good lap-times out of new and used tyres. Jules made good progress at the end of this afternoon's qualifying session; it's always difficult for him coming to every track with no Superbike experience, so we expect him to continue to improve over the course of the weekend, but overall it's been a good first day."
Nurburgring - eni FIM Superbike World Championship - Qualifying 1: 1. Chaz Davies (BMW) 1'55.034: 2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +0.017: 3. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) +0.108: 4. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) +0.308: 5. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +0.400. 11. Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) +0.956.
Davies Has A Tough Opening Day In Germany
Matt Davies had a tough start to his weekend at the Nurburgring, claiming 33rd on the provisional grid ahead of Sunday’s 19 lap World Supersport championship race.
After an encouraging start this morning in the free practice, Matt was a little frustrated to be outside of the top 25 but nevertheless is looking ahead positively.
Despite the position in qualifying, Matt was ahead of a number of riders, all of whom have much more experience that the 17 year old Aussie.
Matt Davies: “I struggled a bit this afternoon. This morning I was just taking my time and learning way around here on a Supersport bike but hopefully we can improve. I am looking forward to tomorrow and am confident that we can improve the settings.”
Webb starts learning WSS in Germany
PTR HONDA'S Danny Webb spent his first two sessions at the tenth round of the World Supersport Championship at Nurburgring in Germany learning about his new 600cc race bike and his way round the circuit.
The former Moto3 star is making a big step up in class and speed with the PTR Honda and finished 31st on the provisional grid, just over three seconds away from pole position. Danny said: "The first session was good and the second one was not too bad. I put too much pressure on myself to go fast in the second session when I still have a lot to learn. Learning is what I need to concentrate on. I am only 3.4secs off the fastest time on my second ever day on a 600 and I think that's not too bad. I will relax and try to enjoy myself a bit more tomorrow, there are lots of things we can do to improve."
PTR Honda's Luca Marconi, now completely recovered from a broken arm, set a promising lap time to record 22nd position despite a crash near the end of the session. Stand in rider Kevin Wahr was 27th as he got to grips with his new bike and reduced his lap times by more than a second on the day.
Rookies Nacho Calero and Matt Davies finished 32nd and 33rd respectively, improving their times as the day progressed. They will be looking for more tomorrow in the final practice and qualification, ahead of Sunday's race at 1330CET.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Danny is continuing to progress. It was a good first session but he tried too hard in the afternoon. We have discussed this and I am sure he will improve tomorrow.
"Kevin has a chance of challenging for a points scoring finish as he gets to grip with an unfamiliar bike and team.
"Luca slid off at the end of the session but times are tight here and he is fully fit again. He is fighting in the group for points and we will look to make steps tomorrow.
"Nacho and Matt both improved from this morning but they need to dig deep to improve more to get closer to the group racing for points."
1. Sam Lowes GBR Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6 1m 58.993s
2. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Mahi India Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m 59.107s
3. Fabien Foret FRA Mahi India Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m 59.433s
4. Vladimir Leonov RUS Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6 1m 59.677s
5. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Honda CBR600RR 1m 59.686s
6. Jack Kennedy IRL RivaMoto Honda CBR600RR 1m 59.701s
22. Luca Marconi ITA PTR Honda CBR600RR 2m 01.018s
27. Kevin Wahr GER PTR Honda CBR600RR 2m 01.305s
31. Danny Webb GBR PTR Honda CBR600RR 2m 02.408s
32. Nacho Calero Perez ESP PTR Honda CBR600RR 2m 02.988s
33. Matt Davies AUS PTR Honda CBR600RR 2m 03.011s
Nurburgring, first positive contact for the MV Agusta and ParkinGO
Nurburgring, 30th August 2013
First positive session for ParkinGO and the MV F3 675 of Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon.
The German circuit of 5137m has seen the lack of data of the MV on their debut as well as the compromise and good skills of both talented riders close to the top ten during the most of both sessions.
Christian Iddon, 9th on free practice and 10th in qualifying has been very fast and competitive inside the top ten during the most of the qualifying despite a little technical problem solved on the spot.
Roberto Rolfo, 15th in qualifying and 14th in free practice has been working on the grip and the corner line getting the first useful data for tomorrow’s final qualifying.
Christian Iddon (9th – 10th)
Definitely is a positive day. I have been quite quick and I had a clear track when I did my hot laps.
We still have some grip problems to solve but different to the ones at Silverstone.
A technical problem has slowed us down a bit but we know that we are doing things right.
Roberto Rolfo (15th – 14th)
I really like this track. I haven’t been here since 2011 and I don’t remember all these holes……we are working in our usual problems and solving them as we go. I am not really happy with my position but I am confident that we are going on the right direction. Tomorrow it will be better.
Kennedy Powers Rivamoto Honda To 2nd Row At The Nurburgring
Nostalgic Nurburgring in the Eiffel mountains was another new track for Jack Kennedy but that didn’t stop the Dubliner from placing the Rivamoto Honda firmly on the provisional second row of the grid in 6thposition.
Satisfied with the morning free practice session in which Jack was just outside of the top 10, the lap times immediately tumbled when official qualifying got under way and Jack was soon in 7th position in the standings.
There were concerns over the best tyre choice for qualifying and as the Rivamoto team worked hard to give Kennedy the best set up, minor suspension changes were made with 30 minutes of the session to go.
Saturday’s weather forecast is mixed, with some people predicting rain ahead of final qualifying so with this in mind and having dropped to 13th position overall, team manager Jeremy McWilliams made the decision to pull Jack back into the pit garage to make the most of the time remaining with new rubber.
The team planned things perfectly with Kennedy re-joining the circuit directly behind the front running riders. In typical Kennedy style, Jack improved his time on his first flying lap and moved back into the top ten before improving again to 8th and then again to 6th, securing another 2nd row start on the provisional grid.
Rivamoto’s other rider Edik Blokhin ended the session in 39th position overall.
Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “Once again it’s just a combination of the team reacting to what Jack likes and finding something that he is comfy with early enough in the session to allow him to do what he does best. He likes to be left alone to ride once we have done our job and he proves week in and week out that he is up there with the best riders in the series. Our job now is to keep moving forward and not to make any mistakes for the remainder of the weekend as we have secured a good solid starting position in the opening session. There is always a trade off in terms of how many laps to do and I’m sure he hates me for going on at him about going out on old rubber all the time but it seems to motivate him. It’s a lot of fun when it’s working as well as this. Jack’s results give the team a lot of pleasure when he is on his game like he was today.”
Jack Kennedy – 6th position: “Today was another great day at another new track. I’m really getting to grips with the Nurburgring, and am enjoying riding here. This afternoon we really moved forward with the Rivamoto Honda. I would have been pleased to be inside the top ten but to be 6th I’m even happier. We are looking for a few small bits in terms of set up that will hopefully allow us to improve the lap time even more. Thanks to the team, they made another great job and I am looking forward to tomorrow.”
Final qualifying is scheduled to take place at 1605 local time tomorrow.
Provisional second row for Zanetti
Lorenzo Zanetti bounced back from a month-long summer break to take fifth place in today’s first qualifying session for the tenth round World Supersport championship event at Nürburgring in Germany today.
The Italian rider is still not at 100% fitness after sustaining injuries in a crash in July but it didn’t stop the 26-year-old from setting a time of 1m59.686s at the 5.137km Nürburgring circuit, less than 0.7s from provisional pole sitter, Sam Lowes.
Despite a promising free practice session this morning, Zanetti’s Pata Honda team-mate Michael van der Mark was twelfth fastest this afternoon and admitted going in the wrong direction with the settings on his Honda CBR600RR.
Lorenzo Zanetti – P5 1m59.686s
My condition is still not perfect and I only restarted normal training one week ago, but I like this track. I lose a lot of time in turn three but it was a good start and I think we can improve things here and in other areas of the track. I had a crash at the end of the session and I must apologise to my team because, although I was fine, the bike is not OK and I made a lot of work for them.
Michael van der Mark – P12 2m00.100s
This morning started really well. We tried a few different things and in the last few laps I was able to do a pretty good time. We still had some changes that we needed though, so we tried them for qualifying but we went in the wrong direction. It was difficult to ride the bike this afternoon so I think we will go back to the earlier settings to make things easier tomorrow.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Michael had a really good free practice this morning but in the afternoon things didn’t quite go his way. We changed the setting a little, but it had more of a negative effect and in the end he was twelfth and couldn’t match his free practice time. We’ll try again tomorrow. Lorenzo did well today and things are looking quite positive, despite his crash on the very last lap today.