2013 Istanbul World Superbike and World Supersport Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the Turkish round at Istanbul:

Eugene Laverty does it better in Race 1

Istanbul (Turkey), Sunday 15 September 2013 - Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) has won the first race of the day at the Intercity Istanbul Park, after what was a perfect performance by the Irishman. Moreover, it was the first Race 1 win - out of five overall - this year for Laverty, a crucial result for his title hopes. The factory Aprilia got in the lead during Lap 13 by overtaking Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and tenth by tenth he managed to pull away, while the Championship leader lost some ground and was passed by Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) three laps later.

The Italian did an outstanding recovery from the third row on the grid thanks to a strong race pace but, once he managed to move up to second place, it was too late to try and catch Laverty. Meanwhile, Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) began his charge to third place, but Sykes successfully defended his position up to the finish line.

Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Team Aprilia) ended up fifth after a close battle with Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), that ended up with a collision between the two – with both able to stay upright – at the exit of the last turn. An almost identical situation involved Pata Honda riders Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio, with the Brit who managed to secure ninth place ahead of his team mate for the round.

The Honda duo crossed the line behind Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who were seventh and eighth respectively. Technical problems forced Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) and Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) out of the race.

Results: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 18 Laps/96.120 km in 34'57.650 average 164.962 kph; 2. Melandri (BMW) 2.009; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 3.432; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 3.919; 5. Giugliano (Aprilia) 15.830; 6. Elias (Aprilia) 15.945; 7. Cluzel (Suzuki) 16.921; 8. Davies (BMW) 21.491; 9. Haslam (Honda) 40.186; 10. Fabrizio (Honda) 40.218; 11. Sandi (Kawasaki) 41.700; 12. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'39.549; 13. Uprak (Kawasaki) 1 Lap; 14. Ercelik (BMW) 1 Lap; RT. Aitchison (Kawasaki); RT. Badovini (Ducati).

A day without results for Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Istanbul Park

Istanbul (Turkey), Sunday 15 September 2013: despite physical problems resulting from Friday’s crash, Ayrton Badovini (Team SBK Ducati Alstare) attempted to participate in today’s Superbike races at Intercity Istanbul Park in Turkey. Unfortunately a technical stop in race 1 put paid to his chances of scoring points and, due to the pain he was suffering in the first half of that first race, he decided not to compete in the day’s second race.

Badovini suffered strained ligaments and swelling in his left ankle after a crash at turn 12 in Friday morning’s practice. Having not completed the qualifying sessions yesterday, the Ducati Alstare rider managed to get his boot on this morning despite the injury. He was therefore able to make a few laps during warm-up to assess whether he would be able to race later in the day.

Race 1 – Badovini lined up at the back of the grid, in sixteenth position, due to the fact that he did not participate in either of the qualifying sessions as a result of the injury. Making a good start, he was already up in thirteenth position by the end of the first lap. He held this position for the first eight laps but unfortunately, during the course of lap nine, he was forced to return to the garage due to a technical problem and was unable to rejoin the race.

Ayrton Badovini: “It’s a pity about the stop, today was a chance to make some laps and get to grips with this track. It would have been difficult to finish the race anyway due to my physical condition but I wanted to try at least. I was also having some grip issues because, having completed only one practice session, we didn't have time to identify the best set-up for our bike on this new track. Unfortunately a weekend to forget…”

Carlos Checa was unfortunately absent from today’s races, having crashed on Friday and suffering a contusion to the thorax and suspected fracture of the scaphoid as a result. He flew to Barcelona this morning where he will receive further treatment.

Highs and lows for team Althea in Istanbul

The eleventh round of the World Superbike championship took place today at Intercity Istanbul Park in Turkey. Thanks to his solid performance yesterday in the Superpole, Davide Giugliano started today’s races from the front row, in third position. The races took place in sunny conditions and on a dry track. In race one Davide made a very fast start and the Althea Racing rider was in fifth place through the initial laps. Towards mid-race Giugliano was fighting in the second group of riders, finally closing the race in fifth position, having battled it out with Elias right to the line. A great performance for Davide who once again finished right on the heels of the factory riders.

In the second race he again made a rapid start and was up in third position through the first corners. Unfortunately as the race progressed, the Althea rider was unable to maintain a strong rhythm due to grip and setting issues that caused him to lose several positions, finally crossing the line ninth.

The next World Superbike round will take place on 28 and 29 September at the Laguna Seca circuit in the USA.

Davide Giugliano: “The first race went well and the feeling I had with the bike allowed me to score fifth place which I was happy with. I made contact with Elias at the final corner, but not on purpose of course. We just both took different lines and this resulted in contact as happens in many races. In the second race I unfortunately suffered from grip problems and was unable to keep the kind of rhythm that had allowed me stay with the leaders in race one. We’ll now investigate the reason for this lack of grip, which didn’t allow me to race as I’d hoped to. I thank my team that has, as always, worked very hard all weekend.”

Genesio Bevilacqua: “In race one we defended ourselves well and Davide put in a very good performance. A very positive race. Unfortunately the second one didn’t go so well. We still have to analyse the data to see what caused our rider to slow down; he was unable to express himself as he wanted to. We return hom with results that could have been better, but overall the weekend was positive.”




Istanbul, 15 September 2013 - Eugene Laverty and Aprilia leace their mark on the first ever Turkish world Superbike round with an extraordinary double win. After taking a strong win in Race1 , the Northern Irish rider repeated the performance in the second race. The 50 points he took home today move him into third place in the rider standings, just 26 points from the leader.

Sylvain Guintoli rode to the third step of the podium after finishing fourth in Race1, partially conditioned by pain from his recovering injured right shoulder. The Turkish round strengthens Aprilia's hold on the manufacturer championship lead with 419 points. The Italian bike now leads Kawasaki (377), Bmw ( 354), Honda (216), Suzuki (193), Ducati (144) and Yamaha (4).

Off to an excellent start from the fourth spot on the grid in Race1, Laverty immediately cought up with Tom Sykes who had started from pole position. The right time to overtake came in the 11th lap, when tyre wear rewarded the Northern Irish rider's strategy. Aided by the hight performance of his RSV4, Laverty continued to push hard, widening the gap lap after lap. By the end of the race he was more than two seconds ahead of Sykes, his closest pursuer. The script was very similar in race two with Eugene starting well but not pushing too hard until the 12th lap. His rivals didn't stand a chance, forced to a gap of one and a half seconds behind the leader.

Eugene Laverty: “My last double win was at Monza in 2011. This two wins today feel particularly good because I wasn't really expecting them. I'm really pleased, in both races our bike was set up perfectly, especially toward the end of the race when the tyres were starting to deteriorate and that is what let me win with such a big gap. My team was even able to improve after Race1, so despite a similar pace I was able to ride much more easily. I'm back in the running for the championship, but above all I've regained confidence and that makes me hopeful for the coming rounds”.

The third place he took in Race 2 doesn't entirely satisfy Sylvain Guintoli, who did extremely well in the qualifiers and had an extraordinary Superpole. In Race1, after an aggressive start, Sylvain tried to take charge of the race, but he had to give in to Melandri's attacks for third place toward the end. In the second race Guintoli adopted a different strategy, saving his energy for a final assault. Unfortunately, despite his good lap times, the gap that Laverty and Sykes had created kept him from going any further than the third step of the podium. Sylvain's biggest problem was pain from his injured shoulder, especially bothering him in Race2.

Sylvain Guintoli: “Two strong races , but I'm still missing something. I'm not sure if it's speed or my physical condition. To be honest, I expected more from this weekend after the good practice sessions and the front row start. It wasn't a complete disaster thought since we're still close to Sykes and I got back onto the podium. Unforunately my shoulder injury isn't a simple thing to overcome. On a track like this one with fast turns and cross wind , it hurt quite a bit. The next round will be at Laguna Seca which is a track I like and where I hope to make another step forward”.

Haslam and Fabrizio battle in Turkey

Pata Honda riders Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio each took two top ten finishes in today’s 11th-round World Superbike championship races at Istanbul Park in Turkey, where Irishman Eugene Laverty grabbed both race wins.

After a positive warm-up this morning, Halsam was surprised to find little grip from the rear of his CBR machine from the very first lap of race one and struggled to get within two seconds of his warm-up times. Attention was focused on his rear tyre in the post-race analysis and the 30-year-old was certainly able to improve his lap times in race two as he battled for eighth place at the flag.

His team-mate Michel Fabrizio continued his familiarisation with the Honda CBR1000RR and took two tenth place finishes, just missing out in a close finish (0.032s) with his team-mate in race one and continuing the improvement in his lap times in race two.

Leon Haslam – 9th and 8th

I just got a bad tyre in race one – simple as that - and there was nothing I could do. The boys tried to get me to box for a few laps and, with hindsight, I should probably have come in and changed the tyre to go and do some faster lap times. But the racer’s instinct kept me out and I got a ninth out of it, just beating Michel [Fabrizio]. I’m happy with my lap times in race two, even though I had a little less grip than we expected. That was down to some chassis changes that didn’t really work because we didn’t get the data from race one. My consistency was good though and my pace at the end was matching the top five, we just lacked a little bit of pace at the beginning.

Michel Fabrizio – 10th and 10th

It has not been an easy weekend but it was very important for me to finish both the races to find out as much as possible about the bike and how it works. For me, that was a positive and I really enjoyed riding the bike for the first time here. It has been a great experience to work with the team and I think we have made some progress but maybe not as much as we wanted. I look forward to riding again at Laguna Seca where I hope we can be closer to the front.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

We hoped to see a little more from Michel in both races, but he is still new to the bike and learning how to get the best out of it. Hopefully, we can find some things to make this easier for him at the next race. Leon had a bad rear tyre from the start of race one, without any grip or any chance for a result. There’s not much more to say about that. He lost a little bit too much time at the start of race two but, from the middle of the race, Leon was doing some decent lap times, which was promising. We also found out some more interesting things which we will take to the next race.

BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Istanbul - Races

The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team stepped onto the podium at the Turkish debut of the FIM Superbike World Championship. Factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) finished second on his BMW S 1000 RR in today’s first race at “Intercity Istanbul Park”. In race two, he was fourth. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) had issues in race one and finished eighth. It went better for him in the afternoon, when he crossed the line in sixth. After 11 rounds of the 2013 season, Marco is fourth in the riders’ championship with 290 points, 33 points behind the lead. Chaz follows in fifth with 239 points. In the Manufacturers’ classification, BMW is currently third with 354 points. Both races today were won by Eugene Laverty (IRL).

At the start of race one, both BMW factory riders gained positions. Marco improved from seventh to fifth, Chaz from eighth to sixth. After the first lap, Marco was in fourth while Chaz was sitting in seventh. In the early stages, Marco lost a bit to the leading trio, but halfway through the race he started to catch up and closed the gap to the top 3 with every lap. On lap 14, he overtook Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) to take third, entering lap 16 he passed Tom Sykes (GBR) for second. He then tried to close the gap to leader Laverty but the Irishman was too far away to catch him up in the remaining laps. Marco rode his RR to second on the podium behind Laverty. Chaz meanwhile was fighting in a group of four and was temporarily lying in fifth. But a massive lack of grip meant he could not hold the position. Throughout the race he lost positions and crossed the line in eighth.

In race two, Marco was sixth after lap one, Chaz seventh. In the early stages of the race, they were involved in several battles, gaining positions. After lap six, Marco was fourth and Chaz sat in sixth. But this time, Marco struggled to catch up with the front runners and the gap increased throughout the race. In the end, he rode a lonely race to finish fourth. Chaz had a better feeling on his RR in this race. On lap 16 he improved to fifth, but lost one position again on the final lap to come home in sixth.

Marco Melandri:

Result Race 1: 2nd / Gap to 1st: 0:02.009 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:56.102 min (lap 8)

Result Race 2: 4th / Gap to 1st: 0:10.860 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:56.265 min (lap 4)

“In race one, I lost a lot of time in the first laps. With a new tyre our bike is always very nervous. On the first lap I had to shut the throttle on the straight as the bike was shaking too much. But then after ten laps, because there was less fuel the bike became lighter and it was easier to ride. At that time I was quite fast and I caught up with the top guys. But when I passed Tom, Eugene was already very far away and for me, second place was already a very good result.

After race one, we made some changes to the setting of the bike but, probably because of the higher track temperature, the grip went down. We tried to balance the bike with some changes to the rear but as consequence, I started struggling with the front. I couldn’t be fast entering the corner and I had some issues trying to brake. In the end I could not get the same result as in race one. We have still three races to go and, even if it’ll not be easy, I continue to believe. I want to fight and give my best in each race.”

Chaz Davies:

Result Race 1: 8th / Gap to 1st: 0:21.491 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:56.082 min (lap 2)

Result Race 2: 6th / Gap to 1st: 0:12.396 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:56.354 min (lap 2)

“After missing a lot of track time yesterday, it was difficult today. In the time available, we struggled to find a good set-up. I was lacking grip on the front and the rear and also struggling with the stability and balance. I was not happy with race one. After warm-up, we made a small change to the balance to try and find more grip in the rear but it just made the front worse. It was so easy to lose the front; I think that happened to me 10 to 15 times throughout the race. I couldn’t enter the corner fast; every time I tried to use the front brake with any lean angle I would tuck the front and not only that but I also struggled with rear grip. I wasn’t able to do any better so that was very frustrating.

I was much happier with race two which was definitely better. It was half the gap to the leaders than in race one but in the end it was not good enough. We really made a step in the right direction but we could not completely solve the issues we had in race one. I think a third race would have suited us today. I am not sure if I would have been in podium contention then but for sure we would have further improved and would come even closer.”

Andrea Buzzoni (General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK):

“Today’s results were not what we expected. Marco rode the first race in a very clever way. In the first few laps he was a little slower than the leading group. Then he increased the rhythm, closing the gap to the front, and was second at the finish line. Maybe with two more laps, he could have been in first position. This result brought him closer to the top of the riders' ranking. In race two, on the contrary, something didn’t work and he couldn’t repeat the result. In the end the gap to the lead in the ranking has increased a little. But regarding the championship that does not affect us too much: we’re still in the game and we have to keep concentrated. Chaz couldn’t find the right balance and the performance of the bike which all of us expected during this weekend. Unfortunately he had to limit the damage. Looking to the championship ranking, the gap has increased, but he can still fight. We are heading Laguna Seca where we have good conditions to get a good result. Our riders like the track and both know it very well from already riding there. In addition the track fits very well to the characteristics of our RR. We have to achieve a great result to continue to fight for the title.”

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

“Congratulations to Marco for his podium in race one. He put in another strong performance here in Istanbul, a track where he has been successful in the past. But overall we have to say that our competitors have done a better job than us today. Even if Marco was able to get the maximum of the package in race one, he was struggling in race two. As soon as the track temperatures increased, he was lacking grip and struggling with stability. Chaz had some issues in race one, where he was not comfortable with the bike. Unfortunately, due to the limited track time, the set-up was not perfect for race one. His crew improved the bike for race two but it still was not enough. The main areas we have to work on are grip and stability. Our target is to improve that for the next round at Laguna Seca. We must keep working hard in order to prepare best for the next races. The championship is still open.”


Team Suzuki Press Office - September 15.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Jules Cluzel took a pair of very creditable seventh place finishes in today's inaugural Turkish round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit.

Cluzel was flying the flag for the Fixi Crescent Suzuki team following Leon Camier's injury and subsequent withdrawal earlier in the weekend and in race-one the team's only rider finished a commendable seventh after a race-long battle with Davide Giugliano. The pair swapped positions a number of times during the race, before the Suzuki man's rear-grip started to go and he settled for a safe seventh position at the flag.

Race-two took a similar theme as the Frenchman got away with a lead group, but a mistake on lap-five saw him run wide on the first corner and lose the tow. He regrouped before passing Giugliano for seventh and then got involved in a battle to the line with Leon Haslam. Cluzel was passed by the Honda rider, but immediately took the place back and then held on to seventh all the way to the finish by producing some impressive and consistent lap-times on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki was down to one-rider today due to Camier's huge crash and resulting operation on Friday. He was re-admitted to hospital today suffering with dehydration, but is recovering well from this and after-effects of the surgical procedure. Camier plans to return to his home in Andorra tomorrow to begin an intensive rehabilitation routine in a bid to get fit for the last race of the season at Jerez.

Today's races were held in warm and sunny conditions with track temperatures reaching 40°C. Eugene Laverty took victory in both events. FIXI Crescent Suzuki and the rest of the World Superbike field will now head across the Atlantic Ocean for the next round of the championship, which will be held at Laguna Seca in California, America on Sunday September 29th.

Jules Cluzel:

"It's been a really interesting weekend as a whole. I was a bit disappointed with the first race because I had the feeling I could fight for fifth place. I fought a bit with the other guys for that position, but at the end I was not able to pass them. For the second race we had a lot more data and had done a lot more laps so we had more information. We made some big changes in the chassis and I felt some differences, but they were not so easy to understand. I made some mistakes in the race and I did some good lap-times, but the really interesting point was the last part of the race: I tried to be calmer and understand how the traction was working and how the bike was different. This helped how to learn how the bike could be better and me also. I think I understand a lot more now and I'm looking forward to the next race because we have more information and I will have time to think about this weekend. I am happy with two seventh places, but I had the feeling we could be stronger. I now need to improve next time!"

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

"Jules worked really hard today and rode at a very competitive level; the lap-time gap to the podium guys was not so big, but what cost him the chance to battle for a top-five place was errors in both races - maybe just trying too hard in the wrong places. However, it was very positive that he was able to re-group, re-find his rhythm and also learn a lot about some new electronic settings that he has been working with here in Istanbul. Even if we're a little bit frustrated with the positions, Jules enjoyed riding the bike today and definitely learnt a lot and he is a positive mood for the trip to the USA.

"Leon's ridiculous run of misfortune continues and even after a successful operation he found himself back in hospital today. He had severe dehydration and some nasty after-effects of the surgical process. The update is that he is now resting and being very-well cared-for. Thanks to the medical team at the Anadolu hospital for their continued care and to our colleagues at Doodson Broking Group for their swift and very helpful assistance in getting Leon the best possible care and taking care of arrangements."

Lowes Takes Steps Closer to Title Victory with Turkish Podium

Yakhnich Yamaha World Supersport rider Sam Lowes took his Yamaha YZF-R6 another step closer to the 2013 World Supersport Championship title yesterday with a second place finish at the Turkish round of the series.

Starting from second on the grid, Lowes began yet another intense battle with arch-rival Kenan Sofuoglu, played out over the entire race to the finish line. The young British rider was able to lead the race for 12 laps before countless position changes at the front ended with Sofuoglu as the rider who crossed the finish line first, Lowes just four hundreds of a second behind in second place.

Championship leader Lowes now sits on 205 points, 49 ahead of Sofuoglu with just two rounds remaining. The pair will meet to do battle again on October 6th in Magny Cours, France before heading to the final race of the season in Jerez, Spain on October 20th.

Sam Lowes

“Initially I was sure that I could win the race, but when I saw Kenan’s pace and determination I realised that we would have to hold off on deciding the championship until we get to Magny Cours, he was brilliant in the race. The team and Yamaha did a great job again with the bike and I’m confident we can come out fighting in France!”

Webb races into top 20 in Turkey

PTR HONDA'S Danny Webb finished a promising 18th in only his second outing on a World Supersport bike at the 11th Round of the Championship at Turkey in Istanbul.

The Londoner also posted his fastest lap of the weekend in the race and was just four seconds from taking his first points. Danny said: "Yes, I am getting faster. I was a bit wound up with myself as I lost three seconds on one lap when I didn't let the clutch out enough between corners. I was in the battle for points and we closed the gap to the front from Nurburgring. We have definitely made a step and I am more and more comfortable on my PTR Honda. In Magny Cours it will feel more natural and I want to make the next step. We are not too far away and are making good progression, which is just what we needed and planned. I just need a bit more time on the 600."

Luca Marconi in 20th enjoyed a consistent race and was followed home by Nacho Calero in 21st, who lapped a whole second faster in the race than qualifying and is in good form approaching the end of the season.

In his first race for PTR Honda, David Mcfadden continued his progress, eclipsing his qualifying time in the race and taking a decent 24th. Damian Cudlin, standing in for regular rider Matt Davies who is at home in Australia, retired after three laps. The next round of the Championship is at Magny Cours in France on Sunday 6th October.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "Danny is showing good progress - he is understanding his PTR Honda more and there is more to come from him.

"Luca is OK, but needs to work hard to regain his form and confidence from earlier in the season when he was consistently in the points. Nacho rode one of his best races to date in his rookie season, so well done to him. We are looking forward to the last two rounds.

"David struggled with rear grip on his first time on the bike. From here he will learn more about the bike and is now going to a track he knows, so we will look for better things at Magny Cours. Damian burnt the clutch out on his bike and was forced to retire early on - we thank him for standing in for Matt and wish him the best for the future."

ParkinGO at Istanbul Park: 5th for Rolfo, technical problem for Iddon

Istanbul, 15th September 2013

Battled race in Supersport at the circuit of Istanbul Park and mixed fortunes for the ParkinGO Mv Agusta riders, Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon.

Roberto Rolfo, started in 14th place but was pushed back to 19th place. Even though the little issues at the beginning the Italian rider has done what he promised, doing an excellent comeback and finishing in 5th place very close to the podium and the fastest group.

Bad luck for Christian Iddon, starting from front row and very close from the podium almost the whole race. Two laps to the end, due to technical problems, the British rider rookie in Supersport and the Turkish circuit, had to give up his 4th position and all the chances of a podium after seeing his MV having problems to finish the race.

Roberto Rolfo

It has been a really nice race even though my bad start. I made contact with other riders on the firsts corners and I found myself on the gravel and with no chance to open the gas.

After coming down I started my comeback catching the fastest group and passing some of them. I didn't even realized the race was finished. I want to thank my team for giving me a perfect bike. Last night I stayed till late working with my crew chief Filippo Burgatti searching for some solutions tested afterwards in warm up and in the race. Everything has been perfect!

Christian Iddon

I am obviously not very satisfied of my results but I can’t say that it has been a bad weekend. Despite the technical problem, I think I’ve shown I can learn a track quickly and to be able of being with the best.

From my very first session up until now I have improved in my weak points and I have been with the best for longer.

The bike was perfect almost the whole race and I have to say that it has been great to battle equally with the others. In France I will be more determined. I need a good result to give the guys the prize they deserve as they have been working very hard for me and Giuliano Rovelli that has always believed in me.

Van der Mark returns to podium

Pata Honda rider Michael van der Mark returned to the World Supersport championship podium for the first time in five months after finishing third in today’s 11th-round race at Istanbul Park in Turkey.

The thrilling 16-lap race was won by Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu, sparking noisy celebrations from the large crowd, with series leader Sam Lowes finishing second. Van der Mark’s Pata Honda team-mate, Lorenzo Zanetti, was fourth.

Dutch ace Van der Mark, 20, battled closely with both Sofuoglu and Lowes in the early laps before settling into a more comfortable rhythm that allowed him to secure his first podium finish since the second round at Aragon in Spain on 14 April.

In contrast, Zanetti had a relatively slow start and had to fight his way back through the field from 11th place in the opening stages. The 26-year-old Italian took fourth place on the final lap to finish less than three seconds behind his Pata Honda team-mate.

Michael van der Mark – 3rd

I had a really good start and the first few laps were good. I wanted to go faster but the grip level was not like this morning so it was a bit difficult. I tried to follow Sam and Kenan but I was too much on the limit so I tried to find my own rhythm. I kept an eye on the group behind, who closed the gap a bit so I had to push a bit harder and keep the gap. For a few races now, we have had the speed for the podium but now we finally got here, so I am happy for that. It was quite difficult to stay with the different riding style that let me improve my grid position yesterday. I need to work on it some more because with all the adrenalin in the race it’s hard to concentrate!

Lorenzo Zanetti – 4th

I’m a bit angry because of a stupid mistake. I didn’t do a test start after warm-up this morning and we had changed the engine and the clutch. It made a big difference and I lost a lot of positions at the start. Our tyre choice was good though and I had a really good rhythm, but I lost a lot of time overtaking other riders. I am sure that my pace and rhythm would have allowed me to fight for third place and maybe even with Kenan [Sofuoglu] and Sam [Lowes], at least for the first part of the race. Fourth is not too bad and I’m happy for Mikey [van der Mark] and the team with the podium. I want another podium before we finish the season and maybe fight for third place in the championship.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

Michael got a really good start from the third row and got up to second for a short time. He was never threatened for third place though and another podium after such a long time is great news. It hasn’t been so easy to find a good setting or pace this weekend, so it’s a great result for him and his crew. Lorenzo didn’t have such a good start and had to fight his way forward. But he showed what a strong racer he is by finishing fourth so, all-in-all, it’s been a really good day for the Supersport team.

Kennedy Cements 7th In World Championship With Gutsy Turkish Ride

The Turkish round of the World Supersport championship at the Intercity Park circuit happened earlier today with Rivamoto Honda keen to replicate their success from previous rounds.

Both riders, Jack Kennedy and Edik Blokhin improved with their last lap efforts in qualifying and after a strong showing in the morning warm up session the scene was set.

Kennedy was once again right in the mix. The Dublin based charger is not shy of pushing hard and after a not so good start was once again responsible for some decisive moves as the race progressed.

As the race progressed Jack suffered a little with the loss of grip but clung on to claim yet another impressive 9th place finish in his debut World Championship season at another new track.

Edik Blokhin was having one of the best races of his season and was unlucky not to finish.

The results today testament to the work put in by the entire Rivamoto squad and with two rounds of the 2013 championship remaining, the team look eagerly ahead to the next round in France. Another circuit, another challenge but another chance to shine.

Today’s result cement Jack in 7th position overall in the World Supersport championship.

Jack Kennedy – 9th position: “Again, not one of my best starts and this has been making life so much harder for me in the last couple of races. It’s so frustrating trying to get through the pack while the front group break away. I settled in to a good pace mid race when it spread out and made some progress, but just lacked some grip near the end and to get any further. On a positive note it was another top ten and I closed in on sixth place in the Championship. I would’ve liked to be able to grab more points for the team and I, as they worked very hard over the weekend and really I appreciate their support.”

Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “This has to be our biggest challenge to date. The track is incredibly technical and we had limited time to learn it. Jack did a good job in damage limitation for his Championship and the focus now is to keep his advantage over some experienced riders behind him. We have another couple of new tracks coming up but that doesn’t seem to deter him.”

Laverty and Sofuoglu winners of the Turkish Round

Istanbul (Turkey), Sunday 15 September 2013 – The eleventh round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship reached its highest point today, as teams and riders geared up for what was an outstanding day of racing. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) made a clean sweep of the competition by winning both WSBK races and narrow the gap from Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) – third and second at the flag in the two races – to 26 points. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) got one podium finish each, but lost some ground in the title chase, which sees them now sitting 8 and 33 points short of the leader

The star of the day, though, was Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki), who sent the 51,652 spectators into raptures by edging Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) at the finish line, to win his WSS home race. Lowes, on the other hand, is just two points away – even considering the number of race wins – to win his first World Supersport title.

The eni FIM Superbike World Championship will resume at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in two-weeks time, while Supersport will be back on track – along with the two STK classes and EJC – early next month at Magny-Cours.

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