Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
Sykes wins opening WSBK race in Misano from team mate Baz
Misano (Italy), Sunday 22 June 2014 – After 21 fast and furious laps, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) has won the opening race of the day at the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli after starting from Pole Position courtesy of his record breaking lap yesterday. This is the 19th individual WSBK race win, the first one at Misano, for the British rider, who extends his lead in the title race to 27 points over Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team). Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) took the remaining podium positions by finishing second and third, respectively.
From the start however it was Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) that took the holeshot before reigning champion Tom Sykes forced his way past towards the end of the opening lap.
Both factory Aprilia riders made small mistakes before regrouping allowing Loris Baz through to give chase to his Kawasaki team mate.
Elias overshot at the start of lap 3 into turn one whilst the battle at the front was intensifying.
As the race progressed the battle at the front was fast becoming a two rider affair with the fight for the final podium place now involving both Ducati riders as well as the two factory Aprilia machines, Elias and the Pata Honda of Jonathan Rea.
As the race entered the final third Sykes was pulling away from Baz by 2 tenths of second leaving the Frenchman a lonely second. The final podium fight was now between Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) with Melandri eventually grabbing 3rd at the flag.
Chaz Davies, Sylvain Guintoli and Toni Elias completed the top 6.
David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) came out on top in the EVO battle after working his way through the pack after being caught mid pack in the opening sequence of corners, eventually finishing a respectable 11th overall.
Alessandro Andreozzi (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) crashed out unhurt. Frenchman Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki – EVO) retired on lap 10, after starting the race from the pit-lane due to a technical infringement found on his ZX-10R.
Repeat performance for Sykes in second encounter at Misano
Misano (Italy), Sunday 22 June 2014 – After winning the opening race of the day reigning champion Tom Sykes was victorious again in race two putting in a commanding performance aboard his Kawasaki Racing Team machine. It was the 20th career individual race win and the third double in the season for the Brit, who is now one success short of two time WSBK Champion Max Biaggi.
Behind Sykes there was an intense race long three rider fight for the final places on the podium with Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) eventually grabbing 2nd ahead of Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) after some hard but fair overtakes between the pair. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) having to be content with fourth.
An equally exciting scrap behind the top four saw Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) emerge 5th ahead of Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia)" Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who was 8th.
Race 2 was over before it had begun for Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team). The Italian who had finished 8th earlier in the day took the lead into turn one but was judged to have moved before the lights went out and was given a jump start penalty. He would eventually finish 9th after serving a ride through the pits for his mistake. Ducati’s other rider Chaz Davies crashed out of fifth on lap 5.
In the EVO battle the accolade of being the best classified finisher went once again to David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) despite a valiant race from Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) on his return to racing.
Christian Iddon (Team Bimota Alstare - EVO) highsided out of contention early on but was thankfully able to limp away. Fellow Brit Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) crashed out of the fight for fifth. Unlike Iddon, Haslam did remount to finish 12th.
MELANDRI TAKES A DOUBLE PODIUM IN MISANO AND CONFIRMS THE COMPETITIVE EDGE THAT HE REACQUIRED WITH THE WINS AT SEPANG
WITH TWO PLACINGS GUINTOLI DEFENDS HIS SECOND PLACE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Misano, 22 June 2014 – Finishing on the podium twice in Misano, Marco Melandri confirms the competitive edge that he reacquired with the double win at Sepang in Malaysia, while team mate Sylvain Guintoli managed to defend his second place in the championship standings.
The 32 points earned in Emilia Romagna – thanks to two third place finishes – are the second major spoils for Marco Melandri in his first season astride the Aprilia RSV4 and allow him to continue his climb in the upper part of the world championship standings. At Misano Marco gained 12 points on Rea and reduced the gap behind fourth place to 20 points.
In Race 1 Melandri got stuck in the pack through the first turns, then having to fight to regain positions from eights place, a job he carried out skilfully, finishing in third place for his first podium of the day. Race 2 was an exciting duel behind Sykes, battled out between Melandri and Baz to the excitement of the Italian crowd with Marco finishing the race in third place.
Marco Melandri: “I'm pleased with the way I rode today. I had a good feeling with the bike. In Race 1 after a few mistakes at the start I was able to overtake the riders in front of me, but the Kawasakis were quite simply faster. I'm disappointed about Race 2 because I was able to make up some ground thanks to the work done in the garage. Unfortunately it is very difficult to overtake here and Baz rode very well and didn't make any mistakes. I think I could have given Sykes a run for it. I wouldn't have made it easy for him. It's a shame that we weren't able to fully verify the progress we made. After Sepang I was consistently fast here too. We are on the right track in terms of feeling so we just need to keep improving from here. Portimao, with its layout, will be able to give us a hand”.
Sylvain Guintoli was one of the protagonists of the day, battling in the top spots but stopping at the foot of the podium twice, finishing fifth and fourth, placements that allowed him to fend off the attack by countryman Baz and hold onto second place in the championship standings.
Sylvain Guintoli: “In terms of the championship at least I am holding onto second place in the standings. But I definitely was expecting more. We are not missing any pure speed, but we need to work on consistent performance as far as race pace goes. In Race 1 we made the wrong tyre choice, whereas in Race 2 with the right options and a few changes to the bike geometry we were able to significantly reduce the gap behind the leaders. While I was with Marco and Baz I made a few mistakes too many which kept me from battling for the podium in the end. It's a shame there is no Race 3... All joking aside, we need to keep working to be more consistent in the race”.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki fight hard in Misano heat
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki racer Eugene Laverty took a hard fought seventh place at the Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ in Italy today in the second of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship races.
Having slipped back in the first race due to a complication with his previous foot injury, Laverty displayed a strong and determined performance for the day’s second outing. Fighting with a number of riders and initially dropping to tenth place at the beginning of the afternoon’s contest, the Irishman dug deep to regain positions, crossing the line in seventh place to score a further nine championship points.
Riding a somewhat solitary race on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R for the majority of the first outing, Laverty set his fastest time of the morning’s race on his 17th revolution of the Italian circuit. Having damaged his already injured right foot in the opening laps, the Irishman had slipped back and considered retiring from the race. Regrouping and adjusting his riding position towards the latter stages Laverty reignited his race to regain his grid position and although he was swiftly closing the gap to Ducati’s Davide Giugliano, he ultimately ran out of laps as the chequered flag was raised, to finish ninth.
Alex Lowes showed impressive pace in both of the day’s races, finishing eighth this afternoon after a crash in the morning’s action. Recording a 1’36.621 on his ninth lap of the opening race Lowes had been quickly closing the gap to Honda’s Jonathan Rea for eighth position before a fall at turn 5 on lap 13 saw him leave the fight early.
A difficult start to the second race had left the Englishman circulating in 11th but his consistent pace on the Suzuki GSX-R allowed him to challenge the fight for fifth position, claiming seventh by lap 14 and narrowly losing out to his teammate at the flag to take the eight points.
Despite an overcast start to the day, race one maintained the weekend’s high temperatures of 29°C with the track already topping 38°C and as the skies cleared the afternoon saw track temperatures peak at 44°C. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes took a double win at the Misano Adriatico circuit, with teammate David Salom reflecting the achievement in the EVO class.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki will continue its championship fight in two weeks’ time at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimao in Portugal, on 6th July after a break from racing sees the team attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 27th-29th June.
“That was definitely not the easiest of days! In race one, a few laps in at turn five while I was pushing on the footrest I felt something snap inside my foot. There was a lot of pain and I struggled to ride for the next five laps but I didn’t want to pull in so I just adjusted my foot and for the last five or six laps I was able to ride again and start pushing. For the second race I sought medical attention which allowed me to ride in a different way – I had to keep my foot in a strange position on the footrest but at least that allowed me to fight and race, because I thought I wouldn’t be able to race again. It’s unfortunate because I thought the foot was coming ok; it’s ok to walk, but to ride the bike the break is exactly at the point I need to push on the footrest and I think I’ve done more damage now than originally. I’ll do my best to be as strong as I can be in Portimao, and hope we can get the GSX-R close to the front.”
“I’m really disappointed with the first race, I made a mistake but I was riding quite well. In the second race I did my best and got an eighth place, which I can’t really be happy with but I worked hard. It’s all experience for me, I still need to adjust my riding style for the hot temperatures but it’s my first time here on the Superbike and I felt I held my own. We still have improvements that we need to make both for me and my understanding of the GSX-R and how to get the best from it but I’m looking forward to Portugal. We had a good test there before the season started so hopefully we can continue to improve and come back fighting at Portimao.”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“A tough weekend all in all! This championship is so competitive; if you miss just a small percentage of your best performance it makes a good result impossible. Both riders made a huge effort and Eugene did very well to race in the second outing – he was clearly in a lot of discomfort. We have a good consistency on worn tyres but both riders struggle to use the grip of a new tyre at the start of the race, so this is our biggest focus in terms of improvement.”
Two Wins For Sykes As KRT Riders Dominate Misano Podiums
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) grew his career total of WSB wins to 20 today after taking two clear victories in the 21-lap Superbike races at Misano. Each time he headed up his own team-mate Loris Baz by one place in the results on a great day for the official Kawasaki riders. The joy of the KRT team was boundless when David Salom (KRT SBK Evo) won both Evo races at Misano, extending his championship lead in the Evo classification.
In race one Sykes pushed on ahead to lead every lap and although Baz was able to stay close to him for some time Sykes had the pace at the end to win by 5.012 seconds after 21 laps of intense action at the 4.226km Misano circuit.
In the even hotter track conditions of race two Sykes made a harder push to get away and after early leader Davide Giugliano had to take a ride through penalty for jump-starting Sykes made the best of a clear track ahead to ride clear to his second win of the day. Baz was even closer to him in race two than race one and rode with full commitment to keep the highly experienced Marco Melandri behind him on the final laps of the race.
For Sykes his fifth and sixth wins of the year came as a result of his third double win, following his successes at Motorland Aragon and Donington Park. His latest wins came despite painful hand, wrist and leg injuries he carried over from the previous round. Tom left Misano with a Superpole win and new lap record, set in race one, of 1’35.629.
An extended championship lead of 39 points was Sykes’ final reward after a tough but truly rewarding weekend in Italy. Kawasaki now leads the Manufacturer's Championship by 22 points.
Only Baz put up a serious challenge to Sykes this weekend and in taking two second places he drew himself to within two points of second place in the championship standings as the championship now enters the second half at the next round in Portugal.
David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team SBK Evo) was on great form in both races to win each Evo class contest outright on his Ninja ZX-10R, and move to an impressive lead of 24 points over the next best rider in the championship after seven of 13 rounds.
The next SBK event takes place at the Portimao circuit in Portugal on Sunday 6th July.
Tom Sykes: “I am very pleasantly surprised at these results but I knew that the adrenaline and the concentration would give me something extra. I honestly was not expecting to get that much extra but massive credit to all the team. It all went to plan in race one. I knew I had some limitation all weekend and I said that to my crew chief, and what the issues were. After that you need to get on and do the job. We have been working a lot all weekend and we have been fine-tuning the set-up of the Ninja ZX-10R. Finally when it came to crunch time I was able to give that final little bit myself, and I am happy about that. The lap times were quite surprising at the start and I was surprised to keep that pace in race one. The front and rear were moving a lot but the feedback from the bike was fantastic, so I have to thank Marcel and Danilo and all the mechanics who have all worked over time a long time to deal with my fussy requests! In race two it was even more difficult, the bike was moving a lot more and I was over compensating with my left arm. I had to stay focused but at the end the control of the second race was probably a bit more relaxed than in race one.”
Loris Baz: “I think today Tom was just too fast and I could not go with him in each race. In the first race I thought I could but after ten laps I could see he was faster. I thought I could go fast in the last few laps, but Tom had a great pace and also made a new track record, turning in a 1'35 - a time that no one had done before. In race two Tom was faster from the beginning. I had Marco Melandri behind me in that race and kept him behind. I am really happy to have done that because he tried to pass a few times. We know how experienced he is so I think that is the best race I have ever done. I did not make any mistakes so it was hard for him to overtake me. I am really happy and I cannot wait for the next race at Portimao as I am sure that first win of the season will come pretty soon.”
David Salom: “We took two race wins at Misano in the Evo class but it was very hard. The end of the first race was perfect for us, we made a good start and in the first laps I followed Canepa and Baiocco but at the end I passed Canepa and pushed hard. I took a good advantage then and I pushed all the way. In race two it was more difficult because some other riders were strong and fast and I had a very good fight. I knew if I pushed very hard at the end I could not be passed before the line. It ended up a very good day for Kawasaki. We have more points in the championship and that is the main thing.”
Pata Honda works hard for points on Misano raceday
Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea finished in seventh and fifth positions in today’s two seventh-round World Superbike championship races at Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ in Italy.
With temperatures hovering around 30˚C and the track in the mid-40s, the two races were won by Tom Sykes as Rea, 27, fought to harness as many championship points as possible after a testing race weekend. At the halfway point of the season, he holds fourth place in the standings.
His Pata Honda team-mate Leon Haslam endured an eventful raceday, finishing 10th in race one after an electronics glitch just three laps from the end. The 30-year-old crashed on the last corner of the 4.226km Misano circuit in race two but minimal damage to his CBR1000RR Fireblade SP allowed him to re-mount and take 12th place at the flag.
Jonathan Rea - 7th and 5th
It’s been a disappointing weekend for me because it feels like we’ve made zero progress here. It was frustrating to be unable to pinpoint and fix the problems we’ve had and, while I don’t want to sound like a broken record, I feel a bit like one with my comments in the garage. We were able to salvage a top five in race two after some brave passing in the fast parts of the circuit but the group at the front was too far away. I can only ride the bike as well as it’s working, but I want to be able to race it again. We can’t just hope that the next round will be better; we need to evaluate what’s been going wrong and try to find some different solutions. It’s been frustrating for the whole team because I know we haven’t been able to get the best out of the CBR this weeken d. I know that on the right day and in the right environment, the bike is capable of much, much more. The whole team feels like we’re under-achieving right now so we need to do our homework and fix things as quickly as possible.
Leon Haslam - 10th and 12th
I got a bad start in race one and got stuck for a couple of laps before working my way up. By then, I was about four seconds off the group in front, which included Johnny [Rea] and I felt like I was holding my own. I had a few little issues but then, with three laps to go, the ECU seemed to just cut-out. I pulled off the track, re-booted it using the kill-switch and managed to get going again to finish tenth. In race two my start was better but I had a bit of a yo-yo race, losing time in some corners and making it up again in others. I was right on the group that went up to fifth but then had another issue that led to the crash. We need to assess what that problem was and go from there. I think we’ve made some progress this weekend and I was able to do some better lap times in the races but there’s more work to do before Portimao.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Leon was riding quite well today and doing some decent lap times. The bike had a technical issue just before the end of race one, which was disappointing for everyone. In race two, he was in the second group and had a small crash, which he was able to recover from to finish 12th. The results are not satisfying of course, but again we made progress. Leon is closer to his team-mate and we’ll take that positive to Portimao, which is a track that he likes. We wanted to battle for the podium here again but Jonathan had too many issues and it took us too long to make a good setting for him. We have a lot of work to do and we need to aim for the Portimao podium with him because it’s one of his favourite tracks and we know how well he and the bike can go there.
An unexpectedly difficult day for the Ducati Superbike Team today at Misano
Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 22 June 2014 – The Ducati Superbike Team and riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano experienced a more difficult race day than they had perhaps expected today at the Misano World Circuit. After strong performances by both riders throughout the practice and qualifying sessions, Davies closed race 1 fourth before retiring from race 2 after a crash, while Giugliano battled his way to eighth and ninth position.
Race 1 - Conditions were warm and dry for the first race with a track temperature of roughly 38°C. Giuugliano, starting from second place, was lying fifth through the opening corners, with teammate Davies hot on his heels in sixth. After only a few laps the Ducati Superbike pair swapped place, with Chaz able to increase his pace through the central phase of the races. Davide, held back by bike vibration issues, maintained sixth place for the best part of the race, but from the fifteenth lap onwards the problems became more difficult to manage and, also due a drop in rear grip in the final stages, the Italian rider was passed by two riders to cross the line in final eighth position.
Chaz, fifth at lap seven, pushed hard to reach Melandri, managed to get to within 0.2 of a second within the space of only a few laps. He did all he could to pass him but had to settle for fourth position in the end.
Race 2 – the track temperature had risen to 44°C for race two. Having changed tyre, Giugliano got off the line extremely quickly to position first. Unfortunately he then received a ‘ride through’ penalty as his start was considered to be a jump start by Race Direction. As a result the Ducati man went from first to seventeenth after completing the ride through on lap five. He immediately fought back, pushing to move through the field and was up to thirteenth by lap nine and ninth by lap twelve. Unfortunately the gap between him and the eighth placed rider was too large and although he did his best to reduce the distance, he was unable to gain any more positions, therefore closing in final ninth position. Chaz too started fast and was lying fifth by lap four. Unfortunately he then suffered a small crash at Turn 4 when, pushing on entry, he lost the front of his bike. Although he was able to return to the track without issue, he was down in 24th position. The British rider decided to remain out on track, in case something happened to cause a race restart, but once he’d completed fifteen laps, two thirds of the race distance, the rider returned to the garage.
After seven of fourteen scheduled rounds, Davies holds sixth position in the general standings, with 143 points, while Giugliano is seventh with 111 points. Ducati lies fourth in the manufacturer’s classification with 178 points.
Quotes after the races:
Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 4th, DNF
“Fourth in race one wasn’t bad. In the final stages I was riding at the limit and although I got close to Marco at one point, he was able to pick up the pace at the end and I couldn’t match that. I’m a bit frustrated about the time I lost at the start when Elias ran off track – he was right in front of me and I was forced to brake.
In race two I had a bit of a strange feeling with the front of the bike right from the start. We hadn’t made any big changes between race 1 and 2, but I guess the higher temperatures caused the change in feeling. The problem is that you need to get away strong and stick with the front guys - if instead you have to push to make up lost ground the tyre deteriorates more quickly. I also had a damaged footpeg after the crash but I stayed out until we were two thirds of the way through the race, just in case there was a red flag for any reason. After 15 laps I decided to come in, also because coming in meant the engine did a few laps less.”
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 8th, 9th
“It was a tough day. In practice we hadn’t tried the other rear tyre, the one that many of the other riders used, because the lap times recorded on the used tyre were consistently good in the practices. Unfortunately it was a very difficult race, I had a lot of vibration at the rear and the grip really dropped off in the second half. Then in race 2 I made a mistake – in trying to start as well as possible I did too much and made a jump start. I wanted to get away as fast as possible and not get trapped in traffic like in race 1, and from the pace I had through the first laps I know I could have done that. A pity, as the tyre was working well and I was happy with the bike. I’m sorry for both me and the team, especially on a weekend in which we were constantly fast in every session. We are continuing to improve and I’m certain that it’s only a question of time before we are able to bring full satisfaction to the team, Ducati and all of our supporters and fans.”
Ernesto Marinelli (Ducati Superbike Project Director)
“The weekend definitely didn’t end as we had hoped but unfortunately this is racing and it’s important that we react in a constructive and determined way. We nevertheless achieved good results in practice and in race 1 Chaz again just missed out on the podium. Davide was constantly fast but unfortunately in race 1 an unexpected problem at the rear slowed him down significantly. In race 2 he got away fast but the error off the line was identified by race direction who rightly applied a ride through penalty. Chaz’s crash then ended our chances. Our work continues and we have more data to analyse. We will do all we can to improve for the next races.”
13th And More Points For Muresan & H-Moto In Misano
Robert Muresan fought back after an early race collision with Assen winner Kevin Valk to grab more points in the FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup after bringing his H-Moto BMW home in a credible 13th position.
An initial good start saw Roby making up places but an early clash dropped him down the order.
Digging deep and riding around some small problems with the suspension, he slowly made his way back towards the front and had the red flag, which stopped the race on lap 11 of 15 not been shown who knows if the result could have been better.
Robert Muresan - “Despite rear suspension problems I had a good race and pushed hard throughout the race to bring more points for the team. Unfortunately the collision with Valk delay it and had to start over again. 13th place is not such a bad position after an unlucky week-end. I am happy with the step forward that we made and confident for Portimao.”
Today’s result moves Roby up to 14th position overall in the championship standings – the best ever for a Romanian rider.
Second at Misano maintains van der Mark's championship challenge
Pata Honda’s World Supersport championship leader Michael van der Mark finished second in today’s seventh-round race at Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ in Italy, his sixth successive podium finish, which gives him a 28-point lead in the series as it enters the second half of the season.
The 21-year-old Dutch rider got a good start from the front row of the grid but his race almost ended at the beginning of lap three when another rider ran wide at Misano’s first turn and re-joined the track, almost colliding with van der Mark. The Pata Honda rider took evasive action but lost a position before beginning a charge back to race leader and eventual winner Jules Cluzel.
Van der Mark’s Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti was in the leading group for the early part of the race and held a lonely fifth place for 12 of the 19 laps around the 4.226km Misano circuit. The Italian ace, 26, dropped back to sixth at the flag to match his grid position but moves up to fourth place in the championship standings with five rounds to go.
Michael van der Mark - 2nd
We’ve had a really good weekend. We didn’t come last year with World Supersport but right from the start the bike was working really well. We improved every session and today I had a good pace. The start was OK and I was running third but after two laps, another rider ran wide and, in my opinion, he should have rejoined the track from the safety road. We almost touched and then Jacobsen passed me. When I got back to second position I tried to chase Jules [Cluzel] but he was really fast and made a perfect race. It would have been nice to stay with him from the beginning and have a nice fight - I tried everything to get to him but it wasn’t possible. I think overall we have worked really hard for the weekend and now I’m looking forward to Portimao which I think will suit me and the bike.
Lorenzo Zanetti - 6th
I’m not really happy because my reaction at the start was OK, but I wheelied a bit and lost some positions. Then I got stopped a couple of times by a championship rival and I lost maybe two seconds on the first lap. When I was by myself I had a good rhythm but I pushed too hard to re-join the front group and used up the tyre too early. This is racing but I am disappointed because I really wanted to fight for the podium here at Misano. I’m looking forward to Portimao, even though it’s probably my worst track of the season. I want to fight there as well because I need podiums to be able to challenge in the championship.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Lorenzo got held up a bit at the start of the race and then could not catch the leading group although he was matching their times. For sure, he will be looking to get to the podium next time. For Michael, the whole weekend was good. He, too, was held up at the beginning of the race and then, when he had clear track, he started to close on Cluzel. In the end he had to let him go but he brought it home in second which was really good.
First Podium For Jacobsen As Sofuoglu Finishes Fourth
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India) had to settle for fourth place in the Misano WSS race but 2014 rookie Patrick Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) put in a superb third place finish in his fist visit to the Italian circuit
For three time world champion Sofuoglu the race at Misano was challenging as he had a less than perfect race set-up by he time the flag dropped but he battled hard to stay in contention and took 13 points for his fourth place finish. He was only 5.638 seconds from the winner. Sofuoglu is now sixth overall in the championship, one point behind fifth place.
Jacobsen moved from a qualifying position of eighth to third in an impressive raceday performance, during what was only the seventh WSS weekend of his career. He is now seventh in the championship but his team-mate Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) is still the highest placed Ninja ZX-6R rider after the Misano race. In finishing seventh at Misano Marino remained third in the overall points standings.
Roberto Tamburini (San Carlo Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) put in another great showing from a Kawasaki rider at Misano on raceday, taking fifth place and finishing within ten seconds of the win after 19-laps of intense action at the generally tight 4.226km long Misano track.
Local rider Roby Rolfo (Kawasaki Team Go Eleven) took tenth place today and made sure that half the top ten machines in the final race results would be Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6Rs.
Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) had his second-best season finish of 11th at his home round, while Christian Gamarino (Kawasaki Team Go Eleven) was the last rider to score a point, for 15th place. Tony Covena (Kawasaki Ponyexpres Intermoto) placed 18th in the race, from 23 finishers.
The next round is at Portimao in Portugal, with raceday on Sunday 6th July.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “The race result disappointed me because my race pace was quite good even if earlier in the weekend I did not have such a good feeling on the front, as we had a chattering problem. We had an improvement with that in the race and in the last sector it was better than it had been all weekend. In the race it seems when we found something in that area we missed out a little in another area. I had a bit of a corner entry issue all through the race and the others were faster. I tried my best to stay with them but it was clear they could go faster than me. Now, step-by-step, the team is improving the bike and the settings but I cannot say I am on good form at the moment. I am trying my best to get my confidence back but for sure we are fighting to get a good result.”
Patrick Jacobsen: “I think we just found a couple of things with the bike that suit my style a little bit more and I think we are improving every race. Another new track for me but the bike felt really good in the race and I just could not stay with Cluzel who had a big gap at the beginning. I did all I could and to bring it home on the podium for my first podium; I was pretty happy with that.”
Racedays Honda Superstock riders battle in Misano heat
The Racedays Honda Superstock team leaves Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ in Italy with mixed results from this weekend’s two races but with optimism about progress to be made in the next round.
In the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, riders Kyle Smith and Josh Day experienced differing weekends with only Smith able to score points in today’s race at the 4.226km Misano circuit which was red-flagged after 10 of the scheduled 15 laps.
British rider Smith, 22, finished in tenth place on a count-back but was confident that he could have taken his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to a higher position had the race run its full distance.
His 24-year-old American team-mate Josh Day endured a frustrating weekend of technical problems, which also finished his race after just three laps today.
In Saturday’s FIM Superstock 600 European Championship, Italian Kevin Manfredi finished in eighth place after a typically dogged battle while his team-mate Jake Lewis from New Zealand finished outside the points in 19th position.
Kyle Smith - 10th place, Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
It was a difficult race to start because it felt like the new tyre was pushing the front. As it went on I felt stronger and stronger, but they red-flagged it early after only ten laps and there were a couple of guys in front that I felt I could’ve caught. That was a bummer but we made some big improvements on the engine braking this weekend. The lap times were closer to the front and we matched the race pace of the leaders, but the result wasn’t there. We’ll take this data to the next race at Portimao where we have a test.
Josh Day - DNF, Superstock 1000 Cup, CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
It’s been a frustrating weekend with a weird crash on Friday and then some problems just getting comfortable on the bike. We lost warm-up this morning with some technical problems and then another issue that finished the race. I don’t know what caused all the problems but it just makes me hungrier for the next time in Portimao, which should be better. We’ll be well prepared and ready to fight in the top ten for sure.
Kevin Manfredi - 8th place, Superstock 600 European Championship, Honda CBR600RR
I had an improvement in qualifying but had a crash on the last lap. In the race I had a good start but I could not stay close to the leading group. We will try to understand what happened but it was a consistent race and we are ready for the next race in Portimao. I’ve never been there but we will go to test, which is important for us.
Jake Lewis - 19th place, Superstock 600 European Championship, Honda CBR600RR
It was a good race and I was able to make some good consistent lap times. I had my own battle and my times were not that far off the leaders. It was a good result, even if it wasn’t quite points, but we’re definitely moving forward and it was great for Kevin and the team to be back in the top ten.
Jeremy McWilliams – Racedays Honda team manager
Kevin didn’t quite reach his potential here at Misano and we weren't able to give him the result that he wanted. We tried some things that didn’t quite give him the performance he needed but we have a test planned and we can move forward. Jake had a good, consistent, steady ride and we’re really happy with his performance. On the other side of the garage, we’ve had a difficult weekend trying to find a window for the riders to be comfortable in. Josh had a small technical problem in the race just as he was beginning to feel comfortable. Kyle struggled trying to find grip and although he was happy enough with a top ten, we all know that he’d want to be higher up. We’ve got a full two-day test planned at Portimao when we can hopefully build on what we’ve learned here.
Misano dishes up another European Junior Cup sizzler
In temperatures approaching 30˚C at Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simonceli’ in Italy today, the Pata European Junior Cup powered by Honda Racing maintained its reputation for some of the closest racing on the World Superbike championship calendar.
After 10 laps of the 4.226km Misano circuit on identical Honda CBR500R machines, Spaniard Augusto Fernandez (#37) took his third win of the season by a remarkable three thousandths of a second (0.003s). It was his fourth podium of the year, which extended his championship lead to 18-points.
Second place went to Italian wildcard rider Matteo Ciprietti, who was beaten in a far-from-unusual photofinish, while another Spaniard, Ilian Fernandez, who set the fastest lap in today’s race, finished third – just 0.2s further back – so moving up to fourth place in the overall points standings.
He beat Javier Orellana – another of the EJC’s Spanish contingent – by 6.1s but, with his fourth place finish, Orellana retains second place in the championship behind Augusto Fernandez with three rounds remaining.
I’m very happy with my third win! I was very nervous and the start was delayed, which was not easy. But in the end I felt good and pushed very hard from the beginning. We were in a leading group of three of four and on the last lap I knew that I had to be leading at the end of the back straight. So, I closed the gas a little bit before the straight so that I could slipstream the other guys and then I was able to pass them on the brakes. It was a great result for me and I look forward to the next race in Portimao.
Gerry Bryce – European Junior Cup director
It’s been another great EJC race here at Misano and to have a photo finish between first and second and then just 0.2s back to third shows what a humdinger of a battle those guys had. I think Augusto Fernandez’s talent is now really shining through. He’s consistently strong and, having finished second last season, he is proving himself to be a worthy contender for this year’s title. We’ve developed a lot of interest from Italian riders this weekend as well, so the series goes from strength to strength.
Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda Racing – round four
Misano, Italy – result (ten laps):
1 Augusto Fernandez (ESP)
2 Matteo Ciprietti (ITA)
3 Illan Fernandez (ESP)
4 Javier Orellana (ESP)
5 Josh Harland (GBR)
6 Angelo Licciardi (BEL)
7 Hannes Soomer (EST)
8 Paolo Grassia (ITA)
9 Mika Perez (ESP)
10 Camen Geissler (SUI)
Championship points after five of eight rounds:
1 A Fernandez 104, 2 Orellana 86, 3 Miralles 62, 5 I Fernandez 50, 6 Licciardi 44, 7 Jesper Hubner 40, 8 Perez 40, 9 Harland 38, 10 Soomer 34
Next round: Portimao – 4-6 July