2015 Portimao World Superbike Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and teams after qualifying for tomorrow's World Superbike round at Portimao:


Davide Giugliano seals Portuguese Tissot-Superpole

Sykes and Davies complete row two as Rea crashes on second flying lap.

The seventh Pole Position of the 2015 season has been won by Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) who claimed the fifth Pole Position of his career in this afternoon’s Tissot-Superpole session, the second of the year. The Italian rider overhauled Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and team mate Chaz Davies by 0.116s and 0.359s respectively, on his way to the fastest lap of the weekend so far (1’41.764s). Giugliano was last at the front of the grid at Imola.

Behind the top-3, row two will see Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing), who made it three Ducati machines on the front two rows.

Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) achieved his best qualifying result of the season in 7th, while championship leader Jonathan Rea crashed at the exit of Turn 2 at the start of his second flying lap. The KRT rider will start tomorrow’s two 20 lap races from the middle of row 3 in 8th alongside Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils).

Row four has the BMW Motorrad Italia entry of Ayrton Badovini, Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati) and David Salom (Team Pedercini Kawasaki). Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven) make up row five in positions 13 to 15 respectively.

Superpole 1 saw the aforementioned Alex Lowes and Leandro Mercado progress to the final shoot-out, courtesy of being the fastest two riders in the first 15-minute session.

WorldSBK Portimao - Tissot-Superpole

1 - Davide Giugliano Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team 1'41.764
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +0.116
3 - Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team +0.359


Pole position for Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team) and third place for Davies today at Portimao!

Portimao (Portugal), Saturday 6 June 2015 – The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team score fantastic results in today’s Superpole at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve with Davide Giugliano snatching pole position for the fifth time in his Superbike career. Chaz Davies will also line up on the front row of the grid, having qualified third for tomorrow’s races.

After yesterday’s strong results, the two Aruba Ducati riders were able to make further improvement in this morning’s third and final timed practice, which took place in hot conditions, similar to yesterday, on the Portuguese track. It was a hard-fought session with the top twelve riders all closing within one second of each other. Giugliano continued yesterday’s positive trend, further dropping his time to duck under 1’43 for the first time. His best lap, completed in 1’42.928, saw him place overall second at the end of the timed practices. A small crash for Davies five minutes before the session’s did not prevent the Welshman from returning immediately to the track and setting his fastest overall time, a 1’43.390, in the final seconds to position sixth. Both Giugliano and Davies therefore qualified directly for the afternoon’s Superpole 2.

Superpole 2: After completing two laps on race rubber, Giugliano was straight back out with the soft qualifying solution and was able to record an extremely impressive time of 1’41.764 thanks to which he snatched pole position for the second time since returning at Imola, the fifth pole of his Superbike career. Davies was also able to complete a very fast lap, in 1’42.123, thanks to which he closed the session in overall third position. Tomorrow both factory riders will line up on the front row of the grid for the day’s two 20-lap races.

Quotes after the day’s sessions:

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 1st (1’41.764)

“In this morning’s session we worked really well and I think we took another good step forward with respect to yesterday's sessions. This afternoon it was more tricky, also because of the higher temperature but I can say that we’re feeling confident ahead of the races. I’m really pleased with pole position of course – my second since returning at Imola and, considering that the other guys have completed eight more races than me this season, I see this as an important result which also boosts my morale. Tomorrow I hope that race 1 takes place in slightly cooler conditions while I realise that the second will be tough if conditions are particularly hot.”

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 3rd (1’42.123)

“I’m happy to have qualified on the front row of course. I feel that we’ve improved performance on the race tyre; I was able to complete two solid laps in Superpole on that tyre and felt more comfortable compared to this morning, so I think we’ve definitely taken a step in the right direction. We’ll continue to work on a couple of small things that I think are still causing me to lose a couple of tenths but overall we’re doing ok. We’re confident in our tyre choice for tomorrow and, although it won’t be easy, I hope to be able to complete two good races.”


Portimao (Portugal), 6 June 2015: A bittersweet Superpole.

In this morning’s session, after confirming the potential of the team and the work carried out, the final qualifying saw Matteo Baiocco set a solid 1'43.416 while Nico Terol recorded a best of 1'44.977. But while it was a great result for Baiocco, the problems continue for Terol. Despite having tested all of the solutions made available by the Team, and despite Ducati’ support, he was unable to improve on his time to gain entry to Superpole 2. Baiocco on the other hand, having achieved eighth place, easily qualified for the second phase of the Superpole.

With Superpole 1 getting underway at 3pm local time, Terol was able to record a time of 1'46.633 with the qualifying tyre. Unfortunately this placed him a long way behind the leaders and he therefore qualified seventeenth, a result that certainly does not meet with the expectations of the rider or the team.

In Superpole 2 Baiocco, in great form, scored a fantastic sixth place finish, to earn a second row start for tomorrow’s races, not far behind the top three. This means that Althea Racing’s Italian rider can surely put up a strong fight in tomorrow’s races while Terol will face a tougher challenge.

Genesio Bevilacqua: “I’m really pleased with today’s sessions and the great work completed by the team, and especially Matteo’s performance. He’s proved that he deserves my trust and that of the team. We’ve been working together for a while to iron out and refine a few details and this is helping him to become increasingly fast and confident on our Ducati Panigale R. I’m pleased for him, also because starting on row two, so close to the top riders who have more experience than him, will allow him to gain more information that will allow him to be one of the future top-five, a level that I believe he can reach. Frustration and incredulity with regard to Nico however. Having tried everything he remains unable to ride the Panigale. At this point we must consider the reasons for, and consequences of, these results which are clearly not in line with the expectation of the Team or the rider himself who in the past has experienced success.”


Front Row For Sykes After Portimão Superpole

Tom Sykes (KRT) came within 0.116 seconds of taking pole at Portimao but he starts Sunday’s two 20-lap WSB races from the front row in any case, having qualified in second place. Jonathan Rea (KRT) was eighth in Superpole, after setting one flying lap on race tyres and then falling at turn three shortly after.

Sykes and Rea had made it thought to Superpole 2 automatically because of their strong practice performances on race rubber and each is confident of their race pace for Sunday’s races.

Sykes looked to be heading for pole position near the end of the 15-minute second Superpole session but Davide Giugliano had used Tom as a gauge on his fastest lap and flashed over the line just behind the Kawasaki rider on track, but 0.116 seconds in front in the times.

The unlucky Rea had just put in a fast first lap early in Superpole 2 and in falling at turn three next time around he was unable to restart, having to rely on his opening lap to give him his final Superpole time. He is now starting off the third row for Sunday’s races, but has strong race pace to rely on at one of his favourite circuits.

There has been a contrast in track conditions between the morning and afternoon sessions at Portimao, with a significant increase in track temperature in the afternoons, so the KRT riders expect to have two slightly different challenges on Sunday 7th June.

In the organiser’s Superpole Award rankings, for best performance pre-race, Sykes and Rea are now joint top of the table, each with 127 points.

Tom Sykes: “Most importantly I am on the front row and we have also evaluated a couple of minor set-up things in Superpole. There is a new qualifying rear tyre for Superpole at this round and it seems good. We will speak again tonight and work on a couple of more aspects in time for raceday. I think overall we have a good bike, a good package and the consistency is there. I was nearly there to win Superpole but Davide Giugliano was just behind me and on some parts of the track that helps, so maybe I helped give him pole position - but that is racing. I have to accept that and he is a good guy, so no worries. I am relaxed and ready to go racing.”

Jonathan Rea: “I felt really confident for Superpole and maybe too much. I pushed over the limit and was quite a bit faster at the braking point, with 4 degrees more lean angle, and I lost the front. It was a fast crash but I am OK. In the afternoon practice session before Superpole we had a very good rhythm. My race pace is really good the only problem is starting from the third row and the guys with good pace are on the front row. For me tomorrow will be about the start and the first laps. I just have to make sure the opening laps are clean and that I can get through traffic. I think the race will be decided from the middle to the end but I have to make sure I am there at the middle point.”

David Salom (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) made it through to Superpole 2 automatically but had to settle for 12th place on the grid. For his Spanish countryman Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) 15th will be his starting position after Superpole. Christophe Ponsson (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) was 18th today.


SECOND AND THIRD ROW FOR THE APRILIA RSV4 RF

LEON HASLAM, FASTEST ON A RACE TYRE, FINISHES IN FIFTH PLACE

JORDI TORRES FINISHES NINTH, STILL STRUGGLING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE QUALIFIER TYRE

Portimão, 6 June 2015 – The World Superbike Saturday at Portimão saw the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils improving vastly, with Haslam putting the best time on the sheets in FP4 prior to Superpole.

So the English rider went into the decisive session ready to pounce, a sensation that was confirmed by his top time in the first phases using a race tyre. Unfortunately a moment of indecision in the first section compromised his performance during his flying lap, the lap where the rider was taking advantage of the soft compound Superpole rear tyre. Despite a good pace in the other sectors, in the end Leon had to settle for a fifth place which does not do him justice and means that he will start from the middle spot on the second row of the grid.

Leon Haslam: “Unfortunately I made a mistake in the first sector with the qualifying tyre. I was slower than when I had the race tyre on and that compromised my flying lap even though my pace was good in the other sectors. I'm disappointed but at the same time I'm confident since I had the fastest time with a race tyre both in Superpole and in the last practice session. We still need to work on a few details of the setup to improve over race distance, but our pace is good in any case. I didn't use the pain killers much today and my physical condition shouldn't be a problem for the races tomorrow.”

Jordi Torres is still working out the typical difficulties of a rookie season. The Spaniard, lying fifth in the championship standings and the best rookie of the season, also proved to be fast in the two practice sessions, moving into the leading group. Credit for his clear improvement compared to yesterday goes to the hard work done together with his team, improving his Aprilia RSV4 RF in the most critical sectors such as braking and going into turns. But the Superpole “specialised” tyre complicated matters: Jordi is still struggling to take advantage of the increased grip, losing confidence and precious tenths of a second. This is what led to his ninth place on the starting grid which means the third row, where he will start two races from behind.

Jordi Torres: “In general things went well today. Yesterday we were in the top 10, today in the top 5. We improved the RSV4 RF a lot in the sectors where I was having the most difficulty. We had a fast pace, but we are still missing a little something compared to the leaders. The flaw today was Superpole. The soft tyre still puts me in a tough spot because the bike's reactions change a lot. I'm still not that quick at changing style and interpreting it well. It obviously has more grip and that demands a different riding style. But we have the pace to stay in the top 5, even if starting from the third row is not going to make things easy.”


Guintoli seventh for Portuguese encounter

Sylvain Guintoli will start tomorrow’s two seventh-round World Superbike championship races from the third row of the grid after setting the seventh fastest time in this afternoon’s Superpole at Portimao in Portugal.

The 32-year-old Pata Honda rider and his technical crew found further improvements to his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in this morning’s two free practice sessions and qualified directly for Superpole 2 this afternoon.

After two laps on a race tyre, the French rider went out on his Pirelli qualifier and was able to set his best lap of the weekend, 0.8s off the pole time of Italian Davide Giugliano.

Guintoli’s Pata Honda team-mate, Michael van der Mark, will start tomorrow’s two 20-lap races at the 4.592km Autodromo Internacional do Algarve from the fifth row after being unable to graduate from Superpole 1 this afternoon.

The Dutch rider, 22, is still looking for more stability with his CBR under heavy braking and, despite improving his lap time in each session, the rookie SBK rider was 13th fastest in this afternoon’s Superpole sessions.

Sylvain Guintoli - P7, 1m42.641s

Well, we’ve confirmed that the weekend is going in the right direction and we’ve been able to improve the pace on race tyres and then, on the qualifier, I was able to do a couple of good laps as well. I think it’s my best qualifying performance of the year so far, so I’m happy enough with that but realistic enough to know that there’s still plenty of work to do. It’s really good to see all the hard work we’ve done start to pay off though, and we’re looking forward to carrying this momentum into tomorrow’s races and turning it into two decent results.

Michael van der Mark - P13, 1m43.272s

We didn’t have an easy day today for sure and we changed the bike a lot, but it didn’t really bring us much in terms of a lap time so we’ve definitely got some more work to do. In Superpole on race tyres I was second fastest and quite confident that I could improve. But I’ve had some problems with the front all weekend and putting the qualifier in seemed to make the problem worse. Anyway, it’s not a great position to be in but we’ll look at everything tonight and I’m sure the guys can come up with a good plan. Hopefully, if I can get good starts tomorrow, I can make up some places in the two races.

Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator

We’ve changed Michael’s bike a lot over the last two days and definitely made some improvements but he just missed out on qualifying directly for Superpole 2. He had some problems with the front and dropped back to 13th when he put in the qualifier. It’s certainly not the place he belongs and we can hopefully find something for him tomorrow. With Sylvain, the last two days have been a little easier and more positive. We haven’t changed the bike that much – just fine tuning, and that has paid off with seventh place. Of course, you always want to be on the front row, but the feeling is good and the pace is reasonable, so tomorrow we’ll just go for it!


Lowes heads second row for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki in Portugal

A ‘rollercoaster’ Saturday at the Portimao Circuit saw Alex Lowes overcome a challenging morning to claim a spectacular fourth in the afternoon’s World Superbike Superpole.

Lowes’ positive start to the Portuguese event – sitting third in Friday morning’s first practice – took a difficult turn as the weekend developed with the British racer struggling for set-up with his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R. Saturday morning saw him fail to qualify immediately for the top ten, concluding the final timed free practice in 13th, with similar frustrations in FP4. Regrouping for the opening Superpole, Lowes’ determination was evident, a 1’42.499 saw him top the session and secure his promotion into Superpole 2. Continuing his consistent pace, Lowes set 1’42.9 on race rubber before heading back out on the Pirelli qualifier – his 1’42.198 lap was enough to take fourth in the times and will see him lead the second row for tomorrow’s race grid.

Randy de Puniet continued his progression and development both with the Algarve circuit and his Suzuki GSX-R1000, improving his lap times by a second per session throughout the two days. The afternoon heat amplifying yesterday’s engine brake issue on a 52°C track surface, his 1’44.273 qualifying lap finds him in 16th for Sunday’s races.

Ducati’s Davide Giugliano proved his Imola return was far from a one-off, claiming the pole position with a 1’41.764 under the powerful Portuguese sun.

Sunday’s two races see Lowes and De Puniet on track at 10:30BST and 13:10BST respectively for 20 laps of the rollercoaster Autodromo International do Algarve.

Alex Lowes:

“We had a difficult day until qualifying! We had a few issues this morning and I was really struggling for confidence but we got our heads down in Superpole, made some changes, got a bit of confidence back and did a good job to be fourth. We need to keep improving for tomorrow, it’s going to be two hard races, we still need to be realistic and hopefully we can do a solid job. Two top-sixes is the aim for me, and if I can keep riding well, keep consistent, then we should be alright. Thanks to the lads over the difficult weekend, it sounds like a broken record but yet again we dug deep, tried to keep plugging away and got a bit of a reward in qualifying, but obviously it’s tomorrow that counts in the races!”

Randy de Puniet:

“Today we improved the bike regarding the engine brake this morning and it was feeling good. This afternoon we struggled with the actual brake power so it’s an issue when it’s hot, and I have a problem stopping the bike. We are trying to fix the problem for tomorrow afternoon, because the morning is fine, we are also looking to improve my confidence with the traction control because the bike is a bit aggressive at the moment, and also the chassis. Tomorrow I am hoping we can follow the guys a bit, improve the lap times and be more consistent.”

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

“A strange weekend so far in that we started quite strongly, especially with Alex, and then suffered a number of issues which really hurt the overall performance of the bike – ending up with Alex’s 13th position in pre-qualifying. To jump from the rhythm of mid-44’s to make a high ‘42 on the race tyre and near-enough a ‘42 flat on the qualifier was an incredible job by him but also respect to PJ, Davide and Alex’s crew for not overreacting to the problems and concentrating on improving the priorities. We haven’t had the pace of the front guys all weekend until qualifying so the race will certainly hold some challenges, but the grid position will help a huge amount and if we can improve further tomorrow morning let’s see what race day can bring.

“The result from Randy doesn’t look very special, but in fact the gap to the fastest riders and the qualifying position is an improvement to the last events. Randy is working hard, putting in the laps, putting in the effort in the debriefs but struggling to find full confidence and understanding still, to go to the limits with the Pirelli tyres and the Superbike. It’s a pity because as his career has shown he has plenty of speed, we just need to keep working together to adapt that speed to the Superbike.”


Saturday's Words & Pictures

#PortimaoWorldSBK

Davide Giugliano (ITA)

Tom Sykes (GBR)

Chaz Davies (GBR)

Davide Giugliano #34 - Aruba.it Racing - Ducati SBK

Tissot-Superpole – 1st

Twitter: @davidegiugliano

Instagram: @davidegiugliano34

Facebook Page: Davide-Giugliano

"In this morning’s session we worked really well and I think we took another good step forward with respect to yesterday's sessions. This afternoon it was more tricky, also because of the higher temperature but I can say that we’re feeling confident ahead of the races. I’m really pleased with pole position and I see this as an important result which also boosts my morale. Tomorrow I hope that race 1 takes place in slightly cooler conditions while I realise that the second will be tough if conditions are particularly hot.”

Tom Sykes #66 - Kawasaki Racing Team

Tissot-Superpole - 2nd

Twitter: @TheRealTomSykes

Facebook page: Tom-Sykes-66

“Most importantly I am on the front row and we have also evaluated a couple of minor set-up things in Superpole. There is a new qualifying rear tyre for Superpole at this round and it seems good. We will speak again tonight and work on a couple of more aspects in time for race day. I think overall we have a good bike, a good package and the consistency is there. Davide Giugliano was just behind me and on some parts of the track that helps, so maybe I helped give him pole position - but that is racing. I have to accept that and he is a good guy, so no worries. I am relaxed and ready to go racing.”

Chaz Davies #7 - Aruba.it Racing - Ducati SBK Team

Tissot-Superpole - 3rd

Twitter: @chazdavies

Instagram: @chazdavies7

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“I’m happy to have qualified on the front row of course. I feel that we’ve improved performance on the race tyre; I was able to complete two solid laps in Superpole on that tyre and felt more comfortable compared to this morning, so I think we’ve definitely taken a step in the right direction. We’ll continue to work on a couple of small things that I think are still causing me to lose a couple of tenths but overall we’re doing ok. We’re confident in our tyre choice for tomorrow and, although it won’t be easy, I hope to be able to complete two good races.”


Cluzel grabs WSS Pole Position with new best lap

The Frenchman and Sofuoglu once again in command of WSS qualifying.

The World Supersport Pole Position ahead of tomorrow’s 18-lap race at Portimao was taken in style by Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), the Frenchman getting the better of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) with the fastest lap of the weekend in 1’44.554. For Cluzel it is his 15th career WSS Pole, the fifth so far in 2015.

Alongside Cluzel and Sofuoglu on the front row, PJ Jacobsen grabbed third on his debut for the CORE'' Motorsport Thailand team despite a considerable 1.134s gap to the top.

Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) and Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) kept themselves very much in contention in fourth and fifth positions, as did Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) who completes the second row. Row 3 will see Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing Yamaha), who produced his best qualifying result of the year so far, joined by Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Roberto Rolfo (Lorini Honda).

The session was red flagged after 22 minutes following the technical problem sustained by Riccardo Russo (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda). Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) was also forced to pull out of the track due to an issue to his ZX-6R machine later on, while Kevin Wahr (SMS Racing Honda) and Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing) both crashed uninjured.

FIM World Supersport Championship Portimao - Qualifying

1 - Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse 1'44.554
2 - Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +0.272
3 - PJ Jacobsen CORE'' Motorsport Thailand Honda +1.134


Sofuoglu Second Fastest In Readiness For Portuguese Race

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was in competition with only one other rider for the top qualifying spot at the 4.592km Portimao circuit today and in taking the second best time he earned a front row starting position for Sunday’s race.

Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel were clearly ahead of their peers at the undulating and tricky Portimao circuit on pre-race qualifying. Near the end of the session both pushed their times forward, with Sofuoglu only 0.272 seconds off pole at the end of a session that had been interrupted by a red flag for a short time.

With 18-laps ahead of him tomorrow as he goes for a fifth race win in a row, Sofuoglu is out to extend his already impressive championship lead.

Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) crashed at an unlucky point of proceedings at Portimao and qualified 12th, earning a fourth row start.

Christian Gamarino (Go Eleven Kawasaki) was just one place behind in 13th and Dominic Schmitter (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) starts from 16th place on the grid.

Kenan Sofuoglu: “I am happy with he result of qualifying because yesterday we were down on speed but today we had a good improvement on the bike set-up. Our race most recent simulation was good, and again this morning, so hopefully for tomorrow we can go to win the race. For sure it will not be easy but that is what we aim to do.”


Fighting fifth for Gino

Sat, 06 Jun 2015

CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA’S Gino Rea fought his way to fifth on the second row of the grid for the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship at Parkalgar in Portugal.

Gino said: “That was a big effort and my fastest lap of the weekend so far to qualify fifth. We are making progress with my CIA Landlords Insurance Honda and I am more comfortable on it today compared to yesterday. I think we can still make improvements ahead of the race and being on the second row is good, I will be in the thick of it right from the start.”

Martin Cardenas will start from an encouraging 10th on the grid, ahead of Riccardo Russo in 11th. Both CIA Landlords Insurance Honda racers will be looking to compete well inside the top 10 in the race.

Miguel Praia continued to gain speed and will start from 18th on the grid in his final international race in front of his home crowd and fans, in what promises to be an emotional day for the Parkalgar sponsored rider.

There is a warm up session in the morning followed by the race at 1140 local time on Sunday, June 7th.

CIA Landlords Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Gino is riding harder and his lap times are coming down. He rode well today and realistically has a shot at the podium in the race.

“Martin has qualified well in 10th and has the potential to trouble the top six in the race. Ricky is right behind him and on a similar pace, so we will be looking for the same from him.

“Miguel is doing a good job for someone stepping into the team and on to a different bike and in a class he hasn’t raced for years. The target for him will be a strong finish and it would be great if he could score a point or two.”


Fourth on the grid for Smith at Portimao

Pata Honda’s Kyle Smith will start tomorrow’s seventh-round World Supersport championship race from the head of the second row after setting the fourth fastest time in this afternoon’s qualifying at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal.

The 23-year-old British rider missed a front row start by just two tenths of a second and will instead start the 18-lap race behind pole sitter Jules Cluzel, second placed Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen who is making his Honda CBR600RR debut in Portimao this weekend.

Smith has been working with his team on refining the front-end feeling from his own CBR in the hot Portuguese weather. However, with slightly cooler track temperatures this afternoon, he was able to improve his previous best time by 0.7s at the 4.592km circuit.

Kyle Smith - P4, 1m45.894s

Yeah, qualifying went well today, even though the weekend has been quite tough so far. We’ve not really found the right direction on set-up and it’s been a little bit hot, too. I really seem to struggle with the front-end feeling in high temperatures but in qualifying it was a little bit cooler and we made some changes to the bike which allowed me to improve the lap time by like half a second. The pace improved as well, which was really good, but we just missed out on the front row. I think we’re in for a good race tomorrow though.

Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator

This morning we tried some things but couldn’t really improve the front-end feeling. We had two more things to try this afternoon and the first one immediately allowed Kyle to improve his time. He rode a really strong qualifying session and was holding on to third spot for most of it but, in the end, he was pushed back to fourth. He also made a longer run and the race pace is looking a lot better too, so we’re really looking forward to tomorrow’s race.


Tamburini smashes STK1000 best lap on his way to Portimao Pole

Roberto Tamburini (Team MotoxRacing BMW) smashed Danilo Petrucci’s old circuit best lap from 2011 to take his second consecutive STK1000 Pole Position in Portimao. After starting on Pole last time out at Donington, the Italian edged championship leader and compatriot Lorenzo Savadori (Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia) by 0.147s courtesy of the 1’44.554 set with ten minutes to go.

Ondrej Jezek (Triple-M by Barni Ducati) completed the front row (+0.504s) after improving in the final moments of the sole qualifying session. Florian Marino returned to racing action after injury on the MRS Yamaha, he too was underneath the old circuit best and will start tomorrow’s 14 lap race from 4th.

Alongside Marino, Raffaele de Rosa (Althea Racing Ducati) and Luca Marconi (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) complete row number two. Kev Coghlan (MRS Yamaha), Jeremy Guarnoni (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) and Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) qualified 7th to 9th respectively, the trio within a second of Tamburini’s Pole Position time.

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Portimao - Qualifying

1 - Roberto Tamburini Team MotoxRacing BMW 1'44.522
2 - Lorenzo Savadori Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia +0.147
3 - Ondrej Jezek Triple-M by Barni Ducati +0.504


Razgatlioglu puts hand on title with Portuguese STK600 win

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) maintained his 100% winning record in the FIM Europe Superstock 600cc Championship with another victory in this afternoon’s 12-lap race at Portimao’s Autodromo do Algarve.

The Turk, who started the race from row number two was already third at Turn 1, ending the opening lap in second before starting the battle for the lead in what was the closest race of the season, which at times had 12 riders locked together. Razgatlioglu eventually won by 0.065s in a photo finish with Michael Ruben Rinaldi (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) with Federico Caricasulo (Pata Honda Junior Team) completing the podium (+0.252s).

Andrea Tucci (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) just missed out on a rostrum finish after a strong ride to fourth. The Italian finished ahead of the reigning EJC champion Augusto Fernandez (Pata Honda Junior Team) and Rob Hartog (MTM-HS Kawasaki), who were 5th and 6th at the flag.

Today’s win, the fifth of the season for the young Turk gives him a 64-point lead in the overall standings.

FIM Europe European Superstock 600 Championship Cup Portimao - Race

1 - Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
2 - Michael Ruben Rinaldi San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki +0.065
3 - Federico Caricasulo Pata Honda Junior Team +0.252

Standings (5 of 8 rounds completed)

1 - Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing - 125
2 - Federico Caricasulo Pata Honda Junior Team - 61
3 - Michael Ruben Rinaldi San Carlo Team Italia - 60


Portimao (Portugal), 6 June 2015

Second row for Raffaele De Rosa and an early conclusion to the session for Luca Salvadori after a crash.

After three positive free practice sessions for the Team Althea Racing riders competing in the Superstock 1000 championship, this afternoon’s qualifying session, which serves to establish tomorrow’s race grid, proved to be somewhat unlucky for De Rosa and Salvadori.

Raffaele De Rosa, having been very fast in the free practices, had difficulty while completing his fast laps which should have allowed him to line up on the front row of the grid tomorrow. Caught up in traffic and a little distracted after a rider in front of him crashed, he was unable to improve on his time of 1'45.241, meaning he will start from row two, in fifth position. Tomorrow he will try to make the most of warm-up, carrying out final refinements in order to be fully prepared for the race.

Unfortunately Luca Salvadori was unable to make the most of qualifying due to a crash, fortunately without physical consequences for the rider. He will therefore start the race from 25th position. Salvadori will need to make a strong start in order to make up as many places as possible. It will be a tough race but he has already proved in previous races that he never loses heart and does not fear his more expert rivals.

Raffaele De Rosa: “Today during qualifying we made some changes with respect to the solutions tried this morning, but perhaps due the change in temperature they did not prove very effective. The lap time did not depend on these different solutions, but on the fact that I was unable to make a clean lap, due to traffic on track but also small errors on my part – I was not consistent. I’m sorry that I’m not starting from the front row as I’ve done in the last three rounds but I’m counting on being able to complete a great race tomorrow.”

Luca Salvadori: “The qualifying did not go well due to my crash. I’m really disappointed because I was only one corner from completing the lap and I could have easily started inside the top twelve, as I’ve done in recent races. I wanted to move up a bit in order to complete a good race but unfortunately it went like that. Tomorrow I’ll start in 25th position and, although it will be a tough race, I’ll try to do my best and bring home a solid result despite the difficulties.”


Superstock 600 - Another podium for San Carlo Team Italia at Portimao

The first victory for Rinaldi fades for just 65 thousandths, Tucci finishes 4th.

Just few thousandths denied the joy of the first seasonal victory in the European Superstock 600 Championship to San Carlo Team Italia. At the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve of Portimao, scenery of the fourth round of the European class reserved for young talents under-24 of the International motorcycling, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Tucci fought for the victory in the twelve laps planned, but they had to leave,only at the photofinish, the highest step of the podium to the leader Toprak Razgatlioglu just for few thousandths: 65 after the checkered flag for Rinaldi (2nd), 381 for Tucci (4th). Great protagonists since the free practice of Friday, the two riders of the Italian Motorcycling Federation proved themselves again in the only qualifying session with Micheal Ruben Rinaldi in pole position thanks to a time of 1'47"865, preceding his teammate Andrea Tucci, second in 1'48"023 who completed the "double" of San Carlo Team Italia

As expected, the race was really engaging with 7 riders fighting for the podium, but with Rinaldi and Tucci who distinguished themselves positively for the whole fight. After waiting during the first phase, 4 laps before the end of the race Rinaldi launched the attack for the leadership in the braking point at Turn1 at the end of the box straight road, starting an impressive duel with the Turkish rider, which ended only on the last lap after a series of overtakes. For Rinaldi, the joy of the first victory faded for just 0"065, a goal who was almost achieved also by Tucci, fourth at 0"381 from the winner after a combative fight in which he made up ground after a bad start. Thanks to this results, Rinaldi is still third in the standings with 60 points, preceding Tucci, who is now fourth with 49 points.

For San Carlo Team Italia STK600 the next engagement is "at home" at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on 19th and 20th, scenery of the "Riviera di Rimini Round" of 2015 the European Superstock 600 Championship.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #21) 2nd

"I almost got it! If you watch it, it was a funny races but on the bike, it was a very difficult race, with a lot of riders in the front group and several overtakes on every lap. I was not at the 100% of feeling with the bike, but from the half of the race I really wanted to give my best to achieve the victory. On the last lap, me and Toprak were really at the limit: we overtook each other several times and, at three curves before the end, he got to be ahead of me. I could have tried to reply, but crossing our lines would have caused some risks. I tried in the last corner, but unfortunately I missed the victory for just few thousandths. Anyway the second place is a good result, for me and the whole team it represents a good motivation to give our best and improve in Misano in two weeks.".

Andrea Tucci (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #44) 4th

"It was with no doubts a great race and a positive weekend even though we had the potential to get something more. I am satisfied with the performance and with the work done with the team, but a little bit disappointed by the result. I finished fourth at 3/10 from the winner, a signal that I was there in the front group and that a great result was close after the podium at Imola. At the beginning I had competitive times, but how it happens at 3/4 of the race, with worn tyres, I don't have the same feeling. That's the reason why I wasn't able to give my best in the last part of the race, I will have to focus on it for the next races.".

Stefano Cruciani (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia STK600)

"As a team, we proved once again to be competitive with both our riders, so we reached our main goal. For the whole weekend Michael and Andrea were in front, but we missed the best result in race. Rinaldi was "fooled" by Toprak for few thousandths, and so was for Tucci, fourth at 3 tenths from the victory. We will watch the race together to understand where we can improve for the other rounds of the season and try to get this victory that we follow since a long time and that, in my opinion, we deserve. For Misano we are confident to be again at the top of the class with our two riders and to celebrate our "home race" in the best way."


Round Number: 
7
2015

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