2016 Lausitzring World Superbike Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport organizers and teams:


Laustizring: Day 3

Rea Rules in Dramatic Wet Race

- New riders join the Champion on the podium -

Dramatic scenes from the start of Race 2

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea found redemption in Race 2 on Sunday at the Lausitzring in a dominant performance, seeing him win by a 9.3 second margin ahead of newcomers to the WordSBK podium IodaRacing Team’s Alex De Angelis and Barni Racing Team’s Xavi Fores.

Rain began to fall during the German National Anthem as riders were lined up on the grid, delaying the start of the race twice as the rain gradually came down heavier after every warm up lap attempt. Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes got the holeshot and lead into the first corner ahead of Race 1 winner Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Sykes' teammate Jonathan Rea. Sykes ran wide allowing Rea to take advantage and shoot ahead. Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team) got off to a bad start with a wheelie off the line before he got caught up in the first corner and dropped back to P17.

Sykes was the first victim of the weather and crashed out before the end of the first lap, leaving Rea to extend his lead ahead of both the rest of the field and in the overall standings. Sykes later rejoined and was able to salvage four points, finishing in P12. IodaRacing’s Lorenzo Savadori, and Aruba.it Racing – Ducati’s Davide Giugliano, closely followed by MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Leon Camier and De Angelis all had good pace in the wet and were all hunting down Davies. Giugliano charged ahead into second before a highside saw his chances of a podium finish disappear on lap five, one lap after Savadori crashed out after setting the fastest lap time.

Even though Sykes was out of podium contention, the reigning World Champion continued to charge ahead to secure the important 25 points to add to his title defence campaign. Leon Camier put in another incredible ride into the top four for MV Agusta Reparto Corse, trying to catch Fores for P3 before crossing the line just off the podium and equalling his best result of the year once again. Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Sylvain Guintoli showed he’s back in form after battling with Chaz Davies to finish ahead of him in fifth.

Milwaukee BMW rider Josh Brookes showed his wet weather quality by finishing the treacherous race in seventh. After sliding out of the race in the closing laps, Honda World Superbike Team’s Michael van der Mark rejoined in an impressive push to the line on his battered Fireblade in eighth, ahead of Roman Ramos (Team GOELEVEN) in ninth and his teammate Nicky Hayden finishing in tenth.

VFT Racing’s Luca Scassa overcame the slippery conditions to finish in P11, while Grillini Racing Teams’ Gianluca Vizziello finished in P13. Team Toth's Pawel Szkopek looked hopeful moving into the top ten before a minor crash relegated him to P14 ahead of Milwaukee BMW’s Karel Abraham who picked up one point in P15.

Pedercini Racing’s Anthony West, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Alex Lowes, both Althea BMW riders Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger, Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Team) and Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team) were all wet weather casualties, not finishing the race.

Quotes from the top three Riders in Race 2:

Rea: “I’m so happy. Our backs were against the wall yesterday with what happened. We came out fighting today. There was no other option. I really want to thank all my mechanics because they turned the bike around after yesterday’s crash. They gave me pretty much a new bike. This is for the whole team because we are really working hard for our goal. It seems like we gave some food to our rivals but it was time to take back the result today which I really wanted. It was so difficult in the wet conditions but I had a really good feeling with the bike.”

De Angelis: “Of course to be on the podium is something amazing. Especially for me because it is my first one in this championship and also because I’m coming back from a very bad accident last year in Japan. It was really a long winter, doing a lot of rehabilitation. I am still not good but it was a really nice race and I’m very happy and I never gave up.”

Fores: “I’m really happy with this as it’s my first podium in WorldSBK, especially because during the weekend we have had a lot of problems in dry conditions with trying to find a good set-up for the bike. I was looking forward to a wet race all through the weekend because I felt good on the bike. So I want to enjoy this result with my team. I want to say a special thanks to Barni (Team Principal Marco Barnabò) as he came back from yesterday as his father passed away, so this result is for him.”

Jonathan Rea will now take his Championship defense to Round 11 of the FIM MOTUL World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours in two weeks time.

#GermanWorldSBK Race 2

Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team

Alex De Angelis IodaRacing Team (+9.396)

Xavi Fores Barni Racing Team (13.041)

Jonathan Rea happy with the final results

Championship Standings after Round 10 Race 2

Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team 393 points

Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 346 points

Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati 295 points


Rea Makes Return To Winning Form As Sykes Finds Misfortune

After experiencing very different fortunes on the first race day at the Lausitzring Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes once again posted a contrasting set of results on Sunday. Rea convincingly won a wet 16-lap race this time around but Sykes finished 12th, after falling and then restarting from the back of the field.

As the KRT duo lined up for the start of race two, scheduled for 13.00 CET, the heavens opened and the start was delayed to allow for a change to a wet race set-up. Another delay came after standing water and visibility issues came to light on the sighting lap. The eventual start of the race, at 13.47, was for a 16-lap contest and not the planned 21.

Both official Ninja ZX-10R riders made good starts in the rain but before the first lap was finished Sykes had slid off under braking, one of many fallers in the tricky conditions.

Rea took his chance to lead with both hands and pushed on at a fast pace, one that none of his peers could match in the wet conditions. He was to win by almost ten seconds, even slowing up on the final straight to celebrate his ninth win of the year.

Sykes set about moving back into the points scoring positions with great determination and pushed to the very last to make sure he got every available point after his early stroke of bad luck.

In the championship Jonathan leads with 393 points from Tom’s 346, making for a points differential of 47. Kawasaki is now 99 points in the lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

The next round takes place at Magny Cours in France, with race days on 1st and 2nd October.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It feels like probably the most important win of my career so far. I felt that after yesterday and Laguna our backs were against the wall. In morning warm-up I began to feel good with the bike again after we had made some positive set-up changes. When we saw the rain coming on the grid we had to completely change to a wet set-up. It was one of those positions that with me leading the championship I had a lot to lose - but a lot to gain as well. I took my chance and put my head down from the start. I really felt good with the bike so I have to thank all my crew because last night my bike was not in a great way. They worked really late, and meticulously, to make sure the bike was perfect. To reward them with this result means I am really happy. So this is for my mechanics that have worked so hard and also for Pere and Paolo, who gave me such a good wet bike set-up.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I think it was probably a rider issue for my crash today, as the bike set-up was not working well and I think I overstepped the mark in the first race. We need to find a small set-up improvement in the dry but much more in the wet. That is not so good in one respect but I also know I can win races in the wet. It is just finding the correct balance and feedback for the rider and at this moment I do not have it in those conditions. I am sure we can find it. In racing everything is possible and everything turns on its head so fast. Yesterday I was 26 points from the lead and today 47. The positive is that over the last three races the points gap is now at 47 but three races ago it was at 71. We still have three rounds remaining.”

Other Kawasaki riders found both good and bad luck in the wet conditions that arrived for race two. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was ninth, which puts him 14th in the championship after ten rounds. Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was looking good for a very strong finish until he fell from fifth place, on lap seven. West is 17th in the series. Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team) was pipped on the line by Sykes and finished 13th. Neither Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Kawasaki) nor Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Team) finished the second race.


German rain makes for an extra challenge to Honda WorldSBK riders in race two

Round 10 – Germany

Lausitzring, Germany

Round 10 of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship has drawn to a close for the Honda WorldSBK Team, with Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden finishing race two at the Lausitzring in eighth and tenth places, respectively. After being delayed a couple of times due to adverse weather conditions, the race got underway at 13:47 with a reduced race distance of 16 laps and was contested on a very slippery surface.

Michael van der Mark maintained his position at the start and, as the race reached its halfway point, he was sixth but under pressure from former teammate Sylvain Guintoli, who got past him two laps later. With three laps to go, the young Dutchman crashed out of seventh place at turn nine; despite substantial damage on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine, he bravely re-joined the race to claim an eighth place at the line.

Nicky Hayden had a very difficult start from the front row of the grid and by lap three he had dropped down to 18th place. Although he was unable to find a competitive rhythm, Hayden made his way back to 11th place, before he was forced to run straight on at turn six on lap 11, when Alex Lowes crashed in front of him. After returning to the track in 12th position, the experienced American rode his way to a tenth place finish.

The next round of the FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at Magny-Cours in France in a fortnight’s time.

Michael van der Mark 60

8th

We had a nice dry warm up, in which we tried a couple of changes which gave us a bit more grip and I definitely felt better on the bike compared to yesterday. When it was time to race, race direction decided it was better to wait given the amount of rain that was falling. It was the right decision as there was basically no visibility at all. I got a good start to the race but the track was very slippery and I couldn’t lean as much as I wanted. After a couple of laps, I saw Giugliano crashing out of the race and I immediately thought about the championship situation, because the priority was to stay upright. Then, with three laps to go I simply locked the front and crashed. I really wanted to finish the race so I picked up the bike and rode two laps with barely any front brake. These are very important points for me, so all in all I’m not too disappointed.

Nicky Hayden 69

10th

Warm up went very well, but obviously the conditions changed for the race and it ended up not being my best day. I didn’t have a good race at all and I apologise to the team. Yesterday I did a silly mistake very early during FP3 in the wet so I had no data from the session for these type of conditions. This really put us on the back foot, especially in the early laps. Eventually I started to feel better but on the main straight, when I caught Lowes, he ended up crashing in front of me and by instinct I released the brakes for a split second and ended up running off. Given how the track is, when I returned to the track I had lost almost 15 seconds and a couple of places. Still my performance in the wet was not good and I will try to make up for it in Magny-Cours.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

We were ready and confident to race in the dry but of course it was not meant to be today. Michael had a good start and was running his own race, but unfortunately he ended up crashing with three laps to go. Eighth was not the result he was aiming for, but hats off to him for picking the bike up and riding it to the finish line. His last lap wasn’t even that bad considering the damage! Things simply didn’t go the right way for Nicky already ffom the start. After losing so many places he started to pick up the pace, but when Lowes crashed in front of him he lost that momentum again and with it the temperature in his tyres. In the end he took a tenth place, surely not what he was looking for especially after winning a race in Malaysia, but the two tracks have very little in common. We have some work to do now on our wet set-up, especially before Magny-Cours where it wouldn’t be surprising if it rains.


Sixth place for Chaz Davies in a wet Race 2 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Davide Giugliano crashes out from 2nd place

After a superb victory in Race 1 with Chaz Davies, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team faced a difficult Sunday at EuroSpeedway Lausitz (Germany). A sudden change in weather conditions, from dry to wet, mixed things up. In an unpredictable Race 2, Chaz Davies finished in sixth place while Davide Giugliano was forced to retire due to a crash.

With the start delayed twice due to track conditions, Race 2 was reduced to 16 laps. Giugliano was quick out of the blocks, climbing back to second position despite starting from third row. After posting the provisional best lap, however, the Italian crashed out at turn 9 during lap 4. Upon medical examination, Giugliano was diagnosed with a suspected fracture in the right shoulder blade, which will be further examined upon his return to Italy on Monday.

Davies seemed to have a strong chance to seal another win after posting the fastest lap in the dry during warm-up, but was penalized by the adverse weather. The Welshman fought tenaciously in the second group, controlling the everchanging track conditions and progressively improving his pace to cross the finish line in sixth place, a result that solidifies his position in the championship.

After ten rounds, Davies and Giugliano are in third (295 points) and sixth (195 points) position respectively in the general standings. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will resume action on September 30 in Magny Cours (France) for the eleventh round of the season.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) 6th

“Track conditions were tricky today. It took me a while to get up to speed, but the priority was to stay upright and I was happy to finish the race since I didn’t have the best feeling on the front. It’s a shame the weather turned its back on us, but it was the same for everyone. The positive thing is that we’ve kept a good form ever since the summer tests. Had the weather stayed dry, we would have had another chance to win. We’ll try again in Magny Cours in two weeks’ time with the second place in the championship in our mind.”

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) DNF

“I didn’t expect the crash, because I quickly realized Rea and I could make a difference in the wet and I wasn’t on the limit. The plan was to wait until the last few laps to attack. I was cautious with the throttle, but wet races are always a lottery and all of a sudden the rear lost grip. It’s a shame because I really wanted to give the team another good result after Chaz’s win. The good thing is that we’ve made a big step forward in dry conditions as well today, showing a promising pace during warm-up. We’ll bounce back in Magny Cours, a track that I like much better.”

Ernesto Marinelli, Superbike Project Director

“Unfortunately, the weather had a negative impact on us today. Our potential in dry conditions was clear. We could have gone for a double win, but the rain mixed things up. It’s a pity that Davide crashed out, as he’s always very competitive in wet conditions. Chaz correctly adopted a conservative approach, collecting important points. We leave Lausitz with confidence nonetheless, as we’ve made steps forward during the summer break.”


German Round, fantastic second place for Alex De Angelis, Savadori crashes while fighting for the podium

Klettwitz, September 17, 2016 - Alex De Angelis conquered the first podium of his career and the first podium with Iodaracing Project in World Superbike, conquering second place in Race2 at Lausitzring. De Angelis had not been on the podium of a world competition since the third place achieved while racing in Moto2 class in 2012.

Characterized by very difficult weather conditions, the starting procedures were repeated twice because of the rain and the lack of visibility.

Despite the difficulties, Alex De Angelis showed all his experience to do the best in the race, starting eighteenth on the starting grid. Thanks to a perfect start and a skillful driving of his Aprilia RSV4RF, De Angelis earned 13 positions on the first lap, dropped to the fifth position, chasing the first group of riders. After only two laps, the rider from San Marino was already behind his team mate, Lorenzo Savadori that had managed a good start and settled into third place behind Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, but crashed shortly after.

Unfortunately, Lorenzo Savadori, due to the wet conditions of the track, crashed, while he was in second place. Luckly for him no physical injuries, only great disappointment for not ending even a race of the German Round.

However, De Angelis worked on his pace to keep behind the main pursuer: Xavi Fores. Both riders battled until the end of the race, with De Angelis that was able to maintain the gap from on his Spanish collegue.

The podium of Alex De Angelis, confirms the right decision of Iodaracing to compete in the World Superbike Championship, realized with the work of Aprilia Racing and all sponsors who supported and still support the team.

ALEX DE ANGELIS - #15 - GERMAN ROUND - RACE2 - 2nd place - "First of all I want to dedicate this result to my family, and Giampiero Sacchi. Without their help and their support I would never have been able to do what I'm doing. I come from the terrible accident at Motegi, which hurt me and my family lately. But I have never given up, I spent the winter training to get back on the track and I am going on with the physical therapy and the athletic training. However, this result is the proof we made the right choice to move from our only presence in MotoGP in order to play a leading role in World Superbike. Today it was really hard to race with those weather conditions, I think I put all my experience to manage to arrive to the finish line. During the start I used my trajectories and I saw that I could overtake a lot of riders. Then I saw Sykes falling down in front of me and Savadori seemed to be at the limit. When I saw Lorenzo crashing I started to think about how to remain standing, then I was able to manage my pace thanks to the instructions coming from the box. I feel amazing. I have to thank everyone for this day, the sponsors, Aprilia and especially Iodaracing "

LORENZO SAVADORI - #32 - GERMAN ROUND - RACE 2 - DNF - "I felt good with the bike, but suddenly I slipped even if I was not pushing a lot. I was in second place and I realized that I was taking a little margin from the third rider, I was pacing the race and not trying to get Rea. Without any warning I found myself on the ground. The weather was not the best, but a so sudden steering closure caught me by surprise. I'm sorry for this weekend".


Fighting Fifth from Guintoli in German Return at Rain Soaked Lausitz

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Heavy rain hit the EuroSpeedway Lausitz just as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship grid formed for this afternoon's battle. Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Sylvain Guintoli rode a stellar race to close a top-five finish while Alex Lowes unfortunately succumbed to the conditions on lap 10.

Cold temperatures and low grip amounted to a difficult start as the reduced 16-lap race got underway at the Lausitzring. Mirroring his impressive pace from yesterday's morning practice in the wet, Guintoli soon looked comfortable on his YZF-R1 despite the surroundings. Steadily picking his way around the soaking circuit, the Frenchman's times began to improve as he reeled in the front group, holding the fastest lap of the race so far on lap 10 as he battled van der Mark for sixth position. Securing the move he immediately set on the hunt for Davies with podium matching pace, taking fifth with three laps to go and instantly breaking the hold. Guintoli crossed the line with over a two second gap, collecting 11 points and bolstering his championship tally to 76.

Suffering a bad start under the demanding circumstances, Lowes was lucky to stay upright as he left the lights but quickly recovered to jump six positions within the opening lap. Running strongly inside the top ten by middle distance, the unfortunate Briton was again caught out by the conditions, falling at turn six on his 10th revolution and forcing his retirement from Round 10's final race.

In the morning's FIM Supersport World Championship race, Yamaha and Kallio Motorsport rider Niki Tuuli put on an impressive performance to place his YZF-R6 on the podium in second, just 1.7 seconds behind the reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu, having battled with the leader for the majority of the 19-lap race.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now looks to prepare for Guintoli's home event as the WorldSBK Championship moves to Magny-Cours in France on Friday 30th September.

Sylvain Guintoli

Race: 5th / +17.100 / 16 laps. Championship: 13th / 76 points

"It is good to be back in the top-five - especially after almost five months away from racing. It was also good to just be back racing this weekend! I missed being on the bike a lot. Fifth place is a good result for us but saying that, I felt like I really struggled at the start of the race to get temperature and grip from the rear tyre and the bike was not giving me the feel that I wanted. I feel that it's a bit of a lost opportunity as the YZF-R1 was really, really, good for braking and chassis-wise was very good also but I was struggling with traction out of the corners. All-in-all I've got to be happy with this, coming back to racing but I also feel like we should have done a lot better. I did everything I could and I almost crashed many times so we'll take this and look towards my home race."

Alex Lowes

Race: DNF. Championship: 11th / 102 points

"What can I say? It's been a disappointing weekend for me. I had really good pace in the dry on Friday but the weather just didn't work out in my favour for today's race. The grip and conditions were very challenging today and I really struggled at the start but I managed to get back up to the top ten quickly enough. I had consistent pace and was looking at some decent points but it wasn't to be. We will continue to put in the work and look to come back stronger in France."

Paul Denning - Team Principal

"It was great to have Sylvain back with us after so long and to finish in the top-five was very impressive. The pace was good enough for the podium but the start and lack of feel in the early laps let us down. We don't have a lot of wet-running experience with the YZF-R1 so this race will help a lot in preparation for the future.

"Alex's dry pace was again strong in warm up today but we missed something in the wet, resulting in a lack of feedback and rider confidence. There were 12 crashes in the race, the track is unbelievably slippery - it was just a shame we were one of them!

"The whole Pata Yamaha team would like to extend their congratulations to Niki Tuuli for his dramatic second position in today's Supersport race, and to Riccardo Russo and the Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team for their podium on his return from injury. Onwards to Magny-Cours, and an upturn in our fortunes there!"


Szkopek takes more WorldSBK points and season's best result

Pawel Szkopek finished the Sunday's wet World Superbike race at the Lausitzring in Germany in 14th position, taking two more World Championship points after running as high as ninth on a wet track.

The ten time Polish Champion approached the tenth round of the season with high ambitions, aiming to battle for the victory if it's wet with the heavens indeed opening just before race two. Szkopek then turned heads with an impressive charge from 21st on the grid all the way to ninth before unfortunately low-siding with three laps to go. The only Pole on the grid was one of several riders who went down in the tricky conditions but could remount and the great pace he displayed for most of the race allowed him to finish 14th, scoring two Championship points and taking his best result of the season.

The Sunday result promotes the 41-year-old from Dobrzykow in Poland from 30th to 26th overall with round 11 of 13 in two weeks time at Magny-Cours in France.

"It was a really crazy weekend – says Pawel Szkopek. - I knew it would be hard to battle for points in the dry but I was 17th on the Saturday and came really close which was good. When it started to rain just before the second race I knew it was my chance to show what I can do. After all I said before the weekend that I wanted to fight for the victory if it's wet and I really meant it. I knew some people were scratching their heads when they heard that but in the end I was running as high as ninth and if it wasn't for a low starting position I'm sure I'd be able to fight for the podium. My pace was really good and my best lap time was faster than that of a MotoGP World Champion and WorldSBK race winner Nicky Hayden. It was wet and slippery and a lot of of the riders crashed out but I was feeling confident and was making my way towards the front."

"By the time I made it to ninth I knew the leaders are too far away and it was too risky to try and catch them, so I eased off to bring home a historic top ten but unfortunately that backfired as I lost grip and went down. Luckily I was able to rejoin the race and my Yamaha R1 still felt good so I could make it to the finish. I had quite a handy margin which allowed me to take 14th, which is still my best result of the season. With the package that we have we can't do that in the dry but when it's wet we can get closer to the front and it was very motivating to confirm that as it's often wet at Magny-Cours too. I'd also like to thank the Polish fans who were great today despite the tough weather. This result is for you!”


Tough SBK and STK1000 races for the Althea BMW Racing team at the Lausitzring

Klettwitz (Germany), Sunday 18 September 2016

Difficult conditions and disappointing results for the Althea BMW Racing team in today’s World Superbike and Superstock 1000 races at the German EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

Superstock 1000 – Race – in wet conditions, De Rosa made a good start from fourth place (the Althea BMW rider scored pole in yesterday’s qualifying but due to a penalty received at Misano, he was forced to start three places back on the grid). Through the first corners, Raffaele immediately made up two positions to move into second after one lap. He then lost ground through the central phase of the race, finding himself fourth. Without the feeling he needed to be able to push, the Althea BMW had to settle for final tenth position today.

With just two races left to run, De Rosa now lies second in the championship standings, holding 88 points to Mercado’s 102.

Superbike - Race 2 – today’s race was delayed twice due to rain and a lack of visibility. Once the race eventually got underway, shortened to 16 laps and in wet conditions, the Althea BMW riders were understandably cautious through the opening laps. Torres, from fifth on the grid, was lying tenth after lap one while Reiti was in fourteenth place. There were continual changes of position in the early stages but, due to the very difficult conditions, the Althea BMW pair struggled to make up the ground lost at the start. On lap seven, Jordi unfortunately crashed out and, just two laps later, his team-mate Markus suffered the same fate; it was therefore a race to forget for the Italian squad.

In terms of the championship, Jordi Torres lies seventh in the general standings with 168 points, Reiterberger is in sixteenth place with 68 points. BMW is fourth in the manufacturer's classification with 187 points, while Althea BMW also lies fourth in the team rankings (241 points).

Jordi Torres

“The warm-up went well, we worked to improve our set-up, but the problems started when the rain came, with a lengthy and complicated race start procedure. I tried to ride cleanly, as it was important for me to continue the trend of scoring points in every race but it wasn’t possible here sadly. It was difficult today, the track was slippery and I’m not yet very confident with my BMW in the wet. We’ve work to do in order to be prepared if these conditions occur again in the future.”

Markus Reiterberger

“Another strange day. First the rain, then the delayed start and finally my crash. I just wanted to try and finish the race without incident, particularly in view of my recent back injury. I tried my best to bring home a few points and ride carefully but unfortunately I had another highside and am in more pain than before. Not a good weekend for the team.”

Raffaele De Rosa

“I hoped it wouldn’t rain but unfortunately in the end we had to race in the wet. I’m sorry because we were really fast in the dry. I knew I’d struggle more in the wet and I tried to build a rhythm in the opening laps but it wasn’t enough. I’ve scored a few points, but I’m not giving up and intend to give it my all and make the most of the two races we have left.”

Genesio Bevilacqua

“Two very difficult races. We’d started strong in Superbike, with Torres finishing first in Friday’s session and Reiterberger second on Saturday. Today the rain came on unexpectedly and we saw both our riders suffer in the wet conditions. To be honest, I expected more – we were unlucky with the rain but have to be prepared whatever the conditions. Now I hope the riders can bounce back from this and do better at the next Magny-Cours round. We need to be more determined. I’m sorry for De Rosa as he could have extended his lead over Mercado today. He’d proved that was possible in practice but the rain changed everything and I must admit that Mercado’s experience in the wet made the difference. So we’ve lost a lot of points. I hope he can fight back in the final two races, and we will give him all he needs in order to be able to do so.”



WorldSSP: Sofuoglu Extends Championship Lead

More points to add to the points leader's championship defense attempt

Sofuoglu celebrates after stunning win

Reigning World Champion Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu won the WorldSSP race at the Pirelli German Round in typical style, 1.7 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, the impressive Finnish rookie Niki Tuuli from Kallio Motorsport. Finishing comfortably in third was MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Jules Cluzel.

Sofuoglu showed his Supersport prowess once again by taking the holeshot and leading into the first corner ahead of Niki Tuuli and Jules Cluzel. However, it was the Finnish wildcard Tuuli who was the man to give Sofuoglu a run for his money by stealing his lead before the end of the first lap and commanding the next lap. Before long, Sofuoglu came back to form and showed Tuuli who was boss, by retaking the lead and pulling away to make a comfortable gap. Cluzel battled early with Swede Christoffer Bergman (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) before breaking away from him for third.

Championship contender Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Randy Krummenacher had a difficult start, falling back some places heading into the first corner. Once he got up to speed, he began to work his way back up the field and before long, caught up to Bergman, who had fallen behind and headed the group fighting for fourth position.

Birthday boy Gino Rea (GRT Racing) looked strong in the early stages of the race but was forced to retire on lap 8 as a result of technical problems. FIM Europe Supersport Cup rider Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia) was the first rider out after highsiding on turn 8 in the opening lap, before Stefan Hill (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) ran off a few laps later, luckily able to rejoin, before Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing) retired before the end of the race.

In the final laps it was BARDAHL Evan Bros. Honda Racing’s Federico Caricasulo and Honda World Supersport Racing Team rider PJ Jacobsen who took the fight to Krummenacher, who fought hard to hold them off, but Krummenacher couldn’t match their pace in the last lap and finally finished in sixth. Jacobsen came home in fourth ahead of Caricasulo in fifth. Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) finished the race in seventh ahead of Bergman who fell back to ninth, with Kyle Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) locking out the top 10.

Profile Racing’s Luke Stapleford put in a solid performance finishing in P11 ahead of Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) in P12. GEMAR Balloons - Team Lorini’s Ayrton Badovini came home in P13, ahead of ESS riders Ilya Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team) in P14 and Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia) taking a point in P15.

Quotes from the top three riders:

Sofuoglu: “Honestly I didn’t expect it to be like this. When I looked at qualifying and at warm up this morning I was thinking if I can ride 1’41.5 I can pull a gap to everybody. But I was surprised that Tuuli was so strong because I kept riding low 1’41 laps and he didn’t give up. When we were in the last five laps I was thinking maybe I have to give up the fight because for the championship I need to be careful. Then I thought this is a good chance, if I win this it will help me to get the title at Magny Cours, so that’s why I didn’t give up. I’m very happy with what I did this weekend, it’s 25 points and it is very important for my fifth title.”

Tuuli: “I really didn’t expect it but I had a very good feeling with the bike. I had a good feeling behind Kenan and I just did what I had to do. At the end of the race I was just aiming for the podium and Kenan is so fast. He doesn’t make mistakes. I just wanted to get onto the podium and I did it.”

Cluzel: “I’m happy because we have come from a long way back in the last races. At this race we have improved, with some new parts. We improved from this morning and we found something. Yesterday we worked until midnight and we really tried hard, so we deserve it. I’m happy because this is a step forward. There was one turn where I was losing a lot and I came back in the other places. We were strong but we just have to understand why that one turn was really critical. Anyway, it was a really good race, we have 16 points and I’m happy, so it’s good.”

WorldSSP will be back on track in two weeks time at Magny–Cours in France for the next Round.

WorldSSP Race

Kenan Sofuoglu Puccetti Racing Team

Niki Tuuli Kallio Racing (+1.757)

Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse (+4.712)

A proud Sofuoglu on the top step of the podium

WorldSSP Championship Standings Round 10

Kenan Sofuoglu Puccetti Racing Team 171 points

Randy Krummenacher Puccetti Racing Team 118 points

PJ Jacobsen Honda World Supersport Team 109 points


Fifth Race Win For Championship Leader Sofuoglu

FIM Supersport World Championship points leader Kenan Sofuoglu moved even further ahead in the standings with his fifth race win of the 2016 season, and the 37th of his long WorldSSP career. Kenan’s Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team-mate Randy Krummenacher was sixth today, pushing for all 19-laps but unable to challenge for a final podium position at the end.

Starting from pole on his Ninja ZX-6R, Sofuoglu was quick away from the lights but young Finnish rider Niki Tuuli led the first two laps until Sofuoglu passed him and controlled the race from the front. Sofuoglu had Tuuli for company for almost the whole 19 laps but reasserted his leading position in the final few circuits, despite making a less than ideal tyre choice in what were cool raceday conditions.

Kenan’s final margin of victory was 1.757 seconds, placing him into an even more impressive championship lead over his nearest title challenger, and his own team-mate, Krummenacher.

Krummenacher, starting from the second row of the grid, used up his rear tyre in the early laps and as a consequence went from fourth to an eventual sixth.

After the nine of 12 rounds Sofuoglu has 171 points and Krummenacher 118, for an advantage of 53. Randy is now nine points ahead of the third place rider, PJ Jacobsen.

The next WorldSSP round takes place at the French circuit of Magny Cours, with raceday on Sunday October 2nd.

Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I had a very good pace but after six or seven laps I had a real grip problem, so much spinning and vibration. We chose a different rear tyre option, the harder one; to have an easier full race pace, but it did not happen the way we expected. But no problem. I think the change in temperature was our problem because we had not run in these cooler conditions before, so I think that is why we had a problem on the rear grip. It was important to manage this race well and we did today. It was important for us to take the 25 points and I kept pushing to the end. I was thinking that if I won today it would help a lot in Magny Cours, at the next round. It was very important to win this race so I am very happy and very proud to give my team another win.”

Randy Krummenacher, stated: “I felt very strong at the beginning. Then I think I really used the rear tyre way too much, so I lost out in the last few laps. I had really zero grip any more on the rear. I just somehow managed to finish the race. Of course sixth place is not what I wanted but we have to analyse it and make it better in Magny Cours. Not testing here or not having ridden here for many years did not help me all weekend because it was in general one of the hardest weekends, but we look forward and will make it better in Magny Cours.”

ESS Kawasaki rider Illia Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) scored points for 14th place in the race, winning the ESS race category. Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) was 15th but his team-mate Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) crashed out of contention. Full series regular Christian Gamarino (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) finished in 19th place.


Impressive ride to fourth place for Jacobsen in Lausitzring World Supersport race

Round 9 – Germany

Lausitzring, Germany

PJ Jacobsen put together an impressive performance in today’s ninth-round World Supersport race at the Lausitzring racetrack in Germany. The Honda WorldSSP rider went from ninth place on the grid to fourth at the chequered flag, courtesy of an extremely competitive last part of the race, which saw Jacobsen making up three places in the last five laps.

Jacobsen was able to maintain his position at the start, he kept his own rhythm in the early stages of the race and, as the laps went by, he built speed upon speed. Towards the end, he was one of the fastest riders on track. After moving up to sixth place, the young American shadowed Federico Caricasulo and, once both riders got past Randy Krummenacher on the penultimate lap, he decided to have a shot at fourth place and overtook the fellow Honda rider at turn 10.

Last year’s Vice Champion then rode as hard as he could to seal fourth place at the line. Courtesy of this result, Jacobsen is now only nine points away from second place in the standings.

Round 10 of the 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship will take place in a fortnight’s time at Magny-Cours in France.

Patrick Jacobsen 2

4th

Today was really good for us. A fourth in the race felt like a podium to me, given how much we struggled this weekend. I really couldn’t figure the track out and find the right setup to be fully competitive. In the race I never gave up and kept going and did my best time on the final lap. I just wish the race could have been longer! Thanks to the team for never giving up as well; we’ll come back stronger in Magny-Cours, a track where I won last year. I’m really looking forward to racing there.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

We tried some new settings during warm up but PJ struggled in finding a clear lap; because of that we were unsure about the change, although we thought the setup for dry conditions was a little better. His start was not perfect and it took him a while to find his rhythm, but in the last eight laps he managed to pick up the pace and really get going. He went from eighth to fourth at the line. Honestly, this was the best result we could have hoped for today. We have some more work to do to put ourselves in a better position at Magny-Cours, especially in qualifying. On the bright side, we are closing the gap to second place in the standings and that’s really good news.


Supersport - San Carlo Team Italia keeps the leadership of the European championship at Lausitzring

Axel Bassani finishes in the points and keeps the leadership of FIM Europe Supersport Cup, race finished too early for Alessandro Zaccone.

San Carlo Team Italia finishes the third to last seasonal round of FIM Europe Supersport Cup keeping the first two places of the championship standings. Axel Bassani finishes fifteenth on the finish line at Lausitzring (2nd in ESS) and he achieves a precious point for the overall standings; Alessandro Zaccone is out at the beginning of the race after a remarkable start.

Started from the sixth row, Bassani has progressively improved his race pace, battling until the last moment for the victory of the European Cup, vanished just for a few hundredths. This fifteenth place gives him one point useful for the championship and he has now five points more than Zaccone, who crashed during the first lap after a brilliant start and an impressive weekend in terms of performance.

With Axel Bassani and Alessandro Zaccone respectively 1st and 2nd in championship, San Carlo Team Italia will be back on track in two weeks at Magny-Cours (France), scenery of the second to last round of 2016 FIM Europe Supersport Cup.

Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #47)

2nd FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 15th FIM Supersport World Championship

"The start was not one of the best and in the first laps I struggled to find the right pace. I succeeded from the half of the race and I started a good battle with Mikhalchik. I passed him several times, in the braking points and in the corners but he had more advantage on the straight line and this was crucial for the final sprint. I can't be satisfied with the result because, after seeing the times, we could have done more but we had also some positive aspects: we finished in the points and we keep the leadership of the European Cup."

Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #61)

DNF FIM Europe Supersport Cup & DNF FIM Supersport World Championship

"Unfortunately there's not too much to say. I started well, but I went too long at Turn 8 and due to a dip, I crashed. It's a shame because I liked the bike and the feelings were good: we had the potential to with the first riders. Unfortunately a single negative episode didn't allow us to reach an important result, we'll be back at Magny-Cours in two weeks."

Cristiano Migliorati

"For the whole weekend we did a good job, in constant progress, as proved by the brilliant tenth time of Alessandro in Warm Up. In race he did a great start as he was tenth, the unfortunately at turn 8 he was a little out of trajectory and, passing on a dip, he crashed due to an highside. There's obviously some regret because it could have been a positive race, but anyway it's the first seasonal mistake of Alessandro. We keep focusing on the remaining races with positivity and the firm conviction in our means, as we proved this weekend."

Stefano Cruciani

"We succeeded in defending the leadership of the European championship, but there's some regret because we had the potential to reach an important result. In the first laps Axel struggled to find the right pace, while in the second part of the race he raced with the same time of the first riders. On the second to last lap, he was the second fastest rider on track, sign of our level of competitiveness. Unfortunately, when you start behind, the race is almost totally compromised, for this reason in the remaining two races we will focus on this aspect, in order to improve our performance in qualifying. We leave Germany as leader of the championship, with the awareness of being able to be in the first positions in Magny-Cours and Jerez."


REA SPLASHES TO REDEMPTION AT GERMAN WorldSBK

2016 FIM WorldSBK waited an age to resume duty after an extended summer break and was faced with mixed – and unkind – conditions within the speedbowl setting of the Lausitzring in Germany last weekend for the tenth fixture of thirteen on the current slate. It was a tense weekend of reversals for reigning world champion Jonathan Rea: the Kawasaki Racing Team rider making up for a crash in the first race on Saturday with a brave victory through the deluge of rain on Sunday.

61st WorldSBK race to watch the lights go out in Germany and the first in nine years to circle the tight Lausitzring layout saw the majority of the Superbike field itching to get back into race mode. It was Ducati’s Chaz Davies who conquered the first sprint on Saturday and on dry asphalt as Tom Sykes posted his seventh podium finish in a row with second place and through holding off former MotoGP Champ Nicky Hayden.

“For sure not perfect but second position compared to many others is fairly good,” Sykes said afterwards. “We had no previous data reference here and we were able to make a good race. We had to experiment a lot and I think we found an acceptable set-up. There is a lot of pressure at this time of the season and we have seemed to find some kind of momentum, so we have to build on that.”

Rea hit the ground and out of race action for the first time this year. The mishap on lap 8 meant his advantage at the top of the standings shrunk to a difference of 26. At round nine the Brit suffered a technical problem at Laguna Seca that caused just a second DNF in two years and had seen Sykes chunk a section of Rea’s hard-earned championship lead. The first outing and misfortune in Germany created further consternation for Rea and his ‘Team65’ crew, therefore making his error-free run in the second race through the Lausitzring damp even more incisive.

Sunday’s proceedings got off to an edgy start. Excessive rainfall caused the riders to delay the second race when they formed up on the grid after the warm-up lap. The showers eventually eased but Sykes was a victim of the treacherous conditions as he fell on the first lap. The Englishman remounted and bagged four points by being able to continue to twelfth spot. Rea produced one of his best performances of the season for his ninth win (from twenty races) and to re-stretch his points margin back to 47 with just six outings left in 2016.

“It feels like probably the most important win of my career so far,” Rea underlined. “I felt that after yesterday and Laguna our backs were against the wall. In morning warm-up I began to feel good with the bike again after we had made some positive set-up changes. When we saw the rain coming on the grid we had to completely change to a wet set-up. It was one of those positions that with me leading the championship I had a lot to lose - but a lot to gain as well. I took my chance and put my head down from the start. I really felt good with the bike so I have to thank all my crew because last night my bike was not in a great way.”

“In racing everything is possible and everything turns on its head so fast,” reflected Sykes and with a view on the bigger picture. “Yesterday I was 26 points from the lead and today 47. The positive is that over the last three races the points gap is now at 47 but three races ago it was at 71. We still have three rounds remaining.”

Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes, back on WorldSBK duty after his recent adventures in MotoGP and at the Suzuka 8 Hour, posted an eighth place in the dry but was a faller in the wet.

WorldSBK gathers again around the curves of Magny Cours in France on October 1-2 and with the series set for conclusion that same month with events in Spain (Jerez) and Qatar (Losail) to come.


Cabuk dominates Lausitzring EJC race as Perez extends championship lead

Round 5 – Germany

Lausitzring, Germany

Harun Cabuk (KNN54-TMF) in dominant fashion has won the 9-lap WilSport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda race at the Lausitzring in Germany, the fifth of the 2016 season. After sitting out the last two races due to injury, the young Turkish rider returned to action fully fit after the long summer break. Starting from second place on the grid, Kenan Sofuoglu’s protégé began to pull away as soon as a dry line started to appear around the track and crossed the line with a massive 11-second advantage over Spain’s Mika Perez (Granshagen Racing Team).

South Africa’s Troy Bezuidenhout (Into The Blue Diving – Costa del Sol) claimed his first podium of the season in third place, ahead of Italy’s Giuseppe De Gruttola (SK-Racing Team) and Hungary’s Richard Bodis (H-Moto Team). Avalon Biddle (Avalon Biddle Racing) edged out Charlie Oakland (DF Racing) by just 0.045s to claim first place in FIM Europe Women’s European Cup courtesy of a 15th place overall finish.

With today’s second place, Perez has increased his championship lead to 37 points over Paolo Grassia (Chiodo Moto Racing), who was 7th at the chequered flag.

The sixth round of the 2016 WilSport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda, will take place in two weekends at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in central France.

Harun Cabuk 54

Winner

I was really careful at the start of the race because the track was very slippery. I got more confident after three laps or so with the bike, the tyres and the track surface so I decided to push and pull away. I rode the race the way I wanted to and won it, so I’m very happy about it. We’re still a long way from the top but anything can happen, so I will stay focused for the remaining three races of the season.

- KNN54 – TMF

Gerry Bryce

Series Director

There were difficult conditions and a very wet track, but we were fortunate that it was drying up so the riders could enjoy a small dry line as the race progressed. Harun Cabuk has bounced back from some misfortunes in the early part of the season to dominate the race and finish with the biggest ever margin in the history of the series. He really is a big talent and truly deserved the win. Mika Perez rode a smart race and was clever to take 20 points rather than pushing for the win, as it was still very wet in places. Really happy also for one of the youngest riders in the series, Troy Bezuidenhout, who rode a brilliant race and took his first podium. All in all, it was a brilliant race.

- WIL Sport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda


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2016

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