-- World Superbike 2013 - Round Nine - Silverstone
-- Tom Sykes dominates Day 1 on home soil
Blazing sunshine welcomed the eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders in today's Qualifying 1 at Silverstone. Despite a late crash at Turn 1, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) stole the show courtesy of an impressive 2'05.355 seconds lap-time, to lead the way until the chequered flag was waved on the finish line.
Apart from the leader, competition on track was very close: riders from 2nd to 12th place were all within 6 tenths of each other, while five of the British representatives took a spot in the top-6. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) ended up an impressive second followed by Moscow Raceway pole-sitter Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) - who crashed at Turn 8 halfway through the session - and Pata Honda duo of Jonathan Rea and fresh Suzuka 8 Hours winner Leon Haslam.
Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) was far back in ninth, behind team mate Eugene Laverty, Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet). Tough luck for for Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), as the rider from Rome lost control of his RSV4 at Turn 13 and finished 15th.
1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2'05.355 average 169.496 kph;
2. Camier (Suzuki) 2'06.236;
3. Giugliano (Aprilia) 2'06.332;
4. Rea (Honda) 2'06.349;
5. Haslam (Honda) 2'06.353;
6. Laverty (Aprilia) 2'06.539;
7. Baz (Kawasaki) 2'06.553;
8. Melandri (BMW) 2'06.590;
9. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2'06.656;
10. Cluzel (Suzuki) 2'06.718;
11. Badovini (Ducati) 2'06.735;
12. Davies (BMW) 2'06.826;
13. Neukirchner (Ducati) 2'07.516;
14. Checa (Ducati) 2'07.546;
15. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 2'07.753;
16. Aitchison (Kawasaki) 2'09.126;
17. Sandi (Kawasaki) 2'10.471;
18. Iannuzzo (BMW) 2'11.866.
World Supersport Qualifying 1 took place today at Silverstone under dry track conditions and warm temperatures, as the sun popped out from behind the clouds to finally shine on the British track.
Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) was the fastest rider in Round 9 first qualifying. The reigning Champion broke into the 2'08 seconds barrier with few minutes left and improved his lap-time again to a final 2'08.823, to edge title contender and current Championship leader Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) - who had a crash halfway through the session - and Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki), back on track after missing the Russian Round.
Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) ended up fourth with almost a second gap from the top, ahead of one event Florian Marino and Intermoto Ponyexpres regular rider David Salom. Irishman Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) was 7th followed by Raffaele de Rosa (Team Lorini Honda) and Suzuka 8 Hours winner Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport).
The red flag was waved once during the session after the technical problem occurred to Eduard Blokhin's Rivamoto Honda CBR600RR. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth Honda) and Luca Scassa (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki) had the same fate as the Russian rider.
1. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2'08.823 average 164.933 kph;
2. Lowes (Yamaha) 2'09.001;
3. Russo (Kawasaki) 2'09.308;
4. Morais (Honda) 2'09.755;
5. Marino (Kawasaki) 2'09.843;
6. Salom (Kawasaki) 2'09.982;
7. Kennedy (Honda) 2'10.209;
8. De Rosa (Honda) 2'10.263;
9. Vd Mark (Honda) 2'10.309;
10. Foret (Kawasaki) 2'10.367; etc.
Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) set the fastest time in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup first qualifying session. The Reigning Champion and current leader in the points lapped the 5,902 m of the Silverstone Circuit in 2'09.110 and, despite a technical problem with ten minutes left in the session, he ended up first, ahead of last year's race winner Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Ducati) and a surprising Matthieu Lussiana (Team ASPI Kawasaki).
2007 STK1000 Champion Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati) finished fifth with a 0.999 seconds gap from the top, behind Frenchman Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) and followed by Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and podium finisher at Imola Ondrej Jezek (SK Energy - Fany Gastro Ducati).
1. Barrier (BMW) 2'10.396 average 162.944 kph;
2. Savadori (Kawasaki) 2'11.109;
3. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2'11.217;
4. Mercado (Kawasaki) 2'11.325;
5. La Marra (Ducati) 2'11.529;
6. Bussolotti (BMW) 2'11.891;
7. Jezek (Ducati) 2'11.994;
8. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 2'12.096;
9. Canepa (Ducati) 2'12.219;
10. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2'12.418; etc.
Sixteen year old Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) leads qualifying after topping the timesheets in today's first session at Silverstone. The winner of the last race at Imola, who already managed to clock below the best lap with 15 minutes left in the session, was able to further improve his time to a final 2'11.410, one second faster than the previous record set by Michael van der Mark last year. Nocco, moreover, has never raced at Silverstone before.
The impressive performance by the young Italian resulted in a big lead over team mate Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) and Championship leader Gauthier Duwelz (MTM-MVR Racing Yamaha), who finished Q1 second and third respectively and were the only two riders able to lap within a second gap from the top.
Aussie Adrian Nestorovic (MTM-MVR Racing Team Yamaha) ended up fourth, ahead of Christian Gamarino (Team Goeleven Kawasaki) and wildcard Luke Mossey (G.B. Racing Yamaha).
1. Nocco (Kawasaki) 2'11.410 average 161.686 kph;
2. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 2'12.173;
3. Duwelz (Yamaha) 2'12.294;
4. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 2'13.024;
5. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 2'13.706;
6. Mossey (Yamaha) 2'13.896;
7. Chesaux (Honda) 2'13.977;
8. Coveña (Kawasaki) 2'13.980;
9. Mulhauser (Yamaha) 2'14.008;
10. Salvadori (Yamaha) 2'14.247; etc.
European Junior Cup – Free Practice
Times: 1. Flitcroft (Honda) 2'31.925 average 139.853 kph;
2. Raymond (Honda) 2'32.845;
3. Orellana (Honda) 2'32.849;
4. Fernandez (Honda) 2'33.335;
5. Soomer (Honda) 2'33.709;
6. Sebestyen (Honda) 2'34.337;
7. Harland (Honda) 2'34.344;
8. Lewis (Honda) 2'34.554;
9. Fernandez (Honda) 2'34.577;
10. Hill (Honda) 2'34.703; etc.
-- Aprilia Racing Report
The first times are in from the Silverstone World Superbike round, with all the riders taking to the track for the first two sessions of the weekend. The morning free practice sessions were held under a typical English sky, in other words overcast, luckily without any precipitation. Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli respectively ended the sessions with the eighth and ninth best times in a small group of riders with very similar pace.
On the other hand, a bright sun came out in the afternoon just before the qualifying session began. In this session the Aprilia riders put in a lot of laps on the English track, looking for the best technical solutions in order to take on Superpole tomorrow and the races on Sunday. Sylvain Guintoli had to deal with the pain in his injured shoulder, particularly stressed by the fast turns and direction changes. Sylvain confirmed his ninth place position at just over a second behind the leading time. The Frenchman, current leader in the rider standings, is still lacking something in order to feel comfortable on this asphalt on his fast RSV4.
Sylvain Guintoli: “My shoulder still isn't at 100%, so I need to work on it. In any case we are faster than we were in Moscow and I'm confident that we can get even better. I'm certainly not riding the way I know how to yet. We need to find some solutions to achieve a more effective race pace. Everything is working well, but we still need to work on a few details in order for me to feel comfortable on the bike since my injury is still quite painful”.
Eugene Laverty consistently increased his pace, ending the session in sixth place. The Northern Irish rider, who has a particular soft spot for this track, complained of a lack of grip coming out of turns in the extremely important acceleration phase. Eugene blames most of the gap on this problem and he'll be working on it with his mechanics in view of the two sessions that precede Superpole tomorrow.
Eugene Laverty: “As far as the final position goes, sixth place is certainly not exceptional. The most important problem at this point is the lack of grip coming out of turns. That's where we lose a lot of time. My Aprilia is not aggressive on the tyres and that's good on a track like this one, but if I can't find grip in the initial acceleration phase everything becomes a bit more difficult. I like the track. It's fun to ride even in the slower sections and I expect a good battle”.
The other two Aprilia RSV4s on the track also had good results. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) improved his fourth best time from the morning session, qualifying with third best time in the first qualifying, whereas Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma), after putting the third best time on the boards in free practice, crashed at the beginning of the second session and then struggled to find the right pace.
-- Pata Honda Report
Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam took provisional fourth and fifth places respectively in this afternoon’s opening qualifying session for round nine of the 2013 World Superbike championship at Silverstone in the UK.
The British duo returned from the Suzuka 8-hours race in Japan earlier this week but took no time in adjusting back to their SBK-specification Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades at the 5.902km Silverstone circuit, ending the day separated by just four thousandths of a second.
After grey and overcast conditions this morning, the first 45-minute qualifying session was run in warm, sunny but breezy conditions in which Tom Sykes took provisional pole position.
Jonathan Rea – P4 2m06.349s - "We made some good progress straight away and got up to speed early on this morning, so I was really happy. This afternoon we went backwards with the set-up a little bit and we need to revert back to the ride heights that we had earlier. The bike was a little harder to ride, especially in the twisty sections. Looking at everything though, it’s useful to have Leon up there as well because we can learn some things from his data. We’ll sit down and go through it all tonight and learn what we can. It seems we’re faster than last year but in the second session it was quite difficult to do the lap time. We’ll try to make the bike more easy and try tomorrow with some improvements. Engine braking is still a bit of an issue and I feel like I’m being pushed into the corner a little bit, so we need to look at deceleration and then we should be in the ball park. But it’s not bad for a first day!"
Leon Haslam – P5 2m06.353s - "We’re making progress, even though we have a few issues that we need to resolve, but, all in all, it’s good. It’s always nice to be a little bit higher up the time sheets and, although I’m happy enough with the progress we’ve made so far, we’ve still got a bit of a way to go. The leg injury is not holding me back as much here as it has at earlier rounds, and once we’ve solved these issues we can hopefully make some bigger steps tomorrow."
Pieter Breddels – team-co-ordinator - "This morning, Leon was struggling a little and didn’t do a lot of laps so we had to make the bike a little more to his liking. This afternoon he improved a little for a pretty good lap time, so it’s good to see him back near the front and showing his potential. Jonathan started pretty well this morning but we tried some things this afternoon, some of which improved the bike, some of which didn’t. We’ll analyse everything and try to make a better bike for tomorrow."
-- BMW Motorrad Goldbet Report
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team has completed an intensive day’s work preparing for Sunday’s races at Silverstone. The British race track hosts the ninth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. The weekend started with dry conditions in the afternoon for factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR). Marco finished eighth with his BMW S 1000 RR in today’s first qualifying practice while Chaz was 12th.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier (FRA) from the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team secured provisional pole-position after posting the fastest time in today’s first qualifying session with his BMW HP4. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) finished 17th.
Marco Melandri: Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:07.005 min (P5)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 2:06.590 min (P8)
“Going back out of the track is the best cure for us as riders after what had happened in Moscow. This afternoon there’ll be a meeting with all riders and the organiser, there it will be decided if from now on we will meet on a regularly basis to share our thoughts about safety issues. This would be very important.
The track conditions here in Silverstone are getting more and more difficult and we were struggling a bit to absorb the bumpy surface. In addition, I had a pretty good feeling with used tyres but with new tyres I was struggling to go fast. We will now work on improving my feeling on the bumps and with new tyres. I think that it will be a very slow and difficult race. We will find out after the first laps but I am quite optimistic that we can be among the front runners.”
Chaz Davies: Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:08.450 min (P14)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 2:06.826 min (P12)
“Today was not too easy. We are at a bumpy track again. We started our work with the set-up we were successful with in Russia, but it seems that these settings are not ideal for bumps so we need to go away from that and find something that works on this surface and also something that helps us to find more grip as it is bumpy and slippery here. This morning was difficult but already this afternoon the bike definitely went in the right direction but we still need to improve. In general I think we have found the right way, we just need to keep working in this direction for tomorrow.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“I want to compliment to the team, who keep their focus, continue to work hard and demonstrate to be real professionals. The track conditions are getting more difficult and this has not been helpful for our work. Marco has a good pace and with used tyres, he has a good feeling. Chaz was struggling a little bit more but we are confident for the races. In the Superstock class, Sylvain got the provisional pole position. Greg still has to learn the track as he is riding here for the first time.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Today both crews used the two dry sessions to work hard on the bike. We expected to have some difficulties on this bumpy surface and unfortunately both riders are still struggling with the rear end of the bike which is not absorbing the bumps as they expected. I addition to the bumpy surface, Chaz was still lacking some side grip and this combination makes the rear end of the bike a bit unstable. This is the main area on which we will focus now. We need to improve the riders’ confidence in the rear end. On this long race track, as soon as you do so a bit you can make a big step in terms of lap times. We are losing time mainly in the first and the last sector and these are the areas where our efforts will be focused. I am confident that in tomorrow’s Superpole, both riders will be able to fight for the first two rows.”
-- Althea Racing Report
The ninth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship is taking place this weekend at Silverstone and it was a positive first day of practice and qualifying for team Althea Racing and rider Davide Giugliano. This morning the skies threatened rain but the track fortunately remained dry, allowing Davide and his technicians to work on their RSV4 Aprilia. In the first free practice session Giugliano recorded a 2’06.997 to finish in fourth position. In afternoon qualifying, which took place in sunny conditions, team Althea’s rider put in another solid performance despite a small crash mid way through the session. He finished in overall third position with a time of 2’06.332. A few problems with the front of the bike limited Giugliano’s performance, but overall the team and rider demonstrated once again that they can compete consistently at the top of the time sheets, ahead of many riders who have official bikes.
Davide Giugliano: “Despite the positions in the standings, I’m not completely satisfied with what we’ve done today. We still have some problems with the front and my technicians are working to find a good solution. The positive thing is that if we have still managed to be fast despite the problems, this means that once we have the right setting we’ll be able to do a lot better and get closer to Sykes, who was fastest today. In tomorrow morning’s qualifying I want to work on our race pace and prepare as well as possible for tomorrow afternoon’s Superpole.”
-- Matt Davies Report
Matt Davies will begin tomorrow’s final qualifying session for the 9th round of the World Supersport championship buoyed by a trouble free Friday which saw him claim a provisional 27th on the grid ahead of Sunday’s race.
Matt, who lives in the UK for the majority of the racing season looks upon Silverstone as his ‘home’ race outside of his native Australia and the young Australian rode confidently in both sessions today, working hard on a ‘perfect’ set-up with his PTR Honda machine.
As always, the times between the top riders in Supersport is ultra close and just a few tenths improvement should see Matt elevate himself towards the top 20, which will give him a great opportunity to battle for that elusive first World Championship point.
Matt Davies – PTR Honda: “It’s been good today. We made some improvements that saw us improve our times. If the weather holds, and the rain stays away we should be able to move further forward tomorrow.”
RND 8 - MELANDRI WINS MOSCOW
RND 8 - MOSCOW WSBK TRAGEDY
RND 7 - SYKES TAKES WSBK LEAD
RND 6 - WSBK HITS PORTIMAO
RND 5 - DONINGTON
RND 4 - MONZA
-- Previously....... World Superbike 2013 - Round Eight - Marco Melandri wins unpredictable
Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Goldbet) is back on the top step of the podium after an epic race 1 that was hard to imagine before the lights went off. Melandri's third win in the season means a big step up in the points for the Italian, who is now 32 points away from new Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team).
Constantly changing weather conditions and several DNFs played a huge factor in today's first race, with 2013 flag-to-flag rules that came into place. The Italian, along with several other riders in the top positions, pulled in for a tyre change at the end of lap 20 as the rain got heavier, making almost impossible to ride on slick compounds. Thanks to a formidable pit-stop performed by his crew, Melandri closed the gap on the leader and team mate Chaz Davies, eventually getting on first position and pulling away to cross the line a lonely winner. Davies, on the other hand, led the race for the most part, showing great skills on both dry and mixed conditions.
Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) brought the 1199 Panigale R to a long-awaited first podium finish, thanks to an impressive performance in the last part of the race. The former STK1000 Champion found himself at ease on soaked wet conditions, to edge out from the top-3 Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) while entering the penultimate lap.
Sylvain Guintoli put in another heroic performance today by finishing sixth behind Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Aprilia), despite the dislocated right collarbone and a big moment in the first half of the race.
Tom Sykes' (Kawasaki Racing Team) second technical problem of the weekend resulted in a no-score for the Brit, as his bike stopped and got on fire during the fourth lap. A big number of crashes took place and involved Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike), Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic BMW).
Race 1 results:
1. Melandri (BMW) 25 Laps/98.275 km in 46'03.043 average 128.044 kph;
2. Davies (BMW) 7.441;
3. Badovini (Ducati) 12.754;
4. Rea (Honda) 21.317;
5. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 47.456;
6. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'00.999;
7. Neukirchner (Ducati) 1'04.762;
8. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'04.947;
9. Camier (Suzuki) 1'09.140;
10. Cluzel (Suzuki) 1 Lap;
11. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1 Lap;
RT. Laverty (Aprilia); RT. Haslam (Honda); RT. Sykes (Kawasaki); RT. Giugliano (Aprilia); RT. Savadori (Kawasaki); RT. Iannuzzo (BMW); RT. Checa (Ducati).
Cup of Nations – Dakota Mamola winner of the race
Dakota Mamola (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) dominated the Cup of Nations race today at Moscow Raceway. The 18 year old American crossed the line a lonely first with a 7.2 seconds margin over Honda rider Ilja Mikhalchik, from Ukraine. Third on the podium was Italian Giuseppe De Gruttola on a Kawasaki.
Results: 1. Mamola (Yamaha) 8 Laps/31.448 km in 13'46.074 average 137,049 kph; 2. Mikhalchik (Honda) 7.373; 3. De Gruttola (Yamaha) 8.622; 4. Fasanella (Suzuki) 21.656; 5. Eremin A. (Yamaha) 27.536; 6. Dusek (Yamaha) 28.941; 7. Davidov (Yamaha) 46.911; 8. Buryakov (Kawasaki) 49.753; 9. Kozheurov (Yamaha) 54.052; 10. Petrovskiy (Triumph) 1'27.168; etc.
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RND 8 -
MELANDRI WINS MOSCOW
RND 8 -
MOSCOW WSBK TRAGEDY
RND 7 -
SYKES TAKES WSBK LEAD
RND 6 -
WSBK HITS PORTIMAO
5 - DONINGTON
RND 4 - MONZA
RND 3 -
LAVERTY/SYKES SHARE SPOILS
RND 2 -
DAVIES DOUBLES ARAGON
RND 1 - APRILIA DOMINATE
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RND 1 - WSBK VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
RND 2 - CHECA DOUBLES AT IMOLA
RND 3 - GUINTOLI & REA AT ASSEN
RND 4 -
DRAMA AT MONZA
RND 5 - DONINGTON DILEMMA
RND 5 -
DONINGTON VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
RND 6 - SALT LAKE CITY
RND7 - BIAGGI DOMINATES MISANO
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RND 9 - MELANDRI WINS BRNO
RND 10 - SILVERSTONE
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