-- World Superbike 2013 - Round Nine - Silverstone - Statistical
Sylvain Guintoli last year managed to qualify on the front row here. In race one he opted for rain tyres, a wrong choice which saw him lapped after a few minutes, while in race two he kept the lead until the final stages, when he was passed by Baz, which eventually fell, leaving him as the winner;
Tom Sykes has still to show his potential in Silverstone, since last year, despite his excellent qualifying form, he started only eighth here. Things didn’t improve in the races: in race one he was running in second, behind Checa, in the dry, but he eventually slipped back to eighth (nevertheless his best result here) in the closing stages, while in race two he fell and was classified twelfth. In 2011 Tom had to withdraw for an ankle injury.
In his four Superbike races run here, Marco Melandri always finished between third and eighth: twice third in 2011, last year he was seventh and eighth.
The best Silverstone weekend for Eugene Laverty was the 2011 one, when he was second both in grid and in the races, behind an uncatchable Carlos Checa. Last year he was only tenth in race one and in race two a possible podium vanished when the race was stopped: he was running third, but the order had to be taken one lap earlier, when he was still in fourth.
Chaz Davies was fourteenth and seventh in last year’s races. He won the 2011 Supersport race in 2011 from David Salom and Fabien Foret.
Loris Baz last year had an incredible weekend in Silverstone: he won race one taking the lead only three turns to the end, scoring his maiden win. In race two he was equally able to take the lead, but fell shortly afterwards. The race was eventually stopped and he was classified second, recording also the fastest race lap. Loris is the only rider which took a Kawasaki on the podium in Silverstone.
Jonathan Rea in 2010 had two races very similar to the ones experienced by Laverty in 2011: second in grid and in both races, behind Cal Crutchlow, which dominated proceedings. Last year he dropped to last after the start of race one for a mistake, was able to climb back to second, but was eventually passed in the last corners, finishing fourth. After he took the chequered flag he wasn’t able to avoid Badovini’s bike: the Italian fell right in front of him. In race two Jonathan was second. Rea is the only Honda rider which was able to take a CBR1000 RR inside the top-10 at the end of a race here in the last three years, in all the four races he entered.
Michel Fabrizio counts only one podium finish here out of nine races run: he was second last year in race one, the best BMW rider at the flag. He started the last lap in the lead, but was passed by Baz at Stowe. In 2010 he was fourth in race one. Race two will be his 200th Superbike race start.
A bad weekend last year for Davide Giugliano in Silverstone: he fell on Friday, qualified fifth, but in race one was only ninth due to a boot problem, as for several laps he wasn’t able to change gears properly. In race two he fell after six laps at Club. The Italian fell also in the Superstock 1000 race, two years ago, while he was leading in front of Danilo Petrucci, which went on to win.
On the Silverstone track Leon Camier last year obtained his best career grid spot: second, but was very unlucky in the races, as he fell in race one while running second and his engine failed in race two. Also in 2011, race one, he was victim of mechanical problems while in second: in the races when he didn’t hit trouble, Camier finished sixth and third in 2010 and fifth in 2011, race one; Last year Jules Cluzel took the hat-trick in Silverstone in the Supersport championship: pole, win and fastest lap.
Ayrton Badovini scored here last year his maiden podium in spectacular fashion, climbing up from eighteenth in grid and falling right after the finish line. In the same race he scored also his first, and to date only, fastest race lap. He was less lucky in race two, retiring for a fall. In 2011 he was tenth in both races. In 2010 he scored pole, win and fastest lap in the Superstock 1000 championship
The best result for Max Neukirchner in Silverstone is a seventh, scored in race one, 2005. In the Moto2 championship he was twelfth in 2011 and seventeenth last year.
Carlos Checa always finished among the top-10 in all the six races he entered in Silverstone: he dominated the 2011 ones, was fifth and sixth last year and seventh and tenth in 2010. Last year he was leading with a good margin in race one, but was catched by his rivals when the rain started to fall heavily.
One podium out of eight races run in Silverstone for Leon Haslam, third in race one in 2010. Leon counts six more placements between the fourth and eighth spot, while in race two last year he scored his worst result here, when he was classified seventeenth after a fall.
Vittorio Iannuzzo ran five Superbike races in Silverstone, scoring his best result in the only 2007 race, when he finished eleventh.
Aprilia have never won in Silverstone, and their best result in this track came eleven years ago, when Noriyuki Haga was second in race one, on a completely different bike and track layout. Since 2010, the Italian team racked up very little in Silverstone, as they climbed on the podium only once, with Leon Camier in race two in 2010.
BMW climbed on the podium twice in Silverstone, both in race one, last year, when Michel Fabrizio was second and Badovini third;
Ducati in Silverstone dominated to a large extent, winning twelve of the seventeen races run so far. Ducati missed the podium here only three times: in both 2010 races and last year in race one; Two wins for Honda in Silverstone: the first one in the first race held here, in 2002 and in 2004 in race two. The last of their eight podium finishes came in 2010, when Rea was second in both races.
Kawasaki counts only two podium finishes in Silverstone, scored in both races last year by Loris Baz, winner in race one and second in race two. Their best grid spot came in 2006, when Chris Walker started third.
Suzuki is one of the three manufacturers which started from pole here with Ducati (five poles) and Yamaha (2): they had the pole spot in 2005 with Yukio Kagayama and in 2011 with John Hopkins. They were never able to win here, scoring four podium placements, the last one in 2010 with Leon Haslam (third) in race one.
Statistics by Michele Merlino
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MELANDRI WINS MOSCOW
RND 8 - MOSCOW WSBK TRAGEDY
RND 7 - SYKES TAKES WSBK LEAD
RND 6 - WSBK HITS PORTIMAO
-- WSBK back to UK for Round 9 at Silverstone
The eni FIM Superbike World Championship will be back in action this week for Round 9 at Silverstone, still mourning the loss of Italian rider Andrea Antonelli.
The Northamptonshire circuit made his WSBK return in 2010 with a completely new layout and, as it used to be back then, the series will be using the “old pits” and the start/finish straight between “Woodcote” and “Copse” curve.
Two technical problems, one during the Tissot-Superpole and the other on lap 4 of the only one WSBK race performed this year at Moscow Raceway, have left Tom Sykes empty-handed in the weekend when the one-year contract extension - between the Brit and the Akashi manufacturer- was made official. Sykes lies now 2nd in the standings, just 4 points behind Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who rode through the pain barrier to secure a sixth place under ever changing weather conditions – unlike the other works Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty, who fell off his RSV4 on the sixteenth lap and had to withdraw from the race.
Frenchman won race 2 at Silverstone one year ago - in the wet - after leader (and Race 1 winner) Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) crashed out, moments before the race was red flagged - and then ended. After winning at Moscow Raceway the 13th World Superbike race of his career, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) has narrowed the gap with the front down to 32 points. The Italian – as well as his team mate Chaz Davies - will try and keep the concentration up on the final goal, despite the fresh announcement by BMW regarding the future sporting plans of the German manufacturer.
Following the disappointing result of the 8 Hours race – despite a brilliant effort – Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) is looking forward to a good performance on the track that saw him finishing twice second in 2010 (behind Cal Crutchlow), while winner at Suzuka Leon Haslam hopes to bring some good momentum to his difficult season.
Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) scored his 2012 only podium place at Silverstone, by sliding along the finish straight - and over the line - in Race 1, after losing control of his BMW. The Italian targets another great result on the British venue after bringing the 1199 Panigale R to a long awaited maiden WSBK rostrum finish at Moscow Raceway. Carlos Checa won both races the year before, onboard the Ducati 1198.
The FIXI Crescent Suzuki Team – still looking for its first top-3 race finish in the season – aims to turn the page on a difficult first part of the season and to shine, in front of the home crowd, with its riders Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel.
Standings – provisional (round 8 of 15): 1. Guintoli 239; 2. Sykes 235; 3. Melandri 207; 4. Laverty 190; 5. Davies 174; 6. Baz 144; 7. Rea 138; 8. Fabrizio 131; 9. Giugliano 99; 10. Camier 87; 11. Cluzel 83; 12. Badovini 75; 13. Neukirchner 69; 14. Checa 59; 15. Haslam 42; 16. Sandi 33; 17. Clementi 18; 18. Iannuzzo 15; 19. Canepa 11; 20. Lundh 10; 21. Lai 8; 22. Allerton 6; 23. Stauffer 4; 24. Akiyoshi 2; 25. Haga 2; 26. Aitchison 2. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 300; 2. Kawasaki 267; 3. BMW 262; 4. Honda 151; 5. Suzuki 129; 6. Ducati 112.
* Possible updated results could be defined by the International Disciplinary Court which is dealing with the appeal lodged by Aprilia Racing Team and rider Sylvain Guintoli, following the decision taken by the FIM Stewards in Monza (Italian Round, last 12 May) to cancel the drop of position sanction (from third to fourth place in race 2) imposed by the Race Direction on rider Tom Sykes.
-- World Supersport
As the fatal crash that led to the tragic loss of Andrea Antonelli brought to race cancellation at Moscow Raceway, World Supersport riders are about to face the ninth round of the season at Silverstone with the same standings positions as after late June’s race at Imola. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) will try to maintain his 34 points margin over defending Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki).
The Turkish was 5th last year on the English track, after an outstanding recover following an early run-off into the gravel, while home rider was edged by former team mate Jules Cluzel at the chequered flag by only 0.157 seconds. Frenchman Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) aims to mix it up front, as well as Suzuka 8 Hours winning team member Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport). Despite the injuries sustained after finding himself involuntarily involved in Andrea Antonelli’s crash, and the shock after it, Lorenzo Zanetti will be on track this weekend at Silverstone to race for the departed rival and friend.
Former British Supersport stars and WSS rookies Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) and Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) are hoping for a strong performance on a track they both know very well. David Salom (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki) joins back team mate Luca Scassa after missing the last round in what’s been so far a very tough season (the Spaniard has only two races under his belt in 2013).
AARK Racing Team has decided to switch to Honda for the rest of the season, meaning Australian Mitchell Carr will be riding a CBR600RR – after racing a Triumph Daytona 675 for eight rounds.
Standings (round 8 of 14): 1. Lowes 140; 2. Sofuoglu 106; 3. Foret 85; 4. Vd Mark 73; 5. Zanetti 68; 6. Scassa 63; 7. Antonelli 55; 8. Kennedy 47; 9. Leonov 42; 10. Rolfo 40; 11. Marino 39; 12. Morais 36; 13. Russo 28; 14. Coghlan 22; 15. Ivanov 18. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 155; 2. Yamaha 148; 3. Honda 104; 4. MV Agusta 46; 5. Suzuki 19; 6. Triumph 6.
-- Superstock 1000
After the race win achieved at Imola one month ago, Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) leads the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup standings by 12 points over Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati), who was 2nd at the flag on home soil while team mate Eddi La Marra crashed out on Lap 9, as he was trying to keep up with the Frenchman.
La Marra heads to the double race at Silverstone focussed on redeeming himself after a DNF that had a big impact in his Title chase – as he lies now 4th in the standings with a 26-point gap from Barrier. The Italian scored last year, on the British venue, his first ever win in the series. Similar situation for Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki), who needs some strong finishes to stay in contention for victory.
Standings (round 5 of 10): 1. Barrier 95; 2. Canepa 83; 3. Guarnoni 70; 4. La Marra 69; 5. Mercado 60; 6. Savadori 46; 7. Jezek 45; 8. Bussolotti 33; 9. Lanusse 32; 10. Lussiana 25; 11. Andreozzi 23; 12. Gildenhuys 16; 13. Massei 15; 14. Bergman 15; 15. McFadden 13; etc. Manufacturers: 1. BMW 106; 2. Ducati 101; 3. Kawasaki 83; 4. Honda 17; 5. Suzuki 5.
-- Superstock 600
Despite a 10-point lead on Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki), Gauthier Duwelz (MTM-MVR Racing Yamaha) needs to get back on top step of the podium to slow down the impressive momentum of the Italian rider. The young Belgian hasn’t won since the second race of the season at Assen while Morbidelli, even though he was edged out by team mate Alessandro Nocco for the win at Imola, has officially raised to the status of title contender. Tony Covena (Nito Racing Kawasaki) and Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda), third and fourth in the standings respectively with 19 and 20 points from the leader, will try to be part of the battle for the top-3 in the two races scheduled for the weekend.
Standings (round 5 of 10): 1. Duwelz 84; 2. Morbidelli 74; 3. Coveña 65; 4. Chesaux 64; 5. Nocco 50; 6. Gamarino 47; 7. Morrentino 44; 8. Salvadori 37; 9. Nestorovic 33; 10. Mulhauser 32; 11. Casalotti 25; 12. Tessels 19; 13. Vitali 19; 14. Tuuli 17; 15. Schmitter 17; 16. Tatasciore 16; 17. Marchal 14; 18. Mercandelli 9; 19. D'Annunzio 8; 20. Jones 7; 21. Mamola 5; 22. Nekvasil 5; 23. Vavrous 5; 24. Cecchini 2; 25. Spedale 1; 26. Basic 1.
-- European Junior Cup
Thanks to his first win of the season at Imola, young Frenchman Guillaume Raymond (Activbike) moved up to first place in the Pata European Junior Cup standings. The fight for the Title of the entry-level, one make series powered by Honda is still very close as the UK Round draws near: former leader Michael Canducci (Colors Experience) and Robin Anne (Anne Formation) are second and third with 2 and 3 points respectively from the leader, while Kiwi Jake Lewis (Jake Lewis Racing) is only 7 points behind Raymond.
Standings (round 4 of 8): 1. Raymond 48; 2. Canducci 46; 3. Anne 45; 4. Lewis 41; 5. Fernandez 36; 6. Sebestyen 35; 7. Pittet 29; 8. Fernandez 28; 9. Bendsneijder 25; 10. Flitcroft 25; 11. Levy 23; 12. Manfredi 23; 13. Rusmiputro 21; 14. Bodis 20; 15. Arenas 20; etc.
-- HRC Preview
The ninth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship takes place on Sunday August 4, at Silverstone in the English Midlands, shortly before the start of the summer break in the 15-round SBK calendar.
It has been a busy period running up to this event for team-mates Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team). They competed in the eighth round of the SBK championship at Moscow Raceway on July 21, and then took part in the Suzuka 8 Hour race on July 28, with contrasting fortunes. Now they each return to home soil in the UK to take on the challenge of SBK racing once again.
Rea, who was unable to finish the Suzuka 8 Hour race because of a crash involving his team-mate, now turns his attentions to moving onwards and upwards from his current seventh place in the SBK points table. Jonathan has scored three podiums in 2013 so far on his CBR1000RR but is looking for his first win of the year to add to his career total of ten. He has enjoyed some good experiences at Silverstone, having scored podium finishes there in the recent past.
Despite still being in the recuperation stages after badly breaking his left lower leg at Assen way back in April, Leon Haslam has shown that he is well on the way to recovery with his recent joint win at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race. The SBK races at Silverstone offer Leon a real opportunity to test his recent level of improvement; particularly at a circuit he too has scored podium finishes at in previous seasons.
After the long summer break, which follows the British weekend, the SBK paddock will reconvene at another iconic circuit for round ten at the Nürburgring in Germany, between August 30 and September 1.
The ninth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will take place at the fast and flat Silverstone circuit in the UK on Sunday August 4, with Dutchman Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) and Italian Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) each ready to push for podium finishes.
For Van der Mark, an impressive winning ride alongside Leon Haslam and Takumi Takahashi at the Suzuka 8 Hour race sets him up in good shape for the Silverstone WSS round. Michael aims to close the points gap in the championship standings to promote himself from his current placing of fourth. In his rookie WSS season Michael has already scored two podium places and three other top five finishes, to give him a current points total of 73.
One place behind Michael is his team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti. Battered and bruised during a fast crash in what was an eventually abandoned Moscow Raceway WSS race, Lorenzo is hoping to move on from the previous round in Russia, which was eventually cancelled after his Italian compatriot Andrea Antonelli was fatally injured.
Silverstone, one of the most famous names in all of motorsport, has been a rewarding venue for Van der Mark, who was pole man in his championship winning Superstock 600 European Championship season in 2012 for Honda. He went on to finish second in the race last year, before taking the championship itself at the final round.
Zanetti, an SBK rider last season but a Superstock 1000 FIM Cup runner in 2011, was second at Silverstone in 2011’s FIM Cup race. A result of that magnitude this year would be mission accomplished for the 25-year-old rider from Brescia, who like his team-mate is also a full-season rookie in the WSS class.
Other Honda riders have real reason to look forward to Silverstone, not least former British Supersport challenger Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda). His best result of his rookie WSS season has been sixth in a race, which he has now posted on two occasions. Irishman Kennedy is currently eighth overall. Unlike some other circuits on the WSS trail, Kennedy has intimate knowledge of the Silverstone track.
Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) comes back to the WSS class at Silverstone after missing the Russian round to recover from a painful right shoulder injury that has dogged most of his 2013 season so far.
Another recently injured rider, Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) is set to rejoin the action in England, as the young Italian rider goes for more top ten race success at what is a home round for his PTR team. He has had an operation on his broken right forearm, with a steel plate now reinforcing the fractured areas.
Another Italian rider, Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda), moves on to the UK with a personal best of ninth so far, as he sits in 19th position overall.
Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) will miss another race for his Czech team and at this event recent Honda WSS rider Ronan Quarmby will be his replacement.
Austrian rider David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) looks to add to his 2013 points total in England while Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda), Eduard Blokhin (Rivamoto Honda), Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) and Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) aim to score their first points of the year against a strong line up of riders.
After the summer break the next race for the WSS riders will be held at the Nürburgring, on September 1.
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) - "I was devastated to finish the 8-hour race the way we did, but these things happen and I was happy for my Pata Honda team-mates and for Honda. I’m feeling really good though and looking forward to getting back on my bike this weekend. I've had mixed results at Silverstone in the past and I've had some great races there; I particularly remember a couple of second places in 2010, which I really enjoyed. We struggled a bit last year, but it's a nice circuit to ride. The modifications made to the track in recent years have made it better but I'll attack it the same way I attack every other circuit. Of course, being a second British round, it'll be good to see a lot of friendly faces there, even if they can be quite far away in some places.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) - “Suzuka was one of those weekends where everything went to plan. I did not expect the win, because of my leg and so on, but it all went well. We have been very busy recently and I have just come back from Suzuka. Things have gone from just finishing two races at Imola to winning the 8 Hour in a short space of time. I want to continue that momentum into Silverstone. Every year we have been challenging for podiums and wins there. I had a podium in 2010 and led by two seconds last year until the rain caught us out on slick tyres. It is a track that we can be good at, even if there are a couple of big long straights. They are not going to be too handy for us but there are some big long flowing corners leading onto them. Jonathan has had good results at Silverstone in the past and that proves that the Honda can be competitive there. This will be the only chance I will get to race in front of my home crowd in 2013 so I am going to give it a good go.”
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) - “I feel great after the Suzuka 8 Hour race and I had never achieved something big like this before. It was very special. Now we go to Silverstone for WSS and it has always been one of my favourite tracks. I am hoping we can have a good result in the race there because I have had some good results in Superstock before, especially in qualifying. It should take only a few laps to get back into Supersport mode. I have ridden the CBR600RR so much this season it should not be difficult to get back on it at Silverstone. We’ll have to see how it goes on Friday and I’ll try to be near the front.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) - “The crash in Moscow was very big – the data said it was 255kph – and, of course, it affected everybody a lot. I broke my thumb and a finger, and injured my right foot and damaged ligaments in my left knee. I had some surgery on the finger when I got home to Italy so I hope everything will be OK for this weekend at Silverstone. I want to start again immediately because I don’t think it would be good to wait a long time without riding the bike. The Silverstone circuit is OK, very fast and long, so I hope the weather is good and we can have a good weekend."
Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) - “I am back to 100% training even though my knee injury is not quite 100% right. I had an MRI scan and I just have some soft tissue damage, which may take time to recover. I still have some swelling on it. My weight is good, I’m really happy and I suppose you could say I am confident going into this round. I cannot wait to get back out there on my bike at a track that I know. I hope to be able to go for it from the first session. I know where I am from the start at this track this time around.”
Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) - “I missed Moscow so I could rest up and I feel a lot better now. I absolutely love Silverstone, so nothing was going to make me miss this round. I think a podium is possible and will be giving it my all."
Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) - “I had an operation on my arm and I hope it will be OK to let me race. I think my arm is around 80% so we will have to see how it goes in the race. I am looking forward to a good result. I have a plate with several screws and because it is my right arm that I broke, that’s the one you use for the throttle and the brake. I know Silverstone but it is maybe not my favourite track. It is a home race for my team, so I hope for a good race result for myself and for them."
-- Althea Racing Preview
The ninth round of the Superbike World Championship will take place over the weekend of August 2nd- 3th – 4th at the historic Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, UK. Silverstone was opened as a World War Two airfield in 1943, near the leafy village of the same name. On October 2nd 1948, amid straw bales and ropes, Silverstone's first event took place, the RAC Grand Prix. In 1951, the British Racing Drivers' Club took over the lease from the RAC and set about turning the temporary airfield track into something more permanent. Much work was done at circuits all rounds the country to improve safety during the 1960s. Further track revisions to reduce speeds came in June 1994 and by 2003 Silverstone had opened its gates to a vastly improved road infrastructure. In November 2009, work commenced on a series of developments to establish Silverstone as a premier motorsport venue and one of the best motor sport facilities in the world. Work on a magnificent new Pit and Paddock Complex and Conferencing Facility, the Silverstone Wing, is now complete.
Only two weeks after the tragic Moscow round, team Althea Racing returns to the track at Silverstone for the ninth round of the World Superbike Championship.
Davide Giugliano obtained the first Superpole of his career in Moscow but then, in the only race to take place, he was the victim of a crash during the course of the second lap. Both the rider and his team want to head to Silverstone and confirm the progress shown during previous rounds, progress that has allowed Davide to fight in the leading group and challenge the factory riders for race wins.
Davide Giugliano: “Silverstone is a really great track and I really like racing there, despite the fact that in both Superbike and Superstock 1000 I’ve never really achieved the results I hoped for. Next weekend in England my aim will be to continue the work carried out together with my team in recent rounds that has allowed us to improve continuously. The weather in the UK is always an unknown and so I hope it doesn’t rain and that the climate works in our favour.”
-- BMW Motorrad Goldbet Preview
The next stop for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team and BMW factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR) is Silverstone, Great Britain. The famous circuit will host the ninth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship this weekend (2nd to 4th August.) For Chaz, it is the second home round of the season after the Donington Park round at the end of May.
After riding his BMW S 1000 RR to victory at the last round in Russia, Marco improved to third in the Riders’ classification with 207 points, 32 points adrift of the lead. Chaz, who finished second in Russia, is fifth with 174 points. In the Manufacturers’ classification, BMW has collected 262 points so far and is currently third, 38 points from the lead. After BMW Motorrad Motorsport announced last week that it will withdraw from the FIM Superbike World Championship at the end of the 2013 season, the squad remains focused on claiming more strong results in the remaining rounds of the year.
At Silverstone, the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup will return to action after a five weeks break. This weekend there will be two races for the BMW Motorrad Goldbet STK Team to tackle, with riders Sylvain Barrier (FRA) and Greg Gildenhuys (RSA). BMW is currently leading in both the rider and manufacturer standings. Sylvain, who has won three of the five races contested this year with the new BMW HP4, tops the Riders’ classification with an advantage of twelve points. In the Manufacturers’ classification, BMW is in front too, having a gap of five points to its closest rival.
Marco Melandri: “Silverstone is a great and fast track and at the same time it is also very difficult due to its changes of pace and bumpy surface but I still really like it. I hope that the weather - which is always unpredictable in the UK - will be good this time. I’m sorry for the decision BMW has taken but unfortunately I’m used to such situations. I’m not really worried because for us riders it is always possible to find a solution, although, of course, at this important stage of the season it is not good for our mood. I hope that the experience will help me to handle it.”
Chaz Davies: “Of course I feel sorry about BMW Motorrad’s decision, but this year we still have a long season ahead of us with many rounds in which we want to continue to be successful. So we keep being focused and working hard. The next round is my home race at Silverstone. Even though I would not rank it as one of my most favourite circuits, I quite enjoy riding there. It is different challenges because it is quite fast and open. In addition, you find different corners on this circuit than you find anywhere else. It is completely flat but it is very difficult to set the bike up, especially a Superbike, because it is bumpy. There is a lot of work in setting the suspension up and sometimes you get it right and sometimes you can get it wrong. It is a really demanding circuit for the crews. I am looking forward to racing at home. Superbikes are pretty popular in the UK and I hope that a lot of people will come to watch me.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team): “We have noted and accepted the strategic decision that the company has taken and I want to thank BMW Motorrad for the level of competitiveness we have reached and for the great performance in the season so far. Our riders are doing very well and they will go on this way until the end of the season, keeping their focus on the present because the results we are achieving now are the base on which we will now build our future. All the guys from the team are doing the same and will continue to do their best and, for sure, the decision will not have any influence on the rest of the season because they are real professionals. This year in Silverstone, we will race on the same track layout as we did in 2011, which is quite different from the Moscow circuit, but we’ll do our best and we’ll be competitive.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team): “After the very emotional race weekend we experienced in Moscow, the team also had to learn and understand the strategic decision taken by BMW for the future of the SBK project. The last few days were not the easiest ones for all of us but I’m sure that all the guys will keep working as usual. They are professional and very much motivated to achieve, race by race, the results that all of us deserve. In Moscow we’ve seen that both riders were quite fast in both dry and wet conditions. This will be very important for the next race in Silverstone where the weather can change quickly, as we saw last year.
"The British track is one of the longest circuits of the calendar with very fast corners where the riders can use a smooth and flowing riding style, it’s a technical circuit where the side grip is quite important especially in the long turns. Both riders will start with basically the same bike we successfully used in Russia, and we’ll work mainly on the set up. Both the team and the riders are looking forward to the Silverstone races, with a clear target of consolidating what we have shown in Moscow. Both riders are in good shape and they will have extra motivation with it being Chaz’s home race and for Marco his ‘second’ home race as he used to live in England.”
Background: The town of Silverstone in the British county of Northamptonshire may only have about 2,000 inhabitants, yet it plays an integral role in the history of motorsport. After the Second World War, a racetrack was built on the site of a former military air base. That track is now one of the most iconic and famous in the world. Silverstone is the “Home of British Motor Racing” and many racing teams and suppliers have based their operations in the region. The first Formula One race ever was held here in 1950, while corners such as “Maggotts”“, “Becketts”, “Copse” and “Stowe” are universally recognised.
In 2010, extensive modifications and renovations heralded a new era for the “Silverstone Circuit”. A new section, the stadium-style “Silverstone Arena”, was built during this phase. One year later, the imposing new pit lane complex – the “Silverstone Wing” – was opened between the “Club” and “Abbey” corners. The Superbike World Championship staged races in Silverstone between 2002 and 2007 and has returned to the iconic circuit in the heart of England each year since 2010. This year, the Superbike World Championship will pitch its tents at the old, National Paddock. As a consequence, the course of a lap will change. The start-finish straight will return to the “National Pit Straight” between the “Woodcote” and “Copse” corners.
The “Silverstone Circuit” is one of the longest, most flowing circuits on the Superbike World Championship calendar. The flat track throws up a technically demanding combination of many fast corners, several long straights, and stop-and-go sections. Due to this layout, the engine performance of the BMW S 1000 RR is key. However, it is also important to have a sensitive throttle response. Among the tricky aspects of the circuit are the many bumps that lurk in certain places. Then there is always the unpredictable British weather: glorious sunshine can be replaced by rain within a matter of minutes, and vice versa.
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After a sombre end to the recent Moscow Raceway round and the cancellation of the second Russian SBK race as a mark of respect to the late Andrea Antonelli, Silverstone is the venue for the entire SBK paddock to reconvene at between 2 and 4 August. There will be one but two races for each Superstock class at this event, in addition to the usual two SBK races and single WSS event.
Silverstone is the second British round of the year for Yorkshireman Tom Sykes to compete at. His first home round at Donington in late May delivered him a virtually perfect race weekend, which was topped off by a double race win.
For Sykes two more race victories would be the perfect way to finish the first part of the season, before the long summer break which will run almost all the way to the end of August. Tom is currently second in the championship by only four points and with a win total of five races, more than any other rider in 2013.
Loris Baz had his first career SBK race win at Silverstone last year, riding his Kawasaki Racing Team machine to the top spot in a rain-affected first race and then taking second spot in race two to underline his true talent. Loris, now 20, has reached the podium again in 2013, taking third at Assen and aiming to be in a position to fight for another top three by qualifying well at Silverstone.
Federico Sandi (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) goes for more points in his rookie SBK season but he will have a new riding partner at Silverstone, as Alex Lundh (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) continues his recuperation from a wrist injury. Mark Aitchison, who used to ride for Team Pedercini in SBK, is scheduled to rejoin the squad for this SBK round.
Leandro Mercado and Lorenzo Savadori will ride as usual for the Kawasaki Pedercini Team in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup class, while Jeremy Guarnoni and Romain Lanusse lead the MRS Kawasaki charge in England.
Tom Sykes: “At the previous round we had an issue in the race but we had been fastest in most of the practice sessions and had great race pace. So in that respect I am happy. When you are pushing at the front of races sometimes mistakes or issues come along. Last year at Silverstone in normal conditions the Ninja ZX-10R was good but in the wet conditions of raceday we struggled a bit. I think many people understand that we have made a big step with the set-up since then. I am looking forward to racing again in front of my home crowd and hopefully we can have a similar kind of result as we did at Donington, but we will see. I am going to Silverstone relaxed and motivated and we can look to hopefully get ourselves back on track. There is a long summer break afterwards with three weeks off; then in September the calendar gets really busy again. So a good result at Silverstone would be ideal to enjoy the summer break all the more.”
Loris Baz: “I had a short holiday in Spain after Moscow and now I am ready for the Silverstone weekend. After everything that happened in Moscow it will be good to be back racing. I really like Silverstone and after I won a race there last year I had a really good weekend. We are at a moment in the season when I need a strong weekend. I think we can make a good weekend and we need it again. I am not sure why I like Silverstone but I always enjoyed it when I rode it in Superstock and in BSB. It is a really nice track and to go England is always cool because I know the British spectators and I have some good fans there so I am always happy to go to race in the UK.”
After the tragic events that led to the passing of Andrea Antonelli at the previous round in Russia, and which eventually brought about the cancellation of the WSS race as a mark of respect to him, the championship now enters the ninth round - although only seven races have been completed so far. Including Silverstone there are now six rounds of the WSS series left to run in 2013.
Sofuoglu was the most recent race winner in the championship, at Imola in late June, while Foret is out to try and win his first race since the second round of the year, Motorland Aragon in Spain.
Due to rider injuries there are still some final decisions to be made in terms of some supported Kawasaki teams’ final line-ups in WSS. David Salom (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) has passed a fitness test in time to take his normal place in his team alongside Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres). British rider Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini) will take his regular spot in the WSS race line-up too.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “I like the Silverstone track and I think it should be a positive round for us. I just hope for good weather in the UK because right now my bike is very strong and everything feels good with it. I just want to get to Silverstone and take the best result possible. I also hope we can improve our set-up again and keep going in a good direction.”
Fabien Foret: “I am looking forward to riding at the great track of Silverstone again this weekend. There is no more pressure than usual but I do need to be back to the top of the time sheets and fight for the win. This should be one of the good tracks for me. We can try to put some pressure on the championship leader and try to get closer to the lead in the championship. I will be out to hit a good target this weekend.”
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RND 4 - MONZA
RND 3 - LAVERTY/SYKES SHARE SPOILS
RND 2 - DAVIES DOUBLES ARAGON
RND 1 - APRILIA DOMINATE
-- 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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BIAGGI WINS WSBK RACE 1
RND 1 - CHECA TAKES WSBK RACE 2
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
RND 8 - EUROS DOMINATE ARAGON
RND 9 - MELANDRI WINS BRNO
RND 10 - SILVERSTONE
RND 11 - MELANDRI LEADS WSBK
RND 12 APRILIA DOMINATE RING
RND 13 - SYKES & LAVERTY
RND 14 - BIAGGI WSBK CHAMP
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