Oct 20, 2013
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by David Swarts
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The Circuito de Jerez.
eni FIM Superbike World Championship
October 20, 2013
Race Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Eugene LAVERTY, Ireland (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), 21 laps, 36:05.989
2. Tom SYKES, UK (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -2.711 seconds
3. Sylvain GUINTOLI, France (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -5.710
4. Toni ELIAS, Spain (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -15.509
5. Chaz DAVIES, UK (BMW S1000RR), -21.830
6. Leon CAMIER, UK (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -26.558
7. Lorenzo LANZI, Italy (Ducati 1098R), -30.840
8. Jules CLUZEL, France (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -33.056
9. Mark AITCHISON, Australia (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -36.299
10. Davide GIUGLIANO, Italy (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -40.867
11. Max NEUKIRCHNER, Germany (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -44.308
12. Broc PARKES, Australia (Yamaha YZF-R1), -52.483
13. Sylvain BARRIER, France (BMW S1000RR), -53.674, crash
14. Michel FABRIZIO, Italy (Honda CBR1000RR), -80.316
15. Federico SANDI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -3 laps, crash
16. Leon HASLAM, UK (Honda CBR1000RR), -17 laps, DNF, retired
17. Ayrton BADOVINI, Italy (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -19 laps, DNF, retired
18. Xavi FORES, Spain (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -21 laps, DNF, crash
19. Vittorio IANNUZZO, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -21 laps, DNF, crash
20. Marco MELANDRI, Italy (BMW S1000RR), DNS
World Championship Point Standings (after 27 of 27 races):
1. Sykes, 447 points
2. Laverty, 424
3. Guintoli, 402
4. Melandri, 359
5. Davies, 290
6. Giugliano, 211
7. Fabrizio, 188
8. Loris Baz, 180
9. Jonathan Rea, 176
10. Cluzel, 175
11. Camier, 132
12. Badovini, 130
13. TIE, Haslam/Neukirchner, 91
15. Carlos Checa, 80
16. Elias, 70
17. Sandi, 55
18. Aitchison, 46
19. Iannuzzo, 27
20. Lanzi, 23
28. TIE, Roger Hayden/Blake Young, 8
39. TIE, Danny Eslick/Kosuke Akiyoshi/Noriyuki Haga, 2
More, from a press release issued by Team SBK Ducati Alstare:
A difficult end to the season for Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Sunday 20 October 2013: an unlucky day for Team SBK Ducati Alstare, taking part in today’s final races of the 2013 World Superbike championship at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Xavi Forés closed his first Superbike race on board the Panigale in ninth position while Ayrton Badovini took a thirteenth place finish. Unfortunately neither Ducati Alstare rider was able to complete more than two laps of the second race.
Race 1 – starting from eighth on the grid, Forés made a good start to the 21-lap race on board his Panigale and by the mid-race point he was in tenth position. Having passed Aitchison, and finding a good rhythm especially in the final stages of the race, he pushed to chase Camier, closing the gap but not quite able to reach the English rider immediately ahead of him. Xavi therefore closed the race in final ninth place. Badovini, starting from thirteenth, was up to eleventh after lap one. By mid-race he was in twelfth place but, losing a little of his pace in the final stages due to some grip issues, he crossed the line in final thirteenth position.
Race 2 – Forés made another good start but his race came to an almost immediate end when another rider made contact through the first corner, pushing him off track and into the gravel. Unfortunately, he was unable to return to the track, though luckily the Spaniard was uninjured in the fall. Badovini was equally unlucky in today’s second race. During the course of lap one he realised that he had a traction issue, and due to a serious lack of grip, and, having risked crashing more than once, he decided to return to the garage to see what was wrong. He was unfortunately unable to return to the race.
Ayrton Badovini: “All weekend we have been suffering from a lack of grip. In the first race we did all we could but we had some problems. So we made changes for the second but I could tell straight away that something was wrong and having risked crashing a couple of times, I decided it was best to come back to the garage and check nothing was really wrong. A pity because without this problem we could have closed the season with a good result.”
Xavi Forés: “The first race wasn’t easy but it didn’t go too badly. A lack of confidence stopped me pushing to reach the group in front at the start but once I got past Aitchison, I was able to push harder in the latter stages, I had a better feeling with the bike but I needed a couple of extra laps to be able to reach those I front. The second turned out to be a very short race for me, a real pity. I didn’t get off to a bad start but at the first corner I felt someone hit the bike and I was down, there was nothing I could do. Anyway, all things considered, it’s been a positive weekend for me, in that we improved with each exit we made. I thank everyone, Ducati and Team Ducati Alstare, for the opportunity they’ve given me this weekend and now I’ll get back to concentrating on the Spanish championship, where we still have two events to run.”
More, from a press release issued by Althea Racing:
Two difficult races for Giugliano at Jerez
The fourteenth and final round of the world Superbike championship came to a close at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera today. In both qualifying sessions, which he completed in first position, and in the Superpole, where Giugliano closed in third place scoring a front row start, the Althea rider demonstrated all of his, and his team’s, competitiveness. Unfortunately though, in the first race a probable electronic problem prevented Davide from riding his RSV4 as he wanted to and sticking with the frontrunners. Despite this setback, Giugliano completed the race in a respectable sixth position. Things didn’t go any better in race two, where Davide only took a tenth place finish, again due to a bike that was difficult to ride, he was unable to make the most of his RSV4’s power. A championship finale that did not match up to what the team and rider have demonstrated in recent rounds. Giugliano concludes the season in sixth place in the standings, the first privateer, with 211 points.
Genesio Bevilacqua: “The races didn’t match our expectations, especially after we did so well in the practice sessions. Our technicians are still trying to see what prevented Davide from riding as he wanted and as he has proved he is able to. The rear tyre moved around when Giugliano opened the throttle and this caused tyre wear. But, aside from the results, I can say that the weekend’s work proved to be positive. After a few difficulties at the start, our team demonstrated that it can consistently compete at high levels, while Davide can now consider himself a top five rider, who deserves everyone’s attention”.
Davide Giugliano: “Today didn’t go well at all and we are very disappointed, after having done so well all weekend. Having been in the top three we certainly didn’t expect to do two races like this today. I was sliding all over the track and couldn’t harness the power of my bike. My technicians are trying to understand what happened. A real shame and neither me nor my team deserved these results today. I’m sorry because I wanted to finish the season more positively, perhaps with two results that I could dedicate to my fans, sponsors and team that has worked so hard all season.”
More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:
Sykes The SBK World Champion For Kawasaki
WSBK, Jerez, Spain, 20 October 2013
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) took his first Superbike World Championship title today as the first Kawasaki rider to take the top prize in production-based racing since Scott Russell in 1993.
Sykes knew that at the test track of most of his rivals he would have his work cut out to win but he also knew that he did not have to take race victories to take the championship title.
In race one Tom rode to a solid third place and in doing so he took a large enough advantage to make his championship win safe. He received his trophy for the title win after this race but he still had a second 21-lap race, in warm conditions, to complete.
Tom gathered his concentration and pushed on to lead 13-laps of the second race and finished second in the race, with a final championship advantage of 23 points. Tom also took the new lap record at Jerez today with a 1’41.691 in race two. Sykes also led for 255 laps over the whole season, more than twice the total of the next best rider.
The championship win was particularly sweet for the entire Kawasaki Racing Team as they missed out on the title with Tom by only half a point in 2012. In the 2013 season Tom has scored nine race wins, 18 podiums of all kinds, eight pole positions and 13 fastest laps.
Although Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) did not race today he finished the championship in 8th place.
Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) made great improvements at this round, finishing tenth in race one and ninth in race two, for 18th in the championship.
Kawasaki Team Pedercini rider Federico Sandi was 16h in race one but fell from contention early in race two, rejoining shortly afterwards to finish 15th. He ended his season 17th overall.
Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) led a four rider Kawasaki sweep of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup race at Jerez, winning by 4.315 seconds from Pedercini Kawasaki rider Leandro Mercado, with Team MRS Kawasaki rider Romain Lanusse third. This was Kawasaki's third win in succession and placed Jeremy third in the final championship standings, with Mercado fourth overall. Pedercini Kawasaki rider Alessandro Andreozzi was fourth in the Jerez race.
Tom Sykes: “Words cannot describe how I feel. I am very level headed but since Magny Cours there are moments where my mind started dreaming. When I was dreaming I had goose bumps and it was magical to even dream I could be world champion. But that was maybe 2% of what I am feeling now after winning the title. In race two it was my intention to do well, even though it would be difficult to top race one as all my energy had kind of gone after the first one. I hoped to be closer to the front but I did not expect to win. I think this was just Eugene’s race, although my Ninja ZX-10R was working very well. All things considered I have to be very happy today. World Champion, podium in the races and it has been an absolute pleasure to race with these guys this year. It was good for the championship that it got decided at the final round again, especially at this beautiful circuit, with these great fans. My team is mostly Spanish so it is a home round for them. The championship win has not fully sunk in yet but it will do soon, I’m sure.”
More, from a press release issued by Pata Honda Superbike Team:
Pata Honda looks ahead to SBK 2014
It was a disappointing end to the 2013 World Superbike championship season for Pata Honda at Jerez today with riders Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam struggling with grip and electronics issues.
Fabrizio took a points-scoring finish in race two but Haslam was forced to retire from both 21-lap outings at the 4.423km Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Both races were won by Eugene Laverty but Tom Sykes, by finishing third in race one, secured the 2013 World Superbike championship title.
The Pata Honda team will re-group on Tuesday for a private test at Jerez when regular rider Jonathan Rea is expected to return from injury and the preparation work for the 2014 World Superbike championship season will begin.
We have had grip level problems all weekend and the disappointing thing is that we were not able to find a solution. This resulted in two very difficult races for me and I am sad that I had to finish the season in this way. I have enjoyed the opportunity to ride the CBR with this team and I wish Jonathan a happy return to the bike on Tuesday.
It’s difficult to know what to say, really. It’s been an unbelievably disappointing way to finish what has been a really difficult season. I’m glad to see the back of it to be honest and we’ll try to analyse what happened this weekend so that we can plan to get things in place for 2014.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
It has not been a good weekend. Grip levels were low and we know that in these conditions we normally struggle more than our rivals. This time round our performance kind of dropped off a cliff – we weren’t able to fight for anything and all we could do was gather some information. We’ll be testing on Tuesday and it will be interesting to hear Jonathan’s view. We have work to do for next season for sure.
More, from a press release issued by Pirelli:
Tom Sykes on Kawasaki is eni FIM Superbike World Championship, to Aprilia the Manufacturers’ Championship; Pirelli, at its tenth year as unique tyre supplier of the Championship, is a winning example of control tyre
A year to remember for the Italian tyre manufacturer thanks to the performances of the new 17-inch Diablo Superbike tyres
Kawasaki Racing Team rider wins his first world title at the last last round, raced at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, winning Pirelli awards "Tattooed tyre of the Champion" - as the winner of the World Championship - as well as the "Best Lap Winner: fastest rider of the year” prize having scored the greatest number of fastest race laps
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 20 October 2013 – The eni FIM Superbike World Championship was concluded today at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera and it assigned the title of World Champion to Tom Sykes and the Manufacturers’ Championship to Aprilia.
The British rider of the Kawasaki Racing Team graduated Champion in Race 1 and won both prizes offered by Pirelli this year: the "Tattooed tyre of the Champion" as the winner of the 2013 World Championship, and that of "Best Lap Winner: fastest rider of the Year" having scored the greatest number, 13, of fastest laps in the races.
This year, in fact, Pirelli introduced the new award "Tattooed tyre of the Champion", a slick tattooed tyre delivered to the winner of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. The drawing, which depicts the World Champion on his bike framed by laurels with the caption "2013 FIM Superbike World Champion", was first carved with mastery on the tyre and then painted with acrylic colors today. Not knowing who would be the winner of the Championship until the last round, the tyre has been in fact painted directly today in front of Pirelli hospitality truck in the Jerez paddock and fcolouring the livery and helmet of the rider was only completed as soon as is been designated as the World Champion. The result is a true impromptu work of art on the rubber. The new award was matched to that of "Best Lap Winner : fastest rider of the year", this year were both just won by the British rider of the Kawasaki Racing Team.
After the win of the world title at Magny-Cours with one round to go by Sam Lowes in the Supersport class and Sylvain Barrier in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, the Saturday race saw the assignment of the missing title in the UEM European Superstock600 Championship, to the talented young Italian rider from San Carlo Team Italia, Franco Morbidelli, who won preceding in the overall standings the team-mate Alessandro Nocco and. In third place was Christian Gamarino (Team Goeleven). An all-Italian podium. Andrea Tucci, finishing ninth in the race, wins instead the PIRELLI Superstock 600 SERIES AWARD as the best wild card participant. The Pirelli Superstock 600 Series Award was created by Pirelli to allow the most talented riders of the national Stock 600 championships to take part in the last race of the Superstock600 UEM European Championship. To Jerez de la Frontera Pirelli has invited 5 riders from Italy, France, Germany and Spain, which have just competed in the last race of the European Championship.
Pirelli's commitment in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship in 2013 was great and constant throughout the whole year. With this round it ends also the tenth year of Pirelli as the unique supplier for all classes of the FIM Superbike World Championship, a uniqueness in the history of motor sports at the international level that demonstrates how the formula of the control tyre, if developed properly, can satisfy both teams and riders and at the same time does not necessarily mean any compromise from the tyre manufacturer in terms of development. On the contrary for Pirelli the World Superbike Championship has always been the main laboratory to develop tyres everyday more efficient which are not, it should be remembered, prototypes, but are regularly on the market and purchased by all motorcyclists. A control tyre formula that Pirelli has successfully exported all over the world, from the UK with the BSB, to the Superbike Series in Brazil, the Pro SBK in Sweden, the National Championship in Canada, the Supersport Series in Malaysia till the the Superstock 1000 Cups raced in South Africa and Costa Rica. All championships which over the years have always benefited, and continue to do so, from the unique supply guaranteed by Pirelli. In the same way in which it offered safety, performances and competitiveness in the control tyre championships, primarily in the Superbike World Championship, Pirelli has also increasingly benefited from experience gained managing to put on the market state of the art racing products that now are unmatched and are much appreciated by all riders .
And it's also thanks to the know-how and the knowledge obtained in the control tyre Championships that Pirelli has always had a leading role, also in open tyre championships and competitions. This year, for example, Pirelli won in Germany in the IDM Superbike (German National Championship) the Superbike class with 11 wins out of 16 races as well as the Supersport class by winning all 16 races, in France in the FSBK (French National Championship) it triumphed in the top class with 10 wins out of a total of 13 races, in Italy in the Italian National Championship (CIV) has achieved success by winning 8 out of 10 races in the Superbike class and 10 wins out of 10 races in the Supersport class. And for the second consecutive year the Italian tyre manufacturer crushed the competition by winning both the 24 Hours of Le Mans moto as well as the Bol d'Or.
All this to show how the control tyre formula, when interpreted and implemented correctly, offers benefits to the involved championships as well as to Pirelli who can develop innovative products that are not afraid of open tyre competitions.
Innovation which in 2013 was not lacking, thanks to a transition that opened a new era in the history of competition on two wheels, from 16.5” to the new 17-inch tyres for the main class. Pirelli's engineers have worked hard totally redesigning the new tyres which now have new profiles and side walls, and increased grip, and guarantee a reduction in movement and improved stability on cornering as well as maintaining performance during the race. The range of compounds have also been designed from scratch on the basis of the new structure of the 17-inch tyres. The new compounds are softer, more versatile and higher performing: with only two front and two rear tyre compounds, unlike the three used in the past, it has been possible to cover every race of the Championship because Pirelli has managed to considerably increase the range of use of each compound.
Not only that, the new Diablo Superbike 17-inch tyres since their debut gave much satisfaction to the Pirelli designers and to the riders of the Championships who, thanks to the performances of the new product, have greatly improved the lap times compared to 2012 beating many of the fastest lap records of the circuits in which the championship stopped in the 2013 season.
Comment from Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto Racing Director:
"I think we can say without any doubt the season just ended has been a really great one. I can only congratulate first Tom Sykes and his team; last year he missed the title for nothing, 0.5 points, this year they have taken a beautiful and well-deserved revenge, Tom has been the most consistent rider all over the year and has immediately demonstrated to have a small advantage over his opponents, compliments to him and the whole team. Similarly I think that Aprilia has rightfully earned the Manufacturer Championship, both Guintoli and Laverty fought until the end with Sykes making his life hard and, as evidenced by the last four years, the one of Aprilia has always been a very competitive motorcycle and surely this must be a source of pride for all the Italian fans of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. As for Pirelli I believe that the facts speak for ourselves: the one that has just ended is the tenth year as the unique tyre supplier of all classes of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, season after season we have also strongly contributed to make the World Championship always more compelling maintaining high competitiveness in all classes, and this always in harmony and with an approach of communication with organizer, promoters, teams and motorcycle manufacturers. Today we are the longest running, and consequently the most successful control-tyre supplier in the history of motor sports at the international level and a demonstration of how dedication, commitment, technological development in the same way of listening and dialogue with all the parties involved in the World Championship are been the trump card to achieve this success. Our role in the Championship has never been that of a mere supplier imposing their own choice on teams and riders and I think that for this reason over the years we have been awarded. This year the challenge was great for us, the debut of new 17-inch Diablo Superbike tyres. Thanks to the know-how and the experience achieved in many years not only during the year there have never been any problems of any kind but the new product immediately was greeted with enthusiasm by all the riders and demonstrated its excellent performance allowing everyone to greatly improve the lap times. Now the look is already turned to 2014, remaining faithful to the active and constructive approach we always had in this championship, we are considering, in agreement with the organizer, how to contribute in our own way to keep the championship highly competitive, trying to let the EVO Superbike riders be able to gamble almost on par with the riders of the first rows. To attract public and interest races must be fought, exciting and funny, and we have always been working with that goal."
Pirelli Best Lap Awards:
The “Pirelli Best Lap Award” is awarded by Pirelli every race to the rider who sets the fastest race lap for a total of three awards each weekend. The Superbike and Supersport rider who has earned the most “Pirelli Best Lap Award” titles at the end of the season have been elected “Best Lap Winner: fastest rider of the year” and awarded in the usual end of year ceremony. Tom Sykes, having already won 13 Pirelli Best Lap Awards, and Sam Lowes, with 7, are mathematically the “Best Lap Winner: fastest rider of the year” in 2013 for the Superbike and Supersport classes.
These are the riders who won the Pirelli Best Lap Awards in the last round of the season:
WSB Race 1 – Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK), 1'41.958 (2nd lap)
WSB Race 2 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), 1'41.691 (2nd lap)
WSS – Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport), 1’44.111 (5th lap)
The overall standings at the end of the Championship are as follows:
WSB: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team): 13; Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team): 4; Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK): 3; Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team): 2; Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK): 2; Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma): 1; Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike): 1; Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing): 1
WSS: Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport): 7; Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India): 3; Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India): 1; Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport): 1
The Pirelli solutions more appreciated and chosen by the riders at Jerez and during 2013:
Even in the last round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship in the top class the most widely used rear solution in the races was the standard Diablo Superbike SC0, option very much appreciated by all the riders and used practically in half of the races run this year. A tyre which, according to the initial desire of its designers, was supposed to work best when the temperatures are quite high but that on many occasions, such as Magny-Cours, he surprised everyone by giving lively performance and allowing the riders to beat several records of the circuits included in the 2013.
At the front the tyre more appreciated during the season has been the standard Diablo Superbike SC2, optimal for high external temperatures because able to guarantees solidity on the tread band. It 's the solution more appreciated by aggressive riders.
The figures of Pirelli’s commitment in the 2013 season of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship:
• Total number of tyres, including those for tests, taken to the 14 rounds of the 2013 season for all classes of the Superbike World Championship (Superbike, Supersport, Superstock 1000, Superstock 600) plus the European Junior Cup and the Cup of the Nations: 60.191
• Total number of tyres taken just for the 28 races of the Superbike World Championship classes and for the European Junior Cup and the Cup of the Nations (excluding tests): 57.387
• Total number of tyres taken for the 2 official tests (Phillip Island and Imola): 2.804
• Total number of tyres used and recycled during the 14 rounds of the season: 22.326, of which 9.322 front and 13.004 rear
• Number of tyres taken on average to each round: 4.100
• Round to which the largest number of tyres were taken: Phillip Island, 5.718 included tyres for tests
• Number of tyres mounted on average in each round: 1.620 of which 678 front and 942 rear
• Number of tyres used on average in each round: 1.595 of which 665 front and 930 rear
• Number of tyres which each Superbike rider had available during the season for the 14 rounds: 989, of which 472 front and 517 rear
• Number of tyres available on average in each round for each Superbike rider: 71, of which 34 front and 37 rear
• Round to which the largest number of tyres were taken per Superbike rider: Portimão 78, of which 38 front and 40 rear
• Number of solutions taken on average to each round per rider (including intermediate, wet and Superpole): 5 front and 6 rear
• Number of different solutions developed for all Superbike World Championship classes: 59 of which 34 for Superbike and 25 for Supersport
• Number of different solutions developed for the Superbike class and taken during the season besides the standard ones: 27 of which 6 front and 19 rear
• Solution most used by riders during the season: front standard SC2, rear standard SC0
Tracks, Races and Tests
• Longest race of the year: Moscow Race 1 in 46'03.043 to complete 25 laps and 98.275 kms at an average speed of 128.044 km/h
• Shortest race of the year: Laguna Seca Race 1 in 16'55.703, to complete 12 laps and 43.320 Kms at an average speed of 153.541 km/h
• Number of races run: 27 on dry, 1 not run (Race 2 at Moscow)
• Highest speed reached by a Diablo Superbike tyre: 337.1 km/h (Eugene Laverty / Monza – warm up, 2nd lap)
• Highest speed reached by a Diablo Superbike tyre in a race: 336 km/h (Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty, Sylvain Guintoli, Michel Fabrizio / Monza – Race 1 and 2)
• Highest average speed in a race: 201.814 km/h (Monza – Race 1)
• Lowest average speed in a race: 128.044 km/h (Moscow – Race 1)
• Superbike rider who achieved the highest number of Best Laps: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), 13
Weather conditions and temperatures
• Lowest track/asphalt temperature on which Diablo Superbike tyres raced: 15 degrees Celsius on April 28 in Race 1 at Assen (Netherlands)
• Highest track/asphalt temperature on which Diablo Superbike tyres raced: 54 degrees Celsius on June 30 in Race 2 at Imola (Italy)
• Highest level of humidity with which Diablo Superbike tyres raced: 76% on July 21 luglio in Race 1 at Moscow (Russia)
• Lowest track/asphalt temperature on which Diablo Supercorsa tyres raced: 6 degrees Celsius on April 28 in Superstock1000 race at Assen (Netherlands)
• Highest track/asphalt temperature on which Diablo Supercorsa tyres raced: 51 degrees Celsius on February 24 and June 30 giugno in Supersport races at Phillip Island (Australia) and Imola (Italy)
• Lowest air/ambient temperature in which Diablo Superbike tyres raced: 12 degrees Celsius on April 28 in Race 1 at Assen (Netherlands)
• Highest air/ambient temperature in which Diablo Superbike tyres raced: 28 degrees Celsius in Race 2 on June 30 at Imola (Italy)
Pirelli Team in the Superbike World Championship
• Pirelli personnel present at each round: 25 persons of which 1 Racing Director, 1 Press Officer, 1 Marketing&Sponsorships Responsable, 1 Racing Product Development Responsable, 1 Racing Compound Development Responsable, 1 hospitality truck Responsable, 4 track engineers and 15 in the technical area dedicated to mounting/dismounting tyres
• Average age of the Pirelli WSBK team: 35 years
• Total hours spent on average on a plane this year by each member of the Pirelli WSBK team: 116 hours (equal to 5 days)
• Number of days away on average for each member of the Pirelli WSBK team during 2013: 101 (equal to 3,5 months)
• Number of trucks present on average at each European round: 7
• Total kilometres travelled by each Pirelli truck in 2013: 35.412 kms
Pirelli in the Superbike World Championship as sole supplier
• The longest-lasting controlled tyre supplier in motor history: 10 years (2004-2013)
• Total number of different solutions developed by Pirelli in those years for all the WSBK classes: 621
• Total number of solutions developed by Pirelli just for the Superbike class; 412 of which 315 dry, 26 intermediate and 71 wet
• Number of circuits on which Pirelli tyres have run: 24 (Aragòn, Assen, Brands Hatch, Brno, Donington Park, EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Imola, Istanbul Intercity Park, Laguna Seca, Losail, Jerez de la Frontera, Kyalami, Magny-Cours, Misano Adriatico, Monza, Mosca, Nürburgring, Oschersleben, Phillip Island, Portimão, Salt Lake City, Silverstone, Valencia, Vallelunga) in 15 Countries
• Number of Superbike races run as sole supplier: 256 of which 236 on dry and 20 on wet
• Number of riders who have raced with Pirelli tyres in the Superbike World Championship: 449 of which 232 permanent and 217 wild cards
• Average number of Superpoles improved each year with respect to the previous year: 9
• Average annual improvement of race lap time: 0,7 seconds
• Lowest asphalt temperature ever measured: 6 gradi Celsius ad Assen (NL)
• Highest asphalt temperature ever measured: 60 gradi Celsius a Phillip Island (AUS)
More, from a press release issued by Aprilia:
DOUBLE WIN FOR EUGENE LAVERTY WHO DOMINATES AT JEREZ IN THE FINAL ROUND OF THE 2013 WSBK SEASON.
APRILIA IS MANUFACTURER WORLD CHAMPION FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, A TESTAMENT TO THE POWER OF THE RSV4.
APRILIA WINS THE BRAND CHAMPIONSHIP BY A WIDE MARGIN WITH 550 POINTS OVER KAWASAKI’S 501, 443 FOR BMW, 243 FOR SUZUKI, 236 FOR HONDA, 185 FOR DUCATI AND 8 FOR YAMAHA.
LAVERTY IS SECOND AND GUINTOLI (ON THE PODIUM IN RACE 2) IS THIRD IN THE RIDER STANDINGS.
THIS MAKES 52 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES NOW FOR APRILIA, 5 IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF WSBK.
Jerez, 20 October 2013 – Eugene Laverty and the Aprilia RSV4 dominated in the last round of the 2013 World SBK season.
In Race 1 Laverty got the best of Marco Melandri with an extraordinary pass on the outside in the last turn after having led the entire race until two laps from the end when the Italian overtook him. It looked like it was all over but Laverty dug deep and found the winning move – and the most difficult line – right at the turn that comes out onto the final straight stretch. His final flight to victory was exhilarating.
In the second race Laverty followed Sykes who tried to pull the pin straight away, keeping him in check from behind and always demonstrating great confidence in his skills and the strength of his RSV4. Eight laps from the finish he made the decisive attack and then pulled away to win his ninth race of the season by a decent margin.
Eugene Laverty: “Those were two very different wins today. The second one was definitely easier because I was able to create a gap in front of Tom after overtaking, whereas in Race 1 the battle took place all within a few metres. I’m quite pleased with this double win. It’s a result that confirms our potential along with the string of podiums at the end of the season. It’s a shame we lost some important points at the beginning of the year, but I don’t like to whinge or make excuses. In any case finishing second in the rider championship with more wins than the rest is an excellent result and so is the Manufacturer Title for Aprilia.”
Sylvain Guintoli, still held back by the effects of the injury to his shoulder which conditioned the second part of his season, had to be give up on his attack for a podium finish in race 1 as he was slower than the front runners and his race ended with a strong fourth place finish. He made up for it in race 2 where he confidently controlled his third position, holding onto it and finishing on the podium.
Sylvain Guintoli: “This season was fantastic. I battled for the Championship in my rookie year on a new bike. Unfortunately after my shoulder injury there was just something missing and in the second part of the season I definitely was not at 100%. In any case the experience gained will be fundamental in 2014. As is always the case when you don’t win you think about improving next year. Today, especially in Race2, I tried to keep up with Eugene and Tom but I just didn’t have the pace and the strength to do it. This ends a really great season for me with a great team and a great team mate who gave me a run for my money. Now I’ll be thinking about recovering physically and preparing for the next championship”.
The wins at Jerez gave Aprilia the 2013 Superbike Manufacturer World Championship Title. This is the fifth Championship win for the Italian brand in the last four years of WSBK and the second in a row for the Manufacturer title. It is also Championship Title number 52 in Aprilia’s history.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager: “The Manufacturer title is an important affirmation which is the merit of a perfect team and two riders who had an extraordinary season. It is rare to have two such important talents in the garage in the same season. Laverty and Guintoli have been in the battle for the world title since the first round. Laverty’s 9 wins are proof that he has added sports experience and consistent results to his natural speed. Guintoli led the championship for most of the season thanks to consistently exceptional performance and we thank them for the Manufacturer title that we won today”.
More, from a press release issued by BMW Motorrad Motorsport:
Jerez – Races.
Sunday, 20th October 2013.
Weather conditions: Sunny.
Temperature: Air: 21 – 24 °C, Track: 29 – 36 °C
Number of riders participating: 20/19 from 13 teams
Fastest lap Race 1: Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) 1:41.958 min (lap 2)
Fastest lap Race 2: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1:41.691 min (lap 2)
A strong finale: BMW Motorrad concluded its factory commitment in the FIM Superbike World Championship with a successful performance at Jerez (ESP). In the first race of the 2013 season finale, factory rider Marco Melandri fought for victory until the finish line, coming home in second on his BMW S 1000 RR and claiming the fastest lap. Unfortunately Marco could not take part in race two due to his injured ankle. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) finished the last races of the year in seventh and fifth respectively. Sylvain Barrier (FRA) showed a strong World Superbike debut on a third RR of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team. He finished 12th in race one and fought within the top 10 in race two but crashed and slipped back to 13th. It was also a strong finale for BMW in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. Two weeks after Sylvain celebrated his second consecutive Riders’ title with the BMW HP4 of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team, the German manufacturer today also secured the Manufacturers’ title in the series.
Despite his injury, Marco only narrowly missed the victory in race one. Coming from fourth on the grid he improved to third right at the start. On lap two he put in the fastest lap of the race and overtook Tom Sykes (GBR) to take second. From then on he stayed on the heels of leader Eugene Laverty (IRL). The two fought an exciting battle until the chequered flag. Marco was waiting for his chance and took it on the penultimate lap. He got past Laverty and took the lead. It was only in the final corner, when Laverty gave it another try and managed to overtake Marco. The Italian BMW rider crossed the line in second, slightly behind Laverty. Chaz meanwhile was not happy with his race. At the start, he improved from tenth to seventh, but he could not push to gain more positions. Thus, he stayed in seventh until the finish line. Sylvain had a faultless debut race in World Superbikes. From 16th on the grid, he put in consistent laps and improved some positions, coming home in 12th. After race one, Marco had to be treated in the Clinica Mobile again and unfortunately he could not start in the second race. Chaz improved to fifth right at the start and in the early stages he was fighting in the front group. Over the course of the race, the gaps to the front increased. Chaz stayed in fifth until the finish line. Sylvain was getting more and more confident on his RR. He fought exciting battles with some established competitors and worked his way up to ninth. On the penultimate lap he then unluckily crashed but was able to re-join and cross the line in 13th. The winner of this race was again Laverty.
In the Manufacturers’ ranking, BMW finished the season in third with 443 points. This marks the best ever season for BMW in the Superbike World Championship with the previous best score of 421 points in the 2012 being topped. In the Riders’ classification, Marco is fourth overall with 359 points. Chaz follows directly behind with 290 points. BMW Motorrad congratulates Tom Sykes for securing the 2013 Riders’ title and Aprilia for winning the Manufacturers’ championship.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, BMW Motorrad secured its second Manufacturers’ title after 2010 Thus, the new BMW HP4, which is equipped with the electronic damping system DDC, celebrated the Riders’ and the Manufacturers’ title in its first year in the championship. The HP4 which Sylvain won the Riders’ title with two weeks ago was ridden by IDM-Champion Markus Reiterberger at Jerez. The young German finished today’s final race in fifth. In doing so, he collected the points BMW Motorrad needed to stay in front of its rivals and to celebrate the Manufacturers’ crown. South-African Greg Gildenhuys finished 12th on the other HP4 of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team.
Stephan Schaller (President BMW Motorrad):
“During the last five years, BMW Motorrad have clearly shown a consistent growth, becoming one of the top teams in production based motorcycle racing in both Superbike and Superstock championships. In the last two WSBK seasons we established ourselves as a title contender, winning or being on the podium very often with both our riders. In the Superstock class, we won three Riders’ titles in the last four years and two Manufacturer championships with two different models, the BMW S 1000 RR and the BMW HP4. I want to congratulate the team, the R&D department and our riders and all others who have contributed to make BMW Motorrad a strong player in the Motorsport. The experience we have gained in World Superbikes has been fundamental for BMW Motorrad as a brand as well as for the product development. In the last five years we learned a lot from the technical and sportive points of view, and we understood how important it is to stay committed to motorsports. BMW Motorrad will go on as protagonist in motorsports thanks to our comprehensive customer sport project.”
Result Race 1: 2nd / Gap to 1st: 0:00.218 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:41.958 min (lap 2)
Result Race 2: DNS
“The first race was amazing. I gave everything to keep Eugene’s pace. Already with five laps to go I could not ride like I wanted because I could not use my foot properly but it was quite okay thanks to the Clinica Mobile. On the penultimate lap he made a little mistake so I came close to him and could try to make a pass. It was not an easy situation because we were sliding a lot but I was in front on the last lap. Then in the last corner I thought that Eugene has nothing to lose in the championship and could give it a try so I preferred to stay inside but I braked too early. Eugene was very smart so in the end he made a nice pass on me and that was it. I was sorry for my team because I would have liked to celebrate the 100th podium of my career with a win but it was okay like this. Congratulations to Tom and Kawasaki, they had an amazing end of the season. After race one my ankle was too painful. I preferred to listen to my body and not to race. I also did not want to end my time with BMW with a bad result. The last two years were a really important time in my career. I met great people who became really close to me and ready to help me. For sure the most difficult step will be to leave them, because they loved me, and to re-start from scratch. I wish all of them the best for the future, because they are fantastic and deserve the best.”
Result Race 1: 7th / Gap to 1st: 0:28.621 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:42.920 min (lap 2)
Result Race 2: 5th / Gap to 1st: 0:21.830 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:43.114 min (lap 2)
“P7 in the first race just seems to be where we are this weekend. I did not get the feeling that I wanted, I was struggling when turning and lacking grip. We made a lot of changes for today but we had a damp warm-up so we weren’t able to evaluate these changes properly so I went into the race with a completely different bike, but I still had issues. I kept losing the front and eventually the rear seemed to break traction too easy. I just gave all that I had but more was not possible. For race two we changed the front tyre and it was definitely an improvement. I was faster than in race one in hotter temperatures so I was closer to the top guys but unfortunately not close enough. It was probably one of the toughest weekends of the season which is a shame to end on. Looking back on the season I have to say that on the whole I am happy. Thanks to BMW for giving me the opportunity to win in World Superbikes more than once. I collected three victories this year and challenged at the front and got multiple podiums. So again: ‘Thank you’ to BMW and the team, it was a good year.”
Result Race 1: 12th / Gap to 1st: 0:43.179 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:43.873 min (lap 3)
Result Race 2: 13th / Gap to 1st: 0:53.674 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:43.931 min (lap 5)
“I really enjoyed the weekend, it was a great experience. Race one was amazing. I was really excited to get on the grid and then I was surprised by my lap times. I was not super quick but I was consistent and that is what I wanted. I was more than pleased with how my debut race went and was looking forward to even making it a little bit better in race two. I had learned more about the bike and felt better and better on it. I was a bit sad that I crashed but this is racing. I tried to give my best and wanted to finish the race in a good position. Overall I improved a lot over the weekend and I think I can be satisfied. I am very happy to be with BMW and grateful that BMW gave me this chance to race in World Superbikes for the first time.”
Andrea Buzzoni (General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK):
“Today a very important period for BMW Motorrad comes to the end, with a very positive outcome. In last five years in the Superbike World Championship we experienced a steady growth of performance, which brought BMW Motorrad to be permanently among the top teams and able to fight for victories. In addition, In the Superstock Championship, BMW established a dominant leadership achieving three rider titles and 2 manufacturer titles.
This season in the Superbike Championship has been the best ever. Together our riders, Marco and Chaz, scored 121 points more than last year and 18 podiums, 3 more than last year and, for the first time, both of them won. The team was able to understand the needs of the two riders - who have different riding styles and physical characteristics - and enable them to win. We achieved those results thanks to the professional skills and the human qualities of all people involved in this successful project and, of course, thanks to the cooperation of R&D division and the race team. I want to thank all of them for this success. I’m proud that BMW Motorrad gave me this responsibility and I thank BMW for this confidence.”
Stephan Fischer (Technical Director BMW Motorrad Motorsport):
“First of all, I want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who was involved in this project. We have been a fantastic team and a real community. Every single person gave everything and this allowed us to reach our common target. With working very hard, everyone contributed their part to make the factory commitment in World Superbikes a success. From a technical point of view I can look back with pride on what we have achieved. Our bike has the perfect base and we technicians developed a very good understanding of what is needed to make it perform on the race track. Today Marco was very close to gifting himself and the team with a farewell victory. This showed the high potential of the team, the bike and the rider. We have also seen something else this weekend: Sylvain debuted on the WSBK version of the RR and Markus rode the HP4 for the first time. Both were fast from the word go. This proved how competitive our bikes are and how quickly we can adapt them to the individual requirements of each circuit. For us, the logical step is to now bring this on a wider platform which we will do with our extended customer sports programme. We will strengthen our presence in the national and international championships. Our customers around the globe can count on evidentially competitive bikes. We are looking forward to an exciting and successful future of BMW Motorrad in motorsports.”
More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:
FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier completed a valiant comeback from injury during today’s two races at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship event at Jerez in Spain to record two top-eight finishes.
Camier had two strong races despite only getting back on a bike last Friday after a four-week lay-off following a severely broken foot. The Suzuki rider produced his best performance in the second race as he took an impressive sixth-place. Starting from seventh on the grid, he held that position until lap-eight when he got the better of Davide Giugliano. Camier tried to close the gap on the top-five, but was unable to make any impression on the leading group, so rode a smooth and sensible race to courageously bring his machine home in sixth. In race-one the Englishman lost a place on lap-one, but didn’t let that bother him as he tucked in behind the Factory BMW of Chaz Davies for the rest of the race and produced very consistent lap-times to consolidate his position at the end of the race.
Jules Cluzel always had a tough task ahead of him today after qualifying 18th yesterday. He also produced his best race in the second event as he got a great start to move to 12th at the end of the first-lap. The Frenchman continued to push and pick-off other riders as he moved through the field, eventually making his way up to eighth on lap-16; a position that held on to until the chequered flag. The first race saw him also move through the field from 18th to 11th on lap five. Cluzel chased down the rider in-front of him to try and take a top-10 finish, but as he lined up Mark Aitchinson on the final corner to take the place, the Australian pushed him wide and he was unable to make the pass and had to settle for 11th. Cluzel also had the honour of taking the highest top-speed through the speed-trap on the 4,423m Spanish circuit, as his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R recorded 279.7km/h - over 1.5km/h quicker than his nearest rival in the second race.
Today’s results for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team also moved them into fourth position in both the team and manufacturer’s championships, giving the squad the honour of top privateer team and also beating a number of factory outfits. Cluzel consolidated his 10th in the championship, just missing out on a higher place by one-point, although he did have the satisfaction of being the top-rookie. Camier also moved up to 11th in the standings even though he has had some very bad luck with injuries that have caused him to miss a large amount of the season.
Former Crescent Suzuki racer Tom Sykes took third place in race one today, which was enough to secure the World Championship title for the 28-year-old Englishman. Everyone at FIXI Crescent Suzuki would like to pass on their congratulations to Sykes; a very worthy 2013 champion. Both of today’s races were won by Eugene Laverty on an Aprilia to secure runner-up place in the championship for the Irishman.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now remain at Jerez for a post-season test on Tuesday as it begins its preparations for the 2014 season, which is provisionally scheduled to begin at Phillip Island in Australia next February.
“I am really, really happy to be honest, because I didn’t expect a good result like that. It’s one of those things you debate with yourself as to whether you can ride or not, but as soon as you get on the bike and you get a bit of confidence back, it helps you to feel comfortable. Then you think that you need to go faster and push harder and you get right back in to the job, but you also have to try and keep a level head in those situations. It was good to follow the BMW and see where they are strong and find out what we need to improve on the bike. It was also encouraging to be racing with a Factory BMW and also to beat Giugliano, who has just been putting it on the podium and racing with the leaders recently. I think we all did a good job considering everything and I can’t thank my team enough for their patience and help. I felt exhausted at the end and my foot was sore, but it was a good day all-in-all..”
“We made some changes from race-one to race-two and there were some good points about that and I enjoyed it a little bit more. I had to fight more with other riders and this was fun. The lap-time was not the best because I had to pass everybody at the beginning. I am happy with the race, because the weekend was not easy after Magny-Cours – which was a disaster for me – and we had a difficult start to the weekend and only qualified in 18th here. We made some big changes, but they were too late so they didn’t help our grid position, but that’s racing! This is the last race and now the season has finished, I have the feeling that I didn’t do my best in some races and that is probably because I was a rookie and I need more time to learn.”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“Not FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s most exciting race-day of the season, but all things considered it was a great effort by both riders and everyone in the team. Eighth and sixth places for Leon - considering that specialist advice would have seen him at home with his broken foot in the air still recovering – was an amazing result in context and I, on behalf of everyone in the team and all our partners, thank him for his dedication and efforts to be back here and so competitive.
“From 18th on the grid the opportunities were always going to be limited for Jules, but particularly in the second race he did really well to recover to eighth and he rode two consistent and strong races and impressed us with his determination and aggression in making so many passes.
“The 2013 season has flown by and whilst we seemed to have attracted our unfair share of bad luck, there have been many positives. Despite all that bad luck, injuries and missed races, we have still managed to beat both Factory Ducati and Honda teams in the championship and the team has done a great job to take the level of the bike to where it is now and retain fantastic durability and race-long reliability. Thanks to everybody involved in the team. We know there is work to do to improve the level of the bike to fight consistently with the front group, but those steps are being taken and we are looking to make the best of those lessons learned as we move into 2014.”
More, from a press release issued by SBK Press Office:
Eugene Laverty takes the double on Sykes' dream day
Jerez (Spain), Sunday 20 October 2013 - The eni FIM Superbike World Championship season drew to a close today after the last race of a spectacular year. Many riders were in the spotlight in Spain but above them all was Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who achieved a historical milestone for both himself and the Japanese manufacturer. The British rider grabbed his first-ever World Superbike title today and completed an outstanding record of 8 Tissot-Superpoles and 9 race wins with his 17th podium finish of the year, a second place in Race 2 behind Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team).
The Irishman battled out with Sykes throughout the first half of the race, eventually overtaking the Brit at the of the thirteenth lap and pulling away, to claim his second double-win of the season and the ninth race victory – same number of wins as the new Champion. Other works Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) completed again the podium by crossing the line a lonely third, ahead of Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia), Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).
Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli A.S. Ducati) finished his weekend on a positive note as he ended up 7th, followed by Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia). Local Xavi Forés (Team Ducati Alstare) crashed out of Turn 1 right after the start of the race, due to a collision with another rider, while Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) did not line up on the grid due to the injured ankle that bothered him also in the first race.
Tom Sykes: “Words cannot describe how I feel. I am very level headed but since Magny-Cours there are moments where my mind started dreaming. When I was dreaming I had goose bumps and it was magical to even dream I could be world champion. But that was maybe 2% of what I am feeling now after winning the title. It was good for the championship that it got decided at the final round again, especially here with these great fans. My team is mostly Spanish so it is a home round for them. The championship win has not fully sunk in yet but it will do soon, I’m sure.”
Eugene Laverty: “Two wins that came in different ways, as the second one was kind of easier because I was able to pull away from Tom once I got passed him. I'm happy with this double-win that extended our podium streak in the final part of the season. It's a shame that we lost some points early on in the year, but I'm not the type of guy who likes to make excuses. Second place overall is a great result, as well as the Manufacturers' title."
Results: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 21 Laps/92.820 km in 36'05.989 average 154.272 kph; 2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2.711; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 5.710; 4. Elias (Aprilia) 15.509; 5. Davies (BMW) 21.830; 6. Camier (Suzuki) 26.558; 7. Lanzi (Ducati) 30.840; 8. Cluzel (Suzuki) 33.056; 9. Aitchison (Kawasaki) 36.299; 10. Giugliano (Aprilia) 40.867; 11. Neukirchner (Ducati) 44.308; 12. Parkes (Yamaha) 52.483; 13. Barrier (BMW) 53.674; 14. Fabrizio (Honda) 1'20.316; 15. Sandi (Kawasaki) 3 Laps; RT. Haslam (Honda); RT. Badovini (Ducati); RT. Fores (Ducati); RT. Iannuzzo (BMW); NS. Melandri (BMW).
Final Standings: 1. Sykes 447; 2. Laverty 424; 3. Guintoli 402; 4. Melandri 359; 5. Davies 290; 6. Giugliano 211; 7. Fabrizio 188; 8. Baz 180; 9. Rea 176; 10. Cluzel 175; 11. Camier 132; 12. Badovini 130; 13. Haslam 91; 14. Neukirchner 91; 15. Checa 80; 16. Elias 70; 17. Sandi 55; 18. Aitchison 46; 19. Iannuzzo 27; 20. Lanzi 23; 21. Salom 22; 22. Clementi 18; 23. Philippe 13; 24. Canepa 12; 25. Lai 11; 26. Pirro 10; 27. Lundh 10; 28. Hayden 8; 29. Young 8; 30. Fores 7; 31. Barrier 7; 32. Reiterberger 7; 33. Allerton 6; 34. Uprak 5; 35. Parkes 4; 36. Smrz 4; 37. Stauffer 4; 38. Ercelik 3; 39. Eslick 2; 40. Akiyoshi 2; 41. Haga 2. Manufacturers: Aprilia 550; 2. Kawasaki 501; 3. BMW 443; 4. Suzuki 243; 5. Honda 236; 6. Ducati 185; 7. Yamaha 8.
Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) put the icing on the cake of his title-winning season by crossing the line victorious after the 20-lap World Supersport final race of 2013. The Englishman had his last, successful battle, with Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki): the Turk did his best to keep the lead after several overtaking manoeuvres, but Lowes managed to pass him once… (read more).
Results: 1. Lowes (Yamaha) 20 Laps/88.400 km in 34'59.865 average 151.553 kph; 2. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2.117; 3. Rolfo (MV Agusta) 7.966; 4. Vd Mark (Honda) 9.714; 5. Zanetti (Honda) 23.643; 6. Russo (Kawasaki) 25.234; 7. Coghlan (Kawasaki) 25.427; 8. Morais (Kawasaki) 27.025; 9. Leonov (Yamaha) 27.173; 10. Foret (Kawasaki) 29.371; 11. Webb (Honda) 32.277; 12. Tamburini (Honda) 34.439; 13. Salom (Kawasaki) 34.585; 14. Scholtz (Suzuki) 36.110; 15. Faccani (Honda) 37.103; etc.
Final Standings: 1. Lowes 250; 2. Sofuoglu 201; 3. Foret 140; 4. Vd Mark 130; 5. Zanetti 119; 6. Rolfo 78; 7. Kennedy 76; 8. Scassa 75; 9. Coghlan 71; 10. Leonov 63; 11. Antonelli 55; 12. Morais 55; 13. Marino 53; 14. Russo 48; 15. Iddon 45; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 270; 2. Yamaha 258; 3. Honda 165; 4. MV Agusta 104; 5. Suzuki 38; 6. Triumph 6.
European Junior Cup
Jake Lewis (Jake Lewis Racing) has won the 2013 Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda after a thrilling race, that saw the Kiwi rider take the best out of an 8-way battle up to the finish line. Title contender Augusto Fernandez (DS Junior Team) missed the final victory for only 0.036 seconds, while Josh Harland (Easy Barber Racing) completed the podium in the final race of the year.
Results: 1. Lewis 8 Laps/35.360 km in 16'22.440 average 129.571 kph; 2. Fernandez 0.036; 3. Harland 0.298; 4. Canducci 0.301; 5. Manfredi 0.317; 6. Perez 0.325; 7. Flitcroft 0.402; 8. Orellana 0.789; 9. Sebestyen 3.094; 10. Bodis 3.200; etc.
Final Standings: 1. Lewis 101; 2. Fernandez 91; 3. Anne 72; 4. Manfredi 68; 5. Canducci 68; 6. Sebestyen 67; 7. Flitcroft 65; 8. Orellana 64;9. Raymond 59; 10. Bendsneijder 50; etc.