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May 12, 2013

eni FIM Superbike World Championship Race Two Results From Monza (Updated)

A map of the Monza Circuit in Italy.
eni FIM Superbike World Championship
Monza, Italy
May 12, 2013
Race Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Eugene LAVERTY, Ireland (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), 18 laps, 30:59.653
2. Marco MELANDRI, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -0.143 second
3. Tom SYKES, UK (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -0.725
4. Sylvain GUINTOLI, France (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -1.619 seconds
5. Michel FABRIZIO, Italy (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -9.965
6. Davide GIUGLIANO, Italy (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -10.066
7. Leon CAMIER, UK (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -12.241
8. Loris BAZ, France (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -29.771
9. Ayrton BADOVINI, Italy (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -35.005
10. Max NEUKIRCHNER, Germany (Ducati 1199 Panigale R), -41.757
11. Fabrizio LAI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -52.579
12. Vittorio IANNUZZO, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -88.772
13. Federico SANDI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -1 lap
14. Chaz DAVIES, UK (BMW S1000RR), -7 laps, DNF, crash
15. Jonathan REA, UK (Honda CBR1000RR), -13 laps, DNF, retired
16. Kosuke AKIYOSHI, Japan (Honda CBR1000RR), -14 laps, DNF, crash
17. Mark AITCHISON, Australia (Ducati 1098R), -15 laps, DNF, mechanical
18. Jules CLUZEL, France (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -17 laps, DNF, crash

World Championship Point Standings (after 8 of 30 races):

1. Guintoli, 137 points
2. Laverty, 124
3. Sykes, 119
4. Melandri, 96
5. Davies, 94
6. Baz, 75
7. Fabrizio, 74
8. Rea, 71
9. Giugliano, 49
10. Camier, 46

More, from a press release issued by Team SBK Ducati Alstare:

Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare finish 9th and 11th in today's Monza races

Monza (Italy), Sunday 12 May 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and Ayrton Badovini fought hard during today’s fourth round of the World Superbike Championship at the ‘Autodromo di Monza’, concluding the day’s races in ninth and eleventh position. Carlos Checa did not take part due to an ongoing shoulder injury.

Race 1 – starting from twelfth position on the grid, Ayrton lost a few positions through the first chicane but was able to make up two of those lost places before the end of the first lap, positioning himself fourteenth. He then set out to chase down Sandi and Neukirchner immediately ahead of him, passing both of them during the course of the subsequent laps. By lap eight Ducati Alstare’s flag bearer was in eleventh position and, by keeping Neukirchner firmly behind him during the second half of the race, he was able to cross the line in that same position, scoring five championship points as a result.

Race 2 – Badovini made a good start to the second race, making up a couple of positions through the first corners and moving into eleventh position during lap two. Once past Neukirchner, Ayrton tried to push to reach Baz a few seconds ahead of him. By mid-race he was in ninth place but unfortunately, due to the gap that had opened up between him and Loris ahead of him, he was unable to further improve on his position and so brought his 1199 Panigale home in final ninth position.

Ayrton Badovini: “Race 1 was difficult as we had chattering issues through the fast sections of the track. We solved this in part for the second race by making some changes, or tests, and we saw that something good came out of it. In the coming days we’ll test at Mugello, where the aim will be to focus on what we’ve found here today and try to refine it in preparation for the next races. I’d like to thank all my sponsors, fans and the many Ducatisti who’ve come to cheer us on this weekend – I’m always grateful for their support.”

At the end of Round 4 Ayrton holds 32 points and lies in thirteenth position in the general standings. Carlos, having not participated in this weekend’s races, is fourteenth with 29 points.

Team SBK Ducati Alstare, with rider Ayrton Badovini, will take part in Ducati's next development tests at the Mugello circuit this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Melandri (BMW); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Laverty (Aprilia). Race 2 – 1. Laverty (Aprilia); 2. Melandri (BMW); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Guintoli (Aprilia) 137; 2. Laverty (Aprilia) 124; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 119; 4. Melandri (BMW) 96; 5. Davies (BMW) 94; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 75; 7. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 74; 8. Rea (Honda) 71… 13. Badovini (Ducati Alstare) 32; 14. Checa (Ducati Alstare) 29… Manufacturers – 1. Aprilia 172; 2. BMW 144; 3. Kawasaki 130; 4. Honda 78; 5. Suzuki 68; 6. Ducati 52

More, from a press release issued by FIXI Crescent Suzuki:

Fighting performance by Camier in the Monza sun

FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier rode to a determined and extremely impressive seventh place in today’s second eni FIM Superbike World Championship race at Monza in Italy.

Starting from eighth on the grid, Camier held that position over the first three laps and kept in contention with the leading group. As the race wore on the Englishman pushed on through the field and was up to sixth by lap-six. He then got involved in a battle with Davide Giugliano and Michel Fabrizio over the rest of the race, before Camier crossed the finishing line in a superb seventh to confirm his comeback to fitness and equal his best result of the season so far and move into the top-10 in the championship. Jules Cluzel had a second race to forget as he crashed on the second lap and ended his weekend early. He was mainly uninjured in the accident – he lost the nail on his little finger - but was very disappointed with the outcome of the race. The victory in the second event was taken by Eugene Laverty on an Aprilia.

Race one saw both Camier and Cluzel get solid starts and maintain positions in the top-10, before a mistake on lap-five cost one of the FIXI Suzuki racers dearly. Cluzel missed his braking point going into the first chicane and went straight on and into the run off zone. He quickly rejoined the race – after losing five places – but was then further penalised with a ride–through penalty for not taking the correct line through the run-off area. Cluzel came into the pit-lane two laps later to take his penalty and re-joined the race in last place, he fought to try and catch up to the closest riders but was unable to bridge the gap and had to settle for 17th position, his first non-scoring finish of the season so far.

Camier fared better than his team-mate in the first event, as he pushed hard on the demanding and fast 5,777m Italian circuit to bring his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R home in ninth place, despite struggling with braking issues for the majority of the race. The race was won by local hero Marco Melandri, after a dramatic final few laps involving the Italian, Tom Sykes and Laverty which saw the trio swap places regularly, before Melandri came out on top with Sykes and Laverty coming home in second and third respectively.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki now heads back to the UK for its first home race of the season, as the European round of the WSBK championship with be held at Donington Park in England on Sunday 26th May.

Leon Camier:
“I had a pretty good start in the second race and got past Jules on the first lap. I then tried to get in a rhythm and not lose the tow. It took me a lap or two to get the feel and confidence in the brakes, because we’d made a change to them for the second race. They felt ok, not as good in performance, but more consistent, so at least I could race with them. The set-up of the bike also worked better and let me do a bit more in the race, but I think the results today are what we can expect at this track. Yoshimura and the Crescent team have done a great job and the engine performance is in a different world to last year, but I don’t think we could have done much more here.”

Jules Cluzel:
“I made a mistake in the first race and had to do a ride-through, I think this was a bit harsh because I had already lost 10-seconds and so for me there was no chance of any points. In the second race we worked a lot on the bike and made some changes to help with the traction, but I lost the rear for the first time in four races and crashed. I think I made a mistake, but the bike set-up was completely new and with a different feeling because we changed quite a lot. Maybe I need to adapt more before going for fast laps, so we will need to learn from this. I got zero points this weekend, but I am already looking to get to the next race, because this one was not the best for me.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“First and foremost the whole team is very relieved that Jules is largely uninjured after what looked like a very nasty accident in the second race. Race-day just didn’t pan out in the way we were hoping for with Jules. He had a great pace in race one before running on at the chicane, and then the ride-through destroyed any opportunity to see what he could have done. After settling in calmly on lap-one of the second race, the crash put an end to his day. I have to be honest and say we are struggling between us – the team and Jules – to fully understand the best way to get him comfortable on the GSX-R for all conditions and circuits. There is still some significant work to do to find the right base, but that said, he’s an inspiring racer and we’re sure he’ll bounce back strongly at Donington.

“For Monza I think Leon had a pretty good day! We struggled with a braking problem in the first race, but in race two the bike was a lot closer to the others. In the end we only got beaten by a factory Kawasaki, a factory BMW and the Aprilias, which on a track like this is no shame. The engine performance is night-and-day better than 2012, thanks for which I have to give to our guys at Crescent and our partners at Yoshimura Japan, who are working so hard for us. Apart from the last four or five laps – where we ran out of grip – Leon’s pace was on a par with the front group. We are coming in to some tracks that will suit the bike, such as Donington and Portimao, Leon’s really done well there before and we’re positive of further progress towards the podium.”

Monza – eni FIM Superbike – Race One:
1. Marco Melandri (BMW) 30’54.925: 3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) +0.085: 3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) +0.107: 4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) +1.844: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) 7.629: 9. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +16.668: 17. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 59.545:

Monza – eni FIM Superbike – Race Two:
1. Laverty 30’59.653: 2. Melandri +0.143: 3. Sykes +0.725: 4. Guintoli +1.619: 5. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia) +9.965: 7. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) +12.241: DNF. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI):

Championship Classification:
1. Guintoli 137: 2. Laverty 124: 3. Sykes 119: 4. Melandri 96: 5. Chaz Davies (BMW) 94: 10. LEON CAMIER (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 46: 11. JULES CLUZEL (FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI) 41:

More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:

Sykes Takes Two Podiums And The Lap Record At Monza

WSBK, Monza, Italy, 12 May 2013

KRT rider Tom Sykes left the Monza race weekend with a second and a third place finish, new track and race lap records and third place in the championship after two blistering displays of fast riding.

Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) could not find his ideal set-up in the races and finished with two strong top ten finishes, so he is still sixth place in the overall standings.

Sykes was so close to the win in the first race that the gap at the flag was only 0.085 seconds and he was delighted to be able to race hard right to the end on his Ninja ZX-10R. A last lap manoeuvre on an inside line at the classic Parabolica final corner took him past Eugene Laverty but not quite to the win itself.

In race two he had to fight hard all the way and scored a third place, only 0.725 seconds from the win. Tom’s new lap record is 1’42.229 seconds, set on lap five in the first race. In the championship Tom is third, on 119 points, 18 points off the lead.

Baz was seventh in race one, improving on his qualifying position of 11th, as he gathered more important points. In race two he had to start from the very back after he stalled his machine on the line but battled through to finish eighth.

Fabrizio Lai (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) and Federico Sandi (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) each scored points in race one, Lai for 13th and Sandi for 15th.

The Superstock 1000 FIM Cup race delivered a 1-2 for Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R riders, with Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) winning by 0.402 seconds from Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki). No fewer than six of the bikes in the top nine places were Kawasakis. Guarnoni is fourth overall in the championship, only eight points from the leader.

Tom Sykes: “Today I put it all out there for everybody to see. I could not give any more. Race one was a great race, a great battle although I was like a sitting duck at the back for a time. I was waiting to see where those guys were strong, and they have some speed, so I used that to my advantage and it led to a very exciting last lap. I tried to lead after lap 15 and pull a gap but it was not to be, because they reeled me straight back in. The last lap was great, it was almost a third to first run from the last corner, but I did not want to do anything stupid, so to have the Kawasaki working like that here makes me very motivated. Monza was going to be one of the most challenging circuits we would visit this season but we have come away with pole position, a new circuit record, a lap record and two podiums, so I am happy!”

Loris Baz: “We knew it was going to be a hard raceday for us but in race two we understood a lot and I think we know which direction we have to go at this track. I am confident for the next races and on from here with sixth place in the championship. The bike stalled on the grid when I put it through first gear so I think I did not give enough gas, so I had to start from pitlane, I think I could have been sixth maybe in that race and not eighth, as I was not pushing at the end. Some other riders did not score.”

More, from a press release issued by Effenbert Liberty Racing Team:

The Effenbert Liberty Racing Team says goodbye to Monza circuit, the stage of the fourth round of the World Superbike Championship, with the knowledge that in view of the weekend at Donington Park there are still many steps forward to do, especially optimizing the feeling between the Ducati 1098R and the Australian rider Mark Aitchison. In race 1 Aitchison finished in sixteenth position recording his best lap in 1'45 .569. Race 2 was very unlucky. Aitchison, author of a good start, after a few laps unfortunately retired due to a technical problem. Monza, however, beyond the racing event, it was an opportunity for the Effenbert Liberty Racing Team to meet friends and supporters of the team, who spent together with the staff, a pleasant day in the name of the passion for motorsports. On this occasion all the Effenbert Liberty Racing Team would like to thank its sponsors for the important support that allows it to carry on in the WSBK Championship.

More, from a press release issued by Althea Racing:

Althea Racing team – Monza Superbike races

The fourth round of the World Superbike Championship took place today at the historic Monza circuit, with dry and sunny conditions for both of the day’s races. In the morning warm-up Althea Racing’s technicians defined the last details concerning the setting of Davide Giugliano’s RSV4 bike. Thanks to his brilliant performance in yesterday’s Superpole, he started today’s race from the second row with the sixth time.

In the first race Davide started in an excellent position just behind the leading group before unfortunately experiencing some brake issues which limited his performance. During the ninth lap Giugliano, in the proximity of the first chicane, lost contact with the group who were racing for first position. Davide reentered the track, but could not do better than tenth place. In race two, Giugliano started well and spent the first laps in third place. However Davide then risked falling at the Roggia chicane - he managed to stay on his feet but lost ground against the leading riders. The Althea team rider chased them, but could not close the gap that separated him from the first four. After struggling with Davies and Fabrizio, Giugliano ended the race in sixth place. A position that places him in ninth place in the championship standings with 49 points.

Genesio Bevilacqua: "In race one, a technical problem with the brake system did not allow us to obtain the desired result while in the second Davide showed his great potential and that of his bike. We made another progressive step forward and we accumulated experience which will be useful in the next races. I am pleased with how the rider and the team worked here in Monza and I want to thank all our fans who came to support us and in particular Antonio Annoscia of Unibat who wanted to be close to our team here in Monza."

Davide Giugliano: "This is a race to forget. We had so many problems with the brakes and the rear tyre did not work as expected either. In race two I started well and had good pace. I wanted to stay with the leading group but I made a small mistake through the Roggia chicane and almost crashed, possibly due to an oil spill as there was oil on the rear tyre. I tried to catch the leading group but they were already too far ahead. This is a strange track and different from the others, I prefer to close the chapter of this story and start thinking about the next races at Donington."

More, from a press release issued by BMW Motorrad Motorsport:

Monza – Races.
Sunday, 12th May 2013.

Weather conditions: Sunny.
Temperature: Air: 20 – 24 °C, Track: 38 – 47 °C
Number of riders participating: 18 from 12 teams
Fastest lap Race 1: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1:41.229 min (lap 2)
Fastest lap Race 2: Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) 1:42.379 min (lap 18)

The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is back on winning ways. Factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) rode his BMW S 1000 RR to victory in race one today and in race two, Marco was once again one of the front runners and finished second, claiming the fastest race lap. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) finished fifth in the first race, but crashed out of race two, once again, lying in fifth. The “Autodromo Nazionale di Monza” hosted the fourth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. In the Riders’ Classification, Marco climbed to fourth with 96 points. Chaz is fifth with 94 points. In the Manufacturers' classification, BMW lies in second with 144 points.

Race one, which was recorded as the fastest average speed World Superbike race ever, was a breathtaking thriller from the start flag until the finish line. Marco, who started from fifth, pushed forward from the word go and took second position on lap two. Until the chequered flag, he fought an exciting battle with Eugene Laverty (IRL), Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) and Tom Sykes (GBR). Positions between the four changed all the time. On lap 11, Marco took the lead but slipped back to third on lap 15. The battle continued and reached its climax on the final lap. Marco took the lead but lost it a few corners later, however he did not give up the fight. With a brilliant manoeuvre he regained first place with only a few hundred metres to go and defended his lead until the chequered flag. In a photo finish, he had an advantage of just 0.085 seconds to Sykes in second place and 0.107 seconds to Laverty in third. Chaz, who started from ninth, also gained several positions in the early stages of the race. He was involved in a battle with Jonathan Rea (GBR) and Davide Giugliano (ITA) and soon took fifth place, a position he successfully kept until the finish of the race.

Race two saw the same four protagonists, but this time the quartet did not change positions as much, they instead seemed to wait for the closing stages to start their final battle for victory. Marco was in third place for the majority of the race, and on the penultimate lap he started his charge forward and overtook Guintoli for second place. Laverty however defended his lead up until the finish line, winning the race with an advantage of 0.143 seconds ahead of Marco. Chaz had a more difficult race than race one. In the early stages, he again improved to fifth, but then went wide in the chicane and dropped back to eighth. The Welshman fought his way back to fifth, but a crash on lap 12 ended his hopes of another top result.

The BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team had a more than unlucky day. The race of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup ended prematurely for both riders after Sylvain Barrier (FRA) and Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) were involve in a heavy crash in the first corner which involved a number of motorcycles. Both had to be taken to the Medical Centre to be assessed. Sylvain luckily escaped unhurt, Greg was suspected to have fractured his right leg, but further examinations showed that he fortunately just twisted his ankle.

Marco Melandri:
Result Race 1: 1st / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:42.343 min (lap 2)
Result Race 2: 2nd / Gap to 1st: 0:00.143 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:42.379 min (lap 18)
“It was an unbelievable day for me. To finish first and second here in Monza is just awesome and it feels great after we had a difficult start to the season. Race one was unbelievable. I knew that my race pace was quite good, even if we struggled a bit in qualifying. When we started, I knew that it would be very tough until the last corner. When Eugene passed me on the last lap, I thought it would be impossible to pass him back again, because he was very good in the turns and he was pulling away. But in the last corner I was quite close, I knew that I could go a little bit faster than the others and so I overtook him and, even though I was a little bit wide, I kept full throttle until the finish line. Until the chequered flag, I was talking to my RR, telling her ‘go, go, go’ – that was incredible.

In the middle of race two I was a little bit faster than the two guys in front of me, but I could not try to pass. But when Sylvain made a little mistake, I overtook him and then tried to catch Eugene, but he was a bit too far away. Anyway, I was also very happy with second place. Now I am confident because I feel that the feeling with the bike is coming back. I can brake and go into corners aggressively, it is my riding style. I am sure that from now on we can fight with the top guys at every race. Thanks a lot to my team because they are working so hard and I am sure our championship will start now. And I also want to say ‘Grazie’ to the many fans who came here today. It was just awesome to see the grandstands.“

Chaz Davies:
Result Race 1: 5th / Gap to 1st: 0:07.629 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:42.922 min (lap 7)
Result Race 2: DNF / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:42.504 min (lap 4)
“Race one was a fun race but not ideal. It was fun to battle with Jonathan and Davide, but there is no need to fight around here because the front group goes away too quickly and you lose everything, especially in the slipstream which is very important. You have to take a few tenths every lap in the slipstream. I was quite happy with my pace in the middle of the race, I could see that I was closing a little bit on the front group but in the end it was not possible to catch them. I would have liked to see how the race would have ended if I would have been able to go with them. In race two I lost time fighting with Davide again. It was fun, but it cost me half a second a lap to the top group. I thought I could close the gap and was pushing to fight for the race win and not to finish fifth. In the end I was pushing too hard and lost the front. Obviously I am disappointed to crash, but I am happy because we improved the bike step by step and were going in the right direction.”

Andrea Buzzoni (General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK):
“After a dramatic weekend in Assen we came to Monza with many new ideas for Marco, ideas that have worked well since Friday. Thanks to the work the race and R&D team have done after Assen, as Marco feels comfortable and is able to show his talent. In both races he was perfect in terms of performance and race management. We’re really happy he finally got back the right feeling with the bike, which allows him to go as fast as he did here in Monza. Now we have to keep up this level of performance for the future races. We have many ideas so we are really confident. I want to thank his crew for their work in Saturday’s Superpole, as they did a perfect job in a short amount of time and allowed him to compete the session, so well done. Unfortunately, because of the crash on Friday, Chaz started to work on the settings later. The set-up was defined today after race one. Chaz is aware of his capability and power, and it showed in race two when he tried to close the gap to the front riders to fight for the win but unfortunately he crashed. We have to appreciate the consciousness and commitment he showed. In race one he gained a fifth place which is important for gaining points towards the championship. The championship is still long, so we have to keep working.

The Superstock race unfortunately had a dramatic start with Sylvain and Greg crashing on the first lap. Sylvain was OK, Greg had a bad impact but luckily he suffered a minor injury. We leave with empty hands but this has had no dramatic impact on the overall standings. Let’s restart at the next race.“

Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“In Monza we were finally rewarded for all the hard work we have done with Marco. We have lost races due to some unlucky situations and small technical issues. All the guys have been working very hard and it was obvious from the first practice session here in Monza that Marco was confident with his bike. It was great to see him smile again. Today’s two races confirmed what we had seen since Friday and we are all happy. We must congratulate him and his crew for their work. We have seen that our RR is quite competitive on this track, even if, as we expected, our competitors are very strong. For Chaz, it was not an easy weekend. He had a crash on Friday but then working with his crew he improved his feeling for the bike step by step. Even if his starting position was not the best, he was catching up, especially in race two. In the middle of the race he was really fast but unfortunately he hit the bumps with the front and lost the opportunity to fight with the top group. But he proved that he was going at a good speed. So again, a big thank you to all the guys.”

More, from a press release issued by Pata Honda Superbike Team:

Disappointment for Pata Honda in Monza

The Pata Honda World Superbike team endured a difficult fourth-round event at the Autodromo Nationale di Monza in Italy today with only a handful of points to show after some positive development steps with the CBR1000RR Fireblade.

In race one at the historic 5.777km circuit just north of Milan, Jonathan Rea enjoyed a superb start from the second row of the grid but, on the second lap, a missed gear on the exit of Monza’s infamous first chicane dropped him down the order.

In a bid to get back on terms, the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland ran on at the same corner eight laps later and clipped a safety bale, for which he was awarded a penalty and ordered to drop two places. Rea made those two places back over the last three laps to finish eighth at the flag.

In race two, clutch problems forced his retirement early in the race as his stand-in team-mate, Kosuke Akiyoshi, who earlier finished 14th in race one, crashed out unhurt at turn eight.

Jonathan Rea – 8th and DNF

It’s been a tough day and I don’t feel like we got what we deserved today. It was clear I had pace all weekend but, unfortunately, in a race situation, while I had pace by myself, when I tried to capitalise on my strengths in the race, I couldn’t run the same corner speed. It made it difficult to pass people and that was upsetting my already good entry speed by braking too late. So in race one I learned a lot but in race two, again I made a good start, but straight away I had some problem with the bike. I thought maybe I should adjust the clutch but, to be honest, the guys are still looking into it and investigating because I don’t think that’s the only problem. It’s hard to say we can leave here with our heads held high. When I’m on my own I’m actually enjoying riding the bike and we’ve made massive gains, but it’s hard to stomach an eighth place from a weekend. But, we move on to Donington – I’ll try and keep my head up and remain positive like the rest of the guys and hopefully come back stronger.

Kosuke Akiyoshi – 14th and DNF

During the weekend we improved the bike step-by-step. We did it in stages – first engine brake, then traction control. We made some small changes to the chassis which gave a good feeling but in race one it wasn’t correct. In race two it was a lot better, with the tyres as well. The lap time was improving but I crashed in turn eight when the rear tyre span out because I was a bit faster. Engine braking, chassis and the mapping was all good. With some more time on the bike, I think I could make more progress. It has been a good experience and I enjoyed working with this team.

Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator

In race one Akiyoshi-san got into the points with 14th and Jonathan got eighth after missing a chicane and not returning to the track in the correct way. He had to drop two places and fight back so eight was the maximum. We didn’t have a lot of luck in race two either, with Akiyoshi-san crashing out of the race and Jonathan had some technical problems with the bike. All in all it’s been a weekend to forget for the Superbikes, however, I would like to say a big thank you to Akiyoshi-san for replacing Leon Haslam at such short notice. His feedback has been very accurate and useful and I hope we can work together again. But, for now, we’re happy to pack up and head for Donington!

More, from a press release issued by Pirelli:

At Monza the Pirelli SC0 solution is the unanimous choice among Superbike and Supersport riders for the rear with Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri using it to break historic records

The SC0 Pirelli Diablo Superbike and Diablo Supercorsa rear tyres, making their seasonal début, immediately win popularity among the riders on the grid, allowing the Englishman to break the fastest race lap record at Monza and the Italian rider to break the fastest ever average race speed in the history of the World Superbike Championship

Monza (Italy), 12 May 2013 – The new 17 inch Diablo Superbike tyres continue to bring satisfaction for Pirelli, allowing the eni FIM World Superbike Championship riders to improve on lap times, break records and provide a show for motorcycle racing fans with exciting races, battled out down to the finish line. Key players in the Superbike class for the weekend were Italian rider Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK), first place in Race 1 and second in Race 2, Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) respectively third and first, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) who rode respectively to the second step of the podium in Race 1 and took third in Race 2.

Thanks also to the progress Pirelli has made with the new 17 inch tyres, the Italian BMW rider and the English Kawasaki rider also achieved significant personal victories: Tom Sykes stopped the clock at 1’41.685 during Superpole on Saturday, breaking the circuit fastest lap record set by Max Biaggi in 2011, Marco Melandri, lapping in Race 1 at an average speed of 201,814 kph, is now the holder of the record for the highest ever average race speed in the history of the World Superbike Championship.

The rear SC0 solution, the softest in the Pirelli range which was available for racing for the first time this year, was used by all the Superbike and Supersport riders. In particular, if the power in Supersport is lower and therefore a softer blend can withstand the Brianza track, in Superbike this is the first time ever that an SC0 tyre has been used to race on this track. This is because the structure of the new 17 inch Diablo Superbike tyres allowed the Pirelli engineers to use softer compounds and therefore to provide the riders with the possibility of using the soft solution which is also the one capable of providing more grip, even on circuits like Monza which had been strictly off limits for this blend until now.

The new Diablo Superbike SC0 (S515) was not only the choice for all the Superbike riders, but it also contributed to reducing average lap times by 1 second in both race 1 and race 2. The quality of this solution allowed Marco Melandri to put the best race lap time on the board in the very last lap, more proof of this tyre's excellent performance in terms of mileage.

In Supersport, in a race that had four starts, Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) beat out Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpress) and Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport).

In the Superstock 1000 class Lorenzo Savadori and Team Pedercini put in a stellar performance. In the 600 class Nicola Morrentino took first place on his Yamaha YZF R6 for Team Trasimeno.

The Pirelli solutions chosen by the riders:
A key player in the fourth round of the eni FIM World Superbike championship was on the rear, both for the Superbike and the Supersport class, the SC0 solution, making its seasonal début this year. In Superbike the SC0 (S515) 17 inch Diablo Superbike tyre was quite popular with the riders thanks to its grip and the performance it provided on the Brianza circuit and for these reasons it was chosen by all 18 riders in both Race 1 and Race 2. Despite being a development SC0, the S515 differs from the standard version which Pirelli will bring to the next rounds only in the reinforced central compound, a measure that Pirelli successfully adopted that was necessary on a fast track like Monza in order to prevent possible blistering.
On the front 15 out of the 18 riders opted for the Standard SC2 solution (R982) in both rounds, a solution that Pirelli had already brought to the first three rounds, excellent for high external temperatures because it guarantees solidity at the tread strip. Tom Sykes, Davide Giugliano and Ayrton Badovini preferred the standard SC1 solution (R426) over the SC2, in a softer compound.

In Supersport as well the SC0 S510 development solution of the Diablo Supercorsa was the most popular among the riders for the rear, used in all four races.

Pirelli Best Lap Award:

In this round that Pirelli has always considered a "home" round, the usual “Pirelli Best Lap Awards” were also assigned. These are awards that the tyre manufacturer assigns to the riders who have made the fastest lap in Superbike race 1 and race 2, as well as the Supersport race. The winning riders in Superbike accepted the reward from the Pirelli Moto Business Unit Director, Uberto Thun, and from Racing Director Giorgio Barbier in the Paddock Show during the press conference at the end of race 1 and race 2 for the Superbike class. This year the award, which is always quite sought after by the riders, depicts a motorcycle instrument panel which indicates the time set by the rider. The Superbike and Supersport rider who has earned the most “Pirelli Best Lap Award” titles at the end of the season will be elected “Best Lap Winner: fastest rider of the year” and awarded in the usual end of year ceremony.

Here are the Pirelli Best Lap Award winning riders at Monza from the fourth round of the season:

WSB Race 1 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), 1'42.229 (5th lap)
WSB Race 2 – Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK), 1'42.379 (18 th lap)
WSS – Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport): 1’48.225 (3rd lap)

The overall standings after the first three rounds are as follows:

WSB: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team): 3; Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team): 2; Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma): 1; Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK): 1; Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK): 1.

WSS: Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India): 1; Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport): 1; Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India): 1; Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport): 1

Comment from Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto Racing Director:

“This was truly a great weekend because all the Championship class races were extremely heated, but also because, for the class that we are most concerned with, the solutions designed with the new 17 inch tyres worked very well, especially the rear SC0. If, in past years, racing in Superbike with a soft compound like the SC0 on a track like Monza which is particularly aggressive and demanding on the tyres was unthinkable, this year the development of the new Diablo Superbike tyres allowed us to use softer blends from the start and the SC0 at Monza was even the solution used by all the riders. As if this wasn't enough, with this solution Marco Melandri also broke the highest average race speed record and the riders lapped an average of 1 second per lap faster compared to 2011. I think that the race results, with three riders from 3 different motorcycle manufacturers battling it out down to the finish and the Best Lap, made by Marco Melandri in the last lap, can only confirm just how high the quality and performance level reached by our new tyres is. Last but not least, I would like to congratulate Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli for the exciting show they put on, but also Lorenzo Savadori and Team Pedercini for an exceptional race and Sam Lowes' podium, as well as team Yakhnich Motorsport for the result in Supersport”.

The 2013 Pirelli statistics for the Monza round:

• Total number of tyres Pirelli brought: 4895

• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the Superbike class: 6 front and 6 rear

• Number of solutions for the Supersport class (dry, intermediate and wet): 4 front and 5 rear

Number of tyres available for each Superbike rider: 37 front and 36 rear

• Number of tyres available for each Supersport rider: 25 front and 27 rear

• Temperature in Race 1: air 20° C, asphalt 38° C

• Temperature in Race 2: air 24° C, asphalt 47° C

• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli Diablo Superbike tyres: 336 km/h, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) in Race 1 respectively at 16th, 15th and 8th laps and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) in Race 2 respectively at 17th and 18th laps.

• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres in Supersport: 289,8 km/h, Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace), 2nd lap.

More, from a press release issued by Aprilia:




Monza, 12 May 2013 – Aprilia Racing was the star player at Monza in the fourth World SBK round and finished the Italian weekend with its two standard bearers, Guintoli and Laverty, respectively in first and second place for the championship standings.

Aprilia strengthens its hold on the Manufacturer World Championship lead (172 points) in front of BMW (144), Kawasaki (127), Honda (78), Suzuki (68) and Ducati (52).

In both races the four riders – Laverty, Guintoli, Melandri and Sykes – left the others behind, leap frogging in and out of the lead several times, battling down to the last turn for victory.
In the first race, after a spectacular flying finish and after having led the race for a large portion of the time, the two Aprilia riders finished in third (Laverty) and fourth place (Guintoli) behind Melandri and Sykes.

The second, extremely fast race, which ended with an average speed of more than 201 kph, followed the same script with the quartet running away at the front. The Aprilia riders stayed in the lead: first Laverty for seven laps and then Guintoli in the next eight and then Laverty again, taking the lead in the last two laps to then defend down to the wire and win in front of Melandri, Guintoli and Sykes. Sylvain's podium was made official after Aprilia Racing lodged a complaint due to Sykes running straight on in a chicane during the last lap. This is a result that is enriched by the presence of all four RSV4s in the top six places (Fabrizio fifth, Giugliano sixth).

With this victory, the third of the season after the one in Phillip Island and the last round at Assen, Laverty is now lying in second place in the championship which is led by his team mate, Sylvain Guintoli. The French Aprilia Racing rider was a protagonist today, leading in both races. The third and fourth place finishes are not a complete satisfaction for him, but they are important results for championship points.

Eugene Laverty: “This was a great day for me. After the podium in Race 1 it was nice to end the weekend with a victory. Especially since I was a bit disappointed because I had a shot at the top step of the podium in the first race as well if I had managed the end differently. We showed that we can be fast and consistent on two very different tracks like Assen and Monza. My RSV4 did extremely well for me. On this track the speed and balance of the bike in braking are essential. The points situation is excellent if you consider the double dnf in Aragon, but I've already left those difficulties behind and I count on doing well at the next round in Donington as well. Even though it will be an 'almost' home round, it has never been a particularly favourable track for me, but I think this year I've got everything in order to bridge this gap as well”.

Sylvain Guintoli: “What an exciting weekend! In Race 1 I felt like I was really fast until the halfway point and then my feeling dropped, so the fourth place finish was the most I could get. In the second race I had a better pace. The others were struggling a lot more to overtake me but in the last two laps I wasn't able to keep Eugene and Melandri's pace. The decision that was taken after Sykes' manoeuvre seemed obvious to me immediately. I'm happy with third place even though I missed out on the podium celebration because the Team deserved it after working so hard. For the championship these are really important points”.

More, from a press release issued by SBK Press Office:

Melandri and Laverty take on top in turns at Monza

Monza, Sunday 12 May 2013 – Round 4 of eni FIM Superbike World Championship drew to its highest point today with two incredible races, won by Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) respectively. Of the 47,046 overall spectators attending during the three days, the ones who went for the Sunday trip to Monza’s Autodromo Nazionale enjoyed an amazing show of talent, close and unpredictable racing until the finish line.

Protagonists of the round were also Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who raced up front to create with the two winners of today a breathtaking 4-way battle for the victory in both races.
Race 1
Marco Melandri was the winner of a thrilling and ultra-close first race, following a spectacular and highly entertained battle throughout the 18 laps.

The 11th race win for the home rider - his maiden on the Italian track - was a perfect display of racecraft, as Melandri entered the final lap in 3rd position and immediately overtook Tom Sykes at Turn 1, then made a successful move on Eugene Laverty for the lead. The works Aprilia Rider regained first position at the "Ascari" chicane, but the eventual winner was not happy with second place and got along the inside of the Irishman at the last turn, while Sykes tried to take advantage to snatch the victory from both rivals.

The three riders crossed the line side by side, with Melandri winning by 0.085 seconds over Tom Sykes and by 0.107 seconds on Eugene Laverty. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) was part of the contention for the win but lost ground in the closing stages to finish 4th.

Marco Melandri: “It was an unbelievable day for me. To finish first and second here in Monza is just awesome and it feels great after we had a difficult start to the season. Race one was unbelievable. I knew that my race pace was quite good, even if we struggled a bit in qualifying. Until the chequered flag, I was talking to my RR, telling her ‘go, go, go’ – that was incredible. In Race 2 hen Sylvain made a little mistake, I passed him and then tried to catch Eugene, but he was a bit too far away. Anyway, I was also very happy with second place. Now I am confident because I feel that the feeling with the bike is coming back."

5th place for Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), ahead of Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) - who made his way up to sixth position following a difficult start - and Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Race 1 saw a new average speed record for the Superbike World Championship (201,814 km/h): the previous one was set in 2000 at Hockenheim (Race 1 - 201,330 km/h).

Race 1 results: 1. Melandri (BMW) 18 Laps/103.986 km in 30'54.925 average 201.814 kph; 2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 0.085; 3. Laverty (Aprilia) 0.107; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1.844; 5. Davies (BMW) 7.629; 6. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 8.407; 7. Baz (Kawasaki) 15.555; 8. Rea (Honda) 16.465; 9. Camier (Suzuki) 16.668; 10. Giugliano (Aprilia) 26.820; 11. Badovini (Ducati) 38.908; 12. Neukirchner (Ducati) 38.951; 13. Lai (Kawasaki) 52.788; 14. Akiyoshi (Honda) 55.889; 15. Sandi (Kawasaki) 56.006; 16. Aitchison (Ducati) 56.827; 17. Cluzel (Suzuki) 59.545; RT. Iannuzzo (BMW).

Race 2
Eugene Laverty has taken revenge over Marco Melandri after first race defeat for the win to achieve a crucial victory in Race 2. The Irishman grabbed the lead on the penultimate lap and defended the position from a competitive Melandri, who set the fastest lap of the race right before the chequered flag in 1'42.379.

With his 3rd race win of 2013, Laverty equals the same number of victories achieved in the past two seasons to close the gap on the Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) to 13 points, with Tom Sykes third with an 18 points gap from the top.

Eugene Laverty: “This was a great day for me. After the podium in Race 1 it was nice to end the weekend with a victory. Especially since I was a bit disappointed because I had a shot at the top step of the podium in the first race as well if I had managed the end differently. The points situation is excellent if you consider the double DNF in Aragon, but I've already left those difficulties behind and I count on doing well at the next round at Donington as well."

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider completed the podium ahead of Guintoli, as both riders were part of a 4-way battle that characterised most of the 18-lap race.

Their race result is still provisional, as after the chequered flag the Aprilia Racing Team requested the Race Direction to analyse last Tom Sykes’ lap, who ran off track, while entering Turn 5 - using the run off area - and rejoined by maintaining his 3rd position and same pace. The appeal by Aprilia was upheld and after Sykes was penalised with one position place penalty, the Kawasaki Racing Team appealed to the FIM Stewards' Panel. Following an analysis of race footage and sector times by Sykes, preceding rider Melandri and following rider Guintoli, decided to reinstate Tom Sykes third in classification. Therefore, this could not be the final verdict, as a further appeal could be lodged by the works Aprilia Team, this time to the International Disciplinary Court (within 5 days), that will eventually take the final decision on it.
5th place for Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), after a close battle with Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia). Both riders had to face a strong Chaz Davies, up until the Welshman lost the front at Turn 5 during lap 12, and a fierce Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), 7th at the flag.

Race 2 results - provisional: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 18 Laps/103.986 km in 30'59.653 average 201.301 kph; 2. Melandri (BMW) 0.143; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 0.725; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1.619; 5. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 9.965; 6. Giugliano (Aprilia) 10.066; 7. Camier (Suzuki) 12.241; 8. Baz (Kawasaki) 29.771; 9. Badovini (Ducati) 35.005; 10. Neukirchner (Ducati) 41.757; 11. Lai (Kawasaki) 52.579; 12. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'28.772; 13. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1 Lap; RT. Davies (BMW); RT. Rea (Honda); RT. Akiyoshi (Honda); RT. Aitchison (Ducati); RT. Cluzel (Suzuki).

Standings - provisional (round 4 of 15): 1. Guintoli 137; 2. Laverty 124; 3. Sykes 119; 4. Melandri 96; 5. Davies 94; 6. Baz 75; 7. Fabrizio 74; 8. Rea 71; 9. Giugliano 49; 10. Camier 46; 11. Cluzel 41; 12. Neukirchner 39; 13. Badovini 32; 14. Checa 29; 15. Haslam 29; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 172; 2. BMW 144; 3. Kawasaki 130; 4. Honda 78; 5. Suzuki 68; 6. Ducati 52.

World Supersport - Heroic win by Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) did an almost impossible overtaking manoeuvre on the last lap of World Supersport race to get his 2nd win of the season and become the new Championship leader. The 23 year old from Lincoln had a fantastic drive out of Turn 4 to pass all three riders ahead of him at the following chicane.

Lowes got quickly a small margin on the chasing pack to cross the line in 1st place ahead of Florian Marino (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) and Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki). The top-5 in today's race, completed by Kev Coghlan (DMC-Racing Kawasaki) put up an outstanding battle throughout all 10 laps.

Reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) lost the front at Turn 8 during the 4th lap of the race, while he was on the lead. Team mate Fabien Foret didn't take part to the race after being involved in the multiple crash at Turn 1 that brought to a third red flag - and eventually led to the decision of postponing the Supersport race after World Superbike race 2. Similar misfortune for rookie Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport).

Race results: 1. Lowes (Yamaha) 10 Laps/57.770 km in 18'09.799 average 190.835 kph; 2. Marino (Kawasaki) 0.798; 3. Zanetti (Honda) 0.989; 4. Russo (Kawasaki) 1.342; 5. Coghlan (Kawasaki) 1.487; 6. Morais (Honda) 8.261; 7. Leonov (Yamaha) 11.044; 8. Scassa (Kawasaki) 11.169; 9. Ivanov (Kawasaki) 11.199; 10. Marconi (Honda) 11.253; 11. Rolfo (MV Agusta) 14.119; 12. Scholtz (Suzuki) 14.522; 13. Iddon (MV Agusta) 14.964; 14. Linortner (Honda) 15.079; 15. De Rosa (Honda) 15.123; etc.

Standings (round 4 of 14): 1. Lowes 70; 2. Foret 54; 3. Vd Mark 49; 4. Sofuoglu 45; 5. Zanetti 40; 6. Scassa 34; 7. Marino 31; 8. Antonelli 29; 9. Russo 26; 10. Kennedy 24; 11. Coghlan 22; 12. Rolfo 22; 13. Leonov 21; 14. Marconi 16; 15. Roccoli 14. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 90; 2. Yamaha 78; 3. Honda 65; 4. MV Agusta 22; 5. Suzuki 8.

Superstock 1000

Lorenzo Savadori won today's FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race, that was reduced to 7 laps following the crash by Greg Gildenhuys (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and the collision between team mate Sylvain Barrier and Argentinean Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) on the opening lap after the first start. Savadori showed again the affinity with his home track, getting a small margin in the last two laps over the fierce followers to secure a crucial victory after his difficult start of the season.

The race saw at times a 7-way battle up front, but the challenge for the two remaining podium places was a matter between Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Racing Kawasaki) and Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Team Ducati) on the last lap. The 2007 Champion had a successful overtaking at the last turn, but the Frenchman managed to regain the position before the finish line.

4th place for Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Ducati) - who got the holeshot at the restart and was leader at some point during the race - followed by wild-card Michele Magnoni (G.M. Racing BMW) and Matthieu Lussiana (Team Aspi Kawasaki).

Race results: 1. Savadori (Kawasaki) 7 Laps/40.439 km in 12'33.222 average 193.277 kph; 2. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 0.402; 3. Canepa (Ducati) 0.414; 4. La Marra (Ducati) 0.758; 5. Magnoni (BMW) 1.220; 6. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 1.769; 7. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2.106; 8. Bergman (Kawasaki) 7.600; 9. Mercado (Kawasaki) 7.837; 10. Jezek (Ducati) 7.947; 11. Bussolotti (BMW) 7.964; 12. Gyorfi (BMW) 15.182; 13. Pagaud (Kawasaki) 15.765; 14. Dittadi (Kawasaki) 15.851; 15. Ponsson (Kawasaki) 15.867; etc.

Standings (round 3 of 10): 1. Canepa 52; 2. La Marra 49; 3. Barrier 45; 4. Guarnoni 44; 5. Mercado 36; 6. Savadori 33; 7. Lanusse 29; 8. Jezek 24; 9. Bussolotti 19; 10. Lussiana 15; 11. Bergman 15; 12. Magnoni 11; 13. Ferrer 7; 14. Gildenhuys 6; 15. Andreozzi 6. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 61; 2. BMW 56; 3. Kawasaki 54; 4. Honda 6; 5. Suzuki 5.

European Junior Cup

The PATA European Junior Cup powered by Honda was a fiercely contested affair with ten riders in with a shout of the victory on the final lap at Monza race, that was won by French Robin Anne (Anne Formation) ahead of Adrien Pittet (Swisscare) and Zac Levy (Puma R.V.s) . From the start, the action was unpredictable as several riders fell at Turn 1. Pole sitter Guillaume Raymond (Activebike) was a little too keen to get going, as was Ilya Mikhalchyk (Wind Racing Team) and Richard Bodis (Sparta Motorsport) who all received a jump start penalty.

Augusto Fernandez (DS Junior Team) crashed out of the lead on lap 4 leaving a gaggle of hungry riders to battle it out to the flag. Kevin Manfredi (Newton Trasformatori) and series leader prior to Monza Michael Canducci (Colors Experience) gave the home fans something to cheer about as they each took a turn at the front. As the riders started the final lap it was Aussie Zac Levy and Lorenzo Garafoli (Lorenzo Racing) had moved into what looked like the best position, but just like the opening two races, the drag to the flag decided the outcome.

Race results: 1. Anne 7 Laps/40.439 km in 16'15.366 average 149.257 kph; 2. Pittet 0.011; 3. Lewis 0.348; 4. Levy (Honda) 0.406; 5. Canducci 0.485; 6. Flitcroft 0.504; 7. Garofoli 0.634; 8. Harland 0.664; 9. Zanella 6.873; 10. Rusmiputro 8.956; 11. Ebehard 18.285; 12. Sebestyen 19.391; 13. Paiuta 23.831; 14. Mykhalchyk 29.219; 15. Wisdom 34.674; etc.

Standings (round 3 of 8): 1. Canducci 43; 2. Lewis 41; 3. Anne 38; 4. Pittet 29; 5. Bendsneijder 25; 6. Sebestyen 25; 7. Levy 23; 8. Raymond 23; 9. Fernandez 20; 10. Arenas 20; 11. Manfredi 18; 12. Fernandez 17; 13. Rusmiputro 15; 14. Mykhalchyk 13; 15. Flitcroft 12.