Oct 20, 2013
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by David Swarts
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The Circuito de Jerez.
FIM Supersport World Championship
October 20, 2012
Race Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Sam LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R6), 20 laps, 34:59.865
2. Kenan SOFUOGLU, Turkey (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -2.117 seconds
3. Roberto ROLFO, Italy (MV Agusta F3 675), -7.966
4. Michael VD MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR600RR), -9.714
5. Lorenzo ZANETTI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), -23.643
6. Riccardo RUSSO, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -25.234
7. Kev COGHLAN, UK (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -25.427
8. Sheridan MORAIS, South Africa (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -27.025
9. Vladimir LEONOV, Russia (Yamaha YZF-R6), -27.173
10. Fabien FORET, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -29.371
11. Danny WEBB, UK (Honda CBR600RR), -32.277
12. Roberto TAMBURINI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), -34.439
13. David SALOM, Spain (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -34.585
14. Mathew SCHOLTZ, South Africa (Suzuki GSX-R600), -36.110
15. Marco FACCANI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), -37.103
16. Jack KENNEDY, Ireland (Honda CBR600RR), -39.034
17. Massimo ROCCOLI, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R6), -42.803
18. Matthieu LAGRIVE, France (Kawasaki ZX-6R), -52.351
19. Luca MARCONI, Italy (Honda CBR600RR), -58.324
20. Lee JOHNSTON, UK (Honda CBR600RR), -63.289
25. Corey ALEXANDER, USA (Honda CBR600RR), -75.656
World Championship Point Standings (after 13 of 13 events):
1. Lowes, 250 points
2. Sofuoglu, 201
3. Foret, 140
4. VD Mark, 130
5. Zanetti, 119
6. Rolfo, 78
7. Kennedy, 76
8. Luca Scassa, 75
9. Coghlan, 71
10. Leonov, 63
More, from a press release issued by PTR Honda:
PTR HONDA'S Danny Webb scored his first World Supersport Championship points with a brilliant 11th place finish at the last round of the 2013 season at Jerez in Spain.
The Londoner had been fighting inside the top 10 for much of the race and in only his fourth ever ride on a 600cc race bike, has shown real promise. Danny said: "That was a good race. I ran good consistent lap times and scored my first points. It's been a great experience and I've made a big step every race I've taken part in. I want to thank the Circuit of Wales and PTR Honda for giving me the chance to do this and hopefully we can sort something out for next year, the team's fantastic."
Luca Marconi comfortably outperformed his qualifying position to take 19th while Lee Johnston in only his second WSS outing was a very promising 20th. Nacho Calero racing at home stepped up to take 22nd to finish the season well.
Corey Alexander finished 25th in his second ever race outside the USA, having learnt and improved significantly over the course of the weekend.
PTR Honda sincerely thanks all its partners and fans for their support during a challenging 2013 race season. Further news on PTR Honda's 2014 rider line up will be announced in the coming days.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "I honestly think if Danny had not crashed on Friday and suffered some minor injuries, he would have been fighting for sixth/seventh in the race. He is happy and PTR is back in the points, so a good day for us all.
"Luca did not recapture his form from earlier in the season but after a winter in training I am sure he can come back stronger than ever.
"Lee in only his second race in WSS is inside the top 20. He's done a good job and we are talking to him about 2014, he has real potential. It is hard to come here and perform for the last two rounds when everyone is racing hard and used to their bikes and teams. I am sure if he started at the same point as everyone else he would be inside the top 10 straight away.
"Nacho finished just outside his target of a top 20 but had a strong race. He has learnt a lot this season and that will stand by him next year I am sure.
"Corey in only his second event in the Championship improved during the race. His lap times at the end of the race were good enough to compete with those inside the top 20 It's been a good experience and we have enjoyed working with him, he will have a good future in WSS."
More, from a press release issued by Pata Honda Supersport Team:
Van der Mark fourth in Spanish finale
Michael van der Mark finished fourth in today’s final round of the 2013 World Supersport championship season, securing fourth place in the overall standings in his rookie year.
His Pata Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti had a relatively lonely ride to fifth place, and fifth in the points table, as world champion Sam Lowes took the final race win of the year.
Dutch flyer van der Mark took three podium finishes in his debut World Supersport campaign, while Zanetti finished on the rostrum at Monza in May. Both are enthusiastic about the forthcoming 2014 championship year which begins with a private test at Jerez on Tuesday.
Michael van der Mark - 4th
It was quite difficult today because it took us a while to find the right set-up for Jerez. My start wasn’t that great and I had to pass some other guys but my pace was OK. I had to catch Rolfo but he was doing really good lap times and we were quite similar. Three laps from the end I was on his rear wheel and tried to push to get even closer but I pushed a little too much and lost the front a few times. I’m happy with fourth place in the race and in the championship. The season has gone really quickly and I can’t wait for the next one to begin!
Lorenzo Zanetti - 5th
Fifth place is not bad but I lost a lot of time in the first three laps trying to get past Russo. When I did that, the group with Michael had gone and I needed to be there to fight for the podium. Also, towards the end of the race my rear grip dropped off and this has been a problem. I spent the rest of the race alone, which wasn’t positive. However, the season has been positive and my feeling with the bike has improved so I think we can look forward to the next season with a lot of confidence.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Michael had a race-long battle for third but the grip dropped in the last few laps which prevented him attacking for the podium. Fourth was good, though, and he finished fourth in the series in his rookie season, so we’re happy with that. He was 10 points short of third overall but I’m sure he can fight for that and more next year. Lorenzo couldn’t quite get to the pace of Michael and couldn’t get better than fifth. But he has also had a good rookie season and I think we can be satisfied with both our riders’ performances this year.