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Oct 1, 2012

More From This Past Weekend's Various Races

Yonny Hernandez (68).
Great play of Yonny Hernández who finishes in third position in between CRT, scores and keeps in third position in championship. Salom Gives up.

Motorland. A great result for Yonny Hernández in the G.P. of Motorland. After very complicated training sessions, including two falls and a technical problem, the colombian has signed a good play that led him to the thirteen position of the race, and the third one among CRT. Despite an average start up, he soon rode at a good pace that allowed him to fight all race long with Ellison, whom he passed in the last lap but one to manage to be the third one among CRT. For its part, David Salom stopped in the box in the second lap with rebound problems in the front wheel.

68 Yonny Hernández (13, +1'16.159): "After the week end we have had, we come back home with a great feeling. The team has made a good job setting up the new front wheel suspension and managed to give me a bike i really felt comfortable with. It has been fantastic to take this step forward because we started to get anxious with the setting up of the fork. I want to thank the team for the hard work they made after my two falls to make up again the bikes and have them ready for the race. I am very motivated because i reached a good result, i managed to be in third position among CRT, and i managed again to score for the team. We took a step forwards with suspensions, reduced chattering and we managed to have a quite steady and uniform grip in the rear wheel. We now have to go on and focus on ending the season among the first three positions of CRT."

44 David Salom (NF): "We have had a kind of problem with the bike because it kicked a lot in the front part on entries into bends and, when turning gas off, it had a tendency to go to the exterior of the turn. We have to check what happened. We have made a change after the warm up, and it probably had a negative impact."

More, from a press release issued by Cardion AB Motoracing:

Karel Abraham again makes elite top ten!

Fights his way to ninth place in Aragon

Karel Abraham finished a thrilling race in Aragon in a fantastic ninth place. After starting fourteenth on the grid, Karel worked his way towards the front: first past de Puniet and Espargaro from team Aspar, and then overtaking Hector Barbera, astride the same Ducati motorcycle as the Czech rider. The race was won by Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on the Honda, with current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo finishing second. At the start of the race Nicky Hayden suffered a dramatic crash on the Ducati: a collision with the safety barrier saw him thrown clear onto the service road.

Karel Abraham
"I'm happy with how the race went: I quite enjoyed the race itself and ended up with a good result. I'm a bit upset I couldn't keep up with Valentino Rossi, who caught us up after a mistake at the start of the race. He was simply going quicker, and to try and keep up with him would have been too dangerous. I gave it a try at first, but I braked too late on one bend was forced to run off; fortunately I stayed on the tarmac, so I returned behind de Puniet and Espargaro, and then overtook them once again."

Marco Grana, Chief Mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
"After our bad luck at the last race meeting, today's result was encouraging. After the warm up, we changed the set up on the bike to increase grip on the front tire and it paid off. Karel was satisfied, the front end of the bike held up well, and we raced consistent times that matched the best we achieved over the weekend. I think that to come in ninth from fourteenth place start is the best we could have achieved. Karel had the entire race under control: he kept a close eye on his group and made sure he was the first of those riders to finish."

More, from a press release issued by Splitlath Redmond:

Smrz turns up the heat to score Splitlath Redmond's best result at Silverstone

JAKUB 'Kuba' Smrz crossed the line 12th in Sunday's second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race to score the team's best result to date.

And the Czech Republic rider says he is now much closer to fighting for silverware after making big steps forward with his Aprilia RSV4 at Silverstone.

Following a big crash on Saturday which ended with his machine catching fire after he slipped on someone else's oil, the team worked late into Saturday night to rebuild his bike pretty much from scratch, and Sunday's warm-up was the first chance to try it on the track.

"Sunday didn't start well because I only got one flying lap in due to a technical problem," he said. The mechanics had to build me a new bike after the high speed crash and fire so that was something we hadn't planned for."

Having qualified in 11th place after the crash ruled him out of finishing the session, Kuba was determined to force his way through to the sharp end when the first race got underway a few hours later.

"My start in Race One wasn't good but I managed to recover, but sadly after a couple of laps the bike was feeling strange and I had to pull into the pits. It was a shame because we didn't just miss out on points but also some important set-up information."

As a result of his early retirement, his best lap was enough to see him start Race Two from 15th. "This time I had a pretty good start and didn't lose any positions. I started to fight and made my way up but there was a crash in front of me and I lost some places.

"I was able to recover quickly to 10th position and was starting to do fast laps but after about half of the race my rear tyre started to struggle and I had to slow down. In the last laps I lost two places and finished 12th."

And while he had arrived at Silverstone with his eyes firmly on two top 10 finishes, Kuba admits he is feeling much more confident with his Aprilia.

"I really enjoyed Race Two. The bike was very fast and with our new suspension set-up we made a really big step forward. We were not yet fast enough to fight for the podium here but we know now what to work on for Brands Hatch.

"The bike is very fast on speed but not so good in the middle range which is what causes me trouble exiting corners and made my tyre finish early. But I hope we can do something with that and be closer to the podium fight.

"I have to say a big thank you to all of the Splitlath Redmond team because they had a very busy weekend, did a great job and it is good to see our Aprilia is getting more and more competitive."

Team-mate Troy Herfoss meanwhile scored a 21st and a 22nd at another track which he had never ridden prior to Friday. Having once again received a late call-up after medics ruled Mark Aitchison out from the round as his injuries continue to heal, Herfoss had another new circuit to learn in a short time.

After qualifying 28th for the opening race, the Australian immediately made up ground at the green light, moving up the order to cross the line 21st.

For Race Two he started in 23rd place, and despite dropping one spot in the opening lap, quickly fought back and settled into a race-long battle with Scott Smart's Ducati for position. After a busy race, he ended the day 22nd.

"Of all three rounds I've done with the Splitlath Redmond team, this was by far the most difficult," he admitted. "The track being really long and really fast made it hard for me to get up to speed.

"We missed most of the first session because of the weather which really didn't help us, and I didn't really make the most of the second and third sessions. As a result, in qualifying I really struggled.

"In the races I was able to make a step forward with lap times and make up some places which was good, but I just wish I'd been able to make this step earlier in the weekend so we could've had some better results."

With Aitchison expected to be back on board for the final round at Brands Hatch in two weeks, Herfoss says he is pleased to have had the chance to race in the most competitive domestic Superbike racing series in the world.

"I really appreciate the opportunity Splitlath Redmond has given me to race in BSB and hopefully I can learn from this experience. I just wish I could've had a little bit more time on the bike because I'm sure we'd have got there in the end."

Team co-owner John Dimbylow added: "Yes, we've had some dramas this weekend but all in all it's been very positive. Kuba scored our best result and we know which direction we need to go now and I think everyone believes we can really get ahead at Brands in a fortnight.

"The team worked flat-out to rebuild Kuba's bike after the fire, and he repaid them with a good result so everyone was happy.

"As for Troy, well once again he's worked tirelessly all weekend and he's been a real pleasure to work with. We will be sad not to have him around at Brands Hatch if Mark returns as expected, and we're pleased we've had the chance to have him with us and wish him all the best for the future."

More, from a press release issued by Mar-Train Racing:


British Supersport Championship
Round 11, Silverstone

Jack Kennedy is still very much in British Supersport Championship contention with Mar-Train Racing despite another testing weekend at Silverstone on Saturday and Sunday. After a sprint race DNF and a race two fourth place, The Dubliner is now just 12.5 points behind series leader and main rival Glen Richards, with two races remaining at Brands Hatch on October 13 & 14.

Kennedy crashed during Saturday qualifying leaving his team battling against the clock for the second week running, but to their credit, they did get his heavily damaged R6 Yamaha back in competitive racing trim for Saturday's sprint race. He did make the start line and despite challenging at the sharp end in podium contention, another frustrating front-end crash ended JK's race one somewhat prematurely; as it did for fellow Mar-Train Yamaha rider Taylor Mackenzie who went down whilst challenging for a top ten position.

Race two on Sunday was more fruitful all round with Kennedy taking fourth place, two positions ahead of series leader Richards, with his Scottish team-mate Taylor Mackenzie coming through from row five to claim eighth place after twelve laps on his Mar-Train machine.

Jack Kennedy:
"Saturday was another frustrating day with two front-end crashes, but we had a team meeting, picked ourselves up and got ready to challenge on Sunday. It was a tough race and I fought as hard as I could and would have loved a podium, but lost out by 2/100ths of a second. I am happy with the result considering we were building confidence again after the crashes. The championship certainly is not done yet, but a big thanks to Andy Jamison, Paul Truesdale and the whole Mar-Train crew for the extra-hard work I gave them at Silverstone, as the bike was one hundred perfect perfect every time I rode it."

Taylor Mackenzie:
"I'm really happy how race two panned out. We worked hard all weekend and I knew that my set-up meant that we would be really strong at the end of the race. I just stayed cool in the opening laps and picked people off one-by-one. To have my best finish of the season from nineteeth on the grid was great. I have to apologise to the team for the crash on Saturday; I'm just happy to repay them with the result on Sunday. Thanks to everyone for the hard work and big effort."

Tim Martin Team Principal:
"It was certainly another testing weekend for us but looking back I'm sure we will say it has been character building in our first season in British Championship. We didn't crumble, even under extreme pressure on Saturday to get Jack's bike ready for the sprint race, and even when both riders crashed we had to remain positive. My team did a great job for the second week running and proved that we have the right people in the garage a big thank you to all of them.

"Sunday was a much better day for us and Jack did well in a fierce battle to reduce the gap on Glen slightly and Taylor also impressed, showing a mature head to come through the pack for his best result of the year. There's plenty of racing left at Brands and we're not out of it yet."

British Supersport Championship points
Glen Richards [Triumph] 356
Jack Kennedy [Mar-Train Yamaha] 343.5
Billy McConnell [Triumph] 290
Christian Iddon [Triumph] 272.5
Ben Wilson [Kawasaki] 239
Richard Cooper [Triumph] 190

16th Taylor Mackenzie [Mar-Train Yamaha] 47

More, from a press release issued by Tom Tunstall Racing/Doodson Motorsport:

Another Positive Weekend for Doodson Motorsport

Off the back of an impressive performance at Assen, Robbin Harms and the Doodson Motorsport team used the latest round of the British Superbike Championships at Silverstone to once again demonstrate a solid top ten pace.

With two top ten finishes less than a week earlier at the previous round, Danish Superbike rookie Robbin Harms was keen to keep the impetus going at the penultimate round of the 2012 series staged at Silverstone over the weekend.

Harms was quickly up to speed ending the first dry practice session in ninth, however finding a bike set-up to suit the fast, flat 3.67mile circuit proved a challenge and the Dane slipped down the order getting caught out of the closely fought first phase of qualifying, ending the session frustrated and 21st on the grid.

Teammate Tom Tunstall was also struggling to find a good feeling with the bike, hindered slightly by a 110mph crash in practice and recorded a time to give him a 29th place grid slot.

Overnight changes by the Doodson team to Harms Honda helped the Copenhagen rider get back up to speed and he posted the sixth fastest time in the race day morning warm-up session.

Held in dry but cool conditions, race one saw Harms struggle off the line ending lap one in 22nd place. An inspired ride saw him climb his way up to 11th by lap nine but the gap to Ian Lowry, Luca Scassa and Chris Walker all battling for eight was too big to bridge in the remaining laps. Just missing out on his third top ten in a row, Harms strong ride had earned him a second row starting position for race two with the eighth fastest time.

Despite equalling his qualifying pace Tunstall had an uneventful race home taking 23rd.

In race two Harms completed the opening lap in tenth and started to work his way forwards passing fellow Honda rider Lowry for ninth on lap two. The third lap saw him pull clear and close the gap to the leading group setting the fourth fastest lap of the race in the process. However an engine issue brought an early end to Harm's race robbing him and the team of another solid top ten finish.

Harms concluded:

This week was not easy. We were struggling a lot to find a setup which made my qualifying difficult. Sunday morning we went the right direction and finished 6th fastest. In Race one my clutch decided not to work in the start so I had a lot of positions to catch which went well. My rear tyre was no good with five laps to go so it was hard to take my 11th Place home. In race two we made some setup changes that worked out good. I was on the tail of the leading pack making fourth fastest race time until my engine stopped the fun. I am happy with our progress and that we are able to solve the setup problems. I like to thank the Doodson team for this race meeting and am happy that we showed some of what we capable of."

Tunstall added:

Silverstone was a tough one for me on track but it was certainly another positive weekend for Doodson Motorsport. Robbin and the team managed to overcome set-up issues to once again demonstrate impressive pace. A technical issue in race two means the results don't fully reflect the potential. Our focus now is to continue the momentum and a strong finish to the season at Brands Hatch."

The final round of the 2012 British Superbike championship takes place in three races around the Brands Hatch GP circuit over the weekend of the 12th 14th of October.

More, from a press release issued by Rockstar:


LOS ANGELES, CA (OCTOBER 1, 2012) Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo took his seventh second-place finish of the 2012 season Sunday at the Grand Prix of Aragon. Starting from pole the Rockstar Energy rider took the holeshot into turn one and began to try and build a gap to Dani Pedrosa chasing in second. As the race progressed tire grip dropped, allowing the gap to close until Pedrosa was able to pass on the sixth lap. Lorenzo initially attempted to keep pace with the race leader but after a near high side in turn one he made the decision to slow his pace and secure second at the line. The resulting point score sees him head to the tripleheader overseas races with a 33-point lead in the standings.

"I was thinking to try for the win at the beginning of the race and if that was not possible then second place was the best possible result for the Championship," said Rockstar Energy's Lorenzo. "Dani had a better pace in the end, I was stronger at the start then little by little I was a bit slower, the tires were slipping a lot and I couldn't follow him. I nearly crashed in one corner and decided then to stay in second place and wait for the end of the race."

The next event for Rockstar Energy's Jorge Lorenzo is round 15 of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at the Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi on October 14th.

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