Smith puts Fireblade SP on Spanish Superstock podium
Agro-On Wil Racedays Honda rider Kyle Smith took his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to a stunning second place in Sunday’s sixth round Superstock 1000 FIM Cup at Jerez in Spain.
After a red flag in the first scheduled 15 lap race, the restart was reduced to a 10-lap sprint with British rider Smith raring to go after qualifying in fifth place yesterday. He battled spectacularly with eventual race winner Leandro Mercado, finishing just 1.6s down on the series leader.
Smith’s Racedays Honda team-mate Josh Day from the USA put in a solid performance to take sixth place at the flag to put both riders in top ten championship positions with the final round at Magny-Cours on 5 Octber.
In Saturday’s FIM European Superstock 600 championship race, Chrissy Rouse put in another impressive performance in only his second outing on the team’s Honda CBR600RR. The 18-year-old British rider finished in 12th place, just ahead of his Italian team-mate Kevin Manfredi, who had not enjoyed the advantage of testing here recently with the rest of the team.
If not for a technical issue on the final lap, the team’s third rider, New Zealander Jake Lewis, would have made it three points-scoring finishes for the team but he finished just outside the points in 16th.
Kyle Smith – Superstock 1000, P2
It’s been quite difficult all weekend working on the set-up and we ended up trying something drastically different for the race. But I got a decent start in the second part of the race, which was quite short after the red flag and, although we all had some problems with grip, we got a great result and I’m really happy.
Josh Day – Superstock 1000, P6
I had a good race but could have done with a more decent set-up for qualifying. It made the race a bit more hard work. But we made a big step for the race, even from warm-up, and I felt like I could ride the bike how I wanted. I was really happy with sixth but from 14th on the grid I’m pretty happy.
Jeremy McWilliams – team manager
It’s been an interesting weekend because we’re so limited with what we can change in the regulations. The Ohlins guys have been great and when we get in the ball park the times come. Both Kyle and Josh have ridden a blinder today and everyone in the team is ecstatic. In these temperatures we were just looking for consistency, and I think we’re turning a few heads with the Honda. When you can get on the podium when there are only two Hondas on the grid, it’s immensely satisfying.
Chrissy Rouse – Superstock 600, P12
I was really happy to get another chance to ride the Racedays Honda CBR600RR, even though it seems like ages since my first outing in Portimao. There’s still lots to learn, but I was happy enough with 12th and can’t wait for the final round at Magny-Cours.
Kevin Manfredi – Superstock 600, P13
It is not the result we were looking for but we were not here for the test. The track is very difficult and I only rode here once on the CBR500R in last year’s European Junior Cup. The weekend did not start well because I crashed in the first practice but in the end I was 13th and for this circuit, for me, it would be tough to be better.
Jake Lewis – Superstock 600, P16
It was a disappointing end to the weekend really. I had good pace in the race and all three of us were riding together and I was having a great battle with Kevin. Unfortunately I had a technical problem on the last lap and didn’t have the power I needed to finish in the points, so I dropped back and couldn’t do anything about it. We’ll move on to the last race in Magny-Cours and try to get a good result.
Jeremy McWilliams – team manager
By their own admission, I think our three riders missed out in qualifying and gave themselves a big uphill battle from the off. But they dug in and got the job done, running well in the points. We had a little issue on Jake’s bike and that put paid to one of his best rides of the season and Kevin hasn’t really gelled with the circuit. But having all three riders together in the race was great and getting two of them just outside the top ten was a good achievement.
More, from a press release issued by Pirelli:
It’s a double win for Melandri and Aprilia at Jerez, the soft compound Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike solutions performed well
The bearers for the Noale-based manufacturer cross the line first in both races, Michael Vd Mark is FIM Supersport World Champion and Marco Faccani takes the Superstock 600 championship title
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), September 8, 2014 – The Andalusian sky was the backdrop for the crowning of two Champions in two FIM Supersport World Championship classes and the weekend confirmed once again that the top class for factory derivatives will not have a crowned Champion until the final round in Qatar.
In the Supersport class, the Dutch rider for Pata Honda World Supersport Team, Michael Vd Mark, was crowned World Champion two races before the end of the Championship. The same pleasant fate was in store for Marco Faccani who won the championship title in his rookie year of Superstock 600.
In Superbike an astonishing Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) took a fabulous double win with his team mate Sylvain Guintoli crossing the line behind him both times to give Aprilia a double one-two, the second of the season after Malaysia. Current leader, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) handled damage control with a sixth and third place finish to hold onto the lead in the championship standings with a 31 point advantage over Aprilia’s Frenchman. In the manufacturer championship Aprilia is now just one point behind Kawasaki.
The soft solutions that Pirelli brought for the Superbike class worked very well and the solution reserved for Superbike riders proved to be particularly popular, already seeing action during the Misano round.
The top class got heated up yesterday with a Superpole that had an amazing Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) drawing the most from his rear DIABLO™ Superbike qualifier, stopping the clock at 1’40.298 to set a new track record, improving on Eugene Laverty’s time from last year by 3 tenths of a second.
In Race 1 Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) showed his claws to hang onto his hopes for the Championship title. The Frenchman, after starting from the fifth spot on the grid, made his way to the front little by little until moving into the lead. Championship leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), third on the grid, was never able to get into the thick of the race and had to settle for a sixth place finish. His team mate, Loris Baz, starting from pole position, managed to keep Aprilia’s Frenchman at bay for the first laps but was then overtaken and whilst making an attempt to take back the lead he crashed out in the 13th lap. In the meantime, Marco Melandri closed the gap behind team mate Sylvain Guintoli until finally overtaking him in the 16th lap. This gave Aprilia’s Italian rider the win for Race 1, stealing important championship points from team mate Sylvain Guintoli, who finished the race in second place. Behind them was Ducati rider Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) with a gap of more than 4 seconds.
In Race 2 the Aprilia and Kawasaki riders were once again protagonists. At the beginning of the second lap Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) overtook Loris Baz to move into the lead and not long afterwards Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) made his move to overtake his team mate, moving in behind the Frenchman from the Noale-based manufacturer. In the fourth lap Marco Melandri, Race 1 winner, took third place from Loris Baz and at mid race overtook Tom Sykes as well, settling in behind his team mate. The Aprilias began to check out at the front and the rider from Ravenna closed the gap steadily on the Frenchman until overtaking him on the final stretch just as the 15th lap started. Once again, after a brilliant comeback, Marco crossed the finish line first in front of team mate Sylvain Guintoli and Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes.
The FIM Supersport World Championship race got off to a bad start for championship leader Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) who, starting from pole position, went long at the first turn, dropping back several positions. However, the Dutchman did not give up and a few laps later he was back in the leading trio, headed up by Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) with Jules Cluzel following astride his MV Agusta and the Honda rider behind him. In the eighth lap Vd Mark managed to overtake the Frenchman from the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team, but was then overtaken himself again, taking back second place only in the 11th lap. At that point the Dutchman threw himself into chasing down Marino and overtook him in the 12th lap, but the trio made up of Vd Mark, Cluzel and Marino remained locked in a constant battle. In the 16th lap, first Marino and then Cluzel moved in front of Honda’s Dutchman who passed the Frenchman in the 17th lap to move into second place. The race came down to the last lap when MV Agusta’s French rider, crashed out whilst attempting to overtake Marino. Michael Vd Mark took advantage of the opening and moved back into the lead, crossing the finish line first ahead of Patrick Jacobsen (second) and Florian Marino (third).
And so both the race win and the championship win went to Michael Vd Mark who, at twenty-two years of age, rode his Honda CBR600RR to the top, earning the title of FIM Supersport World Champion.
In the FIM Superstock 600 European Championship, Italian rider Marco Faccani (San Carlo Team Italia) was crowned European Champion in his rookie year in this Championship.
Faccani came to the Spanish track with a 34 point advantage over the nearest contender, Wayne Tessels, and thanks to his race win he took home the Championship title with one race left in the season.
The twenty-year-old from Ravenna was chosen last year by the Italian Motorcycling Federation to race in the FIM Superstock 600 European Championship and to join the San Carlo Team Italia. In spite of this being his first season, in 6 of the 7 races already held in the Championship, Faccani took 5 wins astride his Kawasaki ZX-6R, leaving everyone duly impressed.
The win went to Leandro Mercado in the FIM Superstock1000 European Championship. On the Ducati Panigale that he rides for Barni Racing Team, the Argentinian started from pole position and held onto the lead flag to flag. With this win Mercado moves up in the overall standings ahead of Lorenzo Savadori (who was unable to bring home more than third place at Jerez), heading to the final round of the season at Magny-Cours with a 3 point advantage over the Italian rider from Team Pedercini. So everything will come down to the last race on the French track.
Comment from Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto Racing Director:
“First of all I would like to congratulate the newly crowned champions, Michael Vd Mark and Marco Faccani and their teams for their brilliant performance this year. Both are two promising young riders for international motorcycling and I am sure that we will be hearing much more from them in the years to come. My compliments also to Romano Albesiano’s team and their riders, not only for the splendid double one-two they achieved, but for their exceptional attitude of fair play which is more and more rare these days because of the strong economic interests that characterise our environment. As for the work done by Pirelli this round, I cannot help but feel satisfied. Jerez is definitely not an easy track, but the soft solutions that we brought all worked very well, both the standard SC0 and the two solutions reserved for the Superbike and EVO classes. We expect an exciting season finale. This year it will once again be difficult to crown a Champion in the top class before the last round, but that’s just fine. That means that the Championship is heated and that there is a lot of competitiveness, characteristics that every fan likes in this sport where we are accustomed to holding our collective breaths until the final race.”
The Pirelli solutions chosen by the riders:
In Superbike the riders made no changes between Race 1 and Race 2. In both races practically all the riders except Corti used the SC1 S1699 development solution on the front, whereas the choices fell to the three soft solutions on the rear: the standard SC0, chosen by 6 riders, the solution reserved for Superbike riders (T0722) chosen by practically all the riders in the Superbike category and the T1102 solution reserved for the EVO class and chosen by 5 riders.
In the Supersport class the riders opted unanimously for the SC0 development solution (T0813) on the rear, a tire that uses a profile already seen in Australia, Istanbul and right here at Jerez last year, designed to keep the tire cooler and to perform well at high temperatures. On the front almost all the riders opted for the S1485, the development SC1 which was first seen at Misano and was also used at Portimão. A couple of riders chose the standards SC2.
Pirelli Best Lap Awards:
The “Pirelli Best Lap Awards” are awarded by Pirelli to the riders who set the fastest race lap in Superbike and Supersport. This prestigious recognition is presented by a Pirelli representative during the Paddock Show in a press conference which follows the podium at the end of the races, for a total of three awards each weekend.
The Superbike and Supersport riders who have 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 during the end of year ceremony. At the moment Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) lead the Superbike standings both with 4 Best Lap Awards. In Supersport Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) is the leader with 3 Best Lap Awards.
These are the riders who won the Pirelli Best Lap Awards at Jerez:
WSB Gara 1 – Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team), 1’41.939(2nd lap)
WSB Gara 2 – Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team),1’42.223 (3rd lap)
WSS – Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India),1’44.849 (2nd lap)
The overall standings with two rounds to go are as follows:
WSB: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team): 4; Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team): 4; Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team): 3; Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team): 3; Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team): 2; Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team): 2; Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki): 2
WSS: Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team): 3; Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India): 2; Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport): 1; Roberto Tamburini (San Carlo Puccetti Racing): 1; Kev Coghlan (DMC Panavto-Yamaha): 1; Patrick Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres): 1
The 2014 Pirelli statistics for the Jerez round:
More, from a press release issued by Team WD-40:
More Points for Canadian Ben Young at Donington Park
Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd, had a tough weekend at Donington Park with only Ben Young shining through to bring home a result. Donington Park is in reality our home track, within very easy reach of our base at Stauff UK in Sheffield and a stone’s throw from the Mackenzie home and the Head Office of HAE, Cargolink. We had a healthy stream of VIP guests all weekend with family, friends and most importantly employees and customers of our partners, all enjoying the sun and fun of a weekend at the MCE British Superbike Championships.
STK 1000:- Ben had carried his form from his first points score last week into Donington where at the end of first qualifying he was a very creditable 12th, unfortunately his inexperience with the British weather, Ben made a bad call for 2nd qualifying missing the first half waiting for a drier track. He went out and to his credit went faster but crashed out on the last lap dropping down the order to 21st and leaving work to do. Brent and Ben again sat down and made a plan for the start of the race which worked well with Ben soon finding himself in a tight group battling for the points. This fantastic battle went on the whole race with places being swooped on just about every corner. With 2 laps to go Ben tried to make a decisive move grabbing 14th and going after top 10, one of the riders in this battle crashed out on the high speed Hollywood/Craner section just missing Ben and bringing out the red flag race stoppage with the result being declared with Ben in 14th. Great points and something Ben had worked really hard for!
Ben Young:- “FP started good with getting up to speed quickly put us in good shape for Q1, We made some changes and I dug deep at the end and was over the moon to find out I was 12th. Q2 didn’t go to plan, on my 5th lap I went down at Goddard’s and got dropped to 21st.
For the race I knew I needed to get a good start and get going. It was a tough race and not doing the pace that I wanted to, glad we were in one piece and managed to score some points. I am now travelling back to race in the AMA for one race and look forward to being back for Silverstone.”
STK 600:- Tarran was after all at his home track and out to impress, faultless throughout practice and qualifying he secured a very comfortable 5th on the grid, unfortunately for the second meeting in succession things did not go his way in the race. Taz made a fantastic start dropping straight into 3rd place and with the leaders but it all came to nothing as he and 2 others crashed out, all riders OK at the Old Hairpin. Tarran was distraught but pleasantly surprised by the warmth and support he found from all our VIP guests on his return to the team base all happy to see he was OK.
Tarran Mackenzie:- “My weekend ran pretty smoothly qualifying 5th just 0.4 off pole. I was fairly confident that I would be able to run with the front guy’s as my Team WD-40 ZX6 was perfect all weekend. Unfortunately I crashed on turn 4 on the first lap with 2 other riders while at the front ending my race early. I was gutted but I will make sure I come back stronger at Silverstone and I can’t thank my team enough!”
Superbike:- We have had time to reflect on our weekend with the superbike. After Barry’s crash at Cadwell, Danny and the crew had burnt the midnight oil repairing the damage whilst the rest us were enjoying Ben racing at the MotoGP. Everything was check and there finished work looked immaculate as always as it rolled out for practice. From the start Geoff, Danny and Tom struggled to find pace for Barry, despite making some pretty radical changes to the chassis nothing the guy’s did could get Barry comfortable enough to go fast. After a long debrief looking at everything over the last few races it was clear Barry could not find his comfort zone as each change seemed to move but keep the problem. Barry was forced to pull out of the first race and the Team then made the decision not to go out in the second race. The ZX-10 is now being fully examined and rebuilt for the next race in Assen where we hope to pull everything together to have a confident Barry Burrell secure 2 good results.
Barry Burrell:- “I don’t really know what to say is been a tough weekend, we tried loads of different settings but just couldn’t make anything work. I hope to be back in the top ten at Assen like we deserve!”
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “ What a weekend it’s been and a repeat of Cadwell park on the racing side. Ben did a great job with his confidence growing with each good result, he now returns to America to race his Tim Hortons 600 in the AMA while we are at Assen. Young Taz is just so desperate to win for the Team but things are just not going his way, it will come he just needs to be a little patient and keep that huge smile. Barry has had all kinds of problems this weekend and none of us quite understand why. The bike is being checked for Assen on the improbability that the guy’s missed something from the Cadwell crash, we will let you know what we find. We have had a fantastic weekend with our VIP guests and their families, it’s always great to entertain but special to introduce new people to our sport and see them become dedicated fans! – Finally a very special thanks goes out to Aidan, Adam and the Team from Cargolink who straight after the meeting got some very important parts moved by air door to door across 3 countries in 12 hours for us they can do the same for your company ”
More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:
Superstock 600 Champions Feature
Using the class-leading Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R the Team San Carlo Italia squad scored their second successive championship win in the hotly contested Superstock 600 European championship class at the Spanish circuit of Jerez last weekend.
With a round to spare, and after five wins in six races already this season, Marco Faccani was crowned European Champion, just like Franco Morbidelli was last year, on the same model of Ninja machine and with the same team.
Faccani from Ravenna took his Kawasaki, expertly prepared by Puccetti Racing, to the title after only his sixth ever Stock 600 race, with no blemishes on his finishing record since he started where Morbidelli left off as champion last year.
A latest start-to-finish win at Jerez, despite constant pressure from the chasing pack, showed just how well the very stock Kawasaki 600 works with only a few modifications for race use.
For Faccani winning the race at Jerez was the culmination of a plan that began back in Motorland Aragon at the first round in April. He won that race, and others at Imola, Misano, Portimao and now Jerez.
“Jerez was perhaps the most difficult race of the season, very tight, with competitive times and always with Federico Caricasulo close behind. It has not been easy, but I wanted to win the race and with it the championship. We did it and I am so happy, you could not ask for more. I would like to thank the whole team for this wonderful season. Now we go to Magny-Cours for fun at the final round.”
Himself a racer of great talent, Cristiano Migliorati, now the Sports Director of Team San Carlo Italia, was full of praise for not only this year’s achievements, but also the results for the team in recent Kawasaki-equipped seasons as well. “After such a day, we can be nothing but excited about what we were able to realise. In the last 16 races, with three different riders, Team Italia has won 10 races – but no rider has surprised me so much as Marco Faccani. He is accurate, fast all year and has never crashed. He also always gives the impression of having more margin to spare.”
Faccani is the latest in a line of riders to win races on the Ninja ZX-6R in recent seasons. American Josh Day (Racedays Kawasaki) won two races on the latest model machine in 2011, Franco Morbidelli (2), Alessandro Nocco (3) and Christian Gamarino (1, for the Team Go Eleven Kawasaki Team) all won races last season on their Ninja ZX-6R machines. Faccani has aced them all, with five so far this year alone.
Will there be another win for Faccani at the final round in a month’s time? Or will his team-mate Andrea Tucci step? Or maybe any one of the ten or more riders in the Stock 600 entry who rely on Ninja power? Only the last race of the season at Magny Cours in early October will tell.
More, from a press release issued by VFT Racing:
Lack Of Rear Grip Causes Menghi To Miss Spanish Points Finish At Jerez
Sickness and the ongoing issues that have plagued Fabio Menghi and the VFT Racing team for several races resulted in the Italian finishing 17th in Jerez in the 9th round of the World Supersport championship.
Qualifying 20th, Menghi was soon on the verge of the minor point scoring result but as has been typical in recent races, his performance, caused by a lack of rear grip as the race progresses saw him drop steadily down the order.
The frustration is clear but what is also clear is the fighting spirit. The entire team remain focused and positive of being able to challenge strongly in the top ten and when you consider their early season form it’s easy to understand why.
VFT Racing have 3 weeks to regroup and arrive at the penultimate round of the season in France before heading to the season finale in Qatar for what will be the first ever night time race within the World Supersport championship
Fabio Menghi: “I want to thank all the team for their hard work this weekend but we still cannot resolve the issue that I have with no rear grip. I wasn’t 100% either so this didn’t help but we have a few weeks to be ready for the next race in France and then the season finale in Qatar. It’s important that we finish strong.”
More, from a press release issued by FFX Yamaha:
REID WINS TO CLOSE IN ON SUPERSTOCK SERIES LEAD AS BACKLUND DEBUTS
The FFX Yamaha team were back on track at Donington Park last weekend for the ninth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with Filip Backlund making his debut in MCE BSB and Andy Reid returning to winning form.
Backlund got to grips with the Superbike throughout the weekend and scored a 17th place finish in the opening race of the weekend which he followed up with a solid 15th place in race two to claim a championship point at his debut event.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, Reid secured his fifth victory of the season to close down on the lead in the standings. Three points now separate Reid in second place in the standings from Kyle Ryde with two races still remaining.
Backlund said: “It’s hard to put a goal for a race weekend when you don’t really know what to expect. If we look at the weekend, there was a lot for me to learn with a new bike and also a new riding style compared to what I have been used to before. In each session I learnt something new and now I understand the bike more. With a great team around me it has been a very good start and I’m glad that we continued to improve. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey we have just started and now we are looking forward to Assen!”
Reid said: ”It was a bit stop start at the beginning of the race with the safety car, but I knew I just needed to push on. It feels great to be winning again as that is what we came to do. I saw the opportunity to make a break at the end of the race, which I did and that felt really good. We have cut that gap again so we want to keep that going and see what we can do at the next two rounds because it is far from over.”
More, from a press release issued by Fogi Racing:
Young in the Points Again at Donington Park
Sheffield UK – September 9, 2014 – Coming off his recent 12th place finish at Silverstone, Ben Young continued his inspired riding at Round 9 of the MCE British Superbike Championships at Donington Park by gaining further points in the highly competitive Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship.
The Friday free practice was the first time Young was under race conditions at Donington, as the only time previous was a rainy trackday in April. Along with familiarizing himself with the track, he got up-to-speed quickly ending the session 17th fastest.
The first qualifying proved to be more rewarding as Young passed the chequered flag in 10th position – however by the time the session had concluded, he was put back to 12th.
“We made some changes that worked well for Q1 and managed to get our best qualifying result of the season” said Young.
The weather proved to be a challenge come Q2, with Young holding off on going out on track until conditions were more predictable:”When I finally went out, I only managed to complete 5 laps before I low-sided at Goddards”.
Despite putting in a faster lap in Q2, the limited time on track meant Young qualified 21st overall.
Race day arrived under clear, cool skies and in front of 30,000 enthusiastic BSB fans, Young got a good start on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10 and got a good run into the first corner.
After adjusting to the cool track temperatures Young felt more comfortable and became engaged in a battle with James Egan, Mike Booth and Dave Johnson throughout most of the race.
On the penultimate lap, Young was part of a group who were fighting for 14th position, and the last of the championship points. Young and Johnson were leading the pack, but forced each other wide going into turn one, leaving a gap for Egan and Booth to make a challenge.
The battle ended on the exit of turn two with Johnson making contact with Booth, who then slid off, narrowly avoiding contact with Young at over 100 mph. This caused a red flag situation which ended the race and in which the results went back a lap meaning Young finished an admirable 14th position. Young stated after the race: “Egan and I didn’t feel or see anything! It was mega close and I’m really happy to hear Dave was okay. I would like to thank the team for giving me a great bike this weekend. I can’t wait to get to Silverstone, October 3rd`5th”
Young will be returning to Canada this week, then heading out to compete in the final AMA Go-Pro Daytona SportBike Championship on board the Tim Hortons (Sudbury)/Team WD-40 Yamaha R6 at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown presented by iON at New Jersey Motorsport Park.
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