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Jun 19, 2016

Motul FIM Superbike World Championship Race Two Results From Misano

Misano World Circuit Marco Simonceli.

Motul FIM Superbike World Championship

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, San Marino

June 19, 2016

Race Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Jonathan REA, UK (Kawasaki ZX-10R), 21 laps, Total Race Time 33:38.497, Best Lap Time 1:35.321

2. Tom SYKES, UK (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -2.963 seconds, 1:35.495

3. Davide GIUGLIANO, Italy (Ducati Panigale R), -6.356, 1:35.389

4. Xavi FORÉS, Spain (Ducati Panigale R), -11.691, 1:35.807

5. Lorenzo SAVADORI, Italy (Aprilia RSV4 RF), -15.164, 1:36.226

6. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (Honda CBR1000RR SP), -15.248, 1:35.982

7. Jordi TORRES, Spain (BMW S1000RR), -15.587, 1:35.913

8. Alex LOWES, UK (Yamaha YZF-R1), -17.276, 1:35.165

9. Niccolo CANEPA, Italy (Yamaha YZF-R1), -20.082, 1:36.084

10. Michael VAN DER MARK, Netherlands (Honda CBR1000RR SP), -23.832, crash, 1:35.934

11. Anthony WEST, Australia (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -25.004, 1:36.405

12. Roman RAMOS, Spain (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -28.020, 1:36.383

13. Alex DE ANGELIS, San Marino (Aprilia RSV4 RF), -29.703, 1:36.352

14. Josh BROOKES, Australia (BMW S1000RR), -40.695, 1:36.792

15. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (BMW S1000RR), -56.679, 1:37.494

16. Dominic SCHMITTER, Switzerland (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -63.741, 1:38.070

17. Fabio MENGHI, Italy (Ducati Panigale R), -70.624, 1:38.606

18. Peter SEBESTYEN, Hungary (Yamaha YZF-R1), -73.063, 1:38.580

19. Saeed AL SULAITI, Qatar (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -82.765, 1:38.611

20. Pawel SZKOPEK, Poland (Yamaha YZF-R1), -119.149, 1:38.846

21. Gianluca VIZZIELLO, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -7 laps, DNF, retired, 1:38.949

22. Leon CAMIER, UK (MV Agusta 1000 F4), -10 laps, DNF, mechanical, 1:36.075

23. Chaz DAVIES, UK (Ducati Panigale R), -19 laps, DNF, crash, no lap time recorded

24. Markus REITERBERGER, Germany (BMW S1000RR), -21 laps, DNF, crash, no lap time recorded

World Championship Point Standings (after 16 of 26 races):

1. Rea, 343 points

2. Sykes, 277

3. Davies, 244

4. Giugliano, 165

5. Van Der Mark, 163

6. Hayden, 146

7. Torres, 137

8. Camier, 105

9. Savadori, 100

10. Lowes, 81

More, from a press release issued by Dorna WSBK Press Office:

Misano: Day 3

Make Mine A Double

Classic tactics pay off for Rea on the Riviera di Rimini

Kawasaki Racing Team rider Jonathan Rea has completed a double at Misano World Circuit, stalking teammate Tom Sykes until pulling away with 5 laps to go and crossing the line with a 3 second margin in an impressive display from the reigning World Champion. Davide Giugliano made amends for a home crash in Race 1 to complete the podium for Racing – Ducati.

Sunday dawned in Misano with blue skies despite the threat of rain, and the weather held off for another incredible Race on the Riviera di Rimini. Rea got the jump on Sykes off the line as Yamaha’s Alex Lowes tried to muscle through on the inside of the Yorkshireman, before Sykes swooped around the outside to take back P1 and the KRT duo started to pull a gap on those behind.

An early, spectacular incident saw Althea BMW rider Markus Reiterberger highside out of the race on the first lap in a midfield tussle at Turn 8, with the German walking away from the incident unaided. A further fall on Lap 3, this time a lowside for Chaz Davies, then interrupted the midfield rhythm again as Honda rider Michael van der Mark was forced to shut off the gas to try and avoid the fallen Ducati, making contact enough to cause the Dutchman to fall before both were able to get back on their bikes. Van der Mark then faced a fight back through the field, as Davies was forced to pull into the pits. The Dutchman put his head down and pulled back the deficit to the points, then focusing on the top ten and crossing the line in P10.

Davide Giugliano, after having suffered a similar crash in Race 1 to that of his teammate in Race 2, began to pull away from Barni Racing’s Xavi Forés in a bid to add another podium finish to his tally in 2016, keeping a healthy gap to the Panigale R behind to cross the line in P3 for some home glory. Forés followed the Italian home in P4 in an impressive ride, ahead Lorenzo Savadori for IodaRacing.

Savadori, who has won the last two ST1000 races at Misano, was able to show the potential of his Aprilia after having his Race 1 cut short, coming home in P5 for another impressive rookie result, and a great haul of points at the home Round of rider, team and manufacturer. Althea BMW rider Jordi Torres had a solid ride into P7 in the tightly packed mid-field, just losing out to Honda rider Nicky Hayden as the American took the Spaniard with two laps to go.

Alex Lowes came home in P8 for Pata Yamaha at Pata’s home Round despite still suffering the after-effects of his broken collarbone in Sepang, ahead of stand-in teammate Niccolo Canepa, who collected another impressive top ten in P9, ahead of charging van der Mark.

MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Leon Camier, after an interrupted Race 1 followed by an incredible comeback, was sadly unable to finish Race 2 at the team’s home Round after a technical problem caused his retirement on lap 13. Anthony West got more points for Pedercini in P11, ahead of Roman Ramos for GoEleven in P12 and San Marinese rider Alex De Angelis in thirteenth. Milwaukee BMW pairing Josh Brookes and Karel Abraham completed the points positions in P14 and 15 respectively.

The next Round of WorldSBK will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, from the 8th-10th July as the paddock prepares to attack the corkscrew.

More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki:

Rea Doubles Up As KRT Riders Take Another 1-2

Reigning FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea and 2013 champion Tom Sykes once more came out on top during the Misano race weekend, with Rea and Sykes replicating Saturday’s race result of Jonathan first and Tom second, albeit in a different kind of race. Rea’s latest win puts him 66 points ahead of his official Ninja ZX-10R team-mate in the championship table, with just one more round at Laguna Seca to come before the long summer break begins.

The lead Ninja ZX-10R pairing had the field to themselves almost from the start once again after taking a clear 1-2 on Saturday but this time it was Sykes who did the front running. His lead lasted until lap 17, when Rea put in a pass entering the first corner and held the line on the way out of the chicane.

Rea pushed on to create a gap that ended up being 2.963 seconds at the end of the 21-lap contest around the 2.226km circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Realising he would not catch his team-mate before the end, Sykes had eased off slightly to make sure of his strong second place finish.

Misano was Rea’s seventh win of the year, and the 36th of his career. He remains the fourth most successful WorldSBK rider in history in terms of race wins.

The second race was held in cooler conditions than Saturday’s opening event, with Rea making a tyre option change that he later said was an important part of his race two winning strategy - particularly when added to chassis set-up modifications that also helped his Sunday cause.

Although Sykes’ push at the front could not quite be maintained to the end of the race he still scored another 20 valuable points as he and his team-mate moved further away from their other competitors in the championship standings. Kawasaki leads the Manufacturers’ Standings by 74 points after Misano.

Rea has now scored seven wins this year, and has a total of 343 points to Sykes’ 277. Five rounds and ten individual races remain, starting at Laguna Seca between 8th and 10th July 2016. Before then, the KRT squad will undertake a day of testing at Misano tomorrow, Monday 20th June.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “My pre-race target was achieved so I am super-happy. For many reasons I really wanted to win here and to make it a double is incredible. I love racing here; it is where I had my first career WorldSBK race win. Approaching the mid part of the season I had said many times just how important the next two races would be before the summer break, so to make it count this weekend is really good. Race two was a little bit of a different strategy. I set off so fast yesterday but today we used the 377 rear tyre and I think that made the difference. I want to say big thanks to Pirelli because they also brought the 375 tyre, the one we used in race one for the first time this weekend - and the 377, which we won race two with. That was the same tyre we used in Donington, so it is working in cooler and hotter conditions, which is big credit to them. Also credit to my crew because compared to race one we changed the bike quite a lot and we were able to conserve our tyre a little bit better.”

Tom Sykes, stated, “I think today I was not as strong as I intended to be but probably Jonathan also found something extra, because that is how it looked. Two times second, and pole position, normally that would be an acceptable weekend so I am grateful for those things, but Jonathan is the one who we are challenging in the championship and we lost some ground. There are still five whole rounds to go, so we have a long time remaining. But my focus is not on that yet. We will test at Misano tomorrow and I hope we have clear conditions because I am very interested to find a solution for something. It is basically about turning and it was very clear in sector one of the track today. We will keep working to improve things because I want to win races.”

Behind the top two KRT riders Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) placed 11th today, three seconds up on Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki). Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) just missed out on a point in 16th place and Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 19th. Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) did not complete the race. In the championship Ramos is 15th and West 17th.

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

Honda WorldSBK riders battle through misfortune in race two at Misano

Round 8 – Riviera di Rimini

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

The Honda WorldSBK Team has completed the Riviera di Rimini round of the World Superbike Championship by taking part in today’s race two at the Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ in Italy. Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark finished the second encounter of the weekend in sixth and tenth places, respectively.

Hayden did not enjoy the best of starts from sixth place on the grid and was running in ninth in the early stages. As the laps went by, the experienced American gradually found a better feeling with his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to join the five-way battle for fifth. In the latter part of the race, he was able to make his way up to sixth and ultimately missed a fifth-place finish by only 0.124secs at the line.

Michael van der Mark got a great launch from row four and was sixth on the opening lap of the encounter. Unfortunately for the young Dutchman, there was nothing he could do to avoid the sliding Ducati of Chaz Davies on lap three, when the Welshman fell in front of him at turn 14. Van der Mark was able to re-join the race in twenty-second place and did his utmost up to recover as many positions as possible before the chequered flag, eventually crossing the line in tenth. Despite the setback, the 2014 World Supersport Champion displayed a very competitive pace throughout race, which was on par with the leaders.

Round nine of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at Laguna Seca in the United States of America in three weeks’ time.

Nicky Hayden 69


After yesterday’s disappointment I was hoping to bounce back with a better performance. I got an OK start but in turns one, two, three and four I ended up being out of place and not aggressive enough so I got shuffled back through the field. But then I started to feel better on the bike despite running off-track at turn one at one stage. From then on my pace improved a little and, if I want to take a positive out of the race, I did my fastest time on lap 19. It was a little too late: I closed down on Savadori on the last lap after I got past Torres. Sixth is surely not a disaster but definitely not something to be too pumped about either. I’m a little bit disappointed with my performance today and I’ll try to make up for it in Laguna.

Michael van der Mark 60


This morning we tried some different things with the set-up but due to the cold temperatures we couldn’t really get any real information on it so we decided to revert back to yesterday’s settings, with some little tweaks here and there. I got a good start, although I got held up a little in the first two turns after what happened yesterday and that cost me some places. I then took them all back in the following turns and settled into a nice rhythm, until Chaz crashed in front of me. It was a weird one, because it was really early in the race. I picked my bike up immediately because I knew there were a lot of laps left and then just went as fast as I could. Considering the circumstances, tenth is a good result but a frustrating one, too, because I had a great pace. Without that setback, I think it would have been another podium for us.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

Nicky was quite fast in warm up and his set-up looked good for the race, but unfortunately his start was not as quick as yesterday’s. He eventually found the pace and felt comfortable with the bike. It wasn’t easy for him to overtake but in the end he was the most competitive of the riders battling from fifth to eighth places. He couldn’t quite make it to P5 in the end, but I think with a better first half he could have been fighting for a higher position. We worked on some different damper settings with Michael but the cold warm up didn’t give us any clear indication. Tyre choice for both riders has been a bit of a gamble, too, because we knew the track was warming up but nobody really knew how warm it was going to be. It's a shame for Michael’s result, especially because there was nothing he could do to avoid someone else’s accident. He was great in not losing concentration and his pace was simply amazing, and certainly as fast as the front-runners. With today’s performance, he has definitely proved that he is back where he belongs. Despite what could have been, we must be happy with the work done this weekend. In 2015 we were fighting for the top ten, and now we have managed to get on the podium. Hopefully we will carry some of this momentum into the next round.

More, from a press release issued by Althea Racing BMW:

7th for Torres and the Althea BMW Racing Team, crashes for Reiterberger and De Rosa

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Sunday 19 June 2016 –

Round 8 of the Superbike World Championship came to a close at the Misano World Circuit in Italy this afternoon, with two very tough races for the Althea BMW Racing Team. In the second SBK race, Jordi Torres finished seventh, while Markus Reiterberger suffered a crash which left him with a compression fracture of the D12 vertebra.

Raffaele De Rosa was leading the Stock1000 race until the final lap when a collision with Mercado prevented him from securing the win.

Superstock 1000 – Race – De Rosa, second on the grid today, was lying fifth through the opening laps. In a hard fought race, the Althea BMW man pushed hard to pass both Razgatlioglu and Mahias and move into third on lap four. He also set a new lap record on that same lap, recording a 1’36.725. Having reached Mercado, De Rosa passed the Argentinian on lap seven, after which the pair continue to fight hard until the final lap when contact between the pair caused them both to crash. Raffaele was able to rejoin the race but closed in 19th place.

With both De Rosa and Mercado scoring zero points today, the championship standings remain unchanged, with De Rosa holding his five point lead over the Argentinian.

Superbike - Race 2 – cloudy skies and cooler conditions for today’s second SBK race. Torres suffered a small crash in the morning warm-up, meaning that his technicians had to work hard to get the bike ready for the race. Torres, fortunately unhurt and able to start the race from twelfth on the grid, was up into tenth through the first corners, eighth by lap four and hot on Hayden’s heels. Once past the American, the Spaniard was part of a group of riders all lapping with similar times to each other. In the final phase, he fought with both Hayden and Lowes, crossing the line in final seventh place.

Unfortunately for Reiterberger, eleventh on the grid, his race was over as soon as it began. A crash at turn 8 on the opening lap prevented the German from continuing. Having been checked over by doctors at the Clinica Mobile, the German was transferred to Riccione hospital and has sustained a compression fracture of the D12 vertebra. Markus will be unable to participate in the Laguna Seca round in two weeks’ time.

After eight events, Jordi Torres lies seventh in the general standings with 137 points, Reiterberger moves up to twelfth with 68 points. BMW is fourth in the manufacturer's classification with 147 points, while Althea BMW also lies fourth in the team rankings (205 points).

Jordi Torres:

“Honestly I’m happier today than I was yesterday. I’m sorry about the crash in warm-up, which was unexpected, but luckily it wasn’t anything serious. In the warm-up we tried a different tyre which appeared to offer more support, so we went with two totally different tyres for race 2 in the end. We took this risk but it paid off I think. I made quite a good start but soon saw, when I almost risked a crash, that while the tyre offered more support it also provided slightly less grip, but there’s always a compromise I guess. All in all, despite the final position, I’m satisfied because we took a calculated risk, and the path we took proved to be the right one.”

More, from a press release issued by Racing Ducati:

Third place for Davide Giugliano in Race 2 in Misano, Davies forced to retire after a crash

After barely missing the podium with a resilient comeback in Race 1 with Chaz Davies, the Racing - Ducati team stepped back on the rostrum in Misano (Italy) in front of its supporters with Davide Giugliano, who was third on the finish line to redeem yesterday’s 14th place. Davies faced an unfortunate race, crashing out during lap 2 when he looked bound for another thrilling comeback after the one mounted on Saturday.

Starting from third row, both Giugliano and Davies immediately started to climb back through the field. The Italian quickly stormed within the top 5, with Davies just a couple of positions behind him. The Welshman unfortunately crashed out in turn 14, the same that witnessed his teammate’s slip yesterday, during lap 2 and was forced to retire. Giugliano then took third place to begin the hunt for Rea and Sykes, getting closer to the leading couple until the final laps, when the tyres’ drop cemented the positions until the checkered flag.

After eight round, Davies (244 points) and Giugliano (165 points) are respectively in third and fourth position in the championship, while Ducati is second in the Manufacturers rankings with 297 points). The Racing - Ducati team will be back in action in Laguna Seca (U.S.) the weekend of July 8-10.

Davide Giugliano ( Racing - Ducati #34) – 3rd

“Yesterday was a big disappointment for us, because we had a strong pace but a crash took us out of contention. We knew we could bounce back today, and we’ve made another small step forward with our setup for Race 2. Early on, I was trying to manage the tyres because I was expecting a drop in the second half of the race, like yesterday, from Rea and Sykes. However, that didn’t happen. Anyway, it was important for us to get back on the right track and I want to dedicate this podium to Fabrizio Pirovano and his family.”

Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati #7) – DNF

“I’m just disappointed, because we have shown a good pace and great potential on this track throughout the weekend, but we could not bring it to fruition. Yesterday we had the opportunity to win, and today we were ready to climb back after a cleaner start. It’s hard to explain the crash, I didn’t feel on the limit and I had the same corner speed and lean angle, but this is racing sometimes. At least I didn’t sustain serious injuries. My right wrist is sore but hopefully I’ll be back to 100 percent soon and fight for better results in Laguna Seca.”

Stefano Cecconi, Team Principal

“Given the potential we’ve shown with both riders, it’s been a difficult weekend, which didn’t yield the results within our reach. To wrap it up with a podium partially makes up for our efforts, and now we’ll recharge our batteries with the great reunion that is World Ducati Week to arrive to Laguna Seca as ready as ever.”

More, from a press release issued by MV Agusta Reparto Corse:


The 6th place of Lorenzo Zanetti in WorldSSP was the only remarkable result for Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse in this race day, with Camier and Cluzel out of the competition respectively in WorldSBK and WorldSSP race.

WorldSBK – Race2

After the outstanding yesterday’s comeback that allowed Leon Camier to gain 15 positions and close 8th his race, today the MV Agusta rider had to deal with a problem to a small electrical part of his machine, forcing him to retire after only 12 laps.

Leon Camier and Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse left Misano Adriatico with the 8th position in overall standing, despite the 0 points in Race2. The next WorldSBK round will be held in Laguna Seca, United States, on July 09-10.

WorldSSP – Race

Cluzel started really fast his race and managed to get the 5° position but a contact with Gamarino in lap1 forced him to loose six position. The French rider pushed hard and started passing several riders until he lost the front in lap7, ending early his race.

A great comeback was made by Cluzel’s teammate Lorenzo Zanetti, who started from the 15th position on grid, finding a good race pace and finishing in 6th position, after passing the other Italian Alex Baldolini in the last laps.

WorldSSP has a long summer break now and Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti will be back on track on September 18, for the Pirelli German Round.

Leon Camier #2 WorldSBK – In the beginning of the race I tried to fight to hold my position and then as we got into the rhythm my pace become quite good. In the end we ended out and I am a bit disappointed, but we learnt some good direction for the chassis and I now look forward to the test.

Jules Cluzel #16 WorldSSP – I made a good start and I immediately started to pass several riders. Unfortunately, shortly after Gamarino touched my front wheel letting me almost falling off. I tried to get back with the right pace but I also had a small gearbox problem and I wasn’t able to comeback. After 7 laps I started to have problems at the front and I crashed. I am very sorry because I love this track and I know we have the potential to stay ahead.

Lorenzo Zanetti #87 WorldSSP – We have never give up, despite the problems we met at the beginning of the weekend. We started with the friday’s 26th place to the 6th today’s position in race and I am really happy with that result. In race I decided to stay calm and try to save the tyre. In the end I was able to keep the rhythm of the first riders until the 6th place. Thanks to all my team because they never gave up, even in difficult times, and I really look forward to be back on track for the next rounds.

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