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SBKSpainApril 6, 2008
World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 03 Valencia – Spain

Checa On The Podium After Dramatic Raceday

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) endured first race agony and second race relief at his home round, falling in race one before remounting to finish fifth, and then scoring a strong third in the second 23-lap race. He was the top Honda scorer of the day and in the championship overall, and now sits in fourth place on 72 points, tied with Troy Corser.

Carlos Checa

Riyuichi Kiyonari

In the first race Checa had to fight his way through from a bad start and a combination of his sheer speed and the effect of several crashes in front put him into the podium places. He was second with ten laps to go, and ate into the lead of Max Neukirchner to put himself in his slipstream on the final lap. On the very last corner, Checa pushed hard on an inside line as he tried to pass, fell from his machine and ended in the gravel with Neukirchner, who broke his left collarbone. Checa restarted to finish top Honda rider in fifth, one place up on a resurgent Karl Muggeridge (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR) and Gregorio Lavilla (Vent Axia VK Honda CBR1000RR) who was riding his 2008 machine for the first time.

Race one was not particularly kind to the other main Honda riders, with Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Althea Honda Ten Kate Honda CBR100RR) last into the top ten, Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Althea Ten Kate Honda Jr CBR1000RR) 12th in a race with 20 finishers, and Russell Holland 13th. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR100RR) was forced to retire on lap ten with an electrical problem. Luca Morelli (Alto Evolution Honda CBR1000RR) was the only finisher (in 18th) from the Alto Evolution Team after Shuhei Aoyama crashed on lap two when he lost the front.

In race two Checa was less than three seconds from the win after having to fight through the pack to lead the race, only for a small electronic problem to lose him some time. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) was a season best fourth, having qualified best Honda in sixth. Lavilla was 11th.

Kenan Sofuoglu finished 15th in race two, but Rolfo missed out on more points, in 17th. Holland was 19th, Muggeridge 20th after rear chatter affected his front grip and he almost crashed numerous times. Morelli was 23rd, Aoyama 24th.

In the points standings, Lavilla is 11th on 32 points, while Kiyonari and Sofuoglu follow on behind, with 30 for Kiyonari and 22 for Sofuoglu. Muggeridge is 14th with 20, Holland 20th with 10.

Checa said:
“I had a bad start in race one but I made progress and on the last lap I tried to pass at a difficult point, but he closed the door. Unfortunately we both crashed and Max Neukirchner got injured and I hope he is back as soon as possible. This is racing and sometimes these things happen. In the second race I started well and got the lead but I had a traction control problem. I was able to cancel it and regain full power but it was impossible to catch Nori and Troy.”

Kiyonari said:
“I was too slow at the start and I must improve in that area, but Fourth position is better than Phillip Island. Before the start I was confident in the bike and the settings, and I knew I could go fast but it was difficult to pass, especially Nieto.”

Rolfo said:
“I’m really disappointed because in race one after a very good start I began having problems with my rear tyre. I think I lost a lot of positions. Without this problem I could have remained in the first six or seven places. We have lost an opportunity to gain a good result. My second start wasn’t as good as the first one. During the first laps I was very fast, but starting from the third lap I felt some vibrations coming from my rear wheel. I couldn’t really chase the riders in front of me and the only thing I could do was try and finish the race.”

Sofuoglu said:
“Considering all the crashes today I am glad I managed to stay on the bike and finish both races, but I cannot be happy with fighting for just one point. I hope I can improve my results when we go to my ‘home’ track of Assen for the next race. I know the track well and it’s a fast one, which suits my riding style. I need to show some potential and put in a better performance for my team and myself.”

Muggeridge said:
“Race one was good and we did good times through the race. In the second I had something chattering with the rear tyre and that affected my front grip. I came close to crashing about 40 times!”

Aoyama said:
“I had a very fast crash in race one when the front tyre just went away from me. My team had to fix my bike for race two because we only have one 2008 machine each now.”

Karl Muggeridge

Craig Jones

World Supersport Championship

Pitt Falls But Lascorz and Jones Soar
The World Supersport Race start was delayed due to trackside kerbstone being repaired after a race one crash damaged it at the final turn, but it finally delivered the clear win to Honda privateer and World Supersport regular Joan Lascorz. Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) fell from a potential podium place of second and remounted, but could only finish 19th and out of the points. He had been the pole man, having set a new track best on Friday of 1’36.773.

Craig Jones (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) went third in the race, as he had in qualifying, following Fabien Foret but he was finally unable to pass the Frenchman.

Josh Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) and Robbin Harms (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) failed to finish the race as Brookes retired due to a worn front tyre and Harms fell while chasing the leading group.

Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) fought his own front tyre grip issues to go sixth, one place behind the impressive Gianluca Nannelli (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) who had started 17th on the grid.

In the championship itself, Brookes lost his lead today and now sits fourth, on the same 33 point total as Foret. Lascorz is in the lead on 54 points, with Jones fifth on 32, Pitt sixth on 25, on the same unchanged total as Harms. Rea is now ranked eighth, on 21 points.

Jones said:
“That was a great race, I thoroughly enjoyed battling at the front of the field. While I am happy with the podium, the racer in me is frustrated at not winning - but I did everything I could today. After crashing my number one bike yesterday, we had to rebuild from scratch and try to get the set-up right during warm-up. My Parkalgar Honda team worked hard and this third place is for them.”

Nannelli said:
“After dislocating my right shoulder in practice I have to thank the Clinica Mobile for fixing me up and the team for giving me a fast bike. I started from way back but I made up places and I am very happy to have scored a top five.”

Rea said:
“That was a really difficult race for me. Some parts of our set-up weren’t working today and the front was sliding from the start, which I haven’t had all weekend. It is the same tyre as the first two days. A bike blew up in front of me and there was oil everywhere, and I thought the race would be stopped. I got a sixth place and some more points, so we can move on to Assen now.”

Pitt said:
“I used the same set of tyres that I had used all year and we obviously had good speed, because we were on pole. We just had an issue with front grip and we need to find out why before Assen. Have to do better, simple as that.”

Brookes said:
“My start was OK and I was trying to get comfortable for the first couple of laps and stay with the group in front of me. The bike was feeling pretty good and I was able to get into a good rhythm. I was in 9th place when, all of a sudden, I could feel something wrong with my front tyre. I was forced to stop because of the problem and it’s really a shame because I know I could have taken important championship points today.”

Harms Said:
“I had an awesome start from my 19th place on the grid and was up to 8th place by the end of the first lap. Although I knew the settings on the bike were not ideal, I was pretty comfortable. I was trying to ride as consistently as possible - taking it smooth and easy. The feeling was good and I didn’t want to risk anything but then, going into a corner, I could feel the bike moving and suddenly I didn’t have the bike under control any more. I lost the front and crashed out.”

The next race is at Assen, on April 27.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 03 Valencia – Spain

Superbike Race 1
1 L. LANZI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
2 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
3 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
4 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
5 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
7 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
8 R. LACONI (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
9 M.TAMADA (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
10 R. ROLFO (Honda CBR1000RR)
11 S. NAKATOMI (Yamaha YZF-R1)
12 K. SOFUOGLU (Jr. Honda CBR1000RR)
13 R. HOLLAND (Honda CBR1000RR)
14 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
15 D. CHECA (94 Yamaha YZF-R1)
Superbike Race 2
1 N.HAGA (Yamaha YZF-R1)
2 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
3 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
4 R. KIYONARI (Honda CBR1000RR)
5 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
6 Y. KAGAYAMA (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
7 R. XAUS (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
8 M.BIAGGI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
9 R. LACONI (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
10 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
11 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
12 L. LANZI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
13 M.FABRIZIO (Ducati 1098 F08)
14 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
15 K. SOFUOGLU (Jr. Honda CBR1000RR)

Carlos Checa
1 J. LASCORZ (Honda CBR600RR)
2 F. FORET (Yamaha YZF-R6)
3 C. JONES (Honda CBR600RR)
4 B. PARKES (Yamaha YZF-R6)
6 J. REA (Honda CBR600RR)
7 M.ROCCOLI (Yamaha YZF-R6)
8 A. RODRIGUEZ (Yamaha YZF-R6)
9 C.WALKER (Kawasaki ZX-6R)
10 M.AITCHISON (Triumph 675)
11 K. FUJIWARA (Kawasaki ZX-6R)
13 M.LAGRIVE (Honda CBR600RR)
14 V. KALLIO (Honda CBR600RR)
15 M.PRAIA (Honda CBR600RR)

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