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SBKNetherlandsApril 27, 2008
World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 04 ASSEN – Netherlands

Checa Second And Third After Strong Assen Races

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) took second and third place finishes at Assen to become Troy Bayliss’ closest challenger in the overall championship fight. Bayliss won both races at Assen and is now on a total of 178 points, with Checa on 108.

Carlos Checa Riyuichi Kiyonari

Carlos Checa

Riyuichi Kiyonari

The 35-year-old Spaniard was top Honda qualifier in sixth place after Superpole, and the first Honda race finisher in race one, taking second place. In the first 22-lap race Checa rode patiently behind Max Neukirchner before passing in the latter stages and taking his second runner-up position of the season. He was unable to get past Neukirchner early enough to match the late push that saw Bayliss lead by three seconds at one stage, but he still finished only 2.1 seconds from his first World Superbike win.

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR100RR) earned a seventh place finish in race one, after qualifying 13th in Superpole, riding on his own for the last part of the race, eventually finishing three seconds down on Jakub Smrz and three seconds up on Makoto Tamada. Privateer Gregorio Lavilla (Vent Axia VK Honda CBR1000RR) made a strong push throughout the race to go from 15th on the grid to an eventual ninth place finish.

Qualifying struggler Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Althea Ten Kate Honda Jr CBR1000RR) was an impressive 12th after lining up only 21st on the grid. Karl Muggeridge (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR) was the last Honda points scorer in race one, in 14th place. He went on to go one better in race two, ending up one place ahead of Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR) who had earlier finished race one two laps down, after experiencing severe vibration that caused him to pit for some time.

In race two Checa slowly worked his way up from seventh to snatch third place from Ruben Xaus at the last corner. This time he was six seconds from his first WSB race win. A brilliant ride from Lavilla placed him seventh, equalling his season best and pushing him into the overall top ten. He is now ninth, on 48 points. Kiyonari failed to finish race two with a technical problem and left Assen with 39 points in total, putting him 12th overall.

In the championship rankings, after eight points scoring races, Sofuoglu is 16th on 26 points, Muggeridge 17th on 25, Rolfo 19th on 20 and Russell Holland (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR) 20th, on 10 points. Holland finished his raceday 18th and 21st, after qualifying 24th.

Alto Evolution Honda CBR100RR Team riders Shuhei Aoyama and Luca Morelli had tough racedays again and have still to score points. Morelli retired twice while Aoyama took 19th place in race one and 21st in race two.

Checa said:
“In the first race second was the best we could do because Troy had it all under control and because I knew I could not catch him I took my time to pass Neukirchner. It was nice we ended up on the podium together this weekend. I changed rear tyres for the second race and made adjustments to the rear that made me feel uncomfortable for the first part. When the tyres started to wear down I could go at a good pace and take a second podium.”

Kiyonari said:
“The clamp of my steering damper broke and I was unable to continue in the second race. I don’t know why it happened, but its just very unfortunate having to end the race prematurely. With my riding style I’m still using the front tyre too much and wear it out quickly; it makes it difficult for me to keep my lap times low. I changed the front tyre for the second race, it felt better and I tried to push harder and even set one of the quickest lap times, but then had to retire early. I’m happy about the fast lap times I managed to set in race two, it gives me confidence on this new track for me.”

Rolfo said:
“Race one was really very difficult for us. A few laps after the start I felt a lot of chatter coming from the rear wheel and it started shifting to the front wheel. The problem only got worse as the race continued. I went back to the box to change the tyres, but the race was nearly finished. Before the second race my technicians worked on the rear suspension and during the first ten laps of the race the bike performed very well. I was able to ride the bike better. For sure we’ll be more competitive in the next race.”

Sofuoglu said:
“What a disappointing weekend. My first race was acceptable, but my second race was just disappointing. I was expecting to achieve a lot more on this track, but I didn’t manage to succeed. There is no problem with the bike; everything seems to be fine. I just don’t have an answer as to why I am riding like this.”

Lavilla said:
“We don’t know this track as a team so until Saturday afternoon we were still changing the transmission and so on. Race two was good and the bike was pretty much the same as race one, but maybe the rear tyre worked a bit better in the higher temperatures. I saw that many riders were fast in the beginning but I was able to keep my pace even when the bike started sliding a lot.”

Muggeridge said:
“We had the wrong tyre on the front in the first race and it was not good, so we changed the fork setting and the tyre and it was a lot better. It is hard here when you qualify 19th and start so far back, because the first part of this track is really tight and hard to pass on.”

 Gregorio Lavilla Andrew Pitt

Gregorio Lavilla

Andrew Pitt

World Supersport Championship

Pitt and Rea Go 1-2 at Assen

A true classic to rank among the best ever World Supersport races at Assen unfolded over 21-laps of the 4.555km circuit today and for Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) it was a close but ultimately victorious finish, winning from his team-mate Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) by only 0.014 seconds.

An eight rider fight for the win for most of the race came down to a last chicane battle of wits, with Rea leading on the exit, and onto the start/finish straight, but Pitt passed him on a wide line and took his second victory of the year. Championship leader Joan Lascorz (Glaner Motocard Honda CBR600RR) was third today and extended his championship lead to 20 points, over Pitt, 70 to 50.

Josh Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) qualified seventh and was in the fight for the win throughout, ending up sixth only 0.447 seconds down at the flag. Craig Jones (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) was in line for a podium finish for much of the race but dropped back in the closing to finish ninth.

Robbin Harms (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) finished on the tail of a loose leading group at the end of the intense race, a seemingly lowly 13th, but only five seconds behind the victorious Pitt.

After running straight on at one corner Gianluca Nannelli (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) crashed out of the race with five laps remaining.

In the championship chase, Brookes is now fourth, on 43 points, Rea affirmed himself sixth on 41 points with Jones in seventh, on 37. Harms is eighth on 28 and Nannelli an unlucky 13th, with 17 points.

In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Honda leads by 24 points after four rounds.

Pitt said:
“I was trying to keep myself up front as much as possible, like I did in Phillip Island. Jonathan was very strong and riding smoothly, but on some parts of the track I was faster. On other parts he was, so we kept overtaking each other and swapping positions. Jonathan and I had a couple of close overtakes, maybe too close at some points, but we both got through it and managed to get a great result for the team’s home race. Now bring on Monza!”

Rea said:
“First, I want to congratulated Andrew who rode a great race. The bike has been pretty good all weekend, it was a big challenge for me to come onto this new circuit and made a pretty good job of learning it. We were banging on the door in the top three all weekend. For me the race was a good example of Supersport racing. We also made a breakthrough with the front tyre this weekend; we chose a different one than we used at the previous rounds. For most of the race I felt I had it under control, until the last lap. I got on the brakes as late as I could, but Andrew was just coming up on the inside. We were both on the limit and had to let the bakes off. That’s when I ran wide and got on the wrong line.”

Brookes said:
“Finally in the warm-up the bike felt much better. The changes we made in the morning were the right ones and they gave me a good feeling and more confidence for the race. Starting from seventh place on the grid, I was up to fourth in the first couple of laps. I could keep a good and fast pace, but made a few mistakes here and there. However, I could make up for them quiet easily and got back up again. It was actually harder for me to stay behind someone than to ride alone, as it felt much better and easier riding my own pace. The race was really tight today and considering how the weekend progressed, I’m not happy with sixth place. But at least we managed to get the bike working and I was able to have a competitive race.”

Jones said:
“That was a very hard race with a lot of close passing and tactics right from start to finish. There were always ten or more riders in with a chance of taking the win and right from the first lap I was fighting to hold position as well as pass the racers in front. I am disappointed with ninth place, especially after having the pace to stay at the front for 18 of the 21-laps. I will sit down with my Parkalgar Honda team and we will examine how we lost the race and make a plan so it will not happen again.”

Harms said:
“It’s been a difficult weekend for us and not being up to speed in qualifying left me starting from 13th place on the grid. My plan was to focus on the start and the first couple of laps. Unfortunately I had a bad start and was only 15th on the first lap. I tried to make up for it by overtaking as many riders a possible, but it was not so easy. In the middle of the race, I finally caught up with the front group and was, at one stage, in seventh place. I kept on making mistakes because I was really pushing myself and the bike to the limit. With just a few laps to go I made a mistake and dropped to 13th and that’s where I finished.”

Nannelli said:
“Because of a very bad start I pushed extremely hard from the beginning and I was able to reach the riders in front of me. After only a few laps, I felt pain in my right shoulder due to my fall in Valencia and I was unable to ride in a precise way. I tried to move forward, fighting with Foret but I ran on in a corner and crashed.”

The next race is at Monza, on May 11.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 04 ASSEN – Netherlands

Superbike Race 1
1 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
2 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
3 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
4 Y. KAGAYAMA (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
5 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
6 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
7 R. KIYONARI (Honda CBR1000RR)
8 M.TAMADA (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
9 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
10 M.BIAGGI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
11 R. LACONI (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
12 K. SOFUOGLU (Jr. Honda CBR1000RR)
13 A. BADOVINI (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
14 K. MUGGERIDGE (Honda CBR1000RR)
15 S. NAKATOMI (Yamaha YZF-R1)

Carlos Checa
Superbike Race 2
1 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
2 N.HAGA (Yamaha YZF-R1)
3 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
4 R. XAUS (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
5 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
6 Y. KAGAYAMA (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
7 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
8 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
9 M.TAMADA (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
10 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
11 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
12 M.BIAGGI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
13 K. MUGGERIDGE (Honda CBR1000RR)
14 R. ROLFO (Honda CBR1000RR)
15 S. NAKATOMI (Yamaha YZF-R1)
1 A. PITT (Honda CBR600RR)
2 J. REA (Honda CBR600RR)
3 J. LASCORZ (Honda CBR600RR)
4 F. FORET (Yamaha YZF-R6)
5 B. PARKES (Yamaha YZF-R6)
6 J. BROOKES (Honda CBR600RR)
7 B. VENEMAN (Suzuki GSX-R600)
9 C. JONES (Honda CBR600RR)
10 M.LAGRIVE (Honda CBR600RR)
11 M.AITCHISON (Triumph 675)
12 C.WALKER (Kawasaki ZX-6R)
13 R.HARMS (Honda CBR600RR)
14 I. CLEMENTI (Triumph 675)
15 I. DIONISI (Triumph 675)

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