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SBKGermanyJune 15, 2008
World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 07 Nürburgring - Germany

Checa Takes Two Fifth Places To Continue Title Challenge

After a double race win in America last time out Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) posted two fifth place finishes in the Nürburgring races, and he remains second in the championship fight. Noriyuki Haga won both the German races, from Troy Bayliss in race one and Troy Corser in a second race. Leg two was shortened by a sudden fall of light rain that saw the result called after 14 laps only.

Carlos Checa

Carlos Checa

A delay in the first race start, as rain suddenly appeared as the warm-up lap was about to be concluded, put the event back until 12.20, but it took place over a full 20 lap distance when it did commence.

First Honda rider home in race one was Checa, who had started from the front row but dropped back in the startline drag race and had to push hard throughout to get back into the top five, fighting a lack of traction all the way.

Karl Muggeridge (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR) was a strong top ten runner, battling the official Kawasaki of Makoto Tamada in race one and finishing tenth, then he took 12th place in the second race.

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) went 12th in the opener, and Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR) 16th. In race two Kiyonari was 11th, Rolfo 17th.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR Jr) had qualified 20th and finished race one in the pits after retiring, posting 21st in the second race.

Gregorio Lavilla (Ventaxia VK Honda CBR1000RR) was taken out in race one before a lap had been completed, but recovered from a poor first corner exit in race two to finish 14th and score two points.

Neither Alto Evolution Honda rider finished the first race as Jason Pridmore crashed out and Shuhei Aoyama had to retire in the pits due to an electrical problem. In race two Pridmore went 23rd, Aoyama fell and had to enter the pits for repairs, being classified one lap behind the leaders at the early conclusion of the race. Russell Holland (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR) was 19th in each race.

In the overall championship, Bayliss leads with 227 points, Checa has 188, and Neukirchner 176. Kiyonari is tenth on 89, Lavilla 12th on 65.

Checa said:
“We didn’t find the right grip here this weekend. We have been working on the setup of the bike to improve this, especially in the rear, but didn’t manage it. We were on a good pace with the qualifier, but on the race tyre we used here this weekend we couldn’t find enough. We made some rather big changes to the set-up for the second race. I started well and chased the front group, but wasn’t able to keep up with their speed. I had to get off the gas a couple of times to prevent the bike from high-siding. We have done our best. We just didn’t find the same level of grip as our competitors.”

Kiyonari said:
“My feeling with the bike was a lot better in the second race, but I am disappointed with the results. We used the base setting for both races. Yesterday we worked on the balance of the bike, but we made the wrong choice and didn’t improve. I wasn’t able to any faster. It was just a mistake that we changed the setup, but we have learned a lot. I would like to forget this weekend.”

Rolfo said:
”I’m satisfied with the second race because my bike performed much better compared to the first race. We modified some things on the bike during the morning warm up and this improved the suspension and the engine performance. Consequently, I had more grip on the rear tyre. I’m only a little disappointed about race two because the race was red flagged while I was overtaking!”

Lavilla said:
“I was knocked off by another rider in the first race and some riders obviously think that the race is finished after two corners. In race two I got stuck inside in the first corner and I could not pass any riders there, only as the race went on. We are getting some positives because the bike was good in warm-up and I felt I was riding better than I have been in the recent past. I just think things are going to take longer than we thought to get to where we all want them to be.”

Muggeridge said:
“Race one was OK but we made some changes to the bike to improve things and we went too far. That made problems for us in the opposite direction for race two. But we’re getting there and it was good to have real race with some factory bikes today.”

Aoyama said:
“I had some problem in race one, I think something with the electronics, and we had to pull in. In race two I had a bad start and had to come through from the very back. I pushed hard and passed some people but then I made a mistake under braking, ran wide and crashed.”

The World Superbike series now heads to Misano, Italy, for round eight, on June 29.

Riyuichi Kiyonari

Andrew Pitt

World Supersport Championship

Pitt From Brookes As Honda Takes A German 1-2

A twice delayed World Supersport race eventually went to new championship leader Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) who managed to hold off another Honda rider, Josh Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) by a mere 0.387 seconds after 19 laps of the Nürburgring.

The long time leader had been Yamaha rider Broc Parkes, but as his challenge faded in the final few laps Pitt put in a pass on lap 17 to take the lead, and then had to use every millimetre of track to keep the rapidly advancing Brookes behind him on the final corners. Parkes was third, completing the podium places.

The 5.137km German circuit remained dry for the race itself, but the delayed start to the first Superbike race caused a delay to the WSS race, and put extra pressure on all the riders. The first WS race start lasted for one corner only, when five riders fell when one competitor left his braking too late. Through no fault of his own, comeback rider Tommy Hill (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) was one of the fallers and he had the terrible bad luck of re-breaking the same right femur bone he broke in a testing crash last November. Hill had made a spectacular showing in practice, being eighth fastest in his first ever rides on Honda Supersport machinery, but now the British rider faces another long period of recovery.

Craig Jones (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) was another innocent victim of the first corner fall, but restarted on his spare machine to finish fifth. Pitt’s team-mate Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was only 11th on lap one, having qualified 13th, and got through a pack of riders to secure a sixth place finish. Jones had qualified second, ahead of Brookes and Pitt, with Broc Parkes the pole man.

Robbin Harms (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) fell in the race, after tangling with another rider, and Gianluca Nannelli (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) entered the pits to retire.

In the championship points, Pitt is on 88, Fabien Foret has 84, Brookes is third on 83, Joan Lascorz is on 81, the same points as Parkes. Jones is sixth on 60, Rea has 51 and Harms 39.

In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Honda now leads Yamaha by 28 points.

Pitt said:
“The pace was amazing. I was quicker than I was in qualifying for pretty much half the race. I was trying everything I knew just to keep on the back of Broc. Near the end we could see his was slowing a bit and I realised Josh was setting an incredible pace coming up behind me, so it was time to go for it and pass Broc. I had to work really hard to keep Josh behind me and take the win. My mechanics gave me a good package to work with this weekend. We got the job done and are back in the front of the championship where we should be.”

Brookes said:
“I was really lucky not to get caught up in the pile-up in the first race, as it was very close. In the second race I got an even better start then in the previous one and pretty quickly I was up into third place, where I stayed for most of the race. I started to close in on the leaders, Pitt and Parkes at the end. It didn't take many laps before I was right behind them. I got past Parkes easier then I thought and, with one lap to go, I saw my chance to get by Pitt as well. I gave it a try, but didn't succeed. I’m really happy to finish second and it is very important result for my championship standing.”

Jones said:
“I had to use my second bike because my first one was too damaged and I hadn’t ridden the spare all weekend. I tried to pass Pitt a bit early and I got swallowed up by the group and didn’t have enough feel with the number two bike, which wasn’t quite as strong. We may have had a podium on my number one machine but we’ll get that in Misano! I remain sixth in the Championship and still within touching distance of the lead so it’s all still to play for.”

Rea said:
“I am happy and disappointed as well. We had a good weekend up until the last qualifying when a bike problem forced us back to the fourth row on the grid. I made a very good start in the first part of the race and ended up in third spot in the first lap. My second start was not as good and I made a mistake on the second lap and ran wide. I picked my pace up again and chased Lascorz for 6th and put him under some pressure. I’m sending my get well wishes to Tommy Hill, who re-injured himself in the first race crash.”

Harms said:
“I made two really good starts - especially in the second race when I was in fifth place on the first lap. I thought I could stay with the front group, but the pace was too hot for me. I didn't feel good on the bike and it was hard keeping up. I dropped back a few places and was in eighth place, just behind Lagrive. I was trying to pass him when he braked a lot earlier then me and I could not stop running straight in to him.”

Nannelli said:
“Another unlucky race for me and for our entire team. I’m disconcerted because of Tommy’s accident and I don’t have much to add about my race. I started with my second bike because I was also involved in the crash at the first curve. I wish all the best to my team-mate and friend Tommy during this difficult and delicate moment.”

The next race is in Misano, Italy on June 29th.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 07 Nürburgring - German

Superbike Race 1
1 N.HAGA (Yamaha YZF-R1)
2 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
3 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
4 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
5 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
6 R. XAUS (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
7 M.FABRIZIO (Ducati 1098 F08)
8 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
9 M.TAMADA (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
10 K. MUGGERIDGE (Honda CBR1000RR)
11 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
12 R. KIYONARI (Honda CBR1000RR)
13 M.BIAGGI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
14 R. LACONI (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
15 S. GIMBERT (94 Yamaha YZF-R1)
Superbike Race 2
1 N.HAGA (Yamaha YZF-R1)
2 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
3 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
4 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
5 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
6 M.FABRIZIO (Ducati 1098 F08)
7 M.BIAGGI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
8 R. XAUS (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
9 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
10 R. LACONI (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
11 R. KIYONARI (Honda CBR1000RR)
12 K. MUGGERIDGE (Honda CBR1000RR)
13 M.TAMADA (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
14 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
15 D. CHECA (94 Yamaha YZF-R1)
1 A. PITT (Honda CBR600RR)
2 J. BROOKES (Honda Honda CBR600RR)
3 B. PARKES (Yamaha YZF-R6)
4 F. FORET (Yamaha YZF-R6)
5 C. JONES (Honda CBR600RR)
6 J. REA (Honda CBR600RR)
7 D. VAN KEYMEULEN (Suzuki GSX-R600)
8 A. TODE (Triumph 675)
9 C.WALKER (Kawasaki ZX-6R)
10 V. KALLIO (Honda CBR600RR)
11 K. FUJIWARA (Kawasaki ZX-6R)
12 J. LASCORZ (Honda CBR600RR)
13 M.PRAIA (Honda CBR600RR)
15 J. CROWE (Yamaha YZF-R6)

Andrew Pitt

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