SBK > 2008 Round 08: San Marino > Race Results
SBKSan MarinoJune 29, 2008
World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 08 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino

Honda Riders Work Hard For Points at Misano

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) was the top finishing Honda rider in each 24-lap race at Misano, scoring fifth in race one and eighth in race two, taking him to third in the championship rankings.

Carlos Checa

Gregorio Lavilla

The entire race weekend at Misano had been conducted in conditions of high humidity and extreme temperatures, which did not help any of the Honda runners find good grid spots after qualifying and Superpole, and the circuit proved difficult to optimise set-up for in general.

In the first race of the day, held in temperatures of just over 30°C, the surprise winner was Max Neukirchner, with Checa fifth after qualifying 11th on the grid. The next best Honda rider was Gregorio Lavilla (Vent-Axia VK Honda CBR1000RR) in eighth after both Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) and Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR) suffered ride through penalties for jump-starting. Kiyonari recovered to 14th and Rolfo took 17th.

Shuhei Aoyama (Alto Evolution Honda CBR1000RR) had a strong first race finishing 13th in the middle of a battle with Fonsi Nieto and Kiyonari. Karl Muggeridge (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR) was forced to retire on lap 17, after he had been the only Honda rider except Checa to qualify for Superpole, starting from 15th grid position.

The second race was stopped after two laps, when Muggeridge’s machine suffered a technical problem and the track had to be cleaned of fluid on the entry to the first chicane. The complete 24-lap re-run went to Ruben Xaus, with Checa eighth, Kiyonari 13th and Lavilla 14th. Rolfo was 18th, eight seconds up on Aoyama.

Muggeridge had to pull out of the restarted race two, and Jason Pridmore finished neither race at this round, missing a race two finish by only one single lap.

Pre race, Rolfo had been 17th in qualifying, Lavilla 19th, Kiyonari 22nd, Aoyama 23rd, and Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR Jr) who was 18th and last in race one, was 24th. Kenan crashed out on lap one of the restarted race, and is now 18th overall.

At the top of the championship fight Checa holds third place with 207 points, behind series leader Bayliss on 259, from race one winner Neukirchner, on 210. Kiyonari is tenth on 94, Lavilla 13th on 75 and Muggeridge 15th on 59.

Checa said:
“It was not easy at all today. We had a lot of chattering and lost precious time in some sections of the track. It was difficult to be on the pace and keep it consistent. In the second race we made some small adjustments to the bike but it didn’t increase our pace. We knew it would be difficult racing here after yesterday’s results and were pleased to at least take a top five result in the first race. It’s hard to start from the back of the field and my pace was too slow to make much ground. Some riders at the front crashed out so the damage was not too bad. In the second race it was impossible for me to improve my position after a bad start.”

Kiyonari said:
“I want to thank my mechanics for the hard work they put in. The races have been very difficult. My pace in race one was not too bad but after the jumpstart and the ride through I just wasn’t able to move up to the front. I had a bad start in race two and couldn’t make as much progress as I wanted. I couldn’t ride a good lap and keep my pace consistent. We’ve used my standard base setting for both races and the feeling was definitely better than it was at the last race, but unfortunately I failed to finish the races with good results.”

Sofuoglu said:
“After the poor results in qualifying I wasn’t expecting much in the races. My 18th place is far from satisfactory for me. In the second race I lost my rear brake and crashed out. I just hope we can improve things for the next round.”

Rolfo said:
“Between the two races we modified something on the bike but unfortunately it was not in the right direction. During the second race, after an excellent start, I felt the same problem we had in the first race and I was not able to exit the curves properly. I lost a lot of positions when my rear tyre started to lose grip and it was difficult for me finish the race.”

Lavilla said:
“I got a decent start in race one and made up some ground to score points in eighth place. After the restarted race two getting off the line was not great and I had to work hard to score some points.”

Muggeridge said:
“We were fast in each race and made it into Superpole so things are good when they are going right. But we have been having some problems in the heat and that is why we couldn’t finish the races.”

Aoyama said:
“I am happy to score my first points it was a good moment for us all. In race one I had a bad start and I tried to catch up the lead riders, but from the start to the end I fought with Fonsi Nieto. I just couldn’t pass him. It was not so bad. In race two I had a good start but I made some mistakes and I ran too wide sometimes.”

The ninth round of the World Superbike Championship will take place at Brno, on 20th July 2008.

Riyuichi Kiyonari

Andrew Pitt

World Supersport Championship

Pitt Takes Fourth Win in Seven Races in Honda Podium Clean Sweep

After qualifying second Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) carried on his strong 2008 form to take his fourth win of the year as his closest rival, pole man Broc Parkes, crashed out of the podium contention at Misano.

Pitt had just taken the lead and Parkes was following when the Yamaha rider fell, restarting to finish tenth, and leaving Pitt free to continue at a fast pace to win the race by 5.347 seconds. His Misano win adds to his previous victories at Phillip Island, Assen and Nürburgring. He extended his championship lead to 16 points over Fabien Foret and 26 points over Parkes.

It was a successful day for most of Honda’s top runners, with Craig Jones (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) enjoying a lonely but welcome second place, and Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) taking a podium finish in third, despite a few scares with technical issues and a bike swap shortly before the race started.

Robbin Harms (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) rode hard from a qualifying position of 14th to take fifth, in a race where ten riders either crashed or retired.

Josh Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) fell from contention on lap two, dropping to 33rd place, but recovering to finish 14th and score two championship points. He had been fifth on the grid, one place behind Jones, one place ahead of Rea and two up on Russell Holland (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) who replaced the injured Tommy Hill. Holland was on great form in the race until he crashed at post 16, on lap two.

Brookes holds fourth place on 85 points, Jones is now only five points behind, Rea has 67 points in seventh place with Harms next with 50.

Gianluca Nannelli (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) had an unhappy weekend at his home race, qualifying 23rd on Saturday and finishing 13th place.

Pitt said:
“I am very happy to win this race. It wasn’t as hard work as I thought it would be. We had a good rhythm and when Broc didn’t want to lead I didn’t need to be asked twice and took the lead from there. When Broc made a mistake and crashed I kept it comfortable until the end and took the win. It has just been one of those days where everything worked well. My mechanics gave me a bike that I could ride fast for the whole race. We kept the speed and kept it consistent. Also congratulations to Jonathan, it’s a good team result having both the Ten Kate Hondas on the podium.”

Jones said:
“I didn’t make a very good initial start but I got into the first corner OK and got away with Parkes and Pitt. When Parkes went down I thought I could close down on Pitt, but Andrew rode an incredible second part of the race. I saw I had a good lead over Jonathan and I was already on the limit, so I controlled the gap from where I was. I’m happy to be second I needed a podium and the points.”

Rea said:
“I want to thank my mechanics for all the work they have done over the weekend. I had a problem all weekend and the guys worked night and day to resolve them. We started the race with a bit of a problem. But to finish third on a bad day is not a bad thing. Some of our rivals had some bad luck. It has giving me the motivation for the next round in Brno. I really like the circuit here and think we should have capitalized a bit more, but third is not a bad result. I want to congratulate Andrew on his win. Two bikes on the podium is a good thing for us.”

Harms said:
“I’m really happy and satisfied with my fifth place, the bike felt very good throughout the race and my plan to stay defensive in the first part and it paid off. I knew it would be long race with a lot of riders crashing due to the hot conditions. This race result was important for me at this point as it's been a few races now where I didn't manage to do so well.”

Brookes said:
“Unfortunately I crashed on the second lap. After going wide on the first lap in a few corners I tried to change my riding style and my gear shifting a bit but instead of curing the problem it left me in the gravel. I picked up the bike and continued to race but it was a challenge as there were only a few centimeters left of the brake lever.”

Nannelli said:
“It was a difficult race mainly because of my bad starting position but also because after few laps I felt some muscle pain in my right shoulder after crashing on Friday. The worst parts were during braking. I just couldn't do what I wanted to do.”

Holland said:
“My start was not so good and in the first couple of corners some riders passed me. I tried to join the first group but I still had the same problem in the last corner that I had already experienced during all of the practices. I knew it but in the second lap I just pushed a little bit too hard in that curve and I crashed. This morning we had a fantastic warm-up and I was waiting for a very good race. I’m really sorry for the team because they did an excellent job and I want to thank all of them for their great help during this weekend.”

The race after Misano, round eight of the WSS series, is to be held at Brno, on July 20th 2008.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 08 MISANO ADRIATICO – San Marino

Superbike Race 1
1 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
2 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
3 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
4 R. XAUS (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
5 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
6 L. LANZI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
7 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
8 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
9 S. NAKATOMI (Yamaha YZF-R1)
10 N.HAGA (Yamaha YZF-R1)
11 Y. KAGAYAMA (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
12 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
13 S. AOYAMA (Honda CBR1000RR)
14 R. KIYONARI (Honda CBR1000RR)
15 D. CHECA (94 Yamaha YZF-R1)
Superbike Race 2
1 R. XAUS (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
2 M.BIAGGI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
3 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
4 N.HAGA (Yamaha YZF-R1)
5 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
6 L. LANZI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
7 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
8 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
9 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
10 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
11 M.FABRIZIO (Ducati 1098 F08)
12 Y. KAGAYAMA (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
13 R. KIYONARI (Honda CBR1000RR)
14 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
15 S. NAKATOMI (Yamaha YZF-R1)
1 A. PITT (Honda CBR600RR)
2 C. JONES (Honda CBR600RR)
3 J. REA (Honda CBR600RR)
4 F. FORET (Yamaha YZF-R6)
5 R.HARMS (Honda Honda CBR600RR)
6 M.AITCHISON (Triumph 675)
7 M.ROCCOLI (Yamaha YZF-R6)
8 B. VENEMAN (Suzuki GSX-R600)
9 I. CLEMENTI (Triumph 675)
10 B. PARKES (Yamaha YZF-R6)
12 C.WALKER (Kawasaki ZX-6R)
13 G.NANNELLI (Honda CBR600RR)
14 J. BROOKES (Honda Honda CBR600RR)

Andrew Pitt

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