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SBKU.K.August 3, 2008
World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 10 Brands Hatch - Great Britain

Kiyonari Takes A Superb Double Win At Brands Hatch

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) took his first and second World Superbike race wins today after two thrilling contests, the first with championship leader Troy Bayliss and Max Biaggi, then the second with his countryman Noriyuki Haga.

Riyuichi Kiyonari

Riyuichi Kiyonari

The top three were covered by only 0.180 seconds in race one, but after a better start in race two, Kiyonari secured a margin of victory of 1.8 seconds, pushing on in the final laps to break Haga’s intense pressure.

Kiyonari’s wins take him to eighth in the championship overall, with a total of 165 points. He had secured a front row start of third after a wet Superpole contest on Saturday and put his years of BSB knowledge to good use on this circuit, making wise tyre choices and finding a good race set-up early in the weekend.

The top placed Honda rider in the series is still Kiyonari’s fellow Suzuka 8-Hour race winning partner, Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) who was 11th in qualifying, but sixth and then eighth in the two Brands Hatch races, run over 25-laps each. Checa is fourth in the championship, on 233 points to leader Troy Bayliss’ 334.

Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR) overcame his tough qualifying experiences at Brands Hatch to secure tenth place in race one, then 14th in race two, starting from 19th place in each contest.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR Jr) improved his overall set-up greatly this weekend, but was just out of Superpole by one place and thus 17th on the grid, then scoring points for 13th in race one but none for 17th in race two.

Gregorio Lavilla (Vent-Axia VK Honda CBR1000RR) was another rider in the points mix in each race but dropped back from 13th place on the grid to 14th in the opener and equalling his pre-race performance in race two. His new team-mate Chris Walker (Vent-Axia VK Honda CBR1000RR) missed out on Superpole but scored points in each race by going 15th on two occasions.

Karl Muggeridge (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR), was only 16th in race one and then a retiree in race two, after qualifying 16th in Superpole.

Shuhei Aoyama (Alto Evolution Honda CBR1000RR) was a retiree in the opener and 22nd in race two, while his team-mate Jason Pridmore (Alto Evolution Honda CBR1000RR) went 22nd and 23rd.

Kiyonari said:
“I’m so happy, I cannot really believe it. We have been near the top of the leader board in all the sessions this weekend so we knew that we had a good race set up. The team worked hard to give me a great bike for both races and finally we have a win – no, two wins! – to celebrate. It wasn’t easy. I found it difficult to pass and I made a couple of mistakes. In race one, I was very nervous for the last few laps but in race two I was able to keep a good pace right to the end.”

Checa said:
“I cannot say that I am happy with the results but I have to be satisfied after the problems we have had this weekend. Of course, Brands Hatch was a new circuit for me to learn and we found it difficult to find a good setting for the bike. I had a problem with the left-hander going onto the back of the circuit and this is a corner you must get right to carry speed for the rest of the lap.”

Sofuoglu said:
“Of course, I am disappointed – especially because I couldn’t move forward from the results in Brno. We made a change after the first race and my pace was definitely better. But after a good start, I got blocked in at the first corner and then found it hard to pass Laconi and Walker. However, I am looking forward to a little holiday before coming back stronger at Donington.”

Rolfo said:
“This second race was more difficult for me compared to the first one. My start was not so good and I lost some positions in the first curves. I’m pretty satisfied with my fourteenth place, but I’m disappointed because I cannot reach a good starting position during the qualifying sessions and it’s always difficult to begin a race from too far back.”

Lavilla said:
“We made some improvements to the bike in the second race and we put in some good lap times. We were consistent once again and within the points but I wasn't able to improve much on my qualifying position. So we have to keep working hard on set-up and move up to the next level, which I hope we can achieve at Donington.”

Walker said:
"Every time I went out on the bike I learned more and more and it's great to be back on a Superbike. The bike felt brilliant and I was happy with the race set-up in the end. My fitness level is good but I need to get into the gym to work on my arm strength as I had to lose weight to ride the Supersport."

The World Superbike Championship reconvenes at Donington Park, on September 7th, after the traditional summer break.

Carlos Checa

Jonathan Rea

World Supersport Championship

Rea Wins In Front of Home Fans

In an aggregate WSS race Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) took his second victory in a row while Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) scored a podium finish in third, to take a 32- point championship lead into the summer break. Rea had been on the front row after qualifying, behind Honda privateer Matthieu Lagrive, but Pitt had to work his way up to his podium place in the early laps, having only qualified 9th in a session interrupted by rain.

The race was run in two parts today, with rain stopping the first race after eight laps, but the restart was also halted early when Honda rider Craig Jones (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) fell from his machine at the fast Cark Curve, while in second place, appearing to be struck by a closely following rider. With Jones prostrate on the track the red flags came out to stop the race. The result was therefore called after 15 aggregated laps, with Rea taking first place, Jones credited with second due to the results being taken from one lap before the red flag’s appearance, and Pitt finished third.

Jones’s condition was described by his team in the following official statement from Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: “Craig was treated trackside by the medical staff before being transferred by air-ambulance to the Royal London Hospital. He has a serious head injury and the doctors have placed him in a pharmacological coma to stabilise his condition. We will not know any more for at least 24 or 48-hours – all our thoughts are with him and his family. I would like to thank the medical staff for their attention and also the well-wishers for their thoughts. We shall update the news on Craig’s condition as and when we can.”

Behind the three-way fight for the win, Josh Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) was credited with fifth, while Gianluca Nannelli (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) went 12th.

Robbin Harms (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) fell when the rain that stopped leg one came on, while in the lead, and he was closely followed by Russell Holland (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR). Harms was not allowed to restart in the second leg, and neither was Holland.

In the championship standings, Pitt has 149 points, Rea 117, Parkes 113, Brookes 112 and Jones 100.

Rea said:
“It’s a bad way to win a race through my good friend Craig Jones getting hurt. But the team and I have worked hard all weekend to get a good package together with the CBR600RR and we’ve been on it the whole time. It’s great to race in front of a British crowd again and I hope they enjoyed it. But, for sure, it was a real-anticlimax.”

Pitt said:
“I had some real problems during qualifying, but the bike was great for the race and I got a good start. I felt really strong and confident enough to go for the win but, with Craig’s crash, it ended before I got the chance.”

Brookes said:
“It has been a difficult race day today. In the first race it was all feeling pretty good. I got a good start, but it took some time getting comfortable and I was up to fifth place when the race was red-flagged. In the second race, I had a hard time getting into a good rhythm. Then the race was stopped for the second time and I had to settle for fifth place overall.”

Harms said:
“This is the second race in a row that I managed to put in a great race performance but finished without a result. It is very frustrating and disappointing. The race, up until my crash, was just amazing. The bike was working really well and I knew I had so much more to give. When I was in the lead, I was even able to get a bit of a gap between myself and Rea behind me.”

Nannelli said:
“It was a really chaotic race today. I had a good start in the first race and I was able to recover quite a few positions. I reached tenth position when the race was red flagged because of the rain. My second start was not so good as the first one but overall I reached a good seventh position.”

Holland said:
“I’m really disappointed to have crashed in the first race. I could not start the second race because my bike had some problems after the fall and I could not re-enter the box within the five minutes requested. Today has been a really unlucky day for me.”

The Supersport series has its next round at Donington Park, on September 7th.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 10 Brands Hatch - Great Britain

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

Riyuichi Kiyonari
Superbike Race 2
1 R. KIYONARI (Honda CBR1000RR)
2 N.HAGA (Yamaha YZF-R1)
3 T. CORSER (Yamaha YZF-R1)
4 M.NEUKIRCHNER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
5 F. NIETO (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
6 M.FABRIZIO (Ducati 1098 F08)
7 T. SYKES (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
8 C. CHECA (Honda CBR1000RR)
9 J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
10 L. LANZI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
11 T. BAYLISS (Ducati 1098 F08)
12 M.BIAGGI (Ducati 1098 RS 08)
13 G.LAVILLA (Honda CBR1000RR)
14 R. ROLFO (Honda CBR1000RR)
15 C.WALKER (Honda CBR1000RR)
1 J. REA (Honda CBR600RR)
2 C. JONES (Honda CBR600RR)
3 A. PITT (Honda CBR600RR)
4 B. PARKES (Yamaha YZF-R6)
5 J. BROOKES (Honda CBR600RR)
6 B. VENEMAN (Suzuki GSX-R600)
8 M.ROCCOLI (Yamaha YZF-R6)
9 R. FROST (Triumph 675)
10 H.KENNAUGH (Yamaha YZF-R6)
11 S. PLATER (Triumph 675)
13 V. KALLIO (Honda CBR600RR)
14 J. LASCORZ (Honda CBR600RR)
15 G.GOWLAND (Honda CBR600RR)

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