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SBKItalySeptember 21, 2008
World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 12 VALLELUNGA – Italy

Checa The Top Honda Man At Vallelunga

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) scored fifth on two occasions at the Vallelunga World Superbike race weekend, and now sits fifth in the overall championship fight with two rounds left to run.

Carlos Checa

Carlos Checa

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) who had qualified fifth in Superpole, had a no score in race one after he fell, and then another crash and remount that placed him only 13th in race two. He is now ninth overall.

In dry raceday conditions, Noriyuki Haga scored a double win, and after World Championship leader Troy Bayliss crashed out of race two, and remounted to score no points, the championship title itself was not decided in the Australian’s favour today.

In the first race, over 24 laps, Checa was fifth, unable to carry on a fantastic charge that pushed him close to the leaders, after starting from 12th, the result of crashing in Superpole. He battled with Max Neukirchner and Troy Bayliss, finishing behind the German but up on championship leader Bayliss, partly thanks to the best lap of the race, 1’37.537. Kiyonari was challenging for his own podium place when he fell at the Curva Torantino corner, on lap four.

In race two Checa ended lap one 13th but he climbed to sixth within nine laps. He could not make any more progress until Bayliss fell.

In race one Roberto Rolfo (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR1000RR) secured an eighth place finish from 13th on the grid, despite being pushed to the back early on. He set the best top speed of the race and was lapping at the same pace as the leaders. In race two, he went 10th, after another fight through the field, the result of being 23rd on lap one.
Gregorio Lavilla (Vent-Axia VK Honda CBR1000RR) was the final Honda points scorer in race one, taking 14th after qualifying out of Superpole in 17th place. In race two he was forced to retire, on lap seven.

The 4.110km circuit near Rome was unkind to both Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR Jr) and Karl Muggeridge (DFX Corse Honda CBR1000RR) as they crashed together in race one, and neither scored points. In race two Sofuoglu was involved in a high-speed collision with the crashing machine of Max Biaggi at the Curvone, and bruised the Sacrum bone in the small of his back. Both riders walked away from what looked a very serious incident at the time. Muggeridge also fell in race two, this time after a collision with Kiyonari.

Chris Walker (Vent-Axia VK Honda CBR1000RR) took the last point on offer in race two, while Shuhei Aoyama (Alto Evolution Honda CBR1000RR) was 19th and 17th today. Matt Lynn (Alto Evolution Honda CBR1000RR) was 22nd in each race.

In the championship itself, Bayliss has 369 points, Corser 290, Neukirchner and Haga 280, and Checa, 262.

Checa said:
“Starting from 12th place on the grid was always going to be difficult so I guess two fifth places will have to do. Of course I am disappointed. I had bad arm pump in race one and luckily I got a pretty bad start in race two. I just saw this huge mess in front of me, which turned out to be Biaggi and Kenan. I was convinced the race would be red flagged, so I shut off the gas, along with a few other riders. When they didn’t flag it, I had to try even harder to pass some riders, but the gap was just too big.”

Kiyonari said:
“I am very disappointed. I don’t know what happened in race one, just that it was my mistake. We changed tyres for race two and on the warm-up lap I knew the bike was much better. Then Biaggi had a big crash that almost took me out – I was completely sideways and had to brake very hard. After that, I tried to push, but pushed too hard and crashed again. When I got back on the bike, it still felt good and I was able to do some good lap times.”

Sofuoglu said:
“The first crash was my mistake and I was very sorry because the bike was good in warm-up and I was looking forward to the races. In race two, I just felt a bump and then I was flying. The shoulder I damaged at Donington is sore and my back will hurt tomorrow, but otherwise I’m OK.”

Rolfo said:
“What an amazing recovery! I’m really disappointed because of my bad start. My bike cut-out when I released the clutch lever. Starting from the first few laps I pushed very hard and I found a very fast pace. I was able to overtake a lot of riders and only during the last laps I had to reduce my rhythm because the front tyre had no more grip. My second start was pretty good but unfortunately some riders crashed in front of me and I was forced to exit on the gravel and I lost quite a few places.”

Lavilla said:
“We knew it was going to be a difficult weekend as all the teams have tested here during the year and the weather on Friday really didn’t help us. The first race we struggled but the second race we made some changes and the bike was much better and the pace good. I felt that I could have been up to 5th as these were the riders I was battling with, so it was unfortunate that we had a problem with the bike and I wasn’t able to finish.”

Walker said:
“It was exciting coming into this weekend as it’s only the third time I’ve been on the bike. I’m one of the only riders who haven’t been here before and the rain on Friday set us back more so I was disappointed about our qualifying which made it tough for the races.”

Magny-Cours in France, hosts the penultimate round of the 2008 championship, on October 5.

Roberto Rolfo

Riyuichi Kiyonari

World Supersport Championship

Gain for Rea But Pain for Pitt in Vallelunga

Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) took off from his third place grid sport at Vallelunga and put on a textbook display of front running to lead every one of the 22-laps and secure his third win of his rookie season. With his team-mate Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) falling after colliding with Eugene Laverty, the world championship fight is wide open again, with Pitt now only 11 points up on Rea.

The 4.110km Vallelunga circuit was the backdrop for an outstanding fight for second and third for much of the race, but pole man Broc Parkes finally scored a clear second and Eugene Laverty third.

Donington race winner Josh Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) only qualified 19th, but cut through the pack to go 10th, before suffering a ride through penalty for cutting the chicane. He only lost two places and finished the race 12th, earning four points and leaving him third in the overall championship fight, 28 points behind Pitt.

Honda rider Joan Lascorz was fourth, almost catching Laverty on the last lap, while one time podium challenger Robbin Harms (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsports Honda CBR600RR) scored sixth, an improvement of three places on his qualifying pace.

Front row qualifier Gianluca Nannelli (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) faded to seventh in his home race, while new WSS rider Josh Hayes, (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) was tenth; putting the experienced AMA runner two places up on his qualifying spot. Russell Holland (Hannspree Althea Honda CBR600RR) was 16th, just out of the points after racing from 23rd on the grid.

The championship table now has Pitt on an unchanged total of 169, Rea has 158 and Brookes 141, with two rounds left.

Rea said:
“I put the pace to what I knew it needed to be at the start of the race and relaxed, and at times I was watching the race on the big screen! Everything was going good and it seemed there was a lot of excitement going on behind. Parkes put a push on at the end but I responded and we won the race quite comfortably. The pace was good and the team did a great job. We don’t think about the championship, we just attack every race we can.”

Pitt said:
“I’m quite angry for obvious reasons. I didn’t have the pace to match Jonathan today, but I felt reasonably comfortable dealing with the two Yamahas. When Laverty ran wide into a right-hander, I simply rode underneath him. But he just came right back on top of me and that was it. If I’d made a mistake or crashed on my own, then fair enough, but it’s not the way I’d like to lose a load of points.”

Brookes said:
“I didn't manage a very good start. It was quite difficult starting from nineteenth place with all the riders pushing and shoving in the first corners. But I managed to force past a few riders and got up to tenth place. I got stuck there in tenth and had a hard time keeping consistent. Cutting the chicane too many times left me with a drive through penalty, which was pretty frustrating.”

Harms said:
“I got a good start from ninth place and was right behind the Ten Kate boys. I was feeling really good on the bike and could keep up a good race pace. By pushing hard every lap and doing consistent lap times I got up to second place. Then, half way through the race, the level of grip reduced and all I could do at that point was to try and finish the race.”

Nannelli said:
“My start was not so good so I did my best to push. My pace was pretty fast at the beginning but in a few laps I understood that my rear tyre choice was wrong. I could not reach the first group of riders and I was only able to keep my seventh place. I’m really disappointed because today we lost a good opportunity for excellent results.”

Holland said:
”I was hoping to be safe from the beginning and have very little pain in my wrist. Unfortunately, by mid race I started to experience a lot of pain. I tried to keep a consistent pace and by the end of the race I passed one rider in front of me. I’m sorry for my team but sixteenth was the best I could do, due to my poor physical condition.”

Hayes said:
“I was thrown to the wolves a bit on Friday when the first sessions were held in the wet. After that we tried a few things with the motorcycle and about learning the track so to end up with 10th is not too bad. The race went as expected, the first few laps were crazy and fun and by the end of the race I’d learnt a lot about the tyres.”

The next round is in two weeks’ time, at Magny-Cours in France, on October 5.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2008
Round 12 VALLELUNGA – Italy

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

Jonathan Rea

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