SBK > 2009 Round 05: Italy > Race Results
SBKItalyMay 10, 2009
World Superbike and World Supersport 2009
Round 05 MONZA – Italy

Kiyonari Charges To Double Podium Success at Monza

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda Racing CBR1000RR) followed a third place qualification in Superpole with two third place finishes in the Word Superbike races at Monza, in a day full of drama and upset in the championship fight.

Ryiuchi Kiyonari Jonathan Rea

Ryiuchi Kiyonari

Jonathan Rea

The first Superbike race was stopped after a first chicane incident which led to three separate but related crashes involving five riders, one of whom was 21st place qualifier Tommy Hill (Honda Althea CBR1000RR). The subsequent one-hour delay caused further changes of schedule through the day, although race two started on time.

Once more Kiyonari led the Honda charge, having his best day of the year so far in WSB, and moving into the top ten overall.

Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) scored a fifth in race one and a fourth in race two, the latter an impressive result, just seven seconds from the winner after starting in sixth position on the grid.

A day of contrast for Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR1000RR), now fourth in the overall championship, came after he improved from a qualifying place of 17 in Superpole, but was forced out of race one with a fuel problem, while in race two he rallied well and took a fine seventh.

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) suffered a lack of outright competitiveness after earning a gird slot of ninth, finishing ninth in race one and tenth in the second leg of the meeting.

In race one Jake Zemke (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR1000RR), riding as a substitute for the injured John Hopkins, overcame a qualifying place of 25th to ride to 18th in race one, but was unable to keep that pace in race two, and was classified 20th.

Tommy Hill finished the restarted race one in 20th place, in race two he came home 16th, just one place away from a point. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Squadra Corse Italia Honda CBR1000RR) finished race one 21st, but was forced out of race two.

In the overall rankings, Noriyuki Haga is still leading, on 200 points, Monza race two winner Ben Spies is second on 146, race one winner Michel Fabrizio is third with 125. Haslam holds fourth place only 22 points behind, the last rider with over 100 points after ten individual races. Rea is eighth with 77 and Kiyonari tenth with 65.

Laverty Fourth After Tough Monza Race-day

Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) repeated his qualifying position of fourth in today’s race at Monza, making him the first Honda rider home.

He was only 0.064 seconds from a podium finish in a race he looked capable of winning at one stage, but a first chicane contact with another rider on the final lap pushed him back and he could not make up enough ground to grab a top three finish in the very last corner.

A delayed start to the 16-lap World Supersport race was the result of a restart for the first Superbike race of the day, and this contributed to a nervous first few laps for most riders.

Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was seventh in qualifying but improved to fifth in the race itself, despite suffering from a lack of rear traction. Pitt’s team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) was with the leaders in the early lap rankings, but slipped back to finish ninth, three places behind his qualifying place.

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) went from 15th on the grid to 12th in the race, the fourth Honda rider home, and the only other Honda points scorer was Gianluca Vizziello (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR600RR), 14th and two places better than qualifying.

Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR600RR) was mystified to qualify 20th yesterday and today he lasted only two laps, crashing on the third when simply pushing too hard.

West is now fifth in the championship, one below Pitt and one above today’s second place rider Joan Lascorz. Cal Crutchlow won the race, from Lascorz and Fabien Foret.

Mark Aitchison (Althea Honda CBR600RR) had high hopes at Monza after a positive recent test at the classic 5.973km circuit. Despite starting inside the top five, and running strongly for a time, he fell at the Parabolica and had to retire. His team-mate Matthieu Lagrive (Althea Honda CBR600RR) was 11th in qualifying but after crashing and restarting, he was only one place from a point, 16th.

The RES Software Veidec Honda riders experienced mixed fortunes over the weekend. Robbin Harms did not race due to injuries sustained in practice while team mates Jesco Gunther and Arie Vos overcame persistent front end problems in qualifying to finish the race in 18th and 20th places respectively.

Crutchlow leads the series going into Kyalami next weekend, 99 points to Laverty’s 81. Sofuoglu is on 72 points, Pitt 54 and West an unchanged 52.

Leon Haslam Eugene Laverty

Leon Haslam

Eugene Laverty

WSB Rider Quotes
Ryuichi Kiyonari said:
“I am so happy to get these results for myself and for the team. We have worked very hard to find a good setting with the CBR1000RR this season but we have not always had good luck. My start was very bad in race one but I was able to fight back lap-by-lap during the race, although I was very surprised and happy when they told me I was third. In the second race I had a better start and I must say I am a little disappointed. I had the speed to catch Fabrizio but not quite enough to get past him. But this is my best result for a long time and I hope it indicates the start of a better part of the season for me and the team.”

Leon Haslam said:
“I went out on my second bike today, which I hadn't been riding all weekend, and took a bit of a gamble with it. We had some issues with the fuelling and the suspension, but we decided to stay with the set up we used in Assen. It took me a few laps to get into it, but I was able to run a good pace. The pace in the end of the race was definitely good enough for a place on the rostrum. It was a tough weekend, with bad qualifying results and a disappointing first race. To finish the second race in seventh race place is a good enough result, so I am pretty happy.”

Jonathan Rea said:
“We just had a few problems with the bike in the latter stages of the race, I don’t know whether it’s the light fuel load or what, but it developed a bit of chatter which was quite hard to dial out after race one. I got busted by a pretty hard move by Laconi in that race and, by the time I’d got back past him, I’d lost touch with the leading group. In Race 2 I got a much better start and tried really hard to catch Fabrizio and Kiyo, but they had a little more left in the tank at the end. Still, I’ve equalled my best Superbike result and we’ve shown that we can race at the front now.”

Carlos Checa said:
“It is not so exciting to fight for tenth place but this is what it is at the moment. At the beginning things were not so bad, but we were carrying some of the limitations of before. Entry points and there was still some jumping in the rear, it was difficult to get side grip on throttle opening, and I was struggling to get to the front group.”

Tommy Hill said:
“Race one was really very difficult for us. Immediately after the start there was a big crash in the first chicane, someone bumped into my bike and I crashed. We were able to restart the race, as I did not injure myself, although I was forced to use my second bike & I struggled with the same problems I have found during the qualifying session. I tried to ride aggressive but I couldn’t really chase the riders in front of me and the only thing I could do was try and finish the race.”

Jake Zemke said:
“It is definitely not the weekend that I wanted to have. I want to thank the team for all the hard work they put. They bent over backwards to get to a point were I was happy on the bike, but we just never got there. Race one went a lot better then race two, we made some changes and thought they would help us, but they didn't, and then the ride through penalty for cutting the chicane just finished the race for me.”

WSS Rider Quotes
Eugene Laverty said:
“I wasn’t happy at the end of the race because on the last lap I thought I could have caught and passed the pair in front of me. I did all the hard work and then on the last corner was sucked in and ran wide. I simply didn’t have the confidence in my front tyre to brake harder and take the inside line. It had folded a couple of times on me in the race. With hindsight I may have used a different front tyre, the same as the riders around me, but that is down to experience at this circuit.”

Kenan Sofuoglu said:
“I can only say that I am really very disappointed with this weekend here in Monza. I had a very big crash in qualifying yesterday and, although I was not too badly injured, I lost quite a lot of confidence. I have some problems with braking and accelerating but we will work hard to put these right in time for the next race in South Africa. I know that I am in a very professional team and I trust the guys that I work with. I will also do my best to improve the rider performance and hopefully we can all get a good result next week.”

Andrew Pitt said:
“The bike was actually really good at the start of the race - the balance of the chassis felt fine and I was able to push at the front with the others. But, as the race progressed, it became clear that we were really over-working the rear tyre. I had problems controlling the bike into and out of turns, especially the entry. In the end I was having to use the gearbox to slow down because if I used the brakes too much, the rear would just want to come round and overtake me. We're definitely going in the right direction with the new bike, though, and just need to work on the rear setting a little to get a result next week.”

Anthony West said:
“We made some changes to the bike after the bad qualifying results, but starting from that position on the grid is it just hard to make some ground. My only choice was to go flat out, but then I pushed too hard and lost the front. I made a small mistake with big consequences. I'm very disappointed and would like to forget this weekend and look ahead to the next race.”

Gianluca Vizziello said:
“I had a good start from my 18th place on the grid. I touched another rider in the chicane and had to get off the gas for a second. The rhythm was good today, but I was lacking some acceleration coming out of the corners. My crew have worked hard this weekend, and I am happy with the set up of my bike. I am convinced this is the way forward for me to improve my results, and hope I can continue my progress in the next race.”

Miguel Praia said:
“I got a good start and up to around 12th or 13th but was held up at the Parabolica and dropped back four places avoiding Vizziello. I got my head down to recover as many places as I could and battled with Veneman. He was playing with me and over-taking when I felt if he had followed me we would have caught up with Battaini. The pace was fantastic with all laps in the 1min 52s which is very good. On the last lap I had a near huge highside and was not able to catch Battaini. It is good points and a result that I needed.”

Mark Aitchison said:
“At the beginning it was a tough race and I was able to remain in the first group of riders also if my rhythm was not perfect. Starting from the sixth laps I found a very good pace when I crashed in Parabolica curve. I was not pushing too hard but probably I entered that curve just a little too fast, I lost my front wheel and I crashed. Not very much I can say….I ended my race for a small mistake that probably cost me the podium.”

Matthieu Lagrive said:
“Because of a bad start I pushed extremely hard from the beginning and I was able to reach the riders in front of me. I tried to move forward in combat with Pitt and Fujiwara but I ran out in a curve and crashed. I rejoined the race trying to collect some points for my championship standing but I obtained only the sixteenth place. I’m very disappointed because with a better start I could have fought for the victory.”

Jesco Günther said:
“It was important to finish the race but I am not completely satisfied with my 20th place. We have some good feedback now from the machine and it felt much better than in the previous two races. I need to get back some race pace and I am sure that this weekend has been a good start to that end. I am happy that the next event is coming up very soon, so we can keep on improving. I want to thank my team for the work that they have done this weekend, and I hope I can give them something to cheer about in Kyalami. I also hope Robbin is fit enough to race again with our team.”

Arie Vos said:
“Again I had to fight hard so as not to finish right at the back, and that doesn’t feel good. It is hard to say why my results are so disappointing at the moment. I know that part of it is that I am struggling on the bike, but the bike itself is not as easy to ride fast as I would like. I don’t know if we can solve this in a short period because the next race is just seven days away. We don’t have time to work on the machine in between these two races so we just have to see how it goes when we get there, and what we can do to improve matters. Nevertheless my team worked hard this weekend and I hope we will have a better result in Kyalami.”

Robbin Harms said:
“I had my surgery on Saturday at 2pm and it took more than two hours, but everything went well. The doctors put a plate on my fracture and I don’t have much pain anymore. Because of the surgery the muscles in my neck and shoulder have shortened, and I feel very stiff now. It can take up to a few months before this gets back to normal, but I am working on it already! As for the crash, I am not sure what happened, and the bike doesn’t show any signs of technical failure. In a moment my back tyre slipped away and the bike had a huge high-side. It happened really quickly and I didn’t even have time to react to prepare for the fall. I am happy that the surgery went well, however, and that I am able to ride next week. I will at least try to finish the race in South Africa!”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2009
Round 05 MONZA – Italy

Superbike Race 1
1 M.FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R
2 N.HAGA / Ducati 1098R
3 R. KIYONARI / Honda CBR1000RR
4 Y. KAGAYAMA / Suzuki GSX-R 1000
5 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR
6 T. SYKES / Yamaha YZF R1
7 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR
8 R. LACONI / Ducati 1098R
9 C. CHECA / Honda CBR1000RR
10 B. PARKES / R.T. Kawasaki ZX 10R
11 M.BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
12 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R
13 S. NAKANO / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
14 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R
15 B. SPIES / Yamaha YZF R1
Ryiuchi Kiyonari

Ryiuchi Kiyonari
Superbike Race 2
1 B. SPIES / Yamaha YZF R1
2 M.FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R
3 R. KIYONARI / Honda CBR1000RR
4 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR
5 M.BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
6 T. SYKES / Yamaha YZF R1
7 L. HASLAM / Honda CBR1000RR
8 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R
9 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR
10 C. CHECA / Honda CBR1000RR
11 R. LACONI / Ducati 1098R
12 S. NAKANO / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
13 B. PARKES / R.T. Kawasaki ZX 10R
14 L. SCASSA / Kawasaki ZX 10R
15 M.BAIOCCO / Kawasaki ZX 10R
1 C.CRUTCHLOW / Team Yamaha YZF R6
2 J. LASCORZ / Kawasaki ZX-6R
3 F. FORET / Team Yamaha YZF R6
4 E. LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR
5 A. PITT / Honda CBR600RR
6 K. FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R
7 M.PIRRO / Yamaha YZF R6
8 G.MCCOY / Triumph Daytona 675
9 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR
10 G.NANNELLI / Triumph Daytona 675
11 F. BATTAINI / Yamaha YZF R6
12 M.PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR
13 B. VENEMAN / Suzuki GSX-R600
15 A. POL / Suzuki GSX-R600

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