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SBKSouth AfricaMay 17, 2009
World Superbike and World Supersport 2009
Round 06, Kyalami - South Africa

Rea On The Podium For The First Time In 2009

The most positive weekend of the year so far for Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) saw him take fourth place in the first race at Kyalami, then follow that up with his first podium of the 2009 season, in third place in race two.

Jonathan Rea

Leon Haslam

The 24-lap races at the bumpy and physical 4.246km circuit were a challenge for all riders, but Rea was in the vanguard throughout, qualifying fifth in Superpole and up as high as second in race two. He had to fight off pressure from behind, in the shape of Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR1000RR), to take his third place, riding tactically on occasion, but in doing so he went fifth in the championship table, only one place behind Leon Haslam.

Leon had a crash on lap 15 of race one, simply by pushing too hard on an imperfect front set-up in an effort to recover from a starting position of tenth on the grid. In the second 24-lap contest his pace was sufficient to hold off Max Biaggi, if not quite enough to pass Rea. In taking fourth and 13 points, he is still the top ranked Honda rider in the standings, fourth, with 116 points to Rea’s 106.

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) made significant set-up changes to his machine during this race weekend and found rewards, earning seventh in Superpole and then sixth in each race. He displaced his Ten Kate team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda Racing CBR1000RR) by moving to tenth place in the championship standings, 73 points to 72.

‘Kiyo’ had a tough time at Kyalami, in qualifying as in the race, starting from12th and riding to 12th in the opener and 13th in race two, never really able to match his riding style to the peculiarities of Kyalami.

Tommy Hill (Honda Althea CBR1000RR) was disappointed not to be able to make the required set-up changes he needed to be a points scoring force in either race. He was the last rider who qualified into the top 20 for Superpole, then 19th in race one and 17th in race two.

Noriyuki Haga left Kyalami as the double race winner, and now he has 250 championship points to Michel Fabrizo’s 165, after the Italian rider placed second in each Kyalami race. Ben Spies was third in race one and was forced to retire in race two, and is now third overall, on 162.

The next round is at Miller Motorsports Park, in Utah, USA, on May 31.

Laverty’s Triple Treat Reduces Crutchlow’s Championship Lead

Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) today took his third World Supersport win from the six races held to date this season, leading for all but the first of 23 laps of the 4.246km Kyalami circuit in South Africa.

The race was held in dry conditions, allowing Laverty to capitalize on his third place grid slot, and the work put in by rider and team to find a strong race set-up to cope with the bumpy track conditions.

He set a new lap record on the recently altered circuit near Johannesburg, a 1m 41.053s, taken on lap three as he made an escape from the frequently warring factions behind him.

Laverty is still second in the championship, but made up some ground on championship leader Cal Crutchlow, who was second in the Kyalami race. Crutchlow has 119 points, Laverty 106, with eight rounds remaining.

Mark Aitchison (Althea Honda CBR600RR) went from eighth in qualifying to third in the race, capitalizing on a coming together on the final lap between Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) and Joan Lascorz to record his first podium.

Sofuoglu recovered for fifth place, not the podium he was in line for, while his team-mate Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) slipped back down the order from an early second place to finish a disappointed sixth. Both Ten Kate riders had been on the front row, Sofuoglu second and Pitt fourth.

A tough time in qualifying left Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR600RR) in 16th place but a battling ride took him to eighth in the race. The top ten order in today’s race was completed by 13th place qualifier Matthieu Lagrive (Althea Honda CBR600RR).

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) just missed a single point by finishing 16th; Gianluca Vizziello (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR600RR) was 17th in a day when all the supported Honda riders finished the race at this bumpy, intense, circuit.

Behind the series top two, Sofuoglu has 83 points, Pitt 64 and West, now in sixth place overall, has 60.

Carlos Checa

Eugene Laverty

WSB Rider Quotes
Jonathan Rea said:
“This feels really good and I was hoping it might have come sooner but we had a pretty slow start to the season. In fact, you could say the season started three rounds before we did. But the development is going really well now and I’d like to thank the whole team for working so hard to move things in the right direction. I’d also like to apologise to all their wives for the late nights they’ve been putting in at the workshop. The crew were giving me great signals through the second race and I knew I was coming under a bit of pressure. I actually knocked the pace off a bit to keep Haslam and Biaggi behind me so that I had a bit in reserve in the last few laps. It’s a great feeling and the first of many, I hope.”

Leon Haslam said:
“It was a bit of a gamble to go out on my second bike today after crashing my number one bike in the first race. My first race was really strange, I don't know whether is was the front tyre, but from the first lap in the first race I kept losing the front, resulting in a crash. The second bike has a totally different gearbox and suspension set-up to the other bike, but it worked straight away. I was a lot happier now that I could battle with the front group, but for whatever reason there was nothing left in my rear tyre, and I couldn't fight with Johnny Rea for third.”

Carlos Checa said:
“In race two I could not use all the grip I had at the beginning because I had a bit of jumping from the rear wheel, but a few laps later I could move forward. As the grip decreased I was able to go faster, made up a lot of time on the other guys in front, and then of course Johnny pushed a lot to keep his position. Considering our year so far, I think this is our best weekend, the most positive one. But, we are not doing the best, because Johnny is in front of us. For us he is our closest reference. But this race was a good one to get our confidence back and now we will try to catch-up.”

Ryuichi Kiyonari said:
“It’s been a difficult day and a difficult weekend. We changed the tyre for race two but really we knew that this was not the problem. Kyalami is a very difficult circuit for me, very bumpy and it needs a completely different riding style to Monza last week. I guess I didn’t quite find the right style. We had a lot of problems so it’s difficult for me to know which one we should really concentrate on. I can only hope Miller will be better for me. It was not so good last year, but we will try hard again and hope for better things.”

Tommy Hill said:
“We start out OK at the beginning of weekends, even on the tracks that are all new for me, and we are around 14, 15th. But then we don’t make any progress. In race two my grip went after about ten laps and it was very difficult from then on. I am doing all I can to move forward but we don’t seem to resolve the problems.”

WSS Rider Quotes
Eugene Laverty said:
“Thank you to my Parkalgar Honda team for giving me a bike that was simply perfect. After warm-up this morning I knew we had the capability to win and that’s down to the team effort. During the race I was aware of the gap between Cal and myself and it wasn’t as easy to maintain as it may have looked. With someone like Cal behind pushing as hard as he does, on the limit to win, you can never relax. The gap went back and forward and it was a hard race – it was difficult to control because Cal had the same pace as me, if he hadn’t been held up at the start then it would have been a fight. It’s nice to keep the 50 per cent win record.”

Mark Aitchison said:
“It was my luck that I was able to pass Sofuoglu and Lascorz in the last lap but we actually put a couple of good laps down in the last few laps, and I was already hoping that I could bridge the gap to them. I hoped they might get in the way of each other and it worked out that way. Obviously you don’t want to get on the podium like that, but at the moment - I’ll take it.”

Kenan Sofuoglu said:
“Lascorz made an attack on me and before the last corner he made a mistake, he lost the corner and I looked to pass him. But he leaned towards me and I had to avoid him, taking a completely different line and I missed the podium. But for me the bigger problem was that there was quite a big gap between us and the top two riders, which is not normal. It’s just not normal to be slow like this, because nothing changed from yesterday when everything was OK.”

Andrew Pitt said:
“We seem to be finishing our tyres too quickly for some reason. We were pushing the front even from the early laps and I couldn’t go with Eugene’s pace. He was doing qualifying pace all race and we needed it to be a bit slower than qualifying pace, but it wasn’t. We just can’t fight the way it is at the moment and Eugene was in a class of his own today. We’ve got to somehow get to that level.”

Anthony West said:
“The team seems happy with my results today, but I'm rather disappointed myself. I expected to do a lot better here, and hoped to put the tough times of the last races behind me, but it didn't really work out. Hopefully, for America we can change everything around, and start from the front again. It is a bit ridiculous finding myself in the position I am in at the moment, I can do a lot better. It's rather embarrassing. I am happy with the work the team have put in, we are still trying and will try and find the improvement for the next race.”

Matthieu Lagrive said:
“I got boxed in at the start and it was impossible to break out of the group of slower riders for some time. When I got away I was immediately four tenths faster than them, and West came with me. I was surprised that he passed me but when he did he held me up a bit as well. I was slower than him in one section of the track, the last one, and I can’t understand why when I was faster everywhere else.”

Miguel Praia said:
“We tried many things in warm-up this morning to find an extra half-second of pace to get into the top 10, but nothing worked. We went back to yesterday’s settings and we should have been able to compete for 12th or so but mid-race, when normally we get stronger, this time we lost pace for some reason. It has been a tough weekend and now I want to forget it and move on.”

Gianluca Vizziello said:
“I was struggling with my tyres today. I couldn't really control the bike sliding on the track, and had to close the gas too soon. I was rather angry with myself after the qualifying sessions, and am not very happy with the results of the race. We just couldn't work out what was wrong and where we had to find the improvement. I hope that I can make a step forward in the next round in America.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2009
Round 06, Kyalami - South Africa

Superbike Race 1
1 N.HAGA / Ducati 1098R
2 M.FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R
3 B. SPIES / USA / Yamaha YZF R1
4 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR
5 M.BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
6 C. CHECA / Honda CBR1000RR
7 S. NAKANO / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
8 Y. KAGAYAMA / Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
9 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R
10 T. SYKES / Yamaha YZF R1
11 G.LAVILLA / Ducati 1098R
12 R. KIYONARI / Honda CBR1000RR
13 S. MORAIS / R.T. Kawasaki ZX 10R
14 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R
15 B. PARKES / R.T. Kawasaki ZX 10R
Superbike Race 2
1 N.HAGA / Ducati 1098R
2 M.FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R
3 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR
4 L. HASLAM / Honda CBR1000RR
5 M.BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
6 C. CHECA / Honda CBR1000RR
7 S. NAKANO / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
8 Y. KAGAYAMA / Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
9 T. SYKES / Yamaha YZF R1
10 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R
11 S. MORAIS / R.T. Kawasaki ZX 10R
12 G.LAVILLA / Ducati 1098R
13 R. KIYONARI / Honda CBR1000RR
14 B. PARKES / R.T. Kawasaki ZX 10R
15 F. NIETO / Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9

Jonathan Rea
1 E. LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR
4 J. LASCORZ / Kawasaki ZX-6R
5 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR
6 A. PITT / Honda CBR600RR
7 G.MCCOY / Triumph Daytona 675
8 A. WEST / Honda CBR600RR
9 M.PIRRO / Yamaha YZF R6
10 M.LAGRIVE / Honda CBR600RR
11 M.LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR
12 M.ROCCOLI / Honda CBR600RR
13 K. FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R
14 T. PRADINA / Yamaha YZF R6
15 D. DELL'OMO / Honda CBR600RR

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