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SBKItalySeptember 27, 2009
World Superbike and World Supersport 2009
Round 12 IMOLA – Italy

Rea Maintains Fourth After Tough Imola Raceday

Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) was unable to capitalize on his third place qualifying position at Imola after crashing and restarting last early in race one and then fighting some issues under braking in race two.

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

In the first 21-lap race of the day, front row qualifier Rea was running with the leaders before he ran on at the entrance to the Rivazza corners, only just missing his rivals as he took to the grass. He toppled over as he hit the safety fence, but got going again to finish a remarkable seventh - having been absolutely last after his fall.

Top finisher in the first race for Honda was Ryuichi Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) who went from 14th on the grid to fifth place as he passed Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR1000RR) on the very last chicane and held his position across the line. Haslam had qualified tenth on the grid, just missing the final Superpole session for the top eight riders. He went eighth in race two, after changing his tyre choice.

In race two Rea’s sixth place was the best result for a Honda rider, and kept him fourth in the championship, which moves to Magny-Cours next weekend. Rea now has 263 points, with Noriyuki Haga leading again on 391, largely thanks to a race one win; Ben Spies is on 388 and Michel Fabrizio on 330. Fabrizio won race two, from Haga and WSB wildcard rider, Marco Simoncelli.

Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) fell in the first race, but recovered to post a top ten in race two. Kiyonari fell in race two, losing the front around the Tosa corner.

Matthieu Lagrive (Honda Althea CBR1000RR) had a front end crash in race one, and then had to pull in during race two, suffering from flu-like symptoms.

All the Superbike riders at Imola only got three session of practice before Superpole, as the track was so slippery on Friday for the first planned session that it was cancelled, and the track had to be cleaned before the action could restart.

Sofuoglu Makes History With 14th Win As Laverty Fights Back
A fantastic raceday for Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) saw him take his 14th career WSS victory, and become the rider with the record number of race wins in this category of World Championship racing. He had qualified second on the grid and was a contender throughout the weekend.

Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) qualified only seventh for the Imola race and suffered from physical discomfort throughout, but in finishing second on raceday he moved to within only two points of the outright lead - vying with Sofuoglu for the most satisfied rider on show after an extraordinary raceday.

The race was run in two parts, after another competitor’s engine blew and coated the track with oil, bringing out the red flags. After everyone had to wait for the track to be cleaned on Friday before first untimed practice got underway, it was a highly disturbed weekend all round, despite consistently dry weather.

Championship leader Cal Crutchlow fell in the second leg of the aggregate 19-lap race, leaving Laverty in his best position to overhaul the long-time series leader, with two rounds left to run. Crutchlow has 310 points, Laverty 208, and Sofuoglu has 153, and Kenan has now moved back into third place overall.

Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) found the set-up secrets he had been missing recently in the restarted second leg of the race, and finished overall sixth.

Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda CBR600RR) had a difficult race from 15th on the startline, but battled hard for eighth. He is still sixth in the championship, now tied on points with Pitt, who is ranked seventh.

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) achieved an ambition by finishing ninth, his first WSS finish inside the top ten, having qualified 13th.

Mark Aitchison (Althea Honda CBR600RR) qualified a strong sixth but fell early and scored no points. His new team-mate Flavio Gentile (Althea Honda CBR600RR) went 15th after two very different experiences, and scored a single point.

Ryuichi Kiyonari

Kenan Sofuoglu

SBK Rider Comments
Jonathan Rea:
“It’s been a disappointing day, as I felt we were in good shape for a win here. At the start of race one, the pace seemed quite slow and as I drew alongside Fabrizio to line him up for a pass he must have hit a curb or something. He sat up suddenly and pushed me wide, and I had to run straight into the gravel. Race two was not so good. I got a bad start and it turned into a bit of a dogfight, with people chopping me off and letting the brakes go again when I’d passed them. I made a few mistakes after that, but something also happened with the brakes, which had a bad vibration and the power was inconsistent. I had my heart set on a win but the results aren’t the end of the world. I’ve been fast here and the package was good.”

Ryuichi Kiyonari:
“Race one was very positive for me and it felt really good to be doing quick lap times a the end of the race, as well as at the beginning. Fifth was a good result for me from where I started on the grid, in 14th place. In race two, I think I got a little bit too excited. I could see Ben Spies at the back of the leading group and I pushed a little too hard trying to catch him. If I had finished where I should have finished race two, it would have been a really positive weekend.”

Leon Haslam:
“Yes, it was hard work out there today. The set-up was better in race two but we went with the wrong tyre for the second race, my decision because the temperature had gone up. Plus Johnny put me across the grass about four times, and that cost us a lot of time. If we had worked together we could have got up to the back of the group that actually got to the podium. Eighth in race two was not the best of results, but sixth on race one was better. We have had a few issues this weekend, but we have overcome them and we were running as fast as the leaders in the mid-part of one race. All-in-all, we improved over the weekend.”

Carlos Checa:
“The crash in race one came after a few problems on that corner, but we used a different front tyre and maybe that was the problem. Race two was better that the first, of course, but I struggled in the chicanes, the set up wasn’t quite right and I just struggled to find a way to go faster. My riding was not fluid and I couldn’t get on the pace. There were some positives from the weekend, however, and we will put these together with the good results from Brno and Nürburgring and take a better feeling to Magny-Cours next weekend.”

Matthieu Lagrive:
“In the first race I cannot understand what happened, but I lost my front wheel in a curve and I was forced to end my race on the gravel. In race two starting from the middle of the race I start to feel dizzy and also a strong headache. It was too dangerous to continue race in those conditions. Now I have a high temperature and I hope Clinica Mobile will be able to help me to recover very quickly to allow me to race in Magny-Cours next Sunday.”

WSS Rider Comments
Eugene Laverty:
“I wasn’t able to show our true potential this weekend because of arm and leg pains that stemmed back to Friday’s delayed timings. I have an old injury in my left arm and a problem with my leg that means I have to stretch a lot on Thursday and Friday but this weekend the sessions on Friday were so interrupted I didn’t get a chance. The result was a lot of pain and this morning I had 10-injections in my arm and leg each – I was worried about even finishing the race so to get second when I could have been much stronger is excellent. I can’t believe I am back in the fight for the title. This is the closest I’ve been all year and I’ll be going to Magny-Cours and then Portimao doing my best to win the World Championship at our home track.”

Kenan Sofuoglu:
“I am happy to have made my record number of wins, but I am much happier to have won this race. It seems we have made another step forward with the set-up, and finally we made a race win. Cal was very fast today and when he passed me he was pushing so hard and then finally he fell. The bike has improved a lot and my goal now is to make the best possible races in the last two events of the year and prepare for the 2010 season.”

Andrew Pitt:
“In the second part of the race we got to where we need to be and I got a bit of confidence back in the set-up, so the lap times got better. We improved the balance on the bike as well, so the boys have worked hard. It was nice to be setting good times again, even if we finished further back on the aggregate results.”

Anthony West:
“I am not sure what is wrong with the set-up and the two chicanes I was losing most of the time. It is two silly sections that held us up most and starting from 15th place made things worse.”

Miguel Praia:
“I am happy, ninth is my best ever result. I actually crashed on the oil on the circuit when the first part of the race was red-flagged but got back on and to the garage. The second part of the race was good and my lap times were only a little bit behind the leaders. I was lapping faster than the group in front and if I had made a better start, so who knows what could have happened.”

Mark Aitchison:
“A very short race for me today. I had a problem with some other riders immediately after the start and in the middle of the fourth corner as soon as I open the gas I spun around and I crashed. It’s difficult for me to understand what happened. Maybe the tyre was too cold, but I don’t have an explanation at the moment. In any case we made a good job during all this weekend because my qualification was much better and my morning warm up was also very fast.”

Flavio Gentile:
“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 sixteenth position when the race was red flagged. My second start was not so good as the first one but overall I reached a good fifteenth position and one point for the championship standing. It was a difficult race mainly because of my bad starting position of 22nd.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2009
Round 12 IMOLA – Italy

Superbike Race 1
1 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R
2 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
3 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R
4 B. SPIES / Yamaha YZF R1
5 R. KIYONARI / Honda CBR1000RR
6 L. HASLAM / Honda CBR1000RR
7 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR
8 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R
9 T. SYKES / Yamaha YZF R1
10 B. PARKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R
11 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR
12 R. XBMW S1000 RR
13 K. MUGGERIDGE / Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
14 M. BAIOCCO / Ducati 1098R
15 Y. KAGAYAMA / Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
Superbike Race 2
1 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R
2 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R
3 M. SIMONCELLI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
4 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory
5 B. SPIES / Yamaha YZF R1
6 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR
7 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R
8 L. HASLAM / Honda CBR1000RR
9 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R
10 C. CHECA / Honda CBR1000RR
11 L. LANZI / Ducati 1098R
12 T. SYKES / Yamaha YZF R1
13 R. XBMW S1000 RR
14 K. MUGGERIDGE / Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
15 B. PARKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R
1 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR
2 E. LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR
3 F. FORET / Team Yamaha YZF R6
4 C. DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675
5 G. MCCOY / Triumph Daytona 675
6 A. PITT / Honda CBR600RR
7 K. FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R
8 A. WEST / Honda CBR600RR
9 M. PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR
10 D. DELL'OMO / Honda CBR600RR
11 M. PIRRO / Yamaha YZF R6
12 C. MIGLIORATI / Kawasaki ZX-6R
13 O. FOUR / Honda CBR600RR
14 B. VENEMAN / Honda CBR600RR
15 F. GENTILE / Honda CBR600RR

Kenan Sofuoglu

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