SBKSpainApril 11, 2010
World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 03 Valencia – Spain

Rea Top Five Again After Two Solid Finishes


Championship leader Leon Haslam (Suzuki) and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) took the wins at the third round of the Superbike World Championship but two gritty rides from Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) put the Northern Ireland rider fifth in the points.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


Jonathan went sixth in race one, fighting a lack of front-end grip on the notoriously fickle Valencia tarmac. The next best Honda finisher, Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR), was 13th. Both riders improved on their qualifying performances, with Rea seventh in Superpole on Saturday and Max 16th.

Race two only lasted for three laps before a crash involving two riders on the main straight stopped the contest, leading to a second leg over 20-laps and an aggregate final result. Rea had been second in the first race and restarted from that place on the grid.

Vittorio Iannuzzo (Squadra Corse Italia Garvie Image CBR1000RR) was involved in the crash that stopped the first running of race two, and hurt his right hand and ribs in the crash, ruling him out of the restart. He also crashed at post 2 on lap 13 of race one, losing the chance of scoring points today.

It was a hard day for another Honda rider, as Sheridan Morais (ECHO CRS Honda CBR1000RR) did not start the races, having had a painful crash in warm-up this morning to add to his big fall in Superpole 1 on Saturday. He was declared unfit by medical staff after hitting his head on the tarmac, but he did not suffer any serious injury. Sheridan had been 20th in qualifying, the last rider to make it into Superpole.

Sofuoglu Second In Race and Championship At Valencia

In finishing second behind race winner Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) today front row qualifier Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) has put himself second in the championship, after 23-laps of changing fortunes for the leading riders at Valencia.

There have now been three different race winners this year, but for Phillip Island race winner Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) there was to be no chance to turn his pole position here into a win on raceday. Laverty was fifth, not having made the best tyre choice and slowly dropping off the pace after leading the race for the first five laps. The current top three in the ranking are Lascorz on 65 points, Sofuoglu on 61 and Laverty in 41. Chaz Davies (Triumph) was third today, and now sits fourth overall, on 33 points.

Gino Rea (Intermoto Czech Honda CBR600RR) overcame some serious issues in qualifying to take sixth in only his third Supersport World Championship race. He had been 12th on the grid, and overtook one last rider on the final corner to earn ten points.

Eighth on the grid, Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) could not find good grip at the front and fell on lap three, remounting to finish 11th and score some points.

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) rode bravely despite a heavy fall in practice, losing feeling in his left hand through the race. He recovered from 14th on the grid to 12th, the last finisher in a race that returned many no-scores.

Massimo Roccoli (Intermoto Czech Honda CBR600RR) was one such rider, who fell heavily when he encountered a technical problem. He was taken to Clinica Mobile for medical checks but is not thought to have suffered any serious injury.

Max Neukirchner Kenan Sofuoglu


Max Neukirchner


Kenan Sofuoglu


SBK Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 6th and 5th - 5th overall.
“We have had a few gremlins this weekend that have cost us some time but I have learned a lot of each race in terms of finding out how to make the bike better. It has been difficult and it is clear we didn’t have the pace of the leading group. The new electronics have made the bike easier to ride, but our acceleration and grip out of the slower corners have been problem areas. It is still early days with the new electronics, but we have a two day test this week to work on them some more.”

Max Neukirchner, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 13th and 17th - 17th overall.
“I felt really positive despite my qualifying position I was well prepared for the races because we made a few changes after warm up. I used the same setting for the race but there was a problem with rear chatter going into the corners in race one. I made a small change again for race two and then another change in the same direction during the red flag delay. That just created a few balance problems. At the moment, until we check the data, we do not understand why this happened. We have a two day test at Assen on Wednesday and Thursday to help us find a better set-up.”

Sheridan Morais, ECHO CRS Honda: DNS.
“I had two big crashes this weekend and banged my head, so I have been advised to rest for a week or so. I have been checked by the doctors and had a scan so there is no problem. I just need some rest.”

Vittorio Iannuzzo, Squadra Corse Italia Garvie Image Honda. DNF and DNF.
Iannuzzo undergoing medical treatment and unavailable at time of release distribution.

WSS Rider Comments
Kenan Sofuoglu, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 2nd - 2nd overall.
“It took me a long time to pass Chaz Davies and every time I tried I made a mistake. By then Lascorz was too far in front. At the moment it doesn’t matter if I am first or second because there are only a few points in it and things are very close. It will not be an easy season. I am happy with my finish and I am ready for the next race, and the home round for my team.”

Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda 5th - 3rd overall.
“I struggled for rear grip for the entire race. I choose the same tyre that worked yesterday but it was warmer today. This tyre and setting are good for me as it gives feel, and for one-lap it is great, hence our two pole positions. But for racing it is not performing. I am going to have to go back to settings that are not quite as good for feel, but give more grip over a race distance. The result is better than Portugal and we will be back at Assen stronger than ever, that I promise.”

Gino Rea, Intermoto Czech Honda: 6th - 8th overall.
“I got squeezed in the first corner and I had to sit behind some of my rivals at the start. My pace at the beginning was not that bad but we made a change in set-up and we had little grip. I was pushing everywhere and the track surface was not giving much grip today, same for everyone. I tried to stay upright and consistent and tagged onto Lagrive and passed him on the last corner.”

Michele Pirro, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 11th - 9th overall.
“I don’t know why I fell just after Fujiwara did, but I have not had much feeling with the front. I do not know why I crashed but for me the front tyre was not a good solution, it was too hard.”

Miguel Praia, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 12th - 14th overall.
“I was lucky to finish the race after a big highside crash on Saturday. I damaged my ankle and wrist and had to have some treatment before the race. I could not use the clutch easily and so I had to just finish and make sure I scored some points.”

Massimo Roccoli, Czech Intermoto Honda: DNF - 10th overall.
“I had a problem with the bike and fell hard and then rolled. I really beat myself up. They took me to Clinica Mobile as a precaution.”


World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 03 Valencia – Spain


line
Superbike Race 1
1 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
2 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
3 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
4 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
5 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
6 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
7 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
8 L. LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
9 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
10 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R / Team PATA B&G Racing
11 T. SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
12 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
13 M. NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
14 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
15 A. PITT / BMW S1000 RR / Team Reitwagen BMW
 
Superbike Race 2
1 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
2 C. CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
3 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
4 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
5 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
6 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
7 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
8 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
9 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
10 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R / Team PATA B&G Racing
11 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
12 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
13 L. LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
14 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
15 T. SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
 
Supersport
1 J. LASCORZ / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
2 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
3 C. DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
4 D. SALOM / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
5 E. LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
6 G. REA / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
7 M. LAGRIVE / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
8 A. LUNDH / Honda CBR600RR / Cresto Guide Racing Team
9 R. HARMS / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racing
10 F. FORET / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Team Lorenzini by Leoni
11 M. PIRRO / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
12 M. PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
Jonathan Rea


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