SBKSouth AfricaMay 16, 2010
World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 06 Kyalami – South Africa

Rea On The Podium After Fantastic Battle For A Win


Jonathan Rea from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team had two great rides from a disappointing grid place of 11th, scorching through a high class field to go fifth in race one, then leading for all but three laps of race two, finishing behind winner Leon Haslam (Suzuki) by only 0.522 seconds.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


Rea was unlucky in Superpole to not be able to get into the eight-rider group that takes part in the final session of this elimination-style qualifying process, and he started from row three in each 24-lap race.

The intense 4.246km circuit near Johannesburg is a challenge for all thanks to its bumps and tricky layout, but after some changes in bike set-up over the weekend and a move back to some known settings, rider and team turned things around on raceday and played a full part in a thrilling race two.

Rea is now third in the standings, on the same 141 points total as Carlos Checa (Ducati). Haslam leads with 222 and Max Biaggi (Aprilia) is second on 207.

Five riders finished within 1.479 seconds in race two, after a start-to-finish win for Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio in race one, from Checa, and Haslam. Biaggi was third in race two, behind Haslam and Rea.

A tough weekend for Hannspree Ten Kate Superbike rider Max Neukirchner saw him 17th in Superpole, and then 19th and 17th in the races, results which left him with no points for his weekend’s efforts.

ECHO CRS Honda’s Broc Parkes made some progress in machine set-up as he continues to find his way in his privateer team after missing the first few rounds through injury. Chatter, which has affected him in every round so far, was eradicated by his team this weekend but other issues conspired to prevent Parkes finishing in race one or scoring points for 18th in race two. He is currently 24th in the rankings.

Squadra Corse Italia Garvie Image Honda entrant Vittorio Iannuzzo did not race at Kyalami and will also miss the next round of the championship, at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, USA, on May 31. Uniquely, that race weekend will commence on a Saturday with Superpole on Sunday and raceday on Monday.


Laverty Wins As Honda Riders Go 1-2 In The Championship Standings

Under clear African skies at Kyalami Eugene Laverty secured his third race win in succession for the first time in his career and in doing so the Parkalgar Honda rider put himself second in the overall championship chase. He is now one place and one single point behind the man he beat into second in today’s race, Kenan Sofuoglu, from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team. Chaz Davies (Triumph) was third at Kyalami.

Laverty and Sofuoglu, first and second in qualifying respectively, were the first two off the line for the 23-lap race, and within a few corners Laverty had passed Sofuoglu for a lead that was never seriously challenged. Laverty won the race by 4.184 seconds, his fourth win of the season, but it is Sofuoglu who leads on points after six rounds, 117 to 116.

Honda riders have won five of the six races so far and Honda is further ahead in the Manufacturers’ Standings now, on 145 points to Kawasaki’s 112.

Sofuoglu and Laverty were aided in their chase to the top of the table by the fact that former championship leader Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) was only fifth, and he is now on a total of 112, making the overall fight for the championship tighter than ever.

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Michele Pirro qualified third and then overcame the effects of a crash on Friday to take an assured fourth place, running fast early on but having to slow as pain and muscle fatigue in his left arm and shoulder kicked in. He is ranked sixth, tied on 47 points with Gino Rea from the Intermoto Czech Honda team. Gino was 12th in qualifying after a crash at a crucial time, but recovered to go ninth in the 23-lap race.

Parkalgar Honda man Miguel Praia was struggling in 15th place in qualifying but a set-up breakthrough overnight saw him fight up to ninth for a time, before being pushed to tenth by Rea in the last corner.

Massimo Roccoli was another rider struggling with a pre-race injury, suffered in warm-up this morning. He had been seventh on the grid and seventh in the race before he fell on lap 14, his painful left shoulder contributing to his crash. He remounted but had to head back to the pits.

Max Neukirchner Eugene Laverty


Max Neukirchner


Eugene Laverty


SBK Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 5th and 2nd - 3rd overall.
“It seems we now have a base with the bike that works everywhere. I really enjoyed the second race, it was good fun but I wanted to win so badly. Leon rode well and every time he passed me he would run deep and I was able to cut back inside. With six laps to go at the end I thought I was going to get swallowed up, because I kept watching other people’s pit boards to see who was in the group, and my mind was working overtime. With two laps to go I thought maybe it would be mine if I just covered myself, but Leon made a lunge three corners from the end of the penultimate lap.”

Max Neukirchner, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 19th and 17th - 18th overall.
“Race one was just a continuation of the problems we’ve have had all weekend but we were able to improve the bike a little for a better feeling in the second race. However, I still couldn’t push hard enough to pass the guys in front of me. Over the last few laps, we also had a bit of a problem with weight transfer on the bike, which we also had in race one. Now we have to hope we have learned something that we can take to Miller in America, which I missed last year, but I got two podium finishes there in 2008.”

Broc Parkes, ECHO CRS Honda: DNF and 18th - 24th overall.
“A difficult weekend and we were still struggling with chatter up until today. It was the first time that we could start to work without so much chatter. In Superpole yesterday and in race one today we had an electrical problem. In race two I had to take the second bike and we had a big problem with no grip and we are not sure why right now.”


WSS Rider Comments

Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda 1st - 2nd overall.
“When I feel I have the pace I like to go to the front. Last year I had a few scraps, like Assen, but this year I won with a good few seconds’ gap each time. That’s the way I like it because in the second half of the race I can remain relaxed. It was a fantastic race and that is three wins on the trot for us now, so I am delighted. Right now myself and Kenan look to be the strongest, but I am sure Lascorz will come back soon.”

Kenan Sofuoglu, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 2nd - 1st overall.
“In the beginning it was not really difficult to go with Eugene, and I was waiting for the end because normally I am very strong at the end. But this time it did not work and Eugene was really good in the second half of the race. Maybe he did not improve his lap time but could keep the same pace and I could not. It will be a big competition this year, but I am sure that in the last half of the year we will be even better.”

Michele Pirro, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 4th - 6th overall.
“My left shoulder is in a lot of pain after my crash on Friday evening, and it was really hard to change direction on the bike today. But I finished the race with good points and I was happy with that. The bike was working really well.”

Gino Rea, Intermoto Czech Honda: 9th - 7th overall.
“Similar situation to the last race as I felt I had a good pace in the first half. I thought my team-mate Massimo could tow us up to the top half and my lap times were similar to the riders in fourth fifth and sixth, but I was too far behind them. If we had qualified better we could have been up there, but that’s what happens when you crash in qualifying.”

Miguel Praia, Parkalgar Honda: 10th - 12th overall.
“Even in warm-up our pace was good and this is the kind of pace we should find on Friday or Saturday. But we could not do it. The team did a fantastic job changing the bike for today until the grip dropped off on the rear tyre, and then I could not go any farther up. But we had a good race compared to last year, and we are almost inside the top ten of the championship; this is where we should be.”

Massimo Roccoli, Czech Intermoto Honda: DNF - 11th overall.
“The race was going well but my left shoulder was really sore and weak from my high-speed crash this morning in warm-up. I did not break my collarbone but I nearly did. I was happy in seventh and looking for a good finish but then the crash happened and I was out of the race.”


World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 06 Kyalami – South Africa


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Superbike Race 1
1 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
2 C. CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
3 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000
4 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
5 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
6 L. CAMIER / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
7 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
8 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
9 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R / Team PATA B&G Racing
10 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
11 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
12 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
13 S. MORAIS / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / EmTek Racing
14 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
15 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
 
Superbike Race 2
1 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
2 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
3 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
4 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
5 C. CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
6 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
7 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
8 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
9 J. SMRZ / Ducati 1098R / Team PATA B&G Racing
10 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
11 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
12 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
13 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
14 T. SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
15 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea
Supersport
1 E. LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
2 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
3 C. DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
4 M. PIRRO / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
5 J. LASCORZ / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
6 M. LAGRIVE / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
7 D. SALOM / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
8 R. HARMS / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racing
9 G. REA / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
10 M. PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
11 L. ISAACS / Honda CBR600RR / BikeFin SafeSky Honda
12 K. FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
13 A. LUNDH / Honda CBR600RR / Cresto Guide Racing Team
14 B. CHESAUX / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racing
15 A. BOSCOSCURO / Honda CBR600RR / Kuja Racin
 
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