SBKU.S.A.May 31, 2010
World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 07 Salt Lake City – U.S.A.

Rea Now a Clear Third at Season Midpoint


Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea had two very busy 21-lap races at Miller Motorsports Park, crashing and remounting in one and fighting for every point in the second to move into a clear third place in the championship. Jonathan was 12th in race one and eighth in race two, brave rides as he suffered a horror crash in Superpole, when he fell and was run over by his own machine. He suffered tyre burns on his chest and neck, making his job on raceday an uncomfortable one.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


With seven rounds gone and six to go this year, the championship crossed into the second half of the season at Miller and Jonathan is now ten points clear of Carlos Checa. Checa led both races today until his machine stopped each time, leaving Max Biaggi to secure a double win and the championship lead, 257 points to Leon Haslam’s 242. Rea has 151, Checa 141.

In race one Rea fell on lap four, before restarting 19th and last, making it up to 12th at the flag. Hannspree Ten Kate Superbike rider Max Neukirchner had qualified 16th but went 12th in race one. ECHO CRS Honda’s Broc Parkes made the first part of Superpole, 19th, but missed out on points in race one.

Rea’s fighting spirit was needed again for long periods of race two, but he ended up on his own in eighth position after a second hard race, battling against chatter. Neukirchner was 12th again in race two, Parkes 15th, for a single championship point.

Pole Man Sofuoglu Secures Win To Extend Championship Lead

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) took his tenth career Supersport World Championship pole in qualifying at Miller, before winning his 16th career race and improving his championship lead from one point to six points.

Eugene Laverty Parkalgar Honda took the holeshot from the second grid spot and looked like he may have been able to run clear for his fourth win in succession. Finally, he could not handle the sheer pace of Sofuoglu, who won by only a second after slowing slightly to celebrate on the final straight.

A close but evenly spaced race for the podium places saw the top three all covered by 1.673 seconds at the flag and Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz third. In the overall championship standings, Sofuoglu has 142 points, Laverty 136 and Lascorz 128. Honda now leads the Manufacturers’ Standings by 42 points.

A multi-rider fight for fourth place saw Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Michele Pirro fifth, two places higher than his qualifying position despite a late change to his number two bike.

Gino Rea from the Intermoto Czech Honda team was in the big fight for fourth until the latter stages of the 18-lap race, having qualified 11th yet finishing ninth.

Massimo Roccoli qualified 13th and finished 13th, after having to miss the final qualifying session and warm-up because of small technical issues. His injured shoulder was not too much of a handicap to him today, but he was unable to push his way forward until later in the race.

Parkalgar Honda rider Miguel Praia had a similar experience to Roccoli; finishing in the same position he qualified in, 14th. He was boxed in for the first few corners and lost a lot of time, ending up in a lonely race, 41 seconds from the win.

Misano is the next round for both Superbike and Supersport riders, on Sunday 27th June.

Max Neukirchner Broc Parkes


Max Neukirchner


Broc Parkes


SBK Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 14th and 8th - 3rd overall.
“Hard work was an understatement today. No matter what we did this weekend we have not fixed our chatter problem. My crash in race one had the exact same type of characteristic as my crash in Superpole. I came here with high hopes, but we are now third and we are heading for some tracks I like. I really hope we can get something to take to the next race at Misano, because I have some great memories of that round last year.”

Max Neukirchner, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 12th and 12th - 17th overall.
“The whole weekend we had chatter, and we changed all the settings on the bike and it was not much different. We have some tests in Assen in a couple of weeks and we will try to find a new way.”

Broc Parkes, ECHO CRS Honda: 17th and 15th - 24th overall.
“We still struggled with the same problems with chatter and we need to get back to Europe and try some set-up changes. We tried something a little bit different in race two and it was a little bit better but we are not where we want to be at the minute.”


WSS Rider Comments:
Kenan Sofuoglu, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 1st - 1st overall.
“Big thanks to my team because on Saturday we had a big problem on the bike. My focus has been on winning all weekend and after Eugene got away at the start I was able to catch and pass him. After that I just worked hard to control the race and keep the gap between me and him. I am very happy for this win and I will be working hard with the team for another in Misano.”

Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda 2nd - 2nd overall.
“That was a nice race at the beginning as I got the holeshot. Kenan put some fast laps and went by me so I tried to re-pass him, but then he just disappeared. My bike became a little bit better as the race wore on but I had some chatter right at the end. Kenan rode fantastically well and I could not keep in touch with him, so 20 points for second is more than enough.”

Michele Pirro, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 5th - 5th overall.
“We changed bikes today because of an electrical problem, just before the race. The spare bike had the same set-up but maybe the engine was a bit less. I was able to do some consistent laps and I was happy with the result.”

Gino Rea, Intermoto Czech Honda: 9th - 7th overall.
“The first half was pretty good and we got into a battle with the right group. I tried to sit with the group but a bike came past me so I tried to keep its pace. I went a tiny bit wide in a couple of places and lost the tow to the group in front.”

Massimo Roccoli, Czech Intermoto Honda: 13th - 12th overall.
“The Clinica Mobile helped me a lot after my crash in Kyalami and for the race I was OK. It was a hard weekend, because in second qualifying and warm-up I could not ride because of small problems. My result in the race was not so good but we had new parts for the front forks and they seem to be working in a good way. That should help us in the rest of the championship.”

Miguel Praia, Parkalgar Honda: 14th - 13th overall.
“The pace was more or less what we expected, but just in the first three or four laps I was held up after being blocked in the first corner.”


World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 07 Salt Lake City – U.S.A.


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Superbike Race 1
1 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
2 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
3 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
4 L. CAMIER / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
5 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
6 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
7 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
8 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
9 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
10 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
11 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
12 M. NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
13 T. SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
14 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
15 C. VERMEULEN / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
 
Superbike Race 2
1 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
2 L. CAMIER / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
3 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
4 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
5 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
6 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
7 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
8 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
9 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
10 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
11 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
12 M. NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
13 C. VERMEULEN / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
14 T. SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
15 B. PARKES / Honda CBR1000RR / ECHO CRS Honda
 
Supersport
1 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
2 E. LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
3 J. LASCORZ / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
4 C. DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
5 M. PIRRO / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
6 K. FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
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 F. FORET / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Team Lorenzini by Leoni
11 J. DISALVO / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
12 M. LAGRIVE / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
13 M. ROCCOLI / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
14 M. PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
15 A. LUNDH /Honda CBR600RR / Cresto Guide Racing Team
Kenan Sofuoglu


Kenan Sofuoglu
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