SBKSan MarinoJune 27, 2010
World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 08 Misano – San Marino

Rea Fourth in The Championship After Challenging Misano Weekend


The return to racing in Europe did not prove to be a happy homecoming for the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team and its riders Jonathan Rea and Max Neukirchner, with each rider finding chatter holding back their raceday efforts.

Jonathan Rea Max Neukirchner


Jonathan Rea


Max Neukirchner


During the eighth round of the championship, at a hot Misano World Circuit, Rea posted 13th and 12th place finishes, dropping one place in the overall ranking to fourth, on 158 points. Neukirchner was one place from Rea in race one, and two behind in race two, 14th each time.

Max Biaggi won a double again, and extended his championship lead to 37 points over Leon Haslam, 307 points to 270. Carlos Checa was a podium man in race one, and is now third, on 172 points.

Rea started from only 16th on the grid after a disappointing Superpole, but was up to sixth after one lap of race one, dropping back as his grip dropped off. In race two he had an early moment mid pack and lost time, once more slowly dropping back despite fighting for each position.

Neukirchner improved on his qualifying performance of 17th in each race today, but had to wait until his bike set-up began to work on worn tyres to push to the maximum. Both he and Rea lost their front mudguards in race two, after contact with other riders.

ECHO CRS Honda’s Broc Parkes felt unlucky to have been disqualified for jump-starting after not obeying the ride through signals in race one. In race two he stuck to his task despite suffering chatter like his fellow Honda riders, finishing 17th.

Laverty Wins and Goes Back To The Top Of The Standings
Eugene Laverty from the Parkalgar Honda team missed out on pole by 0.167 seconds at Misano but had an immaculate race at the hot and humid Italian circuit, winning from Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) by 3.876 seconds after 22-laps.

In taking his fifth win of the year, Eugene finally regained the championship lead, as former leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was unable to make his frequent attempts to pass Lascorz stick. Sofuoglu finished the race third, taking 16 points and his eighth podium finish in eight races.

Kenan had superior pace compared to Lascorz near the end but ran off track more than once, as his impatience almost became his downfall. He had qualified in an unusually low sixth place.

He is now only three points behind Laverty, with Eugene on 161 points, Sofuoglu on 158, and Lascorz on 148. With five rounds remaining, the championship now looks like being a straight fight between these three riders, as the fourth ranked competitor is currently 51 points behind Lascorz, 64 behind Laverty.

Before Laverty could break away to win the race, he had to deal with the exuberant early pace of rookie WSS rider Gino Rea, from the Intermoto Czech Honda team. Gino had taken the lead for himself for a short time on lap one. Rea was firmly in the top group until he was hit from behind by Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Michele Pirro, in the final turn of lap five. Both riders fell, and neither scored points.

Pirro, racing at his local track, had taken pole position on Saturday with a new track best of 1’38.444.

In the Manufacturers’ Standings, Honda now has a 47-point lead over Kawasaki.

Massimo Roccoli, from the Intermoto Czech Honda team, went eighth in qualifying and seventh in the race, fighting in the pack of riders disputing fourth place for a long time, but not quite able to keep his highest pace until the end.

Parkalgar Honda competitor Miguel Praia won his own fight with those riders around him, going ninth from a starting position of 12th on the grid.

Round nine of both WSB and WSS championships takes place at Brno, Czech Republic, on July 11.

Eugene Laverty Kenan Sofuoglu


Eugene Laverty


Kenan Sofuoglu


SBK Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 13th and 12th - 4th overall.
“We still have a lot of problems with chatter, although we have made quite a few changes over race weekend. It’s unbelievably frustrating to be held back by this problem when it wasn’t that long ago that we were winning together. We have a test at Imola next week and Brno will be a new race weekend. We will start afresh there with an open mind. But it is hard to see positives in this weekend.”

Max Neukirchner, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 14th and 14th - 17th overall.
“It’s been the same problem for me this weekend. My starts were OK but when the front tyre was new and gripping better, the chatter seemed to be worse. It meant that I nearly crashed a few times. It improved a little as the grip went down, but by then it was too late to do very much about my positions. We’ve got lots of work to do at the test this week to try to improve things.”

Broc Parkes, ECHO CRS Honda: Disqualified and 17th - 24th overall.
“I was pretty upset about the first race because we got penalised for a jump start but I was last into the first corner and didn’t take any advantage. I hopped forward but I came back again. I felt pretty good in race two but we have struggled again and I am really looking forward to testing at Imola this week. We need to do something new in development and I have some things I want to try.”


WSS Rider Comments:
Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda: 1st - 1st overall.
“It has taken us a while to get back into the championship lead but we have only dropped five points since finishing off the podium at Valencia, so we have been improving all the time. It was easier at the end of the race but at the beginning it was tough, back in third position behind Gino Rea and having to take some time to get past him. He was strong and focused. I knew I was not going to be able to get away from the other guys easily so I had to bide my time and chose my moment.”

Kenan Sofuoglu, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 3rd - 2nd overall.
“For me all the weekend was not very good, qualifying sixth and not having a great feeling, but in the race I knew we would have enough for a win or a podium. I made too many mistakes and ran off the track but I got back each time to score a podium and some good points.”

Michele Pirro, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: DNF - 7th overall.
“I crashed and I think maybe Rea pushed the brake a little early and it was difficult to stop the bike. I touched with Gino and we crashed. My start was not so good, and I did not have a good first three or four laps. I had made a hard rear tyre choice, so after five or six laps it would have come better. Sorry for my team and fans but this is racing sometimes.”

Gino Rea, Intermoto Czech Honda: DNF - 8th overall.
“I got taken out by Pirro but I suppose that’s racing. It is just frustrating because when you put in hard work to be able to get up there with the leading riders, and then finally manage it, it all came to halt. But you have to put up with some of these things in racing. You have to take the good with the bad, but we proved we have good pace today.”

Massimo Roccoli, Czech Intermoto Honda: 7th - 12th overall.
“I am happy to finish this race and we got seventh place and nine points. I would have liked to finish higher up but for the last few laps I could not stay with the second group. Next week we have a test in Brno so it will be important to use this test to stay in the top five from now on. This weekend we worked a lot with electronics and suspension.”

Miguel Praia, Parkalgar Honda: 9th - 13th overall.
“A big fight in the race but we got a top ten finish. I lost some places straight away and then lost contact with the group that was fighting for fifth to seventh places, but I won my own battle with two other riders. I had a very hard and fair race with Salom and Lagrive.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 08 Misano – San Marino


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Superbike Race 1
1 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
2 C. CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
3 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
4 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
5 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
6 L. CAMIER / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
7 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
8 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
9 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
10 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
11 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
12 L. LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
13 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
14 M. NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
15 T. SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
 
Superbike Race 2
1 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
2 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
3 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
4 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
5 C. CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
6 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
7 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
8 L. SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
9 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
10 T. CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
11 L. CAMIER / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
12 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
13 L. LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
14 M. NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
15 C. VERMEULEN / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
 
Supersport
1 E. LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
2 J. LASCORZ / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
3 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
4 C. DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
5 R. TAMBURINI / Yamaha YZF R6 / Bike Service R.T.
6 R. HARMS / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racin
7 M. ROCCOLI / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
8 F. FORET / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Team Lorenzini by Leoni
9 M. PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
10 D. SALOM / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
11 M. LAGRIVE / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
12 V. IANNUZZO / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
13 A. PALUMBO / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Puccetti R. Kawasaki Italia
14 D. DELL'OMO / Honda CBR600RR / Kuja Racing
15 B. CHESAUX / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racing
Eugene Laverty & Kenan Sofuoglu


Eugene Laverty & Kenan Sofuoglu
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