SBKCzech RepublicJuly 11, 2010
World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 09 Brno – Czech Republic

Rea Bounces Back With A Win and Moves Up The Rankings


Jonathan Rea from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team made a fabulous recovery from a short run of disappointing results in recent WSBK rounds to take his third win of the season, and move up to third in the overall standings after nine rounds.

Jonathan Rea Broc Parkes


Jonathan Rea


Broc Parkes


He followed his race one victory, his first WSBK win at Brno, with a strong second in race two, starting from third on the grid each time. He beat Max Biaggi in race one and was second to him in race two, with Cal Crutchlow and Michel Fabrizio taking the final podium places on offer.

Rea’s haul of 45 points today propelled him back to third place overall. Biaggi leads with 352, Leon Haslam has 284, Jonathan 203 and Carlos Checa is now fourth, on 189.

In the first race Rea took the lead with an audacious lap one move around the outside of Biaggi on the exit of the final chicane and was never headed for the lead in all 20 laps. Jonathan’s team-mate was not so fortunate, as 11th fastest Superpole qualifier Max Neukirchner touched with another rider on lap one and fell, being unable to restart.

In race two Rea started aggressively, leading for six laps but when Biaggi went past Jonathan could not quite go at the same pace. Rea was almost ten seconds ahead of third place rider Fabrizio, in what was a great weekend for his overall championship position. Neukirchner’s weekend ended in the gravel, as he collided with another rider in race two, they both fell, and both had to retire.

Echo CRS Honda rider Broc Parkes rode strongly and went 13th in race one, scoring three points, then followed that up with 12th in race two, making this his most successful weekend of the season. Broc, who was 21st on the grid, is now 20th in the rankings, on nine points.

Sofuoglu Overcomes Injury to Take Brno Win and the Series Lead
An outstanding race from Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) saw him re-take the championship lead after his main rival Eugene Laverty from the Parkalgar Honda team was forced to stop with a technical problem.

Sofuoglu was lucky to be racing at all, as he fell from his paddock scooter a few days ago and cut his left elbow very badly, threatening his overall fitness to race. He had no problems with his injury when it really mattered, and was the strongest rider after 18 gruelling laps of the 5.403km Czech circuit.

Laverty led for four laps until he slowed and then retired in the pits, leaving pole man Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) to lead until Sofuoglu passed him, for a time. The pair fought for every advantage until the final few corners, then a solid pass by Sofuoglu gave him just enough advantage to hold on for his third win of the season, by 0.124 seconds.

In the championship fight, Sofuoglu has 183 points, Lascorz 168 and Laverty 161, with four rounds remaining. Laverty had been third on the grid at Brno, Sofuoglu fifth.

Rookie WSS rider Gino Rea, from the Intermoto Czech Honda team, was riding in front of his team’s home crowd at Brno and he was disappointed to finish fourth, despite this being his best ever result in this class. Starting from seventh place on the grid he was just behind the Triumph of Chaz Davies in the race, despite his machine suffering an electronics problem from the start. Gino made great use of track knowledge gathered in a two-day trackday test at Brno a few days ago.

A career best seventh for Laverty’s team-mate Miguel Praia came after a hot race for the Portuguese rider, fighting front end set-up issues in the chicanes but winning a four rider duel after 18-laps. He had been tenth on the grid.

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Michele Pirro was taken to hospital with a broken nose and a fractured right scaphoid after a heavy crash on lap three, having qualified sixth on Saturday.

Massimo Roccoli (Intermoto Czech Honda) was desperately unlucky to be run off track while trying to avoid another rider, and finished 12th in the race after rejoining. He had qualified 14th.

In the Manufacturers’ Standings, Honda now leads Kawasaki by 52 points, with four rounds to go.

The tenth round takes place in the UK, at Silverstone, between July 30 and August 1.

Kenan Sofuoglu Gino Rea


Kenan Sofuoglu


Gino Rea


WSBK Rider Quotes:
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 1st and 2nd - 3rd overall.
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 1st and 2nd - 3rd overall. “In the first few laps I went to the front and managed to hold on for the win in race one. It felt so nice to win a race again – I’d kind of forgotten what that felt like. Max did a great job in race two and I had absolutely nothing left to catch him. But I am so happy to leave here with a 1-2 and go third in the championship again, because we had a disaster in the last round at Misano. We will try to keep this kind of pace up for the rest of the season.”

Max Neukirchner, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: DNF and DNF - 18th overall.
“I had crashes in each race which is very disappointing. In race two, into the double right, the other rider’s bike was very slow and I came from outside, passed him and then when I was already on the throttle we touched in the next right hand corner and went down.”

Broc Parkes, ECHO CRS Honda: 13th and 12th - 20th overall.
“We got two lots of decent points which is a good result because we had some issues with one of our bikes at the start of the weekend and lost some track time. In race one we were pretty happy because we finished the closest we have all year to first position and battled with some guys who are usually ahead of us. We struggled a bit with the higher temperatures in race two but we took some positives from this weekend for sure.”

WSS Rider Comments:
Kenan Sofuoglu, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 1st - 1st overall.
“We improved the bike a lot today because in the first two days we had some problems. This win was very important for me. I had a problem with a big injury in my left arm. Even on Friday I was unsure if I would be able to ride the bike or not and I asked the Clinica Mobile to help me. They fixed my injury well for the race and I want to dedicate my win to them and to my team boss Ronald Ten Kate.”

Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda: DNF - 3rd overall.
“Things started well but it started to lose power going into turn one. I have finished every World Supersport race until now so I have been fortunate in some ways. I just have to win some more races now because Sofuoglu has got a bit of a gap on us. There are still four races and that is enough. I have had a bad run this year, Lascorz also, and Kenan may have one too.”

Gino Rea, Intermoto Czech Honda: 4th - 7th overall.
“This was my best finish in Supersport but really I am frustrated because my electronics were not working properly from the start and had to relearn how to ride the bike in some ways. I felt that I could have got by Chaz but he was very late on the brakes and hard to pass.”

Michele Pirro, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: DNF - 9th overall.
Rider injured and in hospital, unable to comment.

Miguel Praia, Parkalgar Honda: 7th - 12th overall.
“This is my best race finish in the Supersport World Championship so far. My start was good so I was quite comfortable in my first lap with the other riders. In the chicanes my front end was pumping, however, and I almost crashed three or four times and lost a bit to the group in front. I had to slow my pace a little but I stayed with the group and got to the front at the end of the race.”

Massimo Roccoli, Czech Intermoto Honda: 12th - 13th overall.
“We have had so much bad luck again, I do not know why. Two crashes in qualifying yesterday and so we tried another set-up. I did not have such a bad race pace, because it was possible stay with Salom and Lagrive. My start was OK, ninth into the first corner, but then Lundh arrived directly in front of my front tyre and I had to lift the bike, run off track and dropped to about 20th position. I pushed hard but did not have such a good feeling but I got back to 12th.”


World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 09 Brno – Czech Republic


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Superbike Race 1
1 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
2 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
3 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
4 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
5 R. XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
6 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
7 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
8 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
9 C. CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
10 L. LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
11 T. SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
12 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
13 B. PARKES / Honda CBR1000RR / ECHO CRS Honda
14 R. HAYDEN / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
15 M. BAIOCCO / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea
Superbike Race 2
1 M. BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
2 J. REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
3 M. FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
4 J. TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
5 N. HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
6 C. CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
7 S. GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
8 L. CAMIER / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
9 S. BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
10 L. HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
11 L. LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
12 B. PARKES / Honda CBR1000RR / ECHO CRS Honda
13 R. HAYDEN / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
14 C. CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
15 M. BAIOCCO / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
 
Supersport
1 K. SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
2 J. LASCORZ / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
3 C. DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
4 G. REA / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
5 K. FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki Motocard.com
6 R. HARMS / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racing
7 M. PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
8 D. SALOM / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
9 M. LAGRIVE / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
10 F. FORET / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Team Lorenzini by Leoni
11 V. IANNUZZO / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
12 M. ROCCOLI / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
13 D. BUKOWSKI / Honda CBR600RR / Bogdanka Racing
14 A. PALUMBO / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Puccetti R. Kawasaki Italia
15 T. HOLUBEC / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
 
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