SBKGermanySeptember 5, 2010
World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 11 Nürburgring – Germany

Rea Wins Again and Leaves Germany As Top Rider of The Day

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea took a win in race one at the Nürburgring and made it four victories for the season by holding off the challenge of Carlos Checa in race one. He has now won more races than everyone else except championship leader Max Biaggi.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Following up his fabulous front-running performance in race one with second place behind race two winner Noriyuki Haga, Rea left Germany with 45 points for his day’s work, putting himself in a more comfortable third position overall. He now has 288 points to Checa’s 224, and is a much closer 51 points behind Leon Haslam in the championship standings. Biaggi still leads Haslam overall, by 58 points, 397 to 339.

After the first attempt to run race one was cancelled, when two riders fell in separate incidents at the same time and the red flags came out, Rea made a great start from fourth place on the grid and headed up the field from the very start. He rode with the calm assurance that has been a signature of most of his WSBK race wins, eventually holding off Carlos Checa by 1.126 seconds and Silverstone race winner Cal Crutchlow by over ten seconds.

Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) started in 15th grid position and was riding just outside the top ten until he fell. He rejoined the race but finally retired in the pits on lap seven. Rookie rider Fabrizio Lai, from the ECHO CRS Honda team, was forced into the pits on lap 19 of 20 due to a lack of fuel, missing out on a possible points score. Only 14 of the original 21 riders finished the race.

In the second 20-lap race of the day, held in relatively warm conditions for this time of year at the Nürburgring, Rea was a comfortable second behind Haga, but could not get away fast enough to stay with the Japanese rider when he made a break alongside eventual faller Checa.

Neukirchner battled on to take a point in race two, with Lai a finisher, but scoring no points for 18th place.

Laverty Wins His Seventh Of The Year To Close The Gap On Sofuoglu

Parkalgar Honda rider Eugene Laverty rode a perfect race after taking pole in qualifying, winning a remarkable seventh race of the season after 19-laps of the 5.173km Nürburgring. He was under pressure from behind almost throughout as season rookie Gino Rea, from the Intermoto Czech Honda team, made himself a shadow for almost the entire race.

Rea, who had qualified fifth, had been ranked second in the provisional results, but he was excluded after a technical inspection of his machine, promoting second fastest qualifier Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) to second in the race.

In the overall rankings Sofuoglu now has 223 points to Laverty’s 211. Rea is still next best official Honda rider despite his no-score today, seventh, on 83 points.

The race victory ensured Honda of their eighth consecutive WSS Manufacturers’ Championship today, moving an unassailable 85 points ahead with only two rounds left to run.

Massimo Roccoli from the Intermoto Czech Honda team was ninth on the grid and finished seventh in the race, despite the lingering effects of a fever he has been suffering from for several days. He rode in a four-man group, and was third in this mid-race battle.

Returning from injury, Michele Pirro from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team rode around a lack of stamina from his right wrist, which he injured in Brno. Pirro had qualified as he finished in the eventual race ranking, eighth.

Parkalgar Honda rider Miguel Praia was 13th in the race, two places up on his qualifying place. He missed the first session with a technical issue and was battling to find full pace as a result.

Imola hosts the next, and penultimate, WSBK round of the year on 26 September.

Eugene Laverty Kenan Sofuoglu

Eugene Laverty

Kenan Sofuoglu

SBK Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: Winner and 2nd - 3rd overall.
“Great race, great weekend for the team. Already on Friday we were right on the pace, we came out with a bike that was good, really pushed hard, I felt comfortable on it and turned it into a good result so I’m really proud of my team. The pace in race two was similar to race one but Nori was fantastic, he rode an unbelievable race. It’s quite frustrating when you see someone ride away from you like that. A great job for my team this weekend, 45 points overall and I’m really very happy. I’m very consistent now but it’s so frustrating when I see my mid-season form.”

Max Neukirchner, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: DNF and 15th - 18th overall.
“You can imagine I am not very happy. It’s very strange because yesterday I did really well and went faster much more easily – like one and a half seconds faster! Today it just wasn’t possible to get into the corner and turn the bike without the tyre spinning completely. The team has looked at it on the data and they confirm that there was double the amount from yesterday. We changed nothing – just put in new tyres and went. Yesterday afternoon the bike felt perfect and today it was a completely different bike. The set up we have now is not bad for me. Not perfect, but not bad. It’s just that with the tyres changing, it’s not possible to go in the top ten.”

Fabrizio Lai, ECHO CRS Honda: DNF and 18th – No ranking.
“In practice I took time to understand the track and the bike as it was my first time with each. It was important for me to finish each race, but we ran out of fuel in race one, as one of the sensors went wrong. I finished race two with no points, but I wanted to record a finish anyway. It was hard to race this championship first time but I enjoyed it.”

WSS Rider Comments:
Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda: Winner – 2nd overall.
“We needed that and it was not easy. We went a wrong direction with our set-up and the bike was a little loose in the race. I think this was the hardest race of the season for me because Gino pushed me all the way and towards the end of the race I was sliding and having some trouble on the bike so I had to move my weight around. Then I lost some rear grip, so the second half of the race was not pleasant.”

Kenan Sofuoglu, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 2nd - 1st overall.
“I worked very hard in the race and at one time I was able to push closer to the front. But the grip out there today was not so good. We took some good points today and the championship is still open, two more races and we will be trying our best to win them both.”

Michele Pirro, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR: 8th - 8th overall.
“It was a difficult day because my body is still not perfect. My start was not so bad but in the first corner I was no good because the other riders were very strong and because of my injury it was impossible for me to risk a crash again. I was 15th, but after that the feeling was better and I passed some riders, even if it was quite hard to overtake. I am happy because I finished and now I have two more weeks to rest my wrist before Imola.”

Massimo Roccoli, Czech Intermoto Honda: 7th – 12th overall.
“Today was not a good race but I was ill last week, with fever and sickness, and had to have some medicine yesterday. We still made a good qualifying, but I had a bad time in the first corner, and it was important not to crash. I arrived near fifth place, which is not bad.”

Miguel Praia, Parkalgar Honda: 13th - 13th overall.
“We missed the first practice session with a small problem and that did not give us enough time to get to where we wanted to be. But we were good in warm-up and in the race I was fighting in a group for sixth. They were a bit faster than me, because the front was not as I expected, so I did not have the confidence to go into corners as strong as some other riders could.”

Gino Rea, Intermoto Czech Honda: Disqualified – 7th overall.
“It is really disappointing to not get any points because we have been improving the bike, the package and me as a rider. So as the season has gone on we just found some good settings for the bike and they worked here from the beginning. There was not so much grip today, and I had to push the front as well, as Eugene was really fast in the corners.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 11 Nürburgring – Germany

Superbike Race 1
1 REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
2 CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
3 CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
4 BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
5 SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
6 HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
7 XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
8 GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
9 BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
10 SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
11 LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
12 LOWRY / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
13 HAYDEN / USA / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
14 BAIOCCO / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea
Superbike Race 2
1 HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
2 REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
3 HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
4 CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
5 BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
6 GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
7 SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
8 TOSELAND / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
9 XAUS / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
10 BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racin
11 SMRZ / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Team PATA B&G Racing
12 CORSER / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
13 LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
14 SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
15 NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
1 LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
2 SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
3 PARKES / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki
4 FORET / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Team Lorenzini by Leoni
5 DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
6 SALOM / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
7 ROCCOLI / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
8 PIRRO / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
9 TAMBURINI / Yamaha YZF R6 / Bike Service R.T.
10 DELL'OMO / Honda CBR600RR / Kuja Racing
11 HARMS / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racing
12 IDDON / Honda CBR600RR / Cresto Guide Racing Team
13 PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
14 TOTH / Honda CBR600RR / Team Toth
15 FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki
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