SBKFranceOctober 3, 2010
World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 13 Magny Cours – France

Rea Fourth In The Overall Rankings − Sofuloglu Takes Supersport Title

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea battled pain from his crash at Imola in race one at Magny-Cours but he was forced to withdraw from race two, and therefore lost the chance to defend his long-term third in the championship standings. He was beaten to an overall top three finish by Carlos Checa, by only five points, 297 to 292.

Jonathan Rea Max Neukirchner

Jonathan Rea

Max Neukirchner

Rea was 12th in race one, having performed a minor miracle to go sixth in Superpole, but after consultation with his team he elected to miss race two, to allow his preparations for 2011 to begin without further complications. He is scheduled to have an operation on his injured left wrist, to fix a torn ligament, on Tuesday 5th October.

Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was 13th in race one, 12th in race two, after qualifying 17th on the grid. Max finishes his season 18th overall.

Fabrizio Lai (ECHO CRS Honda) had a luckless outing in France, qualifying 20th and then missing the points by one place in race one, after choosing a too-soft front tyre, then being forced out of race two when an engine sensor failed and he lost power.

Cal Crutchlow and 2010 champion Max Biaggi won the Magny-Cours races.

Sofuoglu The Champion Despite Win for Laverty

Pole position qualifier Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) rode a measured and intelligent race at Magny-Cours and took his second world championship as a result, enjoying an 11-point margin over race winner Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) after today’s race.

Sofuoglu took second place behind his championship rival Laverty, easing up over the line in celebration of his victory in the points standings.

With Laverty second on the grid, the top two men got away together in the race, but Sofuoglu pushed the early pace, waiting for Laverty’s expected charge. Kenan was content to allow the Irish rider to lead him home, as the following riders were too far behind to make a challenge. Sofuoglu won the WSS Championship first time in 2007, for the same Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team he rode for this year.

Both riders had reason to be happy today, with Laverty winning an amazing eighth race of a 13-round season, and Sofuoglu taking his 13th podium finish in a row. Overall third in the championship went to Joan Lascorz, who has been out injured since Silverstone, while today’s third place podium rider, Chaz Davies, gained fourth overall.

Fifth in the championship rankings after a season of injury-induced lows and a recent high of his first WSS race win, Michele Pirro from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team, was eighth today, despite problems selecting gears. He had been seventh in qualifying.

Intermoto Czech Honda rider Massimo Roccoli qualified eighth but made a decent start to the 22-lap race, and battled for a podium finish throughout, only losing out to the late advance of Davies. Fourth was his best result of the year. He ends his year eighth in the championship, one point and one place ahead of his team-mate Gino Rea (Intermoto Czech Honda) who had to retire with a technical problem on lap 12.

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) arrived in France carrying injures from his first lap Imola crash last weekend, and his pains were added to after a big fall in practice. He qualified 17th but took a top ten in a gritty ride, ending his year 12th.

Kenan Sofuoglu Eugene Laverty

Kenan Sofuoglu

Eugene Laverty

WSBK Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 12th and DNS - 4th overall.
“Not a great weekend for me in Magny-Cours but my challenge for third in the championship was pretty much over in Imola when I tore my wrist ligament, chipped my scaphoid and separated my shoulder. I used a plastic cast on my wrist and we had good pace here, but not for more than three or four laps. We had a freak accident when a hose clamp came loose this morning, which put water on the back tyre and I highsided, landing on my backside. Race one took all my energy and concentration so that that drained me physically and mentally. When I sat down and thought about it third place overall was gone at Imola.”

Max Neukirchner, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 13th and 12th - 18th overall.
“In race one after two or three laps the grip was gone, but I could brake well. So it was very frustrating to be in that position, behind other riders but not able to catch up to them. In the second race I could not hold the line and get the bike turned, but I enjoyed sliding the bike around at this track. I got points in each race but these are not the results I really wanted.”

Fabrizio Lai, ECHO CRS Honda: 16th and DNF – 28th overall.
“In the first race we chose a soft front tyre and the feeling after the first three laps was bad in the long corners, movement in the front. We had an electronics problem with the camshaft sensor in race two and had to stop.”

WSS Rider Comments:
Kenan Sofuoglu, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda: 2nd - CHAMPION.
“Before the race I knew I was fast enough to win but I knew it was important to make points here. My goal was to get a good start, pull ahead of everybody, and when I looked back after a few laps I saw only Eugene, so I closed the throttle a little bit. The last six laps were very difficult, the second longest race of my life after Brands Hatch in 2007 when I won the title for the first time. It is a great feeling to be World Champion again and I want to say thanks to my team because this year in 13 races I have been 13-times on the podium.”

Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda: Winner – 2nd overall.
“At the beginning Kenan was very fast and I struggled a little bit, and I struggled to figure out where to improve, but once the fuel went down a bit I started to move forwards a bit quicker. After I passed him Kenan rode smart and he knew that there was a big gap back to third position, so he could slow down and still win the championship. To get my eighth win of the year is a great way to finish off two season racing for the Parkalgar Honda team.”

Massimo Roccoli, Czech Intermoto Honda: 4th – 8th overall.
“I tried very hard to get a podium today but in these conditions with not so much grip on the track, Davies was very fast. I made two or three mistakes but I was trying all race to get a podium. Fourth here and ninth overall is not good, but not so bad.”

Michele Pirro, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR: 8th - 5th overall.
“The race was difficult because from the first lap I was unable to get the bike into first gear, which was not easy for the hairpin for sure. I didn’t have a good feeling from the bike and it didn’t feel so fast. OK, I took my first World Supersport win last week and I finished the championship in fifth place, but that’s not where I wanted to be, so I hope that next season can be better. I am very happy for Kenan though, and I am so pleased for him and the team that they won the championship. He has been very fast all season and helped me a lot in my first year with the team.”

Gino Rea, Intermoto Czech Honda: DNF – 9th overall.
“Not too sure what the problems was with the bike but it was a frustrating end to the season. It would have been nice to go out on a podium again and I felt I had the pace to do it. I was just sitting behind Fujiwara and waiting for the end and then I had to pull out.”

Miguel Praia, Parkalgar Honda: 10 - 12th overall.
“I arrived here with my hands damaged and sore from my Imola crash and then I crashed here in practice at 225kmph, so I hurt all my arm hand again. So it was hard, especially during fast changes in direction and I could not be aggressive. So to finish inside the top ten today in these conditions was not so bad.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2010
Round 13 Magny Cours – France

Superbike Race 1
1 CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
2 HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
3 CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
4 BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
5 SMRZ / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Team PATA B&G Racing
6 FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
7 HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
8 SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
9 BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
10 SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
11 LANZI / Ducati 1098R / DFX Corse
12 REA / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
13 NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
14 LOWRY / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
15 BAIOCCO / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
Superbike Race 2
1 BIAGGI / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Aprilia Alitalia Racing
2 CRUTCHLOW / Yamaha YZF R1 / Yamaha Sterilgarda Team
3 FABRIZIO / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
4 GUINTOLI / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
5 HAGA / Ducati 1098R / Ducati Xerox Team
6 SMRZ / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / Team PATA B&G Racing
7 SCASSA / Ducati 1098R / Supersonic Racing Team
8 BYRNE / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
9 CHECA / Ducati 1098R / Althea Racing
10 HASLAM / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / Team Suzuki Alstare
11 SYKES / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
12 NEUKIRCHNER / Honda CBR1000RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
13 LOWRY / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Kawasaki Racing Team
14 BAIOCCO / Kawasaki ZX 10R / Team Pedercini
1 LAVERTY / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
2 SOFUOGLU / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
3 DAVIES / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO Triumph BE1
4 ROCCOLI / Honda CBR600RR / Intermoto Czech
5 HARMS / Honda CBR600RR / Harms Benjan Racing
6 FUJIWARA / Kawasaki ZX-6R / Kawasaki
7 SALOM / Triumph Daytona 675 / ParkinGO BE1 Triumph
8 PIRRO / Honda CBR600RR / HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
9 TAMBURINI / Yamaha YZF R6 / Bike Service R.T.
10 PRAIA / Honda CBR600RR / Parkalgar Honda
11 MAURIN / Yamaha YZF R6 / Team Falcone Competition
12 MARINO / Honda CBR600RR / Ten Kate Race Junior
Kenan Sofuoglu

Kenan Sofuoglu
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