SBKEuropeMarch 27, 2011
World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 02 Donington Park - Europe

Rea Top Five At His First Home Round of The Year


Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda CBR1000RR) started each 23-lap Donington World Superbike race from eighth place on the grid and improved on this in each race, going fifth in race one and sixth in race two. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) and Carlos Checa (Ducati) took a win apiece, with Jakub Smrz (Ducati) almost the winner in race one, and Leon Camier (Aprilia) third in race two. Checa was third in race one, Melandri second in race two.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


Jonathan Rea


In the first outing of the day Rea pushed on to finish fifth, nine seconds from the winner, after a race long-battle with a variety of riders, in particular Max Biaggi and eventual sixth place rider Noriyuki Haga. During the race Jonathan had been as low as ninth, as some top riders disputed almost every metre of track for all 23-laps. Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) was 12th in the first race, clicking off laps and scoring points despite having a less than ideal tyre choice for the extremely cold track conditions. Ruben had qualified 16th, the last rider to make it into the new look Superpole.

In the second race, with the track temperature raised by ten degrees, Rea finished sixth and Xaus tenth, only five seconds behind Rea. Ruben had chosen a softer tyre to handle the slightly higher track temperatures and it paid off, giving him his second top ten finish of the season so far.

Checa now leads the championship on 91 points, Melandri is second on 72 and Leon Haslam is third for BMW, on 53 points. Rea is still sixth overall, now on 38 points after two rounds and four individual races. Ruben moved up one place to 12th overall, on 16 points.

The next round is at Assen, on Sunday 17 April.

Honda rider comments:
Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda CBR1000RR)
Race result: 5th / 6th. Championship position: 6th

“Two points scores and a top five but the results are not what I was looking for, it’s not where we want to be. I feel like something is missing, and the bike requires a lot more rider input, especially with the throttle. I need a little bit more support when I am on the circuit. When some other riders came past they seemed to have more driveability, so I struggled with that a bit today. We were also working to turn in better in some slower corners but basically the bike is so fast it causes a bit of upset sometimes. I have not put my Donington woes behind me and jumped on the podium box yet, but onwards and upwards. We know we are quite strong at Assen and have good data for that track.”

Ruben Xaus – (Castrol Honda CBR1000RR)
Race result: 12th / 10th. Championship position: 14th

“Now we have had four races and I have had four finishes, and each time is better, closer to the top, and closing the gap to my team-mate with the same bike. It was not the best weekend for the bike itself so I need to take that into consideration. I showed up a little today, made big slides and passes, and race two was better than the first. I was asked to use the harder tyre for the first race, which was run in cool conditions. I could not play with the bike, so I could not go fast. In race two I chose a softer tyre and attacked, but I had not so good a start. Without that I could have gone away with some faster riders and maybe got a better result.”

Ruben Xaus Gino Rea


Ruben Xaus


Gino Rea

Gino Rea On The Podium For Honda At His Home Round


Step Racing Honda rider Gino Rea took a podium finish against the odds as he secured third place at his home round in Donington. He rode hard and aggressively despite a left thumb injury picked up in the previous round in Australia, but he could do nothing about runaway race winner Luca Scassa (Yamaha) or second place rider Chaz Davies (Yamaha).

Gino had been down in sixth place mid-race, until some riders either broke down or ran off track, allowing him to take third and keep it for the last seven laps.

Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) survived some scary moments, including a tough duel with Rea and an off-track excursion to finish fourth in the race. He now sits third in the championship, the top ranked Honda rider, with 24 points. He had qualified seventh and was a contender for the podium places for long periods of the race.

The championship leader is Scassa on 50 points, with Kawasaki man Broc Parkes on 31 points after he scored fifth today.

Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) took eighth place despite an early scare, with Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda) tenth and well in the points. Marino had qualified ninth, Lundh 15th.

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda), like many of his peers, survived a fast practice crash on the left-hander down Craner Curves to post an 11th place finish. He had been a lowly 20th on the grid and showed grit as well as pace to recover lots of ground on race-day in what was another dramatic WSS event all round. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing Honda) and Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) finished in the points, in 13th and 14th place respectively.

Third place qualifier Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) and second row starter James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) were each forced out of potential podium finishes by clutch slip problems, with neither able to complete the race. Ellison finally stopped on the penultimate lap, having nursed his machine around since he dropped from third place on lap eight. Lowes set the new lap record on lap six, 1’31.094, but retired on lap 14.

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was forced to miss the Donington race after re-injuring his middle and right ring finger in a Friday crash. He had an operation on Friday, his third in the past month, this time to screw together a fractured knuckle on his ring finger back into position. It allowed him to ride again this weekend but it was decided he should not race quite yet, to be back to near full fitness at the next round in Assen. Despite all his problems he had qualified 12th.

Honda rider comments:
Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 3rd – Championship position: 7th

“We got a bit lucky but that is racing. We went into the race so blind and had lost so much time in practice. We just wanted to get into the race and get some points in the bag after the DNF at Phillip Island. I do not know what to say about ending up third, this is just amazing. Huge thanks to the team for all the hard work they have done this weekend, and they picking things up from some low points this weekend. I feel just great.”

Robbin Harms (Benjan Racing Team Honda) CBR600RR
Race result: 4th. Championship position: 3rd

“I am the lead Honda rider in the championship, which is nice, but I wanted the podium more! It is a shame to miss out on the top three, but I just went wide in one corner and I had to run through the gravel, dropped to sixth and fought back to fifth then fourth. I was catching the podium again too. I had the podium in my hands today but still I am happy about the work we did and this is the best result for my team.”

Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) CBR600RR
Race result: 8th. Championship position: 6th

“I expected it to be a hard weekend and that’s what it has been. We found a good balance in qualifying and the bike felt OK, but we used a different tyre today and it wasn’t the same feeling in warm-up. I couldn’t gas as quickly as I wanted because the grip level was not so good. My start was not so bad but I nearly highsided out of turn 11 on the first two laps and very nearly crashed in the first one and banged my arms quite a bit. I tried to follow the guys in front but couldn’t push so hard without the risk of crashing, so I thought I would bring the bike home as fast as I could to get some points.”

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) CBR600RR
Race result: 11th. Championship position: 15th

"That was a strange race with riders falling off and engines blowing up in front of me - I had to take avoiding action both times. Then I settled down and we started making some good lap times that we knew we were capable of. In the last five laps my tyre was gone but I kept riding hard and from 20th on the grid I am happy with 11th as the result. More importantly we know we have good pace and this is something to take to the next round and build on."

Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) CBR600RR
Race result: DNF. Championship position: 8th

“I got boxed in at the start and after that I wanted to ease into the race. I made some good moves to get up there near the front. I was catching the leaders steadily and I felt I was going to get with them but when the clutch went I tried to adjust it at first but then I had to pull in.”

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) CBR600RR
Race result: DNF. Championship position: 11th

“My clutch went but I tried to keep going. With about nine laps to go I started dropping off but I tried to nurse it back. If I kept it below a certain rpm it would still drive. But on the approach to the very last lap I had to pull in. I just wanted a few points for the championship.”

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) CBR600RR
Race result: DNS – Championship position: No score

“I have a big problem with my hand and it is the throttle hand. Last night they put two screws in one bone of my finger because it was an open fracture, and one piece was gone. Basically I can ride but not fast enough to race. I am now working to be ready to race and race well at Assen.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 02, Donington Park - Europe


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Superbike Race 1
1 MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
2 SMRZ / CZE / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
3 CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
4 HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
5 REA / GBR / Castrol Honda / Honda CBR1000RR
6 HAGA / JPN / PATA Racing Team Aprilia
7 BIAGGI / ITA / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
8 CAMIER / GBR / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
9 CORSER / AUS / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
10 LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
11 GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
12 XAUS / ESP / Castrol Honda
13 BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
14 ROLFO / ITA / Team Pedercini
15 AITCHISON / AUS / Team Pedercini
 
Superbike Race 2
1 CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
2 MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
3 CAMIER / GBR / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
4 HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
5 LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
6 REA / GBR / Castrol Honda
7 FABRIZIO / ITA / Team Suzuki Alstare
8 SMRZ / CZE / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
9 BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
10 XAUS / ESP / Castrol Honda
11 GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
12 SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
13 CORSER / AUS / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
14 LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
15 ROLFO / ITA / Team Pedercini
 
Supersport
1 SCASSA / ITA / Yamaha ParkinGO Team
2 DAVIES / GBR / Yamaha ParkinGO Team
3 REA / GBR / Step Racing Team
4 HARMS / DEN / Harms Benjan Racing Team
5 PARKES / AUS / Kawasaki Motocard.com
6 SALOM / ESP / Kawasaki Motocard.com
7 ROCCOLI / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni
8 MARINO / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
9 IANNUZZO / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni
10 LUNDH / SWE / Cresto Guide Racing Team
11 PRAIA / POR / Parkalgar Honda
12 TAMBURINI / ITA / Bike Service R.T.
13 JEZEK / CZE / SMS Racing
14 NEMETH / HUN / Team Hungary Toth
15 JERMAN / SLO / MD Team Jerman
Gino Rea


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