SBKSan MarinoJune 12, 2011
World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 06 Misano – San Marino

Xaus Scores But Rea Out After High Speed Crash


Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) left the Adriatic coastal circuit of Misano with an 11th and an eighth place finish to his credit, after one race was held over the scheduled 24-laps, but the second was cut to 14 after the attempted first running was stopped by a red flag incident. Two riders crashed and with fears of an unseen oil leak into the first chicane, race direction halted the race and declared a 14-lap rerun, with full points awarded. Ruben was a fighting eighth in race two, getting the better of his countryman Joan Lascorz in the final lap, using all his experience to keep his position. He is now 16th overall in the standings.

Ruben Xaus Ruben Xaus


Ruben Xaus


Ruben Xaus


World Championship leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) continued his run of good form, winning both races from Max Biaggi (Aprilia) with Marco Melandri (Yamaha) third in race one and privateer Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) third in the shortened race two.

Leading Honda rider Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) was forced out of the Misano round after a morning warm-up crash, high siding at the fast Curvone corner and landing hard enough to be ruled out of the races. Rea had been having a tough time at Misano in both wet and dry practice sessions and finally qualified 11th in a wet Superpole on Saturday. His crash created injuries that were finally confirmed as a clean break of the right radius and other suspected injuries, which are still being examined. Unable to defend his championship position today, Jonathan is now eighth overall.

In the championship, Checa now has 245 points to Biaggi’s 173 and Melandri’s 150. Jonathan has an unchanged 94 and Xaus 44.


Foret And Lowes Move On Up To Podium Finishes

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) equalled his season best of second today as he came through from a bad start off the second row and an eventual 11th place at the end of the first lap to take the runner-up spot at the Misano World Circuit. Fabien, the 2002 World Champion for Honda in this class, is now the top ranked Honda rider in the points standings, in fourth place overall.

Foret finished only 1.933 seconds and closing behind eventual winner and new championship leader Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) in warm conditions that contrasted sharply with the rain that had affected the second day of qualifying. The dry, then wet, then dry again practice sessions led to a lot of educated guesswork for some race day settings, to the benefit of some Honda riders and the detriment of others.

Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) was very much a beneficiary at Misano, riding at near full fitness and taking a battling third place, his second podium of the year. The English rider found his machine matched the conditions better towards the end of the 22-lap race, as Lowes overtook a series of riders and held off Broc Parkes’ team-mate over the line to move up to seventh in the series rankings.

Ilario Dionisi (Honda Italia Improve FG) had a great ride in the podium places for 20 of the 22 laps, but dropped back as experience told at this level and he was to finish a more than respectable fifth at his home circuit.

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) enjoyed his weekend at Misano, but was caught out by back markers as he tried to get higher up the finishing order than his eventual seventh. He made a technical breakthrough in practice and enjoyed a largely stress free weekend as a result, qualifying tenth in a field of 37 riders.

Seventh place qualifier Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda) had a problem getting off the start line and with traction and grip issues on the hot and generally slippery Misano asphalt providing another challenge, he worked hard for eighth place.

Harms headed up a three-rider group, which also contained Step Racing Honda rider Gino Rea, who was tenth. Rea paid a high price for losing time in practice and qualifying, but came back strongly on race day from 16th on the grid. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) dropped back to 11th from eighth on the grid.

Despite still recovering from a fractured left shoulder, Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) took a strong 12th place, having been down in 21st place after qualifying. Series regular Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda) took the final point for 15th, Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda) just missed out in 16th. Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) secured 18th, while Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) went 20th. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) crashed out of contention on lap one.

In the championship itself, Parkes has 85 points, with team-mates Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa on 80 and 70 respectively. Foret is fourth on 56 points, David Salom (Kawasaki) has 56 and Harms 55.

Jonathan Rea Fabien Foret


Jonathan Rea


Fabien Foret


SBK Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda)
Race result: DNS /DNS Championship position: 8th

"Well, the weekend just went from bad to worse really I had a crash yesterday which needed some stitches in my arm and then a 230kph crash this morning at one of the fastest corners on the calendar. Of course, Im frustrated and I have some injuries that I want to take time to heal. Well have to miss Aragon next week, unfortunately, but Brno is a month off and the doctors tell me that the break in my arm would normally keep someone off work for three weeks. Ill try to come back for Brno at 100% as its a circuit that suits me and the bike. I got my first world championship win there and we went 1-2 last year. Thanks to everyone for all the messages of support, it really means a lot and Im sure itll speed up the recovery."

Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda)
Race result: 11th / 8th Championship position: 16th

“In the second race we put in a soft tyre and I played with the bike because it was spinning. I was doing constant 1’37s, even in the last two or three laps. I saw Lascorz behind me so I just covered my line for the final lap and took eighth place. I was able to play more in race two, and it was a safe bike, and the best bike I have found so far. We are getting out of Misano with a good rhythm. The most important thing is to hope that Johnny is OK. We need him here, and he is a good motivation for me, so best wishes and all my power goes to him.”

SUPERSPORT
Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 2nd. Championship position: 4th

“I came from 11th on lap one. We made a little change in set-up for the race and it was great, I really had fun. In the first corner I lost some places and another rider pushed me off track at turn four. I knew then I just had to stay calm and work my way back into it. I was feeling very comfortable, but I lost some time to overtake some guys because it is not that easy at this track. I did not want to take too much risk because the start of my season was not really good I do not have any more jokers in my pack. I am really happy with the second place given what happened at the start, but I think this could have been my weekend.”

Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 3rd. Championship position: 7th

"You can never be disappointed with a podium, but I felt the bike was capable of winning. I struggled a little bit at the start and got boxed in. I was fast here, but I didn’t know where to pass. It was just a bit ragged for the first ten laps. The last ten were mega, the bike came to me and we made up some ground, and I dug in. You can never moan at a podium finish, but this is the first race that I have finished at full fitness since Phillip Island and was on the podium there as well."

Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 8th. Championship position: 6th

“I was really hoping to battle in the top five, maybe even top three today because I felt really comfortable the whole weekend. But unfortunately my clutch stalled at the beginning and then I was struggling to find grip all through the race and I never got it the way I wanted. I lost the front maybe ten times and I thought I was going to crash. When I opened the throttle hard on the last laps I just lost the grip immediately. I was fighting hard for race pace today.”

Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 11th. Championship position: 8th

“I am very disappointed and I need to find a better way of working with the bike. It has been a difficult weekend and we were not able to find the right setting, so we need to find something new for next week at Aragon. The start of the race and the first two or three laps were OK – the bike felt good and I felt strong but I needed to save energy for the rest of the race. When the tyre performance started to drop I had to fight with the bike and found it hard to follow. I got very tired too – the race today felt even harder than my first race at Phillip Island. I definitely need to do better in my next race!”

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda)
Race result: 7th. Championship position: 9th

“We made a small electronics change to the mapping setting for this race and we went straight back up to where we should have been in terms of pace. We got held up a bit in qualifying because of a few back markers and so on, but we knew we had a good race pace. In the race I got split from the group by two back markers, but the bike feels the best it has been, and I know I can fight up at the front.”

Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 10th. Championship position: 11th

“We lost a lot of set-up time with the rain and that is the key to a good race; development over the weekend, and obviously the qualifying position, from starting so far back in 16th. My start wasn’t too bad, but when I got forward I still had to learn the bike, because we had to take a gamble with the race set-up. It wasn’t bad, but when they are running at the pace they are going, I got gapped straight away. But there is no reason why we could not have run with them if we had the practice sessions we needed."


World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 06 Misano – San Marino


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Superbike Race 1
1 C. CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
2 M. BIAGGI / ITA / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
3 M. MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
4 T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
5 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
6 L. CAMIER / GBR / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
7 S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
8 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
9 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
10 M. BERGER / FRA / Supersonic Racing Team
11 R. XAUS / ESP / Castrol Honda
12 M. BAIOCCO / ITA / Barni Racing Team S.N.C.
13 A. POLITA / ITA / Barni Racing Team S.N.C.
14 C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Kawasaki Racing Team
15 L. LANZI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
 
Superbike Race 2
1 C. CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
2 M. BIAGGI / ITA / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
3 N. HAGA / JPN / PATA Racing Team Aprilia
4 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
5 L. HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
6 M. FABRIZIO / ITA / Team Suzuki Alstare
7 S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
8 R. XAUS / ESP / Castrol Honda
9 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
10 C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Kawasaki Racing Team
11 L. LANZI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
12 R. ROLFO / ITA / Team Pedercini
13 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
14 T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
 
Supersport
1 B. PARKES / AUS / Kawasaki Motocard.com
2 F. FORET / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
3 S. LOWES / GBR / Parkalgar Honda
4 D. SALOM / ESP / Kawasaki Motocard.com
5 I. DIONISI / ITA / Honda Italia Improve FG
6 C. DAVIES / GBR / Yamaha ParkinGO Team
7 J. ELLISON / GBR / Bogdanka PTR Honda
8 R. HARMS / DEN / Harms Benjan Racing Team
9 R. TAMBURINI / ITA / Bike Service R.T.
10 G. REA / GBR / Step Racing Team
11 F. MARINO / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
12 M. PRAIA / POR / Parkalgar Honda
13 A. VELINI / ITA / Velmotor 2000
14 R. STAMM / SUI / MACH Racing
15 A. LUNDH / SWE / Cresto Guide Racing Team
Fabien Foret


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