SBKSpainJune 19, 2011
World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 07 Motorland Aragon – Spain

Xaus Out of Luck And Points At His Home Race

Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) endured a tough weekend as the FIM Superbike World Championship visited the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain for the first time. The Spanish rider was out of luck and the points at his home round. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha) shared the honors on the day as they went 2-1 and 1-2 respectively.

Ruben Xaus Ruben Xaus

Ruben Xaus

Ruben Xaus

Xaus just failed to make superpole qualifying on Saturday and his fortunes did not improve early on race day as he finished race one ranked in 16th position, thanks to an off track excursion. He pulled out of race two with issues that affected traction from the rear and grip from the front on the extremely hot track surface, which reached 53 degrees Celsius.

Much of the data the team had gathered during a short winter test at Motorland proved to be of very little use as the conditions were so different in the heat of race day. Finding workable solutions to allow Ruben to compete at the level he and his CBR1000RR are capable of were not helped by the team being without his regular team-mate, and Assen race winner, Jonathan Rea.

The team now heads to Brno for the eighth round with expectations to improve the base set-up to allow Ruben to ride to the maximum and score more valuable points in the championship. Ruben is 16th overall, on 44 points. Rea, recuperating from injuries picked up at Misano, maintained his overall eighth position in the points table.

World Championship leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) lost some ground to chasing riders Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha) as each took one Aragon win and one second place respectively. Biaggi’s team-mate Leon Camier was third in race one, as Checa crashed out, but the points leader finished race two in third place. In the championship, Checa now has 261 points, Biaggi 218 and Melandri 195.

Second Place For Lowes Moves Him To Sixth Overall

Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) got to within 0.564 seconds of the race win at Motorland Aragon, but still gained 20 points for second place and moved into sixth place in the overall standings, one place behind his fellow CBR600RR rider Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). Fabien was seventh today, finding some set-up issues holding him back, and leaving him in the same position he had qualified in.

Fabien now sits fifth in the championship and the top ranked Honda rider, two points ahead of Sam. Second place was Lowes personal best so far and his third career podium. He had been third on the grid.

After race long leader and pole man Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) had crashed out, Chaz Davies (Yamaha) won his third race of the year to take the championship lead with 105 points. David Salom (Kawasaki) was third in his home race and he is also now third in the championship, just behind Parkes.

A solid block of Honda riders were ranged out between sixth and 13th in the race results at the 5.344km long Motorland circuit. Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda) finished sixth, his best placing since his podium finish of third at Donington Park in late March. Behind seventh place finisher Foret, privateer Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda) battled against faster machines on the long straight to take eighth place and go seventh in the championship.

Despite the continuing pain and weakness from a recent shoulder injury, Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) posted ninth, only just heading off young talent from the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team, Florian Marino.

Ever-improving riders Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda) and Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) went 11h and 12th respectively, while Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) posted his own strong result in 13th place, equalling his previous best.

The last point on offer went to Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda). Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda) just missed out on scoring points, finishing in 16th place.

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) was the first rider to retire with braking problems causing him to overshoot and then lose force and feel from his brake lever.

The next round for both Superbike and Supersport classes is at Brno, in the Czech Republic, on July 10th.

Sam Lowes Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes

SBK Rider Comments:
Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda)
Race result: 16th / DNF Championship position: 16th

“It’s been incredibly difficult this weekend, which is, of course, very disappointing for the team and especially for me as I wanted to put on a good performance for all my family, friends and fans who have come to support me here. There has not really been one individual issue this weekend – more a combination of different problems and I can only say that we’ll work tirelessly to start and finish at Brno in a better way than we were able to here.”

Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 2nd. Championship position: 6th

"I fell in warm-up and hurt my shoulder again, but it did not affect me too much in the race. After the flag it was hurting a lot, but it is not an excuse. The team did a fantastic job because in the first session I was struggling here. The bike set-up was a long way off and I did not have a good feeling, but we just worked more and more. I knew I would have to hang on in there for the first half of the race because the bike was not working mega on fresh tyres. As soon as they bedded in I knew we were in with a chance. The leaders upped the pace and I could do the times, but I just couldn’t make a pass. I’m really happy and massive thank you to the team. I am really enjoying my racing. To have a third and a second in these past two races is great."

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 7th. Championship position: 5th

“This weekend has been pretty much like a nightmare, as we didn’t find the settings to suit the track or to suit my riding style. I thought we had found a solution in the warm-up but, maybe it is because of the heat this afternoon, the little change we made meant I had no feeling. I tried hard anyway, but I could not make it and my lap times were not so good. I just want to move on.”

Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 6th. Championship position: 10th

“Rubbing is racing but it was a bit annoying that a last hairpin incident lost me a place. I made a clean pass up the inside and hardly ran wide but then Tamburini used me as a berm and there was nothing I could do to get him back. It was frustrating because we could have been in the top five. Even if we were not, we should be a lot higher up; we should be on the podium. We are still coming into the races a bit blind after qualifying. We are scoring points again but I want to be closer to the front."

Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 8th. Championship position: 7th

“I really wanted to catch some of the fast riders today, which I managed with Foret and some others, but then I made a mistake in one corner and had to run wide. I came back and caught them again but when I came to the straight everything I caught up from the first to 15th corners I lost on the straight. In the corners I felt I could be with every rider in front of me but when it comes to the fast corner exits and top speed, I lose everything. That is the situation. So in one way we have to be happy because we have good corner speed and chassis set-up.”

Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 10th. Championship position: 9th

“It’s the second bad weekend for us and I’m so sorry for my mechanics and the whole team. It’s a shame because we don’t deserve this result – our place is at the front. We changed the setting a little for warm-up and the race but it still wasn’t going how I want. The start was OK but I made a big mistake at the hairpin and I lost a lot of time. Then I got into a group just behind Fabien but I could only stay with them for five or six laps. I was having to push so hard that I got quite tired towards the end.”

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda)
Race result: DNF. Championship position: 12th

“I felt good and was passing riders when my brakes faded and I was forced to retire. We had found some pace for the race and I think if I had been able to finish, the top five was possible. It is disappointing but we will get stronger from here."

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 9th. Championship position: 13th

“It went quite well but I did not have the pace to go with them straight away. Especially in turn one and in the hairpin, I had some problems with strength in my injured shoulder, so I knew I had to brake a little before. That was definitely slowing my lap times. I had to wait for the race and then I caught Marino at the end. I wanted to be battling with Gino, Foret and Tamburini, but they were just too far in front. With my shoulder like this I could not hold that pace.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 07 Motorland Aragon – Spain

Superbike Race 1
1 M. MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
2 M. BIAGGI / ITA / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
3 L. CAMIER / GBR / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
4 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
5 T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
6 N. HAGA / JPN / PATA Racing Team Aprilia
7 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
8 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
9 L. HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
10 T. CORSER / AUS / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
11 S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
12 C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Kawasaki Racing Team
13 M. BERGER / FRA / Supersonic Racing Team
14 R. ROLFO / ITA / Team Pedercini
15 M. AITCHISON / AUS / Team Pedercini
Superbike Race 2
1 M. BIAGGI / ITA / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
2 M. MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
3 C. CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
4 M. FABRIZIO / ITA / Team Suzuki Alstare
5 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
6 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
7 N. HAGA / JPN / PATA Racing Team Aprilia
8 L. CAMIER / GBR / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
9 L. HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
10 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
11 S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
12 M. AITCHISON / AUS / Team Pedercini
13 R. ROLFO / ITA / Team Pedercini
14 C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Kawasaki Racing Team
15 L. LANZI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
1 C. DAVIES / GBR / Yamaha ParkinGO Team
2 S. LOWES / GBR / Parkalgar Honda
3 D. SALOM / ESP / Kawasaki
4 M. ROCCOLI / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni
5 R. TAMBURINI / ITA / Bike Service R.T.
6 G. REA / GBR / Step Racing Team
7 F. FORET / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
8 R. HARMS / DEN / Harms Benjan Racing Team
9 M. PRAIA / POR / Parkalgar Honda
10 F. MARINO / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
11 V. IVANOV / UKR / Step Racing Team
12 B. NEMETH / HUN / Team Hungary Toth
13 P. SZKOPEK / POL / Bogdanka PTR Honda
14 D. DELL'OMO / ITA / Suriano Racing Team
15 I. TOTH / HUN / Team Hungary Toth
Sam Lowes

Sam Lowes
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