SBKGermanySeptember 4, 2011
World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 10 Nürburgring – Germany

Rea Fourth in his Comeback Ride in Fully Wet Race Two

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) secured two strong points scores in his return to championship action by finishing a dry race one in tenth place and then overcoming a fast crash on a wet track surface to post a fourth place in a shortened race two. Pole position man Carlos Checa (Ducati) won the first 20-lap race and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) took his first ever WSBK victory in truly soaking conditions in the second, which was stopped early as a contest on lap 13. In the overall standings Checa now leads race one podium finisher Marco Melandri (Yamaha) by a margin of 74 points after Max Biaggi (Aprilia) was ruled out of race day competition with a broken left foot, suffered on Friday in practice.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Rea fought grip problems front and rear in race one and from his starting position of ninth he went sixth on lap one before he had to drop back to battle for the last place in the top ten. In race two he survived a high speed fall in fully wet conditions when he hit the brakes at the entry to turn one. Jonathan slid past eventual race winner Sykes while on the ground as the Kawasaki rider braked into the first corner. Rea managed to restart his CBR1000RR to get back into contention and finish only one place from the podium. Having missed out on points scores in four rounds through injury, Rea is now only two points from a top ten place, now ranked in 12th place overall.

Makoto Tamada (Castrol Honda) worked hard in qualifying and the race, but was the final rider on the 20-man grid and ranked 17th in race one, just missing out on a point score. He fell in race two, as did several other riders, as the rains went from merely constant to torrential and back again.

Ellison And Lowes On The Podium In A Dry Supersport Race

After 19-intense laps at the Nürburgring James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) turned around a run of misfortune with a strong second place behind championship leader Chaz Davies (Yamaha), with James only 0.091 seconds from victory. Ellison had been a force throughout the weekend after qualifying fifth. His fellow Honda rider Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) rode with pain from practice crashes to record his fourth podium of the season, settling for third after some other top contenders had run off track or had fallen. He was still only 3.749 seconds from the win himself and well clear of fourth placed rider Luca Scassa (Yamaha).

Pole man Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) had an unhappy race day, being pushed wide at one stage by eventual faller Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda) and then being unable to recover the kind of form that put him on top pre race. He was to finish sixth, on his own for the last part of the competition. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), Foret’s team-mate, was tenth on the grid and ninth in the race, unable to carry on the good feeling he had in recent test sessions at Assen into this round.

Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) finished in the top ten and is ranked 14th in the championship now, with Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) 11th overall despite his third no score in a row. Marino is now 12th overall, with another Nürburgring non-finisher, Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda), 13th in the current standings.

Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Honda) worked well to get 13th from 26 finishers, some five seconds ahead of Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda), the last Honda in 14th place.

Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) fell on lap 15, third place qualifier Gino Rea on lap 14, in a mystery crash when he lost the front while sitting in a seemingly safe third place.

Makoto Tamada James Ellison

Makoto Tamada

James Ellison

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda)
Race result: 10th / 4th Championship position: 12th

“We were really lucky in race two because we were struggling with grip in the dry so the wet was better for us to challenge near the front. We had a problem with engine braking settings in race two and that was the reason for the crash. The set-up of the bike was still good and it was nice to give the team a good result after all the time being away. It’s a long time since we have been in the top five. My wrist was not perfect and I did not think it was going to be, but we scored in each race.”

Makoto Tamada (Castrol Honda)
Race result: 17th / DNF Championship position: No Score

“In race one it was difficult because we had some chatter like we had in practice. We tried many things with the settings, but there was not a big improvement. In race two the weather conditions were so difficult and when it rained even harder it was difficult to see where you were going. I rode thinking safety and not crashing, but I was just banking easily into a corner and the front just went away.”

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 6th / Championship position: 3rd

“I went off track because of Gino Rea, and then when I went off I could not get my rhythm again afterwards. Then my tyre went off and I had a terrible race experience all in. I hope for better in Imola because it can only be better.”

Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 3rd Championship position: 6th

“The weekend started off really good and the first day was mega. I had a crash first thing on Saturday morning and knocked myself about a bit, and was a bit dazed really. I also had a crash in the Saturday afternoon session, so last night I was lying in bed thinking. ‘I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring.’ I was OK today, a little bit injured and I am hurting now, but it was nothing that let me down in the race. I am happy to get third place, back on the podium for the fourth time this year, so I am looking forward to Imola now.”

Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda)
Race result: DNF Championship position: 7th

“To be honest I do not really know why I fell as we have not had tome to look at the data, but it was an unexpected one. I did not have any moments there in the race at all and even now it does not explain itself how it really happened. As soon as I changed direction it was like the front lifted and landed side on, and chucked me over the front, but not like it was a normal front tyre push. Not a normal kind of crash. I had some good pace today which was good, even though I struggled at the beginning. I got my rhythm back and I was able to reel the leaders in. I was so comfortable behind them and then the crash happened.”

James Ellison (Bogdanka Honda)
Race result: 2nd Championship position: 8th

“We had a month off over the summer break and the guys worked really hard on the bike. We had a good start in some ways to the year, but then the season has turned upside down. Until now it has been demoralising really, losing our way a bit, but over this recent summer break we got our heads together, sorted the bike and it has been great all weekend. The team has made the bike fun to ride and when you are enjoying it, you can go quickly. I was not going to catch Chaz today, so full credit to him, and Sam after all that happened to him on the weekend.”

Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 9th Championship position: 12th

“From the first session I have had big setting problems, especially entering into the corners. With that I have had also problems with grip on the rear and since the first session in the dry we did not find a solution. It was wet this morning so we could not test what we wanted in warm-up. So for the race we did what we could.”

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

“The first laps were difficult for me to get temperature on the rear tyre. I had a lot of slides and lost the group that was fighting for the top five. I was still there fighting and to be honest I thought I could make the gap again. Then my handlebar started to come loose, for some reason, and I just could not change direction as I needed to. I started to lose time and then in the last three or four laps I just could not carry on.”

Balazs Nemeth (Hungary Team Toth Honda)
Race result: 10th Championship position: 14th

“The bike was good for the race, almost perfect, and we changed the front brake after practice where I had some problems. In the race it was good and now my start was not so good and I dropped back to about 25th. I had to fight back and in the last part I made some mistake and lost more positions so I had to fight back again.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 10 Nürburgring – Germany

Superbike Race 1
1 C. CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
2 M. MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
3 N. HAGA / JPN / PATA Racing Team Aprilia
4 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
5 L. HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
6 S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
7 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
8 L. CAMIER / GBR / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
9 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
10 J. REA / GBR / Castrol Honda
11 T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
12 M. AITCHISON / AUS / Team Pedercini
13 J. TOSELAND / GBR / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
14 R. ROLFO / ITA / Team Pedercini
15 T. CORSER / AUS / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Superbike Race 2
1 T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
2 S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
3 J. SMRZ / CZE / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
4 J. REA / GBR / Castrol Honda
5 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
6 M. MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
7 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
8 C. CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
9 L. HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
10 M. BERGER / FRA / Supersonic Racing Team
11 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
12 T. CORSER / AUS / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
13 R. ROLFO / ITA / Team Pedercini
1 C. DAVIES / GBR / Yamaha ParkinGO Team
2 J. ELLISON / GBR / Bogdanka PTR Honda
3 S. LOWES / GBR / Parkalgar Honda
4 L. SCASSA / ITA / Yamaha ParkinGO Team
5 M. ROCCOLI / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni
6 F. FORET / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
7 B. PARKES / AUS / Kawasaki
8 D. SALOM / ESP / Kawasaki
9 F. MARINO / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
10 B. NEMETH / HUN / Team Hungary Toth
11 R. TAMBURINI / ITA / Bike Service R.T.
12 V. IANNUZZO / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni
13 A. LUNDH / SWE / Cresto Guide Racing Team
14 I. TOTH / HUN / Team Hungary Toth
15 R. QUARMBY / RSA / Suriano Racing Team
James Ellison

James Ellison
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