SBKFranceOctober 2, 2011
World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 12 Magny Cours – France

Superpole Success Then Raceday Disappointment For Rea

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) secured a brilliant first Tissot-Superpole win of the 2011 season on Saturday at Magny Cours, but his fortunes changed on race day when he fell in the first 23-lap contest, and then was forced out of race two with a small electrical problem. A weekend crowd of 86,100 people saw Carlos Checa (Ducati) win each race and take the riders’ Championship for the first time.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Despite fluffing his start in race one Rea looked capable of scoring good points as he ran with the main pack, until he fell out of contention at the chicane. He led race two for six laps before he slowed to a stop when his ignition pick up halted his progress.

Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) was unable to start the races, having fallen on day one in the first practice session, hitting the air fence with such force that he twisted his neck severely enough to miss any further track action, but not suffer any lasting injury. He expects to be fit for the final round in Portugal on October 16.

Lowes On The Podium As Foret Loses Championship Chance

Front row qualifier Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) was within 1.582 seconds of the race win at Magny Cours today, after 22-intense laps undertaken in perfect conditions. Race winner Luca Scassa (Yamaha) passed Sam with six laps to go, with long time race leader Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) relegated to third by Lowes on lap 21. Lowes is now within seven points of fourth place with one round remaining, as he continues to look for his breakthrough first race win in WSS.

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was simply unable to find a winning pace this weekend at his home circuit and lost a slim chance of taking the title after scoring eighth at the flag. With Chaz Davies (Yamaha) sixth over the line today the title fight was finished, with Davies now 37 points ahead of Fabien. Foret had been seventh in qualifying and is still second overall, eight points up on Parkes and David Salom (Kawasaki), who are tied for third place.

A weekend crowd of 86,100 enjoyed consistently warm and dry conditions almost as much as the racers themselves and James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) made the most of things to go fifth in the race, despite a serious scare and an off track excursion at one point.

Foret’s team-mate Florian Marino finished one place behind Fabien in ninth at what was also his home race, unable to find a set-up to let him match his Imola podium-threatening pace of last weekend. Florian is now eighth in the rankings, one place behind Ellison.

Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) was only one place outside the top ten today and is clinging on to his top 15 ranking overall.

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) battled to 13th place, one up on Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Honda) while other top Honda riders were less lucky in their French fortunes.

Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda) was a disappointed 22nd after falling and restarting and Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) was unable to start due to technical issues. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing Honda) was 16th, Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) 17th and Patrik Vostarek (Prorace Honda) 18th. Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) ran out 20th.

Sam Lowes James Ellison

Sam Lowes

James Ellison

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

“This is not exactly what we expected after a strong performance in Imola and we were hoping to make up for the disappointment of that second race retirement. We kind of got halfway there with the pole position yesterday, but race day was a completely different chapter. In race one, you know, I can put my hand up and say I got completely out of rhythm after I thought I’d jumped the start. Actually, when we checked the wheel speeds, it turned out that it wasn’t a jump start – it was just a short movement, but I got swamped in the pack. I was out of my rhythm then and ended up making a stupid mistake over a kerb. I was leading race two for a good bit and enjoying myself. Eugene [Laverty] went past and made a bit of a break, but I re-grouped and then realised that Carlos [Checa] was coming. I thought I’d follow Carlos back up to Eugene and he’d pull us clear, but we had another silly little electrical malfunction. Of course it’s disappointing, for both myself and the team, to have two DNFs here but now we’re going to Portimao, which is a track that I really enjoy and we’ve had some success there. We won’t feel sorry for ourselves because we know we’ve got the pace to run at the front, no matter what the conditions, so we’ll got to Portugal and I’ll do my best as usual.”

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

“It was a very bad start to the opening day, just on my out lap for free practice and I was coming up the hill to the fast left. When I closed the throttle, it felt like the gas didn’t shut off properly and I ran off the track, going quite fast towards the air fence.”

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 8th Championship position: 2nd

“We tried a lot of things but we did not improve the bike all weekend, and I never found a setting I was waiting for. I never seem to perform at this track and this year again it was the same. It is my home circuit and I always want to do well here, but I never seem to like it in race conditions, or find the way to manage a good race. I just look forward to Portimao now.”

Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 2nd Championship position: 5th

“We struggled a little bit at the start of the race, but I made a good pace and by lap five or six I started working well, but Broc had a bit of a gap by that time. I kept that constant, but I was not making any time on him. Then he obviously started to have some kind of problem and came back to us. Then Scassa passed me at the end and set a good pace that I as not able to match. We got a second place which I have to be happy with, but we really want to win and we will work to try and do that in Portugal.”

James Ellison (Bogdanka Honda)
Race result: 5th Championship position: 7th

“I had to run off track when another rider’s engine blew up in front of me, and it covered my visor and screen on oil. I had a split second to think and ran off track rather than try to turn in and maybe crash. I felt strong at the start and felt I could get to Parkes in the lead at one time and learn from him a bit. But when Davies came past I lost a bike length and then I got settled in after that. My bike was set up pretty well for the hotter conditions and we knew what the bike would do. A full 22-laps sounds like a lot, but I could have done with a few more to catch the riders in front.”

Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 9th Championship position: 8th

“Not a good weekend for us, unfortunately. After getting fourth Imola my target was to do really well here, but even from the first session I felt bad with the bike. We did a lot of things, but it did not improve the bike set-up above medium. The second qualifying was tough and I started 11th on the grid. We did not find the way to work so we started with a set-up that was not so fast but the result was a little better than I thought it may have been at one time.”

Gino Rea (Step Racing Honda)
Race result: DNF Championship position: 10th

“Problems on Friday and Saturday left me 13th on the grid, which about the worst I have been, as far as I can remember. I went into the race with some issues and I then I lost the front. I rejoined with a few problems and I could not get back into the points.”

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

“My first lap was not good and I was 20th crossing the line. I tried to recover as much as I could, but I had big work to bring back the gap to the group for a top ten. I managed to do it and thought 11th was possible, but with two corners to go I missed my lines completely while 12th and ended up 13th. I really struggled for rear grip right from the start as my tyre did not work as expected. Now we will work more and put it all together for my home round at Portimao - I want my best ever result to end the season and for my Portuguese supporters.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 12 Magny Cours – France

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

Sam Lowes
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