World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) finished fourth and ninth in the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship races at Silverstone today, after two races that were adversely affected by weather conditions and rider crashes.
Jonathan was fourth in a remarkable race one, which finally went to the full 18-lap distance after a restart when four riders fell in the first attempted running.
A huge number of changes of position and a frenetic final lap of risk by the leading riders saw Rea cross the line 0.539 seconds from the winner Loris Baz (Kawasaki). The rider immediately in front of Jonathan, Ayrton Badovini (BMW) highsided as he crossed the line and Jonathan crashed into his machine, without injury, and then slid down the finish straight. Rea had been tenth after superpole, having struggled to get to grips with the Silverstone layout and surface conditions after losing track time in practice due to poor weather.
In race two Jonathan had another highly disturbed race, with rain falling just before the schedule start. The race was eventually classified – with half points – on lap eight, as it was red flagged on lap ten after several riders fell on a newly wet track made treacherous by a suspected fuel spill. Jonathan was ninth in the final classification, despite falling on lap nine. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) won race two.
In the championship points, Max Biaggi has 274, Marco Melandri 263.5, Tom Sykes 222.5, Checa 220.5 and Rea 203.5.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) ended his day in 13th place after race one and then 14th in race two, scoring good points on a day where merely finishing both races was an achievement in itself. He is now 17th in the rankings, with 41.5 points.
A new adventure for all in the SBK paddock will take place on Sunday 22 August when the series heads to Russia for the first time in its 25-year history.
Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) and Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) finished 1-2 at Silverstone in the FIM Supersport World Championship race after a close contest, which included a contact between the riders on the final complex of corners. Lowes had attempted to get back the lead he had enjoyed for most of the 16-lap race, but after a moment when both riders were forced off line after their touch, Cluzel and Lowes swept across the line on a good day for the CBR600RR riders.
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) was part of the four-rider group that dominated proceedings on an eventually completely dry track at Silverstone, after many wet periods of practice had held up the business of finding a good set-up. He was to hold off the push of PTR Honda rider Ronan Quarmby in the final laps, after Quarmby missed a gear and that break in his rhythm allowed Parkes to get within 0.591 seconds of winner Cluzel. Jules has now won races at Silverstone in the Moto2 and WSS classes.
This was Cluzel’s second win of the year and one that drew him closer to both Lowes and championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki), who was only fifth today. In the overall points at the top of the table, Sofuoglu has 148, Lowes 134 and Cluzel 120, with Parkes in fifth place, on 98 points. Quarmby, only 2.068 seconds from Cluzel after 16-laps moved up to seventh in the championship thanks to his 13 points for fourth place today. There will be four rounds to run now, with confirmation that the Portimao round is definitely on.
The first attempted race was started then stopped after riders fell on the tricky track conditions, so a complete re-run was called, causing some other support classes to be run after the second Superbike race.
The Honda riders at Silverstone finished their raceday in blocks, with tenth place Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) heading up a much-improved Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) who was 11th, and Roberto Tamburini (Lorini Honda) 12th.
Raffaele de Rosa (Lorini Honda) took the final point on offer for 15th place, one up on stand-in rider Alex Lundh (Bogdanka Honda PTR) and two ahead of fifth place qualifier Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda). Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) finished his home race but out of the points in 21st place.
Valentin Debise (SMS Racing Honda) and Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) failed to finish, while Danilo Marrancone (Kuja Racing Honda) also scored a DNF.
|1||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|3||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|4||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|5||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|6||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|7||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|8||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|9||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|10||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|11||M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|12||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|13||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|14||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|15||D. SALOM (Team Pedercini)|
|1||S. GUINTOLI (PATA Racing Team)|
|2||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|3||J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)|
|4||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|6||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|7||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|8||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport )|
|9||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|10||J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|11||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|12||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|13||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|14||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|15||N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)|
|1||J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)|
|2||S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|3||B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)|
|4||R. QUARMBY (PTR Honda)|
|5||K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|6||F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|7||S. MORAIS (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|8||A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)|
|9||A. ANTONELLI (Bike Service R.T.)|
|10||G. TALMACSI (PRORACE)|
|11||M. SCHOLTZ (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|12||R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)|
|13||V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)|
|14||R. LANUSSE (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|15||R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)|