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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 02: Aragon – Spain

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April 14, 2013

Top Four for Rea the Highlight during Motorland Raceday

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) each scored points at Motorland Argon in round two of the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Rea’s fighting fourth place in race one the single best result on show.

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Jonathan Rea
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Jonathan Rea

Having qualified ninth on the grid Rea set about race one with relish and moving up to fourth place by lap five. He was only just over a second from a podium place in race one. The second race was not so kind to Rea, as his front brake adjuster wound itself in and he was unable to make the kind of adjustments needed at such a tough track for braking as Aragon has proved to be again. He came into the pits to get the problem addressed and rejoined the race to score one single point for 15th. The second race had been cut short to 19 laps, not the 20 laps as planned, after two delayed starts.

Haslam also encountered issues under braking in race one, finishing ninth from 14 race finishers. He had qualified 11th on the grid in Superpole, and went on to record a second ninth place finish in the race itself. Qualifying and practice time had been cut short for Haslam after falling early in the second official practice session and then having a tech issue in the final free practice before Superpole.

In the championship rankings Rea is ninth overall on 30 points and Haslam is tenth with 29.The next round of the season takes place at Assen, in the Netherlands, on April 28.

Van Der Mark Second After A Tough Race in Motorland

The 2013 FIM Supersport World Championship had a dramatic second round of the year at Motorland Aragon but despite many other more experienced riders finding trouble rookie rider Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) finished second. This was his second consecutive podium after he finished third in the opening round in Australia and he now sits second in the rankings, only two points from the lead. The 18-lap race was won by Fabien Foret (Kawasaki).

The temperatures went up higher than expected for the WSS race start and Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) ended up sixth, only 12 seconds from the win in his second WSS race. He is seventh in the points as well, on 18 after posting his best result so far today.

It was a good day all round for Honda’s batch of true WSS season rookies as Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) overcame a 16th place start on the grid to go seventh in the race, battling against the rising temperatures and some over adventurous riding from some of his peers.

Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) has another solid day and finished tenth, with Alex Baldolini (Team Lorini Honda) tenth. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda) fell and no scored after colliding with another rider. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing Honda) just missed out on a point in 16th place and Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth was 17th one place up on young Aussie Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR).

Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) had qualified fourth but was taken out very early after making a less than perfect start from the line. Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) fell right at the start, at turn two, having qualified 13th and struggled hard to be fit to race at Aragon after breaking his jaw in round one a few weeks ago.

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Leon Haslam
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Michael VD Mark
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 8th / 15th - Championship position: 9th
“It’s hard to know what to say, really, because it was clear that we were on a bit of a high coming to the races here after the test two weeks ago. Immediately on Friday morning the bike felt a lot better and we worked really hard with the guys all weekend and put in a long run to understand the electronics setting. I feel that we got it in a satisfactory area where I was happy to push, but I’m disappointed with the overall performance. In the races I was unable to compete with the guys around me on the straight, which made riding the rest of the circuit very intense. In race one we had a game plan that worked out better than we expected because a few riders had some misfortune. We plugged away and were there to pick up the pieces and finished fourth. For me it felt like a podium because we’ve come from a long way back and we kind of had the feeling that we were climbing a ladder. Then in race two it was like someone kicked me back off of it because I had a problem with the brake adjuster. The brake kept winding itself in and for one lap I tried to ride with it but the lever was coming back to the bar. I was going to be a risk to other riders so I came in to fix that. Again, my pace was strong when I rejoined which is a real shame because I felt like we deserved some more points in race two. We go to Assen with no more testing which gives the guys some downtime. I think we all need it because we’ve had a lot of testing recently, but we’ll hopefully learn from these issues and start again in Assen.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 9th / 9th - Championship position: 10th
“It was a tough start to the weekend with the issues we had on Friday and then Saturday even more so with the crash in qualifying and then the technical problem with a broken sensor in FP2. We finally got the bike running in Superpole, which I was really happy about and we found a really good amount of time. Today we’ve just had brake issues. Race one was worse than race two but the problems have kind of determined our results and they are long old races when you have those kind of problems.”
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 2nd - Championship position: 2nd
“I had good pace all weekend and a good race. I made a quick start and took over the lead then I started to have a strange feeling from the bike, through the chassis, so I had to slow down a little. We got another podium in only my second race, which was better than we expected here. And it was a second place this time, not a third like in Australia. It was a difficult 18-laps but we got a reward. Yesterday we did a really good race pace simulation and if we had done that pace today I would have been nearer the front. We have to be happy with today. We have a good base in our bike and we work well in the team. Assen next my home race so that will be good. I will be aiming for the front there and see where we get to.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 6th - Championship position: 7th
“I’m happy for the step we made today because we improved a lot compared to what we had before the race, thanks to the team for a good job. Another part of me is not so happy because I see that the podium is so close. I had some good pace in the first half of the race, similar to Mikey (van der Mark), and maybe enough to fight for the podium. But when the tyre went down I lost some time so I think I need to change the style a little more. I improved on my target of seventh and finished two seconds from the podium so for this I’m happy. I’m also happy for the team and congratulations to Mikey for his good result.”
Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda)
Race result: 7th - Championship position: 8th
“It was good but I was just hanging on in there at the end because everybody was just messing each other up and some of them were crashing all over. I would not like to say that I was struggling to hold onto them but I just dug deep. I have never raced for that long in that kind of heat so it was good to come away with an even better result than I did in Phillip Island especially staring from 16th as well. I just missed three crashes going on around me so it was a good day at the office.”
Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR)
Race result: 18th - Championship position: NA
“It went all right out there and I am happy enough as I finished two spots higher than I did last time. We are keeping on moving forward all the time and learning all the time. I am pleased and looking forward to the next one.”
Gabor Talmacsi
Race result: DNF - Championship position: NA
"I made a perfect start, came forward and in the second corner on a good inside line until someone arrived and hit me from the side and ran off track to crash.”
Sheridan Morais: (PTR Honda)
Race result: DNF - Championship position: NA
“My team-mate took me out and that was that. I had not a great start but was riding together with race winner Foret, so it was not too bad. The race pace I thought may have been a little bit quicker than that, but I was only watching from pitlane anyway. It was the first lap when I went into the first turn and something just hit me and that finished my day off.”
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Michael VD Mark

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 02: Aragon – Spain

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1 C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
2 S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
3 M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
4 J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)
5 L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
6 J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
7 C. CHECA (Team Ducati Alstare)
8 M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)
9 L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
10 A. BADOVINI (Team Ducati Alstare)
12 F. SANDI (Team Pedercini)
13 I. CLEMENTI (HTM Racing)
14 V. IANNUZZO (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1 C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
2 S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
3 T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4 D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)
5 M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
6 L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
7 J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
8 C. CHECA (Team Ducati Alstare)
9 L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
10 A. BADOVINI (Team Ducati Alstare)
11 M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)
13 A. LUNDH (Team Pedercini)
14 I. CLEMENTI (HTM Racing)
15 J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Rank Rider (Team)
1 F. FORET (MAHI Racing Team India)
2 M. VD MARK (Pata Honda World Supersport)
3 L. SCASSA (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)
4 A. ANTONELLI (Team Goeleven)
5 R. RUSSO (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki)
6 L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)
7 J. KENNEDY (Rivamoto)
8 V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)
9 R. ROLFO (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)
10 L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)
11 A. BALDOLINI (Team Lorini)
12 M. ROCCOLI (Team Pata by Martini)
13 K. COGHLAN (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team)
14 F. MENGHI (VFT Racing)
15 R. TAMBURINI (Suriano Racing Team)

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