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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 04: Monza – Italy

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May 12, 2013

Rea Top Eight As Good Fortune Deserts Him at Monza

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) made a very promising start to his weekend at the Monza round of the FIM Superbike World Championship but his good luck was not to hold as he finished eighth in race one and could not complete race two.

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Jonathan Rea
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Jonathan Rea

After a recent test at Assen on his CBR1000RR he found real improvements in pace and set-up and he had qualified well, in fourth place. He had been placed as high as second in the first race before his fortunes changed.

With regular team rider Leon Haslam out though injury replacement rider Kosuke Akiyoshi (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) scored points in his first ever Superbike World Championship race, going 14th, after qualifying 17th on the grid. He was a faller in race two but had once more found improvements in his set-up even between the two 18-lap races.

In the first race, won by Marco Melandri (BMW), ahead of Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia), Rea had an eventful time after he was involved in a fight for the off podium places with Chaz Davies (BMW) and Davide Giugliano (Aprilia). After Jonathan ran on under braking at the first chicane he had to suffer a ride-through penalty and finished race one in eighth place. In race two he pulled in to retire after experiencing issues with his clutch system, which the team are now investigating. Laverty took the race two win from Melandri with Sykes third.

The fifth round of the series will take place on May 26th at Donington Park, a home venue for the both Rea and his regular team-mate Haslam, who is fighting to be fit to ride.

Zanetti Takes A Popular Home Podium at Monza

After a series of incidents had brought out the red flag at the Monza FIM Supersport World Championship event no fewer than three times the much shortened race was finally run after the second Superbike race had been completed.

Top Honda rider in the ten-lap WSS contest proved to be Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) who was third. He had made a remarkable recovery to be on the final grid after being hit by another rider’s machine in the first chicane during one of the cancelled race starts. His team did sterling work to get him back on the grid and give him a bike good enough to record his first podium.

Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was not so fortunate and suffered broken bones in his left foot after his crash on debris left by other crashing riders. He missed the final restart, having qualified fourth in practice. He is now third in the rankings.

Sam Lowes (Yamaha) won the race, from Florian Marino (Kawasaki) and he now leads the championship.

Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) was a strong sixth, his first points scoring finish of the year. He rode with an injured right shoulder from his Assen crash but was able to do the still-tough ten lap race without too much discomfort. He had qualified 12th on the grid.

Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) could have been better than his eventual tenth place finish but a small mistake at a key time allowed other riders to pass him. This was his equal best finish of the year and puts him 14th overall.

David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) was 14th and the last Honda rider to get a point was Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda), in 15th place.

Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) just missed his first point in 16th, while Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) made a tyre change after all the many starts and restarts and regretted it because it proved to be too hard for the conditions. He was 19th with Alex Baldolini (Team Lorini Honda) two places better in 17th.

Promising rookie Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) crashed out today but remains inside the top ten in the points standings.

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Kosuke Akiyoshi
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Lorenzo Zanetti
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 8th / DNF - Championship position: 8th
“It’s been a tough day and I don’t feel like we got what we deserved. Over the weekend the bike had been working well, really well, but the only problem was that I did a lot of riding by myself. That was frustrating because maximizing the racing lines with our bike is different from when you ride in a group. We did not quite have the speed to compete in a group. I made a good start, but straight away I had some problem with the bike. I thought maybe I should adjust the clutch but, to be honest, the guys are still looking into it and investigating because I don’t think that’s the only problem. The feeling from the throttle and the traction control is good on the bike now after our Assen test and exiting corners I could ride on the back of anybody. In those fourth fifth and sixth gears I got dropped a little.”
Kosuke Akiyoshi (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 14th / DNF - Championship position: 23rd
“World Superbike runs at a very high level and the team is also at a high level, but we lost one day to the rain on Friday. We improved step-by-step and today the machine was much better in terms of settings, chassis and throttle control. We just needed more time to make it even better. It was a positive weekend except for the crash when the back end just slipped out in race two.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 3rd - Championship position: 5th
“It was great to take my first podium and get the fastest lap in front of my home crowd but it was down to my great team. They had to fix my crashed bike after one of the restarts and it was like new. I was very happy because at that time I was not sure if I could even start but my team worked in a great way in the garage and we took a podium finish.”
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: DNF - Championship position: 3rd
“It was chaos after all the red flags. In the last attempted start somebody was in a panic, did something stupid and crashed into Lorenzo. I thought I was lucky to miss the crash but when I entered the corner there was mud and grass on the track and I had a big highside. I felt the pain and realized that something was not good. They made an X-ray in the Clinica Mobile and I have four broken bones in my foot. I wanted to go back out and ride today but they say it will be ready for Donington. I hope we can take a good result there again.”
Sheridan Morais (PRT Honda)
Race result: 6th - Championship position: 18th
"I am happy to finish the race given everything we have had to deal with. To go from 14th to sixth is good. The doctors sorted me out this morning with some help for my shoulder but there were so many delays but in the end we did not do too badly. By Donington my shoulder injury should be a lot better and that is positive too. My confidence is high because at the end of the race I was doing good lap times and that is very promising.”
Luca Marconi (PTR Honda)
Race result: 10th - Championship position: N/A
"It was not so bad, but I lost a bit of focus just because of the four starts. I was good off the line but I made a mistake and ran wide in the third corner. Three riders passed me and I finished tenth but I am happy for the weekend because the team worked strongly and we can see what we can do to have a better position at Donington.”
Matt Davies (Honda PTR)
Race result: 16th - Championship position: N/A
“It was OK in the end. I got off to a pretty bad start but picked them off one by one I ended up 16th so close to the points, one place away. I have gone from being 20th to 24th to now being one second off tenth, so I am happy, finished the race and finished in front of where we started.”
Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda)
Race result: 19th - Championship position: N/A
"I am disappointed because we had a lot of starts and had a lot of possibilities but finally we decided not to run the soft tyre because it had been used too much already. We went for a new harder tyre. This was not a good decision because at one time I could not stop the bike because the rear was locking up. I could not turn into the first curve. I tried to recover and passed five or six riders but it was not enough to get any points.”
Mike Conway (Andretti Autosport)zoom
Lorenzo Zanetti

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 04: Monza – Italy

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1 M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
2 T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3 E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
4 S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
5 C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
6 M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)
7 L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
8 J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)
9 L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
10 D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)
11 A. BADOVINI (Team Ducati Alstare)
13 F. LAI (Team Pedercini)
14 K. AKIYOSHI (Pata Honda World Superbike)
15 F. SANDI (Team Pedercini)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1 E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
2 M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
3 T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4 S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
5 M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)
6 D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)
7 L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
8 L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
9 A. BADOVINI (Team Ducati Alstare)
11 F. LAI (Team Pedercini)
12 V. IANNUZZO (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK)
13 F. SANDI (Team Pedercini)
Rank Rider (Team)
1 S. LOWES (Yakhnich Motorsport)
2 F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)
3 L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)
4 R. RUSSO (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki)
5 K. COGHLAN (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team)
6 S. MORAIS (PTR Honda)
7 V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)
8 L. SCASSA (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)
9 V. IVANOV (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team)
10 L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)
11 R. ROLFO (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)
12 M. SCHOLTZ (Suriano Racing Team)
13 C. IDDON (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)
14 D. LINORTNER (Team Honda PTR)
15 R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)

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