World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
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.
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.
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.
|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)|
|12||M. NEUKIRCHNER (MR-Racing)|
|13||F. LAI (Team Pedercini)|
|14||K. AKIYOSHI (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|15||F. SANDI (Team Pedercini)|
|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)|
|10||M. NEUKIRCHNER (MR-Racing)|
|11||F. LAI (Team Pedercini)|
|12||V. IANNUZZO (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK)|
|13||F. SANDI (Team Pedercini)|
|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)|