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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 06: Portimao – Portugal

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June9, 2013

Podium For Rea on A Day of Contasting Fortunes

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) rode to an assured race two podium finish with third place in the FIM Superbike World Championship event at Portimao in Portugal, after the disappointment of a retirement in race one.

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Jonathan Rea
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Jonathan Rea

Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was able to start race one despite the pain from his long-term left lower leg injury but he did not compete in race two.

In the first race, having qualified third in Superpole and starting from the front row of the grid, Rea was in contention early on but only completed eight laps, after encountering a technical issue with his machine. Marco Melandri (BMW) won the first 22-lap race.

Haslam had battled weakness in his injured left leg to ride to 14th in Superpole but he only completed one more lap than Rea in race one before pulling in. He had to use a lot of upper body strength to move his bike around at the very physical Portimao circuit and this proved to be almost as much of an issue as his injured leg, so he did not start the second race.

In race two Rea chased hard on the heels of leader and eventual race winner Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) for 17 laps but a drop in pace as his tyre life got used up allowed Laverty to escape and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) to overtake. Jonathan had sufficient pace to hold onto a hard earned third place. This was his second podium finish of 2013.

In the championship standings Rea is seventh with 105 points, 14 points behind sixth placed Loris Baz (Kawasaki). Haslam is 15th with a total of 29 points.

The next round will take place in Imola, Italy, on Sunday June 30, with all classes represented once more.

Van Der Mark The Top Honda Rider After Classic WSS Action

Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) made a real play to try and win the 20-lap FIM Supersport World Championship race at Portimao but had to give best to the trio of riders who had led the race from the start. Sam Lowes (Yamaha) won his fourth race in a row, with Kawasaki riders Fabien Foret and Kenan Sofuoglu just behind.

Michael, who had qualified in sixth place for a second row start, had to pick his way forward at good pace and finally got into contention. All the same he had to settle for fourth place, which puts him fourth in the overall rankings, one place ahead of his team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team).

The battle for the race win was thrilling for the sparse crowd with van Der Mark finally pleased to have been able to run up front yet again with the most experienced WSS riders in his rookie season.

Lorenzo suffered a big crash on Saturday, injuring his shoulder and putting him a lowly 24th on the grid. He fought back to finish 14th and score two points but it was a frustrating day for the Italian rider after some recent good showings on raceday.

Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) put in a season best of fifth today after qualifying on the front row. From third on the grid he was in the leading group early on but even after making what he felt was an imperfect tyre choice he was fifth, and second best Honda rider behind van Der Mark. Morais was nine seconds down at the flag and is now 11th in the points.

Rookie rider Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) had to overcome pain from a right leg injury after hitting a high kerbstone with his knee on Saturday and he finished a career equalling best of sixth place in the race and holds eighth in the championship with 44 points.

Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda) continued to work well in the WSS class by qualifying and finishing in ninth place. One off rider and local favourite Miguel Praia, who expanded the Lorini Honda team to two riders this weekend, joined him on the grid. Miguel finished 20th.

With Zanetti 14th Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) finished off the top 15 and scored a point, with David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) 16th and young rider Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) 17th.

A luckless day for Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) saw him retire with a technical issue. He is now 24th in the points table.

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Leon Haslam
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Michael VD Mark
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: DNF / 3rd - Championship position: 7th
“It’s been a frustrating weekend, yet again, but we have a podium to take away from it and I’m quite happy to get back into the podium way. I set a really good pace in the first part of race two and the bike felt really good but, as soon as the grip dropped, the electronics were playing havoc. I can’t turn the traction control up because I slow down even more and, if I turn it off, the bike becomes unrideable. Race one was also disappointing because we’re just having too many mechanical problems this year. It was frustrating to go through that when I was fighting in the top five and two good circuits for us have now been and gone and we haven’t been able to capitalise. Imola is another strong circuit for us, so hopefully we can be back up here again. I want to thank Chris Pike my crew chief and everyone who keeps digging deep and working hard, and all the fans for their support, which means a lot at the moment when we’re finding it tough.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: DNF / DNS - Championship position: 15th
“A tough weekend, really, when I’ve been struggling with power in the leg. The knee bend was pretty good, but I just struggled in race one with fatigue in the rest of my body. I couldn’t use my leg properly, so the manhandling of the bike that’s needed round here was done pretty much using my upper body. You don’t realise how much you use your legs on the bike until you can’t use one of them! It’s a little frustrating, but I got eight or nine laps in before I was completely done, and I managed to pass a few people, like Leon Camier, who finished fourth. We’ve made progress from Donington and we have another three weeks until Imola. We’ve also been keeping up to speed on the electronics, which will be useful in the races to come. If I sat out three or four races it would take my head three or four races more to get back up to racing speed.”
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 4th - Championship position: 4th
“I think anything could have happened on those last two laps. My start was great. But in the first few corners I lost some positions and it took some time to get through. When I passed the guys in front I tried to get to the leaders but we were doing similar lap times so I could not catch them quickly. I knew at the end they would fight for the win so I closed the gap then and I had a nice battle with the front guys. The bike was fast on the straight so it was easy to pass them but on the last lap I almost lost the front but stayed on. I finished fourth and that was the kind of result we needed after two bad races.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 14th - Championship position: 5th
“This had been a completely bad weekend for me because I arrived here after two positive races and this should be a good track for me. Anyway, I found it only possible to fight for a top 15. The bike was OK and the potential of the team and me is not reflected in this kind of result. We will restart working towards Imola to return to the front.”
Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda)
Race result: 6th - Championship position: 8th
“I got a good start and was up where we needed to be in the front group. When van Der Mark and Morais came past I pushed to go with them. I held on for a few laps until I made a small mistake. Once I knew they had gone, I pretty much controlled the race by reading my pit board. I knew there was a group behind but I really wanted 6th. I was lacking a bit of confidence and my knee was pretty sore but it’s been a great weekend. The Rivamoto Honda has worked well once again and the team have been fantastic.”
Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda)
Race result: 5th - Championship position: 11th
"I tried hard today and while fifth is not what we wanted, it is a step in the right direction and we can get our heads down and keep improving. For some reason we seemed to struggle for rear traction in the race, which we hadn't done in qualifying and warm up. We have proved we can challenge at the front and the results will come as we continue to work hard as a team."
Matt Davies (Honda PTR)
Race result: 17th - Championship position: NA
“At least I finished where I started the race although I made a mess of the first corner after a good start. I also made another mistake across the back of the track. It was All OK and I came from 26th on the first lap. I am happy with that aspect so I will try to move on for Imola.”
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Jonathan Rea

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 06: Portimao – Portugal

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

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