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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 07: Imola Circuit – Italy

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June 30, 2013

Rea Recovers With A Strong Second Place at Imola

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) rode the highs and lows at the seventh round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Imola, with a fall and subsequent DNF in race one, and a great second place in race two.

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Jonathan Rea
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Jonathan Rea

Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) managed to not only finish both SBK races for the first time in several rounds but also take two top ten results after each 21-lap outing, despite the continuing negative effects of his long term left leg injury.

Rea, who had qualified well in second place in Superpole and was riding at a circuit he has gone well at in the past, made the most of his front row grid position in race one but ran on during lap one and dropped back to tenth place. He battled hard to get back up to fourth place but fell on lap 19, losing the front when trying to get into a good overtaking line, to eventually end his race in the pit lane.

His race two performance was almost faultless but he had no answer for double race winner and Superpole winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)) who is also the new championship leader. This was his third podium finish of 2013.

Haslam qualified 11th and improved to tenth in race one, but it was his combative race two fight, despite a serious lack of mobility and pain from his left leg, that impressed most and netted him a valuable ninth place.

In the championship Rea sits seventh with 125 points, while Haslam put his first points on the board since round two at Aragon and is 15th, with 42 points.

The next round will take place at Moscow Raceway, in Russia, on Sunday 21 July.

Zanetti Takes Best Honda WSS Finish Aa Imola With Fourth

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was only one place from a podium finish at his home round of Imola during the seventh round of the FIM World Supersport Championship.

Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) placed fifth today and maintains his position as the top Honda rider in the championship, fourth overall and one spot ahead of Zanetti. Lorenzo had been the top Honda qualifier, fifth, with Michael tenth.

Kenan Sofuoglu was the race winner for Kawasaki, with both van Der Mark and Zanetti involved in battles behind. The race was eventually run over 14 laps after a red flag halted the first attempt after an oil spill that caught some riders out, and almost claimed van Der Mark. The scheduled 19-laps became 14 after a long delay to clear up the track.

Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) overcame a crash in the first running to finish tenth, having been ninth in qualifying. It was a challenging day for many other Honda riders, but Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda) finished just one place behind Morais, in 11th.

Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) fell in practice and made his pre-existing right knee injury worse but he continued to the end and finished 13th, scoring three more points for his rookie season total to date.

Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS racing Honda) just missed a championship point in 16th, while his former team-mate and fellow Hungarian Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) placed 17th. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth Honda) was 20th, the next best Honda rider.

Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) broke his right arm in two places but will try to get back in time to race at the next round in Moscow. Young Aussie rider Matt Davies (Honda PTR) was a non-starter as his bike was damaged in the first attempted race start.

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Leon Haslam
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Lorenzo Zanetti
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: DNF / 2nd - Championship position: 7th
“I have really mixed emotions today. We had really good pace all weekend, but not enough for Tom [Sykes] today, who seemed like he had something in reserve, especially when it got hot this afternoon. I pulled a big ‘holey’ in race one and thought, “I’m gone here”, but I had a big vibration the whole race on the brake disc, so I couldn’t push the front like I wanted. I made a mistake on the first lap, but made a lot of ground up and then unfortunately crashed when I was pushing for the podium with a couple of laps to go. In race two I just rode my ass off and made zero mistakes. In the first five laps I couldn’t go with the two guys ahead, so they gapped me and by half distance, Tom had eked out a lead tenth by tenth. I need to work with my crew to make the bike better with a full fuel load and fresh tyres, but it’s clear that we’ve addressed some of the problems we’ve had when the tyres drop. We can leave Imola with our heads held high because we’ve addressed some of the issues we had earlier in the season and we look forward now to Moscow.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 10th / 9th - Championship position: 15th
“The pace is way off but one step at a time. I think it is a combination of the race distance taking its toll on the rest of my body and the leg is still super-sore so I cannot push through the pegs. My full pace is still not there so I am overworking my body trying to put the bike where I want it. I tire out quite fast and I know where I am losing time but the bike is working very well. I think it is 99% me because I cannot put weight through the pegs. But, psychologically, to complete both races here has been very important for me.”
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 5th - Championship position: 4th
“The first start was OK and I was in a group that would be fighting for the podium. I felt that I could go faster than the others and I was waiting because my pace was better. Then we got an oil flag but it was on top of a hill so I could not see where the problem was. The others went through OK so I figured it wasn’t too bad but then I hit it and I lost the rear. I though “OK, this is going to hurt”, but I was able to save it. I have no idea how! In the restart I was riding in third place and had a good feeling but I pushed too hard on the front and lost two places. I couldn’t go any faster so I stayed safe for fifth. I’m happy for that, and the good points I got, but a little unhappy that I wasn’t able to fight for the podium in the restart. Fifth at the end is not that bad.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 4th - Championship position: 5th
“Part of me is happy that I was able to fight for a podium at my home race, but another part is angry because another rider rode straight across me in the first start and that affected my position on the grid after the red flag. OK, that’s racing, but I had to push a lot and use my head to stay calm and get into a good rhythm. I hoped that I might get into a podium position because Sofuoglu and Leonov used a softer tyre than me. A podium in Italy would be another kind of flower! Fourth is a good result though and it’s been a good weekend compared with Portimao. The championship is OK and the team will be happy with these results. If we can continue this way, the podium will surely come to us. The team has the potential for us to arrive.”
Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda)
Race result: 13th - Championship position: 8th
“I suppose not all of them can go as planned and I had a big crash in qualifying yesterday and that meant I hit my bad knee again, so it is full of fluid, really swollen and sore and not a lot of power in it. I also had some issues on the brakes today that we did not have in warm-up, so that must have been left over from the crash yesterday. I cannot blame the team as they went through everything on the bike and made sure everything was OK then we just had this brake problem from nowhere. I suppose I am happy to get points out of it.”
Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda)
Race result: 10th - Championship position: 12th
"I had a crash yesterday and again now in the race when the oil spill happened. I got back to the grid for the restarted race but you know what, I am actually happy in the way I raced, because there was a lot of passing and bashing going on but just in the wrong position. To be fighting for tenth is not my usual place I think but it was really hard today. We are struggling with horsepower so to be racing directly against other guys makes that tough. Every time I did good work in the turns I get passed in the straights. It is making life hard but we are all working hard to improve it."
Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth)
Race result: 20th - Championship position: NA
“The race was actually quite good. I had a good fight with Imre and Calero. I made a mistake on the last lap which stopped me from attacking my team-mate on the run to the flag but I will try again in Russia. It’s been a great job by the team this weekend as we were missing a couple of mechanics so a big thanks to them.”
Matt Davies (Honda PTR)
Race result: DNS - Championship position: NA
“I was not able to make the restart because my bike broke down in the first place. We have just had a big string of bad luck recently so hopefully we can turn it round soon. I qualified a bit back but this is a learning year for me for sure. Looking at the times I did in free practice I am looking at finishing top 15 on those times.”
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Jonathan Rea

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 07: Imola Circuit – Italy

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

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