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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 09: Silverstone – Great Britain

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Great Britain
August 4, 2013

Rea Takes First 2013 SBK Season Win

Having qualified third after Superpole at round nine of the FIM Superbike World Championship Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) went on to push his way to a clear win in race one at Silverstone, his first race victory of 2013 and the 11th of his career. It was his first SBK win since the Donington round in 2012. Rea was only one place from the podium in race two, taking fourth after fighting through the field in his second outing of the day that was affected by ever-changing weather and track surface conditions.

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Jonathan Rea
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Jonathan Rea

Rea was peerless in race one after the tricky conditions forced many of his rivals to slow and even his fellow competitors were full of praise for the way he could encounter changes in track conditions and yet still push hard at the front on his own.

Jonathan won by over three seconds from Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) and Leon Camier (Suzuki). In race two Jonathan’s fourth place and the 13 points he scored for it kept him in an overall seventh place, but he is now within four points of fifth place in the championship, with Chaz Davies (BMW) and race two winner Loris Baz (Kawasaki) tied on points just ahead of him.

Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) came back from a winning run at the Suzuka 8 Hour race last weekend to take seventh place in race one and then a DNF in race two. With single bike rules and flag-to-flag races in place in SBK racing in 2013, none of the top riders elected to come in for tires in either race, although race two was red flagged and called a result after 16 of the planned 18 laps had been completed.

Leon endured a heavy high-side crash as the damp conditions took their toll, but despite hitting his right leg heavily on the track, he did not re-injure his existing left leg fracture. Leon is now 15th in the championship rankings.

The SBK series now takes a summer break but heads to the Nürburgring in Germany, between August 30 and September 1, for the tenth round of the championship.

Van Der Mark Loses Podium Chance as Kennedy Goes Seventh

The ninth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship was looking good for recent Suzuka 8 Hour race winner Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) but a mistake that caused a collision with one of his rivals dropped him back and he had to fight hard to finish ninth, the second best Honda rider at Silverstone in very changeable conditions.

After a heavy crash in the previous round in Russia, in an accident that claimed the life of Andrea Antonelli, Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) had a tough weekend in the UK, riding with several injuries, including one to his throttle hand. He recorded an 11th place finish, after qualifying 14th, to keep fifth place overall in the championship points standings.

The 16-lap race was won by Kawasaki rider Kenan Sofuoglu, from Yamaha rider Sam Lowes, who fell but remounted to finish second after a last lap contact between the two leading riders. That incident, and subsequent investigation, meant that the final results were delayed for some time but the original result stood.

Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda), a recent top British Supersport competitor, was top Honda finisher in the UK round, the rookie rider scoring seventh and going seventh in the championship as a result. He struggled with machine set-up in qualifying and started eighth on the grid at what is almost a home round for the Irish rider. Despite still struggling with a knee injury he scored good points and was the top CBR600RR rider on show.

Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini Honda) was 12th, one place behind his countryman Zanetti, and the last Honda rider to score points at what proved to be a tricky round for many riders.

Ronan Quarmby (PRORACE Honda) was in a good position for much of the early part of the race but dropped down the field to finish 18th in his first WSS race of the year, riding as a replacement for the injured Gabor Talmacsi. Talmacsi, who was a spectator at Silverstone with his team, is not confident of a return to racing in the near future, such is the complicated nature of his left leg fracture.

Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) was only 19th after a fall in qualifying and finding some troubles with his electronics package in race conditions. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) battled bravely racing with a recently broken arm in his comeback race and he finished 20th.

Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was 21st today, David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) 23rd, and young Aussie Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) 25th.

Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda), sits in 19th position overall. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) went 27th out of the 31 riders who completed the race.

The Nürburgring in Germany will host the next round of the WSS Championship, on Sunday September 1.

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Jonathan Rea
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Leon Haslam
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 1st / 4th Championship position: 7th
“It is great to win again for Honda, my team, all the sponsors and my friends. I think it was one of the hardest races there is, to go out there and find the pace is quite slow but then work up the confidence to go forward. I felt like a donkey out there in front, doing all the work! I was really scared in case I crashed and I just backed it down a bit. It is a great feeling. The conditions helped us a little but we will take it any way we can! It feels great to be up here and take 25 points again. We made a good change for race two and got up to fourth after I got stuck behind Tom Sykes for a few laps. I lost way too much time at the beginning but I was happy to do a 2 minute 05s lap in the later stages. The race two result was OK but we can go int o the summer break happy enough that we’ve got an overall package that can challenge for podiums.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 7th / DNF Championship position: 15th
“I had pretty good pace in race one, but starting from back in twelfth place was quite hard work. I managed to get up to a position to fight for the podium but made a few mistakes late on and missed out on that. I got a terrible start to race two and got stuck behind Guigliano but started to make my way through and into the top ten. Unfortunately, the rain came and I got caught out with a big high-side. I have just bashed all down my right side and my crash helmet took a bit of a pounding but my airbag inside my leathers saved my shoulders. I initially thought I had broken my right ankle but that feeling went away after a few minutes.”
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 9th Championship position: 4th
“It was just my own stupid mistake that dropped me back. I was really fast but in the beginning I got held up. I was so much faster than Florian Marino out of the last corner but it was my mistake because I took the wrong side to try and pass and I am sorry for him. We hit each other and I ran off track. When I came back my pace was so good, probably good enough for a podium, but I am sure we will be fast again.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 11th Championship position: 5th
“I am in pain and very tired but I really wanted to race here for me and for Andrea Antonelli. For me an 11th position is like a victory because I am in really bad condition. Now I have one month to make a recovery and I hope to be at the Nürburgring in very good condition. I will try to finish the season one time on the podium again at least for Andrea.”
Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda)
Race result: 7th Championship position: 7th
“I was struggling for that little bit of set-up all weekend, chasing it a bit, and we never quite found that little bit of extra grip before we went into the race. I would not say we went in with a blind mindset but we took a little gamble and it was better. I thought I had originally qualified on the second row but I was third row. I had a terrible start again in the race; I need to get off the line better. I fought my way in the race but got left on my own in limbo land in the middle of the race and my lap times dropped off but when Roby Rolfo came past I tried tagging on to him and the lap times came back. It was not my single best result but is the closest I have ever been to the front and I am quite happy with my lap times. I did my best lap time of the weekend in the race. I gave it my all and a great job from the team again.”
Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda)
Race result: 19th Championship position: 12th
"Another tough weekend for us for sure. It was not too bad until up to yesterday when I crashed in qualifying. I was just trying to put the lap together when I crashed yesterday and even in warm-up this morning we had made some good progress. We took a few steps back after the crash yesterday and we made progress. Something just did not feel right in the race and with the organizers asking us to switch on our rain lights, something went wrong with the electronics that is what I struggled with in the race."

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 09: Silverstone – Great Britain

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)
2E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
3L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
4S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
5L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
6J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
7L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
3E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
4J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)
5L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
6S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
RTL. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Rank Rider (Team)
1K. SOFUOGLU (MAHI Racing Team India)
2S. LOWES (Yakhnich Motorsport)
3F. FORET (MAHI Racing Team India)
4K. COGHLAN (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team)
5C. IDDON (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)
6R. ROLFO (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)
7J. KENNEDY (Rivamoto)
9M. VD MARK (Pata Honda World Supersport)
11L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)
12R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)
18R. QUARMBY (Prorace)
19S. MORAIS (PTR Honda)
20L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)
21I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)
23D. LINORTNER (Team Honda PTR)
25M. DAVIES (Team Honda PTR)
28Y. POLZER (Team MRC Austria)
30M. CARR (AARK Racing)
31E. BLOKHIN (Rivamoto)
RTR. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)
RTB. NEMETH (Complus SMS Racing)
RTA. SCHACHT (Racing Team Toth)

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