World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
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.
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.
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.
|1||J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|2||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)|
|4||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|6||J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)|
|7||L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|1||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)|
|3||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|4||J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|5||L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)|
|6||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|RT||L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|1||K. SOFUOGLU (MAHI Racing Team India)|
|2||S. LOWES (Yakhnich Motorsport)|
|3||F. FORET (MAHI Racing Team India)|
|4||K. COGHLAN (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team)|
|5||C. IDDON (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)|
|6||R. ROLFO (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)|
|7||J. KENNEDY (Rivamoto)|
|9||M. VD MARK (Pata Honda World Supersport)|
|11||L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)|
|12||R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)|
|18||R. QUARMBY (Prorace)|
|19||S. MORAIS (PTR Honda)|
|20||L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)|
|21||I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)|
|23||D. LINORTNER (Team Honda PTR)|
|25||M. DAVIES (Team Honda PTR)|
|27||N. CALERO PEREZ (Honda PTR)|
|28||Y. POLZER (Team MRC Austria)|
|30||M. CARR (AARK Racing)|
|31||E. BLOKHIN (Rivamoto)|
|RT||R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)|
|RT||B. NEMETH (Complus SMS Racing)|
|RT||A. SCHACHT (Racing Team Toth)|