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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 10: Nürburgring – Germany

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September 1, 2013

Haslam in the Points in Germany but Rea Suffers Femur Fracture

The tenth round of the FIM World Superbike Championship saw Leon Haslam fight hard to take a seventh and then a 13th place after two dry weather races which were red flagged for oil spills late in their duration. Race one was taken by new championship leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) while race two went to BMW rider Chaz Davies.

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Leon Haslam
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Leon Haslam

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was looking good for a podium finish while sitting in fourth place in race one, until a crash on oil saw him slide into the trackside barrier at high speed and break his left femur. He was followed into the gravel by Leon Camier (Suzuki) shortly afterwards, before the race was stopped. The result was counted back to the positions at the end of the 17th lap, minus the riders who fell.

Rea is now in hospital in Koblenz where he is hoping to have a pin inserted in the broken femur later tonight. Jonathan had qualified fifth and started fourth after the withdrawal of Loris Baz (Kawasaki) following an injury the French rider had suffered in  the morning warm-up. Rea looked comfortable in the race behind the leading trio before his crash and felt he had a strong raceday package.

Haslam was seventh in race one but he fell at turn eight on lap six of race two, but he got going again albeit in last position. He clawed his way back to a points scoring position in 13th, but was frustrated to lose the chance of another high scoring ride. He is now 15th in the overall rankings.

Zanetti and van Der Mark the best Honda Riders at the Nurburgring

An eventful 19-lap tenth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship saw Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) the top placed Honda CBR600RR rider, fourth and less than a second from a podium finish. His team-mate Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was one place behind but could also have challenged for a top three place had he not qualified 12th, and then dropped to 16th at one stage during the race.

Zanetti is still recovering from surgery following a crash in round eight, and he also caught a virus on Saturday, sapping his energy at what is a very physically demanding circuit, with heavy braking zones and many chicanes to muscle his way through.

For van Der Mark he felt continued frustration at not qualifying as well as he would like but he is enthused by the race pace he and his team have found in the CBR600RR once races get underway.

The 19-lap German race was won by hot championship favorite Sam Lowes (Yamaha) who saw his main rival Kenan Sofuoglu fall while trying to keep pace with him. Lowes has a 54 point advantage with only three races and a maximum of 75 points up for grabs to any rider who wins all three, starting at the next round in Turkey.

Roberto Tamburini (Lorini Honda) had a great ride to seventh after qualifying ninth while Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) recovered from a poor start to take eighth place, the last Honda rider in the top ten.

Ronan Quarmby (Prorace Honda) looked set for as top five placing until his bike stopped on lap six, meaning the final Honda rider in the points was team Lorini Rider Raffaele De Rosa, 14th.

Danny Webb (PTR Honda) took his first ride in WSS today, after moving from Moto3, and he finished 23rd. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) was disappointed to be 22nd in Germany as he recovery his form after injury, while Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was 25th and Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) also missed out on points in 26th place.

The next round, for Superbike and Supersport classes, will be held at the Istanbul Park, Turkey, on September 15.

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Leon Haslam
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Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: DNF / DNS Championship position: 7th
“I’ve felt better, but I’m hoping to get the leg pinned later tonight so hopefully I can be home in a few days and start the recovery as soon as possible. It’s unbelievable what was happening with the flags in the race because I saw an oil flag at turn six but then nothing at turn seven or after that. I went down at the fast left at turn eight and, unfortunately, I stayed conscious throughout so I can remember everything. I was feeling pretty good before then and, although I didn’t have the pace to pass the guys in front it was clear I had the best package and, although it was late in the race, I still had good grip levels. Until I hit the oil.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 7th / 13th Championship position: 15th
“It’s been a bit of a disaster, really. I felt pretty good all weekend and we made some good steps, but in race one we had an electronics issue, which kind of determined the result. In race two we made some good changes that allowed me to hold on to the leading group. But I just pushed the front a bit too hard and went down. So it was frustrating because I had a really good feeling on Saturday afternoon but, after changing the engine last night, I never got the feeling back. I really felt we had the pace for a podium this weekend, so it’s a bit frustrating. Of course, I wish Johnny [Rea] all the best for a quick recovery and we’ll try to get some better results in Turkey.”
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 5th Championship position: 4th
“I must be really happy in some ways because I came from 16th place but I am disappointed because I felt I could go at a pace for the podium again. My start was not so good and another rider made a stupid action in front of me so I lost a few points again. We need to find a way to be near the front at the beginning because my pace was good and I hope next race we can be on the podium again.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 4th Championship position: 5th
“When I arrived here I was not 100% after surgery and on Saturday I caught the ‘flu! I was not in good condition and before the start I had some treatment in the Clinica. I also decided to change the entire front suspension because I did not have a great feeling with the other set-up, so I did not know how it would work in the race. But I think it was the right decision we made with the team. I made a mistake two laps from the end and I lost the podium chance, but I think this was a positive race.”
Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda)
Race result: 8th Championship position: 7h
“A bad start has cost us what could have been our best result of the season so far. I felt confident and I knew we could be consistent as we proved by fighting from 15th at turn one to 8th position at the end. We were setting as good a pace as the front runners so we have to take the many positives from this weekend to the next race.”
Danny Webb (PTR Honda)
Race result: 23rd Championship position: NA
"It was a good experience and I learnt loads in the race. The main thing is I need to learn to use new tires because I am doing the same lap times at the start and end of the race. It has been a good weekend for my first time on the bike. I'd like to thank PTR for getting my bike ready after a warm up crash, the team is awesome and I am looking forward to Turkey."
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Jonathan Rea

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 10: Nürburgring – Germany

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
3C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
4S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
5D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)
6M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)
7L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
RTJ. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
2E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
3M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
4T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
5S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
6D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)
13L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Rank Rider (Team)
1S. LOWES (Yakhnich Motorsport)
2F. FORET (MAHI Racing Team India)
3K. COGHLAN (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team)
4L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)
5M. VD MARK (Pata Honda World Supersport)
6R. RUSSO (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki)
7R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)
8J. KENNEDY (Rivamoto)
14R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)
22L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)
23D. WEBB (PTR Honda)
25I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)
26M. DAVIES (Team Honda PTR)
29M. CARR (AARK Racing)
31E. BLOKHIN (Rivamoto)
RTA. SCHACHT (Racing Team Toth)
RTK. WAHR (Team Honda PTR)
RTB. NEMETH (Complus SMS Racing)
RTR. QUARMBY (Prorace)

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