World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
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.
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.
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.
|1||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|3||C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|4||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|6||M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)|
|7||L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|RT||J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|1||C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|2||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|4||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|5||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|6||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|13||L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|1||S. LOWES (Yakhnich Motorsport)|
|2||F. FORET (MAHI Racing Team India)|
|3||K. COGHLAN (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team)|
|4||L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)|
|5||M. VD MARK (Pata Honda World Supersport)|
|6||R. RUSSO (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki)|
|7||R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)|
|8||J. KENNEDY (Rivamoto)|
|14||R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)|
|22||L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)|
|23||D. WEBB (PTR Honda)|
|25||I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)|
|26||M. DAVIES (Team Honda PTR)|
|28||N. CALERO PEREZ (Honda PTR)|
|29||M. CARR (AARK Racing)|
|31||E. BLOKHIN (Rivamoto)|
|RT||A. SCHACHT (Racing Team Toth)|
|RT||K. WAHR (Team Honda PTR)|
|RT||B. NEMETH (Complus SMS Racing)|
|RT||R. QUARMBY (Prorace)|