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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 11: Istanbul – Turkey

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September 15, 2013

Top Tens in Turkey for Pata Honda SBK Riders

The first ever FIM Superbike World Championship race at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey saw regular team rider Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) joined by Jonathan Rea's replacement Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike Team). Each rider scored points for top ten finishes in the races, which were held in warm and sunny conditions.

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Leon Haslam
Leon Haslamzoom
Leon Haslam

An eighth place in race two was the best individual result - for Haslam - at what was a tough new circuit to tackle, especially after Saturday's practice and regulation qualifying sessions were adversely affected by rain.

In the first race Haslam did not find the levels of rear grip he was expecting and struggled throughout the entire 18-laps. He and Fabrizio had a hard coming together on the exit of the final corner on the final lap, with Leon just leading his new team-mate across the line by 0.032 seconds to take ninth, Fabrizio tenth.

In the second race, Haslam found his rhythm disturbed by his race one experiences and although he finished much closer to the winning rider on the stopwatch, he was a disappointed eighth. Leon is in 15th place in the championship with 78 points and six individual points scoring races to go.

Late signing for the Istanbul round, to replace the injured Jonathan Rea, series regular Fabrizio was tenth in race two in what was his first Honda outing of the year. He is eighth overall in points.

The next round for the Superbike riders takes place at the one-time SBK regular circuit of Laguna Seca, with race one on Saturday 28th and race two on Sunday 29th September.


Van Der Mark Back on The Podium as Zanetti Continues Good Form

A fighting 16-laps from Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) saw him take third place at the 11th round of the FIM Supersport World Championship in Turkey, the first podium finish he has earned in his rookie WSS season since Motorland Aragon in round two.

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) placed fourth at the Istanbul circuit, the fourth such result he has had during the course of the 2013 WSS championship. He was just under three seconds behind van Der Mark in a strong return to form for the entire Pata Honda Supersport team.

Van der Mark was up to second early on after he passed Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) but the Turkish rider eventually re-passed both Michael and eventual runner up Sam Lowes (Yamaha) to win and keep the title fight open with two rounds to go. Lowes had his lead cut to 49 points, but with only two rounds remaining there are only a maximum of 50 points for any rider who wins both races.

In the championship van der Mark is fourth on 107 points, Zanetti fifth on 99.

Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini) once more impressed and finished sixth in the race after qualifying tenth. He is now 18th overall on points. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) – like van der Mark and Zanetti - is another strong rookie in 2013. He continued his top ten form with ninth at a circuit he had never seen before, like most but not all of his rivals. He made up some ground in the championship chase and is seventh overall.

Ronan Quarmby (Prorace) made a strong impact on the WSS scene again after replacing the injured Gabor Talmacsi for the second time, placing tenth after starting 20th on the grid and scoring his first points after losing out on a good potential finish at the previous round.

Team Lorini Honda Rider Raffaele De Rosa scored points yet again, in 13th place today, for 19th in the championship standings.

Danny Webb (PTR Honda) had only his second ride in WSS and was in the points at one stage, until he made a small mistake and dropped back to finish 18th.

Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) went to 20th place in Turkey, Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) was 21st. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth Honda) placed 22nd his team-mate Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was 23rd and David McFadden (Team Honda PTR) closed his day out in 24th.

With no WSS race in America, the next round will be held in France, at Magny Cours on October 6.

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Michel Fabrizio
Michel Fabriziozoom
Michel Fabrizio
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Race result: 9th / 8th Championship position: 15th
“I had a nice little battle at the end of race one with Michel which was fun, but not really, as we were slower than we should have been. I'm happy with my lap times in race two, even though I had a little less grip than we expected. That was down to some chassis changes that didn't really work because we didn't get the data from race one. My consistency was good though and my pace at the end was matching the top five, we just lacked a little bit of pace at the beginning.”
Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Race result: 10th / 10th Championship position: 8th
“It has not been an easy weekend but it was very important for me to finish both the races to find out as much as possible about the bike and how it works. For me, that was a positive and I really enjoyed riding the bike for the first time here. It has been a great experience to work with the team and I think we have made some progress but maybe not as much as we wanted. I look forward to riding again at Laguna Seca where I hope we can be closer to the front.”
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport)
Race result: 3rd Championship position: 4th
“I had a good start and got to third and then I passed Kenan Sofuoglu at one time. I had a good feeling but as soon as the front two upped the pace I could not go quite as fast as them because I missed some grip. Compared to this morning the track was a lot different. I tried to keep my pace as high as possible. I was not really happy with the pace but I could see that the group behind was not really closing on me. I did good consistent lap times and this gave me third. For a lot of races we have had the speed to get on the podium but finally now we are back on it again.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport)
Race result: 4th Championship position: 5th
“I had not a really good start because after warm-up we changed the engine and on this bike the clutch was a bit different. I lost some position and when I overtook some riders I lost a bit of time. My tyre choice was good, I had a good rhythm in the race and I was sure I could battle with Michael for the podium. In the end it was a good result for the team, third for Michael and fourth for me. Now I want to work for that podium in the last two races. Many fourth places now so I am a bit tired to just miss out on the podium so often!”
Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini)
Race result: 6th Championship position: 18th
“Not such a bad day for me. My start was slow but the race was good. I tried to push a lot in the end to catch the rider in front of me but then I slid a little bit with the rear tyre. After that we made a good job to manage it all and we will work to improve again next time.”
Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto)
Race result: 9th Championship position: 7th
"A difficult race because I did not get away with the front of the pack like I wanted to. I got held up by a few riders in the first laps and found it difficult to pass. I finally got through and just sort of held the gap until Salom and Rolfo came past me. I tagged onto them for a few laps and tried to stay with them because I knew Rolfo would go forward. I just struggled for a bit of grip to go forward after that and had to work hard on the brakes. I nearly fell a few times because of that so I was happy enough to bring it home with a top ten finish."
Danny Webb (PTR Honda)
Race result: 18th Championship position: NA
"I was a bit wound up with myself as I lost three seconds on one lap when I didn't let the clutch out enough between corners. I was in the battle for points and we closed the gap to the front from the Nürburgring. We have definitely made a step and I am more and more comfortable on my PTR Honda. In Magny Cours it will feel more natural and I want to make the next step. We are not too far away and are making good progression, which is just what we needed and planned. I just need a bit more time on the 600."
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Michael van der Mark

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 11: Istanbul – Turkey

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
2M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
3T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
5D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)
6T. ELIAS (Red Devils Roma)
9L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
10 M. FABRIZIO (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
2T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
4M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
5T. ELIAS (Red Devils Roma)
6C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
8L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)
10 M. FABRIZIO (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Rank Rider (Team)
1K. SOFUOGLU (MAHI Racing Team India)
2S. LOWES (Yakhnich Motorsport)
3M. VD MARK (Pata Honda World Supersport)
4L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)
5R. ROLFO (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)
6R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)
9J. KENNEDY (Rivamoto)
10R. QUARMBY (Prorace)
13R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)
18D. WEBB (PTR Honda)
20L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)
22A. SCHACHT (Racing Team Toth)
23I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)
24D. MCFADDEN (Team Honda PTR)
26T. SINIORIS (Sinioris Racing Team)
RTE. BLOKHIN (Rivamoto)
RTB. NEMETH (Complus SMS Racing)
RTD. CUDLIN (Team Honda PTR)
RTC. COSKUN (Pacific Racing Team)

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