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World Superbike and World Supersport 2013

Round 12: Laguna Seca – U.S.A.

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September 29, 2013

Fabrizio Top Ten as Both Riders Score Points in Race Two

The second FIM Superbike World Championship race of the 12th round took place at Laguna Seca a day after the first and it was a challenging event for both Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).

Michel Fabrizio, Leon Haslamzoom
Michel Fabrizio, Leon Haslam
Michel Fabriziozoom
Michel Fabrizio

Michel found his machine set-up much more to his liking in race two, but starting from the fifth row at such a tight and tough circuit he had to work hard to finish tenth and score points for the second time this weekend. This was only his second race on the Pata Honda machine this season.

Leon found his electronics system upset by a malfunctioning sensor and he was unable to get the initial burst of power out of the corners, leaving him 11th and just behind his team-mate Fabrizio in race two. In the championship Michel is now seventh, and Leon 14th, both moving up one place this weekend.

The second race went the full 26-laps and was held in warm and dry conditions that helped bring about close racing through the field. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) took the win ahead of Davide Giugliano (Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (BMW). It was an unusual event in America as the races were held on different days from each other, but the championship will return to normal for the next round. That takes place in just a few days time, at Magny-Cours in France, on Sunday, October 6.

Leon Haslamzoom
Leon Haslam
Leon Haslamzoom
Leon Haslam
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Race result: DNF Championship position: 14th
“We had a sensor break in race one yesterday, then I crashed out, and then today in race two we had another sensor break. A different one from the first, but the bike thought it was further over than it was on both left and right corners, so the traction control was just continuously cutting in. It is a problem we had in the early rounds until we solved it, but it came back here. My leg was sore after my crash yesterday and I suffered a bit with my right arm, because I hit it hard and it was swollen up today. It was not a factor, although we were slower than we were yesterday. I did a race simulation yesterday and we were a second a lap faster, so it is not a problem with our overall package. When it works the way we want it works very well..”
Michel Fabrizio (Pata Honda World Superbike)
Race result:  13th Championship position: 7th
“In the second race I was a bit happier and the bike felt much better. I was happy with how it suited me and I was a lot more comfortable on it. Starting from the fifth row was difficult but after the changes that we made after warm-up this morning, my confidence in the front was much better and I was able to do 1’24s laps in the race, so I was very happy. I felt much more comfortable on the bike and although the result is not perfect I think I could have finished higher with a better starting position. I am happy that we were able to make these steps forward after the problems earlier in the weekend.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Round 12: Laguna Seca – U.S.A.

Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1 E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)
2 D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)
3 M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
4 J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)
5 S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
6 C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)
10 M. FABRIZIO (Pata Honda World Superbike)
11 L. HASLAM (Pata Honda World Superbike)

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