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World Superbike and World Supersport 2014

Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

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February 23, 2014

Points Scores for Honda Riders as the Superbike Season Begins

The first round of the FIM Superbike World Championship took place in unexpectedly warm and sunny conditions after two cool days of practice, with the top Honda result of the day being a fifth place finish for Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) in race two.

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Jonathan Rea

Rea had already scored sixth in race one, despite some issues with grip on the very aggressive Phillip Island track surface, but he converted that into fifth in race two. The race distance of 25 laps was shortened to just 14 laps after an oil leak brought out the red flag.

The race one win was taken by Eugene Laverty (Suzuki) ahead of Marco Melandri (Aprilia) and his team mate Sylvain Guintoli, the new championship leader, who won the shortened second race, and was awarded full points. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) came home in second place almost a full second ahead of his team mate, reigning World Champion Tom Sykes.

Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) fell in race one, at the fast turn 12, but recovered strongly to post a sixth place finish in race two.

Rea had qualified sixth in the new look Superpole contest, run in two parts, with the top ten qualifiers from practice going straight into Superpole Two. Haslam had to ride in Superpole One to get into Superpole Two, which he did easily, and he eventually started from 9th place on the grid.

Rea leaves Australia with his desired two healthy points scores, and he is seventh in the championship points, with 21. Haslam is 11th with ten points.

With the Australian weekend complete the second round takes place at Motorland Aragon in Spain on April 13th.

De Rosa Scores Podium Place after Intense Sprint Race

The first round of the FIM Supersport World Championship was finally run as a five lap sprint race, after the first attempt at running the scheduled 18-laps ended when one of the competitors leaked oil on the racing line.

The five lap race allowed Raffaele De Rosa (Core PTR Honda) to score a podium in his first ride for his new team, as he took a strong third place only 0.317 seconds behind race winner Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta) and Kebvin Coghlan (Yamaha).

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was in a good position in the first race, but fell twice in the sprint race, eventually having to retire.

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) suffered a painful finger injury in practice and after undergoing an operation to repair his left middle finger he was forced to miss the opening round.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) made strong progress in his first WSS weekend and qualified eighth, but he also fell after making a quick change in his set-up before the sprint race started.

Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) injured his right foot in a testing crash a few days ago and was originally ruled out of race weekend after undergoing an operation to repair a broken talus bone. He passed a late fitness test and was unfortunate to suffer a technical problem after making up places from his start at the back of the grid. Bryan Staring (Rivamoto Honda) was also a non-finisher after his clutch started to slip at his home round.

Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda) placed his CBR600RR in eighth place, well in the points on the first time out for his new team

Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda), Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) and Fraser Rogers (Com Plus SMS Racing) all scored points from 13th place through to 15th place.

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Leon Haslam
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Leon Haslam
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 6th / 5th Championship position: 7th
“I guess we have to be reasonably satisfied with the result here because we've made a big improvement over last year here at Phillip Island. It's clear which areas we need to work on and it's mostly mechanical grip. In race one, some of the guys struggled with tire problems because it went the full distance, but I was able to look after my tire, which was a good thing. But we still need to make improvements in that area because the guys at the front had no problems. Race two was unfortunately stopped early, and I think I was probably conserving my tire a little more than I should have been. Sykes passed me into turn one but kind of stopped up in the corner and I lost a lot of places and lost touch with the group so the last few laps were quite boring. But I'm quite happy with everyone on my side of the box – we've been making good linear progress. They're not results to jump up and down about but it's a good way to start the season. I'm looking forward to getting back to some more conventional circuits in Europe and to aiming a lot higher than we did here.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: DNF / 6th Championship position: 11th
“I had a big disaster in race one – we had a bit of an electronics issue and then the bike spun from under me at turn 12. We saw what that was and we know the problem in that area but the boys had to work really, really hard to get the bike ready for race two. They put a good setting in the bike that allowed me to run consistent times similar to the leaders' but we just had a few niggly issues that stopped me getting up to them. Me and Johnny had a good battle and then the race got red flagged. It was disappointing that we didn't get to have a bit more fun out on the track but fifth and sixth for the team, considering the issues we've had, is not so bad. We'll go back and work hard for the next one – we've made some steps forward since Friday but we didn't get back to where we were at the test, which was a little disappointing. We know why though, and we'll get it sorted for next time.”
Raffaele De Rosa (Core PTR Honda)
Race result 3rd Championship Position 3rd
“I'm pleased. This year I was supposed to stay at home. Only the financial support of my family has allowed me to be in Australia. I was going to quit, but then my dad helped me to continue. For this reason, this result is one you really wanted. We did not test before coming here. When the second race started I saw that I could fight for the win. But I could also throw everything away by falling down, so I tried to stay calm, especially after seeing the fall of Sofuoglu up close. Now I just hope to be able to race at Aragon, because I need sponsors to continue to have the bike.”
Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda)
Race result: 8th Championship position: 8th
“Finishing the race in eighth position was good for the championship. In this race I had some problems with the package so I am happy for this kind of result. The next race at Aragon I think we can have a better race.”
Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda)
Race result: 14th Championship position: 14th
“In the weekend I had a big problem with the suspension at times and in the race it was still there. The main issue was just our speed because we were not fast on the straight. I pushed and pushed in the five lap race and I had to go as hard as I could from the beginning. I got some points after not the best race so it was OK.”
 
Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda)
Race result: DNF Championship position: NA
“We did not have good luck today but in the race we could have had a good pace. The start was not so bad and I tried to fight with the leading group. We only tried the normal SC1 tire before the race but we tried the bigger tire option for the first time in the race. In the beginning it was good, but when it slid it really slid, so I could not control it. I fell and did not complete the race. Thanks to Honda, the team and everyone and now I hope we can do better, and improve my physical condition and everything in the next race.”
Bryan Staring (Rivamoto Honda)
Race result: DNF Championship position: NA
“I did not get involved in the fight in the race and I was struggling in one area of the track. I could not keep myself in the game down the straights. That made it difficult even in the first start, but I was just unlucky today. Even though the first start was not great I am sure I would have been in contention for a top five had the race not been restarted. Anyway, that is how it goes. The second start maybe fried the clutch. It was OK for the next lap but after that it was over. It was a pretty heartbreaking first round, but it is a long year and we will move on.”
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: DNF Championship position: NA
“I crashed two times in the five lap race at the end. The first one was because I was too fast and I had already felt that on the entry to the corner. The second one, after I restarted, I just touched the throttle and it came round. If they had not stopped the first running of the race for sure I could have fought for the win. When I set the lap record I did it really easy and then I dropped back but closed the gap to the lead very easy, saving my tires. My second start in the five lap race was not so good and I was back down in fifth. I am just sorry for all the guys because we had all been working really hard and were closer to Kenan Sofuoglu than ever before. We did good race simulations all weekend and then you get a final race with five laps!”
Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda)
Race result: DNF Championship position: NA
“I broke the talus bone in my right foot, which is the one your tibia and fibula sit on, so it was a serious bone to break. The risk of the operation and then trying to ride was there but I passed the medical. I was made to walk on it, jump on it, stand on one foot on my tiptoes, and the pain was massive. I wanted to go out and get some points. I had said to myself that I was going to come in if I was not in the points or the pain was too much during the race but it was OK and I was 12th at one stage, after starting at the very back. We ended up with bad luck after bad luck this weekend including a technical problem in the first race that put me out. You could not write a script for this first weekend really so all I am going to do is go home, regroup and get fully fit for Aragon. We have time before then.”
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Raffaele De Rosa

World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1E. LAVERTY (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)
2M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)
3S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
4D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)
5L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
6J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)
RTL. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
2L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)
5J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)
6L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)
Supersport
Rank Rider (Team)
1J. CLUZEL (MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M.)
2K. COGHLAN (DMC Panavto-Yamaha)
3R. DE ROSA (Core PTR Honda)
4F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)
5R. TAMBURINI (San Carlo Puccetti Racing)
6K. WAHR (RS Wahr by Kraus Racing)
8R. RUSSO (Team Lorini)
13N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)
14M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)
15F. ROGERS (Com Plus SMS Racing)
RT R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)
RT B. STARING (Rivamoto)
RT M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)

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