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World Superbike and World Supersport 2014

Round 04: Imola Circuit – Italy

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May 11, 2014

Rea Takes Championship Lead after Brilliant Double Win

A perfect weekend of racing delivered Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) two race winner’s trophies following the Superpole win in qualifying at the fourth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Imola in Italy.

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Jonathan Rea
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Jonathan Rea

He is now leading the championship, having started the day in fourth place in the standings. He has also now won three races in 2014, more than any other rider so far this year.

The scorching weather that appeared for practice and Superpole, with track temperatures nudging over 50°C at times, was not repeated on raceday but in pleasantly warm conditions Rea and his Honda CBR1000RR never missed a beat as they secured front running wins in each 19-lap race. Unlike many other recent WSBK races these two contests went the full distance and were unaffected by any weather changes.

With his race two win at Assen, this made it three in a row for Rea. He also scored fastest lap in each race, but without quite setting a new record in race conditions. His front-running pace ensured that he would lead every single race lap across the finish stripe today.

This is the first time Rea has ever led the world championship despite a strong list of race wins and podium places. He now has 14 career race wins, all taken on Honda machinery. His championship lead is four points, from Tom Sykes (Kawasaki).

The podium places in race one were shared with Chaz Davies (Ducati) in second and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) in third. Davies again took the second rostrum place in race two but Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) rounded out the top three second time around.

For Rea’s team-mate Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) the Imola circuit provided tough challenges that he overcame with two top ten rides, a tenth place in race one and then an eight in the second race. He is now ninth in the championship. The English rider has yet to find the set-up breakthrough and sheer pace of Rea, and is now looking forward to home round advantage at Donington Park to make is next step. Donington is a circuit at which he has raced motorcycles of every capacity over thousands of kilometers gaining vast set-up knowledge he aims to use to good effect at Donington and in the remaining races in the series.

The Donington races, which will form round five of the championship, take place on Sunday 25th May.

Zanetti Wins as Pata Honda Riders Score a 1-2 at Imola

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) took his breakthrough win at his home round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, just as his team-mate Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) did last time out at Assen.

In finishing second, 2.072 seconds behind his team-mate van Der Mark took a share of the championship lead after an incredible 1-2 for the Pata Honda duo.

Zanetti had been in the mix in the WSS practice sessions from the start of his home round and he started from third place on the grid, with van der Mark on the back of the second row in sixth place.

Zanetti broke free of the third place podium fight as he chased long time race leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) who retired with a third of the race distance to go. From then on Zanetti was controlling the gap to second place rider van Der Mark until a light fall of rain brought out white flags. Undeterred by almost invisibly small spots of rain, Lorenzo carried on at high pace to take his first ever win at this level.

He is now third in the championship, 16 points behind his team-mate van der Mark.

‘Mikey’ van der Mark pushed hard all the way to the flag, despite some awkward moments early in the race, and he is now tied on points with previous clear championship leader Florian Marino (Kawasaki) with 65 points each. Marino took the final podium place today, inheriting the position following the retirement of early race leader Sofuoglu.

Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) held off his team-mate at Imola, Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda) to take seventh place. Both riders made great improvements on their qualifying positions of 11th and 14th respectively.

A qualifying fall for Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) put him 19th on the grid and with work to do in the race. Despite being run off the track at one time the Irish rider finished the race in 11th place, and scored points for the second time in four rounds.

Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) was penalised in the race for taking too long to change a rear tyre on the starting grid. He did not notice his penalty, so he was dropped from a possible fifth to 12th. He is now 6th in the championship standings.

Fraser Rogers (Com Plus SMS Racing) was 16th and just one place from a championship point, while Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda) was 17th and the last finisher.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) was suffering from severe hay fever had to start the race from pitlane after his bike failed to start on the warm-up lap. He crashed on the first lap and could not restart

The next round is at Donington Park, UK, with raceday on Sunday 25th May.

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Jonathan Rea
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Leon Haslam
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 1st / 1st Championship position: 1st
“I do not know what to say in some ways. Together with all the crew we worked hard for the races here. We did not expect to win but we know we were in a great position to win. Pole position was more of a surprise for sure because it has been quite a long time since I have been able to put a single really fast lap together. Race two was a bit more comfortable than the first because in the opener I went really fast from the start but I dropped into the 1’48s and that was my pace from then on. In race two I was able to make 1’47s for longer. With four laps to go in race two I started to think that with a six second lead it would be really silly if I made a mistake. My guys gave me great signals. My bike is fun to ride right now, responsive to what I am doing so I am happy.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 10th / 8th Championship position: 9th
“We’ve made a step but from free practice yesterday morning we’ve lost about a second a lap. From being able to do high 1’47s and low 1’48s on old, used tires, we’ve only been able to do high 48s today, dropping into the 49s. I was quicker on an 18-lap harder tyre on Friday than I was in both races today. So, for me it’s not been a good weekend, but it’s been fantastic for the team. You always want to beat your team-mate, but it’s good that the bike is capable and for me that’s a positive. We’ve got a test here tomorrow so we’ll hopefully be able to figure some things out and find out what changed from yesterday.”
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 2nd Championship position: 1st
“We struggled a bit at the beginning of the weekend and I could not find one really fast lap in qualifying. But for this morning we found a solution and improved my lap time from yesterday. My start was not too bad and I made some mistakes and dropped back but as same as I passed the other guys I could do a similar pace like Kenan and Lorenzo, but I could not get closer. I was really happy. OK, Kenan retired, but to have a Pata Honda 1-2 at the home race of the sponsor is amazing and I am in the lead of the championship now. Now we have showed real pace and that we can fight for the podium all race.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 1st Championship position: 3rd
“It is incredible to win in my own ‘house’ in Italy. Just before this weekend Mikey had won at Assen and I thought it would be perfect for me to win at my home round. It is fantastic and since I arrived here I was concentrating 100% on how to win. It is very difficult in this class because there are five or six strong riders at every race. But I saw that in qualifying I had a good pace but there was still a lot of pressure because I am Italian, and I have a lot of Italian sponsors here. So when I saw Kenan stop for a technical problems I saw that it was my opportunity. In the last few laps I saw the white flag for the rain, but I just focused and I thought about the win. I think the Ayrton Senna crash helmet I had this weekend helped me but this win is for Andrea Antonelli who was killed racing in Russia last year. I knew that when I won a race it would be for Andrea and his family.”
Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda)
Race result: 12th Championship position: 6th
“Starting from 17th on the grid, to finish fifth on the road was great. Taking a 20-seconds penalty was not so good after riding so hard; but rules are rules. At least we have shown how competitive we can be at a circuit I don’t enjoy after a poor qualification. It was not necessary to change our tyre on the line but we went from an A to a B. The first part of the race was not so bad because I passed many riders. I followed Rolfo for a bit but I think he was a little bit too fast. Now the bike is working better and I believe I can do more at Donington because I like it there.”
Riccardo Russo (Lorini Honda)
Race result: 8th Championship position: 13th
“We got some points on the board which is what we needed here. The weekend was going good and we were consistently inside the top ten, where we need to be. In qualifying it was a disaster as I crashed with ten minutes gone, and we got the bike fixed with six minutes to go. The boys did well but it did not feel right so I never improved. I made life hard for myself starting 19th on the grid. I made up some ground but got run off track and lost five places so I was playing catch-up from there. I dug deep all race and the boys did a good job to get the bike ready to race.”
Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda)
Race result: 11th Championship position: 17th
"This is a bad result for us, we should have scored points here. It was my first time to Imola and it is a challenging track to learn. We now must regroup as a team and get back to fighting in the points again at Donington."
Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda)
Race result: DNF Championship position: 19th
"This is a bad result for us, we should have scored points here. It was my first time to Imola and it is a challenging track to learn. We now must regroup as a team and get back to fighting in the points again at Donington."
Lorenzo Zanettizoom
Michael van Der Mark

World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
Round 04: Imola Circuit – Italy

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)
2C. DAVIES (Ducati Superbike Team)
3T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
5S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
6M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)
10L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)
2C. DAVIES (Ducati Superbike Team)
3S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
4L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
5T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
6D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)
8L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)
Rank Rider (Team)
1L. ZANETTI (PATA Honda World Supersport)
2M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)
3F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)
4P. JACOBSEN (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)
5R. ROLFO (Team GO Eleven)
6F. MENGHI (VFT Racing)
7M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)
8R. RUSSO (Team Lorini)
11J. KENNEDY (CIA Insurance Honda)
12R. DE ROSA (CIA Insurance Honda)
16F. ROGERS (Com Plus SMS Racing)
17N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)

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