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World Superbike and World Supersport 2014

Round 08 : Portimao – Portugal

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July 6, 2014

Race Two Win for Rea as Haslam Takes a Fifth

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) secured his fourth FIM Superbike World Championship race win of the season in the second race at Portimao, mastering the wet conditions and making the best of some good fortune after two chasing riders fell just behind him.

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Jonathan Rea
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Jonathan Rea

Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) equalled his best race result of the year with fifth in the second race, which was reduced to 18 laps from its planned 20 as it was started and run in wet conditions throughout.

Starting from second place on the grid Rea was running fifth in the first 20-lap race after a shower of rain changed the dynamic of the event at half race distance. The light rain eventually eased off with little effect on race conditions and Rea finished fifth, 7.791 seconds from race winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki). Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki) finished race one second and third respectively.

Haslam had found good settings on his CBR1000RR SP during practice on Friday but a technical problem during Superpole qualifying on Saturday meant he started the race from Row 3 in ninth position. Leon came home a disappointed 11th in race one, having been up as high as sixth, before being forced back when he was taken out, and had to claw his way back up from 16th place.

The wet conditions were an unpleasant surprise for all but Rea and his crew made the necessary changes to the bike’s suspension and engine mapping and he led across the line at the end of every lap. Two of his main rivals, Marco Melandri (Aprilia) and Guintoli tangled and fell just as they were lining up to pass Rea, leaving him free to take the race victory in tricky conditions. The Ducati pairing of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies joined Jonathan on the podium whilst Guintoli remounted to finish seventh.

Rea is now fourth in the championship, and only six points from the second place rider Guintoli, with championship leader Tom Sykes 43 points ahead of his closest challenger.

Laguna Seca, in the USA, hosts the next round of the championship, between 11 and 13 July.

Van Der Mark Takes Fourth Race Win of The 2014 Season

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) scored his fourth FIM Supersport World Championship win of the year after a fall of rain shortened the race from its planned 18 laps to 12. Second placed qualifier van der Mark was in command of the race in any case, having taken the lead on lap seven, and after some good battles with fourth place qualifier Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) van der Mark won from the Irish rider by 1.649 seconds. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) took the final podium place.

After a tough day for his immediate championship rivals van der Mark now enjoys a significant 53-point lead. With the Supersport championship not heading to America with their Superbike cousins, there are now four rounds left and ‘Mikey’ has the equivalent of more than two race wins of points in hand over Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta) who was a non-finisher today.

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) once more found other riders slowing his potential progress from sixth place on the grid and despite setting competitive lap times he was unable to finish any higher than sixth in the race. This result places him fifth in the championship, only three points from Sofuoglu in fourth.

Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) headed up the second group in the race finishing order, going fourth in the race and finishing 8.042 seconds behind van der Mark. He had been fifth in qualifying and is now eighth in the points.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) qualified in 14th place but had to start from the back of the grid after being penalized in qualifying, by riding at the wrong pace on the racing line. He improved to 11th in the race, leaving himself 12th in the championship as Kennedy leapfrogged him by one place after his first ever podium finish in WSS racing.

Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) placed 13th in the Portimao race and Valentin Debise (Com Plus SMS Racing Honda) was a fellow points scorer, in 14th place. Luca Marconi (Lorini Honda) just missed out on a point by one place, in 16th.

Spanish youngster Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda) was the last finisher in the race, in 20th place.

There will be no round in America for the WSS riders, meaning their next points scoring opportunity will not be until 7 September, at Jerez in Spain.

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Jonathan Rea
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Leon Haslam

Honda Rider Comments

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 5th / 1st Championship position: 4th
“I was really disappointed after race one because we had good pace in warm-up this morning; but I’m not sure if it was the tire or not because we had changed nothing on the bike. When I heard the rain coming on my motor home roof as I watched a bit of the Tour de France ahead of race two, I started getting a little bit giddy and singing as I was getting changed! I knew that it was a chance for me. I tried to do my own race from the front but I saw from my lap board that the Aprilias had better pace at the middle point of the race. The track had started to dry out a bit and we were really suffering with corner exit but, although the conditions were a great leveller for all riders, it’s nice to take a win. I’d prefer to take it in the dry and we can’t get too excited because it’s a wet win; but we’ll take them any way we can and it’s 25 points not just for me but for the whole team. They’re consistently working so, so hard to bring the package to the front, and they gave me a really great, user-friendly CBR to ride today, so I’m really happy for them.”
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 11th / 5th Championship position: 10th
“It's been a frustrating weekend because we've made some progress but we were able to translate that into results today. I had a problem on the qualifying tire in Superpole and that left me in ninth place on the grid which wasn't ideal. I was going OK in race one but Chaz [Davies] cut back across the line after he ran wide in turn five and that was the race done really. In the wet, I felt I could challenge for a podium in the middle part of the race but it didn't work out that way and I think that fifth was not a good reward for the effort we've put in here.”
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 1st Championship position: 1st
“We’ve been strong all weekend in all sessions and, together with Kenan [Sofuoglu], I think we have been a step ahead of the others here. My start was OK but I didn’t want to take all the risks in the first few corners. I was looking at the guys in front of me to see where I was stronger and I tried to pass them one by one. Kenan made a mistake so I passed him and then I got past Jack. I knew I had a good pace for the race and the others would struggle to follow my rhythm and in the end I saw that Jules [Cluzel] wasn’t in the points any more so I slowed down a bit. I guess I was quite lucky that the rain came at the same point and the red flag came out, which made the win a little bit easier. But I think I could have won anyway because we have been so strong all weekend. I want to thank the team again for giving me such a good CBR from the first session, it was really fast and had really good handling.”
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team)
Race result: 6th Championship position: 5th
“If you look on paper at the results, then sixth place at my worst track is not so bad. But when I look back at the race I am a little angry and frustrated because all weekend I had a good rhythm but, like in Misano, I lost a lot in the first five laps. Both times I have been stopped aggressively by Marino because we are fighting in the championship. When I got past and I could ride alone, my rhythm was really good and I could match the pace of Michael. I think that if I hadn’t been held up at the start, maybe I could have been closer to the podium. This is racing of course and then I was put back a place for the red flag, so fifth became sixth. But my compliments to Mikey and the team – they did a great job and I hope to be back strong in September to fight for the podium.”
Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda)
Race result: 2nd Championship position: 11th
“I am so happy with that. Everything was working right and I felt good. Leading the race was a great feeling and then when the rain came out I knew I could get on the podium so I took it very easy. Second place is a dream come true and it sets us up well for the break and to come back for a strong end of season. This is the start of things to come.”
Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda)
Race result: 11th Championship position: 12th
"Starting from the back of the grid was very difficult, I had many slower riders in front of me. My lap times were good enough for sixth or seventh and this is our real position. I must think and learn from my mistake in qualifying to make sure it does not happen again. I will come back for the last four races determined to score a podium, we have the speed for this."
Michael van Der Mark,Jack Kennedyzoom
Michael van Der Mark, Jack Kennedy

World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
Round Round 08 : Portimao – Portugal

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)
3L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
4M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)
5J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)
6A. LOWES (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)
11L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)
2D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)
3C. DAVIES (Ducati Superbike Team)
4A. LOWES (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)
5L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)
6L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)
Rank Rider (Team)
1M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)
2J. KENNEDY (CIA Insurance Honda)
3K. SOFUOGLU (MAHI Racing Team India)
4R. DE ROSA (CIA Insurance Honda)
5P. JACOBSEN (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)
6L. ZANETTI (PATA Honda World Supersport)
11R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)
13M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)
14V. DEBISE (Com Plus SMS Racing )
16L. MARCONI (Team Lorini)
20N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)

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