Lausitz: Ten Kate Honda race report

Toseland maintains lead at Lausitz HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Tosleand maintained his series lead after a challenging day of racing at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany today. The British rider now holds a 41-point advantage over ...

Toseland maintains lead at Lausitz

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's James Tosleand maintained his series lead after a challenging day of racing at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany today. The British rider now holds a 41-point advantage over nearest rival Noriyuki Haga following two tough races at the 4.265km circuit. Team-mate Roberto Rolfo performed well to hold onto his eighth place in the standings.

Race one bought mixed fortunes for the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda riders. Rolfo got off to a good start from his third row position and was able to fight his way through the ranks to cross the finish line in an impressive fifth place. Toseland started from seventh on the grid, but a problem with the rear tyre on his CBR1000RR prevented the British rider from improving his position. He put up a strong fight to eventually finish in ninth place and pick up seven valuable points.

Race two brought a better result for Toseland after a swift start saw him claim fourth place in the leading pack. Despite a persistent attack from Troy Corser for the majority of the 24-lap race, Toseland maintained station and collected thirteen points to keep his status as the current series leader. Rolfo made an unfortunate mistake on the first corner that meant he was unable to catch up with the frontrunners. However, another consistent performance saw him finish seventh to add eight points to his standings tally.

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:

"The problems we had in race one sum it all today for James. He was on tyres that we had already tested in warm-up this morning, but all of a sudden he had no grip at all in the race. For the second race, the only thing we could change on the bike was to put in a new tyre with the same specification. We couldn't change anything on the bike itself because James wasn't able to give us any feedback other than the problem with the rear tyre. We've lost quite a few points, which is disappointing, but it is not a big disaster because we still have a healthy 41-point lead with two more rounds to go. For sure, we hope to pick it up again in Vallelunga.

"Roby had two strong races after the disappointment of his Superpole. He started in tenth so he moved up quite during both races. His lap times were pretty consistent so we are happy with that."

James Toseland:

"It's been one of the most difficult weekends of the year, especially coming off the back of Brands Hatch. The fact that it has rained for most of the weekend hasn't helped us at all. The bike is quite sensitive here and we needed dry track time to get a good set-up. In race one I had a problem with the rear tyre - I had no grip from it at all - but I used exactly the same tyre for race two and it didn't present a problem. The fact that I didn't have the information from race one to take into race two meant that I could only run at race one pace and that was only good enough for fourth. Anyway, I have lost some of my lead, but I still have the lead so I just have to fight at Vallelunga to regain my advantage."

Roberto Rolfo:

"It was not an easy day today. In race one was the better race for me. The rear tyre was sliding a lot - the behaviour of the tyre was a lot different in the race compared to warm-up. I could still compete well and I finished in fifth. In race two, I had a more difficult start after making a mistake on the first corner and I couldn't catch up with the guys in the front. What it is disappointing is that in the second part of the race I am always faster and I have a very good rhythm. It has been a good day for points, but I want to get on the podium so hopefully I can do this in Vallelunga."

-credit: htkh

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Roberto Rolfo