WSS: Yamaha Vallelunga race notes

Tough Day at Vallelunga for Yamaha Parkes claimed fourth place in today's Supersport race at Vallelunga despite a weekend of set-up challenges. Tommy Hill had an unlucky crash on the first lap of the race which ended his hopes for the ...

Tough Day at Vallelunga for Yamaha

Parkes claimed fourth place in today's Supersport race at Vallelunga despite a weekend of set-up challenges. Tommy Hill had an unlucky crash on the first lap of the race which ended his hopes for the day.

Parkes made a good start taking second behind pole man Jones but was quickly embroiled in a battle for second place with Sofuoglu. The two riders passed each other several times in the first few laps before Parkes was forced to settle for third. By lap ten the front two riders had created a 3.4 second lead over Parkes, who was suffering with tyre grip issues. By lap 14 Parkes was fending off a challenge for the third spot by Lascorz, who eventually got passed on lap 17. The race was red flagged on lap 19 due to oil on the track and the result taken from the positions on lap 18 as the race had run two thirds distance.

Massimo Roccoli had an equally bad race day, crashing on the opening lap. He re-mounted but was forced to retire on lap five while running in seventh place. RG Team rider Gianluca Vizziello put in a good performance today to take fifth after qualifying in second.

Today's results mean that Parkes is still in third place in the championship with 15 points between him and second-place man Fabien Foret, who will be his team mate in 2008. With 25 points left to play for it will all come down to the last round for Parkes to try and grab second.

Broc Parkes (4th - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"Today was a hard race. I got a good start and went with Jones; I thought I could stay with him but by lap three my grip went, mainly from the rear. I was then trying to hold Sofuoglu off but I knew he was quicker so when he went past I had a go at tailing him and Jones but it was no good. All things considered it's good to have come away from Vallelunga with 13 points. Now we just have to re-focus for the last race and see what we can salvage."

Tommy Hill (DNF - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"It's a frustrating end to a tough weekend. I got a good start and made up some places but then Roccoli came off in front of Salom, who was in front of me. I avoided him but Salom braked hard in front of me and I ran out of space. I went over the bike but landed back on it. Unfortunately the foot peg was broken so I couldn't get back on. The whole weekend has been hard. We'd been building up a good pace from Brands and Lausitz but what held us back this weekend was the lack of the same tyre we'd used at those two races. Now I just want to give it another big push for the last round. The team have all worked so hard to get the bike set up; it's such a disappointment to crash. If I hadn't crashed I know I could've been in the top four but that's racing."

Massimo Roccoli (DNF - Yamaha Team Italia
"I was really fast on the first lap, which surprised me to start as well as I did because I don't often manage it. I took a risk at one corner and the rear tyre lost grip which is when Tommy Hill when down. On the third lap I took the fastest lap and passed Lascorz and Charpentier for fifth position but then the bike developed a problem on the fourth lap and I had to retire. We don't know what the problem is at the moment and we'll have to check the whole bike over before Magny-Cours. I'm very disappointed and frustrated."

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Corti Shines for Yamaha with First Place

Claudio Corti took his first win of the season today for the Yamaha Team Italia squad in a spectacular race that gave his home fans some of the closest racing since the start of the season as well as giving Yamaha the 2007 Superstock 1000 Manufacturer Title.

Having qualified in second Corti got a good start to maintain his position behind his team mate Pirro, who got the hole shot from eighth through to first. Corti managed to pass Pirro by lap four and the two Yamaha riders were then joined by Aitchison and Canepa in the battle for the lead. Corti fought fiercely with Aitchison while Pirro struggled with his arm, which he hurt in a national championship race in Misano. He gradually went backwards through the pack to finish his tenth Superstock race in eighth.

Aitchison took the lead from Corti on lap five but the 20-year old Italian refused to give up and was rewarded when Aitchison crashed out on lap eight. With Canepa behind fighting Corti for the top spot he put in a strong performance to hold off his fellow Italian, despite the two riders swapping paint on virtually every corner. The race went right down to the wire with Corti taking the win, Canepa coming in second and Badovini in third.

Unfortunately, today did not fare so well for Baiocco and Van Keymeulen. Didier Van Keymeulen had struggled all weekend at the Roman circuit, only qualifying in tenth. He finished in a disappointing 11th, following taking the win at the previous round in Germany. Team Umbria Bike rider Matteo Baiocco also struggled throughout the weekend and finished in sixth, taking ten points. He now leads the championship by just one point with one race left to go.

Today's win now puts Corti in fourth place in the championship, only one point behind third and nine points behind first. The 2007 FIM Superstock 1000 Championship will now be decided at the very last round next weekend at Magny-Cours with the top five riders all within range of the title. Corti's win today has secured the 2007 Manufacturer Title for Yamaha with a lead of 32 points to Suzuki.

This weekend also saw the Superstock 600 European Championship winner confirmed even with one race to go. Maxime Berger, riding an YZF-R6 for the Team Trasimeno squad, was crowned the 2007 Superstock 600 Champion after coming third in the race. Berger wins the title by 37 points to Michele Magnoni, who also rides a Yamaha R6. Roy Ten Napel actually won the race aboard his R6; his first win of the year.

This weekend's results in both the 600 and 1000 Superstock championships show the strength and performance of the 2007 R6 and R1.

Claudio Corti (1st - Yamaha Team Italia)
"This is my first victory this year and it felt fantastic in front of this huge crowd. When Aitchison went passed I pushed him to make a mistake and it worked. I then tried the same with Canepa but it was not so easy, he is very cool. But I passed the finish line with a good time advantage so I'm very happy. My bike was fast today and now I'll be fighting for the title at Magny-Cours. I'd like to thank the team for all their hard work this weekend, it's been worth it!"

Michele Pirro (8th - Yamaha Team Italia)
"I started fast and had a good race with Corti to start with but during the third lap my arm started to hurt so I had to slow down. Now I just hope to feel better and do better at Magny-Cours. I want to end my first Superstock season with a good race."

Matteo Baiocco (6th - Team Umbria Bike)
"I had some problems in qualifying and my third row position proved fatal. My pace was the same as the leading pack but I lost too much time in the first stage of the race In any case sixth position is good. Now I will challenge for the championship in a single race."

-credit: yrc

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Broc Parkes , Fabien Foret , Didier Van Keymeulen , Tommy Hill , Matteo Baiocco , Gianluca Vizziello , Claudio Corti , Massimo Roccoli , Roy Ten Napel , Maxime Berger , Michele Pirro , Michele Magnoni