Rea and Haga share the wins as Haslam and Biaggi battle on Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) each got back to winning ways this weekend in front of a 45,000 crowd at the Nurburgring, as Rea posted his ...
Rea and Haga share the wins as Haslam and Biaggi battle on
Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) each got back to winning ways this weekend in front of a 45,000 crowd at the Nurburgring, as Rea posted his fourth and Haga his second win of the 2010 championship campaign. It was a frustrating weekend for the two top riders in the World Superbike Championship, as they had to watch others take the glory, as Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) had his championship lead over Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) cut, despite Haslam suffering a dislocated thumb and knee injuries. Biaggi now leads the series by a slightly trimmed 58 points, with two full rounds to go.
Rea's win and then a second place, combined with a luckless race two for Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) sees the Honda man in third overall, 64 points ahead of the Spanish rider. Rea also took a new lap record, 1'55.392, in race one. Cal Crutchlow is only seven points behind Checa, in fifth place, having scored a third and a fourth place in Germany. Haga's win sees him sixth, 15 points clear of James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) who fell in race one and was only eighth in race two. Strong rides from Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) put him eighth overall, ahead of injured rider Leon Camier and Michel Fabrizio.
Jonathan Rea took an early lead in the re-started first race, and rode at full pace to lead Carlos Checa home and record his fourth win of the 2010 season. Third place went to Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow, ten seconds back on Rea. Championship leader Max Biaggi was fourth, and Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes was a more than creditable fifth. Leon Haslam, one of the riders involved in the crash that caused the race to be stopped and then completely re-run, was sixth. Ruben Xaus was first BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider home in Germany, seventh.
Jonathan Rea: "A great race and a great weekend for the team. Already on Friday we were right on the pace, we came out with a bike that was good, really pushed hard, I felt comfortable on it and turned it into a good result so I'm really proud of my team."
Carlos Checa: "We had a good start and fought with Haga who then fell in front of me. Then I tried to follow Jonathan but he was very strong and nothing happened to the end. We did our best and are quite satisfied with the pace and the work we did this weekend."
Cal Crutchlow: "Nice to be back up here. Tenth on the grid is not so good into the first corner but I did the best job I could for Yamaha Sterilgarda. I thought right through that third place on this track is incredible for our bike and it was going to be difficult."
Noriyuki Haga, a race one faller, was an impressive winner of race two, the Japanese rider shining strongly in the German sunshine. He was an eventual 3.061 seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea. Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) rode through the pain barrier to go third, with Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) ending up fourth. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) managed to keep Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) behind him at the flag for fifth, in a tense 20-lap race for the championship's top men.
Noriyuki Haga: "I'm very happy with this result and very sorry for the first race. When I had a crash, I wasn't getting information from the front tyre and for race 2 I made just a little modification for the front suspension and that was working much better. I was able to keep a high pace until the flag. Next round is Imola, our home track and I have much pressure but I hope to do my best."
Jonathan Rea: "The pace was similar to race 1 but Nori was fantastic, he rode an unbelievable race. It's quite frustrating when you see someone ride away from you like that. A great job for my team this weekend, 45 points overall and I'm really very happy. I'm very consistent now but it's so frustrating when I see my mid-season form."
Leon Haslam: "Race 1 was a bit frustrating, it was completely my fault when I high-sided and Troy had nowhere to go, so luckily the race was red-flagged. In the second race, I only had one bike but the boys did a great job and the Clinica did a fantastic job with my knee and my thumb so thanks to them. Getting on the podium is not exactly what I wanted but we'll take it this weekend. Anything can happen, there are four more races still to go so roll on Imola!"
All riders on same solutions with the exception of Guintoli and Lanzi who changed to the "A" rear and Hayden who changed to the "C" rear for Race 2.
A close race at the front saw Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) take a win by only 0.058 seconds from Gino Rea (Intermoto Czech Honda), only for Rea to be disqualified because of a technical infraction with his machine. Laverty set the best time of the race on lap 17 to hold off the battling Rea. Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was eventually second and thus Sofuoglu leads the championship fight by a still comfortable margin of 12 points. Top Kawasaki rider was the returning Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com) who was finally awarded a podium place, ahead of Fabien Foret (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki).
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia STK) took his eighth successive win of the season at a sunny N0x00fcrburgring, posting a perfect 200 points total so far. Winning in BMW's home country, Badovini was almost a second up on Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Race Junior) with Andrea Antonelli (Team Lorini) in contact and in the final podium place. Sylvain Barrier (Garnier Junior Racing) won a close fight with Loris Baz (MRS Racing) and Michele Magnoni (Bevilacqua Corse).
"It was a pleasurable weekend for racing for Pirelli at the Nurburgring with clear skies and air temperatures around 150x00b0C, although track temperatures varied from 250 in Race 1 and 370 in Race 2. Pirelli made available 4 front and 4 rear tyre solutions for the SBK grid. Of these, the new SC1 special compound "A" rear was popular with 80% of the grid, with SBK teams opting between the SC1 compound "A" or new SC2 special compound "C" on the front. The SSP class was given a choice between 3 front and 2 rear tyres, of which the new "A" rear tyre was selected by 100% of the grid. From the first qualifying sessions, the SBK lap times proved an excellent performance of the new DIABLO SUPERBIKE solutions, with Checa (Ducati) registering a new best lap, broken on Saturday with Biaggi's (Aprilia) Superpole time of 1'54.595, nearly a second below the time set two years before. Rea (Honda) was the fastest in race scenario, beating his own lap record from 2009 by a second and taking the Pirelli Best Lap award in both races. The versatility of the new solutions were evident: 7 manufacturers in the top 7 positions for Race 1 and 5 manufacturers in the first 5 for Race 2, with a strong performance by Kawasaki's Tom Sykes who tied his best finish of the year (5th). Impressive improvements also with respect to overall race time, with Race 1 finishing 22 seconds faster than the previous year and 18 seconds faster in Race 2. Local Pirelli Superstock Series winner from Heidelberg, Jan B0x00fchn (Yamaha), was awarded a wildcard in the Superstock 600 and managed to qualify and finish in tenth position." - Giorgio Barbier, Racing Director, Pirelli Moto
Pirelli Performance Awards:
SBK Race 1 - Pirelli BEST LAP
Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda), 1'55.392 (Lap 5)
SBK Race 2 - Pirelli BEST LAP
Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda), 1'55.502 (Lap 2)
WSS - Pirelli BEST LAP
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda), 1'59.027 (Lap 17)
Stk1000 - Pirelli BEST JUMP FORWARD
Loris Baz (MRS Racing), from 13th to 5th (8 positions)