Troubled weekend for FPR at Silverstone A traumatic weekend for Foggy PETRONAS Racing continued when Troy Corser was forced to start the second race at Silverstone from pitlane. The Australian skilfully picked his way through the field to ...
Troubled weekend for FPR at Silverstone
A traumatic weekend for Foggy PETRONAS Racing continued when Troy Corser was forced to start the second race at Silverstone from pitlane.
The Australian skilfully picked his way through the field to finish ninth but, with team-mate Chris Walker also coping with the handicap of three broken ribs to finish that race in 12th place, the sixth round of the Superbike World Championship was one to forget for Carl Fogarty's team.
Troy had suffered the unusual problem of being held up by one of the factory Ducati bikes in race one, when he finished a creditable seventh place. But hopes of further progress in race two were dashed when a cam sensor in his number one bike failed on the grid.
Chris's weekend had been blighted by misfortune from the start. Having survived a blazing bike in the first session his injuries were sustained the following morning in a high-side crash, resulting in a constant battle against pain. His misfortune continued in the first race when a low-side crash caused by an engine failure ruined a stunning start to the race, when he barged his way from 13th on the grid to seventh at the end of the first lap. Although he repeated his startling starting feats in the afternoon race, further technical difficulties compounded his physical struggle.
The results left Foggy looking forward to a second half of the season, with engine developments planned for the next round at Laguna Seca in July.
Carl said: "We have not done as well as we would have liked. Silverstone is one of the circuits where we are not fast enough at the moment but we have engine developments in hand for Laguna when, hopefully, both riders will be fully fit. We are hoping that the rest of the circuits, which are more technical, will suit our set-up. Troy rode well and Chris salvaged something from a difficult weekend. The team also worked their socks off during the kind of weekend we could well do without."
Troy said: "It has ended up a weekend to forget, but it really shouldn't have been. My lap times were up there with the group battling for fourth but I was surprised to get in the points after starting from pitlane. I could pass everyone on the brakes at the end of the back straight, but I was going in hot because that was the only place I could pass them. And I was probably riding a bit more angrily than normal - the first time I looked at the lap board there were only four laps to go!"
Chris said: "It's fair to say I didn't enjoy that race. I was knackered and the bike was cutting out when I was leaning over in the faster sections, which felt like someone was punching me in the ribs. But at least I didn't scratch my new leathers or the bike this afternoon! I just couldn't keep the pace, mainly through the injury but also because I had missed two whole sessions of set-up work in practice. When the two things were combined I was struggling - and now I just want to go home!"
Chris Vermeulen on and Noriyuki Haga shared the honours with a reverse one-two. Honda's success resulted in PETRONAS slipping into third place in the manufacturer standings despite already eclipsing last year's points total of 118.
Race two results, Superbike World Championship round six, Silverstone, Great Britain: 1 Vermeulen; 2 Haga +0.228; 3 Laconi +6.155; 4 Haslam +20.895; 5 Toseland +27.504; 6 Martin +28.491; 7 Ellison +32.668; 8 McCoy +33.518; 9 Corser +36.312; 10 Clementi +38.114; 11 Borciani +41.206; 12 Walker +41.536; 13 Sanchini +52.325; 14 Bontempi +1:04.719; 15 Pedercini +1:13.860
Race one results: 1 Haga (Renegade Ducati); 2 Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) +0.150; 3 Chili (PSG-1) +6.583; 4 McCoy (Xerox Ducati) +27.263; 5 Haslam (Renegade Ducati) +27.580; 6 Martin (DFX) +27.606; 7 Corser (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) +32.321; 8 Borciani (DFX) +38.956; 9 Bontempi (Zongshen) +39.293; 10 Clementi (Kawasaki Bertocchi) +48.255; 11 Nowland (Zongshen) +1:16.875; 12 Mrkyvka (JM SBK) +1:29.690; 13 Fuertes (MIR Racing) +1:0.546; 14 Praia (Xerox Ducati) +2:00.074
Rider standings: 1 Laconi 171; 2 Toseland 168; 3 Haga 139; 4 Vermeulen 137; 5 Chili 129; 6 Mccoy 128; 7 Haslam 113; 8 Corser 95; 9 Martin 93; 10 Walker 82
Manufacturers: 1 Ducati 295; 2 Honda 144; 3 PETRONAS 128; 4 Kawasaki 76; 5 Suzuki 65; 6 Yamaha 35