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Redding P1 at Estoril on Friday as WSBK finale gets underway

2020 WorldSBK Round Eight – Estoril

For the first time in 27 years, the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship took to the track at the Circuito Estoril with two Free Practice sessions and it was Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) who topped the combined time-sheets as he used his experienced at the Portuguese circuit to his advantage in the early stages of the Pirelli Estoril Round.

Scott Redding – P1

I am satisfied with what we have done today. In the afternoon we tried some solutions but they didn’t work as we hoped so we went back to the morning set up. The new circuit? It’s a normal situation this season. I could say that this weekend the other riders will also try this kind of experience that has been a constant for me throughout most of the season. My target for tomorrow? A good qualifying will be crucial for all races“.

Scott Redding

Redding had set the pace in the morning Free Practice 1 session and backed that up with the fastest time in Free Practice 2, posting a 1’36.886s in the last few seconds of the second session to pip Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA Yamaha ) to top spot; the Turkish rider finishing the day in second place. Frenchman Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) showed strong pace throughout the day and finished in third place despite a crash in Free Practice 2.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P2

Today was my birthday but also I am happy with how it has gone at this new track. I have always liked the look of the circuit, but I’ve never ridden it! I like it because of the very hard braking layout and the flowing corners. Today we finished in second position, and I am really pleased to start this last race weekend of 2020 like this because I want to finish the season well – and I also need to score a podium again! We will keep working on some small areas to improve the feeling and, with it, the lap time. It feels good now, but we need to find a little bit extra for better turning and grip to improve the final result.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu

Baz went into Turn 1 as he tried to find the limit but lost the front end of his bike and was unable to bring the bike back to the garage himself after damaging a water hose on his Yamaha. The Ten Kate Racing team were able to repair his bike and the French rider returned to the track with around 10 minutes left in the session.

Loris Baz

Five-time World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) put in the fourth best time of the day as he looks to secure both his 100th win and six title across the Estoril Round weekend, edging out team-mate Alex Lowes by just a tenth of a second. American star Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) was sixth fastest despite an off in the second session; the third Yamaha rider in the top six of the combined times.

Jonathan Rea – P4

The track is really nice; a big challenge because there are a lot of technical aspects. It is enjoyable and fun to ride. It is also quite ‘busy’ to ride on a more than 200 horsepower WorldSBK bike. It is day one and honestly I am still leaning the way around. Even in the last laps I felt I was doing different things on the bike and trying to understand the best way to attack it. We understood two rear tyre options and the track layout a little bit and we now need to improve the bike set-up for Saturday, especially during trail braking. My rhythm with used tyres is very strong so if I can find just a little bit more performance I can fight for the podium, and possibly even better. That is the target. I will try to forget about the championship as I have three chances to wrap that up but we are in a good position because in FP2 I felt a lot better than in FP1. Even on old tyres I set my fastest lap. All good for the opening day.”

Jonathan Rea
Alex Lowes – P5

I like the layout here. It is quite a small track, the sections are all inside each other and the surface is quite good. I heard some reports that the track was quite bumpy, and there are corners with some bumps, but honestly it is not bad. To go to a new track is always good fun. It is a little bit different, and I am not sure which other circuit I can compare it to. It is a lot tighter and smaller than I expected but I enjoyed riding the track for the first time. I feel OK on the bike but we do not really know how things will turn out yet until we can get in a few more sessions and everything settles down a little bit more. I enjoyed it today.”

Alex Lowes

Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) finished the day in seventh places, less than a second away from team-mate Redding at the front of the field as he beat wildcard Jonas Folger (Bonovo Action by MGM Racing) by just 0.002s; Folger making his second appearance of the season as a wildcard. He was around a tenth faster than Michael van der Mark (PATA Yamaha) and Leon Haslam (Team HRC), who completed the top ten.

Chaz Davies – P7

All in all, things didn’t go wrong today. I raced here 15 years ago in the 250cc Championship but it is clear that the conditions with the Superbike are completely different. That’s why in Fp1 I tried to get familiar with the circuit to understand where it will be possible to attack and where it will be necessary to manage the tyres. In the FP2 the situation has improved but we will still have to work on the setup and electronics to take the step forward that we need to be competitive tomorrow“.

Chaz Davies
Michael van der Mark – P9

It’s been a difficult day for us, obviously it’s a new track and this morning I had to try out some different gearing and find a good set-up, which isn’t that easy. We’re struggling quite a lot with the balance and the turning. I thought in the afternoon we could make a good step forward, but we are still not where we need it to be. We have quite a lot of work to do for tomorrow, the differences are really small but I feel like we have to make a big step in set-up so we can improve our potential result.”

Leon Haslam – P10

Things went a better this afternoon I’d say. We have taken some small steps forward with the electronics and worked with a different tyre, the soft solution, which I felt was more effective. We’re not so far away from where we need to be, less than a tenth off through the first sectors in fact, but we’re losing a little time through the final sectors, so we need to analyse that and see what we can do to improve in that area tomorrow.”

Leon Haslam

Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) finished the day in 11th place as the Spanish rider looks to bounce back from a challenging Magny-Cours weekend; but the Spanish rider crashed in Free Practice 2 at Turn 7.

Alvaro Bautista – P11

Today has provided us with track references for the CBR. This morning we had some problems with rear grip and having tried different solutions, we improved a little bit but not enough. In the afternoon we took a step forward with the electronics. We also used the SC0 Pirelli tyre for almost the entire second session. It’s not my usual favourite but I didn’t feel bad. For the last run, to make a direct comparison, we went back to the SCX, the tyre I usually feel better with, and I was actually making a good lap but then I fell in the third sector. I think we could have shaved off a few tenths because I felt like I had better contact, especially through the “esses”. Not a bad day anyway, and we will try to use all the information we gathered to further improve tomorrow.

Alvaro Bautista

Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was in 12th place, ahead of Ducati-bound Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) in 13th.

Tom Sykes – P12

It’s early days. It is my first time at this track and I don’t want to be pushing the boundaries but gather relevant information. I certainly enjoy the track. It is a fantastic layout. I am just getting to know my way around the Estoril circuit and I have to say it’s just such a good and enjoyable place to ride. We’ve had a couple of little experiments today; we’ve tried the combination of the set-up with the tyres, we’ve gathered a lot of information and of the back of this, I have to be quite happy. Looking at the times, it seems at the moment that the V-configuration, the cross-plane cranks have a little bit of an advantage with the circuit layout and what grip it has to offer. So, we will have a good sit-down now and see if we can try and eat into this deficit that we’ve got. For now, it’s just day one and tomorrow, we will try to put the pieces in the jigsaw together.”

Spanish rider Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 14th as he marks his last weekend with the Kawasaki Puccetti outfit, finishing a tenth ahead of Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance). Italian Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) was 16th, ahead of the returning Matteo Ferrari (Barni Racing Team) in 17th and Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) in 18th.

Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing), Eric Granado (MIE Racing HONDA Team), Sheridan Morais (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura), Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing HONDA Team) and Loris Cresson (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) rounded out the field; Granado, Morais and Cresson making their first WorldSBK appearance of the season.

WorldSBK Friday Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 S. Redding Ducati 1m36.886
2 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha +0.089
3 L. Baz Yamaha +0.198
4 J. Rea Kawasaki +0.557
5 A. Lowes Kawasaki +0.677
6 G. Gerloff Yamaha +0.720
7 C. Davies Ducati +0.740
8 J. Folger Yamaha +0.742
9 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +0.889
10 L. Haslam Honda +0.997
11 A. Bautista Honda +1.028
12 T. Sykes BMW +1.050
13 M. Rinaldi Ducati +1.355
14 X. Fores Kawasaki +1.380
15 S. Barrier Ducati +1.489
16 F. Caricasulo Yamaha +1.629
17 M. Ferrari Ducati +1.880
18 E. Laverty BMW +2.039
19 L. Mercado Ducati +2.215
20 E. Granado Honda +2.440
21 S. Morais Kawasaki +2.822
22 T. Takahashi Honda +2.901
23 L. Cresson Kawasaki +5.797

World Supersport

The FIM Supersport World Championship arrived at the Circuito Estoril for the season finale with two practice sessions throughout Friday with Italian rider Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) topping the times in the combined classification by almost two-tenths.

De Rosa had been strong in the morning Free Practice 1 session with third place and built on that throughout the second session as he became one of only two riders to lap the circuit in under 1’41. The Italian’s time of 1’40.745s was enough to beat Estonian rider Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) by half a tenth as WorldSBK-bound Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished the day in third place; with three manufacturers completing the top three as MV Agusta led Yamaha and Kawasaki.

Spanish rider Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) completed a strong day for the Kallio Racing outfit in fourth place, despite a crash in this morning’s session, as both Viñales and Soomer finished inside the top four, with South African Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) in fifth place and Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) in sixth; Cluzel returning to action for the first time since being injured earlier in the season in a crash at MotorLand Aragon.

Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) found himself well inside the top ten after a strong showing from the Hungarian rider put him seventh overall, ahead of 2020 WorldSSP Champion and 2021 factory Yamaha rider Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) in eighth with Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in ninth; the German rider just one of two who were unable to improve their time in the second practice session.

Czech wildcard Karel Hanika (WRP Wepol Racing) finished the day in 10th place with Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) in 11th; Perolari crashing at Turn 7 during the second Free Practice session. Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was in 12th place ahead of lead WorldSSP Challenge rider Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team); Manfredi can win the WorldSSP Challenge title this weekend. Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) was 14th fastest overall after not improving his time during Free Practice 2 while Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) completed the top 15 after suffering a crash of his own during the second session.

WorldSSP Friday Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 L.  Mahias Kawasaki 1m41.193
2 I.  Vinales Yamaha +0.054
3 R. De Rosa Mv Agusta +0.115
4 P. Oettl Kawasaki +0.283
5 C. Perolari Yamaha +0.540
6 C. Oncu Kawasaki +0.600
7 H. Soomer Yamaha +0.708
8 A. Locatelli Yamaha +0.754
9 J.  Cluzel Yamaha +0.771
10 S. Odendaal Yamaha +0.944
11 D. Webb Yamaha +0.952
12 K. Hanika Yamaha +1.180
13 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki +1.539
14 A. Bassani Yamaha +1.577
15 P. Sebestyen Yamaha +1.693
16 A. Verdoia Yamaha +1.883
17 H. Okubo Honda +1.892
18 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha +2.098
19 K. Manfredi Yamaha +2.438
20 22  F. Fuligni Mv Agusta +2.748
21 52  P. Hobelsberger Honda +3.308
22 9 G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha +4.212
23 30  G. Van Straalen Yamaha +4.579
24 21  V. Falcone Yamaha +4.782
25 28  V. Da Silva Barros Yamaha +5.953

WorldSSP300

There was no shortage of action during the two Free Practice sessions for the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship on Friday as Italian rider Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) set the pace at the Championship’s first ever visit to the Circuito Estoril as the season-closing Pirelli Estoril Round got underway with the Riders’ Championship still up for grabs.

Ieraci’s time of 1’51.514 from Free Practice 2 was enough to set the fastest time of the day as the Italian struck first ahead of two races across the Estoril Round, hoping he can end the season strongly. He finished ahead of Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) in second place as the Spanish rider showed strong pace, finishing ahead of Ukraine’s Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) who demonstrated impressive Friday pace.

Marc Garcia (2R Racing) finished the day fourth in the standings as he continued his impressive return to the Championship he won in 2017; finishing just ahead of Alvaro Diaz (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) and Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki); the top six separated by eight tenths of a second.

Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) was seventh overall after the two practice sessions on Friday, finishing 0.064s away from Booth-Amos to show just how competitive the Championship is. In eighth was Alejandro Carrion (ACCR Smrz Racing by Blue Garage) as the Spanish rider showed strong pace, ahead of Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Machado Came SBK) and Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) who completed the top ten.

Championship leader Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) finished the day in 15th place, over a second away from Ieraci’s time, with Championship leader and Deroue’s teammate Jeffrey Buis in 18th place; Buis leads Deroue by 28 points heading into the two final races of the season and will be looking to move up the order as the weekend progresses.

Luca de Vleeschauwer (RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) suffered a nasty highside crash as he went through the final corner at the Circuito Estoril with the Belgian unable to take any further part in the session; he was taken to the medical centre for a check-up following the crash, before being declared fit. The Belgian rider finished the day in 33rd place following the crash. Sylvain Markarian (Yamaha MS Racing) and teammate Ton Kawakami both crashed out in the second Free Practice session with both able to get back to their feet following the crash; Markarian finishing the day in 44th place while Kawakami was 25th.

Tom Edwards was the leading Aussie in 20th with countryman Tom Bramich 28th.

WorldSSP300 Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Class Time/Gap
1 B. Ieraci Kawasaki A 1m51.514
2 M. Perez Kawasaki A +0.092
3 N. Kalinin Kawasaki A +0.632
4 M. Garcia Kawasaki A +0.734
5 A. Diaz Yamaha A +0.750
6 T. Booth-Amos Kawasaki B +0.814
7 S. Di Sora Kawasaki A +0.867
8 A. Carrion Kawasaki A +0.880
9 J. Perez Gonzalez Yamaha B +0.938
10 B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B +0.969
11 F. Rovelli Kawasaki A +1.052
12 A. Kroh Yamaha A +1.102
13 V. Rodriguez Nunez Yamaha A +1.147
14 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +1.199
15 S. Deroue Kawasaki B +1.212
16 U. Orradre Yamaha A 1.216
17 K. Meuffels Kawasaki A +1.251
18 J. Buis Kawasaki A +1.278
19 D. Blin Yamaha A +1.397
20 T. Edwards Kawasaki B +1.438
21 M. Gennai Yamaha A +1.464
22 P. Svoboda Yamaha B +1.484
23 H. De Cancellis Yamaha B +1.529
24 A. Coppola Kawasaki B +1.556
25 T. Kawakami Yamaha B +1.669
26 A. Huertas Yamaha B +1.729
27 Y. Okaya Kawasaki B +1.801
28 T. Bramich Kawasaki A +1.813
29 F. Macan Yamaha A +1.813
30 M. Gaggi Yamaha A +1.821
31 O. Nunez Roldan Kawasaki B +1.875
32 E. De La Vega Yamaha B +2.119
33 L. De Vleeschauwer Bel Kawasaki B +2.139
34 K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B +2.260
35 T. Bercot Yamaha B +2.331
36 T. Brianti Kawasaki B +2.406
37 T. Alonso Kawasaki A +2.567
38 M. Duarte Yamaha A +2.631
39 J. Gimbert Kawasaki A +2.662
40 A. Zanca Kawasaki B +2.797
41 H. Yebra Perez Kawasaki B +3.449
42 P. Fragoso Yamaha A +3.450
43 K. Aloisi Yamaha A +3.726
44 S. Markarian Yamaha B +4.038
45 A. Quinet Kawasaki B +4.612
46 S. Sanchez Tamayo Kawasaki B +4.724
47 J. Mcmanus Kawasaki A +4.873
48 L. Simon Kawasaki B +5.449
49 S. Zuda Kawasaki B +5.518
50 I.  Offer Kawasaki A +6.937
51 L. Gruau Kawasaki A +9.049

Championship Points

Source: MCNews.com.au

Redding and Rea share the Sunday wins at Aragon II

2020 WorldSBK – Round Five – Aragon II


WSBK Superpole Race

Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding both got off the line well and engaged from the start in a heated battle for the race lead in the Superpole race on Sunday. Watching the action from behind them were, in order, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Tom Sykes. Rea attempted to overtake Redding several times over the course of the first four laps, staying hot on the pipes of the Ducati and seeking to exploit even the smallest mistake Redding might make as the World Champ piled on the pressure, but none were forthcoming.

In the meantime, Alex Lowes, who had started from the ninth spot on the grid, put in the fastest lap of the race and gained the upper hand over Álvaro Bautista and Razgatlioglu, moving him into fourth place behind Rinaldi. Three laps from the end, Bautista, Lowes and Chaz Davies were locked in a battle for fourth riddled with overtakes and action all the way to the chequered flag, and it was the Spanish Honda rider who ended up coming out on top. Scott Redding was seeking redemption for his crash in Race 1 on Saturday and he received it in the best possible way, finishing first ahead of Rea and Rinaldi in the Superpole Race.

#TeruelWorldSBK at MotorLand Aragon Tissot Superpole Race
1. Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.970s
3. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) +3.685s

WSBK Race Two

Race Two

Jonathan Rea went straight to the lead in race two but by the end of the first lap it had been snatched from him by Scott Redding with a brilliant move.

Redding leads Rea and Rinaldi

Behind the leading duo were Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies. The Italian Ducati rider, who turned out to be the revelation of the weekend, did the fastest time of the race on the fourth lap, thereby earning his second Pirelli Best Lap Award and moving closer and closer to the leading Rea – Redding duo.

Rinaldi and Rea

When the right opportunity presented itself, he took advantage of the duel between the two leaders to make an overtaking move that put him in first place. The battle between Redding and Rea raged on, now for second place, with the five-time world champion getting the better of the Ducati this time, creating a gap and catching up with Rinaldi to put the pressure on.

Rea, Rinaldi, Redding

Rinaldi did an outstanding job defending his position, managing to hold onto the race lead for several laps, including an episode where Rea made an aggressive attempt to overtake, ending up momentarily on the kerb. With three laps to race, Rea was finally able to overtake and make it stick, finishing first and taking home a well-earned victory.

Rea takes victory over Rinaldi

Rounding out the podium for a thrilling race full of upsets and surprises were Ducati riders Rinaldi and Redding. Redding now finds himself now 36 points behind Rea in the Championship standings.

Leon Haslam secured his best result of the 2020 season with fourth place, finish more than a second clear of Alex Lowes in fifth. The duo finished five seconds ahead of Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha); the Dutchman coming home in sixth place.

Michael van der Mark’s team-mate, Toprak Razgatlioglu, finished in seventh place ahead of Loris Baz who fended off challenges from GRT Yamaha duo Federico Caricasulo and Garrett Gerloff as five Yamaha machines finished inside the top ten.

Eugene Laverty just missed out on a top ten finish with 11th place, less than a second away from Gerloff. Marco Melandri (Barni Ducati) scored a points finish with 12th place, with Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti) in 13th.

Tom Sykes became the first retirement from the race when he pulled into the pits on the opening lap while Maximilian Scheib (Orelac VerdNatura) crashed out on Lap 4. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) crashed out at Turn 7 on Lap 5, forcing the Spanish rider to retire from the race. Chaz Davies (Aruba Ducati) was another retirement from the race after a crash on Lap 13 while he was running in the top five, while Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) also did not finish the race.


WorldSBK Quotes

Jonathan Rea

“We got off to a good start in the Superpole race but when Scott came past quite early it disturbed my rhythm a bit. He set a very good pace. I was strong in the first part of the circuit and although I enjoyed the ten-lap race I realised that today it was going to be second. In race two I realised that instead of managing the race I needed to go through, and then I had a huge ‘moment’. I went all in, full gas in that race. You have to ride on 100% but not make any mistakes. It was more a race for me trying to be clean and not making any errors. With the entry speed I could carry and the stopping performance from the Ninja ZX-10RR – also how we kept the tyre until the end – I felt like we had a better package.”

Aragon WorldSBK
Michael Ruben Rinaldi

“It was a great weekend for us! This afternoon was a little bit colder and I have the soft tyre on like yesterday, but it didn’t pay off because Jonny used the SC0 tyre. With it being cooler, the tyre did not work as well for us. I tried to fight Jonny, but I couldn’t. I did my best and I’m happy.”

Aragon WorldSBK
Alex Lowes

“I have struggled all weekend but I did not complain too much on Friday and just tried to be positive. Since Tuesday morning I have been unable to keep food inside so it was a tough weekend. The set-up changes we made on the bike were good today and allowed me to have some decent results. I could not do any more and I was quite proud of my efforts. I was a shame not to be able to use our potential a bit more. Even this morning, in the short ten-lap race, I was able to go from seventh to near the front but I just didn’t have the energy to keep going.”

Aragon WorldSBK
Scott Redding

“We’ve had a bit of trouble on this circuit. I said that I was not particularly happy to race for two consecutive weekends on the same track especially because when you start with some problems it is always difficult to find the final solution. I tried to race with soft rubber but it was not a good choice because since mid-race I had grip problems. In any case, we are still in the race to win the championship. It is clear that we will have to improve but we will not give up and we will continue to work intensively with the team and all the Ducati Corse guys”.

Aragon WorldSBK
Chaz Davies

“We started well today because the feeling in the warm-up was very good and the race pace allowed me to be incisive in the SuperPole Race. Unfortunately, I was not able to reach the podium that would have allowed me to start from the front row in Race-2, but the feeling was still positive. For this reason, I can’t understand the reasons of the grip problems we had since the start of Race-2: maybe the higher temperature affected, maybe the “0” tire didn’t work at its best. We will have to understand what happened. It is very frustrating to close the weekend with a crash”.

Marco Zambenedetti – Ducati Corse Superbike Technical Coordinator

“In these two consecutive weekends at the Motorland circuit, we have shown the goodness of our project thanks to the results obtained by the factory team riders and Michael Rinaldi. Unfortunately, this was not enough to come out winners from Aragon even if we were able to react well after Scott Redding’s crash on Saturday. We must continue to work hard to improve in the next races”.

Aragon WorldSBK
Michael van der Mark

“It was a difficult Superpole Race this morning, I was expecting more but I didn’t have a good feeling with the bike and we didn’t have the grip I was hoping for, so I was really disappointed to finish 10th. The goal was to get up at least one row and have a better starting position for Race 2 – we didn’t, and had to start P12 again. I made up the places really quick in the main race and just got into a rhythm. I couldn’t do more than to stay consistent. It was a long race and I think we maybe chose the wrong rear tyre, but finishing sixth overall coming from 12th isn’t that bad. On the whole, I think there have been a lot of positives this weekend, it just didn’t come together in today’s races, mainly due to the qualifying position.”

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu

“Today, my team did incredible work for me to find a good set-up on my Yamaha R1. This weekend we tried our best but it was only possible to finish in seventh, so while I cannot be fully happy, I really want to thank the team for all their incredible work to help me over the past two weeks. At this Aragón track, I really tried my hardest to be fast but it was not possible in the end. Next race, we will try our best to be closer to the front. Now I am third in the championship again but it is a close fight, so we will see how everything goes in the next races – I want to fight for the win again.”

Paul Denning – Pata Yamaha Team Principal

“It’s been a challenging two weeks for the Pata Yamaha team here in Aragón, as we expected. But the team, engineers and riders honestly couldn’t have given any more. On Michael’s side, yesterday’s qualifying problems came back to haunt us yet again today. To come from 12th on the first lap and expect to have a good position in a 10-lap Superpole Race against such quality competition was a tall ask even in the best conditions. A poor start from 12th in this afternoon’s feature race again made things difficult, so to come through strongly to sixth position was a positive result. Toprak has been a step behind Michael in each of the races here at Aragón – this afternoon was also tough but he gave 100 percent on every lap, always fought for the maximum position and definitely learnt a lot especially today in terms of tyre management and improving in the latter part of the race. He’s now back to third in the riders’ championship with Michael not far behind in fifth. Barcelona and Magny-Cours will suit the R1 far better and we aim to be back on the podium there.”

Leon Haslam

“I’m really happy with the race 2 result as we’ve been trying to put everything together to run a more consistent race and that’s what we did today. I got caught up in a battle with Razgatlioglu in the early stages, but once I passed him, I was able to maintain a strong rhythm and stick with Davies, a rider who is generally very strong at this track. We still have areas in which we want to improve of course but for me, this was the best and most consistent race we’ve had up until now and so hopefully we can take what we’ve learned and apply it at the next round in Barcelona.”

Aragon WorldSBK
Alvaro Bautista

“It was a pity about the crash, we are working really hard and so it’s disappointing. In the Superpole race, we fought hard. I lost a few places off the line but soon made up the lost ground and had some good battles with other riders. In the second race, I made a good start and was part of the leading group. I was on the limit, but this time I was up there with the frontrunners which is positive. Unfortunately though, I lost the front at turn 9 and there was nothing I could do. We might not be making big steps forward but we’re focusing on small details and it is those that make the difference, and I’d say that we are constantly growing. I’m sorry about the way this weekend is ending because the result doesn’t reflect our hard work. At the next round we need to try and find a way to have a little more of a margin in the races. Thanks to HRC and my team as the guys all worked really hard for me again this weekend.”

Aragon WorldSBK
Loris Baz

“Finally something positive in Aragón after a two-week struggle! We never gave in and we kept working hard. We found a few small things and, step by step, we improved the bike to get closer to the other Yamahas. During the second race, Toprak hit the brakes too early on a corner entry due to a problem on one of his tyres. I had to go straight to avoid riding into him and I lost a lot of time. I was able to recover step by step and I was enjoying myself. I think my pace was one of the best amongst the Yamaha riders. I managed to pass Marco Melandri, Garrett Gerloff and Federico Caricasulo on the last lap to finish eighth. It is not the result we were aiming for but this track is really difficult for the Yamaha and we did not do a test here before the double race weekend. I think for the future we need to do this test to gain some time. In any case, huge thanks to the whole team, they never give up and they always support me. I think the end of the season will be easier. I would like to take this opportunity to wish a speedy recovery to my friend Jules Cluzel. I hope he will be back soon.”

Eugene Laverty

“This morning’s short race was not going to suit me today as I came strong in the latter stage of yesterday’s race one, so it was always going to be a challenge to get myself further up the field. For the final race of the weekend I was optimistic, but unfortunately it seemed that others were able to maintain their pace better. We need to find a way to use the rear tyre in the same way our competition does, but while it may not look it on paper, we have made huge progress in these last six days at Motorland Aragón. The bike is starting to work really well; there is just one final piece of the puzzle which is to really extract everything from the rear tyre, which I’m sure we can get to in Barcelona.”

Tom Sykes

“Credit to the boys, we made a lot of small adjustments from yesterday and I have to say I was very comfortable with the bike. In the sprint race, it was clear to see where our disadvantage was but given the nature of the track, I was impressed with how the chassis was working. I really feel that we understood our limitations well, and for that I am happy. We certainly gave away some straight-line performance which was difficult to manage, but our lap times stayed very consistent which again was a positive. Going into race two it was time we made the choice to go with the softer tyre which gives us a great performance. I was very interested to see where we would have been after nine or ten laps because in the sprint race we were keeping very consistent and other riders started to drop. So, for me I was very optimistic but unfortunately, we had a technical issue when we left the grid. I came in to see if it could be fixed but we missed the start which was disappointing. It was frustrating because looking at the lap times in the race they were not running a massively fast pace and the guys I’ve been battling with ended up fourth in that race so, we had a possible good result. These things happen in racing. The main thing is we will learn from this and try at the next one.”

Shaun Muir – Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

“The Superpole Race was not so bad for Tom. I was quite happy with the way he rode, we cured the issue of the lap time dropping in latter stages and he rode a very consistent race, in the end he consolidated his ninth and got himself ninth on the grid for race two. Eugene started to come through at the end of the sprint race and maybe given a few a more laps could have been on for another top eight. The final race of the weekend was a disaster for Tom. Unfortunately, he was forced out the race with a quick-shifter issue which we cannot quite understand yet. That will be investigated in due course. For Eugene, he went out with the X tyre in the race, again a similar outcome in the fact that with a few more laps he quite possibly could have got another top eight, but it’s another day of what could have been. We will go away, investigate, and come back stronger for Barcelona.”


WorldSBK Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 J.  Rea Kawasaki 0.000
2 M. Rinaldi Ducati +1.244
3 S. Redding Ducati +5.326
4 L.  Haslam Honda +9.357
5 A. Lowes Kawasaki +10.761
6 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +15.679
7 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha +16.897
8 L.  Baz Yamaha +22.541
9 F. Caricasulo Yamaha +22.650
10 G. Gerloff Yamaha +22.854
11 E. Laverty BMW +23.729
12 M. Melandri Ducati +28.380
13 X. Fores Kawasaki +31.630
14 M. Ferrari Ducati +44.264
15 R. Ramos Kawasaki +48.200
16 T. Takahashi Honda +49.080
Not Classified
RET C. Davies Ducati 6 Laps
RET S. Barrier Ducati 10 Laps
RET A. Bautista Honda 13 Laps
RET M. Scheib Kawasaki 16 Laps
RET T. Sykes BMW /

Superpole Race

Pos  Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 S. Redding Ducati 0.000
2 J.  Rea Kawasaki +0.970
3 M. Rinaldi Ducati +3.685
4 A. Bautista Honda +4.833
5 C. Davies Ducati +5.097
6 A. Lowes Kawasaki +5.725
7 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha +7.822
8 L.  Haslam Honda +7.866
9 T. Sykes BMW +8.210
10 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +8.587
11 L.  Baz Yamaha +9.942
12 F. Caricasulo Yamaha +10.363
13 G. Gerloff Yamaha +11.926
14 E. Laverty BMW +16.157
15 M. Scheib Kawasaki +16.237
16 X. Fores Kawasaki +16.529
17 M. Melandri Ducati +17.384
18 M. Ferrari Ducati +28.204
19 S. Barrier Ducati +30.917
20 R. Ramos Kawasaki +31.003
21 T. Takahashi Honda +32.699

WorldSBK Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jonathan Rea  243
 2  Scott Redding  207
 3  Toprak Razgatlioglu  147
 4  Chaz Davies  141
 5  Michael Van Der Mark  133
 6  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  131
 7  Alex Lowes  127
 8  Alvaro Bautista  83
 9  Loris Baz  76
 10  Leon Haslam  75
 11  Tom Sykes  58
 12  Garrett Gerloff  39
 13  Federico Caricasulo  36
 14  Xavi Fores  33
 15  Eugene Laverty  31
 16  Marco Melandri  23
 17  Sandro Cortese  14
 18  Leandro Mercado  12
 19  Maximilian Scheib  11
 20  Sylvain Barrier  5
 21  Christophe Ponsson  4
 22  Roman Ramos  4
 23  Matteo Ferrari  4
 24  Takumi Takahashi  2

WorldSSP

WorldSSP

Race 2 for the FIM Supersport World Championship at MotorLand Aragon for the Pirelli Teruel Round was full of drama as Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) claimed his ninth consecutive WorldSSP victory, extending his Championship lead to 79 points, as he won the 15-lap race by more than six seconds.

WorldSSP

Locatelli had fallen to third place before responding on the second lap and was looking to battle his way through the front running pair of Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) and Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse). Cluzel was fighting with de Rosa, the Italian putting pressure on Cluzel from second place, before the pair collided at Turn 1 on Lap 4; forcing both riders out of the race. Cluzel was taken to the medical centre for a check-up following the incident and was diagnosed with fractures to his left tibia and fibula, with Cluzel transferred to a local hospital for further assessments.

WorldSSP

It meant Locatelli assumed the lead of the race with 11 laps to go but took a handful of laps before he could pull out a gap from Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) with Mahias not giving Locatelli any room to breathe until around the half distance point of the race. After that, Locatelli was able to pull out a gap to claim his ninth win of the season, the first rider to win nine races in one WorldSSP season. Mahias claimed a comfortable second place ahead of Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing), who completed the podium, after an epic last-lap battle with Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing); the pair separated by just 0.032s at the line.

Locatelli, Mahias

Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) finished in fifth place after being in the titanic battle for third place, finishing just ahead of Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth); the Hungarian rider securing his best-ever WorldSSP result with sixth, beating Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) by just 0.043s at the line.

Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) finished in eighth place, the 2019 WorldSSP300 World Champion in a drag race to the line with Sebestyen and Perolari and finishing just 0.043s behind Perolari. Gonzalez finished just two seconds away from a podium finish as he showed strong pace throughout, finishing almost six seconds clear of South African rider Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) in ninth and Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) completing the top ten.

Alejandro Carranza Ruiz (EMPERADOR Racing Team) was the highest placed WorldSSP Challenge rider with 11th place, holding Indonesian rider Galang Hendra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) by around 1.5 seconds. Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) finished in 13th place, ahead of Federico Fuligni (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) completing the points.

Lachlan Epis unfortunately finished just outside the points in 18th place.

Hikari Okubo (Dynavolt Honda) did not take the start of the race while Luigi Montella (DK MOTORSPORT), Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team) and Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) all retired from the race alongside Cluzel and de Rosa; with Öncü bringing his bike back to the pits after just five laps.

Andrea Locatelli – P1

“It’s an incredible feeling. We just kept pushing throughout Race 2 and took another fastest lap, but it was quite disappointing that we couldn’t fight with De Rosa and Cluzel after their early incident. We continued to focus and did a really good job to take the win. Next we head to Barcelona, which is a track I know, but I’ve never been to Magny-Cours or Estoril, so we have to continue working hard to make sure we can fight again there. I’m still not thinking about the championship yet, I just want to continue this momentum and take it race-by-race.”

Lucas Mahias – P2

“I’m really happy because I didn’t think it would be possible to get a podium at the start of the race, and my goal is fourth or fifth. I had the crash in front of me. I tried to follow Andrea and was able to keep the gap. I made a little bit of a mistake in the chicane and I lose some time. After that, I looked at the gap behind me and managed the bike because second place is important for Kawasaki and for the team.”

Isaac Viñales – P3

“I’m really happy. After four laps, my tyres went down a lot and I was thinking I would finish in eighth or tenth. Finally, it was possible to stay in the second group and it was possible to fight for third position.”

#TeruelWorldSBK MotorLand Aragon – Race 2
1. Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
2. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +6.286s
3. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) +7.876s

WorldSSP Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A. Locatelli Yamaha  0.000
2 L.  Mahias Kawasaki +6.286
3 I.  Vinales Yamaha  +7.876
4 P. Oettl Kawasaki +7.908
5 H. Soomer Yamaha  +9.420
6 P. Sebestyen Yamaha  +9.607
7 C. Perolari Yamaha  +9.657
8 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki +9.700
9 . Odendaal Yamaha  +15.473
10 D. Webb Yamaha  +15.549
11 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha  +21.285
12 G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha  +22.842
13 A. Bassani Yamaha  +23.234
14 F. Fuligni Yamaha  +24.014
15 A. Verdoia Yamaha  +29.699
16 L.  Cresson Yamaha  +29.794
17 M. Herrera Yamaha  +29.932
18 L.  Epis Yamaha  +30.389
19 P. Hobelsberger Yamaha  +41.424
Not Classified
RET R. De Rosa MV Agusta 10 Laps
RET C. Oncu Kawasaki 11 Laps
RET J.  Cluzel Yamaha 12 Laps
RET K. Manfredi Yamaha 14 Laps
RET L.  Montella Yamaha

WorldSSP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Andrea Locatelli  225
 2  Jules Cluzel  146
 3  Lucas Mahias  119
 4  Philipp Oettl  100
 5  Raffaele De Rosa  91
 6  Corentin Perolari  88
 7  Isaac Vinales  79
 8  Steven Odendaal  74
 9  Manuel Gonzalez  71
 10  Hannes Soomer  50
 11  Danny Webb  48
 12  Peter Sebestyen  37
 13  Can Alexander Oncu  30
 14  Alejandro Ruiz Carranza  25
 15  Federico Fuligni  21
 16  Miquel Pons  9
 17  Galang Hendra Pratama  9
 18  Axel Bassani  8
 19  Patrick Hobelsberger  6
 20  Kevin Manfredi  6
 21  Andy Verdoia  6
 22  Loris Cresson  6
 23  Maria Herrera  2
 24  Jaimie Van Sikkelerus  2
 25  Hikari Okubo  1
 26  Luigi Montella  1

WorldSSP300

WorldSSP300

FIM Supersport 300 World Championship had a thrilling Race 2 at MotorLand Aragon for the Pirelli Teruel Round but it was won by Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) in dominant fashion with the Dutch rider taking the lead in the early stages of the race before breaking away from the group to take his third win in four races.

WorldSSP300

Buis has now finished on the podium in four consecutive races and has extended his Championship lead as he takes an 11-point lead into the latter stages of the season; Buis winning Race 2 by more than six seconds to take maximum points once again. Buis finished ahead of his teammate Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) as Deroue claimed another podium finish in 2020, ahead of Turkish rider Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) who completed the podium.

WorldSSP300

In typical WorldSSP300 fashion, there was a huge battle for second place with two seconds separating Deroue in second place and Alan Kroh (Yamaha MS Racing) in 18th place; the competitive and close action proving to be a thrilling watch yet again. Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) finished in fourth place, just 0.079s behind Sofuoglu and 0.069s ahead of Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) in fifth. Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) finished in sixth place, two tenths behind Meuffels.

Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) finished in seventh place with Victor Rodriguez (2R Racing) in eighth; the Race 1 winner pulling off another stunning fight to finish inside the top ten from 31st on the grid. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) finished the 10-lap race in ninth place with Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project) rounding out the top ten; just seven tenths away from second place.

Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) finished in 11th place with a two-tenths margin to 12th-place Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo). Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing) finished in 13th place with Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) and Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO) completing the points in the thrilling race; de Cancellis in 15th just 1.7s away from second place.

2018 Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) finished the race in 22nd place after a couple of errors in the race; one coming while Carrasco was running in the group for second place and another while fighting back. Kim Aloisi (ProGP Racing) did not take the start after a technical issue while Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) did not finish the race, also with a technical issue, and Tom Bramich (Carl Cox-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) crashed out of the race on the opening lap. Countryman Tom Edwards finished the race in 25th place thus unfortunately did not add to his points tally.

Jeffrey Buis – P1

“I’m very happy. At the beginning of the race, I was able to make a gap and I built on that. I was able to set my own pace and that was good. I want to thank my team and family and everybody who supports me.”

Scott Deroue – P2

“It was a very difficult race, to be honest. My first lap was not good, and it was very difficult to pass the riders. Everyone was very aggressive, so it was very difficult to overtake. My teammate was gone so it was quite disappointing but congratulations to him because he did an amazing job today. On the last lap, my other teammate, Koen, thought the finish flag was there but it wasn’t, and I was leading the group and that was not really my plan. At the last corner I was lucky to finish because some guys made a mistake and I overtook them again.”

Bahattin Sofuoglu – P3

“I am really happy with this result. My expectation today was first place, but we were in third place. I am happy with this result, but I want to come back to the Championship for the next race and I want to continue this great position and great result.”

#TeruelWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at MotorLand Aragon – Race 2
1. Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
2. Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +5.114s
3. Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) +5.203s

WorldSSP300 Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Class Time/Gap
1 J.  Buis Kawasaki A 0.000
2 S. Deroue Kawasaki B +5.114
3 B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B +5.203
4 T. Brianti Kawasaki B +5.282
5 K. Meuffels Kawasaki A +5.351
6 M. Perez Kawasaki A +5.569
7 U. Orradre Yamaha A +5.720
8 V. Rodriguez Nunez Kawasaki A +5.728
9 B. Ieraci Kawasaki A +5.763
10 K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B +5.809
11 T.  Booth-Amos Kawasaki B +6.221
12 S. Di Sora Kawasaki A +6.448
13 A. Huertas Yamaha B +6.802
14 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +6.804
15 H. De Cancellis Yamaha B +6.894
16 T. Kawakami Yamaha B +6.895
17 I.  Iglesias Bravo Kawasaki B +6.946
18 A. Kroh Yamaha A +7.023
19 G. Van Straalen Yamaha A +7.290
20 N. Kalinin Kawasaki A +7.341
21 E. De La Vega Yamaha B +7.388
22 A. Carrasco Kawasaki B +7.792
23 A. Diaz Yamaha A +7.798
24 J.  Gimbert Kawasaki A +8.670
25 T. Edwards Kawasaki B +8.782
26 P. Grassia Kawasaki A +8.838
27 O. Konig Kawasaki B +9.695
28 A. Coppola Kawasaki B +9.937
29 G. Mastroluca Kawasaki B +22.142
30 D. Blin Yamaha A +22.825
31 A. Carrion Kawasaki A +25.889
32 M. Gennai Yamaha A +58.398
Not Classified
NC F. Salac Kawasaki B 45.603
RET T. Bramich Kawasaki A /
RET Y. Okaya Kawasaki B /
RET K. Aloisi Yamaha A /

WorldSSP300 Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jeffrey Buis  127
 2  Scott Deroue  116
 3  Unai Orradre  97
 4  Ana Carrasco  95
 5  Bahattin Sofuoglu  93
 6  Thomas Brianti  78
 7  Tom Booth-Amos  68
 8  Mika Perez  54
 9  Victor Rodriguez Nunez  47
 10  Meikon Kawakami  43
 11  Bruno Ieraci  42
 12  Koen Meuffels  33
 13  Yuta Okaya  29
 14  Hugo De Cancellis  25
 15  Samuel Di Sora  24
 16  Ton Kawakami  24
 17  Kevin Sabatucci  22
 18  Nick Kalinin  19
 19  Adrian Huertas  12
 20  Glenn Van Straalen  12
 21  Alan Kroh  10
 22  Tom Edwards  9
 23  Alvaro Diaz  9
 24  Inigo Iglesias Bravo  4
 25  Enzo De La Vega  4
 26  Oliver Konig  4
 27  Filippo Rovelli  4
 28  Alfonso Coppola  4
 29  Alejandro Carrion  4
 30  Filip Salac  3
 31  Kim Aloisi  3
 32  Tom Bercot  1
 33  Mirko Gennai  1

Source: MCNews.com.au

Sunday wrap from Aragon WorldSBK | WorldSSP | WorldSSP300

2020 WorldSBK – Round Four – Aragon

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) reclaimed his Championship lead on Sunday after being beaten on Saturday by Scott Redding. Rea bounced back with two victories at MotorLand Aragon on Sunday and now leads the series by ten-points.

Rea won the Tissot Superpole race from Scott Redding and Michael van der Mark with Alvaro Bautista scoring fourth on the new HRC Fireblade and thus the KRT #1 started the Sunday afternoon race from pole position and, despite pressure from Scott Redding (Aruba Ducati) in the early corners, was able to pull away from the chasing group.

Rea led every lap throughout the race despite a mistake on Lap 14 which allowed Chaz Davies (Aruba Ducati) to close the gap from around two-seconds to just two-tenths. Despite Davies attempting a move into Turn 1 on Lap 15, Rea held on to take victory by over one second ahead of Davies.

Race Two start

Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC), who started the race from fourth, got ahead of Redding in the early stages, and claimed his first podium for Honda and Honda’s first podium since Magny-Cours in 2016; Bautista and Honda showed good pace throughout the weekend.

Bautista claimed his first podium for Honda and Honda’s first podium since Magny-Cours in 2016

Redding finished the race in fourth place after being passed by Bautista and Davies, but the British rider also had to make a move on Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha) on Lap 4 to help secure that fourth place.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (GoEleven Ducati) made it three Ducati machines in the top five with fifth place as he also got by van der Mark, with the Dutchman finishing in sixth place.

Leon Haslam (Team HRC) made it two Hondas in the top seven after a titanic battle with a group of five riders. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha) claimed eighth place with Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in ninth and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) completed the top 10. There was just one second separating Haslam, Razgatlioglu, Lowes and Gerloff.

Bautista claimed his first podium for Honda and Honda’s first podium since Magny-Cours in 2016

Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had a strong result in 11th place, finishing less than a tenth of a second behind American rider Gerloff as part of the group of five riders fighting for seventh place.

Tom Sykes was the lead BMW rider in 12th place as the final rider in that battle; Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha) finishing around three seconds behind Sykes in 13th. Eugene Laverty (BMW) and Maximilian Scheib (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) completed the points with 15th.

Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Ducati), Christophe Ponsson (Nuova M2 Racing), Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing Althea Honda) and team-mate Lorenzo Gabellini all finished the race while Loris Baz (Ten Kate Yamaha) retired from the race following a crash on Lap 4 of 18 at Turn 15; the French rider unable to re-join the race following the incident where he came off on his bike on his own. He was not the only non-finisher as Marco Melandri (Barni Racing) who retired with a technical issue and Roman Ramos (OutDO Kawasaki TPR) retired from the race on the penultimate lap.

MIE Racing and Althea Racing cooperation also came to an end after this round.  From the upcoming Teruel Round, the team name will change to MIE Racing Honda Team with Takumi Takahashi as sole rider.


WorldSBK Quotes

Jonathan Rea

“In the Superpole race I made an OK start but then Loris Baz came on the inside, so I got a little bit flustered. I knew I had to keep the rhythm really fast in the beginning because it was a good opportunity. Using the softer SCX tyre for the sprint race has a lot of potential but we did not do so many laps on it in practice, and the conditions were not as hot. So, thanks to my team because Pere and all the guys gave me a really good set-up. In race two I went wide at one point and that gave Chaz the chance to attack in turn one but I wanted to attack him back straight away and set my own rhythm. I knew I could push and put my head down again. I did not expect the pace I had today in race two; I was so surprised. I knew I could be fast and the Superpole race gave me a lot of confidence. When I could really get stuck into the 1’50 laps, and keep that load going at the beginning of the race, it was easier to manage when the tyre would drop. I learned from race one yesterday.”

Jonathan Rea
Chaz Davies

“I’m very happy with the way things went this weekend. It is clear that the first place has another value but I am really satisfied with the work done by the team that put me in a position to be competitive since Friday. Unfortunately, the start was not the best and in the first laps, I had to fight with the group. Then I was able to lap with a good race pace and to fight with Jonny (Rea) until the last corner. We will get back on track with solid foundations next week end”.

Chaz Davies chasing Jonathan Rea
Scott Redding

“Unfortunately I struggled a lot since the very first laps to make the rear tyre work well. I was never able to find the grip that would allow me to push with the right rhythm. In the next two days, we will have to work to understand if it was a problem with the bike or just a tyre that didn’t work in the best way, also because Chaz went very fast. I find it hard to accept to win race one and then finish fourth in race two”.

Aragon WorldSBK
Alvaro Bautista

“I’m so happy with this podium because it’s a result of all our hard work so far. We’ve been able to take another good step forward this weekend. I was also pleased with my fourth-place result in the Superpole race, as it’s not easy over such a limited number of laps. We can say we’re on our way to achieving our target, which is to win, though there is still work to do of course. I am happy with the way we are developing the bike and we clearly have good potential. Now it’s a case of fine tuning the whole package and continuing to work step by step. I want to thank HRC and Honda and all my mechanics who have worked so hard to resolve various issues that emerged over the weekend. They all really deserve this podium. We are making clear progress, I’m gaining confidence race by race, and I’m looking forward to seeing if we can take another step forward next weekend here at the same track.”

Bautista claimed his first podium for Honda and Honda’s first podium since Magny-Cours in 2016
Leon Haslam

“It’s been a little frustrating because in testing here two weeks ago, things were going well and we were consistent in our performance. But when we started the work this weekend, we had some problems and race 1 and the sprint race were both difficult for me. Race 2 on the other hand was very positive, it was the first time I was able to really battle with other riders and fight until the final corner, beating those in my group on the last lap to close seventh. So there were many positives in the last race, and Bautista finishing on the podium is another big positive of course. When we’re both struggling it’s not good for motivation but when you see your team-mate make the podium you realise where the bike can be. Hopefully we can take what we’ve learned and take the next step next weekend.”

Alex Lowes

“I was quite happy for the Superpole race and was fourth for most of it, but just lacked a bit of speed at the end, when Alvaro Bautista and Chaz passed me. They were a bit quicker and I could not fight them off after the crash yesterday. We made a change with the front of the bike for the long race today and I did not feel comfortable. I was sort of fighting the bike. I was involved in quite a big battle, which was fun, but not in the positions that I want to be battling for. It was hard because I was not as confident in the front and it was sliding a lot so I could not be too aggressive. We put some points on the board and we have a few days now to get some good result in Aragon again next weekend. Well done to Johnny and the guys today, bouncing back from yesterday’s race. He did a fantastic job, so we know the Ninja ZX-10RR can do it, so we need to put our heads together before the next weekend to give myself a little bit more confidence with a better set-up.”

Loris Baz

“It was a difficult weekend, but we expected it. Having not done a test here before the weekend, we knew we were going to struggle but maybe not as much. It is a tricky circuit and we could see that the Yamahas had more problems here. We really struggled with engine braking as the rear grip deteriorated after 3 laps. It is frustrating especially since we started from the front row and I got the holeshot twice. The qualifying result is what we need to remember from this weekend. We mustn’t forget we worked really hard for this. I believed I could make it in the first race and then the second when I was following Jonathan for three laps. But as soon as I started to lose grip, we started to experience many problems with corner entries. We need to work on the electronics, engine brake and the ser-up of the bike. We have a few days to analyse this. We need to find a solution to get closer to the front. We will try it again next week!”

Michael van der Mark

“I think we can be quite happy with today’s performance, this morning in Warm Up we tried something a little different on the bike and it felt better compared to yesterday. In the Superpole Race I had a lot of fun, there was some good action and I felt strong. I was missing a bit of grip at the end, but I was really happy to finish on the podium for the first time at Aragón. For Race 2, we had a good bike for the long distance and from the start I was really fast and managed to get up to second place. From there, Johnny was a bit too quick to catch! As soon as my grip dropped, I struggled a lot on the exit of the corners and one-by-one people started passing me, so that’s why we finished sixth. Despite this, I think we are going in the right direction. We made some good progress and the best thing is that we have a lot of data from this weekend which we can use for the next one.”

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu

“Today, I think this has been my worst weekend this year even though we finished and collected points in every race. We tried a different set-up for rear grip after yesterday, in the Superpole Race it didn’t feel too bad, but it did not work for me during Race 2 and so this is the result. Now I will look ahead with my team for next week here at Aragón and work to find another approach to try and fight at the front.”

Tom Sykes

“It was a shame in the Superpole Race. Chaz Davies made a miscalculation in one corner which pushed me out wide and left me nowhere to go. This is a shame as Tati Mercado got injured in the aftermath which is something you never want to see. Race two was frustrating, we had certainly had the pace to get away from the guys, but we had those limitations on the straights which undid all the hard work we did in the corners catching them up.”

Eugene Laverty

“The weekend as a whole has been so tough, which I didn’t see coming. Starting down the grid made it difficult, but we just didn’t have the pace. However, finally today we found what we needed so we were able to make progress with the bike in the final race two. So that at least gives us some direction for next week in Aragón, but we have lost an entire weekend.”

Takumi Takahashi

“We would have liked to do better today but unfortunately I didn’t have the same feeling with the bike as I did yesterday despite having made no changes to it. Perhaps the conditions were a little different. Anyway, I think we’ve had a positive weekend if we take it as a whole. Not only because we were able to finish in the points zone yesterday, but also in terms of the work we have completed over the three days. So I look forward to making further improvement in the next races. I want to congratulate Alvaro and Honda for today’s very well-deserved podium. This also serves as further motivation for us to do better too.”


WorldSBK Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 J.  Rea Kawasaki 0.00
2 C.  Davies Ducati  +1.28
3 A.  Bautista Honda +3.599
4 S.  Redding Ducati +5.445
5 M. Rinaldi Ducati +6.687
6 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +9.561
7 L.   Haslam Honda +20.911
8 T.   Razgatlioglu Yamaha +21.248
9 A.  Lowes Kawasaki +21.399
10 G.  Gerloff Yamaha +21.717
11 X.  Fores Kawasaki +21.809
12 T.   Sykes BMW +22.012
13 F.   Caricasulo Yamaha +25.244
14 E.  Laverty BMW +30.088
15 M. Scheib Kawasaki +36.546
16 S.  Barrier Ducati +49.074
17 C.  Ponsson Aprilia +55.511
18 T.   Takahashi Honda +100.754
19 L.   Gabellini Honda +135.65
Not Classified 
20 R.  Ramos Kawasaki 1 Lap
21 M. Melandri Ducati 8 Laps
22 L.   Baz Yamaha 14 Laps
#AragonWorldSBK at MotorLand Aragon – Race 2.
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +1.280
3. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) +3.599

Superpole Race

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 J.  Rea Kawasaki 0.000
2 S. Redding Ducati +2.635
3 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +4.041
4 A. Bautista Honda +5.560
5 C. Davies Ducati +5.976
6  A. Lowes Kawasaki +6.232
7 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha +7.094
8 M. Rinaldi Ducati +7.589
9 L.  Baz Yamaha +7.909
10 L.  Haslam Honda +11.399
11 F.  Caricasulo Yamaha +13.204
12 X. Fores Kawasaki +14.430
13 G. Gerloff Yamaha +16.096
14 M. Scheib Kawasaki +16.266
15 T. Sykes BMW +17.958
16 E. Laverty BMW +23.574
17 M. Melandri Ducati +24.169
18 S. Barrier Ducati +26.146
19 R. Ramos Kawasaki +26.790
20 T. Takahashi Honda +39.799
21 L.  Gabellini Honda +1m08.958
Not Classified
NC C. Ponsson Aprilia /
RET L.  Mercado Ducati /

WorldSBK Championship Standings

Pos RIder Points
 1  Jonathan Rea  189
 2  Scott Redding  179
 3  Toprak Razgatlioglu  124
 4  Chaz Davies  120
 5  Michael Van Der Mark  110
 6  Alex Lowes  102
 7  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  79
 8  Alvaro Bautista  77
 9  Loris Baz  64
 10  Leon Haslam  51
 11  Tom Sykes  51
 12  Garrett Gerloff  28
 13  Xavi Fores  27
 14  Federico Caricasulo  22
 15  Marco Melandri  19
 16  Eugene Laverty  18
 17  Sandro Cortese  14
 18  Leandro Mercado  12
 19  Maximilian Scheib  11
 20  Sylvain Barrier  5
 21  Christophe Ponsson  4
 22  Roman Ramos  3
 23  Takumi Takahashi  1

WorldSSP

FIM Supersport World Championship action continued at the Prosecco DOC Aragon Round with Andrea Locatelli claiming another victory and fastest lap as his Championship blitz continued at MotorLand Aragon. Locatelli has now won his first seven races after moving across from Moto2 to WorldSSP.

Locatelli is dominating World Supersport

Locatelli had been beaten off the line by Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) but took just a handful of corners to re-gain the lead. Mahias was able to put Locatelli under pressure during the first half of the race but his pace started to drop off; Frenchman Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) able to pass Mahias on Lap 7.

WorldSSP

Mahias was able to follow his fellow French rider with the pair duelling for second. Cluzel would finish the race in second place with Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) claiming a podium after a late charge through the field.

Perolari, Odendaal, Gonzalez

Mahias would finish in fourth place after being passed by Cluzel and de Rosa in the second half of the 15-lap race, the French rider finishing 4.5 seconds clear of Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in fifth place. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) finished in sixth place, almost 10 seconds behind Locatelli.

Viñales had around an eight second gap to Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) who was involved in a titanic battle for seventh place with South African rider Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing); the pair finishing the race with a drag race to the line and being separated by just 0.010s as they crossed the line. Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) equalled his best race finish in WorldSSP with ninth place, also featured in race-long battle with Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Hungarian Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth); Gonzalez and Sebestyen finishing in tenth and 11th but with just 0.017s separating the trio.

Cluzel, Oettl

Federico Fuligni (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) finished in 12th place with Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) finishing in 13th. Alejandro Carranza Ruiz (EMPREADOR Racing) was the highest placed WorldSSP – Challenge rider in 14th while Hikari Okubo (Dynavolt Honda) completed the points with a 15th place finish.

Estonian rider Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) retired from the race following a Lap 1 crash, while Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) also crashing during the race and retiring. Lachlan Epis (MPM Routz Racing) failed to finish the race after a crash at Turn 1 in the early stages of the race; the trio the only three to not finish the race.

Andrea Locatelli – P1

It’s fantastic and it’s incredible. Every time, we don’t make a mistake, and this is important. We are faster every time. Also, with the difficult conditions today with a lot of wind, we are stronger. We will work a little bit for next weekend because we are staying here for another weekend.”

Locatelli is dominating World Supersport
Jules Cluzel – P2

I am happy again because the fight was hard. There are a lot of fast guys in this race fighting for second position. I am happy to finish second. To be honest, in some places, I was struggling with the grip a little bit and they were faster than me. The Kawasaki at the beginning was so fast, especially in acceleration and some turns, they were just pulling away. After a few laps, I managed to stay and come back a little bit on Mahias. I passed him and after that, it was another story because I was alone, and I was giving the pace to the riders behind me and they were pushing me hard. To finish second, another second place, but it’s great to take 20 points and be in front of these guys.”

Raffaele de Rosa – P3

This morning, in warm up, my feeling was very good. I thought it was possible to have a good race. But, as always, my first and second laps were not very quick. After three laps, I check my lap time and see it is very good. I concentrated on overtaking the group in front to claim the podium. I am very happy, especially for my team.”

WorldSSP Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A. Locatelli Yamaha 0.00
2 J. Cluzel Yamaha +2.19
3 R.  De Rosa MV Agusta +2.479
4 L.   Mahias Kawasaki +2.925
5 P.   Oettl Kawasaki +7.393
6 I.    Vinales Yamaha +9.981
7 C.  Perolari Yamaha +17.81
8 S.  Odendaal Yamaha +17.82
9 D.  Webb Yamaha +19.156
10 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki +19.167
11 P.   Sebestyen Yamaha +19.173
12 F.   Fuligni MV Agusta +19.513
13 C.  Oncu Kawasaki +21.739
14 A.  Ruiz Carranza Yamaha +30.69
15 H.  Okubo Honda +33.792
16 S.  Valtulini Kawasaki +40.752
17 L.   Cresson Yamaha +43.033
18 P.   Hobelsberger Honda +47.477
19 A.  Verdoia Yamaha +49.918
20 M. Herrera Yamaha +49.95
21 G.  Hendra Pratama Yamaha +50.089
22 L.   Montella Yamaha 1m04.794
Not Classified
RET 83 L.   Epis Yamaha 13 Laps
RET A.  Bassani Yamaha /
RET H.  Soomer Yamaha /
#AragonWorldSBK MotorLand Aragon – Race 2
1. Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
2. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) +2.190
3. Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) +2.479

WorldSSP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Andrea Locatelli  175
 2  Jules Cluzel  130
 3  Lucas Mahias  86
 4  Philipp Oettl  76
 5  Corentin Perolari  72
 6  Raffaele De Rosa  71
 7  Steven Odendaal  67
 8  Isaac Vinales  63
 9  Manuel Gonzalez  53
 10  Hannes Soomer  39
 11  Danny Webb  34
 12  Can Alexander Oncu  30
 13  Peter Sebestyen  18
 14  Alejandro Ruiz Carranza  15
 15  Federico Fuligni  13
 16  Miquel Pons  9
 17  Patrick Hobelsberger  6
 18  Loris Cresson  6
 19  Andy Verdoia  4
 20  Kevin Manfredi  3
 21  Axel Bassani  3
 22  Maria Herrera  2
 23  Jaimie Van Sikkelerus  2
 24  Hikari Okubo  1
 25  Galang Hendra Pratama  1
 26  Luigi Montella  1

WorldSSP300

WorldSSP300

A weekend of action in FIM Supersport World Championship finished with a sensational overtake by Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) meant he claimed his second win at MotorLand Aragon in as many days, with the polesitter leading for most of the race but a sweeping move around the final two corners to take race victory and the Championship lead; with just eight points separating the top four riders.

WorldSSP300

Buis had started from pole position and looked to try to break away to repeat yesterday’s dominant victory, but Buis was kept in sight by his rivals. On the penultimate lap, Buis found himself without the lead of the race and took a normal racing line into Turn 1, allowing him to keep maximum speed through the corner without the benefit of the slipstream. It paid dividends for Buis as he was able to take the lead again before team-mate Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki) passed him on the last lap.

WorldSSP300

Deroue had the lead going into the long back straight and Buis used the slipstream effect to keep himself in contention before sweeping around the outside of Turns 17 and 18 and launching himself off the final corner to claim a sensational victory following the stunning overtake. Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos) claimed his first podium of 2020 with second place, holding off Deroue who finished third.

Buis, Deroue

Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) finished in fourth place while featuring in the pack for the lead with Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) finishing in fifth; the Brazilian able to keep in contention after starting from the front row. 2018 Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) finished in sixth place; the top six riders separated by less than a second.

Brianti, Kawakami

Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) finished in seventh place, 1.3 seconds off Buis to show how close WorldSSP300 is in 2020. Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing), who also started from the front row, finished in eighth place ahead of the recovering Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki); Dutchman Meuffels starting at the back of the grid following a technical infringement on Saturday. Victor Rodriguez Nunez (2R Racing) completed the top ten, finishing just 0.001s ahead of Hugo de Cancellis (Team Trasimeno).

Buis, Deroue

Glenn van Straalen (EAB Ten Kate Racing) finished in 12th place with Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project), Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Ukrainian Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) completed the points. There was just under a second separating Meuffels in ninth and Rovelli in 14th place.

Deroue

Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki) was the first retirement of the race after a crash on the opening lap of the race while Johan Gimbert (GP Project) also retired in the early stages of the race alongside Oscar Nunez Roldan (Scuderia Maranga Racing), Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing). Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) and Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) suffered a crash which forced them both to retire.

Tom Bramich missed out on making the race after missing the cut in the Last Chance Race, despite finishing that race only 1.3-seconds behind the race winner, P9 was not enough to qualify for the main races.

Jeffrey Buis – P1

“At the beginning of the race I thought I could make a gap, but my pitboard says 0.0. I thought it was going to be a big group. The last lap was a little bit crazy!”

Thomas Brianti – P2

“I’m very happy with my first podium in WorldSSP300. Thank you to all my team, my sponsors, my family thanks to everyone.”

Scott Deroue – P3

“I had a good start and the first laps were good. I was chasing my teammate Jeffrey and he had really good pace. He’s so fast here. I was really pushing to stay with him. I thought that after some laps we may have had a gap, because Jeffrey yesterday had a gap, but when I looked behind there was a big group. They overtook me, I was back to fifth, so I had to go to the back of Jeffrey again. It was really hard, but it worked, and I’m happy with third.”

WorldSSP300 Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Class Gap
1 J.   Buis Kawasaki A 0.000
2 T.   Brianti Kawasaki B +0.146
3 S.  Deroue Kawasaki B +0.214
4 U.  Orradre Yamaha A +0.592
5 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +0.632
6 A.  Carrasco Kawasaki B +0.906
7 B.  Ieraci Kawasaki A +1.307
8 T.   Kawakami Yamaha B +2.154
9 K.  Meuffels Kawasaki A +12.149
10 V.  Rodriguez Nunez Kawasaki A +12.49
11 H.  De Cancellis Yamaha B +12.491
12 G.  Van Straalen Yamaha A +12.531
13 K.  Sabatucci Kawasaki B +13.015
14 F.   Rovelli Kawasaki A +13.054
15 N.  Kalinin Kawasaki A +16.93
16 A.  Kroh Yamaha A +19.49
17 K.  Aloisi Yamaha A +19.512
18 O.  Konig Kawasaki B +20.027
19 E.  De La Vega Yamaha B +20.335
20 A.  Carrion Kawasaki A +20.365
21 A.  Coppola Kawasaki B +20.381
22 T.   Bercot Yamaha B +20.382
23 M. Gennai Yamaha A +20.427
24 A.  Diaz Yamaha A +23.083
25 G.  Mastroluca Kawasaki B +27.184
26 M. Perez Kawasaki A +33.565
26 I. Iglesias Bravo Kawasaki B +115.041
Not Classified
RET S.  Markarian Yamaha B 1 Lap
RET B.  Sofuoglu Yamaha B 5 Laps
RET T.   Booth-Amos Kawasaki B 5 Laps
RET A.  Huertas Yamaha B 5 Laps
RET T.   Edwards Kawasaki B 7 Laps
RET O.  Nunez Roldan Kawasaki A 7 Laps
RET J.   Gimbert Kawasaki A 8 Laps
RET Y.   Okaya Kawasaki B 8 Laps
#AragonWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at MotorLand Aragon – Race 2
1. Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
2. Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) +0.146
3. Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) +0.214

WorldSSP300 Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jeffrey Buis  86
 2  Ana Carrasco  84
 3  Scott Deroue  83
 4  Unai Orradre  78
 5  Tom Booth-Amos  63
 6  Thomas Brianti  58
 7  Bahattin Sofuoglu  57
 8  Meikon Kawakami  37
 9  Mika Perez  35
 10  Yuta Okaya  29
 11  Bruno Ieraci  27
 12  Hugo De Cancellis  24
 13  Ton Kawakami  22
 14  Koen Meuffels  22
 15  Samuel Di Sora  20
 16  Nick Kalinin  19
 17  Kevin Sabatucci  16
 18  Victor Rodriguez Nunez  14
 19  Glenn Van Straalen  12
 20  Tom Edwards  9
 21  Alvaro Diaz  8
 22  Alan Kroh  5
 23  Inigo Iglesias Bravo  4
 24  Enzo De La Vega  4
 25  Oliver Konig  4
 26  Filippo Rovelli  4
 27  Alfonso Coppola  4
 28  Alejandro Carrion  4
 29  Adrian Huertas  3
 30  Kim Aloisi  3
 31  Tom Bercot  1

Source: MCNews.com.au

Saturday wrap from Aragon WorldSBK | WorldSSP | WorldSSP300

2020 WorldSBK – Round Four – Aragon
Saturday Wrap

A titanic battle between the two Championship leaders ended with Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) taking victory as well as the points lead in the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship after the sensational battle at the Prosecco DOC Aragon Round at MotorLand Aragon after holding off multiple challenges throughout.

Aragon WorldSBK

Redding started the race from third place and held position in the early stages while polesitter Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) fought his way back through the field after a poor start, Rea back in the lead after just a couple of laps.

Redding had to work his way forward after a bad start

Rea was passed by Redding on Lap 7 of 18 but was able to keep with Redding after the overtake although not able to make the move; the Ducati’s straight-line speed helping keep Redding ahead.

Rea, Redding, Davies

As Rea continued to pressure Redding, the pair went side by side with Rea looking to make his way back into the lead but a mistake on Lap 14, where Rea went wide, allowed Redding to stay in front.

Redding, Rea and a chasing Davies

Davies was able to get by Rea just a few laps later and started to close in on Redding, finishing the race just three tenths behind Redding as they battled for the lead; the pair claiming a Ducati 1-2 finish after Davies battled through from ninth, with Rea claiming a podium on his 150th start for KRT. The result means Redding moves back into the Championship lead but with plenty of points still available to claim.

Scott Redding – P1

I’m really happy because until this morning the feeling was certainly not the best one. Maybe something has changed in the Superpole, but the conditions were not ideal. I tried to stay focused, thinking only of not losing contact with the leading group to achieve a good result. During the race, the feeling with the bike grew, and I managed to take this great victory that I dedicate to the whole team that never gave up doing an extraordinary job“.

Chaz Davies – P2

It is clear that the starting position did not help me, but I got off a good start, and in the first laps, I managed to keep a good pace to recover positions. The feeling was positive, and I closed the gap between the leading group and me. I tried to manage the tires then when I saw that Scott and Rea were gaining advantage I pushed to the maximum. I think if I had one more lap, I could have overtaken Scott, but he was still very good at defending himself without allowing me to attack him“.

Marco Zambenedetti (Ducati Corse Superbike Technical Coordinator)

It was an excellent first race. We confirmed the good feelings we had already in the tests of two weeks ago with Chaz, while with Scott, we made a little more effort and still managed to find a solid base of set up. Also, the result obtained by Michael Rinaldi (P4) confirms the goodness of the work we are doing. This gives us great confidence ahead of the next five races that we will compete on this circuit, but it is clear that there is still room for improvement. We still have to work, and we will try from tomorrow to do it better than the others“.

Jonathan Rea – P3

We were just lacking a little something today in the race but I was really happy with the Superpole qualifying session. We worked on a bit of a ‘time attack’ in the beginning, then when I put the Q rear tyre in I had some traffic behind – but I needed to find the rhythm and we took pole position. In the race I felt really good with the bike but I just could not fight. I had a really bad start but I tried to put my head down in the beginning and got to the front. When I got track position and Scott came through he did a really good job keeping up a good rhythm. I was just about there, but not close enough to go through. It was good in the first three sectors, and it was only two or three tenths of a difference, but when guys like Chaz and Scott are on it you cannot afford to lose that kind of time in a critical area. It was frustrating because at the start of the race I felt comfortable to let Scott lead and the pit-board gap was increasing to third place. We will put our heads together tonight and come back stronger tomorrow.”

#AragonWorldSBK at MotorLand Aragon – Race 1.
1. Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)
2. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +0.304
3. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +2.123

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (GoEleven Ducati) once again secured a fourth-place finish in 2020 as his impressive form continued, with the Italian rider putting on a late-race move on Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha) finishing in fifth place. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha) was another rider who fought his way back through the field as he finished in sixth place, after starting outside the top 10, although finished ten seconds behind his team-mate.

Michael van der Mark – P5

We made some changes this morning on the bike after yesterday, and I was feeling strong. In FP3 I felt really good with the bike and then in Superpole I was happy with my lap, but it was just not enough to be on the first two rows because the field was so close. Eighth was not ideal but I did at least have a decent start in the race, gaining a couple of places in the first few laps. I had good pace but I struggled in some areas to stay with the guys in front of me. That meant I had to play catch up every lap and at a certain point I was just a little bit slower and struggling more. I’m happy with the overall pace and unfortunately Rinaldi passed me at the end, but I think if we can improve the bike on some small areas, for sure we can fight for a podium tomorrow.”

Michael van der Mark
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P6

In the race, we made a good start but in the end the rear grip didn’t feel too great, similar to Portimao. Normally we would try a different set-up for this and usually that would work well, but in the race after five or six laps I felt the grip drop and then in the last few laps there was another big drop. Sixth position is OK, but I’m not happy because normally if there is a good feeling with the grip I can go with the front group. We will try maybe a different set-up to help this, and I will also try to improve – we will see tomorrow.

Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was classified in seventh place despite starting on the front row and taking the lead at the start as Baz looked for another podium in 2020. There was a battle between Baz and Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) towards the end of the race with the pair separated by just a second at the end of the race. Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha) finished in ninth place with Leon Haslam (THRC) completing the top ten.

Leon Haslam – P10

I made a good start but we had a small problem right from lap one which saw me drop three or four seconds through the central part of the race. In modifying my riding style, I was then able to set lap times that weren’t so bad, even catching one guy at the end. To be honest, I’m quite happy because I was able to understand a few things after thinking that I might have to come into the garage due to the problem. So in the final stages my times were not so bad and now we’ll fix the issue we had so that I’m set for tomorrow’s races.”

It was a strong race performance from Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) as the Argentinian rider claimed an 11th place finish, ahead of Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) in 12th. Roman Ramos (OutDO Kawasaki) marked his 100th WorldSBK start with a points finish as the Spaniard completed his first race since his return to the Championship, ahead of another mid-season returnee in Marco Melandri (Barni Racing Team). Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing Althea Honda) secured his first points finish of the season with 15th in Race 1 at MotorLand Aragon and also claimed the team’s first points of 2020.

Eugene Laverty (BMW) finished in 16th place after a dramatic rush to start the race; the Irish rider coming off his bike on the lap to the grid with the team fixing his machine on the grid. Laverty was given a ride-through penalty during the race but was able to finish ahead of Lorenzo Gabellini (MIE Racing Althea Honda).

Eugene Laverty – DNF

My first lap in Superpole was my fastest one and I wanted to build from there but unfortunately I had problems with the front when I wanted to go with the qualifying tyre at the end and I wasn’t able to get a lap in as I went off the track. So starting from way down the field is always going to be tough but unfortunately in the sighting lap, we had a brake issue so I had to jump off the bike. I managed to get the bike back to the grid and the guys worked fantastically to repair it just about on time to get me starting the race. But unfortunately we ended being given a ride-through penalty because we were still working on the bike after the three-minute mark. Then Christophe Ponsson had a massive crash in front of me and I had to go through the gravel to avoid him. So just everything that could go wrong did in a sense. I just have to forget today and work towards tomorrow.”

Christophe Ponsson (Nuova M2 Racing) had a crash during the race at the corkscrew section which put the Frenchman out of the race on his Aprilia while Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) had a spectacular high-side that left the KRT stricken in danger over the crest of the hill, it was amazing that all the other riders managed to avoid him as he scrabbled to safety.

Alex Lowes – DNF

I was working with a race setup at the start of Superpole in the cooler conditions, so when I used the Q tyre I knew I could do a good lap. It was a shame to just miss out on the front row but fourth place was good. I did a couple of race simulations in the recent Aragon test so I was confident of my pace. I wanted to get a good start, which I did, and then when Scott passed me on the back straight I thought, ‘OK, just sit here’. Then I crashed and I need to check the data because it was a strange one. It spun a lot, to the point where the traction control could not save me, and then it kicked back a lot. A strange crash in an unexpected area but the good thing is we have five more races here at Aragon and my pace is pretty strong.”

Tom Sykes (BMW) pitted in the early stages of the race with the British rider retiring while Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) also suffered a crash in the first half of the race. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) and Maximilian Scheib (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) both retired from the race after separate incidents on the same lap.

Alvaro Bautista – DNF

It was a pity about the crash as we were running a strong race. The fact is that over the first laps I struggled to get into a rhythm because, at the moment, I must ride the bike in a certain way to be fast and have to force it a lot to make it turn for example. This doesn’t help when you are fighting with other riders. That was the case again today at first while I was part of the group. Once I had some space, I could ride much faster and was catching the fourth placed rider when I just lost the front. When you are pushing so hard it can happen. One good thing is that we were able to improve on our speed in the Superpole compared to the other rounds. As for tomorrow, we have some ideas to try and help us improve in the early stages, so let’s see how it goes tomorrow.

Tom Sykes – DNF

It was a pity as the BMW S 1000 RR is just so easy to manage and so enjoyable and it feels like what I expect from a race bike. Regarding my crash in Superpole, I think I was just a little bit caught out. I did not to anything stupid but obviously I ran over the edge of the tyre on the front. It was a little bit my mistake and was disappointing because today with the set-up that we got, I have to say credit to all the guys, things were coming to the right place. In Superpole I was on a potential pole position lap so obviously disappointment that I made a mistake. I left myself with a lot of work in the race but we made a good start and I was in a position where I felt comfortable, knowing that the lead is only a couple of seconds down the track. We had a very good race pace all weekend and today we were got to see if it was where it needed to be. But then we had a technical issue which was only a small oil leak but we had to pull out. Looking at the lap times I think we would have been able to be very strong. We’ll keep working and tomorrow is another day.


Superbike Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 S. Redding Ducati  0.000
2 C. Davies Ducati +0.304
3 J.  Rea Kawasaki +2.123
4 M. Rinaldi Ducati  +7.453
5 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +8.365
6 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha +18.851
7 L.  Baz Yamaha +20.226
8 X. Fores Kawasaki +26.971
9 F. Caricasulo Yamaha +27.054
10 L.  Haslam Honda +29.283
11 L.  Mercado Ducati +30.270
12 S. Barrier Ducati +40.070
13 R. Ramos Kawasaki +42.267
14 M. Melandri Ducati +54.075
15 T. Takahashi Honda +57.737
16 E. Laverty BMW +59.805
17 L.  Gabellini Honda +1m22.202
Not Classified
RET M. Scheib Kawasaki 5 Laps
RET A. Bautista Honda 6 Laps
RET G. Gerloff Yamaha 12 Laps
RET A. Lowes Kawasaki 14 Laps
RET T. Sykes BMW 14 Laps
RET C. Ponsson Aprilia 16 Laps

WSBK Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
 1  Scott Redding  157
 2  Jonathan Rea  152
 3  Toprak Razgatlioglu  113
 4  Chaz Davies  95
 5  Michael Van Der Mark  93
 6  Alex Lowes  91
 7  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  66
 8  Loris Baz  63
 9  Alvaro Bautista  55
 10  Tom Sykes  47
 11  Leon Haslam  42
 12  Xavi Fores  22
 13  Garrett Gerloff  22
 14  Marco Melandri  19
 15  Federico Caricasulo  19
 16  Eugene Laverty  16
 17  Sandro Cortese  14
 18  Leandro Mercado  12
 19  Maximilian Scheib  10
 20  Sylvain Barrier  5
 21  Christophe Ponsson  4
 22  Román Ramos  3
 23  Takumi Takahashi  1

Supersport Race One

A familiar face stood on top of the FIM Supersport World Championship podium at MotorLand Aragon as Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team), the only rider to win a WorldSSP race in 2020, continued his streak with victory at the Prosecco DOC Aragon Round as he made it six race wins in his first six races.

FIM Supersport World Championship podium at MotorLand Aragon

The battle for the lead between Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha), Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team), Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and teammate Lucas Mahias reached a peak on Lap 2 as Cluzel went from fourth to first, passing both Oettl and Mahias, with Locatelli following him through into second place.

Both Cluzel and Locatelli were able to break away from the leading group as the duo engaged in a titanic battle until the third lap; Locatelli making a move on the inside of Turn 16 on Cluzel. It was a move he had tried a lap before but on that occasion Cluzel was able to respond into Turn 1 but was unable to the second time around. Locatelli then extended his lead throughout the race to claim victory, with Cluzel in second place as he secured another podium in 2020, finishing ahead of Oettl in third.

FIM Supersport World Championship podium at MotorLand Aragon

Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) secured a top four finish as three manufacturers finished in the first four places as Mahias, who had been in the lead group and involved in the epic battle in the opening laps, finished in fifth place. Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) and Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) had a titanic battle for sixth place which went down to the final lap; South African Odendaal regaining the place on the final lap to secure a top six finish with Viñales seventh.

Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) were also involved in a battle just behind Odendaal and Viñales, with Gonzalez holding on to finishing eighth with Webb in ninth. Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) looked to be fighting at the front but fell back throughout the race, eventually finishing the 15-lap race in tenth place.

Alejandro Carranza Ruiz (EMPERADOR Racing) was the highest place WorldSSP – Challenge rider with 11th place overall in the race, finishing just ahead of Federico Fuligni (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Turkish star Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team). Maria Herrera (Altogoo Racing Team) secured her first points of the season with Patrick Hobelsberger (Dynavolt Honda) completing the points paying position.

Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) was unable to capitalise on his career-best result from Superpole as he retired from the race, along with Lachlan Epis (MPM Routz Racing Team), Stefano Valtulini (Blackflag Motorsport) and Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing).

P1 Andrea Locatelli (BARDHAL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)

Six victories is incredible. The feeling is good every time. Today, we pushed but we stay calm because tomorrow is a harder day. We have another race but I’m confident and I’ll push again tomorrow.”

P2 Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha)

I’m happy. It’s a strong race, it’s a difficult weekend because the length of the circuit is making a bigger gap compared to the bigger circuits. It’s nearly impossible to fight with him, it’s not possible to be honest. I tried to save what I can. In the other race, I’m the best of the others. We cannot explain what happened but I am happy to score 20 points and I’m focussed on tomorrow to make some improvements because Oettl rode really well, he pushed me the whole race and I need to improve a little bit for tomorrow.

P3 Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

I’m really happy to be on the podium again. It was a hard race, especially in the beginning until I found a good rhythm. After Lucas Mahias and Isaac Viñales had a small discussion at Turn 1, I thought now is the time to push and make a gap. That was exactly the right thing to do in that moment so I’m really happy for the team and tomorrow we can have another good race.

#AragonWorldSBK WorldSSP at MotorLand Aragon – Race 1
1. Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
2. Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) +3.221
3. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +5.206

Supersport Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A. Locatelli Yamaha 0
2 J.  Cluzel Yamaha +3.221
3 P Oettl Kawasaki +5.206
4 R. De Rosa MV Agusta +6.387
5 L.  Mahias Kawasaki +10.563
6 S. Odendaal Yamaha +14.968
7 I.  Viñales Yamaha +14.980
8 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki +15.507
9 D. Webb Yamaha +15.622
10 C. Perolari Yamah +24.848
11 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha +28.292
12 F. Fuligni MV Agusta +28.639
13 C. Öncü Kawasaki +29.338
14 M. Herrera Yamaha +41.500
15 P. Hobelsberger Honda +41.565
16 G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha +42.531
17 H. Okubo Honda +42.566
18 A. Bassani Yamaha +46.602
19 L.  Cresson Yamaha +54.928
20 A. Verdoïa Yamaha +59.339
21 L.  Montella Yamaha +1m01.699
Not Classifieds
RET H.Soomer Yamaha 4 Laps
RET 43 S. Valtulini Kawasaki 9 Laps
RET 83 L.  Epis Yamaha 11 Laps
RET 56 P. Sebestyen Yamaha 12 Laps

Supersport Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
 1  Andrea Locatelli  150
 2  Jules Cluzel  110
 3  Lucas Mahias  73
 4  Philipp Oettl  65
 5  Corentin Perolari  63
 6  Steven Odendaal  59
 7  Raffaele De Rosa  55
 8  Isaac Viñales  53
 9  Manuel Gonzalez  47
 10  Hannes Soomer  39
 11  Can Alexander Öncü  27
 12  Danny Webb  27
 13  Alejandro Ruiz Carranza  13
 14  Peter Sebestyen  13
 15  Miquel Pons  9
 16  Federico Fuligni  9
 17  Patrick Hobelsberger  6
 18  Loris Cresson  6
 19  Andy Verdoïa  4
 20  Kevin Manfredi  3
 21  Axel Bassani  3
 22  Maria Herrera  2
 23  Jaimie Van Sikkelerus  2
 24  Galang Hendra Pratama  1
 25  Luigi Montella  1

WorldSSP 300 Race One

In a race full of thrills and spills in FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, it was Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) who claimed victory by almost seven seconds the second largest margin of victory in WorldSSP300 history and the largest at MotorLand Aragon. While Buis was able to dominate out in front, there was a titanic battle for the podium with four riders separated by just four tenths.

FIM Supersport 300 World Championship Aragon

Buis pulled away from the lead group after starting from pole position and completed the 10-lap race unchallenged as he claimed his first victory in dominant fashion; the second largest victory margin of all time. He finished ahead of Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) who moved into the Championship with another podium finish as well as Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki) not finished the race after a late-race clash with Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO). Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) finished in third placed; the Spaniard claiming his first podium since Magny-Cours in 2018.

De Cancellis finished the race in fourth place despite the late-race collision with Deroue; the Frenchman able to continue and secure a strong result ahead of Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM Kawasaki) in fifth. It is the first time this season that Booth-Amos has not finished on the podium when he has finished the race, having scored three podiums and a retirement prior to the Prosecco DOC Aragon Round. Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing) completed the top six after he fought his back from the back of the grid having been forced to start at the back of the grid with a tyre pressure infringement.

FIM Supersport 300 World Championship Aragon

Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) finished in seventh place with Victor Rodriguez Nunez (2R Racing) in eighth place and Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) finished in the top nine but within 1.1 seconds of Carrasco in second place; showing how competitive the WorldSSP300 Championship is. Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) completed the top 10 as he held off the challenge from Alan Kroh (Yamaha MS Racing) by just 0.057s.

Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) finished in 12th place with Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing), Alfonso Coppola (Kawasaki GP Project) and Oliver König (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) completed the points by finishing in the top 15.

It was a race of attrition with various riders suffering from retirements including Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing YamahaWSSP300); the Turkish rider still in contention in the Championship but is now 17 points back in the title race. Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team), Kim Aloisi (ProGP Racing), Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing), Tom Bercot (ProGP Racing), Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project), Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT), Felipe Macan (Team Brasil AD 78), Gabriele Mastroluca (GP Project) and Sylvain Markarian (Yamaha MS Racing) all failing to finish the race following various incidents throughout. Aloisi was taken to the medical centre for a check up but has been declared fit since.

P1 Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)

The race was very difficult. At the beginning, I tried to make a gap but there was a lot of wind. They showed me the pit board and the gap was big enough, so it was okay for me.”

P2 Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300)

The race was really difficult. In Tissot Superpole, I made some mistakes and we had to start towards the back, so it was difficult to fight at the front. With the wind it was really hard. I was trying to pull away from the group, but it was impossible. Jeffrey was very, very fast so he won but I’m very happy to be back on the podium. It was not easy, so it’s a good result for us. We have to focus on tomorrow’s race as it’ll be important to be back on the podium.”

P3 Mike Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300)

I’m really happy. After one and a half years without a podium, it’s nice to be back! It was a good fight with the whole group. I am so happy and want to thank my team, my sponsors and all the people who trusted me after last season as this is for them.”

#AragonWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at MotorLand Aragon – Race 1
1. Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT)
2. Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) +6.870
3. Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) +6.895

WorldSSP 300 Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Class Time/Gap
1 J.  Buis Kawasaki A 0
2 A. Carrasco Kawasaki B 6.870
3 M. Perez Kawasaki A 6.895
4 H. De Cancellis Yamaha B 7.000
5 T. Booth-Amos Kawasaki B 7.282
6 U. Orradre Yamaha A 7.488
7 B. Ieraci Kawasaki A 7.582
8 V. Rodriguez Nunez Kawasak A 7.704
9 M. Kawakami Yamaha B 7.949
10 T. Brianti Kawasaki B 8.125
11 A. Kroh Yamaha A 8.182
12 I.  Iglesias Bravo Kawasaki B 8.552
13 A. Huertas Yamaha B 16.476
14 A. Coppola Kawasaki B 16.644
15 O. König Kawasaki B 16.700
16 N. Kalinin Kawasaki A 16.730
17 A. Carrion Kawasaki A 19.995
18 M. Gennai Yamaha A 20.045
19 J.  Gimbert Kawasaki A 20.710
20 F. Rovelli Kawasaki A 22.073
21 E. De La Vega Yamaha B 22.132
22 G. Van Straalen Yamaha A 22.245
23 O. Nunez Roldan Kawasaki A 53.345
24 A. Diaz Yamaha A 1’26.699
Not Classified
RET S. Deroue Kawasaki B 1 Lap
RET B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B 3 Laps
RET T. Edwards Kawasaki B 4 Laps
RET K. Aloisi Yamaha A 7 Laps
RET T. Kawakami Yamaha B 9 Laps
RET T. Bercot Yamaha B 9 Laps
RET K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B 9 Laps
RET Y. Okaya Kawasaki B 9 Laps
RET F. Macan Yamaha A /
RET G. Mastroluca Kawasaki B /
RET S. Markarian Yamaha B /

WorldSSP 300 Championship Points

Rider Rider Points
 1  Ana Carrasco  74
 2  Scott Deroue  67
 3  Unai Orradre  65
 4  Tom Booth-Amos  63
 5  Jeffrey Buis  61
 6  Bahattin Sofuoglu  57
 7  Thomas Brianti  38
 8  Mika Perez  35
 9  Yuta Okaya  29
 10  Meikon Kawakami  26
 11  Samuel Di Sora  20
 12  Hugo De Cancellis  19
 13  Bruno Ieraci  18
 14  Nick Kalinin  18
 15  Koen Meuffels  15
 16  Ton Kawakami  14
 17  Kevin Sabatucci  13
 18  Tom Edwards  9
 19  Victor Rodriguez Nunez  8
 20  Alvaro Diaz  8
 21  Glenn Van Straalen  8
 22  Alan Kroh  5
 23  Inigo Iglesias Bravo  4
 24  Enzo De La Vega  4
 25  Oliver König  4
 26  Alfonso Coppola  4
 27  Alejandro Carrion  4
 28  Adrian Huertas  3
 29  Kim Aloisi  3
 30  Filippo Rovelli  2
 31  Tom Bercot  1
 32  Mirko Gennai  1

Portimao WorldSBK Schedule

Source: MCNews.com.au

We speak to Josh Brookes ahead of the Brands Hatch BSB finale

2019 British Superbike Championship

Brands Hatch Showdown Preview


The Bennetts British Superbike Championship title fight will do down to the wire this weekend as protagonists Scott Redding, Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell battle it out for the final time in 2019 in their quest to be crowned champion at Brands Hatch.

We spoke to Josh Brookes overnight about the weekend ahead. The Australian trails Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Scott Redding by 28-points heading into this weekend triple-header.

Josh Brookes

“Under normal circumstances a second and a third at Donington in British Superbike would be a good achievement, but when the championship leader gets two wins then that makes that performance not so good after all, and that’s the reality that I am facing at the moment. 

BSB RNd BrandsHatch Josh Brookes Celebrate
Josh Brookes did the double at Brands Hatch earlier in the year

“The championship points are well favoured towards Scott, mathematically the championship is always a possibility until the end, or until the numbers rule it out, but I will go into this weekend with the most optimism I can and try as hard as I can to get the results, but it’s diffifcult to think that Scott is going to offer a poor performance.

BSB Rnd Donington DYeomans Brookes Redding AROA
Brookes leading Redding at Donington earlier this month

“I am standing here in poor weather at the moment, it is drizzling rain, the last round is often affected by weather here so we never know what can happen.

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Josh Brookes

“All I have to do is focus on the best results I can, rather than thinking I have to finish a certain place etc. so that almost probably takes the pressure off me a little. I have to just go out and win, that is all I can do. Then how Scott goes out and plays it will decide the final results.

BSB Rnd Oulton Park Friday Brookes
Josh Brookes

“Every year I have been in BSB I have given 100 per cent and irrespective of the outcome I am proud of what I have achieved this year.” 

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Josh Brookes did the double at Brands Hatch earlier in the year

BSB 2019 so far…

After 24 races there have been seven winners and 12 different podium finishers, but it comes down to three champion elects ahead of the final three races of the 2019 season on the Grand Prix circuit.

Scott Redding heads the standings coming into the crucial decider and the former MotoGP contender willl attempt to claim the title in his debut season to make Bennetts BSB history. The 26-year-old has delivered an incredible performance so far in the Showdown, to return to Kent with a 28-point advantage over his Be Wiser Ducati teammate.

BSB Rnd Donington DYeomans Brookes Redding AROA
Josh Brookes and Scott Redding – Image by David Yeomans
Scott Redding

“This year has been really good; I have enjoyed the championship and the racing has been great and now we have just got Brands Hatch to try and finish the job! I feel like I have been the strongest rider in the Showdown so far but I have been building all season for this. The results at Brands Hatch earlier in the year doesn’t show how strong we really were there and the pace that we had; I took a gamble on the tyre choice in race one and then had a podium in race two and we had pole position. I think some people think that it might not be the best track for me and I might not be as strong there, but when people doubt me I want it even more. I am really calm now and with how I am and what we can do at Brands Hatch. I get even more motivation from the energy and the big support that I get from the fans and I think there is going to be a big atmosphere next weekend.

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Scott Redding, Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell were top performers at Donington – Image by David Yeomans

“I am definitely in a prime position; I didn’t start the season saying what I could do and I have just been working hard and building up so that we were strong for the Showdown. I am getting stronger and more confident. I wanted to build throughout the year and now it’s the time.”

On the opposite side of the garage, Josh Brookes is ready to take the title fight all the way to the line. The 2015 champion was unstoppable at the Grand Prix circuit earlier in the season, claiming a double win, making him the most successful rider at Brands Hatch currently on the grid.

BSB Rnd Donington DYeomans Josh Brookes AROA
Josh Brookes – Image by David Yeomans

However, the pair also have a determined Tommy Bridewell ready to spoil their title celebrations, and the Oxford Racing Ducati rider thrives on his underdog status as he aims for his first championship victory, having finished third in the series back in 2014.

The title contenders are firmly focused on claiming the maximum 75 points available. However, they will face tough competition for the final honours of the 2019 season with the closest opposition coming from Danny Buchan, Tarran Mackenzie and Peter Hickman who currently lock out the remaining positions in the top six.

BSB Rnd Donington DYeomans Tommy Bridewell AROA
Tommy Bridewell – Image by David Yeomans

Australian Jason O’Halloran heads south to Kent for the season finale sitting ninth in the standings, a single point ahead of Christian Iddon, and with Andrew Irwin and Xavi Fores within striking distance given a strong enough end of season result. After admitting to struggling for feel and grip which resulted in poor 11-10 results at the previous Donington Park round, O’Halloran will be keen to finish the season strong. He will have three bites of the cherry, as there is an extra race on the usual double header programme, with 75 points up for grabs; if he could record three strong results it could move him up the finishing order in this year’s championship standings.

BSB Rnd Donington DYeomans Jason O’Halloran AROA
Jason O’Halloran – Image by David Yeomans
Jason O’Halloran

“That was one of the more difficult weekends. We struggled all weekend. Friday was wet, Saturday was dry and both races today were dry. We generally struggled to find a feeling. I struggled for grip in the first race and in one of the biggest surprises; I really struggled on new tyres. I got stronger towards the end once the tyre went away and did my fastest lap on the last lap of the race which is a bit backwards. Race two was better but I struggled with wheelies on the stop start corners, I’m having to use the rear brake so much we’re just getting beat on the straights. We need to see what we can do to improve it to see if we can finish the year off good.”

BSB Oulton Park R Jason O’Halloran AROA
Jason O’Halloran – Image by David Yeomans

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings

Pos Rider Total
1 Scott REDDING (Ducati) 645
2 Josh BROOKES (Ducati) 617
3 Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati) 580
4 Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki) 559
5 Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha) 538
6 Peter HICKMAN (BMW) 530
7 Xavi FORÉS (Honda) 186
8 Andrew IRWIN (Honda) 181
9 Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha) 167
10 Christian IDDON (BMW) 166
11 Bradley RAY (Suzuki) 121
12 Luke MOSSEY (Suzuki) 117
13 Luke STAPLEFORD (Suzuki) 100
14 Glenn IRWIN (Kawasaki / BMW) 84
15 Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha) 81
16 Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki) 68
17 Josh ELLIOTT (Suzuki) 58
18 Keith FARMER (BMW) 54
19 Héctor BARBERÁ (Kawasaki) 47
20 Claudio CORTI (Kawasaki) 34
21 James ELLISON (BMW / MV Aug / Suz) 28
22 Michael LAVERTY (BMW) 12
23 Alex OLSEN (BMW) 10
24 Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki) 9
25 Dean HARRISON (Kawasaki) 8
26 Joe FRANCIS (BMW) 7
27 Billy McCONNELL (Suzuki) 6
28 David ALLINGHAM (Yamaha) 6
29 Gino REA (MV Agusta) 4
30 Richard COOPER (Suzuki) 3
31 Sam COVENTRY (Kawasaki) 1

Source: MCNews.com.au

Redding doubles up at Donington | Sunday BSB Report

2019 British Superbikes

Round 11 Donington Park – Sunday Report


The Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown continued with Scott Redding dominating the proceedings, claiming wins across both Superbike races at Donington ahead of Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell, and taking a 28-point lead into the Brands Hatch finale ahead of Aussie Brookes.

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Josh Brookes leads Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

After three previous podiums finishes, Chrissy Rouse and the Morello Racing Kawasaki finally got to stand on the top step of the podium in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 class when they claimed a brilliant win, from Richard Cooper and Jordan Weaving. Aussie Levi Day finished in seventh, with Brayden Elliott 19th.

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Brayden Elliott – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Jack Kennedy also doubled up on the Supersport wins, fighting off Brad Jones for the win, with Rory Skinner completing the podium. In the Superstock 600 class Ben Luxton claimed top honours, from Storm Stacey and Eunan McGlinchey.


British Superbikes Race 1

At the start of the opening race Brookes had launched off the line to lead the pack into Redgate for the first time ahead of Redding and Christian Iddon, with Bradley Ray and Tommy Bridewell in close contention.

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Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Brookes was heading the pack for Be Wiser Ducati until the third lap when Iddon went for a decisive move with the pair touching at Starkeys Bridge. The move unsettled Brookes and dropped him back to fourth and into the clutches of Peter Hickman.

Redding then had the advantage from Bridewell and Iddon, and started edging out a gap to try and break the pack. The championship leader had been able to set a consistent pace to break Bridewell, but at mid-race distance the rain flags were shown and the Oxford Racing Ducati rider pushed to bridge the gap.

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Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Redding though was able to keep his cool to give him the edge at the chequered flag, but behind him the battle for third had turned into a three-way fight between Iddon, Brookes and Hickman.

Iddon was holding the position for Tyco BMW, but as he exited Goddards he lost a footpeg and then had to try to deliver a damage limitation performance which saw him end the race in sixth place as Brookes took advantage of the situation.

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Brookes held off Hickman for third with Andrew Irwin fighting his way through from 14th on the grid to claim fifth place for Honda Racing, pushing Iddon back with two laps to go as he continued to try and fight on.

Xavi Forés was seventh ahead of Ryan Vickers, who scored another top 10 finish for RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki following a fierce battle with Luke Mossey and Danny Buchan who grabbed tenth place ahead of Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie.

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Billy McConnell – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Fellow Australians Billy McConnell and Ben Currie came home in 18th and 19th respectively in Race 1.


British Superbikes Race 2

In race two Brookes was determined to come out and try to take the fight to his teammate. At the start of the race, the Australian got a flying start off the line to lead into Redgate for the first time ahead of Iddon and Redding, with the second placed Tyco BMW rider trying to dive for the lead at Craner Curves before the 2015 champion instantly cut back into the lead.

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Race 2 Start – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

As Redding moved into second a lap later to force ahead of Iddon, further down the field Billy McConnell crashed out unhurt at the Esses, leaving gravel across the circuit. The BMW Safety Car deployed and as the pack lined up Brookes had the advantage from Redding, Bridewell, Peter Hickman, Iddon and Buchan as the Showdown Title Fighters were locked together.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

On the restart though Redding had initially dropped back from Brookes to try and force more heat into the tyres and it worked; Brookes ran wide into Redgate and Redding had the opportunity he needed to make a pass for the lead.

Redding then pushed to bridge a gap but the advantage kept changing, later the championship leader admitted he was suffering with a gearing issue that was causing him to be less consistent with his lap times. Brookes had been reeling him in over the closing stages but it wasn’t enough to make a move on his teammate and he was forced to settle for second place ahead of Bridewell.

Buchan had maintained his fourth place after a tough opening race at Donington Park to fire the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki ahead of Iddon on the Tyco BMW and Bradley Ray, who overcame the disappointment of a technical retirement in race one to hold off a hard-charging Irwin for sixth place.

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Danny Buchan – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Irwin had been also battling with his Honda Racing teammate Forés, who had to settle for eighth place with the McAMS Yamaha pairing of Tarran Mackenzie and O’Halloran completing the top 10.

It was a disastrous race for Hickman who had been battling for the fourth place when he lost the chain for the Smiths Racing BMW, ending his race prematurely.

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Ben Currie – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Race 2 saw Aussie Ben Currie improve on his Race 1 efforts into 18th, while Billy McConnell recorded a DNF.

Scott Redding – 1-1

“I felt comfortable in race one, so I was able to manage everything quite well. I felt settled leading the race but when a few spots of rain began to fall, I eased off a bit as I didn’t want to get caught Scott Reddingout. When it became clear the rain had stopped, I was able to set the fastest lap of the race and pull away again, so it worked out well in the end. The second race was tricky too as I had a problem with the gear-shifter which meant the bike was pushing me wide into the corners. Josh upped his pace too, which I knew he would, and the gap came down, so I was pleased to bring the bike home and get the double.”

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Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11
Josh Brookes – 3-2

“I made the ideal start to race one, but I knew immediately that something was wrong as I couldn’t find an apex and it was a bit confusing as to why the bike wasn’t working like it had done in qualifying. I lost a couple of places, but I managed to regroup and keep a good pace to come through to take a solid third. I improved to second in race two which I should be pleased with as many riders would Brookes & Reddinggive anything to be in that position but I’m smiling through gritted teeth as I don’t feel like I’m riding as well as I can. I don’t feel like I’m getting the best out of myself so I’m disappointed with the results but there are still 75 points available, so we’ll see what happens at the final round.”

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Josh Brookes – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11
Tommy Bridewell – 2-3

“Another positive weekend for myself and the Oxford Racing Ducati, Moto Rapido Racing team, with the ever changing weather we just struggled to find the sweet spot, but as always the team worked flawlessly and we’ll take the positives into the final round at Brands Hatch in a few weeks time. Thanks for all the support people show me trackside and on the socials, we’ll keep fighting, it’s not over yet.”

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Tommy Bridewell – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11
Tarran Mackenzie – 12-9

“As we didn’t get a dry warm-up, we couldn’t try something different so we went into race one a little blind. The bike didn’t feel the best and I struggled a lot on the front. We made a change for race two which definitely helped the bike, I had a lot stronger pace and was a lot closer to the guys in front which was good. I’m feeling better in myself and on the bike and gaining a lot more confidence. Brands was good for us earlier in the year until the crash so hopefully we can end the year on a high.”

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Tarran Mackenzie – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11
Jason O’Halloran – 11-10

“That was one of the more difficult weekends. We struggled all weekend. Friday was wet, Saturday was dry and both races today were dry. We generally struggled to find a feeling. I struggled for grip in the first race and in one of the biggest surprises, I really struggled on new tyres. I got stronger towards the end once the tyre went away and did my fastest lap on the last lap of the race which is a bit backwards. Race two was better but I struggled with wheelie on the stop start corners, I’m having to use the rear brake so much we’re just getting beat on the straights. We need to see what we can do to improve it to see if we can finish the year off good.”

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11
Peter Hickman – 4-DNF

“Results-wise, it’s been a bit of a mixed day but, overall, our pace has been strong throughout. We’ve made more improvements to the bike which has helped us get closer to the front group. In the first race, I made a slight mistake early on when the bike went into neutral at the Melbourne Loop, but I regained the lost places pretty quickly although I didn’t quite have the pace to get onto the podium. Race two was going equally as well and although I had a few slides after the safety car had gone in, the lap times were good, and I felt strong in fifth. I was hanging on a bit to the front group but then the chain snapped which was unusual to say the least but it’s just one of those things and nothing the team could have done so we’ll look to end the season strongly with three strong rides at Brands Hatch.”

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Peter Hickman – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11
Bradley Ray – DNF-6

“We wanted to prove Oulton wasn’t a fluke this weekend. Obviously we know we were quick at Cadwell but the results didn’t come, then we were on the podium at Oulton but struggled at Assen a little bit, going in the wrong direction over the weekend with the bike. Here we were strong again and I think we could have taken the fight to the front guys a bit more but we had the issue in race one and that meant not only did we miss that chance in that race it also ruined race two for us, having to come from so far back. It’s a shame, but I think the performance in race two was good, to come through from that far down. Hopefully we can get the luck at Brands and finish strongly.”

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Race 2 podium, 1) Scott Redding, 2) Josh Brookes, 3) Tommy Bridewell – 2019 BSB Donington Park, Round 11

Bennetts British Superbikes Results/Standings

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Redding dominates Assen BSB | Brookes 14-points behind

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Ten – Assen – Sunday  / Report

Images by David Yeomans

Scott Redding did the double at Assen on the weekend to push his way into the British Superbike Championship lead by 14-points over Josh Brookes. 

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Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

A good start to the weekend by Tom Toparis in the Dickies British Supersport on Saturday unfortunately was followed up a DNF on Syunday.  

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Tom Toparis – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Max Stauffer took seventh in the first International Junior Supersport race of the weekend – maching his qualifying result – and with improved confidence in the second bout looked set to challenge for a podium, but unfortunately crashed out with two laps to run. 


British Superbike Race 1

Scott Redding hit the front early in the first bout ahead of Luke Stapleford, Tommy Bridewell and Josh Brookes. Bridewell was determined to move into second and did so by the end of the opening lap.

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Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

A lap later Ryan Vickers crashed out heavily which saw the BMW Safety Car deployed at the start of the fourth lap. The pack formed up behind with Redding, Bridewell, Stapleford and Brookes first in line with the race resuming on lap six.

Bridewell was pushing hard to take on Redding but on the ninth lap he reached his limit, crashing out at turn nine, with Christian Iddon also falling at the same corner, both riders were unhurt.

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Tommy Bridewell – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Redding broke from the pack at the front of the field, leaving Brookes embroiled in a huge battle for second with Showdown spoilers Stapleford and Jason O’Halloran who had hunted down the pair ahead of him.

By lap 14 the scrap had really intensified with Stapleford making a move on Brookes, only for the Australian to strike straight back to regain the position. As the laps counted down the trio in the battle for second were inseparable and on the penultimate lap Stapleford had the edge over Brookes and O’Halloran.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Brookes still had more fight left though and on the final lap he dived back into second place and as Stapleford drifted slightly wide, O’Halloran saw his opportunity and he was into third for McAMS Yamaha.

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Scott Redding topped the podium from Brookes and O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

As Redding took the flag to claim his eighth win of the season ahead of Brookes, O’Halloran became the 12 different podium finisher of the season ahead of Stapleford, who scored his best result of the season for Buildbase Suzuki.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Xavi Forés was fifth for Honda Racing ahead of Showdown contenders Danny Buchan, Tarran Mackenzie and Peter Hickman who completed the top eight ahead of Bradley Ray and Hector Barbera.

Australian Ben Currie finished Race 1 in 15th.

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Ben Currie – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

British Superbike Race 2

Luke Stapleford launched his Buildbase Suzuki off the line to lead the pack into turn one ahead of Redding, Tommy Bridewell and Brookes as the second race of the Assen BSB weekend got underway. Brookes, the 2015 champion, was instantly on the attack and he moved into third after pushing past the Oxford Racing Ducati of Tommy Bridewell.

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Stapleford, Brookes, O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

The pack was inseparable but a mistake from Stapleford exiting the final chicane on the third lap scattered the pack and it gave Bridewell the opportunity he needed to move into second with Brookes and Redding then hunting him down.

A lap later and a determined Brookes captured the lead with Stapleford separating the Be Wiser Ducati teammates with Jason O’Halloran and Danny Buchan also in close contention.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

By lap seven Redding had made a decisive move into second and had Brookes in his sights before taking the lead a lap later with a dive down the inside. From there Redding tried to make a break, but he was hounded by Brookes.

Bridewell had his sights set on a podium to make amends for his crash in the opening race and by lap ten he had moved into third, to push Stapleford back down into fourth on the Buildbase Suzuki.

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Tommy Bridewell – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Redding then edged out his advantage, but the battle for second was becoming increasingly fierce; Brookes was holding off Bridewell, Buchan and Stapleford but with two laps remaining the Australian was under attack.

On lap 17 Bridewell moved into second and that pushed Brookes slightly off line, which gave Buchan the chance he needed to force through into third for FS-3 Racing Kawasaki. Despite his best counterattack, Brookes couldn’t regain the positions and he missed out on the podium by 0.311s, leaving Assen 14 points adrift of Redding in the standings.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Bridewell and Buchan scored their first podium finishes of the Showdown in the second race with Stapleford again just missing out after his best weekend of the season so far in fifth.

Honda Racing’s Xavi Forés led the next pack home to the chequered flag to hold off race one podium finisher O’Halloran and Showdown contender Peter Hickman in eighth. Dan Linfoot and Bradley Ray completed the top ten with Tarran Mackenzie ending a tough weekend in 13th.

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Xavi Fores – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Ben Currie had to settle for 17th in Race 2, matching his qualifying result, after 15th in Race 1.

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Ben Currie – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Bennetts British Superbike Race One & Two Results

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Brookes & Irwin share Thruxton BSB Superbike wins

2019 British Superbike Championship
Round Seven – Thruxton

Images by Dave Yeomans

Thruxton saw an exciting weekend of racing conclude on Sunday, with Andrew Irwin claiming the opening Bennetts British Superbike race win of the weekend – his first win in the series – ahead of Scott Redding and Josh Brookes.

In Race 2 however, it was Josh Brookes who maintained his momentum at the high-speed Hampshire circuit to claim the victory for Be Wiser Ducati, regulating Irwin to second-place, while Peter Hickman completed the podium, with Aussie Jason O’Halloran just tenths of a second behind in fourth.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

This marked O’Halloran’s second fourth place of the weekend in a solid result. Fellow Aussie Ben Currie was a DNF in Race 1, and came home in 20th in Race 2.

Taylor Mackenzie claimed the Superstock 1000 race win from Lee Jackson and Billy McConnell, with Richard Cooper launching into the lead from the start but finishing in fourth.

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Kyle Ryde – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

The Supersport class meanwhile saw Kyle Ryde take a narrow win in the second race of the weekend from Jack Kennedy with a tenth of a second between them, with Mason Law a distant third.


Bennetts British Superbike Race 1

At the start of Race 1 Peter Hickman launched off the front row to hit the front of the pack ahead of Andrew Irwin and Jason O’Halloran, but the Honda Racing rider hit the front of the field at the end of the opening lap.

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Peter Hickman – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

His rival instantly hit back to retake the position on the next lap, but Andrew Irwin was back on the attack and he was back in the lead as the pack streamed across the line to start the third lap. O’Halloran though was in fourth place, but he put a move on Christian Iddon and then as the freight train of riders headed into Club on lap four, the Australian had been able to claim the lead for McAMS Yamaha.

As O’Halloran led, the pack had shuffled again and Iddon was then into second place ahead of Andrew Irwin, Hickman, Tommy Bridewell, Scott Redding, Danny Buchan and Josh Brookes on lap six.

A lap later and Andrew Irwin and Hickman were inseparable, but Redding was also on the move and he was into fifth on the leading Be Wiser Ducati. Meanwhile O’Halloran was holding off the chasing pack, but the lead group of nine riders were all in contention.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

On lap ten Hickman moved back into the lead with Iddon then following him through on the brakes as the BMWs held first and second ahead of O’Halloran and Andrew Irwin. O’Halloran was ready to fight back, he made a move at Club a lap later and was back into second place.

The Smiths Racing BMW rider was trying to make a break from the pack, but his rivals could match his pace, while Iddon was dropping back and the Be Wiser Ducati pairing of Redding and Brookes were into fourth and fifth respectively with six laps remaining.

On lap 14 Andrew Irwin then went for a move to take the lead, pushing Hickman pack into second and into the clutches of Redding, O’Halloran and Brookes. Championship leader Redding made his move, lunging ahead of Hickman to move second with O’Halloran still pushing for his first podium of the season.

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

O’Halloran was back into second a lap later before hitting the front of the field on lap 16 as the final strategies were coming into play over the final five laps of the race. The McAMS Yamaha rider was then holding off the pack that had again changed with Andrew Irwin back in second ahead of Brookes and Redding.

With two laps remaining Andrew Irwin had scythed his way back to the front of the pack with O’Halloran then back in second with Brookes and Redding fighting for third, however the 2015 champion was hungry for a top three finish and he was up to second, but on the final lap Redding was ahead of his teammate again.

On the final run into Club Redding looked to try and make a move on Andrew Irwin for the lead as equally Brookes was looking to move ahead of his teammate, however the Honda rider had the edge to cross the line ahead of the Be Wiser Ducati pairing.

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Andrew Irwin topped the Race 1 podium from Scott Redding and Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

O’Halloran just missed out on his first podium finish of the season ahead of Hickman and Buchan, who had worked his way through the pack into sixth. Xavi Forés had another strong performance to hold on to sixth place in the standings ahead of Tommy Bridewell and Luke Mossey. Ryan Vickers was back inside the top ten in his rookie season for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team.

Bennetts British Superbike Race 2

The second race had started with a battle for the lead between O’Halloran and Brookes with Hickman and race one winner Andrew Irwin in the mix, but on lap nine the race was red flagged as light rain began to fall.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

When the race restarted, Hickman had the jump off the line to lead on the opening lap from Brookes, Andrew Irwin and Bridewell. On the second lap Brookes was coming under fire from a determined Honda Racing rider, but Dan Linfoot was also on the move and he was up into third ahead of Hickman.

However a crash for Glenn Irwin at the Club chicane caused another red flag when the stricken Tyco BMW was in the middle of the track and leaking fluid. The Racesafe marshals worked to clear the scene before the race was restarted again with an eight-lap sprint to the chequered flag.

On the final restart Brookes wasn’t taking any prisoners and he fired himself into the lead and then went to make a break, eventually crossing the line 4.276s ahead of the chasing pack to claim his fifth victory of the season for Be Wiser Ducati.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

The battle for second ensued behind with Andrew Irwin and Hickman banging fairings in their quest to break into the top six in the standings. The pair were trading blows with Bridewell, Hickman, Iddon, O’Halloran and Redding also all in the mix.

However, a mistake on lap three saw Redding run on at Club and having not completed the re-join into the race correctly, he was issued a long lap penalty. The Be Wiser Ducati rider had three laps to complete the long lap as the race laps counted down, however he failed to do so, and despite crossing the line in a podium position, he was given the ride through equivalent penalty of 15 seconds. That dropped him down to 22nd and outside of the points.

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Andrew Irwin meanwhile had his strongest weekend of his career claiming a second place in race two, ahead of Hickman who was third to take the first podium finish for the new BMW S1000 RR.

O’Halloran had completed his best performance of the season to finish in fourth place for McAMS Yamaha, holding off Bridewell in the closing stages.

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Josh Brookes topped the Race 2 podium from Irwin and Bridewell – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Iddon equalled his best race result of the season in sixth place ahead of Xavi Forés, who just dropped outside of the top six in the points ahead of Cadwell Park. Buchan maintained his position inside the top six with an eighth place ahead of Luke Mossey and Linfoot who completed the top ten.

Andrew Irwin – 1-2

“Thruxton has probably been the best weekend of my life, it’s one that you never think will happen! I’ve had so much fun riding this weekend. We did loads of homework on Friday and Saturday and the Fireblade has been so good in all sessions, the boys did an awesome job! It is such an amazing feeling to win! I think I passed Jason going into the last lap or something like that and I felt like I had some tyre left. The pace was funny it went up and down a lot with whoever went to the lead. I just wanted to put a strong lap together on the last lap. It is a dream come true, it’s been a tough road to get here, the best road and I’ve learnt a lot along the way. Whenever I won a Supersport race, I only won one but my team-mate helped me along the way so this feels like my first proper win that I’ve ever got so I’m delighted and I can’t thank Honda enough for all their hard work.”

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
Josh Brookes – 3-1

“Tyre conservation is on your mind all weekend here at Thruxton so with the second race going from 20 laps to 13 laps and then down to eight laps, I could ride exactly how I wanted to and just went full speed as the tyre was always going to last eight laps.I just got my head down and went for it and whilst it may not have been as close as the first race, I enjoyed it a lot more. The field is so level now, every race is tough but Pirelli have done a great job with the tyres and they’re a little bit easier to manage around here now and although I still wanted more from myself, I was happy with the first race podium.I got pushed around a bit too much on track and needed to find a little bit more confidence, so the second race win has given me exactly what I needed and it’s great to be back on the top step.”

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
Jason O’Halloran – 4-4

“It was good to get some solid finishes. I am a little bit disappointed not to be on the podium as I felt we had really good pace in both races. We’ll take fourth today, the boys have done a good job. I’ve said it the last couple of rounds, if we get a full weekend without any issues in practice and qualifying and we’ll be back up the sharp end and that’s what we’ve done this weekend. Everybody has done a great job and it feels nice to have some momentum and build through the first two days of the weekend. I had a crash at Snetterton and to be honest I’ve had a bit of an issue with my left shoulder, so I have to thank my physio and the physio team at the track. We’ve got a couple of weeks off before Cadwell, so I’ll try and get a bit fitter and see if we can carry this momentum to Cadwell.”

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
Xavi Forés – 7-7

“To be honest I feel frustrated this weekend, I had good pace to be on the podium, but starting towards the back of the grid was hard to manage. The first few laps here are crazy and I had to adapt quite a bit to be strong in the first part of the race. The second race I did the third fastest lap, which means I am always improving lap-by-lap. Coming home with two seventh place finishes is good for me, especially at this kind of track where I have not ridden before and it’s not easy for me to defend my position. I feel if we can improve our qualification for the next races we will be so much more competitive. Good job from all the team, we had a great weekend and especially with Andrew’s win and podium, I feel we now have a really good package with the Fireblade.”


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Redding leads Brookes for Ducati 1-2 at Snetterton

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Six – Snetterton


Scott Redding has proven unstoppable across both BSB Superbike races at Snetterton, with Australian Josh Brookes hot on his heels. Redding claimed both wins and Brookes was regulated to runner-up in each race for a Ducati 1-2, with MacKenzie and Bridewell sharing the final podium positions. Redding leads the standings, with Josh Brookes now three-points off Bridewell in third.

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Scott Redding and Josh Brookes – Snetterton BSB 2019

Jason O’Halloran took ninth in Race 1, however a crash in Race 2 delivered a DNF result, and made for his third crash of the weekend. Ben Currie returned from injury and laid claim to 19th in Race 1, however was directed not to take part in Race 2 due to pain from his injury, with recovery ongoing.

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Jason O’Halloran – Snetterton BSB 2019

Jack Kennedy took the Supersport Sprint win ahead of Brad Jones and Alastair Seeley, while the feature race saw Rob Guiver claim the win from Sean Nearv and Josh Day. Jack Kennedy leads the Supersport standings to Thruxton.

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Billy McConnell – Snetterton BSB 2019

Billy McConnell also made a strong return to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 series claiming fourth despite his lengthy lay-off and surgeries, with fellow Aussie Levi Day happy coming home in seventh. Richard Cooper took the race win from Lee Jackson and Taylor Mackenzie. Richard Cooper leads the standings, with Day 10th and McConnell 14th.

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Levi Day – Snetterton BSB 2019

Superbikes Race 1

At the start of the race one Tarran Mackenzie got an incredible launch off the line to lead the pack on the opening lap ahead of Brookes and Redding with Tommy Bridewell in fourth. The rider was not happy to settle where he was though and was instantly on the attack, moving ahead of Redding into Agostini for the first time.

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Tarran Mackenzie took the Race 1 holeshot- Snetterton BSB 2019

On the fourth lap Bridewell had moved into second with a decisive dive down the inside at Riches, pushing Brookes back into third. At the front, Bridewell claimed the lead ahead of Mackenzie as Redding moved into third. Bridewell tried to make a break from the pack but he made a mistake into Agostini a lap later and crashed out unhurt.

Redding had cut through into second and with Bridewell out of the race he captured the race lead, but behind there was an intense battle between Brookes and Mackenzie with the pair trading blows for several laps. The fight between the pair gave Redding the opportunity to edge out a gap, but Brookes was then able to get the better of Mackenzie and keep him behind over the closing stages.

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Scott Redding quickly reclaimed the lead – Snetterton BSB 2019

Danny Buchan maintained his position inside the top six in the standings with a fourth place, but the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider had a lonely end to the race. However behind him there was a scrap between the Honda Racing pairing; Xavi Forés and Andrew Irwin colliding on the final lap, but both formation flying to the finish line with the Spaniard having the edge at the chequered flag.

Peter Hickman was also in the group and he held off Luke Mossey for seventh place ahead of Jason O’Halloran who had a strong race to carve through the field from his seventh row start on the second McAMS Yamaha. Christian Iddon completed the top ten, passing his teammate Michael Laverty in the final moments of the race on his return after his Knockhill injury.

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Jason O’Halloran took ninth in Race 1- Snetterton BSB 2019

Superbikes Race 2

In race two Brookes had the perfect start off the line to lead the pack into Riches for the first time ahead of Redding, Bridewell and Mackenzie. Jason O’Halloran meanwhile had also made a good start to move into fifth on the second of the McAMS Yamahas. The Australian though crashed out on the fourth lap at Brundle, ending his race prematurely.

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Josh Brookes took the early lead in Race 2 from Scott Redding – Snetterton BSB 2019

At the front Brookes held the lead until there were just three laps remaining as Redding made a dive down the inside on the brakes at the end of the Bentley Straight to take the lead. The race one winner was able to hold off his Be Wiser Ducati teammate to the finish line.

However it was a double disaster for Mackenzie who crashed out at Wilson on lap eleven as he bid to close down Bridewell for the final podium position. The Oxford Racing Ducati rider bounced back from his race one crash to claim third place and maintain his second place position in the championship standings ahead of Brookes.

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Tommy Bridewell – Snetterton BSB 2019

In the battle for fourth place Irwin scored his best result of the season so far for Honda Racing, holding off Peter Hickman and Iddon who had a strong performance despite still recovering from his Knockhill injuries.

Hector Barbera had an impressive performance on his first visit to Snetterton on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki, taking the chequered flag ahead of Forés who maintained his position inside the top six in the overall standings.

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Christian Iddon and Peter Hickman – Snetterton BSB 2019

Michael Laverty and Luke Mossey completed the top ten, whilst Buchan and Josh Elliott failed to score points after both crashing in individual incidents on the sighting lap.

Scott Redding

“I felt better with the bike in race two, I felt more comfortable and more confident but I didn’t know whether I could be faster. Then when I passed Josh I went faster, so I learnt I need to believe in myself a bit more. I tried to see what the other guys were doing with the tyres in the race as I didn’t want to break away and then have an issue later on. Again, I’m still learning, I’m still a rookie in this class and I don’t know the tracks. I’m really happy and I had a wicked time this weekend the fans have been amazing, we’ve had great fun, the reception was amazing. To come back with a pole and two race wins – I can’t take much more. To be a Monster athlete and for them to have an event here and for me to win the Race of Aces Trophy just puts the icing on the cake really.”

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Scott Redding – Snetterton BSB 2019
Josh Brookes 2-2

“I felt really strong at the end of the first race and whilst I was being a little bit conservative in the early stages, the battle I had with Tarran Mackenzie cost both of us time and it allowed Scott to make a bit of a break. By the time I got up to second, it was too big a gap to bridge but it was a good start to the day. We made a slight change in between races and it allowed me to push to the limit so with a good start, I felt comfortable out front. I felt like I was controlling the race well but when Scott came by, he seemed to have just a little bit in reserve and had enough of a gap so I couldn’t get back by. Given where I was on Friday, I’ve got to be happy with two second place finishes, so we’ll work hard to find that bit extra to try and get back on the top step at the next round.”

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Josh Brookes – Snetterton BSB 2019

Andrew Irwin scored his best result so far this season, closing his gap to the top-six thanks to a 5-4 result, achieving his goal of dual top-six results.

Andrew Irwin 5-4

“I keep saying I want two-top sixes near enough every round we’ve been to, it’s what I wanted and we’re coming away from here with a fifth and fourth, which is a step in the right direction! At Knockhill we finished the last race in fifth and we are starting to be where we belong inside the top-six, and hopefully we can continue to close the gap to the Showdown. We took six points out of Xavi this weekend, so we go to Thruxton looking to take another set of points out of him to try and close that down. I’m really happy, the team are working so hard and the Fireblade is working well, so I’m pleased with the progress and the fourth place finish today!”

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Andrew Irwin – Snetterton BSB 2019

Hickman remains in seventh place in the overall standings but has made up ground towards Xavi Fores who holds sixth position, with a crash during qualifying a rare mistake, which was then followed up with strong results in a seventh and fifth across the two races.

Peter Hickman 7-5

“Overall, it’s been a strong weekend and after being in the top three for most of practice, it was a real shame I made a small mistake in qualifying as it cost me a second row start at least. We’re still having an issue with getting the bike stopped and we’re still running a stock engine so it was hard going in both races and although seventh in race one was a good effort, I knew I could improve upon it in race two. I was further back on the grid, but I made a good start and am really pleased to have finished fifth and also close in a little bit on Fores in sixth. Snetterton has never been one of my best circuits but the next two rounds are Thruxton and Cadwell, places I really enjoy and go well at so I’m looking to take full advantage and claw back the deficit I currently have.”

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Peter Hickman chases Dan Linfoot – Snetterton BSB 2019

Xavi Forés collected valuable points with sixth in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2, holding onto sixth in the standings.

Xavi Forés 6-8

“To be honest this weekend has been harder than I expected; I like the track and enjoyed my laps but honestly from the first day I had a small issue with the bike and was never able to solve it, and for the races it was not so easy to manage. Race 1 I was trying to defend my position and had a good battle with Andrew, but at the end I got some important points and finished in the top-six. I did expect a little more and especially in the second race, but the first part was really, really bad for me, I never felt a good grip on the apexes, especially in the first ten laps. After that I was able to manage a little more and able to almost have the same pace as the top-four, but unfortunately it was too late and sometimes it’s quite frustrating when you lose so much gap at the start. But anyway, sixth and eighth isn’t so bad for my first time here in Snetterton and I am looking forward to Thruxton in order to keep the Showdown still alive! I want to say thanks to all the team, we made a good job inside the box and see you at Thruxton!”

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Xavi Fores – Snetterton BSB 2019

Mackenzie took a spot on the podium in Race 1 and got a good start in Race 2 before the Ducatis started to pull away in the early stages. Initially trying to save his tyre, the 23-year-old began to close the gap but lost the rear at Wilson on lap 11.

Tarran Mackenzie 3- DNF

“Race one was obviously really good. I ended up third and felt like I put together a good race in the first two thirds, but the last third was a bit difficult. When I saw Tommy went out it was hard to go with the two PBM bikes so I settled for third. In race two I didn’t get the best of starts, held my position in fourth and the Ducatis got away a bit. I was trying hard to catch them and setting quite a good pace. I was slowly catching them towards the end, but ended up losing the rear and then losing the front from that. I feel like I’m riding really well, it was another solid weekend and we were in the top two for a lot of it. I’m really happy, to be honest. Finishing fourth would be OK but I’d rather finish third for podium points. I’ll keep trying and come back at Thruxton even stronger.”

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Tarran Mackenzie – Snetterton BSB 2019

Bad luck awaited Australian rider Jason O’Halloran when he endured three crashes at Snetterton, the first two in practice and open qualifying, while ninth in Race 1 from the seventh row was a good result. Unfortunately in Race 2 a third row start saw O’Halloran move up to fifth only to crash out.

Jason O’Halloran 9 – DNF

“I’m OK, I’ve got a little bit of an injury on my left hand where you can see the bone on my knuckle but other than that I’m alright. Thanks to the guys at the medical centre for cleaning it up and patching it up. I was happy with the first race, we haven’t been able to do a lot of laps this weekend so to get 16 laps under our belt was really beneficial. We came from 21st to ninth and kept fighting all the way to the end. We made some changes for race two and, starting from a better position, we got away well and I was feeling comfortable in fifth. All was looking good until I highsided out! We’ve a few things to work on for Thruxton and look for a clean smooth weekend. We’ve go the pace, the potential is there with both me and the bike, we’ve just got to have a clean smooth weekend and it’ll come together.”

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Jason O’Halloran – Snetterton BSB 2019

Australian Ben Currie also made his return from injury, riding home to 19th in Race 1, but was advised by the team manager not to race in the second race due to the pain he was suffering in his foot.

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Ben Currie – Snetterton BSB 2019
Ben Currie

“I didn’t opt not to race I was told not to. Sorry to my sponsors!”

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Ben Currie – Snetterton BSB 2019

Snetterton Superbike Results


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Scott Redding paints Donington BSB Ducati Red

2019 BSB
Round Three – Donington Park

Images by David Yeomans Photography


Scott Redding cemented his earlier race win by completing a hat trick at Donington Park on Sunday, taking victory from Xavi Forés and Tommy Bridewell to end the triple-header weekend on the top step of the podium, and with a six-point championship lead.

Scott Redding may have ruled the day, but Josh Brookes claimed a 4-5 result on Sunday, and expressed his disappointment at not being on the podium. Jason O’Halloran meanwhile had a rough weekend with a 7-0 result, while in the Superstock 1000 Levi Day claimed sixth, with fellow Aussie Brayden Elliott 19th.

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Scott Redding – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019

British Superbikes Race 2

In the second race of the weekend Redding narrowly claimed a second Bennetts BSB victory as the Be Wiser Ducati rider made a decisive move on Forés at Roberts to take the lead before the race was red flagged for rain.

At the start of race two, Forés led Christian Iddon and Bridewell, but again an aggressive Bridewell dived into second before moving into the lead with a pass into Redgate on the second lap. Forés had taken it back though by the end of the lap and Iddon had moved back into second for Tyco BMW.

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Xavi Fores – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019

Bridewell had been pushing for the lead again and on lap eight he forged ahead of the Honda until the sixteenth lap when Forés made a move on the brakes into Roberts to regain the position. As the pair diced at the front Redding had again had a slow launch off the line and he was having to carve his way through the order from tenth place on the opening laps.

Redding wasn’t inside the top five until lap 11 when he had Josh Brookes and Tarran Mackenzie ahead of him and the three scrapped it out before the race one winner made a move on the McAMS Yamaha rider and his own team-mate before pushing to bridge the gap to the leading pair.

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Jason O’Halloran – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

Redding had closed in on the pair and on lap 17 he was able to move ahead of Bridewell and then Forés a lap later before the red flag to claim his second race win of the weekend for the Be Wiser Ducati team.

Brookes was able to hold off Mackenzie for fourth place ahead of Iddon and Jason O’Halloran who was embroiled in an intense battle with Hector Barbera on the leading Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the closing stages. Peter Hickman and Keith Farmer completed the top ten.

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Josh Brookes – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019

Bennetts British Superbike Race 2 result

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +0.275s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.523s
  4. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.740s
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +1.791s
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +2.845s
  7. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +5.399s
  8. Hector Barbera (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +5.583s
  9. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +6.515s
  10. Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW) +8.054s

British Superbikes Race 3

In the final race Be Wiser Ducati’s Redding had his best start of the weekend to hit the front of the pack into Redgate for the first time with pole-sitter Barbera, Forés and Brookes in close contention as the pack streamed down Craner Curves for the first time.

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Josh Brookes – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019

Forés grabbed the lead at Redgate on lap two as Brookes moved into second with Redding back in third and Iddon and Bridewell shuffling up the order. On the sixth lap Forés went wide at Coppice, giving Brookes the room he needed to move ahead.

Redding was into second place by lap eight with a move on Forés into Redgate and then two laps later the former MotoGP contender was in the lead and pushing for a breakaway. The battle was then on for second place and a big moment for Brookes on the 16th lap at Roberts on the brakes saw him run on to avoid contact and dropped him down the order, finishing the race in fifth place.

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Tarran Mackenzie – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019

Mackenzie was holding second place for the McAMS Yamaha team but he was demoted back to third when Forés launched ahead at the Old Hairpin with six laps to go. The battle for second continued with Mackenzie and Forés trading blows, but the Spanish contender had the edge with two laps to go and then Bridewell was pushing for the final podium position.

Bridewell made a lunge at Roberts on the final lap to narrowly cross the line ahead of Mackenzie on the final lap to claim third place.

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Tommy Bridewell – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

Iddon was sixth on the Tyco BMW after teammate Keith Farmer crashed out with two laps to go at Roberts. Peter Hickman was seventh ahead of Andrew Irwin and the Buildbase Suzuki pairing of Bradley Ray and Luke Stapleford completed the top ten.

Scott Redding (1-1)

“I just showed to myself the confidence and belief that I’ve got, which is something that I’ve been working on over the past years. It just feels amazing to be back in a fighting position and winning races. It’s not easy out there, those guys are so strong the first few laps and I just need a bit of time to find my way, and they attack and that’s great racing so I was a bit more fortunate to kind-of get out of it. I led a bit then Xavi came past and I thought ‘he’s going again’. He was going so fast in the beginning and then I managed to close the gap a little bit to him and Brookes and go through I thought ‘right, just be consistent’, that’s my strongest point – I can be very consistent every lap of the race and I managed it perfectly. I was just understanding more the tyres because I’m still very new to the Pirellis and all the races I’ve done so far this year I’m always attacking I’m always trying to get the best I can. That’s the first race [race 3] where I could control and kind-of learn the tyres, so I learned over the three races and I’m very happy.”

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Scott Redding – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019
Xavi Fores (2-2)

“Honestly I didn’t expect this weekend to finish the way it has, yesterday I was happy to get my first BSB podium, but today we got two more! We’ve worked really hard with the Fireblade to be fast and consistent with the lap times. The second race today I felt a lot worse, I had a lot of spin and I was trying to manage the situation throughout the race. I lost some time battling with Tarran, which I did enjoy but losing the time wasn’t so good, as once I had passed him for the final time the gap to Scott was too much. But leaving here with a third and two second places is great and more than a win for me, especially after the first two rounds. Brands is next and the last time I was there was in 2006, it’s a lovely track and I hope to keep my level across the weekend and hope to see the podium again soon!”

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Xavi Fores – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019
Tarran Mackenzie (5-4)

“The first race was OK. I didn’t come through fast enough and towards the end of the race I started to chip away at a podium, but unfortunately the rain stopped play. In the last race I started seventh so had a bit of work to do from the start, but I came through. Someone made a mistake at the last chicane and I passed two or three of them and then chased down Josh and Scott. I got past Josh and felt like I was making good inroads on Scott but then Xavi came past me and we probably scrapped a little too much for two or three laps allowing Scott away. I thought I was OK for third, but made a mistake at McLeans and that enabled Tommy to get close enough to pass into the final chicane. I’m gutted to miss the podium, but I can’t complain with a fourth and good points for the championship.”

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Tarran Mackenzie – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019
Josh Brookes (4-5)

“Finishing in fourth and fifth isn’t what we go racing for and the results have been disappointing today. Everything felt like it was going to plan in the first race and I was catching the leaders but just after mid-race, I lost both grip and a bit of performance with the bike whilst I also eased off a bit more than some of the other riders when the rain began to fall. In the second race, I got sucked in a bit when I was in the draft of Scott and made a mistake going into the chicane which obviously lost me a lot of time. After that it was damage limitation so the results, for me personally, have been less than acceptable so we’ve got some work to do ahead of the next round.”

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Josh Brookes – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019
Andrew Irwin (12-8)

“The weekend has been difficult to be honest and 12th in Race 1 really isn’t good enough! We did start to find some rhythm and then it was red flagged, I think we could have moved forwards, perhaps not much but I think we could have chased down 10th at least. Race 2 was better; I got a really good start but made a few silly mistakes throughout. I do feel that we did make some steps forward and turned a bit of a corner in some areas, so it’s a positive and we have to continue in this manner. Now we’re heading to Brands where I have been fast in the past, so I know I can be fast there. Well done to Xavi and the team for the podiums this weekend, it’s great to see the Fireblade being competitive and show what it can do!”

Jason O’Halloran (7-0)

“It’s not been the easiest of weekends. We’ve been chasing something all weekend, made some changes for Saturday and improved the feeling but in the first two races I struggled at the start. For the third race we made some more changes but I was quite far back on the grid which made things difficult. The bike felt much better, I had a lot more confidence on the brakes and I felt like I could ride the bike how I wanted to again. I’m really happy with that and I’ll take that away from this race as obviously a crash isn’t ideal. It’s our third DNF of the year, which isn’t what we want. I want to go fast and be at the front, I don’t want to be messing around in seventh or eighth so we have to keep pushing and looking for the feeling we are after. Once we nail that on the head I’m confident we’ll be at the front.”

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Jason O’Halloran – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

Bennetts British Superbike Race 3 result

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +1.196s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.779s
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +1.857s
  5. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +2.004s
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +9.220s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +10.334s
  8. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +12.952s
  9. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +18.966s
  10. Luke Stapleford (Buildbase Suzuki) +21.979s
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Scott Redding topps the podium – Donington Park Round 3 – BSB 2019

Bennetts British Superbike standings after Donington Park

  1. Scott Redding 115
  2. Tommy Bridewell 109
  3. Tarran Mackenzie 108
  4. Josh Brookes 74
  5. Xavi Fores 70
  6. Danny Buchan 68
  7. Josh Elliott 52
  8. Andrew Irwin 48
  9. Christian Iddon 44
  10. Jason O’Halloran 42

Pirelli National Superstock 1000

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Pirelli National Superstock 1000 start – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

Lewis Rollo took his maiden Pirelli National Superstock 1000 win at Donington Park, mastering the difficult wet conditions to cross the line three seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

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Lewis Rollo – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

As he did on yesterday’s two races, Richard Cooper grabbed the holeshot however Rollo had soon moved through, extending his lead each lap.

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Levi Day – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

Behind him, Alex Olsen held second for most of the race, but a fast final few laps from series leader Cooper saw him grab second place at the final chicane. Taylor Mackenzie finished fourth ahead of Luke Jones and Levi Day.

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Levi Day – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Race 2

  1. Lewis Rollo 1:17.722
  2. Richard Cooper +3.173
  3. Alex Olsen +3.280
  4. Taylor Mackenzie +5.883
  5. Luke Jones +23.235
  6. Levi Day +29.393
  7. Lee Jackson +41.407
  8. Eemeli Lathi +41.510
  9. Tim Neave +44.269
  10. Milo Ward +45.600
  11. Tom Neave +52.130
    …19. Brayden Elliot
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Brayden Elliott – Donington Round 3 – BSB 2019

Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Standings

  1. Richard Cooper 121
  2. Alex Olsen 93
  3. Taylor Mackenzie 86
  4. Lewis Rollo 56.5
  5. Lee Jackson 55.5
  6. Eemeli Lathi 47.5
  7. Tom Neave 39
  8. Luke Hedger 33
  9. Chrissy Rouse 25.5
  10. Levi Day 25

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