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Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Sykes and Laverty take one win each at Assen

Assen (The Netherlands), Sunday 28 April 2013 - The eni FIM Superbike World Championship has put in today another great show as riders from four of the five classes battled out for the best positioning in the respective races in front of an enthusiastic crowd (that reached a total of 52.000 spectators over the whole weekend). Blue skies characterised the last day on track for the joy of all riders, starting from Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), who was able to set a new lap record for the Superbike class in race 1 and to win by domination ahead of Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) - previous lap record holder from 2010 - and Eugene Laverty.

The Irishman, together with his Aprilia Racing Team crew, found the right set-up adjustments to match Sykes' pace in Race 2 and thanks to a last-lap manoeuvre was able to snatch victory from today's pole-sitter.

Race 1

Tom Sykes got the 6th race win of his career - the 1st of 2013 after a lonely race at the front, thanks to an incredible pace that allowed him to pull away from the chasing pack in the early laps. The 27 year old from Huddersfield has given Kawasaki the first victory after 7 long years: last time out was Chris Walker, in 2006, to win Race 1 on the iconic Dutch circuit.

Tom Sykes: "The bike was working well and was very consistent today. Race one was great for us and we did all we could. To be honest I surprised myself a little but the Ninja ZX-10R is working great. That first race was nice and believe me, to see that pit board gap get bigger every lap is magical for a rider. When Eugene came past me in race two I realised it was much easier to follow than to lead round here and it was just unfortunate that exiting the final chicane on the last lap I hit the kerb on the inside when I was trying to pass him, and I was out of the seat."


Jonathan Rea finished with a solid 2nd place after a successful overtaking manoeuvre on Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) at Turn 13. Second works Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty was part of the 3-way battle for 2nd place but had some hard time in the last part of the race.

Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was 5th at the chequered flag ahead of Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia), who was very competitive in the early laps but couldn't keep the pace of the leaders as the race progressed.

BMW's unlucky race saw Chaz Davies lining-up on the last row of the grid after the warm-up crash that forced his crew to a quick rebuild of his BMW S 1000 RR. The Welshman made his way up to a 7th place finish after a good start. An unfortunate Marco Melandri - who was supported today by six-time World Motocross Champion and close friend Tony Cairoli - suffered a technical problem on his bike during the warm-up lap and was forced to pull in before the start of the race.

Race 1 results: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 22 Laps/99.924 km in 35'35.042 average 168.487 kph; 2. Rea (Honda) 8.786; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 8.792; 4. Laverty (Aprilia) 9.225; 5. Baz (Kawasaki) 14.231; 6. Giugliano (Aprilia) 16.150; 7. Davies (BMW) 22.570; 8. Cluzel (Suzuki) 24.751; 9. Camier (Suzuki) 30.311; 10. Checa (Ducati) 35.277; 11. Neukirchner (Ducati) 44.355; 12. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 52.580; 13. Badovini (Ducati) 59.736; 14. Clementi (BMW) 1'02.010; 15. Aitchison (Ducati) 1'21.861; 16. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1'25.717; 17. Iannuzzo (BMW) 1'42.710; RT. Melandri (BMW).

Race 2

A close battle between race 1 winner Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty, who pulled away at the front in the early laps. Sykes stayed on the lead until lap 19, when Laverty decided to take the plunge and made a move on the Brit at Turn 6. Sykes managed to stay with the Irishman until the end and tried his final shot at the win at Turn 16, with the two riders crossing the line side by side. A 0.089 seconds margin allowed Eugene Laverty to score his 5th career win, the 2nd this year after Phillip Island Race 2.

Eugene Laverty: "The little time we had with a dry track created a few problems in Race 1. In fact, before the second race we made some changes to the RSV4, which we usually don't do because of how risky that is. Actually the changes made worked really well. Despite feeling very comfortable on the bike I didn't think I would have stayed with Sykes. But in the end I was able to keep up with his pace. Four laps from the end I overtook Tom, even pulling away a few metres, but then the wind kept me from being precise so he was able to cling back onto me. Winning today was important. We back in the fight for the championship and we were able to leave the troubles from Aragón behind us."

Loris Baz successfully defended his 3rd place over Jonathan Rea, who ended on a positive note a difficult round for the Pata Honda Team. A below-par race for Chaz Davies and Sylvain Guintoli, 5th and 6th respectively at the chequered flag.

Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) rode bravely from last place on the grid to a 7th place finish, while his team mate Jules Cluzel was forced to pull in during lap 16 due to a technical problem. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) had a perfect start of the race but struggled to keep the pace, eventually finishing 8th ahead of Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare). An unfortunate Davide Giugliano crashed out of Turn 2 during lap 6, while he was in 3rd place. The Italian rider was OK straight after the crash unlike his Aprilia RSV4 that went on fire.

Race 2 results: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 22 Laps/99.924 km in 35'36.814 average 168.347 kph; 2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 0.089; 3. Baz (Kawasaki) 5.848; 4. Rea (Honda) 5.890; 5. Davies (BMW) 7.359; 6. Guintoli (Aprilia) 7.404; 7. Camier (Suzuki) 21.095; 8. Melandri (BMW) 27.267; 9. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 30.233; 10. Checa (Ducati) 32.401; 11. Badovini (Ducati) 39.924; 12. Neukirchner (Ducati) 43.904; 13. Clementi (BMW) 1'00.169; 14. Sandi (Kawasaki) 1'01.853; 15. Aitchison (Ducati) 1'02.664; RT. Cluzel (Suzuki); RT. Giugliano (Aprilia); RT. Iannuzzo (BMW).

Standings (round 3 of 15): 1. Guintoli 111; 2. Laverty 83; 3. Davies 83; 4. Sykes 83; 5. Rea 63; 6. Baz 58; 7. Fabrizio 53; 8. Melandri 51; 9. Cluzel 41; 10. Giugliano 33; 11. Camier 30; 12. Checa 29; 13. Haslam 29; 14. Neukirchner 29; 15. Badovini 20; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 131; 2. BMW 99; 3. Kawasaki 94; 4. Honda 70; 5. Suzuki 52; 6. Ducati 40.

World Supersport - Lowes out-brakes Sofuoglu for the win

After the disappointment of the Aragon round, Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) and reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) were back at the front for a two-way fight for race win at TT Circuit of Assen. The two riders shared the lead over the course of the 21 laps, but it wasn't until the last lap that the final battle took place: Sofuoglu overpowered Lowes on the straight that leads to Turn 6, but couldn't do much when Lowes got along the inside of him - entering the last chicane - to cross the line in 1st place.

Championship leader Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) got an important 3rd place finish despite the 7.2 seconds gap from the lead at the chequered flag. The Frenchman looked strong halfway through the race, closing the gap with the front runners before eventually falling back. Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) got a terrible start of the race from the 11th grid slot, but was able to make his way through the field to a final 4th.

Florian Marino (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), substitute for injured David Salom, rode a great race finish 5th ahead of Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse), who got his best finish so far in 2013, and Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda), early protagonist of the race before losing a lot of ground.

Race results: 1. Lowes (Yamaha) 21 Laps/95.382 km in 34'51.011 average 164.215 kph; 2. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 0.026; 3. Foret (Kawasaki) 7.228; 4. Vd Mark (Honda) 18.927; 5. Marino (Kawasaki) 19.004; 6. Rolfo (MV Agusta) 19.179; 7. Kennedy (Honda) 19.774; 8. Coghlan (Kawasaki) 22.501; 9. Antonelli (Kawasaki) 28.453; 10. Zanetti (Honda) 29.027; 11. Iddon (MV Agusta) 29.420; 12. Leonov (Yamaha) 34.503; 13. Roccoli (Yamaha) 35.421; 14. Russo (Kawasaki) 35.486; 15. Ivanov (Kawasaki) 37.003; etc.

Standings (round 3 of 14): 1. Foret 54; 2. Vd Mark 49; 3. Lowes 45; 4. Sofuoglu 45; 5. Antonelli 29; 6. Scassa 26; 7. Zanetti 24; 8. Kennedy 24; 9. Rolfo 17; 10. Roccoli 14; 11. Russo 13; 12. Leonov 12; 13. Marino 11; 14. Salom 11; 15. Coghlan 11. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 70; 2. Yamaha 53; 3. Honda 49; 4. MV Agusta 17; 5. Suzuki 4.

Superstock 1000

A final lap thrilling battle saw Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Ducati) getting a close victory on the finish line by just 0.023 seconds over defending Champion Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet).

The two riders had an incredible last lap, that started with La Marra closing the small gap to the front and waiting for the right time to overtake: the Italian rider made a successful move at Turn 13 but Barrier was ready to counter-attack entering the last chicane. Because of his last attempt for the win, the Frenchman was forced to take a different line on the kerb and couldn't get up to speed on the exit, so the two rode side by side to the chequered flag, followed by 3rd place Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati).

That's the 2nd career win for La Marra, 2012 STK1000 runner-up, who is now second in the standings behind Championship leader Barrier and tied up in points with team mate Canepa. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) got the better in the end of Jeremy Guarnoni to eventually finish 4th ahead of the MRS Kawasaki rider.

Race results: 1. La Marra (Ducati) 13 Laps/59.046 km in 21'35.907 average 164.028 kph; 2. Barrier (BMW) 0.023; 3. Canepa (Ducati) 0.106; 4. Mercado (Kawasaki) 5.638; 5. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 5.768; 6. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 9.387; 7. Jezek (Ducati) 15.320; 8. Savadori (Kawasaki) 15.745; 9. Bergman (Kawasaki) 20.564; 10. Bussolotti (BMW) 21.238; 11. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 32.883; 12. Walraven (Suzuki) 38.314; 13. Moser (Ducati) 43.213; 14. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 49.582; 15. Suchet (Honda) 53.599; etc.

Standings (round 2 of 10): 1. Barrier 45; 2. La Marra 36; 3. Canepa 36; 4. Mercado 29; 5. Guarnoni 24; 6. Lanusse 20; 7. Jezek 18; 8. Bussolotti 14; 9. Savadori 8; 10. Bergman 7; 11. Ferrer 7; 12. Gildenhuys 6; 13. Andreozzi 6; 14. Lussiana 5; 15. McFadden 5. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 45; 2. BMW 45; 3. Kawasaki 29; 4. Honda 6; 5. Suzuki 5.

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PATA Honda


Rea back on Assen podium

Jonathan Rea maintained his remarkable record of podium finishes at Assen in the Netherlands today, finishing second in race one of the third round 2013 World Superbike championship event.

It was the 30th World Superbike podium for the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland and his sixth at the 4.542km TT Circuit, having taken at lease one rostrum finish here in each of the last four years.

With Rea's team-mate, Leon Haslam, watching the races from his hospital bed after breaking his left leg in a practice crash on Friday, Rea was the only Pata Honda rider contesting today's two 22-lap races at Assen, which were won by Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty.

Rea finished fourth in race two, just four hundredths of a second from another podium finish, and moves up to fifth place in the overall standings. He will test with his team at Assen on Wednesday and Thursday this week (1-2 May) before heading to Monza in Italy for round four of the series on 10-12 May.

Jonathan Rea - 2nd and 4th

It was kind of typical Assen - we got on the podium, which was good! In race one I rode really good but just had nothing for Sykes. In race two I was feeling quite good in the beginning but it was a little bit my fault that we couldn't be on the box. I lost too much ground in the early laps, making mistakes, and then got involved in a battle for third with two other guys. It was clear that I didn't have the acceleration off the small corners and where I was really strong in race one, in the back section, in race two I had too much electronics interference. There was a little bit of inconsistency and we'd changed tyres, and it was clear that the tyre in race two was spinning more. I know we've got more power than this but it's impossible to accelerate like the others so we need to find some kind of compromise in the early corner exit area to make the power more manageable. It's lucky that we have a two-day test to do that on Wednesday and Thursday before we go on to Monza where speed's very important. A two and a four this weekend is not a win like Assen should be for me, but we've got to be satisfied. We've come from a long way back and the championship position is looking a bit more healthy than it did after Aragon so I guess I'm satisfied with the weekend.


Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator

I think we had a good day, as we have had in other years here at Assen. Jonathan got second in race one with a phenomenal passing manoeuvre which is one for the books, for sure. It's great to get our first podium of the season here at our home round and it puts the sorrows of the last race, some early testing, electronics issues and everything behind us to some extent. It looks like we are on the right way now, but for race two we changed tyres. We hoped to be a little closer to the front but we had a big fight for third which we missed by a few thousandths of a second. A second and a fourth is really good and makes the whole team happy, but once again our best wishes go out to Leon who is having the operation on his leg today. We look forward to welcoming him back soon.

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Aprilia

- EUGENE LAVERTY WINS AT ASSEN AND MOVES UP IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.

- SYLVAIN GUINTOLI STRENGTHENS HIS HOLD ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD.

- APRILIA INCREASES THE GAP IN THE MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIP.

Assen (Holland), 28 April 2013 - It was a weekend of satisfaction for the Aprilia Racing Team on the legendary track at Assen in the fourth round of the World SBK season. At the end of the Dutch weekend the Aprilia riders lead the championship standings and the Italian brand increases the gap in the Manufacturer Championship.

Eugene Laverty, starting from the front row for the seventh consecutive time, triumphed in Race 2 after a nail biting duel with English rider Tom Sykes, earning Aprilia's first win on the Dutch circuit in World Superbike.

This win, combined with his fourth place finish in Race 1, takes the Irish rider to second place in the standings, just behind team mate Sylvain Guintoli.

The French rider, after taking a strong third place in Race 1, suffered from a poor feeling with the front end in the second race. This was a problem which, by Guintoli's own admittance as soon as he had taken off his helmet, kept him from "closing the door" on his rival's attacks on the third place position that he had boldly achieved six laps from the end, battling with Baz, Rea and Davies. The sixth place final result contributed in any case to strengthening his grip on the championship lead.

After riding to the foot of the podium in Race 1, Eugene Laverty took the track for the second race extremely focused and well motivated not to let Tom Sykes run away at the front and dominate as he had in the first race. Sykes and Laverty quickly pulled ahead of the pack, but the Irishman and his RSV4 never let up even a metre. The gap between the two was never more than a few tenths of a second and 4 laps from the end Laverty made his move and then fought off Sykes' final assault in the last turns before the finish.

With Laverty's victory the World SBK standings are now coated with Aprilia colours.

Thanks to his placings today Sylvain Guintoli widens the gap in front of his closest rivals and is now firmly in command of the Rider standings with 111 points. Eugene Laverty moves into second place with 83 points.

In the Manufacturer Championship Aprilia dominates at a distance of 131 points, widening the gap in front of BMW (99 points). They are followed by Kawasaki (94), Honda (70), Suzuki (52) and Ducati (40).

Eugene Laverty: "The little time we had with a dry track created a few problems in Race 1. In fact, before the second race we made some changes to the RSV4, which we usually don't do because of how risky that is. Actually the changes they made worked really well. I had the right feeling even though I didn't think I would be stay up with Sykes. But in the end I was able to keep up with his pace. In fact, his wash actually helped me out since there were some strong gusts of wind on the track. Four laps from the end I overtook Tom, even pulling away a few metres, but then the wind kept me from being too precise so he was able to cling back onto me. Winning today was important. We back in the fight for the championship and we were able to leave the troubles from Aragón behind us".

Sylvain Guintoli: "It's too bad about the end of Race2. I enjoy a fight in the last laps but this time I just wasn't able to do it. In Race 1, on the other hand, Rea and I put on a good show and in the end Jonny got the best of me but I had fun. In the second race Tom and my team mate Laverty really had an unbeatable pace. Let's just say that the second race didn't go great, but I was able to increase my lead in the championship, widening the gap in front of my closest rivals, and that's important, especially considering the fact that the next round is Monza, a circuit where Aprilia has always been a strong player".


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Alstare Ducati WSBK


Difficult races for both Team SBK Ducati Alstare riders today at the TT Circuit in Assen

Assen (The Netherlands), Sunday 28 April 2013: today's Superbike races at the TT Circuit in Assen proved challenging for Team SBK Ducati Alstare. While Carlos Checa was unable to confirm the positive results seen during the practice and qualifying sessions, Ayrton Badovini was unfortunately conditioned by physical problems resulting from yesterday's crash.

Race 1 - starting from eighth on the grid, Carlos was able to hold this position throughout the opening laps, before battling briefly with Cluzel and Camier. From the mid-race point he found himself lapping alone, with no reference immediately ahead of him. With a similar pace to the riders ahead of him, the Spanish rider was unable to improve his position and closed the race in final tenth position. It was a different story for Ayrton who, eleventh on the grid, tried his best to push but unfortunately, in addition to injuries sustained to his hand and ankle during yesterday's crash, a neck pain that worsened as the race went on brought on blurred vision which made it difficult for the rider to concentrate. He lost a couple of positions as a result, before running a solitary second half of the race and crossing the line in a valiant thirteenth position.

Race 2 - On a slightly warmer track compared to race 1 (25˚C) Carlos lost a few positions at the start of the race and was lying twelfth on the second lap directly in front of his team-mate Ayrton. The Spanish rider pushed to make up a couple of positions and by mid-race he was in tenth place behind Fabrizio. Despite his best efforts he was unable to close the gap that opened between himself and the Roman rider and he crossed the line in tenth position for the second time today. Ayrton, also thanks to the support of the Clinica Mobile between the first and second races, had a stronger pace this afternoon compared to the first race. Thirteenth on the grid, he too was able to improve his position over the course of the 22-lap race to bring his 1199 Panigale home in eleventh place behind Carlos.

In the overall standings Checa is now in twelfth position with 29 points and Badovini lies fifteenth with 20 points.

Carlos Checa: ?In reality I thought I'd be able to do more today and bring the bike to the next level. In race one the rear of the bike caused me some problems so we made some changes before the second race and that improved the situation slightly. We still have a lot of work ahead of us but this does not put us off. I'm aware that this is a challenge and I will do my best to improve the bike race after race.'

Ayrton Badovini: ?The second race went better for me because I was really suffering this morning. I visited the Clinica Mobile between the two races and they really helped me a lot with a series of treatments that allowed me to push harder in the second race. The bike was not bad but we still need something more in order to be competitive. I wasn't 100% of course and so I'm happy to have finished both races because after what happened yesterday I thought it would be even more difficult today.'

Francis Batta, team manager: ?This weekend was unfortunately more difficult than we expected but this does not discourage us, in fact it heightens our motivation to continue to work and improve.'

RESULTS: Race 1 - 1.Sykes (Kawasaki); 2. Rea (Honda); 3. Guintoli (Aprilia). Race 2 - 1. Laverty (Aprilia); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Baz (Kawasaki)

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Althea Aprilia

Team Althea Racing- Assen SBK races
Today the sun shined and the track was dry, but there were low temperatures in Assen for the third round of the World Superbike Championship. Thanks to the excellent performance provided yesterday during qualifying and Superpole, Davide Giugliano started from the second row of the grid with the sixth time in two races over a distance of 22 laps each. In race one, the Althea Racing team rider started quickly and passed the first lap in third place. Subsequently, Davide lost some positions and at the mid- race point he occupied the sixth place. Thanks to a good race pace, Giugliano maintained the position and finished sixth in the first heat. In race two, Davide started very strongly and with some spectacular overtaking took third place. The Althea rider incremented much of his pace in order to bridge the gap between the two front riders, Sykes and Laverty, when unfortunately, during the sixth lap he crashed without being able to regain the race. A real shame because Giugliano was having a great race that it would have securely ended up on the podium. Team Althea Racing leaves Assen knowing that they provided great performances both during the practice and the race and made a large step forward towards greater results. Giugliano is now in tenth place of the ranking with 33 points. The next round of the Superbike World Championship will be held on May 12th on the Monza track in Italy.
Davide Giugliano: "Race one was a good, even if we did not achieve the results we had hoped for. I was very strong in the first laps but at mid race a sudden drop of tires prevented me to gain a better result. I was not in a position to do better and I preferred to settle for sixth place. In race two I was determined to win. I knew I could do it and I think I demonstrated this with a very consistence pace with a lot of overtaking that had brought me close to the leaders. But suddenly I lost adherence and I crashed. This was a real shame. I'm truly sorry for my team that had worked exceptionally hard and well all weekend. "
Genesio Bevilacqua : "?With respect to race 1 we found a good solution in the second race that allowed us to obtain a strong result. In race two Davide was comfortable with the tyre and made the right choice, opting for a slightly harder compound that allowed him to finish the race well. I was pleased to see that he rode hard and made the most of the bike's potential. Unfortunately when you're riding on the limit there's always the chance that you'll fall, although I'm of course disappointed because I was sure he'd reach the podium - a result that was well within our grasp. It was however an important weekend during which both rider and team took another step forward especially as far as experience is concerned. Davide is modifying his riding style that, not only spectacular, is also becoming profitable.'

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Pirelli

Tom Sykes on Kawasaki and Eugene Laverty on Aprilia win at Assen with the Pirelli standard SC1 rear tyre and with the R1688, an alternative development solution of the standard SC1

On a weekend characterised by particularly cold temperatures, the SC1 compound tyres confirm that they are more and more versatile in terms of use for both the Superbike and Supersport classes as well as further improving lap times with respect to previous years

Assen (The Netherlands), 28 April 2013 - This weekend was marked by the green Kawasaki and Tom Sykes, winner of both Superpole on Saturday and Race 1 as well as the respective Pirelli Best Lap Award today, but also by Eugene Laverty on his Aprilia who did quite well, riding to the top step of the podium and taking the Pirelli Best Lap Award in Race 2. The Pirelli tyres also played a key role because once again they contributed to making the race weekend exciting in all the eni FIM World Superbike Championship classes.

In particular, the SC1 compound solutions increasingly win over the Superbike riders, but also the Supersport riders, as well as lowering lap times compared to previous years. Using 2011 as a point of reference (in 2011 the Superbike races were held in the wet), the new 17 inch Diablo Superbike tyres allowed the riders to lower their lap times by more than half a second, confirming the positive trend begun in the first two rounds of the season. In particular, the rear SC1 R1688 development solution that was used for the first time here at Assen demonstrated excellent qualities of adaptability to all of the bikes, but it especially showed the ability, even more than the standard SC1, to work at low temperatures, a quality which has historically been held only by the SC2. This is all clearly to the advantage of the riders who were able to count on an excellent grip typical of an SC1 compound, but at the same time on protection against low temperatures and cold tearing of harder blends like the SC2.

In Supersport it was Sam Lowes on the top step of the podium, with his Yakhnich Motorsport team Yamaha beating out the Kawasakis from the MAHI Racing Team India ridden by Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret. In this class the Diablo Supercorsa SC in standard SC1 compound both on the front and the rear were also quite popular with the riders.

In Superstock 1000 victory went to Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team) and in Superstock 600 there was a second consecutive podium for Gauthier Duwelz (MTM-MVR Racing Team) in races which were battled out down to the last turn, taking full advantage of the Diablo Supercorsa SC tyres.

The Pirelli solutions chosen by the riders:

The SC1 compound solutions proved once again to be quite popular with the Superbike and Supersport class riders. For the third round of the World Superbike Championship Pirelli once again provided the riders in both classes with various solutions including the standard SC1 and SC2 blends as well as few new development solutions.

In Superbike the R1688 SC1 development solution on the rear was the star of the weekend: chosen by 15 riders out of the 18 on the starting grid in race 1 and by half the riders in race 2, it was particularly popular for the good level of grip it was able to provide despite the cold temperatures (15° and 23° asphalt temps) and for its stability, managing to outdo the standard SC2 blend which would otherwise have been the most popular solution with the low temperatures. In race 2 a few riders like Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) opting for the standard SC1 compound, partly due to the rising temperature, which was able to provide better grip. This strategy rewarded the Irish rider, allowing him to take the top step of the podium.

In fact, those who did not use the SC1 R1688 opted for the standard SC1 (R828) which, as in the past, performed superbly adapting to the extremely varying temperatures.

On the front the Superbike riders more or less all chose the standard and the development (S41) SC1, confirming what was stated above for the rear.

The Supersport starting grid did not differ much from the Superbike grid, with most riders opting for the standard SC1 compound both on the front (P1177) and the rear (R303).

Pirelli Best Lap Award:

In the Cathedral of Motorcyclyng the brand with the long "P" as usual assigned the "Pirelli Best Lap Awards", the three awards Pirelli gives to the riders who have put the fastest lap in Superbike race 1 and race 2 and in Supersport race. The winning riders received recognition, which this year is a trophy in the shape of a motorcycle dashboard which displays the best time made, presented in the paddock during the press conference following the podium ceremonies at the end of Superbike race 1 and race 2 as well as at the end of the Supersport race.

The Superbike and Supersport rider who has received the most "Pirelli Best Lap Awards" at the end of the season will be named the "Best Lap Winner: fastest rider of the year" and will be awarded during the traditional end of year ceremony.

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