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by staff
Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Rea takes double and becomes championship leader

Imola (Italy), Sunday 11 May 2014 - Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) once again made the best start as race two, but unlike race one, Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Davide Giuglino (Ducati Superbike Team) who also started from the front row, made equally impressive starts to ensure that they were in contention from the beginning.

The race two pace was a lot higher than the earlier encounter as Rea lapped at almost lap record pace on his first flying lap.

Reigning champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) started slowly but was soon up to 4th after displacing Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) who in turn had moved ahead of race one podium finisher Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team).

As the race progressed and with Rea out in front by over 5 seconds, Davies and Guintoli together with Sykes and his fellow Kawasaki rider Loris Baz, were involved in an intense battle which raged until the final lap.

At the flag Rea took a double victory ahead of Davies, who clung on to his second podium of the day and Guintoli who fought hard to finish 3rd. Thanks to the 13th race win and the first double since Assen 2010, Rea elevates himself to the championship lead for the first time ever.

Loris Baz got the better of his team mate Tom Sykes to claim fourth, with Davide Giugliano putting the disappointment of his race one crash behind him with a solid 6th.

Niccolo Canepa had a technical failure in the closing laps as it looked certain that he was heading to the best classified award in the EVO category. His retirement handed that accolade once again to Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia).

Results: 1. Rea (Honda) 19 Laps/93.784 km in 34'14.255 average 164.353 kph; 2. Davies (Ducati) 4.095; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 5.546; 4. Baz (Kawasaki) 6.285; 5. Sykes (Kawasaki) 7.147; 6. Giugliano (Ducati) 22.054; 7. Elias (Aprilia) 25.811; 8. Haslam (Honda) 26.127; 9. Laverty (Suzuki) 26.306; 10. Lowes (Suzuki) 33.046; 11. Melandri (Aprilia) 37.788; 12. Camier (BMW) 42.415; 13. Salom (Kawasaki) 52.114; 14. Scassa (Kawasaki) 59.001; 15. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'04.364; 16. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'18.512; 17. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'34.487; 18. May (EBR) 1 Lap; 19. Toth (BMW) 1 Lap; RT. Canepa (Ducati); RT. Morais (Kawasaki); RT. Fabrizio (Kawasaki); RT. Sebestyen (BMW); RT. Yates (EBR); RT. Corti (MV Agusta); NS. Goi (Ducati); SH. Badovini (Bimota) 42.284; SH. Iddon (Bimota) 51.220.

Standings (Round 4 of 13): 1. Rea 139; 2. Sykes 135; 3. Guintoli 123; 4. Baz 119; 5. Davies 87; 6. Melandri 84; 7. Giugliano 69; 8. Laverty 62; 9. Haslam 58; 10. Lowes 50; 11. Elias 50; 12. Salom 34; 13. Canepa 28; 14. Camier 20; 15. Scassa 16; 16. Foret 10; 17. Morais 10; 18. Guarnoni 7; 19. Allerton 6; 20. Bos 5; 21. Corti 5; 22. Fabrizio 2; 23. Andreozzi 1. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 143; 2. Honda 139; 3. Aprilia 133; 4. Ducati 113; 5. Suzuki 92; 6. BMW 26; 7. MV Agusta 5.

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PATA Honda

Rea delivers dream double for Pata and Honda at Imola

Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea rounded off a perfect weekend on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade at the fourth-round World Superbike championship event at Imola in Italy today.

The 27-year-old British rider comfortably won both of today's races at the 4.936km Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari from pole position, setting the fastest lap in each of the two outings. He now leads the championship by four points from fellow Brit Tom Sykes.

Rea got superb starts in both 19-lap races and was never challenged, with Chaz Davies and Sykes joining him on the podium in race one. Davies and Sylvain Guintoli were second and third respectively in the second race.

Rea's Pata Honda team-mate Leon Haslam finished tenth in race one and eighth in race two, battling hard in both outings after a promising start to the Imola event. He will join Rea and other World Superbike riders for an official one-day test at the Imola crcuit tomorrow.

Jonathan Rea - 1st and 1st
It's been a great weekend for me! I couldn't have imagined doubling up coming here. But I knew we'd be strong because it's a circuit I really enjoy and one that the bike goes really well at. To cap it off, it's also been a perfect weekend for the team with Lorenzo [Zanetti] winning his first World Supersport race so massive congratulations to him. Mikey [van der Mark] was on the podium and he's leading the championship, too. It's a shame we have a test tomorrow because I think everybody in the team deserves to go and really enjoy the night and savour this moment but it's back to work tomorrow! We'll try to make the bike better and go to Donington hopefully to keep this ball rolling. I'm really enjoying riding right now and I want to thank everyone who's put t he work in. Not just the track staff here but the guys back at base in Nieuwleusen [Netherlands]. It's also the home round for our sponsors, Pata, so a big thanks to them, too.

Leon Haslam - 10th and 8th
We've made a step but from free practice yesterday morning we've lost about a second a lap. From being able to do high 47s and low 48s on old, used tyres, we've only been able to do high 48s today, dropping into the 49s. I was quicker on an 18-lap harder tyre on Friday than I was in both races today. So, for me it's not been a good weekend, but it's been fantastic for the team. You always want to beat your team mate, but it's good that the bike is capable and for me that's a positive. Also a one-two in Supersport is mega for the team but it probably adds a little frustration from my side because it could have been good for me. We've got a test here tomorrow so we'll hopefully be able to figure some things out and find out what changed from yesterday. I know Donington well and that the bike can work well there, so hopefully I can start my season there!

Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Leon struggled today and was far away from his team-mate. We know he can be within a second or half a second of Jonathan but it was not his day. We changed some things for race two and he fought for a better finish. We have a test tomorrow and we'll do anything we can to get him to the front with more confidence. It's in there, and he's a little fighter - he's not giving up and neither are we. Jonathan has had an amazing double win. After his pole yesterday things were looking good and, after warm-up this morning, it was looking even better. The competition had no chance today and he's now leading the championship, so big congratulations to the whole crew. I'm so happy for Jonathan, too, because he has stuck with us through some hard times and always believed in us.

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Aprilia

GUINTOLI ON THE PODIUM AT IMOLA

Imola, 11 May 2014 - The Aprilia Racing Team leaves Imola with the third place Sylvain Guintoli took home in Race 2 which, together with his fifth place in Race 1, keeps the rider close to the top of the championship standings. Sylvain, coming off two wins and demonstrating consistent performance, now lies in third place in the championship, just 16 points behind the new leader, Rea, and 12 behind Sykes.

In the first race, after holding onto second place for much of the race, Guintoli suffered a drop in tyre performance which forced him to a more defensive strategy in the second part of the race. These are important points in a Championship which, after only four rounds, promises to be extremely well balanced. Sylvain's redemption came in Race 2 where he played a key role, staying in the leading pack from the start and finishing in third place in front of some of his fiercest rivals in the battle for the title.

Sylvain Guintoli: "It was a hard battle in both races. In Race 2 we managed to improve our pace quite a bit. I knew I would have to start off strong because we are struggling a bit at the moment in the second half of the race. I fought all the way to the end. I knew that the podium was within reach so I gritted my teeth and tried not to make any mistakes. A fifth and third place don't exactly make me jump for joy, but in any case they mean 27 points. I know that I put forth my best effort on this track. The test tomorrow is important because we'll be able to continue improving and looking for new solutions so that we can be incisive in any conditions".

The weekend at Imola was decidedly disappointing for Marco Melandri who, after two days of positive sessions, was expecting to be strong in the races. Instead, his sixth place in Race 1 and eleventh place in the second match, despite two excellent starts, kept the rider from Ravenna out of the spotlight on the track at Imola.

Marco Melandri: "This was a very disappointing Sunday race day, definitely not up to our expectations which were quite high after such a good start to the weekend. Friday and Saturday were positive and it seemed like we were on the right track. This means that we still have a lot of work to do. I am quite capable of bringing home very different results, but that's how this sport is at these levels".

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Double podium for Chaz Davies and the Ducati Superbike Team in today's Imola SBK races!

Imola (Italy), Sunday 11 May 2014 - The fourth round of the Superbike World Championship, that took place today at the Imola circuit in Italy, proved to be a happy hunting ground for Chaz Davies and the Ducati Superbike Team who powered the 1199 Panigale to a second place finish in both of the day's hard-fought Superbike races.

Race 1 - in cooler temperatures than yesterday (air temperature 22C, track 30C), Davies got away extremely well from fourth on the grid and by the end of lap one he was already lying second, behind Rea. During the first half of the race the Ducati Superbike man battled it out with both Sykes and Guintoli and although he lost his hold on second place for a few laps, he regained control when he got back in front of Guintoli on lap fourteen. In the final stages of the race Davies managed his tyres well and was able to increase his pace, lapping quicker than the other riders and building a gap between himself and the chasing pack. Chaz therefore crossed the line in final second place, his first podium of the 2014 season.

Giugliano did not make the quickest start and was seventh through the first laps. Starting to push to chase Melandri, Davide got past the Aprilia man on lap seven and then got into a rhythm which allowed him to close the gap between himself and Baz and Sykes, immediately ahead. Unfortunately on lap twelve, just when he was positioned right behind the two Kawasakis, the Italian rider crashed, losing the front of his bike. Unfortunately what could have been a great race for Giugliano came to a premature end.

Race 2 - Giugliano got away very fast, lapping third at the end of lap one. Unfortunately, after only five or six laps, the bike started to bounce which caused him to lose feeling during braking, slowing him down and making him lose a few positions. Chaz, who didn't get as well as fast as he did in race 1, immediately began to push and made up for lost ground over the first half of the race, passing first Melandri and then his teammate Giugliano. At the mid-race point Chaz was up into fourth, while Davide, sixth, was forced to ride a prudent second half and was unable to attack; he nevertheless closed in a solid sixth position. Chaz, able to push harder than his rivals in the final stages, reached and passed first Sykes and then Guintoli to move into second place three laps from the end. Maintaining concentration right to the line, he passed under the chequered flag in second position. Chaz's double podium is an important result for Ducati, racing at its home track in front of large crowds of fans and ducatisti.

At the end of this fourth world championship round, Davies lies in fifth position in the standings with 87 points, Giugliano is seventh with 69 points. In the manufacturer's standings, Ducati is fourth with 113 points.

Quotes after the races:

Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) - 2nd, 2nd
"These have been the best races of the season and undoubtedly my best race weekend so far, in that we've been consistently strong since Friday. It's great to be on the podium and is the best way to thank Ducati and all of the guys, both in the team and the factory, for all of their hard work. Race 1 was difficult, Jonathan got away quickly and there was no way to stay with him but we had a good battle behind him. Race 2 turned out to be pretty similar. We chose a fairly standard setting today and I was able to ride really well. I can almost ride the bike as I would like, we just have a small problem with rear vibration to iron out but tomorrow, during the tests, we will also work on this and I'm sure we'll be able to improve. I'm very pleased with the double podium of course and it confirms how much work has been done in Ducati over the last months, so I want to dedicate today's results to Ducati and all the fans."

Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34) - DNF, 6th
"It wasn't the day that I'd expected but I have to look at the positives, or rather the fact that we've collected important data which we can use to improve and avoid problems in the future. Unfortunately a crash in race one compromised a race that hadn't got off to a great start. I was catching up to those ahead quite quickly but then crashed and there was nothing to do about it. In the second I got away well, I was faster than Sylvain but, from the fifth or sixth lap I suffered a big drop and lost a lot of ground. Anyway, tomorrow we are here testing and will work hard to be more competitive at Donington."

Ernesto Marinelli - Ducati Superbike Project Director
"We're really pleased with Chaz's results today; every time we go out on track we are able to improve and today's double podium confirms this positive trend that we've seen in recent months. We're still missing that final step, and this is why we'll continue to work to be even more competitive, but we're heading in the right direction. It was a real shame about Davide and the problems he had today. If it hadn't been for the crash in race 1, he would have been able to reach the podium. His day didn't go to plan but that is racing in the end. We will turn the page and, with optimism and faith, we'll concentrate on the tests and the next round at Donington."


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Bimota

BADOVINI WINS EVO CLASS IN RACE TWO

Team Bimota Alstare rider Ayrton Badovini finished today's second World Superbike Championship as the top rider in the EVO class - a tremendous result in just the team's third race weekend with the new BB3 bike. After a disappointing first race, due to electronic problems, Ayrton had a race-long battle with fellow EVO class rider Leon Camier in the second 19-lapper, before coming out on top by two tenths of a second at the flag. As the BB3 is awaiting its homologation, Ayrton's superb performance is excluded from the official results, but nevertheless it shows that the bike is competitive and improving each time out. And, to underline this fact, Ayrton's team mate Christian Iddon finished only two places behind, backing up his strong performance in race one, when he was second in the EVO class.

Ayrton Badovini - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 12th overall, 1st EVO class

"Race 1 was not so good because I had some electronics problems and I pitted three times to try and get the problems sorted out. We fixed the problem in time for race two and I really enjoyed it because I was able to push hard right from the start and have good battles. Camier and I had a good fight but I was very determined to beat him - especially as this is my home race. It was very hard at the end of the race, but I definitely wasn't going to let him get past me. To win the EVO class today was a very nice feeling, but I think that this is just the start and there's a lot more to come. I would like to say thank you to my team and also to all my fans who gave me so much support this weekend."

Christian Iddon - Race 1: 12th overall, 2nd EVO class, Race 2: 14th overall, 3rd EVO class

"Today was a very positive day and I am so much happier than yesterday. We made some changes to the rear shock and the bike was much better to ride. I felt that I could push hard and that's what I did. We made a further adjustment for the second race, but possibly we went slightly in the wrong direction and I couldn't push as hard as I did in the race one. But the important thing is that we have collected a load of valuable data and we can use that in the test tomorrow to try and improve the bike further."

Francis Batta (Team Manager)

"I am very happy with our win in the EVO class today - it is reward for all the tremendous effort everybody has put in since this project started. Today was only our third race weekend and to get this kind of result so soon speaks about the strength of the Bimota BMW connection and all our hard work.I am very happy with Ayrton's performance in race two - especially considering that he rode the bike without any electronics assistance! Christian is making good progress and his pace today was good enough for top three in the EVO class in both races. Although I am happy with today's great results, my mind is on the future and with this bike I think our prospects are very good."

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WSBK press

Pata Honda Team takes clean sweep at Imola

Imola (Italy), Sunday 11 May 2014 - The action packed fourth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, which was held in front of 52,841 vocal and enthusiast fans at Imola, saw a total domination by the Pata Honda Team. The Dutch based squad won both World Superbike races courtesy of a superb performance by Jonathan Rea, as well as claiming a one-two finish in the World Supersport encounter, with Lorenzo Zanetti scoring his maiden win in the series ahead of Michael van der Mark.

Rea and van der Mark now lead the World Superbike and Supersport standings respectively, both for the first time ever.

The Ducati Superbike Team was also well represented on the podium in its home round, as Chaz Davies was twice second at the chequered flag. Today's two WSBK podiums were completed by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who lie now 4 and 16 points behind the new leader, in second and third.

A one day, official post-race test is scheduled for tomorrow at Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

Jonathan Rea: "It's been a great weekend for me! I couldn't have imagined doubling up coming here. But I knew we'd be strong because it's a circuit I really enjoy and one that the bike goes really well at. We'll try to make the bike better in tomorrow's official test and go to Donington hopefully to keep this ball rolling. I'm really enjoying riding right now and I want to thank everyone who's put the work in. Not just the track staff here but the guys back at base in Nieuwleusen (Netherlands). It's also the home round for our sponsors, Pata, so a big thanks to them, too."

Chaz Davies: "These have been the best races of the season and undoubtedly my best race weekend so far, in that we've been consistently strong since Friday. It's great to be on the podium and is the best way to thank Ducati and all of the guys, both in the team and the factory, for all of their hard work. I can almost ride the bike as I would like, we just have a small problem with rear vibration to iron out but tomorrow, during the tests, we will also work on this and I'm sure we'll be able to improve. I'm very pleased with the double podium of course and it confirms how much work has been done in Ducati over the last months, so I want to dedicate today's results to Ducati and all the fans."

Race 1

The sun continued to shine at Imola as the first race of the day got underway in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. From the start it was Pole Position setter Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who immediately took the lead ahead of the Aprilia Racing Team duo of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Chaz Davies (Ducati Racing Team) moved up to second at the end of... (read more)

Race 2

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) once again made the best start as race two, but unlike race one, Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) who also started from the front row, made equally impressive starts to ensure that they were in contention from the beginning. The race two pace was a lot higher than the earlier encounter as Rea lapped at (read more)

Standings (Round 4 of 13): 1. Rea 139; 2. Sykes 135; 3. Guintoli 123; 4. Baz 119; 5. Davies 87; 6. Melandri 84; 7. Giugliano 69; 8. Laverty 62; 9. Haslam 58; 10. Lowes 50; 11. Elias 50; 12. Salom 34; 13. Canepa 28; 14. Camier 20; 15. Scassa 16; 16. Foret 10; 17. Morais 10; 18. Guarnoni 7; 19. Allerton 6; 20. Bos 5; 21. Corti 5; 22. Fabrizio 2; 23. Andreozzi 1. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 143; 2. Honda 139; 3. Aprilia 133; 4. Ducati 113; 5. Suzuki 92; 6. BMW 26; 7. MV Agusta 5.

Superstock 1000

Ondrej Jezek (Barni Racing Ducati) took the first win of his career after a determined ride to fend off Fabio Massei (EAB Racing Ducati) in the third round of the FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup at Imola today.
Taking the lead at the end of the opening lap, Lorenzo Savadori (Pedercini Kawasaki) had built up a commanding lead only to be ruled out of contention as his Kawasaki suffered a technical... (read more)

Results: 1. Jezek (Ducati) 14 Laps/69.104 km in 26'00.349 average 159.435 kph; 2. Massei (Ducati) 1.394; 3. Mercado (Ducati) 12.506; 4. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 22.812; 5. Day (Honda) 31.274; 6. Nemeth (Kawasaki) 31.960; 7. McFadden (Kawasaki) 33.357; 8. Muresan (BMW) 40.829; 9. D'Annunzio (BMW) 42.727; 10. Suchet (Kawasaki) 43.049; 11. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 43.206; 12. Pagaud (Kawasaki) 43.362; 13. Schacht (Ducati) 48.419; 14. Moser (Ducati) 48.650; 15. Grotzkyj G. (Kawasaki) 50.731; etc.

Standings (Round 3 of 7): 1. Mercado 52; 2. Jezek 45; 3. Savadori 33; 4. Valk 32; 5. Lussiana 31; 6. Massei 28; 7. Lanusse 28; 8. McFadden 27; 9. Day 21; 10. D'Annunzio 20; 11. Nemeth 17; 12. Smith 16; 13. Bergman 13; 14. Grotzkyj G. 10; 15. Pagaud 10; 16. Muresan 8; 17. Suchet 8; 18. Schacht 8; 19. Walraven 6; 20. Castellarin 4; 21. Moser 2; 22. Ayer 1. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 70; 2. Kawasaki 58; 3. Honda 32; 4. BMW 21; 5. Suzuki 6.

European Junior Cup

Augusto Fernandez (WIL Sport) has come out victorious at the end of an exciting battle for the victory in the Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda race at Imola. The young Spaniard crossed the line a fraction of a second ahead of compatriot Javier Orellana (Europe Food SL), second, and Brit Josh Harland (Josh Harland), third, with several other protagonists who were also in contention for the win. Fernandez is now the new leader in the standings, 11 points ahead of today's fifth place finisher Marc Miralles (Honda Spain).

Results: 1. Fernandez 9 Laps/44.424 km in 20'23.741 average 130.686 kph; 2. Orellana 0.102; 3. Harland 0.516; 4. Hubner 0.971; 5. Miralles 1.190; 6. Fernandez 1.523; 7. Grassia 1.706; 8. Hill 10.858; 9. Gabellini 33.914; 10. Perez 35.226; 11. Van Sikkelerus 35.824; 12. London 36.599; 13. Wisdom 52.059; 14. Ortt 59.569; 15. Moreno 1'00.035; etc.

Standings (Round 3 of 8): 1. Fernandez 63; 2. Miralles 52; 3. Orellana 48; 4. Hubner 40; 5. Harland 27; 6. Grassia 27; 7. Perez 22; 8. Fernandez 21; 9. Soomer 20; 10. London 18; 11. Licciardi 14; 12. Brink 13; 13. Wisdom 13; 14. Van Sikkelerus 11; 15. Hill 8; 16. Gabellini 7; 17. Geissler 4; 18. Zhu 4; 19. Moreno 3; 20. Ortt 2; 21. Patterson 2; 22. Levy 1.


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