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Rea Takes A Podium Finish And Goes Sixth Overall

March 29, 2010 - Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) looked on course for two podium finishes at Portimao but had to settle for one, securing third in the opener then being forced out of the second 22-lap contest.

Rea earned his podium place by a combination of determination and a little good fortune when Cal Crutchlow fell while trying to stay ahead of Rea, with two complete laps to go.

Jonathan was still the top Honda scorer today and his 16 points from race one gave him 39 points in total, moving him to sixth in the championship rankings. He had qualified fifth in Superpole. Max Biaggi won each race for Aprilia, with championship leader Leon Haslam second on both occasions for Suzuki. Haslam has 85 points, Biaggi 69 after four races and two rounds.

In the second race of the day in Portugal the only Honda scorer was Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) who posted 15th in the race, after qualifying 13th. He had struggled in qualifying and like Rea, had suffered a high-speed fall before raceday.

Vittorio Iannuzzo (Squadra Corse Italia Garvie Image CBR1000RR) finished one race, the first, as did substitute rider for Broc Parkes; Sheridan Morais (ECHO CRS Honda CBR1000RR). Iannuzzo was 23rd on the grid, Morais 21st, meaning he just missed Superpole qualifying.

Sofuoglu Back To Winning Ways In Second Round

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) went from second on the starting grid to his first victory of the season at Portimao, but it was a hard fought contest, with any one of four potential winners on show at one stage.

After pole position rider Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) had led for most of the early laps Sofuoglu and Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz caught and passed Laverty, and the Irish rider eventually pushed too hard in turn four and lost the front. He re-started to finish 11th, despite losing his front brake master cylinder and much of his bike’s bodywork in the crash.

Laverty had to surrender his championship lead to Sofuoglu today, who is now on 41 points, Lascorz 40 and Laverty 30.

It was a double celebration for the Hannspree Ten Kate team as third place qualifier Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) overcame his no-score in round one last month by earning his first Supersport podium finish in third. He was having some issues with rear grip later in the race, but on lap two he had set a new lap record of 1’45.180.

Local rider Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR) was on course for a strong finish, probably a career best, when a technical issue intervened and he had to slow and eventually retire in the pits. He completed 15 laps of the 20. He had qualified eighth, for a second row start.

Class rookie Gino Rea (Czech Intermoto Honda CBR600RR) improved from 12th to eighth as he battled with his own team-mate Massimo Roccoli (Czech Intermoto Honda CBR600RR) all through the race. Roccoli was simply happy to score points at an unlucky track for him and went from 14th to ninth.

On 11 April the third round of the World Superbike and World Supersport championships take place at another popular venue, Valencia in Spain.

WSB Rider Comments:

Jonathan Rae, Ten Kate Honda: “I had a big crash on Friday and had to rebuild my confidence through the rest of the weekend, and then someone let the brakes off going into turn one in the first race. I locked the front brake and went straight into the gravel, which was scary. I really needed to get away with Max and Leon, but I caught up to Crutchlow and he was making quite a few mistakes when I put some pressure on him. I got third place but I don’t think it was gifted and I think would have got it anyway. In race two I was holding my own with Biaggi but messed up the last corner on lap five, I think, so Leon and Crutchlow got by. I was still feeling pretty comfortable, but then heard a funny noise going down the straight a couple of laps later, so I pulled in the clutch and that was it.”

Max Neukirchner, Ten Kate Honda: “We have struggled to get the right balance for the bike all weekend and, even though we’ve had some good ideas, we haven’t really found one that works. We’ll keep working though and, luckily, we have a test here tomorrow, which I hope will give us some opportunities to find a way forward. The biggest problem I have is getting the bike to turn and hold a line going into the corners. It means I’m having to brake earlier for each turn. We’ll look at things again tonight and hopefully make some progress before we go to Valencia in two weeks time.”

Vittorio Iannuzzo, Scuderia Corse Italia: “The first race was not so bad, particularly after some problems in practice and losing some track time, but it would have been good to finish in the points and not just miss out by one place. We used more engine braking in race two but we had no time to test and it was a bit too much. We tried it because we want to improve but I had to retire.”

Sheridan Morais, ECO CRS Grand Prix: “In the first race I thought I knew this track but I didn’t, because I spent the early laps just riding with the other guys, learning the way round. We started doing some good times at the end and I was happy with that. In race two we made some changes to set-up and it was looking not bad until the bike just stopped. We have made some big progress which stands us in better stead for Valencia.”

WSS Rider Comments:

Kenan Sofuoglu, Ten Kate Honda: “Yesterday after qualifying I told my mechanics there was only one problem and it was that I was not good enough. The bike had a lot of potential and I promised them that I would show them the potential today. In warm-up I set a new track best of 1’44.683. In the race my plan was to just look at how things went then with seven or eight laps left I took the lead and pushed a bit. I knew I would fight with someone and it was Lascorz who passed me, before I got him back. My motivation was only for the win this weekend, and finally I won. My bike is one of the best on the track and we have more improvements to come soon.”

Michele Pirro, Ten Kate Honda: “I am very happy with my first podium in Supersport, especially because practice did not go that well. In the race I was not on the final pace because I did have a few grip problems later on, but it was great to run with the winners and finally get a podium. Compared to Australia, where I did not finish, this is fantastic.”

Eugene Laverty, Parkalgar Honda: “I used up my tyre a bit to get away from them and I was struggling a bit with a full tank of fuel at the start. Just about the point when Lascorz passed me I was feeling comfortable so I pushed on again, but those guys had some good pace today. I was trying to keep up when they went past and I was losing some initial grip and sliding in some areas, so I had to ride hard to stay with them. I just touched the kerb on turn four a little bit, just fractionally, but that was enough.”

Gino Rae, Intermoto Czech Honda: “I had a good fight and won the battle I was in, but it was not what we could have achieved. I could brake a bit later than the other guys but I did not have the mid-corner speed. I had a crash in free practice yesterday morning and lost a lot of set-up time. Now we have to work on the race setting for the chassis and electronics.”

Massimo Roccoli, Intermoto Czech Honda: “A big fight, and a big fight with my team-mate as well. It was a good result for the team all round, because eighth and ninth gives us both good points. For me the weekend was difficult because we had a lot of set-up problems and made many changes to the set-up. I think the big problem is that I just don’t like this track!”

Miguel Praia, Parkalgar Honda: “I was comfortable behind Fujiwara and Foret when I caught them and I wanted to attack them straight away, but I just didn’t have the tyre left. My pace came down a little bit but fifth was definitely possible, as I started to save my attack for the last few laps. Then something went wrong and I had to retire.”


Superbike Race

Pos Rider Nationality Team Time/Gap
1 SOFUOGLU TUR Honda CBR600RRHANNspree Ten Kate Honda 35'21.143
2 LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki ZX-6RKawasaki 0.031
3 PIRRO ITA Honda CBR600RRHANNspree Ten Kate Honda 8.879
4 DAVIES GBR Triumph Daytona 675ParkinGO Triumph BE1 15.270
5 FORET FRA Kawasaki ZX-6RTeam Lorenzini by Leoni 22.096
6 FUJIWARA JPN Kawasaki ZX-6RKawasaki 23.041
7 HARMS DEN Honda CBR600RRHarms Benjan Racing 30.830
8 REA GBR Honda CBR600RRIntermoto Czech 35.171
9 ROCCOLI ITA Honda CBR600RRIntermoto Czech 35.225
10 SALOM ESP Triumph Daytona 675ParkinGO BE1 Triumph 35.239
11 LAVERTY IRL Honda CBR600RRParkalgar Honda 49.540
12 DISALVO USA Triumph Daytona 675ParkinGO BE1 Triumph 49.628
13 LUNDH SWE Honda CBR600RRCresto Guide Racing Team 1'08.602
14 CHESAUX SUI Honda CBR600RRHarms Benjan Racing 1'13.455
15 DELL'OMO ITA Honda CBR600RRKuja Racing 1'30.738


Fastest LapMichele Pirro 1'45.180 157,171 Km/h (New record)
Previous Lap Record 2009 Joan Lascorz 1'45.186 157,160 Km/h
Best Lap2010 Kenan Sofuoglu 1'44.683 157,920 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings

11REA 14
14 LUNDH 3


Superbike Race 1

1BIAGGIITAAprilia RSV4 1000 F.Aprilia Alitalia Racing37'59.283
2HASLAMGBRSuzuki GSX-R1000 Team Suzuki Alstare0.200
3REAGBRHonda CBR1000RR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda6.901
4CHECAESPDucati 1098R Althea Racing7.457
5CAMIERGBRAprilia RSV4 1000 F. Aprilia Alitalia Racing7.564
6BYRNEGBRDucati 1098R Althea Racing11.420
7TOSELANDGBRYamaha YZF R1 Yamaha Sterilgarda Team18.391
8HAGAJPNDucati 1098R Ducati Xerox Team18.536
9CORSERAUSBMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport24.514
10XAUSESPBMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport32.427
11FABRIZIOITADucati 1098R Ducati Xerox Team35.045
12LANZIITADucati 1098R DFX Corse36.816
13GUINTOLIFRASuzuki GSX-R1000 Team Suzuki Alstare36.841
14CRUTCHLOWGBRYamaha YZF R1 Yamaha Sterilgarda Team44.678
15SYKESGBRKawasaki ZX 10R Kawasaki Racing Team44.942


Fastest Lap: Max Biaggi 1'42.774 160,850 Km/h (new lap record)

Race 2

1BIAGGIITAAprilia RSV4 1000 F. Aprilia Alitalia Racing38'06.128
2HASLAMGBRSuzuki GSX-R1000 Team Suzuki Alstare0.191
3CRUTCHLOWGBRYamaha YZF R1 Yamaha Sterilgarda Team0.658
4CHECAESPDucati 1098R Althea Racing1.015
5CAMIERGBRAprilia RSV4 1000 F. Aprilia Alitalia Racing3.123
6TOSELANDGBRYamaha YZF R1 Yamaha Sterilgarda Team9.131
7BYRNEGBRDucati 1098R Althea Racing11.033
8HAGAJPNDucati 1098R Ducati Xerox Team13.452
9GUINTOLIFRASuzuki GSX-R1000 Team Suzuki Alstare13.964
10CORSERAUSBMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport16.377
11FABRIZIOITADucati 1098R Ducati Xerox Team26.351
12XAUSESPBMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport27.964
13SYKESGBRKawasaki ZX 10R Kawasaki Racing Team33.566
14LANZIITADucati 1098R DFX Corse33.823
15NEUKIRCHNERGERHonda CBR1000RR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda37.372

Fastest Lap:Carlos Checa1'43.285 160,054 Km/h
Lap Record: 2010 Max Biaggi '42.774 160,850 Km/h
Best Lap: 2010 Cal Crutchlow1'42.092 161,920 Km/h


Riders Championship Standings:

3 CHECA 60
5 HAGA 43
6 REA 39
12 BYRNE 25
13 LANZI 15
14 XAUS 10
15 SMRZ 8