World Superbike and World Supersport 2014 – Round 11: Magny Cours – France – October 5, 2014
Rea and Haslam Each Score Podium Finishes in France
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) swapped third place finishes at the 11th round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Jonathan posting third in race one and Leon repeating that feat in race two.
After a weekend of practice and Superpole qualifying held in fully dry and often warm conditions, race day dawned wet and cold and stayed that way throughout. The surface of the Magny Cours circuit was judged to be particularly slippery this year and several big names fell, including Jonathan, who was leading race two until the 11th lap. Because the races were wet they were cut in duration from their planned 21-lap distance to 19, and each event made it to a conclusion despite the conditions.
In the opening race Jonathan, who had qualified third and started from the front row, could not quite stay on terms with the Aprilia duo of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri, with Guintoli the race one victor. Melandri and Guintoli swapped positions as they also headed up race two. Jonathan’s no score in race two came after a long period of front running but at turn three he lost traction and fell. He remounted but had to retire in the pits. Only 13 riders finished race two, from a starting grid of 27.
Starting from his Superpole qualifying grid position of tenth Haslam finished race one in sixth place. In race two he battled his way through the field and after an audacious overtake on reigning world champion Tom Sykes on lap 18, Leon rode to a clear third place and his first podium for his Pata Honda team after almost two years of hard competition and frequent injury.
Leon’s two strong finishes of sixth in race one and then his race two podium pushed him up to seventh in the championship rankings, with only the final round in Qatar left to run. The overall championship is still very much alive after Guintoli’s first and second place finishes put him within 12 points of long-time leader Sykes, who could only finish with two fourth places in the wet in France. Only those two riders are now in the title fight.
The 12th and final round of the championship will take place at Losail in Qatar, with race day on Sunday, November 2.
World Supersport – Van Der Mark on the Podium Again
New World Champion Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) scored his ninth podium of the year in the FIM Supersport World Championship with a second place at Magny Cours, despite falling in the race and remounting.
With the championship wrapped up last time out van der Mark was out to win another race but the wet Sunday conditions, after two days of dry in practice, saw Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) take a great advantage in the lead of the race until he fell and had to retire.
Van der Mark fell on lap seven and had to work his way back to second in a race that was red flagged after 12 laps when a trackside air fence barrier could not be re-inflated. The race was won by home rider Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta) with Roby Rolfo (Kawasaki) third.
Imola race winner Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was in the fight for a podium finish until the red flag intervened and he was classified fourth, only a fraction of a second from a top three place. He is also fourth overall in the championship fight.
Ninth placed Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) was the only other Honda finisher in the top ten, in a race that saw 18 riders reach the early finish and many other riders fall due to the slippery circuit conditions.
Luca Marconi (Lorini Honda) had a spectacular moment as his bike rear tyre slid then gripped, throwing him upwards, him but he regained control and finished the race in a more than creditable 11th.
Young Aussie rider Matt Davies (AARK Racing Honda) scored three points for 13th place, while new WSS rider Martin Cardenas (CIA Insurance Honda) was run off track in a first corner melee and had to play catch up from that point on. He finished 16th and one place from a point.
Valentin Debise (Com Plus SMS Racing Honda) placed 17th and Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda) was the last rider home, one place behind Calero. Irishman Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) was looking set for fourth place until he fell on lap seven and damaged his bike badly enough that he could not restart. Vladimir Leonov (Rivamoto Honda) and Alex Baldolini (Team Lorini Honda) also failed to finish the race.
World Superbike and World Supersport 2014 – Round 11: Magny Cours – France
Superbike Race 1
|1||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|2||M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|4||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|5||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|6||L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
Superbike Race 2
|1||M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|2||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|4||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|5||L. LANZI (3C Racing Team)|
|6||M. NEUKIRCHNER (3C Racing Team)|
|RT||J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|1||J. CLUZEL (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)|
|2||M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)|
|3||R. ROLFO (Team GO Eleven)|
|4||L. ZANETTI (PATA Honda World Supersport)|
|5||F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)|
|6||K. COGHLAN (DMC Panavto-Yamaha)|
|9||R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)|
|11||L. MARCONI (Team Lorini)|
|13||M. DAVIES (AARK Racing)|
|16||M. CARDENAS (CIA Insurance Honda)|
|17||V. DEBISE (Com Plus SMS Racing)|
|18||N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)|
|RT||J. KENNEDY (CIA Insurance Honda)|
|RT||V. LEONOV (Rivamoto)|
|RT||A. BALDOLINI (Team Lorini)|