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Yamaha Racing WSBK Race Recap & Results – Misano

The Misano world circuit was host to a dramatic race day today with both highs and lows for the Yamaha World Superbike Team.

There were no easy points to be had on the Italian race track today for Melandri and Laverty. After initially falling back to fifth from his fourth place start on the grid in race one, Melandri hastily regained position, tucking in behind Haslam and awaiting the opportunity to push to third. Struggling to maintain the pace the Italian was unable to fight for a victory and crossed the chequered flag in third place with a much desired podium at his home race. Team-mate Laverty completed the first race of the day in fifth place, just losing out on fourth position in the final stages of the last lap as Sykes took advantage of the Irish-man’s struggle with gradual tyre wear.

Race two was filled with drama as Melandri and Camier crashed out in the tenth lap, causing the race to be red flagged. Both riders were unable to re-enter the pit boxes with their machines in the time required by the regulations in order to be permitted to participate in the 14 lap second part of race two. Team-mate Eugene Laverty also experienced a tough second race. Following a perfect start off eighth place on the newly formed grid, Laverty shot into fourth place. After just one lap the Irishman overtook Haslam to take position of third place behind Checa, winner of the previous race before he unfortunately lost the front of the machine, causing him to crash out. Unhurt Laverty returned to the track and completed the race in 13th place.

Following the difficult race day in Misano, Marco Melandri will head to Aragon this coming weekend sitting in third place in the World Superbike standings with 150 points, 95 points behind Checa in the lead. Laverty still occupies fourth place with a total of 123 points, 17 points ahead of Haslam in fifth.

Marco Melandri

Yamaha World Superbike Team – 3rd, DNS

“It was a very difficult day, one to be forgotten. Not due to the crash, but mainly for the inability to compete. Even in Race two I was too slow to be as competitive as I should be. This morning I had difficulty riding the bike and struggled to get the podium. We made some changes prior to race two but that didn’t improve anything. The bike seemed to be completely lacking in grip from the beginning and I just suddenly lost the front.”

Eugene Laverty

Yamaha World Superbike Team – 5th, 13th

“We took a gamble with the rear tyre in race one and it was ok until about four laps to go. The left side of the tyre was completely worn which is very strange considering it’s a right handling track. I was very disappointed to lose fourth position just at the end. In race two once the red flag came out, I changed tyre choice and used the same tyre as in race one and immediately had better feeling with the bike. I thought I could fight with Checa and Biaggi in the lead but most importantly I wanted to pull away from the bunch behind and get a clear third. Unfortunately I lost the front and crashed out. We just have to forget what happened and look forward to Aragon. It’s a track we tested just recently and we should be strong.”

Andrea Dosoli – Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

“A difficult race day today even if we managed to get a podium in race one with Marco and could have had the opportunity to be back on the podium again in race two before he unexpectedly crashed mid race due to possible traces of fluid on the track . It was a pity to have lost out on vital points for the Championship. Eugene, after experiencing an issue with the rear tyre in race one and the first part of race two was unable to demonstrate his potential, follow the leaders and earn a well-deserved podium. Unfortunately he lost the front of the bike and was unable to carry on as he aimed. We expected Biaggi to be strong and competitive and also Checa and Ducati who have won more than 75 per cent of the races here in the last ten years but we can expect the coming four race tracks to suit our machine better. We have to work harder than ever and be more competitive in the next round in Aragon, where we have good data from recent tests. We are leaving Misano knowing that we could have fought for a podium with both riders and with bitterness for the points lost and the further gap created with the leaders.”

2011 World Superbike San Marino

Misano, San Marino 12/06/2011 24 Laps

race I
1 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 39’03.132
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’00.984
3 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 0’17.124
4 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’18.652
5 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’18.929
6 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’21.003
7 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’22.942
8 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’23.117
9 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’31.729
10 Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 0’34.466
11 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’36.683
12 Matteo Baiocco Kawasaki ITA 0’37.692
13 Alessandro Polita Suzuki ITA 0’37.984
14 Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki AUS 0’41.016
15 Lorenzo Lanzi BMW ITA 0’43.514
race II
1 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 22’44.117
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’01.484
3 Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’07.772
4 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’07.865
5 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’09.714
6 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’10.777
7 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’10.875
8 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’13.483
9 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’13.576
10 Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki AUS 0’17.962
11 Lorenzo Lanzi BMW ITA 0’22.768
12 Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki ITA 0’24.535
13 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’51.895
14 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 1’04.134

Best Lap

Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 1’36.520

World Superbike World Standing

Rider Standings After Race 6 of 13

1. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 245
2. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 173
3. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 150
4. Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 123
5. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 106
6. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 101
7. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 95
8. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 94
9. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 83
10. Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 72
11. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 72
12. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 70
13. Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 65
14. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 53
15. Troy Corser BMW AUS 49
16. Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 44

Circuit Length:
4226

Temp:
25

Crowd:
61.000

Weather:
Sunny

Lap Record:
1’36.344
(Max Biaggi, 1/1/2011)

Fastest Lap Ever:
1’35.001
(Troy Corser, 6/27/2010)

Last Years Winner:
Max Biaggi

Manufacturer Standings

12/06/2011

1 Ducati 252
2 Aprilia 212
3 Yamaha 190
4 BMW 138
5 Honda 111
6 Suzuki 99
7 Kawasaki 89

Difficult Race for Davies in Misano

Yamaha ParkinGO Team encountered their first disappointing race day so far in the 2011 World Supersport Championship. With Luca Scassa, relegated to watching the race from the team garage, Davies was presented with a window to create a gap ahead of his team mate and take the sole lead in the championship. The glorious sunshine in Misano today promised ideal track conditions for the British rider to capitalize on this opportunity but he was prevented from doing so due to an issue causing vibration in his machine present from as early as the the pre-race warm up lap. Despite the difficult circumstances, Davies put his head down and got off to an ideal start off the grid, putting him immediately in the lead. Struggling to maintain stability and position, Davies fell back to third place by lap five from where he fought hard with Parkes and Dionisi in the lead. By mid race the Yamaha ParkinGO rider began to suffer from a lack of grip but despite this continued to put on a strong battle before crossing the line in sixth place.

Davies and team-mate Scassa will be back on their YZF-R6 next week in Aragon, a track they successfully tested only a month ago. Scassa is looking forward to getting back on his machine after over five weeks and make up for points lost in Misano due to his refused entry. Scassa is now in third place in the 2011 WSS standings while team-mate Davies is in second place with 80 points, just five points behind Parkes. Yamaha remain top of the Manufacturers Standings with a 22 point lead.

Chaz Davies

Yamaha ParkinGO Team – 6th

“As soon I entered the first tight corner on the warm up I could feel there was a problem, the bike was vibrating quite a lot. I rushed back to the grid, told the crew that there was something wrong but there was nothing I could do about it at that stage. It was difficult to ride and push to the front. I also seemed to lack grip on the rear. I had a similar grip problem this morning but I was convinced the higher track temperatures this afternoon would make the difference. I’m disappointed that we’ve lost valuable points but I’m looking forward to Aragon next week.”

2011 World Supersport San Marino

Misano, San Marino 12/06/2011 22 Laps

race I
1 Broc Parkes Kawasaki AUS 37’00.851
2 Fabien Foret Honda FRA 0’01.933
3 Sam Lowes Honda GBR 0’02.890
4 David Salom Kawasaki ESP 0’03.262
5 Ilario Dionisi Triumph ITA 0’04.976
6 Chaz Davies Yamaha GBR 0’07.024
7 James Ellison Honda GBR 0’07.344
8 Robbin Harms Honda DNK 0’16.093
9 Roberto Tamburini Yamaha ITA 0’16.353
10 Gino Rea Honda GBR 0’16.427
11 Florian Marino Honda FRA 0’29.225
12 Miguel Praia Honda POR 0’35.517
13 Alessio Velini Yamaha ITA 0’36.188
14 Roman Stamm Honda CHE 0’36.368
15 Alexander Lundh Honda SWE 0’41.190
22 Iuri Vigilucci Yamaha ITA 1’29.418
23 Oleg Pozdneev Yamaha RUS 1’40.000

Best Lap

Fabien Foret Honda FRA 1’40.054

World Supersport World Standing

Rider Standings After Race 5 of 12

1. Broc Parkes Kawasaki AUS 85
2. Chaz Davies Yamaha GBR 80
3. Luca Scassa Yamaha ITA 70
4. Fabien Foret Honda FRA 56
5. David Salom Kawasaki ESP 55
6. Robbin Harms Honda DNK 51
7. Sam Lowes Honda GBR 43
8. Florian Marino Honda FRA 31
9. James Ellison Honda GBR 28
10. Massimo Roccoli Kawasaki ITA 26
11. Gino Rea Honda GBR 22
12. Roberto Tamburini Yamaha ITA 21
13. Miguel Praia Honda POR 17
14. Vittorio Iannuzzo Kawasaki ITA 15
15. Alexander Lundh Honda SWE 14
16. Danilo Dell’omo Triumph ITA 13
27. Alessio Velini Yamaha ITA 3
30. Luca Marconi Yamaha ITA 1

Circuit Length:
4226

Temp:
25

Crowd:
61.000

Weather:
Sunny

Lap Record:
1’38.868
(Cal Crutchlow, 1/1/2009)

Fastest Lap Ever:
1’38.444
(Michele Pirro, 1/1/2010)

Manufacturer Standings

12/06/2011

1 Yamaha 110
2 Honda 88
3 Kawasaki 85
4 Triumph 25