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WSS: Eugene Laverty Runs Clear from the Field at Phillip Island

Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) won the opening race of the year by 4.359 seconds with a masterful display of front running, heading up the official Kawasaki of pole man Joan Lascorz and the Honda of Kenan Sofuoglu.

Laverty also set the race fastest lap, 1’35.204, on lap six.

The first attempt at the race was first stopped and finally abandoned due to oil being dropped on the track, and a complete-restart was called.

The subsequent 21-lap race saw Laverty lead from the early stages again. Behind Laverty, Lascorz and Sofuoglu, Triumph rider David Salom was fourth, and the privateer Kawasaki of Fabien Foret made it onto the top five also.

2010 World Supersport Race Phillip Island

1  50 Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 33’37.836 (166,536 kph)
2  26 Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.359
3  54 Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 4.500
4  25 Salom D. (ESP) Triumph Daytona 675 11.779
5  99 Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 17.266
6  55 Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 25.034
7 127 Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 27.834
8  40 DiSalvo J. (USA) Triumph Daytona 675 30.102
9 117 Praia M. (POR) Honda CBR600RR 31.931
10   4 Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 31.991
11  37 Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 40.552
12   7 Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 40.556
13  16 Charpentier S. (FRA) Triumph Daytona 675 1’28.553
14  33 Cazzola P. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR
15   9 Dell’Omo D. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR
RET  51 Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR
RET   5 Lundh A. (SWE) Honda CBR600RR

SBK: Michel Fabrizio Posts Fastest Test Time Before Phillip Island Race

After four tests sessions over two days, Michel Fabrizio posted the quickest time of all at the official pre-season tests at Phillip Island, a 1’31.650, set on the final morning on his Ducati Xerox machine.

Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) was second quickest, on a 1’31.662, while Jakub Smrz (Pata B&G Ducati) was one of the riders to improve in the final session, taking his Ducati to third best time, only 0.030 seconds from Fabrizio.

Fastest rider on day one, Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was fourth overall, while the first of the four-cylinder riders, Jonathan Rea, was fifth in the combined rankings, having set his personal best time this afternoon on his Hannspree Ten Kate Honda.

The top ten on combined times was rounded out by Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing), Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing) and Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda).

Ruben Xaus was top BMW rider, 11th, and the fastest Yamaha man was James Toseland, 12th.

Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) proved quickest of the local riders on show, one place ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi (DFX Corse Ducati) who set 14th best time.

Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) was 15th in a field of 24, and top Kawasaki rider was local man Chris Vermeulen, who took his machine to 16th place.

The top 20 riders were within just over two seconds of each other.

Michel Fabrizio
”I’m satisfied with the lap times because we were consistently fast. I found good race pace with one of the tyre compounds in particular and this bodes well for the weekend, but the result will very much depend on the weather. There are several fast guys here, so it will undoubtedly be a tough race weekend, as well as a hard-fought championship. It’s a difficult challenge but I’m ready to face it.”

Shane Byrne: “We had a bit of a problem in the afternoon session but it was good to make a fast time this morning. It was a little bit disappointing to get pipped this afternoon. But it is only a test so it is not the end of the world. It’s very positive for the team to have both riders high in the rankings going into next weekend. We can’t be too upset to finish second today by only a small margin.”
Times: 1. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’31.650; 2. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’31.662; 3. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’31.680; 4. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’31.959; 5. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.175; 6. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1’32.247; 7. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.279; 8. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 1’32.474; 9. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’32.621; 10. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.691; 11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.714; 12. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.781; 13. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.819; 14. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’32.830; 15. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.869; 16. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’32.870
Lascorz tops Supersport times

Spanish rider Joan Lascorz (Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki) headed the field in the middleweight division at Phillip Island, securing the fastest lap of the tests in this morning’s session, with a 1’34.374.

Only one rider improved his best time in the afternoon sector, as track conditions deteriorated due to high winds and a drop in temperature right at the end of the day.

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was second in the rankings, 2009 Championship runner-up Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) was third and Sofuoglu’s team-mate Michele Pirro fourth.

Sebastien Charpentier (Triumph BE-1) proved to be in fine form in his championship return, going eighth from 17 riders after two days of testing. He was the fastest Triumph rider at the tests.

Times: 1. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’34.374; 2. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 1’34.691; 3. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1’34.753; 4. Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1’34.793; 5. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’34.994; 6. Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’35.060; 7. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1’35.379; 8. Charpentier S. (FRA) Triumph Daytona 675 1’35.735

WSS: Gary McCoy Looking to Moto2 After Triumph Saga

Following the revelation that he has been dropped from the Triumph BE1 World Supersport squad, Garry McCoy has revealed that his best option of securing a ride could lie in the new Moto2 class in 2010.

With just six weeks until the start of the WSS championship at Phillip Island, McCoy is realistic about his chances of securing a ride with top team anywhere in the WSB paddock.

Speaking to MCN he said: “There’s not much around and to be honest I think it’s too late.

“I may well go to Phillip Island for the first race to speak to a few people, but I know I’ll find it really hard to spend three days there when I’m not going to be racing.”

While his options are limited in the WSB paddock, McCoy has revealed that there are possibilities already developing in the new Moto2 class.

“I wouldn’t mind racing in Moto2 but it depends who with. I’ve been speaking to Eskil Suter (Moto2 chassis builder) and he’s pretty interested in getting me out for a test on one of his bikes.

“So in a couple of month I could be doing some testing, which I’m more than happy to do, but  I’m not going to race unless its for the right team.”

Outside of Moto2 there are virtually no options available. In WSB and WSS all the top rides have been taken and it’s the same in domestic championships such as British Superbikes.

McCoy will be returning to Australia next week where he will be evaluating his options.

Source | MCN

MotoGP: Wilco Zeelenberg Moves to Fiat Yamaha as Lorenzo’s Team Manager

Yamaha Motor Racing Srl is pleased to announce the appointment of Wilco Zeelenberg as Team Manager for Jorge Lorenzo in the Fiat Yamaha Team.

Dutchman Zeelenberg joins the team from Yamaha’s World Supersport Team, where he won the World Championship in 2009 with Cal Crutchlow.

Zeelenberg previously had a successful career as a rider, contesting 100 Grands Prix from 1986 to 1995, racing with three different manufacturers including Yamaha. From 1995 to 2000 he then raced in the World Super Sport championship.

On retirement from racing he joined Yamaha Motor Europe as Technical Coordinator and Test Rider until 2008, when he took over the role of Team Manager for the Yamaha World Super Sport Team.

Zeelenberg lives in Holland and is married with two children.

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director for Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, added, “I would like to congratulate Wilco on his appointment and wish him every success in his new challenge. I am confident that the Team and Jorge will benefit from Wilco’s long experience as a rider, a Yamaha racing technician and more recently as a successful Team Manager. We look forward to integrating him into the Fiat Yamaha Team working alongside Davide Brivio, both Team Managers being under the supervision of Team Director Masahiko Nakajima.”

“After nine years working for Yamaha I am very proud to be joining the official Yamaha MotoGP team,” said Zeelenberg. “It’s a big reward and I am very excited about this new challenge. Jorge is a fantastic rider and I cannot wait to start working with him and the crew. The team is already a well-oiled machine and I am thrilled to be fitting into it. It’s clear that there are four main contenders for the title and Jorge is one of those four. I am a very competitive person, I will do everything I can in the team to create the right atmosphere and fight for the championship title.”

WSS: Davies and McCoy Team Up for Triumph’s Attack on the Supersport Championship

Garry McCoy

Triumph BE1 Racing will field two Daytona 675s in the Supersport World Championship as the Triumph factory team, with Australian legend Garry McCoy joined by rising British star Chaz Davies to create one of the strongest teams in the series. Having delivered several podium finishes in 2009, the squad is aiming to become championship contender in 2010. It will mark the third successive season former Grand Prix and world superbike race winner McCoy has campaigned the three-cylinder Triumph, while Davies continues with the team after impressing in the final three rounds of the 2009 championship.
Commenting on the 2010 race program, Paul Stroud, Triumph’s Director of Sales and Marketing, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Giuliano Rovelli and his BE1 Racing team and look forward to a successful 2010 campaign. In Chaz and Garry we arguably have the best two-rider line-up in the championship and with the experience gained by the team over the past two years I believe that the Daytona 675 will be a major force in the world championship.”