World Supersport title contender Eugene Laverty has revealed that he would consider switch back to the MotoGP paddock to race in GP2 if the right ride is available.
Laverty spent two years riding uncompetitive machinery in 250GP’s and switched to World Supersport in 2009 where he has been a revelation. The 23 year old Irishman currently sits 17 points behind factory Yamaha man Cal Crutchlow having already taken three wins this season.
Speaking about his future plans, Laverty said: “My original intention was to sidestep to the World Supersport Championship and show that I was capable of winning races then return to GPs on a winning package. So far half the job is done, now all I need is the latter to fall into place. It could be 2010, but I’m prepared to wait until 2011 if that’s what it takes. All any man wants from life is to be shown the respect he deserves, that’s why I need to go back, but I’m not just going to jump at the first opportunity to return to that paddock.” read more
Cal Crutchlow is confident he will be riding for a factory-backed World Superbike Championship team in 2010, but admits he is not ruling out the possibility of defecting to the newly formed Moto2 series.
The Yamaha rider has taken the World Supersport Championship by storm this season and is now just four races away from becoming the first non-Ten Kate Honda rider to win the title since 2001.
Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Ben Spies (Yamaha) scored a win apiece in round 10 of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship at Brno in front of a record 75,000 crowd. In race 1 the 25 points went to Biaggi after Spies had been wiped out by Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), giving Aprilia its first win in its return season to WSB. The second race saw Spies take a deserved victory, after the American managed to hold off Biaggi in the final stages. Fabrizio finished third, while points leader Noriyuki Haga, still not in the best of physical condition, limited the damage and managed to hold on to his championship lead by seven points. read more
Biaggi scored his first win of the season and his first win since Vallelunga 2007 in the opening race at Brno in the Czech Republic. It was also Aprilia’s first win in the category since Régis Laconi’s victory at Imola in 2001. Second and third went to the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda duo of Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea. Biaggi actually had a lonely run to the chequered flag after the other two favourites Spies and Fabrizio were eliminated when the Italian crashed in a fast left-hander, taking down his American rival with him. It was a great day also for the other new manufacturer to the series, BMW, who had the satisfaction of seeing Troy Corser lead the opening two laps, the Australian eventually finishing fifth to score the team’s best result this season. Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) got another good result for the Italian team in sixth. It wasn’t all good news for BMW however as Ruben Xaus crashed out on the opening lap, fracturing the femur bone in his right leg in the process. Sixth place went to Czech rider Jakub Smrz (Guandakini Ducati), who recovered well to score a good result in front of his home crowd. Seventh was Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda) and eighth Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), who ran a defensive race to try and score as many points as possible. Makoto Tamada took home a good result for Kawasaki, the Japanese rider finishing in tenth place.
Max Biaggi: “It’s great! What can I say! When I crossed the start-finish I was so happy to be winning this race and I had so many flashbacks of Brno, I can feel that it is one of my favourite circuits. Of course I don’t want to take anything away from Spies and Fabrizio, they were both very fast, but I remember Barry Sheene used to say ‘To finish first, first you have to finish’ and this is a part of the deal. I put my head down and did not make any mistake, so a big thanks to all my crew, Aprilia and in particular Gigi Dall’Igna, the ‘papa’ of our bike!.”
Carlos Checa: “It’s a good result for the team to get two riders on the podium and I think we did a very good job. At a certain point I thought maybe I could catch Max, but in the end I had to preserve my tyres as the right side in particular was not so good, and I could see there was no way. I settled for second as I could see that Johnny was 4 seconds behind.”
Jonathan Rea: “Well, in Superpole we had to ride through the problems and get a good result and we did the same here in the race, so I feel quite fortunate to get a podium. We didn’t quite have the pace of Max , but my team have done a really good job. I really love this place, but I can’t understand why I had a slow start to the weekend.”
Results 1. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 40’18.306 (160,863 kph); 2. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 3.631; 3. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 9.948; 4. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 12.952; 5. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 14.599; 6. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 19.359; 7. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 19.680;8. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 20.731; 9. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 21.923; 10. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.807; 11. Nieto F. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 35.263; 12. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.535; 13. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 38.586; 14. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 40.061; 15. Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 40.280; 16. Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 40.641
Spies powered into the lead shortly after the start to head towards his eleventh win of the season. It wasn’t easy however as the Texan had to keep Biaggi at bay, and the Italian took second at the end. Third went to Fabrizio, who lost contact with the leading pair in the last few laps. Despite his win, Spies was unable to overtake Haga at the top of the table. The Japanese rider ran a heroic second race to finish in sixth place, holding off a trio of Tom Sykes (Yamaha), Byrne and Smrz in the final stages. Just off the podium were the Ten Kate pairing of Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa, their positions inverted from race 1. Once again Corser was up at the front in the early stages, but this time the Australian finished in tenth.
Ben Spies: “It was a tough race, Fabrizio was there and I had to push and make good lap times. When I saw Max was there, he arrived quite quick and I had to start braking very late and stopping almost in the middle of the corner to get good drive so he couldn’t come by me. The first race obviously wasn’t so good but we rallied together for the second race. That pass attempt was not the best move in the world, but that’s how racing goes sometimes. A big thanks also to the Clinica Mobile guys because I wasn’t feeling so good this weekend.”
Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) added another Superpole scalp to his crown as he took his ninth trophy of the year, one away from Doug Polen’s 1991 record for Ducati, at the difficult Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. The Texan’s time of 1 minute 58. 868 seconds was the quickest seen all weekend so far but was still half a second away from the circuit best lap held by Troy Bayliss. The Yamaha rider didn’t have it all his own way however as he was pushed hard by Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing). The two Italians, both from Rome, will start tomorrow’s two 20-lap races from second and third on the grid and look to be Spies’ most serious challengers for the wins. The front row was completed by Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who hauled himself up to fourth slot after a struggle to get to the front over the first two days. read more
Ben Spies: “So far we’ve been good with the race set-up, and we found something in the second session this afternoon that made a big improvement on the race tyres. That Superpole was good as well, I had a small problem in the last session, but my time was good enough to get the job done today. I’m in a strong position and the bike is good on the tyres after a few laps, but I think it’s going to be tough against Michel and Max tomorrow.”
Michel Fabrizio: “Let’s hope well for tomorrow, both Ben and I are the guys who are doing well at the moment and we are both up at the front for the races. It’s a pity that Nori is not up with us at the front because he’s still got a few problems with his shoulder, but we’ve been making really good progress all weekend and I am looking forward to the races tomorrow.”
Max Biaggi: “We are very pleased with this result, all weekend we have been fighting in the top 3. We’ve been testing here like a month or so ago, and we did a lot of work on the gearbox and the set-up and you can see the result. I’m not exactly where I want to be but I can override in some parts, but I’m pleased with the result, so a big thanks to all my crew.”
Jonathan Rea: “We’ve been struggling really all weekend. I put a soft qualifier on in the first session and in the second, and the bike wasn’t quite right, then I used a race tyre in the third and was confident because I knew I could do the time on that one. It’s going to be a hard race for me as well, because I’ve only done one fast lap on the race tyre and not too many consistent ones. The bike’s coming on in leaps and bounds since the start of the year, it’s a good period for me in racing and I’m enjoying life a lot!”
Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) had a good run to fifth place, ahead of the star performers of the day, Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus of the BMW Motorrad squad, who placed their S1000 RR machines in sixth and seventh positions, the German manufacturer’s best qualifying performance of the year. Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike) was in eighth place ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi (DFX Ducati), while Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who had looked incisive earlier on, was unable to keep up the momentum in Superpole and finished in tenth place, while Makoto Tamada was the first Kawasaki runner in eleventh.
It was a day of suffering for points leader Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), who got no higher than 14th due to his shoulder injury, and he lines up behind the only Suzuki on the grid, the Alstare BRUX machine of Yukio Kagayama. There was disappointment as well for home rider Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Ducati), who crashed out in the second knock-out phase and will have to start from the third row.
Times: 1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’58.868; 2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’58.950; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’59.055; 4. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.740; 5. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’59.787; 6. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 2’00.046; 7. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 2’00.096; 8. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 2’00.240; 9. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’59.730; 10. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.748; 11. Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’59.873; 12. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 2’00.159; 13. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2’00.223; 14. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 2’00.235; 15. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’00.262; 16. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 2’00.498
Supersport qualifying turned into a one-man show as Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) powered to his seventh pole of the season. The British rider stopped the clocks at an incredible time of 2 minutes 02.060 seconds, the height of his weekend domination so far. The only man able to get close to Crutchlow, but nine-tenths of a second behind, was Ireland’s Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda), his chief rival in the title battle. The front row is completed by the increasingly competitive Kawasaki Motocard.com pairing of Joan Lascorz and Katsuaki Fujiwara in third and fourth. The third and final championship contender Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was unable to go any higher than 14th and a fourth row grid start will leave the Turk with it all to do tomorrow. Team-mate Andrew Pitt was also in difficulty, the Australian still sore after his crash yesterday and he ended up in 23rd. The two ParkinGo Triumph rider Gianluca Nannelli and Garry McCoy were in terrific form, qualifying fifth and sixth respectively and just a whisker away from the front row, while Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport) and Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini) were the other row 2 qualifiers.
Times: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 2’02.060; 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 2’02.908; 3. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2’03.217; 4. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 2’03.220; 5. Nannelli G. (ITA) Triumph Daytona 675 2’03.428; 6. McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 2’03.662; 7. Foret F. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 2’03.825; 8. Pirro M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 2’04.042
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Not even two crashes and a bone fracture in his left ankle following Friday practice could stop Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) from notching up his sixth pole position of the year in nine races. The points leader did not get off to the best start in this afternoon’s qualifying, crashing out for the second time this weekend, but he returned to the pits and a few minutes later was out on the track again to make his decisive move. The result was a new Donington Supersport circuit record in 1 minute 31.701 seconds. Such was Crutchlow’s domination that his nearest rival for the title, Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda), was half a second behind, with an excellent Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Provec) seven-tenths off the pace and the final front row man Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) over one second behind. Mark Aitchison (Honda Althea) was well up the grid in fifth place, ahead of Garry McCoy with the first of the Triumphs and Massimo Roccoli (Honda) once again up at the front on the Intermoto Czech Honda. Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport) could only manage the third row, while 2007 champion Andrew Pitt’s below-par weekend continued as the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda man starts from row 4.
Times: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 1’31.701; 2. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.222; 3. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’32.481; 4. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.818; 5. Aitchison M. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 1’32.846; 6. McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 1’32.879; 7. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1’33.062; 8. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’33.120
The changeable weather conditions turned the Superstock 1000 qualifying session into an exciting affair. A rapidly drying track caught out several teams and riders and there were a number of illustrious victims, including two of the title favourites Claudio Corti (Alstare Suzuki) and Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Honda), who failed to come into the pits to change from wets to slicks. The Italian and the Frenchman will line up side-by-side on row 6 of the grid for a race that promises to be an uphill struggle. Xavier Simeon (Ducati Xerox) did make an early tyre change and was rewarded with pole position, his third in a row. The Belgian is favourite for the win tomorrow and has a chance to pull ahead in the title battle. Alongside Simeon can be found Frenchman Loris Baz (MRS Yamaha), Sylvain Barrier (Garnier Yamaha) and Javi Fores (Kawasaki Pedercini), while Italian Davide Giugliano was sixth quickest on the MV Agusta.
Times: 1. Simeon X. (BEL) Ducati 1098R 1’38.120; 2. Baz L. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’39.723; 3. Barrier S. (FRA)Yamaha YZF R1 1’39.860; 4. Fores J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’40.690; 5. Lussiana M. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’41.248; 6. Giugliano D. (ITA) MV Agusta F4 312 R 1’41.280; 7. Schouten R. (NED) Yamaha YZF R1 1’41.664; 8. Black G. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’41.766
Danilo Petrucci (Yamaha Trasimeno) powered to his third pole position in five races with a time of 1 minute 35.997 seconds at Donington. The points leader, the only rider to get under the 1’36″ mark, held off an attack from Britain’s Gino Rea (Ten Kate Honda), his closest rival in the championship. The remaining places on the front row went to Belgian Vincent Lonbois (MTM Yamaha) and Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Trasimeno), who edged out Eddi La Marra (Honda Lorini) by a whisker.
Times: 1. Petrucci D. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1’35.997; 2. Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 1’36.262; 3. Lonbois V. (BEL) Yamaha YZF R6 1’36.540; 4. Bussolotti M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R6 1’36.568; 5. La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 1’36.571; 6. Guarnoni J. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 1’36.575; 7. Guittet B. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 1’36.951; 8. Hamilton J. (IRL) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’37.028