Sunday, April 12, 2015

Team Pata Honda Suffers 2 Top-10s and 2 DNFs at Motorland Aragon World Superbike Round

Tough day in the office for Pata Honda duo
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Motorland Aragon - Spain    12.04.2015
Tough day in the office for Pata Honda duo
The third-round of the World Superbike championship this weekend has been a challenging outing for Michael van der Mark and Sylvain Guintoli at Aragon, Spain.
Over the weekend the team strived to improve and find the optimum setting for the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP around the 5.077km circuit.
In the first of two 18-lap races, van der Mark was forced to retire due to a small technical problem on the tenth lap. The second race saw the SBK rookie make a gallant attack moving up from his starting grid position in 11th to sixth place, but on the last lap had to settle with eighth.
Meanwhile van der Mark’s teammate Sylvain Guintoli finished race one within the top-ten taking ninth place after making his way forward from his qualifying position in 14th. During the second installment he had made his way up to tenth but crashed out of the running on the sixth lap after loosing the front.
The team will now take and analyse all the data collected from each session this weekend in preparation for its home race at Assen, the Netherlands next weekend 17-19 April. 
Michael van der Mark
Michael van der Mark - DNF    8th
I felt quite confident going into race one today, but I knew I had some work to do starting from 11th. My lap times were getting better and better and I was improving on each lap, but unfortunately we had a small technical problem, which meant I had to finish the race early. Race two was better, I managed to get up to speed quickly and move further forward towards the front. I’m happy to leave here with some points and we now have some work to do before Assen next weekend, where I hope we have some better results. 
Sylvain Guintoli
Sylvain Guintoli - 9th    DNF
This weekend we have been working hard to find the right settings for the Fireblade around this circuit, which hasn’t been easy. I think in race two I could have challenged for sixth position but I got a little hungry and lost the front, which resulted in me crashing out unfortunately. It’s not normally something that happens to me, but sometimes it does and you have to learn from it. The guys have collected a lot of data from this round and will be working towards finding solutions for Michael and myself to get the results we all want. 
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels
Aragon has been a bit of a challenge for us as we have tried to find the optimum setting for the CBR1000RR and we knew that both races would be difficult. In race one Sylvain got off to a good start immediately going into the top-ten and finished the race ninth. Michael recovered his start well and was building good momentum and producing lap times that could match the guys in front of him. Unfortunately after ten-laps he had a small technical issue with the bike, which forced him out of the race. In race two Sylvain had a crash after loosing the front, which ended his weekend. For Michael it was a lot better, he fought all throughout the race to get into sixth position but on the very last lap had to settle for eighth. Both riders rode well all weekend but there is a gap at the front, which we now have to go back and an alyse and think how we can close this, and get closer to the action. 
Sunny Intervals
  Race 1 Results
1  Jonathan Rea33m.36.937sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Chaz Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3  Tom Sykes+4.977sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Leon Haslam+15.088sGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
5  Jordi Torres+15.290sESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
6  Xavi Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
7  Nicolas Terol+17.365sESPDUCATIAlthea Racing
8  Leandro Mercado+25.527sARGDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
9  Sylvain Guintoli+31.464sFRAHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
10  Leon Camier+43.013sGBRMVMV Agusta Reparto Corse
  Race 2 Results
1  Chaz Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
2  Jonathan Rea+3.190sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
3  Leon Haslam+3.712sGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
4  Jordi Torres+14.216sESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
5  Xavi Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
6  David Salom+25.878sESPKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
7  Leandro Mercado+25.939sARGDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
8  Michael van der Mark+26.075sNEDHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
9  Ayrton Badovini+27.253sITABMWJR Racing Team
10  Nicolas Terol+28.666sESPDUCATIAlthea Racing
  Championship Standings
1  Jonathan Rea140 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Leon Haslam114 ptsGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
3  Chaz Davies83 Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
4  Tom Sykes66 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
5  Jordi Torres63 ptsESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
6  Sylvain Guintoli48 ptsFRAHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
7  Nicolas Terol41 ptsESPDUCATIAlthea Racing
8  Matteo Baiocco39 ptsITADUCATIAlthea Racing
9  Leandro Mercado38 ptsARGDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
10  Alex Lowes34 ptsGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
11  Michael van der Mark28 ptsNEDHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
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