Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rea & Haslam Score Double Top-10's for Pata Honda at Motorland Aragon eni Superbike World Championship Round 2

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Motorland Aragon - Spain    13.04.2014
Rea climbs to Aragon podium
Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea visited the Motorland Aragon podium for the first time after finishing third in today’s opening second-round race of the 2014 World Superbike championship in Spain.

It was the 34th World Superbike podium of the 27-year-old British rider’s career after he battled throughout the 17-lap opener to finish behind the Kawasaki machines of Tom Sykes and Loris Baz.

Rea was unable to repeat his podium performance in race two, crossing the line in fifth place after a softer front tyre option left him with a loss of feeling from the front end of his Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

His compatriot and team-mate, Leon Haslam, took two top ten placings today, finishing race one in ninth place and coming home eighth in the second 17-lapper, which was also won by Tom Sykes.

Both Pata Honda riders have moved up in the points standings ahead of the team’s home race at Assen in two weeks’ time. Rea holds fifth position with Haslam moving into the top ten in ninth.

Honda's CBR1000RR Fireblade SP enjoyed a double podium celebration at Aragon today when Agro-On WIL Racedays Honda rider Kyle Smith finished third in the opening round of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup championship.
Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea - 3rd    5th
It’s been a really positive weekend for us to go back on the podium this early in the season. It hasn’t really been a trend for us recently so it’s given everyone a bit of a boost. We just really need to build on this. I really enjoy riding the bike at this circuit and we’ve made a lot of improvements since Phillip Island. In race one I ran into some rear tyre problems in the latter stages of the race, but in race two we went with the softer option, which most of the grid changed to. It was working OK but unfortunately we also used the softer front for the higher temperature. I had a few engine brake problems which pushed me into the slower corners and, with the lack of feeling from the front, I felt a bit like a passenger. I had a warning or two around mid-race, so I was kind of nursing it a bit. But we deserved two solid top fives today and I feel we can now take some momentum to Assen where we know the bike is good and build on this at a circuit I really enjoy.
Leon Haslam
Leon Haslam - 9th    8th
We definitely started here on the back foot and lost a lot of the first session on Friday. From that point we worked really well and I was feeling confident. Just before Superpole yesterday I posted the fourth fastest time and knocked time off in every session, but then I had the crash in Superpole, which wasn’t so good. I struggle in both races though – battling with throttle opening and engine braking. We had a couple of good top ten finishes but, in FP4 yesterday, I really felt I could be challenging for top five today. I’m glad this one is out of the way and we can start to focus on Assen. We’ve made big leaps with the bike in recent testing and, in my opinion, the results don’t show that and we struggled. But Jonathan had a fantastic first race and he was up there in race two. We’re coming across a few more problems at the moment but we know we’ll get on top of it. 
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
It was a great result for Jonathan in race one, overtaking Giugliano on the last lap to get on the podium. That’s what we’ve been working for all winter so well done to him and the team for that. The track conditions changed for race two and we had some front tyre and other issues, which meant him dropping back to fifth. But overall, it’s been a good weekend for him and we look forward to taking this on to Assen. Leon had a mixed weekend, starting off with some problems but looking good yesterday before his crash. Warm-up didn’t go smoothly for him either. We’re not completely satisfied with ninth and eighth and we still have some things to sort out to get a setting that will get him nearer the front, which we know is where he can be.
  Race 1 Results
1  Tom Sykes33m38.583sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Loris Baz+4.275FRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
3  Jonathan Rea+8.418GBRHONDAPata Honda
4  Chaz Davies15.715GBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
5  Eugene Laverty19.305IRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
6  Sylvain Guintoli21.998FRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
7  Toni Elias24.018ESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
8  Davide Guigliano27.894ITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
9  Leon Haslam29.077GBRHONDAPata Honda
10  Alex Lowes29.863GBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
11  Marco Melandri34.820ITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
12  Leon Camier35.255GBRBMWBMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team
13  David Salom43.975ESPKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
14  Jeremy Guarnoni46.721FRAKAWASAKIMRS Kawasaki
15  Sheridan Morais56.619RSAKAWASAKIIRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
  Race 2 Results
1  Tom Sykes33m37.223sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Loris Baz+0.338FRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
3  Marco Melandri+0.470ITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
4  Sylvain Guintoli+5.429FRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
5  Jonathan Rea+8.861GBRHONDAPata Honda
6  Eugene Laverty+15.986IRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
7  Davide Guigliano+18.206ITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
8  Leon Haslam+25.513GBRHONDAPata Honda
9  Toni Elias+25.823ESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
10  David Salom+38.949ESPKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
11  Niccolo Canepa+39.413ITADUCATIAlthea Racing
12  Leon Camier+41.486GBRBMWBMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team
13  Sheridan Morais+1m02.587RSAKAWASAKIIRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK Team
14  Luca Scassa+1m09.720ITAKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
15  Fabien Foret+1m14.233FRAKAWASAKIMAHI Racing Team India
  Championship Standings - Round 2
1  Tom Sykes75 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Loris Baz71 ptsFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Marco Melandri49 ptsITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
5  Jonathan Rea48 ptsGBRHONDAPata Honda
6  Eugene Laverty46 ptsIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
7  Davide Guigliano43 ptsITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
8  Chaz Davies30 ptsGBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
9  Leon Haslam25 ptsGBRHONDAPata Honda
10  Toni Elias23 ptsESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
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