Monday, July 14, 2014

Team Pata Honda's Rea 6th/3rd, Haslam Scores Pair of 7th-Place Finishes in eni Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca


Rea third in standings after Laguna podium
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Laguna Seca - United States    13.07.2014
Rea third in standings after Laguna podium
Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea took his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to third place in a truncated race two at round nine of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca in the USA this afternoon. The two races were won by Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes with Rea’s Pata Honda team-mate Leon Haslam scoring two seventh place finishes.

Starting from tenth place on the grid after his Superpole crash yesterday, Rea got a good start to the first 25-lap race around the 3.610km Californian circuit. However, while running in fifth place, the 27-year-old ran wide at turn three and dropped to tenth before fighting his way back to sixth place at the flag.
Race two was red-flagged after nine laps with Rea holding seventh place but a second red flag was shown immediately after the restart. Lining up seventh on the re-formed grid for a seven-lap sprint, he got another good start and a bold move past Toni Elias in turn 10 secured his 40th World Superbike podium.
Haslam had matched his team-mate’s pace for most of the Laguna Seca weekend but front grip issues restricted progress for the 31-year-old in the first race, in which he finished three seconds behind Rea. The grip issue transferred to the rear of Haslam’s bike in race two and he was forced to settle for another seventh place finish.
Next week, both Pata Honda riders will fly to Japan to join other Honda CBR1000RR-powered teams in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours race on 27 July before an extended summer break, with the World Superbike Championship re-grouping for round ten at Jerez in Spain on 5-7 September.
Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea - 6th and 3rd
I feel we should have been stronger in race one today, but that was a knock-on effect of my mistake yesterday in Superpole. But the red flags definitely helped me in race two by improving my grid position but they gave me a bike today that was pretty good. In the second part of the race, I felt like I had a bike that could compete right at the front had I been there from the first lap. Unfortunately, Laguna is really hard to pass at so I had to make some bold manoeuvres but I enjoyed it! It’s how I like to ride and I’m excited to leave here with a podium, which almost feels better than my race win last week in Portugal. I’m excited to go into the summer break and come back strong for the last part of the year. 
Leon Haslam
Leon Haslam - 7th and 7th
In race one I felt pretty good – I got a good start but really struggled with front grip from lap one. I was hanging in there for a top five finish but in the last six or seven laps my pace dropped off quite a lot as I was really struggling with the front grip. In race two we didn’t change anything but the front grip came back and it was really good, but we struggled more with rear grip. On the three starts in race two the grip got worse and worse and I was over a second slower than I had been on a 20-lap tyre yesterday. We need to analyse why because the bike was the same and the boys have worked really well this weekend and we’ve been making good progress, especially on old tyres. To be that slow on new tyres in those re-starts was not what we wanted.
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Leon had a good start in race one and was doing OK but the front grip went and he couldn’t do the lap times any more. Race two was a bit hectic but he had no rear grip and was a long way off his lap times from the weekend. We’re just investigating whether it was something with the tyre because all weekend he was matching Jonathan’s times, which was encouraging. Jonathan also had a good start to race one but in his eagerness to catch the front runners he ran off the track at turn three and rejoined back in tenth place. He got back to sixth but was very close to the guys in fourth and fifth. The red flags in race two led to a seven-lap sprint but he got another really good start and then passed Elias with a nice move for third. We’re really happy with that and we’re third in the championship a nd still in touch with second. That’s a good way to go into the summer break.
  Race 1 Results
1  Marco Melandri35m07.782sITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
2  Sylvain Guintoli+0.905sFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
3  Tom Sykes+6.627sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Davide Guigliano+13.574sITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
5  Toni Elias+13.855sESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
6  Jonathan Rea+15.575sGBRHONDAPata Honda
7  Leon Haslam+18.820sGBRHONDAPata Honda
8  Alex Lowes+20.184sGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
9  Loris Baz+34.479sFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
10  David Salom+37.463sESPKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
  Race 2 Results
1  Tom Sykes9m51.346sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Sylvain Guintoli+1.014sFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
3  Jonathan Rea+2.793sGBRHONDAPata Honda
4  Eugene Laverty+3.681sIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
5  Toni Elias+4.165sESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
6  Loris Baz+7.160sFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
7  Leon Haslam+7.331sGBRHONDAPata Honda
8  David Salom+15.061sESPKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
9  Alessandro Andreozzi+15.764sITAKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
10  Leon Camier+17.015sGBRMVMV Agusta RC
  Championship Standings
1  Tom Sykes325 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Sylvain Guintoli281 ptsFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
3  Jonathan Rea261 ptsGBRHONDAPata Honda
4  Loris Baz253 ptsFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
5  Marco Melandri217 ptsITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
6  Chaz Davies159 ptsGBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
7  Davide Guigliano153 ptsITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
8  Toni Elias137 ptsESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
9  Eugene Laverty134 ptsIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
10  Leon Haslam133 ptsGBRHONDAPata Honda
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