World Superbike: Race 1 Results From Monza

eugene_laverty_monzaIt was a good day for the Irishman at the Italian track. Eugene Laverty claimed his maiden World Superbike victory today, beating out Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam.

Laverty would be challenged by Biaggi at the beginning of the race, but the Yamaha rider would eventually pull away to take the win by more than two seconds.

Laverty got off to a good start, and battled with Biaggi throughout the first half of the race. Biaggi had the advantage heading down the long straights, but Laverty was able to reclaim some track during the turns.

The stare down between the two riders lasted until there were 7 laps remaining. Biaggi blinked and made a mistake, giving Laverty some much needed space up top. Biaggi would be able to recover to claim second place, but his chance for the race win was gone.

Behind the top two riders, Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri battled for third. But in the end it was the BMW that climbed up to the podium.

Season leader Carlos Checa was able to limit the damage done by Biaggi’s second place finish by claiming a top 10 finish of his own. Checa was able to claim 9th place today, an improvement from what he showed during qualifying.

World Superbike – Race Results – Monza

  1. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 31’09.584
  2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 31’11.159
  3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 31’12.662
  4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 31’12.839
  5. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) 31’21.396
  6. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) 31’21.955
  7. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 31’22.864
  8. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 31’27.003
  9. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 31’27.153
  10. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) 31’28.004

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Davies Takes Pole Position at Monza

chaz_davies_assenThe Yamaha ParkinGo team has taken every pole position so far this season. Luca Scassa took the pole position at the first three rounds of the World Supersport series, but today in Monza it was his teammate Chaz Davies who earned the first spot on the grid.

Davies set a 1’47.809 lap time around the Monza circuit to earn the pole position. Davies, who won his first race of 2011 at the previous World Supersport round in Assen, will start from the front row ahead of Sam Lowes, Broc Parkes, and Fabien Foret.

Scassa, who has won every pole position prior to today’s qualifying, earned a sixth place position behind Roberto Tamburini. Florian Marino and James Ellison will join the two Italians on the second row.

The Yamaha ParkinGo team has won every race of the 2011 World Supersport season so far. Scassa currently leads the series with 50 points. Scassa won the first two races, but a DNF in Assen allowed the rest of the World Supersport class to play catch up.

Broc Parkes is currently in second with 47 points, followed by Davies with 45.

World Supersport Qualifying Results – Monza

  1. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) 1’47.809
  2. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) 1’48.051
  3. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki 1’48.189
  4. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1’48.347
  5. Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T.) 1’48.368
  6. Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) 1’48.468
  7. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1’48.559
  8. James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) 1’49.080
  9. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) 1’49.153
  10. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni) 1’49.293

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Tech 3 Team Happy With Friday Performance

Tech_3_Racing_at_JerezColin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow made an impressively fast return to MotoGP action in Portugal today, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders lapping consistently inside the top ten during the opening day of practice at the Estoril track.

Edwards ended with the sixth fastest time, the experienced American taking full advantage of unexpectedly dry and warm conditions to set a best time of 1.38.203 that put him less than 0.5s away from the top three.

Forecasts had predicted rain for the opening day of the Portuguese Grand Prix but both sessions took place on a full dry track with temperatures this afternoon nudging close to 25 degrees.

Edwards, who was fourth until the final moments of the second 45-minute session, made big progress in improving side grip with his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine having made swingarm set-up changes after he was seventh fastest this morning.

Rookie Crutchlow produced another fantastic performance that not only showcased his ability learn and master new tracks quickly, but the British rider also demonstrated his determination to ride at 100 per cent despite facing a grueling physical test.

During the long break following the postponement of the Japanese Grand Prix, Crutchlow underwent surgery to solve a numbness issue in his right hand that occurred during the first two races in Qatar and Jerez. But Crutchlow was struck by a chronic arm pump issue again this morning and he needed a large build-up of fluid draining from his right arm in the Clinica Mobile ahead of the second session.

A modified handlebar position helped Crutchlow feel much more comfortable on his YZR-M1 machine this afternoon and he was unlucky not to finish inside the top seven after a brilliant performance.

He was as high as seventh in the final stages when he was unfortunate to be bumped down the order to 13th. He ended with a best time of 1.38.912 having knocked nearly 1.5s off from his best time from this morning and he was only 0.5s behind Edwards and marginally over a second away from the fastest pace set by Marco Simoncelli.

Colin Edwards 6th 1.38.203 – 42 laps

“That was a pretty good day and I’m really satisfied. We just rolled the bike off the truck and immediately I had a good feeling without having to make any changes. I’ve always gone well at this circuit and I’ve no idea why, but right out of the gate I felt comfortable on the bike and I was able to lap easily insi de the top six for most of both sessions.

“This afternoon I never used the soft tyre and I probably lost a bit of time that would have put my further up the timesheets, but that’s not a big issue on Friday. We played with the balance of the bike this afternoon a little bit and tried something different with the swingarm that gave me better side grip with the hard tyre. I wanted to be open the throttle smoothly and generate some speed and we found a good direction, so I’m happy.”

Cal Crutchlow 13th 1.38.760 – 38 laps

“I’m really happy because to be only a second off the pace on a track I’ve never seen before gives me a lot of confidence. I honestly feel I should have kept that seventh place because I made a late change to the bike and everybody went quicker. I could have gone quicker once I was back on track but I encountered a lot of traffic and it was like a 125 session! I got held up and that cost me at least a couple of tenths, which would have easily put me in the top ten. This track is much harder to learn than Jerez. It is quite bumpy and you have to be so precise with your lines that it has been quite difficult.  But I’m only 0.5s behind Colin and he has a good record at this track.

“After this morning I didn’t think I’d be so fast because I was really struggling with my arm. There was a massive build-up of fluid at the end of the session that I had to get drained and I’m not sure why it has happened. I rode a motocross bike last week without any drama, but the brake pressure on a MotoGP bike is incredible. We moved the handlebars out for this afternoon and it was definitely better and I felt more confident on the brakes, but at the end I’ve got another big fluid bump on my forearm.”

[Press Release Courtesy of the Tech 3 Racing]

Five Questions With Marco Melandri

Miller_Motorsports_ParkMiller Motorsports Park will again host the USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship on The BigM Weekend, May 28-30. Leading up to the round at Miller, we will visit with race winners and other notable riders participating in the championship after each race during the 2011 season and bring you a new chapter in the “Five Questions with” series.

Today’s subject is Italy’s Marco Melandri, who rides the No. 33 factory Yamaha YZF R1. Melandri is a newcomer to World Superbike, having spent the past seven seasons in MotoGP. Prior to moving up to MotoGP, he won the 250cc World Championship for Aprilia in 2002.

After taking his first World Superbike podium with a third-place finish in the second race of the season opener in Philip Island, Australia, Melandri won the first race of the second round at England’s Donington Park and backed it up with a second-place finish in the second race. He currently stands second in the championship standings with 72 points, 19 points behind current leader Carlos Checa.


1. You have spent more than a decade riding purpose-built race bikes and prototypes. How difficult has the transition to production-based bikes been, and how have you had to adapt your riding style to suit your new Yamaha?

Actually, Superbikes are getting more and more like MotoGP bikes. The biggest difference is the weight of the bike and the braking; I think everything else is relatively similar and I haven’t had any difficulty adjusting. The only big difference is having to adapt your riding style that is used to MotoGP tires to a style more suited to our Pirelli Superbike tires.

2. In the first two rounds, you often appear to be stronger than the others entering corners. Can you please explain your apparent strength going into corners on your Yamaha?

I think that’s just down to getting the right balance and having a good feeling with the bike. I feel my R1 is working perfect with my style of riding, so I feel very comfortable on it and am confident entering into the corners.

3. Has your background as a 250cc rider been an advantage or disadvantage in coming to grips with the production-based Yamaha?

I think it was an advantage. I believe riding a two-stroke bike is always the best way to learn how to use the throttle, and therefore my experience on a 250cc really helped me to master that.

4. Now that you have contested two rounds in the Superbike World Championship after spending seven years in MotoGP, please talk about the level of competition in the two series.

WSBK is more competitive. I think many different bikes, manufacturers and riders are in with a good chance of winning a race. And that makes it so much more exciting. In MotoGP, however, only two or three riders are really in with a chance of winning, so every race is always the same. You go there and you try your hardest, but at the end of the day you are just a number.

5. You have never raced at Miller Motorsports Park. What do you know about the track, what have others told you about it and how do you think your style will suit the track based on what you know about it?

On TV, I think the track looks great. From what I know about the track and what I’ve been told, I feel it is going to be a good track for my Yamaha R1 and my style of riding. It looks to be a smooth and fast, flowing track, and that should definitely suit me. I’m looking forward to going there and trying it out and I’m confident it will work well with my R1. We’ll soon see!

The third round of the 2011 FIA Superbike World Championship will take place over the weekend of April 16-17 at The Netherlands’ TT Circuit Assen. Jonathan Rea swept both races at Assen in 2010 riding for the Ten Kate Honda team. This year’s races will be broadcast on a same-day/tape-delay basis on SPEED Channel at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm (EDT) on April 17.

The May 28-30 BigM Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park will include the USA Round (Round 5) of the FIM Superbike World Championship, plus support races from AMA Pro Road Racing including the National Guard Superbike Championship, the Daytona SportBike Championship, the Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship and the Larry H. Miller AMA SuperSport Challenge. There will also be concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights, May 28-29, and a major tribute to our armed forces in recognition of Memorial Day.

To obtain tickets for or information about The BigM Weekend, visit the event-specific website at or call 435-277-RACE (7223). For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at

[Press Release Courtesy of Miller Motorsports Park]

AMA Announces Yamaha Super Ténéré Adventure Riding Series

AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding SeriesYamaha only recently announced that their new 1200cc multi-purpose, world-conquering Super Ténéré would be available in the U.S. (September 2010), but they have already started to market the machine heavily. In fact, the Ténéré will not even be widely available here in North America until May, which is when Yamaha will begin deliveries to people who placed a deposit through the Priority Delivery Program.

Their new plan for increasing sales of this not-yet-available machine, though, has already been confirmed. The 2011 racing season will see the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Yamaha work together in what is the premier racing series for those who love the big-bore adventure bikes, the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré Adventure Riding Series.

2011 Yamaha T1200Z Super Ténéré Yes, in previous years it was known by its earlier title sponsor, BMW, but the 2011 season will see Yamaha taking over the sponsorship duties once held by that European company. The series is geared towards demonstrating the capabilities of a manufacturer’s large-displacement adventure-touring machine, and it will feature 20 rounds in 2011.

Each event takes place in some of the more scenic areas of the United States, and involves everything from asphalt and gravel to two-track trails mapped out by local riders. Of course, included with the ride are the fun of being surrounded by riders who love the same terrain as you do, and the many other activities throughout the weekend such as campfire-cooked meals and sleeping under the stars.

The rise in popularity of these go-everywhere bikes has brought more interest into seeing them compete against one another, thus the Adventure Riding Series has seen its own attendance and participation increasing every season. Yamaha, as any business would, wants to take some advantage from that to help the company sell their Super Ténéré, and this is an excellent way to do just that. Of course, it certainly helps that the grand prize for the series is a 2012 model of their machine.

2011 Yamaha T1200Z Super Ténéré The 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré has a DOHC 1199cc ultracompact parallel-twin powerplant with a 270-degree crank pushing through a six-speed gearbox into a shaft final drive. It also has an all-new steel frame which uses the engine as a stressed member and is designed specifically to reduce rider fatigue on long-distance rides.

Electronics used on-board are extensive and include the ‘new standard’ list of traction control, ABS, EFI, YCC-T fly-by-wire throttle, Yamaha’s D-Mode drive mode selection system, and much more. This is Yamaha’s answer to the BMW GS series, the new Ducati Multistrada 1200, and the many other such adventurers currently on the market.

“The AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré Adventure Ride Series will expose the Super Ténéré to serious adventure-touring riders around the country,” according to David Docktor, Yamaha’s motorcycle marketing manager. “We plan to have a Super Ténéré on each ride, so participants can see first-hand how capable and fun to ride this new machine really is.”

And, Yamaha will provide prizes beyond the Super Ténéré in the form of products from the Yamaha Genuine Accessories and Apparel catalog via local dealers. Riders who participate in the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré Adventure Riding Series riding the Yamaha will be offered even more special promotions during the season.

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