Brno Superbike Quotes

In World Superbike race one, Jonathan Rea ground out a great win, by 2.5 seconds from Max Biaggi’s Aprilia, putting himself back into the spotlight after some tough races in the past few weeks.

In World SBK race two, Max Biaggi found the last one percent of speed he was missing in race one to record his ninth win of the season, giving him a 50% win ratio so far.

Max Biaggi says: “After the second place in race 1 I was satisfied anyway even if, to be honest, I expected the maximum on this track. And so it was in the second race: we made some changes to the rear suspension and the gearbox which, as it turns out, worked well. After being behind Rea for a while, I realised that I was faster and I overtook him. From there on, I just pushed it to the limit without thinking about tyre wear and the track proved me right. I want to thank my team. The guys support me and believe in my indications, and this is confirmed by our results. There are still a lot of points at stake, so I won’t look back and I’ll continue to stay focused race after race. That is the winning philosophy.”

Noriyuki Haga says: “I made a strong start in Race 1 but it was difficult to catch Xaus. My tyres were not bad during the first half of the race but nevertheless I couldn’t push as I wanted to and Xaus remained there in front of me. In the second race we changed the tyre but maybe it doesn’t suit my riding style because I didn’t feel so stable and it didn’t give me enough feeling. Having said that, I was able to make up several positions and fifth, even though I hoped to do much better, wasn’t bad considering my grid position.”

Michel Fabrizio says: “In Race 1 I realised straight away that I had a problem because I wasn’t able to push and then the bike started to vibrate a great deal. At a certain point I wasn’t able to put the bike into gear and so had to come back to the box. It’s a shame because I was gaining on Toseland and thought I could run a good race, maybe even reaching the podium. Race 2 went much better. I defended myself and am satisfied with the result, though I was sorry for Xaus of course.”
Carlos Checa says: “Yesterday, in both the qualifying and free practice sessions, we had a great level of grip while today, with the same tyre, we had more problems. This morning we tried to adapt the bike to the situation but during the race it was sliding around a lot. I tried to push to take as many championship points as possible but now my head is already focused on Silverstone, a great track, rich in history, on which we will try to race to the front.”

Shane Byrne says: “In race 1 we didn’t have much grip and this conditioned my result”, said Shane. “In the second race, on the other hand, I was able to improve quite a lot, lapping more than half a second faster than I did in race 1, in a race in which I think everyone had trouble making fast lap times. Now I’m banking on getting fully fit so I can be totally prepared for Silverstone. No-one has ridden on the new track yet and this could be an interesting factor as far as the races are concerned.”

Genesio Bevilacqua says: “Unfortunately in this heat the choice of tyre becomes a lottery and for us it turned out to be a difficult weekend. We took a route that didn’t reward us and that conditioned Carlos’ race, as he risked crashing as he pushed to keep pace with the Front runners. Shane rode well to take points in the first race and improve on that performance in race 2. To ride with one hand in these conditions is not easy and took a lot of guts. From tomorrow we will begin to work towards Silverstone where, in cooler conditions, we hope to be able to respond with two significantly stronger results.”

Jonathan Rea says: “In race one I honestly felt that someone up there was watching out for me because it was like I couldn’t do anything wrong! But it felt great to win and dedicate it to my team manager, Ronald ten Kate, who couldn’t be here this weekend because his father is very ill. It was a weird start to that race, because as I sat on the grid the only thing I could think about was how badly I needed to go to the toilet! As soon as the r ace started I went to the front instead and just kept it smooth for the remaining 19 laps. It felt so nice to win a race again – I’d kind of forgotten what that felt like. Race two wasn’t so bad and fair play to Max (Biaggi), who rode really well. I tried to fight but I had nothing left in the tyre, which just didn’t feel the same as the one I had in race one. However, we worked much better as a team this weekend and made really good changes during the practice and qualifying sessions. Our bike is difficult to take from track to track, but we definitely got the best out of it this weekend. Now I’m off to Japan for the Suzuka 8 Hour, but I’m looking forward to getting back in front of my home fans in three weeks at Silverstone.”

Max Neukirchner says: “I am really sorry for all my fans who made the trip down here from Germany. I felt like we’d made some progress during the wee kend and qualifying didn’t go so bad. I got a difficult start in race one and then, in the first turn, someone just rode right across the front of my bike. I had to pull hard on the brake to avoid hitting them but I locked the front and that was it. In race two I got a better start but as we were into the double right-hander on the first lap I came together with someone else and that was the end of my weekend. It is very frustrating but I hope that we can build on the developments that we’ve made when we get to Silverstone for the next round.”

Sylvain Guintoli says: “I am definitely very happy to have got into Superpole 3, but a little bit disappointed not to have got a place on the front row of the grid. It was very, very close and it’s a shame, but after yesterday I am so happy with the big improvement we made today. The track is definitely coming in now and it’s so much better than yesterday. The bike felt good and strong and I really enjoyed Superpole today. We hardly changed anything from yesterday except the gearbox and the engine characteristics. The top speed was better today and I was also able to go through the corners faster. I think that the biggest change today was the track’s grip level. It seems that when there is little or no track grip, we really struggle. Considering how we ended yesterday, I think the team have done a great job and I’m really looking forward to the races tomorrow.”

Leon Haslam says: “I am very disappointed with how things went today and I’m not pleased to finish 14th – the first time I’ve been out of the top five and my worst result in qualifying this year. Today we had similar problems to yesterday and we didn’t manage to solve those problems so that’s why we are where we are. I’m having a lot of problems with lack of grip – especially on qualifying tyres. My times on race rubber are pretty good, but once I put on the qualifiers we seem to run into trouble. My grid position is going to make the races very difficult, but ahead of that we have to solve the problem. We’ll have a look at all the data and talk to the telemetry boys and see if there are some pointers. Then, we’ll have to see if the changes we make in the warm-up improve the bike. It’s going to be a very long, hot and difficult day tomorrow, but my aim is to make two good starts and fight as hard as I can.”

Cal Crutchlow says: “I’m disappointed to be honest, I knew we had the pace this weekend to win. The first race didn’t go too much to plan, we had a bit of a problem with rear grip so we made a change for the second race which I thought was going to be really good. I did 12 laps on the rear tyre and to be honest I was just about to crash so I had to pull into change it. The tyre looked brand new after 12 laps where it should have looked worn. We did the last eight laps on a brand new tyre, I did the fastest lap of the race and the tyre looked perfect. I’m disappointed I couldn’t take it to the front guys but that’s racing, we’ll go to Silverstone now and make up for it.”

James Toseland says: “Race one I had a problem with the electronics which weren’t working as they should do so I couldn’t get the exit speed I needed. I was surprised to finish seventh. It was the same system we ran the day before so we couldn’t put our finger on why it changed so much. Race two my launch control didn’t engage, so I bogged on the line to start and I was last going into turn one. I thought I wasn’t prepared to have next week off feeling miserable so I rode hard and the bike worked really well. I dug deep and went for it and managed to get past 12 guys in the next lap and then keep on pushing towards the front.”

Massimo Meregalli says: “We had an up and down weekend, it’s been frustrating again that we’ve had the speed and pace to achieve great results but issues outside of our control have prevented us. Today during race one Cal didn’t have the confidence to find the same speed as yesterday but still a podium was still good. Race two was a very different situation where James after a really bad start did a really great job, going from last position to fourth at the end. Cal had a problem with a defective rear tyre and he had to stop to change the tyre. He then proved that he was probably the fastest man there.”

Ruben Xaus says: “Overall this weekend has been a really positive one for me. I have been running consistently at the front. In the first race I scored my best ever result on the BMW S 1000 RR so far. The second race was a different story: I crashed in turn one at quite high speed. The impact was heavy, and I am happy I am okay. It was clearly my fault. I was fighting for third for a long time, and I absolutely wanted to achieve my first podium with BMW. I was holding a consistent gap over Fabrizio for most of the race, but the lap before I crashed I saw he was gaining on me and I simply pushed too hard. The bike is working really well now, and I want to thank my entire crew.”

Troy Corser says: “Congratulations to Ruben and his crew for their best BMW result so far. I would have loved to race today, but it was obviously the right decision not to ride the bike this weekend. I am feeling worse, but I am feeling better at the same time. The bruise is aching, but it is only a question of time. I hope by the end of next week to be able to do some light training for the top half of my body. We plan to test at Mugello on Tuesday before Silverstone for a final check to make sure I am physically strong enough. I am looking forward to the next races.”

Berthold Hauser says: “Overall we can rate this weekend as positive. Although Troy crashed on Friday and could not start today, Ruben proved he and the BMW S 1000 RR are competitive. He finished the first race fifth, which is his best result with Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport to date. In the second race he was on course for a podium finish when he unfortunately crashed while battling with Michel Fabrizio. But that’s racing. We are glad he is okay, and also Troy seems to be on the way to recovery. We are now looking forward to Silverstone.”

Tom Sykes says: “Overall it’s been a disappointing end to the race weekend. I know we started off quite slow but we had a decent Superpole and tried a few things in the morning warm-up and got a bit better balance with the bike. We had an eleventh in race one which was nothing special as we had a few struggles which the boys managed to put right for race two, so big thanks to the their hard work. In race two the bike felt very strong and I got a good start but unfortunately we had a racing incident on the first lap which spoilt the weekend. I was looking forward to a strong ride in race two as many people dropped out so I think we could have had an eight or a ninth here.”

Luca Scassa says (translated): “I am deeply sorry of course, could not be otherwise after the fine performance of the trial, but accidents can happen. I do not think you have exaggerated in the guide at that point but when I started the back I could not do merely trying to limit damage an unlikely way to stay in the saddle. I immediately felt that the blow was strong and the pain has confemato that something was broken. In 2009 I broke the 1st and 2nd metatarsal, this After the 3rd and 4th, things are not serious but some boring … I hope to be 100% for Silverstone. Thanks to everyone for their outstanding cheering demonstrated this weekend.”

Roger Lee Hayden says: “In race one I got off to a bad start and it was difficult to match the pace of those ahead of me. Starting from the middle of the race I found a good race pace and I ended in fourteenth position. In the second race I found very soon a good rhythm and only near to the end of the race the rear tire performance dropped and I risked falling a couple of times. So I prefer to reduce my rhythm and to finish the race in thirteenth position, collecting some good points”.

Matteo Baiocco says:”I’m really disappointed because in both races I cannot find the same feeling with the bike that I had yesterday during the qualifying session. I reached two times the fifteenth position collecting some points for my championship standing, but in the first race, starting from the first few laps, I was forced to reduce my rhythm because the rear tire had no more grip. I suffered the same problem also in race two and I preferred to re-enter the box trying to solve the problem with my mechanics. My team made some modifications to the bike and so I decided to rejoin the race. I hope for a better luck in the next races”.

2010 World Superbike: Brno Results, Race 1
1. (65) Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR, 40:16.037
2. (3) Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory, + 2.518
3. (35) Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1, + 4.071
4. (50) Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000, + 7.160
5. (111) Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 R, + 8.602
6. (41) Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R, + 11.379
7. (52) Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1, + 11.513
8. (91) Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000, + 16.487
9. (7) Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R, + 20.829
10. (57) Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R, + 25.164
11. (66) Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R, + 32.602
12. (67) Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R, + 36.748
13. (23) Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR, + 39.183
14. (95) Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R, + 59.889
15. (15) Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R, + 1’05.329
RET 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R
RET 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R
RET 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory
RET 77 Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R
RET 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory
RET 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR

2010 World Superbike: Brno Results, Race 2
1. (3) Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory, 40:12.236
2. (65) Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR, + 4.627
3. (84) Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R, + 13.600
4. (52) Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1, + 16.372
5. (41) Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R, + 17.530
6. (7) Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R, + 21.704
7. (50) Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000, + 23.769
8. (2) Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory, + 25.875
9. (67) Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R, + 30.374
10. (91) Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000, + 34.002
11. (57) Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R, + 34.691
12. (23) Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR, + 49.270
13. (95) Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R, + 1:03.258
14. (35) Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1
15. (15) Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R
RET 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory
RET 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR
RET 77 Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R
RET 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R
RET 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR