Silverstone Superbike: Final Quotes Wrap
World SBK Quotes
Cal Crutchlow showed his fellow countrymen that he can win in World Superbike after taking both races Sunday at Silverstone, Round 10 of the 2010 WSBK Championship.
The reigning World Supersport rider was joined on the podium by brits in both races. In race 1, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea took second, and Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam took third. In race 2, Rea again took second, and Aprilia Alitalia’s Leon Camier took third.
Crutchlow started from pole, which was his fifth of the season. The championship leader, Aprilia Alitalia’s Max Biaggi, finished 5-6. He maintains a 60-point lead over Haslam.
Here’s what the riders had to say after the Silverstone race in the UK:
Cal Crutchlow says: “We’ve been trying so hard all year to achieve a win, I´m ecstatic that it has happened at my home race. It´s been a tough weekend with all the Brits trying hard but we knew we had the pace. We were worried about tyre wear but it wasn´t too bad. It was a little bit cooler in the first race which helped our bike as well. We now need to carry on and fight for the rest of the season.”
“It´s been a dream come true today, three Brits on the podium for both races is brilliant. The British fans have been fantastic, they came out today and gave us tremendous support all round the circuit, a brilliant day for me, a brilliant day for Yamaha, Sterilgarda and all our other sponsors. All credit to Johnny Rea he rode really well in both races but I was able to pick him off with a couple of laps to go.˝
James Toseland says: ˝Race one was ok, the set up we used wasn´t perfect but I made the most of it. We made a massive change from race one to race two, we switched to something closer to what Cal was using in the first race, it´s the first time we tried it and it really helped us. Hopefully we´ve found a good direction for the next race. A big thanks to the team for the change between the races, it got me from where I was in the first to not too far off the podium in the second. Leon Haslam rode a great race and really covered his lines, I could have been more aggressive with him but I didn´t want to spoil his championship chances.
Tom Sykes says: “I’m obviously disappointed with the way the weekend has turned out for both myself and the team. Our qualifying position wasn’t so bad and I had decent starts but I really struggled with exiting the corners which was a shame really as the Kawasaki engine is really strong.”
“It’s frustrating to watch the guys who are up there who I know I can run with but it’s just one of those things and hats off to the team as they never give up and they keep pushing hard and making the best of what we’ve got. On a positive note we improved race two by nine seconds and the changes we made are definitely in the right direction so we need to keep exploring the perimeters of the ZX-10R and remain positive and keep pushing one hundred and ten percent.”
Max Biaggi says: “I am coming out of this weekend quite satisfied, even if these are not the placings I could have achieved. It was difficult here, above all adjusting my RSV4 on the bumpy Silverstone track. In race 2 I finished sixth behind five English riders. I think that the home field factor really gave them some extra motivation.”
Leon Camier says: “A fantastic day. Too bad about the sixteenth starting position. Unfortunately mistakes in Superpole come at a high cost! As the practices showed, the feeling on this circuit was very good from the start and in the race I was able to really push, truly earning a lot of positions. In the first race I finished behind my team mate. In race 2 I was able to lock onto the front group straight away, although Crutchlow and Rea unfortunately were already away. I’m happy for a podium in front of my fans. It’s also a nice reward for my team and for Aprilia.”
Jonathan Rea says: “In race one Cal had a little bit more pace than me, where I was missing maybe a couple of tenths a lap. The bike was working very well, but we got let down by the tyre a little bit, I think, because it definitely felt a lot different to the one I used in warm-up this morning. I thought I might have the pace in race two, but well-done to Cal – he did a great job and rode absolutely superbly. My team gave me a great bike this weekend that allowed me to at least fight for the wins here. I’m really happy and really enjoyed riding at Silverstone this weekend and we’ve had a couple of good results to take into the summer break.”
Max Neukirchner says: “For me, the first race was one of the best this season. OK, it wasn’t the best result but it felt great having a bike that I could fight for positions with. I had a lot of fun and I was able to pass a lot of other guys – it was a very good race for me and felt a little bit like a win! We basically went back to the setting that I used in race two at Assen and it allowed me to brake later and accelerate more early. The start of race two was like the first and I made some good lap times behind Haga, but then the engine broke after seven laps. Without that I felt like maybe a top ten was possible so I can take some positives into the summer break and the next round which is in Germany.”
Michel Fabrizio says: ”Well as we expected, the British riders really had the bit between their teeth today and it was all I could so to stick with them. I didn’t expect Haslam to get past when he did but once he did, there wasn’t much I could do about it, but nevertheless I’m pretty satisfied with fourth to tell the truth. In race 2 my rear tyre was moving around a lot and having lost a lot of ground I came in to try to change it but once I went back on track I realized that nothing had changed and, out of the points zone, I retired from the race.”
Noriyuki Haga says: “In Race 1 it was really difficult as the rear was moving around all over the place and so I couldn’t open the throttle when I needed to or make up positions as I’d hoped to. We made some changes for the second race but they didn’t improve my overall feeling with the bike. It seemed like I needed more traction and I could only push so much. It was a very difficult weekend.”
Troy Corser says: “I am disappointed. The first race was terrible. I had problems with my tires and just tried to finish the race. For the second race we made some changes on the bike in order to improve the mechanical grip. I again had a good start, had good grip and the bike felt well. So I started to push straightaway. I could ride as I wanted to ride, and the bike was doing what I wanted. I managed to pass Max Biaggi, but unfortunately I hit some bumps in the first corner and the bike just slid away.”
Ruben Xaus says: “The first race was a bit of a disaster. All in all we simply lacked grip, and the tires were spinning all of the time. As a result, I finished only 17th. We tried to fix the problem for race two and changed a few things. The second race was not too bad, although my start was not the best. I was on the bumpy inside part of the track, the front was really unstable and I could not open the gas. So, a lot of riders passed me. On top of that I had to get used to the new set-up. But I stayed calm and after a few laps I was familiar with the set-up. The bike was much faster and I could do really good lap times. Again, we learned a lot for the future.”
Jakub Smrz says: “I’m happy with what we did this weekend. My feeling with the bike has improved a lot and I’m confident that I will score an important result very soon. I still had some trouble in the slower sections though, mainly because of chattering on the back, but I’m pretty close to finding a good base setup. I hope to further improve next round.”
Leon Haslam says: ”Generally, I feel that today has been a bit frustrating because I think it could’ve and should’ve been better. When our package is perfect, I know I can challenge for wins, but when it is not, it can be a bit of a struggle and that’s how it was today. I made a bad start in the first race but managed to close the gap on the leaders and was getting ready to mount an attack on Jonathan Rea, but had gearbox problems for the last seven laps, so couldn’t push harder and get closer to him. A podium is not bad though, and it was good to be up there with two other Brits.”
“We used a different engine in race two, but everything else was the same, including the tires. However, this time the grip feeling was completely different and I really had to work hard to keep in the top four or so. On the last lap, I had a big fight with James Toseland. He passed me, but I was determined to get him back and that’s what I did. On the last turn, he tried to get round the outside of me at the beginning of the start-finish straight and hit me, breaking my tail fairing and exhaust bracket in the process. It was a bit of a hairy moment, but happily we both stayed on our bikes and crossed the line OK. It was a tough end to a hard race but, just like race one, I was happy to finish ahead of Max Biaggi. It would’ve better, if I could’ve got some more points, but that’s how it went today.”
Sylvain Guintoli says: ”I am actually not sure what happened in race one, but we had tried some harder compound tires in the morning warm-up and had really got on with them. So we used them in the first race and they behaved completely differently! I just couldn’t get anywhere near the same lap times and so struggled throughout the race. It was very frustrating to say the least, but I know that if I had gone any faster, I probably would’ve crashed. For me, race one was a complete disaster.”
“Obviously we didn’t want to take that risk again for race two, so we used the same tyre that everybody was using and I was much happier. It was much more like it. I was able to get into a better rhythm, go faster and get close to my best lap times. I got pretty close to Max Biaggi and would’ve loved to have passed him because that would’ve been good for the team.”
Carlos Checa says: “It’s hard to catch up once you’ve made bad starts. I wasn’t able to catch the group ahead and it was only towards the end that I was able to match the pace of the guys up front, except for Crutchlow and Rea that is, who were on another level. We weren’t totally sorted with the bike and neither I nor my bike demonstrated our full potential.”
Shane Byrne says: other problems that left him in ninth and eighth position. “They were very difficult races. In the first I had tyre problems that prevented me from doing any better. In the second we sorted the bike and changed the tyre and it went better. Then towards the end I found myself battling against Guintoli but he was faster than me and I missed out on seventh position.”
Roger Lee Hayden says:”It was really disappointing to be out of the race one in such a fashion. When I overtook Parkes I touched with him and I crashed, fortunately without any physical consequences. Race two was really very difficult one for me. My start wasn’t so bad but when I tried to overtake several riders I didn’t feel enough grip on the rear wheel. I’m sorry because my team worked very hard during the full weekend and we didn’t reach the right results. I would like to thank all of them for their fantastic work here in Silverstone”.
2010 World Superbike Championship – Round 10 , Silverstone (5.902km – 18 laps)
Race One Results: 1. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha 37’47.851s 2. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda +1.621s 3. Leon Haslam (GBR) Suzuki +11.433s 4. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Ducati +15.874s 5. Ma x Biaggi (ITA) Aprilia +17.085s 6. Leon Camier (GBR) Aprilia +15.532s 11. Max Neukirchner (GER) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda +30.972s
Race Two Results: 1. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha 37’48.348s 2. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda +2.070s 3. Leon Camier (GBR) Aprilia +8.834s 4. Leon Haslam (GBR) Suzuki +13.232s 5. James Toseland (GBR) Yamaha +13.258s 6. Max Biaggi (ITA) Aprilia +13.568s DNF Max Neukirchner (GER) Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
Championship points after 10 of 13 rounds: 1. Biaggi 373, 2. Haslam 313, 3. Rea 243, 4. Carlos Checa (ESP) 204, 5. Crutchlow 188, 6. Toseland 179, 7. Haga 177, 8. Camier 164, 9. Fabrizio 160, 10. Troy Corser (AUS) BMW 155
Next round: Nurburgring, Germany – 3-5 September