SHARK-supported racers battled changing weather conditions at Silverstone this weekend for the ninth round of the World Superbike Championship, with notable performances and three podium finishes.
In the World Superbike Championship Loris Baz joined the 2013 winners’ list in the second race with a solid start-to-finish performance that made up for losing out on a podium in the opening race, where he eventually finished in fifth. Baz’s teammate Tom
Sykes finished race one in 11th place and scored valuable points in race two in seventh. Fellow SHARK-man Sylvain Guintoli finished his weekend in fourth and sixth and still holds the Championship lead over Sykes by 13 points.
Meanwhile a dramatic World Supersport battle took place with SHARK’s Sam Lowes and title rival Kenan Sofuoglu. On the last lap Sofuoglu’s machine collided with Lowes causing the young-Brit to fall. Lowes was able to remount his machine and crossed the line in second place. An investigation into the contact took place and was decided that the original result stood. Lowes still holds a 29-point advantage over Sofuoglu in the Championship standings.
The World Superbike Championship will take a short break with racing returning 30 August-1 September from the Nürburgring, Germany. The British Superbike Championship will be at Oulton Park, Cheshire this weekend 9-11 August and MotoGP will continue from Indianapolis, America 16-18 August without the Moto2 and Moto3 Championships, which will return at the following round in Brno, Czech Republic.
“After race one I was really disappointed because I was fighting for the podium. In race two I said to myself, “OK, this one is mine.” In the first part of the race, even in the dry, I had good pace and I pushed at the front. I tried to control the pace from the front but there were some fast people behind me and it was difficult to go away. Every time somebody tried to pass me I passed them back and at the end the conditions were really wet and I nearly fell. I want to say thanks my team because they are making a really good job with this bike for not just Tom or me but for both riders. I also want to dedicate this victory to Andrea Antonelli’s family.”
“Race two was similar to race one and today in these weather conditions it was always going to be a difficult one. I was not prepared to gamble too much and we saw how easy it was for people to crash, so taking some points is better than taking none. I do not like thinking about the championship but I was maybe forced to think a little bit about it in race two. We have not given away too much to the championship leader. Congratulations to Loris on his win and after the summer break we will move on and see what we can do at some circuits we should do well at.”
“I’m happy… that it’s over! Unfortunately my shoulder gave me a bit of trouble today, especially at the beginning of the race when I didn’t have any strength in my right arm. I fought and pushed hard when I could, but I was careful not to take any pointless risks. My position in the standings means that I can’t throw away races and in conditions like the ones we had today it is only normal that those with less to lose will take more risks. When I have a clear head tomorrow I’ll think about how to continue recovering from my shoulder injury. In the last two rounds we increased the gap despite our problems, so this is a delicate matter. »