This weekend SHARK-men were in action from Istanbul, Turkey for the 11th round of the World Superbike and Supersport Championships, while MotoGP and Moto2 continued from Misano, San Marino. SHARK-men collected three podiums over the weekend and retain three championship leads in SBK, WSS and Moto2.
The first ever FIM World Superbike and Supersport races at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey saw Sam Lowes battle with WSS title-rival Kenan Sofuoglu. Lowes led for most of the 12-lap race, but on the last lap Sofuoglu was faster than the young-Brit and crossed the line first. Lowes still retains his championship lead with 205 points, 49 ahead of Sofuoglu with three rounds remaining.
In SBK Tom Sykes started from pole and finished third and second in both the 18-lap races, which has extended his title lead by eight points over fellow SHARK-rider Sylvain Guintoli. Meanwhile Guintoli finished his weekend fourth in race one and third on the podium in race two.
At Misano, Scott Redding finished the Moto2 race in sixth place after suffering with tyre performance problems, he still maintains his championship lead with 202 points (23 points ahead of Espargaro). Johann Zarco finished his weekend behind Redding in seventh place.
This weekend sees the British Superbike Championship continue from Assen, The Netherlands 20-22 September.
I was sure that I could win. But when I saw Kenan I understood that we would have to wait until Magny-Cours. He was brilliant today!
We made two or three changes to the bike between races and I think everybody saw that our bike was working a bit better in the second one. We started that race quite strongly and I was able to lead again but some of our competitors were using the tyres a little bit better. Unfortunately I did not have the package at the end of the second race to fight back and try to win it. I believe that we can learn and improve from this weekend.
Two strong races, but I’m still missing something. I’m not sure if it’s speed or my physical condition. To be honest, I expected more from this weekend after the good practice sessions and the front row start. It wasn’t a complete disaster thought since we’re still close to Sykes and I got back onto the podium. Unfortunately my shoulder injury isn’t a simple thing to overcome. The next round will be at Laguna Seca which is a track I like and where I hope to make another step forward.