The fourth round of the World Superbike and World Supersport Championships continued from Imola, Italy this weekend with SHARK’s riders collecting a win, two further podiums and valuable season points.
Lorenzo Zanetti won the World Supersport race, his debut victory in the series and also the home race for both him and his title sponsor Pata. Starting from the front row Zanetti showed good pace in the initial stages and took the lead on lap 13, after the leader Sofuoglu was forced to retire. Zanetti is now third in the overall rider standings.
Meanwhile in the World Superbike races SHARK had further podium success with Tom Sykes finishing race one in third place and Sylvain Guintoli also in third place after the second instalment.
In race one fellow SHARK-men Loriz Baz, Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes all finished within the top ten – Baz fourth, Guintoli fifth and Lowes in eighth. Race two was a similar result with Baz fourth, Sykes fifth and Lowes in tenth place.
Following the round at Imola SHARK riders are in the top ten in the overall riding standings, Sykes is second with 135 points (just four points behind the leader Jonathan Rea), Guintoli is third with 123 points, Baz fourth with 119 and Lowes in tenth with 50 points.
It’s been an amazing weekend and it’s fantastic to win at my home race. I don’t have many words, but I want to thank everybody for all their work. I thought from Friday that I might be able to win, but I was under a lot of pressure for the race because it was my home race, and the sponsors’ home race! I was able to stay with Kenan but after he pulled in I won the race and I want to dedicate the victory to Andrea Antonelli. This is for him.
This weekend there is no question we missed some of our true performance and we were not quite on the money. I do not think we realised that the gap was as big as it proved to be. In each race we had some limitations and unfortunately at this level you cannot ride around them and make a good result. We will learn from this, that is for sure. It has not been the easiest weekend but you cannot have a perfect weekend every time. Now we can move on and we have some good circuits coming up for us.
It was a hard battle in both races. In Race 2 we managed to improve our pace quite a bit. I knew I would have to start off strong because we are struggling a bit at the moment in the second half of the race. I fought all the way to the end. I knew that the podium was within reach so I gritted my teeth and tried not to make any mistakes. A fifth and third place don’t exactly make me jump for joy, but in any case they mean 27 points. I know that I put forth my best effort on this track. The test tomorrow is important because we’ll be able to continue improving and looking for new solutions so that we can be incisive in any conditions.
Next championship rounds:
16-18 May – MotoGP – round five – Le Mans, France
23-25 May – World Superbike – round five – Donington Park, England
30 May – 1 June – MotoGP – round six – Mugello, Italy