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Johann Zarco takes his fourth win at Brno

This weekend SHARK’s supported riders were in action for the 11th round of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships at Brno in the Czech Republic.

Johann Zarco once again dominated the Moto2 class taking pole position and successfully winning his fourth race of the season, setting a new record of ten consecutive podiums. The championship leader now has 224 points – extending his lead by 79 points. Zarco could be crowned Moto2 Champion at Philip Island in Australia in five-rounds time, if the gap isn’t reduced.

It was a tough weekend for Sam Lowes after experiencing huge crashes and technical issues during the free practices and qualifying. Lowes had better luck during the race, securing an impressive fifth position finish.

In MotoGP Aleix Espargaro finished in the top-ten, after having a few issues finding the right set-up with his Suzuki machine, he eventually crossed the finish line in a solid ninth place. Scott Redding finished 12th securing important championship points.

In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira set the fastest lap during the race and was fighting for a podium finish. The Portuguese-rider eventually finished eighth, just one second behind the race winner. He is currently fourth in the overall standings.

The next round of the MotoGP championship takes place 28-30 August at Silverstone, in the UK.

Johann Zarco:

« This weekend I had a good feeling from the start. I felt comfortable on the bike at all times, riding well with both a full and empty fuel tank. The race was not easy, as I had a lead of between 6 tenths and 1 second, which is a good advantage but far from definitive. I had to be very focused and on the final laps I was able to extend the gap to take the victory. I am very happy with the win and for having extended the lead in the standings, which is very important to me. I do not look at the statistics because I am fortunate to have a team behind me who make me concentrate on what really matters. I want to thank them, and now we will focus on Silverstone. »

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Podium joy for Johann Zarco at Indianapolis

This weekend SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders returned from their summer break as the tenth round of the championship took place at Indianapolis in the USA. It was a mixed day on Sunday with heat and humidity at the 4,170km Indy circuit for SHARK’s supported riders.

In Moto2 Johann Zarco who qualified in eighth position, successfully managed to finish the race on the podium, taking second position. The current championship leader has extended his lead by 71 points. Meanwhile Sam Lowes crashed out of contention; unhurt, while in sixth position trying to make up places and get into the lead group.

In MotoGP Scott Redding finished 13th after a challenging 27-lap race and Aleix Espargaro took 14th place. It was a mixed and rain-affected Moto3 race for Miguel Oliveira who started the 23-laps from second position and eventually crossed the line 15th.

The next round of the MotoGP championship takes place 14-16 August at Brno in the  Czech Republic.

Johann Zarco:

« The hardest thing was the choice of tyres before the race. In the end we chose slicks and it was curious that everyone else also opted for them. At first I went carefully, but seeing it was dry I felt comfortable and I pushed to the fullest. I was afraid that Rins was going to escape, but in the end it didn’t happen. We also knew that Dominique is very strong and is difficult to overtake. I think in the end, the difference with Rins was on the straight. I tried to catch him but it was not possible. In any case, we have more points for the title fight and it was like a victory, as I started eighth and finished second. See you in the Czech Republic! »

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Successful weekend for SHARK riders with 11 podiums at Cadwell Park

Over the weekend the eighth round of the British Superbike championship and its support classes took place at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. It was a successful weekend for SHARK’s supported riders with three victories and 11 podium finishes secured.

In the MCE British Superbike class Danny Buchan qualified on the front row, with a second place on the grid, but he had a difficult start and crashed out of race one, unhurt, while he was trying to make up positions. In race two Buchan finished within the top-ten in eighth position. James Westmoreland finished 13th in race one and had a solid race in the second outing finishing ninth. Fellow SHARK-supported Lee Jackson finished his weekend just outside of the top-ten in 12th and 11th places.

The British Supersport class saw Kyle Ryde successfully take two podium finishes, he was second in the Sprint race and third in Sunday’s race. After another strong weekend Ryde remains second in the championship standings, just 37 points from the overall lead. Luke Hedger enjoyed another weekend in the top-ten finishing eighth and sixth. Josh Daley was also successful with a podium finish in the EVO class in the Supersport race and a 15th place overall.

Josh Elliot was victorious in the Superstock 1000 class and increased his lead in the overall standings with a 22-point gap. Dominic Usher and Ashley Beech both finished in the top-ten, taking eighth and ninth places. Another SHARK podium, this time for Jordan Weaving in the Superstock 600 race, who finished second.

In the Motostar 125 championship race there was a SHARK 1-2-3 on the podium in race one, with Cameron Horsman on top of the rostrum, followed by Josh Owens. Owens had another great performance as he went on to win the second race. The first Motorstar race saw another podium finish with Charlie Nesbitt on the third step.

The KTM British Junior Cup saw another rostrum finish with Chris Taylor second in race one and winner in the second race. Kevin Keyes finished fifth in the first race. Taylor is second in the overall standings, followed by fellow SHARK-supported Keyes and Thomas Strudwick.

The ninth round of British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park for the first triple-header event of the series on 4-6 September

Meanwhile, at Oschersleben, Germany, Honda Racing’s Julien Da Costa and Freddy Foray took part in the Oschersleben 8 Hours, which was the third and penultimate round of the Endurance World Championship. SHARK’s Da Costa and Foray eventually managed to finish fifth after a very eventful race.

They will be back in action for last round of the FIM EWC Championship at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on 19-20 September, for the Bol d’Or 24-hour race.

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Podiums galore at Thruxton for SHARK men

This weekend the seventh round of the British Superbike championship and its support classes took place at Thruxton in Hampshire, which saw podiums aplenty for SHARK’s supported riders. The World Superbike championship also continued from Sepang in Malaysia.

In the first British Superbike outing of the day James Westmoreland took his first ever Superbike podium in third place, unfortunately a mechanical issue in race two halted Westmoreland’s chances of a second rostrum finish. Lee Jackson had impressive pace in race two, finishing ninth after starting from the back of the grid.

The British Supersport class saw Kyle Ryde on the rostrum second in the sprint race on Saturday and a fifth place followed on Sunday. Ryde is second in the championship standings, 28 points behind the leader. Luke Hedger enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten finishing seventh and fifth.

More podiums were collected in the Superstock 1000 class with Josh Elliott second and Alex Olsen third. The Superstock 600 race saw Joe Francis just off the podium in fourth place, with Bradley Ray seventh and Jordan Weaving eighth.

The Motostar championship saw another rostrum finish for Charlie Nesbitt who placed second in race two, Nesbitt finished the first race fourth. SHARK’s Josh Owens in race one and Cameron Horsman in race two won each of the 125 races.

More wins and podiums came in the KTM British Junior Cup with SHARK’s young stars shining; Kevin Keyes won the first race and followed up with two-second place finishes. Josh Owens took the podium third spot in race two and Chris Taylor was victorious in race three. Oliver O’Flaherty finished race one fourth.

The British Superbike championship now has a little break before heading to Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire on 21-23 August.

Meanwhile in Malaysia at the Sepang circuit SHARK’s World Superbike championship riders battled hot temperatures for the tenth round of the series. Sylvain Guintoli finished both races in fourth place, recording his best result of the season.

Tom Sykes led race one for 11 of the 16 laps, posting a new lap record time of 2’03.54 on the second lap before he was forced to slow near the end with traction issues, finishing the race fifth. Unfortunately in race two Sykes was involved in a first corner incident colliding with another rider. Able to continue albeit dropping places, he then fell trying to make up positions. Restarting from the back the SHARK rider fought hard and secured 14th place and two points towards the championship.

Fellow SHARK supported Alex Lowes finished sixth and eighth, while Lowes’s team-mate Randy De Puniet finished his weekend 12th and 13th.

The World Superbike championship now has a long break over the summer and will return to Europe on 18-20 September at the 4.423km Jerez circuit in Spain.

James Westmoreland:

Obviously the mechanical in race two is unfortunate, as I thought I had the pace for another rostrum as my best lap was actually about 0.75s faster than it was in the opening race. Regardless of that though, it’s racing, we proved we’re fast and I’m still smiling. I’m walking away from here with my first ever BSB podium and that feeling is incredible!

It’s been a really tough start to the year, but the team have stuck by me throughout. They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them and the bike today was absolutely faultless. We’ve worked well all weekend and I woke up this morning ready to show everyone what we can do!

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SHARK podiums in the USA and the UK

This weekend SHARK’s supported riders were in action for the ninth-round of the World Superbike championship at Laguna Seca in America and also back in the UK for the British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch, in Kent.

In America Tom Sykes finished both the 25-lap Superbike races on the podium in second place. In race two the SHARK-man led in the early stages and recorded the fastest lap of 1’23.842 on the tenth rotation. Sykes is currently second in the overall championship standings.

Fellow SHARK supported Sylvain Guintoli finished race one in seventh place after an impressive start that saw him running as high as fifth in the early stages, after starting from ninth on the grid. Race two, after another solid start unfortunately ended early for the 33-year-old Frenchman when Alex Lowes entered pit lane, colliding with Guintoli and ending his weekend. The Pata Honda rider damaged his right thumb in the ensuing crash, but was otherwise unhurt. Lowes suffered a mixed weekend – he finished sixth in race one, but retired from race two. His team-mate and fellow SHARK supported Randy de Puniet finished both races 11th.

The next round of the World Superbike championship takes place 31 July – 2 August at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Meanwhile in the UK the sixth-round of the British Superbike championship continued from Brands Hatch in Kent. It was a successful weekend for SHARK riders with a host of podiums scored at the 3.916km Grand Prix circuit.

Kyle Ryde took two-second place finishes in the British Supersport races, with Luke Hedger sixth and seventh and Dean Hipwell finished the Sprint eighth. The Superstock 1000 race saw another podium with Jess Trayler second, a win was looking on the cards for Josh Elliott, but unfortunately he crashed out of contention whilst in the lead. Alex Olsen finished fifth and Nick Anderson came home in tenth place.

In the Motostar class Charlie Nesbitt took third place in race one, but crashed out of the leading group in race two. Mike Browers and Joe Thomas finished race two sixth and tenth. The 125 races saw Josh Owens take the win in race one and place second in race two, Ryan Longshaw was also on the podium finishing both races third.

Young Thomas Strudwick impressed in the Moriwaki Junior 250 cup who had a wildcard for the races and had never ridden the bike before. He finished second in race one and in race two was leading the race but unfortunately crashed out of contention. The Superstock 600 race saw Bradley Ray sixth and Joe Francis cross the line in seventh. In the Superbike class James Westmoreland finished ninth and 14th, with Lee Jackson 12th and 11th in both 20-lap races.

The next round of the BSB championship and its support classes take place 31 July – 2 August at Thruxton in Hampshire.

Tom Sykes:
« Jonathan and I had a great battle for the entire first race. I had plus zero on my pit board, so I just had to manage the situation. I felt the rear tyre drop and had to compensate in some areas, trying to do some things slightly differently. It was not ideal but overall I am happy with second position considering the circumstances. We made two small changes for race two and it was strange because at the beginning I felt I had a really good bike set-up but in the rain Chaz took a couple of more risks. It paid off because he made a big gap and I think that was probably the deciding factor in the race. We had a couple of warnings and I was just not able to stick with Chaz. Overall, I am fairly satisfied but we were just not close enough. Two second places are acceptable but another rider took the prizes this weekend. »


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SHARK supported riders in MotoGP and endurance action

The British Superbike championship and its support classes travelled to Knockhill in Scotland this weekend for the fifth round of the series. It was a successful outing for SHARK’s supported riders at the 2.045km Scottish circuit, with wins, podiums and top-ten finishes collected throughout the championships.

In the Motorpoint British Supersport championship, Kyle Ryde took his second win of the year holding off Glen Irwin and lap record holder Jake Dixon. In the first race on Saturday, Ryde placed third on the podium – 3.9 seconds behind the winner. The young-Brit is currently second in the overall standings, just one point away from leading the series. Luke Hedger also enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten placing sixth and eighth.

Meanwhile in the MCE British Superbike races, SHARK’s Danny Buchan had a positive weekend finishing both races in the top-ten in sixth and seventh places. After Buchan’s performance in the first race, he started the second BSB race from the front row of the grid in third. Lee Jackson finished his weekend in 11th place in both Superbike races while James Westmoreland took two top-ten finishes (9-8).

Further wins were produced in the KTM Junior Cup where SHARK riders dominated proceedings. Chris Taylor took the first race win, placed seventh in race two, had a DNF in the third outing, but finished the weekend second in the fourth race. Tom Strudwick took victories in the second and fourth races, and finished both race one and three again on the podium in second, while Kevin Keyes won the third race over Strudwick. Keyes also placed second on the podium in the second race and finished race one seventh after a jump-start saw him receive a 20-second penalty. Keyes completed his weekend fifth in the final race.

Following his win at the previous round Josh Elliott secured the victory in the National Superstock 1000 race, boosting his championship lead by 37-points.  Fellow SHARK supported Jess Traylor came home fourth, Alex Olsen fifth, and Nick Anderson finished 11th. The National Superstock 600 race saw Joe Francis place sixth, Jordan Weaving eighth and Brad Ray cross the line tenth.

Josh Owens further boosted his championship lead in the Motostar 125GP standings, winning both races and now leads by a healthy 74-points. Meanwhile Charlie Nesbitt finished the Motostar Moto3 races in fifth and eighth, while Joe Thomas came home tenth and suffered a DNF in race two.

The British Superbike championship will return at Brands Hatch for round six on 17-19 July.

This coming weekend Freddy Foray and Julién da Costa will be back in action with the Honda Racing Endurance Team for the 24-hours of Catalunya in Spain, and the MotoGP championship continues with the ninth round at the Sachsenring, in Germany.

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Wins and podiums a-plenty for SHARK riders in Scotland

The British Superbike championship and its support classes travelled to Knockhill in Scotland this weekend for the fifth round of the series. It was a successful outing for SHARK’s supported riders at the 2.045km Scottish circuit, with wins, podiums and top-ten finishes collected throughout the championships.

In the Motorpoint British Supersport championship, Kyle Ryde took his second win of the year holding off Glen Irwin and lap record holder Jake Dixon. In the first race on Saturday, Ryde placed third on the podium – 3.9 seconds behind the winner. The young-Brit is currently second in the overall standings, just one point away from leading the series. Luke Hedger also enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten placing sixth and eighth.

Meanwhile in the MCE British Superbike races, SHARK’s Danny Buchan had a positive weekend finishing both races in the top-ten in sixth and seventh places. After Buchan’s performance in the first race, he started the second BSB race from the front row of the grid in third. Lee Jackson finished his weekend in 11th place in both Superbike races while James Westmoreland took two top-ten finishes (9-8).

Further wins were produced in the KTM Junior Cup where SHARK riders dominated proceedings. Chris Taylor took the first race win, placed seventh in race two, had a DNF in the third outing, but finished the weekend second in the fourth race. Tom Strudwick took victories in the second and fourth races, and finished both race one and three again on the podium in second, while Kevin Keyes won the third race over Strudwick. Keyes also placed second on the podium in the second race and finished race one seventh after a jump-start saw him receive a 20-second penalty. Keyes completed his weekend fifth in the final race.

Following his win at the previous round Josh Elliott secured the victory in the National Superstock 1000 race, boosting his championship lead by 37-points.  Fellow SHARK supported Jess Traylor came home fourth, Alex Olsen fifth, and Nick Anderson finished 11th. The National Superstock 600 race saw Joe Francis place sixth, Jordan Weaving eighth and Brad Ray cross the line tenth.

Josh Owens further boosted his championship lead in the Motostar 125GP standings, winning both races and now leads by a healthy 74-points. Meanwhile Charlie Nesbitt finished the Motostar Moto3 races in fifth and eighth, while Joe Thomas came home tenth and suffered a DNF in race two.

The British Superbike championship will return at Brands Hatch for round six on 17-19 July.

The British Superbike championship and its support classes travelled to Knockhill in Scotland this weekend for the fifth round of the series. It was a successful outing for SHARK’s supported riders at the 2.045km Scottish circuit, with wins, podiums and top-ten finishes collected throughout the championships.

In the Motorpoint British Supersport championship, Kyle Ryde took his second win of the year holding off Glen Irwin and lap record holder Jake Dixon. In the first race on Saturday, Ryde placed third on the podium – 3.9 seconds behind the winner. The young-Brit is currently second in the overall standings, just one point away from leading the series. Luke Hedger also enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten placing sixth and eighth.

Meanwhile in the MCE British Superbike races, SHARK’s Danny Buchan had a positive weekend finishing both races in the top-ten in sixth and seventh places. After Buchan’s performance in the first race, he started the second BSB race from the front row of the grid in third. Lee Jackson finished his weekend in 11th place in both Superbike races while James Westmoreland took two top-ten finishes (9-8).

Further wins were produced in the KTM Junior Cup where SHARK riders dominated proceedings. Chris Taylor took the first race win, placed seventh in race two, had a DNF in the third outing, but finished the weekend second in the fourth race. Tom Strudwick took victories in the second and fourth races, and finished both race one and three again on the podium in second, while Kevin Keyes won the third race over Strudwick. Keyes also placed second on the podium in the second race and finished race one seventh after a jump-start saw him receive a 20-second penalty. Keyes completed his weekend fifth in the final race.

Following his win at the previous round Josh Elliott secured the victory in the National Superstock 1000 race, boosting his championship lead by 37-points.  Fellow SHARK supported Jess Traylor came home fourth, Alex Olsen fifth, and Nick Anderson finished 11th. The National Superstock 600 race saw Joe Francis place sixth, Jordan Weaving eighth and Brad Ray cross the line tenth.

Josh Owens further boosted his championship lead in the Motostar 125GP standings, winning both races and now leads by a healthy 74-points. Meanwhile Charlie Nesbitt finished the Motostar Moto3 races in fifth and eighth, while Joe Thomas came home tenth and suffered a DNF in race two.

The British Superbike championship will return at Brands Hatch for round six on 17-19 July.

This coming weekend Freddy Foray and Julién da Costa will be back in action with the Honda Racing Endurance Team for the 24-hours of Catalunya in Spain, and the MotoGP championship continues with the ninth round at the Sachsenring, in Germany.

This coming weekend Freddy Foray and Julién da Costa will be back in action with the Honda Racing Endurance Team for the 24-hours of Catalunya in Spain, and the MotoGP championship continues with the ninth round at the Sachsenring, in Germany.

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Zarco et Oliveira offrent la victoire à SHARK au GP Assen

Ce week-end avait lieu la 8ième manche du Championnat MotoGP de la saison. Les Pays-Bas, sur le TT circuit d’Assen, accueillaient le MotoGP Motul TT Assen et cela comme chaque année depuis 1949. Circuit très apprécié des pilotes en général il a offert à SHARK deux belles victoires en Moto2 et Moto3 cette année.

En MotoGP Aleix Espargaro avait idéalement préparé sa course en se plaçant deuxième sur la grille de départ. Redding a connu des qualifications plus difficiles s’élançant depuis la 16ième position. Aleix ne peut malheureusement garder sa 2ième position qu’au premier virage et il termine le premier tour 6ième. Limité coté accélération il rencontre une course frustrante et termine 9ième. Scott Redding quant à lui  se classe 13ième déçu de son week-end de course. Au championnat du monde Espargaro et Redding sont 12 et 13ième.

Scott Redding – 13ième : « Je suis plutôt frustré. Tu penses faire un pas en avant et tu retrouves avec la sensation d’en faire deux en arrière. Rien ne semble allé droit en ce moment, et j’ai l’impression d’être un peu à l’ouest. Ce n’est pas non plus une bonne chose pour l’équipe qui fait de gros efforts pour trouver des solutions à nos problèmes. On a déjà dit qu’il fallait rester soudé, mais rien ne progresse et c’est difficile. »

En Moto2 le départ de la course a été mouvementé avec un drapeau rouge dès le premier tour pour cause d’huile moteur sur la piste. Après de longues minutes d’attente, Johann Zarco depuis la pole position ne prend pas un excellent départ et se retrouve 4ième au premier virage mais  il remonte les autres pilotes tours après tours pour reprendre la tête de la course à 3 tours de la fin. Il ne quittera plus cette position et remportera le GP. Sam Lowes est de retour sur le podium après une belle manche. Robin Mulhauser se classe 20ième et Louis Rossi ne peut terminer la course. Au championnat du monde Johann Zarco accroit son avance en tête du championnat du monde et mène avec 45 points d’avance. Sam Lowes est 3ième, Louis Rossi 23ième.

Johann Zarco – 1er : « Le plus difficile a été le début de course car j’ai eu plusieurs pilotes à doubler. Après on s’est frotté avec Tito, et il a été agressif, donc j’ai pensé OK, on va faire comme ça. Finalement j’ai pu gagner et offrir aux spectateurs un saut périlleux arrière en sabots hollandais. »

Sam Lowes – 3ième : « Je suis content aujourd’hui car après trois 4ième places d’affilées je termine sur le podium, mais ce week-end Zarco et Rabat était fantastique. Mais nous avons fait du bon travail aussi et n’étions pas loin de se battre pour la victoire, il ne manque plus grand chose. Je travaille dur, le Team aussi et c’est constructif. Nous avons encore plusieurs courses pour progresser et gagner. C’est un très bon sentiment d’être de retour sur le podium et je vais me battre pour à nouveau gagner. »

En Moto3 depuis la 6ième position sur la grille Miguel Oliveira prend un départ parfait et passe 1er au premier virage. La magnifique course se résume à de multiples dépassements de chaque pilote à chaque virage et tout s’est joué dans le dernier tour. En tête à l’entrée de la dernière chicane Miguel Oliveira garde l’avantage et remporte sa deuxième course de la saison. Nos deux autres pilotes Livio Loi et Gabriele Rodrigo terminent respectivement 13ième et 25ième. Au championnat du monde Miguel Oliveira est 3ième avec 102 points et 63 points de retard sur le leader du championnat, Livio Loi est quant à lui 21ième.

Miguel Oliveira – 1er : « Je suis content de ma performance aujourd’hui car je n’ai pas fait trop d’erreurs et la course a été difficile. Après le warm up je ne savais pas si j’avais des chances de gagner tellement Kent était impressionnant. Mais pendant la course j’ai pris un bon départ et cru en mes chances, concentré sur la victoire. J’ai suivi la bonne stratégie et je me suis placé en bonne position pour doubler les autres pilotes. Dans le dernier freinage j’ai bien maintenu ma position puis j’ai fait tout mon possible pour gagner. La course a été fun, avec beaucoup de dépassements mais ça a été très dur et la course a semblé longue. Mais au final je suis heureux avec cette seconde victoire, merci au team. »

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Wins for Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira at Assen

This weekend the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships continued with the eighth-round taking place at the TT Circuit Assen, in the Netherlands.

In a thrilling Moto2 race title leader Johann Zarco stormed to victory at the TT Circuit. The race was re-started and reduced to 16-laps because of a red flag in the original race, due to a crash that left oil on the track. During the re-start Zarco got a bad start off the line and had to make his way back up the pack.

By lap-eight the Frenchman had started to hunt down Rabat for the lead and timing it to perfection Zarco took the lead with three-laps to go, and won his third race of the season by 0.757s. In an impressive finish Zarco improved his pace setting a 1’37.9, a 1’38.0, a 1’37.5 and a 1’37.6 as the race ended, each of these laps was at least 0.2s quicker than Rabat’s times from the same lap.

Fellow SHARK supported Sam Lowes crossed the line third after an excellent ride to secure his third podium of the season. Lowes’s pace was strong and consistent throughout the race, but the former World Supersport champion lacked the final step to truly challenge for the win.

In Moto3 Miguel Oliveria secured his second win of the season, overcoming an aggressive race long battle. Starting from sixth on the grid, Oliveria got an excellent start and led into the first corner. The last lap was critical for the Portuguese man, who had to call on his vast experience in the class to find the perfect position on track to block other riders.

In MotoGP Aleix Espargaro came home inside the top-ten in ninth place and Scott Redding took a hard fought 13th place finish.

The championship now heads to the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit in Germany, which takes place 10-12 July.

Johann Zarco:

I had a good fight with Tito and he was quite aggressive, so I say OK it’s a good fight! He faded towards the end but I was still strong enough to pass him. I thought it was better to overtake two laps from the end and try and push as I felt I had the speed to do this.

Miguel Oliveira:

I’m happy with my performance today, because I did not make too many mistakes and it was a pretty difficult race. To be honest, after the warm up I did not know if I could take the victory, having ridden behind Kent. But in the race I made a good start and I tried to believe in myself, concentrate and go forward. I followed a good strategy and I put myself in a good position to overtake the other riders. In the final braking move I tried to defend my position and I managed to win. It was fun, with a lot of overtaking, but it was very hard and the race felt quite long. I managed to maintain a good pace; it was difficult with the strong wind today, so at the end we had to be very focused. I’m really happy with this second win of the season, thank you to the team.

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Tom Sykes s’offre la pôle et une victoire à Misano

Ce week-end nos pilotes SHARK du championnat du monde WSBK étaient en Italie, à Misano Adriatico, pour le 8ième round de la saison. Après un week-end difficile lors de la dernière course pour nos pilotes au Portugal, ils avaient tous à cœur de revenir sur le devant de la scène et c’est ce qu’a réalisé Tom Sykes ce week-end.

Dès les qualifications Tom Sykes se met en évidence en remportant la pole position. Nos 3 autres pilotes Alex Lowes, Sylvain Guintoli et Randy de Puniet se classent respectivement en 7ième, 9ième et 19ième position sur la grille de départ.

En première manche Sykes s’impose brillamment dominant la course du départ au drapeau final. Ce fut plus compliqué pour nos autres pilotes, après un contact avec Biaggi dans le premier tour Guintoli n’a pu faire mieux que 9ième. Les deux pilotes Suzuki ont connu destins différents avec une 12ième position pour Lowes et un abandon pour De Puniet contraint à s’arrêter suite à des problèmes de freins.

En seconde manche Sykes est en tête durant 6 tours mais en manque de grip il ne peut résister au retour des autres pilotes et termine 5ième. Guintoli se classe à nouveau 5ième tandis que De Puniet est 17ième et que Lowes abandonne.

Au championnat du monde Tom Sykes est 2ième, Guintoli 6ième, Lowes 10ième et De Puniet 18ième.

Prochain round aux USA, Laguna Seca le 19 Juillet pour le WSBK et dès ce week-end rendez-vous avec nos pilotes GP à Assen.

Randy de Puniet (19 – DNF – 17) : “Dimanche difficile à Misano. Durant la première course j’ai eu des problèmes avec le frein avant j’ai donc décidé de m’arrêter pour essayer un système diffèrent mais cela n’a pas apporté la modification attendu. En manche 2 nous avons tout changé et cela a été bon pour les 4 premiers tours avant d’voir à nouveau des problèmes. Maintenant nous devons se focaliser sur Laguna Seca, régler les problèmes de freins et pouvoir ajuster le châssis. Je suis déçu car après les tests de Portimao j’étais confiant pour cette course.”

Tom Sykes (1 – 1 – 5) : “Beaucoup de gens rêveraient d’un week-end de course avec une pole position, une victoire et une 5ième place mais je suis déçu de ne pas avoir réussi à faire le double en seconde manche. Je ne pense pas avoir pris un très bon départ et dès les premiers tours j’ai manqué de grip et cela a été très dur de me battre avec les autres pilotes car je n’étais pas capable de maintenir le rythme ou je devais être mais nous avons fait de notre mieux. Je pensais que les deux courses seraient difficiles aujourd’hui mais nous avons une très bonne première manche. Nous avons juste été incapables de répéter cela en seconde manche. Nous avons eu du très bon et du moins bon ce week-end et nous regardons déjà vers les USA pour la prochaine course maintenant.”