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PODIUMS AND POINTS AT MONZA AND MORE ROAD RACING WINS FOR FARQUHAR

Foret on the podium at Monza

Foret on the podium at Monza

The fourth round of the World Superbike Championship was held in Italy at the famous Monza circuit this weekend. SHARK-supported Fabien Foret finished the weekend on the third step of the podium after starting the race from fourth position. After being held up in the early stages of the race, Foret was eventually able to push through to a clear third place, which he took over the line – he is now ranked sixth in the overall championship.

Lowes battling through shoulder pain to finish fifth

Lowes battling through shoulder pain to finish fifth

Young-Brit and SHARK-protected Sam Lowes had a challenging weekend ahead of him after fracturing his left collarbone following a heavy crash at Assen three weeks previous. Lowes started the race on the front row in second place and battled through the pain of his shoulder to finish in a heroic fifth position. Lowes is now seventh in the overall championship.

Meanwhile in the Superbike class SHARK-rider Troy Corser finished the races in seventh and fifth respectively, and has moved up to 11th overall. Corser had great starts in both races; race one the Australian lead the race but fell back due to tyre wear. In the second race Corser was overtaken by a competitor and struggled to make up the gap. Meanwhile fellow SHARK-supported Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli finished race one in 12th and 13th places. In race two Guintoli came home in a respectable seventh place and Sykes in 11th.

SHARK-supported Romain Lanusse won the Superstock 600 European Championship race.

Meanwhile, all eyes were on Ryan Farquhar at the Tandragee 100 race as he continued his 2011 road racing campaign. The SHARK-rider showed no sign of slowing down as he took a double victory in the Super Twins and Moto 450 races, and scored two second places in the Open and Supersport 600 races – the final race had to be abandoned due to heavy rain. Fellow SHARK-protected Ronan Pentony also had a successful weekend winning the Junior Supersport Championship aboard his Suzuki SV650.

Ryan will now head to the Causeway Coast for the International North West 200 road races with first practice on Tuesday 17 May.

Fabien Foret – WSS: third:

“I messed up everything in the first chicane when Tamburini went a bit wide and pushed me off track. That was that; I could already see Chaz was far ahead and by the time I passed Broc and some other it was just too late. I tried to catch Scassa but it was hard by myself with no slipstream. I wanted to be safe at the end, score 16 points, and try to do even better at the next round in Misano.”

Sam Lowes – WSS: fifth:

« My shoulder was really sore in the race and that was the hardest race of my life. I am not making excuses and the opposition rode well but I could not do what I wanted to do on the bike because of my shoulder. I ran a harder tyre to make it a bit easier for me near the end of the race. I would have taken fifth if you offered me it at the start of the weekend and I dug deep and gave it everything. Now I am just looking forward to Misano. »

Troy Corser – SBK, race one: seventh – race two: fifth:

Good weekend for Corser finishing seventh and fifth

Good weekend for Corser finishing seventh and fifth

“On one hand I am happy with the way the two races have gone today, but on the other hand I am slightly frustrated. I got a great start in both races and led the early laps. The bike felt good on the whole. We had a few tyre issues in race one, which saw me slip back, and in race two I was pretty happy until I was squeezed out at the first corner by Marco Melandri. From there I lost some time and I just couldn’t get that back. The pace we showed this weekend suggested we could push for the podium, but sadly that didn’t happen today. We have a test now before Salt Lake so hopefully we can continue to improve on what we have done already.”

Ryan Farquhar:

More wins for Farquhar at the Tandragee 100 races

More wins for Farquhar at the Tandragee 100 races

« It’s been another busy weekend and another good meeting for myself and the team. The evening and overnight rain meant there were a few damp patches on race day but Michael and myself had a good battle in the Open race. It was a close race and there wasn’t much difference in the speed of the Superbike and Superstock machines whilst we were both riding hard. I had a wee problem with the clutch but rode as hard as I could but it just wasn’t good enough to win. Meanwhile, Sandor rode well for a good finish so it was a good ride and a good experience for him. The 600cc race was another hard race and it was a similar story to the Open event - Michael just beat me fair and square, it’s as simple as that! We’ve got a lot of work to do now between now and the North West and my priority is to get my Superbike finished so, hopefully, we can have another good meeting there. »

Monza, round four – World Supersport (16 laps):

1 / C. DAVIES
2 / L. SCASSA
3 / F. FORET (SHARK)
4 / B. PARKES
5 / S. LOWES (SHARK)
6 / R. TAMBURINI
7 / F. MARINO
8 / D. SALOM
9 / M. ROCCOLI
10 / O. JEZEK
DNF / G. REA (SHARK)

World Supersport Current Championship Positions:

1 / C. DAVIES 70
2 / L. SCASSA 70
3 / B. PARKES 60
4 / R. HARMS 42
5 / D. SALOM 42
6 / F. FORET (SHARK) 36
7 / S. LOWES (SHARK) 27
8 / M. ROCCOLI 26
9 / F. MARINO 26
10 / J. ELLISON 19
11 / G. REA (SHARK) 16

World Superbike – race one (18 laps):

1 / E. LAVERTY
2 / M. BIAGGI
3 / L. HASLAM
4 / M. MELANDRI
5 / M. FABRIZIO
6 / J. REA
7 / T. CORSER (SHARK)
8 / L. CAMIER
9 / C. CHECA
10 / J. SMRZ
12 / S. GUINTOLI (SHARK)
13 / T. SYKES (SHARK)

World Superbike – race two (18 laps):

1 / E. LAVERTY
2 / M. MELANDRI
3 / M. FABRIZIO
4 / N. HAGA
5 / T. CORSER (SHARK)
6 / A. BADOVINI
7 / S. GUINTOLI (SHARK)
8 / M. BIAGGI
9 / J. LASCORZ
10 / C. CHECA
11 / T. SYKES (SHARK)

World Superbike Current Championship Standings:

1 / C. CHECA 145
2 / M. MELANDRI 118
3 / M. BIAGGI 117
4 / J. REA 89
5 / E. LAVERTY 85
6 / L. HASLAM 84
7 / M. FABRIZIO 74
8 / L. CAMIER 58
9 / J. SMRZ 55
10 / N. HAGA 47
11 / T. CORSER (SHARK) 46
13 / T. SYKES (SHARK) 34

Superstock 600 European Championship (10 laps):

1 / R. LANUSSE (SHARK)
2 / D. LOMBARDI
3 / J. DAY
4 / F. MORBIDELLI
5 / R. RUSSO
6 / G. GREGORINI
7 / L. VITALI
8 / N. MAJOR
9 / N. CALERO PEREZ
10 / M. VD MARK

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