During the German GP at the Sachsenring this weekend, local hero and SHARK-rider Stefan Bradl continued his podium dominance finishing in second place in the Moto2 race. A tense 29-lap battle saw Bradl and Marc Marquez dueling for the race lead, with Marquez eventually making it stick on the 24th lap. Bradl wasn’t able to make another move and Marquez took his fourth consecutive win. Bradl is still leading the championship by a healthy 47 points.
Fellow SHARK-supported Scott Redding delivered his best performance of 2011 starting from outside the top-20 to finish seventh. Redding worked his way up through the pack on the first lap, going from 23rd into the top-15. By lap seven he was inside the top-10 and part of a group battle for sixth place. Pushing his way further to the front, the young Brit was more than three-seconds clear in fifth place when problems with rear grip forced him to pull back. He eventually crossed the line in a respectable seventh place.
The 125cc race saw a breathtaking last-lap battle take place between Héctor Faubel and SHARK’s Johann Zarco, which saw both riders cross the line at exactly the same time. A video finish determined a tie between the two and Faubel was awarded his first win of the season having set a faster lap than Zarco during the race. In MotoGP Randy de Puniet finished in 13th place.
Meanwhile in the UK, the British Superbike Championship continued from a wet Oulton Park. Due to the adverse weather conditions the days schedule was disrupted and only one race for the Superbike class ran. The first race saw three SHARK-riders within the top-ten; Michael Laverty in sixth, Loris Baz seventh and James Westmoreland coming home in eighth. BSB rookie Alex Lowes finished just outside the top-ten in 13th position.
SHARK’s Ben Wilson stormed his way onto the podium in second place in the Supersport race. After his bike broke down in Saturday’s qualifying, Wilson started the race from the back of the grid in 26th.
The Superstock 1000 podium saw a SHARK 1-2 with Adam Jenkinson and Victor Cox on the top two steps. Conor Cummins was promoted up to seventh after the sixth and seventh place finishers were excluded following a post-race inspection. The 125cc class saw SHARK’s-young Lee Jackson finish in eighth place.
Ryan Farquhar enjoyed a successful trip to the Isle of Man last week at the Southern 100 road races, where the SHARK-rider picked up two wins in the Supertwins races, a third place finish in the Solo Championship, another third in the Senior race and fifth in the Open race.
Stefan Bradl, Moto2: second: “I knew he might be faster than me, but I was a bit surprised by my rear tyre losing so much near the end. I had expected to lose something because yesterday morning I crashed and in qualifying we had a problem with the front, so I lost some confidence in the front. We made some improvements to the front for qualifying and we made some more adjustments to the front for the race, so I expected to lose some rear grip. During the last five laps I realised that I was at the limit – that was enough. I’m very happy with my performance at the moment – it’s great to be one of the top guys, fighting for wins and making good results. It’s a good feeling to go into the holidays in this situation. I’m not thinking about the championship too much because we are only halfway.”
Scott Redding, Moto2: seventh:« That was much more like it and it feels great to finish a weekend on a high after a few poor results. After the last race I knew I could make a lot of overtakes early on and that’s exactly what I did. I managed to dodge the chaos at the first corner and just got my head down and attacked as hard as I could. It didn’t take me long to get into the top six and it was really good fun. In the last few races I’ve usually gone backwards, so to be moving forward and making a lot of passes was great for my confidence. When I got into sixth I thought I could chase down Hernandez for fifth but I’d pushed so hard in the early laps that I’d worn the rear tyre a bit too much. When Krummenacher came by I knew he had a good pace and I thought he might drag me forward, but his bike had unbelievable traction and I couldn’t do anything. Each time I tried to accelerate I was spinning. I had a good battle for seventh with Corsi at the end and managed to hold him off, which was satisfying because he is a hard rider and takes no prisoners. »
Michael Laverty, British Superbike: sixth: « The race was disappointing for me, especially to finish sixth when we knew we had potential to be on the podium. I had a bad start as I had a problem with my launch control off the line and it meant I dropped outside the top ten and I had to work my way back up. When the safety car came out I lost temperature in my rear tyre and then it took a few laps to regain it which meant I lost ground on the others and had to settle for sixth. We have been fast all weekend but sixth means we scored points for the championship and we remained inside the top six in the standings which was the priority. »
Alex Lowes, British Superbike: 13th: “This hasn’t been a great weekend. Qualifying went well but I just couldn’t run as fast as I wanted in the race as I couldn’t get any feel from the bike and I didn’t want to risk a crash. We changed a few things ready for race two but as it was cancelled we didn’t get the chance to test them. I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch and hopefully by the time we get to the re-scheduled Oulton race at Cadwell Park I will be more familiar with the Ninja ZX-10R and I can give my home fans something to cheer.”
Ben Wilson, British Supersport: second: « I gave it my best shot in the sprint race and managed to get on terms with the leading three riders. Another lap and I think I could have won but I will take second today and the 20 points and move on to Brands Hatch for the next round. The boys worked hard this weekend to get my Gearlink Kawasaki up and running in time for the first race and it’s thanks to all their efforts that I was able to bring home the points. Its disappointing the second race was postponed but the track conditions were far from ideal and the rain seemed to get even heavier as the day wore on.”
Ryan Farquhar, Southern 100: « I always enjoy the Southern 100 and this week has been no exception, it’s been fantastic. The club work so hard and do all they can to make things right for not only the rider but also everyone in the team so it’s been great to see them rewarded with some superb weather and a good crowd. Everything went to plan in the Supertwins races and I really enjoyed the two races. The bike was flying and I was delighted to break the 100mph barrier on the bike, which I think put about 3mph on the old lap record. »