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Lowes takes the double at Cadwell Park

This weekend SHARK’s supported riders had a fantastic weekend at Cadwell Park for the eighth round of the British Superbike Championship. Over the weekend SHARK-men collected ten podium places, as well as six top-ten finishes between them.

Alex Lowes wowed his home crowd in the British Superbike class by winning both races. Lowes was fastest in every session over the weekend, which landed him in pole position for race one. He then scored the fastest lap that landed him again in pole for the second race. Lowes is now second in the championship and has closed the gap on title leader Shane Byrne by 37 points. James Westmoreland scored two top-ten finishes in 10th and ninth places and is now closer to the top six for the Showdown.

In the Monster Energy British Motostar race it was a SHARK 1-2-3 on the podium with Joe Francis first, Andy Reid second (he was first in the 125) and Joe Irving third. Francis leads the overall championship standings by 36 points, while Irving is sitting in third.

The British Supersport races saw Ben Wilson edge closer to the two riders ahead of him in the championship standings, after scoring a win in race one and a close second in the feature race.

The Superstock 1000 race saw a fantastic second place finish for 17-year old Lee Jackson, with fellow SHARK man Victor Cox in third. Cox is fourth in the overall championship with Jackson in seventh. The Superstock 600 race saw another SHARK podium with a third place for Nick Anderson, and current title leader Jordan Simpkin finished in fourth.

The Triumph Triple Challenge saw Philip Atkinson finish his weekend in fourth and fifth, with Dan Helyer sixth in race one. In the overall championship Atkinson sits fourth with Helyer in sixth.

Meanwhile in Brno for MotoGP it was a mixed weekend for SHARK riders. In Moto2 Scott Redding suffered with bike set-up issues all weekend that caused the young-Brit problems in the 20-lap race. At one point during the race Redding was up to fifth, but the problems returned and Redding eventually crossed the line in eighth place. Meanwhile Johann Zarco finished in fifth.

This weekend MotoGP heads to Silverstone for the British round of the championship, World Superbikes will be from the Nürburgring in Germany and British Superbikes will return 6-8 September from Donington Park.

Alex Lowes

The races were hard work actually! I had a good pace in practice and qualifying and then the temperature went up for the first race which made it more difficult. I wanted to try and get to the front and then if they passed me they would have to work really hard to pull it off! I didn’t want Shakey to come by me at the end of the race and with five laps to go I pushed hard and that was enough. Overall it has been a fairytale weekend. That second race was so hard and fair play to Josh as he stuck with me and pushed me. When he came passed me I thought: “No, I have led all this time and he has got me on the final lap”, but then luck was on my side. I hope Josh is OK and I am sure he is going to come back strong at Donington. I want to thank my team and all the fans at Cadwell Park for their support this weekend; it has been awesome. I am looking forward to the rest of the season.

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SHARK-riders in action at Indy and the Ulster GP

This weekend SHARK-supported riders took part in two very different race series; MotoGP from Indianapolis, America, and the Ulster GP, Ireland. Both races saw SHARK-men step onto the respective podiums with two wins, a second and third place.

In America for the tenth round of the MotoGP championship Scott Redding took a well-deserved third place in Moto2, following a tough 25-lap race. Excessive tyre wear once again hampered the young Brit’s chances of a race win, but he pushed on despite grip issues to secure third. The result was Redding’s sixth podium in nine races and has extended his championship lead to 26 points.

In Sunday’s AMA Pro Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson Series, veteran racer Jeremy McWilliams took the win following a four-way battle to the chequered flag by 0.039 seconds.

Meanwhile in Ireland for the Ulster GP, Ian Lougher said farewell to competitive action after announcing his retirement from road racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT. Not retiring quietly, Lougher re-wrote the Dundrod circuit and the Ulster GP history books by taking the win in the Ultra-Lightweight class. It was the 50th time Lougher has stepped onto the Dundrod podium, which takes his Ulster GP race win tally to 18. He has had success at the circuit on no less than 21 times, placing him second only to Joey Dunlop in both the all-time lists.

Jamie Hamilton continued his run of road racing success on Saturday when he took a superb, and hard fought, second place in the Lightweight race. The youngster also finished ninth and fifth in the Superbike races, but was forced to retire from both the Supersport races after mechanical issues.

SHARK’s road racers will now make their way to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT and Manx GP races with practice starting today for the Manx. Meanwhile short-ciruit racing will continue with British Superbikes from Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire 24-26 August, and MotoGP at Brno 23-25 August.

Scott Redding

This morning wasn’t so good and I didn’t really feel comfortable with the bike. I just decided to take it easy but I still wasn’t so far off the pace and this afternoon I was more in my normal strong mindset and I felt much more comfortable. The lap times were coming relatively easily and I was happy with my consistency. This is a very important phase of the Championship with three races in a row and I am just concentrating on collecting as many points as I can.

Jeremy McWilliams

I was just in the right place at the right time. Hafizh passed me and at that stage I thought Tyler and Steve were going to get a way. Luckily it came back with the draft and if it wasn’t for the draft, I don’t think I would have got back on their tails. The win I have to dedicate to my dealership — they put a perfect bike together. I guess I’m more surprised than anybody to be standing on top.

Ian Lougher

I just missed out on a rostrum in the opening 600 race, and on the 125 Christian Elkin and I passed each other a few times on the last lap. He actually put his front wheel to my knee and I thought, ‘you can’t pass there’. It was nice to have a 125 win to finish my UGP career.  Big thanks go to everyone who has supported me through the years, all my sponsors and the fans.

Jamie Hamilton

After the problems with the 600 and then sliding off in the Lightweight race, I was beginning to think it wasn’t my day but someone was on my side today and I’m delighted with the podium on the 650 and my performances on the Superbike. The spare 650 was hastily prepared for the re-run Lightweight race and I’d never even sat on it before so to get second was unreal. It was so close the whole way through and a brilliant race to be part of.

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Podiums and points for SHARK-men at Oulton Park triple-header

This weekend SHARK supported riders took to the track at Oulton Park, Cheshire for the seventh round of the British Superbike Championship, taking five podium finishes between them and collecting valuable season points.

In the British Superbike races Alex Lowes secured his position in the championship Showdown. In the opening race pole-sitter Lowes finished third after a long battle with James Ellison and Shane Byrne. During the second race whilst pushing for another podium, Lowes lost the front of his machine on the last lap and crashed out of the running unhurt.

The last race of the day saw Lowes take his second podium of the weekend in third place. Lowes is currently sitting third in the overall championship standings, 54 points behind leader Shane Byrne. Meanwhile fellow SHARK-riders James Westmoreland and Howie Mainwaring-Smart finished their weekends in the top-ten respectively with Westy ninth and sixth, and Mainwaring-Smart tenth and eighth.

The British Supersport class saw SHARK’s Ben Wilson finish third on the podium in race one, but he suffered a DNF in the second race. Despite not finishing in race two Wilson remains third in the championship standings.

In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class it was a SHARK sixth, seventh, ninth and 11th with Victor Cox, David Johnson, Danny Johnson and Lee Jackson securing points. The overall standings are similar with Cox sixth, Johnson (Danny) eighth and Jackson ninth. Meanwhile in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class Jordan Simpkin finished just off the podium in fourth place.

The British Motostar M3 class saw a SHARK 2-3 on the podium with Joe Francis and Jordan Weaving, whilst Andy Reid won the 125. Francis leads the championship by 11 points.

Finally, the Ducati 848 Challenge saw Marty Nutt finish both races in third place; Nutt leads the championship by nine points.

The next British Superbike round will be over the August Bank Holiday weekend 24-26 August at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire.

Alex Lowes:

It’s been a hard weekend, probably the hardest of the year – we have stood still since we raced here back in May and the rest have got a bit better and I’m not as competitive as I want to be. I’ve given everything in these races and really do not have a lot to show for it. Even so I’ve qualified for the Showdown and I enjoyed that last race and hope that it is a sign of things to come when we get into the actual Showdown.

Ben Wilson:

We all went for the same tyre in that race but I think I maybe worked mine a little bit harder than the others. But third is not a bad result for me considering that last time we were here back in May I was unable to start the first race and then was placed on the back of the grid for race two. I recorded the fastest lap again today and have been told its a new lap record, not bad on a worn tyre! Gearlink Kawasaki have put a fantastic bike under me this weekend and thats been proved with another podium finish here today.

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Successful weekend for SHARK-men at Silverstone

SHARK-supported racers battled changing weather conditions at Silverstone this weekend for the ninth round of the World Superbike Championship, with notable performances and three podium finishes.

In the World Superbike Championship Loris Baz joined the 2013 winners’ list in the second race with a solid start-to-finish performance that made up for losing out on a podium in the opening race, where he eventually finished in fifth. Baz’s teammate Tom

Sykes finished race one in 11th place and scored valuable points in race two in seventh. Fellow SHARK-man Sylvain Guintoli finished his weekend in fourth and sixth and still holds the Championship lead over Sykes by 13 points.

Meanwhile a dramatic World Supersport battle took place with SHARK’s Sam Lowes and title rival Kenan Sofuoglu. On the last lap Sofuoglu’s machine collided with Lowes causing the young-Brit to fall. Lowes was able to remount his machine and crossed the line in second place. An investigation into the contact took place and was decided that the original result stood. Lowes still holds a 29-point advantage over Sofuoglu in the Championship standings.

The World Superbike Championship will take a short break with racing returning 30 August-1 September from the Nürburgring, Germany. The British Superbike Championship will be at Oulton Park, Cheshire this weekend 9-11 August and MotoGP will continue from Indianapolis, America 16-18 August without the Moto2 and Moto3 Championships, which will return at the following round in Brno, Czech Republic.

Loris Baz:

“After race one I was really disappointed because I was fighting for the podium. In race two I said to myself, “OK, this one is mine.” In the first part of the race, even in the dry, I had good pace and I pushed at the front. I tried to control the pace from the front but there were some fast people behind me and it was difficult to go away. Every time somebody tried to pass me I passed them back and at the end the conditions were really wet and I nearly fell. I want to say thanks my team because they are making a really good job with this bike for not just Tom or me but for both riders. I also want to dedicate this victory to Andrea Antonelli’s family.”

Tom Sykes:

“Race two was similar to race one and today in these weather conditions it was always going to be a difficult one. I was not prepared to gamble too much and we saw how easy it was for people to crash, so taking some points is better than taking none. I do not like thinking about the championship but I was maybe forced to think a little bit about it in race two. We have not given away too much to the championship leader. Congratulations to Loris on his win and after the summer break we will move on and see what we can do at some circuits we should do well at.”

Sylvain Guintoli:

“I’m happy… that it’s over! Unfortunately my shoulder gave me a bit of trouble today, especially at the beginning of the race when I didn’t have any strength in my right arm. I fought and pushed hard when I could, but I was careful not to take any pointless risks. My position in the standings means that I can’t throw away races and in conditions like the ones we had today it is only normal that those with less to lose will take more risks. When I have a clear head tomorrow I’ll think about how to continue recovering from my shoulder injury. In the last two rounds we increased the gap despite our problems, so this is a delicate matter. »

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Les pilotes SHARK sur tous les fronts

Ce week-end avaient lieu 2 épreuves de championnat du monde. Tout d’abord, nos pilotes GP Espargaro – De Puniet – Laverty posaient leurs valises en Californie à Laguna Seca tandis que les pilotes du Mondial Superbike voyageaient en Russie sur le Moscou Raceway. En Angleterre, sur le circuit de Brands Hatch se tenait parallèlement une manche du British Superbike.

En MotoGP, seules les MotoGP étaient conviées sur le circuit de Laguna Seca. Les Moto2 et 3 étant en repos estival  jusqu’au GP d’Indianapolis mi-août. Trois pilotes représentaient ce week-end les couleurs SHARK. Randy de Puniet et Aleix Espargaro en habitués des lieux et Michael Laverty découvrant un circuit très difficile à appréhender. Espargaro a pris une nouvelle fois le dessus sur de Puniet en qualification, s’offrant une 11ième la place sur la grille contre une 12ième pour de Puniet. Laverty pour sa première se qualifie 20ième. La course ne sera pas heureuse pour les pilotes SHARK. En effet, Laverty après un très bon départ perd l’avant et chute dès le second tour. Randy de Puniet, quant à lui, range sa moto dès le 5ième tour sur casse moteur et Aleix Espargaro chute dès le tour suivant. Prochaine étape pour eux, toujours aux USA où ils retrouveront les Moto2/3 à Indianapolis.

En WSBK, le week-end moscovite s’est très mal engagé pour nos pilotes avant même de commencer. Sylvain Guintoli ayant chuté en vélo quelques jours auparavant souffrait d’une dislocation de l’épaule et d’une déchirure partielle des ligaments. Il s’attendait à souffrir et ce fut le cas. Mais il a tout de même réussi à se qualifier 8ième. Nos autres pilotes ont également eu du mal à rentrer dans le week-end. Tom Sykes, chutant en Superpôle 3, ne peut se qualifier mieux que 9ième et Loris Baz ratant sa séance se classe 12ième. En manche 1, nos pilotes réussissent dans les premiers tours à se retrouver dans le second groupe et en bagarre pour la 3ième place. Mais la course fut mouvementée. Dès le 4ième tour la Kawasaki de Tom Sykes rend l’âme et il est obligé de l’abandonner en flamme sur le bord de la piste. Puis la pluie vient se mêler à la fête. D’abord faible, elle s’intensifie et oblige les pilotes à repasser par les stands pour passer en pneu pluie. Seul Loris Baz prend le pari de finir les 5 tours de la course en slick. Pari audacieux qui ne fonctionnera pas car, sur des œufs, il se verra rattrapé par les autres pilotes pour finalement finir 8ième. Sylvain Guintoli réussit au final une bonne opération car en s’emparant de la 6ième place malgré une épaule douloureuse, il reprend la tête du championnat du monde.

Malheureusement cette course sera la seule course du week-end. En effet, dans le premier tour de la course du mondiale Supersport, le coureur italien Andrea Antonelli a été victime d’un terrible accident et il succombera à ses blessures peu de temps après. Nos pensées se tournent vers ce jeune pilote et sa famille. Jugées dangereuses à cause de la pluie et suite à cet accident, les courses de Supersport et Superbike manche 2 ont été annulées.

Prochaine manche pour nos pilotes WSBK à Silverstone le 4 août.

Suite aux résultats précédents, c’est donc bien le BSB qui nous a offert les meilleures places aux pilotes SHARK. En effet notre meilleur représentant sur le territoire Anglais, Alex Lowes, le frère jumeau de notre pilote du mondial Supersport, s’est offert deux très beaux podiums en finissant respectivement 2ième et 3ième en première et seconde manche. Il revient donc dans la course au titre 2ième à 21 points du leader après 6 rounds sur 12.

Nous nous retrouverons fin Août pour un résumé complet des courses qui auront lieu pendant la fin juillet et le mois d’août. Le programme des courses à ne pas louper cet été : GP à Indianapolis le 18 août et à Brno le 25 août et WSBK à Silverstone le 4 août.

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Week-end allemand pour les pilotes GP

Ce week-end avait lieu la 8ième manche du Championnat du monde de GP sur le circuit allemand du Sachsenring. Si bon nombre de pilotes (Lorenzo – Pedrosa – Iannone) ont déclaré forfait suite à de graves chutes, nos pilotes SHARK sont passés au travers de blessure.

En MotoGP, les 87 000 spectateurs présents ont assisté à un premier tiers de course avec de nombreux déplacements en tête. Notre meilleur représentant SHARK dans cette catégorie, Aleix Espargaro, s’est glissé parmi ces pilotes de tête avant de ne plus pouvoir tenir le rythme avec sa CRT face aux prototypes. Il finit la course 8ième à 30 sec de Marquez, vainqueur du jour. Randy de Puniet termine douzième à plus de 48 secondes tandis que notre troisième représentant Michael Laverty prend la 16ième place. A l’issue de la manche allemande, au championnat du monde, Espargaro est 10ième et 1er CRT, de Puniet est 14ième devant Laverty 21ième.

En Moto2, les résultats n’ont pas été aussi bon que nous en avons l’habitude cette saison. Même si tous les représentants SHARK de la catégorie terminent dans le top 12, Scott Redding n’a pu trouver la vitesse suffisante pour être devant et se classe 7ième. Anthony West finit dans sa roue pour prendre la 8ième position et Johann Zarco, déçu, termine 12ième. Ces pilotes ont déjà à cœur de faire mieux lors de la prochaine épreuve. Au championnat du monde, Redding domine cependant toujours les débats, Zarco est 6ième, West 15ième.

En Moto3, la course s’est une nouvelle fois jouée dans les derniers tours entre les trois pilotes de tête. Malheureusement, notre pilote Miguel Oliveira n’a pu participer à la bataille mais remporte tout de même la lutte de son groupe pour terminer au pied du podium, 4ième à 4,9 secondes du vainqueur. Alan Techer se classe 19ième quelques places devant Livio Loi 22ième. Eric Granado, quant à lui, chute sans gravité. Au championnat du monde, Oliveira est 6ième, Granado 21, Techer 22 et Loi 24ième.

Prochaine manche pour les motos GP dès ce week-end à Laguna Seca en même temps que le WSBK de Moscou. Quant aux Moto2 et Moto3, ces catégories sont en vacances jusqu’à mi-août et le grand-prix d’Indianapolis.

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Podiums and points for Shark riders in the Snetterton sun

Race fans were treated to a weekend of sunshine and spectacular racing as the British Superbike Championship arrived at Snetterton for round six of the season, with some excellent results for Shark’s riders.

Alex Lowes set the pace for the weekend with a blistering qualifying session that saw him secure the fastest lap of the 2.96-mile circuit and claim pole position. He put in a sensational performance in the first race, passing both Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes on the same lap to take his second win of the season. Fellow Shark-man James Westmoreland was in sixth when he ran off track and dropped to 17th. He put up a great fight to claw his way back to sixth come the flag.

In race two Lowes had a bad start but battled back to second. Despite several hard-fought attempts to catch leader Byrne, he was unable to pass and settled for second place. Westmoreland went one better than his first outing to finish in fifth.

In the Monster Energy British Motostar race, Shark’s Joe Francis took another victory, while Joe Irving joined him on the podium in third and Brad Ray took fourth overall and first in the 125GP class. Shark’s third outright win of the weekend came from Marty Nutt in the Ducati 848 Challenge – he took first in race one and second in race two.

In the Pirelli National Supersport 600 race, Ben Wilson visited the podium twice with a third and a second in race one and two respectively, while Luke Jones came seventh in race two. In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class, Superstock 600 champion 17-year-old Lee Jackson secured his first podium on the bigger machine with a third place. James East came sixth.

The Triumph Triple Challenge race one saw Phil Atkinson in third, Dan Fuller in fourth and Fast Bikes journalist and Shark-wearer Al Fagan in eighth. Dan Heyler scored a double podium, finishing second in both race two and three.

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Sykes takes the double at Imola

This weekend SHARK riders were in action at Imola, Italy for the World Superbike Championship and at Assen, The Netherlands for MotoGP. The weekend was a success for SHARK’s supported riders with a double SBK win and podiums in WSS and Moto2.

Tom Sykes continued his untouchable form at Imola winning both SBK races, scoring his second double win of the year and taking the championship lead. A perfect weekend for the SHARK-man not only saw the two race wins but also his sixth Superpole of the year, a new fastest lap in qualifying and a new lap record of 1,47.274 in race one. Fellow SHARK-supported Sylvain Guintoli finished third on the podium in the second race, after a DNF in race one. Sykes’s teammate Loris Baz struggled after a fast fall in Superpole on Saturday and fought to be ninth in race one, and sixth in race two.

Meanwhile the World Supersport race was reduced to 14-laps after an oil spill six-laps into the first race. At the restart Sam Lowes suffered a bad getaway and slipped into sixth place, then worse after an off-track moment went down to tenth. Lowes managed to regain momentum and steadily worked his way up the pack and a last lap drive saw the young-Brit claim second place. Lowes still holds the championship lead by 34 points.

The next round of the SBK and WSS Championships will continue from Moscow 19-21 July.

Moving to The Netherlands for Moto2 Scott Redding took a hard fought second place at Assen. Taking maximum advantage of his front row start, Redding slotted behind the pole-sitter before taking the race lead on the second lap. Redding battled with Espargaro throughout swapping places, and on the final lap Esparagaro slipped past Redding to take the win by just one tenth of a second.

The next round of the MotoGP Championship takes place at the Sachsenring, Germany from 12-14 July.

Tom Sykes:

I have had two perfect weekends out of the last three events and for this I am truly happy. I enjoy this circuit so we have made the most of it. A perfect weekend so it could not have been any better. It is a special weekend for many reasons and also the incident last year with my 2012 team-mate Joan Lascorz. There was not one time on any lap when I have exited turn six and not thought about his accident. We are all thinking of Joan and I hope that this is a small, small tribute to him. Both the ZX-10R and myself have been working well. I have every single individual member of the Kawasaki staff and teams to thank, and our great technical sponsors. Without their help I would not be able to showcase myself so I truly am grateful. Hopefully now this is a beginning of a challenge but we will see how we go.

Scott Redding:

Normally I’d be disappointed with finishing second, but not today. It was a close race and it was good for me to know I could put pressure on Pol throughout, despite him having a bit of a speed advantage on the straight. I could pass him in sector one, but he’d just come back at me in sector two or sector four. In the end I went through and tried to pull a gap, because I knew it would be difficult to hold him off on the last lap if we were close. It was all going to plan, but then the bike jumped out of sixth gear and that was enough for him to close on me again. It was a close fight, and Pol made some hard moves on me, but I was smiling in my helmet for the whole race. It was great fun, so losing out on the win by just a tenth at the end wasn’t as disheartening as it would normally be.

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Redding et Sykes à l’attaque ce week-end

Week-end complet et victorieux pour nos pilotes GP comme WSBK qui s’affrontaient d’une part sur le TT de Assen et d’autre part sur le tracé du circuit Italien d’Imola.

En MotoGP, la course a eu lieu comme chaque année le samedi après-midi et, pour une fois, nos pilotes ont pu profiter d’un climat plutôt froid mais sec permettant aux pilotes de chausser les pneus slick.

En Moto GP c’est encore une fois Aleix Espargaro qui a montré le meilleur chez nos pilotes. En effet, il est encore 1er CRT en qualification et en course devant plusieurs prototypes ou machines d’usines. Il s’offre à nouveau une très belle 8ième place. Randy de Puniet s’est, suite à son départ moyen, retrouvé dans le mauvais groupe et une fois sorti de ce groupe il n’a pu refaire son retard moins en confiance que la veille avec le train avant. Il a donc roulé seul une bonne partie de la course pour terminer 12ième. Au championnat du monde Espargaro et 1er CRT et 10ième tandis que RDP est 14ième.

La course de Moto2 nous a offert une grosse bagarre entre Espargaro et Scott Redding en tête de la course.Scott Redding termine finalement 2ième. Il nous raconte sa course ci-dessous. Zarco passe la ligne en 6ièmeposition alors qu’il était en bagarre dans un groupe pouvant lui offrir la 3ième place, dommage. West est 10ième. Au championnat du monde Redding est toujours large leader avec 30 points d’avance. Zarco est 6ième et West 14ième.

En Moto3, comme on en a maintenant l’habitude week-end après week-end, c’est dans les derniers tours que tout se joue. En effet, à chaque grand-prix un groupe de 5/6 pilotes se détachent en tête et s’affrontent dans les deux derniers tours. Oliveira est encore présent lors de ce Grand Prix d’Assen parmi les meilleurs et termine 4ième. Techer se classe 18ième, Loi 23ième et Granado 28ième.

Scott REDDING : “Normalement je devrais être déçu de ne finir que second, mais pas aujourd’hui ! C’était une course très serrée et cela a été bon pour moi de savoir que je pouvais mettre la pression sur Pol malgré son avantage de vitesse en ligne droite. Cela a donc été une bagarre très rude entre nous mais j’ai eu en permanence le sourire sous mon casque. J’ai pris beaucoup de plaisir c’est pourquoi finir deuxième n’est pas si blessant que cela devrait l’être.”

En WSBK nos pilotes avaient rendez-vous pour s’affronter sur le circuit d’Imola en Italie.

En WSBK c’est Tom Sykes qui a été le plus à son avantage au cours de ce week-end.  En effet auteur une nouvelle fois dela pôle il s’est ensuite offert un magnifique doublé. Que ce soit lors d’une manche 1 dominée après avoir pris la tête au bout de quelques tours ou d’une seconde manche menée de bout en bout de la course il a été impérial tout au long du week-end. Sylvain Guintoli a été plus malheureux devant même abandonner en première manche suite à un ennui mécanique. Il s’est cependant bien repris en seconde manche et monte sur la troisième marche du podium. Loris BAZ qui a lourdement chuté pendant la superpôle 3 a eu du mal à se mettre dans le rythme en première manche et se classe 9ième. Il fait mieux en plaçant sa machine 6 en seconde manche. Résultat des courses Tom Sykes récupère la tête du championnat du monde au profit de Sylvain Guintoli maintenant à 6 points derrière lui. Lors Baz est 6ième.

En Supersport, Sam LOWES signe samedi sa 6ième pôle position en 7 courses, un exploit ! Il débute la course par un hôleshot et garde donc son avantage de la pôle pour virer en tête du premier virage en 1er position. Il parviendra en compagnie de 2 autres pilotes à s’échapper. Malheureusement la course est arrêtée pour drapeau rouge, celle-ci étant trop dangereuse suite à la casse moteur d’un des concurrents. Lors du second départ, il se rate et passe le premier tour en 9ième position. Mais suite à une grosse bagarre il remonte et termine 2ième. Fabien Foret connait un week-end plus difficile et un passage par les graviers durant la course le fera terminer à la 12ième position. Au championnat du monde Lowes est toujours leader, tandis que Foret est 3ième.

Tom SYKES : “J’ai connu un week-end parfait qui n’aurait pu être en aucun point meilleur.”

Prochain week-end de course pour les MotoGP sur le circuit du Sachsenring en Allemagne le 14 juillet.

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SHARK-riders in action at Knockhill and Cataluyna

This weekend the fourth round of the British Superbike Championship continued from Knockhill, Scotland, while the sixth round of MotoGP took place at Catalunya, Spain. SHARK-men secured wins, podiums and top-ten finishes in both championships.

At Knockhill Ben Wilson dominated both British Supersport Championship races, taking a double win and moving to third place in the overall standings. In the British Superbike class, James Westmoreland finished both races in sixth place, while Alex Lowes crashed out unhurt of race one and finished just off the podium in fourth in race two.

The Monster Energy British Motostar class saw SHARK’s Joe Irving take second place, with Joe Francis fifth. Francis leads the championship with Irving in third place overall.

In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class Jordan Simpkin finished on the podium in third place, and currently leads the overall championship, while Tim Hastings came home fourth. The Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class saw Josh Day finish sixth and Danny Johnson ninth. The overall class standings feature SHARK-supported riders in the top-ten, Victor Cox fifth, Danny Johnson sixth, Josh Day ninth and Dave Johnson tenth.

Meanwhile in the Moto2 race in Spain Scott Redding finished his weekend in fourth place – his best finish to-date at the circuit. Redding still leads the overall championship by 35 points. Fellow SHARK-man Johann Zarco finished within the top-ten in seventh position.

The next instalment of MotoGP will take place 28-30 June from Assen, Netherlands with World Superbikes the same weekend from Imola, Italy and British Superbikes continuing from Snetterton on 5-7 July.

Meanwhile in the last round of the British Flattrack Championship at Norfolk Arena, SHARK-supported Pete Boast finished on the top step of the podium, and is currently sitting third in the overall standings.

Ben Wilson

It’s fantastic, good for me and for Gearlink Kawasaki who have put a fantastic bike under me this weekend. They have worked really hard during the break and we have been away testing and done some homework. We have come back strong and we have proved this weekend we have the pace to win races.

Scott Redding:

I got a good jump off the line, but then Zarco just gassed it into the side of my bike at turn one. I thought he’d gone down, because it felt like I rode over his bike. I was lucky to hang on to that one. That dropped me back and I got into a bit of a fight with De Angelis, but then the rhythm started coming better and I was able to close on the leaders. The rear started spinning up a lot about five laps in and, about halfway through the race, I lost touch with the three at the front. After struggling quite a bit this weekend, I’m happy enough to get my best result at a track that’s not been so good for me in the past and to retain my lead in the championship. Now we go to Assen, which is a track I like a lot.