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Toselands Heads Home to Silverstone World Superbike to head a Strong Honda Field
Barros sits only two points from Toseland in the current championship table, with Toseland third overall, behind runaway leader Troy Bayliss and the only other rider to have won more than a single 2006 race, Troy Corser. Barros has never raced on the shorter 3.619km Silverstone race before, and thus the entire weekend will be another rapid learning process for the seven times MotoGP race winner.
Karl Muggeridge (Winston Honda Ten Kate CBR1000RR) has tasted Silverstone champagne during his successful WSS career, and will be pushing to take his first SBK podium finish. Having largely recovered from a recent spinal injury, he proved his return was not premature at Monza, scoring sixth and seventh places. These results put him into the top 15 overall - all despite no scores or no starts in half of the 2006 races thus far.
Once more the DFX Treme Honda squad will race without team-leader Pierfrancesco Chili (DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR), despite Chili attempting to race in a recent Italian championship race at Mugello. His replacement is once more Gianluca Nannelli (DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR) who lines up alongside SBK rookie Michel Fabrizio (DFX Treme Honda CBR1000RR). Fabrizio has had both high and low points this year, but his fifth place in the opening race at Qatar is certainly within his grasp again if the ultra-competitive qualifying results and Superpole contest go his way.
Toseland, about to enjoy the first of two British rounds in the SBK championship series, is in determined mood before the start of the Silverstone round.
“I believe that the team will come up with the goods and I will come up with the goods,” said Toseland. “It’s nice to race in Britain and we are fortunate that two of the biggest and most popular races of all are in the UK - Silverstone and Brands. I’m sure there will be a great turnout at Silverstone and we need great results to get the championship back.”
Barros, showing just how extensive his pre-Superbike career has been, acknowledges that he has raced at Silverstone before, but at a very different version than that which will greet him in first practice on Friday 26th May.
“The last time I raced at Silverstone was in 1987,” stated the talented Brazilian. “I know the old course, and it seems the latest one in World Superbike is combination of the old and the new, with some modifications to the old track. It seems the whole track will be pretty much completely new for me, so I don’t really know what to expect. It seems Silverstone will be surprise, and I hope a nice one.”
Muggeridge is ready for the challenge of the shorter and more physical Silverstone circuit, and he recovers full fighting fitness with every passing day.
“I feel pretty good now,” said Muggeridge. “My back injury is much better and there is nothing I can’t do with it. Getting some more hours on the bike will help a lot, because it’s hard to simulate that during training. When I first got injured the doctors’ opinions ranged from three months to six months recovery time, so we’re ahead of that already. I’m maybe not 100% yet, because I want to be even fitter than I was before. I want to move the bar a bit. The short Silverstone will maybe be one of the hardest tracks for us this year. It’s just the way things are at the moment, for our particular bikes.”
Fabrizio underwent a test session in Brno after the Monza race earlier in May, and made good set-up progress on his CBR1000RR.
“After the test in Brno my motorcycle feels OK,” said Fabrizio. “The suspension and the electronic package have improved, even if the racetrack at Silverstone will be very difficult. It’s a shame about the circuit; to cut the fastest parts is not good, because our motorcycle suffers most in the slow curves. But we will be trying as hard as ever to qualify for Superpole and finish in the top positions.”
Nannelli, a WSS race winner as recently as 2005, is a high-power understudy to Chili, but still feels he has to learn more about the bike before the results can reflect his obvious talent.
“I have high hopes for the next race in Silverstone because my team has been fantastic,” said Nannelli. “I will run for Domenico Brigaglia, my technical supervisor, and Frankie Chili. This race may be difficult because the Silverstone circuit might not suit the Honda CBR1000RR as well as some others. But the bike itself is very good and I’m sure we can make a good race.”
Round six of the 2006 series, marking the end of the first half of the competitive year, takes place at Misano, Italy, between 23 and 25 June, with all classes once more represented.
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Bayliss in the middle of podium at Silverstone both races flanked by Haga and Toseland.
Baylis and Ducati
"In 2002 I was lucky enough to win six in a row and I was thinking about that before this weekend but on Friday and Saturday I was throwing myself down the road getting sorer and sorer and I thought it was maybe a good time just to get some points, but racing changes your view of things," commented Troy. "I saw Corser crash in the first race and so I decided to make the most of the situation and not give in to Nori today. I really fought hard for the wins and that makes a good difference in the points for me against Corser. After the first race we tried a softer tyre and changed the suspension a bit, my main man Ernesto Marinelli did a great job and I could ride the bike half-a-second faster in the race. I feel sure that if we had gone with the same tyre it would have been much harder so a big thanks to him and all the guys in the team. Now we go on to Misano, where my 999's gone pretty well in testing, so I'm confident for that race as well."
HEADS UP A SCRUM OF MID-SEASON TALENT Andrew Pitt (Team
Italia Yamaha), the 2001 World Supersport champion, lies sixth in the
championship currently, partly thanks to his first career World Superbike
podium at Qatar, but mostly due to an impressive level of front running
consistency, whatever his final race positions. In overall seventh place
Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) has shown flashes of the sheer brilliance
we saw at the tail end of 2005, and his double podium placing at Valencia,
in round four, demonstrate that he still has the ability to run at the
front when all the pieces mesh together. Thus far the most consistent,
and highest scoring private rider is former MotoGP runner Roberto Rolfo
(Ducati SC Caracchi). Almost crowned champion in the 250 GP class in
2003, Rolfo has powered his booming vee-twin to a personal best of fifth
in Australia race one, and for him Silverstone will be another new experience.
A super-talented top ten currently hosts Norick Abe (Yamaha Motor France)
in ninth place, with the top Kawasaki runner Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki)
only three points behind Abe.
Bayliss gets wet in practice
In The Wet
Bayliss' fastest lap was set in yesterdays qualifying session which was run in damp conditions. Bayliss crashed during the first session and was forced to use his second bike. He had another crash which looked to be the end of his run but the team had done a rapid fix on his number one machine and he was able to go out again and set the fastest lap. He won't have an easy time of it as breathing down his neck in second place is his main rival Troy Corser on the Alstare Suzuki. In third place is ex MotoGP rider Fonsi Nieto, in his best qualifying performance so far. Fourth is Nori Haga who is followed by another of yesterday's fallers, James Toseland. Andrew Pitt on the second Yamaha Italia R1 rounds off the provisional second row.
Mention must go to wildcard entry and British Superbike regular Tommy Hill who finished up in 12th place on the Virgin Yamaha machine. With the forecast for Sunday's races being dry but cloudy with some sunshine the teams will be working on a wet weather setup for superpole but probably dry setup for tomorrows races. This creates problems as we haven't had a dry session this weekend so it will be very difficult to get a good setup with only tomorrow mornings free practise in which to do so, assuming that it does stay dry!
Wet Suprise as Wildcard Rider Tommy Hill takes Super Pole
When Superpole is run under wet conditions the top 16 riders have 50 minutes in which to complete no more than 12 laps. If they exceed their maximum they drop their fastest lap for each lap they are over their limit of 12. If Hill hadn't of crashed and carried on he wouldn't be on pole. "I absolutely shocked to be here to be honest," said Hill. "These are all guys that I look up to and to be amongst them is amazing, it hasn't sunk in yet. Maybe I'll realise when I get on the grid tomorrow."
Bayliss wasn't going to let Hill have an easy time of it. The ex-champion,
despite crashing three times so far this weekend, was throwing his Xerox
Ducati around in an attempt to claim pole on a very wet track. He
The front row is rounded off by Nori Haga on the Yamaha Italia R1. Haga was another rider who found himself out of the seat on some corners. He muscled his bike around and was only knocked off third place in the dying minutes of the session by Walker.
The second row is made up of Michel Fabrizio, Alex Barros, Ruben Xaus and Karl Muggeridge. Fabrizio on the DFX Treme Honda has been getting better as the meeting progresses. He is being tutored by his team mate Frankie Chili, who although unable to ride is with the team and at the same time receiving physio from the Clinica Mobile to try and get fit enough to race again. Alex Barros had a good session even though, like many riders, he found his machine stepping sideways a lot and sliding around in the wet conditions. Ruben Xaus made the best of the conditions to qualify his Ducati in 7th place and Karl Muggeridge finishes off the second row.
champion Troy Corser had his worst qualifying session of the season
finishing in 10th place. The 'King of Superpole' couldn't make the most
of his Suzuki and finds himself on the third row of the grid.
The exciting Bayliss / Haga duel for the race win highlighted both races at Silverstone.
Takes Race One. Corser Retires after Turn One Crash and Restart
Craig Jones had a big accident with his Foggy Petronas being totalled in the process. The Englishman took a knock on the head and despite his intentions he was taken off the grid as he was seeing double. At the restart Nori Haga got the holeshot closely followed by Troy Bayliss, Chris Walker and Ruben Xaus. Bayliss found himself unable to get past Haga and came under attack from a rejuvenated Ruben Xaus. Xaus passed Bayliss on lap 6 and took off after Haga. It looked as if Bayliss might have to settle for third but the Australian dug deep and closed back up to Xaus, passing him on the 13th lap. He then caught up to Haga and made a move on him on the 18th lap. Haga wasn't having any of it and passed him straight back. With just 3 laps to go Haga got past Bayliss again but Troy caught him back in the infield section of the circuit and held off any further challenge to take the win.
"I nearly let Haga have that race", said Bayliss. "I knew Corser was out and I had some good points from this race, but with three laps to go I saw the crowd and decided that I was going to give it a go. I got past him and realised I had an advantage so I ran to the flag. To be honest I prefer the old circuit better. I've raced both and this new layout doesn't really flow. I might make a few minor changes for race two but nothing too much. My biggest problem in the race was that a big bug hit my visor and I didn't want to use the tear off just then, so I had to ride with that smeared all over it for five laps. It wasn't pretty from the inside! Nori put his knee in the mud at one point and that kicked up some muck at me as well."
Haga ran a good race on his Yamaha Italia R1 and fought as hard as he could, but when Bayliss made his move there was nothing the Japanese rider could do and had to settle for second place."I really enjoyed that race, I'm not disappointed at all by the result," said Haga. "Because of the weather we've had in all the previous sessions I've not got a good setup for the dry."
Third place eventually went to James Toseland on the Winston Ten Kate Honda. The Englishman had started from 14th place and was up to 7th place by the end of lap one. He then proceeded to chase down Chris Walker and set his sights on third place runner Ruben Xaus. With the laps ticking down Toseland finally caught Xaus on the 21st lap. He was closing on second place but ran out of time.
"If I'd qualified better then the result might have been different", said Toseland. "I was catching the front two and remembered the outcome at Qatar (1st and 2nd place runners Kagayama and Haga took each other out) and thought it could happen again. I'm happy to be on the podium, especially here, but I wanted the win. I'll try in the second race but being so far back on the grid doesn't help.
Another rider having to start further down the grid than normal is Troy Corser. Corser, who caused the first corner crash at the original start, has to start from 10th after traction problems in superpole. The Australian dropped his Suzuki at the chicane on the second lap. He rejoined at the back of the pack but retired on lap 8 as a result of the damage sustained by his bike.
Ruben Xaus had a great race. The Spaniard had looked very threatening and it looked as if he might be able to get to the front but he was caught by Bayliss and then Toseland. He maintained fourth place and will be very happy with that result. He broke his leg at the start of the season in a motocross accident, now that's healed we have the old Xaus back. Haga's team mate Andrew Pitt had determined ride which saw him move up from 11th to finish fifth. The Yamaha rider got past Chris Walker on the 11th lap and held the position until the chequered flag.
Chris Walker on the PSG-1 Kawasaki was determined to do well in front of his home crowd and running in third at the start it looked as if he would succeed but he started to drop back, probably a result of lack of a good dry setup, and eventually found himself in sixth place.
Alex Barros had another poor start dropping back to 17th from sixth on the grid. The ex MotoGP rider then fought his way back up to final finish ninth. If the Brazilian can sort his starts out he'll be a podium contender every time but he seems unable to get to grips with the Honda, possibly as it has no traction control.
Pole sitter Tommy Hill finished in 12th place after a poor start saw him drop back to 10th place on the first lap. The wildcard rider battled with Kagayama, Abe and finally Barros but was unable to hold them off. A good result for the youngster and the team will be happy. A disappointing race one for the Foggy Petronas team at their home round. With Craig Jones out due to his accident all their hopes rested on Steve Martin. However his bike packed up on the 19th lap and he was forced to park it.
James Toseland posted excellent rides from behind both races for 3rds on the Teb Kate Honda.
Race 2: Bayliss
does it again. Seven in a row for the Wizard of Oz.
"I went with a slightly softer rear tyre in this race", said Bayliss. "It was a bit of a gamble as it was the same one that I used in Philip Island and that went pear shaped for me. The choice worked for me though as I was able to run about half a second quicker per lap than I could in race one. The team also made a slight change to my suspension setting but they're a great bunch and I trust them."
Haga was happy with his second place finish. "I am very happy with
the podium and I enjoyed the race a lot. The pace in the second race
was very fast, I'd changed some settings on my suspension for the race
and it worked well. "I can beat Troy at Misano, we tested there
earlier and I know I can go well
The battle for third place behind the two leaders was even more frantic with Walker, Toseland, Pitt and Corser joined later in the race by Alex Barros. Walker had tried everything to keep Bayliss behind him but once the Ducati rider was past he tried to consolidate third place. He had defending champion Troy Corser immediately behind him as well as Andrew Pitt and they were soon joined by a charging James Toseland.
Toseland passed Corser on Lap 10 to take fourth place and two laps later he caught his fellow countryman Chris Walker for third place. He then broke away from the others and tried to close up to the leaders but he was unable to close up to them eventually finishing 12 seconds behind Haga. Pitt could do nothing about Toseland and maintained a gap of around half a second for the remained of the race.
Meantime Alex Barros had joined the back of this chasing pack and started to make up places. He was using his number two machine after his number one bike had been totalled in the first corner crash in race one. He passed first Troy Corser and then Chris Walker. It looked as if he might catch Pitt and possibly Toseland but in the end he couldn't get anymore out of his Klaffi Honda. "It was rather difficult for me here because everything was new and I only had one hour to get a dry setup. After the first race we changed my rear suspension and things went better."
Troy Corser at least managed to salvage some points in race two after his DNF in race one. The Alstare Corona Suzuki rider was in the pack fighting for third place but started to drop back. He fell back into eighth place but with three laps left he put on a surge that saw him make up two places eventually finishing sixth and limiting the points damage to Bayliss. Ruben Xaus came home in seventh place, not quite able to replicate his performance from race one. He had caught both Walker and Corser but lost out to the champion after his late surge in the closing laps.
Another disappointing race completed a disappointing weekend for the Foggy Petronas team. Craig Jones didn't start following his crash in race one and Steve Martin retired on lap nine after his engine overheated. It's not easy for the team as they know that they are giving away a huge amount of horsepower to the other teams but with their main sponsor Petronas pulling out at the end of the year it's not worth investing any money until they know what's going to happen.
Noricke Abe (88) holds off pole sitter Tommy Hill (81).
Nori Haga moved up to third above James Toseland after his two second place finishes. As always Haga is a delight to watch, he makes up his own racing lines and will overtake up the inside or round the outside in places that it's supposed to be impossible to do so. Long may it continue.
championship now moves onto Misano, for the San Marino round on the
Italian Riviera, in a month's time. All of the riders have tested there
this year so should have a good setup already. Ducati are looking forward
to it as it is their home round and they are determined to do well.
Round 5 of 12
(Megabike Honda CBR600RR) was the next best supported Honda rider home,
in eighth place, despite re-breaking a bone in his already injured hand.
His team-mate Yoann Tiberio (Megabike Honda CBR600RR), the Monza race
winner, was down in 14th, after experiencing tyre choice problems mid-race,
dropping from the top six position to the second last point scorer.
knew that he had been in a tough race, but his will to win saw him overcome
the lack of testing time, and some tough competition at periods in the
"I have great pain in the hand that I broke in Qatar at the beginning of the season,” affirmed Fujiwara. “On Friday, during practice, I crashed and broke another little part of the same hand, and so Silverstone was a really difficult race for me. I made the best of it but the pain was very big. I hope to arrive in the best condition for the Misano race
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