#RiminiWorldSBK: TOP TEN CONCLUDES A DIFFICULT STAY IN ITALY

For Stefan Bradl, the race weekend at the Misano circuit ended conciliatory after finishing heat two in tenth place.

As expected, the weather appeared on Sunday also in its hottest way. In another race under the heat of Italy, therefore, Stefan Bradl and his Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rounded off the top ten. But again, things didn’t go smoothly for the 27-year-old German rider. At the start, he was able to keep his position before he could climb up the order after initial difficulties.

Till the next race, the last before the summer break, there is another three-weeks break before the series cross the Atlantic for the US round at Laguna Seca at the second weekend in July.

#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2), 10th – Championship position 12th (54 points):

“Today’s race was a better one, for sure, but it was not easy either! After four laps, I had a problem with the dashboard. So, this needed a few laps to find out that something was wrong with it. It was only when I realized that everything else was working ok, I was able to improve my pace slightly and finish the race without any other difficulties. P10 is not a bad result, especially after these circumstances. But on the other hand, obviously, we must look for a different direction for the next race, because this weekend was truly hard to endure for everyone.”

#RiminiWorldSBK – Results Race 2 (21 Laps):
1 Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 33´40.896
2 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +1.113
3 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +1.285
10 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / Honda CBR1000RR SP2 / +42.651

WorldSBK Standings:
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 296
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 246
3 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 185
12 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 54

#RiminiWorldSBK: EVENTFUL SATURDAY IN ITALY

Stefan Bradl endured an eventful first race of the weekend.

The first race day of round seven in Misano, not far from Italy’s famous Adriatic coast line, was accompanied by hot summer weather as the previous days. Stefan Bradl, who came from 18th spot on the grid, had to visit his pit crew already in the second lap because of technical issues. After a thorough check on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, the 27-year-old German rider was able to continue the race for eleven laps but this number was too less for the race’s classification.

Misano’s heat two is also set to get started on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Austrian broadcaster ServusTV starts its coverage from the Misano World Circuit half an hour earlier.

#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2), NC – Championship position 12th (48 points):

“There is not really much to say today. The race was virtually over for me already in the first lap and, although I immediately had to stop, my crew saw what was going on and made a quick fix. This allowed me to continue the race and doing ten, eleven laps in order to check if everything is working properly and to gather some data. Hopefully, things will be better tomorrow.”

#RiminiWorldSBK – Results Race 1 (21 Laps):
1 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 33´44.269
2 Alex LOWES / GBR / Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team / Yamaha YFZ-R1 / +4.551
3 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +8.156
NC #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / Honda CBR1000RR SP2

WorldSBK Standings:
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 276
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 230
3 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 185
12 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 48

#RiminiWorldSBK: MISANO STARTS WITH TWO HALVES ON FRIDAY

Stefan Bradl and his Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team endured a so-so opening day at this weekend’s round seven in Italy.

The FIM Superbike World Championship was welcomed for its second visit to Italy this year by great summer weather at Rimini’s Adriatic coast line. Temperatures with almost 30 degrees in the air and 46 degrees on the tarmac caused grip issues at the 4.2 kilometres long Misano World Circuit in general.

But a private test here two weeks ago paid off for Stefan Bradl and his team so far as the 27-year-old German performed strong during Friday morning’s first free practice. Lap times were good enough to found himself in the range of the top ten for most of the one-hour long session though Bradl improved by 0.4 seconds with a few minutes to go. In the afternoon, however, the track was more slippery due to increased temperatures which caused a spinning rear on his Honda Superbike. In addition, electronic problems forced Bradl for a longer break in the pits which was why he couldn’t improve his lap time from FP1 finally. So, for Bradl qualifying starts with Superpole1 on Saturday morning.

Both races of the weekend are broadcasted by Austrian’s channel ServusTV. The programme, which is by the way to see in Central Europe’s entire German speaking area in Free-TV, is set to start on Saturday and Sunday 30 minutes earlier than the races get underway at 1:00 pm, including a detailed pre-show.

#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2), FP1: P13 – 1´36.548 / FP2: P18 – 1´37.730:

“The weekend began quite busy for us. This morning, the feeling with the bike wasn’t too bad. I could feel that our test two weeks ago was helpful. Actually, we made some progress in terms of the electronics and throttle connection on the rear. This afternoon, however, we started with used tyres and obviously the lack of grip was an issue in general. But then we suffered an electronic problem which forced us to stay in the garage for a long time so, I couldn’t do as many laps. We lost many valuable time and this was why we couldn’t improve. Our potential is definitely higher because my feeling with the bike was very positive this morning. Hopefully we’re able to turn this fact in a better performance tomorrow!”

#RiminiWorldSBK – Free Practice Combined Results (FP1/FP2):
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 1´34.901 (FP2)
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 1´34.931 +0.030 (FP1)
3 Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 1´35.151 +0.250 (FP1)
17 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 1´36.548 +1.647 (FP2)

#RiminiWorldSBK: STEFAN BRADL FEELS WELL PREPARED FOR THE RIMINI ROUND

The 27-year-old German and his Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team are looking forward with confidence to this weekend’s round seven at the Italian Misano circuit.

On the occasion of a two-day test two weeks ago, Stefan Bradl was able to familiarize himself aboard his Honda Superbike with Misano World Circuit. In addition, this test also proved out valuable findings which will ease the start into the weekend on Friday as very similar conditions are to be expect. In 2011, Bradl started the Moto2™ race from pole position and finished second.

Bradl and his team are still mourning the loss of Nicky Hayden, so he is again the sole rider to represent the Dutch based outfit this weekend.

The current calendar of the FIM Superbike World Championship includes 13 events, each with one race on Saturday and Sunday. The race bikes are based on production Superbikes. All races of the series will be broadcasted live by Austrian channel ServusTV. The coverage is to be received in Free-TV in Central Europe’s entire German speaking area.

#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2):

“The signs for a better race weekend here in Misano are good. Our test two weeks ago actually should help to move further forwards. During this test, we were able to do many laps and try many things thanks to the good conditions. We have collected a lot of information that will be valuable for the remaining season. Mainly we were working on the throttle connection and the rideability of the engine, as well as the team brought a new tank. With this, my seating position on the bike is more comfortable now. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to work more with a new swingarm.”

“Misano is a circuit that I really like. There is a good mix of fast corners and slow sections. Due to our positive test, I hope that we will be able to take a direction on Friday morning already that will allow us to make further progress. This last month has taken its toll on all of us, but we will do our best to stay focussed and do a good job this weekend.”

Misano World Circuit – Circuit facts:
Länge: 4.226 Meter
Kurven: 16 (6 Links / 10 Rechts)
Website: www.misanocircuit.com
WorldSBK Beste Superpole: 1´34.037 (2016)
WorldSBK Rundenrekord: 1´34.720 (2015)

Time Schedule (CET):
Freitag, 16. Juni: 09:45 – 10:45 FP1
Freitag, 16. Juni: 14:30 – 15:30 FP2
Samstag, 17. Juni: 08:45 – 09:10 FP3
Samstag, 17. Juni: 10:30 – 10:45 SP1
Samstag, 17. Juni: 10:55 – 11:10 SP2
Samstag, 17. Juni: 13:00 Rennen 1 (21 Runden – 88,746 km)
Sonntag, 18. Juni: 09:30 – 09:45 Warm Up
Sonntag, 18. Juni: 13:00 Rennen 2 (21 Runden – 88,746 km)

WorldSBK Standings:
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki / 260
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki / 205
3 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Ducati / 185
4 Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Ducati / 137
5 Alex LOWES / GBR / Yamaha / 121
6 Michael van der MARK / NED / Yamaha / 102
7 Xavi FORES / SPA / Ducati / 99
8 Leon CAMIER / GBR / MV Agusta / 84
9 Jordi TORRES / SPA / BMW / 72
10 Eugene LAVERTY / IRL / Aprilia / 58
11 Román RAMOS / SPA / Kawasaki / 57
12 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Honda / 48
13 Leandro MERCADO / ARG / Aprilia / 43
14 Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Honda / 40
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI / ITA / Aprilia / 32

#UKWorldSBK: NO RACE LUCK DURING FIRST DONINGTON ENCOUNTER

Saturday’s eleventh race of the season brought a prematurely end for German Stefan Bradl.

With one hour before the race start was scheduled at 3:00 pm local time, teams and riders as well as many fans gathered at the main straight to pay tribute to Nicky Hayden to make a collective dedication to the late and missed American MotoGP World Champion 2006. It was a very touched farewell to the ever-popular Nicky Hayden.

This was, however, an aggravating circumstance for Bradl and his Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team to prepare on the race. Since Friday morning, irritating electronic problems have caused much headache this weekend. Because of an increasingly unmanageable handling of the bike, Bradl was forced to retire after two third of the distance.

The second race of the weekend is scheduled to get started Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm local time. Austrian’s broadcaster ServusTV starts its live coverage 30 minutes earlier.

#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2), NC – Championship position 12th (43 points):

“Since the start of the weekend, we are struggling with massive electronics issues. Despite all the efforts of my technicians, the situation hardly improved for the race. It was difficult to take control on the bike’s handling as the traction control got crazy. After I had a big moment once in turn one, it didn’t make sense for me to continue. Luckily, I was able to prevent a crash after I nearly highsided but I had absolutely no idea what was going on at that moment. First, I really wanted to finish the race but the traction control didn’t work anymore properly from this moment. It was very dangerous. We have to look at the matter now, to analyse and find out what was the cause.”

#UKWorldSBK – Result Race 1 (23 Laps):
1 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 33´56.457
2 Leon HASLAM / GBR / Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +16.500
3 Alex LOWES / GBR / Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team / Yamaha YZF-R1 / 19.170
NC #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / Honda CBR1000RR SP2

WorldSBK Standings:
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 235
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 185
3 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 169
12 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 43

#ItalianWorldSBK: LESS REWARDS DESPITE GREAT STAYING POWER

During Sunday’s race two at Imola, Stefan Bradl was slowed by massive gearbox issues.

The 27-year-old Superbike rookie from Germany experiences a frustrating season so far. After crashing on Saturday morning, where Bradl escaped harmless but his bike including the new more powerful engine were total damaged, he was able to bring home another top ten finish. On Sunday morning, however, when the weather was fine again, the world looked gloomy again. He endured already during the 15-minutes long warm up session niggling gearing problems, which despite intensive efforts could not sort out untill the race’s starting time at 1:00 pm. The fact that the race was stopped by red flags just during the opening lap because of an engine breakdown by another rider’s bike and restarted after 40-minutes interruption didn’t matter at all. By the way, the organizers and track marshals did a great job during the entire weekend in terms of safety after that many interruptions due to engine issues.

The Superbike World Championship is set to continue in two week with its visit to the English circuit at Donington Park.

#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2), 14th – Championship position 12th (43 points):

“It was again a race, about which is not much to say. My start and the first lap were ok. But under breaking for the chicane in lap two, I made a mistake because I didn’t know in which gear I was in this moment. So, for this my race was gone because I had to struggle all distance long with these gearbox issues. Every time in gearing, I had to push the gear in, as well as in down shifting the gearbox went into neutral. Yesterday, the same gearbox worked faultless, but these problems appeared already during warm up this morning.”

“We tried to fix it during the break till the race by the electronics in order to extend somehow the endurance of the gearbox but unfortunate without any success. This engine, which we must use for the completely rebuild bike, already lasts since four events. So, no one can be accused of this. After such an durability, the gearbox is simply worn out. In the end, it was a bad race for us during which I never was able to set decent lap times due to these problems as well as many mistakes in my riding were logical consequences. With P14 and two more points we come out of it partly well.”

#ItalianWorldSBK – Results Race 2 (18 Laps):
1 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 32´12.361
2 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +3.739
3 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +4.342
14 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / Honda CBR1000RR SP2 / +54.649

WorldSBK Standings:
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 235
2 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 161
3 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 160
12 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 43

Next race: 27/28 Mai, Donington Park / Great Britain

#ItalianWorldSBK: “THE TARGET FOR TOMORROW IS TO GO CONSIDERABLE FASTER”

After a turbulent Saturday with the weekend’s first race, the Honda rider didn’t make it more than to tenth.

The series´ ninth race took place under good conditions but with increasingly warmer temperatures on Saturday at lunch time. For Stefan Bradl, however, the day started with a fright when he crashed during FP3 in the morning. Fortunate, he escaped harmless but on the other hand, his bike had only scrap value. So, this means once again a lot of work for the team’s mechanics to rebuild a completely new bike during the short break until Superpole1.

During this 15-minutes long time hunt for the last chance to qualify for Superpole2, which is to decide the top spots on the grids in the first four rows, the 27-year-old German showed up quite unimpressed by the previous happenings as he posted fastest lap time in Superpole1. This was why he made the leap into Superpole2 for the second time in his rookie season in FIM Superbike World Championship. Bradl qualified for twelfth on the grid finally. Race 1 itself didn’t went as spectacular for him. Lacking track knowledge and in acceleration were obviously his handicap to finish better than in tenth place. The race was red-flagged due to an incident involving Irish rider Eugene Laverty after twelve laps.

Race two on Sunday is also scheduled for 1:00 pm and can be viewed in Free-TV in Central Europe via Austrian’s broadcaster ServusTV. It’s programme, however, starts already 30 minutes earlier.

#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2), 10th – Championship position 11th (41 points):

“Things didn’t go quite well again today, honestly. The crash this morning, of course, did affect a little bit my confidence, as well as we had to use the old engine when rebuilding the bike. So, the handling was completely different during the race for which it took some laps to find my rhythm. The race itself was rather boring from the start. I didn’t really have a chance to take action into the happenings. Mostly I was riding alone and I made too many mistakes.”

“Shortly before the race was red-flagged, I lost one position on Roman (Ramos). In the end, however, this was a help for me to follow another rider. So, I was able to see something and find the way how to ride more consistent throughout a lap. But our main problem was still present. In corner exit, our bike is not good enough in acceleration. Therefore, I tried to make up this disadvantage under breaking. Unfortunately, this target did not work out completely because I have made some mistakes. Hopefully, I’m able to convert all this things during tomorrow’s race in a better way in order to be faster out there. One half of a second in terms of lap times is clearly the minimum.”

#ItalianWorldSBK – Results Race 1 (12 Laps):
1 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 21´21.371
2 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / +6.696
3 Marco MELANDRI / ITA / Aruba-it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / +9.287
10 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / Honda CBR1000RR SP2 / +34.585

WorldSBK Standings:
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 215
2 Tom SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / 144
3 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Aruba.it Racing – Ducati / Ducati Panigale R / 136
11 #6 Stefan BRADL / GER / Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team / 41