Motorland Aragon, Spain
To celebrate Chaz Davies' impressive first double win in World Superbikes at the Motorland Aragon circuit, BMW issued the following press release, containing an interview with the Welshman. In the interview, Davies talks about the improvements BMW has made to their S1000RR for this season, the crucial advances made at the Jerez WSBK test, and his thoughts on being a contender for the 2013 WSBK title.
The press release from BMW is shown below:
Chaz Davies: “BMW has done an awesome job.”
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team rider Chaz Davies speaks about his great first double victory in the FIM Superbike World Championship at Aragón.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at the second round of the World Superbike series at Aragon:
The World Superbike racing calendar started its European leg after a seven week absence from the calendar. The weekend would demonstrate that even factory-supported bikes are complicated enough to fail when pushed to their limits. What we as members of the public never see when riding our similar motorcycles to work is how fickle and fragile they are at the very limit of performance.
World Superbike race two was reduced to a nineteen lap affair after Jules Cluzel gesticulated on the grid after the warm up lap, bringing out the yellow flags. The start was delayed and Loris Baz also ended up in the pit lane. With the restart, Cluzel was sent to the pits while Baz started from the last spot on the grid.
Eighteen laps at 22 degrees centigrade. Last year, Kenan Sofuoglu crossed the line first but was penalised a few places for headbutting Fabien Foret down the back straight, handing the win to Sam Lowes. All three of those characters will be starting from the front row.
World Superbike race one would be a twenty lap race in 22 degree sunshine, with Tom Sykes starting from Pole position ahead of Eugene Laverty. As the riders settled into start the race, Mark Aitchison's Effenbert Ducati was wheeled off the starting grid, adding to the team's list of woes.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying on Saturday at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Qualifying was done in ideal weather, with only one bike catching on fire under the Spanish sun. If it feels like it was seven weeks since the last race, that's because it was seven weeks since the last race. The season is said to truly start here, but looking at the championship standings reminds us that we are in an already-running series. Two Aprilia teammates come into this weekend in joint first place, on a track that suits bikes with a lot of engine, like the Aprilias and BMWs.
World Supersport qualifying at Aragon brought few surprises. With good weather promising to stay the whole weekend, the wet curse of 2012 seems to have ended.
Leon Camier qualified for Superpole, but his accident meant he didn't get to participate. This left only fifteen riders to participate in the proceedings, with Camier qualifying in 16th. Top riders would therefore be able to save both their qualifying tyres for the second and third sessions.
Joint-championship leader Eugene Laverty posts the fastest time of the weekend in advance of Superpole. Tom Sykes, pole position holder here last year, was second fastest ahead of Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea.
Laverty's time of 1'57.409 is faster than has been recorded in a race, but is still almost a second off Sykes's pole position time of 1'56.552 with qualifying tyres.
Michael Van Der Mark continues to press Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu, but Lowes remains the only rider to be recording 2'01 laps. Sheridan Morais was unable to match his second fastest qualifying time from yesterday, with three Kawasakis between him and the front three.
Tom Sykes is back to his dominant qualifying form, taking the fastest time from Eugene Laverty who also improved on his time from yesterday. Jonathan Rea filled the provisional front row, showing maybe the bike improvements promised for Aragon were forthcoming. Rea's teammate Leon Haslam was unable to record a good time as he crashed very early on in the morning's session, damaging his bike to a point it won't be ready until free practice.
Chaz Davies continued to out-qualify his teammate Marco Melandri, improving on his previous time by half a second while Melandri made very little improvement. Sylvain Guintoli was surprisingly the third quickest Aprilia as Davide Giugliano was able to find over a second to chop off yesterday's time.
Back with the Ducatis, Checa was 13th fastest but the biggest improvement was Aitchison improving by a second and a half, climbing up to second from the bottom on his Effenbert 1098R.