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                         Season-best finish for Shaun Simpson at Assen

The penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was completed in front of a passionate group of Dutch fans over the weekend. A man-made track in Assen played host to that event. It was a great platform for the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP squad, because both Shaun Simpson and Jeremy Seewer have proven that they are more than capable when the going gets tough.

The premier-class qualifying moto, which took place on Saturday afternoon, was a perfect example of that. Shaun Simpson started inside of the top ten and was making good progress before a minor fall caused him to lose ground and positions. It was not too much of a hiccup, because he picked himself up and salvaged a ninth at the chequered flag. The first moto was equally as impressive as he started seventh and moved forward to claim sixth at the chequered flag. The result actually tied his season-best finish.

The second and final race at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, the nineteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, obviously took place on a track that had deteriorated significantly. Simpson recorded yet another sixth in an impressive fashion, however, which unsurprisingly left him in sixth in the overall classification. The result also helped him to jump into the top fifteen in the championship standings, which is remarkable considering the amount of time that he has missed due to injury. It was certainly a positive outing.

Jeremy Seewer could also extract positives from the round, as he made significant improvements over the weekend and those left him inside of the top ten in the overall classification. An eleventh was secured in the first encounter, following a poor first lap, then he backed that up with a ninth in race two. Tenth overall was where he ended up and the points gained left him eighth in the standings. It is extremely likely that he is going to secure that position at the final round, the Grand Prix of Italy, which takes place in two weeks. Another road-race facility will play host to that event.
Shaun Simpson: "I feel good. I am slightly disappointed that I did not finish inside the top five. I wanted it and the team wanted it. Jeremy [Seewer] has been wanting it all year. Unfortunately, we could not get it done. I am a little bit disappointed on that front, but otherwise it has been the best weekend I have had all year. I showed some good speed yesterday and even today, but I crashed in every race this weekend. I think the mistakes definitely cost me in the first race where I could have finished fourth. In the second race my speed was good, but it just was not enough. I needed more sprint speed, rather than the marathon pace I was running. Stuff to work on, just a shame it is the end of the year. I look forward to seeing what we can do in the last race of the year.”
Jeremy Seewer: "I am definitely not happy with how my weekend went. I had bad starts and crashes in the first moto, although I did manage to come back really strong for eleventh. I struggled a little bit with suspension and a little bit with myself this weekend. I did not make too many mistakes in the final race and I did feel better, but for some reason I always struggle here. One more round to go and I think it will be something that I like more."          

Date: 18-09-2018

                                Torres closed 13th in race 2 at Portimao

De Rosa secured the sixth podium in a row and he is back on the fight for the title.

In WorldSBK class, Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse closed the tenth round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship with the P13 of Jordi Torres in Race2 at Portimao. Raffaele De Rosa, securing the 3rd place in WorldSSP Race, is back on the fight for the Championship.

WorldSBK – Race2
When the lights go out, Jordi Torres starts from the second row on the grid but he is forced to lose several positions because of a contact with another rider. With the Spaniar struggling by some grip issues, the comeback became even more difficult but Jordi will be albe to fight inside the score point area for the rest of the race, ending up 13th under the checkered flag.

WorldSSP – Race
Raffaele De Rosa makes a solid start and immediately get the P4, very close to the top three riders. With the crash of two riders in front, on the second lap the Italian rider is in third place and takes advantage of the solid chassis of his MV Agusta F3 675 to hold the position up to four laps from the end, when he will be passed by Smith. When the leader Lucas Mahias is pulled out of the race because of a technical problem, Raffaele will be able to close 3rd under the finish line, securing the sixth podium in a row, 30 points far from the Championship leader.

Ayrton Badovini started from the eighth position on the grid and managed to lap inside the top 10 for all the race, ending up in 7th place. The italian rider suffered a lack of grip starting from the second half of the race.

Jordi Torres – I’m sorry, the weekend had started in the best way but this result doesn’t really reflect our potential. During the race I suffered a lot because of a contact in the first stages and then for a lack of grip. We have to leave this round behind and go back to work on the data ahead of the next round in France.

Raffaele De Rosa – I am very happy to be on the podium again, for the sixth time this season. In the race I had some difficulties with the front end, and I suffered during the braking. I tried to fight till the end and even when Smith passed me, I was actually ready to try and attack him back. I thank the whole team for the excellent work.

Ayrton Badovini – I am not fully satisfied with this result because here in Portimao I could get a better result. Unfortunately, in the first phase of the race I was slowed down by some riders in front of me and I couldn’t pass them. In the second half of the race, tire wear didn’t allow me to fully recover the gap and I closed seventh.

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Date: 17-09-2018

                                Smith clinches first podium of the season

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith claimed his first podium of the season and gave Honda its first World Supersport podium of 2018 with a superb ride to second place in today’s incident filled race at Portimão in Portugal.

Smith got a great start from the third row of the grid and was looking on course to achieve his objective of a top five finish.   After Smith had caught and overtaken De Rosa for third in the latter stages of the race, leader Mahias was apparently out with a puncture and the race was red-flagged when Hartog and Quero Martinez crashed together at turn 11.  In accordance with the rules this moved Smith up to second position.

Smith said: “I’m really happy to be back on the podium.  I was a little bit fortunate with a couple of guys going down although besides that the pace was good, I felt strong. I managed to catch De Rosa and once I was behind him I felt comfortable. I managed to pass him and I felt confident so it’s a step in the right direction and hopefully we can keep fighting up front.”

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 Teammate Peter Sebestyen’s second outing with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda ended prematurely when he made a small mistake at turn one losing the front putting him out of the race with eleven laps to go.

Sebestyen said: “So the main problem for me is Superpole, I have to put together one fast lap.  I have to improve this.  My race pace is good enough to score points and to be in the top ten but from 17th this is not easy. My start was not so bad but it could be better.  I was fighting with Hartog and just when I passed him I made a mistake and my speed in the corner was too much.   It was my fault but next time I have to improve my fast lap.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “A great race for Kyle and us as a team.  Genuine top five placing. You can say there was some good fortune but we’ve had bad luck, people have bad luck and he rode a great race. If we look at all the sectors of the race for everybody, he was fastest in three of the four sectors so he had genuine race pace. It’s a real boost for the team to get this podium with 2nd in the race.  I’d like to say thank you to MecTronik for the great steps we’ve made this week with the new system and there’s more to come.  For those people who feel it is a Yamaha cup, it isn’t.  We are using these races as development for next year, we will be there next year with a strong package and challenging at the front.  Congratulations to Stu and George and everybody in the team for the great work we do, it’s a reward for all the hard work we put in.”

“Peter as we thought had the pace to be in the points, he was in the points.  Hartog was hard for him to overtake and he got into turn one and probably got a little impatient. He lost the front and crashed out and didn’t capitalise on his opportunity to actually get points.  He sees the pace is there, he is confident in CIA Landlord Insurance Honda and our package to be able to show what he can do. We are looking forward as a team to Magny Cours. Let’s see what we can do in the rest of the season, I can’t wait for it.”      

Date: 14-09-2018


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