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                                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
Thomas Covington wins his first GP of the season in Turkey

Covington winst sept 2018  After Thomas Covington of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing came close to
  winning several times this year, it was finally time this weekend during the eighteenth race
  for the X2 World Championship in Turkey to take over first place. Covington took the day
  victory and secured his eighth podium place this season. In addition to the success of
  Covington, Thomas Kjer Olsen was also allowed to climb the podium with a third place.

  The Afyon circuit was fast and Covington felt at home. He was certainly a driver to be taken
  into account. In the first moto, he took the lead and managed to win the game. Also in the
  second moto he sent his Husqvarna FC250 as a leader through the first corner. He led the
  game until he fell in the final phase. Fortunately, the damage was not too bad and he was
  still able to cross the finish line in third place, which was enough for the final victory.

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Two consistent results made Thomas Kjer Olsen reach his eighth podium place this season. Olsen finished fifth in the
first moto but came back stronger in the second moto. He finished second and secured himself a third place in the day
standings. He also managed to strengthen his third place in the interim results with these wins.

Date: 10-09-2018




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