WSBK, ROUND 9 - LAUSITZ

WSBK, ROUND 9 - LAUSITZ

RACE 2

Milwaukee recorded another strong points finish of 2017 in Race Two at Lausitz, Lorenzo Savadori taking P7 again while teammate Eugene Laverty retired from the race.
 
Having demonstrated impressive speed in Superpole on Saturday, Lorenzo started Race Two from fourth on the grid under the reverse grid rules. His start was rapid and he kept pace with the leaders, passed only by Davies on Lap Two. Lorenzo set about chasing down Fores, reeling him in and forcing a strong overtake on Lap Eight to retake fourth. He produced an excellent defence against Sykes, Camier and Lowes but a loss of grip in the late stages of the race hurt his ability to attack, and Lorenzo brought home another important haul of nine points in P7.

Eugene faced a challenge starting from P10 on the grid, but was on the attack immediately. He diced with Lowes for P8, and made a pass that stuck on lap six. He looked set for a good finish and was closing on the group ahead, before a mistake at Turn Six on lap eight resulted in a small crash that was enough to put him out of the race.

Over the weekend the team have seen clear progress made with their Aprilia RSV4 RF, and they look set to carry this progress on for the last four rounds of WorldSBK 2017. 

Mick Shanley, Team Manager
Overall it has been a far more positive weekend for us, even though the results haven't been what we wanted. We're showing our potential that we can take a good step toward the front, and Lorenzo showed that today with probably his best performance over a race, so we have positives to take from that.

Both guys are still having to ride pretty close to the limit, and sometimes it's not worked out for them. We had good potential with Eugene which we weren't able to capitalise on, but we just to need work hard now to make sure that both guys can fight for those top six positions.

The bike in general is more consistent. We've made global improvements with braking, steering, race pace and other areas, and we need to make that next step in performance to score the big points.

Lorenzo Savadori #32 / Grid - 4th / Race - P7, 9 points
In general I am happy with how the weekend has been. In the race today I tried very hard to keep with the front group, and it wasn't easy to pass riders ahead of me.
I got into a good rhythm and I knew the riders behind were very close, so I defended hard and focused on my pace. Towards the end of the race I tried to push again and take back some places, but we had a small problem with grip and I lost some acceleration.
We have had a good weekend for the team I think, we made good progress with the Aprilia RSV4 RF and we know how to make more progress. Portimao is a great track but it is quite difficult, so we will have to work hard, and I want to thank SMR and Aprilia Racing for their work.

 

Eugene Laverty #50 / Grid - 10th / Race - Retired
I had a good start and I was trying to make my way through the field straight away. I got stuck behind Lowes for a few laps before I was able to pass and make it stick. I tried to go forward but I had another gear shift problem which cost me time.
There was nothing particularly strange about the crash, I just lost the front which was a bit of a surprise. We seem to lose some performance when the temperature rises, which is something we'll be looking at for next time.
In terms of progress with the bike this weekend it's been huge. Our morning warm up was incredible and the bike felt fantastic, it's just a shame we didn't have the same pace in the afternoon. Portimao is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. I've been strong on all bikes there and won on an Aprilia before, so I'm looking forward to going back and hopefully we can put it on the podium.

RACE 1

Riders Lorenzo and Eugene scored another double points finish in Race One at Lausitz, taking P7 and P10 for the team and a total haul of 15 points.

Before the race Lorenzo scored a fantastic P3 for the team in Superpole 2, setting a blistering lap that placed him behind only Sykes and Rea and marking a significant step forward for Milwaukee Aprilia. Eugene took a respectable P8, finishing the session three tenths off the pace of his teammate.

The team's race result didn't quite deliver on the promise of Superpole, with both riders hampered by separate technical issues. Lorenzo made a steady start and followed the leaders, after being passed by the fast-starting Lowes and Camier. Waiting for his opportunity to attack, he was forced into damage limitation when his bike developed a traction control issue that cost him time and the chance to push forward. Unchallenged for most of the race, he brought home nine important points and secured a P4 starting position for Race Two.

Eugene was caught up in a clash at Turn One at the race start, and was pushed wide into the run-off area. Dropped to the back of the field, he pushed an excellent recovery attack which moved him to P9 by lap five. From there he passed Reiterberger and shadowed teammate Lorenzo. He fended off Fores and Torres for much of the race, but was then affected by a backshift issue on his RSV4 RF which put him on the backfoot until he could finish P10 with 6 points.

With another chance to prove their mettle on Sunday, the team will ensure both riders and bikes are on song for Race Two.

Mick Shanley, Team Manager
We had a great Superpole session, and another first for the team to get a legitimate front row start without a reverse grid or penalties for other riders. It was a big achievement to close some lap time potential down to the front. Eugene was strong on the race tyre in SP2, the qualifying tyre not so much, and we were looking forward to a promising race.

Lorenzo had a frustrating race. He settled in at the start and tried to be cautious, and wait to make his move up the field. He had a traction control problem which was cutting too much power for him, and he had to play things safe to bring it home in the points.

Eugene had a similarly disappointing result. He was pushed wide at Turn One and worked his way up really well, running the same pace as the front runners. His bike then had a rear speed sensor issue which caused problems with his electronic backshift controls, and he lost a lot of time as a result.

We have a few issues to iron for both riders ahead of Race Two, but we know the race pace is there and we'll have a slightly harder challenge starting further down the grid.

Lorenzo Savadori #32 / Superpole 2: 1'36.463, P3 / Race - P7, 9 points
Superpole went well for me, and I was really happy to get my first front row this year for the team. We made good progress on the lap speed and I think we closed the gap a lot.
It was an OK start in the race, I lost some positions but I was able to keep fighting. I tried to maintain my pace and wait to attack the leaders, but around halfway I had a traction problem with the bike which made it difficult to push and I lost a lot of time.
I was not so happy to only finish P7, but points are good and we know areas we can make better for Race 2. I am happy we had good qualification speed, and I hope we can continue this.

 

Eugene Laverty #50 / Superpole 2: 1'36.796, P8 / Race P10, 6 points
Superpole wasn't so bad, eighth wasn't where we wanted to start but the bike ran well and I felt confident on it which was good.
The race was really tough for us. I got tangled up in a Turn One incident which dropped me nearly to last place. After that it was a battle for me, I forced some passes and made my way back through the field. Around Lap seven I had a problem with the backshift which worked intermittently, and the second half of the race I was struggling to keep up with the pace.
It was a frustrating end and we were showing a lot of potential. We'll get the problem fixed for tomorrow, it's just a shame when the problems hit you in the race. The bike felt good and I was on the leaders' pace mostly. The top three guys today are still a step ahead, but fourth is there for taking and that has to be our aim for tomorrow.