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Fighting Third and Fastest Lap for Cluzel at Portimao

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Cluzel set the fastest lap and crossed the line in third in today's World Supersport race from Portimao.  Cluzel made a strong start from fifth on the grid and fought hard contesting the lead with Sofuoglu and Mahias to claim his fourth podium of the season.

 Jules said: “I am happy with a podium but you could say disappointed because I was looking for a win.  We worked hard for that.  We tried to be as ready as possible before the race and I think we were but this morning's warm up gave us a warning.  In the cooler conditions we were quite far from Kenan and destroying the tyre.  The bike is a good bike, it's stable and for sure over the year we were one of the strongest.  But we have to look forward, the target is still to win.  We are close but not enough to be able to overtake on the last lap.  So I am looking forward to Magny Cours where I have won three times in wet and dry conditions.  We will try to improve the initial grip which is the only point where we are losing time.”
Christoffer Bergman achieved his target of a top ten finish in the incident packed 18 lap race with a  superb ninth position at only his second WSS race of 2017.
Starting from 22nd on the grid following a challenging weekend, Hikari Okubo set a solid race rhythm and secured a points finish in 12th position.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a really good race we were right there fighting for the win but we didn't quite get there.  Just towards the end of the race Jules just lost the front and had to settle for third. We've closed the gap to third in the Championship but we are a little bit off the World Championship, maybe we can only aim to be in the top three now but we will keep fighting because you never know what is going to happen, things have happened to us in the past.  Still it was a great race,  we are on the podium and we go to Jules's home round at Magny Cours in good shape still looking for our first win of the year.”
 “Another great job by Chris, only two races and already inside the top ten, that's been a real boost for his crew, Kevin and George.  He was really close to the battle for 7th with Caricasulo and Zanetti and I am sure he will only build on this for the last three races.”
 “As always, Hikari showed his true fighting spirit to fight his way through the field to 12th and well inside the points.  He has a lot to do to achieve his ambition of top ten in the Championship but we will keep fighting to try to improve, to get all three riders into the top ten and Jules his first win.”  

Rob Hartog Portimao sept 2017
The Dutch Rob Hartog can look back at a great race in Portimão with a nice tenth place in World Supersport. Hartog build his race strong even finding the connection in the battle to place seven.

Date: 19-09-2017


Leon Camier sept 2017
With Leon Camier closing 4th in a thrilling and battled Race1 today at Portimao, Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse missed its first WorldSBK podium for just 0.342 seconds. In WorldSSP class PJ Jacobsen got the 3rd time after the Tissot-Superpole2 and tomorrow will kick off the race from the front row.

WorldSBK – FP3, SP2, Race1
After finishing with the 3rd fastest time in this morning’s FP3 practice, the Tissot-Superpole2 played a bad joke for Leon Camier, forced to pull out of the session during the first lap because of an engine problem; since he couldn’t complete neither one lap, Camier has been forced to start the race from the 11th position on grid. When the light goes out, Camier immediately finds the right feeling with the F4 RC set by Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse. Despite the disadvantaged position on the grid, the Brit rider begins an extraordinary comeback leading to 4th place, behind Marco Melandri, after only half a race. The perfect match between rider and bike allows Camier to quickly bridge the gap with Melandri, fighting for the the podium until the finish line. In the end, the the Ducati rider won the battle for just 0.342s. Tomorrow at 15.00 local time Leon Camier will kick off race 2 from the pole position, because of his placement in today’s race1.

WorldSSP – FP3, SP1, SP2
After getting a solid 3rd place in the FP3 this morning, Jacobsen returned to the track early in the afternoon for the last qualifying heat of Tissot-Superpole2. In the 15 minutes long session, the American rider was able to close again in 3rd position, earning the first row on the grid ahead of tomorrow’s WorldSSP race. Alessandro Zaccone and his squad continues to work hard on the setting of his MV Agusta F3 675, ending the Tissot-Superpole1 session in 21st position, placing 2nd within the ESS class.

Leon Camier #2 WorldSBK – I didn’t expect to recover so many positions but the bike was working really good and I was able to make some good passes in the beginning. I pushed hard so much in the last few laps trying to catch Melandri, but in the end I made a few little mistakes trying to close the gap and it wasn’t quite possibile to pass him. Anyway, I am definitely happy with this result and I want to thank all my team for their great job. I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

Patrick “PJ” Jacobsen #99 WorldSSP – I am very happy, today the bike’s setting was perfect and I was able to push hard for the whole Superpole session. Tomorrow we will start from the front row and it will be a huge opportunity to fight for the podium. Big thank to all my team, I will try to repay their work with a good placement tomorrow.

Alessandro Zaccone #61 ESS – Honestly, we still have a bit of work to do on the bike because we are a little bit too far from our potential positions. Of course, having missed the second round yesterday made the setting work very complicated. Now we just have to stay focused on tomorrow’s race, because from where we are right now, we can only improve. 

Date: 18-09-2017
Camier weekend lausitzring 2017

Camier narrowly miss out on the second top5 of the weekend at Lausitzring 

Leon Camier #2 WorldSBK – Unfortunately the start wasn’t perfect and I think
we have to work on the setting of the clutch for a better start. Despite this, the bike today was perfect again and I had a really good rhythm. I tried to pass
Sykes early on and we start battling for the 4th position, his pace was very
strong too so I made a little mistake in the last corner and Lowes beat me for
the 5th place. I am a little bit frustrated with my mistake but at the same time I
am happy with our performance today and I really look forward to the next race
in Portimao.

Patrick “PJ” Jacobsen #99 WorldSSP – Today in the race it didn’t start off too
good for us. I had a few problem and in the end I had to pull out of the race
because of an electronic problem on my bike. Anyway, the team worked really
hard and I worked hard too so we must take the positive from this round and
move on to the next one.

Alessandro Zaccone #61 ESS – We are definitely far from the positions I expect to be, but I have to say that work on the bike is still moving forward and I hope to get some important results on the final stage of
the season. Thanks a lot to all my team and MV Agusta.
                                    Camier secondrace lausitzring aug 2017


Date: 22-08-2017


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