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Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse's riders among the fastest on openingday at Misano

The MV Agusta Reparto Corse racing team makes a stop at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” for the 7th Round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. The team from Varese, Italy, ended the opening day of action with Camier’s 5th time in WorldSBK, only 0.366s far from the top rider, while the Jacobsen-Zaccone duo closed respectively in 3rd and 15th position in WorldSSP; Zaccone set the fastest lap time among the ESS riders.

WorldSBK – FP1, FP2 Despite the high temperatures, very typical in this period on this area, Leon Camier managed to find a good feeling on the home race for MV Agusta. The Briton closed the first heat with the 5th lap time and managed to further improve in the afternoon session, closing with the 4th time of the session (1’35.267) in the timesheet, just 0.366s from the fastest rider. In the combined timesheet Leon set the 5th overall time.

WorldSSP – FP1, FP2 With the excellent 3rd time (1’39.307) obtained today in the combined standings of FP1 and FP2, PJ Jacobsen and his MV Agusta F3 675 machine are once again among the most anticipated contender in the WorldSSP class. The American rider will be back on track tomorrow for the Tissot-Superpole2 session, looking for the 4th seasonal pole in seven races.

Zaccone action june 2017Alessandro Zaccone, PJ’s teammate and home rider here at Misano, closed the day with a 1’40.032 lap time meaning he set the fastest time in the ESS class and the 15th lap time in the WorldSSP rankings.

Leon Camier #2 WorldSBK – We had a very good test in this track two weeks ago, so the bike’s setting was very accurate as well. After that, I knew which changes we need for the weekend and today we were faster then we were during the test, which is really positive. Right now, we need to make another step in that direction in order to make the bike easier to ride over the race distance.

Patrick “PJ” Jacobsen #99 WorldSSP – We did an amazing job today and it was a very positive day for my whole team. We haven’t just made it into the top 10 but we also closed in 3rd position and this means a lot for tomorrow’s Superpole sessions. Now we just have to keep working and stay focused for the next session on track.

Alessandro Zaccone #61 ESS – To be honest, I was expecting a better performance here at Misano. This morning I thought I had started with a better setup, but instead I found myself struggling with the usual problems and I wasn’t able to give my best. Along with my squad we are already working hard to figure out how to fix the situation and hopefully tomorrow I will be able to make a good qualifying final session.

 

 

Date: 26-06-2017

Camier narrowly miss out on the Top 10 despite a crash

The Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” provided the venue for Race1 of this MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship round n°7. Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse has achieved a result below its expectations, with Camier able to close 11th despite a crash a few laps from the finish, while Jacobsen and Zaccone get the 3rd and 6th row in WorldSSP starting grid.

MV Reparto june 2017

WorldSBK – FP3, SP2, Race1
After a 6-lap Tissot-Superpole2 session, Leon Camier set his fastest lap in 1’34.628, getting the 6th position in Race1 starting grid. When the lights goes out on the “Marco Simoncelli”, Team MV Agusta  Reparto Corse’s rider Leon Camier started from the second row and start fighting into the top 10 area, successfully passing his rivals Eugine Laverty for the 7th position. The 30-year-old Ashford Kent (UK) rider managed to bring the MV Agusta F4 RC machine until the 6th position, but a crash, caused by the loss of grip at the front wheel, forced him to step back till the 11th final position. Leon will return on track tomorrow for Race2, looking for some more precious points for the championship standing, which at the moment sees him stable in 8th place.

WorldSSP – FP3, SP1, SP2
Coming from a very positive Friday’s qualifying result, sawing him finish in 3rd place, today Patrick Jacobsen failed to get the expected results in the Tissot-Superpole2 heat, ending up with a 1’39,535 lap time which means the 8th position in the starting grid. At work on some setup problems on his MV Agusta F3 675 machine, Alessandro Zaccone got the 16th time in the starting grid (2nd in the ESS class) and tomorrow the Italian rider will kick off the race from the 6th row.

Leon Camier #2 WorldSBK - The race was going pretty good, I just had some issued at the start of the race, as I got caught up in other riders fighting in the first corners. All in all I had a very good rhythm and the lap time was very good as well. I am just sorry the front tyre was loosing performance and I made a little mistake in turn 7 costing me several positions. Patrick “PJ”

Jacobsen #99 WorldSSP - It was a quite difficult day in qualifying, we struggled more then we expected and I also had some little technical issues during the session as well. Anyway, I am still positive and I am confident we will be fast again in tomorrow’s race. Alessandro Zaccone #61 ESS – Even if we still have a lot of work ahead, I am happy to say today we made a step forward with the bike’s setting, which is really good to me. We will work hard on the data we got today in order to be ready for the race tomorrow. I really want to do a good race for my Italian supporters, both for me and MV Agusta.

 

 

 

Date: 25-06-2017

Cluzel secures superb second at Misano

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Cluzel secured second position after a good fight with Kenan Sofuoglu at the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini round of the World Supersport Championship.

Cluzel Misano June 2017
Jules rode a controlled race throughout in bright and sunny conditions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncellli and settled for the second step on the podium.  This points haul takes the French rider to 30 points off the Championship lead and only one point from third.


Jules said: “I can say that I am happy to finish 2nd because today was a tricky race.  For sure I want to win but sometimes we have to be more intelligent.  I didn’t make any mistakes this weekend so I am happy.  It was a tricky weekend, a strange feeling for the front and there were many crashes, it’s good to be at the front without crashing.  I saw Mahias crashing and thought for sure I have to finish the race because this is the guy that is leading the Championship with a lot of points.  This is the chance to get closer so even with that feeling I was able to pass Caricasulo and come back to Kenan.  When I passed him I was consistently doing 39.6s.  I just felt bad with my front which is why I was not able to come back and be faster.  Kenan pushed really hard at the end, we came back to fast lap times and I tried, you can see the big black mark on my leathers, I nearly crashed and after that I knew that 2nd was the best position.”

It was always going to be a tough race for Hikari Okubo who, having crashed in Superpole 2 yesterday started the race from 33rd at the back of the grid.  Hikari fought through the pack to finish in the points in 15th place.

There was more disappointment for Switzerland’s Robin Mulhauser when he had a coming together with another rider at turn 9 and crashed out of the race on lap 6.

Hiromichi Kunikawa made his best lap time of the weekend during the race finishing just outside the top 20 in 21st position.

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a great race by Jules, a really good fight.  With about two laps to go Jules came back at Kenan but then almost lost the front end which was when I knew he would have to settle for 2nd.   Jules had some problems with feeling for the front and I think everybody had this problem with the track temperature but I am really happy for Jules and the whole CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team who all did a great job this weekend.   We will do everything we can to improve our machine over the summer break so we can make the strongest title challenge possible in the remaining 5 rounds.  Hikari didn’t have quite the same feeling in the race after his crash yesterday and the lap times weren’t what we hoped for him but his true Japanese fighting spirit shone through and he ended up with one point.  Robin had another disappointing race.  He was ok after his crash but there was substantial damage to his bike and he couldn’t continue. Hiromichi made another positive step forward in the race and he continues to improve.  I am very happy for him and his crew because he wants to do better and we want him to do better.”

 

 

Date: 18-06-2017

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