For Immediate Release
Bel-Ray Racing-Weekend Racing Preview – June 8, 2012
World Superbike Championship
The Misano Circuit in San Marino was the site for Round 7 of the 2012 World Superbike Championship series. The weekend provided mixed results for the Bel-Ray backed Team Althea Ducati.
Both Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano found their way to the podium in the first race of the day with Checa finishing second and Giugliano finishing third. The second race of the day was not as good for the team, as both riders suffered crashes and were forced to retire from the event.
Carlos Checa had this to say about the day’s events. "Max was strong today, well done to him and to Davide, who rode a fantastic race! Then what can I say about race 2? It seems like this season we are under fire from all sides. Marco (Melandri) pushed me out through the corner, which is strange as he's normally more careful, but anyway, that's how it went. It's a real pity, as I could have made another good race and taken important points."
Giugliano was very happy with his first race results, but was noticeably disappointed with his second race. "I'm really happy with how race 1 went. We're gaining experience race after race and I'm trying to put everything that the team and Ducati has given me to good use. I knew that the last phase of the race would be more difficult and I was right; I started to have grip issues and got a little nervous when I saw Carlos and Max right behind me! I'm really happy with the result, and the fact that it comes here at Misano. On the other hand, I'm really sorry about what happened in the second race. I was lapping very fast and doing all I could to stick with the leading group. Perhaps I pushed a little too hard and it was game over. I apologize to my team, that has worked so hard for me this weekend, to the fans and I'm also sorry for how Carlos' race came to an end."
At the halfway point of the series, Checa is in fifth place in the standings while Giugliano is in ninth. The series takes a short break before returning to action in Spain on July 1st.
The 2012 FIM World Motocross Championship Series continued this weekend in Agueda, Portugal for the GP of Portugal.
Bel-Ray backed CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team rider Christophe Pourcel continued his excellent results this 2012 season.
Following a strong second place finish in the first moto, he was interfered with by a lapped rider in the second moto and he crashed. He quickly recovered and finished fourth in the second moto for fourth overall on the day.
Christophe spoke about the race following the second moto. "In the first race I led the race on the first lap, but Desalle was riding fast and passed me; we made the gap to the rest of the field and I was happy with a second position. I got the holeshot in the second moto and it was a close battle between four of us. I had a good feeling on the bike and I let Desalle, Cairoli and Paulin pass me because I wanted to see their lines so I could wait for the end of the race to attack again, but then a lapper cut across my line and I crashed."
Teammate Sebastein is still recovering from injuries suffered over the past couple of years but has shown improvements each race event. An 8th place in moto 1 was backed up with a 13th in the second moto for 11th overall. Sebastein was optimistic when he spoke following the race. "I posted some fast laps on Saturday, and today was not so bad, but I'm still not physically strong enough to keep the pace for two motos. After an eighth position in the first race, I was fifth for fifteen laps in the second one, but in the last ten minutes, I nearly crashed twice and had to slacken my pace."
The Bel-Ray backed Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team of Tommy Searle and Joel Roelants came to Agueda, Portugal for round 7 of the FIM World MX2 Championship Series.
Searle continued his top results again this weekend with 3-1 moto scores for second overall. He remains second place in the series standing following Sunday's event.
Teammate Roelants race was not as good as he struggled in the mud during the first moto to a 9th place finish, while a crash at the start of the second moto forced him to charge back through the pack to salvage championship points. Roelants spoke following Sunday's race. "I still have some troubles with my vision after the crash in Italy last month, and in the first moto, I took all the tear-off from my goggles too quickly. In the second race, somebody hit my back wheel and I couldn't turn at the first corner; I collided with some other riders, and lost a lot of time. I got back to seventeenth, but I'm not happy with these results." Roelants is currently 4th in the championship points standings.
The series continues in Bastogne, Belgium on Sunday.
Round 4 of the 2012 AMA National Motocross Championship took place this weekend in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania for the 36th Annual FMF High Point National.
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Jessica Patterson came into the High Point national with a 16 point lead over the rest of her competition. Her 2-1 moto finishes allowed her to stretch that lead to 33 points at the halfway point of the series. Her top finishes didn't come easily as she was forced to come through the field in the first moto after crashing on the first lap. The second moto again saw Patterson on the ground following a crash with first moto winner Tarah Geiger. She remounted quickly and went on to take the moto and overall victory.
Bel-Ray backed Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki riders suffered a difficult day in Pennsylvania with mixed results. Leading the team was Jason Anderson with 13-6 moto finishes for 8th overall, followed by Hunter Hewitt with 30-16 moto finishes for 18th overall and Blake Wharton with 16-38 moto finishes for 19th overall.
Elite racer Lowell Spangler raced his first national of the season this weekend in Pennsylvania. The Reed and Reese Racing KTM rider finished 20-24 for 24th overall, while fellow Elite racer Steve Roman was 39-40 for 40th overall. Both riders competed in the in the 250 class. The series continues this upcoming weekend in Maryland for the Budd's Creek National.
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