Carrasco wins the WorldSSP300 Championship and makes history, Reiterberger the last emperor of the STK1000 Championship; Pirelli hard at work on the new 2019 range of standard solutions
Jonathan Rea, newly crowned 2018 FIM Superbike World Champion, wins Race 2 as well while Jules Cluzel takes the WorldSSP600 win but the Championship remains open
The French Nevers Magny-Cours circuit hosted the races today of all four categories in the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship. In particular, the French round represented the last ever round in the history of the Superstock 1000 European Championship, which will no longer be held from next year, and the last round of the season for the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship.
The undisputed protagonists of the day were the winners of these two championships. Specifically, Spaniard Ana Carrasco made motorcycle racing history, becoming the first woman to ever win a World Motorcycle Racing Championship, namely the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship.
There was also great satisfaction for German Markus Reiterberger, who was crowned Champion of the Superstock 1000 European Championship, the last winner of a championship which thrilled motorcycle racing fans all over the world for nineteen seasons.
The FIM Supersport 600 World Championship, on the other hand, remains open, where the race win went to Jules Cluzel (NRT) on Yamaha, but it was not enough to crown him the category champion yet. Newly crowned 2018 FIM Superbike World Champion, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), also won Race 2after winning Race 1 yesterday to clinch his fourth consecutive world title.
It was another satisfaction-filled weekend for Pirelli, but more than anything, it was a useful weekend for establishing which solutions will become part of the standard racing products range for 2019. In particular, in the premier category, the DIABLO™ Superbike slicks in the larger 125/70 size on the front and 200/65 on the rear continue to earn the preferences of the riders compared to the standard size version, therefore, by the end of the year, Pirelli will evaluate the possibility of placing them on the market for the general public as early as next season.
In Race 2, World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) started from the ninth spot on the grid due to the inverted grid rule based on the Race 1 finishing order, but already in the fourth lap, he was in second place behind race leader Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and ahead of Michael Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team).
These positions did not change until the twelfth lap when Jonathan Rea managed to overtake the Ducati riding Welshman, moving into the lead. Davies tried not to let the Northern Irishman get away, but Rea was too fast and ended up finishing first ahead of the Ducati rider and Dutch Yamaha rider, Van Der Mark.
WorldSBK Race 2 standings:
1) J. Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2) C. Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
3) M. Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
4) T. Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
5) M. Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
6) L. Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
7) A. Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
8) X. Forés (Barni Racing Team)
9) L. Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
10) L. Baz (GULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team)
11) E. Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia)
12) T. Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
13) M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team)
14) J. Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
15) L. Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura)
16) J. Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
17) P. Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
18) R. Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki)
19) J. Guarnoni (Team Pedercini Racing)
RT) J. Smrz (Guandalini Racing)
RT) M. Lussiana (Dreamteamcompany)
Race 2 was preceded by the FIM Supersport 600 World Championship race, where Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP team) started from pole position. However, the Italian and his factory team Yamaha YZF-R6 was unable to capitalise on the advantage, quickly sliding back to fourth place and leaving the race lead to Jules Cluzel (NRT) ahead of Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) and Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP team), all riders astride bikes from the Iwata based manufacturer. A few laps later, Caricasulo managed to overtake his teammate for third. On the last lap came a surprising upset: Caricasulo crashed out. Jules Cluzel went on to win the race ahead of Sandro Cortese and Lucas Mahias and clinching his second place in the championship behind Cortese.
1) J. Cluzel (NRT)
2) S. Cortese (Kallio Racing)
3) L. Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP team)
4) T. Gradinger (NRT)
5) R. Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
6) C. Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha)
7) R. De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
8) K. Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
9) H. Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
10) H. Barbera (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
11) H. Soomer (Racedays)
12) A. Badovini (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
13) F. Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP team)
14) P. Sebestyen (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
15) L. Stapleford (Profile Racing)
16) C. Stange (Team GoEleven Kawasaki)
17) R. Hartog (Team Hartog - Against Cancer)
18) L. Cresson (Kallio Racing)
19) W. Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MtM)
20) J. Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki)
21) S. Hornsey (Profile Racing)
22) K. Van Leuven (EAB antwest Racing)
23) P. Pekkanen (Paukku Racing)
24) N. Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura)
25) A. Coppola (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Junior Team)
26) A. Murley (GEMAR Team Lorini)
RT) G. Matern (Flembbo Leader Team)
RT) M. Bau (MAXIGP108)
RT) M. Muzio (The BlackSheep Team)
RT) J. Van Sikkelerus (GEMAR Team Lorini)
The last race of the Supersport 300 World Championship season was full of thrills and upsets. Dutchman Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki), in the running for the championship title, managed to take pole position, while Spaniard Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team), leader in the overall standings, was feeling the pressure and was unable to do better than the twenty-fifth spot on the grid. However, as often happens, it is the race that decides it all. A few laps into the race, Deroue was forced to retire due to a technical problem and in the meantime, Spaniard Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkingGO Team)moved into the race lead, while Ana Carrasco managed to fight her way up to nineteenth. If the race had ended in that order, Perez would have won the championship, but one lap from the end, the Spaniard fell back from first to third and then to sixth place before moving back up to fourth, while Carrasco managed to claw her way all the way up to thirteenth place. In the meantime, Perez moved into the lead and seemed to have the world title in hand, but on the final lap, he was overtaken by Dani Valle. This meant that thirteenth place was enough for Carrasco to be crowned FIM Supersport 300 World Champion, the first woman in history to win a World Motorcycle Racing Championship.
The final race in the history of the Superstock 1000 European Championship, which will not be held next year, was the first event of the day, starting at 11:40 AM local time.
Italian rider Federico Sandi (MOTOCORSA Racing) took pole position and the race win, but the true protagonist of the day was German Markus Reiterberger (alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW) who, thanks to his third place finish in the race, was crowned 2018 European Superstock 1000 champion with his BMW S1000 RR. For the record, the podium was completed by another BMW rider, Italian Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team), who finished second.
The Pirelli solutions chosen by the riders for WorldSBK Race 2 and WorldSSP:
In Race 2, the riders substantially confirmed the solutions used yesterday in Race 1 with only a limited number of them deciding to change the rear tyre.
In any case, on the rear, the larger 200/65 size X0175 SC0 development solution (option B) was still the one used by most of the riders. Like yesterday, some of the riders, including Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, opted for the new X0914 SC0 development solution (option C), also in the larger size. As for the front, the most used solution was once again the larger size 125/70 X0417 SC1 development tyre (option C), chosen by the vast majority of the riders on the grid.
In the WorldSSP race, rider choices were rather similar. On the front, the most used solution was the X0012 SC1 development tyre (option B) whereas for the rear, most of the riders preferred the standard SC0 (option A), although there were plenty of riders (especially on the front three rows) who preferred using the X0633 SC0 development solution (option B).
Pirelli statistics for WorldSBK Race 2:
• Winner of the PIRELLI BEST LAP AWARD: Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati),in 1'37.363 at the 2nd lap
• Most used front solution: development SC1 X0417 (15 out of 21 riders)
• Most used rear solution: development SC0 X0175 (14 out of 21 riders)
• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike tyres: 292.7 km/h, achieved by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in the 19th and 20th lap
• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the WorldSBK class: 5 front and 9 rear
Number of tyres available for each Superbike rider: 87, including 39 front and 34 rear
• Air temperature: 20° C
• Asphalt temperature: 34° C
Pirelli statistics for WorldSSP race:
• Winner of the PIRELLI BEST LAP AWARD: Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing), in 1'41.185 in the 12th lap
• Most used front solution: development SC1 X0012 (25 out of 30 riders)
• Most used rear solution: standard SC0 (21 out of 30 riders)
• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa tyres: 264.7 km/h, achieved by Jules Cluzel (NRT) in the 16th lap
• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the WorldSSP class: 5 front and 4 rear
Number of tyres available for each WorldSSP rider: 51, including 24 front and 27 rear
• Air temperature: 20° C
• Asphalt temperature: 33° C