World Superbike riders’ statements in Jerez
The twelfth round of the 2016 World SBK took place this weekend in Jerez, Spain. To complete our near-live reports, here are the statements of the Superbike riders at the end of their two Spanish races.
Page 1: Statements from the 1st WSBK round in Jerez
Site readers – who, as everyone knows, are a little more fortunate than the others – have already been able to experience Saturday and Sunday, almost live, the unfolding of the Mondial Superbike and Supersport races on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. (for latecomers, read,, then).
Here are the statements of the drivers who distinguished themselves on Saturday during the first round, and on the following page the statements of those who led the second WSBK race on Sunday. Honor to the double winner !
Chaz Davies, 1st
"I wasn’t sure I had enough headroom to escape given the progress the Kawasaki made this morning, but we were quick enough to lead very early so I put my head in the handlebars. and I’ve seen the gap widen. Jerez has always been a tough track for me in the past so turning the tide and winning here the last couple of years is something special. I want to thank the team, they worked so hard during the summer break to improve the balance of the bike. I feel I have a much better sense of the limit now, and I am maybe in the best shape of my whole career. It happens maybe a bit too late. All we can do is finish strong and see where that takes us next season. ".
Tom Sykes, 2nd
“It was a great day for Kawasaki who won the Constructors’ Championship for the second time in a row. We’ve been working on this for a few years and with two strong riders in the squad we are coming to this. indicates the amount of effort and support they (Akashi Greens, Editor’s note) are putting into the Superbike World Championship. Finishing second today between two really strong guys isn’t too bad, but it’s not bad. ‘It’s not perfect either. We need to find a solution for tomorrow as we struggled a bit to adjust the front end of the bike today. Hopefully we can then match Chaz’s pace on Sunday. ".
Jonathan Rea, 3rd
“We certainly didn’t have Chaz’s pace today. It seemed like I could hold onto Tom, but I was taking a risk. What I had in mind was that he was better. consolidate our points and continue, to get a little closer to our ultimate goal. Right from the start we lacked grip, we slipped from front to back. We need to understand what happened for tomorrow . In the end, I’m happy to be on the podium for the first time in Jerez ".
“We just won the constructors’ championship, three races to go, which is another bright spot of the day as it shows the work that Kawasaki, the team and all the staff have done this year, and the last year. I am happy to contribute to this double at the constructors’ world championship ".
Nicky Hayden, 4th
“I didn’t have a good start, but I climbed back up to fourth, gaining a few positions and making some progress thanks to a few crashes in front of me. The bike was running very well, the team had done a good job. I worked on the set-up and tried to close the gap on Jonathan Rea. Halfway through the race I started hitting the front too much so Johnny was able to pull away. tried to manage my lead over Michael and come home with fourth. Overall it wasn’t a disaster, but I would have liked to have tried to compete against the top three. normal piste conditions, they are just a cut above us and do a good job. We will try to do the same tomorrow. ".
Michael van den Mark, 5th
"During the Superpole, I completed a very fast lap on racing tires and then, when I put on the qualifying tire, I got a big scare. I was still happy with my time. In the end, everyone was so fast I fell back in the standings. I got off to a pretty good start from 11th and was lucky some guys in front of me fell in the race. It took me a few laps to pass Torres, and then I was able to regain some ground on Nicky ".
“I didn’t have the best feeling with the front end at the end of the race and, despite being very close to him, I didn‘t want to ruin everything by trying to put the brakes on him. that he would swerve so I could catch him at the finish line, but that didn’t happen. Finishing fifth is a good result for us today, especially given our place at the start. fairly well settled in fourth place overall and I can’t wait to compete in the second round ".
Sylvain Guintoli, 6th
“A solid race and a steady pace today, especially in the second half where I was catching up with the guys in front. At the start of the race I felt I was struggling a lot with the front grip, but past the halfway point. race, I managed to keep my lap times quite constant. We are still working on the geometry of the YZF-R1 to improve performance early in the race, but it remains a solid result for us and we will try to ‘improve the feeling tomorrow ".
Leon Camier, 7th
“Honestly, I’m pretty happy with our results. I struggled a bit more than I would have liked in the race, but we knew it would be a tough race for us as we lost some time in the race. qualifying (because of a crash, editor’s note). I think the team and I did a very good job and we are sure that we can make further progress tomorrow ".
Jordi Torres, 8th
“We had a good qualifying, both in the first Superpole and the second. The race then went on in warmer conditions, but I think we did well. I got off to a good start and I had a good start. tried to be more aggressive in the first few laps. I was careful seeing other riders falling, while trying to stay with Hayden who was right in front of me. After six or seven laps however, the front started to lock up and so I had to change my riding style to compensate. Tomorrow we want to change something so that the front tire lasts longer and offers better grip. ".
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