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Third round thrills at Valencia

Author: HANNspree Press Release
Posted on: Sunday, Apr 06 2008

Pole starter Max Neukirchner was also unable to finish the first leg, after an incident with HANNspree Ten Kate Honda’s Carlos Checa on the final lap sent both riders into the gravel. Although Checa was able to rejoin the pack and ride to a valiant fifth place finish, Neukirchner was unable to get his Suzuki restarted.

After his first race crash, Neukirchner was forced to sit out of race two, and unusually, circuit officials took the decision to move all 27-rider grid positions up one place. The reordered front row line-up resulted in Kagayama moving into pole position and first race victor Lanzi moving up into fourth.

Another tense race saw the frontrunners battling for supremacy – with Spaniard Checa desperate to clinch a podium on home soil. Despite some technical problems at half-race distance, the 36-year-old’s wish came true when he powered his HANNspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade onto the third step of the podium behind Australian Troy Bayliss and winner Haga.

After retiring from race one after 14 laps, Checa’s team-mate – double British Superbike Champion and World Superbike newcomer Ryuichi Kiyonari – powered to a fourth place finish in the second race. The 25-year-old HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider rode consistently well during the 23-lap event to score his best finish of the season so far, and narrowly miss out on a maiden podium place.

Meanwhile, other HANNspree-supported riders Roberto Rolfo and Kenan Sofuoglu had a frustrating third round. HANNspree Ten Kate Honda’s Sofuolgu could only manage 12th and 15th place finishes while HANNspree Honda Althea’s Rolfo finished tenth and 17th. Bayliss continues to lead the series standings with 128 points overall.

Race one result
1. L. Lanzi

2. T. Bayliss

3. T. Corser

4. F. Nieto

5. C. Checa

6. K. Muggeridge

7. G. Lavilla

8. R. Laconi

9. M. Tamada

10. R. Rolfo

12. K. Sofuoglu

DNF. R Kiyonari

Race two result
1. N. Haga

2. T. Bayliss

3. C. Checa

4. R. Kiyonari

5. T. Corser

6. Y. Kagayama

7. R. Xaus

8. M. Biaggi

9. R. Laconi

10. F. Nieto

15. K. Sofuoglu

17. R. Rolfo

Standings after two rounds
1. T. Bayliss 128

2. F. Nieto 80

3. T. Corser 72

4. C. Checa 72

5. R. Xaus 68

6. N. Haga 47

7. M. Biaggi 44

8. L. Lanzi 42

9. M. Neukirchner 39

10. M. Fabrizio 37

12. R. Kiyonari 30

13. K. Sofuoglu 22

16. R. Rolfo 18

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