WSBK 2019 statements in Buriram: Rea gave 110%
In order to complete our assessment of the three World Superbike races contested this weekend on the Buriram circuit in Thailand, Site translates to you the statements of the pilots who have shone – or not – during this second meeting in 2019.
Every day after the race (three races per weekend in World Superbike from now on!), The Moto Journal du Net establishes the classification of the pilots … In Thailand, Bautista again achieved the full card! Ducati rider n ° 19 scores 62 additional points (see MNC ranking at the bottom of the page).
Unable to keep pace with his new best foe, Rea again finishes second three times and scores 49 points. Lowes accompanies the Spanish rookie and the Northern Irish champion on the three podiums (39 points therefore). Van der Mark, Haslam, Melandri and Cortese complete the Top 7 in each race in that order.
Site publishes reactions – in French! – of the Top 5 in Buriram on Sunday evening. MNC also gives voice to the best – or less worst? – representatives of each brand of motorcycles. Do you speak French ?
Alvaro Bautista (Ducati n ° 19), 1st with 62 pts:
"Three wins, three lap records and the Superpole: it was a perfect weekend for me! We knew it would be an important race because Kawasaki has won so many times here (seven wins in eight races, Editor’s note ), but the whole team worked well on the bike over the weekend and everything went well. It was not easy because the Panigale V4 R is new, so wherever you go you have to From the start I had great confidence in the bike and made only small adjustments in terms of the settings. I just want to thank my team and all the people at Ducati because they did a fantastic job. I’m so happy! We now have time to rest before heading to my home in Spain. I can’t wait to race in Aragon in front of my fans ".
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki n ° 1), 2nd with 49 pts:
“A run of second places is the best we could hope for today, and we did it despite the heavy pressure exerted by Alex (Lowes, on his official Yamaha # 22, Editor’s note) during the final race. He continued to push like a sprint (the 10-lap Superpole race, shortened to 6 with a red flag in Thailand, editor’s note), but I had that little extra at the end of the third race to go. want to thank my team for giving me a good bike this weekend, although there is still work to be done to improve the package. I felt this weekend that we had a little struggling with the stability of the front axle, especially in this second half of the final race, in areas where I was strong. Behind my visor, I gave myself 110%, especially in the first laps, to try to stay in the suction (of the Panigale V4 R from Bautista, editor’s note) as long as I could. As soon as I lost it, I lost it. i started running my own race again. I’m bringing home 49 points and we’ll try to build on that in Europe ".
Alex Lowes (Yamaha n ° 22), 3rd with 39 pts:
“I was very happy with the second run today. I felt really good for 12 or 13 laps and thought I might be able to challenge Johnny for second with the pace I had. But I started to struggle a bit towards the end and had to drop down a bit and take advantage of the gap with the group behind. Overall, this weekend has been great, for me as for Michael (van der Mark, his teammate, Editor’s note). He put pressure on me yesterday in the race, and moving from tenth place on the starting grid to fourth place in the Superpole race was difficult for him. both do a very solid job for the team, and we have to keep working so hard when we get back to Europe if we are to close the gap with the top two. ".
Michael van der Mark (Yamaha n ° 60), 4th with 32 pts:
“I felt good on the bike during warm-up this morning, and I felt pretty strong after our little changes for the Superpole race. Fourth place this morning was very important because I was able to start from the second row this afternoon. I got off to a good start and then struggled a bit with Alex which was nice. But from the first lap I didn’t feel very comfortable with the front of the bike, maybe because the temperature was much hotter. I had a bit of trouble, I couldn’t stay with Alex, then I made a small mistake and lost a lot of places . From there I had to get back to the front of the group and then I was able to maintain a steady pace to finish fourth once again. I think we can be very proud of this weekend, between the three Alex’s podiums and my three fourth places. We have made some progress and hopefully we can take one more step in Aragon ".
Leon Haslam (Kawasaki n ° 91), 5th with 27 pts:
"I was able to be more consistent in the second run today. We were riding with the bigger brake discs, which I didn’t have the best feeling with this weekend, but overall we made a lot of progress on the motorbike. I can say it now: I suffered from a stuck nerve in my back, it inflamed just before I got here and I had to take painkillers. I struggled a lot this weekend and I’m glad it’s over, in a way. I need a rest and we can start again in Aragon. I hadn’t been to Buriram for four years. So it was going to be difficult with only two sessions. 50 minutes, then the first race, so I’m very happy to get three fifth places. ".
Tom Sykes (BMW n ° 66), 11th with 7 pts:
“After a few laps in the second run I felt something was wrong. It’s a little frustrating because we had made a change to the bike, which was working really well. The positive side is that I’m really surprised to be in the Top 10 on this track, despite our disadvantage in the straight. It’s very promising in my opinion. Honestly, entering many corners, the chassis and the settings of the BMW S1000RR are really an advantage over our competition. Overall so there are a lot of positives to consider. As we saw at Phillip Island we are losing a lot in the straight but hopefully that it won’t be a problem in the not-so-distant future … "
Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda n ° 23), 14th with 4 pts:
"Let’s start with the highlights of this weekend: we made some progress, both in terms of my feeling on the bike and my lap times. Of course, we haven’t made as much progress as we wanted, but we were pretty consistent. I unfortunately didn’t have the same feeling during the race and I felt very frustrated. I kept doing my best, but I can’t say I’m happy with my week -end of the race. I felt great support from our fans, all the team members and Honda, and I want to return the favor by offering them more than that. I understood better some aspects that I hope will allow me to improve both my riding style and the tuning of my bike. I will continue to work hard to improve. ".
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