Bel-Ray Racing Weekend Wrap-Up
Bel-Ray Racing-Weekend Racing Wrap Up – May 14, 2012
The professional racing teams supported by Bel-Ray competed this past weekend in Mexico, Portugal and England in both on and off-road competition.
The historic Donington Park circuit in the heart of England was the site of Round 5 of the 2012 World Superbike Championship series. Sunny skies were a welcome sight to the competitors this weekend following the rains from the previous round in Italy, just a week ago. Both Bel-Ray racers, Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano, were aiming to improve on their 7th and 8th place finishes from round 4.
Race 1 saw both riders just inside the top 10 as they were caught up in traffic in the first corner. The duo turned in consistent laps and worked through the field to an eventual 6th and 7th place finish with Checa leading the way. Race 2 was not as kind as both Checa and Giugliano got caught in a first turn crash that saw Checa’s bike too damaged to continue. Giugliano, meanwhile, was able to continue only briefly, but was unable to finish the race as well.
Checa spoke about the crash that forced him out of the race, “I tried to start strong and found a good position, but when I got to the apex, I saw Laverty in front of me and he braked suddenly. Maybe there was a rider in front of him, I don’t know. I did everything I could to brake, to stop the bike, but there were riders all around me and I couldn’t avoid a fall. My leg is a bit sore and a little swollen, but I’m ok.”
Teammate Giugliano too spoke about the unfortunate turn of events in race 2. “It’s a shame because the day had started out fairly positively. We had seen in race 1 that we had a strong pace and we were certain that we could do better in the second. I started race 2 convinced that I could be up there with the top four, but unfortunately what happened at the first corner penalized me too.”
Both riders are prepared for the next round of the series held at Miller Motorsports Park in the United States on May 28th. Checa is 4th and Giugliano 9th in the overall season’s points standings.
World Enduro Championship
Lisbon, Portugal was the site for round 4 of the 2012 Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship. The Bel-Ray TM factory team survived the difficult conditions all weekend to produce excellent results. In E1 class competition, Antti Hellsten scored a 10th place finish on both days of competition. Teammate Nicolo Mori finished 12th and 11th over the 2 days of completion in the EJ class and Aigar Leok was the team's best finisher with 2 strong 3rd place finishes in the E3 class.
With half of the season completed, all 3 racers are in the top 15 in their respective classes in their chase for world championship points. Hellsten moves up to 12th in the E1 class, Mori remains in 14th in the EJ class and Leok moves up to 3rd in the E3 class in the series' points standings.
The series continues the last weekend in June in Italy for round 5 of the series.
World Motocross Championship
The FIM Motocross World Championship will make an appearance in Mexico this weekend for the first time in the history of world motocross competition. Taking place at the Nicolas Espana circuit in Guadalajara, Mexico, the high altitude and high temperatures will make the event challenging for the competitors.
The Bel-Ray backed CP377 Monster Energy Pro Circuit team of Christophe and Sebastien Pourcel suffered bad luck this weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico. Coming off a victory at the previous event in Italy, Christophe showed the speed that brought him previous victories. While competing in moto 1, he ran across a piece of track fencing that became entangled in his machine. He stopped to remove it, but the time lost during this stop relegated him to a 16th place finish. He rebounded in moto 2 with the holeshot and led the first half of the race. Deteriorating track conditions forced him back for an eventual 4th place finish. He spoke about the incident following the day’s event, “the goal was to get another podium here, and I would have got it if I had not got green fencing wrapped around my bike in the first race. I took the holeshot in the second race and was fighting for the win for most of the race, but the track was becoming too dangerous and I didn’t want to take any risks.” Teammate Sebastien was unable to get comfortable with the track during the competition and rode a smart and safe race for 13-14 moto finishes. “I never felt comfortable on this track, and didn’t want to risk another injury. I got a good start in the first race, but after ten minutes, I felt tired and rode to score safe points. In the second race, I got blisters on my hands and my goal was then just to finish the race.”
Bel-Ray sponsored Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider Tommy Searle scored another podium finish this past weekend in Mexico. Warm temperatures and high altitude tested the endurance of the competitor and the Englishman came through with flying colors. He scored two 2nd place finishes despite an early fall in the second moto that forced him to make a remarkable come from behind. Teammate Joel Roelants is recovered from his Fermo crash and was able to produce 6-4 moto finishes for 4th overall. He spoke about his recovery from the crash and his ability to overcome adversity. “I’m really happy to finish fourth in the second race, and if I hadn’t crash in the first moto, I would also have been fourth. I was not riding at my full potential this weekend after my crash in Italy two weeks ago. I knew that it would be tough here, as I had to stay in a darkened room for five days after the crash, and still today during the races, I had to keep telling myself ‘concentrate, concentrate’. Normally, I wouldn’t be happy with fourth, but that was the maximum in the circumstances.”
The series will continue this weekend in Brazil at the Beto Carreiro MX Park.