Ayrton Badovini moves up the World Superbike Championship ranking with the Motorland Aragon result this weekend. Lanzi claims one World Championship point in race 2. In Superstock Zanetti takes a podium finish (2nd) and Barrier finishes fifth.
Today's result marks progress for BMW Motorrad Italy Superbike Team with Ayrton Badovini's conquest of tenth place in the World Superbike Championship. After Misano, Ayrton was in eleventh place - albeit on equal points with the tenth - but today he alone lies tenth. In race 1 he finished eighth, winning eight points, while in the second, the wrong tyre choice did not stop him taking tenth place.
Ayrton said: "I am pleased with the weekend because we have improved and we have grown steadily. We were also able to improve on our weak point of the race start. Race 1 went pretty well, while in 2 we made choices that didn't deliver what we expected. This gave us more experience of the bike with these conditions, hopefully helping us for the future."
Lorenzo Lanziwon a World Championship point in race 2 after being forced to retire in race 1 with a technical problem which caused him to make an early return to the box.
Lorenzo Zanettirode an attacking race in a thrilling Superstock battle. The Brescia rider diced with Davide Giugliano (Ducati) on a couple of occasions trying to pass. After taking a big risk in the last metres in an attempt to overtake the Rome rider, he ended the race in second place. This result allows him to retain third place in the FIM Cup . Sylvain Barrier was with the leaders up to the ninth lap but after a short detour off track he rejoined in fifth position which he held to the end.
Zanetti said: "We have worked very well with the team, proving to be consistent and responsive. The race was very strong: in some places, our bike was not right and I drove to the limit, as we saw in the last laps. The championship is long and it's an open game."
Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Superbike Team Italy, said: "With Ayrton we played a good conservative game one resulting in a satisfying eighth place. In race 2 we used a different tyre grip, hoping to improve, but unfortunately it turned out to be a wrong choice which forced us down to tenth place. All in all it was a weekend in which we improved in every way, staying in the top ten. Regarding Lanzi, his technical problem in race 1 forced him to retire. In race 2 he managed to win the last available point but he too paid for the tyre choice. In Superstock, even if we did not win, we are quite happy and we will be fighting to the end. Zanetti rode a great race against Giugliano. We are confident he will be doing the same again soon. In addition to the Lorenzo's podium, Barrier could have been there if he had not been penalised by his riding error. That's racing and it will serve as motivation to win in the next races."
SUPERBIKE: Race 1: 1° M. Melandri (Yamaha) 40'01.968 - 2° M. Biaggi (Aprilia) + 1.572 - 3° L. Camier (Aprilia) + 2.432... 8° A. Badovini (BMW)+ 16.954 ... N.F. L. Lanzi (BMW).
Gara 2: 1° M. Biaggi (Aprilia) 40'04.407 - 2° M. Melandri (Yamaha) + 4.809 - 3° C. Checa (Ducati) + 6.944...10° A. Badovini (BMW)+ 24.676... 15° L. Lanzi (BMW) + 53.156.
Campionato: 1° C. Checa (Ducati) p. 261 - 2° M. Biaggi (Aprilia) p. 218 - 3° M. Melandri (Yamaha) p. 195 ....10° A. Badovini (BMW) p. 83 ...22° L. Lanzi (BMW) p. 7 ...25° B. Veneman (BMW) p. 3...26° J. Toseland (BMW) p. 3
SUPERSTOCK: Gara: 1° D. Giugliano (Ducati) 24'25.762 - 2° L. Zanetti (BMW) + 1.078 - 3° D. Petrucci (Ducati) + 2.785 - 4° N. Canepa (Ducati) + 2.790 - 5° S. Barrier (BMW) + 8.806.
FIM Cup: 1° D. Giugliano (Ducati) p. 95 - 2° D. Petrucci (Ducati) p. 69 - 3° L. Zanetti (BMW) p. 68 - 4° S. Barrier (BMW) p. 40 - 5° N. Canepa (Ducati) p. 37.