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Source: BMW GroupMisano. As part of its third event of the season in 2021, the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) will take place this weekend in Misano on the Italian Adriatic coast. Saturday turned out to be a difficult day for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Tom Sykes (GBR) and Michael van der Mark (NED) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team finished the first race in eighth and tenth place. Jonas Folger (GER / Bonovo MGM Racing) narrowly missed the points in 16th place. Eugene Laverty (IRL), on duty for the Italian team RC Squadra Corse, was unable to take part in Superpole and the first race after falling during free practice in the morning.
In the Superpole on Saturday morning, Sykes secured fifth place on the grid in the second row with his BMW M 1000 RR. Van der Mark was 13th, Folger finished the Superpole in 15th. In the race itself, Sykes stayed in the top 6 until the penultimate lap, but then slipped two positions back. Van der Mark set course for the top 10 right after the start and reached the finish line in tenth place after 21 laps. Folger was only a tenth of a second missing from the points in 16th place.
In Misano, fans are once again allowed in the stands for the first time. During the starting grid, they were greeted by Sykes, van der Mark, Folger and BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers with a special welcome campaign – with signs saying “Welcome back, fans. Bentornati. “
Laverty was examined after his fall in free practice at the medical center on the track and was not given permission to start race one by the doctors. He will now be examined again on the Sunday morning before the warm-up, then it will be clarified whether he can take part in the Sunday sessions.
Quotes after race one in Misano.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “This Saturday was not our day. We definitely came here with higher expectations, but it became clear on Friday that we were not close to the podium with either of our drivers. Tom still showed strong performances. It was a shame that he couldn’t hold onto sixth place in the first race. With Michael it was already apparent yesterday and today that we cannot really convey the right feeling to him. Now we will analyze everything, but we cannot expect to make a huge leap for tomorrow. Nevertheless, we will try to get a top 6 result. The only good news today is that, despite his violent crash this morning, Eugene is doing relatively well and he hasn’t broken anything. That is the only positive news. “Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:” It was a very difficult day for us. Sixth place, which Tom held until shortly before the end, would have been a good result for us. But in the end the tire wasn’t enough to keep Bautista and Bassani behind. It’s a shame that he fell back to eighth, as P6 would have been a good result for Tom. But we will report back tomorrow and fight again. Michael was really struggling. He didn’t seem comfortable on the bike and couldn’t find a set-up to attack with. And if he can’t attack in the fast, fluid corners, he loses so much time and ends up fighting in the field where he was. He and his crew will now work hard and see how we can improve. Overall it was a bit of a disappointment, but we will report stronger tomorrow and hopefully get better results. ”Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:“ We had a bad start to the race today and that definitely didn’t affect us in terms of placement at the start of the race helped. We’re very strong in some areas of the track, but with our package we’re still losing in the area where I could normally make up the most on the others. I noticed that Alvaro Bautista was putting pressure on from behind in the first race. I changed my driving style, but I was still able to set respectable lap times and just closed the door for as long as I could. But at some point he managed to walk by, and in the process he pushed me a little outward. I tried to overtake him again, which was not possible, and as a result I lost another place to Bassani. We didn’t achieve what we hoped for today. But overall I feel that we are improving our racing performance. We’ll sit down tonight and work out a slightly different set-up for tomorrow. ”Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:“ I’m not really satisfied with the result. We took a good step forward in free practice this morning, but unfortunately I didn’t have the same good feeling in qualifying. So it was 13th on the grid. My start was okay, but above all I had problems with the front. To be honest, I just drove around and the pace was too slow. Now we have to sort out a few problems, so we have a lot of work ahead of us for tomorrow. ”Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing:“ Unfortunately we haven’t found what we were hoping for this weekend to have a better feeling. We didn’t have bad pace, but I just lacked the confidence on my part in the bike to assert myself on the first laps. When I overtook Tito Rabat in the third from last corner, I unfortunately went a little too far. I just tried, but unfortunately I didn’t quite make it. Our times have improved a bit, but it’s still not what we were hoping for. Our goal was to finish in the top 10. Unfortunately, we are still a long way from that. It’s a difficult time for us right now, but we always try to make the best of it. “Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse:” Thanks everyone for the news and social media support. And of course a big thank you to all the volunteers, especially to the marshals who reacted so quickly and to the paramedics who took care of me after my crash this morning. Fortunately everything is fine, my back and neck have been scanned, I am still quite stiff and it is not certain that I can drive tomorrow. But I have another medical check in the morning. So let’s wait and see if everything goes well and I can compete again tomorrow. “
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