Lascorz Seventh In Race One, Luckless In Race Two

July 31, 2011

WSBK, Silverstone, Great Britain, 31 July 2011 - Joan Lascorz rode brilliantly in race one from 19th place on the grid to take seventh place, and was only stopped in race two by a water leak caused by a collision with another rider.

Lascorz made short work of passing other riders in the midfield once he had recovered from a start that saw him 19th on lap one, then get to seventh place on lap ten of 18. He maintained this placing to the flag, to go 11th in the championship, on 97 points.

In race two Lascorz collided with James Toseland as three riders ran off track in the first lap, and unknown to Joan his machine lost all its coolant water. He went out on lap seven when his bike overheated.

Tom Sykes was forced to miss the race on Sunday at Silverstone, being unable to start due to the beating his body had taken in a free practice crash on Saturday. Sykes is now concentrating on getting himself fit and ready for the next round, at the Nürburgring on September 4.

Pedercini Team rider Mark Aitchison was running well in race one when a problem with his brakes saw him run wide and then fall, but he scored two points for 14th in race two. His team-mate Roberto Rolfo was 13th in race one, but retired from race two.

Joan Lascorz: “We had one good result and one unlucky one, but my bike felt even better in the second race than the first one. It was unfortunate that Toseland collided with me because his footpeg went into a water hose on my bike and it ran the cooling system dry, which meant I could not finish. I think I could have had a top six if that had not happened. I was seventh in race one and that is not so bad having qualified 19th. We have to improve in qualifying but it is good to know that I can make a good race pace on the bike when things work out.”

Tom Sykes: “I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a bus and because we do not want to cause any further potential damage to my ankle we decided not to race. I also have a lot of pain and stiffness in my neck, back and shoulders. After qualifying on the fourth row because I could not make it into Superpole, I was not going to get anything too much out of this weekend, and the risk was a little too much. I do not want to speculate on my ankle injury until I see a specialist tomorrow.”