World Superbike: Smrz on the podium at Donington 2011 World Superbike

World Superbike: Finally, after the bad luck in Phillip Island, the Liberty Racing Team Effenbert showed that they have the strength to race for the victory.

Sunday, March 27 were held in Donington in England the two races of the Grand Prix of Europe of the World Superbike Championship 2011.

In Race 1, Jakub Smrz maintained, after the start,the position obtained in Superpole, and then, in few laps, he managed to overtake the riders ahead of him and take the lead. The pace kept by the Czech rider was very fast for many laps when he continued to gain ground on his pursuers. Unfortunately,the Italian

champion Marco Melandri, riding a Yamaha, using a drop of our rear tire grip in the last laps, managed to catch first and later overtake Smrz, which in anyway finished the race in second place,which is the best result of his career, his first podium finish for the team and proving to have finally achieved the condition and maturity that can help him fight in each race for the Superpole and for the victory.

The third place was for another Ducati rider, the spanish Carlos Checa-Team Ducati Racing Althea. The result obtained by Smrz in race two was also positive, although not as exciting as the morning. In fact, due to a start that has been less positive and above all to a technical problem with the clutch, he couldn´t manage to find the rhythm of the morninghe and could not fight for the podium anymore, finishing the race in eighth position.

For the records, the afternoon race was won by Carlos Checa, ahead of Marco Melandri and of the British rider Leon Camier- Aprilia.
With the results obtained during this weekend, Jakub Smrz climbs the ranking of the World Superbike Championship, ranking him fifth overall, just 7 points behind world champion Max Biaggi, who occupies the fourth position.

declarations of Jakub:
“I’m obviously very happy with the results of the weekend, I thank all members of the team who worked hard for me to achieve this goal, I could certainly do better in Race 2, but was slowed by a clutch problem that didn´t allowed me to stay with the first ones, without this problem my feelings were that, given the temperature higher temperature, I could be even faster than in the morning. We are already working with the Ducati engineers to solve this problem so that we can be more competitive in Assen, which is known as a track that I like very much.

A different question has been today’s performance of the other rider Effenbert Liberty Racing Team, Sylvain Guintoli.
The French, as is well known, is coming from a disastrous crash in Race 1 in the Australian Grand Prix a month ago and is still suffering serious pains on his right hand and at the ankle. In particular the ankle pain is very intense, of course due to the use of the gear lever.

After the necessary medical tests that confirmed that participation in today’s race would not negatively affect the full recovery for the race in Assen, Guintoli, with the consent of the team management, decided to take part in this race which is run a few miles from his home (the Frenchman is living in England with his family since a few years), ending in the eleventh position in both races, an outstanding result for a rider in his physical condition.

Sylvain´s statement:
“It was definitely the most difficult race weekend of my career, the fractured hand and the ankle pain has affected my performance, despite everything I have achieved a good result and I earned valuable points for the championship.

From tomorrow I will continue even more intensively the recovery work to improve my physical condition and be at hundred percent for the next race in Assen. I am very pleased with the team that is working well, as we saw with the results achieved by Smrz in race one, I like the bike, the championship has only just begun and I am sure that in the future we can have fun and still achieve some interesting results .

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