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Eugene Laverty: always a man with a plan

Laverty's double came after a titanic scrap with team-mate Melandri

Perhaps one of the level headed motorcycle racers of the moment. Fortunate that Biaggi was given a ride through in Race 2, and suprising that he actually came into the pits as his preference is to get black flagged (Donnigton in 2011 and most of his MotoGp career). Notwithstanding this, a great ride from Laverty as the level headed racer that he is. Not one but twice as he took the double win at Monza. As they say, never give up in any race irrespective of where you are in the field, as you never know what might happen ahead of you…as Max Biaggi proved yesterday.

Eugene Laverty in my opinion, has proved himself well at Monza, and for a young, physically fit guy, he looked like he had done a full day at the office by the end of Race two. From experience, Monza is not a hugely physical circuit as the long straights give you some rest. But the Ascari chicane is hard work getting a Superbike turning from one direction to the other.

Laverty’s double came after a titanic scrap with team-mate Melandri.

Factory Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty has said he was only looking to get a podium from today’s World Superbike double header at Monza but is ecstatic to come away with his first win in race one and then the double in the second outing.

The Toomebridge man cruised to his debut victory this morning after Max Biaggi got embroiled in a battle with Leon Haslam while race two saw him have to outfox team-mate Marco Melandri to take home more silverware.

“Race two was very hard work but I had it in my head what I was going to do. I was alongside Marco into the last corner so he would have had to have backed off had he not run wide so that was covered even though his bike was a bit quicker than mine.,” said Laverty, speaking to bikesportnews.com this afternoon.

“I got squeezed going into the first corner in both races, which I’m not very happy about because if I hadn’t backed off, there would have been the usual Monza accident but I was able to make my way back through. I only came here for a podium. Two wins in a day is awesome, I am ecstatic with how we have performed on our home ground.”

Source: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Monza-WSB:-I-was-only-looking-for-a-podium!—Laverty&newsid=119

World Superbikes 2011 Round #1 Phillip Island

Well its the start of the new season and my money is on Leon Camier to be up there fighting for podiums at every round. The man never ceases to amaze me – not only was he sick as a parrot for most this weekend’s racing downunder, but managed to nab 6th place in race 2…..

Alitalia Aprilia’s Leon Camier reckons he is shocked with the sixth place he nabbed on the final lap of Phillip Island’s second World Superbike race given he spent most of the week struck down with glandular fever.

Camier was unsure he’d even be able to finish a race over the week but, after changing tyres in between races, he found more pace in the second outing and leaves Australia just outside the top ten.

“I’m honestly shocked by today’s results, especially the second race. I just concentrated on keeping things steady and trying to get into a rhythm, not making any mistakes, and I managed to work my way through,” said Camier.

“I have never felt so ill and wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to finish, so to come away just outside the top ten of the Championship isn’t so bad. It’s frustrating to think what might have been if I wasn’t ill, but there’s no point dwelling on it. There’s a long season ahead of us and to see what we achieved today, even with my illness and limited track time, is definitely encouraging.

“I can’t really explain just how tired I’m feeling now. Luckily we’ve got four weeks before the round at Donington Park to try and get myself back to normal. I really want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send in messages of support this weekend. Hopefully I can repay you all at the next round.

“Before the second race we change the rear tyre and at the start I tried to ride calmly, looking for my pace and avoiding errors. Lap after lap the feeling got better and I climbed my way to sixth place. To say I was tired is an understatement, but if I think about the presuppositions I can consider myself quite satisfied.

“Without this illness things could have gone differently, but it doesn’t matter; now I need to lower my head and get to work – there is still a long season ahead.”

Leon Camier on his long-term friendship with Moto GP rider Casey Stoner

I met with Leon a few years back when I was ending my time motorcycle racer and he was just starting his. He impressed me then and still impresses me know. Let’s hope there are no team orders in the Aprilia team this season, at any of the Italians rounds of WSB.


They learned the trade together as teenagers and although their careers have taken different paths, Leon Camier and Casey Stoner continue to compete against each other.

Ashford’s World Superbike rider Camier and former Moto GP champion Stoner have come a long way since they first set foot on the motorsport ladder, but have remained close friends. Despite competing in different world championships, the pair continue to learn from each other in training sessions and are keen to resume their previous on-track battles.

The duo were reunited last month for a series of training sessions at Stoner’s home in Australia. But it was in the British 125cc Championship a decade ago when they first met, becoming firm friends and fierce track rivals. Stoner, then 16, made the trip to Britain from Australia in 2000 to launch his superbike career, while Camier was embarking on only his third season of circuit racing. Stoner won the championship that year, while Camier finished 12th overall. They locked horns the following season, with the Kent rider taking the title.

Since then, Stoner has risen through the Moto GP ranks, impressively beating Valentino Rossi to the world title in 2007 at the tender age of 21. Although Camier is yet to taste glory in the World Superbike Championship (WSB), the former British champion is hot on his friend’s heels in training and is eyeing another track meeting.

Camier said: “After the Phillip Island test last month I went up to Casey’s house with my manager Andy Walker, we have all known each other since 2000. It’s great that we are all still friends. We have been training but also having fun, but most things turn into a big competition. I’m thinking about going pro at table tennis after some of the games we played.

“It’s difficult to learn from each other as neither of us disclose detailed information about our bikes and we’re in different classes, but we can learn about training techniques. All racers want to be the best and Casey proved it in 2007. Maybe one day soon we will be in the same championship again.”

While Camier hopes to beat his friend on the track in the future, his mind is firmly fixed on his second season in the WSB with Aprilia. The campaign begins at Australia’s Phillip Island on February 27.

He said: “Every year is a big year, and I will continue to put maximum effort into every session and every race. After having a good rookie season, I would like to build on that and be a regular podium contender.”

James Ellison to join PTR Honda

Pole Pawel Szkopek joins Ellison at PTR Honda off-shoot

By David Miller

Image by Paul Sturman

Former British Superbike front runner James Ellison will be partnered by Polish rider Pawel Szkopek in his World Supersport team, now called Bogdanka PTR Honda, and not Romania as previously speculated.

The new team is a multi-year partnership between Bogdanka Racing and PTR.

LW Bogdanka is an undisputed leader in the Polish coal mining business as the country’s only stock listed mine, while PTR is the race organisation behind the dominant Parkalgar Honda World Supersport Team that has won 12 out the last 25 Championship races.

“This partnership sees Poland’s first World Championship full-time race team and it is starting at the very highest level with proven technical ability and a realistic chance to win a World Championship thanks to PTR,” said racing director Michael Igor Piasecki.

“This is a partnership, it is not a sponsorship. PTR will help to operate and organise the team alongside Parkalgar Honda out of the same garage and there will be shared branding with the Parkalgar squad. Bogdanka PTR Honda is employing Polish staff to work on the project alongside British engineers.

“This is one of the best opportunities for Poland to win a World Championship in any motorsport in 2011 – we have the best bikes and in James Ellison one of the pre-season favourites. Pawel Szkopek is the best rider in Poland right now and the eight times national Champion will learn quickly from his team mate – we expect him to be featuring at the sharp end of the results.”