Positive weekend but unlucky race for Quarmby
Ronan Quarmby continued to show strong improvement in the World Supersport Championship at Misano last weekend. Quarmby was 4 seconds quicker than his lap time on the same track in 2011 and consistently the quickest of the SA trio.
He showed strong pace throughout the weekend and with a second row 7th position was confident of a good race. Consistent times in practice and qualifying were good indicators for a top five or podium finish in the race.
However, the race was one to forget for many of the top riders. A first corner incident saw Quarmby, Parkes, Foret and others get pushed wide; with Ronan bumped onto the rumble strip and Foret having to go off track and rejoin after turn two. Foret was later given a ride through penalty, putting paid to his assured podium finish.
Ronan fought back from 14th and by lap three had passed 5 riders, including Ten Kate’s Broc Parkes and compatriot Morais who finished 5th and 6th respectively. Misano is notoriously difficult when it comes to overtaking and a pass for 8th on lap 7 saw Ronan lose the front, taking Cruciano with him in the fall. He remounted but damage to the bike forced him to retire.
In the meantime, Roccoli retired from 6th with a technical problem, pole sitter Sam Lowes crashed from third and Foret served his ride through penalty. A total of five top runners, including Cruciano and Quarmby, losing out on race day.
With over 20 seconds between 1st and 3rd and more than 26 seconds to 5th, the PTR rider was understandably very frustrated at the loss of valuable championship points and a potential second podium for the year. The team is nevertheless pleased with the weekends improvements and are looking forward to a strong result at Aragon in just over two weeks time
SA Riders Head for Assen
Not since the bygone days of Jon Ekerold, Alan North, Kork Ballington and Mario Rademeyer have SA motorcycle fans had real heroes to follow and support on the World stage. Rademeyer was the last South African to finish on a World podium, he finished 3rd in the 250cc GP held at Kyalami in 1985. Following a 27 year drought, 21 year old Ronan Quarmby of Johannesburg gave fans something to shout about when he stood on the World Superbike podium at Imola in Italy just over two weeks ago. Quarmby became the 1st SA rider to finish on the podium in a World Supersport race after taking 3rd by just 0.004 of second from local Italian rider Roberto Tamburini – and less than two years after doctors diagnosed a massive cyst in his left femur and told him his racing career was over.
Now, Quarmby, together with Sheridan Morais and Mathew Scholtz are starting to emulate our heroes from days long gone. Morais and Quarmby are both previous SA Champions and Scholtz is a Red Bull Rookies winner. These future legends of SA racing are already in the Netherlands and ready to compete in the 3rd round of the World Supersport Championship to be held at the Assen race circuit this weekend. These boys have already made SA proud this year with the three of them finishing in the points at the first round in Australia, and Quarmby following this up with South Africa’s first ever World Supersport podium. In the same race in Imola, Morais showed great courage and determination when he remounted to finish 10th after crashing out from a sure podium position, whilst Scholtz, after running as high as 7th , was unfortunately black flagged for missing the chicane.
Quarmby is presently joint 3rd on points alongside multiple world champion Kenan Sofuoglu, whilst Sofuoglu’s team mate, Morais, is joint 6th in the overall standings. On board his PTR Honda, Quarmby will be looking to emulate his strong Imola result whilst Morais, on his SA backed Deltafin Kawasaki, will want to make amends. Mathew Scholtz, the rookie of the trio and only 19 years old, should score more points this time round and give SA fans even more to celebrate.
Race coverage is televised live on Sunday 22 April on MNet Supersport channel 205 from 1pm with the race commencing at 1:30pm.
Ronan Quarmby Scores Podium
21 Year old Ronan Quarmby, finished on the podium in 3rd place in the World Supersport Race held at Imola in Italy. This is the first time in more than 25 years that a South Africa has stood on the podium
in a World Championship.
The World Supersport series comprises the world’s best riders from across the globe competing on 600cc production model motorcycles which reach speeds in excess of 280km/h. These are mainly
competitors who have won their countries’ national championship and now seek to be the best in the world.
Quarmby started the 96km race from a lowly 11th place grid position and was in only 13th after the first timing position. He rapidly recovered and with consistent lap times had passed 7 riders by lap 5 of the race. The tough Imola circuit leaves no room for mistakes and Quarmby was sure to make none. By lap 12 of the 19 lap race he had moved into 4th position and two laps later was 3rd. A tough battle with local Italian star, Roberto Tamburini, and following multiple position changes over the final lap, Quarmby took 3rd by a margin of just 0,004 of a second.
The 2010 South African Supersport champion is now joint 3rd in the overall world championship standings.
Ronan: "That was amazing and I loved every second of it. It got difficult at the end so I had to get my head down and I knew Tamburini was close. I block passed him on the last corner and came out in the
wrong gear so had to get my weight forward and try to get to the line in front of him which I did - just. The team worked really well this weekend and Chris Anderson, my Chief Mechanic had a plan and it worked. I can't believe I am joint 3rd in the Championship as well – it is brilliant."
Strong finish for Quarmby at UK round
Ronan Quarmby enjoyed a good weekend at Donington Park during the 5th round of the World Supersport Championship.
Quarmby appeared unfazed after his crash from 3rd place at the previous weekends round at Monza as he was immediately on the pace in first free practice. He went on to a provisional 6th in first qualifying. A technical gremlin in final qualifying on Saturday put paid to his assured second row start and he was relegated to 11th on the grid.
Warm up on Sunday morning once again showed he had the pace and his customary first lap dash saw the youngster up with the leading pack. Chasing hard, he dived on the inside of Valentino Debise who closed the door into the final corner. Hitting Debise’s back wheel caused a near highside, created a 2 second gap to the front group and allowed those behind to close up. A race long battle ensued with the PTR rider waiting until the last lap to make his pass stick and take a well deserved 7th place result. This moves the Honda rider up to 7th in the championship and only 8points behind 5th placed Broc Parkes on another Honda – impressive for the leading South African considering that he has had two non finishes in five races.
Bogdanka PTR Honda racer Sam Lowes took a very popular maiden World Supersport win in front of his home crowd in the thrilling race that saw the front three riders dice for the win. The next round of the Championship is at Misano in Italy on June 10th.
Ronan: “What a race, I enjoyed that. The problem was at the start the riders in front got a gap on us and that made it difficult to follow. As the race went on my bike felt better and better and at the end I was getting held up but went for it and got seventh. I am happy with that and it is good points so I can’t wait until the next round.”
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: “It’s been another good day for the team. Ronan has been quick and consistent all weekend and has improved. Seventh is a good result and we go to Misano confident.
Looking For A Podium At Imola
Ronan Quarmby ranks Imola as one of his favourite tracks so will be looking to improve on seventh last time out while Ronan Quarmby
“I really enjoy the Imola circuit and cannot wait to get racing again. I have a bike and team that can help me to challenge for the top six this weekend and that is my realistic target. My lap times were close to the front-runners in Australia and I am sure if I can get away with them then I can run and challenge them. I am very fired up and can’t wait to get racing.”
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager
“ Ronan closed on the lead pack from the fourth row before tyre problems. We will look to maximise our package in Imola and our riders are confident they can challenge at the front. It’s Jules’ first time at the track but I am sure by the end of qualifying he will be on the pace. It was a strong track for Ronan last year and he is super confident. After being forced to run off the track at Phillip Island, Martin rode a strong race and we expect to see more of his potential at Imola.”
13th to 7th at Phillip Island
PTR HONDA’S Jules Cluzel took a fantastic fourth on his debut at the opening round of the World Supersport Championship at Phillip Island in Australia – after fighting for the victory right through to the final lap.
PTR Honda’s Ronan Quarmby was a close seventh while Riders PTR Honda’s Martin Jessopp improved from his 22nd position on the grid to finish just outside the points in 17th despite running off the circuit to avoid two falling riders early on. The second round of the World Supersport Championship is at Imola in Italy on Sunday, April 1st.
Jules: “I am disappointed as the podium was very close. The problem was chatter in corners two and six and I had to push more with my rear tyre to keep a fast lap. Broc Parkes had more grip on his rear tyre and he passed me just before the last corner. Anyway, the team is happy and we will improve again for Imola.”
Ronan: “My team found and fixed an issue with my forks overnight and this morning in warm-up it was like riding a completely different motorcycle – the improvement was amazing. The boys don’t normally take the forks out but they did so a big thanks to Chris, it was an inspired decision. The race was really good but my rear tyre started to go loose after seven or eight laps. We will work more on race set up rather than lap time at Imola. It’s my first time on the bike and I am really chuffed – I want to say a big thank you to the PTR Honda team – thank you so much.”
Martin: “I had a really good start and made up two rows and then at turn 10 I was run on by someone and had to turn my bike round and back on track. By the end of the lap I had lost 11-seconds but I tried my hardest and put some good laps in. I went back to a Superbike style of riding on my own – I could have done with following some racers. A lot of people were struggling with tyres and I am happy as we worked on the same compound all weekend and were in a good position. It is so annoying to be run off in the first lap and losing points in my first race but we have made progress all weekend and are going in the right direction.”
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: “It is a good start to the season for PTR and we can build from here. Jules hadn’t ridden our bike until he got here so his performance is impressive. Ronan came through well in the race and will only get better. Martin was run off the track avoiding two falling riders and lost a lot of time – so to finish 17th shows he has good potential.”
Supersport in First career Ronan Quarmby
Latest WSS News: Round 1 - Race Report - Phillip Island - 26/02/2012
Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) went from 13th on the grid to an assured seventh in the race, ending up riding alone and to save his rear tyre. Lukas Pesek (PRORACE Honda) secured a top ten on the opening day of WSS play, stepping up two places from his qualifying position.
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These Boys do us proud
Our SA riders complete testing in Australia with great results 22-Feb-2012
South African riders Ronan Quarmby, Sheridan Morais and Mathew Scholtz completed two days of official testing at the picturesque Phillip Island circuit ahead of this weekend opening round at the same circuit. All three riders are competing in the World Supersport Championship in opposing teams and have shown good promise.