Eventful WSBK. Misbehaving starting lights and motorcycle.

World Superbikes returned to Brno’s Masaryk Circuit today after a six year absence and the spectators were certainly provided with lots to see. The drama was provided not only by the riders in the worlds most prestigious production based motorcycle series but also by the track itself. The only Czech rider in the championship, Ondřej Ježek, did not avoid unexpected events which were, again, bike related,  finally finishing the race in seventeenth.

In sunny conditions the superbikes started their day at 08:45 allowing time for the team to fine tune final set up before the qualification that saw Ondřej end up in nineteenth.  During Superpole, the bike’s electronics again malfunctioned. As Ondra described the challenges he faced on track “We had a sensor failure in the superpole and the electronics turned off during my first and second outings, ” As a result only one timed lap was recorded.

The most dramatic moments of the first race occured shortly after the start with Jordi Torres fall in sector B and on the next lap Michael Ruben Rinaldi going down at the same place puncturing the air fence. This damage to the safety barrier brought out the red flags and the race was stopped. The restart, however, brought even further drama as the start lights themselves seemed to malfunction by flashing momentarily off then back on. This caused some chaos, especialy at the back of the field with some riders believeing that the race had started when it actually had not. The rules state the starting lights should come on for a minimum of two seconds before going out to start the race and this was not the case. Another start was ordered and on the third attempt the race got underway for an indicated sixteen laps.


Ondřej crossed the line of race one in seventeenth place. “In the first part of the race I was running on the lower tyre option but was suffering with grip. I decided to go with the higher choice for the second part, which we though would improve traction, but it didn’t work out and the bike ended up being slower” was Ondra’s summing up of the alchemy involved in tuning his Yamaha.

“Anyway, the spectators were great today and I thank them very much for the support. Sector C was a great atmosphere. I hope we’ll meet again tomorrow. And even if it did not goes as I had imagined today, we have Sunday and a chance to improve the result”

The second race for the Czech rider is scheduled for 1pm tomorrow.

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Brno Race One Results:

1. J. REA GBR Kawasaki ZX-10RR čas 32’08.759

2. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Panigale R + 5.381

3. T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10RR + 7.336                         

4. M. VAN DER MARK NED Yamaha YZF R1 + 11.893

5. A. LOWES GBR Yamaha YZF R1 + 13.145

17. O. JEŽEK CZE Yamaha YZF R1 + 53.662