Bel-Ray Press Release- Bel-Ray Racing Weekend Racing Preview

2012-05-11 16:08
Professional racers compete at the highest level and rely on their machines to perform. Bel-Ray has a long standing reputation of providing the high performance lubricants to these racers allowing them to succeed in all forms of competition. The professional racing teams supported by Bel-Ray will be competing this weekend in Mexico, Portugal and England in both on and
off road competition.

World Superbike

The World Superbike Championship series continues this weekend at the historic Donington Park circuit in the heart of England. Following the rains of the previous week in Italy, the Bel-Ray sponsored Althea Ducati racing team is looking forward to “sunny” British weather.

Mother Nature played a role in racing action last week in Monza causing the cancellation of the first race of the day and ending the second race with only half of the scheduled laps completed. Team riders Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano were 7th and 8th respectively at the checkered flag. Checa spoke about last week’s race and looked forward to this weekend for a good result. “After the strange situation at Monza, we are hoping for a more ‘normal’ race weekend at Donington, and two full-length races! Last year went really well for me at the English track, after some less positive results in earlier years, and so I hope that this season’s Donington round will be my best yet. Competition will be tough, with several strong British riders fighting to win at home, but I too am ready for battle!” Teammate Giugliano also spoke about the Donington Circuit and his hopes for a strong finish. “I like the track, or at least I remember that I liked it back in 2008, the last time I raced there! It will be interesting to go back and see how it is in 2012. In the Stock I reached the podium but I know it won’t be easy this weekend, especially with the whole British contingent. I feel confident anyway, and we hope to at least have more stable weather conditions in order to be able to race in a regular fashion.”

World Enduro Championship

The 2012 Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship continues this weekend in Torres Verdes, Lisbon, Portugal. The TM factory team of Antti Hellsten, Aigar Leok and Nicolo Mori will be representing Bel-Ray during the racing action. Situated amongst the beautiful wineries in the region, the course consists of 55 kilometers of difficult terrain, a sure test of man and machine.

The event in Portugal is the halfway point in the eight round series with all of the team’s riders within the top 15 in the overall points standings. Hellsten is 13th in the E1 class, Mori is 14th in the EJ class and Leok is a strong 4th in the E3 class.

All of the team’s riders are fit and prepared for the competition this weekend.


World Motocross Championship

The FIM Motocross World Championship will make an appearance in Mexico this weekend for the first time in the history of world motocross competition. Taking place at the Nicolas Espana circuit in Guadalajara, Jalisco the high altitude and high temperatures will make the event challenging for the competitors.

MX1

After a victory just two weeks ago in Fermo CP377 Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel comes to the new location with great confidence. Currently 3rd place in the series championship points Pourcel has won two of the last four motos he entered. Teammate Sebastien Pourcel suffered a difficult race in Fermo, in which he was hit in the nose by a rock that caused extensive bleeding. This injury caused him to DNF the second moto as well. He has recovered and ready to return to racing this weekend.

MX2

With the first three rounds of the series completed Bel-Ray sponsored Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit riders Tommy Searle and Joel Roelants sit 3rd and 4th in the series standings. Following a first moto DNF last weekend in Fermo, Searle staged an incredible comeback through the entire field to take a well earned 2nd place moto finish and valuable championship points. Teammate Roelants crashed heavily during the 1st moto and did not start the 2nd due to an injury sustained in the crash. He is recovered from his injury and looking toward a podium finish in Mexico.

Follow all of Bel-Ray’s racers in action each week on www.belray.com and www.belrayracing.com.

Bel Ray Company Inc was founded in 1946 and is a privately held, woman owned business serving the lubrication needs of powersports, industrial and mining customers worldwide. Bel-Ray is recognized as the leader in the specialty lubricants industry for setting high standards of quality and performance with products formulated for the motorcycle, automotive, aviation, energy, food, marine, military, mining, OEM, Industrial steel, and textile industries.

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Source: Bel-Ray Lubricants

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