Manxman Dan Kneen powers his Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport S 1000 RR to fifth in Superbike TT
Douglas, Isle of Man. Another step forward for the Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport team at the Isle of Man TT. In today’s Superbike race Manxman Dan Kneen came home in a strong fifth spot to equal his best TT race result so far when he was 5th in the 2010 Supersport TT and his best result on the big bikes ever. It’s also the team’s best Isle of Man TT result.
On top of that, Kneen powered through to his fifth place despite being penalized by 30 seconds for speeding in pit lane after his first pit stop after lap two whereas team’s data showed him rolling in 57 km/h and 60 allowed, so once more there is a question behind the official time keeping measurements in a Isle of Man TT race.
In the end Kneen got his fifth by only 0.135 seconds over Michael Rutter in sixth. Kneen needed for the six lapper a time of 01:47:50,068 hours, which means a total average speed of 125.960 miles per hour. The race win went to fellow BMW rider Ian Hutchinson.
Team mate Alessandro “Alex” Polita finished another TT race in his second year at the Isle of Man, coming home in 40th position. The Italian did his six laps in 1:58:38,057 hours, which meant an average speed of 115.015 miles per hour. Polita missed out on a Bronze replica by only around 1.5 miles in average speed.
“I am mega happy tonight but also a bit tired now. It’s been a very good race and I am more than happy with this fifth in a big bike’r race. Its not only my best result in the Superbike and Senior races, but also for the whole penz13 team and I am delighted to see everyone so happy. I don’t really know what happened in pit lane, we have to evaluate that one before we go out on the Stocker and into the Senior. But for tonight, I am more than happy and delighted.”
“I am not too happy today. The first three or four laps were not so bad, but I am not as fast as I want to be. On the last two laps I became some problems with my stomach and I had to throw up in the helmet almost. I hope to have a better Superstock race and I will push for my best.”
“I am happy tonight, very, very happy. Again we proved to have taken the right decisions in riders and we are growing as a team. Dan’s fifth place is the best our team ever achieved here on the Mountain Course and we are going to celebrate that one tonight. We are not entirely sure what happened and why we got the penalty, but we’ll go into it and make sure it does not happen again. Alex is not too happy today but still it is a strong result by him. It’s only his second time at the Isle of Man and it’s just a pity missing out on the replica so shortly but we are convinced he is going to improve further on course of the week. We also must not forget the restricted practice time we had this past week and he came home safe and that’s the most important.”