Andrew Pitt

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Andrew Pitt
Andrew Pitt August 2008.jpg
Andrew Pitt, August 2008.
Nationality Australian
Born (1976-02-19) 19 February 1976 (age 38)
Kempsey, New South Wales Australia
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 20022004, 2007
2007 Championship position NC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
23 0 0 0 0 10
Superbike World Championship
Active years 20052006, 2010
2010 Championship position 27th (3 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
53 1 6 0 1 409
Supersport World Championship
Active years 20002002, 2004, 20072009
Championships 2
2009 Championship position 6th (119 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
66 7 23 3 6 744
British Superbike Championship
Active years 2010
2010 Championship position 21st (37 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
8 0 0 0 0 37

Andrew Pitt (born (1976-02-19)19 February 1976 in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia) is a retired motorcycle racer. He is a double World Supersport Champion, and has also won a World Superbike race and competed in MotoGP. He lives in Peel on the Isle of Man.[1]

Career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Pitt began racing in the NSW State 250 Production Series in 1995, winning it in 1997. He was Australian Supersport Champion and Superbike runner-up in 1999, before entering the Supersport World Championship in 2000 riding for Kawasaki. He finished 10th in his debut season and won the title in 2001, without winning a race. For 2002 he continued in Supersport with Kawasaki finishing the season 5th.

MotoGP and Superbikes[edit]

At the end of 2002 he was given a ride on Kawasaki's first MotoGP bike for the final 3 races of the season. He took his and Kawasaki's first MotoGP points at the final race of the season.[2] His promising results in 2002 made Kawasaki offer him a full-time MotoGP ride for the 2003 season. He matched experienced team-mate Garry McCoy, but neither was retained after an uncompetitive year. He made occasional appearances for Moriwaki in 2004 as part of their development programme.

In 2004 Yamaha signed him. After three Supersport World Championship races at the end of the year, he was a Superbike World Championship factory rider for 2005.[3] He finished the season 8th overall, behind team-mate Noriyuki Haga who was third. Things improved in 2006 as he was 5th overall, and scored his maiden Superbike World Championship win at the Misano Circuit in Italy in June 2006.[4] At the end of the 2006 season, he lost his seat to fellow Australian and 2005 Superbike World Champion Troy Corser.[5]

For 2007, he signed to race in MotoGP for the Ilmor team.[6] He was forced to retire with mechanical problems from the first race of the season in Qatar.[7] On 15 March 2007, Ilmor announced that they were taking a break from MotoGP as a result of funding issues.[8] This left Pitt without a ride.

Supersport Part 2[edit]

Later in 2007 he made two substitute appearances in the Supersport World Championship for Ten Kate replacing the injured Sébastien Charpentier,[9] taking two second places behind dominant team-mate Kenan Sofuoğlu.

In 2008 he races in World Supersport for Ten Kate full-time, replacing Sofuoglu. In his first race he collided with the crashed bike of team-mate Jonathan Rea.[10] He won three of the first six races to establish a championship lead.[11] A collision with Eugene Laverty at Vallelunga threatened to derail his championship challenge,[1] but he clinched the 2008 World Supersport championship in the penultimate round at Magny-Cours after closest rival Rea was taken out by Robbin Harms.[12] During the Brands Hatch race in 2008, Pitt was involved in an accident that claimed the life of Craig Jones. The British rider fell in front of Pitt at Clark Curve, and Pitt's bike unavoidably[13] struck the head of Jones, who died from his injuries on 4 August.

He remained with the team for 2009, despite originally targeting a return to WSBK.[14] He opened the season with two second places on the 2008 bike, but struggled once the 2009 model was introduced. He was replaced by Michele Pirro for 2010.

Return to World Superbikes[edit]

On 16 December 2009, it was announced that Pitt had agreed a contract with the Reitwagen Motorsport team to ride in the 2010 Superbike World Championship season.[15] Pitt partnered team-mate Roland Resch in riding a satellite version of the BMW S1000RR. However, the team pulled out after only three races due to a lack of funds.

British Superbikes[edit]

Pitt again changed direction following the demise of Reitwagen, joining Rob McElnea's team midway through the 2010 British Superbike Championship season as a replacement for Neil Hodgson,[16] but he was injured in a crash at Brands Hatch and missed the rest of the season.

Retirement[edit]

In June 2011 Pitt, who was still recovering, became Gary Mason's crew chief at MSS Colchester Kawasaki in British Superbike Championship.[17]

In January 2012, Pitt, having struggled with the shoulder injury suffered in 2010, announced his retirement from motorcycle racing.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

All Time[edit]

Series Years Active Races Poles Podiums Wins 2nd place 3rd place Fast Laps Titles
World Supersport (WSS) 2000–04, 2007–09 76 3 23 7 10 6 1 2
MotoGP 2002–04 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
World Superbike (WSB) 2005–06, 2010 53 0 6 1 2 3 0 0
British Superbike (BSB) 2010 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 157 3 29 8 12 9 1 2

World Supersport Championship[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts Ref
2000 Kawasaki AUS
Ret
JPN
8
GBR
4
ITA
13
GER
17
SMR
7
ESP
8
EUR
13
NED
10
GER
Ret
EUR
6
10th 60 [19]
2001 Kawasaki ESP
11
AUS
3
JPN
3
ITA
4
GBR
10
GER
3
SMR
8
EUR
2
GER
3
NED
2
ITA
4
1st 149 [20]
2002 Kawasaki ESP
5
AUS
1
RSA
1
JPN
7
ITA
4
GBR
Ret
GER
2
SMR
6
GBR
18
GER
4
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
5th 126 [21]
2004 Yamaha ESP
AUS
SMR
ITA
GER
GBR
EUR
NED
3
ITA
6
FRA
6
12th 36 [22]
2007 Honda QAT AUS EUR ESP
2
NED
2
ITA GBR SMR CZE GBR GER ITA FRA 17th 40 [23]
2008 Honda QAT
Ret
AUS
1
ESP
19
NED
1
ITA
4
GER
1
SMR
1
CZE
2
GBR
3
EUR
2
ITA
Ret
FRA
1
POR
2
1st 214 [24]
2009 Honda AUS
2
QAT
2
SPA
13
NED
Ret
ITA
5
RSA
6
USA
7
SMR
Ret
GBR
10
CZE
10
GER
7
ITA
6
FRA
6
POR
11
6th 119 [25]

MotoGP[edit]

Yr Class Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
BRA
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pos Pts Ref
2002 MotoGP Kawasaki 19 17 12 25th 4
Yr Class Bike JPN
Japan
SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
BRA
Brazil
PAC
Japan
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pos Pts Ref
2003 MotoGP Kawasaki 17 16 15 16 DNS 14 17 19 16 21 18 16 16 15 18 24th 4
Yr Class Bike SAF
South Africa
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
BRA
Brazil
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
POR
Portugal
JPN
Japan
QAT
Qatar
MAL
Malaysia
AUS
Australia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pos Pts Ref
2004 MotoGP Moriwaki 16 14 17 27th 2

World Superbike Championship[edit]

Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
EUR
European Union
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2005 SBK Yamaha 4 9 5 Ret Ret 8 5 6 13 9 Ret Ret 10 Ret 7 6 5 5 6 6 16 C 6 7 8th 156 [26]
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
ITA
Italy
EUR
European Union
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2006 SBK Yamaha 3 5 9 5 10 9 5 6 5 4 16 1 Ret Ret 4 3 2 2 4 Ret 3 4 18 5 5th 250 [27]
Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
POR
Portugal
SPA
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RSA
South Africa
USA
United States
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2010 SBK BMW 15 15 Ret 20 15 16 27th 3 [28]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2010 Yamaha BHI
BHI
THR
THR
OUL
OUL
CAD
CAD
MAL
9
MAL
10
KNO
11
KNO
C
SNE
14
SNE
12
SNE
8
BHGP
11
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
DNS
CAD
CAD
CRO
CRO
SIL
SIL
OUL
OUL
OUL
21st 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pitt crashes out in Italy
  2. ^ First points for Pitt and Kawasaki crash.net, retrieved on 15 March 2007.
  3. ^ Pitt named at Yamaha – makes R1 debut crash.net, retrieved on 15 March 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.f1network.net/main/s180/st99413.htm
  5. ^ Yamaha confirms Corser, Haga for 2007 crash.net, retrieved on 15 March 2007.
  6. ^ McWilliams confirms MotoGP return bbc.co.uk retrieved on 15 March 2007.
  7. ^ Ilmor puzzled by poor performance autosport.com, retrieved on 15 March 2007.
  8. ^ Ilmor pull out of MotoGP temporarily autosport.com, retrieved on 15 March 2007.
  9. ^ WSS: Pitt replaces Charpentier at Valencia. crash.net, retrieved on 23 September 2007.
  10. ^ http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/mcn/2008/february/18-24/feb2308qatarworldsupersportjonathanreamayrequiresurgery/
  11. ^ http://www.iomtoday.co.im/sport/Andrew-Pitt-scores-third-Supersport.4191116.jp
  12. ^ Rea world title hopes are ended
  13. ^ http://www.bikesportnews.com/articles/article.html?id=I_DONT_BLAME_ANDREW_PITT_-_CRAIG_JONES_FATHER_1
  14. ^ "Focus on title as Pitt re-signs". Macleay Argus (Fairfax Media). 3 October 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "Pitt optimistic over WSB opportunity". Carole Nash (Insidebikes). 17 December 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Pitt will need boxing gloves for BSB debut". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "BSB: Lowes in with MSS Colchester Kawasaki for the rest of the season-Pitt joins as crew chief for Mason". BikeRaceNews.com. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Andrew Pitt announces retirement". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  19. ^ http://sbk.perugiatiming.com/pdf_frame.asp?p_Round=ROUND&p_Anno=2000&p_Manifestazione=13&p_Gara=02&p_Sessione=001&p_Stampa=STD
  20. ^ http://sbk.perugiatiming.com/pdf_frame.asp?p_Round=ROUND&p_Anno=2001&p_Manifestazione=13&p_Gara=02&p_Sessione=001&p_Stampa=STD
  21. ^ http://sbk.perugiatiming.com/pdf_frame.asp?p_Round=ROUND&p_Anno=2002&p_Manifestazione=13&p_Gara=02&p_Sessione=001&p_Stampa=STD
  22. ^ http://sbk.perugiatiming.com/pdf_frame.asp?p_Round=ROUND&p_Anno=2004&p_Manifestazione=11&p_Gara=02&p_Sessione=001&p_Stampa=STD
  23. ^ http://www.worldsbk.com/en/season/standings.html?p_S_Campionato=SSP&p_Anno=2007&p_Round=&p_PilotiCostruttori=P
  24. ^ http://www.worldsbk.com/en/season/standings.html?p_S_Campionato=SSP&p_Anno=2008&p_Round=&p_PilotiCostruttori=P
  25. ^ http://www.worldsbk.com/en/season/standings.html?p_S_Campionato=SSP&p_Anno=2009&p_Round=&p_PilotiCostruttori=P
  26. ^ http://www.worldsbk.com/en/season/standings.html?p_S_Campionato=SBK&p_Anno=2005&p_Round=&p_PilotiCostruttori=P
  27. ^ http://www.worldsbk.com/en/season/standings.html?p_S_Campionato=SBK&p_Anno=2006&p_Round=&p_PilotiCostruttori=P
  28. ^ http://www.worldsbk.com/season/standings?p_S_Campionato=SBK&p_Anno=2010&p_PilotiCostruttori=P

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jörg Teuchert
Supersport World Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Fabien Foret
Preceded by
Kenan Sofuoğlu
Supersport World Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Cal Crutchlow