Rea arrasa en la Carrera 1 de Buriram

Mar 22, 2015

Completan el podio en segundo Haslam y Sykes ,quien superó a Torres, en tercer lugar.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) ha dado un nuevo golpe de autoridad en el Campeonato de WorldSBK 2015 al imponerse con gran rotundidad en la Carrera 1 disputada este domingo en el Chang International Circuit de Tailandia.

El inglés, que ayer logró su segunda Superpole de la temporada, ha sacado partido de su posición en la parrilla para situase al frente de la carrera desde que se han apagado los semáforos e iniciar a continuación una vertiginosa escapada. En la cuarta vuelta su ventaja era ya de 2 segundos sobre su más inmediato perseguidor, su compatriota Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team -Red Devils), que había superado previamente al compañero de equipo de Rea, Tom Sykes.

También Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) ha superado al ex campeón inglés en la sexta vuelta tras una apurada maniobra en la que han llegado a tocarse los carenados de las dos monturas.

Un giro más tarde se ha producido el abandono de Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) a causa de un problema mecánico. La carrera ha tomado un rumbo algo accidentado en esa fase. Uno de los favoritos, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team), se ha caído en la novena vuelta, aunque ha podido regresar a pista en una retrasada 15ª posición. Lowes también se ha ido al suelo (vuelta 12) en el mismo punto. El inglés de Suzuki también se ha reincorporado a la pista, pero recolocado en la 8ª posición.

Rea ha mantenido su fuerte ritmo hasta el final y en el momento de cruzar la meta mantenía una ventaja de más de 6 segundos sobre Haslam, que ha sido segundo y ha sumado su tercer podio consecutivo en este arranque de temporada. Beneficiado por la caída de Lowes, Sykes ha recuperado la tercera posición y ha podido contabilizar su primer podio de 2015 pese a la persecución a la que le ha sometido Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) en el último tercio de la prueba.

El catalán ha mantenido de inicio un pulso con Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team) para consolidarse en la  6ª posición y después ha podido dar cuenta del actual campeón, Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Honda World Superbike Team), que ha cruzado junto a la bandera a cuadros en quinta posición. En los últimos giros, Torres ha amagado con adelantar al piloto de Suzuki, pero finalmente ha tenido que aceptar la 4ª posición, repitiendo su mejor actuación en el Round inicial de Phillip Island.

Lowes ha recuperado terreno en los giros finales y ha cruzado la meta en sexta posición*. Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing) y el ex campeón australiano Bayliss* han firmado la 7ª y 8ª posición.

David Salom (Team Pedercini) ha firmado un meritorio noveno puesto y ha sumado sus primeros puntos en su regreso a la competición tras la caída y lesión que se produjo en Phillip Island. El argentino Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing) ha completado el top 10 de la carrera.

Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Niccolò Canepa (Team Hero EBR) both han tenido que abandonar en las primeras etapas, al igual que los wildcard locales Chanon Chumjai (RAC Oil Racing Team) y Anucha Nakcharoensri (YSS TS Racing) y el francés Christophe Ponsson (Grillini Racing Team), que se ha ido al suelo en el quinto giro.

* Posteriormente, A.Lowes (nº 22) y T.Bayliss (nº 21) han sido sancionados con la pérdida de 1 posición para adelantar con bandera amarilla a las 13.23 en la vuelta 14 – art. 1.23.2.

 

Fuente y Foto: www.worldsbk.com

 

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The first ever WorldSBK race to be held in Thailand has been won by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), who dominated the 20-lap encounter at the all-new Chang International Circuit in Buriram. Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Rea’s team mate Tom Sykes joined him on the podium.

Rea led from the start, building up a two-second lead over the chasing pack by the end of lap five and winning by 6.329s at the flag. Courtesy of the seventeenth win of his career, the Briton now lies atop the standings with a five-point lead over Haslam.

Former champion Tom Sykes made a great start from the second row, shadowing his team mate for the opening few turns before he was passed by the Aprilia Racing machine of Leon Haslam, who then set about hunting down Kawasaki-mounted Rea.

As the leading two eased away, the battle for 3rd was intense with Sykes, front row qualifier Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) and Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) embroiled in a titanic fight, that saw a number of close overtaking moves around the 4.5km circuit. Davies crashed out of 5th at the end of the 9thlap, the double podium finisher in Australia was able to remount, eventually finishing in 11th.

By half distance the gap between the leading two was constant but as Alex Lowes slid out of podium contention at the final turn on lap 13, the closest on track battle was for 3rd between Sykes and WorldSBK rookie Jordi Torres who was looking strong in 4th and gradually closing in on the former champion.

With the packed grandstand erupting to the cheers of the enthusiastic fans at the end of the final lap, Rea was able to clinch the win. Haslam crossed the line 1.9s ahead of Sykes and Torres, the trio completing the top-four.

Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) rode a lonely race to be classified an eventual 5th ahead of a recovering Alex Lowes who was able to salvage 10 points with a sixth place finish.

Behind the top-six the remaining top ten positions were rounded out by Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati), Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team), David Salom (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati) who rounded out the top ten respectively after an enthralling race long fight.

Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Niccolò Canepa (Team Hero EBR) both retired in the early stages along with local wildcard rider Chanon Chumjai (RAC Oil Racing Team). Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike) retired from the top ten at the start of lap seven as did Anucha Nakcharoensri (YSS TS Racing)

Christophe Ponsson (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) was the only other faller, the youngest rider on the WorldSBK grid crashed uninjured at turn one on lap five.

Source and Photo: www.worldsbk.com

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WorldSBK ready for Thai debut

Mar 19, 2015
  • The Chang International Circuit hosts the second round of the season

 

After the thrilling season opener at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia, the eni FIM Superbike World Championship returns to the track for the second outing of the year, taking place on March 20-22 at the brand-new Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

The track located near Buriram (which means City of Happiness), in the North Eastern part of the country, is the 48th to host a WorldSBK event in the history of the series. The Chang International Circuit is also the fifth new venue to debut on the World Superbike calendar in the past five years.

The track’s 4.554km layout is laid on completely flat terrain and features twelve corners, five left and seven right. Following a first fast section mainly made of two straights and two right-hand turns, the riders enter a mixed second part of the track, which connects back to the start/finish straight.

With just one round completed of the 2015 season, two riders sit atop the standings with one win and a second place apiece. Former teammates Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) had a successful start to their new adventures at Phillip Island as they immediately gelled with their new machines both in qualifying and in the race. The two riders rounded out the race-winning numbers for Aprilia and Kawasaki in the series which now stand at 50 and 60, respectively.

In the mix with both of them for most of the two Australian encounters, fellow Briton Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) left Phillip Island with two encouraging podium finishes and the confidence to consistently challenge for the top step aboard his Panigale R. The Welshman will be joined once again by three-time WorldSBK Champion Troy Bayliss, who is eager to improve his performance after his surprise return to the series at his home round. The soon-to-be 46-year-old will again be the substitute rider for the injured Davide Giugliano.

Last year’s title contenders, the reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike) and runner-up Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) will be aiming to bounce back to the front after a difficult opening round which saw both riders playing catch-up both to the leading trio as well as to their respective teammates.

Still recovering from the neck injury suffered in a testing crash at Jerez at the end of January, Guintoli hopes to be fit enough to face the extreme heat and humidity the riders will encounter in Thailand. The Frenchman is looking forward to making the most out of the Honda package that proved to be very competitive in Australia in the hands of the reigning World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark, who had an excellent Superbike debut at Phillip Island.

After the promising World Superbike debuts of Spanish rookies Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati), the duo will start from the same level of track-knowledge at Chang as the rest of the field, a factor that could well boost their chances for impressive results in Thailand.

Keen on putting a difficult opening round behind them, the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki pairing of Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet will try to make the most of the opportunity given by the Thai Round, hoping to quickly find a competitive set-up for their GSX-R machines which suffered a multitude of technical issues at the Phillip Island races.

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WorldSBK debuts in Thailand and enjoys increased TV coverage

Mar 19, 2015

The eni FIM WorldSBK makes an historic debut in Thailand for the second round of the series at Chang International Circuit this weekend. This event, and the rest of the coming season, will enjoy improved and wider-spread TV coverage as new markets come on board and more feature content is made available.

The Dutch commercial network RTL 7 is the newest arrival and will feature one-hour race highlights aired after most of the events, starting with the Thai round. Following the successful World Superbike debut of local hero Michael van der Mark, WSS World Champion in 2014, the Dutch F2A channel has a special preview scheduled for the Assen round (17–19 April).

Leading Italian broadcaster Mediaset Italia will continue to provide a wider coverage of all the action on Saturdays and Sundays after the encouraging audience numbers of the Australian Round, which reached a peak of 2 million on race day.

European fans can follow all of the action on the long-time WorldSBK broadcasting partner Eurosport. With four british riders in the top four in Australia, WorldSBK will have as always a huge interest for UK fans that will be able to follow all the Live coverage provided once again by Eurosport UK. On the other hand, Britain’s Channel 4 airs the 26-minute magazine on a free-to-air basis.

With a powerful Spanish Armada led by Jordi Torres, David Salom and Nico Terol on the 2015 WorldSBK grid, Teledeporte is screening the majority of races live for free-to-air viewing in Spain.

Fox Sport Australia was once again providing in-depth coverage for the Down-under round in Phillip Island one month ago and will continue broadcasting all the races of the Championship on Live-basis. SBS, the F2A national network, will continue to broadcast the 26-minute recap of the each event for all the Australian fans.

Given the huge importance of the Championship for the Asian motorcycling community, FOX Sports Asia will carry on broadcasting the Series for all Asian racing enthusiasts. In addition, the new Thai chapter will be live on the free-to-air national network Channel 3, both for the Superpole on Saturday and race day on Sunday.

In addition, the awareness of the eni FIM WorldSBK will increase in Thailand, thanks to the Free-to-air Channel True4You that will broadcast all of the 26-minute highlight programmes for the rest of the season. Meanwhile in Japan, fans can enjoy every moment of the 2015 season, as all World Superbike races are live for the first time on J-Sports.

Thanks to all the WorldSBK pan-continental partners, the production-based motorcycle World Series is now available to viewers almost everywhere around the world. SuperSport Pan-Africa will deliver an even more extensive coverage of every event on the calendar.

FOX Latin America, ESPN+Brazil and USA network beIN US continue to provide greater coverage not only because South American riders such reigning Superstock 1000 Champion Leandro `Tati’ Mercado from Argentina and multi AMA race winner Martin Cardenas from Colombia are racing, but also to focus on the many Spanish and American riders competing in the series this year.

Qatari fans can follow the path to the season’s grand finale set for October 18th at the Losail International Circuit on beIN MENA.

In order to enhance Superbike coverage even more, this year Dorna WSBK Organization will be providing more top-quality news and features, with interviews, racing and behind-the-scenes content for its partners as the season gains momentum.

The online visibility of the eni FIM WorldSBK has vastly increased over the past year. Comparing data from the Australian Round in 2014 and 2015, the WorldSBK.com website increased its incoming traffic from social networks by an impressive 192%, while the user-reach of the official WorldSBK Facebook page elevated to a whole new level, being up no less than 330%.

The official Twitter account of the WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) also played an important role in the higher profile of the series, as user engagement rose by a staggering 1,675%, while the number of ‘favourite tweets’ increased by 626.9%.

The eni FIM WorldSBK is also present on Instagram and YouTube.

 

Source & Photo: www.worldskb.com

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Bonsey Takes Thursday’s Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event Victory at DAYTONA Flat Track

Mar 13, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2015) – Stevie Bonsey was flawless from start to finish on Thursday night during the AMA Pro Flat Track season-opener at DAYTONA Flat Track.

Bonsey was mounted on the only Suzuki in the Honda-stacked Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines main event, which was sponsored by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson. He earned the coveted Round 1 victory by a mere .123 seconds on his No. 80 machine over a charging Jared Mees, who was sporting the No 1 plate for the first time this season.

 

The battle between Bonsey and Mees, riding a Montgomeryville Cycle Honda, was so close from start to finish, that the two touched tires on multiple occasions throughout the duration of the race. The win is Bonsey’s first at DAYTONA Flat Track and his third career victory. Taking the checkered flag gives the 25-year-old Salinas, Calif., product hope for a breakout season in 2015.

 

“I’m on top of the world right now,” said Bonsey. “It’s been a real struggle to get here but the hard work has finally paid off and I couldn’t be standing where I am right now without everyone that’s helped me along the way. It’s been a long deal to get ready for this season and it’s starting to pay off. I’m hungry now and these guys are tough. They are consistent at all … tracks and that’s what I’m trying to work on myself. I’m good on these short tracks but I need to work on my mile skills. Thank you to all the fans for coming out and supporting.”

Kenny Coolbeth rounded out the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines podium, taking third on his No. 2 Zanotti Racing Honda. Brandon Robinson (No. 44 T.J. Burnett Farms Honda) and Robert Pearson (No. 27 R&R Racing Yamaha) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

 

Earlier in the night, Coolbeth beat out Pearson to win the Dash for Cash.

GNC2

 

A star was born on Thursday night in AMA Pro Flat Track’s GNC2 class, as 17-year-old Andrew Luker got the holeshot on lap one of the main event and went flag-to-flag from there, earning his first GNC2 victory in just his second race ever competing in the series.

“It feels amazing to be on top of this podium,” said Luker. “I tried to get a good start from the outside and I was able to do that. I just put my head down once I got the lead and just kept charging. I have to thank my sponsors and my mom and dad, they are always working on the bikes and getting them better. I want to also say a special thanks to my great grandmother who is watching right now.”

Starting in second, Luker, on his No. 11Z Clayton Williams Racing Honda, beat pole-sitter Bronson Bauman to the edge on the race’s first turn. Refusing to look back and give another inch for the remainder of the race, Luker crossed the finish line first 16 laps later.

 

John Vanderlaan eventually worked up to second place on his No. 12Y Southland Racing Honda, and Dan Bromley rounded out the podium in third aboard his No. 54A Bromley Brothers KTM

Friday’s Round 2 of the AMA Pro Flat Track season kicks off from DAYTONA Flat Track at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT). Fans can tune in and watch live at FansChoice.tv.

For tickets and more information, visit: http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2015/DAYTONA-Flat-Track/DAYTONA-Flat-Track.aspx

 

Source and Photo: www.amaproracing.com.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

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La conferencia de prensa de la pelea del siglo: Mayweather contra Pacquiao.

Mar 12, 2015

Los Ángeles, California a 11 de Marzo del 2015.

 

BEREAVISION.- El día de hoy es un día histórico para el mundo del boxeo. Un día en que por primera vez hay una alfombra roja para recibir a los dos mejores boxeadores del mundo, Floyd “Money” Mayweather y Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Cabe destacar que es la primer conferencia de prensa a la cual se tiene que aplicar para ser acreditado y poder asistir a la conferencia, también se sabe que mas de 6 mil medios de comunicación aplicaron y solo un 10% de todos los medios fueron aprobados para cubrir este evento.

 

 

Bob Arum fundador y CEO de Top Rank menciono que el “nunca había visto tantos medios de comunicación reunidos”. Menciono que este evento es comparable al Super Bowl debido a la presencia de medios de comunicación nacionales e internacionales.

 

Los peleadores hicieron su entrada por la alfombra roja e iban dando entrevistas a los diferentes medios de comunicación. Floyd Mayweather menciono estar muy contento por que esta pelea se haya logrado hacer, por su parte Manny Pacquiao también hablo de estar contento y además “seguro de que Dios le va a dar la victoria”.

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Rea conquista la victoria en la primera carrera de la temporada

Feb 26, 2015

El piloto Norirlandés gana la manga inaugural imponiéndose a Haslam en un increíble final.

Domingo, Febrero 22, 2015. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), logró su primera victoria en el Campeonato Mundial eni FIM Superbike para su escudería Kawasaki, en el primer intento en una cerrada prueba a 22 vueltas en la Isla Phillip en Australia. Rea en la siguiente manga de competencias se colocó en segundo lugar para colarse al podio de ganadores.

Con altas temperaturas en la pista, la nueva era de la serie World Superbike se desarrolló de manera óptima y entretenida, ya que Rea, ganador de la posición privilegiada Tissot-Superpole, lideró 21 de las 22 vueltas y finalmente se llevó la victoria con tan solo una ventaja de 0.039 segundos sobre el piloto León Haslam. En la carrera número 2, Rea no pudo ligar dos primeros lugares que lo hubieran puesto como el súper campeón del fin de semana, sin embargo se pudo llevar el segundo lugar y fue León Haslam quien le ganó el primer lugar en una cerrada ventada de 0.010 segundos.

Al respecto Jonathan Rea expresó: “Este fin de semana no podría haber ido mejor” y elogió a sus coequiperos, mecánicos por el esfuerzo realizado; incluso dejó entrever que su equipo no pensaba que iban a llegar a obtener una posición privilegiada y mucho menos conseguir un lugar en el podio.

Agregó acerca de su rival ““León [Haslam] tenía un poco más de ritmo en cada carrera y la primera victoria me ha caído un poco en los brazos, pero estoy contento de salir de aquí con 45 puntos y de  haber empezado bien la temporada”.

De esta manera el oriundo del norte de Irlanda, Jonathan Rea, da inicio a lo que promete ser una reñida temporada 2015 del Campeonato Mundial eni FIM Superbike.

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Rea tops red-flagged Australian Tissot-Superpole

Feb 21, 2015

Davies and Haslam on the front row, Sykes and Guintoli in 8th and 9th place.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) will start the opening races of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship from Pole Position after successfully edging out fellow Britons Chaz Davies (Aruba.it – Ducati Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), who will join him on the front row.

Jonathan Rea: “It was a strange way to end the session. From my point of view we did a good job with a race tyre in the high temperatures and the Kawasaki is working very well. We made a good set-up breakthrough in FP4. I am really happy with the first Tissot-Superpole of the season because it is the best possible result from qualifying. I also wanted the chance to use the qualifying tyre, however, because I know the Kawasaki uses the Q tyres very well too. So the lap time could have been quite good. But, this is still the best possible result for me after Superpole.”


Rea’s competition was fierce as Davies and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Team Ducati), could have elevated themselves to pole and second place respectively had not the red flag come out during their quick lap attempt, due to the heavy highside suffered by David Salom (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) with four minutes to go – which drew Superpole 2 to an early close.

The Spaniard, who was thrown off his ZX-10R at turn 11, was immediately transported to the circuit’s Medical Centre  and then lifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for further checks.fa33a6a0-feb2-42b1-a989-af81d151ee1f b871c358-9ce8-4139-b314-a0c8cfd03710 e42c5339-3b53-412b-bfe7-b0a61388fd95

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike), Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Terol will start from row 2 while Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Team) completed the top 10.

The Italian rider, along with Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Team Ducati) were the two riders able to qualifying to the second Superpole session. Last year’s STK1000 winner, however, was later disqualified due to using two qualifying tyres in Superpole 1 and will start the two opening races of the year from the back of the grid (24th place).


The Three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss will start the two races from the 13th spot.

 

 

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Lowes clings to top spot on Day 1 in Phillip Island

Feb 20, 2015

The Briton on lap record pace on the opening day of WorldSBK action

With just one session to go to decide the first Tissot-Superpole riders of the new 2015 WorldSBK season, Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) is the one that everyone is chasing after ending day one in Australia on top, courtesy of his FP1 time of 1.30.855s.

The British rider will head into tomorrow’s FP3 with a gap of 0.359s over Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) as the top 9 riders were separated by a second.

Third place in the overall classification after the opening day was Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) one of many who were unable to improve this afternoon in the much hotter conditions. In fact only 3 of the top 12 riders were able to better their FP1 times.

Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) finished 4th ahead of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and the second of the WorldSBK rookies Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) who was 6th.

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) continues to find his feet after moving up from World Supersport, the reigning WSS Champion jumped up to 7th.

Niccolò Canepa (Team Hero EBR) missed FP1 due to a technical problem, the Italian managed a couple of competitive laps before falling at turn 10. He will head into tomorrow in 20th overall.

Sylvain Barrier fell at turn 11 at the half way point of FP3, the Frenchman still fast enough to claim 13th. Gabor Rizmayer (BMW Team Toth) was the unluckiest faller of the afternoon session as he sustained a left-wrist fracture and dislocation after crashing at turn 11. The Hungarian rider will undergo surgery tonight at the Knox Private Hospital. 

Leon Haslam was the last to go down, the British rider losing the front of his Aprilia at turn 10.

Reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was 12th, the Frenchman who improved throughout the final 45 minutes was lucky not to crash after saving what would have been a huge highside.

Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) found himself in 18th after his first 90 minutes of competitive World Superbike action since 2008. The Australian spending a lot of time chasing a set-up on his Ducati Panigale R machine, eventually elevating himself into the top twenty in the final seven minutes courtesy of four personal best laps in a row.

Wildcard riders Matt Walters (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Jed Metcher (Race Center – Demolition Plus Kawasaki) eased themselves into the weekend posting the 16th and 19th times at the end of the opening day.

After FP3 in the morning, 20 riders will progress into the Tissot-Superpole sessions with 10 places on offer for the fastest ten riders after the times from FP1, FP2 and FP3 are combined. As it stands Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) sits in 11th overall and will need to find at least 0.254s to move automatically into the Pole Position shoot-out tomorrow.

Source & Photo: worldsbk.com

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Lowes storms to first place on Day 1 of official testing

Feb 17, 2015

Monday 16 February 2015 – Two 120-minute sessions kick started the WSBK Official Test, the final pre-race test and ahead of the 2015 eni FIM World Superbike Championship season opener with Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) sitting pretty atop of the combined times.
With almost perfect weather conditions the 25 protagonists who will do battle in Sunday’s 22 lap races relished the opportunity to fine tune their machines across the opening two timed periods.

Ex MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) led the field for the first 74 minutes of the day before Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and former World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) each took their turn at the top, but it was in the afternoon when the times really tumbled. The Frenchman crashed at the high speed turn 11 in the closing minutes of the afternoon, sustaining bruising and took no further part in the day’s proceedings.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) ended the first 2 hours on track a fraction ahead of his team mate Tom Sykes.

In the early minutes of the afternoon, Italian Davide Giugliano (Aruba Ducati SBK) crashed at the fast turn 11. He was unable to rejoin. When the circuit re-opened it was former World Champion Tom Sykes who produced a run of fast and consistent laps to close the gap to his new team mate before a number of riders set personal improving laps.

With 2 minutes to go Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) unleashed the fastest lap of the test so far to edge session one pace-setter Jonathan Rea by 0.331s.

Leon Haslam also improved late on, displacing Sykes who ended day 1 in 4th overall ahead of the impressive Spanish rookie Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Davide Giugliano whose time from the morning kept him in 6th. Sykes did however have the accolade of completing the most laps – 72 in total.

Chaz Davies on the second of the factory Ducati machine was 7th, Randy De Puniet 8th, and reigning World Supersport Champion Michael vd Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) 9th.
Former 125cc World Champion Nico Terol rode his Althea Racing Ducati into 10th overall ahead of compatriot and 2014 EVO winner David Salom (Pedercini Kawasaki) who was 11th.

Reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) eased into his title-defending season with 13th overall just behind MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s new recruit Leon Camier.
The new-look Team Hero EBR squad of Niccolò Canepa and Larry Pegram were in fine form with Italian Canepa claiming an encouraging 14th at the end of 4 hours of testing.

Australian wildcard Jed Metcher was 18th overall on his Superbike debut, improving significantly in the afternoon session. Of the other rookies Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) was 19th, Santiago Barragan (Grillini SBK Team) 22nd and the youngest full time entry in this year’s series Christophe Ponsson (Grillini SBK Team) 24th.

The final two 120-minute timed test sessions will take place tomorrow at 9.10am and 1.30pm local time (GMT +11).


World Supersport

The penultimate day of World Supersport testing ahead of the first round of the season ended earlier today with Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) coming out on top after two 110-minute sessions.

In the opening period it was former champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who emerged on top 0.699s ahead of 2014 Phillip Island race winner and the 2014 vice champion Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), the pair several tenths ahead of the rest of the pack. The later afternoon session saw the morning head wind on the Gardner Straight subside resulting in brace of faster times.

Source and Photo: www.worldsbk.com

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Phillip Island to set 2015 WSBK season in motion

Feb 17, 2015

Saturday, 14 February 2015 – The 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship is less than a week away from its first showing and the riders are already in Australia to prepare for the opening round, which will be preceded by a two-day official test starting next Monday.

 

This year’s edition of the Australian round, sponsored by leading insurance company Swann, will be the 25th in the history of the series, an all-time record in terms of most World Superbike events staged by a single circuit. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit made its debut on the World Superbike calendar back in 1990 and, after a brief absence in 1993, has been hosting a round of the championship ever since. From 2010 onwards the Victorian venue has hosted the opening event of the season.

 

As well as being the fastest on the calendar – with a current fastest average speed for the series of 177.720  km/h – and a favourite for riders and fans alike, Phillip Island is generally regarded as one of most spectacular race tracks in the world. Located on the southerly most tip of Australia amid wonderful coastal scenery, the 4.445 km (2.762 mi) track features seven left-hand corners and five right-handers and many elevation changes up to almost 60 m.

 

The New Year comes with several changes on different levels. Seldom has the series has witnessed as many changes in the rider line-up as new partnerships, welcome returns and new arrivals have shaped the 2015 grid in a new way compared to the one seen last year.

 

With Reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli joining the Pata Honda squad with 2014 World Supersport title winner Michael van der Mark, former team members Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have gone for a change and entered the Kawasaki Racing Team and the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils outfits, respectively. Both Britons will be in good company, as Rea will have 2013 WorldSBK Champion Tom Sykes as team-mate while Haslam will share his new garage with former Moto2 Grand Prix winner Jordi Torres from Spain.

 

Catalan Torres makes up just a quarter of the Spanish rookie contingent that will try to follow in the footsteps of Carlos Checa. The 125cc World Champion of 2011, Nicolas ‘Nico’ Terol (Althea Racing Ducati), Santiago Barragan (Team Grillini SBK) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) are eager to test their skills aboard superbike machines.

 

Former Grand Prix ace Randy de Puniet from France will be on double duty this year, tackling his maiden World Superbike season with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team alongside 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes while retaining his job as Suzuki MotoGP test rider.

 

The newly-named Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team has kept things unchanged on the line-up side, with Chaz Davies and especially Davide Giugliano showing great speed aboard their Panigale R machines during the last European test of the pre-season at Jerez back in January. The latter is now looking to step atop the podium for the first time in his World Superbike career, an eventuality that could coincide with Italy’s 100th race win since the WorldSBK was inaugurated in 1988.

 

Elsewhere, there are welcome returns to the championship. Argentina’s Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado steps up with the Barni Racing Team with which he claimed last year’s FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, while Matteo Baiocco partners the aforementioned Terol at Althea Racing. In single-rider teams are the likes of David Salom (Team Pedercini), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), while the Hero EBR (Pegram Racing) outfit moves into its second season with Team Manager-rider Larry Pegram and Niccolò Canepa.

 

2015 also marks significant revisions to the technical regulations, not least in the areas of electronics (with a new price cap) and engines (with less tuning permitted for pistons and conrods especially). Not only are costs hoped to fall as a result, but the new rules are set to make the championship more attractive to privateer teams and are expected to result in a generally more competitive grid from the start of the new campaign.

 

 

World Supersport

The FIM Supersport World Championship is about to get started with – as usual – many potential title contenders. Three-time World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu is eager to return to winning ways after a tough 2014, which saw the 30-year-old Turk struggle in the first half of the season only to find himself without a ride after the summer break. Thanks to the efforts by Kawasaki, Sofuoglu was able to finish the season with the San Carlo Puccetti Racing team – the same outfit he is going to tackle the 2015 edition of the series with – which in the meantime has become the manufacturer’s factory team in World Supersport.

After finishing as runner-up for the second time in two years of participation in the category, Jules Cluzel is back to business aboard the F3 675 of the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team, joined this time by Lorenzo Zanetti.

Last year’s title-winning squad Pata Honda has recruited young Briton Kyle Smith as the team’s sole rider for the year, unlike CIA Landlords Insurance Honda which fields a significant four-rider line-up consisting of the returning Gino Rea, Martin Cardenas, Kieran Clarke and Riccardo Russo.

Frenchman Lucas Mahias will be alongside confirmed rider Patrick Jacobsen within the Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres Team, while last year’s FIM Europe Superstock 600 champion Marco Faccani steps up to the new World Supersport challenge as Sofuoglu’s team-mate in the San Carlo Puccetti Racing Team.

After taking part in selected rounds last year, Alex Baldolini is going to contest the whole 2015 season with his own ATK#25 MV Agusta team. Fellow Italians Roberto Rolfo and Christian Gamarino will race with Team Lorini and Team Go Eleven, respectively.

Source and Photo: www.worldsbk.com

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