Imola ready to host the Acerbis Italian Round

May 8, 2015

Great anticipation ahead event number five of the 2015 WorldSBK season.

The fifth event of the WorldSBK season takes the series to Imola for the Acerbis Italian Round. In the Province of Bologna and the Emilia-Romagna region, the circuit named in honour of Enzo and Dino Ferrari has been on the World Superbike calendar since 2001, with the exceptions of 2007 and 2008 when the series raced at Vallelunga. The current 4.936km layout features 22 corners of which 13 are left-handers. The flowing nature of the layout, the many elevation changes and the lack of long straights make Imola one of the most demanding and technical tracks in the world.
 
Imola has hosted a total of 23 races to date, with only the second encounter of 2005 having been called off due to adverse conditions. Furthermore, since 2002, no less than seven events out of 11 have thrown up double victories; Colin Edwards did it first on the historic day when he beat Troy Bayliss to a second world title, whereas the latest was taken by current series leader Jonathan Rea in 2014.

Surely facts like this generate only further confidence for the Kawasaki Racing Team rider, who has already picked up two doubles since the start of 2015: Buriram and Assen. Having collected a massive 95% of the maximum championship points on offer so far this season, few would bet against the Northern Irish Kawasaki rider.

There could be a lot for the Italians to shout about this weekend. Aprilia has achieved no less than 11 podiums at the track and at least one of the marque’s bikes has always finished in the top five of every Imola race since the start of 2009. The manufacturer’s leading representative in the current standings is Leon Haslam, who is the closest challenger to Rea and took a victory in Australia, while rookie team-mate Jordi Torres is yet to finish lower than in sixth position every time he sees the chequered flag.


 
Perhaps the biggest stories will be the World Superbike comebacks of two famous names. Davide Giugliano finally returns, having been ruled out of action when he injured his back in a pre-season testing crash at Phillip Island. Since then, his Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team has returned to winning ways with Chaz Davies, who is third in the championship standings. Last year, Giugliano started on the front row at Imola, having finished on the podium after leading Race 1 in 2013. Elsewhere, Michel Fabrizio is also likely to boost attendance figures as he reappears on the grid, subbing for Nico Terol at the Althea Racing Team. The 30-year-old from Rome has been a regular on the grid since 2006 and will ride alongside fellow countryman Matteo Baiocco ahead of Terol’s suspected return at Donington Park. The grid’s other Italian is Ayrton Badovini, who believes his season ‘will begin’ at Imola, where in the Superstock 1000 class he won in 2010; this was his ninth victory out of ten races in what proved to be a truly dominant title-winning campaign.
 
Behind the championship top three of Rea, Haslam and Davies, 2013 title winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is looking to get his championship fight back on track, having struggled with a major lack of rear-end traction last time out at Assen. Such struggles were not a problem for Pata Honda World Superbike Team’s Michael van der Mark, who made history by becoming the first Dutchman to clinch a World Superbike podium finish; he immediately doubled the tally by clinching another podium in Race 2. He now sits just five points in arrears of World Champion team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, while the championship top ten is completed by Barni Racing Team’s Leandro Mercado. At Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet move into their third round since switching to a Magneti Marelli electronics package. They will continue to juggle their race setup work with bike development, with the ongoing testing ban meaning the British-based team is having to use practice sessions to continue expanding its bike capabilities. Although it may be a steep mountain to climb, signs of progress were visible in The Netherlands two weekends ago, not least as Lowes qualified on the second row of the grid and went on to finish Race 2 in ninth place.
 
Several riders will reach landmark race start numbers in Italy. Ayrton Badovini will make his 130th World Superbike start in Race 2 and Davide Giugliano’s return will begin with his 80th race in the opening encounter. As for championship leader Jonathan Rea, Imola’s second race will see him become the 24th rider to start 150 races in WorldSBK’s premier class. He debuted on the Algarve in 2008; since then, Rea has amassed 21 race wins, 50 podium finishes, 13 Superpoles and 13 fastest laps. He also carries the sixth-largest lead after the opening eight races of a season in the series’ history, with a 50-point cushion over Haslam.
 

2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship (4 of 13 rounds completed)
1 – Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team – 190
2 – Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils – 140
3 – Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team – 123
4 – Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 88
5 – Jordi Torres Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils – 83

 

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Watch the New Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Trailer Now

Apr 17, 2015
EA, DICE and Lucasfilm Invite You to Immerse Yourself in Your Star Wars™ Battle

Fantasies, Watch the New Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Trailer Now

 

Pre-Order Star Wars Battlefront and Be Among the First Players to Experience a Pivotal

Battle Preceding Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™*

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. April 17, 2015 –  DICE™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, and Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars™ Battlefront™ will be released beginning November 17, 2015 in North America (November 19 in Europe) as the first full-length trailer for this highly anticipated title premiered to thousands of fans at Star Wars™ Celebration. Combining an unprecedented collaboration with Lucasfilm and the award-winning Frostbite™ game engine, Star Wars Battlefront will deliver an incredibly authentic and immersive interactive entertainment experience featuring photorealistic visuals and epic action in iconic Star Wars™ locations. See how this comes to life in-engine by experiencing the newest trailer for Star Wars Battlefront at http://starwars.ea.com/battlefront.

 

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Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront will be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku*, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet on the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™. Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one-week early starting on December 1, 2015. All other players will get access to this free content on December 8, 2015.

 

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AMA Pro Flat Track riders to be featured in Summer X Games 2015 in Austin, Texas

Apr 17, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2015) – This summer’s forecast just got a little bit warmer for 23 of AMA Pro Flat Track’s top Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines riders.

It was recently announced that, for the first time, flat track racing will be included at X Games Austin 2015, joining a diverse sports lineup featuring the world’s top action sports athletes competing for X Games medals and prize money in BMX, Moto X, Truck X, Skateboard and Rally. X Games Austin 2015 will take place from June 4-7 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

 

The exiting X Games action will come on the heels of Rounds 3 and 4 of the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, with the Springfield Mile set for May 24 and the Sacramento Mile slated for May 30.

 

The 23 athletes invited to compete in the X Games are all full-time riders in AMA Pro Flat Track, the top flat track racing series in the world, in the premier Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class. The list is comprised of: Jared Mees, Brad Baker, Kenny Coolbeth, Sammy Halbert, Henry Wiles, Bryan Smith, Jake Johnson, Brandon Robinson, Jeffrey Carver, Doug Lawrence, Mikey Rush, Mikey Martin, Shayna Texter, Cory Texter, Briar Bauman, JD Beach, Stevie Bonsey, Michael Kirkness, Johnny Lewis, Wyatt Maguire, Nichole Mees, Robert Pearson and Jake Shoemaker.

 

“This is major for our sport,” said Jeffrey Carver, winner of seven AMA Pro Flat Track main events across both GNC1 and GNC2. “When I first heard the news that I was going to be invited to compete in the X Games, I was pumped and instantly thought how cool it would be to win a gold medal. A lot of my friends are really stoked about this and I think it’s going to show everyone around the world what we have to offer.”

 

Being able to showcase their talents, and the sport they love, to a new audience is very appealing for the invited riders.

“I think it can catch the eye of the younger crowd, said Stevie Bonsey. “We just have to get them there and catch their interest. As the riders, we need to make it look professional and make sure it’s as on point as it can be.”

 

Many athletes are excited to compete for something a little different, a coveted X Games medal.

 

“I’m really excited to race in the X Games,” said Sammy Halbert. “I usually do well at new tracks, so I’m feeling like I have a great chance of leaving Austin with a medal.”

 

As if a gold medal and over a million watching eyes from all points on the globe aren’t enough incentive for the 23 AMA Pro Flat Track riders to be great in Austin, a brand-new Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle will be granted to the first-place finisher on behalf of Harley-Davidson.


ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 20 hours of live X Games Austin competition, which will also be accessible via WatchESPN. Additional coverage of sports and music will be carried on ESPN3 as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com, X Games app and X Games pages across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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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Leon Haslam starts from Pole Position

Apr 11, 2015

The Aprilia rider to be joined on the front row by fellow Britons Davies and Sykes.

April 11, 2015. Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) will start tomorrow’s two WorldSBK races of the third round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship from Pole Position. A lap time of 1.49.664s, the fastest of the weekend so far and the quickest ever for a superbike on the new MotorLand Aragon configuration, left the Englishman 0.033s ahead of his nearest rivals Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati  Superbike Team), with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who will join him on the front row. For Haslam this is his first Pole Position since Phillip Island in 2010 and only the second of his career.

Row two will see championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) aboard his Ninja ZX-10, Xavi Fores who continues his impressive debut weekend on the second of the Aruba.it Ducati Superbike Team) and Ayrton Badovini.

The third row was decided in the final seconds of the session, with Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) taking 7th.  He will start alongside Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati).

Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati), Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and David Salom (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) complete the top-12 in a grid that sees five manufacturers inside the top-10.

Earlier, Badovini and Lowes were the two riders to progress from Superpole 1 into the final 15-minute shoot-out, as reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) missed out on one of the top two places available, the pair qualifying 14th and 19th respectively.


WorldSBK MotorLand Aragon – Tissot-Superpole
1 – Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils 1’49.664
2 – Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team +0.033
3 – Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team +0.199

Source & Photo: WorldSBK.com

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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.

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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.

Fuente y Fotos: www.worldsbk.com

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