Fassi Gru and WSBK together for the third year

Jan 30, 2015

Thursday 29 January 2015 – World-leading company in the crane and industrial-lifting sector, Fassi Gru, has confirmed its presence alongside the eni FIM Superbike World Championship as Official Sponsor of the series for the 2015 season.

 

CEO of the Fassi Group, Giovanni Fassi, said “Our presence as SBK Official Sponsor for the third consecutive year is proof of the visibility this investment has given to us over the previous years.”

 

The company celebrates its 50th anniversary as a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cranes this year and, along with the global leadership in this sector, Fassi Gru aims to boost the brand popularity in emerging markets. “The 2015 calendar and in particular the Thai, Malaysian and Qatari rounds further emphasise the synergy between our marketing strategies”, added Fassi.

 

Marc Saurina, WSBK Commercial and Marketing Director says: “It is a great pleasure for us to see the continuation of partnerships such as this important one with Fassi Gru. The company has enjoyed a growing profile during its time in World Superbike, especially as we have expanded the series to many exciting new countries. We would like to congratulate Fassi Gru on their 50 successful years in business, and we wish them a bright future as we continue our partnership.”

 

The Fassi brand will appear at every round of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship. Fassi cranes, installed on demonstration vehicles, will be displayed within the paddock during most of the events.

 

Source and Photo: www.worldsbk.com

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Mike Páez Regresa de Rosario, Argentina

Nov 17, 2014

En su primer mundial como patinador en categoría de mayores, Mike Páez regresa a México con un balance aceptable en su participación Rosario 2014.

Tras competir en el Campeonato Mundial de Patinaje de Velocidad Rosario 2014, donde obtuvo resultados destacados en apenas su primera aparición como patinador mayor en un evento de tal magnitud como el celebrado en la ciudad argentina, ahora Mike Páez se enfoca en los Juegos Centroamericanos.

El subcampeón mundial juvenil en la prueba de maratón en Italia 2012, consiguió destacarse como una de las revelaciones del Mundial de Rosario, no sólo por sus buenas condiciones físico-atléticas, sino porque logró ubicarse en dos pruebas dentro del Top10, algo que lucía complicado pero que gracias a su capacidad técnica, misma que ha adquirido desde sus inicios como patinador, le valieron para demostrar su calidad, y un claro ejemplo fue en la prueba de los 20.000mts, competición en la que finalizó en el 9no sitio de un total de 38 participantes.

Ahora, el tapatío tiene la encomienda de hacer un papel sobresaliente en los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Veracruz 2014, pues aunque participará en su país y con el apoyo del público jarocho, el desconocimiento por Mike hacía la pista donde se llevarán a cabo las pruebas puede ser un factor en su contra, sin embargo, ese no será un impedimento para que demuestre su capacidad y represente a México a su máximo nivel, tal y como lo hace en cada lugar en el que se presenta.

Otro atractivo dentro de los Juegos de Veracruz 2014 será que Páez tendrá que verse las caras con patinadores que recién enfrentó en el Mundial de Rosario 2014, tales como los deportistas de Argentina, Venezuela y Chile, representativos que se ubicaron entre los principales medallistas de la justa pampera, además de Colombia, país que tradicionalmente es de los más fuertes a nivel mundial y que hizo valer dicha condición en el propio Campeonato argentino.

Este martes, en punto de las 16:30hrs (CT) Mike Páez tendrá su primer examen en los Centroamericanos cuando dispute la prueba de los 10.000mts por puntos.

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Exhibición Internacional de Motociclismo en Arizona

Nov 8, 2014

El acróbata de motocicletas, Jason Britton hace gala de sus habilidades y equilibrio durante el evento.

Kawasaki presenta la nueva H2; Ducati muestra la Scrambler.

Noviembre 7, 2014. Scottsdale, AZ. La exhibición Internacional de Motociclismo, patrocinada por Progressive, abrió sus puertas al público en general este viernes y así permanecerá durante el fin de semana, para que toda la familia pueda ver de cerca los nuevos modelos de motocicletas lanzados por las diferentes empresas, tales como Can-Am, Honda, Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki y Harley Davidson, por mencionar algunas.

Habrá conciertos, rifas de motocicletas y espectáculos acrobáticos; los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de ver las pericias en motocicleta realizadas por el piloto Jason Britton, quien con su control y dominio de su vehículo muestra complejas acrobacias que solo los profesionales como él pueden realizar en ambientes seguros y controlados, pero sobre todo utilizando equipo de protección para evitar accidentes o lesiones.

La exhibición tiene lugar en:

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

En los siguientes horarios:

Sábado. Noviembre 8, 2014, 9:30am – 8:00pm
Domingo. Noviembre 9, 2014, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Fotos: (Job Perez / Bereavision.TV)

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Mike Páez aguarda su debut en el Campeonato del Mundo de Velocidad de Patines

Nov 5, 2014

Guadalajara, Jalisco, 04 de Noviembre de 2014

El patinador mexicano Mike Páez, especialista en pruebas de fondo, ultima detalles para su debut en el Mundial de Rosario 2014.

A escasos 4 días de que arranque el Campeonato Mundial de Patinaje de Velocidad Rosario 2014, los competidores afinan sus patines para salir a la pista a dar su mejor esfuerzo y buscar ganar una medalla.

Y será el sábado 8 de noviembre cuando Mike Páez, oriundo de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, cuyas cartas de representación son ser el máximo medallista internacional del patinaje mexicano con 26 Medallas, así como ser el 1er mexicano en obtener preseas en competencias juveniles y mayores, se prepara debutar en la prueba de eliminación de los 15.000m para posteriormente, en la noche del mismo día, disputar la final de la propia prueba.

Asimismo, Páez, quien también destaca por haber sido el 1er medallista de oro del Patinaje Mexicano internacional en 2011 y por ser el 1er varón mexicano en ganar una presea dentro de un Campeonato del Mundo en 2012, tendrá participación en los días subsecuentes donde tratará de demostrar el por qué es el máximo medallista mexicano en el patinaje.

Es importante mencionar que, en 2011, previo a los Juegos Panamericanos de Guadalajara 2011, Mike Páez estuvo en Rosario, Argentina compitiendo en el V Campeonato Panamericano donde obtuvo el 3er lugar en la prueba de 10.000mts por puntos, por lo que es un aliciente que, seguramente, ayudará al jalisciense en tratar de dejar una nueva y agradable imagen sobre su crecimiento deportivo.

De esta manera, Mike afronta un nuevo reto en su carrera, el cual podrá superar con gallardía y perseverancia, demostrando el progreso que ha tenido con el paso de los años y los torneos que ha disputado, pero siempre tomando como base los principios y valores que le han inculcado para ser un gran patinador.

COMUNICACIÓN Y PRENSA

MIKE PÁEZ

PATINADOR FONDISTA MEXICANO

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Giugliano impone su ritmo bajo las luces de Qatar

Nov 3, 2014

Doha (Qatar), viernes 31 de octubre de 2014 – La tercera sesión de entrenamientos libres del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 en el Circuito Internacional de Losail, ha estado marcada por los constantes cambios que finalmente decidían la lista de los 20 pilotos que tomarán parte en la Tissot-Superpole durante la jornada del sábado.


Tras perderse la FP2 debido a un problema técnico, Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) no ha perdido el tiempo para continuar mejorando, primero escalando hasta la octava plaza para ser sexto poco después y terminar primero como gran favorito de cara a la sesión clasificatoria definitiva.


Por detrás del italiano terminaba segundo Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), que mantenía así su excelente rendimiento y precedía a Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), que terminaba tercero por delante de su compatriota Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team). Éste último se alzaba hasta la cuarta posición en la clasificación combinada de la jornada.


Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) y su compañero de equipo Alex Lowes, que sufría una caída durante la tanda, se clasificaban quinto y sexto respectivamente. Tras ellos se situaban Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) y Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), que completaba así la lista de los diez pilotos que pasarán directamente a la Superpole 2.


Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) tendrá que salir en la Superpole 1 después de terminar undécimo, seguido por Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) en la duodécima plaza llevándose de nuevo el italiano el mejor tiempo entre los pilotos de la categoría EVO.


En el equipo Hero EBR volvían las sonrisas cuando Geoff May conseguía meterse entre los 20 pilotos que disputarán la Superpole, una gran recompensa al esfuerzo de la formación en su primera temporada en el Campeonato del Mundo de Superbike.


Tiempos: 1. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’57.876 media 164.308 km/h; 2. Rea (Honda) 1’58.013; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’58.166; 4. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’58.296; 5. Laverty (Suzuki) 1’58.449; 6. Lowes (Suzuki) 1’58.539; 7. Davies (Ducati) 1’58.583; 8. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’58.818; 9. Haslam (Honda) 1’58.989; 10. Elías (Aprilia) 1’59.025; 11. Melandri (Aprilia) 1’59.162; 12. Canepa (Ducati) 1’59.284; 13. Barrier (BMW) 1’59.390; 14. Morais (Kawasaki) 1’59.686; 15. Salom (Kawasaki) 1’59.975; 16. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 2’00.294; 17. Cudlin (Kawasaki) 2’00.436; 18. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2’01.223; 19. Staring (Kawasaki) 2’01.447; 20. May (EBR) 2’01.801; 21. Corti (MV Agusta) 2’02.097; 22. Yates (EBR) 2’02.289; 23. Rizmayer (BMW) 2’03.168; 24. Toth (BMW) 2’04.172.


World Supersport


Los pilotos del Campeonato del Mundo FIM Supersport han tenido en la jornada de hoy su primer contacto rodando bajo los focos del Circuito Internacional de Losail, durante las dos primeras sesiones de entrenamientos de la ronda final de la temporada. En ellas, Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) se ha erigido en dominador de una jornada que ha terminado con los 11 pilotos más rápidos rodando en…. (Leer más)


Tiempos:
1. vd Mark (Honda) 2’02.206 media 158.486 km/h; 2. Mahias (Yamaha) 2’02.634; 3. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 2’02.670; 4. Wilairot (Honda) 2’02.787; 5. Zanetti (Honda) 2’02.919; 6. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2’02.923; 7. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 2’03.060; 8. Roccoli (MV Agusta) 2’03.085; 9. Marino (Kawasaki) 2’03.183; 10. Kennedy (Honda) 2’03.371; 11. De Rosa (Honda) 2’03.668; 12. Rolfo (Kawasaki) 2’03.682; 13. Coghlan (Yamaha) 2’03.736; 14. Faccani (Kawasaki) 2’03.749; 15. Debise (Honda) 2’04.226; etc.

Fuente y Foto: www.worldsbk.com

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Gillim claims first AMA Pro SuperSport title following epic battle with Dominguez

Sep 19, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2014) – Hayden Gillim emerged as AMA Pro SuperSport champion at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park last weekend. Gillim, who had finished second in the points four straight years in his various AMA Pro attempts and three times in AMA Pro SuperSport, had his hands full with Dustin Dominguez, and the battle for the title in 2014 was a true showdown.

 

The racing was very close – typical of the AMA Pro SuperSport class. Gillim had a two-point lead coming into the event and left with the same margin after he and Dominguez split wins in the Garden State.

 

“The last three years I have finished short, and to finally to come out to battle for wins every weekend and battle with Dustin, Corey (Alexander) and Wyatt (Farris) and everybody is fantastic. I was finally able to get the No. 1 plate,” Gillim said.

 

The TOBC Racing pilot won on Saturday in a shortened wet race and set himself up for a scenario where he only needed to follow Dominguez and the Houston Superbikes entry on Sunday. Gillim gave it his best shot to shot at the win in the finale but his second was more than enough to take the crown.

 

On Saturday, Gillim got off to a solid start, trailing Mark Miller, Jr., on the Mar Del Racing machine. Dominguez was third early, but was cautious in the slightly damp conditions. The Oklahoman upped his pace and was the fastest man on the track as the contest approached the midpoint, but he needed to make up serious ground.

 

Gillim worked past Miller and pulled away. Dominguez made his way to second by lap eight. The conditions worsened throughout the race and as the leaders were working lap 10, the a red flag flew. Multiple riders, including several fighting inside the top ten, crashed as the rain picked up.

The race was called since the stoppage came after the halfway point. Gillim was the winner ahead of Dominguez and Miller.

“The first couple of laps felt really good,” said Gillim. “But (the rain) started getting thicker and thicker.”

On Sunday, polesitter Dominguez got away second behind Gillim and was able to run strong. Even though Gillim was much friskier than one might expect from a rider just needing to finish second, Dominguez was in a good position and put pressure on Gillim early.

Eventually Dominguez took the lead and seemed to have a little more than Gillim.

Unfortunately for Dominguez, no other rider could join the fray and Gillim stayed on two wheels. Dominguez won the 16-lapper but it was not enough and he ended up two points short in the title chase.

 

“This is probably the most depressing win I’ve ever had but it’s a win and that’s good. I was trying to push (Gillim) into making a mistake and he never did. He rode a great race. At the end I decided to pick it up a bit,” said Dominguez.

 

Gillim admitted the championship wasn’t the only thing on his mind.

 

“The strategy was to win. It always is,” said Gillim. “The first few laps, I was pushing as hard as I could. We were having a really good battle.”

 

Miller had a great weekend, earning third and fifth. The Maryland native has performed well in AMA Pro competition before, but led Race 1 extensively and was rewarded with his best weekend yet on the Mar Del Racing Yamaha.

 

“It was amazing to be on the podium with these guys, a dream come true,” said Miller.

 

Wyatt Farris also earned the podium the next day. Farris fought in the second group on Saturday on his way to fourth but upped his pace in the dry. Farris also finished a clear third in points in a season where he learned plenty.

 

Farris seemed to be involved in close battles all year, a great situation for the young Californian on the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki.

 

“It was kind of a crazy race, I didn’t spend too much time with the harder tire and by the time I came to grips with it, they had gotten away,” said Farris, who described his season as solid. “It’s good to finish the year on the box.”

 

The final championship picture emerged with the checkered flag on Sunday.

 

Reigning East champ Corey Alexander saw his season slip away late. A couple of tough rounds meant he was out of the title fight. The other Celtic/HVMC pilot won the first three races but was only 23rd and sixth in New Jersey. Alexander held off young ace Kaleb De Keyrel for fourth place by a single point.

 

De Keyrel and his De Keyrel Racing team rallied on Sunday to jump five spots to fourth place. The 17 year-old earned a podium in 2014 and made a big leap from his first year in class.

 

Jason Aguilar, another youngster, took sixth in the final points. The Tuned Industries pilot put together the solid season in his first year on the tour. Aguilar’s best moment was his third place at Road America.

 

Race Worx USA’s JC Camacho was solidly inside the top ten all year long and took seventh in points. The Texan earned seven top tens in 2014.

 

Three young riders filled the last spots in the point standings, with Cody Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson) leading Excel Racing’s Conner Blevins and TOBC Racing’s Curtis Murray home.

 

Riders impressing in New Jersey included Justin Jones. The Showtime Inc., pilot was fifth on Saturday. Escalante Racing’s Richie Escalante, from Mexico, took sixth and seventh. Florida’s Tim Hunt earned another eighth place.

 

Gillim was a fitting champion in another exciting year for the class. Having given it a great shot in previous campaigns, Gillim’s conquest serves as a testament to perseverance and hard racing.

 

Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Hayes closes out 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season with a victory

Sep 17, 2014

MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 14, 2014) – The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season enjoyed a fitting conclusion today at New Jersey Motorsports Park as Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes claimed the final checkered flag with the front wheel of his R1 lofted in the air.

 

Hayes eventually broke free following a frenetic first half to claim the seventh victory of his dominant 2014 campaign with nearly five seconds in hand.

Earlier in the race, Hayes found himself battling with Yoshimura Suzuki Factor Racing teammates Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas, along with his works Yamaha teammate, Cameron Beaubier. Meanwhile, an impressive Bernat Martinez on the Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha YZF-R1 and KTM/HMC’s Chris Fillmore watched closely in tow.

 

Saturday winner Hayden ran off track on lap 2 and immediately dropped to near the bottom of the top ten. Beaubier slipped past Cardenas into second that same lap but Hayes already had a two-and-a-half-second lead at that point.

 

However, the Mississippian’s early advantage evaporated in an instant, as he made a mistake of his own; Hayes ran off track and into the dirt in Turn 1 on lap 4 and drop to third behind the Colombian and Californian.

 

After quickly working back past Cardenas, Hayes found himself nearly two seconds behind his fleet rookie teammate and charged hard to make up the time.

 

After five laps of whittling away at the gap, Hayes dove back into the lead on lap 9 in Turn 1. A few laps later, Beaubier looked to return the favor. However, the young pilot couldn’t hold his line after storming back through into the lead and crashed out of the race.

 

At that point Hayes sailed off to claim his 48th career AMA Pro SuperBike victory. The win was Hayes’ ninth at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which doesn’t even count the two other occasions in which he took the checkered flag first but lost out in the final order due to a penalty.

 

“I was having so much fun other than that stupid off-road thing I did in Turn 1,” Hayes said. “Running down Cam was so hard but I was so enjoying myself and trying so hard. I really used up a lot of my energy trying to do that. We got up there and got to going back and forth. I was absolutely gutted to see Cam fall down. I really wanted to see a Yamaha 1-2.

 

“The race wasn’t as smooth as it looked, especially after halfway. I felt that I was a sinking ship. They were making little bits of time and there was really nothing I could do to stop taking on water. I had done a lot of damage to the rear tire, I think when I tried to catch Cameron, in the early part of the race and I was really struggling just to maintain. I was trying really hard to maintain what I was doing and I felt like I was losing ground. I don’t know if they were racing together, but finally with a couple laps to go it afforded me an extra second and I was able to relax a little bit and bring it home.”

 

Hayes reflected on the last six seasons in which he went from SuperBike dark horse to four-time champion.

 

“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “I still try to take it in. I went from to underdog to overdog it seems like overnight. I’m so lucky to have found not just a team but a family. They take care of me and I try to take care of them. The motivation for things like yesterday and today are how hard they work and wanting to do my part. Leadership starts from the top down. I want them to know that every time I get on the motorcycle I’m going to give it everything I have and I feel it ensures they’ll do the same for me. It helps us lift each other when we’re both struggling at different times. In five years you can believe there’s ups and downs and hard times and good times. I think it helps us do all those things. I’ve been lucky to work with a team so long and have so much success.”

 

Hayden, who came into the weekend with a separated shoulder, clawed his way back up through the field to close in on Cardenas. The two went back-and-forth on the race’s final laps with Hayden ultimately getting the better of the melee to claim second. The result, combined with Beaubier’s misfortunate, allowed the Suzuki rider to steal the runner-up spot in the championship as well.

 

“The race started off pretty well but I made a little mistake,” Hayden explained. “Josh is really good at getting away in the beginning. I tried to hang with him in the first couple laps and made a mistake and just ran off the track. But I fought all the way back up to second. I’ve got to thank all my guys for all they’ve done for me all year. We finished the year strong, which is exactly what we wanted to do, so this is for them.”

 

Cardenas claimed his fourth podium result of the season with his Sunday third.

 

“It was a difficult race because this track is very physical,” Cardenas said. “I wanted to finish a little bit higher on the podium but today this was the maximum I could get. I’m happy for the team to finish on the box, which is always good for me and for the team.”

 

Fillmore suffered another DNF while Martinez held off ADR Motorsports, Sic, Motul Fly’s David Anthony for fourth by a scant 0.019 seconds at the flag. That impossibly small distance was also the difference between fourth and fifth in the 2014 championship for Anthony as he lost out to today’s seventh-place finisher, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chris Clark by a single point in the final tally.

 

A five-rider pack grouped up mid-distance in the race for sixth through 10th. Sixth ultimately went to the 2014 Canadian Superbike champ, 22-year-old Jodie Christie on the Honda Canada/Accelerated Technologies CBR1000RR.

 

He was followed by Clark, Sunday podium man Larry Pegram on the Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS, GEICO Motorcycle Racing Honda’s Chris Ulrich, and TOBC Racing II’s Taylor Knapp.

 

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

 

2014 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike champion Jake Gagne closed it out in style on Sunday, running away with the season finale. Gagne won his third contest of the year, topping Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff and yesterday’s winner, Dane Westby of Yamalube/Westby Racing.

 

Jake Lewis (Meen Motorsports) earned fourth and was a factor in the battle for second much of the race.

 

Gagne got a clean start and led the whole way. He managed his gap well, dropping into the mid-1:23 second range when the pack threatened to make inroads on his lead.  After clinching the title on Saturday, Gagne was clearly on a mission to win the finale.

 

“A few laps in, I saw they were coming from my pit board,” said Gagne. “I was either going to crash out or win it. I wanted to go for it. I started inching away from there.”

 

At the flag, Gagne lead by 2.562 seconds.

 

Lewis and Westby looked poised to fight for second to the flag, but Gerloff snuck through and held the spot during the final two laps. The Yamaha factory pilot eased a slight gap and Westby and Lewis battled for the final spot on the box.

 

Westby set the quick lap of the race after starting poorly from pole.

 

JD Beach (Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha) earned another top five to close out the season.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport

 

Houston Superbikes’ Dustin Dominguez won a tight 16-lap race in AMA Pro SuperSport over TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim, but Gillim won the championship by two points anyway after winning on Saturday.

 

Wyatt Farris of Celtic Racing/HVMC earned third to end his year with a podium result.

 

Dominguez shadowed Gillim in the early going, then took control at the midpoint as the duo hit traffic. Unfortunately for the Dominguez, winning was not enough. He needed other riders to join the battle for the lead and relegate Gillim to at least third in the race standings. That never happened as Dominguez and Gillim finished ten seconds in front of the pack led by Farris.

 

“This is probably the most depressing win I’ve ever had but it’s a win and that’s good,” said Dominguez. “Hayden got a good start and I chased him down and tried to pressure him. I thought if we went at it, someone might catch up.”

Gillim made a late run and nearly won the race, finishing just 0.041 seconds back. After finishing second in his championship four straight years, Gillim finally took the No. 1 plate.

 

“I’d rather fight my hardest and crash away the championship than give away a race. That’s how I’d rather have it. The strategy was to win. It always is,” said Gillim. “The first few laps, I was pushing as hard as I could. We were having a really good battle. It’s insane the support I have gotten and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

 

Farris topped Kaleb De Keyrel (De Keyrel Racing) for third as well as fast local rider Mark Miller Jr., of Mar Del Racing. Miller was a little more than 1.5 seconds from repeating his Saturday podium result.

 

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

 

It didn’t come without a fair amount of drama and grit, but Ruthless Racing/Trev Deeley Motorcycles’ Danny Eslick ultimately came through to win the 2014 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series title.

 

Eslick came into the weekend needing just a seventh place or better to assure himself the crown, but a major crash in this morning’s qualifying session put his participation in doubt.

 

His team rebuilt the motorcycle in time for Eslick to hurriedly take the grid from the back row, from where the beaten and bruised Oklahoman battled his way forward.

 

He crossed the line in sixth at the checkered flag to become the Series’ first two-time champion.

“I ran off the track and wadded it up in the wet grass this morning and pretty much destroyed that motorcycle,” Eslick said. “The Trev Deeley/Ruthless Racing team busted their butts from the time I crashed the motorcycle until the moments before the race. We were pretty close to not making it.

 

“I’ve ridden it three seasons now and that’s the first time I’ve crashed it. It’s bound to happen and the way these guys are riding – they’re riding incredibly. The level that this Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series has risen to is unbelievable. I used to be able to play around and sandbag a little bit and still have a shot at it, but now you really have to be on your game and work on your set up. Hats off to everybody out there.”

Eslick’s run was far from the only entertainment the day’s contest provided. Up front, a five-rider dice took shape for the win. However, title hopeful Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson’s Ben Carlson was effectively dropped from contention for the win when he was assessed a penalty for anticipating the start. Likewise, NJMP master Shane Narbonne of the Six-Four Motors squad ran off track, costing him precious time and a place in the lead pack.

And Josh Chisum Racing/Bartel’s Harley-Davidson’s Tyler O’Hara just lost touch, leaving Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson’s Steve Rapp and KWR/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman to decide the race.

Wyman slashed into the lead as the two hit slower riders and made the most of the opportunity to drop Rapp and close out the year with a win. Rapp took second, followed by O’Hara, Narbonne, Carlson and Eslick.

 

“I tried to put my head down from the beginning,” Wyman said. “I got the holeshot from the second row and did my best to push as hard as I could for a whole lap. But Steve came flying by on the front straightaway, and from that point I knew the race was going to be a little different than I wanted it to be. It turned into a pack and I sat there through the middle part of the race. It was getting crazy up front and I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get caught up in any of that.

 

“I basically put myself in the right place at the right time at the end. I made a push to the front and I got the lead just as we hit the lappers. The lappers are going to be either way – they’re going to hold you up or give you a big gap. They gave me a gap and I put my head down the last two laps and it worked out great. I’m so happy to get another win this year.”

 

Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Four for Four: Josh Hayes claims another AMA Pro SuperBike title at New Jersey as Roger Hayden wins the race

Sep 14, 2014

MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes added to his legend today at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown, securing his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike Championship in five seasons at New Jersey Motorsports Park while Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden was awarded his first win of the season.

Faced with treacherous wet conditions, what seemed like a relatively simple task for a rider of Hayes’ caliber – third or better to clinch the crown – became significantly more complicated.

 

However, rather than go the conservative route, Hayes waged an intense duel for victory with Hayden.

 

The slick conditions caught several riders out. Hayden’s teammate, Martin Cardenas, crashed from the lead on lap 7 of 23. Proto-Tech Spain’s Bernat Martinez challenged for first himself before the Spaniard crashed out of contention as well on lap 10. Newly-crowned Canadian Superbike champion Jodie Christie crashed out of third on his Honda Canada/Accelerated Technologies CBR1000RR on the race’s second lap. And Hayes’ teammate and title rival, Cameron Beaubier, fell in the opening laps while running in the top five, leaving just Hayes and Hayden to decide the victor.

 

The two lapped their way through the field, ultimately putting every rider not on the podium a lap down as they challenged each other’s skill and bravery.

 

The two traded the top spot multiple times on the final laps. Hayden, who came into the race dinged up after injuring his shoulder in a testing crash, looked to hold the advantage with just a single corner to go. However, a single mistake was all Hayes needed and the Mississippian pounced. Hayes blasted past Hayden, who spun up the rear while trying to get on the power, just feet ahead of the checkered flag.

 

However, Hayes was later hit with a penalty for passing under yellow during their shootout, dropping him to second in the final results and elevating Hayden to first.

 

Hayes is just the second rider in AMA Pro SuperBike history to earn four titles, joining seven-time champ Mat Mladin in that accomplishment. Throughout the season Hayes demonstrated his superiority in multiple conditions and will be reunited with the No. 1 plate.

 

“I had so much fun riding today,” the champ said. “We don’t get to go splish-splashing that often. Roger was riding so good, I was throwing everything I had at him. Unfortunately he spun up on the front straight away. I was able to get the R1 hooked up and across the line. I’m really proud of my team. Four championships in six years ain’t so bad.

 

“I feel so lucky that I’m 39 years old and have a place that I call home. These guys are so good to me. If I’m riding motorcycles and winning races I’m a pretty happy guy. All the other things that come along with that are bonuses. I’m excited that I can be a four-time AMA SuperBike Champion and I will do everything in my power to continue that.”

 

Race winner Hayden said,

Hayden was happy with the race and the show he and Hayes put on.

 

“It’s not really the way I’d like to win them but I do remember at that point in the race the waving yellow when he came by me in Turn 1,” Hayden said. “I rode hard enough and good enough to win so I feel good for me and team. We didn’t want to let Yamaha sweep the whole series this year so we’re excited about that. Hopefully we’ll get one without any controversy tomorrow.”

 

Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram was the last rider on the lead lap and that was good enough to earn him third on the day.

 

“I don’t think I’ve ever went that slow and got third in my life,” Pegram joked. “Once I got up to third and I was running a fairly good pace, they showed me plus-20 and my guys were telling me to slow down, but I couldn’t go any slower! That was one of the most treacherous rain races I’ve ever ridden. There just wasn’t any grip. It was a good day for us. When the rain came, I knew we could be competitive.”

 

Vicious Cycle Racing’s Sean Dwyer came home in fourth while Beaubier remounted and worked his way back up to fifth.

 

Mobibuff/Irnie Racing’s Macel Irnie finished sixth on his BMW S1000RR, followed by Yoshimura Suzuki’s Chris Clark, Team AMSOIL Hero EBR’s Cory West and GEICO Motorcycle Racing Honda’s Chris Ulrich.

 

TOBC Racing II’s Taylor Knapp rounded out the top ten.

 

With the championship in the books, Hayes will be free to let it rip on Sunday in the 2014 season finale.

 

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

 

Dane Westby won his third AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the year on Saturday. The Yamalube/Westby Racing pilot outlasted his rivals and the weather to take the victory after he’d earned his first career pole earlier in the day. Jake Gagne finished second and clinched the championship for the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team, taking the checkers in front of Jake Zemke.

 

Westby zipped to the lead in the restarted race and motored away, even as the rain increased during the 16 laps.

 

“I am ecstatic … over the moon,” said Westby after his third win of the year. “I knew that Jake was going to be big competition. It was pretty hairy. The rear end came around on me two corners from the end of the race. It was extremely treacherous. Someone was saying I have won more races in Daytona SportBike than anyone else in the class this year, so that was interesting. I am really looking forward to getting one more chance at things tomorrow.”

 

Westby’s third win of the year is more than any other rider in the class.

 

Gagne earned the title when he finished second and rival Jake Lewis retired from the race with electrical problems. Gagne charged up through the field and held second after passing Zemke.

 

“It’s incredible and the last thing I thought was to have this thing wrapped up today. I saw (Lewis) wasn’t on the grid. The race was tough,” said Gagne, “and the year was great. It was my third year on the team and they are the hardest working group of guys I have seen. I don’t really know what to say … I am ready to get on with it and race again tomorrow.”

 

Zemke, on the GEICO Motorcycle Racing entry, earned his first podium of the year.

 

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff and Danny Eslick of Riders Discount Racing Triumph earned top fives in some of the most challenging race conditions in recent memory.

 

Only nine riders finished the event as heavy attrition made the 16 laps seem longer – at least for Westby and Gagne.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport

 

TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim won Saturday’s shortened AMA Pro SuperSport race and increased his points lead to seven with one race to go. Gillim took a bold approach to the difficult conditions at the beginning of the race, taking the holeshot over fast local ace Mar Del Racing’s Mark Miller, Jr. and the polesitter, HSBK’s Dustin Dominguez.

 

Gillim did relent the first position for a time, but the points leader rallied to take back the lead before the rain increased and the race was stopped after a crash.

 

“I wasn’t worried about the weather too much. I was worried about the gap back to Dustin,” said Gillim. “The red flag was out and it must have been pretty bad. I know tomorrow is going to be hard because Dustin is so quick and this being a wet race, it didn’t help our dry setup t all. We’re going to be fighting as hard as we can for these precious points.”

 

Dominguez took second place on the day, having run down Miller before the stoppage as he continued to build his pace after what the Oklahoman described as a too-cautious start.

 

Gillim and Dominguez will settle their championship battle with tomorrow’s finale.

 

Wyatt Farris was classified fourth even though he had fallen on his Celtic Racing/HVMC-backed Suzuki as did several members of the group fighting for those positions. Justin Jones (Showtime Inc.) and Richie Escalante (Escalante Racing) also fought for the position.

 

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

 

With no rain expected tomorrow, only three riders chose to take part in Saturday’s provisional qualifying session. Jupiter Cycle Racing’s Jon Foy earned provisional pole, followed by the Chili Pepper Racing duo of Hayden Schultz and Shelina Moreda.

 

 

AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1: Top 5 Finishers

1.       Roger Hayden (Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing/Suzuki)

2.       Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha/ Yamaha)

3.       Larry Pegram (Foremost Insurance/ Pegram Racing/ EBR)

4.       Sean Dwyer (Vicious Cycle Racing/ Suzuki)

5.       Cameron Beaubier (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha/ Yamaha)

 

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1: Top 5 Finishers

1.       Dane Westby (Yamalube Westby Racing/ Yamaha)

2.       Jake Gagne (RoadRace Factory/Red Bull/ Yamaha)

3.       Jake Zemke (GEICO Motorcycle Racing/ Honda)

4.       Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy Graves/ Yamaha)

5.       Danny Eslick (Riders Discount Triumph/ Triumph Daytona)

 

AMA Pro SuperSport Race 1: Top 5 Finishers

1.       Hayden Gillim (TOBC Racing/ Suzuki)

2.       Dustin Dominguez (Houston Superbikes/ Yamaha)

3.       Mark Miller Jr. (Mar Del Auto Wholesalers/ Yamaha)

4.       Wyatt Farris (Celtic/HVMC Racing/ Suzuki)

5.       Justin Jones (Showtime Inc./ Suzuki)

 

 

Source and Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Loris Baz se impone en la décima Tissot–Superpole del año

Sep 7, 2014

Jerez de la Frontera, sábado 6 de septiembre de 2014 – Los pilotos del Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike 2014 han disputado esta tarde en el circuito de Jerez la décima Tissot-Superpole de la temporada, siendo Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) el piloto que partirá primero en parrilla en las carreras del domingo. Junto al piloto francés estarán en primera línea Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) y el campeón en título de World Superbike, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Los tres pilotos recibían los trofeos de la Tissot-Superpole de manos del Campeón de World Superbike en 2011, el piloto español Carlos Checa. 


La Superpole 1 comenzaba con Leon Haslam (PATA Honda World Superbike Team) y David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) como los principales favoritos para disputar la Superpole 2. Finalmente serían el británico y Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike), aunque en orden inverso, quienes pasarían a la sesión clasificatoria definitiva. 


Baz actionDurante los primeros minutos de la Superpole 2 Loris Baz se situaba en cabeza de la clasificación, aunque sería desbancado por Haslam en los segundos siguientes. En los últimos compases de la tanda Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) tomaba la iniciativa y se hacía con la primera plaza, al tiempo que se producía la caída de Sylvain Barrier. Lejos de quedarse satisfecho, Baz volvía a la carga con el mejor tiempo a menos de un minuto del final de la sesión, y por tanto le acompañarán en primera línea de parrilla Giugliano y Sykes.


La segunda línea de parrilla estará compuesta por Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) y Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), seguidos en la tercera por Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Leon Haslam y Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki). Desde la cuarta línea de parrilla partirán Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), Toni Elías (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) y Sylvain Barrier.


En la categoría EVO la primera posición era para el francés de BMW, seguido por el español David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team), décimo tercero, y Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing).

La primera carrera de WSBK el domingo está programada a las 10:30, dándose la salida de la segunda a las 13:10.


Tiempos:
 1. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’40.298 media 158.755 km/h; 2. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’40.533; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’40.561; 4. Melandri (Aprilia) 1’40.822; 5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’40.877; 6. Laverty (Suzuki) 1’41.092; 7. Davies (Ducati) 1’41.199; 8. Haslam (Honda) 1’41.338; 9. Lowes (Suzuki) 1’41.421; 10. Rea (Honda) 1’41.447; 11. Elías (Aprilia) 1’41.882; 12. Barrier (BMW) 1’42.928; 13. Salom (Kawasaki); 14. Canepa (Ducati); 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki); 16. Morais (Kawasaki); 17. Guarnoni (Kawasaki); 18. Staring (Kawasaki); 19. Corti (MV Agusta); 20. Toth (BMW).

Fuente y foto: www.worldsbk.com

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WSBK vuelve a la acción con su décima cita del año en Jerez

Sep 2, 2014

Barcelona, lunes 1 de septiembre de 2014 – El Campeonato del Mundo eni FIM Superbike retorna al circuito de Jerez de la Frontera para su décima prueba de la temporada 2014. Este es el segundo año consecutivo de la competición en el circuito andaluz, el tercero en total sumando la edición celebrada en 1990.


El trazado de Jerez consiste en una mezcla de virajes de baja, media y alta velocidad combinados con rectas relativamente cortas, lo que impide a los pilotos relajarse y asegura un gran espectáculo en la pista.

A pesar de no tratarse de la última prueba del calendario como el pasado año, el circuito español jugará un importante papel en la lucha por el título mundial.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) llega a la segunda cita española de la temporada al máximo nivel y con la memoria llena de buenos recuerdos de la pasada temporada, ya que fue en este mismo escenario donde logró un primer trofeo de Campeón del Mundo de Superbike que culminaba una temporada estelar.


Ahora, el británico de 29 años lidera de nuevo la clasificación provisional con una significativa ventaja de 44 puntos sobre Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team). El piloto francés necesita recuperar terreno si quiere mantener vivas sus posibilidades de luchar por el título. Tanto Sykes como Guintoli buscarán su primera victoria en Jerez, ya que Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) venció por partida doble el pasado año en Jerez en las que serían sus últimas salidas como piloto oficial de Aprilia. 


Laverty y su actual compañero de equipo Alex Lowes mostraron un gran ritmo en Jerez durante el test de tres días celebrado durante el mes de abril. También es el caso de Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) que, a pesar de estar 64 puntos por detrás del líder provisional, todavía conserva posibilidades matemáticas de luchar por el título y está bien situado para optar al subcampeonato.


En la misma situación se encuentra Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), a sólo ocho puntos de Rea y a 28 de la segunda plaza provisional. El joven piloto galo todavía busca su primera victoria del año después de finalizar en el podio en ocho ocasiones (siete de ellas en segunda posición).


Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) espera que el paréntesis del verano no haya afectado al impulso que demostró con la victoria en la primera carrera de Laguna Seca, aunque en la segunda quedaría fuera por caída mientras marchaba de nuevo en primera posición.


El ex campeón del mundo de 250cc experimentó algunas dificultades la última vez que rodó en Jerez debido a una lesión de tobillo que arrastraba tras un accidente doméstico. Melandri estuvo a punto de ganar el pasado año en el circuito andaluz hasta que Laverty le hizo un espectacular exterior en la última curva y le arrebató la victoria. El entonces piloto de BMW optó en ese momento por conformarse con la segunda posición, ya que además sufría fuertes dolores debidos a su lesión.


Los pilotos del equipo Ducati Superbike, Davide Giugliano y Chaz Davies, llegan con buenas expectativas a un circuito que debería adaptarse sin dificultades a la Ducati Panigale 1199 R. Ambos pilotos terminaron entre dos diez primeros el pasado año sobre máquinas distintas a las que pilotan ahora, aunque no fueron capaces de luchar por el podio.


Después de perderse la ronda en EE.UU. por las secuelas de su caída una semana antes en Portugal, Claudio Corti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) volverá a la acción en Jerez, donde ya ha competido previamente en las categorías de MotoGP y Moto2.


Por su parte, el equipo Hero EBR y sus pilotos Geoff May y Aaron Yates se preparan para un nuevo desafío, esperando seguir avanzando en la dirección adecuada y lograr así sus primeros puntos de la temporada.


A pesar de la cirugía en la mano derecha a que fue sometido a finales del mes de julio, David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team – EVO) tomará parte en su carrera local para defender la ventaja de 37 puntos que mantiene al frente de la clasificación provisional de la categoría SBK EVO sobre Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Team Ducati). Sobre el papel, un circuito de estas características podría favorecer el rendimiento de las monturas EVO, por lo que supone que la lucha por la victoria en la categoría debería estar más disputada que nunca. Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) volverá a estar en pista de nuevo, ya que el piloto francés se ha recuperado totalmente de su espectacular caída en Laguna Seca.

Clasificación (Ronda 9 de 12):
 1. Sykes 325; 2. Guintoli 281; 3. Rea 261; 4. Baz 253; 5. Melandri 217; 6. Davies 159; 7. Giugliano 153; 8. Elías 137; 9. Laverty 134; 10. Haslam 133; 11. Lowes 119; 12. Salom 88; 13. Canepa 51; 14. Camier 37; 15. Guarnoni 33; 16. Barrier 21; 17. Andreozzi 17; 18. Morais 17; 19. Scassa 16; 20. Foret 14; 21. Corti 13; 22. Staring 12; 23. Allerton 6; 24. Bos 5; 25. Goi 5; 26. Russo 5; 27. Pegram 2; 28. Toth 2; 29. Fabrizio 2; 30. Rizmayer 1; 31. Lanusse 1. Constructores: 1. Kawasaki 342; 2. Aprilia 318; 3. Honda 261; 4. Ducati 220; 5. Suzuki 200; 6. BMW 58; 7. MV Agusta 20; 8. EBR 2.

World Supersport

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) tiene en Jerez una clara oportunidad de asegurar matemáticamente el título del Campeonato del Mundo FIM Supersport si su único rival,  Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), no consigue tres puntos más que él. El piloto de 21 años nacido en Gouda (Países Bajos) conserva una ventaja de 53 puntos en la clasificación provisional sobre el francés, cuando quedan tres carreras por disputarse y continúan en juego 75 puntos.


Cluzel también tiene un gran reto ante sí, ya que necesita ganar la carrera a cualquier precio y no puede permitirse un abandono que le dejaría fuera de la lucha por el título. Por otra parte, el tricampeón del mundo de la categoría Kenan Sofuoglu estrenará equipo y correrá lo que queda de temporada con la formación San Carlo Puccetti Racing, una decisión que ha llegado después de anunciarse la retirada del equipo Mahi Racing Team India.


Al mismo tiempo, hay varios pilotos que llegan en gran forma a Jerez y que intentarán aprovechar el impulso de la parte final de la temporada para terminar su campaña con buena nota. Así, Florian Marino (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), Sofuoglu, Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport), Kev Coghlan (DMC-Panavto Yamaha), PJ Jacobsen (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki), Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) y Roberto Rolfo (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) se encuentran muy cerca entre sí en la clasificación provisional, por lo que cada resultado puede cambiar drásticamente sus posiciones en la tabla de puntos.


Vladimir Leonov ha unido fuerzas al equipo ruso Rivamoto y volverá a la parrilla de WSS después de haberse perdido las últimas tres carreras por el abandono del campeonato del equipo en el que militaba, el equipo Yakhnich Motorsport.


Por otra parte, el ex piloto de WSS y campeón de la European Junior Cup, Matt Davies, hará su regreso a la categoría con el equipo AARK Racing, que también vuelve a WSS habiendo cambiado su material de Triumph a Honda.


Por último, el piloto local y actual líder del CEV en Superstock 600, Ferrán Casas hará su debut en el Campeonato del Mundo FIM Supersport con el equipo Torrento Yamaha, la misma escuadra con la que compite en el campeonato nacional español.


Clasificación (Ronda 8 de 11): 1. Vd Mark 160; 2. Cluzel 107; 3. Marino 93; 4. Sofuoglu 83; 5. Zanetti 80; 6. Coghlan 77; 7. Jacobsen 67; 8. De Rosa 67; 9. Rolfo 62; 10. Tamburini 48; 11. Kennedy 43; 12. Wilairot 35; 13. Bussolotti 30; 14. Wahr 26; 15. Russo 25; 16. Gamarino 22; 17. Menghi 20; 18. Nocco 20; 19. Leonov 15; 20. Gowland 9; 21. Roccoli 8; 22. Zaidi 7; 23. Coveña 7; 24. Schmitter 3; 25. Calero 3; 26. Debise 2; 27. Rogers 1. Constructores: 1. Honda 181; 2. Kawasaki 135; 3. MV Agusta 121; 4. Yamaha 87; 5. Triumph 9.

Superstock 1000

La victoria conseguida en Portugal por Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), su segunda consecutiva, llevaba al piloto italiano a lo más alto de la clasificación de la Copa FIM Superstock 1000 por un mínimo margen de cuatro puntos. Al mismo tiempo, el piloto que había liderado la tabla de puntos desde la primera carrera del año, Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati), era sólo noveno en esa misma última salida de la categoría.


Con 50 puntos todavía por disputarse, aún hay diez pilotos que optan matemáticamente al título en 2014 y, como se ha visto en los últimos años en la categoría de Superstock 1000, cualquier cosa puede ocurrir.


Ondrej Jezek (Barni Racing Ducati) ha sido víctima de la mala suerte en más de una ocasión pero, si ésta sonríe el ganador de la prueba de Imola, podría realizar un gran fin de temporada. El piloto checo marcha actualmente en cuarta posición por detrás de Matthieu Lussiana (Team Garnier by ASPI Kawasaki).


Fabio Massei (EAB Racing Ducati) intentará mantener el impulso de una temporada en la que ha subido en dos ocasiones al podio. El joven piloto romano estará acompañado por el ex campeón de STK600 y piloto de WSS Jed Metcher, que hará su debut en la categoría sustituyendo a Alex Schacht.


Para Kyle Smith (Agro-On Wil Racedays Honda) hablar español fluido le podría valer cierto apoyo local en Jerez. Habiendo descorchado ya el Prosecco en el podio de Aragón, intentará repetir su actuación en Jerez del pasado año, cuando dominó la carrera de STK600 al manillar de una Honda.


Clasificación (Ronda 5 de 7):
 1. Savadori 83; 2. Mercado 79; 3. Lussiana 59; 4. Jezek 58; 5. Massei 54; 6. McFadden 54; 7. Lanusse 45; 8. Valk 44; 9. D’Annunzio 39; 10. Smith 35; 11. Day 32; 12. Nemeth 28; 13. Muresan 15; 14. Bergman 13; 15. Grotzkyj G. 10; 16. Pagaud 10; 17. Suchet 8; 18. Schacht 8; 19. Walraven 6; 20. Calia 4; 21. Castellarin 4; 22. Sandi 3; 23. Alviz 2; 24. Egea 2; 25. Moser 2; 26. Butti 1; 27. Alarcos 1; 28. Ayer 1. Constructores:1. Kawasaki 108; 2. Ducati 100; 3. Honda 51; 4. BMW 40; 5. Suzuki 6; 6. Aprilia 4.


Superstock 600

Marco Faccani acaricia ya la corona del Campeonato de Europa FIM Superstock 600 después de una temporada llena de éxitos en la que ha conseguido cuatro victorias. Siendo piloto del equipo que había ganado en 2013, la formación San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki, Faccani ha estado delante desde la primera carrera y ahora mantiene una ventaja de 34 puntos sobre su máximo rival, el holandés Wayne Tessels (Wayne’s Racing Team Suzuki), lo que podría asegurarle el título precisamente cuando la temporada se reanuda en Jerez.


Faccani puede permitirse el lujo incluso de acabar la carrera tercero por detrás de Tessels, estando el piloto de Suzuki obligado a ganar, y todavía proclamarse campeón. Resultará muy interesante comprobar cómo se plantea Faccani esta importante carrera en Jerez.


El otro piloto con posibilidades matemáticas de luchar todavía por el título es el finlandés Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing Yamaha). El joven piloto hizo un prometedor debut en Assen para subir poco después al podio de Imola, pero una caída y un problema técnico en las dos últimas carreras le han dejado con una enorme desventaja de 48 puntos respecto a Faccani.


El compañero de equipo Faccani, Andrea Tucci, ya ha dado muestras de su potencial e intentará hacer un buen fin de temporada, al igual que los antiguos pilotos de la European Junior Cup Ilya Mikhalchik (Go Eleven Kawasaki) y Richard Bodis (Talmacsi Racing Honda), que se quedaron a las puertas del podio en Portugal.


Kevin Manfredi ha sido el piloto mejor clasificado de Honda esta temporada. No hay ninguna duda sobre su talento, aunque esta temporada ha mostrado cierta tendencia a desaprovechar buenas oportunidades en carrera.


Los pilotos italianos Stefano Casalotti (VFT Racing), que subió al podio en Imola, y Luca Salvadori (Team 10 Lap Kawasaki), que a pesar de ser muy rápido aún no lo ha hecho este año, también llegarán a Jerez con la motivación de terminar la temporada con buena nota.


Clasificación (Ronda 5 de 7)
: 1. Faccani 106; 2. Tessels 72; 3. Tuuli 58; 4. Tucci 55; 5. Caricasulo 46; 6. Salvadori 42; 7. Mikhalchik 40; 8. Manfredi 35; 9. Casalotti 27; 10. Duwelz 23; 11. Lahti 22; 12. Rinaldi 19; 13. Nestorovic 19; 14. Stirpe 16; 15. Zaccone 16; 16. Hartog 13; 17. Puffe 12; 18. Bodis 11; 19. Sabatino 11; 20. Morrentino 10; 21. Marchal 10; 22. Rouse 5; 23. Mercandelli 5; 24. Gobbi 5; 25. Lewis 5; 26. Pittet 5; 27. Zeelen 5; 28. Canducci 3; 29. Monti 2; 30. De Gruttola 1; 31. Patronen 1.

European Junior Cup

Cuando la “PATA European Junior Cup -powered by Honda-” se prepara para sus dos últimas citas de la temporada, dos pilotos –los dos españoles-, tienen posibilidades matemáticas de ganar la corona de este año.


El subcampeón del pasado año Augusto Fernández (Wil Sport) ha dominado claramente la temporada 2014, aunque no ha dejado de estar presionado por su compatriota Javier Orellana (Europ Food S.L.). Entre los dos pilotos españoles han ganado cinco de las seis carreras disputadas, con otro piloto español ganador en la carrera de Aragón, Marc Miralles.


Centrando la atención en el desenlace de la temporada, si la lucha por el título tendrá dos candidatos, la batalla por la victoria en la pista volverá a ser extremadamente disputada, ya que son varios los pilotos que aspiran a ocupar la tercera plaza final.


Clasificación (Ronda 6 de 8):
 1. A. Fernández 129; 2. Orellana 102; 3. Licciardi 64; 4. I. Fernández 63; 5. Miralles 62; 6. Hubner 51; 7. Perez 50; 8. Harland 47; 9. Soomer 42; 10. Grassia 35; etc.

Fuente: www.worldsbk.com

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