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Championship Standings after the Pirelli Aragon Round1. Jonathan Rea
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Reigning Champion Jonathan Rea took the first double win at Phillip Island since Carlos Checa in 2011 today as key title rival and last year’s runner up Chaz Davies fought hard on the final lap, in the end losing the front into Turn 4.
It was Tom Sykes on his ZX-10R got the best launch off the line from pole, with teammate Jonny Rea taking Ducati’s Davide Giugliano by the time the WorldSBK field first launched through the Southern Loop. After briefly challenging for the lead, Rea then settled into second as Michael Van Der Mark made a move to take P3 from Giugliano.
Honda has today confirmed the team that will spearhead its campaign in the 2016 World Superbike championship on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. Current rider Michael van der Mark will be joined in the team by former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden.
Hayden has been riding in MotoGP since 2003 when he joined the Repsol Honda team and the 34-year-old American has since gone on to start more than 200 Grands Prix, scoring 28 podiums and taking three wins. He won the MotoGP title with Honda in 2006.
Laguna Seca (California) 19 luglio 2015
Si conclude il nono round del Campionato Mondiale eni FIM Superbike 2015.
Il Team Althea torna a casa con l'amaro in bocca avendo registrato un doppio stop in gara 1 per problemi tecnici.
In griglia alla partenza i due piloti Matteo Baiocco e Niccolò Canepa accusano la stessa problematica di meccanica in fase di partenza. Infatti sono costretti già dai primi metri al ritiro per le noie patite alla frizione da entrambe le moto. Non si era mai verificato prima un problema di queste dimensioni per il quale i tecnici e gli ingegneri stanno indagando per capirne l'origine.
Laguna Seca, 19 luglio 2015. Dopo una pausa di alcune settimane, il Mondiale Superbike 2015 è ripartito dall’affascinante pista statunitense di Laguna Seca,dove Leandro Mercado e il Barni Racing Team hanno saputo conquistare due positivi noni posti. Il fine settimana a stelle e strisce ha però avuto un esordio tutt’altro che semplice a causa di una caduta dell’argentino durante il turno di FP2, che gli ha causato, oltre che la perdita dell’intero turno, anche la rottura di un dito del piede sinistro; la squadra bergamasca e il suo rider hanno saputo però reagire in fretta nelle sessioni di prove successive, ricucendo il gap maturato nei confronti dagli avversari.
Ian Hutchinson gave the Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport Team their first Isle of Man TT race victory since 2000 when the Bingley rider won this afternoon's RL360 Superstock TT race in record breaking style coming home over 17 seconds ahead of Michael Dunlop to score his tenth TT victory.
It was Dunlop who set the early pace but his lead over Hutchy's PBM Kawasaki was only 1.6 seconds at the end of the first lap with both riders lapping close to 130mph. Second time round and Dunlop increased his lead to two seconds but the PBM Team had an ace up their sleeve and changed the rear wheel of the ZX-10R in super fast time at the solitary pit stop.
Early entries confirmed for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Diamond Jubilee Southern 100 International Road Races include not one, not two but three James who will be enjoying a three-way tussle in all of the main solo classes, Superbike; Supersport and SuperTwin throughout the meeting.
Current Duke Road Race Rankings Champion James Cowton, who missed out on his first race win at the Southern 100 by one 1000th of a second last year returns with a brace of 1000cc and 600cc Honda’s provided by D.
The PBM Kawasaki Racing Team opened their 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship season in fine style at Donington Park today with reigning champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne taking a win and a second place to take an early championship lead with team-mate Stuart Easton securing a podium place also.
Sittingbourne rider Byrne, aiming for his fifth MCE BSB title, qualified third for today's first 20-lap race and despite still suffering from a hand injury sustained in pre-season testing, was immediately locked in a battle for the lead with fellow Kawasaki rider James Ellison.
Further to the recent announcement regarding Guy Martin and Dave Johnson riding for double British Champions and Isle of Man TT winners Smiths Racing Team at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy this season, there have subsequently been some inaccurate and untruthful comments listed on both social media and printed in the press. As such, and in order to correct any such inaccuracies, particularly those referring to Gary Johnson, team manager Rebecca Smith wishes to make the following official statement:
"Whilst delighted to have confirmed our plans of the 2015 TT Races, we have been very disappointed with the subsequent comments on the various media platforms.
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.
The Auto 66 and PMH Promotions Ltd have spent quite a few months formulating a championship using figures from the last two years where the championship has been run on a lower scale. For 2015, Fuchs Silkolene will be supporting the series which will be run over 14 rounds with the riders’ best 12 to count towards the series.
The proposed rounds are :
Cadwell Park 21st - 22nd March 2015
Oliver’s Mount 11th - 12th April 2015
Southern 100 6th - 9th July 2015
Oliver’s Mount 18th - 19th July 2015
Armoy 25th July 2015
Ulster Grand Prix 8th August 2015
Oliver’s Mount 12th - 13th September 2015
Cadwell Park 24th - 25th October 2015
There will be 3 classes in the championship:
Super Lightweight (400cc – 650cc twin cylinder 4 stroke machines – Supertwin and Minitwin)
Junior 600cc (600cc 4 cylinder 4 stroke, 675cc 3 cylinder 4 stroke, 750cc 2 cylinder 4 stroke machines)
Senior (700cc to 1100cc)
With over £3000 in cash plus trophies at the end of the series, it is hoped the championship will be well supported as it has been designed to support the Read Road Race supporters and mid field riders who can’t afford to do the National and International championships on shorter circuits.
Paul Bird Motorsport rider Stuart Easton defied a three year absence to take a comprehensive victory in today's 48th running of the Suncity Group Macau Grand Prix. The 30 year old Hawick rider started from pole position aboard the Rapid Solicitors and Monster Energy-backed PBM by The Venetian Hotel Kawasaki after edging out main rival Michael Rutter by over half a second in qualifying.
From there, the double British Supersport Champion and 2014 MCE BSB Rider's Cup Champion was never headed as he steadily built a lead, lapping over two seconds a lap faster than his rivals around the 6.
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne became the first man in history to take the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on four occasions when he clinched the 2014 crown with a double victory on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Brands Hatch today.
The Sittingbourne rider's task was made slightly easier when season long rival Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed out in free practice on Saturday morning, sustaining a broken collarbone in the process, but yesterday afternoon's opening race saw further drama when Shakey crashed out of second place meaning his lead over his arch rival remained at 12 points.
Pata Honda riders Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark, together with Japanese team-mate Takumi Takahashi won today’s Suzuka 8 Hours race in Japan with the MuSashi Harc-Pro Honda team's CBR1000RR Fireblade for the second year in succession.
It was a dramatic and incident-packed race after the start was delayed by one hour because of a heavy rain storm. Further rain fell during the race and a number of crashes brought out the pace car no fewer than four times.
One of those crashes befell race leader Kosuke Akiyoshi of the FCC TSR squad, winner of the 2012 race with Jonathan Rea who was his team-mate once again for this year’s event.
The Superbike Commission, composed of Messrs Javier Alonso (WSBK Executive Director), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA Representative), met at Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit on 12 June in the presence of Messrs Daniel Carrera (WSBK Championship Director) and Gregorio Lavilla (WSBK Sporting Director ).
The meeting focused on two points:
1. SBK Technical Regulations 2015
The main pillars of the technical regulation 2015 were approved by majority inside the Superbike Commission.
It’s been a non-stop few weeks for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki racer Eugene Laverty. Having travelled 35,000 kms to ride two different Suzuki machines, both in competition for the Eni FIM Superbike World Championship and testing the MotoGP prototype, Laverty found time on one of his many flights to provide an insight into his life in the fast lane…
"The past few weeks have been one hell of an adventure. The trip started out in Donington for the British round of the World Superbike Championship and from there I travelled directly to Japan for my debut test on Suzuki’s MotoGP prototype.
BMW Motorrad and Michael Dunlop (NI) have repeated history, echoing Georg “Schorsch” Meier’s (DE) legendary Senior TT victory of 1939 on the Isle of Man. Dunlop’s third BMW-powered victory of the week came in the most prestigious race of all: the blue riband Senior TT race. Before that, Dunlop had already won the Isle of Man TT Superbike and Superstock races on the BMW S 1000 RR. And it was him again who triumphed in an exciting and thrilling Senior TT race.
BMW Motorrad UK entered into road racing in 2014 to celebrate Meier’s famous victory of 75 years ago, in which he rode his factory Type 255 Kompressor and took BMW Motorrad’s first ever TT win.
Michael Dunlop (NI) has won a historic victory for BMW Motorrad in the Isle of Man TT Superbike race (GB), finishing 20.5 seconds in front of second-placed Guy Martin (GB). Dunlop’s stunning win comes exactly 75 years after BMW Motorrad’s last Superbike victory at the Isle of Man in 1939, when Georg Meier (DE) won on a Type 255 Kompressor.
Dunlop celebrated his eighth win on the Isle of Man with a BMW S 1000 RR entered by BMW Motorrad/Hawk Racing and supported by BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
SBK riders Tom Sykes and Loris Baz were joined by new SBK Evo rider David Salom, with their 2014 machines painted in striking and distinctive new colour schemes.
After Tom Sykes won the championship for Kawasaki in 2013, the media interest was particularly strong at the launch held in the unique Pabello Mies van der Rohe in the centre of Barcelona.
The 2014 season is a particularly important one for the Kawasaki family as it marks the 30th Anniversary of the Ninja model line, and this 30th of January event was the perfect way to start the celebrations of Kawasaki’s trademark supersport range of machines.