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Sykes and Rea Come Close But Melandri Leads Day One

 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) made a strong push in second practice session on Friday at Portimao but Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing) edged them out thanks to his first session time set earlier in the day. Melandri was only 0.047 seconds up on Sykes and 0.059 seconds up on Rea as the British duo ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 04 July 2014

Portimao WSB: Sykes and Rea come close but Melandri leads day one

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) made a strong push in second practice session on Friday at Portimao but Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing) edged them out thanks to his first session time set earlier in the day. Melandri was only 0.047 seconds up on Sykes and 0.059 seconds up on Rea as the British duo ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 04 July 2014

Portimao WSS: Kennedy and Coghlan open up inside top five

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India) pulled out the best lap of the first day of WSS action at Portimao in the morning session, and it survived a second session onslaught from championship leader Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda). Sofuoglu’s 1’46.400 was 0.039 ahead of van der Mark. Third fastest after a second session that saw track temperatures ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 04 July 2014

Cluzel loses sponsor but not pace

Despite the recent split between Yakhnich Motorsport and the official MV Agusta Reparto Corse team in WSB and WSS, Jules Cluzel took his factory F3 675 to the fastest time in the opening two practice WSS sessions at Misano, holding off championship leader Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda) by only 0.126 seconds. The tight nature of the 4.226km circuit, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 20 June 2014

Sepang WSS: Jules Wins Pre-Race Pot With Three Of Diamonds

Jules Cluzel survived a spat on track with Lorenzo Zanetti late in the single qualifying session at Sepang to claim his second pole position of the season on the ever-improving three-cylinder MV Agusta F3. He is the first rider to score more than one pole so far in 2014.The French rider was only 0.093 seconds ahead of Scotland’s Kev Coghlan ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 07 June 2014

Guintoli The Day One Leader As Aprilias Run Amok

The three Aprilia riders in the 2014 WSB entry list dominated the opening day of practice at Sepang in the first ever visit of the WSB paddock to the regular GP circuit in Malaysia.Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing) held off his team-mate Marco Melandri after the opening two sessions, putting in a 2’05.096 lap in the afternoon to go fastest of ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 June 2014

Cluzel And MV Lead The Opening WSS Exchanges

French rider Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich F3) set the best WSS time on the opening day of action at the first-time World Supersport circuit of Sepang, his best time of the two practices being set in the opening session of the day in warm but manageable conditions. As the track temperatures climbed to over 50°C in the afternoon session ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 June 2014

Laverty battered and bruised after Suzuki MotoGP test

Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) arrived at Sepang for the sixth round of the World Superbike championship battered and bruised after testing Suzuki’s MotoGP machine in Japan and then Australia, suffering a high-speed fall at Phillip Island. Laverty’s Phillip Island crash was at turn one at approximately150mph. He escaped serious injury but arrived in Malaysia suffering with a painful and ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 June 2014

Rea picks up where he left off

No fewer than 21 riders set times in the one-day test at Imola, which were held in dry conditions after the dry race weekend. To no-one’s surprise Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda) was fastest, using some new electronics strategies to set a 1’47.225. Only just behind, Chaz Davies (Ducati World Superbike) put himself 0.085 seconds from a morale boosting top spot, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 12 May 2014

WSB Imola: Rea scores his first 2014 Superpole win

Following on from a race win in the wet at Assen last time out Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) fired in a strong Superpole lap at a blisteringly hot Imola to take his first pole of 2014 and only the fourth of his WSB career. As the qualifying tyres arrived in the second of two Superpole contests Rea surprised ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 10 May 2014

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