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Ducati part ways with Alstare

Simon Patterson, 25 October 2013 16:59

Ducati, as expected, have terminated their partnership with the Alstare team of Francis Batta after talks following the final round of the 2013 World Superbike season that has saw Ducati finish bottom of the constructer’s championship in a series they previously dominated. With their best rider, Ayrton Badovini, finishing the season back in 12th and former champion Carlos Checa, who ...

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Jerez WSB: Laverty does the double

Liam Marsden, 20 October 2013 15:07

Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty finished the 2013 WSB season with a double win at Jerez after also setting pole position. The Irishman got a good start, but was soon pushed back to second by newly-crowned champion Tom Sykes. Sykes stayed at the front as the pair streaked away from third place man Sylvain Guintoli. Sykes was unable to get ...

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Jerez WSB: Laverty wins, Sykes crowned champion

Liam Marsden, 20 October 2013 11:36

Tom Sykes has won the 2013 World Superbike championship at Jerez after finishing third in race one. Sykes becomes the fourth Brit to win the World Superbike crown. The race was one by Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty from pole position. The Irishman rode a strong race to hold off BMW rider Marco Melandri to the line. Melandri moved in to ...

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Jerez WSB: Laverty takes second career pole

Liam Marsden, 19 October 2013 14:51

Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty gave his championship hope a boost today by taking pole position for tomorrow's two races at Jerez. Aprilia has dominated all previous sessions, but championship leader Tom Sykes distrupted the domination by setting the second fastest time. Davide Giugliano completes the front row in third. GoldBet BMW rider Marco Melandri heads the second row ahead of the Aprilias ...

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Jerez WSB: Aprilia domination continues

Michael Guy, 19 October 2013 13:46

Aprilia’s domination of the Jerez World Superbike round continued in second qualifying today with the Italian manufacturer securing the top four positions in the 45 minute session. Provisional pole position went to the in form Italian Davide Giugliano who set a 1’41.371 second best to edge out fellow Aprilia privateer Toni Elias. The factory Aprilia men of Eugene Laverty and ...

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Jerez WSB: Giugliano fastest

Gordon Ritchie, 18 October 2013 16:17

Davide Giugliano was fast in winter testing for his Althea Racing Aprilia squad at Jerez and he started his first day of real competition in Spain fastest of all, in a hot afternoon that saw lap times end up slower than the cooler morning free practice sessions. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) was second in qualifying and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia ...

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WSB France: Sykes edges closer to title with double

Steve Hunt, 06 October 2013 15:59

A determined Laverty knew that he had to win race two at Magny Cours if he were to stand any chance of snatching the World Superbike Championship away from the race one winner, Tom Sykes. With Sykes continuing his earlier race pace however, taking a 1.5 second lead by only the third lap, it was always going to be a ...

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WSBK: Magny-Cours - Sykes takes step closer to championship with routine race one victory

Steve Hunt, 06 October 2013 11:45

Dryer conditions and desire for vital championship points from Tom Sykes' main rivals made for a fascinating race one at Magny-Cours. A blistering start from championship leader Sykes took the challenge to his championship contenders right from the lights and it was Guintoli - desperate for a win to maintain his title challenge - who accepted, sticking with the Kawasaki ...

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WSBK - Magny Cours: Sykes takes eighth superpole of season

Steve Hunt, 05 October 2013 15:02

Intermittent rain and subsequent tyre choices dominated proceedings at Magny Cours for the world superbikes superpole sessions this afternoon, with all riders electing to run on fell wet tyres for the early stages of SP1. With a drying track and little standing water left to clear however, intermediate compound tyres came into play, and with them an dramatic, late reduction ...

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French WSB: Wet Session Leads To Status Quo In WSB Qualifying

Gordon Ritchie, 05 October 2013 09:59

Wet weather for the second and final regulation qualifying round at Magny-Cours, before Superpole this afternoon, left the qualifying order exactly the same as it finished on Friday, with Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) heading into Superpole in the leading positions. In the wet today Marco Melandri (BMW GoldBet) was fastest, an ominous sign for ...

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