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Rumblings from the Laguna Seca paddock

Gordon Ritchie, 17 July 2014 11:00

The silly season started for real at Laguna and looks set to gather pace as WSB enters it’s long eight week summer break. Aprilia man Sylvain Guintoli, both Kawasaki Racing Team Riders and Pata Honda’s duo have all yet to be signed up and current Voltcom Suzuki rider Eugene Laverty may even be brought back into the Aprilia fold if ...

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Summer break too far for Lowes

Gordon Ritchie, 13 July 2014 11:56

After Laguna Seca has been completed the SBK hoards will head back to Europe, with some of the teams heading to Portimao for a (now increasingly rare) testing opportunity on 21 and 22 July. Some others – Pata Honda and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki among them - will not. For Lowes, after Laguna the summer break is simply too long, especially ...

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Guintoli ready to risk more

Gordon Ritchie, 13 July 2014 11:53

Sylvain Guintoli knew even before he got to Laguna Seca that he would have to go for it at this race and every other one, as Sykes was in an enviable championship position, so the prospect of Sykes taking more than his 38 points lead into the summer break is hard to bear pre-race. “It is hard enough now,” said ...

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Bryan Staring making progress

Gordon Ritchie, 13 July 2014 11:38

In the first free practice at Laguna Seca the name Bryan Staring was well into the top ten positions in a field of 27 riders. Staring admitted that it was only FP1 at that early stage but he put his recent improvements that led to a 17th place in Superpole to good work from rider and team and a return ...

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Camier's first MV steps

Gordon Ritchie, 12 July 2014 20:12

Leon Camier was thrown into the SBK mix once again in 2014 despite having no regular ride, as he took over control of the MV Agusta Reparto Corse F4 vacated for one race by injured regular Claudio Corti. A rider of vast experience of many types of machines, from both his BSB and also his WSB exploits in recent years, ...

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Lowes hits early high

Gordon Ritchie, 12 July 2014 20:07

Among a short handful of WSB riders who were taking their first experiences of the Laguna Seca circuit this weekend Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) did best of all after one day, in fifth place after first qualifying. He found a lot of similarities to the kind of tracks he learned to ride on, learning well enough to win the ...

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Riders Mystified By Laguna Schedule

Gordon Ritchie, 12 July 2014 19:50

The weekend schedule at Laguna Seca in 2013 featured a race on Saturday and one on Sunday, but in 2014 the WSB weekend featured two races on Sunday as per most rounds. One major departure from the norm was featuring all three times qualifying sessions on Friday, leaving just one free practice and then two sessions of Superpole on Saturday, ...

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Sykes and Rea Come Close But Melandri Leads Day One

Gordon Ritchie, 04 July 2014 19:30

 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 ...

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

Gordon Ritchie, 04 July 2014 17:08

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 ...

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Portimao WSS: Kennedy and Coghlan open up inside top five

Gordon Ritchie, 04 July 2014 15:20

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 ...

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