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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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Laverty makes radical changes

Gordon Ritchie, 13 July 2014 11:47

Eugene Laverty took his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki to a second row start in America but was even more confident he could have done better, but for a less than perfect Superpole. Complaining all year of excessive rear sag when entering corners, so badly that it upsets his bike’s ability to turn, Laverty’s team made a radical rear end set-up change ...

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

Gordon Ritchie, 07 June 2014 11:30

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 ...

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Guintoli The Day One Leader As Aprilias Run Amok

Gordon Ritchie, 06 June 2014 10:36

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 ...

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