World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • WSB race day schedule given overhaul

    17 December 2013 by Michael Guy

    On-going tweaking by rule makers in WSB will see a change to the weekend schedule for 2014. The most significant difference is the fact that the two WSB races will now be run earlier in the day. Since the championship begun back in 1988, race times were 12noon for race one and 15.30 for race two. In 2014 race one will now start at 10.30am with race two getting underway and 13.10. The motivation...

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  • WSB Calendar finally revealed

    29 November 2013 by MCN

     After months of waiting, the 2014 WSB calendar has finally been confirmed. The series will be run over 14 rounds with races in Australia, Malaysia, America and South Africa. The UK will host just one race which will run at Dionington Park after Silverstone was dropped from the calandar. The final round of the series is still to be confirmed, but is expected to be held at Qatar with the...

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  • Sykes leads second day in Spain

    27 November 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

    Sykes leads second day in Spain

    Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) carried on at top pace again on day two at the unofficial Jerez tests, setting an identical best time to day one, 1’40.3. His team-mate Loris Baz scored a 1’40.9 on a...

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  • Ducati confirm Feel Racing as WSB partners

    15 November 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Ducati confirm Feel Racing as WSB partners

    Ducati have unveiled their official WSB team for 2014, as they, as reported weeks ago in MCN, link up with former factory BMW outfit Feel Racing to run Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, in an attempt...

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  • Eugene Laverty rubbishes Suzuki MotoGP link

    14 November 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Eugene Laverty rubbishes Suzuki MotoGP link

    Eugene Laverty has rubbished suggestions that his new World Superbike deal with Suzuki comes with a guarantee that he will switch to the Japanese factory’s MotoGP project in 2015. The Irishman ended a...

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  • Day joins Whitham at Eurosport for WSB

    14 November 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Day joins Whitham at Eurosport for WSB

    British Eurosport has announced their 2014 World Superbike team, with Steve Day joining Jamie Whitham for the world series. Jack Burnicle, previously the primary WSB voice for the channel, will become...

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  • Downunder Motorsport Team nearly there

    13 November 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

    Downunder Motorsport Team nearly there

    An Australian dream team trying to find a spot in the WSB paddock next year is currently being organised by the vastly experienced former Honda and BMW Crew Chief Tom Larsen and double WSB Champion...

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  • Laverty joins Fixi Crescent Suzuki for 2014

    13 November 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Laverty joins Fixi Crescent Suzuki for 2014

    Eugene Laverty has joined the Fixi Crescent Suzuki squad for 2014, as revealed by MCN weeks ago. Laverty will race the World Superbike Championship for the Dorset-based team, probably alongside Alex...

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  • Davies gets first taste of Ducati

    05 November 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

    Davies gets first taste of Ducati

    Chaz Davies had his first ride on the latest version Ducati Corse Panigale 1199R at Jerez, with the Welshman making his first steps in understanding the feel of the bike he will ride for the next two...

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  • Sykes already up to speed for 2014 season

    05 November 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

    Sykes already up to speed for 2014 season

    Despite winning the World Superbike Championship just over two weeks ago, Tom Sykes and his factory Kawasaki squad were out testing at Jerez for the second time in just over a week. Sykes and his...

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  • Ducati part ways with Alstare

    25 October 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Ducati part ways with Alstare

    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...

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  • Jerez WSB: Laverty does the double

    20 October 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Jerez WSB: Laverty does the double

    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...

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  • Jerez WSB: Laverty takes second career pole

    19 October 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Jerez WSB: Laverty takes second career pole

    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...

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  • Jerez WSB: Aprilia domination continues

    19 October 2013 by Michael Guy

    Jerez WSB: Aprilia domination continues

    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...

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  • Jerez WSB: Giugliano fastest

    18 October 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

    Jerez WSB: Giugliano fastest

    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...

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  • Jerez WSS: Lowes leads first qualifying

    18 October 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

    Jerez WSS: Lowes leads first qualifying

    New WSS Champion Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) celebrated his championship success by going fastest in first qualifying at the final race of the year, with his team-mate Vladimir Leonov a...

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  • WSS France: Lowes takes world title

    06 October 2013 by Steve Hunt

    WSS France: Lowes takes world title

    In a season full of twists, turns and positional changes it was a fitting climax at Magny Cours that saw Sam Lowes crowned World Supersport Champion after finishing second behind bitter rival Kenan...

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  • Lowes On Top In First Magny Cours Qualifying

    04 October 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

     Both Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) and Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India) endured dramas in the first qualifying session at Magny Cours but the championship challengers ended up on top in any case, with Lowes taking the early advantage. Looking to secure the championship on Sunday, Lowes met a damp but patchy track in the first free session, and then a relatively dry...

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  • Pata Honda keep Rea and Haslam for 2014

    01 October 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Pata Honda keep Rea and Haslam for 2014

    Ten Kate Honda have confirmed their 2014 World Superbike lineup, with current riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam both remaining with the Dutch team, alongside title sponsors Pata. With both riders...

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  • Turkey WSB: Double win for Laverty

    15 September 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Turkey WSB: Double win for Laverty

    Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty made it two wins in two in Istanbul today to narro the gap to championship leader Tom Sykes. Sykes finished second ahead of his main championship rival Sylvain...

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  • Turkey WSS: Sofuoglu battles to home win

    15 September 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Turkey WSS: Sofuoglu battles to home win

    Kenan Sofuoglu has taken the win at his home race in Istanbul after a thrilling battle with championship leader Sam Lowes. The two riders both got good starts, with Sam Lowes taking the early...

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  • Turkey WSB: Laverty takes race one honours

    15 September 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Turkey WSB: Laverty takes race one honours

    Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty has won the first race of the day in Turkey - his fifth race win of the season. The Irishman rode a good race to take first place from Tom Sykes, who struggled in...

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  • Turkey WSB: Sykes on pole

    14 September 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Turkey WSB: Sykes on pole

    WSB championship leader Tom Sykes will start from pole position for tomorrow's races intanbul. Sykes will be joined on the front row by factory Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli and Althea Aprilia's...

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