World Superbikes (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • Homologation changes for World Superbikes

    16 December 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Homologation changes for World Superbikes

    Arguably most significant of all the new rules announced today by World Superbike organisers Dorna are that there will be less stringent homologation rules in terms of outright numbers of new machines...

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  • World Superbikes to end two-race format

    16 December 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    World Superbikes to end two-race format

    The long-awaited official notification that WSBK racing will now be run in a two-day format has come through from the FIM. In a heavily revamped weekend schedule WSBK race one will now be held on...

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  • Sykes leaves Jerez fastest on busy final day

    28 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Sykes leaves Jerez fastest on busy final day

    The last day of the final 2015 season group WSBK tests at Jerez saw the top WSB riders lap as fast if not faster than the top GP riders, with Tom Sykes (KRT) posting a 1’39.316 lap that was easily the...

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  • Jacobson carries on despite sponsor loss

    27 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Jacobson carries on despite sponsor loss

    With his WSS future up in the air still after the loss of 2016 sponsorship from his 2015 team, Core” Motorsport Thailand, America’s PJ Jacobsen was carrying on regardless at Jerez, checking out the...

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  • Guintoli peaking about new Yamaha performance

    27 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Guintoli peaking about new Yamaha performance

    2014 World Champion Sylvain Guintoli continues to be amazed by the performance of his new Pata Yamaha WSBK machine this early in its development cycle. He said after day one, “I immediately felt the...

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  • Ten Kate explains VDM medical plan

    27 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Ten Kate explains VDM medical plan

    After pulling out of the tests at Jerez after only part of day one had been completed, Honda WSBK rider Michael van der Mark will now wee two specialists to examine his problem, according to his team...

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  • Rea back on track and back into the 1’40s

    27 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Rea back on track and back into the 1’40s

    After one day of rest, having worked on track at Jerez with his KRT squad on Monday and Tuesday, world champion Jonathan Rea was on track again on Thursday. With an all-new 2016 Ninja ZX-10R to still...

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  • Giugliano builds his way back into WSBK

    27 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Giugliano builds his way back into WSBK

    In making a return to the track after recovery from what was his second vertebrae injury of the 2015 season, Aruba.it Racing Ducati WSBK rider Davide Giugliano has had to ease his way back into action...

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  • Davies evaluates major Ducati test items

    27 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Davies evaluates major Ducati test items

    Chaz Davies made up for some track time lost to bad weather at Motorland Aragon last week by working through some major component changes on his official Aruba.it Racing Ducati WSBK Panigale vee-twin...

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  • Sykes fastest as track conditions change

    27 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Sykes fastest as track conditions change

    The fourth day of tests at Jerez for the WSBK riders was the third for the Kawasaki Racing Team riders, but they dominated the time sheets for those running transponders, with Sykes on a 1’40.316 and...

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  • Aprilia Chief Speaks About Last WSBK Chances

    26 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Aprilia Chief Speaks About Last WSBK Chances

    Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing chief, was hard at work at Jerez getting the final version of the 2015 RS-GP vee-four to work with the new control electronics and Michelin tyres, but he took some...

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  • Lowes ruled out of Jerez test

    26 November 2015 by Steve English

    Lowes ruled out of Jerez test

    Alex Lowes has been forced to sit out the remaining two days of the Jerez WSBK test following his crash yesterday afternoon. The Yamaha rider had a heavy crash at turn three that left him with a...

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  • Lowes Fast, Then Crashes

    25 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Lowes Fast, Then Crashes

    Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha) was not running a transponder on his new YZF-R1 machine on his first test day at Jerez but independent sources say he did a 1’40.8 best to make him the quickest rider on day...

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  • Camier Finds Improved MV After Melandri Test

    25 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Camier Finds Improved MV After Melandri Test

    On the first two days of the tests at Jerez Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) gave way to new test rider Marco Melandri, but on Wednesday he got to ride how own bike again with some improvements...

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  • Rea Fast In Pace And Race Modes

    24 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Rea Fast In Pace And Race Modes

    On the first day of the Jerez tests Jonathan Rea (KRT) was as fast as we have come to expect and again he was out ahead of the rest with a 1’40.826 lap, only closely followed by his own team-mate Tom...

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  • Sykes Falls Trying New Options

    24 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Sykes Falls Trying New Options

    On an opening day at Jerez, when Kawasaki’s normally metronomic riders each had crashes, Tom Sykes had not one but two of them, as he and his team tried to push the boundaries a little in set-up and...

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  • Torres Taking First Althea BMW Steps at Jerez

    23 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Torres Taking First Althea BMW Steps at Jerez

    The Althea Racing BMW squad makes its first test at Jerez with their new line-up of Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres. Reiti is no stranger to a BMW after his stellar IDM career but Jordi Torres –...

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  • Cluzel Returns At Jerez

    23 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Cluzel Returns At Jerez

    Having lost his chance of the 2015 WSS championship at Jerez last season French rider Jules Cluzel returned to the track with his MV Agusta squad for his first test, the last one of 2015. He broke his...

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  • Melandri Speaks MV First Contact

    23 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Melandri Speaks MV First Contact

    Marco Melandri was the lone rider on the WSBK MV Agusta in the first morning of the Jerez tests, running a machine set-up similar to the one used by team regular rider, Leon Camier. There were some...

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  • Krummenacher Takes First WSS Ride

    23 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Krummenacher Takes First WSS Ride

    Former Moto2 rider Randy Krummenacher has joined the championship winning Puccetti Racing Kawasaki team for 2016, and had his first test on the Ninja ZX-6R WSS machine at Jerez. Despite some issues...

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  • World Superbikes finally release 2016 calendar

    19 November 2015 by Simon Patterson

    World Superbikes finally release 2016 calendar

    The World Superbike championship has brought to an end months of waiting by finally released a provisional calendar for the 2016 season. The new schedule doesn’t bring the massive shake-up expected by...

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  • Nicky takes first steps

    17 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Nicky takes first steps

    New Honda WorldSBK signing Nicky Hayden set his first laps on the CBR1000RRSP at Motorland at lunchtime yesterday despite a largely wet circuit after morning mist and fog had settled on the track...

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  • Lausitzring back in the WorldSBK Inner Circle

    17 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Lausitzring back in the WorldSBK Inner Circle

    After having no round for two years Germany will return to the WSBK fold in 2016, after championships organisers Dorna WSBK Organisation (DWO) signed a three-year deal with the former WSBK venue in...

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  • WSB Yamaha breaks cover as KRT share Jerez test

    05 November 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    WSB Yamaha breaks cover as KRT share Jerez test

    After an often highly successful 2015 season in most of the categories it has competed in the Yamaha YZF-R1 took its first track-bound laps in full WSB specification on Tuesday 3 November in the hands...

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  • Engine updates for Davies’ Ducati

    30 October 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Engine updates for Davies’ Ducati

    Chaz Davies has spent two days at Motorland Aragon working on engine updates for his Ducati Panigale R, as the Welshman gets preparations underway for the 2016 World Superbike season. Completing a...

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  • Sykes gets 2016 underway on hybrid ZX-10R

    30 October 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Sykes gets 2016 underway on hybrid ZX-10R

    Tom Sykes has gotten the 2016 World Superbike season underway in a three-day test at Motorland Aragon, running a hybrid ZX-10R based on the 2015 model but running significant new parts from the 2016...

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  • Heartbreak for Rea as Haslam wins race two

    18 October 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Heartbreak for Rea as Haslam wins race two

    A great second race saw six riders competing for the win at one stage, and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils) take his second win of the year. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati WSB)...

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  • Smith wins night fight in Losail

    18 October 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Smith wins night fight in Losail

    British rider Kyle Smith (PATA Honda World Supersport Team) won what was at one stage a four-way fight for the race victory in the FIM Supersport World Championship race at Losail, his first win at...

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  • Torres takes his first WSB win at Qatar

    18 October 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Torres takes his first WSB win at Qatar

    Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils) secured his first ever WorldSBK race victory in race one under the floodlights in Qatar, after an epic last-lap fight with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki...

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  • Sykes wins final Superpole of 2015 season

    18 October 2015 by Gordon Ritchie

    Sykes wins final Superpole of 2015 season

    Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) scored a new track best of 1’56.821 at Losail in Qatar on his way to his 30th career Superpole win and his sixth of the season. He is only the second rider to...

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