38 years on from their last success, achieved by the great Giacomo Agostini on his 4-cylinder 350 cc at the Nürburgring, MV Agusta are back on the top of a world championship podium. The superb F3 675 of the MV Agusta Reparto Corse – Yakhnich Motorsport team has, in fact, pulled off a stunning Supersport win at the Phillip Island circuit to take the first round of this World Championship. Continue reading →
2014 Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki was officially presented today at Nicolis Museum in Villafranca, Verona, Italy. The Italian squad – that is embarking in its 17th consecutive WSBK season – will field two EVO-spec ZX-10R for Alessandro Andreozzi and returning Luca Scassa. Andreozzi steps up to World Superbike after an encouraging year in FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, in which he built speed upon speed as the season progressed. Scassa already contested two editions of the series, the first one in 2009 with Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki. Continue reading →
The 2014 edition of the FIM Superbike World Championship will see the introduction of a new Tissot-Superpole format, based on two sessions of 15 minutes each. Twenty riders will battle for the best placing on the grid, with the combined times in free practice to play a bigger role in the chase for pole position. This change is part of an effort to make WSBK and GP Sporting Rules as similar as possible, to create a common ground in terms of regulations that can help circuit organisers, marshals and everyone involved in both series. Continue reading →
Shark-supported Tom Sykes was crowned the 2013 World Superbike Champion at Jerez, Spain on 20 October. To celebrate this, and by popular demand, Shark Helmets has launched a very special new design – the Speed-R Sykes Replica. The model is a replica of the Race-R Pro helmet worn by the SBK champion and is a welcome addition to the existing SHARK racing replicas. The helmet features Sykes’s unique design with chrome detailing and inspirational words in Japanese script including ‘power’, ‘success’, ‘courage’, ‘belief’ and ‘karma’. Continue reading →
World Superbike star and Ducati ambassador Carl Fogarty led the first ever UK laps for Ducati’s brand new ‘supermid’ 899 Panigale. The bike, which was unveiled for the first time just two weeks ago in Imola, took to the iconic Brands Hatch GP circuit for it’s first demonstration on British soil, with Fogarty leading round the 2013 Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge champion Marty Nutt and runner up Jonathan Railton. Continue reading →
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) is the new eni FIM Superbike World Champion. The 28 year-old from Huddersfield, England, rode a smart race and crossed the line in third place, a result that allowed him to clinch his first-ever World Title, in his fifth year of racing in the series. Sykes also brings the title back to Kawasaki after 20 long years – the last one dated back to 1993 and was won by Scott Russell. Continue reading →
Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) has won the STK600 race in dominant fashion today at Magny-Cours. The 16 year old Italian, at his third race victory of his rookie season, pulled away in the opening laps to cross the line 6 seconds ahead of his nearest rivals. Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) and Nocco’s team mate Franco Morbidelli put up a great show in the final stages of the race, swapping positions several times before the chequered flag. Continue reading →
World Superbike rookie Jules Cluzel gave FIXI Crescent Suzuki its best-ever result in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship last weekend, in the team’s home round at Silverstone. The Frenchman took a stunning second in race two, after leading the race for three laps. He got a good start from 10th on the grid and by the end of lap-one had moved up four places. He continued his march through the field and by lap-eight was in the top-three. Cluzel was involved in a monumental battle with a number of riders for the top places including team-mate Camier, which saw the FIXI Crescent Suzuki duo take first and second place as the race wore on. Continue reading →
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) was the winner of Race 2 at Portimao. The Irishman, back on the podium after one round of absence, managed to score his 4th victory of the season. Of the seven wins achieved so far in his WSBK career, six of them came in the second race.
The only rider able to keep up with the winner, at least in the first half of the race, was Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike). The Ulsterman was edged out of 2nd place in the closing stages by Sylvain Guintoli, who completed the third one-two for the works Aprilia team in 2013 after the total domination of the Season Opener in Phillip Island. Thanks to his podium finish number 9 in the season, the Frenchman is still the Championship leader with 209 points ahead of Tom Sykes. Continue reading →
WorldSBK takes a quick look at the facts & figures that emerged from Round 4 of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Monza.
Maiden win on home soil for Marco Melandri: up to now the BMW rider had run eleven races on Italian tracks (including also Misano and Imola) but hadn’t been able to climb on the highest step of the podium in his home country. This was also the first BMW win in Monza, at their eighth race here. Continue reading →