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September 6th, 2014

2014 Jerez World Superbike Superpole Results: Surprises To The End

Superpole One took place under cooler conditions than yesterday's afternoon session.

2014 Jerez World Superbike FP4 Results: Melandri Continues To Show Form

Marco Melandri brings his morning pace to the warmer afternoon sessions, with Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz within four tenths in this untimed practice session. 

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2014 Jerez World Supersport FP3 Results: Van Der Mark Fends Off Jacobsen

Michael van der Mark continues his campaign for his first world title with the fastest time of the weekend ahead of PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu. Van der Mark's time today is still not as quick as his morning's time from yesterday, but it was still the second-best qualifying time of the weekend. 

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2014 Jerez World Superbike FP3 Results: Melandri And Giugliano Quickest

Marco Melandri was once again quickest in the colder morning session, along with Davide Giugliano and a surprising Toni Elias. None of the Evo bikes made it through to the second Superpole session, with David Salom missing out by a quarter of a second. Luca Scassa didn't record a laptime, but his time from FP1 is within 107% of Melandri's provisional pole time.

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September 5th

2014 Jerez World Superbike Friday Roundup: One Team, One Factory, One Track

After seven weeks of absence, World Superbike is back. In the interim period, we've lost one team, one factory and one round, and the silly season rumour mill has started back up.

2014 Jerez World Superbike And World Supersport Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams and the series organizers after the first day of practice at Jerez:

Round Number: 
10
Year: 
2014

Josh Herrin Dropped From Caterham Moto2 Ride, Ratthapark Wilairot To Replace Him For Rest Of 2014

Josh Herrin's difficult debut year in Moto2 has come to a premature end. The AirAsia Caterham Moto2 team today announced that from the Misano round of MotoGP, Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot will take the place of the 24-year-old Californian. Wilairot is currently riding in the World Supersport championship for the Core PTR Honda team, but the remaining WSS schedule will allow the Thai rider to compete in both series. Wilairot already subbed for Herrin when the American broke his collarbone in a training accident back in April.

Wilairot is no stranger to Moto2, having competed in the class from its inception in 2010, and in the 250cc class it replaced before that. The Thai rider was forced out of Moto2 in the middle of last season, when he lost support of his sponsors in the Gresini team mid-season.

Nicky Hayden Confirms He Will Miss Misano, Hopes To Return For Aragon

As expected, Nicky Hayden will not be at the Misano round of MotoGP. In a video posted on Youtube by the Drive M7 Aspar team, Nicky Hayden discusses the progress he has made in recovering from the major wrist surgery he underwent after the Sachsenring. His recovery is going well, and Hayden has already been back riding dirt track bikes. The ride was to test his wrist, at the request of his doctors, and Hayden said his wrist was holding up as expected. Riding dirt track is very different to riding a MotoGP bike, however, and Hayden is not yet fit enough to do that. That means Leon Camier will ride Hayden's Honda RCV1000R at least one more time at Misano. Hayden hopes to be fit enough to ride again at the Motorland Aragon round in three weeks time.

The video from the Drive M7 Aspar team is below:

2014 Jerez World Superbike FP2 Results: Baz Sets The Pace

Marco Melandri's time from the morning session stood for most of the session as the day's best time, but Loris Baz, the only rider able to better Melandri's lap, was able to snatch the top spot in the last ten minutes.  

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2014 Jerez World Supersport FP2 Results: Van Der Mark Quickest As Jerez Heats Up

Michael van der Mark set the quickest time in a warmer, slower session, with the morning times not being beaten by the top riders as the temperature hit 30°C.

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2014 Jerez World Superbike FP1 Results: Melandri And Sykes Quickest

Marco Melandri held off Tom Sykes to record the quickest time of the morning by only a twentieth of a second.

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2014 Jerez World Supersport FP1 Results: Van Der Mark Half A Second Quicker

Michael van der Mark opened the weekend with the quickest time, half a second ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu in his new team and Kev Coghlan.

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Silly Season Round Up: The MotoGP Merry-Go-Round, Moto2 And Moto3 Madness, And Guessing At The 2015 Calendar

The period since the MotoGP circus rolled up at Silverstone has been pretty frantic. Almost as soon as the teams and riders arrived in the UK, the negotiations over 2015 and beyond started. The developments around Gresini's impending switch to Aprilia triggered a further round of haggling and fundraising, with several teams and riders trying to cover all the possible permutations of the Honda RC213V becoming available. The submission date for the Moto2 and Moto3 entries intensified the bargaining over rider placements, the field split into those who must pay, and those who will be paid. Time for a quick round up of all that has happened.

The most pressing problem in MotoGP at the moment is the situation around Scott Redding and the Honda RC213V being abandoned by Gresini. Where that bike goes depends on just a single factor: money. Aspar is interested in the bike, but cannot raise the extra money it would cost over and above the cost of a Honda RCV1000R. Marc VDS Racing is in a desperate scramble to find the last 1.9 million euros they need to plug the gap in their budget if they are to move up to MotoGP. LCR Honda could perhaps find the budget to put Redding alongside Cal Crutchlow, and having two British riders would greatly please CWM FX, the British foreign exchange trading firm stepping in as a title sponsor. CWM have already fronted the money for 2015, but would have to increase their sponsorship if LCR were to take a second RC213V.

The Gresini/Redding situation has repercussions elsewhere. Until Redding finalizes where he will be riding in 2015, Ducati will be holding open the seat at Pramac, complete with full factory backing. Redding's priority is to be riding a Honda RC213V, but if that plan falls through, then there are worse options than a factory-backed Desmosedici GP15. The Ducati is very much his second choice, however: if you had to choose between the bike being ridden by the current world champion, and a machine which hasn't been built yet, which, Ducati management assures everyone, promises to be better than the bike it replaces, a bike which hasn't won a race since 2010, then the time taken to make your decision would be measured in nanoseconds.

September 4th

The Future Starts Here: MotoAmerica's First Press Release On The AMA And US Racing

MotoAmerica, the organization, led by Wayne Rainey, who have just acquired the rights to the AMA series, today issued their first press release on the future of racing in the US:


MotoAmerica To Manage AMA Road Racing

Costa Mesa, Calif. (September 4, 2014) – In coordination with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), KRAVE Group LLC announced that it has entered into an agreement to take over promotional and management rights for AMA Road Racing properties in North America as part of the newly formed MotoAmerica series. The move comes at a pivotal time in professional road racing, and will allow MotoAmerica to award AMA and FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) North America No. 1 plates to class champions beginning in 2015. Races and venues will be announced at a later date.

“When I was a kid first learning how to race, my ultimate goal – the goal of every young racer – was to compete in the AMA,” said KRAVE Group LLC Partner and MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey, a two-time AMA Champion (1983 and 1987) and three-time 500cc World Champion (1990, 1991 and 1992). Rainey, who notched 24 Grand Prix race wins during his storied career, was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and is also in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the MotoGP Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Year: 
2014

2014 Jerez World Superbike And World Supersport Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's Jerez round of WSBK:

Round Number: 
10
Year: 
2014

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