September 7th, 2014
The World Supersport race was a fight for a potential title over nineteen laps with the fastest non-contender relegated to a pit lane start.
Race Report follows.
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Jerez:
The rulebook was brought out for an engine too many in World Supersport and a qualifying record was broken by the entire front row in World Superbike.
A team that uses more than the allocated number of engines during the Championship will receive a penalty as per rule 1.21.20 below.
Superpole One took place under cooler conditions than yesterday's afternoon session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams and the series organizers after the first day of practice at Jerez:
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.
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:
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.
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.