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October 4th, 2014

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Saturday Round Up: Allons Enfants De La Patrie

Qualifying for World Superbike's penultimate pair of races for 2014 took place today, and the French circuit of Magny-Cours, designed by the ubiquitous Hermann Tilke, had been resurfaced in places since last year, making the track a little bit quicker. Rain has been predicted as possible tomorrow, which would mean qualifying is merely an indicator of where everyone starts the race and not a prediction of pace.

UPDATED - The 2015 MotoGP Rider Line Up So Far - 2 Seats Left To Fill

With MotoGP's silly season for 2015 nearing its conclusion, we can draw up a list of contracts signed for next year and beyond. Below is who is going where for 2015, along with what they will be riding and how long their contracts are for:

Loris Baz Confirmed With Forward Racing In MotoGP For 2015

Loris Baz has finally found his place in MotoGP. After being signed and then disposed of by the Aspar team, the Forward Racing team finally announced that they have signed the 21-year-old Frenchman for the 2015 season. Baz will line up alongside Stefan Bradl on board the Open class Forward Yamaha. The Forward Yamaha will be close to a 2014 spec satellite Yamaha M1, but using the Open software.

Baz' path into the premier class has not been easy. He was in talks with Aspar for several weeks, eventually signing a precontract which depended on Aspar not being able to sign Scott Redding. Once that deadline passed, Aspar the refused to honor the precontract, citing Baz' height - said to be 1.92m - as a reason to reject him.

When problems appeared with the Aspar deal, Baz turned to the Forward team, who were more willing to overlook his height. At a press conference at Aragon, where Forward and Yamaha presented their 2015 project, Yamaha boss told the press that he could not see Baz' height being a problem on the Yamaha.

2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport Qualifying: Quick Conditions

Qualifying for the penultimate World Supersport race finally saw Cal Crutchlow's 2009 qualifying lap bettered.

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Superpole: New Fastest Time

Superpole was done in warm 23C conditions and would see a new qualifying record set.

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP4: Sykes Quickest In Red-Flagged Session

Tom Sykes continues his title defence with the fastest lap in the untimed session ahead of Superpole with Marco Melandri very close behind. The session was red-flagged with twenty-one minutes remaining due to Sykes crashing at the final chicane after setting the fastest lap. The session resumed shortly after, but Sykes missed out on over ten minutes of tracktime.

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2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP3: Mahias Quickest At Home

Wild Card Lucas Mahias leads Michael van der Mark and Kenan Sofuoglu.

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2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP3: Guintoli Leads Giugliano

With five manufacturers in the top six, Sylvain Guintoli is quickest in France.

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October 3rd

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Magny-Cours:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

MotoAmerica Announce 2015 Rules Package - Bring AMA Closer To WSBK Class Structure

MotoAmerica, the organization which replaces the DMG in running the US AMA series, has given their first peek into the future, by announcing the rules package. Though still not finalized, the package does give a very clear indication of MotoAmerica and KRAVE's thinking, and the direction they wish to steer motorcycle racing in America in.

Four classes have been announced, with two more currently being weighed. The series will feature two superbike classes, Superbike and Superstock 1000, which will run concurrently. There will also be two middleweight classes, Supersport and Superstock 600, which replace Daytona Sportbike and the Supersport series. 

For the moment, the four classes will be very similar to the classes they replace, with the exception of Superstock 1000, which will be run along the same lines as the FIM Superstock 1000. But MotoAmerica make it very clear in their press release that the eventual goal is to bring the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock 600 rules used at the world championship level, with the aim of bringing more American talent to world championship racing.

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP2: Giugliano Ups The Pace

Davide Giugliano sets the first 1'37 of the meeting, ahead of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli. 

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2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP2: Van Der Mark Continues Charge

Crowned champion Michael van der Mark continues to be the quickest rider at Magny-Cours. Wild card Lucas Mahias was again third-quickest, only behind Van der Mark and Roberto Tamburini this session. 

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2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP1: Guintoli Leads Sykes In France

Sylvain Guintoli pips Tom Sykes in front of his home crowd. 

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2014 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP1: Van Der Mark Quickest

Michael van der Mark opened the weekend ahead of Jack Kennedy and French wild card Lucas Mahais.

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October 2nd

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the World Superbike organizers and teams ahead of this weekend's penultimate round at Magny-Cours:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

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