World Supersport

Phakisa Freeway Round Of World Superbikes Canceled, Qatar Confirmed

The 2014 World Superbike calendar has been updated once again. The South African round of WSBK has been canceled, after the Phakisa Freeway track failed homologation. Work was being carried out on the circuit to allow it to meet requirements, but the work will not be finished on time. Dorna and the FIM are looking at finding a replacement for the dropped South African round, but at such short notice, and with attendance at WSBK events being disappointing, that will be difficult.

While the South African round was canceled, the Qatar race was confirmed. The racing at Qatar is to be held at night under the floodlights, just as MotoGP is. As this is also the last round of the season, the traditional awards ceremony will also be held in Qatar, though it will be held on the Monday after the race, rather than very late at night.

The cancellation of the South African round does not have direct consequences for the World Superbike championship chase, but it could have an effect for World Supersport. With just three rounds to go now, Pata Honda rider Michael van der Mark has a 53-point lead. That means that the Dutchman needs to score just 2 more points than Jules Cluzel, the man in second place, to clinch the title.

Below is the official press release from the FIM and Dorna on the 2014 World Superbike calendar:

2014 Portimao World Superbike And World Supersport Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers, World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Portimao:

Sykes pulls away and wins race 1 to extend points lead

Portimao (Portugal), Sunday 6 July 2014 - An enthralling 20 lap race 1 saw Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) emerge victorious at a cloudy and overcast Portimao to claim his 7th win of the season and the 21st of his WSBK career.

At the start it was Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea that took the holeshot, leading for the opening three laps before Sykes and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) overtook him into turn one at the start of lap four.

By half distance the constant swapping of positions had allowed reigning champion Sykes to stretch his lead to 3 seconds, before seconds later the white flag was waved to indicate that rain was beginning to fall.

Behind the leader five riders that included Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), and Sylvain Guintoli, Leon Haslam on the second of the Pata Honda’s slowly began to close the gap, giving the fans a six rider group battling for the podium places.

Leon Haslam collided with Chaz Davies, both riders able to remount with Davies later retiring. Haslam eventually finished 11th.

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 8, Portimao, Portugal

Championship standings for round 8, 2014

2014 Portimão World Supersport Race Results: Weather Threatens, Clouds Loom

The weather continued to look threatening for the start of the World Supersport race.

2014 Portimão World Supersport QP Results: Warm And Windy

Qualifying was done under the same warm and windy conditions as World Superbike.

2014 Portimão World Supersport FP3 Results: Van Der Mark Rises As Sofuoglu Falls

Michael van der Mark is quickest ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel. Sofuoglu fell with over ten minutes remaining in the session and was unable to restart.

Results:

2014 Portimão World Supersport FP2 Results: Van Der Mark Fastest

Michael van der Mark was quickest in the second session, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jack Kennedy, but they were not as quick as this morning's times. 

Results:

2014 Portimão World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu And Van Der Mark Quickest

Kenan Sofuoglu and Michael van der Mark go quickest, separated by under a tenth of a second at the end of the session, with Jules Cluzel third quickest. 

Results:

2014 Portimao World Superbike And World Supersport Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the World Superbike and World Supersport ahead of this weekend's Portuguese round of WSBK:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 7, Misano, Italy

Championship standings for round 7, 2014

2014 Misano World Superbike Sunday Roundup: Favourites Rise At The Halfway Mark

World Superbike at Misano, the seventh round of thirteen, offered a chance for Ducati to finally get a win on the Panigale, and a fairy tale result in Italy would round out the excellent work they did in qualifying.

2014 Misano World Superbike And World Supersport Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Misano:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Misano World Supersport Race Results: Cool Runnings

Nineteen laps of World Supersport racing under a cooler 26º sun.

2014 Misano World Superbike Saturday Roundup: Farewell To Yakhnich

Misano, or Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to give it its full name, was missed off last year's calendar, but its inclusion in the 2024 season was a welcome one. The first four qualifying sessions in World Superbike were led by an Italian on an Italian bike, with Davide Giugliano and Marco Melandri sharing the spoils, giving local fans plenty to cheer about.

2014 Misano World Superbike And World Supersport Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Misano:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014
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