With the shift to a 10:30 start, World Superbike now has to deal with colder temperatures in the mornings. Last year, the noon start meant the race was held at 22ºC compared to today's 16ºC, meaning tyres would play a big part and that settings from the first race would be invalid by the second.
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Supersport and World Superbike teams after Sunday's races at Aragon:
Fifteen Laps at Aragon, warming up a few degrees from the World Superbike race, World Supersport gave us the tough fighting we expect from the class.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Aragon:
The front two rows of the morning's final timed practice was headed off by factory braces of Aprilias, Kawasakis and Ducatis, with both EVO Bimotas managing to get into Superpole. The weather was not much of an issue in Spain, being cooler than Friday, in spite of occasional light showers.
The Russian round of World Superbikes, due to be held at Moscow Raceway on 21st September, has been canceled. Citing the political iinstability caused by the situation in Ukraine, Dorna announced that the round would be canceled for this year, though the intention is to continue to run the race next year and for the rest of the contract. The situation surrounding Ukraine and the Crimea has made it impossible for several companies involved in organizing the Russian race to guarantee they can be ready in time for the race in September.
The press release issued by Dorna appears below:
WSBK Russian Round cancellation
Barcelona (Spain), Saturday 12 April 2014 - DWO and YMS Promotion have decided to cancel the WSBK Russian Round which was scheduled to be held at Moscow Raceway on September 21st 2014.
The current political situation affects the capabilities of a number of key partner companies essential to run the event.
Parties regret the decision, but are confident that the strong partnership between DWO and YMS Promotion will prevail.
It is a common intention to continue with the organisation of the WSBK Russian Round in 2015 and for the remainder of the contract period up to 2021.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Aragon:
Thanks to the homologation agreements that have been reached, the arrival of Bimota brings the number of manufacturers competing in World Superbike to nine. Their bike is the usual blend of bespoke chassis and off the shelf engine, with a BMW S1000RR power plant being at the heart of their BB3 project. Needing only 125 bikes to be available for sale before the bike is eligible to score points, down from 1000, Bimota will still not be eligible to score points until that number is reached. Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon are able at least to run their EVO class bikes in the races even if they can't yet score points. It is estimated that they will reach the required 125 bikes in four months.
The World Superbike teams and the series organizer preview the upcoming World Superbike round at Aragon in Spain:
HRC are to have a get a new president. After five years, Tetsuo Suzuki is to step down as present of Honda's racing department, and move back towards the production side of the business. He is to be replaced by Yoshishige Nomura, a man with a long history in HRC. Nomura was involved in the engineering of some of Honda's most classic engines, including the NR750, the RC30 and RC45. He also had a role in the 990cc V5 RC211V MotoGP machine. Nomura will oversee all of Honda's racing activities, while HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto will look after the day-to-day running of Honda's involvement in MotoGP.
The HRC press release issued announcing Nomura's appointment appears below:
Yoshishige Nomura introduced as new HRC President
Today, Honda Racing Corporation have announced a new President to take the reins from Tetsuo Suzuki.
Surprises are the only thing that can be safely predicted about motorbike racing, and Phillip Island is unique enough to deliver them in spades. The long gap, dseven weeks before the second race, gives Phillip Island the air of pre-season testing … with points.