World Supersport

World Superbike Homologation Numbers Halved As Sports Bike Sales Fall

The continuing worldwide decline in sports bike sales has forced the Superbike Commission to reduce the minimum number of motorcycles to be produced for homologation, to be allowed to take part in the World Superbike series. As of now, manufacturers wishing to race a particular motorcycle must have sold 250 bikes by the end of their first year of racing in WSBK, and 1000 bikes by the end of the second year, half the requirements previously on the books. But manufacturers will still have to have produced 125 bikes before they can even embark on the homologation procedure.

The sales numbers have been reduced in response to the continuing decline in sales of large and middleweight sports bikes around the world, under pressure from increasing speed restrictions and monitoring on public roads. Even Honda is reportedly having problems selling the required numbers of the CBR1000RR SP, despite the popularity of the bike. The declining sports bike market is rumored to have persuaded Honda to shelve its V4 sports bike, which has already been postponed once. Smaller manufacturers have faced similar problems, with Aprilia struggling to sell the RSV4, despite the bike having won two world championships and consistently been a championship contender. 

2014 Phillip Island World Superbike and World Supersport Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying for the season opener at Phillip Island:

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2014 Phillip Island World Supersport Qualifying Results

World Supersport qualifying took a few minutes longer than it should, being red-flagged briefly. 

2014 Phillip Island World Supersport FP3 Results: Sofuoglu Holds Off Van Der Mark

Kenan Sofuoglu escaped from the clutches of Michael Van Der Mark by eleven thousandths of a second, retaining the top spot before final qualifying. PJ Jacobsen, the American by way of British Superbike, was in third place ahead of Kev Coghlan and series rookie Ratthapark Wilairot. The MV Agusta pair of Vladimir Leonov and Jules Cluzel are the only other riders under 1'34. 

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2014 Phillip Island World Superbike Friday Roundup: Injuries New And Old

Phillip Island is unique. The opening race is held in the southern hemisphere, seven weeks before the circus gets to Europe. The track has its own climate and last year’s resurfacing still makes the track abrasive. Testing here took place last week, which gave teams a bit of additional setup, but it also took its toll in injuries, something that continued into the qualifying runs. The morning’s session in both Superbike and Supersport were lost to rain, but the afternoon sessions ran without a problem.

2014 Phillip Island World Superbike and World Supersport Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:

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2014 Phillip Island World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Dominates

Without his rival of last year, Sofuoglu showed why he's a favourite for the title this year, setting the fastest time, two-thirds of a second faster than the rest of the field, as soon as conditions allowed, setting the fastest lap just ten minutes into the session. As the only rider to get a 1'33 lap, and several of them at that, pole position is well within his grasp. 

Kev Coghlan, second fastest, was able to record a few consistent 1'34s together while Rafael De Rosa in third was only able to get one lap faster than fourth-fastest Michael Van Der Mark, another rider with consistent quick laps. 

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2014 Phillip Island World Supersport FP1 Results: Damp Squib

The opening Free Practice session for World Supersport ended with only four riders recording a complete lap. The rain ensured most riders just stayed in their garages. 

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2014 World Superbike Season Preview - It's EVO time

As the 2013 World Superbike season ended, the question was how the series, now owned by Dorna, could once more fill the grids. With some races rewarding every finisher with points, while the cheaper Supersport and Superstock championships raced with full grids, it was clear that more seats were needed.

One part of the solution was the new EVO class. Essentially Superbikes with Superstock engines, EVO bikes are much cheaper and, from 2015, will be the standard specification of all bikes, and over a third of the full-time entries in 2014 are EVO bikes, with familiar riders taking some of the seats. Another part of the solution was the addition of several new and returning manufacturers to the series. Alongside Ducati, Aprilia, Honda, BMW, Suzuki and Kawasaki, we now have MV Agusta, Buell and, hopefully, Bimota bringing the number of marques to nine.

2014 World Superbikes Phillip Island Press Release Previews

Previews of this weekend's World Superbike season opener from the series organizer and some of the teams:

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Jerez Circuit Under Investigation For Tax Fraud

Cirjesa, the body which runs the Circuito de Jerez just north of the Spanish city, and GCJ, the company which organizes the events at the circuit, are under investigation by the Spanish tax authorities and the Spanish organized crime unit for tax evasion. According to reports in the regional Diario de Jerez newspaper, the investigations center around unpaid tax over undeclared income from ticket sales to general admission areas during races, including the MotoGP rounds in recent years.

Both the police and tax authorities have spent the last six months investigating the existence of a second, clandestine set of accounts which are alleged to include the missing income. The alleged fraud was made possible because the general admission areas (the so-called 'Pelousse') are accessible without having an assigned seat number, paying spectators sitting on the grass anywhere around the hillsides overlooking the circuit. Suspicions had been raised by the fact that the number of spectators in the general admission areas seemed to be larger than the numbers officially reported. But without numbered seating, it was impossible for anyone outside of the circuit organization to know the actual numbers of paying spectators.

Andrew Gosling's World Superbike Phillip Island Testing Shots, Day 2


The only #1 you'll see this year. Tom Sykes showing he's a true champion


Eugene Laverty rolls out for a new challenge this year on the Suzuki


Fastest EVO man so far: Niccolo Canepa

2014 World Superbike and World Supersport Phillip Island Test Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and series organizer after the final official World Superbike test at Phillip Island:

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2014

2014 World Supersport Phillip Island Test Day 2 Times: Sofuoglu Leads, PJ Jacobsen Makes His Mark

Kenan Sofuoglu's quest to regain the World Supersport title got off to a strong start at Phillip Island, the Turkish Mahi Kawasaki rider topping the timesheets on both days of the last official test before the season starts. Sofuoglu was fractionally faster on Tuesday, having spent most of the second day running race simulations and pronouncing himself satisfied.

American rookie PJ Jabobsen made a stunning impression on the second day of the test, improving his time from Monday by over a second and grabbing the 2nd spot on Tuesday. The Intermoto Kawasaki rider slipped ahead of Pata Honda's Michael van der Mark, the Dutchman taking 3rd overall. After a day filled with technical issues on every part of the MV Agusta F3, Jules Cluzel finally posted a fast lap, blitzing to 4th in the standings, ahead of Moto2 refugee Ratthapark Wilairot on the PTR Honda and an impressive Kev Coghlan on the Panavto Yamaha R6.

Irishman Jack Kennedy did not ride on Tuesday, after fracturing the talus bone in his heel in a crash on the first day of the test.

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Andrew Gosling's World Superbike Phillip Island Testing Shots, Day 1


One Chaz takes over from another. Chaz Davies takes over the bike and race number of retired champion Carlos Checa


New boy on a new bike. Geoff May takes the EBR 1190 for a spin


Ready? Then we'll begin

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