Jerez, Spain

Jerez Combined WSBK And MotoGP Test: Lowes Leads Haslam On Second Day Of Test

Alex Lowes has topped the second day of combined testing for teams from both major world championships at Jerez. After another wet morning, the track finally dried out in the afternoon, allowing the riders to post competitive lap times. Lowes ended the day as fastest, the Suzuki rider posting a fast lap right at the end of the day, beating his superpole time from the race weekend here back in September. 

Lowes was one of a group of riders who chased a quick time at the end of the day, Kawasaki's Tom Sykes ending just over a tenth of a second behind Lowes, while Leon Haslam put the factory-backed Red Devils Roma Aprilia into third place. Both Aprilia WSBK riders were fast all day, Haslam and possible future teammate Michel Fabrizio dominating proceedings earlier.

Alvaro Bautista was the fastest of the MotoGP riders - or rather, of the two Gresini Aprilia riders, the Suzuki MotoGP men not using a transponder on the GSX-RR. Bautista was faster than he had been on the Honda RC213V  at the race back in May, but still around 1.4 seconds slower than his qualifying time. He was over half a second quicker than his new teammate at Gresini Aprilia, Marco Melandri.

Testing Continues For MotoGP And World Superbikes In Run Up To Winter Test Ban

Testing is set to continue this week in a range of classes, as bikes take to the track in preparation for the 2015 season. The south of Spain will see the most action, with a group of MotoGP teams being joined by the Crescent Suzuki World Superbike team at Jerez, and a selection of Moto2 teams heading to Almeria.

At Jerez, Suzuki and Aprilia will continue work on their bikes ahead of next season. As new factories, they receive the same concessions as Ducati, which means that they are allowed unlimited testing, more engines, they have the softer rear tire, and they are allowed to develop their engines throughout the season. Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro will be riding the GSX-RR for Suzuki, while Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri will be taking the Aprilia ART out for further testing. 

Ducati will also be present at the test, Andrea Dovizioso and new teammate Andrea Iannone continuing work on the Desmosedici GP14.2. They are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the GP15, but that bike will not be ready until the Sepang tests, and most likely, only at the second test at Sepang. 

2015 World Superbike Provisional Calendar Released: 14 Rounds, Thailand Added, Russia Returns

The FIM have finally released the provisional calendar for the World Superbike series for next year. The 2015 season will see WSBK travel to 14 rounds, returning to all of the venues which hosted races in 2014, and two more overseas rounds added, in Russia and Thailand.

The chances of this being the definitive calendar appear to be slim. Three rounds are marked as still subject to contract: Portimao, Moscow and Qatar. Both Portimao and Qatar look likely to go ahead, but whether WSBK will actually return to Moscow remains to be seen. The 2014 round was canceled due to the political instability in the Russian Federation and the overflow of conflict in Ukraine, which affected various partners of the series. The political situation has only deteriorated since then, with the EU and US imposing sanctions on Russia, making the race there almost impossible. The teams and riders will be hoping for the round to be canceled: the race was a logistical nightmare to get equipment to and from, and for both the fans and riders to attend and find accommodation for.

2015 MotoGP Provisional Calendar Released: 18 Races, No Brazil

The first of the official announcements to be made over this weekend has arrived. Today, the FIM released the provisional version of the 2015 calendar for MotoGP. 

The schedule is a virtual carbon copy of the 2014 calendar this year, with the order of the races the same as this year. A few minor tweaks have been applied to the calendar: the series kicks off in Qatar on 29th March, a week later than originally planned to avoid a TV clash with the soccer game between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain. Two weeks later, the circus heads to Austin, and the following week to Argentina.

Having the two races in the Americas back-to-back will create a much easier schedule than this year, where the teams faced a very long journey back from Argentina to arrive on time for Jerez. With a year of experience under their belt, Dorna's logistics and TV crew are now certain they can get the Termas de Rio Hondo track ready within the few days they have after Austin.

2014 Jerez World Superbike Sunday Roundup: Team Orders?

Team orders, an unpopular aspect of team racing, usually come into play at this point of a title chase, with Eugene Laverty gifting Max Biaggi points to win the 2012 championship being the most blatant example of recent years.

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

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

Round Number: 
10
Year: 
2014

2014 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 10, Jerez, Spain

Championship standings for round 10, Jerez, Spain 2014

2014 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 10, Jerez, Spain

Championship standings for round 10, Jerez, Spain 2014

2014 Jerez World Supersport Race Results: Potential Title Fight

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.

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

Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Jerez:

Round Number: 
10
Year: 
2014

2014 Jerez World Superbike Saturday Roundup: Expect Overtaking

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.

2014 Jerez World Supersport QP Results: Rule 1.21.20

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.

2014 Jerez World Superbike Superpole Results: Surprises To The End

Superpole One took place under cooler conditions than yesterday's afternoon session.

2014 Jerez World Superbike FP4 Results: Melandri Continues To Show Form

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. 

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