In the second timed qualifying, Federico Sandi either didn’t see or ignored a black flag with orange circle and was fined €500 by Race Direction. As he qualified for Superpole in that session, it’s unlikely he will be complaining much.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams, as well as the EJC, after qualfying on Saturday at Jerez:
The last Superpole of the year opened with fifteen riders vying for twelve spots, as usual in dry sessions, with two qualifying tyres to spend in three sessions.
Tom Sykes, after just nine laps of free practice, crashed his bike and sat out the rest of the session, but six laps earlier, he set the fastest time in a session that looked like riders were testing tyres rather than hot-lapping. Jules Cluzel recorded the second fastest time ahead of Toni Elias.
After the press conference held at Jerez today in which Carlos Checa announced his retirement from racing, as reported yesterday, Ducati issued the following press release:
Carlos Checa announces his retirement from motorcycle racing
- In Jerez, during the final SBK round of the 2013 season, the Spanish rider, after twenty years or racing and success, has confirmed his decision to retire
- Ducati has named him “Ambassador”: Checa will remain a ducatista and ambassador for the Borgo Panigale-based brand
- Nolan has dedicated a commemorative helmet to Carlos, with graphics that represent his twenty years of success
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Saturday 19 October 2013: on the eve of the final races of the 2013 World Superbike championship, taking place at the Andalusian track of Jerez de la Frontera, Carlos Checa, 2011 world champion with Ducati, has announced his retirement from the world of racing.
Vladimir Leonov, teammate to newly crowned world champion Sam Lowes, leads Kenan Sofuoglu by three tenths of a second, with Lowes third fastest. The session was red-flagged with under a minute to go due to a crash. No riders were injured. Fabien Foret, aiming for third in the championship, continues his standard of leaving it until Sunday, two seconds off front-row pace.
Davide Giugliano and Toni Elias, each of whom topped a session yesterday, beat out the factory Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli, while Tom Sykes, fastest throughout a large portion of today's session, held off the BMWs of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies. Lorenzo Lanzi was, as has been the case all weekend, faster than both the factory Ducatis.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of qualifying at Jerez:
World Superbike racing has not been held at Jerez since 1990, favouring the MotoGP men for experience, much like Istanbul. However, many teams used the track last winter for testing, so none of the title contenders arrived blind.
Of all the tracks to favour a particular motorcycle, the fates gave this one, the last race weekend of the year, to Aprilia, throwing a lifeline of tantalising hope to Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli. Aprilia use Jerez as their test track and, as is evidenced by all four Aprilias occupying four out of the top five positions in both sessions, it looks like the results are in.
The data that Aprilia garnered from the Jerez tests also assisted Davide Giugliano and Toni Elias, with the latter never having ridden an Aprilia at the track before while the former rode the Alstare bike at Jerez last winter, as his first track time on his new bike. Elias, of course has GP experience at the track as well as a bike that suits it.
Davide Giugliano takes provisional pole ahead of Aprilia's party spoiler Marco Melandri and three other Aprilias. Eugene Laverty rounds out the provisional front row, with Toni Elias, the morning's pace man holding the top spot until an early crash, fourth fastest ahead of Sylvain Guintoli.
Sam Lowes and his teammate Vladimir Leonov topped the timed session with Kenan Sofuoglu rounding out the provisional front row.
Toni Elias leads title hopefuls Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli ahead of the last race weekend of the season. Davide Giugliano demonstrates the Aprilia dominance of the session in fifth place behind Marco Melandri. Tom Sykes in sixth is just ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi on his old porky Ducati 1098R, embarassing the factory Panigales.
The Yamahas of Sam Lowes and Vladimir Leonov, after dominating most of the session, were split by Michael Van Der Mark at the end of the opening session.
Press releases from the series organizer and the WSBK and WSS teams previewing the final round of the 2013 season:
The FIM have today released the provisional version of the MotoGP calendar for 2014. As expected, there are few surprises: with the addition of Argentina and Brazil, there will be nineteen races on the calendar, though Brazil is not expected to be ready to host a race next year, the event likely to be postponed until 2015. Laguna Seca is gone from the calendar, leaving just two US races on for 2014. And once again, there are four Spanish rounds on for next season, although Jerez is marked subject to contract.
The season opens with the night race in Qatar on March 23rd, though this decision is likely to face criticism from the riders. Moving the race two weeks earlier increases the risk of the evening dew which settles on the surface hitting earlier, while the bikes are still out on track. That was the case in previous years, when the race was held earlier, with some major crashes as a result. The dew settles quickly and is impossible to see under the lights, but renders the asphalt extremely slippery within a very short period.