Silverstone, Great Britain

2013 Silverstone World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu Opens The Weekend

Kenan Sofuoglu and Sam Lowes continue their close battle with Sofuoglu the fastest by under a tenth of a second. Ronan Quarmby, stepping in for Gabor Talmasci, was the only other rider to get within a second of the fastest time.


2013 World Superbike Calendar Finalized, Silverstone, Portimao and Imola Confirmed, Istanbul Added

After already having staged the first race, the World Superbike calendar has finally been updated and lost its provisional status. Today, the FIM issued an official, finalized version of the 2013 World Superbike calendar, confirming the changes we reported on yesterday.

The Silverstone race has been confirmed, and the Subject To Contract status has been removed from the Portimao and Imola rounds. The round originally scheduled for June 23rd has been scrapped, and a new round scheduled for Istanbul Park on September 15th. The replacement of Istanbul Park for the 23rd June round, for which Brno had originally been penciled in, means that the Superstock calendar is reduced by one round, from 10 races to just 9, while the World Superbike calendar now has 15 rounds planned, including two races in the UK, at Donington and Silverstone, and a trip across the Atlantic to Laguna Seca.

Below is the official press release issued by the FIM containing the updated and finalized calendar:

FIM Superbike, Supersport World Championships & FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup

New round on the 2013 calendar

2013 World Superbike Round At Silverstone Confirmed, Istanbul Added To Calendar

Fears that the World Superbike round at Silverstone is to be dropped are misplaced. Paddock rumors that Silverstone was back on the calendar emerged last night, with confirmation coming from Silverstone today, and being confirmed on their Facebook page. The race at Silverstone will take place on 4th August, and will see World Superbike, World Supersport and the Superstock 1000 and 600 classes compete.

As is the case for MotoGP, the WSBK paddock will use the old pit complex, rather than the new Silverstone Wing complex. This moves the start and finish line from the new location between Club and Abbey back to the old location, between Woodcote and Copse. This location has more room for the four classes which race at WSBK, and is better for the fans, as the pit lane under the Silverstone Wing is recessed, and not visible from the grandstands opposite.

2013 WSBK Calendar Shake Up: Istanbul To Replace Silverstone, TBA Round Scrapped?

Despite the fact that the World Superbike series kicks off on Sunday, the provisional calendar is still very much in a state of flux. Rumors emanating from the WSBK paddock, gathered at Phillip Island for the 2013 season opener, suggest that major changes could stilll take place to the calendar. The biggest change is that the UK round, set for Silverstone on 4th August, could be dropped altogether, and replaced with a round in Turkey, at the spectacular Istanbul Park Circuit in mid-September.

The rumors, reported by German-language website Speedweek and confirmed by other WSBK sources, state that Silverstone is to be dropped because the circuit cannot afford to pay the sanctioning fee previously agreed with Infront, and now being demanded by Dorna. Crowd numbers at Silverstone for World Superbikes were always low, in part because the flat nature of the circuit made viewing difficult, and in part due to relatively high ticket prices, which meant that ticket sales did not generate sufficient revenue to cover the circuit's costs.

Silverstone MotoGP Paddock to Switch From Wing to National Pits

MotoGP is to change pits once again at the Silverstone circuit. The paddock is to move away from the new Silverstone Wing between Club and Abbey and back to the old facilities between Woodcote and Copse. The move has been made to accommodate fans, who could not reach the paddock behind the Wing very easily, with buses running between the old paddock and the new Wing. The situation is set to continue until a bridge or tunnel can be built for fan access to the pit complex at the Wing, but that is an investment which the circuit does not currently have the funds to make.

This also means that the start and finish line will move again, from its former position after Club, back to the spot just after Woodcote.

Below is the press release issued by the Silverstone press office, containing full details of the move:

Silverstone MotoGP™ Paddock on the move

After two years of being based in The Wing Pit and Paddock Complex, Silverstone has confirmed that this year’s MotoGP™ Paddock will be returning to the National Paddock for the British Grand Prix on 30 August – 01 September.


2013 World Superbike Calendar Updated Again

The FIM today issued a press release confirming the news that the Indian round of World Superbikes has been moved to November 17th, as we reported earlier today. Below is the official press release:

FIM Superbike, Supersport World Championships & FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup

2013 Provisional calendar, updated 15 January (Change in bold)

The World Superbike race in India has been moved from the 10 March to the 17 November due to an insufficient period of time to properly finalise the training of the marshals and medical staff around the racetrack. FIM representatives will be at the Indian track on 19, 20 and 21 this January, in order to carry out the final racetrack homologation and provide the relevant seminars about the different aspects involved in the sporting organisation of the event.

2013 World Superbike Calendar - Finalized

FIM Superbike, Supersport World Championships & FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup

New round on the 2013 calendar

A new round will be included in the FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships. It will be held on the circuit of Intercity Istanbul Park near Istanbul (Turkey) on September 15, 2013. The 2013 updated calendar is the following:

Texas Confirmed, Germany Moved In Revised Provisional 2013 MotoGP Calendar

The FIM today issued a revised version of the 2013 MotoGP calendar. The new calendar is only a minor update to the initial calendar issued on September 21st, with only one real change, the switching of the Sachsenring to a week earlier. That move was forced on the FIM, as Formula One had scheduled the Grand Prix of Germany at the Nurburgring for the same date. Holding an F1 race and a MotoGP race in the same country and on the same date was not a viable situation, and so the Sachsenring race was moved.

The other update to the calendar was not a change, but a confirmation. The Grand Prix of the Americas has been confirmed as taking place on April 21st, at the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. That had been widely expected, but could not be confirmed until contracts were signed. The continuing dispute between the Circuit of the Americas and Kevin Schwantz over the rights to organize the Austin round of MotoGP will not affect the scheduling of the race.

2013 MotoGP Calendar

Below is the MotoGP calendar for 2013:

2013 MotoGP Provisional Calendar Leaked: 3 US Rounds, 4 Spanish Rounds, 2 Italian Rounds, And Late March Start

The provisional MotoGP calendar has taken a little longer than normal to appear. An initial calendar had been expected at Brno in late August, but no calendar was forthcoming at the Czech Grand Prix. The next rumored date for the calendar to be released was the weekend of the Misano round of MotoGP, but once the paddock assembled at Misano, it became apparent it would emerge a few days later - was told by an IRTA representative that the calendar would be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday this week. On Tuesday, the Austin Statesman newspaper reported that the calendar would be out on Friday, but the excessive enthusiasm of Loris Capirossi saw the former racer and current MotoGP safety advisor leak the 2013 calendar on his Twitter page on Thursday night.

2012 Misano MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Of Pedrosa vs Lorenzo, The Battle For 3rd, And Rossi's Helmet Explained

Finally it stopped raining. The light drizzle that has plagued the Misano circuit since Friday morning petered out around lunchtime, making way for the sun to dry the track out. Though the riders were glad to see the back of the rain, it left them with an awful lot of work to do. The set up work from the three lost sessions all had to be squeezed into the single hour of qualifying, leaving space for the mad fifteen minute scramble for grid positions. "It was a pretty tight session," Dani Pedrosa said after qualifying. "We had to test tires, set up, and get a feeling for the bike in just 60 minutes."

It had not been that much of a problem for Pedrosa. The Repsol Honda man had looked strong throughout the session, leading for much of it and striking back whenever anyone else had the temerity to better his time. Jorge Lorenzo had come close, but had taken a little longer to get up to speed than Pedrosa, struggling to find his rhythm again after sitting out the first day and then putting in a very few very tentative laps on Saturday morning. In the end, he could not quite match the times of the Repsol Honda man, though Lorenzo's race pace matched that of his championship rival.

2012 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 10, Silverstone

Championship standings for round 10, 2012

2012 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 10, Silverstone

Championship standings for round 10, 2012

2012 Silverstone World Superbike And World Supersport Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's chaotic races at Silverstone:

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2012 Silverstone WSBK Sunday Roundup: Fun With Rules

Silverstone is a large, flat track at the top of a flattened hill, which makes it an ideal airfield, but a weather-prone race track. With a thunderstorm happening in the vicinity, the riders in both World Superbikes and World Supersport were punished by rain-lashed races in treacherous conditions.

In the first race, it started off dry but when David Johnson and Norino Brignola crashed, the red flags came out. The rules state that if a race is halted for climatic reasons, the restart must be declared a wet race, meaning it could not be stopped a second time by Race Direction if the weather turns for the worse. A dangerous situation then ensued, with all but two riders on slick tyres competing in a race that was going to get a lot wetter.

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