World Superbikes

2014 Qatar World Superbike FP3 Results: Giugliano Raises The Bar

On the last Free Practice session of the day, moved forward from Saturday due to the nighttime schedule, Davide Giugliano recorded the first 1'57 lap of the weekend, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Sylvain Guintoli. Loris Baz, who narrowly avoided a high-speed crash with Gabor Rizmayer in the previous session, was fourth quickest.

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2014 Qatar World Superbike FP2 Results: Laverty Quickest

Eugene Laverty increased the pace in the second of three sessions today, with Chaz Davies close behind. Sylvain Guintoli continues to be the quicker of the title challengers.

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2014 Qatar World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Quickest Ahead Of Baz

Opening the last World Superbike weekend of the year, Jonathan Rea was the quicker of the three riders with laps under two minutes. Loris Baz and Alex Lowes joined him with championship contenders Sylvain Guintoli fourth quickest and Tom Sykes ninth quickest.

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2014 Qatar World Superbike And World Supersport Preview Press Releases

Press releases previewing this weekend's season finale at Qatar from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams and series organizer:

Round Number: 
12
Year: 
2014

Randy De Puniet To Race For Suzuki In World Superbikes In 2015

Randy De Puniet is to make a return to racing full time. As had been rumored for some weeks now, the Frenchman is to make the switch to the World Superbike series, where he will join the Crescent Suzuki team for 2015. De Puniet will race alongside Alex Lowes next year, aboard the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

After losing his ride with the Aspar team at the end of 2013, De Puniet has spent 2014 as Suzuki's official test rider, helping to develop the bike now dubbed the GSX-RR. The only racing action he had seen was with the Yoshimura team during the Suzuka 8 Hour race, where he finished in second place with teammates Josh Waters and Takuya Tsuda. But De Puniet was keen to return to racing full time, and with no vacancies in MotoGP, the World Superbike series was the obvious choice. Racing with the Crescent team allows him to stay with Suzuki as a test rider, and retain his strong ties with the Japanese factories.

Alongside his duties in WSBK, De Puniet will continue development work on the Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP machine, with a particular focus on 2016. De Puniet will mainly be working on getting the GSX-RR to work with the Michelin tires, due to replace Bridgestone at the start of the 2016 season. He will also be helping to make the bike work with the so-called unified software which is to be introduced at the same time.

World Superbike Test Ban Lifted Ahead Of Major Changes For 2015 Season

With new technical regulations set to come into effect for the 2015 season in World Superbikes, the Superbike Commission has decided to lift its customary testing ban. Instead of testing being prohibited for the months of December and January, the World Superbike and World Supersport teams will be allowed to continue testing, with only a short break over the holiday period. Testing will no be banned from 21st December 2014 to 4th January 2015.

The change was made at the request of the teams. With the technical regulations undergoing a radical overhaul for the 2015 season, the teams felt they needed a lot more testing time to identify and fix problems with the new bikes. Extracting sufficient horsepower while maintaining reliability, to comply with the limited engine allocation, had been a major concern. The extended period gives the teams a little more time to prepare for the 2015 season.

The current change has only been made for the 2015 season. With the rules set to stabilize for the future, a test ban is likely to be reinstated for the winter of 2015/2016.

You can read the text of the press release announcing the change on the FIM website (PDF document).

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Sunday Round Up: Team Suggestions

The rain made for a challenging set of races today, with attrition and setup playing a large part in today's races, but mostly, they'll be remembered for one symbol:

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's drama-filled races at Magny-Cours:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 11, Magny-Cours, France

Championship standings for round 11, 2014

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race Two: Thirteen DNFs

As the weather didn't get any better, the second World Superbike race was also reduced to nineteen laps.

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race One: Beat Your Teammate

It rained this morning but the rain had stopped by the time the race started, but the conditions meant that the race was reduced from twenty-one to nineteen laps.

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Magny-Cours:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2014

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike Saturday Round Up: Allons Enfants De La Patrie

Qualifying for World Superbike's penultimate pair of races for 2014 took place today, and the French circuit of Magny-Cours, designed by the ubiquitous Hermann Tilke, had been resurfaced in places since last year, making the track a little bit quicker. Rain has been predicted as possible tomorrow, which would mean qualifying is merely an indicator of where everyone starts the race and not a prediction of pace.

2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP4: Sykes Quickest In Red-Flagged Session

Tom Sykes continues his title defence with the fastest lap in the untimed session ahead of Superpole with Marco Melandri very close behind. The session was red-flagged with twenty-one minutes remaining due to Sykes crashing at the final chicane after setting the fastest lap. The session resumed shortly after, but Sykes missed out on over ten minutes of tracktime.

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2014 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP3: Guintoli Leads Giugliano

With five manufacturers in the top six, Sylvain Guintoli is quickest in France.

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