2014 Portimão World Superbike Race One Results: Grey Skies Threaten

Grey skies loomed over the grid as most of the bikes lined up, with the EBRs starting from the pit lane with new engines ahead of their home round in Laguna Seca. The temperature was down on yesterday even if the wind wasn't.

2014 Portimão World Superbike Saturday roundup: Hills, Wind and Bluster

After the light-hearted fun and games on Twitter yesterday, with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty poking fun at Tom Sykes and his stated dislike of the hills at Portimão, the serious business of qualifying settled all the disputes.

2014 Portimão World Supersport QP Results: Warm And Windy

Qualifying was done under the same warm and windy conditions as World Superbike.

2014 Portimão World Superbike Superpole Results: Red Flag In First Session

Qualifying for tomorrow's race took place in a warm and windy Portugal.

2014 Portimão World Superbike FP4 Results: Sykes Fastest In Free Session

Tom Sykes was quicker than the Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes in the untimed practice session. 

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2014 Portimão World Supersport FP3 Results: Van Der Mark Rises As Sofuoglu Falls

Michael van der Mark is quickest ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel. Sofuoglu fell with over ten minutes remaining in the session and was unable to restart.

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2014 Portimão World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Grabs Provisional Pole

Jonathan Rea held off the Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli, with Eugene Laverty recording an identical time to Guintoli as the top ten, the ten you'd expect, are all within three tenths of a second. The riders qualified for Superpole One are at least a second off Rea's time, demonstrating a hard divide between SBK and Evo spec bikes.

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2014 Portimão World Superbike FP2 Results: Sykes Quickest But Not Quick Enough

Tom Sykes was quickest in the second session ahead of Jonathan Rea, but, due to the heat, they weren't quick enough to best Marco Melandri's time from this morning. 

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2014 Portimão World Supersport FP2 Results: Van Der Mark Fastest

Michael van der Mark was quickest in the second session, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jack Kennedy, but they were not as quick as this morning's times. 

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The Curious Case Of Jack Miller: Marc VDS Issues Press Release Clarifying Contract Situation

Jack Miller is a rider in demand. The current leader in the Moto3 world championship has been linked to several top teams, and has been openly flirting with a step up to MotoGP, skipping Moto2 altogether. The fly in the ointment for Miller is the pre-contract he signed with the Marc VDS Racing team in 2013, securing his services for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Under the terms of the contract, Miller was released to ride for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team in Moto3, as Miller was keen to have a shot at the Moto3 title before moving up a class.

That situation appears to have caused some confusion. Jack Miller told the media as recently as Assen that he has no contract to ride for 2015, and is free to race wherever he wants. That is a position which was earlier laid out in a press release from the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, in which Miller made the same statement. Marc VDS Racing and their team manager Michael Bartholémy insist that this is not the case, and the situation has gotten so far out of hand that the Marc VDS team has issued a press release of their own, clarifying the deal which they have with the Australian.

2014 Portimão World Superbike FP1 Results: Melandri And Guintoli Lead Laverty And Lowes

The undulating hills of Portimão leveled the field and let the agile Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes sit behind the fast Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Pairs of Kawasakis and Hondas filled the remainder of the top eight.

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2014 Portimão World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu And Van Der Mark Quickest

Kenan Sofuoglu and Michael van der Mark go quickest, separated by under a tenth of a second at the end of the session, with Jules Cluzel third quickest. 

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The Comprehensive MotoGP Silly Season Update: How Things Stand For Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Kalex, And Even Moto3

The current status of MotoGP's silly season? Two down, plenty still to go. Valentino Rossi may have joined Marc Marquez as the only other factory rider to have put pen to paper for 2015 and 2016, the rest of the grid is still in the middle of negotiating their riders for next year. Even Cal Crutchlow, who has a contract to race with Ducati in 2015, but more of that later.

Who will join Rossi at Movistar Yamaha and Marquez at Repsol Honda? Most likely, the two men who are already there. It is hard to see either Dani Pedrosa or Jorge Lorenzo jumping ship to ride anywhere else. Though HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto flirted with Lorenzo late last year, he understands that it would be terrible team politics to upset his number one rider, and the man who is likely to bring a fleet of titles to Honda over the next few season.

What HRC needs is a reliable number two rider, and Pedrosa has proven to be perfect in that role. Fast enough to win races of his own accord, and a solid force in the team, not the kind of character to kick up a fuss. He has six podiums this year, as well as a pole position, and can win should Marquez falter. Spanish media are reporting that Pedrosa is close to wrapping up a contract with the Repsol Honda team, with talks having gone at Assen. The new contract would mean less salary for Pedrosa, but at least at Honda, he has a chance of winning races. Big money offers from Ducati and Suzuki are much more of a gamble, with neither bike yet having proven capable of winning.

2014 Portimao World Superbike And World Supersport Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the World Superbike and World Supersport ahead of this weekend's Portuguese round of WSBK:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Why the fans love Goodwood

MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.


Why the fans love Goodwood

I never made it to Assen. Instead of heading north east last week I found myself running in the opposite direction, towards Goodwood.

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed is Glastonbury for petrol-heads or Ascot with engines, if you hang out around the Drivers’ Club where there’s a lot of bouffants and blazers. Most of all it’s a living, breathing, ear-shattering museum of motor sport.

That’s the main reason the Festival of Speed attracts a crowd of 150,000 (it would be bigger but they’re not allowed to sell more tickets for fear of grid-locking West Sussex). Unlike most sports, motorcycle racing and car racing have a vast material history. You wouldn’t (well, I wouldn’t) travel halfway across the country to see a hundred years of football goalposts or cricket stumps, but you would (well, I would) go many miles to check out Freddie Spencer’s 1985 Rothmans Honda NSR500 and Giacomo Agostini’s 1969 MV Agusta.

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