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February 21st, 2015

2015 Phillip Island World Superbike Superpole Results: Red Flags Abound

With no Evo class for 2015, an easily predicted division between Superpoles one and two isn't as clear-cut as it was last year. The weather was warm and clear and the track was hot, but red flags affected both sessions.

2015 Phillip Island World Superbike FP4 Results: Van der Mark Tops Untimed Session

In the untimed session before Superpole, Michael van der Mark was quicker than Tom Sykes by a hundredth of a second. Leon Haslam was not far behind and Alex Lowes was within two tenths of van der Mark.

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2015 Phillip Island World Supersport FP3 Results: Cluzel Keeps The Hammer Down

Jules Cluzel was one thousandth of a second slower than his best time from yesterday but was still quickest ahead of Kyle Smith who was unable to beat Kenan Sofuoglu's best Friday lap.

Gino Rea continues to perform well in his return to the series with the third fastest lap, quicker than Lorenzo Zanetti and Kenan Sofuoglu.

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2015 Phillip Island World Superbike FP3 Results: Haslam and Torres Continue To Lead

Leon Haslam was the quicker of the two Aprilias with Jordi Torres settling for second-best. Jonathan Rea was third quickest, but his time didn't yesterday's fastest from Alex Lowes.

Troy Bayliss continues to keep his promise of taking it easy in free practice with the sixteenth quickest time today, seventeenth overall, improving his time each session so far. Gábor Rizmayer did not take part in this session as yesterday's crash ruled him out for the weekend.

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February 20th

Andrew Gosling Shoots WSBK Round 1 - 2015 Phillip Island Photos From Friday


Bayliss is back


Hopes are high for #65


MV Agusta, stripped naked

2015 Phillip Island WSBK Friday Press Releases

Press releases from some of the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:

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2015 Phillip Island World Superbike FP2 Results: Aprilia's Torres and Haslam quickest

While overall times were not as quick as the morning's session, rookie Jordi Torres was quickest, with his Red Devils Aprilia teammate Leon Haslam under a quarter of a second behind him. The morning's quicker times still keep the top three qualifiers at Lowes, Torres and Sykes.

Troy Bayliss put in sixteen laps, but didn't improve his position by much. 

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2015 Phillip Island World Supersport FP2 Results: Cluzel and Rea Keep Sofuoglu At Bay

Jules Cluzel ended the day quickest, ahead of Gino Rea, returning to World Supersport after a couple of years in Moto2. Kenan Sofuoglu managed the third quickest lap, although not as fast as his morning's time. Kyle Smith in fourth continues his excellent debut weekend.

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2015 Phillip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Lowes On Top, Torres Impresses

Alex Lowes, strong throughout last week's testing at Philip Island on the Suzuki GSXR-1000, opened with an early fast time and stayed at the top of the sheets throughout the rest of the session. Jordi Torres, a class rookie on an Aprilia RSV4, was second-quickest, recording consistent fast laps throughout the opening session.

Kawasaki ZX-10R rider Tom Sykes, 2013 champion and last year's runner up, ended the session third quickest, fending off Leon Haslam on the Aprilia and his new Kawasaki teammate Jonathan Rea. Reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli, having switched to the Honda CBR1000RR with the number one plate, finished thirteenth, behind his teammate Michael van der Mark. 

This weekend's special guest star, three-time World Superbike champion, British Superbike champion and MotoGP race winner, Troy Bayliss, managed only three laps, ending the session just over three seconds off Lowes's pace-setting lap. The Australian was sitting in on the Ducati Panigale for Davide Giugliano who was injured during testing.

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2015 Phillip Island World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu ahead of Cluzel

Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel open 2015 ahead of class rookie and former Superstock rider Kyle Smith. 

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February 19th

2015 Phillip Island WSBK Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the series organizers and from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's season opener at Phillip Island:

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2015 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 3 Press Releases

Press releases after the three-day test at Jerez for the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:

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2015 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 3 Times: Quartararo And Zarco Continue French Dominance

Moto2 times from the last day of testing

February 18th

2015 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 2 Times: Lowes And Quartararo Under Lap Records

Improving weather saw lap times drop at Jerez, allowing lap records to fall in both Moto2 and Moto3 classes. In Moto2, it was Sam Lowes setting the pace, the Speed Up rider knocking four tenths of a second off Mika Kallio's pole record. Lowes spent most of the day using the carbon fiber swing arm the team used last year, with the aluminum swing arm still to be tried. The aluminum item is believed to be the better of the two, offering more improvement to come when the team gets a chance to try it out.

Behind Lowes, several riders made some big steps forward. Luis Salom finally beat his rookie teammate, ending the day in 2nd just a tenth behind Lowes. Johann Zarco remains fast, ending up 3rd and ahead of reigning Moto2 champion Tito Rabat, while Axel Pons had a good day to end 5th. Three tenths separated the top five, offering prospects of a very competitve season in 2015. Revelation of yesterday Alex Rins had a steadier day today, dropping down the order to finish 9th, while Alex Marquez showed good improvement, jumping up to 12th place, a second off the pace of Lowes, and just behind Mika Kallio. The battle between the two Alexes promises to be just as good as it was in Moto3.

The Racing Week On Wednesday - News Round Up For The Week Of 18th February

Almost without realizing it, we find ourselves in the midst of a glut of motorcycle racing action. For 11 days, bikes and teams are testing, racing, and being introduced to the public at large. On Monday and Tuesday, the World Superbike teams had their last test of the pre-season at Phillip Island. From Tuesday to Thursday, the Moto2 and Moto3 teams are testing at Jerez. On Friday, the 2015 World Superbike season gets underway Phillip Island, culminating in the races on Sunday, featuring shock substitute Troy Bayliss. Then, from Monday, MotoGP returns for three days of testing at Sepang, followed by an extra day with Michelin tires, with the factory riders at the helm.

In between, we have seen the launch of the Ducati Desmosedici GP15, the CWM LCR Honda team is set to be launched on Wednesday, and there is even a presentation here in Holland by Eurosport, in which they will reveal their plans for MotoGP coverage in The Netherlands for 2015. There is so much going on that there are barely enough hours in the day to actually write about it. Enjoy the cornucopia while you can.

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