Imola, Italy

2013 Imola World Superbike Friday Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice at Imola for the World Superbike and World Supersport teams:

Rea on the pace in Imola

Jonathan Rea set the second-fastest time in this afternoon’s opening World Superbike qualifying session at Imola in Italy, just one tenth of a second off provisional pole sitter Tom Sykes.

The rain that had been forecast for today did not materialise and although the 45-minute session was run under an overcast sky it was on a dry Imola circuit.

2013 Imola World Superbike QP1 Results: Sykes And Rea Continue Form

While the factory Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli are lacking pace, struggling to qualify as high as the customer options of Michel Fabrizio and fellow Italian Davide Giugliano, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea continue their mornings' progress. Ayrton Badovini, another local man, took the struggling Ducati Panigale to a provisional fourth place while old favourite Noriyuki Haga's return has him languishing two spots from the bottom. 


2013 Imola World Supersport QP1 Results: Lowes A Session Ahead

As the rest of the field starts to put laps in approaching Sam Lowes's morning times, he sets times that it will take until tomorrow for the rest of the field to catch up to. While his lead over second place was merely 0.7 of a second, that was to Riccardo Russo, the only other man to put in a 1'51 lap all day. Michael Van Der Mark completes the provisional front row, while Fabien Foret and Kenan Sofuoglu are on the third and fourth lines, respectively. 


2013 Imola World Superbike FP1 Results: Sykes Fends Off Giugliano And Rea

Tom Sykes, as is his way, took early control of the timing sheet, beating his own pace-setting time four times in succession, and setting a pace that would take some matching with six laps under 1'49. The only other rider to record more than one sub-1'49 lap was Jonathan Rea whose provisional second place was snatched at the flag by Davide Giugliano.

2013 Imola World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Almost A Second Clear

Sam Lowes sat at the top for most of the session, at one point holding a 1.4 second gap over Kenan Sofuoglu, but the gap between the title fighters was filled by Lorenzo Zanetti, Luca Scassa and Kev Coghlan. The session was clouding and cold, yet Lowes was still able to get within half a second of the fastest time recorded in qualifying, a time set by Lowes himself last year.


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.

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)

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:

Kawasaki Issues Update on Condition of Joan Lascorz

Kawasaki today issued an update on Joan Lascorz, and his recovery process:

Update: Joan Lascorz’ Medical Condition

Following Joan’s accident at Imola during official Superbike World Championship testing on Monday April 2nd, we would like to inform you of the following updates.

Suzuki Aiming At MotoGP Return For 2014 Season

When Suzuki announced that they would be pulling out of MotoGP at the end of the 2011 season, they were keen to emphasize that the withdrawal was only temporary, saying they were planning a return to MotoGP in 2014. Though many paddock regulars were sceptical about such a suggestion, Suzuki are sticking to their guns, it seems.


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