The FIM today released the provisional 2016 calendar for the World Superbike championship. There is good news and bad news in the calendar, with Portimao disappearing from the calendar, but Monza making a welcome return. World Superbikes will also be returning to Germany, with the entire circus turning up to the Lausitzring, just north of Dresden. The best news is that there are no direct clashes with MotoGP, but WSBK will be running on the same date as F1 for nine rounds, though only the Donington and Monza rounds happen in the same timezone.
Laguna Seca, USA
2015 has not been kind to Davide Giugliano. The factory Ducati rider was already forced to miss the first four rounds of the season after fracturing two lumbar vertebrae in testing crash at Phillip Island, a week before the season began. Now he will be forced to miss the remainder of the season, after scans revealed a fracture of the thoracic vertebra D3, sustained in a crash at Laguna Seca.
Press releases from the World Superbike teams after Sunday's races at Laguna Seca:
Chaz Davies leaves nothing to chance and wins Race 1 at Laguna
Sykes edges out Rea for second place as Giugliano and Torres complete top 5.
Chaz Davies has won the opening race of the day at Laguna Seca after a lights-to-flag display that saw the British rider take the win by 1.798secs at the line.
In the first race, Leon Haslam used different tyres to the rest of the field and looked like he would repeat his choice for race two, but instead, at the last minute, he switched to the same tyres as everyone else.
Just like the first race, Chaz Davies hit the Andretti hairpin first with two Kawasakis charging through from the second row behind him, with Tom Sykes ahead of Jonathan Rea this time. Davide Giugliano fended off the challenge from Jordi Torres this time but was instead stuck behind Leon Haslam.
After a wet warmup this morning, the track had dried out, and the race would be twenty five laps of the shortest circuit of the series at a cooler temperature than usual.
Chaz Davies took the lead from pole position as his Ducati teammate Davide Giugliano's second place start got swallowed up by the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes and the Aprilia of Jordi Torres. Rea went wide, letting Sykes through and Torres took the opportunity to pass Rea as well, but Rea passed him back very quickly, retaining third place.
Press releases after qualifying at Laguna:
Davies claims career-first Tissot-Superpole at Laguna
First one-two for Ducati on the grid since the 2012 US Round, maiden top 3 qualifying for Torres.
World Superbike returns to the anti-clockwise Laguna Seca after a four-week break in racing, and the Kawasakis and Ducatis have dominated practice, with the Aprilias close behind.
The first session started with Ayrton Badovini and Randy De Puniet qualifying for Superpole in eleventh and twelfth, the two quickest riders and favourites for promotion to Superpole two. Michael van der Mark set the target time of 1'25.755 on race rubber but was beaten by over a second by Badovini. Leon Camier moved to second two tenths off Badovini's time as the riders pitted in for qualifying rubber.
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes came out of the untimed session on top, once more holding off three Ducatis, led by Chaz Davies.