It has been a long, hard weekend of negotiating in the paddock at Silverstone for a number of team managers. Especially for everyone involved in the situation revolving around the Go&Fun Gresini team, and the rider they have a contract with for 2015, Scott Redding. Meetings have been held with factories, team managers, riders and sponsors, in a bid to get everything back on track for next year.
The factory Ducati team eschewed the official IRTA test at Brno last week, in favor of a private test in Misano. There, Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow got to work on the Desmosedici GP14, with Dovizioso continuing to work on the new developments of the bike, while Crutchlow focused on finding a base set up with the machine. After the test, Ducati issued the following press release:
Ducati Team wrap up two-day test at Misano
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World Superbike at Misano, the seventh round of thirteen, offered a chance for Ducati to finally get a win on the Panigale, and a fairy tale result in Italy would round out the excellent work they did in qualifying.
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
Sykes wins opening WSBK race in Misano from team mate Baz
The track heated up for the second race and so did the racing.
Nineteen laps of World Supersport racing under a cooler 26º sun.
Jules Cluzel, from pole position, led the race into the first turn with Kenan Sofuoglu, Michael van der Mark and Raffaele De Rosa behind him. PJ Jacobsen carved through the pack to shuffle into fourth place.
Kenan Sofuoglu faced a challenge from Michael van der Mark but a mistake let PJ Jacobsen through to fight the Turk in his place. Jacobsen and Sofuoglu duelled for a few laps before the New Yorker took second place, 1.3 seconds behind Jules Cluzel six laps in.
The World Superbike race was held over 21 laps.
Toni Elias took the lead from the start of the race, but Tom Sykes forced his way to the front on the first lap after fighting off Sylvain Guintoli's advances. On the second lap, Loris Baz was the next person to despatch Elias who later let Guintoli past on his slow journey backwards through the pack.
Misano, or Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to give it its full name, was missed off last year's calendar, but its inclusion in the 2024 season was a welcome one. The first four qualifying sessions in World Superbike were led by an Italian on an Italian bike, with Davide Giugliano and Marco Melandri sharing the spoils, giving local fans plenty to cheer about.