Press releases from the teams and organization after Saturday's race and qualifying at Imola:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Imola:
WorldSBK: Davies on Top on Day 1 at Imola
Ducati rider flies the home flag for Italian manufacturer at home
Preview press releases and facts and figures ahead of this weekend's round of World Superbikes at the iconic Imola circuit:
#ImolaWorldSBK: Fortune Favours the Brave
The track of myths and legends awaits as WorldSBK heads to Ducati heartland
Four rounds into the WorldSBK season we have seen three different race winners, two manufacturers vie for the title but unfortunately one man proving the dominant force.
After eight races it’s hard to imagine Jonathan Rea’s title defence having gotten off to a better start, but it’s happened despite his lack of comfort with the new Kawasaki ZX10-R Ninja. The Northern Irishman has not been comfortable with his new mount. The much discussed “low inertia” engine has clearly taken some of the edge off Rea’s confidence in the bike. With a different engine braking characteristic it has forced him to adjust his riding style to get the most from the bike.
Rea has a very natural style on the bike that has been similar on everything he has ever ridden. Whether it’s a Supersport, Superbike or even a MotoGP machine Rea has been able to ride in the same way. He’ll continue to adapt to the new bike and mould it to allow his style to flourish.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the races at Assen:
WorldSBK Race 2: Roll the Dice
Rea completes the pair as van der Mark gets the crowd back on their feet in a tense game of chess at Assen
KRT rider Jonathan Rea took another incredible win in the Netherlands in Race 2 as a half-wet half-dry race saw tyre decisions play the key role. Joined on the podium by teammate Tom Sykes and local hero Michael van der Mark, Race 2 was characterized by nervous glances at the sky as the riders dealt their cards.
Press releases from Dorna and the teams after qualifying and race 1 at Assen:
WorldSBK Race 1: He Who Dares
Rea takes the victory, Davies stays close, and Hayden hits the podium
Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea as won Race 1 at the TT Circuit Assen as he cements his place as second most successful rider at the Dutch track. Chaz Davies took a well-fought P2, and Honda rider and MotoGP Legend Nicky Hayden got to the WorldSBK podium for the first time.
Press releases from Dorna and the teams after the first day of practice at Assen:
Lowes' Yamaha Leads the Rush to Tissot-Superpole
Wet weather characterises Day 1 as low grip shuffles the deck
Press releases ahead of this weekend's World Superbike round at Assen:
WorldSBK: Van der Mark, Get Set…GO
The paddock returns north for the 25th anniversary of WorldSBK in Assen
The TT Circuit Assen is a track that breathes history. Racing in the area began over 90 years ago, and the first ribbons of tarmac that would go on to form the modern circuit were first constructed in 1955, before the modifications took place that sculpted it into what it is today: a track of legend, where memories have been made and tempers frayed.
Davies Doubles down and ups the ante on Kawasaki
It’s very easy to jump to quick conclusions during the early stages of a season. Momentum swings from one bike to another and while some riders are ascending others are having an off weekend.
However, the third round of the Superbike World Championship has definitely shown that Chaz Davies and Ducati are the form package at the moment. The Welshman and the Italian bike claimed their first wins of 2016 in Aragon but having been in the thick of the fight for five wins in the opening six races their pace has not been in question.
What had been in question was top speed. While the Ducati MotoGP bike is a verified rocket the WorldSBK specification Panigale R has traditionally struggled to keep pace with the Kawasaki on straights. In the opening rounds we saw this when Davies was easily overtaken by Rea in both Australia and Thailand. Last weekend the tables were sensationally turned.
Press releases from the series organizers and WSBK and WSS teams after Sunday's racing at Argentina: