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Carlos Checa To Retire From Racing

Carlos Checa is to retire from racing. The 41-year-old Spaniard had been forced to skip the last four rounds of the 2013 World Superbike season after crashing heavily during practice at the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey, fracturing his pelvis. That injury and the lack of a strong offer for the 2014 season caused Checa to decide to retire.

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2013 Jerez World Superbike QP1 Results: Same Day, Different Aprilia

Davide Giugliano takes provisional pole ahead of Aprilia's party spoiler Marco Melandri and three other Aprilias. Eugene Laverty rounds out the provisional front row, with Toni Elias, the morning's pace man holding the top spot until an early crash, fourth fastest ahead of Sylvain Guintoli. 


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2013 Jerez World Superbike FP1 Results: Elias Leads Aprilia Charge

Toni Elias leads title hopefuls Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli ahead of the last race weekend of the season. Davide Giugliano demonstrates the Aprilia dominance of the session in fifth place behind Marco Melandri. Tom Sykes in sixth is just ahead of Lorenzo Lanzi on his old porky Ducati 1098R, embarassing the factory Panigales.


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2013 Jerez World Superbike And World Supersport Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and the WSBK and WSS teams previewing the final round of the 2013 season:

The stage is set for WSBK season finale at Jerez

Rome (Italy), Monday 14 October 2013 - The eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders are gearing up for the last round of 2013, that will take place this weekend at the Circuito de Jerez, Spain. The last time the Andalusian track hosted an event of the series was in 1990, with the Spanish Round being the season opener for WSBK.

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Ducati Press Release: Gigi Dall"Igna To Replace Bernhard Gobmeier As Head Of Ducati Corse

Ducati Motor Holding have today confirmed that Gigi Dall'Igna is to become the new head of Ducati Corse. He will replace Bernhard Gobmeier, who took over from Filippo Preziosi after Audi bought Ducati. Gobmeier is off to a new role in Volkswagen Group Motorsport, returning to four wheels.

Below is the press release announcing the move:

Engineer Luigi Dall’Igna to become new Ducati Corse General Manager

Bernhard Gobmeier to assume a new important role within Volkswagen Group Motorsport
Luigi Dall’Igna to be appointed Ducati Corse General Manager

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2013 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 13, Magny-Cours, France

1 Tom SYKES GBR 411  
2 Eugene LAVERTY IRL 374 -37
3 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA 373 -38
4 Marco MELANDRI ITA 339 -72
5 Chaz DAVIES GBR 270 -141
6 Davide GIUGLIANO ITA 195 -216
7 Michel FABRIZIO ITA 186 -225
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2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Sunday Roundup: Red Flag Regulations And Championship Roundup

Three World Championship races at Magny-Cours and three red flags within spitting distance of the chequered flags, some downed riders were classified while others were not, in spite of their causing the flags with downed bikes on the racing line.

“At the time the red flag is displayed, riders who are not actively competing in the race will not be classified.”
2013 FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championship and Superstock Cup Regulations, rule 1.27.1 exception 3.

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2013 Magny-Cours World Superbike Race 2 Results: Dramatic Conclusion To A Processional Race

Clouds loomed over a dry race at Magny-Cours as the last Superbike race of the weekend was started.

Tom Sykes once again led from the start, with Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli behind him. Davide Giugliano, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri continued their race one battle for fourth place behind them.

As Sykes set fastest lap after fastest lap, the Aprilias in second and third place had to watch as Sykes just increased the gap, over and over. Michelle Pirro ended his weekend low-siding Carlos Checa’s Ducati after a respectable weekend’s effort.

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