World Superbikes

BMW Press Release: BMW To End Factory Involvement In WSBK, Focus On Customer Bikes

BMW Motorrad today issued the following press release, announcing the end of factory involvement in World Superbikes, and a shift of focus to supplying customer teams. Analysis of the announcement will follow, once we have more idea of the full implications of this:

BMW Motorrad continues its strategic realignment in motorsport.

With effect from the end of the 2013 season, BMW Motorrad will terminate its commitment in the FIM Superbike World Championship in order to strengthen the customer sports programme.

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2013 Moscow World Superbike And World Supersport Sunday Press Releases, After The Tragic WSS Race

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams and the organizers after Sunday's tragic events at Moscow Raceway:

Rivamoto Send Deepest Sympathy After WSS Incident

The 8th round of the World Supersport championship from the Moscow Raceway was cancelled earlier today after an opening lap incident saw Italian Andrea Antonelli succumb to his injuries. In light of the unfortunate circumstances Rivamoto Honda have issued the following statement.

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2013 Moscow World Superbike Sunday Round Up: Tragedy Overshadows Racing

The loss of Andrea Antonelli cast a very long and very black shadow over the Moscow round of World Superbikes, In his second year in World Supersport, the popular 25 year old Italian was well thought of in the paddock, by friends and rivals alike. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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2013 Moscow World Superbike Race One: Fighting The Weather And Winning

There are straight-forward races, there are confusing races and then there are flag-to-flag races in mixed conditions. Teams that practiced pitstops will have looked at the skies and considered the time likely not wasted. As the riders lined up on slicks under a grey sky, even if Sykes struggled to get off the line for the warm up lap, they couldn’t know just how different this race would be.

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2013 Moscow World Superbike Saturday Round Up: Dry Oasis Between Wet Sessions

The weather at the Moscow Raceway relented just long enough to allow a nice dry Superpole. Rain in the sessions before and after luckily didn’t affect the centrepiece of Saturday’s entertainment. On a track like Moscow, with a plethora of first- and second-gear corners leading to a one kilometre straight, you would expect different bikes to perform well in different halves, with the nimble bikes owning the first two sectors, but being demolished in the last sector by the faster bikes, and qualifying played out this way.

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Tom Sykes Signs For A Fifth Year At Kawasaki

Championship leader and 2012 runner-up Tom Sykes has signed up for another year with the Kawasaki World Superbike team. The relationship has been a strong one so far and that he has signed this early in the season bodes well for the support that Kawasaki has for Sykes. With six successive pole positions this year, and one of the most competitive packages on the grid, race fans the world over can breathe a sigh of relief that the Yorkshireman will remain where he is both comfortable and productive.

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2013 Moscow World Superbike Superpole Results: Water-Resistant Tissot Not Required

After much speculation with the weather, Superpole was declared a dry session, even though clouds were looming overhead. The top fifteen compete over three sessions with only two qualifying tyres allocated to each rider, with riders eliminated at each stage.

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2013 Moscow World Superbike FP2 Results: Rain Disrupts Session

Rain arrived and slowed proceedings down, with some riders not managing to even record a complete lap time. Tom Sykes was fastest ahead of the Suzukis of Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel while many teams prepared for potential rain tomorrow with pit stop practice. Carlos Checa, whose bike was built from a rolling chassis after his crash in the morning, came out at the end of the session, showing his hit on the head wouldn't keep him out of qualifying and racing.


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