World Superbike racing has not been held at Jerez since 1990, favouring the MotoGP men for experience, much like Istanbul. However, many teams used the track last winter for testing, so none of the title contenders arrived blind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the French round at Magny-Cours:
A positive sixth place finish for Pirro and Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Magny-Cours
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.
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.