Can you ever have too much motorcycle racing? You can if the amount of racing over one weekend actually exceeds the number of hours in each day. That was pretty much the case last weekend, when we MotoGP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, World Superbikes – including World Supersport, FIM Superstock 1000, the European Superstock 600 Championship, and the European Junior Cup – at Assen, British Superbikes at Brands Hatch (the very short, very fast Indy circuit, not the longer GP layout), the second round of the inaugural MotoAmerica series at Road Atlanta, and the 24 hour race at Le Mans in France. Looking beyond motorcycle road racing, there was also the fourth round of the MXGP motocross world championship at Trentino in Italy, and a Formula One race at Bahrain.
Although the constraints of long seasons mean that there will always be clashes, this was a little ridiculous. Racing series are not completely free to set their calendars as they wish – they are tied down by a host of factors such as track availability, the weather, other events organized at the circuits, local government permission and many, many others – this weekend was one of the more spectacular scheduling SNAFUs. Let us hope this can be avoided next year.
Press releases from the teams after Sunday's thrilling World Superbike races at Assen:
World Supersport gave us the fight we were hoping for and the drama we have come to expect.
Heading into Superpole, Chaz Davies had the quickest time and it was set in the afternoon on Friday, where track conditions would be similar to those in Superpole. Fresh from a win last weekend, Davies would be looking for a front row start to best allow him to stay with the other fast men.
Press releases from the World Superbike teams after qualifying at Assen:
World Supersport qualifying took place with the top men battling for the front row.
After a Friday of Jules Cluzel dominating, Kenan Sofuoglu opens today with a quickest lap of 1'38.553 while Cluzel was beaten to second-quickest by PJ Jacobsen.
Press releases from the series organizer and some of the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice in Assen:
The morning's quickest three riders remain the quickest, with Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu beating out PJ Jacobsen.
Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu lead the way, with PJ Jacobsen close behind.
Press release previews from the organizers and some of the teams ahead of this weekend's round of World Superbikes. Includes Pata Honda documentary of Michael van der Mark:
Press releases after Sunday's WSBK round at Aragon:
Sixteen laps of Motorland Aragon without weather interrupting proceedings.