It's the Monday after the latest World Superbike round at Monza, and as ever, Infront Motor Sports have highlights of the two World Superbike and one World Supersport races from the Temple of Speed at Monza up on their Youtube channel. So grab a coffee and start your working week off with a bang, as you enjoy the best parts from this weekend's races.
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As always, OnTheThrottle.TV hosted a pre-race show for this weekend's World Superbike event at Monza. World Superbike's official commentators Jonathan Green and Steve Martin talk to OTT's Dave Williams about Monza, BMW and how World Superbikes has developed. A great intro to this weekend's WSBK race, as well as a quick look back at the last round at Assen.
As ever after a weekend of World Superbike racing, Infront Motor Sports post the highlights of the World Superbike and World Supersport races to their Youtube channel for the fans to relive the best parts of the racing. And what a weekend of racing it was, the highlights barely do the races justice, especially for the thriller that was World Superbike race 2. So grab a coffee, and sit down in front of Sunday's highlight reels, and then go and find out where you can grab a copy of the races in full. You won't be sorry.
PBM Kawasaki's Chris Vermeulen has released another chapter in his personal video reports from the racing. In Saturday's episode, Vermeulen talks about how his leg is healing, how Superpole went and what happened during his very nasty looking crash.
As is their custom, OnTheThrottle.tv have another pre-race show for this weekend's round of World Superbikes at Assen. Recorded live in the press room at Assen - just a pre-fab wall away from the coffee corner - World Superbike commentators Jonathan Green and Steve Martin round up the first day's events at the legendary Dutch track, talk about the new, improved Ruskenhoek corner (more old Assen than new Assen) and even get a guest onto the show. Pata S&G Ducati's Jakub Smrz takes over the mike and talks to Dave Williams about setting the fastest time of the day during qualifying.
The volcanic ash cloud that caused the cancellation of the Motegi MotoGP round has had only a very limited effect on this weekend's World Superbike round at Assen. With nearly all of the material already in Europe, and most of the riders being based here as well, the World Superbike field will be nearly complete at the historic track of Assen.
The news that Dorna and the FIM had been forced to postpone the Motegi MotoGP round, scheduled to take place next Sunday, had plenty of fans worrying that a similar fate might befall this Sunday's Assen World Superbike round. But whereas the only way to get from Europe to Japan was by plane, a journey which had become nigh on impossible due to the ban on air travel throughout most of Europe, caused by the cloud of ash being spewed out by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the route from the previous WSBK round at Valencia to Assen went almost exclusively over land.
As ever, the World Superbike series has once again provided video highlights of the races from last weekend's WSBK round at Valencia on their Youtube channel. So for those of you who, for one reason or another, missed the World Superbike or World Supersport races, here's your chance to get the executive summary.
WSBK Race 1:
WSBK Race 2:
As the digital world continues its relentless drift into the world of the mobile device, both MotoGP and World Superbikes series are starting to catch up. Last week the World Superbike series announced the availability of its WSBK iPhone app in the iTunes store, and this week, MotoGP has followed suit, with its own live timing app for iPhone and iTouch.
After this weekend's double-header of races, with both World Superbikes in Valencia and MotoGP in Qatar, OnTheThrottleTV put on their usual excellent live video show, featuring interviews and news. The interview subject for the World Superbike series was Roger Lee Hayden, who talks to Dave Williams about the Valencia weekend and living in Ben Spies mountain hideaway in Como, Italy. Here's what Hayden had to say:
Regular readers of MotoMatters.com will be aware of our admiration of and friendship with the leading Italian motorcycle website GPOne.com. The site is a goldmine of information for motorcycle racing fans, and the deep roots which the site's writers have in the paddock allow the site to provide both news and in-depth analysis of MotoGP and World Superbikes better than probably any other site in the world.
They guys over at OnTheThrottle have been holding a series of live pre-race shows with the World Superbike commentating team Jonathan Green and Steve Martin, in which they talk through the upcoming WSBK races and the issues likely to be a feature of the weekend. Fortunately, these videos are also available after the fact, for people who missed the live show and wanted to catch up.
If there's one experience that every red-blooded race fan craves, it's to actually a World Championship-spec machine. Tragically, fans can only sample these delights vicariously, through the experiences of the lucky few journalists who get to ride these things. Both teams and riders complain about these tests, rightly pointing out that the journos lucky enough to ride these bikes usually lack the skill to fully understand the bikes, and use them to their full potential.
Chris Vermeulen's crash at his home World Superbike round at Phillip Island is having more serious consequences than he at first thought. The PBM Kawasaki rider badly damaged his knee in the incident, and has faced a long road to recovery ever since. Vermeulen's plans to make a return at Portimao were thwarted after just one lap, after the Australian tried to ride, but found he couldn't put any weight on the pegs. He pulled back into the pits after one lap and pulled out.
Although the loss of the live video feed from the World Superbike website is greatly lamented, Infront Motor Sports has some small consolation. On the World Superbike Youtube channel, IMS have put up highlight reels from this weekend's racing, showing the best of the action from both World Superbike races and the World Supersport races at Portimao. What better way to start the week than with a quick recap of the races?
World Superbike Race 1 highlights:
World Superbike Race 2 highlights: