2017 Philip Island World Supersport Superpole Results: Fast Last Sector

PJ Jacobsen as dominated qualifying up to now, with only Jules Cluzel getting close enough to worry the American's times and Kenan Sofuoglu absent for the first two rounds. Michael Canducci and Christian Gamarino were the quickest Superpole one riders going into qualifying and would have twelve other riders to beat to qualify for the second session.

2017 Philip Island World Superbike Superpole Results: Great Weather

Eleven riders took part in Superpole one in near-perfect conditions, aiming to take one of the two top spots to advance to the second session. Eugene Laverty, sporting duel-ready musketeer facial hair, was favourite to advance to the second session, eleventh quickest ahead of Michael van der Mark. Leon Camier, thirteenth quickest, missed out on most of the qualifying yesterday and went into Superpole with very little data and a fistful of guesses.

2017 Philip Island World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Holds Off Melandri At Flag

As the flag signalled the end of the morning's untimed session, Marco Melandri deposed Jonathan Rea from the top spot only to have Rea snatch it right back forty seconds later, over a third of a second quicker. Xavi Fores was third quickest ahead of Chaz Davies, putting three Ducatis in the top four. Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes rounded out the top six. 


2017 Phillip Island WorldSBK Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and some of the teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:

Phillip Island Day One
Davies Friday's fastest at Phillip Island
Ducati rider takes opening honours

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was Friday’s fastest participant at the season-opening Yamaha Finance Australian Round, with the Welshman topping the combined FP1 and FP2 timesheets courtesy of a 1’30.189 best time from the morning.

2017 Philip Island World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Quickest In Slower Session

Chaz Davies remains in provisional pole position after a slower second timed session, ahead of Jonathan Rea. Rea and Marco Melandri were quickest this session with Xavi Fores maintaining his strong pace from the morning's outing in third. Melandri's return to the series is going better than that of his former teammate Eugene Laverty, with the Irishman sitting in the top spot of Superpole one ahead of Michael van der Mark. 


2017 Philip Island World Supersport FP1 Results: Jacobsen Quickest By Over Half A Second

With reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu missing the first two rounds due to an injured wrist, PJ Jacobsen rose to the challenge on the MV Agusta and was over half a second quicker than Federico Caricasulo and Lucas Mahias, both on Yamahas, and Roberto Rolfo on an MV Agusta. A further half second back, Ayrton Badovini held off Honda-mounted Jules Cluzel.  


2017 Philip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Davies Starts The Year On Top

Chaz Davies held off Jonathan Rea by under a tenth of a second at the end of the year's first timed session. There was a red flag early in the session due to oil on the track, but it caused less than ten minutes of stoppage. Xavi Fores was third quickest on the BARNI Ducati, ahead of Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri. Josh Brookes, the only wildcard of the weekend, was sixteenth quickest, almost two seconds off the frontrunners.


2017 World Superbike Riders

The new season is upon us and, as the riders go against the clock in anger for the first time this year, let’s catch up with who is riding what bike and on which team, and just because nothing challenges the fates like scrying the future, we will make some bold and inaccurate predictions. There are twenty riders, ten of whom have won a world title while three of the rest have a national title under their belt.

2017 Jerez Moto2 & Moto3 Private Test Press Releases

Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the test at Jerez:

Baldassarri and Marini complete successful second test in 2017

Following a first prosperous shakedown in Valencia the Forward Racing Team continued its testing program ahead of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship season with a two-day private test at Circuito de Jerez. Bright sunshine provided perfect circumstances on Wednesday, while both riders were forced to stay inside the pit box on day two due to mixed weather conditions.

2017 Jerez Moto2 & Moto3 Private Test: Nakagami, Bulega Fastest After One Day of Dry Track

The Moto2 and Moto3 teams were back to work over the past two days, a large contingent gathered to prepare for the 2017 season. Fine weather greeted the riders on the first day of the test, but the second day, Thursday, started with the track covered with sand after strong winds blew sand across from North Africa, then rain hit the track and washed out the rest of the test. A few riders went out on Thursday, but they were nearly 20 seconds off the pace.

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Bigger bangs for bigger bucks

This season Marc Marquez will use a new engine configuration, inspired by Honda’s first big-bang GP bike of the early 1990s

Many moons ago I used to buy a plane ticket to Tokyo every November and then a bullet-train ticket to Suzuka, where HRC would let a few of us ride its GP bikes around Soichiro Honda’s magnificent figure-of-eight circuit.

On the very first lap of my first visit in 1989, Eddie Lawson’s title-winning Rothmans Honda NSR500 flew into a blood-curdling tank-slapper down the back straight, flat-out in sixth gear. I pulled into the pits, where an HRC mechanic fussed around the front of the bike, then grinned widely as he turned the steering damper up to maximum and sent me on my way. No more tank-slappers but now the NSR turned like an oil-tanker. And Lawson won the world title on this bike. Some achievement.

Subscriber Feature: Honda's Private Jerez MotoGP Test - Why It Matters

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez are to head to Jerez for a private, two-day test on 24th and 25th of February, or Friday and Saturday of this week. The Repsol Honda team announced the test on Twitter, confirming earlier news stories which had broken after the official MotoGP test at Phillip Island last week.

This two-day test is a sign that Márquez and Pedrosa are getting close to making a decision on which version of the engine they will be racing in 2017. They need one final test comparing the various possibilities before heading to Qatar.

The fact that they are now heading to Jerez is emblematic of just how important this choice is. This Jerez test replaces HRC's original plan, which was to retest the big bang engine rolled out at Valencia, verifying results from its original roll out at Valencia, then refine it for Sepang. But Repsol Honda called off that test at the request of the riders, giving the engine to Jack Miller to test in November of last year.

That change of plans was an indication that all was not well with the new engine. Both Márquez and Pedrosa were downbeat about the new engine at Valencia, Márquez emphasizing just how much work Honda still had to do with the new motor. "We must work much more," he said. "Honda needs to work much more this winter to give me something more in Malaysia."


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