Standings in the World Superbike championship after the first race in Germany:
Press releases after the first WorldSBK race and qualifying for the WSS class from the Lausitzring in Germany:
Lausitzring: Day 2
Nine years since the last World Superbike race at this American-style oval track with a nadgery infield, Noriyuki Haga's lap record would most certainly fall, but how quickly? The Lausitzring was completely dry in time for the first race of the weekend but the riders lined up without having done a race simulation and the rain having washed the rubber build-up off the track. All bets were off.
Twenty-three World Supersport riders poured out of the pits to contest the two promotions and a chance of pole position after a break of thirteen weeks. Kyle Smith, fastest this morning in the wet, and Zalfumi Khairuddin are the two quickest riders yesterday to be in the first session.
After an absence of ten weeks, World Superbike returns to a track that it has not visited since 2007. Jonathan Rea, quickest this morning in the damp conditions, is the rider most likely to get promoted from Superpole 1 with Davide Giugliano or Alex De Angelis most likely to join him.
In the wet untimed session, Kyle Smith set all four fastest laps and, until the end of the session, was over a second clear of everyone else. Ayrton Badovini and Kenan Sufuoglu sneaked in fast laps at the end to make it look a lot closer than it was.
A wet Lausitzring hosted the morning's untimed session and Jonathan Rea topped the table as several riders crashed out. Alex Lowes crashed halfway through and brought out the red flags while Markus Reiterberger and Nicky Hayden crashed after the restart.
Update: Alex Lowes has been confirmed fit, having suffered an elbow sprain in his FP3 crash.
Press releases from the teams after the first day of practice in Germany:
Lausitzring: Day 1
Savadori Heads The Charge
- The rookie leads the way to Tissot-Superole 2 shoot out -
Savadori shows his potential
Another MotoGP race, another winner. The Misano round of MotoGP had plenty to talk about, so MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett joined Neil Morrison to mull over the events of the weekend.
Naturally, we start off with Dani Pedrosa's incredible victory, and discuss in-depth how it came about. We talk about where Pedrosa turned around his season, and how conditions affected his race. We also touch on the issue of crew chiefs, and address rumors that Pedrosa is to have a new one for next season.
Kenan Sofuoglu is the only rider to record a lap under 1'41 and led Gino Rea by over four tenths of a second with Niki Tuuli putting in an impressive performance a quarter of a second further back. Jules Cluzel was fourth quickest while PJ Jacobsen was unable to improve on his morning's time.
Kenan Sofuoglu set the quickest time early on and was the only rider ever to appear at the top of the sheet, improving the best time six more times before the session ended.
Lorenzo Savadori, less than four hundreths of a second clear of Markus Reiterberger, ended Friday on top, with Tom Sykes just over a tenth of a second behind. Michael van der Mark and Jordi Torres were the only riders unable to improve on their mornng's time in the second hour.
Kenan Sofuoglu opened the weekend with a lap over four tenths quicker than PJ Jacobsen and Luke Stapleford with rival Jules Cluzel over a tenth further back. Finnish rookie Niki Tuuli showed impressive form until a crash halfway through the session.
In the first session after the long summer break, Jordi Torres came out on top, ahead of Alex Lowes, Leon Camier and Michael van der Mark. Van der Mark led the early part of the session with Alex Lowes, fresh from scoring points in MotoGP, setting a benchmark that stood for over twenty minutes until Torres topped the session.
At the end of the 2018 Grand Prix season, the engine contract for the Moto2 class comes up for renewal. The existing Honda CBR600RR engine is in line to be replaced as the spec Moto2 engine, as Honda is set to stop selling the bike in Europe, and has no plans for a successor.
What does the future of the Moto2 class look like? With the end of the current contract two years away, Dorna has started the process of defining what is to replace the current Honda engine. The first order of business was to explore every possible option, and evaluate the positives and negatives. Nothing was out of bounds: options evaluated included continuing with Honda, opening up the engine supply to competing manufacturers, having a bespoke engine built, and even a return to two-stroke engines.