2013 Portimao World Superbike Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams, as well as the series organizer, after the first day of practice in Portimao:


Rea sets the pace in Portugal

Jonathan Rea set the fastest time in this afternoon’s opening qualifying session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal to take provisional pole position for Sunday’s two sixth-round World Superbike championship races.

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2013 Portimão World Superbike QP1 Results: Rea Leads Laverty and Sykes

Jonathan Rea grabs and holds on to provisional pole, in spite of a last minute onslaught from both Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes. All three men kept the rest of the field from the top spot throughout the session and were separated at the end by under a tenth of a second. 

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2013 Portimão World Supersport QP1 Results: Lowes And Sofuoglu Fastest

Sam Lowes once again sets provisional pole, half a second faster than his rival Kenan Sofuoglu. Jack Kennedy continues to impress with the last provisional front row place. while David Salom, fourth fastest and returning from injury, is the only other rider within a second of the fast Lowes. 

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New 2014 WSBK Rules Agreed Upon: World Superbikes Enters Price-Capped Era

The long-awaited new rules for the World Superbike series, to be applied from 2014 onwards, are finally ready. Or rather, the framework on which they will be based has been agreed upon by all of the parties involved. Today, the FIM issued a press release announcing that an agreement had been reached between the FIM, the MSMA and Dorna over a new framework for technical regulations for WSBK to be applied from 2014 onwards.

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2013 Portimão World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Leads Kennedy In Split Session

After a damn grey morning, Sam Lowes opened the weekend with a fastest lap some five seconds off the record, demonstrating that the track wasn't ready for the fast times. The session was split with a red flagged six minutes from the end, but there were no major incidents recorded.

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2013 Mugello Moto2 And Moto3 Round Up: Redding Stokes Up A War of Words, And Why KTM Is Killing It In Moto3

In many ways, the Moto2 race at Mugello resembled the MotoGP race. One rider seized the initiative, sized up the competition, and when he saw that they were no match for him, pressed home his advantage.

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Biaggi's First Day Of Ducati Testing: A Lot To Learn After Seven Years Away

Max Biaggi is back on a MotoGP machine, for the first time since he lost his ride at the end of the 2005 season. The reigning World Superbike champion took to the track at Mugello today to test Ben Spies' Pramac Ducati, and get a feel for a MotoGP machine again. Biaggi was invited to ride the bike by Ducati, mainly just as a friendly gesture towards an old rider, but in part also to give his input on riding the bike. With Spies still absent recovering from his shoulder injury, putting Biaggi on the bike was an interesting prospect.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley: Marquez and Dunlop: on the same curve

MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.


Marquez and Dunlop: on the same curve

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Aspar Press Release: Controlling The Uncontrollable - The Role Of Ritual In Racing

While normally, MotoGP fans never get enough of seeing Valentino Rossi on TV, there is one shot they would (for the most part) gladly be spared. Every time the Italian leaves the pits for practice or qualifying, the TV director seems determined to show the same shot, from the camera on the back of Rossi's bike. As he leaves the pits, Rossi stands on the footpegs, and pulls his leathers from between his buttocks, before sitting back down again and leaving.

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Pramac Confirm Biaggi To Test, Pirro To Substitute For Spies At Barcelona

Pramac Ducati today issued the following press release, confirming the news reported yesterday, that Max Biaggi is to test the Pramac Ducati at Mugello, and Michele Pirro is to substitute for Ben Spies at Barcelona:


Max Biaggi to test Pramac Racing Team’s Ducati Desmosedici for two days at Mugello

Max Biaggi will take to the track aboard the Pramac Racing Team’s Ducati Desmosedici GP13 tomorrow for a two-day test at the Mugello circuit in Tuscany, Italy.

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Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Explains Why Bridgestone's Heat-Resistant Tires Were Used At Mugello

Bridgestone today issued their customary post-race press release, today discussing the use of their special heat-resistant slicks at Mugello:


Italian MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

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Max Biaggi To Test Ben Spies' Ducati At Mugello, Pirro To Replace Spies At Barcelona

Max Biaggi is to make a surprise return to riding a MotoGP machine. The former 250 and World Superbike champion will take a seat on Ben Spies' Ignite Pramac Ducati as part of a one-day test at Mugello, as part of Ducati's testing program, according to Italian site GPOne.com.

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