2013 Jerez World Superbike And World Supersport Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and the WSBK and WSS teams previewing the final round of the 2013 season:


The stage is set for WSBK season finale at Jerez

Rome (Italy), Monday 14 October 2013 - The eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders are gearing up for the last round of 2013, that will take place this weekend at the Circuito de Jerez, Spain. The last time the Andalusian track hosted an event of the series was in 1990, with the Spanish Round being the season opener for WSBK.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) enters the final showdown in confident mood after the double win at Magny-Cours, that allowed the Brit to extend his lead to a comfortable 37 and 38 points over the two remaining title contenders, Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team). With such a considerable margin over the rivals, Sykes could be crowned new World Superbike Champion already after the first race by finishing in third place, in case the two opponents would eventually take the top-two spots on the podium.

All the factory teams and most of the private ones have previously tested at Jerez, meaning the riders will not take too long to get up to speed on the Spanish venue.

Team BMW Motorrad GoldBet line-up will turn into a trio this weekend, as regular riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies will be joined by STK team mate Sylvain Barrier, who is set to make his long-awaited WSBK debut after retaining the title in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in front of his home crowd at Magny-Cours.

Local rider Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia) is targeting a strong result at Jerez, a track he knows well and where he won during his best ever 250cc World Championship season (2003) and in 2010, first race victory of his title-winning season in Moto2.

Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) is down to race despite not being 100% after the injury suffered at Nurburgring. Former BSB Champion will undergo further checks at Jerez prior to the round, before a final decision on his participation to the event. Similar situation for Loris Baz, who is eager to jump on his Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R after sitting out from the last three rounds.

Javier Fores will replace fellow Spaniard Carlos Checa for the last outing of what has been a difficult season for Team Ducati Alstare. The 28 year old from Llombai has previously raced in the series, when he stepped in for injured James Toseland to race with Team BMW Motorrad Italia for the last three rounds in 2011.

Australian FX Superbike Champion Broc Parkes will make his comeback to the series by tackling the event onboard the Yamaha YZF-R1 of the YART Team.

Standings (Round 13 of 14): 1. Sykes 411; 2. Laverty 374; 3. Guintoli 373; 4. Melandri 339; 5. Davies 270; 6. Giugliano 195; 7. Fabrizio 186; 8. Baz 180; 9. Rea 176; 10. Cluzel 162; 11. Badovini 127; 12. Camier 114; 13. Haslam 91; 14. Neukirchner 84; 15. Checa 80; 16. Sandi 54; 17. Elias 46; 18. Aitchison 33; 19. Iannuzzo 27; 20. Salom 22; 21. Clementi 18; 22. Philippe 13; 23. Lanzi 13; 24. Canepa 12; 25. Lai 11; 26. Pirro 10; 27. Lundh 10; 28. Hayden 8; 29. Young 8; 30. Reiterberger 7; 31. Allerton 6; 32. Uprak 5; 33. Smrz 4; 34. Stauffer 4; 35. Ercelik 3; 36. Eslick 2; 37. Akiyoshi 2; 38. Haga 2. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 500; 2. Kawasaki 465; 3. BMW 412; 4. Honda 234; 5. Suzuki 225; 6. Ducati 169; 7. Yamaha 4.

World Supersport

After clinching his first-ever World Title at Magny-Cours, Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) will be back on track to contest his last World Supersport race before moving to the Moto2 World Championship. The battle-hungry youngster from Lincoln will have a final chance for another epic challenge against Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki).

Confirmed Pata Honda riders for 2014 Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti will try and mix it up for what would be their first ever win in the series – and the maiden one for the team this year. Matthieu Lagrive, last minute substitute for injured Florian Marino at Magny-Cours, will be again on track for Team Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki, and he will be replacing this time Luca Scassa.

Complus SMS Racing Honda is going to tackle the round by fielding former CEV Moto3 rider Fraser Rogers.

Standings (Round 12 of 13): 1. Lowes 225; 2. Sofuoglu 181; 3. Foret 134; 4. Vd Mark 117; 5. Zanetti 108; 6. Kennedy 76; 7. Scassa 75; 8. Coghlan 62; 9. Rolfo 62; 10. Leonov 56; 11. Antonelli 55; 12. Marino 53; 13. Morais 47; 14. Iddon 45; 15. Russo 38; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 250; 2. Yamaha 233; 3. Honda 152; 4. MV Agusta 88; 5. Suzuki 36; 6. Triumph 6.

Superstock 1000

Despite the title already assigned last round, the final race for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup will play an important role for the riders involved, who are looking forward to end up their season in the best possible way.

With 2013 title winner Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) up to his debut in World Superbike, Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati) – who is still looking for his first race win of the season - will try and defend his second place in the standings from Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) and Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), who scored one win each in the last two rounds.

Barrier's place will be taken by former STK1000 rider and 2013 IDM Superbike Champion Markus Reiterberger.

Standings (Round 9 of 10): 1. Barrier 178; 2. Canepa 145; 3. Guarnoni 128; 4. Mercado 126; 5. Savadori 98; 6. La Marra 85; 7. Jezek 81; 8. Lanusse 60; 9. Bussolotti 55; 10. Andreozzi 51; etc. Manufacturers: 1. BMW 189; 2. Kawasaki 173; 3. Ducati 166; 4. Honda 38; 5. Suzuki 5.

Superstock 600

Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) leads the way in the points as the Superstock 600 European Championship heads to Jerez for a thrilling finale. The Rome-born rider holds a 10-point advantage on Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki), fierce challenger for second place finish in France, and 14 on team mate Alessandro Nocco, dominant winner last time out at Magny-Cours.

Kyle Smith (Agro-on Racedays Kawasaki) is looking forward to the Spanish round boosted by his previous knowledge of the track, after the encouraging performances put up in his first two races in the series.

Standings (Round 9 of 10): 1. Morbidelli 134; 2. Gamarino 124; 3. Nocco 120; 4. Chesaux 113; 5. Duwelz 102; 6. Coveña 81; 7. Mulhauser 67; 8. Nestorovic 63; 9. Salvadori 57; 10. Morrentino 48; 11. Casalotti 42; 12. Schmitter 38; 13. Tuuli 34; 14. Tessels 34; 15. Vitali 27; etc.

European Junior Cup

Following the hectic race on French soil, the Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda riders will contest the last race of the season that sees nine riders still in contention for the title and the top-3, led by Kiwi Jake Lewis (Jake Lewis Racing), between five points of each other.

Standings (Round 7 of 8): 1. Lewis 76; 2. Anne 72; 3. Fernandez 71; 4. Sebestyen 60; 5. Raymond 59; 6. Manfredi 57; 7. Flitcroft 56; 8. Orellana 56; 9. Canducci 55; 10. Bendsneijder 50; etc.

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WSBK debut for Sylvain Barrier with BMW at Jerez.

Superstock champion Sylvain Barrier will ride a third BMW S 1000 RR of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team for the season finale at Jerez – Markus Reiterberger takes over his Superstock BMW HP4.

Munich/Milano, 9th October 2013. Last weekend at Magny-Cours (FRA), he celebrated an early title defense in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup and for the next round, he will be promoted to the highest class: BMW factory rider Sylvain Barrier will debut in the FIM Superbike World Championship at the season finale at Spanish Jerez (18th to 20th October). The 24-year old Frenchman will ride a third BMW S 1000 RR of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team and join the team’s regular riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR).

With giving him the opportunity to race in the Superbike World Championship, BMW Motorrad thanks Sylvain for the strong performances he showed in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, especially for the two titles he has won in the past and the current season. At Jerez, the factory team will enter a third RR in 2013 WSBK spec for Sylvain. His crew will be the same as in the Superstock class with additional support by BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport.

“This is really great news, I am so excited that BMW has given me the chance to debut in World Superbikes”, said an enthusiastic Sylvain Barrier. “This is the perfect present for my 25th birthday, which I will celebrate on Sunday at Jerez. The years with the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team have been amazing, and for sure, this will be another highlight. It has always been my target to race in World Superbikes and I want to thank BMW for making this reality. I will give my very best to pay BMW back for this great opportunity. I cannot wait to come to Jerez and to jump on the RR!”

“We are happy to offer this opportunity to Sylvain, he more than deserves this”, said Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK. “He’s been with us for three years and we’ve seen him growing up. Last year he had a competitive bike and he made, once more, a winning bike out of it. This year he won another challenge: to make the new BMW HP4, equipped with an innovative electronic damping system, the DDC, a winning bike on its debut. Sylvain developed this system during the season, showing that he is a sensitive tester and, also, able to understand this new technology. And, in addition, he also confirmed he is a fast and talented rider. There’s no doubt that Sylvain is ready to step up to a higher series. We’re happy to offer him the debut in the last race of the season, on the stage of World Superbike.”

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, the duties on Sylvain’s BMW HP4 will be taken over by another rider who impressed on his BMW this season: Markus Reiterberger will race for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team at Jerez. The 19-year old German is the man of the year in the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM). In only his first full season in the series, he celebrated an early title win. In addition, he started as a wild-card entry at the German round of the Superbike World Championship at Nürburgring, scoring points in both races. Reiterberger also has a wealth of experience of riding with BMW in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, racing a RR in the series in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.


Team SBK Ducati Alstare prepares for final Jerez Superbike round with Badovini and Forés

Bologna (Italy), Friday 11 October 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and rider Ayrton Badovini will be joined by substitute rider Javier 'Xavi' Forés for the fourteenth and final round of the 2013 World Superbike championship, taking place at the Jerez circuit in Spain on the weekend of 20 October.

At the penultimate Magny-Cours round, which took place one week ago, Badovini and substitute rider Michele Pirro took mixed results, with Ayrton finishing the event’s two races in ninth and tenth position and Michele scoring a sixth place finish in race one before unfortunately suffering a crash in the second of the day’s races.

Javier Forés, 28 years old and from Valencia, Spain, will not step up to substitute for Checa in the season’s closing round. Forés is competing this year in the Stock Extreme category in the Spanish CEV championship. He is currently lying at the top of the general classification, leading the way for Ducati on board his 1199 Panigale, having won five of six races thus far and with two events still left to run. Javier knows the Jerez circuit well, having raced there while competing in various national and international series. The last time he participated in the World Superbike championship was in 2011, when he took part in the final rounds with BMW. He has not yet ridden the Panigale in its Superbike configuration, but will do so next Tuesday and Wednesday during development tests taking place at Misano. This will give Javier, who is extremely enthusiastic about this new challenge, the chance to gain confidence with the bike ahead of the race weekend.

Ayrton Badovini:

“We’re already at the final event of the year, unbelievable! It hasn’t been an easy season for us but I would like to bring it to an end in the best possible way, by taking good results at Jerez. I tested there earlier this year of course and I like the track, but it’s many years since Superbikes went there though, so we’ll not have that benefit of race experience. I hope we can work hard and adapt the bike to the track and complete two good races to finish the season on a positive note.”

Javier Forés:

“Jerez is a track I really like, I race there every year in the Spanish championship and so know it very well. I think it suits the Ducati, seeing as there are no long straights to contend with. This year is going very well for me in the Spanish championship. In my Stock category I’m getting on well with the Panigale and have won five of the six races run so far. I haven’t yet had chance to ride it in its Superbike configuration and so can’t wait to get on track and work to adapt the bike to the track. It will be a really interesting weekend and I thank Ducati and team Ducati Alstare for giving me this important opportunity.”


BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Jerez - Preview

Munich/Milan, 14th October 2013. Final push for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team: the squad and factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR) are preparing for the 2013 season finale of the FIM Superbike World Championship. The last races of the year will be held this weekend (18th to 20th October) at the “Circuito de Jerez” in Southern Spain. This will also mark the final round of the factory involvement of BMW Motorrad in the Superbike World Championship. According to its strategic realignment, the German manufacturer will withdraw from the series and focus on its extended international customer sports programme from 2014.

For the Jerez round, Marco and Chaz will have company. The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team will enter a third BMW S 1000 RR for Sylvain Barrier. The French factory rider celebrated an early title defence in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup at the previous round at Magny-Cours (FRA). As a reward for the performance he showed in the BMW Motorrad STK Team over the last three years, including winning two titles, BMW Motorrad offers him the chance to debut in World Superbikes at Jerez.

In the Manufacturers’ standings of the Superbike World Championship, BMW heads to the final round lying in third with 412 points. In the Riders’ classification, Marco is currently fourth with 339 points, followed by Chaz who is fifth with 270 points.

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain’s BMW HP4 will be raced by Markus Reiterberger at Jerez. The young German will team up with regular rider Greg Gildenhuys (RSA). At the final round of the season, BMW will try to secure the Manufacturers’ title.

Jerez from the rider’s point of view:

Marco Melandri:

“I really like Jerez and during the last years in World Superbikes I missed it a lot. It is a very technical track with tight and fast corners and with very short straights which don’t give you the opportunity to take a breath. On this track, the power of the engine is not the most important factor, but the complete package which has to work properly. For these reasons I expect two great races with many protagonists. The Jerez round not only marks the last race of the 2013 season but will also be the last race for BMW as a factory team. As a farewell I would like to thank my team with a great result.”

Chaz Davies:

“Jerez is the last race and it is a pity as it was a good season and it also marks the end of BMW’s factory involvement. I have only raced with the team for one year but it was a productive year. I think every one of us is going to Jerez for the same reason: everyone is highly motivated to finish the season strong and to bring home the best possible results. Our target as ever is to be on the podium but I think everyone on the grid will push really hard at this last race of the season. We tested quite often at Jerez. It is a difficult circuit. Jerez is a little bit like Laguna, where power is not the most important factor but the chassis needs to be very good. The straight there is pretty short. After the corner, it takes you half of the straight to get your bike in the right position and then you’re already thinking about braking for the hairpin. The track has a little bit of everything, some tight corners as well as fast turns. It is definitely one of the circuits I like.”

Sylvain Barrier:

“I still can’t believe that I am going to make my debut in World Superbikes. I have no pressure and I expect to have all the time I need to learn how the bike works, because I have no experience with our 2013 WSBK version of the RR and its tyres. I know the track from our winter test with the BMW Motorrad STK Team, and I like it very much. I don’t have a real target for these races. But I want to do my best and if I get a good rhythm I am confident that I can. And this is the best gift I could receive from BMW for my birthday, which is on Sunday.”

Jerez from a sporting point of view:

Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“Jerez is a great circuit and, in addition, it is the track we have chosen as our test track. We have been there several times during winter and have collected lots of data, which will allow us to start the weekend with a good base. Our riders like the track a lot, so we are confident that we will be able to have a good season finale. This weekend we will bring a third bike in SBK specification, because at Jerez the old and new Superstock 1000 Champion Sylvain Barrier will make his debut in the Superbike World Championship. This way we want to thank him for the great seasons and the titles he won with us. We are confident that he will be able to make best use of this opportunity to present himself on the Superbike stage. In the Superstock Cup, the Manufacturers’ title still has to be won. For this reason we’ll leave Sylvain’s BMW HP4 to Markus Reiterberger and we are confident that he will support BMW to achieve the title.”

Jerez from a technical point of view:

Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“In Magny-Cours we were not able to exploit our full potential. After the races we were not satisfied with the results so we expect that all those feelings will guarantee an extra motivation for the last races. Jerez is our test track, where we have been testing in the winter and at the beginning of the season. We have important data which will help us to set the bike up properly for the various characteristics of the racetrack. The circuit has slow and short straights, but high-speed corners like turns 11 and 12 and tight hairpins as well. From the chassis side it requires a mix of braking stability and good turning. It is demanding for engine management as well, as it won’t be an easy challenge to find the right setting to accelerate as fast as possible out of the corner, putting the torque on the ground and fighting against the wheelieing. We are confident of being well prepared in order to give Marco, Chaz and, for his first time on a World Superbike, Sylvain the right package to fight with the top guys.”

Jerez from Pirelli’s point of view:

For the final stage of the 2013 season, Pirelli will provide riders with rear tyres in soft SC0 and medium SC1 compounds, including the popular standard SC0 that both designers and riders have been very satisfied with. Although the lateral loads generated during the race are not very high, in order to meet the different needs of the Jerez track (fast sections alternating with slow corners, some of these elevated) a rear tyre with a good balance of handling and support in the lean is needed. The great versatility of use of rear standard Pirelli tyres is capable of responding comprehensively to the demands of this circuit. The only unknown remains the temperature, but with the SC1 for cool temperatures and the SC0 in case of warmer ones, Pirelli will be able to cover even the weather variable. The type of asphalt used to cover the track of Jerez can be quite aggressive, a factor not to be underestimated because it may lead to problems of uneven wear or abrasion on the rear tyre, especially with the use of soft compounds.

For the Superbike class, slick solutions will be three for the front and four for the rear. For the front, Pirelli brings the standard SC1, in soft compound ideal for low external temperatures and/or average harsh tracks, and the standard SC2, which is excellent for high ambient temperatures because it guarantees a solid tread strip. both in the range and brought to all rounds this year. As an alternative to the two standard solutions there will be a development SC1 solution, the S283, which offers greater robustness than the standard SC1. For the rear, riders can choose between two SC0 and two SC1. The softest solution of the range is the standard SC0 which debuted at Monza with the reinforced central area and has been used at several rounds with success. It offers maximum tread contact on smooth asphalt and maximum traction development at high temperatures as well as higher resistance to thermal performance decay. As an alternative to the standard SC0 Pirelli will provide riders also with a new development SC0, the S1429, more robust from the mechanical point of view compared to the standard SC0 and that should avoid possible cold tearing to which the standard one may be exposed. The two SC1 tyres are development solutions: the S1258, which was developed with the purpose of improving the thermal-mechanical properties, and the R1431, which should be able to provide with better resistance to laceration but same grip of standard SC1.

Background:

Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, southern Spain, is not only known for its good sherry, but also as a motorsport stronghold. When the MotoGP comes to town, the entire region practically shuts down and up to 250,000 fans make the pilgrimage to the “Circuito de Jerez”. The circuit was built in 1985 and has been the subject of multiple modifications since then. It was originally designed for Formula One, which was last staged there in 1997.

However, Jerez has also been a permanent fixture on the calendar of various motorcycle series for a long time. The Superbike World Championship made one previous appearance at the circuit back in 1990, and now returns to Andalusia for the finale of the 2013 season. The mild climate in the south of Spain makes the “Circuito de Jerez” a very popular winter test track for many Formula One, MotoGP and Superbike World Championship teams.

The “Circuito de Jerez” is a real test for the riders. It is on the narrow side and throws up a challenging demanding mixture of slow and quicker corners, a hairpin, and short straights. This layout is extremely demanding physically for the riders, as they barely get chance to catch breath during the course of a lap. At the same time, it is important to find the ideal racing line on this winding track. When selecting the set-up, the teams must ensure the bikes are very stable with good braking and steering response. They must also take the weather into account: whilst it is usually nice and sunny in Andalusia, autumn can also produce some heavy rainfall.


Team Althea Racing – Jerez SBK preview

The fourteenth and final round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at the “Circuito de Jerez” over the weekend of October 18/19/20. “Circuito de Jerez” is a racing circuit located close to the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. The project was led by the Spanish engineer Manuel Medina Lara, based on a preliminary idea from Alessandro Rocci. The circuit opened on 8 December 1985. During 1986 the circuit hosted the first international motorcycle event in Spain in March and the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix in April. Due to the hosting of the European Grand Prix in 1994, the circuit initiated safety changes from the 1990 configuration, including a new chicane (the Senna curve) It’s one of the most popular tracks for winter testing. During 2005, the track was resurfaced. The circuit currently holds pre-season Formula One testing shared with the Circuit de Catalunya, also in Spain. On 2 May 2013, it was announced that the final corner would be renamed after Spanish MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

The World Superbike championship is coming to a close with the last two races of this thrilling season taking place this coming weekend at the track in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. These two races will decide the 2013 world superbike champion. Team Althea arrives in Jerez, ready to confirm this strong season finale that is rewarding both the team and its rider Davide Giugliano with great results. Davide has finished in the top positions in all recent races, demonstrating maturity and consistency. Genesio Bevilacqua’s team will work to close the championship in the best possible way in Jerez, in order to thank sponsors and fans, who have never stopped supporting the team, with some positive results.

Davide Giugliano: “I’m pleased to be able to finish my 2013 season in Jerez, a track that I really like and where I rode the RSV4 Aprilia for the first time last November. On that occasion I was immediately fast and hope that I can do likewise this time, although it won’t be easy to fight at the front, with riders who are still battling it out for the title. This is a positive moment for us and I hope it continues at Jerez too, because I really want to conclude the season in the best way possible, as a way of thanking my team and all those who believed in me.”


CAMIER BACK IN ACTION AT JEREZ WSB

Team Suzuki Press Office – October 15.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki heads to the final round of the 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship with its usual rider line-up as Leon Camier returns to the fold after missing the last two events.

Camier seriously injured his right foot in a crash in Turkey last month, which required surgery to repair seven broken bones. The Englishman has undergone a comprehensive recuperation programme to regain his fitness and hopes to pass the trackside medical on Thursday at Jerez to enable him to compete in this weekend’s event on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. Camier has never raced at Jerez before and is determined to put this season’s troubles behind him and produce a positive performance in Spain.

Jules Cluzel is again one of the few riders heading towards this new inclusion on the Superbike calendar with experience of the track. He raced there in the 125cc, 250cc and Moto2™ classes of the MotoGP™ championship between 2006 and 2011. He will undoubtedly put this experience to good use during the early sessions of the weekend and will hope that this knowledge will stand him in good stead to bring his first season in the World Superbike class to a fitting conclusion.

The Circuito de Jerez is situated in the Andalucian region of Spain, deep in the heart of the country’s Sherry-producing area. This will be the first time that World Superbikes has visited the 4,423m track since 1990, but will find a very different circuit to the one that was raced on back then. With changes to the layout for safety reasons, the venue has lost none of its appeal since and still produces great racing due to its undulating layout, hard-braking corners and endless camber changes. The Jerez track is one of the best spectator circuits on the calendar due to its numerous grandstands providing near-perfect viewing facilities and will provide a fitting venue for this season’s finale, which sees Tom Sykes heading to Spain as championship leader, but with his two nearest challengers still in with a chance of taking the title.

This season’s final World Superbike action will get underway on Friday morning with the first free practice session, followed by the opening qualifying period in the afternoon. Saturday morning will have a second qualifying session to confirm the riders that will progress towards that afternoon’s Superpole. The penultimate race of 2013 will get underway at 12.00hrs local time (11.00hrs BST) with the climax to the season scheduled for 15.30hrs local time (14.30hrs BST).

Leon Camier:

“I have made massive progress with the foot and even surprised the doctors, because most of them said I wouldn’t make it back for Jerez. My foot is still a bit swollen, but it is improving all the time and it’s just my general fitness that I need to work on, so although I need to rest to help the recovery I also need to be getting in lots of exercise – which means I’m a bit caught between the two. I have to get the balance right and I won’t be anywhere near full fitness in Spain, but I will be close enough to ride and then we’ll have to see what happens from there. I will need to take a medical at Jerez, but don’t think that will be a problem as I can now put my weight on the foot and I’ve done a bit of Trials and Enduro riding, so I know it’s working ok. I’ve only tested at Jerez before and I’m really looking forward to going there at the weekend and being involved at the last race of the season.”

Jules Cluzel:

“I’m looking forward to getting to Jerez and hopefully we’ll have some nice sunny weather to finish off the season. I have raced at Jerez many times before and done lots of testing there because it was used as a test track for some of the teams I raced for. It was also the second place that I rode the FIXI Crescent Suzuki in pre-season testing, so I also have some knowledge of how the bike works there. I really want to finish off the year in a good way and give my crew a good result, because they really deserve it for all their hard work this season.”


THE WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON WILL FINISH ON THE SPECTACULAR SPANISH JEREZ CIRCUIT.

EUGENE LAVERTY AND SYLVAIN GUINTOLI ARE EAGER TO FINISH THE SEASON THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY.

APRILIA IS CLOSE TO THE MANUFACTURER TITLE, HAVING DOMINATED THE STANDINGS FROM THE FIRST ROUND.

Jerez, 16 October 2013 - The final round of the 2013 World Superbike season is about to kick off on a brand new track for the factory derivative championship – the spectacular Jerez circuit. The Aprilia Racing Team will arrive in Spain mathematically within a shout of victory for both Eugene Laverty and team mate Sylvain Guintoli, both of whom have put in an excellent season. The probabilities certainly don't favour the Aprilia riders, but in any case they are ready to give it their all on a track that they know well since it was the Italian team's test track this year.

On the manufacturer front Aprilia is a hair's breadth away from the third title in the last four years after dominating the brand standings from the very first round at Phillip Island, proof of the RSV4's superiority.

For Eugene Laverty, a key player in recent rounds with a double win at Istanbul, the victory at Laguna Seca and his double podium at Magny-Cours, the goal is still to win both races on Sunday. Trailing the leader by 37 points, the only feasible strategy is to aim for the top result.

Eugene Laverty: “We still have an outside chance of the title going into the final round at Jerez. All I can do is try to win the races on Sunday and see what happens. We've had a really good run of seven successful podiums and it would be great to finish the season on a high”.

After stirring up the French fans at Magny-Cours with a double podium, Sylvain Guintoli will now take on Jerez, where he made his preseason maiden run astride the Aprilia RSV4. The rider from across the Alps has had a season which can definitely be categorised as positive: after making his début with a victory at Phillip Island, Sylvain dominated the rider standings thanks to a series of impressive placings. After suffering a shoulder injury which compromised his performance in the second half of the season he is now lying in third place, just 38 points behind Sykes.

Sylvain Guintoli: “After the Magny-Cours Race2 battle with Eugene that ended on the tarmac, medical checks revealed no further damage to the shoulder. That's the first good news! The second one is that Jerez is our test track and I know it very well from my GP days. The fight for the Championship is still on and I want to push until the end”.


Pata Honda looks forward to SBK finale

The Pata Honda team is preparing for this weekend’s final round of the 2013 World Superbike championship at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain.

It’s some 23 years since Jerez hosted a round of the production-based SBK series but many of the teams tested at the 4.423km Andalusian track at the end of 2012, including the current Pata Honda line-up of Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam.

Fabrizio has been substituting for the injured Jonathan Rea since round 11 at Istanbul in Turkey and Jerez represents the 29-year-old Italian’s final outing with the team. He is understandably looking forward to leaving on a high and the team will be doing all it can to realise Fabrizio’s wish.

Haslam meanwhile has his own reasons to seek an uplifting end to a difficult season that has been blighted by a double leg fracture sustained at Assen in The Netherlands in April. The 30-year-old British rider will be aiming to maintain his record of at least one podium finish in each of his full seasons as a World Superbike rider.

The Pata Honda team will remain in Spain following Sunday’s two 21-lap races at Jerez for a one-day test on Tuesday 22 October. It is anticipated that Jonathan Rea will use the test to re-introduce himself to his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade after fracturing his left femur in a crash at Nurburgring in Germany on 1 September.

Leon Haslam

We tested at Jerez at the end of last season and did some back-to-back comparisons between last year’s electronics and the new package, which was at a very early stage of development. It’ll be difficult to use any of the data we got back then but it’s a great track and I’ve always loved riding here since I was in GPs. We solved a pretty significant issue on the bike at the end of the last round in Magny-Cours, so I’m really looking forward to getting out on the Jerez circuit on Friday and giving it a go. It’s the last round of the series and I would just like it to be the one where everything finally comes together and we can get a chance to show what we’re capable of. There are lots of things to improve before the beginning of next season – both with me and the bike – but I’d like to finish this one by challenging the top guys this weekend.

Michel Fabrizio

Jerez will be my last race with the Pata Honda team, so I want to continue the positive direction that we found at Magny-Cours and to finish with some good results. I found a good confidence in the bike and in my riding in France so I want to take this to Spain and finish this year in a good way. I have never raced at Jerez but I tested there last year on a different machine and I was very fast, so I know that the circuit suits my riding style. I wish Jonathan a good recovery and I would like to thank Honda and the Pata Honda team for this opportunity. I hope to put on a good show for everyone this weekend.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

So, we reach the last race of the season and our final outing with Michel. We would all like to thank him for his contribution since Istanbul and we will all be trying very hard to help him continue to challenge for top five finishes. We will also try to give Leon back some confidence in the bike and help him to finish this season on a high to generate some positive momentum for the 2014 season. We are also very happy to welcome Jonathan back to the team after his injury and to congratulate him on the birth of his son. He’ll be with us all weekend and I can speak for the whole team in saying that we are all looking forward to seeing him back on the bike during our test next week.


CAMIER PASSED FIT TO RACE AT JEREZ WSB

Team Suzuki Press Office – October 17.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier has successfully passed a medical test at the Jerez circuit in Spain to enable him to compete in this weekend’s final round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

Camier has missed the last two rounds following a huge accident at Istanbul Park in Turkey last month. He broke seven bones is his right foot and following surgery to repair the damage he underwent a thorough and comprehensive recuperation programme to regain his fitness, with the target being this weekend’s race in Spain. Camier has successfully managed that task after being given an all-clear to participate in Friday’s first qualifying session.

The Englishman will be back onboard his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R from tomorrow morning at Jerez, looking to push for a competitive result in this Sunday’s two races and end the season in a positive manner.

Paul Denning –Team Manager:

“As a team, we all have to give Leon huge credit to even be joining us here at Jerez today, let alone passing a fitness test and intending to race. His Istanbul injuries were very complex and nearly every specialist said it would be at least six-weeks before he would be able to put any weight on the foot, but now just four-weeks after leaving hospital in Turkey, Leon is ready to race! He and his team have made every effort, 24-hours-a-day, to recover this quickly and he’s been through a lot to make it happen. Whatever results we get on track will be a bonus; just to be here is a huge testament to Leon’s commitment.”


Schacht Heads To WSS Final In Spain On A High

Alex Schacht heads to the final round of the WSS championship at Jerez in Spain after an impressive race last time out at Magny-Cours in France.

Schacht who has had a mixed season in his debut year of Supersport action rode with the confidence, aggression and determination that we were used to seeing last year.

Looking relaxed all weekend, alex was just outside the top 20 in all official practices, eventually qualifying in a season’s best 24th on the grid.

With no major technical issues hampering the likeable Dane, Schacht was able to put together an entire weekend showing that the desire to win still burns strongly.

It is safe to say that Alex’s renewed energy and optimism continued into race day, where after another trouble free morning warm up session, Alex made a great start when the lights went out, battling hard to score a well deserved 19th position at the flag just metres behind 18th placed Luca Marconi (PTR Honda).

In addition to the solid results on track, Alex was also able to secure his future after agreeing terms for 2014 and 2015 in a deal which will be made public in Jerez.

Alex Schacht – Racing Team Toth: “I had a great weekend in France. Finally we had a weekend of no problems and we were able to run much more competitively. I have never been so close to the top, had a strong race and am looking forward to Jerez where we can hopefully have another solid result before announcing our 2014 plans!”

The final round of the championship takes place on October 20th with Alex keen to show that Magny-Cours wasn’t a one off performance.


PTR Honda look to finish on a high at Jerez

PTR HONDA goes to the 13th and final round of the World Supersport Championship at Jerez in Spain with hopes of finishing a disappointing season on a high.

Luca Marconi is coming back to form after an early season injury while Danny Webb has proved he has the speed after qualifying sixth last time out. Both have good potential and want to end the season on a positive note to set themselves up for 2014.

Lee Johnston and Corey Alexander both joined PTR at the last round and impressed with their approach and determination. Both are on steep learning curves but have the ability and bikes to score points.

Nacho Calero is racing at his home round and will be highly motivated for a strong result. Already a top 20 finisher in 2013, he would dearly love to cap the season with a personal best. There are practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday before the race takes place at 1330 CET on Sunday, October 20th.

Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: "We head to Jerez hoping that we can finish the season on a high. Danny showed promise at the last round and now we are working on converting his qualifying speed to a race performance.

"Luca has been struggling to find his form after his Imola injury. He took a good step in Magny Cours to finish just outside the points and he is confident of scoring on Sunday.

"In his first WSS at Magny Cours Lee did a good job and we want to build on that with him. He is capable of a points scoring finish, let's see if we can make that happen.

"Corey had a big step coming to Magny Cours from the USA but he has shown good promise and I am sure Jerez will give him invaluable experience agian at this level.

"With this being Nacho's home round we are looking for him to be highly motivated to get his season's best result and will be behind him all the way."


SBK STK600 - In Jerez, San Carlo Team Italia ready for the final showdown

Morbidelli (first) and Nocco (third) are eager to close with a bang the European championship

With four riders still fighting for the European title, the Jerez race is bound to go down in history. Championship leader Franco Morbidelli (two wins and always taking points this season with his Kawasaki ZX-6R#12) is the favorite. After taking the lead with a win in Portimao at half season, he can aim at one of the few titles missing for the Italian team. Morbidelli has a 10-point advantage over Gamarino, and a podium would be enough for him even if the fellow Italian wins.

Alessandro Nocco (Kawasaki ZX-6R#81) can also aim at the title, having scored three wins and two second-place finishes in the last five races. He is the best young talent in the championship, with 120 points, but will also need to defend himself from Chesaux who, with 113 points, is also technically a contender.

Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"At the beginning of the year, we set one goal: to fight for the title until the end. We achieved it, with both riders. This was possible only because of the effort made by the team, mechanics, sponsors and riders. We head to the last race at our 100%, both technically and mentally. The bikes are ready and the riders know what to do."

Supersport World Championship

Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki), despite an unlucky season, showed his potential in many occasions and is ready to finish on a positive note his debut year on the world stage.


Round Number: 
14
2013

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