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Rossi Continues Form as Storm Disrupts First Day of Second Sepang Test‏

After two weeks of analyzing data, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have returned to the Sepang International Circuit for the start of the second official three-day pre-season test. Despite the difficult track and weather conditions the teammates were able to finish today's session in first and fifth respectively.

Monday, 23 February 2015 13:00 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Haslam Snatches WSBK Victory From Rea At Finish Line

The second race of the Swann Insurance Australian Round was another one to remember, given the thrilling finale that saw Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) edging out Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) for the win at the finish line by just 0.010. The 31-year-old from Derby, England, enjoyed better drive out of the last turn and managed to get on the outside of Rea, eventually prevailing over his rival by the smallest margin.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 08:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Rea and Kawasaki Win At First-Ever Attempt‏

The opening race of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship was held in hot and sunny conditions at the Phillip Island circuit with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) taking the opening victory of the year after a titanic 22-lap fight with Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Chaz Davies (Aruba Ducati SBK), who completed an all-British podium.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 21:38 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Rea Tops Red-Flagged Australian Tissot-Superpole‏

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) will start the opening races of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship from Pole Position after successfully edging out fellow Britons Chaz Davies (Aruba.it - Ducati Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils), who will join him on the front row.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:52 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Lowes Clings To Top Spot On Day 1 In Phillip Island‏

With just one session to go to decide the first Tissot-Superpole riders of the new 2015 WorldSBK season, Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) is the one that everyone is chasing after ending day one in Australia on top, courtesy of his FP1 time of 1.30.855s.

Friday, 20 February 2015 15:34 Published in Reports, Results & Points


DUNDAS VALLEY HOBBY TO SPONSOR NEW BEGINNER LEVEL BIKE CLASS

DUNDAS, ONTARIO (February 17, 2015) –The DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series will be debuting a new class this summer, geared towards New and Beginner Street Bike Riders looking to learn the ins and outs of the sport while doing so in a no pressure environment.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:48 Published in News


Szoke’s Extreme Show Returns to Toronto‏

Jordan Szoke's Extreme Show runs February 20 - 22 at the Toronto's Exhibition Place Direct Energy Center (100 Princes' Boulevard)

Four time CMA National Observed Trials Champion Jordan Szoke brings a Motorcycle Experience like no other to the upcoming Motorcycle Show hosted at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto Feb 20 - 22.

Watch Jordan and his team of riders negotiate themselves and their motorcycles up and over carefully constructed obstacles. All the while attempting to avoid touching the ground with their feet. Observed trials is a non-speed event performed on specialized motorcycles. They will be sure to impress!

Located in the Features Hall.

For show ticket information visit: ticketmaster

Jordan Szoke - 2014 Toronto Motorcycle Extreme Show
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto ON Canada - February 2014 - photo courtesy of Brian Couture

For Jordan's Schedule info visit: http://jordanszoke.com/Calendar.html

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:52 Published in News


Lowes Ends Official Test at Phillip Island On Top‏

Tuesday 17 February 2015 – The second day of testing ahead of Sunday first two eni FIM Superbike World Championship races of the 2015 season saw Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) better his own time from yesterday, ending the day in top spot, 0.070s under last year's race lap record.

This morning's first test ended with some impressive performances from a number of World Superbike rookies, especially Spanish riders Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) who finished second and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) who was eighth.

After eight hours of on-track action and as testing concluded over 2000 laps had been completed by the 25 entered riders across both days.

Behind Lowes, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jordi Torres completed the top three, the trio covered by only 0.112s.

With Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Chaz Davies (Aruba Ducati SBK) completing the top six on combined times, and with seven manufacturers in the top 13, the scene is set for the opening race of WorldSBK 2015.

Davide Giugliano (Aruba Ducati SBK) was not in action on day two, while Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) made an appearance this afternoon, both riders suffered crashes yesterday.

Former World Champion Sykes suffered a crash as the test entered its final hour but was able to rejoin the action as did reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Supersport) who tumbled while on a personal improving lap in the final eight minutes. Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) suffered a high speed crash entering the Gardner Straight but was able to walk away from the incident, unlike 12 months ago when he suffered a similar crash at the same corner. Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Team Ducati) joined the list of fallers, the Argentine rider's condition will be reviewed on Thursday.

The on-track action is set to resume on Friday with the opening Free Practice sessions which will officially start the 2015 WorldSBK season.

 

World Supersport

As day two of official World Supersport testing drew to a close at an overcast yet dry Phillip Island it was 2014 round one winner Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and his team mate Lorenzo Zanetti who will head into Friday's opening Free Practice sessions as the ones to beat after both riders dipped below the existing race lap record for the class, Cluzel producing a stunning 1.32.967s lap – the first ever sub 1.33s lap.

The cooler and less windy conditions ensured that all of the World Supersport contenders could maximise the track time available to them and despite a few spots of rain during the morning test almost every rider posted a faster time than on the opening day.

Behind the flying MV Agusta duo it was former multiple champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who gave chase in a solid 3rd position overall, a fraction of a second ahead of the current STK600 Champion Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing) who impressed in 4th on his Phillip Island debut.

French sensation Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Intermoto PonyExpres) and American team mate PJ Jacobsen rounded the top 6 of two days of testing that has many people now predicting a close and hard fought 2015 World Supersport campaign.

Ratthapark Wilairot adjusted to his CORE Motorsport Thailand Honda machine moving up to 7th overall while WSS returnee Alex Baldolini elevated himself into 10th aboard his privately entered Race Department ATK#25 MV Agusta.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:44 Published in Reports, Results & Points


2015 Ducati Team and new Desmosedici GP15 presented today at Ducati Auditorium in Bologna‏

February 16, 2015- The 2015 Ducati Team was presented today at the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, and the new Desmosedici GP15, the bike with which factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone will take part in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship, was unveiled.

The event was conducted by Guido Meda, Italy's long-time MotoGP TV commentator and Deputy Director of SKY Sport Italia.

The first to speak was Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, who commented on the atmosphere in Ducati Corse and the excellent results achieved by the Bologna-based company in 2014.

Claudio Domenicali: "The spirit that I have seen during these last few months in Ducati Corse re-minds me of the same enthusiasm with which the MotoGP project got underway in 2003. The new GP15, which is really quite revolutionary in many of its concepts, best represents the pride and the desire to win of everyone in Ducati Corse, and whom I would really like to thank for their efforts. I personally followed the final phases of starting the engine on the dyno, the first tests, the perfor-mance checking of the new engine, the assembly of the bike and starting it for the first time and I witnessed an emotional feeling and extraordinary devotion. We are only at the start but I am sure that the results will soon reward our efforts. Ducati has just finished an excellent 2014, a year in which we recorded new record sales, delivering 45,100 bikes to customers, 2% more than 2013, and confirming for the fifth year in a row our positive growth trend. Racing has always formed part of our DNA, and returning to a role as protagonists would mean completing a global framework of growth. We can but look forward to 2015 with confidence, and it is for this reason that I wish the two Andreas and the entire team all the best for the new season."

Domenicali was followed onto the stage by Luigi Dall'Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager, who spoke of the new GP15 project and the aims for 2015.

Luigi Dall'Igna: "The Desmosedici GP15 that will make its debut in the next test in Malaysia is a completely new bike, different to the one we used two weeks ago in Sepang, even though certain aspects of the aerodynamics are quite similar. With the GP14.3 we have made some major progress with the software, which will be easy to switch over to the GP15, but also steps forward in the suspension, chassis and engine departments. The GP15 will start with the same settings as the GP14.3, but it will have many more possibilities for adjustment. Our aim this year is very ambitious, because we want to win at least one race. We know that it is an extremely tough objective, but we are used to accepting the most difficult of challenges. Last year we said that we wanted to reduce the gap to the winner to less than ten seconds. This was also an ambitious challenge, but we achieved it in the second half of the championship. Winning a race means finishing ahead of two giants like Honda and Yamaha and their four riders, who are for sure four of the strongest, but this in any case is our aim and we know we can count on Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, who in my opinion are capable of fighting on equal terms with their adversaries."

After unveiling the Desmosedici GP15 in its new colours, the two riders of the team spoke about their expectations for the 2015 championship.

Andrea Dovizioso: "In a few days' time we will be going to Malaysia for the second winter test ses-sion at Sepang and I can't wait to test the new GP15. I am very happy with the improvements that we managed to achieve last year and so, with this new project, I can only be optimistic for the com-ing season. I think that the spirit and the desire to win that I see in Ducati are vitally important for all of us. I expect a lot of support from the Ducati fans this season: we have worked a lot and well in the last couple of years and now it's time to reap the benefits."

Andrea Iannone: "I am very happy to form part of the Ducati Team, because it's always been my dream to join the factory team. I already feel part of this family, and I have already established an excellent rapport with my team of technicians and mechanics, which enabled me to go immediately well with the Desmosedici GP14.3 in the recent tests at Sepang. Now we are back in action in Ma-laysia for the penultimate tests before the start of the season, and I'll ride the GP15 for the first time, in the knowledge that at the start we're going to have to work hard to make the bike competitive. In any case I am optimistic and I can't wait to take to the track in a few days' time."

The presentation was broadcast in web streaming thanks to the technical support of Telecom Italia, offering media and fans worldwide the possibility to follow the event live.

In a few days' time the Ducati Team will leave for Malaysia where, from 23 to 26 February, the second round of winter tests at Sepang will be taking place and where the GP15 will make its track debut.

The Ducati MotoGP Team press kit and high-resolution images are already available on the website: www.ducatipress.com

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. - A Sole Shareholder Company

A Company subject to the Management and Coordination activities of AUDI AG

Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Today, their motorcycles are char-acterized by performance engines with Desmodromic valve actuation, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles is divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Scrambler, Streetfighter and Superbike. These authentic icons of "made in Italy", to-gether with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North American and Asia-Pacific markets. In addition to the Bologna factory located in the Borgo Panigale area, Ducati has a plant in Thailand, which opened in 2011 and assembles motorcycles for the Asian market, and, since 2012, another in Brazil that assembles motorcycles for South America. In 2014 Ducati delivered 45,100 motorcycles to customers, an all-time company record.

Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Man-ufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.

From: Ducati Team Press

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Monday, 16 February 2015 17:12 Published in News


Kruger and Teammate Karl Roe Win Endurance Race in China; Track Record for Kruger

December 18, 2014- Kawasaki's Dan Kruger and Karl Roe teamed up and took a convincing win at the season Zhuhai 3-Hour Endurance Race at the Zhuhai International Circuit. Not only did they take the overall win but Kruger powered his Kawasaki ZX-10R to a lap record towards the end of the race with a 1:3665, which left everyone wondering what he has in store for the 2015 China Superbike Championship.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 16:00 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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