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Final Technical Rules Announced for new 2015 World Superbike Single Evo Class
Scott Smart, FIM Technical Director - "In 2013 they introduced the EVO Class and it was agreed it would run through 2014 with the regular Superbikes, and again it would continue into 2015 and be the rule for the entire class. However, since that time we've made amendments to the rules to allow more manufacturers to be completive. Because as the EVO rules as they currently stand, certain manufacturers are going to stand out with stronger motorcycles.
So the rules haven't changed a lot…. There's pretty much going to be the same chassis. Currently the EVOs and the Superbikes run with the same (production) chassis. For next year (2015) it is going to be just one class, all Superbikes.
The big change is going to happen in the engines. The engines are going to be much closer to the road bikes. They'll represent what you can go into the shops and buy. However, we are going to allow more tuning than the EVO class currently allows. You'll be able to tune the camshaft, you'll be able to port the cylinder head, and that will allow all the manufacturers to make about the same horsepower. (Should any one manufacturer's bikes prove to fast, and win too much, then intake restrictors can be imposed on their engines - Ed)
Tthe big differencefor 2015 is going to be in the electronics. Right now the factory teams have a big advantage with the electronics, because they work very hard to develop them, and that disadvantages the smaller teams in the Paddock. It also means, if you are a smaller team you're never going to have enough staff and technology(develop your electronics) to be able to compete.
Now for next season, each manufacturer is going to be allowed (required) to provide a "Superbike Kit". In that Kit you are going to have all the electronics that are going to be needed on the bike. And that kit has to be available, and it's tightly price capped. So every team in the paddock running the same (brand) machinery will for EU $8,000 get exactly the same electronics as the factory team. And several times throughout the year the software developed by the factory teams has to be given to the smaller teams. So all the teams in the Paddock are going to know they are going to have the same equipment as the factory guys.
The only other small changes is going to be with the the throttle bodies. The throttle bodies play a very important role with the electronics now days for the control of the bikes. All the teams that don't currently have a Drive By Wire system will be allowed to modify their bikes to have Drive By Wire on them. Some teems obviously don't have Drive By Wire yet, so we'll allow them to have it, and that stands for the next 2 years.
After 2 years, which is the 2017 season, all the manufacturers, irrespective of how their road bike comes, will have to run with homologated standard throttle bodies. So in 2017 the bikes you'll see on the track are pretty much the bikes you can buy from the dealership (with the exception of the higher end homologated suspensions which will still can be used in Superbike- Ed).
Now by allowing this, this allows the manufacturers still running with throttle cable operated throttle bodies, to be much more competitive. And because they will be racing with it (Ride By Wire), they will now have the technology in place with the ECU. They are not going to have to go backwards in development. So all the work they do in 2015 and 2016 can be continued in 2017.
So its going to be quite and exciting time. What it allows is, its going to make the Championship a bit cheaper, its going to require a few less staff in the garage, but above all its going to allow the smaller teams to be on a much more equal footing with the big factory teams."
The Revided Rules: FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships and FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup
Throttle Body Regulations:
*Complete provisional document will be available in the following days at FIM WEBSITE.
2014 Eni SBK World Superbike Championship, Misano Italy Round 7 of 13
Kawasaki's Sykes and Baz are Perfect at Misano WSBK
Despite still being second in the standings, Guintoli was on the back foot today at the Misano World Circuit, missing out the podium and being edged again by his fellow works Aprilia rider Marco Melandri, who completed the podium in the two WSBK encounters of the seventh round.
Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) claimed the race win in World Supersport, while local rider Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) was victorious in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup outing.
The eni FIM Superbike World Championship will be back in action in a fortnight’s time, as the series heads to the Portimão’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, for the first of two back-to-back rounds before the summer break.
Tom Sykes: “I am very pleasantly surprised at these results but I knew that the adrenaline and the concentration would give me something extra. It all went to plan in race one. I knew I had some limitation all weekend and I said that to my crew chief, and what the issues were. After that you need to get on and do the job. The lap times were quite surprising at the start and my pace too. The front and rear were moving a lot but the feedback from the bike was fantastic, so I have to thank Marcel and Danilo and all the mechanics for that. In race two it was even more difficult, I had to stay focused but at the end the control of the second race was probably a bit more relaxed than in race one.”
Sylvain Guintoli: “Title race wise at least I am holding onto second place but I definitely was expecting more. The top speed was there but we need to find consistency in our race pace especially in the second half. In Race 1 we made the wrong tyre choice, whereas in the second outing we made some adjustments to close the gap to the leaders. While I was with Marco and Baz I made a few mistakes which kept me from battling for the podium in the end. It's a shame there is no Race 3. Anyway, we need to keep working to be more consistent in the race”.
Race One: Sykes wins opening WSBK race in Misano from team mate Baz
From the start however it was Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) that took the holeshot before reigning champion Tom Sykes forced his way past towards the end of the opening lap.
Both factory Aprilia riders made small mistakes before regrouping allowing Loris Baz through to give chase to his Kawasaki team mate. Elias overshot at the start of lap 3 into turn one whilst the battle at the front was intensifying. As the race progressed the battle at the front was fast becoming a two rider affair with the fight for the final podium place now involving both Ducati riders as well as the two factory Aprilia machines, Elias and the Pata Honda of Jonathan Rea.
As the race entered the final third Sykes was pulling away from Baz by 2 tenths of second leaving the Frenchman a lonely second. The final podium fight was now between Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) with Melandri eventually grabbing 3rd at the flag.
Chaz Davies, Sylvain Guintoli and Toni Elias completed the top 6.
David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) came out on top in the EVO battle after working his way through the pack after being caught mid pack in the opening sequence of corners, eventually finishing a respectable 11th overall.
Alessandro Andreozzi (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) crashed out unhurt. Frenchman Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki – EVO) retired on lap 10, after starting the race from the pit-lane due to a technical infringement found on his ZX-10R.
Superbike Race One Results: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 21 Laps/88.746 km in 33'46.932 average 157.620 kph; 2. Baz (Kawasaki) 5.012; 3. Melandri (Aprilia) 6.417; 4. Davies (Ducati) 7.783; 5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 16.248; 6. Elias (Aprilia) 17.399; 7. Rea (Honda) 21.162; 8. Giugliano (Ducati) 26.393; 9. Laverty (Suzuki) 26.842; 10. Haslam (Honda) 40.600; 11. Salom (Kawasaki) 42.064; 12. Canepa (Ducati) 46.804; 13. Corti (MV Agusta) 48.909; 14. Goi (Ducati) 50.429; 15. Barrier (BMW) 52.452; 16. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'02.476; 17. Russo (Kawasaki) 1'11.815; 18. Staring (Kawasaki) 1'23.649; 19. Sebestyen (BMW) 1 Lap; RT. Morais (Kawasaki); RT. Lowes (Suzuki); RT. Yates (EBR); RT. Foret (Kawasaki); RT. Baiocco (Ducati); RT. Andreozzi (Kawasaki); RT. May (EBR); SH. Badovini (Bimota) 46.219; SH. Iddon (Bimota) 53.155.
What might have been - Ducati's Davide Giugliano beat Tom Sykes into Turn One off the Start in Race Two and became to pull out a half-second lead each lap, only to be boarded with a Ride Through Penalty for jumping the start by just an inch when the lights went green. The Ride Through dropped him back to last place, which he improved back to 9th/ 33 seconds behind by the end of the race.
Behind Sykes there was an intense race long three rider fight for the final places on the podium with Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) eventually grabbing 2nd ahead of Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) after some hard but fair overtakes between the pair. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) having to be content with fourth.
An equally exciting scrap behind the top four saw Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) emerge 5th ahead of Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia),, Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who was 8th.
Race 2 was over before it had begun for Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team). The Italian who had finished 8th earlier in the day took the lead into turn one but was judged to have moved before the lights went out and was given a jump start penalty. He would eventually finish 9th after serving a ride through the pits for his mistake. Ducati’s other rider Chaz Davies crashed out of fifth on lap 5.
In the EVO battle the accolade of being the best classified finisher went once again to David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) despite a valiant race from Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia) on his return to racing.
Christian Iddon (Team Bimota Alstare - EVO) highsided out of contention early on but was thankfully able to limp away. Fellow Brit Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) crashed out of the fight for fifth. Unlike Iddon, Haslam did remount to finish 12th.
Superbike Race Two Results: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 21 Laps/88.746 km in 33'55.695 average 156.942 kph; 2. Baz (Kawasaki) 3.083; 3. Melandri (Aprilia) 3.413; 4. Guintoli (Aprilia) 5.092; 5. Rea (Honda) 18.975; 6. Elias (Aprilia) 19.365; 7. Laverty (Suzuki) 20.177; 8. Lowes (Suzuki) 20.439; 9. Giugliano (Ducati) 33.820; 10. Salom (Kawasaki) 42.156; 11. Barrier (BMW) 43.581; 12. Haslam (Honda) 51.993; 13. Goi (Ducati) 53.714; 14. Russo (Kawasaki) 59.316; 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'00.914; 16. Canepa (Ducati) 1'01.839; 17. Corti (MV Agusta) 1'07.178; 18. Staring (Kawasaki) 1'13.510; 19. Sebestyen (BMW) 1'31.715; RT. Guarnoni (Kawasaki); RT. May (EBR); RT. Davies (Ducati); RT. Morais (Kawasaki); NS. Baiocco (Ducati); NS. Foret (Kawasaki); SH.
Superbike Standings (Round 7 of 13): 1. Sykes 251; 2. Guintoli 212; 3. Baz 210; 4. Rea 199; 5. Melandri 179; 6. Davies 143; 7. Giugliano 111; 8. Elias 109; 9. Laverty 106; 10. Haslam 99; 11. Lowes 88; 12. Salom 67; 13. Canepa 43; 14. Camier 30; 15. Guarnoni 19; 16. Scassa 16; 17. Foret 14; 18. Corti 13; 19. Morais 10; 20. Andreozzi 9; 21. Barrier 6; 22. Allerton 6; 23. Bos 5; 24. Goi 5; 25. Staring 3; 26. Russo 2; 27. Toth 2; 28. Fabrizio 2; 29. Lanusse 1. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 266; 2. Aprilia 244; 3. Honda 199; 4. Ducati 178; 5. Suzuki 156; 6. BMW 42; 7. MV Agusta 13.
Supersport 600 Results: 1. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 19 Laps/80.294 km in 31'40.587 average 152.089 kph; 2. Vd Mark (Honda) 1.537; 3. Jacobsen (Kawasaki) 3.400; 4. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 5.638; 5. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 9.923; 6. Zanetti (Honda) 11.018; 7. Marino (Kawasaki) 14.714; 8. Coghlan (Yamaha) 17.365; 9. Wilairot (Honda) 21.337; 10. Rolfo (Kawasaki) 22.215; 11. Nocco (Kawasaki) 22.407; 12. Kennedy (Honda) 22.641; 13. Wahr (Yamaha) 28.443; 14. Roccoli (MV Agusta) 30.202; 15. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 33.760; etc.
Supersport Standings (Round 7 of 12): 1. Vd Mark 135; 2. Cluzel 107; 3. Marino 85; 4. Zanetti 70; 5. Coghlan 68; 6. Sofuoglu 67; 7. Jacobsen 56; 8. Rolfo 55; 9. De Rosa 54; 10. Tamburini 48; 11. Wilairot 30; 12. Bussolotti 27; 13. Wahr 26; 14. Russo 25; 15. Kennedy 23; 16. Gamarino 22; 17. Menghi 19; 18. Nocco 16; 19. Leonov 15; 20. Gowland 9; 21. Zaidi 7; 22. Coveña 7; 23. Schmitter 3; 24. Calero 3; 25. Roccoli 2; 26. Rogers 1. Manufacturers: 1. Honda 156; 2. Kawasaki 119; 3. MV Agusta 115; 4. Yamaha 78; 5. Triumph 9.
Results: 1. Savadori (Kawasaki) 10 Laps/42.260 km in 16'43.398 average 151.621 kph; 2. Mercado (Ducati) 5.534; 3. Massei (Ducati) 5.666; 4. Jezek (Ducati) 6.897; 5. McFadden (Kawasaki) 8.492; 6. D'Annunzio (BMW) 8.627; 7. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 14.038; 8. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 14.396; 9. Valk (Kawasaki) 16.683; 10. Smith (Honda) 17.205; 11. Nemeth (Kawasaki) 18.848; 12. Calia (Aprilia) 18.964; 13. Muresan (BMW) 22.066; 14. Egea (Kawasaki) 23.302; 15. Alarcos (Kawasaki) 24.930; etc.
Standings (Round 4 of 7): 1. Mercado 72; 2. Savadori 58; 3. Jezek 58; 4. Massei 44; 5. Valk 39; 6. Lussiana 39; 7. McFadden 38; 8. Lanusse 37; 9. D'Annunzio 30; 10. Smith 22; 11. Nemeth 22; 12. Day 21; 13. Bergman 13; 14. Muresan 11; 15. Grotzkyj G. 10; 16. Pagaud 10; 17. Suchet 8; 18. Schacht 8; 19. Walraven 6; 20. Calia 4; 21. Castellarin 4; 22. Egea 2; 23. Moser 2; 24. Alarcos 1; 25. Ayer 1. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 90; 2. Kawasaki 83; 3. Honda 38; 4. BMW 31; 5. Suzuki 6; 6. Aprilia 4.
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The Ultimate 2nd Generation Ducati Superbike!
I had always ridden, owned and raced Japanese Superbikes up until one spring day in 1993 when my good buddy Scott Reif who word at Honda R&D of America designing new bikes, brought one of their newly purchased 2nd Generation Ducati 916 Superbikes on one of our regular Sunday morning rides. Scott let me ride the bike on our twisty canyon roads, and the first corner I came to the bike seem to dive into the corner without any input and railed its way through and powered out our like it was on rails. And that V-Twin punch was just icing on the cake. At that point in time it was far and away the best sportbike I had ever ridden. I had to own one. Continued in the Calendar Bike Garage
2014 Eni SBK World Superbike Championship, Donnington, GB Round 6 of 13
Melandri and Guintoli Double for Aprilla in World Superbike at Sepag
Guintoli (here at front front) held the lead on his Apriia team mate going into the final corner where Melandri dove inside to take the race lead a at the finish line by just 2 feet for one of the closet World Superbikerace finishes ever.
America's Top Builders Return to LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Sunday July 20th
Also returning in July to this year's Calendar Show is 7-time consecutive Class and Best of Show winner Jim Giuffra / AFT Metric Customs with the AFT Spokesmodels who help build the shop's custom bikes. They will be premiering their first new build in 2 years, and will be awarding the AFT Customs Visionary Award to the most innovative custom bike at the Show.
Other premier builders attending include the legendary Ron Simms / Ron Simms Customs making his only visit to SoCal with his Simms Big Rig Display Truck featuring an extensive lineup of all-new bikes in both the full-dress Bagger category, and his popular Softail and Bar Hopper customs. Plus you can expect past Calendar Show winners like TV personality Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles, eclectic builder Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, and custom sportbike builder Chris Redwing / MotoGP Werks among many others showing off their latest builds as well.
The 2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Concourse d'Elegance continues its now 23rd year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America with the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concourse d' Elegance, top Celebrity Builders, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, and the live Calendar Girl Music Show. This year's designated charity is the American Cancer Society with a portion of gate receipts going to support their Research and Patient Care programs. Their will also be Motorcycle Dealership sponsored group rides to the Show on Sunday morning with additional information on the Show's website.
This year the Show moves to the Malibu Golf Course off Encinal Canyon Road, between Pacific Coast Highway 1 and Hwy 101, in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. The Show always kicks off the world premier of next year's new 2015 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top road race and custom motorcycles with the beautiful SBK World Superbike Calendar Kittens Jitka and Petra from the Czech Republic featured in the Calendars in attendance at the Show.
The 2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Concourse d' Elegance on Sunday July 20th is just $20 General Admission, and $40 VIP Admission includes an awesome Food Truck Lunch w/ Beverages from the famous Baby's Badass Burgers and The Grilled Cheese. Event parking is free, with separate paved Motorcycle and Car Parking areas. Show capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase is suggested. The Malibu Golf Course is located at 901 Encinal Canyon Road. Malibu, CA 90265. Additional Information, Purchase Advance Tickets, Vendor and Bike Contest Registration is online at: www.FastDates.com/BIKESHOW.HTM
FastDates.com Calendar Kittens and official SBK World Superbike Umbrella Girls, Jitka (left) and Petra (right) are featured in the
Fast Dates Calendar Celebrates 20 years by bringing Czech SBK girls Jitka and Petra to
The 1997 Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar photographed at 1995 Laguna Seca WSBK featured official Fast Dates SBK grid girls (left to right) Robin Hill, Anna Keller, Michelle Anthony and Valerie Bird with soon to be 1995 SBK World Champion Carl Fogarty's factory Ducati 955 F95.
It was 20 years ago in 1995 that SBK World Superbike first came to Laguna Seca, and producer Jim Gianatsis began working with WSBK producers Maurizio and Paolo Flammini. That year Jim first provided the beautiful FastDates.com Calendar Kittens, who are already at the track on race weekend to shoot with all the top factory World Superbikes, to also serve as the official SBK grid and podium girls on race day.
The new 2015 Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar photographed at 2013 Laguna Seca WSBK features official Fast Dates SBK grid girls (left to right) Hannah Flattery and Jessica Harbour with 2013 SBK World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes' factory Kawasaki ZX10 R13.
Jitka and Petra are stunningly tall 6-foot 2-inch long legged, beautiful blond hair professional supermodels hail from Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and have been featured on SBK world TV race broadcasts and in the Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar the last 3 years. They stand at the front of the SBK World Superbike starting grid towering above the race bikes and riders in their uniforms with umbrellas to showcase SBK World Superbike, the Championship's title sponsors Pirelli Tires, Agip Fuels and Lubricants, and Alfa Romeo Automobiles. In their official uniforms with 6-inch heels on their platform boots, the show stopping beautiful blond supermodels can intimidate the bravest factory racers and experienced photographers! For additional information on the Laguna Seca SBK/AMA race weekend and to to purchase ticket go to - http://www.MazdaRaceway.com
Following the Laguna Seca WSBK weekend, the two Czech supermodels will be visiting and shooting in Los Angeles with Jim Gianatsis, and appearing at the 23rd annual 2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Concours on Sunday July 20th, held this year at the Malibu Golf Course. The Calendar Motorcycle Show continues its tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America with the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concours d' Elegance, top Celebrity Custom Builders, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, and the Calendar Girl Music Show. The Show always kicks off the world premier of next year's new 2015 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top road race and custom motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens featured in the Calendars in attendance at the Show.
Both Jitka and Petra will join Jim in premiering the new 2014 FastDates.com Calendars at the Show and fans will get to meet them in person, have an opportunity pose with them and bikes for professional pictures by HighwayPhotos.net, and purchase autographed copies of the new Calendars. On Monday following the Show the girls will also be shooting with the winning bikes and builders at the Calendar Show for next season's Calendars.
This year the 2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Concourse d' Elegance takes place on Sunday July 20th at the Malibu Golf Course off Encinal Canyon Road and Mulholland Road, between Pacific Coast Highway 1 and Hwy 101, in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, not far from the legendary motorcycle gathering spot The Rock Store. General Admission is just $20, with optional VIP Admission $40 which includes in-show display parking for special interest bikes, an awesome Food Truck Lunch w/ Beverages from the famous Baby's Badass Burgers and The Grilled Cheese. Event parking is free, with separate paved Motorcycle and Car Parking areas. Show capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase is suggested. The Malibu Golf Course is located at 901 Encinal Canyon Road. Malibu, CA 90265. Additional Information, Purchase Calendars, Advance Tickets, Vendor and Bike Contest Registration is online at - http://www.FastDates.com
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