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A Good Start for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team today at Phillip Island, with Chaz Davies scoring two third place finishes in these opening races of the 2015 Superbike World Championship season.
Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 22 February 2015 –

Race 1 – Today’s races took place in hot conditions with track temperatures of 42°C for race one. Davies, from second on the grid, was lying third through the opening stages, right behind Haslam and Rea. This British trio battled it out for the podium positions for the entire duration of the race, passing and re-passing each other in what was a spectacular opening race. Welshman Chaz pushed hard all the way to the line but, struggling to find acceleration through the turns in the final laps, he was unable to get ahead of his rivals, crossing the line in third position. This is an important result both for the team, that opens the season in a positive way, and the rider, who steps up to the Phillip Island podium for the first time in his career.

Bayliss, twelfth on the grid, got away well and was up into seventh place by the second lap. The Australian rider battled with various riders throughout the race, Torres, Guintoli and Sykes included. Unfortunately tyre performance dropped off significantly in the later stages of the race and Troy gradually lost ground as a result. The three-times world champion crossed the line in final thirteenth position.

Race 2 – In race 2, and in very similar conditions, Davies made a strong start, and was up in second by the end of lap one, together with Rea and Haslam, as in race one. On lap two his pace was such as to record the best lap of the race (1’31.725). The Ducati rider was lapping in third/fourth position for a good part of the race and, able to manage the tyre situation effectively, he even took the race lead at one point in the final stages. A fantastic battle to the line ensued, and saw Chaz finish once more on the third step of the podium, earning himself more important points for the championship.

Bayliss made up several positions in the initial stages and was lying eighth through the opening laps. Similarly to race one, he started to suffer from significant tyre wear towards the mid-race point with the situation becoming serious enough for him to return to the garage on lap thirteen for a tyre change. Returning to the track in eighteenth place, he could only do so much in the limited time remaining, finishing his race in sixteenth place.

At the end of the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship, Davies lies third with 32 points, and Troy Bayliss takes 3 points to place nineteenth. In the manufacturer’s championship, Ducati positions third with a total of 32 points.

The next appointment for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team will be Round 2 of the championship, taking place at the Chang International circuit in Buriram, Thailand over the weekend of 20-22 March.

Quotes after the races:

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 3rd, 3rd
“I’m finally on the podium at Phillip Island, and twice over - having tried every year to get here, I’ve finally done it. I would have liked to be able to do something more but it wasn’t possible, I was just missing a little more drive in the final laps and tried to conserve the tyres as well as I could. I personally have always started the championship a little badly and so this result is extremely important. It confirms that we are starting at a different level with respect to last year, and I was able to stick there with Rea fairly comfortably. We’re worked hard this weekend, concentrated on race distance, and it seems to have paid off. I thank my whole team but also all of the technicians back at Borgo Panigale for their hard work over the winter. The results obtained here are a good base on which to build.”

Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #21) – 13th, 16th
“I’m feeling a real mix of emotions at the end of the weekend. I came here to have fun, and for the fans and the Phillip Island circuit. I thought that maybe I wouldn’t have the pace to be able to run with these guys anymore but instead I’ve seen that I can still be fast and, if it hadn’t been for the tyre issue, I think I could have done a lot more. So I don’t know, it’s a pity I didn’t have more time on track, and I didn’t have time to train properly ahead of the event of course, but all in all it’s been a really fun weekend, and in many ways it feels like nothing has changed since 2008. I thank Ducati for giving me the opportunity and also all of the fans and ducatisti for their continued support.”

Stefano Cecconi – Team Principal
“I think we can say that the Superbike season has got off to a great start for us here. Chaz was fantastic in both Superpole and today’s races, and his results here demonstrate that all of the work done over the winter is taking us in the right direction. Particular thanks go to Troy, for what he has done - he’s definitely lived up to reputation as a legend. Our thoughts go to Davide of course, and we hope he can be back on the bike as soon as possible.”


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March 6th 20015 - A subtle posting on his Facebbok page of “see you soon” and the photo above from Troy Bayliss has set the SBK World Superbike world on fire that the Australian will continue to ride for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike team, confirmed for the round in Thailand, and with rumors of Aragon and Assen. The news continues the fanfare from Phillip Island — where Bayliss asked Ducati Corse to let him replace the injured Davide Giugliano, who crashed earlier in the week at the pre-season test, fracturing two vertebrae — giving Aussie fans a special treat at Bayliss’ home round, not mention a renewed buzz for the WSBK series in general, around the world.

Ducati had perhaps more competitive riders to choose from, such as Michele Pirro and Xavi Forés, in continuing to replace Giugliano, the Italian racing squad chose the fan-favorite again in the 45-year-old retired World Champion. It probably helps too that World Superbike engine rules play to Ducati’s favor if Bayliss continues to replace the injured Davide Giugliano, but imagine the fanfare with the previous story, and this one, is the result Ducati Corse was hoping to achieve.

“I’m really excited to be able to ride the Panigale R again and I thank the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team for the opportunity,” stated Bayliss. “It will be great to work with the team again.”

“Compared to the Phillip Island round, organized pretty much at the last minute, this time I’ve had the chance to train and prepare myself properly. I’m really motivated and feeling ready; I can’t wait to get back on track!”

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Troy did not have the best of results in his WSBK return at Phillip Island, finishing 13th in Race 1 and 16th in Race 2, but he still bested over half the field as the Aussie showed his ability to fight into the Top 10 and getting as high as 7th place, posting the Fastest Race Lap in the process, before his unfamilarity of the latest Pirelli race tires caused him to overheat the rear tire in both races, and in the 2nd Race of the day forcing him to pit for a tire change.

Tire management will be key for Bayliss going forward, though at the next few rounds he should be on a more even playing field with the competition, as he comes up to speed on the WSBK-spec Panigale, and the other riders don’t have the advantage of just testing at the race venue days before the race.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015 - Overcast conditions greeted the teams as they arrived at the 5.4 km circuit in Losail, with most riders preferring to wait until the floodlights came on before heading out on track.
The dust on the circuit that had affected riders yesterday seemed to not be such an issue today thanks to all of the on-track activity, and it didn't take long for Marc Marquez to lay down a marker early on in proceedings by setting a time faster than anyone had managed on day one.
Marquez traded fastest laps with the Ducati’s of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso throughout the day, but it was the GP15 of Dovizioso that eventually claimed the top spot with a 1’54.907 as the evening wore on.
Not only was this the quickest time of the test so far, but it was 0.2s faster than Casey Stoner’s circuit record set in 2008, and he was the only rider to break the 1’55 mark.
The Ducati Team had brought a new exhaust for its riders to test and we also saw the reappearance of “winglets” on the Desmosedici for the first time since 2010. The Italian manufacturer just missed out on another 1-2, with Iannone finishing in third just 0.197s back from his teammate and only 0.013s behind the 2nd placed Marquez.
The reigning MotoGP™ Champion led the timesheets for most of the day on his Repsol Honda but had to settle for second place, 0.184s behind Dovizioso, with his teammate Dani Pedrosa in 6th on the other factory Repsol Honda. Marquez had been searching for his ideal race setup while Pedrosa evaluated a new set of front forks on his RC213V.
After a difficult first day of testing, where both riders complained of not getting a “good feeling” around the Losail circuit, Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo improved his time from day one by 3 tenths and finished in fourth place. His teammate Valentino Rossi set his quickest lap late on in the evening, improving by almost half a second from yesterday, and finishing in 5th (+0.674) just one-thousandth of a second faster than the Honda of Pedrosa.
Cal Crutchlow was once again the leading satellite rider and managed another impressive showing on his CWM LCR Honda as he ended the day in 7th (+0.717s), setting his best time late on, despite an earlier crash. His teammate, class rookie Jack Miller managed to improve today by almost half a second to finish in 21st place (+1.851).
In 8th place, just 0.024s behind his compatriot Crutchlow, was Bradley Smith on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. The British rider tried out a different swingarm as he once again outperformed his teammate Pol Espargaro in 9th, even if it was by just one-hundredth of a second.
Karel Abraham improved his best time from day one by almost a second to once again be the leading Open class rider, setting a 1’55.765, good enough for 10th place and just 0.674s behind Marquez.
Yonny Hernandez finished in 11th on the Pramac Ducati, almost a second quicker than his teammate Danilo Petrucci, as he continues to regain his confidence following his recovery from a shoulder injury.
The Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR’s of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales were 12th and 14th respectively, with both riders struggling to improve on their times from day one as they continued work on the setup of their ECU.

Chriaty Lee, wayne rainey, MotoAmerica AMA Pro Roadracing, CBS Sports TV photo pictureCristy Lee interviews MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey for the MotoAmerica season preview show that will air on CBS Sports Network.

MotoAmerica Announces TV Talent
Jonathan Green, Colin Edwards and Cristy Lee Set For CBS Sports Network Shows

We have to give MotoAmerica a lot of credit for coming up with an incredible broadcast lineup for the new 2015 AMA Pro Roadracing season on the easy to access and TiVo CBS Sports HD network. The team includes beautiful, knowledgeable and well spoken Christy Lee from Velocity's All Girl Garage, transplanted Brit Jonathan Green from past seasons excellent coverage of SBK World Superbike on BeiN TV, and former AMA and World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards. Thankfully MotoAmerica did not go back to the former AMA roadracing commentators who bored us to death, the lackluster Greg White, the screaming Ralph Sheheen who only knew enough to tell us "their tires should be going off about this time", and former race champ Scott Russell who's southern drawl required an interpreter to understand.

COSTA MESA, CA, FEB. 26 - MotoAmerica, the new home of AMA Superbike racing, has announced its lineup of talent for CBS Sports Network's coverage of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series. The team will be led by veteran race caller Jonathan Green, who will be joined in the booth by analyst and two-time World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards. Noted motorsports TV personality Cristy Lee will round out the trio as pit reporter for the nine-round series that gets started at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, April 10-12.
The team will be led by broadcasting veteran Green, one of the world's leading motorsports broadcasters with more than 20 years in the sport as producer, presenter, reporter and commentator. Green is one of a handful in his field who has covered both two and four-wheel motorsport from Formula One to Moto GP and World Superbikes to Indy Car.
"I am honored and excited to be part of this new era for the sport and wholeheartedly believe in what Wayne [Rainey], Chuck [Aksland] and the team are aiming to do over the coming seasons," Green said. "I am delighted to be part of this excellent broadcast team. I've known Colin Edwards his entire career and have covered his World Superbike and Moto GP efforts as a reporter, commentator and presenter. Over the years we've become great friends and he is without doubt the most popular and charismatic racer in the world of motorsport. I can't wait to help bring his insight of the sport that he loves so much to the fans.
"I've also worked with Cristy Lee many times before and she is a consummate broadcast professional with an unrivaled passion for motorcycles," Green added. "I will be putting all of my well-known energy and enthusiasm into the job of helping making MotoAmerica the best National championship in the world and I can't wait to get started."
Edwards has been racing motorcycles since the age of four with a career that started in motocross before the Texan made the move to road racing. After a successful AMA Superbike career, Edwards moved to the world stage where he competed for eight years in World Superbike  - ultimately capturing the World Superbike Championship in 2000 and 2002. Edwards then moved to MotoGP where he had a successful 12-year career at the top level.
"I'm very excited for this new adventure with MotoAmerica," Edwards said. "I've always been a little vocal during my career and a big part of that is wanting people to feel like they know who I really am.  Since retiring and looking forward to this new chapter, my plan is to continue being vocal so you all will know what's really going on out there. I've got a little experience in this area and look forward to getting the ball rolling. See ya in COTA."

Lee is a lifelong motorsports enthusiast, an amateur road racer and a broadcaster with 10 years of experience as a pit reporter in motorsports ranging from motocross to off-road trucks to AMA Superbike racing. She is also the host of the Barrett-Jackson auto auctions and the show All-Girls Garage.

"I'm really excited for a new road racing series with MotoAmerica," Lee said. "I'm ecstatic to be part of this new series and be in the pits once again, as I have been for the past couple of years. I think it's a great, fresh start for the series. I'm excited for the new class structure as well with the combination of Superbike and Superstock racing together in two different classes. I think it will bring a lot more exciting racing to the table for the fans. I'm thankful to be on board and working with Jonathan Green and, of course, Colin Edwards. I think we're going to make a great team and overall it will be a great season. I couldn't be happier."

All MotoAmerica events will be telecast on CBS Sports Network, as part of a multi-year agreement between Torque.TV and CBS Sports Network. Extensive digital coverage of the MotoAmerica Series, including event highlights, features and other content will also be featured on www.Torque.TV.   
The 2015 television schedule will be released at a later date.

AMA Announces Sporting Rules for MotoAmerica
Finally In-Line with FIM World Superbike Classes and Qualifying
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association has published the 2015 sporting regulations governing the professional road-racing classes for MotoAmerica, the new home of the AMA Superbike Series.The sporting regulations cover race-day procedures, event operational standards, scheduling conventions and the qualifying process.

"A number of regulations and procedures were adopted from world-championship competition," said AMA Director of Competition Bill Cumbow. "This supports our goal of developing American riders to compete on the international level."

The sporting rules also were designed to create excitement for American road-racing fans. "One element that fans will enjoy is the inclusion of Superpole for qualifying," said MotoAmerica Race Operations Manager Niccole Cox. "Superpole determines the top 20 grid positions in two 15-minute shootout sessions, adding another level of challenge to the Superbike and Superstock 1000 riders. The sporting regulations also allow for two Superbike/Superstock 1000 races on Sunday at select events."

The rules are available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing/roadracing/roadracingrules.aspx.

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the new North American road racing series created in 2014. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Fame Inductee Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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First and last lap action for the lead in both races was this close as the 2-015 Eni SBK World Superbike Championship Kicked Off this week in Phillip Island. From left to right: (1) Chaz Davies / Arub.it Ducati, (65) Jonthan Rea / Pata Honda, (91) Leon Haslam / Pata Honda, (81) Jordi Torres / Aprilia Red Devils, (6) Tom Sykes /Motocard Kawsaki, (60) Michael van der Mark / Pata Honda.

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New Team Riders Jonathan Rea / Kawasaki and Leon Haslam / Aprilia Red Devils trade World Superbike Wins at Phillip Island Season Opener

Phillip Island, Australia, Feb 16-22nd 2015
– The Opening Round of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship was held in hot and sunny conditions at the Phillip Island circuit, and in Race One it was 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.

Race Two 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.

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Wed Feb 11th 2015 - Dorna WSBK Organization and the FIM, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, regret to inform of the cancellation of the Russian Round scheduled to be held at Moscow Raceway on July 5th 2015.The Russian event promoter, YMS Promotion, has not provided the required contract guarantees defined by DWO to confirm and implement the event organisation.The Round will not be replaced and the 2015 WSBK Calendar will consist of the 13 confirmed events as included in the enclosed document.

As a consequence, the Moscow Region Yakhnich Motorsport Team which applied to the FIM Supersport World Championship will not participate in the series for the 2015 season.

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