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2014 Eni SBK World Superbike Championship, Assen, Netherlands Round 3 of 12

Sylvain Guintoli and Jonnny Rea Make it a Dutch Treat at Assen

Assen (the Netherlands), Sunday 27 April 2014 – The third round of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship, which saw an overall attendance of 52,252 spectators, reached its climax today with the two races held in completely different weather conditions at the Assen TT circuit. After the victory in the first encounter for Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea came out on top in the rain-hampered, 10 lap Race 2 to secure his fifth WSBK win on his team’s home track. In the same race, Rea’s compatriot Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) scored his maiden podium finish in the series, a brilliant second place.

Rea lies now fourth in the standings, only19 points shy of current leader and reigning Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Guintoli and the other KRT rider Loris Baz second and third, respectively. Michael van der Mark was Pata Honda’s other hero of the day, as the Dutchman won his career maiden World Supersport race in front of a vocal and enthusiast home crowd. The next round of the season will take place at Imola in a fortnight’s time (May 9-11).

Jonathan Rea: “It’s been a really good weekend. To be honest, our dry pace was OK in race one but Sylvain (Guintoli) made such a fast start that I struggled to go with him. When Tom (Sykes) went past I made a big mistake but, after that, my pace until the end was quite similar to theirs. The win in race two was really special. For the last laps I just tried to be as smart as I could. This win’s for all those guys who have worked tirelessly to make the CBR as strong as possible. It’s great to be able to give them back some good vibes to roll with into the next part of the season.”

Alex Lowes: “It’s fantastic, it was a great race for me and it’s really good for the team for me to finally get on the podium! It was a wet race, so it’s never as nice as getting on the podium in the dry but I’m very happy and hopefully this can kick start our season after the injuries. It’s been a really difficult start to the year for me, and now I’ve got some good points on the board and a podium, I’m looking forward to hopefully improving both myself and the bike, and seeing if we can be a bit closer to the front in the dry!”

Guintoli (5) set the pace at the start of the race, breaking the track lap record, but then he ran slower in the closing laps enough that Sykes (1) would have caught him before the end, but then race was red flagged, assuring Guinters the win.

Race One
- Guintoli takes the Win as a Faster Sykes Runs out of Time
Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) has taken victory in the first race of the day at a drying Assen circuit in the Netherlands. The 2013 WSBK runner up has climbed on the top step of the podium for the fifth time in his career, the second one this year after the win he scored at Phillip Island in Race 2.

The race was classified dry and as the lights went out it was Guintoli who took the hole-shot with Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and the Kawasaki Racing Team duo of Loris Baz and Tom Sykes giving chase.

The French rider started well to move out in front of the rest when the red lights went off and set an impossible pace for the rest of his rivals. Then in the second half of the race he defended his position in the lead with flying laps as Tom Sykes made a comeback. Sylvain carried out his duties as forerunner magnificently on a partially damp track with slick tyres, a terrible situation which did not compromise the race. As demonstrated by the record breaking lap set by his Aprilia (1’36.440) in the third lap. The race was called 4 laps from the end when the red flag came out due to a blown engine.

Leon Haslam action photo Assen SBKLeon Hasslam

Pole sitter Loris Baz.

A red flag in the closing laps as Sykes was closing in on the leading Aprilia riders meant the result would stand with Rea finishing 3rd. Baz took 4th with Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) eventually classified 5th and 6th respectively a great race long battle.

Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) finished a superb 10th position to end the race as the highest EVO category rider.

Christian Iddon (Team Bimota Alstare), Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) and Fabien Foret (Mahi Team India Kawasaki) all fell but should be able to take part in race two.

SUPERBIKE RACE 1: (Laps 16 = 72,672 Km)
1 / S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Aprilia Racing Team / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / 16 / 25'56.636
2 / T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 16 / 1.259
3 / J. REA / GBR / PATA Honda World Superbike / Honda CBR1000RR / 16 / 4.116
4 / L. BAZ / FRA / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 16 / 4.459
5 / T. ELIAS / ESP / Red Devils Roma / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / 16 / 23.728
6 / M. MELANDRI / ITA / Aprilia Racing Team / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / 16 / 25.478
7 / C. DAVIES / GBR / Ducati Superbike Team / Ducati 1199 Panigale R / 16 / 26.533
8 / L. HASLAM / GBR / PATA Honda World Superbike / Honda CBR1000RR / 16 / 26.696
9 / A. LOWES / GBR / Voltcom Crescent Suzuki / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / 16 / 27.971
10 / N. CANEPA / ITA / Althea Racing / Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO / 16 / 33.479
11 / L. SCASSA / ITA / Team Pedercini / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 16 / 40.689
12 / D. SALOM / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 16 / 40.803
13 / L. CAMIER / GBR / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK / BMW S1000 RR EVO / 16 / 41.086
14 / C. CORTI / ITA / MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M. / MV Agusta F4 RR / 16 / 41.410
15 / J. GUARNONI / FRA / MRS Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 16 / 41.977
16 / S. MORAIS / RSA / IRON BRAIN Grillini Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 16 / 1'08.454
17 / A. ANDREOZZI / ITA / Team Pedercini / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 16 / 1'19.067
18 / K. BOS / NED / Winteb LiquidRubber Racing T. / Honda CBR1000RR EVO / 16 / 1'19.076
19 / G. MAY / USA / Team Hero EBR / EBR 1190 RX / 16 / 1'29.475
20 / I.  TOTH / HUN / BMW Team Toth / BMW S1000 RR / 15 / 1  Lap

Fastest Lap: 3° Sylvain Guintoli 1'36.440 169,548 Km/h
Lap Record: 2013 T.Sykes 1'35.893 170,520 Km/h
Best Lap: 2014 L.Baz 1'34.357 173,290 Km/h

Jonthan Rea out front of Sykes and the rest of the field in a heavy downpour.

Race Two - Rain Shorted Race Awards the Win to Rea
Race Two was held in full wet conditions after a Dry Race had been initially declared, but many of the riders had returned to the pits after the Sighting Lap to install rain tires because they found it was raining on the back of the track. The Start was then held up so all the riders could return to the Pits for rain tires. After a lengthy delay because of heavy rain and with conditions visibly better, compared to the situation that forced the Race Direction to red flag the initial race, the riders started a new Race 2 over a race distance of 10 laps.

With the restart of the race Rea hit the front early and pushed hard to get away from some recognised rain experts immediately behind him. His tactic worked perfectly as he led every lap, winning the much-delayed final ten lap race by 2.2 seconds, ahead of Alex Lowes (Suzuki) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati) who completed the podium in tricky conditions.

Rea achieved the 12th WSBK race win of his career, the fifth one at the Assen TT Circuit, whilst Lowes scored his maiden podium finish in the series and Giugliano the first top 3 placement of his new adventure as factory Ducati rider.

Alex Lowes AssenLowes ahead of Sykes and Melandri in the pouring rain of Race Two.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes proved his championship-winning pedigree today by securing his first eni FIM Superbike World Championship podium with second place in the afternoon’s rain hit race two at the Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands.

Lowes, starting from ninth on the grid, battled hard on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R to challenge the front runners, claiming second place on his fourth lap, and setting the first of his three fastest laps of the race. The British rider seemed unperturbed by the afternoon’s two restarts due to the forecasted heavy rain as he continued to hunt-down eventual winner, Honda’s Jonathan Rea. Closing the gap to the front, the Englishman set two further stunning laps, securing the Pirelli Fastest lap award with a 1’52.975 on his penultimate revolution, to claim his debut podium on only his third weekend on the world stage.

Lowes had previously mastered his best result of the championship so far with a ninth-placed finish in race one: battling with a number of riders, the rookie set his personal fastest time on the 12th lap before the race was prematurely ended on a red flag at lap 17, seeing Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli victorious.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) rounded out the top 6. Sylvain Guintoli crashed at the chicane on lap 2 but was fortunate enough to be able to remount to salvage 9th at the flag, behind pole sitter Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), seventh, and Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), eighth.

Just one error in the first part of Race 2 deprived Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli of a sensational double win that seemed already to be within reach after winning the first race. But the Dutch round brought the Aprilia team back into the limelight of the championship with the RSV4 proving to be worthy of its title as reigning Manufacturer World Champion.

Race 2 started off looking promising with first racw winner Sylvain Guintoli managed to get front runner Rea in his sights within a few turns. On the last chicane the poor grip cause him to crash. In any case, able to get going again in 18th place, Guintoli resumed his pace and finished the race in ninth place after a spectacular comeback.

Marco Melandri had a little more difficulty, finishing sixth in both races. The rider from Ravenna showed grit and determination in Race 2 until a “long” run in a turn knocked him out of the battle for a podium finish.

Suffering from the misfortunes of the previous day’s Superpole, Eugene Laverty had a race weekend to forget despite the promising form shown in the opening two days aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000. With two difficult starts he rode hard to regain places, recording the highest speed of the weekend of 291.7km/h during race one, but ultimately succumbed to the conditions, crashing out of both races.

In the EVO class, Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) came home in 10th having the honour of being the first EVO classified rider in the race.

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) Race result:  3rd / 1st
“It is great to win our first race of the year but the worst part of race two was waiting in the garage for the delays. It was nice to be back on the podium in race one as well and that was our target this weekend. Congratulations to Sylvain because he set an incredible pace at the start and then I had a bit of a battle with the Kawasaki’s. It seems that when I get past them I drop a little bit and I am not sure why that is. I think I had the pace to be closer. The Pata Honda team and the whole Ten Kate family have had a great day - Mikey winning the WSS race and me to winning at my team’s home round. I want to say thanks to all the team and to the fans who stayed behind to watch race two in the wet conditions after a long delay.”

Alex Lowes 9th/2nd: “It’s fantastic; it was a great race for me and it’s really good for the team for me to finally get on the podium! It was a wet race, so it’s never as nice as getting on the podium in the dry but I’m very happy and hopefully this can kick-start our season after the injuries. It’s been a really difficult start to the year for me and now I’ve got some good points on the board and a podium, I’m looking forward to hopefully improving both myself and the bike; and seeing if we can be a bit closer to the front in the dry!”

Sylvain Guintoli: "It's a real shame about Race 2. Despite a less than perfect start I was making up ground without any difficulty. The slide in the second lap had nothing to do with any specific mistake. On a track that wet it simply doesn't take much at all. In spite of the blow to my back and damage to the footpeg and handlebar, I lapped fast and that really makes me angry because it's clear that I could have won Race 2 as well. In Race 1, on the other hand, I took some risks in the first few laps to try and increase the gap - a dangerous strategy but one that worked in the end. Before the race was called I was keeping an eye on Tom Sykes' comeback, trying to manage my advantage. I have to thank the entire team and the guys here at Aprilia Racing because they did a great job today. Even with the low temperatures my RSV4 was really working well. It just goes to show that everyone's efforts paid off."

SUPERBIKE RACE 2:  (Laps 10 = 45,420 Km)
1 / J. REA / GBR / PATA Honda World Superbike / Honda CBR1000RR / 19'09.464
2 / A. LOWES / GBR / Voltcom Crescent Suzuki / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / 2.222
3 / D. GIUGLIANO / ITA / Ducati Superbike Team / Ducati 1199 Panigale R / 4.955
4 / T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 13.089
5 / L. HASLAM / GBR / PATA Honda World Superbike / Honda CBR1000RR / 13.639
6 / M. MELANDRI / ITA / Aprilia Racing Team / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / 18.041
7 / L. BAZ / FRA / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R / 21.837
8 / C. DAVIES / GBR / Ducati Superbike Team / Ducati 1199 Panigale R / 26.919
9 / S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Aprilia Racing Team / Aprilia RSV4 Factory / 32.766
10 / N. CANEPA / ITA / Althea Racing / Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO / 37.965
11 / K. BOS / NED / Winteb LiquidRubber Racing T. / Honda CBR1000RR EVO / 44.141
12 / L. SCASSA / ITA / Team Pedercini / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 1'23.769
13 / S. MORAIS / RSA / IRON BRAIN Grillini Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 1'45.062
14 / M. FABRIZIO / ITA / IRON BRAIN Grillini Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 1  Lap
15 / D. SALOM / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team / Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO / 1  Lap
16 / I.  TOTH / HUN / BMW Team Toth / BMW S1000 RR / 1  Lap

Fastest Lap: 9° Alexander Lowes 1'52.975 144,733 Km/h
Lap Record: 2013 T.Sykes 1'35.893 170,520 Km/h
Best Lap: 2014 L.Baz 1'34.357 173,290 Km/h

1 SYKES 108, 2 GUINTOLI 96, 3 BAZ 93, 4 REA 89, 5 MELANDRI 69, 6 GIUGLIANO 59,
7 DAVIES 47, 8 LAVERTY 46, 9 HASLAM 44, 10 LOWES 36, 11 ELIAS 34,
12 CANEPA 28, 13 SALOM 27, 14 SCASSA 11, 15 CAMIER 11, 16 MORAIS 10,
17 FORET 9, 18 ALLERTON 6, 19 BOS 5, 20 CORTI 5.

Van Der Mark Wins His First Supersport Race at Home
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was unstoppable in the third round of the FIM Supersport World Championship at his home venue of Assen, winning by a massive 9.494 seconds and jumping up to second in the championship standings in the process.

The 21-year-old Dutch rider led from lap two to the 18th and final tour around the 4.542km circuit, cheered on by his enthusiastic home crowd. He took the new lap record in what was his second podium scoring ride of the 2014 championship, on lap seven with a time of 1’38.587s. He had qualified on the front row in third place and scored his fifth career podium at this race.

‘Mikey’ became the first Dutch WSS race winner since 2004 and the first rider in the Ten Kate-operated WSS effort to win a race since 2011.

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) felt confident of a good result and he duly scored fifth place in the race after starting from seventh place on the grid. He now occupies eighth place in the overall points standings. He improved on his qualifying performance by two positions in the race with his own home round coming up next, at Imola in Italy.

Another Italian rider, Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) had a lonely race in eighth position, having started tenth on the grid. He found a good setup for the race with his team and used it to the full, but could not stay with the leading groups of riders and finished 21.3 seconds behind van der Mark.

Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) had a fighting midfield ride to score points in 11th place, four seconds up on 13th placed Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda). Bussolotti’s team-mate Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda) was the final Honda points scorer in 14th.

SUPERSPORT 600 RACE: (Laps 18 = 81,756 Km)
1 / M. VD MARK / NED / PATA Honda World Supersport / Honda CBR600RR / 29'47.030
2 / F. MARINO / FRA / Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 9.494
3 / J. CLUZEL / FRA / MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M. / MV Agusta F3 675 / 14.988
4 / K. COGHLAN / GBR / DMC Panavto-Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 17.131
5 / L. ZANETTI / ITA / PATA Honda World Supersport / Honda CBR600RR / 17.430
6 / R. ROLFO / ITA / Team GO Eleven / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 20.266
7 / R. TAMBURINI / ITA / San Carlo Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 20.662
8 / R. DE ROSA / ITA / CIA Insurance Honda / Honda CBR600RR / 21.370
9 / P. JACOBSEN / USA / Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 23.557
10 / K. WAHR / GER / RS Wahr by Kraus Racing / Yamaha YZF R6 / 25.908
11 / M. BUSSOLOTTI / ITA / Team Lorini / Honda CBR600RR / 26.051
12 / V. LEONOV / RUS / MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M. / MV Agusta F3 675 / 27.815
13 / R. WILAIROT / THA / Core PTR Honda / Honda CBR600RR / 30.450
14 / R. RUSSO / ITA / Team Lorini / Honda CBR600RR / 39.705
15 / F. MENGHI / ITA / VFT Racing / Yamaha YZF R6 / 50.214
16 / P. BIJSTERBOSCH / NED / Langenscheid R. by Fast Bike / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1'01.685
17 / N. CALERO / ESP / CIA Insurance Honda / Honda CBR600RR / 1'02.043
18 / A. NOCCO / ITA / San Carlo Puccetti Racing / Kawasaki ZX-6R / 1'02.534
19 / F. ROGERS / GBR / Com Plus SMS Racing / Honda CBR600RR / 1'21.586
20 / A. IVANOV / RUS / DMC Panavto-Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R6 / 1  Lap

Fastest Lap (New record): 7° Michael Vd Mark 1'38.587 165,856 Km/h
Old Lap Record: 2010 K.Sofuoglu 1'38.608 165,820 Km/h
Best Lap: 2010 K.Sofuoglu 1'37.908 167,010 Km/h

1 MARINO 49, 2 VD MARK 45, 3 COGHLAN 44, 4 CLUZEL 41, 5 DE ROSA 34,
6 TAMBURINI 29, 7 SOFUOGLU 25, 8 ZANETTI 24, 9 ROLFO 19, 10 WAHR 16,
11 GAMARINO 13, 12 LEONOV 12, 13 RUSSO 10, 14 GOWLAND 9, 15 JACOBSEN 9,

Aryton Badovini Alstare bimota race action photoAyrton Badovini on the new Alstare Bimota BB3.

Marc marquez headshot photo Marc Marquez (93) took his 3rd consecutive win of the year.

2014 MotoGP World Championshi, Teermas del Rio Honda Argentina Round 3 of 18

Marquez and Honda Go Three for Three at Argentina MotoGP

Argentine Grand Prix, Termas de Rio Hondo, Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Repsol Honda RC213V rider Marc Marquez claimed a classic third successive pole-to-victory win at Argentina’s brand-new Termas del Rio Honda circuit today, extending his championship lead in a perfect start to his season as defending World Champion.The factory team’s celebrations were all the more intense after a stirring ride from his team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who set the new track’s lap record as he fought his way back from seventh place to take second from Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) with just over a lap to go.

It was the second double-top result in succession for the Repsol Honda pair, extending their early lead in the World Championship race on the eve of the European season and reinforcing the status of the Honda RC213V as the leader of the MotoGP pack. Marquez has won every race, and Pedrosa has a full house of podium finishes to back it up.

Marquez was in dominant form all weekend. He led all but one of the free practice session, then underlined his margin with a comfortable third pole in succession ahead of Lorenzo and Pedrosa. The new circuit is in the remote north-west of Argentina, but the first race the country for 15 years attracted a massive capacity crowd from all around Latin America.

They were treated to a thrilling race. The first laps on the fast and sinuous circuit were a dramatic scramble for positions up front.

As Lorenzo capitalised on an early lead, Marquez fought his way through to second by the fourth of 25 laps, closed on his rival, then stalked him patiently before firmly outbraking him on lap 17 to move away steadily. He won his third race successive race at a canter by 1.83 seconds. Already the youngest ever GP winner and World Champion, it was further proof of devastatingly strong form for the 21-year-old and his triumphant 1000cc V4 Honda.

Dano PedrosaPedrosa follewed his team mate Marquez past Lorenzo in the closing lpas for 2ndf place.

The spur for him to take the lead was Pedrosa, for Marquez knew by now that his team-mate was closing fast. The older rider had been pushed back to sixth in an early brawl more reminiscent of Moto3 than MotoGP. It gave him a hard task, but he set to it with a will, picking off his rivals one by one to take third before half distance.

At this point he was more than three seconds behind Lorenzo … but with his quarry in view round several of the popular track’s long, wide corners Pedrosa used the skill and determination of a former 125 and double 250 champion to cut away at the gap with sustained aggression. With less than two laps to go, he had caught him, and scythed firmly past.

Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) was fourth, after finally prevailing over Stefan Bradl (Team LCR Honda RC213V). The German rider was battered from a heavy fall on the previous day, so fifth was a well-earned addition to his fourth at the previous round.

The fourth Honda RC213V rider Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) crashed out of the race in the early stages – a victim of heavy traffic and a slippery sandy track surface off the racing line. It was a third non-finish in a row for the former 125cc World Champion, who has an extra role race-testing Nissin brakes and Showa suspension.

The new customer Honda RCV1000R machines played an exciting part in a long and fierce battle for the last top-ten position. All four were closely involved at some stage, and the result was only decided in the last corner, when Hiroshi Aoyama pounced on his Drive M7 Aspar team-mate Nicky Hayden to steal the place by inches over the line.

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RCV1000R) was hardly any further behind in 13th, with Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) 12th, all four over the line within less than two seconds. Scott Redding (GO&FUN Gresini Honda RCV1000R) had been part of the battle for much of the race, and was a close 14th.


Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda: 1st -  “I am happy with how the weekend went in general and I’d like to thank all my team. I think it was a nice race for the fans, with plenty of passes and I wasn't expecting it to be like that. As the race went on and I saw what the gap was to Jorge Lorenzo and I tried to catch up with him quickly and spend a few laps on his tail. When I saw that Dani was getting closer, I tried to overtake in order to maintain more of a gap. I took 25 more points today which are very important and I've put together three wins in a row, but we are aware that the season is very long and we are now heading to Jerez where Dani and Jorge are very fast. We will need to be up there with them, fighting for the win!”

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 2nd - "I enjoyed the race but after losing some time at the start it affected me and I found myself alone again. In the final part of the race I had a good pace and was able to recover places, but it didn't count for much. I took second place, but with the pace that we had we could have pushed for the win. You always have to learn and maybe I saved my tyres too much when I was riding as part of the group. Fortunately we found a good setup that allowed us to be more competitive, and this is positive.”

RESULTS MOTOGP RACE: (25 laps = 120.15 Km)
1 / Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 41'39.821 / 173.0 /
2 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 41'41.658 / 172.9 / 1.837
3 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / YAMAHA / 41'43.022 / 172.8 / 3.201
4 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / YAMAHA / 41'44.719 / 172.6 / 4.898
5 / Stefan BRADL / GER / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 41'54.850 / 171.9 / 15.029
6 / Andrea IANNONE / ITA / Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 41'59.268 / 171.6 / 19.447
7 / Bradley SMITH / GBR / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 42'04.013 / 171.3 / 24.192
8 / Pol ESPARGARO / SPA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 42'08.939 / 171.0 / 29.118
9 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 42'13.494 / 170.7 / 33.673
10 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 42'23.100 / 170.0 / 43.279
11 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 42'23.173 / 170.0 / 43.352
12 / Yonny HERNANDEZ / COL / Energy T.I. Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 42'24.640 / 169.9 / 44.819
13 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / HONDA / 42'24.999 / 169.9 / 45.178
14 / Scott REDDING / GBR / GO&FUN Honda Gresini / HONDA / 42'28.477 / 169.7 / 48.656
15 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / NGM Forward Racing / FORWARD YAMAHA / 42'32.071 / 169.4 / 52.250
16 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Avintia Racing / AVINTIA / 42'33.326 / 169.4 / 53.505
17 / Michele PIRRO / ITA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 42'33.490 / 169.3 / 53.669
18 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Paul Bird Motorsport / PBM / 42'36.391 / 169.1 / 56.570
19 / Mike DI MEGLIO / FRA / Avintia Racing / AVINTIA / 42'42.961 / 168.7 / 1'03.140
20 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / NGM Forward Racing / FORWARD YAMAHA / 42'45.581 / 168.5 / 1'05.760

Pole Position: Marc MARQUEZ 1'37.683 177.1 Km/h
Fastest Lap (New record): Dani PEDROSA 1'39.233 174.3 Km/h Lap 22
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Circuit Best Lap: Marc MARQUEZ 1'37.683 177.1 Km/h 2014

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Ducati Corse World Superbikes
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The year 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of the first, of a now legendary line of Ducati Superbikes with their trademark Desmoquattro 4-valve V-twin motors hung below a lightweight trellis tube frame, race bikes that went on to dominate the then new World Superbike Championship for next quarter of a century. Arguably the most significant motorcycle engine design of any kind since the CB750 Honda, and surely the most remarkable and successful volume production engine format ever used in world competition by any single manufacturer, the venerable Ducati 4-valve desmodromic engine recorded to this date 14 World Superbike Championship titles in the 24 year history of the world’s premier production bike based world roadracing series.

This book chronicles the development and history all five Ducati Corse World Superbike generations from the first Desmoquatro 750cc prototype to the revolutionary new 1199 Panigale Superquadro together with interviews with the Ducati designers, team racers and managers. This unique insight is provided by renown motorcycle racer and journalist Alan Cathcart who has had the envious and often exclusive opportunity to test ride every one of the factory Corse race bikes over the last 25 years, those tests of which are featured here. Photography of the Corse factory bikes and riders is proved by the world's most renown motorcycle roadracing photographers.

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This area is the famous background for the movie "Sound of Music“. This vacation offers a little bit of everything: beautiful and relaxing rides through the valleys; some mountain roads and passes; and great vistas and sights, including King Ludwig‘s castle, Herrenchiemsee, and the historic city of Salzburg. The tour consists of five riding days, one of them is a rest day – which means that you stay two nights at the same hotel.
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Feb 23      Phillip Island AUS
April 13     Spain, Aragon
April 27     Netherlands, Assen
May 11     Italy, Imola
May 25     GB, Donnington
June 8      Malaysia, Sepang
June 22    Italy, Missano
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July 13      USA, Laguna Seca
Sept 7      Spain, Jerez
Oct 5        France, Magny Cours
Oct 19      South Africa, Phakisa
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All Rounds include Superbike and 600cc Superstock except USA is Superbike only.
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2014 MotoGP
Mar 23  -  Qatar – Doha Losail
Apr 13 -   Americas, Austin TX
Apr 27 -   Argentina
May 04 -  Spain, Jerez Frontera
May 18 -  France, Le Mans
June 1 -   Italy, Mugello
June 15 -  Catalunya,Catalunya
June 28 -  Netherlands,AssenTT
July 13 -   Germany, Sach Ring
Aug 10 -  USA, Indianapolis
Aug 17 -  Czech Rep, Brno
Aug 31 -  GB, Silverstone
Sept 14 - San Marino, Misano
Sept 28 - Aragon Motorland
Oct 12 -   Japan, Motegi
Oct 19 -   Australia, Phillip Island
Oct 26 -   Malaysia, Sepang
Nov 09 -  Valencia, Ricardo

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May 24-Jun 6th Isle of  Man TT

2014 AMA Superbike
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May 30-Jun 1   Road America WI
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July 11-13    Laguna Seca CA
July 19-20    Mid-Ohio
Sept 13-14  New Jersey

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2013 World Superbike
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Feb 24      Phillip Island AUS
April 14     Spain, Aragon
April 28     Netherlands, Assen
May 12     Italy, Monza
May 26     GB, Donnington
June 9      Portugal Portimao
June 30    Italy, Imola
July 21     Russia, Moscow
Aug 4       GB, Silverstone
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Sept 15    Turkey, Istanbul Park
Sept 29    USA, Laguna Seca
Oct 6        France, Magny Cours
Oct 20      Spain, Jerez

2013 MotoGP
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Apr 21  -   Americas, Austin TX
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May 19 -   France, Le Mans
June 2 -    Italy, Mugello
June 16 -  Catalunya,Catalunya
June 29 -  Netherlands,AssenTT
July 14 -   Germany,Sachsenring
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Aug 18 -  USA, Indianapolis
Aug 25 -  Czech Rep, Brno
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A celebration of vintage and modern motorcycles, great company and new adventures, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by TUDOR watches, is a family-friendly event that has something for everyone -- including live bands airing on KRML Radio and a signature beverage pavilion, all set on the immaculate green grasses of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Entry includes a mouthwatering barbecue lunch, parking and a gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event.

Be one of the first 100 guests to purchase a General Admission Ticket to receive a complimentary copy of the Why We Ride DVD* ($25 retail value)! This offer is valid per application, not per ticket and is on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to purchase tickets today!
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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 3:30pm
Entry: $75 Adult | $15 Children (12 and under)

Two-time World Superbike Champion Doug Polen and Cycle World invite you to participate in The Cycle World Tour at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014.
Enjoy a morning ride around the Monterey Peninsula on Saturday, May 17th. This limited opportunity is for 30 riders and will include the following:

• A 50-mile morning ride with Doug Polen, Cycle World Staff and our friends from Cortech and Shoei
• Continental breakfast at a stop along the ride
• Opportunity to demo some of the latest products from Cortech and Shoei
• A limited-edition event t-shirt
• Motorcycle emblem, signifying your motorcycle participated in the ride (judging consideration will be given to participants at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering)
• Group arrival onto The Quail Motorcycle Gathering event field where your motorcycle will be placed within its class or special Cycle World display area
• Considered for the Cycle World Best of Tour award
All street legal makes and models are welcome, but space is limited. Motorcycles competing in The Quail Motorcycle Gathering can participate and NOT miss The Quail judging. They will be given special consideration for having participated in the ride. Non-competing motorcycles can join The Cycle World Tour and park on The Quail Motorcycle Gathering event field in the Cycle World display area.

Those already showing a motorcycle or have purchased a spectator ticket for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering can take part for an additional $50. No event ticket or motorcycle entered? No problem! For $120 you will receive one spectator ticket to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, including  a mouthwatering barbecue lunch, and take part in The Cycle World Tour by Cortech and Shoei.

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Share your Ducati Passion in the Ducati Grandstand during the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 11-23th!
The Ducati Grandstand at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 11 – 13, 2014 will be the place to be to watch all of the nail-biting action for the only US stop of the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship. In collaboration with Ducati, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is selling an exclusive Tribuna Ducati Ticket Package for $199 while supplies last. Get yours and join fellow Ducatisti as we cheer the Ducati Corse team to victory!

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Yamaha Is Presenting Sponsor For Three-Event GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout; Shootout Races Added To 2014 Yamaha Road Racing Contingency Program
Cypress, CA - April 3, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to announce that it has signed on as sponsor for the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha, a three-event championship motorcycle road racing series that includes the:
Yamaha SoCal Nationals at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on April 26-27;
Pacific Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA on May 3-4; and the
Mountain Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT on May 24-25.
The announcement was made by Bob Starr, General Manager of National Communications for Yamaha’s Motorsports Group.

“All of us at Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., are proud that Yamaha is the presenting sponsor for this new race series,” Starr commented. “We’re excited that our loyal customers and race fans in the Western part of the U.S. will now have three events to attend that are close to their homes, and they’ll be able to see for themselves just how breathtaking professional motorcycle road racing at this level is!”

Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., added, “I’m excited that Yamaha is now the presenting sponsor for the Shootout and that the fans will get the opportunity to see our Monster Energy Pro Superbike riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier, as well as our Y.E.S./Monster Energy Pro Sportbike riders Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach, compete in these three race weekends. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of fans come out to support the races and interact with our riders. Stay tuned for more information as the opening round of the Superbike Shootout draws near.”

Yamaha Expands 2014 Road Racing Contingency Program
In related news, Mike Guerra, Racing Division Department Manager for Yamaha, announced that Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has extended its 2014 Road Racing Contingency Program to include the GEICO Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha.

Guerra said. “Our Contingency Program rewards aspiring Yamaha road racers, so we’re pleased to be able to extend the Program so that Yamaha R1 and R6 riders who compete in the races that are part of the three-event Superbike Shootout will be rewarded for their results.”

For complete details on how to register, along with specific information on which racing classes are included, visit the Road Racing Contingency page of the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Website at: