2013 Nurburgring World SuperbikeThe 2013 World Superbike Championship headed to Germany this past weekend for round 10 at the infamous Nurburgring.Both races were completed on a red flag due to wet conditions. Splitting the race wins were Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes (race one) and BMW Motorrad GoldBet’s Chaz Davies (race 2).
Sykes’ 1-4 performance at Nurburgring allows him to regain the World Superbike Championship points battle. The Brit now has 287 points, one ahead of Aprilia Racing Team’s Sylvain Guintoli. For a recap, click here.Following are the post-race statistics of Nurburgring World SBK:– In Race 1 Tom Sykes was back on the top step of the podium after the double in Imola: with his eleventh win he reached at the nineteenth all-time spot Stephane Mertens, Regis Laconi, Ruben Xaus and Jonathan Rea. Eight of Sykes’ eleven wins came leading all the way from lights to flag, as he did at the Nurburgring. Tom is back at the top of the championship for the second time in his career after Race 2 in Imola.– Eugene Laverty now counts 23 Superbike podiums, the same of Akira Yanagawa and Chris Vermeulen, at the 28th all-time spot. Laverty came second for the third time at the Ring, after the two second places recorded here last year behind Biaggi and Chaz Davies.– Best season starting spot for Marco Melandri, second: he hadn’t started from the front row since last year’s Magny Cours race (4th). With his double Nurburgring podium, Melandri now counts 35 Superbike podiums, reaching Ruben Xaus and Michel Fabrizio at the seventeenth all-time spot.– Chaz Davies scored his fourth career win, repeating the same results of last year in this track: third in Race 1 (last year behind Biaggi and Laverty) and winner in Race 2 (last year in front of Laverty and Camier, his maiden career win). Davies gave Great Britain the 130th World Superbike win. Great Britain is the most successful country in front of Australia and United States, which count 118 wins each.– Maiden career pole for Ayrton Badovini, at his 100th Superbike race: he is the third rider in as many races which scored his maiden pole after Davide Giugliano and Eugene Laverty and the fourth different rider on pole in the last four races (the pole in Imola was set by Tom Sykes). The last time with four different riders on pole in four straight races before this one was recorded last year, from Silverstone to Portimao (Jakub Smrz, Checa, Biaggi, Sykes).– A mechanical failure in race one put an end to seventeen straight races in the top-15 for Max Neukirchner, which had scored points in all the round before his home one. Curiously Carlos Checa finished his last three races in tenth place and Sylvain Guintoli always qualified eighth in his last three qualifying weekends.– Badovini took Ducati back on pole after eight races: the Italian manufacturer didn’t record such a long gap since 2009-2010, when they didn’t score poles for the same number of race weekends, from Magny-Cours 2009 to Miller 2010 (5 poles from Yamaha, 1 Suzuki, 1 Honda, 1 Aprilia).– The Nurburgring front row: Badovini (Ducati), Melandri (BMW), Sykes (Kawasaki), missed Aprilia, which in the thirteen previous races had always taken a bike on the front row. That was the best streak in the team’s history.– BMW hadn’t recorded podiums in their home track before last weekend, but they filled this blank with both works bikes on the podium in both races (and the win of Davies Race 2).
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!