2011 World Superbike
Eugene Laverty has excelled in many areas since he first came into the World Superbike fold after two fruitful years in World Supersport racing.
At Donington World Superbike, he was also on course for good raceday results but a big crash in race one almost scuppered his weekend in its entirety.
Separated by only 0.270 of a second at the checkered flag, Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies gave the Yamaha ParkingGO team its first 1-2 World Supersport win at Donington Sunday.
It was Scassa who just beat his teammate on the YZF-R6; the Italian now has a perfect 50 points, and Parkes is in second with 31.
The outstandingly close finish to the Phillip Island Supersport World Championship race last weekend was, remarkable as it sounds, a return to business as usual in this class.
The top three World Supersport riders were covered by only 0.033 seconds after 21-laps of action, but close finishes are something of a specialty in Australia.
Motorcycle Track Day
A stunning total of 30 new Pirelli tire compounds and sizes are available this season for road racers and track-day riders through Innovative Motorcycle Research (IMR), the Pirelli East Coast Motorcycle Road Racing Distributor.
David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) emerged as the surprise pole sitter for Sunday’s World Supersport race at Phillip Island, Australia, after practice and qualifying was turning into a battle between Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com).
On Friday, former champion Fabien Foret posted the quickest time during the World Supersport Qualifying 1 session at Phillip Island, Australia.
The Fast Frenchman had to work for it aboard the Ten Kate Honda CBR6000RR, as right until the last minute the time sheets were headed by the young Spanish rider David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com).
World Supersport Phillip Island Test
On a totally dry track the lap times came tumbling in the second session and after 90 minutes of testing, the quickest time in World Supersport had been set by Fabien Foret, the Frenchman getting back to the top end of the results sheets on his new Hannspree Ten Kate Honda machine.
The 2011 World Supersport grid will feature riders from 16 different nationalities, but no Americans. There has always been a high-level of global interest in the series, and this year 29 World Supersport riders from various countries will compete at 12 rounds (WSS will not run at the US round of World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park).
Gino Rea and the Step Racing Team (formerly known as Intermoto) have finished a positive two day World Supersport test at the Aragon Circuit albeit in cold and bitter conditions.
The test on the Step Racing Team Honda CBR600 went well, providing the team with nearly 2 days to get through parts they couldn’t at Portimao.