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Jonathan Rea wins Race 1 at Aragon in superbikes after late crash by pole-sitter Chaz Davies - Fox Sports

FOLLOWING a brilliant 18 lap contest at the Pirelli Aragón Round, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) maintained his 100 per cent record so far in 2017, taking full advantage of a late crash for Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing — Ducati), while Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing — Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) completed the podium.

Rea made it five wins from five this year after putting pressure on provisional race leader Davies for most of the race, with Ducati’s Welsh rider crashing out at the penultimate turn of the penultimate lap. The victory puts Rea 47 points clear of Sykes at the head of the championship.

Melandri was another beneficiary of Davies’ unfortunate crash as he crossed the line in second, the Italian outpacing Sykes as the pair battled for prominence. Sykes’ third place in the race moves him up to second in the general standings.

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World Superbikes set for South America debut in 2018 - crash.net

The World Superbike championship has announced an Argentina round is lined up to join the 2018 calendar at the all-new Villicum circuit which is currently under construction on the west coast of the country.

The announcement was made during the race weekend of MotoGP's sole South American round at Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina with the San Juan province circuit pencilled in to join the 2018 World Superbike calendar.

The Villicum circuit, which is still under construction after work began in October last year, will be given the official green light for World Superbikes once the new track receives homologation by the FIM later this year.

With the Argentina round arriving in 2018 it will mark the first time World Superbikes has hosted a round in South America.

Initial plans are to pencil in the round between July and August in order to act as a two-round flyaway tie-in with Laguna...


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World Superbike adds new Argentinian circuit to 2018 calendar - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

The World Superbike championship will visit a new Argentinian circuit, the Autodromo Villicum, from next season onwards.

The 4.7km-long circuit, situated in Argentina's San Juan province, is currently under construction, but is close to being completed.

It will have an international licence, homologated to host both FIA and FIM championships.

As well as World Superbikes, the track is set to also host national touring car championships, and will have its own karting track.

Villicum will be in competition with the country's other major circuit, Termas de Rio Hondo, which is currently hosting the second round of the 2017 MotoGP season.

However, Argentina does not currently feature on the WSBK schedule, and is set to be the fifth location outside of Europe alongside Australia, Thailand, the United States and Qatar.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of WSBK's commercial rights holder Dorna said:...


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World Superbike: Chaz Davies Says He's Eager To Pick Up Where He Left Off At Motorland Aragon - RoadracingWorld.com

Chaz Davies (7).

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team ready to resume action at Assen for the 4th round of the WorldSBK Championship

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to take it to the track once again this weekend at Assen (Netherlands), home of the fourth round of the 2017 WorldSBK Championship. The team’s goal across the board is to confirm Aragon’s performance levels, which allowed Chaz Davies to seal the first win of the season in Race 2 and Marco Melandri to make further progress in terms of continuity and collect his first double-podium with the Panigale R. To this end, both riders will have at their disposal the latest upgrades in terms of chassis and electronics, which were tested with positive feedback at Aragon after the race.

As for results on the Dutch track, both Davies and Melandri showed their appreciation for Drenthe’s “Cathedral”: the Welshman took 3 podiums...


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Althea names Reiterberger's World Superbike replacement - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Reigning European Superstock 1000 champion Raffaele de Rosa has been named as Markus Reiterberger's replacement at the Althea BMW World Superbike team.

The Civita Castellana-based outfit, the only team to use BMW bikes in the field, started the season with former German Superbike champion Reiterberger running alongside Jordi Torres.

However, the former withdrew after the first three rounds of the season in order to fully recover from a 2016 crash at Misano, which left him with two broken vertebrae.

The German rider's replacement will be de Rosa, a former 125cc and 250cc regular.

In 2016, the 30-year-old became the Superstock 1000 champion with Althea, and also took part in two WSBK rounds with the team at Laguna Seca and Losail respectively.

De Rosa started the 2017 season without a full-time ride to his name, but confirmed his plans of doing wildcard WSBK rounds before getting the...


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World Superbike: Nicky Hayden Hoping To Secure Some Results To Be Happy About At Assen - RoadracingWorld.com

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Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team ready to race on home turf at Assen

Dutch Round

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

The FIM Superbike World Championship is back in action this weekend at the TT Circuit Assen, the home track for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team. Round four of the 2017 season – the second one on European soil – will be a special one for the Dutch squad, with Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl ready to battle around the 4.542km technical track on board their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines.

Last year, Hayden took the first podium of his World Superbike career at Assen, a third place in race one from tenth position on the grid. This is not the only fond memory of Assen for Nicky, who came out victorious in 2006 after a thrilling finale in that year’s MotoGP race and was third at the chequered flag the following season.

Stefan Bradl has had a...


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World Superbike: Who To Keep An Eye On At Assen - RoadracingWorld.com

Weather conditions could cause unpredictable results during the World Superbike event at Assen.

Manufacturer’s ups and downs at Assen

Which team should you keep an eye on in The Netherlands?

Aprilia have won twice at Assen, with Eugene Laverty in Race 2, 2013, and Sylvain Guintoli in Race 1, 2014: which was their last podium finish here. Last year the best Aprilia results were provided by Lorenzo Savadori: 6th in Race 1 and 4th in Race 2.

The best result for BMW at Assen was recorded by Marco Melandri in the first 2012 Race: 4th. Last year Jordi Torres came close to repeat it in Race 1, finishing 5th with Markus Reiterberger not far behind in 7th. They struggled in the wet in Race 2 as the best-placed BMW was Karel Abraham in 14th.

70 podiums in Assen for Ducati machinery: the second-best record in history behind the 76 scored in Misano by Ducati. Their wins tally is equally...


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Sykes the early pacesetter as Assen action commences - WorldSBK - SBK

The WorldSBK action at the Acerbis Dutch Round got started on Friday morning with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) setting the FP1 pace with a 1’35.676 lap, putting him ahead of his teammate Jonathan Rea and Welshman Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) in the top three on the timesheet.

The KRT riders were split by +0.215s in the top two spots, with Sykes setting his best time towards the end of the morning practice. Davies was +0.301s off P1 as the riders pushed to register good times in cool conditions, with the threat of rain for FP2 later meaning the grid were keen to secure provisional automatic SP2 positions.

Dutchman Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) got his home round off to a solid start in fourth place, just over half a second down on Sykes, whilst Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) completed the top five.

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British Superbikes at Oulton Park and World Superbikes at Assen preview - Telegraph.co.uk

The 2015 champion Josh Brookes has enjoyed a solid return to British Superbikes and is currently top Yamaha. Brookes is in fourth place with 48 points, seven ahead of Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman on 41. The top six is completed by Glen Irwin on the second Be Wiser Ducati.

As in World Superbikes, the new Honda Fireblades are not yet on the pace with Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran in seventh and eighth places, the best finish both riders have achieved is fifth place.

The top ten is rounded off by the Yamaha McAms pairing of James Ellison and Michael Laverty.

2017 British Superbike Championship standings

1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 86 points

2. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 81

3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 65

4. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire Yamaha) 48

5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 37

6. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 36

After a three week break the World...


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Sykes leads from Rea in Assen FP1

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Tom Sykes has set the pace in the opening free practice session at Assen with a best lap time already two-tenths off of his 2016 pole position time for the Kawasaki Racing Team.

In sunny but chilly conditions, World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea headed the field early on as the pack got up to speed at the iconic Dutch track and as the pace sharpened Sykes nipped ahead by two-tenths on his team-mate with a 1m 35.676s to top FP1.

Topping the opening session with a lap under the lap record will come as a timely boost for Sykes who has been in hospital with a digestion sickness since the Aragon round.

Rea, who saw his perfect start to 2017 ended by Chaz Davies in race two at Aragon, held on to second spot on the times from the Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider by less than one-tenth of a second as the front three once again...


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Assen - Free practice results (2)

Full free practice results (2) from the fourth round of the 2017 World Superbike Championship at Assen, the Netherlands.

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 35.383s
2. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 35.495s
3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 35.532s
4. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR 1m 35.812s
5. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 1m 35.938s
6. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR 1m 36.095s
7. Eugene Laverty IRE Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 1m 36.150s
8. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 36.183s *
9. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 1m 36.226s
10. Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 36.270s
11. Randy Krummenacher SWI Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 36.292s
12. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati 1199R 1m 36.437s *
13. Stefan Bradl GER Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 1m 36.459s
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Rea in charge from Davies, Sykes at Assen

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Jonathan Rea has laid down a marker to beat to his World Superbike championship rivals at Assen after topping the second free practice and producing some blistering pace on longer runs.

The defending World Superbike champion, who lost his perfect winning record in 2017 to Chaz Davies in race two at Aragon, claimed a dominant double victory 12 months ago at the iconic Dutch track and demonstrated his impressive speed over both free practice sessions on Friday.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider jumped to the top of the times halfway through FP2 before chipping away to end the session with a best lap of 1m 35.383s – over one-tenth under the 2016 pole position time set by Tom Sykes.

With outstanding pace on longer runs with lap times continually in the high 1m 35s to low 1m 36s region it will make Rea a strong favourite this weekend if...


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Rea focuses on critical areas with late race pace

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Jonathan Rea says he's learnt the 'critical areas to be strong' towards the end of races as he looks to make amends having lost his perfect winning record in 2017 at Aragon.

After five wins from the opening five races, Rea's run was wrecked by Chaz Davies when the Aruba.it Racing Ducati rider reeled in the defending World Superbike championship to clinch victory in race two at Aragon last time out.

As well as confirming new suspension settings on his factory Kawasaki ZX-10RR at Assen, Rea focused on race pace and is confident lap time gains found over at the end of a race distance will give him a stronger fight in the closing laps.

Rea topped Friday's FP2 and was quickest on the combined times with a best lap of 1m 35.383s to pull out a tenth of a second on Davies. The defending World Superbike champion also demonstrated strong race...


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Davies: We re not far off the mark

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Chaz Davies feels his Aruba.it Ducati Racing team are within reach of wins at Assen as he aims to close the gap on Jonathan Rea in the World Superbike title battle.

The Welsh rider ended Friday free practice second fastest with a best lap time of 1m 35.495s, within one-tenth of pace-setter Rea, but is content with his Ducati Panigale R's performance and race pace despite still having a couple of areas to fine-tune ahead of Saturday's opening race.

Davies broke Rea's 100% winning start to 2017 in race two at Aragon last time out and is aiming for a similar performance at Assen, where the Welsh rider has grabbed three second place finishes in the past two seasons.

“I'm quite happy with our performance for today,” Davies said. “I feel like we're still off the mark in some areas, but not far, especially when it comes to lap times.

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van der Mark splashes out with special Pata Yamaha livery

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Michael van der Mark caught the eye with a special Pata Yamaha livery tweak to celebrate his home round at Assen even if he struggled to light up the timesheet on Friday's free practice.

The local favourite revealed flashes of orange on his Pata Yamaha YZF-R1 to mark his home round and made a bright start in FP1 with fourth place to move within reach of the front three but struggled to replicate his pace using the harder rear tyre in the afternoon session.

Despite fading to eighth on the combined times, van der Mark feels with a trouble-free day he can find gains from the data to hunt the podium at his home event.

“A bit of a mixed day,” van der Mark said. “I had quite a good feeling from the beginning at my home track on the Pata Yamaha, in the morning session we changed some things on the bike and then at the end of the session...


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News - SBK

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship heads to Europe for the first time of 2017 at the stunning Spanish circuit of MotorLand Aragon, and it will be fans chance to see free practice live for the first time.

WorldSBK bikes will roll out of pit lane in the spring sunshine for the first time at 09:45am LT (+2 GMT), and you will be able to see all action from WorldSBK.com. Keep up with all on track actions and dramas in the opening hour session, with all bikes on track.

With all reaction and further updates then able to be followed on our social media accounts throughout the afternoon, before the bikes are again out on track for FP2 at 14:30LT. Tune in to watch the likes of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing –Ducati) and Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) push for the top ten positions in order to secure a position in Superpole Two on Saturday. Always a...


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Jonathan Rea wins Race 1 at Aragon in superbikes after late crash by pole-sitter Chaz Davies - Fox Sports

FOLLOWING a brilliant 18 lap contest at the Pirelli Aragón Round, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) maintained his 100 per cent record so far in 2017, taking full advantage of a late crash for Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing — Ducati), while Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing — Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) completed the podium.

Rea made it five wins from five this year after putting pressure on provisional race leader Davies for most of the race, with Ducati’s Welsh rider crashing out at the penultimate turn of the penultimate lap. The victory puts Rea 47 points clear of Sykes at the head of the championship.

Melandri was another beneficiary of Davies’ unfortunate crash as he crossed the line in second, the Italian outpacing Sykes as the pair battled for prominence. Sykes’ third place in the race moves him up to second in the general standings.

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World Superbike adds new Argentinian circuit to 2018 calendar - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

The World Superbike championship will visit a new Argentinian circuit, the Autodromo Villicum, from next season onwards.

The 4.7km-long circuit, situated in Argentina's San Juan province, is currently under construction, but is close to being completed.

It will have an international licence, homologated to host both FIA and FIM championships.

As well as World Superbikes, the track is set to also host national touring car championships, and will have its own karting track.

Villicum will be in competition with the country's other major circuit, Termas de Rio Hondo, which is currently hosting the second round of the 2017 MotoGP season.

However, Argentina does not currently feature on the WSBK schedule, and is set to be the fifth location outside of Europe alongside Australia, Thailand, the United States and Qatar.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of WSBK's commercial rights holder Dorna said:...


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World Superbikes set for South America debut in 2018 - crash.net

The World Superbike championship has announced an Argentina round is lined up to join the 2018 calendar at the all-new Villicum circuit which is currently under construction on the west coast of the country.

The announcement was made during the race weekend of MotoGP's sole South American round at Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina with the San Juan province circuit pencilled in to join the 2018 World Superbike calendar.

The Villicum circuit, which is still under construction after work began in October last year, will be given the official green light for World Superbikes once the new track receives homologation by the FIM later this year.

With the Argentina round arriving in 2018 it will mark the first time World Superbikes has hosted a round in South America.

Initial plans are to pencil in the round between July and August in order to act as a two-round flyaway tie-in with Laguna...


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WSB: Argentina to host World Superbike from 2018 - Motorcycle News (press release) (blog)

Argentina is set to host a round of the Superbike World Championship from 2018 with the brand new Villicum Circuit, in the province of San Juan, joining the calendar next season.

Already in development, the circuit is said to be 50-60% complete with the hope of gaining homologation from the FIM towards the end of this year. It’s been designed by local architect Leonardo Stella, with work beginning in October last year.

The move will see Argentina become the 26th country to host a round of the Superbike World Championship as the series visits South America for the first time.

The circuit is set to he 4.2 kilometres long with 19 corners, 11 left and eight right. It’s located on Route 40, a 5000km road stretching along the Andes from the north to the south of Argentina.

San Juan is steeped in motorsport history, with the Dakar Rally having passed through the province in recent years as...


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