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The stage is set for WSBK season finale at Jerez
Rome (Italy), Monday 14 October 2013 - The eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders are gearing up for the last round of 2013, that will take place this weekend at the Circuito de Jerez, Spain. The last time the Andalusian track hosted an event of the series was in 1990, with the Spanish Round being the season opener for WSBK.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) enters the final showdown in confident mood after the double win at Magny-Cours, that allowed the Brit to extend his lead to a comfortable 37 and 38 points over the two remaining title contenders, Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team). With such a considerable margin over the rivals, Sykes could be crowned new World Superbike Champion already after the first race by finishing in third place, in case the two opponents would eventually take the top-two spots on the podium.
All the factory teams and most of the private ones have previously tested at Jerez, meaning the riders will not take too long to get up to speed on the Spanish venue.
Team BMW Motorrad GoldBet line-up will turn into a trio this weekend, as regular riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies will be joined by STK team mate Sylvain Barrier, who is set to make his long-awaited WSBK debut after retaining the title in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in front of his home crowd at Magny-Cours.
Local rider Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia) is targeting a strong result at Jerez, a track he knows well and where he won during his best ever 250cc World Championship season (2003) and in 2010, first race victory of his title-winning season in Moto2.
Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) is down to race despite not being 100% after the injury suffered at Nurburgring. Former BSB Champion will undergo further checks at Jerez prior to the round, before a final decision on his participation to the event. Similar situation for Loris Baz, who is eager to jump on his Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R after sitting out from the last three rounds.
Javier Fores will replace fellow Spaniard Carlos Checa for the last outing of what has been a difficult season for Team Ducati Alstare. The 28 year old from Llombai has previously raced in the series, when he stepped in for injured James Toseland to race with Team BMW Motorrad Italia for the last three rounds in 2011.
Australian FX Superbike Champion Broc Parkes will make his comeback to the series by tackling the event onboard the Yamaha YZF-R1 of the YART Team.
Standings (Round 13 of 14): 1. Sykes 411; 2. Laverty 374; 3. Guintoli 373; 4. Melandri 339; 5. Davies 270; 6. Giugliano 195; 7. Fabrizio 186; 8. Baz 180; 9. Rea 176; 10. Cluzel 162; 11. Badovini 127; 12. Camier 114; 13. Haslam 91; 14. Neukirchner 84; 15. Checa 80; 16. Sandi 54; 17. Elias 46; 18. Aitchison 33; 19. Iannuzzo 27; 20. Salom 22; 21. Clementi 18; 22. Philippe 13; 23. Lanzi 13; 24. Canepa 12; 25. Lai 11; 26. Pirro 10; 27. Lundh 10; 28. Hayden 8; 29. Young 8; 30. Reiterberger 7; 31. Allerton 6; 32. Uprak 5; 33. Smrz 4; 34. Stauffer 4; 35. Ercelik 3; 36. Eslick 2; 37. Akiyoshi 2; 38. Haga 2. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 500; 2. Kawasaki 465; 3. BMW 412; 4. Honda 234; 5. Suzuki 225; 6. Ducati 169; 7. Yamaha 4.
After clinching his first-ever World Title at Magny-Cours, Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) will be back on track to contest his last World Supersport race before moving to the Moto2 World Championship. The battle-hungry youngster from Lincoln will have a final chance for another epic challenge against Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki).
Confirmed Pata Honda riders for 2014 Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti will try and mix it up for what would be their first ever win in the series - and the maiden one for the team this year. Matthieu Lagrive, last minute substitute for injured Florian Marino at Magny-Cours, will be again on track for Team Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki, and he will be replacing this time Luca Scassa.
Complus SMS Racing Honda is going to tackle the round by fielding former CEV Moto3 rider Fraser Rogers.
Standings (Round 12 of 13): 1. Lowes 225; 2. Sofuoglu 181; 3. Foret 134; 4. Vd Mark 117; 5. Zanetti 108; 6. Kennedy 76; 7. Scassa 75; 8. Coghlan 62; 9. Rolfo 62; 10. Leonov 56; 11. Antonelli 55; 12. Marino 53; 13. Morais 47; 14. Iddon 45; 15. Russo 38; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki 250; 2. Yamaha 233; 3. Honda 152; 4. MV Agusta 88; 5. Suzuki 36; 6. Triumph 6.
Despite the title already assigned last round, the final race for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup will play an important role for the riders involved, who are looking forward to end up their season in the best possible way.
With 2013 title winner Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) up to his debut in World Superbike, Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Ducati) - who is still looking for his first race win of the season - will try and defend his second place in the standings from Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) and Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini Kawasaki), who scored one win each in the last two rounds.
Barrier's place will be taken by former STK1000 rider and 2013 IDM Superbike Champion Markus Reiterberger.
Standings (Round 9 of 10): 1. Barrier 178; 2. Canepa 145; 3. Guarnoni 128; 4. Mercado 126; 5. Savadori 98; 6. La Marra 85; 7. Jezek 81; 8. Lanusse 60; 9. Bussolotti 55; 10. Andreozzi 51; etc. Manufacturers: 1. BMW 189; 2. Kawasaki 173; 3. Ducati 166; 4. Honda 38; 5. Suzuki 5.
Team SBK Ducati Alstare prepares for final Jerez Superbike round with Badovini and Forés
Bologna (Italy), Friday 11 October 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and rider Ayrton Badovini will be joined by substitute rider Javier 'Xavi' Forés for the fourteenth and final round of the 2013 World Superbike championship, taking place at the Jerez circuit in Spain on the weekend of 20 October.
At the penultimate Magny-Cours round, which took place one week ago, Badovini and substitute rider Michele Pirro took mixed results, with Ayrton finishing the event's two races in ninth and tenth position and Michele scoring a sixth place finish in race one before unfortunately suffering a crash in the second of the day's races.
Javier Forés, 28 years old and from Valencia, Spain, will not step up to substitute for Checa in the season's closing round. Forés is competing this year in the Stock Extreme category in the Spanish CEV championship. He is currently lying at the top of the general classification, leading the way for Ducati on board his 1199 Panigale, having won five of six races thus far and with two events still left to run. Javier knows the Jerez circuit well, having raced there while competing in various national and international series. The last time he participated in the World Superbike championship was in 2011, when he took part in the final rounds with BMW. He has not yet ridden the Panigale in its Superbike configuration, but will do so next Tuesday and Wednesday during development tests taking place at Misano. This will give Javier, who is extremely enthusiastic about this new challenge, the chance to gain confidence with the bike ahead of the race weekend.
"We're already at the final event of the year, unbelievable! It hasn't been an easy season for us but I would like to bring it to an end in the best possible way, by taking good results at Jerez. I tested there earlier this year of course and I like the track, but it's many years since Superbikes went there though, so we'll not have that benefit of race experience. I hope we can work hard and adapt the bike to the track and complete two good races to finish the season on a positive note."
"Jerez is a track I really like, I race there every year in the Spanish championship and so know it very well. I think it suits the Ducati, seeing as there are no long straights to contend with. This year is going very well for me in the Spanish championship. In my Stock category I'm getting on well with the Panigale and have won five of the six races run so far. I haven't yet had chance to ride it in its Superbike configuration and so can't wait to get on track and work to adapt the bike to the track. It will be a really interesting weekend and I thank Ducati and team Ducati Alstare for giving me this important opportunity."
Pata Honda looks forward to SBK finale
The Pata Honda team is preparing for this weekend's final round of the 2013 World Superbike championship at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain.
It's some 23 years since Jerez hosted a round of the production-based SBK series but many of the teams tested at the 4.423km Andalusian track at the end of 2012, including the current Pata Honda line-up of Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam.
Fabrizio has been substituting for the injured Jonathan Rea since round 11 at Istanbul in Turkey and Jerez represents the 29-year-old Italian's final outing with the team. He is understandably looking forward to leaving on a high and the team will be doing all it can to realise Fabrizio's wish.
Haslam meanwhile has his own reasons to seek an uplifting end to a difficult season that has been blighted by a double leg fracture sustained at Assen in The Netherlands in April. The 30-year-old British rider will be aiming to maintain his record of at least one podium finish in each of his full seasons as a World Superbike rider.
The Pata Honda team will remain in Spain following Sunday's two 21-lap races at Jerez for a one-day test on Tuesday 22 October. It is anticipated that Jonathan Rea will use the test to re-introduce himself to his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade after fracturing his left femur in a crash at Nurburgring in Germany on 1 September.
We tested at Jerez at the end of last season and did some back-to-back comparisons between last year's electronics and the new package, which was at a very early stage of development. It'll be difficult to use any of the data we got back then but it's a great track and I've always loved riding here since I was in GPs. We solved a pretty significant issue on the bike at the end of the last round in Magny-Cours, so I'm really looking forward to getting out on the Jerez circuit on Friday and giving it a go. It's the last round of the series and I would just like it to be the one where everything finally comes together and we can get a chance to show what we're capable of. There are lots of things to improve before the beginning of next season - both with me and the bike - but I'd like to finish this one by challenging the top guys this weekend.
Jerez will be my last race with the Pata Honda team, so I want to continue the positive direction that we found at Magny-Cours and to finish with some good results. I found a good confidence in the bike and in my riding in France so I want to take this to Spain and finish this year in a good way. I have never raced at Jerez but I tested there last year on a different machine and I was very fast, so I know that the circuit suits my riding style. I wish Jonathan a good recovery and I would like to thank Honda and the Pata Honda team for this opportunity. I hope to put on a good show for everyone this weekend.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
So, we reach the last race of the season and our final outing with Michel. We would all like to thank him for his contribution since Istanbul and we will all be trying very hard to help him continue to challenge for top five finishes. We will also try to give Leon back some confidence in the bike and help him to finish this season on a high to generate some positive momentum for the 2014 season. We are also very happy to welcome Jonathan back to the team after his injury and to congratulate him on the birth of his son. He'll be with us all weekend and I can speak for the whole team in saying that we are all looking forward to seeing him back on the bike during our test next week.
THE WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON WILL FINISH ON THE SPECTACULAR SPANISH JEREZ CIRCUIT.
EUGENE LAVERTY AND SYLVAIN GUINTOLI ARE EAGER TO FINISH THE SEASON THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY.
APRILIA IS CLOSE TO THE MANUFACTURER TITLE, HAVING DOMINATED THE STANDINGS FROM THE FIRST ROUND.
Jerez, 16 October 2013 - The final round of the 2013 World Superbike season is about to kick off on a brand new track for the factory derivative championship - the spectacular Jerez circuit. The Aprilia Racing Team will arrive in Spain mathematically within a shout of victory for both Eugene Laverty and team mate Sylvain Guintoli, both of whom have put in an excellent season. The probabilities certainly don't favour the Aprilia riders, but in any case they are ready to give it their all on a track that they know well since it was the Italian team's test track this year.
On the manufacturer front Aprilia is a hair's breadth away from the third title in the last four years after dominating the brand standings from the very first round at Phillip Island, proof of the RSV4's superiority.
For Eugene Laverty, a key player in recent rounds with a double win at Istanbul, the victory at Laguna Seca and his double podium at Magny-Cours, the goal is still to win both races on Sunday. Trailing the leader by 37 points, the only feasible strategy is to aim for the top result.
Eugene Laverty: "We still have an outside chance of the title going into the final round at Jerez. All I can do is try to win the races on Sunday and see what happens. We've had a really good run of seven successful podiums and it would be great to finish the season on a high".
After stirring up the French fans at Magny-Cours with a double podium, Sylvain Guintoli will now take on Jerez, where he made his preseason maiden run astride the Aprilia RSV4. The rider from across the Alps has had a season which can definitely be categorised as positive: after making his début with a victory at Phillip Island, Sylvain dominated the rider standings thanks to a series of impressive placings. After suffering a shoulder injury which compromised his performance in the second half of the season he is now lying in third place, just 38 points behind Sykes.
Sylvain Guintoli: "After the Magny-Cours Race2 battle with Eugene that ended on the tarmac, medical checks revealed no further damage to the shoulder. That's the first good news! The second one is that Jerez is our test track and I know it very well from my GP days. The fight for the Championship is still on and I want to push until the end".
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Jerez - Preview
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Spain - Jerez de la Frontera.
18th - 20th October 2013
14th of 14 race weekends
Munich/Milan, 14th October 2013. Final push for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team: the squad and factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR) are preparing for the 2013 season finale of the FIM Superbike World Championship. The last races of the year will be held this weekend (18th to 20th October) at the "Circuito de Jerez" in Southern Spain. This will also mark the final round of the factory involvement of BMW Motorrad in the Superbike World Championship. According to its strategic realignment, the German manufacturer will withdraw from the series and focus on its extended international customer sports programme from 2014.
For the Jerez round, Marco and Chaz will have company. The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team will enter a third BMW S 1000 RR for Sylvain Barrier. The French factory rider celebrated an early title defence in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup at the previous round at Magny-Cours (FRA). As a reward for the performance he showed in the BMW Motorrad STK Team over the last three years, including winning two titles, BMW Motorrad offers him the chance to debut in World Superbikes at Jerez.
In the Manufacturers' standings of the Superbike World Championship, BMW heads to the final round lying in third with 412 points. In the Riders' classification, Marco is currently fourth with 339 points, followed by Chaz who is fifth with 270 points.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain's BMW HP4 will be raced by Markus Reiterberger at Jerez. The young German will team up with regular rider Greg Gildenhuys (RSA). At the final round of the season, BMW will try to secure the Manufacturers' title.
Jerez from the rider's point of view:
"I really like Jerez and during the last years in World Superbikes I missed it a lot. It is a very technical track with tight and fast corners and with very short straights which don't give you the opportunity to take a breath. On this track, the power of the engine is not the most important factor, but the complete package which has to work properly. For these reasons I expect two great races with many protagonists. The Jerez round not only marks the last race of the 2013 season but will also be the last race for BMW as a factory team. As a farewell I would like to thank my team with a great result."
"Jerez is the last race and it is a pity as it was a good season and it also marks the end of BMW's factory involvement. I have only raced with the team for one year but it was a productive year. I think every one of us is going to Jerez for the same reason: everyone is highly motivated to finish the season strong and to bring home the best possible results. Our target as ever is to be on the podium but I think everyone on the grid will push really hard at this last race of the season. We tested quite often at Jerez. It is a difficult circuit. Jerez is a little bit like Laguna, where power is not the most important factor but the chassis needs to be very good. The straight there is pretty short. After the corner, it takes you half of the straight to get your bike in the right position and then you're already thinking about braking for the hairpin. The track has a little bit of everything, some tight corners as well as fast turns. It is definitely one of the circuits I like."
"I still can't believe that I am going to make my debut in World Superbikes. I have no pressure and I expect to have all the time I need to learn how the bike works, because I have no experience with our 2013 WSBK version of the RR and its tyres. I know the track from our winter test with the BMW Motorrad STK Team, and I like it very much. I don't have a real target for these races. But I want to do my best and if I get a good rhythm I am confident that I can. And this is the best gift I could receive from BMW for my birthday, which is on Sunday."
Jerez from a sporting point of view:
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
"Jerez is a great circuit and, in addition, it is the track we have chosen as our test track. We have been there several times during winter and have collected lots of data, which will allow us to start the weekend with a good base. Our riders like the track a lot, so we are confident that we will be able to have a good season finale. This weekend we will bring a third bike in SBK specification, because at Jerez the old and new Superstock 1000 Champion Sylvain Barrier will make his debut in the Superbike World Championship. This way we want to thank him for the great seasons and the titles he won with us. We are confident that he will be able to make best use of this opportunity to present himself on the Superbike stage. In the Superstock Cup, the Manufacturers' title still has to be won. For this reason we'll leave Sylvain's BMW HP4 to Markus Reiterberger and we are confident that he will support BMW to achieve the title."
Jerez from a technical point of view:
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
"In Magny-Cours we were not able to exploit our full potential. After the races we were not satisfied with the results so we expect that all those feelings will guarantee an extra motivation for the last races. Jerez is our test track, where we have been testing in the winter and at the beginning of the season. We have important data which will help us to set the bike up properly for the various characteristics of the racetrack. The circuit has slow and short straights, but high-speed corners like turns 11 and 12 and tight hairpins as well. From the chassis side it requires a mix of braking stability and good turning. It is demanding for engine management as well, as it won't be an easy challenge to find the right setting to accelerate as fast as possible out of the corner, putting the torque on the ground and fighting against the wheelieing. We are confident of being well prepared in order to give Marco, Chaz and, for his first time on a World Superbike, Sylvain the right package to fight with the top guys."
Team Althea Racing - Jerez SBK preview
The fourteenth and final round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at the "Circuito de Jerez" over the weekend of October 18/19/20.
The circuit opened on 8 December 1985. During 1986 the circuit hosted the first international motorcycle event in Spain in March and the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix in April. Due to the hosting of the European Grand Prix in 1994, the circuit initiated safety changes from the 1990 configuration, including a new chicane (the Senna curve) It's one of the most popular tracks for winter testing. During 2005, the track was resurfaced. The circuit currently holds pre-season Formula One testing shared with the Circuit de Catalunya, also in Spain. On 2 May 2013, it was announced that the final corner
would be renamed after Spanish MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Circuit main characteristics :
Length: 4.423 km Pole Position: left Right turn : 8 Left turns : 5
"Circuito de Jerez" is a racing circuit
The project was led by the Spanish engineer
located close to the city of Jerez de la Frontera
Manuel Medina Lara, based on a preliminary idea from Alessandro Rocci.
The World Superbike championship is coming to a close with the last two races of this thrilling season taking place this coming weekend at the track in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. These two races will decide the 2013 world superbike champion. Team Althea arrives in Jerez, ready to confirm this strong season finale that is rewarding both the team and its rider Davide Giugliano with great results. Davide has finished in the top positions in all recent races, demonstrating maturity and consistency. Genesio Bevilacqua's team will work to close the championship in the best possible way in Jerez, in order to thank sponsors and fans, who have never stopped supporting the team, with some positive results.
Davide Giugliano: "I'm pleased to be able to finish my 2013 season in Jerez, a track that I really like and where I rode the RSV4 Aprilia for the first time last November. On that occasion I was immediately fast and hope that I can do likewise this time, although it won't be easy to fight at the front, with riders who are still battling it out for the title. This is a positive moment for us and I hope it continues at Jerez too, because I really want to conclude the season in the best way possible, as a way of thanking my team and all those who believed in me."