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World Superbikes at Donington Park preview - Telegraph.co.uk

Whatever the outcome, or how thrilling the racing is this weekend, the event will be tinged with sadness after the tragic death of Honda rider Nicky Hayden, who lost his life earlier this week after a cycling accident in Italy. Nicky was widely heralded as one of the nicest guys to grace the world's paddocks of the world and will be sorely missed by the motorcycling fraternity and fans alike. Our sympathies and thoughts are with his family and friends.

2017 World Superbike Championship standings

1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) 235 points

2. Chaz Davies (Ducati) 161

3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 160

4. Marco Melandri (Ducati) 124

5. Alex Lowes (Yamaha) 94

6. Xavi Fores (Ducati) 84

Supersport

Interest in the Supersport class continues to increase. For the second race in succession, last time out at Imola Kenan Sofuoglu brought his Kawasaki home in first place with current championship leader...


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Read more: World Superbikes at Donington Park preview - Telegraph.co.uk

World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea extends lead with Donington Park win - BBC Sport

Jonathan Rea (left) leads Tom Sykes by 55 points in the overall standings

Jonathan Rea won the second race of the World Superbikes UK round at Donington Park on Sunday to extend his lead to 55 points in the series.

The Northern Irishman, 30, finished ahead of Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes, who won the first race on Saturday.

English rider Sykes, 31, remains second in the 2017 standings on 205 points.

Leon Haslam, who was second on Saturday, crashed out early, while Italy's Marco Melandri also failed to finish due to a mechanical issue.

Wales' Chaz Davies claimed a podium finish after securing third spot and is third in the standings on 185 points.

"I was happy this weekend, although in the races the ball didn't bounce our way, because this was the first time I actually felt that we might actually be able to do something about the green bikes around here," Davies told BBC...


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Read more: World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea extends lead with Donington Park win - BBC Sport

Max Biaggi crash video: Watch footage as World Superbikes star CRASHES in testing - Express.co.uk

The former two-time World Superbike champion was badly injured during practice for a Supermoto race this weekend at the Sagittario circuit near Rome.

He lost control of his bike during testing and the incident sparkedd a code red.

That’s after Biaggi complained of bad pains in his ribs.

An ambulance was on the scene and more than a dozen people crowed round Biaggi to check his well-being.

Minutes later an air ambulance was on the scene. Footage shows the yellow helicopter circling the incident before landing.

PH

The crash occurred on the same track that claimed the life of Doriano Romboni in November.

Biaggi was immediately airlifted to the San Camillo Hospital in Rome with suspected thoracic and spinal trauma.

It is believed his injuries are serious but not life threatening.

The Mahindra Racing team reacted by wishing Biaggi well, urging the Italian to 'stay strong'.

Their message read:...


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Read more: Max Biaggi crash video: Watch footage as World Superbikes star CRASHES in testing - Express.co.uk

World Superbike: More From The Races At Donington Park - RoadracingWorld.com

Richard Cooper (47) on his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 during the British National Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park.

Cooper on National Superstock podium at Donington Park World Superbikes

Richard Cooper finished on the podium in today's National Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park, taking second place onboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The two-part race, which was a support race for the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship, saw Cooper battle at the front for the opening half, as he, along with Danny Buchan, escaped the chasing pack. With four laps to go before the pit-stop, Cooper hit the front at the Esses, but a mistake into the Melbourne Loop allowed Buchan to close in on him, before another mistake into Goddards saw him surrender his race lead.

Another attempt into the Esses on the final lap saw Cooper take the lead again, but he was re-passed into the...


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Read more: World Superbike: More From The Races At Donington Park - RoadracingWorld.com

2017 Misano World Superbike Preview & TV Schedule | 10 Fast Facts - UltimateMotorcycling.com

2017 Misano World Superbike Preview

The 2017 World Superbike Championship heads this weekend to the Adriatic Coast in Italy at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for round seven of 13.

Here are the essential pre-race fast facts to know before racing gets underway this Saturday at Misano WorldSBK.

1. Two-time reigning World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea has won eight of 12 races so far in six rounds, including doubles at Phillip Island, Chang International Circuit and Assen. The Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10RR pilot leads the points with 260, 55 ahead of teammate Tom Sykes and 110 ahead of Aruba.it Racing Team’s Chaz Davies.

2017 Misano World Superbike Preview: Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea2017 Misano World Superbike Preview: Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea

2. The only other race winners this season were Davies and Sykes. Davies has three wins (double at Imola and race two at Aragon), and Sykes one (race one, Donington Park).

3. Rea has four wins at...


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Read more: 2017 Misano World Superbike Preview & TV Schedule | 10 Fast Facts - UltimateMotorcycling.com

World Superbike: Red Bull Honda Continuing With Stefan Bradl As ... - RoadracingWorld.com

Stefan Bradl (6).

Bradl and the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team ready for Misano challenge

Italian Round

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

Round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship is about to get underway at the ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli’ on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Still mourning the loss of Nicky Hayden, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has reached the famous seaside destination known as the ‘Riviera di Rimini’, with Stefan Bradl as the sole rider to represent the Netherlands-based squad this weekend.

A few days after completing the UK round at Donington Park at the end of May, Stefan and the team were joined by test rider Michele Magnoni to take part in a two-day test – along with many of their World Superbike rivals – at Misano. This proved to be a good opportunity to evaluate new settings and parts designed and developed for the...


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Leaders Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea crash on final lap in dramatic World Superbikes finish - Eurosport.com

Michael van der Mark had looked on course for a comfortable maiden Superbikes win, only to slide out with the win virtually in sight, almost taking Rea down with him.

Video - Van der Mark crashes out from the lead in Rimini

00:43

But the biggest drama was still to come, with Rea crashing over the prone Davies on a tight corner as Sykes nipped inside from third position.

Video - Rea: I had nowhere to go, I really hope Chaz is okay

01:30

The initial reaction in Rimini was one of shock as Davies was stretchered from the course as Rea trundled through to a third-placed finish before stopping to check on his sporting rival at the side of the track.

Video - Incredible finish at Misano as Rea crashes into leader Davies

00:47

And World Superbikes subsequently confirmed that Davies had been taken to Rimini hospital to continue the treatment he received at the...


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British Superbikes at Knockhill and World Superbikes at Misano preview - Telegraph.co.uk

Surprisingly, Sykes is the only rider of the current field to have qualified on pole at Misano, achieving this for the previous five years. 

When the series last visited Italy, for round five of the championship, it was Davies who sent the Italian crowd home happy, claiming two victories for Ducati. His team-mate Marco Melandri managed one podium finish in his home round that weekend. Both riders will once again enjoy the passionate support of Italian bike fans this weekend.

Melandri is the only non-British rider in the top five. He is currently in fourth place 48 points behind his team-mate Davies, a gap that will be nigh on impossible for him to bridge this weekend.

Sam Lowes is Brit number four in the top five and sits in fifth place, 19 points ahead of fellow Pata Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark. 

World Superbike Championship standings

1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) 260 points

2....


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Read more: British Superbikes at Knockhill and World Superbikes at Misano preview - Telegraph.co.uk

Rider injured after being run over in World SBK - Speedcafe

Davies goes down in front of Rea pic: World Superbikes

Chaz Davies has been diagnosed with a broken vertebra after being run over during the first race of the World Superbikes Championship round in Misano.

Davies had been leading the race into the final lap when he crashed with three corners remaining.

With championship rival Jonathan Rea running close behind, the factory Kawasaki rider had no time to avoid Davies and ran over the back of the factory Ducati rider.

While Davies initially attempted to resume the race, he was taken away by stretcher and subsequently transferred to nearby Rimini Hospital.

The Welshman was diagnosed with a fracture of the transverse process (small bony projection) of his L3 (third lumbar) vertebra, as well as closed thoracic trauma (chest injury) and contusion (bruising) of his left thumb.

The incident gave the win to Rea’s team-mate Tom Sykes, who was...


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Read more: Rider injured after being run over in World SBK - Speedcafe

Davies “intent” on Laguna Seca comeback after crash - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Ducati factory rider Chaz Davies is targeting a likely return to World Superbikes action at Laguna Seca as he recovers from having been hit by another rider's bike at Misano.

Davies, a frontrunner in the championship, was leading the Saturday race at Misano with three corners to go but fell while under pressure from championship leader Jonathan Rea.

Rea was following right behind and could not avoid Davies, his Kawasaki bike launched in the air after impacting against the Welshman.

Having sustained a fracture of the transverse process of the third lumbar vertebra and a contusion of the left thumb in the incident, Davies was forced to sit out the second race of the weekend.

But the Ducati rider, who was relieved not to suffer a bigger injury as he reckoned the incident “could have been a lot worse”, now appears increasingly likely to return for next round of the championship – the...


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Read more: Davies “intent” on Laguna Seca comeback after crash - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

World Superbikes at Donington Park preview - Telegraph.co.uk

Whatever the outcome, or how thrilling the racing is this weekend, the event will be tinged with sadness after the tragic death of Honda rider Nicky Hayden, who lost his life earlier this week after a cycling accident in Italy. Nicky was widely heralded as one of the nicest guys to grace the world's paddocks of the world and will be sorely missed by the motorcycling fraternity and fans alike. Our sympathies and thoughts are with his family and friends.

2017 World Superbike Championship standings

1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) 235 points

2. Chaz Davies (Ducati) 161

3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 160

4. Marco Melandri (Ducati) 124

5. Alex Lowes (Yamaha) 94

6. Xavi Fores (Ducati) 84

Supersport

Interest in the Supersport class continues to increase. For the second race in succession, last time out at Imola Kenan Sofuoglu brought his Kawasaki home in first place with current championship leader...


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Read more: World Superbikes at Donington Park preview - Telegraph.co.uk

World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea extends lead with Donington Park win - BBC Sport

Jonathan Rea (left) leads Tom Sykes by 55 points in the overall standings

Jonathan Rea won the second race of the World Superbikes UK round at Donington Park on Sunday to extend his lead to 55 points in the series.

The Northern Irishman, 30, finished ahead of Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes, who won the first race on Saturday.

English rider Sykes, 31, remains second in the 2017 standings on 205 points.

Leon Haslam, who was second on Saturday, crashed out early, while Italy's Marco Melandri also failed to finish due to a mechanical issue.

Wales' Chaz Davies claimed a podium finish after securing third spot and is third in the standings on 185 points.

"I was happy this weekend, although in the races the ball didn't bounce our way, because this was the first time I actually felt that we might actually be able to do something about the green bikes around here," Davies told BBC...


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Read more: World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea extends lead with Donington Park win - BBC Sport

Max Biaggi crash video: Watch footage as World Superbikes star CRASHES in testing - Express.co.uk

The former two-time World Superbike champion was badly injured during practice for a Supermoto race this weekend at the Sagittario circuit near Rome.

He lost control of his bike during testing and the incident sparkedd a code red.

That’s after Biaggi complained of bad pains in his ribs.

An ambulance was on the scene and more than a dozen people crowed round Biaggi to check his well-being.

Minutes later an air ambulance was on the scene. Footage shows the yellow helicopter circling the incident before landing.

PH

The crash occurred on the same track that claimed the life of Doriano Romboni in November.

Biaggi was immediately airlifted to the San Camillo Hospital in Rome with suspected thoracic and spinal trauma.

It is believed his injuries are serious but not life threatening.

The Mahindra Racing team reacted by wishing Biaggi well, urging the Italian to 'stay strong'.

Their message read:...


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Read more: Max Biaggi crash video: Watch footage as World Superbikes star CRASHES in testing - Express.co.uk

World Superbike: More From The Races At Donington Park - RoadracingWorld.com

Richard Cooper (47) on his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 during the British National Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park.

Cooper on National Superstock podium at Donington Park World Superbikes

Richard Cooper finished on the podium in today's National Superstock 1000 race at Donington Park, taking second place onboard his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The two-part race, which was a support race for the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship, saw Cooper battle at the front for the opening half, as he, along with Danny Buchan, escaped the chasing pack. With four laps to go before the pit-stop, Cooper hit the front at the Esses, but a mistake into the Melbourne Loop allowed Buchan to close in on him, before another mistake into Goddards saw him surrender his race lead.

Another attempt into the Esses on the final lap saw Cooper take the lead again, but he was re-passed into the...


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Read more: World Superbike: More From The Races At Donington Park - RoadracingWorld.com

World Superbike: Red Bull Honda Continuing With Stefan Bradl As ... - RoadracingWorld.com

Stefan Bradl (6).

Bradl and the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team ready for Misano challenge

Italian Round

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

Round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship is about to get underway at the ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli’ on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Still mourning the loss of Nicky Hayden, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has reached the famous seaside destination known as the ‘Riviera di Rimini’, with Stefan Bradl as the sole rider to represent the Netherlands-based squad this weekend.

A few days after completing the UK round at Donington Park at the end of May, Stefan and the team were joined by test rider Michele Magnoni to take part in a two-day test – along with many of their World Superbike rivals – at Misano. This proved to be a good opportunity to evaluate new settings and parts designed and developed for the...


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Read more: World Superbike: Red Bull Honda Continuing With Stefan Bradl As ... - RoadracingWorld.com

British Superbikes at Knockhill and World Superbikes at Misano preview - Telegraph.co.uk

Surprisingly, Sykes is the only rider of the current field to have qualified on pole at Misano, achieving this for the previous five years. 

When the series last visited Italy, for round five of the championship, it was Davies who sent the Italian crowd home happy, claiming two victories for Ducati. His team-mate Marco Melandri managed one podium finish in his home round that weekend. Both riders will once again enjoy the passionate support of Italian bike fans this weekend.

Melandri is the only non-British rider in the top five. He is currently in fourth place 48 points behind his team-mate Davies, a gap that will be nigh on impossible for him to bridge this weekend.

Sam Lowes is Brit number four in the top five and sits in fifth place, 19 points ahead of fellow Pata Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark. 

World Superbike Championship standings

1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) 260 points

2....


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Read more: British Superbikes at Knockhill and World Superbikes at Misano preview - Telegraph.co.uk

Leaders Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea crash on final lap in dramatic World Superbikes finish - Eurosport.com

Michael van der Mark had looked on course for a comfortable maiden Superbikes win, only to slide out with the win virtually in sight, almost taking Rea down with him.

Video - Van der Mark crashes out from the lead in Rimini

00:43

But the biggest drama was still to come, with Rea crashing over the prone Davies on a tight corner as Sykes nipped inside from third position.

Video - Rea: I had nowhere to go, I really hope Chaz is okay

01:30

The initial reaction in Rimini was one of shock as Davies was stretchered from the course as Rea trundled through to a third-placed finish before stopping to check on his sporting rival at the side of the track.

Video - Incredible finish at Misano as Rea crashes into leader Davies

00:47

And World Superbikes subsequently confirmed that Davies had been taken to Rimini hospital to continue the treatment he received at the...


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Read more: Leaders Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea crash on final lap in dramatic World Superbikes finish -...

Davies “intent” on Laguna Seca comeback after crash - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Ducati factory rider Chaz Davies is targeting a likely return to World Superbikes action at Laguna Seca as he recovers from having been hit by another rider's bike at Misano.

Davies, a frontrunner in the championship, was leading the Saturday race at Misano with three corners to go but fell while under pressure from championship leader Jonathan Rea.

Rea was following right behind and could not avoid Davies, his Kawasaki bike launched in the air after impacting against the Welshman.

Having sustained a fracture of the transverse process of the third lumbar vertebra and a contusion of the left thumb in the incident, Davies was forced to sit out the second race of the weekend.

But the Ducati rider, who was relieved not to suffer a bigger injury as he reckoned the incident “could have been a lot worse”, now appears increasingly likely to return for next round of the championship – the...


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Read more: Davies “intent” on Laguna Seca comeback after crash - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Rider injured after being run over in World SBK - Speedcafe

Davies goes down in front of Rea pic: World Superbikes

Chaz Davies has been diagnosed with a broken vertebra after being run over during the first race of the World Superbikes Championship round in Misano.

Davies had been leading the race into the final lap when he crashed with three corners remaining.

With championship rival Jonathan Rea running close behind, the factory Kawasaki rider had no time to avoid Davies and ran over the back of the factory Ducati rider.

While Davies initially attempted to resume the race, he was taken away by stretcher and subsequently transferred to nearby Rimini Hospital.

The Welshman was diagnosed with a fracture of the transverse process (small bony projection) of his L3 (third lumbar) vertebra, as well as closed thoracic trauma (chest injury) and contusion (bruising) of his left thumb.

The incident gave the win to Rea’s team-mate Tom Sykes, who was...


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Read more: Rider injured after being run over in World SBK - Speedcafe

Superstition 'aint the way? - WorldSBK - SBK

Superstitions hold a big importance in sport, and can hold very high importance when a rider lines up on the grid. Defined as “a widely held belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck,” they are rituals which some WorldSBK riders take very seriously, whereas others don’t believe they can make a difference.   

Throughout sport, successful sportsmen and women have certain trademarks which they credit their success to – Golfer Tiger Woods would only wear a red polo shirt on his final day of competition, or Basketball legend Michael Jordan stuck to his pair of lucky shorts. In the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, riders have plenty of routines they stick to which they say can impact their final results.

Some have small parts of their routines that, if they mess up they have to repeat. Like reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing...


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