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Sport Rea moves into second on all-time WorldSBK winners list

14:55  04 november  2017
14:55  04 november  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Engine concessions and rev limit announced for WorldSBK

  Engine concessions and rev limit announced for WorldSBK A freeze on engine development and a rev limit have been announced as part of new technical regulations for the 2018 World Superbike Championship in a bid to make the series more competitive. WorldSBK has come under fire this year after Kawasaki and Ducati dominated each race weekend for a third season in succession, leading to a decline in interest in the series. Every race for the last two years has been won by either triple world champion Jonathan Rea or his team-mate Tom Sykes on a Kawasaki, or by Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Ducati. The Superbike Commission tried to partially rectify this by introducing a reversed grid format for the second race of a weekend this year, though this failed to stop either Ducati or Kawasaki from taking to the top step of the podium. In a bid to reduce the performance deficit on the WorldSBK grid, the Superbike Commission has announced plans to introduce a concession points system for engine development. Concession points will be awarded based on podium finishes in dry races, with a win totalling three concession points, second two and a third one. A team which tallys up nine or less concession points than the those with the most will be allowed to introduce updates to the engine, while those leading will have development frozen. On top of that, private teams will be allowed to use cost-capped engine parts from a manufacturer to bring their engine performance closer to that of the factory outfits.

Rea ’s WorldSBK debut in 2009 saw him ride for Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, a season that was scattered with podiums and wins. Heading into the penultimate Round at Jerez, Rea only needed to increase his overall lead by two more points to take the win, but in Race 1 Sykes came second

Round numbers for Rea into Race 2 : 200th start, the 60th for Kawasaki and in case of a win, that For the first time since his first WorldSBK weekend at Assen back in 2012 (a double crash), Chaz Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea were the only winners of the last 15 races. Keep up with all the racing

Jonathan Rea moved into second in the all-time World Superbike winners list after taking his 53rd victory in dominant fashion in race one in Qatar.

The Northern Irishman – who took his first win in WorldSBK at Misano in 2009 – eased to pole position at Losail earlier on Friday evening with a new lap record, and a 15th win of his third title-winning season never looked in doubt.

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Rea streaked almost a second clear of the field by the end of lap one and cruised across the line to his first Losail victory to move ahead of fellow triple world champion Troy Bayliss in the all-time winners list.

2018 WorldSBK calendar revealed, Brno returns

  2018 WorldSBK calendar revealed, Brno returns The first draft of the 2018 World Superbike Championship calendar has launched, revealing a 13–round schedule that sees the return of Brno and confirms Argentina as the penultimate round. The 2018 season is set to start once again in Australia at Phillip Island from February 23–25, with an official test at the circuit preceding the opening round on the Monday and Tuesday of race week. A month break follows before the season resumes in Thailand, with the first European stop of the year taking place at MotorLandAragon in Spain on April 13–15. Assen follows just a week later, with Imola on May 11–13 and Donington on May 25–27 up next. For the first time since 2012 WorldSBK will race at the iconic Brno circuit in the Czech Republic on June 8–10, before the series heads to LagunaSeca in the United States on June 22–24. While the US round has signalled the end of the opening half of the season in recent years, the Championship’s second stop in Italy at Misano will be the last round before the seven–week summer shut down. The season will continue on September 14–16 in Portugal and September 28–30 in France. The recent DEKRA takeover of the Lausitzring to turn it into a testing facility means Germany has been struck from the 2018 calendar, despite WorldSBK having a year left on its contract with the circuit. Jerez has also been dropped from the schedule. The inaugural Argentine round and WorldSBK‘s first–ever visit to South America at the new ElVillicum circuit in San Juan was expected to be backed with the US round, but has instead been pencilled in as the penultimate round of the year. The season will conclude a week earlier than this year in Qatar on October 25–27.

The experienced MotoGP reporter has moved to WorldSBK for 2016 having worked with Motorcycle News in the MotoGP championship Jonathan Rea - The biggest winner of the weekend was Rea . The Dutchman was in scintillating form all weekend and put himself into position to win both races.

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Despite the record looming over his head prior to the Qatar round, Rea admits it never crossed his mind and his aim was simply to add to his win tally in 2017 at a circuit Kawasaki had never taken to the top step of the podium at.

“It is nice to score one more win than Troy, but I never though about the stats at all,” said Rea, who now sit just six away from the all-time record of 59 set by WorldSBK legend Carl Fogarty.

“I never thought about the potential points record or anything. I just wanted to win a race here.

“I never thought about the potential points record or anything. Now that looks – with the way I rode today – like it is possible.

“I thought coming here to win, where Chaz (Davies) was so strong last year, would be really difficult.

“But it seems like we have found a little bit extra this end of season, to be honest. Of course, we have improve the bike, especially in the chassis area.

Orelac Racing to step up to WorldSBK with Mercado for 2018

  Orelac Racing to step up to WorldSBK with Mercado for 2018 Leandro Mercado will return to the World Superbike Championship next season after signing a deal to join the Orelac Kawasaki Racing squad, who are stepping up from World Supersport. Argentine Mercado stepped back up to WorldSBK after a year in the European Superstock 1000 class – in which he was runner–up – with the IodaRacingAprilia team, who previously contested the MotoGP World Championship from 2012 to 2015. Despite missing the opening two rounds through injury, Mercado enjoyed a strong season on the RSV4, scoring 12 top 10 finishes and securing 13th in the standings with 115 points. Mercado was forced to miss the final round in Qatar when Ioda quit the series following the Jerez races. The team’s future in WorldSBK remained unclear at present. Orelac team boss Jose Calero admits the jump up to the Superbike class will be a tough one, and is pleased to have secured Mercado’s services for the 2018 season. “The step up to WorldSBK is a big one and nobody here is underestimating the amount of hard work that has to be done,” said Calero. “It is a very big challenge, but one that we are all excited about. “When we made the decision to go to WorldSBK next year, GiulioBardi and I were in contact with quite a few riders. “Our talks with Tati were very constructive and we were able to come to a good agreement thanks to Arturo Scalise of Kawasaki Argentina.” Orelac will continue to compete in WorldSSP in 2018 on top of its Superbike effort, but will scale back to a one–rider effort, with Nacho Calero remaining with the squad.

1st in the Championship: Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) Jonathan Rea gave Great Britain their 200th win in WorldSBK history: the first country to reach 43rd career win: Rea has equalled Noriyuki Haga’s all time record, which put them 3rd overall. The second spot is occupied by Troy Bayliss at 52.

It was Tom Sykes on his ZX-10R who got the best launch off the line from pole, with teammate Jonny Rea taking Ducati’s Davide Giugliano by the time the WorldSBK field After briefly challenging for the lead, Rea then settled into second as Michael Van Der Mark made a move to take P3 from Giugliano.

“I feel I have a lot more confidence than last year, I feel that I am riding better than every and physically I feel in much better shape.

“I have just been training myself a lot smarter. So it’s a combination of many things.

“The total package of the bike is really good and balanced.”

Rea will start Saturday’s season finale from ninth on the grid, and needs to win the race to take the record for most points scored in a single season of 552 away from double world champion Colin Edwards.

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Twins CF Byron Buxton named MLB Defensive Player of the Year .
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