Tag Archive: Althea Racing Ducati

Oct 06

Ninja warrior Sykes makes it nine poles in 2012

Sykes now has nine Tissot-Superpole successes to his credit this year

WSBK - Magny-Cours Tissot SuperpoleWSBK - Magny-CoursTissot-Superpole was won for the ninth time in 2012 by Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes, after a he set a new track best of 1 minute 36.950 seconds in Superpole 3 at Magny-Cours. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

Biaggi back in front after Nürburgring dramas unfold

Biaggi won race one in impressive style, taking his 21st career win and his fifth of the year.

WSBK - Nurburgring_Sofuoglu_finishWSBK - Nurburgring_Race1_podiumMax Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) once more heads the points table in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, after two races in Germany laden with incident and frequent accidents for the top two championship runners.

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Sep 08

Biaggi posts strong Tissot-Superpole performance

The top 3 in the championship are all here in the first row

WSBK - Nurburgring_Biaggi_actionWSBK - Nurburgring_Biaggi_Tissot-SuperpoleIn near-perfect riding conditions Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) set a new track best of 1 minute 53.855 seconds at the Nürburgring to secure his first Tissot-Superpole win of the year and only the fifth of his career. The 2010 world champion was in superb form and set a lap time that not even the 2012 king of Tissot-Superpole, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), could beat, despite a couple of attempts.

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Sep 07

Althea riders Checa and Giugliano ahead on day one

Close behind Giugliano, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) slotted in third

WSBK - Nurburgring_ChecaWSBK - Nurburgring_GuarnoniCarlos Checa and Davide Giugliano from the Althea Racing Ducati team went 1-2 in the first qualifying session at the German round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, with Checa enjoying a small but clear four-tenths advantage in his 1 minute 55.307 seconds lap time. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 26

Melandri soars to the lead after Moscow thrillers

Melandri was never under serious threat after he eventually took the lead

SBK eni Superbike Fim World Championship - WSBK logo whiteWSBK - Sunday_Melandri_finishAfter winning race two at the all-new Moscow Raceway Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) took the lead in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship for the first time in 2012, following up a second place finish in race one in perfect style.

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Aug 25

Checa wins first Russian Tissot-Superpole contest

“The circuit is a really nice for me, slow and good fun to ride” – Carlos Checa

WSBK - Saturday_Checa_actionWSBK - Saturday_Superpole_Tissot_ridersCarlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) obliterated the previous track best from practice at the all-new Moscow Raceway during Tissot-Superpole qualifying, in readiness for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship races on Sunday.

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Aug 24

Giugliano leaps ahead at new Moscow track

The first qualifying session was held in dry conditions

WSBK - Friday_Giugliano_actionWSBK - Friday_Sofuoglu_actionThe Althea Racing Ducati pairing of Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa led the field in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship first qualifying session at Moscow Raceway with Giugliano setting the best lap so far of 1 minute 35.074 seconds. They each had a trip onto the gravel at one point of the session but ended their first day in the best possible positions in any case. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Russian Round launch for World Superbike at the Ritz

Finally World Superbike has arrived in Russia!

WSBK - Moscow_Press_Conference_2SBK eni Superbike Fim World Championship - WSBK logo whiteWorld Superbike had a high-powered introduction to Russia today with the traditional pre-event press conference for national and international media held in the spectacular rooftop surroundings of the luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotel in central Moscow, literally just a stone’s throw away from Red Square and the Kremlin.

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Aug 22

Checa heads the testing times in Russia

Ahead of Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)

SBK eni Superbike Fim World Championship - WSBK logo blackWSBK - Carlos ChecaCarlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) led the way in testing for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship runners at Moscow Raceway, heading up the 21-strong group as World Superbike ventured onto the new circuit for the very first time.

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Jul 22

Melandri reels in Biaggi after assured double win

This was Melandri’s first double as an SBK rider and the first double for the official BMW team.

WSBK - Brno_Staring_finishWSBK - Brno_Foret_actionMarco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) made a real play for the 2012 eni FIM Superbike World Championship title today by putting in a double win of the highest quality, overcoming Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in both 20-lap contests at the classically sculpted Brno circuit.

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Jul 21

Magnificent 7th Tissot-Superpole for Sykes and Kawasaki

“I’m very happy to take pole again but I’d swop this for 25 points in the championship any day of the week!” – Tom Sykes

WSBK - Brno_Sykes_actionWSBK - Brno_Tissot_Superpole_RidersA much delayed finish to the Tissot-Superpole session, due to an oil spill and the time required to clean up the track afterwards, saw Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) take pole for the seventh time this season. His winning lap time of 1 minute 58.010 was a new best lap.

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Jul 20

Giugliano the early leader at Brno

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) went second quickest

WSBK - Brno_Parkes_actionWSBK - Brno_Giugliano_actionDavide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) improved on his morning time to also head up the first qualifying session at Brno, setting a time of 1 minute 59.452 seconds before rains arrived at an inopportune moment, then falling heavier at the end of the session.

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Jun 09

Five-star Sykes eases away in Tissot-Superpole

Tissot-Superpole at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship round at Misano

SBK-TITLE_SPONSOR_OnDarkSBK-TITLE_SPONSOR_OnlightTom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was a clear winner in Tissot-Superpole at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship round at Misano, his fifth such success in 2012 thus far. His quickest lap time of 1 minute 35.375 seconds was the best of the weekend to date, with Sykes over 0.6 seconds faster than the next best rider, Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team). Sykes now has a career total of seven Superpole wins, putting him level with famous names in SBK racing like Regis Laconi and Noriyuki Haga.

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Jun 08

Carlos Checa tops the Misano timesheets on day one

Eni FIM Superbike World Championship

SBK-TITLE_SPONSOR_OnDarkSBK-TITLE_SPONSOR_OnlightReigning World Champion Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) and former Misano race winner Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) wrestled with the stopwatch at Misano in the first qualifying session of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, with Checa coming out on top by a slim margin of 0.047 seconds.

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May 28

Checa up and down as Melandri wins another

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) took one race victory apiece

SBK - Monday_Race2_podiumSBK - Monday_Melandri_actionOn a sunny race day at Miller Motorsports Park the sixth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship delivered some great action and two different race winners to the 49,000 strong weekend crowd. In a landmark day for the series, race one saw World Superbike reach its 600th individual race mark.

(Flagworld’s photo album)

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May 27

Smrz scores his first pole of the season

Earning the perfect starting place for Monday’s two SBK races.

SBK - Sunday_Smrz_Superpole_TissotSBK ENI Superbike logoJakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati) scored his first Tissot-Superpole win of the season after setting a lap time of 1 minute 47.626 seconds in the last of three sessions. It was his second career pole position in this class, following the one he obtained back in 2009 at Misano. Despite a few spots of rain appearing on the riders’ visors during a dry Superpole contest Smrz rode with full pace right at the end to earn the perfect starting place for Monday’s two SBK races.

(Flagworld’s photo album)

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May 13

History for BMW and Melandri

Dramatic win for Rea

SBK - Donington_Melandri_finishSBK - Donington_Melandri_Haslam_crashA 48,500 strong crowd saw some astounding race action at Donington in two sun-blessed 23-lap races, which culminated in a moment of history for one of the world’s most important motorcycle manufacturers, some of the best SBK racing ever seen and changes near the top of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship table.

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May 12

Sykes goes on the rampage with new track best in Tissot-Superpole

“It’s always nice to tick these things like Superpole wins off my check list” -Tom Sykes

SBK - Donington_Tissot_Riders_SuperpoleSBK - Donington_Sykes_actionTom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) went over 0.3 seconds faster than the existing track best in the third Superpole run, with a 1 minute 27.716 second lap that gave him his fourth Tissot-Superpole win of 2012. Close behind was his fellow Englishman Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), the only other rider inside the 1’27 bracket. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

Smrz the smartest out of the blocks at Donington

Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati) loves Donington Park

SBK - Donington_Smrz_actionSBK - Donington_Lowes_actionAnd today it loved him right back as he took provisional pole after posting the fastest lap in the opening qualifying session. After the rain flags came out momentarily at the start of the 45-minute session track conditions improved and a flurry of fast times in the last few minutes of qualifying put Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) second, Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) third and true home boy Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) fourth. Rea had two falls today, one shortly after the start of this morning’s free session and one at the end of this afternoon’s qualifying run, without injury. Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

World Superbike heads cross-channel and Donington-bound

The numerous UK fans expected to pack into Donington will also be cheering on their local hero Leon Haslam

Donington ParkSBK logoThe 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship continues its first European leg of races this coming weekend at the Donington Park circuit in the UK, where it all began back in 1988, the year of the very first round of the production-based series. 25 years and 301 rounds further on, the East Midlands track 180 kms north of London is getting ready to offer even more excitement at what will be the fifth of 14 rounds this season and races number 598 and 599 in its history. Read the rest of this entry »

May 06

SBK: Weather intervenes as Sykes wins his first of 2012

“There’s been a lot of commotion today, but to get the win for Kawasaki and the ZX-10R is great for us” – Tom Sykes

SBK - Sunday_Race2_podiumSBK - Sunday_Cluzel_actionThanks to poor weather conditions that came and went all day at Monza the first race had to be cancelled and only one SBK contest took place, which was then unavoidably shortened to half distance.

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May 05

SBK: Guintoli takes first Tissot-Superpole, Sykes smashes records

New record top speed in SBK history, 339.5 km/h

SBK - Saturday_Tissot_SuperpoleSBK - Saturday_Guintoli_actionSylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) made the best of the continuing difficult and changeable track conditions at Monza to record his first ever Tissot-Superpole win. At a circuit that was not expected to favour the twin-cylinders this was a surprise result to most but Guintoli richly deserved his pre-race success after a gamble to use a slick rear tyre on a slowly drying track paid off. Read the rest of this entry »

May 04

SBK: Fabrizio gets his BMW flying in first Monza qualifying session

Equalled the best top speed in SBK history

SBK - Friday_Melandri_actionSBK - Friday_Lowes_actionMichel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia Gold Bet) led home a BMW 1-2-3 at Monza in the first qualifying session, thanks to a 1 minute 42.325 second lap set with only three minutes of the session remaining. He had earlier equalled the best top speed in SBK history when he clocked 334.8 km/h down the main straight. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

Biaggi and Checa share wins as opening day provides thrills aplenty

Biaggi won the first encounter by seven seconds from Melandri

SBK Max BiaggiSBK Carlos ChecaA truly remarkable day of racing at the opening round of the FIM Superbike World Championship season saw two former World Champions win races, four manufacturers propel their machines onto the podium and the 4.445km Australian circuit provide some classic moments for the 64,500 strong weekend crowd as the championship begins its 25th Anniversary celebrations in earnest.

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Oct 14

Champion Checa heads the field yet again

At the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve

WSBK - Autodromo Internacional do Algarve - SalomWSBK - Autodromo Internacional do Algarve - Carlos ChecaCarlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) took over at the top in the afternoon’s SBK qualifying session after Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) had gone quickest in the morning’s free practice run.

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Sep 30

Carlos determined to lead as penultimate round begins‏

Provisional pole in France

WSBK - Magny-Cours - RoccoliWSBK - Magny-Cours - Carlos ChecaA near record pace final lap from Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) and a very slightly slower mark from Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) conspired to keep local favourite Sylvain Guintoli (Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati) off the provisional pole spot in France. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) was once again on fine form as he joined the top four, with the second Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati of Jakub Smrz fifth fastest.

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Sep 28

Checa on the verge of Magny-Cours title celebrations

The only rider now left with a mathematical chance of eclipsing Checa is Marco Melandri

WSBK - Nürburgring  - Carlos ChecaSBK - FIM Superbike World Championship logoSpain’s Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) will need to pick up just three points in this weekend’s penultimate round at Magny-Cours to become the first Spanish rider to take the World Superbike title in the championship’s 24-year history. Once again therefore the circuit on the outskirts of Nevers in central France becomes the venue for the deciding round, even though the outcome is bordering on certainty for Checa.

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Sep 25

Carlos so nearly the King

Rea and Checa score race victories

WBSK - Imola - Jonathan ReaWBSK - Imola - Carlos ChecaCarlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) came within three points of winning the Superbike World Championship outright at Imola, after posting a third place in race one and his 12th victory of the year in race two. He was only stopped in his title tracks by the eighth and sixth places put in by Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) who is now 97 points behind Carlos with only two rounds left to go. Had Melandri left 100 points or more behind the Spaniard, Carlos would have been champion today.

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Sep 24

Carlos out front in Tissot-Superpole at Imola

11th round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship

Imola - Autodromo Enzo E Dino FerrariSBK - FIM Superbike World Championship logoCarlos Checa (Althea Racing) took his sixth Tissot-Superpole win of the season on his Ducati at Imola, heading off Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) with a new track best of 1 minute 47.196 seconds.

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Sep 23

Rea cooks up a sizzler on day one

11th round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship

SBK - FIM Superbike World Championship logoImola - Autodromo Enzo E Dino FerrariJonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) was the man to watch in Friday’s first qualifying session at Imola as the Northern Irish rider powered to a time of 1 minute 48.241 seconds, just a fraction away from the 2010 best lap set by Carlos Checa.

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