dimanche 22 octobre 2017

WSBK : Double Jerez win sealed by champion Rea

Race 1 at Jerez was won by the World Champion after a late technical issue for provisional leader Melandri, with Davies and Sykes also on the podium
Saturday’s racing at the Pirelli Spanish Round saw Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) register his first victory as the recently crowned 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Champion, taking advantage of a late technical issue for provisional race leader Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati). With his first ever win at Jerez, Rea was joined on the podium at the end of a restarted Race 1 at Round 12 by Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).
On his way to equaling Carl Fogarty’s career podium record of 109 rostrum results in WorldSBK Rea took over at the front after Melandri pulled off with a problem with four laps to go.
Rea had taken control of the restarted race in the early stages and led for several laps before Melandri made a move with 13 laps to go at turn 9 up the inside of the Northern Irishman. Davies then followed Melandri through to overtake Rea, but Rea soon responded to retake the Welshman and slot back in behind the Italian.
As Melandri chased his second race win in 2017, since his return to WorldSBK at the start of the year, cruel luck saw him pull off towards the end of the race, leaving Rea to take the glory. Sykes produced a solid ride in third place as he continues to recover from wrist and finger injuries sustained in Portugal in September, with Davies crossing the line just under 0.5s ahead of him in second.
It was another strong performance from Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) as he collected more good points on the Yamaha YZF R1, crossing the line fourth, 3.677s ahead of his teammate Michael van der Mark who was fifth.
2014 World Champion Sylvain Guintoli’s return to action on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR saw him finish a creditable sixth, in the first of four races he will ride for the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing at the final two rounds of the season.
The top ten was rounded out by Milwaukee Aprilia duo Lorenzo Savadori and Eugene Laverty and Spanish pair Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) and Roman Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) - in seventh to tenth places respectively.
Turn 13 proved to be unlucky for Takumi Takahashi (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) as he lost the front end of his Honda CBR1000RR, though he picked it up to finish 16th. Takahashi’s Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team colleague Davide Giugliano was an unfortunate late retiree.
In the initial race start a turn 6 crash on the first lap involving Ayrton Badovini (Grillini Racing Team) and Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) brought out the red flags. After a short break the race was recommenced with a quick restart procedure with the riders keeping their focus in the clear conditions in Andalusia on the resurfaced Jerez track, though neither Badovini nor De Rosa made it back onto the grid.
KRT man wraps up a successful Round 12 in Spain with another win and is joined on podium by Ducati pair Melandri and Davies
At the Pirelli Spanish Round it was triple World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) who took the victory in Race 2 on Sunday to complete a fine weekend at the Circuito de Jerez. A commanding performance in a restarted WorldSBK race at the resurfaced 4.423km Spanish track gave Rea maximum points - as he was joined on the podium by Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati).
Northern Irishman Rea therefore notched a double win at a venue where he had not previously scored a victory before the Round 12 weekend, the KRT man riding in a confident and relaxed manner having wrapped up an unprecedented third successive title three weeks ago in France. Rea went from ninth on the grid to first place by the end of the first lap, overtaking Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) cleanly at the second attempt to remain at the front from early in lap 2.
Rea did not look back from there and crossed the line 2.7s seconds ahead of Melandri, who got the better of his teammate Davies in the final stages of the race. The result gave Kawasaki the 2017 WorldSBK Manufacturers’ title.
There were good battles throughout the field behind the front runners with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) finishing fourth and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) fifth. Van der Mark was sixth after leading on the first lap and having had a clash with Melandri early in the race.
Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) was seventh, after a good battle with 2014 World Champion Sylvain Guintoli - who returned to action on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR this weekend. Frenchman Guintoli will also ride for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing at the final round of the season in Qatar next month. Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) and Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) completed the top ten.
Davide Giugliano (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was given a ride through penalty after speeding in pit lane having been forced to return to his garage due to an issue midrace. He eventually finished 17th, after suffering a DNF on Saturday. Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) was 18th after he crashed out on the first lap of the restarted race.
A red flag had been shown after first lap incidents in the initial race, which saw Davies and Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) both down at turn two and then Dominic Schmitter (eighty one HPC-Power Suzuki Racing) needing assistance from medical staff at trackside after crashing heavily on the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Davies’ team worked hard as the riders prepared for a restart 20 minutes after the original race had begun, with the Ducati Panigale R requiring some quick repairs in order for the Welshman to return to the starting grid for the second getaway. Laverty was also due on the grid for the restart however he had to return to pit lane for another tweak to his Aprilia RSV4 RF just before the second start - as his tough season continued. He eventually restarted from pit lane and was ultimately unable to finish the shortened 19 lap second race.
The last round of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship – the Acerbis Qatar Round – takes place from Thursday 2nd November to Saturday 4th November, under the floodlights in the desert at the Losail International Circuit.
from worldsbk.com

MotoGP : Márquez gagne à Phillip Island et s’échappe au général

L’image contient peut-être : 4 personnes, personnes souriantes, foule et plein air

Le Champion du Monde s’est imposé pour la sixième fois de l’année en Australie devant Valentino Rossi et Maverick Viñales.


Les pilotes MotoGP™ se donnaient rendez-vous sous un ciel nuageux, mais une piste sèche au départ de leur course à l’occasion du Grand Prix Michelin® d’Australie. 
Qualifié en pole position, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) négociait le premier virage en tête avant d’être immédiatement délogé par Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS). Principal rival de Márquez dans la lutte pour le titre, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) commettait une erreur à l’entame de la deuxième boucle et se voyait repoussé en 20e position. 
Alors que Miller creusait un léger écart, Maverick Viñales et Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) reprenaient le dessus sur Márquez tandis que Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), complétait le Top 5 avant d’être battu par l’Aprilia d’Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini). 
Après cinq tours, Miller rétrogradait peu à peu dans la hiérarchie laissant les commandes de l’épreuve au trio Rossi, Viñales et Márquez. Zarco était quatrième avant de s’imposer sur Viñales et de se hisser en deuxième position. Pendant ce temps, A. Espargaró se faisait piéger à hauteur du premier virage sous les yeux de Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda). 
Sur une erreur de Rossi au virage n° 4, Zarco se positionnait en tête, suivi par Márquez. Le Français parvenait à contenir le tenant du titre tandis que Miller réussissait à placer sa RC213V devant Rossi et Viñales. Non loin derrière, se tenaient Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Cal Crutchlow et Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), lequel complétait le peloton des leaders
À mi-parcours, Rossi doublait Márquez pour se lancer à la poursuite de Zarco. Après plusieurs vaines tentatives, Márquez dépassait à son tour le pilote Monster Yamaha Tech3. Zarco n’avait pas dit son dernier mot puisqu’en plus de répliquer, il repassait Rossi.
Pourtant menacé par les deux Yamaha officielles, Zarco gardait son sang-froid avant de perdre quelque peu du terrain à neuf tours du drapeau à damier. 
L’image contient peut-être : une personne ou plus, moto et plein air
Au terme d’une manœuvre légèrement optimiste, Márquez produisait l’effort pour prendre l’avantage sur Rossi et Viñales, lequel manquait de chuter quelques instants plus tard aux abords de la deuxième courbe. 
La passe d’armes qui opposait Zarco, Rossi et Iannone profitait à la fois à Márquez, qui creusait l’écart, et à Viñales, lequel faisait la jonction. Défait de Iannone, le Catalan est arrivé à battre Zarco sur la ligne pour 16 petits millièmes. 
Le double Champion du Monde Moto2™ s’emparait malgré tout du titre de Rookie of the Year. Meilleur pilote indépendant, il terminait devant Crutchlow, Iannone, Miller et Rins. 
Pol Espargaró et Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) offraient de leur côté un nouveau Top 10 à KTM. Ils devançaient Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), premier représentant Ducati, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) et Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). 
Crédité de la 13e place, l’Italien accuse désormais 33 points de retard au général sur Márquez. Viñales est pour sa part exclu de la course au titre au nombre de victoires. 
Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) finissait en 18e position derrière Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team).
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samedi 21 octobre 2017

du grand art !


WHEELS & WAVES CALIFORNIA

Wheels & Waves California is a tight-knit, invite-only moto event that is a much smaller, complementary version of the well-known annual European motorcycle show. This past August, the star-spangled version of Wheels & Waves took place over three days in the small surf town of Cayucos, California, 200 miles north of L.A. by way of the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Iron & Air teamed up with our friends at Converse to roll in and cover this “who’s who” of two-wheeled culture.



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