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World Superbike 2013 Photo Gallery
Photos from the 2013 World Superbike Championship
Marco Melandri and his BMW from the Jerez pre-season World Superbike test.
Leon Camier has minor surgery to remove screw in his wrist.
Johnny Rea puts some laps down at a wet day one of the Jerez World Superbike test.
Fixi Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier led the World Superbike private tests at Phillip Island in Australia. Photography By: Courtesy of Suzuki
Carlos Checa nails down pole at Phillip Island. Photography By: Gold & Goose.
Eugene Laverty (58) and Sylvain Guintoli (50) split wins at the opening round of World Superbike at Phillip Island. Photography By: Gold & Goose.
Michel Fabrizio is fastest on day one of Phillip Island. Photography By: Gold & Goose.
Leon Camier is fastest at the World Superbike test at Phillip Island. Photography By: Gold & Goose.
Checa and the Panigale head into the World Superbike season on top. Photography By: Andrea Wilson
It was Italian Marco Melandri striking the first blow by topping Friday’s practice sessions at Motorland Aragon. Melandri was fastest in the first morning session, turning a 1:58.510 on his BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR. (Photo by Gold & Goose)
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes scored a mild surprise by running to the top of Tissot Superpole at the second round of the Eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Motorland Aragon on Saturday. Sykes clocked in a weekend best 1:56.339 on his factory Kawasaki ZX-10R to earn the pole for Sunday’s races. It marked the first pole of the season for Sykes, his 12th-career pole. (Gold & Goose photo)
It was an eventful race one in World Superbike action at the scenic Motorland Aragon in Spain. BMW’s Chaz Davies emerged as the winner after both Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes each had bikes issues while leading and were forced to drop out of the race. The victory vaulted Davies from 10th to third in the championship standings.
If Motorland Aragon was any indication, there is a new favorite in World Superbike in the form of Chaz Davies. It was a perfect day for Davies, the Welshman winning the second race by 5.035 seconds on his factory BMW Motorrad GoldBet S1000 RR, after scoring victory in race one to make it a clean sweep. It was the first World Superbike double for the former Daytona 200 winner. (Gold & Goose photo)
Carlos Checa heads to Assen this weekend with optimism
Damian Cudlin may ride for Leon Camier at Assen this weekend.
World Superbike riders battled less than ideal conditions at the Dutch round in preliminary qualifying at TT Assen Circuit on Friday. Light rain, wind and cool conditions greeted competitors and it was Tom Sykes who best overcame the dicey conditions to set the fastest Friday qualifying time of 1:57.190 aboard his factory Provec Kawasaki ZX-10R.
It will be an all British Isles front row for the Assen World Superbike round Sunday, as Saturday’s Tissot-Superpole at the TT Circuit Assen was dominated by Brit Tom Sykes, who turned a 1:35.043 on his factory Kawasaki. He’ll be joined on the first row by Irishmen Jonathan Rea (1:35.639) and Eugene Laverty (1:35.814). (Gold & Goose photo)
Tom Sykes turned in one of the most dominating performances ever seen at Assen in World Superbike action in race one Sunday. After getting around Jonathan Rea on the second turn on the first lap, Sykes simply walked away on his factory Kawasaki ZX-10R, building a 9.5 second lead before backing off in the closing laps to win by 8.786 seconds at the flag. (Gold & Goose photo)
Eugene Laverty beats Tom Sykes in a close one at Assen. Photography By: Gold & Goose
Marco Melandri has had a crazy 2013 World Superbike season so far, with crashes, a nagging shoulder injury and bizarre bike issues that kept him from starting a race earlier this season. Coming home to Italy looks to be the medicine the five-time MotoGP race winner needed, as Melandri not only set the pace at Monza Friday in qualifying aboard his factory BMW, he also broke a three-year-old qualifying lap record of on still green track, freshly dry from early rains. (File photo courtesy World Superbike)
Tom Sykes earned his 14th pole position at Monza.
Marco Melandri took an amazing last-lap victory over Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty in World Superbike race one action in Monza.
Marco Melandri won race one at Monza in Italy.
Eugene Laverty won race two at Monza.
It was Tom Sykes who laid down the first marker of the weekend at Donington Park by setting the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying session with a time of 1:30.278. Almost immediately after setting the time Sykes crashed out, possibly caught up in light rain falling on the far reaches of the 2.5-mile circuit. (Gold & Goose photo)
Tom Sykes (center) just continued his sterling Superpole performances by dominating every session of Saturday on his factory Kawasaki ZX-10R at the historic Donington Park. The sessions were held under sunny skies, a major departure from the cold wet conditions of Friday. Sykes broke his own track record of last year in SP2 and then continued to go even faster in SP3, shaving additional hundredths off the time finally settling the mark at 1:27.378.(Gold & Goose photo)
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes earned a breakthrough victory in World Superbike race one at Donington Park on Sunday. Sykes led every lap en route to a convincing 2.379 second margin of victory over Marco Melandri. (Gold & Goose photo)
Not since Carl Fogarty in 1995 had a British rider swept the World Superbike races at Donington Park, but Tom Sykes added his name to the history books by closing out the double Sunday with an even stronger performance than in race one, pulling sharply away on his Kawasaki from the pole and winning the second leg by over seven seconds. Sykes thrilled the large crowd by holding a long wheelie across the finish line after his dominant weekend.(Gold & Goose photo)
New World Superbike rules have been approved.
Jonathan Rea led the opening day of qualifying at Portimao
Tom Sykes earned pole position at Portimao in Portugal.
Marco Melandri scored his second victory of the season in World Superbike race one in Portimao, Portugal. It was decided by a hair over Sylvain Guintoli in the fourth closest finish in series history. Pole winner Tom Sykes was third, battling for the lead until the final couple of laps.(Gold & Goose photo)
It was a complete flip-flop in World Superbike race two at Portimao Sunday. After his factory Aprilia broke in the first race, he charged back and took a convincing victory in race two, sprinting away from an early battle with countryman Jonathan Rea to win by 4.107 seconds. It marked his fourth victory of the season and minimized the damage in the standings of his DNF. He now is third in the standings, just 11 points down on Sykes. (Gold & Goose photo)
World Superbike last visited Laguna Seca in 2004.
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes topped the timing charts Friday at Imola, in the first qualifying session for this weekend’s World Superbike event. Sykes turned a time of 1:47.218, edging out fellow Brit Jonathan Rea (1:47.33) on the factory Pata Honda.(File photo by Gold & Goose)
While Italian fans surely must have been distracted watching Dutch TT results via smartphone, there was more than enough drama in World Superbike Superpole at Imola, where a bizarre incident in SP3 meant that Tom Sykes had to perform almost a super-human feat to earn his sixth pole of the season. Sykes was set a new lap record on racing tires. Ironically it was his teammate Loris Baz who set up what might have been the most memorable Superpole session in World Superbike history. (Gold & Goose photo)
Tom Sykes turned in another stellar effort in World Superbike race one at Imola Sunday. The Kawasaki man not only scored a dominating victory after an early battle with Davide Giugliano, he also found himself instantly back in the championship chase, with an unexpected opportunity to leave Italy with the series lead, after ever consistent series leader Sylvain Guintoli suffered a rare DNF when his factory Aprilia expired just six laps into the race. (Gold & Goose photo)
Tom Sykes firmly established himself as the rider to beat in the year’s World Superbike Series after earning another dominating victory in race two at Imola. This time it was fellow Brit Jonathan Rea who was second behind Sykes, but it was a distant runner-up finish, 5.032 seconds in arrears. It marked the sixth victory of the season for Sykes, but more importantly it put the Kawasaki man into the series lead for the first time this season.(Gold & Goose photo)
Sylvain Guintoli suffered a dislocated shoulder in a bicycle crash.
Davide Giugliano thought he had it. In the final minute of Friday’s qualifying Giugliano clocked a 1:35.615 on his Althea Racing Aprilia to go to the top of the charts at the World Superbike event at Moscow Raceway. But qualifying master Tom Sykes had another trick up his sleeve. Starting his final lap just before the checkered flag was thrown Sykes laid down a 1:35.567 on his factory Kawasaki ZX-10RR to top the day, leaving no time for other riders to respond. (File photo by Gold & Goose)
In an eventful Superpole at Moscow Raceway on Saturday, Davide Giugliano raced his Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 to Superpole, his first ever in World Superbike, with a time of 1:34.676. (Gold & Goose Photo)
In one of the dramatic World Superbike races in recent memory, BMW’s Marco Melandri won a wild and wet one at Moscow Raceway. The race saw a dry start, then sections of the track getting rain and eventually a torrential downpour took over causing all the riders, most of them with five laps to go, to pit for wet-weather tires. When the spray settled only 11 riders finished and it was Melandri winning over teammate Chaz Davies by 7.441 seconds. (Gold & Goose photo)
The announcement came following a terrible accident for Go Eleven Kawasaki competitor Andrea Antonelli. The World Supersport rider fell on the back straight and with the heavy spray kicked up by a full pack of riders on the first lap he was hit by oncoming traffic. Antonelli was airlifted from the facility to an area hospital. It was later reported that Antonelli died from head trauma.
Tom Sykes led the first qualifying session at Silverstone in England today.
At Silverstone Aprilia factory rider Eugene Laverty came through on the very last lap, when the track had finally just dried, to win his first career Superpole with a time of 2:04.730.
Jonathan Rea turned in a brilliant ride in treacherous conditions at Silverstone in the first World Superbike leg Sunday. Rea took a resounding victory, his first of the season, over Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier making it an all UK podium. The race was delayed and shortened due to a persistent light drizzle. (Gold & Goose photo)
At Silverstone Loris Baz, the Kawasaki rider who had the best feel on a wet track, emerged the winner, scoring his first victory of the season.
The Indian round of the World Superbike Championship has been cancelled.
Danny Webb will move to the World Supersport series.
-- Chaz Davies topped Friday’s World Superbike qualifying session at the Nurburgring in Germany. (File photo via World Superbike)
Ayrton Badovini is on pole position at the Nurburgring in Germany in World Superbike.
In World Superbike race one at the Nurburgring, Marco Melandri was leading at the end, but a red flag reverted scoring back a lap and that gave Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes his sixth victory of the season and moved him to within a single point of the series leader Sylvain Guintoli. Melandri was credited with second and BMW teammate Chaz Davies third. (Gold & Goose photo)
– It was another red flag shortened race in Germany and this time it was Chaz Davies breaking through to win World Superbike race two at the Nurburgring, giving BMW a prized victory on home soil.
Sylvain Guintoli was fastest by over a half-a-second in Friday's World Superbike qualifying in Turkey. (Gold & Goose file photo)
Tom Sykes didn't lose out on his third place from Monza in a protest filed by Sylvain Guintoli.
Carlos Checa suffered injury during World Superbike practice in Turkey.
Leon Camier suffered an injury in practice for the Turkish round of the World Superbike Championship.
At Istanbul Tom Sykes earned his seventh Superpole of the season. (Gold & Goose photo)
Eugene Laverty took his fifth win of the season in race one at Turkey to edge closer in the championship chase. (Gold & Goose photo)
Aprilia's Eugene Laverty swept the World Superbike races at Turkey and got himself firmly in the championship hunt. (gold & Goose photo)
Carlos Checa is out for the 2013 season after suffering a broken pelvis.
Blake Young will return to Laguna Seca on a Suzuki as a fill-in rider for the injured Leon Camier
Niccolo Canepa will ride in place of Carlos Checa at the Laguna Seca round of World Superbike.
World Supersport rider David Salom to replace the injured Loris Baz for the U.S. World Superbike round at Laguna Seca. Photography By Gold & Goose
Tom Sykes talks Laguna Seca first impressions at Thursday's pre race press conference. Photography By Andrea Wilson
Marco Melandri ended day one at Laguna Seca as the fastest of the World Superbike men on his factory BMW.
Sylvain Guintoli earned pole position for the World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Tom Sykes won the first of two World Superbike races at Laguna Seca.
Eugene Laverty won the second of two World Superbike races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today.
Sylvain Guintoli topped Friday qualifying in World Superbike action at Magny-Cours. (Gold & Goose photo)
Tom Sykes (center) scored his eighth Superpole of 2013 Saturday at Magny-Cours. He he shares the front row podium with Sylvain Guintoli (black leathers) and Davide Giugliano (white leathers). (Gold & Goose photo)
Kawasaki's Tom Sykes dominated race one at Magny-Cours, expanding his series lead over second and third-place finishers Sylvain Guintoli(left) and Eugene Laverty (right), both of Aprilia. (Gold & Goose photo)
Tom Sykes completed the perfect sweep at Magny-Cours and extended his World Superbike lead. (Gold & Goose photo)
Aprilia satellite rider Davide Guigliano topped the World Superbike timing charts Friday at Jerez. (Gold & Goose file photo)
At Jerez Eugene Laverty earned his second-career World Superbike pole. (Gold & Goose photo)
Carlos Checa announced his retirement from the sport at Jerez in Spain.
Tom Sykes celebrates winning the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez. (Gold & Goose photo)
Eugene Laverty might have come up short in the world championship, but he put the curtain down on 2013 with a commanding sweep in Jerez, beating newly-crowned champ Tom Sykes in a straight up, head-to-head race. (Gold & Goose photo)
Geoff May and EBR to World Superbikes in 2014. Photography By: Brian J Nelson
Ducati and Alstare have announced they won't be working together in 2014.
Chaz Davies has signed a two-year contract with Ducati for World Superbike.
MV Agusta will race in the World Superbike Championship in 2014.
PJ Jacobsen will race in the World Supersport Championship in 2014.
Claudio Corti will spearhead MV Agusta's World Superbike debut in 2014.
The World Superbike Championship will go back to Laguna Seca in 2014.
Laguna Seca's World Superbike date for 2014 clashes with the AMA's date at Mid-Ohio.
Ratthapark Wilairot will ride a PTR Honda in the 2014 World Supersport Series.
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