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

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

Van der Mark gets Tech3 call-up for Sepang

  Van der Mark gets Tech3 call-up for Sepang Yamaha World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark will make his MotoGP debut at Sepang next weekend as the unwell Jonas Folger’s replacement at the Tech3 team. Folger has been absent since the Japanese Grand Prix thanks to a suspected case of Epstein Barr virus. The German withdrew from the Motegi race to return home for blood tests and remains in doubt to see out his rookie MotoGP campaign. 2014 World Supersport champion van der Mark was set to replace Valentino Rossi at the factory Yamaha team for the Aragon round after the Italian suffered a double break to his right leg in a training accident. However, the Dutchman had to stand down when Rossi made a sensational comeback at the Spanish circuit just 23 days after injuring himself. Van der Mark is looking forward to making his belated MotoGP debut at a circuit he knows well, and believes the recent upturn in form he has shown in WorldSBK on the Yamaha R1 signals the best time to ride the M1. “It goes without saying that I am really excited,” van der Mark, who took two top six finishes in the JerezWorldSBK round this weekend, said. “I came quite close to getting the opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike a few weeks ago, but it didn’t work out. “Then Herve (Poncheral, Tech3 team boss) called, and although I have a busy schedule, I could not say no to this chance. “I am very happy and I look forward to this adventure. Luckily, I know Sepang, but the MotoGP riders have done a lot of tests there this year, so everyone will be fast.

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

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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.

Guarnoni in at Pedercini for Qatar as Russo leaves team

  Guarnoni in at Pedercini for Qatar as Russo leaves team European Superstock 1000 race winner Jeremy Guarnoni will return to the World Superbike Championship as Riccardo Russo’s replacement at Pedercini Kawasaki at the season–ending Qatar round. Russo endured a torrid opening seven rounds to his 2017 WorldSBK campaign with the Guandalini Yamaha team, with the Italian racking up nine DNFs and just two points finishes on the YZF–R1. He was dropped after the Misano round. After Pedercini parted ways with former grand prix rider Alex DeAngelis ahead of the German round, Russo was brought in and managed three successive points finishes. Despite enjoying a better time of things aboard the Kawasaki, Russo has decided to leave the team just a week before the final round of the season in Qatar. His replacement, French rider Guarnoni, won the Superstock 600 class in 2010 before stepping up to the STK1000 series for the first time. Finishing third in the standings in 2012 and 2013, Guarnoni stepped up to WorldSBK for 2014 with MRS Kawasaki and ended the year 14th in the overall standings, while finishing third in the EVO class. Guarnoni returned to STK1000 for 2015, and ended the 2017 season sixth in the standings, while also tallying up a win on home soil at Magny–Cours. As a reward for his efforts in STK1000 this year from Kawasaki Europe – to whom he is directly contracted – Guarnoni will see out the WorldSBK season with Pedercini under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit next weekend.

But stalking the KRTs was not enough for the flying Dutchman – Rea went wide at Melbourne in lap 13, the same he’d done a few laps earlier, and van der Mark shot ahead into second . WorldSBK returns tomorrow with another amazing Donington Race, starting at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT)!

Jonathan Rea continued his rapid rise up the career rankings by equaling fellow three-time champion Troy Bayliss in all - time WorldSBK wins at 52.

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.

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.

From Rea ’s point of view, he was taken out by Sykes coming into turn 12 as he took the outside line through the corner. Follow all of the drama with the WorldSBK VideoPass. Championship leader looking to score three wins in a row for first time this season. Indonesian rising star Hendra ‘happy’ with second WorldSSP300 win.

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“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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Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna wins first Gold Glove Award .
Miami Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna was announced as the National League winner of the 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award at his position. The announcement was made by the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company.Miami Marlins on FOX Sports FloridaVIDEO: Marlins news, interviews & exclusive featuresFOX Sports GoOzuna, 26, becomes the second Marlins’ outfielder ever to win a Gold Glove Award, following the accomplishment of Christian Yelich in 2014, and is the first Marlins player to win the award since Dee Gordon (second base) in 2015.

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