2016 Magny Cours WorldSBK Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and teams ahead of this weekend's WorldSBK round in France:


Magny-Cours: Preview
The Assault For The Title Continues
- All eyes are on Rea ahead of the Fassi French Round -

Situated in the centre of France, some 250 kilometers south of Paris, the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is an iconic staple of French Motor Racing and Round 11 will mark the 25th anniversary of WorldSBK at Magny-Cours. It is set to be a thrilling Round as six titles have been decided here in the past and this year is no exception. The Fassi French Round could very well see titles decided again in WorldSSP, STK1000 and in the Manufacturers Championship, if the categories’ protagonists win.

Heading into the round it will be Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea who will look to continue his winning form in France with 50 points up for grabs if he repeats last year's form and does the double.

Aruba.it Racing – Ducati’s Chaz Davies will be one to watch, heading into Round 11 with a dominant victory under his belt from the Lausitzring and a podium finish at Magny-Cours last year, if anyone is going to put the pressure on Rea, it may as well be Davies.

Sylvain Guintoli will be flying the home flag in Magny-Cours ahead of his second round back to racing after injury. In Round 10 the Frenchman proved he’s stronger than ever after finishing fifth in Race 2 in Germany. Both Guintoli and teammate Alex Lowes have put their Yamahas to the test at Magny-Cours in a private test at the French circuit over the summer. The extra track time could give them an advantage heading into the weekend.

Magny–Cours will be a new frontier for Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden, but the Kentucky Kid has his fourth podium from Germany and his wealth of Grand Prix experience to count on heading into the round.

Last time in France, Leon Camier brought his MV Agusta home in fifth, while the last round at the Lausitzring saw him finish in fourth, just narrowly missing out on a podium finish. The Brit was disappointed with his efforts despite achieving his season best result, setting his sights firmly on the podium for Magny-Cours. While fresh from his first podium in WorldSBK, Alex De Angelis heads to France knowing his Aprilia has the speed to fight for more. Will Magny-Cours see the rider from San Marino climb onto the rostrum once again? And will Camier achieve his podium goals? Only time will tell.

The WorldSBK Paddock will be back on track on Friday 30th of September for Round 11 of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at the Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours.


Kawasaki Racing Team Riders Enter Crucial Weekend 1-2 Overall

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes look forward to the 11th round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship at Magny Cours in France sitting first and second in the points table, with three rounds and six races still to run.

Rea has already won nine races on the all-new Ninja ZX-10R and Sykes five, in what has been a great showing for Kawasaki’s latest flagship sportsbike at the highest level of production-derived racing.

After scoring some heavily contrasting results in the more recent championship rounds Rea and Sykes will arrive in France with a points differential of 47 between them. The championship battle is, therefore, very much still alive, especially with potential of 150 points on offer for any rider who can win all six of the remaining races.

Only one other rider – third placed Chaz Davies – has a mathematical chance of overtaking either of the KRT duo to win the riders’ title this year, but he is currently 98 points adrift of Rea and 51 points behind Sykes. If Rea leaves Magny Cours with even three points more than Davies can score, Kawasaki would be guaranteed the riders’ title - for either Rea or Sykes.

Each KRT rider has previously won races for Kawasaki at the 4.411km Magny Cours circuit, with Rea scoring a double in his championship-winning year of 2015 and Sykes having taken three race victories there between 2012 and 2013, all on Ninja ZX-10R machinery.

The career statistics for both Jonathan and Tom moved on once more after the most recent round in Germany. Rea now has 38 race wins, 83 podiums, six Superpoles, 39 front row starts and 26 fastest laps to his credit in WorldSBK. Sykes, the 2013 world champion, has 31 wins, 79 podiums, 37 Superpoles, 55 front row starts and 31 fastest laps in his career to date.

Magny Cours has featured prominently in both Tom and Jonathan’s WorldSBK experiences and is a popular venue in general, with a strong base of enthusiastic local spectators. The circuit, located near the town of Nevers, has hosted 14 WorldSBK weekends in all, starting way back in 1991. It has featured on the calendar without a break since 2003 and has often been a crucial weekend in determining where championship titles will eventually end up.

Kawasaki has enjoyed a long-term lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship thanks to the capabilities of the 2016 model Ninja ZX-10R. Another prospect for Kawasaki at Magny Cours is the mathematical chance to be awarded the Manufacturers’ Championship trophy.

The penultimate weekend of the 13-round WorldSBK season will take place at Jerez in Spain, with racedays on 15th and 16th October. The final round will be held in Qatar, between 28th and 30th October.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “A wet race win in Germany was a nice way to finish the weekend last time out and I have l slept really well this week. I am looking forward to Magny Cours because I have had a good history there and I enjoy riding it. It is always pretty full of French fans and, of course, it is that crucial time of the season now. We have a points advantage but not enough to be comfortable with, so we still have to go out and make big points in France. Of course, at this stage of the year I am thinking about the gap but I do not want to let it affect my riding. We can’t really manage a 47-point lead because we can see how easy it is to lose a bunch of points. But going into the weekend in France I am happy and confident on the bike and we have a lot of data for the track. We know what works there and we will start with a good base and work step-by-step through the weekend.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “Magny Cours is a track that we have had great results at in the past but the thing is that now we can go to every track knowing we have the potential to win. Magny Cours is one venue that has stood out in the past, so we are going there to utilise the best of our potential. We have seen already this year how fast things can turn on their heads. In Germany on one day it all went for me and then on the second day it went against me. We can see how fast things can change in racing. We still have a long way to go and we are still in the running. Kawasaki riders are 1-2 in the championship so obviously we are doing something right! We have some good ideas, if the weather is wet, to change things up to give me what I need.”


After his MotoGP race at Aragon, Nicky is back with us and hopefully he’ll have a smooth transition back to the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. At Lausitzring he showed great speed in the dry and I’m confident he’ll be able to do the same at Magny-Cours, despite having never raced here. Germany was not too kind to Michael, even though he was quite competitive in practice. If race two had been dry, I’m sure he would have been up there battling for the podium and I see no reason why he cannot do it here. We are only making small updates to the bike race to race now, and we’re happy with the package we have.

Hayden and van der Mark hope for a happy hunting ground in France

Round 11 – France

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

The Honda WorldSBK Team has arrived at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in central France, where this weekend the eleventh round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship takes place. Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden enter the third-last event of the season fourth and fifth in the championship standings, respectively.

The track, located 260km south of France’s capital city Paris, made its WorldSBK debut back in 1991 only to make its return twelve years later. Since 2003, the track has been a permanent fixture on the championship calendar.

Magny-Cours is the last WorldSBK track of the year where Nicky Hayden has yet to race. Last time out in Germany, the 35-year-old American collected his fourth podium of the season courtesy of a third place finish at the Lausitzring in race one. Hayden will need to work against the clock with his crew in order to learn the track and find a good set-up for his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP – while trying to qualify directly into Saturday’s Superpole 2.

Michael van der Mark has fond memories of Magny-Cours: in 2012, the young Dutch rider came out on top after a fierce battle for the STK600 race win – and title – against Riccardo Russo, who tried everything he could to make sure his opponent did not get the better of him. And last year, van der Mark racked up a brace of fourth places in the two French races.

Nicky Hayden 69

I’m back to WorldSBK after my one-off ride in MotoGP. Having now raced at Aragon in both WorldSBK and MotoGP this year, I can honestly say that the difference between the two – in terms of lap-times – is not that big at all. Dipping back into MotoGP was definitely an interesting experience, but now it’s time to focus fully on my Championship. I’m looking forward to racing at Magny-Cours and to pick up where we left off at the Lausitzring in the dry, where I had really good pace and consistency. If it’s wet – which the team told me quite regularly happens happens here – it’s clear we have to revaluate the setup and maybe try something different. It’s going to be another learning experience – this being a new track for me – but I’ll do my best as usual.

Michael van der Mark 60

After a difficult weekend I'm looking forward to Magny-Cours. I always like to ride here and I have had some good results in the past, including a double fourth place last year as a rookie in World Superbike. Hopefully we can get back on the podium this weekend, and I feel this could be a good place to do it. Of course, the most important thing is to make sure we can keep fourth place in the championship, though. There are only three rounds left and six individual races, so each result will be crucial for our final position in the standings. I will try as hard as I can, and I'm sure the Fireblade will work really well on this track.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

After his MotoGP race at Aragon, Nicky is back with us and hopefully he’ll have a smooth transition back to the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. At Lausitzring he showed great speed in the dry and I’m confident he’ll be able to do the same at Magny-Cours, despite having never raced here. Germany was not too kind to Michael, even though he was quite competitive in practice. If race two had been dry, I’m sure he would have been up there battling for the podium and I see no reason why he cannot do it here. We are only making small updates to the bike race to race now, and we’re happy with the package we have.


The Althea BMW Racing Team all set for France, and SBK Round 11

Rome (Italy), Tuesday 27 September 2016

The Althea BMW Racing Team travels on to France, and the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours where round 11 of the 2016 Superbike World Championship is taking place this weekend.

The Magny-Cours racetrack is located in central France in the former Burgundy region, roughly 250 km from Paris. The circuit has hosted all manner of international racing events including F.1, and has been a fixture on the World SBK calendar for many years. Considering that the racing generally takes place in the autumn, it is often characterised by unpredictable weather.

The latest round at the German Lausitzring didn’t exactly go according to plan for the Althea BMW squad, which only makes the team more motivated ahead of the upcoming French round. Jordi Torres will be looking to improve on his results of last season, having finished the 2015 races in eighth and twelfth position. Markus Reiterberger also competed in last year’s Magny-Cours event, finished with a best result of thirteenth.

Meanwhile, in the Stock1000 championship, Raffaele De Rosa will be fighting to make up the 14 points separating him from the current leader.

Jordi Torres

“We’re feeling very determined as we head to France, after the difficult race weekend at the Lausitzring. There are only three rounds to go, and it’s important to do as well as possible. Having said that, last year’s Magny-Cours weekend was not a particularly easy one, and so I hope we can work well right from Friday’s sessions, and that the weather is at least stable so that we can prepare effectively for Saturday’s and Sunday’s race.”

Markus Reiterberger

“I’m really looking forward to riding at Magny-Cours. I’m getting better after the crashes at Lausitzring and am in less pain than I was. I’ve used these days to prepare and hope not to have too many problems this weekend; I’ll definitely be trying my best even if I’m not quite at 100%. I’ve raced at the French track on a few occasions before and I like the track but hope the weather’s better than it was Germany, and that there is less work for the mechanics who really had their work cut out two weeks ago with the crashes.”

Raffaele De Rosa

“I’m pleased to be heading to the next race because I can’t wait to make up for the German round. It was such a pity because we were so fast in all of the sessions and then the race didn’t go to plan. Magny-Cours is a track that I enjoy, we can only hope that the weather behaves, an unknown at this time of year, but I’m excited to get back on the track anyway.”


Home Fires Fuel Guintoli's Determination for French Success

Setup

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Sylvain Guintoli is eagerly awaiting this weekend's return to one of his favourite tracks on the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship Calendar as round 11 heads to his home race in France and the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. Guintoli and teammate Alex Lowes both enjoy the passionate atmosphere of the Fassi French Round and are looking forward to strong showings on their YZF-R1s in the two races, come rain or shine.

Magny-Cours marks the end of a busy five weeks for Lowes, having participated in five consecutive race events across WorldSBK and MotoGP, the latter as he substituted for the injured Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1. The young Briton was unfortunately unable to compete in last weekend's Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón race having himself sustained an injury to his left foot during Saturday's FP3. Lowes has since returned to the UK to undergo intensive physiotherapy and is determined to be fit for the two 21-lap contests at the Nevers circuit.

Guintoli's stellar showing at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz last-time-out proved the Frenchman is well and truly recovered from his early season injury and is looking forward to continuing the trend as he hunts for glory. Returning to his home round, after a mid-season private outing to assess his fitness and test his speed with his Yamaha Superbike, Guintoli is determined to put on a good show for his local support and is no stranger to the limelight here, having secured seven podiums including two victories throughout his WorldSBK career so far.

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours sits in the heart of central France, 250kms south of Paris and 230kms north-west of Lyon. 2016 witnesses the 4,411m track's 25th anniversary as host to WorldSBK competition and the action looks set to be as exciting as ever around the 17-corner layout. One of the busier races on the calendar, the technical layout houses nine right and eight left-hand turns creating a challenging prospect for riders and teams and a thrilling spectacle for the attending audience. Add to that the ever changing weather and the weekend takes on an electrifying element of the unknown keeping the French WorldSBK races as a firm favourite for both fans and riders alike.

Practice commences for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team at 10:15 local time on Friday 30th September, with Saturday's two Superpole sessions scheduled for 10:30 and 10:55 respectively. The opening race action gets underway at 13:00 on October 1st, with race 2 timings mirrored on Sunday 2nd.

Alex Lowes

Championship: 11th / 102 points

"Apart from the fact that I have never had a dry race here, Magny-Cours is a track that I really like. I always feel like you can go faster there but actually trying to do it is very difficult as it isn't an easy circuit at all and can be hard to find a good bike set up. The two big chicanes in the middle of the lap are the most difficult, as setting the bike to be agile and easy to manoeuvre makes it unstable in the fast first sector of the track, but it certainly suits a hard working team getting the most out of the weekend and a good set up for Sunday!

"My final race in MotoGP didn't end the way I would have liked but my physio has gone well for the past couple of days, I'm feeling ok and will be doing my best for a strong weekend on the YZF-R1."

Sylvain Guintoli

Championship: 13th / 76 points

"Magny-Cours is my home race and one I always look forward to! I've had a lot of podiums there so I'm always very excited to go back and race in front of the French public. The support over the years has been fantastic and always motivates me. The weather can be temperamental at this time of year but I love the track, wet or dry. I had a strong return to WorldSBK at Lausitz, despite the conditions, and will continue to push in front of the home support this weekend."


The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team ready for the penultimate European round at Magny-Cours

After getting back to winning ways at EuroSpeedway Lausitz (Germany) with Chaz Davies, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team is ready to resume action in Magny-Cours (France) for the penultimate European round of the 2016 WorldSBK championship, scheduled for September 30 - October 2.

Davies, who just over a week ago celebrated his fifth win of the season to equal his personal record, is keen to improve his results on the French track after finishing second in Race 2 last year. Davide Giugliano, who unluckily crashed out from second place in wet conditions in Germany, positively underwent a physiotherapy rehabilitation program to recover from a right-shoulder trauma while further scans ruled out any fractures. The Italian is thus ready to resume the positive course that saw him claim a podium in each of the four rounds preceding the German one.

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will take it to the track at 10:15 (CET) Friday for the first free-practice session.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) 3rd (295 points)

“After a fun experience on four wheels at the TT Cup, I’m ready to get back on my Panigale R, something I’m more familiar with. Last year, in Magny-Cours, we found a setup that granted us a strong pace in the dry. We’ll try to build from that base and also to take advantage of the improved feeling on the bike that allowed us to get back on the top of the podium in Germany. The weather will be unpredictable, but surely we’ll have to lap in the rain at some point. To this end, we learned a lot from the Race 2 debrief at Lausitz, so overall I’m very much looking forward to head out on track.”

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) 6º (194 points)

“I still feel some pain in the right shoulder, but I was able to follow an intense physiotherapy program that allowed me to recover quite quickly over the past few days, so I hope to get back into full shape in time for FP1. The Lausitz track certainly wasn’t among my favorites, both in terms of layout and tarmac conditions, but the upcoming rounds coincide with some circuits I like much better. I’ve always felt comfortable at Magny-Cours, it’s a fun track with a peculiar layout. The weather could turn into a factor once again, but we’ll be ready for all conditions.”


Pawel Szkopek won't take part in the French World Superbike round

Despite his recent points scoring finish at the Lausitzring Pawel Szkopek decided to part ways with the Hungarian Team Toth. The only Pole on the World Superbike grid will therefore miss the upcoming French round at Magny-Cours this weekend.

The ten-time Polish Champion and only Pole to have ever scored World Superbike points returned to the grid in April, joining the Hungarian Team Toth and straight away impressing by fighting with the leaders during a wet race at Assen. The 41-year-old then went on to score points at Misano and the Lausitzring, where he ran as high as ninth on a wet track. But with three rounds still to go Szkopek decided to part ways with the team and won't be riding his Yamaha R1 this weekend.

„It's a really difficult decision but I had to make that call – says Pawel Szkopek. - I would really like to thank Team Toth for inviting me to join them in World Superbike this year. It was another important experience which brought us more World Championship points. I would also like to thank our partners and fans for their unconditional support. Unfortunately, with the package at hand, we weren't able to show our true potential. I have proposed some changes but at this time of the year they were impossible to introduce, not least due to contractual obligations. It's not a question of budget, but I'm aware that to return to World Superbike with a more competitive package I need a bigger financial support in the future. I'd like to go to France this weekend and hope that it rains, as these are the only conditions we can be competitive in, but I can't race with this approach. Having won my tenth national title by winning eight from ten races my goal is always to battle at the front and in Lausitz we've shown we can do that and fight with the world's best riders in the right conditions. I hope that this is not the end of my time in the World Superbike Championship.”


WorldSSP: History Looks Set To Repeat Itself

Sofuoglu fixes his sights on fifth title

Fresh from his winning form at the Lausitzring, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu heads to France with one thing on his mind- his fifth World Title.

The Turk can seal the crown in Magny-Cours as long as he finishes in front of his rookie teammate Randy Krummenacher, who hasn’t yet raced at the French circuit. After the announcement at the last round that will see Krummenacher compete in WorldSBK in 2017 with his current team, the Swiss rider will head into Round 11 with only one thing left to do- fight Sofuoglu for the title.

Kawasaki will be celebrating at Magny-Cours when they arrive at the Fassi French Round crowned as Manufacturers Champions. The brand has enough points to take out the manufacturers title thanks to their incredible riders’ performance throughout the year.

Everyone will be looking to Kallio Racing Team’s Niki Tuuli ahead of the Fassi French Round, as the impressive young gun tries to back up his maiden WorldSSP performance that saw him challenge Championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu before finally finishing second in Germany. The Fin’s impressive performance at the Lausitzring will see him push his Yamaha to its limits in a bid to live up to the remarkable reputation he’s built himself as a serious podium contender.

Last year at Magny-Cours, it was Honda World Supersport Team’s 'PJ' Jacobsen who took the win from pole. Though this year he has fallen out of contention for the title, that won’t stop him from trying to repeat last year’s feat. The American has a good track record in France and will be a strong contender ahead of Round 11.

Jules Cluzel will be one to look out for, as he intends to make up for last year’s home round absence and will be fighting for home glory. Cluzel ended his season early last year after a crash in Jerez a round before Magny-Cours, which put him on the sidelines with broken bones. The Frenchman will count on his extensive experience at his home circuit to put his MV Agusta on the podium. FIM Europe Supersport Cup rider Cedric Tangre will be sure to bring the fight for home glory to Cluzel on his Suzuki. The reigning French National Champion won’t let Cluzel get away easily.

Luke Stapleford has been a solid contender all season, with the British Champion always striving to get his Triumph at the front and Magny-Cours will see no less from him.

The WorldSSP battle resumes on Friday 30th of September at 11:30am local time (GMT+2) for the first free practice ahead of race day on Sunday the 2nd of October, which could see Kenan Sofuoglu rewrite the history books and win his fifth FIM Supersport World Championship.


Kawasaki’s Title Challengers All Ready For Magny Cours Contest

The FIM Supersport World Championship season continues at Magny Cours this weekend and it could be a pivotal event for points leader Kenan Sofuoglu and his Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team-mate Randy Krummenacher.

Currently first and second in the championship, the official Ninja ZX-6R pairing are each other’s main rival for ultimate success as the championship approaches round ten of 12.

Sofuoglu, winner of five races in the season so far, has a 53-point advantage over Krummenacher, stretching out his lead after a recent run of three victories in succession. Kenan’s advantage gives him a first chance to be able win the championship if things go his way this weekend. Should Turkish star Kenan take the title it would be his fifth such success in this class of racing and his third world title with Kawasaki.

Krummenacher has made a highly positive impact in his rookie WorldSSP season; arriving from the Moto2 paddock as a highly experienced GP competitor in the middleweight category. He led the championship outright for four rounds, until Kenan took over the top spot at Imola in May.

Swiss rider Krummenacher is keen to get back to winning ways in France to add to his opening round success in Australia. After a positive test at Magny Cours recently he is ready to face his first WorldSSP race at the 4.411km circuit.

Only three riders are still in a position to win the championship itself, with PJ Jacobsen nine points behind Randy and 62 behind Kenan. In the Manufacturers’ rankings Kawasaki has an advantage of 42 points with a possible 75 up for grabs across the final three races.

Magny Cours is a regular stop on the WorldSSP trail and frequently the scene of races that are pivotal in determining the eventual championship outcome. Weather conditions can often be changeable at Magny Cours in October, partly due to its location in the very centre of France.

Raceday will be Sunday 2nd October, with the race scheduled for an 11.20am start.

After the French round there will be two more races to complete the season, the first in Spain at Jerez and then the series finale under the floodlights at Losail in Qatar.

Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I am happy to travel to France because now we are close to the end of the championship. Everything is ready so now we are just waiting for the weekend. Of course, racing for the championship means you always prefer dry weather but I think we are not bad in the wet too. It was very special for me to win my first Supersport World Championship title some years ago, and achieve my dream. But I am also very proud to be still racing, still winning, and still in a position to compete for the title. It would be another dream to take a fifth title and I am very happy to be racing with Kawasaki.”

Randy Krummenacher, stated: “The previous round at Lausitzring was a bit disappointing but I am taking some positives with me to Magny Cours. I learned a few things and I will watch out for a few things in terms of the set-up of the bike and my approach. I am relaxed and really confident going to France as I know we will be stronger there than in Lausitz. What gives me a little bit of extra confidence is that I tested there two weeks ago. I know the track and I really like it, so everything is ready. This year in WorldSSP has been really good but not perfect because I had an injury. I am second in the championship and everything is still possible so I will keep going and push to the maximum.”


Jacobsen fired up for France

Round 10 – France

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

Round 10 of the 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship is about to get underway at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, with PJ Jacobsen and the Honda WorldSSP Team ready to challenge for honours in front of the passionate French crowd. The 22-year-old from Montgomery, New York, currently lies third in the championship standings and he is only nine points shy of second place.

One year ago, Jacobsen enjoyed a perfect weekend at Magny-Cours: after claiming pole position, he came out on top on board his Ten Kate-prepared Honda CBR600RR machine at the end of a tricky race in wet conditions. With what was his second win of the 2015 season, Jacobsen also clinched the runner-up spot in the championship.

With this in mind, last year’s Vice Champion now hopes for a repeat performance in what has been a happy hunting ground for him.

Patrick Jacobsen 2

I’m looking forward to racing at Magny-Cours, especially after the race win I took here last year. Our focus will be to get back on the podium and earn some valuable points in the championship as we’re very close to second place now. I really like the track and I hope the weather will be on our side, because it can get really slippery when wet. It’ll be the same for everyone, though, so I’m ready for every type of conditions.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

After the fourth place PJ was able to take at Lausitzring and given his great performance towards the end of the race, I’m confident we can battle for the podium at Magny-Cours. We’re still very much in contention for second place in the championship and that’s what we’re aiming for. It’ll be crucial to be up there from the get go and to build some confidence as the weekend progresses; we also need to return to the good qualifying form we had before Germany.


Supersport - San Carlo Team Italia at Magny-Cours to keep the leadership

Second to last round of 2016 FIM Europe Supersport Cup with Axel Bassani and Alessandro Zaccone respectively 1st and 2nd.

For the second to last seasonal round of FIM Europe Supersport Cup, San Carlo Team Italia goes to the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (France) with only one goal: to defend and to strengthen the championship leadership. Respectively first and second in championship, Axel Bassani and Alessandro Zaccone will do everything to be the first riders in the European standings, completely aware of their means and the technical potential of the team.

On a track where last year he got a remarkable result in Superstock 600 European Championship, being second on the podium, Axel Bassani will be on track as leader of the FIM Europe Supersport Cup with 31 points and the clear purpose of repeating the great victory of Misano Adriatico.

With three victories at Aragon, Imola and Donington Park , the rider with most victories of the class, Alessandro Zaccone is second in the championship at 5 points from his teammate, motivated to get a good result after the unlucky result of Lausitzring weekend, where he had been one of the protagonist.

Cristiano Migliorati

"We go to Magny-Cours with the clear purpose of improving after two positive races for Zaccone in terms of performance, but where we got a double zero due to some unluck. In France it will be necessary to get a good result and, why not, to emerge also in World championship in order to highlight Alessandro in view of next year. Magny-Cours is a familiar track and, as always, he will have a bike with a good setup. So there are all the premises to do well!"

Stefano Cruciani

"Just two races left and from now on the motto can't be anything but "No mistakes!" Every weekend is essential for our goal, the European championship, and we'll do anything in order to reach it. Magny-Cours is a track that Axel is familiar with and he likes it, he proved it last year in the Superstock 600 European championship with a great result in race. He has a good feeling with the bike after Germany but we have to improve our performance in qualifying: at Lausitzring he proved to have a pace for the 4th place in the overall standings, but when you start behind is not easy to recover positions. We hope to achieve a good result in France, working in the best way starting from the first free practice."



STK1000: Magny-Cours Could See STK1000 Champion Crowned

The title is down to the wire between Mercado and De Rosa

The STK1000 title has kept everyone on the edge of their seats, as the Cup lead swings between Leandro Mercado and Raffaele De Rosa round by round. The race at the Lausitzring saw the Argentinian end the weekend leading by 14 points as the pendulum swayed in his favour. That could easily be turned on its head going in to the penultimate round of the FIM Stock 1000 Cup at Magny-Cours.

Althea BMW Racing Team’s Raffaele De Rosa had the advantage before the last round but mixed conditions saw him struggle while his main rival Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado dominated the wet on his Ducati. Mercado has the advantage heading to the Fassi French Round and if he can take the win, he can be crowned the Cup Winner.

Pedercini Racing Kawasaki duo Jeremy Guarnoni and Christophe Ponsson will be fighting for top honours as the Frenchmen will be pushing for glory on home soil. Last year saw Guarnoni take the win in Magny-Cours, a result he hopes to replicate again.

Adding to the assembly of local heroes, the Fassi French Round hopes to welcome Florian Marino back from injury. The young Frenchman is hopeful his return to the tarmac will be at Magny-Cours provided he can pass his medical examination. There will be much to look forward to if he does as Marino and teammate Riccardo Russo, together with their sister team in WorldSBK had an exclusive private test at the French Circuit during the summer. Marino and Russo will be looking to put that extra track time to good use ahead of the weekend’s race.

After his second place finish at Magny-Cours last year, and consistent fast pace throughout this season, Kevin Calia will be a rider to watch as he tries to take his Aprilia to the top and advance last year’s podium.

STK1000’s first attack of the tarmac will be on Friday 30th of September for the first free practice session at 9:15 local time (GMT+2) at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, ahead of the penultimate Round of the FIM Supertock 1000 Cup


The Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team ready for the penultimate round of the Superstock1000 FIM Cup at Magny-Cours

After collecting a brilliant win at EuroSpeedway Lausitz (Germany) with Leandro Mercado, the Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team is ready for another challenge at Magny-Cours (France), home of the penultimate round of the Superstock1000 FIM Cup. Mercado’s win – his third of 2016 – allowed him to reclaim the leadership in the general standings with a 14-point advantage over his rival De Rosa. With 50 points still up for grabs, however, the championship is far from over.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who crashed out from second place in Germany, has been progressively recovering from the trauma sustained to his left shoulder and hip. The young rookie’s first goal is to recover the gap that currently separates him from third place in the championship.

The Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team will resume action on September 30 at 09:15 (CET) for the first free-practice session.

Leandro Mercado (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team #36) - 1st (102 points)

“We have to continue to work hard and do each lap with the maximum concentration possible, focusing only on the race without thinking about the championship. The Magny-Cours track is special for me as in 2014 I won the Superstock1000 title there, but the weather makes it impossible to make a prediction. On the contrary, the circuit becomes really slippery when it rains, so we’ll have to pay attention”.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Junior Team #12) - 4th (53 points)

“I’ve done a lot of physiotherapy to recover from the traumas caused by the crash, but naturally I still feel a bit sore. Looking at the bright side, I trained in Mugello with a street bike and didn’t feel any pain, so I’m hopeful. I like the Magny-Cours track, but there’s always the risk that weather conditions change abruptly, and in that case we need to handle the situation better than in Germany. Anyway, I’m confident about our potential to do well”.


Mahias in for Marino at Magny-Cours

Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team's Florian Marino will unfortunately take no further part in this weekend's FIM Superstock 1000 Cup at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours after being declared unfit by the attending medical director. The young Frenchman was eager to return to competition at his home race having worked tirelessly to recover from the injuries sustained at Assen's second round, but championship officials and the circuit medical team believe a longer rehabilitation period is still required.

Marino will continue with his current intensive training and physiotherapy schedule in his bid to return to full fitness, and is as determined as ever to be back on his YZF-R1M as soon as possible. The Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team would like to thank him for his indomitable passion and commitment and look forward to welcoming him back in the near future. Compatriot Lucas Mahias will again stand in for Marino for the Fassi French Round this weekend as he looks to repeat the impressive showing achieved on his team debut at Misano.

Florian Marino

"I am disappointed and frustrated by the decision as I have worked incredibly hard over the past five months, without a day off, to be back racing. To do this at my home race would have been the perfect reward for all my efforts but it was not to be and I understand the position. I am equally disappointed for the team and for Yamaha, they have supported me throughout this period and it has been great to be back with them all again. I am as determined as ever to return to the job that I love and I will continue to work towards this. I feel stronger every day and my speed on the bike is better than ever so I hope to be racing again soon."


Magny-Cours: 'Did you know?'

#FrenchWorldSBK in Numbers

- A few facts and stats about WorldSBK at Magny-Cours -

25 – This year’s race weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the first visit to Magny-Cours back in 1991, when both races were dominated by Doug Polen.

14 – Out of the 28 races that have taken place here, Ducati recorded the fastest race lap in half of them (14).

13 – The most successful manufacturer at Magny-Cours up to now has been Ducati, with 13 wins. All the other makes combined have won 15 races.

7 – Seven different manufacturers have claimed pole here, with Aprilia joining the party last year.

6 – In the last six years, only British riders have started from pole in Magny-Cours: Cal Crutchlow (2010), Jonathan Rea (2011), Tom Sykes (2012-2014) and Leon Haslam (2015).

5 – The most successful rider to have ever raced here is Noriyuki Haga, with five wins from 2004 to 2009.

4 – Four is the record number of front row starts here and is shared by Brits Jonathan Rea and James Toseland.

4 – Kawasaki is the only manufacturer to have recorded four poles here (1991, 2012, 2013, 2014).

3 – There are three WorldSBK Magny-Cours winners in the current field: Tom Sykes (3), Sylvain Guintoli (2) and Jonathan Rea (2).

3 – Tom Sykes holds the record for most pole positions at Magny Cours: 3 to Troy Corser and James Toseland with 2.

2 – Only two riders among the current field have started from pole here: Kawasaki Racing Team duo Tom Sykes (2012, 2013, 2014) and Jonathan Rea (2011).

2 – There are only two riders who have managed three straight wins at Magny-Cours: Noriyuki Haga (a double in 2007 and Race 1 in 2008) and Tom Sykes (Race 2 in 2012 and a double in 2013). Jonathan Rea is in the position to challenge this record as he recorded the double last year.

1 – Despite recording 13 wins at this track, Ducati have started from pole only in the 2003 weekend, when James Toseland recorded his maiden WorldSBK pole.

1 – The only French winner at Magny-Cours has been Sylvain Guintoli (2012 Race 1; 2014 Race 1).

0.004 – Last year pole position was decided by only 0.004 seconds in favour of Leon Haslam from Jonathan Rea: that is the fourth smallest margin for a pole in WorldSBK history.


Fassi Announced as Main Event Sponsor for Round 11 #FrenchWorldSBK

The Partnership continues with Italian Manufacturer

Fassi and Dorna WorldSBK Organisation are delighted to announce their ongoing partnership as Fassi is named Event Main Sponsor of Round 11 of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. The Round will therefore be called the Fassi French Round.

Fassi is a global leader in the manufacturing of cranes and lifting equipment, a sponsor of the Championship, an important collaborator with WorldSBK and have been part of the WorldSBK Series now for four consecutive years. As Event Main Sponsor, Fassi is able to enjoy the unrivalled global exposure offered by the world’s fastest production motorcycle racing series in an important European market.

“Our participation in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship represents an unbelievable opportunity to touch four continents during the year, on racing motorcycles that are a guarantee for strong competition and amazingly spectacular races”, says Mr. Giovanni Fassi, CEO of Fassi group. “This worldwide journey turns the spotlight on the Fassi brand and has become in the last years a prestigious occasion for our international sales network to get the customers closer to the exciting experiences offered by WorldSBK. Fassi has an impressive presence in Europe and especially in France - one of our biggest markets. Being the Event Main Sponsor this year in France at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours - as it also happened in 2015 - makes our image and reputation in the French market even bigger.”

"We are delighted that Fassi are returning as Event Main Sponsor in WorldSBK,” said Marc Saurina, Commercial and Marketing Director of WorldSBK. “The exposure offered by the Championship is unique and the perfect opportunity for a global company such as Fassi. We are thrilled to see a continuation of this partnership with another agreement between DWO and the Italian manufacturer.”

Heading into the Fassi French Round, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea leads the Championship with a 47 point advantage over teammate Tom Sykes with Chaz Davies trailing behind in third. The Fassi French Round will see Rea push to increase his standings lead to take out the title for an incredible second consecutive time.

The much-awaited Fassi French Round begins at the Circuit De Nevers Magny-Cours on the 30th of September to the 2nd of October.


WIL Sport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda will celebrate 46th and final race at Jerez in October

The WIL Sport European Junior Cup has been the introductory class to the FIM World Superbike Championship since 2011. The series has been partnered by Honda for the previous 4 seasons, initially using the CBR500R motorcycle and in the last seasons the CBR650F. With the assistance of Honda and series partners WIL Sport, Dorna, Pirelli and Motul the EJC has successfully introduced more than one hundred and forty riders to international competition, and has provided some of the closest and most spectacular racing of the WorldSBK race weekend.

With the advent of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship in 2017, a multi brand class that will represent the burgeoning A2 class of motorcycles, the European Junior Cup ceases to have a role and will end. The EJC organisers would like to thank all who have supported this project over the years, and look forward to following the careers of the many successful racers who have made their International debuts with the European Junior Cup, powered by Honda.

Marco Chini

Honda's WorldSBK Operations Manager

Dorna recently announced a new 300cc entry class which will provide a platform to turn young riders into professional racers utilising production motorcycles. The new class shares its mission and philosophy with the Honda European Junior Cup which will cease operations this year. We believe that Honda's effort in supporting the next generation of racers was a worthy cause and are confident the new 300cc class announced by Dorna will be a worthy successor. We would like to thank Racedays and partners for promoting and organising the EJC in accordance with the Honda philosophy. During these years we have been delighted to have had so many young riders from all over the world join the series and use it to develop the skills that are necessary in becoming a professional rider. It has been an incredible experience and we are proud to have helped many young riders on their racing journey.

- Honda Motor Europe


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