Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Kenan Sofuoglu has broken his left ankle in a motocross training accident in Turkey, but is determined to return to track action at the World Supersport pre-season test at Portimao in Portugal at the end of this month.
Sofuoglu was training on a motocross bike in the hills near his home in Turkey when his left foot caught in the ground and was severely twisted. A subsequent X-ray confirmed the fracture.
“I was just riding in the hills,” explained the 25-year-old from Adapazari in northern Turkey, “because we don’t really have motocross tracks here. The doctors said it would normally require six weeks in plaster but I am sure it can be faster than that. It’s certainly not three months like I have read on some websites!” read more
Infront Motor Sports wishes to announce that there will be a new World Superbike Event Schedule starting from the 2010 season.
In a spirit of constant consultation with teams and other interested parties, a few changes have been made in the different classes, which are as follows:
In the Superbike class, the Superpole format has been slightly modified to Superpole 1 (14 minutes), Superpole 2 (12 minutes), Superpole 3 (10 minutes), with the 7 minute break between them remaining. The break between the end of free practice and the beginning of the Superpole has now been extended to 25 minutes from 15 minutes. read more
2009 European Superstock 600 Champion Gino Rea tested Racing Team Germany’s Moto2 bike in Almeria in southern Spain on Wednesday.
The British rider adapted quickly to the new machine, which is built by Buckingham-based FTR, and ran impressive times along with Racing Team Germany’s already signed rider Arne Tode.
Rea said: “I managed to get some laps on the FTR Moto 2 bike when instructing at Almeria with Racedays. It only had a stock CBR600 engine in it so the power wasn’t so special, but it was really loud, like a MotoGP bike. read more
You couldn’t even plan this better if you had to do it again. The Yamaha Grand Slam bagged 3 World Championships on 1 day. An incredible achievement to win any of the 3 Championships but Yamaha nailed all three. This goes to show that the Yamaha organization has its act together and really is dominating across the board.
What an amazing feat by riders and teams for all three race series. 2010 will shake things up in all three championships as Ben Spies will move to MotoGP and Cal Crutchlow moves up to World Superbike taking Ben Spies ride. This will change the dynamics of all the three different championships and will provide a new start for Yamaha again next year. Stay tuned. read more
The FIM has released a provisional calendar for the 2010 World Superbike and Supersport Championship.
The main news is that Qatar’s Losail circuit, present on the WSBK schedule since 2005, has been dropped.
All other 13 venues remain, with no new additions, although Valencia and Imola are still ‘to be confirmed’ and, in the case of Imola, ‘subjected to homologation’.
Although the season will once again begin at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit, Portimao – the final round of the championship in 2008 and 2009 – will move to round two next season. read more