WSBK Preview RD8

After 3 weeks away from on track action the WSBK paddock returns for Round 8 at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in San Marino.  The track was renamed in 2012 in honour of the late Marco Simoncelli who grew up very close to the circuit. The track was designed in 1969 and was first used as a race track 3 years later.

Circuit Information:

Length: 4.226 Km     Misano_World_Circuit.svg
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 10
Start/finish straight: 510 m

Lap record:2015  Jonathan Rea 1’34.720

Pole Lap: 2015 T. Sykes 1’34.214

OnBoard Lap with Alex Hofmann from 2013

Last Time out:

Tom Sykes dominated winning both races in commanding fashion fighting through to lead in Race 1 and blowing the opposition away in Race 2. Johnny Rea kept up his 100 percent podium record with a 3rd in Race 1 and a 2nd in Race 2, the world champion was suffering from gear box issues all weekend but looks to have ironed them out during a test in Jerez. Chaz Davies had a poor weekend by his standards falling in race 1 and salvaging a 3rd in race 2.

Championship after RD 7:

1. J. REA KAWASAKI 293
2. T. SYKES KAWASAKI 237
3. C. DAVIES DUCATI 231
4. D. GIUGLIANO DUCATI 147
5. M. VAN DER MARK HONDA 141
6. N. HAYDEN HONDA 136
7. J. TORRES BMW 117
8. L. CAMIER MV AGUSTA 97
9. L. SAVADORI APRILIA 89
10. A. LOWES YAMAHA 70

This weekend:

This weekend I expect Davies to come back stronger the Ducati man always seems to perform well in italy and will be looking to stop the ever growing gap to Rea. Rea will be hoping that the test in Jerez fixed the engine braking and gearbox issues he has suffered with throughout the season as he looks to make a statement to his hard charging team mate Sykes which I believe he will as Misano is a track he enjoys. Sykes will be high on confidence but Donington has always been a circuit he has gone well at so I dont expect him to have it just as easy this weekend.

The Honda team also tested between Donington and Misano and will be looking to regain the form they showed in the early rounds but have slightly lost in recent weeks. Josh Brookes had his strongest weekend since he and the Milwaukee power tools backed team moved to from BSB to WSBK and will be hoping he can build on that this weekend. Giugliano who if rumors are to be believed could be looking for a new contract next season will be hoping to impress Ducati enough to get another chance throughout the rest of the season. Lorenzo Savadori will also be hoping to continue his fine form the young italian has opened alot of peoples eyes with his performances this year on the Ioda Aprillia.

Podium Predictions:

  1. C.Davies
  2. J.Rea
  3. D.Giugliano
  1. J.Rea
  2. C.Davies
  3. T.Sykes

News:

Niccola Canepa will step in for the injured Sylvain Guintoli at Misano, Canepa had been racing for the PATA team in the Superstock championship as well as riding for the GMT 94 World endurance squad recently winning the 12hrs race held in Portimao.

http://www.crash.net/wsbk/news/231276/1/canepa-receives-pata-yamaha-call-up-for-misano.html

Nicky Hayden and Michael Van Der Mark will both be taking part in the Suzuka 8 hour race it will be the first time Hayden has taken part in 13 years. They will both be riding for the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO squad   and will be joined by  Takumi Takahashi. Also taking part will be P J Jacobsen who will ride for the F.C.C TSR Honda rider squad.

http://www.crash.net/wsbk/news/231152/1/hayden-set-for-suzuka-8-hours-in-starstudded-lineup.html

Aleix Espargaro could be set to make a surprise switch the the WSBK grid confirming he is currently looking at two rides within the Paddock it is believed this rides would be with Kawasaki alongside J.Rea or at Ducati with C.Davies.

http://www.bikesportnews.com/news/news-detail/espargaro-eyeing-world-superbike-options-for-2017

Saturday:                                                             Local Time/GMT

WorldSBK – SP1

10:30/09:30

10:4509:45

WorldSBK – SP2

10:55/09:55

11:10/10:10

WorldSSP – SP1

11:30/10:30

11:45/10:45

WorldSSP – SP2

11:55/10:55

12:10/11:10

WorldSBK – Race 1

13:00/12:00

Sunday:

WorldSSP – Race

11:20/10:20

WorldSBK – Race 2

13:00/12:00

Qualifying and Race 1 will be shown on Eurosport 1 with Race 2 being shown on Eurosport 2.

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