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CIRCUITO DE JEREZ READY FOR THE TENTH ROUND OF THE WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK-END


[Translate to English:] Sykes en Jerez en unos pasados test. SIC fotografos.com

Guintoli en acción. SIC fotografos.com

El italiano Marco Melandri. SIC fotografos.com

 

September 1, 2014 – After the summer break of almost two months the riders of all classes of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship are ready to return to action next weekend, at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, for the third to last round of the season. Alongside them; Pirelli, as the official supplier of all classes of the Championship, will provide as usual, different solutions of slick and treaded tyres.

In particular, in the Superbike class, the riders of the EVO category will be able to count on a new soft development solution, the T1102, which in comparison to the standard SC0 should ensure a greater consistency of performance, lap after lap, and has been designed as a further development of the T0722 solution that had immediately success at its debut in Misano.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) leads the premier class riders standings, 44 points ahead of Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli and 64 points ahead of Jonathan Rea (PATA Honda World Superbike). However mathematically speaking, Loris Baz and Marco Melandri are potentially still in play for the title. The fight, however, seems now a two-way fight with the Englishman riding for the Akashi company aiming for his second world title and the Frenchman, who seems to be the only one capable of resisting it. Even in the manufacturers Championship the battle is between Kawasaki, with 342 points, and the Noale factory 24 points in arrears.

In the Supersport class, the Dutchman Michael VD Mark (PATA Honda World Supersport) seems well on the way to winning the Championship having 53 points advantage on the Frenchman of MV Agusta Jules Cluzel and 67 over Florian Marino

Jerez Vs tyres: an aggressive asphalt that requires rear grip

The circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, located in southern Spain, near Cadiz, was opened in 1985 and initially measured 4218 metres, then after some changes has become longer and faster. It is now 4423 metres long, of which 69% (3038 metres) consists of the straights, while the remaining 31% (1385 metres) are curved. The track width is 11 metres, apart for the finish straight which is 600 metres long and has a width of 12 metres. There are 13 curves in total, eight right-handed and five left-handed, with a radius of curvature ranging from 30 metres for turns 2, 6 and 13 to 116 metres for turn 4. The maximum slope of the track is on the main straight where it is 5.1%, the maximum gradient is instead 5% at the exit of turn 5. The side slope of 7.46% was recorded at the exit of the turns 2, 6 and 13, the minimum of 4.70% at turns 12 and 4. The track was paved for the last time in 2005.

For the riders Jerez, like Assen, is considered a reference track because it has been structured in a series of low, medium and fast speed curves that are ideal for the development of the machine, this explains why Jerez is often chosen by the teams to make their own private tests. Precisely because of this variety of the turns, the rear tyre will reach levels of stress fairly balanced between the right and left side and although the lateral loads generated during the race are not very high, in order to meet the different needs of the track you need a rear tyre with a good balance of handling and support whilst leaning.

The Pirelli tyre range will have no difficulty in dealing with this track even in the case of high temperatures, such as those that may be encountered at the beginning of September. This despite the fact that the asphalt of Jerez is composed of a quite aggressive grainy surface that in some cases might accentuate abrasion or create uneven wear on the rear, especially if soft compounds are used. The track requires a good level of grip at the rear and the solutions brought are more protected from cutting and tearing mechanical stresses. The bumps are due to the undulations of the asphalt in addition to requiring a bike which is stable under braking, will require tyres able to absorb the roughness of the asphalt, shilst remaining smooth in the faster corners.

GENERAL STANDINGS

SBK: 1. Sykes 325; 2. Guintoli 281; 3. Rea 261; 4. Baz 253; 5. Melandri 217; 6. Davies 159; 7. Giugliano 153; 8. Elías 137; 9. Laverty 134; 10. Haslam 133; 11. Lowes 119; 12. Salom 88; 13. Canepa 51; 14. Camier 37; 15. Guarnoni 33; 16. Barrier 21; 17. Andreozzi 17; 18. Morais 17; 19. Scassa 16; 20. Foret 14; 21. Corti 13; 22. Staring 12; 23. Allerton 6; 24. Bos 5; 25. Goi 5; 26. Russo 5; 27. Pegram 2; 28. Toth 2; 29. Fabrizio 2; 30. Rizmayer 1; 31. Lanusse 1. Constructores: 1. Kawasaki 342; 2. Aprilia 318; 3. Honda 261; 4. Ducati 220; 5. Suzuki 200; 6. BMW 58; 7. MV Agusta 20; 8. EBR 2.

SUPERSPORT: 1. Vd Mark 160; 2. Cluzel 107; 3. Marino 93; 4. Sofuoglu 83; 5. Zanetti 80; 6. Coghlan 77; 7. Jacobsen 67; 8. De Rosa 67; 9. Rolfo 62; 10. Tamburini 48; 11. Kennedy 43; 12. Wilairot 35; 13. Bussolotti 30; 14. Wahr 26; 15. Russo 25; 16. Gamarino 22; 17. Menghi 20; 18. Nocco 20; 19. Leonov 15; 20. Gowland 9; 21. Roccoli 8; 22. Zaidi 7; 23. Coveña 7; 24. Schmitter 3; 25. Calero 3; 26. Debise 2; 27. Rogers 1. Constructores: 1. Honda 181; 2. Kawasaki 135; 3. MV Agusta 121; 4. Yamaha 87; 5. Triumph 9.

Superstock 1000: 1. Savadori 83; 2. Mercado 79; 3. Lussiana 59; 4. Jezek 58; 5. Massei 54; 6. McFadden 54; 7. Lanusse 45; 8. Valk 44; 9. D'Annunzio 39; 10. Smith 35; 11. Day 32; 12. Nemeth 28; 13. Muresan 15; 14. Bergman 13; 15. Grotzkyj G. 10; 16. Pagaud 10; 17. Suchet 8; 18. Schacht 8; 19. Walraven 6; 20. Calia 4; 21. Castellarin 4; 22. Sandi 3; 23. Alviz 2; 24. Egea 2; 25. Moser 2; 26. Butti 1; 27. Alarcos 1; 28. Ayer 1. Constructores: 1. Kawasaki 108; 2. Ducati 100; 3. Honda 51; 4. BMW 40; 5. Suzuki 6; 6. Aprilia 4.

Superstock 600: 1. Faccani 106; 2. Tessels 72; 3. Tuuli 58; 4. Tucci 55; 5. Caricasulo 46; 6. Salvadori 42; 7. Mikhalchik 40; 8. Manfredi 35; 9. Casalotti 27; 10. Duwelz 23; 11. Lahti 22; 12. Rinaldi 19; 13. Nestorovic 19; 14. Stirpe 16; 15. Zaccone 16; 16. Hartog 13; 17. Puffe 12; 18. Bodis 11; 19. Sabatino 11; 20. Morrentino 10; 21. Marchal 10; 22. Rouse 5; 23. Mercandelli 5; 24. Gobbi 5; 25. Lewis 5; 26. Pittet 5; 27. Zeelen 5; 28. Canducci 3; 29. Monti 2; 30. De Gruttola 1; 31. Patronen 1.

European Junior Cup: 1. A. Fernández 129; 2. Orellana 102; 3. Licciardi 64; 4. I. Fernández 63; 5. Miralles 62; 6. Hubner 51; 7. Perez 50; 8. Harland 47; 9. Soomer 42; 10. Grassia 35; etc.

 

 

 


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