Loading
News
Popular Today:

Moscow Raceway welcomes World Superbikes for inaugural race

Moscow Raceway is a brand new track, which first opened in July 2012
Moscow Raceway is a brand new track, which first opened in July 2012
Related stories

Thursday, 30, Aug 2012 11:07

by Chris Jefferies

British racer Tom Sykes became the first World Superbikes racer to win at Moscow Raceway this week (August 28th), as the Russian track made its debut on the tour.

The Kawasaki rider beat off stiff competition from BMW's Marco Melandri in the first race, before the Italian took first place in the second race of the day.

It was a much less successful day on the track for Northern Irishman Jonathan Shea, who crashed out on his Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR in the first race and could only manage seventh place on a rebuilt bike in the second race.

"It's been quite a frustrating day because we had good pace in both races," he said afterwards. "In race one I was battling for the podium and had a false neutral in turn 16 so, with no engine braking, I lost the front.

"The guys had to build me a new bike from parts in the truck and luckily it felt pretty good for race two."

Rea has been the subject of much attention this week, after it was announced that he would stand in for Casey Stoner at the San Marino MotoGP on 14 September, if the Australian is unable to recover from ankle surgery in time.

However, the real star of the show was the track itself, with Moscow making its first appearance as a World Superbikes venue.

The Russian raceway only opened last month and following a successful opening weekend, it will host two more racing events next month: the GT1 World Championship and the GT3 European Championship.

Comments - What do you think?

Looking for bikes for online magazine

We are an online magazine looking for motorbikes to publish on our site. If members of this forum would like to di...

Plumeting Petrol Prices

Good news recently for all us bikers, with the price of petrol set to fall to the lowest levels since 2009!  What ...

If you wamt to be inspired

Then can I suggest you spend 10 minutes watching and listening to Talan Skeels Piggins about his crash and how he ...

Have you got a will?

On Tuesday, I was in Essex with my colleague from our private client group, who was talking to a bike group about ...

Traveling Tips Required

Having discussed the most recent touring story on MotorbikeTimes with the rest of the office, it has been determin...

Oxford IAM Motorcycle Group

If anyone here is a member of the Oxford IAM motorcycle group, then I will look forward to meeting you tonight (We...

Open-faced helmets: Complete waste of time?

Still scratching my head and reeling from this study that came out a few weeks ago: http://www.motorbiketimes.com/...

good weekend bike rallies

Based in the Midlands so central for most, can anyone recommend  a good weekend rally we do a few but suggestions ...

Talan Racing

I thought that some of you who follow racing, may be interested to know that my firm has just a agreed to become t...

High winds last Friday evening

Bugger! I was out on Friday evening at a leaving do for a colleague - hence left the bike at home. I get back to f...

Suzuki unveils its MotoGP team name ahead of season start

Suzuki has revealed the name of its MotoGP team for 2015: Team Suzuki Ecstar

Ecstar engine oil unveiled as official sponsor of this year's Suzuki MotoGP team

More footage of Harley-Davidson LiveWire in new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie trailer

Harley-Davidson LiveWire will be involved in the new Avengers movie

LiveWire to play integral part in Avengers movie franchise

Aprilia RS-GP unveiled ahead of 2015 MotoGP season

The new Aprilia RS-GP for the 2015 Grand Prix season

New Aprilia machine revealed in anticipation of Grand Prix return

Brough Superior SS100 readies for May rollout following significant changes

Brough Superior making new changes to SS100 model

SS100 model is coming back with an all new design set to launch soon