It’s great to be back on Asphalt & Rubber again, sitting next to Jensen in a media center at a race track, preparing photos for the A&R readers.
It’s great to be back at a World Superbike race as well, where the atmosphere is more relaxed than MotoGP. The bikes are just as shiny, and apparently you can just mosey down to your local dealer and buy one!
The bike above rolled right off the show room floor, I’m told. It would look great in my garage.
There’s also a jovial family atmosphere. Here two generations of Haslam watch Superpole 1, which is more amusing to some than to others.
Chaz Davies took the honors in Superpole 2 on a day that featured two Ducatis at the top of the time sheet.
While superficially the two Aruba.it Ducati riders look as different as night and day, they were both fast, and Davide Giugliano was only .196 slower than Davies.
Davies’ leathers were a bit scuffed but that didn’t slow him down.
Giugliano is another among the Kevin Schwantz fans riding at the World Championship level, and wears #34 in honor of his hero.
Jordi Torres was a character in Moto2 and now that he’s in WSBK, he’s a fast character. He had the crowd in stitches in the post Superpole press conference.
Last year at Laguna Seca, Tom Sykes came third and first in the two Superbike races, and now he’s looking for similar results in his bid to keep second place in the championship, ahead of Leon Haslam.
Jonathan Rea comes into the weekend 133 points ahead of Sykes, with five rounds to go, including this one.
Leon Haslam is charging hard on the Aprilia.
Niccolo Canepa is sliding along nicely now that he is on a Ducati.
I keep thinking how odd it is to see Sam Lowes in WSBK, then I remember it’s his twin, Alex, going quickly on the Suzuki.
That #1 looks pretty good on Sylvain Guintoli’s Honda, even though he won it on an Aprilia.
Leon Camier carries the MV Agusta flag with all its history, and claimed 10th place after coming up through Superpole 1.
David Salom was spared Superpole 1, but gave up 10th place and finished 11th.
Ayrton Badovini saved at least a bit of face for BMW, putting his S1000RR into Superpole 2.
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