Saturday at Laguna Seca with Scott Jones

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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.

Leon and Ron Haslam Aprilia WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

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 Ducati WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Chaz Davies took the honors in Superpole 2 on a day that featured two Ducatis at the top of the time sheet.

Davide Giugliano Ducati WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

While superficially the two Ducati riders look as different as night and day, they were both fast, and Davide Giugliano was only .196 slower than Davies.

Chaz Davies Ducati 2 WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Davies’ leathers were a bit scuffed but that didn’t slow him down.

Davide Giugliano Ducati 2 WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Giugliano is another among the Kevin Schwantz fans riding at the World Championship level, and wears #34 in honor of his hero.

Jordi Torres Aprilia WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

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.

Tom Sykes Kawasaki WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

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 Kawasaki WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Jonathan Rea comes into the weekend 133 points ahead of Sykes, with five rounds to go, including this one.

Leon Haslam Aprilia 2 WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Leon Haslam is charging hard on the Aprilia.

Niccolo Canepa Ducati WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Niccolo Canepa is sliding along nicely now that he is on a Ducati.

Alex Lowes Suzuki WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

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.

Sylvain Guintoli Honda WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

That #1 looks pretty good on Sylvain Guintoli’s Honda, even though he won it on an Aprilia.

Leon Camier MV Agusta WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Leon Camier carries the MV Agusta flag with all its history, and claimed 10th place after coming up through Superpole 1.

David Salom Kawasaki WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

David Salom was spared Superpole 1, but gave up 10th place and finished 11th.

Ayrton Badovini BMW WSBK 2015 Laguna Seca

Ayrton Badovini saved at least a bit of face for BMW, putting his S1000RR into Superpole 2.

Photos: © 2015 Scott Jones / Photo.GP – All Rights Reserved