Superbike World Championship
sponsored by FASSI As official sponsor, FASSI welcomed 70 customers and dealers to Donington for the European round and Silverstone for the UK round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship. Our customers were able to enjoy the race from the sponsor’s hospitality area and meet the riders in person on the pit walk between races.
set on success
Tom Sykes closed in on the World Superbike lead with a double at Donington Park. The Kawasaki rider moved into second in the overall standings, becoming the first double British Donington winner since Carl Fogarty. Tom Sykes was bursting with confidence after a double win on home soil moved him to within four points of the lead of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. The 27-year-old British rider’s two wins at Donington Park marked the first time he had won both races at a round of the series, and he now has points leader Sylvain Guintoli firmly
in his sights. After the heartbreak of missing out on last year’s title by just half a point, the Kawasaki man has responded with great character to get himself back into the title battle, after a slow start to the season when he was hampered by a wrist injury. Tom said: “I have been in World Superbikes for a few years, and to get the first double win on home soil is a fairytale. The Ninja ZX-10R is working well, and I feel very motivated. We are racing in a World Championship and these guys are as fast as you like and very competitive, so it is not as easy at it looked at Donington.”
FASSI is an official sponsor of the 2013 Superbike World Championship, which underscores our position as a global company, with races on four continents. The 2013 Superbike World Championship season is the 26th season since the competition began. It began on 24 February at Phillip Island, Australia and will finish on 17 November at the Buddh International Circuit, India after 15 rounds. The UK races were held at Donington on 26 May and Silverstone on 4 August where FASSI UK invited 70 lucky dealers and customers to enjoy the race from FASSI’s dedicated sponsor’s hospitality area. The motorcycles that race in the championship are tuned versions of those available for sale to the public, by contrast with MotoGP where purpose built machines are used. MotoGP is the motorcycle world’s equivalent of Formula One, whereas Superbike racing is similar to touring car racing.
Britain’s Jonathan Rea claimed his first victory in more than a year after topping the podium in the opening race of the rain-affected World Superbike meeting at Silverstone. The Pata Honda rider broke clear on lap seven of a race that was reduced by one lap to 17 due to heavy rainfall. He said: “I was starting to get frustrated with the problems I was having, but now I’ve kept up my record of winning a race in every year of my career. I used my head, tried to be smart and didn’t make mistakes. I’m so happy and my team deserves that victory.”