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2017 Imola World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Tops Twice Red Flagged Session

With two red flags, this session took a lot longer to complete than planned. The second red flag was caused by Alex Baldolini's MV Agusta spewing oil on the track, requiring a much longer intervention than the earlier five minute break at the start of the session. Kenan Sofuoglu came out on top, over half a second faster than Kyle Smith and Sheridan Morais. Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel were unable to improve their morning's times but still qualify through to Superpole two from their quicker times from the first session.

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2017 Imola World Superbike FP2 Results: Davies On Top

Chaz Davies heads to Superpole as the quickest rider, ahead of the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Davies' teammate Marco Melandri was fourth quickest. Eleventh quickest in this session, Michael van der Mark will be relying on his morning's time to qualify him straight into Superpole two. Jordi Torres and Nicky Hayden are the two quickest riders to compete in Superpole one.

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2017 Imola World Supersport FP1 Results: Caricasulo Leads Cluzel And Sofuoglu

The top five riders were all within a quarter of a second of Federico Caricasulo's quickest time, with Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu fending off championship leader Lucas Mahias and Sheridan Morais. PJ Jacobsen is a quarter of a second further back in sixth place, making it four manufacturers in the top six spots.

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2017 Imola World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea And Davies And Sykes And Melandri

The Imola weekend opened with the five fastest riders being on a Kawasaki or Ducati as the two marques continue their dominance. Jonathan Rea was a quarter second quicker than Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes, the second- and third-placed riders sharing identical quickest times, ahead of Marco Melandri. Xavi Fores, the third man on a Ducati, was over half a second off fourth place. 

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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights - Jerez

MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.

In this edition of Freddie Spencer's video blog on MotoGP, the former 500 and 250 world champion gives his view of events at Jerez. Spencer explains the difficulty of racing at Jerez, given the changing levels of grip at the circuit. He gives his view of the crashes involving Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Grand Prix

Four races into 2017 and the racing is more unpredictable than ever, which is why even MotoGP’s cleverest engineers left Jerez confused

In 1991 Wayne Rainey referred to the start of the European Grand Prix season as the start of “the ground war”, because in that year the GP circus arrived at Jerez shortly after the first Gulf conflict.

Many riders still think of Jerez as the place where the title race gets real, because the out-of-Europe season-openers can be a bit rare-groove. Even Valentino Rossi still holds that opinion, kind of. “I don’t want to say Jerez is the start of the real championship, but…” said the seven-time Jerez winner on the eve of the 31st GP at the Andalusian track.

Rainey spoke of the ground war as separate from the rest of the championship because European tracks are different, because teams operate out of elaborately equipped trucks, instead of flight cases, and because the riders live in the paddock.

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2017 Jerez MotoGP Test Round Up: The Tire Wars Are Back, Sort Of

For some race fans, the news that the tire wars are back will be music to their ears. The trouble is, the new tire wars which broke out at Jerez are of a very different kind to the period before the advent of the spec tire, when different manufacturers went head-to-head in pursuit of outright performance.

The Jerez tire wars are a very different beast indeed. These pit rider against rider, rather than manufacturer against manufacturer, with the prize being the future direction of tire development in MotoGP. The weapon handed to both sides was a front tire from Michelin using a stiffer construction, first used at the Valencia race and test at the end of last year. The two (or perhaps three) sides in the debate are using the outcome of the Jerez test to try to gain an advantage in the remainder of the championship.

If you wanted proof that Jerez was above all a tire test, look no further than Ducati's decision taken late on Sunday night to stay on for the Monday test. Originally, they had been scheduled to skip the Jerez test and head to Mugello, where they will have a private test to prepare for what is arguably their most important race of the year. But when it became apparent just how much stock some riders were putting in the new tire, the factory Ducati team decided to stay and give the tires a whirl.

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