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2017 Lausitzring World Supersport FP2 Results: Morais Quickest, Cluzel Remains On Top

In the second session, in drying conditions, Niki Tuuli and Gino Rea were the only riders in the top ten to improve on their morning's times, leaving Jules Cluzel at the top, ahead of Sheridan Morais, quickest in the tricky second session, and Lucas Mahias. 

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2017 Lausitzring World Superbike FP2 Results: Sykes And Rea Still Quickest In Red-Flagged Thunderstorm

Tom Sykes improved on his record-setting morning's pace with a 1'37.172 just six minutes into the session, but the second free practice was interrupted when Alex Lowes's Yamaha blew up an engine, spreading oil over turns eleven to thirteen almost halfway through the session. Lowes was in tenth place and a long repair would alomst certainly rule him out of qualifying for Superpole two. And then the weather turned up, delaying the restart even further and saving Lowes's place.

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2017 Lausitzring World Supersport FP1 Results: Cluzel Leads Morais And Mahias

Jules Cluzel was the quickest of the four riders under 1'42, ahead of Sheridan Morais, Lucas Mahias and Kenan Sofuoglu. Federico Caricasulo was the quickest man for ten munites, until Kenan Sofuoglu deposed him with the first 1'41 lap of the day.

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2017 Lausitzring World Superbike FP1 Results: Sykes And Rea Quickest

Tom Sykes set an early fast lap, taking control at the top just fifteen minutes in, to claim the top spot while his Kawasaki teammate Jonathan Rea waited until the chequered flag to force his way into second place, demoting Ducati's Chaz Davies to third place. Marcus Reiterberger, returning as a wildcard, was sixth quickest on the BMW and Davide Giugliano, making a return to World Superbike, slipped down to seventeenth quickest on the Red Bull Honda Fireblade, in spite of a good showing in the early part of the session.

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American Joe Roberts Interview: "Moto2 Is The Hardest Championship In The World"

Times are hard for American racers in the Grand Prix paddock. The series has seen a dearth of riders from the USA since Nicky Hayden left for the WorldSBK paddock after holding the fort for fourteen season, winning a MotoGP title along the way. Motorcycle racing in the US is clearly in a rebuilding phase, the MotoAmerica series focused on producing and encouraging new talent.

There are signs that it is working. Cameron Beaubier is taking on multiple champion and veteran racer Josh Hayes and winning. Jake Gagne, JD Beach, and Garrett Gerloff are all promising young racers capable of going places. But few have taken the leap of faith required to come racing in Europe. Josh Herrin tried in 2014, but never found his feet in the tough Moto2 class.

Now, there is Joe Roberts. The 20-year-old Californian moved to Europe this year after spending three years in MotoAmerica, winning the Superstock 600 title in 2015. He already had some experience, having raced in the Red Bull Rookies for a couple of seasons. He started the 2017 season racing in the FIM CEV Moto2 championship for the AGR team, alongside fellow American Jayson Uribe. When AGR parted ways with Yonny Hernandez in July after the Sachsenring, the team asked Roberts to step up the Moto2 world championship. It was not a particularly hard choice, as that was precisely the reason Roberts had come to Europe in the first place.

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Ducati's Brno Fairing - Danny Aldridge Explains Whence It Came And Why It's Legal

The Brno round of MotoGP turned out to be a veritable bonanza of aerodynamic developments. Honda turned up with their previously homologated fairing, and Yamaha debuted a new fairing with a modified upper half at the test on Monday. But it was Ducati who stole the show, with a radical new design featuring a large side pod which looked remarkably like a set of wings with a cover connecting them.

That fairing triggered howls of outrage from fans. How, they asked, was this legal? The fairing appeared to have two ducts which came out at the top at right angles, then return to the fairing at right angles. That turned out not to be the full shape of the fairing, when Danilo Petrucci sported one where the bottom half of the side duct extended lower. It seemed to be a blatant breach of the rules.

 

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The problem, MotoGP Technical Director Danny Aldridge explained, lay in part with framing of the rules. When Dorna demanded a ban of the original winglets, they sat with the manufacturers to draw up a set of regulations which would limit aerodynamics and eliminate the risks, yet at the same time would allow some amount of development. That proved impossible to do with the manufacturers so split among themselves, and so Dorna had to try to come up with a set themselves.

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