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WSBK Calendar: No Replacement for Monza, Series Now 13 Rounds

The 2016 World Superbike calendar will have just thirteen rounds. Attempts at finding a replacement for the canceled Monza round have failed, causing the calendar to definitively lose a round.

Dorna had been in talks with several other circuits to replace the races at Monza, with the Estoril circuit being the most popular candidate. However, no agreement could be reached with any of the replacement candidates, and Dorna had no choice but to cancel. 

2016 Imola World Superbike FP2 Results: Davies Continues To Be Quickest

Chaz Davies ends the day quickest in both sessions and leads the charge to Superpole while his Ducati teammate could only muster 11th quickest, but qualifies for Superpole two with his morning's time. Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea complete the provisional front row. Neither Honda managed to qualify for Superpole Two, Michael van der Mark only managed fourteenth quickest while his teammate Nicky Hayden languished in sixteenth overall. Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores are the favourites to qualify for promotion from Superpole One.

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2016 Imola World Superbike FP1 Results: Davies Opens Weekend

Chaz Davies sets the fastest time in the incident-filled first session, with Leon Camier and Lorenzo Savadori in second and third, ensuring the top three places are filled by all three Italian manufacturers. Thirteen laps by eight riders were deleted due to cutting the chicane, the session was red-flagged over spilled oil, giving riders a 25 minute break, and Dominic Schmitter was black-flagged.

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2016 Jerez MotoGP Test Round Up: Funny Front Tires, Wings, and a Chance to Test Properly

The test on Monday at Jerez was probably the most important test of the year so far. A chance to test the day after a race, in similar conditions, and with ideas born of the data from the first four races of 2016 to try out. There really was a lot to test: not just parts and set up, but also three new front tires from Michelin, as well as further work on the "safety" rear tire introduced after Argentina.

First out of the pits was Bradley Smith, determined to turn his tough start to the season around. Last on to the track was Valentino Rossi, rolling out of pit lane some time after 2pm. Celebrations of his astounding victory at Sunday's race must have been intense: the Italian was very hoarse when he spoke to us at the end of the day.

A major focus for all of the riders was on tires. Michelin had brought three new front tires to test, and the riders also had the remainder of their allocation from the weekend to use. There was nothing new at the rear, but given how little experience they had with the construction introduced after Scott Redding's rear tire delaminated in Argentina, there was much still to be learned. Bradley Smith had described it as "a prototype". The tire had done a handful of test laps, and then two races. It had created problems for everyone at Jerez on Sunday, and so much work was focused on finding more rear grip.

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