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2018 Aragon WorldSBK Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and organizers after the first day of practice at the Motorland Aragon circuit:


#AragonWorldSBK– Day 1

Melandri maintains lead on Day 1 at Aragon
Rain returned at the start of FP3, with only one change in the top ten from FP2
Melandri mastered tricky conditions in Spain

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 70: Three Talking Points From Argentina

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out. In episode #70, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett join a conversation across three countries and two continents to discuss a chaotic and controversial Argentinian round of MotoGP.

There was an awful lot to talk about, but the boys tried to break it down into three different talking points, and cover the ground that way. First up is Valentino Rossi's accusation that Marc Marquez was "destroying the sport". Is Marquez really destroying MotoGP, and just how many rules did the Spaniard break on Sunday in Argentina? And how did his misdemeanors compare with that of Johann Zarco, who ran Dani Pedrosa wide, the Repsol Honda finally crashing and breaking his wrist.

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2018 Motorland Aragon World Superbike FP3 Results: Limited Adhesion Limits Progress

Jordi Torres was quickest in a session where it started raining before anyone put in a properly quick lap. Leon Camier was able to get himself into Superpole two, though, knocking Michael Ruben Rinaldi down into Superpole one. Marco Melandri ended the day on top, with his quickest time in the second session proving to be the overall fastest of the day.

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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer On A Controversial Race In Argentina

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

There was certainly a lot for Freddie Spencer to talk about after an eventful Argentinian round of MotoGP, and the former world champion starts his latest video blog off with a memory of the only time he got to race in the country, his very first race in his first full season 500cc.

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2018 Motorland Aragon World Supersport FP2 Results: Krummenacher Pips Mahias In Dry Session

As the weather was much more conducive to fast riding, the laptimes were significantly better than in this morning's session. Lucas Mahias looked like he would end the session quickest but was just beaten by Randy Krummenacher. Sandro Cortese, Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel made it an all-Yamaha top-five, and unlike this morning, all riders were within the 107% of the fastest lap required to qualify.

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2018 Motorland Aragon World Supersport FP1 Results: Cluzel Leads Mahias

With tricky conditions continuing, only the first nineteen riders were within 107% of Jules Cluzel's time with fellow Frenchman joining him as the only other rider recording a laptime under two minutes. Federico Caricasulo was two seconds off the quickest time in third place.

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2018 Motorland Aragon World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Quickest On A Damp Track

In the first European round of the season, with a drying track after a wet morning, Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea opens the weekend with the quickest time, over half a second quicker than Marco Melandri on the Ducati and Leon Camier on the Honda. Michael Ruben Rinaldi, a one event rider with the Aruba IT Racing junior team, was fourth quickest.

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Joining The Dots – A Lap Of Aragon With Chaz Davies

Chaz Davies has dominated Aragon in recent years and he explains to Motomatters.com the keys to a fast lap of the Spanish circuit

At one point the Kingdom of Aragon was one of the Europe's most powerful in Europe. It was a central hub of the Mediterranean and one that controlled shipping in Spain, France and Italy. That power ebbed and flowed until eventually it fell. It's been 400 years since anyone ruled in Aragon but if there is a modern day King it would certainly be Chaz Davies.

The Welshman has won four of the last five races run at the 5km circuit, including delivering the first WorldSBK victory for the Ducati Panigale, and he sat down with MotoMatters.com to explain the nuances of a fast lap at this complicated circuit.

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