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Aprilia Press Release: Andrea Iannone Signs Two-Year Deal With Aprilia

Aprilia issued the following press release, announcing that Andrea Iannone will be joining Aleix Espargaro at Aprilia for the next two years, as had been widely predicted:


ANDREA IANNONE WITH APRILIA FOR THE 2019 AND 2020 SEASONS
ROMANO ALBESIANO: "THIS IS A SIGN OF APRILIA'S INCREASING COMMITMENT TO THE MOTOGP PROJECT"
THIS TAKES THE APRILIA MOTOGP PROJECT INTO ITS SECOND EVOLUTIONARY STAGE, MOVING THE TEAM FROM NOALE TO A NEW AND HIGHER LEVEL, EVER CLOSER TO THE LEADERS

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2018 Brno World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Ups The Pace

Jonathan Rea increased his lead over Tom Sykes's quickest time of the day as Sykes was unable to improve on his earlier dry time. Marco Melandri was the third quickest with a time he also set in the second timed session today. Lorenzo Savadori put himself directly into Superpole two with the second quickest time of the session.

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2018 Brno World Supersport FP2 Results: Cluzel Capitalises on Cortese Error

Sandro Cortese crashed in turn five, the same turn that brought out the red flags in World Superbike and when the session was restarted, Jules Cluzel improved on his earlier time and set the provisional pole lap while his rival sat the remainder of the session out. Cortese relied on his morning's time to remain in Superpole two.

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Suzuki Press Release: Andrea Iannone Departure Confirmed

Suzuki today issued the following press release, confirming that Andrea Iannone would be leaving the Japanese factory, as the Italian had told reporters at Mugello. A press release confirming his destination is expected shortly, while an announcement on his replacement is expected before Barcelona:


SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION AND ANDREA IANNONE PART WAYS

Team Suzuki Press Office – June 8.

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2018 Brno World Superbike FP1 Results: Rinaldi Tops Damp Morning

The rain stopped before the riders went out and Jonathan Rea put in a lap that lasted as the quickest lap until the dying minutes of the session when several riders took advantage of the drying track. Michael Ruben Rinaldi came out on top, ahead of Loris Baz and Xavi Fores. With more rain promised, all bets are off for Superpole qualifying.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Lorenzo and Honda: will they win?

Jorge Lorenzo’s shock move to Repsol Honda caught pretty much everyone by surprise. What are the precedents and how will the deal work out?

In December 1988, a letter from Rothmans Honda chattered through fax machines of editorial offices around the world, announcing that reigning 500cc world champion Eddie Lawson was quitting Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini to race Rothmans Hondas the following season.

Editors and journalists stared at the letter in disbelief.

A few days later their befuddlement was complete when a fax arrived from Marlboro Yamaha Team Agostini, announcing that Rothmans Honda’s former world champion Freddie Spencer would ride YZR500s in 1989.

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2018 Brno WorldSBK Preview: What To Expect At Brno

Round seven of the 2018 WorldSBK season will see the paddock head for Brno in the Czech Republic. The fast and flowing circuit is a firm favorite with MotoGP riders and fans and is sure to be well received by the Superbike riders when they return to action in the hills and valleys for the first time since 2011. That season saw Marco Melandri do the double for Yamaha but will that past form matter this weekend?

Yamaha seek to maintain momentum

Yamaha will certainly hope that their previous form, three Brno victories, is a good indicator that the Japanese firm can expect a strong showing this weekend. At Donington Park, Michael van der Mark delivered the first victories for Yamaha since their return to WorldSBK, and the Dutchman's confidence will be high this weekend. After claiming the first ever Dutch wins in WorldSBK history his stock is higher than ever, and it couldn't have come at a better time with contracts set to be signed for 2018.

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