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2015 Chang Thailand World Supersport FP2 Results: Smith Quickest Ahead Of Sofuoglu

Kyle Smith was quickest in the second session, with Kenan Sofuoglu ahead of the close trio of Jules Cluzel, Film Wilairot and PJ Jacobsen, all within half a second of Smith's time of 1'38.490. Wilairot's brother Rattapong, a wildcard for this round, was tenth quickest, not having recorded a time in the morning session.

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2015 Chang Thailand World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Dominates Opening Session Ahead Of Teammate

Joint title leader Jonathan Rea set the pace early on and was quickest throughout most of the session. He ended the session three quarters of a second ahead of his teammate Tom Sykes. 

Rookie Jordi Torres was third quickest, beating Chaz Davies by five hundredths of a second. 

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2015 Chang Thailand World Supersport FP1 Results: Jacobsen Fastest In Extended Opener

PJ Jacobsen opens the weekend with the fastest time in an extended seventy-five minute session. Kyle Smith and Kenan Sofuoglu beat local rider Film Wilairot, swapping the top spot until Jacobsen closed the session with a 1'38.592. 

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What Kind Of Track Is The Chang Circuit In Thailand? Watch The ARRC 600cc Race And Judge For Yourself

The Chang International Circuit is an unknown for everyone in World Superbikes this weekend. A new track in a new country represents many challenges for the teams and the riders, as they try to figure the fastest way around it. It is an unknown for fans, too, most of them only having seen the track layout map on the World Superbike website.

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Official: Troy Bayliss To Race For Aruba.it Ducati WSBK Team In Thailand

Troy Bayliss is to race again in World Superbikes. The Australian will once again replace the injured Davide Giugliano in the Aruba.it Ducati squad at the Thai round of WSBK at the Chang circuit. Whether Bayliss will also replace Giugliano at Aragon and Assen is yet to be decided.

Official confirmation came as rumors started to emerge this morning, after Bayliss posted a rather coy status update on his Facebook page, stating only "See you soon." Unsurprisingly, that set Social Media ablaze with speculation, with various news sources claiming with varying degrees of confidence that the decision had already been taken. Their eagerness was vindicated earlier, when Ducati finally issued an official press release confirming Bayliss' return.

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The Racing Week On Wednesday (On Friday) - News Round Up For The Week Of 27th February

It has been a busy week for racing, with the World Superbike season opener at Phillip Island followed by the MotoGP test at Sepang, including the extra day of testing on Michelins. There has been a lot of news, but between MotoMatters.com's star WSBK reporter Jared Earle and I, we got most of it covered, with an extra bonus of photos from top Australian shooter Andrew Gosling.

But there have been one or two things we may have missed, so here's our weekly round up of racing news.

Scratching the itch: Young Gun vs Old Master

There were a lot of happy faces at the Australian round of World Superbikes. Troy Bayliss, three-time World Superbike champion and arguably, WSBK's last superstar, made a return to the series, replacing the injured Davide Giugliano on the Aruba.it Ducati Panigale. The replacement was at very short notice, Giugliano having crashed during the test which preceded the opening round and fractured a couple of vertebrae.

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Moscow Round Canceled, World Superbike Calendar Reduced To 13 Rounds

The World Superbike calendar has been reduced to 13 events. The Russian round of WSBK, scheduled to be held at the Moscow Raceway on 5th July has been canceled, after the event organizer, YMS Promotion, failed to provide the contract guarantees required by the contract. As a further consequence, the Yakhnich Motorsport Team have also lost their slot on the 2015 World Supersport grid, which was tied in with the Russian round.

The cancellation of the Russian round did not come as a surprise. The Russian WSBK round is a legacy of the last years of Infront running the series. Infront and YMS signed a ten-year deal to organize a World Superbike round in Russia, but continuing political instability in Russia, tensions between Europe and Russia over Ukraine, and murky regional politics have made it impossible to stage a race there. The round was placed on the calendar automatically, because of the existing contract, but it was never expected to actually take place.

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