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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 World Superbikes Provisional Calendar Released: 14 Rounds, Monza Returns

The FIM today released the provisional 2016 calendar for the World Superbike championship. There is good news and bad news in the calendar, with Portimao disappearing from the calendar, but Monza making a welcome return. World Superbikes will also be returning to Germany, with the entire circus turning up to the Lausitzring, just north of Dresden. The best news is that there are no direct clashes with MotoGP, but WSBK will be running on the same date as F1 for nine rounds, though only the Donington and Monza rounds happen in the same timezone. Given the different time schedules for F1 and WSBK, bike racing fans should not have to miss any of the action.

The Lausitzring was not the only option considered when WSBK looked at returning to Germany. The series was also in talks with the Sachsenring, as the MotoGP round is immensely popular there. In the end, Lausitz was chosen, WSBK having raced there previously from 2005 to 2007.

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The Racing Week On Wednesday - News Round Up For The Week Of 13th Of May

It is ironic that now we are getting into the meat of the motorcycle racing season, there should be so little news to speak of. But perhaps it is a matter of perspective: there is plenty of real news to be found in motorcycle racing, but it is to be found and read where you would expect to find it, in the middle of every race weekend. That is especially true now that MotoGP and World Superbikes have returned to a more fan-friendly schedule, the two world championships alternating weekends again, with BSB, the CEV and MotoAmerica filling in any gaps when they appear.

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2015 Imola World Superbike Race Two Results: Attrition Strikes

World Superbike race two would start with only twenty riders, Canepa not qualifying and Salom out with an injured wrist and elbow from his crash in race one. It would finish with far fewer.

At the race start, Jonathan Rea took the lead going outside the pack to pass Tom Sykes, the Kawasakis leading the Ducatis of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies and the Aprilias of Leon Haslam and Jordi Torres. Further back on the first lap , World Champion Sylvain Guintoli crashed out for his second DNF of the year, while Davies and Giugliano swapped places back and forth.

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2015 Imola World Supersport Race Results: Close As Usual

World Supersport has given us close races all year, and this weekend in Imola would be no different.

Jules Cluzel started from pole position and led the race from Kenan Sofuoglu as the leading pair made room for them to keep their personal battle going. PJ Jacobsen led the best of the rest ahead of Marco Faccani, Lorenzo Zanetti and Film Wilairot.

As the leading pair built the gap over Jacobsen to three seconds after seven laps, Zanetti had hunted Jacobsen down and set about looking for a way past.

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2015 Imola World Superbike Race One Results: Seeing Red

An early 22ºC morning in Imola, with a 32ºC track and 21 bikes on the grid.

The race opened with Davide Giugliano taking the lead from pole and making a gap of nine tenths of a second from Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes by the end of the first lap. Chaz Davies was in fourth place with a comfortable gap from Leon Haslam and Leandro Mercado.

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