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2017 Qatar World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Remains In Charge

Jonathan Rea was quickest in the last session of the day, in spite of being unable to improve on his earlier time, joined at the top by Alex Lowes. Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies continued their fight for second place in the championship third and fourth quickest. 

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2017 Qatar World Supersport FP2 Results: Mahias Leads Cluzel

Lucas Mahias took charge in a session where almost everyone improved on their earlier lap times. Jules Cluzel was second-quickest while Luke Stapleford and Federico Caricasulo recorded identical laps six thousandths off Cluzel's time. Sofuoglu was seventh quickest again.

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2017 Qatar World Supersport FP1 Results: Smith Holds Off Mahias And Caricasulo

Kyle Smith opened the weekend with the quickest time in the first evening session under the lights of Qatar. Lucas Mahias, second quickest, will have to wait until Saturday to fight for the title with Kenan Sofuoglu just half a second off the pace in seventh place. 

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2018 Provisional WorldSBK Calendar Released: Argentina, Brno Added, Jerez, Lausitzring Out

The FIM today released the provisional 2018 WorldSBK version. Just as last year, the schedule contains thirteen rounds, spread out from February to late October. Two circuits visited in 2017 are out, Jerez and the Lausitzring, while Brno makes a return to the WorldSBK schedule, and a brand new circuit in the west of Argentina, near the border with Chile.

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Crunching The Numbers: Who Has Momentum Going Into MotoGP's Asian Triple Header?

In many ways, the MotoGP season is structured like a Hollywood action blockbuster. There is preseason testing, the opening sequence in which we are introduced to the main cast of characters. After the opening credits, we start off by flying across continents to a range of exotic and colorful locations, where the first threads of plot are laid out, some of which will turn out to be red herrings later in the season. There then follows a regular sequence of dramatic action sequences, the narrative of the season taking dramatic twists and turns along the way.

If MotoGP is a Hollywood blockbuster, then the Pacific triple header of flyaway races is the frantic last 10 minutes, where the protagonists face off again and again leaving the audience barely a moment to catch their breath. It is where the battle for MotoGP reaches its crescendo, the drama of the season raised to another level and compressed into the briefest of windows. The flyaways are intense.

If the fans feel the triple header takes its toll on them, just imagine what it's like for the riders. Back-to-back races within Europe are usually manageable, as the riders are only a few hours away from their homes, and spend the weekends in their motorhomes, which are a home away from home. For the flyaways, the riders spend four weeks on the road, moving from hotel to hotel. They kick off the trip with a 15-hour flight to Japan, follow it up with an 11-hour flight from Japan to Melbourne, then another 9-hour flight to Malaysia.

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Stefan Bradl To Miss Rest Of Season

Stefan Bradl is to miss the rest of the 2017 WorldSBK season. The Red Bull Honda rider's wrist injury, sustained in a crash at Portimao, is more serious than initially thought, and the recovery period required means he will not be fit for either the Jerez or Qatar rounds of WorldSBK.

The decision was taken after surgery on Bradl's right wrist. Pins were inserted and a torn scaphulonate ligament reattached, damage sustained in the crash. The surgeons who performed the operation have ordered Bradl to keep his wrist immobilized to allow the damage to heal. This effectively makes it impossible for him to ride for the rest of the season.

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