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2017 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Leads Van Der Mark

The top six riders all improved on their morning's times, while Leon Camier, tenth quickest this session, nearly had to rely on his morning's time to automatically qualify for Superpole two. Jonathan Rea set a time quicker than the race record, over four tenths quicker than second quickest Michael van der Mark.  

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2017 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP1 Results: Mahias Flies The Flag

Frenchman Lucas Mahias ended Free Practice 1 over half a second quicker than anyone else, with Kenan Sofuoglu second-quickest. Fellow Frenchman Jules Cluzel had a strong showing early on, but as the pace increased, he could only manage to place sixth. 

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2017 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Spoils Camier's Fun

Leon Camier, forty five minutes into the session, set the quickest time on his MV Agusta and improved it a couple of times before Jonathan Rea came out of the pits and reclaimed the top spot a lap from the flag on his Kawasaki. Lorenzo Savadori continued Aprilia's recent form in third place, holding off both Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies on the Ducatis.

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2017 WorldSBK Calendar Released: Portimao Returns, Jerez, Sepang Disappear

The provisional 2017 World Superbike calendar has been released, but unlike the MotoGP calendar, which is unchanged, there are a couple of minor differences to the schedule. The World Superbike class will contest 13 rounds, just as they did in 2016, spread across three continents. Sepang and Jerez have been dropped, and Portimao makes a comeback.

The WorldSBK calendar also sees a new class added to the series. As announced previously, the new WorldSSP300 class has been added as a cheap entry series, where young riders will take each other on aboard a wide range of the cheap, one and two cylinder sports bikes which manufacturers are currently building. Homologated race bikes will include the Yamaha YZF-R3, the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the KTM RC390, and the Honda CBR500R.

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2016 Magny-Cours World Superbike Sunday Notes - Opportunity Knocks

It was smart strategy that won Chaz Davies the opening race of the French round of WorldSBK but in Race 2 it was patience and perseverance that won out. The Welshman clocked up his third win in four races and each have come in very different circumstances. A dominant victory in Germany started this rich vein of form but France showed how strong Davies has become. Having the mental strength to stick to his guns, and his intermediate tyre choice, in the opening race was contrasted with his patience in waiting for an opportunity to pass the Kawasaki riders in Race 2.

Afterwards Davies said that “the Kawasaki works in such a different way to the Ducati that it's very hard to get past them and our laptimes are so similar that sometimes you need to wait for a mistake or an opening.” On Sunday that opening came when Jonathan Rea tried to dive down the inside of Tom Sykes into the Adelaide Hairpin and as the two green machines squabbled for track position Davies was able to pick them off on acceleration.

It was a perfect move and one that left the Ducati rider in front of Rea and quickly trying to open a lead. That lead would turn into a second almost instantly and afterwards Rea said “I wanted to attack Chaz but he did such a good job to open that gap and I couldn't get back to him.”

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