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2016 Aragon Moto3 FP2 Result: Binder Sneaks Ahead

Neither the several hours of track action nor the lunch break did much to change track conditions for the small class, the youngsters struggling to get faster than the morning session.

Brad Binder was the first to beat the FP1 benchmark early in the session and shaved off another half a second in his final laps. Perhaps surprisingly, Andrea Migno was his closest challenger in the end, the Italian nowhere in sight during the morning session but a late lap behind the championship leader helped him find about two and a half seconds.

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2016 Aragon Moto2 FP1 Result: The Lowes And Folger Duet

What looked to be a chance for Johann Zarco to leave a mark on his title rival’s homeland, turned into a laptime war between Sam Lowes and Jonas Folger, the two exchanging the lead countless times in the final half of the session. The Brit came out on top, narrowly leading by five hundredths of a second.

Takaaki Nakagami tried to challenge the duo and got as close as nine thousandths of a second but had to settle for third. After leading the session briefly, fourth-placed Simone Corsi was the only rider to get within half a second of the leader, Sandro Cortese in fifth over six tenths down.

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2016 Aragon MotoGP FP1 Result: MarquezLand Aragon

With the track heating up nicely, Marc Marquez was quick to get within a second of the race record on his fifth lap, the field almost a second away and playing catch-up for the rest of the session. The championship leader was the first and only rider to drop into the 1:48s, the closest challenger proving to be Valentino Rossi, the Italian sneaking into the top positions on the last lap, almost two tenths off Marquez.

Maverick Viñales was another tenth down, another late charger, tied on fastest lap time with the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso but leaving the Italian fourth. Jorge Lorenzo had a tricky start to the day, the world champion suspecting a faulty tyre on his first run and delaying his mid-session coffee break to catch up with his usual rivals. The Yamaha rider did not put in a new tyre at the end of FP1 and slipped down to fifth in the order.

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2016 Aragon Moto3 FP1 Result: First Blood To Navarro

For such an unpredictable class, practice sessions always start oh-so-predictably this season. Jorge Navarro, Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini were fast from the start and let the other play catch up as they struggled for grip on a dirty track.

In the end Navarro stayed on top as the only rider lapping under the 2-minute mark, Juanfran Guevara almost four tenths down on the leader. Bastianini finished a mere two thousands of a second back with rookie Aron Canet keeping really close as well.

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2016 Aragon MotoGP Thursday Round Up: On Momentum, Wings, Arm Pump and a Possible Title

Is there such a thing as momentum in sports? Athletes – that includes MotoGP racers, who are in peak physical condition and should be considered as such – believe strongly in momentum. Statisticians disagree. Momentum exists for as long as a team or an athlete keeps winning, or achieving success. Once they stop, then the momentum is gone. But there is never an explanation for why they lose, and why something tagged as momentum should so suddenly disappear.

Whatever statistics may say, if athletes believe momentum exists, then momentum matters. And if there was a moment when momentum matters, it is going into the three-race flyaways. After Sunday night, the MotoGP grid faces a brief break, and then three races in three weekends with long flights in between. It is the toughest part of the MotoGP schedule, and it helps to go into it with a strong mindset. A good result on Sunday will help a lot in that respect. If that is what momentum is, then momentum matters.

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2017 Provisional MotoGP Calendar - Almost Identical to 2016

There is a current fashion in moviemaking, of taking proven formulas from the past, giving them a light makeover and then relaunching them, then trying to spice them up by referring to them as a "reboot" or "reloaded". Dorna executives must have been to see Ghostbusters, Mad Max, and many more, as the 2017 MotoGP calendar is best described as 2016 Reloaded.

The 2017 MotoGP calendar is almost identical to the 2016 calendar, with a couple of minor tweaks. Those tweaks are a clear improvement on 2016: there are fewer large gaps, and there are fewer back-to-back races. There have been some changes to help with logistics, and some to help with race organizations. 

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Nicky Hayden to Replace Jack Miller at Aragon

Nicky Hayden is to make a temporary return to MotoGP. The American is to spend his weekend off between WorldSBK races filling in for the injured Jack Miller at the Aragon round of MotoGP. Hayden is to ride Miller's Marc VDS Honda RC213V, marking his first ride on a full MotoGP bike since he left Ducati at the end of 2013.

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World Superbikes: The Monster Aragon WSBK Round Up

Davies Doubles down and ups the ante on Kawasaki

It’s very easy to jump to quick conclusions during the early stages of a season. Momentum swings from one bike to another and while some riders are ascending others are having an off weekend.

However, the third round of the Superbike World Championship has definitely shown that Chaz Davies and Ducati are the form package at the moment. The Welshman and the Italian bike claimed their first wins of 2016 in Aragon but having been in the thick of the fight for five wins in the opening six races their pace has not been in question.

What had been in question was top speed. While the Ducati MotoGP bike is a verified rocket the WorldSBK specification Panigale R has traditionally struggled to keep pace with the Kawasaki on straights. In the opening rounds we saw this when Davies was easily overtaken by Rea in both Australia and Thailand. Last weekend the tables were sensationally turned.

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