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2020 Aragon World Superbike FP2 Result: Rea And Lowes Top

With many riders unable to improve on their morning's times, Jonathan Rea was the quickest in the session, ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes who crashed out of a fast lap twelve minutes from the end of the session. Scott Redding put in a last ditch effort to climb from the middle of the pack to third quickest as the chequered flag was being readied, but Chaz Davies ended the day quickest, with his morning's time being the quickest of the day. 

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2020 Aragon World Superbike FP1 Result: Davies And Rinaldi Stretch Ducati Legs

On a track that rewards outright speed, the Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Michael Ruben Rinaldi held off Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki, but it was fourth quickest Alvaro Bautista who was fastest through the speed trap on the new Honda Fireblade, tripping the beam at 321.4kph (200mph) down the long straight. Tom Sykes, fresh from having his BMW contract renewed, was fifth quickest.

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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: Privateers Progress

As far as seasons go, the 2020 WorldSBK version will be a short one. Even after three down and five to go in terms of full rounds, there have still been enough changes of fortune and unusual happenings to make for more than enough talking points.

First of all we had the usual wildfowl-dodging opener in Australia. Three different race winners, including two riders who had just signed with new manufacturers (Toprak Razgatlioglu on a Pata Yamaha, Alex Lowes for KRT), plus one old hand showing his mettle and a very human mistake on what was a testing weekend in many ways (KRT fixture Jonathan Rea). Then we – finally - came back to action in the scalding paella pan that was Jerez in very late July.

Scott Redding and Ducati built two winning extension and one runner-up mezzanine at Jerez atop their three podium foundations from Oz. Rea won the short race again though, and in some style considering how he could not get close to Redding in the long races. And then there was also a mystery rear-grip drop off for the five-time champion in race two, an unwelcome trek back down one of WorldSBK’s dimly-lit and seemingly sealed-off back alleys.

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Estoril Replaces Misano On 2020 WorldSBK Calendar

The 2020 WorldSBK calendar has been given another reshuffle. After the Argentina round was dropped for 2020 last week, this week, the race at Misano has been removed from the calendar, to be replaced by a race at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.

With the removal of Argentina, it made no sense to hold the Misano round on its originally scheduled date in November, but it seems that other factors, such as money and the danger of another flare up of the coronavirus, may have played a roll. Instead, the Estoril circuit, near the Portuguese capital Lisbon, has been placed on the calendar, with a round to be held from 16th-18th of October.

Estoril has previously featured on both the WorldSBK and MotoGP calendars, with MotoGP last visiting in 2012. Since then, no world championship motorcycle series has visited the track, though reports from other series suggest the track is in need of resurfacing, with low grip and a lot of bumps.

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