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2013 Istanbul World Superbike and World Supersport Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Istanbul:

An extremely unlucky day for Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Istanbul Park

Istanbul (Turkey), Friday 13 September 2013: luck was unfortunately not with Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey. While taking part in the first practice session of this twelfth round of the World Superbike Championship, both Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini crashed, injuring themselves in the process.

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2013 Istanbul World Superbike Friday Roundup: Green Track

Merely fifteen riders have recorded qualifying times for the very first Istanbul round of World Superbike, three of them for the first time in their career. Three riders couldn’t race this weekend, due to injuries sustained at the Nurburgring and a green track this morning sidelined a further three, with only one likely to return tomorrow.

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WSBK News: Monza Race Results Stand - Appeal Rejected

The outstanding appeal, as reported here, pertaining to Tom Sykes's and Sylvain Guintoli's positions at the end of the second race at Monza, has finally been decided. Tom Sykes will retain his third place and the championship standings remain unchanged. The importance of this ruling was such that it could have had a major impact on the World Superbike title chase.

Here follows the press release from the FIM:

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2013 Istanbul World Superbike QP1 Results: Guintoli Ahead Of Melandri Again

The first timed qualifying session was missing Carlos Checa, Ayrton Badovini and Leon Camier, all victims of crashes this morning, leading to only fifteen riders recording times. Sylvain Guintoli was once again fastest, with a 1’56.190, ahead of Marco Melandri, with Eugene Laverty being the only other rider to record a sub-1’57 lap.


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2013 Istanbul World Superbike FP1 Results: Guintoli Ahead Of Melandri And Sykes

Sylvain Guintoli, recording a 1'56.851 after ninety minutes of extended practice, was two-thirds of a second clear of Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes. Sykes, was for a long time, the only man in the top eight with no prior experience of the track, while Toli Elias, on his first ever run on a Superbike, held the top position for a respectable time. 

Leon Camier and Carlos Checa were both sent to the medical centre after crashing, in separate incidents, with Camier ok, but needing further examinations on his foot, and Checa needing his hand and foot looked at.   


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Elias Heads To World Superbikes, Replaces Fabrizio

The 2013 Moto2 rider line up is proving to be rather fluid. The latest in a series of changes to the line up is the departure of Toni Elias from the Blusens Avintia Moto2 team, after a season of disappointing results: the 2010 Moto2 champion's best finish this year was a 9th place at Jerez.

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Two Luxury Testers: Nicky Hayden Tests Panigale At Mugello, Casey Stoner At Motegi For Honda

Having a test rider who can put in a competitive lap time is important to factories when they are developing their bikes. Having a world champion who can match the pace of the fastest men on the planet is sheer luxury. Two factories find themselves in this situation, with vastly different purposes and outcome. Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner are testing radically different bikes on nearly opposite sides of the planet, to help their respective (former) employers.

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