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2016 Misano World Supersport FP3: Krummenacher Ahead Of Sofuoglu

The Pucetti Racing pair of Randy Krummenacher and Kenan Sofuoglu circled within a tenth of a second of each other with the Swiss rider comong out on top in this untimed session. Federico Caricasulo continued his weekend's strong performance a quarter of a second further back.

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2016 Misano WSBK Friday Notes: On a Changed Schedule, a Familiar Ducati Refrain, and Rea's Pace

Attending races of series you don't normally cover is always informative and instructive. To paraphrase a famous quote, the World Superbike paddock is a foreign country, they do things differently there. While I feel I have a reasonable grasp of the workings of MotoGP, coming to WorldSBK at Misano both makes me all too conscious of how much I don't know, and lets me look at the Grand Prix paddock with fresh eyes.

World Superbikes is a much more human experience. The paddock is a friendlier, more relaxed place. The hospitality units are more modest and therefore more inviting, rather than the great gleaming monstrosities in the MotoGP paddock. That also creates more of a feeling of space: you are no longer jammed in between towering facades, but can still see the sky.

Then there's the paddock show. Free on Friday, but €20 extra on Saturday on Sunday, World Superbike fans at Misano get access to the paddock, and can watch the proceedings on screens set up in a giant tent, complete with live interviews with riders and commentary by host Michael Hill. It brings fans and riders together, and turns them into beings of flesh and blood, rather than the unapproachable and aloof status some MotoGP riders can attain. World Superbikes is very much the people's championship.

2016 Misano World Supersport FP2: Sofuoglu Fends Off Caricasulo

Kenan Sofuoglu heads to Superpole five hundredths of a second quicker than Federico Caricasulo. Randy Krummenacher was third quickest, even though he couldn't match his time from the morning, with Jules Cluzel in fourth, alongside PJ Jacobsen and Gino Rea on the provisional second row. 

Alex Baldolini and Ayrton Badovini are the two quickest riders outside the top ten, both missing out on automatically qualifying for the second Superpole session by under a hundredth of a second. 

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2016 Misano World Superbike Preview Press Releases

Press releases previewing the upcoming Misano round of World Superbikes:

Misano: Preview

Past the Halfway Marker, All Bets Are Off
Now is the time for Rea’s rivals to roll the dice

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli lies on the Riviera di Rimini in Italy, surrounded by the beaches of the glittering blue Adriatic coast. Now renamed in honour of fallen local hero and former 250 World Champion Marco Simoncelli, the circuit was remodeled in 2006 and the layout now winds clockwise around its 4km length, through the 10 turns before the final Misano corner that leads back onto the sun-bleached start-finish straight.

In 2015, the Italian track saw KRT pairing Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea split the wins down the middle, with Sykes victorious in the first and Rea in the second. The year before saw Sykes do the double, giving the man with 3 wins from the last 4 Races in 2016 good reason to be confident ahead of Round 8. With a full fifty points from Donington, Sykes is now the chaser on his teammate’s tail too, having overtaken Chaz Davies in the fight for P2 in the title. The Yorkshireman has momentum on his side.

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