2017 Assen World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Takes Over

With PJ Jacobsen unable to better his morning's time, the only rider in the top twenty not able to do so, Kenan Sofuoglu took over at the top with the first sub-1'39 lap of the weekend. Federico Caricasulo sat in third place overall, second quickest this session. 

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2017 Assen World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea, Davies And Sykes At The Top

Jonathan Rea ran two extended runs, the second being an eighteen lap charge within which he set the fastest lap. Chaz Davies also took advantage of the lack of rain for a twelve lap run while Tom Sykes continued to chase settings ahead of tomorrow's Superpole and race. 

Michael van der Mark wasn't able to improve on his morning's time, but his early lap was good enough to qualify him for Superpole two. Marco Melandri improved on his time, but remained in tenth place. 

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2017 Assen World Supersport FP1 Results: Jacobsen and Sofuoglu Clear Off

PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu got the most out of the morning's hour long session, with everyone from fourth place and back being over a second off the pace. Lucas Mahias was the only other rider to get within a second of Jacobsen's quick time, almost three quarters of a second behind the quick pair.


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2017 Assen World Superbike FP1 Results: Sykes Leads Rea And Davies

Tom Sykes opened the weekend with the quickest time, ahead of Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea while local man Michael van der Mark was fourth quickest. With rain feared for this afternoon, getting into the top ten in this first hour was important for Superpole tomorrow and Marco Melandri nearly missed out, with Alex Lowes crashing out of a lap that would have kept Melandri outside the top ten. 


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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 50: Captain America Continues His Conquest

After a hiatus of a couple of weeks due to conflicting travel schedules, the Paddock Pass Podcast is back. This episode WorldSBK commentator Steve English takes a busman's holiday to visit Austin, and leads Neil Morrison and David Emmett in a discussion of events after the third round of MotoGP at the Circuit of The Americas.

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Alex Rins' Surgery Successful, Out For Six Weeks

Alex Rins has had two titanium plates fitted to fix the left wrist he broke in practice in Austin. The Suzuki rider will be out for the next six to eight weeks, meaning he will miss at least Jerez, and most likely Le Mans and Mugello as well. Suzuki test rider Takuya Tsuda, who was scheduled to be in Jerez for the official test on the Monday after the race, will replace Rins for the Spanish test, and most probably for the remaining races.

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Wayne Rainey: The Renaissance Man for MotoAmerica

The MotoAmerica project is in its third year but what is the current state of Road Racing in the United States? At the opening round of the 2017 season we sought out the opinion of some of the biggest names in the paddock

The third year of the MotoAmerica championship has seen it continue to grow but how close is the series to prospering?

Within the paddock there is plenty of optimism that the series is on the verge of a true breakthrough as it seeks a return to the golden era of road racing in the United States. Three years ago, Wayne Rainey talked about looking to provide a stable platform for the championship and one that could offer growth potential. With a strong TV deal in place and manufacturer interest returning to the series - Suzuki and Honda have increased their involvement for 2017 - Rainey has now set his sights on a higher goal: making the US a destination for top riders around the world. Last year saw former Moto2 world champion Toni Elias move to America in search of another challenge and an opportunity to win races.

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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights - Circuit of The Americas

MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.

In this edition, Freddie Spencer discusses the events of the Grand Prix of The Americas held last weekend. Fast Freddie talks about the condition of the track, how the weather affected the events, and how sensitive the Michelins can be for the different bikes. He has plenty to say about the race winner, Marc Marquez, how Maverick Viñales is reacting to the pressure, Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco, and much more:

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Climbing Mount Everest

MotoGP now has fewer rider controls, so once again we’re seeing riders getting all acrobatic. That’s why Marc Márquez was a sight to behold at COTA

That was quite a weekend and this is quite a photograph. It reminds me of the old days – Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz and the rest – climbing all over their flighty 500 two-strokes, trying to get those deadly missiles-on-wheels pointed vaguely in the right direction.

It is Marc Márquez, playing the outer limits during COTA qualifying, climbing all over his Repsol Honda RC213V like Sherpa Tenzing used to climb all over Mount Everest.

When we talk about riders racing Grand Prix bikes, we usually talk about the corners because racing around racetracks is mostly about corners. The straights are just the bits connecting the corners, where racers can relax for a moment, loosen their grip on the handlebars and give their brain a chance to catch up and get ready for what’s coming next.

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2017 Austin MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and Michelin after Sunday's race at the Circuit of The Americas:

Masterful win for Marquez in Texas, with Pedrosa third

Taking his first win of this season today, Marc Marquez completed another perfect weekend at Circuit of the Americas, succeeding in Austin for the fifth-straight time after starting from pole position. Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa made it a double-podium finish for Repsol Honda Team, posting a solid third-place result after leading the early going.

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2017 Austin MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Leaders Crashing, and Rossi vs Zarco

When riders get off to a blinding start in the first couple of races, it is easy to get carried away and start penciling their name onto the championship trophy. Doing that after just two races is plainly ridiculous. Doing it after three races is hardly any better. Yet the temptation to do so remains strong: when a narrative presents itself, it is hard to resist following it.

That has been the case so far this year. In Moto3, Joan Mir has looked untouchable winning the first two races from tough fights. In Moto2, Franco Morbidelli had dominated, controlling races from start to finish. And coming into Austin, Maverick Viñales had won the first two races of the season quite comfortably, nobody anywhere close to being able to match him.

During practice, a new narrative presented itself in MotoGP. Marc Márquez has dominated the racing at the Circuit of The Americas since it first joined the calendar, winning all four races held there before this year. Maverick Viñales has dominated the opening two races of the year, and came to Austin looking capable of ending Márquez' winning streak.

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