Subscriber Interview: Cristian Gabarrini On Working With World Champions, How Ducati Has Changed, And Carbon Fiber In Racing

There are few crew chiefs in MotoGP quite as revered as Cristian Gabarrini. And with good reason: the Italian has worked with some of the most successful riders in the history of the sport. After a spell as data engineer for the LCR team in 250s, Gabarrini moved to Ducati to work on electronics. In 2007, he was paired with Casey Stoner after then Ducati team manager Livio Suppo had dropped Sete Gibernau in favor of Casey Stoner.

It was a match made in heaven. The pairing of Gabarrini and Stoner proved a formidable one, Stoner winning his first race on the Ducati Desmosedici GP7, and going on to take the title at the first attempt. Gabarrini moved to Honda with Stoner for the 2011 season, where they repeated the feat, winning the championship that year as well.

After Stoner retired at the end of 2012, Gabarrini stayed on to work with Marc Márquez and his crew chief Santi Hernandez, helping the pair adapt to MotoGP. After a year as an engineer for HRC, we was paired with another Australian, this time working with Jack Miller to help him make the massive jump from Moto3 straight to MotoGP.

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2018 Aragon WorldSBK Recap: What We Saw In Aragon

Six races into a new era of WorldSBK and it seems as though we've seen a lot has changed without anything changing. Ducati and Kawasaki are still doing the winning with Yamaha the only manufacturer to upset the podium hegemony enjoyed by the leading manufacturers.

Everyone's a winner

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2018 Motorland Aragon World Supersport Superpole Results: Yamaha Dominance Expected

World Supersport Superpole one was delayed a few minutes by the red flag in World Superbike. Rob Hartog and Niki Tuuli were the two favourites for the top two qualifying spots in Superpole one. After unusual conditions yesterday, Yamahas held the five quickest qualifying times.

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2018 Motorland Aragon World Superbike Race One Results: Red Flag And A Seventeen Lap Restart

The eighteen lap World Superbike was red-flagged after three laps, after a crash involving Leon Camier, Lorenzo Savadori and Jordi Torres. Leon Camier was taken to the medical centre. Lorenzo Savadori was the only rider to make the seventeen lap restart. Vladimir Leonov missed the first start due to his bike not being ready after a crash in qualifying and didn't make the restart. PJ Jacobsen started from the back of the grid as he didn't make the sighting lap for the quick restart. 

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2018 Aragon WorldSBK Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and organizers after the first day of practice at the Motorland Aragon circuit:

#AragonWorldSBK– Day 1

Melandri maintains lead on Day 1 at Aragon
Rain returned at the start of FP3, with only one change in the top ten from FP2
Melandri mastered tricky conditions in Spain

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