2016 Lausitzring World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Quickest In Wet Morning Session

A wet Lausitzring hosted the morning's untimed session and Jonathan Rea topped the table as several riders crashed out. Alex Lowes crashed halfway through and brought out the red flags while Markus Reiterberger and Nicky Hayden crashed after the restart.

Update: Alex Lowes has been confirmed fit, having suffered an elbow sprain in his FP3 crash.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 28: And Dani Makes It Eight

Another MotoGP race, another winner. The Misano round of MotoGP had plenty to talk about, so MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett joined Neil Morrison to mull over the events of the weekend. 

Naturally, we start off with Dani Pedrosa's incredible victory, and discuss in-depth how it came about. We talk about where Pedrosa turned around his season, and how conditions affected his race. We also touch on the issue of crew chiefs, and address rumors that Pedrosa is to have a new one for next season.

2016 Lausitzring World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Leads Rea And Tuuli

Kenan Sofuoglu is the only rider to record a lap under 1'41 and led Gino Rea by over four tenths of a second with Niki Tuuli putting in an impressive performance a quarter of a second further back. Jules Cluzel was fourth quickest while PJ Jacobsen was unable to improve on his morning's time. 

Kenan Sofuoglu set the quickest time early on and was the only rider ever to appear at the top of the sheet, improving the best time six more times before the session ended.

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2016 Lausitzring World Superbike FP2 Results: Savadori and Reiterberger Top Friday

Lorenzo Savadori, less than four hundreths of a second clear of Markus Reiterberger, ended Friday on top, with Tom Sykes just over a tenth of a second behind. Michael van der Mark and Jordi Torres were the only riders unable to improve on their mornng's time in the second hour.

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2016 Lausitzring World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu Sets The Pace

Kenan Sofuoglu opened the weekend with a lap over four tenths quicker than PJ Jacobsen and Luke Stapleford with rival Jules Cluzel over a tenth further back. Finnish rookie Niki Tuuli showed impressive form until a crash halfway through the session.

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2016 Lausitzring World Superbike FP1 Results: Torres Leads Lowes

In the first session after the long summer break, Jordi Torres came out on top, ahead of Alex Lowes, Leon Camier and Michael van der Mark. Van der Mark led the early part of the session with Alex Lowes, fresh from scoring points in MotoGP, setting a benchmark that stood for over twenty minutes until Torres topped the session. 

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Subscriber Feature: The Future of Moto2

At the end of the 2018 Grand Prix season, the engine contract for the Moto2 class comes up for renewal. The existing Honda CBR600RR engine is in line to be replaced as the spec Moto2 engine, as Honda is set to stop selling the bike in Europe, and has no plans for a successor.

What does the future of the Moto2 class look like? With the end of the current contract two years away, Dorna has started the process of defining what is to replace the current Honda engine. The first order of business was to explore every possible option, and evaluate the positives and negatives. Nothing was out of bounds: options evaluated included continuing with Honda, opening up the engine supply to competing manufacturers, having a bespoke engine built, and even a return to two-stroke engines.

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Why Dani Boy made everyone look slow

Pedrosa has had major tyre struggles this year – finally it all came good at Misano

The first time I interviewed Dani Pedrosa, in 2002, I asked the 17-year-old (born in 1985) what kind of music he liked. 1980s pop music, he told me. Wow, I thought, his mentor Alberto Puig even tells him what music to listen to.

Therefore I’m not sure if Pedrosa has ever listened to the song That’s Entertainment sung by new-wave heroes The Jam. (The greatest band the world has ever known, in case you didn’t already know.)

KTM Enter Moto2 With Binder and Oliveira

KTM is to enter the Moto2 class. The Ajo team is to expand its current Moto2 operation to two riders, with Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira taking the place of the departing Johann Zarco. The team is also to switch from Kalex to KTM, as part of KTM's project to provide a career path for young riders from the FIM CEV Moto3 championship through all three Grand Prix classes to MotoGP.

No Wings or Bulges - MotoGP Aerodynamic Regulations Published

The aerodynamic rules for the 2017 MotoGP season and beyond have been published. At a meeting of the Grand Prix Commission at Misano, a proposal from Dorna's technical team was accepted banning aerodynamic devices in as general a wording as possible. Wings, bulges, and anything protruding from the front of the fairing is now banned.

2016 Misano MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: Daniel in the Lion's Den

There are few more intimidating atmospheres in motorcycle racing than the MotoGP race at Misano. Unless, of course, you are from what the regional government refer to as Motor Valley, the area which stretches from the Adriatic coast and the up the Po valley towards Milan. The fans are fiery, passionate, and vocal. If you are not a local, to come here and race is to enter the lion's den.

The irony is that since 2010, Spaniards have won every MotoGP race held in Italy, with the exception of the 2014 race at Misano, which was won by Valentino Rossi. The enemy has come into the heart of Italy, and left victorious. It is a grave wound to Italian pride.

For the second time this year, it looked for a long time that Valentino Rossi would heal that wound. At Mugello, it was Yamaha who broke the hearts of Italian fans, after turning up the revs on the Yamaha M1 just a little too far, and causing the engine to detonate, leaving Rossi dejected at the side of the track. At Misano, Rossi took the lead with a firm pass, exploiting a minor mistake by Lorenzo and diving through the barn-door sized opening Lorenzo had left on the inside of Turn 14. There would be fall out from that pass, but not until the press conference.

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