2012 Brno World Supersport QP2 Results

Results of World Supersports qualifying at Brno:

Kenan Sofuoglu got Kawasaki a pole position after a session headed mostly by the Hondas in mixed conditions. Jules Cluzel, after leading the majority of the session had to settle for second place, two thousandths behind top place. Fabien Foret and Broc Parkes fill out the remainder of the front row. Sam Lowes, winner of the last two races, will start from the second row after crashing out at turn 11 while trying to set a fast lap at the end of the session.

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2012 Brno WSBK Superpole Result

Final Superpole Results:

Marco Melandri led Superpole 1 by setting the fastest lap of the weekend on his first flying lap. Eugene Laverty demonstrated how his new electronics were indeed working by going second fastest. The shock of the first session was that Max Biaggi, a man who has won eleven races here in pretty much every class, could not qualify for the second session.

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2012 Brno WSBK FP2 Result: Ducatis Of Giugliano And Checa Fastest

Davide Giugliano was fastest again ahead of his Althea Ducati team mate Carlos Checa. Qualifier extraordinaire Tom Sykes was unable to match his morning's time, but with three riders under 2'00, Superpole is wide open.

The track had drops of rain in the first sector at the start of the session, but appears to have cleared up quickly.

Results:

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2012 Brno World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu And Foret Put Kawasaki On Top

Kenan Sofuoglu lead Fabien Foret ahead of four Hondas. The Kawasaki riders were the only riders able to lap under 2'04 today, ending Friday's Honda dominance of the top spots. With Jules Cluzel and Sam Lowes unable to go faster than they did yesterday, qualifying could be split across the two manufacturers.

Results:

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2012 Brno WSBK QP2 Result: Only Sykes Beat Giugliano's Time From Yesterday

With cold weather and threatening rain, for the majority of the qualifying session, few riders were able to improve on their qualifying times from yesterday. However, as the sunshine came out and conditions settled, with minutes to go, Tom Sykes took provisional pole, beating Davide Giugliano's time from yesterday, a time that stood throughout most of the session, by one hundredth of a second. 

Carlos Checa was the only other rider to break under the two minute barrier today.

Results:

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2012 Brno World Superbike QP1 Result: Giugliano Edges Melandri For Provisional Pole

Davide Giugliano has completed a strong first day at Brno, topping free practice in the morning and then following it up with a provisional pole during the first session of qualifying in the afternoon. The Althea Ducati rider took an early lead, ceding it to BMW's Marco Melandri at the halfway mark, before taking it back with 15 minutes to go despite the rain which had spotted the track throughout. Melandri was demoted to 2nd - just, but less than a tenth of a second - finishing ahead of Eugene Laverty on the factory Aprilia and Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki.

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2012 Brno World Supersport QP1 Result: Parkes Leads Honda Trio

Broc Parkes sits on provisional pole after the first qualifying session for the World Supersport class at Brno. Parkes swapped top times with Sam Lowes and Jules Cluzel throughout the session, eventually coming out on top. There is very little in it, however: Lowes follows Parkes by four hundredths of a second, while Cluzel is another hundredth behind Lowes. Fabien Foret is the first Kawasaki man, nearly seven tenths slower and the last man to get within a second of Parkes' time.

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Bridgestone Press Release: Shinji Aoki Talks Mugello Tires

Bridgestone's traditional post-race press release after Mugello, touching on the subject of tire choice at the Italian track:


Mugello MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki

Thursday 19 July 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard* (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

* The hard compound rear slick tyre was available in both regular and special constructions at Mugello this weekend.

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2012 Brno World Superbike FP1 Result: Giugliano Leads Ducati Duo

Davide Giugliano has snatched the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Brno. The Althea Ducati rider led a late charge to take over from Max Biaggi, who had in turn deposed Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider having led for a large part of the session. Jakub Smrz of the troubled Liberty Ducati squad ended the session in 2nd, at his home race of the season, while Eugene Laverty just edged his factory Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi.

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2012 Brno World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Fastest In The Morning

 

World Supersport at Brno started with Fabien Foret putting in a fast time that stood for almost twenty minutes of the session, until Sam Lowes took his usual free practice spot at the top, followed by fellow Honda riders Broc Parkes and Jules Cluzel. Last weekend's entertainment, Kenan Sofuoglu, was fifth fastest.

Results:

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WSBK News: Sylvain Guintoli Terminates Liberty Racing Contract Amidst Effenbert Woes

According to Sylvain Guintoli, he no longer has a contract to ride for Liberty Racing CZ. Coupled with rumours of Effenbert not having any hospitality at their home round in Brno, this paints an unhappy picture of the team. Guintoli released the following statement on Twitter:

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2012 Mugello Moto2 Race Report: Local Hero Andrea Iannone Beats Espargaró And Luthi At Mugello

Andrea Iannone started the 2012 season being as fast as he was in the first two seasons of Moto2, but the Italian rider was also close to disaster too often and was left with no chances of winning the title against Toni Elías in 2010 or Stefan Bradl in 2011.

Despite unpromising results in the past, the flying Italian is showing a different attitude in 2012. Different enough to be finishing every race this current season until the last Grand Prix in Germany, where the Speed Up rider crashed but rejoined the race to finish 17th with no points.

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2012 Mugello Moto3 Race Report: Viñales' Winning Strategy Was His Own Sheer Speed

After Sandro Cortese had won the Moto3 race in Germany the week before, it was logical to expect more of the same from the championship leader at the ultra fast racetrack of Mugello. Even more so if you believe the not yet fully proven myth of KTM's supersonic engines, as they have appeared to be at some tracks this in this first season of Moto3.

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Filippo Prezioso Talks After Monday's Test: On Ducati Changes, And The Influence Of Audi

After the test on Monday, Ducati Corse boss Filippo Preziosi spoke to reporters about the new parts and new engine which Valentino Rossi had been testing during the day. The test on the new bike came to a premature end, when an electronics failure caused Rossi to crash in Correntaio early in the afternoon. The failure was related to an electronics component failing, though it is not clear exactly what happened.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Post-Race Test Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the test at Mugello:


Crutchlow and Dovizioso complete successful Mugello test

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso completed a positive test session at the Mugello circuit in Italy today.

Hot and humid conditions enabled Crutchlow and Dovizioso to focus on a range of set-up options with their YZR-M1 machinery and both were able to post competitive times inside the top six.

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