Standings in the World Superbike championship after the first race in Magny-Cours:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and Saturday's first World Superbike race in France:
Davide Giugliano will not be taking part in the races this weekend, being declared unfit. He would miss out on a 21-lap wet race today where Tom Sykes would need to cut into Jonathan Rea's forty-seven point lead if he is to challenge for the title.
Twenty eight riders contested the first Superpole on a damp track with PJ Jacobsen and Lorenzo Zanetti quickest of the Superpole one qualifiers.
Superpole one took place on a damp track after an overnight downpour. Markus Reiterberger and Matthieu Lagrive wielding the 76 Kawasaki, cosplaying Loris Baz, were the two favourites to progress from their times yesterday, but the damp track favoured Davide Giugliano in morning's wet session.
Kenan Soguoglu was over a second and a half quicker than everyone else this wet morning. Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen were next up, in spite of having a terrible Friday.
The Kawasaki teammates Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were quickest in the morning's wet untimed session ahead of Superpole. Davide Giugliano, who has to compete in Superpole One this afternoon, was third quickest.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Magny-Cours:
Magny-Cours: Day 1
Davies on Fire as Friday’s Fastest Overall
- Ducati rider fastest again in FP2 -
Davies unstoppable as fastest man on Friday.
With almost everyone improving on their morning's time, it's no surprise to see Kenan Sofuoglu at the top again in the second red-flagged session of the day. The surprise was the fastest ESS rider Illia Mikhalchik in third place just two places ahead of ESS rival Axel Bassani.
Several big names, including PJ Jacobsen in eleventh, missed out on qualifying for Superpole Two.
Chaz Davies continued his morning's form to grab the provisional pole position ahead of Leon Camier and the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea. Michael van der Mark made up for his lost morning, sixth quickest, behind Alex Lowes.
Nicky Hayden and Davide Giugliano both surprised with failing to get into Superpole two while Markus Reiterberger and Matthieu Lagrive sit in eleventh and twelfth, the favourites to get promoted to the second session.
Kenan Sofuoglu once again dominated the first hour's session, leading his teammate Randy Krummenacher by four tenths of a second with Jules Cluzel and fast newcomer Niki Tuuli almost a second off the pace.
The first hour at Magny-Cours ended with Chaz Davies quickest, just four hundredths qucker than Jonathan Rea. Xavi Fores held off Tom Sykes who was quickest throughout most of the session. Michael van der Mark didn't record a lap and has not yet qualified as a result.
Pawel Szkopek is not racing this weekend as he has parted company with Team Toth in spite of having his best weekend last time out in Germany.
Press releases from the series organizers and teams ahead of this weekend's WorldSBK round in France:
The Assault For The Title Continues
- All eyes are on Rea ahead of the Fassi French Round -
Don’t believe the hype – it’s not what you think
What an amazing season! The most thrilling and unpredictable in recent memory and eight different winners in eight consecutive races, something that’s never happened before in almost 70 years of premier-class racing. It seems like MotoGP is entering a new golden era, the like of which we’ve never seen.
All thanks to Dorna, of course, for forcing the manufacturers to lease fully competitive motorcycles to independent teams and telling them to junk their priceless, tailor-made electronics in place of Magneti Marelli’s same-for-all unified software. Suddenly it seems like pretty much everyone has a chance of winning a race because the machinery is so equal.
Momentum. That's what the last race before the Australasian triple header is all about. Momentum heading towards the end of the championship. Coming out on top and carrying it forward to Motegi, Phillip Island, and Sepang is vital. The deal may get done on one of the flyaways, but Aragon is the place where the riders put their chips on the table.
All three races on Sunday had a huge impact on the MotoGP championship. In the first race of the day, a title was settled. In the second race of the day, the championship was blown even further open. The final race of the day saw another brick hammered into the wall of Marc Márquez' third MotoGP title, and further cemented his legacy. It was a good day's racing.
There are a lot of ways to win titles, but the way the 2016 Moto3 championship was settled was about as fitting as it could be. At the end of a classic Moto3 race, where a strong group battled for control until the final four laps, four men broke away from the pack. That group consisted of Brad Binder, the two men who could still mathematically challenge Binder for the 2016 title, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Navarro, and rookie revelation Fabio Di Giannantonio.