2017 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP3 Results: Sofuoglu Leads French Pair

Kenan Sofuoglu was quickest in the untimed wet session, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias, taking the top spot after the chequered flag came out. Cluzel was the only rider within half a second of Sofuoglu's time, with Mahias a further two seconds off his pace.

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2017 Magny-Cours WorldSBK Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and series organizer after the first day of practice at the French round of WorldSBK:


Rea the leader of the pack in France
Opening day of free practice at Magny-Cours full of surprises

As the WorldSBK riders undertook their first two practice sessions at the Pirelli French Round on Friday it was Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea who led the way with a 1’37.489 lap, whilst Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) were also in the top three.

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2017 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Leads Van Der Mark

The top six riders all improved on their morning's times, while Leon Camier, tenth quickest this session, nearly had to rely on his morning's time to automatically qualify for Superpole two. Jonathan Rea set a time quicker than the race record, over four tenths quicker than second quickest Michael van der Mark.  

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2017 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP1 Results: Mahias Flies The Flag

Frenchman Lucas Mahias ended Free Practice 1 over half a second quicker than anyone else, with Kenan Sofuoglu second-quickest. Fellow Frenchman Jules Cluzel had a strong showing early on, but as the pace increased, he could only manage to place sixth. 

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2017 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Spoils Camier's Fun

Leon Camier, forty five minutes into the session, set the quickest time on his MV Agusta and improved it a couple of times before Jonathan Rea came out of the pits and reclaimed the top spot a lap from the flag on his Kawasaki. Lorenzo Savadori continued Aprilia's recent form in third place, holding off both Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies on the Ducatis.

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KTM Press Release: KTM MotoGP Team Complete Test With Smith, Espargaro, Reiterberger

The KTM MotoGP team issued the following press release at the end of a two-day private test at the Motorland Aragon circuit:


Important MotoGP Private Test at Aragon overlooking season final and 2018 bike

KTM MotoGP Private Test 2017 – MotorLand Aragon 2 (ESP)

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Subscriber Interview: Gigi Dall'Igna On R&D Transfer From MotoGP To Production

Why do manufacturers go racing? That is a question which has intrigued me for years, and to which I have spent many years trying to get a straight answer. All of my attempts to get factory bosses to quantify exactly what the returns are, and in what areas, have fallen on barren ground.

The simple answer, of course, is that there are three reasons why manufacturers go racing. In no particular order, they are: as a platform for engineering research and development; as a platform for marketing and brand positioning; and as a training ground for engineers. The relative value for each of these remains a mystery, which the factories are either unwilling, or unable to specify.

At the launch of Ducati's Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine, presented to the media at the Misano round of MotoGP, I got a chance to ask Gigi Dall'Igna, the boss of Ducati Corse about the value of MotoGP in developing engines for the street. Much was made by Ducati of the Stradale's heritage, as a direct descendant of the Desmosedici GP15 bike. The engine shares a layout with the GP15, as well as the same bore. (The stroke is longer, to give the engine more torque at lower revs, and make it more ridable.)

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Suzuki Press Release: Two Days Of Testing Completed At Aragon

The Ecstar Suzuki MotoGP team issued the following press release today, after completing two days of testing at the Motorland Aragon circuit:


TWO POSITIVE AND INTENSE DAYS OF TESTING IN ARAGON

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 27.

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR completed the last two days of testing of the current season at Motorland Circuit in Aragon. Thanks to very cooperative and warm weather both official riders, Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins were able to make use of the track for an extensive period of time.

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Gresini Press Release: Gresini Moto3 To Continue With Martin & Di Giannantonio For 2018

The Del Conca Gresini Moto3 team issued the following press release, announcing that they will be continuing with Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio for the 2018 season:


GRESINI MOTO3 GOES WITH CONSISTENCY TO AIM EVEN HIGHER IN 2018
DEL CONCA RENEWS AS TITLE SPONSOR AS MARTIN AND DIGGIA STAY WITH THE TEAM

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Minor and major miracles at Arágon

Márquez’s win, Rossi’s Lazarus-style comeback and the performance of Aprilia and KTM made Arágon a special MotoGP weekend

Motorcycle racing is all about winning: at every race you get one winner and 20 or 30 losers.

However, every now and again you look down the finishing order and there are major and minor miracles everywhere. Sunday’s Arágon Grand Prix was like that.

Firstly, to finish first, first you must finish. So congratulations to MotoGP’s king risk-taker Marc Márquez, who won at Arágon to become Honda’s second most successful rider premier-class rider after Mighty Mick Doohan.

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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights On Aragon, Tires As A Factor, And Rossi

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.

The latest episode of Freddie Spencer's video blog focuses on an eventful weekend at the Motorland Aragon circuit. Fast Freddie starts off with a note on Joan Mir, and the incident with Fabio Di Giannantonio down the back straight at Aragon. He then moves on to talk about the Michelin tires, and the role they played on Sunday's race, and how they affected the fortunes of both Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales.

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