2017 Misano World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Leads Rea In Quick Session

Kenan Sofuoglu heads into Superpole with the best lap, setting the quickest time ahead of a resurgent Gino Rea. This morning's fastest man, Federico Caricasulo, couldn't improve on his morning's time and ends the day fifth quickest, behind PJ Jacobsen and Jules Cluzel.

Thirty five laptimes were cancelled, mostly for exceeding turn eleven's boundaries, but some were for turn six and sixteen.

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2017 Misano World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Takes Over At Top

Jonathan Rea was the only rider in the top four to improve on his morning's time, with Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri all relying on times from Free Practice one. Leon Camier was able to go quicker but remained fifth quickest overall. Lorenzo Savadori and Randy Krummenacher are the quickest two riders to miss out on qualifying directly for Superpole two. 

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2017 Misano World Supersport FP1 Results: Caricasulo Dominates Session

Federico Caricasulo was quickest throughout the session, only ceding the top spot briefly to Kenan Sofuoglu early on and Lucas Mahias later. Mahias finished the session second quickest ahead of Jules Cluzel and PJ Jacobsen. Kenan Sofuoglu only managed four laps before suffering a technical problem.

Turn eleven's limits were exceeded twenty-two times throughout the session, resulting in twenty-two cancelled lap times.

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2017 Misano World Superbike FP1 Results: Sykes Leads Rea Leads Ducatis

On a warm, dry day in Rimini, Tom Sykes set an early fast lap on his Kawasaki and just kept improving his time. Jonathan Rea was the only other rider into the 1'34s, in spite of a late charge from Marco Melandri that put him third quickest, pipping his Ducati teammate. Leon Camier continues to make his bike look better than it is with the fifth quickest lap ahead of Xavi Fores.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 54: Dovizioso's Ducati Double

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back, and this time, Neil Morrison and David Emmett have a double dose of Ducati domination to discuss. With Mugello and Barcelona being run back to back, the Paddock Pass Podcast boys compare and contrast the fortunes of the championship contenders in the two latest MotoGP races.

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Suzuki Boss Davide Brivio on Iannone, Bike Development, Satellite Teams, And The Return Of Rins

It is not often that journalists get to speak to team managers at length, but test days provide the perfect opportunity to do just that. So it was that a small group of journalists attending the tests sat down with Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio to discuss progress so far.

There was a lot to talk about. There have been rumors that Andrea Iannone is not fitting in well with the ECSTAR Suzuki team, and is currently engaged in talks with Aprilia about moving there for the 2018 season. Some of Iannone's issues are down to his problem adapting to the bike, and trying to fix his feeling with the front end.

Brivio spoke to us about Iannone's situation, and the development of the GSX-RR. He also talked about the benefits of a satellite team, what Suzuki is doing to improve the spec electronics package, the test program at Barcelona, and the return of Alex Rins for the test. It was a long discussion, but there was plenty to go over.

Question: How did you hear these rumors about Andrea talking with Aprilia and some people say that there is no very good climate in the garage? How is your reaction on this?

Davide Brivio: I heard through journalists and I read on a website. Of course, I heard this, but the situation is very simple and very clear. We have two years’ agreement with Andrea Iannone and I don’t think the atmosphere is strange at all. Of course, we are having a difficult moment, a difficult time because we don’t get results. We just keep working and try to follow Andrea, he has some, let’s say, requests. He has some problem riding this bike, which is not only Andrea, also Sylvain Guintoli in these races. He felt some problems, which is we should improve the rear grip. This looks like the same for everybody probably. It’s quite a common problem.

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World Superbike Considering Switch To Spec ECU

With part of the WorldSBK paddock present in Barcelona for the MotoGP race last weekend, the Superbike Commission, the series' rulemaking body, met at Montmelo to discuss changes to the WorldSBK rules. Though much of what was agreed in the meeting amounted to a tidying up of the starting procedure, a big talking point was the introduction of a single ECU.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Is Rossi’s title challenge over?

Three podiums at the first three races and none since. Rossi needs a miracle if he’s to win a 10th world title

“It was strange because I won without pushing 100 per cent and this has never happened to me before… I don’t know why we won the last two races,” said Andrea Dovizioso after his second win in a week. And when a rider says something like that, you know that something strange is afoot.

Dovizioso’s favourite phrase has always been “the reality is…” and the reality of Sunday was that while the sun burned down, you could’ve been forgiven for thinking it was drizzling. The riders weren’t riding to their own limits or to the limits of their bikes, they were riding to the limit of the asphalt and the tyres.

The once-great Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a horrible mess. The ancient asphalt is overused, bumpy, hellishly slippery and burns up tyres, which is why Michelin says it’s MotoGP’s most challenging track, even worse than Phillip Island. And when temperatures exceeded 50deg C during the weekend the tyres just couldn’t cope.

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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights On Barcelona, And Dovizioso's Change Of Mindset

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.

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