2013 Jerez World Supersport QP2 Results: Red Flag Doesn't Affect Qualifying

The final qualifying session was split into two with a red flag due to a crash without injuries. 

This year's pole position qualifying has been split, like much of the racing, between two men with nine poles for Sam Lowes, the ninth being taken today, and four for Kenan Sofuoglu. Again, the weekend has gone the way of Lowes, Sofuoglu, Vladimir Leonov and the MV Agustas of Roberto Rolfo, qualifying in second, and Christian Iddon. Michael Van Der Mark, the year's outstanding rookie, took the last second row place. 

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2013 Jerez World Superbike FP2 Results: Sykes Fastest Ahead Of Cluzel

Tom Sykes, after just nine laps of free practice, crashed his bike and sat out the rest of the session, but six laps earlier, he set the fastest time in a session that looked like riders were testing tyres rather than hot-lapping. Jules Cluzel recorded the second fastest time ahead of Toni Elias.

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Ducati Press Release: Carlos Checa Announces His Retirement From Racing

After the press conference held at Jerez today in which Carlos Checa announced his retirement from racing, as reported yesterday, Ducati issued the following press release:


Carlos Checa announces his retirement from motorcycle racing

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Scott Redding Fractures Left Wrist In Moto2 Qualifying, Likely To Miss Phillip Island Race - UPDATED

Scott Redding's Moto2 championship assault has been struck a massive blow, after the 20-year-old Englishman crashed during qualifying practice and fractured his left wrist. Redding was heading through the very fast Turn 12 when the rear end of his Marc VDS Racing Kalex Moto2 bike started to step out on him, and his attempt to control it started the bike bucking and weaving, and then threw him off the machine and onto the ground. He was first taken to the circuit medical center, where he was diagnosed with a fractured left wrist.

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Lack Of Tire Testing At Phillip Island Causes Moto2 And MotoGP Races To Be Shortened

The lack of tire testing prior to the Phillip Island round has caught both control tire companies out. Race Direction has decided to shorten the Moto2 race from 25 to just 13 laps, while the MotoGP race will now include a compulsory pit stop to swap bikes, and the race length has been cut by one lap from 27 to 26 laps. In addition, the MotoGP riders are prohibited from using the softer option rear tire, and will be forced to use the harder option.

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2013 Jerez World Supersport FP2 Results: Leonov Fastest Ahead Of Sofuoglu

Vladimir Leonov, teammate to newly crowned world champion Sam Lowes, leads Kenan Sofuoglu by three tenths of a second, with Lowes third fastest. The session was red-flagged with under a minute to go due to a crash. No riders were injured. Fabien Foret, aiming for third in the championship, continues his standard of leaving it until Sunday, two seconds off front-row pace.

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2013 Jerez World Superbike QP2 Results: Satellite Aprilias Top Factory Bikes

Davide Giugliano and Toni Elias, each of whom topped a session yesterday, beat out the factory Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli, while Tom Sykes, fastest throughout a large portion of today's session, held off the BMWs of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies. Lorenzo Lanzi was, as has been the case all weekend, faster than both the factory Ducatis. 

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2013 Phillip Island MotoGP FP4 Result: Pedrosa Leads Lorenzo In Final Practice

Dani Pedrosa has made use of the final chance to work on race settings in the final free practice session at Phillip Island to top the time sheets by a meager five hundredths of a second from compatriot Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo finished two tenths ahead of Marc Marquez in third while Valentino Rossi was a tenth further back, the familiar top four are looking like the riders to beat come race day. 

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2013 Phillip Island Moto2 FP3 Result: Rampant Rabat On Top Again

Tito Rabat has continued his confident form and topped every session thus far at the Australian Moto2 Grand Prix after heading the third and final free practice at the Phillip Island circuit. It was a very tight session where the top sixteen were seperated by an even one second, as riders undertook race simulations. Rabat lead home his Pons Tuenti team mate Pol Espargaro by a tenth of a second while Mika Kallio ended in third place ahead of Speed Up rider Alex DeAngelis and Scott Redding.

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2013 Phillip Island MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Displays Strong Race Speed

Dani Pedrosa has topped MotoGP FP3 at Phillip Island and shown fantastic pace while running on both the soft and hard option Bridgestone tyres. He finished ahead of his team mate Marc Marquez by four hundredths of a second, the championship leader suffered his second crash of the weekend early in the session, losing the front under hard braking at the MG hairpin, he was unhurt and typically unfazed. Valentino Rossi also looked very quick on the hard option tyre that is likely to be used during the race on Sunday, he finished in third place a tenth behind Pedrosa.

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2013 Phillip Island MotoGP Friday Round Up: Lorenzo's Determination, The Luck Of The Hondas, And Tire Trouble On A New Surface

If anyone was in doubt that Jorge Lorenzo was a man on a mission at Phillip Island, his first few laps of the newly resurfaced circuit should have served to remove any doubt. Lorenzo bolted out of pit lane as soon as the lights turned green, and was soon setting a scorching pace. By the time he had finished his first run of laps, he had already broken the existing race lap record, and had got into the 1'29s. He finished the morning creeping up on the 1'28s, before going on to start lapping in the 1'28s and dominate the afternoon session as well.

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