2012 Imola World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu returns

2007 and 2010 World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu, riding for Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini, puts in the fastest lap ahead of yesterday's fast men Sam Lowes, Fabien Foret and Broc Parkes. Sheridan Morais spent most of the session in the pits, managing only 6 laps of practice.


2012 WSBK Imola QP2 Results: Sykes leads Guintoli into Superpole

For the first 20 minutes, there was very little improvement to Friday's time sheets until Sylvain Guintoli broke into the 1'47s on his Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati. Ten minutes later, Tom Sykes joined him with an even faster time of 1'47.458, beating Horiyuki Haga's lap record from 2009.

2012 Imola World Superbike and World Supersport Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the WSBK and WSS teams after the first day of practice at Imola:


Imola (Italy), Friday 30 March 2012: after a month's break the second round of the World Superbike Championship got underway today at the historic Autodromo di Imola. Team Althea Racing, and its riders Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano made a solid start, closing first qualifying in seventh and eleventh position respectively.

2012 WSBK Imola Day One round-up

After a long, five-week break since the first round of the season at Philip Island, World Superbikes is back in Europe. Imola was previously kept until the end of the season, but in 2012, it's been moved forward to the the second round, making it hard to compare the results with previous years, although the unusual warm weather would have thrown the usual estimates into the fiction category anyway.

Jorge Martinez: "With Softer Tires, Our CRT Aprilia Would Be Ahead of Several MotoGP bikes"

Just after the official launch of MotoGP 2012 Aspar team in Madrid, Motomatters.com spoke to Spanish 125 and 80 cc former world champion Jorge Martinez Aspar, general manager of one of only two teams in the MotoGP World Championship with a presence in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes in the 2012 season.

2012 WSBK Imola QP1 Results: Smrz beats the on-form Kawasakis

Liberty Racing Team Effenbert's Jakub Smrz was the fastest man on Friday, sneaking a fast lap in at the last minute to knock both Kawasakis off the top two places. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes has cemented his reputation as a fast qualifier, but his team mate Juan Lascorz was the quickest Kawasaki on Friday. Max Biaggi rounded off the provisional front row on his Aprilia ahead of Rea, Haslam and chief rival Checa.


2012 Imola World Supersport QP1 Results: Morais and Lowes swap top spots

South African Sheridan Morais left Friday with a 1'52.251, pipping a late effort by Bogdanka PTR's Sam Lowes, reversing the order of the top two from warm up. Australian Ten Kate Honda rider Broc Parkes, Team Lorini Honda rider Roberto Tamburini and former champion Kawasaki Intermoto Step's Fabien Foret all fought for a place on the provisional front row with the Frenchman being the man to lose out.


2012 WSBK Imola FP1 Results: Badovini holds off Guintoli and Checa

BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet's Ayrton Badovini posted a late fast lap to put himself at the top of the sheet ahead of the Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati of Guintoli and Checa's Althea Racing Ducati, with strong showings from the Kawasakis, Ducatis and championship favourite Aprilia Racing's Biaggi.


2012 Imola World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Holds Off Morais and Leonov

PTR Honda's Sam Lowes topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the World Supersport class at Imola. Behind Lowes came the Kawasaki of Sheridan Morais, the South African ending the session just under a quarter of a second behind the young Englishman. Vladimir Leonov put his Yakhnich Yamaha into 3rd, a very strong result for the Russian, while Broc Parkes rounded out the top 4 on the Ten Kate Honda.


Lin Jarvis: MotoGP Must Look to Asia, South America for Growth

One subject has dominated the past three years of MotoGP, and indeed all of motorcycle racing. Despite some thrilling racing, technical innovation and both fascinating and tragic stories, the main topic of conversation among those involved in motorcycle racing has been how to cut costs. A raft of new regulations have been introduced, and even more radical changes are currently under discussion for the next few years.

Repsol Press Release: Marc Marquez Launches 2012 Campaign In Barcelona

Below is the official press release from the Repsol Media Service, after the Repsol/CatalunyaCaixa/Monlau Competicion launch in Barcelona:

Marc Márquez presents 2012 project

Presentation in Barcelona for Repsol rider, who lines up as one of the main contenders for the Moto2 title

Marc Márquez and the bike with which he will fight for the 2012 Moto2 title were officially presented today. In an event celebrated in Barcelona, the rider from Cervera (Lleida) showed off the exciting bike/rider package supported by Repsol for another year.

Gresini Announces Indonesian Federal Oil To Sponsor Gino Rea In Moto2

In a further sign that motorcycle racing teams are looking east to make up for the sponsorship they have lost in the west, the Gresini Racing Moto2 team today announced that Indonesian oil company Federal Oil is to back Gino Rea, one of Gresini's two Moto2 riders, in the Moto2 class. The news had already slipped out in the Gresini press release announcing Rea as their second rider, alongside Ratthapark Wilairot, but now the news has been announced officially. 

Hopkins Fit For Imola WSBK Round

John Hopkins has been declared fit for the Imola round of World Superbikes. The American will make his race debut on the Crescent Fixi Suzuki in the series, after breaking a hand in the final preseason test at Phillip Island, the week before the opening round. After breaking his hand, Hopkins returned to the US for surgery, and after a period of intense rehab on his hand, he was finally declared fit last Wednesday, and will take part in the race at Imola this weekend.

The Crescent Suzuki press release follows below:


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