2012 Monza World Superbike Saturday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams at Monza:


ParkinGO MTC Racing Team

Monza 5th May 2012

Positive start of the day for Chaz, in eighth position as yesterday’s qualifying. The ParkinGO MTC rider has set a fast top speed (331.4 km/h) and a good pace from the start thanks to the new engine received from Aprilia this weekend.

Colin Edwards Breaks Collarbone At Estoril

Colin Edwards has broken his left collarbone in a crash during qualifying for the Portuguese MotoGP round at Estoril on Saturday. The NGM Forward rider was knocked off his bike in the latter part of qualifying practice, as he cruised around off the racing line. Randy de Puniet lost the front of his Power Electronics Aprilia machine, which slid along the track and hit Edwards' Suter BMW. Edwards fell heavily, suffering a mild concussion and injuring his collarbone in the fall.

2012 Estoril MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Incident-Packed Session Sees Close Finish

Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Estoril:

Casey Stoner will start from pole for Sunday's MotoGP race at Estoril, setting the fastest lap in the final minutes of an incident-packed session. Stoner's advantage over teammate Dani Pedrosa is minimal, and not much bigger over surprise 3rd place man Cal Crutchlow, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man grabbing his second front-row start of the season.

2012 WSBK Monza Superpole Results - Another Wet Day

Like last weekend at Assen, it's a wet Superpole. Two 20-minute sessions, sixteen riders in the first session and the top eight in the second. The track was most noticeably damp in the Parabolica, the 180-degree last corner, but most of the chicanes appeared to be more challenging than usual.

2012 Estoril Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: One Man Dominates Qualifying

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Estoril:

Sandro Cortese will start from pole for the Moto3 Portugese Grand Prix on Sunday, after largely dominating qualifying for the smallest class. While Maverick Vinales and Miguel Oliveira got close to Cortese throughout QP, Cortese was always able to respond, ending the session with an advantage of over three tenths over Vinales. The Spaniard will start from 2nd on the grid, with local hero Oliveira completing the grid.

2012 WSBK Monza FP2 Result - Sykes beats the rain

A white flag with a red cross was out for most of the session, indicating rain on certain portions of the track.

Maxime Berger did what looked impossible at one point; he put a Ducati at the top of the timing sheet for quite a few minutes as he was the only rider circulating for a good ten minutes, with only the visiting Sergio Gadea putting in anywhere close to as many laps as Berger.

2012 Estoril Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez Leads By A Large Margin

Marc Marquez has ended the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Estoril on top of the timesheets, leading the session by a very comfortable margin, having put a third of a second over the rest of the field. Thomas Luthi took 2nd spot, the Swiss rider in turn nearly four tenths of Scott Redding. Pol Espargaro finished the session in 4th spot, ahead of a much improved Julian Simon and French Moto2 rookie Johann Zarco. 

Results:

2012 Estoril MotoGP FP3 Result: Hondas Dominate, Yamahas Follow

With conditions improving rapidly for the MotoGP class, times are starting to drop, though the damp patch in the final corner is still making life complicated for the big bikes. Whatever the conditions, the Hondas are still fast, and Dani Pedrosa was the fastest of the lot. The Repsol Honda man ended the final session of free practice just over a hundredth of a second ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner to end FP3 on top of the timesheet.

2012 Monza World Supersport FP2 - Parkes Steals Glory

Broc Parkes heads to qualifying with the best practice time while Jules Cluzel makes a welcome appearance near the top of the sheets. Sam Lowes doesn't go faster than yesterday, but was still third fastest. Kenan Sofuoglu was fastest throughout the earlier part of the session and seems to have a better setup for mutable conditions.

Cruciani gets an impressive 5th again, but with the patchy skies and probable rain, we're left wondering why nobody called Lorenzo Lanzi.

Results:

2012 Estoril Moto3 FP3 Result: Vinales Leads Cortese

Maverick Vinales has taken charge of the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Estoril, just holding off Sandro Cortese to top the timesheet. Miguel Oliveira, who led for much of the session, finished FP3 in 3rd, fractionally ahead of Danny Kent and Luis Salom.

Conditions for FP3 were much improved from yesterday, but water is still seeping through the final corner and creating damp patches in the crucial Parabolica. With the whole day expected to be dry, the riders will be hoping the damp patches disappear as the day goes on.

Results:

2012 Estoril MotoGP Friday Round Up: On Intra-Team Enmity, Electronics, 285 hp Engines And Rookies

There appears to be a new rule of thumb for gauging the weather: If there's a motorcycle race on, then chances are it will be raining, at least for some of the time. After a weekend of climate-curtailed practice 7 days ago at Jerez, the weather looks like being a major factor at Estoril as well. Though no rain fell during any of the 9 sessions of practice - two Moto3, two Moto2, two MotoGP and three Red Bull Rookies - took place, the rain was still very much a factor.

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