2012 Sachsenring Moto3 FP2 Result: Vinales Deposes Kornfeil

Maverick Vinales has taken control of the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring, posting a fast time in the dry just before the first spots of rain started at the very end of the session. Vinales knocked Jakub Kornfeil off the top spot, after the Czech rider had followed his fastest time in the morning by topping most of FP2. Danny Kent ended FP2 in 3rd, just a fraction behind Kornfeil, while Hector Faubel nabbed 4th.


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2012 Sachsenring Moto2 FP1 Result: Espargaro Tops Session, Marquez Crashes

Pol Espargaro was the fastest man in the first session of free practice for Moto2, the Pons HP Tuenti rider just edging ahead of Marc Marquez in the final moments. Marquez had been leading FP1 until a few minutes before the end, when he suffered a massive crash at Turn 11, the fast right hander at the top of the hill, badly damaging his bike, though the Catalunya Caixa rider walked away relatively unhurt.

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2012 Sachsenring MotoGP FP1 Result: Pedrosa Leads Repsol Clean Sweep

Dani Pedrosa has topped the first session of free practice at a hot and humid Sachsenring circuit, swapping places with his Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner throughout the session until coming out on top in the final minutes. Stoner ended less than a tenth behind Pedrosa, but two tenths ahead of the man he is tied in the championship with, Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. 

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2012 Sachsenring Moto3 FP1 Result: Kornfeil Leads Faubel And Salom

Jakub Kornfeil topped the first session of practice for the Moto3 class, just pipping Hector Faubel in the final moments of FP1. Faubel was forced to settle for 2nd, after having only just sneaked ahead of RW Racing's Luis Salom. Miguel Oliveira took the 4th spot, while Faubel's Aspar teammate Alberto Moncayo nipped ahead of Maverick Vinales.


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2012 Sachsenring MotoGP Thursday Round Up - On Rider Changes, And Rossi, Pedrosa And Crutchlow

Silly Season has hit full swing in Germany, not just for the MotoGP class but for the support classes as well. And while movements in MotoGP are mainly about what is happening next year, in Moto2 and Moto3 - and even among the CRT machines - there is some serious rider swapping going on for the rest of this season.

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Spanish Banking Crisis Forces Aspar To Drop Bankia Sponsorship

The Spanish banking crisis has forced Aspar to remove the Bankia sponsorship from their Kalex KTM Moto3 machines, ridden by Hector Faubel and Alberto Moncayo, as well as the pit box and hospitality units. Aspar came to an agreement with Bankia over the removal of their logos after a shareholder meeting in Madrid of the Spanish savings bank forced the bank to re-examine its sponsorship arrangements. Aspar's Moto2 sponsor, Spanish insurance giant Mapfre, will step in to fill the space vacated by Bankia.

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2012 Sachsenring MotoGP Press Release Previews

Press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of this Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, in which Cardion AB reveals that Ducati test rider Franco Battaini will be riding for the injured Karel Abraham:


POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar separated by a single championship point after seven rounds

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2012 Sachsenring Moto2 and Moto3 Press Release Previews

Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:


Faubel returns to the scene of his only win in 2011 hoping for a change of fortune for himself and his team-mate Moncayo

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World Supersport News: "Sofuoglu penalty not enough"

PTR's Simon Buckmaster is the first to comment on Kenan Sofuoglu's “outright dangerous” actions against Fabien Foret during round 7 of the World Supersport championship. Sofuoglu, who is currently undergoing knee surgery, appeared to deliberately charge into Foret down the fast back straight at Aragon.

The text of the Press Release follows:

Sofuoglu penalty not enough

WE all saw the Kenan Sofuoglu incident last weekend at Aragon that was clearly no accident as he simply looked across and rode into Fabien Foret.

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Interview: Carmelo Ezpeleta On A Spec ECU For CRT Bikes, Subsidizing Factories And MotoGP In Asia

Much was expected of Friday's Grand Prix Commission meeting at Assen, which was set to discuss the major changes coming in MotoGP. The results of that meeting turned out to be a damp squib rather than the expected revolution, as decisions on the big changes were pushed further down the road. On Saturday morning, the day of the race, MotoMatters.com spoke to Carmelo Ezpeleta about those expected rule changes, and about the reasoning behind them.

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Bridgestone Press Release: Bridgestone's Head Of Motorsports Development Issues Apology

Bridgestone today issued their usual post-race press release, containing a debrief of the events during the race at Assen. This debrief is a little special, however, as there were the problems suffered by Ben Spies and Valentino Rossi with chunks of rubber going missing from the rear tire. Though Shinichi Yamashita has no explanation as yet of exactly what happened as yet - the tires are still being investigated at Bridgestone's Japanese headquarters - he did issue an apology for the problem. 

Below is the text of the press release:

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2012 Assen Moto2 Race Report: Triple Victory At Assen For Márquez, Massive Disappointment For Esparagó

Watching how Marc Márquez was totally eclipsed by Pol Espargaró and Briton Scott Redding at the British Grand Prix, it was to be expected that the Catalunya Caixa rider would make a fast return two weeks later at the Dutch TT. However, Moto2 started at Assen as it finished at Silverstone, with Espargaró the fastest man on the track from the start of free practice one to the end of FP3 in Holland.

While all this was happening Márquez was already taking an unusual first win of the weekend, when the FIM finally confirmed the Spaniard’s controversial 16 points earned in Barcelona.

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Honda World Superbike Video: Classic Corners, Episode 1: Turn 12, Phillip Island

The Honda World Superbike team has long led the way in taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by the internet in promoting their team and their sponsors, and they have just launched another innovative and interesting series of videos aimed at giving the fans a better understanding of what riding a WSBK machine entails.

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2012 Aragon WSBK Tire Test Press Releases: 17-inch Tires And Wheels Just As Fast as 16.5-inch Wheels They Will Replace

Press releases from Infront Motor Sports and the World Superbike teams after the official Pirelli test at Aragon, where the new 17-inch tires were debuted:

Sykes fastest on new 17-inch wheels and tyres

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