2012 Nürburgring WSBK: Friday At The GP-Strecke

On the Nürburgring GP-Strecke, the track adjoining the famous Nordschleife, Althea Ducati's Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa shared the spoils on a sunny and dry Friday. The morning was Giugliano's and the afternoon was Checa's. Checa complained about alack of grip while Giugliano was recording fas laps on the harder tyre all day. This is a track that Checa reckons the Ducati goes well at, and one he could try and remount an assault on the championship table, something that's not going the World Champion's way right now.

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2012 Nürburgring WSBK QP1: Checa And Giugliano Lead

Current world champion Carlos Checa and his Althea Ducati team mate Davide Giugliano topped the tables in timed practice today, with Checa half a second faster than the qualifying king Tom Sykes back in provisional third place. Eugene Laverty and Leon Haslam both out qualify their Italian team mates, while Lorenzo Zanetti manages to go faster than his new team mate Sylvain Giuntoli. With one more qualifying session tomorrow morning to determine who goes through to the Superpole rounds, replacement rider Lorenzo Lanzi is probably hoping for rain tomorrow.

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2012 Nürburgring World Supersport QP1: Lowes Cluzel And Foret

Sam Lowes was once again fastest ahead of Frenchmen Jules Cluzel and Fabien Foret, the fastest Kawasaki. Broc Parkes and Kenan Sofuoglu also made their regular top five appearences. Lowes was once again over a quarter of a second faster than anyone else.

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WSBK News: Jakub Smrz Curiously Absent From Nürburgring

Liberty Racing reaffirmed on Tuesday that they would be present at the Nürburgring round of World Superbikes, with all three riders. This morning, however, Jakub Smrz was absent from both the entry list and the timing screens and appears to have been replaced by Lorenzo Lanzi. Of all the teams to have mysterious absences, Liberty Racing would be the most likely, so this doesn't come as a major shock. 

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2012 Nürburgring WSBK FP1: Giugliano Leads Biaggi

Davide Giugliano sneaked in a fast lap at the end of the session, along with Max Biaggi, pipping Marco Melandri who was fastest throughout most of the morning, along with Tom Sykes who was just beaten at the end by Jonathan Rea. Fresh from his GP test, Rea appears to have adjusted back to his Superbike quicker than he did after the Suzuka 8 hour race.

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2012 Nürburgring World Supersport FP1: Lowes Fastest In Morning Practice

In the weekend's first session, Sam Lowes is the only man under the two-minute mark, with Broc Parkes and title leader Kenan Sofuoglu over a quarter of a second behind. However, this is still some way off Cal Crutchlow's 2009 lap of 1'57.866.

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Andrea Iannone Laps Mugello Faster Than Rossi In Three-Day Test

After two days mostly lost to rain, Andrea Iannone finally got to spend some serious time on board the factory Ducati at Mugello, as the Italian completed a three-day test generally regarded as an audition for Ducati Junior team to be run by Pramac in 2013. Iannone made good use of his time, eventually lapping the iconic Italian circuit in 1'48.3, a time that would have been fast enough to qualify him in 10th place on the grid for this year's race, and two tenths faster than Valentino Rossi's qualifying time.

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The Great CRT Switcheroo: IODA To Suter, Salom To Replace Silva, And Edwards' Bike Choice Uncertain For Misano

The Misano round of MotoGP in just over a week will see a host of changes at the CRT end of pit lane, as teams reevaluate ahead of the final part of the season. Perhaps the least surprising swap is that of the IODA Racing team, who are dropping their own IODA racing machine - an Aprilia powerplant housed in a steel trellis frame built by the team themselves - in favor of the Suter BMW bike currently being raced by NGM Forward's Colin Edwards.

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2013 MotoGP Rider Line Up: The Grid Begins To Fill Up

With all of MotoGP's factory seats filled, and most of the satellite seats occupied as well, we can start to draw up a list of who goes where in 2013 and beyond. Though three satellite spots remain open, those, too, could be filled soon, probably before the MotoGP paddock reconvenes at Misano in just over a week's time. 

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Aragon MotoGP Test Press Releases

Press releases from the Repsol Honda, Yamaha Factory Racing and LCR Honda teams after the two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit:


Repsol Honda Team conclude Aragon Test

The Repsol Honda Team completed another busy day of testing at Motorland Aragon today. Dani Pedrosa covered 238,6 kilometres, 47 laps, with a best lap time of 1'48.499. Jonathan Rea did 314,8 kilometres - a total of 62 laps and recorded a fastest lap of 1'50.057.

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Aragon MotoGP Test Day 2: Lorenzo Tops Second Day, But Pedrosa Stays Fastest Overall

Jorge Lorenzo ended the second and final day of the Aragon MotoGP test on top of the timesheets, getting well inside Casey Stoner's pole record from 2011, but still a quarter of a second slower than Dani Pedrosa's time from Tuesday. Pedrosa finished with the 2nd fastest time on Wednesday, ahead of LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl and the second factory Yamaha of Ben Spies. Jonathan Rea ended the day in 5th, but improved his time from Tuesday.

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Riders For Health Auctioning Yamaha R1 And Lots Of MotoGP Collectibles

MotoGP's favorite charity Riders for Health is holding a massive online auction to raise money for the charity. There are some amazing items going up on offer: the star of the auction is a Yamaha YZF-R1 in a special livery, painted for Bennetts Insurers, and ridden by Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding and James Toseland. But there is plenty more for anyone on a tighter budget: signed caps, kneesliders and t-shirts from many of motorcycle racing's superstars, including Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden, and many more. 

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HRC Press Release: Aragon MotoGP Test Day 1

HRC issued the following press release after the first day of testing at Aragon today:


Positive first day for the Repsol Honda Team in Aragon

The Repsol Honda Team returned to work today at Motorland Aragon for a two-day private test. Dani Pedrosa and Jonathan Rea took full advantage of the track in perfect weather conditions, which helped the riders complete their planned testing program.

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Aragon MotoGP Test Day 1: Pedrosa Smashes Lap Record

After recovering its breath from two back-to-back weekends of racing with a hop across the Atlantic in between, the MotoGP world is slowly getting back into the testing groove. The factory Honda and Yamaha teams are circulating at Aragon, joined by Stefan Bradl, while at Mugello, Ducati is once again holding auditions for the Ducati Junior team, with Andrea Iannone turning laps alongside Michele Pirro, currently riding the FTR Honda CRT bike for the San Carlo Gresini Honda team.

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