2012 Misano World Supersport Race - Consolidation And Confusion

If a racer gains places while leaving the track, he has to concede those places quickly or get penalised with a ride-through. Race Direction will hold a yellow board with the rider's number and the number of places they need to give up to avoid the ride through. With a confusing start, including a rider clipping another on the grid, a few riders made off-track excursions on the first few corners.

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2012 Misano WSBK - Saturday At Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Today, Misano World Circuit finalised its association with the late Marco Simoncelli by formally adopting and unveiling its new name: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. While this was announced last November, only today was the name and logo, designed by Aldo Drudi, unveiled.

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2012 Misano World Supersport QP2 Results: Slow Start

Twenty minutes into qualifying and the only change was that Sheridan Morais had finally recorded a lap time.

As the session progressed, Jules Cluzel joined Sam Lowes in the 1'38s, while Lowes was unable to beat the pole position time he set yesterday. Many riders were able to get quick times through the first two sectors, but the last two were where potential pole positions were quashed.

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2012 Misano WSBK Superpole: Declared Wet

It had to happen; Rain came to Misano. While the rain had finished by the time Superpole started, it was declared a wet Superpole, which gives us two twenty-minute sessions instead of the three shorter ones we would get with a dry session.

Part of the track was still damp, but the sun was drying it out quickly, and some riders decided to wait until later in the session before heading out. This gamble proved to be a mistake for Carlos Checa who ran out of time before being able to set a time to qualify for Superpole 2 and will start from 16th.

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2012 Misano World Supersport FP2 Results: Cluzel Heads A Slow Session

Jules Cluzel snatched the fastest time at the chequered flag, with a time that would have put him in eight yesterday, in a session that riders looked to be using to chase settings instead of fast times. Roberto Tamburini went within a tenth of a second of his tenth position qualifying time and managed to go second fastest.

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2012 Misano WSBK QP2 Results: The Return Of Sykes

With few riders able to match their best times set yesterday for the first half of this qualifying session, it looked like finding a setup in today's conditions was tricky, but at the halfway mark, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea lead the way to faster times, even if they were still over a second off Troy Corser's 2010 fastest lap of 1'35.001.

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2012 Misano WSBK - A Friday Of Few Surprises

That Carlos Checa, double-winner here last year, would dominate the qualifying session was not a surprise, nor was the fact previous winners Jonathan Rea and Max Biaggi were up top as well. That Sam Lowes would lead a very familiar-looking provisional front row in World Supersports was also not a surprise, considering this year's form. For surprises in today's sessions, we have to look further back in the pack, like seeing Tom Sykes not being the fastest Kawasaki in either session. 

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2012 Misano WSBK QP1 Results: Checa Dominates The Session

In the first qualifying session, Carlos Checa staked his claim on provisional pole very early on, half a second faster than pole-ninja Tom Sykes by the halfway mark. Towards the end, Jonathan Rea got very close to Checa's time, but nobody could beat it.

Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri and Davide Giugliano gave the locals something to cheer about in 3rd, 4th and 5th ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Loris Baz, fastest Kawasaki of the day.

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2012 Misano World Supersport QP1 Results: Lowes sets the pace

After Jules Cluzel and Sam Lowes banked a brace of 1'39s, a few drops of rain were reported in the first half of the track, but this didn't slow anyone down. Broc Parkes split the pair with 13 minutes remaining, beating his time set this morning, shortly followed by Kenan Sofuoglu.

These four then swapped places for the remaining times, while Stefano Cruciani and Fabien Foret dipped their toes in the 1'39s, both beating the fastest time set this morning.

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2012 Misano WSBK FP1 Results: Melandri beats the Ducatis

In a dry session where last year's double-winner, Carlos Checa, topped the timing sheet for most of the period, Sylvain Guintoli was never far behind, and eventually took the lead, posting fastest lap after fastest lap. With four minutes left, Checa posted the first 1'36 of the day while Guintoli pitted in. Marco Melandri sneaked up to the front and then took top spot ahead of three Ducatis.

Surprises of the day were Niccolo Canepa and Leon Camier taking 4th and 5th fastest times and David Salom being fastest Kawasaki.

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2012 Misano World Supersport FP1 Results: Parkes Steals Honours From Lowes

Misano was a little overcast but dry. It didn't take long for the usual suspects to post the faster times. Ten minutes in and last year's winner Broc Parkes, Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu were the fastest men on track, and the first into the 1'41s.

Ronan Quarmby and Jules Cluzel managed similar times shortly after. When Fabien Foret joined the top men in the 1'41s, Lowes and Sofuoglu bumped it up a notch and settled into the 1'40s where they were promptly joined by Parkes and Cluzel.

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2012 Moto2 Catalunya Grand Prix Review: Racing Crimes Remain The Same

For the last couple of days since the Catalunya Grand Prix, I have been wondering and trying to find out why the FIM did not confirm the one minute race time penalty given to Marc Marquez by Race Direction, awarded because of the Catalunya Caixa rider’s risky action over Pol Espargaro during the last few laps of Moto2 race at Montmeló.

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