2012 Assen MotoGP Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Assen:


Karel Abraham after qualifying practice at Assen:

I hope to be able endure whole race with this injury

Karel Abraham will start to Dutch Grand Prix at TT Circuit Assen from 5th row. Abraham completed his best lap time 1:37,110, which is 3,397 seconds behind fastest Casey Stoner. The final decision about tomorrow´s race will be done after warm up.

Karel Abraham

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2012 Aragon World Superbike and World Supersport Friday Press Releases

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


Provisional second for Cluzel in Spain

PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel is second on the provisional grid for Sunday's seventh round of the World Supersport Championship at Aragon in Spain - just behind his Bogdanka PTR Honda stable mate Sam Lowes.

Ronan Quarmby on his PTR Honda crashed unhurt and in 14th place is not showing his real potential. Riders PTR Honda's Martin Jessopp recorded his fastest lap right at the end of the day and is 23rd on his first visit to the track.

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MotoGP Rule Changes As Expected: Rookie Rule, Single-Bike Scrapped, But Restrictions On Factory Bikes Introduced

Much was expected of this Friday's meeting of the Grand Prix Commission, but in the end, the decisions taken were relatively minor. Dorna, IRTA, the FIM and the MSMA agreed on a number of proposals which had widely been expected, but made no real progress on the major rule changes expected for the 2014 or 2015 season. 

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2012 Aragon WSBK Friday Roundup - No Track For Old Ducatis

Aragon, it would appear, is a horsepower track. To get on the front two rows today, you had to either be on a BMW, be on an Aprilia or be Tom Sykes. It also helped that the Aprilias, BMWs, Kawasakis and Suzukis tested here last weekend, with Max Biaggi being fastest after putting in 90 laps, and took the first nine provisional places. Testing works, it seems.

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2012 Assen MotoGP Qualifying Practice: Blistering Last Lap Nabs Pole In Rain-Hit Session

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

Casey Stoner has taken his third pole position of the season at Assen, posting a scorching lap in the final minutes of qualifying to secure the top spot.

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2012 Aragon World Supersport QP1 Results: Provisional Pole For Lowes

In a session that was slightly slower than this morning's free practice, Sam Lowes once again pulls out a provisional pole position, bettering his time at the flag, even if the time is three hundredths off his morning's time. Broc Parkes was unable to match his morning's blistering speed. Championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu is over two seconds off the pace in 15th place.

Results:

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2012 Aragon WSBK FP1 Results: Biaggi Sets An Early Pace

Max Biaggi did fewer laps than most riders, but set a fast lap early on that proved to be unbeatable, even by qualifying sensation Tom Sykes. Eugene Laverty showed that the factory Aprilia was fast quickly by setting a time that was good enough for second place until Sykes's at-the-flag fast lap and World Supersport champion Chaz Davies put his privateer Aprilia in fourth place. This has very quickly become a game of beat the Aprilia

Results:

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Sachsenring To Host MotoGP Through 2016

The German round of MotoGP is to stay at the Sachsenring circuit until 2016. Dorna announced today that they had signed a five-year deal with the ADAC, who own the Sachsenring, to keep the race at the circuit. The race had been under threat earlier, after projected losses for the event meant that circuit feared not being able to afford the event.

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2012 Assen MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Tops Rain-Affected Session

Dani Pedrosa topped a rain-hit practice session on Friday morning, leading the session once the brief rain shower which hit in the early part of practice had passed. The shower passed quickly, leaving the track fairly dry, with just a few wet patches, one of which caught Casey Stoner out, the Repsol Honda man suffering a huge highside on a damp patch at De Bult. Stoner was slow to get up, but eventually rejoined the session, ending in 6th.

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2012 Aragon World Supersport FP1 Results: Parkes Approaches Lap Record

Broc Parkes was within under half a second of his own lap record from last year at the end of the first Free Practice session. Sam Lowes was half a second slower while Fabien Foret was a further half a second off. Expect the lap record to be broken today or tomorrow.

Results:

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