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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2012 Assen MotoGP Thursday Round Up: It's Not As Close As It Looks

The times were close after the first day of practice, closer than they have been for a very long time. Just 0.471 seconds separates the top 11 MotoGP prototypes (Karel Abraham is barely fit enough to ride, after breaking fingers in his left hand, and is way off the pace), with Ben Spies leading Cal Crutchlow by just 0.006, just a tenth separating Nicky Hayden in 3rd from Dani Pedrosa in 6th, and less than a tenth between Andrea Dovizioso in 7th and Stefan Bradl in 11th. It has all the makings of a great race, right?

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2012 Assen Moto2 And Moto3 Thursday Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice at Assen:


Viñales and Oliveira head opening day standings at Assen

World Championship leader dominates opening Moto3 practice, followed by Portuguese. Fellow Repsol rider Álex Rins places ninth on first visit to Assen.

Repsol Media Service - Netherlands, Assen Circuit - Thursday 28/06/2012

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