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.

Results:

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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.

Results:

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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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2012 Aragon MotoGP Test Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the test at Aragon:


Yamaha Factory Racing Complete Aragon Test

The Yamaha Factory Racing team wrapped up a successful one-day test at the Aragon Motorland circuit today. Riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo spent the sessions re-confirming areas tested in Monday’s Catalunya test. The focus was again on a new engine specification, various chassis settings and some electronics. The riders also took time to work on set up for the Aragon track ahead of the race later in the season.

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2012 Aragon MotoGP Test Final Times: Yamahas Take Clean Sweep At Dusty Aragon Test

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the timesheets at the MotoGP test at Aragon circuit, ending the day just a tenth short of Casey Stoner's race lap record at the track set here last year. Lorenzo led a Yamaha clean sweep: Factory Yamaha teammate Ben Spies was 2nd fastest, with the Monster Tech 3 riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso in 3rd and 4th, all four riders spaced fairly evenly a quarter a second or so apart. Hector Barbera was once again the fastest Ducati, finishing just ahead of factory man Nicky Hayden, while Alvaro Bautista ended the session as 7th fastest, ahead of Valentino Rossi.

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Bridgestone Press Release: Shinji Aoki Discusses Soft Rears Tires And New Spec Fronts

Bridgestone issued the following press release after last weekend's Catalunya round of MotoGP at Barcelona:


Catalunya MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Round 5: Catalunya MotoGP™ - Post-race debrief
Circuit de Catalunya, Wednesday 6 June 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP Test Round Up: Progress For Some, But Honda Hampered By New Bridgestone

Timesheets don't tell you everything. That much is clear from looking at the results of Monday's MotoGP test after the race. After a race weekend where everything has been focused solely on going faster than the others, the finishing order is not quite as important during testing. Cal Crutchlow summed it up perfectly: "You know when a test is just a test when the race winner by 5 seconds is 7th or 8th. So you can't take anything from today's results."

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP Test Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the one-day post-race test at Barcelona:


Dovizioso quickest in Catalunya MotoGP test

Fresh from his first podium for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in yesterday's Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets at the end of a productive test session at the Montmelo circuit today.

The Italian rider, who claimed a fantastic third in the 25-lap race, set a best time of 1.41.997 in the 42 laps he completed to finish ahead of factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies by 0.146s.

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2012 Catalunya MotoGP Test Times At 4pm: Dovizioso Takes A Big Lead

Andrea Dovizioso sits atop the timesheets for the post-race test at Barcelona with comfortable lead over the Hondas of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, and the only rider to get into the 1'41s so far this session. After his monster crash in the morning, leaving him bruised and missing bits of skin, but otherwise OK, Crutchlow waited until after lunchtime to hit the track again. The crash has not slowed him much, he is within three tenths of the factory Yamahas. Karel Abraham is now also out on track, after sitting out much of the morning.

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