2012 Silverstone WSBK FP2: Camier Delivers Dry Result

In the first full dry session of the weekend, with rain only making an ineffectual appearance 35 seconds from the flag, Leon Camier continued his good form with the session's fastest time, ahead of Jakub Smrz. Tom Sykes and Carlos Checa maintained their pace with third and fourth fastest times respectively, while rookie Loris Baz just pipped a confident-looking John Hopkins.

Max Biaggi had a crash which looked reminiscent of Randy Mamola's famous rodeo save, only without the save at the end, finishing his practice session and putting him behind his title rival Marco Melandri.

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2012 Silverstone World Supersport FP2: Cluzel Fastest In Quiet Session

Jules Cluzel sat out most of the free practice session, opting only to go out in the last few minutes on slicks while everyone else was chasing settings on wet tyres.

With so few riders doing more than a handful of laps, it's difficult to judge anything from this session.

Results:

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2012 Silverstone WSBK QP2: Sykes Leads Another Session Cut Short By Rain

Another dry session cut short by rain, the big names that were worried about missing Superpole had to get fast laps in before the weather turned.

Tom Sykes once again topped the table, with a 2'05.350, over a second slower than John Hopkins's 2'04.041 set last year as a wildcard. Hopkins also made a great showing today, getting a provisional front row start behind Sykes and Marco Melandri, who has been looking a little off his game so far this weekend, appears to have settled into the track.

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Rectification: Rossi At Yamaha Story A Hoax From A Hacked Twitter Account

The story we published yesterday about Valentino Rossi having been spotted at Yamaha's European headquarters by former racer Niall Mackenzie turns out to have been incorrect. We, along with the French publication Moto Journal and the German-language magazine Speedweek were victims of a hoax. A Frenchman, speaking perfect English, had compromised the Twitter account of Niall Mackenzie and linked his own email address to it, so that the attempts we made to verify the news led to a single, incorrect source.

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2012 Silverstone WSBK Friday Round Up: Rain, Rumours and Results

One of the paddock's worst-kept secrets was the cancellation of the Portimao round at the end of the 2012 World Superbike championship. Luckily for fans of the Portugese circuit, the track was confirmed as definitely being on the calendar, as the financial penalties for its not being held were greater than the costs.

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2012 Silverstone World Superbike And World Supersport Friday Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice and qualifying at the Silverstone round of World Superbikes:


Jules on provisional pole as PTR takes 1-2 at home round

PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel took pole position with his Bogdanka PTR Honda team mate Sam Lowes just behind him in a dream start to the British based tuning firm's home ninth round of the World Supersport Championship at Silverstone.

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Valentino Rossi Spotted At Yamaha's European HQ: The Deal Is Done - AMENDED AND CORRECTED

It appears that the story below, on Valentino Rossi having been spotted at Yamaha Motor Europe's headquarters in Amsterdam, was based on incorrect information, and was false. The story came from a hacked Twitter account, connected to a compromised Gmail account. Please see the retraction we have published elsewhere for full details.

The original story as we first published it appears below:

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2012 Silverstone WSBK QP1: Sykes Masters Drying Track Ahead Of Checa

The sun came out at Silverstone and started drying the track. As most riders rushed out to check the conditions, Tom Sykes held back a few minutes before taking to the track and taking control of the session. Carlos Checa set early fast times on his Althea Ducati, along with the Effenbert Liberty Ducatis of Jakub Smrz and Maxime Berger. PATA Ducati's fresh signing, Sylvain Guintoli, joined them at the top, showing that, unless you're Sykes, the Ducati is the bike to have in these conditions, at this track.

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2012 Silverstone World Supersport QP1: Cluzel Fastest In Wet Qualifying

With tomorrow's weather forecast showing potentially worse weather than today, this qualifying session was more important than usual as provisional positions set here could count as final places for the race start. The weather was typical Silverstone; grey and damp, but lacking the punishing wind this track sometimes brings.

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2012 Silverstone WSBK FP1: Rain Cuts Session Short

Carlos Checa, double-winner last year, led the session ahead of Tom Sykes until the rain sent everyone to the pits. While a few riders ventured out on wet tyres, that was effectively the end of the session. Two notable returnees to the paddock, Sylvain Guintoli and Brett McCormick, both got track time.

Results:

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2012 Silverstone World Supersport FP1: Lowes Dominates At Home

The morning free-practice was run in dry and cool conditions and was dominated by an upbeat Sam Lowes. In the first session, Lowes was just over a second slower than David Salom's 2011 lap record, and over half a second faster than Ronan Quarmby and Broc Parkes, also on Hondas. Sofuoglu in 6th was the fastest Kawasaki. 

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Ducati Boss Cicognani Explains "Junior Team" Strategy: "A Different Approach Compared To The Past"

Ducati is on the verge of a large-scale overhaul of a major part of its MotoGP strategy. In 2013, its approach to satellite teams is set to change radically, with its satellite structure set to receive factory-spec Desmosedicis and have a much closer relationship with the Borgo Panigale factory, Ducati boss Alessandro Cicognani told MotoMatters.com. "The main goal is to have a more competitive bike," Cicognani said, speaking to us after the race at Mugello.

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Repsol Press Release: Casey Stoner Talks About Defending His MotoGP Title

After yesterday's interview with Dani Pedrosa, it was just a matter of time before the Repsol Media Service issued their tradition mid-season interview with reigning World Champion Casey Stoner. In the intervew, The Australian talks to the Repsol PR team about his season so far, the difficulties of defending a championship, the intense level of competition at the top of the championship, and what to expect from Marc Marquez when he moves up to the premier class. The full text of the press release interview is below:

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Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Talks Racing Hard And Soft Tires At Laguna Seca

Bridgestone issued their usual post-race debrief after the Laguna Seca round of MotoGP. This time, Masao Azuma discusses the different strategies used to make both hard and soft compounds at the US GP. The press release is below:


Laguna Seca MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma

Wednesday 1 August 2012

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

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