The Chassis Merry-Go-Round: FTRs In In Moto3, Out In Moto2 And MotoGP

Despite the fact that the 2012 MotoGP season has only just got underway, teams in all three classes of the series have started to do the chassis shuffle. The major player in the dance is British chassis maker FTR, the Buckingham-based firm gaining in Moto3 what they are losing in Moto2 and MotoGP.

Photographer's Blog: The Voices of MotoGP

When I entered the media center at Losail a few weeks ago, I happened to be thinking about how many people contribute to our enjoyment of MotoGP. From the journalists who write the background stories and race reports, to photographers who show us things we can't see on video, to the large number of people who produce the TV feed, each has his or her role in bringing us closer to the racing and increasing our enjoyment of what we see. 

Brett McCormick Update: Full Recovery Expected

Brett McCormick, who fractured two vertebrae in the huge crash he suffered on Sunday at Assen, will make a full recovery, according to updates on the Canadian's website posted by his father last night and earlier today. McCormick is recovering well, and will be moved to either Italy or Canada, before being assessed whether any surgery is required to stabilize his fractured vertebrae. Below is the update posted on McCormick's website:

Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 WSBK Assen: Sunday round-up

A round-up of the day's events at the Assen round of World Superbikes.


Unfortunately, the weather played another role in today's events. Canadian Superbike Champion Brett McCormick suffered a heavy crash in race two today. He was diagnosed at Assen hospital with a fractured fifth and sixth vertebrae and has been transferred to Groningen hospital for further treatment. We wish him a rapid recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family, friends and fans. More info here.

World Superbikes:

Brett McCormick Suffers Serious Injuries in WSBK Race 2 at Assen

Canadian rider Brett McCormick has suffered serious injuries to his face and spine in a crash during the second World Superbike race at Assen on Sunday. After examination at the medical center, McCormick was removed to the nearby hospital in the city of Assen, before being moved to a larger hospital in Groningen to stabilize his injuries. The Canadian appears to have escaped damage to his spinal cord in the crash, according to his team.

2012 WSBK Assen Race 2 Results

Race two results:

Tyre choice would be a major factor with the event deemed a wet race. The choice of tyres ranged from full wets to slicks with a fair amount of riders choosing intermediate front tyres.

Jakub Smrz was one rider to take an intermediate front tyre and he broke away from everyone else, earning a 4 second lead after just a couple of laps. Carlos Checa was one rider on full wet tyres and he retired after a handful of laps.

2012 Assen World Supersport Race Results

World Supersport at Assen provides a tense race in the wet.


As expected, Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda) took the lead early on in the treacherous conditions with Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) showing strong form in the wet while championship leader Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) crashed out, eventually retiring. Sam Lowes took a dominant lead, skirting on the edge of grip, sliding the rear ominously, while Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) troubled Sofuoglu and Parkes.

2012 Assen World Superbike and World Supersport Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams at Assen after qualifying on Saturday:

Hat trick of front rows for Jules

PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel improved his lap time to stay third on the grid for tomorrow's third round of the World Supersport Championship at Assen in Holland - and closed the gap on the two riders in front. It his third front row start out of three attempts - an impressive hat trick for the class debutant.

2012 Assen World Supersport QP2 Results


In the final qualifying session, temperamental weather meant that, for 20 minutes, nobody would go faster than their times set in QP1 yesterday. Sam Lowes and Broc Parkes went faster than anyone else on their last laps, but didn't improve on their previous times. Jules Cluzel was able to take 3rd back from a fast Kenan Sofuoglu who had to settle with taking the last place on the front row from Fabien Foret.


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