2012 Phillip Island Test WSBK Overall Times: Sykes Squeaks Ahead Of Checa

Tom Sykes took top honors on the second day of testing for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island, the Yorkshireman just nipping ahead of Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa in the early stages of the morning session to set the fastest lap of the two-day test. Though Checa was fastest again in the afternoon session, the 2011 World Champion could not get under the time set by Sykes, falling just four thousandths short. 

2012 Phillip Island Test Day 2 WSS Times: Parkes Heads The Kawasakis

Broc Parkes leaves the Phillip Island World Supersport test on top of the timesheets. The Ten Kate Honda rider set the fastest time in the last session of the final test ahead of the WSS season opener at Phillip Island, which kicks off on Friday, just edging the Kawasakis of Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret, who had been fastest on Monday.

Honda Press Release: Interview With Casey Stoner, On The 1000s, Parenthood, Defending Titles And Laguna Seca

The Repsol Honda MotoGP team has a small army of press officers working for them. In addition to the PR person assigned to each rider, as is common for all of the factory MotoGP riders, Honda also has PR people from Spanish petroleum sponsor Repsol, as well as their Honda Pro Racing arm, aimed at providing press information for all of the Japanese giant's racing activities. 

2012 Jerez CRT Private Test Day 1 - De Puniet Leads As Development Continues For CRT Bikes

Preseason testing is almost on a round-the-clock schedule at the moment: after the World Superbike machines were rolled off the track and into the garages at the end of day 1 of the official WSBK test, garage doors at Jerez, on the other side of the world, were flung open, and the MotoGP CRT teams rolled onto the track for the first day of a three-day test at the Spanish circuit.

2012 Phillip Island Test Day 1 WSBK And WSS Press Releases

Press releases from Infront and the World Superbike and World Superport teams after the first day of testing at Phillip Island:


Checa pushes on to head up the timesheets

Phillip Island (Australia), Monday 20 February 2012: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) held off the charge of his old rivals Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) in today’s two official test sessions at Phillip Island.

2012 Phillip Island Test Day 1 WSBK Times: Checa Holds Biaggi At Bay

Less than a week after the private test concluded at the Phillip Island circuit, the World Superbike riders were back in action again on Monday, for the first day of the official preseason test ahead of this weekend's WSBK season opener. Carlos Checa picked up where he left off, topping the timesheets in both the morning and afternoon sessions, and immediately within a tenth of a second of the fastest time the Althea Ducati rider set here last week.

2012 Phillip Island Test Day 1 WSS Times: Foret And Sofuoglu Lead The Way

The Kawasakis lead the way after the first day of the official World Supersport test at Phillip Island, with Fabien Foret already closing in on his race lap record of 1'34.941 set last year. Foret finished a quarter of a second ahead of former WSS champion Kenan Sofuoglu, returning to the series after an unsuccessful foray into Moto2 in 2011.

2012 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 3 Times: Corti And Nakagami Take Moto2, Kent Sweeps Moto3

The final day of testing at Jerez confirmed the results from the first two days, with the Kalexes firmly on top in Moto2 - this time in the hands of Italtrans duo Claudio Corti and Takaaki Nakagami - and Danny Kent leading the KTM domination in Moto3, with only the Honda of Maverick Viñales disturbing the Austrian order.

Hopkins To Miss Phillip Island, Back At Imola

John Hopkins has been officially ruled out of the first race of the 2012 World Superbike season at Phillip Island. The American broke a bone in his right hand after crashing on the first day of the private WSBK test at Phillip Island last week. Hopkins highsided his Suzuki GSX-R 1000 at Turn 2, landing badly and fracturing his hand.

2012 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 2 Repsol Press Release

The daily press release from Repsol, covering Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Alex Marquez, the three riders they are backing in Moto3:


Repsol riders make progress at Jerez

Second day of testing for Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez in south of Spain

2012 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 2 Times: Redding And Kent Lead British Clean Sweep At Jerez

The weather smiled a little less kindly on the second day of testing at Jerez, the day starting late and under overcast skies, with rain sending the teams scuttling back to the pits towards the end of the day. Despite the weather, the names at the top of the testing timesheets are familiar, with the Kalexes crowding the top of the Moto2 timesheets, and the KTMs overrunning Moto3. 

2012 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 1 Press Releases

Press releases from Repsol and Gresini after the first day of the Moto2 and Moto3 test at Jerez:


Repsol Moto3 riders back to work in Jerez

Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez continue preseason testing with three days in Southern Spain

The countdown to the start of the 2012 season is truly underway, with the Repsol Moto3 riders continuing their testing schedule at the Circuito de Jerez. Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez were in action on Thursday for the first of three days onboard their new bikes.

2012 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 1 Times: Luthi Leads Kalexes In Moto2, Kent On Top In Moto3

After a brief few days of rest, the Moto2 and Moto3 riders returned to action, this time heading further south to Jerez after last week's test at Valencia. At the end of the first day, unofficial timing saw Thomas Luthi fastest in the Moto2 class, while Danny Kent took the unofficial honors in Moto3.

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