2013 Phillip Island World Superbike QP1 Results: Fabrizio and Laverty put Aprilia on top

Michel Fabrizio took the top spot off fellow Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty at the end of the session. Marco Melandri and Leon Camier rounded out the top four, but it was very close for the top 12, right back to Carlos Checa. While the Aprilias of Fabrizio and Laverty were clear at the top, the next ten places were all within half a second. 

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2013 Phillip Island World Supersport QP1 Results: Lowes lays down the law

Sam Lowes was over a second faster than second-placed Kenan Sofuoglu. While drops of rain threatened, riders were able to put in respectable laps while Kenan Sofuoglu posted a 1'33.664. Lowes, however, set about beating Joan Lascorz's outright record by recording a blistering 1'32.545 lap that gives him provisional pole and a considerable psychological advantage. In third place was an unexpected MV Augusta with Robbie Rolfo on the back of it, while Michael Van Der Mark filled the last provisional front row spot.

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2013 Phillip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Fabrizio shines

The early stages were led by Sylvain Guintoli, Leon Haslam and the surprise package of Michel Fabrizio, while Marco Melandri was waiting in the wings. The session ended with Fabrizio clearly the fastest by half a second, with Haslam second fastest and Leon Camier sneaking in a fast lap at the end. Fabrizio was within four tenths of Carlos Checa's fastest time of 1'30.882 from 2011, a record that's certain to fall this weekend.

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2013 Phillip Island World Supersport FP1 Results: Sam Lowes v Kenan Sofuoglu

A session peppered with red flags opened the season. Riders struggled with the new surface as Gabor Talmasci, Vladimir Leonov and three others all took turns in stopping the clock and the session was finally laid to rest with just under two minutes left. Four riders stood out, even if two of them were late to leave their boxes. Reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu was a late starter, as was Sam Lowes, dispelling all doubts of the Yamaha's speed, while the veteran Fabien Foret and newcomer Michael Van Der Mark posted fast times throughout the session.

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2013 Moto2 and Moto3 Jerez February Test Day 3 Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at the end of the test at Jerez:


First Moto2 test underwater in Jerez de la Frontera

Second 2013 season test for the riders of Moto 2. After testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia last week, the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team moved to Jerez de la Frontera during the 19th - 21st of February to continue with the preparation for the next championship.

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2013 Moto2 Jerez February Day 3 Test Times: Terol Once Again Fastest in the Wet

With the rain and fog making a return to the Jerez circuit, the final day of testing for the Moto2 class was largely a washout. The weather threatened to improve briefly in the afternoon, but failed to make good on its promise. 

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2013 Moto3 Jerez February Day 3 Test Times: Miller Fastest In The Rain

The return of rain and fog to Jerez meant that much of the final day of testing for both the Moto2 and Moto3 classes went to waste, with a depleted field taking to the track in the morning, before packing up and leaving in the afternoon. Jack Miller was the fastest man in the rain, the Caretta Technology RTG rider ending the day faster than Alex Rins on the Estrella Galicia KTM, and RW Racing's Jakub Kornfeil. 

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FIM Announces Race Direction For MotoGP and World Superbikes

With the 2013 motorcycle racing season about to kick off just a few hours from now, with World Superbikes about to take to the track at Phillip Island, Dorna and the FIM had a few official appointments to confirm before the season starts. Today, the FIM officially announced all of the people in charge of both MotoGP and WSBK. MotoGP's Race Direction sees two changes, with Franco Uncini promoted to FIM Safety Officer, and Loris Capirossi joining Race Direction as the riders' representative.

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Introducing World Superbikes 2013: The Riders

With the season about to start, Phillip Island will soon be home to World Superbikes. Testing is getting underway and line-ups have been finalised, so what can we expect from the series now it’s owned by Dorna? So far, it looks very familiar, with the promised 17” wheels and headlight stickers, but the reigning champion has left while Ducati have a new bike to unleash upon the grid. The six kilos that plagued the 1098R have been consigned to history as Ducati bring back their factory team to challenge for the title with the new Panigale 1199R.

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2013 Moto2 Jerez February Day 2 Test Times: Esparagaro In Charge, From Nakagami And Redding

Pol Espargaro continues to dominate the Moto2 class this preseason, once again topping the timesheets on the second, much drier day of testing at Jerez. The Tuenti HP 40 rider lapped the track four tenths faster than Stefan Bradl's pole record, the Spaniard clearly showing his intentions for 2013. Takaaki Nakagami took second slot, the Italtrans rider fast at a track he knows well, while Scott Redding find some extra speed to take 3rd spot, a respectable half a second behind Espargaro. 

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2013 Moto3 Jerez February Day 2 Test Times: Viñales Edges Rins

Maverick Viñales took control of the Moto3 class on the second day of the test at Jerez, lapping under the 125cc record on a day which saw much better weather than the rained out first day. Viñales did not have it easy: fellow Spaniard Alex Rins got within six thousandths of the time of Viñales, setting the 2nd best time on Wednesday. Luis Salom completed a Spanish and KTM clean sweep, the Red Bull KTM man three tenths behind Viñales.

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Franco Uncini Named FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer

The FIM today announced that Franco Uncini has been appointed as FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer, replacing Claude Danis, who retired from the post at the end of last year. Uncini, the 1982 500cc World Champion with Suzuki, has long been working in the paddock as the riders' representative on matters of safety, advising both riders and Dorna in the Safety Commission. Uncini was already a member of Race Direction, the body charged with overseeing that Grand Prix race weekends proceed according to the rulebook.

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2013 Moto2 and Moto3 Jerez February Test Day 1 Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after a (rather fruitless) first day of testing at a wet and windy Jerez:


NICO TEROL KEEPS PRESEASON FORM UP AT CIRCUITO DE JEREZ

ASPAR Team rider goes fastest in opening day of testing at Jerez, whilst Jordi Torres clocks ninth best time

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