2012 Magny Cours Superpole Results

The last Superpole of 2012 was a dry session. 

Two Frenchmen were eliminated in Superpole One in front of their home crowd, while Max Biaggi and Jonathan Rea were fastest ahead of Carlos Checa and Eugene Laverty. 

Tom Sykes was fastest in Superpole Two, with a 1'37.494. Max Biaggi miscalculated his first run and had to had to reuse a qualifier to try and make it through to Superpole Three, a tactic that nearly paid off, but his tyre lost its grip in the second half of the lap, relegating him to the third row. 

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WSBK News: Provisional Calendar For 2013

The provisional calendar for World Superbikes has been released. Unsurprisingly, Miller Motorsports is no longer present, being replaced outright by Laguna Seca. Portimao is still on the calendar, but is now subject to contract, meaning they need to show they can hold a race without going broke first.

The first two months hold a single race each, in Australia then India, and the European leg starts in April. 

Supersport misses out on racing at Laguna Seca, while the Superstock cup doesn't run in Philip Island, Buddh, Donington, Moscow Raceway or Laguna Seca. 

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2012 Magny Cours WSBK FP2 Results: Melandri Leads Contenders

The three men with a mathematical chance of the title were the three fastest men this afternoon, led by Marco Melandri. Carlos Checa sat most of the session out, trying to solve a problem with the bike while the man challenging his place in the championship, Jonathan Rea, was fourth fastest. Lots of long runs for most riders, as most were seeking race settings instead of qualifying settings. 

John Hopkins didn't take part and, as his his hip injury is causing problems, he's decided to call it a day and won't race this weekend.

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2012 Magny Cours World Supersport FP2 Results: Parkes Ahead Of French Duo

Broc Parkes topped the timing sheet above French duo of Jules Cluzel and Fabien Foret. Parkes reeled off quite a few 1'42 laps while Cluzel only managed two. Tellingly, Fabien Foret had a run of seven 1'42 laps in series after his fastest lap. Kenan Sofuoglu and Sam Lowes also put in long runs of 42s and 43s.

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WSBK News: Camier Stays With Suzuki For 2013

Unsurprisingly, FIXI Crescent Suzuki have chosen to retain Leon Camier for another year. With Jack Valentine being put out to pasture, Paul Denning being brought in and FIXI signing on for another year, all that remains is news of John Hopkins amidst rumours of his retirement. 


FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI AND CAMIER STAY TOGETHER FOR 2013

FIXI Crescent Suzuki is pleased to announce that it has agreed terms to secure the services of Leon Camier for the 2013 Superbike World Championship.

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2012 Magny Cours WSBK QP2 Results: Melandri Defies Injury For Provisional Pole

The morning's qualifying got underway with very little change, apart from Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam making an early showing, right up to an incident involving Alexander Lundh that stopped the proceedings with ten minutes left. Once the red flags were lifted, a flurry of activity took place with everything changing rapidly as time dwindled.

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2012 Magny Cours WSBK Friday Round Up: A Drying Track Doesn't Dampen Qualifying

As this year has been wracked with weather, it only seems fitting that World Superbikes should be greeted to Magny Cours, the last racer weekend of the season, with overnight rain that left the riders at the morning's free practice sessions to duke it out on a drying track. As the day progressed, the track got drier and riders were able to start getting their elbows down at the sweeping left-handed 180 corner.

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2012 Magny Cours WSBK QP1 Results: Sykes Blasts Lap Record

In the first timed qualifying session, Tom Sykes once again takes provisional pole with a 1'38.2, a time that beat the previous lap record by over four tenths of a second. Carlos Checa was over four tenths back in provisional second place, ahead of a recovering Marco Melandri and Davide Giugliano.

Tom Sykes was fastest throughout most of the session, able to repeatedly beat any faster times set by other riders. With Melandri's fitness in question, Sykes remains the only rider likely to challenge Max Biaggi for the title on Sunday.

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More Movement In The Moto2 And Moto3 Market: Rossi (L) Signs With Tech 3, Folger With Aspar

While the MotoGP line up for next season is largely settled, there is still plenty of activity in the Moto2 and Moto3 markets. This week saw two major announcements for the 2013: in Moto2, the Tech 3 team announced the signing of Frenchman Louis Rossi, currently riding for Team Germany in Moto3; and in Moto3, the Mapfre Aspar team announced that Jonas Folger will continue with the squad for next season.

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2012 Magny Cours WSBK FP1 Results: Rea Fastest On Dried Track

The sun continued to try the track after the overnight rain and lap times came down to similar times to last year. Jonathan Rea was fastest this morning, ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Camier.

Liberty Racing are notably absent, denying Brett McCormick a chance to follow up his fifth place last time out, while Maxime Berger has a ride with Red Devils Roma in place of Matteo Baiocco.

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2012 Magny Cours World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Fastest In Slow Session

In the last race weekend of the year, the weather makes one final appearance and caused a slow session as everyone got used to the conditions. Sam Lowes was fastest, showing the form he's brought with him all year as an early riser. Kenan Sofuoglu, crowned world champion last time out, demonstrated that the title doesn't slow him down either as he pipped Jules Cluzel for second fastest.

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De Puniet And Espargaro To Return With Aspar MotoGP Team For 2013

The Power Electronics Aspar Team confirmed today that they extended the contracts of current riders Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro for the 2013 season. Both the Frenchman and the Spaniard are to remain with Aspar for another year, and will once again contest the season on Aprilia-built ART machines under the Claiming Rule Team regulations. The two teammates are currently battling it out to take the honors as top CRT rider for 2012.

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Money Talks, Riders Walk: Rolfo Replaces Pasini In MotoGP, Elias Replaces Corti In Moto2

As the 2012 season nears its end, the money is running out for some of weaker teams in the motorcycle racing paddock. The most egregious example of this is of course the Effenbert Liberty shambles, the Czech team managing to miss World Superbike rounds and drop racers despite having both a title sponsor and paying riders. But in the few days since the last round of MotoGP at Aragon, the same malaise has come to the MotoGP paddock as well.

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