2012 Miller Motorsports Park World Superbikes QP1: Smrz Beats The Weather

Jakub Smrz just edged out last year's double winner Carlos Checa out of provisional pole while Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi took the remaining spots on the provisional front row

It was a dry session, but with a headwind down the start/finish straight that sapped the bikes of their top speed and stability.


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WSBK Rider Updates: McCormick Aiming To Return, Lascorz Honoured

Brett McCormick, injured seriously in a crash at Assen, has recently been seen photographed with fans in Canada, wearing a neckbrace and standing tall. He is aiming to return to racing in August. The Effenbert Liberty Racing Team rider states that his thumb is healed and the pain in his broken neck has reduced enough for physiotherapy. The Canadian is tweeting regular updates on his Twitter feed

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2012 Miller Motorsports Park World Superbikes FP1: Smrz tops a very wet session

In what continues to be a theme for 2012, another weekend's racing opens with wet weather. Jakub Smrz was consistently one of the faster men throughout the session and, on his last lap to the chequered flag, he was over two seconds faster than everyone else.

The first 30 minutes, most riders were lapping around 2'11 until the rain eased off a little, and at the end, everyone started putting in faster laps.


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Miller Motorsports Park Press Release: 5 Questions With Marco Melandri

After the earlier press conference with Sylvain Guintoli, Miller Motorsports Park also organized a press conference with BMW Motorrad's Marco Melandri. Melandri faced questions on the difference between the V4s and BMW's inline 4, his adaptation to the BMW and that controversial incident in the final corner of race two at Donington Park. Below is the press release interview issued by Miller Motorsports Park with Melandri:

Miller Motorsports Park Presents: Five Questions with Marco Melandri

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Ducati Completes Test At Mugello - Electronics, Engine And Swingarm Key Changes

The weather finally smiled on Ducati's testing efforts on Thursday, providing a full day of testing under excellent conditions. After parts of the first two days were lost to rain and a wet track, the sun shone all day Thursday, with the track being too hot, if anything. Though the post-test press release is as free of detailed information as ever, the positive vibe that came through in both the press release and in the responses from various sources at the test is evident.

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Ducati Press Release: Weather Allows Hayden And Rossi To Turn Laps With Modified Engine

Ducati is currently testing several new parts for their MotoGP machine, including a modified engine to soften power delivery. After the first day of riding by Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, they issued the following press release:

Ducati Team at Mugello for first day of two-day test

The first day of a two-day test for the Ducati Team at the Mugello circuit started off rainy, keeping Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden in the garage.

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Suzuki MotoGP Prototype Spied In Japan Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

That Suzuki is working on a MotoGP prototype for a return to the premier class at some point in the future - 2014 is the date Suzuki staff have referred to officially in all their communication - is well-known. There have been several reports of the bike being tested, but no real photos or information on the bike. Until yesterday.

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Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Discusses Racing In The Torrential Rain of Le Mans

Bridgestone's usual post-race debrief press release, in which Masao Azuma discusses how their tires performed in the torrential conditions at Le Mans:

French MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma

Round 4: French MotoGP™ - Post-race debrief
Le Mans, Wednesday 23 May 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)

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Miller Motorsports Park Press Release: 5 Questions With Sylvain Guintoli

Miller Motorsports Park organized a phone-in press conference with Effenbert Liberty rider Sylvain Guintoli ahead of the US round of World Superbikes, scheduled to take place this weekend. Questions Guintoli fielded questions about injuries, the benefits of staying with the same team for more than one season, and the most important lessons he learned racing a private 250. 

Below is the press release interview from Miller Motorsports Park:

Miller Motorsports Park Presents: Five Questions with Sylvain Guintoli

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2012 Le Mans MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Head And Heart

Funny how things turn out. On a weekend that looked like being overshadowed by one subject - Casey Stoner's shock retirement announcement and its repercussions - along came the rain and provided spectacle to cheer the hearts of racing fans of every persuasion. Rain offers new opportunities, and such opportunities light a fire in the breasts of racers being kept from running at the front under ordinary circumstances. At the same time, should that fire burn too fiercely, those same racers can fall prey to their own overarching ambition, and fall within sight of glory.

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2012 Le Mans MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's French Grand Prix at Le Mans:


The circuit of Le Mans, France, hosted the fourth event of the season for the MotoGP class.

In today’s race, Mattia Pasini had the chance to fight for a good result: starting from the twentieth placement on the grid, the Italian had a good beginning, closing the first lap in fourteenth position. Once he got a good pace, Mattia stayed with the other CRT machines, crossing the finishing line twelfth.

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