2012 Moscow WSBK Superpole Results

Moscow's first Superpole was a dry one. Qualifying tyres made more of a difference than usual and the new track threw up some surprises.

Superpole one gave us our first 1'34 lap as Tom Sykes showed an early indication of what a fast lap would be. Both Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty used a qualifier and guaranteed they would be in superpole two, but Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies relied on a race tyre and missed out, qualifying in 13th and 15th respectively. 

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2012 Brno Moto2 FP3 Result: Espargaro Leads Redding

Pol Espargaro has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class, putting nearly quarter of a second between himself and 2nd place man Scott Redding. Dominique Aegerter nabbed 3rd, while championship leader Marc Marquez was forced to settle for 4th, nearly four tenths behind Espargaro's time. Thomas Luthi ended in 5th, fractionally slower than fellow Suter rider Marquez.

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Cal Crutchlow And Bradley Smith Confirmed At Tech 3 For 2013

The mystery of where Cal Crutchlow will end up in 2013 has finally been settled. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team today announced that Crutchlow will return with the squad for next season, alongside current Tech 3 Moto2 rider Bradley Smith. Crutchlow has signed a one-year extension of his contract with the team, while Smith has inked a two-year deal with Herve Poncharal's team. Crutchlow and Smith will contest 2013 on board Tech 3's satellite Yamaha YZR M1s.

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2012 Brno MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Crushes The Field

Dani Pedrosa has dominated the final session of  free practice for the MotoGP class at Brno, setting a searing pace that left the rest of the field gasping for breath. Pedrosa was half a second quicker than the rest of the grid for most of practice, then posted a lap of 1'56.209 on his final lap, getting within a few hundredths of Valentino Rossi's pole lap record set in 2009.

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2012 Moscow WSBK FP2 Results: Checa Makes Late Dash

Towards the end of the session, the timing sheet was topped by Tom Sykes, then Max Biaggi and finally Jonathan Rea, before Carlos Checa put in two fast laps to the flag, one a 1'38.098, less than three hundredths off his team mate Davide Giugliano's fastest lap of the weekend so far.

Giugliano also put in a late charge, but was unable to better the times of Biaggi and Rea, their best all weekend, but Rea has given his team some work fixing his Honda before Superpole, as he had an off, dodging his team mate Hiroshi Aoyama after his fast lap.

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2012 Brno Moto3 FP2 Result: Cortese Edges Vinales

Sandro Cortese was the fastest of the Moto3 men on Saturday morning, putting in a late charge to secure the top spot. The Red Bull KTM rider ended just ahead of Maverick Vinales on the Blusens FTR Honda, while Cortese's teammate Danny Kent grabbed 3rd. Kent was the last rider to be within a second of Cortese, the track having been dirtied by heavy overnight rain. 

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2012 Moscow WSBK QP2 Results: Rain Keeps Giugliano At Top

Predictably, it rained. It rained enough to bring out the red flags. While nobody was able to better Davide Giugliano's fastest time from yesterday, a few riders were able to pull themselves up from outside the top sixteen, securing their places in this afternoon's Superpole.

Notably, John Hopkins sneaked in to the top sixteen at the flag, while Tom Sykes and Max Biaggi squeezed in between Carlos Checa and Sylvain Guintoli.

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2012 Brno MotoGP Friday Round Up: Red Flags, Crashes, Fast Ducatis And Future Ducati Riders

Friday would prove to be an eventful first day of practice at Brno. Thrills, spills and plenty of flag waving, mostly of the red variety, as crashes played havoc with the day's schedule. It started in the morning, during FP1 for MotoGP, when Valentino Rossi ran wide in the final corner and his rear wheel kicked up a couple of sizable rocks. The rocks hit Dani Pedrosa, on the top of his foot and the front of his fairing, destroying the screen. How fast was he going when he was hit by the rocks, one intrepid reporter asked?

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2012 Moscow WSBK Friday Roundup: A Weekend Of Unknowns Awaits

It's not often we get to welcome a new track to a race series, but this year World Superbike gets to add the Moscow Raceway to the calendar. Nobody has raced motorbikes at this 3.9KM track before as it's only been open for six weeks. The track “goes left” or anti-clockwise and starts with a few twisty corners that, according to Marco Melandri, favour the Ducatis to the tune of four or five bike lengths.

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2012 Brno MotoGP Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Brno:


Positive start for Ducati Team at Brno

The Ducati Team today began its preparations for Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix, with Valentino Rossi posting the sixth-best time in the first two free-practice sessions.

On a sunny day with mild temperatures, the Italian rode at a good, consistent pace. On his fastest lap, his gap to the front was under half a second.

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2012 Brno Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Brno:


ANTONELLI MAKES IDEAL START AT BRNO

Niccolo Antonelli started out on the right foot at Brno today, the Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Moto3 youngster setting the fifth fastest time on the opening day of free practice. Antonelli started the morning session with conviction and was amongst the fastest riders on track all day, gradually improving his set-up and raising high hopes for Sunday's race.

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2012 Brno Moto2 FP2 Result: Luthi Heads Up De Angelis And Redding

Thomas Luthi was the fastest man in the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class. The Swiss rider just held off NGM Forward's Alex De Angelis, while Marc VDS Racing rider Scott Redding took 3rd. Simone Corsi nabbed 4th, just short of Redding's time, while Pole Espargaro sneaked ahead of Marc Marquez, the HP Tuenti rider 5th and the Catalunya Caixa man in 6th.

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2012 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Tops Incident-Strewn Session

Dani Pedrosa has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Brno, setting the final time in the second half of what would be an incident-filled FP2. Jorge Lorenzo - one of several crashers during the session, had taken an early lead in FP2, but had to cede the top spot to Pedrosa at the end, his session complicated by having to use his second bike. The two Spaniards were the only riders to crack into the 1'56s.

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