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Magny Cours WSB: Sykes and Melandri closes in on championship lead as Biaggi crashes out

Adam Child, 07 October 2012 13:12

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes closed within 14.5 points of championship leader Max Biaggi after taking third position in damp, tricky conditions at Magny Cours. Factory Aprilia rider Biaggi crashed at the end of the long back straight, uninjured on lap two. BMW’s Marco Melandri finished second in the dramatic wet race and is still very much in the title fight, only ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Sykes takes pole and smashes lap record

Adam Child, 06 October 2012 18:37

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes secured pole position, smashing the lap record with an outstanding Superpole lap, while championship rival Max Biaggi struggled finishing an unexpected 10th. Sykes took his ninth pole position of the season, setting the new circuit best lap with a 1.36.950. Factory Aprilia rider Biaggi failed to make Superpole three, unable to link a hot lap together in ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Marco on top in the last qualifying before Superpole

Adam Child, 06 October 2012 10:13

Marco Malandri, improved from yesterday’s third position to top the time sheets in second qualifying knocking Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes back to second. Sykes couldn’t improve on Friday’s time and had to settle for second spot. Athea Ducati’s Carlos Checa improved from Friday’s time but moves from provisional second to third, with Honda’s Jonathan Rea moving up from fifth to fourth, ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Tom Sykes on top in first qualifying

Adam Child, 06 October 2012 08:35

In perfect sunny conditions Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes set the fastest time of the first 45 minute qualifying session, with a 1.38.200. Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa joins him on the provisional front row followed by an injured Marco Melandri third with Checa’s team mate Davide Giugliano rounding off the front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi was seventh, followed by Haslam in ...

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Magny Cours WSB: Rea leads Brit charge at final round

Adam Child, 05 October 2012 12:22

Jonathan Rea topped the first free practice time sheets at Magny Cours, setting a 1.39.064 on a drying tack. PATA Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli finished second with in form Brits Leon Camier and Tom Sykes rounding out the provisional front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi set the sixth fastest time with title contender Marco Melandri riding through the pain barrier ...

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Ben Gautrey 1992 -2011

Adam Child, 02 September 2011 14:55

I first met Ben in April 2010 at a cold and damp Mallory Park. I was at Mallory testing one of the new Aprilia 450 race bikes which Ben was competing on; Ben went on to win the Moto 450 Championship later that year. Despite the fact it was cold, damp, usual Mallory pre-season weather, Ben was excited, enthusiastic and ...

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