2021 Jerez World Supersport FP2 Result: Aegerter Returns

After a weekend of absence competing in the MotoE championship, Dominique Aegerter returned to the top of the timing sheets with the quickest time in the afternoon's session. Philipp Oettl ended the day on top, however, as his morning's time was quicker than Aegerter's afternoon's time. Steven Odendaal and Niki Tuuli rounded out the top four this seson, with Manuel Gonzalez fifth quickes this session but third quickest overall. 

Kenan Sofuoglu, returning to World Supersport for the Puccetti team this weekend, was seventh quickest.

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2021 Jerez World Superbike FP2 Result: Rea Quickest Overall

With two minutes left in the day's qualifying, Jonathan Rea did the first 1'39 lap of the weekend with a 1'39.671. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was second quickest, ahead of Leon Haslam and Scott Redding. Toprak Razgatlioglu was unable to improve on his morning's best time, which was good enough for third quickest overall.

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2021 Jerez World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Leads Rinaldi

Toprak Razgatlioglu set the quickest time of the morning ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, with the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes over a third of a second behind. Lowes set the fourth-qucikest time in spite of recording just six timed laps. Lowes was one of the riders injured in last weekend's Catalunya race, with Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes both missing this weekend through injury. Davies is replaced by Loris Baz while Sykes is replaced by Eugene Laverty. 

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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: Rules, Damn Rules And Sparktistics

I guess it is a credit to modern motorcycle engineering that so few bikes that get looked after properly in racing break down in actual races any more. With major parts of most WorldSBK machines coming from a production line somewhere, along with the rest of the bikes destined for the street, that’s remarkable in itself. Given that they all have upper rev limits and just a little bit of something in reserve on the computer design screen simply because you have a very limited engine allowance through the racing year, overstraining even your purpose-built racing components is a risky business nowadays.

Especially as in all but a few straights, the electronics spend a lot of the time attenuating the power you already have. Most of these bikes make too much power now, so the way it makes it matters more.

The reason I mention this potential race bike breakdown thing is that as I am clattering the keyboard in a hotel in Murcia, halfway between Barcelona and Jerez, the championship lead is a mere point, with Toprak Razgatlioglu just one ahead of Jonathan Rea. But, without an unfortunate front-running breakdown, due to an electrical charging system and voltage drop problem in Race One in Catalunya, Razgatlioglu would be leading by quite a few more points. He’s running away with this championship, if only he didn’t keep losing points.

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Misano Moto2 & Moto3 Review: Neil Morrison On That MotoE Controversy, New Dunlops, Mental Coaches, And Nurturing Talent In Moto2

Ding ding: Torres v Aegerter in incredible MotoE finale

Even the most ardent opponent of electric mobility would need a heart of stone to remain unmoved by the finale of the 2021 MotoE World Cup. The double-header at Misano had everything you’d want in a championship showdown: three of the four title contenders challenging for victory in race one, before two of them faced off in race two. It also included that crucial ingredient which is so crucial in gaining wider recognition: controversy.

There was plenty of that on Sunday, as Dominique Aegerter’s last lap move on Jordi Torres took the Catalan down and, for a few minutes at least, handed the Swiss rider the title, sending Spanish fans and members of the media to collect their pitchforks and demand a penalty. The FIM Stewards came to a swift conclusion: Aegerter was handed a 38-second penalty for the move – the equivalent of a ride-through penalty – demoting him to twelfth, handing Torres the crown by seven points.

Was this right? Clearly Aegerter had to make the move, with the championship on the line. He was in front of Torres when contact was made, and he didn’t technically run off track. As he explained, “He knew I'd be coming from the inside just like in the previous laps and that I would brake later than him. He kept his line which resulted in touching my rear wheel and him crashing out of the race.”

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Honda's 2022 RC213V Prototype - A Deep Technical Dive Into HRC's Radical New Bike

What MotoGP manufacturers change on test bikes for the future reveals a lot about what they feel is wrong with their current machines. So for example, at the Misano test, we saw Ducati roll out an updated version of their fairing, narrower and smaller, and consequently, likely aimed at creating a little more agility.

Aprilia introduced two different aero packages for high speed and low speed circuits. Suzuki had a new engine and a new chassis, while Yamaha had a different frame and revised engine. All small steps aimed at honing their current bikes into something better, an evolution of the bikes that raced at Misano the previous Sunday.

Not Honda. At Tuesday in Misano, Honda rolled out the latest prototype of their 2022 RC213V MotoGP machine, designed to address some of the obvious weaknesses of their current bike. The most remarkable thing about the machine is the stark and obvious differences between the 2021 bike and this latest prototype. This was no minor upgrade from last year's RC213V, this was a completely new bike, from the ground up. Very little remained the same; revolution, not evolution.

A New Hope

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 238: Misano MotoGP - Discussing Bagnaia's Win And The Merits Of MotoE Innovation,

The Paddock Pass Podcast crew take a look back at a fascinating Misano round of MotoGP in the latest episode. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett run through the highlights of the first round to take place at the Italian circuit. We kick off the show with a debate on the state of the MotoE class, with Adam making an impassioned plea for innovation, which the rest of the crew shoot down.

We talk Bagnaia's remarkable win, Marc Marquez' fourth place at a circuit which goes the wrong way, how Fabio Quartararo is one step closer to the title, and whether 21 races in 2022 are too much of a good thing. And we wrap up the show with our winners and losers.

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2021 Misano MotoGP Test Round Up: Six Factories And What They Were Working On

The weather cooperated for the second and final day of the Misano MotoGP test. It stayed dry and warm all day, which meant everyone got the track time they were looking for. In the case of Maverick Viñales, that was a lot of track time: the Aprilia rider racked up 109 laps, a grand total of 460.6 kilometers. Equivalent to Misano to Turin, London to Paris, Dallas, Texas to San Antonio, Texas.

The problem with all that track time, of course, is that a lot of rubber gets laid down. That adds oodles of grip, making conditions ideal for MotoGP machines. That is all very well, but MotoGP races never take place in such ideal conditions, and so testing can be deceptive. "It's true that everybody says the same in the tests, because there is a lot of grip everybody is fast, everybody is happy!" Marc Marquez noted.

Conditions are totally different between a race and a test, Marquez pointed out. "It changes a lot, a race weekend or test day. It changes a lot the risk of the way to ride also, with a lot of rubber on the track, a lot of grip and you can open a lot of gas," the Repsol Honda rider said.

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2021 Misano MotoGP Test Wednesday 12:00 Results: Aleix Espargargaro Heads Pecco Bagnaia

The track is dry and the weather is good for the second day of testing for the MotoGP class at Misano. At noon, it was Aleix Espargaro who was fastest, leading Pecco Bagnaia and Pol Espargaro, while Fabio Quartararo was fourth fastest.

The KTM Ajo Moto2 riders got their first taste of MotoGP machinery at Misano, Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner getting to ride the KTM Tech3 machines which they will be racing in 2022. This first ride is just to give them a feel for the bike, to understand engines, brakes, tires, rather than have them pushing for times.

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Misano MotoGP Test Tuesday Round Up: Wet Riding, Yamaha's New Chassis, Aero Updates, Honda's New Frame

The trouble with testing is that you have no control of the weather. As a result result of rain, and a track that was slow to dry, the MotoGP field lost half of the first day of the two-day test at Misano to wet conditions, with little use made of the track. The test riders were sent out as sacrificial lambs to put in laps and collect data in the wet. But Fabio Quartararo also put in some laps in the wet, to try to get a better feel for the Yamaha M1 in the wet, conditions they struggle in.


The wet-weather brake disc covers on the Yamaha M1

Those wet laps were useful for the championship leader. "In the morning I tried to make some laps but the track conditions were changing a lot, but from the first lap I could clearly see where the problem is with our bike and I think that we need to find a solution to that… But it's true that it's quite difficult to know what is happening," Quartararo told us at the end of the day.

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2021 Misano MotoGP Test Tuesday Results: Bagnaia Beats The Hondas On First Day Of Test

Pecco Bagnaia has topped the first day of the MotoGP test at Misano, where the factories gave their 2022 prototypes their first run out. The first half of the day was a write off due to rain and a wet track, but as the afternoon progressed, just about everyone took to the track, and got a chance to post some laps.

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