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2016 Donington World Superbike Superpole Results: Two Riders Missing

Superpole opened under clear English skies, but Alex Lowes wouldn't be competing as he was declared unfit due to the collarbone injury he sustained at Sepang. Sheridan Morais, standing in for Josh Hook, was also declared unfit after a crash yesterday.

Report and results follow.

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2016 Donington World Supersport FP3 Results: Sofuoglu By Four Tenths

In what looks ominous for the remainder of the weekend, Kenan Sofuoglu was the first and only rider under 1'31, over four tenths quicker than PJ Jacobsen and Luke Stapleford. Gino Rea, quickest overall yesterday, was unable to match his Friday afternoon pace. 

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2016 Donington World Superbike FP3 Results: Sykes Quickest Again

Making it three for three, Tom Sykes was quickest in the Saturday morning untimed session, a quarter of a second ahead of Davide Giugliano. Leon Camier, the pace setter for the first few laps, ended the session third quickest with Nicky Hayden just four thousandths of a second off his pace. Chaz Davies, on a rebuilt bike after yesterday's fire, was fifth quickest ahead of Jonathan Rea whose Kawasaki broke down near the end of the session. 

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2016 Donington World Supersport FP2 Results: Gino Rea On Top

Gino Rea fended off Randy Krummenacher and Kenan Sofuoglu to head onto tomorrow's Superpole two on top. Krummenacher put in a late lap to steal second place from Sofuoglu who was quickest for most of the session until Luke Stapleford and then Rea deposed the champion. Stapleford, 2015 British Supersport champion, ended the session fourth quickest. 

Jules Cluzel ended Friday thirteenth quickest, behind Superpole one favourites Alex Baldolini and Roberto Rolfo.

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2016 Donington World Superbike FP1 Results: Sykes Leads Giugliano

Tom Sykes opened his home weekend on top of the timing sheets ahead of Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea. There was a brief pause after wildcard Matthieu Lussiana crashed, leaving his bike on the racing line, but it was cleared quickly and qualifying resumed. 

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Opinion: Can Cameron Beaubier Revive the Stature of US Racing?

When opportunity comes knocking, it is a fool who does not open the door. That is especially true when the opportunity is as unique as the chance to race at a World Championship level event. Given the chance to shine on the world stage, you have to take that shot. So when Cameron Beaubier was asked to replace the injured Sylvain Guintoli inside the Pata Yamaha team for the Donington round of World Superbikes, I cannot imagine that he hesitated for very long before jumping at the chance.

As commendable as Beaubier's choice is, it comes with some considerable risk. Not just to the reputation of Beaubier himself, but also to the standing of American motorcycle racing in the world. As arguably the best motorcycle racer in MotoAmerica, the US domestic championship, his performance will be weighed on a silver scale, and used as a yardstick for the standard of racing in the US. The hopes and dreams of many a young American racer may lie fallow if Beaubier falls short.

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