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2022 Aragon World Supersport FP2 Result: Aegerter Remains On Top

Dominique Aegerter was over half a second clear of Nicolo Bulega on the Ducati with Lorenzo Baldassarri third quickest. Niki Tuuli brought another new bike to fourth place, keeping his MV Agusta F3 800 ahead of Can Oncu's Kawasaki. Jules Cluzel was sixth quickest, unable to improve on his morning's time. 

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2022 Aragon World Supersport FP1 Result: Aegerter Leads Yamaha Charge

2021 World Supersport champion Dominique Aegerter set the quickest time of the morning, with the Yamahas of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Jules Cluzel joining him in the top three. Can Oncu was fourth quickest on the Kawasaki, but the new bikes from Ducati and Triumph rounded out the top six, with Federico Caricasulo on the Panigale V2 and Stefano on the Street Triple 765RS. The third new bike, the MV Agusta F3 800RR was ridden to ninth quickest by Nikki Tuuli.

It's a new era, but Yamaha still have the upper hand.

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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: Holding The Middle Ground

It is so much easier to design technical rules for a prototype class than it has ever been for production derived series. Argue all you want about that. But when you are racing the actual products that real motorcycle companies make, and however many racing modifications you allow or disbar, you have to get the scales out and make sure that you allow every potential investor in your racing business to be competitive. Then it is up to them to win or not.

So many things are controlled nowadays, in all forms of production racing, that the base model that you built has become even more important in its fundamental suitability for racing. Unlike prototype racing classes, you have to run what Mr Yamaguskawaduconda brung to a showroom near you.

We have been down the road of the bikes that are eligible in WorldSBK not mirroring real world sales trends in the past, of course. Think of the era when 750cc road bikes were going out of favour and everyone started building 1000cc or greater road-going race replicas. Paradoxically, they were road bikes first, WorldSBK race bikes only after a few argumentative seasons had brought forth new rules.

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2022 Provisional WorldSBK Calendar Released - 12 Rounds And An Intriguing TBA

The WorldSBK championship is to look a little different in 2022. Though the length will stay the same as in 2021 - 13 rounds - the order is to be reshuffled a little, with the intriguing prospect of a possible race at Istanbul Park in Turkey during the season.

The season kicks off later than usual, with Phillip Island likely to be moved to the end of the year, possibly as the season finale held after the Indonesian round at Mandalika Circuit. Racing starts at the Motorland Aragon circuit, before heading north to Assen for the Dutch round of WorldSBK, which returns to its more normal date. After a four-week break, the series reconvences in Portugal for a race at Estoril.

The WorldSBK calendar heads east to Italy after that, for a race at Misano in June, before having a month off between the UK round at Donington Park. Two weeks later, the series travels to the Czech Republic to visit Most for the second time.

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