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    WSBK ran race 1 at Most in the Czech Republic today. All the usual suspects were at the front. Toprak Razgatlioglu led the first 5 laps before succumbing to pressure from Jonathan Rea. Rea led the next 4 laps, and Alvaro Bautista passed them both to take the lead. In the later stages of the race, Scott Redding worked his way up to second. But on the last lap he was pushed out of the way by Razgatlioglu, and then by Rea, before forcing himself back past Rea. Bautista won, Razgatlioglu 2nd, Redding matches his best finish of the season in 3rd, Rea 4th and Axel Bassani 5th. Peter Hickman filled in on the other factory BMW bike for an injured Michael van der Mark, qualifying 21st and finishing 22nd. His FHO Racing teammate in British Superbikes, Ryan Vickers, filled in for Leon Haslam who had obligations with Kawasaki to prepare for the Suzuka 8 Hours race. Vickers qualified 24th and finished 23rd. It's interesting that Vickers rides a BMW in BSB and was allowed to ride a Kawasaki in WSBK. I didn't think the manufacturers would allow such a thing. Anyway. Superpole and Race 2 tomorrow.

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    MotoAmerica got off to a tragic start at Brainerd on Friday. Stock 1000 rider Scott Briody was killed in a single-bike crash in practice. All on-track activities were cancelled on Friday.

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    Racing went as planned Saturday. Jake Gagne started on the pole. Danilo Petrucci, Mathew Scholtz and Richie Escalante were all involved in practice crashes, with Escalante being unable to start the race in his 5th qualifying spot. Gagne had a one second lead by lap 2, and maintained it at 5 seconds for the rest of the race. Petrucci and Cameron Petersen had a tight race for second before Petrucci ran off track, giving second to Petersen. Gagne 1st, Petersen 2nd, Petrucci 3rd, Scholtz 4th and PJ Jacobsen 5th. Race 2 is tomorrow.

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    Previously in this thread I ripped on WSBK for being predictable and boring, but maybe that's just me being new to the series because goddamn is it good to watch lately.

    In the superpole race, Toprak Razgatlioglu led from the start until lap 8, with Jonathan Rea right behind him until Rea was able to take the lead. Rea held it for a lap, then Razgatlioglu took it back on lap 9. On the final lap of the 10 lap race, the two swapped places a couple times before Rea went off the track into the gravel, and Razgatlioglu cruised on to the win. Alvaro Bautista finished 3rd, Michael Ruben Rinaldi 4th and Axel Bassani 5th. Peter Hickman finished 19th and his FHO Racing teammate Ryan Vickers was a retirement after a crash on lap 3.

    In race 2, again it was Razgatlioglu getting the jump with Bautista and Rea close behind. The three swapped positions almost continuously throughout the race. Scott Redding and Axel Bassani had a hard battle for fourth, with Redding able to get clear at the end. Razgatlioglu finished 1st, Bautista 2nd, Rea 3rd, Redding 4th and Bassani 5th. Hickman finished in the points in 14th, and Vickers finished 17th. I think that's the end of the WSBK appearances for Hickman and Vickers. I think Tarran Mackenzie has one more race this season, but other than that it's back to BSB for them.

    WSBK Standings after Most:

    1. 298 Alvaro Bautista (Ducati)
    2. 267 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki)
    3. 260 Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
    4. 148 Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha)
    5. 134 Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Ducati)

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    Similar to how I felt about WSBK, MotoAmerica has become fairly predictable. Race 2 at Brainerd was today, and at the end of lap 1 Jake Gagne had built a 1.7 second lead over Danilo Petrucci and Cameron Petersen. He had extended it out to 4 seconds, and then suddenly got off line, lost the front and sent the bike cartwheeling into pieces. Petrucci was able to run to the win, 7 seconds ahead of Petersen. PJ Jacobsen finished 3rd, Hayden Gillim 4th and Hector Barbera 5th. Mathew Scholtz sat out this race due to injuries sustained in practice and qualifying crashes yesterday. Petrucci's win, combined with Gagne crashing and Scholtz not starting means Petrucci is back on top of the MotoAmerica standings.

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    MotoAmerica Standings after Brainerd:

    1. 253 Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)
    2. 240 Jake Gagne (Yamaha)
    3. 215 Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
    4. 183 Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha)
    5. 133 Hector Barbera (BMW)

    Next week, as WSBK enters its summer break, MotoGP returns from theirs to Silverstone. BSB rider Rory Skinner will make his first of two Moto2 starts with American Racing.
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    MotoGP is back from the summer break at Silverstone. Johann Zarco qualified on the pole and led early on. Championship leader Fabio Quartararo had to serve a long-lap penalty for an incident at Assen. Aleix Espargaro, second in the points, was riding with injuries sustained in a practice crash. Zarco crashed out of the lead on lap 5, giving the lead briefly to Jack Miller, before he was overtaken by Alex Rins. Rins began to struggle with grip, allowing Francesco Bagnaia to assume the lead on lap 12. In the last few laps, Enea Bastianini started a march to the front, coming from eighth to fourth in the final 5 laps. Maverick Vinales also was on the move, passing Bagnaia for the lead on lap 19 of the 20 lap race, but Bagnaia was able to pass him back and hold on for the win. Vinales finished 2nd, Miller 3rd, Bastianini 4th and Jorge Martin 5th. Quartararo seemed to have issues with grip at the end, dropping like a stone to 8th, and Espargaro held onto 9th to keep pace in the points.

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    Moto2 was even better than the MotoGP race. There were 2 separate, simultaneous battles with Augusto Fernandez and Alonso Lopez for 1st, and Jake Dixon, Ai Ogura and Aron Canet for 3rd. Fuckin Cameron Beaubier, I watched him win almost every race in MotoAmerica in 2020, and this season in Moto2 he's crashed out of 6 of 12 races. He's going to be back in MotoAmerica if he keeps this up. British Superbikes rider Rory Skinner finished a pretty respectable 21st in his Moto2 debut.

    MotoGP Standings after Silverstone:

    1. 180 Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)
    2. 158 Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)
    3. 131 Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
    4. 118 Enea Bastianini (Ducati)
    5. 114 Johann Zarco (Ducati)

    In other motorcycling news, former BSB rider Gino Rea, riding for FCC TSR Honda France in the FIM Endurance World Championship, was airlifted to hospital after a practice crash at the Suzuka 8 Hours on Saturday. He was unconscious at the track with head, chest and lung injuries, and is still in a coma. The team finished the race 10th.

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    Last edited by SKR; 08-07-2022 at 02:20 PM.
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