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aside from the interminable promos for soccer and excursions into celeb cars coverage wasn't bad. watched most of Sunday's coverage starting at 5:00AM
 

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The MotorLand Aragon circuit proves again to be a special place for Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), World Superbike Race 1 winner. It was a perfect race for the Welsh rider - who got his maiden podium in the series last year on this very track - out on his own after two potential winners were forced back to the pits.
Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) experienced technical problems - while they were on the lead - during lap 4 and 5 respectively and had to make their way back to the their garages. Aprilia works rider went back on track later on to test the RSV4 after the work done by his crew.


The positive note for Noale's manufacturer comes from 2nd place and new Championship Leader (after Race 1) Sylvain Guintoli. BMW chances for a one-two were denied by a false neutral experienced by Marco Melandri, who then had to make his way through from 5th to 3rd at the chequered flag.


An unfortunate technical problem on the last lap stopped Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) from finishing in 4th place. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) crossed the line in 7th place behind Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).
 

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A Sunday to remember for Chaz Davies, who repeated first race success and got a double race win at Aragon. The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team rider was unstoppable under MotorLand Aragon heat and crossed the finish line with a big margin over Sylvain Guintoli, still Championship leader after race 2.

A race day to forget for second works Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty, who lost the front of his RSV4 on the opening lap of the race at Turn 2, straight after getting the holeshot ahead of Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team): 2012 WSBK runner-up was 3rd at the chequered flag after pulling away from a tenacious Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia).


Fifth place for Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), not as competitive as in race 1 but still able to finish ahead of Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki). Both French riders had an outstanding Race 2, as Baz started from the last position on the grid and Cluzel moved off from the pit lane. Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), on his home track, finished in 8th place the second race of the day.
 

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And the main thing I like about WSBK is that the bikes they ride are the ones we ride :dblthumb
Not even close. Aprilia won last year, and they allegedly went through 39 different engines. The bikes they run are very high spec and much much different then the bikes from the showroom.
 

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I prefer WSBK to MotoGP. the racing is better and anyone can win on any given weekend. MotoGP is too political, too much bullshit and not enough racing.

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I agree, MotoGP is incredibly boring and with only two contenders you might as well just rename it Honda Vs Yamaha GP.

I actually prefer BSB to either WSBK or MotoGP, that series has some really exciting races.
 

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Not even close. Aprilia won last year, and they allegedly went through 39 different engines. The bikes they run are very high spec and much much different then the bikes from the showroom.
Well, they aren't anything like the street version because of the mods. You have that right.

As for the 39 engines - the engines were opened up after every weekend, usually just the top end. Heads were checked for valve guide runout and re-lapping the valves at the very least. I would guess they checked the rings and pistons every time they opened them up too. The bottom ends were only checked every 2nd or 3rd weekend usually, unless they suspected something. At that point, they would use new cases, sometimes new cranks. Just pulling the heads off was 'using' another engine. Oh, and they would have 2 engines (2 bikes) every weekend.

This is just what I read on another board that has a lot of guys who have built high-end racing engines for years.
 

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Not even close. Aprilia won last year, and they allegedly went through 39 different engines. The bikes they run are very high spec and much much different then the bikes from the showroom.
A couple years ago they put did a comparison between Ben Spies's R1 and a showroom bike. Basically the only thing left was the cases and some of the frame, the rest was modified, braced and/or one-off.

Not to mention with the lack of engine limits, the WSBK bikes are actually higher engine spec than the CRT machines (hi Aprilla) in the MotoGP.

A WSBK machine has more in common with the MotoGP bikes than it does with the bikes you buy in the showroom.
 
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