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2011 World Superbike - Magny-Cours Photo Gallery

See photos from Round 12 of the 2011 World Superbike Series at the Magny-Cours circuit in France.

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Leon Camier - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours Friday Practice
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Michel Fabrizio: "Today was a bit disappointing because I knew I could go faster, but was unable to do so. Throughout the day I had problems with the front end of my bike. I couldn't get it to turn properly and I also had a problem getting it to stop. I had a small tumble in this morning's session when the front tucked under, but I was uninjured and able to ride the bike back to the pits."
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Jonathan Rea: "It was quite difficult this afternoon because I was in and out of the garage quite a lot, trying to sort out little issues. We found a bit of rhythm towards the end of the session though and the bike felt OK, although we’re still struggling a little in one sector."
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Leon Haslam: "This day was pretty good. We tried a few different options on the rear tires for the race distance. It is not easy to find a good set-up for this circuit, so we worked on that. The lap times are not too bad at the moment. We are only three tenths off the quickest time, and I lose a lot of time in just one corner. Tomorrow if we can rectify the issue that we have in that one corner, then we should be somewhere close to the front.”
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Eugene Laverty is 25 points behind Max Biaggi and may overtake the Italian for third in the series this weekend.
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Marco Melandri: "Today wasn’t a bad day even if we didn’t end the session with a good result. It was a day I spent getting to know the track and the various sectors and having used little rubber I think there is plenty of room for improvement."
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Broc Parkes was in the middle of a Kawasaki dominated session after finishing more than half a second behind Massimo Roccoli and just 0.088 seconds ahead of David Salom.
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Jonathan Rea - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours Friday Qualifying
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Tom Sykes: "Now we have proved we can go well in the wet and we are getting there in the dry, so I am quite happy to go forward to France and pick up where we left off - which is consistently in the top four or five."
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Carlos Checa was just 0.012 seconds faster than Eugene Laverty on Friday at the Magny-Cours circuit in France.
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Carlos Checa: "We thought that we’d be able to fight for a position on the front row and we managed to do that today."
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World Superbike rookie Eugene Laverty earned his sixth front row start of the season at Magny-Cours.
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Broc Parkes claimed his second consecutive pole after defeating Luca Scassa by just 0.002 seconds in the charts.
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Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea nabbed the Superpole victory in France ahead of Eugene Laverty and Carlos Checa.
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Carlos Checa posted his fifth double victory of the season at Magny-Cours to claim the world championship in France.
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Yamaha's Marco Melandri overcame an eighth-place start on the grid to finish second in both races.
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BMW Motorrad's Leon Haslam secured his third podium finish of the season in Race 1.
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Yamaha's Eugene Laverty moved into the top-three in the championship after two more top-five finishes in France.
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Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea leaves France with two DNFs after suffering more technical problems with his bike.
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Chaz Davies: "It's been an amazing season and it has taken me 15 long years to get me where I am now. There are so many emotions hitting me all at once, I've worked towards this all my life and I still believe I am now in this position."
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Althea Racing's Carlos Checa is officially the 2011 World Superbike Champion!
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Carlos Checa: "When I crossed the line it was a great feeling, an explosion of emotion because I knew what it meant. This is the best moment of my career and the best moment of my life."
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Carlos Checa - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours
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Marco Melandri had two come from behind performances in France and will join Leon Haslam at BMW Motorrad in 2012.
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Jonathan Rea suffered an ignition sensor failure in the second race which resulted in his second DNF of the day.
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Eugene Laverty - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours
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Leon Haslam - 2011 World Superbike Magny-Cours
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Newly crowned Superstock 1000 rider Davide Giugliano is expected to join Carlos Checa at Althea Racing in 2012.
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Joan Lascorz: "I used the same type of tire in both races but the tire was used up more in Race 2. I moved up a bit in the championship and that was good. Overall this weekend had been less difficult than at some other circuits but the second race was definitely more difficult for me."
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Tom Sykes: "Magny-Cours is probably my worst circuit on the calendar but we were right in there in almost all the sessions so that is a positive thing to take away."