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Bridgestone responds to Phillip Island tyre disaster

Matthew Birt, 25 October 2013 09:27

The fallout from last weekend’s tyre fiasco in Phillip Island is still being felt in Japan this week, with senior Bridgestone management staging a specially convened press conference to explain what went so badly wrong in Australia. A new surface at Phillip Island created a nightmare for Bridgestone and Dunlop, with both MotoGP and Moto2 races shortened well below the ...

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Typhoon not expected to disrupt Japanese MotoGP race

Matthew Birt, 24 October 2013 08:45

Fears that Typhoon Francisco could cause severe disruption to this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP clash at the Twin Ring Motegi appear to be diminishing. Strong winds and heavy rain are still anticipated for the penultimate race of the season, but nothing that could severely disrupt this weekend’s proceedings, with Typhoon Francisco rapidly losing strength as this week has drawn on. The ...

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Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa against MotoGP stops

Matthew Birt, 21 October 2013 09:16

Phillip Island podium finishers Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi have said pits stops in MotoGP should not become a regular event, despite the intrigue and excitement created in an incident-packed Australian Grand Prix.Major issues with tyre wear on a new track surface meant for the first time ever, Race Direction implemented a mandatory pit stop in a shortened ...

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Phillip Island MotoGP: Lorenzo wins with masterclass

Liam Marsden, 20 October 2013 06:29

Jorge Lornezo put on a riding masterclass to take victory at Phillip Island and keep his hopes of a third MotoGP title alive. The race was shortened to 21 laps, with the riders forced to pit no later than 10 laps. Dani Pedrosa was the first to enter the pits with Lorenzo coming in a lap later and Marc Marquez ...

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MotoGP and Moto2 races hit by tyre issues in Australia

Matthew Birt, 19 October 2013 13:59

This weekend’s Australian Grand Prix has turned into a PR nightmare for Bridgestone and Dunlop after tomorrow’s MotoGP and Moto2 races will run under a revised format to counter fears of major tyre issues. A multi-million pound re-surface of the spectacular Phillip Island track last December has received rave reviews from all riders and seen lap record-breaking performances in all ...

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Brookes: Wet sessions 'null and void'

Simon Patterson, 19 October 2013 11:18

Josh Brookes says that despite finishing second in today's opening MCE British Superbike session at Brands Hatch, there's not much to take from the wet session. A damp track before the session started and a rain shower midway through meant that no one pushed their lap times until the closing stages of the race, with a late lap from Brookes ...

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Phillip Island MotoGP: Salom takes Moto3 pole

Liam Marsden, 19 October 2013 09:20

Moto3 championship leader Luis Salom will start from pole position at Phillip Island after setting a best time of 1'36.890 in qualifying. Salom's championship rivals Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins failed to keep pace with their fellow Spaniard and they will start from fourth and fifth respectively with Jonas Folger and Efren Vazquez on the front row. Isaac Vinales completes ...

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Valentino Rossi: ‘I need to be faster for the podium’

Matthew Birt, 18 October 2013 09:32

Valentino Rossi might have been happy to have finished fifth quickest in today’s opening MotoGP practice at Phillip Island, but the Italian admits he needs to improve his pace to claim a 14th podium finish in Australia. The Italian set a best time of 1.29.537 to finish just over 0.5s behind factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, as the MotoGP field ...

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Sepang MotoGP: Pedrosa eases to victory

Liam Marsden, 13 October 2013 10:06

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa bounced back from his Aragon crash to take victory at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The Spaniard got a good start from the second row and didn't waste his time passing Jorge Lorenzo to take the lead. Once in the lead Pedrosa eased out a comfortable gap to cross the line first by almost three ...

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Nicky Hayden shocked at Dall’Igna’s Ducati defection

Matthew Birt, 11 October 2013 14:12

Nicky Hayden admitted in Malaysia today that Gigi Dall’Igna’s shock defection from Aprilia to Ducati for 2014 had caught him completely by surprise. Dall’Igna initially appeared to reject Ducati’s approach to try and lead the Bologna factory out of its current slump, but he had a late change of heart that has thrown Hayden’s 2014 plans up in the air. ...

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