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Aleix Espargaro: Aspar ride boosted my career

Matthew Birt, 11 March 2014 13:17

Aleix Espargaro says he owes a big debt of gratitude to Spanish legend Jorge Martinez’s Aspar squad for helping him develop into a more competitive MotoGP rider. The 24-year-old has been the major surprise package of winter testing with top four finishes in both Malaysia tests in Sepang last month on the new Forward Racing Yamaha machine. And he rounded ...

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Suzuki keen on MotoGP test for Eugene Laverty

Matthew Birt, 11 March 2014 10:30

Suzuki is keen to get the input of Eugene Laverty on its new factory 1000cc MotoGP contender during 2014. The Irish rider is locked in talks over selected rides on the new Suzuki and he met new MotoGP boss Davide Brivio recently during the second Sepang test in Malaysia to try and confirm appearance dates. Laverty, who won on his ...

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Bradley Smith rebounds from crash to claim top three

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:25

Bradley Smith experienced an eventful but ultimately very productive final night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was relieved to emerge unscathed from a high-side crash at turn 8 just when he was poised to start a full 22-lap race simulation. But when he did finally commence his distance stint, ...

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'Unbelievable' race simulation thrills Aleix Espargaro in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:20

Aleix Espargaro continued his outstanding winter testing form in Qatar last night by finishing the final pre-season action of 2014 on top of the timesheets. The Forward Yamaha rider was doubly happy after an impressive best lap of 1.54.874 put him just 0.033s clear of younger brother Pol Espargaro. But it was a fast and consistent race simulation that boosted ...

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Pol Espargaro suffers injury blow in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:18

Pol Espargaro’s preparation for his rookie MotoGP season suffered a cruel blow in Qatar last night when he broke his left collarbone in a crash in the final hours of a promising pre-season campaign. The reigning Moto2 world champion was entering Turn 6 at around 125mph but instead of downshifting to first, the Spaniard hit neutral. He ran straight on ...

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Stefan Bradl ends pre-season with two crashes

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:16

Stefan Bradl’s winter testing campaign certainly didn’t end on a high after he suffered two crashes on the final night of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The LCR Honda rider had already walked away unhurt from a spill at Turn 6 when he fell again while on the seventh lap of a planned full race simulation. The ...

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Rear grip concern for Alvaro Bautista in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:14

Alvaro Bautista dropped from being fastest rider on the second night of MotoGP testing in Qatar to finish fifth at the conclusion of the final winter test yesterday evening. Bautista was unable to improve on his best of 1.55.194, as he struggled to make any significant progress with improving rear grip on his Gresini Honda RC213V machine. The Spaniard had ...

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Scott Redding surprised by race run speed

Matthew Birt, 10 March 2014 09:11

British rider Scott Redding gave himself a morale boost heading into his rookie MotoGP campaign after he delivered an impressive first distance run on the new Honda RCV1000R production bike in Qatar last night. The 2013 Moto2 runner-up set his best time at the three-night Qatar test on the second flying lap of his 20-lap long run, which was two ...

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Alvaro Bautista struggles on way to fastest time

Matthew Birt, 09 March 2014 06:56

Alvaro Bautista might have been fastest on the second night of MotoGP testing in Qatar, but it was not an easy ride to the summit of the timesheets for the Gresini Honda rider. The former 125GP world champion set a best time of 1.55.194 to knock almost a second off his pace from the opening night. The Spaniard was satisfied ...

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Alvaro Bautista heads second night in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 09 March 2014 06:51

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista led the way on the second night of MotoGP testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. A quickest lap of 1.55.194 saw the Spaniard finish 0.314s clear of fellow factory Honda RC213V rider Stefan Bradl, with Forward Yamaha rider Aleix Espargaro completing the top three. Lap times were closer than on the opening night, ...

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