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Aleix Espargaro happy with opening night pace in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 08 March 2014 06:52

Aleix Espargaro continued his pre-season giant-killing act in MotoGP tonight when the Forward Yamaha Open class rider beat a host of factory prototypes in Qatar. Fourth fastest in both Sepang tests last month, Espargaro headed the timesheets at the Losail International Circuit in Doha. A best lap of 1.55.386 put the 24-year-old 0.253s clear of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider ...

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Scott Redding happy to close gap to Nicky Hayden

Matthew Birt, 08 March 2014 06:51

Scott Redding was satisfied with his performance on the opening night of MotoGP testing in Qatar after the Gresini rider finished within 0.4s of Nicky Hayden on the new production Honda RCV1000R machine. The 21-year-old was 10th fastest under the Losail International Circuit floodlights and a personal best time of 1.58.503 that was only 0.348s behind 2006 world champion Hayden. ...

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Bradley Smith not happy to play second fiddle to Aleix Espargaro

Matthew Birt, 08 March 2014 06:47

British rider Bradley Smith admitted he was not happy to be outpaced by Aleix Espargaro on the opening night of testing at the floodlit Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Smith led the timesheets for a long spell in the seven-hour session before a lap of 1.55.386 put Espargaro on top on the new Forward Yamaha machine. Espargaro’s YZR-M1 is a ...

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Ioda Racing: Leon Camier situation ‘very hard’

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2014 19:25

Ioda Racing boss Giampiero Sacchi has spoken of his disappointment at not being able to go ahead with a 2014 MotoGP deal for British rider Leon Camier. Former British Superbike champion Camier signed a deal with the Italian squad in January to ride an Aprilia ART machine. But when the official entry list was unveiled last week, the ex-Suzuki and ...

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Colin Edwards admits doubt over FTR chassis

Matthew Birt, 07 March 2014 09:31

Colin Edwards has admitted it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will get the opportunity to race a British-designed and built FTR frame in the 2014 MotoGP world championship.A revised official entry list last week showed Edwards and teammate Aleix Espargaro entered on a Forward Yamaha in the new Open category.All previous references to the pair on earlier provisional entry ...

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Dovizioso: Expectations ‘not unbelievably high’ for 2014

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2014 09:26

Andrea Dovizioso believes there won’t be any big improvement in Ducati’s fortunes in the early part of the 2014 MotoGP campaign, despite a positive pre-season campaign in Malaysia and Australia. Improvements to braking stability and corner entry on the GP14 Desmosedici has seen the Italian impress in winter testing, with the highlight a brilliant third place finish in last week’s ...

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Tito Rabat ‘lucky’ after big crash in Australia

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2014 08:39

Marc VDS Racing Moto2 rider Tito Rabat admitted he was fortunate to escape injury after his pre-season testing campaign ended with a heavy crash on the final day of tyre testing at Phillip Island. The Spaniard was confident he could break into the 1.31 bracket when he suffered a spectacular high-side on the exit of the second corner at the ...

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Jorge Lorenzo quickest at end of Phillip Island tyre test

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2014 08:35

Jorge Lorenzo completed his domination of this week’s Bridgestone tyre test in Australia today by setting the fastest time in cool and windy conditions at Phillip Island this afternoon. The Spaniard set his best time of 1.29.068 on the same spec tyre that wreaked havoc during last October’s Phillip Island race. But Lorenzo revealed to MCN that the 2013-race spec ...

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Jorge Lorenzo remains on top in Australia

Matthew Birt, 04 March 2014 09:06

Jorge Lorenzo remained in control of the Bridgestone tyre test in scorching hot conditions at the Phillip Island track in Australia today. The Spaniard improved his pace to a 1.29.133 today to edge out compatriot and Repsol Honda rival Dani Pedrosa by 0.248s. This week’s three-day tyre test has been arranged by Bridgestone to seek a solution to the major ...

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Jorge Lorenzo leads Bridgestone tyre test

Matthew Birt, 03 March 2014 08:46

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo put his tyre woes in Sepang last week to one side to head the timesheets on the first day of an official Bridgestone test at Phillip Island today. Lorenzo was highly critical of Bridgestone’s new generation 2014 tyres when he slumped to a lowly seventh place in Malaysia last week. He found Bridgestone’s rubber more to his ...

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