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Laverty battered and bruised after Suzuki MotoGP test

Gordon Ritchie, 06 June 2014 09:13

Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) arrived at Sepang for the sixth round of the World Superbike championship battered and bruised after testing Suzuki’s MotoGP machine in Japan and then Australia, suffering a high-speed fall at Phillip Island. Laverty’s Phillip Island crash was at turn one at approximately150mph. He escaped serious injury but arrived in Malaysia suffering with a painful and ...

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Yamaha: No doubt Lorenzo ‘back on it’ in Austin

Matthew Birt, 10 April 2014 16:19

Yamaha has no doubt that Jorge Lorenzo will be able to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of his early exit from the opening race of the season in Qatar when the world championship continues in Texas this weekend. Lorenzo led the early moments of a pulsating Losail International Circuit opener but crashed out before a lap had even been ...

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HRC confident Marquez will be close to full fitness in Qatar

Matthew Birt, 17 March 2014 10:07

Honda is confident reigning world champion Marc Marquez will be close to 100% fitness to begin the defence of his MotoGP crown in Qatar this weekend. The 21-year-old has missed pre-season tests in Sepang and Phillip Island after breaking his right leg in a dirt track training accident in Spain last month. The last time the Repsol Honda rider rode ...

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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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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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Crutchlow baffled by front tyre issue in Oz race simulation

Matthew Birt, 05 March 2014 15:19

British rider Cal Crutchlow was left baffled by a front tyre issue that forced him to abort a planned full race simulation on the final day of Bridgestone’s crucial tyre test at the Phillip Island track in Australia. Crutchlow was scheduled to do a full distance run of 27 laps in cool and windy conditions on the final afternoon, but ...

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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 evaluates new Yamaha bodywork in Australia

Jorge Lorenzo, 04 March 2014 09:08

Double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo assessed a new fairing on the second day of the Bridgestone tyre test at Phillip Island today. The unbranded black carbon YZR-M1 fairing was evaluated by the Spaniard shortly before the lunch break and is tailor made specifically to cope with windy conditions at the coastal Australian venue. Strong winds are a common feature ...

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