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Phillip Island WSB test: Sykes on top and on circuit record pace

Gordon Ritchie, 18 February 2014 11:16

The two days of warm and dry official track time at Phillip Island were unfettered in terms of weather conditions but it was the high attrition rate of crashing riders and some technical issues that cut short the available track time from the first session to the last. The fastest rider on show proved to be Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing ...

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Laverty Jumps Up On Day One Of Official WSB Tests

Michael Guy, 17 February 2014 14:31

The first of two days of official testing at the Phillip Island circuit saw the Voltcom Suzuki of Eugene Laverty lead the field at a pace that shocked even the fastest rider on show himself. “This morning was probably the best conditions I have ever rode Phillip Island in and that is why the lap times were so good.” said ...

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Colin Edwards impressed by Aleix Espargaro’s Sepang speed

Matthew Birt, 13 February 2014 12:29

Veteran American Colin Edwards heaped praise of new Forward Racing teammate Aleix Espargaro after the Spaniard’s brilliant start to the 2014 MotoGP testing campaign in Malaysia last week. Making his debut on the new Open category FTR-Yamaha, Espargaro was the revelation of the Sepang test by finishing fourth quickest. The ex-Aspar Aprilia rider was only beaten by Marc Marquez, Valentino ...

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Marquez ends Sepang test on top

Simon Patterson, 06 February 2014 12:20

Marc Marquez has left the first test of 2014 on top of the time sheets, but is chased by a trio of Yamahas after a blisteringly fast third day of riding in tropical temperatures at the Malaysian track. Jorge Lorenzo started the day off by dipping under the 2 minute mark on only his second lap of the day, but ...

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Rossi positive after second day at Sepang

Matthew Birt & Simon Patterson, 05 February 2014 13:23

Valentino Rossi has remained positive after the second day of testing in Sepang despite slipping from second to fourth in the timing sheets, saying that there’s still more speed to be found from his Yamaha M1 package. “Today is positive because I did 2.00.4 and I improve from yesterday by close to 0.5s. I stay 0.5s from Marquez and he ...

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Cal Crutchlow open to Ducati strategy change

Matthew Birt, 03 February 2014 10:36

Cal Crutchlow has backed Ducati’s drastic plans to transform its woefully uncompetitive factory Desmosedici in the 2014 MotoGP world championship. The Bologna factory, now led by former Aprilia technical mastermind Gigi Dall’Igna, is seriously contemplating racing in the new Open class when the 2014 campaign kicks off in Qatar on March 23. That would mean Crutchlow’s 2014 Desmosedici would run ...

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WSB entry list released

Simon Patterson, 31 January 2014 14:29

Just 22 days away from the start of the 2014 World Superbike Championship, race organisers have released an entry list of who we can expect to see on the Philip Island grid in three weeks’ time. The table brings few surprises, although one thing it does serve to highlight is the number of teams already moved to the new Evo spec ...

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Mick Grant joins Norton for TT assault

Simon Patterson, 23 January 2014 17:44

Norton Motorcycles have expressed their intent to take yet another step forwards with their TT racing endeavour, as the Donington Park-based manufacturer sign seven time winner Mick Grant to join the team in a development and management capacity. Grant, who last rode for the Norton factory some 40 years ago, will join the team with the intention of bringing his ...

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Lowes and Laverty set the WSB world order

Gordon Ritchie, 20 January 2014 18:20

When Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty signed to ride the ageing Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team in 2014 few would have thought that they would leave the first major winter test of 2014 1-2 in the lap time rankings. Fewer would have also put Lowes above Laverty at a track he has had much success at in ...

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Leon Camier excited by 'amazing' MotoGP chance

Matthew Birt, 15 January 2014 16:26

Leon Camier has spoken of the ‘amazing’ chance he has to line-up against the likes of boyhood hero Valentino Rossi and current MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez in 2014. The former British Superbike champion appeared on an updated MotoGP entry list yesterday and he will ride an Aprilia ART machine for the Italian-based Ioda Racing squad. Speaking to MCN from ...

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