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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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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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Knockhill to run reversed in 2014

Simon Patterson, 11 February 2014 15:02

MCE British Superbike organisers MSV have confirmed that the Knockhill round of the championship, to be held in late June, will, as previously suggested, be run for the first time in reverse direction around the short Scottish track. Knockhill, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, had initially suggested the switch some time ago, and has spent over £100,000 in ...

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Monza undergoes safety inspection with view to 2015 return

Simon Patterson, 24 January 2014 13:35

World Superbike organisers have carried out a safety assessment this week at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, with the aim being to bring the iconic track back to the championship for 2015. The meeting, consisting of circuit management, WSB safety inspectors Igor Eskinja and Frank Vayssié, and series sporting director Gregorio Lavilla, met to consider a number of modifications to the ...

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MSV tracks get winter updates

Simon Patterson, 23 January 2014 16:19

With a winter-enforced break in the racing calendar, circuit owners and MCE BSB organisers Motorsport Vision have taken the opportunity to launch a schedule of maintenance and improvement work at a number of their tracks. 2014 will see safety improvements and new surfaces in a number of spots at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park, while Snetterton gets new kerbs and ...

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Marc Marquez maturity impresses HRC

Matthew Birt, 18 December 2013 14:37

Senior Honda management have praised Marc Marquez’s ice cool temperament after the Spaniard’s record-breaking rookie season in the MotoGP world championship. Marquez became the first rookie to win the premier class title since 1978 with a series of scintillating performances that took him to 16 podium finishes in 18 races, including six wins. But it was his unflappable mental strength ...

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Casey Stoner to remain in HRC testing role

Matthew Birt, 16 December 2013 10:39

Honda will continue to call on the blistering speed and technical feedback of double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner for development of its factory RC213V in 2014. The Australian retired at the end of 2012 but he made numerous testing appearances in the latter stages of this year’s campaign at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan. Stoner, who won ...

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Race Direction backed on cancelled practice in Japan

Matthew Birt, 25 October 2013 11:08

The decision to cancel all practice sessions at the Twin Ring Motegi today on safety grounds has been unanimously backed by top riders in Japan. Mist that failed to clear for the majority of the opening day made it impossible for a medical helicopter to fly into the track ahead of the Moto3 FP1 session at 9am local time. Despite ...

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MotoGP bosses determined Japanese Grand Prix will go ahead

Matthew Birt, 25 October 2013 10:31

MotoGP bosses are determined to ensure Sunday’s pivotal Japanese Grand Prix goes ahead after the first day of practice was wiped out by adverse weather conditions. Morning mist remained for the duration of a rain-hit day in Japan and the poor visibility prevented a vital medical helicopter from landing at the Honda-owned complex this morning. With no viable alternative on ...


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