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Mugello MotoGP blog: Is this the year?

Mike Nicks, 03 June 2010 21:02

Is this the season when the Valentino era ends? That’s the question that everyone is asking here at Mugello now that Jorge Lorenzo has won two of the first three MotoGP rounds this year.  The thought is justifiable – but premature. This is only the fourth event in an 18-round championship, and Rossi is only nine points behind Lorenzo. The ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith now second in the world

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 11:15

“Maybe you try to picture your first win, but this is nothing like it,” Britain’s latest grand prix winner Bradley Smith said in a podium press conference only minutes after climbing from his Bancaja Aprilia at Jerez today. But he also revealed that his crushing 13-second victory in the 125cc Spanish GP almost turned into disaster when he ran into ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith takes first 125GP win

Mike Nicks, 03 May 2009 10:45

The 18-year-old Oxford rider Bradley Smith scored his first ever grand prix win in his 50th race in the 125cc event at Jerez. Smith, who had qualified second fastest, streaked into the lead from the grid on his Bancaja Aspar Aprilia, and never relinquished his advantage. His job was made easier when his two main rivals, team-mate Julian Simon and ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Smith leads Brit trio in top 8

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 13:07

Aspar Aprilia rider Bradley Smith scored a slot on the front of the 125cc Spanish GP in qualifying today, and led a trio of Brits into the top eight positions for tomorrow’s 23-lap race. Smith punted round the 2.75-mile Jerez track in 1m 48.434s, to finish just 0.197s slower than his team-mate, the 22-year-old Spaniard Julian Simon. Championship leader Andrea ...

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Jerez MotoGP: Bradley Smith Finds the Groove Again

Mike Nicks, 02 May 2009 10:40

Oxfordshire rider Bradley Smith continued his weekend-long duel with Aspar Aprilia team-mate Julian Simon in the second practice session for the 125cc Spanish GP, finishing just 0.321s slower than his Spanish team-mate. Smith headed yesterday’s opening practice session, but this time he had to accept runner-up spot to Simon’s 1m 47.203s best. Championship leader Andrea Iannone (Aprilia) finished third fastest, ...

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Jerez Motogp: Bradley Smith Flying at Hot and Sunny Jerez

Mike Nicks, 01 May 2009 13:05

Britain’s Bradley Smith got off to a blazing start in practice for the 125cc Spanish GP here at Jerez this weekend by snatching provisional pole on his Aspar Aprilia in the opening session. The 18-year-old Smith has the satisfaction of beating his team-mate, the Spaniard Julian Simon, by 0.304s on the 2.75-mile circuit, and will be looking for his first ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Haga Breaks the Spies Spell

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 17:04

Noriyuki Haga won the second race in the World Superbike Championship round at Valencia today on his Xerox Ducati, and proved decisively that the American new boy Ben Spies can be beaten on equal terms. In this race Spies stayed on his Yamaha R1 – he dropped it in the first encounter – but still trailed in second by 5.105s ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Haslam Leads Brit Charge

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 12:34

With a strong ride into fifth place in the first race at Valencia, Leon Haslam continues to reign as top Brit in this year’s World Superbike championship. Noriyuki Haga leads the points table after five races with 110 points to the 75 of Ben Spies. Max Neukirchner holds third place on 56 points on the Alstare Suzuki, but then comes ...

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World Superbikes Valencia, Race 1: Spies Falls, Haga Wins

Mike Nicks, 05 April 2009 12:07

Ben Spies reversed everyone’s assumptions about the outcome of the opening World Superbike race in Valencia when he slid gracefully off his Yamaha R1 on the tenth lap on the Ricardo Tormo circuit. The American had scored his third consecutive pole and in the morning warm-up recorded a string of 1m 34s laps that rivals could not match. But championship ...

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World Superbikes, Valencia: Super Spies Rocks to Third Superpole

Mike Nicks, 04 April 2009 15:31

With just over five minutes of Superpole action remaining on the Ricardo Tormo circuit, the quiet American Ben Spies rolled his Yamaha out of pit lane. At the end of sector one on the 2.487-mile he was quicker by 0.199s than any rival, and as he left sector two the gap had grown to 0.356s. And as the 24-year-old Tennessean ...

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