MotoGP (April 2013)

  • Lowes On Pole For Assen WSS Race

    27 April 2013 by Gordon Ritchie

    After taking pole in the first round in Australia Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Racing Yamaha) pushed himself to the top spot in the WSS practice order by over 0.643 seconds from second place rider Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India). Sofuoglu’s team-mate Fabien Foret was third. Said Lowes after his impressive pre-race showing, “It was really good today, a very positive day, and both session...

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  • MotoGP remembers Daijiro Kato

    24 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Last weekend’s inaugural MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Japanese rider Daijiro Kato. Kato lost his life in an accident in the opening round of the 2003 world championship at Suzuka when riding for the Italian-based Gresini Honda squad. All Gresini bikes in all three classes at COTA sported tribute 74 stickers on the fairing in memory...

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  • Marc Marquez expecting tougher times ahead

    24 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Marc Marquez expecting tougher times ahead

    MotoGP sensation Marc Marquez has admitted that he faces a difficult challenge to continue the stunning start to his premier class career in 2013. After a brilliant third place on his debut in Qatar...

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  • Andrea Dovizioso waiting on Ducati upgrades

    23 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Andrea Dovizioso waiting on Ducati upgrades

    Andrea Dovizioso says all he can do is be patient and push at 100% while waiting for a series of upgrades to be rolled out by Ducati’s factory MotoGP squad later in the season. Small updates for the...

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  • Valentino Rossi impresses in NASCAR test

    23 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi impresses in NASCAR test

    Valentino Rossi indulged in his passion for four-wheeled motorsport in America yesterday when the Italian tested Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Toyota Camry at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fresh from a...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo claims landmark 100th podium

    22 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Jorge Lorenzo claims landmark 100th podium

    After a weekend of getting battered by Honda duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo did at least have something to celebrate in Texas when he claimed a 100th career podium.   Lorenzo...

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  • Scott Redding seizes Moto2 points lead

    22 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding seizes Moto2 points lead

    Scott Redding scored his first pole position in Texas and now leads a world championship category for the first time in his career after he secured a hard fought fifth place at the Circuit of the...

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  • Cal Crutchlow doubts podium challenge

    21 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow doubts podium challenge

    British rider Cal Crutchlow believes he has little chance of scoring a third MotoGP podium in today’s Texas race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider missed a...

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  • Marquez dominates COTA qualifying

    20 April 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Marquez dominates COTA qualifying

    A tense qualifying ended at the Circuit Of The Americas [COTA] in Texas with Marc Marquez posting an excellent 2:03.021 to take his first ever MotoGP pole position, some two-tenths ahead of Honda...

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  • Valentino Rossi rules out Texas victory challenge

    20 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi has ruled out the prospect of winning the first MotoGP race to be staged in Texas after the Italian finished a tough opening day of practice at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) almost two seconds of the pace. Rossi set a best time of 2.06.868 to finish fifth on the combined timesheets but his pace was a massive 1.837s behind dominant Marc Marquez, who was quickest again after...

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  • Jorge Lorenzo expresses grip concerns

    20 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    The chances of Jorge Lorenzo adding victory in Sunday’s first Circuit of the Americas (COTA) MotoGP race to his opening round triumph in Qatar appear close to zero. The Spaniard was no match for Honda trio Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl in yesterday’s opening two 45-minute practice sessions and he finished well over a second off the best pace. The factory Yamaha rider logged a best...

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  • Cal Crutchlow expecting Honda romp in Texas

    20 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    British rider Cal Crutchlow believes Sunday’s inaugural MotoGP clash at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) will be a Honda dominated affair after the RC213V machine dominated the opening day of practice in Texas. It was no surprise to see Marc Marquez dominating the timesheets today after his stunning performance in a private test at COTA last month. But his best time of 2.05.031 put him a...

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  • Valentino Rossi cagey on title prospects

    19 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Valentino Rossi cagey on title prospects

    Valentino Rossi’s stunning return to Yamaha in Qatar earlier this month has not suddenly convinced the Italian legend that he is now a serious title contender in the 2013 MotoGP world championship.

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  • Cal Crutchlow aims for Texas top five

    19 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow aims for Texas top five

    Cal Crutchlow says he will be happy with another top five finish in the first MotoGP race to take place at the spectacular and challenging Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas on Sunday. The...

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  • Bradley Smith plays down Texas pressure

    18 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith plays down Texas pressure

    British rookie Bradley Smith has denied he is under any extra pressure to deliver in Sunday’s inaugural Circuit of the Americas (COTA) MotoGP clash in Texas. The 22-year-old failed to finish on his...

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  • Scott Redding eyeing Texas victory challenge

    16 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Scott Redding eyeing Texas victory challenge

    British rider Scott Redding is confident he will be fighting for victory in the inaugural Moto2 race at the spectacular new Circuit of the Americas in Texas this weekend. The Marc VDS Racing rider got...

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  • Cal Crutchlow hails Qatar winner Jorge Lorenzo

    11 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Cal Crutchlow hails Qatar winner Jorge Lorenzo

    British rider Cal Crutchlow has heaped more praise on reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo after the Spaniard’s successful start to the defence of his MotoGP crown in Qatar last weekend. Speaking in...

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  • Bradley Smith vows to learn from Qatar error

    10 April 2013 by Matthew Birt

    Bradley Smith vows to learn from Qatar error

    Bradley Smith has vowed to learn from the early mistake that ended his MotoGP debut in Qatar after just five laps. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was pushing to move back inside the top 10 when he...

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