MotoGP (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • Marquez and Lorenzo set the pace, Rossi ninth

    16 October 2015 by Steve English

    Marquez and Lorenzo set the pace, Rossi ninth

    Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo set the pace but Maverick Vinales will steal the headlines after the opening day of practice at Phillip Island. The Spanish trio led the way at the Australian circuit on...

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  • Navarro sets pace on opening day

    16 October 2015 by Steve English

    Navarro sets pace on opening day

    With rain having fallen prior to the start of FP2 the Moto3 field gingerly took to the Phillip Island circuit this afternoon but with the conditions improving throughout the session Jorge Navarro set...

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  • Lowes tops the times in FP1

    16 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lowes tops the times in FP1

    Sam Lowes dominated the opening Moto2  practice session with the Englishman comfortably fastest at Phillip Island. Speaking to MCN before the action started in Australia Lowes said that "Phillip...

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  • Oliviera fastest in opening Moto3 session

    16 October 2015 by Steve English

    Oliviera fastest in opening Moto3 session

    Miguel Oliviera topped the opening Moto3 session of the weekend with Danny Kent second fastest, two tenths off the pace. The championship leader is on the verge of a first world title and a top two...

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  • Marquez: Phillip Island should suit us better

    15 October 2015 by Steve English

    Marquez: Phillip Island should suit us better

    Marc Marquez thinks that the Phillip Island track layout should suit the Honda better than some recent tracks on the MotoGP calendar. "I think the fast corners will be better because looks like where...

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  • Miller confirmed at Marc VDS for 2016

    15 October 2015 by Steve English

    Miller confirmed at Marc VDS for 2016

    In a move that came as no surprise to the MotoGP paddock Jack Miller has finally been confirmed at Marc VDS for next season. The team will expand to two bikes with HRC contracted Miller joining...

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  • MCN Plus - Three wings on my wagon

    12 October 2015 by MCN

    MCN Plus - Three wings on my wagon

    Manfred von Richthofen made triplanes famous. His three-winger was a proper Fokker (yes, really), and in it he led the multi-coloured Red Baron’s Flying Circus through exploits of great derring do...

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  • Peerless Zarco wins at Motegi

    11 October 2015 by Steve English

    Peerless Zarco wins at Motegi

    Johann Zarco celebrated being crowned Moto2 world champion by taking a dominant victory at Motegi in damp conditions. With the rain having stopped the track continued to dry throughout the 15 lap race...

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  • Antonelli wins but Kent now on verge of title

    11 October 2015 by Steve English

    Antonelli wins but Kent now on verge of title

    Niccolo Antonelli took the win in Japan but with wet conditions it was Danny Kent who took another step towards the title. The British rider is now 56 points ahead of Enea Bastianini in the standings...

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  • New time schedule for Japanese Grand Prix

    11 October 2015 by Steve English

    New time schedule for Japanese Grand Prix

    The MotoGP race should still take place on time at 14.00 local time but the rest of today's schedule has been thrown into disarray by bad weather and poor visibility at Motegi. Both Moto2 and Moto3...

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  • Rossi: Today is a positive day

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Rossi: Today is a positive day

    Valentino Rossi will start from the front row for only the fourth time this year at tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix but his qualifying effort could be one of the pivotal moments of the season. Jorge...

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  • Lorenzo digs deep for pole

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lorenzo digs deep for pole

    Jorge Lorenzo may have taken pole position in Japan but after the session it was clear that he had been unnerved to be pushed so hard by Valentino Rossi in qualifying. Having been comfortably faster...

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  • MCN Plus - Super Dan(ny Kent)

    10 October 2015 by MCN

    MCN Plus - Super Dan(ny Kent)

    Moto3 looks set to bring Britain its first GP title since Barry Sheene in 1977 Way back in 1977 when Barry Sheene won Britain’s last Grand Prix world title, it was 16 years before Danny Kent was even...

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  • IODA confirm de Angelis condition

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    IODA confirm de Angelis condition

    The IODA team has confirmed that Alex de Angelis has fractured five vertebrae and three ribs during his crash in final practice today at Motegi. The San Marino rider crashed heavily at Turn 9 and the...

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  • Smith: I know where the limit is but I wasn't listening to myself!

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Three crashes in a day should leave a rider disconsolate and thumbing through their book of excuses. For Bradley Smith however today's crashes left him confident of his potential for tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix. Smith has spent this year riding to the limit of his Tech3 Yamaha and rarely overstepping the mark but at Motegi he's been quick from the outset and has been keen to show his potential.

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  • Vinales and Redding through to Q2

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Vinales and Redding through to Q2

    Maverick Vinales and Scott Redding made it through to Q2 after leading the way in opening practice to finish comfortably ahead of Stefan Bradl and Yonny Hernandez.  Behind the leading qualifiers...

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  • Lorenzo tops FP4 after de Angelis crash

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lorenzo tops FP4 after de Angelis crash

    A heavy crash in the middle of the final practice session at Motegi saw a lengthy delay after a heavy crash for Alex de Angelis. The San Marino rider was airflifted to hospital with circuit medics...

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  • Fenati takes long awaited first career pole

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Fenati takes long awaited first career pole

    Romano Fenati claimed his first career pole position at Motegi with the Italian almost two tenths of a second ahead of Miguel Oliviera. Fenati, who has won six Grand Prix, has always been known as a...

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  • Rins quickest ahead of qualifying

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Rins quickest ahead of qualifying

    Alex Rins laid down a marker to the Moto2 field ahead of qualifying by leading the way in final practice from Johann Zarco by almost four tenths of a second. The Spaniard set his time on his final lap...

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  • Lorenzo and Iannone under lap record in FP3

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lorenzo and Iannone under lap record in FP3

    Jorge Lorenzo smashed the track record at Motegi with the Spaniard four tenths faster than the Ducati's of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. Yesterday Valentino Rossi said that he was afraid that...

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  • Antonelli continues to set Motegi pace

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Antonelli continues to set Motegi pace

    Niccolo Antonelli continues to look in superb form at Motegi with the Italian setting a storming pace ahead of qualifying to lead the way by three tenths of as second from Brad Binder. The South...

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  • Rossi looking for positives after opening day

    10 October 2015 by Steve English

    Rossi looking for positives after opening day

    Eighth fastest while Jorge Lorenzo sets the pace illustrates how difficult this weekend, and winning a tenth world title, could be for Valentino Rossi but the Italian felt that there was positives to...

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  • Hand injury not holding Marquez back

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    Hand injury not holding Marquez back

    Marc Marquez admitted that the pain in his left hand is making life somewhat difficult for him on track in Japan but brushed away any suggestion that it's more than an inconvenience. The reigning...

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  • Lack of midcorner grip costing Kent

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lack of midcorner grip costing Kent

    A lack of turn-in cost Danny Kent on the opening day of practice at Motegi but the Moto3 championship leader wasn't too concerned about it affecting the rest of his weekend. Having had such a strong...

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  • Lorenzo tops opening day at Motegi

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lorenzo tops opening day at Motegi

    Jorge Lorenzo shrugged off concerns about his injured by dominating the opening day of practice in Japan with the Yamaha rider setting the pace ahead of Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Iannone and Andrea...

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  • Zarco claims Moto2 world championship

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    Zarco claims Moto2 world championship

    Johann Zarco became the sixth French rider to win a Grand Prix world championship with the Ajo Motorsport rider claiming the intermediate class crown this morning following Tito Rabat's withdrawal...

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  • Luthi fastest, Rabat withdraws from Motegi

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    Luthi fastest, Rabat withdraws from Motegi

    Thomas Luthi was fastest in FP1 at Motegi with last year's Moto2 winner showing strong pace to start this weekend. The Swiss rider was 0.012s faster than Johann Zarco with the duo comfortably quicker...

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  • Lorenzo sets pace in opening practice

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lorenzo sets pace in opening practice

    First blood in Japan went to Jorge Lorenzo with the Spaniard setting the pace in FP1 ahead of Andrea Iannone with the championship leader, Valentino Rossi, four tenths off the pace of his teammate in...

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  • Antonelli fastest in FP1, Kent fourth

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    Antonelli fastest in FP1, Kent fourth

    Niccolo Antonelli continues to impress in Moto3 with the Italian setting the pace in opening practice at Motegi. Ajo KTM teammates Miguel Oliviera and Brad Binder were second and third fastest ahead...

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