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MotoGP (October 2015)

  • 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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  • No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    09 October 2015 by Steve English

    No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    The progress made early in the season by Suzuki placed somewhat unrealistic expectations on the returning Japanese manufacturer and with both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales having enjoyed plenty...

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  • McPhee to continue with 2014 chassis

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    McPhee to continue with 2014 chassis

    John McPhee is hoping that a return to last year's chassis will offer him a similar run of late season form to 12 months ago. At Aragon the Scot changed to running last year's Honda frame and...

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  • No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    No major upgrades expected for Suzuki in 2015

    The progress made early in the season by Suzuki placed somewhat unrealistic expectations on the returning Japanese manufacturer and with both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales having enjoyed plenty...

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  • Lorenzo and Marquez downplay injuries

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    Lorenzo and Marquez downplay injuries

    Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez are both walking wounded in Japan but both rider have said that they expect to be able to compete freely at Motegi. Last week both riders suffered injuries with title...

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  • Crutchlow: We have to push the front so hard

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    Crutchlow: We have to push the front so hard

    Like the other Honda riders Cal Crutchlow has had a difficult year with the Englishman having strong results when the bike has been able to produce grip but struggling for much of the campaign. Motegi...

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  • West to return to MotoGP grid at Philip Island

    08 October 2015 by Steve English

    West to return to MotoGP grid at Philip Island

    Anthony West will make a return to the MotoGP grid for the first time since 2008 next weekend at Philip Island with the Australian in line to replace Karel Abraham. The Czech rider has elected to skip...

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  • Espargaro looking to build momentum

    07 October 2015 by Steve English

    Espargaro looking to build momentum

    Pol Espargaro has had a disappointing year on the Tech3 Yamaha but with three races over three weekends the momentum of his season could shift rapidly with some strong results on the Asian swing of...

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  • Smith focused on another strong result

    07 October 2015 by Steve English

    Smith focused on another strong result

    With four races remaining in 2015 Bradley Smith is keen to hold onto his place in the top five of the MotoGP world championship. The Tech3 rider heads to Japan excited at the prospect of returning to...

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  • Ducati hopeful of strong weekend

    07 October 2015 by Steve English

    Ducati hopeful of strong weekend

    Andrea Dovizioso has struggled in recent races with a lack of feeling under braking but the Italian is confident that he can improve his fortunes this weekend at Motegi. The GP15 started the season as...

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  • Video: Camping with Bradley Smith

    07 October 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Video: Camping with Bradley Smith

    What happens when you take one of the UK's top motorbike racers (who also happens to currently lie fifth in the MotoGP title chase) up a Scottish mountain, away from home comforts, proper toilets, and...

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  • Lorenzo sprains shoulder in training accident

    04 October 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo sprains shoulder in training accident

    Spanish media are reporting that Jorge Lorenzo’s 2015 MotoGP title aspirations may have suffered a major blow, after the Movistar Yamaha rider sprained his left shoulder in a training accident ahead...

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  • Bendsneyder to join Ajo-KTM in 2016

    02 October 2015 by Steve English

    Bendsneyder to join Ajo-KTM in 2016

    Red Bull Rookies champion Bo Bendsneyder has been confirmed with Ajo-KTM for next year. The team also announced that Brad Binder will continue with the Finnish squad for a second year. For Bendneyder...

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  • MotoGP switch confirmed for Rabat

    01 October 2015 by Steve English

    MotoGP switch confirmed for Rabat

    One of the paddock's worst kept secrets was confirmed today by Marc VDS with the team announcing that Tito Rabat will move into the premier class to ride a Honda RC213v. Rabat tested the bike on...

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