Yamaha pilot Maverick Viñales got within just 0.067 of Jorge Lorenzo’s fastest ever lap of Sepang on Day 2 of testing, with the 1:58.830 set by Lorenzo last season – although not an official lap record – now surely under threat on Day 3. Top gun Viñales had been hovering in third for much of the latter part of the day before he dug deep to light up the timesheets. More than three tenths up before the final sector, the Spaniard eventually crossed the line 0.527 ahead of nearest rival Alex...
Despite still suffering the effects of surgery on his left shoulder during the winter break, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez topped the timesheets on Day 1 at the Sepang Test with a 1:59.621, 0.259 faster than Suzuki’s Alex Rins in second and 0.316 quicker than third place rider Maverick Viñales on the factory Yamaha.
Marquez completed 29 laps on Day 1 before stopping in the early afternoon to give his left shoulder a rest ahead of the next two days, with the reigning world champion heading for...
The factory Ducati WSBK team squad has officially presented the new V4 R which it hopes will fight for the 2019 World Superbike championship.
Ducati recently launched its road version of the V4 R in order to homologate the bike in time for the 2019 campaign. There will be four Ducati V4 R Superbikes on the 2019 grid with Barni Racing fielding Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Team Go Eleven partnering with Eugene Laverty.
Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista have been busy putting the bike through its...
A new era has dawned on the factory Yamaha MotoGP team with the unveiling of a new livery; the Movistar colours have been ditched in favour of a darker black-and-blue look for the arrival of new title sponsor Monster Energy.
Lin Jarvis, managing director of Yamaha Racing, said: “We like the new colours of the bike a lot. It’s more aggressive and I think that is what we need to be. We need to adopt the attitude of ‘beast mode on’ to be world champions.”
There will be a new team on the tracks from next season as the Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team was officially unveiled.
The team will have a presence in all three tiers of Grand Prix Motorsports and have already announced their line-up. Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo will represent the team in MotoGP, Khairul Idham Pawi will ride in Moto2 and Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee are the ones chosen for Moto3.
Franco Morbidelli, the 2018 MotoGP rookie of the year, said: “This is my...
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