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Arai’s Limited Edition TT Isle of Man RX-7V is the latest in the line of stunning, collectible helmets which began in 2007. Renowned designer Drudi Performance has ramped up the colour this year with fluorescent yellow set against black with the three legs of man, the famous triskelion, picked out in gunmetal on either side. Details include the TT logo on the chin bar and TT Limited Edition printed on the back, set below atmospheric black and white chequers.
For 2019, riders including Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, Conor Cummins, Davey Todd, Derek McGee, David Johnson and Lee Johnston will be racing on the roads i n the RX-7V.
The Arai RX-7V IoM TT 2019 edition will be available in the paddock at the Isle of Man TT races and thereafter at every authorized Arai dealer.
In what has been a dream opening six races in Alvaro Bautista’s WSBK career, the Spaniard romped to another race win to become the first rider since Neil Hodgson to win the opening six races of a WSBK season, back in 2003, causing to another lights to flag victory in dominant fashion.
When the lights turned green, Bautista was able to hold onto first position from start to finish. Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea didn't have the outright speed to challenge Bautista and instead had his hands full dealing with Yamaha's Alex Lowes.
At the end of the first lap the leading trio had a slight gap over Kawasaki's Leon Haslam, Yamaha's Michael van der Mark and GRT Yamaha's Marco Melandri.
Soon, the big battle came from the scrap for fifth position, with van der Mark, Melandri, GRT Yamaha's Sandro...
Alvaro Bautista kept his winning run going in the Thailand sprint race, which was cut short by a red flag following an incident between Leon Camier and Thitipong Warokorn.
The factory Ducati rider had another strong race on the V4R, trading passes with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea on the opening lap of the sprint race before gradually pulling clear until a red flag on lap six prematurely ended the race early.
The red flag was caused by an incident involving Moriwaki-Althea Honda’s Camier and Kawasaki Thailand’s Warokorn at the Turn 3 hairpin. The Thai wildcard rider was taken to the medical centre immediately while Camier was shown walking away unaided from the incident.
With results taken from the last completed sector point, effectively the halfway through lap six, Bautista won by 1.6s...
The opening race of the Thai Round in the WSBK world championship saw an intense fight between reigning champion Jonathan Rea and series newcomer Alvaro Bautista, with Bautista using the Ducati's speed advantage to power past the Kawasaki rider to take his fourth win of the season.
An action-packed start saw Bautista originally get a flying start but Buriram specialist Rea got ahead of the Spaniard through Turn 1 with Yamaha's Alex Lowes tucked in behind.
The GRT riders of Sandro Cortese and Marco Melandri ran wide at the same turn, with BMW's Tom Sykes slicing under them and into fourth. At the end of lap one, the top four were covered by 1.1s. A lightening start from Yamaha's Michael van der Mark saw him rise from 10th on the grid to fifth by the end of the opening lap.
Nicky Hayden’s 2017 Ten-Kate spec Honda CBR1000RR SP2 WSBK racebike is up for sale for a cool €95.000.
Former Honda WSBK team Ten Kate is selling the machine, which has matching chassis and engine numbers, matching ECU and electronics numbers, matching chassis build-up and is set to the exact specification that Hayden used on track.
Ten Kate lists the bike as in 'absolute showroom state' though the machine is a runner and ready for track duties. The Dutch racing outfit is also issuing a certificate of authenticity with the sale and it will come with a full package and parts sold by Ten-Kate Racing.
For more info on the bike please contact Kervin Bos at Ten Kate Racing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won an explosive opening race of the season in Qatar. The Ducati rider rode a calculated race, holding off Marc Marquez in an intense end of race battle to take the chequered flag just 0.023 seconds ahead of the Honda rider.
Dovizioso said: “I’m so happy. The strategy was clear for me and really good. I stopped Rins every time because he wanted to be faster too soon, and that was bad for the tyre and I was right. I stop him every time, fortunately I have more power on the straight. I lose a little bit of time in the middle of the corner because his speed in the middle of the corner is amazing, but I was able to overtake him every time and stop him and continue to save the tyre, that was the key to try and put Marquez on the limit in the last few laps. And...
The final race of the Australian Round in the opening meeting of the 2019 WSBK Championship went the way of Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista, who completed a dream WSBK debut.
Initially taking the lead at Turn 1, Bautista started putting time into kawasaki’s Leon Haslam, who had managed to pass team-mate Jonathan Rea at Turn 4. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha) also made a fast start and was fourth whilst Michael Ruben Rinaldi escalated from eighth on the grid into fifth, with Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha) remaining sixth.
At Turn One on lap two, Eugene Laverty (Team Goeleven) made a brief appearance into sixth, passing Melandri, only for the Italian to repay the compliment. Back in the fight for second position, Haslam began to pull away from Rea, the reigning champion not having things his...
The first ever WSBK Superpole race saw Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista destroy the field to add another win to his tally.
The fast-paced ten lap encounter was a thriller from lights-out to chequered flag, with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea sweeping majestically into the lead at Turn One, and Race One winner Bautista hot on his heels.
By the end of the first lap, Yamaha’s Alex Lowes had moved to third position – briefly taking Bautista for second place, only for the Ducati Panigale V4 R to blast past, passing him easily down the Gardner Straight. However, unlike in Race One on Saturday, the Spaniard was unable to make a break away from Rea, who stayed with him – a completely different story in comparison to the first race of the season yesterday.
Rea’s team-mate Leon Haslam was pushed back...
Aprilia has unveiled its 2019 livery and team line-up for the new season.
As well as a new bike, the team has shaken up its squad in a bid to change its fortunes, appointing Massimo Rivola as new racing CEO, Romano Albesiano's as technical director, Bradley Smith as test rider, with Andrea Iannone joining Aleix Espargaro.
"The final part of last season and the winter tests were fundamental from a technical point of view," Albesiano said. "The arrival of Andrea and Bradley added new information to Aleix’s fundamental contribution, helping us to define the RS-GP’s line of evolution. This is a project that has come to fruition this season, with an overall improvement in every aspect.
"A lot of work was done on making it lighter. We made changes to the chassis architecture and...
The opening race of the 2019 WSBK series was dominated by Alvaro Bautista on his maiden race on the Factory Ducati V4R, who set a scintillating pace and was able to clear off at the front of the pack from lap one. Bautista took the win in a convincing manner, winning by more than 15 seconds to become the first Rookie to win a WSBK race on his debut since Max Biaggi in 2007.
Off the line for the first time in 2019, Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam got a good start before being sandwiched into Turn 1 by Alvaro Bautista and early race leader and pole-sitter, Jonathan Rea on the other factory Kawasaki. However, Bautista soon blasted into the lead at Turn 3 and from there, built a gap, setting back-to-back fastest laps and building a gap of over eight seconds.
With Bautista untouchable, the...
The final session of the opening day Round One of the 2019 WSBK season concluded with Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista taking over at the top of combined times, ahead of Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea and team-mate Leon Haslam, who finished in second and third positions.
Bautista’s time was the fastest in the individual FP2 session. The Spaniard was once again quickest in the speed trap and was by far the fastest of the all-new Ducati Panigale V4 Rs. The Rookie set a blistering lap time of 1’30.327 to go ahead of Rea in the final minutes by just 0.014s. By comparison, Ducati team-mate Chaz Davies only managed 14th position overall.
Bautista said: “Even though the main aim was not to set the quickest time, today was really positive and I’m very satisfied. We knew we had a good pace, so everything...
Day one of the WSBK test at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit saw factory Ducati’s Álvaro Bautista clocking the fastest time of the day, over four tenths of a second faster than Yamaha’s Alex Lowes and Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea.
Bautista said: “Today was a very positive day and I felt good on the bike right away. We mainly focussed on chassis set-up work by testing various solutions that I hadn’t tried out until now. I’m pleased because we were able to improve the turning of the bike, which gave me a lot more confidence going into the corner. In addition, we tried the different tyre solutions that Pirelli brought along for the weekend. Now we have to have a good look at the data and try and make another step forward, but all in all I’m very happy.”
The Spaniard’s best lap of 1’30.743...
The factory Kawasaki WSBK team has pulled the wraps of its 2019 race bike.
Reigning WSBK champion Jonathan Rea and new team-mate Leon Haslam unveiled the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR ahead of next weekend’s opening round of the championship at Phillip Island in Australia.
Rea said: “KRT always push the boat out when it comes to launching the new colours and it is the first time you see your final bike in the flesh.
“Everything is real and now we turn the page to 2019. Alpinestars have done a great job with my leathers as well. I changed my number 1 plate a little bit too, incorporating some new logos.”
KTM has unveiled the 2019 liveries for its Factory and satellite teams at a special event at its Austrian HQ in Mattighofen, and while the 2019 Factory KTM MotoGP livery follows the colours of the previous two seasons, the new satellite Tech 3 team’s striking blue, silver and orange paint caught the eye.
The team had used a black-and-white test livery for the Valencia, Jerez and Sepang winter tests, but this has been ditched in favour of blue and silver, combined with KTM orange, similar to sponsor Red Bull’s paint for its Toro Rosso ‘Junior’ team in F1.
Motorcycle race suits offer the very best form of rider protection. They’re constructed with abrasion resistant materials, have generous impact protection and are designed to keep you as safe as possible in the event of a crash. Leather slides incredibly well, and you’re more likely to suffer heat burns from your skin rubbing against the leather than damage from cuts and the likes. Speed causes a lot of injuries but the injuries caused by friction are far greater.
The Racing Absolute Leather Suit is different. Using lessons learnt from the MotoGP World Championship and input from Alpinestars athletes, the Racing Absolute is a state-of-the-art kangaroo leather one-piece racing suit which sets new benchmarks for protective technology available to riders. An example of this is the...
The final day of testing saw Ducati dominate the timesheets with factory rider Danilo Petrucci leading the charge with a jaw dropping time of 1:58.239 after 32 laps.
The Italian said: “Today we started off on the right foot: I was supposed to try two ‘time attacks’ but one attempt, done with a medium rear tyre, was enough. When I saw the lap time on the dashboard, I was really happy. After that, we resumed our work on some new items. Unfortunately, however, I crashed while I was trying a new fairing around midday. Given the fact that I was also experiencing some issues with blisters in my hands, we decided to stop a bit ahead of schedule to recover and make sure we’re at our best in the next tests in Qatar. Overall, it’s been a really positive test.”
Rookie Francesco Bagnaia was hot...
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 Rins on the Suzuki.
Viñales said: ““Honestly, we tried to work really hard today on the race pace. We were always using the spec for the race. I felt good and around midday we made good lap times, especially during the race simulation when it was hot, without grip, so I’m actually really happy how we...
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 more physio in the afternoon. New team-mate Jorge Lorenzo is sitting out the test due to injury, but there were three Hondas in the top ten as Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda, fastest in Jerez, took seventh and Stefan Bradl (Honda Test Team) ended Day 1 in P9, just under six tenths off Marquez.
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 paces at pre-season testing at Jerez and Portimao ahead of the season opener at Phillip Island on February 22-24.
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 second team presentation as a MotoGP rider and my first with this ambitious team. To be honest, it has been really impressive, everybody is very excited and committed to the team.
“I love how the bike has turned out and the whole look with the leathers and helmet. I am looking forward to debuting it...
The all-new BMW Motorrad WSBK team has unveiled its livery for the 2019 season in Portimao.
The new factory effort, run by Shaun Muir Racing, will race the brand new S1000RR with Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger. Featuring the iconic light blue, dark blue red and white colours of BMW ‘M’ Motorsport, the striking design marks the Munich factory’s return to the world stage with a fully supported effort since the withdrawal of the Goldbet BMW team in 2013.
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea enjoyed a successful WSBK test at jerez, setting the fastest time on board the new ZX-10RR.
On a partially resurfaced racetrack the opening day proved to be almost as much of a fact-finding exercise as a regular test at times. With new asphalt being laid in several corners, but not all, everyone had to take some time to adapt to the new feel and grip levels, as the track cleaned up with every lap the riders set.
With warmer weather and better track conditions present on day two both Rea found improvements in performance and consistency, putting in a 1’39.160 lap on a normal race tyre set-up.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “That was positive, very positive. I felt much better on the bike today and we found some good tyre consumption results. Yesterday the track was...
Fan favourite Michael Dunlop will return to the Isle of Man TT Races with Tyco BMW for 2019.
Dunlop added three more wins to his tally at TT 2018, riding a combination of Tyco machinery and his own MD Racing bikes, to take him to third place on the all-time winners board behind legends John McGuinness and Joey Dunlop.
Dunlop has his sights firmly fixed on adding to his impressive tally of silverware. He said: “We grabbed a Superbike TT win last year, which was a good start, and the goal this year will be to go after both the Superbike and Senior TT wins.”
Although the team and rider are remaining the same, one element of the mix will be changing as BMW introduce the new S1000RR.
Michael confirmed he was expecting to test the new superbike shortly. He said: “With the added...
The Honda Racing Team has annoucned that David Johnson will line-up next to Ian Hutchinson on the roads for the 2019 road race season.
Hutchinson and Johnson will spearhead Honda’s charge on the roads at The International North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT, with both rider contesting the Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, with the team also preparing a CBR600RR Supersport machine for Hutchinson.
‘Davo’ made his debut at the TT in 2010 aboard Honda machinery where he claimed the accolade of fastest newcomer that year. The Australian has since racked up three 4th place finishes at the Mountain Course and was close to a podium last year in the Superbike race. His best result at the Ulster GP has been 3rd (2018) and 7th at the NW200.
In tribute to the late, great Nicky Hayden, who passed away in 2017, the number 69 will be retired from Grand Prix racing at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The “Kentucky Kid” rode 69 to the crown and MotoGP Legend status during an impressive career that saw him leave an indelible mark on the sport and the paddock.
Hayden’s first successes came in 2003 when he took podiums as a rookie and he went on to win his first Grand Prix in 2005. That created a perfect springboard for the following season and he put together an impressive campaign to become 2006 MotoGP World Champion, wrapping up the crown in the season finale.
Hayden rose from dirt track beginnings to the absolute pinnacle of his sport, taking his unique blend of work ethic, humility and talent from...
Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo were joined by Repsol Honda Team legends Mick Doohan and Alex Crivillé to launch their rider-line up and livery for 2019, as well as celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Repsol Honda Team.
The new rider line-up is one of the strongest ever to take to the grid: Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo have taken eight of the last nine world championships in the premier class.
The new livery is disappontingly the same as last year’s, with the team opting not to run special paitn to mark its 25th anniversary of racing together. Instead it chose to mark that occasion by wheeling out Mick Doohan and Alex Crivillé, the first riders to run in the teasm’s colours.
It’s worth remembering just how successful the partnership between Honda and Repsol has been: from the...
Ducati has unveiled its 2019 team colours at the Phillip Morris R&D Cube in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Sporting a very, very red livery, the design harks backs to the liveries of yore for the Italian brand, complete with Audi Sport logo and a barcode-esque Ducati Winnow logo on the side.
As usual, Ducati remains tightlipped when it comes to actual details and figures about its race bikes, and instead quotes a ballpark peak power figure 'in excess of 250hp' for its Desmodromic V4 powerplant.
The Audi Sport logo is big news; Audi was rumoured to have put Ducati up for sale at the table end of 2018, and the inclusion of the Audi Sport branding seems to imply that this is no longer the case.
The 'Mission Winnow' has generated even more interest as Ducati continues to flout the sport's...
HJC Helmets have reached an agreement with Cal Crutchlow to become his official helmet sponsor for 2019 and 2020 in the MotoGP World Championship.
Cal has been a permanent fixture on the MotoGP grid since 2011 and the British rider continues his relationship with Team LCR Honda in 2019 after celebrating three podiums in 2018 including a victory in Argentina. Unfortunately, an injury sustained in Australia excluded Cal from the final three races of the season.
A well-respected rider by all in the paddock, Cal will become a vital part of HJC’s racing program. His maturity and experience on track bring important knowledge to contribute to the development of HJC’s products, building on their 47 years of experience in manufacturing quality motorcycle helmets.
“I am very pleased to...
Ducati's Danilo Petrucci topped the timesheets on Day 1 at the Jerez Test after setting a 1:37.968 in the afternoon, heading teammate Andrea Dovizioso – the 04 Italian crashing at Turn 5 late in the day – by 0.217 seconds.
LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami finished third on the timesheets, with just 0.380 splitting the top three.
A cold morning in southern Spain meant the track action didn’t get going until 11:30am local time, but conditions soon improved in the afternoon as the premier class riders continued their crucial 2019 preparations under sunny skies in Jerez. By the half way mark it was Repsol Honda Team's Jorge Lorenzo heading the pack, but times would tumble further – and Petrucci would emerge fastest.
At Ducati, Petrucci completed 53 laps on Wednesday to be the only rider to...
Glorious sunshine basked the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto once again for the second of a two-day test in Southern Spain, where four WSBK teams continued to work on their 2019 set-ups.
More than 600 laps of the 4.2km circuit were run by the eight riders, and steps were made ahead of what is set to be a sensational season with new bikes, new teams and new riders. Despite this, it was still four time world champion Jonathan Rea who led the way on the Kawasaki.
Rea continued with his sensational pace out on track for the second and final day of testing, as the 2018 world champion was continuing to work on getting the chassis in tune with the engine on his ZX-10RR. Explaining that his new bike offers even more potential than the 2018 Ninja, he was a force to be reckoned with, setting...
Meet the Aprilia RS 660 concept, a mid-weight sportsbike prototype from the Noale-based motorcycle manufacturer.
Details are scarce, but Aprilia has revealed some insights into the new RS 660, which Aprilia says is for a 'new generation of riders looking to fulfil thrills on the road as well as on the occasional track day'.
Aprilia says the 660 is a parallel twin unit derived from the 1100cc that powered the Tuono 1100 and the RSV4 1100 Factory. Aprilia says this configuration was chosen for its compact nature and efficiency, the extremely low level of heat transmitted to the rider and for the freedom it gives its designers to create a sleek and lightweight frame and suspension.
The engine is mated to an aluminium frame and swingarm that helps keep the weight down, and the engine is...
So, the covers are off, the manufacturers have made their move and Ducati has blown everyone out of the water with the Panigale V4R, its WSBK homologation special.
WSBK is a production-based race series, which sees tweaked versions of the actual bikes you can go and buy race against one another in competition – and this is why the V4R exists; to allow Ducati to take the WSBK fight to Kawasaki and wrestle the title out of the hands of the all-conquering Johnny Rea.
The new Panigale V4R runs a 998cc version of the Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4, with the stroke shortened from 53.5 mm to 48.4 mm, and the 81 mm bore untouched, essentially taking an extremely oversquare and rev-focused motor and making it significantly more oversquare and revvy.
The engine internals have also lost a...
The curtain has fallen on Dani Pedrosa’s MotoGP racing career.
The Spaniard, a three-time World Champion, has been named a MotoGP™ Legend and was inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at the season finale at Valencia.
Pedrosa won the 125 Championship in 2003, the 250 title in 2004 and 2005, and is one of the most successful riders of all time in the premier class. The Spaniard was inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at the season finale at Valencia.
Pedrosa ends a highly successful 18-year GP career, all of it as a Honda rider, having achieved three World Titles (125 in 2003, 250 in 2004 and 2005) 49 poles, 54 wins, 153 podiums and 64 fastest laps out of 295 starts.
Pedrosa is one of the best racers to have never won the championship, injuries taking their toll...
Raceday at the British GP at Silverstone was a shambles as rain cancelled the race. Yes, the most obvious of British weather conditions brought the MotoGP Championship to a standstill. Yet, it took Race Direction some five and a half hours to finally bring the curtain down on a truly miserable day in every sense of the word.
The circuit owners blamed the cancellation on the riders and teams refusing to race, the teams blamed the standing water and the lack of drainage and the riders blamed safety – standing water was an issue during Saturday’s sessions (a major crash in the water during FP4 sent Tito Rabat to the hospital via helicopter, while four other riders ploughed into the gravel traps).
It is clear that Silverstone's owners have fudged the recent multi-million fund...
After weeks of speculation, Honda factory rider Dani Pedrosa has announced that he will end his active racing career at the end of this season, bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career which has seen him win 31 MotoGP races, making him the eighth most successful rider of all time in the premier class.
Pedrosa, just 32, broke the news in a special press conference held ahead of the German round of MotoGP at the Sachsenring. He said: "Next year, I will not compete in the championship, this means I will finish my career this season in MotoGP. This is a decision I've been thinking about for a long time, and it's a very hard decision because this is the sport I love. But despite having good opportunities to keep racing, I feel like I don’t live racing with such an intensity as...
William Dunlop has died after a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin.
The 32-year-old rider from Ballymoney, County Antrim, was a member of the Dunlop dynasty of racing greats and a repeat winner of the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
Last month, William missed the TT races be with his pregnant partner, Janine.
Dunlop enjoyed a distinguished career on Ireland’s national road racing scene, accumulating some 108 wins, including four victories at the North West 200 and seven at the Ulster Grand Prix since beginning his career in 2000.
A statement released by the the Skerries 100 organisers, said they “deeply regret” to announce he “passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident”.
“The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their...
Assen was the venue for a sensational battle royale as eight riders duked it out for the win in one of the most incredible MotoGp races of all time at Assen.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez emerged from the melee to take the win on premier racing's 70th visit to the track, but the headlines were stolen by the close racing as Marquez battled with Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, Ducati factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, Suzuki's Alex Rins and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.
It was Marquez who took the holeshot from pole, with Crutchlow initially on his tail from second on the grid until Lorenzo sliced through from tenth to P2 after another awe-inspiring launch.
The Italian and Catalan GP winner didn’t wait long to strike for the lead either, attacking Marquez...
Jonny Rea claimed a double win at laguna Seca, one again showing the rest of the field that he his the benchmark by which all other riders are judged.
After qualifying third fastest in Superpole on Saturday morning, Rea spent the early laps right behind eventual race one second place rider Chaz Davies on the factory Ducati, before pouncing to lead on lap seven; Davies ran wide at the entrance to the famous Corkscrew chicane and Rea instantly took his opportunity on the inside line.
Rea built his lead from then on to ease out to an eventual clear advantage of 2.978 seconds after 25 intense laps, on a tricky track surface that rose to over 50°C under the hottest conditions of the weekend so far.
Speaking after the race, Rea said: “In the early laps I felt good behind Chaz, although...
Two weeks after his Mugello triumph, Jorge Lorenzo made it two in a row by winning the Catalan GP at the Montmeló circuit.
The rider from Mallorca, who started from pole, moved into the lead of the race onLap 2 when he passed Honda's Marc Marquez, and then firmly held onto that position right until the chequered flag, finishing more than four seconds ahead of his Honda rival.
Lorenzo has now moved up to seventh place in the overall standings on 66 points, followed by Dovizioso with the same haul, while Ducati now lie second overall in the Constructors’ championship with 132 points.
Lorenzo said: “Today’s win was really fantastic! We showed that we can win not only by entering the first turn in first place, but also by recovering and overtaking the others. It was actually a...
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