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Johann Zarco has seen his dream factory ride turn into a nightmare even quicker than anticipated, with KTM deciding replace him in the team with immediate effect.
Zarco and KTM had decided to mutually end their association at the end of 2019, but the Austrian powerhouse has decided to act now and relieve the Frenchman from racing duties for the remainder of the season.
The official reason is that 'developments and ongoing work mean that priorities have been realigned', and while Zarco is exempt from his MotoGP commitments, he will remain contracted to KTM until the end of the season.
He will be replaced in the team by test rider Mika Kallio - who rode the KTM on its debut in the MotoGP division in Valencia 2016 and has contributed strongly since the early testing phases of the...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez rode a controlled race, pouncing on the last lap to take the MotoGP win at Misano.
After a promising morning Warm Up session where Marquez, the Spaniard entered the 27-lap San Marino Grand Prix with confidence.
Marquez made a flying start to the race and moved to fourth by the first corner, quickly progressing up to third just a few corners later. Muscling past Yamaha's Maverick Viñales on Lap Four, the World Championship leader set about closing down the almost one-second lead of Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman’s advantage was soon reduced to just two tenths, with Marquez electing to wait for his moment to attack. As the laps ticked down, the reigning champion began to edge closer and put increasing pressure on the young French rider....
Suzuki's Alex Rins snatched a dramatic victory on the finish line to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.
Marquez led virtually all the way round and was on course for his seventh win of the season, appearing to have held off the younger Spaniard, only for Rins to produce a spectacular piece of riding on the final lap for his second win of the season.
Another Spaniard, Maverick Vinales, was third, with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi a place further back.
The result sees Marquez extend his lead in the Championship to 78 points after second-placed Andrea Dovizioso of Italy suffered a bad crash on the first lap.
Dovizioso suffered his spectacular crash on the first lap as he went into the back of Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and went flying off...
To celebrate this weekend’s British MotoGP at Silverstone – Alpinestars has launched a new pair of Supertech R’s inspired by Cal Crutchlow.
Cal secured his place in British racing history when he gave a wet riding masterclass to take victory at the 2016 Czech Republic round – becoming the first Briton to win a premier class race since in 1981. He claimed 18 podiums, four poles and four fastest laps in his nine-year MotoGP career – as well as three WSBK wins, five WSS wins and the 2006 British Supersport title.
And paying tribute to Cal’s career, Alpinestars has just launched a set of new Limited Edition Supertech R race boots inspired by the man himself – with distinctive white, black and fluorescent yellow colour scheme, plus Union Jack detailing.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez delivered his 60th premier class pole position from 120 premier class starts with a new lap record at the British Grand Prix.
Times were tumbling from early in the day as the Silverstone circuit record was improved on continuously throughout the day. The bar was provisionally set during Free Practice 3 when Marquez was one of three riders to enter the 1’58s – over a second faster than the record from 2017.
Immediately in the 1’58s from his first flying lap of Q2, Marquez left it late to set his fastest time as he secured pole with a 1’58.168 and set a new outright lap record around the Silverstone circuit.
The record-breaking lap is his 60th pole position in the premier class on what is his 120th premier class start. This is also the World Championship...
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso won a spectacular Austrian Grand Prix with a last-corner pass on Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez after a terrific sparring match with the Spanish champion that lasted from the first to the last lap.
Dovizioso powered away well at the start from the front row, then overtook the provisional race leader Quartararo on Lap 6. He was followed immediately by Marquez, with whom Dovizioso then had an amazing scrap that only finished at the chequered flag.
On the final lap it was Marquez who held a slender lead, but Dovizioso used all of his race craft to line up and all-or-nothing overtake at the final corner reminiscent of Marquez’s own move on the Italian two years ago. However, unlike Marquez’s failed effort, Dovizioso pulled off the perfect block pass up the inside...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed his 50th victory in the premier class after a chaotic start to the Czech GP.
Saturday’s dreary conditions were initially nowhere to be seen as race day at the Czech GP began. But a brief rain shower half an hour before the start of the MotoGP race left the track with wet patches and led to a delayed start and a reduced race distance of 20 laps.
After securing pole by 2.524 seconds in thrilling style on Saturday, championship leader Marquez shot forward to lead the shortened race as the lights went out. With the likes of Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Jack Miller behind, Marquez settled into a consistent pace and steadily opened up a half second lead over his rivals by lap ten. Even with a moment at Turn 10, Marquez’s lead continued to grow as the...
A perfectly timed switch to slicks and a masterful ride aboard the RC213V saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez run away with pole position for the Czech GP and equal Mick Doohan’s premier class pole record.
Torrential morning rain ceased just ahead of Free Practice 3 but left the Brno circuit soaking wet. Although conditions improved throughout the morning session, the rain returned during the lunch break to ensure every Saturday session at the Czech GP was wet.
Undaunted, Marquez continued to challenge for the top spot as he had done throughout the weekend. Second in FP3 had the reigning world champion confident of a strong result in the wet or dry. Even with the rain, the grid would be decided on slicks and Marquez was the first to head out as the dry line appeared. Expertly navigating...
The Factory Kawasaki team has been classified as the winner of the incident-packed 2019 Suzuka 8H race.
Team Green had a stranglehold on the race as it entered the dying stages, with WSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam putting in strong rides to build up a healthy lead over the Factory Yamaha #21 Yamaha bike and Factory Honda #33 machines.
With minutes to go, Rea was riding the final stint when the rain began to come down, adding more tension to an already close race. And then all hell broke loose as the the #2 SERT Suzuki let go of its engine heading into Turn 3. Instead of leaving the track and pulling off, the Suzuki rider instead chose to stay on the racing line, cruising round the circuit and depositing oil on track, which Rea hit and crashed with just two minutes left on...
Yamaha has announced new versions of its flagship sportsbikes at the Laguna Seca WSBK round.
The 2020 YZF-R1M and the 2020 YZF-R1 feature significant revamps to meet stricter emissions rules on the road and to stay in touch with the ever fiercer competition on the track.
New styling, revised suspension, improved electronics and a reworked engine mean that despite sharing its bare bones with the existing model, the updated R1 promises to be a vastly improved package.
At first glance, the new models may appear to be similar to the existing bikes, but Yamaha has altered almost every panel on the R1. Signature elements remain, including the MotoGP M1-aping nose intake shape and the twin, round headlights below the nose, but the front end is new, as is the tank.
The new R1M also boasts...
Ducati has unveiled a limited edition Panigale V4S in homage to arguably its greatest ever superbike, the iconic Ducati 916, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Just 500 individually-numbered Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916s will be built, with bike number five being auctioned off in tribute to Carlin Dunne, who lost his life racing a Ducati at Pikes Peak earlier this year.
Although based on the 1103cc, 211bhp V4S, this special version features the front frame from the 998cc V4R, a dry clutch, Marchesini Racing forged magnesium wheels and a Euro4-compliant titanium Akrapovic silencer.
All 500 machines come in a distinctive new livery, inspired by Fogarty’s championship-winning 1999 Ducati 996 World Superbike.
The route from Asolo in the north of Italy through South Tyrol and into Austria is biking heaven. Snaking through the scenic countryside, the roads are glorious; smooth, plenty of grip and a glorious mix of wide, fast, sweeping bends and tighter, technical, slower corners.
The temperature's hot. Really hot. As I set off, the thermometer its a giddy 35, there isn't a cloud in the sky and the roads are empty. My bike, a 2006 Aprilia RSV-R Factory, feels good. It feels like it's made for trips like this and is great at churning out the miles. It's roomy, comfortable and has more than enough grunt to make each bend an occasion. The suspension feels plush and the noise from the engine is intoxicating, with the deep rumble that accompanies every downshift delivering a lot of smiles per...
Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales proved he belongs in MotoGP’s elite when he claimed his and Yamaha’s first MotoGP win of 2019 at Assen.
Vinales took the lead with 11 laps to go, but ran wide two laps later gifting the lead back to Marquez.
However, Vinales regrouped and re-passed the championship leader, setting consecutive personal best laps to eke out a slender gap.
Marquez pushed hard to stay with him, but once clear of pole sitter Fabio Quartararo, the Honda rider, with one eye on the championship, started to back off.
This left Vinales to take Yamaha’s first win since the 2018 Australian round to breath fresh momentum into his season following a tough start which included being taken out of three races in collisions which weren’t his fault.
Vinales said: "It feels like I'm...
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea took the 75th WSBK win of his career to slash Ducati’s Alvaro championship lead to just 16 points with his second victory of the weekend at Misano.
The reigning champion, looking to recover after slipping off in the Superpole sprint race which Bautista won, was handed a golden opportunity when Bautista low-sided off while leading on the second lap at Turn 4.
With the stricken Spaniard rejoining the race in last place and more than 40-seconds back on the leaders, Rea set about hunting down Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam with Puccetti Kawasaki’s Toprak Razgatlioglu also in the front group.
After the Turkish rider charged into the lead at the start of Lap 5, Rea pushed Haslam into third place as he began his dash to the front and 25 valuable championship...
The Italian weather once again threw a spanner in the WSBK works with heavy rain hitting Misano. So hard in fact that the red flag was brought out on the sighting lap for Race One. With Sunday’s racing in Imola being cancelled earlier in the season because of torrential rain, teams and fans looked to the sky…would the same fate hit Misano?
After a delay, a restart was planned for 14:24 with a quick-start procedure; one mechanic and one minute.
The race started with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea leading Sandro Cortese on the satellite Yamaha and BMW’s Tom Sykes, before Yamaha’s Alex Lowes passed the chase trio with an audacious move around the outside. Champions leader Alvaro Bautista then pounced to take fourth place from Cortese, with Lowes taking the lead into turn on Lap Two. Lowes then...
Here it is, the Ducati Streetfighter V4, the bike racer Carlin Dunne will race at Pikes Peak.
The course is a challenge: there are 156 turns and thousands of feet in elevation, and is the perfect testing ground for the prototype machine ahead of the 2020 launch of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 production bike.
In keeping with tradition, the Streetfighter V4 derives directly from the sporty Panigale V4 stripped of its fairings, and fitted with high and wide handlebars, while the high performance of the 1100cc Desmosedici Stradale will be kept in by aerodynamic profiles specifically designed for this model.
The prototype will race with a "pixelated" livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati; unlike the normal practice with prototypes, the livery does not hide the lines, but...
These racy gloves are made out of a mixture of kangaroo, treated cow hide and goat hide, and feature a whole host of state-of-the- art protection taken derived from experiences learnt in MotoGP and WSBK – Kevlar stitching, super touch armour on the knuckles and dual- compound hard sliders. They also feature Alpinestars clever double cuff fastener which has DFS on the cuff and the company’s patented finger bridge, which prevents finger roll and separation in the event of a spill.
On the bike the fit is just right, being long enough in the finger without having any excess material at the fingertips and they’re reassuringly protective while being supple enough to offer good feel at the bars and levers. And that double cuff makes getting the glove on and off easy, while also ensuring that...
Alpinestars has launched a new Limited Edition Supertech R boots, the ‘Rea 2019’.
Jonathan Rea is the most successful rider in World Superbike Championship history. With four back-to-back world titles under his belt, 2018 saw him equaling the existing record of 17 wins in a single season with his 11th consecutive victory. His final win, under the spotlights at Losail, was his 56th for Kawasaki; a record for a single rider with a single manufacturer in WSBK.
Alpinestars has provided Jonathan’s performance protection technology throughout his WSBK career and to celebrate his achievements on the track, Alpinestars has launched the Limited Edition ‘Rea 2019’ Supertech R boot. Featuring a red, green and black design derived from his own signature style and the Kawasaki WSBK team, the...
This fully CE-approved chest protector is designed to protect the sternum and chest from high speed impacts.
It is made from soft, flexible and breathable shock absorbing material which is combined with dense and lightweight layers of foam to disperse energy quickly and evenly over its surface in the event of an off.
Wearing it couldn’t be simpler; just slip in to your leathers and the clever design, which allows the protector tto effectively mold to the contours of your chest as it heats up means it stays snugly in place. It’s so comfy and unobtrusive I don’t even notice it’s there. This is a must for trackdays and fast road riding.
Marc Marquez celebrated a dominating home victory at the Catalan GP, riding to the front early on and controlling the race to take the 48th premier class win of his career.
The hottest conditions of the weekend met the MotoGP World Championship as the 24-rider strong field lined up on the grid. 51°C track temperature caused Marc Marquez little issue as he relished an early fight as the lights went out.
Marquez would soon find himself leading his home Grand Prix with a comfortable advantage due to incidents behind.
Consistently lapping in the mid to low 1’40s during the early stages of the race, Marquez maintained his advantage to cross the line 2.660s clear of second place.
The Spaniard said: "I chose the soft rear to try and push in the beginning and to try to not overheat the...
The TT offers spectators the chance to get incredibly close to the action, so close that you can feel the grass being pushed towards the track as the racers rush by. Here are the top five viewing spots:
- Conker Trees: This section of the course is great for experiencing the raw power of a superbike; fifth gear, big lean angles and wheelies galore. Plenty of space to view with good facilities…try the Malteser cake.
- Railway Hotel, Union Mills: This spot allows you to follow the bikes as they tip left, right and left again, laying long layers of rubber as the riders muscle the bikes on to the straight towards the Crosby.
- The Gooseneck: One of road racing’s classic corners. You’ll literally be able to reach out and touch the riders as they tip right to tackle the Mountain...
This one-piece suit is fully CE-certified in its entirety, not just in specific areas, and every part of the garment conforms to the CE standard2016/425 for riding safety. As you’d expect from a CE-certified suit, it boasts some pretty impressive spec. The suit is made from high grade, highly abrasion resistant 1.3mm leather, which is reinforced in the impact zones (bum, hips and elbows) and it’s full of technology proven in MotoGP and WSBK, including the familiar sturdy plastic external armour on the shoulders, knees and elbows to stop the suit gripping the tarmac in the event of a spill.
Then there’s the removable CE armour that sits below the leather on the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, tibia and shins.
But all that protection is as good as useless if the suit doesn’t fit...
Michael Rutter has taken his seventh career Isle of Man TT victory by successfully defending his TT Zero crown with Mugen setting a new lap record for the electric bikes. The Bathams Mugen rider kept clear of team-mate John McGuinness to win by 8.566s in the single-lap TT Zero race and set a new lap record of 121.91mph.
We caught up with him after his win to talk about the kit that helps him achieve success...
“I have been racing now for more than 30 years and I have been with Alpinestars for a good few years now. I can’t imagine wearing anything else; the fit and the feel with Alpinestars is extraordinary. It is a totally different level. If it wasn’t for Alpinestars I would have given up racing a long time ago. They are that good. Everything is done right.
“I race with an airbag....
These boots offer the best of both worlds – they’re brilliantly comfortable straight out of the box while being reassuringly protective. They’re the same boots you see Marquez, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Quartararo wearing in MotoGP and all this on-track crash research means they’re proven.
The superb level of protection these boots offer is mainly thanks to their construction – the Supertech R actually consists of two boots; an inner and an outer.
The inner boot has been designed to absorb any knocks while also reducing ankle twist and features a four-link system that effectively links the calf collar to the reinforced heel cup. It sounds uncomfortable but it isn’t, thanks largely to the inner boot’s lightweight mesh fabric construction. The inner boot also features a...
I’ve had this bike for a week now and put quite simply, this is the best bike I’ve ever ridden by a country mile…and I’m still grinning now. I make no apologies if this review comes across as a gushing love letter to this bike…the V4 1100 Factory APRC has moved me and got under my skin like no other bike has to date. It’s addictive, intoxicating and the way it mixes state-of-the-art technology derived from Aprilia’s participation in WSBK with blistering performance means it never fails to entertain.
So what’s the difference between the standard RR and the Factory? Well, this bike comes with fully-adjustable Öhlins rear shock, forks and steering damper and the simply stunning ‘Superpole’ paint scheme, which really suits the bike and is exquisitely finished in the metal.
Swing a leg...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez took his third win of the 2019 season with another dominating performance at Le Mans.
Cold conditions from morning Warm Up carried through until the start of the French Grand Prix at 14:00 local time, with a track temperature of just 18°C making for treacherous opening laps.
Marquez was able to keep clear of trouble at the front, opening a small advantage over Pramac Racing's Jack Miller, and while Miller was briefly able to get past, the Repsol Honda Team rider responded to the challenge on lap six and retook the lead.
Steadily building his lead lap-by-lap, Marquez crossed the line 1.9 seconds clear of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, claiming Honda’s 300th win in the premier class in the process.
The Spaniard said: “Of course here in Le Mans it’s always...
The French MotoGP race weekend at the legendary Le Mans circuit is one of the highlights of the racing calendar, a heady mixture intoxicating history, Gallic passion and close racing. Local hero Johann Zarco has tasted success at his home track; in 2017 he finished second and became the first French rider to finish on the podium in the premier class at his home race since 1988, and he secured third in the Moto 2 race in 2015.
Johann is a back-to-back Moto2 Champion, and has a 125cc win, 15 Moto2 wins and six premier class podiums, four poles and four fastest laps to his name. Noted for his blistering speed, daring overtakes and aggression, Johann is one of MotoGP’s frontrunners, with his smooth riding style often in the thick of the action. The Johann Zarco 2019 Limited Edition...
Even a crash during Q2 couldn’t stop Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez from claiming his third pole position from five races as he conquered the tricky conditions at Le Mans.
With a track temperature of just 14°C and a brisk air temperature of 12°C, conditions were treacherous in FP4, and Marquez suffered a slow speed fall at Turn 9 early in the session.
Rain returned to the 4.2 km long Le Mans circuit the same moment as pit lane opened for Q2, and a second fall of the day, this time at Turn 6, after setting his fastest lap could not stop Marquez taking pole position for the French GP. It was Marquez’s 55th premier class pole and draws him level with Valentino Rossi and just three behind Mick Doohan’s record 58 premier class poles.
The Spaniard said: “Today was one of those days! The...
The first and only race at at Imola on Sunday was the Tissot Superpole Race, which provided fireworks once more. On a damp but drying circuit, there was drama before the race even started, as BMW’s Tom Sykes missed the warm up lap and was forced to start from pit lane.
At the front, Ducati’s Chaz Davies got the jump from pole, while Race One winner Jonathan Rea went side-by-side with the Welshman, but the Ducati held firm and maintained the lead.
With the race settling down, a mistake from Davies at the final chicane allowed Rea and Alvaro Bautista on the other factory Ducati to get ahead of him. Davies now had to put in the hard work all over again, as reigning champion Rea began to pull out an advantage.
Davies soon despatched his team-mate and the two dominant forces of WSBK in...
It was a welcome return to the top step of the podium for Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea, who put in a riding masterclass to take victory in Race One.
The Ulsterman enjoyed a bright start, but couldn’t get the better of Ducati's Chaz Davies down into Tamburello. However, on the run to Acque Minerale, Davies suffered a problem and was forced to retire, handing Rea the lead while Davies’ team-mate Bautista moved up to second.
At the end of the opening lap, Rea and Bautista had the leading positions, with BMW's Tom Sykes in third and ahead of Yamaha's Michael van der Mark.
As the race settled down, Rea built a comfortable lead and was extending his advantage over Bautista by around 0.7s per lap. Bautista in turn was escaping the attention of Sykes but the main battle through the race was for...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has become the first repeat premier class winner of 2019 after storming to victory in Jerez.
Marquez stormed off the line to lead the 23-rider field through the opening corners, and once at the front he never looked back. Lap eight saw the Spaniard begin to open a gap and begin to break away, steadily building an advantage with each corner and eventually crossing the line 1.654 seconds ahead of second place rider, Suzuki's Alex Rins.
Marquez said: “This race was a mental race, more than a physical one. After the mistake in Austin it wasn’t easy to lead the race like that from beginning to end, but I knew I had the pace to do it and the bike to do it. I wanted to do a race like in Argentina and at the start in Austin to prove it was a mistake there. I felt...
Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo became the youngest ever MotoGP pol sitter at 20 years, 14 days after setting a new Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto lap record in qualifying, a 1:36.880 seeing the Frenchman beat teammate Franco Morbidelli by 0.082 as the new Petronas Yamaha SRT outfit lockout the front of the grid, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez in third, 0.090 behind Quartararo.
At the start of the session it was Repsol Honda's Jorge Lorenzo who led the field onto their first flying laps and stalking the number 99 was teammate Marquez, and the reigning champion was able to take full advantage of Lorenzo’s draft to set a 1:36.970.
Marquez emerged on his second set of Michelin slicks before the rest and it was looking good for the Honda rider to move the goal posts further from...
Former MotoGP Dani Pedrosa now has corner named after him at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto.
Turn 6, formerly Curva Dry Sac, is now officially known as 'Pedrosa Corner' after a presentation at the circuit on Friday evening.
The three-time World Champion joins names such as Jorge Lorenzo, Sito Pons, Angel Nieto, Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez and Alex Criville to have corners named after them at the circuit.
The Spaniard spent his entire grand prix career with Honda – starting in the 125cc class in 2001, followed by two seasons in 250 and then 13 years at the factory Repsol team in MotoGP, culminating in his final race at the 2018 season finale in Valencia.
Pedrosa and Honda claimed 54 race victories together, 31 in the premier-class, while winning the 125cc crown in 2003, then 250cc...
Michael Dunlop is the third most successful rider in the Isle of Man TT’s long and illustrious history and has 18 victories so far to his name. The northern Irish racer is widely recognised as one of road racing’s most determined and tenacious competitors, and the 2019 campaign sees him join the Alpinestars line-up as he races between the hedges in a bid to add more silverware to his name.
Michael will wear Supertech R boots and recently visited the company’s Italian HQ in Italy to get measured. He said: “Alpinestars is the best company in the world in terms of producing protective rider equipment. For 2019 my plan was to make sure I have the best materials available to me, and that is why I’ve chosen Supertech R boots. I firmly believe these boots are a different level. I’ve spoken...
Suzuki’s Alex Rins secured his maiden win in an incident-packed race in Texas, thus giving Suzuki’s its first premier class victory since the 2016 British GP.
As the lights went out it was LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow who got the better launch out of the front three on the grid, with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi also getting off the line well as the duo pulled alongside polesitter Marc Marquez up the hill, but it was Marquez who was bravest on the brakes to grab the holeshot.
Rossi and Crutchlow slotted into second and third as the duo tried to keep tabs on the leader, with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso making a stellar start from P13 to move up to P6 on the opening lap.
Marquez didn’t get away from the clutches of Rossi straight away in the opening couple of laps, but the reigning World...
Alpinestars has launched a Limited Edition Kenny Roberts Sr. Supertech R boot at the Circuit of the Americas as a celebration of American racing.
King Kenny’s distinct riding style, honed on the dirt, redefined premier class motorcycle racing, with his kneedown style soon being adopted by the rest of the field.
King Kenny enjoyed 60 starts in 500cc racing, securing 24 wins, 44 podiums, 22 poles and 27 fastest laps as he dominated the class.
Regarded as a legend of the modern era, the Kenny Roberts Sr. Limited Edition Supertech R recognizes King Kenny’s racing success, his revolutionary riding style and his bravery. Featuring all of the technical innovations of Alpinestars’ class-leading Supertech R boot, the special colorway allows fans to enjoy a distinctive, premium race boot fit...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez secured a seventh straight pole position at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas after setting a 2:03.787 in Q2 to finish 0.273 clear of Yamaha's second Valentino Rossi, with LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow completing the front row in Texas.
After horrendous weather throughout the morning in Austin, the lightening and rain was replaced with beautiful blue skies above the Circuit of the Americas for qualifying. Normal service was resumed at the beginning of Q2 as Marquez slammed in a 2:03.787 straight out the gate, chasing down teammate Jorge Lorenzo – who topped the timesheets in Q1 - to put in the best time of the weekend. Lorenzo then encountered a chain issue with his Honda machine heading onto his second flying lap behind the number 93 – a Marquez-style...
Michael Dunlop has taken to the track for the first time on the all-new Tyco BMW S1000RR during a shakedown test at the Kirkistown Circuit in County Down, Northern Ireland.
The latest version of the German Superbike was unveiled at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in November, but Dunlop’s Tyco BMW team and Peter Hickman’s Smiths Racing BMW team only took delivery of their machines in the last month. Since then it’s been a race against time for the teams to get the bikes prepared and built to official Superbike specification.
Despite their best efforts, neither team had their bikes ready for the official British Superbike tests in Monteblanco, Spain or Portimao, Portugal last month and they were also forced to miss the final BSB test earlier this week at Silverstone.
The BMW has been...
Nicky Hayden's iconic #69 will be retired from premier class racing in a special ceremony at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
The event kicks off at Midday on Friday and will see FIM President Jorge Viegas and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta preside over a ceremony attended by Hayden's family and friends in which the Kentucky Kid's #69 will be officially retired from the MotoGP class.
Later that day, the MotoGP paddock will join Hayden's family, friends and track marshals at Turn 18 'Hayden Hill' grass berm, where Hayden's 2006 Championship-winning Repsol Honda will be on display.
Race day will then see the Hayden family present at the front of the MotoGP grid, together with Nicky’s 2006 RC211V.
Alvaro Bautista enjoyed another perfect round at his home race at Aragon to maintain his perfect start to the WSBK season, taking another three wins to bring his total to the season to nine.
The MotoGP exile produced a carbon copy performance, taking a comfortable Race One win before adding the Sprint Race and Race Two victories to his tally to extend his lead in the standings to 39 points over Jonathan Rea.
The Spaniard said: "It has been an extraordinary weekend for me. Winning three races here in Spain in front of my family, my friends and the Spanish fans was really great. In all three, I was able to make my own strategy, that is get a fast start and maintain my own pace.
“The conditions in the three races were different, especially today in the Superpole Race which took place...
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