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After a week of testing at Jerez in Spain Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes set impressive lap times as they shared the circuit with some of the main 2017 rivals and several top MotoGP runners. Riding the 2017-spec Ninja ZX-10RR, Rea set the fastest individual lap time of the tests on a dry track on Thursday, with Sykes the third fastest WorldSBK rider and the fifth fastest rider overall.
The Jerez test featured three dry days in the middle of the week, bracketed by two wet days on Monday and Friday. Neither of the riders took to the track on Friday 25, as conditions had deteriorated so much. Rea left Jerez with a track best of 1’38.721 while using a qualifying rear tyre, with Sykes setting a 1’39.461, again on a ‘Q’ rear tyre. Rea was even more pleased with the...
Sylvain Guintoli will return to BSB for the 2017 season to spearhead Suzuki and Hawk Racing’s assault on the 2017 title.
The 2014 WSBK champion and former MotoGP pilot will return to the Suzuki fold to race the all-new GSX-R1000R, after riding for the Japanese manufacturer in the British Championship in 2009, when injury curtailed his title campaign.
Guintoli joins reigning Superstock 1000 champion Taylor Mackenzie in the new-look Bennetts Suzuki team, with a third rider soon to be announced.
Guintoli said: “I’m really happy to be back in British Superbikes. Even though it was short, I enjoyed my time in the series in 2009 with Suzuki. I had a really good start to the season on the GSX-R1000, with a win and three more podiums in four races, and I feel like I have unfinished business...
RC Express Racing has announced that double Isle of Man TT Race winner Ivan Lintin will again spearhead the team’s assault on the International road races in 2017 where he’ll be joined by new team-mate Steve Mercer.
Having won the Lightweight TT Race for the past two seasons, Lincolnshire’s Lintin will attempt to take an unprecedented treble of victories in the class around the Mountain Course. This will be the Bardney-based rider’s third year with the team as the talented 32-year--old seeks to build upon his previous success.
Mercer joins the Bristol-based team having deputised for the injured Lintin at this year’s 2016 Ulster Grand Prix, who was recovering from injuries sustained in an incident at Oliver’s Mount. The Kent-based rider immediately demonstrated his adaptability on...
BMW claims its new System 7 Carbon is set to become the new benchmark in terms of safety, versatility, and aerodynamic properties, and on paper it certainly looks promising.
An evolution of the hugely popular System 6, the System 7 Carbon can be converted from a full-face helmet to an open one by simply taking off the chin guard. No tools are required and it takes only a couple minutes to make the change. How good is that?
As the name suggests, the exterior shell is made out of carbon fibre and has reinforcement inserts. BMW claims the helmet will exceed all safety standards – some feat considering it weighs weighing just 1580 g or 1680g, accordingly to size.
The interior is made out of multiple EPS segments and different thickness foam padding to offerthe best shock absorption and...
American John Hopkins has secured his place on the 2017 BSB grid after signing a new deal to return to the Moto Rapido Ducati team for the forthcoming season.
The Californian, who has previously been a MotoGP podium finisher, came tantalisingly close to lifting the 2011 BSB crown in one of the most memorable season finales in history. ‘Hopper’ missed out on the crown to Tommy Hill by just 0.006s at Brands Hatch making it the closest ever championship title decider and is now gunning to be back in contention in 2017.
Hopkins had his first taste of the Ducati in 2015 when he joined the Winchester-based Ducati dealership run team mid-way through the season. He then went on to score the first ever podium finish for the Ducati Panigale R in the Championship as the team scored their first...
Speculation continues to surround Guy Martin, with media channels across the globe wondering whether we will see the maverick road racer between the hedges in 2017.
Many are suggesting the fastest man to never win a TT has done with the roads for good, his huge off at the UlsterGP in 2015 proving to be the crash that broke the camel’s back.
However, we can reveal that the world’s fastest truck mechanic was in talks with Neil Tuxworth to ride for Honda last year, with Honda desperate to see Martin on their machinery in 2016.
Sources close to Martin revealed that the star was told he could name his price, but it isn't money that drives Martin and he told Tuxworth so. Instead of a fat pay cheque, Martin said he’d race for nothing, so long as he could race the RCV, the road-going...
WSBK will undergo a radical change to qualifying in 2017 in a bid to create more interest in the ailing series.
Attendance and viewing figures have been in freefall in recent years, and the shake-up is an attempt to reverse that trend. Howvwer, the solution is baffling and is about as clear as mud.
Essentially the Superpole session run on Saturday morning will still set the grid for Race 1, which will still be run on the same day. The grid for Sunday’s Race 2, however, will be partially set by the results of Race 1, using a slightly complex formula. This is where things really start to become difficult.
The first three rows of the grid for Race 2 will be filled by the riders who finished in 1st through 9th place in Race 1. However, they will not line up in that finishing order....
The Champions Flat Track School is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Run by the godfather of flat tracking, Lincolnshire’s own Peter Boast, this is the place where the cream of racing come to practice their skills. Italy has Valentino’s Ranch, America has Colin Edwards’ Texas Tornado Boot Camp and Spain has Marc Marquez’s Oval, but Guy Martin, Sam and Alex Lowes, Steve Plater, Josh Waters and a host of other leading racers have all been to Caenby to sharpen their bike control and racecraft under the expert tutelage of Pete. That tells you just how good he is…
There’s no doubt flat tracking has massively influenced bike racing since King Kenny Roberts came to Grand Prix racing and put his own stamp on it, winning three world titles with his sideways style and impeccable bike control....
The Shoei RYD is the aimed at younger riders and those who ride streetfighter and naked bikes.
Sitting one step up from the company’s entry-level Qwest, the RYD features some pretty impressive spec – a fully removable comfort liner and Shoei’s new quick release visor and mounting plate, as used on the top-of-the-range X-Spirit III, which offers a more effective seal for enhanced warmth and quietness.
The RYD has been extensively developed in the Japanese manufacturer’s own wind tunnel, and the results are optimised aerodynamic performance and airflow through the helmet’s interior. The latter is largely thanks to the chin vent, which sucks air in around the visor, as well as the two brow vents, with two exhausts at the rear which allow the warm air to escape.
The visor itself...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finished the year off in style, winning the 2016 Superprestigio races and claiming his second dirt title.
The 2016 MotoGP champion crushed the opposition in the qualifying heats, setting his stall out early that he was the man to beat this year.
Choosing the inside gate for the final, he entered the first corner in good position, with AMA star Brad Baker right on his tail.
This was the duel everyone wanted to see – but while Baker has had the beating of Marquez previously, this year the boot was on the other foot and Marquez quickly built up an impressive lead.
Baker, meanwhile, was having to deal with the impressive Toni Elias, who slid past into second, leaving Baker to battle with Chareyre for the final podium spot.
Howeve, Chareyre crashed out hard...
Ducati has added a ‘special’ to its ranks with the release of the 959 Panigale Special Edition.
Essentially a 959 tricked up with the best Ducati performance parts, this limited-edition bike comes with the Akrapovic titanium racing silencer exhaust system, as well as components made from carbon fibre and billet aluminium.
Created solely for the UK market, just 25 bikes will be available, with each bike being individually numbered by laser etching the steering head and accessorised to truly unleash the full potential of the 959 Panigale.
This limited-edition bike is available in two forms, the Ducati Performance option and with the addition of the carbon pack.
The Ducati Performance option comes with the titanium Akrapovic under-engine racing silencer exhaust system and lower...
There is no replacement for displacement, as the old saying goes, and to this end both the Aprilia Shiver and Dorsoduro get an engine and electronics upgrade for the 2017 model year.
The new 896cc 90° V-twin engine is a stroked out version of the old 750cc motor (stroke increased from 56.4mm to 67.4mm), which allows Aprilia to meet Euro4 emission standards, while keeping performance specs more or less the same.
To that vein, peak horsepower is now 95hp at 8,750 rpm, while peak torque is 66lb.ft at 6,600 rpm. Other changes include a new smoother ride-by-wire throttle, three-level traction control, and dual-channel ABS brakes.
Both models also get a visual overhaul, with new fuel tank covers, panels and the 4.3in TFT display from the Tuono and RSV4.
Other improvements include a new...
The RSV4 RF is more an evolution than a revolution, but Aprilia has done enough to keep the package competitive.
Featuring improved suspension and brakes, the RSV4 RF also has as an updated electronics package, which includes Bosch’s brilliantly effective cornering ABS system.
Changes to the powerplant ensure the RSV4 RF is compliant with the Euro 4 emissions standard, although Aprilia has managed to keep the bike’s 201bhp / 84.8lb.ft power and torque ratings by raising the RSV4 RF’s redline by 300 rpm. The engine also gets lighter pistons and a number of friction-reducing treatments, while a linear sensor has also been added to the gearbox for easier quick-shifting up and down the box.
Other electronics changes include a new Aprilia Traction Control system, which is adjustable on...
The R1200GS range gets two new additions for 2017 – the Exclusive and the Rallye.
The Exclusive is the road-focused version of the pair, aimed squarely at riders who want their GS for mile-munching duties. Essentially a well-specified but subtle GS, this bike features cast wheels and an ‘Iced Chocolate metallic’ paintjob.
This is basically an entry-level bike, meaning that no other special parts come with it, leaving owners to spec it up as they see fit.
The Rallye is the bike for riders who wish to have a more off-road focused GS without having to go for the full bore GSA.
The GS Rallye comes on cross-spoked laced rims for enhanced off-road ability, and owners can even specify it comes on knobblies if they desire.
Other features include a Rallye seat, sports screen, radiator and...
The baby GS is the second bike to be released into BMW’s G310 family, and is set to take the smaller capacity market by storm.
Featuring the same GS styling as its bigger siblings, the G310 GS has a tubular steel frame, cast five-spoke wheels and a 313cc liquid-cooled single, complete with reversed 4v DOHC cylinder head which pumps out 34bhp.
There’s also an 11-litre tank, a six-speed gearbox, chain final drive, ABS as standards and an all LCD dash.
This being a BMW means there is a huge range of official accessories to choose from including 12-volt power sockets, heated grips, luggage and a centrestand.
Ducati’s new Multistrada 950 is the lighter, smaller touring bike in Ducati’s brilliant Multistrada range.
Featuring a 937cc Testastretta engine taken straight from the Ducati Hypermotard and putting out a claimed 113bhp and 71lb.ft of torque, the bike should have character in spades.
The styling combines elements from the Multistrada 1200 and 1200 Enduro, but with seat height of 840mm, there’s nothing small about this bike.
It’s a proper Multistrada bitsa – the front is from the Multistrada 1200 front-end, as is the adjustable screen and fuel tank, while the seat, passenger seat, rear grab rail and exhaust and swingarm are all taken from the Multistrada Enduro.
There’s also a set of alloy wheels – 17in front and a 19in rear – 48m upsidedown Kayaba front forks and Brembo Monobloc...
The 2017 Monster gets more power, concerning ABS and a new, sleeker tail and tank.
The new aesthetics bring the new bike ever closer to the original Monster in terms of looks, and there are three versions to choose from – the 1200, the 1200S and the R.
The entry-level 1200 sees the latest version of the Testastretta breathed on, and the engine now pumps out 150bhp at 9250rpm – a 25bhp boost over the outgoing model.
The 1200S receives upgraded Brembo M50 calipers and 330mm discs, fully adjustable Öhlins forks and rear monoschock, three Y-spoke wheels, a carbon front fender and LED front indicators.
The R has a further 10bhp to enjoy and a wider rear tyre.
All versions still sport Ducati’s comprehensive electronics package including cornering ABS and Ducati Wheelie Control.
An eclectic mix of funky retro and contemporary design, the Scrambler Desert Sled is the most ‘scrambler’ model in the Scrambler range.
The bike uses the same 803cc air-cooled Desmodue L-twin motor as the rest of the range, but it has a gold 19in front and 17in rear with both wearing Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR rubber.
The steel trellis frame has been strengthened to cope with off-road work, and the Desert Sled also has a bashplate and bear-claw footpegs with removable rubber inserts.
Up front there’s fully-adjustable 46KYB forks, while the rear is also fully-adjustable.
The Ducati SuperSport is the bike Ducati hopes will cater to those looking for a sports-inspired bike while still having a machine which provides comfort and easy handling on everyday roads.
This is a bike which promises to be versatile and accessible, with the style and soul of a true Ducati thoroughbred – it proved to be very popular at Motorcycle live with many showgoers praising its ergonomics and comfort.
There are two versions to choose from – the SuperSport base model and a higher-spec SuperSport S model.
Both bikes use the 937cc, water-cooled, 113hp v-twin engine that’s found in the Ducati Hypermotard 939, and the steel trellis frame looks very similar to the one used on the current Monster line.
The styling apes that of the Panigale superbike, but this isn’t a sportsbike –...
Meet the Ducati 1299 Superleggera, the latest word in desirable, two-wheeled exotica.
The bike is a limited edition version of Ducati’s superbike, and its engineers have gone to town breathing their magic on the bike – this is the lightest and most powerful, street-legal machine that the Borgo Panigale factory can produce.
The quest for lightness has been relentless and this bike uses a carbon fibre chassis (frame, swingarm, wheels, and bodywork) to make it as lights as possible – it weighs just 162kg wet.
Then there’s the Akrapovic race exhaust, which mirrors the system used on Chaz Davies’ WSBK winning bike.
In race trim the bike makes 220bhp, and this has been achieved through titanium valves, a crankshaft with tungsten inserts, and lighter con-rods.
Suspension is handled by...
One of the most eagerly-awaited sportsbikes of recent years has finally broken cover – the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR.
Honda has released two versions, the Fireblade, and the SP.
The new Blade isn’t the revolution we were expecting, think of it more as an evolution designed to bring the bike back on an equal footing with its rivals, which means there’s no new engine configuration (V4), ground-breaking technology or mindblowing performance figures.
However, the bike has been radically overhauled – power is up by 11bhp to 190bhp and a massive 15kg has been lopped off the bike’s weight, and this has led to a 14% increase in the Honda CBR1000RR’s power-to-weight ratio. The engine itself is a relatively unworked version of the existing unit, and the power hike is as a result of a higher...
Contributor Nathan Millward was living close by and needed a lift for four weeks while he was doing some work for RiDE. No problem I thought, I’ll take him on the back of a BMW S1000XR test bike on my commute. How difficult could it be?
I’d never had anyone on the back of any bike before, and I underestimated just what a difference it made to everything – brakes, acceleration, cornering, gear changes, comfort and practicality.
The first couple of trips were horrible – to accommodate Nathan I was forced to ride far closer to the tank than I normally would, and my legs and feet were cramped, so much so that I was struggling to use the pegs. Then there was the riding dynamic to deal with – Nathan holding on for dear life while I did my best to stop us clashing heads with every clumsily...
Cadwell Park is a spectacular 2.2-mile circuit carved into the sides of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The ‘Mini-Nürgring may well be the narrowest track on the BSB calendar, but it’s also the most memorable – its striking mix of slow and fast corners, cambers, bumps and elevation changes produce sensational racing, while the Mountain sees the bikes getting massively airborne (google Jonny rea or Josh Brookes Cadwell).
The track’s unique character is what makes it so suited to rider training, and that’s why we hold our biannual Performance Plus days there – it’s very much like a road.
Improving your road skills on a track? Sounds mad doesn’t it? But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cadwell is the ideal place to improve your skills – there’s no roadside furniture, plenty of run off,...
Gloucester-based Smiths Racing BMW has signed 29-year-old Peter Hickman for the 2017 roads and BSB season.
Lincolnshire lad Hickman will be riding alongside fellow Yellowbelly Lee Jackson, who will also be racing a Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR in BSB.
Hickman said: “I have another new challenge to look forward to again this season and I’m relishing it aboard the Smiths Racing BMW. All the dealings I’ve had with the team so far have been fantastic and they are very easy to work with. I know the BMW well having ridden it in the past and we’ve been promised the right support from the factory in Germany, which will make a difference. I’m pleased to be bringing my own crew into the team which is a massive bonus so I’m really looking forward to the season in both BSB and on the roads with...
Irish road racer Lee Johnston will line up for Jackson Racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, with the diminutive Irishman riding Nicky Hayden’s 2016 WSBK Honda CBR1000RR.
The 27-year-old will ride the Ten Kate prepared Fireblade that carried the 2006 MotoGP world champion to a World Superbike Race win last season at Malaysia and fifth overall in the Championship, in the Superbike Senior TT Races.
He said: “I want to be back at the front again, winning races and I think this is the bike that can help me to do that. I had plenty of offers for this year and in the end it was all of the little things coming together that sealed the deal.
“We are getting help from Honda but with Alan and his team I can run my own choice of kit, bring some of my own people to work on the bikes and...
Josh Brookes is making a spectacular return to the BSB grid this year gunning for a second title as he is reunited with Yamaha in Anvil Hire TAG Racing colours.
Brookes celebrated a debut MCE BSB title in 2015 claiming an incredible 13 wins and a further ten podium finishes in his title-winning campaign with Yamaha against arch rival Shane Byrne before moving to the World Championship.
However, a move to the WSBK paddock and a jump to BMW machinery saw the Australian struggle to gel with the S1000RR and he jumped at the chance to return to Yamaha.
Brookes said: “I am happy to be back in BSB; it is all really positive for me as I have probably raced more years in this championship than any other so it is my most familiar territory. I am looking forward to coming back, racing on the...
Triumph’s 2017 Street Triple has broken cover, and the new bike promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The big news is its 765cc engine, with the increase coming as a result of increases in the bore and stroke on the iconic three-cylinder motor, with Triumph using a new crank, pistons, and barrels in its construction.
Three versions will be available – S, R and RS.
The R and RS get a TFT dash and slipper clutch as standard, while the RS also quickshifter and premium components, including fully adjustable Showa big-piston forks, a Öhlins TTX 40 shock, Brembo M50 four-piston caliper brakes and five riding modes.
The Street Triple R gets four riding modes and features separate-function Showa big-piston forks, a Showa rear shock and Brembo M4.32 four-piston calipers.
Motor Sport Vision has added Donington Park to its portfolio after signing a deal to the Donington Park Estate for an initial 21-year period.
MSV, already owns Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Bedford Aerodrome, and the move could signal a huge investment programme in the Leicestershire track, building on the work of the Wheatcroft family who initially developed the circuit into an iconic British motorsport venue that has hosted F1 and MotoGP.
MSV currently holds the commercial and running rights for the British Superbike championship and the BRDC British Formula 3 championship, while Donington Park currently hosts the British round of the World Superbike championship as well as BSB and BTCC.
KTM continued its Dakar Rally dominance with a 16th consecutive win and an all-KTM podium on Saturday (January 14) when Red Bull KTM factory racers Sam Sunderland of Great Britain and Matthias Walkner of Austria completed the 2017 event with a 1-2 finish, while Spain’s Gerard Farres Guell rounded out the top three.
It’s known as the toughest, most unpredictable race in the world, and Sunderland, who is the first British racer to win the Dakar in any category, went into the final 64 km timed special with a 33-minute advantage aboard his KTM.
Having led the race from stage 5, the 27-year-old held his nerve to take victory after almost 9,000 km travelled through Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina while battling with incredibly challenging conditions and difficult navigation.
Guy Martin is making a shock return to the roads after signing a deal to ride the all-new Fireblade for Honda.
Honda had offered a ‘name your price’ contract last year, but the Lincolnshire maverick refused the offer, asking instead for a RCV213. Honda UK asked Japan but were unable to come to an agreement and the deal was dead in the water.
Or so we thought. Now it seems Guy has agreed terms to ride a 2017 Fireblade at the TT, although no details have been revealed about which team he’s riding for – the Honda TT Legends team or the Wilson Craig team.
And after sitting out last season altogether he’s got a point to prove.
Norton is set to field two Aussie riders at the 2017 TT after attracting the signature of Aussie Josh Brookes to the factory team.
Brookes joins compatriot David Johnson, and both riders will compete on the all-new SG6, derived from the recently launched V4 SS road bike.
Brookes returns to the TT following a year racing in World Superbikes and is no stranger to the TT. He claimed fastest newcomer at the TT in 2013 finishing a best place of seventh in the 2014 Senior race with his fastest ever TT lap, a staggering 129.859mph, set in only his second year at the Island.
After a two-year absence on the challenging 37.73-mile Mountain Course, Brookes is looking to build on his TT success on the new 230bhp Norton.
Speaking from his home in Australia, Brookes said: “Firstly I want to come...
The fastest man to never win a TT has signed to race a new Fireblade for the Factory Honda outfit.
Martin was in talks with Neil Tuxworth to ride for Honda last year, with Honda desperate to see Martin on their machinery in 2016. Sources close to Martin revealed that the star was told he could name his price, but it isn't money that drives Martin and he told Tuxworth so. Instead of a fat pay cheque, Martin said he’d race for nothing, so long as he could race the RCV, the road-going version of Marc Marquez’s bike.
Tuxworth left and contacted HRC, but the answer from the Japanese factory was that a road racing RCV wasn’t a possibility. And thus the talks between Tuxworth and Martin broke down....
Quick mooch around the Springfield Bike Show in Spalding at the weekend. Loved the Matchless, the tidy KR1S and the Suzuki SV650 in the MotoGP colours, courtesy of Wheels.
In fact Wheels were the only dealership exhibiting – shame really when you’ve got Ducati, Webbs, and Balderston on your doorstep. Same with clothing – Branded Biker was the only retailer there…
What was positive was the amount of people in the halls, the atmosphere and the number of bikes in the car park.
Neil Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed to preview the season ahead.
“I’m really excited about this season. Last year was the best season I can ever remember and we hand nine different race winners.
“Marquez played the long game and showed a maturity we’d not seen before, happy to take points instead of pushing hard for the win. This consistency saw him take the title, on a bike many claimed was ‘unrideable’, and he’s still the man to beat.
“Vinales has been the fastest man in pre-season testing and he’s adjusted quickly to the Yamaha. He’ll be oozing confidence, and it will be fascinating to see the...
“This season promises to be a classic. Last year, the class was dominated by the best rider on the best bike. Johnny Rea was a class above his rivals, and he had a bike under him that matched his talent, even if there were a few issues with the gearbox.
“This year the already-strong Kawasaki has been upgraded, and I expectit to be leading from the front again. He’s fast, consistent and doesn’t make many mistakes.
“But he won’t have it all own way, and Chaz Davies finished the second half of last season in the form of his life. He’s kept the momentum going into testing and the Ducati Panigale R is a just gets better and better. His new team-mate Marco Melandri has also looked fast in testing, and I can’t wait to see how Chaz deals with the threat.”
“There’s also the news Honda...
Honda’s WSBK assault has got wings this season, with the Red Bull backed Ten Kate team unveiling its 2017 livery.
This is the first time that Red Bull has been a title sponsor in the series, and with the new Fireblade beneath riders Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl, the team looks capable of taking a podium or even a win.
Former MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden. “I’m really glad to get back together with Red Bull, who I have represented in the past, and it’s a great opportunity for me. We have to focus now on the job ahead and work as hard as we can in order to be ready for the season opener. The level of the competition is higher than ever and we have a big job ahead of us, but everybody is really motivated and I cannot wait to get started.”
Joining Hayden in the garage is former Moto2...
The CRF1000L Africa Twin might share the name and its styling DNA with the original 57bhp Honda XRV650 of 1988, but the reality is that the new bike is a completely different animal.
There are two versions – one with Honda’s DCT automatic gearbox, complete with 80 mode settings controlling everything from traction control and power delivery to levels of gear selection and hill control. The second, the more basic manual version, costs some £1,000 less.
The bike we’re testing today is the no-frills manual, and initial impressions are positive; it’s a well finished bike. The attention to detail is superb, and Honda has obviously spent a lot of time getting the rugged off-road looks ‘just so’.
Both bikes use same CRF450 Rally bike inspired frame design and that fluid, linear twin...
Guy Martin has joined Team Mugen for the 2017 Isle of Man TT Zero race.
The Lincolnshire maverick will partner up with 23-time TT winner John McGuinness, his teammate in the Factory Honda road racing outfit, and replaces last year’s TT Zero race winner Bruce Anstey.
Both John McGuinness and Guy Martin will fly out to Tokyo in April to check out the bike and get it set-up.
Team Mugen wants to smash the TT Zero lap record and break the 120mph barrier, and with martin looking to land his maiden TT win,this could possibly his best chance of that.
The second official MotoGP test of 2017 saw blue skies greet the riders at Phillip Island, and by the end of Day One Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez topped the timesheets, with the Spaniard posting a 1:29.497 lap.
Marquez spent the day working with the engine specification chosen in Sepang alongside teammate Dani Pedrosa, and the reigning Champion put in 68 laps and set his best on his 53rd. Pedrosa, who spent most of the day in P4 before a late charge from some others in the top ten, ended the first session in seventh on a 1:30.281, after 55 laps.
The Factory Yamaha squad held second on the timesheets for most of the latter part of Day 1, first with Maverick Viñales and later with Valentino Rossi, with the Italian finishing the day in P2 on a 1:29.683. The rider from Tavullia also...
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