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New kid on the Yamaha block Maverick Viñales has done it again at Phillip Island, going even faster on Day 3 to top the timesheets once more.
Fastest on Day 2 and fastest during testing at Sepang and Valencia, the Spaniard has hit the ground running on the Factory Yamaha – ending the Australia test ahead of the Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in second and Dani Pedrosa in third.
Viñales put in a 1:28.549 early in his impressive day’s work; a time unthreatened until the final flag. Completing 101 laps and able to put in 1:28 laps in a row, the Spaniard also managed to rake in the laptimes in the 1:29 bracket in another ominous show of form.
His teammate – nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi – ended Day 3 in P11 and 0.921s in arrears. The “Doctor” did a best of 1:29.470 in the third...
Michael Dunlop is set to race the all-new GSX-R1000 in 2017, with the 13-time Isle of Man TT winner signing for the new-look Bennetts Suzuki team for the forthcoming season.
Dunlop will race the new machine at the TT, the North West 200, the Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix road races, as well as contesting the opening round of the BSB championship at Donington Park in April.
The 2016 Superbike and Senior TT winner and current out-right lap-record holder has already tested the bike at shakedown test at the team’s Mallory Park, and heads to Spain for more tests at Cartagena and Almeria.
Dunlop said: “I was chatting with team manager Steve Hicken for a while, and obviously we’ve worked together a lot before. With the new bike coming it’s been a bit different and we had to gather...
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea celebrated his 39th and 40th career WSBK wins after winning both races from the season opener at Phillip Island.
Rea claimed pole, and in a dramatic race, the defending champion was part of the leading pack of seven riders which saw the lead change hands almost every lap until tyre wear and performance came into play in the closing stages.
The final lap saw Rea in a scintillating battle with Ducati’s Chaz Davies, with the Ulsterman taking the flag by the narrowest of margins.
The second Phillip Island race saw a small piece of history being made on two main fronts. Firstly, race one front row winner Rea, second placed man Davies and third placed Tom Sykes had to start Race Two from the third row under the new championship regulations – Sykes took over seventh...
Winter and the cold weather are beginning to loosen their grip and unless you are the type of person that enjoys winter bike trips and rallies, the chances are that your bike has been snoozing the time away on a bike stand in the garage. No problem though: those night-time trips to the garage to lift the bike cover and make sure that everything is alright are about to come to an end.
If you have followed the rules for proper winter garaging, all you need to do now to get back on the road is to take care of a few basic but important things.
Tyres: The tyres are two of the most important components of your motorcycle and if they are in excellent condition your trips will also be excellent. However, if you overlook tyre pressure and wear checks, your trips will soon become a...
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso took first blood as the third and final preseason test got underway at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, setting the fastest lap of the night and quicker than new teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 2016 race lap record.
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completed the top three.
There were a number of high profile crashers – including reigning Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda, Pol Espargaro on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing RC16 and Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki – and a Red Flag late in the session following a number of falls in succession at Turn 2.
At the front was ‘DesmoDovi’, who has been on the podium at Losail for the last two years and set a best lap of 1:54.819 to get under the race lap record of 1:54.927. The Italian put in...
Top Gun Maverick Viñales was second on the first day of the #QatarTest, but the fastest man in Valencia, Sepang and Phillip Island struck back in style to top the timesheets on Day 2 – edging Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi with a lap quicker than Andrea Dovizioso's Friday best. The 2016 Silverstone winner did a best of 1:54.455 after 49 laps, with a much-improved Rossi 0.277 in arrears. The nine-time World Champion also crashed on Day 2; suffering ‘holes to his fingers’.
Despite the timesheets being dominated by blue, it was Ducati's new "aero-fairing" that stole the headlines – with a drastic new design unveiled in the latter stages of the second day on track. Similar in appearance to a whale shark, with wide mouth and open gills to the side, it was Andrea Dovizioso...
Defending champion Jonathan Rea secured his third race win in succession on the ZX-10RR this season after a front-running display from pole position at the Chang International Circuit.
From the very beginning of the first Thai race, in the full heat of the afternoon, Superpole winner Rea was in determined mood, making a clear gap after just one lap of the 4.554km circuit. He eventually finished the 6.279 seconds clear of Ducati's Chaz Davies who crossed the line in second.
Rea also set a new lap record to add to his new track best from Superpole 2. He reduced the lap record to 1’33.436 on lap five and in Superpole he had made a 1’32.957 - on race tyres - as there were no qualifying tyres available at this round.
Rea said: “I did not know what my pace would be. I know it was...
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea continued his perfect start to the 2017 WSBK campaign by taking his second win of the weekend today, and his fourth in succession.
After taking pole position and the first race win at the Chang International Circuit, Rea had to make two race starts today, just like his peer group. In the only race finish that mattered the Ulsterman stayed at the front and scored his fourth win in a row, giving him a perfect score of 100 points so far and a championship lead of 30 over Ducati's Chaz Davies.
Rea said: “This is the best start to a season ever in my career. It is important to maximise these points when we can because it is how I built my championships in the past. When we can win, make sure we win, and then we can try and consolidate. These four victories are...
Ducati has debuted its new-look aero fairing during the second day of MotoGP testing at Losail.
Both Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso have tested the design, finishing eighth and 13th quickest.
Similar in appearance to a whale shark, the new fairing is Ducati’s attempt to replicate its wing aero package in a design which complies with the new regulations.
Speaking after the second day of testing, Dovizioso said. "In the evening I did a couple of exits with the new fairing, and in my opinion our engineers have done a great job because it wasn't easy to create a certain aerodynamic downforce without using the winglets.
"Now we are weighing up the pros and cons of the design before we take a decision and also work out the tracks where this solution can give the biggest advantages."
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales completed his royal flush of incredible preseason form by the end of the Qatar test, topping the time sheets once again on the final day of testing.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was the closest challenger after also having gone quickest on Day 1, with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completing the top three on Day 3.
Viñales’ quickest was a 1:54.330 – the fastest lap on Day 3 and overall – leading ‘Desmo Dovi’ by just 0.071 on the final day. The gap back to Pedrosa was smaller again, 0.068, with P4 closer still and only 0.050 in arrears. The man in P4 was new Ducati factory pilot Jorge Lorenzo.
After the Borgo Panigale factory unveiled its radical new aero package on day two, which was first tested by Andrea Dovizioso, it was Lorenzo’s turn on the third and...
Roads ace Ivan Lintin, 31, from Bardney in Lincolnshire, has bikes running through his blood.
He cut his teeth competing in speedway and sand racing before switching to the British Supermoto Championship at 19. It was a baptism of fire, and in his first season the young Lintin broke his collarbone three times.
After a period of recovery, 2006 saw Lintin turn his attention to circuit racing, and he won his first race after just two races, eventually finishing second in one championship, and third in another.
The following season saw him win his first pure road race championship – the Irish 250cc - 400cc support class – and that led to him signing for a factory supported team, RC Express Racing, where he competes on the national and international road racing circuit.
He won his first...
It’s the first session of the fast group and the sky around Jerez deep in rural Spain is reverberating to the sound of bikes being ridden hard. We’re waiting in the paddock for the call to form up in the pitlane, a ragtag army of first timers, road riders, commuters, Sunday scratchers, hardened European veterans and trackday addicts.
The circuit is 2.75 miles of gloriously fast straights, late apex technical twists and turns, and its 13 corners demand respect. MotoGP and WSBK both race here, and this is the track of choice for teams from both series for pre-season testing.
Soon a deep feral roar enters the paddock and pulls up. It’s a brand new Yamaha R1 and its owner has run on in Turn One and binned it in the kitty litter. Pretty soon the fast group’s first session is over and the...
1) A 749S Ducati gets mullered on the straights
2) But claws the lost time back in the corners
3) The track takes about two hours to dry
4) A 2008/2009 Blade can still hold its own against the very newest Panigales, ZX10s, S1000RRs
5) Turn 5 can be taken in fourth...may be even fifth
6) Duct tape is THE essential garage accessory – it can fix almost everything
7) It's not prudent to take a bike on track that's not been checked for three years
8) Half a second matters to grown men – it's enough to make them cry
9) A&P Plant stickers are rarer than rocking horse shit...proper factory
10) Six bricks is the hourly rate for brickies in the Telford area
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 love BSB for the sheer enjoyment of watching close racing. There are a handful of riders who are capable of fighting for a win, and there will be five or six riders who will win at least one race, but Shakey Byrne will start as the title favourite for many. He’s experienced, the bike is quick and the PBM team is experienced and proven.
“However, Leon Haslam will also be there. He ran Shakey close last year, and may even have won the title if it wasn’t for the technical gremlins which plagued his season. He’s fit, he has a point to prove and...
This is my second RX-7V and I have nothing but praise for it.
This is my sole lid, and it’s the exact same helmet that you see top racers such as Pedrosa, Crutchlow, Vinales and Rea wearing each weekend.
I love this helmet and with good reason too – it’s truly all-day comfortable, and the non-itch lining does a good job of keeping my scalp dry and sweat free. Its performed faultlessly on a three-day trackday at Jerez and the brilliant combination of powerful and effective visor vents and Pinlock means you’ll never suffer with misting, and the retractable chin spoiler is a neat, well-thought out touch.
This lid features Arai’s new visor change mechanism, which is far easier to master than the old system, and I know this lid will look after me in the worst case scenario – I threw my...
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso may have been quickest out the box at Qatar, yet the fastest man at the end of the first track action at Losail International Circuit was Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales, with the Spaniard continuing his blistering pace pre-season testing.
With 67% humidity and a temperature of 22 degrees Celsius greeting the grid on Day 1, the riders had just a single practice session on Thursday at the Grand Prix of Qatar due to the altered timetable, but this was enough for the Viñalesto relegate Repsol Honda Team’s reigning Champion Marc Marquez to second, 0.596 off P1.
Viñales’ stunning chart topper of a lap was a 1:54.316 on a new tyre – only four tenths off the pole lap record set by then-rookie Jorge Lorenzo on his MotoGP debut in 2008, making a record-breaking weekend...
After overnight rain, a storm and too much standing water on track at Losail International Circuit, the qualifying session was cancelled by Race Direction – conditions were deemed too dangerous for riders to get out on track.
That means qualifying was decided by the combined times after the end of FP3, and Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales will start from pole, his first for the factory, with Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone and reigning Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda joining him on the front row.
The second row sees top rookie Johann Zarco on the Tech 3 in fourth, Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati Team in fifth and Scott Redding on the Pramac Ducati in sixth.
The third row is Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda, Jonas Folger on the Tech 3 and Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda....
Rain, delays and uncertainty all combined to create a spectacle at the opening race of the season, one which is easy to criticse but difficult to manage – unless you’re, Maverick Viñales, who kept his cool to deliver a riding masterclass on his competitive debut on the Factory Yamaha.
A stunning start from Ducati’s Andrea Iannone from P2 was soon overshadowed as rookie Johann Zarco slammed his Tech 3 Yamaha into the lead in the first laps, getting away and making a gap as Viñales found himself falling back into the clutches of teammate Valentino Rossi.
The Tech 3 rider looked comfortable at the front, pulling out a gap before sliding out of the lead soon after – leaving ‘DesmoDovi’ out front.
With the number 4 Ducati getting away in the lead, Iannone then crashed out of the fight...
The Padgetts Honda Racing team will have a two-pronged attack for 2017, with Conor Cummins joining 11-times TT winner Bruce Anstey at the Batley-based squad.
The Manxman will ride the latest-spec Honda CBR1000RR and Honda CBR600RR for one of the most experienced, and most successful, teams on the grid.
Cummins said: “What Clive Padgett and the team don’t know about racing on the Isle of Man isn’t worth knowing. He’s assembled a great group around him and I really enjoyed racing with the team last year – it just felt right. I’m looking forward to representing the team in all of this year’s races and I’m looking forward to repaying Clive’s faith in me.”
The move comes on the back of Cummins having a successful outing for the team at last year’s TT after a last minute deal saw him...
BSB contender Leon Haslam will wildcard in WSBK at the Donington Park on 26-28 May.
No stranger to the World Superbike paddock, Haslam will ride for the Puccetti Racing Team at the sole-UK round, and has already tested the ZX-10RR at Portimao, Portugal, gelling with the bike and giving the team vital feedback ahead of their maiden season in the Superbike class.
Haslam said: “I’m so excited to be riding at my home round for the Puccetti Racing Team. I had a really good test in January in Portugal and was posting quick times from the first time on track. So to take that package to Donington Park and getting to work with the team again is so exciting.
“I just want to thank the Puccetti team and Kawasaki for the opportunity and hopefully I can give the home crowd something to shout...
Double Supersport TT race winner Gary Johnson will run his own team at this year’s TT.
The Lincolnshire lad, who is still searching for a title sponsor, will run the all-new GSX-R Suzuki in the Superbike, Senior and Superstock races, and will continue to campaign Triumphs in the two Supersport races having purchased the East Coast Construction bikes used by Lee Johnston in 2016.
Johnson said: “I’m feeling as strong as I’ve felt over the last few years and although it’s a massive undertaking to run my own team, I’m really focused on the job ahead and determined to make my mark this year. I’ve got a great bunch of lads supporting me and I’m looking forward to giving it a good go this year.”
A front-runner now for a decade, Johnson took victory in the opening Supersport race in 2014...
Leon Haslam topped the times after the opening day of the 2017 BSB championship as the home hero set the pace in the afternoon free practice session as defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne ended his practice prematurely with a technical problem.
Haslam had finished second to Byrne in the morning session, but in the afternoon the times began to tumble and he surged to the top of the times, just holding off his team-mate Luke Mossey by 0.132s at the chequered flag.
Haslam said: "The opening day here has gone really well. We have done a full race run on both the soft and harder tyre options. We are looking good for the weekend and I think we just need to carry the momentum into the sessions tomorrow."
It wasn’t the perfect start to his title defence for Byrne; the five-time champion...
Leon Haslam will start from pole position for the opening race of the 2017 BSB season at Donington Park after the qualifying session was cancelled and the grid was formed by combined free practice session times.
Haslam will head the front row onboard the JG Speedfit Kawasaki at his home round ahead of his team-mate Luke Mossey and returning champion Josh Brookes who fired his Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha into third place.
Row two will be headed by Peter Hickman onboard the Smiths Racing BMW who edged out defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne by just 0.091s and James Ellison completes the second row of the grid for McAMS Yamaha.
John Hopkins, despite two crashes will head the third row of the grid onboard the Moto Rapido Ducati ahead of 2014 World champion Sylvain Guintoli who makes his...
Race One at Aragon proved to be a happy hunting ground for Kawasaki’s Johnny Rea, as the Ulsterman claimed the win, thus becoming the 200th British winner in the series.
Rea looked comfortable throughout, but it was polesitter and race favourite Chaz Davies who got the holeshot, with Rea right on his tail. The duo then become embroiled in a fascinating duel for the lead, the Welshman’s Ducati faster to accelerate, with Rea’s Kawasaki better at quick direction changes.
The lead continued to swap, and while Rea had the upper hand in the opening-half of the lap, the Ducati was stronger in the second-half of the lap, but with their lap-times very similar, it was difficult to break away.
As the race wore on, it was clear the Ducati rider was having to push harder to keep up the pace,...
Leon Haslam had the perfect start to his 2017 BSB campaign, claiming a double race win for JG Speedfit Kawasaki at his home circuit of Donington Park, but he was pushed all the way by Luke Mossey and Josh Brookes on his return to the series.
The competition proved to be fierce from the opening races of the season with five different riders representing four teams and four different manufacturers featuring on the two podiums at the Leicestershire circuit.
The first raceday of the year started dramatically with a crash in warm up for defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne at Craner Curves. The Be Wiser Ducati rider suffered concussion in the crash and was forced to sit out the opening two races, returning at the next round of Brands Hatch this Easter weekend.
In the opening race...
KMR Kawasaki will have a four-man team for this year’s Lightweight TT race with Peter Hickman and Danny Webb joining Lee Johnston and Hudson Kennaugh in Ryan Farquhar’s team.
The quartet will all ride identically-prepared ER6 650cc Kawasaki’s in the four-lap race as triple TT winner Farquhar goes all out to claim victory in the race he won himself back in 2012.
Hickman will be making his debut in the race having withdrawn last year after being scheduled to ride the John Burrows BEE Cookstown Kawasaki and will be among the pre-race favourites, as will team-mate Johnston. He previously rode for Farquhar’s team at the 2015 Isle of Man TT and, after lapping at close to 119mph, was lying in a podium position before retiring on the final lap.
Webb will be making his fourth successive...
The Ducati team took its first win of the season in Race 2 at Aragon thanks to a brilliant performance by Chaz Davies.
The Welshman bounced back from his crash in Race One to claim his sixth victory at the Spanish track and 21st of his career.
Starting in tenth position, Davies quickly stormed through the field, already joining the leading group on the third lap. Davies and teammate Marco Melandri then stalked race leader Johnny Rea until lap 12, when Davies pounced to take the lead.
As in Race One, the final laps resulted in a spectacular series of passes between the leading protagonists, with Melandri climbing to second position before eventually falling away. Davies on the other hand continued to dice with Rea several times before making the decisive move at the last chicane to...
Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales gave another riding masterclass in an incident-packed MotoGP race at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, taking the win to become the first Yamaha rider since Wayne Rainey in 1990 to win the first two races of the year.
It was reigning Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda who leapt into the lead from pole, with Rossi another electric starter from seventh on the grid. In the rush for Turn 1, Marquez led Crutchlow as the pack shuffled behind, with the reigning champion pulling out a significant leand as the Brit backed up the chasing factory Yamaha pairing of Viñales and Rossi.
Viñales soon attacked Crutchlow to take P2, before Marquez suddenly hit the floor at Turn 2 – having been almost two seconds clear.
That mistake gifted Viñales the lead...
I’ve had this bike for the weekend 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 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 over...
This is the bike which has dominated supersports sales in recent years. It’s British, it’s a triple and it’s a world beater – meet the Triumph Daytona 675.
Let’s not make any bones about it, this bike is a bone fide racer, and you know this as soon as you sit on the bike. The riding position is focused – you’re very much leant forward, and there’s a lot of weight through your wrists. It’s narrow too, and feels tiny below my 6ft 2in frame.
The dash features Triumph’s trademark arrangement, which has always felt a bit too Fisherprice for me, the extensive use of plastics making the styling feel cheap. It’s the only part of the bike that does however, and the angular upper fairing and lights give the Daytona a sharp, purposeful look.
As soon as you thumb the throttle and hear the...
James Ellison claimed pole position for the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch as the McAMS Yamaha rider obliterated the lap record, holding off Luke Mossey by 0.203s with Leon Haslam completing the front row.
An incredibly close final session of qualifying started with Leon Haslam coming straight out on track first; the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider setting the first 44 second lap of the weekend to set the benchmark for his rivals.
Luke Mossey had been the fastest rider on circuit this morning and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider then posted his best lap of the weekend; pushing Haslam back into second, but as he crossed the line Ellison was a on a flier and he grabbed the top position.
Ellison said: “I am so happy to be on pole position. We had been...
Luke Mossey has claimed his debut BSB win after taking a dream double at Brands Hatch.
The Royston rocket had the pace all weekend, winning both races comfortably. He said: "I was over the moon with the first win and then I was going to be happy coming away with a top five in the second race and keep racking up the points, but to have my first two wins of my Superbike career come at once, I’m so happy.
"I can’t thank the team enough as we really did our homework this weekend, I hope now that we can build on this. I’ve never had such a strong start to a season, so I’m looking forward to Oulton Park now. We finished second there last time behind Leon, so the Kawasaki works really well there and hopefully we can maintain this speed.
The opening race of the day saw Leon Haslam lead the...
This weekend saw the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans take place, an iconic event which is one of the most demanding races in the world.
It’s a fascinating spectacle, as the FIM Endurance World Championship series is a proper battle between the different tyre brands.
The bike manufacturers take it seriously too, with many top riders from series across the world finding themselves on a factory and satellite team.
It’s an eclectic mix, and throw the darkness of night into the pot and you have an event which is like no other in the world.
This year’s race proved to be the closest yet, with just 19.8 seconds separating the top two teams after more than 800 laps of racing, with the French GMT94 Yamaha Factory Team edging out its Austrian sister squad, the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), in...
The average annual mileage for a British biker is just 3500 miles, with many riders struggling to even leave their own county.
That’s a real shame, and to this end our friends at MCN have launched their #ride5000miles initiative, a scheme aimed at encouraging riders to get out and enjoy their bikes.
It’s something we wholeheartedly support, so we took to Lincolnshire’s roads on an Aprilia V4 1100 Factory APRC to fly the flag and spread the word.
9:00am: It’s early, the sun is peeking through the clouds, and the silver and red paint on the Aprilia is burning through my eyes like a laser. It looks stunning, even when it’s not moving, and I’m genuinely looking forward to riding this bike. No map, no plan…just hit the road and head wherever takes my fancy. Lincolnshire is a big old...
Lincolnshire road racing maverick Guy Martin has had his first taste of the new CBR1000RR SP2 as he continues his preparations for his return to road racing with the factory backed Honda Racing outfit.
The Kirmington lad joined team-mate John McGuinness for the shakedown at Castle Combe, and while Martin seemed to gel with the new Fireblade, an impressive feat considering he has switched rubber from Metzeler to Dunlop, McGuinness suffered a broken thumb after crashing on the second day of testing.
Honda Racing boss Neil Tuxworth said: “The bikes arrived later than expected and good progress is being made getting them ready to race. Considering the mechanics were still working on them the night before the test we are very happy with where we are.
“With the road bikes running kit...
Meet the BMW’s HP4 RACE carbon superbike – the first BMW motorcycle to feature a full carbon fibre frame.
The HP4 RACE will be strictly limited, and just 750 bikes will be produced.
BMW’s engineers have gone to town making the bike as light as possible, and to this end the bike uses a monocoque construction frame which weighs just 7.8kg and has carbon wheels, which BMW says are 30 per cent lighter than those made of conventional materials.
This weight saving programme means the bike weighs just 171kg fully-fuelled – about the same weight as a MotoGP bike – no mean feat for a bike making 212bhp.
This bike has been designed solely for the track and it shows in its impressive spec, much of which is the same spec as the BW WSBK machines: Öhlins FGR 300 upside-down forks and TTX 36 GP...
Leon Haslam heads into the third round of the BSB champonship at Oulton Park next weekend gunning to add to his winning tally after setting the pace in the official test at the Cheshire circuit.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider saved his best until the final session of the day to dip under the lap record with his final run of the day, holding off defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on the Be Wiser Ducati who leapt to second in the closing 15 minutes of the session.
There was an also last run improvement from the McAMS Yamaha team as James Ellison moved third fastest in the final five minutes of the day to become the top Yamaha by just 0.113s from Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha.
New race winner Luke Mossey completed the top five at the end of the test as he remained ahead...
Marc Marquez took his first win of the season in sensational style, his stunning fifth win in a row in Austin and his 11th straight win on US soil, to get his title defence back on track.
The Repsol Honda rider was initially in an intense battle with team-mate Dani Pedrosa for victory in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, before being able to break clear in the latter laps of the race to take the chequered flag.
Marquez said: “This was a crucial race because after Argentina it was important to come back in the best way, so we are really happy with this result.
“Although I won, it was difficult, because the temperature was much higher than yesterday. Five minutes before the start, I said to my chief mechanic, ‘Okay, let’s use the hard tyre’ because I knew that I would push the...
Thousands of fans flocked to Grantham this weekend to take in 20 years of BSB history.
Chris Walker Kawasaki hosted its annual day, and as well as the usual array of Kawasaki bikes and demonstrators, this year saw a never-seen-before collection of Stalker’s trophies, leathers, helmets and race bikes.
As well as every set of leathers he’s worn since 1996, there was also the F1 sidecar he’s currently racing, as well as guest appearances by racing stars Peter Hickman, Richard Cooper, James Hillier, Luke Stapbleford and Tommy Bridewell.
Other highlights included a ‘Run what you brung’ dyno and the Arai race truck.
This weekend sees WSBK visit one of the most iconic venues on the calendar – TT Assen Circuit in Netherlands, known to all as The Cathedral of Speed.
Reigning world champion, and current series leader, Jonathan Rea is hoping that he can continue the run of form that has given him a strong lead in the early part of this year’s campaign.
The Dutch track is the Ulsterman’s favourite circuit and he is hoping that he can continue the run of form he has enjoyed on Dutch soil over the years – since joining the WSBK class full time in 2009, Rea has had 12 podium finishes, with no fewer than nine race wins, including double wins in 2010 and in the last two years, 2015 and 2016 on the Kawasaki.
Rea also has another reason to look forward to the weekend – Race Two on Sunday will see him make...
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