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Britain’s Cal Crutchlow has signed to ride for LCR Honda for another year, quashing speculation that the team was end it’s long-standing relationship with Honda in favour of the ever-improving Suzukis.
Crutchlow made the announcement at the Assen GP press conference, explaining that he had signed to ride the Factory spec Honda for the 2017 season.
The former Ducati, and Tech 3 rider has enjoyed a difficult 2016 season, initially struggling to tame the aggressive nature of the RC213V, but he has enjoyed better results recently and has started to put in the performance he feels his talent is worthy of.
Crutchlow had been linked with a move to the Suzuki Factory team, but that option was closed when the Japanese manufacturer announced it had signed hotshot Alex Rins to partner the...
The recent MotoGP race at Assen showed just how much grip is available in the wet with today’s tyres. Follow these tips to ensure you keep it shiny side up:
RELAX – “Many riders don’t enjoy riding in the wet and most actually avoid it where possible. It’s completely the wrong approach. The reality is that the skills you need in the wet are exactly the same as those you need when you’re riding in the dry, namely you need to be smooth with your inputs and you need to be relaxed on the bike.
“The biggest secret to good bike control is to ensure you’re in the right riding position. You need to be comfortable and leant forward slightly, with your arms bent – they need to be parallel to the road, and this allows you to steer the bike with the lightest of touches. This is important. If...
Ducati celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and the Italian manufacturer used World Ducati Week to debut a limited edition machine – the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario.
This stunning bike is more than just a cosmetic exercise; there are only 500 motorcycles being produced and each will receive the special paint, gold-colored metal and technical upgrades.
The stand out features are the bike’s enhanced rider aids – this S Anniversario is equipped with an EVO version of the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) – the first Ducati to receive these systems. The enhanced traction control system bolsters the current Bosch IMU-powered lean-angle sensitive system by allowing the rider to slide the rear wheel through a corner – the system allows the wheel to...
Honda has signalled the first death knoll for the supersport class after announcing that it is set to discontinue the Honda CBR600RR.
The main reason behind Honda’s decision seems to be the fact that the bike doesn’t meet the strict Euro 4 emission standards, and that demand for the pocket rocket is now so low it doesn’t justify the investment and updates required to make it Euro 4 compliant.
It’s worth pointing out here that Euro 4 emissions only apply to bikes sold in the European Union, but dwindling sales worldwide in the 600cc supersport class means Honda sees no point in releasing an all-new model.
The move reflects Honda’s lack of investment in its sportsbike range in recent times – the Fireblade was last updated in 2008 and has only received minor tweaks since then, while...
I've just enjoyed a glorious test ride on Aprilia's WSBK-inspired superbike. Here are ten things I’ve learnt about the Aprilia RSV4 RF:
01) The bike is a technophile’s wet dream – launch and wheelie control, quickshifter, three riding modes, optional datalogger
02) I NEED a quickshifter…the noise as you bang through the box is addictive
03) It may look small but it’s perfectly formed. Narrow, light but roomy. Soooooooo comfortable
04) That lightness means it’s supremely nimble
05) The back brake is fierce
06) The front brakes are phenomenal
07) Superpole graphics look great from a distance…not so sharp up close
08) The stock can is hideous
09) And the screen’s not great for anyone over 5’10.
10) The niggles are just that....niggles. I WANT/ NEED one
Action cameras are gaining in popularity, especially with the rise in ‘Crash for Cash’ cases, as well as being used to record your rides and trackdays for prosperity. They’re great for checking your riding – lines, position and technique, and are invaluable for allowing you to critique and improve your own riding.
This is the Drift Stealth 2, and it’s right up there with the best – it’s a great entry-level action camera and a worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Go Pro. This very unit has just survived a spectacular off at 90mph (my fault entirely for not securing it properly in the housing), and when I eventually retraced my step I saw it lying on the tarmac still recording.
Yes, it’s battered, but that shouldn't be a surprise. The footage shows the camera barrel rolling down the...
The Ducati Factory WSBK outfit has announced Marco Melandri will be riding its Panigale R in 2017, the 34-year-old replacing Davide Giugliano.
Melandri will partner Chaz Davies, the Welshman who is spearheading the Italian’s current campaign, and a move which will see the former BMW team-mates reunited.
Davies, 29, is currently in the middle of his third season with Ducati and, thus far, has secured nine wins and 32 podiums overall on the Panigale R,while Melandri return to the series which has seen him claim 19 wins and 49 overall podiums in 100 races.
The Italian said: “I’m really excited to come back to racing, it’s a dream come true. I always said I was only interested in a top bike and top team, and I could not have asked for more. I kept following WSBK closely, and I’m...
MotoGP pilot Stefan Bradl is the latest high profile racer to join WSBK, triggering another round of rider musical chairs.
The former Moto2 champion will be joining Honda’s WSBK outfit for 2017, partnering another MotoGP exile, American Nicky Hayden.
Bradl, who has endured difficult time in MotoGP, struggling to tame the LCR Honda, before jumping ship to the Aprilia Factory tame, was without a ride after Aprilia failed to renew his contract, and with options in the premier class limited, it was increasingly likely he would jump ship to WSBK. And with current Honda WSBK rider Michael van der Mark failing to trigger a contract extension at Laguna Seca, the German seized his chance, especially with Honda rumoured to be competing with an all-new Fireblade next year.
The German said:...
Kawasaki’s litre bike may lack the desirability and looks of its rivals, but look beyond its bland styling and you’ll see a very capable weapon guaranteed to entertain.
This was the first Japanese bike to be fitted with a proper racing-type traction control system, and this one also has the optional high-performance ABS. But that’s not all – this 2012 bike is rammed full of rider aids including wheelie control and three power modes, although in reality the lowest mode is all but redundant.
Swing a leg over the bike and it feels tiny, mainly because it is, and although it’s very compact the ergonomics are surprisingly good – the low seat is comfortable, the controls fall easily to hand, and the adjustable pegs feel right in their standard position for my gangly legs. Even the low...
The 2012 Yamaha R1 is the model to go for – Yamaha’s intoxicating crossplane crank combined with six-stage traction control; win, win.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a huge fan of this bike. From the moment I swung a leg over the bike I felt at home. It’s very accommodating and comfy, with all the controls falling easy to hand. Yes, admittedly the clutch feels grabby, but this is the third cross-plane crank R1 I’ve spent some time with, and they’ve all been the same. That minor niggle aside, the R1 is a comfortable place to be. The riding position feels roomy and there’s no pressure on the knees or wrists.
The R1’s engine is proven and the noise from the crossplane crank and its irregular firing order emit a pleasantly deep rumble as the bike idles. It sounds like a twin, and the...
The stunning Red Bull Ring in Austria produced a thrilling race for the 95,000 fans who flocked to witness the Grand Prix von Österreich, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone taking his first premier class win at the Spielberg track.
Starting from pole position, Iannone was the only rider to choose the new medium compound rear tyre, a move which initially looked a gamble, but ultimately turned out to be a masterstroke – the tyre had been especially developed for the Austrian circuit following a recent test there.
The Italian, who will be departing the factory team after a season marred by controversy, including wiping out his team-mate earlier in the season, got the holeshot and led for most of the first-lap until Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi passed him just before they crossed the stripe for...
This is the eagerly-awaited MT-10 – Yamaha’s take on a naked R1, and the first Japanese supernaked to offer any serious competition to the Europeans in years.
However, this bike is far more than just an R1 with the plastics removed and straight bars fitted, it’s a fully reworked bike, one that’s been built for the roads.
There are no two ways about it, this bike’s looks are going to polarise opinion. Edgy, angular and very plasticky. At the NEC show last November, when the bike made its UK debut, it was its styling that sparked lively debate – that and the gaffer-taped indicators at the rear – and you’ll either love or hate the ‘Transformer’ aesthetics.
But look beyond the bike’s questionable lines and you’ll discover a machine that is defined by its engine. In this case the R1’s...
Alvaro Bautista has announced he will be riding a Ducati in 2017 after penning a one-year deal to ride for the Pull & Bear Aspar squad.
The hugely experienced Spaniard, who was without a ride after losing his place in the Aprilia factory team, will be campaigning a Ducati Desmosedici GP16 for the season, while the team’s other rider, who is still to be confirmed, will be racing on a Desmosedici GP15.
The smart money is on Eugene Laverty retaining his seat, although the Irishman is through to have an offer on the cards to ride a factory-backed Aprilia in WSBK. If Laverty does switch series, team-mate Yonny Hernandez will stay with Aspar.
BMW’s funky R nineT was launched by the Bavarians in 2014 as gift to themselves to celebrate 90 years of building motorcycles, and the result is a good looking bike with retro styling which is bang on for the hipster trend which was, and still is, sweeping the country.
The bike is powered by the German’s venerable 1,170cc air-cooled Boxer engine, which used to power the mighty GS. It’s a perfectly capable motor, and its 110bhp feels spot on for UK roads. It’s a proven unit, and the smooth spread of power and torque will keep you entertained for mile after intoxicating mile.
It’s not just the engine that delivers a lot of smiles per mile, the noise it makes is just as entertaining, the bark from the twin Akrapovic megaphone silencers creating an addictive, deep bark with booming pops...
Honda’s Marc Marquez dug deep in Brno today, earning pole with an audacious last lap during an intense qualifying session.
Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo looked set to have put his recent crisis of confidence behind him with an imperious riding display, posting a blistering lap time to lead the field. However, Marquez had other ideas, and on the last lap of the session he posted the fastest time in the second and third sectors, quickly closing in on the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Pol Espargaro. It looked like he was about to get held up by the duo ahead of him, but in an outrageous display of bravery, accuracy and skill, the Spaniard pounced, diving under Rossi to place his bike just inches behind Espargaro, gaining a handy tow from his compatriot on the drag to the line....
There’s something about Yamaha’s Speedblock graphics that move my soul. I’m not a Yamaha aficionado by any means, but those colours, on any bike, stir something deep inside me.
The company unveiled an MT-09 custom built by Roland Sands at Motorcycle Live last year, the Faster Wasp, and that was so well received that it led to the bike you see here, the XSR900, which is Yamaha’s take on the retro roadster which is so achingly cool at the moment.
Look beyond the striking Kenny Roberts inspired paint and you’ll realise that the bike itself is a rehash of the company’s popular MT-09, and that means it get that bike’s 847cc 12-valve triple engine, which pumps out 113bhp.
The engine may have been detuned slightly, but it’s still silky smooth, delivering elastic levels of torque between...
Cal Crutchlow rode the race of his life in Brno to claim his maiden MotoGP win and end 35 years of hurt for Britain.
The LCR Honda rider gambled on a hard compound front and rear wet weather tyre for the race, and was one of only three riders to match front and rear hard rubber after torrential rain had soaked the 5.403km track.
The rain continued to fall during the Moto3 and Moto2 races but eased off as the MotoGP grid formed, and with the rain clouds clearing, the 22-lap race was declared wet.
Riders and teams frantically tried to come up with a strategy just minutes before the lights went out, and with previous race winner Iannone’s last-minute decision to run a soft front and rear, many riders were left fearing they may have made the wrong decision.
Crutchlow started from tenth...
Pata Yamaha WSBK rider Alex Lowes got the chance to ride a MotoGP bike yesterday as reward for winning the Suzuka 8-Hours endurance race.
Lowes joined Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider and fellow Suzuka team-mate Pol Espargaró at Brno to experience the YZR-M1 during the official one-day IRTA test.
The Lincolnshire lad had to wait until the last hour of the day before he could sweep his leg over the bike, but he soon got a feel for the power of the M1 and improved his first hot lap by over a second when he set a fastest time of 1’59.558s.
Clocking the twelfth fastest time and managing a 1.146s improvement in just fifteen laps, the test unfortunately ended a prematurely when Lowes suffered a small front end crash at the end of the session.
Lowes said: “Obviously this was one of the best...
This is one of those bikes that manages to be all things to all people – it’s agile, punchy, entertaining and has character in spades. It’s British too, and it’s the best naked middleweight money can buy.
This is the ‘inbetween’ model, a final runout of the predecessor tot the current model which featured the neat, twin, underseat silencers but ditched the trademark bug headlights for some equally distinctive Dame Edna-esque units, which were cracked. I’ve ridden four of these bikes now, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 (all press bikes admittedly) and they were all cracked. Not good enough.
The 675cc powerplant is the star here, its 105bhp more than powerful enough for the road, but it’s torque not power which is key here, offering a wide, silky smooth and elastic spread of drive out of...
The Continental Sport Attacks you see here are shagged – they’re just on the right side of legal, but they’re still fucked. And what am I replacing them with? Another set of Sport Attacks. Here’s why…
I got these fitted ahead of my annual pilgrimage to the TT, and on the ride over from Tamworth to Liverpool to catch the early morning boat they impressed straight from the off.
After the obligatory scrubbing in period it became clear they have impressive levels of grip, allowing you to carry some pretty big lean angles.
Their performance cannot be underestimated. During that week on the Isle of Man they dealt with the very best and worst conditions that the island could throw at us – rain, greasy damp conditions, gravel strewn roads and sticky, hot tarmac.
They’re really quick to...
Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam delivered an inch perfect lap to claim pole position in qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s at Cadwell Park, smashing his own lap record in the process.
An intense qualifying session first saw Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon crash out unhurt in Q2 at Mansfield to end his run prematurely, leaving him 13th on the grid for race one. He wasn’t the only rider to slide out of the action as Dan Linfoot was narrowly holding ninth before a crash at the Mountain. The Honda Racing rider was luckily able to still make the cut for Q3 and the team rapidly made the changes to get him back out in the final session to qualify ninth.
Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson was the first to complete a flying lap, putting the Buildbase BMW at the top of the times, but just a few minutes later his...
The weather was the focus of the pre-event Press Conference at the British GP, and Friday's changeable weather did little to disappoint the hype. With mostly fine skies threatening rain, FP1 at Silverstone saw Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales take the top spot, with the Spaniard posting the fastest lap in the last few minutes of the session.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was second in the morning, ahead of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who took a tumble at Turn 12, but was uninjured.
FP2 saw all the grid improve their lap times, and Ducati’s Andrea Iannone led for a lot of the second with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa just behind the Italian on the timesheets before the shootout began as the clock ticked down towards zero.
Viñales was the first to set an all-red sector lap to take back the top...
Eugene Laverty put in a spectacular performance in the wet at Silverstone to qualify in a sensational sixth place.
The Ducati rider had made it through to Q2 by dominating Q1, piloting his GP14 to lead the session, but a small bike issue at the start of the decisive second session cost him crucial tyre temperature and, ultimately, pole.
Laverty had looked good to claim a stunning pole in the treacherous conditions, looking smooth and fast throughout, and inside the time set by pacesetter Cal Crutchlow in the first two sectors of the final lap only to lose rear grip and crash out.
However, his pace was enough to earn him sixth place on the grid.
A delighted Laverty said: “The second row is our best ever qualifying so I have to be happy in some ways but our potential was so high...
Honda’s Marc Marquez suffered more Silverstone heartache after once again crashing in front of the Valentino Rossi stand.
The Spaniard had shown great pace and had recorded the fastest time both in the morning’s dry FP3 and in the afternoon’s wet FP4, and was improving his best qualifying effort when he crashed at Copse, causing him to miss the last five minutes of the session.
The current championship leader took a heavy impact and looked winded, standing at the side of the track to watch the rest of the session, but his lap was still good enough to place him fifth on the grid.
He said: “My feeling was very good both in the dry and wet, but we implemented a small change to the set-up for the rain that didn’t work as expected.
“I went out in Q2 and couldn't feel the rear tyre too...
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow has taken an incredible home pole position at the Octo British Grand Prix, as the LCR Honda pilot kept his stunning wet weather form from the Czech GP to claim his third career pole. Crutchlow became the first British rider to win in the premier class in 35 years last time out at Brno, and his performance in the tricky conditions means he’s now the first British rider to claim pole position in a home GP since 1977.
The heavy rain meant qualifying became a frantic and fascinating affair, with Eugene Laverty and Jack Miller topping Q2 to make it through to Q1 – Laverty’s performance particularly catching the eye.
Q1 saw nearly every rider make a break from the pits from the off, eager to set a time before the weather worsened.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo looked...
Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales proved he could be the next ‘Alien’ with a stellar ride at Silverstone, claiming a historic first win for Suzuki since their return to MotoGP and becoming the seventh winner so far in 2016.
Viñales, who got his first podium in Le Mans in the French GP, got a front row start and simply pulled away once away in the lead – putting in an incredible performance to cross the line 3.4 seconds clear. After an almighty battle behind him, it was home hero and pole man Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda and Valentino Rossi on the factory Yamaha who completed the podium.
As the race started all eyes were firmly on the grey threatening clouds, and many riders on the grid were still making their final tyre decisions just minutes before the warm up lap.
As the race got...
What. A. Weekend. Crutchlow and Lowes get pole, and Maverick Viñales dominates to claim his maiden GP win, becoming the first man to win in Moto3, Moto2 and the premier class. Here are 11 things I’ve learnt from Silverstone:
1) Wearing cargo shorts during Saturday’s qualifying was a big mistake. When it rains here, it really rains
2) A wet and cold foreskin are really uncomfortable, especially when it’s windy too. Do not stand on the infield at Copse into the wind if you’re wearing cargo shorts (see point 1)
3) Cal Crutchlow is a bone fide Alien and deserves to be treated as such
4) There’s nothing in the world like hearing the grid of MotoGP bikes fly past. THAT sound of the engines being tortured. Brutal
5) Moto3 bikes sound so much cooler than Moto2. It’s that deep, feral boom. Love...
AGV has unveiled its latest racing helmet, a full factory version of its popular Pista design.
The lid, the Pista GP R, is an evolution of the Pista GP and boasts the same lightweight materials as the GP, but it is claimed to have a better field of view and enhanced aerodynamics and venting. There’s also a new rear spolier and visor locking system, and a Pinlock as standard – why every manufacturer doesn’t include this as standard is beyond me.
However, this helmet allows riders to feel proper factory as there’s also a built-in hydration channel, the first time we’ve seen this feature integrated into an off-the-shelf lid. This is channel is connected to a pouch stored in the rider’s leathers and brings the hydration tube to the rider’s chin, where a drinking valve is located,...
The MotoGP series has officially retired the use of #58, a move which honours Marco Simoncelli, who was racing under the number when he died during the Malaysian GP at Sepang in 2011.
The news was announced at Misano, officially called the ‘Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli’, which is hosting this weekend’s MotoGP round.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said: "Today we say to Marco's father, Paolo, that from now this number belongs to the Simoncelli family. Nobody will use it, unless they decide somebody can use this number."
Misano was the local race for the 250cc world champion, who had 14 victories (14 in 250cc, two in 125cc) and 31 podiums (two in MotoGP, 22 in 250cc, and seven in 125cc in Grand prix racing.
BSB saw history made today at Oulton Park as Leon Haslam, James Ellison and Peter Hickman climbed the rostrum in the opening race to claim the first-ever podium lockout for the Kawasaki factory team.
It was a flying start for the three JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders, with Haslam and Ellinson finishing first and second in the opening practice with Hickman only 0.6s behind in tenth. Continuing that form throughout the remaining practice sessions, the trio came into qualifying with Haslam second on combined times, Ellinson ninth and Hickman13th.
With this weekend seeing three races around the Oulton Park circuit, qualifying was held early on Saturday and all three riders were able to progress through the three sessions – the first time this season the entire JG Speedfit team made it to...
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took a record-breaking pole position at Misano World Circuit, beating his own pole lap from 2015 and putting in the first ever 1:31 lap of the Adriatic venue.
The Spaniard had been written off by many in the paddock as he struggles to gel with the Michelin tyres, but Lorenzo the reigning champion struck back in style, putting in a new lap record in qualifying to beat his own from 2015, laying down a marker at a track that, while behind enemy lines, has proven one of the Mallorcan's best.
After just missing the 1:31 bracket in that first run, the 'Spartan' then came back out and lowered the lap time once again to put in 1:31.868 and smash the record. The pole at Misano is his 64th in the world championship – taking him one above Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and...
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa became the eighth different MotoGP winner in eight races today, taking a stunning victory at Misano, his 29th in MotoGP and the 52nd in his career, as well as the 120th for Honda since the start of the MotoGP era in 2002.
Pedrosa's choice of a soft-front and medium-rear Michelin tyre combination proved to be the best one for today’s conditions and for his riding style, as it allowed him to charge through the field at an incredibly fast pace and to set a new track record of 1’32.979 on his way to the victory.
Starting eighth on the grid, he was sixth at the end of the first lap and progressively improved his speed over the course of 22 laps, overtaking Dovizioso, Viñales, Marquez, Lorenzo and finally Rossi in a series of bullish moves before crossing the...
Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam claimed his first triple victory in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park to emerge ahead of Ducati’s Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne in the standings, with just three points separating the arch rivals ahead of the opening round of the Showdown at Donington Park next weekend.
After a JG Speedfit Kawasaki 1-2-3 in Saturday’s opening race, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team were ready to fight for their positions in the Showdown, with the two races on Sunday deciding the final three Title Fighter places.
In the second race of the weekend Haslam hit the front from pole position ahead of team-mate James Ellison and Honda’s Dan Linfoot. The fight for the front was intense from the start and as the pack streamed across the line for the second lap Ellison...
This is the new Dainese Mugello R D-air® racing suit – the company’s latest evolution of its airbag technology.
The one-piece state-of-the-art suit boasts more 25 new features, with the airbags now covering the neck, shoulders, collarbones and the lower sides of the rib cage.
The Mugello R D-air® racing suit, available also through Dainese’s custom works program, will be introduced in two color options from April 2017 starting from £3,399.95.
KTM is to enter the Moto2 class in 2017 supplying the Ajo team with two bikes, which will be ridden by Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.
The move means the team, which is currently heading the Moto2 series with Johann Zarco, will ditch Kalex and become the Austrian’s official factory backed outfit, providing young riders with a career path all the way through the FIM CEV Moto3 championship to MotoGP.
The riders are well known to the team and the paddock – Brad Binder is a race away from becoming the 2016 Moto3 world champion, while Miguel Oliveira came within a cat’s whisker of snatching the Moto3 crown in 2015.
The bike itself uses KTM’s signature steel trellis frame and there’s also an aluminum swingarm, WP suspension and the spec Moto2 Honda CBR600RR engine.
If it goes as well as...
The first of the two WSBK races after the summer break at the German Lausitz EuroSpeedway circuit, a track where the factory derivative World championship has not raced since 2007, finished with Ducati’s Chaz Davies claiming the Race One win
The Welshman's domination of the race was a crushing blow to the Kawasaki duo of Tom Sykes and Johnny Rea, winning with a gap of more than ten seconds ahead of his nearest rival Sykes, posting the best lap time and snatching pole in the morning.
Davies got off the line well, followed by the trio of Sykes, Rea and Italian Lorenzo Savadori on the IodaRacing Team bike, with Davide Giugliano, Nicky Hayden, Jordi Torres and Michael Van Der Mark squabbling for honours in the second pack.
The first surprise of the race came in the seventh lap when...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated a double dose of victory in the opening round of the BSB Showdown at Donington Park.
The four-time champion fought intensely with his title rival Leon Haslam, who finished second in Race One but crashed out of contention while battling to settle the score in Race Two.
In the opening Showdown race Byrne claimed a storming victory to move back to the top of the standings by just two points from arch rival Haslam who finished second.
At the start of race one Title Fighter James Ellison had taken the initial advantage from his team-mate Haslam, Byrne and Christian Iddon. Byrne was instantly on the attack though and moved into second with a move at the Hairpin on the second lap.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider then waited a lap later to make a pass on Haslam...
Honda’s WSBK pilot Nicky Hayden is returning to MotoGP, deputising for the injured Jack Miller on the factory Honda at the Aragon GP.
The former world champion will be riding for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing team for the Spanish round at Motorland Aragon, filling in while Miller recovers from his hand injury.
Hayden said: ““First of all I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery. He is a buddy of mine and he is a rider I believe in a lot, so I hope he can get healthy as quickly as possible to show the high potential we all know he has got.
“This is an unusual experience for me because I’ve never been a stand-in rider before. But I have a good relationship with Honda and when the idea first came up they were behind it and Ten Kate gave me their blessing, so it is nice to go...
One of the worst kept secrets in the WSBK paddock is official – Aprilia will be providing factory backing for the Milwaukee SMR squad for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The team, which is having a torrid campaign with BMW machinery, has recently
signed Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori to ride for them, both of which are well though of in the Aprilia camp.
The RSV4 RF is one of the best bikes in the paddock, although it is notoriously difficult to set-up, requiring factory technicians to unlock its full potential.
The news leaves current riders Karel Abraham and Josh Brookes out of a ride, with Brookes expected to return to BSB.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager, said: “Our agreement includes, in addition to providing bikes and materials, support from Aprilia Racing personnel...
The grey of Friday at MotorLand Aragon turned powder blue on Saturday, as qualifying brought warmer temperatures and late September sun for Aragon. Q2's pre-session favourite for pole was unquestionably Marc Marquez after the Repsol Honda rider was fastest by some margin in both FP3 and FP4, and #93 turned promise into pole position in spectacular style to head the timesheets by an incredible gap of six tenths.
FP4 saw PULL&BEAR Aspar rider Yonny Hernandez into the top ten, but the Colombian sadly wasn't able to replicate the performance in Q1 as Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci, Avinita Racings’ Hector Barbera and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini duo Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl joined the South American in the battle for graduation to Q2. Petrucci eventually topped the session, with Bradl...
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