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Michael Rutter has taken his seventh career Isle of Man TT victory by successfully defending his TT Zero crown with Mugen setting a new lap record for the electric bikes. The Bathams Mugen rider kept clear of team-mate John McGuinness to win by 8.566s in the single-lap TT Zero race and set a new lap record of 121.91mph.
We caught up with him after his win to talk about the kit that helps him achieve success...
“I have been racing now for more than 30 years and I have been with Alpinestars for a good few years now. I can’t imagine wearing anything else; the fit and the feel with Alpinestars is extraordinary. It is a totally different level. If it wasn’t for Alpinestars I would have given up racing a long time ago. They are that good. Everything is done right.
“I race with an airbag....
One of the biggest dominoes of the 2018 MotoGP Silly Season has just fallen into place with the announcement thatJohann Zarco has signed a two-year contract to race for KTM.
The move will see the in demand Frenchman switch to the orange machines for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, joining Pol Espargaro who has just announced a contract extension.
Zarco’s performances on the Tech 3 satellite Yamaha has seen his stock rise since he made his debut in the premier class last year, with many paddock insiders having him as a shoe-in to replace Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda.
The choice essentially boiled down to this – trying to beat Marc Marquez on a bike designed for Marc Marquez, or developing the KTM into a weapon capable of beating the reigning champion.
It seems Zarco has favoured rising...
Andrea Dovizioso took top honours at the opening round of the 2018 season, holding off a determined challenge by Marc Marquez to cement his place as the second most successful racer in Ducati’s history.
The Italian rider, who started from Row 2, was unable to get a good start when the lights went out and he crossed the line at the end of the opening lap in seventh place.
However, Dovizioso dug deep, consolidated his position and then began moving up into the leading group, battling with Marquez, Rossi and Zarco before taking over at the front on lap 18.
Dovizioso was unable to shake off Marquez on the Repsol Honda, the Spaniard shadowing the Italian before launching an attack at the final curve. However, Dovizioso held his nerve and was able to get through on the inside and...
I’ve had this bike for a week now and put quite simply, this is the best bike I’ve ever ridden by a country mile…and I’m still grinning now. I make no apologies if this review comes across as a gushing love letter to this bike…the V4 1100 Factory APRC has moved me and got under my skin like no other bike has to date. It’s addictive, intoxicating and the way it mixes state-of-the-art technology derived from Aprilia’s participation in WSBK with blistering performance means it never fails to entertain.
So what’s the difference between the standard RR and the Factory? Well, this bike comes with fully-adjustable Öhlins rear shock, forks and steering damper and the simply stunning ‘Superpole’ paint scheme, which really suits the bike and is exquisitely finished in the metal.
Swing a leg...
The RST Race Department has been busy throughout the year developing its new Pro Series CPX-C II suit.
Inspired by the upcoming football world cup, the leather one-piece suit has been designed using feedback from elite riders like Alex Lowes in WSB and MotoGP, Richard Cooper in BSB and Ian Hutchinson at the TT, and as a result there are substantial upgrades to the fit and ergonomics of the Pro-Series CPX-C II and added removable elbow sliders.
The suit features extensive CE-approved armour throughout, while the enlarged stretch panels and more aggressively cut legs and arms make it easier than ever to move around on the bike.
The suits are available in the colours of the 32 countries taking part in this year's tournament. Priced from £659.99.
LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow smashed the previous pole lap record at the newly-resurfaced Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, taking pole position for the first time since the 2016 British GP at Silverstone in some style as he topped the session and then went even faster.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa – the winner at Jerez in 2017 – also dug deep to put in another stunner to take second despite his ongoing recovery from a broken wrist sustained in Argentina, with Tech 3's Johann Zarco qualifying in third to make it eight times in a row the Frenchman will be starting the race from the front row.
It was a tense final shootout at the end of the session, and many eyes were on Marquez as the number 93 pushed and consistently lit up the first sectors red – and then just lost out before the line....
The biggest rivalry in MotoGP has been reignited following an incident packed Argentina MotoGP race.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was at the centre of the controversy – the Spaniard dominated the post-race headlines for all the wrong reasons – stalling on the grid, riding the wrong way through the grid to reclaim his starting position, riding into Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and then forcing Yamaha's Valentino off track while battling for sixth.
Rossi remounted his Yamaha to finish 19th and although Marquez finished in fifth, he was bumped down the pecking order to 18th after being slapped with a 30-second penalty. It was the Honda pilot’s third penalty of the day – he was handed a ride through penalty in the early stages of the race after stalling his bike on the grid and then riding...
Guy Martin has called time on his Honda road racing career after just six months, with the team struggling to get the new Fireblade fit for the roads.
The move is in stark contrast to the moment he joined the team earlier in the year when he was unveiled as team-mate to TT legend John McGuinness.
However, the new bike has been beset with electronic problems – John McGuinness suffered serious injuries when the throttle stuck open during Superbike qualifying at the NW200, and Martin then had a huge crash at the TT after experiencing what he described as ‘a boxful of neutrals’.
The team withdrew the bike from the TT and even though Martin tested at Cadwell a fortnight ago, he still coundn’t gel with the bike he labelled ‘a Jonah’. He said: “I went into the year right excited about the...
Former MotoGP Dani Pedrosa now has corner named after him at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto.
Turn 6, formerly Curva Dry Sac, is now officially known as 'Pedrosa Corner' after a presentation at the circuit on Friday evening.
The three-time World Champion joins names such as Jorge Lorenzo, Sito Pons, Angel Nieto, Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez and Alex Criville to have corners named after them at the circuit.
The Spaniard spent his entire grand prix career with Honda – starting in the 125cc class in 2001, followed by two seasons in 250 and then 13 years at the factory Repsol team in MotoGP, culminating in his final race at the 2018 season finale in Valencia.
Pedrosa and Honda claimed 54 race victories together, 31 in the premier-class, while winning the 125cc crown in 2003, then 250cc...
Ducati’s breathtaking Panigale V4S redefines the sportsbike market. But what makes it so special? And why is it such a gamechanger? We got our hands on one to find out…
Ducati’s Panigale V4S is a real game changer for Ducati – it’s the Italian marque’s first mainstream four-cylinder machine to enter production. Yes, the Desmosedici RR was a V4, but that was a strictly-limited production bike and only 1,500 were ever made. It as much a marketing exercise in profiting from the company’s participation in MotoGP as it was an exercise in engineering excellence.
So how did we get here? What has made Ducati turn its back on the booming V-twins that have defined the brand? The answer is that Ducati had simply reached the limits of technology needed to build a twin that is both dynamic and...
Even a crash during Q2 couldn’t stop Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez from claiming his third pole position from five races as he conquered the tricky conditions at Le Mans.
With a track temperature of just 14°C and a brisk air temperature of 12°C, conditions were treacherous in FP4, and Marquez suffered a slow speed fall at Turn 9 early in the session.
Rain returned to the 4.2 km long Le Mans circuit the same moment as pit lane opened for Q2, and a second fall of the day, this time at Turn 6, after setting his fastest lap could not stop Marquez taking pole position for the French GP. It was Marquez’s 55th premier class pole and draws him level with Valentino Rossi and just three behind Mick Doohan’s record 58 premier class poles.
The Spaniard said: “Today was one of those days! The...
It was a welcome return to the top step of the podium for Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea, who put in a riding masterclass to take victory in Race One.
The Ulsterman enjoyed a bright start, but couldn’t get the better of Ducati's Chaz Davies down into Tamburello. However, on the run to Acque Minerale, Davies suffered a problem and was forced to retire, handing Rea the lead while Davies’ team-mate Bautista moved up to second.
At the end of the opening lap, Rea and Bautista had the leading positions, with BMW's Tom Sykes in third and ahead of Yamaha's Michael van der Mark.
As the race settled down, Rea built a comfortable lead and was extending his advantage over Bautista by around 0.7s per lap. Bautista in turn was escaping the attention of Sykes but the main battle through the race was for...
Alpinestars has launched a new Limited Edition Supertech R boots, the ‘Rea 2019’.
Jonathan Rea is the most successful rider in World Superbike Championship history. With four back-to-back world titles under his belt, 2018 saw him equaling the existing record of 17 wins in a single season with his 11th consecutive victory. His final win, under the spotlights at Losail, was his 56th for Kawasaki; a record for a single rider with a single manufacturer in WSBK.
Alpinestars has provided Jonathan’s performance protection technology throughout his WSBK career and to celebrate his achievements on the track, Alpinestars has launched the Limited Edition ‘Rea 2019’ Supertech R boot. Featuring a red, green and black design derived from his own signature style and the Kawasaki WSBK team, the...
Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa has undergone surgery to his right to treat the injury suffered in a crash during Sunday’s race at the Argentina Grand Prix.
The Spaniard crashed out of the postponed race before the end of the first lap when he was pushed off the dry line following a move by Johann Zarco – violently highsiding as he tapped on the throttle on the wet asphalt.
A 3D CT scan confirmed that Dani had suffered an intra-articular fracture of the right distal radius.
An operation in Barcelona saw a fracture reduction and internal fixation with a titanium screw carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir and his team from the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine (ICATME) at the Dexeus Hospital.
The result of the operation was satisfactory, and Pedrosa will undergo an...
Welshman Chaz Davies took his first win of the season – his first victory at the Chang International Circuit – in Race Two from Thailand after charging through the field to take the lead on lap eight.
Davies said: ”It was a fantastic race, something special. To come away with a win here makes me so happy. At Buriram we've always struggled in the past, it's been a long process to get into a race winning position. I want to thank the whole team because they've given me such a great bike today. The Panigale R was working really well, we found a little bit more consistency and I could be more adaptable with the bike. It was quite hectic out there but, if you can get through it OK, it's so much fun. Our package is competitive and in Europe it will be like starting from zero. I'm looking...
The route from Asolo in the north of Italy through South Tyrol and into Austria is biking heaven. Snaking through the scenic countryside, the roads are glorious; smooth, plenty of grip and a glorious mix of wide, fast, sweeping bends and tighter, technical, slower corners.
The temperature's hot. Really hot. As I set off, the thermometer its a giddy 35, there isn't a cloud in the sky and the roads are empty. My bike, a 2006 Aprilia RSV-R Factory, feels good. It feels like it's made for trips like this and is great at churning out the miles. It's roomy, comfortable and has more than enough grunt to make each bend an occasion. The suspension feels plush and the noise from the engine is intoxicating, with the deep rumble that accompanies every downshift delivering a lot of smiles per...
This sat nav is the midrange model in Garmin’s range and is full of useful features. In use it’s impressive – the 97mm x 56mm glove-friendly touchscreen is big enough to make it easy to see and follow directions, the routing is efficient and it’s quick at calculating a new route should you miss a turn.
The LM in the name stands for Lifetime Maps, which means you’ll regularly get updated maps, and the 350 comes with complete mapping for Western Europe.
I’ve been using this for some two years now and I’m impressed, especially with the battery life, which lasts a whopping five-and-a-half hours – easily enough to get you to your destination. It’s sturdy too…it fell off the bike half-way up a mountain pass in Ireland and after bouncing a couple of times it suffered nothing more than a...
Bruce Anstey is set to miss the 2018 road racing season as he battles illness, his partner has revealed.
The 48-year-old has ‘multiple tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine’ as well as a blood clot on the lung, meaning he is highly unlikely to take part in any form of racing this season as he focuses on recovery, but his long-term partner Anny Ramsey refuses to rule the flying Kiwi out of racing in 2018 altogether.
“Unfortunately, Brucey has become ill,” Ramsey posted on her Facebook page. “He has multiple tumours in his lungs, a tumour on his spine, and a blood clot on the lung just to kick him while he’s down.
“I doubt very much Bruce will see any racing this year, but we won’t rule that out lol! He is waiting for a treatment plan and should be starting it very soon. I...
Jonathan Rea has slashed Marco Melandri’s advantage in the World Superbike Championship to two points after claiming his maiden victory of 2018 in race one in Thailand on Saturday.
Rea controlled the race after securing pole position ahead of his Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes, and while Sykes was first over the line in the first two laps, Rea quickly took the lead.
Controlling the race from the front, Rea won by 1.550 seconds – his 40th race win in WorldSBK for Kawasaki, and the first since new regulations came in to limit Kawasaki to a lower maximum rev ceiling than any of their four-cylinder rivals. The win cements his unprecedented record at the Chang International Circuit, where he has won six of the seven races held since 2015.
The Ulsterman said: “I tried to manage the gap...
It was a good day at Imola for Kawasaki as riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes scored first and second places respectively in race one at the fifth round of the WSBK Championship in Italy.
In warm and sticky conditions Rea started the first 19-lap race of the WSBK race weekend from pole position, having secured his 16th career Superpole just a couple of hours before the 1pm race start.
The Ulsterman led from flag-to-flag with only his own team-mate Sykes for company in the first few laps, before Rea’s pace took him to an eventual margin of victory of 3.755 seconds. His latest win was his fourth of the season, all of them coming at different circuits.
Rea’s fourth success of the year was the 58th of his career and takes him to within one victory of sharing the all-time record for...
Reigning WSBK Champion Jonathan Rea will be one of three riders in the official Kawasaki factory squad that will line up at the Suzuka 8HR Race later this year.
Keen to capture success in one of the world’s most prestigious races, Kawasaki Team Green has unveiled a formidable rider line up for the motorcycle endurance event that takes place at the famous 5.8km long Suzuka circuit in Japan across the weekend of July 28 and 29.
Rea will line up alongside current British Superbike championship star, Leon Haslam with rising Asian star Kazuma Watanabe as the final squad member.
As official Kawasaki Team Green entry, the riders have an enviable track-record in this and other racing classes including three world superbike titles and one Suzuka 8hr win for Rea, two Suzuka 8hr wins and...
In taking his first double race win of the season at Imola Jonny Rea made WSBK history by equalling the all-time record of 59 career race wins.
The Ulsterman now shares that honour with WSBK royalty Carl Fogarty.
After a masterful race one win for Rea from pole position on Saturday, Sunday’s 19-lap race delivered a victory of a different kind. Starting from ninth, and not getting away as cleanly, Rea had to put in several passes before getting into the slipstream of early leader Chaz Davies.
Rea was in second place after four laps, and sat behind Davies for much of the race before deciding to make a final pass into the Variante Alta, on Lap 13.
Rea then put in two blistering laps with a clear track ahead of him and eventually won by a margin of 4.019 seconds.
He has now won...
Meet the Aprilia RS 660 concept, a mid-weight sportsbike prototype from the Noale-based motorcycle manufacturer.
Details are scarce, but Aprilia has revealed some insights into the new RS 660, which Aprilia says is for a 'new generation of riders looking to fulfil thrills on the road as well as on the occasional track day'.
Aprilia says the 660 is a parallel twin unit derived from the 1100cc that powered the Tuono 1100 and the RSV4 1100 Factory. Aprilia says this configuration was chosen for its compact nature and efficiency, the extremely low level of heat transmitted to the rider and for the freedom it gives its designers to create a sleek and lightweight frame and suspension.
The engine is mated to an aluminium frame and swingarm that helps keep the weight down, and the engine is...
Alpinestars has launched a Limited Edition Kenny Roberts Sr. Supertech R boot at the Circuit of the Americas as a celebration of American racing.
King Kenny’s distinct riding style, honed on the dirt, redefined premier class motorcycle racing, with his kneedown style soon being adopted by the rest of the field.
King Kenny enjoyed 60 starts in 500cc racing, securing 24 wins, 44 podiums, 22 poles and 27 fastest laps as he dominated the class.
Regarded as a legend of the modern era, the Kenny Roberts Sr. Limited Edition Supertech R recognizes King Kenny’s racing success, his revolutionary riding style and his bravery. Featuring all of the technical innovations of Alpinestars’ class-leading Supertech R boot, the special colorway allows fans to enjoy a distinctive, premium race boot fit...
Valentino Rossi will race for two more years with the Yamaha factory outfit in MotoGP after announcing he had signed a new deal which will see him racing through 2020.
The move is hardly a shock – Rossi has always said he’ll race for as long as he feels competitive, and the only surprise about the announcement is that it took so long to announce.
Rossi said: “When I signed my last contract with Yamaha, in March 2016, I wondered if that would have been the last contract as a MotoGP rider. At that time, I decided that I‘d take that decision during the following two years.
“During the last two years I came to the conclusion that I want to continue because racing, being a MotoGP rider, but especially riding my M1, is the thing that makes me feel good.
“Having the opportunity to work...
20-year-old Bradley Ray celebrated his first race win in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the opening race of the season at Donington Park today, holding off the last lap challenge from defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and James Ellison.
On the opening lap of the race home hero Leon Haslam had initially grabbed the advantage on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki after Byrne had a disastrous start off the line and dropped down the order dramatically.
Ellison was instantly on the attack and took the lead on the opening lap for the local Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team with Ray holding third place with Jason O'Halloran and Danny Buchan in close contention.
Ray was piling the pressure on Haslam though and he made a move on lap three to move into second place and ready to target...
I recently spent the day mud plugging with the i2i Motorcycle Academy at Thirsk, and it’s right up there with the best things I’ve done on two wheels – I’m still laughing now. Here’s what I learnt:
1) KTM’s 250cc machine is good
2) The 350’s better
3) The 450’s a vicious bastard that will spit you off
4) Off road boots suck
5) But they work
6) Drifting rocks
7) Rooster tails are cool
8) The clown costumes aren’t
9) There’s a lot more grip than you think
10) But you will fall off…again, and again and again
11) At the end of the day you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it sooner
12) There’s still no substitute for genuine Jaffa Cakes
13) It’s not as grim ooooop t’north as they say
Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo became the youngest ever MotoGP pol sitter at 20 years, 14 days after setting a new Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto lap record in qualifying, a 1:36.880 seeing the Frenchman beat teammate Franco Morbidelli by 0.082 as the new Petronas Yamaha SRT outfit lockout the front of the grid, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez in third, 0.090 behind Quartararo.
At the start of the session it was Repsol Honda's Jorge Lorenzo who led the field onto their first flying laps and stalking the number 99 was teammate Marquez, and the reigning champion was able to take full advantage of Lorenzo’s draft to set a 1:36.970.
Marquez emerged on his second set of Michelin slicks before the rest and it was looking good for the Honda rider to move the goal posts further from...
Ducati has announced that double MotoGP champion Casey Stoner will return to the Italian manufacturer's ranks as a brand ambassador and test rider.
The news comes just minutes after Honda announced that the 30-year-old Australian was quitting his testing role with the Japanese factory, ending a five-year relationship with HRC.
Stoner said: "It's been a great journey with HRC over the last five years, winning the World Championship in 2011 was obviously a high point and I've made many friends and formed lasting relationships along the way," Stoner said.
"For 2016 I am very excited to announce that I will again be joining the Ducati team! I have so many great memories working with the people and the brand of Ducati and the opportunity to work with them again is something very special....
Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales proved he belongs in MotoGP’s elite when he claimed his and Yamaha’s first MotoGP win of 2019 at Assen.
Vinales took the lead with 11 laps to go, but ran wide two laps later gifting the lead back to Marquez.
However, Vinales regrouped and re-passed the championship leader, setting consecutive personal best laps to eke out a slender gap.
Marquez pushed hard to stay with him, but once clear of pole sitter Fabio Quartararo, the Honda rider, with one eye on the championship, started to back off.
This left Vinales to take Yamaha’s first win since the 2018 Australian round to breath fresh momentum into his season following a tough start which included being taken out of three races in collisions which weren’t his fault.
Vinales said: "It feels like I'm...
Aprilia has unveiled a new, track-ready version of its hugely successful RSV4 to celebrate 10 years of production; the RSV4 X.
As part of the 2019 Aprilia All Stars event at Mugello, Aprilia unveiled a track-only version of its RSV4 sportbike; the 225hp X. has been tailor-made by Aprilia Racing – and if you delve into the bikes technical specification, it’s obvious that it’s serious about its performance on track.
The bike is the creation of Aprilia Racing and makes use of a selection of lightweight components, including a carbon fairing, a lightweight fuel tank, a billet aluminium clutch lever, front brake lever guard, engine sump guard, adjustable foot pegs, upper steering plate and Marchesini forged magnesium wheels. All in this extensive weight saving programmer means the bike...
Jack Miller has lashed out at race organisers after shambolic scenes at yesterday’s Argentina GP round saw the race delayed as confusion reigned supreme.
The slick shod Australian poleman was the only rider on the grid as the rest of the field left the starting line-up seconds before the race was due to start to switch from wets to slicks.
Chaos endured as the entire field, Miller aside, entered pitlane to change tyres, and race control decided to restart the race due to serious safety concerns, leaving the Pramac rider, who was still on the grid, angry and frustrated.
Speaking after the race he said: “We went to the grid, and I felt it wasn't going to rain anymore and stayed out there on slicks. The others didn't feel that way, I guess – and they all peeled back into the pitlane...
After finishing on the podium with a second place in Race One, Chaz Davies took a stunning win in Race Two at Aragon.
Starting from third row, Davies bided his time early on, then took the lead with five laps to go and never looked back.
Kawasaki's Jonny Rea pushed Davies all the way, running wide into the entry of the chicane at turn 12 and losing his chance to attack Davies on the long final corner. Rea was just 1.184 seconds back at the flag, for his fourth podium finish of the 2018 season.
Davies took the 7th win of his career at Aragon and second of the season.
Davies said: "I had to really work hard for this win, coming from 8th place on the grid. I knew we could pull through, but in the first few laps I didn't have the feeling I was hoping for. We opted for a softer rear...
The online application ordering system for the Yamaha YZF-R1M is now live, and Yamaha is now accepting reservations for the 2017 edition of this exclusive and limited edition track and race bike.
Inspired by the MotoGP-winning YZR-M1 machinery currently being raced by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, the high specification YZF-R1M offers private riders and race teams the opportunity to experience the latest factory bike technology.
Both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the YZF-R1M were sold out within a short time, and for 2017 all interested riders and teams are advised to make their reservation at: https://r1m.yamaha-motor.eu/
All customers who purchase the 2017 YZF-R1M are also invited to attend the 2-day long exclusive Yamaha Racing Experience that will be held in...
Ducati's Danilo Petrucci topped the timesheets on Day 1 at the Jerez Test after setting a 1:37.968 in the afternoon, heading teammate Andrea Dovizioso – the 04 Italian crashing at Turn 5 late in the day – by 0.217 seconds.
LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami finished third on the timesheets, with just 0.380 splitting the top three.
A cold morning in southern Spain meant the track action didn’t get going until 11:30am local time, but conditions soon improved in the afternoon as the premier class riders continued their crucial 2019 preparations under sunny skies in Jerez. By the half way mark it was Repsol Honda Team's Jorge Lorenzo heading the pack, but times would tumble further – and Petrucci would emerge fastest.
At Ducati, Petrucci completed 53 laps on Wednesday to be the only rider to...
Arai’s Limited Edition TT Isle of Man RX-7V is the latest in the line of stunning, collectible helmets which began in 2007. Renowned designer Drudi Performance has ramped up the colour this year with fluorescent yellow set against black with the three legs of man, the famous triskelion, picked out in gunmetal on either side. Details include the TT logo on the chin bar and TT Limited Edition printed on the back, set below atmospheric black and white chequers.
For 2019, riders including Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, Conor Cummins, Davey Todd, Derek McGee, David Johnson and Lee Johnston will be racing on the roads i n the RX-7V.
The Arai RX-7V IoM TT 2019 edition will be available in the paddock at the Isle of Man TT races and thereafter at every authorized Arai dealer.
Home contender Bradley Ray stormed to pole position in qualifying ahead of the second round of the BSB championship at Brands Hatch with a margin of 0.097s over reigning champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.
A rapid qualifying session saw Ray and Byrne duel for the pole position ahead of tomorrow’s opening race, but the 20-year-old hotshot had the edge in the closing minutes to snatch the lead position from his Be Wiser Ducati rival.
Ray said: "To be honest, coming off what we did yesterday in free practice I was a little bit conscious of coming into today being 17th and quite far down. I got a bit worried overnight, we were chasing our tail a bit looking through data and I was getting a bit annoyed to see myself down in 17th and I didn’t know why.
"We found something this morning in free...
Kawasaki’s Jonny Rea had mixed feelings about his bike throughout Friday and the Saturday Superpole, but in Race One of the third WSBK round of the season he put to bed any worries he or his team may have had with a dominant performance at MotorLand Aragon.
The reigning champion increases his lead to 14 points now, after Ducati’s Marco Melandri could only come in fourth.
The race was red flagged after three laps, after a horrible collision involving Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda), Jordi Torres (MV Agusta) and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia). The Honda rider appeared to slip on Turn 10, with the other two riders just behind and unable to avoid contact. The Brit was immediately taken to the medical centre for evaluation, while Torres and Savadori exited the track on their own feet,...
Tech 3 pilot Johann Zarco phenomenally sealed the first pole position of the 2018 season by posting the fastest ever lap on two wheels at the Losail International Circuit.
With his remarkable time of 1’53.680 minutes, the satellite Yamaha rider smashed the 10-year-old track record at the venue in Qatar, after going straight through to Q2.
The Frenchman said: “I’m really happy, it’s truly the best way to start the season. I had a crash in FP4 and while I came away with no harm, it’s not funny to be down before the qualifying.
“Beating the lap record makes me really proud. Tomorrow is the main day. I want to try to win, try to be on the podium. It looks like my pace over the distance is not the best one, but at least starting from pole is the best chance to catch a good result.”
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