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The first official MotoGP test of 2018 has concluded at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia with Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo lapping in a time of 1’58.830 to establish an unofficial new track record.
The Spaniard ended the day at the top of the timings, and the three-day test, despite having a harmless crash late in the morning, and praised the changes made to the Desmosedici GP 2018 machine.
He said: “I leave Sepang very satisfied with the work that we have done over the last three days, not only because of the time that I set today, but also because I’m convinced that many aspects of the bike have improved since last year. Now I feel it’s better adapted to my riding style and I feel more at home when I’m riding it, but we still have to understand a few things to be able to get...
The Factory Yamaha MotoGP squad enjoyed a positive second day of testing any Sepang, finishing the second day in first and second place respectively.
Similar to yesterday morning, the MotoGP riders waited for the track to dry before they ventured out just before 12 o’clock local track time.
Viñales had a busy schedule again. His strategy remained the same as for Day 1: put in a lot of laps to work on tyre wear. He initially headed out on the same bike as yesterday to get a feel for the conditions, before he gave the new fairing a try. Throughout the second day of testing the Spaniard noticed improvement in the consistency of his lap times. He put his YZR-M1 to the test during the final stages of the eight-hour session and posted a 1’59.355s on lap 66/68 for top billing, with a 0.035s...
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the opening day of the Sepang test, with a mark of 1’59.427” on his 55th lap (out of 56), three tenths faster than the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.
In typical Malaysian fashion, the morning dawned under heavy rain, so the asphalt was still wet when the track opened at 10 am.
Pedrosa said: “Of course it’s good to start the testing with the fastest time, so we’re happy with that. We had some rain in the morning and therefore the chance to do a few laps on rain tyres, and we felt good from the beginning. In the afternoon, when the track dried, the asphalt kept improving lap by lap, and that was positive for the many changes we had to try.
“We have three bikes here, and they have the same setup but different...
Motorcycle racers are generally a different breed – very competitive, focussed to the point of obsession, and ruthless in their quest to be number one. Becoming a national champion takes years of dedication, sweat and toil, becoming a world champion requires even more commitment. And talent.
Neil Hodgson knows what it takes to be a winner. He scooped both the BSB and WSBK titles in an illustrious career on both sides of the Atlantic before injury forced his retirement. After dislocating his shoulder in a motocross training accident in California in 2009, Hodgson landed on the same shoulder during Sunday morning warm-up for the opening round of the 2010 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch and knew his career was over. That, in reality, was the start of the second phase of...
Neil Hodgson is a former BSB and WSBK champion. Remembered fondly for his ‘Doohan’esque riding style, and his epic title decider with Chris Walker at Donington Park, Hodgson announced his retirement in 2010 after 20 seasons of racing after suffering a brutal shoulder injury.
He’s now the MotoGP commentator for BT Sport, where he uses his knowledge to offer a valuable insight into racing’s premier class alongside Keith Huewen. After two decades of competition, he’s got a wealth of experience with kit from a huge range of manufacturers, and is uniquely placed to explain what works and doesn’t. Here he shares his hard earned kit wisdom:
“I know it’s obvious, but your helmet is your most important piece of kit. It has to be – you only get one head, so you need to do...
Maverick Viñales has agreed a two-year extension to his contract with the factory Movistar Yamaha squad which will see him ride for the Japanese manufacturer until 2020.
The young Catalan, who won won three races and took seven podiums with Yamaha, finished third place in the MotoGP Championship standings last year, and is the first rider in the leading factory teams to secure his seat on next year’s MotoGP grid.
He said: "I’m really happy that Yamaha and I have extended our contract by two more years. It’s great for me and the team that we were able to make this announcement this early on, because it gives us a sense of calm: we know that I will continue riding my M1 for the coming three seasons, so now we can just focus on the actual racing.
"I’m very satisfied with this decision....
Neil Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a MotoGP commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopaedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed to preview the season ahead.
“This season sees the introduction of a complex series of rules designed to stop Johnny Rea running away win a fourth consecutive title. Aimed at reducing the performance gulf between teams, one of the key new measures will see rev limits replacing weight penalties. What this means is that if a bike or a team keeps disappearing off into the distance, the race organisers will turn down the revs and give other riders more in an attempt to even things out. Will it change anything? I’m not so sure…
“Johnny Rea is still the...
I’ve always had good experiences with Drift cameras; they’re compact, aerodynamic, discreet and the footage itself is superb – colours are crisp and it captures loads of detail, and there’s no ‘fish-eye’ effect at the edge of the frame.
However, after two years of testing we’ve discovered a problem with the mounts – the cameras are prone to working lose and simply unscrew themselves from their secure housing.
This very thing has happened to me this autumn. Prior to every ride, I religiously check the camera is fixed securely in its mount, yet on a ride to enjoy Bardney Bends the forward facing camera mounted on the side of the bike simply unwound itself and made a desperate bid for freedom. Luckily, this was captured by the rear facing camera, and thanks to the wonder of social...
Neil Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a MotoGP commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopaedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed to preview the season ahead.
“I’m really excited about this season. Last year was the best season I can ever remember and it had everything – drama, rivalry, high and lows – this really is the golden era of MotoGP and it has never been so unpredictable.
“Yes, Marc Marquez won the title, but Ducati’s Number Two rider Andrea Dovizioso pushed him hard right to the wire, and the season was packed full of twists and turns and saw an awful lot of different riders finishing in the top three.
“Just how hard he was pushing is reflected in the number of times he...
Tech 3 Yahama rider Jonas Folger has announced he will be sitting out the 2018 season as he bids to fully recover from Gilbert’s Syndrome – a genetic condition which has left the German flyer bedridden.
The 24-year-old was forced to miss the final four rounds of the 2017 season but had been expected to make a full recovery. However, the 125cc, Moto3 and Moto2 winner, who still finished a creditable tenth in the championship last time out in what was his rookie season, has decided to focus fully on his recovery and will miss the new season.
Folger said: “I’m incredibly sad to be saying this, but I will not be racing MotoGP in 2018. I wasn't able to make the improvements I was hoping for, and at this stage I don't feel able to ride a MotoGP machine at 100%.
"I hope to be back one day...
Alberto Puig has been appointed new team manager of the Honda works MotoGP team.
The Spaniard will report to HRC race operations manager Tetsuhiro Kuwata, and will combine his new role with his existing positions as head of the Asian and British Talent Cup series.
“I’m very grateful to HRC for this opportunity they have given me with the Repsol Honda Team," said Puig.
"To have the chance to be in this position in one of the most successful teams in the MotoGP championship is a very big honour for me, so I can only focus on giving my best back to Honda and on trying to help them to achieve their goals."
Ducati has launched its new-look 2018 MotoGP machine, with riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo unveiling a new colour scheme that sees a new red and grey scheme replacing the traditional red and white paint.
The modifications make the new Demosedici GP bike look even more menacing, but it's worth noting that the design is yet to be finalised – the Italian factory will ditch and winglets and debut a new aerodynamic package at the upcoming preseason tests in Malaysia and Thailand.
Two road racing heavyweights – Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston – will be lining up on Honda machinery for the 2018 road racing season.
The experienced duo have signed for Honda Europe Motorsport factory backed outfit and will be contesting the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and the Ulster GP aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 in the Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes.
Both Hutchinson and Johnston are no strangers to Honda machinery and in 2010 Hutchy claimed his historic five-TT wins with the Padgetts Honda team. Hugely successful on the roads the ‘Bingley Bullet’ is a 16-time TT winner with 27 TT podiums to his name and will be looking to further add to his tally, as well as claiming the maiden road-racing win for the Fireblade SP2.
Former National Superstock 600 Champion...
Honda has announced that Livio Suppo has decided to leave his role as Repsol Honda’s Team Principal.
Suppo joined HRC in 2010, as Communications and Marketing Director. From 2013 he assumed a dual-role as Team Principal of the Repsol Honda Team and HRC Communications and Marketing Director, giving a precious contribution in marketing, plus team and rider management.
Suppo said: “It has been a real honour to work for HRC over the past eight years. It has been a great professional and human experience, and I will be always grateful to the Company for asking me to be part of it.
“Anyway, after 22 seasons in the motorcycle racing world, I feel that it is time for me to look for new challenges. I leave HRC knowing that in 2018 they will be competitive, because Marc and Dani are very...
The final race of the season was an epic climax to 2018, with with Dani Pedrosa winning the Grand Prix, his seventh at Valencia across all classes and his 31st in the MotoGP class.
But all eyes were on team-mate Marc Marquez and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso to see which pilot would take the title.
It was Marquez who got the better start, hustling his way to the front before Tech 3’s Johann Zarco assumed the lead on lap four.
Dovizioso also made a blistering start, forcing his way through the midfield to sit behind team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
Marquez was happy in second – he’d win the title – and stuck behind the satellite Yamaha for 20 laps before making a pass. However, he immediately ran wide in Turn 1, the front wheel closing at full left lock. But Marquez would not be beaten and...
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso gave a riding masterclass in tricky conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, winning his sixth of the season to keep the title battle alive going into the final round at Valencia.
Dovizioso, who started from third place on the grid, didn’t get a perfect start and had to battle with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa on the opening lap. The Italian then caught and passed title rival Marc Marquez on Lap 5, before setting after the leading duo made up of Zarco and Lorenzo.
Dovizioso passed the impressive French rookie on Lap 9, and began stalking his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who was himself looking to take his maiden Ducati win.
The paddock went into overdrive as Dovizioso closed the gap – would team orders prevail? Would Ducati order Lorenzo to pull aside? Would...
Unprecedented weather at Motegi this weekend had seen every session declared wet – the first time in the MotoGP era – and race day was no exception as the skies opened and a torrential downpour covered the 4,801m Japanese circuit.
With rain in the air, the riders lined up on the grid, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) took pole position after setting the best time in yesterday’s qualifying. As the lights changed Marquez was ahead in the first corner, but was soon passed by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). The Spaniard held this position until Lap Two, before Danilo Petrucci (OCTO Pramac Racing) took his place at the head of the field. Petrucci then began stretching his lead at the front, as the remainder of the pack got involved in their own battles behind him.
As the race progressed,...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne clinched an unprecedented sixth BSB championship title in dramatic style at Brands Hatch, as the title fight went down to the wire in the final race of the season.
The last race of the season started with Leon Haslam and defending champion Byrne separated by just two points after Byrne won race two and Haslam finished tenth, ahead of the crucial decider at the Kent circuit.
On the opening lap James Ellison had taken the advantage from Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty. The title contenders were in formation, with Josh Brookes in fourth ahead of Haslam and Byrne, but the Australian knew he was still in contention and he was pushing to move through the field.
At the front Iddon took the lead, but on lap six Haslam’s title hopes ended in heartbreak as the JG...
After being hampered by a technical issue in Race one, Ducati factory rider Chaz Davies bounced back with a dominant win in Race Two at the eleventh round of the WSBK Championship at Magny Cours, the team’s eighth overall win of the season.
In tricky conditions, with a light rain falling intermittently on different sections of the track, the Welshman built his win (the 27th of his career) in the early laps, when he was the only rider capable of lapping in the 1:38 mark after a blistering start from 11th position.
Newly-crowned world champion Jonny Rea endured a miserable race, and he was forced to retire after Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty high-sided off in front him on Lap One, striking and damaging the rear of his Kawasaki.
It made no difference to Davies though, who stormed into the...
Sylvain Guintoli celebrated his first victory of the in a race two thriller at Assen as Bennetts Suzuki team claimed its first victory with Josh Brookes and Leon Haslam returning to the podium ahead of the Brands Hatch title decider.
Haslam claimed the Race One victory at the Dutch track after an epic six-way scrap for supremacy with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne scything his way through the order.
On the opening lap James Ellison lead from Haslam, Christian Iddon and Dan Linfoot, but Guintoli was soon in the mix as he moved into third on the Bennetts Suzuki at the end of the third lap.
Byrne had started 16th on the grid, but he was forcing his way through the pack and by the sixth lap was up to fifth as the leading pack of Ellison, Haslam, Guintoli and Byrne started to trade blows at the...
Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea made history at Magny-Cours at the weekend, claiming an unprecedented third WorldSBK championship following his 50th WSBK career win.
The polesitter, who dominated the race from beginning to end, said: “To be honest I can’t sum up my emotions. I just feel super proud of my team and Kawasaki.
“It has been such a team effort, and even though I’m the guy who rode it over the line, there have been so many people involved to make it possible. Every season is different and special in its own individual way.
“2015 was a seamless year, I joined a high-level team with a well-developed bike. I jumped on a bike that was ready to win and we won. 2016 was possibly more special because we had a completely new ZX-10R, and I’m really proud of my team for the constant...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa scored a fantastic one-two result at the Aragon Grand Prix.
The duo, starting from the second row of the grid, Marquez on a hard-hard Michelin tyre combination, Pedrosa on medium-medium, fought their way forward to take the squad’s seventh double podium of the season.
The race got off to a dramatic start, with poleman Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) quickly passed by the fast-starting Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), as the Ducati man led into the first corner and took the race to the rest of the field.
The Ducati racer led for the next 15 of the 23-lap race, with Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) – who was returning to competitive racing action just 24-days after breaking his...
Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso produced a spectacular ride to keep his championship ambitions alive at the Red Bull Ring circuit near Spielberg, fending off an attacking Marc Marquez to take the win in a sensational last lap duel.
The Italian rider, who started from the front row of the grid after going second quickest in qualifying, rode a tactical race to always stay in the leading group, carefully managing his tyres before taking the lead on Lap 18.
Dovizioso was then passed by Marquez but was back in the lead again on Lap 22 and he held on to that position until the chequered flag, despite a sensational last-ditch attempt by the Spanish rider in the final corner.
Thanks to the 25 points’ haul for the win, his third of the season, Dovizioso has moved into second place in...
Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman joined the ranks of 2017 BSB winners, as they became the fifth and sixth different race victors this year. The pair’s success at Thruxton also marked the first wins for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha and Smiths Racing BMW teams.
Brookes scored his first victory of the season in the opening race, stealing the lead from Hickman in the closing stages in the first high-speed duel of the day.
Pole sitter Jake Dixon had fired himself off the line fastest to lead on the opening lap ahead of Hickman and Brookes as Shane 'Shakey' Byrne dropped down the order after a mistake at the chicane that caused him to run on.
Two laps later and the BMW Safety Car was deployed when Billy McConnell crashed out, but when the race resumed Dixon was instantly under attack from...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez took a back-to-back victory at Brno in challenging conditions, his third this year and the 58th in his career, extending his championship lead to 14 points over his closest follower.
It was the fifth flag-to-flag race that Marquez has perfectly mastered thanks to a mix of tactics and determination – on this occasion the Spaniard found himself struggling soon after the lights went off, having fitted a soft rear tyre that he wasn’t at ease with on a drying track.
He was the first to roll the dice and pitted on Lap Two, where his team was ready with his second bike fitted with slick tyres. That allowed him to pull a huge gap on his opponents, which he managed until the chequered flag.
Team-mate Pedrosa was also on form and secured a strong second place,...
Jake Dixon claimed pole position for the RAF Reserves Kawasaki team with an inch perfect Superpole qualifying to win the one lap shootout for the first time at the high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.
The battle had been intense to make the top nine for the final stage of qualifying but first up was John Hopkins who headed out for Superpole with the Moto Rapido Ducati team for the first time this season. The American set a benchmark time of 1m:15.670s, which was slower than his time in Q2.
Jason O'Halloran was next to be released for his flying lap and the Australian fired the Honda Racing Fireblade ahead by 0.171s to hit the top spot with defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne up next.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider went to the top of the times with his Superpole flying lap, but...
On a sunny and hot second day at Brno, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed a stunning pole position for tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix, his fourth this season and the 69th of his career.
Team-mate Dani Pedrosa was a close third, a mere 0.046” behind Valentino Rossi on the Factory Yamaha in second and just 0.138” off his teammate.
Marquez said: “I’m very happy with today because I knew that making the pole would be tough, as I normally struggle at this track, but I tried for it anyway.
“The test we did here was useful. I felt good already with the first tyre, even if I nearly crashed as I was pushing very hard. I tried to ride smoothly but still brake hard. With the second tyre, I gave it all I had and we got this pole. I’m very, very happy.
“Tomorrow we’ll see what weather conditions...
This is the bike many fans have been waiting for, and its debut has certainly generated a lot of headlines. Lagging badly behind in WSBK, the 2017 Fireblade has also had a shocker on the road racing front – a stuck throttle saw John McGuinness lose control of his Fireblade at the NW200, with the veteran crashing out of the Superbike practice session and breaking his leg in the process. And then team-mate Guy Martin suffered a fast crash at the TT after finding a ‘box full of neutrals’ on the racebike, an incident which ultimately led to the Lincolnshire maverick quitting the team. Yet Motorcycle News awarded it best in class in its litre bike review earlier in the year, so it can't be that bad surely? We spent a week with one to see how bad – or good – it really is.
This is the...
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team wrote an incredible page in the endurance racing history after taking their third consecutive win at the 2017 Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours.
It was a double celebration for the manufacturer as the The GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team secured the 2016-2017 FIM Endurance World Championship title after a strategic race performance.
The race itself saw lead rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga initially swallowed by the lead pack into Turn One as the race got underway, but the experienced test rider quickly began fighting his way back to the front to sit just behind the #634 bike going into the second lap. Never more than 0.1 or 0.2 seconds behind, the hunt ran on until Lap 16 when the local hero took the lead briefly before hitting heavy traffic with backmarkers and some...
These tyres are mind blowingly good, so good in fact that I’m still struggling to get my head around just how exceptional they are.
The tyres you see here – a soft front and an endurance compound – have just come back from three hot days on track at Jerez, and their performance is simply staggering around the circuit’s 2.75 miles of gloriously fast straights, late apex technical twists and turns.
Scrubbing in takes just one lap, and they have so much grip I’m able to push hard straight away around every single one of the 13 corners. I don’t use tyre warmers, but these tyres allow me to stay with – and ride past – those riders who are.
Once they’re up to working temperature they’re superb; they’re stable and offer supreme levels of confidence inspiring grip. And the amount of heat...
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...
Meet the Suzuki GSX-R1000, the bike Suzuki hopes will restore their brand image and see them return to the top of the sportsbike tree.
It has already got off to a good start – it made a winning debut in this year’s superstock class at the hands of Richard Cooper while Michael Dunlop piloted it to a win in this year’s Senior TT race. So, the package works, but just how good is it on Britain’s roads?
Looking at the bike in the flesh and the bike’s styling is dominated by THAT exhaust. Yes, the MotoGP paint is well finished, and the clocks look neat, if unspectacular, but there’s no getting away from that end can. It’s massive. Bigger than the Hubble Space Telescope. And it's hideous too. Unfortunately, the official line from Suzuki is that they’d rather you didn’t ditch it in favour of...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne completed a dream double in front of a huge home crowd at Brands Hatch to take the lead in the BSB championship standings.
The two races on the legendary Grand Prix circuit produced five different podium finishers, representing five different manufacturers and five different teams with just seven races now remaining before the Showdown.
An incredible battle opened the day as Byrne denied Dan Linfoot his first ever MCE BSB victory as the Be Wiser Ducati rider stole the lead at Surtees with two laps to go before the race had a premature end due to changing conditions.
At the start of Race One Luke Mossey had fired the JG Speedfit Kawasaki off the line to take the lead from pole sitter Josh Brookes and Linfoot. However, a hectic opening few laps saw Brookes try...
The iconic New Zealand-built Britten machine will make its return to the Isle of Man in August with not one but two of John Britten’s ground-breaking creations taking to the Mountain Course once more at the Classic TT Races.
The pink and blue Britten and CRS Britten, owned respectively by Kevin Grant and Bob Robbins, were both campaigned at the 1994 Isle of Man TT races and will be ridden this year by Bruce Anstey and fellow Kiwi Stephen Briggs in the Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Retro Parade on Monday 28th August.
Grant’s machine won the BEARS World Championship in the 1990s and was ridden by Nick Jefferies at the 1994 Isle of Man TT Races with the 1993 Formula One TT winner lapping at more than 118mph from a standing start in the 1994 Senior Race before being side-lined with a...
Meet the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition – the company’s farewell to its desmodromic V-twin platform.
However, this isn’t a limited edition, but instead a numbered edition machine – Ducati will continue to manufacture the Panigale R Final Edition for as long as there is consumer demand for it.
Looking at the bike’s spec list, it’s clear that this bike is a celebration of the Panigale, and the bike features the best bits of the model range.
Each 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is individually numbered and will be offered in a dedicated tri-colour scheme. An offshoot of the 1299 Superleggera engine, the Final Edition Superquadro packs nearly 209 bhp at 11,000rpm and peak torque of 142Nm at 9,000rpm. It features a lighter crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing...
There are now five bikes bearing the R nine T moniker, and this is the latest addition to the family – the Racer.
Essentially the sporty version of the range, the Racer S definitely looks the part. Long and low, the Racer comes with a fairing complete with BMW Motorsport paint, a steel fuel tank, a set of clip-on bars, new rearsets and a single seat. The rest – the headlight, clocks, the tail – has already been seen on the original R nineT. Yes, it may be a spare parts lash-up, but the overall effect is stunning – this looks every inch the carefully crafted cafe racer. This is in no small part down to the fact that Boxer motor looks perfectly so at home in a café-racer, especially one as sleekly proportioned as the Racer.
The first thing that makes itself known when sitting on the...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne delivered his strongest performance of the BSB season so far to claim his first double win of the season for the Be Wiser Ducati team, holding off the challenge from arch rival Josh Brookes in both races.
On the opening lap of race one Leon Haslam fired himself to the front on his racing return ahead of James Ellison, but the McAMS Yamaha was instantly on the attack and claimed the lead with a move at Brundle. Pole sitter Byrne had dropped to fourth at the start, but by the second lap he had pushed his way back into third place when he passed Dan Linfoot on the brakes into Riches.
A lap later and Byrne was up to second, out dragging Haslam down the Senna Straight to move ahead. The defending champion then had Ellison in his sight and on the fifth lap a mistake...
Reigning Champion takes eighth successive win at the Sachsenring, under pressure from a stunning rookie ride by home hero Folger
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken an incredible eighth win in a row at the Sachsenring, extending his run from the 125 World championship to another year of the premier class – with all those wins from pole.
However, it was anything but easy, however – with German rookie Jonas Folger on the Tech 3 Yamaha pushing the reigning champion throughout the race in a stunning ride to his first podium. Dani Pedrosa on the second Repsol Honda completed the podium.
Marquez took the lead into Turn 1 from pole, with teammate Dani Pedrosa slotting into second as Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo sliced through from P6 on the grid to third, pushing Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci and...
Defending MCE Insurance British Superbike champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne smashed the existing lap record of Snetterton to set the fastest ever lap of the Norfolk circuit on his way to celebrating pole position ahead of tomorrow’s two races.
The top nine riders prepared themselves for the first Superpole shootout of the season and first to exit pitlane was championship leader Luke Mossey. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider set the benchmark with his fastest lap of the weekend, with Jakub Smrz making his first appearance in Superpole. The Czech rider made a mistake at Wilson and had to settle for second.
Next up to attack a flying lap was Leon Haslam, who had fired himself into Superpole in the final stages of Q2. He then outpaced his team-mate to move to the top of the times with his...
Marc Marquez continued his Sachsenring dominance by taking his eighth successive pole at the venue in a washed out Q2.
The reigning champion Marc Marquez took his sixty-eight career pole position in career, but it was anything but easy for the number 93 as Pramac Racing’sa Danilo Petrucci pushed him hard. Only a tenth and a half back despite the conditions, 'Petrux' starts second to split the Repsol Hondas, with Dani Pedrosa completing the front row after a weekend of impressive pace.
Marquez said: “When I saw that it was going to be a wet qualifying session, I set a front-row position as my target. Anyway, I’ve felt very good on the bike since the beginning and I saw that the rain was easing off, so I tried to find a good rhythm as I prepared to attack in the final stages....
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