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The baby GS is the second bike to be released into BMW’s G310 family, and is set to take the smaller capacity market by storm.
Featuring the same GS styling as its bigger siblings, the G310 GS has a tubular steel frame, cast five-spoke wheels and a 313cc liquid-cooled single, complete with reversed 4v DOHC cylinder head which pumps out 34bhp.
There’s also an 11-litre tank, a six-speed gearbox, chain final drive, ABS as standards and an all LCD dash.
This being a BMW means there is a huge range of official accessories to choose from including 12-volt power sockets, heated grips, luggage and a centrestand.
The R1200GS range gets two new additions for 2017 – the Exclusive and the Rallye.
The Exclusive is the road-focused version of the pair, aimed squarely at riders who want their GS for mile-munching duties. Essentially a well-specified but subtle GS, this bike features cast wheels and an ‘Iced Chocolate metallic’ paintjob.
This is basically an entry-level bike, meaning that no other special parts come with it, leaving owners to spec it up as they see fit.
The Rallye is the bike for riders who wish to have a more off-road focused GS without having to go for the full bore GSA.
The GS Rallye comes on cross-spoked laced rims for enhanced off-road ability, and owners can even specify it comes on knobblies if they desire.
Other features include a Rallye seat, sports screen, radiator and...
The RSV4 RF is more an evolution than a revolution, but Aprilia has done enough to keep the package competitive.
Featuring improved suspension and brakes, the RSV4 RF also has as an updated electronics package, which includes Bosch’s brilliantly effective cornering ABS system.
Changes to the powerplant ensure the RSV4 RF is compliant with the Euro 4 emissions standard, although Aprilia has managed to keep the bike’s 201bhp / 84.8lb.ft power and torque ratings by raising the RSV4 RF’s redline by 300 rpm. The engine also gets lighter pistons and a number of friction-reducing treatments, while a linear sensor has also been added to the gearbox for easier quick-shifting up and down the box.
Other electronics changes include a new Aprilia Traction Control system, which is adjustable on...
There is no replacement for displacement, as the old saying goes, and to this end both the Aprilia Shiver and Dorsoduro get an engine and electronics upgrade for the 2017 model year.
The new 896cc 90° V-twin engine is a stroked out version of the old 750cc motor (stroke increased from 56.4mm to 67.4mm), which allows Aprilia to meet Euro4 emission standards, while keeping performance specs more or less the same.
To that vein, peak horsepower is now 95hp at 8,750 rpm, while peak torque is 66lb.ft at 6,600 rpm. Other changes include a new smoother ride-by-wire throttle, three-level traction control, and dual-channel ABS brakes.
Both models also get a visual overhaul, with new fuel tank covers, panels and the 4.3in TFT display from the Tuono and RSV4.
Other improvements include a new...
Ducati has added a ‘special’ to its ranks with the release of the 959 Panigale Special Edition.
Essentially a 959 tricked up with the best Ducati performance parts, this limited-edition bike comes with the Akrapovic titanium racing silencer exhaust system, as well as components made from carbon fibre and billet aluminium.
Created solely for the UK market, just 25 bikes will be available, with each bike being individually numbered by laser etching the steering head and accessorised to truly unleash the full potential of the 959 Panigale.
This limited-edition bike is available in two forms, the Ducati Performance option and with the addition of the carbon pack.
The Ducati Performance option comes with the titanium Akrapovic under-engine racing silencer exhaust system and lower...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finished the year off in style, winning the 2016 Superprestigio races and claiming his second dirt title.
The 2016 MotoGP champion crushed the opposition in the qualifying heats, setting his stall out early that he was the man to beat this year.
Choosing the inside gate for the final, he entered the first corner in good position, with AMA star Brad Baker right on his tail.
This was the duel everyone wanted to see – but while Baker has had the beating of Marquez previously, this year the boot was on the other foot and Marquez quickly built up an impressive lead.
Baker, meanwhile, was having to deal with the impressive Toni Elias, who slid past into second, leaving Baker to battle with Chareyre for the final podium spot.
Howeve, Chareyre crashed out hard...
The Shoei RYD is the aimed at younger riders and those who ride streetfighter and naked bikes.
Sitting one step up from the company’s entry-level Qwest, the RYD features some pretty impressive spec – a fully removable comfort liner and Shoei’s new quick release visor and mounting plate, as used on the top-of-the-range X-Spirit III, which offers a more effective seal for enhanced warmth and quietness.
The RYD has been extensively developed in the Japanese manufacturer’s own wind tunnel, and the results are optimised aerodynamic performance and airflow through the helmet’s interior. The latter is largely thanks to the chin vent, which sucks air in around the visor, as well as the two brow vents, with two exhausts at the rear which allow the warm air to escape.
The visor itself...
The Champions Flat Track School is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Run by the godfather of flat tracking, Lincolnshire’s own Peter Boast, this is the place where the cream of racing come to practice their skills. Italy has Valentino’s Ranch, America has Colin Edwards’ Texas Tornado Boot Camp and Spain has Marc Marquez’s Oval, but Guy Martin, Sam and Alex Lowes, Steve Plater, Josh Waters and a host of other leading racers have all been to Caenby to sharpen their bike control and racecraft under the expert tutelage of Pete. That tells you just how good he is…
There’s no doubt flat tracking has massively influenced bike racing since King Kenny Roberts came to Grand Prix racing and put his own stamp on it, winning three world titles with his sideways style and impeccable bike control....
WSBK will undergo a radical change to qualifying in 2017 in a bid to create more interest in the ailing series.
Attendance and viewing figures have been in freefall in recent years, and the shake-up is an attempt to reverse that trend. Howvwer, the solution is baffling and is about as clear as mud.
Essentially the Superpole session run on Saturday morning will still set the grid for Race 1, which will still be run on the same day. The grid for Sunday’s Race 2, however, will be partially set by the results of Race 1, using a slightly complex formula. This is where things really start to become difficult.
The first three rows of the grid for Race 2 will be filled by the riders who finished in 1st through 9th place in Race 1. However, they will not line up in that finishing order....
Speculation continues to surround Guy Martin, with media channels across the globe wondering whether we will see the maverick road racer between the hedges in 2017.
Many are suggesting the fastest man to never win a TT has done with the roads for good, his huge off at the UlsterGP in 2015 proving to be the crash that broke the camel’s back.
However, we can reveal that the world’s fastest truck mechanic was in talks with Neil Tuxworth to ride for Honda last year, with Honda desperate to see Martin on their machinery in 2016.
Sources close to Martin revealed that the star was told he could name his price, but it isn't money that drives Martin and he told Tuxworth so. Instead of a fat pay cheque, Martin said he’d race for nothing, so long as he could race the RCV, the road-going...
American John Hopkins has secured his place on the 2017 BSB grid after signing a new deal to return to the Moto Rapido Ducati team for the forthcoming season.
The Californian, who has previously been a MotoGP podium finisher, came tantalisingly close to lifting the 2011 BSB crown in one of the most memorable season finales in history. ‘Hopper’ missed out on the crown to Tommy Hill by just 0.006s at Brands Hatch making it the closest ever championship title decider and is now gunning to be back in contention in 2017.
Hopkins had his first taste of the Ducati in 2015 when he joined the Winchester-based Ducati dealership run team mid-way through the season. He then went on to score the first ever podium finish for the Ducati Panigale R in the Championship as the team scored their first...
BMW claims its new System 7 Carbon is set to become the new benchmark in terms of safety, versatility, and aerodynamic properties, and on paper it certainly looks promising.
An evolution of the hugely popular System 6, the System 7 Carbon can be converted from a full-face helmet to an open one by simply taking off the chin guard. No tools are required and it takes only a couple minutes to make the change. How good is that?
As the name suggests, the exterior shell is made out of carbon fibre and has reinforcement inserts. BMW claims the helmet will exceed all safety standards – some feat considering it weighs weighing just 1580 g or 1680g, accordingly to size.
The interior is made out of multiple EPS segments and different thickness foam padding to offerthe best shock absorption and...
RC Express Racing has announced that double Isle of Man TT Race winner Ivan Lintin will again spearhead the team’s assault on the International road races in 2017 where he’ll be joined by new team-mate Steve Mercer.
Having won the Lightweight TT Race for the past two seasons, Lincolnshire’s Lintin will attempt to take an unprecedented treble of victories in the class around the Mountain Course. This will be the Bardney-based rider’s third year with the team as the talented 32-year--old seeks to build upon his previous success.
Mercer joins the Bristol-based team having deputised for the injured Lintin at this year’s 2016 Ulster Grand Prix, who was recovering from injuries sustained in an incident at Oliver’s Mount. The Kent-based rider immediately demonstrated his adaptability on...
Sylvain Guintoli will return to BSB for the 2017 season to spearhead Suzuki and Hawk Racing’s assault on the 2017 title.
The 2014 WSBK champion and former MotoGP pilot will return to the Suzuki fold to race the all-new GSX-R1000R, after riding for the Japanese manufacturer in the British Championship in 2009, when injury curtailed his title campaign.
Guintoli joins reigning Superstock 1000 champion Taylor Mackenzie in the new-look Bennetts Suzuki team, with a third rider soon to be announced.
Guintoli said: “I’m really happy to be back in British Superbikes. Even though it was short, I enjoyed my time in the series in 2009 with Suzuki. I had a really good start to the season on the GSX-R1000, with a win and three more podiums in four races, and I feel like I have unfinished business...
After a week of testing at Jerez in Spain Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes set impressive lap times as they shared the circuit with some of the main 2017 rivals and several top MotoGP runners. Riding the 2017-spec Ninja ZX-10RR, Rea set the fastest individual lap time of the tests on a dry track on Thursday, with Sykes the third fastest WorldSBK rider and the fifth fastest rider overall.
The Jerez test featured three dry days in the middle of the week, bracketed by two wet days on Monday and Friday. Neither of the riders took to the track on Friday 25, as conditions had deteriorated so much. Rea left Jerez with a track best of 1’38.721 while using a qualifying rear tyre, with Sykes setting a 1’39.461, again on a ‘Q’ rear tyre. Rea was even more pleased with the...
Macau is one of the highlights in the international road racing season – and this year’s race saw an intense three-way battle at the front of the field, a battle of three BMW racers.
The protagonists were last year’s winner Peter Hickman, his Bathams team-mate Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp on the RidersMotorcycles.com BMW.
This trio secured a great 1-2-3 result for the S1000RR in Macau last year, and they dominated the race again this year. Hickman, Macau record winner Rutter and pole setter Jessopp were involved in an intense fight for the lead, changing positions several times and soon building a huge gap to the rest of the field. After 12 thrilling and dramatic laps on the Guia Circuit, Hickman crossed the finish line as the winner, just 0.533 seconds in front of second placed...
TAS Racing has announced the signing of Italian WSBK hard charger Davide Giugliano, who will be partnering Christian Iddon in the Tyco BMW line-up for the 2017 BSB season.
The 27-year-old Roman finished seventh in this season’s World Superbike Championship after claiming five podium finishes and brings a wealth of experience to the Tyco BMW team – 14 WSBK podium finishes overall as well as winning the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup crown in 2011.
The Italian said: “I’m very happy to be joining the Tyco BMW team for my first season in the British Superbike Championship. I have ridden on some of the British circuits already during my time in World Superbikes, and am looking forward to testing and racing on the others next year.
"BSB is a very popular championship with big crowds and I know...
The BSB grid will feature a new Yamaha supported team for the 2017 season with James Ellison and Michael Laverty joining forces at McAMS Yamaha.
McAMS, a 24/7 Motorcycle Accident Management Service, has featured in the paddock since 2014 and for the forthcoming season has increased its presence by announcing a new partnership with Team Traction Control (TTC) who is making its debut in the premier class after several successful years in the Supersport class.
Ellison is reunited with Yamaha, a manufacturer where he has previously celebrated plenty of success, including finishing second with them in the 2009 title chase and most recently finishing fourth in 2013.
The multiple race winner finished third in his 2016 campaign and will be gunning for his first MCE BSB crown next season....
The wait is finally over – Norton has unveiled its V4 RR superbike.
The bike is powered by a 1200cc, 72° V4 producing a claimed 200bhp, and is based very closely to the bespoke manufacturer’s TT racebike.
Norton is determined that this is the bike which will reaffirm its sportsbike credentials, and to this end the company has given the V4 RR a sophisticated in-house electronics suite including traction control, wheelie control, launch control and cruise control, and this is augmented by a six-axis inertial measurement unit. There’s also a state-of-the-art 7in high-definition display that includes a rear-facing camera; an up-and-down quickshifter and datalogger.
This attention to detail continues the chassis, with the single-sided swingarm boasting a fully adjustable pivot point...
Maverick Viñales is settling into life on board the Factory Yamaha well – fastest on day one at the Valencia test and then repeating the feat on day two for an amazing debut.
A 1:29.975 in the afternoon saw the former Moto3 World Champion take over at the top after completing 66 laps on his second day at Yamaha.
The difference between the Yamaha new boy and his veteran teammate couldn’t be more stark. While the Spaniard was encourage to ride around familiarising himself with the 2017 bike,
Valentino Rossi was in full testing mode, evaluating various swingarms over the course of his 45 laps. The nine-time World Champion put in a best of 1:30.709, good enough to secure him the seventh fastest time.
The Repsol Honda Team was also in full test mode, assessing a multitude of different...
Yamaha Factory rider Maverick Viñales has topped the first test day for the 2017 MotoGP season, stealing the top spot from teammate Valentino Rossi as the day wore on – an incredible statement of intent in his new home.
With a 1:30.930, Viñales beat his nine-time World Champion teammate by just 0.020 on the first day of testing, knocking Rossi, who had led the timesheets for some time, into second place.
The man Viñales has replaced, Jorge Lorenzo, was third quickest in his first outing with the Ducati Team – only a tenth off the top.
As the lights went out to signify the start of the first of 2017 testing, somewhere in the huddle of photographers there was a black-liveried 2016 Ducati preparing to meet its new rider: Lorenzo.
Quick to exit the pits once action was underway,...
Leon Haslam will be back for an attack on the 2017 BSB title after signing for Kawasaki UK to line up at Bournemouth Kawasaki alongside Luke Mossey as he bids to go one better after narrowly missing out on this year’s crown.
Haslam returned to Britain this year from the WSBK stage with JG Speedfit Kawasaki and celebrated nine race wins and a further six podium finishes as he took the title fight with Shane Byrne down to the wire at the final round.
The contender had options to return to WSBK but instead chose to sign a contract with the Kawasaki factory and remain in WSBK.
Haslam said: “This year was obviously a good one for me; it was my first season with Kawasaki and also the first back in BSB with the no electronics rule. It was a tough year revisiting some of the tracks I hadn’t...
Yamaha will be fielding two teams in the WSS championship, and has unveiled the bike that factory riders Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo, and factory-supported riders Niki Tuuli and Sheridan Morais, will compete on next season.
The series rules means that changes over the stock bike are minimal, and these include a set of race fairings, an Akrapovic Evo full titanium exhaust, 320mm Brembo T-drive front brake discs, 43mm forks with Öhlins cartridges, and Pirelli Diablo DOT race tyres.
But just look at it...it's a thing of beauty. And the best bit? Yamaha's race accessories catalogue means you can create one yourself. Best get saving...
Meet the Ducati 1299 Superleggera, the latest word in desirable, two-wheeled exotica.
The bike is a limited edition version of Ducati’s superbike, and its engineers have gone to town breathing their magic on the bike – this is the lightest and most powerful, street-legal machine that the Borgo Panigale factory can produce.
The quest for lightness has been relentless and this bike uses a carbon fibre chassis (frame, swingarm, wheels, and bodywork) to make it as lights as possible – it weighs just 162kg wet.
Then there’s the Akrapovic race exhaust, which mirrors the system used on Chaz Davies’ WSBK winning bike.
In race trim the bike makes 220bhp, and this has been achieved through titanium valves, a crankshaft with tungsten inserts, and lighter con-rods.
Suspension is handled by...
Andrea Dovizioso shone in the wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, claiming his first victory for Ducati and becoming the ninth winner in a dramatic MotoGP season.
The Ducati Team rider crossed the finish-line ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo at the end of 29 rain-soaked laps, and looked smooth and consistent from the off.
Powering away from pole, Dovizioso was third at the end of Lap One behind Rossi and Andrea Iannone, who then put on a terrific scrap for first. On Lap 12 Dovizioso passed team-mate Iannone and set off after Rossi, whom he passed on Lap 15, and from then on he pulled out a small lead over the Yamaha rider to take the flag with a margin of more than three seconds.
Speaking after the race the Italian said: “It was very important for me to win a race this...
Under the lights that illuminate the Losail International Circuit at Doha, the setting for the last round of the WSBK season, Northern Irish rider, Jonathan Rea of the Kawasaki Racing Team was crowned FIM Superbike World Champion today for the second consecutive year.
The twenty-nine year-old, who finished second in Race One behind Ducati rider Chaz Davies, has been with the Kawasaki team since last year and, since his arrival, he has led the Akashi-based manufacturer in winning both the Manufacturers Title and the Riders Title.
It was a weekend with all to play for and Rea arrived at this last round with a 48-point advantage over his teammate, English rider Tom Sykes, who had to settle for fourth place in the race and second place in the Championship.
The action began with a...
Cal Crutchlow took a stunning second MotoGP win at Phillip Island, as the LCR Honda pilot kept calm and kept his gap at the front ahead of Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales, who finished second and third respectively. The move fully justified Crutchlow's gamble to use the hard front, and proved his win in the wet earlier this season was no fluke – this boy can ride and deserves to be at the front of the GP pack.
There were no miracle starts for those frontrunners starting further back for the Australian GP, with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo getting the best from P12 to move up to P9, and teammate Valentino Rossi gaining two places to P13 – with Maverick Viñales moving up only one. It was Tech 3's Pol Espargaro who got the holeshot from P3 on the front row, with...
Nicky Hayden has taken an impressive seventh position after displaying a very competitive pace in all conditions and during all of the sessions, including a P1 in FP4.
The former world champion, who is filling in for the injured Dani Pedrosa on the Honda RCV213, said: “Today has been another day of changeable conditions. We tested different tyres to see the possibilities we had. FP4 wasn’t really very useful, but it was nice to see my name up there again after so long, and I enjoyed it.
“In Q2 we started with intermediate tyres and then we changed to slicks, but we only had time to put on the rear so I think seventh position is good. Obviously you always want to be higher up, but it was all very tough. Now I hope to have some dry laps in the warm-up tomorrow to collect data and...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken pole position at Phillip Island, as the new World Champion chose the perfect moment to head out in the changeable conditions on full slick tyres. It was his 37th pole in MotoGP and the 65th in his career, which is also the new historical record, at just 23 years of age. It’s also Marc’s seventh pole of 2016, meaning that the Spaniard has already won the BMW M Award for the best-qualifying MotoGP rider of the season, a feat he has achieved every year since entering the premier class.
With Q1 seeing some incredibly high profile casualties, it was LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo who moved through to fight for the front, leaving Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi behind – with Rossi in P15 on the grid in his...
After a wet morning of action at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, the red flag then came out during the second session for MotoGP – and it was decided to cancel the remainder of the session, as well as FP2 for Moto2.
With few bikes venturing on track during the early part of the session, it was Ducati’s Hector Barbera who went quickest and found himself unthreatened at the top of the timesheets in FP2. His Avintia Racing replacement, Mike Jones, was the next man in the table in his second MotoGP outing to impress once again, with Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat completing the top three. Danilo Petrucci on the Pramac Ducati was only a few hundredths off the Spaniard’s best in fourth, with the other two riders to venture out, Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Yamaha’s rider Valentino Rossi, more...
So Nicky Hayden will be riding a Factory Honda at Phillip Island this weekend, standing in for the injured Dani Pedrosa, a case of the nicest man in racing deputising for the unluckiest.
I love Pedrosa’s current Samurai lid, and this got me thinking about what has happened to replica paint jobs. Sure, Arai issued a limited edition RX7-GP Joey Dunlop replica a couple of years ago, which looked stunning, and has reissued some classic paint on its Chaser V range – Doohan, Schwantz and Spencer designs – all of which look suitably cool, but there is a distinct lack of eye-catching designs across today’s racing paddocks.
I love a loud lid me – the louder the better as far as I’m concerned – but the helmets today’s racers sport are distinctly dull. Jakub Smrz was proudly flying the flag for...
Ducati has released a micro website for Project 1408, the name of its secret new super superbike.
While the site itself has no information as such – it doesn’t even tease what Project 1408 could be – insiders within the factory have hinted that the bike will be a new Superleggera model, based on the Ducati 1299, which makes extensive use of the company’s MotoGP and WSBK involvement.
The bike will be far more than just a 1199 Superleggera with a new 1299 engine, and will feature carbon fibre throughout – for the frameless chassis, headstock, airbox and swingarm.
The wheels will also be carbon fibre, and will be manufactured by British company BST. Other trinkets include Öhlins suspension and a WSBK spec exhaust which ditches the underslung unit in favour of an underseat system.
Former MotoGP world champion Nicky hayden is to roll back the years and throw a leg over a Factory Honda again, filling in for Repsol Honda’s crocked Dani Pedrosa at Phillip Island.
Pedrosa broke his collarbone in a monster highside during free practice at Motegi, and Honda WSBK pilot has got the call, fresh from filling in for an injured Jack Miller earlier in the season.
Hayden said: “First of all my best wishes to Dani, I’m sure he will come back stronger than ever like he always does. For me it’s crazy hard work but it’s a chance, ten year after winning my World Title, to get back to my old “dream team”!
“Doing a weekend in Phillip Island on a factory Honda, it’s pretty emotional for me to even think about it, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity and the trust that Honda...
Race One from Jerez may have seen the win go to the number 7 Ducati ridden by Chaz Davies, but thanks to the podium finishes of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea, respectively second and third across the line, Kawasaki secured the 2016 manufacturer’s title, the second in a row for the Akashi manufacturer.
In Race One, Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea got off the line well, but poleman and teammate, Tom Sykes, stayed solidly in the lead.
On the second lap, Ducati’s Davide Giugliano and Xavi Forés on the Aprilia were both forced to retire from the race after making contact.
It was a race with a high rate of attrition, as just a lap later, Alex Lowes on the Factory Yamaha was also forced to retire after crashing. In the meantime, Rea fell back to third place, overtaken by Chaz Davies on the Factory...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne is celebrating an unprecedented fifth BSB title at his home circuit of Brands Hatch after a season-long battle with arch rival Leon Haslam.
Byrne held a 27 point advantage ahead of the second race of the weekend and the Kent contender knew what he needed to do to deliver the title for the Be Wiser Ducati team to strengthen his statistics as the most successful rider in the history of the series.
Ellison had hit the front of the field in the second race of the weekend in drying conditions on the Grand Prix circuit ahead of Christian Iddon and John Hopkins but title rivals Haslam and Byrne were initially languishing outside the top ten on the opening lap.
The pair were on the move and then continued to gain ground, but at the front the leading trio had edged away...
Marc Marquez took a remarkable victory at Motegi, his first on Japanese soil, to become the 2016 MotoGP world champion with three races to go.
Marquez got off to a brilliant start and immediately engaged in a fight for the lead with title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. On the second lap he overtook the Italian at turn eight and began to pursue Lorenzo, taking the lead on lap four.
He immediately showed that he had the rhythm and speed to make a breakaway, putting in a series of laps in the 1’45 range and pulling a half-second gap on his countryman.
Lap six brought the first major turn of events, as Rossi fell at turn seven and was forced to retire. Marquez continued stretching his lead until Lorenzo also slid off, with five laps remaining.
With his fifth win of 2016 and...
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez took his first-ever MotoGP win at Twin Ring Motegi on Honda’s home asphalt, securing the 2016 MotoGP title in the process.
At 23-years old, Marquez is now the youngest ever rider to win three premier-class World Championship titles and five World Championships over all classes during a period of only nine years of World Championship racing. Marquez has now equalled Mick Doohan, Jorge Lorenzo and Toni Mang’s tally of 5 World Titles in his career.
Marc Marquez 2016 World Championship facts so far:
– Marquez is the youngest-ever rider to win three premier-class World Championship titles, at the age of 23 years 242 days, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years 108 days when he won his third successive 500cc title in 1964.
– Marquez is also the...
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi scored a sensational pole after posting a blistering lap the Twin Ring Motegi for the Japanese GP, as the Italian legend fought off Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in a close Q2 to take his 64th pole – and equal the number of pole positions held by both Marquez and Rossi’s teammate, reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Rossi said: “It’s my third pole position of the year. I’m very happy because this year in qualifying I’m strong. We were struggling during this weekend to find the right balance and I’m also not a 100% fit, I’m suffering physically, I’m not feeling fantastic. In FP4 we improved the balance of the bike a lot and I did a very good lap and great braking in turn 11 and that was good. Starting from pole is always important and now we wait for tomorrow.”
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