MotoGP: In the last few weeks Flex-Box has apparently pulled back on its deal and the Italian team is looking for new partnerships for MotoGP. Miodrag Kutur, team manager of the Italian-Luxembourg team already in action
More, from a press release issued by Dorna: Miller puts in a thriller to top Day 1 at MotorLand The Ducati rider leads the way ahead of Aleix Espargaro, with Crutchlow slamming in a stunner to take third Friday, 10 September 2021 Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) topped Day 1 at the Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragon, the Ducati rider putting in a late lunge as the final few minutes decided the combined timesheets. He enjoys nearly three tenths of breathing space at the top by the end of play, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) next up at a venue he and his machine have enjoyed some good success at - carrying that momentum from Silverstone. Third went the way of Cal Crutchlow (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) as the Brit pulled a seriously fast one to complete the top three on Day 1, and the number 35 was top Yamaha to boot. The top
After the opening five rounds, Brad Binder was back where he had finished his rookie MotoGP season; eleventh place in the world championship.That still made Binder the top KTM, but by the summer break he had been leapfrogged by team-mate Miguel Oliveira, who took the latest chassis upgrades to a triple podium run, including victory in Catalunya.But the KTM seesaw has swung dramatically back in Binder's favour since the summer break, with the South African hauling in 48 points - including a walk-on-water victory in Austria - compared to 0 points for Oliveira, who has been hampered by a wrist in
A title to be won and records to be made – Aragón Rookies Cup finale Motorland Aragón has dramatic changes of elevation and every combination of corner radius and pace imaginable. It means thrills and overtaking, especially at the last corner. The slipstreaming battle down the long back straight produces a leader, the braking zone changes that, then a mid corner swap is likely, but get the exit wrong and the race can still be lost. David Alonso is leading the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the Colombian 15-year-old has a 38 point advantage going into the last 2 races at Motorland so only David Muñoz can challenge him for the title. Who is favourite? Muñoz won the final 2 races last year but that was in Valencia. The 15-year-old Spaniard had far less luck in Aragón where Alonso picked up his first Rookies win. So Alonso has the better form at Aragón and is on a roll, totally at
With a ninth and a DNF as his best results in Aragon last season, Ducati’s Jack Miller is confident that this year’s Desmosedici GP21 can help him showcase similar form to that of 2019.The Australian took third that year behind fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso and race winner Marc Marquez, but with a much ‘more consistent’ and overall better package in 2021, a similar result is certainly possible. Ducati have gone well at the Spanish circuit in recent seasons - four podiums from the last four races - not including the TeruelGP last year.
Despite offers to return to Moto2, Iker Lecuona is aiming to stay on bigger bikes with MotoGP his preference. The Tech 3 KTM rider is currently without a seat for next season, and while Yamaha have one spot left alongside Andrea Dovizioso for 2022, that is expected to go the way of Darryn Binder (favourite for the seat) or even Jake Dixon. Therefore a move away from MotoGP is most likely at present, but what would a departure from the pinnacle of two-wheel racing look like.
MotoGP title leader Fabio Quartararo faces what is probably his worst track on the calendar at Aragon this weekend.The young Frenchman, who pushed his world championship advantage up to 65-points over Suzuki's Joan Mir with his fifth win of the season at Silverstone, has never finished better than fifth at the Spanish track during appearances in the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP classes.That looked set to change last season when Quartararo qualified on pole position for the opening Aragon event, only to sink to 18th place in the race.
The factory Ducati team struggled to a best of seventh and tenth amid cool conditions at last year's Aragon MotoGP races.However, with this year's event reverting to its usual September date, temperatures should be around 8-10 degrees warmer.Jack Miller was part of a double Ducati podium, alongside Andrea Dovizioso, in such conditions in 2019 and the current factory rider hopes the warmer weather can again heat up his Aragon form."I'm excited to be back racing at MotorLand Aragón," Miller said.
Moto2 title contender and 2022 Tech3 KTM MotoGP rider Raul Fernandez has revealed he underwent surgery last Sunday, following a cycling accident.The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, who has won four races so far during his rookie Moto2 campaign, fractured his fifth right metacarpal.
Almost twelve years after his world championship debut, John McPhee will finally get the chance to step up to the intermediate Moto2 grand prix class at Aragon this weekend.The triple Moto3 race winner will take over SRT team-mate Jake Dixon's Kalex Moto2 machine as the Englishman in-turn spends a second race in MotoGP on the injured Franco Morbidelli's Yamaha M1.Moving from his usual 250cc Honda to the 765cc Triumph-powered machinery is arguably a bigger step than Dixon's Moto2-MotoGP switch – and, unlike former BSB title contender Dixon, McPhee has no prior experience of racing a larger bike
Having missed last year's Aragon rounds due to Covid, Valentino Rossi's final MotoGP appearance at the Spanish circuit will also mark his first laps of the track since 2019.It's also one of the few venues on the calendar where the 42-year-old has never taken a race victory, his best results being third places for the Factory Yamaha team in 2013, 2015 and 2016.The nine-time world champion is yet to threaten such results at Petronas Yamaha during his last season before retirement, but was expecting to deliver one of his strongest races of the year last time at Silverstone, only to be among a num
KTM has confirmed that Moto3 rookie star Pedro Acosta will progress to Moto2 next season, where he will be joined by Augusto Fernandez in the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.The pair will be replacing MotoGP-bound Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, currently first and second respectively in the 2021 Moto2 standings, who are joining Tech3 KTM next season.Acosta, 17, has already taken five wins for Red Bull KTM Ajo during what will now be his one and only Moto3 World Championship campaign, to hold a 46-point title lead over nearest rival Sergio Garcia.“Jumping to Moto2 was my goal because I believe it’s the
Can Marquez take centre stage at MotorLand? Anti-clockwise Aragon awaits the return of the 93, Aprilia on a high and Suzuki with a serious recent record Monday, 06 September 2021 There's plenty to talk about after the British GP, and the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship now saddles up to head back south to Spain and the stunning MotorLand Aragon. The modern classic nestles like an outpost of speed in an otherwise rural, striking and arid landscape, inviting man and machine to make their mark. And, even more pertinent to previewing the weekend ahead, it's also an anti-clockwise circuit... and that usually means one thing: Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). The eight-time World Champion didn't cover himself with glory at Silverstone after an early crash that collected Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing), but there was no harm done for either party and the number 93 was quick to apologise. But momentum didn't mean much for Marc Marquez when the paddock arrived in Germany, another
Having claimed Aprilia's first podium of the four-stroke MotoGP era, Aleix Espargaro is looking to make it back-to-back rostrums at Aragon this weekend.The Spanish track has been one of his most successful venues on the RS-GP in the past, matching the bike's pre-Silverstone best of sixth place in both 2017 and 2018, plus a seventh in 2019."Aragon is a circuit that I like," he confirmed. "We are in a good shape now. The bike is working good. Normally in Aragon the bike is always competitive. We have a fresh engine there.
Moto3 race winner and current Moto2 rookie Tony Arbolino will join the multi-title winning Marc VDS team for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.The Italian, 21, currently competes for Intact GP, with whom he scored a fourth-place finish at Le Mans earlier this season.However, Arbolino has failed to score points at seven other races, leaving him just 16th in the world championship and fourth in the rookie standings.Nevertheless, team owner Marc van der Straten has seen enough to be convinced of Arbolino's "great potential" and "strength to compete and stand up to any opponent.
MotoGP: "I have no news about my 2022 season, but I trust Valentino. The sooner the announcement comes the better, I can only be in the VR46 structure as I have no other options on the market." Bastianini: "With a better qualifiying, I can aim for the top-10"
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PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team announce new rider line-ups for Aragon GP Dixon to continue on Yamaha YZR-M1, McPhee to get Moto2 taste, Damok gets Moto3 World Championship debut For the Grand Prix of Aragon, the next round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team will make a raft of changes to its line-ups in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 to continue to give its stable of riders valuable opportunities for experience. After a solid first outing on his Yamaha YZR-M1 in front of his home fans at the British Grand Prix, Jake Dixon will contest one more round in the MotoGP class at Aragon for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team alongside Valentino Rossi. In turn, John McPhee will get his chance at graduation, stepping up inside the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing outfit from Moto3 to Moto2 to sample the Kalex machine for the first time in his career. He will ride alongside Xavi Vierge who will be taking part
Johann Zarco recovered third place from Francesco Bagnaia in the MotoGP world championship at Silverstone, even with his worst completed race finish of the season. The Pramac Ducati rider finished 11th which is his only outside top ten finish of the season - aside from race retirements in Portimao and Austria (2). But while Zarco has been one of the fastest and most consistent riders of 2021, it was a result that could be foreshadowed based on Friday and Saturday’s free practice performance.
Alex Marquez continued his upturn in form at the British MotoGP with an impressive eighth place finish after making the soft rear tyre last the distance. Many riders struggled with rear tyre drop off even on the harder medium compound, however, Marquez was able to make the soft work to his advantage, especially in the opening laps after starting 17th. Marquez was helped by a great launch off the line, while many around him went backwards on the opening lap. From then on, Marquez slowly made his way forward before the final five laps arrived, as he too began to struggle.
Mandalika, the new Indonesian circuit that will host MotoGP and World Superbike events, has a capacity of 188,000 spectators.But ongoing Covid restrictions - Reuters estimates Indonesia has vaccinated 18% of it's vast 270-million population - means only a fraction of that crowd capacity are likely to be present for the inaugural WorldSBK event in November and following MotoGP test (February) and race (March).The Mandalika Grand Prix Association estimates 20-30,000 spectators or around 15% of the circuit's maximum will be possible for the upcoming rounds.“We obviously want to have events that a
The return of the Indonesian MotoGP, pencilled-in for the early stages of the 2022 season at the new Mandalika circuit, could also mark the first non-European event for the MotoE class.The electric bike series, which made its debut in 2019, currently supports the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 world championships at around half of the European rounds, but is yet to venture overseas."We've had discussions with Dorna about MotoE," revealed Ricky Baheramsjah, CEO of the Mandalika Grand Prix Association.
The 18th of Crash.net's new MotoGP podcasts, featuring Keith Huewen, is now ready to download.The latest episode sees former grand prix rider, British champion and BT Sport commentator Huewen review Fabio Quartararo's 5th win of the season at Silverstone, plus a first podium of the year for Alex Rins and first ever in MotoGP for Aprilia, courtesy of Aleix Espargaro.Huewen also gives his straight-talking opinion on the first lap clash between Marc Marquez and Jorge Martin, which took both out of the race, the tyre troubles experienced by several riders, plus Jake Dixon's debut weekend in the pr
Brad Binder produced yet another impressive charge through the field to claim sixth place at the British MotoGP. After starting 12th, the South African lost a further two places heading into turn one due to being affected by his inside starting position.With the inside grid slots at Silverstone pressed tight against the pit wall, it created a ‘hairpin’ type of entry line to the corner for Binder.However, the KTM rider put that aside as the race went on and began to break into the top ten due to yet more stunning late race pace.
Ziggo Sport has secured the rights to MotoGP for the next three seasons, starting in March 2022.The Dutch cablenet, owned by Vodafone and Liberty Global, will exclusively broadcast all MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 practices, qualifying sessions and races live on Ziggo Sport and Ziggo Sport Totaal, including the Assen TT. Ziggo Sport will also regularly…
Following Pol Espargaro’s best MotoGP result for Repsol Honda, team manager Alberto Puig believes Silverstone was a turning point for the Spaniard. During Saturday’ Q2 session Espargaro secured an unexpected, yet stunning pole position before going on to claim fifth place. For much of the race Espargaro remained in with a shout of a first MotoGP podium with Honda, however, the 30 year-old slowly lost touch with Alex Rins, Aleix Espargaro and Jack Miller.
Following intense early race battles with Joan Mir and team-mate Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller came through to finish fourth at the British MotoGP. It’s the Australian’s best ever result at Silverstone - previous best was sixth in Moto3 (2014).While many riders suffered with tyre drop off including Bagnaia who finished 14th after starting second, Miller was one of the few riders to get faster and faster as the race went on. So much so that he closed in on the podium battle involving Alex Rins, Aleix and Pol Espargaro by half a second over several laps, once getting the better of Mir.
MotoGP currently has three pairs of brothers, but none of them had fought with their sibling for the lead of a race, until Sunday's British Grand Prix.Having finally received a reward for this 2021 efforts in the form of a debut Repsol Honda pole position, Pol Espargaro then bolted away at the start of the race.But soon completing a dream scenario for the Espargaro family was older brother Aleix, who burst through to second for Aprilia.The Espargaros remained at the head of the field for three laps before world championship leader Fabio Quartararo fought his way to the front, then remained in
More, from a press release issued by Dorna: Quartararo wins, Rins second as Aleix Espargaro makes history at Silverstone The gap at the top increases, Rins gets back on form and Aprilia take a first MotoGP™ podium as six factories finish in the top six for the first time since 1972 Sunday, 29 August 2021 Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) unleashed some serious speed at Silverstone on Sunday, the Frenchman on fine form to fight his way through to the lead and then put the hammer down to win the Monster Energy British Grand Prix. Behind, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) stormed through for second place and a podium to bounce back from a tougher season so far, and in third place some history was made: Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) held off Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) to take Aprilia's first ever podium in the MotoGP™ era. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) took the
Marco Bezzecchi looked back to his best but left it late to pick off his rivals, posting his pole lap right at the end of qualifying for the Moto2 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, round twelve of the championship.The Sky Racing Team VR46 rider wrestled his bike into position and improved steadily as the session went on to claim his first pole of the season with a time of 2m 03.988s - a new lap record.A busy track was not enough to deter the Italian, using the traffic to his advantage and focussing on the pair of Red Bull bikes working together ahead of him in the closing seconds.It is the Ka
After missing the 2019 BritishGP as a rookie due to injury and the 2020 event being cancelled, Joan Mir finally got his first taste of the Silverstone circuit on MotoGP machinery. It turned out to be a tougher Friday than expected for the Suzuki rider as confidence with the front tyre in FP1 limited his potential. The world champion did improve things slightly in FP2, however, P13 is a long way away from the type of performance we saw in Austria. Mir said: "I had some trouble today. In FP1 something was not right with the front tyre. I lost a lot of confidence.
Kurt Trieb designed the engine of KTM’s RC16, which has won as many races as Ducati’s Desmosedici over the past season and a half. Trieb tells us about his design philosophies and reveals that the RC16 isn’t a 90-degree V4
After appearing in the MotoGP paddock during the AustrianGP weekend, rumours of Toprak Razgatlioglu moving to MotoGP once again resurfaced.However, the Pata Yamaha rider - who has a two-year deal to remain in WorldSBK - was there solely to support fellow Turk, Deniz Oncu in Moto3. This didn’t stop Razgatlioglu, who is only three points off championship leader Jonathan Rea from acknowledging the possibility of a move to Grand Prix racing should he become Superbike champion; but only if he becomes Superbike champion. "I went to the MotoGP paddock for Deniz Oncu, Moto3 rider.
The Austrian rounds have seen the return of Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow to MotoGP competition, as a wild-card and injury replacement respectively.Might Valentino Rossi one day do the same?The nine time world champion announced on the eve of the first Austrian round that he will retire from MotoGP at the end of this season. But will it be a complete stop or might the #46 one day ride competitively again, either in testing or as a wild-card?"What I've learned in my career is 'never say never'.