Neil Hodgson tells us what we can expect to see in MotoGP, WSBK and BSB this season and explains why the racing will be explosive this year. Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed … Continue reading Hodgson’s 2017 Brief
Lincolnshire lass Lindsey Fairfield is a woman on a mission – fast and fearless with her heart set on racing between the hedges. We caught up with her ahead of her bid to get her road racing licence. Sleaford-based Lindsey Fairfield cuts a dash as she walks through Cadwell Park’s paddock. Slim and attractive with piercing eyes, pink tint cutting through her flowing blonde locks, … Continue reading Lincs racer Lindsey Fairfield: “I will be a road racer”
After wrapping up his second domestic title in three years, we sat down with 2016 Pirelli National STK600 Champion Jordan Weaving to chat about how his career has climbed since our first article and the transition he made from riding a customer 50hp KTM RC250R weighing 80kg to an NMT No Limits Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R with 130hp hauling 170kg of motorcycle around the same British … Continue reading Jordan Weaving Interview: “A Whole New World of Learning”
With the raft of announcements flowing forth from Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC over the last week or so, it’s becoming ever more apparent that, due to the high level of competition, top teams in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship are evermore turning to experience over blooding youngsters in to the series. Sure, there are talented young riders making their mark already such … Continue reading Could STK1000 Answer The Call of Youth?
It was not to be for the Brits on home soil after their recent successes, but the way to victory was clear – get ahead of the madness behind you. Binder managed this late on in Moto3, while Luthi pulled away enough to be clear of trouble in Moto2 at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
Brad Binder’s last lap break handed him victory and increased his championship lead after a duel with his rookie team-mate Bo Bendsneyder at Red Bull KTM Ajo had been a highlight of the closing laps.
The championship leader pulled away at just the right time to increase his championship lead further – nearest rival Jorge Navarro had been in contention after recovering from his 18th place grid start rapidly but contact with wild-card Manzi ended his race.
Mahindra were back on the podium courtesy of a gutsy ride by Pecco Bagnaia, who turned his pole into a second with his final effort, splitting the KTM pair. Bendsneyder took his first podium in third.
With a huge amount of riders in contention for the win right up to the final lap it was Manzi, starting 34th who was just to miss out on the podium, claiming a fine fourth while holding off top Sky Racing VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega who had to settle for fifth. Continue reading “Moto3 & Moto2 round-up: Silverstone – Binder and Luthi move clear of trouble to take victory”
MotoGP arrives in Britain riding a wave of British success, after John McPhee won the Moto3 race in Brno, closely followed by Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP, with Sam Lowes putting in a podium performance in between in Moto2.
The talk in the paddock soon shifted to the weather, which took hold, drenching the circuit and controlling qualifying. Pecco Bagnaia impressed in his ability to wet weather run for pole in Moto3,with a late run from Lowes also seeing him occupy the top spot on the grid in Moto2.
The rain had already settled in by the time Moto3 took to track, so it was left to whoever managed the weather best to have a shot at pole.
Francesco Bagnaia had the right stuff and looked confident as he gave Aspar Mahindra pole, a first for the Italian rider.
He is joined on the front row by Honda Gresini’s Enea Bastianini and Bo Bendsneyder, though the Red Bull KT Ajo will not keep the position as he has earned a five place grid penalty for slow riding. Continue reading “Moto3 & Moto2 round-up : Silverstone- Bagnaia and Lowes on pole as rain takes control.”
The weather was the focus of the pre-event Press Conference at the British GP, and Friday’s changeable weather did little to disappoint the hype. With mostly fine skies threatening rain, FP1 at Silverstone saw Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales take the top spot, with the Spaniard posting the fastest lap in the last few minutes of the session. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was second in the morning, ahead … Continue reading MotoGP – exciting FP1 and FP2 sees Iannone on top on Day One