MotoGP: Miller wins action filled re-started Assen race

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Miller took an emotional first victory.                   Photo: Marc VDS

Marc VDS EG00’s Jack Miller secured his debut MotoGP victory in torrential rain conditions this afternoon at the TT Assen, in a re-started race ahead of Marc Marquez and Brit Scott Redding.

Rain began to fall on cue in Holland as spots fell in the closing laps for the Moto2 race. With the track not drying out in time for the GP race, the riders went out on wet tyres and it was Yonny Hernandez who led the pack in the opening laps of the race. However on the 14th lap the red flags were waved as hail began to fall, lightening was striking and visibility became impossible.

Eventually able to restart the race, riders lined up on a wet track for a twelve lap dash for the victory, all on soft wets. Marc Marquez got a strong start aboard his Repsol Honda machine and led the pack into the opening corner but forced himself wide, leaving Andrea Dovizioso to take the lead on the opening laps. Continue reading “MotoGP: Miller wins action filled re-started Assen race”

MotoGP: Dovizioso takes pole in action packed qualifying

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Dovizioso is thrilled to continue his strong qualifying pace Photo: Ducati Corse

Factory Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso secured pole position in a dramatic MotoGP qualifying, ahead of Valentino Rossi aboard the Movistar Yamaha and Brit Scott Redding in damp conditions at Assen.

The much anticipated rain began to fall just in time for the MotoGP machines to head out for FP4 this afternoon, but it provided some perhaps needed track time for the riders ahead of the race tomorrow.

With a total of seven crashes in the session, in which we saw 20 minutes of track time, Marquez proved the rain doesn’t scare him as he finished the final practise on top ahead of Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci, who is quickly becoming a wet weather expert.

The tricky conditions continued over into Qualifying One, as the track was still wet but the rain was not consistent. With just 15 minutes on the clock for the first qualifying session riders were being cautious in an attempt to make it into the fight for pole. Continue reading “MotoGP: Dovizioso takes pole in action packed qualifying”

MotoGP: Iannone takes top spot by 0.004 in Holland

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Iannone is fast but will still start from the back of the grid. Photo: Ducati

Italian Andrea Iannone has been making the headlines for many reasons over recent races, and this weekend will be no different as he ends day on at Assen on top, despite being forced to start from the back of the grid on Sunday following his coming together with Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona.

Grey clouds and humid conditions masked the legendary Assen circuit today on the opening day of free practise, the first time these have been held on a Friday.

With drizzle making the surface slippy this morning, free practise one saw many riders being cautious on their out laps, and it ended with Ducati domination with Andrea Iannone on top ahead of Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Following riders choosing to use this session as a learning session, times we’re perhaps not too telling. Continue reading “MotoGP: Iannone takes top spot by 0.004 in Holland”

MotoGP: Rossi takes second Spanish win of the season

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Rossi took his second win of the season                             Photo: Yamaha MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi took a dramatic victory under the Catalan sun this afternoon, beating Marc Marquez in a final laps thriller, as reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo was taken out by Andrea Iannone with nine laps to go.

Lorenzo was able to get a stunning start off the line and took an early lead in the opening laps, closely followed by the Repsol Honda team-mates of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, Rossi was down in eighth position.

Unable to fully pull away from his compatriot, Lorenzo was keeping a solid lead over the field which he was able to hold for the opening six laps of the 25 lap race. Marquez continued to hold his fight for the victory as Rossi was battling with Maverick Vinales who was making some bold moves in the opening laps aboard his Escstar Suzuki.  Continue reading “MotoGP: Rossi takes second Spanish win of the season”

WSBK Donington: Sykes takes pole position

Kawasaki Racing teams Tom Sykes has has continued to dominate at a track he rides so well at, claiming pole position by 0.8s. Nicky Hayden and Xavi Fores had a fairly easy ride to get into Superpole two this morning at Donington, despite a late charge from Honda World SBK team-mate Micheal van der Mark. Setting a lap time early one, the experienced American was … Continue reading WSBK Donington: Sykes takes pole position

Donington WSBK: Sykes domination continues

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Sykes isn’t shy around Donington. Photo: Brian Tyler

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes took the first advantage on day one of the UK World SBK round, continuing his stunning form around the Leicestershire circuit.

Soaked in sunshine this morning Sykes came out on the ZX-10R with flying form and despite challenges from Aruba.it Racing’s Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, Sykes was the first rider to secure a sub 1.30 lap time.

A crash at the bottom of the famous Craner Curves for Lussiana led to the reg flags being waved with 13 minutes of the session remaining, but all riders were OK

Sykes was unbeatable in the closing minutes of the opening session and held onto his lead by 0.209 ahead of Giugliano in second and reigning champion Jonathan Rea in third.

Sun continued to shine over the circuit as riders headed out for free practise two, and times plumeted. Continue reading “Donington WSBK: Sykes domination continues”

MotoGP: Silverstone charity event set to go ahead

MotoGP fans will be delighted to hear that the ever popular pre-event held at Silverstone is set to go ahead this year, despite the charity Riders for Health closing their UK offices to concentrate on their African projects. The news that the UK projects were set to be stopped came earlier this week, as the auction planned at Donington Park’s World SBK round was cancelled. … Continue reading MotoGP: Silverstone charity event set to go ahead