Hodgson’s 2017 Brief

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

Moto3 & Moto2 round-up: Silverstone – Binder and Luthi move clear of trouble to take victory

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.

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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.

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Lowes vs Zarco, the big Moto2 talking point! Photo:Gresini Racing Moto2

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 – exciting FP1 and FP2 sees Iannone on top on Day One

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

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”