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”

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Dovizioso to stay with Ducati for 2017

05 Le Mans 5, 6 7 y 8 de mayo de 2016; circuito de Le Mans, Fran

Following the announcement from HRC yesterday it was only a matter of time before a more pieces of the 2017 jigsaw fell into place.

Dovizioso has been with Ducati since 2013 following stints with Honda and Yamaha and has been steadily improving his pace on the Bologna beast since. Despite being unable to win a race, the Italian has been able to get the Desmocedici up into podium challenging pace and it’s clear they are happy with his progress to offer him another contract.

Dovizioso said: “I am very satisfied to have reached this agreement with Ducati and to be able to continue the adventure begun back with them in 2013. In the last few years we have worked with a lot of commitment and we have succeeded in taking the Desmosedici GP to an excellent competitive level, and so I am convinced that soon we will obtain the satisfaction that we deserve.”

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Dani Pedrosa re-signs with HRC

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Pedrosa stays in red until 2018.     Photo: Repsol Honda

MotoGP’s 2017 grid has began to take shape this morning as Dani Pedrosa has announced he is to stay with Honda for two more seasons, despite strong rumours he was to make a shock move to Yamaha.

The Spaniard began his MotoGP career with the Repsol Honda Team back in 2006 and even though he is yet to win a championship with the team, he has been a consistent podium finisher throughout the years as well as being plagued with injury.

Explaining he was happiest to stay with the team he has been with since his debut premier class race, it’s clear Pedrosa and Honda are a pairing which would be tough to break. He is currently sitting in fourth in the championship standings and when his new contract is up for renewal in 2018, it will stretch their relationship to 13 years.

Pedrosa explains his choice: “I’m very happy to be able to announce my renewal with the Repsol Honda Team. I’m very grateful to Honda for the trust they’ve shown in renewing with me for an additional two years. I think it’s best for me to continue with the company I was with at my very first race. I’m happy that the negotiations have been quick, and now I can just focus on racing. I want to give 100% this weekend at the Italian GP.” Continue reading “Dani Pedrosa re-signs with HRC”

MotoGP: Lorenzo wins French crash-fest

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Lorenzo proved why he’s world champion this weekend. Photo: Yamaha MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo dominated in France this weekend to take the victory in stunning style ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi as only 13 riders finished the race.

Leaving the fifth round of MotoGP leading the championship standings, Lorenzo got a stunning start from pole position and never looked back from the first corner. Drama unfolded behind the Spaniard however as the opening lap saw plenty of overtakes as the riders began to settle into their positions.

Ducati Factory team-mates Andrea Dovizoso and Andrea Iannone were the two riders to stay up with Lorenzo under the French sun and it looked as if they may be able to challenge for the victory, but Iannone’s dreams came crashing down as he slipped out of second position with 17 laps to go.  Continue reading “MotoGP: Lorenzo wins French crash-fest”

MotoGP: Lorenzo ends day one on top in Jerez

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Lorenzo is flying on day one.                                 Photo: MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo finished 0.345s ahead of the rest of the field as the MotoGP circus rolls into Europe, with Spaniards dominating the opening day in Jerez.

With the ink on his new Ducati contract freshly dried, the Majorcan showed it hasn’t dampened his drive to succeed on the Yamaha, setting the fastest times in both the morning and afternoon free practises at a circuit he was won at three times in his MotoGP career.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was close behind in second, a position he was pushed down to by his compatriot in the closing minutes of FP2. Down in fifth position this morning, Marquez was able to come back out with a revised setting to shave a second off his time, setting a lap of 1.39.900; the two Spaniards are the only two to set sub 1.40 times so far.

Aleix Espargaro set the third fastest time aboard the Suzuki Ecstar machine, which he was able to secure after a late surge. Espargaro is using the winglets on the GSX-RR for the first time this weekend, after pushing the Japanese factory to bring forward the upgrade, and was able to improve on his time set this morning by 0.9s.  Continue reading “MotoGP: Lorenzo ends day one on top in Jerez”

WSBK: Rea takes victory in gripping Assen opener

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Rea held off the field to take his third Assen victory in a row. Photo: KRT

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea won a thrilling opening race of the weekend in Holland as his team-mate crashed out and Nicky Hayden secured his debut WSBK podium.

Former world champion Sykes stormed from pole position to take first position in the first corner ahead of Rea and Davide Guigliano, and the front field began to pull away from the rest.

Aruba.IT Racing’s Guigliano was unable to keep the pace up with the leaders as he lost three positions through the Gert Timmer chicane. Meanwhile Rea was up and taking the lead in the first corner as Sykes made a mistake, with championship leader Chaz Davies moving up into third position.

 

The front three began to break away and there was nothing between them, which saw Davies take the lead towards the end of the fourth lap. Pata Yamaha’s Sylvain Guintoli’s bad luck continued as he crashed out with 17 laps to go.  Continue reading “WSBK: Rea takes victory in gripping Assen opener”