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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Lorenzo flies in third Misano session

September 12th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo set a blistering pace in the third MotoGP free practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. The Yamaha rider’s circuit record-beating lap from Friday had gone unbeaten until seven minutes left of the session, when Lorenzo set a 1m32.192s to move exactly seven tenths clear of Dani Pedrosa and the rest. Marc Marquez cut that gap in the closing stages but had to settle for second place, 0.229 seconds adrift. Valentino Rossi took third place with his final lap of the session, edging out Andrea Dovizioso by nine thousandths of a second. All three factory Ducatis lifted themselves into the top 10 and therefore through to Q2 late on. Michele Pirro took sixth behind Pedrosa on the additional third entry for this weekend, while Andrea [...]

Lorenzo fastest in second practice

September 11th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo turned the tables on Marc Marquez to go fastest in the second MotoGP practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. After topping the morning session, Marquez quickly bettered his own benchmark early in the second session and later became the first rider to dip below the 1m33s mark. Lorenzo emerged for the final 10 minutes with new aerodynamic winglets on the front of his Yamaha and immediately used them to great effect to set a time of 1m32.871s, the best ever lap of the Misano circuit. Marquez had to settle for second, half a tenth behind. His Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was the best part of four tenths of a second down in third, responding to a late lap from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso that had [...]

Indy dropped from MotoGP calendar

September 11th, 2015

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MotoGP will drop its Indianapolis round for 2016 to make way for the revival of the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. The announcement was made as the provisional 2016 MotoGP calendar was unveiled during this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. Indianapolis has hosted MotoGP since 2008, using a modified version of the infield course originally created for Formula 1. America hosted three MotoGP rounds in 2013, when Austin joined existing venues Indy and Laguna Seca. But the loss of Laguna after that season increased the cost of the Indy round as the logistical burden could no longer be shared between the two tracks, which had briefly run back-to-back on the calendar. MotoGP’s desire to expand into new markets – with Austria returning and an event [...]

Marquez leads Lorenzo at Misano

September 11th, 2015

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Marc Marquez edged out Jorge Lorenzo in first practice for MotoGP’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. The Honda rider was quickest for the majority of the session at a track where Yamaha has dominated in recent years. Marquez’s 1m33.328s was within a tenth of last year’s pole time on the resurfaced circuit, and it beat Lorenzo’s best effort for Yamaha by 0.094 seconds. Ducati has entered a third bike for its test rider Michele Pirro on home ground, and the Italian starred – as a track he knows very well from his development duties – with the third-fastest time. Pirro’s works team-mates Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were fifth and 10th. Championship leader and 2014 Misano winner Valentino Rossi ended the morning sixth behind Dani Pedrosa and Dovizioso, just [...]

Silverstone gains to boost Suzuki pace

September 10th, 2015

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Suzuki MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro believes breakthroughs discovered at Silverstone will bring the returnee team closer to the pace for the remainder of the 2015 season. In its first MotoGP campaign since 2011, the factory Suzuki squad has achieved four front row starts – including a one-two on the Barcelona grid for Espargaro and team-mate Maverick Vinales – but just one top-six race finish. Its qualifying form has also tailed off in recent grands prix, but Espargaro said the bike’s behaviour in Britain was “overall much better than the last races” following set-up adjustments. “We found something with the rear geometry and especially on the electronics to improve a lot,” he said. “I have to say that it was a little bit my fault with my riding style because I’d [...]

Rossi ‘still a monster’ – Capirossi

September 9th, 2015

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The “fragile” Jorge Lorenzo will find it hard to beat the “monster” Valentino Rossi to the 2015 MotoGP title, reckons their former rival Loris Capirossi. Rossi re-established a 12-point lead over Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo when he won the wet British Grand Prix last month, but afterwards Lorenzo suggested that he was still the faster rider in normal conditions. Former works Ducati and Suzuki rider Capirossi agrees, but he thinks pure speed might not be enough given Rossi’s strength in other areas. “Lorenzo is quicker in ideal conditions, but is more fragile than Rossi,” Capirossi told Italian magazine Motosprint. “Psychologically Valentino is definitely more prepared, he is working so hard in order to win this world title, and every time he gets a chance he launches his attack. “He is still [...]

Honda adds test rider to Motegi grid

September 9th, 2015

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Honda will run an extra factory MotoGP bike in next month’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi for its test rider Takumi Takahashi. The 25-year-old from Japan will be making his MotoGP race debut, though he has long been part of the Honda Racing Corporation test line-up. “I have taken part in MotoGP tests several times and have been able to witness the level of the top riders with my own eyes,” said Takahashi, a three-time Suzuka 8 Hours winner and 2008 Japanese 250cc champion. “I am very excited to have this opportunity to participate in a MotoGP race and I would like to thank HRC for this opportunity. “I will do my best and work at 100 per cent hoping to match everyone’s expectation.” Although Yamaha regularly adds its test [...]

Kent still eyeing 2016 MotoGP ride

September 8th, 2015

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Moto3 championship leader Danny Kent says he still has opportunities to jump straight into MotoGP for 2016 despite the Pramac Ducati seat going to Scott Redding. Kent was one of the options being considered by Ducati’s satellite team, as he pondered whether to emulate last year’s Moto3 runner-up Jack Miller’s leap to the premier class. Although Redding will occupy that ride, Kent does not believe his MotoGP options are closed. “Congratulations to Scott,” said Kent. “We have more offers on the table, the offer from MotoGP wasn’t just from Ducati. “We’re not going to rush it. If we’re going to do to MotoGP we want it to be with a package where we can be competitive.” The 21-year-old Briton returned to Moto3 last season after a difficult Moto2 stint, and [...]

Signed Rossi Yamaha up for auction

September 8th, 2015

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A Yamaha YZF-R1 signed by MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has been put up for auction to raise money for charity. The 2015 road-going model, painted in the livery of the current Yamaha factory MotoGP squad, has been handed over for auction by the Japanese manufacturer. Rossi has signed the bike on its front fairing, and it also carries his iconic #46. Bid for the signed Rossi bike Proceeds from the auction will go to Italian charity La Gotita Onlus, which aims to support the educational, social and economic development of children in need. A statement from CharityStars, which is hosting the auction, said: “No auction of this type has ever been offered before, making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “With charitable projects being very close to the hearts of both [...]

Wet handling still a problem – Marquez

September 4th, 2015

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The handling problems that stymied the first part of Honda’s 2015 MotoGP season are still present in wet conditions, says Marc Marquez. The reigning world champion crashed out of second place in last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone while chasing Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha in increasingly heavy rain. Marquez’s title defence has been hampered by the aggressive power delivery of the 2015 Honda not suiting his riding style. His discomfort with the bike was a factor in a string of early-season errors that dropped him out of the championship battle. A switch back to a 2014 chassis has cured much of the problem in the dry, but Marquez said Silverstone proved work is still needed to make the bike amenable to ride on a wet track. “The floating feeling at [...]

Lorenzo has ‘more speed’ than Rossi

September 1st, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo says falling back behind Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP title race is no concern as he is sure he is the faster rider in normal conditions. Rossi’s victory in a wet British Grand Prix last Sunday reopened a 12-point championship advantage after Lorenzo had drawn level – and in front on countback – with victory in the Czech Republic a fortnight earlier. Lorenzo believes having twice come from behind to catch Rossi during the year proves he can still overhaul his team-mate over the remaining six rounds. “We’ve recovered 29 points [during the season],” Lorenzo said. “Normally our speed is very good, probably better than Vale generally. “There are still six races to go and we are going to try to recover the points like we’ve [...]

Marquez declares MotoGP title bid over

August 30th, 2015

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Marc Marquez has declared his bid for a third straight MotoGP world championship over following his crash in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Honda rider had edged back into contention with back-to-back wins at the Sachsenring and Indianapolis, raising hopes of a three-way title fight with Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. But a crash when running a close second behind Rossi at a wet Silverstone on Sunday has left him 77 points off the lead with only six races remaining. RACE REPORT: Rossi wins wet race to resurrect lead “We’ve lost our hope of the championship, but we will try to win many, many races – as many as possible from now to the end of the season,” said Marquez. Asked if that meant he would [...]

Rossi beats Petrucci to win wet race

August 30th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi re-established his MotoGP lead by holding off underdog Danilo Petrucci to win a wet British Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez crashed out and Jorge Lorenzo was only fourth. Andrea Dovizioso made it two Ducati riders on the podium in a remarkable race turned upside down by rain before the start. The shower had prompted the entire field to head into the pitlane for their wet-weather bikes at the end of for the formation lap, with race direction opting to delay the start by 25 minutes rather than allowing the whole grid to try to start from the pit exit. Although Lorenzo initially burst into the lead ahead of a huge battle between Marquez and Rossi when the race eventually began, his pace was not a match for his [...]

Redding to join Pramac Ducati in 2016

August 30th, 2015

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Scott Redding will move from the Marc VDS Honda team to Pramac Ducati for the 2016 MotoGP season. The 22-year-old Briton is expected to replace Yonny Hernandez alongside Danilo Petrucci at Ducati’s satellite team. Redding has struggled to adapt his riding style to the factory-spec Honda used by MotoGP newcomer Marc VDS this year, only twice finishing in the top 10 so far in 2015. He had previously clome close to the Moto2 title with Marc VDS in 2013, before stepping up to MotoGP with a Gresini-run production-spec Honda last year. His links with Ducati date back to 2012, when he tested for the factory team at Mugello. Reigning Moto2 champion Tito Rabat is tipped to move up from Marc VDS’ team in the intermediate class to take Redding’s place [...]

Marquez storms to Silverstone pole

August 29th, 2015

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Marc Marquez claimed pole position for MotoGP’s British Grand Prix with a blistering performance in Silverstone qualifying. Having been a touch behind Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo for much of the weekend, Marquez and Honda found a step forward ahead of the fourth practice session immediately before qualifying, topping that half-hour by eight tenths of a second. Marquez then began Q2 with a record 2m00.564s lap, a quarter of a second ahead of Lorenzo at that point. There was still more pace to come, with Marquez improving to a final pole time of 2m00.234s on his last run. Championship leader Lorenzo had to settle for getting between the Hondas as he took second, 0.288s off Marquez and 0.194s ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi couldn’t quite find front row pace but [...]

Lorenzo tops FP3 with late flyer

August 29th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo pulled nearly half a second clear of Marc Marquez in MotoGP’s Saturday morning British Grand Prix practice session at Silverstone. Marquez had been narrowly ahead going into the closing minutes, but Friday pacesetter Lorenzo produced a 2m01.429s lap on his Yamaha to beat the Honda by 0.459 seconds. Andrea Dovizioso put Ducati in a close third on his last run, within 0.081s of Marquez and just ahead of the second Honda of Dani Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi, who admitted after Friday practice that he had yet to fully master his set-up for this weekend, was again slightly off the pace and ended the session in seventh. It was another very impressive morning for the local riders. Scott Redding thrust his Marc VDS Honda up to fifth late on, just [...]

Circuit of Wales makes progress

August 28th, 2015

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The Circuit of Wales project – which is set to become Britain’s new MotoGP venue – has moved a step closer to being able to begin construction. The Heads of the Valleys Development Company’s proposed track in Blaenau Gwent had been held up by a public inquiry. This was among the factors that led to MotoGP’s British Grand Prix returning to Silverstone for 2015, which should have been the first season of its initial five-year deal to run at the Welsh venue. The HOTVDC firm announced on Friday that following the inquiry Rebecca Evans, the Welsh Assembly’s deputy minister for farming and food, was now “minded to grant the application” required for construction work to become on the area of common land intended for the circuit. Although this permission was [...]

Lorenzo moves ahead in second practice

August 28th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo fended off Marc Marquez for the top spot in MotoGP’s Friday afternoon British Grand Prix practice session at Silverstone. After fruitlessly chasing Marquez’s time in practice one, Lorenzo took charge in the second session with an early 2m02.338s lap. Honda rider Marquez got within 0.033 seconds of the Yamaha’s mark, but could get no closer. The world champion pair were nearly upstaged by top home rider Bradley Smith in the final seconds, as the Tech 3 Yamaha man set the pace in the first three quarters of the lap before falling short and remaining in third place. Joint points leader Valentino Rossi was only 10th on the second works Yamaha, just under a second behind team-mate Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa improved on his morning form to take fourth place [...]

Marquez tops first Silverstone session

August 28th, 2015

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Marc Marquez stayed out of Jorge Lorenzo’s reach to top the first practice session of MotoGP’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Honda’s world champion set an early pace of 2m05.179s before improving to a 2m03.829s, with current points leader Lorenzo continually edging closer to him on his Yamaha. In the second half of the session Marquez, who stuck with the soft Bridgestones while the Yamahas tried the extra-soft available this weekend, lowered the benchmark to 2m03.111s, briefly extending his advantage to seven tenths of a second from the previous half a tenth. Lorenzo again gave chase, closing the gap twice in the final minutes but ending up 0.388s down. Valentino Rossi was a lower-key presence at the tail of the top six until his last run, when he edged out [...]

Lorenzo and Rossi now have respect

August 26th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo says he and Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi now respect each other in a way they did not during their fractious first stint sharing a MotoGP garage. A wall was famously put up dividing the Yamaha garage into two separate teams when Lorenzo first came to MotoGP as a double 250cc world champion in 2008 alongside Rossi, who had won five top-class titles at that point. The pair spent three years together before Rossi’s unsucessful 2011-12 stint at Ducati, after which they were reunited at Yamaha. They are currently engaged in their first head-to-head title battle since 2009 – when Rossi came out on top – having drawn level at the top of the championship when Lorenzo won at Brno earlier this month. “For the moment our relationship is [...]