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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 SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin 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 iRacing.com 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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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.

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    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.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com 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.

Pedrosa: No regrets over defeat

June 15th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa said he had no issues with Honda team-mate Marc Marquez after their last-lap clash in MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix and no regrets about his race. Pedrosa came the closest to beating Marquez that he has all year as he launched a series of attacks on his race-leading team-mate over the closing laps, when the pair were able to break away from what had been a four-way fight with the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. On the last lap Pedrosa twice managed to get past Marquez only to run wide enough for the sister Honda to repass, and they then touched at Turn 11 as Marquez hugged the inside line and Pedrosa tried to get a final run. Though both stayed upright, Pedrosa slid very wide and [...]

Marquez takes hard-fought seventh win

June 15th, 2014

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Marc Marquez escaped final-lap contact with Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to maintain his unbeaten 2014 MotoGP run in the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. Although the result was Marquez’s seventh win from seven races this season, he only achieved it after resisting huge pressure from not only Pedrosa, but the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. It was Lorenzo who muscled his way into the lead on the opening lap, going around the outside of fast-starting polesitter Pedrosa at Turn 1. Marquez was back in fifth at that point, although he rapidly dismissed Stefan Bradl and rejoined the lead fight. Despite fearing that he lacked race pace this weekend, Rossi overtook Lorenzo on the fourth lap and then stayed ahead for much of the race, despite Marquez quickly working [...]

Marquez apologises after accident

June 14th, 2014

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Marc Marquez apologised to his Honda team after a crash in Barcelona qualifying ended his unbeaten run of MotoGP poles in 2014. The world champion will start third for the Catalunya Grand Prix, having fallen at Turn 1 as he started his final Q2 lap. Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa took pole position ahead of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. “I want to say sorry to the team because it was completely my fault,” said Marquez, who had been on a streak of seven straight poles having started first for the 2013 finale at Valencia and then every race so far this year. “I knew it was the last lap, I braked too late and I tried to turn in anyway and it was not possible. “We had good pace in free practice [...]

Pedrosa on pole as Marquez crashes

June 14th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa put an end to Honda team-mate Marc Marquez’s run of MotoGP pole positions as he secured the top spot for the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. Marquez, who had been on pole for the last six races, crashed in the final minutes of qualifying and will start from third. Pedrosa secured his first pole of the year with a time of 1m40.985s, beating Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo by 0.115 seconds. LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl will start from fourth ahead of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro qualified in sixth and was the top Open rider once again. Andrea Dovizioso, Bradley Smith, Yonny Hernandez and Pol Espargaro completed the top 10. Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone reached Q2 from Q1 having missed the top-10 cut with their practice times. The [...]

Bradl grabs late practice top spot

June 14th, 2014

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Stefan Bradl set the pace in the third MotoGP practice session for the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. The LCR Honda rider waited until the final seconds of the session to post a 1m41.357s to outpace factory Honda man Marc Marquez by nearly two tenths of a second. Marquez, aiming to grab his seventh straight pole in qualifying, had led the times for most of the session. Forward rider Aleix Espargaro was third fastest ahead of Tech 3′s Bradley Smith and Dani Pedrosa on the second works Honda. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were sixth and seventh respectively, with Yonny Hernandez springing a surprise by going eighth quickest and securing a place in Q2. Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista completed the top 10. Pedrosa was the early pacesetter in [...]

Smith quickest in second practice

June 13th, 2014

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Bradley Smith was a surprise pacesetter in the second Friday practice session for MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was one of two satellite team underdogs to star in the session, as he fended off LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl by 0.007 seconds. Smith’s 1m42.123s lap was half a second shy of Aleix Espargaro’s Friday benchmark from the morning session. Championship leader Marc Marquez had led into the closing minutes before Smith and Bradl set their times. After a low-key morning, it had taken until halfway through the afternoon for Marquez’s Honda to make its first appearance atop the timesheets, the Spaniard deposing Bradl just after the German had moved into a brief tenure in first place. The Yamahas had led the way initially again, this [...]

Espargaro sets first practice pace

June 13th, 2014

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Aleix Espargaro threw in a spectacular late lap to snatch the top spot at Barcelona in opening practice for MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix. Forward Yamaha Open class rider Espargaro’s last-minute 1m41.672s put him 0.729 seconds clear of the field. Until that point, factory Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo had looked set to take Friday morning honours, as his early 1m42.401s effort kept him in front. Yamaha held a one-two for much of the session, with Valentino Rossi 0.022s slower than his team-mate. That formation was broken when Pramac Ducati rider Andrea Iannone tucked in behind Marc Marquez and did a lap 0.010s slower than Lorenzo and 0.002s faster than Rossi in the final minutes. Championship leader Marquez then embarked on a lap that had the potential to put him on top, [...]

Rossi: I need to sort qualifying

June 12th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi admits he has to address his poor MotoGP qualifying form as he is throwing away chances to challenge Marc Marquez. Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi is enjoying a renaissance in 2014 and is currently second in the points after four podium finishes in the opening six races. But his best qualifying result this year is a fourth place at Jerez. The Italian has not started on the front row since Australia last October, and last took pole at the 2010 French Grand Prix. “Now in MotoGP the key is qualifying, it’s very important,” said Rossi. “I’m usually not very good in qualifying, so we have to work in a better way.” At Mugello two weeks ago Rossi rapidly charged forward from 10th on the grid to third, but by [...]

Hayden, Petrucci cleared to ride

June 12th, 2014

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Recovering MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Danilo Petrucci have both been given medical clearance to ride in practice at Barcelona but will then have their fitness reassessed. Hayden withdrew from the last round at Mugello to undergo surgery on a long-standing wrist injury that had flared up again. British rider Leon Camier – whose planned MotoGP ride with Ioda this year fell through before the season began – has been linked to stand-in duties at Hayden’s Aspar team should the American have to pull out again after Friday morning practice. Petrucci has been sidelined since sustaining an arm injury in a warm-up crash at Jerez in early May. The Italian was initially replaced at Ioda by Luca Scassa, who then broke his leg in a test accident before he could [...]

Hayden has surgery on injured wrist

June 3rd, 2014

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Aspar MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden has undergone surgery to cure the wrist problem that forced him to withdraw from the Italian Grand Prix last weekend. The American had been hindered by the problem for weeks and admitted it was time to listen to the doctors and have surgery. The former world champion had aggravated the injury with a fall during the French Grand Prix. Hayden was operated on in Italy on Tuesday, where an arthroscopic cleaning procedure was carried out and some floating matter was removed. His team said Hayden will be discharged from hospital later today and it hopes he will return to racing action in the GP of Catalunya next week.

Marquez wins Mugello MotoGP thriller

June 1st, 2014

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Marc Marquez narrowly overcame a huge challenge from the resurgent Jorge Lorenzo to maintain his MotoGP winning streak at Mugello. Although Marquez’s first top-level Italian Grand Prix victory means the Honda man is still unbeaten in 2014, Lorenzo ensured that his countryman had to work much harder for the win that he has had to so far this year. Lorenzo forced his way past early leader Andrea Iannone during the opening lap and then managed to make a brief break as Marquez worked on the Pramac Ducati. Once past Iannone, Marquez chipped away at Lorenzo’s advantage, but in contrast to so many races this year, there would be no swift change of lead. It took until lap 17 of 23 for Marquez to make it past Lorenzo as the Yamaha [...]

Marquez claims sixth straight pole

May 31st, 2014

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Marc Marquez took his sixth pole in six 2014 MotoGP events at Mugello, ahead of home star Andrea Iannone. Championship leader Marquez, who has yet to be beaten in either qualifying or a grand prix so far this year, put in a 1m47.270s early in Q2. It did not matter that he could not improve on it, as no one else could get close enough to put the Honda under threat. Remarkably it was Pramac Ducati rider Iannone who was Marquez’s main challenger, using the soft tyres available to non-Factory riders to good effect as he lapped within 0.180 seconds of Marquez. Iannone had never qualified higher than eighth for a MotoGP race before this weekend. Jorge Lorenzo showed better form to complete the front row for Yamaha, having set [...]

Hayden had to put fitness first

May 31st, 2014

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Nicky Hayden said it was time to listen to doctors’ advice after withdrawing from MotoGP’s Italian Grand Prix due to continuing pain in his right wrist. The American has been hampered by the wrist issue – a recurring legacy of his Aragon 2012 crash – in recent weeks, but hoped it would not be an issue in Italy following treatments including hyperbaric chamber sessions after the last race at Le Mans, in which he was taken out on lap one. However he was only able to complete a handful of laps during Friday practice and then decided to pull out of the event just minutes before Saturday morning’s final session. Hayden will now have surgery in Italy on Tuesday. “My wrist isn’t getting any better so as hard a decision [...]

Pedrosa sets final practice pace

May 31st, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa left it late at Mugello to knock Honda team-mate Marc Marquez off top spot in the final MotoGP practice session of the Italian Grand Prix weekend. The reigning champion was unable to improve upon his Friday best time of 1m48.004s as he trailed Jorge Lorenzo through the final 10 minutes of the session, while an unhindered Pedrosa went on to top the timesheets with a 1m47.754s. Andrea Dovizioso made further gains and finished behind Marquez, with Lorenzo just 0.011 seconds behind the Ducati rider. Bradley Smith spent much of the session hovering just outside the top 10, but managed to vault up to fifth on his penultimate lap ahead of home hero Valentino Rossi. Aleix Espargaro and Le Mans podium finisher Alvaro Bautista missed the Q2 cut-off and [...]

Marquez untouchable in qualifying

May 17th, 2014

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Marc Marquez took his fifth consecutive MotoGP pole position in dominant fashion at Le Mans. The reigning world champion had control of the pole-deciding Q2 throughout, going fastest by six tenths of a second over Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha with his first flying lap. Marquez continued to improve throughout the session to keep the rest of the field at arm’s length, despite twice running off track – at the end of the back straight and the first chicane. The times tumbled throughout the field in the final couple of minutes, with Andrea Dovizioso briefly taking second before he was pushed back by Pol Espargaro with 30 seconds to go. Friday free practice star Andrea Iannone appeared to have joined in with that scrap when he moved up to P2 inside the [...]

Lorenzo edges Marquez in practice

May 17th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo stole the limelight in the dying moments of MotoGP free practice on Saturday morning to top the times ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez. Honda rider Marquez had set the pace for the majority of the session, quickly surpassing the early marks set by the Yamahas of Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. The Spaniard then beat his own best time from Friday’s running just after the halfway stage, and as the session continued he set several laps that were closer than anyone else could get to his best. With three minutes remaining Lorenzo – who was only just ahead of the cut-off to automatically get through to Q2 later today – returned to the pits to fit a new soft tyre. That gave him enough time to set one [...]

Marquez leads from Iannone in FP2

May 16th, 2014

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Marc Marquez remained on top in second MotoGP practice at Le Mans, but only by 0.007 seconds over surprise challenger Andrea Iannone. An initial time-topping effort from Marquez was disallowed because he had exceeded track limits at the final Raccordement corner after running wide on the way. That came amid a flurry of early changes at the top in which both factory man Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac’s Iannone put their Ducatis in front prior to Jorge Lorenzo establishing Yamaha in first with a 1m34.054s. The loss of Marquez’s lap demoted him to ninth for a while, but he restored his superiority with first a 1m33.868s to beat Lorenzo’s time, then a 1m33.452s next time around to obliterate the opposition. Iannone threatened to depose him in the last few minutes, albeit [...]

Marquez tops first Le Mans practice

May 16th, 2014

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Marc Marquez began the Le Mans MotoGP weekend on top as he set the Friday morning practice pace. The championship leader led a Honda one-two ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Marquez’s early benchmark had been beaten by LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl, but the Spaniard reclaimed the top spot with two rapid mid-session laps culminating in a 1m34.383s. That would have been sufficient for first place even if he had not improved to 1m34.328s with his very last lap of the morning. Pedrosa also found time on his final lap to beat the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to second. Alvaro Bautista took fifth ahead of Bradl, with Andrea Dovizioso the top Ducati in seventh. Bradley Smith crashed at the start of the session, losing control of his [...]

Team-mate ‘doesn’t matter’ – Marquez

May 15th, 2014

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Marc Marquez says he does not care who his 2015 Honda MotoGP team-mate is now that he has secured his new deal. Honda announced on Wednesday that it had re-signed reigning world champion Marquez for the next two seasons. It has yet to reveal its plans for current second rider Dani Pedrosa, who has been with Honda since his MotoGP career began in 2006. Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are also out of contract at the end of this year, although both have expressed their desire to stay with the team. Asked how he would feel if Honda tried to hire his 2013 title rival Lorenzo, Marquez said all that mattered to him was his own situation. “My goal was to be on the Honda and with HRC, [...]

Rossi wants to extend Yamaha deal

May 15th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi wants to stay on in MotoGP beyond the 2014 season and plans to ask Yamaha for a two-year contract extension. The seven-time MotoGP world champion declared at the end of a tough 2013 campaign that he would evaluate his future after the early part of this season. Rossi started this year strongly by battling Marc Marquez for victory in the Qatar Grand Prix, and remains third in the championship, ahead of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, after four rounds. He said that his form has convinced him to prolong his MotoGP career. “Last year for me there were some good races and also one victory, but especially in the second part of the season I was a bit too far from the top three,” said Rossi. “I wanted to see [...]