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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.

MotoGP eyeing Indonesian round in 2017

May 22nd, 2015

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MotoGP intends to add an Indonesian round to its calendar from the 2017 season. Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta and the series’ events manager Javier Alonso visited the country this week to discuss plans for a race, which could take place at a revamped Sentul circuit. “Indonesia has been included in our plans for a long time,” said Ezpeleta. “This is a great country with high growth in the motorcycle sales sector. It’s an important country for us. “The reason why we are here is because the Indonesian government were interested to host a MotoGP race. “We then explained the necessary infrastructure requirements that must be met, including a homologated circuit.” Sentul hosted the world championship in 1996 and ’97, when Mick Doohan and Tadayuki Okada won the 500cc races. Ezpeleta [...]

Espargaro brothers undergo surgery

May 20th, 2015

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MotoGP’s Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol both underwent successful operations on Tuesday. Suzuki rider Aleix required surgery to repair ligament damage to his right thumb, sustained in his violent crash during French Grand Prix practice at Le Mans last Sunday. He had returned to the track for qualifying and the race – although he retired early with a clutch problem – but further medical examinations after the event revealed the need for more treatment. Regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Xavier Mir carried out the operation in Barcelona’s Dexeus University Hospital. “Aleix Espargaro has had an operation on his right thumb with the removal of the ulnar collateral ligament, proceeding to reinsertion of the ligament and a 2mm intraligamentary suture anchor,” said Dr Mir. Espargaro will have his fitness assessed again next [...]

Yamaha pair expecting Marquez charge

May 19th, 2015

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Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo remain braced for a Marc Marquez resurgence despite the reigning MotoGP world champion’s current difficulties. Marquez – who started 2014 with 10 straight victories – has only won once in the ’15 season’s first five grands prix, as Rossi and Lorenzo split the other wins. A first-corner incident in Qatar, crashing out in a brush with Rossi in Argentina, breaking a finger in a motocross crash before Spain and then struggling to fourth in France all contributed to Marquez being fourth in the standings, 33 points adrift. Lorenzo dismissed any suggestion that Marquez was on the ropes. “Some will say Marc is in crisis, but we all have the talent, and wait for all circumstances to be correct,” he said. “So Marc’s time [...]

Thumb surgery for Espargaro

May 18th, 2015

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Suzuki MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro will undergo surgery on a thumb injury on Tuesday following his French Grand Prix practice crash at Le Mans last weekend. Espargaro had a huge high-side accident during Saturday morning practice, landing heavily on his back and right hand after being launched into the air when he lost control under acceleration. Despite considerable pain from the incident, the Spaniard was able to make it through Q1 and into the pole shootout hours later, qualifying 10th. His race ended with a clutch failure after just two laps. He was examined by regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Xavier Mir on Monday and was diagnosed with ligament damage that will require surgery. “Aleix suffered a rupture in the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the right thumb, [...]

Lorenzo leads Rossi for Yamaha 1-2

May 17th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo made it back-to-back MotoGP wins with a commanding ride to victory, leading Valentino Rossi home in a Yamaha one-two at Le Mans. The Spaniard did not put a wheel wrong during the French Grand Prix and kept team-mate Rossi at arm’s length in the final half of the race to earn a second win of the season. Lorenzo made a solid start from third on the grid to follow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso past poleman Marc Marquez, and moved to the front when Marquez ran too deep into the Dunlop chicane. The Honda rider briefly retook the lead but dropped to fourth as he regained control of his bike, delaying Dovizioso in the process and handing Lorenzo the initiative. Lorenzo needed no second invitation and immediately edged clear of [...]

Lorenzo on top in practice three

May 16th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time of the weekend so far as he topped the times in third practice for MotoGP’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Lorenzo overcame overcast and very cold conditions to head the timesheets for much of the session. Andrea Dovizioso had held the top spot early on before he was deposed by Lorenzo as few riders improved on their Friday best times for much of the session. Andrea Iannone briefly took the top spot away from Lorenzo before the Yamaha rider reclaimed it and then extended his advantage to 0.371 seconds with the last lap of the session. Iannone ended up second quickest ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who improved with his final effort to push Dovizioso into fourth place and split the Ducatis. Several riders [...]

Smith sets Le Mans pace then crashes

May 15th, 2015

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Tech 3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith set the pace in second practice for the French MotoGP at Le Mans, despite crashing at the end of the session. Smith had led the way early during the morning’s first session but eventually finished 10th. In second practice he jumped to the top of the times with five minutes remaining, through a 1m33.179s lap. While he then crashed on his final run in the dying moments – as did with team-mate Pol Espargaro and Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro, the latter at the same spot as Smith – he stayed on top, in contrast to the frenetic finish to practice one. Jorge Lorenzo led the way for the bulk of the running on his Yamaha, and eventually finished 0.190 seconds behind Smith in second. After [...]

Dovizioso fastest in first practice

May 15th, 2015

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Andrea Dovizioso led the way for Ducati after coming out on top in a battle with Marc Marquez’s Honda in opening practice for MotoGP’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Marquez’s times came on his spare bike, after his main machine ground to a halt opposite the pits at the end of his out-lap in the opening minutes. Dovizioso established himself in first place in the second half of the session, but was inched out by 0.034 seconds when Marquez did a 1m34.436s with two minutes to go. But with virtually everyone improving on their final runs, positions kept on shuffling and Dovizioso made it back in front with a 1m34.034s. Marquez was pushed down to fourth briefly before eventually taking second place with a final lap 0.246s down on [...]

Marquez says finger now ’100 per cent’

May 14th, 2015

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Marc Marquez says the finger he injured prior to the Spanish Grand Prix is now “100 per cent” healed, and ready for this weekend’s French MotoGP round at Le Mans. Honda’s reigning world champion fell when training on a motocross bike and was then accidentally run over by a friend, causing a hand fracture that was operated on within hours. He finished second at Jerez despite pain from the injury, and says he is now fully fit. “Here we can say that the finger is already at 100 per cent,” said Marquez. “OK, it’s a little bit bigger than usual… but I have power in it, which was the biggest problem at Jerez.” Yamaha has won three of the first four grands prix of 2015, but Marquez believes changes Honda [...]

Iannone dislocates shoulder in crash

May 12th, 2015

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Ducati rider Andrea Iannone sustained a dislocated shoulder in a testing crash at Mugello on Tuesday, but intends to race in this weekend’s French Grand Prix. Iannone crashed at Arrabiata 2 during the afternoon of the private test, which Ducati carried out in lieu of running at the official post-race test at Jerez last week. It was initially thought that the Italian had only suffered bruising, but further checks revealed dislocation. Iannone said he “banged my left shoulder pretty hard”. He is currently fifth in the championship after a strong start to his first season as a works Ducati rider, including a maiden podium in the opening round in Qatar. Both Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso were pleased with the Ducati’s performance in the test, as the latter set a time [...]

Pedrosa to return for French GP

May 12th, 2015

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Dani Pedrosa will return to the MotoGP grid this weekend at Le Mans, his Honda team has confirmed. Having suffered a reoccurrence of his 2014 arm pump problems during Qatar’s 2015 season opener, the Spaniard underwent “aggressive” arm surgery last month. He missed the races in America and Argentina, and his first home event of the year at Jerez, but has now recovered sufficiently to contest the French Grand Prix. “I’ve been doing a lot of therapy in the past few weeks since the operation and I am improving step by step,” Pedrosa, who won the Le Mans race in 2013, said. “I’m beginning to feel stronger and looking forward to getting back on the bike – after all, this is the best way to check the feeling after all [...]

Rear grip is Honda weakness – Marquez

May 6th, 2015

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Honda’s main problem with its 2015 MotoGP machine is how it works with the rear tyres, according to reigning champion Marc Marquez. Yamaha has won three of the four grands prix held so far this season, with Marquez’s Austin victory Honda’s sole success so far. Last year the team took 14 wins from 18 GPs – 13 of them, including the first 10 straight races, with Marquez. The Spaniard said long-run pace was the key struggle, and admitted Honda’s problems were compounded by the broken finger he suffered in a motocross accident before last week’s Jerez race. “At the moment our problem is the rear,” he said. “For some reason we are really strong on one lap but over the race distance, that is where we are struggling. “But we [...]

Race winner Lorenzo tops Jerez test

May 4th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo followed up his dominant Spanish Grand Prix win by topping Monday’s MotoGP test at Jerez, on his 28th birthday. Lorenzo and team-mate Valentino Rossi gave Yamaha a one-two in 2015′s first in-season test, lapping 0.042 seconds apart. The duo were working on set-up tweaks rather than developments, and were three tenths clear of Cal Crutchlow in third for LCR Honda. Aleix Espargaro kept Suzuki near the front with fourth place. The factory Honda team had a tentative day. Marc Marquez only tested briefly as he took things gently while continuing to recover from his hand injury – though he still lapped fifth quickest ahead of Bradley Smith. Hiroshi Aoyama carried out more running on the second factory Honda, despite having a sore shoulder from a massive crash in [...]

Lorenzo wins Spanish GP at Jerez

May 3rd, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo revitalised his MotoGP title bid by dominating the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. The Yamaha rider had been quickest in three of the first three practice sessions, took a straightforward pole, and carried that commanding form into the race. Lorenzo fended off Marc Marquez through the opening laps and then had little trouble extending a four-second lead that he nursed to the finish to earn a first win since last October’s Japanese GP. Despite needing surgery on a fractured finger following a motocross crash just eight days ago, Marquez was able to claim second for Honda. Valentino Rossi picked his way through to third but could not catch Marquez, although the result still gave him a record 200th podium at grand prix level. Cal Crutchlow emerged from an [...]

Lorenzo bags Spanish GP pole position

May 2nd, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo continued his domination of MotoGP’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez by taking his first pole position since Misano last September. The Yamaha rider was unstoppable in Q2, setting provisional pole with his first flying lap and then twice improving on it to get down to a 1m37.910s – the fastest ever motorcycle lap around Jerez. That put Lorenzo, who has yet to take a podium finish in 2015 but who topped three of the four Jerez practice sessions, on pole by nearly four tenths of a second. Marc Marquez crashed in the practice four session immediately before qualifying, but avoided further damaging his broken finger and managed to put his Honda second on the grid. Practice four pacesetter Andrea Iannone produced another strong qualifying performance for Ducati to [...]

Motorcycle and TT legend Duke dies

May 2nd, 2015

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British motorcycle racing legend Geoff Duke – a six-time Isle of Man TT winner and world champion – has died at the age of 92. Duke was one of the first major stars of grand prix motorcycle racing in the 1950s. He made his name at the famous Isle of Man event, earning a factory Norton ride after winning the 1949 Senior Clubmans TT and Senior Manx Grand Prix. In his first year with Norton, he set a record pace on the way to TT victory and came within one point of the 500cc world championship, finishing second in the 350cc class too. The following year he dominated both the 350cc and 500cc championships to claim his first world titles, adding further TT wins along the way, and he successfully [...]

Three from three for Lorenzo at Jerez

May 2nd, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo made it three out of three as he went fastest again in Saturday morning practice for MotoGP’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. The Yamaha rider’s best Friday lap remained sufficient to keep him in the top seven on combined times for much of the session while he focused on long runs again. When he went into qualifying simulation mode right at the end, Lorenzo was able to pop back to the top with a 1m38.493s amid a flurry of quick-fire position changes. It was a Yamaha one-two, but the second man was Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro, who had been quickest for a spell before Lorenzo’s late lap and was only beaten by 0.054 seconds. An unwell Cal Crutchlow had been fastest in the opening minutes and got [...]

Rossi troubled by poor practice pace

May 1st, 2015

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MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi admitted he was struggling in Spanish Grand Prix practice at Jerez after ending Friday only 13th fastest and facing a tyre choice dilemma. Sticking with the hardest compound Bridgestone available while others went softer paid dividends for Rossi in the preceding race in Argentina, where he stormed through the field to catch leader Marc Marquez. But Rossi could not get the hard Bridgestone to perform well enough in Jerez practice, lapping a second off his pacesetting Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. “It was a difficult practice, especially this afternoon,” Rossi said. “I think I could have got a better position but I decided to use just the harder option and work with just that tyre, because we thought that was the best tyre for the race. [...]

Marquez: Injured hand ‘hurts a lot’

May 1st, 2015

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Marc Marquez says his injured hand “hurts a lot” but will be manageable for racing in MotoGP’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on Sunday. The Honda rider had surgery to repair a fractured finger last Saturday after he crashed while training on a motocross bike and then had his hand run over by a friend. Despite the injury, he completed 16 laps in each of the two Friday practice sessions, going eighth quickest in the morning then second to Jorge Lorenzo in the afternoon. “We can be happy that my hand has responded quite well today – as well as could be expected,” said Marquez. “It hurts a lot but at least I can put in the laps. “We’ll see if tomorrow it is better if it doesn’t swell up.” [...]

Lorenzo stays on top in practice two

May 1st, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo continued his strong start to MotoGP’s Spanish Grand Prix weekend at Jerez by setting the Friday afternoon practice pace for Yamaha. After topping the opening session – in which he also set rapid long-run times – Lorenzo moved back to the front in the latter part of practice two with a 1m39.300s lap. Yamaha denies Lorenzo will leave for Ducati That put him 0.128 seconds ahead of Marc Marquez, with the Honda man having been fastest for a while despite riding with a fractured finger following his motocross accident last weekend. The Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso made use of their softer tyres to go third and fourth, with Aleix Espargaro doing likewise to put Suzuki fifth. Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci gave Ducati half of the top [...]