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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.

Bradl completes Aprilia switch

August 1st, 2015

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The Gresini-run Aprilia team has confirmed the signing of ex-Forward Racing rider Stefan Bradl for the rest of the 2015 MotoGP season. Bradl takes the bike vacated by Marco Melandri last month and then ridden by Michael Laverty in the last round at the Sachsenring. Forward faces an uncertain future after the arrest of team boss Giovanni Cuzari, and will definitely miss the next grand prix at Indianapolis. It announced on Friday that it had agreed to release Bradl from his contract, paving the way for his immediate move to Aprilia, where he joins long-time Gresini man Alvaro Bautista. The 2012 Moto2 champion, Bradl spent the first two years of his MotoGP career on an LCR Honda before joining Forward to race its Yamaha-based Open class package for ’14, alongside [...]

Forward allows Bradl to leave

July 31st, 2015

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Stefan Bradl has been released from his Forward Racing contract amid the team’s difficulties and is tipped to join Aprilia for the rest of the 2015 MotoGP season. Forward will miss the next grand prix at Indianapolis as it regroups following the arrest of team boss Giovanni Cuzari. Although it is determined to return to the championship in time for the subsequent Brno race, the team has agreed to allow Bradl to leave. “Forward Racing and Stefan Bradl have reached an agreement by mutual consent to terminate the contractual obligations between the German rider and the Swiss team,” said a statement. “This difficult decision – the result of an agreement between the parties – has been taken in front of the concrete possibility for the rider to continue his participation [...]

Elias gets surprise MotoGP call-up

July 31st, 2015

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Toni Elias will make a surprise MotoGP return for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in place of Karel Abraham on the Cardion Honda. Abraham has been sidelined since sustaining a toe injury in practice at Barcelona in June. Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama replaced him for the last round at the Sachsenring, with the team having sat out Assen after a plan to run World Superbike frontrunner Michael van der Mark fell through. Elias will now take over the ride for next weekend’s event in America. The 32-year-old Spaniard last raced in MotoGP in 2012, when he contested three rounds as a stand-in rider with Pramac Ducati. He is best known for famously winning the 2006 Portugese GP, denying Valentino Rossi by just 0.002 seconds on his Gresini Honda. That proved [...]

Honda identifies Stoner crash cause

July 29th, 2015

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Honda has identified the cause of the crash that left two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner with multiple injuries on his return to racing in the Suzuka 8 Hours. Stoner sustained a broken shoulder blade and fractured tibia in the accident at the Formula 1 venue’s hairpin. He was making his first competitive start since retiring from MotoGP at the end of 2012. The Australian immediately cited a stuck throttle as the cause of the violent crash, and Honda has now narrowed the problem down to the throttle cable. “Checking the throttle, which is a particular specification for Endurance HRC Factory bikes, and different from the standard throttle used on the Honda CBR1000RR road version, a malfunction was discovered related to the throttle cable,” said a Honda statement. “This kind [...]

Forward skips Indy following arrest

July 27th, 2015

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The Forward Racing MotoGP team will miss the next round at Indianapolis following the arrest of team owner Giovanni Cuzari. Cuzari was arrested in Switzerland on corruption, money laundering and bribery charges earlier this month. A Forward statement said while every effort had been made to continue operating as usual, sponsors had withheld payments in response to Cuzari’s arrest and the situation could not be resolved in time. “Unfortunately, the reaction of the sponsors, the main source of income of an independent team, was immediate and resolute,” said the statement. “Inevitably some of them cancelled the existing contracts and interrupted payments, creating further financial troubles that could jeopardise completely the survival of the team. “The activity of these last days was therefore focused on rebuilding sponsor relationships. “The team was [...]

Stoner injured in Suzuka 8H crash

July 26th, 2015

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Casey Stoner suffered a broken right shoulder blade and fractured tibia in his left leg after crashing out of the Suzuka 8 Hours when his throttle stuck open. The former MotoGP star was in the early stages of his first stint of the race in the second hour when his Honda’s throttle stuck open on the approach to the hairpin. Stoner went off through the right-hand kink ahead of the hairpin, crashing heavily through the grass and coming to a stop while his bike slid back onto the track. “I’m really disappointed that the race has ended like this,” said Stoner. “We really felt the race was going as planned, we were very relaxed and comfortable. “I didn’t have enough time to engage the clutch [when the throttle stuck]. “I [...]

Smith and Espargaro win Suzuka 8H

July 26th, 2015

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MotoGP riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro helped Yamaha to victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours for the first time since 1996. The two Tech 3 MotoGP riders joined forces with Katsuyuki Nakasuga to win the race for the factory Yamaha squad, leading home the FCC TSR Honda of Josh Hook, Dominique Aegerter and Kyle Smith, which was the only other bike still on the lead lap at the finish. The winning Yamaha crew had a relatively straightforward race, although Nakasuga made a slow start as the bike failed to fire-up and fell to 10th, recovering to third by the end of the first hour. After that, its main setback came in the form of a stop/go penalty given to Espargaro for overtaking under yellow flags, which Smith had to [...]

Ruling Marquez out ‘stupid’, says Rossi

July 22nd, 2015

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MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi says rivals would be “stupid” to rule out Marc Marquez in the 2015 title fight, despite what has been a difficult start to the season. Honda’s Marquez, who sits fourth in the riders’ standings, currently trails Rossi by 65 points and only has two victories so far this year, seven less than he had amassed by the same stage in 2014. The Spaniard ended a six-race winless run by scoring maximum points at the German GP earlier this month, and Yamaha rider Rossi believes that it would be foolish to discount the two-time world champion just yet. “We don’t want to make the stupid mistake of thinking that Marquez can’t win the championship,” said Rossi, who has recorded three victories this season. “Now he is [...]

Ducati looking to regain confidence

July 17th, 2015

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The Ducati MotoGP team has lost a little confidence over recent grands prix, admits its general manager Gigi Dall’Igna. Still attempting to end a win drought stretching back to the 2010 Australian GP, Ducati started 2015 strongly and had at least one rider on the podium in five of the first six races. But since Andrea Iannone’s runner-up spot at Mugello at the end of May, the Italian team has drifted away from Honda and Yamaha. “I’d say that up to Mugello it was extremely positive, then there have been a few more problems that have not allowed us to get the results we had hoped for in the latter races, and a bit of confidence and feeling inside the garage has gone missing,” Dall’Igna told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But [...]

Honda riders test 2016 prototype

July 16th, 2015

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Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa sampled the manufacturer’s prototype 2016 MotoGP bike for the first time on Thursday, during a test at Misano. The Italian MotoGP venue hosted a two-day private test, and Honda elected to use the second day to give its factory riders their first taste of the 2016 RC213V. Including his runs on the new bike, Marquez completed 86 laps, with his best time a 1m32.00s. “I’m happy with these past two days, we have done a great job on the set-up and now I feel more comfortable,” Marquez, who won last Sunday’s race at the Sachsenring said. “Especially this morning, when the temperature was a little bit lower, we were able to find something that has improved my feeling and now we will have [...]

Michelin making major MotoGP progress

July 15th, 2015

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Michelin Motorsport director Pascal Couasnon believes the French manufacturer is making major progress ahead of its return as sole tyre supplier to MotoGP in 2016. Early-season testing proved highly problematic for Michelin with a number of riders involved in high-speed crashes caused by a difference in grip between the front and rear tyres, but over time the issues are being eradicated. “I would suggest they are events that happen when you come back and develop,” said Couasnon, speaking to AUTOSPORT. “We have to realise what we are asking of the riders is extremely difficult. “Sometimes they test during a week, then race at full speed on a specific tyre at the weekend, and then on a Monday we ask them to switch, usually with a bike not totally tuned to [...]

Marquez stays on top in Germany

July 11th, 2015

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Marc Marquez remained unbeaten in MotoGP free practice for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring by topping the third session. The Spaniard, who took pole, victory and fastest lap at the circuit in both of the past two years, dominated most of the session after lowering his weekend benchmark early on. Tech 3 Yamaha man Bradley Smith interrupted his spell at the top with six minutes remaining, before Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso then both moved ahead of the Briton. Marquez returned to top spot before the chequered flag and then improved again on his final lap, finishing up with a 1m21.183s. Lorenzo was 0.183 seconds behind in second ahead of his championship-leading factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi. Dovizioso and Smith completed the top five, followed by Marquez’s Honda [...]

Marquez fastest ahead of Smith

July 10th, 2015

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Marc Marquez set the MotoGP pace at the Sachsenring again in second practice, with Bradley Smith getting closest to the world champion. Marquez led the way from 10 minutes into the session and worked down to a 1m21.621s with his final lap. Tech 3 Yamaha rider Smith leapt up into second place with three minutes remaining, following third-placed Andrea Iannone across the line. The Briton ended up 0.119 seconds adrift of Marquez once the factory Honda man improved at the end. Jorge Lorenzo took fourth, just three thousandths of a second ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Aleix Espargaro was sixth on his Suzuki while championship leader Valentino Rossi could not improve upon his first-practice time and was seventh. Scott Redding was maintaining his earlier form by moving into fourth place with [...]

Marquez heads Rossi in first practice

July 10th, 2015

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Marc Marquez outpaced Valentino Rossi to head the first MotoGP practice session ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring. Two weeks after their spectacular battle and controversial spat at Assen, Marquez and Rossi were again the main protagonists in practice one for the last race before the summer break. Having swapped places a few times early on, Honda rider Marquez overcame the small advantage Rossi’s Yamaha held following the opening runs. The only man who lapped in 1m21s, Marquez stretched his margin to 0.336 seconds with with a time of 1m21.766s on his penultimate flying lap. Jorge Lorenzo had been close behind the lead pair on the second Yamaha until a gaggle of other riders made last-minute improvements and pushed him back. Scott Redding was foremost among them, [...]

Laverty replaces Melandri at Aprilia

July 8th, 2015

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Aprilia has announced that Michael Laverty will return to MotoGP to replace Marco Melandri in its Gresini-run factory team from this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring. The long-rumoured end of 2005 runner-up Melandri’s unsuccessful MotoGP comeback was confirmed by Aprilia earlier on Wednesday. Laverty, whose younger brother Eugene is in his MotoGP rookie season with Honda customer team Aspar, has already been working with Aprilia as its test rider (pictured) alongside a British Superbike campaign. He contested the last two MotoGP seasons with Paul Bird Motorsport. “Competing against the regular guys racing MotoGP is a tough task, but I am relishing the opportunity,” said the 34-year-old from Northern Ireland, who joins Alvaro Bautista in the Aprilia race line-up. “I have been riding with the test team so I [...]

Melandri leaves Aprilia MotoGP team

July 8th, 2015

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MotoGP race winner Marco Melandri has parted company with Aprilia with immediate effect after a poor start to his comeback season. The 2005 MotoGP runner-up, who won five grands prix in his early career at the top level, has been mired at the back of the grid since returning to the field with Gresini’s works Aprilia project this season following four years in World Superbikes. Soon after his deal was announced last year, Melandri admitted he had misgivings over being steered back to MotoGP by Aprilia. He then struggled to find a comfortable set-up on the team’s 2015 bike, which is an interim machine with roots in the ART CRT design ahead of the launch of an all-new factory machine next year. Melandri has qualified last or next-to-last for every [...]

Honda: Rossi was ‘cunning’ at Assen

July 8th, 2015

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Honda MotoGP team principal Livio Suppo believes Valentino Rossi’s actions in his last-lap battle with Marc Marquez at Assen were premeditated and that cutting the chicane was a “cunning” move. Marquez attempted to pass Rossi for the Dutch TT lead on the final lap but the two made contact. Rossi then went across the gravel at the final corner and rejoined still far enough ahead to take the victory. While Rossi was adamant after the race that Marquez’s dive had pushed him off the track, Marquez and his Honda team were convinced Rossi deliberately cut the corner to preserve an advantage he would have otherwise lost – a charge Suppo stands by. “Marc said: ‘I had prepared that attack for the entire weekend’. Valentino said: ‘I expected that attack’,” said [...]

Injured Bradl out of German MotoGP

July 6th, 2015

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Stefan Bradl will miss his home MotoGP race at the Sachsenring in Germany this weekend due to the hand injury he sustained at Assen. Forward Racing will recall its 2013 MotoGP rider Claudio Corti in the German’s place. Bradl had surgery last Monday and initially hoped to be fit in time for the Sachsenring, but has decided to withdraw due to the level of pain he is still in. “It’s really a shame to be forced to miss my home grand prix, but doctors have advised me not to rush the recovery in order not to jeopardise the rest of the season,” he said. “My hand is still sore and I will try to take full advantage of the four weeks’ break before the race at Indianapolis. “I will be [...]

Bradl to undergo surgery on scaphoid

June 29th, 2015

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Forward Racing MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl requires surgery on a fractured right scaphoid following a crash in Saturday’s Dutch TT at Assen. The German is undergoing the operation in Augsburg on Monday, with hand specialist Dr Stefan Krischak leading the surgery on the small bone in the wrist. Bradl has had a tough season on Forward’s Yamaha so far, having joined the team for 2015 after losing his LCR Honda seat to Cal Crutchlow. He scored his highest finish of the year so far with eighth at Barcelona earlier this month, and followed it up with a season-best 13th on the grid at Assen, but had a solo crash five laps into the race. The next MotoGP round is the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring in a fortnight.

Marquez and Rossi at odds over clash

June 27th, 2015

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Marc Marquez is adamant he deserved victory in the Assen MotoGP race and that Valentino Rossi’s actions in their final-lap collision were unfair. The pair made light contact going into the chicane at the end of the Dutch TT, with Marquez trying to pass Rossi for the lead down the inside under braking for the final complex. Assen MotoGP race report: Rossi beats Marquez after late touch After the touch, Rossi went wide across the gravel and rejoined still ahead, beating Marquez to victory by 1.2 seconds. Marquez believes he was fully alongside Rossi and correctly placed to take the lead, and that his rival therefore turned on him and only claimed the victory because he cut across the corner. “I feel that we won the race,” said Honda rider [...]