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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 pips Rossi to Motegi pole

October 10th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo denied Yamaha team-mate and title rival Valentino Rossi pole position for the Japanese MotoGP in a qualifying shootout. Lorenzo maintained his perfect record of topping every session at Motegi this weekend, but had to secure his fourth pole position of the season after the chequered flag was shown. The two-time world champion set the pace from the outset, and became the first MotoGP rider to record a sub-1m44s lap at the circuit, with a 1m43.990s. Entering the final minute, that was 0.232 seconds ahead of Rossi, but the Italian improved to a 1m43.871s after the chequered flag to take top spot by 0.119s. However, Rossi’s advantage was fleeting, with Lorenzo improving to 1m43.790s moments later to snatch pole by just 0.081s. Lorenzo’s final run was completed after a [...]

Lorenzo beats Ducatis in practice three

October 10th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo stormed to another fastest time in third practice for MotoGP’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, despite a strong late challenge from the Ducatis. Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso looked set to threaten Yamaha rider Lorenzo’s weekend-long supremacy when they put on the extra soft rear tyres for the final minutes of the Saturday morning session. But though Iannone was briefly fastest, Lorenzo responded with a 1m44.235s then a 1m44.089s – nearly half a second clear of both the Ducatis in the session and of Dovizioso’s 2014 pole time. Lorenzo’s title rival and team-mate Valentino Rossi improved slightly on his Friday form to take fifth, behind Marc Marquez on the leading Honda. Both Tech 3 Yamaha riders crashed yet still made it through to Q2 – Pol Espargaro thanks [...]

Lorenzo fastest at Motegi, Rossi eighth

October 9th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo continued his strong start to the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi, topping Friday’s second practice session, while title rival Valentino Rossi was only eighth. The Yamaha rider led the way in the morning, and was on top for the majority of the afternoon running. Having set a time of 1m45.535s early, he improved to 1m45.426s, which was one-tenth clear of the field entering the final five minutes. With four minutes remaining, running a soft-compound option rear tyre, Bradley Smith jumped to the top with a lap of 1m45.250s. He only stayed there for 90 seconds, though, as three-time Motegi winner Lorenzo became the first rider to dip below the 1m45s barrier with a 1m44.731s effort. It was good enough to top the session, 0.128 seconds clear of Honda’s Dani [...]

Lorenzo leads first Motegi practice

October 9th, 2015

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Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo led Ducati rider Andrea Iannone in first practice for the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi. Lorenzo and team-mate Valentino Rossi were the only riders to sit at the top of the times during the session, with Rossi the first to set a representative lap, a 1m46.265s. Lorenzo, who suffered a shoulder sprain in a mini-bike crash last weekend, improved to 1m45.654s shortly afterwards. While that would have been good enough to top the session, he went faster again on two occasions inside the final 10 minutes, eventually setting a time of 1m45.432s on his last lap. Iannone improved late to split the Yamaha pair, 0.395 seconds behind Lorenzo, with championship leader Rossi third, a further 0.017s adrift. Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith jumped up to fourth after the [...]

West gets MotoGP ride for Australia

October 8th, 2015

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Former factory Kawasaki MotoGP rider Anthony West will return to the premier class for his home grand prix in Australia next weekend as a substitute for Karel Abraham on the AB team’s Honda. Abraham has missed several races due to persistent problems with a foot injury sustained in a warm-up crash at Barcelona’s Catalunya GP in June. The Czech rider initially skipped the German and Indianapolis GPs – where Hiroshi Aoyama and Toni Elias made stand-in appearances respectively – before returning for his home event at Brno in mid-August. But he has now been advised to withdraw from racing again for the three-week run of flyaway races that commences in Japan this weekend. “It’s not much of a surprise, it’s been pretty obvious the past few races that it wasn’t [...]

Hayden to leave MotoGP for WSBK

October 8th, 2015

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Nicky Hayden, the 2006 world champion, will leave MotoGP for the World Superbike Championship with Ten Kate Honda in 2016 after a 13-year career in grand prix motorcycle racing. The 34-year-old American joins Michael van der Mark in the line-up at Honda’s leading WSBK team, replacing ex-MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli. Hayden had long been linked to a Superbike move as his MotoGP career wound down. Since parting with the factory Ducati squad, he has spent the past two seasons on Aspar’s Open class Hondas, but has not had any top-10 finishes in 2015 so far. “These last two years haven’t been so good,” said Hayden. “I haven’t been able to get the results on the Open Honda, and I always thought SBK might be something to try. “I’m getting a [...]

Rossi: Lorenzo close to perfection

October 7th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo’s riding is “close to perfection” this season, believes his MotoGP title rival and Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo has taken six dominant grand prix victories during 2015, but remains 14 points behind Rossi having lost ground with mistakes, unusual problems such as his helmet lining coming apart in Qatar and poor wet-weather performances. The pair were level after August’s Czech GP, before Rossi rebuilt a 23-point advantage with a win in Britain and a Lorenzo crash in the San Marino GP at Misano. Lorenzo then recovered nine points last month at Aragon, where Rossi had to settle for third. “The battle this year between me and Jorge is very tough,” said Rossi. “We’re playing point by point because Jorge rides fantastically, he’s very close to perfection. It will [...]

Rossi and Lorenzo play down injuries

October 6th, 2015

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Yamaha MotoGP team-mates and title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have both played down minor injuries picked up following the Aragon Grand Prix. Rossi crashed heavily during the post-race Michelin tyre test at Aragon, while Spanish media revealed at the weekend that Lorenzo had sprained his left shoulder – where he suffered repeated injuries during 2013 – in a mini-bike accident while training. Both insisted they will be fine for this weekend’s Japanese GP at Motegi, which kicks off a three-week string of back-to-back races. Lorenzo said: “As you may have heard, I had a small incident while I was training but I’m well, I just have a bit of pain in my left shoulder but I will race without any problems in Motegi.” Rossi said he had already [...]

Hernandez seals Aspar MotoGP ride

September 30th, 2015

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Yonny Hernandez will switch to the Aspar team in MotoGP next season. The 27-year-old Colombian will leave the Pramac Ducati squad after more than two seasons there, having joined the team for the last five races of 2013. Hernandez has been replaced at Pramac by British rider Scott Redding, who will partner Danilo Petrucci. “I am very excited to be joining the Aspar Team,” said Hernandez, whose best result in nearly four seasons in MotoGP is seventh at last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix. “Several years ago we tried to work together but couldn’t reach an agreement, now we can finally be together. “I know the Aspar Team is a very professional team, I am convinced that next year we can reach a high level. “This is a winning team that [...]

Marquez injures left hand again

September 30th, 2015

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Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has undergone surgery after injuring his left hand for a second time this year whilst mountain biking on Tuesday. The Honda rider suffered a fracture to the fifth metacarpal on his left hand, which was operated on at the Universitario Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona on Wednesday morning. A Honda statement said that should he recover as expected, Marquez will be fine to compete in the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi next weekend. It is the second occasion this season that Marquez has suffered a fracture on his left hand, after a dirt bike crash in April. As was the case then, he was operated on by Dr Xavier Mir. “We have operated on Marc Marquez to treat a torsion fracture of the fifth metacarpal of [...]

Lorenzo: Aragon keeps title bid alive

September 30th, 2015

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The 2015 MotoGP title battle would have been over if Valentino Rossi had stretched his points lead in the Aragon Grand Prix, reckons his championship rival Jorge Lorenzo. Having dropped 23 points adrift of Yamaha team-mate Rossi with a lacklustre performance at Silverstone and a crash at Misano, Lorenzo clawed nine points back by winning at Aragon last weekend when Rossi could only finish third behind a combative Dani Pedrosa. “It was a really important race. I really felt that if I lost even more points it would be almost impossible to win the world title. It was key,” said Lorenzo. “It was a very important and very difficult and very emotional race, because after these two races where I made some mistakes and probably had some bad luck with [...]

Beating Rossi a highlight – Pedrosa

September 28th, 2015

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Dani Pedrosa believes defeating Valentino Rossi in their battle for second at the Aragon Grand Prix was one of the best achievements of his MotoGP career. Honda rider Pedrosa admitted that close racing has been “a weakness” of his, but in Spain last Sunday he denied championship leader and seven-time champion Rossi after a ferocious dice in which they swapped places multiple times. RACE REPORT: Jorge Lorenzo wins as Marc Marquez crashes out “It is surely one of the best battles because of the rival,” said Pedrosa. “You can have a good battle with many riders, but Valentino is the master of these situations. “Normally he’s so comfortable in those moments and he has so much confidence. “He can play a lot with the bike, try different lines, change braking [...]

Lorenzo wins, Marquez crashes out

September 27th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo trimmed nine points from Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP lead by dominating the Aragon Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez crashed out for a fifth time in 2015. Rossi had to settle for third place, with countless efforts to pass a dogged Dani Pedrosa’s Honda in a thrilling battle not paying off. The race was plain sailing from the outset for Lorenzo, who thrust his way to the front from second on the grid at the start. Marquez dropped from pole to third behind Andrea Iannone, and although he swiftly repassed the Ducati and then caught Lorenzo, no sooner had he arrived on the Yamaha’s tail then he was sliding through the gravel on his side. The reigning champion lost control going into the downhill Turn 12 left-hander, and [...]

Baz switches to Avintia Ducati for ’16

September 27th, 2015

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Loris Baz will switch from Forward Racing to the Avintia Ducati team for the 2016 MotoGP season. World Superbike convert Baz is currently the leading Open class rider in the MotoGP standings, despite missing a race during Forward’s troubled period that followed the arrest of team owner Giovanni Cuzari earlier in the summer. He fought for a podium in mixed conditions in the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano earlier this month before finishing a season-best fourth. Avintia currently runs Hector Barbera and Mike di Meglio in its customer Ducati team. Forward’s future in MotoGP beyond 2015 remains uncertain.

Lorenzo leads Yamaha 1-2-3 at Aragon

September 25th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo was fastest again in the second MotoGP practice session of the weekend at the Aragon circuit. Honda’s Dani Pedrosa established himself at the top of the leaderboard with an early banker, before the Yamaha riders switched to the softer option tyres in the closing stages. Points leader Valentino Rossi posted a 1m48.200s to briefly go fastest, only for Lorenzo to smash his best time, lapping the Spanish circuit in 1m47.517s, seven tenths clear of his team-mate and title rival. Bradley Smith made it a 1-2-3 for Yamaha on the satellite Tech 3 bike, ahead of the factory Hondas of Pedrosa and Marquez in fourth and fifth, the pair having opted not to run the softer tyre. Pol Espargaro was sixth on the second Tech 3 Yamaha, a tenth [...]

Smith ‘lucky’ to keep Tech 3 support

September 23rd, 2015

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Bradley Smith feels he “didn’t do a very good job” in the first part of his MotoGP career and was fortunate to keep the support of his Tech 3 Yamaha team. The British rider is enjoying a breakthrough 2015 season, currently holding fifth in the championship between the factory Ducatis. He achieved a career-best second place in the last grand prix at Misano. Smith will stay on at Tech 3 for 2016, but believes he was “lucky” the team stuck by him after his rookie campaign three years ago, when he feels he underperformed and was overshadowed by more experienced team-mate Cal Crutchlow. “I’ve only shown my true potential this season,” Smith said. “I was lucky that I got the opportunity for three years to be able to show it. [...]

Lowes secures 2017 Aprilia graduation

September 22nd, 2015

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British rider Sam Lowes will step up to MotoGP with Aprilia in 2017, with the Gresini-run team retaining Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista for next season. Moto2 frontrunner Lowes had initially been tipped to move straight into Aprilia’s revived factory MotoGP effort next year, but he will now move across to Gresini’s Moto2 team for one season instead before graduating. The 25-year-old will also have an extensive MotoGP test role with Aprilia in the interim. “I believe that I have the potential to win the [Moto2] championship and the team’s strong racing pedigree will hopefully provide the support I need to claim the title,” said Lowes, who will swap this year’s Speed Up chassis for the dominant Kalex by joining Gresini. “2016 will be my last year in Moto2 before [...]

Iannone injures his shoulder again

September 17th, 2015

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Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has suffered a second shoulder dislocation in four months, but he will still contest next weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix. Iannone sustained the initial injury in a testing crash at Mugello prior to the Italian GP, though he did not miss any races a result. He then repeated the dislocation when he fell over while running on Wednesday. The shoulder was put back into position at a hospital in Vasto in Italy on Thursday morning, with tests confirming he had escaped other injuries apart from possible tendon damage. Iannone had already planned to have surgery on the damaged shoulder following the season finale at Valencia in November. He admitted during the summer break that the pain from the injury had persisted ever since the original crash. [...]

Marquez: Win doesn’t save title bid

September 17th, 2015

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Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez insists winning last weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix has not altered his belief that his title defence is over. Marquez took a strategic victory in a dry-wet-dry race at Misano but remains third in the standings and 63 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi. The Spaniard had conceded the title when he crashed out of the previous race at Silverstone and is adamant nothing that happened at Misano changes that situation. “It’s too far, the gap is too big,” he said. “Sixty-three points are too much for five remaining races. “My target for me is just to try to win these five races and honestly I will push my 100 per cent and try to prepare for next season. “If I can win these [...]

Elias back to MotoGP with Forward

September 16th, 2015

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Toni Elias, the 2010 Moto2 world champion, will rejoin MotoGP in place of Claudio Corti at Forward Racing from the Aragon Grand Prix. Elias has already made an appearance this season when he replaced an injured Karel Abraham on the Cardion Honda at Indianapolis. He made his MotoGP debut in 2005 and scored his first and only MotoGP career win at the ’06 Portuguese GP, denying Valentino Rossi victory by 0.002 seconds on his Gresini Honda. A season in Moto2 in 2010 was the most successful year in his motorcycle racing career, as he won the series’ inaugural world championship. “I can’t be happier to be back racing in MotoGP,” said Elias, whose last full season in the top class was with LCR in 2011. “This year I was already [...]