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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.

Marquez declares MotoGP title bid over

August 30th, 2015

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

Rossi beats Petrucci to win wet race

August 30th, 2015

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

Redding to join Pramac Ducati in 2016

August 30th, 2015

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

Marquez storms to Silverstone pole

August 29th, 2015

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

Lorenzo tops FP3 with late flyer

August 29th, 2015

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

Circuit of Wales makes progress

August 28th, 2015

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

Lorenzo moves ahead in second practice

August 28th, 2015

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

Marquez tops first Silverstone session

August 28th, 2015

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

Lorenzo and Rossi now have respect

August 26th, 2015

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

Crutchlow signs new two-year LCR deal

August 26th, 2015

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Cal Crutchlow will remain with the LCR Honda team for the next two MotoGP seasons. The Briton joined Lucio Cecchinello’s squad this year after parting company with the factory Ducati team. He took a podium finish in Argentina in the third grand prix of the season and is currently ninth in the championship. “Obviously Lucio runs a fantastic team and I’m very pleased to be with Honda again,” he said at a press conference in London ahead of this weekend’s British GP. “They worked very hard for me this year and it’s nice to have some consistency with a manufacturer.” Crutchlow said an agreement to remain in the Honda fold had been reached several races ago. “I knew quite a few races ago that I’d be staying at Honda,” he [...]

Rossi braced for tough Silverstone

August 26th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi is braced for this weekend’s British MotoGP at Silverstone to be a tough chapter in his title fight with team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. The Yamaha pair are locked at the top of the standings on 211 points with seven races remaining, 52 ahead of Honda’s reigning world champion Marc Marquez, following Lorenzo’s fifth victory of the season at Brno. Rossi was a distant third, having lost ground off the start then failing to find a rhythm, and the Italian isn’t expecting a major turnaround at Silverstone. Lorenzo has won three of the circuit’s five MotoGP races, while Rossi has just the one podium, third last year. When asked to nominate the circuit he’s least looking forward to on the run home, Rossi replied: “Silverstone is difficult. “In the past, [...]

Smith signs new Tech 3 contract

August 25th, 2015

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Bradley Smith has signed a new deal to remain with the Tech 3 Yamaha squad in MotoGP for the 2016 season. The British rider, who sits fifth in the riders’ standings as the highest-placed satellite competitor, said at the recent Indianapolis race he was keen to sign a new deal, suggesting he was disappointed to be made to wait following the news that his team-mate Pol Espargaro had landed a new contract with Yamaha. “Obviously I’m really pleased to be able to continue this journey and it’s fantastic to re-sign for another season,” said Smith. “Everyone in the team has put their faith in me again and we know that 2016 will be tricky due to the changes in regulations. “However, I’m optimistic this will give the satellite riders more [...]

Marquez resigned to poor starts

August 20th, 2015

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Reigning world champion Marc Marquez is resigned to his Honda losing ground to his Yamaha title rivals off the line for the remainder of the MotoGP season. While his slow getaway not as pronounced as Valentino Rossi’s drop from third on the grid to fifth at the start of the Czech Grand Prix last Sunday, Marquez could not match Jorge Lorenzo’s Brno start. A week earlier at Indianapolis, polesitter Marquez was jumped at the start by Lorenzo, and had to wait until three laps from home to retake the lead. The Spaniard says that it is a problem the team is aware of, but that any solution would be for Honda’s 2016 bike. “I think we are losing on acceleration and on the start [itself],” he said. “With first gear, [...]

Title battle has been reset – Lorenzo

August 18th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo says he and Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi are effectively starting a whole new season, in the fight for the MotoGP championship. With his fifth victory of the campaign at Brno, Lorenzo drew level at the top of the standings with Rossi, who has led since Qatar’s season opener. While Lorenzo would currently win a third title on a countback based on race victories, he says that the board been wiped clean with seven races to go. “I’m very happy to be leading with Valentino, because it’s been two-and-a-half years that I wasn’t leading the championship,” Lorenzo, who was last atop the standings following Qatar’s 2013 round, said. “With Vale, we start another championship together, from zero, like the first race. “We’ll see what happens in the last races.” [...]

Rossi: I had no rhythm in Brno defeat

August 17th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi lamented a lack of rhythm on his Yamaha that meant he could not challenge Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez for victory in MotoGP’s Czech Grand Prix. Rossi maintained his perfect record of podium finishes in 2015 with third at Brno on Sunday, but was not a factor despite starting on the front row of the grid for just the second time this year. He lost places to Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso off the line, and was two seconds behind Lorenzo and Marquez by the time he was back into third by the end of the second lap. RACE REPORT: Lorenzo takes dominant Brno win The gap continued to grow and he finished 10s behind team-mate Lorenzo, and six behind Honda’s Marquez. “I’m a little bit disappointed, because [...]

New deal secures Brno’s MotoGP future

August 16th, 2015

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The future of the Czech MotoGP at Brno has been secured for the next five years, with series organiser Dorna confirming a new deal for the 3.3 mile track. There had been speculation that the Czech race’s position on the calendar was in doubt, but a new collaboration between the regional Moravian government and the city of Brno to act has promoters of the event will guarantee its place. The CEO of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta, said of the deal: “The Czech GP is one of the highlights of the championship as it’s been on the calendar for 50 years and as we see this weekend again, it’s a very popular event. “We are very happy to reach an agreement with the Czech authorities that will ensure the future of [...]

Lorenzo takes dominant win at Brno

August 16th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo capped a dominant weekend at Brno with victory in the Czech MotoGP, drawing level with Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in the riders’ championship. With the pair and fellow championship contender Marc Marquez sharing the front row, hopes of a memorable battle didn’t eventuate, with Lorenzo controlling the race from start to finish. The polesitter got the best start and shook off early pressure from Marquez, edging further and further away from the Honda rider during the 22 laps to eventually win by more than four seconds. With his fifth victory of the season, Lorenzo draws level with Rossi atop the standings, with reigning world champion Marquez 52 points behind them. Rossi’s chances were dashed off the line, dropping from third to fifth following a slow start. By the [...]

Brno pole and lap record for Lorenzo

August 15th, 2015

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Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo smashed his own Brno lap record as he beat world champion Marc Marquez to pole position for the Czech MotoGP. Lorenzo went straight to the top of the timesheets on his first run, beating the lap record he had set during Saturday’s third practice session in the process. The Yamaha rider then lowered the record again with a time of 1m54.989s, nearly half a second faster than anybody else had gone during the session. Honda’s Marquez improved significantly on his second attempt, but ultimately fell just 0.074 seconds shy. “Before qualifying, I thought a laptime similar to the time this morning would be good enough for pole position but I was wrong,” Lorenzo, the last non-Honda rider to win at Brno, said. “Really I pushed more than [...]

Lorenzo leads Rossi in final practice

August 15th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo set a new lap record as he beat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi to the top spot in third practice for the Czech MotoGP at Brno. Lorenzo’s time of 1m55.476s was set during a late flurry of fast laps as world champion Marc Marquez initially broke the circuit record, only for Lorenzo to better it moments later and Rossi then bump the Honda rider down to third. Marquez had been the fastest rider the majority of the 45-minute session after moving to the top of the timesheets early on, as the riders enjoyed cooler morning conditions of 38C track temperature. In the end, Lorenzo’s lap was a commanding 0.555 seconds clear of the pack. Bradley Smith finished the session in fourth place, but the Tech 3 rider had spent [...]

Pedrosa to evaluate ankle in morning

August 14th, 2015

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Dani Pedrosa has been cleared of a left ankle break or fracture following his MotoGP free practice crash at Brno, but he will evaluate the injury before Saturday’s running. In the opening minutes of the second Brno session, Pedrosa crashed on fluid from his own Honda at Turn 14, landing heavily on his left foot. Investigation from the team found oil leaking from his front fork as the culprit. Pedrosa didn’t run again during the 45-minute session, electing to ice the ankle in the Honda transporter. While x-rays didn’t show a break or fracture, Pedrosa acknowledges that how the heavy bruising settles overnight will be vital. “I had a problem with the front fork which I didn’t realise until some oil hit the rear wheel as I was leaning over [...]