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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
  • Matt A Kingsbury

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

  • Wil Vincent
    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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

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

  • Jeff Jacobs

    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.

  • Jordan Hightower

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

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

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

  • Matt Holden

    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.

  • Ray Kingsbury

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

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

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary

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

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

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

  • Jason Lofing 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.

Iannone tops rain-hit second practice

August 15th, 2014

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Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone topped the second Brno MotoGP practice session by virtue of getting a flying lap in during the tiny period of almost-dry running. Iannone and Avintia rider Hector Barbera were the only two riders who set times before the drizzle that began with the green light became proper rainfall. Although the shower did not last, the track never dried out enough for Iannone and Barbera’s slick-shod times to be beaten. Marc Marquez got closest, but his 2m07.846s in third place was 4.667 seconds behind Iannone. Championship leader Marquez edged out Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa by just 0.002s to take ‘wet track’ honours, with the pair a second quicker than Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha in fifth. Cal Crutchlow went well in the wet, putting his Ducati sixth ahead of [...]

Circuit of Wales secures MotoGP deal

August 13th, 2014

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MotoGP has confirmed that it has signed a five-year deal with the Circuit of Wales to host the British round of the championship from 2015, although an alternative track will be used next year. The announcement comes after the Ebbw Vale venue had long been eyeing the acquisition of the event to help accelerate its construction, which is due to begin later this year at a cost of around £315m. With the circuit still to be built and there being such a short time until next year’s British MotoGP, it is likely that the series will remain at either Silverstone for an additional year or make a brief return to Donington Park. Chief executive of the Circuit of Wales Michael Carrick confirmed a deal had been agreed and that motorcycle [...]

De Angelis replaces Edwards in MotoGP

August 11th, 2014

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Alex de Angelis will return to MotoGP alongside Aleix Espargaro in the Forward team for the rest of the 2014 season, with Colin Edwards unsure if he will race again. Edwards said at Indianapolis last weekend that he was likely to bring forward his retirement from MotoGP and might only contest the Silverstone and Valencia rounds in the second part of his farewell campaign. The Forward team on Monday confirmed that Edwards would be stepping down early, but said his plans for the rest of 2014 were yet to be determined, with a development role and some wildcard appearances on a third bike possible. Edwards will definitely miss this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix, where de Angelis will make his return, but the American left the door open to contesting the [...]

Marquez takes 10th consecutive win

August 10th, 2014

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Marc Marquez extended his 2014 MotoGP record to 10 wins from 10 races but his Indianapolis victory was another hard-earned affair. The polesitting Honda got away slowly and was down in fifth initially as Andrea Dovizioso thrust his Ducati into the lead ahead of Valentino Rossi. The Yamaha then got past the Ducati a few corners into the race, beginning a tense early stint in which Dovizioso continually probed at Rossi, who was always able to brake late enough to stay ahead. While the two Italians battled at the front, Marquez picked his way back through to third, bringing Jorge Lorenzo with him. When Dovizioso finally did make a move stick on Rossi into Turn 1, Rossi’s retaliation attempt sent both wide at the next corner and allowed Marquez to [...]

Marquez beats Dovizioso to Indy pole

August 9th, 2014

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Marc Marquez claimed his eighth pole of the 2014 MotoGP season at Indianapolis, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso’s Ducati. Runaway championship leader Marquez’s Q2 began badly when he carried too much speed into Turn 1 on his opening lap, flew across the grass and ended up on the IndyCar oval. But as ever, Marquez was completely unflustered and on his next lap banged in a 1m31.718s to beat provisional polesitter Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha by nearly three tenths of a second. Marquez subsequently improved by another tenth, and Dovizioso followed the Honda on that lap, leaping up to second in the process, 0.025 seconds ahead of Lorenzo. Three Yamahas line up on row two: the Forward version of Aleix Espargaro taking fourth ahead of Lorenzo’s factory team-mate Valentino Rossi and Tech 3′s [...]

Bradl sets third practice pace

August 9th, 2014

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Stefan Bradl set a new weekend benchmark to take control of Saturday morning MotoGP practice at Indianapolis. The LCR Honda rider remained under the radar for much of the 45-minute session before joining most of the frontrunners on their qualifying-like runs. Bradl’s time of 1m32.522s demoted the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the dying moments and less than a tenth of second covered the top three. Andrea Dovizioso enjoyed a brief spell at the top of the order before the late flurry of activity, but the Italian held on to fourth and just 0.030 seconds ahead of Pol Espargaro. Marc Marquez dropped down the order as the session drew to its conclusion. The reigning champion was the pacesetter for much of it, but Marquez was unable to [...]

Edwards likely to leave MotoGP early

August 9th, 2014

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Colin Edwards could contest just two more events in the second half of his MotoGP farewell season. The American announced in April he would retire from MotoGP at the end of 2014. He has struggled to get to grips with the Forward Yamaha package this year, scoring just one point since his ninth place in the Qatar season-opener while team-mate Aleix Espargaro has regularly raced with the overall leaders and holds sixth in the championship. That form has prompted repeated rumours that Edwards will not see out the season, and during his home event at Indianapolis the 40-year-old confirmed that he would probably only contest a handful more rounds. “The rest of the year is going to be hit or miss,” he said. “The races I definitely am going to [...]

Marquez ahead in second Indy practice

August 8th, 2014

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Marc Marquez ended day one of MotoGP’s Indianapolis weekend on top as he set the Friday afternoon pace. Having been a quiet sixth in practice one, Marquez was fastest for the majority of the second session on the lead factory Honda. He was usurped in dramatic fashion with six minutes to go when Pramac duo Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez plus works rider Andrea Dovizioso suddenly produced an all-Ducati top three as they crossed the line in unison in a drafting pack with Valentino Rossi. The Desmosedici dominance didn’t last, as Marquez jumped back to first with a 1m32.882s soon after, but Iannone kept himself in second place, 0.222 seconds behind the championship leader. Jorge Lorenzo was top Yamaha man in third, with his team-mate Valentino Rossi back in ninth [...]

Rossi fastest on new Indy layout

August 8th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi led the way as the MotoGP field acclimatised to the revised Indianapolis road course in Friday morning practice. This weekend’s grand prix is MotoGP’s first appearance at the track since it was reconfigured for IndyCar’s debut on the Indianapolis infield circuit in May. Times were immediately much quicker than had been the case on the previous, tighter, layout, with Rossi’s benchmark 1m34.535s on his Yamaha 3.4 seconds up on the 2013 pole and 6.2s quicker than the best opening practice time 12 months ago. Rossi emerged on top after a late exchange of positions with Italian compatriot Andrea Iannone’s Pramac Ducati. Iannone – who will replace Cal Crutchlow in the works Ducati line-up next year – beat Rossi’s previous time by two tenths in the final minutes. But [...]

Suzuki ‘only option’ for Espargaro

August 8th, 2014

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Aleix Espargaro says a factory Suzuki ride is the only option he is now interested in for the 2015 MotoGP season. The Spaniard has been a hot property on the rider market after dominating the old CRT division for the past two years and then starring on an Open class Forward Yamaha in 2014. He took pole at Assen and currently holds sixth in the championship. Espargaro has long been linked to a Suzuki deal, and confirmed at Indianapolis this week that his management was no longer considering any other offers. “Everybody knows that my priority is to join Suzuki next year, but it’s not fixed yet,” he said. “I hope it’s going to be done in the next few weeks. “Before Germany we had a couple of good options [...]

Lorenzo signs new Yamaha MotoGP deal

August 7th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo has agreed a new two-year deal with the Yamaha MotoGP team. The 2010 and ’12 series champion has spent his entire MotoGP career with Yamaha, which first signed him for the 2008 season after he won back-to-back 250cc titles. He has won 31 grands prix with the team in addition to his two titles. “I am very happy to finally be able to make this announcement,” said Lorenzo. “It is a relief to be able to now completely focus on the remainder of the 2014 season in the knowledge that our relationship will continue for the next two seasons. “It has always been my wish to continue my career with Yamaha; I strongly believe we can fight for a third title together.” Lorenzo’s contract extension means the factory [...]

Crutchlow seals 2015 LCR Honda move

August 2nd, 2014

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Cal Crutchlow will move to LCR Honda in 2015 after his split with the Ducati MotoGP team, Lucio Cecchinello’s squad has confirmed. Within hours of Ducati’s announcement that it had agreed to terminate Crutchlow’s contract a year ahead of schedule, LCR officially welcomed the 28-year-old Briton to its line-up. “We want to thank Cal for his trust in our 2015 racing project,” said Cecchinello. “In the meantime we will keep working hard to end the current season in the best way.” LCR has yet to announce what will happen to its current sole rider Stefan Bradl, who has been part of the team since he graduated to the top class as Moto2 champion in 2012. The team had been evaluating expanding to a second entry having secured a new sponsorship [...]

Crutchlow to leave Ducati before 2015

August 2nd, 2014

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Cal Crutchlow will leave the Ducati MotoGP team before 2015, with Andrea Iannone taking his place. Just a week after Crutchlow declared at the World Ducati Week promotional event that he would see out his two-year contract, Ducati confirmed reports that the two parties would split after all. “Ducati Corse announced today that it has reached an agreement with its factory rider Cal Crutchlow to terminate, ahead of time, the contract that ties the British rider to the Italian team in MotoGP for 2014 and also for next season. “The two factory Ducati Team riders for 2015 will now be Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.” Crutchlow replaced Nicky Hayden alongside Dovizioso in the factory Ducati team this year after a very strong 2013 season with Tech 3 Yamaha, during which [...]

Camier to stand in for Hayden

July 24th, 2014

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Briton Leon Camier will stand in for Nicky Hayden on the Aspar Honda for the next two MotoGP rounds as the 2006 world champion recovers from wrist surgery. Hayden has been plagued by an old wrist injury flaring up again during the first part of this season, and has already had to withdraw from June’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello because of it. He had hoped that it could be resolved with surgery during the current break between the Sachsenring and Indianapolis rounds, but has now been advised to skip the Indy and Brno events to give himself time to fully recover. World Superbike regular Camier had expected to contest the 2014 MotoGP season with Ioda, but its plans to field a second entry fell through. The 27-year-old, who won [...]

Hayden undergoes further surgery

July 17th, 2014

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Nicky Hayden has undergone further wrist surgery to try to tackle his long-standing injury during MotoGP’s summer break. The 2006 world champion’s 2014 season has been plagued by a reoccurrence of an old injury to his right wrist. He had to withdraw from last month’s Italian Grand Prix and underwent an initial operation afterwards. Hayden then had a further procedure at San Diego’s Oasis Centre on Thursday. A statement from his Aspar team described the operation as: “a proximal row carpectomy with radial styloidectomy, which involves the removal of a row of small bones in the wrist in order to increase mobility within the joint. “Dr [David] Chao reported that the operation had been a success and that Nicky now has increased range of motion in his wrist.” Hayden joined [...]

Honda completes first test of new bike

July 16th, 2014

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Honda’s preparations for the 2015 MotoGP season gained momentum on Wednesday as Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa sampled a prototype of next year’s bike at Brno. The Japanese manufacturer is currently staging a three-day private test at the Czech circuit and has brought an early example of its 2015 RC213V machine for the championship-leading duo to try out. Marquez was the first to complete laps on the test bike shortly after 11:30am local time, which came after he experienced his second crash in two days on his current factory Honda machine. The runaway points leader had taken a tumble at Turn 5, which was also the scene of his first fall on Tuesday, but he came away unharmed and went on to post 20 laps on the new iteration of [...]

Marquez wins bizarre German GP

July 13th, 2014

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Marc Marquez took his ninth win from nine races in the 2014 MotoGP season despite starting from the pitlane at the Sachsenring. A rain shower as the riders headed to the grid meant everyone expected to start on wets, but the track dried rapidly. Third-place starter Stefan Bradl and a handful of backmarkers switched back to slicks before the formation lap, while everyone else immediately realised they had to and dived for the pits to change bikes rather than lining up on the grid. That led to the surreal sight of Bradl’s LCR Honda alone in the top half of the start straight, with a massive gap back to Hiroshi Aoyama in the 16th place slot, while 14 of the 23 riders – including all the works riders – crowded [...]

Marquez on pole as Pedrosa crashes

July 12th, 2014

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Marc Marquez claimed another MotoGP pole at the Sachsenring as his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa crashed amid their qualifying fight. Pedrosa had held provisional pole for much of Q2, but fell at Turn 1 on his final bid. Just after he did so, dominant championship leader Marquez deposed him – and then found another two tenths of a second to make certain of a seventh 2014 pole with a record 1m20.937s lap. Pedrosa held on to second, as local hero Stefan Bradl made it an all-Honda front row on his LCR bike. Friday pacesetter Aleix Espargaro had to settle for fourth. The Forward man was the quickest of the Yamaha contingent, with works men Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi sharing row two with him. Both Espargaro and Bradl had initial [...]

Marquez on top in practice three

July 12th, 2014

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Marc Marquez finished the third MotoGP practice session at the Sachsenring quickest, half a second faster than Aleix Espargaro’s free practice two time. The championship leader’s closet competitor was Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, who came close to toppling Honda rider Marquez, but finished two tenths down . Home rider Stefan Bradl set the first time in the 1m20s, and held on for third behind Marquez and Lorenzo. Aleix Espargaro had been quickest throughout the opening day, and swapped fastest times in the opening minutes of practice three with Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi but he could not make it a clean sweep of top spots from the three practice sessions. His time was good enough for fourth. Bradley Smith ditched his Yamaha after losing control in the chicane to add to the [...]

Gearshift error caused Marquez crash

July 11th, 2014

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Marc Marquez said his violent crash in the first Sachsenring MotoGP practice session was due to accidentally hitting his gearshift with his toe. The runaway championship leader was flung into the air and landed heavily on his neck in the accident just minutes into Friday morning practice for the German Grand Prix, as his Honda suddenly launched into a high-side as it accelerated through the flick between Turns 2 and 3. Marquez admitted he had been baffled by the incident at first. “The crash was a little strange, but when we looked at the telemetry later on we understood why it happened,” he said. “It’s a long left turn in second gear on the throttle the whole time, and I accidentally touched the gearshift lever with the toe of my [...]