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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 SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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
    author

    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.

  • 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
    iRacing.com 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.

Forward extends Yamaha MotoGP deal

September 28th, 2014

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Forward Racing has renewed its deal to run Yamaha-based Open class bikes for the 2015 MotoGP season. The team took advantage of the new Open rules this year to begin a relationship with Yamaha, using a mixture of its own chassis package with Yamaha engines and a version of the factory outfit’s bike. Lead rider Aleix Espargaro has been a frontrunner throughout the season, taking pole for the Dutch TT at Assen, and finishing fourth both in the Netherlands and Qatar. A Forward statement said the 2015 agreement provided “A very competitive package that includes upgraded engine, frame, swingarm and linkage system” from Yamaha. Forward team boss Giovanni Cuzaro said the Yamaha deal had been even more successful than expected so far. “Last year, when we started this new adventure [...]

Marquez beats Pedrosa to pole

September 27th, 2014

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MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez beat Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to pole position for the 800th premier class grand prix at Aragon. Marquez went to the top of the order after his first flying lap and broke his own circuit record by 0.124 seconds in doing so, before going even quicker next time around with a 1m47.572s. It looked like the reigning champion would then cruise to pole, but Pedrosa sprung a surprise by going 0.020s quicker than his compatriot before Marquez reclaimed pole with a last-gasp lap of 1m47.187s. Andrea Iannone jumped up to third at the end to take his second consecutive front row start on Pramac’s revised Ducati and starts ahead of Pol Espargaro and the hugely impressive Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi on the second row. [...]

Marquez takes charge in third practice

September 27th, 2014

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Marc Marquez edged Andrea Iannone to take charge in MotoGP’s third practice session at Aragon, while Valentino Rossi missed the Q2 cut-off. Marquez was quick from the off and came within 0.037 seconds of matching Andrea Dovizioso’s fastest practice time on just his fifth lap of the session. The championship leader then switched to the hard rear tyre with 15 minutes left on the clock and strengthened his grip on first place by registering the best time of the weekend with a 1m48.123s, which remained unbeaten until the end. The new Ducati model continued to show great pace, this time in the hands of Iannone, who finished the session 0.243s behind his Honda rival on Pramac’s Desmosedici GP14.2 machine. Tech 3′s Pol Espargaro was quickest through the first sector of [...]

Dovizioso keeps Ducati on top in FP2

September 26th, 2014

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Andrea Dovizioso made it a clean sweep for Ducati’s revised MotoGP bike as he led second Friday practice at Aragon. Andrea Iannone had put his Pramac-entered Ducati GP14.2 on top in opening practice, and works rider Dovizioso followed that performance up by pipping Marc Marquez at the end of the afternoon session, albeit using the softer tyre. Marquez had dominated until Dovizioso edged ahead. The world champion held a six tenths of a second advantage over his rivals for the majority of the session thanks to an early 1m48.3s lap, which he shaved 0.018s off at a later attempt. The Spaniard kept his Honda second, ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Iannone. Yamaha had five bikes in the top 10, but none in the top four. Forward rider Aleix Espargaro’s [...]

MotoGP announces 2015 calendar

September 26th, 2014

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MotoGP has announced its 2015 calendar, with the race order mirroring this year’s schedule. The only change is that the British Grand Prix returns to Donington Park from Silverstone in a one-year stand-in deal while future host the Circuit of Wales is constructed. The British round retains its late-August calendar position. The other minor tweak occurs in the early part of the season, where the gaps between the opening trio of flyaway races in Qatar, America and Argentina are closed up, with a fortnight pause following before the European stretch begins with the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez at the start of May as usual. The calendar remains at 18 rounds, with no reprise of the plans to add a Brazilian GP at Brasilia. This event had been scheduled for [...]

Marquez explains Misano crash

September 25th, 2014

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Marc Marquez has admitted his Misano crash happened because he was determined to seal the 2014 MotoGP title at home at Aragon, and he has promised to calm his approach. Marquez fell when challenging Valentino Rossi for the San Marino Grand Prix victory a fortnight ago, relegating him to a 15th-place finish. It was only the second time Marquez had crashed in a race since moving up to MotoGP. “In Misano on Sunday we were not ready to fight for the victory, but anyway I tried because my idea was to try to win the championship here at Aragon, honestly,” said Marquez ahead of this weekend’s third Spanish event of the season. “But it was not possible. I took risks, I was at 100 per cent, but I was over [...]

Ducati ‘evolution’ bike to make debut

September 23rd, 2014

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Factory rider Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac’s Andrea Iannone will give Ducati’s ‘evolution’ MotoGP bike its debut in this weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix. Designated the GP14.2, the revised bike is the biggest step so far in Ducati’s rebuilding effort, as it works to get back to the front of the MotoGP pack after a win drought now approaching four years. The new bike ran for the first time in a shakedown test with Dovizioso and Iannone at Mugello on Tuesday. Satellite rider Iannone, who has been receiving increasing amounts of works assistance through 2014, gets the second evolution bike rather than Dovizioso’s current team-mate Cal Crutchlow, as the Italian is moving up to the factory team next year, when Crutchlow leaves for LCR Honda. Ducati is currently engaged in a lengthy [...]

Hayden to return after wrist surgery

September 23rd, 2014

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American Nicky Hayden will return to MotoGP action this weekend at Aragon after missing the last four races of the championship. The Aspar rider withdrew from racing in August to undergo surgery to resolve issues with his wrist, a legacy of an accident during the 2011 season. Although Hayden was expected to return after missing just two races, he ended up missing four, with Leon Camier taking his place at the Spanish squad. The 2006 world champion confirmed on Tuesday he will be rejoining the grid in Spain this weekend, although he doubts he will be 100 per cent fit. “I am really happy to finally return to action this weekend,” said Hayden. “Racing motorcycles is not only my job but my passion and it hasn’t been easy for me [...]

Miller joins LCR Honda for 2015 MotoGP

September 17th, 2014

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Jack Miller will jump from Moto3 to MotoGP in 2015 after signing a three-year contract with Honda. After a series of giant killing performance in Moto3 this season – which he currently leads nine points ahead of Marc Marquez’s younger brother Alex – the 19-year-old Australian has been tipped as a star of the future by Honda. Miller will be joining the Ducati-departing Cal Crutchlow at LCR Honda next season and becomes the first rider to move from the lowest grand prix class to MotoGP since Leon Haslam in 2001. “I am very happy to make the leap up to MotoGP next year, especially because I will do so alongside HRC,” said Miller. “It’s a dream come true; I think that every rider would like to race at the highest [...]

De Angelis recovering from fracture

September 17th, 2014

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Alex de Angelis will undergo daily treatment in preparation for next weekend’s race at Aragon after being diagnosed with a fractured scaphoid. The Forward Yamaha rider, who replaced Colin Edwards early last month, complained of right wrist pain throughout his home event at Misano last weekend, where he finished 14th and ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez, who crashed for the first time this season. De Angelis visited a nearby hospital on Monday for a medical check and doctors confirmed he had sustained a fracture to the carpal scaphoid of the right wrist. The 30-year-old Italian is currently wearing a support brace and, through daily magnetic and laser treatment, hopes to participate in his fourth event for the Forward team at Aragon. He joins Mike de Meglio on the injury [...]

Di Meglio undergoes surgery

September 15th, 2014

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Mike di Meglio underwent successful surgery on Monday following the injury he suffered during Sunday’s MotoGP race at Misano. The Avintia Racing rider broke the fourth metacarpal bone of his left hand when he crashed on the opening lap of the San Marino Grand Prix. The Frenchman underwent surgery in Barcelona on Monday and will be discharged from hospital on Tuesday before he begins his rehabilitation. MotoGP’s next round takes place at Aragon on September 28.

Redding to ride Marc VDS Honda in ’15

September 14th, 2014

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Scott Redding will rejoin Marc VDS in MotoGP for 2015 as the dominant Moto2 team moves up to the top class running a factory Honda. Marc VDS had been at the forefront of the chase for the works-specification Honda relinquished by Redding’s current MotoGP team Gresini when a funding shortfall led to it switching to a new role as Aprilia’s works team. Currently leading the Moto2 standings with Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio, Marc VDS had explored a MotoGP move several times in recent years but appeared set to wait until the 2016 rules before the Honda opportunity emerged. Redding is riding Gresini’s Open class Honda for his rookie MotoGP season. He had been expected to replace Alvaro Bautista on the team’s works-specification bike prior to the Aprilia move. The [...]

MotoGP announces software freeze

September 14th, 2014

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MotoGP has announced a software development freeze effective from the end of June 2015 in preparation for the switch to standard electronics in the ’16 rules. Four seasons of a split format will end after next year when the entire field adopts a control ECU. At present, teams still running to Factory specification develop their own electronics, while those running to Open class rules – including the works Ducati team – already run control ECUs but get other rules breaks regarding engine development, tyre compounds and fuel allowance. The Grand Prix Commission agreed at Misano this weekend that software development would be prohibited after June 30 next year. “After that date manufacturers will not be permitted to update their software except for minor bug fixes that might affect safety,” said [...]

Lorenzo ends Yamaha’s pole drought

September 13th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo took his and the works Yamaha team’s first MotoGP pole of 2014 at Misano, as Marc Marquez could only manage fourth. In a fiercely competitive session, Andrea Iannone equalled his career-best start with second place on the Pramac Ducati, Valentino Rossi claimed his first front row start in over a year in third, and just 0.201 seconds covered the top six. Marquez did spend a brief spell on provisional pole after the first runs, edging out Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso – who had been separated by just 0.009s after their first pole bids – by 0.076s. It was Iannone who set the ball rolling on the second runs as he jumped to the front with a 1m33.289s, thriving on home ground again as he had at Mugello in [...]

Hernandez leads crash-strewn session

September 12th, 2014

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Yonny Hernandez set the pace for Pramac Ducati in a crash-strewn first MotoGP practice session at Misano. Heavy overnight rain, followed by steady morning drizzle, left the 2.6-mile circuit sodden and the tricky conditions caught out eight riders in the first 10 minutes of the session. Of these, Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro were the most spectacular fallers as they crashed in sequence at Turn 1, with the former visibly struggling to put weight on his right foot as he made his way back to the Pramac garage. Home hero Valentino Rossi also took a trip through the gravel when the front end of his Yamaha folded under braking at Turn 4, but he came away unharmed and resumed running on his second bike. Hernandez, meanwhile, managed to tiptoe his [...]

Circuit of Wales nears construction

September 11th, 2014

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The Circuit of Wales will be ready to host the British MotoGP round in 2016, its developer claims, after the project entered the final process for securing planning permission. Delays over securing the right to build on common land has substantially set back the beginning of building work on the £315m project, but that legal process is set to come to an end next month. Last week an application was made for the site to be deregistered as common land after agreeing terms with the current owner, on which a decision is expected within 28 days. The Heads of the Valleys Development Company announced a five-year deal to host the British round of MotoGP, then agreed a deal with Donington Park to host the 2015 race while the Welsh track [...]

Donington to host 2015 British MotoGP

September 2nd, 2014

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Donington Park will host the MotoGP British Grand Prix in 2015 after agreeing a deal with the Circuit of Wales to take the race for one season. The new Welsh venue took the British GP slot from Silverstone last month, and it was immediately revealed that a replacement track would be required for 2015 while work begins on the Circuit of Wales. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP promoter Dorna said: “The Circuit of Wales has worked very quickly to secure the best deal for British race fans and we believe Donington Park will deliver a fantastic race in 2015. “Donington has a long history and has been the scene of some of the most exciting MotoGP races in recent years and we are sure that the extensive works undertaken since [...]

Marquez takes 10th pole of 2014

August 30th, 2014

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Marc Marquez stayed clear of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo to notch up his 10th pole of the 2014 MotoGP season at Silverstone. Marquez had topped all four practice sessions heading into British Grand Prix qualifying, but his initial Q2 lap was underwhelming – placing the Honda only third behind Dovizioso’s Ducati and Lorenzo’s Yamaha. That was just a warm-up effort, though, and Marquez’s next lap put him on provisional pole by three tenths of a second. His rivals responded, and Lorenzo – who had been off the pace and extremely unhappy with Bridgestone’s Silverstone tyre choice on Friday – stole the top spot back again with a 2m01.175s lap. It wasn’t enough, as Marquez’s final effort was a 2m00.829s, giving him pole while Dovizioso edged out Lorenzo by 0.035s [...]

Marquez fastest despite accident

August 30th, 2014

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Marc Marquez remained the man to beat in Saturday morning MotoGP practice for the British Grand Prix, despite suffering a late-session crash. The championship leader went to the top of the order on the first lap of his second run, setting a weekend best of 2m01.906s, before the front of his Honda gave way the next time around at The Loop. Marquez and his bike slid into the gravel in unison and the Spaniard trudged his way back to the pits unharmed. He managed to resume running on his second machine with five minutes of the session remaining, but was unable to make further gains, unlike those behind him. Andrea Dovizioso emerged as his nearest rival and came within a whisker of matching Marquez’s time, but finished the session just [...]

Marquez dominates second practice

August 29th, 2014

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Marc Marquez remained a class apart in the second MotoGP practice session at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix. After his commanding morning performance, Marquez quickly brushed aside early practice two pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso and then gave himself a one-second margin over the pack with a 2m02.126s halfway through the session. The Honda rider might have improved on that with his very last lap, but traffic at Woodcote spoilt it. Stefan Bradl ended up as Marquez’s closest rival on the LCR Honda, half a second down. Dovizioso was third for Ducati, claiming the place from top Briton Bradley Smith with his last lap. There was plenty of encouragement for the home crowd, with Smith keeping his Tech 3 Yamaha in the top three for a long spell, and countryman [...]