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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
    Contributin 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.

  • Raymond 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.

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 [...]

Espargaro stays on top in FP2

July 11th, 2014

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Aleix Espargaro put in another last-minute lap to beat Marc Marquez in the second MotoGP practice session at the Sachsenring. Just as he had in the morning, Open class Forward Yamaha rider Espargaro popped to the top right at the end of the session, this time with a 1m22.041s. Until then, Marquez had been holding first place as he proved there were no ill effects from his massive morning crash, in which he had landed heavily on his neck. Honda’s world championship leader remained second, 0.117 seconds behind Espargaro. This time it was the other works Honda of Dani Pedrosa that had the big accident, with a high-speed tumble in the downhill Waterfall section. He was unhurt and later rejoined to take ninth. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest works Yamaha [...]

Espargaro quickest as Marquez crashes

July 11th, 2014

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Aleix Espargaro topped the opening MotoGP practice session at the Sachsenring, as Marc Marquez was left battered by a violent crash. Runaway championship leader Marquez – unbeaten so far in the 2014 season – crashed his Honda as he accelerated out of Turn 2 into Turn 3 early in the session. The heavy landing left him winded and after initially jumping straight back up, Marquez crouched for some time in the gravel trap in clear discomfort. He did not visit the medical centre and was back on track on his spare bike after 15 minutes. Marquez then worked his way back up to speed and was second for a while, before ending the session sixth. Forward rider Espargaro deposed factory rider Jorge Lorenzo from the top spot in the closing [...]

Pedrosa secures new Honda deal

July 9th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa will race with the Honda MotoGP team at least until the end of the 2016 season after extending his current deal. The Spaniard’s future had been the subject of speculation amid team-mate Marc Marquez’s incredible form, as the reigning champion won the first eight races of the year while Pedrosa was left tied with Valentino Rossi for a distant second in the standings. Honda had announced a new contract with Marquez in May, but there had been no news about Pedrosa’s new deal. On Wednesday, however, the speculation came to an end, with the Japanese team announcing a new two-year deal for Pedrosa. That means works Honda line-up will remain unchanged at least until the end of 2016. “I’m very happy to be able to announce my renewal [...]

Rossi announces new Yamaha deal

July 2nd, 2014

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Valentino Rossi and Yamaha have finalised a two-year extension to their MotoGP deal, ensuring the Italian will continue racing until at least 2016. Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi had questioned his long-term future during a tough 2013, but a string of podiums at the start of this year’s campaign – in which he has so far had the upper hand over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo – convinced him to continue racing. He made clear in recent months that he wanted a two-year deal from Yamaha, and said at Assen last weekend that an agreement was a formality, with an official announcement made on Wednesday afternoon. “I am very proud of this announcement. It’s very important to me because I really enjoy working with my crew and all the guys from the team, [...]

Marquez wins eventful Assen race

June 28th, 2014

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Marc Marquez coped with changeable weather, pitstops, a mistake and a fighting Andrea Dovizioso to take an eighth-straight MotoGP win in the Dutch TT at Assen. Although Dovizioso was not able to hang on ahead of Marquez’s Honda and end Ducati’s win drought, he still claimed second, with Dani Pedrosa third. Valentino Rossi’s fifth place was the best Yamaha could salvage from a terrible race. A brief rain shower as the riders headed for the grid caused a delayed start as officials gave the field two extra reconnaissance laps to decide whether to start on slicks or wets. The handful of riders who pondered slicks thought better of it before the start – though Rossi stuck with slicks until the end of the green-flag lap and only then bailed out, [...]

Aleix Espargaro claims Assen pole

June 27th, 2014

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Aleix Espargaro claimed his and Forward Racing’s maiden MotoGP pole position in a weather-affected qualifying session at Assen. A rain shower at the start of the second segment of qualifying led to a flurry of activity as the dozen riders vying for pole took to the track in unison to get their laps in before conditions worsened. While most of the frontrunners ran together in a pack, Espargaro opted to drop back and reaped the benefits of running in clear air by setting a blistering lap of 1m38.789s, beating second place man Marc Marquez by a staggering 1.405 seconds. Dani Pedrosa joins his Honda team-mate on the front row, while Andrea Iannone claimed fourth and a resurgent Cal Crutchlow managed to take fifth. The works Ducati rider was forced to [...]

Espargaro sets record pace in FP2

June 26th, 2014

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Aleix Espargaro set a new track record in the second MotoGP practice session for the Dutch TT at Assen with the fastest time of the day in 1m33.653s. Running on the soft tyre in the dying moments of the session, the Forward Racing rider managed to hook up a perfect lap to demote session-long leader Marc Marquez from the top of the order. In doing so, Espargaro beat Casey Stoner’s fastest lap record by 0.060 seconds, which the Australian set in 2012. Marquez led the way for the majority of the 45-minute practice period, having set the pace on the sixth lap of his first run, despite experiencing an out-of-shape moment on the inside kerbs of Duikersloot. The current championship leader made further improvements before the chequered flag, but fell [...]

Rossi says new Yamaha deal a formality

June 25th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi says he and Yamaha are not yet ready to announce a new MotoGP deal, but that a two-year extension is a formality. The seven-time MotoGP world champion declared after a disappointing 2013 season that he would re-evaluate his future once the opening part of this year’s campaign was over. But following a resurgent start to 2014, including five podium finishes in the first seven races, Rossi is second in the championship to runaway leader Marc Marquez. Rossi made clear last month that he wanted to continue with Yamaha, but he said speculation that there would be an official announcement during this weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen was wide of the mark. “I’m very, very close to continuing with Yamaha for another two seasons,” he said. “That is my [...]

Bautista will be fit for Assen

June 24th, 2014

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Alvaro Bautista will be fit to contest this weekend’s Assen MotoGP race despite having to withdraw from last week’s Barcelona test due to pain from a crash. The Gresini rider had a violent high-side during Q2 at the Catalunya Grand Prix. Although he rejoined later in the session and subsequent medical checks revealed no broken bones, he only completed 24 laps in the post-race test due to pain from chest and ankle bruising. He had been an early retirement from the grand prix when his engine cut out. “During Barcelona qualifying I had a big crash, but fortunately nothing is broken, so I will be fully fit for the Assen race weekend,” he said. “Unfortunately I was still sore from the fall [on the test day], so I couldn’t do [...]

Iannone chasing works Ducati deal

June 20th, 2014

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Andrea Iannone is pushing Ducati to give him a factory MotoGP seat after his impressive performances with satellite squad Pramac in the opening grands prix of 2014. The 24-year-old Italian became the first man to qualify a non-works Ducati on the front row in MotoGP at Mugello and is ninth in the championship after last weekend’s Barcelona race. Ducati currently fields Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow in its factory entries, plus an occasional third bike for test rider Michele Pirro. “I don’t have any news about my future,” said Iannone. “I want to have a meeting with Ducati and my priority is to stay with the Ducati team. “However, I want to go to Ducati Marlboro – the factory team – but for the moment I have nothing important lined [...]

Pedrosa says confidence restored

June 17th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa says his confidence is now fully restored after he challenged for victory in last weekend’s Barcelona MotoGP race. The Honda rider had struggled to get close to team-mate Marc Marquez in the early part of the 2014 season, and was further hampered when he took longer than expected to recover from arm pump surgery carried out between the Spanish and French Grands Prix. But last weekend Pedrosa became the first man to defeat Marquez in qualifying this year, then came close to beating him to the race victory, twice getting ahead on the final lap only for his team-mate to successfully retaliate each time. Although Pedrosa finished only third after a brush with Marquez three corners from the finish allowed Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha to get between the Hondas, [...]

Marquez tops post-race Barcelona test

June 16th, 2014

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Marc Marquez topped the post-race MotoGP test at Barcelona, with included a trial of a revised layout using part of the Formula 1 configuration. MotoGP has continued to use the pre-2007 version of the Catalunya circuit, running the full length of the back straight before the Turn 10 left-hander, and keeping the two fast right-handers at the end of the track rather than using the F1 chicane. Amid concerns about a lack of run-off at the end of the back straight following a spate of accidents at Turn 10, MotoGP began Monday’s test using the F1 variant of the corner, which is tighter and begins earlier, though rider responses were mixed. The standard MotoGP layout was adopted for the majority of the day. Marquez headed the timesheets for Honda with [...]

Redding given post-race penalty

June 15th, 2014

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Scott Redding has dropped from 12th to 13th place in the Barcelona MotoGP results after being given a time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage while battling with Nicky Hayden. Gresini rider Redding beat fellow production Honda racer Hayden’s Aspar bike over the line by three tenths of a second after a race-long dice. But the Briton was adjudged to have “rejoined in such a way that he gained an advantage” when he went off the course at Turn 1 three laps from the end. A time penalty was imposed to drop him behind Hayden in the results. The Gresini team appealed, but race direction’s verdict was upheld by the FIM stewards. Redding felt he had done enough to make up for what he had gained at Turn 1. “I [...]

Pedrosa: No regrets over defeat

June 15th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa said he had no issues with Honda team-mate Marc Marquez after their last-lap clash in MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix and no regrets about his race. Pedrosa came the closest to beating Marquez that he has all year as he launched a series of attacks on his race-leading team-mate over the closing laps, when the pair were able to break away from what had been a four-way fight with the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. On the last lap Pedrosa twice managed to get past Marquez only to run wide enough for the sister Honda to repass, and they then touched at Turn 11 as Marquez hugged the inside line and Pedrosa tried to get a final run. Though both stayed upright, Pedrosa slid very wide and [...]

Marquez takes hard-fought seventh win

June 15th, 2014

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Marc Marquez escaped final-lap contact with Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to maintain his unbeaten 2014 MotoGP run in the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. Although the result was Marquez’s seventh win from seven races this season, he only achieved it after resisting huge pressure from not only Pedrosa, but the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. It was Lorenzo who muscled his way into the lead on the opening lap, going around the outside of fast-starting polesitter Pedrosa at Turn 1. Marquez was back in fifth at that point, although he rapidly dismissed Stefan Bradl and rejoined the lead fight. Despite fearing that he lacked race pace this weekend, Rossi overtook Lorenzo on the fourth lap and then stayed ahead for much of the race, despite Marquez quickly working [...]