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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Iannone and Pol Espargaro sidelined

October 25th, 2014

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Pol Espargaro and Andrea Iannone have both been sidelined by injuries ahead of qualifying for MotoGP’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. Espargaro broke a bone in his left foot in a heavy crash in morning practice. He will still attempt to race on Sunday, but Iannone has withdrawn from the weekend due to elbow pain from an accident on Friday. Pramac Ducati rider Iannone, already in hip pain from his heavy accident during last weekend’s Australian GP, sustained a severe contusion to his left arm when he fell following contact with world champion Marc Marquez at the final corner in Friday’s wet second session. Marquez apologised for the incident, which he put down to a misunderstanding as he had not realised Iannone was on a flying lap. Race direction evaluated [...]

Pedrosa quickest in practice three

October 25th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa was fastest again in third Sepang MotoGP practice, a session interrupted by a big crash for Pol Espargaro. Friday pacesetter Pedrosa’s benchmark time of 2m00.454s came on his very first run and proved unbeatable. It put his Honda 0.165 seconds clear of Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo’s eventual best effort. Lorenzo edged out Pedrosa’s team-mate Marc Marquez by 0.044s as the world champion made a late improvement to go third. The session was red-flagged with 2m26s to go after Espargaro had a big high-side at Turn 1 that left him requiring medical attention while his Tech 3 Yamaha caught fire after it came to rest. Espargaro had earlier had a smaller crash, and just before the second incident was warned by the passing Scott Redding of a problem with [...]

Lorenzo fastest after rain delay

October 24th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in a rain-soaked second MotoGP practice session at Sepang, beating Marc Marquez by just over two tenths of a second to top the timesheets. The session was red-flagged almost as soon as it began due to the arrival of a heavy rain shower, with proceedings resuming after a 20 minute delay on a very wet circuit. The times rapidly tumbled as track conditions improved, and it was Lorenzo who took charge with a succession of fastest laps. Beating Marquez’s early benchmark by three tenths, the factory Yamaha rider proceeded to lower his time by a further 4.4 seconds over the course of his first stint as he explored the limit. Lorenzo’s best time of 2m14.503s would stand until the end of the session, with Marquez [...]

Pedrosa leads tight first practice

October 24th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa edged out Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo in a top three covered by just 0.037 seconds in opening practice for MotoGP’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. Pedrosa was fastest for most of the morning session, initially leading a Honda one-two with team-mate Marc Marquez. He was deposed by Lorenzo’s Yamaha, which in turn was then beaten by Forward Yamaha rider Espargaro with a lap 0.023s faster. That was despite Espargaro having suffered the only crash of the morning earlier in the session, when he lost his bike under braking into the final corner. Pedrosa responded on his last run with a lap of 2m01.379s to depose Espargaro by 0.014s. The performance came a day after Honda announced that it was promoting Ramon Aurin to replace Pedrosa’s long-time crew [...]

Rossi wins after Marquez crashes

October 19th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi claimed victory in his 250th premier class race as he won MotoGP’s Australian Grand Prix after Marc Marquez crashed out of the lead. Marquez had taken charge of the Phillip Island event from pole and was four seconds clear of the field when he lost the front end of his Honda, which was running Bridgestone’s new asymmetric tyre, under braking for the Turn 10 hairpin with nine laps to go. By that time, Rossi had finally won a huge battle for what had been second place with his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi burst through from eighth on the grid to start chasing Lorenzo, who had managed to stay within a second of Marquez early on before his pace faded. The two Yamahas swapped position repeatedly in the [...]

Marquez on pole ahead of Crutchlow

October 18th, 2014

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Marc Marquez took pole for MotoGP’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island ahead of an incredible effort from Cal Crutchlow. Practice pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo completed the front row, with Dani Pedrosa behind Bradley Smith in fifth despite having to come through Q1. Pedrosa’s elevation from Q1 was swiftly achieved, as he set the fastest time in the session by a second just before a brief rain shower stopped anyone else improving. The Spaniard then put his Honda on provisional pole in Q2, which took place on a completely dry track as the rain had quickly passed. Lorenzo deposed Pedrosa by two tenths of a second when the second runs started, but he was on pole for only moments before Crutchlow beat him by 0.008s. Both would be denied by 2014 [...]

Lorenzo leads again in practice three

October 18th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo remained on top in Saturday morning practice for MotoGP’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island. Though Marc Marquez was fastest by a narrow margin early on, Yamaha rider Lorenzo put in a mid-session 1m29.157s that beat the Honda by nearly three tenths of a second. Unlike most of his rivals, Lorenzo stuck with the extra-soft Bridgestone front tyre for his best time rather than trying the new asymmetric option. While Marquez remained second, his team-mate Dani Pedrosa will have to go via Q1 in qualifying on Saturday afternoon as he failed to make it into the top 10 on combined practice times. Stefan Bradl had battled to make it over the cut-off for much of the session, but he finally managed to put in a good enough lap [...]

Lorenzo fastest despite crash

October 17th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo held on at the head of the MotoGP field in second Australian Grand Prix practice at Phillip Island despite a late crash. An early 1m29.602s from the Yamaha proved to be the best anyone could manage all afternoon. That was just as well for Lorenzo as he fell at the Turn 4 hairpin in the final five minutes and could not rejoin. He was trying Bridgestone’s new asymmetric front tyre at the time. The session featured five crashes, all at the circuit’s two hairpins. Pol Espargaro and Hiroshi Aoyama fell at the same place as Lorenzo, while Ducati men Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone both went down at Turn 10. Iannone remained third despite his fall, which came just after Lorenzo’s, while Dovizioso was able to rejoin and [...]

Espargaro quickest in first practice

October 17th, 2014

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Aleix Espargaro opened MotoGP’s Australian Grand Prix weekend with the fastest time in Friday morning practice at Phillip Island. World champion Marc Marquez had been quickest for the majority of the session, but in the final six minutes first Pramac Ducati rider Andrea Iannone then Forward Yamaha man Espargaro used their softer tyre options to go faster. Espargaro’s 1m29.749s kept him on top to the finish, with an eventual 0.160-second margin over Jorge Lorenzo, who put his Yamaha ahead of Iannone. Marquez never improved on the 1m30.079s he set during his first run, so ended up fifth for Honda behind the second Yamaha of Valentino Rossi. Andrea Dovizioso tried Bridgestone’s asymmetric front tyre on the way to sixth, just ahead of Ducati team-mate Cal Crutchlow. Bradley Smith, Dani Pedrosa and [...]

Rossi: Marquez now more in control

October 15th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi believes the most ominous thing for Marc Marquez’s MotoGP rivals is how much more in control the champion has appeared in 2014. Marquez wrapped up his second MotoGP title in as many years at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. After winning the crown as a rookie in a last-round decider with Jorge Lorenzo in 2013, this season he built an unassailable cushion by taking victory in the first 10 races of the season. Rossi said the rookie title was the more impressive achievement in his eyes, but the more refined Marquez of 2014 was a worrying prospect. “For me personally, Marc was more impressive last year than this year, because to win in the first season was fantastic – an incredible job,” said Rossi. “Marc is a rider [...]

New MotoGP tyres for Phillip Island

October 14th, 2014

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MotoGP tyre supplier Bridgestone will introduce a new tyre allocation for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in another push to enhance rider safety. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the newly-developed asymmetric front tyre offers improved warm-up performance and edge grip while maintaining stability under braking. The tyre is made up of two different compounds, with one shoulder composed of a softer rubber. The softer compound will be on the right-hand side for the Phillip Island race, as the Australian track features five right-handers and seven left-handers. The new structure means riders begin using the softer part of the tyre when they lean 30 degrees to the right for corners. Bridgestone’s motorcycle tyre development manager Shinji Aoki said: “Our new asymmetric front slick is the result of a long development programme [...]

Marquez felt more pressure in 2014

October 13th, 2014

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Marc Marquez says he felt under much more pressure in his dominant 2014 MotoGP title campaign than when winning the crown as a rookie in ’13. The Honda rider clinched his second consecutive championship at Motegi on Sunday – an outcome that had long looked inevitable as he won the first 10 races of the season. In 2013 he had edged out Jorge Lorenzo by just four points in a tense late decider. But Marquez said the pressure of expectation this year made it much harder. “Maybe this year looked easy to people, but it was more difficult because last year I didn’t have pressure,” he said. “If I did some mistakes, it was OK because I was a rookie rider. “This year I always looked smiley and happy, but [...]

Aoyama penalised for striking marshal

October 11th, 2014

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MotoGP race direction has penalised Hiroshi Aoyama for an incident with a marshal during third practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. Aoyama had a minor low-side crash in the Saturday morning session, but was able to rejoin and ride his damaged Aspar Honda back to the pits. A statement from race direction said that Aoyama “struck a marshal on the arm whilst he was recovering his motorcycle in the runoff area. “This is considered to be an action prejudicial to the interests of the sport.” Aoyama has had one penalty point put on his race licence as punishment for the incident. He did not appeal. The 32-year-old is currently Japan’s only full-time representative in MotoGP, but is looking for a new ride for 2015 after Aspar signed Eugene [...]

Dovizioso gives Ducati pole at Motegi

October 11th, 2014

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Andrea Dovizioso gave Ducati its first MotoGP pole in four years at Motegi, ahead of Valentino Rossi, as Marc Marquez failed to make the front row. Marquez’s troubled weekend, which has so far featured a crash, engine and brake problems, continued at the start of qualifying as he blew his first lap by running wide at Turn 1, then only managed eighth with his second. At that point Rossi and Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo held a provisional first and second, having lapped in tandem for their first runs, while Dovizioso was fifth. Marquez regrouped and grabbed provisional pole by 0.062 seconds at the start of his second run, albeit only fleetingly before Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa pipped him by 0.020s. Dovizioso then blasted in a 1m44.502s lap to pull two [...]

Marquez fastest despite problems

October 11th, 2014

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Marc Marquez overcame an early technical problem that forced him onto his spare Honda to set the pace in third practice for MotoGP’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. Marquez had a fraught Friday by his standards, crashing in the morning and unhappy with his handling all day. He then had to park at the trackside early in Saturday’s opening session and get a lift back for his second bike. But once up to speed on the spare, Marquez quickly moved to the top and then put in a record lap of 1m44.940s. That gave him the final top spot in the session by two tenths of a second over Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha. Marquez can clinch his second straight MotoGP title this weekend if he maintains his current 75-point margin over [...]

Dovizioso ends Motegi Friday on top

October 10th, 2014

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Andrea Dovizioso put Ducati on top at the end of MotoGP Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. Dovizioso used the extra-soft tyre available to Ducati to put in a 1m45.140s lap late in the afternoon session. That upstaged morning pacesetter and previous practice two leader Jorge Lorenzo by 0.440 seconds. The same margin almost covered the next eight bikes, with Lorenzo’s Yamaha 0.057s ahead of Stefan Bradl’s third-placed LCR Honda. Championship leader Marc Marquez had another tough session after his morning crash, coping with several unsteady moments on his way to sixth, behind Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and the second Yamaha of Valentino Rossi. Tech 3 duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith took seventh and eighth, while Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10. Crutchlow [...]

Lorenzo beats Marquez in practice

October 10th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo denied Marc Marquez the top spot in opening practice for MotoGP’s Japanese Grand Prix at a sunny Motegi. Marquez, who can wrap up the 2014 championship this weekend, had recovered from an early crash to go fastest on a 1m46.004s going into the closing minutes. But Yamaha rider Lorenzo – fresh from his long-awaited first win of the year at Aragon two weeks ago – produced a 1m45.838s in the last half-minute of the morning to beat his Honda rival by 0.166 seconds. Marquez’s accident happened at the tight Turn 5 right-hander. He appeared to outbrake himself and ran straight on into the gravel before falling. Andrea Dovizioso put the revised Ducati third, grabbing the position from Pramac Ducati man Yonny Hernandez late on. Hernandez’s lofty position owed [...]

Baz joins Forward Yamaha for 2015

October 4th, 2014

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Loris Baz has become the second World Superbike rider to seal a 2015 MotoGP switch within a week, having secured the second Forward Yamaha ride. Baz’s deal follows Aspar signing his WSBK rival Eugene Laverty earlier this week. Aspar had also eyed Baz, but opted against hiring him as it was concerned he was too tall to be competitive on its Honda. Forward Racing team boss Giovanni Cuzari is confident the 21-year-old Frenchman, who is currently fifth in WSBK for the factory Kawasaki team, can showcase his ability in MotoGP. “He is a young rider who has proved to be fast in World Superbikes and we would like to give him the possibility to show his talent also in MotoGP,” said Cuzari. “I’m very happy to start this new adventure [...]

Laverty switches from WSBK to MotoGP

October 2nd, 2014

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Eugene Laverty will switch from the World Superbike Championship to MotoGP with Aspar for 2015. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland was WSBK runner-up for Aprilia last season before moving to Crescent Suzuki this year, and he has visited several MotoGP events this year as he chased a ride in the grand prix category. “I am very excited to take on this new challenge,” said Laverty, who spent two seasons in the 250cc grand prix class in 2007/08. “My greatest wish was to compete in MotoGP and finally it will be granted thanks to the Aspar team. “I have had to wait quite a long time but finally the chance is here and my dream has become a reality. “I learned a lot the last time I was in the MotoGP [...]

Petrucci joins Pramac for 2015

October 1st, 2014

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Danilo Petrucci will replace Andrea Iannone in the Pramac MotoGP team when Iannone moves up to the works Ducati line-up next year. Petrucci joins Yonny Hernandez at Pramac in a two-year deal. “I am very happy to have reached an agreement with Pramac Racing, a team that has shown great care and ability to promote the growth of young riders,” said the 23-year-old Italian. “I am also proud and extremely motivated for the chance to ride a Ducati.” Petrucci has raced for the small Ioda team in MotoGP for the past three seasons, achieving some giant-killing results on the outfit’s Aprilia-based bike, including eighth in the 2012 season finale at Valencia. He takes the ride left vacant by Ducati’s decision to promote Iannone into the works team alongside Andrea Dovizioso [...]