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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

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

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

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Espargaro fastest for Suzuki

June 12th, 2015

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Aleix Espargaro put Suzuki on top with a late lap on soft tyres in second Catalunya Grand Prix MotoGP practice at Barcelona. Espargaro had been quickest for much of the morning session before Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa came to the fore. The Suzuki man was immediately on top again in the afternoon, but again Honda put in quick times in the closing minutes to demote him. This time Espargaro was able to fight back, albeit with the help of the softer tyre, and a 1m41.158s lap put him back in first place by 0.285 seconds over Marquez. Although not the first occasion that Suzuki had topped a session in its MotoGP comeback, Espargaro’s lap still prompted celebrations in the team garage and some delighted body language from the [...]

Marquez leads Honda practice one-two

June 12th, 2015

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Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa gave the upgraded Honda a one-two result in opening practice for MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. Suzuki had been fastest for much of the session with Aleix Espargaro, before first Pedrosa then Marquez went quicker in the closing minutes. Marquez ended up on top with a 1m41.808s, 0.210 seconds up on Pedrosa and 0.375s ahead of Espargaro. Jorge Lorenzo was second to Espargaro for a long while before the Hondas improved and he fell to fourth on the best of Yamahas. Suzuki had two bikes in the top five, with Maverick Vinales using the softer tyre to go fifth late on. It was a quiet start to the weekend for Valentino Rossi. Despite his determination to get on the pace quicker in practice, the [...]

Rossi determined to sort practice form

June 11th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi says he needs to improve his practice form from this weekend’s Catalunya Grand Prix if he is to fend off Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo’s 2015 MotoGP title challenge. Rossi won two of the opening three rounds to build an early advantage at the head of the standings, but Lorenzo has cut a 29-point deficit to the Italian down to just a six point margin with a hat-trick of wins at Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello. Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi believes the key is to get on top of his set-up faster during practice and qualifying so he stops going into Sundays on the back foot to Lorenzo – who has often set the pace from the first laps of practice in recent rounds. “For me the practice is [...]

Honda upgrades boost Marquez

June 11th, 2015

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Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez believes significant upgrades to his Honda since the Italian Grand Prix will help him close the gap to Yamaha in Spain this weekend. The Honda rider currently sits 49 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi and has only won once in the opening six races of the season. But following a tough weekend at Mugello, where he crashed trying to reclaim second place from Andrea Iannone, Marquez tested on the Monday and claims to have found some improvements that could close the gap to his title rivals from Barcelona. “We did a test on Monday at Mugello and we found something that was slightly better,” said Marquez. “We have some ideas here so I feel confident for the race and we will try to do [...]

Marquez points deficit ‘unbelievable’

June 5th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi believes Marc Marquez’s 2015 MotoGP fortunes have been “unbelievable” so far, as the reigning world champion languishes fifth in the standings. After dominating the 2014 season, Marquez has only won once in the opening six grands prix of this year’s campaign. Crashes while battling with Rossi at Termas de Rio Hondo and with Andrea Iannone at Mugello plus Honda falling behind Yamaha on raw pace have combined to leave Marquez 49 points adrift. Rossi admitted he was stunned to see Marquez so far behind, but is certain it is only a matter of time before he rediscovers his 2014 pace. “The situation of Marquez is unbelievable now,” he said. “Nobody expected it – that after sixth races, he’d be in fifth position. “But we’re speaking about Marc Marquez [...]

Rossi: Lorenzo’s pace is ‘bad news’

June 1st, 2015

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Valentino Rossi says Jorge Lorenzo’s current MotoGP form is “bad news” for his championship prospects, and he admits he cannot get as much out of the Yamaha as his team-mate at present. Although Rossi started the season with the upper hand at Yamaha, with Lorenzo unable to get on the podium in the first three races, the Spaniard’s run of three wins at Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello has left him just six points behind Rossi in the title race. Lorenzo dominated the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading by as much as eight seconds at one stage, while Rossi had to settle for third after qualfiying only eighth. “The form of Jorge is bad news for me,” said Rossi. “He is very fast. “In the first part of the [...]

Crutchlow dislocates ankle in crash

May 31st, 2015

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Cal Crutchlow sustained a dislocated ankle in his crash near the end of MotoGP’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The LCR Honda rider had been holding off Tech 3 duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro for fifth place when he had a high-speed fall. It followed a heavy crash in the race morning warm-up that had left him with pain in his hand. “My foot got caught in the back of the bike and dislocated my ankle so I’m in a lot of pain and we’ll have to monitor the situation but I’ve had good treatment,” said Crutchlow. “Obviously I’m really disappointed because it was a good race and a good showing and Honda are working very hard for us to improve so we need to come back stronger in [...]

Marquez blames practice tyre tactics

May 30th, 2015

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Marc Marquez believes failing to take fresh tyres in practice three ultimately caused the worst qualifying result of his MotoGP career at Mugello. Poor practice times meant the Spaniard was forced into Q1 for only the second time since joining the premier class. He then finished third in the first qualifying segment, trouble by poor rear grip, so missed the top 12 shootout for pole position. “Starting in the morning, we didn’t use the new tyre and that took us into Q1 -in which we had a problem that prevented us from progressing to Q2,” said Marquez, who previous worst MotoGP starting position has been sixth places. “We can’t be happy about today, because this was the worst qualifying result that we have had in MotoGP.” Marquez also fell off [...]

Iannone on pole, Marquez out in Q1

May 30th, 2015

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Andrea Iannone pumped in a sensational lap to beat Jorge Lorenzo to pole position in MotoGP qualifying at Mugello, as Marc Marquez failed to make Q2. The top 11 all set laps quicker than the track record, but it was Iannone who challenged practice three pacesetter Lorenzo – the only man quicker than the record before qualifying – with a time of 1m46.489s. Andrea Dovizioso was denied second by Lorenzo late on, as Ducati had held the top two positions at its home grand prix before the Yamaha split them. Iannone, who was diagnosed with an arm fracture earlier this week, hung on to claim his first premier-class pole. Cal Crutchlow managed an impressive fourth, ahead of the highest of the two Q1 graduates Aleix Espargaro on a Suzuki surrendering [...]

Dovizioso stays on top in practice two

May 29th, 2015

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Andrea Dovizioso went quickest again in second practice for MotoGP’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, denying Marc Marquez’s Honda with a late lap on his Ducati. Morning pacesetter Dovizioso’s 1m47.479s lap put him two tenths of a second under the lap record and four tenths up on his practice one best. It put him 0.164s clear of Marquez, who had hit the front in the latter part of the session initially controlled by the Yamahas. Jorge Lorenzo was three tenths off the pace in third this time, with Andrea Iannone vaulting the second Ducati up to fourth in the closing minutes. British duo Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow completed the top six. Valentino Rossi ended the session only ninth, having to abandon his final run after going off the road [...]

Dovizioso tops Mugello practice

May 29th, 2015

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Andrea Dovizioso began Ducati’s home MotoGP weekend at Mugello by beating Jorge Lorenzo to the top spot in opening Italian Grand Prix practice. Dovizioso and Yamaha rider Lorenzo – winner of the last two grands prix – exchanged first place several times during the session and rapidly got within two tenths of the track’s lap record. Ducati briefly looked set for a one-two as Andrea Iannone slotted into second, just 0.047 seconds slower than Dovizioso’s 1m47.893s, in the closing moments. But Lorenzo was still on a better lap and squeezed in between the Ducatis, 0.033s slower than Dovizioso and 0.014s ahead of Iannone. Ducati had three riders in the top five, although Yonny Hernandez’s fifth place owed something to tucking in behind Valentino Rossi for his best lap. Marc Marquez [...]

Iannone battling another injury

May 26th, 2015

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Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has discovered a further arm injury following his recent testing crash, but is committed to racing in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Iannone crashed at the Italian track during a test on the eve of the recent Le Mans race and was immediately diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. Despite this, he finished fifth in the French GP that weekend following a huge battle with Marc Marquez. He has now revealed that further checks undercovered a fracture to the tip of the humerus in his left arm. “On Sunday I will race at Mugello but it’s going to be difficult for me to be 100 per cent fit,” said Iannone. “A couple of days ago I stopped taking painkillers and yesterday I did an [...]

Rossi/Lorenzo won’t do Suzuka 8hrs

May 25th, 2015

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Yamaha has ended speculation that factory MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo could contest the Suzuka 8 Hours by entering Tech 3′s Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro for it. Although MotoGP riders now rarely contest the classic Japanese endurance event, its profile has increased again this year due to Casey Stoner picking Suzuka for his competitive comeback with Honda, three years after his shock retirement. That led to suggestions that Yamaha wanted Rossi – who contested the 8 Hours in 2000 and ’01 with Honda – and Lorenzo to race at Suzuka, but both had distanced themselves from that prospect. On Monday Yamaha announced that Smith and Espargaro, riders for its satellite Tech3 team in MotoGP, would join four-time Japanese champion and occasional MotoGP stand-in rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga on [...]

MotoGP eyeing Indonesian round in 2017

May 22nd, 2015

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MotoGP intends to add an Indonesian round to its calendar from the 2017 season. Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta and the series’ events manager Javier Alonso visited the country this week to discuss plans for a race, which could take place at a revamped Sentul circuit. “Indonesia has been included in our plans for a long time,” said Ezpeleta. “This is a great country with high growth in the motorcycle sales sector. It’s an important country for us. “The reason why we are here is because the Indonesian government were interested to host a MotoGP race. “We then explained the necessary infrastructure requirements that must be met, including a homologated circuit.” Sentul hosted the world championship in 1996 and ’97, when Mick Doohan and Tadayuki Okada won the 500cc races. Ezpeleta [...]

Espargaro brothers undergo surgery

May 20th, 2015

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MotoGP’s Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol both underwent successful operations on Tuesday. Suzuki rider Aleix required surgery to repair ligament damage to his right thumb, sustained in his violent crash during French Grand Prix practice at Le Mans last Sunday. He had returned to the track for qualifying and the race – although he retired early with a clutch problem – but further medical examinations after the event revealed the need for more treatment. Regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Xavier Mir carried out the operation in Barcelona’s Dexeus University Hospital. “Aleix Espargaro has had an operation on his right thumb with the removal of the ulnar collateral ligament, proceeding to reinsertion of the ligament and a 2mm intraligamentary suture anchor,” said Dr Mir. Espargaro will have his fitness assessed again next [...]

Yamaha pair expecting Marquez charge

May 19th, 2015

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Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo remain braced for a Marc Marquez resurgence despite the reigning MotoGP world champion’s current difficulties. Marquez – who started 2014 with 10 straight victories – has only won once in the ’15 season’s first five grands prix, as Rossi and Lorenzo split the other wins. A first-corner incident in Qatar, crashing out in a brush with Rossi in Argentina, breaking a finger in a motocross crash before Spain and then struggling to fourth in France all contributed to Marquez being fourth in the standings, 33 points adrift. Lorenzo dismissed any suggestion that Marquez was on the ropes. “Some will say Marc is in crisis, but we all have the talent, and wait for all circumstances to be correct,” he said. “So Marc’s time [...]

Thumb surgery for Espargaro

May 18th, 2015

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Suzuki MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro will undergo surgery on a thumb injury on Tuesday following his French Grand Prix practice crash at Le Mans last weekend. Espargaro had a huge high-side accident during Saturday morning practice, landing heavily on his back and right hand after being launched into the air when he lost control under acceleration. Despite considerable pain from the incident, the Spaniard was able to make it through Q1 and into the pole shootout hours later, qualifying 10th. His race ended with a clutch failure after just two laps. He was examined by regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Xavier Mir on Monday and was diagnosed with ligament damage that will require surgery. “Aleix suffered a rupture in the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the right thumb, [...]

Lorenzo leads Rossi for Yamaha 1-2

May 17th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo made it back-to-back MotoGP wins with a commanding ride to victory, leading Valentino Rossi home in a Yamaha one-two at Le Mans. The Spaniard did not put a wheel wrong during the French Grand Prix and kept team-mate Rossi at arm’s length in the final half of the race to earn a second win of the season. Lorenzo made a solid start from third on the grid to follow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso past poleman Marc Marquez, and moved to the front when Marquez ran too deep into the Dunlop chicane. The Honda rider briefly retook the lead but dropped to fourth as he regained control of his bike, delaying Dovizioso in the process and handing Lorenzo the initiative. Lorenzo needed no second invitation and immediately edged clear of [...]

Lorenzo on top in practice three

May 16th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time of the weekend so far as he topped the times in third practice for MotoGP’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Lorenzo overcame overcast and very cold conditions to head the timesheets for much of the session. Andrea Dovizioso had held the top spot early on before he was deposed by Lorenzo as few riders improved on their Friday best times for much of the session. Andrea Iannone briefly took the top spot away from Lorenzo before the Yamaha rider reclaimed it and then extended his advantage to 0.371 seconds with the last lap of the session. Iannone ended up second quickest ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who improved with his final effort to push Dovizioso into fourth place and split the Ducatis. Several riders [...]

Smith sets Le Mans pace then crashes

May 15th, 2015

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Tech 3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith set the pace in second practice for the French MotoGP at Le Mans, despite crashing at the end of the session. Smith had led the way early during the morning’s first session but eventually finished 10th. In second practice he jumped to the top of the times with five minutes remaining, through a 1m33.179s lap. While he then crashed on his final run in the dying moments – as did with team-mate Pol Espargaro and Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro, the latter at the same spot as Smith – he stayed on top, in contrast to the frenetic finish to practice one. Jorge Lorenzo led the way for the bulk of the running on his Yamaha, and eventually finished 0.190 seconds behind Smith in second. After [...]