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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.

Melandri returns to MotoGP with Aprilia

November 10th, 2014

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Marco Melandri has sealed his return to MotoGP after a four-year absence by securing the final seat on the 2015 grid with Gresini’s new Aprilia programme. The 32-year-old won five grands prix during his initial MotoGP stint from 2003-10. Although he rode for the factory Yamaha, Ducati and Kawasaki teams, his greatest seasons were all with Gresini, then a Honda satellite team but now becoming Aprilia’s factory partner for its MotoGP return. Melandri has spent the past four seasons in World Superbikes, finishing in the top four in the championship in every year. He rode for Aprilia this season after previous campaigns with Yamaha and BMW. “I was offered the chance to develop a completely new project and it is something that I have not yet done in my career [...]

Lorenzo leads post-season test

November 10th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo led the first post-season MotoGP test of the 2014/15 winter at Valencia. After his bid to beat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi to second in the championship ended with a failed wet-tyre gamble in Sunday’s race, Lorenzo gave himself a lift with a test-topping lap of 1m30.975s. He headed an all-Yamaha top four, with Tech 3 duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith between Lorenzo and Rossi. Andrea Iannone’s first day in official Ducati colours resulted in fifth place, two spots ahead of new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, as they sandwiched leading Honda rider Dani Pedrosa. Champion Marc Marquez ostensibly had the day off, but took to the track for a few demonstration laps alongside his brother Alex, who was given a quick run on the Honda MotoGP bike as a [...]

Marquez takes Valencia win

November 9th, 2014

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Marc Marquez claimed a record 13th victory of the 2014 MotoGP season by battling to victory in the drizzly Valencia finale. Valentino Rossi clinched the championship runner-up spot with second in the race, and was on course to seal his points position even before a disastrous tyre gamble ruined rival and Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo’s race. That tyre miscue was prompted by the second shower to hit the Valencia Grand Prix. The first came just in time for the start, and second-place qualifier Andrea Iannone revelled in it, charging into an early lead on his Pramac Ducati as the rest tip-toed around on the slippery track. Iannone’s lead grew to 1.7 seconds before Rossi and Marquez, who had jumped from fifth to third off the line, found their feet and [...]

MotoGP to race at Red Bull Ring

November 8th, 2014

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MotoGP will return to Austria in 2016 for the first time in nearly two decades. The Red Bull Ring, which played host to a Formula 1 grand prix again this year, is set to get a MotoGP date the year after next. A statement from MotoGP promoter Dorna read: “Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz and Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta have reached an agreement which will see MotoGP return to Austria as early as 2016, with the race to be staged at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. “Pending all of the necessary official approvals for the Red Bull Ring, Dorna will propose the inclusion of the grand prix to the FIM to be scheduled in the 2016 season.” Austria hosted grand prix motorcycle racing most years from 1971 to 1997, [...]

Rossi takes first pole since 2010

November 8th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi denied Andrea Iannone a maiden MotoGP pole position in Valencia qualifying, as a crash left Marc Marquez back in fifth. Provisional pole had changed hands relentlessly in one of the hardest-fought Q2 sessions of the year before Rossi claimed his 50th MotoGP pole and his first since the 2010 French Grand Prix. Rossi’s Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was the early pacesetter, before Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro and Iannone took turns up front. Iannone looked a strong contender for his and Pramac’s maiden pole in his last event before officially becoming a works Ducati rider, reclaiming the spot once after a quick lap from Rossi had briefly demoted him. Marquez was only seventh initially, although he was just 0.222 seconds from first place in an extremely tight pack. [...]

Marquez still on top despite crash

November 8th, 2014

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Marc Marquez topped the third free practice session for MotoGP’s Valencian Grand Prix, leading Pol Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo. The Honda rider, who was fastest in both of Friday’s practice sessions, spent basically all of the 45 minutes on top of the timesheet, cementing top spot, and a place in Q2, with a 1m30.950s – the first time of the weekend under 1m31s. But it wasn’t a perfect session for Marquez; shortly after setting his best time the world champion fell at Turn 5, and had to switch to his second bike. Pol Espargaro did his best to hunt Marquez down in the last 10 minutes, but could only manage a best of 1m31.083s, 0.133 seconds shy of Marquez’s time. Lorenzo, meanwhile, spent most of the session in the middle [...]

Marquez ends Friday on top in Spain

November 7th, 2014

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Marc Marquez once again topped the timesheets after the second free practice session of MotoGP’s season ending Valencian Grand Prix, pipping Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro to the fastest time. Marquez was the first man to dominate the times in the 45-minute session but only after the 21-year-old had repeated his error from first practice, running very wide in the blustery conditions at Turn 1. The world champion ended the session with a 1m31.454s. Jorge Lorenzo temporarily put his Yamaha 0.053 seconds quicker than Marquez shortly after the halfway point. The two-time MotoGP champion would end the session in fourth place, only 0.114s seconds behind Marquez, but separated from him by Dovizioso and Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow, who had briefly topped the session early on, ended up fifth fastest as the [...]

Marquez pips Lorenzo in first practice

November 7th, 2014

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Marc Marquez beat Jorge Lorenzo to the fastest time in the first MotoGP practice session of the Valencian Grand Prix with a blistering late improvement on his final lap. Yamaha’s Lorenzo had led for the majority of the session after the early flurry of changes at the top of the timesheets had settled down. World champion Marquez was finding the limit straight away as the Spaniard was forced to run wide at Turn 1 after touching the pitlane exit line under braking on a windy day at Valencia. Aleix Espargaro looked set to go fastest late on before an untidy end to the lap meant he finished in third ahead of Dani Pedrosa. The Honda rider was visibly fighting his bike throughout the session, regularly wrestling it into the apex [...]

De Angelis stays in MotoGP with Ioda

November 7th, 2014

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Alex de Angelis will remain in MotoGP next year with the Ioda team. The 30-year-old from San Marino, who was a podium finisher during his only previous full-time MotoGP campaign with Gresini in 2008-09, returned to the premier class from Moto2 in the summer to replace Colin Edwards at Forward Racing. With Forward opting to sign Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz for 2015, de Angelis will take the Ioda seat left vacant by Danilo Petrucci’s switch to Pramac Ducati. “This enhances even more my decision to leave the Moto2 class to move back up to MotoGP,” said de Angelis. “We will begin immediately by testing on Monday to see what our potential is. “I want to thank [team owner] Giampiero Sacchi for giving me this opportunity and for organising everything [...]

Aoyama becomes Honda test rider

November 6th, 2014

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Hiroshi Aoyama will switch to a test rider role for Honda after losing his Aspar MotoGP ride to Eugene Laverty. The 33-year-old’s new position will begin immediately, with Honda giving him the 2015 version of its Open class bike to race in this weekend’s season finale at Valencia. He will hand development duties on the new machine over to current team-mate Nicky Hayden and Cardion’s Karel Abraham in the post-race tests. Honda Racing Corporation chief Shuhei Nakamoto said: “We are very pleased to confirm Hiro as a test rider for next year. “He’s done a very good job this year and especially in these final races. “This is an important project for HRC and we believe that he will be a valued addition for the development of HRC machines in [...]

Suzuki’s MotoGP return ‘a big moment’

November 5th, 2014

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Suzuki’s MotoGP return at Valencia this weekend will be a “big moment” for judging how much work it has to do to be fully competitive, says team boss Davide Brivio. After a lengthy testing programme with the new GSX-RR, Suzuki will enter Randy de Puniet as a wildcard in the Valencian Grand Prix ahead of its full-time comeback in 2015. It pulled out of the sport at the end of 2011. “This is a big moment for us because we have been testing for so long. We have been waiting for this,” said ex-Yamaha team chief Brivio. “It is only a wildcard appearance and it is the last race of the year but I’m happy to be going to Valencia and I think it is a reward for Randy for [...]

Stoner tests 2015 Honda MotoGP bike

October 30th, 2014

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Casey Stoner tried both Honda’s 2015 MotoGP bike and the 2016 Michelin tyres as he returned to testing duty at Motegi this week. The 2007 and ’11 MotoGP world champion has made sporadic test appearances for Honda since his shock retirement from competition at the end of 2012. The Motegi run on Wednesday and Thursday was Stoner’s first time on the bike in a year. Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa first tested Honda’s 2015 bike in August, though they decided against requesting its early introduction before the end of this season. Stoner’s main duty at Motegi was continuing work on the new bike. “It took some time to get used to riding the bike again after a year off it,” Stoner admitted. “But everything felt good, I got back into [...]

Marquez takes 12th win of 2014

October 26th, 2014

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Marc Marquez took his first MotoGP victory since August as he defeated Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. After his astounding streak of 10 wins in the first 10 grands prix of 2014, Marquez had only won once in the following six races, and crashed in three of them. He finally put that right in Malaysia, though only after a first-corner brush with Lorenzo that dropped him to eighth. Lorenzo had made a good start to put his Yamaha between Honda duo Dani Pedrosa and Marquez as they approached Turn 1, where contact between the two champions sent both wide. While Marquez dropped all the way to eighth, Lorenzo pulled back onto the line in third place, and then swiftly overtook both fast-starter Andrea [...]

Marquez flies to record Sepang pole

October 25th, 2014

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Marc Marquez flew to a record 13th pole of the 2014 MotoGP season as he denied Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying at Sepang. Marquez’s 1m59.791s was the first time the two-minute barrier had been broken during a MotoGP race weekend at the track, although slightly quicker laps had been achieved in testing at the start of the year. Pedrosa also got below 2m00s as he pushed to beat his team-mate. They had been 0.063 seconds apart after their first Q2 runs, which Marquez had led on a 2m00.245s, but the world champion then raised the bar considerably with his second attempt. Pedrosa had to back off from the first lap of his final run, before regrouping for a second bid. He beat Marquez’s pace in the [...]

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 [...]