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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.

Ducati loses concessions from 2016

June 27th, 2015

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Ducati will lose its concessions for the 2016 MotoGP season following an adjustment to the rules agreed at Assen this weekend. The championship’s ‘concession points’ system meant less successful teams benefited from allowances including softer tyres, more development freedom and a greater fuel allocation for races until they achieved various success criteria that would mean a phased reduction of the concessions. A win would equal three concession points, with two for a second place and one for a third, up to a maximum of six before all allowances were lost for the next season. The original agreement was that this system would only fully come into place for 2016, but at a meeting of the Grand Prix Commission in the Netherlands it was decided that Ducati’s results so far in [...]

Pedrosa escapes warm-up crash

June 27th, 2015

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Dani Pedrosa has escaped serious injury in a heavy crash in the warm-up for MotoGP’s Dutch TT at Assen. The Honda rider fell at Turn 9 during the Saturday morning session. He immediately went to the medical centre to have pain in his left hand checked out. Pedrosa’s team said that no fracture was found, with the injuries limited to contusions to his middle finger and thumb. The Spaniard is due to start fourth on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s race, behind Valentino Rossi, Aleix Espargaro and Marc Marquez, having taken his first podium of a medically-interrupted session in the last round at Barcelona. Marquez was quickest in the warm-up in dry conditions, although rain is possible later. Follow the Assen MotoGP race day as it happens with AUTOSPORT Race [...]

Rossi penalised but keeps pole

June 26th, 2015

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Assen MotoGP polesitter Valentino Rossi and second-place starter Aleix Espargaro have been punished for ignoring a pitlane red light in qualifying but keep their grid positions. Race direction found the pair had both set off from the pitlane with the red light was still on and a red flag showing at the start of Q2 at the Dutch TT on Friday. The officials ruled that Rossi and Espargaro were “taking an unfair advantage” and fined them €2000 each and cancelled their first flying laps from the session. But as the laps that put the Yamaha and Suzuki first and second on the grid came on their second runs, the punishment made no difference to the qualifying results. Asssen MotoGP qualifying report Rossi’s pole is his first of 2015 and came [...]

MotoGP agrees five-year rules freeze

June 26th, 2015

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MotoGP has agreed a package of measures including a five-year rules freeze and financial help for private teams to safeguard a 22-to-24-bike grid through to at least 2021. The agreement between MotoGP rights-holder Dorna, teams’ body IRTA and governing body the FIM was announced in a press conference at Assen on Friday. The six manufacturers committed to the series from 2017 – current participants Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia plus returnee KTM – will each make a minimum of two and maxium of four bikes available to customer teams alongside their two factory entries. These customer bikes will be price-capped at €2.2million per year, not including accident damage, with Dorna increasing payments to private teams to ensure this is viable. Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta said: “The contribution from Dorna [...]

Rossi beats Lorenzo to top FP3

June 26th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi topped the third MotoGP practice session at Assen, beating Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in a late shootout. The session was interrupted after around 12 minutes by light drizzle but conditions improved enough for riders to return to the track just over 10 minutes later. Improvements by others in a frantic end to the session meant Lorenzo was pushed down to the bottom of the top 10 on combined times and in danger of not making Q2. However, a late effort in the final minute sent the Spaniard to first place. Rossi – who has a one-point advantage over Lorenzo at the top of the standings – was able to better that moments later to top the session by 0.108 seconds. Ducati duo Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso claimed [...]

Assen race to be on Sunday from 2016

June 25th, 2015

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The Dutch TT MotoGP round at Assen will abandon its traditional Saturday race slot from 2016, switching to a Sunday in a bid to attract more spectators. A statement from the ‘TT Board’ revealed on Thursday the plan to fall into line with the rest of the MotoGP championship by hosting a grand prix weekend on the traditional days of Friday-Sunday. “The decision to move the race to Sunday was made out of sheer necessity,” said the statement. “In this competitive environment, the TT Assen can only hold its own by increasing the number of visitors. “Moving the TT to Sunday is a better fit with the pattern of other events in racing. “A top sporting event on a Sunday is more attractive than on a Saturday, and there is [...]

Pedrosa beats Marquez in Assen FP2

June 25th, 2015

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Dani Pedrosa beat Honda team-mate Marc Marquez to top the second MotoGP practice session at Assen. Marquez led the vast majority of the session, moving seven tenths clear of the field with a time of 1m33.589s less than 10 minutes in. In the closing stages, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Pedrosa and LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow all began eating into Marquez’s advantage. Pedrosa then claimed top spot with a couple of minutes remaining, outpacing Marquez by 0.139 seconds. Rossi and the lead Ducati of Andrea Iannone were close to Marquez with late efforts, bumping Crutchlow down to fifth. Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was sixth on the second Yamaha, followed by Andrea Dovizioso’s Ducati. Suzuki riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales completed the top 10 either side of Pramac Ducati man Danilo [...]

Rossi tops opening Assen practice

June 25th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice session at Assen. The Yamaha rider was quiet for much of the 45-minute session as Honda’s Dani Pedrosa led the way with a time set inside the first quarter of an hour. Marc Marquez began the session by crashing on his outlap on cold tyres, but he was able to get back on his Honda and return to the pits. He later displaced team-mate Pedrosa at the top of the times inside the final five minutes, but was forced to settle for second after three consecutive fastest laps from Rossi, who ended up nearly two tenths of a second clear. Pedrosa improved his time late on but he remained third ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Pol Espargaro beat Tech 3 team-mate [...]

Marquez, Rossi to try revised chassis

June 24th, 2015

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MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi and reigning world champion Marc Marquez will ride revised chassis’ during practice for this weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen. Rossi will use a new Yamaha frame he sampled earlier this month, initially during the washed-out post-Barcelona GP test. While that running was curtailed, the team headed to Aragon to test the following day, and Rossi will evaluate the new frame during Thursday practice. “The plan was to try the new frame at two different tracks,” Rossi said of Yamaha’s original schedule. “Trying the new stuff in Barcelona was very important, because we have the straight, back-to-back [data] from Sunday, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible because the conditions were very bad. “So we tried the new frame just in Aragon, but the feeling is good and [...]

Surgery saved career – Pedrosa

June 22nd, 2015

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Dani Pedrosa says his Catalunya Grand Prix podium proves his radical arm surgery has paid off and saved his MotoGP career. The Honda factory rider withdrew from MotoGP after the season-opener in Qatar after repeated attempts to cure an ‘arm pump’ problem had failed. He underwent “complicated and aggressive” surgery in which the fascia around the muscle in his right forearm was completely moved. Having missed three races, he returned for Le Mans last month and then made his first podium appearance of 2015 with third at Barcelona earlier this month. “I’ve had to take some difficult decisions and everything looked against me but I followed my heart and actually it was the right thing to do,” said Pedrosa. “Since I came back, every race I feel better and better [...]

Lorenzo: Stoner would still be winning

June 18th, 2015

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Casey Stoner would still be a MotoGP winner if he ever made a comeback, reckons Jorge Lorenzo. Double world champion Stoner retired from MotoGP aged only 27 at the end of the 2012 season. He has remained a test rider for Honda and will return to racing for the Suzuka 8 Hours next month. Stoner reappeared in the MotoGP paddock to demonstrate a new Honda road bike at Barcelona last weekend, and Lorenzo is convinced his former title rival is still quick enough to be a frontrunner. “For me Casey is a real natural talent,” said Lorenzo. “I never saw a better natural talent riding a bike. It was clearly a great show watching him ride a bike, especially in Phillip Island, and he has my respect. “If he came [...]

MotoGP bike changes causing arm issues

June 17th, 2015

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Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi believe the increase in arm problems among MotoGP riders this year is directly related to the technical improvements to their 2015 bikes. The compartment syndrome condition has long been common among motorcycle riders but there has been an increase in the severity of the issue. Marquez’s Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa underwent “aggressive” arm surgery in April after suffering a reoccurrence of his 2014 arm pump problems. Tech 3 Yamaha rider Pol Espargo and Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera also had operations this year to combat the issue, as did Moto2 frontrunner Alex Rins. Marquez reckons increased power and tyre consistency has allowed riders to be on the limit much more and potentially aggravated arm pump problems, particularly when bikes’ set-ups are not to their liking. “With [...]

Tyre rule magnifies Rossi problems

June 16th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi believes the MotoGP rule allowing Ducati and Suzuki to run softer tyres is exacerbating his qualifying problems – though he concedes Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo copes better. Under current regulations, factory teams below a certain success threshold get development and soft tyre dispensations. These are removed once certain results are achieved in dry races. That has helped Ducati and Suzuki star in qualifying during 2015, with one or both of the dispensation teams getting a bike on the front at every grand prix so far. Rossi has struggled in qualifying all year and is yet to achieve a front row start. He has therefore had too much ground to make up in the races and has had to watch Lorenzo storm to four straight grand prix wins on [...]

Marquez tests with 2014 Honda chassis

June 15th, 2015

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Marc Marquez reverted to Honda’s 2014 MotoGP chassis in a thunderstorm-curtailed test at Barcelona on Monday in a bid to get on top of his 2015 problems. The reigning world champion suffered his third crash in five races early in Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix, and has had an increasing struggle with the Honda’s handling in recent rounds. He is now 69 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi and has not been on the podium since the Jerez race at the start of May. Honda fitted a 2014 chassis with a ’15 engine, swingarm and exhaust for Marquez to try at Barcelona on Monday. Although heavy rain meant running ceased after 90 minutes, he said the combination had been promising. “We didn’t have much luck with the weather today, it started [...]

Suzuki pair rue lack of seamless shift

June 15th, 2015

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Suzuki team-mates Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales blamed the lack of a seamless shift gearbox for their poor starts from the front row in MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. The pair claimed a breakthrough one-two in qualifying – Suzuki’s first pole since 2007 – but both riders were swamped by the time they reached the first corner, immediately dropping to the foot of the top 10. Barcelona MotoGP race report “I had a very good start, but here in Catalunya the first corner is very far from the startline and we lack in acceleration,” said Espargaro. “As soon as I clicked into second gear I started losing positions because of our normal shift, instead of the seamless shift systems used by our factory rivals.” Suzuki is the only factory [...]

Lorenzo fends off Rossi, Marquez falls

June 14th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo held off Valentino Rossi to win MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona as Yamaha dominated the race while key rivals including Marc Marquez crashed out. Dani Pedrosa finished a distant third for Honda to claim his first podium of the year and his first since the 2014 season finale at Valencia. Lorenzo grabbed a lead he would never lose at the first corner as Suzuki pair Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, who had lined up first and second on the grid, were swamped off the line. Marquez had followed Lorenzo off the line and put pressure on the Yamaha rider in the early laps. But as the pair approached Turn 10 on the third lap, Marquez misjudged his braking and ended up crashing into the gravel trap on [...]

Qatar announces MotoGP extension

June 14th, 2015

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Qatar has signed a 10-year extension of its MotoGP deal, meaning it will stay on the calendar until at least 2026. The Losail track’s existing contract ran out next year, but a new agreement was announced by Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta and Qatar federation president Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah on Sunday morning ahead of the Catalunya Grand Prix. “Since its first edition in 2004, the Qatar GP has become a trademark of the MotoGP World Championship and continues to provide a unique set-up for racing, so we’re pleased to seal this agreement and extend our relationship beyond 2016,” said Ezpeleta. “Losail International Circuit always creates a magic atmosphere and the brotherhood of the two companies has grown throughout the years.” Qatar became MotoGP’s first night race in 2008 and has [...]

Vinales keeps Suzuki on top in Spain

June 13th, 2015

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Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales beat Jorge Lorenzo to the top spot in the third session of MotoGP’s Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona while compatriot Dani Pedrosa failed to make Q2. Vinales deposed long time session leader Lorenzo with three minutes remaining as he set the fastest lap during a frantic period as riders scrambled to get into the second phase of qualifying. Friday pacesetter Aleix Espargaro completed the top three on the second Suzuki after the Spanish rider pushed Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso down to fourth place. Pol Espargaro was fifth ahead of Valentino Rossi, who ended the session sixth overall and just made it into Q2 with his final lap of the session. The Yamaha rider had spent the majority of third practice fighting to make it into the top [...]

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 [...]