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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 SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • 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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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
    iRacing.com 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.

Pedrosa to evaluate ankle in morning

August 14th, 2015

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Dani Pedrosa has been cleared of a left ankle break or fracture following his MotoGP free practice crash at Brno, but he will evaluate the injury before Saturday’s running. In the opening minutes of the second Brno session, Pedrosa crashed on fluid from his own Honda at Turn 14, landing heavily on his left foot. Investigation from the team found oil leaking from his front fork as the culprit. Pedrosa didn’t run again during the 45-minute session, electing to ice the ankle in the Honda transporter. While x-rays didn’t show a break or fracture, Pedrosa acknowledges that how the heavy bruising settles overnight will be vital. “I had a problem with the front fork which I didn’t realise until some oil hit the rear wheel as I was leaning over [...]

Marquez fastest but crashes again

August 14th, 2015

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Honda’s Marc Marquez topped an incident-packed second practice session for the Czech MotoGP at Brno, despite crashing again. Track conditions approached 50C in hot conditions, and Marquez was one of the few riders to improve on the time he set in the first session. His 1m56.513s was logged early on in the 45-minutes of running, and even though he fell at Turn 7 in the closing stages – his second crash of the day after a morning incident at Turn 13 – it wasn’t bettered. Marquez ended the session 0.076 seconds ahead of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, however Lorenzo’s morning time of 1m56.499s remained the best of the day. Their factory team-mates were both involved in early incidents. Dani Pedrosa’s Honda appeared to lose fluid through Turn 13, and the Spaniard [...]

Lorenzo tops first practice at Brno

August 14th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo led the way in first practice for the Czech MotoGP at Brno ahead of Marc Marquez, who recovered from a crash. Honda’s Marquez set the early pace with a 1m56.898s and was atop the timesheets when he ran wide at Turn 13, approaching the halfway point of the session. In attempting to ride through the gravel trap, he fell and after pushing his bike back to the pits, returned to the track 10 minutes later, on the same tyres and without requiring repairs. During that time, Andrea Dovizioso and Lorenzo moved to the top of the times, with Lorenzo going three-tenths clear with a 1m56.499s lap on his Yamaha. The last non-Honda rider to win at the circuit, in 2010, Lorenzo’s effort was good enough to top the [...]

Marquez: Title chances out of my hands

August 12th, 2015

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Marc Marquez says his chances of retaining the MotoGP championship remain out of his hands following his second consecutive victory at Indianapolis last weekend. The Honda rider sits 56 points adrift of championship leader Rossi with eight rounds remaining, trying to claw back points he lost in a difficult start to the season as he struggled until reverting to his 2014 frame. “It’s not in my hands,” said Marquez. “For me the target is to win races. “We were 65 behind, now we’re 56, so we are closer. “We still believe, but we must be honest – it will be difficult. “We know both Yamaha riders have really good pace, and if we want to beat them every time or fight with them, we need to work.” Marquez added that [...]

Rossi and Yamaha must ‘work better’

August 11th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi believes he and his Yamaha MotoGP team need to “work better” over the course of race weekends if he is to hang on to his championship lead. The Italian salvaged a third place from eighth on the grid last weekend at Indianapolis, with key set-up changes made in the Sunday warm-up allowing him to make up for an otherwise disappointing weekend and limit the damage inflicted by Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in the title race. But Rossi believes the weekend was harder than it should have been, even if Indianapolis was always likely to be a tough track. “We knew that at Indianapolis we had to suffer, but we hoped so suffer less,” said Rossi. “We have to work better. We started from too far [back] on [...]

Fight with Lorenzo surprised Marquez

August 10th, 2015

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Indianapolis MotoGP winner Marc Marquez says he was not expecting such a tough battle for victory with Jorge Lorenzo ahead of the race. Reigning world champion Marquez fell behind a fast-starting Lorenzo at the start, and he followed the Yamaha rider until taking the lead with three laps to go. RACE REPORT: Marquez wins with late Lorenzo pass Marquez believed his practice pace, where he was four tenths faster than Lorenzo in FP3, would mean he’d be able to control the race from the front, but instead he had to settle in behind Lorenzo. “I expected another race,” said the winner. “In practice it looked like Jorge was able to do high 1m32s and low 33s, but for the race he improved a lot. “In the beginning I was able [...]

Marquez steals victory from Lorenzo

August 9th, 2015

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Marc Marquez snatched victory from Jorge Lorenzo three laps from home to take another Indianapolis MotoGP triumph. The reigning world champion relinquished the lead to Lorenzo at the start, as the Yamaha rider beat both Marquez and his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa away to hit the front from third on the grid. Marquez then sat on Lorenzo’s tail lap after lap, waiting until three laps from the end to finally attempt a pass. He made a move stick into Turn 1, and while Lorenzo stayed on his case, Marquez had the pace to prevent his fellow Spaniard from coming back through. Behind the leaders, their team-mates played out a more eventful battle for third, with Valentino Rossi getting the better of Pedrosa. Rossi stormed from eighth to fourth in the [...]

Marquez takes Indy pole in Honda 1-2

August 8th, 2015

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Marc Marquez led a Honda one-two in MotoGP qualifying to take pole position for this weekend’s race at Indianapolis. The reigning world champion set his best time of 1m31.884s on his first flying lap of the session, which at the time put him three tenths clear of factory Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. While Pedrosa improved with four minutes to go in the pole-deciding Q2 segment, he could only reduce his deficit to Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo salvaged Yamaha’s day by climbing onto the front row with his final lap of qualifying, jumping from seventh to third as the chequered flag came out. His team-mate, championship leader Valentino Rossi, continued to struggle on the Indianapolis road course, ending the session eighth having briefly been as high as third a few minutes before [...]

Marquez on top in third Indy practice

August 8th, 2015

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Marc Marquez topped MotoGP’s third free practice session at Indianapolis, comfortably outpacing the factory Yamaha riders he is chasing in the championship. The reigning world champion went fastest with his first flying lap of the session early on, and with seven minutes remaining he extended his advantage over the field to four tenths of a second. At that point, Friday pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo was second fastest on his factory Yamaha, but by the end of the session he had been pushed down to fifth by Bradley Smith, Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo’s session was much more convincing than his team-mate Valentino Rossi’s though, as the championship leader spent much of the session outside of the top 10 cut-off to automatically pass through to Q2 later today. Rossi used a [...]

Lorenzo pips Marquez to top FP2

August 7th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo edged Marc Marquez by three thousandths of a second to top the second MotoGP free practice session at Indianapolis. The two Spaniards were tied at the top of the timesheets on a 1m32.863s when the chequered flag came out to conclude the session, with Marquez ahead in the order due to setting the time first. However, Lorenzo was on another lap as the clock ticked to zero, and he managed to improve by 0.003s to take first position away from the reigning world champion. Andrea Dovizioso, who went fastest three minutes from the end, was third quickest and nearly three tenths back on the lead Ducati, just ahead of his team-mate Andrea Iannone. Cal Crutchlow completed the top five, while Pol Espargaro set the sixth quickest time before [...]

Lorenzo leads Marquez at Indy

August 7th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo topped the first MotoGP free practice session at Indianapolis on Friday, edging out Marc Marquez. Yamaha rider Lorenzo set the pace for the majority of the session after posting the fastest time early on and then became the first rider of the session to go under 1m34s shortly after that. He was briefly deposed by Marquez’s Honda in the closing stages before retaking top spot by 0.093 seconds with little more than a minute remaining. Marquez, who spent the first half of practice outside of the top 10, moved towards the sharp end with a sequence of quick laps shortly after the halfway mark. The reigning world champion was able to regularly outpace Lorenzo through the first three sectors of the lap, but on three consecutive attempts he [...]

Yamaha renews Pol Espargaro’s deal

August 7th, 2015

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Yamaha has renewed its MotoGP contract with Pol Espargaro and will keep him at the Tech 3 team for the 2016 season. The 24-year-old Spaniard earned a factory Yamaha deal while heading for the Moto2 title in 2013 and has been placed at Tech 3 since. He was the top satellite rider in the championship in his rookie MotoGP season, finishing sixth. This season has proved more challenging, but he recently had the boost of winning the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race on a works Yamaha shared with factory test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga and his Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith. “Despite some tricky moments this year, I know the bike and I know I can continue to work well together with Yamaha and Tech 3 in order to achieve our [...]

Rossi: Rivals have no weaknesses

August 6th, 2015

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MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi expects a fierce title fight in the second half of the season because he feels rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez have no weaknesses. Rossi leads the standings at the halfway stage of the season, 13 points ahead of his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo with Honda rider Marquez 65 points back, fourth in the standings behind Ducati’s Andrea Iannone. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race at Indianapolis, Rossi declared the title fight a three-way battle with Lorenzo and Marquez, and he is not expecting anyone to have bad days where they drop points. When asked about the 2015 title race, Rossi said: “It’s difficult this year because we are not just two riders but three, and also Iannone. “It’s a great season because a lot of [...]

Marquez had begun to doubt his style

August 5th, 2015

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Marc Marquez has admitted he had begun to lose confidence in his riding style, following his struggles during the early part of the 2015 MotoGP season. The 2014 champion sits fourth in the riders’ standings, 65 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi, after his win at the Sachenring last month ended a barren run of six races without victory. At this stage last year the Spaniard had already achieved nine consecutive race wins, and claimed seven pole positions, as he dominated the season to secure his second title in a row during a record-breaking year. “The first half of the season has been hard, from the first race I’ve been fast but I didn’t really feel the bike,” Marquez said. “At one point I thought maybe it is my riding [...]

Bradl cleared to make MotoGP return

August 4th, 2015

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Stefan Bradl has been given medical clearance to return to MotoGP at Indianapolis, where he will make his debut with Aprilia this weekend, after his recent wrist injury. The German sat out his home race at the Sachsenring last month having fractured his scaphoid in a crash at Assen, but his return was approved by doctors on Monday. “The situation is good,” said Bradl. “I am very pleased. “My hand is no longer giving me problems and lately I have been able to do the same training programme that I did before my injury. “During the summer break the healing process went well and on Monday the doctors gave me the all-clear to race at Indy. “Recently I have also been motocross training to check my sensations on a bike. [...]

Iannone’s injury ‘back to square one’

August 3rd, 2015

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Ducati rider Andrea Iannone says he is “back to square one” with his shoulder injury but will try to reach the end of the MotoGP season before having surgery. Iannone sustained a dislocated shoulder and an arm fracture when he fell during a test at Mugello in May. He continued without missing any races – and took pole and second place at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks after his incident – but he says the situation is little better three months on. “You don’t know how much I regret that last damned run at Mugello,” Iannone told Gazzetta dello Sport. “It has changed many things. Unfortunately the situation isn’t improving. “I’ve just returned from rehabilitation, one hour every day. “I’ve tried to ride the bike the least I could, [...]

Bradl completes Aprilia switch

August 1st, 2015

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The Gresini-run Aprilia team has confirmed the signing of ex-Forward Racing rider Stefan Bradl for the rest of the 2015 MotoGP season. Bradl takes the bike vacated by Marco Melandri last month and then ridden by Michael Laverty in the last round at the Sachsenring. Forward faces an uncertain future after the arrest of team boss Giovanni Cuzari, and will definitely miss the next grand prix at Indianapolis. It announced on Friday that it had agreed to release Bradl from his contract, paving the way for his immediate move to Aprilia, where he joins long-time Gresini man Alvaro Bautista. The 2012 Moto2 champion, Bradl spent the first two years of his MotoGP career on an LCR Honda before joining Forward to race its Yamaha-based Open class package for ’14, alongside [...]

Forward allows Bradl to leave

July 31st, 2015

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Stefan Bradl has been released from his Forward Racing contract amid the team’s difficulties and is tipped to join Aprilia for the rest of the 2015 MotoGP season. Forward will miss the next grand prix at Indianapolis as it regroups following the arrest of team boss Giovanni Cuzari. Although it is determined to return to the championship in time for the subsequent Brno race, the team has agreed to allow Bradl to leave. “Forward Racing and Stefan Bradl have reached an agreement by mutual consent to terminate the contractual obligations between the German rider and the Swiss team,” said a statement. “This difficult decision – the result of an agreement between the parties – has been taken in front of the concrete possibility for the rider to continue his participation [...]

Elias gets surprise MotoGP call-up

July 31st, 2015

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Toni Elias will make a surprise MotoGP return for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in place of Karel Abraham on the Cardion Honda. Abraham has been sidelined since sustaining a toe injury in practice at Barcelona in June. Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama replaced him for the last round at the Sachsenring, with the team having sat out Assen after a plan to run World Superbike frontrunner Michael van der Mark fell through. Elias will now take over the ride for next weekend’s event in America. The 32-year-old Spaniard last raced in MotoGP in 2012, when he contested three rounds as a stand-in rider with Pramac Ducati. He is best known for famously winning the 2006 Portugese GP, denying Valentino Rossi by just 0.002 seconds on his Gresini Honda. That proved [...]

Honda identifies Stoner crash cause

July 29th, 2015

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Honda has identified the cause of the crash that left two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner with multiple injuries on his return to racing in the Suzuka 8 Hours. Stoner sustained a broken shoulder blade and fractured tibia in the accident at the Formula 1 venue’s hairpin. He was making his first competitive start since retiring from MotoGP at the end of 2012. The Australian immediately cited a stuck throttle as the cause of the violent crash, and Honda has now narrowed the problem down to the throttle cable. “Checking the throttle, which is a particular specification for Endurance HRC Factory bikes, and different from the standard throttle used on the Honda CBR1000RR road version, a malfunction was discovered related to the throttle cable,” said a Honda statement. “This kind [...]