Yamaha Travels to Japan for Motegi Round


Having secured a solid double podium in Aragón a little less than three weeks ago, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo shape up for the triple-header overseas, starting at the home of Yamaha with the Grand Prix of Japan.

Rossi thoroughly enjoyed the close racing in Aragón and expects to continue his podium streak at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit as one of the key protagonists. The Italian has been successful at this track numerous times before. In the premier class he has been victorious in 2001 and 2008, scored second place in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2015, and secured third place in 2010 and 2014. This weekend he has made it his mission to fight with the front-runners again to bridge the 52-point gap to the championship leader.

After closing the Aragón weekend strongly, teammate Lorenzo is also eager to get back into action at the Japanese track and he will aim for another top result this weekend. Over the last seven years, the Spaniard has climbed the Motegi podium seven times, winning the Japanese Grand Prix in 2009, 2013 and 2014, finishing in second place in 2011 and 2012, and securing third place in 2006 and 2015. This year he hopes to add another win to his tally and close the 14-point gap to his teammate.

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FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 Round 2 - Richard Dibben Wins Round 2


MALANG, INDONESIA, 9 OCTOBER 2016 – Torrential rain. Buckets of it. Flash floods on track.

Those would usually mean a death knell to thrilling racing as riders cut risks. Racing bogs down to a mere procession, but not if it is the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship races.

Held at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in the suburbs of Malang City, Indonesia’s first international supermoto event ended on an exhilarating note. As per the usual weather report over the weekend, the day started under intense sunlight and high humidity.

Thousands of spectators had thronged to the trackside by early morning, lining every gap in the barricades. There was a particularly high concentration of fans surrounding the offroad section, prompting Race Direction to open it for racing, starting with the support races, despite the dark volcanic being still soppy and certain sections were waterlogged. The fans had no doubt wanted to witness some high-flying action

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Double Podium for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at Motorland Aragón


Today's Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón proved to be the most action-filled race of the season so far, as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo fought off his rivals to secure a hard-fought second place. Teammate Valentino Rossi also used his YZR-M1 to the fullest to fend off the competition and secured the fourth double podium of the season for the Factory Yamaha team.

Lorenzo didn't let a crash in warm-up this morning hold him back in today's race. The local hero had a brilliant start from third on the grid and fought for the holeshot with Marc Marquez. Maverick Viñales soon joined the fight for the front, beginning a Spanish duel that had the race fans on the edge of their seats. A flurry of activity followed that saw Lorenzo finish the first lap in third position, closely followed by his teammate. A mistake by Marquez two laps later made Lorenzo storm to second place and he continued to claw his way to Viñales, but he had to let his teammate past.

The top three riders briefly formed a leading group as they upped their pace, dropping low 1'49s laps. However, Marquez was closing in and with 17 laps remaining he found a way past Lorenzo, but the Mallorcan wasn't fazed. He made his experience count and waited for the right moment to fight his way back to the front, which came with 14 laps to go when he didn't need a second invitation to pass Viñales after the compatriot had gone wide.

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MotoGP Racing Getting Too Fast?


Kurt Trieb, the KTM engine designer responsible for the V4 MotoGP engine believes the MotoGP bikes are too fast. ‘Riders are doing more than 350km/h on the straight at Mugello; it’s getting very, very fast.

Perhaps there will be some rule changes in a couple of years; maybe an air restriction. I’m not happy about this! I would rather go for a lower-capacity engine’

If I was asked what engine we should use for MotoGP, I’d have said prototype 600cc normally-aspirated engine with very limited electronics. I think that would be very attractive.

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Yamaha MotoGP Seal Double Podium at San Marino Grand Prix


Thousands of passionate Italian fans at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli were on the edge of their seats as they cheered on their Movistar Yamaha MotoGP hero. Valentino Rossi delivered a strong performance and led for most of the race to ultimately take second place in the 'Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini'. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also held a fast pace throughout the 28 laps, to take third place.

Starting from second on the grid, Rossi entered the first corner side-by-side with Maverick Viñales, but was quick to leave the Spaniard behind when he flicked his bike left into turn 2 as he wanted to prevent his teammate from clearing off at the front. After the first lap there was just 0.202s between them and only a lap later the Doctor leaped past Lorenzo in turn 14, reversing the order. He followed it up with two fastest laps of the race that far, 1'33.672s on lap three, and a 1'33.384s on lap five, increasing his lead to over 0.8s.

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Asia-Supermoto Thunder Down Under


The first round of the 2016 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship drew to a close on the back of some of the best racing with each competitor vying for the spot as Asia’s best all-round rider.

Local boy, Luke George (#101), who grabbed pole during qualifying and went on to win on Saturday, continued on his winning streak by securing victory today. Malaysian Mohd. Habibullah – better known as Gabit (#27) – secured an emphatic runner’s up position after fighting tooth and nail against another Australian, Andrew McLiesh (#217).

The day began with many new promises with bright sunshine and softer breeze, compared to Saturday’s balmy skies and high winds off the sea. The sunny weather drew in spectators by the droves. Families – no doubt celebrating Fathers’ Day – lined the scenic Newcastle Foreshore trackside. The sweet aroma of BBQ hung in the air, replacing the exhaust fumes. The hillside adjacent to the dirt section was packed. A moderate estimate put the attendance between 25,000 to 28,000.

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MotoGP - Suzuki Wins British Grand-Prix


Maverick Viñales dominated today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the UK with a spectacular start-to-finish victory aboard his Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR, winning by more than three seconds!

It was the 21-year-old Spaniard’s first ever victory in the premier class and Suzuki’s first in the modern-day MotoGP™ format since Chris Vermuelen at a ‘wet’ Le Mans race in France in 2007.

Viñales led on the opening lap of the red-flagged first part following a crash at Turn 2, but then repeated it in the restarted and shortened 19-lap race in dry conditions at the Northamptonshire venue. Team-mate Aleix Espargaró put in a strong performance aboard his GSX-RR to finish in seventh position.

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Valentino Rossi Going For Second Place


Valentino Rossi has conceded that his bid to win an eighth premier class world championship in 2016 is now all but over. The salvage job required to close the current 53-point deficit over the remaining seven races appears too much, and Valentino Rossi admits that his unforgiving rival Marc Marquez is now on target for the MotoGP title.

Even after finishing a strong second and edging Marc Marquez to third at the Czech Grand-Prix, Valentino Rossi admits that his primary job now is the fight for second place against his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo. ‘No, seven races is not enough because I have made too many mistakes and also been a little unlucky so far,’ said Valentino Rossi of the points gap. ‘And this year Marc Marquez is fast in all conditions and always makes the right choice, so it is very difficult to recover 53 points.

‘There are seven races in which I can be strong but for sure it is very difficult.

The fight with Jorge Lorenzo for second place is very open and it was very important to gain points on him in Brno. Jorge Lorenzo is very fast; he always tries to win. So I think the fight is with him, even if it is for second place.

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MotoGP - Michelin vs Bridgestone


The story of the 2016 MotoGP season revolves round one major factor: how riders and teams have adapted from Bridgestone’s front slick to Michelin’s front slick. Against all predictions, the man who has adapted best is Marc Marquez. And against all predictions, the man who has adapted worst is Jorge Lorenzo. Marc Marquez is crashing no more than he didn’t last year, while Jorge Lorenzo’s crash rate has increased five-fold.

Bridgestone’s front slick was an astonishing front tire. Riders talked of its servo effect: the harder they braked into corners, the more tire gripped because the extra load expanded its contact patch, delivering more grip. No one who used that tire has ridden anything like it

Michelin’s front is more like a normal front slick: if a rider overloads the tire into a corner, it will lose grip and he will likely crash. During first tests at the end of 2015 and at the start of 2016 there were far too many riders crashing going into corners. The complained of too little front grip and also of too much rear grip, which would multiply their front-end woes by causing the front to push mid-corner and then wash away. But now Michelin’s front is much improved, so much so that some riders say they can use the same corner-entry technique they used with the Birdgestone.

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30-Years ago the Last Push-Start Grand-Prix


30-years ago on 24 August 1986 the Misano, San Marino Grand Prix made history worth to remember. It was the last premier-class Grand-Prix to feature a push start.

That was remarkable when you consider that some sidecar Grand-Prixs in the mid-1950s had clutch starts and an over-due safety improvement. Wayne Gardner had been hit on the grid at Monza in May 1986 when his Honda NSR500 was slow to fire and a rider flying through from the last row of the grid clipped his left leg. He sustained a knee injury that left him unable to run for a month, but fortunately nothing more serious.

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