Cal Crutchlow
Mar 23

MotoGP: Iannone Quickest As Crutchlow Crashes In Qatar Warm-Up

Andrea Iannone was quickest in the Qatar GP Warm-Up session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Andrea Iannone was quickest in the Qatar GP Warm-Up session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone may have qualified 11th on the grid for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar but he was the pace setter in Warm-Up at Losail on Sunday evening.

The Italian MotoGP sophomore was 0.054s quicker than his closest rival Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), topping the timesheet with a 1:55.657s lap as night descended on the track ahead of tonight’s racing.

Live coverage of the Grand Prix of Qatar can be seen on FOX Sports 1 today (Sunday, March 23) at 2:30 p.m. ET. The race can also be streamed via the FOX Sports Go App.

Mar 6

MotoGP Teams Prepare For Final Pre-Season Test In Qatar

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Valentino Rossi of Italy competes on the last day of the Qatar Grand Prix on April 7, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Valentino Rossi of Italy competes on the last day of the Qatar Grand Prix on April 7, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Between March 7th-9th, the majority of MotoGP teams will descend on Qatar’s Losail International Circuit – also the host venue for the season-opening Grand Prix – for the last test before the 2014 season commences later this month.

The test, to be staged across three days, will come as a final opportunity for teams to try out new components and race simulation runs before the opening practice session of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on Thursday March 20th.

Mar 3

MotoGP: Crutchlow Learning From Scares In Australia Testing

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Ducati team during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Ducati team during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow experienced several frightening moments as Phillip Island tire testing began on Monday, but insists that these are helping both himself and Bridgestone as the Japanese tire company looks to continue develop.

The point of this week’s test in Australia is to develop tires that are able to cope with a full race distance, unlike those of last year which were unable to cope with the higher average speeds on a new track surface. On Monday, Crutchlow was second quickest to Jorge Lorenzo as the three-day test commenced.

Mar 2

MotoGP: Ducati Confirms 2014 ‘Open’ Class Participation

Ducati has switched to the 'Open' class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati has switched to the ‘Open’ class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will compete in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship on ‘Open’ class configured Desmosedici machines.

Ducati believe the ‘Open’ option gives them more freedom for evolution during 2014 and state that they will keep developing their bikes during the championship to improve competitiveness.

Mar 2

MotoGP: Yamaha, Honda And Ducati Set For Phillip Island Test

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (26) and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (46) will be present at the Phillip Island tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (26) and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi (46) will be present at the Phillip Island tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

From Monday to Wednesday this week (March 3-5), the Factory MotoGP teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will be on-track at Phillip Island as they and two Moto2 squads engage in a tire-focused test at the Australian circuit.

Following last year’s Australian Grand Prix – when the premier class race was divided into two halves by pit-stops and the Moto2 event was shortened, due to the abrasive new track surface leading to severe tire wear – it was decided to organize this test at the island track which will host the 16th round of the 2014 season.