Misano
Sep 20

Suzuki Concludes Three Days Of Testing At Misano

Randy De Puniet rounds the bend during MotoGP tests at Misano World Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Randy De Puniet rounds the bend during MotoGP testing at Misano World Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

With the rest of the MotoGP teams having departed Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Monday evening, Suzuki stayed on to complete a further two days of running at the Adriatic venue.

At the end of Wednesday, Suzuki reported a ‘positive’ conclusion to proceedings, having evaluated several new factory components including a new chassis, new engine specifications and revised electronics plus a newly-styled cowling. Randy de Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki completed more than 200 laps of Misano, collecting valuable data ahead of their next test at Mugello next week.

Sep 15

Repsol Honda Duo Score Double Podium At Misano

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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were no match for race-winner Jorge Lorenzo Sunday at Misano, but were able to clinch the team’s eighth double podium of the season, finishing second and third respectively.

Marquez struggled at the start, losing spots to Lorenzo and Pedrosa going into Turn 1. The rookie continued to struggle on a full fuel load, as a mistake on Lap 5 allowed Valentino Rossi to slip by for fourth.

“At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes,” Marquez said. “Maybe I was lacking a little experience; it’s my rookie season and it is normal to make a few errors.

Sep 15

Lorenzo’s Masterful Performance At Misano Sparks Title Chase

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If he wants to retain his MotoGP world championship Jorge Lorenzo knew he had no choice.

He had to win the San Marino Grand Prix and squeeze the points gap to tenacious young rival Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo delivered as only he can, with a masterclass of stunning, front-running speed to lead all 28 laps with an inch-perfect performance.

Sep 14

Crutchlow Overcomes Adversity, Qualifies On Second Row At Misano

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow sampled Q1 for the first time on Saturday at the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, making it through to Q2 to qualify fifth.

Having struggled for pace in free practice the Englishman kept cool in Q1 and made it through to the later 15 minute qualifying session with a best time of 1’34.694.

Still searching for the optimum set-up with his YZR-M1, Crutchlow dug deep in QP2 to shave another 0.6s off his best pace – claiming a place in the middle of the second row for Sunday’s Misano race.

Sep 14

Lorenzo, Rossi Plan Race Attack On Marquez

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Yamaha rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have not written off their chances in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix despite the record-breaking qualifying pace of Honda rival Marc Marquez.

Both Rossi and Lorenzo intend to carry the fight to the flashy and fearless rookie Marquez in the 28 lap race.

The trio share the front row of the grid with Lorenzo (second) and Rossi (third) planning instant attacks on Marquez’s stunning pace.

Marquez claimed pole position with a massive 0.5s gap over the Yamaha pair.

Always inspired by racing at home Rossi said his return to strong qualifying form will be the platform for his podium challenge.