MotoGP
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 5

MotoGP: Lorenzo Sets Fastest Time Of Week As Australia Test Concludes

Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha Factory Racing on the final day of Phillip Island testing (Photo: MotoGP/Bruno Silverii)

Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha Factory Racing on the final day of Phillip Island testing (Photo: MotoGP/Bruno Silverii)

On his penultimate lap of the Phillip Island tire safety test Jorge Lorenzo set the best time of the three day visit with a late 1:29.068 best effort.

In the absence of injured World Champion Marc Marquez, recovering from a broken leg in Spain, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo dominated the Australian test posting the top time on all three days.

Mar 4

MotoGP: Rossi Pleased With Bridgestone Tires During Testing

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island - Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island – Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi is confident that Bridgestone should now be in a decision to choose a Phillip Island-specific tire for this year’s race, even though one day of tire-based testing still remains at Phillip Island this week.

On Tuesday, the second of three days of this week’s test, Rossi focused more on comparing various tires of rubber en route to fourth position on the timesheet.

Mar 4

MotoGP: Lorenzo Stays On Top As Australian Test Continues

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing starts from box with the new aerodynamic nose on the bike during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island - Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing starts from box with the new aerodynamic nose on the bike during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island – Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Two-time premier class World Champion Jorge Lorenzo reduced the leading lap time as the Phillip Island tire test continued on Tuesday. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider headed Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, while Tito Rabat set a blistering place in Moto2.

This week’s three-day test follows the Australian Grand Prix of 2013, at which both Bridgestone and Dunlop were caught out by the greater average speeds on the new Phillip Island track surface and for this reason are conducting the test to avoid a repeat of such tIre issues later this season.