MotoGP
Nov 9

MotoGP: Marquez Makes Statement With Fastest Ever Valencia Lap

Marc Marquez rides during Free Practice 3 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez rides during Free Practice 3 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

With the MotoGP Saturday activity at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana getting under way in FP3, Repsol Honda’s title chasing rider Marc Marquez recorded a scorching 1:30.803 lap, topping the timesheet ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

Despite the cloudy conditions Marquez put in his fast lap at the end of the morning practice, going quicker than Dani Pedrosa’s 2012 pole record of 1:30.844 at the Spanish track.

Nov 8

MotoGP: Lorenzo Believes The Pressure Is On Title Rival Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo rides during Free Practice 2 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo rides during Free Practice 2 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

As one of the two candidates for the title this weekend, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo said the pressure was on Friday’s fastest rider and championship leader Marc Marquez after free practice.

The World Champion was third fastest overall on day one, with only a 0.158s gap to pace man and title rival Marquez, and with Dani Pedrosa sandwiched between them.

Although Lorenzo feels the pressure is on Marquez rather than himself this weekend, he will be trying everything he can to beat his compatriot in Valencia and he knows that he must improve his pace in order to do so.

Nov 8

MotoGP: Rossi Decision To Split – Burgess Was “Blindsided”

MotoGP: Rossi Decision To Split With Burgess Was A Surprise

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Italian rider Valentino Rossi waits in the pits during the second Moto GP free practice of the Valencia GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

The ruthless decision by Valentino Rossi to cut adrift his legendary Australian crew chief Jeremy Burgess continues to dominate the paddock in Valencia in the build-up to Sunday’s title deciding race.

Rossi and Burgess attended a hastily convened press conference in the Yamaha hospitality on Friday to further explain the spilt after winning seven world titles and 80 races together.

Nov 8

MotoGP: Marquez Quickest As Opening Day At Valencia Concludes

Marc Marquez takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez takes part in the second practice session at Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez was once again the man to beat on Friday at Valencia, as the rookie set a best time of 1:31.220 to top the combined timesheets.

Despite windy conditions, Marquez managed to up his pace late in the session – coming within four-tenths of Dani Pedrosa’s pole record of 1’30.844 from last year.

Pedrosa trailed his Repsol Honda teammate by 0.066 seconds with Jorge Lorenzo 0.158 seconds off the pace in third.

Nov 8

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

Repsol Honda Team’s Spanish rider Marc Marquez takes part in the first Moto GP free practice of the Valencia GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Friday, November 8

On Demand – FIA European Rally | San Remo (www.Speed2.com)

Saturday, November 9

On Demand – F3 Open | Italy Race 1 (www.Speed2.com)

7:20 a.m. – MotoGP | Valencia GP Qualifying (www.Speed2.com)

Sunday, November 10

On Demand – F3 Open | Italy Race 2 (www.Speed2.com)

8 a.m. – MotoGP | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 1)

3 p.m. – MotoGP Moto 3 | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 2)

4 p.m. – MotoGP Moto 2 | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 2)

5 p.m. – MotoGP | Valencia GP Race (FOX Sports 2) *Replay

8 p.m. – FIA World Touring Car Championship | Slovakia (FOX Sports 2)

9 p.m. – FIA GT1 World Championship | Belgium (FOX Sports 2)

**All times Eastern Standard