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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

F1: Hamilton Fastest On Final Day In Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton drives during the final day of winter testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton drives during the final day of winter testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes topped the times on the final day of winter testing in Bahrain, indicating once again that the W05 is likely to set the pace in Melbourne in a fortnight’s time.

Eight red flags reflected another day of mechanical problems across the field, although all bar Lotus and McLaren still managed to complete a respectable number of laps. Indeed Sauber impressed as Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez totaled a remarkable 177 laps, making up for time lost yesterday.

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.

Mar 2

F1: Bahrain International Circuit To Honor Schumacher

Michael Schumacher celebrates after winning the 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher celebrates after winning the 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bahrain International Circuit has renamed its first corner after Michael Schumacher as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The circuit notes that he “was directly involved in the early stages of the BIC’s development, offering his own input into the design of the track, including the layout of turn one.”

Mar 1

SX: Dungey Wins Attrition-Filled Race In Indy

Ryan Dungey celebrates his first win of the season. (Photo: Simon Cudby / KTM Racing)

Ryan Dungey celebrates his first win of the season. (Photo: Simon Cudby / KTM Racing)

Round nine of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship in Indianapolis, Ind. proved to be the most difficult race of the season, and when the dust settled, it was Ryan Dungey celebrating his first win of 2014.

The Red Bull KTM star passed Mike Alessi for the lead on Lap 5 and was unchallenged for the remainder of the 20-lap main event. The victory moves him into second in the title fight, 23 points behind Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.