MotoGP

MotoGP 2016 Provisional Calendar released.

Book Your Holidays now – MotoGP’s provisional 2016 calendar released:
1 20/03  Qatar – Losail International Circuit
2 03/04  Argentina – Termas de Río Hondo
3 10/04 United States – Circuit Of The Americas
4 20/04 Spain – Jerez de la Frontera
5 08/05 France -Le Mans
6 22/05 Italy – Mugello
7 05/06 Catalunya – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
8 26/06 Netherlands – TT Assen
9 10/07 Germany – Sachsenring
10 17/07 Great Britain – Silverstone
11 14/08 Austria – Red Bull Ring
12 21/08 Czech Republic – Brno
13 11/09 San Marino – Misano
14 25/09 Aragon – MotorLand Aragon
15 09/10 Malaysia – Sepang International Circuit
16 16/10 Japan – Twin Ring Motegi
17 23/10 Australia – Phillip Island
18 06/11 Valencia – Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo

The big changes – a three week break between Catalunya and Assen, Austria is in and Indianapolis out and the new round at the Red Bull Ring and Brno move to after Silverstone (which if you are in the UK pushes the British GP ahead of the school holidays and away from the Bank Holiday Monday!)

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Qatar 2015 – determination required, drama guaranteed!

MotoGP gave us one of it’s greatest races in a long time, and a very Italian podium, but the Spanish domination had vanished in all three world championship classes, they did not feature once on the podium in Qatar (though all the Spanish Moto3 and Moto2 rookies look VERY promising).

 

Reporting on the support classes is always enjoyable, both races had winners who had not won before in that class thanks to a mixture of talent and luck. Behind them riders got the chance to excel on their new machines, while other faltered at the final hurdle.

Moto3 saw experienced ‘veteran’ of the class Alexis Masbou claim his first Moto3 win, just his second ever victory at 27 , Moto2 saw Sam Lowes dominance come to nothing, the reigning champion Rabat also falling and Zarco be let down by his machinery. One of the few other riders to drop a sub two minute lap, Jonas Folger was perfectly poised to pick up the pieces there.

But who else impressed? Who bagged a trophy?

To catch up with the action, try these reports (I again, lovingly created!)

Crash is the destination for detail, as reported live directly after the session reports for Moto2 and Moto3, just click the links to be immersed in all you could wish to know about the Qatar action so far:

Less time? Try the shorter version at PaddockChatter

MotoGP Motegi qualifying round ups…

In Europe? MotoGP qualifying too early for you? Catch up here!

 

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Moto3 was full of explosive action and some great results for the Brits learn more here in my race report for crash.net

Moto2 was all about Tito Rabat and his need for pole more on that also at crash.net here.

For a shorter round-up of both in the same place you can visit paddock chatter too!

I get up early so you don’t have to so enjoy, comment like and tweet to get involved ( and pretend you were up if you want!)

Motegi’s Manga for MotoGP returns for 2014

09/10/2014

Motegi, and a lack of sleep due to the time difference, are almost here. So, as is now commonplace and hotly anticipated, that means it’s Official Motegi Manga time!

Again the artwork for the MotoGP race is exceptional, with Lorenzo looking particularly menacing in his quest for a win!

For more on the previous versions of the riders in previous years (including the ever popular ‘Crazy Crutchlow’!) try my previous blog posts listed below:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/motogp-turning-japanese-motegi-has-a-manga-poster-again-for-2013/

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/motogp-arrives-in-japan-motegi-news-round-up/

MotoGP 2015 provisional calendar released!

A really short post to say that it’s time to start thinking about you holiday plans now for 2015 if they include catching some MotoGP as the 2015 calendar has been released!

See it in full here.

MotoGP Misano qualifying reports…

13/09/2014
Miss qualifying for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes in Misano?

Here’s some links to change that!

Both of the support classes had some great tense action on Saturday my Crash.net race reports for Moto3 and Moto2 have the most detail, just click the links, or for a summary of both you can also catch up on the days events at Paddock Chatter, again just click for more.

Brno qualifying reports…

Are online now!

Missed out on the young future stars of MotoGP in the support classes and want to catch up before they bring the best racing tomorrow? Try these links on for size!

My Moto3 and Moto2 reports at crash.net are available by clicking on the links, they’re my favourite bit of the day as they’re written ‘live’ and delivered straight after the action.

For a summary of both classes you can also try out my joint report from later in the day at PaddockChatter.com

Indy reports online now/ Edwards says goodbye to racing at home in camo

10/08/2014

What a weekend of racing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought.

There were many stand out performances with Marquez making it  a perfect 10, which also happened to be Spains 500th Gp win and 100th victory in the Premier class, plus Kallio beat Saarinen’s Finnish win record in Moto2  and Vazquez tasted victory for the first time in Moto3.

For all your race report needs I have been busy reporting over at crash.net with my Moto3 report here and Moto2 here

If you like your news all in one place you can try a slightly more condensed and combined round up at PaddockChatter here

If reading is not your thing at the end of a long race weekend here’s a final couple of  pictures from Twitter, in tribute to the fact that Indy marked Colin Edwards final race on home soil. He is awesome on and off track and will no doubt be missed widely as one of the big characters of the sport.He went full camo, very appropriate given his links as a tribute to the American troops and Texas Tornado Bootcamp!:

Then to wake you back up as you reminisce about Edwards long and excellent career I’ll finish with Dominique Aegerter’s luminous yellow leathers from the weekend, couldn’t miss him!:

 

 

 

 

MotoGP: Marquez joins the Indianapolis special helmet ranks

09/08/2014

He’s the championship leader annihilator, marching forward with a perfect record for race wins so far this season, so it’s really no big surprise that Marc Marquez has a special helmet ready to share for his American fanbase for the Indy race weekend.

The stars and stripes design is fairly standard for an American themed helmet, but the little graphic on the back featuring the phrase ‘USA special’ and a race marshal waving chequered flags is quite, well, special.

He gave a little reveal of it previously when he took it to watch the Indy mile and Tweeted this picture of it:

 

Image of the GP: MotoGP, rodeo style!

17/06/2014

With a close MotoGP race and excitement all the way from Moto3’s kick off to pretty much the final podium it was tough to pick an Image of the GP.

Aside from all the great rides from the winners there was Dani Pedrosa proving he still has a fighting instinct with his last lap do-or-die move, Jordi Torres landing his Aspar on Dominique Aegerter and Jonas Folger honorably putting racing aside to ensure he didn’t hit Luis Salom to be taken into account.

For style points if nothing else, Niklas Ajo and his Husqvarna in Moto3 nudge into the top spot as the save seemed impossible, but rodeo style, Mamola style, the Finn pulled it off:

It must be hard to come to terms with what looked to be a sure thing for a podium place vanish but the skill required to pull that Avant Tecno bike back around and finish in the points deserves to be looked at again too, so here’s some footage too: