Suzuki return to MotoGP 2015

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After a three-year hiatus Suzuki will return to MotoGPcompetition next season with a new team—and a 1000cc prototype. The yet-to-be named machine is in the final stages of development by Suzuki’s overhauled and now fully in-house Hamamatsu, Japan-based factory racing squad.

And this time Suzuki says it’s getting serious. Despite years of success in both Superbike and Supersport racing with its GSX-R line of sportbikes, the Japanese motorsport giant hasn’t been able to transfer that success to GP racing since the series moved from two-stroke to four-stroke equipment 12 years ago. In fact the brand has recorded just a handful of podium finishes and only one race win—in the rain at Le Mans.

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MotoGP/ Argentina/ Qualifying

Argentina MotoGP - Qualifying (2) Results

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1.Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 37.683s [Lap 5/6]327km/h (Top Speed) 
2.Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 38.425s +0.742s[6/7]322km/h 
3.Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 38.651s +0.968s[7/8]325km/h 
4.Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)1m 38.794s +1.111s[6/7]320km/h 
5.Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici)1m 38.856s +1.173s[5/6]324km/h 
6.Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 38.949s +1.266s[6/8]321km/h 
7.Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 38.958s +1.275s[8/8]322km/h 
8.Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici)1m 39.237s +1.554s[5/7]325km/h 
9.Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V)1m 39.297s +1.614s[2/2]323km/h 
10.Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V)1m 39.429s +1.746s[7/8]325km/h 
11.Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*1m 39.822s +2.139s[2/8]321km/h 
12.Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R)1m 40.541s +2.858s[7/7]310km/h 

Q1: 
13.Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)*1m 40.238s
14.Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)1m 40.476s
15.Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R)1m 40.615s
16.Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R)1m 40.616s
17.Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici)1m 40.691s
18.Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)*1m 40.981s
19.Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici)1m 41.018s
20.Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)1m 41.103s
21.Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia)1m 41.129s
22.Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia)*1m 41.267s
23.Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART)1m 41.686s 

 

MotoGP/ Qatar/ Results

Qatar MotoGP - Race Results

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What an opener! Thrills and spills as riders came down, but the ultimate battle was between the old guard and the new. Marquez once again was upthere battling against the experience of the Doctor, Valentino Rossi, and Marquez, was victor, this time…..

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 40.561s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 40.820s | +0.259s
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 43.931s | +3.370s
4. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 42m 52.184s | +11.623s
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 42m 52.720s | +12.159s
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 43m 9.087s | +28.526s
7. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 43m 13.154s | +32.593s
8. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 43m 13.189s | +32.628s
9. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 43m 20.108s | +39.547s
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 43m 23.921s | +43.360s
11. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 43m 27.156s | +46.595s
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 43m 27.249s | +46.688s
13. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 43m 31.142s | +50.581s
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 43m 43.688s | +1m 3.127s
15. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 43m 54.947s | +1m 14.386s
16. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 44m 13.154s | +1m 32.593s
17. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 44m 16.646s | +1m 36.085s
Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) DNF
Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF
Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF
Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) DNF
Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) DNF
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) DNF 

MotoGP/ Qatar/ Qualifying- Marquez defies nature!

Qatar MotoGP - Qualifying (2) Results

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MotoGP/ Qatar/ Qualies

Could this be the weirdest grid line up we have ever seen, except for Marquez that is- he just defies nature!

Q2: 
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 54.507s 
2. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 54.564s | +0.057s
3. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 54.601s | +0.094s
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 54.644s | +0.137s
5. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 54.661s | +0.154s
6. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 54.703s | +0.196s
7. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 54.871s | +0.364s
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 54.888s | +0.381s
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 54.986s | +0.479s
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.096s | +0.589s
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 55.127s | +0.620s
12. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.152s | +0.645s

Q1: 
13. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 55.894s | +0.488s
14. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 56.042s | +0.636s
15. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 56.479s | +1.073s
16. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 1m 56.555s | +1.149s
17. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 56.648s | +1.242s
18. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 56.715s | +1.309s
19. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 57.006s | +1.600s
20. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 57.513s | +2.107s
21. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 57.574s | +2.168s
22. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 57.667s | +2.261s
23. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 58.254s | +2.848s

MotoGP/ Qatar/ Round 1/ FP1

Qatar MotoGP, Losail - Free Practice (1) Results

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Huge grip problems have been the cause of some very interesting practice results. We could have an interesting grid, and even more interesting result:

1. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward-Yamaha) 1m 55.201s 
2. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 55.667s | +0.466s
3. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.816s | +0.615s
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 55.996s | +0.795s
5. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.020s | +0.819s
6. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.332s | +1.131s
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 56.542s | +1.341s
8. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward-Yamaha) 1m 56.626s | +1.425s
9. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 56.668s | +1.467s
10. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 56.670s | +1.469s
11. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.682s | +1.481s
12. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 56.726s | +1.525s
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 57.046s | +1.845s
14. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 57.100s | +1.899s
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 57.623s | +2.422s
16. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 57.779s | +2.578s
17. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 58.182s | +2.981s
18. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 58.394s | +3.193s
19. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 1m 58.495s | +3.294s
20. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 58.732s | +3.531s
21. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 59.321s | +4.120s
22. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 59.328s | +4.127s
23. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) No Time

MotoGP/ Day 2/ Phillip Island/ Testing

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In case you are wondering why this testing is taking place, its to ensure there are no tyre issues as there were in Australia last year. 

Bridgestone has brought two 2013 specification rear tyres and six new experimental tyres with changes to construction, compound and shape. However not all riders are testing the same tyres on the same days.

Bridgestone explained it’s initial day two plan as follows: “Mid-length (15 lap) runs in the morning and possibly race simulations (27 lap) in the afternoon. Test tyres [rather than the 2013 event tyres] only today.”

Times as follows:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.133s [42 laps / 335.4km/h top speed]
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 29.381s | +0.248s [58 / 332.3]
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.387s | +0.254s [53 / 342.9]
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.516s | +0.383s [75 / 340.7]
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.660s | +0.527s [59 / 337.5]
6. Esteve Rabat ESP Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 32.168s | +3.035s [101 / 282]
7. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 32.698s | +3.565s [79 / 282.7]
8. Nico Terol ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 33.014s | +3.881s [62 / 282.7]
9. Jordi Torres ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 33.160s | +4.027s [65 / 277.6]

MotoGP/ Phillip Island/ Monday Test

Phillip Island MotoGP test times - Monday (Final)

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So the MotoGP bus moves to Aussie for some more testing, and still no Marquez. It is looking likely that he may even miss the first race. #The other guys must be licking their lips at this prospect knowing they are going to have to take advantage of this and maximize points because when the kid is back, he is back to ride.

Timing:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.213s [68 laps / 327.3km/h top speed]
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.576s | +0.363s [68 / 333.3]
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.730s | +0.517s [85 / 330.3]
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 29.961s | +0.748s [88 / 327.3]
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.965s | +0.752s [60 / 334.4]
6. Esteve Rabat ESP Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 32.316s | +3.103s [100 / 274.8]
7. Nico Terol ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 33.290s | +4.077s [82 / 274.8]
8. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 33.440s | +4.227s [62 / 273.4]
9. Jordi Torres ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 34.000s | +4.787s [56 / 268.7]