Moto2

2014 Sepang Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Malaysian GP at Sepang:

Round Number: 
17
Year: 
2014

Scott Jones On The Island: Race Day Photos From Australia


Attack vector: Rossi about to try to pass Lorenzo at MG


The new Cal Crutchlow is a completely different kettle of fish to the old one


After faltering in the last few races, Jack Miller got it perfectly right at home

2014 Phillip Island Sunday Round Up: Why The MotoGP Race Was Not A Tire Fiasco, And Rossi Reaps Rewards

Once again, a MotoGP race at Phillip Island is decided by tires. The tires Bridgestone brought to the Australian circuit were not up to the task, with riders crashing out all throughout the race. The front tires Bridgestone brought to the track were unable to cope with the conditions. The result was determined by tires, not by talent.

That, at least, is the narrative being heard around the internet after the bizarre yet fascinating MotoGP race at Phillip Island. It is an attractive narrative – a nice, simple explanation for what happened in Australia – but it is fundamentally flawed. The tire situation was complicated, certainly. Jorge Lorenzo's front tire showed very severe degradation, more than would normally be explained by the expected wear. Several riders crashed out on the asymmetric front tire Bridgestone brought. But to lay the blame entirely on Bridgestone is quite wrong.

The problems at Phillip Island are inherent to the track, and were exacerbated by changes made to suit European TV schedules. Phillip Island, like Assen, is a track which places peculiar demands on tires. It features a lot of very fast left-hand corners, with only a few right handers, two of which are the slowest corners on the track. It is located next to the Bass Strait, a freezing stretch of water connected to the globe-spanning Southern Ocean, which means the weather is highly changeable. Temperatures dropped during the race by as much as 9°C, probably a result of Dorna insisting on running the race at 4pm local time (the late afternoon) to hit a 7am TV slot in their main markets of Spain and Italy. That time will draw a bigger audience than the 5am slot a 2pm race start would fill. But to locals, racing at 4pm at this time of the year is madness.

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 after Sunday's thrilling races at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

2014 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 16, Phillip Island, Australia

Championship standings for round 16, 2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 Race Result: Comfortable Victory Taken In Race Of Errors

Full Recap and Results Below.

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 WUP: Rabat Heads Evenly Matched Field

Tito Rabat has maintained his position at the top of the Moto2 class at Phillip Island following the morning Warm Up session, the field appear to have closed the gap to the Championship leader however as he edged out Sam Lowes and Marcel Schrotter by less than a tenth of a second. The competitive nature of the field was further emphasized by the top 20 riders lap times being separated by just over one second which should make for a highly entertaining race later this afternoon. 

Azlan Shah, Axel Pons and Robin Mulhauser didn't take part in the session after all riders were declared unfit to race due to injuries picked up yesterday.

Results:

2014 Phillip Island Saturday Round Up: The Rufea Team's Front Row Sweep, Winning Attitude, And The Secret Of Riding The Ducati

The three men on pole for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix have a lot in common. One is already champion in MotoGP, another could become champion on Sunday, the other looks to have taken control of the Moto3 title chase in the past few races. The MotoGP and Moto3 pole sitters are brothers, and the man on pole for Moto2 is a good friend of the brothers. Most importantly, perhaps, all three train together.

The "Rufea Team", as they are known to the Spanish media and among themselves, spend long days pushing each other hard at the dirt track oval in Rufea, a small parish outside of Lleida in Spain. Moto2 championship leader Tito Rabat doesn't spend as much time there as the Marquez brothers Marc and Alex, as he is mainly based in Almeria, where he spends his days whittling away the circuit record. But when he does go, the three go all out for glory, even though they are only racing among themselves, and in front of a couple of friends, and maybe the Marquez brothers' father Julià.

Is it coincidence that the trio should find themselves leading their respective championships? Marc Marquez has already proved his talent, by wrapping up four world championships, including three in a row. Tito Rabat has grown enormously as a rider after switching to the Marc VDS Racing team, and stepping out of the shadow of Pol Espargaro at Pons. Alex Marquez already proved himself in the Spanish championship, got up to speed in Moto3 last year, and is proving to be the steadiest of the Moto3 riders.

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 QP Result: Pole Record Broken In Rapid Session

Full Recap and Results below.

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 FP3: Rabat In A League Of His Own

Championship leader Tito Rabat has topped the third Moto2 Free Practice session at Phillip Island in Australia as dark cloud cover rolled in over the circuit at the start of the session and the ambient temperature began to drop. Rabat once again ended the session half a second clear of his rivals lead by Maverick Vinales. A Rabat win tomorrow is looking like something of a formality; if he does take victory and his team mate Mika Kallio doesn't finish on the podium the Spaniard will wrap up the 2014 Moto2 Championship.

Kallio finished FP3 in third place half a tenth clear of Suisse rider Thomas Luthi who was in turn a further five hundredths of a second ahead of Caterham rider Johan Zarco. Marcel Schrotter took his Tech 3 machine to sixth place ahead of his countrymen Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger while Dominique Aegerter and Xavier Simeon completed the top ten positions. 

Results:

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Friday Round Up - Special Tires For A Special Circuit, And The Rules For 2016

Phillip Island is a very special race track. That has an upside – it rewards courage and talent, and has provided some spectacular racing – but it is also special in the more pejoratively euphemistic sense of the word. It challenges not just the riders, but motorcycle designers and racing teams as well. Above all, it challenges tire manufacturers: with wildly varying temperatures, strong winds blowing in cool and damp air off the ocean, an abrasive surface, high-speed corners, more left handers than right handers, and the most of the lefts faster than the rights. It can rain, be bitterly cold, be bathed in glorious sunshine, or in sweltering heat. Try building a tire to cope with all that.

After last year's fiasco, both Dunlop and Bridgestone tried to do just that. They came to the track in March to test tires and gather data to build tires for this weekend. The only minor problem is that the test came at the end of Australia's long summer, and temperatures were much more congenial than now, as the country emerges from its Antipodean winter. The tire selections brought by Dunlop and Bridgestone are much better than last year, but they are not quite perfect. At any other track, that wouldn't be a problem. At Phillip Island, even being not quite perfect can land you in trouble.

That tires are an issue was evident from the number of riders who crashed, both in MotoGP and in Moto2. Most crashed in right handers, a lot going down at MG, which would be one of the most difficult corners of the year wherever it was located, but a fair few followed suit at Hayshed, the right hander that follows on from Siberia (the most aptly named corner on the calendar) and precedes Lukey Heights. There were crashes at the Honda hairpin as well, the other right hander, where hard braking is at a premium.

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 FP2 Result: Rabat Dominates In Race Test

Tito Rabat dominating the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class, laying down a scorching pace through another long run. Rabat did a full race simulation, lapping half a second quicker during his race run than the man in 2nd, Sandro Cortese. Cortese just edged last week's winner, Tom Luthi, who held off Maverick Viñales to claim 3rd. Julian Simon took the 5th spot, just ahead of Mika Kallio, who ended the session in 6th.

Results:

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 FP1: Rabat Quickest In Crash-Strewn Session

Championship leader Tito Rabat has topped the timesheets following a dramatic opening Moto2 free practice session at Phillip Island. The Spaniard posted a time of 1:33.417 and ended the session nearly three tenths clear of his countryman Jordi Torres, who showed a spark that has been missing for the majority of this season. Mika Kallio recovered from an early crash and ended the session in third place a further tenth behind. Thomas Luthi took fourth place but was half a second behind the pace-setter Rabat, while Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales completed the top 5.

German rider Jonas Folger was looking strong late in the session and took sixth spot ahead of Xavier Simeon and Julian Simon, who lead the session early on. Simon was followed by his team mate Franco Morbidelli in ninth while Sandro Cortese rounded out the top ten. 

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