Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans:
Repsol issued the following press release after the Estrella Galicia riders Alex Rins and Alex Marquez completed at two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
The Marc VDS Racing Team issued the following press release after two days of testing at the Almeria circuit in southern Spain:
2014 Jerez Sunday MotoGP, Moto2 And Moto3 Round Up: Spanish Passion, Non-Spanish Winners, And The Alien's Alien
There is always something very special about Jerez. There are few circuits on earth where fans gather to worship at the altar of motorcycle racing which quite such deafening intensity and passion as at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain. Fans of motorcycle racing are a passionate bunch wherever you are in the world, but the fans in Jerez add a spice and temperament which lifts the atmosphere to a higher plane. Despite Andalusia's continuing and severe economic recession, crowd numbers for the event were up again from last year, from over 111,000 to 117,001 paying customers on Sunday. Motorcycle racing lives on in Spanish hearts, no matter the state of their wallets.
Unlike last year, however, the Spanish fans were not treated to what is known in the country as a 'Triplete', or a clean sweep of Spanish wins in all three classes. Both Moto3 and Moto2 saw non-Spanish winners, and even the MotoGP podium was not all Spanish for a change. The two junior classes saw their championship chases thrown open once again, unlike in MotoGP. There, Marc Marquez tightened his stranglehold on the championship, extending his reign of terror from three to four races. At every round of MotoGP so far this year, Marc Marquez – Marc the Merciless, as veteran GP journalist Michael Scott refers to him, while some of the less appreciative fans prefer the moniker Murder Marc, after the young Spaniard's occasionally reckless antics in Moto2 – has taken both pole and victory in the first four races of the season.
Press releases from the teams after Sunday's races at Jerez:
Full Report and Results Below:
2014 Jerez MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On Innovation, Marquez And Miller Magic, And The Upside Of EU Law
Motorcycle racing is a continual war of innovation. It is a war fought out on many different battlegrounds at many different times, but at its heart, it is about finding new ways, better ways of doing things. Engineers, teams and riders are always looking for some small advantage, turning what they do upside down in the hope of finding something to exploit.
Usually, when motorcycle racing fans talk about innovation, they have a vision of hard metal in their minds, of parts belonging on a motorcycle. They will point to aluminium twin spar frames, to upside down forks, to seamless gearboxes. Some may allude to slightly less tangible improvements: Honda's Torductor, a sensor used to measure the forces going through the engine sprocket directly; perhaps Yamaha's electronics package, which combines 3D models of the racetrack with predictive models of tire wear and fuel load to provide adaptive vehicle dynamics strategies.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Jerez:
Results and summary below:
With everyone slowly recovering from the shock of the announcement that Bridgestone is pulling out of MotoGP at the end of the 2015 season, it is easy to forget that we are here for a motorcycle race. The roar of Grand Prix machinery hurtling around the beautiful Circuito de Jerez on a glorious Andalusian morning soon dispelled thoughts of 2016, and concentrated minds on what is to come on Sunday.
The heat of the afternoon, though, made thinking tough, and riding even tougher. Track temperatures rose to over 50°, robbing the circuit of even more grip, and making it greasier than ever. Rider consensus was that the track was in pretty good shape, but when it's this hot, the already low-grip surface of Jerez becomes very difficult to ride. That meant that the number of riders who managed to improve their times in FP2 in all three classes were limited.
Efren Vazquez topped the timesheets for the second Moto3 free practice session as both ambient and track temperatures soared. The baking lunch-time sun saw track temperatures rise to more than forty degrees Celsius and meant that the Spaniard's time of 1:47.725 was almost half a second slower than Isaac Vinales' morning benchmark. Romano Fenati set the second fastest time ahead of Mahindra's Miguel Oliveira and Championship leader Jack Miller, who would both be happy to have found some semblance of race pace following disappointing initial practice sessions.
Estrella Galicia riders Alex Marquez and Alex Rins ended proceedings in fifth and sixth places and as the top Hondas. John McPhee put in an encouraging performance to post the seventh quickest lap ahead of Calvo team mates Isaac Vinales and Jakub Kornfeil. Argentinean wild card rider Gabriel Rodrigo, riding for Aleix Espargaro's CEV Moto3 team, impressively completed the top ten placing's. Fellow wild card rider Maria Herrera also put in an eye-catching performance to end the session in thirteenth place after running in the top ten throughout.
Isaac Vinales has topped the timesheets in the opening Moto3 practice at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The local rider finished the session with a time of 1:47.388 which put him three tenths clear of fellow Spaniard Alex Marquez. Vinales' Calvo KTM teammate Jakub Kornfeil rounded out the top three placing's for the morning session. Alex Rins and last round's victor Romano Fenati took fourth and fifth places respectively as Efren Vazquez, Niklas Ajo, Brad Binder, Philipp Oettl and Danny Kent completed the top 10.
Championship leader Jack Miller had to settle for a disappointing twelfth place and will look to quickly rediscover his Jerez testing pace in the day's remaining session.