2014 Aragon Moto3 FP3 Results: Guevara Fastest By Some Margin

Juanfran Guevara set the fastest ever lap around Aragon on a Moto3 bike, with a record of 1'57.930, seven tenths quicker than Alex Rins, Alex Marquez and Jack Miller. 

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2014 Aragon MotoGP Friday Round Up - Honda vs Yamaha Explained, The Slimmer GP14.2, And Hayden's First Day Back On The Bike

Is the Motorland Aragon circuit a Honda track or a Yamaha track? On the evidence of Friday, it is first and foremost a Marc Marquez track. The reigning world champion may not have topped the timesheets – the two de facto factory Ducati riders, Andreas Dovizioso and Iannone did that – but he set a scorching race pace that only his Repsol Honda teammate could get close to, though Dani Pedrosa was still a couple of tenths off the pace of Marquez.

"This is one of my favorite tracks," Marquez said afterwards, adding that he was happy with his rhythm and he had really enjoyed his day. The Spaniard may have lost any chance of wrapping up the title at Aragon with a win, but that didn't make him any less determined to take victory here. The crash at Misano made no difference to his attitude. Was he afraid of crashing? "No. You can't race and be afraid of crashing." Marquez was pushing to the limit once again, laying down a marker for others to follow.

If the mood in Marquez' garage was elated, things were different in the Yamaha camp. Though the gap to Marquez in terms of pace was not huge, it was still significant. Jorge Lorenzo was concerned. "We are slower than last year," he told the media, "we are slower than at the test [in June]." They had started the weekend using the set up which had worked well enough over the last four races for Lorenzo to finish second, but it simply was not working at Aragon. The plan was to revert to the set up used before Indianapolis, he said.

2014 Aragon MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at the Motorland Aragon circuit:

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14
Year: 
2014

2014 Aragon Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice for the Motorland Aragon GP:

Round Number: 
14
Year: 
2014

2014 Aragon Moto2 FP2 Results: Rabat Quickest

Ten minutes into the day's closing session, Esteve Rabat took the top spot back from Thomas Luthi and spent the rest of the session consolidating his lead, setting the quickest lap seven more times. As the only rider of the weekend with a 1'53 lap, he shared the provisional front row with Johann Zarco and Mika Kallio. In spite of Rabat's comfortable quarter-second lead, the entire top thirteen were within a second of his pace.

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2014 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Results: Dovizioso Powers To Top

Andrea Dovizioso took the quickest time off Marc Marquez by five hundredths of a second at the end of the session. Dani Pedrosa was four tenths further behind while Andrea Iannone powererd the Ducati to 339km/h on the back straight and recorded the fourth quickest time of the day. Espagaros Aleix and Pol were the quicker of the Yamahas, quicker than Jorge Lorenzo. Hector Barbera managed two timed laps at the end of the session on his fire-damaged and rebuilt Ducati.

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2014 Aragon Moto3 FP2 Results: Rins and Marquez At Front

The Hondas of Alex Rins and Alex Marquez are separated by under two hundredths of a second at the top, with Niklas Ajo's Husqvarna taking the last slot of the provisional front row.

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2015 MotoGP Provisional Calendar Released: 18 Races, No Brazil

The first of the official announcements to be made over this weekend has arrived. Today, the FIM released the provisional version of the 2015 calendar for MotoGP. 

The schedule is a virtual carbon copy of the 2014 calendar this year, with the order of the races the same as this year. A few minor tweaks have been applied to the calendar: the series kicks off in Qatar on 29th March, a week later than originally planned to avoid a TV clash with the soccer game between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain. Two weeks later, the circus heads to Austin, and the following week to Argentina.

Having the two races in the Americas back-to-back will create a much easier schedule than this year, where the teams faced a very long journey back from Argentina to arrive on time for Jerez. With a year of experience under their belt, Dorna's logistics and TV crew are now certain they can get the Termas de Rio Hondo track ready within the few days they have after Austin.

2014 Aragon Moto2 FP1 Results: Morbidelli Pips Zarco

Framco Morbidelli was strong throughout the session and ended up quickest, fighting off a challenge from Johann Zarco.

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2014 Aragon MotoGP FP1 Results: Iannone And Aleix Espagaro Top Marquez And Lorenzo

Marc Marquez led troughout most of the session, being kept honest by Jorge Lorenzo, but Andrea Iannone made use of the Ducati's power to set the fastest time by being a quarter of a second quicker than anyone else in the last sector, the long straight. Aleix Espagaro was second quickest.

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2014 Aragon Moto3 FP1 Results: Miller By A Mile

Jack Miller opened the weekend by celebrating his new MotoGP job with a lap two thirds of a second quicker than anyone else, and under the current race record. Alex Marquez was second quickest in the cold session, and the distance between Miller and Marquez covered from second quickest to Roman Fenati in eleventh. 

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2014 Aragon MotoGP Thursday Round Up - Marquez' Decline, Hayden's Return, The Ducati GP14.2, And Miller's MotoGP Move

Things look a little different as the MotoGP paddock arrives at the spectacular Motorland Aragon circuit. After two defeats in the last three races, Marc Marquez is looking almost vulnerable. At Brno, Marquez and his team never found the right set up, and the 21-year-old Spanish prodigy finished off the podium for the first time in his MotoGP career. Two races later, at Misano, Marquez tried to compensate for a similar lack of set up by pushing hard for the win, but crashed chasing Valentino Rossi, and remounted to score just a solitary point.

Marquez had hoped to wrap up the title at Aragon, he told the press conference on Thursday, but the crash at Misano put an end to any such aims. He would have needed a win at both Misano and Aragon, and took a risk trying to beat an unleashed Rossi at his home track. Victory at Misano proved impossible, especially against a Rossi determined to win at any cost.

So can Marquez get back to winning ways at Aragon? On paper, this should be his opportunity to reassert his authority. Of the four previous visits to the circuit, Marquez has won two, come second once, and been dumped into the gravel at the first corner once, an incident he is still less than happy about. The circuit suits the Honda, the bike having won three of the four premier class outings at the track. It was only the first year where the Honda came up short, Dani Pedrosa only managing to come second to Casey Stoner on the Ducati.

2014 Aragon MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of this weekend's Aragon round:

Round Number: 
14
Year: 
2014

2014 Aragon Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the Aragon Grand Prix:

Round Number: 
14
Year: 
2014

Alex Lowes To Stay With Voltcom Suzuki In World Superbikes For 2015

Alex Lowes has extended his contract with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team for another season. The 24-year-old Englishman is to stay in World Superbikes for 2015, where he will race the GSX-R1000.

Lowes' decision brings an end to rumors that the Englishman was set to join his brother in the Grand Prix paddock. Lowes had explored a number of options in Moto2, but none stacked up against remaining with the Voltcom Suzuki team in WSBK.

Who Lowes' teammate will be is uncertain. With Eugene Laverty set to move to MotoGP with the Aspar team, there is an empty seat in the team. The departure of Aprilia from WSBK puts a number or riders on the market, with Leon Camier and Loris Baz the top riders still without a ride

The press release from Suzuki announcing the re-signing of Lowes appears below:


LOWES RE-SIGNS FOR VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 25.

Alex Lowes will continue his partnership with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki for the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship season.

Lowes is confident his progression with the Suzuki GSX-R will allow him to become a consistent front-runner during his second season in the Championship and the British racer is eager to return to the tracks he has been learning as part of his apprenticeship year.

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