Carbon Fiber Brough Superior Moto2 Bike To Make Debut At Silverstone

Despite some early promise, there has been much complaining of a lack of innovation from chassis builders in Moto2. the bikes have followed the same basic layout as all modern race bikes since the late 1980s: aluminium twin spar chassis and conventional suspension arrangements.The only real interest has come from wildcards. At Le Mans, the French Promoto Sport team raced their Transfiormer chassis, with some solid results. Beyond that, the bikes have been pretty much identikit.

At Silverstone, another interesting wildcard will get its first public running. The British round of Moto2 will see the Brough Superior make its debut in a competitive race, after making an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year. The bike is a rebrand of the design by John Keogh and Taylormade Racing, discussed on MotoMatters.com last year. The bike uses a monocoque chassis design made fully from carbon fiber, with integral fuel tank. The front suspension is a single wishbone with damping in the forks, while the rear swingarm is also fully carbon fiber. The radiator has been moved to the rear of the bike, to allow the machine to be narrower and free up space in front of the engine.

HRC Press Release - Repsol Extends Sponsorship Through 2017

At the start of the summer break, Repsol and HRC announced they will be extending their sponsorship agreement for the next three seasons. The Spanish oil giant will continue to back the factory Honda team until the end of the 2017 season, continuing a partnership which first started in 1995, the year after Mick Doohan won his first title for Honda. 

The press release announcing the deal appears below:


Repsol and Honda extend MotoGP collaboration through to 2017

Since 1995 Repsol has been the title sponsor of the factory Honda MotoGP team and after 20 years of sporting success and technological development, a new three year agreement will see Honda and Repsol continue their special partnership through to the end of 2017.

This is the longest running sponsor-factory agreement of its kind in the history of the motorcycle World Championship, and has converted the Repsol Honda bikes into icons within the motorsport world. Reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, together with teammate and Honda stalwart Dani Pedrosa, will continue to represent these two prestigious brands as the factory riders.

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2014

Repsol Honda Press Release: Marquez And Pedrosa Start Three Day Test At Brno

The Repsol Honda team today started a three-day test at the Brno circuit. The team issued the following press release after the first day of testing:


Constructive first day in Brno despite temperamental weather

Fresh from their fantastic 1-2 finish in the German GP on Sunday, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were back on track in Brno today on day one of the three-day test.

Although the weather was bright and sunny first thing, a heavy rain shower at 11.30am drenched the track and left the Honda riders no option but to try some wet settings on their RC213V machines, Marc suffering a small crash in turn five after losing the front. The track slowly dried and by mid-afternoon it was dry enough to resume the testing program, but with very low grip. Marc and Dani remained on their current 2014 machines for the duration of the day working on general bike settings with both riders recording 49 laps each.

Tomorrow the plan will be to continue their schedule and also test the 2015 machine for the first time.

Marc Marquez - 49 laps

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2014

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2014 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 9, Laguna Seca, USA

Championship standings for round 9, 2014

2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike teams and series organizer after Sunday's incident-packed races at Laguna Seca:

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9
Year: 
2014

2014 Sachsenring Sunday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Perfect Record, Dangerous Starts, And A Spaniard-Free Zone

The former England soccer player Gary Lineker once described the sport as follows: "Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." It feels somehow fitting to paraphrase that quote on the day that the Germans play in the World Cup final. Motorcycle racing is a simple sport, where 23 people ride a MotoGP bike as fast as they can, and Marc Marquez always wins.

He found yet another way to win at the Sachsenring. A heavy rain shower between the Moto2 race and the sighting lap for MotoGP left the grid in disarray, with about three quarters of the field heading in to swap from their wet to their dry bikes at the end of the warm up lap. That left fourteen riders to start from pit lane, five abreast, after jostling for position. At that point, the race should have been red flagged – more on that later – but instead, they all got out of pit lane safely. Just.

Marquez showed himself to be a master of improvisation, pitting quickly, swapping bikes and elbowing his way to the front of the pits. He took advantage of the chaos, exited pit lane first, and led the charge towards the shellshocked remainder of the pack who had started from the grid proper. He was 8.5 seconds behind the leader Stefan Bradl by the end of the first sector, a deficit which he had cut to 7.7 seconds by the end of the first lap. Before the sixth lap was completed, he had caught and passed the LCR Honda man, going on to win his ninth straight MotoGP race with relative ease. He faced an early challenge from his teammate Dani Pedrosa, but Marquez was more aggressive in getting past Bradl, where Pedrosa hesitated for a second. Pedrosa pushed hard once past, nearly caught Marquez, but faded towards the end.

2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Two Results: Red Flag Attrition

Race two at Laguna Seca would be started without two riders, and with the red flags brought out the grids for restarts would be further reduced.

2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from Bridgestone and the MotoGP teams after Sunday's strange German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2014

2014 Sachsenring Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at the Sachsenring:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2014

2014 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race One Results: The Grid Isn't The Best Garage

As the riders relaxed on the grid before the race, Eugene Laverty's Suzuki had the tank off and the throttle bodies on a towel on the tarmac as his engineers hurried to fix a problem. The 21°C Californian sun ensured that anyone who would start would do so on a hot dry track.

2014 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 9, Sachsenring, Germany

MotoGP Championship standings for round 9, 2014

2014 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 9, Sachsenring, Germany

Championship standings for round 9, 2014

2014 Sachsenring Moto2 Race Result: Two-Horse Race In Saxony

Full Recap and Results Below:

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