2018 Philip Island World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Quickest In Last Timed Session

Jonathan Rea was quickest in the third qualifying session, being the only rider in the top seven to improve on his time from the quicker second session. Alex Lowes, in spite of not getting any track time in the second session, was eighth quickest this session, tenth overall, qualifying him for Superpole two. Leon Camier, in his first race weekend on the Honda, was third quickest this session and second quickest overall behind the day's quickest man Lorenzo Savadori.

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2018 Philip Island World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Leads Slower Session

Kenan Sofuoglu's fastest time of the second session was the fourth-quickest of the weekend so far. Sandro Cortese, Lucas Mahias and Randy Krummenacher were the next quickest men even thopugh none of them could improve on their morning's time. The only other rider to improve was Mike Di Meglio who lept from eighteenth place to … um, eighteenth place, improving his time by less than two tenths of a second.

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2018 Philip Island World Superbike FP2 Results: Savadori Tops Dry Session

As the session ended, it looked like Honda's new rider Leon Camier would reward his new team by ending the session on top, but as the last seconds flickered out, Lorenzo Savadori knocked him down a place and pushed his Aprilia teammate Eugene Laverty down to the third spot. Tom Sykes, Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea rounded out the top six while championship runner up Chaz Davies was down in ninth place.

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2018 Philip Island World Supersport FP1 Results: Mahias Starts Title Defence On Top

Reigning World Supersport champion Lucas Mahias started his title defense at the top of the first practice session, ahead of three other Yamahas, the returning Randy Krummenacher, former Moto 2 rider and first ever Moto 3 world champion Sandro Cortese and Federico Caricasulo. Kawasaki's Kenan Sofuoglu was the quickest non-Yamaha in fifth place.

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2018 Philip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Melandri tops damp session

The 2018 season is finally upon us. With new rules in place, including rev-limiting succesful teams, and with riders changing allegiances, the championship has been tweaked in an effort to make it the most competetive in recent memory.

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Bombshell: Yamaha And Tech3 To Part Ways For 2019 - Who Takes Yamahas, Who Supplies Tech3?

If you thought the 2019 MotoGP Silly Season was already in high gear, a bombshell announcement has just put it into overdrive. Today, the Monster Tech3 Yamaha team announced that from 2019, they will be parting ways. Tech3 will no longer be a satellite Yamaha team.

The split brings to an end an association of nearly 20 years with Yamaha. They first started in 1999 with Shinya Nakano and Olivier Jacque in 250cc, before switching to the premier class with the same pair in 2001. Tech3 have been a loyal partner for many years, giving up one seat to a factory-backed rider on a number of occasions, as occurred with Ben Spies, Colin Edwards, and Pol Espargaro.

However, there had been a few signs of tension over the past few months. Although Hervé Poncharal remained ever the gentleman when talking about Yamaha, toeing the company line, there were occasional hints of frustration in his response to questions, though never anything explicit. With Tech3 having been given a better offer from a different manufacturer - as the press release states - that made it easier to end the association with Yamaha.

That huge piece of news opens up a whole range of questions. Who will be supplying Tech3 with MotoGP bikes next year? Will Yamaha have a satellite team in 2019? And does this open the door to the VR46 team to make their entry into MotoGP? 

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Pecco Bagnaia To Move To MotoGP In 2019 With Pramac Ducati

Pecco Bagnaia is to move up to MotoGP with the Pramac Ducati team in 2019 and 2020. The news was announced on Twitter by the SkyVR46 team, and confirmed by Bagnaia himself on his Twitter feed.

The move is not a surprise. Bagnaia had been widely tipped to move to MotoGP with Ducati, with Paolo Ciabatti admitting at the launch back in January that the Italian factory had an interest in the 21 year old. 

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Press Release: Hafizh Syahrin Confirmed As Second Monster Tech 3 Yamaha Rider For 2018 Season

Hafizh Syahrin will contest the 2018 MotoGP season for the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team alongside Johann Zarco. The Tech 3 team today confirmed that the Malaysian rider will take the place of Jonas Folger, who has decided to sit out the season due to illness. 

The press release from Tech 3 appears below:


Monster Yamaha Tech3 to compete the 2018 MotoGP season with Hafizh Syahrin

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - What's going on at Yamaha?

The factory team seems in disarray, so could Johann Zarco be Yamaha’s greatest hope for this year’s MotoGP crown?

The Movistar Yamaha team seems to be digging itself an ever-deeper hole. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi completed the second tests of the year in eighth and 12th positions. Their lap times weren’t a disaster, but more worryingly, both riders were confused by their inability to get closer to the front, which is always a bad sign.

On Sunday evening Viñales seemed so lost that it was hard not to feel a bit sorry for him.

“By a long way this is the worst test,” he said. “Even Sepang, that was the worst one since I’ve been at Yamaha, then today it’s even worse. I don't know… Honestly, I don’t know. We are struggling as a factory team, so I don’t know. I don’t know what to say. It’s difficult… We are missing a little bit in all areas. I’ve used different chassis, different engines, different electronics, but there is no solution, so I don't know. Honestly, I don't know... Maybe it’s better to ask Yamaha…”

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2018 Phillip Island World Superbike Tuesday Test Times: Rea Leads The Way Once Again

Reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea returned to the top of the timesheets on the second day of the test at Phillip Island on Tuesday. Despite a small crash in the morning, Rea took a commanding lead over his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, who was two tenths slower than Rea.

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2018 Phillip Island World Supersport Tuesday Test Times: Krummenacher Leads Yamaha Clean Sweep

Randy Krummenacher leads a clean sweep of the Phillip Island World Supersport test for Yamaha. After a difficult year in WorldSBK, the Swiss rider has got his step back to the WorldSSP class off to a strong start, beating both the GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP riders. Lucas Mahias took second, ahead of his teammate Federico Caricasulo. Newcomer Sandro Cortese got his WorldSSP career off to a strong start, ending the test in fourth on the Kallio Racing Yamaha R6.

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