November 2019

Jerez WorldSBK Test Friday Results: Rea Opens A Big Gap To The Yamahas

Jonathan Rea has made his intentions clear on the last day of testing for 2019 for the WorldSBK class, opening up an imposing gap over the rest of the field on his final run. The Kawasaki rider was just over a tenth off his own Superpole record at the Spanish track, but was nearly nine tenths faster than Loris Baz on the Ten Kate Yamaha on Friday, and over eight tenths faster than Toprak Razgatlioglu's second quickest time overall set on Thursday. Razgatlioglu was the only rider not to improve his best time on the second day of the test. 

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Jerez WorldSBK Test Friday 2pm Times: Van Der Mark Leads Kawasaki Duo

Michael van der Mark leads the way on the second day of the WorldSBK test at Jerez, the Pata Yamaha rider a fraction faster than the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes. Toprak Razgatlioglu is fourth quickest on the second Yamaha, ahead of Scott Redding, the first of the Ducatis.

Moto2 refugee Andrea Locatelli is faster on the Yamaha R6 than Moto3 fugitive Philipp Oettl is on the Kawasaki ZX-6R, the pair over half a second quicker than the WorldSSP regulars.

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Jerez WorldSBK Test Thursday Results: Rea Fastest, Yamahas Impress

Five-time champion Jonathan Rea continues to rule the roost in World Superbike championship. The Kawasaki rider topped the timesheets for much of the first day of the test in Jerez, ending the day as fastest, after spending Thursday working on race pace on used tires and on getting the most out of the engine of the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, to take on the might of the Ducati Panigale V4 R.

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Superbike Commission Moves To Preemptively Restrict Active Aerodynamics In WorldSBK

The launch of the Honda CBR1000RR-R has caused the Superbike Commission, the rule-making body for the WorldSBK series, to take preemptive action to restrict the use of active aerodynamics. In a press release today, announcing a series of rule changes for the 2020 season, the biggest change is putting limits in place on how dynamic aerodynamics can be used.

The new rules limit the amount of movement available for active, dynamic, or movable aerodynamic parts. Moving parts will be restricted to the range of motion used on the production bike, even if the parts allow greater freedom of movement.

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Marc Marquez Undergoes Surgery On Right Shoulder

Marc Marquez has had surgery on his right shoulder, to fix the problems he picked up in crashes earlier this year. The reigning MotoGP champion crashed on his right shoulder a couple of times this season, most notably at Sepang, when he tried following Fabio Quartararo during qualifying, and got caught out on a cold rear tire. A further big crash at the Jerez test on Monday prompted the plans for surgery to be brought forward.

The operation is similar to the one he had in December 2018, on his left shoulder. That shoulder was in a much worse state than the right one, but after developing an issue in the right shoulder as well, Marquez and his team decided to take preventative action to avoid the shoulder getting worse.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - ‘I tell Cal that with a Honda MotoGP bike you have to fight and that’s why we pay you!’

Everyone knows Honda’s RC213V is no armchair ride. But why? Best man to ask is Takeo Yokoyama, HRC’s technical manager who works with Marc Márquez, Cal Crutchlow and now Alex Márquez

What engineering concepts went into building the 2019 RC213V which dominated last season in the hands of Marc Márquez but sometimes made life difficult for Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo? And what kind of a bike is Honda building for the 2020 MotoGP championship?

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Jerez November Tuesday MotoGP Test Notes: Where The Factories Stand After Jerez

If Monday was a busy day for the riders at the test, Tuesday was the opposite. The weather meant everyone got out early, then mostly sat about not doing very much, hoping that it would either rain properly, so they could get some wet testing in, or dry up, so they could continue their testing program. But with no wind and overcast skies, it did neither. The track was damp and patchy.

A few riders ventured out, especially when the track was still fully wet. The rookies used the wet track to get used to the feel of the Michelin wet tires, and riding in the rain on a MotoGP bike. And the factories with new engines to test put in a few laps in the wet, to see how the engine responded on a wet track.

For the rookies, the difference between the MotoGP Michelin tires and the Moto2 Dunlops was difficult to comprehend. "The tires are amazing," Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider Iker Lecuona said. "It's possible to brake at the same point as in dry conditions. It's possible to use a lot of lean angle, to open the throttle, to brake late. So in general, it's much better compared to the Moto2 tire."

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Jerez November Test Final Times: Marquez Fastest On Second Day, Viñales Fastest Overall

Marc Marquez finished the second and final day of the Jerez MotoGP test at the top of the timesheets, after a day cut short by the weather. The riders took to the track early, the surface dry and in good condition. But a light rain started shortly after midday, and persisted for most of the afternoon. Though a number of riders got track time in the wet - important to test how the new engines responded on a wet track - any idea of setting a time was forgotten.

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UPDATE: Marc Marquez To Have Surgery On Dislocated Right Shoulder

The fallout of qualifying in Sepang is having serious consequences for Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda rider had a huge highside during Q2, when he was trying to follow Fabio Quartararo. It was plain to see that Marquez banged up his knees and ankles in the crash, but it now appears he also dislocated his right shoulder in the fall. 

The injury was serious enough to warrant a full medical examination, and the possibility of surgery to fix the shoulder. At the Jerez test, Marc Marquez told Israeli journalist and TV commentator Tammy Gorali that he would be having his right shoulder examined in Barcelona on Wednesday. 

The action was further prompted by Marquez' crash at the Jerez test. On Monday, Marquez crashed in the final corner, and had to be taken to the medical center for further examination. That crash came on top of a highside at Turn 13 during the Valencia test, which also saw him land on his shoulder.

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