Brno, Czech Republic

2017 Brno Moto2 FP1 Result: Oliveira Steals It At The Flag

The weather continued to leave an impression on the Czech circuit, the intermediate class having to get up to speed after some weeks at the beach on a soaked drizzly track that seemed to only get worse.

Hafizh Syahrin lived up to his nickname and swam his way into the lead in the final ten minutes of the session but found a serious challenger in Simone Corsi on the Speed Up machine. The Italian’s position looked secure until Oliveira gave it another go just as the checkered flag dropped, the KTM rider snatching top spot by four tenths of a second.

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2017 Brno MotoGP FP1 Result: Zarco Edges Ahead in Rainy Brno

What’s a MotoGP weekend without a little rain? The worst of the downpour avoided the boys on the big bikes but the track was still truly soaked as the riders started proceedings in Brno.

Jorge Lorenzo didn’t seem to mind the mix of significant water and just enough track temperature to go into the lead early into the session, followed by several Ducatis – even though the Italian factory chose not to run their new aero package. With the Spaniard in the pits, first Marc Marquez then Hector Barbera and finally Dani Pedrosa snatched the lead. Lorenzo reclaimed his top position on his next run, as conditions seemed to deteriorate for the final few minutes of the session. But Johann Zarco didn’t get the memo and put his name at the top of the final version of the timesheets in the very last minute.

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2017 Brno Moto3 FP1 Result: Georgi Does A Pawi

Wherever MotoGP goes, rain follows. None of the heatwave that welcomed the grid back from the summer holiday for jet-surfing and press debriefs on Thursday. No, the weekend started with heavy rain, leaving a soaked track for the lightweight class to ease their way back to work.

Familiar wildcard Tim Georgi made the most of the conditions to do a Pawi and lead the early part of the session by over three seconds from the Moto3 top ten regulars. The gap was eventually reduced to one second by the closest challenger, Sky VR46’s Nicolo Bulega.

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2017 Brno MotoGP Thursday Round Up: Summer Break, Ducati's New Fairing, And Choices Ahead For Miller

After four weeks, MotoGP is back. That four-week break is a big deal. A much bigger deal than you might expect. Having a big break in the middle of the summer made the season much more manageable. "The problem is the pressure we have," Aleix Espargaro explained. "MotoGP looks like it's a lot of fun on the TV, and it is very fun, but we have a lot of responsibility, a lot of pressure, so to be able to disconnect and do nothing, it's always good."

That comment came in response to a question about the addition of the KymiRing in Finland to the calendar in 2019, which will expand the schedule to 20 races, after the inclusion of the Chang circuit in Thailand next year. The general feeling among riders was that 20 races was manageable, though with the caveat that Dorna ensure there is a large summer break.

Aleix Espargaro again: "For me the most important thing is to have a good break in the summer, like one month, because then you can disconnect. Really, I don't care if we do four races in a row, I don't care. I would like to do it if possible, four races in a row or three times three races in a row, but it's important in the middle to have a break, to just reset your mind, charge batteries. Because when you race a lot of consecutive races, it's very very hard for the body, for the head, for everything. But if we still have the summer break, one race more is no big problem."

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2017 Brno MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Preview press releases from the MotoGP teams and Michelin:

Repsol Honda Team resumes action following summer break

The Repsol Honda Team heads to Brno in the Czech Republic with Marc Marquez leading the Championship on 129 points and Dani Pedrosa in fifth place on 103 points, just 26 off the top after nine races in one of the closest seasons ever.

Marc and Dani are ready for the second half of the season following a four-week break that was interrupted only by a two-day private test at the same track on July 17 and 18.

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2017 MotoGP Calendar Now Confirmed

The 2017 MotoGP calendar is now officially confirmed. The FIM removed the provisional status of the calendar after Dorna finalized contracts with the two remaining circuits still left with an asterisk, Silverstone and Sepang.

The situation with Sepang had been settled earlier, with Sepang keen to retain a MotoGP race for the long term. Sepang has grown to become one of the best-attended races on the calendar. So large are the crowds that they now easily outnumber attendance for F1, which the circuit is trying to drop.

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2017 Provisional MotoGP Calendar - Sachsenring Now On 2nd July

The FIM today issued a revised and updated version of the provisional 2017 MotoGP calendar. The calendar features just a single change: the date of the German round of MotoGP at the Sachsenring has been moved forward two weeks, and will now take place on 2nd July.

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2017 WorldSBK Calendar Released: Portimao Returns, Jerez, Sepang Disappear

The provisional 2017 World Superbike calendar has been released, but unlike the MotoGP calendar, which is unchanged, there are a couple of minor differences to the schedule. The World Superbike class will contest 13 rounds, just as they did in 2016, spread across three continents. Sepang and Jerez have been dropped, and Portimao makes a comeback.

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Deep Dive: Bradley Smith Explains MotoGP Electronics, Part 2

Electronics in MotoGP remain a complex and fascinating subject. To help explain them to us, we had Bradley Smith talk us through the various options at his disposal on board his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha M1.

In the first part of this interview, published yesterday, Smith talked to us about the different electronics settings he has during practice and the race. In the second part, the Tech 3 rider talks us through how he and his team, under the guidance of crew chief Guy Coulon, arrive at those settings. Smith walks us through the different options available, and how he arrives at the right settings to use at a particular race track

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