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2016 Le Mans Saturday Round Up: Pedrosa Again, Tires, & Qualifying Strategies

The report last night that Dani Pedrosa will replace Jorge Lorenzo in the Movistar Yamaha garage had a devastating effect on the paddock on Saturday. It provoked an almost universal panic among everyone peripheral to the decision. Maverick Viñales' manager Paco Sanchez – strictly speaking, the lawyer who is helping Viñales with his contract negotiations, as Viñales is managing himself – was interviewed by every television broadcaster in the MotoGP paddock, along with nearly every radio station and most journalists. Repsol Honda team principal Livio Suppo and Movistar Yamaha team director Maio Meregalli did pretty much the same, answering the same questions over and over. It was Silly Season at its most frenetic.

As an example, the Spanish sports daily – Spanish journalists are chasing this story hardest, as they have the most at stake – AS featured the following vignette on its website. Reporter Mela Chercoles walked past Albert Valera, manager of Jorge Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaro and others, and heard him berating Alex Salas, assistant to Maverick Viñales. "Tell me that Maverick won't let the Yamaha train get away from him," Chercoles reports Valera as saying. The sense of disbelief in the paddock is huge.

2016 Le Mans Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Le Mans:


Brad Binder takes spot on front row for French GP

World Championship leader sets second fastest time in very close qualifying session, in which Bo Bendsneyder goes less than one second off pole in 21st.

05/07/2016 - Le Mans Circuit, France

2016 Jerez Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Jerez:


Brad Binder takes sensational first career Moto3 victory at Jerez

4th Rd. Moto3 2016 – Circuito de Jerez (ESP)

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder took his first career Moto3 victory on Sunday at the Jerez circuit in the most spectacular way possible, starting at last position, number 35 on the grid. The South African rider’s bike was deemed to have had a technical infringement in one of the practice sessions and this bumped him from second on the grid to the last place.

2016 Argentina Saturday Round Up: A look at Argentina, and Tire Challenges

We have been here before, of course. The history of problems with spec tires is long and varied. In 2012, at Assen, the tires of several riders, including Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies, ended up losing chunks, causing huge problems in the race. The cold tire highsides of 2009 and 2010, which saw Hiroshi Aoyama crack a couple of vertebrae, an injury which ended his career as a competitive racer, and Valentino Rossi break his leg, forcing him to miss a race for the first time in his career.

2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 classes after the opening races of the season at Qatar:


Zarco score points in penalty-filled Moto2 opener

Ajo Motorsport rider finishes Grand Prix of Qatar twelfth, after being penalised with a ride-through penalty for jumping the start.

03/20/2016 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar

2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Qatar:


Bittersweet third place for Brad Binder in Qatar GP qualifying

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes third in the first QP of the year, but will start from the second row after incurring a penalty. Bo Bendsneyder –eighth– also sanctioned and will start from eleventh.

03/19/2016 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar

2016 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On Unpredictable Racing, and the Futility of Mind Games

Practice, like testing, doesn't really count for much, riders will tell you. When you talk to the afterwards, they will tell you that they didn't set a really fast lap because they were working on set up, or trying to figure out which tire will be best in the race, or working on race pace rather than one lap pace. Maybe they were saving tires, or maybe they ran into traffic, or maybe there wasn't enough time left in the session to go for a fast lap. Even the rider who is fastest will tell you they were surprised, they were not really pushing for a time, but it just came naturally.

2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Thursday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Qatar:


Rocket start for Livio Loi: fastest in Qatar

The first day of the 2016 season had Livio Loi’s name on it. RW Racing GP’s rider was fastest in the first practice (2.06,456) for the GP of Qatar, and in the second (2.05,832) - and he did it on his own, without a tow.

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