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2015 Silverstone MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Used Tires, Tough Love And The Chance of Rain

Predicting how a MotoGP race will play out is hard. Scratch that, predicting how a MotoGP race will play out is downright impossible. We scour the sector and lap times, talk to as many riders as possible, try to make sense of what they tell us, and take our best guess based on all we have learned. And inevitably, we get it wrong. Because there was something we missed, or because some random factor intervened, or because we didn't pay enough attention to what the riders were telling us, or perhaps paid too much attention to it. Which is why you should probably take the following with a pinch of salt.

After qualifying and practice at Brno, we confidently predicted one of the best races of the year, with Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez setting almost identical pace during free practice. The chase lasted for five laps, before Lorenzo picked up his heels and disappeared, riding a perfect race to an unstoppable win, and killing any burgeoning excitement stone dead.

Silverstone looks like being very similar. There are two riders who are clearly a step ahead of the rest, and on the basis of practice times on Saturday, their pace is very similar indeed. Though you wouldn't say that just based on the headline numbers: in FP3, Jorge Lorenzo destroyed the rest of the field, beating Márquez by nearly half a second. In the afternoon, during FP4, Márquez returned the favor, laying down a withering pace to put over eight tenths on everyone else, and posting a string of ten laps, the slowest of which was faster than fastest lap set by any other rider on the field. The difference between Lorenzo's FP3 lap and Márquez' FP4 lap? Just 0.062 seconds, in Lorenzo's favor.

The Men Who Would Be Champion: Who Will Take The 2015 MotoGP Title?

With just days to go until MotoGP hits the second half of the season, now is a good time to start asking the question who is in the hot seat for the 2015 MotoGP championship. Valentino Rossi leads the title chase by 13 points, but his lead is due more to his terrifying consistency than racking up win after win. Jorge Lorenzo had a seemingly invincible run from Jerez to Barcelona, but has also finished well off the podium. Andrea Iannone has been brilliantly consistent, but has not looked capable of winning, which is a prerequisite for a MotoGP title. Marc Márquez struggled in the first part of the season, but a new swing arm and a return to the 2014 chassis has taken the edge off the worst characteristics of the RC213V. Dani Pedrosa, meanwhile, missed too much of the first part of the season to be a factor.

Will Valentino Rossi pull off his his eighth MotoGP title, and his tenth title overall? Will Jorge Lorenzo become the first Spaniard to win three MotoGP titles? Or will Marc Márquez pull a rabbit out of the hat and take his third championship in a row? Let us run through the options and weigh the probabilities.

2015 Sepang World Superbike Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and series organizers after qualifying at Sepang:

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10
Year: 
2015

2015 Sepang World Superbike Preview Press Releases

Previews of this weekend's upcoming World Superbike round at Sepang from the series organizers and the teams:


Round Number: 
10
Year: 
2015

At Home With Scott Jones - Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Day


Unstoppable. No one could stand in Chaz Davies' way at Laguna


Kawasaki introduced a new sport to Laguna Seca: Synchronized sliding


California has been suffering one the worst droughts in its history. Instant cure? Hold a motorcycle race!

2015 Laguna Seca World Superbike Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike teams after Sunday's races at Laguna Seca:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2015

At Home With Scott Jones - Laguna Seca World Superbike Practice


Jonathan Rea, the leader of the WSBK pack


The Man Who Would Be Schwantz - Davide Giugliano


Aprilia's X Fighter

2015 Laguna Seca World Superbikes Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases after qualifying at Laguna:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2015

2015 Laguna Seca World Superbike Preview Press Releases

Press releases ahead of this weekend's World Superbike round at Laguna Seca:

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2015

2015 Misano World Superbike Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and the teams after Sunday's races at Misano:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2015

2015 Misano World Superbike Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases after qualifying at Misano from the teams and series organizers:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2015

2015 Misano World Superbike Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's WSBK round at Misano:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2015

2015 Portimao World Superbike Test Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and some of the teams after Monday's World Superbike test at Portimao:

Year: 
2015

2015 Portimao World Superbike Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the Portuguese round of WSBK:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2015

2015 Portimao World Superbike Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and teams after qualifying for tomorrow's World Superbike round at Portimao:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2015
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