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Miguel Oliveira Signs For Leopard Racing In Moto2

Leopard Racing have confirmed that they will be moving up to Moto2 in 2016. Today, they announced the first of their signings for a two man team, with Miguel Oliveira moving up to make the switch to Moto2. It is believed that Danny Kent, currently leading the Moto3 championship, is also in the frame for the Moto2 seat at Leopard, but Kent is still eyeing a possible option in MotoGP. News is expected from Kent's camp early next week.

Below is the press release announcing Oliveira's signing:


Leopard Racing proudly announces a contract signed with Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira to compete in Moto2 in 2016.

After just one year as new colourful entry in Grand Prix racing on world stage, Leopard Racing is to start a project in the highly competitive Moto2 category alongside to its Moto3 outfit. With Miguel Oliveira, a young and promising rider is signed for the 2016 campaign in the intermediate category of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship. The agreement was finally reached during the weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix.

20 years old Oliveira, born in Portugal’s city of Pragal, will make his step up to Moto2 with the conclusion of the 2015 season. Oliveira currently occupies fifth spot of the Moto3 standings with already two race wins to his hands this season.

#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA:

“Honestly speaking I’m playing around with this idea since the beginning of this year. Of course it will be a big step for me, but I feel I’m ready to do it. Moto2 is a very difficult category so I’ll need a lot of training to start this new chapter in my career well prepared because we’ve seen many riders to enter this class but struggling to adapt to it quickly. Anyway, I’m convinced that I’m doing it with the right team, I trust in the guys around me as well as in the whole project. I think we’re going be successful. From my side I only can say that I’ll put my 200 percent in this stage of my career and I’ll try and do my best from the very first beginning. I’m really happy to reach this agreement with such a successful team and with an experienced crew.”

Miodrag KOTUR (Leopard Racing):

"First of all, we are pleased that Miguel Oliveira has seen what we want to achieve with our global road-racing programme. We’ve been watching him for some months and there is no doubt that Miguel is a rider of great talent and potential. We certainly feel he can open a few eyes. We are very confident that his smart riding style will suit perfectly with a Moto 2 bike. We are looking forward to meeting the Moto 2 World championship challenge with this young rider."

Provisional 2016 MotoGP Calendar Released: Austria In, Indy Out, Silverstone Moved

The FIM today released a provisional calendar for MotoGP in 2016, featuring much that was expected and a few surprises. The calendar will once again have 18 races, with Indianapolis dropped and Austria taking its place. The biggest change in the calendar is the moving of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which vacates its late August slot for the middle of July.

That move, and the scheduling of Austria and Brno back to back, will not be popular with the circuits. The British MotoGP round comes just three weeks after the F1 race at Silverstone, due to be held at the end of June. Silverstone will fear that having the two biggest events of the year in the space of a month will mean that they cannibalize attendance, with spectators choosing to attend either F1 or MotoGP. When there were two months between the two races, the chances of fans attending both were greater.

As for Brno and Austria, the Brno circuit feared that having Austria a week before their race would see German fans choosing to go to Austria rather than Brno, with an impact on attendance. So far, though, Dorna has prevailed in discussions.

The loss of Indianapolis is a consequence of the sanctioning fee demanded by Dorna. So far, Dorna have subsidized the round at Indy, the amount they were being paid not sufficient to cover the cost of transporting the bikes and teams to and from the US. Dorna had wanted to raise the fee to cover the full costs, IMS were unwilling to pay that amount to stage the race.

Below is the press release announcing the calendar:

FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
2016 provisional Calendar, 11 September  

Date Grand Prix Venue
20 March Qatar* Losail International Circuit
03 April República Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
10 April Americas Circuit of The Americas
24 April Spain Circuito de Jerez**
08 May France Le Mans
22 May Italy Autodromo del Mugello
05 June Catalunya Barcelona - Catalunya
26 June Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
10 July Germany Sachsenring
17 July Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
14 August Austria Red Bull Ring - Spielberg
21 August Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno**
11 September San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
25 September Aragón MotorLand Aragón
09 October Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
16 October Japan Twin Ring Motegi
23 October Australia Phillip Island
06 November Comunitat Valenciana Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

* Evening Race
** Subject to contract  



Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Rainy Race Day

In the wet, there was only ever going to be one winner from this battle

Clear visors make watching motorcycle racing in the rain even more interesting

Smoke, steam, or spray? You choose

Preparing bike swaps. Rules on bike positioning are taken very seriously indeed

Yonny Hernandez was one of several riders to crash out of the MotoGP race

You know how this feels, and it's not good

Fast at last, and off to Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso got back on the podium again at last

What the riders leave behind. Rubber everywhere

Jack Miller got a brilliant start, chasing down his teammate, before taking down his teammate

After his first podium, Danilo Petrucci told the press he kept expecting to wake from a dream

Tensest part of the day for Pol Espargaro

Nicky Hayden had a great result at Silverstone, winning the Open class

Love is... helping your future husband chase his dream

Not Bradley Smith's best result, but another solid finish on his way to his best year in MotoGP

He went thattaway

Toughest task on the grid? Selecting the next Elite:Dangerous mission

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Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Saturday Qualifying

Bradl The Brilliant Bavarian. Pretty good on an Aprilia too.

Bradley Smith. The sixth best motorcycle racer in the world, at the moment

Speed. Andrea Iannone in motion

#41. So Aleix knows which bike to get on

This could have been taken at any race. Ironic, given that Scott Redding had a fantastic weekend at Silverstone

Desmo Dovi, mediocre in qualifying, brilliant in the race

CWM's loss is photography's gain. Wonderful colors on Cal Crutchlow's bike

Loris Baz has been impressive on the Forward Yamaha, making rapid progress in the Open class

Who says Superbike riders don't get their elbow down? Eugene Laverty has adapted quickly, and shone at Silverstone

Big speed in a little package

The fastest pensioner in the west. Or the east, for that matter

One fast Colombian

Marc Marquez is fast again, much to the chagrin of the Movistar Yamaha men

Maverick, motoring

On Saturday, you would not have bet against this man. You would have lost your money, though

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Scott Redding Confirmed with Pramac Ducati For 2016

Scott Redding is to ride for Pramac Ducati in 2016. The Pramac squad announced today that the British rider will be riding alongside Danilo Petrucci on board a Ducati Desmosedici GP15.

The news means that Redding is to leave the Marc VDS squad, who had moved up to MotoGP to form a team around the English rider. But Redding never gelled with the Honda RC213V which he has been racing this year, and found it difficult to get any feeling with the bike. Redding only occasionally showed flashes of his potential, struggling outside of the top ten for most of the season. 

Redding had made no secret of his desire to leave. At Assen, he told reporters of his regrets about choosing the Honda, letting slip that he was keeping an eye on the Pramac team, and the performance of the bike. Redding had a test with Ducati in 2012, and had come away enthusiastic about the bike, and working with Ducati. Ducati were also very positive about Redding, and were keen to get him inside the factory's orbit.

That commitment is what attracted Redding to the Pramac ride. On the Honda, Redding has felt  like just another rider for HRC, given no special help to try to solve his problems. Ducati have shown him support, and the Italian factory will be very closely involved with Redding and his crew. Though the deal announced is only for 2016, it is likely to be the first step in a longer term relationship with Redding.

Who takes Redding's spot at Marc VDS is still undecided. The obvious choice would be reigning Moto2 world champion Tito Rabat. But that deal is not as simple to put together as the team had hoped. There is still some disagreement over the terms under which the reigning Moto2 world champion will ride for the team, with talks ongoing about the situation.

Below is the press release from the Pramac team:

Scott Redding joins Octo Pramac Racing for 2016 MotoGP World Championship

Octo Pramac Racing wishes to announce that it has reached an agreement with the British rider Scott Redding, who will race for the Italian team in the 2016 MotoGP World Championship on a Ducati Desmosedici GP.

Born in Quedgeley (UK) on January 4th 1993, Redding joined the 125cc championship at just 15 years of age and he then made history on June 22nd 2008 as the youngest-ever rider to step onto the top of the podium in a world championship race with his win in the British GP.

In 2010 he moved up into the Moto2 category, in which he took three race wins and a total of fourteen podiums, while his MotoGP debut came in the 2014 season with the Gresini Team. This season Scott is racing in the colours of the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Team.

Scott Jones Shoots Silverstone - Friday Practice

Valentino Rossi, pondering tire use

With CWM gone, the LCR bikes are looking prettier. Even Jack Miller's which was less encumbered by the troubled sponsor

For someone who looks set to abandon the Honda, Scott Redding looks like a happy man on it

The downside to winglets. You need a lot of spares

Marquez at Silverstone. Finding a way to be fast

Early morning ritual: roll the bikes out and help them roar into life

The King of England

Eugene Laverty was good here in WSS, good here in WSBK, so no surprise he is good at Silverstone on a MotoGP bike

Green and black, fighting colors

Keeping an eye on the competition. Not threat yet, but be wary of the future

Big skies. Silverstone is like Assen in that respect

The Maniac? Not so much nowadays, but fast nonetheless

Suzuki sweeper

The perils of missing sponsors. Need a lot of tape to cover them up

Total control, believe it or not


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Cal Crutchlow Signs On For Two More Years With LCR Honda

Yesterday, it was Bradley Smith, today it is Cal Crutchlow. On Wednesday, the LCR Honda team announced that Cal Crutchlow will be riding with the team for two more seasons. The deal will see Crutchlow staying with LCR for 2016, giving him an option to stay on for 2017 as well.

Crutchlow's deal has been a long time coming. Talks were started as early as Barcelona, with Crutchlow looking for a two-year extension with LCR. Honda were keen to keep Crutchlow within the ranks, as the Englishman has been able to provide valuable feedback to HRC for the RC213V. With Honda having taken a wrong path for this season, having an extra rider to provide development input has been important. Crutchlow's results have been solid this year, including a podium at Argentina, though he has also found himself in the gravel a number of times.

There had been a brief flirtation with Pramac Ducati, Crutchlow entering talks with the satellite Ducati team about racing for the Italian factory once again. This, however, appears to have been more of a bargaining chip to use with Honda, rather than a serious attempt to return to the fold at Bologna. 

The announcement from LCR also contains the first public acknowledgement that the team's sponsorship deal with CWM is at an end. It has been a troubled relationship from the start, with London's City Police raiding CWM's offices in London on suspicion of fraud back in April, and company boss Anthony Constantinou having been charged on multiple counts of sexual assault. CWM had already paid most of the sponsorship money owed to LCR, but after failing to pay the final instalment, believed to be over €1 million, the sponsorship contract was terminated. From Silverstone, CWM will disappear from the bikes, LCR returning to their previous system of rotating title sponsors each event. This weekend, it is Givi on the bike.

Crutchlow's signing with LCR does not mean the end of Jack Miller's slot with the team. Sources close to the team are confident that LCR will be able to continue to run two bikes in 2016, with Miller on the second machine.

With Crutchlow and Smith now signed up ahead of Silverstone, the question is whether more British riders will announce their futures this weekend. Danny Kent had been linked to the Pramac Ducati ride at Brno, but since then, the Moto3 championship leader has had competition from Scott Redding, who has struggled with the Honda RC213V and has happy memories of testing the Desmosedici. Sam Lowes has a precontract with Aprilia, though there have been some suggestions that Aprilia may be looking elsewhere. Kent, Redding and Lowes are less likely to make their announcement at Silverstone, as talks for Kent and Redding are still at an early stage, and Aprilia are more likely to wait until their home GP at Misano to make an announcement. Moto3 rider John McPhee is still in early talks with a number of Moto3 teams.

Below is the press release from LCR on the Crutchlow deal:


LCR Honda is pleased to announce that the British rider Cal Crutchlow will extend his cooperation with Honda HRC and the LCR Team managed by Lucio Cecchinello for the 2016 season, with a further option for 2017.

Based on the Isle of Man, 29 year-old Crutchlow has so far claimed 74 points this season on board the factory-spec Honda RC213V, including a stunning podium finish at the Grand Prix of Argentina.

LCR is also pleased to announce that GIVI (a long-term partner of the LCR Honda Team) will be the Title Sponsor on Crutchlow's Honda RC213V at his home race, the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone this weekend.

Lucio Cecchinello (Team Principal):”I am happy to announce the extension of our cooperation with Cal, who is one of the most talented riders in the whole MotoGP field. He has got the skills and the potential to battle with the top riders and fight for the podium spots, as he demonstrated in Argentina earlier this season. Cal is extremely professional and during the season we have built up a great rapport. it's a pleasure to be working with Cal again in 2016 and I look forward to the years to come"

Cal Crutchlow: "I am very happy to continue my relationship with LCR for 2016 and 2017. Lucio has a fantastic team and I look forward to growing further with them and with Honda. We started the season well and I believe we can score some great results in the rest of this year and in the season to come."

LCR Honda Team would like to sincerely thank CWM for their support.

Bradley Smith Extends Contract With Tech 3 For 2016

Bradley Smith has signed on for another season with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team. The British rider has extended his contract, and will continue to ride for the team in 2016.

The announcement and its timing had been widely expected, coming as it does just days before the start of the British round of MotoGP at Silverstone. Smith had made it clear since before the summer break that he wanted to stay with Tech 3, but the contract took longer to put together than hoped. Smith spoke of his frustration about the situation at Indianapolis, though by Brno, some progress appeared to have been made. The deal was finalized shortly after the Czech round of MotoGP, just in time to be announced at his home race.

The stumbling block to a new contract was ensuring that Smith received equal treatment with Tech 3 teammate Pol Espargaro for 2016. This had been a thorn in Smith's side throughout the season, as upgrades such as a new chassis arrived on Espargaro's side of the garage, but were not available for Smith. As the Englishman has lead his teammate in the championship throughout the 2015 season, Smith felt that he too deserved better treatment from Yamaha. Talks with the factory at Indianapolis helped clear the air, opening the way for a deal to be signed.

Smith deliberately chose to sign just a one-year deal, to put him in sync with the rest of the MotoGP field. At the end of 2016, both Yamahas, both Hondas, both Ducatis, at least one Suzuki and one Aprilia seat will be open, as well as both seats at Tech 3, and possibly other satellite rides as well. If Smith, or any other young rider, has any hope of a factory contract, the 2017 season will be their first shot at obtaining one. Silly season for 2017 is likely to start very early next year, and get very silly indeed in its early stages.

Smith is unlikely to be the only British rider announcing a contract in the run up to the Silverstone round of MotoGP. Cal Crutchlow is believed to be very close to announcing a two-year extension of his contract with Honda, while Danny Kent and Sam Lowes could also make announcements on their future. Scott Redding could also clinch a new deal at Silverstone, but any possible switch from the Marc VDS team is still a long way from being agreed.

Below is the press release from Tech 3 on the deal:

Smith signs with Monster Yamaha Tech3 for 2016

Bradley Smith and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team are delighted to have reached an agreement that will see the British rider remain with the team for the 2016 season aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. The contract extension comes as Smith is currently undertaking his most successful MotoGP season to date, where he has finished no lower than 8th so far. Furthermore, he stands in fifth position and at the head of the satellite rankings in the championship after some highly impressive performances. Next season will be the British stars fourth season in the premier class with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and his sixth in total after joining the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team in 2011. In his first term in MotoGP, Smith finished collecting more points than any other British rookie and he followed that success with another hard fought campaign in 2014 with a personal highlight of a superbly executed podium at Phillip Island. Furthermore, the Briton was part of this year's Suzuka 8 hour conquering team with Yamaha Factory Racing who won the elite event after 19 years. Smith will now focus on the remaining rounds in this season and will seek to battle as close as possible to the Factory MotoGP bikes before aiming to challenge for podiums in 2016 aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1.

Bradley Smith

"Obviously, I am really pleased to be able to continue this journey with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and it's fantastic news to resign for another season. We will be going into our sixth year together and I must say that it is certainly nice to be giving the guys the results and performances that they deserve at the moment. So far in 2015, I have been finishing where we want to be which is very positive, as I'm sure that I am in debt to them for the first two years in the premier class! Everyone in the team has put their faith in me again and we know that 2016 will be tricky due to the changes in regulations, however, I am optimistic that this will give the satellite riders more of a chance to be competitive. Therefore I am confident about going into next year, as I know that everything will be fairer so we will continue to work together and we fully intend to take our sponsors onto the podium. 2016 will be exciting and I am more than pleased about being able to ride aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 and with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team."

Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :

"I am super happy and proud to finally announce that Bradley Smith will remain with our team for one more year. Brad will hold the record with Colin Edwards for the amount of time in the premier class with Tech3, which is four years and this shows that he will be a very important rider in the team's history. Of course, he deserves to be given the opportunity by the team together with Factory Yamaha to ride an M1 for another season after having had a fantastic first part of the year. In addition, the incredible win that he achieved with Pol and Nakasuga at the Suzuka 8 Hours was really impressive and he made us proud. Now we hope that the fact that his future is sorted will give him a big boost for his upcoming home GP and I am sure that he is going to be even stronger in the final rounds of the 2015 season compared to what we have seen so far."

The 2016 MotoGP Season - What We Know, What We Expect

With the news that the Brno round of MotoGP has been handed to a consortium consisting of local and regional governments, and that they are working to secure the long-term future of Brno, a major piece of the puzzle surrounding MotoGP's schedule for 2016 slotted into place. Brno, along with Indianapolis, had been the two biggest question marks still hanging over the calendar.

Most of the schedule fell into place once Formula One announced its calendar several weeks ago. The combination of an unusually late start (F1 kicks off in Melbourne on 4th April, two weeks later than last year) and an expansion of the schedule to 21 races has left few gaps for MotoGP to fit into. The upside to F1's late start is that MotoGP can get a head start on its four-wheeled counterpart, and kick the season off before F1 begins.

Preseason testing is slightly altered for 2016. Instead of two tests at Sepang, the MotoGP teams will head from Sepang to Phillip Island, and then on to Qatar, for a final test before the start of the season. Testing starts on the first three days of February, spending the 1st to the 3rd at Sepang, for the first start of the year. From there, the circus moves to Australia, for a three-day test at Phillip Island from 17th to the 19th February, before heading back across the equator to Qatar. MotoGP will test at the Losail circuit on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March.

Two weeks later, the paddock returns to Qatar for the start of the season proper. Racing starts under the floodlights as usual on 20th March, with practice starting on Thursday, as it has done for some time now. Two weeks later, the circus crosses the Atlantic to Austin, the likely sole US round to be held on 3rd April. From there, MotoGP heads south to Argentina, the Termas de Rio Hondo round due to be held on 10th April.

Those three dates are set, but beyond that, the calendar is yet to be finalized. Sources at Brno suggested that the 2016 calendar would mirror the 2015 schedule, with most of the races moved a week earlier to fit in with F1. Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona would follow two weeks apart, with a three-week break between Barcelona and Assen, which will take place on 26th June, having been moved from Saturday to Sunday. It is possible that Barcelona could be moved up a week to 12th June, as that would put an extra week between the MotoGP and the F1 races, and be run on the same weekend as the Montreal F1 race, which starts in the evening European time. The date for the Assen round of MotoGP clashes with the British F1 round at Silverstone, but in that case, MotoGP will start earlier, probably at 1pm, with Moto3 taking place after MotoGP has finished. From there, MotoGP will head to Germany for the Sachsenring race, likely to be held on 10th July.

The month of August was the hardest part of the puzzle for Dorna to put together. Brno and Indianapolis were the two stumbling blocks: Brno had not paid monies owed from 2014 and 2015, and Indianapolis was not disposed to pay the sanctioning fee asked by Dorna. Dorna, for their part, were not willing to lower the sanctioning fee, as the amount the circuit has paid so far does not cover the cost of staging the race in the Midwest. When MotoGP was still racing at Laguna Seca, Transatlantic freight costs could be shared between two races. MotoGP backed out from Laguna, after the circuit was unable to pay the already heavily discounted sanctioning fee, and Indy has been left to cover the full cost of flying the entire circus back and forth across the Atlantic. It is not a cost which the circuit seems disposed to bear.

Brno signing up meant that Indy has almost certainly forfeited its place, though officially, nothing has been agreed yet. What is certain is that MotoGP will be heading to the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg in Austria, on either the first or the second week of August. Dorna are believed to want to run Austria back-to-back with Brno, but the Brno circuit would like a week's grace between the two races, fearing reduced attendance at the Czech round. The Red Bull Ring and Masaryk Circuit at Brno are just over 320 kilometers apart, and will be drawing from a very similar pool of fans. German fans from the Munich area will be able to choose between two races roughly equal distances apart. Austria and Brno are likely to take on two of the weekends between 7th and 21st of August.

The British round of MotoGP is likely to take place on the August Bank Holiday once again, the 28th August being the most likely date. That would see it clash with the Belgian F1 Grand Prix at Spa, meaning that the British race would either have to start at 12 noon UK time, to start before F1, or at 3pm local time, once the race has finished. Officially, the race should take place at the Circuit of Wales in Ebbw Vale, but it looks unlikely that the track will be ready in time. Silverstone is the most likely candidate to host the race once again.

From Silverstone, MotoGP will probably head to Misano and Aragon once again, at two week intervals. That would put Misano on a weekend without an F1 weekend on 11th September, and Aragon on the 25th, when F1 is at Sepang in Malaysia, and on much earlier in the morning. After that, it is off to the three flyaways once again in Japan, Australia and Malaysia, before heading back to the final round of the season at Valencia.

All of these dates are far from fixed, with the exception of the first three races of the season and Assen, and are definitely subject to change. An official provisional calendar is expected soon, possibly as early as Misano. 

2016 is likely to be the last year of the current shape of the calendar. From 2017, Thailand is expected to join the schedule, MotoGP heading to Buriram in the wake of World Superbikes. A round at Sentul in Indonesia is expected to be put on the calendar in the near future, though whether it will be ready in time for 2017 or not remains to be seen. 

Though Carmelo Ezpeleta has said that the calendar could be expanded to 20 races, that will meet with opposition from the riders. The 18-race calendar is punishing enough, adding two more would be too much to ask, the riders feel. Injury and physical and mental exhaustion would make a 20-race schedule unsafe.

That would mean dropping races from the calendar, and with four rounds in Spain, those are the races most under threat. The tourism ministry in Andalucia is keen to keep the race in Jerez, as it brings in a lot of money to an economically depressed region, and Jerez has tried to profile itself as the city of motorsports. Aragon has a long-term contract, and strong support from regional government for much the same reason as Jerez, for the employment the circuit brings. Valencia and Barcelona are the two events most under threat, mostly as a result of local politics. The regional government in Valencia is still embroiled in the aftermath of a financial scandal surrounding the running of the F1 race at the street circuit in the city, and there is constant pressure to both clean up its act and reduce spending. The new mayor of Barcelona, elected on an anti-austerity platform, has stated publicly that she believes that the highly successful MotoGP race at the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona is capable of paying its own way, and that she would rather spend the money paid to Dorna on helping to house the homeless in Barcelona, rather than subsidize a profit-making enterprise. One or both of those rounds could be dropped, the other alternative being to alternate the race between the two venues.

2017, though, is still a very long way away. First, there is the small matter of the rest of the 2015 season.


Czeching In With Scott Jones: Race Day At Brno

Marquez stalked, but Lorenzo was not for stalking

Niccolo Antonelli. Yes, he does a bit.

Rossi finally qualified on the front row at Brno. It didn't help him much

The new Ducati. Much narrower around the fairing, with wider wings. Dovizioso liked it

Iannone didn't. Left the new bike, right the old

Attention to detail: moulded cover for TV camera, complete with aerials

The champ and his mentor: Tito Rabat with crew chief Pete Benson

Unstoppable. And an unfortunate helmet design for the 70th anniversary of VJ Day

Not so pretty in pink. Worth it to get such a close up view of the bikes, though

Yes, that's the kind of elevation change we are talking about at Brno

Noblesse oblige. Karel Abraham wasn't really fit enough to ride, but he had to, and acquitted himself admirably under the circumstances

Stefan Bradl has come into Aprilia and immediately started making life difficult for Alvaro Bautista

Former teammates, still fierce rivals. The Alexes Rins and Marquez

New leads old, but not for long

Moto3 produced another thriller, though championship leader Danny Kent was less than thrilled about it

Moto2 may not have had the thrills at the front, but the spectacle is still there further back

Mr Reliable. Bradley Smith was best satellite rider once again at Brno

The second half of the season has been tough on Aleix Espargaro

Things could be worse. Scott Redding has had a nightmare season in 2015

Once again, a Honda tried to kill Dani Pedrosa. Once again, the toughest nut on the grid did not crack

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