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Aragon WSBK Test: Better Weather Sees Times Improve

Jonathan Rea leaves the Motorland Aragon circuit as the fastest man from the two-day World Superbike test at the circuit. Rea spent the day working on the engine management and electronics. The 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R has shown itself to be a powerful machine, but the acceleration is not as easy to manage as the 2015 bike. Rea's Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes also lapped Aragon on Tuesday, after choosing to sit out the first day of the two-day test due to the weather conditions.

Chaz Davies was reported as being second fastest, though no official timing was available. According to the German-language website Speedweek, the Aruba.it Ducati rider posted a lap of 1'51.0, 0.7 slower than the time set by Rea. Davies tested electronics strategies, as well suspension components, in search of more precise steering. Javi Fores took the second Ducati out, standing in for the still injured Davide Giugliano.

Alex Lowes was the faster of the two Pata Yamaha bikes, 1.4 seconds quicker than his new teammate Sylvain Guintoli. The Pata Yamaha pair are still working mainly on getting used to the YZF-R1, running a bike basically in BSB spec, development a priority for later. 

The biggest improvement of the day came from Nicky Hayden, who dropped his time by 1.5 seconds from the first day of the test, ending just a tenth behind his teammate Michael van der Mark. The American once again worked his seating position and position on the bike, and learning his way around the team and getting to know his new crew chief, Gerardo Acocella.

The World Superbike teams now pack up and head south again, to Jerez, where they will test at the end of next week. 

Aragon WSBK Test: Fog Gets Nicky Hayden's World Superbike Debut Off To A Late Start

Nicky Hayden turned his first official laps as a World Superbike rider on Monday, putting the Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR through its paces for the first time. The test did not get off to a particularly auspicious start, the day delayed by a wet track and thick fog, which took a long time to clear. Nevertheless, Hayden took his first laps shortly before one, to try to get a feel for the bike. The first exit was on wet tires, the track still damp, and there was no serious action on the circuit until late in the afternoon, when the sun finally broke through the clouds.

Though no times were released, German-language website Speedweek reports that Hayden's best lap was a 1'53.3, 1.8 seconds off the fastest time of reigning world champion Jonathan Rea, who set a 1'51.5. Hayden spent a lot of time working on his position on the bike and the position of footpegs and seat. He also spent a lot of time with the electronics, trying to set them up to get a better connection between throttle and engine. You can read more of his comments on the Bikesportnews website.

Though all eyes were on Nicky Hayden, there were quite a few other teams at the track. The Kawasaki Racing team continued their work of preparing the new ZX-10R, with Jonathan Rea working on seating position and adapting to the new engine and chassis. Tom Sykes did not ride, waiting for better conditions expected tomorrow.

Yamaha were also present, Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli continuing the work of preparing Yamaha's brand new YZF-R1 for its debut in the World Superbike class. The team had no new parts to test, but with a new bike to prepare, they had plenty of work to continue with after their test at Jerez. Chaz Davies was present for Ducati, concentrating on the engine of the Ducati Panigale 1199R. His teammate Davide Giugliano is not present at the test, as he is still recovering from the back injury he suffered earlier this year. Giugliano is now back riding motorcycles, however, and could make his return to testing at Jerez in ten days' time.

There were also a few World Supersport entries present. Most notable was PJ Jacobsen, working with the CORE Honda project ready for 2016. Testing continues on Tuesday, with better weather expected, and hopefully, a full day's testing for the teams.

Scott Jones Shoots The Grand Finale: Race Day Photos From Valencia


It's never been this busy at the back of the grid


Alex Rins, treading in the footsteps of Maverick Viñales in every way


Cal Crutchlow gets a push to his grid position


Miguel Oliveira had to win at Valencia, and he did just that. A glittering end to a glittering second half of the season


Danny Kent, meanwhile, suffered through some hard moments ensuring he finished in the top 14, including a battle with teammate Hiroki Ono


Tito Rabat came back with a bang, and a victory, at Valencia


The pressure at Valencia was indescribable


38 years of hurt...


Lorenzo leads, but Rossi is on a charge, already past nearly half the field


After he got past Smith, he was off to chase Petrucci


The Italian was the only rider to make way easily, though it cost him his position to Smith


Unstoppable. Rossi was up to fifth by lap 12, and past Dovizioso a lap later


The battle at the front: Marquez stalks, Lorenzo hammers


After losing ground, Pedrosa caught the leading pair in the latter stages


Close racing? It was for fifth


The race of his life was not enough for Rossi


As celebrations go, Lorenzo's for his fifth title was quite clever


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Casey Stoner To Return To Ducati In Testing Role, Wildcards A Possibility

Casey Stoner is set to make some form of return to MotoGP. The Australian is to switch back from Honda to Ducati, taking on a role as test rider for the Italian firm. There is a chance that Stoner could also be given one or more wildcard rides on Ducati's MotoGP bike.

The news comes after a series of rumors and stories, starting with the German language website Speedweek, and culminating with unofficial confirmation from Israeli TV MotoGP commentator Tammy Gorali. Ducati's Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti spoke officially to journalists at Valencia, but refused to confirm the deal. "Casey is a hero of Ducati fans, he won so many races and was a world champion for Ducati in 2007," Ciabatti said. "We will see what the future brings but we know that his contract with Honda will expire at the end of this year and obviously if there's a chance to do something together we would love to do it."

Various paddock sources confirmed the deal to Tammy Gorali, including sources close to both sides of the deal. The agreement appears to have come about after a number of issues Stoner had as a test rider for Honda. The main issue for the Australian was the fact that HRC appeared to ignore the feedback he had given on the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike, especially the aggressiveness of the engine. When Honda then called Hiroshi Aoyama to stand in for Dani Pedrosa during his absence, passing over Casey Stoner, despite the fact that he had offered his services when Pedrosa withdrew to recover from arm pump surgery.

Stoner has a contract with HRC which lasts until the end of the year, so an official announcement will have to wait until 1st January. We will then get to hear about Ducati's full plans with Stoner, including any plans for wildcard rides he may be offered.

2016 MotoGP Provisional Rider Line Up

RIDER NATIONALITY TEAM MACHINE
4 ANDREA DOVIZIOSO ITALIAN DUCATI RACING TEAM DUCATI
6 STEFAN BRADL GERMAN APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI APRILIA
8 HECTOR BARBERA SPANISH AVINTIA RACING DUCATI
9 DANILO PETRUCCI ITALIAN OCTO PRAMAC RACING DUCATI
15 ALEX DE ANGELIS SAN MARINO IODARACING PROJECT ART
19 ALVARO BAUTISTA SPANISH APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI APRILIA
25 MAVERICK VINALES SPANISH TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI
26 DANI PEDROSA SPANISH REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA
29 ANDREA IANNONE ITALIAN DUCATI RACING TEAM DUCATI
35 CAL CRUTCHLOW BRITISH LCR HONDA HONDA
38 BRADLEY SMITH BRITISH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA
41 ALEIX ESPARGARO SPANISH TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI
43 JACK MILLER AUSTRALIAN MARC VDS RACING TEAM HONDA
44 POL ESPARGARO SPANISH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA
45 SCOTT REDDING BRITISH OCTO PRAMAC RACING DUCATI
46 VALENTINO ROSSI ITALIAN MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA
50 EUGENE LAVERTY IRISH ASPAR MotoGP TEAM DUCATI
53 TITO RABAT SPANISH ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS HONDA
68 YONNY HERNANDEZ COLOMBIAN ASPAR MotoGP TEAM DUCATI
76 LORIS BAZ FRENCH AVINTIA RACING DUCATI
93 MARC MARQUEZ SPANISH REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA
99 JORGE LORENZO SPANISH MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA
TOTAL
22 ENTRIES
 

2016 Provisional Moto2 Rider Line Up

RIDER NATIONALITY TEAM MACHINE
2 JESKO RAFFIN SWISS STOP AND GO RACING TEAM KALEX
3 SIMONE CORSI ITALIAN SPEED UP SPEED UP
5 JOHANN ZARCO FRENCH AJO MOTORSPORT KALEX
7 LORENZO BALDASSARI ITALIAN FORWARD TEAM KALEX
10 LUCA MARINI ITALIAN FORWARD TEAM KALEX
11 SANDRO CORTESE GERMAN DYNAVOLT INTACT GP KALEX
12 THOMAS LUTHI SWISS DERENDINGER INTERWETTEN KALEX
14 RATTHAPARK WILAIROT THAI IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA KALEX
17 EFREN VAZQUEZ SPANISH IODARACING PROJECT SRL SUTER
19 XAVIER SIMEON BELGIAN QMMF RACING TEAM SPEED UP
21 FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITALIAN ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS KALEX
22 SAM LOWES BRITISH FEDERAL OIL GRESINI Moto2 KALEX
23 MARCEL SCHROTTER GERMAN AGR TEAM KALEX
25 AZLAN SHAH MALAYSIAN JPMOTO MALAYSIA KALEX
27 FEDERICO FULIGNI ITALIAN AGP RACING SUTER
30 TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI JAPANESE IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA KALEX
32 ISAAC VINALES SPANISH TECH 3 TECH 3
33 ALESSANDRO TONUCCI ITALIAN TASCA RACING SCUDERIA Moto2 KALEX
39 LUIS SALOM SPANISH STOP AND GO RACING TEAM KALEX
40 ALEX RINS SPANISH PAGINAS AMARILLAS HP 40 KALEX
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA PORTUGUESE LEOPARD RACING KALEX
49 AXEL PONS SPANISH AGR TEAM KALEX
52 DANNY KENT BRITISH LEOPARD RACING KALEX
54 MATTIA PASINI ITALIAN ITALTRANS RACING TEAM KALEX
55 HAFIZH SYAHRIN MALAYSIAN PETRONAS RACELINE MALAYSIA KALEX
57 EDGAR PONS SPANISH PAGINAS AMARILLAS HP 40 KALEX
60 JULIAN SIMON SPANISH QMMF RACING TEAM SPEED UP
70 ROBIN MULHAUSER SWISS TECHNOMAG INTERWETTEN KALEX
73 ALEX MARQUEZ SPANISH ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS KALEX
77 DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SWISS TECHNOMAG INTERWETTEN KALEX
87 REMY GARDNER AUSTRALIAN AGP RACING SUTER
88 RICKY CARDUS SPANISH JPMOTO MALAYSIA KALEX
94 JONAS FOLGER GERMAN DYNAVOLT INTACT GP KALEX
97 XAVI VIERGE SPANISH TECH 3 TECH 3
TOTAL
34 ENTRIES

2016 Provisional Moto3 Rider Line Up

RIDER NATIONALITY TEAM MACHINE
4 FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO ITALIAN GRESINI RACING Moto3 HONDA
5 ROMANO FENATI ITALIAN SKY RACING TEAM VR46 KTM
6 MARIA HERRERA SPANISH TEAM LAGLISSE KTM
7 ADAM NORRODIN MALAYSIAN DRIVE M7 SIC RACING TEAM HONDA
8 NICOLO BULEGA ITALIAN SKY RACING TEAM VR46 KTM
9 JORGE NAVARRO SPANISH ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 HONDA
10 ALEXIS MASBOU FRENCH SAXOPRINT RTG PEUGEOT
11 LIVIO LOI BELGIAN RW RACING GP BV HONDA
16 ANDREA MIGNO ITALIAN SKY RACING TEAM VR46 KTM
17 JOHN McPHEE BRITISH SAXOPRINT RTG PEUGEOT
19 GABRIEL RODRIGO ARGENTINIAN RBA RACING TEAM KTM
20 FABIO QUARTARARO FRENCH LEOPARD RACING KTM
21 FRANCESCO BAGNAIA ITALIAN MAPFRE TEAM MAHINDRA MAHINDRA
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI ITALIAN ONGETTA-RIVACOLD HONDA
24 TATSUKI SUZUKI JAPANESE CIP MAHINDRA
29 STEFANO MANZI ITALIAN MTA TEAM ITALIA MAHINDRA
33 ENEA BASTIANINI ITALIAN GRESINI RACING Moto3 HONDA
36 JOAN MIR SPANISH LEOPARD RACING KTM
40 DARRYN BINDER S-AFRICAN OUTOX RESET DRINK TEAM MAHINDRA
41 BRAD BINDER S-AFRICAN RED BULL KTM AJO KTM
43 STEFANO VALTULINI ITALIAN MTA TEAM ITALIA MAHINDRA
44 ARON CANET SPANISH ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 HONDA
48 LORENZO DALLA PORTA ITALIAN TEAM LAGLISSE KTM
55 ANDREA LOCATELLI ITALIAN LEOPARD RACING KTM
58 JUANFRAN GUEVARA SPANISH RBA RACING TEAM KTM
64 BO BENDSNEYDER DUTCH RED BULL KTM AJO KTM
65 PHILIPP OETTL GERMAN SCHEDL GP RACING KTM
76 HIROKI ONO JAPANESE HONDA TEAM ASIA HONDA
84 JAKUB KORNFEIL CZECH DRIVE M7 SIC RACING TEAM HONDA
88 JORGE MARTIN SPANISH MAPFRE TEAM MAHINDRA MAHINDRA
89 KHAIRUL IDHAM PAWI MALAYSIAN HONDA TEAM ASIA HONDA
92 MARTIN VANHAEREN BELGIAN CIP MAHINDRA
95 JULES DANILO FRENCH ONGETTA-RIVACOLD HONDA
98 KAREL HANIKA CZECH OUTOX RESET DRINK TEAM MAHINDRA
TOTAL
34 ENTRIES

Scott Jones Shoots The Grand Finale: Saturday Photos From Valencia


Andrea Iannone gives a practical demonstration of the phrase "bury the front"


The Little Samurai. Valentino Rossi will be cheering him on come Sunday afternoon


Time to go


Ducati's aero gets bigger and bigger


The man of the moment. Marc Marquez could help decide the title at Valencia


Aleix Espargaro: a fast racer is a happy racer


There are so many fast and long lefts that Jorge Lorenzo uses double knee sliders to make it through the race


Danilo Petrucci, revelation of 2015


Cal Crutchlow, the dark horse at Valencia


Brit Pack Brad & Scott


Give Pol Espargaro some rear grip and he flies. Watch out next year with the Michelins


Red bike gets the wings


Jack Miller tidies his entry

 


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Scott Jones Shoots The Grand Finale: Friday Photos From Valencia


On a mission


But so is this man


Danny Kent has one more chance to seal the deal. But it ain't easy


Danilo Petrucci's devil inside is showing


Valencia is a very tricky track on a MotoGP bike, as Maverick Viñales discovered


Legend


Ducati gives you wings


Smoking can seriously damage your health. Better of riding motorcycles


Fast as ever, and unperturbed


"Fans" react as Jorge Lorenzo enters the pits


Countdown


Pol Espargaro has got his mojo back, at last


This man could play a very important role in the championship this weekend


Jack Miller has come on in leaps and bounds since Alberto Puig took him under his win


Mr Smooth


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CAS Rejects Valentino Rossi's Request To Suspend Penalty: Will Start From Back Of Grid At Valencia

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Valentino Rossi's request for a stay of his penalty, given to him at Sepang. The 3-point penalty, handed to him at Sepang for the incident he was involved in with Marc Marquez, means he will start from the back of the grid for the final race of the season at Valencia.

Rossi will still be entitled to participate in Q2, if he finishes in the top ten after the three sessions of free practice, but the position he secures in Q2 will not count for his grid position. Everyone who qualifies behind him will be moved forward one position on the grid.

The CAS ruling is only on Rossi's request to have the penalty suspended for Valencia. The full case will still be heard in front of the panel of arbitration, but that will still take between six and twelve months, and will have no impact on the outcome of the the 2015 championship. It also means that Rossi has now served his penalty, and he will not have to serve it again after the hearing has completed.

The FIM press release on the penalty appears below:


FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

CAS dismisses request by Valentino Rossi for stay of execution of FIM Stewards’ decision

On 4 November 2015, a preliminary hearing was held at the headquarters of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne in the matter Valentino Rossi v. the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. The FIM was represented by its Legal Director, Mr Richard Perret.

Following the hearing, the CAS issued an Order dismissing the application for a stay filed by Mr Rossi concerning the decision rendered on 25 October 2015 by the FIM Stewards (see Order attached).

The CAS ruling on the request for stay of execution does not prejudge the final award on the merits of the case.

In appealing to the CAS against the decision of the FIM Stewards, Mr Rossi seeks annulment or modification of the FIM Stewards’ decision taken at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang, in which the FIM Stewards confirmed the 3 penalty points awarded by the Race Direction to Mr Rossi following an incident on Turn 14.

The FIM takes note of the ruling of the CAS.

As a consequence of this ruling, at the Gran Premi de la Comunitat Valenciana, last race of the FIM World Championship Grand Prix, Mr Rossi will start from the last position on the Grid.

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