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2011 Motegi MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Championships, Incident-Filled Races, And The Importance Of Set Up

It was a long and very full weekend of motorcycle racing, and to call it eventful would be one of the more obvious understatements of the year. In the 125c class, Johann Zarco finally got the win he has been chasing for so long, and did so in convincing style. In Moto2, Andrea Iannone produced the kind of display that everyone knows that he is capable of, but that he manages a little too sporadically.

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2011 Motegi MotoGP Saturday Round Up - Bike Setup Makes Lorenzo And Rossi More Competitive, And Titles On The Line In France

What a difference a day makes. Or perhaps that should be, what a different an afternoon makes. That Casey Stoner took pole at Motegi in the MotoGP class should surprise no one: pole in Japan is Stoner's 10th of the year, a new record for a MotoGP season, and with it, he wrapped up the BMW M Award, getting to take home a shiny new BMW 1 Series M Coupe. And all that with three qualifying sessions left to go.

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2011 Motegi MotoGP Friday Round Up - In Case You Didn't Know, Honda Owns Motegi

The first day of practice was summed up succinctly by Colin Edwards, in the TV interview that all of the riders do with MotoGP.com at the end of each day. The bike felt good, Edwards said, the front feels planted, he felt good on the bike. "It's just them frickin' Hondas!"

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2011 Motegi MotoGP Thursday Round Up - Of Fear, Weight Distribution And A Change In Routine

It was billed by the respected Italian website GPOne.com as "The Grand Prix Of Fear" and finally it's here. Unless something extremely untoward happens - highly unlikely, but the zone is one of the most geologically active regions in the world - by Friday evening, everyone will have gotten over themselves and we'll be talking about bikes on track again.

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Hopkins To Get Another Wildcard At Sepang

John Hopkins continues to sidle up to a MotoGP ride for 2012. After replacing Alvaro Bautista at Jerez and then entering as a wildcard at Brno, the current BSB championship leader is set for another wildcard aboard the Rizla Suzuki, this time at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Hopkins will line up in Sepang alongside Bautista again, as he did at Brno, though he will be hoping for a better outcome, the American unable to race in the Czech Republic after crashing out during practice on the Saturday of the Brno meeting.

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Damian Cudlin To Substitute For Loris Capirossi At Motegi

The announcement by Honda at Aragon that the Japanese factory would be fielding two wildcards at Motegi, in the form of veteran rider Shinichi Itoh and test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi, as a display of solidarity with the tsunami-stricken region of East Japan meant that for once this year, it looked like there would be a grid of 19 riders in MotoGP. But a crash early in the race saw Loris Capirossi fall heavily on the shoulder he had previously injured at Assen, and the Italian was advised not to race in Japan by famous paddock physician Dr Claudio Costa.

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MotoGP Gets Nine Days Of Preseason Testing For 2012, Returns To Jerez

After much debate about the amount and costs of testing for the MotoGP class, IRTA and the MSMA have agreed to loosen the reins a little for 2012. Preseason testing for the 2012 MotoGP testing will be increased by 1 day, from the 8 days the teams had in 2011 to 9 days next season. To help contain costs and make better use of the available time, the night tests at Qatar which preceded the season opener in previous years has been dropped in favor of the Jerez circuit in the south of Spain.

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Ducati's Secret Jerez Test - Rossi Faster On New Chassis, But Gap Still There

It is hard to keep secrets when Valentino Rossi is involved. Not because of the Italian - Rossi has been the very soul of discretion on the subject of Ducati's development - but because of the exposure he brings to any situation, and especially to Ducati. So on Thursday, Ducati held a private test of a brand new chassis for their 2012 MotoGP machine, all of the details of which were supposed to be secret, but most of which everybody knew.

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Capirossi Ruled Out Of Motegi

Loris Capirossi is one race closer to the end of his career. The veteran Italian, due to retire at the end of the season, injured his shoulder in a crash two thirds into the MotoGP race at Aragon, falling on the shoulder he had previously injured at Assen. As a result of the fall, Capirossi has been advised by his doctors to keep the shoulder immobilized, and will be forced to miss the Motegi MotoGP round.

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Bradley Smith Signs Three-Year Deal With Tech 3, Will Switch To MotoGP From 2013

Bradley Smith has been a revelation in the 2012 season. After struggling a little in the early part of the year, Smith quickly got the hang of riding a 600cc four stroke, and with the help of his crew chief Tom Jojic, has become a consistent front runner in the Moto2 class.

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2011 Aragon MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 2: The Old, The New Chassis, And A New New Chassis

MotoGP history was made at Aragon, and as has been the case so often throughout his career, the man making the history was Valentino Rossi. He is unlikely to be quite so proud of this piece of history, though: On Sunday, Rossi became the first rider to fall foul of MotoGP's engine durability rules, using his seventh engine during warm up, one beyond his original allocation of six and consequently being forced to start from pit lane.

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