Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - How do you solve a problem like Andrea?

Suzuki is having a nightmare MotoGP season; who to blame: the riders, the factory or the team?

I’ve already said it, but I’ll say it again, I like Andrea Iannone, mostly because he’s funny. MotoGP is lucky at the moment, not least because the grid includes a full rainbow of characters, from angelic assassins and gritty little boxers to scary old men and (pantomime) gangsters.

It’s not me suggesting Iannone is a wannabe gangster. A journalist recently asked the Italian what he would do for a living if he didn’t race bikes and he immediately replied he would be a gangster.

Meanwhile Iannone still races bikes and right now he’s got a problem. His performances with Suzuki have plotted a steadily downward path since he first got on the GSX-RR last November: from quietly promising to loudly disappointing.

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Interview: Aspar's Gino Borsoi On Creating A Pathway To MotoGP For Young Talent

The world of motorcycle racing is undergoing a major change behind the scenes. Increasingly, teams are working on creating a path for bringing on young and talented riders. Where once individual teams would merely scour the classes below the one they competed in for talent, and engage in bidding wars for the most promising riders, now, they take a very different tack. Talent scouting starts at the very lowest level, and a path created all the way from Pre-Moto3 to MotoGP.

One of the first examples of teams creating such a pathway came about when Marc VDS teamed up with Monlau for the 2015 season. Monlau had an existing racing structure in Spain, reaching down to regional championships, as well as a technical academy for budding race engineers. Marc VDS had a successful Moto2 team which could take over from the Monlau operation, and a newly created MotoGP operation. Suddenly, the team had a complete package they could offer riders, with sponsorship and consistent support starting in Pre-Moto3 and carrying on through the FIM CEV, Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP. All with the backing of Spanish beer giant Estrella Galicia.

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Oliveira Joins Smith And Espargaro For KTM MotoGP Test At Aragon

The KTM MotoGP team completed a two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit last week, and issued the following press release afterward:


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team concludes positive MotoGP test before summer break

MotoGP Private Test 2017 – MotorLand Aragon (ESP)

Following on from the Dutch TT and the German MotoGP, Red Bull KTM MotoGP Factory Racing Team have just completed a two day test in Aragon, Spain, with no less than four riders riding the KTM RC16.

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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race One Results: A Punishing Pace Throughout

The weather in California was hot and sunny as the riders listened to the American national anthem before the twenty-five lap race. The Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri were coloured in the new “Final Edition” Panigale colours.

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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike FP2 Results: Davies Holds Off Rea

Chaz Davies ends the day quickest in spite of being unable to improve on his morning's time. He's joined at the top by Jonathan Rea who, after the second red flag was lifted with just over three minutes left, put in the session's quickest time, just over a hundredth of a second off Davies's best lap. Marco Melandri was third quickest ahead of Eugene Laverty. American wildcard Jake Gagne, on the Red Bull Honda Fireblade, finished seventeenth quickest.

Leandro Mercado and Raffaele De Rosa are the two quickest men going into Superpole one. 

Results:

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