2017 Jerez IRTA Test Friday Moto2 Times: Marquez Leaves Jerez As Fastest Moto2 Man

Alex Marquez leaves the Moto2 test at Jerez in an upbeat frame of mind, having set the fastest time on the final day of testing, and a new best time around the Jerez circuit on a Moto2 machine. The Spaniard was the only man to crack the 1'41 barrier, going over a tenth faster than his Marc VDS teammate Franco Morbidelli. 

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Friday Moto2 Morning Times: Marquez Fastest Once Again

Alex Marquez has topped both sessions on Friday morning, the Marc VDS rider showing exceptional pace, even in hot conditions. In the morning, the Spaniard set the fastest ever lap around the track on a Moto2 bike, cracking the 1'41 barrier. Even in the heat of the afternoon, Marquez was close to the pole record set during last year's race. 

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Friday Moto3 Morning Times: Bulega's Reign Continues

The same names keep cropping up at the top of the Moto3 timesheets at Jerez. On Friday morning, it was once again Nicolo Bulega who was fastest, the Sky VR46 rider just edging out Aron Canet to take top spot. Behind Canet, a few new names popped up, with Jakub Kornfeil taking third, ahead of Marcos Ramirez and Gabriel Rodrigo.

Two more sessions remain for the Moto3 riders.

Times from the first session for Moto3:

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2017 Chang Thailand World Supersport FP2 Results: Smith Continues Charge

With everyone in the top sixteen improving on their morning's times, Superpole qualifying was determined in this session and once again Kyle Smith was quickest, only wildcard Decha Kraisart and Lucas Mahias beat Jules Cluzel this time. 

Results:

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2017 Chang Thailand World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Leads Sykes To Superpole

Once again, Jonathan Rea was quickest overall with only his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes within a quarter of a second of him. Ducati's Chaz Davies was third quickest but was unable to beat Marco Melandri's morning time, ending up qualifying for Superpole in fourth place behind his teammate. Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores continue their strong pace, improving on their morning's times, rounding out the provisional second row. 

Results:

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2017 Chang Thailand World Supersport FP1 Results: Smith Quickest Ahead Of Cluzel

Kyle Smith and Jules Cluzel put Honda at the top of the timing sheets ahead of local wildcard Decha Kraisart. Kraisart was quickest throughout most of the morning, leading the field for over half the session. Lucas Mahias and PJ Jacobsen were fourth and fifth quickest ahead of Hikari Okubo.

Results: 

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2017 Chang Thailand World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea On Top

Jonathan Rea was quickest throughout most of the session and, leading until ten minutes from the end when Chaz Davies was the first rider under 1'34. As the session ended, both Rea and Davies's teammate Marco Melandri joined Davies under 1'34, pushing him to third place. Xavi Fores, Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes were fourth to sixth quickest, all within five hundredths of a second of one another.

Leon Camier had another wasted session, not registering a single lap as his bike spent the morning in its garage.

Results: 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Test Preview: Last Chance Saloon

The testing season is nearly done. The MotoGP grid assembles in Qatar for three final days of testing, in preparation for the season ahead. Much has already been done, but there is still a lot of work to get through. Every factory, every team, every rider has things they want to try, in the hope of improving their chances in 2017. In most cases, those are just minor details, the nuances and finesses which will give hundredths of a second, not tenths.

But not always. There are always a couple of last-minute gambles to take, big ticket items which need one last decision. At Qatar this year, it is Honda's turn to make a big decision, on which spec of engine to use for the season. They tested one spec at Valencia, then another one at Sepang and Phillip Island, and at a one-day private test at Jerez.

It looks like they have made their decision, to go with the revised big bang engine tested for the first time at Sepang. But the cool air and hard acceleration of Qatar will be the deciding factor. To double check, they will be bringing an extra engine to give to Jack Miller, the Marc VDS Honda rider, who has so far only used the Valencia engine. If the Repsol riders, LCR's Cal Crutchlow, and Jack Miller all agree, then HRC will pull the trigger on their latest engine, and race with it in 2017.

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Final Moto2 Times - Morbidelli Leads Marc VDS 1-2

The Marc VDS Moto2 riders dominated the second day of testing, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez taking turns at the top of the timesheets. Morbidelli ended up with top honors, setting a fast time in the cool of the morning, when the track offers the most grip. Taka Nakagami ended the day in third, four tenths behind fastest man Morbidelli, while Fabio Quartararo impressed on his switch to Moto2.

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Final Moto3 Times - Bulega Ends The Day Fastest

Nicolo Bulega has ended the second day of the Jerez Moto3 test as fastest. The Sky VR46 rider was over a tenth of a second faster than Aron Canet on the Estrella Galicia Honda, though the Spaniard had been quick all day. Jorge Martin was third quickest on Thursday on the Gresini Honda, finishing a fraction ahead of Romano Fenati. The Italian has been solid on his return to racing, and sits well on the Honda. 

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Moto3 Times - Bulega Tops First Two Sessions

Nicolo Bulega was the fastest man in the first two sessions for the Moto3 class at Jerez, the Sky VR46 rider almost exactly matching his pole time from last year's race. The times were quicker in the morning, with Aron Canet second, Jorge Martin third and Romano Fenati fourth quickest.

Bulega was fastest in the lunchtime session as well, this time holding off Romano Fenati, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Aron Canet. That put three Moto3 manufacturers in the top three spots.

Times from the first two sessions on Thursday:

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Thursday Moto2 Times - Morbidelli Quickest In Morning Session

Franco Morbidelli was the quickest man in the morning session for the Moto2 class at Jerez. The Marc VDS rider was a fraction quicker than Miguel Oliveira's best time from Wednesday, and half a second quicker than his teammate Alex Marquez. Fabio Quartararo was up to speed with the third quickest time, just behind Marquez, and just nine thousandths quicker than Luca Marini. Danny Kent was the first Suter in seventh spot, just under seven tenths off the time of Morbidelli

Times in the first session of Thursday:

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Wednesday Moto3 Times: Canet Faster Than Fenati

Aron Canet ended the first day of the Moto3 IRTA test at Jerez at the top of the timesheets, leading a trio of Hondas. Canet set his quickest time in the final session of the day, but was never out of the top three. 

Romano Fenati ended the day in second, the Italian making a strong return to racing after being sacked halfway through last year. Jorge Martin set the third fastest time, the last rider to crack into the 1'46s. Bo Bendsneyder was the first KTM rider, the Dutchman just shy of Martin's time, and ending ahead of Juanfran Guevara and Enea Bastianini.

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2017 Jerez IRTA Test Wednesday Moto2 Times: Oliveira Ends First Day On Top

Miguel Oliveira ended the first day of the IRTA test on top of the timesheets, setting a time in the second session of the day which nobody could match. Oliveira's time is nearly a tenth quicker than the Moto2 pole record at Jerez, currently held by Sam Lowes.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Why MotoGP should get even better

Despite a record-breaking 2016, MotoGP should become even more exciting, thanks to a major cash boost for independent teams

The racing in last year’s MotoGP championship was some of the best in seven decades of Grand Prix competition. Can the 2017 season and beyond get even better?

The answer – against all the odds – seems to be yes.

One reason for optimism is Dorna’s new five-year deal that doubles its additional financial support for all independent teams from 2017.

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