2016 Sepang Moto2 & Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after practice on Friday:


Binder fastest in the dry in Malaysia

Moto3 World Champion sets best time of the day in only dry session on Friday. Bo Bendsneyder debuts at Sepang with fifteenth fastest lap.

10/28/2016 - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

2016 Qatar World Superbike FP2 Results: Davies And Rea Finish Friday On Top

Chaz Davies takes provisional pole by less than five hundredths of a second from Jonathan Rea in the last timed session before Superpole. Leon Haslam, after a tough morning getting used to World Superbike after a long absence, is the quickest rider in Superpole one, with Michael van der Mark unable to improve on his morning's time as second favourite to advance to Superpole one. Tom Sykes continued to struggle, only managing to go ninth quickest, seven tenths off the pace. 

Results:

2016 Qatar World Superbike Press Release Previews

Preview press releases of the final WorldSBK round this weekend:


As the Sun Sets on 2016, the Final Battle Begins

Qatar darkness brings the biggest gains as the Crown awaits

The Losail International Circuit of Qatar is the final battleground of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and everything is at stake as the ultimate battle for the title resumes. Located on the coast of the Persian Peninsula, just north of Doha, the circuit sees WorldSBK riders tackle 16 turns on 5.38kms of floodlit tarmac under the stars in the Arabian desert.

2016 Qatar World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu Quickest Ahead Of Jacobsen

With the title decided and no ESS riders in the way, Kenan Sofuoglu, PJ Jacobsen, Jules Cluzel and Kyle Smith, four of the top five riders in the championship, took their rightful spots at the top, with only Randy Krummenacher missing out of the top five. Jacobsen, Cluzel and Krummenacher will be fighting for second place on Sunday.

Results:

2016 Sepang Moto2 FP2 Result: Morbidelli Quickest As Track Dries

Franco Morbidelli topped the timesheets in the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Sepang. The Marc VDS rider took advantage of ever improving track conditions to set the fastest time in his final run, knocking teammate Alex Marquez off top spot. Marquez was knocked further down into third place, when Taka Nakagami put in a quick lap in the end to finish second.

2016 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Tops Weather-Affected Session

Jack Miller topped the timesheets of the afternoon session of MotoGP practice at Sepang, though the constantly changing track conditions rendered the times meaningless. That does not mean that it was a wasted session, however. Starting on a wet track which dried as the session went on, riders got a feel for the changing conditions which look set to be a factor in the race.

2016 Sepang Moto3 FP2 Result: Bagnaia Leads In The Wet

On a fully wet track, it was Pecco Bagnaia who ended the second session of Moto3 practice. The Italian had been quickest all session, putting in a very fast lap as FP2 ended. That knocked Jorge Navarro into second, the Spaniard crashing on his final run.

Local hero Khairul Idham Pawi excelled again in the afternoon, relishing the riding in the wet to take third place. Pawi had also been quick in the dry morning session, beaten only by Brad Binder in FP1. Nicolo Bulega took fourth, ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki on the CIP Mahindra.

Results:

2016 Sepang Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Fastest, With Red Flags And Rain

The rain the series had been waiting for came during the Moto2 session. The session was interrupted by a red flag, after a series of crashes at Turn 14. Sam Lowes was one of the fallers, and then collided with Johann Zarco as he rejoined the track. Rain started fallling when the session restarted, leaving Tom Luthi as fastest, ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Alex Marquez.

Results:

2016 Sepang MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Lays Down A Marker

Marc Marquez ended the first session of free practice on top of the timesheets, as the MotoGP pack took to the track in dry and relatively cool conditions. With rain threatening for the rest of the weekend, the rack was busy from the off, riders searching for a dry set up. 

Suzuki's Maverick Viñales was a constant threat at the top of the timesheets, leading on and off, but the Spaniard would be outdone by Marc Marquez in the final third of the session, the Repsol Honda rider taking a clear lead. Viñales held on to second, just ahead of Pramac Ducati's Scott Redding. 

2016 Sepang MotoGP Preview - A Year Is A Long Time In Motorcycle Racing

Two down, one to go. The last of the flyaways is always the hardest, in many ways. Three races on three consecutive weekends means that riders never have time to heal from even the small injuries they receive each weekend, from minor falls, or the blisters on their hands. Spending many hours cloistered in aircraft flying long distance makes catching colds or flu or other respiratory diseases inevitable. Team members being cooped up together for nearly four weeks means relationships are at best strained, at worst verging on violent.

Then there's the contrast in climate. Even at its best, Phillip Island can be chilly, so traveling from there to the sweltering tropical heat of Malaysia is a physical shock. To step on a plane in the freezing cold, then step off it to be drenched in sweat is tough for people already drained from so much travel and racing. Then to race for 45 minutes in punishing heat and humidity, at a track which is physically very challenging, because of the heavy braking zones around the track. The stress, mental and physical, is enormous.

Perhaps it was that stress that caused the MotoGP series to explode at Sepang last year. Smarting from being beaten into fourth place at Phillip Island by Marc Márquez, Jorge Lorenzo, and Andrea Iannone, Valentino Rossi seized upon the theory apparently put forward by his friend and business partner Alessio 'Uccio' Salucci, that Márquez had decided to conspire against Rossi to hand Jorge Lorenzo the 2015 MotoGP title. Márquez had attempted to accomplish this by beating Lorenzo in Australia. And in the press conference at Sepang, he launched his accusations against the Repsol Honda rider.

2016 Sepang MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases previewing this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP round from the teams and Michelin:


The Repsol Honda Team heads to Sepang for 2016’s penultimate race

After enjoying the enthusiastic embrace of the Repsol Honda Team’s Indonesian fans during a visit to Jakarta on Tuesday, 2016 World Champion Marc Marquez has flown to Sepang for the Malaysia GP, the last race of the triple-header and the penultimate round of the season.

2016 Sepang Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases previewing the upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix:


Malaysia the next battleground for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0

Jorge Navarro comes into the penultimate round of the Moto3 World Championship season third in the overall standings, motivated to fight for the runner-up spot. Aron Canet will work towards a strong debut at Sepang.

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