Danny Kent Signs Two-Year Deal With Speed Up For Moto2 From 2018

Danny Kent is to make a return to the Moto2 paddock for 2018. The 23-year-old Englishman is to race for the Speed Up team in Moto2 for 2018 and 2019. 

The deal has been something of a coup for the former Moto3 world champion. Kent split with his Leopard Moto2 team at Austin, after disagreements with the team over bike setup and preparation. Since then, he has replaced Iker Lecuona in the Interwetten team at Mugello, raced as a wildcard and replaced Niccolo Antonelli in the KTM Ajo Moto3 team, and is this weekend replacing the injured Marcel Schrotter in the Dynavolt team.

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2017 Spielberg Moto2 FP1 Result: Rain Hits As Oliveira Leads

After the rain kept away from the rest of the classes, the Moto2 boys were less lucky and got to be the trail-blazers for the rain tyres coming out of their covers. The intermediate class only got a handful of laps in dry conditions before heavy rain and touches of hail hit the track only fifteen minutes in.

After a lull in proceedings while the teams were preparing for the weather conditions, action restarted in the final twenty minutes. Although useful experience for the riders, the rain meant that the lap 6 fastest time in the dry by Miguel Oliveira could not be improved on, the Portuguese rider leaving Dominique Aegerter by over a tenth of a second. Championship leader Franco Morbidelli was close behind in third, the rest of the field over four tenths away from the leader.

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2017 Spielberg MotoGP FP1 Result: Barbera Puts Ducati Where Expected

With 19 degrees and an overcast sky, the MotoGP class was in a hurry to sneak in a run on a dry track at the beginning of FP1. The rain kept away but fear of unpredictable weather for the remainder of the weekend forced a mini-qualifying run in the final few minutes of the session, the riders trying to ensure an early Q2 spot.

Hector Barbera was the big winner of the morning, the Avintia rider making the most of brand new tyres to steal the thunder away from his factory colleague and grab top spot by the time the checkered flag came out.

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2017 Spielberg Moto3 FP1 Result: Mir Feels At Home

With very photogenic thunder gracing Spielberg with its presence the previous day, the lightweight class was lucky to have seen a nearly dry piece of tarmac waiting for them on Friday morning.

Championship leader Joan Mir decided to honour the track of his first world championship success by setting camp at the top of the timesheets early in the session and waiting for his rivals to catch up. Bo Bendsneyder and Enea Bastianini got their brief time in the sun but then Mir stroke back to be the first rider of the morning into the 1:37s and almost half a second faster than his colleagues, despite his enthusiasm seeing several of his laps cancelled for exuberant use of track limits.

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2017 Austria MotoGP Preview: Speed And Safety, Ducati vs The World, And The Rider Market Stirs

The riders will have been off the bikes for about 80 hours before they take to the track again at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Back-to-back races are always tough, but doing back-to-backs with a test in between can be pretty brutal. At least everyone will be sharp when practice starts on Friday.

The Red Bull Ring is a unique track, though how you interpret the word "unique" is very much up to you. In one respect, the Spielberg circuit is just a few straights connected by sharp corners, with a replica of the Sachsenring's Omega curve thrown in for good measure.

On paper, it looks pretty dull, yet it is surprisingly popular among the riders. This is in part because of the stunning setting, and elevation changes that add charm to the circuit. But mostly, it's because it's a very, very fast circuit. And there is nothing that a motorcycle racer likes more than going very, very fast on a motorcycle. Oddly enough.

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2017 Austria MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the teams and Michelin:


The Repsol Honda Team head to the Red Bull Ring leading the standings

With no time to rest following their perfect 1-2 at the Brno Grand Prix (the fifth double-podium finish for the Repsol Honda Team out of 10 races this season), Championship leader Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are focused on this Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

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2017 Austria Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews of the Austrian GP from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:


Bendsneyder and Antonelli motivated for Red Bull KTM Ajo’s home GP

Moto3 riders face Austrian GP with the ambition of achieving a great result at special event for Red Bull and KTM.

08/09/2017 - Red Bull Ring, Austria

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Jack Miller Joins Pramac Ducati For 2018

Pramac Ducati have announced they have signed Jack Miller for the 2018 MotoGP season. The Australian will ride a Desmosedici alongside Danilo Petrucci next year. Miller's contract is directly with Ducati, however, rather than Pramac.

The move had been rumored for some time, and had been expected to be announced last week at Brno. But last week, Miller was still waiting for details of the package his current Marc VDS team could offer. Marc VDS, in turn, were waiting for confirmation from HRC of exactly what equipment they would be supplying, and more importantly, which personnel would be available.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 57: Flag-To-Flag Fun At Brno

With MotoGP back on track, the Paddock Pass Podcast also makes a return. Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss a fascinating Czech Grand Prix at Brno. The race left us with plenty to talk about, not least because of the way in which Marc Marquez took victory.

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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights On Brno, And Thoughts On Ángel Nieto

MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.

This week, Freddie Spencer starts his video blog with his memories of Ángel Nieto, who died last Thursday. Fast Freddie arrived on the race scene just as Nieto was coming to the end of his career, and though they never raced in the same class, he got to know the Spaniard a little both at the time, and later, when they were both riding at classic events.

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Pata Yamaha Confirm Alex Lowes For The 2018 WorldSBK Season

Yamaha today confirmed their rider line-up for 2018 with Alex Lowes re-signed to the Japanese manufacturer.

Despite having consistently being the man most likely to break the Kawasaki and Ducati monopoly Lowes' future had been uncertain until his Suzuka 8 Hours success. Having stood on the WorldSBK rostrum twice for Yamaha this year it had looked like a foregone conclusion that a new contract would be signed, sealed and delivered early in the summer. As it was patience was key for Lowes but in the end he got the deal that he had been chasing.

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2017 Brno MotoGP Monday Test Notes: A New Winner Among The Fresh Fairings

Monday was the next episode in a busy ten days for MotoGP. After the Czech Grand Prix, Brno played host to the traditional post-race test, with all the MotoGP paddock bar the satellite Ducatis taking part. After a mixed weekend of weather, conditions were absolutely perfect, with warm (but not hot) temperatures, clear skies, and a track that got better and better as the day went on and bikes laid down more rubber.

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