2016 Motegi MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Return of the Highside

If anyone was nostalgic for the days of 500cc two strokes, they got a glimpse of what the dark side of that era was like this weekend at Motegi. Rider after rider has been flung from his bike, spat into the air as a rear tire slipped then bit again, snapping the bike around, suspension compressing and then explosively decompressing, catapulting the rider into the sky. It has kept the medical helicopter busy: Eugene Laverty and Jorge Lorenzo have been flown to and fro for medical examination, with the second helicopter kept on standby having to take its place.

On Friday, the victims had been Eugene Laverty and Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa had paid the heaviest price, snapping his right collarbone and flying home to Spain for another operation – his fourteenth, by all counts. Laverty had escaped relatively lightly, but was still forced to sit out the morning session on Saturday as a precaution. Jorge Lorenzo was even more fortunate. He was launched at Turn 3 at the end of FP3, and had to be flown to hospital for checks, before being allowed to return and take part in FP4. He feared he had damaged his left ankle, but checks revealed it was just bruising.

2016 Jerez World Superbike Race One Results: The Title Can't Be Won Today, But Will It Be Lost?

As the riders lined up to start the first race of the weekend, Jonathan Rea cannot win the title this race, but Kawasaki can tie up the manufacturers title. Most riders took the safer B-compound tyre and only Nicky Hayden and Alex Lowes took the softer A-compound.

2016 Jerez World Supersport Superpole Results: Another Lap Record Buried

Gino Rea was declared unfit after his crash in yesterday's second session, hitting another rider's discarded bike, and Lorenzo Zanetti inexplicably switched to Rea's bike from the factory MV. Twenty two riders contested the opening session, chasing the two spots in the second session.

2016 Motegi MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Holds On, Lorenzo Comes Back

Marc Marquez gave no indication of slowing down in FP4, the final practice before Saturday qualifying at the Motegi Circuit. Marquez, while not reaching his blistering FP3 time, still managed to complete a steady stream of low 1'45s to indicate quick race pace for Sunday. In the waning seconds of the session, Aleix Espargaro nearly seized the top time from Marquez but ssettled into a close second, only 19 hundredths of a second back. 

2016 Motegi Moto2 FP3 Result: Luthi Leads, Zarco Close, Rins Struggles

Thomas Luthi dominated FP3 at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit Saturday, with a 1'50.373 that bested second place by three-tenths of a second. Franco Morbidelli’s 1'50.709 was just enough put him into second, just in front of Moto2 championship points leader Johann Zarco (3rd).


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