2013 Monza World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea In Charge

Rain held riders back from the super-fast times, with riders not even touching 290km/h on the wet tyres. This allowed Jonathan Rea to make the best of his slower bike and record the fastest time of the morning.


Monza - FIM Superbike World Championship - Free Practice

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2013 Monza World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Tops Wet Morning

Wet practice at Monza meant times were down, several riders didn't even head out and the session was red-flagged mid-way through the session. After the restart, this didn't stop our regular fast qualifier Sam Lowes recording the best lap of the session, with a 2'01.016, an unsurprising 13 seconds off lap record pace.


Monza - FIM Supersport World Championship - Free Practice

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2013 Monza World Superbike And World Supersport Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's WSBK round at the iconic Monza circuit:

Rea completes Assen test – Akiyoshi to ride at Monza

Jonathan Rea completed a two-day test at the TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands on Thursday following his podium at the circuit last weekend in race one of the third-round 2013 World Superbike championship event.

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Ducati Press Release: Factory Riders Complete Set Up Test At Mugello, Pirro Works On Lab Bike

Ducati Corse issued the following press release, after factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden joined Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini of the Ducati test team at Mugello. The test team were at the Italian circuit for a three-day test, which ended today.

Ducati Team completes setup test at Mugello

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Dorna Press Release: BT Sport Secures UK MotoGP Broadcast Rights For 2014 - 2018

Dorna Sports issued the following press release on the acquisition of the broadcast rights for MotoGP in the United Kingdom for the next five years. More information and full commentary will be released soon, but there are a few key details which are already known. Firstly, for details on how to receive BT Sport, see the BT Sport website. Secondly, although the commentary team is as yet unknown, the names of Julian Ryder and Keith Huewen are circulating, though this could of course be wishful thinking.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley: Marc Márquez: talent and aggression

MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We will be featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website, over the coming months.

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Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Explains Low Grip, Hard Front And Soft Rears At Jerez

Bridgestone issued their usual post-race press release after the Jerez round of MotoGP, explaining their choice of tires for the Spanish race. The race weekend had raised many questions over tire compounds and low grip, such as why the Yamahas could only use the soft rear tire, while the Hondas could also use the hard rear to some extent, and how the hard front had only barely managed to cope with the conditions. Azuma gives a clear explanation of the differences, and of why Bridgestone made the choices they did. The press release appears below:

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Pramac Ducati Press Release: Andrea Iannone Undergoes Successful Arm Pump Surgery

After Andrea Iannone underwent surgery to relieve problems  has been having with arm pump, the Pramac Ducati team issued the following press release, pronouncing the surgery a success:

Positive prognosis for Iannone

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2013 Jerez MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 2: Of Forgotten Winners, Worried Yamahas And New-found Optimism

At the post-race press conference, as he fielded question after question of his last-corner clash with Marc Marquez, and refused to give an answer, Jorge Lorenzo eventually came out with the slightly exasperated quip: "Now a lot of questions to me, and when I won in Qatar, no questions for me. It's a little bit strange." It is a common occurrence in sporting journalism, and makes clear that while the athletes believe they are involved in a purely sporting endeavor, the media understands that what they are involved is actually show business.

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Ben Spies To Miss Le Mans, Return At Mugello

Ben Spies' long road to recovery from the shoulder injury he suffered at Motegi last year has gotten a little longer. Today, Ducati boss Bernhard Gobmeier told reporters at the Jerez post-race MotoGP test that Spies had been advised to skip the Le Mans round of MotoGP in France, and only return two weeks later at Mugello.

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2013 Jerez MotoGP Post-Race Test, Final Times: Marquez Leads Close Group While Ducatis Work

Marc Marquez topped the timesheet at the end of the one-day test at Jerez, the Repsol Honda man setting his fastest time of the weekend as his team solved some of the front-end issues which had been dogging the Spaniard. Marquez' lead was very slim, however: less than a tenth of a second faster than Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, and a little more than a tenth quicker than Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. Fourth fastest man was Valentino Rossi, but the Italian was nearly six tenths slower than Marquez.

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2013 Jerez MotoGP Post-Race Round Up, Part 1: The Aggressive Mr Marquez

We'd been wondering how long it would last. Nobody had started a formal pool yet, but we knew that at some point in the season, Marc Marquez would try something which would generate a mountain of controversy. The question was not if, but when, surely.

It took three races, which is positively restrained measured by the standards of his 2012 Moto2 season. Then, he managed to embroil himself in controversy in the very first race when he ran Thomas Luthi off the track at the end of the straight at the beginning of the final lap.

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Reaction To The Last-Corner Incident At Jerez: Rossi, Crutchlow, Smith, Suppo, Zeelenberg And Poncharal Speak

After the final corner incident between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, the media spent the afternoon canvassing opinion from anyone they could find in the paddock, to ask how they felt about the incident. Below is a selection of the responses, split between riders and team staff. Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith and Valentino Rossi represent rider opinion, while Herve Poncharal, Livio Suppo and Wilco Zeelenberg speak for the teams.

Cal Crutchlow, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider

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