2011 Sepang MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday for the race at Sepang:

Edwards storms to season best qualifying at sizzling Sepang

Colin Edwards flew the flag for Yamaha in tremendous style at the Sepang International Circuit today, the American showcasing his skill and vast experience to claim a fantastic fourth place on the grid for the 20-lap Malaysian Grand Prix.

2011 Sepang Moto2 And 125cc Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the 125cc and Moto2 teams after qualifying at Sepang:

Strategic qualifying RW Racing GP

It was clear already that Luis Salom is fast on the Sepang circuit. But to make the difference between a reasonable qualification and a good qualifying Salom needed a little help. A sensible strategy helped the Spanish rider of RW Racing GP to get to the fifth starting position on the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hopkins Out Of Sepang MotoGP As Hand Injury Returns

John Hopkins has not had much luck as a wildcard rider in MotoGP this season. After a relatively successful race replacing Alvaro Bautista at Jerez, the American has twice received the call up as a wildcard, and has not been able to race in either of them, after Suzuki today confirmed that Hopkins has been forced to pull out of the Sepang round of MotoGP. 

2011 Sepang Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Taken In Late Charge

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Sepang:

Thomas Luthi has taken his first pole position of the season, putting in a fast lap in the final minutes of the session to depose championship leader Stefan Bradl. Bradl will start from 2nd, with Michele Pirro rounding out the front row in 3rd. Pirro's Gresini teammate Yuki Takahashi could not quite make it onto the front row, setting the 4th fastest time just behind Pirro, while the Espargaro brothers will start from 5th and 6th, Pol fractionally quicker on the FTR than his older brother Aleix on the Kalex.

2011 Sepang Moto2 FP3 Result: Luthi Takes Charge

Thomas Luthi took charge of FP3 for the Moto2 class at Sepang, leading the pack by nearly half a second. Alex de Angelis was second fastest, just edging ahead of Simone Corsi and championship leader Stefan Bradl. Bad news for Marc Marquez: after his crash on the very first lap of FP1 yesterday, the Spaniard was forced to miss all of Friday. He had hoped to take part in practice on Saturday, but Marquez was still suffering with some dizziness and sat out the Saturday morning session as well.

2011 Sepang MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Leads Another Honda Clean Sweep

Dani Pedrosa's domination at Sepang continues, the Repsol Honda rider comfortably topping the timesheets during the third session of free practice. But Pedrosa did not lead a Repsol Honda clean sweep on Saturday morning: Marco Simoncelli put his San Carlo Gresini Honda into 2nd, splitting the Repsols and bumping Andrea Dovizioso down into 3rd, with Casey Stoner only managing the 4th fastest time. The Ducatis found a burst of speed overnight, Nicky Hayden setting an impressive 5th fastest time, fractionally behind Stoner and under half a second behind the leader Pedrosa.

2011 Sepang MotoGP Friday Round Up: Pedrosa's Poetry In Motion, Honda Domination, Ducati's Problems

The timesheets at the end of day one at Sepang are telling. This is a track at which the teams spent six days testing back in February prior to the start of the year, much as they have done every year, and so they have enough data on the track to fill every iPod Steve Jobs ever sold. They should know how to set up a bike to go around this track, despite everyone complaining of a lack of grip, as is often the case in the hot October weather.

2011 Sepang MotoGP Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Sepang:

Pedrosa sets the pace on sweltering first day in Malaysia

Round 17: Malaysian GP – Free Practice One & Two

Sepang, Friday 21 October 2011

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Ex Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard

2011 Sepang Moto2 And 125cc Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the 125cc and Moto2 teams after the first day of practice at Sepang:

Luis Salom searching for the perfect lap

Luis Salom knows he is fast at the Sepang track. He just hasn't found the perfect lap yet on the first day of the Malaysian Grand Prix. With 2.15.704, which put him in eight in the second free practice, he was reasonably satisfied, but he knows he can be faster.

Crescent Suzuki Announce WSBK Team, Riders Still To Be Named

As had been widely anticipated, the Crescent Suzuki team have announced that they will be switching from the British Superbike series to compete in World Superbikes in 2012. The team, who were runners up in the BSB championship with John Hopkins, had been looking at competing in WSBK for some time now, their intention strengthened by a strong outing during the British round of WSBK at Silverstone back in July. The strong year in BSB convinced the team to move up to WSBK.

Sepang Circuit Fined After Moto2 FP1 Crash

Race Direction have fined the Sepang Circuit for failing to warn the Moto2 riders at the start of the first session of free practice about a patch of wet track at Turn 10. The circuit was still very wet after an earlier bout of rain, and the first riders to arrive in the area - including Bradley Smith, Jules Cluzel, Yonny Hernandez and Marc Marquez - all suffered crashes, as the marshals were not displaying yellow flags to warn the riders of the danger.

2011 Sepang Moto2 FP2 Result: Bradl Edges Espargaro And Aegerter

Stefan Bradl has got his weekend off to a strong start by topping the timesheets in the second session of free practice, putting in a strong performance in the second half of FP2. The Viessmann Kiefer rider just sneaked ahead of Aleix Espagaro, with the fastest man of the morning, Dominique Aegerter, just a fraction behind in 3rd. Gresini's Michele Pirro set the 4th fastest time, with a little help from a tow by Bradl.


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