2013 Jerez Moto2 Test Day 1 Times: Elias Leads A Kalex Armada

Toni Elias has topped the first day of testing at Jerez for the Moto2 class, leading an armada of Kalexes at the top of the timesheet. Testing took place under blue skies, in stark contrast to both the weather expected for Tuesday, and the previous fog- and rain-affected test at the Jerez track back in February.

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2013 Jerez Moto3 Test Day 1 Times: Folger Leads Ahead Of Spanish Trio

Blue skies and warm weather greeted the Moto2 and Moto3 riders in Jerez, for the start of the final test ahead of the season opener at Qatar. The weather helped the Moto3 men and woman get up to speed quickly, though there was plenty of work going on in the pits as well. Mapfre Aspar's Jonas Folger ended the day as fastest, the German bringing a welcome break to the hegemony of Spanish riders which has so far been a feature of Moto3 testing. Folger's progress was clear from the previous test, improving his own time by six tenths of a second, to lead Alex Rins by a quarter of a second.

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Repsol Media Press Release Interview: Dani Pedrosa Talks Testing At Austin

The Repsol Media Service released the following video interview with Dani Pedrosa, complete with English transcription, after the latest MotoGP test at Austin:

"Austin is a difficult circuit, with a 'Formula 1' layout"

Repsol Honda rider analyses first runout at the Circuit of the Americas with his Honda RC213V.

2012 MotoGP World Championship runner-up, Dani Pedrosa, explains his first impressions of the newest circuit on the calendar for 2013. The Repsol Honda rider gives a positive analysis of the three day test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and says he is looking forward to the final test at Jerez and the season opener in Qatar on April 7th.

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SofaRacer Speaks - An Open Letter To Michael Laverty

Dear Michael Laverty,

You are a thief.

In 2013, riding an Aprilia powered PBM CRT bike you will compete in the 18 round MotoGP world championship. Between the months of April and November you will travel the globe, racing against the best of the best on some of the most iconic circuits in the world.

You have stolen my dream. How very dare you.

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2013 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Preview - Last Battle Of The Phony War

In three weeks' time, the 2013 season gets underway for all three Grand Prix classes, and motorcycle racing's winter will finally be over. Before that, there is a week of testing at Jerez, where first the Moto2 and Moto3 classes get their final run out on the track from Monday through Thursday, before MotoGP takes to the track on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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Marc VDS Press Release: Jerez Moto2 and Moto3 Testing Preview

The Marc VDS Racing team issued the following press release ahead of the Moto2 and Moto3 tests due to get underway at Jerez from Monday:

Marc VDS head to the final preseason test at Jerez

Gosselies, Belgium - 16 March 2012: The Marc VDS Racing Team are on their way back to Spain, for next week's final preseason test at the Jerez circuit in Andalucía.

The Jerez outing, which runs for four days and gets underway at midday on Monday 18th March, will be the first time that the Moto2 field have tested with the 2013 race engines that they'll use this season.

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IMS Press Release: Nicky Hayden On Ducati, Marquez and Losing Rossi

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office organized a teleconference with Factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden last week. Naturally, the journalists were keen to hear what Hayden had to report from the first two tests at Sepang, but they were also interested in hearing his thoughts on the debut of Marc Marquez, how the departure of Valentino Rossi affects the Italian factory, and the changes in the structure of Ducati since it was taken over by Audi.

The press conference transcript follows below, courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office:

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Lessons From The Austin Test: Marquez' Star Rises, Rossi's Starts to Wane

So the three days of testing at Austin are over, and what did we learn? That Marc Marquez is something special? We knew that, though we didn't perhaps realize just how special. That Yamaha really need to find more acceleration? This, too, was known, but becoming clearer every time the M1 goes up against the Honda RC213V on track. That Valentino Rossi's return does not equate to an automatic 8th MotoGP title? We suspected as much.

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Press Release: Aprilia WSBK Team Conclude Test at Jerez

The factory Aprilia WSBK team issued the following press release after concluding two days of testing at Jerez:



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2013 MotoGP Austin Test Wrap Up: New Opportunities In The New World

Flights have been buzzing in and out of Austin for the better part of a week now. Mid-March is the city’s Golden Week when the confluence of spring break and South-by-Southwest (or SXSW, or just “South By”) means thousands of party-starved students from the University of Texas vacate to South Padre Island, freeing up space for thousands of aspiring musicians, filmmakers and digital mavens to crowd sponsored parties while pitching each other on their latest projects.

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2013 MotoGP Austin Test Day 3 Test Times Final: The Ad Men Cometh

The Honda riders continue to work in the afternoon, but much of the attention is turning to entertainment rather than racecraft. Only Blake Young has improved his times, while Marquez and Pedrosa are turning lots of laps for the benefit of innovative camera work. Without the Dorna establishment here to clamp down on media, HRC are pulling out all the stops to shoot 1,000 frame per second corners, eye cameras, and on-board footage.  Look for the Austin track to feature prominently in HRC promotions through the early part of the season.


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2013 MotoGP Austin Test Day 3 Test Times Lunchtime: All Honda, No Schwantz

It's a calm morning at the Circuit of the Americas, with Yamaha having shipped up yesterday. Honda is not relaxing, of course. Marquez logged 25 laps in total, splitting time between bikes and notably putting both within 0.1 seconds of one another atop the timesheets. Pedrosa edged down his time from yesterday on his 4th lap, and Bradl also improved his time early on. The teams will likely be searching through settings for some of the afternoon before putting their final assault on the Austin circuit near the end of day.

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