2011 Motegi MotoGP Saturday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Motegi:


Crutchlow close to third row in Japan

Cal Crutchlow fought off a heavy cold to finish just over 0.1s away from claiming a starting position on the third row of the grid for tomorrow's Japanese MotoGP race at the end of a closely contested qualifying session at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.

The British rider will start the 15th round of the 2011 World Championship from 12th on the grid after yet another encouraging performance on board the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 machine.

2011 Magny-Cours World Superbike Superpole Result: Updated

Results and summary of Superpole at Magny-Cours:


Superpole 1

Johnny Rea was the first man to set a fast time in Superpole 1, the Castrol Honda Rider leaping to the top of the timesheets right out of the gate. His place was quickly taken by the man who lives just a few miles away in Northern Ireland, Eugene Laverty, the Yamaha man just edging past Rea to take provisional pole, while Laverty's teammate Marco Melandri nabbed 3rd.

2011 Magny-Cours World Superbike QP2 Result: Melandri Takes Provisional Pole From Guintoli And Smrz

After a difficult start to the Magny-Cours round of World Superbikes, Marco Melandri has taken provisional pole ahead of Saturday's Superpole session. The Yamaha man siezed pole with his last lap, ending QP2 ahead of the Effenbert Liberty Ducatis of Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz, while Ayrton Badovini led a trio of BMWs, the BMW Italia satellite rider finishing ahead of the factory S1000RRs of Leon Haslam and Troy Corser. After dominating the first day of practice, Carlos Checa had a much tougher start to Saturday, failing to improve his time and tumbling to 10th on the grid.

2011 Motegi MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Thrilling Session Sees Records Fall

Summary and results of the qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Motegi:

Casey Stoner has secured pole position for tomorrow's MotoGP race at Motegi, smashing records along the way. Pole in Japan is his 10th of the season, a new record, and Stoner added a new pole lap record into the bargain, taking nearly three tenths off a second off Jorge Lorenzo's pole record set on qualifying tires back in 2008.

2011 Motegi MotoGP FP3 Result: Stoner Leads Another Honda Clean Sweep

Casey Stoner topped the third session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Motegi, leading yet another Honda clean sweep of the top of the timesheets. The order of the Repsol Hondas was changed once again, Stoner leading from Andrea Doviziosio in 2nd, with Dani Pedrosa in 3rd. Marco Simoncell took the 4th spot once again, the San Carlo Gresini following at a polite distance to behind the Repsols, and two tenths ahead of the factory Yamahas.

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2011 Motegi MotoGP Friday Round Up - In Case You Didn't Know, Honda Owns Motegi

The first day of practice was summed up succinctly by Colin Edwards, in the TV interview that all of the riders do with MotoGP.com at the end of each day. The bike felt good, Edwards said, the front feels planted, he felt good on the bike. "It's just them frickin' Hondas!"

2011 Motegi Moto2 And 125cc Friday Press Release Round Up

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


Positive start in Japan for Salom

With sixth and eighth place in the free practices Luis Salom made a good start in Japan. At the Motegi circuit, the rider of RW Racing GP ultimately set a laptime of 2.00.438 in the second session. Only four riders, led by Maverick Vinales, came under two minutes.

2011 Magny-Cours World Superbike Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Magny-Cours:


Lowes on the pace in France

PARKALGAR HONDA'S Sam Lowes set the sixth fastest time in first qualification for Sunday's 11th and penultimate round of the World Supersport Championship at Magny Cours in France.

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