2011 MotoGP Jerez Suzuki Press Release - Hopkins In For Bautista

As was announced at the Qatar round of MotoGP, John Hopkins is to take the place of the injured Alvaro Bautista for the Jerez round of MotoGP. Here's Suzuki's preview of the event:

Hopkins ready for Rizla Suzuki return

Publish Date: Monday, March 28, 2011

John Hopkins will be rolling back the years as he makes a return to the Rizla Suzuki team at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez.

2011 WSBK Donington Race Round Up - Changing Codes Pays Off

What a strange and interesting weekend the World Superbike round at Donington has given us. That Carlos Checa should win at least one race at Donington was to be expected, but the strong results from the Yamaha camp - in both Superbikes and Supersport - was a bit of a surprise, while the complete meltdown by Max Biaggi was shocking.

2011 WSBK Donington Race 2 Result - Masterful Display Secures Comfortable Victory

Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Donington:

Carlos Checa has returned to winning ways at Donington Park, taking victory in the second World Superbike race of the day by a very comfortable margin. The Althea Ducati rider has now won three out of the four WSBK Races so far this season, and already has a 19 point lead in the championship.

2011 WSS Donington Race Result - Dominant Duo Decide Race On Last Lap

Result and summary of the World Supersport race at Donington:

ParkinGO Yamaha's Luca Scassa has taken victory in the World Supersport race at Donington, holding off his teammate Chaz Davies in relative comfort to secure his second win of the season and a Yamaha 1-2 in the race.

2011 WSBK Donington Race 1 Result - Victory Taken After Thrilling Comeback Ride

Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at Donington:

Marco Melandri has taken his first ever victory in World Superbikes. The Yamaha rider fought his way through the field to catch and pass the leader, Jakub Smrz, to take a convincing win in the first race at Donington.

2011 WSBK Donington Day 2 Press Releases

Press releases issued by World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the second day at Donington:

Donington – Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.

Saturday, 26 March 2011.
Weather conditions: Cloudy and cold, but dry.
Temperature: Air: 7 – 10 °C, Track: 5 – 9 °C
Number of riders participating: 19 from 12 teams
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) 1:28.794 min
Fastest lap Superpole 3: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:28.099 min

2011 WSBK Donington Day 2 Round Up - The Handbags Edition

After the second day of practice at Donington Park, we should be talking about the way that Carlos Checa blew everyone away on the Althea Ducati. About the way that Checa got perilously close to posting a lap of 1'27 round the revised Donington track. About Leon Haslam's strong 2nd spot on the grid after qualifying, or Tom Sykes' outstanding 3rd fastest time. Maybe we should even be talking about Eugene Laverty's narrow escape when he had a huge crash at Craner, writing off his Yamaha R1. But we're not.

Tonight, all the talk is of a minor scuffle in the Yamaha pitbox, when Max Biaggi strode in to complain about being balked by Melandri during superpole and issued his fellow Italian with a light double tap, before stalking back to the Aprilia garage:

2011 WSBK Donington Superpole Results - Updated

Updated results for Superpole at Donington:

Superpole 1

Leon Haslam took an early lead in Superpole 1, with Marco Melandri closing in on the BMW rider's time. Carlos Checa took over 2nd spot before the halfway mark, but it was the Kawasaki of Tom Sykes who ended up on top of the timesheets, with a scorching lap before the end of Superpole 1.

Ducati Preparing Major Changes For Estoril MotoGP Test

It has been clear for some time that Ducati have a lot of work to do on their Ducati Desmosedic GP11. Where Honda and Yamaha have made huge steps forward over the winter, all of the Ducati riders have struggled during testing, with all six riders crashing during the final winter test at Qatar, and then only the two Marlboro Ducatis in the top 10 at the opening MotoGP race in Losail, with Valentino Rossi the best finisher in 7th.


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