Interview: FTR's Mark Taylor on Aerodynamics and Air Intakes

The following interview was conducted with Mark Taylor of FTR Moto2 early in 2011. visited FTR's factory in Buckingham last year and spoke to Taylor about the development of the British Moto2 chassis builder's radically revised fairing, and the role of computational fluid dynamics in designing and verifying the aero packages of racing motorcycles. Taylor and FTR graciously discussed their work in some depth, and offered us a glimpse into exactly what goes into designing a racing motorcycle.

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Ducati Offering Stoner's GP10 and Rossi's GP11 for Sale at Auction

On May 11th and 12th of this year, Ducati will be offering a unique chance to own some of its racing history. Among some of the bikes being offered for sale by the Bologna factory are two of the most desirable - and perhaps most controversial - of the Italian manufacturer's history: the Ducati Desmosedici GP10 MotoGP bike ridden by Casey Stoner in his final year with the factory; and the Desmosedici GP11 machine which Valentino Rossi started his career with Ducati on at Qatar.

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Kenny Noyes Finds A Ride: American To Race In Spanish CEV Moto2 Series

After being ousted by the Arguiñano Moto2 team by a paying rider, American Moto2 rider Kenny Noyes has finally found another ride. Noyes is to race with Palmeto Kawasaki in the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship aboard a factory-backed Suter. The American - who scored a pole in 2010 and a best result of 5th in 2011 - will be hoping to attract the attention of the Moto2 teams racing in the World Championship as a potential replacement rider in the series.

Below is the press release from Palmeto Kawasaki:

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Repsol Press Release: Oliveira and Rins Test at Albacete Alongside Marquez

At the same time as Marc Marquez was making his return to testing at Albacete, his teammates in Moto3, Miguel Oliveira and the highly-rated Alex Rins were testing their Moto3 bikes. Oliveira concentrated on testing the new Suter chassis the team will be using with the Honda NSF250R engine, while Rins focused on testing his injured shoulder. Below is the press release and a video of the test from Repsol:

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Cold Conditions Defeat the CRT Machines at Aragon Test

While it was the wind that curbed the CRT riders assembled at the Motorland Aragon circuit on Thursday, on Friday it was the turn of the cold. Though the wind had dropped, temperatures remained low, leaving the CRT riders with problems keeping heat in the tires for more than a few laps, and badly curtailing their already cramped testing plans.

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High Winds and Cold Temperatures Limit Testing for CRT Bikes at Aragon

Weather severely limited the on-track action at Aragon today, as a field of CRT riders thinned out by a lack of parts rolled up in Alcañiz for the first of a two-day test. High winds and cool temperatures meant that it was impossible to keep the tires at working temperature out on track, forcing the teams to abort their testing efforts for the day, and work on a revised program for Friday, the final day of the test.

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Miller Motorsports Park Press Release: 5 Questions With Carlos Checa

Miller Motorsports Park issued the following press release, featuring five questions posed by leading racing journalists to 2011 World Superbike champion Carlos Checa:

Miller Motorsports Park Presents: Five Questions with Carlos Checa

A chat with the reigning Superbike World Champion

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Crunching The Numbers: Measuring The Progress Of MotoGP's CRT Machines

The introduction of the Claiming Rule Team regulations into MotoGP has divided fans and followers into two distinct camps. The anti camp have decried the CRT machines as thinly disguised World Superbike machines, claiming that allowing the use of production machinery into MotoGP is a betrayal of the spirit of Grand Prix racing.

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Marc Marquez Spotted Testing Suter Moto2 Machine For First Time Since Sepang

Marc Marquez has been spotted riding a Moto2 bike once again, for the first time since suffering a nerve injury that caused double vision at Sepang back in October 2011. The 2011 Moto2 runner up was seen today at the Alcarras circuit, where a number of British Superbike teams were testing ahead of the 2012 BSB season.

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Playing Power Politics - Why The MotoGP Weight Limit Was Changed

The weight increase in the MotoGP class introduced for 2012 - from 153kg, as originally agreed when the 2012 regulations were drawn up back in August 2010, to 157kg - has had many repercussions. The addition of 4kg to the 1000cc MotoGP machines has been blamed for causing the chatter that Honda's RC213V suffers from, and for complicating the pursuit of the ideal weight distribution for both Honda and Yamaha, which the two Japanese factories had spent most of 2011 perfecting ahead of the 2012 MotoGP season.

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