2010 Sepang 125cc Race Result - Clear Winner Of War Of Attrition

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Sepang:

Marc Marquez has taken charge of the 125cc World Championship by winning the 125 race at Sepang by a comfortable margin. Marquez' victory and the fact that Bradley Smith could manage no better than 5th means that Spain secured the final spot in their clean sweep of all three classes. Who the 125cc champion will be is unknown, but what is certain is that they will be Spanish.

A Spanish Clean Sweep Looms: How The Titles Can Be Clinched

Spain has had a remarkable sporting summer: The national soccer team won the 2010 World Cup, cyclist Alberto Contador won this year's Tour de France and Rafa Nadal is ranked #1 in the world as a tennis player, winning Wimbledon and the French Open along the way. Andrea Dovizioso's crash at Aragon ensured that there would be a Spanish MotoGP champion for only the second time in history, and the first since Alex Criville in 1999, and Andrea Iannone's bad weekend at Motegi ensured there would be a Spanish Moto2 champion as well.

MotoGP Grid Down To 15: Pramac To Run Just One Bike For 2011

The dwindling of the MotoGP grid has accelerated to a full-scale hemorrhage. Earlier in the week, it emerged that Hiroshi Aoyama's Interwetten Honda team is on the verge of pulling out for 2011, and yesterday, news leaked from Suzuki suggests that the factory Suzuki team will cut its involvement to just a single bike for next season. With two bikes gone from the already sparse MotoGP grid, only the addition of Karel Abraham and the Cardion AB team have saved MotoGP's modesty, bringing the probable line up for next year to 16.

2010 Sepang MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result - Last Lap Dash Deposes Surprise Pole Candidate

Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Sepang:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken pole position for the MotoGP race at Sepang tomorrow, after a determined display throughout qualifying. The Fiat Yamaha rider was close to the front throughout the session, topping the timesheets for much of it and clearly determined to get the best possible starting position for the race in which he looks certain to become MotoGP World Champion for the first time in his career. 

2010 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result - Lorenzo Edges Stoner

Jorge Lorenzo ended the second session of free practice at Sepang on top of the timesheets, just ahead of Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner. Lorenzo found enough extra speed to top the timesheets, perhaps in part because he used the new, faster spec engine in his Fiat Yamaha YZR M1. Lorenzo's teammate Valentino Rossi ended the session in 3rd, a quarter of a second behind Lorenzo, and with Stoner between the pair of Yamahas.

Loris Capirossi had a nasty crash on his first lap out of the pits in the session, and took no further part in the session.

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Rossi Critical Of Late Start For MotoGP Race At Sepang

As we saw just recently, the MotoGP calendar is drawn up with great care, to avoid clashes with the schedule of Formula One. The first draft of the 2011 MotoGP schedule underwent major changes, after several races on the F1 calendar were moved about. In general, MotoGP tries to plan their races so that they are in a different timezone to Formula One, so that the races don't overlap and MotoGP loses its TV coverage to F1. That is not always possible, however, and sometimes, Dorna has to get creative to avoid a schedule.

2010 Sepang Moto2 FP1 Result - De Angelis Leads Rain-Interrupted Session

A smattering of tropical rain interrupted FP1 for the Moto2 class, the riders losing about 20 minutes of practice to the weather, before the track dried out again and the times began to drop again. Rain or not, Alex de Angelis was the fastest man of the session, topping the timesheets on the JIR Motobi before the rain came, then improving his time again at the very end of practice. De Angelis leads Marc VDS rider Scott Redding by nearly two tenths, while championship leader Toni Elias ended in 3rd, a quarter of a second behind the man from San Marino.

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