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Tue, 2016-04-12 17:35
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Marc Marquez did not quite lead from start to finish. Here's the only part where he was behind


Clutch issues meant Rossi had to push too hard, something the Michelin front would not accept readily


Blue bikes rising. Aleix headed Maverick, until Maverick finally struck


The riders refer to the section from Turn 3 to Turn 10 "The Flip Flops"


It was a tough weekend for Cal Crutchlow. He tucked the front pushing too hard in the race, then his van was stolen from his Italian home


Turn 1: One of COTA's great glories


When Romano Fenati is on it, he's unbeatable


28 into Turn 1 does go. Just


The King of America returns after win number 10


Sam Lowes kept Alex Rins honest, but couldn't find a way to beat him


A familiar sight: asking too much of the front end makes it wash out. Loris Baz was not the only rider to suffer


After a disaster in Argentina, Jorge Lorenzo got back into the game with a podium in Austin


The only other time Marquez did not lead the race: briefly on the brakes, going into Turn 1


Jorge Navarro did not get his first ever win this weekend. But it's clearly just a matter of time


Philipp Oettl is finally starting to make good some of the promise he showed in the Red Bull Rookies

 


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Sun, 2016-04-10 16:32
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Still gunning for glory


Everything's bigger in Texas. Including the views


Cal Crutchlow has been quick so far, quick enough to make it into the "Peasants' Podium" as he calls it


Dovi, in a battle with his teammate for the second seat at Ducati


Too tall? Tell that to Loris Baz


Big air


#99, Smooth as butter


Bradley Smith radically altered the set up on his Tech 3 Yamaha. He needed to, and it paid off


Maniac Joe, in a battle with his teammate for the second seat at Ducati. He may be faster, but he's got to finish


The next big thing


Gray skies mean clear visors, which means Aleix Espargaro's intense stare shows


Pol Espargaro has had the best of the Tech 3 battle so far


If you want to win, you have to beat him


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Sat, 2016-04-09 17:44
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Unstoppable in Austin


Topic of the moment: the Ducati winglets make the Desmosedici GP look fearsome


But the Ducati winglets are much smaller than the Yamaha items, especially on Jorge Lorenzo's bike


Big things ahead for Maverick


Fast and furious: Rossi is competitive in Texas


A busy man: Michelin's Nicolas Goubert (right) has a lot on his plate after Argentina


Eugene Laverty took a massive boost from his fourth place in Argentina


Getting closer every race


A man on a mission, to stop Marc Marquez


It isn't easy being a Moto3 champ


Honda are behind, but there is real progress being made


When asked about his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso dodged the question


One so fast, one not so fast


Work to do for Dani too


Eye on the prize


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Wed, 2016-03-02 17:58
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Thu, 2016-02-25 12:00
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Can Chaz Davies do it? 2016 could be his year


If anyone was in any doubt over Nicky Hayden's commitment to World Superbikes, just check his lap charts. Hard working and fast


The master and his protege. Troy Bayliss is running Mike Jones in Australian Superbikes in 2016, with a PI WSBK wildcard


Exhaust porn, or exhaust horn


Yamaha are back, and Sylvain Guintoli is a happy man


Tom Sykes: This is what a thirst for revenge looks like


Davide Giugliano is back. It was a close run thing


Ant West - a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting


WSBK's cheeky chappy, Jordi Torres


... who likes getting his Althea BMW S1000RR sideways


Sylvain Barrier checks out the front wheel of his Kawasaki


America's other great hope: PJ Jacobsen is back in World Supersport. It nearly didn't happen


It takes serious stones to run a big number. Mike Jones has the stones


The enterprising Gino Rea is back in World Supersport


Never give up. Glenn Scott will do what he can at his home round this weekend


One more year, and then Kenan Sofuoglu will call it a day


This gentleman ain't finished just yet, though


Good to see: Alex De Angelis fit enough to race again


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Tue, 2016-02-23 13:43
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The 2016 Ducati Desmosedici GP, or Desmo 16 GP


Wings feature prominently, and are now color matched. But for how much longer?


Lower exhaust nicely tucked away


2016 is Ducati's 90th anniversary


Whatever you think of the wings, they look much better in color


The office


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Fri, 2016-02-19 12:59
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46 heading into 2016


The most famous tail in racing


Heavy rain at Phillip Island. Summer is a relative concept on the Bass Strait


Lorenzo's advantage from Sepang disappeared in Australia


Honda is starting to fix their problems


Now officially a superstar


Scott Redding - not as close as at Sepang, but still a strong start on the Ducati


Pol Espargaro is under a lot of pressure this year. Has to prove himself


Sharp, but not quite as iconic as the rear end of an RC213V


Valentino Rossi, fast, happy, determined


Even the shoes are fast


What is the collective noun for strakes? A dragonfly?


In this rain? No takers


"The worst test of my career." Adding insult to injury was his teammate going fastest


Cal Crutchlow's beard: LCR Honda's own attempt to match Ducati aerodynamically?


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Sun, 2016-02-14 14:38
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The Repsol Honda team issued the following press release after the launch of their 2016 campaign at a packed Sentul Circuit in Indonesia, where crowds thronged despite heavy rain:


Repsol Honda Team unveil new RC213V in Indonesia

On their way to Australia for the second MotoGP test of 2016, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa made a stop in Indonesia, for the official presentation of the Repsol Honda Team and the new RC213V, which they’ll campaign during the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.

The Repsol Honda Team met in Jakarta on Saturday with the Sport and Youth Minister of Indonesia, Mr. Imam Nahrawi, and had fun playing a futsal tournament with the journalists and the Minister, who confirmed the plan to hold a MotoGP round here in Indonesia in the near future.

Today, at Sentul International Circuit Marc and Dani, together with HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto and Team Principal Livio Suppo, unveiled the 2016 RC213V in front of the Indonesian fans. This marks the second consecutive year that the Team has held its official launch in Indonesia, where the passion for MotoGP is incredible. The Repsol Honda racers met the fans during a signing session before continuing their trip to Australia, where the track action will resume at Phillip Island February 17-19.

Marc Marquez

"It never ceases to amaze me how much people unconditionally love and support MotoGP here in Indonesia, so it has been an honour for us to officially unveil our RC213V at the Sentul Circuit today and to meet so many fans on the occasion. Now we go to Australia and I’m looking forward to continuing our work on the new engine and the new electronics. We made a few steps in the right direction over the three days at Sepang but we need to make some more at Phillip Island. I’m confident the HRC engineers and my team will come up with more improvements as we get used to the new software."

Dani Pedrosa

"Today we had our team launch and I feel very proud of having been part of the Repsol Honda Team for my entire career in MotoGP. This year I’m physically feeling in good shape and I’m eager to start the new season. We are facing many changes and we have a lot of work to do but I’m looking forward to it. Here at Sentul our supporters made us feel so welcome and supported; it has been a great boost in view of the next test at Phillip Island. I’m happy this year we are testing at three different circuits in such different weather and track conditions; I think it will be very useful to help us to better understand the new engine, electronics and tyres."

Shuhei Nakamoto HRC Executive Vice President

"This country is very important for Honda and Repsol and we are very happy to be here this weekend. We are also glad to hear from the Minister of Sport and Youth their intention to hold a GP here. Indonesian fans deserve to see live their MotoGP heroes in action! Next week Marc and Dani will have three important days of testing in Phillip Island. We are working very hard to improve our knowledge of the new common software and Michelin tyres. We are also working on our new engine but I believe our engineers will be able to give Dani and Marc a good machine to fight for the Championship!"

Photos courtesy of Repsol Honda:


Crowds for the launch at Indonesia's Sentul Circuit were massive, despite pouring rain


Note the upside down Repsol logo, so that it will appear correctly from cockpit-mounted onboard cameras


Dani Pedrosa's favored analog tacho is gone, replaced with the spec dash


Traction pads - because you don't control the bike with just hands and feet


Fit and finish on the Repsol Hondas is always as near perfection as possible


Kickproof? Better not go there...


The money shot


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Mon, 2016-01-18 14:30
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Wed, 2015-11-25 20:57
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The Repsol Honda team issued the following press release after the first day of testing at Jerez, complete with photos:


Repsol Honda Team commence final test of year

With the testing ban coming into effect of 1st December, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took to the track today in Jerez for the first day of the three-day test.

A cold fresh morning greeted them but they were blessed with good weather all day remaining dry and sunny until the end of testing. Both Marc and Dani spent this first day comparing different engines and working on the electronics set up.

Marc finished the day with a best time of 1’39.92, completing 65 laps in total. Dani, who missed the race here this year due to injury, managed 56 laps and his fastest time was 1’40.12. He had a small crash on the last exit in the final corner, but escaped unhurt.

Marc Marquez1’39.92
65 laps

"Every time we go on track it’s interesting because we try many things, starting with the software as our reference and with the Michelin tyres which is a big task to understand where the limit is. We did a few laps to understand a few things and we tried the new engine too which felt similar to Valencia but we must complete more laps to get the electronics working better, as it’s hard to understand the true character until we have that fixed. The electronics are still not consistent we have made progress, but it’s clear they are certainly a step behind the Honda software we are used to, but we know it won’t be the same so we must find a way to work with it, especially concerning the engine brake and traction control."

Dani Pedrosa1’40.12
56 laps

"It’s been a good first day, despite the crash at the end where I was a little strong on the braking and lost the front in the last corner. I was a little slower today as I’ve not ridden here since the 2014 race, so I took my time to adjust to the Michelin tyres and this bike at this track. I was comparing the different engines but also working on settings as I had no data from the race this year. We tried to do the best job possible today, for sure it was more of a setup day, tomorrow we will work on the engines, tyres and electronics in more detail."


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