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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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Sat, 2015-11-14 17:34
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It's never been this busy at the back of the grid


Alex Rins, treading in the footsteps of Maverick Viñales in every way


Cal Crutchlow gets a push to his grid position


Miguel Oliveira had to win at Valencia, and he did just that. A glittering end to a glittering second half of the season


Danny Kent, meanwhile, suffered through some hard moments ensuring he finished in the top 14, including a battle with teammate Hiroki Ono


Tito Rabat came back with a bang, and a victory, at Valencia


The pressure at Valencia was indescribable


38 years of hurt...


Lorenzo leads, but Rossi is on a charge, already past nearly half the field


After he got past Smith, he was off to chase Petrucci


The Italian was the only rider to make way easily, though it cost him his position to Smith


Unstoppable. Rossi was up to fifth by lap 12, and past Dovizioso a lap later


The battle at the front: Marquez stalks, Lorenzo hammers


After losing ground, Pedrosa caught the leading pair in the latter stages


Close racing? It was for fifth


The race of his life was not enough for Rossi


As celebrations go, Lorenzo's for his fifth title was quite clever


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Sun, 2015-11-08 09:40
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Andrea Iannone gives a practical demonstration of the phrase "bury the front"


The Little Samurai. Valentino Rossi will be cheering him on come Sunday afternoon


Time to go


Ducati's aero gets bigger and bigger


The man of the moment. Marc Marquez could help decide the title at Valencia


Aleix Espargaro: a fast racer is a happy racer


There are so many fast and long lefts that Jorge Lorenzo uses double knee sliders to make it through the race


Danilo Petrucci, revelation of 2015


Cal Crutchlow, the dark horse at Valencia


Brit Pack Brad & Scott


Give Pol Espargaro some rear grip and he flies. Watch out next year with the Michelins


Red bike gets the wings


Jack Miller tidies his entry

 


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Sat, 2015-11-07 10:12
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On a mission


But so is this man


Danny Kent has one more chance to seal the deal. But it ain't easy


Danilo Petrucci's devil inside is showing


Valencia is a very tricky track on a MotoGP bike, as Maverick Viñales discovered


Legend


Ducati gives you wings


Smoking can seriously damage your health. Better of riding motorcycles


Fast as ever, and unperturbed


"Fans" react as Jorge Lorenzo enters the pits


Countdown


Pol Espargaro has got his mojo back, at last


This man could play a very important role in the championship this weekend


Jack Miller has come on in leaps and bounds since Alberto Puig took him under his win


Mr Smooth


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Mon, 2015-10-19 14:21
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At a track which disguises the GSX-RR's weaknesses, both Suzuki riders were strong


Buried on the brakes


Chasing a dream


'T is but a scratch!


Jack Miller loves Phillip Island, and it showed


For the first time this year, Pol Espargaro consistently outperformed his Tech 3 teammate


Wheelie... whatever day it is today.


Still the most spectacular setting in the world


The wings worked on the Ducati, just not for Andrea Dovizioso


Pedrosa's Motegi revival was short-lived. He could get no drive out of the last corner at PI


Call a boy Maverick and he is sure to turn into a star


Fresh rubber. Time to go fast


Marc Marquez at full lean


The Pramac Ducatis did not have the pace at Phillip Island they have had elsewhere

 


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Fri, 2015-10-16 14:54
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Funny what a special track and home motivation can do. Jack Miller was impressively quick on Friday


Marc Marquez, complaining about rear grip. Didn't stop him from being the fastest man on the day


The wind at Phillip Island makes aerodynamics difficult. Ducatis went out with no wings, just the upper wings, just the lower wings, and both sets


Jorge Lorenzo knows what he has to do, and is getting on with doing it


Look at the timesheets, and Rossi is in trouble. Look at race pace, and he's right there


Back in MotoGP, and not a million miles off the pace: Ant West


Phillip Island is a rider's track. Maverick Viñales is one hell of a rider


Big sky down under


Tires and brakes are the big talking point at PI. Blue stripe = asymmetric front. Brake is the high mass 320mm, but with brake cowling to keep the temperature in


Bradley Smith ahead of newly-named MotoGP Legend Nicky Hayden. The American is having a good weekend at a track he loves


Marc Marquez' hand injury may not have slowed him, but he still needs the special handlebar grip


Lean and gas it up, that's the secret. Cal Crutchlow shows how.


It's fair to say that Dani Pedrosa is back at last


Andrea Iannone, aboard Pegasus


Up and over Lukey Heights. One of the finest spots in racing


The Blue Flash


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Mon, 2015-09-21 10:00
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Marc Marquez' Honda RC213V, wet set up


Valentino Rossi's Yamaha YZR-M1


Jorge Lorenzo's M1 - a slightly longer wheelbase than Rossi's bike


Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati Desmosedici GP15 - completely with covers to prevent the tires from cooling down


Maverick Viñales' Suzuki GSX-RR - Suzuki use the same wheel covers as Ducati, and sometimes Honda


The carbon fiber cover of a special rear wheel sensor on Michele Pirro's GP15. Measuring torque?


Ducati's double Desmo wings. These are the larger of the two options


The wings curve up quite significantly


Pit lane, before a race. Bikes at the ready for a potential bike swap


The changing weather caused chaos in pit lane. A lot teams were left to rush suspension changes when the rain started


At Suzuki, they did a complete shock swap. Incredible to watch the speed with which MotoGP mechanics manage this


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