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Fri, 2014-10-17 13:42
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The circuit in the middle of nowhere. And all the more beautiful for it


Surplus to requirements at Phillip Island. Not enough hard braking to get the high mass disks up to temperature


Could this be the new King of the Island? Jorge Lorenzo is off to a good start so far


But if Lorenzo has any illusions of victory, he'll have to get past this man first


Parting of the ways: Mike Leitner informed Dani Pedrosa that he wouldn't continue as his crew chief in 2016


Could it work out? It did when Silvano Galbusera came in to work with Valentino Rossi


Nicky Hayden held the lap record for Phillip Island until last year. Fastest of the production Hondas on Friday


Moto2 flashback


Founding of a new dynasty? 1987 500cc champ Wayne Gardner's son Remy has a wildcard at Phillip Island


Apparently, Tech 3 Moto2 rider Marcel Schrotter is from Germany


The Repsol Hondas, using the least brake to get the most deceleration


When the weather cooperates, PI is the best place on earth


Alex Marquez, the 2014 Moto3 world champion? He's getting close


Because Ohlins


Cal Crutchlow gets faster as the season end draws near.


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Mon, 2014-09-01 13:34
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#11 for #93


Moto2 finally produced some of the drama of old. A great race


Pedrosa, Rossi and Dovizioso put on a real show in MotoGP, but they could only battle for 3rd


Tobacco advertising may be banned, but they can't stop smoking in the paddock


Moto3. Axe murderers only need apply


Pressure. Johann Zarco couldn't convert pole into a podium


Black and white, and read all over


Tito Rabat described his win at Silverstone as one of the best races of his career. This could be the key race of the year


#33, Enea Bastianini, has been the revelation of the Moto3 class in 2014. Hope swells in the chest of all Italy


Technically, this is referred to as a "gubbins".


A hard furrow to plough for Bautista


2014 has been a tough year for British riders. 2015 will see both Crutchlow and Redding on better bikes


That's official HRC sticky tape. Full factory.


Turning a Grand Prix bike is done using the rear brake


Follow the leader


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Sun, 2014-08-31 17:48
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The Doctor's Surgery


If this MotoGP thing doesn't work out, there's always the circus


That should buff right out. Probably


True Brit: Redding runs with a Union Jack livery


Knee up, elbow down is the new knee down


Andrea Iannone: the future of Ducati?


Johann Zarco finally brought some cheer to Caterham, by bagging his first pole for the team


That'll probably buff out as well


All change at the back


Aleix Espargaro is officially off the market


Homework never ends when you're in MotoGP


Remember, MotoGP fans: don't drink beer and ride your motorcycle!


Unless it's alcohol free, of course ...


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Sat, 2014-08-30 11:22
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The old man returns: Rossi's revival continues through 2014


Another year makes a big difference. Andrea Dovizioso has got the Ducati a lot closer to the pointy end


How to get a Honda to turn: on the front wheel


Scott Redding, home boy


A well-used hard tire


Best Yamaha on Friday, Bradley Smith


Lorenzo's garage saw a lot of discussion. The Spaniard is struggling with new rear tire once again


Aoyama, Camier, Petrucci. Leon Camier learning his way around the Open bike freight train


A penny for your thoughts, Cal?


Aleix Espargaro's pace has flagged in the second half of the season. Getting ready for a grand finale?


Polyccio!


Fastest ant on the planet. Fastest human, too.


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Wed, 2014-07-16 12:08
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Despite some early promise, there has been much complaining of a lack of innovation from chassis builders in Moto2. the bikes have followed the same basic layout as all modern race bikes since the late 1980s: aluminium twin spar chassis and conventional suspension arrangements.The only real interest has come from wildcards. At Le Mans, the French Promoto Sport team raced their Transfiormer chassis, with some solid results. Beyond that, the bikes have been pretty much identikit.

At Silverstone, another interesting wildcard will get its first public running. The British round of Moto2 will see the Brough Superior make its debut in a competitive race, after making an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year. The bike is a rebrand of the design by John Keogh and Taylormade Racing, discussed on MotoMatters.com last year. The bike uses a monocoque chassis design made fully from carbon fiber, with integral fuel tank. The front suspension is a single wishbone with damping in the forks, while the rear swingarm is also fully carbon fiber. The radiator has been moved to the rear of the bike, to allow the machine to be narrower and free up space in front of the engine.

The Brough Superior is to be raced by Luke Mossey, currently competing in the British Supersport championship. The effort is to be backed by British insurance giant Bennetts, one of the largest specialist motorcycle insurers in the UK. The press release announcing the deal appears below:

 


Bennetts Back Racing Return of British Icon

Insurance specialists to sponsor Brough Superior project at British MotoGP round

Bike insurance specialists Bennetts are backing the return of the iconic British Brough Superior brand by sponsoring the reborn marque’s one-off entry into the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next month.

Bennetts Brough Superior, as the team will be known, will enter the Moto2 class with rider Luke Mossey competing on board the team’s innovative British-designed carbon fibre Carbon 2 machine.

The project is headed by California-based Brits Paul Taylor and John Keogh, who are running the team on behalf of the soon-to-be relaunched Brough Superior brand. The bike, which has won national level races in the United States, features a unique carbon fibre monocoque design and has received input from famed Formula One engineers John McQuilliam and Steve Nichols. Like all bikes on the Moto2 grid, the Brough Superior will be powered by the standard specification 600cc four-cylinder Honda engine.

Dubbed the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’ Brough Superiors were rare and expensive machines during their 20 year production run from 1920. Famous for their association with Lawrence of Arabia, Broughs acheived numerous race wins and speed records in the 1920s and 1930s. The brand was bought by British engineer Mark Upham in 2013 and the company has plans to sell its new SS100 model early next year, the first new motorcycles to go on sale wearing the famous name in 75 years.

Mossey, a front runner in the British Supersport championships, has already tested the bike in America, before giving the Carbon 2 a first run out on British soil at Silverstone yesterday. The team is planning to undergo one further test, before making its world championship debut at the Northamptonshire circuit on the weekend of 29-31 August.

Paul Taylor, CEO, Taylormade Racing said: “It is really exciting to be partnering with Bennetts to bring the Brough Superior Carbon 2 to the track at Silverstone. The bike has been in development and testing for a number of years and as befitting the iconic Brough Superior name, this is the state of the art in chassis design. We’ve been able to benefit from Formula 1 expertise here in the UK and hope that will make for a very competitive package first time out. Luke has taken well to the bike so we are really looking forward to mixing it up with the regular Moto2 competition to see how good it is.”

Luke Mossey, Bennetts Brough Superior Carbon 2 rider, said: “I can’t wait to race the Bennetts Brough Superior Carbon 2. I’ve ridden it in California and really like the bike - it reminds me of riding my 250GP bikes. I’ve done well at Silverstone, its one of my favourite tracks, so think we can be competitive even though have had less track time than our competitors. Roll on August!”

Mark Upham, CEO of Brough Superior, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Bennetts, a long-established company that George Brough would have known, to show why Brough Superior is an iconic British name! The Carbon 2 is everything George Brough would want in a motorcycle and I’m sure he and TE Lawrence wil be watching from on high and cheering Luke on as his namesake rolls out in front of the British MotoGP fans.”

Paul Taylor, PR and Sponsorship Manager at Bennetts, said: “We are delighted to be working with the team and are looking forward to seeing what they can do at Silverstone. There is a lot of romance around Brough Superior and the project is sure to attract attention around the world, but as much as anything we are just excited to be backing British engineering and design. When it was introduced in 2010, we expected Moto2 to be a place for chassis innovation. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case and we’re proud to be backing this original design in an otherwise homogenised field. There are no results expectations from Luke and the team, we’re just thrilled to be flying the flag for Britain. There’s no doubt that we are the underdogs, but we like that and hope that the British public will get behind this exciting project.”

Image credit: Double Red

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:28
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Big sky at Laguna Seca


Tom Sykes. Not quite as unbeatable as Marc Marquez, but there's not a lot in it


His Chazness. Laguna Seca was tough on the Welshman


I can save this, I can save this, I can save this ...


The office


Alex Lowes discovers the Corkscrew


Fast genes. The Haslam family


Toni Elias has found a second home in World Superbikes. Pirellis suit him better than Bridgestones, it seems


Rolling Monterey County


Johnny & Ronnie


Silver Sylvain Guintoli


Ready


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Mon, 2014-06-16 11:02
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Storm coming


Room for a little 'un?


The younger Marquez prepares for battle


Blue skies in the morning. The dark clouds would not appear until much later


Aleix Espargaro had a new paint job for his home race


Turn 1 and 2 are hard to get right ...


... as the riders demonstrated


Maverick Vinales has a massive following. And rightly so


Enea Bastianini. Remember the name. A podium in his seventh race is a big, big deal


How they all fit into one corner remains a mystery


Winner's circle. Though it didn't feel like a victory for everyone


Alex' second, Honda's first in thirty two races


His brother, meanwhile, bagged seven in a row


Tito Rabat owned Moto2 at Barcelona. He owned it so badly he had it packaged up and dressed with a little bow


Pedrosa's fans were out in force


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Sat, 2014-06-14 18:45
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The fastest Marquez on the day: Alex


A new style from the old master


Where the old master got it from?


Rain. It almost held off on Saturday. Will it do the same on Sunday


Mono. Dovi. Desmo.


Lorenzo's helmet and number have been designed by Anna Vives, working for those with Downs Syndrome in Spain


Brad Binder has been fast all weekend in Moto3. Sometimes, too fast


Number 6? 4th!


Mojo located. Pedrosa bagged his first pole


Lightweight sprockets


Anything to escape the sweltering Catalonian heat


Yonny Hernandez, an impressively fast Colombian at Barcelona


Big Red


Bradley. Better than before


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Fri, 2014-06-13 17:59
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Something old, something new ...


Scott Redding, by Scott Jones


Fastest man of the afternoon, Bradley Smith. He needed that.


Injured scaphoid, 20 horsepower down, but the Kentucky Kid still has it


Home boy. Even though he now lives in Andorra. For the training opportunities...


Careful preparation


Cal Crutchlow needs a weekend where everything goes to plan. Hasn't happened so far this year


The kerbs are a problem at Catalunya, because they are raised so much higher than at other tracks ...


... as you can see from the drop on the inside of the kerb


Number 7?


But can this man stop him?


Dovizioso. Ducati. For how long?


Dani Pedrosa needs a good weekend too. Things haven't been easy


The old man still has it


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Tue, 2014-05-20 14:24
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Through a glass, darkly


#69, ready. Hayden would only last four corners, getting bumped off the track by Andrea Iannone on the first lap


The first laps of the MotoGP race were a real barn burner


Plate spinning


The Hondas were back in Moto3, but they had Jack Miller to deal with


Two in a row for Mika Kallio. We think this expression might be 'elated'.


VR46. A BFD.


The Le Mans ferris wheel, one of the better vantage points for watching MotoGP


Cal Crutchlow's head and hands go here


With Marc Marquez bumped down to 10th, the MotoGP race was pretty exciting for a while ...


... until Marquez recovered. At that point, Operation Clean Sweep resumed


What better way to disguise a bridge?


If you want to annoy Angel Nieto, ask Mr 'Doce mas uno' about his thirteen world titles. Then stand well back.


Corsi, Kallio, Salom. It would not end in that order.


Home Grand Prix can be tough, as Mike Di Meglio will tell you


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