If you thought that Barcelona could be a track to throw up a few surprises, the first day of practice proved you right. Not in Moto2, of course: Tito Rabat's dominance was crushing, making Marc Marquez' earlier reign of terror look like a close fought battle. In Moto3, Finnish youngster Niklas Ajo topped the timesheets, putting the Husqvarna name at the forefront. That was unexpected, though given the fact that the nominally Swedish Husqvarna is nothing more than a rebadged KTM straight from the factory in Mattighofen, Austria, it should be less of a surprise.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Barcelona:
Smith strikes gold in afternoon on the opening day in Montmelo
It is becoming customary for any MotoGP preview worth its salt to begin with a single question: can anyone beat Marc Marquez this weekend? That same question was put to the riders during the pre-event press conference, to which Valentino Rossi gave the most obvious answer. Of course it was possible, he said. 'It is nothing special. What you have to do is do your maximum and improve your level.' The only trouble is, every time Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo or Dani Pedrosa improve their level, so does Marc Marquez. But it is still possible, Rossi believes. 'We are not very far.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix at Barcelona:
Marquez and Pedrosa head home to Catalunya
This weekend the Repsol Honda Team heads to Spain for the GP of Catalunya, known for the incredible atmosphere and support the home fans give their Spanish riders.
It is a common complaint among MotoGP riders after the race on Sunday afternoon: the track never has the grip which the riders found on previous days during practice and qualifying. The riders are quick to point the finger of blame at Moto2. The spectacle of 33 Moto2 machines sliding around on fat tires lays down a layer of rubber which adversely affects grip during the MotoGP race.
Press releases from the organizers and from the teams after Sunday's World Superbike and World Supersport races at Sepang:
Melandri takes maiden victory on the RSV4 in Race 1
Press releases from the series organizers and World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Sepang:
Guintoli takes Tissot-Superpole in Sepang
Sepang (Malaysia), Saturday 7 June 2014 - With high track and air temperatures the first ever Tissot-Superpole at the Sepang International Circuit has been won by Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), who will start from pole position for the fourth time in his WSBK career.
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Sepang:
Guintoli spearheads Aprilia charge on Day 1
Press releases previewing the first ever visit of the World Superbike series to the Sepang International Circuit:
World Superbike ready for Sepang debut