Video: Marc Marquez Talks About The Austin Test

A few days ago, we posted video of Valentino Rossi's daily press debriefs during the private test at Austin. Today, it's the turn of Marc Marquez to talk about his experiences. The young Spaniard talks about the Austin track, how the Honda feels at the circuit, and about learning the circuit. Marquez also discusses the changes made during the test, and gives an insight into his development as a rider. 

Once again, this is the raw, unedited footage of the interaction between Marquez and the media, the debriefs on which the press reports were based on. This is a sequence of four videos arranged in a Youtube playlist.

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Video: Jorge Lorenzo Talks About The Austin Private MotoGP Test

Previously, we have posted videos of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez speaking to the press at the private MotoGP test at Austin. Today, it is the turn of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo, like Rossi and Marquez, speaks of the track, of how he sees it, and of the difficulties competing against the Hondas at the Austin circuit.

To remind you, this is the raw, unedited footage of the interaction between Lorenzo and the media, the debriefs on which the press reports were based on, but it gives an insight into the wit and charm of the Spaniard. This is a sequence of two videos arranged in a Youtube playlist. The second video will play automatically after the first: 

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Alpinestars Video: "Ask Me Something: Dani Pedrosa Answers

There has been a veritable bonanza of MotoGP videos this week. Along with the videos Andrew Elder shot during the private test at the new Austin circuit in Texas, clothing manufacturer Alpinestars issued the first of what promises to be a series of videos highlighting some of Alpinestars' top riders. First up is Dani Pedrosa, interviewed by the leathers firm at the private test in Austin, in a series entitled "Ask me something".

Watch the video below:

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Exploring Austin: An Onboard Lap Of The Track With Dani Pedrosa

With the Grand Prix of the Americas just a few days away, it's time to take a look at the circuit from another perspective. The footage accumulated by the Repsol Honda team during the private test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin just keeps on coming, the team having worked closely with both the Red Bull Media House and GoPro organizations to provide assistance.

Today's video comes courtesy of the Repsol Media Service, and is an onboard lap of the circuit shot from the perspective of multiple GoPro Hero 3 cameras mounted on the Honda RC213V of Dani Pedrosa. From the footage, it is clear that Pedrosa is pushing on, but he still has the presence of mind of readjust a camera which had slipped during the lap, despite circulating at speeds far beyond the reach of mere mortals. It is a keen illustration of exactly how focused top MotoGP riders are, and how intense their attention to detail.

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Yamaha Video: Kazutoshi Seki, The Man Behind Valentino Rossi's Electronics

The role that electronics plays in MotoGP cannot be underestimated. Every aspect of bike performance depends on how well the the systems monitoring the bikes read the data, interpret it and then modulate the power as it is applied to the road through the rear tire. Despite their performance, the systems which provide that control are kept carefully hidden from the public, and the people behind those systems remain anonymous.

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Suzuki MotoGP Video Series, Part 1: A Sign That Suzuki Is Serious?

When Suzuki decided to move their return to MotoGP back a year, from 2014 to 2015, questions were raised over just how serious they are about actually coming back. The odds appear stacked against them: the bikes were some way off the pace, over 1.8 seconds at Misano; Suzuki is still working with their Mitsubishi electronics unit, not yet having moved to the Magneti Marelli unit which is compulsory from 2014; and coming to MotoGP in 2015 would leave them just two seasons before a new set of regulations is to be introduced, likely to include a rev limit and compulsory spec software.

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Suzuki MotoGP Video Series, Part 2: When Randy Met Davide

Continuing their video series on the progress of their MotoGP project, Suzuki today released the second part of the series. Today's video documents the first tests which Suzuki undertook at Motegi in April and May, after signing Randy de Puniet as test rider and Davide Brivio to manage the program.

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Suzuki MotoGP Video Series, Part 3: Going Public With Testing

Suzuki have released the third video in their four-part series, documenting the development of the new machine they are preparing for their reentry into the MotoGP class in 2015. This episode covers the tests at Barcelona and Aragon in June last year, including the public unveiling of the bike, and the impressive lap times set at Barcelona. 

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Suzuki MotoGP Video Series, Part 4: More Testing, And Adapting To The Electronics

In the final episode of Suzuki's four-part video series chronicling the Japanese factory's progress towards their MotoGP return in 2015, attention turns to the final test at Misano, and progress with the spec Magneti Marelli ECU. While the test team continue to use the Mitsubishi system at the race track, back in Japan, work is going on to reproduce the functionality in the Marelli ECU. The video addressess some of the challenges they face along the way.

Below is the final video in Suzuki's series:

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Pata Honda Video: The Pata Honda Look Forward To The 2014 Season

With the start of the 2014 World Superbike season less that two weeks away, teams are gearing up for their campaigns. As part of their preparations, Pata Honda team today released a video showing their progress on the way to the new season. Team boss Ronald ten Kate, World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam, and World Supersport riders Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti all feature in the video, discussing what has changed over the winter, and what they expect of 2014. The video appears below:

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