Marquez needed Le Mans MotoGP crashes to finish sixth

The six-time world champion continues to struggle for form on the radically overhauled 2022 Honda and could only manage 10th on the grid in qualifying.
Ahead of the race Marquez felt his pace was good enough only to battle for the top seven at best, with the Spaniard crossing the line sixth having let Pramac’s Johann Zarco go ahead on purpose.
But had it not been for crashes for both …Keep reading Source

Pol Espargaro blasts Honda MotoGP exit rumours as “fake news”

The 2013 Moto2 world champion joined Honda last season on a two-year contract and was expected to remain in the seat for 2023.
However, Suzuki’s shock decision to quit MotoGP at the end of 2022 – which was officially confirmed on Thursday ahead of the French Grand Prix, a week after Autosport’s first reports – has seen the rider market shift towards a likely tie-up between Honda and 2020 …Keep reading Source

Beating Bagnaia in Jerez MotoGP race “not possible” – Quartararo

Both Quartararo and Bagnaia were the strongest riders of the Jerez weekend, with the pair starting 1-2 on the grid – Bagnaia taking pole ahead of Quartararo – and showing the strongest race pace in FP4.  
The pair got off the line evenly, but Quartararo was edged out by Bagnaia and sat behind the Ducati rider for the entire 25-lap race.  
Due to his front tyre pressure going up …Keep reading Source

Bagnaia hails “best lap ever” after dominant Jerez MotoGP pole

Bagnaia romped to his first pole of the 2022 season by 0.453 seconds from world champion Fabio Quartararo after setting a new lap record of 1m36.170s at Jerez.
Having topped both of Saturday’s practices ahead of qualifying, it vindicated Bagnaia’s claims coming into the weekend that he’d rediscovered the feeling on the front-end he’d been missing all year on the GP22.
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Espargaro had no vision in “nightmare” Indonesian MotoGP of “survival”

Heavy rain battered the Mandalika International Street Circuit and caused MotoGP’s first race in Indonesia to be delayed by well over an hour while conditions improved.
The race – which was shortened from 27 to 20 laps due to safety concerns over the track breaking up – was run in wet conditions, with Espargaro forced to make his way from 16th on the grid in a weekend in which …Keep reading Source

Morbidelli slapped with Indonesia MotoGP grid penalty for start infringement

Due to the new Mandalika International Street Circuit being dirty off-line, riders were allowed to make a practice start at the end of Saturday morning’s FP3 to help clean the grid for Sunday’s race.  
Agreed upon in Friday evening’s safety commission meeting, riders had to pull up to the grid and take up one of the slots.  
Before making their start, they had to wait for the …Keep reading Source

MotoGP Indonesian GP: Quartararo on pole, Marquez 15th after two crashes in wild qualifying

After a miserable start to his title defence in Qatar, in which he qualified 11th and finished the race ninth, Quartararo stormed to his first pole since the 2021 Catalan GP by 0.213 seconds from Pramac’s Jorge Martin.
Qualifying was delayed by 20 minutes after the preceding FP4 session was red-flagged for Alex Rins’ Suzuki catching fire at Turn 13.
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Mir: “Nothing positive” came from MotoGP practice in Indonesia

The 2020 world champion was one of the strongest riders through practice for the Qatar weekend, though tyre problems left him struggling to sixth in the race.
His start to the Indonesian GP weekend wasn’t as strong, with technical issues thwarting him in the afternoon, while yellow flags on his final flying laps on soft rubber stopped him from advancing on a lowly 20th.
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Moto2 Qatar: VR46’s Vietti dominates for maiden win

VR46 rider Vietti was promoted to pole at the end of qualifying on Saturday when original Q2 pacesetter Lowes was demoted to third for exceeding track limits.
The Moto2 sophomore converted pole to the holeshot at the start, as new Pons rider Aron Canet moved into second on lap two to give chase on the Italian.
However, Vietti’s lead was already at six tenths and was quickly out to over a …Keep reading Source

Riders split on safety of MotoGP’s big tech battleground

The holeshot device has been a feature of the MotoGP grid since Ducati first started testing the device on Jack Miller’s Pramac bike in the back half of the 2018 campaign.  
The first evolution of the device was purely a start tool: a rider would engage a switch to hydraulically lower the rear of the bike to keep the centre of gravity low and help acceleration off the line …Keep reading Source