Ducati Team Dominates Two Days Of Private Testing In Austria
Two days of private MotoGP testing organized by Ducati at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Zeltweg, in view of the next round of the championship - the Austrian GP on August 14th - have concluded successfully for the Ducati Team.
The track at Spielberg, Austria, which debuts on the World Championship calendar this year, hosted a two-day test for the majority of MotoGP teams this week. The top performers were the Ducati riders, who dominated proceedings through Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, followed by test rider Casey Stoner –just six tenths back- and Hector Barbera in eighth. Behind the top two were Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró, all between nine tenths and a second slower. The only MotoGP riders missing from the test were Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, who will have to wait until Friday, August 12th and the first Free Practice for the Austrian GP.
Bastianini And Di Giannantonio Complete Productive Test At Brno
After the German Grand Prix the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 moved to Czech Republic for two days of testing at the Brno Circuit: Enea Bastianini, fresh from the third place finish in the wet at Sachsenring, hit the track only on Tuesday 19 June, while his team mate Fabio Di Giannantonio, excellent fifth placed three days ago thanks to a great comeback, was on track also on Wednesday 20 July.
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - MotoGP Red Bull Ring Test
TWO DAYS OF TESTS FOR BAUTISTA, LOWES AND DI MEGLIO ON THE NEW AUSTRIAN CIRCUIT
The MotoGP riders had a chance to discover the Austrian Red Bull Ring circuit, one of the new additions to the 2016 calendar. Characterised by hard braking, fast acceleration and steep slope changes, the new track will host the next round on the weekend of 14 August.
The MotoGP World Championship riders today got their first taste of the circuit in Austria that will host the tenth round of the season during the second week of August. The circuit is new to the calendar this year, so this test was an important first toe in the water to see how each bike and rider adapted. If there is one manufacturer it seems to favour it is Ducati, who had seven riders in the top eight positions today, including test rider Casey Stoner. Andrea Dovizioso (1'23.764) led the Italian factory charge ahead of Andrea Iannone, Scott Redding and Stoner. The Ducati domination was broken by Maverick Viñales in fifth position, with Hector Barberá, Eugene Laverty and Danilo Petrucci behind him.
After suffering a fractured tibia and fibula in training, Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Jorge Navarro returned to action 37 days later at Round 9 of the season with a brilliant race at Sachsenring, keeping him second in the overall standings. At the beginning of the Moto3 summer break, Navarro is determined to continue his recovery in order to keep up his title challenge when the series resumes in Austria.
Michelin saw its tyre range used to the full extent today at Sachsenring in Germany during the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland as changing conditions produced an exciting race that was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) after an inspired and brave pit-stop.
Tech3 Racing Team rider Isaac Viñales produced a brave and notable display to complete the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland in 9th as he battled against the torrid weather conditions. The rain fell throughout the day in Saxony to make the event even more challenging at the undulating German circuit. The Spaniard began his campaign from the rear of the eighth row of the grid and after a cautious start, he stuck into his race pace and jumped up four places to 20th by the fourth lap. He continued his ascent and at the mid-point he was running in 13th. The intermediate class rookie carried on his consistent pace as he kept the pursuing riders at bay and he remained fully focused as the lap numbers counted down. Eventually, he met the chequered flag in 9th, which marks his best finish in the Moto2 class and brings the first part of the season to a positive close.
Sensational Seventh Sachsenring Win For Marquez; Pedrosa Fights Back To Sixth
A mix of pure talent, tactics, teamwork and a cool head earned Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team one of the best wins in one of the most difficult, mixed-conditions races so far this season. Marc has therefore maintained his perfect record at the Sachsenring, winning the German GP from pole for the fourth year in a row in the premier class, the seventh across all classes, only leaving fellow Honda RC213V rider Cal Crutchlow the satisfaction of setting the fastest lap on his way to the second step of the podium.
Today’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring saw the first retirement of the season for Sam Lowes and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: to stop the good streak of results of the 25-year-old British rider contributed treacherous conditions, with pouring rain which made the asphalt very slippery.
Scott Ends Up 4th After A Stunning Race. Petrux Dominates 10 Laps Before Crashing
Octo Pramac Yakhnich once again creates great emotions.
Scott Redding is the protagonist of a stunning comeback after a bad start. Danilo Petrucci dominates for 10 laps leading the #GermanGP before a crash.
The rain at Sachsenring stopped falling before the start of the MotoGP race, and the track dried out sporadically due to a strong wind, presenting tricky conditions for the premier class field. Marc Márquez showed the best timing with his bike change, rising from mid-pack after a run-off to the leadership of the race. He held his advantage after his rivals had realised his smart move, and took victory in the German GP. Second was Cal Crutchlow, with Andrea Dovisioso third. Eighth and fifteenth, respectively, for Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo meant that Márquez increased his lead in the overall standings.
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