Mar 7

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Quickest As Qatar Test Gets Underway

Aleix Espargaro continues to show his quick pace during preseason testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

continues to show his quick pace during preseason testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The first day of testing at saw Aleix Espargaro leading the way with an 1:55.386 best time towards the end of the evening at the desert circuit.

Just under two weeks before the season opening Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar commences this test sees 17 premier class riders making their final preparations for the forthcoming campaign, in the absence of the Ducati Team, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and Repsol Honda outfits.

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Mar 6

MotoGP Teams Prepare For Final Pre-Season Test In Qatar

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Valentino Rossi of Italy competes on the last day of the Qatar Grand Prix on April 7, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha Factory Racing rider of Italy competes on the last day of the Grand Prix on April 7, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Between March 7th-9th, the majority of teams will descend on Qatar’s Losail International Circuit – also the host venue for the season-opening Grand Prix – for the last test before the 2014 season commences later this month.

The test, to be staged across three days, will come as a final opportunity for teams to try out new components and race simulation runs before the opening practice session of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on Thursday March 20th.

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Mar 5

MotoGP: Pedrosa Runs Second As Phillip Island Test Ends

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

of Spain and Repsol Honda Team during the Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completed the three day tire test at Phillip Island in second place.

After a demanding six days of track time in the past eight days Pedrosa will now recover and prepare physically for the start of the season at .

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Mar 5

MotoGP: Lorenzo Sets Fastest Time Of Week As Australia Test Concludes

Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha Factory Racing on the final day of Phillip Island testing (Photo: MotoGP/Bruno Silverii)

of Yamaha Factory Racing on the final day of Phillip Island testing (Photo: /Bruno Silverii)

On his penultimate lap of the Phillip Island tire safety test Jorge Lorenzo set the best time of the three day visit with a late 1:29.068 best effort.

In the absence of injured World Champion Marc Marquez, recovering from a broken leg in Spain, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo dominated the Australian test posting the top time on all three days.

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Mar 4

MotoGP: Rossi Pleased With Bridgestone Tires During Testing

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island - Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing during the Tests in Phillip Island – Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi is confident that Bridgestone should now be in a decision to choose a Phillip Island-specific tire for this year’s race, even though one day of tire-based testing still remains at Phillip Island this week.

On Tuesday, the second of three days of this week’s test, Rossi focused more on comparing various tires of rubber en route to fourth position on the timesheet.

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