Jul 12

MotoGP: Bradl Secures Front Row Start At Home Grand Prix

Stefan Bradl qualified third for his home race. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

qualified third for his home race. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Stefan Bradl secured third in Q2 at the German Grand Prix and admits he is ready to fight for a win at his home race.

Bradl brought the home fans to their feet as he helped to secure a complete Honda lock out of the front row. The German has looked strong all weekend and has had previous success in the 125cc and Moto2 classes at his home track, with podiums in each.

Bradl briefly led qualifying, but was knocked down the order by the factory pair of and . Bradl’s best time of 1:21.340s was just 0.403s slower than Marquez’s record-breaking pole lap.

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Jul 12

MotoGP: Marquez Smashes Track Record En Route To Pole At German GP

Marc Marquez rockets to his eighth pole of the season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

rockets to his seventh pole of the season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez notched a new best pole lap in the Q2 session at the German Grand Prix, with and also on the front row – Pedrosa setting a fast lap before a crash.

A 1:20.937 effort from Marquez gave him pole by just under 0.3s from colleague Pedrosa who went down at Turn 1 with three minutes remaining. The rapid lap time for Marquez broke Casey Stoner’s six-year old best pole lap record of 1:21.067 from 2008.

The home fans were delighted with Bradl registering a 1:21.340 lap, as the German qualified third having initially been on provisional pole five minutes into the session.

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Jul 11

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Quickest In Both Friday Sachsenring Sessions

Aleix Espargaro continues to search for his first career MotoGP premier class victory. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

continues to search for his first career premier class victory. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Aleix Espargaro set the best lap in the MotoGP FP2 run at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, outpacing and at the head of the timesheet.

Having also gone quickest in FP1, Espargaro lapped in 1:22.041 on the NGM Forward Racing ‘Open’ Forward Yamaha on a softer option rear at the end of the FP2 session. The riders kept their concentration despite some light rainfall 20 minutes from the end of the afternoon run.

World Champion Marquez ( Team) ended the session 0.117s behind compatriot Espargaro, having had a big crash at Turn 3 earlier in the day in FP1.

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Jul 10

MotoGP: Relaxed Rossi heads to Germany with future decided

 Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  rounds the bend during the MotoGP Netherlands - Free Practice  at  on June 26, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Italy and Movistar Yamaha  during the Netherlands – Free Practice on June 26, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi is travelling to the in a distinctly relaxed fashion, having last week inked a new two-year contract with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP which keeps the nine-time World Champion with the team until at least the end of 2016.

It was on Wednesday after the previous race at Assen that the new Rossi-Yamaha contract was formally announced, with ‘The Doctor’ now able to fully concentrate on the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

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Jul 9

MotoGP: Honda signs new contract with Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGp of Catalunya- Free Practice at Circuit de Catalunya on June 13, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Spain and Team rounds the bend during the of Catalunya – Free Practice on June 13, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Honda Racing Corporation has officially announced an agreement with Dani Pedrosa that will see the Spanish rider remain in the factory Honda team for a further two years, until the end of 2016.

Pedrosa, who currently lies third in the World Championship – level on points with second placed – as the season reaches the halfway point, will extend his contract with Honda with whom he has raced in the World Championship since 2001.

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