Misano
Sep 14

Rossi Unveils Simoncelli Tribute Helmet

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Photo Credit: Dorna Communications

Nine-time World Champion unveiled a special helmet dedicated to his dear friend who lost his life in a racing incident at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.

The helmet features artwork and lyrics from Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” album.

Like Rossi, was Simoncelli’s home track and is now named in his honor.

“This time we decided to make something more serious,” Rossi said. “It is already quite a long time that Marco is not with us, but here is his own racetrack – more than me because his house is closer and also the circuit is in his name.

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Sep 14

Marquez Crushes Misano Lap Record To Secure Pole

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reacts after winning the pole at . (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez has impressively collected his sixth pole position of the 2013 season, beating Casey Stoner’s Misano lap record in the process. The championship leader will start alongside and , with teammate coming from fourth place on the grid.

As qualifying drew to a close at Misano World Circuit , it looked as though Marquez had beaten Lorenzo by just 24 thousandths of a second. The Repsol Honda Team man (despite having suffered an accident during the preceding fourth practice session) then delivered a crushing blow in the form of 1’32.915, establishing the new qualifying record and sealing his second consecutive pole by over half a second. Lorenzo was comfortably second ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing partner Rossi, both now running with seamless shifter gearboxes for the first time. In fourth spot, Honda’s Pedrosa – on pole last year – was clearly frustrated for the duration of the day and was eight tenths of a second off the pole position time.

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Sep 14

Marquez Quickest Again, Crutchlow To Run In Q1

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continued to top the timesheets as the qualifying running order was determined at on Saturday morning. The championship leader led the way from title rivals and , but was unable to make the overall top ten and will therefore run in Q1 for the first time.

Atop the timesheets, Marquez broke into the 1’33s for the first time, courtesy of his leading effort of 1’33.975. Repsol Honda Team colleague Pedrosa was one tenth of a second slower before crashing at Rio corner two minutes before the end of the session, whereas Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and finished third and fourth as they continued to adapt to their new seamless shift gearbox.

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Sep 13

Marquez Leads Both Friday Sessions At Misano

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set the pace in both practice sessions as Friday signaled the start of the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini weekend at . The Repsol Honda Team rider narrowly edged out teammate , while ended the day quicker than as both ran seamless transmission of the first time.

Already the championship leader heading to Misano World Circuit , Marquez has started as he means to continue by locking out both sessions. The margin was narrow, though, with Pedrosa moving to within 33 thousandths at the end of the day having previously overcome problems as his bike suffered vibrations. In third place, Rossi was ahead of Lorenzo, but Misano marks a critical race for all at Yamaha Factory Racing as it finally puts its seamless transmission system into practice.

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