Feb 5

MotoGP: Marquez Fastest As Espargaro’s Open Spec Runs Fifth

Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang - Day Two at Sepang Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

of Spain and Repsol Team rounds the bend during Day Two of preseason testing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Team’s Marc Marquez upped the pace as testing continued in Malaysia on Wednesday, while NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s placed an Open specification bike inside the top five for the first time.

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Feb 5

Inside CORE Autosport’s Amazing Double Rolex 24 Win

The 2014 Rolex 24 GTLM class winner, CORE autosport's 911 RSR, in Victory Lane. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The 2014 GTLM class winner, ’s 911 RSR, sits in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Courtesy of )

It’s often said that winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But winning it twice, in the same year, is a feat that had only happened twice before in the race’s 51-year history.

That was until last week when CORE autosport-prepared cars claimed victories in both the GT Le Mans and Prototype Challenge classes in the historic inaugural round of the .

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Feb 4

MotoGP: Scott Redding Hails ‘Good’ First Day With Gresini

GO&FUN Honda Gresini's British rider Scott Redding takes a corner during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

navigates a corner during preseason testing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Redding was pleased with his first day of this week’s test, as the field gathered in Malaysia for the first time in 2014.

Englishman Redding steps up to the premier class with GO&FUN Gresini, riding the all-new RCV1000R customer bike under Open regulations. This differs from the RC213V of teammate Alvaro Bautista, whose own machine is competing under the Factory Option set of rules.

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Feb 4

MotoGP: Bradley Smith Pinpoints Race Simulation As Most Vital In Testing

Bradley Smith of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 heads down a straight during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 heads down a straight during testing in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bradley Smith insists that race simulation runs are currently the top priority in preseason testing, predicting races will be “quite different” in this year.

In 2014, Smith will contest a second full season with Monster as the field is split between either Factory Option or Open machines. Following the first day of testing at Sepang in Malaysia on Tuesday, Englishman Smith summed up events.

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Feb 4

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Begins Sepang Testing With Honda

Nicky Hayden of the Drive M7 Aspar team begins 2014 MotoGP testing at Sepang circuit. (Photo: Courtesy of Drive M7 Aspar)

of the team participates in testing at Sepang circuit. (Photo: Courtesy of )

For 2014, Nicky Hayden is one of four riders to be piloting the all-new RCV1000R customer bike. The 2006 World Champion continued to adapt to the machine as the Sepang Official MotoGP test started on Tuesday.

American Hayden completed Day 1 in 17th position as he continued his apprenticeship with the Drive M7 Aspar team.

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