Valentino Rossi
Mar 20

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Sets Pace As Action Commences In Qatar

Aleix Espargaro rounds the bend during first practice at Losail International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

rounds the bend during first practice at Losail International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) set the pace in the opening FP1 session of the year for the premier class in , with Alvaro Baustista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and (Monster Yamaha Tech3) second and third respectively.

In the first Grand Prix practice session of the new ‘Open’ class era it was Espargaro in P1 with his Open entry Forward Yamaha with a 1:55.201 best lap, with Bautista 0.466s behind him. Espargaro’s pace was over 0.3s slower than he went in testing here two weeks ago.

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Mar 19

MotoGP: A Valentino Rossi Resurgence In Store For 2014 Season?

Seven-time World Champion Valentino Rossi has been in sparkling preseason form. (Photo: Getty Images)

Seven-time World Champion has been in sparkling preseason form. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi is aiming to defy the march of time as he embarks on a career-defining 2014 season.

At 35, Rossi begins his 15th campaign in in Sunday’s opening race, the Grand Prix in Doha.

He is fitter and faster than he has been for three years, but will it be enough for Rossi to race on for what will be a remarkable 16th season in MotoGP in 2015?

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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 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 – 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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Mar 2

MotoGP: Yamaha, Honda And Ducati Set For Phillip Island Test

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (26) and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (46) will be present at the Phillip Island tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Repsol Honda’s (26) and Yamaha’s (46) will be present at the tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

From Monday to Wednesday this week (March 3-5), the Factory teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will be on-track at Phillip Island as they and two Moto2 squads engage in a tire-focused test at the Australian circuit.

Following last year’s Australian Grand Prix – when the premier class race was divided into two halves by pit-stops and the Moto2 event was shortened, due to the abrasive new track surface leading to severe tire wear – it was decided to organize this test at the island track which will host the 16th round of the 2014 season.

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