MOTOGP: Lorenzo Picks Up Where He Left Off; Leads Day One of Preseason Test in Qatar

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LOSAIL, Qatar – official report — Yamaha photo — The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team flexed its muscle once more on the YZR-M1 Wednesday, as Jorge Lorenzo paced testing at Losail Int’l Circuit ahead of the start of the FIM MotoGP World Championship. Lorenzo wasn‘t shy to get busy and continued the progress he made during the preseason. He took over the top spot …

MOTOGP: Casey Stoner Returns to the Track; Turns Testing Laps For Ducati in Malaysia

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SEPANG, Malaysia – official team release — Ducati photo — Casey Stoner had a successful return to the track Saturday on the Ducati Team’s Ducati Desmosedici GP at the Sepang Int’l Circuit in Malaysia. It was a welcome return for the 30-year-old Australian rider and two-time MotoGP world champion, who had not ridden a Ducati since the Valencia round in 2010. …

MOTOGP: Jorge Lorenzo Pairs With SHARK Helmets in Three-Year Sponsor Agreement

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VALENCIA, Spain – official team release — Yamaha photo — Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has announced a three-year partnership with SHARK, the French helmet manufacturer, beginning in 2016. Lorenzo will be wearing the Race-R PRO, SHARK’s flagship product, in all MotoGP races for the next three years.  It features unrivaled optical properties and incomparable aerodynamics. Nowadays, the Race-R PRO …

MOTOGP: Laverty Recovering From Jerez Injuries; Sets Sights on Return to Competition

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TOOMEBRIDGE, Northern Ireland — official team release — Aspar Team photo — Aspar Team MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty released a statement on Wednesday, discussing in depth his recovery from injuries sustained in a crash at Jerez. “Well the crash was almost three weeks ago now and I am making good progress with my recovery,” Laverty said. “I had surgery in …

MOTOGP: Home at Last; Casey Stoner Returns to Ducati Corse After Five-Year Stint at Honda

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BOLOGNA, Italy – official team releases — Ducati photo — Ducati Corse has announced that two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will return to the Italian manufacturer next year in the role of brand ambassador and test rider after being associated with the Honda Racing Corporation since 2011. Stoner won the 2007 MotoGP World Championship on the Ducati Desmosedici GP …

MOTOGP: Marquez Closes Valencia Test on Top; Repsol Honda Shows Preseason Speed

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VALENCIA, Spain – official team release — Repsol Honda photo — The Repsol Honda Team finished the Valencia MotoGP 2016 preseason testing program with a flourish on Wednesday, as riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were first and third on the overall time sheets. Marquez completed a total of 42 laps and set his fastest time of 1:31.060 on lap 29, leading all riders …

MOTOGP: 2016 World Championship Testing Underway; Marquez Fastest in Valencia

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VALENCIA, Spain – official series release — MotoGP photo — Just two days after the season finale of the 2015 MotoGP season, testing got underway for the 2016 season at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez ended the day on top of the timesheets with a 1:31.551 as he spent the morning on his 2015 machine assessing the new …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Race Chaser Online/Performance Motorsports Network release — ARCA photo — 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Todd Gilliland will return to the airwaves of the Performance Motorsports Network tonight at 7 p.m. ET as he headlines two hours of racing conversation on Speed77 Radio’s Motorsports Madness show. Gilliland will join co-hosts Jacob Seelman, Tom Baker …

MOTOGP: Smashing Success; Lorenzo Sets New Track Record En Route to Valencia Pole

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VALENCIA, Spain – official series release — MotoGP photo — Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took the upper hand in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship battle against his teammate and title rival Valentino Rossi after claiming his fifth pole position of the season on Saturday at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Lorenzo set the fastest ever MotoGP lap around the track in near …

MOTOGP: Lorenzo Draws First Blood; Tops Opening Grand Finale Practice at Valencia

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VALENCIA, Spain – official series release — Yamaha photo — Jorge Lorenzo drew first blood against MotoGP title rival and teammate Valentino Rossi during Friday’s practice sessions for #TheGrandFinale at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Lorenzo finished on top of the combined timesheets after two practice sessions with a lap of 1:31.111, putting him ahead of defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez. Lorenzo …

MOTOGP: Rossi Loses CAS Appeal; Will Start From Rear of Grid in Valencia Finale

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland – official press release — MotoGP photo — Valentino Rossi has lost his appeal of the penalty handed down by the FIM Stewards’ following the MotoGP Malaysia Grand Prix on Oct. 25. Rossi was penalized by officials after making contact with Marc Marquez and forcing him to run wide while the two were battling for third at Sepang. …

MOTOGP: Lorenzo Steals the Show; Paces Friday Practice in Malaysia Ahead of Pedrosa

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SEPANG, Malaysia – official series release — MotoGP photo — Jorge Lorenzo ended the first day of MotoGP practice at the Sepang Int’l Circuit on top of the charts, sending a message to his teammate and title rival Valentino Rossi in the process. Lorezno played second fiddle to Dani Pedrosa in the first practice of the day, but the Spainard …