MOTOGP: Marc Marquez Claims Third Straight Argentine Grand Prix Pole; Topping Yamaha Pair

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TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina — official series release — MotoGP photo — A late crash in qualifying did nothing to deter Marc Marquez from winning his third consecutive pole at Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit on Saturday afternoon, and he will lead the field to green for Sunday’s MotoGP Argentine Grand Prix. Marquez eased into the session by …

MOTOGP: Lorenzo Fires Opening Shot; Dominates to Win Season-Opening Grand Prix of Qatar

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DOHA, Qatar – official series release — MotoGP photo — Jorge Lorenzo kicked off the 2016 MotoGP World Championship season in the same fashion that he ended his 2015 season — on top of the heap. Lorenzo dominated the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar Sunday afternoon, leading 14 of 22 laps en route to victory at the Losail International Circuit. …

MOTOGP: Valentino Rossi Inks Two-Year Extension With Movistar Yamaha; Will Ride Through 2018

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LOSAIL, Qatar — official team release — Yamaha photo — Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year contract extension with Movistar Yamaha, keeping the respected veteran in the world’s premier motorcycle series through the 2018 season. “I am very happy to announce that Yamaha and I have extended our contract and will continue working together in MotoGP for …

MOTOGP: Yamaha Teammates Put MotoGP Field on Alert; Lorenzo Fires First Shot in Qatar Practice

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LOSAIL, Qatar – official team release — Yamaha photo — Movistar Yamaha MotoGP took its first strides towards the MotoGP title challenge on Thursday at the start of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi made their intentions clear in the first free practice session of the season by finishing first and second …

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 …

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 …