MOTOGP: ‘Perfect’ Sunday Ends With 87th Career Win for Rossi in Spanish Grand Prix

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JEREZ, Spain – official series release — Yamaha photo — Valentino Rossi wired Sunday’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España en route to his first win of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship season at Spain’s Circuito de Jerez, completing a hat trick in the process after scoring the pole, leading every lap and setting the fastest race lap during the event. …

MOTOGP: Rossi Secures 52nd Career Pole in Thrilling Jerez Qualifying Session

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JEREZ, Spain – official series release — Yamaha photo — Valentino Rossi banished his recent qualifying demons to secure his 52nd career MotoGP pole on Saturday at Circuito de Jerez. Jorge Lorenzo was the first out of pit lane for qualifying. Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow, who had advanced through Q1, were the only riders to head out with …

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: 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: 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 …

MOTOGP: Lorenzo Tops Rossi for Twin Ring Motegi Pole After Dramatic Qualifying Duel

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MOTEGI, Japan — official series release — MotoGP photo — Jorge Lorenzo came out on top in an epic duel with Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi to earn his fourth MotoGP pole of the season during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Lorenzo enjoyed an incredible duel with Rossi during the 15-minute second session, eventually coming out on top by just …

MOTOGP: Wounded Warrior; Lorenzo Overcomes Shoulder Injury to Lead Motegi Practice

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MOTEGI, Japan – official series release — Yamaha photo — Overcoming a shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the week, Jorge Lorenzo topped the combined MotoGP practice charts Friday at Twin Ring Motegi. Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo took advantage of ideal conditions to set a 1:44.731 in the second practice to top the overall practice charts. Lorenzo showed no ill effects …

MOTOGP: Closing the Gap; Lorenzo Claims 60th Career Win in Drama-Filled Aragon Grand Prix

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ARAGON, Spain – official series release — MotoGP photo — Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo rode brilliantly to secure his 60th career MotoGP victory in front of 67,000 fans at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón on Sunday. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was involved in an excellent fight with Valentino Rossi over the final few laps for the second step of …