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Dream debut win for Lorenzo Dalla Porta in dramatic Moto3 race 1

Dream debut win for Lorenzo Dalla Porta in dramatic Moto3 race

In a drama-filled Moto3™ race at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) secured...
Jorge Lorenzo breaks Misano record, Marquez crashes out 1

Jorge Lorenzo breaks Misano record, Marquez crashes out

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) broke his own 2016 pole lap record at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in an adrenaline-fuelled qualifying on the Adriatic,...
Ducati vs Marquez at Misano? Day 1 sets the scene 1

Ducati vs Marquez at Misano? Day 1 sets the scene

Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo made it a 1-2 for the Ducati Team on Day 1 at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino...
Bradley Smith Joins APRILIA MOTOGP PROJECT as Their TEST RIDER 1

Bradley Smith Joins Aprilia MotoGP Project as Their Test Rider

MotoGP rider Bradley Smith will join the Aprilia Test Team for 2019 and will also compete astride the RS-GP in a series of wild...
Bikes will soon be on track for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, and after it was confirmed we’d be racing at Misano until at least 2021, it was time for some talk in the pre-event Press Conference. Reigning Champion and points leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was joined by local hero Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), fellow three-time Misano MotoGP™ winner Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Moto2™ Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) as the grid got ready to rumble. First to speak was Marquez, who was one of those who headed for the Vatican on Wednesday for a reception with the Pope – and that was the first topic on the agenda: “Meeting the Pope was a great experience, if you have the opportunity to do so in your life you should, and visit the Vatican! We’ll see if it gives us any luck this weekend! But it’s nice he knows what we’re doing, racing bikes.” So will there be any extra luck? That remains to be seen but Marquez is the man in the driving seat so far, debriefing Silverstone briefly before talking of his target for this weekend. “Everyone was disappointed to not race at Silverstone but safety conditions weren’t ready to race. But now in Misano we’re leading by 59 points, and 71 and 72 points ahead of the Ducatis. The target is to increase the advantage, try to attack…we know they tested here a couple of weeks ago so maybe at the start we’ll be a bit far but we’ll try to bring passion and work hard for Sunday.” Rossi, meanwhile, hasn’t raced at Misano since 2016 – having missed last season due to injury. As could be expected, he’s happy to be ready to race at the venue again. “I’m very, very happy to be back at Misano! It’s the most important race of the season, together with Mugello, the most special for the fans,” says the ‘Doctor’. “This one maybe even a bit more because it’s so close to my house and last year it was a great shame, it wasn’t easy to follow it from home!” Later, the Italian also explained it was the first track at which he rode a motorcycle competitively - and said that it was a pivotal moment: "It was very emotional. It was a 125, I was very small. I always rode a scooter on the road, so when I went on the track, I understood at that moment that it’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." Now 39 and a nine-time World Champion, it's going pretty well. And despite some struggles this season for Yamaha, Rossi is currently P2 in the standings – and their recent test at MotorLand Aragon was positive. “Aragon was an important test for sure, because it’s always a difficult track for me and Yamaha. But we’ll have to see at the ‘real’ weekend with all the fast guys to understand our ‘real’ level…” From one three-time premier class winner at the venue to another, next to speak was Lorenzo: “Misano is one of my favourite tracks, I’ve more or less always been on the podium since 2008 and we arrive here in good shape, very strong with quite a bit of experience with the bike – including the test here a month ago where we were very competitive,” says the number 99. “But let’s see about the weather as well, tomorrow it looks like it will rain, and Saturday, but we hope after the practice! And we’re hoping for a dry Sunday.” The weather could be a little changeable, but the next question then harked back to the far-from changeable difficult Sunday at Silverstone – and the loss of 25 possible points as Lorenzo pushes to try and move up in the Championship. “At Silverstone with the conditions, if we raced we could have competed for it…anything could have happened, you could lose a lot of points, maybe Marc would have been able to stay on or crash. You could have recovered some points but also you could have lost it. But we made the right decision, together with Race Direction, because it was risky and dangerous. Now we have one race less but at the moment we’re not thinking about the Championship. We’re thinking about momentum, small changes on the bike and trying to win as many races as possible.” Teammate ‘DesmoDovi’, meanwhile, was first asked about his record at Misano – which so far has been one of his more difficult circuits. “I think it was more about the technical side. It’s not my best track but we’ve struggled, but now we’re in a different situation, especially after the test we did here. I felt so good. The grip was good but it was very hot, but the speed was really good. And the rest at Aragon was good. So I think we’ve confirmed our speed is a bit better than the beginning of the season and we’re better than last year. I expect to have good speed but we have to work in these conditions, which are very different to what we had in the test. There was a lot of rubber and grip then, but it was also hotter. We’ll see but I think we can be very competitive.” Sounds positive – so what’s the target? “Every year, every race, every weekend you have to try and improve yourself and the bike, always. That’s our target and I think it’s what we’re doing now. We’ve confirmed it at a lot of tracks but you have to get the results in the race, until then it’s just an opinion. But I feel good on the bike at each track, our pace is good and we’re fast from the beginning. That makes the difference.” Next to talk was Andrea Iannone, who had a difficult race of it last season – but hopes for more in 2018, as he prepares to also change team at the end of the year. “Racing at home is a special race for us, it’s big motivation for me and for the team because most people in the garage are Italian guys – for sure it’s an important weekend for us. It’s interesting because last year I had a good feeling with the bike but we didn’t have good speed. I want to confirm a different situation this year.” And leaving Suzuki? “Always when a rider comes to the end of a relationship with a team or factory, it’s a bad moment. But at the moment I have a good relationship with the team, the guys and the management. It’s not easy but everyone tries their best and we’ll try to finish this Championship in the best way.” Finally it was time to hear from Moto2™’s home hero and Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia. Only three points ahead, the pressure is on on home turf – but ‘Pecco’ feels positive. “At Silverstone I was strong, I was to start on pole and Miguel was in P23, and in the wet it would have been difficult for him to recover the gap but safety comes first. Just three points is the gap here and it’s a track I like, it would be positive to be in front of him, we’ve been here a lot to train and it could be a positive weekend for us!” As part of the VR46 Riders’ Academy, Bagnaia certainly knows the place inside out – but so do many on the grid. Find out who will take to the top at Misano on Sunday, with Moto3™ racing at 11:00 (GMT +2), Moto2™ at 12:20 and MotoGP™ at 14:00.

Momentum the name of the game at Misano

Bikes will soon be on track for the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, and after it was confirmed...
Misano to host MotoGP until 2021 1

Misano to host MotoGP until 2021

Dorna Sports is happy to announce a contract extension with Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli that will see the venue remain on the FIM...
Sachsenring remains the home of the German Grand Prix 1

Sachsenring remains the home of the German Grand Prix

The Sachsenring remains the home of the German Grand Prix as MotoGP™, ADAC and ADAC Sachsen intensify their commitment to the event. The 2019...
MotoGP riders meet the Pope at the Vatican 1

MotoGP riders meet the Pope at the Vatican

Ahead of the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), teammate Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Iannone...
FIM MotoGP World Championship race durations to change 1

2019 Provisional MotoGP Calendar

FIM Grand Prix World Championship 2019 Provisional MotoGP Calendar Date Grand Prix Venue 10 March Qatar* Losail International Circuit 31 March República Argentina Termas de Río Hondo 14 April Americas Circuit of the Americas 05 May Spain Circuito de...

Racing cancelled at Silverstone

After the rain came down on Saturday and track conditions caused delays, the decision was taken to change the schedule for Sunday at the...
Weather forces Sunday schedule change with Lorenzo set to start from pole 1

Weather forces Sunday schedule change with Lorenzo set to start from...

It was a dramatic day at the GoPro British Grand Prix and after weather affected several sessions, the schedule for Sunday has been changed...
Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Vinales within a tenth 1

Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales within a tenth

After Yamaha dominated FP1 at the GoPro British Grand Prix, 2017 winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) came out firing on all cylinders in FP2...
Cal Crutchlow on top as the title fight explodes in Argentina 1

HRC and Cal Crutchlow sign contract extension until 2020

Honda Racing Corporation are delighted to announce that Cal Crutchlow has signed a contract extension that will see him remain an HRC rider until...
Dorna Sports partners with Lenovo for MotoGP eSport Championship 1

Dorna Sports partners with Lenovo for MotoGP eSport Championship

Dorna Sports is delighted to announce a multi-year global partnership with Lenovo as the exclusive technology sponsor of the MotoGP eSport Championship, and exclusive...
Third MotoE Team Committee takes place in Austria 1

Third MotoE Team Committee takes place in Austria

The debut of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup is getting closer and at the Red Bull Ring, it was time for the third...
Jorge Lorenzo vs Marc Marquez: a stunning showdown in Spielberg 1

Jorge Lorenzo vs Marc Marquez: a stunning showdown in Spielberg

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) put on a show to remember at the Red Bull Ring in the eyetime...
Marc Marquez holds off the Ducatis to take pole by just 0.002 1

Marc Marquez holds off the Ducatis to take pole by just...

It was a breathless fight to the wire for pole position at the eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, with the battle boiling down...
Day of two halves - Ducati vs Marquez dominates Day 1 1

Day of two halves – Ducati vs Marquez dominates Day 1

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was the fastest man on Friday at the eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich and the only rider into the...

Battle lines drawn – Reload for the Red Bull Ring

Only a few days after the Czech GP it’s already action stations for Austria as MotoGP™ returns to the Styrian Alps and the stunning...
Marc Marquez back on top in Brno test 1

Marc Marquez back on top in Brno test

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) topped the Brno test was a late lunge for the top, setting a 1:55.209 on one of his last...