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Hyundai N to become WorldSBK Official Safety Car in 2019 1

Hyundai N to become WorldSBK Official Safety Car in 2019

Thoughts are already turning to the 2019 season, as Hyundai Motor and Dorna WSBK Organization are delighted to announce they will be joining forces...
Back on the rollercoaster - WorldSBK returns in Portugal 1

Back on the rollercoaster – WorldSBK returns in Portugal

It’s time for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship bikes to make their return to the grid for Round 10 of the season, and...
Cameron Beaubier Crowned In Style At NJMP 1

Cameron Beaubier Crowned In Style At NJMP

Cameron Beaubier won his third MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in style on Sunday, the 25-year-old Californian taking his eighth Motul Superbike win of the year...
Silverstone serves up spectacular Showdown Six decider 1

Silverstone serves up spectacular Showdown Six decider

Silverstone produced a sensational Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown Six decider as Leon Haslam held off his McAMS Yamaha rivals Josh Brookes and rookie...
Andrea Dovizioso plays it to perfection at Misano 1

Andrea Dovizioso plays it to perfection at Misano

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took an expertly-crafted victory in the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, picking his way...
Runaway race win for perfect 'Pecco' 1

Runaway race win for perfect ‘Pecco’

Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) converted pole position into his sixth Moto2™ win of the season at the Gran Premio Octo di San...
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...
Josh Herrin Wins A Wet One At NJMP 1

Josh Herrin Wins A Wet One At NJMP

Attack Performance/Herrin Compound Yamaha’s Josh Herrin showed once again that if the conditions are iffy, he’s a difficult man to beat. Herrin mastered the conditions...
Haslam wins epic race one scrap as Irwin and Brookes confirmed in the Showdown 1

Haslam wins epic race one scrap as Irwin and Brookes confirmed...

Leon Haslam clinched the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race win at Silverstone this afternoon in a high-speed duel with six different riders...
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,...
Back-to-back poles for Francesco Bagnaia 1

Back-to-back poles for Francesco Bagnaia

Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) sealed his first back-to-back pole positions in Grand Prix racing at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino...
Jorge Martin strikes again for Misano pole 1

Jorge Martin strikes again for Misano pole

Another weekend, another pole position. Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) secured his 17th Moto3™ pole in fine style at the Gran Premio Octo...
Can Oncu takes win and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at Misano 1

Can Oncu takes win and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at...

The Öncü brothers did the leading and the winning at Misano with Can taking victory and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2018....
Oncus only at Misano 1

Oncus only at Misano

The 15-year-old Turkish twins, Can and Deniz Öncü, are on a mission to win the single Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race at Misano....
Bradley Ray leads the way with the top 19 covered by 0.9s ahead of Silverstone race one 1

Bradley Ray leads the way with the top 19 covered by...

Bradley Ray stormed to the top of the times after the opening day of Bennetts British Superbike Championship free practice at Silverstone as the...
Marcel Schrotter holds off the Italians on Friday 1

Marcel Schrotter holds off the Italians on Friday

Despite a crash at the end of FP2, Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) sits top of the combined practice timesheets after Friday at the...
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...
First blood to Jorge Martin on Day 1, Bezzecchi P2 1

First blood to Jorge Martin on Day 1, Bezzecchi P2

He was eighth in FP1 but key Championship contender Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) ended the opening day at the Gran Premio Octo...
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...