NEWS: Yamaha Austria Racing Team Wins Slovakia Ring #FIMEWC

After an epic 8-hour battle filled with drama, YART Yamaha emerged the winners on the Slovakia Ring, ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and F.C.C. TSR Honda France. SERT now lead the world rankings.

The Austrian Yamaha squad have won the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring for the second year in a row. YART Yamaha’s Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepa never lost the lead. After battling Honda Endurance Racing and F.C.C. TSR Honda France from the start of the race, they ende Continue reading “NEWS: Yamaha Austria Racing Team Wins Slovakia Ring #FIMEWC”

Rossi Rides to Stunning Second in Close COTA Contest

A perfectly sunny race day at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) delivered nothing short of a sensational Grand Prix of The Americas. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi put his heart and soul into today‘s race and only just missed out on the victory, taking 2nd position. Maverick Viñales had an equally competitive race pace, but a ride through penalty after a jump start cost him valuable time and places. Still the Spaniard kept going, cutting through the rider pack all the way back up to 11th place.

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Strong 8th Position for Espargaro at Red Bull Americas Grand Prix, Hafizh A Lonely 18th

After a landmark qualification run on Saturday and a best ever slot of 5th on the grid, Pol Espargaro scored his second top ten finish of the 2019 MotoGP season by crossing the line in 8th position at the Circuit of The Americas. The third round of the FIM World Championship season also saw all four KTM RC16s classify among the group of 18 race finishers.

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VALENCIA GP RACE REPORT: Dramatic End for Movistar Yamaha in Valencia

From Yamaha Racing press office:

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were unlucky to score just three points at the Grand Prix of Valencia today, despite both riders showing a very impressive pace in the wet.
Valentino Rossi had a brilliant start from 16th place at the Valencia Grand Prix, gaining five positions in the first corner alone. Perfectly adapting to the truly wet conditions, he cut through the field and was already in seventh place just two laps into the race.

By overtaking his teammate and with several rivals crashing ahead of him, he found himself in third place just four laps later. The potential podium only made him more hungry for the lead. He pushed hard and closed an over 7s gap to the front in less than seven laps to challenge the front runners, but at the start of lap 14 the race was red flagged due to track conditions.

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VALENCIA GP RACE REPORT: Rins’ 9th Podium for Suzuki, Secures 5th In Championship

From Team Suzuki press office:

Alex Rins: 2nd (+ 2.750)
Andrea Iannone: DNF

• Alex Rins brings home sublime second place.
• Andrea Iannone victim of a crash on treacherous track.
• Team SUZUKI ECSTAR end the season with ninth podium.

The Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia had plenty of shocks and surprises before the final fireworks marked the close of the 2018 season. But Team SUZUKI ECSTAR secured a ninth podium finish.

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VALENCIA GP SATURDAY REPORT: Qualifying Masterclass from Vinales

From Yamaha Racing press office:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales wrote qualifying history today at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo, becoming only the second rider ever to secure pole position after first taking part in the Q1 session. Valentino Rossi didn’t find a good feeling in the wet or the dry sessions. Despite pushing hard he will start tomorrow’s Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana from 16th place on the grid.
In Q1 Viñales had a strong first hot lap that saw him put his YZR-M1 in second place, but he was pushed back to third when the pace picked up. The Spaniard wasn’t shy to respond with a 1’32.418s lap, putting him at the top of the provisional rankings and giving him a 0.593s advantage to his closest rival at the time.

He re-entered the track after a pit stop of just over a minute. When three and a half minutes remained, the fight for a place in the top-2 heated up, but the Yamaha rider was ready to push. He was one of the first riders to drop under the 1’32s mark today and secured second place with a 1’31.858s lap.

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