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Tech 3 pilot Johann Zarco phenomenally sealed the first pole position of the 2018 season by posting the fastest ever lap on two wheels at the Losail International Circuit.
With his remarkable time of 1’53.680 minutes, the satellite Yamaha rider smashed the 10-year-old track record at the venue in Qatar, after going straight through to Q2.
The Frenchman said: “I’m really happy, it’s truly the best way to start the season. I had a crash in FP4 and while I came away with no harm, it’s not funny to be down before the qualifying.
“Beating the lap record makes me really proud. Tomorrow is the main day. I want to try to win, try to be on the podium. It looks like my pace over the distance is not the best one, but at least starting from pole is the best chance to catch a good result.”
Valentino Rossi will race for two more years with the Yamaha factory outfit in MotoGP after announcing he had signed a new deal which will see him racing through 2020.
The move is hardly a shock – Rossi has always said he’ll race for as long as he feels competitive, and the only surprise about the announcement is that it took so long to announce.
Rossi said: “When I signed my last contract with Yamaha, in March 2016, I wondered if that would have been the last contract as a MotoGP rider. At that time, I decided that I‘d take that decision during the following two years.
“During the last two years I came to the conclusion that I want to continue because racing, being a MotoGP rider, but especially riding my M1, is the thing that makes me feel good.
“Having the opportunity to work...
Ducati’s breathtaking Panigale V4S redefines the sportsbike market. But what makes it so special? And why is it such a gamechanger? We got our hands on one to find out…
Ducati’s Panigale V4S is a real game changer for Ducati – it’s the Italian marque’s first mainstream four-cylinder machine to enter production. Yes, the Desmosedici RR was a V4, but that was a strictly-limited production bike and only 1,500 were ever made. It as much a marketing exercise in profiting from the company’s participation in MotoGP as it was an exercise in engineering excellence.
So how did we get here? What has made Ducati turn its back on the booming V-twins that have defined the brand? The answer is that Ducati had simply reached the limits of technology needed to build a twin that is both dynamic and...
Aprilia has unveiled its racing platform for the 2018 MotoGP – an updated version of the Aprilia RS-GP.
The bike features a new aluminium frame, a new new carbon fibre swingarm, a new airbox and new exhaust are also new.
Other changes include a new aero package and new suspension – Öhlins TSB46 forks and an Öhlins TRSP44 rear shock..
The Aprilia RS-GP will be raced by team stalwart Aleix Espagaro and new recruit Scott Redding.
After taking on the premier class for the first time last season with impressive results – including seven top ten finishes – KTM will now have even more representation on the MotoGP grid next season, announcing a new partnership to supply Tech 3 with machinery from 2019 and bring the number of RC16s on the grid up to four.
The move comes soon after the Tech 3 team revealed its long-standing partnership with Yamaha would be coming to an end at the close of 2018, with the two having raced together for two decades.
"We are very happy to join forces with Tech 3 in MotoGP from 2019,” says Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director.
"The team has many years of experience and achieved a lot of great results in this championship. Their professional structure will make us even stronger. Having...
With a masterful lap of 1:54.029 Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Johann Zarco dominated the MotoGP field on the last day of testing before the start of the 2018 season.
The remarkable Frenchman took over the top spot with two hours to go, before he carried out a race simulation in order to be perfectly prepared for the first race, which takes place in two weeks’ time under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit.
Zarco said:"That was a very good third day, I’m delighted to finish with the top lap time. I think it was even possible to ride inside the high 53s, but we have to accept that we have to understand step by step how to ride at this speed. We did some great work with the team and with everything we did during these three days, I felt more confidence and I could work...
The second day of testing at the Losail International Circuit saw teams shift their focus to race set-up ahead of the first GP of the season on March 18, and Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone finished the session at the top of the timesheets.
While focusing mainly on finding base race settings, Iannone was able to string together a run of 15 highly consistent and quick laps. The Italian confirmed the fast pace he showed on the first day, and was once again the strongest rider through sector T2 and T4. All of this, combined with a boost in confidence and a comfortable feeling with the front of the bike, earned him the fastest time of the day and he ended the session on the top of the time sheet with a 1:54.586.
The Italian said: “Here, since yesterday, the bike has given me a good feeling. I...
Yamaha factory rider Maverick Viñales enjoyed a positive first day’s testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, finishing the session in first place.
Viñales tried various tweaks to the basic setting, gradually improving his feeling on the bike as well as his position, slotting into second place, behind team-mate Valentino Rossi, with more than three and a half hours to go.
He spent the remaining time of the session concentrating on his riding style and setting a consistent pace – he set a 1'55.053s on lap 50 of 64 laps in total, and ended the first day in first place with a 0.051s margin over his closest rival.
He said: “We had no confidence to push in Thailand. Today it looks like we improved in that area. In the beginning I didn't feel well with the bike, but after...
The Ducati WSBK factory team enjoyed a memorable first round performance at Phillip Island as Marco Melandri took two extraordinary race victories.
Race One saw Melandri fight with the leading group of Rea and Sykes before the Italian closed the gap from Sykes at the top, eventually taking the lead with five laps to go and defending his position until the checkered flag.
His team-mate Chaz Davies also enjoyed a strong race, coming back from sixth to third position in the second half of the race to take a deserved podium.
Race Two was shaped by a mandatory tyre change, a decision taken by Race Direction for safety reasons, which prompted the riders to pit-in from lap 10 to 12.
At the end of lap 11, Melandri enjoyed a near perfect pit-stop and rejoined the race in second...
The 2018 MotoGP season has not even started, yet news is starting to break that will play a crucial role in the 2019 season – the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team has announced that this will be the last season it competes as a satellite Yamaha team.
The decision to split its ties with the Japanese manufacturer brings to an end the French team’s near two-decade association with Yamaha.
The rumour mill has gone into overdrive speculating who will be supplying Tech3 with MotoGP bikes next year. Both Honda and Ducati are already supplying a lot of teams with bikes for 2019, and neither would want to add another satellite squad. Aprilia doesn’t have the budget to be able to support Tech3, so that only really two candidates: KTM and Suzuki.
KTM is backed by Red Bull and has one of the largest...
The 2018 season may not even have kicked off, but Marc Marquez has become the third rider to secure his long-term future after signing a contract extension with Honda to stay with the Repsol team for two more years, for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Marquez said: “I’m excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team in the MotoGP class. I’m proud to race as a member of the Honda family, and I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years. The first two official tests went well and, with my contract renewed, I can focus on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody and do my best to reach our shared goals....
The Repsol Honda team has wrapped up a positive final day of testing in Thailand, which saw Dani Pedrosa setting the fastest time of the day and the best overall with a 1’29.781” on lap 77 of 78.
The Spaniard said: “We leave Thailand with positive feelings. The test was quite tough as the temperatures were high, and we worked really hard over the three days. In the end we didn’t have many tyres left, so we had to carefully manage the planning of our work.
“We worked on many aspects of the bike’s setup, and step-by-step we improved our speed and pace. Among other things, today we tested a carbon swing arm that’s a new area for us to work on, so we’re still in the process of learning and of finding the feeling. I’m very happy with the job my team is doing at the track, and with what...
Despite suffering an early crash, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow got his Thai testing off to a flier as he topped the timesheets on Friday.
He said: “I had a not too bad day considering we’ve not been to the circuit before, I think only a couple of guys have, but I think we’ve continued to ride well after Malaysia.
“I didn’t have a good day this morning and I’ve had jet lag. I didn’t feel great. I didn’t feel psychically tired but I wanted to sleep! But maybe if I did that on a race weekend I could go a lot quicker…!”
Joking aside, the Brit did crash in the morning – a minor tip off at the last corner with no damage to man or machine . He said: “I crashed this morning on the fifth lap or something but I wasn’t concentrating so well. There are a few bumps on the last corner and it’s a...
Everybody’s favourite truck mechanic, tea connoisseur and TV host, Guy Martin has just launched a new bike cleaner.
Nothing to revolutionary from the Lincolnshire maverick, though the big difference is in how the cleaner is packaged. Instead of shipping a big bottle of liquid around the place, which is mostly water, the Proper Cleaner comes in slug-form which is wrapped in a water soluble packet that dissolves on contact with water, rather like those washing machine globules.
It’s not the first time that a concentrate has been sold to save costs, shipping and the planet. Where Guy’s cleaner differs is that replacements are tiny dry packets, about the size of a pair of cheesy Wotsits. They come in a fairly sturdy resealable ziploc bag, so you shouldn’t have any worries about water...
Motorcycle racing's premier series is set to go electric for 2019 with the news that MotoGP is launching the world's first electric racing championship – the MotoE World Cup.
There will be 18 bikes competing in the inaugural season, supplied by Italian company Energica, all filled by current grand prix teams, with each of the eight independent MotoGP teams provided with two bikes, with the four remaining machines to be slotted into Moto2 or Moto3 teams who chose to enter MotoE.
Practice sessions will take place on Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and the 10-lap races will occur on Sunday – mimicking the current GP schedule. The first pre-season test is set to take place at Jerez, later this month.
Michelin will continue as a single-tire supplier in the GP paddock, providing rubber...
23-time TT winner John McGuinness has signed to ride for the Norton factory team in the Superbike and Senior TT Races at the 2018 Isle of Man TT.
McGuinness joins 2015 British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes in a two-man team using the latest specification Norton ‘SG7’ machines, derived from the firm’s flagship V4 RR road bike.
McGuinness last won a Superbike class race in 2015, winning the Senior, which also saw him breaking the outright lap record with a lap of 132.701, which remains his fastest lap around the Mountain Course. He achieved podiums in both the 2016 Superbike and Senior TT but missed last year’s TT races meeting due to serious injuries sustained in the North West 200, which he is still recovering from. However, he expects to be back to full fitness in time for his TT...
The 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S and 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS represent Triumph’s ongoing evolution to its modern motorcycle lineup.
This latest iteration of the Speed Triple includes IMU-powered electronics (RS model) and a modest 13hp power increase.
The bike boasts more than 100 new parts in the engine alone, with the Speed Triple RS now claiming 148hp at the crank, with 86 lb.ft of peak torque also on tap.
This power is controlled by five riding modes (four riding modes for the S model, which doesn’t have a Track mode), and a safety net is created by an IMU-powered traction control system.
That IMU also powers the cornering ABS, which means that the new Speed Triple is finally in line with its rival machines, in terms of rider aids.
The new Speed Triple gets an all-new 5in...
This year’s much-lauded inaugural Welsh Road Races at Eppynt will not go ahead due to a change in the traffic laws, say organisers.
The move comes after a hearing on January 9 with regard to the repeal of the Road Traffic Act. The repeal was to allow the use of closed Public Roads for Motorsport events. This repeal came into effect yesterday, on the 2nd February.
The Welsh Road Race had gained permissions previously, but the current change in legislation, has put the the timescale of the event into jeopardy, as there will not be enough time to obtain the correct permissions now to permit the event.
“We are working closely with the ACU, Crown Properties and Powys County Council to organise the Welsh Road Race, and under the new changes in legislation, the new deadlines that have been...
Josh Brookes is set to return to the Isle of Man and will again represent the Norton factory in this year’s Superbike and Senior TT Races.
Australian Brookes, the 2015 British Superbike Champion, will compete on the ‘SG7’, derived from the V4 RR road bike. The bike that Brookes will ride is hand built at Norton’s Donington Hall factory and will continue its development and testing schedule in the hands of two-time TT Race winner - and Norton development rider – Steve Plater.
Brookes enjoyed a successful return to the Mountain Course last year following a two-year absence from the Isle of Man, which included the fastest ever lap around the TT Course by a Norton machine with 130.883mph.
The lap was posted in the Senior race, which saw him finish in sixth place, his best finish to date...
WSBK is coming to Northern Ireland and will join the racing calendar in 2019.
The news comes today in a joint press release from Dorna (the media rights holder to WSBK) and Manna Developments (the circuit developer), where a three-year contract was announced today to race at the yet-to-be-built Lake Torrent Circuit.
Once completed, the Lake Torrent Circuit will have 12 corners over its 2.4-mile length, while the elevation change is said to be +/- 100 feet (30m).
David Henderson of Manna Developments, said: “Having finally identified the perfect location and achieved planning permission last year, today sees the completion of that dream and is a day that will only be topped when we see up to 30,000 spectators converge in Coalisland for the first WSBK racing event in Northern...
The first official MotoGP test of 2018 has concluded at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia with Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo lapping in a time of 1’58.830 to establish an unofficial new track record.
The Spaniard ended the day at the top of the timings, and the three-day test, despite having a harmless crash late in the morning, and praised the changes made to the Desmosedici GP 2018 machine.
He said: “I leave Sepang very satisfied with the work that we have done over the last three days, not only because of the time that I set today, but also because I’m convinced that many aspects of the bike have improved since last year. Now I feel it’s better adapted to my riding style and I feel more at home when I’m riding it, but we still have to understand a few things to be able to get...
The Factory Yamaha MotoGP squad enjoyed a positive second day of testing any Sepang, finishing the second day in first and second place respectively.
Similar to yesterday morning, the MotoGP riders waited for the track to dry before they ventured out just before 12 o’clock local track time.
Viñales had a busy schedule again. His strategy remained the same as for Day 1: put in a lot of laps to work on tyre wear. He initially headed out on the same bike as yesterday to get a feel for the conditions, before he gave the new fairing a try. Throughout the second day of testing the Spaniard noticed improvement in the consistency of his lap times. He put his YZR-M1 to the test during the final stages of the eight-hour session and posted a 1’59.355s on lap 66/68 for top billing, with a 0.035s...
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the opening day of the Sepang test, with a mark of 1’59.427” on his 55th lap (out of 56), three tenths faster than the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.
In typical Malaysian fashion, the morning dawned under heavy rain, so the asphalt was still wet when the track opened at 10 am.
Pedrosa said: “Of course it’s good to start the testing with the fastest time, so we’re happy with that. We had some rain in the morning and therefore the chance to do a few laps on rain tyres, and we felt good from the beginning. In the afternoon, when the track dried, the asphalt kept improving lap by lap, and that was positive for the many changes we had to try.
“We have three bikes here, and they have the same setup but different...
Motorcycle racers are generally a different breed – very competitive, focussed to the point of obsession, and ruthless in their quest to be number one. Becoming a national champion takes years of dedication, sweat and toil, becoming a world champion requires even more commitment. And talent.
Neil Hodgson knows what it takes to be a winner. He scooped both the BSB and WSBK titles in an illustrious career on both sides of the Atlantic before injury forced his retirement. After dislocating his shoulder in a motocross training accident in California in 2009, Hodgson landed on the same shoulder during Sunday morning warm-up for the opening round of the 2010 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch and knew his career was over. That, in reality, was the start of the second phase of...
Neil Hodgson is a former BSB and WSBK champion. Remembered fondly for his ‘Doohan’esque riding style, and his epic title decider with Chris Walker at Donington Park, Hodgson announced his retirement in 2010 after 20 seasons of racing after suffering a brutal shoulder injury.
He’s now the MotoGP commentator for BT Sport, where he uses his knowledge to offer a valuable insight into racing’s premier class alongside Keith Huewen. After two decades of competition, he’s got a wealth of experience with kit from a huge range of manufacturers, and is uniquely placed to explain what works and doesn’t. Here he shares his hard earned kit wisdom:
“I know it’s obvious, but your helmet is your most important piece of kit. It has to be – you only get one head, so you need to do...
Maverick Viñales has agreed a two-year extension to his contract with the factory Movistar Yamaha squad which will see him ride for the Japanese manufacturer until 2020.
The young Catalan, who won won three races and took seven podiums with Yamaha, finished third place in the MotoGP Championship standings last year, and is the first rider in the leading factory teams to secure his seat on next year’s MotoGP grid.
He said: "I’m really happy that Yamaha and I have extended our contract by two more years. It’s great for me and the team that we were able to make this announcement this early on, because it gives us a sense of calm: we know that I will continue riding my M1 for the coming three seasons, so now we can just focus on the actual racing.
"I’m very satisfied with this decision....
Neil Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a MotoGP commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopaedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed to preview the season ahead.
“This season sees the introduction of a complex series of rules designed to stop Johnny Rea running away win a fourth consecutive title. Aimed at reducing the performance gulf between teams, one of the key new measures will see rev limits replacing weight penalties. What this means is that if a bike or a team keeps disappearing off into the distance, the race organisers will turn down the revs and give other riders more in an attempt to even things out. Will it change anything? I’m not so sure…
“Johnny Rea is still the...
I’ve always had good experiences with Drift cameras; they’re compact, aerodynamic, discreet and the footage itself is superb – colours are crisp and it captures loads of detail, and there’s no ‘fish-eye’ effect at the edge of the frame.
However, after two years of testing we’ve discovered a problem with the mounts – the cameras are prone to working lose and simply unscrew themselves from their secure housing.
This very thing has happened to me this autumn. Prior to every ride, I religiously check the camera is fixed securely in its mount, yet on a ride to enjoy Bardney Bends the forward facing camera mounted on the side of the bike simply unwound itself and made a desperate bid for freedom. Luckily, this was captured by the rear facing camera, and thanks to the wonder of social...
Neil Hodgson is a BSB and WSBK champion and a MotoGP commentator for BT Sport. He’s got his finger on the pulse in the MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB paddocks and his encyclopaedic knowledge of bike racing make him perfectly placed to preview the season ahead.
“I’m really excited about this season. Last year was the best season I can ever remember and it had everything – drama, rivalry, high and lows – this really is the golden era of MotoGP and it has never been so unpredictable.
“Yes, Marc Marquez won the title, but Ducati’s Number Two rider Andrea Dovizioso pushed him hard right to the wire, and the season was packed full of twists and turns and saw an awful lot of different riders finishing in the top three.
“Just how hard he was pushing is reflected in the number of times he...
Tech 3 Yahama rider Jonas Folger has announced he will be sitting out the 2018 season as he bids to fully recover from Gilbert’s Syndrome – a genetic condition which has left the German flyer bedridden.
The 24-year-old was forced to miss the final four rounds of the 2017 season but had been expected to make a full recovery. However, the 125cc, Moto3 and Moto2 winner, who still finished a creditable tenth in the championship last time out in what was his rookie season, has decided to focus fully on his recovery and will miss the new season.
Folger said: “I’m incredibly sad to be saying this, but I will not be racing MotoGP in 2018. I wasn't able to make the improvements I was hoping for, and at this stage I don't feel able to ride a MotoGP machine at 100%.
"I hope to be back one day...
Alberto Puig has been appointed new team manager of the Honda works MotoGP team.
The Spaniard will report to HRC race operations manager Tetsuhiro Kuwata, and will combine his new role with his existing positions as head of the Asian and British Talent Cup series.
“I’m very grateful to HRC for this opportunity they have given me with the Repsol Honda Team," said Puig.
"To have the chance to be in this position in one of the most successful teams in the MotoGP championship is a very big honour for me, so I can only focus on giving my best back to Honda and on trying to help them to achieve their goals."
Ducati has launched its new-look 2018 MotoGP machine, with riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo unveiling a new colour scheme that sees a new red and grey scheme replacing the traditional red and white paint.
The modifications make the new Demosedici GP bike look even more menacing, but it's worth noting that the design is yet to be finalised – the Italian factory will ditch and winglets and debut a new aerodynamic package at the upcoming preseason tests in Malaysia and Thailand.
Two road racing heavyweights – Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston – will be lining up on Honda machinery for the 2018 road racing season.
The experienced duo have signed for Honda Europe Motorsport factory backed outfit and will be contesting the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and the Ulster GP aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 in the Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes.
Both Hutchinson and Johnston are no strangers to Honda machinery and in 2010 Hutchy claimed his historic five-TT wins with the Padgetts Honda team. Hugely successful on the roads the ‘Bingley Bullet’ is a 16-time TT winner with 27 TT podiums to his name and will be looking to further add to his tally, as well as claiming the maiden road-racing win for the Fireblade SP2.
Former National Superstock 600 Champion...
Honda has announced that Livio Suppo has decided to leave his role as Repsol Honda’s Team Principal.
Suppo joined HRC in 2010, as Communications and Marketing Director. From 2013 he assumed a dual-role as Team Principal of the Repsol Honda Team and HRC Communications and Marketing Director, giving a precious contribution in marketing, plus team and rider management.
Suppo said: “It has been a real honour to work for HRC over the past eight years. It has been a great professional and human experience, and I will be always grateful to the Company for asking me to be part of it.
“Anyway, after 22 seasons in the motorcycle racing world, I feel that it is time for me to look for new challenges. I leave HRC knowing that in 2018 they will be competitive, because Marc and Dani are very...
The final race of the season was an epic climax to 2018, with with Dani Pedrosa winning the Grand Prix, his seventh at Valencia across all classes and his 31st in the MotoGP class.
But all eyes were on team-mate Marc Marquez and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso to see which pilot would take the title.
It was Marquez who got the better start, hustling his way to the front before Tech 3’s Johann Zarco assumed the lead on lap four.
Dovizioso also made a blistering start, forcing his way through the midfield to sit behind team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
Marquez was happy in second – he’d win the title – and stuck behind the satellite Yamaha for 20 laps before making a pass. However, he immediately ran wide in Turn 1, the front wheel closing at full left lock. But Marquez would not be beaten and...
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso gave a riding masterclass in tricky conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, winning his sixth of the season to keep the title battle alive going into the final round at Valencia.
Dovizioso, who started from third place on the grid, didn’t get a perfect start and had to battle with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa on the opening lap. The Italian then caught and passed title rival Marc Marquez on Lap 5, before setting after the leading duo made up of Zarco and Lorenzo.
Dovizioso passed the impressive French rookie on Lap 9, and began stalking his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who was himself looking to take his maiden Ducati win.
The paddock went into overdrive as Dovizioso closed the gap – would team orders prevail? Would Ducati order Lorenzo to pull aside? Would...
Unprecedented weather at Motegi this weekend had seen every session declared wet – the first time in the MotoGP era – and race day was no exception as the skies opened and a torrential downpour covered the 4,801m Japanese circuit.
With rain in the air, the riders lined up on the grid, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) took pole position after setting the best time in yesterday’s qualifying. As the lights changed Marquez was ahead in the first corner, but was soon passed by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). The Spaniard held this position until Lap Two, before Danilo Petrucci (OCTO Pramac Racing) took his place at the head of the field. Petrucci then began stretching his lead at the front, as the remainder of the pack got involved in their own battles behind him.
As the race progressed,...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne clinched an unprecedented sixth BSB championship title in dramatic style at Brands Hatch, as the title fight went down to the wire in the final race of the season.
The last race of the season started with Leon Haslam and defending champion Byrne separated by just two points after Byrne won race two and Haslam finished tenth, ahead of the crucial decider at the Kent circuit.
On the opening lap James Ellison had taken the advantage from Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty. The title contenders were in formation, with Josh Brookes in fourth ahead of Haslam and Byrne, but the Australian knew he was still in contention and he was pushing to move through the field.
At the front Iddon took the lead, but on lap six Haslam’s title hopes ended in heartbreak as the JG...
After being hampered by a technical issue in Race one, Ducati factory rider Chaz Davies bounced back with a dominant win in Race Two at the eleventh round of the WSBK Championship at Magny Cours, the team’s eighth overall win of the season.
In tricky conditions, with a light rain falling intermittently on different sections of the track, the Welshman built his win (the 27th of his career) in the early laps, when he was the only rider capable of lapping in the 1:38 mark after a blistering start from 11th position.
Newly-crowned world champion Jonny Rea endured a miserable race, and he was forced to retire after Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty high-sided off in front him on Lap One, striking and damaging the rear of his Kawasaki.
It made no difference to Davies though, who stormed into the...
Sylvain Guintoli celebrated his first victory of the in a race two thriller at Assen as Bennetts Suzuki team claimed its first victory with Josh Brookes and Leon Haslam returning to the podium ahead of the Brands Hatch title decider.
Haslam claimed the Race One victory at the Dutch track after an epic six-way scrap for supremacy with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne scything his way through the order.
On the opening lap James Ellison lead from Haslam, Christian Iddon and Dan Linfoot, but Guintoli was soon in the mix as he moved into third on the Bennetts Suzuki at the end of the third lap.
Byrne had started 16th on the grid, but he was forcing his way through the pack and by the sixth lap was up to fifth as the leading pack of Ellison, Haslam, Guintoli and Byrne started to trade blows at the...
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