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MotoGP riders call for earlier Phillip Island start time

Riders are campaigning for the race start to be moved from its traditional 4pm local time slot, with calls for it to start no later than 3pm in the future.The concern is plummeting track temperatures, with the fickle Phillip Island weather oft

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Jerez WSBK: Melandri failure gifts Rea Race 1 victory

The race was red-flagged on the opening lap after Raffaele de Rosa and Ayrton Badovini both crashed separately at Turn 6. While it was De Rosa who seemed to have a bigger crash with a violent high-side, it was Badovini who sustained an injury, fracturi

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Crutchlow expects Iannone, Miller to create a "mess"

LCR rider Crutchlow will begin the Phillip Island race, which he won last year, from 10th on the grid after crashing at Honda corner late in Q2, leaving him a second off the pace of poleman Marc Marquez.The Briton however was fourth-fastest on the opening

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Dovizioso admits FP4 crash cause of poor qualifying

Dovizioso fell after Lukey Heights during FP4, before going on to finish second-to-last in Q2, trailing poleman and championship rival Marc Marquez by 1.110s.The Italian said he didn't have a good feeling aboard his Desmosedici after his practice incid

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Simeon ruled out of Phillip Island after qualifying crash

Simeon, who will join the Avintia Ducati team in the premier class next season, crashed at Turn 11 on his first lap of Saturday afternoon's qualifying session.The Belgian broke the little finger on his right hand in the impact, and will return home for

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Rossi "not strong enough" to fight for Phillip Island win

After finishing outside the top 10 in Friday practice, Rossi had to fight his way through Q1 on Saturday and eventually took seventh in Q2, 0.817s behind poleman Marc Marquez.While the Yamaha rider finished second at Phillip Island race last year from 15t

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Miller: "Everything and anything" possible from fifth on grid

The Aussie was one of the stars of qualifying at Phillip Island, making the best of running in a group with pacesetter Marc Marquez to grab a second-row start with fifth.With a mixed forecast for the ’s race – which starts at 4pm local time,

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Australian MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after qualifying

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap193 Marc Marquez Honda1'28.386 “I’m happy because ... Keep reading

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Australian MotoGP: Marquez on pole as Dovizioso struggles

Honda rider Marquez was unstoppable across the 15-minute Q2 session, constantly bouncing back to the top with each run.In the end it was his 1m28.386s that bagged him a dominant pole, the time leaving him more than three-tenths clear of the field and 10 p

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Five years added to Michelin MotoGP deal

The French tyremaker took over from Bridgestone as MotoGP’s control tyre supplier for the 2016, with an initial three-year agreement that was first announced way back in 2014.The agreement has now been extended to include an additional five y

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Australian MotoGP: Marquez dominates wet FP3 but is among crashers

Marquez set a 1min38.522sec on his ninth of 12 completed laps but hit the deck when his front wheel slipped out from under him at Turn 6. At the time he was leading the session by an impressive 0.834sec, but a late improvement from Johann Zarco on the Tec

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Miller's Phillip Island practice speed not affected by injury

The Australian was in surgery just under three weeks ago for the break, which occurred during a trials bike trip in Andorra.After being passed fit to ride on Thursday, he returned to MotoGP action for the first time on Friday, having opted to sit out the

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Australian MotoGP: Espargaro edges Marquez in second practice

The second 45-minute session of the day was run in sunny conditions, turning the session into a crucial shootout for Q2 slots ahead of an expected shift in the weather on Saturday.Times quickly dipped under Marquez’s FP1 benchmark, Espargaro jumpin

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Lorenzo surprised by Dovizioso MotoGP title tilt

Dovizioso is right in the heat of the title battle with three rounds to go, his thrilling win in Japan last week leaving him just 11 points behind Honda’s Marc Marquez.According to Lorenzo, who joined Ducati as the team’s high-profile signin

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Zarco dismisses Lorenzo’s ‘PlayStation’ riding claims

Lorenzo and Zarco made contact on the fourth lap of the Japanese Grand Prix, as Lorenzo found himself eased wide by the Tech 3 Yamaha rookie at Turn 9 while the pair were battling over fourth place.It was a move that drew an angry response from Lorenzo, w

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Marquez keeping "half an eye" on Vinales in title fight

Following a lacklustre to run to ninth at Motegi last weekend, Yamaha rider Vinales has fallen 41 points adrift of Marquez with only three races remaining and 75 points left to play for.It leaves Vinales, whose last win came at Le Mans in May, in need of

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What’s it really like to work with Valentino Rossi?

Alex Briggs has lived the ultimate MotoGP mechanic life.Back in 1993 the former motocross hotshot left his native Australia behind and headed to Europe, dreaming of working as a mechanic on the world MX stage.Instead he found himself working at HRC with f

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Marquez still has edge over Dovizioso, says Crutchlow

Dovizioso cut the gap to Marquez in the standings to 11 points after securing a fifth victory of the season in a thrilling battle against the reigning champion in tricky conditions in Japan. The pair had previously been tied on points after last month

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Smith got "no excitement" from season-best qualifying

After confirmation that he will remain a full KTM race rider next season, Smith secured his best grid slot of the year so far with seventh, ahead of teammate Pol Espargaro.The Briton admitted, however, that the fact his performance came in wet conditions

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Rossi tips super-sub Nozane for big MotoGP future

Nozane, a regular in the FIM Endurance World Championship and All-Japan Superbike series, was drafted in at short notice to deputise for an unwell Jonas Folger at Tech 3 Yamaha for the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.The 21-year-old impressed during his first

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Herrera to make Moto3 return with Aspar

Herrera, 21, made her Moto3 debut in 2013 and has been a regular rider in the category since 2015, spending a year on a Husqvarna bike before switching to KTM.The sole female rider currently involved in grand prix motorcycle racing, she tackled the majori

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Lorenzo not ready to sacrifice wins for Dovizioso

Lorenzo stated earlier in the season that he’ll help Dovizioso if and when the time comes, a situation that’s edging closer to becoming a reality as the Italian sits just 11 points behind Honda star Marc Marquez with three rounds to go. S

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Iannone says he and Suzuki "needed" Motegi result

Iannone, who has endured a torrid time for much of his maiden season at Suzuki, finished fourth in a wet Motegi race, coming out on top in a late-race battle against rookie teammate Alex Rins.The result marks the Italian's most competitive showing yet

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