Qualifying is all about speed. In racing, that speed sometimes includes just how fast you can get back to the garage and fetch a backup vehicle. That’s why, when MotoGP World Championship rider Marc Marquez went down in Q2 at the Dutch Grand Prix, he saw a scooter with a key in it and took off toward his garage stall.
My favorite vantage point at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas is overlooking Turn 1, the blind uphill left immediately after the front straight. It’s a notoriously tough corner and I love watching how different drivers (and in the case of MotoGP this weekend, riders) take their lines there. It doesn’t always end well.
Marc Marquez won his first race ever at Circuit of the Americas and hasn’t lost a race here since. And, while he’s been the fastest throughout the practice sessions and qualifying at this year’s race, it hasn’t been by nearly the margins expected. Tomorrow’s event could be much more interesting than we originally…
If you’re in Austin this weekend, whether it’s for MotoGP or just the tacos, you need to get on down to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show on the East Side. The admission’s free!
If you somehow don’t like bikes, or bike racing, what you need to do is tune into the only American race on the MotoGP calendar this year. It will change your mind. Even better, if you’re in Texas, you should come out and join us!
Want to know Honda’s secret sauce in their race bike, what ace racer Marc Marquez thinks about Jorge Lorenzo going to Ducati, or his thoughts on “the kick?” Yeah, so does everyone else, because all the racers keep giving canned responses. So I asked him some different questions from you guys, and got some even better…
Mini-God Marc Marquez somehow has better things to do than sit down with me for an entire hour now, because apparently trying to win MotoGP races is a big deal to him and one or two of his sponsors. Send me your questions now so I can get through as many as I can when I sit down with him shortly.
Marc Marquez is one of the fastest motorcycle racers on the planet, and tomorrow you get to ask him anything you want.
Rumors have been swirling for several weeks about the possibility that Jorge Lorenzo, last years MotoGP world champion, might ditch the best bike in the paddock for a huge payday and the chance to finally prove he’s better than Rossi. Now, those rumors are looking like a reality.
When Ducati first added these little winglets to their MotoGP Desmosedici, there were lots of jokes about “hammerhead sharks” and claims about supposed lift control. But if you listen to riders, it seems they have an entirely different and dastardly purpose—to make it harder for riders who get behind it.
Ever wanna play a fantasy game but (1) don’t want to wait for a long time between stages or (2) participate in a shitshow? Then MotOPPO GP is just for you.
Will Lorenzo repeat? Will Rossi come on strong or is he still too pissy about last year to ride with a clear head? Will Marquez be able to keep the Honda upright? Will Vinales be the next Alien? It all starts this weekend, so make sure you get your fantasy picks in!
Watching motorcycle racing on television has never been easy, but the road racing governing bodies and the beIN Sports Network has just reached a deal to make that a whole lot easier for 2016.
BMW’s new M2 MotoGP Safety Car is going to be one of the sexiest vehicles on the race track, even if it’s not the fastest. [Image, and many more like it, via BMW]
One day after his 23rd birthday, Loris Baz was having a lovely afternoon testing his MotoGP bike at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia (where I just rode the new Kawasaki ZX-10R) when the soft compound Michelin rear tire he was riding on blew up—at 180 mph.
Engineers in racing have one primary task: come up with the best possible package within the scope of the rules. And it looks like Suzuki’s clever engineers are doing just that, exploiting a loophole in MotoGP’s “no Variable Valve Timing” rule. Here’s what they’ve come up with for their new GSX-R1000.
A little bit of good ol’ nose candy earned rally driver and motorcycle team owner Paul Bird a ban from motorsport for two years, reports Motorsport.com. Bird failed a drug test after winning the Nicky Grist Stages rally, testing positive for cocaine and diuretics.
Do you watch MotoGP, the world’s top form of motorcycle racing? If the answer’s no, let me tell you why this coming season will be the best one to start on in many years. All it took was a few rule changes that should make the sport more open and more exciting than it’s been in a while, and since it already kicked…
What is it with modern superbikes these days? None of them have received major updates lately and, to be completely honest, they’re all a bit underpowered. Juuuust kidding, the current crop of 1000s are absolutely fucking mental. But, if you still are not entertained, Aprilia is here to help.