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Miller: Ducati ‘chasing its arse’ seeking 2021 MotoGP bike gains

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all official pre-season testing has been confined to the Losail International Circuit and the riders will have just five days of running before the opening two rounds at the circuit.Only KTM and Aprilia have been able to build completely new bikes for 2021, with COVID cost-saving restrictions meaning Ducati, Yamaha, Suzuki...

Quartararo pips Miller on second day of Qatar MotoGP test

As is typical during the Qatar test, the Losail circuit was sparsely populated in the early part of the session, with KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa setting the early pace at 1m58.290s as one of just four runners on the circuit in the first hour.Pramac’s Johann Zarco rounded out hour two fastest of all with a 1m55.796s on his 2021 Ducati, with the Italian...

Herta confident working with strategist father can work

Since retiring from racing in 2008, 1993 Indy Lights champion Herta Sr has concentrated on team ownership with his eponymous Bryan Herta Autosport squad famously running Dan Wheldon to victory in the 2011 Indianapolis 500.Herta Sr has been a part-owner and strategist for the #98 Andretti-run car driven in recent seasons by Marco Andretti, but with the...

Stroll "underestimated" COVID-19 impact in 2020 F1 races

The Canadian missed the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring due to illness, being replaced at the team then called Racing Point by Nico Hulkenberg.Stroll later revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19, but following a negative test he was able to return to the cockpit for the Portuguese Grand Prix.He struggled on his return to the cockpit at the...

Palou has "less pressure" to win in IndyCar with Ganassi

Palou joins the outfit which claimed the first title of IndyCar's aeroscreen era with Scott Dixon last year and won five races after a promising rookie season with Dale Coyne Racing that yielded a best finish of third at Road America.The 23-year-old joins six-time champion Dixon and Marcus Ericsson on the team's full-time roster, while NASCAR convert...

F1 sprint race plan still has issues to resolve - Aston Martin

Following a long-running push to introduce some kind of race weekend format change, F1 received “broad support” from teams to stage three sprint races this year to set the grid for the final grand prix.The plan is to run a 100km race in Canada, Italy and Brazil, with qualifying taking still place in its usual format on the Friday to set the grid for...

Verschoor to fill vacant MP Motorsport seat in Bahrain F2 test

The 2019 Macau Grand Prix winner has appeared on F2's official entry list for the three-day test, which will be held from 8-10 March at the Sakhir Circuit.MP Motorsport is the only team yet to reveal its full-line up for the F2 season, having only confirmed FIA Formula 3 graduate Lirim Zendeli so far.Verschoor has been linked to a full-time drive with...

Rowland wants "too extreme" FE qualifying format changed

The current qualifying system was introduced ahead of the 2018/19 season, replacing the lottery method that had been in place previously.As per the new format, the entire field is still grouped on the basis of their championship positions, the top six drivers heading out on track first, with the other groups following them in descending order.It has...

Mercedes has "no doubts" about Hamilton's F1 commitment

Following delayed discussions, seven-time world champions Hamilton and Mercedes finally agreed a fresh one-year contract in February, which will cover the 2021 season but will leave both parties to renegotiate a new agreement for F1's new era of regulations from 2022.While the deal ended speculation about Hamilton's short-term future, it also raised...

Quartararo "totally lost" readjusting to Yamaha MotoGP bike

The three-time MotoGP race winner made his on-track debut on Saturday at Losail as a factory Yamaha team rider and ended the day down in 15th, having completed the most laps of anyone with 69.The COVID-19 pandemic has meant testing has started later than normal this year, with February’s Sepang test cancelled.Quartararo was one of a group of current...

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