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Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia smashes lap record in third practice

The cooler track conditions caught out a couple of riders in the early stages of FP3, with Pramac’s Jack Miller crashing at the first corner just a few minutes in.This was followed shortly afterwards by Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira, who slid off his KTM at the Turn 8 Quercia corner.Improvements on the combined times were, as ever, few and far between in...

Pol Espargaro’s FP2 crash due to a tyre “I cannot use”

Espargaro has typically favoured the hard front tyre on his KTM this season, but due to having an allocation of just five to get through the weekend he was forced to use the medium option.The KTM rider says he had a “big lock-up” braking for the Turn 13 right-hander early in the second session at Misano and “needed to crash” when he ran off as the “speed...

Vinales 'found nothing' to fix Yamaha grip issues

Vinales smashed the Misano lap record for San Marino GP pole, but struggled with his "usual" problems of a lack of grip and confidence on the Yamaha on a full fuel tank in the opening stages of the races.Joking on Thursday that he went from being "a beast" to "a kitty", Vinales ended up 5.3 seconds from fellow Yamaha rider and race winner Franco Morbidelli...

Unfit riders just "passengers" on "demanding" Honda - Marquez

Honda is down to just two riders for this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, after Marquez's factory Honda team-mate Stefan Bradl was forced to withdraw owing to an issue with numbness in his arm which struck him in last week's Misano race.The German began suffering numbness last month during the Austrian races, though the situation deteriorated further...

Barcelona WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in practice

With rain hitting the track before FP2, all of the day’s quickest times were set during the 50-minute morning session.Former MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista led most of first practice for Honda, his time of 1m42.513s putting him clear of early pacesetter Eugene Laverty (BMW).Bautista was not deposed from the top spot until the final 30 seconds of that...

Misano MotoGP: Binder puts KTM on top in FP2

Yamaha took control of the timesheets in the early stages of FP2, with Valentino Rossi on the factory team bike with a 1m33.128s. FP1 pacesetter Fabio Quartararo guided his Petronas M1 to a 1m32.672s to demote Rossi, though this was soon usurped by Miguel Oliveira on the Tech 3 KTM.The Portuguese rider’s 1m32.603s came just as factory KTM counterpart...

Honda rider Bradl ruled out of second Misano MotoGP race

Bradl reported nerve issues with his arm after the first race at Misano - the San Marino Grand Prix - last weekend and subsequently sat out the test at the same venue on Tuesday.The German rider returned on the bike on Friday for first practice but could only finish 20th among 21 riders, 1.663s down on pacesetter Fabio Quartararo of Petronas Yamaha.Following...

Misano MotoGP: Quartararo leads Petronas Yamaha 1-2 in FP1

For the third time this season, MotoGP returns to the same circuit for a second grand prix, which also follows on from a one-day test on Tuesday.San Marino GP race winner Franco Morbidelli set the early pace on his Petronas Yamaha with a 1m33.194s, before KTM's Pol Espargaro moved into top spot with a 1m32.390s.Morbidelli - who was absent from Tuesday's...

Updated Ducati made Zarco feel “like a factory rider” again

Zarco is signed directly to Ducati for 2020, though is riding the year-old GP19 bike in Avintia colours with a small amount of support from Ducati in terms of personnel.Despite this, he scored a shock pole position in the Czech Grand Prix last month and carried that pace forward into the race to secure his first podium as a Ducati rider in third. With...

Vinales demands Yamaha reaction to avoid “little kitty” risk

The Yamaha rider smashed the Misano lap record to claim pole and was expected to be the factory team’s main threat for victory following a strong set of practice sessions.But he quickly dropped out of the podium battle in the race, before his pace began to improve in the second half to finish sixth – although he ended up 5.3 seconds behind Yamaha-mounted...

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