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Stroud And Britten To Team Up For This Year’s Island Classic

Stroud And Britten To Team Up For This Year’s Island Classic

Nine-time NZ superbike champion Andrew Stroud will ride at this year’s Island Classic on board a Britten V1000. In its 24th consecutive year, the Island Classic is fiercely contested between international rivals Australia, the UK, USA, New Zealand and Ireland with a points score challenge for the perpetual Phil Irving trophy. Five national squads will race in this year’s International […]

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World Superbikes Philip Island

World Superbikes Philip Island

With action about to begin at Phillip Island, I thought I would whet your appetite with a brief view of some of the machinery that will be on display. With most teams either swapping machinery, changing riders or changing livery it sometimes helps to get a heads up before the racing begins as to who is who in the paddock.    

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Petrucci Tops Timesheet On First Day Of Phillip Island MotoGP Test

Petrucci Tops Timesheet On First Day Of Phillip Island MotoGP Test

Rain has affected the first day of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island, but at the end of the day it was Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci on top of the timesheet. Petrucci made the most of the dry track time at the end of the day, putting in a time of 1:34.764 to finish just over 0.7 second ahead of second fastest Maverick Viñales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). Teams arrived to overcast skies and a wet track for the beginning of the second official pre-season MotoGP test at the Phillip Island Circuit. Intermittent rain throughout the day kept the majority of riders inside the pits until the weather cleared and the track dried in the final hour. The rain prevented the teams from completing any major tests, but did allow them to get a better understanding of how the Michelin tyres and new ECU software perform in the wet. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the first rider onto the circuit and he ran a number of laps on wet tyres. By the end of the day he had completed only 15 laps and his best time of 1:40.138 placed him well down the timesheet at 17th. Team mate Marc Marquez waited until the rain eased and ventured out on a new intermediate tyre. His best time of the day was 1:35.354. Valentino Rossi tested the 2016 Yamaha with the fuel tank in the rear, and ran most if his 27 laps in the wet. He missed his first chance to run on a dry track but managed to get a quick lap in the closing minutes of the day. His final time of 1:33.088 was good enough to secure him 6th fastest of the day. His Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, completed 22 laps in the wet, the most wet laps of any rider. He failed to improve on his wet weather time of 1:39.825 which left him at 16th fastest. Australia’s Jack Miller was able to ride for the first time since breaking his leg. The Marc VDS Racing Team planned for Jack to do just 25 laps to assess the condition of his leg, but that was reduced to only six laps because of the track conditions. He still managed to record the ninth fastest time at 1:33.992. With such varying conditions at the circuit today, lap times really don’t give an accurate indication of performance. Testing resumes tomorrow, and teams are hoping for more consistent and dry conditions.

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Alex de Angelis WSBK debut is coming

Alex de Angelis WSBK debut is coming

After a mere 4 months since spending two weeks in intensive care following a nasty crash in the Japanese MotoGP Alex de Angelis will be making his World Superbike debut aboard the Aprilia. He acknowledges that he not only has to adapt to new machinery, he will need to test his physical condition after such a long period off a bike. Phillip Island will be his first chance to test the bike and himself after missing the pre-season sessions in Spain. “In the test I’ll get my first taste of a Superbike, which I’ve never tried before. I’m sure that IodaRacing have a greater chance of doing well in WorldSBK as opposed to MotoGP and I hope to get back into the top positions, which I haven’t been able to do for a while and I miss it. “The Aprilia was a winning bike at the end of 2015 and we will have to see what the difference is now after the other marques have been working over the winter. I expect and hope that Aprilia won’t just prove a supplier but also an integral part of the team. “I regret not having been able to test over the winter, but it is what it is and we’ll use the first couple of races as a test and make progress as soon as possible.

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