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Lüthi: a David and Goliath story

In this week’s show, Lüthi talks through a number of topics that vary from his humble beginnings in Grand Prix racing, getting shown “how fast you can really go” on a 125cc machine, to a difficult season in the premier class. Lüthi also answers what the 250cc bikes were really like to ride, as well as how to adapt not just a riding style, but your entire mindset as a racer.

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Puig talks all-Marquez Repsol Honda dynamic in 2020

“He will try to progress the way he can, learning from his brother, learning on track with other riders, in training and that’s it. We have a life and it’s our own life, that’s it. Even though they are brothers, at the end of the day you have to fight for you. I’m not saying if Marc has to fight for Alex that will not happen, probably yes. But Marc knows his job and that’s to fight with the top riders, and they have a very good level and at this [moment] in time, his brother is not in that group. He can’t focus on other things, he must focus on what he has to do, which is to beat the other top guys. Which isn’t easy because sometimes people believe that it’s easy, but the other guys are very very strong and prepared.”

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Greatest Grand Prix battles remembered: Estoril 2006

One of the defining moments of the race came early on when Pedrosa tried to push ahead of Hayden. Unbelievably, Pedrosa tucked the front and cleaned out his teammate, leaving both Repsol Honda machines in the gravel trap and, at the time, it felt like Pedrosa had robbed Hayden of a first World Championship. The image of the much-missed Hayden trudging through the gravel trap with raw emotion across his face one that will live with many of us forever.

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Aprilia patents anti-dive forks

Aprilia has applied for a patent for a system that prevents the front forks diving under heavy braking and losing the ability to absorb bumps.

The drawings show it being used on Aprilia’s RS-GP MotoGP bike.

However, preventing brake dive is more important on normal roads where there are more bumps that can unsettle a motorcycle.

Inventive forks

There have been many inventions that promise anti-dive over the years.

In 2015, Brisbane company Motoinno invented the Triangulated Steering and Suspension System which allows the rider to totally dial out brake dive, or even dial in front lift under braking.

Motoinno TS3 with centre steeringMotoinno TS3 with centre steering

Similarly, the Aprilia system allows the selection of how much the forks dive.

However, their patent features standard cartridge upside-down forks, but with the brake callipers attached by a linkage.

So when you hit the brakes, the callipers rotate and a spring pushes them back when you let the brakes go.

Engineers can probably work out how it functions from the drawings.Aprilia anti-dive forks

For the rest of us, we can see a system that is fairly simple and therefore not adding too much in weight and expense.

The advantages for riders would be the ability to brake later into a corner on a track day and, on bumpy roads, it would be a handy safety feature.

We believe the feature was destined to be been tested in this season’s MotoGP, but that is now on hold indefinitely during the pandemic.

That might mean a further delay in when this safety feature appears on street bikes.

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Marc Marquez in conversation with NBA star Pau Gasol

Gasol, who connected from the US, asked the Spanish rider how he was passing the time in lock down. “Fortunately Alex is here with me,” said Marc, “that helps, having your brother and family more or less around.” He proudly tells about how his younger brother won the first MotoGP™ Virtual Race before admitting “At the PlayStation I’m not so great,” suggesting it’s a matter of age: “I’m still young but I was one of the eldest in the race.” Before adding “next week there’s another.” Having clearly enjoyed the experience.

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Watch the master: AndrewZH conquers the Circuit of Austin

AndrewZH, the Italian who brilliantly held his nerve to emerge victorious from a nail-biting title decider in Valencia last November, is here to give you a full demo lap of the Circuit of the Americas. Watch out for his racing lines, braking markers and gear changes to shave a few tenths off your personal best lap!

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Watch the master: AndrewZH conquers COTA

AndrewZH, the Italian who brilliantly held his nerve to emerge victorious from a nail-biting title decider in Valencia last November, is here to give you a full demo lap of the Circuit of the Americas. Watch out for his racing lines, braking markers and gear changes to shave a few tenths off your personal best lap!

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MotoGP™ Virtual Race: a record-breaking eSport global event

Feedback from the MotoGP™ community, fans, partners and more has been unprecedented. 28 broadcast partners showed the event, with giants of sports broadcasting beaming the race to audiences around the world. Across Europe, partners such as Sky Italy, Canal+ in France, DAZN (in Spain, Italy and DACHS), BT Sport in the UK, ServusTV in Austria and Germany and many more showed the event, with the Americas receiving coverage thanks to the likes of NBC in the USA and ESPN in Latin America. Fans further east could enjoy coverage from partners including Motorsport TV Russia, Eurosport India and Fox Asia, with fans Down Under covered by Fox Australia and TEN. SuperSport also broadcast the event in South Africa, meaning the MotoGP™ Virtual Race reached every inhabited continent on Earth!

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COVID-19: financial support measures for teams announced

Through the International Road-Racing Teams Association, MotoGP™ Independent Teams will each receive considerable advance payments during the months of April, May and June, irrespective of whether activity is restarted or not. This is in order to guarantee the economic well-being of the Independent Teams and their staff, as well as to secure their subsistence for the future.

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