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Misano MotoGP pre-event presser at Misano

2019 MotoGP – Round 13 – Misano

Marquez was first to talk overnight at the Misano MotoGP pre-event press conference, with that incredible British GP first on the agenda before talk turned to the recent Misano test.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser Riders Dalla Porta Vinales Dovizioso Marquez Rins Rossi
L-R: Dalla Porta, Viñales, Dovizioso, Marquez, Rins, Rossi

“Yeah of course it was not the best last corner for us, but anyway I’m happy because Silverstone was one of the circuits we struggled at a lot last year and this year we were there. The Misano test was quite interesting, we will check this weekend. Race pace was not so fast compared to last year but we were competitive, especially Yamaha riders were very fast, Dovi was not 100% fit but he will be fast, and he’s the winner from last year. Apart from that we have a good advantage in the championship, we need to be calm, try to finish races and see what happens in the future.

“The key is it’s difficult to be consistent every lap. 2 or 3 hard brake points it’s hard to be consistent, also sector 3 with all the fast corners…to be consistent there all the race is difficult. It’s a race track that I like, we will start in a good way, we have new things from the test we need to check. Anyway in our box we don’t need to be crazy. Find the best of what we have and take points every weekend, that’s what’s important.”

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser Marquez
Marc Marquez

2018 winner Andrea Dovizioso spoke next, beginning with how he feels after the big crash at Silverstone.

“I feel good fortunately, we worked hard at home and we were able to complete a test, it was important to make a test before the race. The feeling wasn’t perfect but it was important to do some laps. I feel good, I’m happy, I’m 100% fit, I did some motocross just to be sure and I’m ready. Last year was good for us, we had a special race, but I’m expecting a different weekend this year. The competitors are very strong, in the test a lot of riders have good pace but the weekend is always different. And the conditions are maybe a bit different, we have to see the grip we can find because at the test it was different than last year. So we have to see, I think it will be important for every bike.”

And overall? 78 points is his deficit to Marquez, but he says it’s the bigger picture. “I think my best way to make the best result is the same way I’m racing now. For the Championship 78 points is a big gap, but it’s a bigger gap if you think about recovering the points to Marc. It’s not just about 78 points, there’s not a big reason to think about the Championship. Especially because in some races we were quick and some not, so we have to improve those things.”

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Fresh from his second premier class win, Rins took the mic next. And that was, of course, where the Suzuki rider began.

“It was unbelievable to get the victory in Silverstone, especially for the battle with Marc. I saw the race six or seven times. After the victory I think we are a little stronger in the race, in the race I’m able to fight, and we arrive here after a good test. We found some things, two days of testing and our setup is more or less clear. But things will be difficult because all the riders are there and it’s a small track, so it will be a fun weekend.

“During all the Fridays we are trying to improve, to see the setup, do a lot of laps on the tyres. Now I’m ready to do one lap at the end of the Championship, from this year it was more difficult. Silverstone wasn’t enough, we were in Q1, so I will try to be more in the top positions.”

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser Alex Rins
Alex Rins

Viñales spoke next, fresh from his rostrum finish in the UK where he came home third and almost in touching distance of the duel ahead.

“For sure we need to try and keep the momentum. I feel really good on the bike and especially with myself. Confidence is really high, so we’ll try to push the maximum, try to keep a good level all weekend and during the race be at the front. The test has been really successful for me so we will try to do our best. I focused a lot to improve myself on the bike for this race, so I focused a lot on that side.”

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

Rossi, meanwhile, will be doing his best to take back fifth in the title fight from Viñales, with the two having been locked close together for a good few races. But first, the nine-time World Champion talked about the pre-event on Tuesday that saw him take to the streets of his hometown of Tavullia on the Yamaha M1.

“It was a great moment because it was a dream I had when I was a child. We know very well that road because we always go up and down with our scooter, the road is fun with a lot of corners. So I said ‘one time it will be good to try my M1 in Tavullia’. It was like this and it was fun. I have a good feeling and on the road, I expected it to be more difficult, but the bike was ok!”

And the Grand Prix itself? The ‘Doctor’ sounds ready to fight near the front on home – truly home – turf.

“For sure here in Misano it’s always a special Grand Prix, it’s really my home Grand Prix. In the last races I was a bit better but in Silverstone after a solid weekend, in the race I wanted to fight for the podium but I was not strong enough. So we will try another time here. We did some testing, important testing, my pace was quite good, I feel quite well with the bike so we try, we are ready and we will see if we are strong enough to fight for the podium.”

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi

Finally, lightweight class points leader Dalla Porta took the mic. Last season the venue saw him take his first win, this year he arrives as Championship leader.

“Last year I took my first victory here and it was very important for me. Very impressive because I didn’t expect it. This year I have had some good results so far, I’m trying to have good races only. I’m so excited to start this weekend and try to have a good race!”

And the future? It’s looking bright as the Italian spoke about his move to Moto2 for next year: “Italtrans is a fantastic team. For me it will be to experience first, but I’m so excited to ride the bike, I never tried a 600 bike before! I want to try the bike as soon as possible, but for now I have to be focused on this season.”

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser Lorenzo Dalla Porta
Lorenzo Dalla-Porta
Riders storm San Marino!

High above the Riviera di Rimini in the Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino, crowds got treated to a taste of Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE on Thursday afternoon, with riders firing up for a parade lap through the historic centre of the city and republic.

Home hero Alex De Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) was joined by fellow MotoE rider Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team), Luca Marini and Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46), Fabio Di Giannantonio (+Ego Speed Up), Riccardo Rossi (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) and Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) for the event, with the skies blue and the streets packed.

MotoGP Rnd Misano Presser L R Antonelli Rossi Di Giannantonio Bulega Marini Canepa De Angelis in the Piazza della Liberta San Marino
A parade lap through the historic centre gets us in gear for another classic weekend. L-R: Antonelli, Rossi, Di Giannantonio, Bulega, Marini, Canepa, De Angelis in the Piazza della Liberta

MotoGP Championship Points Standings

Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc Marquez Honda SPA 250
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 172
3 Alex Rins Suzuki SPA 149
4 Danilo Petrucci Ducati ITA 145
5 Maverick Viñales Yamaha SPA 118
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 116
7 Jack Miller Ducati AUS 94
8 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha FRA 92
9 Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR 88
10 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha ITA 69
11 Pol Espargaro KTM SPA 68
12 Takaaki Nakagami Honda JPN 62
13 Joan Mir Suzuki SPA 39
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia SPA 33
15 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati ITA 29
16 Andrea Iannone Aprilia ITA 27
17 Miguel Oliveira KTM POR 26
18 Johann Zarco KTM FRA 22
19 Jorge Lorenzo Honda SPA 21
20 Stefan Bradl Honda GER 16
21 Tito Rabat Ducati SPA 14
22 Michele Pirro Ducati ITA 9
23 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki FRA 7
24 Hafizh Syahrin KTM MAL 6
25 Karel Abraham Ducati CZE 5
26 Bradley Smith Aprilia GBR 0

Misano MotoGP Time Schedule (AEST)


Team Honda HRC signs Brayton and Sexton in unique 2020 deal

News 13 Sep 2019

Team Honda HRC signs Brayton and Sexton in unique 2020 deal

Sexton to make 450 switch for outdoors in multi-year deal.

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Team Honda HRC has signed Justin Brayton and Chase Sexton for the 2020 season in a unique deal that will see the latter remain with Geico Honda in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX series before stepping up to the premier class with the HRC squad for the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Brayton has spent the last four years as a supercross-only rider, using the regular off-season to race the Australian Supercross Championship – a title he’s won three consecutive times and will attempt a fourth crown this year with Penrite Honda Racing.

The number 10 has been a member of the Smartop MotoConcepts Bullfrog Spas Honda over the last three seasons with the support of HRC, and will now return to the factory squad.

“I’m beyond excited to be riding for factory Honda in the 2020 supercross season,” said Brayton. “Riding with the team in 2012 was the achievement of a dream for me, and I had my best season so far that year. Now I feel like I’m living my dream all over again, just a little older and more experienced to be able to take full advantage of this opportunity.”

Sexton, the 2019 250SX East champion, has signed a multi-year agreement with Team Honda HRC that will see him through the 2023 season, although he will not defend his crown next year, and will instead race the 250SX West series with Geico Honda before his premier class graduation in the outdoors.

“I’m super excited to be joining Team Honda HRC,” Sexton commented. “Factory Honda is a team that I’ve wanted to ride for since I was a kid, so to have this opportunity is honestly a dream come true. I’m looking forward to starting this journey with them, and I think it will be a successful one.

“I think the CRF450R suits me because I’m a bigger guy and I ride it well. Still, 2020 is going to be a learning year for sure. I’m just getting my feet wet in the 450 class, and it will be good to have an outdoor series under my belt to get me ready for a full 17-round 2021 Supercross series.

“I’m also looking forward to being teammates with Ken. We’re pretty close friends and train together every day, so I think this will push us both and take us to the next level. You couldn’t ask for a better guy to have under the tent, with his speed and knowledge.”

It was confirmed in May that Ken Roczen will remain with Team Honda HRC through the 2022 season.


Gardner confirmed for 2020 Moto2 campaign with SAG Racing

News 13 Sep 2019

Gardner confirmed for 2020 Moto2 campaign with SAG Racing

Australian to be joined by current teammate Nagashima next year.

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It’s been confirmed Australian Remy Gardner will continue on with SAG Racing in the 2020 Moto2 World Championship following a breakout season with the squad.

Gardner will once again be joined by current teammate Tetsuta Nagashima next year, where they’ll both endeavour to challenge for the world title.

Son of former motorcycle grand prix world champion Wayne Gardner, the youthful talent has scored the best results of his career in 2019, including a maiden podium in Argentina.

After finishing fourth at the British grand prix last month, Gardner arrives at Misano for this weekend’s grand prix with the goal of landing on the podium.

“I am looking forward to this weekend,” said Gardner. “After the good result in Silverstone, I want to build on that and keep moving forward. I can’t wait to arrive to Italy and start working with my team.”


1.1 seconds cover all 12 riders in the second qualifying

AndrewZh, competing for Ducati Team, enjoyed another strong session and posted the third fastest time ahead of Repsol Honda Team’s EleGhosT555 and Team Suzuki ECSTAR’s adrianDP26, brother of pace setter Cristianmm17. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Wimp was sixth, less than half a second off the fastest time.

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Ducati Monster S arrives in black on black

Ducati has unveiled a new “black on black” Monster 1200 S in the lead-up to a whole fleet of new models expected to be rolled out next month.

By “black on black” they mean alternating gloss black and matt black parts, offset by flashes of red on the rims.Ducati Monster S black on black

Ducati Australia has not yet advised when the bike will arrive or pricing, but we expect it will be here in the next month with a slight premium over the base price.

Current Monster rideaway pricing:Ducati Monster S black on black

  • Monster 1200 $22,990    
  • Monster 1200 S Red $ 26,990   
  • Monster 1200 S Liquid Concrete Grey $ 27,190    
  • Monster 1200 R Red $ 30,190    

All Monster 1200 models are powered by the Testastretta 11° DS engine with 109kW.

They feature Ride by Wire system and inertial platform, which provide ABS Cornering, Traction Control and Wheelie Control functions.

Monster SDucati Monster S black on black

The S versions provide a sports boost with fully adjustable 48mm Öhlins forks and rear Öhlins monoshock, dual 330mm Brembo discs and Brembo M50 monobloc calipers and an up & down quickshifter.

Cosmetically they have three Y-spoke wheels, a carbon fibre front mudguard, daytime running lights and LED indicators.Ducati Monster S black on black

New Ducatis

Other new models tipped include a Scrambler 1100 Pro, Scrambler 1100 Pro Sport, the Streetfighter V4, Multistrada V4 and maybe even a Monster V4.

Ducati certainly needs the stimulus of new models as its sales have stalled in 2019, down 0.6%.

The biggest drops were in Asia and Latin America where Ducati has invested heavily including a factory in Thailand to make Scramblers and assemble bikes for the local market.


Red Bull KTM Tech 3 sign Sasaki for 2020 Moto3™ season

Herve Pocharal – Team Manager: “This is a great honor to welcome Ayumu Sasaki in my brand-new Moto3 team. After more than 30 years of involvement in the GP paddock, for Tech3 this is be the first time we will race Moto3, so this is clearly a very exciting project, which also counts on manufacturer side, it is very important to have the right rider line-up. As soon as Mr. Pierer, Mr. Trunkenpolz and Mr. Beirer told me in Spielberg that there plan was for us to move to Moto3, we have been thinking of who could be the rider and believe me or not, but the number one name and the only name that came to my mind at that time, was Ayumu Sasaki. I have been following him since the Red Bull Rookies Cup time, I like his riding style, his racing approach and I also like the way he behaves. He is a young man with a lot of charisma and I’m quite sure, we’re going to have a very exciting 2020 season together.

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Quadro Qooter Qoming to America

What the? It’s a Qooder, that’s what, “the only four-wheeled tilting street vehicle in the world, and an all-new, one-of-a-kind product category that combines the road handling and safety of an automobile with the fun and riding dynamics of a motorcycle.”

Quadro Vehicles Press Release:


 Swiss brand introduces a new and unique category of products: QOODER

“Everybody at Quadro Vehicles S.A. is thrilled to announce our entry into the all-important US market with the QOODER brand and the establishment of our subsidiary, Qooder USA,” said Paolo Gagliardo, Quadro Vehicles’ visionary CEO and Chairman.

This will be the Swiss company’s first appearance in the US where it will display QOODER – a new and unique product category – in booth #833 at AIMExpo presented by Nationwide, which takes place on September 26-29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. “The United States is the single most important market in the world, and we are ready to bring our innovative, fun and groundbreaking mobility solutions to a new audience,” Gagliardo said.

“We’re so excited to be in Columbus at the heart of the American powersports and mobility industry,” Gagliardo continued. “Introducing QOODER to American enthusiasts for the first time, in conjunction with meeting the best business partners, is sure to be the beginning of an exciting adventure in personal mobility for all of us.”

The company’s flagship – the QOODER – is the only four-wheeled tilting street vehicle in the world, and an all-new, one-of-a-kind product category that combines the road handling and safety of an automobile with the fun and riding dynamics of a motorcycle.

The QOODER is as agile as a scooter and as rugged as an all-terrain vehicle. The headline feature of the QOODER is the internationally patented HTS™ (Hydraulic Tilting System), which is a revolutionary independent suspension system that allows all four wheels to tilt simultaneously. Fun, smooth and precise, the QOODER delivers confident road manners while maintaining superior road traction. With an automatic transmission, twinned rear wheels with dual rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel independent HTS suspension, the QOODER blends advanced technology, superior safety and riding excitement.

Also on display is the three-wheeled QV3 – characterized by its lightweight, bold oversized wheels and the patented HTS suspension. The QV3 is built to overcome the challenges of urban mobility.

Since its restructuring in 2018, Quadro Vehicles S.A. has seen tremendous success and volume growth of its new and unique product category. In just one year it has seen rocketing growth in Europe with approximately 4,000 vehicles sold, 2,000 of which were the four-wheel QOODER. And the company forecasts 6,500 unit sales for 2019.

“Our primary motivation during this first appearance in the US at AIMExpo is to introduce ourselves to other professionals in the industry, tell our story to the media, introduce the exciting new 2020 product line-up, and meet the best distribution partners in the United States,” Gagliardo said. “Our goal for moving forward includes creating a great distribution network in key regions and cities. Please visit us at booth #833 where we can chat about our unique QOODER products and the opportunity for your business.”

“We’re very happy Quadro Vehicles has taken advantage of everything AIMExpo presented by Nationwide has to offer to achieve its goals of establishing its business in the USA and building a distribution network. Having local and international brands trust our show and use it as a tool to achieve their goals solidifies our position as North America’s most important powersports trade show,” said Andre Albert, Director, Sales and Marketing.

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Where to watch the MotoGP™ eSport Global Series Round 1

So where can you watch Friday’s action? There will be extensive TV and digital coverage with as many as eleven networks providing live coverage for the series. The first event of the season will be broadcast on Fox Australia, ESPN (which covers Latin America with the exception of Brazil),  MTV3 (Finland), SKY Italia, DAZN (Spain), Sony Sports (India), Sky New Zealand, BT Sport (UK), Sportklub (Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro), OTE (Greece) and Super Sport for South Africa..

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