The Yamaha Test Rider, following Andrea Dovizioso’s post-San Marino GP retirement announcement, will be stepping into the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP™ Team for the final six races of the season. So it felt like the perfect time to have a catch up with the charismatic British rider to see how life is treating him, how his testing duties are going, the title race and plenty more.
Who could blame the riders for being so impatient? They were fed up and totally disillusioned with banging their heads against a brick wall, or in most cases, Armco barriers, about safety, prize money and just respect from the Promoters and Organisers. With Roberts and Coleman at the head, all the top Grand Prix riders agreed to compete in a rival series.
However, Bierer also revealed that the second seat in Herve Poncharal’s garage is still up for grabs. Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Remy Gardner is the front runner to join Espargaro next year, but the recent heroics of Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will certainly have caught the eye of KTM’s decision makers. The Mallorcan has won three consecutive intermediate class races to take control of the World Championship and, as a result, is now rumoured to be in talks over a premier class promotion.
However, Beirer also revealed that the second seat in Herve Poncharal’s garage is still up for grabs. Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Remy Gardner is the front runner to join Espargaro next year, but the recent heroics of Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will certainly have caught the eye of KTM’s decision makers. The Mallorcan has won three consecutive intermediate class races to take control of the World Championship and, as a result, is now rumoured to be in talks over a premier class promotion.
Following medical checks carried out today at the Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona, Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro has been diagnosed with a heel fracture in his right foot. The Spanish rider, the victim of a frightening highside during the last free practice session at Silverstone, then stoically took to the track for both qualifying and Sunday’s race. The 33-year-old salvaging seven World Championship points after a brave ride to ninth place.
Ahead of a return to action for the Moto2™ class at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix, Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) was joined by fellow frontrunner Aron Canet (Flexbox HP 40) and race winner Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Team) for a VIP visit to Triumph’s global HQ in Hinckley, close to Silverstone, on Thursday.
“In the end I think we need to look at Pecco because he’s the one that’s really making the difference right now,” commented Quartararo. “The last two races. So he’s the one we really need to focus on and it’s not going to be an easy job, because no we’re arriving to race where, I wouldn’t say we’re struggling, but Austria with a lot of straights, Misano is a track where Pecco is always really fast, Aragon… so tough races coming ahead.”
The Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia will first host the Shakedown Test, which is for MotoGP™ factory test riders and class rookies only, from the 5th to the 7th of February. Sepang will then host the first, three-day MotoGP™ test from the 10th to the 12th of February.
After domination in Race 1, Johnny Garness (MLav VisionTrack Academy) did it again on Sunday for another impressive victory. In a class of his own all weekend, the number 57 was over six seconds clear at the chequered flag in Race 2. The same two riders joined him on the podium too, with Rhys Stephenson (Rockey Racing) impressing for another rostrum finish and likewise Harley McCabe (MLav VisionTrack Academy) as they took second and third, respectively.
Garness got a good start from pole – a pole that had put him a cool 1.6 seconds clear – and shot off into the lead after lights out. After getting past Evan Belford (City Lifting by RS Racing), only Stephenson could initially stay in touch with the points leader, slowly reeling him back in over a number of laps. The number 23 also tried his luck at getting past but wasn’t able to keep up the challenge as the laps ticked down, eventually forced to settle for a nevertheless impressive P2. Garness just kept the hammer down, and by the time he rolled round to meet the chequered flag it was 7.946 seconds of clear air behind him as the number 57 took another impressive win.