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November 10th, 2014

World Superbikes To Race In Thailand In 2015

Motorcycle racing is expanding further into Asia. The World Superbike series has agreed a three-year deal with the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to stage a round of WSBK at the track. 

The track at Buriram was completed earlier this year, and had already staged several rounds of car racing, as well as a round of the FIM Asia Road Racing championship. After an inspection by Dorna and the FIM, the track was homologated earlier this year, and will now see a visit from World Superbikes. The WSBK round is seen by Dorna as a test for MotoGP, with a chance of the premier class visiting the circuit from 2016 onwards.

Though the facilities at Buriram appear to be first rate, the only concern about the track is it is in the middle of nowhere. Bangkok is four hours away, and the town of Buriram is home to 15,000. Accommodation, just for the teams, could be difficult, let alone the crowds they hope to have.

Thailand is one of three extra rounds expected to be added to the World Superbike schedule for 2015. The 12 races held this year will also feature on the calendar, with Thailand added and Dorna hoping to add two more races. The World Superbike schedule is expected to be published next Tuesday, 18th November.

Below is the official press release issued by Dorna:

2014 Valencia MotoGP Monday Test Times 3pm: Lorenzo Leads Yamaha Onslaught, Rookies Debut

The 2015 season has kicked off at Valencia with the first day of the test. Riders took to the track shortly after noon, with Aleix Espargaro the first man out on track on the Suzuki.

Jorge Lorenzo currently leads a trio of Yamahas, with a brace of Ducatis following. Cal Crutchlow is 0.3 slower on the LCR Honda than he was on the Ducati during the race, but is picking up speed quickly. The man whose place he took, Stefan Bradl, is a tenth slower on the Forward Yamaha than he was on the Honda. Maverick Vinales is adapting to MotoGP quickly, three seconds off the pace of Lorenzo, but still a good time for his first run on a MotoGP bike. Jack Miller is four seconds slower than Lorenzo, but has a lot more to learn. 

The test finishes at 5pm on Monday.

Times at 2:55pm:

2014 Valencia MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the final race of 2014 at Valencia:

Round Number: 
18
Year: 
2014

2014 Valencia Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Valencia:

Round Number: 
18
Year: 
2014

2014 Valencia Sunday Round Up: Of Dodgy MotoGP Weather, Fuel Issues in Moto2, and Miller vs Marquez in Moto3

It was a fitting finale to one of the best season in years. The arrival of Marc Marquez in MotoGP has given the series in a boost in the arm. Not just in the premier class, the influence of Marquez reaches into Moto2 and Moto3 as well. Tito Rabat's move to the Marc VDS team completed his transformation from a fast rider to a champion, but the schooling and support he received from the Marquez brothers at their dirt track oval in Rufea made him even stronger. And Marc's younger brother Alex brought both talent and Maturity to Moto3.

It made for great racing at Valencia. The Moto3 race featured the typical mayhem, but with extra edge because there was a title on the line. Tito Rabat tried to win the Moto2 race from the front, as he has done all year, but found himself up against an unrelenting Thomas Luthi. And in MotoGP, Marc Marquez set a new record of thirteen race wins in a single season, despite being throw a curve ball by the weather.

Marquez was the first to downplay his taking the record of most wins in a season from Mick Doohan. "Doohan won more than me," Marquez said. "He won twelve from fifteen races. Thirteen is a new record, but not so important." Though it is admirable that Marquez can put his own achievement into perspective when comparing it to Doohan's, that is not the full context. Doohan actually twelve of the first thirteen races in 1997, making his win rate even bigger. Then again, Doohan had to beat Tady Okada, Nobu Aoki and Alex Criville, while Marquez has had to fend off Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

Even Doohan's win rate pales in comparison with those of John Surtees and Giacomo Agostini, who both had perfect seasons in 1959 and 1968 respectively. But the 1959 season had only seven races, and the 1968 ten races, a good deal less than the current total of eighteen.

November 9th

2014 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 18, Valencia Spain

MotoGP Championship standings for round 18, 2014

2014 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 18, Valencia, Spain

Championship standings for round 18, 2014

2014 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Fierce Duel Decided At The Line

Full recap and results below.

2014 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 18, Valencia, Spain

Championship standings for round 18, 2014

2014 Valencia MotoGP WUP: Marquez Returns To The Top

Results:

2014 Valencia Moto2 WUP: Simeon Leads From Rabat

Results:

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