Brno, Czech Republic

Repsol Honda Press Release: Marquez And Pedrosa Complete Test At Brno

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed their three-day test at Brno.  The final half-day of the test was used to further work on set up and new parts for the 2014 bike, though Marc Marquez also put in five laps on the 2015 machine.

The Repsol Honda riders also tested a thumb-operated rear brake at Brno, similar in set up to the system used by Mick Doohan. The system was being tested because of the extreme lean angles modern MotoGP bikes are achieving, Pedrosa told MCN's Matt Birt. Birt also reported that Honda have no intention of racing the system, but wanted to try it.

Below is the press release issued by HRC after the three-day test:

Three-day test concludes in Czech Republic


Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed the private Honda test in Brno. Both riders used these three days to prepare themselves for the second half of the season and also had the chance to ride the first version of the 2015 machine. On this final day, both riders finished testing at lunchtime with Dani stopping first after 16 laps on the 2014 machine. Marc completed 41 laps on the 2014 bike and 5 laps on the 2015 prototype.

Year: 
2014

Repsol Honda Press Release: Marquez And Pedrosa Test 2015 RC213V On Second Day Of Test

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed the second day of their test at Brno. Though most of the day was spent testing their current bike, both Pedrosa and Marquez also rode the preliminary version of the 2015 RC213V. Visually, there are few differences with the 2014 bike, though there are a few details visible. Dani Pedrosa told MCN's Matt Birt that the main difference was in the frame, which was aimed at improving corner entry. Motocorse blogger Manziana noticed the most obvious difference was in the rear subframe mounting point. Moving that mount suggests that fuel tank has also been moved, something which would certainly have an effect on braking and corner entry. The press release from Honda appears below:


Marquez and Pedrosa have first outing on 2015 machine

After yesterday’s tricky weather conditions, today Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had their first taste of next year’s bike.

Year: 
2014

Repsol Honda Press Release: Marquez And Pedrosa Start Three Day Test At Brno

The Repsol Honda team today started a three-day test at the Brno circuit. The team issued the following press release after the first day of testing:


Constructive first day in Brno despite temperamental weather

Fresh from their fantastic 1-2 finish in the German GP on Sunday, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were back on track in Brno today on day one of the three-day test.

Although the weather was bright and sunny first thing, a heavy rain shower at 11.30am drenched the track and left the Honda riders no option but to try some wet settings on their RC213V machines, Marc suffering a small crash in turn five after losing the front. The track slowly dried and by mid-afternoon it was dry enough to resume the testing program, but with very low grip. Marc and Dani remained on their current 2014 machines for the duration of the day working on general bike settings with both riders recording 49 laps each.

Tomorrow the plan will be to continue their schedule and also test the 2015 machine for the first time.

Marc Marquez - 49 laps

Year: 
2014

2014 MotoGP Calendar Finalized, Brazil Dropped, Aragon Moved

The FIM has today released the final, official version of the 2014 MotoGP calendar. As expected, the Brazil round has been dropped, after it became clear that construction work at the Autodromo Nelson Piquet in Brasilia would not be completed in time for the September round. To ease the congestion in that part of the season, the date of the Aragon round has now been pushed back a week, and will take place on 28th September, the date originally scheduled for Brazil.

The dropping of the Brazil round had been expected almost from the moment it was placed on the schedule. There were serious doubts that the circuit would be able to make the necessary changes in time for September 2014, and teams were informed of the doubts which Dorna and IRTA had. The inclusion of Brazil was a statement of intent, with both Dorna and the manufacturers keen to return to South America, as both Brazil and Argentina are key markets. Actually racing in Brazil will depend one of the circuits still in the country being able to make the necessary modifications to make it safe enough for Grand Prix motorcycles.

Below is the official, finalized version of the 2014 MotoGP calendar:

2014 MotoGP Calendar Changed, Japan, Australia, Malaysia Reshuffled

The first major change to the 2014 MotoGP schedule has been announced. Though the dates remain the same, the order of the Asian flyaway triple header has been reshuffled, with Sepang moving from first of the three to last. The Grand Prix classes will now head to Japan first, for the Japanese GP at Motegi on 12th October, before heading south to Australia for the Phillip Island round a week later, on 19th October. The weekend after that the MotoGP paddock visits Malaysia, for the last of the three overseas races at Sepang on 26th October.

The change is unlikely to be the last. It is widely anticipated that the new track in Brasilia will not be ready for the Brazilian round of MotoGP on 28th September, and that the Motorland Aragon race, due to take place on 21st September, will be rescheduled for a week later. That decision will not take place for some time, however, as the Autodromo Brasilia Nelson Piquet will be given a few more months before the mandatory circuit homologation inspection. 

Below is the updated, and still provisional, 2014 MotoGP calendar, with changes highlighted in bold. You can always find the latest, most up-to-date version including all changes on this page

2014 MotoGP Calendar

The 2014 MotoGP calendar:

Provisional 2014 MotoGP Calendar Released: 19 Races, Brazil Questionable, Laguna Seca Out

The FIM have today released the provisional version of the MotoGP calendar for 2014. As expected, there are few surprises: with the addition of Argentina and Brazil, there will be nineteen races on the calendar, though Brazil is not expected to be ready to host a race next year, the event likely to be postponed until 2015. Laguna Seca is gone from the calendar, leaving just two US races on for 2014. And once again, there are four Spanish rounds on for next season, although Jerez is marked subject to contract.

The season opens with the night race in Qatar on March 23rd, though this decision is likely to face criticism from the riders. Moving the race two weeks earlier increases the risk of the evening dew which settles on the surface hitting earlier, while the bikes are still out on track. That was the case in previous years, when the race was held earlier, with some major crashes as a result. The dew settles quickly and is impossible to see under the lights, but renders the asphalt extremely slippery within a very short period.

2013 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Three Great Races, And One Great Champion

There must be something in the Moravian water. Three races at Brno on Sunday, and all three genuine barnburners. What's more, the podiums had a good mixture of experience, age, and nationality. 'Only' five of the nine were Spanish, while in Moto2, there wasn't a single Spaniard on the podium. And at the end, the championships in all three classes got a little more interesting.

Race of the day? Impossible to say, but the 2013 Czech Grand Prix will surely be remembered for the MotoGP race. After a tense race with a blistering finish last year, the 2013 race was even better. A brilliant start by Jorge Lorenzo - perhaps the best of his career - saw him catapult into the lead at the start. He pushed to break the following group, consisting of Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow.

2013 Brno MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2013

2013 Brno Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's Czech Grand Prix at Brno:

Round Number: 
11
Year: 
2013

2013 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 11, Brno, Czech Republic

Championship standings for round 11, 2013

2013 Brno Moto3 Race Result: A High-Wire Act To The End

Results Below

 

2013 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 11, Brno, Czech Republic

MotoGP Championship standings for round 11, 2013

2013 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 11, Brno, Czech Republic

Championship standings for round 11, 2013
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