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2014 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 2, Austin, United States

Championship standings for round 2, 2014

2014 COTA Moto3 Race Result: A Wire-To-Wire Win

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2014 Austin MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Marquez' Confidence, Lorenzo's Engine, and Miller's Charisma

Those who fear a Marquez whitewash at the Circuit of the Americas could draw some comfort from the raw numbers on the timesheets as Saturday progressed. Marquez gap from Friday was cut dramatically, first to under a second in FP3, then to a third of a second in FP4, before being slashed to less than three tenths in qualifying. Is the end of Marquez' dominance at Austin in sight?

But raw numbers are deceptive. Sure, the gap in single lap times is small, but there is still no one who can get close to the reigning world champion. Marquez' four flying laps were faster than the best laps by any other rider on the grid. Second place man Dani Pedrosa's fastest lap was still slower than Marquez' slowest. In FP4, Marquez punched out four laps in the 2'03s, while the best anyone else could do is lap in the 2'04s. During the morning FP3 session, Marquez racked up five 2'03s, while only Pedrosa could manage two 2'03s, Stefan Bradl, Andrea Dovizioso and Bradley Smith managing only a single solitary lap under 2'04.

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2014 Austin Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Austin:

Round Number: 
2
Year: 
2014

2014 COTA Moto3 QP Result: Back In The Saddle

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2014 COTA Moto3 FP3 Result: Vazquez Tightens His Grip

Efren Vazquez, fastest rider in Friday's final free practice, showed no signs of slowing down Saturday morning during FP3 at Austin's Circuit of the Americas. Vazquez's time of 2'16.524 not only put him at the top of the timesheet, he was the sole rider to dip into the 2'16s during the breezy, cool, morning session.

Alex Marquez put in a fast final lap to grab the second spot, more than half a second behind the leader. Alex Rins took third, just another tenth behind Marquez. Rins third gives Honda the top three times heading into qualifying. Niccolo Antonelli grabbed fourth as the top KTM. Isaac Vinales (5th) and Jakob Kornfeil (6th) rounded out the top six. The top six riders are all within a second of the leader.

Jack Miller -- winner of the last race at Qatar -- led much of the session but with seven minutes left lap times started to fall, pushing him into seventh at slightly more than a second behind.

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2014 Austin Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Austin:

Round Number: 
2
Year: 
2014

2014 COTA Moto3 FP2 Result: Vazquez Drops The Hammer

Efren Vazquez set the fastest Moto3 lap of the weekend Friday afternoon at the COTA track near Austin in the second free practice. Vazquez's 2'16.696 put him a little more than one-tenth better than rival Jack Miller and within a few tenths of last year's pole.

Miller, winner of the season's first race at Qatar, led for much of the second free practice before Vazquez put in the top lap.  Isaac Vinales finished the day's final Moto3 session in third, a half a second back. Alex Rins, winner last year at COTA, finished in fifth, just behind an increasingly quick Jakub Kornfeil (4th).

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2014 COTA Moto3 FP1 Result: Rins Fast First

Alex Rins set the pace in the early at the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin, Texas Friday with a 2'17.964. Efren Vazquez ended FP1 second fastest, just four-hundredths shy of the leader with Jack Miller another four-tenths back.

Miller, winner of the previous race in Qatar, led much of the session. But Rins upped the pace late, setting his fastest lap at the end of the Friday's first practice under a clear sky sky with light winds. Rins' time is faster than his FP1 in the circuit's inaugural race in 2013. But it remains a full second off Rins' COTA pole-sitting time from last year.

Isaac Vinales, fast the whole session, grabbed fourth. Alex Marquez -- Rins' teammate and little brother to MotoGP's Marc -- crashed unhurt late in the session on a fast lap. Still, he managed fifth at six-tenths off the leader's pace.

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2014 Austin MotoGP Thursday Round Up: Edwards Retires, Blandspeak Returns, And The Dearth Of US Racers

It was fitting – some might say inevitable – that Colin Edwards chose the Grand Prix of the Americas in his home state of Texas to announce his retirement. He had just spent the last couple of weeks at home, with his growing kids, doing dad stuff like taking them to gymnastics and baseball and motocross, then hosted a group, including current GP riders and a couple of journos, at his Bootcamp dirt track school. He had had time to mull over his future, then talk it over with his wife Ally, and come to a decision. There wasn't really a much better setting for the double World Superbike champion to announce he was calling it quits than sitting next to former teammate Valentino Rossi, the American he fought so memorably with in 2006, Nicky Hayden, the latest US addition to the Grand Prix paddock Josh Herrin, and with Marc Marquez, prodigy and 2013 MotoGP champion. It felt right. Sad, but right.

You can read the full story of Edwards' retirement here, but his announcement highlighted two different problems for motorcycle racing. One local, one global, and neither particularly easy to fix. The loss of Colin Edwards sees the MotoGP paddock, indeed all of international motorcycle racing, robbed of its most outspoken and colorful character. Edwards was a straight talker, with a colorful turn of phrase and uninhibited manner of speech. His interviews were five parts home truths, five parts witticisms and a handful of obscenities thrown in for good measure. He livened up press conferences, racing dinners, and casual conversations alike.

2014 Austin Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's race in Austin:

Round Number: 
2
Year: 
2014

HRC Press Release: Yoshishige Nomura To Replace Tetsuo Suzuki As HRC President

HRC are to have a get a new president. After five years, Tetsuo Suzuki is to step down as present of Honda's racing department, and move back towards the production side of the business. He is to be replaced by Yoshishige Nomura, a man with a long history in HRC. Nomura was involved in the engineering of some of Honda's most classic engines, including the NR750, the RC30 and RC45. He also had a role in the 990cc V5 RC211V MotoGP machine. Nomura will oversee all of Honda's racing activities, while HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto will look after the day-to-day running of Honda's involvement in MotoGP.

The HRC press release issued announcing Nomura's appointment appears below:


Yoshishige Nomura introduced as new HRC President

Today, Honda Racing Corporation have announced a new President to take the reins from Tetsuo Suzuki.

Year: 
2014

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