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Live Timing Apps For WSBK And MotoGP Hit iPhones

As the digital world continues its relentless drift into the world of the mobile device, both MotoGP and World Superbikes series are starting to catch up. Last week the World Superbike series announced the availability of its WSBK iPhone app in the iTunes store, and this week, MotoGP has followed suit, with its own live timing app for iPhone and iTouch.

OnTheThrottle Video Interview With Ben Spies - Post Qatar

Roger Lee Hayden was not the only guest on the OnTheThrottle.TV live video show after this weekend's racing. Monster Yamaha's Ben Spies also came on the show, to talk about his first race as a fully paid-up member of the MotoGP paddock. Here's what Spies had to say about how qualifying and racing went:

Scott Jones' Race Day Photos From Qatar - Part II


Nicky Hayden found some answers on Sunday, and showed he hasn't lost his mojo


Dani Pedrosa's drawn out and public falling out with Honda continued at Qatar


Meanwhile, his Repsol Honda teammate showed there's not that much wrong with the RC212V, pushing Rossi hard for the win

Scott Jones' Race Day Photos From Qatar - Part I


Big Ben's tough qualifying was followed by an outstanding race


This was about as big as Valentino Rossi's lead got


Scorpion

Saturday Images From The Nikon Of Scott Jones


Rossi missing out on pole was not for want of trying


One half of Team Texas

Scott Jones' Friday Photos From Qatar - Part II


Yuki Takahashi, and the Mistral 610


With 41 Moto2 bikes, the track was packed

Scott Jones' Friday Photos From Qatar - Part I


Nearly ready ...


Jorge Lorenzo groks Web 2.0 and social media

More Pre-Race Photos From Scott Jones


Now that's what I call a full grid: The riders for the 2010 Moto2 season


MotoGP In Qatar - Brought to you men in immaculate white robes


Vladimir Ivanov's Moriwaki. This bike could be near the front


Spec tires, spec engines, spec electronics - Still beautiful

Seminal Italian Racing Site GPOne.com Relaunched And Vastly Improved

Regular readers of MotoMatters.com will be aware of our admiration of and friendship with the leading Italian motorcycle website GPOne.com. The site is a goldmine of information for motorcycle racing fans, and the deep roots which the site's writers have in the paddock allow the site to provide both news and in-depth analysis of MotoGP and World Superbikes better than probably any other site in the world. The only minor drawback for English speakers is the fact that the site is in Italian, but that is a hurdle which is easier to clear than you might think.

So it was a disturbing sign when GPOne.com went off air in the period between the Portimao WSBK race and the Qatar MotoGP season opener. But its absence was for a very good reason. The people who run the site were hard at work completely redesigning and updating the site, as well as switching it to a new content management back end.

Scott Jones Shoots The 2010 MotoGP Bikes


Loris Capirossi's Rizla Suzuki


Randy de Puniet's Honda RC212V, brought to you by Givi


Dani Pedrosa's Repsol Honda


Casey Stoner's Marlboro Ducati. The paint is stunning under the lights, far better than pictures can do justice.

Ezpeleta: "No Need To Change Schedule At Qatar"

At the last preseason test of the year at Qatar, run under the floodlights to allow the riders to get used to the conditions, five riders went down in a period of thirty minutes late on in the test, as dew forming on the track made conditions treacherous. After that test, several riders called for the time of the MotoGP race to be brought forward, from 11pm local time to 9 or 10.

In the pre-race press conference, Valentino Rossi repeated his preference for bringing the race forward, a suggestion which received the support of both Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden later that evening.

But at a press conference held to open the Qatar MotoGP round, attended by Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of Dorna, and Nasser Al-Attiyah, head of the Qatari motorsports federation, the Dorna CEO was not convinced a change would be necessary. Ezpeleta felt that conditions had changed since the last test, obviating the need to change.

MotoGP.com To Show Full Race Videos On Page Without Spoilers

The official MotoGP.com website is both a goldmine of information and the bane of many MotoGP fans' lives. The video section features literally thousands of fascinating video interviews, clips and of course, the live video feed of each race. True, the content is only available to paying subscribers, but the value offered for the €99.95 (or €79.95 for standard quality) is actually rather good.

The one gripe that everyone had about the site and video subscription was that if you missed the live race - not uncommon for US or Australian subscribers, for example - and went to website to watch the recorded race, it was impossible to do so without running across spoilers, telling you the outcome of the race before you had a chance to view it. MotoGP.com received a barrage of complaints about this problem, and have finally come up with a solution: A no-spoilers page.

New Provisional Moto2 Entry List - Faubel Replaces Lonbois As Redding's Teammate

Just a few days before the season is about to begin, and the Moto2 class is to take to the track for the very first time, a new provisional entry list for Moto2 has been issued by the FIM. The new list contains two changes, one minor (Stefan Bradl changing his number from 4 to 65), and one major. The big change is the dropping of Belgian rider Vincent Lonbois by the Marc VDS Racing team, which is also fielding British rider Scott Redding, and his replacement with former 125 and 250 star Hector Faubel.

Faubel had originally been signed to ride for the SAG team alongside Ratthapark Wilairot, but financial differences left the Spaniard out in the cold. Faubel then looked to the 125cc class, where he was lined up to take a third Aspar bike alongside Bradley Smith and Nico Terol, but that too foundered on a lack of funds. Faubel has finally found a home with the Marc VDS Racing team run by former Kawasaki MotoGP manager Michael Bartholemy, but this has come at the cost of Bartholemy's compatriot Lonbois.

The entry list for Moto2 still carries the "Provisional" tag, though few changes are likely in the 6 days before the bikes finally hit the track at Qatar. After that, though, there could well be more changes.

Moto2 entry list:

Get Your Virtual Bets In For The MotoMatters.com MotoGP Prediction Contest!

Every year, as the MotoGP season commences, a veritable jungle of MotoGP Fantasy Leagues springs up around the internet, give fans the chance to test their skills in running a MotoGP team against like-minded individuals. Although we're big fans of those kinds of games, MotoMatters.com wouldn't be MotoMatters.com if we didn't do things just a little bit differently. 

Iceland To Get MotoGP Round From 2012

When the cancellation of the Hungary round was finally officially confirmed, and the race scheduled for the Balatonring was awarded to the spectacular Motorland Aragon circuit, Dorna faced a barrage of criticism that the race had gone to another circuit in Spain. The Iberian nation is undoubtedly the beating heart of MotoGP, but to have four of the eighteen races there was far too much of a good thing, it was felt.

Dorna has taken this criticism to heart, it seems, as a brand new nation is to be added to MotoGP's international character. Today, speaking exclusively to MotoMatters.com, Dorna's head of Scandinavian Racing Promotion Pablo Inocente confirmed that a round is to be added to the calendar in Iceland, as part of an offensive to promote the sport in Europe's northern reaches. The race is to take part at a brand new track, to be built at Grímsvötn, east of the capital Reykjavik.

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