2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

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

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 QP Result: Pole Record Broken In Rapid Session

Full Recap and Results below.

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP QP Result: Light Rain Doesn't Hamper Electric Qualifying

Full Recap and Results below.

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP FP4: Iannone Leads Final Practice Run

Andrea Iannone has headed the time sheets for the final MotoGP free practice session at Phillip Island, the Italian Ducati rider posted the quickest time with his final lap of the session to nudge Marc Marquez to second place by a mere six hundreths of a second. Valentino Rossi also put in a good late run to jump up to third position, he edged out fellow Yamaha riders Aleix Espargaro and weekend long pace-setter Jorge Lorenzo.

The British duo of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith claimed sixth and seventh places respectively ahead of Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa was still struggling for speed and will have to go through the Q1 session for the first time in his career. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl completed the top ten some eight tenths behind Iannone.  

Results:

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 FP3: Rabat In A League Of His Own

Championship leader Tito Rabat has topped the third Moto2 Free Practice session at Phillip Island in Australia as dark cloud cover rolled in over the circuit at the start of the session and the ambient temperature began to drop. Rabat once again ended the session half a second clear of his rivals lead by Maverick Vinales. A Rabat win tomorrow is looking like something of a formality; if he does take victory and his team mate Mika Kallio doesn't finish on the podium the Spaniard will wrap up the 2014 Moto2 Championship.

Kallio finished FP3 in third place half a tenth clear of Suisse rider Thomas Luthi who was in turn a further five hundredths of a second ahead of Caterham rider Johan Zarco. Marcel Schrotter took his Tech 3 machine to sixth place ahead of his countrymen Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger while Dominique Aegerter and Xavier Simeon completed the top ten positions. 

Results:

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP FP3 Result: Lorenzo Leads As Pedrosa Misses Out On Q2

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Phillip Island. The Movistar Yamaha was fast for much of the session, but seized control at the end, snatching the lead by nearly three tenths of a second. Newly-crowned champion Marc Marquez took second, just edging out Andrea Iannone, who had been in 2nd until displaced by the Repsol Honda rider. Iannone missed out on an opportunity to improve his time after he crashed at the fast Doohan Corner immediately after beating his best time.

Valentino Rossi is 4th fastest, the Yamaha veteran showing a strong race pace in his 250th career premier class event, while the Monster Tech 3 Yamahas of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith made a late charge to get into the top 10. Aleix Espargaro put the Forward Yamaha into 7th, just bumping Cal Crutchlow into 8th. The Ducati rider had been running in 6th for a while, but lost places when the race for Q2 broke out at the end of the session. Stefan Bradl just sneaked into 9th to go through to Q2, while Dani Pedrosa managed the 10th fastest time in FP3, but was not fast enough to beat the time set by Andrea Dovizioso in FP2, meaning that Dovizioso goes through to Q2, while Pedrosa will have to work his way through Q1 to battle for pole position.

2014 Phillip Island Moto3 FP3 Result: Vazquez Edges Kent And Rins

Efren Vazquez has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class, making handy use of a tow in the final few minutes to set the fastest time. Danny Kent got very close to the time of the Spaniard, but could not quite beat Vazquez, sitting in 2nd spot, just ahead of Alex Rins. Alex Marquez set the 4th fastest time, precisely one tenth of a second behind his Estrella Galicia teammate. 

There was a surfeit of riders looking for tows, some making very good use of them. The CIP riders Alessandro Tonucci and Jasper Iwema benefited most, ending the session in 8th and 10th. But the tows penalized Jack Miller, the Australian ending the session in 12th, though he spent most of the session leading rather than following.

Results:

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Friday Round Up - Special Tires For A Special Circuit, And The Rules For 2016

Phillip Island is a very special race track. That has an upside – it rewards courage and talent, and has provided some spectacular racing – but it is also special in the more pejoratively euphemistic sense of the word. It challenges not just the riders, but motorcycle designers and racing teams as well. Above all, it challenges tire manufacturers: with wildly varying temperatures, strong winds blowing in cool and damp air off the ocean, an abrasive surface, high-speed corners, more left handers than right handers, and the most of the lefts faster than the rights. It can rain, be bitterly cold, be bathed in glorious sunshine, or in sweltering heat. Try building a tire to cope with all that.

After last year's fiasco, both Dunlop and Bridgestone tried to do just that. They came to the track in March to test tires and gather data to build tires for this weekend. The only minor problem is that the test came at the end of Australia's long summer, and temperatures were much more congenial than now, as the country emerges from its Antipodean winter. The tire selections brought by Dunlop and Bridgestone are much better than last year, but they are not quite perfect. At any other track, that wouldn't be a problem. At Phillip Island, even being not quite perfect can land you in trouble.

That tires are an issue was evident from the number of riders who crashed, both in MotoGP and in Moto2. Most crashed in right handers, a lot going down at MG, which would be one of the most difficult corners of the year wherever it was located, but a fair few followed suit at Hayshed, the right hander that follows on from Siberia (the most aptly named corner on the calendar) and precedes Lukey Heights. There were crashes at the Honda hairpin as well, the other right hander, where hard braking is at a premium.

Scott Jones On The Island: Friday Photos From Australia


The circuit in the middle of nowhere. And all the more beautiful for it


Surplus to requirements at Phillip Island. Not enough hard braking to get the high mass disks up to temperature


Could this be the new King of the Island? Jorge Lorenzo is off to a good start so far

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

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

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 FP2 Result: Rabat Dominates In Race Test

Tito Rabat dominating the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class, laying down a scorching pace through another long run. Rabat did a full race simulation, lapping half a second quicker during his race run than the man in 2nd, Sandro Cortese. Cortese just edged last week's winner, Tom Luthi, who held off Maverick Viñales to claim 3rd. Julian Simon took the 5th spot, just ahead of Mika Kallio, who ended the session in 6th.

Results:

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP FP2: Lorenzo Leads The Way Despite Crash

Jorge Lorenzo has headed the field during the second MotoGP Free Practice session at Phillip Island, the factory Yamaha rider displayed typical metronomic consistency and posted a blistering time of 1:29.602. This was the quickest lap of the weekend and put him a tenth and a half clear of Marc Marquez in second place. Lorenzo's session wasn't completely without drama however as he crashed whilst testing the asymmetric soft front tire option, unique to the Phillip Island circuit, he lost the front at the Honda hairpin late in proceedings but managing to walk away unscathed. 

Syndicate content

GTranslate