By Peter McLaren
Suzuki will have an all-new MotoGP line-up next season after signing Moto2 title leader Alex Rins to join Andrea Iannone.
The young Spaniard turned down satellite teams in pursuit of a factory ride and has been linked to Suzuki since it became clear that Maverick Vinales would join Yamaha.
Rins has agreed a two-year deal.
“Alex Rins is a young rider who has already proven to have much talent, always fighting within the top positions of the World Championship since his debut in every class, making him the type of rider who we want to support for the future,” said Suzuki team manager Davide Brivio.
“To pair Andrea Iannone, an experienced rider with such a young talent as Alex creates a perfect combination for our challenge. We believe that the combination of these two riders, together with the further development of the Suzuki GSX-RR, can help us to create a strong team to compete at the maximum level.”
The long awaited announcement confirms that Aleix Espargaro will leave the team.
Espargaro and Vinales have formed the Suzuki line-up since its 2015 comeback season and are currently Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 15, 2016 by admin in Formula 1
Tags: lap, race, Raikkonen, Red Bull Racing, second
Max Verstappen has taken an astonishing victory in the Spanish Grand Prix after making a risky tyre strategy pay off to win on his Red Bull Racing debut, while Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg eliminated one another by colliding on the opening lap.
In a remarkable race full of tension, the encounter started with a bang when Hamilton and Rosberg collided controversially on the opening lap, paving the way for a thrilling four-way scrap between the Red Bulls and the Ferraris.
However, while Daniel Ricciardo led initially over Verstappen, a strategic misstep by Red Bull Racing to focus its attentions on the approaching Sebastian Vettel by mirroring his three-stop strategy with the Australian, would allow Verstappen on a two-stop strategy prevail instead, completing one of F1’s most extraordinary shock results.
On a remarkable day for the sport, 20 years after Michael Schumacher’s iconic first Ferrari win in sodden conditions around the Circuit de Catalunya, though Verstappen had looked a potentially strong bet for a podium challenge in his first race as a Red Bull driver, a victory challenge seemed very much off the table by comparison.
However, the race would ultimately come to the Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 18, 2016 by admin in Miscellaneous, MotoGP
Tags: lap, Mark, race, second, victory
Jonathan Rea has produced a masterclass performance to take a double victory weekend in a tricky wet-to-dry race at Assen ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes with local hero Michael van der Mark claiming third.
In a pulsating race a sudden rain downpour which had forced a restart in the earlier World Supersport race saw riders take on a slippery Assen circuit on wet tyres but with sunshine beaming on to the track it quickly dried up forcing mid-race pit stops.
Kawasaki duo of Rea and Sykes pulled off perfect stops at the ideal time to navigate the drying track on slicks before blasting clear of the chasing pack who opted to pit too late.
British Superbike champion Josh Brookes had lead the first half of the race in the wet but after leaving his pit stop slightly too late he crashed on his out lap on a cold slick tyre to miss out on a potential podium.
Rea maintained a steady advantage over Sykes and despite both Read the rest of this entry »