The 2019 MotoGP teams remained at Brno Monday following Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix, which was dominated by five-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez.The Repsol Honda RC213V pilot finished eighth in the one-day test session, which was shortened due to afternoon showers.
Leading the way during Monday was Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo, the man who also led Friday’s practice session at Brno. The Frenchman tested new carbon-fiber front forks, among other new parts on his YZR-M1.He posted the best time of 1:55.616, which is still down on Marquez’s all-time record lap at Brno of 1:54.596 (2016). Two additional Yamaha riders followed Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales, who trailed by 0.012 of a second, and the other Petronas pilot, Franco Morbidelli, who finished 0.139 behind.“Today was really productive for us and we tried many things including some elements for the coming weekend in Austria,” said Fabio Quartararo, who finished seventh on Sunday.“As always in testing there was some positives and some negatives, but in the end it was useful to test again. We tried the new carbon forks and the bike felt a little bit lighter with them, we tried some new tires from Michelin and we were able to use some electronics settings that the team has wanted to test.“We need to think about what we’ve tested and have some discussions about the direction that we’ll take with the new parts.”Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins finished fourth, 0.221 behind. LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (-0.324) and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi (-0.399) followed the Spaniard Rins.Rounding out the top 10 were Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir, Marquez, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, and LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami.The MotoGP grid now packs and heads directly to Austria’s Red Bull Ring for round 11 of 19 in 2019 MotoGP. Stay clicked to Ultimate Motorcycling for a preview of the Austrian GP.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
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