This Friday, Dani Pedrosa will celebrate his 10th anniversary as a World Championship motorcycle racer. The Spaniard has exclusively competed on Honda machines throughout his World Championship career.
Since entering the 125cc World Championship on April 8, 2001, Pedrosa has competed in 164 races, finishing on the podium in more than half of those races.
With the 2011 MotoGP season already underway millions of fans around the world are enjoying fantastic television coverage of the World Championship.
Conveying the energy, passion and speed of the world’s premier class of motorcycling racing are no fewer than 63 television networks, delivering the thrill of MotoGP to 207 countries.
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Leon Haslam has again chosen children’s charity SPARKS as his nominated charity for the year and in 2011 will make a contribution directly linked to his racing performance.
The BMW factory rider will give SPARKS £10 ($16) for every World Championship point he scores in 2011 in addition to supporting the charity with its popular golfing programme.
In Moto2 qualifying for the opening round at Losail International Circuit, Losail, Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) converted his practice session pace into pole position for the intermediate category race.
A lap of 2’00.168 secured the German rider the first pole of his World Championship career to date.
In the 125 class Nico Terol was a clear second ahead of Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) in the second session. The Bankia Aspar rider posted a 2’07.418, with his German competitor second ahead of second Aspar rider Héctor Faubel.
At the final pre-season MotoGP test in Qatar, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was unable to find proper setup, but was confident in the results. Lorenzo finished Monday’s session with an extended run to check on fuel consumption, ending the final test of the winter in eight positions overall on the time sheets.
In the 2010 MotoGP Championship, Andrea Dovizioso placed his Repsol Honda RC212V on the podium seven times, finishing fifth overall with 206 points. That was his best year in MotoGP, and things are already looking better for his fourth year in the premier class with Repsol Honda.
Alpinestars has been releasing some insightful videos lately of MotoGP riders, including the 2010 Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
This video, titled "Parte Dos," further explains the other side of Lorenzo, with tidbits about his personal life, including his love of tennis, soccer and golf.
Marc Marquez News
The Repsol rider, who’s a 125cc World Champion and able to dominate his Moto2 bike at more than 240 km/h, came of age Thursday to take took his driving exam.
Used to see him flying over the World Championship circuits, it is paradoxical to think that a Motorcycling World Champion would not have a driving license.
FTR MOTO will supply its innovative M211 machinery to the Stop and Go Racing Team for this year’s Moto2 World Championship.
The SAG Team will field 18-year-old Colombian Santiago Hernandez and experienced 22-year-old Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot in what promises to be an exciting 2011 37-rider Moto2 battle.