Borgo Panigale dominated the top on Day 1, but it was Hamamatsu factory Suzuki who was the closest challengers. Behind the two Ducati machines of Andrea Dovizioso and top Independent Team rider Danilo Petrucci
The German Ralf Waldmann has died at 51 years of age, as confirmed MotoGP. The winner of 20 great prizes and double runner-up of 250cc in 1996 and 1997 category in which he shone with his own light during the last decade of the last century-, has appeared lifeless for causes not yet determined, although it could be a heart attack.
Herve Poncharal says Johann Zarco continuing with Tech 3 after the 2018 MotoGP season is “not impossible” despite KTM’s interest in the Frenchman. Tech 3 will switch from being Yamaha‘s satellite team to a KTM factory-supported operation in 2019. The French team’s star Zarco is currently one of the most
Andrea Iannone says Suzuki “can’t hide” its race pace deficit after the Italian admitted he “suffered too much” on long runs during the Qatar test. The Italian was third on the opening day of running at Losail and topped Friday’s session before having to sit out the final day on Saturday due to illness.
The Spaniard topped two of the nine 2018 test days and ended the final test in Qatar fifth overall, but his pace ebbed and flowed throughout the pre-season. He endured the “worst” test of his Yamaha stint thus far in Thailand and admitted midway through the Qatar test that he was finding it “difficult” to stay positive.
Valentino Rossi praised Marc Marquez for his ability to avoid crashes, something the Italian feels can no longer be down to pure luck. The Yamaha rider reckons it is a combination of Marquez’s style and the Honda bike that helps him pull off such moves.
Marc Marquez will race from Repsol Honda Team for the next two seasons, having signed a contract to remain at Honda in 2019 and 2020. Marquez, who joined the team in 2013 as a rookie and went on to take his first premier class crown that year
Espargaro highlighted the urgent need to update the RS-GP’s engine after the opening test in Sepang, and reiterated this request at Buriram.
“Marc is the only one to do this,” Dovizioso tells the telegraph on Marquez’ flirtation with the limit. “I think he’s one of the smartest riders in the Championship.