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Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix turns 100

When the current crop of MotoGP™ superstars go into battle at the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on 17-19 October, it will mark a very special occasion – 100 years since the event was first held just outside of Bathurst, NSW.

The centenary adds to the already storied history of motorcycle competition in this country. A history which not only spans road racing but other disciplines such as dirt track, motocross and speedway, the latter having its origins in Australia.

Rossi makes grand homecoming, Marquez fallible after all...

There probably won’t be a lot of work done in the Italian village of Tavullia today, just 5km from the Misano grand prix circuit. And there’s good reason for that, as the locale’s best known denizen, Valentino Rossi, completed a magnificent victory in the San Marino MotoGP race on September 14.

It was vintage Rossi, with the seven-time MotoGP world champion passing his pole-sitting Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo for the lead on lap four, and after that he was unstoppable. It was his first win at Misano since 2009.

El Niño a positive force in MotoGP

In Australia we have become grimly accustomed to El Niño and its savage effects. In MotoGP El Niño has recently been laying waste, metaphorically, to everything and everyone in his path.

‘The Kid’ in question is none other than Marc Marquez, so nicknamed by an adoring and probably disbelieving Spanish press corps as he has streaked like a comet across the two-wheeled horizon from Qatar to Valencia and all points in between.

Another different winner at Misano? Why not, says Jorge...

Round 13 of 2014 takes the World Championship caravan to the Adriatic coast of Italy and the World Circuit Marco Simoncelli above the resort towns of Cattolica and Rimini.

Since the World Championship returned to Misano in 2007 Yamaha have held sway, with five victories out of seven in the premier class, the last three in a row to Jorge Lorenzo. Unsurprisingly, after his brilliant Silverstone performance, the Spaniard thinks this could be Yamaha’s moment.

Gardner gets Moto3™ chance this weekend

The Gardner name will return to Grand Prix racing this weekend at Misano, with Remy Gardner, son of 1987 500cc World Champion Wayne, receiving a call up to ride for the Kiefer Racing team in the Moto3™ category.

Gardner will replace the injured Luca Grunwald in what is the perfect warm up to his recently announced Moto3™ wildcard for the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on 17-19 October.

“I wasn’t expecting to be on a GP bike this weekend to be honest, but it’s the perfect way to prepare for Phillip Island in October,” Remy said.

What goes around…Lorenzo's land under siege

What was once a dream come true must now seem like a living nightmare to Jorge Lorenzo.

In 2008 the fresh-faced Mallorcan, who was then just 20, came into the MotoGP™ ranks. He came in pretty close to the top, too: he would be partner to the star of the show, Valentino Rossi, at Yamaha. Rossi had won two world titles for the company in 2004-05 but first Hayden’s Honda then Stoner’s Ducati had got the better of them.

2014 Mick Doohan Ride Day

Five-time 500cc Motorcycle World Champion Mick Doohan and multiple 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix winner Daryl Beattie gave passengers a once-in-a-lifetime experience yesterday of a hot-lap of the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Click play to view Mick Doohan reach almost 280 km/h with the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Ambassador, Kate Peck as a pillion on his bike.


Normal service resumed - after another Silverstone stunner

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but try telling that to the 67,500 fans who watched history repeat itself with Silverstone’s second successive titanic struggle between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo. The difference from 2013 was that Marquez came out on top, but the Honda man had to catch and pass Lorenzo’s Yamaha not once but twice in the second half of the 20-lap race to earn his 11th win of the season. Marquez is the first rider to reach that number of wins in a season since Valentino Rossi in 2005.

Whose turn to upset the Marquez apple-cart this time?

Round 12 of 2014 takes the riders from the wooded hills of the Czech Republic to the flat, wide-open and windswept spaces of Silverstone in Northamptonshire.

Brno last time out finally ended Marc Marquez’s run of 10 wins with victory at Brno last time out: can the Spaniard – second at Silverstone last year – bounce back? One way or another, one or all of the three ‘veterans’ chasing him will make his own mark on the British race.

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