Miller to be replaced by home hero Hiroshi Aoyama in Motegi 


Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama will take part in the Japanese GP alongside EG 0,0 Marc VDS Team as a replacement for injured Jack Miller.

Aoyama is a rider with vast experience in MotoGP. Since his debut in the premier class in 2010, he has raced 4 full season. Also, since 2015, he has been a test rider for HRC.

Before making his debut in the premier class in 2010, Aoyama clinched the last ever 250cc World Championship back in 2009. He scored points in every single race of that season and scored 4 wins.

His best year in the premier class was 2011, when he gathered 98 points and finished 10th overall. His best result of that season, which is also his best ever result in the MotoGP class, was a 4th place finish at Jerez.

Hiroshi Aoyama was also on the MotoGP grid at the Japanese GP in 2016, when he replaced Dani Pedrosa in the Repsol Honda Team. He crossed the line in 15th place.

Although already 8 years gone since that moment, Hiroshi Aoyama is still Japan’s last World Champion. 

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Jack Miller to miss the Japanese Grand Prix 

EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller has suffered a tibia fracture in his right foot while training on trials bike in Andorra. As a result, the Aussie will miss the next Grand Prix, which will take place at Motegi between 13-15 October.

The strange part about Miller’s injury is that it did not occur in a crash. He lost traction of the front tyre and he put his foot down in order to avoid a slow-speed crash. He saved the crash, but he caught his foot into something and ended up fracturing the top of his tibia.

The accident occured on Friday and Miller underwent surgery on Saturday morning in Barcelona. The 2014 Moto3 runner-up will return in Andorra to start physiotherapy and he hopes that the program will make him fit for his home GP at Phillip Island.

After 14 rounds of the 2017 season, Miller sits 12th in the standings, with 56 points. 

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Niki Tuuli wins Supersport race in the FrenchSBK round as Mahias regains championship lead 


Finnish rider Niki Tuuli converted his pole position start into a win on the Magny Cours Circuit, defeating Federico Caricasulo after a superb battle. P.J. Jacobsen completed the podium.

Sheridan Morais was the early leader of the race, but the South African could not match the pace of Tuuli and Caricasulo and fell in 3rd. Soon, P.J. Jacobsen and Jules Cluzel also went past the title contender. 

With an opportunity bigger than ever to take control of the championship as Kenan Sofuoglu was ruled out of the race after having suffered pelvic fractures on Saturday, Lucas Mahias almost crashed while battling at the bottom of the top 10. The Frenchman was able to save the highside, but fell in 19th. 

However, this was not enough to keep the home hero away from the top positions. He quickly made his way back in the top 10. 

At the front, neither Jacobsen nor Cluzel were able to keep up with the leaders. Tuuli and Caricasulo pulled away from the pack and offered the spectators an intense battle for the win. 

After some successive overtakes, Tuuli managed to pull a little gap of more than half a second and this turned out to be decisive. 

Mahias managed to go all the way up to P4 after overtaking Morais, Canducci and Cluzel and tried to catch Jacobsen, but the American was too far away. 

Niki Tuuli resisted the last lap effort of Caricasulo and got his first ever win in the competition and the second of team Kallio Racing after the one taken by Morais in Lausitzring. Jacobsen scored his 3rd podium finish of the season, while Mahias crossed the line in an well deserved 4th after a great comeback race. 

Jules Cluzel, the other home hero, locked out the top 5, with title contender Morais only 8th.

Lucas Mahias now leads the championship with 154 points. Kenan Sofuoglu falls in 2nd, 9 points behind his rival. Morais sits 3rd, 32 points behind Mahias, while Cluzel is 4th, 39 points behind his compatriot. With 50 points still up for grabs, all of these 4 riders have their chance at becoming the 2017 World SuperSport Champion. 

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Jonathan Rea wins first race of the French SBK weekend and clinches 2017 title 


Jonathan Rea dominated the first race on the Magny Cours Circuit and matematically sealed his 3rd consecutive title in the World SBK.

Rea started from pole and easily pulled away from the rest of the pack. The tricky wet-drying conditions were not a challenge for the Kawasaki rider, who crossed the line more than 16 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Marco Melandri. Rea’s teammate, Tom Sykes, completed the podium.

Leon Camier raced a solitary race, finishing 4th, more than 5 seconds behind the rostrum positions and 19 seconds ahead of Alex Lowes, who locked out the top 5.

Eugen Laverty, Leandro Mercado and Davide Giugliano were 6th, 7th and 8th, respectively, while Dutchman Michael van der Mark made a great comeback and finished 9th after having crashed in the early stages of the race. Chaz Davies completed the top 10.

This was the 12th win of the current season for Rea, who now has the title in his pocket. The Brit is the first ever rider to win 3 WSBK titles in a row. #R3PEAT

photo credit – Ultimate Motorcycling 

New manufacturer in Moto2 – NTS to line up in 2018


NTS, a Japanese manufacturer headquartered in Fukushima, will line up on the Moto2 grid in 2018 alongside Kalex, Suter, Speed Up and KTM.

NTS will be supplying the RW Racing team with the chassis produced and designed fully inhouse by them. RW Racing signed a three year deal with the manufacturer. NTS will colaborate with Swiss engineering specialist Geo Technology. 

Steven Odendaal and Joe Roberts will be the riders to represent RW Racing in 2018.

South African Odendaal is the current European Moto2 Champion and it is not an unknown face in the paddock of the World Championship. He raced as a full time rider in the 2013 Moto2 season for AGR Team. Unfortunately, he failed scoring any points.

American Joe Roberts made his debut in the Moto2 World Championship after the summer break of the current season, also for AGR Team, and finished in an impressive 10th place at his first GP, in Brno. Unfortunately, AGR Team recently announced its retirement from the competition, so Roberts will not take part in the last 4 races of 2017.

The NTS bike has been raced in the Moto2 European Championship over the last 2 seasons by Alan Techer in 2016 and by Steven Odendaal in 2017. Techer finished 3rd overall in the competition in 2016, achieving 1 win and 7 other podium finishes. With 3 races to go of the 2017 season, Odendaal is also 3rd, with 4 podium finishes, but is yet to take a win.

photo credit – NTS. Co, LTD. 

Morbidelli comes back to winning ways in Aragon and extends championship lead

Franco Morbidelli got his 8th win of the current season after a magnificent duel with compatriot Mattia Pasini. Poleman Miguel Oliveira completed the podium.

Morbidelli had a great start and went up in 2nd place after few turns. Quick after, he took the lead from poleman Oliveira.

Mattia Pasini fell in 5th after starting from 2nd but quickly climbed back, overtaking Marquez, Luthi and Oliveira.

Morbidelli managed to get away from his rivals and so did veteran Pasini, who started chasing down the championship leader.

While battling with Oliveira and Luthi for the last spot on the podium, Alex Marquez encountered some technical problems which forced him to retire.

Pasini managed to catch up with Morbidelli and took the lead from his compatriot. ”Il Paso” also pulled a gap, but he could not conserve the difference as his rear tyre was almost done.

With 4 laps to go, Morbidelli came back in P1. He remained in the lead until Pasini fought back with 2 laps remaining. The Marc VDS EG 0,0 rider responded right away and entered the last lap as the leader.

Once again, Pasini went past him in Turn 5 with an amazing overtake, but that was not enough. Morbidelli once again responded few turns later and there was nothing more the ItalTrans rider could do.

Franco Morbidelli crossed the line 1st for the eighth time this season, with Mattia Pasini completing an Italian double. Miguel Oliveira tried to take advantage of the fierce battle in front of him and engage in the fight for the win, but in the end he had to settle in 3rd.

Thomas Luthi limited the damages after a difficult week-end and finished 4th, ahead of an impressive rookie duo consisting of Brad Binder and Jorge Navarro. Simone Corsi was 7th, with future premier class rider Taka Nakagami in 8th. Sandro Cortese and Francesco Bagnaia lockedout the top 10.

In the championship standings, Morbidelli now has 248 points. Luthi stays close, with 227 points. Oliveira is now 3rd, with 157 points, 2 more than Alex Marquez.

photo credit – Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Pedrosa the man to beat after wet Day 1 at Aragon

Dani Pedrosa was the fastest rider of the premier class on a rain affected Day 1 of the Aragon GP.

FP1 was fully wet, while in FP2 the track had some damp patches, more than enough however for the riders to go out again with the rain tyres.

The combined standings of the day were the same with the FP2 standings and it was Dani Pedrosa who finished on top after freezing the clock at 1:59.858. Jorge Lorenzo ended in P2, 0.214 behind his compatriot and 0.248 ahead of rookie Johann Zarco, who was 3rd.

Marc Marquez won the fully-wet FP1, but could not manage better than 4th overall after FP2. The rain brought the best out of Karel Abraham and Sam Lowes, who finished the day in P5 and P7, respectively. Cal Crutchlow ended between them.

Championship contender Andrea Dovizioso followed in 8th, with the Espargaro brothers completing the top 10, with Aleix in front of Pol.

It was a tough day for the Yamaha Movistar riders. Maverick Vinales could not manage better than 17th, while Valentino Rossi locked out the top 20 on his comeback day.

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Valentino Rossi will try to take part in the Aragon GP


Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi has tested his fitness on an R1 for 20 laps at Misano and he has decided to try to ride in the Aragon GP this weekend.

The Yamaha Movistar rider will leave for Aragon and he will do a medical check-up. If he is declared fit, he will ride in FP1 and will take the final decision after the end of the session.

In case that Rossi is declared unfit or withdraws after FP1 because of pain reasons, Michael van der Mark will replace him in the event.

Valentino Rossi currently sits 4th in the championship, 42 points behind Marquez & Dovizioso.

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Campionatul National de SuperMoto – Etapa finala

Circuitul VIK Power Arad a gazduit sambata, 9 septembrie, ultima etapa din cadrul Campionatului National de SuperMoto. Sportivii claselor SM65, SM85, Juniori 2, Juniori 3, Scutere, Old Timer, Amatori si SOpen au oferit publicului un spectacol demn pentru o batalie finala.

Patrick Pascota s-a impus la clasa SM65, in timp ce la SM85 Daniel Babescu a dominat si și-a facut cadou de ziua de nastere o victorie prin prisma careia a obtinut si titlul categoriei.

Clasa Juniori 2 a fost dominata de Szasz Martin, care i-a devansat pe Ioviță Mark Luca, Szabo Alexandru si Chindea Ion-Marian. La Juniori 3, Szasz Oliver a cules laurii.

Clasa scutere a pregatit spectatorii pentru show-ul ce aveau sa il aduca clasele mari. Ciurescu Laurențiu a castigat întrecerea, urmat de Silagi Radu.

Clasa OldTimer a fost una din cele mai animate, pe parcursul ei aparand si o scurta ploaie. Pilotii sârbi au tinut piept cu tarie celor români.

La clasa Amatori Mario Fantinuoli a trecut primul linia de sosire, podiumul fiind completat de Andrei Filimon si Sorin Fonta.

La clasa SOpen, Neaga Vlad l-a invins pe Gregoire Andre si a devenit campionul 2017 al competitiei.

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Searching for home glory (again) – Pasini tops Day 1 in Moto2

Mattia Pasini impressed once again and finshed on top the first day of the San Marino GP. Franco Morbidelli completed an Italian 1-2, while Takaaki Nakagami was 3rd.

Miguel Oliveira is looking for a bounce back here in Misano after some tough races and the Portuguese started the week-end well. He was 5th overall, between Swiss riders Dominique Aegerter and Thomas Luthi.

Other local heroes who flied the flag high were Francesco Bagnaia,  Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri, who finished in 7th, 8th and 10th, respectively. Ninth was Hafizh Syahrin.

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