Aprilia has scored just six top six finishes in the modern MotoGP era. The latest of those came two weeks ago in Portugal, courtesy of an in-form Aleix Espargaro aboard an RS-GP that looked like a genuinely competent package for the first time. A strong Friday showing at Jerez for the Spanish Grand Prix, which Espargaro ended third fastest, teases the prospect that for the first time the Spaniard could make a legitimate challenge for the podium on Sunday. “I’m satisfied about day one, but the good thing is it looks like Aprilia and Aleix is working well everywhere we go,” Espargaro enthused when Motorsport.com asked if the Spanish GP could be ‘the big one’ for Aprilia. “So, it’s not about one single track. The track is a bit slippery, so after all first day, all riders in every single track will put more rubber down on track. I think the things may change a little bit, but why not [aim for the podium]? I feel good, so let’s see.” It’s not the first time Espargaro has … [Read more...] about Can MotoGP’s underdog spoil Yamaha’s party at Jerez?
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From an intense title rivalry between two previously chummy team-mates that went down to the wire to the emergence of a new wave of stars; from the abject struggles of some of the sport’s biggest hitters to a near-constant stream of political intrigue, the first season of the sport’s new turbo era just about had it all. Indeed, it’s tempting to say, with the events of last year still relatively fresh in our memories, that the 2014 Formula One season will be remembered in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time as a classic. After all, even critics of the new V6 turbo hybrid engine formula would be forced to concede that the quality of last year’s wheel-to-wheel racing was perhaps the best that F1 fans have been treated to in a generation. Arguably, there were fewer ‘dull’ races in 2014 than perhaps any other Grand Prix season in history, certainly in proportion to the number of races on the calendar. Was is as good as it looks on paper? But, when you examine the factors that lead … [Read more...] about How will the 2014 Formula 1 season be remembered?
Ajo KTM rider Acosta has become the first grand prix rookie in history to score four podiums from their first four races, after riding a perfect final lap to claim his third-straight win to pull out a commanding 51-point lead in the championship. Poleman Tatsuki Suzuki grabbed the holeshot off the line from the Snipers Honda of Andrea Migno and Gabriel Rodrigo on the Gresini Honda. Rodrigo and Suzuki engaged over the lead on lap two, with the former making a move stick at the Peluqui right-hander and was able to put a few bike lengths between himself and the SIC58 Honda. But the Gresini rider’s charge ended on lap five when he highsided out of the race at the Turn 7 left-hander – the second big crash there after Petronas Sprinta’s John McPhee was flung from his Honda on the opening lap to leave his title hopes in tatters. Rodrigo’s exit promoted Tech 3 KTM’s Deniz Oncu to the lead, though he would briefly drop behind Migno after running wide on the way into the final … [Read more...] about Jerez Moto3: KTM rookie Acosta scores third straight win
The giant rear fin has no aero function, but it does look fantastic. The F12berlinetta is an exciting car in its own right, but Ferrari made it even more special with the one-off F12 TRS taking inspiration from the 1957 250 Testa Rossa. Maranello’s berlinetta has once again served as the donor car for a special retro build, only this time it represents the work of an Italian coachbuilder. Touring Superleggera has reimagined the V12-powered grand tourer with a design that harkens back to the glory days of coachbuilding with influences from 1930 race cars. The makers of the stunning Mini Superleggera concept and the lesser-known Artega Scalo Superelletra are back with a rebodied F12berlinetta with carbon fiber panels to shave off nearly 150 kilograms (331 pounds) over the donor car. The massive central fin extending towards the end of the car doesn’t actually serve an aerodynamic purpose as it’s there only to evoke the spirit of sleek streamliners of the 1930s. Gallery: … [Read more...] about Touring Superleggera Aero 3 Revealed As Retrolicious Ferrari F12
Most of the day's quickest times were set in the two-hour afternoon session, with all but three drivers able to improve on Philip Ellis' morning benchmark of 1m45.816s. Arjun Maini, Gotz and two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann all managed to overhaul Ellis in the first hour of running after the mid-day break, before Formula E racer Nick Cassidy broke the 1m45s barrier in the Red Bull-backed AF Corse Ferrari to snatch the top spot. The Kiwi managed to gain another four tenths on his next flyer to set a lap time of 1m44.523s but he was rapidly demoted to the lower half of top 10 as times tumbled in the final hour of running. With 10 minutes to run, Daniel Juncadella sat pretty at the top in the GruppeM Mercedes, but Haupt Racing rival Gotz managed to find a late improvement and ended the session with the chart-topping time of 1m43.840s Juncadella settled for second with his previous 1m44.160s flyer, while morning pacesetter Ellis finished third ahead of Winward teammate … [Read more...] about Mercedes quickest as DTM testing resumes at Lausitzring