Lorenzo is making his comeback at Silverstone this weekend following two months on the sidelines to recover from a back injury sustained in a practice crash at June’s Dutch TT. Failing to crack the top 20 all weekend throughout practice, Lorenzo was 0.862 seconds adrift of struggling Tech 3 KTM rider Hafizh Syahrin in Q1 and ended up 3.4s off of Honda teammate Marc Marquez’s pole time. After admitting on Friday he had a greater “fear” of crashing and aggravating his injuries , Lorenzo said pushing to bridge the gap to Syahrin would have made him “risk a lot”. “I’m almost a second behind Syahrin, and to go a second faster I have to risk a lot and now it’s not worth it,” Lorenzo said. “With the body I have now, it’s already a lot to do the race. I can’t stop [at] the limit because my physical condition won’t let me. “We have changed the ergonomics to be more comfortable and it has worked. But apart from a little electronics and tyre testing, we didn’t make any … [Read more...] about Lorenzo: Pushing to qualify better ‘not worth it’
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Sixth. That's Shane van Gisbergen's worst finishing position in a circuit race since September last year. The Kiwi has been in the form of his life for the past seven months. It started by winning his first Bathurst 1000 in October last year. He then flew straight home to New Zealand, jumped in an AP4-spec Mitsubishi Mirage and won the Battle of Jacks Ridge rally. If gravel rallying wasn't diverse enough, van Gisbergen hung around for the New Zealand Grand Prix at Hampton Downs in January. He hadn't raced a Toyota Racing Series car in well over a decade and is several feet taller than most single-seater jockeys. His fire extinguisher went off right before the race and he had to start from pitlane, but he won the race. In February he went back to Bathurst and won both heats of the Supercars season-opening Mount Panorama 500. Exactly a fortnight before the next round at Sandown, he took a tumble off his mountain bike and broke his collarbone and three ribs. Immediate … [Read more...] about How van Gisbergen’s Supercars win streak stacks up in the history books
Goes on sale March 2018. A heavily revised 1.6-liter diesel engine will join Honda Civic ’s European range starting March next year. Generating 120 horsepower (89 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (300 Newton-meters) of torque, the motor provides a decent acceleration from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 10.4 seconds. While the power numbers are almost identical to the previous 1.6-liter diesel engine of the brand, the new unit is far more efficient. Significant improvements have been made to the exhaust gas treatment system, while the cylinder friction has been reduced thanks to pistons made from highly durable chromium-molybdebnum steel alloy. More Civic news: Honda Civic Type R Accessories in Japan Are Expensive But Stylish Honda Civic Type R With $13K Worth Of Nonessential Kit Costs $47K Honda Civic Type R Would Be Too Heavy With Automatic Gearbox 2017 Honda Civic Type R Mega Gallery (277 Photos) Under the new WLTP … [Read more...] about Honda Civic Adds Upgraded 1.6 Diesel Engine In Europe
The 37-year-old was set to pilot one of three BTC Racing Honda Civic Type FK8s this season alongside Josh Cook and new recruit Jade Edwards. Upon moving to the Brackley squad last season after a challenging season with Team Hard in 2019, Crees won the Jack Sears Trophy for drivers without an outright BTCC podium. However, just a week before the BTCC season opener at Thruxton (8-9 May), the team revealed it will be parting ways with Crees. The team statement didn’t clarify the reasons for the split, but said Crees was departing "on amicable terms". Crees had driven for the squad in last week's media day test at Silverstone, running a BTC Racing livery instead of his familiar Clever Baggers colours. The Kent driver ended the test - topped by returning three-time champion Gordon Shedden - an encouraging third fastest overall. The statement added that the team will announce a replacement "in the next few days, prior to Thruxton". “On behalf of everyone at BTC Racing, … [Read more...] about BTC Racing parts ways with Crees on eve of 2021 BTCC season
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?