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Feb 3

MotoGP: Marco Simoncelli To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Marco Simoncelli of Italy rides the #58 San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda during practice for the Australian MotoGP Oct 14, 2011. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marco Simoncelli of Italy rides the #58 San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda during practice for the Australian MotoGP Oct 14, 2011. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marco Simoncelli is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend. The Italian was a front-runner in the premier class before tragically losing his life to an accident in 2011.

In becoming a MotoGP Legend, Simoncelli’s name will be the 21st on the list as he joins a list of 20 other greats. To the shock of race fans around the world, the Gresini rider lost his life on Sunday 23 October 2011 in a crash on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix, just one week after finishing in second place at Phillip Island.

Feb 3

F1: Domenicali Believes Jerez Test Was A Good Start For Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is pictured in the F1 paddock. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is pictured in the F1 paddock. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefano Domenicali has pronounced himself pleased with the first outing of the Ferrari F14 T in Jerez last week.

After some early problems the car ran reliably, and while Mercedes powered rivals were ultimately faster, the team boss says that the aim was to put miles on the new machine and correlate its behavior with the wind tunnel.

Feb 2

F1: Newey ‘Back To The Drawing Board’ Amid Red Bull Crisis

Red Bull Racing only completed 21 laps throughout the four-day Jerez test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing only completed 21 laps throughout the four-day Jerez test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Amid World Champion Red Bull’s testing nightmare at Jerez, bigwigs Christian Horner, Adrian Newey, Helmut Marko and the visiting team owner Dietrich Mateschitz all departed southern Spain.

While rival Mercedes and Ferrari-powered teams have managed to collect dozens upon dozens of early preseason laps, the tally amassed by Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo in the troubled RB10 numbers 21.

Feb 2

MotoGP: Tech3′s Smith Confident Ahead Of 2014 Season

Bradley Smith returns to Tech3 for the 2014 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bradley Smith returns to Tech3 for the 2014 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bradley Smith is extremely confident that he and new Monster Yamaha Tech3 teammate Pol Espargaro will be in a position to achieve great things heading into the 2014 MotoGP season.

At the first 2014 preseason test, which came immediately after the final race of last year in Valencia, Smith ended proceedings in second position and just three tenths of a second down on Repsol Honda Team’s World Champion Marc Marquez.

Feb 2

F1: Rosberg Pleased With Mercedes Mileage In Jerez

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - JAN 31: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during day four of Formula One Winter Testing at the Circuito de Jerez on Jan. 31, 2014 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – JAN 31: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during day four of Formula One Winter Testing at the Circuito de Jerez on Jan. 31, 2014 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg has done more mileage than any other driver in a 2014 car thus far, having topped the laps completed charts at Jerez last week.

He already enjoyed a head start after he shook down the Mercedes at a filming day at Silverstone the previous Friday.

“Definitely I think it’s a surprise to do so many laps,” said Rosberg. “It’s such a mission with this new technology and everything, and really to get this reliability so early on is really a positive. But we’ve got no idea where we are in terms of pace and all that. So it’s really early days.