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Feb 5

MotoGP: Progress For Lorenzo Despite Being Sixth On Day Two

Yamaha Factory Racing's Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo takes a corner during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session on the second day at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo is preparing for the upcoming 2014 MotoGP season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo, the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion, slipped to sixth on the Sepang test Day Two timesheet, but he did improve by half a second on his Tuesday best and got through some important work on electronics settings.

Lorenzo’s best time of 2:00.573 — on the 27th of his 49 laps — on Wednesday left him 0.647s behind title rival and pace man Marc Marquez, but also behind teammate Valentino Rossi and the likes of FTR Yamaha-equipped compatriot Aleix Espargaro.

Feb 5

MotoGP: Marquez Fastest As Espargaro’s Open Spec Runs Fifth

Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang - Day Two at Sepang Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during Day Two of MotoGP preseason testing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez upped the pace as testing continued in Malaysia on Wednesday, while NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro placed an Open specification bike inside the top five for the first time.

Feb 5

Inside CORE Autosport’s Amazing Double Rolex 24 Win

The 2014 Rolex 24 GTLM class winner, CORE autosport's 911 RSR, in Victory Lane. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The 2014 Rolex 24 GTLM class winner, CORE autosport’s 911 RSR, sits in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

It’s often said that winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But winning it twice, in the same year, is a feat that had only happened twice before in the race’s 51-year history.

That was until last week when CORE autosport-prepared cars claimed victories in both the GT Le Mans and Prototype Challenge classes in the historic inaugural round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Feb 4

MotoGP: Scott Redding Hails ‘Good’ First Day With Gresini

GO&FUN Honda Gresini's British rider Scott Redding takes a corner during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Redding navigates a corner during preseason testing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Redding was pleased with his first day of this week’s MotoGP test, as the field gathered in Malaysia for the first time in 2014.

Englishman Redding steps up to the premier class with GO&FUN Honda Gresini, riding the all-new Honda RCV1000R customer bike under Open regulations. This differs from the RC213V of teammate Alvaro Bautista, whose own machine is competing under the Factory Option set of rules.

Feb 4

MotoGP: Bradley Smith Pinpoints Race Simulation As Most Vital In Testing

Bradley Smith of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 heads down a straight during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bradley Smith of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 heads down a straight during testing in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bradley Smith insists that race simulation runs are currently the top priority in preseason testing, predicting races will be “quite different” in MotoGP this year.

In 2014, Smith will contest a second full season with Monster Yamaha Tech3 as the field is split between either Factory Option or Open machines. Following the first day of testing at Sepang in Malaysia on Tuesday, Englishman Smith summed up events.