BUZZING
Oct 26

MotoGP: Bradl Leads Final Japanese GP Practice As Marquez Crashes

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday's Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl set the quickest time in Sunday’s Japanese GP practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl was quickest as Sunday practice was staged ahead of the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The LCR Honda MotoGP rider led the way from Repsol Honda Team pairing Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, with the championship leader having walked away from a high-speed crash earlier in the session.

After the disruption of Friday and Saturday, there were now blue skies and a warm morning. Bradl, back in action after fracturing an ankle in Malaysia just over two weeks ago, posted the session-leading effort of 1’46.440, 19 thousandths of a second up on Pedrosa and one tenth quicker than Marquez. In-turn, the rookie – who could claim the world title later today – beat Yamaha Factory Racing’s pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo to fourth spot by 17 thousandths, having rejoined from his crash which featured the Spaniard bouncing across the Turn 12 gravel trap.

Oct 26

MotoGP: American Ben Spies Announces Retirement From Racing

American Ben Spies announced today that he is retiring from racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

American Ben Spies announced today that he is retiring from racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati and Ben Spies have announced that the American is to retire from racing competition. The Ignite Pramac Racing rider has competed in only two MotoGP races so far this season in a year heavily affected by injuries.

“Ducati Motor Holding and Ben Spies announced today that the American will not be racing in 2014 after the parties reached agreement to resolve Ben’s current contract with the Italian racing manufacturer,” reads a Saturday statement.

“The 29-year-old Texan had signed a two-year agreement with Ducati at the end of last season to race in MotoGP in 2013 and 2014 as part of the factory-supported Ignite Pramac Racing Team.”

Having injured his right shoulder while competing with Yamaha Factory Racing in the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Spies required further rehabilitation this year and suffered a further setback when he crashed in free practice at Indianapolis.

Oct 26

TUSC: Ricky, Jordan Taylor To Drive For Father’s Team

Ricky Taylor (left) and Jordan Taylor (right) pose for a photo with their father, Wayne Taylor (center). (Photo: Brian Cleary/GRAND-AM)

Ricky Taylor (left) and Jordan Taylor (right) pose for a photo with their father, Wayne Taylor (center). (Photo: Brian Cleary/GRAND-AM)

It will be an all-family affair at Wayne Taylor Racing next year, as Ricky and Jordan Taylor will join forces in their father’s Corvette DP in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Following an impressive first full season in prototype competition that delivered five wins en route to the DP championship, 22-year-old Jordan will remain at the wheel of the Dallara-chassied entry, teamed with older brother Ricky, who returns to WTR after a one-year stint with Spirit of Daytona Racing.

Oct 26

F1: Alonso Says He Is Having A ‘Fantastic’ Year

Fernando Alonso is pleased with Ferrari's progress in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso is pleased with Ferrari’s progress in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

An upbeat Fernando Alonso says Ferrari managed to get the maximum out of his car this season, despite Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel racing away toward the drivers’ title.

“This season was fantastic for me again,” Alonso said Saturday after managing just eighth in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix. “If I look at the classification, to have 107 points, my teammate (Felipe Massa) having a very good season like this one at 90 points, I think we struck the maximum from the car we have.”

Oct 26

MotoGP: Masterful Marquez Eyeing Victory In Japanese Grand Prix

Marc Marquez takes a corner during MotoGP qualifying at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez takes a corner during MotoGP qualifying at Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

World title aspirant Marc Marquez will seek his place in history by going for a win in the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Fearless and fast Marquez says his first instinct is put the title beyond the reach of his main rival Jorge Lorenzo at the Twin Ring Circuit on Sunday.

It is a race strategy that has taken the Spanish tyro to the brink of history. He is just a handful of points away from becoming the youngest ever winner of the MotoGP crown and the first rookie winner since Kenny Roberts in 1978.