Oct 18

F1: Honda Releases Audio Preview Of 2015 McLaren Engine

Honda has released an audio recording of its V6 turbo powertrain being fired up on the dyno – some 17 months before its planned race debut in the 2015 Australian GP.

The engine will be used exclusively by McLaren for what will be the second year under the new regulations. McLaren engineers visited Honda while in Japan for the Grand Prix and have thus already have had the chance to see and hear it in action.

Renault and Mercedes have already released similar recordings. Reaction from fans to the new Honda sound has been mixed to say the least, but it’s worth noting that it will sound different when actually fitted into a car and running on track.

Oct 18

MotoGP: Stoner Says Australian GP Will Be Tense Struggle

MotoGP: Stoner Says Australia GP Will Be Tense Struggle

Stoner Says Australia GP Will Be Tense Struggle. (Photo: Getty Images)

With six consecutive victories in the Australian Grand Prix, no one knows more about winning MotoGP races at Phillip Island than Casey Stoner.

But even Stoner is unsure who will inherit his crown as king of the Island, and is predicting a tense, three-way battle in Sunday’s race.

Oct 18

SX: Monster Energy Cup Track Layout Unveiled

Feld Motor Sports has unveiled the 2013 Ricky Carmichael-designed Monster Energy Cup track, which will play host to Supercross’ top riders on Saturday.

Carmichael has elected to keep most of last year’s track elements, reverse the layout and, quite simply, go bigger.

“After last year’s race, we immediately rolled up our sleeves and began working on the next generation of this track,” said five-time Supercross champion Carmichael. “I didn’t want to change the dynamics of it but wanted to fine tune what already made for one of the greatest tracks I have ever seen, and coming away from last year’s race, I knew the joker lane was a must-have.”

Oct 18

MotoGP: Injured Bradl Out Of Australian GP, Hopeful For Japan Return

Stefan Bradl will miss Sunday's Australian Grand Prix due to a fractured right ankle. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stefan Bradl will miss Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix due to a fractured right ankle. (Photo: Getty Images)

After fracturing his right ankle in a highly unfortunate FP4 crash at Sepang last weekend, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl tried to ride at Phillip Island on Friday but was declared unfit after FP1.

The German MotoGP star had a medical review after the morning practice at the Australian track, which had seen him complete 11 laps but end up way down the timesheet in the unfamiliar territory of 20th-place.

Oct 18

MotoGP: On Improved Track, Lorenzo Sets Record Pace At Phillip Island

MotoGP: On Improved Track, Lorenzo Sets Record Pace At Phillip Island

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain rides the No. 99 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha during MotoGP free practice at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo joined a chorus of riders predicting record breaking speeds in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

Lorenzo opened the bidding with time in Friday’s free practice that was already under the race lap record held by Nicky Hayden.