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Mar 3

MotoGP: Lorenzo Quickest On Busy First Day At Phillip Island Testing

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was Monday’s fastest rider at Phillip Island as the three-day tire safety test got underway.

The former MotoGP World Champion’s best time of 1’29.213 put him top of the pile though lap times and bike development are not the focus this week. The riders and teams are working on tire durability and have a specific schedule to follow over the 72 hours at the Australian venue.

Mar 3

F1: Renault Anxious About First Race In Melbourne

Renault engines have continued to have trouble during the testing phase of the 2014 F1 season. (Photo: LAT Photo)

Renault engines have continued to have trouble during the testing phase of the 2014 F1 season. (Photo: LAT Photo)

After the disastrous start in Jerez, Renault has been playing catch-up over the two Bahrain tests, and while its teams eventually logged some mileage there’s no escaping the fact that none has come close to the pace set by the Mercedes teams, or by Ferrari. Here’s a Q&A with Rob White issued by the manufacturer.

Mar 2

MotoGP: Ducati Confirms 2014 ‘Open’ Class Participation

Ducati has switched to the 'Open' class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati has switched to the ‘Open’ class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will compete in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship on ‘Open’ class configured Desmosedici machines.

Ducati believe the ‘Open’ option gives them more freedom for evolution during 2014 and state that they will keep developing their bikes during the championship to improve competitiveness.

Mar 2

F1: Hamilton Fastest On Final Day In Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton drives during the final day of winter testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton drives during the final day of winter testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes topped the times on the final day of winter testing in Bahrain, indicating once again that the W05 is likely to set the pace in Melbourne in a fortnight’s time.

Eight red flags reflected another day of mechanical problems across the field, although all bar Lotus and McLaren still managed to complete a respectable number of laps. Indeed Sauber impressed as Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez totaled a remarkable 177 laps, making up for time lost yesterday.

Mar 2

MotoGP: Yamaha, Honda And Ducati Set For Phillip Island Test

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (26) and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (46) will be present at the Phillip Island tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (26) and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi (46) will be present at the Phillip Island tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

From Monday to Wednesday this week (March 3-5), the Factory MotoGP teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will be on-track at Phillip Island as they and two Moto2 squads engage in a tire-focused test at the Australian circuit.

Following last year’s Australian Grand Prix – when the premier class race was divided into two halves by pit-stops and the Moto2 event was shortened, due to the abrasive new track surface leading to severe tire wear – it was decided to organize this test at the island track which will host the 16th round of the 2014 season.