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Mar 3

MotoGP: Crutchlow Learning From Scares In Australia Testing

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Ducati team during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Ducati team during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow experienced several frightening moments as Phillip Island tire testing began on Monday, but insists that these are helping both himself and Bridgestone as the Japanese tire company looks to continue develop.

The point of this week’s test in Australia is to develop tires that are able to cope with a full race distance, unlike those of last year which were unable to cope with the higher average speeds on a new track surface. On Monday, Crutchlow was second quickest to Jorge Lorenzo as the three-day test commenced.

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.