Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama were each inside the Qatar test top 10 by the end of the three day visit, with both DRIVE M7 Aspar Team riders improving their lap times each day.
Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez analyses the start of the upcoming season, as he continues his recovery from a fractured fibula.
The countdown continues for Marquez as he awaits the first race of 2014 in Qatar. The reigning MotoGP World Champion sat out the recent Malaysian and Australian tests due to a fractured fibula, and acknowledges that he will be at less than 100% for the season opener, but is confident about participating.
Monster Yamaha Tech3’s MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro crashed with just two laps to go in a Qatar race simulation, breaking his left collarbone just two weeks before his first premier class Grand Prix.
After an otherwise solid preseason – he was second quickest on Sunday and just 0.033s off his brother Aleix’s best time of the test – the Moto2 World Champion now flies home to Barcelona and will go straight to the operating room for surgery in Spain.
The first year of a five-year partnership between the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and FOX Sports brings a majority of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship events featuring live coverage on FOX Sports 1, as sanctioning body and network officials announced the television schedule for the remainder of the 2014 season.
“Teaming with IMSA and the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to solidify a strong 60-plus-hour television package is a great beginning to this long-term relationship,” said David Nathanson, general manager and chief operating officer of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. “And being able to open the sports car racing season with a pair of iconic endurance races like the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring gives us an amazing platform on which to build.”
The final premier class test of the 2014 MotoGP preseason concluded on Sunday night at the floodlit desert circuit of Qatar, with Aleix Espargaro the fastest rider in attendance – just ahead of his younger brother Pol who suffered a collarbone break in a late evening crash.
Over the last few months, during the preparations for the new MotoGP World Championship campaign, the elder Espargaro sibling has been the standout performer of the testing period – showing the potential of his ‘Open’ entry Yamaha for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team.