MotoGP – Redding looking for a strong home GP as speculation about Ducati switch intensifies


Marc VDS rider, Scott Redding, heads to his home GP determined to put on a strong showing in Sunday’s 20-lap British Grand Prix despite growing uncertainty over his future.

Redding’s best result so far this season was a seventh place in the Grand Prix of Catalunya, a result he is keen to improve upon this weekend in Silverstone, aided by the extra motivation that he’s riding for his future.

Redding looked to have landed one of MotoGP’s dream tickets when he landed the Marc VDS Factory Honda ride, but like the other Honda riders he’s struggled to tame the bike and rumours in the paddock are growing that he’s about to sign for the Pramac Ducati squad.

The move would make sense for both parties – Redding was quicker than current Factory rider Andrea Iannone when the pair tested with Ducati, plus his Honda experience would be a valuable reference point for Ducati technical director Gigi Dall’Igna to gauge just how competitive the GP15/16 really is.

Redding said: “Silverstone is a special race. I like the track, I’ve won there in the past in Moto2 and the support of the British fans is always incredible. This year we arrive in Great Britain off the back of a few difficult races and not really knowing what to expect. It could be that the bike works well, like at Austin and Sachsenring, but we could just as easily find ourselves in the same situation as Brno, where we had to work hard to find a good setting. Either way my goal is to try and secure my best result of the season so far at Silverstone. My motivation is still strong, and the support of the home crowd only adds to that, so I hope we can pull everything together and put in a strong performance this weekend.”


MotoGP – Iannone scores best ever finish at Mugello


Ducati Factory rider Andrea Iannone had a dream Italian GP after scoring his best-ever finish in MotoGP, taking the runner-up slot in the race at Mugello.
Iannone looked to get a jump start as he started from pole position, but regrouped to take 20 points for second. After crossing the line at the end of the opening lap in third place, Iannone was then passed by Marquez one lap later and he remained fourth until lap 9. On the tenth lap Andrea then passed both Dovizioso and Marquez to move into second, and he held onto that place until the chequered flag despite coming under attack from Marquez, who crashed out, and a rapidly recovering Rossi. Thanks to this result, Iannone has now moved into fourth place overall in the standings with 81 points.
He said: “I am so pleased with today’s result: it was incredible, because today it was not easy to score a podium finish. My team did a great job, the bike worked really well and the Clinica Mobile gave me a big hand throughout the weekend. This GP15 is a really great bike, and I was able to administer the race really well.
“At the start I wanted to try and stay with Jorge: he didn’t have a better pace than me, but he did manage to keep that pace by taking fewer risks. When I realized that I was pushing too hard, I tried to maintain my speed, do my own race and keep one eye on my shoulder, which from mid-race onwards was showing signs of tiredness. I want to thank everyone because this is the result of great team-work and is something that we have built up together.”
Team-mate Dovizioso enjoyed a less successful home GP, with a rear sprocket problem causing him to slow and then enter the pits on lap 14.

MotoGP – Iannone rides through pain barrier to snatch fifth

 Factory Ducati rider Andrea Iannone, still feeling pain in his left shoulder which he injured last Tuesday during Ducati testing at Mugello, produced a stunning performance to finish fifth at Le Mans.
Thanks to assistance and treatment from the Clinica Mobile and his sheer determination, the Italian rider provided some exciting action during the race: he powered away well at the lights, finished lap 1 in third and then maintained the same place until lap 11. After being passed by Rossi, Iannone was running fourth, but exhaustion set in and he was then caught by Smith and Marquez, who both overtook him on lap 24.
At this point, Marquez and Iannone provided all the excitement for the massive Le Mans crowd, trading positions numerous times, and in the end Iannone finished a well-deserved fifth ahead of Smith. The Italian also lies fifth overall in the championship standings with 61 points.
He said: “This was a really difficult race for me, maybe the most difficult of my career. At the start I was feeling fine, I had good pace and I was pleased with the way things were going. Up until lap 10 I was lapping quickly behind Lorenzo and Dovizioso, but then I began to feel pain in my left arm and had to use my right arm more to compensate. As a result I could no longer brake the way I wanted. I also made a couple of mistakes, losing some time, and I was caught by Smith and Marquez, with whom I had a really great scrap.
“In any case I’ve got to be pleased with today, because it was really difficult to finish the race, and I want to thank my team who gave me a really competitive bike that allowed me to obtain this result. A big thanks also to the guys in the Clinica Mobile who have been taking care of me all weekend”.

MotoGP – Ducati power to top 5 at COTA

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The first day of practice for the second round of the MotoGP World Championship taking place this weekend at the Austin circuit in Texas ended with the two Ducati Team riders – Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso – finishing the day in third and fifth places respectively.
The morning’s FP1 session took place in the pouring rain and Dovizioso was able to top the timesheets, four-tenths quicker than Marc Marquez.
In the afternoon, FP2 began with a still damp track, but during the session the sun dried out the lines and the riders were able to lap on a completely dry surface towards the end. Both Iannone and Dovizioso used a soft rear tyre on their final runs to set their quickest times, and they ended the day third and fifth.
Iannone, who posted a time of 2’05.190, said: “I am pleased with how today ended. FP1 this morning was a bit more difficult for me because I didn’t have a good feeling with the bike in the wet. In the afternoon however, I managed to be quite quick with the bike in its dry weather set-up and right from the start of the second session I had a good feeling with the GP15: I like the way it behaves and so I am satisfied with our situation at the moment. Let’s see tomorrow what the weather conditions are going to be like.”
His team-mate, who posted a 2’05.646, said he needed more time to get the bike set-up properly. He said: “All things considered today was a positive day, even though the conditions were rather particular. But we are happy because we were quick both in the rain and in the dry. This afternoon the main aim was to stay in the top 10 because tomorrow morning it will probably rain. Unfortunately we were unable to work very much with dry settings, I only did four laps and the feeling with the bike is not good enough yet. We have to improve a few things, both in the wet and in the dry, if we want to fight for the podium tomorrow, but the limits of the bike are pretty similar in the various weather conditions, and so in any case tomorrow we have to work to try and resolve them.”

MotoGP – sensational start for GP15 as Dovizioso sticks Ducati on pole

Andrea Dovizioso sensationally pulled the pin in qualifying at Qatar as the Ducati rider powered to pole position on the all-new Desmosedici GP15 with a time of 1’54.113.
Team-mate Andrea Iannone also performed strongly and ended the fifteen-minute qualifying session in fourth place with a time of 1’54.521, which was good enough for a row 2 start in Sunday’s 22-lap race.
Iannone and Dovizioso had previously stormed to first and second in the fourth free practice session (FP4) before qualifying, both men always using the medium compound rear tyre and lapping in excellent times.
In Q2, both Ducati riders used the soft rear tyre at their disposal: in that session Dovizioso set his best time to grab the pole on lap 5, while Iannone posted his fastest time on the sixth lap.
This is the second pole position on a Ducati for Dovizioso after the one he obtained last year at Motegi, and the third in his MotoGP career. The Italian said: “I am very pleased because today’s pole position is the result of the work of an entire team of people: after two years in which we have suffered, finally we have succeeded in making a really competitive bike, and to be honest I did not think that we would be immediately so fast with the GP15.
“We worked really well during all the tests, even though we did not have much time available to develop the new bike. With the soft tyre, we managed to set a really awesome time, but even in the fourth free practice session with the medium tyre the feeling with the GP15 was something special, so I’m confident and I think that tomorrow we can fight for the podium.”
Iannone’s performance was just as impressive, as he was still battered and cruised following his hard fall during FP4. He said: “I am satisfied with the way things went today, because in FP4 we were very quick with the medium tyres, even though I had possibly hoped to obtain something a bit more in qualifying.
“I would have liked to have started on the front row, but as I had hardly ever used the soft tyre I didn’t have much of a feeling with it and in addition we had a bit too much power on my bike and the set-up wasn’t the best. However, we must be happy with the way we are working and improving, so it wasn’t bad as a first qualifying session of the year.”

MotoGP – Ducati set the pace at day one


The Ducati Factory riders get off to a flyer on day 1 of testing in Qatar, with Iannone and Dovizioso taking the top two places on the new Desmosedici GP15.

Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso were quickly up to speed at the Losail circuit, and Iannone set his quickest time of 1’55.265 on lap 30, leaving him on top of the timesheets at the end of the day. Dovizioso’s best time was 1’55.363, and leaving him ahead of Marc Marquez who took third place.
Iannone, who completed 50 laps during the day, said: “For sure it was a positive first day, and we are learning more and more about the Desmosedici GP15 and its reactions. Today we carried out the schedule we had planned at the start of the day and we managed to get through everything we had to do. Now our engineers will have even more information to evaluate the situation, and in any case we were always quick. I am happy because we are improving every time we go out onto the track.”
Dovizioso, who completed 48 laps, was equally happy with the team’s progress. He said: “I am very satisfied with this first day here in Qatar, because we immediately got off to a fast start and this is always important. For sure we still have a lot of work to do because there are a few aspects of the GP15 that we have to improve before we arrive at the race, but I am happy with the base settings we have established here. Tomorrow we’ll do some important tests to better understand our new bike, but as I said before today was a very positive start.”

MotoGP – Ducati back on track in Sepang

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Factory Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone made further progress on the GP15, riding the new bike to a sensational stunning third and fourth place at Sepang.

After yesterday’s positive track debut of the Desmosedici GP15, today both Dovizioso and Iannone concentrated on the meticulous job of perfecting settings, chassis and suspension geometry, clocking up the miles and doing numerous exits with the GP15 in order to identify the best possible set-up for the Italian manufacturer’s new MotoGP challenger.
Today it was the turn of Iannone to be the quickest Ducati rider: the man from Vasto immediately improved his time set yesterday by almost two seconds, and then right at the very end shaved off another four-tenths to finish Day 2 in an excellent third place overall with a time of 2’00.098 seconds, just two-tenths away from leader Marc Marquez and second-placed rider Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
Dovizioso also improved his best lap time by more than one second, bringing it down to 2’00.250 in the morning, a time that propelled him into third place in the standings. In his last run of the day, the man from Forlì twice lapped close to his best mark, but in the end had to settle for fourth place, just a tenth away from his team-mate.
Andrea Iannone said:  I managed to immediately find a better feeling with the GP15 and I am happy that, day after day, doing more and more kilometres with this bike, I can get more feeling. In addition, we managed to improve the bike’s set-up and we were pretty quick. Rather than the time attack I did in the afternoon, I’m happier with the work we carried out throughout the day, because it allowed me to do my time with the hard tyre.
Andrea Dovizioso said: “Today was again very good: I’m pleased if I compare my lap times with those of the other riders. But in my opinion, we still need to do a lot of work, in the sense that we are quick but I can’t yet ride the way I want, and my feeling with the front is still not perfect. We are working hard and trying numerous different set-ups to try and understand how this bike is, because it’s very different from the GP14. It’s clear that there is a lot of enthusiasm because the bike has improved, but we still need more time to improve our performance.”