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Horsman strikes back in Race 2 at Silverstone

Horsman strikes back in Race 2 at Silverstone

21/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28765478
Lessons learned on Saturday pay off in a big way - and the number 23 draws level in the standings, too

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2019/04/21/horsman-strikes-back-in-race-2-at-silverstone/289837
BTC: Scott Ogden converts pole to victory in a tight season opener at Silverstone

BTC: Scott Ogden converts pole to victory in a tight season opener at Silverstone

21/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28764221

Scott Ogden took the first win of the 2019 British Talent Cup in style at Silverstone, converting his first pole position into his first victory and fighting off a good group of frontrunners to get the job done. It was a close fight for the top step, however, with six riders within two tenths over the line and the podium completed by Brian Hart and Cameron Horsman, split by only 0.002.

Ogden got the holeshot from pole despite initially seeming to bog down, and the number 4 set out his intent from the start as he was a constant frontrunner and threat. With a big group all close on the first lap – and no big drama with a clean start – it was Ogden and fellow front row starter Fenton Seabright initially duelling, but they had some close company from the likes of Horsman and the group behind; the number 23 making a stellar start from a little further back on the grid.

Seabright seemed eager to lead in the first few laps, and looked like he’d be a key protagonist throughout the race. But the front group lost him from the fight as he was collected after a crash for Elliott Pinson, and the lead group became nine, occasionally six, as those just behind would catch the fight and then fade slightly back off them again.

As it came down to the latter stages, it was Horsman in the lead and Scott Swan making some choice moves and headlines in the group on the chase, he another who made some serious progress up from his starting position. The number 23 of Horsman had just enough breathing space at the front, however, and it seemed as though he’d have a chance to break away. But even as those just behind squabbled, it wasn’t quite enough and the gap kept the group close but not quite close enough – until Ogden really pulled the pin. First fighting through to the front of the chasing pack, the number 4 then unleashed a lap half a second quicker than Horsman to immediately reel him in. Not wasting much time attacking, it became an almighty fight for the win.

Despite positions swapping constantly throughout the group, it was Horsman vs Ogden at the front and Ogden ahead over the line as the last lap began. Horsman attacked quickly, but maybe too early as the number 4 machine behind was then able to make a pass and make it stick to lead into the final corner – as Brian Hart then pounced in the aftermath for a perfect pickpocket move on Horsman to takeover in second. Ogden crossed the line a tenth clear, with Hart able to hang on for an impressive P2, pipping Horsman to the line by just two thousandths.

Charlie Farrer took fourth as his impressive 2019 form rolled into race day, so close to a podium, ahead of a best ever finish for Rhys Irwin as the Irishman completed the top five. Locking out that incredibly close group was Charlie Atkins, five positions back from the win in P6 but only two tenths off.

Jamie Davis took seventh ahead of Scott Swan despite some impressively brutal moves from the latter in the fight throughout, with Harvey Claridge taking P9 and that trio covered by only a couple of tenths, too.

Torin Collins completed the top ten and took the honour of top rookie by quite a time margin, ahead of a duel between Corey Tinker and Osian Jones for P11, the former coming out on top. It was a three-way fight to complete the points, too, with Jamie Lyons, William Lathrope and Harry Leigh crossing the line incredibly close together in that order.

There is more BTC action on Sunday as Race 2 gets underway at 10:30 (GMT +1).

The post BTC: Scott Ogden converts pole to victory in a tight season opener at Silverstone appeared first on MotoGP Brits.



http://motogpbrits.com/2019/04/20/btc-scott-ogden-converts-pole-to-victory-in-a-tight-season-opener-at-silverstone/
Ogden converts pole to victory in a tight season opener

Ogden converts pole to victory in a tight season opener

21/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28764016
It’s a stunning first win for the polesitter at Silverstone and the top six are covered by two tenths

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2019/04/20/ogden-converts-pole-to-victory-in-a-tight-season-opener/289832
Cormac Shoots Austin: Photos From The Circuit Of The Americas

Cormac Shoots Austin: Photos From The Circuit Of The Americas

20/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28761075


#69, still the star of the show


Youth vs experience. Youth won. This time, at least...



https://motomatters.com/photo_page/2019/04/19/cormac_shoots_austin_photos_from_the.html
Austin MotoGP Race Round Up: Making History, Yamaha's Revival, And The Future Of The US GP

Austin MotoGP Race Round Up: Making History, Yamaha's Revival, And The Future Of The US GP

19/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28761076

There are only three certainties in life: Death, taxes, and Marc Márquez winning any MotoGP race organized in the United States of America. That has been true since the Spaniard moved up to MotoGP, and for both years he spent in Moto2 as well. There is something about America which makes Márquez nigh on invincible. Is it the anticlockwise tracks? Is it the low grip and tricky surfaces found at the circuits? Or is high fructose corn syrup Márquez' equivalent of Popeye's spinach?

MotoGP went to Austin hoping this might be the year when things changed. With good reason: the racing in the series has been getting closer and closer almost on a race-by-race basis. Valentino Rossi finished just 0.6 seconds behind race winner Andrea Dovizioso at Qatar, but he crossed the line in fifth place. In Argentina, the seven riders fighting for second place were separated by 3 seconds on the penultimate lap. The Ducati Desmosedici GP19 is faster and better than ever, the Yamaha M1 has made a huge step forward since 2018, and the Suzuki has consistently been in the hunt for podiums since the middle of last year.

That is all very well and good, but the margin of Marc Márquez' victory in Termas de Rio Hondo suggested that ending Márquez' reign in the US would require something extraordinary to happen. The Repsol Honda rider had a 12 second lead going into the last lap in Argentina. The Honda RC213V had the highest top speed in both Qatar and Argentina, the bike having both more horsepower and better acceleration. Then, during qualifying, Márquez took pole – his seventh in a row at the Circuit of the Americas – with an advantage of more than a quarter of a second over Valentino Rossi. Normal service had been resumed.



https://motomatters.com/analysis/2019/04/19/austin_motogp_race_round_up_making.html
Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - The man who mistook his aero device for a hat

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - The man who mistook his aero device for a hat

18/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28761077

MotoGP’s aero war is raging, with Aprilia the latest to fit a swingarm device, so what’s next for the rules? Should aero stay or should it go?

These words you are reading are not part of a MotoGP article, they are the opening sentences of the first chapter of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.



https://motomatters.com/blog_entry/2019/04/18/guest_blog_mat_oxley_the_man_who_mistook.html
“Main goal is to secure a factory seat” – Miller

“Main goal is to secure a factory seat” – Miller

18/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28762373
After a solid start to 2019, does a factory Ducati ride beckon for the Australian?

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2019/04/17/main-goal-is-to-secure-a-factory-seat-miller/289776
British Talent Cup all set for Silverstone for season opener

British Talent Cup all set for Silverstone for season opener

18/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28758412

The time has come to fire up for another season of the British Talent Cup after a two-day test at Valencia, with the class of 2019 ready to go and raring to race. Silverstone is the venue for Round 1 and the BTC share the first stage of the season with the British Superbike championship, for whom the weekend is also a season opener – sure to ensure an event to remember.

It was Scott Ogden who set the pace in testing ahead of Cameron Horsman, but the gap between the two was only 0.013 and Valencia is a very different venue to the fast behemoth of Silverstone. So despite the top ten in testing all proving veterans, there’s more than time for the timesheets to get a shake-up back on UK soil. There are also practice sessions and qualifying before the lights go out, giving the rookies a little more time to adjust.

In addition, Scott Swann was the returning rider who had the best finish at Silverstone in 2018, taking fourth as the podium was locked out by riders who’ve moved on to pastures new – and it was only one race on the international layout the grid had to try and tame the circuit as Race 2 was cancelled due to track conditions. That could play into the hands of the rookies as it means their rivals have that little bit less experience, and this time around it’s the national layout.

Testing is one thing, but the long expanse of Silverstone at full racing speed is quite another. Tune in for the first British Talent Cup races of the season on the 20th and 21st April, with Race 1 underway at 14:00 on Saturday and Race 2 at 10:30 on Sunday.

The post British Talent Cup all set for Silverstone for season opener appeared first on MotoGP Brits.



http://motogpbrits.com/2019/04/18/british-talent-cup-all-set-for-silverstone-for-season-opener/
British Talent Cup get set for Silverstone season opener

British Talent Cup get set for Silverstone season opener

18/04/2019, International, Motorcycling, Moto GP, Article # 28762374
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