Marc Marquez finished on top of the combined timesheets after a frantic end to FP3, with Cal Crutchlow claiming a sensational second place.
Friday, 27 March 2015 16:57 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Honda Racing Corporation are pleased to announce Casey Stoner's return to competition racing. The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007 and 2011) will form part of Honda's MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three person team at this year's Suzuka 8hr race, taking place on Sunday 26th July.
Casey, together with Honda's World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi, will be looking to clinch Honda's sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event which runs for eight hours consecutively where entrants (composed of two or more riders) alternate during pit stops.
Having recently renewed his testing contract with HRC, Casey tested the Suzuka CBR1000RR machine during January's Sepang test, reporting positively on the machine to Honda engineers.
Casey will have further opportunities to test the Honda machine on the 7th/8th and 14th/15th July.
"After riding the bike in Sepang a few months ago, I've been speaking closely with Honda about the possibility to take part in Suzuka. It's always been an event I wanted to do and something I was never able to consider when I was racing in MotoGP, due to our busy schedules, so I'm really looking forward to taking part! The bike is very different to a MotoGP machine, but it will be a new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I've been used to in my racing to this point. I've been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season and Takumi Takahashi has a lot of experience on this machine, so I'm looking forward to hearing their comments and working together with them in preparation for the July race. Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race!"
Shuhei Nakamoto – HRC Executive Vice President:
"We are very happy that Casey agreed to take part in the 8hr with Honda. It will be great to see him back on a bike in a racing environment and I'm sure he will enjoy it. Together with van der Mark and Takahashi they form a strong team to compete in this endurance race – I'm excited to see how they will do."
Shigeki Honda – Team Principal MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO:
"This year, MuSASHi Racing Team HARC-PRO is aiming to win the Suzuka 8hr for the third consecutive year. In addition to our riders, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi, who together have celebrated the past two victories , we are very happy to invite the legendary Casey Stoner to join our team. Casey has an enjoyed an incredible career and achieved a huge amount of success. We believe that with his fantastic experience, coupled with our team's know how after many years of involvement at this event, we can make our dreams come true."
Michael van der Mark:
"The Suzuka 8 Hour race is such a special event for all the fans and the Japanese people and not many riders get the chance to take part, even though many would like to. I also know what an important event it is for Honda so it's a greathonorfor me to be asked to race the CBR1000RR once more, and this time with Casey as our teammate! The testing and race schedule is quite tough to combine with the World Superbike Championship but I really enjoy riding at Suzuka so I'm very happy to make time for it. The bike is very different to my World Superbike CBR but it's easy to ride so it's not big problem to change. I've had two fantastic years with a great team and it would be really nice and something quite special to get a hat-trick of wins."
"The Suzuka 8hr this year means a lot to me and my team since our goal is to win for a third consecutive year, and I'm even more excited to take part together with Casey. Nonetheless, we know our rivals are all set to beat us, so I know it will not be easy to accomplish this goal. I will try to get the best out of the remaining few tests so that we will be able to run the 8hr race as fast as possible without any mistakes. We guarantee to demonstrate our extreme professionalism and excitement to those who will come to Suzuka to support us!"
From: Honda Racing Corporation
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:50 Published in News
The final day of preseason testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar was cancelled entirely due to a sudden rainstorm that made conditions unrideable. MotoGP racers will have to look forward to returning to the Losail International Circuit on Thursday the 26th of March for the first Grand Prix weekend of the season under the floodlights in Qatar.
Monday, 16 March 2015 22:00 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Day 2 of pre-season IRTA testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar again proved to be positive for the Ducati Team, as both Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone continued with set-up work on their Desmosedici GP15 bikes, always using the hardest compound tyres available for the Italian squad.
Monday, 16 March 2015 21:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The second day of testing on the Losail International Circuit at Qatar today saw Team SUZUKI ECSTAR very busy trying several improvements to find the best direction to move forward tomorrow.
Monday, 16 March 2015 21:33 Published in Reports, Results & Points
March 15, 2015- Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi completed the second night of preseason testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar this evening, finishing in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Monday, 16 March 2015 21:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points
March 6, 2015- Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled its MotoGP team name as Team SUZUKI ECSTAR. Suzuki will come back to the MotoGP class of the world's top motorcycle racing series, the FIM Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP), from 2015. The 2015 season will start from the Qatar GP, which will hold its race on 29 March, 2015.
Friday, 06 March 2015 10:29 Published in News
Sepang, Malaysia- The second official test in Malaysia has concluded with World Champion Marc Marquez fastest after three days, and teammate Dani Pedrosa in seventh.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points