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Motegi MotoGP Round Canceled, Rescheduled For October 3rd

The cloud of volcanic ash which hangs invisibly over Northern Europe has claimed its first victim in the shape of a major sporting event. The disruption and cancellation of 80% of flights around Europe has caused the Motegi round of MotoGP, due to take place next Sunday, April 25th, to be canceled and rescheduled for October 3rd.

Reports of problems started to emerge earlier this weekend, as MotoMatters.com reported yesterday. Teams - most of whom are based in Europe, and were therefore caught up in the air travel chaos - reported they were monitoring the situation closely, hoping for improvement, and trying to reschedule flights as soon as possible. Dorna had even gone so far as to charter two wide body jets, capable of flying 600 people to Japan directly, to avoid teams getting caught up in the snarl of international air traffic.

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Moto2 Manufacturer FTR Boss Steve Bones: "There Is Still So Much To Learn"

In the hours between the warm up and the first ever Moto2 race, the tension down the far end of pit lane - which housed the Moto2 teams - grew and spread, cloaking the garage and pits like spider web and creating an almost tangible resistance to those passing through. I could almost taste it in the air as I passed through the paddock for a final time, before heading back to the press room to watch the races.

Things had barely been much less tense shortly after qualifying the day before, when I bumped into FTR boss Steve Bones, head of the chassis manufacturing firm supplying the Aeroport de Castello - Ajo team of Alex Debon, and the FIMMCO Speed Up team of Gabor Talmacsi and Andrea Iannone. Bones, looking simultaneously delighted and nervous, with FTR's M210 about to be put to the test for the first time, spoke to me briefly about the way things had been progressing for the Buckinghamshire-based chassis manufacturer.

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Live Timing Apps For WSBK And MotoGP Hit iPhones

As the digital world continues its relentless drift into the world of the mobile device, both MotoGP and World Superbikes series are starting to catch up. Last week the World Superbike series announced the availability of its WSBK iPhone app in the iTunes store, and this week, MotoGP has followed suit, with its own live timing app for iPhone and iTouch.

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2010 Qatar Moto2 Race Result - New Era Dawns With Strong Winner

Results and summary of the first ever Moto2 race, from Qatar:

The debut of the Moto2 class unleashed the thrills and spills that everyone had been hoping, and a winner that in the 250 days no one would have expected, just as was the intention of the class. Shoya Tomizawa used his skill and guile to wait for the right moment to strike, taking a comfortable win at the end.

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2010 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result - Battle Royal Settles First Ever Moto2 Pole

Results of the Moto2 QP session at Qatar:

Toni Elias confirmed his status as favorite in Moto2 by taking the first pole ever for the class in the early hours of Sunday morning here in Qatar. The Gresini rider took pole from Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon, who had led for most of the session. The fastest man earlier in the day, Viessmann Kiefer's Stefan Bradl, ended the day in 3rd, while the RSM Scot rider Alex de Angelis.

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2010 Qatar Moto2 FP2 Result - Bradl Heads Takahashi And Cluzel

The Moto2 class continues to surprise, with the results of practice still completely unpredictable, and very few common factors from one session to the next. The second session of free practice turned into a two-horse race between Forward Racing's Jules Cluzel and Viessmann Kiefer's Stefan Bradl. Bradl took control in the latter stages of the session, and tightened his grip at the end, extending his advantage to a quarter of a second.

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