2021 San Juan Villicum World Superbike FP2 Result: Razgatlioglu Still Quickest

Toprak Razgatlioglu was quickest again as everyone improved on their mornings' times. Scott Redding was a quarter of a second behind with Alex Lowes a further quarter of a second back. Jonathan Rea was making good pace but crashed out at high speed fifteen minutes in, ending his session as his bike's exhaust stuck out at ninety degrees, requiring a rebuild that would take longer than the remaining thirty minutes.

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2021 San Juan Villicum World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Dominates

Toprak Razgatlioglu spent most of the session a step ahead of the rest of the field, ending the session over half a second quicker than Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea. The start of the session was delayed after cleaning up a Thursday sandstorm took up most of the morning.

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“Sometimes a millimetre is doing nothing. But sometimes it’s really the key” - Kalex’s secret to success

Alex Baumgaertel, founder of Kalex, offers his views on nine consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship victories in the Moto2 class, keeping an open mind and working for the future.

The news went slightly unnoticed at Silverstone back in August. But Remy Gardner’s fourth win of the year was enough to secure the Moto2 Manufacturers’ title for Kalex for an ninth consecutive season. That’s some achievement for a company consisting of just seven people, with only three currently attending races due to paddock restrictions.

Perhaps it is the regularity with which the German company wins that meant this particular crown was all but a given from the first race. A Kalex-backed rider has won every Moto2 outing this year. And last year, for that matter. In fact, of the 90 podium positions up for grabs over the past two seasons, riders using a Kalex frame has taken 83 of them. That’s total domination.

The grid is currently awash with the German manufactured frames, with 22 Kalex-backed riders in a grid of 30 – and that’s set to increase in 2022. With only four Boscoscuros and a pair of NTS and MV Agusta frames, Kalex certainly has strength in numbers.

Veni, Vidi, Vici

And while Moto2 currently lacks the mechanical variety of a few years back, when KTM’s frame was competing for podiums, race wins and championships, and certainly the early years of the class (six chassis manufacturers won at least one race in 2010, the first year of the Moto2 class), the story of how Kalex came to dominate is deeply impressive.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 244: WorldSBK Jerez & Portimão - The Dangers Of WorldSSP300, And The Burgeoning Rea vs Razgatlioglu Rivalry

Technical problems derailed the post-Jerez WorldSBK wrap up, so Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down after the Portimão round to take a look back at the last two wild weekends of WorldSBK for the Paddock Pass Podcast presented by Pirelli.

The big question after the tragic death of Dean Berta Viñales at Jerez was how to improve safety, especially in the WorldSSP300 class. Steve and Gordo ponder the purpose of WorldSBK's newest and smallest class, look at some of the riders, and consider ways of improving the class. Then they get into the WorldSBK class, and the growing and fierce rivalry between Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu, before looking ahead at how the rest of the season might go down.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 243: Moto3 Madness And Beaubier Comes Good In Moto2 In Austin

The Moto3 race in Austin saw some terrifying scenes, as Deniz Öncü clipped Jeremy Alcoba's front wheel, causing Andrea Migno and Pedro Acosta to go flying at over 200 km/h. Plenty to discuss in the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled By Elf Marc VDS Racing, and Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and Steve English take an in-depth look at the near-tragedy which unfolded in Moto3. They dig into the whys and wherefores, and whether a two-race ban is justified for Öncü.

Then they move on to Moto2, and discuss Remy Gardner's first big mistake, allowing Raul Fernandez to narrow the gap in the title race to just 9 points. Gardner explains to Neil what happened, and then Cameron Beaubier tells Neil how he made a big step forward at the Circuit of the Americas. The crew go through the Moto2 runes, and examine Beaubier's success means for US racing, and ask where things have gone wrong for Joe Roberts.

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Austin Moto2 & Moto3 Review: Neil Morrison On Moto3 Mayhem, Gardner's First Mistake, Fenati On Moving Up, And Beaubier Finding His Feet

After a dramatic weekend, we look at some of the big stories coming out of the Grand Prix of the Americas in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes.

Moto3 – time to draw the line

As the Moto3 near miss was covered in some detail in David’s subscriber notes piece earlier this week, I’ll keep this brief. The two-race suspension handed out to Deniz Öncü came at a time when motorcycle racing had been thrown into a period of introspection. The deaths of Dean Berta Viñales in the World Supersport 300 race at Jerez the previous week, Jason Dupasquier in Moto3 qualifying for the Italian GP in June and Hugo Millan at a European Talent Cup meant three teenagers lost their lives in four months.

For this to happen in 2021 is unsustainable. We can’t be in a situation when events like these are happening with the kind of regularity we’ve seen throughout this season. The FIM Stewards had been scratching their heads to find a solution to irresponsible riding for years. Disqualification or suspensions were always the last resort. But, as Valentino Rossi said, “the situation is out of control.” Therefore, it must be dealt with in the strongest possible way.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - When MotoGP riders strike!

Talk of a riders’ strike didn’t last long at crazy-bumpy COTA, so when did MotoGP riders last go on strike and how did it happen?

How close did MotoGP riders come to going on strike at COTA last weekend?

Not very. Not very, at all.

Only a few riders suggested that the grid should withhold its labour because working conditions at the Texan circuit were unacceptable. Chief among these was Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaró, who’s never afraid to speak his mind.

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2022 Provisional MotoGP Calendar Released: 21 Races In 35 Weeks

The 2022 MotoGP calendar will feature a total of 21 races, starting in Qatar on March 6th and finishing exactly 8 months later in Valencia. The 2022 calendar sees further expansion of the number of races, as Dorna add new circuits and new countries to the schedule. For the Kymiring in Finland, that had originally been planned for 2020, but the pandemic put paid to that happening, either in 2020 or 2021. And the Mandalika Resort circuit on Lombok in Indonesia had been added to 2021 as a reserve circuit, but will now be raced on at the start of next season.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 242: Marquez Wins, Donuts Disappoint, And Answering Listener Questions

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast presented by Fly Racing and Renthal Street, Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler and David Emmett look back at the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin. After a quick discussion of the dramatic incident in Moto3 - more of which to come in the Follow Up Show Fueld by Elf Marc VDS Racing later this week - we go through our moments of the weekend, and then our big talking points to emerge.

We discuss why Austin produces such stretched out races, and where else MotoGP could race in the US. We investigate the mystery of the Safety Commission, what goes on, and why we sometimes do, and sometimes don't hear from it. We talk Marc Marquez win, and what it means going forward. And we ask if the championship is done already. Finally, we finish up with a look at our winners and losers of the weekend.

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Austin MotoGP Subscriber Notes: The Near Tragedy In Moto3, Marquez Still Fast Going Left, And Quartararo Tightens His Grip On The 2021 Crown

Sunday was a busy day for motorcycle racing fans. WorldSBK from Portimão, MXGP in Teutschenthal, Germany, BSB from Donington Park, and probably some more that went unnoticed in the hectic schedule. There was a lot of racing to take in, even for the most ardent and completist fan.

The action in Europe was thrilling, WorldSBK turning into the most exciting and tensest racing on the planet right at this moment, and then the racing world turned its attention to the United States of America, where the Grand Prix paddock had set up shop at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

The racing in Austin was a good deal less scintillating. With the exception of the terror and drama of Moto3 – more on that later – both the Moto2 and MotoGP races were, frankly, dull, decided in the first few corners. Not that there wasn't anything of interest that happened: in Moto3 and Moto2, the championship gaps closed, in Moto2 significantly after Remy Gardner crashed out, his first mistake of the season, while in MotoGP, Marc Marquez returned to winning ways while Fabio Quartararo put one hand on the title.

But the process by which we reached this point was not exciting, in any shape or form. The field was quickly strung out – even in Moto3, at least by its own standards – and the battles for position were few and far between. After the shocking crash in Moto3, the dullness of the Moto2 and MotoGP races was rather welcome.

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Deniz Öncü Banned For Two Races For Causing Crash In Restarted Moto3 Race

Red Bull KTM Tech3 Moto3 rider Deniz Öncü has been banned for two races, for causing a crash in the restarted Moto3 race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Öncü moved to the left as the pack headed down the straight on the third lap of the restarted Moto3 race, clipping the front wheel of Jeremy Alcoba's Honda, causing Alcoba to crash at high speed, being hit by Andrea Migno and Pedro Acosta. Miraculously, given the speed at which the crash happened, nobody was injured, but the crash was serious enough to bring out the red flags.

The FIM Stewards took a very serious view of Öncü's riding, which went directly against the instructions issued at the start of the weekend. They also regarded it as a deliberate move to try to block Alcoba, which deserved extra punishment. For that reason, they decided to impose a ban of two races, suspending Öncü for the Misano 2 and Portimão races.

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