The day served as Cal Crutchlow’s debut with the Ducati Team, where he joins Andrea Dovizioso for the 2014 season.
Tomorrow first 2014 tests for Crutchlow and Dovizioso, headed by Luigi Dall’Igna, new Ducati Corse General Manager.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team finished third in the Team World Championship rankings behind the Yamaha and Honda official factory teams.
Cal Crutchlow’s pace secured him a top six place on the grid for the 16th time in 18 races.
Bradley Smith also enjoyed a magnificent start to the final round of 2013, the British rider storming to the fourth best time this morning.
Lorenzo gets five points closer to Marquez.
Jorge Lorenzo became the fastest motorcycle rider ever around the Phillip Island circuit today posting a pole time of 1’28.681.
Championship leader heads grid ahead of Rossi and Crutchlow
Dani Pedrosa’s time was just two-tenths of a second off the qualifying lap record, the Spaniard topping the opening day ahead of teammate Marc Marquez.
Cal Crutchlow setting the third fastest time on the opening day of practice at the physically demanding Sepang International Circuit.
Crutchlow’s sixth position saw him pick up 10 more precious World Championship points that keep him firmly in control of fifth place in the rankings.
A fastest lap of 1.48.653 in QP2 this afternoon will see tomorrow Crutchlow start from seventh position on the grid.
A lap of 1.50.575 in this morning’s FP1 put Crutchlow in seventh position, but a big improvement to a 1.49.840 this afternoon elevated the British rider into the top six.
Rookie Bradley Smith’s first taste of the San Marino track on a MotoGP machine didn’t go according to plan.
British teammate Bradley Smith also demonstrated his battling qualities.
Cal Crutchlow demonstrated incredible bravery and skill to power his YZR-M1 machine to third position.
Jorge Lorenzo’s impressive time of 2’00.819 secured him second on the grid for tomorrow’s race ahead of hometown hero Cal Crutchlow.
Marquez sets new MotoGP lap record at Silverstone as the top five were under the old record.
Carl Crutchlow demonstrated his determination to be the first British rider since 2000 to finish on the podium in the British Grand Prix.
onster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow claimed his second MotoGP pole, and established a new record at the Czech Republic circuit.
Today’s weather conditions were fine but slightly cooler than yesterday with track temperatures peaking at 34°C.
Crutchlow remains optimistic that he can battle with Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa.
The second half of the 2013 MotoGP title fight starts on American soil at Indianapolis
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo battled through one of the most hectic qualifying sessions of the season today to take fourth and sixth respectively on the grid for tomorrow’s US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Marc Marquez controlled the race perfectly to cross the finish line 1.559 seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who again braved injury for a stunning second place.