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Monster Energy Grand Prix de France

FIM Road Racing World Championship 2012

Sidepodcast: Monster Energy Grand Prix de France

by PeteS2K

Round 4 of the MotoGP World Championship sees the bikes head off to the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans and after qualifying Dani Pedrosa is leading the way. It's been Casey Stoner however who has written all the headlines before the race after announcing he will be retiring at the end of the year. Stoner was consistently at the top of the time sheets in qualifying, but a late fall on the drying track means he will start behind Pedrosa in 2nd place. Jorge Lorenzo is a threat and, as always, is keeping the Hondas honest at the very front. Once again the Tech3 of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso are knocking on the door of the podium and they continue to put pressure on works rider Ben Spies.

Grande Prémio de Portugal Circuito Estoril

FIM Road Racing World Championship 2012

Sidepodcast: Grande Prémio de Portugal Circuito Estoril

by PeteS2K

The 3rd round of the MotoGP championship takes place at Estoril and following on from his victory in Jerez last week, Casey Stoner will once again be looking to hold off the ever present challenge of Jorge Lorenzo’s Yahama. Stoner’s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa will pushing for his 1st win of the year after picking up two podiums in the opening two rounds British rider Cal Crutlow has impressed with two strong 4th place finishes and, if he tidies up the few mistakes he’s made in the opening laps, the former World SuperSport champion could well be on the MotoGP rostrum for the first time. At the other end of the scale the Ducati riders, especially Rossi, continue to struggle and some very poor performances from American Ben Spies on the second works Yahama means the pressure is mounting already. Away from the top class, young Italian rider Romano Fenati took his maiden Grand Prix victory in Moto3 at Jerez in what was only his second GP. This 16 year old was considered one to watch for the future, but he has proved already that he is one to watch now!

MotoGP Gran Premio bwin De Espana

FIM Road Racing World Championship 2012

Sidepodcast: MotoGP Gran Premio bwin De Espana

by PeteS2K

After a 3 week break MotoGP returns for the second round of the championship in Jerez. Jorge Lorenzo will be fighting with fellow compatriat Dani Pedrosa for top Spanish honours whereas Casey Stoner will be hoping he's got over his arm-pump problems from Qatar that cost him the race win. British rider Cal Crutchlow looked fast in qualifying and will no doubt be pushing for his first podium. As usual the top class MotoGP will be preceded by the Moto3 & Moto2 World Championships.

FIM Fogo European Speedway Grand Prix

Speedway World Championship

Sidepodcast: FIM Fogo European Speedway Grand Prix

by Ryan Gault

Greg Hancock is only 41 years old, and, after winning last year's World Championship, is looking strong once again. 'Herbie' Hancock picked up 22 out of a possible 24 from the inaugaral New Zealand Grand Prix a month ago, and is sitting pretty ahead of the remainder of the races in Europe. Round 2 of the 2012 Speedway Grand Prix is the European Grand Prix from Leszno, Poland, one of three Polish rounds in the speedway mad country. There are fifteen regular drivers on display, with a wildcard in local Pole Przemyslaw Pawlicki. With a big field, any rider has a chance of doing well, but the ones more likely to fight against Hancock are former World Champions Jason Crump (a friend of Mark Webber's), Nicki Pedersen and Tomasz Gollob, with others like the unpredictable Andreas Jonsson, the pre-season favourite Jaroslaw Hampel, and the one who only gets in because he's British, Chris Harris. There are twenty heats leading to the semi-finals and the final, and with Leszno being one of the better tracks, it should be a good meeting.

Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar

FIM Road Racing World Championship 2012

Sidepodcast: Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar

by PeteS2K

The new season of MotoGP gets started under the lights of the Losail circuit in Qatar, and whilst Moto2 stays the same, it's all change in the other two classes. Gone are the 2-stroke 125cc bikes having been replaced by the new Moto3 class that uses 4 stroke 250's. In the top class the engines have been increased to 1000cc which will hopefully improve the racing. Look out the Maverick Viñales in Moto3 and it should be Stoner vs Lorenzo in MotoGP. As for Moto2, that will be it's usual chaotic self, so it's anybody's guess!

Arrivederci, Super Sic

Paying tribute to Marco Simoncelli

Sidepodcast: Arrivederci, Super Sic

by Journeyer

I was supposed to watch the Sepang MotoGP race. I had even watched the 125cc and Moto2 races earlier in the day. But then I was suddenly sent out on an errand, and that was that. Just as I finished my errand, I got the news that Marco Simoncelli was gone.