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GP Week : Issue 203
at BriEFly » Casey Stoner is “happy to relax” at home in Australia and is not planning any two-wheeled comebacks. The two-time MotoGP champion wrote a column for BT Sport, but has confirmed that he might be doing a one-off test for Honda later this season. » The age of 21 might seem a little bit young to have a biography launched but Marc Marquez is not your average 21-year-old. The World Champion’s life story, written by the highly respected Spanish sports journalist Emilio Perez de Rozas, was launched in Italy. Former 500cc and 250cc World champion Freddie Spencer was on hand to help launch the tome. » Jack Miller is becoming known as a man to speak his mind. Of his two point penalty he said, “[Race Director] Mr Webb talked to me and I got two Penalty Points and I was surprised that I didn’t get more once I started swearing. I was waiting for the third one to be added on at the end!” » Andrea Iannone set a new top speed mark at Mugello. The Italian clocked a staggering 349.6kmh (217.213mph) at the speed trap in the third Practice session, a hair faster than Dani Pedrosa achieved five years ago. But according to Brembo’s telemetry, Crazy Joe was still accelerating and was getting close to 360 before he hit the picks ... » BMW has returned to the winner’s circle at the Isle of Man TT. Michael Dunlop rode his S1000RR to victory in the Superbike race, 75 years after BMW’s last win at the famed Island track. JORGE MAKES A FIGHT OF IT MOTOGP >>> nEWs Jorge Lorenzo threw everything he had at Marc Marquez at Mugello but even that was not enough to stop the World Champion taking his sixth straight win. Lorenzo led from the opening lap and when Marquez closed on his rear wheel mid-race, anticipation was high that there would be fireworks. There were; the two Spaniards put on a thrilling battle, but Marquez completed the final lap just far enough ahead to stop Lorenzo making a last-second lunge. Marquez was aided by a late change in gearing to his Honda, a higher sixth giving him vital edge on Mugello’s 330kmh-plus front straight. “Probably in the last corner I should have stayed more in the inside to try to overtake him on the inside line,” Lorenzo said post-race, “but I made a mistake and went wider and it was impossible to overtake him on the straight.” On home turf Valentino Rossi was third, a brilliant result from a man who qualified 10th, and Dani Pedrosa. The Repsol Honda man was off the pace, and struggled in all but one Practice session, as he continues to recover from recent surgery for arm pump. Pol Espargaro continued his brilliant rookie season with fifth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Stefan Bradl has the toughest weekend, with a huge crash in the Sunday warm-up and being taking out by Cal Crutchlow’s spinning Ducati in the race. 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: