Archive for 2020

GP CZECH REPUBLIC 2020

MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP

RACE: NAVARRO SEVENTH AND DIGGIA SIXTEENTH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic Grand Prix has just ended at the Brno Autodrome, the fourth round of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship.

Good performance by Jorge Navarro who snatched a seventh place demonstrating the progress achieved over the weekend. Eleventh on the grid, JN9 made a good start but found himself stuck in traffic at turn 1 where he lost six positions. Jorge immediately took matters into his own hands and from the middle of the race onwards proved to have the pace of the leaders. Thus began his comeback until he crossed the finish line in seventh position.

For Di Giannantonio, on the other hand, it was a difficult race, complicated by his crash during the morning warm up. Fabio made a good start but immediately realized that something was wrong with the bike, the feeling was not the same. Diggia tried to better manage the bike during the race by finishing in sixteenth position.

JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 7th  
“Today was a positive day because from yesterday to today we made some changes to the bike that helped us understand how to work with the front tyre and so I was able to make a good race. I got a good start, but at the first turn I found myself in the middle of the other riders coming into contact with some of them. This made me lose some positions and as soon as I managed to find the race pace I started attacking. The tyres dropped a lot, but I think it was the same for everyone because my race pace was one of the best even towards the end. We take the best from this weekend and from all the tests we did during the sessions to understand how the tyres work, it almost felt like a test! In the end we reached p7, it’s not a great goal but after all we have to be satisfied”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 16th  
“Too bad because this was the first weekend in which I felt better on the bike, especially after yesterday’s qualifying. Too bad the crash this morning that ruined the race because apparently, we started with the bike not in perfect condition and this ruined everything. I rode the race with a bike that didn’t give me the right sensations, now we are checking but we still wasted another opportunity. Let’s try to make up for it in Austria”. 

 

QUALIFYING: THIRD AND FOURTH ROW FOR THE MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP TEAM RIDERS

Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro will respectively start from the third and fourth row of the starting grid of the Czech Republic Grand Prix scheduled for tomorrow at 12.20 local time (CET).

With the last free practice session of this morning, Navarro got Q2 direct access with the ninth time of the combined practice times, while Diggia, seventeenth, was forced to face Q1.

A few changes before getting out on track for the first qualifying and on the third lap Fabio took an excellent 2’02.093. Thus he passed the round with the first chrono and immediately got ready to get back on track for qualifying2. Both MB Conveyors Speed ​​Up team riders left the garage for the last fifteen most important minutes of day2. 2’02.376 is Fabio’s final quali2 time who took ninth place on the starting grid, while Jorge stopped the chronometers a few thousandths later at 2’02’499, finishing the day in eleventh position.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 9th in 2’02.376
“We managed to remedy a complicated situation and I’m certainly happy with that. We took a step forward and demonstrated it in Q1. I’m sorry because in the final qualifying we were unable to repeat the excellent time of Q1, finishing ninth. Tomorrow we are aiming for an excellent start and then we will give our best in the race, as we always do! “.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 11th in 2’02.499
“We started the third free practice session with used tyres and the feeling and pace were not bad, even if we lacked some confidence with the front. In the afternoon we made some changes before which but it didn’t go as we hoped. When I got back on track I tried to give my all, but I wasn’t competitive, I couldn’t go faster. I’m a bit disappointed because starting from 11th is not ideal, but we will continue to work hard and understand the points we are missing before the race”.

FREE PRACTICES: NAVARRO FIFTH AND DIGGIA SEVENTH AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC GRAND PRIX

The MB Conveyors Speed ​​Up team riders, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, closed the Czech Republic Grand Prix Friday in fifth and seventh positions respectively.

Challenging but positive day for both teams where technicians and riders worked together to find the right set up of the SFT20 Speed ​​Up bikes.

Jorge Navarro struggled to find the feeling in the first free practice session, finishing the round in twentieth position. Team 9 tried out several changes to the bike in both sessions looking for more stability both front and rear and towards the end of the FP2 Jorge marked Friday’s fifth fastest time in 2’02.823 (+0.343), confident for tomorrow.

Fabio Di Giannantonio started the Czech Grand Prix with the tenth time at the end of the first free practice session. In the afternoon, after a tyre change and some changes to the setting, Fabio found a good lap, lowering his time by almost five tenths, closing the day with the seventh fastest time in 2’02.930 (+0.450).

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 5th in 2’02.823

“A strange first day because we started the FP1 suffering. The feeling with the bike was not the best, we worked hard trying changes to the setting at each time we left the garage, both at the front and at the rear because both slipped a lot. It seems that in today’s last outing we found something that worked better because we were able to lower the time by one second in just 2 laps. We will analyze the data well because today there have been many changes, but we are on the right path”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 7th in 2’02.930
“Day 1 so-so, the results are not bad because we are seventh in the combined practice times, but I am not happy because we continue to have the same problems as Jerez. Here it seems we are in the same conditions as the others, but in reality, we are still quite far away, so we must continue working. We hope to soon understand what we are missing and how to improve the race pace”.

Jerez de la Frontera – GRAN PREMIO DE ANDALUCÍA

 

  • Length: 4423 mt.
  • Width: 11 mt.
  • Longest straight: 607 mt.
  • Left corners: 5
  • Right corners: 8

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Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently good weather and beautiful scenery, its numerous grandstands providing the perfect viewing facilities for up to 250,000 spectators.

With two alternative road circuits (4,423m and 4,428m), which were resurfaced during 2005, Jerez is a popular venue used by many race teams for testing throughout the year, whilst its recently updated corporate and media facilities have proven to be a popular addition to the complex. Other facilities such as the control tower and pit boxes have also been vastly improved.

GP ANDALUCÍA 2020

BETA TOOLS SPEED UP

RACE: A RESULT THAT’S HARD TO SWALLOW

The Andalucia Grand Prix is  turned out to be much harder than expected for the Beta Up Speed ​​team. The weekend had started well for the two riders who have seen the average progress made since the last week race, also hold at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. But the improvements achieved have not paid off on the battlefield.

The race started on a hot track, 54 ° the asphalt temperature. At the start Navarro, fourth on the grid, got away well and for the first laps he found a good rhythm remaining in the first six until the tenth lap in which he lost stability getting out of the scene at turn nine.

Not an easy start for Diggia from the eleventh position on the grid. At the end of the first lap Fabio was thirteenth, he gave his best to try to bring the Speed ​​Up SFT20 forward but the feeling with the front was getting worse and from lap twelve the management of the bike became more difficult. The number twenty-one began to lose positions, he didn’t feel like risking too much, and consequently the result did not live up to expectations, eighteenth at the finish line.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – DNF
“Today I don’t really know what to say because the weekend had started very well both in race conditions and in cooler conditions. We were fast and had a good rhythm in all the sessions before the race. Today I had a good start, finally, keeping my position, but at a certain point the bike started to close in front, I no longer felt and the driving became more complicated, turn after turn. I tried to keep the pace as much as I could, but it closed almost at every turn and at a certain point I found myself on the ground at turn 9 without even realizing it. As I said, there is not much to say, except that we must continue to work and analyse well what happened because after two laps the bike changed completely and I was not able to ride it in these conditions. It’s hard to leave Jerez without points, but we’ll get up to go back stronger than before”.FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 18th
“Too bad, another weekend went very badly! Surely, we must try to understand what happens to the bike from mid-race onwards where I start to lose the feeling with the front, especially at the beginning of the turn, where the bike becomes increasingly difficult to ride. We have to work and find the solution for Brno trying to straighten out this bad season just from the Czech weekend”.

QUALIFYING: SECOND AND FOURTH ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM RIDERS

At the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, the Beta Tools Speed ​​Up team ended up the qualifying day of the Gran Premio de Andalucía with the fourth position of Jorge Navarro and the eleventh place of Fabio Di Giannantonio who reconfirmed their competitiveness on the Speed ​​Up bikes.

At the end of the third practice session, the team’s number nine gained direct access to Q2 with the tenth place in the combined practice times in 1’41.590. Jorge started qualifying on the right foot, fast from the first lap. He got back to the garage about 5 minutes before the end of the session to quickly change the tyres and returned to the track for the last 2 laps. The Spaniard, with the second penultimate lap in 1’41.860, took the fourth place.

Great recovery for Di Giannantonio who gave a change to his weekend by also winning direct access to Q2 with the time 1’41.660 obtained in FP3 in the morning. With the second lap of his qualifying in 1’42.181, Fabio got the fourth row of the grid from which he will start in tomorrow’s race.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 4th in 1’41.860
“I am happy because it has been a positive day. We worked very well this morning focusing the session on the race pace and we were ready to face qualifying. In qualifying I think I could have done more, but the same is fine, tomorrow we have a good race”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 11th in 1’42.181
“I am happy with today because we are coming from a negative weekend, especially yesterday. Today we made a nice change on the bike and we made a great step, both in feeling with the bike and in speed on the track. Happy, we are returning to being as fast as before and working well. Tomorrow we start from a good position and we can have a good race, let’s see”.

FREE PRACTICES: NAVARRO THIRD AND DIGGIA TWENTY-FIRST AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE GRAN PREMIO DE ANDALUCÍA

A few days after the Gran Premio de España, held last Sunday at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, the third round of the Moto2 2020 World Championship has come, once again on the Spanish track. Instead, it’s the Speed Up bikes livery that has changed for this weekend bringing on the track the characteristic and sparkling orange color representing the sponsor Beta Tools, who has been alongside the team for years.

Jorge Navarro took third place in the combined free practices times with an excellent time in 1’41.590, only +0.065 from the first. The first day of the number nine of the Beta Tools Speed ​​Up team was good, confirming the good feeling of last week on the Jerez circuit. Jorge scored his best time during FP1, demonstrating adaptability and speed even in FP2 with much higher temperatures.

A much more difficult day for Di Giannantonio and his team who cannot find the set-up of the bike suitable for competitive laps in both sessions. Twenty-first is the final result of the first day of Fabio’s Andalucía Grand Prix in 1’42.312. However, the rider and team remain confident and determined to find a solution ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 3rd in 1’41.590
“Today was a good Friday! We started with a good feeling from the first outing in the morning by making just a few changes that we had decided to try and we saw that some changes help us others less. In any case, I think it was a really positive day because we were constant and we collected a lot of information. I hope we will continue like this tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’42.312
“Bad day. We started again with the problems of the last race weekend and we are continuing to do our best but we have not yet reached a solution and this is putting us in difficulty. But we never give up, we are working and we are understanding how to improve in order to be competitive again”.

Jerez de la Frontera – GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA

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  • Length: 4423 mt.
  • Width: 11 mt.
  • Longest straight: 607 mt.
  • Left corners: 5
  • Right corners: 8

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Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently good weather and beautiful scenery, its numerous grandstands providing the perfect viewing facilities for up to 250,000 spectators.

With two alternative road circuits (4,423m and 4,428m), which were resurfaced during 2005, Jerez is a popular venue used by many race teams for testing throughout the year, whilst its recently updated corporate and media facilities have proven to be a popular addition to the complex. Other facilities such as the control tower and pit boxes have also been vastly improved.

GP ESPAÑA 2020

HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP

RACE: TOUGH WEEKEND FOR THE HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP TEAM

A difficult Spanish Grand Prix for the HDR Heidrun Speed ​​Up team, almost to be forgotten after the crash of Jorge Navarro and the unfinished race of Fabio Di Giannantonio.

A race that we all looked forward to after the stop of these months, but which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth for teams and riders from the first lap when Navarro crashed out immediately after the first turn. The number nine crashed to the ground after the contact with Bezzecchi who, passing it from the inside, touched Jorge’s front wheel. For the Spaniard there was nothing more to do than go back to his garage.

From eighteenth position on the grid, Di Giannantonio took a good start, aware of the challenge he had ahead of him. Fabio immediately started to recover positions until he reached the second group of riders fighting for the top 10. On lap thirteenth, when in p10, the feeling with the bike began to fail forcing Diggia to lose positions. The feeling with his Speed ​​Up continued to worsen and less than seven laps from the end the number twenty-one was forced to retire.

After incidents like this, the saying goes that it’s best to get back on track as soon as possible and the calendar ensures that will happen, as next Sunday sees the third round of the 2020 Moto2 championship, the Gran Premio de Andalucía, take place at the circuit de Jerez-Ángel Nieto.

 JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – DNF
“There isn’t much to say after today’s race. I had a problem at the start and I was unable to start the race well. Then at the first turn, a rider who was overcoming inside touched my front wheel and thus my crash. I was really sorry about how it went because we had worked well throughout the weekend and certainly this was not the final result we expected. In any case, we must remain positive and continue to give our best to reach our goal from tomorrow in view of the next race always here on the Jerez circuit”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – DNF
“Sorry for how the whole weekend went. Too bad, because I started the race very strong. I was there with the second group fighting for the Top10, which could have been a real goal for us today, but the feeling with the front worsened lap after lap until it became dangerous to turn and therefore at a certain point I had to stop. Now we have three more days to work better than we have done these days and try to get more prepared for next Sunday’s race”.

QUALIFYING: FIRST AND SIXTH ROW FOR JORGE AND DIGGIA IN THE GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA

Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio will start tomorrow respectively from the first and sixth rows of the starting grid of the Gran Premio de España.

The number 9 of the HDR Heidrun Speed ​​Up team focused on the race pace during the last free practice session and with the seventh time of the combined ranking he gained direct access to Q2. Jorge started qualifying immediately with a good pace, improving lap by lap. 1’41.565 is the time of his best qualifying  lap time took almost at the end of the session and it is with this chrono that he will the race in front row from second position.

The Spanish Saturday was instead more complicated for Di Giannantonio. In FP3 Fabio did not find the feeling of the past sessions and at the end of the practice he was out of the ranking of the 14 riders who went directly to the Q2. In Q1 he came back on and on track he showed that even with high temperatures he can handle the bike. He then took the first time of Q1 in 1’41.913 and got ready to return for qualifying2. Unfortunately, a crash on the first lap compromised Fabio’s qualifying, who will start tomorrow from the sixth row in eighteenth position.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 1’41.458
“I am happy with today’s qualifying; it was not easy to start again after all these months. This morning we used the last practice session to test the race pace getting positive results. In qualifying we managed to find the fastest lap that bring us to start the race from the first row of the grid. We are all aware that it will be a tough race but we will do our best to win“.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 18th in 1’41.860
“Not a great day! We freaked out a bit this morning during FP3. However, we faced the Q1 with another spirit taking a different path and we managed to pass the session in first position with a great time. Then we started Q2 very excited, because we knew we could enter the Top10, but unfortunately at the beginning of the qualifying I entered a little faster, the bike front closed and I crashed down. Then when I got back on track, I no longer had the rear brake and I couldn’t push as before to make a better time. We are now forced to make a great comeback tomorrow”.

 

 

 

 

FREE PRACTICES: NAVARRO SECOND AND DIGGIA EIGHTH ON SPANISH FRIDAY

After the long absence, due to Covid19, the Moto2 was back on track today, kicking off the long-awaited Gran Prix de España, the second event of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship. Shortly before 11am Jorge and Diggia’s Speed Up bikes left the garage of the team HDR Heidrun Speed ​​Up going wild on the track in the first free practice session on the Jerez-Àngel Nieto circuit.

On the first day the two riders focused on set up work. Jorge Navarro completed 30 laps in total and scored his best tempo on lap 14 of the first session in 1’41.458. The higher temperatures in the afternoon made it impossible for riders to lower their lap times and Jorge thus closed the first day with an excellent and promising second position with a gap that is nothing short of non-existent (+0.048). Good first also for Fabio Di Giannantonio who took eighth position at +0.450 from the first. 32 laps completed by Diggia on Spanish Friday and he also scored his best time in FP1 on lap 10 in 1’41.860.

Preparation for tomorrow qualifying and Sunday’s race resumes tomorrow morning with the third and last free practice session started at 10.55 CET.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 1’41.458
“It was a positive day because our performance has improved since the morning session compared the day of testing. A little more kilometres with the bike and I already felt better. In the afternoon, however, we were unable to follow the work plan that we had developed due to an unexpected problem on track at mid-session which made us lose the chance to try what was planned. But in any case, tomorrow we will complete the work during the last free practice session in view of qualifying”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 8th in 1’41.860
“I am not so happy with today. We got off to a good start this morning, our choice was to play the best tyre straight away to make the time, aware that with the high afternoon temperatures it would have been more difficult. In FP2 we ran on the used tyres of the FP1, but in this heat we struggled much more than we expected. We have to work to understand what happened because we can do much more”.

 

Gran Premio de España – Ready to go!

About 4 months ago the Grand Prix of Qatar ended amid uncertainties and fears about what we would have to face in the following months. The ferocity of a global pandemic has forced the world to stop leaving many locked down at home. But finally here we are! The long wait is over: it’s time to lower the visor and give full gas! Tomorrow the Speed ​​Up team will be back on track with its two standard bearers, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, eager to get back on their Speed ​​Up bikes.

It will not be the normality of all time to accompany teams and riders in these first two races, but a new normality that includes social distance and the heavy absence of the public.

Diggia and Jorge, like the whole team, are ready to give their best on the Jerez-Ángel Nieto circuit starting tomorrow in the test day. Riders and technicians will be engaged in two sessions of 40 minutes each (11.40-12.20; 15.40-16.20) which will precede the normal race weekend time schedule (FRI: Fp1 10.55-11.35, Fp2 15.10-15.50; SAT: Fp3 10.55-11.35, Q1 15.10-15.25, Q2 15.35-15.50; SUN: Warm Up 8.50-9.10, Race 12.20).

JORGE NAVARRO # 9
“Today I am very happy! After a long time, I go back to live the paddock, my team and to touch my bike. I can’t wait to start again after these long months at home, holding back the desire to drive my Speed ​​Up. I am ready to give my best, even if it will not be the same without the public to support us. It will also be particular to play two races in a row here in Jerez: this means that for the second race we will have much more data to rely on. Finally, here we are!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21
“We have arrived on track and everything is different, the paddock is empty and it seems to be in a day of testing, not in a race. It’s a particular situation, we can only stay in the garage but the good thing is that we start competing again. I am with the team, all are very excited and willing to start over. This motivates me even more, I can’t wait to get on track with my bike, finally the time has come, tomorrow we go!”

Finland: Grand Prix of Finland

 Lenght: 4.600 mt.

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General Info:

The Kymi Ring is a motor racing circuit in Iitti, Kymenlaakso, Finland, bordering the regional capital Kouvola, and located 110 kilometres (68 mi) north-east of the capital Helsinki. The track lenght is 2.9 miles and appears as a twisty circuit. The MotoGP will debut here next July.

 

Assen – TT ASSEN

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  • Length: 4542 mt.
  • Width: 14 mt.
  • Longest straight: 487 mt.
  • Left corners: 6
  • Right corners: 12

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Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1954, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in direction, and is fully surrounded by grass banks and grandstands, providing excellent viewing for the hundreds of thousands of fanatical spectators who are drawn to the most prestigious event in Dutch motorsport every year. A huge favourite with riders, Assen is well known for its festive and extravagant atmosphere.

In 1999 the circuit was modified with a new grandstand, control tower, press centre and renovated boxes. Modifications to the Assen circuit over the winter of 2005/6 saw the length of the championship’s longest serving track cut from over 6km down to 4.555km/2.83miles.

Sachsenring – MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

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  • Length: 3671 mt.
  • Width: 10 mt.
  • Longest straight: 700 mt.
  • Left corners: 10
  • Right corners: 3

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Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no longer suitable and a new circuit was built five miles west of Chemnitz in 1996. Although mainly used as a driver training centre and road transport safety station, Sachsenring first hosted MotoGP in 1998 and many improvements have taken place since then, including a drastic layout enhancement in 2001. Numerous tight corners make it one of the slower tracks on the calendar but there is never any shortage of close racing action.

Mugello – GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA

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  • Length: 5245 mt.
  • Width: 14 mt.
  • Longest straight: 1141 mt.
  • Left corners: 6
  • Right corners: 9

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Located 30km north-east of Florence in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Mugello is a modern circuit with excellent facilities. Bought by Ferrari back in 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest race circuits.

A blend of slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and off-camber corners make Mugello one of the most challenging circuits for the riders and engineers. Having hosted its first MotoGP event back in 1976 the venue became a permanent fixture in 1991 after extensive refurbishment. Set within a beautiful tree lined Tuscan valley, Mugello also offers ample viewing areas for a particularly boisterous and partisan Italian crowd.

Termas de Rio Hondo – ARGENTINA GRAND PRIX

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  • Lenght: 4.806 mt.
  • Width: 16 mt.
  • Straight: 1.076 mt.
  • Left turns: 5
  • Right turns: 9

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Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo is a motorsport circuit located in Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina. The circuit was created in 2007 and underwent a complete overhaul and rebuild process in 2012, based on design by the Italian circuit designer Jarno Zaffelli. The circuit hosted the third round of the Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix in 2014 and 2015, bringing Grand Prix motorcycle racing back to Argentina after fifteen years. In 2013, the circuit also hosted Rounds 15 and 16 of the FIA WTCC Race of Argentina of the World Touring Car Championship, and the first MotoGP and Moto2 official tests.

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