As the Yamaha MotoGP teammates head into the last remaining 5 races of the season…it’s anything but done and dusted! 9 time world champion Valentino Rossi leads the premier championship by 23 points over his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. While Val has a slight ‘edge’ towards winning the crown, the mega battle will go down to the wire, guaranteed.

It’s going to be hammer and tong until the last chequered flag falls…in Valencia! One couldn’t have scripted it much better, the 36 year old journeyman, Rossi versus the smooth and fast Spaniard Lorenzo.

Whatever the final outcome is on November 8th, it will surly be one for the ages…. Tutti Valentino! Hail the Doc! 10 time World Champion???


Valentino Rossi crossed the line in 5th to salvage 11 points in his Home Grand Prix the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini to extend his lead of the Championship to 23 points off Jorge Lorenzo who unfortunately crashed out on cold tyres after making a switch to Slicks for the second time Marc Marquez won the dramatic MotoGP™ race with Monster Tech3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith and Marc VDS’ Scott Redding 2nd and 3rd respectively joining the reigning sword Champuon on the Adriatic Rostrum without it’s hero

This was Marquez’s first ever victory in San Marino and his 23rd MotoGP™ victory after gambling in a flag-to-flag race that saw most riders pit twice due to the changing conditions.A record 92,000 fans at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli bore witness to an incredible spectacle but were denied a Valentino Rossi victory as the Italian…

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Enjoy some great and inspiring photos from northern bike!

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So here we are once more; it’s the weekend of the last night of the proms, the fat lady has sung and summer is over. What’s more, the Tour of Britain finished on Hartside Fell on Thursday and I missed it because I am not available to watch bike races on Thursdays. It seemed like a good idea therefore to ride back up there today, to feel a bit less left out of the great sweep of cycling history than I felt Friday morning, to revisit somewhere I haven’t been to for ages, to take advantage of one of the diminishing number of opportunities to ride the North Pennines fells without the pressure of short days and not very cycling conducive weather on the tops around there to come, and to make amends for all the cake during the week.

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