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Caterham has decided to part ways with the company and technical director Mark Smith so as to form a technical committee in an attempt to move it up the ladder and make it suitable for the Formula 1 grid. This committee comprises of the former performance director, that is, John Iley, Jody Egginton, the ex-deputy technical director and lastly Gerry Hughes, the chief engineer. They will have to report directly to Cyril Abiteboul, the team principal. These three have said bye-bye to their old roles and have assumed new positions within the squad. Iley is now the head of performance engineering, Egginton is the head of design and manufacturing and Hughes is the head of trackside operations along with his previous role as chief engineer.
Abiteboul did not deny tribute to Smith who played a big role since 2011 but he felt that it was necessary to restructure for the team to be able to move forward. He said that it wasn’t an easy decision to make considering how talented Mark was but the solution to the problem was in restructuring the team to increase the on-track performance. The formation of a new technical committee was required to do that. No matter how much they despise the fact that that decision had to be made, there is no doubt that it was a carefully thought over decision and was made for the good and best interests of the team.
The new structure has been able to give the three specialists a chance to shine in their respective fields and to help the team progress thanks to the investment in the new factory and in aerodynamic development capacity last year. As of now they are dissatisfied with the performance but with John, Jody and Gerry at the forefront with the support of the shareholders, partners and staff will be able to shoot forward in leaps and bounds.
The Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix has becomes synonymous with the adrenaline rush of motorbike racing. All competing four-stroke engine bikes are categorized into three classes: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. The Grand Prix motorcycles are custom designed for racing purposes, many a times according to the specific requirement of the rider. Neither are they available commercially nor can they be ridden on the roads legally. First organized in 1949 by the Federation, after passing many hands and creating many legends the commercial rights have passed on the Dorna Sports.
The craze and the tradition still continue to stimulate the same rush of excitement and expectation among millions of followers all over the world. These worldwide motorbike racing championships have created legends like Giacomo Agostini, Angel Nieto, Valentino Rossi and many more. The tracks have witnessed some of the fiercest, swiftest as well as craftiest races of the recent times. The Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing World Championship is held every year.
The 2014 MotoGP opener was held in Qatar on the 23 of March. Where, the new king of the world motorbike racing champions, Marc Marquez beat nine times MotoGP champion and legend Valentino Rossi despite his not very old leg injury. Connoisseurs are seeing this as a promising sign and a bright future for Marc Marquez. Marquez only took control in the last nine out of the twenty two laps remaining. He represents Repsol Honda. It is to be noted that Rossi, from 2002 to 2003 represented Honda. However this lead was not long-lasting as Rossi caught him up on his Yamaha on the second last lap. This continuous change of lead occurred a few times till Marquez established his lead in the final lap and Rossi could not gain the proximity required to pass Marquez. The third position was occupied by Dani Pedrosa representing Repsol Honda.
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The Isle of Man TT will see the return of the sensational Ryan Farquhar. Keith Amor, his old rival has joined the KMR Kawasaki team and will be competing in the Lightweight Race. Farquhar was off from the tracks since 2012 after Trevor Ferguson, his uncle expired from a crash in the Manx Grand Prix in his own machine known as the Supertwin.
Alongside Keith Amor the 37 year old Ryan Farquhar will hit the roads and both of them will be hungry to win the competition. Keith Amor will also be making a comeback after his shoulder injury in 2011. These two have had a long time rivalry and they have been involved in some of the most memorable battles in the past.
The main attraction in the race will definitely be the fact that both of them will be riding the same bike which is Kawasaki ER6. The riders will go for the Mountain Course in the month of June this year. In an interview with News Letter, Farquhar said that there are lots of preparations that needs to be done and most importantly he would have to do TT before anything else. The whole team has worked really hard for the last two weeks and they are hoping to make a mark this season.
On the other hand Keith will get a Lightweight TT bike and he will be sponsored by Manx Gas. The color of the bike is yet to be decided. Keith has added that it would be an easy three lap race for him and he would be like to just enjoy himself during the race. Both the riders explained how their past has haunted them these 2 years and the comeback would be really important for both of them.