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Marquez opens his 2014 Campaign with Qatar GP Victory

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Reigning World MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez has opened his 2014 account with a first place finish on the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season in Qatar.

The 21-year-old started from Pole Position and claimed the top spot of the podium after a thrilling battle with his Italian rival, Valentino Rossi, who had to settle for second spot.

Marquez had his work cut out for him on the penultimate lap as he was forced to strangle his Repsol Honda to the limits, regaining the lead on two occasions from Rossi and done so with a fractured right Fibula.

At the conclusion of the race Marquez stated: “I enjoyed it. I did not think about the injury,”

“Last year he won, this year I won. I’m happy.”

“On the lap before the last we overtook each other two or three times, which was so nice.”

His Repsol Honda team mate and fellow Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa, claimed the third step on the podium after a battle with Alvaro Bautista who crashes out with only two laps to go.

Championship contended and 2012 World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, crashed out in the very early stages after briefly leading the race.

Moto2: 1 – Esteve Rabat (ESP). 2 – Mika Kallio (FIN) 3 – Thomas Luthi (SWI).
*Takaaki Nakagami finished second but was disqualified due to a breach of Technical Regulations. Team appeal was rejected.

Moto3: 1 – Jack Miller (AUS). 2 – Alex Marques (ESP). 3 – Efren Vazquez (ESP)

Qatar MotoGP Results
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 42:40.561
2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 42:40.820
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 42:43.931
4. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42:52.184
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42:52.720
6. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 43:09.087
7. Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 43:13.154
8. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 43:13.189
9. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha 43:20.108
10. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 43:23.921
11. Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 43:27.156
12. Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 43:27.249
13. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 43:31.142
14. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) ART 43:43.688

MotoGP Championship Standings
25 – Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda (Spain)
20 – Valentino Rossi – Yamaha (Italy)
16 – Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda (Spain)
13 – Aleix Espargaro – Forward Yamaha (Spain)
11 – Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati (Italy)
10 – Cal Crutchlow – Ducati (Britain)
9 – Scott Redding – Honda (Britain)
8 – Nicky Hayden – Honda (U.S)
7 – Colin Edwards – Forward Yamaha (U.S)
6 – Andrea Iannone – Ducati (Italy)
5 – Hiroshi Aoyama – Honda (Japan)
4 – Yonny Hernandez – Ducati (Colombia)
3 – Karel Abraham – Honda (Czech Republic)
2 – Danilo Pertrucci – ART (Italy)
1 – Broc PARKES – PBM (Australia)

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Schumacher “responding to instructions”

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

Reports evolving out of France regarding the condition of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is that he is now “responding to instructions” as he is very tentatively brought out of his intensive coma.

Word is that the 45-year-old has “blinked” as medics begin the slow and very difficult process of bringing him back to a state of consciousness after his horrific skiing accident on December 29.

The German has responded “positively”, according to “very reliable sources” (cited by French newspaper L’Equipe) after undergoing a number of neurological tests that commenced on Monday.

The medical team at Grenoble University Hospital have now begun the process of ending his coma and slowly reducing the required dosage of anaesthetics he was reliant upon.

According to L’Equipe: “After gradually reducing the sedation of the patient, the team of Professor Emmanuel Gay [the medic overseeing Schumacher’s treatment] has been doing neurological tests since Monday. During this first stage, the patient blinked.”

Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm has said: “Michael’s sedation has recently been reduced to initiate a process of awakening which may take a long time.

“To protect the family, initially it was clearly agreed between all parties only to disclose this medical information once this process was consolidated.

“The family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the sympathy they have received from around the world.”

Force India Reveal Their 2014 F1 Car

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Formula 1 team, Sahara Force India, have taken an extra step forward with fan interaction announcing their 2014 race car on social networking site, Twitter.

Their online media team have been teasing supporters and caught the attention of rivals with a series of Tweets over the last few days posting “We have a surprise for you” and “Are you ready for something special?”.

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Today the team officially revealed their slick new Black product for this years competition called the VJM07.

After the image had been revealed they described the car by posting:

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Team Principle, Vijay Mallya, has revealed on the teams website: “The VJM07 looks stunning and the new livery reflects the way Sahara Force India is evolving,”

“I’ve always believed our cars have been the most eye-catching, but adding black as a main colour gives us a fierce new look.

Key to the new look is the introduction of several commercial partners. The logo of telecommunications brand, Claro, appears on the engine cover and signals the start of a multi-year deal with the famous Mexican brand. There will be prominent Claro branding on the drivers’ suits and team kit.

The rear wing end plate now includes branding from Roshfrans, the lubricant oils specialists, following last week’s announcement of a multi-year partnership with the team.

The new livery also sees branding from Astana, a foundation that supports sporting initiatives by promoting the capital city of Kazakhstan. The Astana logo is positioned on the side of the VJM07’s nose.”

Technical Director, Andrew Green, also explained how different the VJM07 is compared to its predecessor: “Almost every single part is a new design, from the front wing right back to the diffuser.

The genetics of the VJM07 still lie in the 2013 car, but we’ve had to achieve the same results in a slightly different way.”

Andrew went on to describe how accommodating the power unit was the biggest challenge: “It’s been a massive job to accommodate all the changes to the power unit – it’s the biggest change I’ve witnessed in the sport since I started in 1990.

Cooling has been the biggest challenge with most of last summer taken up trying to understand the cooling requirements of the power unit, and how best to optimise it in the chassis.”

The 2014 Formula 1 season commences with the Australian Grand Prix on March 16.

Marc Marquez wins the 2013 MotoGP World Championship

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Spanish Rookie Marc Marquez has become the youngest ever MotoGP World Champion after finishing 3rd in the final round of the season at the Grand Prix of Valencia overnight.

Defending Champion Jorge Lorenzo was the race winner of the day on his factory Yamaha but 20-year-old Marquez only had to finish in the top four to become the first rider to win the championship in his debut-season since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

Fellow Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished second, but was already out of the title contention coming into the round.

Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha team-mate and seven-times World Champion, Valentino Rossi, finished fourth.

Marquez said : “This is a dream that comes true,”

“I cannot explain what I feel.”

The new World Champion finished just four points ahead of Lorenzo in the overall standings, which is the tightest of margins since the 1992 series.

The season got off to a great start for the Rookie when he became the youngest winner of a premier class race at the Circuit of the Americas. He then went on the break more records by winning the most races as a Rookie in one season, with six and went on to dominate becoming the youngest rider to win four races back-to-back.

Being gracious in the Championship defeat, Lorenzo went on record saying: “Marquez has been a deserving champion. Today is his day.”

 

Valencia Grand Prix results:

1. Jorge Lorenzo – (SPA) Yamaha

2. Dani Pedrosa – (SPA) Repsol Honda

3. Marc Marquez – (SPA) Repsol Honda

4. Valentino Rossi – (ITA) Yamaha

5. Alvaro Bautista – (SPA) Honda Gresini

6. Stefan Bradl – (GER) LCR Honda

7. Bradley Smith – (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha

8. Nicky Hayden – (USA) Ducati

9. Andrea Dovizioso – (ITA) Ducati

10. Michele Pirro – (ITA) Ducati Test Team

 

Championship Standings

1. Marc Marquez – 334 points

2. Jorge Lorenzo – 330 points

3. Dani Pedrosa – 300 points

4. Valentino Rossi – 237 points

5. Cal Crutchlow – 188 points

 

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Sebastian Vettel Triumphs And Becomes Four-Time World Champion

Sebastian Vettel

By Karen Touma ( @KarenTouma )

Sebastian Vettel joins Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher to become Formula One’s youngest four-time champion after an outstanding win on Sunday at the Indian Grand Prix.

The German pitted early to change his soft tyres but managed to scream past the field to cross the line 29.8 seconds in front of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean in the Lotus third.

‘‘Unbelievable day…‘We did it! Yes! Yes!’’ Vettel said over the team radio.

‘‘You’ve done it in style…‘Brilliant drive – you join the greats.’’ Red Bull team principal Christian Horner responded back.

Vettel celebrated in true style adding some tyre smoke to the already thick smog hanging over the circuit, spinning the car and putting on a show of ‘donuts’ for the fans. He then got out and stood up on the car before crouching to kiss the front in a gesture of worship. He threw his gloves into the grandstand before embracing Horner and designer Adrian Newey.

‘‘First of all I want to thank the crowd for an unbelievable reception. I am speechless. I spent ages thinking what to say; there is so much you want to say at a time like that.

‘‘It is a pleasure to jump in the car and go out and drive for the guys and give it all I have. The car was phenomenal today and has been phenomenal all season, to be honest.

‘‘I want to say a big thank you to everyone who is behind the team. It has not been an easy season. From the outside, people will think it was easy but it wasn’t.’’

Vettel was appreciative of the support and applause from the Indian crowd particularly after being heckled at his wins in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.

‘‘It has been hard for me in particular. To be booed when I have not done anything wrong was hard, but I think I answered the things on the track which I am very pleased about.

‘‘I am overwhelmed, I don’t know what to say but it is the best day of my life so far.’’

Despite Mark Webber’s shock retirement due to an issue with the alternator, Red Bull also won their fourth consecutive the Constructors’ title.

‘‘Disappointing, but there’s not much I can do,’’ Webber said. ‘‘There was something wrong with the car, so we had to stop straight away.’’

“I still have a smile on my face, there’s nothing more I could do today,”

Fernando Alonso was the the only man who could put Vettel’s celebrations on hold needing to finish in the top two but all hopes disappeared at the start when he made contact with the rear of Webber’s Red Bull and then also made contact with Jenson Button’s McLaren.

The Spaniard, had to pit for a new front wing but re-joined the race in 20th place and finished out of point contention in 11th.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa finished fourth and Sergio Perez picked up his best result of the season finishing in fifth in the McLaren.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was sixth with Kimi Raikkonen in seventh, who struggled  with overheating brakes for much of the race. Both Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil were eighth and ninth for Force India.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, handed Toro Rosso the final point.

Lorenzo Wins At Phillip Island

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Jorge Lorenzo has won the 2013 Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island is controversial fashion as Championship leader Marc Marquez was disqualified.

The factory Yamaha rider is now trailing Marquez by just 18 points with 2 rounds to go. Marquez was Black-Flagged for failing to execute a mandatory pit stop on laps 9 or 10.

The race was cut to just 19 laps from the scheduled 26 for safety reasons by Bridgestone warning that tyre degradation from the new tarmac Phillip Island circuit would endanger the riders.

The MotoGP race officials set a bike change rule that was to be taken by lap 10 of the race, Marquez instead road his Repsol Honda for an extra lap, which incurred a Black-Flag and the end of his race resulting in zero points for the round.

Lorenzo took full advantage of Marquez’s absence and collected the win along with the precious 25 Championship points to blow the title race wide open again.

After the race Lorenzo said: “Today was a crazy race and much different than a normal race with the change of bikes in the middle of the race,”

“Twenty five points, the best result possible, and we now have opened the world championship, but it is still very tough.”

Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi completing the podium in third place.

Next round: Motegi.

 

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Lorenzo Wins San Marino

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By Karen Touma ( @KarenTouma )

Jorge Lorenzo has triumphed at the San Marino grand prix reigniting his bid to defend the Championship title.

Lorenzo started behind Marquez but managed to the lead and built a two seconds advantage in the opening two laps.

Marc Marquez who finished second, has now extended his overall lead to 34 points sitting on a comfortable 253 points in total with Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa who are level on 219 points.

A fortnight after his victory at Silverstone, he said it is important to be fighting in every event.

“It is important to win, because we don’t lose points but we have only recovered five points, so it is the same as Silverstone,” said the Spaniard.

“It doesn’t make a big difference to the championship. But I’m very happy for this victory, because we struggled a lot during the weekend especially on braking.”

Pedrosa admitted he struggled with edge grip on his tyres especially when taking the corners.

“I lost a lot on the first couple of laps, but tried to focus and do the perfect race every lap.”

“In the end I had to battle for a couple of laps with Marc (Marquez), but made one mistake in the last corner and lost touch with about three laps to go.”