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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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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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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.”

Marquez Wins at Laguna Seca

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Marc Marquez has won the 2013 Red Bull U.S. Moto Grand Prix at Laguna Seca to further extend his Championship lead.

Prior to the days main attraction a minute’s silence was held to pay the respects to Italian rider Andrea Antonelli who was tragically killed in an accident during the World Supersport race in Moscow earlier that day.

After the sad formalities were completed it was race time where 20-year-old Marquez started the GP from second on the grid to German Stefan Bradl on Pole. The Spaniard off to a dreadful start, which mirrored that of last round in Sachsenring but he was able to settle and hold onto third in the early stages.

The Rookie established race pace behind Valentino Rossi who started from fourth and slotted in ahead of defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and championship contender/team mate Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa and Lorenzo, who both missed last round due to injuries both, had work hard riding with those injuries and poor qualifying times.

As all rides developed the feel for the race gaps were evidently opening and closing but one in particular was the gap between Rossi and Marquez. Marc was registering times that were just off qualifying times and a battle between him and the seven times World Champion were inevitable.

The Doctor once distinctively battled with Casey Stoner on this track in 2008 and Rossi controversially won that battle on the famous “Cork Screw” section of the track (a tight left then right on a steep decline). It was enjoyable viewing as an enormously brave Marquez pulled the same maneuver on the master himself undertaking him off the track on the inside of the exit, pundits describing it as Rossi being Rossi’ed.

Marquez then haunted race leader Stefan Bradl edging closer in every sector. Bradl’s pit crew tried their hardest to give him the “hurry up” posting gap times on the pit wall less than it actually was.

There were 13 laps remaining when Marquez made the foreseeable passing of the German and finished the race with comfort and control to extend the Championship lead to 16 points over Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa.

Bradl was ecstatic to hold onto second for his first ever podium finish and Rossi kept his recent form alive with third place going into the mid-season break.

Alvaro Bautista finish forth with the battered and bruised paring of Pedrosa and Lorenzo collecting the chequered flag in fifth and sixth respectively.

After the race Macquez said: “I am so happy to win, I thought I would struggle here but I have taken 25 points and now we can enjoy the break.”

Rossi was asked about the battle with the race winner through the Cork Screw and responded with: “It looks like Marc made my own overtake but I have the trademark! He owes me some money!”

Round 10 will commence after the mid-season break in Indianapolis on 18 August.

 

U.S. GP Results:

1. Marc Marquez –  (Spa) Repsol Honda

2. Stefan Bradl – (Ger) LCR Honda

3. Valentino Rossi – (Ita) Yamaha

4. Alvaro Bautista – (Spa) Gresini Honda

5. Dani Pedrosa – (Spa) Repsol Honda

6. Jorge Lorenzo – (Spa) Yamaha

7. Cal Crutchlow – (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha

8. Nicky Hayden – (US) Ducati

9. Andrea Dovizioso – (Ita) Ducati

10. Hector Barbera – (Spa) FTR

 

Championship Standings

1. Marc Marquez – 163 points

2. Dani Pedrosa – 147 points

3. Jorge Lorenzo – 137 points

4. Valentino Rossi – 117 points

5. Cal Crutchlow – 116 points

 

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Marquez wins German Grand Prix

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Spanish Rookie and now Championship leader Marc Marquez won the 2013 German MotoGP at Sachsenring on Sunday.

It was his second win of his début MotoGP season and a well welcomed win as Championship rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa were ruled out of the race.

Both riders sustained collarbone injuries as a result of crashing their bikes during free practice. Lorenzo actually bent the titanium plate that he had inserted after crashing in Holland in the previous round.

With the defending Champion (Lorenzo) and Championship leader (Pedrosa) out for qualifying, Marquez made the most of their absence and was able to seize Pole Position for the third time this season.

However, they 20-year-old didn’t take advantage of starting at the front and fell back to forth in the field. He managed to pick his way back through the front-runners and took the lead from hometown hero Stefan Bradl on the sixth lap, remaining there for the win.

Cal Crutchlow also broke a few local hearts as the Englishman, who was nursing injuries of his own from practice crashes on his Tech 3 Yamaha, was in flying form once again to claim second.

Crutchlow is now the first British rider to collect 4 podium finishes in 1 season since Barry Sheene in 1982.

Despite his best efforts, he just did not have enough to catch Marquez at the front, who was saving his tyres and controlling the pace well.

Seven-times World Champion Valentino Ross was looking to string back-to-back Grand Prix wins but after showing great early speed, could only manage third place after conceding second place to Crutchlow in Turn 11 on lap 16.

Stefan Bradl finished in fourth on his LCR Honda equaling his career-best result and giving something for his local fans to cheer for as well as appreciate.

The day belonged to the young Spanish sensation who now leads the over-all Championship standings by just 2 points over team mate Dani Pedrosa and 11 points clear of defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

After the race Marzez said: “We had a very good race. The victory is so important because those 25 points mean a lot in the championship,”

“I’m happy, it’s great to win, but you shouldn’t forget that both Pedrosa and Lorenzo weren’t here,”

“I hadn’t expected to control the race like that.”

Cal Crutchlow was full of praise for Marquez saying: “Well done to Marc because he raced a great race,”

He then went on to say: “Even if Dani Pedrosa or Jorge Lorenzo were here I believe this would have been the same result, I really do.”

“We have made a massive step. I had my worst ever result here in 2011 and I gave my all this time and, considering my physical condition, I am really happy.”

Round 9 is the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend.

German MotoGP results:

1. Marc Marquez – (Spa) Repsol Honda

2. Cal Crutchlow – (Gbr) Tech 3 Yamaha

3. Valentino Rossi – (Ita) Yamaha

4. Stefan Bradl – (Ger) LCR Honda

5. Alvaro Bautista – (Spa) Gresini Honda

6. Bradley Smith – (Gbr) Tech 3 Yamaha

7. Andrea Dovizioso – (Ita) Ducati

8. Aleix Espargaro – (Spa) Aspar ART

9. Nicky Hayden – (USA) Ducati

10. Michele Pirro – (Ita) Pramac Ducati

Championship Standings

1. Marc Marquez – 138 points

2. Dani Pedrosa – 136 points

3. Jorge Lorenzo – 127 points

4. Cal Crutchlow – 107 points

5. Valentino Rossi – 101 points

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Jorge Lorenzo triumphs in Barcelona

Jorge Lorenzo

By Karen Touma ( @KarenTouma )

Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo had is third career win at the Catalunya MotoGP on Sunday following victories in Qatar and Italy earlier this season. The win in Spain closes the gap between the current championship leader, Dani Pedrosa to just seven points.

The Spaniard moved from third on the grid to first before the first corner and maintained his lead throughout the remainder of the race.

Pedrosa managed to fend off his Honda teammate Marc Marquez in the final stages of the races with the rookie finishing in third.

The good start for Lorenzo turned out to be crucial for the Yamaha rider as he struggled with the high temperatures.

“I knew that the start would be crucial and I couldn’t afford to let Dani get away from me,” said the 26 year-old Yamaha rider.

“I got lucky and actually passed him and although he pressured me for a while he let up at halfway and I was able to relax a bit. It was a nightmare race to ride in because of the temperature.”

Despite spending much of the race defending the attack of Marc Marquez, Pedrosa was pleased with his performance.

“It was not a perfect race for me as I was never close enough to Jorge to pass him. It’s not a good feeling from this race but still I am relieved to be in the overall lead.”

Marquez, the 20 year-old rookie said that Pedrosa did well to keep him at bay.

“As I prepared to attack Dani he braked early and that forced me to as well which cost me valuable time,” he said.

“I pushed 100% on the last lap and really made back that ground but he held on and I can only be happy with finishing on the podium.”

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