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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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Crutchlow signs with Ducati

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year deal to ride for Ducati commencing next season.

The 27-year-old has progressed and impressed this season from last with four podium finishes and was a sensible choice to replace 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden who will not be with Ducati as of seasons end.

Currently sitting 5th in the overall Championship standings on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha Satellite team, Crutchlow’s burning desire to ride for a factory team has finally come to a reality by accepting the new deal.

There are three factory teams in the MotoGP competition consisting of Ducati, Repsol Honda and Yamaha. With Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo having 2 years remaining on their Yamaha contract and the Spanish duo of Marc Marquz and Dani Pedros with Reposl Honda, it was a case of ‘where do I sign’ for Cal to join the factory Ducati in 2014.

The benefits of riding for a factory team are having priorities over the other teams with mechanical updates and specification upgrades before their sister teams, who lease their bikes from the factories.

The move also reunites Crutchlow with former Monster Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. The pair encountered some amazing duels last season consistently finishing 4th and 5th and vise versa.

Timing for the deal was perfect for Crutchlow as Yamaha were in talks with Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro back in May for next season. Tech 3 have since signed Espargaro who will join Bradley Smith, Smith is contracted until the end of 2014. If the factory Ducati deal didn’t come about for Crutchlow he would still be looking for a ride not having a team.

Yamaha have responded to the move saying it was all about money and that they couldn’t afford to keep Crutchlow. Both parties where somehow still in talks last week according to Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis.

Jarvis encouraged Crutchlow to chase the big dollars saying it was the right time in his career to do so but some might see that as a smokescreen by the MD trying to play the ‘good guy’. After all, his bike had all but had a new rider before it was vacant.

In recent times Ducati has saddled up the likes of seven-times World Champion Valentino Rossi and former World Champion Casey Stoner but has been unable to collect a podium finish since Stoner at Phillip Island in 2010.

Cutchlow hopes to change all of that by building on his current form and taking it into the 2014 season.

 

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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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Valentino Rossi confident of more wins

Valentino Rossi

 

By Karen Touma ( @Karen Touma )

Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi went nearly three years without a win prior to his Dutch Grand Prix victory last weekend.

He has been unable to match the performances of his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo or Honda boys Dani Pedrosa and rookie Marc Marcquez this season. However, the Italian is confident that his win at Assen will set the tone for the remainder of the season.

“Now I hope to make a step. My rivals are very strong and very fast, but now I hope if I can ride like this I can stay together and fight for the victory and top positions every weekend. This is the target,” Rossi said.

“What I can do is stay 100 per cent concentrated and be physically and mentally prepared. And every weekend try to do my best.

“I have a great bike, I am in a factory team. But I know my rivals are so strong and the level is very, very high from the start to the end of the race. The pace has changed a lot from when I was younger.

“I think I still have the potential and especially the passion and the strength to fight at the front every week.”

Rossi brushed off the negative press he received from his difficult seasons at Ducati and his disappointing performance after his return to Yamaha in Qatar.

“To stay at the top you need everything at 100 per cent. You need a perfect weekend’s work on the bike, you need to be able to use the bike at 100 per cent and you need the right track, the right tyre for you,” Rossi said.

He also shrugged off media coverage of his disappointing performances between taking second on his Yamaha return in Qatar and winning in the Netherlands.

“After the Qatar race it was like ‘ah Valentino is still young’ and after Austin it was like ‘Valentino is finished, it’s over’,” he said.

“We always have it up and down.”