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MotoGP2013: Marquez and Lorenzo commence tense Championship decider


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Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana
Race Preview
Thu, 7 November 2013

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Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo are set for the big decider this weekend at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, where one of the two will walk away as World Champion. They spoke to the assembled press at the Thursday pre-race press conference joined by Repsol’s Dani Pedrosa, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden as well as Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith.

In a slight change to the norm, that press conference was preceded by one featuring the Moto3™ title protagonists in the form of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom, Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins – all of who could also be crowned World Champion on Sunday.

Back in the premier-class however it was Marquez who commenced proceedings: “We need to finish in the top four and that is not easy with all of those guys in MotoGP. The mentality is the same as on other weekends: try to do my best Friday, Saturday in the Warm-Up and the race. We will see whether we can fight for the win, fight for the podium or just fight for some points.”

Lorenzo, who has a 13-point deficit over Marquez, knows he has a tough task at hand: “I am sure that, if he can, Valentino will help me, just as I would help him if he found himself in the same situation as me. The important thing is to be fast from Friday onwards and of course especially in the race. I think Marc and myself should be very proud as two Spaniards fighting for the MotoGP world title. I think the best strategy is try to win the race. That’s it. That’s the only thing I can do. We are fighting with a lot of Honda riders and that’s the only thing we can do. Let’s see if it rains on Sunday, but in normal circumstances I think it is very difficult.”

Pedrosa, who won in Valencia last year, had to respond to journalists on the topic of “Team Orders”: “HRC has no team orders as far as I know and I think he is still 13 points ahead and always on the podium, so I think he’s capable of doing it anyway, but sure I’ll try to do my best in the race. And winning it would be the best way of helping the team.”

Rossi, veering off topic slightly, announced the split from his long-term crew chief Jeremy Burgess: “The target is to fight with the top three each weekend. This season it has happened, but not so often. We have had some very good races, with some podiums, and especially one victory. For me, the best way to help Jorge is to try and be in front of Marc. I know it’s very difficult, but for sure I will try. The rumours are true. Not that I am not happy with Jeremy, but I think next year Jeremy will not be my chief mechanic. It was a very difficult decision for me because I have a great history with him. He is not just my chief mechanic but part of my family and my father of racing. But I have decided that next year I need to change something to try and find new motivation to have a new boost to improve my level and my speed.”

Hayden, who clinched the title here in 2006, does not see a great similarity between his race here and what the two Spaniards are about to commence: “Not really. Obviously it’s a lot better to be eight points down [as he was in 2006]. He has a bigger margin, so he needs more to happen. You have to think Marc is in a much better spot – I would much rather be in his spot than Jorge…actually, I would rather be in any of their spots! Marc is not exactly your typical rookie and you would think without any problems he should get it done, but you never know until the flag flies on Sunday.”

Smith, coming to the end of his rookie season, is pleased with how things have gone, yet also believes that next year’s newbies will maybe have more of an instant impact: “We seem to have been ahead of our own personal targets and also what Yamaha expected of me, so that is really nice. I am pleased with the final outcome and also looking forward to the winter before coming back and having another go next year. I didn’t really have the best end to my Moto2 championship and didn’t come into this season with the highest confidence, so I think my jump was a bit more from what we’ll see from Scott and Pol.”

The Moto3™ contenders are tightly bunched at the top of the table, with Salom holding only a two-point lead over Viñales. The Red Bull rider commented: “I want to say thanks to Maverick and Alex for making this championship so nice. I have enjoyed this year a lot and the position on Sunday won’t matter. Of course I want to win if I can, but I won’t mind about the position. But I will remember this season forever and have always remembered fighting with them. We have won seven races this year, which is a lot and we need to continue as we have been doing across the other races.”

Viñales, who knows he has to win, will be giving all he can to take the title: “I don’t believe it! Japan was incredible. This is an opportunity and we will try to make the best result and find the best setting for the race. We have worked really hard all season but this weekend we’ll try to work even harder than usual. Winning is the only result we can do to win the championship. We’ll try to do our best and do the best possible in the race.”

Rins added: “My team and I will try to work in the same line as we have at other circuits – and that’s it. Maybe in the race we need to do a better strategy, like Salom’s strategy, which with he has won seven races, so maybe I can do that strategy but in the end we will see.”

Earlier in the day, Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro and Mapfre Aspar’s Nico Terol took part in a popular Spanish sport called Padel at the Agora Tennis Court in Valencia. They received the best tuition possible with the stars of the World Padel Tour, Pablo Lima, Juani Mieres, Miguel Lamperti and Maxi Grabiel at hand to show them the ropes.

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MotoGP 2013: Anticipation builds as MotoGP™ moves epic battle to Misano


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MotoGP 2013 Press Release
Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Preview
Mon, 9 September 2013

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As the MotoGP™ grid heads to the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano this weekend there is once again only one thing on riders’ minds – how to close the gap to championship leader Marc Marquez.

Last time out in Silverstone it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo who managed to figure it out by beating the Repsol Honda Team rookie sensation with a bold move in the final few corners. Lorenzo will aim for much of the same as he tries to cut the lead to the Repsol Honda men, including Dani Pedrosa, who will look to convert his outright pace into a win to get his title challenge back on course. Marquez may prove tougher to beat in Misano however, as he will have recovered further from the left dislocated collarbone he picked up in a crash in Sunday Warm-Up at the last race.

Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi is aiming to find his end-of-race pace directly off the start line, as that looks to be the weak link stopping him from challenging for a podium or win once more. GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista on the other hand will be searching for a way past the famous Italian, having lost out to him narrowly in the last three races. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl has been somewhat off-colour in recent races, despite showing great pace over one lap. He will need to rediscover the race pace that saw him take second in Laguna Seca, whereas Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow will look to forget his crash-plagued Silverstone and get back to challenging for the podium.

The Ducati Team duo may fare better at Misano than in previous outings, as they occasionally use it as a test track during the season. Yet no doubt they will have Tech3’s British rookie Bradley Smith to contend with, who has recently been tussling with the Ducatis on track. Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies is once again replaced due to injury by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, who will make it a fully Italian garage alongside Energy T.I. Pramac’s Andrea Iannone.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro still looks near unstoppable as top CRT on his ART machine, and the likes of NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards and Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera will have a tough job chasing him down.

World Championship Standings MotoGP™

1- Marc Marquez SPA Honda 233
2- Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 203
3- Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 194
4- Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha 156
5- Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha 136

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The top news running up to Misano is that of inaugural Moto2™ World Champion Toni Elias, who has now departed the Blusens Avintia team. The Spaniard is in negotiations regarding a move to the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, while he is replaced in the intermediate class by Argentina’s Ezequiel Iturrioz.

Fresh from winning his home race, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding will head into this weekend’s GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano as favourite, with Tuenti HP 40 title rival Pol Espargaro needing a good race to reduce the Brit’s lead.

Redding was on superb form in Silverstone, and will prove tough to beat in Misano, however with the likes of Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi and Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami on form at the moment, there are many contenders for the win. Espargaro had a weekend to forget in the UK, though in Misano will still remain one of the favourites for the podium, as will his teammate Esteve Rabat, who usually looks strong towards the end of the race.

The NGM Mobile Forward Racing team could be one to watch with local rider Alex de Angelis, as well as two other strong Italians in the form of Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia has replaced Yuki Takahashi permanently with Malaysian Azlan Shah, whilst Australian Jason O’Halloran steps in once again for the inured Mike di Meglio in the JiR Moto2 team.

Gino Rea is the only wildcard this weekend with his Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing team. Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas will not contest the race due to injury and will be covered for by Spanish compatriot Alex Mariñelarena. At Federal Oil Gresini Moto2, Italy’s Franco Morbidelli stands in for Doni Tata Pradita for this event.

Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal is set to appear in Misano, despite suffering a broken right ankle in Moto2 Warm-Up at Silverstone, but will have to pass a medical test before being allowed out on-track.

World Championship Standings Moto2™

1- Scott Redding GBR Kalex 192
2- Pol Espargaro SPA Kalex 154
3- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex 135
4- Mika Kallio FIN Kalex 125
5- Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter 108

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Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom is firmly in charge as the Moto3™ contingent heads to this weekend’s GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano to fight it out for the lightweight title.

Salom has looked in dominant form in recent races, and the likes of Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins will be trying their best to get past the Mallorcan and claw back some points. Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez is proving to be a constant podium threat, whilst Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller is always one to watch.

Away from the track there is a significant technology switch with the Ambrogio Racing team switching from Suter-Honda bikes to Mahindras. This means that for the first time ever there will be four permanent Mahindra bikes on the grid in the Moto3™ World Championship. Add to that the Misano wildcard of Italian Andrea Locatelli alongside regular riders Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez, and there will be five.

And providing another twist this weekend will be wildcard Luca Marini with his team Twelve Racing – the Italian being the half brother of nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

World Championship Standings Moto3™

1- Luis Salom SPA KTM 233
2- Maverick Viñales SPA KTM 207
3- Alex Rins SPA KTM 200
4- Jonas Folger GER Kalex KTM 120
5- Alex Marquez SPA KTM 117

LUIGI FERRARA RACCONTA LA SUA PRIMA VITTORIA STAGIONALE NELLA SUPERSTARS CON LA MERCEDES C63 AMG COUPÉ


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L’ASSO DEL R.R.T. È CONCENTRATO SU IMOLA, DOVE PUNTA A BISSARE IL SUCCESSO DELL’INGHILTERRA

Roma, 4 settembre 2013

Il messaggio che arriva d’oltremanica è forte e chiaro: Luigi Ferrara c’è! Dopo aver impressionato tutti mettendo a segno la pole position al primo giro e per di più senza aver preso parte alle libere, il portacolori del R.R.T. ha portato sul gradino più alto del podio di Donington per la prima volta la Mercedes C63 AMG Coupè.

Sfortunata invece la seconda gara, dove la coupé tutta gialla è dovuta rientrare ai box per un inconveniente tecnico al motore.

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Allo stesso Ferrara abbiamo chiesto di raccontarci il suo weekend inglese:

“Il fine settimana è iniziato veramente in salita. Abbiamo dovuto cambiare il motore della Mercedes per poter fare almeno le qualifiche, ma il team devo ammettere che ha fatto davvero un ottimo lavoro. Ho abbassato la visiera e mi sono giocato il tutto per tutto. Pole staccata con la bandiera a scacchi che stava ancora sventolando, ma sapevo che era troppo presto per festeggiare. Le gare della SUPERSTARS riservano sempre tante sorprese, quindi ero consapevole di dover sfruttare al massimo la partenza per cercare di staccare i miei rivali se volevo provare a vincere, e così è stato. Ultima curva del giro lanciato e gas spalancato per affrontare la prima staccata che può compromettere la tua gara al minimo sbaglio. Sono stato bravo e sono riuscito a rimanere davanti. Tanta paura invece su quella macchia d’olio lasciata dalla Lexus al tornantino, per un attimo ho immaginato di dover appendere la tuta senza il profumo dello spumante sop ra, ma ho tenuto la traiettoria giusta e sono andato a prendermi la vittoria. Quest’anno siamo stati perseguitati da problemi tecnici sulla nostra vettura, ma non ci siamo mai scoraggiati ed abbiamo continuato a lavorare duro. Ora penso ad Imola, circuito dove ho vinto in tante categorie. Spero di bissare la prestazione di Donington anche se purtroppo non possiamo giocarci il titolo, sfida che rimandiamo al 2014”.

“Abbiamo un pilota ed una vettura veloce – ha dichiarato Nico Caldarola (Team Manager R.R.T.) – tutti i nostri sforzi, sono stati finalmente ripagati. Credo nella SUPERSTARS, ed aver sviluppato in completa autonomia una vettura che sta iniziando a dare i frutti sperati mi inorgoglisce. Puntando su Ferrara quest’anno sapevo di fare la cosa giusta. Poter salire sul gradino più alto del podio dopo più di un anno ci da la carica per affrontare con la mentalità giusta gli ultimi due appuntamenti del 2013, dove scommetto che saremo ancora tra i protagonisti”.

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MotoGP 2013: Lorenzo edges Marquez in Silverstone thriller


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MotoGP 2013: PRESS RELEASE
Sun, 1 September 2013

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Jorge Lorenzo has returned to winning ways in a highly dramatic Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone, beating championship leader Marc Marquez by less than one tenth of a second. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium as home favourite Cal Crutchlow struggled to seventh place.

On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in Sunday morning Warm-Up. After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Centre, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider headed up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.

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Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno last weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders. Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just over two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale. On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield, which featured slight contract between the two bikes.

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The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far. Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him. In fourth spot was Valentino Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, while LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finished in sixth place.

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Having missed his home race in 2011 before starting at the back in 2012, Cal Crutchlow had hoped for a much stronger Silverstone weekend in 2013. He crashed twice on Saturday and again in Sunday’s Warm-Up, then paid the price for a poor getaway as the Tech3 rider plummeted from third to sixth at the start. He would fall back to his eventual finishing position of seventh when the charging Bautista – who had lined up eighth on the grid – overtook at the end of Lap 1.

Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith again found himself dicing with the pair of Ducati Team riders, but was ultimately taken advantage of by Nicky Hayden for eighth place. Smith would end the day ninth, while Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate tour. The Italian joined second-lap faller Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project) on the sidelines, promoting Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into the top ten despite a broken finger and injured neck after a Saturday crash; he therefore led home the CRT riders as PBM’s Michael Laverty ended his maiden home race in 19th position, ahead of Colombian teammate Yonny Hernandez.

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Following the race, it was announced that Marquez has been given two Penalty Points under the new system due to not slowing down under the yellow flags in the morning Warm-Up. This also happened to be the moment that saw him crash at the same turn as Cal Crutchlow. Not to be confused with Championship Points, the penalty system was introduced in 2013, under which Up to 10 penalty points can be imposed, with sanctions applied at certain thresholds. Any rider reaching four penalty points starts the next race from the back of the grid, while seven points lead to a pit lane start and 10 points a race ban.

With the triple-header of Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone now over, MotoGP™ returns in two weekends’ time with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. With six events remaining in 2013, debutant Marquez carries an advantage of 30 points over Pedrosa, with Sunday’s winner Lorenzo now trailing the championship leader by 39 points.

MotoGP™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha 40:52.515
2- Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda +0.081
3- Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda +1.551

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10- Aleix Espargaro (SPA) ART +53.196

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Moto2™ championship leader Scott Redding has won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider, who took the lead off the start line, was assisted in the closing stages as a tight battled raged for second place. Pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi completed the podium.

On Saturday, Japan’s Nakagami had claimed his second pole position within the space of a week, but it was Redding who seized the lead as the red lights went out. Critically for the English rider, much fighting over the remaining rostrum places would prove a decisive element in his first home victory since 2008, when he had claimed a career-first win in the 125 class at Donington Park.

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A race-long duel between Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) and Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) featured various changes of position, not least on the last lap when the duo swapped places at Vale and Club corners before battling deep into the Brooklands complex. The Japanese would finish ahead of the Swiss, with Tuenti HP 40’s Tito Rabat and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter in close attendance. Redding’s teammate and Brno winner Mika Kallio was sixth.

Sunday was a difficult affair for title contender Pol Espargaro. Following a crash at the start of the Warm-Up session, the Tuenti HP 40 rider started sixth on the grid but lost ground in the early stages of the race – falling to as low as 11th. He fought back up to eighth behind Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco, but crucially loses a further 17 points in his championship fight with Redding. Six races remain in 2013.

Three riders failed to finish. Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Alberto Moncayo was an early faller, while British wildcard Gino Rea (Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing, fracturing the fourth metacarpus of his right hand) and Xavier Simeon (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team) crashed across the final pair of laps.

At JiR Moto2, Australian Jason O’Halloran finished 25th as he replaced France’s Mike di Meglio, injured at Brno last weekend, while both Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas and Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal missed the race following a multiple collision at the end of the morning Warm-Up.

Moto2 continues in two weekends’ time, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Scott Redding – who has become the first Briton to win an intermediate class race in his home country since Tom Herron triumphed at the Isle of Man TT in 1976 – will head to Italy with a 38-point championship advantage over Pol Espargaro.

Moto2™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Scott Redding (GBR) Kalex 38:22.897
2- Takaaki Nakagami (JPN) Kalex +1.066
3- Thomas Luthi (SWI) Suter +1.170

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Luis Salom has extended his Moto3™ championship lead with a second consecutive victory, beating Alex Rins by just 49 thousandths of a second in the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Alex Marquez rounded out the rostrum while pole-sitter Maverick Viñales just failed to establish a new podium finishes record.

Silverstone marked the end of the triple-header, which had first taken the championship to Indianapolis and Brno; with this in mind, many were keen to sign off with victory ahead of a two-week break until the next race.

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Salom started as he meant to continue by shooting into the lead from third on the grid. Before the 17 laps were completed, however, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider would exchange positions on various occasions with Team Calvo’s Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins, with Rins’ teammate Marquez also very much in the battle. Salom would confirm his sixth win of the season by less than half a tenth of a second, with second-placed Rins having had to defend as well as attack on the final tour.

Marquez’s top three result was his second in three races, while in fourth Viñales finished off the podium for the first time this year; in the process, he just misses out on becoming the first rider in history to claim 11 successive podium finishes from the start of a season in the lower class of the World Championship. The top six was completed by Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, while Britain’s John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG) scored two points in his home Grand Prix, finishing 14th.

Four riders failed to see the chequered flag, including La Fonte Tascaracing’s Alessandro Tonucci who was involved in a high-speed Woodcote collision with Aspar’s Eric Granado in the closing stages of the races. The first pair of retirements were CIP Moto3’s Juanfran Guevara and teammate Alan Techer, both out of the race in a first-lap collision at Vale with Racing Steps Foundation KRP’s Wayne Ryan. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, teammate to Salom, recovered to 20th place after being forced to start from the pit lane following technical problems on the grid.

Salom’s championship lead over Viñales is now 26 points, with Rins a further seven behind. Moto3™ continues at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini taking place in two weeks’ time.

Moto3™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Luis Salom (SPA) KTM 38:17.291
2- Alex Rins (SPA) KTM +0.049
3- Alex Marquez (SPA) KTM +0.698

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MotoGP2013: FIM Announcement Decision of the Race Direction Notification of Sanction


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MotoGP 2013: PRESS RELEASE

On 1st September, 2013 during MotoGP™ Warm Up session of the Hertz British Grand Prix, rider Marc Marquez (93) was riding in a section of the circuit where waved yellow flags were displayed due to an earlier accident. He continued at racing speed and did not slow down and be prepared to stop as required by the regulations. His subsequent crash at the same point as the previous accident seriously endangered the rider being attended and the marshals in the accident zone.

This is an infringement of Article 1.22.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

A Race Direction hearing was held at Silverstone on 1st September 2013 and the decision of the Race Direction is to impose two penalty points on the 2013 season total of the MotoGP rider number 93 Marc Marquez.

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No appeal has been lodged. The decision of the Race Direction is final.

A DONINGTON LUIGI FERRARA CELEBRA IL SUO PRIMO SUCCESSO STAGIONALE NELLA SUPERSTARS CON LA MERCEDES C63 AMG COUPE’ DEL R.R.T.


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GIOVANNI BERTON (BMW) E THOMAS BIAGI (MERCEDES) COMPLETANO IL PODIO DI GARA 1

Castle Donington, 1 settembre 2013

Grande prova di Luigi Ferrara nella prima gara SUPERSTARS del fine settimana di Donington. Il portacolori del team R.R.T. dopo aver messo a segno la pole, nonostante i problemi riscontrati nelle prove libere dove la squadra romana aveva dovuto addirittura sostituire il motore della Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé, è stato protagonista assoluto del primo start della giornata in cui ha tenuto il comando dal primo all’ultimo giro.

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Non poteva andare meglio di così a Giovanni Berton (BMW M3 Team BMW Dinamic), abile nello sfruttare una perdita d’olio della Lexus (MRT By Nocentini) di Diego Romanini, che ha permesso al pilota vento di sopravanzare i piloti che lo precedevano e di portarsi dritto verso la conquista della medaglia d’argento. Costante anche il leader della classifica internazionale Thomas Biagi, che con il terzo posto di oggi può festeggiare l’ottavo podio stagionale con la Mercedes C63 AMG ufficiale. Ottima la corsa di Gianni Morbidelli su Audi RS5 (Audi Sport Italia), che nonostante i 60 kg di zavorra e l’intervento del Bop è riuscito a chiudere sulla quarta piazza davanti all’ex F1 Tonio Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG).

Da evidenziare sia la buona gara della Lexus di Diego Romanini, che aveva orbitato nella top-ten prima della rottura del motore nelle fasi finali della gara, sia la performance del debuttante Colin Turkington (BMW M3 Scuderia Giudici), sesto per quasi tutta la corsa prima di essere coinvolto in un contatto che ha visto chiudere anzitempo la sua gara.

CRONACA. Allo scattare del semaforo verde Ferrara tiene saldamente la prima posizione seguito dall’alfiere della Mercedes-AMG Romeo Ferraris Liuzzi e dalla BMW di Berton. Protagonista subito Biagi che scavalca la RS5 di Morbidelli che sfila così in quinta posizione proprio davanti al britannico Turkington. A farsi vedere è ancora Biagi, che all’ultima curva prima del rettifilo della partenza infila Berton e va a conquistare la terza posizione, durante la stessa manovra di sorpasso è scaltro anche Morbidelli che approfitta del largo della M3 del pilota del Team BMW Dinamic per sopravanzarlo. Poco dopo ad “infiammare” la tribuna davanti ai box è il contatto tra Andrea Bacci e Francesco Sini, con quest’ultimo costretto al ritiro dopo aver urtato la parte posteriore della Camaro. La muscle car ferma sull’erba chiama l’intervento in pista della safety-car, il tutto durante il quinto giro. Prima de llo sventolare della bandiera verde anche Domenico Schiattarella rientra in pit-lane per alcuni problemi al cambio della sua Lumina. Al restart Turkington passa la vettura gemella di Berton e si porta in sesta posizione, nel gruppo di testa invece Morbidelli restituisce il favore a Biagi e riconquista la terza piazza. Colpo di scena nelle battute finali con la Lexus che a seguito della rottura del motore perdeva olio in prossimità del tornantino stravolgendo le prime posizioni. Ferrara è bravo a tenere in pista la macchina e a mantenere la prima posizione, Berton riesce a passare sulla traiettoria giusta ed approfittando della confusione di alcune vetture costrette a manovre di contenimento per non insabbiarsi, si porta alle spalle della Mercedes Coupé. Biagi riprende la terza posizione seguito dal compagno di squadra Liuzzi. Ancora emozioni all’ultimo giro con Morbidelli su Liuzzi, con quest’ultimo costretto a cedere il passo al pesarese che chiude la gara così in quarta posizione.

Gara 1 (top 5):
1. Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé) 16 giri in 27’18.861;
2. Berton (BMW M3 E92) 1.874;
3. Biagi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 2.678;
4. Morbidelli (Audi RS5) 2.926;
5. Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 5.202.

FERRARA (MERCEDES) SIGLA A DONINGTON LA SUA SECONDA POLE DELLA STAGIONE DAVANTI A LIUZZI (MERCEDES) E BERTON (BMW)


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NELLA GTSPRINT POLE PER SCHÖFFLER-JARVIS (AUDI R8 LMS) IN GARA 1 E WESTBROOK-TSYPLAKOV (FERRARI 458 ITALIA) IN GARA 2

Castle Donington, 31 agosto 2013

Luigi Ferrara ripete l’ottimo exploit di Portimao siglando sul circuito di Donington la sua seconda pole della stagione al volante della Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé della RRT. Il miglior crono di Ferrara, 1’33.899, è arrivato proprio transitando sotto la bandiera a scacchi che sanciva il termine delle qualifiche, scavalcando in extremis Vitantonio Liuzzi, portacolori del team Mercedes-AMG Romeo Ferraris che, sulla C63 AMG berlina, è staccato di appena sedici millesimi (1’33.915). Quotazioni in rialzo per Giovanni Berton, a suo agio sul tracciato inglese, che ha portato la BMW M3 del Team BMW Dinamic in terza posizione (1’34.183) precedendo l’Audi RS5 di Gianni Morbidelli (Audi Sport Italia), reduce dalle quattro vittorie consecutive conquistate negli ultimi due appuntamenti di Zolder e Portimao. Quinto l’attuale leader del campionato Thomas Biagi, sulla secon da Mercedes C63 AMG ufficiale. Sul tracciato di Donington ha fatto il suo debutto in SUPERSTARS il britannico Colin Turkington al volante della BMW M3 del Team Giudici. Il pilota nord-irlandese protagonista del BTCC ha ottenuto il sesto tempo nelle qualifiche davanti a Max Mugelli (BMW M3) e Domenico Schiattarella (Chevrolet Lumina). Domani le due gare della SUPERSTARS sono in programma alle 11.00 e alle 15.10.

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Parterre d’eccezione per la GTSPRINT, che in questo appuntamento inglese vede il debutto di Richard Westbrook, ex-campione del Fia GT nonché attualmente impegnato nella Grand-Am con i colori ufficiali Chevrolet, che dividerà l’abitacolo della Ferrari 458 Italia del Team Ukraine con Ruslan Tsyplakov. Il duo ha ottenuto il miglior tempo delle Q2 (1’28.834) mentre nella Q1 è stata l’Audi R8 LMS di Audi MTM a svettare, con il tempo di 1’28.638, affidata a Thomas Schöffler e Oliver Jarvis (pilota che ha conquistato per due volte il terzo gradino del podio della 24 Ore di Le Mans). In entrambe le sessioni il secondo rilevamento è andato alla Ferrari 458 Italia del duo Giammaria-Kruglyk (Team Ukraine), che hanno preceduto Croce-Beretta (Ferrari 58 Italia dell’Ombra Racing Team) nelle prime qualifiche e Schöffler-Jarvis nella seconda sessione. I due start di domani saranno alle 12.20 per Gara 1 e alle 17.25 per Gara 2.

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Rai Sport 2 proporrà come di consueto tutte le gare della giornata, con le due sfide della SUPERSTARS trasmesse alle 19.00 e alle 20.00, mentre quelle della GTSPRINT alle 21.05 e alle 22.20.

SUPERSTARS | QUALIFICHE (top 5):
1. Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé) 1’33.899;
2. Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’33.915;
3. Berton (BMW M3) 1’34.183;
4. Morbidelli (Audi RS5) 1’34.219;
5. Biagi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’34.345.

GTSPRINT | QUALIFICHE 1 (top-5):
1. Schöffler-Jarvis (Audi R8 LMS) 1’28.834;
2. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’29.152;
3. Croce-Beretta (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’30.744;
4. Solieri (Porsche 997) 1’30.881;
5. Tsyplakov-Westbrook (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’31.058.

GTSPRINT | QUALIFICHE 2 (top-5):
1. Tsyplakov-Westbrook (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’28.638;
2. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 Italia) 1’29.395;
3. Schöffler-Jarvis (Audi R8 LMS) 1’29.645;
4. Solieri (Porsche 997) 1’30.737;
5. Del Castello-Necchi (Corvette Z06R) 1’30.790.

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SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES: A DONINGTON VITANTONIO LIUZZI PRIMO NELLE PROVE LIBERE 2 DAVANTI AL COMPAGNO DI SQUADRA THOMAS BIAGI


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COLIN TURKINGTON PORTA LA BMW DELLA SCUDERIA GIUDICI ALLE SPALLE DELLE MERCEDES UFFICIALI

Donington Castle, 31 agosto 2013

A Donington Vitantonio Liuzzi sale in cattedra nel secondo turno di prove libere e stacca il compagno di squadra Thomas Biagi per poco più di mezzo secondo. Dietro le due C63 AMG ufficiali (Mercedes-AMG Romeo Ferraris), il britannico Colin Turkington su BMW M3 E92 by Scuderia Giudici ha dato prova di essere particolarmente ispirato sul tracciato inglese dove è al debutto assoluto nella SUPERSTARS.

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Non da meno è stata anche la prestazione di Francesco Sini, quarto con la Chevrolet Camaro (Solaris Motorsport) che sembra dare ottimi segnali di adattamento alla conformazione del circuito di Donington su cui la muscle car correrà per la prima volta proprio questo weekend. In ripresa Giovanni Berton quinto con la BMW M3 Team BMW Dinamic, che va a migliorare sostanzialmente i rilevamenti cronometrici fatti registrare nel turno precedente in cui era rimasto leggermente indietro. Alle spalle del pilota veneto si sono piazzati i due ex F1 Gianni Morbidelli (Audi RS5 Audi Sport Italia) e Domenico Schiattarella (Chevrolet Lumina), rispettivamente sesto e settimo al termine della sessione.

In evidenza anche Roberto Papini al rientro nella SUPERSTARS dopo più di un anno d’assenza, decimo con la Mercedes C36 AMG della Caal Racing con cui è stato preceduto dal compagno di squadra Andrea Bacci e dalla BMW M3 di Max Mugelli.

Da segnalare l’esposizione di una bandiera rossa da parte dei commissari di gara a seguito dell’arresto improvviso della Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé di Luigi Ferrara costretta al ritiro a causa di alcuni inconvenienti tecnici al motore.

Prove Libere 2 (top 5):
1. Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’34”631;
2. Biagi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’35”157;
3. Turkington (BMW M3 E92) 1’35”228;
4. Sini (Chevrolet Camaro) 1’35”229;
5. Berton (BMW M3 E92) 1’35”889.

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GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES: A DONINGTON IL DUO TSYPLAKOV-WESTBROOK È IL PIÙ VELOCE AL TERMINE DELLE PROVE LIBERE 1


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LA AUDI R8 LMS DI THOMAS SCHÖFFLER E OLIVER JARVIS INSEGUE LA ROSSA DI MARANELLO DEL TEAM UKRAINE

Donington Castle, 31 agosto 2013

E’ stata l’inedita coppia composta da Ruslan Tsyplakov e da Richard Westbrook a far segnare il migliore responso del primo turno di prove libere che ha dato il via al fine settimana di Donington.

Sul circuito d’oltremanica che ospita questo weekend il sesto degli otto doppi appuntamenti della GTSPRINT, i due piloti del Team Ukraine, che questo weekend può contare sull’esperienza dello stesso Westbrook, hanno stabilito il miglior tempo di 1’29.055 al volante della Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. Subito in evidenza anche Thomas Schöffler, il quale dovrà difendere il primato in classifica assieme ad un altro esordiente d’eccezione, l’inglese Oliver Jarvis. Alle spalle della R8 LMS Audi MTM si è portata l’altra Rossa di Maranello della compagine guidata da Andrea Quadranti affidata all’equipaggio formato da Andrii Kruglyk e Raffaele Giammaria.

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Pollice rivolto verso l’alto anche per la Corvette Z06 di Roberto Del Castello e Piero Necchi, quarti davanti alla Ferrari 458 Italia sempre in configurazione GT3 del Brasiliano Fernando Croce e del debuttante Matteo Beretta (Ombra Racing Team). Sesto tempo per la Porsche 997 di Glauco Solieri, che sul tracciato inglese dovrà faticare non poco per riconquistare il primo posto nella classifica generale, conteso proprio con Schöffler da cui è staccato per sole tre lunghezze. Bene anche l’altra coppia del Team Ombra Racing Cordoni-Mantovani (Ferrari 458 Italia) e Gianni Giudici (Ginetta G50 Scuderia Giudici), che hanno chiuso rispettivamente sul settimo ed ottavo responso della mattina.

Prove Libere 1 (top 5):
1. Tsyplakov-Westbrook (Ferrari 458 GTS3) 1’29”055;
2. Schöffler-Jarvis (Audi R8 LMS GTS3) 1’30”214;
3. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 GTS3) 1’30”337;
4. Del Castello-Necchi (Corvette Z06 R GTS3) 1’30”993;
5. Croce-Beretta (Ferrari 458 GTS3) 1’31”032.

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