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MotoGP2013: Marquez and Lorenzo commence tense Championship decider


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


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.

Max Biaggi saluta il mondo delle corse

Autodromo di Vallelunga: Roma 7 Novembre 2012

L’annuncio in conferenza stampa a Vallelunga: «E’ giusto lasciare spazio ai giovani, adesso voglio pensare alla mia famiglia»

Queste sono le parole del neo campione del mondo della categoria Superbike, con le quali Max Biaggi annuncia il suo ritiro dalle corse.
Il sentore c’era già stato leggendo alcuni sui Tweet sul famoso social network, ma oggi è arrivata la notizia ufficiale.
Max è stato ed è tuttora un pilota simbolo delle due ruote che lascerà un gran vuoto nel cuore di tutti i suoi tifosi. Max ha rinunciato alla firma del rinnovo del contratto con Aprilia, molto simile a quello dello scorso anno, anche a livello economico. Dalle sue parole si legge la voglia di affiancare la sua compagna ed i suoi due bimbi, ai quali dice di aver dedicato troppo poco tempo. Del resto come non biasimarlo.

Il Corsaro salirà per l’ultima volta in sella ad una moto da corsa a Latina in occasione di una gara di Supermoto, organizzata in onore di Marco Simoncelli, che fu anche suo compagno di squadra in sella all’Aprilia per una sola gara nel mondiale SBK ad Imola.
Max nasce a Roma il 26 giugno 1971, la sua carriera sportiva è lunga e ricca di successi: 4 titoli nella categoria 250 di cui tre con l’Aprilia ed uno con la Honda; successivamente inizia la sua carriera nelle classi regine 500 e MotoGP, dove avrà un percorso non facile. Tutti ricorderanno, e aggiungo, che ci piace ricordare, tutte le lotte con Valentino Rossi, suo acerrimo rivale di sempre. E finalmente si apre la parentesi del Mondiale Superbike, che vede Max in sella a Suzuki, Ducati e Aprilia. Sarà quest’ultima a regalargli le più grandi soddisfazioni in questa categoria, regalando al pilota romano il titolo iridato nel 2010 e nel 2012.

Oggi, dopo 6 titolo mondiali sulle spalle, un totale di 370 gare, 63 vittorie e 181 podi, arriva l’addio del corsaro.
L’aver conquistato il titolo 2012 nella categoria Superbike è sicuramente il miglior modo per salutare il mondo delle corse.

Ciao campione, in bocca al lupo per tutto

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WORLDSBK.COM – Chaz Davies vittoria di forza in Gara 2

Chaz Davies (ParkinGo MTC Racing Aprilia) ha vinto di forza gara 2 del round tedesco del Campionato Mondiale eni FIM Superbike davanti a 46 mila spettatori, approfittando dei passi falsi compiuti da Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) e Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) entrambi scivolati.

Max Biaggi è però riuscito a ripartire, salvando un tredicesimo posto che gli permette di consolidare il primato in classifica riconquistato a spese di Melandri al termine della vittoriosa gara 1. L’Aprilia ha piazzato di nuovo sul podio anche l’irlandese Eugene Laverty riconquistando la vetta anche nel Mondiale Costruttori, sempre a spese della BMW, che nella gara di casa ha perso per caduta anche Leon Haslam.

Terzo posto per il britannico Leon Camier che ha riportato la FIXI Crescent Suzuki sul podio iridato dopo una lunga assenza. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), protagonista delle battute iniziali, ha fatto ancora il gambero terminando quinto, preceduto anche da Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team).

A due round dal termine (100 punti in palio) il Mondiale diventa più appassionante che mai: Biaggi è tornato leader con 318 punti, Melandri è di nuovo secondo a quota 308,5 mentre Sykes resta terzo incomodo con 291,5 punti.




Eni FIM Superbike – Moscow 2012 Highlights Videos

Superbike Videos

SBK Race 1 – Moscow 2012

SBK Race 2 – Moscow 2012

SBK – Misano Adriatico

From the last season.


Marco Melandri king of Race 2 at Miller Park


Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) and Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) went 1-2 in the second race at Miller, which was halted, shortened to 18 laps, and then re-started almost an hour-and-a-half late. The wait was worth it for the spectators as the last lap fight was tense and exciting right up until Melandri won by only 0.195 seconds….

Full Article: Melandri scores the second win of the season for BMW.


FIM Superbike World Championship

AMA Pro Road Racing News – Hayes Fastest at Miller Motorsports Park

TOOELE, Utah (May 26, 2012) – Even Saturday’s heavy winds at Miller Motorsports Park couldn’t dent the qualifying dominance of defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes.
Hayes laid claim to the top spot in qualifying again today to kick off the BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, continuing his perfect 2012 streak of provisional and combined qualifying pole positions…..

Full Article: Against the Wind: Hayes Fastest at Miller Motorsports Park.


Photo – Marco Melandri


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