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MotoGP2013: Marquez vs Lorenzo – The Showdown!


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Official MotoGP 2013 Preview
Mon, 4 November 2013

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In Valencia this weekend at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, MotoGP™ fans the world over will enjoy a final-race title decider for the first time in seven years, as Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez looks to hold off the charge from Yamaha Factory Racing’s reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

The last time such a showdown occurred was in 2006 when Honda’s Nicky Hayden claimed the ultimate honour as Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi made a rare mistake. Seven years on, more drama is certain as Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo go head-to-head at the climax of what has been a riveting season. Marquez heads to Valencia with a championship-leading advantage of 13 points, meaning a single fourth place would guarantee the title no matter what Lorenzo is capable of.

Looking at the rookie’s track record this looks to be a certain, however if Valencia’s rain-hit race of last year is anything to go by, anything can happen. It was Repsol’s Dani Pedrosa who won the race last year, and will this year be out to prove a point, as he saw his title chances go after his third place in Motegi. Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi could prove to be a big factor in the outcome of the race, as he looks to hold off Marquez’s charge and help out his teammate Lorenzo.

Another player could be Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, who has not only cemented fifth place in the championship, but also contests his last race on board a Yamaha before his switch to Ducati. GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista has been continually improving throughout the season and will hope to impress his home fans, whilst LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl should be much closer to full fitness after fracturing his right ankle in Malaysia.

Nicky Hayden will aim to have a good weekend on his last for the Ducati Team and get one over on his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, whilst the Ignite Pramac and Energy T.I. Pramac machines of Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Dovizioso will hope to hold off Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro. Espargaro has already collected top CRT honours, but will aim to celebrate that with another spot in Parc Ferme in front of local support. The grid will be two riders stronger, as Michele Pirro lines up for the Ducati Test team, and Austrian Martin Bauer makes another appearance with his S&B Suter with the Remus Racing Team.

World Championship Standings MotoGP™

1- Marc Marquez SPA Honda 318
2- Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 305
3- Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 280
4- Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha 224
5- Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha 188

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Heading to Valencia for the last round of 2013, Moto2™ is the only category in which the title has already been decided, in favour of Pol Espargaro. However, plenty of rivals will be looking for a confidence-boosting victory at the end of another tiring campaign.

With just the sole round still to run, Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40) heads the luckless Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) by the unassailable margin of 41 points, with a maximum of 25 still on offer. Compounding a dreadful end to the triple-header, Redding was taken out of the Japanese Grand Prix in a crash triggered by third title contender and Espargaro’s teammate, Tito Rabat. Both men will now be looking to put one over the Champion in Valencia, with Espargaro and Redding then heading to MotoGP™ for 2014, while Rabat remains in Moto2™ with Marc VDS.

There will be plenty more to fight for at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, as well. Fourth, eighth and tenth in the championship, Mika Kallio (Marc VDS), and Aspar Team Moto2 pairing Nico Terol and Jordi Torres will all be searching for one more win before the end of the season, whereas no less than four of the riders in the overall top ten are still on the lookout for a victory before moving into the off-season.

Regular wildcard Gino Rea will be taking part once more with his Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing team, as will other familiar, Malaysian Hafiz Syahrin, with the Petronas Raceline Malaysia outfit.

World Championship Standings Moto2™

1- Pol Espargaro SPA Kalex 265
2- Scott Redding GBR Kalex 224
3- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex 204
4- Mika Kallio FIN Kalex 185
5- Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter 151

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Any one of three riders could leave Valencia this weekend with a maiden Moto3™ world title. At present, a blanket could be thrown over the trio, with Luis Salom, Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins covered by just five points.

In 2012, Germany’s Sandro Cortese clinched the first ever Moto3™ title with a pair of races to spare. A year later, a campaign of mixed results has left Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom, Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins with almost equal opportunities heading into Valencia. Salom leads Viñales by just two points, with Rins only a further three in arrears. It was those three, in that very order, who won the opening three races of the year and, until Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez triumphed for the first time in Japan, no other rider had clinched a lightweight class victory in 2013.

At the same time, Marquez will be keen to complete the year with back-to-back wins, while Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) and Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) would certainly be deserving of a victory should they achieve the feat. There will be two wildcards in the line-up with Jorge Navarro racing for MIR Racing, and Venezuelan Michael Ruben Rinaldi taking part on a third Mahindra. As for the Constructors’ fight, KTM has hit its fourth century of points and was the first title winner in any class this year, sealing that particular honour back at Silverstone.

World Championship Standings Moto3™

1- Luis Salom SPA KTM 300
2- Maverick Viñales SPA KTM 298
3- Alex Rins SPA KTM 295
4- Alex Marquez SPA KTM 200
5- Jonas Folger GER Kalex KTM 163

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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

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


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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.

MotoGP: Lorenzo c’è…ma Rossi pure


Il Qatar inaugura la stagione 2013 della MotoGP con una gara nella gara. Yamaha mette subito a segno la prima doppietta dell’anno con Lorenzo sul gradino più alto del podio. Valentino, autore di una rimonta spettacolare lo segue a 6 secondi. Ottimo l’esordio di Marc Marquez che mette le ruote della sua Honda davanti al suo compagno di squadra Dani Pedrosa.

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Il Qatar apre la stagione 2013 della MotoGP con una gara perfetta per Jorge Lorenzo che agguanta la prima vittoria dell’anno.
La gara notturna regala tantissime emozioni già dai primi giri. Partenza perfetta per il maiorchino che prende immmediatamente la prima posizione per non lasciarla più per il resto della gara.
Buono anche l’avvio di Andrea Dovizioso all’esordio con la Ducati Desmosedici.

Bastano pochi giri per capire che Lorenzo ha decisamente un altro passo; il vantaggio su Pedrosa aumenta giro dopo giro.
Seguono Marquez e Crutchlow. Valentino commette un piccolo errore di valutazione in staccata alla prima curva e finisce lungo perdendo tre posizioni e ritrovandosi dietro Andrea Dovizioso e Stefan Bradl.

Finalmente il Dottore riesce ad infilare il tedesco (che il giro dopo terminerà la sua gara a causa di una caduta) e si butta a capofitto all’inseguimento dei primi quattro. Nel frattempo Lorenzo continua ad incrementare il suo vantaggio sui diretti inseguitori non sbagliando praticamente nulla. Subito dietro, Perdosa, Marquez e Crutchlow girano così vicini da sembrare essere una sola moto.

Ma la gara inizia a prendere una piega diversa: Valentino Rossi trova il ritmo giusto ed inizia a ricongiungersi con il trio che le precede, girando con gli stessi tempi di Lorenzo. Nel giro di poche tornate il dottore è a ridosso di Crutchlow; Rossi mette le sue ruote davanti al pilota inglese e si lancia all’inseguimento del duo Honda che lo precede a poca distanza.
Immediato l’attacco ed il sorpasso anche a Dani Pedrosa (che nel frattempo era stato passato dal compagno di squadra), e dopo qualche curva Valentino è davanti anche a Marquez che gli darà filo da torcere fino all’arrivo.
Una grandissima gara del pilota di Tavullia, che lo porterà sul secondo gradino del podio.

La gara perfetta di Lorenzo, la fantastica rimonta di Rossi, e Marquez davanti a Pedrosa all’esordio in MotoGP, sono gli ingredienti principali del primo appuntamento del 2013.
Valentino torna finalmente a sorridere dopo due anni di insoddisfazioni in casa Ducati, e lo fa veramente in splendida forma dimostrando di essere ancora, nonostante i suoi 34 anni, un osso duro per tutti, e di aver ritrovato il suo smalto che molti davano per perso.
Sul podio e durante la conferenza stampa Valentino sorride, si dice estremamente soddisfatto della sua Yamaha e ammette anche che, se non fosse stato per il piccolo errore in avvio di gara, avrebbe potuto combattere per la vittoria.

Insomma…gli ingredienti per una bella stagione ci sono tutti e se il buongiorno si vede dal mattino…

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MotoGP: I test in Malesia danno il via alla stagione 2013


“La moto è migliorata, Lorenzo e il suo team hanno fatto un bel lavoro. La 1000cc è più veloce ma è anche più facile da guidare e questo grazie ad un bel passo in avanti a livello di elettronica. Puoi farci quello che vuoi, più o meno”. Queste la parole di Valentino Rossi dopo il primo vero test alla guida della sua nuova Yamaha M1.

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Oggi, con la prima sessione di test, si apre ufficialmente a Sepang la stagione 2013 della MotoGP.
Quest’anno la Spagna presenta tre favoriti alla lotta al titolo iridato: l’attuale campione del mondo in carica Jorge Lorenzo su Yamaha Factory Racing, Dani Pedrosa su Honda Repsol ,e la new entry Marc Marquez attuale campione del mondo della categoria Moto2, ai quali si aggiunge sicuramente Valentino Rossi al suo ritorno in casa Yamaha al fianco del pilota majorchino.

La sessione di test non poteva iniziare in un modo migliore, e sono proprio i quattro piloti appena nominati che, sull’asfalto del Sepang International Circuit, si danno battaglia a ritmo di giri veloci. Bastano pochi giri ed ecco tornare il pilota di Tavullia al primo posto della classifica provvisoria, del resto il feeling con la M1 non lo ha mai perso. Dani e Jorge seguono a brevissima distanza; a fine giornata sarà Dani Pedrosa a fa segnare le prestazione migliore, seguito da Lorenzo, Marquez e Rossi. Il distacco tra i primi quattro è inferiore al mezzo secondo.
Siamo ancora alla prima giornata di test, ed altre ne seguiranno, ma questi primi e pochi dati potrebbero essere sufficienti a dare una prospettiva abbastanza chiara su chi sarà in lotta per il titolo mondiale 2013.

Valentino Rossi durante la prima intervista ufficiale post sessione, ha dichiarato con il sorriso sulle labbra “Questa è la mia moto“. Il pilota di Tavullia ha immediatamente trovato il giusto feeling con la M1 girando subito su tempi molto veloci. Valentino ringrazia anche il suo ritrovato compagno di squadra, dandogli il merito di aver contribuito alla realizzazione di una moto ancor migliore di quella che il dottore lasciò nel 2010 per abbracciare l’esperienza poco fruttuosa in Ducati.

Anche il campione del mondo Jorge Lorenzo si dimostra soddisfatto della sua M1, elogiando le doti del nuovo telaio elencandone vantaggi e svantaggi, ma rimanendo ancora dubbioso sul problema principale della Yamaha: la moto continua a muoversi molto in accelerazione

Desmosedici che lasci, Desmosedici che trovi?
E’ brutto anticipare le conclusioni, soprattutto alla fine della prima sessione di test, ma guardando in casa Ducati, mi sembra di vedere un film già visto più di una volta. La casa di Borgo Panigale, da poco passata sotto la dirigenza Audi, ha chiuso la prima giornata con Nicky Hayden e Andrea Dovizioso, rispettivamente con il 10° e 13° tempo fermando il cronometro a più di 2″ dalla vetta della classifica. E’ chiaro che la base della moto è quella dello scorso anno, ma è sicuramente da qui che bisogna ripartire per capire le problematiche di questa “rossa” nel tentativo di renderla più competitiva.

Tra qualche ora i campioni della MotoGP scenderanno nuovamente in pista a Sepang per la seconda sessione di prove ufficiali in vista della prima gara che si terrà Domenica 7 Aprile sul circuito di Losail in Quatar

Si ringrazia la DORNA SL per la gentile concessione ed utilizzo delle immagini

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