Marquez wins at Misano

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took his fourth win of the year in a high stakes duel at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with the conditions torrential and the top three in the title fight lining up for the challenge on the front row. But as the spray cleared, it was Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) just ahead of the reigning Champion on track as the two dueled – and Marquez pounced on the last lap for another 25 point haul. That gives the number 93 the Championship lead once again as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) came home third, with the two rivals equal on points and equal on wins – and Marquez ahead by virtue of more second places.

But despite the challengers on the front row in the #SanMarinoGP, it was Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who got away best from Row 2, taking the lead through the first two corners after tousling with Marquez and shooting away into the distance. Marquez slotted into second and Dovizioso in third, with Petrucci then slicing around the outside of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) at the start of the second lap to begin his charge. After Viñales, the Pramac rider then shot past Dovizioso, beginning to hone in on Marquez and then taking over in second.

After setting the timesheets alight and clear in the lead, drama then struck the head of the race as Lorenzo suddenly highsided out at Turn 6 – rider ok – leaving Petrucci in the lead and a long game of highspeed chess to set in: Petrucci, Marquez, Dovizioso, and nothing between them.

As the laps ticked on and the stakes seemed to get higher and higher, Dovizioso began to fade backwards and the trio became a duo in the battle for the win. The ring of the Honda getting louder and louder behind him, Petrucci held firm but Marquez chose his moment well: heading through at Turn 1 on the final lap. The rider from Cervera was then able to keep a small margin as the spray kicked up behind him, holding his nerve to take win number four of the year – and the Championship lead.

That meant Petrucci took second and his fourth premier class podium, 1.1 seconds off the win after Marquez fired in the fastest lap of the race on the final lap. Dovizioso took a safe third place – his first podium finish at Misano – and another good haul of points, with Viñales able to similarly avoid mistakes despite the stakes, taking fourth to keep himself very much in the title fight.

Behind the front four, Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) made steady progress and once again impressed as a wildcard for the Borgo Panigale factory, completing the top five. Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) put in a signature stunner in the wet from way down on the grid, for some time threatening Viñales for the top four before eventually crossing the line in sixth. Seventh over the line was a fight back from Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), ahead of a quality ride from rookie Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) shot through the field from P16 on the grid to take ninth, with an impressive double act behind him for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, as Bradley Smith took his first top ten with the Austrian factory and teammate Pol Espargaro crossed the line in eleventh.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) took points in P12 and kept out of trouble, ahead of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) in P13 – who crashed in the early stages and remounted. It was a tough day at the office for Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), as the Spaniard struggled to find grip and get heat into the tyres, crossing the line in P14. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) supplied some late drama as he had a problem on the final lap, but managed to push the bike over the line for the final point.

Now it’s the final European round before the flyaway races, and Marquez and Dovizioso are equal on points. They’re also equal on wins, but the number 93 has more second places – making him the new leader in the sixth change so far this season. And Aragon? That’s Marquez’ backyard, and the number 93 will march home with a single focus: victory.

Source: motogp

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 140.0 50’41.565
2 20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 139.9 +1.192
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 139.5 +11.706
4 13 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 139.2 +16.559
5 11 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 139.1 +19.499
6 10 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 138.9 +24.882
7 9 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 138.5 +33.872
8 8 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 138.4 +34.662
9 7 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 137.6 +54.082
10 6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 137.4 +57.964
11 5 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 137.3 +1’00.440
12 4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 136.5 +1’17.356
13 3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 135.7 +1’35.588
14 2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 135.6 +1’38.857
15 1 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 134.6 +2’02.212
16 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 134.3 1 Lap
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 133.1 1 Lap
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53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 136.4 9 Laps
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 136.1 12 Laps
22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 137.1 13 Laps
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 137.4 15 Laps
8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 137.4 17 Laps
99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 138.5 22 Laps

Silverstone MotoGP: Cruthlow tops the time sheet for FP2 Marquez crashes

Cal Crutchlow tops the time sheet for the second free practice for MotoGP’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Championship leader Marc Marquez crashes twice. Crutchlow knocked Maverick Vinales off the top spot with seven minutes into the 45 minute session. After being placed in second by Marquez who had a major crash at the First Becketts left hander early in the session. Marquez returned after a bike change Crutchlow improved to a 2:00.897 with four minutes.

That was good enough to be fastest by 0.241s from Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, who posted his time in the final minute to relegated Vinales to third.Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro also improved to fourth late on ahead of Marquez, who dropped his Honda at the entry to the Village right-hander in the closing stages. Marquez was regulated to 5th he dropped his Honda in the later stages at the entry to the village right hander in the closing stages.

Source: Motorsport , MotoGP

1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 320.2 2’00.897
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 319.9 2’01.138 0.241 / 0.241
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 324.3 2’01.168 0.271 / 0.030
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 322.0 2’01.592 0.695 / 0.424
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 319.9 2’01.611 0.714 / 0.019
6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 320.1 2’01.655 0.758 / 0.044
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 322.2 2’01.832 0.935 / 0.177
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 320.2 2’01.885 0.988 / 0.053
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 323.1 2’01.893 0.996 / 0.008
10 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 321.9 2’01.933 1.036 / 0.040
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 322.6 2’01.974 1.077 / 0.041
12 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 320.5 2’02.072 1.175 / 0.098
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 325.7 2’02.097 1.200 / 0.025
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 323.4 2’02.098 1.201 / 0.001
15 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 320.2 2’02.202 1.305 / 0.104
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 328.0 2’02.250 1.353 / 0.048
17 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.5 2’02.408 1.511 / 0.158
18 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 322.0 2’02.507 1.610 / 0.099
19 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 318.7 2’02.580 1.683 / 0.073
20 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 325.6 2’02.735 1.838 / 0.155
21 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 323.7 2’02.860 1.963 / 0.125
22 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 315.6 2’03.475 2.578 / 0.615
23 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 318.2 2’04.429 3.532 / 0.954

Silverstone MotoGP: Vinales on top of FP1 by half a second

Maverick Vinales was on top for the first free pratice session of motoGP’s British Grand Prix of Silverstone

Lorenzo took the top spot on the time sheet with about six minutes remaining on his Ducati. He pulled a tenth of a second ahead of Cal Cruthlow at that moment. Vinales set his flying lap at the end of the session. Which turned out to be half a second clear of the rest of the field as the checkered flag flew. Loronzo ended up in second Crutchlow third at the end of the session. The early pace sitter Marquez fourth ahead of Rossi.

Source: Motorsport , MotoGP

1 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 321.4 2’02.130
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 317.2 2’02.649 0.519 / 0.519
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 318.7 2’02.769 0.639 / 0.120
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.8 2’02.857 0.727 / 0.088
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 319.8 2’02.995 0.865 / 0.138
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 325.2 2’03.025 0.895 / 0.030
7 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 319.5 2’03.044 0.914 / 0.019
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 319.2 2’03.284 1.154 / 0.240
9 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 319.8 2’03.336 1.206 / 0.052
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 322.4 2’03.337 1.207 / 0.001
11 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 319.9 2’03.396 1.266 / 0.059
12 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 319.6 2’03.494 1.364 / 0.098
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 322.2 2’03.624 1.494 / 0.130
14 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 319.3 2’03.670 1.540 / 0.046
15 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 316.2 2’03.763 1.633 / 0.093
16 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 316.1 2’03.939 1.809 / 0.176
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 320.4 2’04.102 1.972 / 0.163
18 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 319.5 2’04.131 2.001 / 0.029
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 323.4 2’04.162 2.032 / 0.031
20 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 321.0 2’04.378 2.248 / 0.216
21 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 317.7 2’04.414 2.284 / 0.036
22 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 325.0 2’04.725 2.595 / 0.311
23 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 313.8 2’05.069 2.939 / 0.344

Jonas Folger gives perception into Marquez Strength

“He knows already that, in two laps, my tyre will drop so he already starts to pick up the bike early, to save the tyre” – Jonas Folger

do you want to know just what it takes to win in MotoGP? Jonas Folger has describes the substantial talents of Marc Marquez, explaining how the current championship leader adapts his riding style over a race to match the ever-changing performance of his tyres.

The rookie had an opportunity to witness Marquez’s race craft first hand during a vibrant ride at his home grand prix at the Sachsenring, where he surprisingly was ahead of Marquez for a big portion of the 30-lap race.

Folger described on how much he had learned from Marquez in the exchange, an encounter he remembered in detail after the Brno test at the Czech Grand Prix on monday.

According to the Folger, Marquez had “four different stages” in the race. During each, he would adjust his style, adapting to the ever-decreasing grip offered by Michelin’s front and rear tyre.

Folger described how Marquez. Already a five-time world champion at just 24 years of age he would anticipate each stage, changing his approach, line, and body position two or three laps before a suspected drop in tyre performance arrived, to ensure the shift was as seamless as it could be.

“The best thing I saw was when he started to change his riding style, because I was always waiting until my tyre dropped,” Folger stated at Brno. “Then I was changing my riding style.”

“He is doing this before. He knows already that, in two laps, my tyre will drop so he already starts to pick up the bike early, to save a little bit the tyre, so it makes the tyre’s life even longer.”

“That’s what I saw from him and it was very nice to see. There were four different stages. You can see always one step, another step… He’s not just pushing until five laps to go and then changing. He’s already starting on lap six.”

 

“[It] Looks like in this race weekend honestly we are not losing on acceleration,” he said on Saturday, after securing pole in Austria. “We are the same like [our] competitors. We find a very good balance with the bike. For last year, I was losing much more, but I was riding without wings. I was riding with a completely different balance of the bike.”

“[It was] Was really important Monday test in Brno because we start to prepare this race. It Looks like this year I am feeling better with the bike, better acceleration. Of course, I’m losing in other points and I’m struggling a little bit, but also I tried to adapt my riding style to the bike. I’m very happy and very proud to be fast on this racetrack.”

While Marquez didn’t give much away, fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, who has access to the data of both Repsol Honda riders, was more than in dazzle with the MotoGP reigning world champion’s change in technique.

“Normally, if you get the acceleration [here] you stay there at the front,” he said after qualifying in Austria. “Marc’s been the king of it this weekend. Honestly, how he’s improved since being here last year in acceleration…

“I think it’s a combination of both improvements to the RC213V and Marquez’s riding. But he’s riding fantastic in that area, really, really well. Getting the bike stopped, turned and getting it out. Normally that’s Dani’s Pedrosa strong point and he’s murdering Dani.”

Marquez’s amazing abilities have never been in doubt. But in recent races rivals’ comments underline the level of assessment that goes into his riding. With podiums in each of the past five races, it is hard to imagine anyone stopping Marc Marquez in his search for a fourth premier class crown.

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Andre Dovizioso “knew” Marquez was planning something at the last corner

Dovizioso the rider for ducati scored his third MotoGP win of the season after a very intense battle with Marc Marquez by less than two tenths of a second, the pair having spent the whole race fighting for the lead.Dovizioso began the final lap ahead, and was able to keep Marquez at bay until the very closing stages, as the Honda rider got a better run through Turn 8.That allowed Marquez to dive for the inside at Turn 9, Marquez running wide in the process as, Dovizioso managed to get on the throttle earlier and he kept the win.

Speaking post-race, Dovizioso said he could tell Marquez was planning to make a lunge as he heard the reigning champion get on the throttle sooner out of Turn 8.“The battle was really nice,” said Dovizioso. “We controlled the race, me and Marc, for the tyres, but is the worst thing you can have – Marc in the last lap behind.“I hear in the last corner, he opened [the throttle] earlier than me so I knew he wanted to try [and pass at] the last corner, and I didn’t brake, I gave the possibility the overtake me.“But I was good to stop the bike, and I was a little bit faster [exiting the corner].”

After dominating qualifying, points leader Marquez admitted the higher race-day track temperatures hurt him, but nonetheless said he stayed on the limit until the very end of the race.“Yesterday I felt much better, with colder temperature on the track, but today was warmer and since the beginning I felt the rear tyre was a little bit on the limit,” he explained.“I tried to manage well but on the last laps I was struggling a lot, especially on the edge part, just leaning the bike a little bit and losing the rear. Anyway, I try.”[In the] last corner I was still on the limit, but this MotoGP, this is the show. Was not possible [to win], but next time we will try again.”

Marquez nonetheless extended his points lead to 16, with Dovizioso moving up to second in the standings ahead of Maverick Vinales after the Yamaha rider finished sixth.

Source: Motorsport

MotoGP Austria Dovizioso defeats Marc Marquez in Amazing Battle

After a trilling battle with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez that went down to the final corner. Andrea Dovizioso won the 2017 Austria Grand Prix, scoring his and Ducati’s third win of the season. The pair of Marquez and Andrea emerged as the class of the field and had a major battle for the lead of the race. Dovizioso prevailed by 0.176s despite a last-corner lunge by his rival Marquez. Marquez had the lead of the race at the start. But he had no answer for the straight line speed of Jorge Lorenzo’s Ducati. Lorenzo was running the soft rear tyres and Marquez ran the Hard rear tyres, which contributed to Jorge excellent start. Jorge cleared Dovizioso at turn 1 and the passed Marquez on the next straight, to assume control of the race.

Marquez fought of Dovizioso over the opening lap. Lorenzo escaped to created a gap of a second, but he was soon reeled in by Marc Marquez.On the eighth lap, Marquez was close enough to look at retaking the lead, but as he ran wide in behind Lorenzo into Turn 3, Dovizioso passed Marquez regulating him to 3rd place. For Marquez this was only a minor setback, as Marquez was soon back into second and all over Lorenzo, forcing the Spaniard to go wide at the same corner.Dovizioso joined in on the fun and made it three-wide for the lead on the following straight and was even ahead at Turn 4, but ran wide, giving first place back to Marquez.

Lorenzo’s pace began to fade from that point onward, yet Dovizioso managed to stick within a couple of tenths of Marquez and coasted past again when the reigning champion erred at Turn 3 on lap 18 of 28.Marquez retook the spot shortly thereafter at Turn 7, but again couldn’t shake Dovizioso – who slip streamed past on the main straight with seven laps to go.On that lap, they traded places multiple times  several to be exact

, Marquez not managing to make a move stick and easing the pressure on the Ducati for a few laps afterwards.

With Dovizioso repeatedly blocking off Marquez’s favored overtaking spot – Turn 7 – in the final minutes, their battle came down to the very last corner of the last lap.Marquez lunged down the inside of the Italian, with both forced wide but Dovizioso getting a better exit to hang on to victory.The podium was completed by Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who had fought his way through the pack, picking off the Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco in one move and then finding his way past Lorenzo.

The Marquez–Dovizioso duel allowed Pedrosa to close right up to the pair, but he was unable to keep their pace and finished 2.485 seconds off.Lorenzo held on to fourth from Tech 3’s Zarco and the Yamaha works pair of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, who both had costly off-track excursions at Turn 1.

Alvaro Bautista was a lonely eighth for Aspar Ducati, with Avintia Ducati’s Loris Baz ninth.KTM wildcard Mika Kallio was a standout performer, beating Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone to 10th and very nearly passing Baz as well.The other KTMs did not pick up any points, with Pol Espargaro ruled out early after a start line collision with Hector Barbera’s Avintia Ducati.Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Tech 3 Yamaha’s Jonas Folger were also among the retirements, calling it a day in the pits, while Marc VDS Honda’s Jack Miller crashed out at Turn 9.

 

Source: Motorsport

 

 

Race results

Pos. # Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati
2 93 spain Marc Marquez Honda 0.176
3 26 spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 2.661
4 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 6.663
5 5 france Johann Zarco Yamaha 7.262
6 25 spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 7.447
7 46 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 8.995
8 19 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 14.515
9 76 france Loris Baz Ducati 19.620
10 36 finland Mika Kallio KTM 19.766
11 29 italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 20.101
12 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 25.523
13 41 spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 26.700
14 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham Ducati 27.321
15 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 28.096
16 42 spain Alex Rins Suzuki 32.912
17 8 spain Hector Barbera Ducati 34.112
18 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 36.423
19 53 spain Tito Rabat Honda 42.404
20 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes Aprilia 52.492
Ret 43 australia Jack Miller Honda 9 laps
Ret 9 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 22 laps
Ret 94 germany Jonas Folger Yamaha 25 laps
Ret 44 spain Pol Espargaro KTM 26 laps