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Marquez gets on a roll to take win at Le Mans

It was Reigning Champion Marc Marquez’s second win in the European leg after his emphatic victory at Le Mans. The win was Marquez’s third of the season as he topped the two Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci.

Right from the start, Marquez tried to pull clear. However, Satellite rider Jack Miller decided to bring on the challenge to try to take on the defending champion. He successfully got ahead of Marquez for a couple of laps until the factory Honda answered back. Marquez would swoop past Miller for the lead on lap 6. From there, he never looked back.

Behind the champion, Miller had to ward off the two chasing factory Ducatis. But, the GP11s proved to be too much as Dovizioso easily took second at the half-way mark. His team mate in the second Ducati did it much later in the race as he squeezed past Miller for third, seven laps from the end.

Without even a glance back, Marquez would finish almost 2 seconds clear of the lead Ducati for Honda’s 300th in MotoGP. It was Marquez’s 47th premier class career win, which coincidentaly draws him level with team mate Jorge Lorenzo on the all-time list. Lorenzo finished the race in a dismal 11th.

“I think this is the first time I have had a race where I had the soft tyre in the front but it was the safest option. I was focused on being consistent until I saw the gap increasing, I pushed a little bit more and into the low 32s until I saw I had two seconds. I’m happy with today’s result and it is fantastic to be able to take Honda’s 300th premier class win!” Marquez said in post-race.

After five rounds, Marquez tops the riders standings with 95 points, then Dovizioso with 87 points. Repsol Honda hold the lead from Ducati in the manufacturers.

Valentino Rossi was the only finisher for Yamaha as Maverick Vinales was taken out of the race. Rossi had a duel with Dovizioso early in the race, but would soon drop out of the front runner contention. Petrucci would pass him for fourth in the mid-distance. After that, he would settle behind Miller until the end of the race. He made a last dash to challenge Miller for position but came just short of making a move.

The teams will be back in action in Tuscany in two weeks’ time for the Italian Grand Prix, held at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.

2019 MotoGP Le Mans results

1         MARQUEZ Marc     Repsol Honda Team                     41’53.647

2         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          Ducati            1.984

3         PETRUCCI Danilo   Ducati                     2.142

4         MILLER Jack  Pramac               2.940

5         ROSSI Valentino     Yamaha 3.053

6         ESPARGARO Pol   KTM   5.935

7         MORBIDELLI Franco   Yamaha SRT      7.187

8         QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT       8.439

9         CRUTCHLOW Cal   LCR   9.853

10       RINS Alex     Suzuki          13.709

Riders standings

1 MARQUEZ Marc SPA 95  
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea ITA 87  
3 RINS Alex SPA 75  
4 ROSSI Valentino ITA 72  
5 PETRUCCI Danilo ITA 57 i  
6 MILLER Jack AUS 42  
7 MORBIDELLI Franco ITA 34  
8 CRUTCHLOW Cal 5 GBR 34  
9 ESPARGARO Pol SPA 31  
10 VINALES Maverick SPA 30

New Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes racing debut at Le Mans

Aston Martin Racing has revealed its new Vantage GT3 and GT4 customer racing cars to the public at the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the Vantage GT3 making its Racing debut in the Aston Martin Racing Le Mans Festival this weekend.

The new Vantage GT3 and GT4, the former taking the track for the first time on Thursday (14 June) in the hands of AM Racing driver Ross Gunn, is derived from the new Vantage GTE; two of which are entered into the GTE Pro category of this weekend’s showpiece endurance event. All three modern Vantage race cars are based on the critically-acclaimed Vantage road car and powered by the same 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, optimized by AM Racing.

Weighing in dry at 1245kg, the #Vantage GT3 produces a boost-variable 535bhp and 700 Nm of torque. Built from a lightweight aluminium chassis, again based on the road car, it features a steel roll-cage, an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, an Alcon motorsport multi-plate clutch, Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers and Alcon brakes and Bosch Motorsport ABS.

The Vantage GT3 remains in development until homologated on 1 March, 2019 and replaces Aston Martin’s most successful customer car, the V12 #vantagegt3, which is still winning races seven years after it was first introduced to the market, most recently in the Blancpain GT Series #endurance Cup and British GT series.

While not competing this weekend, the new  Aston Martin Vantage GT4 makes race debut at Le Mans will remain on display throughout in the AM Festival Race paddock, offering potential customers and race fans a first glimpse of the marque’s new challenger. Along with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, the GT4 makes its race debut at Le Mans but remain in development throughout 2018 and is set to be homologated for competition from 1 March, 2019.

Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer David King said, “The new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes debut at Le Mans is a worthy successor to the V12 Vantage GT3 and represents the core future of our customer racing program.”

“With the continued growth of GT racing in general and the GT3 category in particular, this new car and its vantage GT4 brother will lead our expansion in the GT markets around the globe and particular target areas of the US and Asia. We’ve already seen a high level of interest from potential customers and we only expect that to grow as the car evolves closer to its homologation date,” he concluded.

Montoya ready to tackle first ever Le Mans

The 2018 Le Mans has began on Wednesday with practice followed by the exciting qualifying on Thursday. The race is scheduled for this Sunday at 3 p.m. local time.

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Marquez reigns at Le Mans

The story just keeps going Reigning Champion Marc Marquez’s way as he nailed another solid win at the famous Le Mans Circuit, Round 5 of the MotoGP. It was his third straight victory and 64th of his career (38th in MotoGP). The MotoGP mark puts him equal to Casey Stoner’s premier class GP win tally.

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MotoGP Round 5 Le Mans: Zarco tops qualifying on home soil

  MotoGP Round 5 qualifiers at Le Mans saw Yamaha Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco top Reigning Champion Marc Marquez. Although the Yamaha Tech 3 rider’s pace secured pole, Marquez put up a stunning 1:31.293, which was 0.790 seconds faster than the previous circuit-best lap, set by Jorge Lorenzo in 2016.

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Round 5 at Le Mans await MotoGP competitors

  Following the most recent test in Mugello, riders prepare for Round 5 of the MotoGP at the Le Mans track this weekend. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez is set to continue his fine form after two impressive rounds in the USA and Spain.

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Nabil Jeffri is first Malaysian to compete in 2018 WEC and Le Mans

  Nabil Jeffri becomes the first Malaysian to compete in the 2018 WEC (World Endurance Championship) and Le Mans 24-hour. Jeffri is also the youngest driver to get a test with a Formula 1 team.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid ‘Evo’ breaks track record set by an F1 racer

  An evo version of the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid established a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps. Porsche works driver Neel Jani lapped the 7.004 kilometer long Belgian Grand Prix Circuit in the Ardennes mountains in 1:41.770 minutes.

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Porsche LMP Team bowed out in style

  After three straight outright victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and six championship titles for the 919 Hybrid in the WEC (World #endurance Championship), the Porsche Team would now like to express its gratitude to its partners. The six-hour race in Sakhir/Bahrain on 18th November marked the end of Porsche’s successful involvement in the LMP1 class of the WEC.

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Kobayashi secures pole for Toyota Racing at 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours

  Toyota Racing firm up their bid for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours title as they secured pole position in the final qualifying on Thursday with the fastest-ever lap. Once again, it was Kamui Kobayashi in the TS050 Hybrid car no.7 who captured pole with a lap time of 3:14.791 and an average speed of 251.9 km/h. Kobayashi shares car no.7 with Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin.

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