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Quartararo takes Back-to-back wins at Race of Andalucia

The shorten MotoGP Season couldn’t have started better for Fabio Quartararo as the Yamaha Satellite rider rode to his second straight win at the weekend’s Race of Andalucia. With Reigning Champion Marc Marquez out for the season, at least for the time being, everyone gets a shot at the title. It was a 1-2-3 finish for Yamaha at the Andalucia race with Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi on the podium.  

Quartararo didn’t put a foot wrong in Sunday’s race, leading from the lights to the flag and making it back-to-back victories in Jerez. Team mate Franco  Morbidelli wasn’t so fortunate as he was out of the race due to mechanical faults.

Quartararo made the perfect getaway off the line and held the lead into the first corner. Vinales gave chase, but ran wide and would drop back to third after the first lap. It would turn into a tricky race for VInales into the middle part of the race. Rossi inherited second from his team mate’s slip and kept it for a bit. A relatively unknown Francesco Bagnaia would cause a panic in the factory Yamaha garage as he managed to slot above Rossi and Vinales during the early stint.

Up front, Quartararo made it looked easy as he pounded the track to increase the gap to the rest of the field. Vlnales dropped back to sixth, after another slip, but it won’t bother him too much with the powerful Yamaha factory machine. With 13 laps to go, Rossi who had lost a place to Bagnaia came under pressure from Morbidell. The 9-time champion refused to give in as he eyed for a podium finish. The Doctor had not climbed the rostrum since the 2019 Americas Grand Prix. Rossi regained second place on lap 20 of 25 when Bagnaia suffered a mechanical failure. In the final stint, Rossi defended from his team mate but Vinales simply wanted it more.

As the laps counted down, the race became one of attrition with Quartararo on the verge of his back-to-back win. He would finish 4.495secs ahead of Viñales and Rossi.

Just behind the trio of Yamahas,  Takaaki Nakagami had his  best MotoGP weekend to date as he finished fourth, the LCR Honda rider’s best result in the premier class, Joan Mir took fifth ahead of Ducati front man Andrea Dovizioso who was sixth, ahead of KTM’s Pol Espargaro.  

Repsol Honda’s rookie rider Alex Marquez took a courageous eighth place in his home race.  The Spaniard was the lone representative of the team with team-mate withdrawing from the weekend as he continues to recover from surgery on his broken humerus. The Kid started aggressively in the opening laps and gained seven positions on the first lap alone. Fending off the attacks of fellow rookie Iker Lecuona, He would settle into what would be a consistent, but lonely eighth spot. Johann Zarco and Alex Rins would complete the top ten finishers classification in the race.

The upcoming race in two weeks moves to the Automotodrom Brno, in the Czech Republic, for their third race of the season from 7-9 August.

Race of Andalucía results

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT           41’22.666

2         VINALES Maverick  Yamaha MotoGP                4.495

3         ROSSI Valentino     Yamaha MotoGP     .546

4         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          LCR Honda              6.113

5         MIR Joan                 Suzuki          7.693

6         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          Ducati 12.554

7         ESPARGARO Pol   KTM   17.488

8         MARQUEZ Alex Repsol Honda    19.357

9         ZARCO Johann       Avintia Racing           23.523

10       RINS Alex                Suzuki          27.091

Riders standings

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        50      

2         VINALES Maverick  40      

3         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          26      

4         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          19      

5         ESPARGARO Pol   19      

6         ROSSI Valentino     16      

7         MILLER Jack       13

8         MARQUEZ Alex      12      

9         ZARCO Johann       12      

10       MIR Joan      11

Repsol Honda has new rider pairing, led by Reigning Champion Marc Marquez

Reigning Champions Repsol Honda unveiled their 2020 new challenger in Indonesia prior to the first official pre-season testing at Sepang Circuit. For 2020, the rider pairing shall be defending champion Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez, the brothers would be riding the new-liveried Honda RC213V MotoGP machine.

M. Marquez helped Repsol Honda to their 25th manufacturers title and third straight triple crown last season. Marquez and Repsol Honda are gunning for another strong year as they welcome Moto2 champion Alex Marquez, who replaces Jorge Lorenzo, to the team. With 309 victories in the premier class, Honda have established themselves as the dominant force in two-wheel racing.

The Marquez brothers are preparing for first pre-season test of the 2020 season at Sepang, from 7 – 9 September. The brothers are testing the new RC213V for the first time on track as the new season kicks off proper at the Losail circuit from 6 – 8 March. “Repsol Honda and HRC have achieved incredible things and continuing this success is a big source of motivation for me, and now I’m eager to start another season and compete again on the RC213V,” the Reigning Champion said.

The younger Marquez commented, “It is a privilege to be part of the family that is the Repsol Honda Team. Already I have had the special feeling of stepping in the garage for the first time, working with my team for the first time. I know that there is much to learn and achieve in 2020 but I am devoted to giving my best, I’ll try to improve and learn every day and hope we can do a great season step by step.”

Repsol Honda are expecting great things from the Marquez brothers and the indomitable RCV213V machine. It all starts today at the Sepang track and another pre-season test, then the first race in Qatar. 

MotoGP Aragon: Marquez dominates, again

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez completed a perfect home weekend with a faultless 23-lap race. This story never gets old in the Marquez era: he dominates MotoGP. The top three on the Aragon GP podium were Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Milller.

With a perfect start, Marquez shot forward and opened an advantage of half a second after just a few corners, growing to a full second by the end of the first lap. Lapping on average half a second faster than the riders behind him for most of the race saw Marquez quickly build an insurmountable lead, 5.5 seconds clear by mid-race distance.

Yamaha factory rider Maverick Viñales managed to gain a few tenths during the middle of the race, but Marquez quickly responded to stabilize the gap. Ultimately unchallenged, Marquez took his 78th career victory from 200 Grand Prix starts by 4.8 seconds.

With the win, Marquez is now a clear leader in the standings with 300 points; that’s 98-points in front of Dovizioso.

The weekend’s results leave Honda 65 points clear of second placed Ducati in the Manufacturers rankings and as a result of Marquez’s victory, the Repsol Honda Team move to within 24 points of the Ducati Team in the Teams rankings.

Both riders and team now begin their preparations for the Thai GP on 6 October. The Buriram race marks the start of the most intense part of the MotoGP season with four races in fives weeks and presents Marquez with his first chance to take the 2019 MotoGP title.

2019 Aragon GP results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    41’57.221

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   Ducati       4.836

3     MILLER Jack        Pramac Racing   5.430

4     VINALES Maverick Yamaha MotoGP 5.811

5     QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT       8.924

6     CRUTCHLOW Cal             LCR Honda   10.390

7     ESPARGARO Aleix    Aprilia Racing   10.441

8     ROSSI Valentino  Yamaha       23.623

9     RINS Alex     Suzuki    27.998

10   NAKAGAMI Takaaki   LCR Honda    31.242

Riders standings

1     MARQUEZ Marc  300

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 202   

3     RINS Alex     156

4     PETRUCCI Danilo      155

5     VINALES Maverick     147

6     ROSSI Valentino         137

7     QUARTARARO Fabio        123      

8     MILLER Jack        117

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal      98  

10   MORBIDELLI Franco         80

The Cathedral awaits MotoGP riders

After the Catalan race, the MotoGP circus is ready to face Assen TT; the only round featuring just MotoGP class. The fast and flowing nature of the 4.5km long circuit has traditionally produced some of the most exciting races of the year.

In the current championship scenario after 7 rounds, Reigning Champion Marc Marquez and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso battle for the honors in the riders’ standings. Marquez leads Doviioso by 37 points.

Marquez knows he can’t relent for a second at Assen TT, so you bet he’ll give it all at one of his happy hunting grounds.  Marquez has an impeccable record in Assen having finished on the podium in each of his six premier class starts.

Team mate Jorge Lorenzo has improved over the 7 races and is looking to inch closer and closer to the front. He has recovered from the crash at previous test and looks to up his game at Assen.  

The race marks Honda’s 60th anniversary in the business. To mark the occasion, a number of legendary bikes and riders will be on display and in attendance over the weekend.

The Catalan GP saw Danilo Petrucci capture a third place, while Dovizioso was involved in a crash that forced him to retire. Dovizioso needs to recover precious points to get close to Marquez in the standings. Both Petrucci and Dovizioso have second place each in 2014 and 2017 at this Dutch circuit.

Petrucci is  keen to make the most of the technical upgrades tested after the race at Catalunya to score as many points as possible and cut the gap in the rankings. Ducati is second among Manufacturers with 131 points, while the Ducati leads the Team standings with 201 points. 

Yamaha riders have drifted further and further away from the championship standings. Rossi crashed out at Catalunya and went pointless, however Assen presents a good hunting ground for the 9-time champion. The Italian holds a very impressive record at what is often referred to as “The Cathedral” of motorcycling. He claimed eight wins there in the premier class (in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2017), as well as one second place (2001) and one third place (2003). He also scored well in the lower classes, collecting victories in the 250cc (1998) and 125cc class (1997), and a 250cc second place (1999). He’s chasing Petrucci in the standings, from fifth.

For Vinales, his mission is to keep the positive vibes going, take the podium he was gunning for at the previous round, and improve his current 11th place ranking. The number-12 rider has enjoyed strong results at the TT circuit in his past eight years of Grand Prix racing. He has won twice at this circuit and enjoyed a four-podium streak on Dutch soil, securing a 125cc win in 2011, a Moto3 win and second place in 2012 and 2013, and a Moto2 second place in 2014. His best score in the MotoGP class was the third place he secured in last year’s close battle.

As always, the action starts with the practice sessions then qualifiers on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

Marquez proves he’s the GOAT at Catalunya GP

Reigning Champion took a dominant win at the Catalunya Grand Prix, ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Danilo Petrucci. The win was his fourth of the season and his 48th career win. He now leads the Riders standings with a 15-point advantage from Andrea Dovizioso.

At the start, Marquez, Dovizioso and Quartararo were right there in the lead group. Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci played catch up with the led group. Dovizioso would jump into the lead in the first lap. Meantime, the second Repsol Honda pf Jorge Lorenzo was in the mix as well. Lorenzo made a leap from 10th to 4th in a matter of two corners. By lap two, the Spaniard would retire from the race following a collision with Dovizioso in the second lap. The collision took out four riders in total.

With his championship rival out, Marquez would soon lead the Catalan GP with a comfortable margin in the early stint. He consistently lapped  in the mid to low 1’40s during the early stages of the race. Petrucci inherited second spot and engaged in a close battle with Alex Rins and Quartararo for a podium spot. Quartararo had been a Satellite rider to watch this weekend as he gained second place from the middle part of the race.  

In the closing laps, the top three were settled with Marquez, Quartararo and Petrucci locking the podium.  Rins was fourth for Suzuki, ahead Jack Miller’s Pramac. Fifth through tenth were Joan Mir, Pol Espargaro, Takaaki Naragami, Tito Rabat and Johann Zarco.

Yamaha riders drops further back in the rankings as both Rossi and Maverick Viñales retired from potential top five finishes.

The Teams now prepare for a day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The following round is scheduled for Assen, 28 – 30 June in a few weeks time.

2019 MotoGP Catalunya results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    40’31.175

2     QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT       +2.660

3     PETRUCCI Danilo      Ducati       4.537

4     RINS Alex     Suzuki    6.602

5     MILLER Jack Pramac Racing       6.870

6     MIR Joan      Suzuki    7.040

7     ESPARGARO Pol       KTM 16.144

8     NAKAGAMI Takaaki   LCR Honda    17.969

9     RABAT Tito   Avintia Racing       22.661

10   ZARCO Johann   KTM       26.228

MotoGP gets right back in action at Round 7’s Catalan Grand Prix

Last time out, Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci captured his first ever Premier class win. Petrucci narrowly beat out Reigning Champion Marc Marquez in Mugello with team mate Andrea Dovizioso finishing a close third.  

With a close loss like this, Marquez approaches the upcoming race with extra vigour to get back on the win column. The Catalan race is somewhat of a home race for Repsol Honda. Marquez has a podium finish in three but one race in the premier class since his entry. He currently holds a 12-point lead in the riders’ standings from Dovizioso.  

Lorenzo who’s still coming to grips with the RCV has five wins and seven podiums to his name at the Catalan track, This season has not been easiest for #99…  

Dovizioso has won the race at Catalunya in 2017. He competed in his 300th race in MotoGP at Mugello last time out. He is ready to battle on the Catalan track, while Petrucci, who always finished within the top ten with Ducati at Montmeló  except from a DNF in 2017 is determined to keep the momentum after scoring his first podium of 2019 at Le Mans and winning his first ever MotoGP race at Mugello. 

After a very difficult Mugello race, Yamaha riders need to bounce back or they’ll continue to drift back against their factory team rivals. Valentino Rossi is keen to return to the front of the rider field. He currently holds fifth place in the standings and will resume his championship battle. At Catalunya, the Doctor holds an impressive 13-year podium streak there that lasted from 1997 to 2009 (all classes). He has secured the victory here ten times in total, seven of which while competing in the premier class (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2016).

Team mate Maverick Vinales is eager to impress all at his home race. He previously achieved four consecutive podium finishes there in lower classes,but has yet to step on the podium in MotoGP. Vinales needs to rank higher than eighth in the standings, with better results in this round and following rounds.

The MotoGP Catalunya  starts with free practice on Friday, then the qualifiers on Saturday and the 24-lap Catalan GP on Sunday.

MotoGP Mugello: The Heat is on

Mugello, host of MotoGP Round 6, is a special playground for most riders.  Featuring sweeping corners and one of the fastest straights of the year, riders typically produce some of the best races of the season.

The championship chase is on to dethrone Reigning Champion Marc Marquez in the riders’ standings. With a historic 300th premier class win in the books, Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo are going for more at one of the most exhilarating circuits in the world. Marquez leads the MotoGP riders standings by eight points and is looking as strong as ever aboard the Honda RC213V. Previously, Marquez has only one MotoGP win at Mugello and he, of course, wants to up the win number at this track.

Lorenzo’s progress with the team gets better with every race. Mugello is a happy hunting ground for Lorenzo since 2008, with six wins in the bag. During the streak, he only missed the podium twice.

Challengers Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales head to Mugello with two purpose to honor the team’s home GP and stop Marquez’s dominance. Rossi of course is a fan favorite here,with a great record of seven back-to-back premier class victories from 2002 to 2008. He also celebrated four MotoGP third places in 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2018, a 250cc win in 1999 following a second place in 1998, and a 125cc win in 1997. The Doctor looks to close his fourth place 23-point gap to Marquez in the standings at Mugello.

Vinales, who failed to get points at Le Mans, is keen on making a strong comeback. There is no better place for him to return to the podium than Mugello, as he likes the track and also looks forward to the great atmosphere there that makes the Italian GP so special. In the lower classes he notched up a run of three-consecutive podiums in Mugello, taking a win in 2012 (Moto3) and two third places, in 2011 (125cc) and 2013 (Moto3). In the MotoGP class he stood on the rostrum after scoring a second place in 2017. This weekend he will challenge for a top spot again.

Also home GP for Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci are eager to defend home turf from the other factory squad challengers. Both riders got on the podium at Le Mans last time out. Aside from Rossi, Ducati riders have their fair share of supporters here. And they’ll certainly be able to count on the support of the many ducatisti fans expected during the weekend and gathered, as usual, at the Ducati Grandstands located by the Correntaio corner. 

Dovizioso, who will celebrate his 300th GP start at Mugello, is currently second in the championship, just 8 points behind Márquez. Dovizioso won the Italian GP in 2017, was second last year, and took two more podiums in top class at Mugello. Petrucci has a third place in 2017 (best personal result) with a Ducati satellite team.

Alongside Dovizioso and Petrucci, on a third Desmosedici GP19 fielded by Ducati, Michele Pirro will compete in his first race of the year as a wild-card and celebrate his 100th GP start on Sunday. 

MotoGP hits fifth round at Le Mans

After the previous round, Reigning Champion Marc Marquez intends to continue the winning momentum at the Le Mans track.

With a dominating start-to-finish victory at Jerez, Marquez banished his Austin demons at the Spanish GP to walk away with 25 points and the lead in the riders’ standings. The Le Mans Circuit has offered the Repsol Honda Team rider somewhat mixed results in the premier class with two wins and a total of three podiums to his name.

Team mate Jorge Lorenzo is still finding his rhythm on the RCV. Lorenzo has five premier class victories to his name at Le Mans and hopes to make an impression in a Honda.

After finishing with both its riders in the top five at Jerez), Ducati riders are ready to resume action at Le Mans. Andrea Dovizioso won the French GP in 2004 in the 125cc class. Should he finish within the top three on Sunday, Dovizioso would score his 95th podium in the Premier class, equalling Mick Doohan in 12th place all-time for career podium finishes. The Italian has the most starts at Le Mns after the great ‘#46’. Dovizioso’s best result with Ducati at Le Mans is third (2015). When he reached the checkered flag in France, Dovizioso has always finished within the top five with Ducati in France. 

Team mate Danilo Petrucci scored his best result in dry conditions in MotoGP at Le Mans, finishing second with the Desmosedici GP with Pramac. The Italian rider took three more second-place finishes in his MotoGP career, but always in wet conditions. 

Rossi is currently fourth in the championship rankings, but only nine points from the top. Knowing that the Le Mans circuit is usually well-suited to his Yamaha’s nimble character, the Italian is looking to score his third podium finish of the season, and the odds are in his favor. The Doctpr has three victories at Le Mans (2002, 2005, and 2008), six second places (2003, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016), and four third places (2000, 2001, 2011, and 2018).

Maverick Viñales returned to the podium at the previous round in Jerez, which is essentially a difficult track for him. The third-place confidence boost made him determined to also pay a visit to the French rostrum again, of which he has fond memories. In 2017 the Spaniard secured a hard-fought win there on his YZR-M1, and one year earlier he also scored a MotoGP third-place race result.

After last week’s test he approaches the race in Le Mans with a positive mindset and will be giving his all to further fight his way up the standings.

MotoGP Round 6: A familiar Italian track

Round 6  of the MotoGP Championship moves to the familiar Italian track of Mugello, this weekend. Leading the title fight are Reigning Champion Marc Marquez and his squad, the Repsol Honda Team. Rivals Ducati and Yamaha need to buck up a whole lot to catch the league leader.

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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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