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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. 

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

Rins scores 1st career win at GP Americas

In an eventful Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, TX, Reigning Champion Marc Marquez has finally been dethroned, but it was actually a crash that forced retirement. And guess who won the race? It was a certain Suzuki rider Alex Rins, who scored his first ever win in MotoGP. For Suzuki, it was their second since 2016 Silverstone.

The 20-lap race had Marquez, who was on pole, written all over it, but the defending champion would lose the front of the bike and had to retire from the race. With him out of the picture, the field was open for anyone to take. Marquez got off the line ahead of Rossi and Crutchlow. Rins, meanwhile, was in the top five. As several riders started to tumble, the field became thin in the early stint.

Fufteen laps to go, Rossi had a comfortable space between himself and his pursuer Crutchlow, particularly when the LCR Honda rider crashed out moments later. Marquez led Rossi by almost 3 seconds. Another three laps in, Marquez would drop out of the race as he took a tumble at turn 12 on lap 9. He lost the front-end of the bike.

At the mid-distance of the race, Rossi now led the race while Rins had already placed himself in second right behind the 9-time champion. It was Yamaha vs Suzuki scenario…

Rins planned a victory charge for the last few laps, before executing a great pass on Rossi for the lead. Rins came through to pass Rossi, but  the veteran tried to retaliate. He lost 0.5s in that block attempt. The number 46 rider was making an attempt to undo the damage, inching closer, but he ran wide with two laps to go, meaning he had to do the work all over again. He wasn’t giving up, though. In the last lap Rossi managed to make up a lot of time and was looking threatening behind Rins in the final sector, but ultimately he came just 0.462s short as they crossed the finish line. Rins remained calm under pressure from the 9-time champion to earn his first ever MotoGP win.  Third was Jack Miller followed by the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. The second Ducati of Danilo Petrucci was sixth, behind Franco Morbidelli.

Dovizioso had a strong and consistent pace throughout and finished just nine tenths of a second behind Miller. His team mate progressively climbed his way back through the field to claim sixth position half-way through the race. The Italian rider then increased the gap from the riders behind him and defended the position until the checkered flag.

Dovi tops the riders standings, 3 points up on Val. Rossi.

The second Repsol Honda of Jorge Lorenzo also retired from the race. That meant both Repsol Honda came up empty-handed in the Race of the Americas.

Up next Is the GP of Spain at the iconic Jerez circuit, from 3 – 5 May.

2019 MotoGP COTA results

1            RINS Alex          Team Suzuki Ecstar              41’45.499

2            ROSSI Valentino            Yamaha MotoGP               0.462

3            MILLER Jack     Pramac Racing Ducati  8.454

4            DOVIZIOSO Andrea      Ducati                9.420

5            MORBIDELLI Franco    Yamaha SRT                       18.021

6            PETRUCCI Danilo         Ducati               21.476

7            QUARTARARO Fabio   Yamaha SRT                        26.111

8            ESPARGARO Pol            KTM Factory Racing           29.743

9            BAGNAIA Francesco    Pramac               30.608

10         NAKAGAMI Takaaki     LCR Honda                   31.011

Riders standings

1            DOVIZIOSO Andrea                    54        

2            ROSSI Valentino                          51        

3            RINS Alex          49        

4            MARQUEZ Marc                         45        

5            PETRUCCI Danilo                        30         i

6            MILLER Jack                   29        

7            NAKAGAMI Takaaki                   22        

8            CRUTCHLOW Cal                        19        

9            ESPARGARO Pol            18        

10         QUARTARARO Fabio   17

Marquez pulls off largest winning margin at MotoGP Round 2

Reigning Champion and pre-race favorite Marc Marquez has captured his first win of the year at the Termas de Rio Hondo, home of the MotoGP Round 2 race in Argentina. Though Marquez won the race, Valentino Rossi was the real highlight of the race as the Doctor pushed to the limits and finished in a remarkable runner-up spot.  Third place went to the first round winner, Andrea Dovizioso.

Marquez had a lightning start from pole and was quickly up by a second ahead of everyone else after just a lap. From there, the defending champion never once looked back. Rossi, meanwhile, started strong from fourth on the grid and held his position in the first corner, and shortly after moved up to second place. He aimed to prevent any riders from checking out at the front but didn’t succeed, as he fell back to fifth in the busy group. Not for long, though: he steadily worked his way back up. Dovizioso, too, was among the leaders as he feld second for most of the race.

Up front, Marquez was able to pull away lap after lap and had a 12-second at the three-quarters mark. In an amazing last dash to the finish line, Rossi decided to make his move to tussle with Dovizioso for second place. The pair gradually broke away from the others. The Yamaha rider observed the riding style of his rival and perfectly picked the place and moment to pounce: on the last lap, in Turn 7, he put his YZR-M1 on the inside and made it stick. He crossed the line in second place 9.816s from first.

Marquez was the winner and his win was accompanied the biggest winning margin in a dry MotoGP race, The Champion’s previous best coming at the 2016 Argentina GP (a gap of 7.679s) and is his 45th win in the premier class. Marquez leaves Argentina with 45 points and the championship lead

Fourth was the Satellite Pramac Racing Jack Miller who topped factory riders  Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Dnailo Petrucci (Ducati). Seventh through tenth were the Satellite teams.

MotoGP circus prepares to travel to Austin, Texas for round three at the Red Bull Gran Prix of The Americas, 12 – 14 April.

MotoGP Round 2 Termas de Rio Hondo results

1            MARQUEZ Marc              Repsol Honda Team       41’43.688

2            ROSSI Valentino       Yamaha MotoGP                           +9.816

3            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         Ducati   10.530

4            MILLER Jack               Pramac Racing   12.140

5            RINS Alex                    Suzuki Ecstar     12.563

6            PETRUCCI Danilo             Ducati                 13.750

7            NAKAGAMI Takaaki        LCR Honda         18.160

8            QUARTARARO Fabio      Yamaha SRT                     20.403

9            ESPARGARO Aleix           Aprilia Racing    25.292

10          ESPARGARO Pol 44          Red Bull KTM    25.679

Riders standings

1            MARQUEZ Marc              SPA       45

2            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         ITA        41

3            ROSSI Valentino ITA       31

4            RINS Alex            SPA       24

5            PETRUCCI Danilo             ITA        20

6            CRUTCHLOW Cal             GBR       19

7            NAKAGAMI Takaaki        JPN        16

8            MILLER Jack       AUS       13

9            ESPARGARO Aleix           SPA       13

10          ESPARGARO Pol SPA       10

MotoGP season kicks off under the floodlights: Dovizioso Wins!

The first race of the new season was an exciting affair as Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won a head-to-head battle against Reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez. Dovizioso was able to repeat the win from last year after 22 laps of non-stop fight with the Repsol Honda ace. In the end, the Italian won by just 23 thousandths of a second from the Spaniard.

LCR’s Cal Crutchlow topped Suzuki’s Alex Rins and the factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi for third and the final podium spot.

Off the block, Dovizioso shot to the lead, with Marquez hot on his tracks.,along with Rins who trailed the duo. Rossi, due to a poor qualifying position, had to start from 14th on the grid, but it only took a couple of laps for him to climb up to 10th.

Up front.  yhere was a frantic melee between the leading seven riders playing out over the next 20 laps. Marquez held a brief lead from Dovizioso within the 20-lap span, but Dovizioso made short work of it. Maverick Vinales was amongst the top seven, before Rossi quickly caught with the pack. Before long, a certain Franco Morbidelli passed the Doctor with 12 laps to go but the Italian didn’t let up.  Two laps later, the Doctor returned the favor, using the slipstream to overtake his compatriot going into turn 1.

By three quarters of the race, Dovizioso and Marquez were in their own world and the rest just tagged along. Rossi overtook his team mate after lap 15, then Joan Mir and Danilo Petrucci. In the final laps. Rossi would finish 0.600secs from the top.

Marquez made one last dash for the lead but Dovizioso covered his lines well to prevent that. Elsewhere, Petrucci rode a solid race, recovering several positions after suffering a non-optimal start from third row. After climbing back to third, Petrucci faced a small drop and finished the race in sixth, only two seconds behind his teammate. 

Dovizioso rode remarkably despite the slippery conditions, “I’m super happy about this win, especially because after the tests I wouldn’t have expected to be so fast. We stayed focused and we made progress in each session. Our strategy in the race was simply to preserve the tyre, and this made the difference, but it wasn’t easy because I led for most of the race and I couldn’t really study my opponents. Marquez gave it everything he could, as usual, and pushed me to the limit.”

Vinales would end up seventh, ahead of Suzuki’s Joan Mir, LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami and Aprilla’s Alexi Espargaro.  Jorge Lorenzo’s debut with Repsol Honda was heavily restricted by lingering pain in his back and shoulder, after heavy crashes a day before. Focusing on his own rhythm and understanding the Honda over race distance, Lorenzo battled to 13th to earn three points.

The MotoGP will be back in action in three weeks’ time at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for the Argentine GP, held from 29th – 31st March.

2019 MotoGP Losail Circuit results

1            Andrea DOVIZIOSO        ITA        Mission Winnow Ducati              Ducati   166.6    42’36.902

2            Marc MARQUEZ              SPA       Repsol Honda Team              Honda  166.6    +0.023

3            Cal CRUTCHLOW             GBR       LCR Honda CASTROL              Honda  166.6    +0.320

4            Alex RINS           SPA       Team SUZUKI ECSTAR    Suzuki              166.6    +0.457

5            Valentino ROSSI ITA        Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP              Yamaha 166.6    +0.600

6            Danilo PETRUCCI            ITA        Mission Winnow Ducati              Ducati   166.4    +2.320

7            Maverick VIÑALES          SPA       Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP             Yamaha 166.4    +2.481

8            Joan MIR            SPA       Team SUZUKI ECSTAR    Suzuki              166.3    +5.088

9            Takaaki NAKAGAMI        JPN        LCR Honda IDEMITSU              Honda  166.1    +7.406

10          Aleix ESPARGARO           SPA       Aprilia Racing Team Gresini              Aprilia   166.0    +9.636

Riders standings

1            Andrea DOVIZIOSO        Ducati   ITA        25

2            Marc MARQUEZ              Honda  SPA       20

3            Cal CRUTCHLOW             Honda  GBR       16

4            Alex RINS           Suzuki   SPA       13

5            Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA        11

6            Danilo PETRUCCI            Ducati   ITA        10

7            Maverick VIÑALES          Yamaha SPA       9

8            Joan MIR            Suzuki   SPA       8

9            Takaaki NAKAGAMI        Honda  JPN        7

10          Aleix ESPARGARO           Aprilia   SPA       6

11          Franco MORBIDELLI       Yamaha ITA        5

12          Pol ESPARGARO KTM      SPA       4

13          Jorge LORENZO Honda  SPA       3

14          Andrea IANNONE           Aprilia   ITA        2

15          Johann ZARCO   KTM      FRA       1

16          Fabio QUARTARARO      Yamaha FRA      

17          Miguel OLIVEIRA             KTM      POR      

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