Tag: Valentino Rossi

MotoGP contingent heads to Argentina for Round 2

After an exciting season-opener in Qatar, MotoGP prepares for Round 2 at familiar grounds of Termas de Rio in Argentina. The Argentine round is one of the longest races in the championship at over 120 kilometers across 25 laps. Characterized by multiple long straights, demanding left-hand corners and often-unpredictable weather, the race has produced five different premier class winners in six years.

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez is eager to sought his revenge after a close-shave battle with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, who won the first race. Marquez has a brilliant record at Termas with two wins previously, the only premier class rider to win there more than once. “We started well in Qatar and fought until the end for victory. The goal is of course to do the same in Argentina and take as many points as possible. Time between the two races has been good, I was able to return training with a motocross bike and I feel confident for this race.”

Team mate Jorge Lorenzo had a first race to forget, but he vows to come back strong in Argentina. The multiple Champion will continue to learn and adapt to the RC213V machine. After a physically punishing weekend, where it was later revealed he had sustained a fissure to one of his ribs, Lorenzo and the team are aiming for a smooth weekend.

Following a good weekend in Qatar, Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, who finished 1st and 6th , hope to continue their consistent results in Argentina. Dovizioso rode with all his might and experience to fend off Marquez for the win. He feels that the bike has a superb straight line speed, but needs improvement on the corners.  “We need to improve our corner speed. This year there are plenty of quick riders and it’ll be crucial not to lose too many points on less favorable tracks.”

Petrucci on his full factory squad stint is confident to support his championship leading team mate. He aims to finish in the top five, given the bike’s praise-worthy performance.

Factory Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales need to answer their rivals in a hurry, otherwise it’d be a long and arduous season for the proud MotoGP squad. Rossi was just 0.6s off the victory at the opening round, despite starting from fourteenth. He showed great potential of this year’s YZR-M1.

In Argentina, Rossi is big with the South American fans. The nine-time champion hopes to not disappoint his fans there and aims for a podium finish, like he did in 2015 with a win. In 2016 and 2017, he took scored second on both occasion.

Though he didn’t end the first race of the season as high as he would have liked, Viñales took the positives from the first weekend in Losail and is motivated to show his speed again at Termas. Vinales had a win in Argentina two years ago, but he struggled here last year in a slightly chaotic and challenging race, but he still took home solid points, securing fifth position. This year he wants to feel competitive again, so he can duplicate the 2017 result.

The action in Argentina starts a bit later than usual, from Malaysian time.As always, practice, practice/qualifying 1, qualifying 2 and raceday.

Rossi takes record-breaking pole at MotoGP Mugello

Qualifiers for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello saw 9-time Champion Valentino Rossi shine in front of his adoring hometown fans. Rossi took pole on a record-breaking lap, ahead of Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo and team mate Maverick Vinales. It’s a Yamaha front-row for the first time in a while. For Rossi, it was his first pole since the Japanese Grand Prix in 2016.

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Rossi stays put at Yamaha MotoGP for another 2 years

  At the onset of the weekend’s season opener, Yamaha MotoGP and 9-time Champion Valentino Rossi have reached an agreement to a 2-year contract. With the new contract, Rossi will remain a Yamaha rider for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons.

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Zarco and Rossi lead the field in final day of pre-season test

  MotoGP riders have completed the final day of the pre-season in Qatar. Following the dry session, the riders were given the opportunity to test the Losail circuit in (artificial) wet conditions during the final hour. On the final day of testing, Johann Zarco topped Valentino Rossi as the fastest rider of the day. Championship runner-up Andrea Dovizioso was third quickest.

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Rossi completes physical trials on the road to recovery

  Valentino Rossi began his return to racing at the Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Gerno di Lesmo, Italy, following an enduro accident on 31 August. Yamaha MotoGP conducted a two-day physical trials for the 9-time Champion to prepare for his return at this weekend’s  Grand Prix of Aragon.

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Van der Mark replaces Rossi at MotoGP Aragon race

  Due to an extended recovery requirement, Valentino Rossi has been side lined for the next race in Aragon, Spain, The Yamaha MotoGP squad decided to rest Rossi a little longer. Instead a replacement has been cast in the form of WorldSBK rider ichael van der Mark. Van der Mark will race alongisde Maverick Vinales at the round 14 event.

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Rossi quickest at MotoGP Brno test

  After the weekend’s Czech Grand Prix, MotoGP crews stayed behind to test various settings and aerodynamics packages. Following a fantastic race, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, winner of the race, and Dani Pedrosa completed the one-day test session with some positive strides. Valentino Rossi finished fastest in the test, followed by Marquez and Maverick Vinales.

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Rossi claims dramatic win at MotoGP TT Assen

  The MotoGP TT Assen will be remembered as the best race this season for Valentino Rossi, who attained a solid victory. Rossi now owns the longest winning career through all classes, spread over 20 years and 313 days. Danilo Petrucci finished a brilliant second, after challenging the 9-time Champion in the last laps. Reigning champion Marc Marquez came home third as he held off Cal Crutchlow in the final two laps of the race.

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Yamaha MotoGP riders excite fans from the Phillippines

  Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and new team mate Maverick Vinales made a stop at the Phillippines’ capital city of Manila most recently. The visit to the Phillippines followed after the Indonesian trip with a purpose of supporting Yamaha dealership in the designated South East Asian countries. While in Manila, Rossi and Vinales also attended a special racing activity, organized by Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc.

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Yamaha MotoGP unveils new livery for 2017 season

  The Yamaha MotoGP Team gave racing fans from all over the world a first glimpse of its team colors for the new season during the official team launch at Telefónica‘s headquarters in Madrid.

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