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Final Results – MotoTipping “Premier” Comp, 2014

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Winners & money earners for 2014 “Premier” Competition are:

  1. Bini clinched his position at the head of the comp with an impressive 131 top scoring points for the last round at Valencia! (MARQUEZ, MILLER, RABAT, LUTHI, ROSSI, MARQUEZ)
    Well done Bini!
  2. The Dutchman TonyL with 97 points for the round. (MILLER, MARQUEZ,RABAT, VIÑALES, ROSSI, PEDROSA)
  3. Andrew scraped in on the podium with 102 points for the night (MILLER, MARQUEZ, RABAT, KALLIO, MARQUEZ, PEDROSA). Andrew displaced KFisher from his last round’s 3rd place overall (now 6th!) with a point score for the round of only 67 points (MARQUEZ, RINS, RABAT, VIÑALES, LORENZO & ROSSI)


Graphs of the scoring for the full year for the “Premier” members are below.

The winnerBini was unbelievable; “doing a Marquez”!
He had led the “Premier” Comp most of the season except for a brief period of one round when Kfisher got in front of him at Motegi.
The RANK graph shows mid year “Premier” Comp convert, Clarkyfish, who didn’t “opt over” to the paid comp till mid season, had actually led at Qatar and Austin and again for Lemans but by the next round at Mugello, Bini had equaled Clarkyfish at the top of the point-score and bettered him from there on. Clarkyfish remained in 2nd spot until Aragon round and slipped down from there to end up 15th. Bini was 9th last year.
That sort of supremacy has NEVER been seen before in the 11 recorded years of the World’s Greatest Tipping Comp that I recall.

2nd place overall went to TonyL.
He clawed his way from equal 20th at Qatar to hold his 2nd place for the last 3 rounds. TonyL has been a long term competitor,  his previous best result was in 2010 when he was also 2nd – not bad for the “token Dutchman”.

3rd placeAndrew did a great job with his ascendency from  his low point of 14th at LeMans, to 3rd at the end. After LeMans he never went backwards in his ranking. But he did go backwards from last year when he finished 2nd overall.

Winnings have been sent via PayPal

US $s
The Pool: 1st $279.30
2nd $167.58
3rd $111.72

Those American $s worked out ok, this year for the Aussies!

To the rest of you, many thanks for being involved again. I’ve enjoyed the “banter” and the competition again this year, we hope you have too.

More useless but vitally important information:

This year we had several perfect scorers, amazingly 8 with 135 points each at Silverstone
TonyL, Andrew, McGrath84, KFisher, Dasko, NickT, Clarkyfish & Helsangel. All picked the top two place-getters in each class.
And TonyL again at the following round at Misano!

The average (Premier comp) score for the year was 96.4 points.
“Lowest score honour of the season” goes to Don1969 for an incredible 30 at Assen – well done Don! How did you do that?
Biggest overall dive of the year came from Breaky33 –  7th at Qatar to 26th at the end! – he used to be good at this!

Most people had their highest scoring round at Silverstone.
Other than the 8x “perfect scorers” mentioned above were:

  • Xena & Gaztread, 128 points.
  • Rory & Stickman, 131.
  • MickC, 120.
  • KSaul, 114.
  • Esky, 127.
  • Breaky33, 108.
  • Don1969, 96.
  • Danny84811, 95.

Those that had their highest scoring round elsewhere were:

  • Bini, when he made sure of his finish – Valencia, 131 points;
  • Aprilia12 at Austin, 128;
  • Maxgmoore at Sachsenring, 116.
  • Fergo at Catalunya, 128;
  • KenC at Austin, 131;
  • Madeleine at Catalunya, 121;
  • Bummers at Misano, 131;
  • Bisho at Austin 122;
  • Wharfy at Catalunya, 128;
  • BluePeter at Indy, 116;
  • Don1968 at Rio, 96;

We still have a couple of tied positions – Xena & Dasko for equal 9th & Helsangel & Madeleine for equal 16th.
You guys will have to fight it out over a beer, Chardies or cocktails.

Past World’s Greatest Tipping Comp “money winners”:

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2004 Sandy Danni Dale
2005 Alyson Brett Danni
2006 Sandy Bernie Patti
2008 Bernie Patti TonyL
2009 Dale Bernie Matt
2010 GT TonyL Vaughan
2011 Rob Corey Rory
2012 Madeleine GT Craig
2013 Gaztread Andrew NickT
2014 Bini TonyL Andrew

A plea:

We are trying to expand the MotoTipping comp further afield in Australia and internationally with a thought that one day we may be able to gain sponsorships to offer bigger & better prizes. You will notice over the next few months changes to the website. We would welcome your ideas for the competition.

If you know of any likely motorcycle forums, Facebook connections, blogs or potential sponsors/advertisers you think we should be approaching for their involvement, please let me know at or in the Comments to this blog post.

Have a great Christmas & New Year, keep your rubber on the road,
Till next season – In the words of Jacqui Lambie “There’s no 50% here. It needs to Go in Hard; it needs to Go in Fast!”



Winners are grinners. Bini, TonyL & Andrew.

Winners are grinners.
Bini, TonyL & Andrew.

Rnd 18 Points Chart 2015

Gran Prix of Valencia, Race Results 9 November 2014 MotoGP

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Exit 2014 – Vale, Marc & Dani, Valencia, 09/11/14

 Gran Prix of Valencia, Race Results

9 November 2014




The win by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) gave him his 13th of the season thus beating the previous record of 12 wins held by Mick Doohan since 1997.

In a race affected by light rain saw initial race leader Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing Ducati) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) pit to change to wet tyres on lap 20, a move which proved disastrous for both Lorenzo eventually retiring from the race while Iannone finished 22nd.

Second place went to pole sitter Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) which clinched his second spot on the Championship table while the last rostrum place went to Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) who, after initially challenging Rossi for second place dropped back significantly when rain started falling.

After an intense battle Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) finally took fourth over his team mate Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) in fifth with MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) in sixth.

Top open class finisher was again Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing Yamaha).

1 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team 46’39.627

2 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.516

3 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team +14.040




Thomas Luthi wins! Image from www.

After a race long battle Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag Suter) took victory from World Champion Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) in second place after Rabat suffered fuel shortage on the last corner of the race which affected his run to the finish and was passed by Luthi just before the line.

Third place went to Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Suter) after a lonely ride with fourth going to Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex).  Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter) finished fifth with Dominique Aegerter (Technomag CarXprt Suter) in sixth.

The anticipated battle between Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) and Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) for second spot in the World Championship never materialised because Vinales crashed into the back of Kallio on the first lap taking both riders out of the race. Kallio thus finished second in the Championship.

1 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten Sitag Suter 43’08.366

2 Esteve RABAT SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex +0.133

3 Johann ZARCO FRA AirAsia Caterham Caterham Suter +10.728


In an exciting race to determine the 2014 Moto3 World Champion the race win went to JackMiller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) but the World Championship went to third placed Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) beating Miller in the Championship by just 2 points.

This is the first time in the history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing that siblings, Marc and Alex Marquez, have become World Champions.

Second in the race was Isaac Vinales (Calvo Team KTM) with fourth spot going to Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) after a missed gear on the last lap ended his challenge for third against Marquez. In fifth was Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) with Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) in sixth.

1 Jack MILLER AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo 40’10.983

2 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Calvo Team KTM +0.155

3 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.955


Jack and Alex – exit 2014 Image from:



Final 2014 World Championship Standings    
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA362
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA295
3Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA263
4Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA246
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA187
7Aleix ESPARGAROForward YamahaSPA126
8Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR121
9Stefan BRADLHondaGER117
10Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA102
1Esteve RABATKalexSPA346
2Mika KALLIOKalexFIN289
3Maverick VIÑALESKalexSPA274
4Thomas LUTHISuterSWI194
5Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI172
6Johann ZARCOCaterham SuterFRA146
7Simone CORSIKalexITA100
8Luis SALOMKalexSPA85
9Sandro CORTESEKalexGER85
10Marcel SCHROTTERTech 3GER80
1Alex MARQUEZHondaSPA278
3Alex RINSHondaSPA237
4Efren VAZQUEZHondaSPA222
6Alexis MASBOUHondaFRA164
8Danny KENTHusqvarnaGBR129
10Miguel OLIVEIRAMahindraPOR110

Generali Grand Prix of Valencia Qualifying Practice MotoGP 8 November 2014

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MotoGP 8 November 2014

Generali Grand Prix of Valencia

Qualifying Practice


Vale seems to want to beat Jorge…. pic from:



Pole position went to Valentine Rossi (Movistar Yamaha), his 50th in the premier class and his first since Le Mans in 2010. Second spot on the starting grid goes to Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing Ducati) with third going to Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.


Heading the second row in fourth spot will be Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) with World Champion Marc Marquez in fifth after crashing during the qualifying session. Sixth place goes to Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3).


Top open class qualifier was Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing Yamaha).


1              Valentino ROSSI                              ITA                         Movistar Yamaha MotoGP                           1’30.843

2              Andrea IANNONE            ITA                        Pramac Racing   Ducati                                   +0.132

3              Dani PEDROSA                  SPA                        Repsol Honda Team                                       +0.156



New Moto2 World Champion Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) scored his 11th pole of the season ahead of Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Suter) in second with 2014 rookie Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) rounding off the front row of the starting grid in third.


The second row of the starting grid has Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag Suter) in fourth, Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter) in fifth and Marcel Schrotter (Tech3) sixth.


1           Esteve RABAT                     SPA                        Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex                      1’35.199

2           Johann ZARCO                    FRA                        AirAsia Caterham Suter                                                +0.043

3           Franco MORBIDELLI          ITA                         Italtrans Racing Team Kalex                        +0.221



Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 KTM) took his first ever Moto3 pole with a record pole lap of 1’39.183. With him on the front row of the starting grid are World Championship rivals Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in second spot and Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) in third.


Heading the second row is Isaac Vinales (Calvo Team KTM) in fourth with Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) in fifth and Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) sixth.


1              Niccolò ANTONELLI         ITA                         Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 KTM           1’39.183

2              Jack MILLER                        AUS                        Red Bull KTM Ajo                                             +0.068

3              Alex MARQUEZ                 SPA                        Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda                             +0.373