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Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Race Results – 25 October 2015

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Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
Race Results – 25 October 2015

MotoGP

Despite other distractions, Dani Pedrossa was in complete control at Sepang.  Image from www.crash.net

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) dominated this race from start to finish winning by over three seconds from second placed Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP ) with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) a distant third. Unfortunately the main story of the race was the dog fight between Rossi and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) which resulted in a collision between them causing Marquez to crash. In the incident Rossi appeared to slow down and go wide on a corner in an attempt to push Marquez off the track.

Race direction found that Rossi was guilty of irresponsible riding and penalised him three penalty points and directed that he start the next race in Valencia , last race of the season, from the last position on the starting grid. Rossi’s appeal against the penalty to the FIM was rejected.

Finishing fourth was Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) with fellow countryman Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) fifth and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) sixth.

1 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda 40’37.691
2 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.612
3 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +13.724

Moto2

Moto 2 World Champion shows why. Image courtesy of www.motoblog.it

Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took his eighth win of the season when he passed race leader Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) on the penultimate lap in a perfectly timed move leaving Luthi no alternative but to settle for second place.

Third place went to Jonas Folger (AGR Team) who had a battle with Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) until Rins crashed on lap ten leaving Folger in a lonely third place. In fourth place was Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) in fifth and a fast finishing Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 sixth.

1 Johann ZARCO (FRA) Ajo Motorsport Kalex 40’37.772
2 Thomas LUTHI (SWI) Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex +0.598
3 Jonas FOLGER (GER) AGR Team Kalex +9.846

Moto3

Miguel Olivera rides to victory in Sepang Image from www.crash.net

By winning his fifth race of the season Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) kept his World Championship hopes alive until the final race of the season in Valencia when Championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) could only manage to finish seventh in a race where he looked nervous and tentative. Second spot went to Oliveira’s team mate Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) finishing third.

In fourth place was Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) with Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) fifth and Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC ) finishing sixth.

1 Miguel OLIVEIRA (POR) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 40’33.277
2 Brad BINDER (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.089
3 Jorge NAVARRO (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.273
 

Point of …… discussion! Image from www.topgear.com

 

 

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 17 – 25 October 2015


MotoGP

 

Pos.       Rider                                     Bike                                       Nation                                  Points

1              Valentino ROSSI                  Yamaha                              ITA                                         312

2              Jorge LORENZO                 Yamaha                               SPA                                        305

3              Marc MARQUEZ                Honda                                  SPA                                        222

4              Dani PEDROSA                  Honda                                  SPA                                        190

5              Andrea IANNONE            Ducati                                   ITA                                         188

6              Bradley SMITH                  Yamaha                               GBR                                        171

7              Andrea DOVIZIOSO         Ducati                                   ITA                                         153

8              Cal CRUTCHLOW               Honda                                 GBR                                        118

9              Danilo PETRUCCI              Ducati                                  ITA                                         107

Moto2

 

Pos.       Rider                                     Bike                                       Nation                                  Points

1              Johann ZARCO                  Kalex                                     FRA                                        343

2              Alex RINS                            Kalex                                    SPA                                        214

3              Tito RABAT                         Kalex                                    SPA                                        206

4              Sam LOWES                       Speed Up                            GBR                                        175

5              Thomas LUTHI                   Kalex                                   SWI                                        163

6              Jonas FOLGER                    Kalex                                   GER                                        161

7              Xavier SIMEON                 Kalex                                     BEL                                         113

8              Takaaki NAKAGAMI          Kalex                                     JPN                                        95

9              Franco MORBIDELLI         Kalex                                   ITA                                         90

10           Sandro CORTESE               Kalex                                     GER                                        87

Moto3

 

Pos.       Rider                                     Bike                                       Nation                                  Points

1              Danny KENT                      Honda                                   GBR                                        253

2              Miguel OLIVEIRA              KTM                                       POR                                       229

3              Enea BASTIANINI             Honda                                   ITA                                         196

4              Romano FENATI                KTM                                      ITA                                         176

5              Niccolò ANTONELLI         Honda                                   ITA                                         174

6              Efren VAZQUEZ                 Honda                                   SPA                                        155

7              Brad BINDER                      KTM                                       RSA                                        146

8              Jorge NAVARRO                  Honda                                   SPA                                        137

9              Isaac VIÑALES                    KTM                                       SPA                                        105

10           Fabio QUARTARARO          Honda                                   FRA                                        92

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Qualifying Practice – 24 October 2015

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Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Qualifying Practice – 24 October 2015

MotoGP

Dani’s 1st pole of 2015. Image from www.motogp.com

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) claimed his first pole of the season with a sensational lap early in Q2 that was the fastest ever motorcycle lap of the  Sepang circuit beating Marc Marquez’s previous record by 2.097 seconds. Second place went to Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team)  who used his left knee to save an almost certain crash when on a fast lap.

In third spot was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)  who pushed his team mate and Championship rival Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)  down to fourth by 0.011 second in a lap completed after the chequered flag. In fifth place was Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda)  with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) completing the second row of the starting grid in sixth.

1Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda TeamHonda 1’59.053

2 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.409

3 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.673

Moto2

By smashing the Moto2 pole record by over half a second Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) took his first pole of the season in a rain interrupted qualifying session. Second place went to new World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) with Moto2 Rookie of the Year, Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) third.

The second row of the starting grid will be headed by Jonas Folger (AGR Team ) in fourth with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) in fifth and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) qualifying in sixth place.

1Thomas LUTHI (SWI) Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex 2’06.383

2 Johann ZARCO (FRA) Ajo Motorsport Kalex +0.127

3 Alex RINS (SPA) Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +0.454

Moto3

Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) took his second pole of the season and his third career pole in a qualifying session that saw the top fourteen riders qualify within a second. In second place on the starting will be Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) with Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completing the front row in third.

Heading the second row will be Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing)  with Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) in fifth. Championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) qualified sixth fastest but, for the third race in a row he has been penalised for riding slowly and dropped down the starting grid. Sixth place on the grid will now go to Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46).

1Niccolò ANTONELLI (ITA) Ongetta-RivacoldHonda2’12.653

2 Jorge NAVARRO (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.047

3 Miguel OLIVEIRA (POR) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.240

 

Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Race Results – 18 October 2015

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Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Race Results – 18 October 2015

MotoGP

3 exhausted foreign penguins take over Phillip Island. Pic courtesy of @MotoRaceFeed

In one of the best and most exciting MotoGP races  for a very long time which saw a race long duel between four riders, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), victory finally went to Marquez  who put in the fastest lap of the race on the last lap to overtake Lorenzo who finished second with Iannone, who rode his best MotoGP race in third just ahead of Rossi in fourth.

This was Marquez’s 50th Grand Prix victory across all classes.

In fifth place was Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) with Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) in sixth after an excellent ride on the underpowered Suzuki.

With Lorenzo finishing the race in second spot and Rossi fourth Lorenzo has reduced Rossi’s lead in the championship to 11 points.

1 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda 40’33.849

2 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.249

3 Andrea IANNONE (ITA) Ducati Team Ducati +0.930

Moto2

Alex Rins in winning form. Image from www.motogp.com

Moto2 rookie Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) took his second win of the season in dominating fashion after taking the lead early in the race and controlling the gap to second to win easily by over 6 seconds. Second place went to Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing ) after a duel with Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) which ended when Luthi crashed on lap 17. He remounted to finish 15th.

Third place went to Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) who had a tussle with Jonas Folger (AGR Team) until Folger retired with a flat rear tyre.

In fourth spot was Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) with Xavier Simeon(Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)  in fifth and Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) sixth.

Newly crowned 2015 Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco finshed a disappointing seventh.

1 Alex RINS (SPA) Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 39’00.084

2 Sam LOWES (GBR) Speed Up Racing  +6.633

3 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (ITA) Forward Racing Kalex +10.408

Moto3

Miguel Oliveira wins while main contenders, Danny Kent and Enea Bastianini crash out. Image from www.motogp.com

By taking his fourth win of the season in a closely fought race Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) kept his championship chances alive after championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) and contender Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) both crashed out in the same incident on lap 13. Second place went to Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing) with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completing the podium in third.

In fourth spot was Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) with Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) in fifth and Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) sixth.

Just over 1 second covered the top six finishers.

1 Miguel OLIVEIRA (POR) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 37’34.742

2 Efren VAZQUEZ (SPA) Leopard Racing Honda +0.132

3 Brad BINDER (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.161

 

Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Qualifying Practice – 17 October 2015

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Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Qualifying Practice – 17 October 2015

Cloud clearing. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures between 18 and 22.

MotoGP

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took his eighth pole of the season in dominating fashion on a track where he is yet to score a world championship point in the premier class. In second place was Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) who recorded an identical time to third placed qualifier Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) but took second spot on count back.

Heading the second row of the starting grid in fourth place will be Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) the leading satellite rider in fifth ahead of Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) in sixth.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will start the race at the head of the third row of the starting grid in seventh place.

1 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’28.364
2 Andrea IANNONE (ITA) Ducati Team Ducati +0.316
3 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.316

Moto2

Moto2 rookie Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) took his third pole of the season continuing his good practice form. Surprisingly, second place on the starting grid will go to Axel Pons (AGR Team) with his first ever front row start. Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing ) qualified in third spot even though he crashed heavily during qualifying.

In fourth place will be Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) with Mika Kallio (QMMF Racing Team) in fifth and Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) sixth.

Newly crowned 2015 Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport ) will start the race from seventh spot.
1 Alex RINS (SPA) Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 1’32.523
2 Axel PONS (SPA) AGR Team Kalex +0.214
3 Sam LOWES (GBR) Speed Up Racing Speed Up +0.264

Moto3

Although Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) set the fastest time during qualifying pole position went to John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) after Kent was given a six-place grid penalty for riding slowly on the racing line in FP3. This was McPhee’s maiden Moto3 pole.

Second place went to (Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing) completing the front row of the starting grid in third.

Heading the second row in fourth will be Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) ahead of Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) in fifth and Livio Loi (RW Racing GP) sixth.

1 John MCPHEE (GBR) SAXOPRINT RTG Honda 1’36.540
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA (POR) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.426
3 Efren VAZQUEZ (SPA) Leopard Racing Honda +0.513

Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Race Results – 11 October 2015

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Motul Grand Prix of Japan

Race Results – 11 October 2015

MotoGP

Feelings of the riders. Image from racemotogp.com

On a drying track which saw Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) suffer with tyre problems Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) rode the perfect race to pass both Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Lorenzo in the latter stages of the race to take his first win of the season and his 50th Grand Prix win in total.

Lorenzo took the lead from Rossi before turn 2 of the first lap and appeared to be in total control of the race holding a constant 3 second lead over Rossi who appeared to have no answer to Lorenzo’s pace and initially had problems fighting off a challenge from Andrea Dovizioso until Dovizioso’s challenge finally fell away.

However as the track dried both Lorenzo and Rossi suffered significant tyre problems which allowed Dani Pedrosa to lap 1.5 seconds faster than both, passing Rossi with 9 laps to go and Lorenzo with 7 laps to go. Rossi eventually passed Lorenzo 5 laps from the end and retained second spot to the chequered flag with Lorenzo third.

Fourth place went to Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)fifth and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) sixth.

1 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda 46’50.767

2 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +8.573

3 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +12.127

Moto2

Johann Zarco celebrated his Championship win in his now usual style. Pic from www.motogp.com

In a race reduced to 15 laps due to wet weather newly crowned Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport)took his seventh win of the season by taking complete control of the race after overtaking second place getter Jonas Folger (AGR Team) on lap 7, riding unchallenged to the finish line.

In third place was Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP ) who passed Azlan Shah (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) on the penultimate lap to claim his first podium of the season. Shah finished fourth, his best ever placing in Moto2, with Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia ) fifth and Ricky Cardus (JPMoto Malaysia ) sixth.

1 Johann ZARCO (FRA) Ajo Motorsport Kalex 31’17.900

2 Jonas FOLGER (GER) AGR Team Kalex +4.505

3 Sandro CORTESE (GER) Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +15.433

Moto3

Niccolo Antonelli – 2nd win of the year. Getty Images

In a weather shortened wet race, reduced to 13 laps, Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold )rode away from the field to register his second Moto3 win. In second place was Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) third.

After crashing and remounting Isaac Vinales (RBA Racing Team) finished fourth ahead of Zulhfami Khairuddin (Drive M7 SIC) in fifth. Championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) had a slow start to the race but gradually moved through the field to overtake main Championship rival Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) on the last lap to take sixth place.

1 Niccolò ANTONELLI (ITA) Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 28’03.391

2 Miguel OLIVEIRA (POR) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.053

3Jorge NAVARRO (SPA)Estrella Galicia 0,0Honda+8.529

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

After  ROUND 15 –  11 October 2015

MotoGP

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points

1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 283

2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 265

3 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 197

4 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 172

5 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 154

6 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 152

7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 150

8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 98

9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 93

10 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 88

Moto2

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points

1 Johann ZARCO Kalex FRA 309

2 Tito RABAT Kalex SPA 206

3 Alex RINS Kalex SPA 189

4 Sam LOWES Speed Up GBR 152

5 Jonas FOLGER Kalex GER 145

6 Thomas LUTHI Kalex SWI 142

7 Xavier SIMEON Kalex BEL 96

8 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex ITA 84

9 Sandro CORTESE Kalex GER 78

10 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex JPN 69

Moto3

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points

1 Danny KENT Honda GBR 244

2 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 188

3 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 179

4 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda ITA 161

5 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 155

6 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda SPA 135

7 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 110

8 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 108

9 Isaac VIÑALES KTM SPA 95

10 Fabio QUARTARARO Honda FRA 92

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

After ROUND 15 –  11 October 2015

MotoGP

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points

1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 283

2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 265

3 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 197

4 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 172

5 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 154

6 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 152

7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 150

8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 98

9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 93

10 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 88

Moto2

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points

1 Johann ZARCO Kalex FRA 309

2 Tito RABAT Kalex SPA 206

3 Alex RINS Kalex SPA 189

4 Sam LOWES Speed Up GBR 152

5 Jonas FOLGER Kalex GER 145

6 Thomas LUTHI Kalex SWI 142

7 Xavier SIMEON Kalex BEL 96

8 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex ITA 84

9 Sandro CORTESE Kalex GER 78

10 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex JPN 69

Moto3

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points

1 Danny KENT Honda GBR 244

2 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 188

3 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 179

4 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda ITA 161

5 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 155

6 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda SPA 135

7 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 110

8 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 108

9 Isaac VIÑALES KTM SPA 95

10 Fabio QUARTARARO Honda FRA 92