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Yamaha in the first test of 2015

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Marc Márquez may have been the fastest in the first practice day of 2015, but hopes are high in the Yamaha camp. Both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have finished the test with better feelings than a year ago: the Yamaha M1 is much closer to Honda than it was in 2014.

“Today has been a really good day because I have been consistently fast both morning and afternoon. We have worked hard on improving my pace on used tires, but it is already quite good. The bike is good and the new tires have achieved good times” explained Rossi.

The Italian finished second but only 166 thousandths off Marquez. “In the end, I’m second behind Márquez, but not by much. It seems that the bike has improved in different areas. We still have work to do but being the first day, it was good” he adds.

His teammate Jorge Lorenzo sums it up clearly: “Sepang is not our best circuit but having two Yamahas in the top 3 is a good sign.” For the Spanish, this year is “a totally different story than last year when we had many problems. This year we have been ahead from the start, in the first three positions, and that means that the bike is working.”

Lorenzo: “My physical condition is very good”

One of Lorenzo’s main problems at the start of last season was weight, which dogged him during the first half of the year. This year has remedied those problems from the start.

“My physical condition is very good: I feel strong but the first day is always complicated. You have to use muscles you do not normally use in the gym or in the preparation, so you just always tired. However, compared with a normal preseason, I feel good, “said Lorenzo.

Rider Time 2014 Difference Time 2015 Difference
1 MÁRQUEZ 2:00.286 2:00.262
2 ROSSI 2:00.804 0.518 2:00.380 0.118
3 PEDROSA 2:00.906 0.620 2:00.745 0.438
4 LORENZO 2:01.082 0.796 2:00.521 0.259

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
$558.60

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
2007
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 tipping@internode.on.net 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!”

http://junkee.com/jacqui-lambies-most-outrageous-misunderstandings-seamlessly-inserted-into-ghostbusters/42343

Bernie

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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

 

 

MotoGP

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

 

 

Moto2

Thomas Luthi wins! Image from www.http://sport.bt.com

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

Moto3

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: www.news.com.au

 

 

Final 2014 World Championship Standings    
MotoGP
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA362
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA295
3Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA263
4Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA246
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA187
6Pol ESPARGAROYamahaSPA136
7Aleix ESPARGAROForward YamahaSPA126
8Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR121
9Stefan BRADLHondaGER117
10Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA102
Moto2
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Esteve RABATKalexSPA346
2Mika KALLIOKalexFIN289
3Maverick VIÑALESKalexSPA274
4Thomas LUTHISuterSWI194
5Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI172
6Johann ZARCOCaterham SuterFRA146
7Simone CORSIKalexITA100
8Luis SALOMKalexSPA85
9Sandro CORTESEKalexGER85
10Marcel SCHROTTERTech 3GER80
Moto3
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Alex MARQUEZHondaSPA278
2Jack MILLERKTMAUS276
3Alex RINSHondaSPA237
4Efren VAZQUEZHondaSPA222
5Romano FENATIKTMITA176
6Alexis MASBOUHondaFRA164
7Isaac VIÑALESKTMSPA141
8Danny KENTHusqvarnaGBR129
9Enea BASTIANINIKTMITA127
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: http://motorcycleracemag.com

MotoGP

 

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

Moto2

 

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

Moto3

 

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

Moto Tipping Results – post Sepang

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Logo 2 colour

  • Dani Pedrosa’s fall (twice!) didn’t do 29% of our Tippers any good.
  • 23% of Tippers had picked Maverick Viñales, for Moto2.
  • Only 9% had picked Vazquez for Moto3. 

All these percentages below are for “All Competitors” in MotoTipping (not just the Premier Comp.).

 

How Are People Tipping?

MotoGP
MARQUEZ, Marc   94 tips   90%
LORENZO, Jorge   38 tips   37%
BAUTISTA, Álvaro   31 tips   30%
PEDROSA, Dani   30 tips   29%
ROSSI, Valentino   9 tips   9%
SMITH, Bradley   2 tips   2%
IANNONE, Andrea   2 tips   2%
ESPARGARÓ, Pol   1 tips   1%
Moto2
RABAT, Esteve   87 tips   84%
CORTESE, Sandro   40 tips   38%
KALLIO, Mika   31 tips   30%
VIÑALES, Maverick   24 tips   23%
LUTHI, Thomas   5 tips   5%
ZARCO, Johann   4 tips   4%
AEGERTER, Dominique   3 tips   3%
CORSI, Simone   2 tips   2%
LOWES, Sam   2 tips   2%
SALOM, Luis   2 tips   2%
TORRES, Jordi   1 tips   1%
FOLGER, Jonas   1 tips   1%
SIMON, Julian   1 tips   1%
NAKAGAMI, Takaaki   1 tips   1%
de ANGELIS, Alex   1 tips   1%
TEROL, Nicolas   1 tips   1%
HERRIN, Josh   1 tips   1%
Moto3
MARQUEZ, Alex   73 tips   70%
RINS, Alex   53 tips   51%
MILLER, Jack   47 tips   45%
VAZQUEZ, Efren   9 tips   9%
FENATI, Romano   4 tips   4%
ANTONELLI, Niccolò   4 tips   4%
McPHEE, John   3 tips   3%
MASBOU, Alexis   3 tips   3%
BASTIANINI, Enea   2 tips   2%
VIÑALES, Isaac   2 tips   2%
SISSIS, Arthur   1 tips   1%
KORNFEIL, Jakub   1 tips   1%
LOCATELLI, Andrea   1 tips   1%
AJO, Niklas   1 tips   1%
DEROUE, Scott   1 tips   1%
OLIVEIRA, Miguel   1 tips   1%
KENT, Danny   1 tips   1%

 

Nothing much changed from last round in positions of Tipsters, till we get to 7th place.
Clarkyfish (a late convert from the “All Competitors” to the “Premier” class) took a dive from equal 7th with Xena to 12th after Sepang. Another big loser was Stickman, taking a 6 position dive from 13th after P.I. to 19th now. Others that went downwards were NickT from 12th to 14th and Wharfy down one spot to 21st.

At the top of the pile nothing changed, much. There’s still 6 points between Bini & TonyL and 2 more points to KFisher. Aprilia12 in 4th, widened the gap to the top (he was 13 points down last round,) now 18 behind Bini.

Those that went upwards in this round were Fergo, 11th to 8th, Dasko 1 spot (equal 9th with GazTread), KenC took a fair bound up from 15th to 11th, Rory, Helsangel, Bisho,  Madeleine and BluePeter also went up.

KenC was the highest scorer with 122 points, picking RINS, MILLER, RABAT, VIÑALES, ROSSI, and MARQUEZ.
Next best pickers were MickC & Helsangel with 110 points each, but not with the same choices (drill down on their names if you want to have a look.).
Then Rory & Madeleine with 106 each.

Stickman & Clarkyfish tied for the lowest scores, this round, 65 points! (Even Breaky33 got 89 points ).

Next, final round (I hate saying that!) is at Valencia in two weeks.
For those on Eastern Standard Australian time, according to www.motogp.com, the scheduled starting times are:

9 November 2014

Moto3WUP 5:406:00pm

Moto2WUP 6:106:30pm

MotoGPWUP 6:407:00pm

 

  • Moto3 RACE 8:00pm
  •  Moto2 RACE 9:20pm
  •  MotoGP RACE 11:00pm

 

The most exciting (?) race of the night WILL BE Moto3.

Good luck with your tips.

 

Bernie

Points scored - Sepang, Phillip Isl. & Motegi

Points scored – Sepang, Phillip Isl. & Motegi

Premier Tipper's Ranking after Sepang.

Premier Tipper’s Ranking after Sepang.

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Race Results 26 October 2014

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Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Race Results

26 October 2014

 

MotoGP

Enhorabuena, my idol!          Congratulazioni, my idol!

 

With his 12th win of the season Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) equalled Mick Doohan’s number of season wins and sealed the MotoGP constructors title for Honda. Although the final winning margin was over 2 seconds Marquez had to battle with second placed Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) for the second half of the race after Rossi had taken the lead from early leader Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha)who eventually finished third.

Fourth place went to Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) with Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) in fifth ahead of his team mate Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) in sixth.

Top placed open class finisher was Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) in tenth.

1 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team 40’45.523
2 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +2.445
3 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.508

 

Moto2

 

 

  Maverick Vinales

 

 

Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) won his fourth victory of the season in a race that saw third placed Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) become the 2014 Moto2 World Champion.

Rabat led the first half of the race but was overtaken by Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) with ten laps to go. Kallio eventually finished second after in turn being overtaken by Vinales for the race win.

In fourth place was Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Suter) with Dominique Aegerter (Technomag CarXpert Suter) in fifth ahead of Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) sixrth.

1 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 40’46.754
2 Mika KALLIO FIN Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex +2.694
3 Esteve RABAT SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex +8.054

 

 

Moto3

Your turn, Jack  – Hurray!

 

In another exciting Moto3 race which saw Championship leader Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) and his main Championship rival Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) touch several times victory finally went to Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) for his second win of the season.

In second place was Jack Miller with Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) taking third. Championship leader Alex Marquez had a poor last lap and was beaten to the finish line by Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) who finished fourth with Marquez crossing the line in fifth. Sixth was Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold Honda).

The Sepang result means that the Moto3 World Championship will be decided at the last round in Valencia in two weeks time with Alex Marquez currently leading Jack Miller by eleven points.

1 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA SaxoPrint-RTG Honda 40’41.002
2 Jack MILLER AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.213
3 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.385

 

World Championship Standings 26 October 2014    
After 17 Rounds
MotoGP
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA337
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA275
3Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA263
4Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA230
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA174
6Pol ESPARGAROYamahaSPA126
7Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR119
8Aleix ESPARGAROForward YamahaSPA117
9Stefan BRADLHondaGER109
10Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA102
Moto2
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Esteve RABATKalexSPA326
2Mika KALLIOKalexFIN289
3Maverick VIÑALESKalexSPA274
4Thomas LUTHISuterSWI169
5Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI162
6Johann ZARCOCaterham SuterFRA130
7Simone CORSIKalexITA100
8Sandro CORTESEKalexGER85
9Franco MORBIDELLIKalexITA75
10Luis SALOMKalexSPA72
Moto3
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Alex MARQUEZHondaSPA262
2Jack MILLERKTMAUS251
3Alex RINSHondaSPA226
4Efren VAZQUEZHondaSPA212
5Romano FENATIKTMITA174
6Alexis MASBOUHondaFRA160
7Enea BASTIANINIKTMITA122
8Isaac VIÑALESKTMSPA121
9Danny KENTHusqvarnaGBR116
10Brad BINDERMahindraRSA102

 

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix Qualifying Practice, MotoGP, 25 October 2014,

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MotoGP 25 October 2014

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Qualifying Practice

 

 

MotoGP

 

In a Repsol Honda one/two World Champion Marc Marquez took pole in a record time ahead of team mate Dani Pedrosa with third place going to Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha).

 

It was Marquez’s 50th career pole in Grand Prix racing and is the first rider to break the two minute mark for a lap of Sepang during a race meeting.

 

Fourth place went to Stefan Bradle (LCR Honda MotoGP) who qualified ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in fifth with Phillip Island winner Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) in sixth.

 

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

 

1              Marc MARQUEZ                SPA                        Repsol Honda Team                       1’59.791

2              Dani PEDROSA                  SPA                        Repsol Honda Team                       +0.182

3              Jorge LORENZO                 SPA                        Movistar Yamaha                             +0.412

 

Moto2

 

Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) took pole position, his tenth of the season, with a commanding display all through practice and qualifying. In second spot was Rabat’s team mate and his main Championship rival Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) with third place going to Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex).

 

Fourth place on the starting grid went to Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) with Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag Suter) and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) completing the second row of the starting grid in sixth,

 

Less than one second covered the first sixteen qualifiers.

 

1                   Esteve RABAT              SPA        Marc VDS Racing Team  Kalex                     2’07.429

2                   Mika KALLIO                 FIN         Marc VDS Racing Team  Kalex                     +0.158

3                   Sandro CORTESE         GER        Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex                              +0.277

 

Moto3

 

Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) produced a brilliant lap of 2’12.450 to capture his eighth pole of the season finishing ahead of second placed John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) with Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team KTM) completing the front row of the starting grid in third.

 

Heading the second row is Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) in fourth with Championship leader Alex Marquez in fifth despite crashing in the latter stages of qualifying. Completing the second row of the starting grid in sixth place is Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM).

 

1              Jack MILLER                        AUS        Red Bull KTM Ajo                                             2’12.450

2              John MCPHEE                    GBR        SaxoPrint-RTG   Honda                                   +0.459

3              Jakub KORNFEIL                               CZE         Calvo Team KTM                                              +0.566

 

Tissot Australian Grand Prix, Race Results, 19 October 2014

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Tissot Australian Grand Prix, Race Results

19 October 2014

Photo finish, for some, Moto3 finish. Image from http://photos.motogp.com/2014/10/19/photofinish_m3_aus-ok_preview_169.jpg

MotoGP

 

Starting from eighth on the grid in his 250th premier class race Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) took the win in an incident packed race. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) was leading comfortably until he crashed on the descent from Lukey Heights with ten laps to go. Rossi inherited the lead and finished the race in front of team mate Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) who had tyre problems and inherited second place after Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) crashed out on the last lap.

Third place went to Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech) who  capitalised on the crashes of many frontrunners, including his team mate Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), to gain his first MotoGP podium finish.

Fourth place went Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) with Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing Ducati) in fifth and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Gresini Honda) in sixth.

The top open class finisher was Scott Redding (GO&FUN Gresini Honda) in seventh.

1. Valentino ROSSI, ITA, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP40’46.405

2. Jorge LORENZO, SPA, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+10.836

3. Bradley SMITH, GBR, Monster Yamaha Tech 3+12.294

Moto2

In his rookie Moto2 season Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) took his third win of the year in an exciting race that saw five riders disputing the lead for most of the race. Second spot went to Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag Suter with third place going to Championship leader Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex.

In fourth was Rabat’s team mate and closest Championship challenger Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) with Sam Lowes (Speed Up) in fifth, less than 2 seconds behind the winner, and Sandro Cortese (Dynavotl Intact GP Kalex in sixth some 8 seconds behind Lowes.

1. Maverick VIÑALES, SPA, Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 39’10.419

2. Thomas LUTHI, SWI, Interwetten Sitag Suter +1.329

3. Esteve RABAT, SPA, Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex +1.504

Moto3

After qualifying in eighth Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) rode a brilliant race to win his home race and keep his Championship chances alive.

For most of the race the leading group consisted of nine riders with the lead constantly changing. It appeared that the Hondas had the edge on top speed over the KTMs along the finish straight but Miller took the lead on the last lap and just held off Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) who finished second and third placed Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) to the finish line. All three finished within 0.032s.

Fourth place went to Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-TRG Honda) with John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) in fifth and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold Honda) sixth.

The first six finishers were covered by 0.242s.

1. Jack MILLER, AUS, Red Bull KTM Ajo37’25.209

2. Alex MARQUEZ, SPA, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda+0.029

3. Alex RINS, SPA, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda+0.032

 

MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS post PI

World Championship Standings, 19 October 2014    
After 16 Rounds
MotoGP
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA312
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA255
3Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA247
4Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA230
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA166
6Aleix ESPARGAROForward YamahaSPA117
7Pol ESPARGAROYamahaSPA116
8Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR108
9Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA102
10Stefan BRADLHondaGER96
Moto2
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Esteve RABATKalexSPA310
2Mika KALLIOKalexFIN269
3Maverick VIÑALESKalexSPA249
4Thomas LUTHISuterSWI161
5Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI151
6Johann ZARCOCaterham SuterFRA117
7Simone CORSIKalexITA100
8Sandro CORTESEKalexGER76
9Franco MORBIDELLIKalexITA75
10Luis SALOMKalexSPA67
Moto3
Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Alex MARQUEZHondaSPA251
2Jack MILLERKTMAUS231
3Alex RINSHondaSPA210
4Efren VAZQUEZHondaSPA187
5Romano FENATIKTMITA174
6Alexis MASBOUHondaFRA150
7Isaac VIÑALESKTMSPA121
8Enea BASTIANINIKTMITA116
9Danny KENTHusqvarnaGBR103
10Brad BINDERMahindraRSA102

MotoGP Tissot Australian Grand Prix Qualifying Practice, 18 October 2014

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Tissot Australian Grand Prix

Qualifying Practice

MotoGP  18 October  2014

 

MotoGP

By taking his 12th pole of the season Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) equals Casey Stoner’s record of twelve season poles in 2011 also on a Repsol Honda.  In a somewhat surprising second place was Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) with third going to Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha).

Heading the second row will be Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) with fifth going to Dani Pedrosa (Repsol  Honda) who did well after having to qualify via Q2. Sixth went to open class rider Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing Yamaha).

1. Marc MARQUEZ, SPA Repsol Honda 1’28.408

2. Cal CRUTCHLOW, GBR Ducati Team1’28.642

3. Jorge LORENZO, SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1’28.650

Moto2

Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) continued his excellent season by taking pole with a new Phillip Island Moto2 pole record. In second place was Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham  Suter) who continued his consistent form with third place going to Championship contender Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex).

Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) heads the second row of the grid in fourth with Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag Suter) in fifth and  sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) sixth.

1. Esteve RABAT, SPA Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1’32.470

2. Johann ZARCO, FRA AirAsia Caterham  Suter1’32.485

3. Mika KALLIO, FIN Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex1’32.698

Moto3

Championship leader Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) is in the box seat for tomorrow’s race with his third pole of the season. Second spot went to his team mate and Championship contender Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) with third going to Juanfran Guevara (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM).

Heading the second row of the starting grid is Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) in fourth ahead of John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) in fifth and Efren Vasquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) in sixth.

Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) who lies second in the Championship race qualified in eighth place after a fraught qualifying session and will need a good start in tomorrow’s race if he is to challenge for a win.

1. Alex MARQUEZ, SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0Honda1’36.050

2. Alex RINS, SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0Honda1’36.064

3. Juanfran GUEVARA, SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM1’36.389

Motul Grand Prix of Japan Qualifying Practice MotoGP, 11 October 2014

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MotoGP 11 October 2014

 

Motul Grand Prix of Japan

 

Qualifying Practice

 

Pic Courtesy of www.motogp.com

 

MotoGP

 

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) got Ducati’s first pole position since Casey Stoner in Valencia in 2010. It was also Dovizioso’s second ever MotoGP pole and he achieved it in a pole record time. His previous MotoGP pole was in 2010 on a Repsol Honda also at the Grand prix of Japan.

 

Second on the starting grid will be Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) with the final spot going to Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa despite crashing at the very end of qualifying on a fast lap that looked like challenging the pole time.

 

Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) heads the second row of the starting grid in fourth with last race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) in fifth and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing Ducati) sixth.

 

1              Andrea DOVIZIOSO         ITA         Ducati Team                                                       1’44.502

2              Valentino ROSSI                               ITA         Movistar Yamaha MotoGP                           1’44.557                +0.055

3              Dani PEDROSA                  SPA        Repsol Honda Team                                       1’44.755                +0.253

 

Moto2

 

Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) took pole position with a new qualifying lap record on his last lap of qualifying. Second spot went to Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag Suter) with the ever improving Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Suter) completing the front row of the starting grid in third.

 

Last race winner Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) heads the second row in fourth ahead of Championship second place holder Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) in fifth and local rider Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex) in sixth.

 

1              Esteve RABAT                    SPA        Marc VDS Racing Team  Kalex                     1’50.854

2              Thomas LUTHI                   SWI        Interwetten Sitag            Suter                     1’50.887                +0.033

3              Johann ZARCO                  FRA        AirAsia Caterham           Suter                     1’51.157                +0.303

 

Moto3

 

Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) took pole in a new pole record time with Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 KTM) in second and John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda) in third.

 

Championship leader Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) qualified in seventh behind second placed Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo)in fifth but ahead of team mate and third in the Championship Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda) who qualified in ninth.

 

Marquez, Miller and Rins all crashed during qualifying but were uninjured and continued on in the qualifying session after their bikes were repaired.

 

1             Danny KENT                       GBR        Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo                                                                1’56.555

2             Niccolò ANTONELLI         ITA         Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 KTM                           1’56.899                +0.344

3             John MCPHEE                    GBR        SaxoPrint-RTG   Honda                                                   1’56.907                +0.352