Marc Marquez Wins Australian Grand Prix

Marc Marquez is one step closer to another MotoGP world title…

The 24-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer claimed a brilliant win at the Australian Grand Prix, scoring his sixth win of the season.

Marc Marquez

With the victory, Marquez, a three-time MotoGP world champion, opened up a 33-point lead on main rival Ducati Team‘s Andrea Dovizioso, who finished 13th.

The Repsol Honda star took the lead at Phillip Island with seven laps to go and never looked back.

Movistar Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales finished second and third respectively.

Pole-sitter Marquez led into turn one, but Jack Miller soon made his move and was a surprise race leader on his Marc VDS Honda for nearly five laps.

A lead group of eight riders battled it out throughout the enthralling race with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Racing) Vinales and Rossi also leading at different stages.

Marquez Wins German MotoGP for Seventh Straight Year

Marc Marquez is once again the MotoGP meister

The 23-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer opened up his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings with his fourth straight victory from the pole position at the German Grand Prix in Sachsenring.

Marc Marquez

With rain falling before the race, pole-sitter Marquez struggled from the start and dropped down to fifth – with his Honda unable to keep up with the Italian pair of Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi at the front of the field.

However, with the track drying out the Spaniard came into the pits for slick tires and it proved to be the catalyst for what, across all class of racing, was his seventh consecutive victory at the Sachsenring.

The afternoon proved to be a good one all round for Marquez, whose main title challenger Jorge Lorenzo took one point, with the reigning champion finishing down in 15th on his Yamaha.

It was better news for Britain’s Cal Crutchlow who, like Marquez, made plentiful progress in the wet conditions and collected his first podium of the season by guiding his Honda to second place. 

The third step on the podium went to Dovizioso but it was Marquez who was left celebrating yet again in Saxony as he stretched his lead in the championship to 48 points ahead of the next race at Austria’s Red Bull Ring next month.

The next race takes place on August 14 in Spielberg, Austria.

Fernandez Wins the Men’s Gold at Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix

Javier Fernandez has added another title to his resume…

The 24-year-old Spanish figure skater won the men’s gold at the Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix on Saturday, after powering back from a disappointing short program.

Javier Fernandez

Fernandez, the reigning world champion, wasn’t able to do a quad in his short program on Friday, but opened his free skate with two of them, tacking a triple toeloop onto the second one in his cheerful program to music from Guys and Dolls.

But his aim of doing three failed when he launched badly and fell after two rotations.

“I was just so excited that the program was going so well, and I went into that third quad and made a mistake,” he said.

Russian Adian Pitkeev picked up silver, his first Grand Prix medal, despite a troubled free skate that placed him fifth in the segment and dropped him from the lead after the short. Skating last because of that lead, he was unnerved by watching others do well.

“I must admit it was hard to get my act together,” said Pitkeev, who tried only one quad and then took a hard fall on a triple axel. Toward the end I played it safe and conservative after that fall.”

Ross Miner won bronze, to his surprise because he thought he had been outdone by fellow American Adam Rippon. But Miner’s score was revised to upgrade the level of one of his spins.

Márquez Pulls Off Stunning Last-Lap Win at the Australian MotoGP

He may be the reigning MotoGP world champion but Marc Márquez is still registering firsts in his career…

The 22-year-old Spanish motorcycle road racer pulled off a spectacular final lap to take the lead from Jorge Lorenzo three corners from home on Sunday for a thrilling victory at the Australian MotoGP, his first-ever win at Phillip Island.

Marc Márquez

The race featured repeated changes of placings among the leaders: Marquez, his Spanish compatriot Lorenzo, Italy’s Andrea Iannone and overall championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Marquez, on a Honda, wrested the lead from Lorenzo with 10 laps remaining but Lorenzo, riding a Yamaha, reclaimed first place three laps later and seemed bound for a win which would have slashed Rossi’s championship lead.

But Marquez ducked through on the inside at the bottom of Lukey Heights on the last of 27 laps and went on to win by 0.25 seconds from Lorenzo, Iannone and Rossi.

Marquez had struggled with an overheated front tire and had fallen almost a second behind Lorenzo at the start of the last lap. But the Spaniard, whose Repsol Honda had been fastest in all four practice and qualifying sessions leading into the Grand Prix, produced a track record 1 minute, 29.280 second final lap to charge into the lead.

Lorenzo held on for second, 0.7 seconds ahead of Ducati rider Iannone who produced the best race of his short career to keep Rossi off the podium.

Rossi’s overall championship lead was cut to 11 points with two races remaining, at Sepang, Malaysia next weekend and at Valencia, Spain on November 8.

Marquez is a further 63 points behind Lorenzo in third place and may surrender his world title, though he was delighted to celebrate his first win in Australia.

“During the race I felt well but at the beginning there were many overtakes between me, Valentino, Andrea and Jorge who opened some gaps,” Marquez said. “Then I pushed a little bit to catch Jorge and it looks like I overheated the front tire.

“I had a lot of movement when I tried to open a gap and I tried to cool down but it was not there. In the last lap I said `okay, I will push’.

“Andrea did overtake me and then on the last lap I pushed 100 percent. I didn’t expect to overtake Jorge but I’m really happy with this victory because we’ve pushed really hard and the races are not coming but this victory is really nice for us.”

Lorenzo was struck by a seagull during the race but continued to push hard for the win.

“I spent some laps behind Marc and I saw he had some problems of traction in some areas,” he said. “So I thought if I push very hard he might make a mistake.

“But he made an unbelievable last lap, he made a record of the track and I tried to close the door on the last braking but he was too good.”

 

Marquez Retains His MotoGP Title with Second-Place Finish at the Grand Prix of Japan

Marc Marquez is officially a back-to-back champ…

The 21-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion has defended his title with a second-place finish on Sunday at the Grand Prix of Japan.

Marc Marquez

Marquez, who came in behind compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, crossed the line 1.638 seconds to collect the crucial points for the world championship win.

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi of Italy completed the podium in third place.

Lorenzo took his second successive victory with a time of 42 minutes, 21.259 seconds over 24 laps at the 2.983-mile Honda-owned Motegi circuit.

With three races left in the season, Marquez has 312 points, 82 points ahead of Rossi and Dani Pedrosa. Riders are awarded 25 points for a win.

Having started fourth on the grid, Marquez passed Rossi midway through the race, then made an attempt to catch Lorenzo, but the Yamaha rider held his lead and Marquez settled for second.

At 21, Marquez is the youngest rider to take consecutive premier world titles.

“The race doesn’t really matter today,” Marquez said. “Maybe I wasn’t riding like always, as I felt a little different. It was hard to overtake, and I didn’t want to make any mistakes.

“We got the title and it’s incredible to take it at home.”

The next race is at Phillip Island, Australia, on October 19.

Pedrosa Ends Marc Marquez’s MotoGP Streak with Win at Czech Grand Prix

Dani Pedrosa has stopped Marc Marquez’s impressive MotoGP run…

The 28-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer won the Czech Grand Prix on Sunday, ending the defending world champion’s season-long winning streak.

Dani Pedrosa

Pedrosa, who rides for Repsol Honda, covered 22 laps of the 3.358-mile Brno circuit in 42 minutes, 47.800 seconds for his 26th MotoGP victory.

Starting fifth, Pedrosa took the lead after overtaking Jorge Lorenzo with 17 laps remaining before cruising to victory.

“Overall I had a good experience at this track,” Pedrosa said. “It’s a little difficult when Marc is winning all the time so I’m very happy.”

Lorenzo finished second, 0.410 behind, and his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s teammate Valentino Rossi was third, 5.259 seconds behind Pedrosa. Rossi competed with a left little finger injury he sustained in a crash on Saturday.

Marquez came fourth, finishing 10.454 behind the leader.

After winning all 10 previous MotoGP races, Marquez was seeking a record 11th victory. He started on pole but gradually dropped to sixth before rallying to third but Rossi passed him with 10 laps left.

“The Clinica Mobile made a good setting with the finger,” Rossi said. “I’m happy, I finally get to beat Marquez for the first time and I want to be fast in Silverstone.”

The next race is the British Grand Prix on Aug. 31.

Marquez still comfortably leads the overall standings with 263 points and seven races remaining. Pedrosa, his Honda teammate, is second with 186 and Rossi is third on 173.

Márquez Makes History While Claiming His Ninth Consecutive MotoGP Title

Marc Márquez remains the man to beat in the MotoGP race…

The 21-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and current MotoGP world champion won the German Grand Prix on Sunday for the fifth time in as many visits to make it nine victories from as many races in his MotoGP title defense.

Marc Marquez

Márquez, at age 21, is the youngest rider ever to win nine consecutive races.

He finished comfortably ahead of compatriots Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Valentino Rossi was fourth.

The start of the race was disrupted by rain, and the podium finishers started from the pit lane after switching from a wet set-up to dry.

“I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and Rossi, my main rivals for the championship. I followed them,” said Marquez.

Home favorite Stefan Bradl led the early laps but his bike was not set up for the drying conditions and the German rider finished a disappointing 16th.

Marquez, who had claimed pole position, cut through the pack before pulling clear with Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa, who ultimately finished 1.466 seconds behind. Lorenzo was 10.317 seconds off the winning time.

“The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. I’m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit,” said Marquez, referring to the summer break.

Marquez stretched his lead in the standings to 225 points, ahead of Pedrosa on 148 and Rossi on 141.

Márquez Becomes Youngest-Ever MotoGP Champion

Sure, he didn’t win the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday… But Marc Márquez still has plenty of reason to celebrate.

The 20-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer has become the youngest MotoGP champion.

Marc Márquez

Márquez’s third-place finish at the season-ending event in Valencia, Spain secured him the 2013 world title in his rookie year.

Jorge Lorenzo won the race but Márquez only needed to finish in the top four to become the first to win the world title in his debut season in 35 years.

Dani Pedrosa was second, but only Lorenzo could deny Márquez.

“This is a dream that comes true,” he said. “I cannot explain what I feel.”

The win for Márquez sparked wild celebrations throughout the 104,000-strong crowd as the phenom wrote his name into the history books.

“I didn’t expect to fight for the championship [this season],” Márquez told BBC Sport. “Jorge Lorenzo did a great job but thanks to my team.”

Lorenzo said: “Marquez has been a deserving champion, today is his day.”

Isaac Earns Gotham Independent Film Awards Nomination

It could turn out to be a productive awards season for Oscar Isaac

The 33-year-old Guatemalan-Cuban American actor has earned a Gotham Independent Film Awards nomination for his critically acclaimed role in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

Isaac stars as the film’s title character, Llewyn Davis, a singer-songwriter who navigates New York’s folk music scene in the 1960s.

The film, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and opens in December.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be handed out on December 2 at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street.

Here’s a look at the complete list of nominees:

Best Feature
12 Years A Slave.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Before Midnight
Inside Llewyn Davis
Upstream Color

Best Documentary
The Act of Killing
The Crash Reel
First Cousin Once Removed
Let the Fire Burn
Our Nixon

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
Adam Leon, Gimme The Loot
Alexandre Moors, Blue Caprice
Stacie Passon, Concussion
Amy Seimetz, Sun Don’t Shine

Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Isaiah Washington, Blue Caprice

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Scarlett Johansson, Don Jon
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color
Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now (A24)

Breakthrough Actor
Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings
Kathryn Hahn, Afternoon Delight
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Robin Weigert, Concussion

Marquez Extends MotoGP Lead with Win at Aragon MotoGP

Marc Marquez is still the man to beat in the MotoGP race…

The 20-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer extended his points lead on Sunday by winning the Aragon MotoGP, although his victory came only after he played a part in the crash of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Marc Marquez

Marquez grazed the back of Pedrosa’s bike when he was trying to pass him with 18 laps to go, causing Pedrosa to lose control and slide down the track with sparks flying.

“I touched him a little with the front of my bike, and they tell me I may have broken a cable and that’s why he fell,” said Marquez. “It was very unlucky. That doesn’t usually happen.”

Marquez went on to overtake defending champion Jorge Lorenzo, who had jumped ahead with a great start on his Yamaha.

Marquez finished the race at the 5-kilometer (3.15-miles) MotorLand Aragon circuit in 42 minutes, 3.4 seconds. Lorenzo ended up 1.3 seconds behind.

“We knew before the race that it was going to be tough,” said Lorenzo. “We had a lot of difficulties this weekend. The bike was unstable. But there are no excuses. Marc was faster and he deserved to win.”

Valentino Rossi finished third, more than 12 seconds back on his Yamaha, ending a run of four straight fourth-place finishes.

Marquez’s sixth win of the season gave him one more than Lorenzo and broke his closest challenger’s run of winning the previous two races.

Marquez is aiming to become the first rookie to win the championship since American Kenny Roberts in 1978.

Marquez leads Lorenzo by 39 points with four races left. Pedrosa came in level on points with Lorenzo in second place but now trails Marquez by 59.

Pedrosa, who won here last year, had to be carried off the track by the medical crew. He later said that he was fine except for some pain in his pelvis.