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.

Lorenzo Claims MotoGP World Title with Win at Sunday’s Valencia Grand Prix

Jorge Lorenzo has added another world title to his racing resume…

The 28-year-old Spanish professional motorcycle road racer won his third MotoGP title with a victory at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday, as Valentino Rossi failed to make up enough ground on his Yamaha teammate from the back of the grid.

Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo entered the race trailing Rossi by seven points, but the veteran Italian couldn’t manage more than a fourth-place finish.

Rossi, who needed second place to guarantee the title, started last on the grid because of a penalty for kicking Marc Marquez in the previous race.

After the checkered flag, Rossi went on a rant against Marquez and accused him of protecting his fellow Spaniard in the last three races of the season.

Lorenzo finished with 330 points, five more than Rossi, who was trying to win his eighth world title and the first since 2009.

“This was one of the toughest races, if not the toughest of my life,” Lorenzo said. “The tension and the pressure was very high from the first corner, but I tried to push to the limit, like I usually do.”

Lorenzo added to his MotoGP triumphs in 2010 and 2012, after wins in the 250cc category in 2006 and 2007.

He started from pole position and stayed in front at the Ricardo Tormo circuit outside Valencia. He grabbed Spain’s flag and rode with it around the track in his victory lap.

“It was very emotional. I was crying throughout the victory lap,” he said. “What we achieved today is huge after a very difficult season. Five times now. I’m very proud to have won this world title for Spain.”

Marquez, the winner of the past two MotoGP championships, finished the race behind Lorenzo in second, but he never tried to make a significant move for the lead.

Dani Pedrosa, winner of two of the past three races, was third to close out the all-Spanish podium.

“I was riding over the limit,” Marquez said. “I was preparing the attack for the last two laps, but Dani overtook me, and we lost time. Second place is not the best way to finish the season, but next year, we will be back to try to fight for the title again.”

Rossi said Marquez was protecting Lorenzo.

“Today was embarrassing for everybody because it was unbelievable. The behavior of Marquez is something very bad for everything, especially for the sport,” Rossi said. “I hope that he will understand what he did in these last three races in the future of his career. At the end, I think that also Lorenzo have to not be very happy, as it is not a championship that was won on track.”

Lorenzo had a clean start, but Rossi quickly moved up the field behind him and had already reached 10th place just two laps into the 30-lap race.

Rossi continued to press forward and got to fifth after 10 laps, but he couldn’t make much ground after reaching fourth place two laps later. His only chance was if something happened to the riders ahead of him. He could have won the title if both Marquez and Pedrosa passed Lorenzo at the end.

There was extra interest in the Valencia GP after Rossi had a role in Marquez’s crash in Malaysia two weeks ago and also accused him of trying to favor his fellow Spaniard in the title race. Rossi appealed his penalty to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but his request was denied a day before the first practice session Friday in Valencia.

Lorenzo hadn’t won since the Aragon GP four races ago, but he had finished on the podium every time since then. The Yamaha rider ended the year with seven victories, including all four races in Spain.

The 36-year-old Rossi won four races and had only three podium finishes since he won the British GP six races ago.

It was the second time Rossi entered the season-ending race with the points lead but failed to win the title. He was surpassed in the standings by American Nicky Hayden in 2006 after falling early in the decisive race in Valencia and finishing only 13th.

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.”

 

Lorenzo Races to the Title at the Aragon MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo is racing closer to the top in the race for the MotoGP title.

The 28-year-old Spanish professional motorcycle road racer took the lead at the start of the Aragon MotoGP on Sunday and held on for victory after Marc Marquez‘s early fall to move closer to points leader Valentino Rossi in the title race.

Jorge Lorenzo

Marquez went down just two laps into the race while trying to reach Lorenzo and had to retire.

Rossi was edged out of second after a fierce battle with Dani Pedrosa on the final lap.

Lorenzo moved to within 14 points of Rossi with four races to go. Two-time defending MotoGP champion Marquez, who abandoned for the fifth time in 14 races, dropped 79 points behind Rossi in third place.

Marquez was trying to become the youngest rider to reach 50 grand prix wins.

Lorenzo won his 31st MotoGP race, and 60th overall in all categories, a feat only four other riders have attained.

“It was a good start, it was important to get ahead of Marc and lead the first laps,” Lorenzo said. “It was very hard to stay in front so when I saw that Marc had crashed I started breathing a little easier. He was doing all he could to stay close and I think he ended forcing too much.”

Lorenzo started second with his Yamaha, behind pole-sitter Marquez, but was already in front of his fellow Spaniard before the first turn at the 5.1-kilometer (3.1-mile) MotorLand circuit.

The next MotoGP race is October 11 in Japan.

Lorenzo Wins Czech Grand Prix to Tighten MotoGP Championship Fight with Valentino Rossi

It’s Czech Mate for Jorge Lorenzo.

The 28-year-old Spanish motorcycle road racer won the Czech Grand Prix on Sunday for his fifth triumph of the season to tighten the MotoGP championship fight with Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo and Rossi lead the overall standings with 211 points and seven races to go. Defending champion Marc Marquez is 52 points back.

Lorenzo with the Movistar Yamaha team covered 22 laps of the 5.403-kilometer (3.358-mile) Brno circuit in 42 minutes, 53.042 seconds for his 38th overall MotoGP victory.

With a perfect start from pole, Lorenzo took the lead, followed by Marquez, and gradually sped away, steadily stretching his advantage throughout the race.

“Luckily, I had a little bit more pace than Marc and I could win this very important victory … because now I’m leading the championship with Valentino,” said Lorenzo, the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP champion. “For Marc, it’s now more difficult to recover.”

Marquez finished second, 4.462 seconds behind and is 52 points back in the standings.

Marquez, who won the last two championships, finished second, 4.462 seconds behind.

“I just tried to keep the distance from Valentino,” the Spaniard said. “Today, I did the maximum. I’m happy for the result.”

Starting third on the grid, Rossi dropped to fifth after the start before quickly rallying to third. He crossed the line 10.397 back. Andrea Iannone on a Ducati was fourth followed by Dani Pedrosa, the Honda Repsol teammate of Marquez.

The next race is the British Grand Prix on August 30.

Marquez Races to Victory at the German Moto Grand Prix

Marc Marquez continues his winning ways in Germany…

The 22-year-old Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer and current MotoGP world champion beat Dani Pedrosa for a Repsol Honda 1-2 at the German Moto Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his sixth straight victory in as many visits at the Sachsenring.

Marc Marquez

Marquez crossed the finish line in 41 minutes, 1.087 seconds to maintain his run of German victories, all from pole position, after wins in MotoGP (2013, 2014), Moto2 (2011, 2012) and 125cc (2010).

“From the beginning I felt good and when I had the gap I just tried to manage it,” Marquez said.

It was the Marquez’s second victory of the season. Compatriot Pedrosa was 2.226 seconds behind.

Italian nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished third, 5.608 behind, to stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings to 13 points over Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who was fourth, almost 10 seconds back.

“I tried to battle but (Pedrosa) was too quick,” Rossi said. “Anyway, it’s another podium, I gained three points on Jorge which is important for the championship. We know that we always suffer here against the Hondas.”

Marquez is 65 points behind Rossi at the halfway stage of the championship and faces a battle to keep his world title even after his 21st Moto GP win.

Italy’s Andrea Iannone and British riders Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow were all well back in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

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.

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.

Lorenzo Ends Marquez’s MotoGP Hot Streak at the British MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo has stopped his fellow countryman’s record-setting hot streak…

The 26-year-old Spanish professional motorcycle road racer won the British MotoGP at Silverstone on Sunday despite being overtaken by championship leader Marc Marquez during the final lap.

Jorge Lorenzo

Honda rider Marquez, who started the race in pole position, dislocated his left shoulder in the warm-up and was overtaken early in the race by Lorenzo.

The 20-year-old regained the lead in the last lap but Yamaha rider Lorenzo said “he opened up a little space and I said ‘now or never.’ ”

Defending champion Lorenzo’s victory ends Marquez’s four-race winning streak. But Marquez still remains atop the standings of the Moto GP.

Lorenzo finished 0.081 of a second ahead of Marquez. Dani Pedrosa, also of Honda, finished third and Valentino Rossi came in fourth.