Dani Pedrosa
Jul 17

MotoGP: Marquez and Pedrosa complete Brno test – try out 2015 bike

Marc Marquez suffered a couple of minor incidents during the Brno test. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Marc Marquez suffered a couple of minor incidents during the Brno test. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have come to the end of this week’s test session at Brno. Over the course of three days, the two Spaniards tested their 2014 bike as well as debuting the new 2015 machine.

On Thursday, both riders finished testing at lunch time, with Pedrosa racking up a further 16 laps on the 2014 bike. In the case of World Champion Marquez, he put in 41 laps on the current bike plus a further five on next year’s version.

Jul 13

Marquez Wins Ninth Straight MotoGP Contest After Hectic Race Start

Marc Marquez now has 15 career victories in 26 starts. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez now has 15 career victories in 26 starts. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez continued his astonishing winning streak with another clinically executed victory in the German Grand Prix, his ninth of the season.

If this incredible streak continues Marquez could wrap up his second consecutive MotogP World Championship by the Aragon GP in September, the 14th of 18 races this season.

Marquez showed again that nothing is beyond him on a motorcycle, recovering from the chaos of a massed start in pit lane to win the 30-lap race at the Sachsenring ahead of Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Yamaha-rider Jorge Lorenzo was third with a strong performance that put him one place ahead of teammate Valentino  Rossi. This was Lorenzo’s first podium since his dramatic second place to Marquez at Mugello in June.

Marquez now leads the championship by 77 points over Pedrosa with Rossi in third and 84 points behind.

In Germany, Marquez stayed calm despite a traffic jam on pit lane at the end of the formation lap with a bunch riders making a dramatic switch to their spare bikes fitted with slick, dry tires.

He was joined by Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso and the Espargaro brothers Pol and Aleix.

A pre-race rain shower had seen all the top riders, except Germany’s Stefan Bradl in position three on the front row, go to the grid with rain tires in anticipation of a wet race.

The rain never came but it was a roller-derby style start with riders squeezed five abreast in pit lane and jostling for position at the green flag.

But Marquez stayed clam and sliced through the pack, tagged by Pedrosa, to chase down runaway early leader Bradl.

By mid-race he was in control of the lead and his tight battle with Pedrosa eventually easing down to win by 1.4 seconds.

“Everybody came into the pits to change tires because we saw it was completely dry on the sighting lap,” Marquez said.

“My strategy was to copy Dani and Valentino who are the main rivals for the championship. When I saw they headed to the pit lane I followed and we all changed to slicks and the rain did not come.

“It was nice at the beginning overtaking riders and then in the second part of the race I had a big battle with Dani, it was always 0.5s between us.

“I am really happy for this win and now it is time relax and recharge the body.”

At 21 years and 146 days, Marquez is now the youngest rider to win nine consecutive races, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years and 86 days in 1964 when he won the 9th of 12 race streak.

This is Marquez’s 15th premier class win, equalling Alex Criville who was the first Spanish rider to win in the premier class world title in 1999.

He is the first rider to win the opening nine races of the season since Giacomo Agostini won first ten races of 1970.

Jul 12

MotoGP: Marquez Smashes Track Record En Route To Pole At German GP

Marc Marquez rockets to his eighth pole of the season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez rockets to his seventh pole of the season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez notched a new best pole lap in the MotoGP Q2 session at the German Grand Prix, with Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl also on the front row – Pedrosa setting a fast lap before a crash.

A 1:20.937 effort from Marquez gave him pole by just under 0.3s from Repsol Honda colleague Pedrosa who went down at Turn 1 with three minutes remaining. The rapid lap time for Marquez broke Casey Stoner’s six-year old best pole lap record of 1:21.067 from 2008.

The home fans were delighted with Bradl registering a 1:21.340 lap, as the German qualified third having initially been on provisional pole five minutes into the session.

Jul 9

MotoGP: Honda signs new contract with Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGp of Catalunya- Free Practice at Circuit de Catalunya on June 13, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGP of Catalunya – Free Practice on June 13, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Honda Racing Corporation has officially announced an agreement with Dani Pedrosa that will see the Spanish rider remain in the factory Honda team for a further two years, until the end of 2016.

Pedrosa, who currently lies third in the World Championship – level on points with second placed Valentino Rossi – as the season reaches the halfway point, will extend his contract with Honda with whom he has raced in the World Championship since 2001.

Jun 26

MotoGP: Espargaro Quickest On Thursday With Record Pace

Aleix Espargaro was quickest in FP2 at TT Assen. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Aleix Espargaro was quickest in FP2 at TT Assen. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Aleix Espargaro was quickest rider on track – in record pace – in the second practice run at the Iveco Daily TT Assen for the MotoGP class, in front of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) produced the fastest ever lap of the current Assen track (1:33.653) towards the end of FP2 on a soft rear tire, the Spaniard beating Casey Stoner’s 2012 lap record (1:33.713). Espargaro had also been second quickest in the morning session.