Jorge Lorenzo
Jul 13

MotoGP: Lorenzo Back On Podium As Rossi Races To Fourth

Jorge Lorenzo finished third after starting from the pit lane. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

finished third after starting from the pit lane. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Jorge Lorenzo returned to the podium at the Germany Grand Prix in third, with teammate just behind in fourth.

A rain shower before the start of the race resulted in a mass pit-lane start. A group of 14 riders including Rossi, Lorenzo, and started from the pits having decided to swap to their dry bikes after the Warm Up lap. Stefan Bradl was one of the few riders to change to slicks on the grid, although he soon lost the advantage.

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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)

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 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 .

Yamaha-rider 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, 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.

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Jul 11

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Quickest In Both Friday Sachsenring Sessions

Aleix Espargaro continues to search for his first career MotoGP premier class victory. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

continues to search for his first career premier class victory. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Aleix Espargaro set the best lap in the MotoGP FP2 run at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, outpacing and at the head of the timesheet.

Having also gone quickest in FP1, Espargaro lapped in 1:22.041 on the NGM Forward Racing ‘Open’ Forward Yamaha on a softer option rear at the end of the FP2 session. The riders kept their concentration despite some light rainfall 20 minutes from the end of the afternoon run.

World Champion Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) ended the session 0.117s behind compatriot Espargaro, having had a big crash at Turn 3 earlier in the day in FP1.

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Jul 10

MotoGP silly season: Where the riders stand as contract talks heat up

The MotoGP riders start from the grid during the Moto GP race during the MotoGp of Catalunya - Race at Circuit de Catalunya on June 15, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

The riders ride into Turn 1 during the race of Catalunya on June 15, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s announcement of Repsol Honda rider to continue with the team alongside , along with last week’s news of extending his contract with Yamaha, has hurt ’s bargaining power when it comes to negotiating terms with Yamaha for an extended contract.

Though it would come as no surprise to see Lorenzo to continue with the Factory Yamaha team, most everything else regarding this winter’s MotoGP silly season is still up in the air.

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Jun 29

MotoGP: Lorenzo confesses to being haunted by crash fears in Assen

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 27:  Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rounds the bend  during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Spain and Movistar Yamaha rounds the bend during the of Netherlands – Qualifying on June 27, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

In a brutally honest self-appraisal, double-world champion Jorge Lorenzo admitted to being “scared” and haunted by a fear of crashing in Saturday’s Dutch TT.

In a chaotic race in wet-dry conditions that described as “very, very dangerous,” Lorenzo had flashbacks to his hugely painful crash at one year ago.

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