MotoGP
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)

Jorge Lorenzo 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 Valentino Rossi 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, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa 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.

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: Bradl Secures Front Row Start At Home Grand Prix

Stefan Bradl qualified third for his home race. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Stefan Bradl qualified third for his home race. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Stefan Bradl secured third in Q2 at the German Grand Prix and admits he is ready to fight for a win at his home race.

Bradl brought the home fans to their feet as he helped to secure a complete Honda lock out of the front row. The German has looked strong all weekend and has had previous success in the 125cc and Moto2 classes at his home track, with podiums in each.

Bradl briefly led qualifying, but was knocked down the order by the factory pair of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. Bradl’s best time of 1:21.340s was just 0.403s slower than Marquez’s record-breaking pole lap.

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.