Valentino Rossi
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 10

MotoGP: Relaxed Rossi heads to Germany with future decided

 Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  rounds the bend during the MotoGP Netherlands - Free Practice  at  on June 26, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during the MotoGP Netherlands – Free Practice on June 26, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi is travelling to the Sachsenring in a distinctly relaxed fashion, having last week inked a new two-year contract with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP which keeps the nine-time World Champion with the team until at least the end of 2016.

It was on Wednesday after the previous race at Assen that the new Rossi-Yamaha contract was formally announced, with ‘The Doctor’ now able to fully concentrate on the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

Jul 2

MotoGP: Fan favorite Rossi signs contract extension

Eight races into the 2014 MotoGP season, Valentino Rossi has finished second four times. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Eight races into the 2014 MotoGP season, Valentino Rossi has finished second four times and has picked up five podium finishes. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi will continue to race for the factory Yamaha team through 2015 and 2016.

The announcement, made Wednesday morning, comes as little surprise given the 35-year-old Italian’s pace this season. Rossi is currently tied for second in the MotoGP standings with Dani Pedrosa.

Jun 30

MotoGP: Rossi remains upbeat despite tire choice regret

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 28:   Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP greets the fans at the end of the MotoGp race during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Race at  on June 28, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP greets the fans at the end of the MotoGp race during the MotoGP of Netherlands – Race on June 28, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi looked set to gamble on slick tires as the rest of the grid opted for rain tires during Saturday’s Iveco Daily TT Assen, but decided at the last moment to switch bikes. This forced Rossi to start from pit lane, although he quickly made his way through many of the trailing bikes.

Riders were forced to switch bikes again as the track began to dry, Rossi making his second trip to the pits. From here, Rossi charged through the remaining field, eventually finishing in fifth.