Lorenzo dominates at Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo moved top of the championship after a dominant 10 second victory at Le Mans. Valentino Rossi recovered from a poor qualifying session to finish second, whilst Maverick Vinales fuelled the rumours about his possible move to Yamaha with his first MotoGP podium.

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Lorenzo had qualified on pole and quickly disappeared, with no rider able to challenge his lead even in the early laps. Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez trailed to world champion, with Iannone showing the greater pace. But Iannone lost the front shortly after passing his team mate, leaving his contract for next season looking even less likely. Marquez was able to rejoin the race, managing to pick up three points for his 13th place.

Valentino Rossi managed to catch Dovi and Marquez, passing them both. He was then given some breathing room, as they both crashed almost in synchronisation with 13 laps to go. By then, Lorenzo was well clear of his team mate, so both Yamahas were able to coast to a one-two.

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Marquez (left) and Dovizioso (right) go down simultaniously. Image: Crash.net

Vinales capitalised mostly from the Dovizioso and Marquez crashes, capping of an impressive ride with a podium, 5 seconds clear of Dani Pedrosa. Pol Espargaro finished ahead of his brother in 5th, whilst Danilo Petrucci returned from injury with a 7th place.

Eugene Laverty was the only British finisher, as Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith crashed out and Scott Redding retired early on.

In Moto2, Alex Rins dominated as Sam Lowes finished 6th, whilst in Moto3, Brad Binder made it back-to-back victories after his impressive showing at Jerez.

 

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Marquez makes it four in a row in Austin

Marc Marquez took his fourth consecutive Texan Grand Prix with a dominant display at the Circuit of the Americas. The Spaniard led the race from start to finish, with Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone completing the podium.

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Marc Marquez’s dominace was shown by his 6 second margin of victory. Image: BT Sport

Valentino Rossi crashed out on lap three after he had slipped back from his front row start and was battling with Aleix Espargaro. Andrea Dovizioso will be wondering who he has upset, as for the second race in a row he was taken out. This time, Dani Pedrosa was unable to stop his Honda at turn one, skipping his bike in to the side of the Ducati rider. Dovi had been in third at the time, and this incident left the final podium place open for his team mate, Andrea Iannone.

Maverick Vinales overcame a tough battle with his Suzuki team mate to take fourth, whilst Scott Redding saw off fellow Brits Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith, who both crashed out within seconds of each other on lap eight. Michele Pirro, riding in place of the injured Danilo Petrucci, finished eighth, with Hector Barbera and Stefan Bradl rounding off the top ten.

In Moto2, Alex Rins dominated the race, whilst Sam Lowes’ second place takes him top of the championship. The Moto3 race saw Romano Fenati come out on top.

Marquez takes win in Argentina

Marc Marquez eased to his first victory of the season in an action-packed Argentinian Grand Prix. The race saw an incredible eight non-finishers, including a controversial last lap clash between the Ducati team mates.

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Teams were forced to make a pit-stop during the race for safety reasons, after Scott Redding’s tyre failed during FP3, and things were made even more unpredictable with a drying track littered with damp patches.

Marquez took the lead early on, and he enjoyed a earl tussle with Valentino Rossi before pitting. But the Spaniard switched bikes quicker and managed to get out of pit lane with Tito Rabat between him and Rossi. Marquez took advantage of this breathing room, arguably getting even more out of his second bike to extend the lead to 7 seconds as he took the chequered flag.

Valentino Rossi fell back, battling first with Maverick Vinales and then with both of the Ducatis. Vinales passed Rossi but crashed out on turn 1 with two laps to go. Andrea Iannone looked to have got the better of his team mate, tussling with Rossi for second position. However, Dovizioso mugged the pair of them to move in to second. But on the penultimate corner, Iannone dived for a gap that wasn’t there, lost the front end and took out his team mate, gifting Rossi second place.

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Andrea Iannone will incur a 3 place grid penalty in Texas for taking out his team mate. Source: Crash.net

Dani Pedrosa claimed third, 28 seconds behind Marquez, with Eugene Laverty coming fourth. Hector Barbera edged out Pol Espargaro for fifth, whilst Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith rounded off the top 8.

Jorge Lorenzo was unable to follow up his victory in Qatar as he slipped off early on. He was not having a good race anyway, only seventh after Jack Miller crashed out on lap four. Scott Redding continued his unlucky weekend as his bike broke down whilst in sixth, ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Cal Crutchlow crashed out on the final lap.

Johann Zarco took the victory in Moto2, with Britain’s Sam Lowes profiting from a crash to finish second. Danny Kent missed out on the points finishing 16th. Rookie Khairul Idham Pawi won the Moto3 race, becoming the first ever Malaysian Grand Prix winner.

Rossi wins in the wet at Silverstone

Rossi SilverstoneValentino Rossi took the victory in troubling conditions at Silverstone as his championship rivals floundered. Danilo Petrucci achieved his first ever podium and Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium. The race was initially declared dry, but after all the riders elected to change to wet tyres, a wet race was declared.

Rossi led the race from early on, with Marc Marquez challenging him. But the Spaniard crashed out leaving Rossi to cruise home for maximum points. Petrucci and Dovizioso fought their way first past Dani Pedrosa and then past Jorge Lorenzo to finish on the podium. Lorenzo’s fourth place sees him now 12 points behind his team-mate in the championship. Scott Redding, who announced he would be joining Pramac Ducati next season, finished as the top Brit in sixth with Bradley Smith behind him. Nicky Hayden finished as the top open class rider in twelfth.

It was a story of what could have been for Cal Crutchlow after he was bowled out of third position by team-mate Jack Miller. Both Honda riders had started well, but the Aussie took down Crutchlow aiming for a pass that was realistically never on.

In the other classes, the Championship leaders extended their leads. Johann Zarco took his fifth Moto2 victory of the season, whilst Danny Kent took advantage of Isaac Vinales’ fall to become the first British rider to win at home in the class.

Rossi wins despite Ducati revival

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Valentino Rossi took his first win in Qatar since 2010

An enthralling battle in the opening race of the season saw an all-Italian podium, with Valentino Rossi taking the chequered flag for his 109th race victory. Ducati established themselves as a dark horse for the season with Dovizioso and Iannone completing the podium, leaving world champion Marc Marquez to settle for fifth.

Dovizioso had taken pole position, but many still doubted the Ducati’s ability to last race distance. Both Repsol Hondas started poorly. Marquez was forced wide at turn one, having to play catch-up from the back, whilst Pedrosa was swallowed up by the pack in the first turn.

Both Iannone and Dovizioso started strongly, split by Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo continued to dual with the Ducatis whilst Rossi edged his way past a bright Yonny Hernandez further down the field. The Yamaha had the pace throughout the track, but the sheer power of the Ducati meant that down the longest start/finish straight in the GP circuit, it entered turn one in the lead.

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Andrea Dovizioso narrowly missed out on his second Grand Prix victory

As Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Iannone tripped over each other Rossi closed the gap with consistently quick times, before passing and gapping Iannone. The leading group were four seconds clear of Dani Pedrosa and Marquez, who had shaken off the challenge of Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. With five laps to go it looked as if it could have been a Yamaha one-two, but Lorenzo dropped off after being passed by Rossi. Dovizioso stuck on Rossi’s back tyre, pipping him to the line consistently despite trailing into the last corner. However the Ducati ran wide on turn one of the last lap, letting Rossi retake the lead. Rossi stretched his lead on the back side of the track, giving him enough of a lead into the last straight to hold of Dovizioso’s challenge by 0.174 seconds. Iannone pipped Lorenzo to third whilst Marquez finished ahead of his team-mate for fifth.

Cal Crutchlow finished his opening race on the LCR Honda as the top Brit in seventh, whilst Hector Barbera finished as the top Open class rider in 15th. On their return to MotoGP, Suzuki finished in 11th (Aleix Espargaro) and 14th (Maverick Vinales), whilst Aprilia returned in slightly less style, with Alvaro Bautista retiring early on and Marco Melandri finishing 21st.


Standings:

1. Valentino Rossi 42m 35.717s

2. Andrea Dovizioso +0.174s

3. Andrea Iannone +2.250s

4. Jorge Lorenzo +2.707s

5. Marc Marquez +7.036s

6. Dani Pedrosa +10.755s

7. Cal Crutchlow +12.384s

8. Bradley Smith +12.914s

9. Pol Espargaro +13.031s

10. Yonny Hernandez +17.435s

13. Scott Redding +32.032s

18. Eugene Laverty +46.570s