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.

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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.

Lorenzo dominates in Brno

Lorenzo brnoJorge Lorenzo has drawn level with Valentino Rossi at the top of the championship standings after he led from start to finish at the Czech Grand Prix. The Yamaha riders are now equal on 211 points, 52 points ahead of Marc Marquez.

After qualifying on pole, Lorenzo started well to keep the lead in to the first corner, after which he never looked back. Marc Marquez looked to be trying to replicate his Indianapolis tactics, but he was unable to keep pace with the front man, eventually ending up five seconds behind. It became clear fairly early that Marquez didn’t have the pace, looking fairly ragged trying to keep up with the metronomically smooth Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi rode a lonely race in third, and Andrea Iannone overcame his team-mate for fourth. Dani Pedrosa battled through the pain from his crash earlier in the weekend to also come out on top of an intense late battle with Dovizioso. Bradley Smith finished above his team-mate in seventh, and fellow Brit Scott Redding came 12th. Loris Baz finished top of the Open class bikes, finishing fifteenth. Cal Crutchlow crashed out with seven laps remaining, whilst Irishman Eugene Laverty crashed earlier in the race.

Niccolo Antonelli won the Moto3 race, but Britain’s Danny Kent still holds a commanding championship lead despite a seventh place finish. Johann Zarco won the Moto2 race, with Brit Sam Lowes finishing fifth.

Consecutive wins for Marquez after Indy victory

marquez indyMarc Marquez backed up his win in Germany with another at Indianapolis. The Spaniard has now won all seven races at American circuits since his ascention to the premier class. Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi rounded of the podium .

Jorge Lorenzo led for the majority of the race, but it seemed that Marquez was choosing not to pass him. With three laps to go Marquez dived up the inside on turn one, taking the lead which he would hold to the flag. Championship leader Rossi managed to overcome Dani Pedrosa in the second Yamaha-Honda duel. The Spaniard led the way for the majority of the race, but Rossi moved to third with ten laps to go. Pedrosa fought back and the two continued to switch position for the remainder of the race, with Rossi making the final pass at turn two on the last lap.

Andrea Iannone held off a late charge from Bradley Smith for fifth, who in turn finished a place above his team mate Pol Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow came eighth whilst Andrea Dovizioso recovered from running off on the opening corner to finish ninth. Danilo Petrucci rounded off the top ten. Britain’s Scott Redding finished thirteenth and Ireland’s Eugene Laverty came nineteenth. Jack Miller was the only non-finisher.

Rossi’s lead has now been cut to 9 points from Jorge Lorenzo, whilst Marquez has risen to third, 56 points behind Rossi. Alex Rins won the Moto2 race, with Sam Lowes crashing out, and Livio Loi won a rain affected Moto3 race, with John McPhee second and championship leader Danny Kent slumping to 21st.

Rossi extends lead after thrilling last lap

Valentino Rossi extended his lead in the championship to ten points after holding off Marc Marquez in Assen. The Italian had qualified on pole, and led for the majority of the race, recording his first victory from pole for six years.

Marquez makes contact with Rossi on the last corner.

Marquez makes contact with Rossi on the last corner.

Marquez, who was running his 2014 chassis, appeared to be content following Rossi and using the advantage of a harder front tyre late on. This looked to be the case when with seven laps remaining, the reigning world champion slipped under Rossi at turn one. But the Spaniard couldn’t pull away, and after a rehearsal the lap before, Rossi took the lead back with three laps to go. Rossi appeared comfortable, but on the last corner Marquez made a move on the inside and made contact with Rossi. The Yamaha man skipped across the gravel trap as he was forced in to cutting the chicane, whilst Marquez managed to stay on the track, albeit losing time on the Italian. Honda may have some complaints about the way that Rossi seemed to gain time by cutting across the gravel, but race direction have described the incident as a “racing incident”, and that “no advantage was gained [by Rossi]”.

Jorge Lorenzo recovered from a poor qualifying, starting eighth, by moving to third by the end of lap one. Although that meant the end of his 103 consecutive laps led, he didn’t seem to have the pace of the top two, meaning that his third place was really the best he could have hoped for in respect for his title bid. Fourth-placed Andrea Iannone also had a lonely race, finishing five seconds behind Lorenzo, and five clear of fifth place.

The battle for fifth place

The six way battle for fifth place, led by Pol Espargaro.

Pol Espargaro came out on top in an intriging six way battle for fifth place, with Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith pipping Dani Pedrosa late on, and Aleix Espargaro finishing ninth. The other member of the group, Andrea Dovizioso, continued his poor weekend by dropping behind Maverick Vinales and Danilo Petrucci. Scott Redding finished 13th whilst Eugene Laverty crashed out.

Danny Kent extended his Moto3 championship lead with a third place, with Miguel Oliveira taking the vicotry, whilst in Moto2, Johann Zarco made it back-to-back victories, with Britain’s Sam Lowes also finishing third.

Lorenzo makes it four in a row in Barcelona

Jorge Lorenzo won his fourth successive victory after leading in Catalunya from start to finish. He held off a late charge from Valentino Rossi to close within just one point off of the Italian. Dani Pedrosa rounded off the podium after a lonely race in third.

Jorge Lorenzo has now taken the record for most  consecutive laps led (103) from Casey Stoner (83)

Jorge Lorenzo has now taken the record for most consecutive laps led (103) from Casey Stoner (83)

Hot conditions led to an early flurry of riders crashing out, with world champion Marc Marquez and Britain’s Cal Crutchlow were among the casualties. Pole man Aleix Espargaro crashed out of fouth position late on whilst Andrea Dovizioso also failed to finish.

Dovizioso’s Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone came fourth, with Britain’s Bradley Smith rounding off the top five after a solid ride. Fellow Brit Scott Redding recorded his highest premier class finish in seventh.

Lorenzo was the only Spanish victor on the day, with Johann Zarco taking the victory in Moto 2 and Britain’s Danny Kent coming out on top on the last lap of the Moto 3 race.

Rossi back on top in Assen

The hero of the Dutch TT this year is a very hard one to judge, with Valentino Rossi winning his first race in two and a half years and Jorge Lorenzo securing a 5th place despite breaking his collarbone in free practice just 48 hours before.

After a good start from the second row, Rossi found himself 3rd before passing Marquez. Just a couple of laps later, he passed Pedrosa to hit the front in a moment that the Rossi faithful have been dreaming of for the past 2 years. With the Hondas tripping over themselves, Rossi could extend a 2 second lead, giving him his 80th Premier Class victory.

Lorenzo qualified in 12th due to his free practice time, but showed no signs of injury as he climbed to 5th by lap 3. He then overtook the Pole man Cal Crutchlow before slowing with 10 laps to go, allowing the Brit to go through, and seeing Lorenzo drop to a lonely 5th place.

Crutchlow, after being held up by the injured Lorenzo, grabbed a podium after passing the tiring Pedrosa with 5 laps to go. Having been the first Brit to get a Pole position in over a decade, Crutchlow had a poor start, seeing him drop to 5th place. After he passed Pedrosa, Crutchlow caught up Marc Marquez and pressured the Spaniard for 2nd. It could have been much worse for Crutchlow though, as Marquez appeared to miss a gear on the last lap, and the two almost collided, with Crutchlow almost being forced off the track.

Stefan Bradl came 6th with Bautista, Espargaro, Smith and Dovizioso rounding off the top 10. Crutchlow’s late surge saw him hold on to his 4th place in the Championship despite Rossi’s win. Pedrosa failed to capitalise on Lorenzo’s injury, only extending his lead over the World champion by 2 points.

In Moto2, Pol Espargaro edged out Scott Redding to win by a tenth of a second, whilst Luis Salom won in Moto3.