Alex Marquez wins Moto3 race at Dutch TT

A first podium double for Alex Marquez and Alex Rins came at the best possible time, as title rivals Jack Miller and Romano Fenati crashed at the Dutch TT. A win for Marquez and second place for Rins brought the Repsol riders closer to the head of the overall standings in the Moto3 class. Marquez is now 7 points behind Miller and third in the standings, with Rins fourth and 10 points off the top.

The race began with Miller leading the group and pushing hard. The Australian crashed on Lap 2, leaving Marquez in the lead and pushing to extend his advantage to as much as 3 seconds.

Behind him, Rins was also able to escape from the group and managed to reel Marquez in after his teammate made a mistake on the brakes. The duo rode together until Rins made an error of his own and lost touch. That was when Marquez broke free and took his second consecutive win. Rins battled with Miguel Oliveira, who caught up with him by himself, and waited behind the Portuguese until the entry to the chicane before the straight. Rins took second, despite still suffering from an injury to his left foot.

After this double, the Repsol riders will enjoy a well-deserved rest ahead of the next race, which takes place in a fortnight’s time in Germany.

Alex Marquez: “I am very happy to get a second straight win. It was a very strange race and I had a hard time from the beginning, because the track conditions had changed a lot from yesterday. On the early laps I was not entirely comfortable and there was a risk of crashing. I had a scare on the first lap, because it was very windy and the wind was lifting the bike up. I made a mistake and was caught by Alex [Rins]. From mid-race onwards I improved and at the end I felt very comfortable. I knew I could keep up the pace that we had and, when I saw that I was breaking away, I tried to stay focused. I’m also happy for the team and for Honda, because they are doing a great job.”

RESULTS
1 Alex Marquez Honda 38:07.648
2 Alex Rins Honda +2.960
3 Miguel Oliveira Mahindra +3.644
4 Alexis Masbou Honda +16.350
5 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +16.466

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Jack Miller KTM 117 points
2 Romano Fenati KTM 110 points
3 Alex Marquez Honda 110 points
4 Alex Rins Honda 107 points
5 Efrén Vázquez Honda 102 points

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Marquez put on show for home fans

Seven wins from seven races for reigning World Champion, who battles for victory against Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa until the final corners.

The Catalan Grand Prix was high on excitement on race day, and World Championship leader Marc Marquez sent the fans home happy with his seventh consecutive victory in a perfect season so far. He now has a total of 175 points to his name, from a possible 175. The win came after a thrilling finale, as he battled with fellow Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa. A mistake on the final lap dropped Pedrosa down to third, behind Valentino Rossi.

From the start of the race, MotoGP’s Fantastic Four of Marquez, Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo offered the first signs that this could be the best race of the season to date. Overtaking was relentless, and there were moments of uncertainty like when Marquez and Pedrosa allowed Rossi back in front after passing him under a yellow flag. The finale saw Marquez lead, with Pedrosa right on his back wheel. After several attempts to overtake at virtually every corner of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, ​​three corners from the end Pedrosa touched Marquez’ rear wheel and ran wide, ceding his position to Rossi. Marquez leads the series, Rossi is second with 117 points and Pedrosa is 5 behind in third.

The next round will take place in two weeks’ time at the historic Assen circuit, where the race runs on a Saturday.

Marc Marquez: “I am delighted with this win because this is a track which I have always found difficult. You could see how tough it is for me this weekend: I missed out on pole for the first time this season and had my first crash of the year. The race was very hard with a battle against Dani, Jorge and Valentino. I think that the last few corners were especially spectacular, with the moves by Valentino and Dani. I am very happy about taking another 25 points and also to win on the same day as my brother at home in front of all our fans! It’s something very special.”

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Alex Marquez take step up with victory

Alex Marquez took victory at the Catalan Grand Prix after escaping from the start. The Spaniard claimed the second win of his career in the Moto3 World Championship and an important first triumph for Honda with the new Moto3 NSF250RW.

Taking advantage of the excellent pace he showed in practice, Alex Marquez broke away from the rest of the field on the very first lap, extending his lead as the race progressed to take a home victory, which places him fifth in the World Championship with 85 points. He is 32 behind series leader Jack Miller.

The next round will be held in two weeks at the historic circuit of Assen, where the race will take place on Saturday, June 28th.

Alex Marquez: “I’m happy, because it was a great weekend. We knew we were a little behind in the overall standings, but we were reassured because we had improved the bike in testing at Mugello. Yesterday I got my first pole; it was very special to do that at this Grand Prix, in front of the home fans. Today I knew it would be a difficult race, so I wanted to start well to gain an advantage and I succeeded in doing so. On the first lap I was already a second and a half quicker than the group behind me. As the race progressed everything was easier, because I was very focused throughout. I had a very good race and I’m very motivated ahead of the next round: The Dutch TT.”

RESULTS
1 Alex Marquez Honda 41:11.656

2 Enea Bastianini KTM +3.236
3 Efren Vazquez Honda +3.512
4 Jack Miller KTM +3.764
5 Romano Fenati KTM

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Jack Miller KTM 117 points
2 Romano Fenati KTM 110 points
3 Efren Vazquez Honda 92 points
4 Alex Rins Honda 87 points
5 Alex Marquez Honda 85 points

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Six in a row for Marc Marquez

Repsol Honda Team rider takes spectacular victory at the Italian Grand Prix, besting Jorge Lorenzo on the last lap of a hotly contested race.

One of the most beautiful tracks on the MotoGP calendar witnessed one of the races of the season this Sunday, as the Mugello circuit in the valleys of Tuscany was filled by more than 77,000 fans for a battle between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo. The dup battled for victory right up to the final corner, with Marquez winning the Italian Grand Prix. It was a sixth consecutive win for the World Championship leader.

Right from the start, it was obvious that a win at Mugello was going to have to be earned. Lorenzo attempted to repeat his start from a year ago and Marquez, who before completing the first lap had to overtake Andrea Iannone to move up into second, tried for 15 of the 23 laps to reach the Yamaha at the head of the field. In the last third of the race, the reigning World Champion managed to catch up with his fellow Spaniard and the fireworks began. There were nine passes between the two riders, but the definitive move came at the start of the last lap and served to give Marquez a sixth consecutive victory.

Tough batte between Marquez and Pedrosa in Mugello

Marc Marquez: “I am very happy with this win; Jorge and I had a really good battle and had a lot of fun out there! I wasn’t expecting the victory, because it has come at a circuit that I had marked on the calendar as being one for picking up Championship points –not thinking about winning the race. However, I saw that it would be possible and took more risks than at other races, because Jorge and Vale were very fast and we were finding it difficult to keep up the same pace. I think that we did a great job all weekend, and the change that we made to sixth gear in the warmup was very important too; we did this to help pass using a slipstream at the end of the straight. I am very pleased with how the entire weekend went, and now it is time to look ahead to my home Grand Prix –racing at Montmelo is always special.”

RESULTS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 41:38.254

2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +0.121
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +2.688
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +14.046
5 Pol Espargaro Yamaha +15.603

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 150 points

2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 97 points
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 96 points
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 65 points
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 63 points

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Marquez takes fifth consecutive win

Repsol Honda rider recovers from tenth place to take fifth victory of the season and claim new record.

Marc Marquez provided another memorable race for MotoGP fans with his performance at the French Grand Prix. Fighting back from tenth following a difficult start, the Repsol Honda rider extended his perfect winning streak at the start of 2014 with his fifth victory in a row. With this latest triumph, he overtakes MotoGP Legend Mike Hailwood as the youngest rider to win five consecutive races in the premier class.

Despite having taken a sixth consecutive pole position –his fifth this season– Marc Marquez was unable to use the grid spot to his advantage. A bad start and a chaotic opening lap left him down in tenth, behind Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. He took just two laps to recompose himself, and on lap 3 he overtook Pedrosa to begin his push up the order. Up into the lead by the halfway point in the game, he bested the circuit record in place since 2011 in the process.

5 out of 5 for Marc Marquez

One would have to go back to Valentino Rossi in 2008 to find the last time a rider won 5 consecutive MotoGP races, and back to Mick Doohan in 1997 for the last time anyone took 5 wins in a row from pole. Marc Marquez’ 37th win of his career in all classes also served to bring him level with Jorge Martinez “Aspar” for overall triumphs. In the present day, it also brought his points total in 2014 to 125 points.

The sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship takes place in a fortnight’s time, at the Italian circuit of Mugello.

Marc Marquez: “I am really happy with this win, which was different to the other victories. I made a mistake at the start; maybe I was too relaxed off the line, then when Jorge [Lorenzo] passed me I had to take a wide line otherwise we would have touched and as a result, many riders overtook me. However, from that moment on I began a really good comeback it was a lot of fun, ending in my fifth consecutive victory. Although it might look easy to people, we are working extremely hard and this is the reward for the whole team!”

RESULTS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 44:03.925

2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +1.486
3 Alvaro Bautista Honda +3.144
4 Pol Espargaro Yamaha +3.717
5 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +4.077

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 125 points

2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 83 points
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 81 points
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 53 points
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 45 points

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Marquez hits 100 points in 100th Grand Prix

Reigning MotoGP World Champion dominates on 100th Grand Prix appearance and takes his 100th points of the current season.

A win at the Jerez circuit had eluded Marc Marquez in his Grand Prix career before this weekend, but on the occasion of his 100th race he was victorious at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. The reigning MotoGP World Champion continued his unstoppable form to triumph for the fourth time in as many races this season.

The excitement at the Spanish Grand Prix barely lasted a lap, as Andrea Dovizioso started well and Marquez, Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa exchanged passes on the opening corners. The first time the riders came back around, Rossi was first, with Marquez, Lorenzo and Pedrosa behind him. The Italian’s lead would not endure, however, and half a lap later Marquez made a pass up the inside at Dry Sack to head the race. Marquez never looked back, taking a fourth consecutive victory from pole position.

Pedrosa was unable to keep up the pace on the opening laps. It was not until lap 21 of 27 that he finally got past Lorenzo and began to go after Rossi. He caught the Italian on the final lap, but was 0.098s from claiming a repeat of the Repsol Honda one-twos from Austin and Argentina.

120.000 spectators celebrated Marc Marquez in Jerez

With this result, Marquez extends his lead in the World Championship with a perfect 100 point total. Pedrosa has 72 points and Rossi 61. The next round is the French Grand Prix, held at Le Mans.

Marc Marquez: “I started well today, but when I saw that Valentino was trying to pass me on the first corner I knew his intention was to slow down the race so he could control the pace. Riding behind him I realised that I could go faster, so I tried to overtake him as soon as possible. I was surprised, because I wasn’t expecting to open up a gap. Anyway, I am in good form at the moment, but I can see that Dani, Valentino and Jorge are giving their 100% in every practice and in every race. I’m sure that sooner or later will come a race in which we are unable win, but we will have to learn from that and try to take important points.

Results
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 45:24.134

2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +1.431
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +1.529
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +8.541
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +27.494

Championship Standings
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 100 points

2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 72 points
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 61 points
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 45 points
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 35 points

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Another win for Marc Marquez

The Grand Prix of Argentina saw Marc Marquez in top form, as he continued to lead the way on the overall standings. Marquez has 75 points to his name now. With three wins and three pole positions from the opening trio of races in 2014, Marquez keeps on hitting new milestones; Valentino Rossi in 2001 was the last time that a rider managed to win the opening three races of a season, and one has to go back to Giacomo Agostini in 1971 for the most recent occasion in which a rider did so with three pole positions as well.

The race featured a nervy start, as mistakes and light brushes of contact on the opening corners saw five riders side-by-side after the opening lap in pursuit of leader Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa and Marquez had dropped back into this group, in sixth and seventh, respectively. Marquez was able to shake off the traffic first, and began recovering ground on the Yamaha rider until he took the lead with 9 laps to go. He made a final push and clinched his third win of the year.

It was not until the end of the race and after setting the fastest lap of the contest that Pedrosa would catch Lorenzo, and he overtook him on the penultimate corner of the penultimate lap. He would eventually cross the line just over 2 seconds behind his teammate Marquez.

The World Championship heads straight to Europe for the next round, which takes place next weekend as Jerez hosts the Spanish Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez: “I am happy with how the weekend went in general and I’d like to thank all my team! I think it was a nice race for the fans, with plenty of passes and I wasn’t expecting it to be like that. As the race went on and I saw what the gap was to Jorge Lorenzo and I tried to catch up with him quickly and spend a few laps on his tail. When I saw that Dani [Pedrosa] was getting closer, I tried to overtake in order to maintain more of a gap. I took 25 more points today which are very important and I’ve put together three wins in a row, but we are aware that the season is very long and we are now heading to Jerez where Dani and Jorge are very fast. We will need to be up there with them, fighting for the win!”

Results
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 41:39.821

2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +1.837
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +3.201
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +4.898
5 Stefan Bradl Honda +15.029

Championship Standings
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 75 points

2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 56 points
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 41 points
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 34 points
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati 25 points

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Thrilling second place for Alex Marquez


The Repsol rider moved up 12 positions to fight for victory until the last corner in an intense race.

The return of the World Championship to Argentina saw Alex Marquez put on an electrifying performance in the Moto3 race. After a poor start, the Repsol rider soared from fourteenth position at the end of the first lap to pass under the chequered flag in second place.

The start was not spectacular, while Marquez lost three positions to rank in fourteenth at the end of the first lap. From there Marquez setting the fastest lap of the race, even faster than the pole position time from yesterday. Marquez caught up a group of three riders that included Jack Miller, Romano Fenati and Efren Vazquez.

During the final laps of the race, Rins’ pace slowed and he settled back to fight for fifth with Vazquez. Up ahead, in an exciting finale ensued that included riders touching in the penultimate corner, Marquez repeated the second place he had in Qatar, this time behind Fenati and ahead of Miller in third.

With this result, the World Championship heads to Jerez next week with Miller in the lead with 66 points, Marquez in fourth with 40 and Rins fifth with 35.

Alex Marquez: “It was a very difficult weekend and I think we worked very well all three days. Yesterday we had a hard time in the qualifying, I made a mistake, but in today’s warm-up we found the solution for the race. I knew I had to concentrate, but I didn’t start well and in the first corner I went wide and many riders overtook me, which made it hard to get back ahead later. I tried to concentrate again and continue in my line, and gradually we made it to the front group. The last lap was fun, we were in front many times and I really enjoyed it. This result gives us good motivation for Jerez.”

Results
1 Romano Fenati KTM 38:34.451
2 Alex Marquez Honda +0.099
3 Jack Miller KTM +0.540
4 Livio Loi Kalex KTM +0.624
5 Alex Rins Honda +5.530

Championship Standings
1 Jack Miller KTM 66 points
2 Romano Fenati KTM 49 points
3 Efren Vazquez Honda 42 points
4 Alex Marquez Honda 40 points
5 Alex Rins Honda 35 points

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Podium finishes for french duo Marino and Cluzel

Early leader and former World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Team India Kawasaki) regrouped after a mistake early in the Assen race only to be forced into retirement with a technical problem on lap 13.

Sofuoglu’s departure resulted in a three rider dice for the final few laps with Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta RC – Yakhnich Motorsport), Kev Coghlan (DMC-Panavto Yamaha) and Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) to sort out the final place on the podium.

At the flag Florian Marino secured 2nd as Julez Cluzel was classified 3rd ahead of Coghlan and Zanetti.

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Barreda wins Sealine Cross-Country Rally

Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda takes the title at the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in Qatar. This is his first triumph in a world championship race with the Honda CRF450 RALLY, and in doing so becomes the championship’s new leader.

The fifth and final stage of Qatar’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally, once again saw Team HRC in winning mood. This is now the team’s third consecutive win in the World Rally Raids, since the debut of the new Honda CRF450 RALLY in the Morocco Rally. In addition, it is the season’s second win after the race in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago.

Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda was clearly man of the day, as he picked up his second World Rally Raids win, the first on a Honda. The rider who hails from Castellón, set out with a win in the first stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rallies, at a cracking pace, and imposed himself once more in the third race. In the final special, he rode an intelligent ride, catching his main rival and then keeping him in check until the finish-line.

It was Hélder Rodrigues who took the final stage victory, earning himself a place on the final podium too, after a string of steady daily performances.

Fellow-countryman Paulo Gonçalves was left regreting an error on the competition’s first day which left him without better options for the final classification. Today’s sixth place finish leaves him with a fifth overall final place in this edition of the Sealine. Team HRC riders thus have won 4 of the 5 stages, with all the team’s machines finishing without a single mechanical fault.

The final result of the second championship race leaves Joan Barreda in command of the championship replacing team-mate and reigning world champion Paulo Gonçalves at the head of the leader-board, with a one point advantage over Marc Coma in second place in the World Rally Raids table.

Team HRC’s next port of call will be in Europe with the Sardinia Rally Race, the fourth in the World Championship calendar, to be held on the picturesque Italian island from 7 to 12 June.

Joan Barreda: “I’m really pleased. Finally, after a whole week of really hard work, I’ve made it. I’m really happy for the victory, for the team, and for Honda. We have won here in Qatar, and we are leading the world championship too. This is a just reward for all the hard work that the team has done.”

Results Stage 5
1 Helder Rodrigues 04:17’59 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
2 Ruben Faria +01’06 POR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Joan Barreda +03’55 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
4 Marc Coma +05’59 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Jordi Viladoms +10’13 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
6 Paulo Goncalves +11’57 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

Final classification Sealine Cross-Country Rally 2014
1 Joan Barreda 20:28’46 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Marc Coma +01’23 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Helder Rodrigues +01’50 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
4 Jordi Viladoms +07’19 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Paulo Goncalves +08’40 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

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