Barreda runner-up in second part of the marathon stage

 

TEAM HRC’s Joan Barreda finished the eighth stage of the Rally Dakar 2014 in second place.

The Dakar said goodbye to an accommodating and vibrant Bolivia, and has moved on to Chile. Today saw the second leg of the marathon stage, in the area of Salar de Uyuni, which had been reduced in length by some twelve kilometres.

Joan Barreda, yesterday’s winner, set about cutting down the distance with the overall race leader, opening the way in the special, in a solitary ride in which we clocked up a total time of 2’10”, second only to Cyril Despres. Barreda has clawed back four seconds from Marc Coma in the overall standings.

Joan Barreda: “It was a really long special today and I’m very pleased with the marathon. I was ahead, opening the way, pushing hard and forcing the pace to try and cause the others to make mistakes. It hasn’t happened yet, but we have done really well with a couple of great stages and I’m very satisfied with a job well done.”

Classifications Stage 8
1 Cyril Despres 05:23’20 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
2 Joan Barreda +02’09 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Marc Coma +02’15 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Helder Rodrigues +06’38 POR HONDA TEAM HRC
5 Olivier Pain +10’40 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
6 Mickael Metge +12’58 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
7 Riian Van Niekerk +13’15 SAF KTM Brother Link KTM Rally Factory
8 Daniel Gouet +13’23 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team
9 Kuba Przygonski +13’29 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory
10 Jordi Viladoms +13’34 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

General standings after Stage 8
1 Marc Coma 36:06’19 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +38’08 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jordi Viladoms +01:27’22 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Alain Duclos +01’49’09 FRA SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
5 Jeremias Israel +01’52’05 CHL SPEEDBRAIN Team Speedbrain
6 Olivier Pain +01:59’07 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
7 Kuba Przygonski +02:06’06 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory
8 Helder Rodrigues +02:12’41 POR HONDA TEAM HRC
9 Cyril Despres +02:23’58 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
10 Daniel Gouet +02:38’51 CHI HONDA Tamarugal Honda Racing XC Rally Team

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Third win for Barreda at 2014 Dakar

 

The Rally Dakar left Argentina and for the first time in the race’s history entered Bolivia. It was Joan Barreda who took the honours in the Salta-Uyuni stage, giving Honda TEAM HRC the fourth victory in 7 days of racing.

Week two of the Rally Dakar got underway this morning from the Argentine city of Salta, in the northern region, heading towards Bolivia, for the first part of the special. Nevertheless, the meteorological conditions were such that the start had to be moved 103 km further up the course to the site of the way-point.

Joan Barreda started at a cracking pace, clocking up the best times in both parts of the the special before arriving home with a 4.03 minute deficit over Marc Coma, the stage runner-up and overall leader.

Joan Barreda: “For sure I´m very happy about my result. Anyway it was very hard to stay focused. The high altitude made me feel a bit dizzy. Especially when the going got tough in the water and mud of the river.”

Classifications Stage 7
1 Joan Barreda 03:28’41 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Marc Coma +04’03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Cyril Despres +05’35 FRA YAMAHA Yamaha Racing
4 Joan Pedrero +06’57 ESP SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
5 Kuba Przygonski +08’56 POL KTM KTM Rally Factory

General standings after Stage 7
1 Marc Coma 26:40’44 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Joan Barreda +38’14 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jordi Viladoms +01:16’03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Alain Duclos +01:16’35 FRA SHERCO Sherco Rally Factory
5 Jeremias Israel +01:39’29 CHL SPEEDBRAIN Team Speedbrain

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Onboard Valencia with Alex Hofmann

 

Onboard with former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann around the amazing track in Valencia, which hosted last weekends final round of the MotoGP season 2013.

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Marquez becomes MotoGP World Champion 2013

 

More than 100.000 fans attended the Ricardo Tormo circuit today to watch Marc Marquez clinch the MotoGP World Championship. In his rookie year and with the fight for the title going down to the wire, the Spaniard rode a spectacular race in Valencia to place third, behind Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. The result was the eleventh podium double for Repsol Honda this season.

Starting from pole position, Marquez was passed by Lorenzo and Pedrosa off the line. The pair ahead of him provided an intense fight, with constant overtaking moves on the opening laps. Contact on lap 10 dropped Pedrosa down to fifth place and Marquez used the incident to move up into the lead –albeit only briefly. He was passed by Lorenzo one lap later, and Pedrosa followed suit five laps from the chequered flag.

Marc Marquez claimed third place and sealed the title, becoming the youngest MotoGP World Champion in history.

Marquez makes history as the youngest premier class World Champion ever

Marc Marquez: “It was a really long race, maybe the longest of my career! At the start I was very nervous, I know I said I wasn’t but if I’m honest I really was. Jorge had a very good start, as usual, and I wasn’t sure which tactic to take. I followed Jorge and Dani and began to settle into the race. Then towards the end, I decided not to push as I knew my position was secure and safe to take the Championship. It has been a fantastic year, I am still in a dream! I really didn’t expect this at the beginning and I am really so very happy. So thank you to all my team, my family and of course Honda and all our sponsors. The support from everyone and all my fans around the World has been incredible and I dedicate this Championship to you all!”

Classification
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 46:10.302
2. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +3.934
3. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda +7.357
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha +10.579
5. Alvaro Bautista Honda +14.965

World Championship
1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 334 points

2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 330 points
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 300 points
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 237 points
5. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 188 points

Text/Photos: PR Repsol Media Service

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Rins crowned Moto3 World Championship runner-up

 

Alex Rins took the runner-up spot in the Moto3 World Championship, after finishing third in the final race of the season in Valencia. The race was a battle between Rins, Salom and Viñales, and one which raged through to the end of the 24 laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Alex Marquez placed fourth in the contest, leading the second group.

The race was the expected fight between the three title contenders. Viñales, Salom and Rins led the way early on, followed closely by Jonas Folger and Jack Miller –although the duo were never in the tussle for the race win.

On lap 14 Salom crashed, eliminating him from the title chase. Rins and Viñales remained. It was the latter who led until three laps from the end, when Rins took control and a series of overtaking moves took place.

Finally, despite Rins’ best attempts on the final corner, Viñales held the lead and Folger passed Rins, beating him to the line by a thousandth of a second. Rins thus finishes the season second and teammate Alex Marquez fourth –the same as his final position in the race today.

Alex Rins: “Getting to the final corner of the season still in with a chance of taking the title, having taken zero points at two races, I am not at all disappointed. It was an incredible battle for me and I have never fought so hard before, nor have I ever learnt so much as I have this year. We will try to win the World Championship next year, but it won’t be easy. The strategy didn’t work out completely for us today, because obviously we wanted to win, but in general the race went as we had imagined. I had a small scare at the start and maybe my bike wasn’t accelerating like the others, but I am happy with the season as a whole. I also want to thank my team, who have been behind me through the good times and the bad.”

Alex Marquez: “It was a difficult race. All weekend we found it hard to set the bike up and we didn’t have that little extra that the frontrunners had. In the end we placed fourth and I think that’s good, because we weren’t at 100%. We will try to analyse what happened so that it doesn’t occur again next year. Now we will rest and hope the winter passes by quickly in order to get back to work for next season.”

Classification
1. Maverick Viñales KTM 40:12.463
2. Jonas Folger Kalex KTM +0.186
3. Alex Rins KTM +0.187
4. Alex Marquez KTM +13.666

5. Efren Vazquez Mahindra +13.708

World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales KTM 323 points
2. Alex Rins KTM 311 points
3. Luis Salom KTM 302 points
4. Alex Marquez KTM 213 points
5. Jonas Folger Kalex KTM 183 points

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Tom Lüthi with sixth Moto2-podium of the season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Interwetten Paddock’s Tom Lüthi finished third in the Grand Prix of Japan and already celebrated the sixth podium of the season. The 27 year old was in the fourth row after the difficult qualifying for semi-wet track but catapulted himself with a lightning start immediately in the lead group. Before he could take advantage of its favorable position, the race was aborted: The Spaniard Tito Rabat crashed and Pol Espargaró’s only remaining championship rival Scott Redding could not avoid and collided with Rabat’s machine, so the race for the British along with his last title hopes was over.

After this incident, the Moto2 race was shortened as it was the case in the previous Grand Prix in Australia and Malaysia and restarted as a 15- lap sprint. Lüthi had kept his nerves and once again drove right back into the top flight and came back with a fifth place in the first round. In round three he overtook the french Johann Zarco and took the third place. For the rest of the race in second place followed Lüthi the moving Mika Kallio, but the gap at the end was not able to close and so he drove two seconds behind the Finn with a wheelie across the finish line in third place . Pol Espargaró celebrated his world title with a win.

Classification
1. Pol Espargaro / SPA / Kalex / 28:15,162 Min.
2. Mika Kallio / FIN / Kalex / + 1,344 Sek.
3. Tom Lüthi / SUI / Suter / + 3,379 Sek.

World Championship
1. Pol Espargaro / SPA / 265 points (World champion)
2. Scott Redding / GBR / 224 points
3. Esteve Rabat / SPA / 204 points
6. Tom Lüthi / SUI / 146 points

Text/Photo: PR Interwetten Paddock

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Next podium for Marc Marquez

 

The Japanese Grand Prix has ended with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa once again sharing the podium, second and third, respectively in a race won by Jorge Lorenzo. With this result, Marquez remains overall leader with a 13-point advantage over Lorenzo, with a fourth place finish at the final race of the year sufficient to give him the title in the event of a win by his rival.

After two days full of uncertainty due to adverse weather conditions, today the seventeenth race of the season took place under blazing sunshine. At the start, Jorge Lorenzo took the lead and his teammate, Valentino Rossi, watched his back, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa hot on his heels. A mistake by the Italian on the second lap allowed the Repsol Honda Team riders to get behind Lorenzo ‒already had more than 1 second ahead by then. Boasting an excellent pace, both closed the gap and stuck with the race leader, but were unable to get past. At the end of the race, Lorenzo re-opened the distance and took the win.

Tough fight again between Lorenzo and Marquez

The title will be decided in a fortnight’s time in Valencia, at the final round of the season. Marquez holds a 13-point advantage and has a third chance to seal the World Championship in his rookie season. With second and third place for Marquez and Pedrosa today, Repsol Honda clinched the Teams World Championship.

Marc Marquez: “Second place today is a very good result. After my crash in warmup, I knew that it would be difficult to be consistent ‒because in the morning I hadn’t managed that either. This was my first time at this track with a MotoGP bike and in practice I was unable to get any references in the dry, leaving me with only the warm up and the race in which to find my way. I saw that Jorge [Lorenzo] was a little stronger than us here and I had a couple of scary moments, making me decide that twenty points and the gap being reduced by only five points would be a decent result. There is only one race remaining ‒the most important of the year‒ so we shall try to be more focused than ever at Valencia.”

Classification
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 42:34.291
2. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda +3.188
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +4.592
4. Alvaro Bautista Honda +19.755
5. Stefan Bradl Honda +22.810

World Championship
1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 318 points

2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 305 points
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 280 points
4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 224 points
5. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 188 points

Text/Photo: Repsol Media Service

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Alex Marquez takes first ever GP win

 

Alex Marquez took the first Grand Prix win of his career, and did so at the best possible moment for his teammate, Alex Rins. The latter, who came into the race 5 points off the lead of the series, crashed out with four laps remaining. A crash for Luis Salom early on had added further intrigue to the title chase.

At the start of the race, the three title contenders were joined by Marquez at the front. It seemed as if they were going to escape, up until the unthinkable happened: Isaac Viñales went in too hot at a braking point and took out Salom, leaving the series leader with a zero to his name. That put things in Rins’ favour, as he had the chance to take the advantage in the overall standings. He, his teammate and Maverick Viñales broke away and would battle for the win amongst themselves.

Four laps from the end, Rins himself suffered a crash when riding in third. That would leave Viñales and Marquez as the only two candidates for the win. On the final lap, Viñales made a mistake and Marquez capitalised to claim his first ever Grand Prix win.

After this latest race, Salom remains at the head of the standings with 300 points. Viñales is second with 298 and Rins lies third with 295. 25 points are up for grabs at the final round in Valencia.

Alex Marquez: “It has been a very strange weekend and the race was also odd. I was riding at the limit on each lap, on every corner, and in the end we were fighting for the win with Maverick [Viñales]. It was a nice battle between us. I was able to rectify things from other races in which I wasn’t with the frontrunners at the end, and today I was able to win, so I’m very happy. We will be 100% motivated for Valencia.”

Alex Rins: “Today didn’t go as we had expected. I saw Salom crash on the opening lap when I was third, riding on the edge. On entry to the home straight I lost rear grip without warning and crashed out. It was a pity not to have been able to take advantage of the situation, but I hope to do better in Valencia.”

Classification
1. Alex Marquez KTM 39:45.953

2. Maverick Viñales KTM +0.027
3. Jonas Folger Kalex KTM +7.750
4. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra +15.889
5. Romano Fenati FTR Honda +18.323
24. Alex Rins KTM +1:06.878

World Championship
1. Luis Salom KTM 300 points
2. Maverick Viñales KTM 298 points
3. Alex Rins KTM 295 points
4. Alex Marquez KTM 200 points

5. Jonas Folger Kalex KTM 163 points

Text/Photo: Repsol Media Service

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Sofuoglu second in Jerez

 

Kawasaki Mahi Racing Team India’s rider Kenan Sofuoglu was second in the last race of the year in Jerez and took enough points to ensure that Kawasaki would win the Manufacturers’ Championship .

In the final points standings Sofuoglu is second on 201, Foret third on 140. In the Manufacturers’ Championship the margin of victory was 12 points.

Kenan Sofuoglu: “I think we had not such a bad season, but today Sam was a little bit faster and in the sessions this weekend. I tried to win the race and I am glad we could have a fight, but at the end Sam upped the pace so in the last two laps it was impossible. I really did not want to crash because second place was really important today because Kawasaki won the Manufacturer’s championship so our results were not bad. I tried to beat Sam this weekend but I think it was impossible.”

WSS results of Jerez
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R
3 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675
4 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR
5 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR

WSS standings after Jerez
1 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 250
2 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 201
3 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 140
4 Michael Vd Mark Honda CBR600RR 130
5 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 119

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Double win for Eugene Laverty in Jerez

 

Eugene Laverty dominated in the last round of the 2013 World SBK season.
In Race 1 Laverty got the best of Marco Melandri with an extraordinary pass on the outside in the last turn after having led the entire race until two laps from the end when the Italian overtook him. It looked like it was all over but Laverty dug deep and found the winning move – and the most difficult line – right at the turn that comes out onto the final straight stretch. His final flight to victory was exhilarating.

In the second race Laverty followed Sykes who tried to pull the pin straight away, keeping him in check from behind and always demonstrating great confidence in his skills and the strength of his RSV4. Eight laps from the finish he made the decisive attack and then pulled away to win his ninth race of the season by a decent margin.

Eugene Laverty: “Those were two very different wins today. The second one was definitely easier because I was able to create a gap in front of Tom after overtaking, whereas in Race 1 the battle took place all within a few metres. I’m quite pleased with this double win. It’s a result that confirms our potential along with the string of podiums at the end of the season. It’s a shame we lost some important points at the beginning of the year, but I don’t like to whinge or make excuses. In any case finishing second in the rider championship with more wins than the rest is an excellent result and so is the Manufacturer Title for Aprilia.”

JEREZ – RACE1
1. Laverty (Aprilia)

2. Melandri (BMW)
3. Sykes (Kawasaki)
4. Guintoli (Aprilia)
5. Elias (Aprilia)

JEREZ – RACE2
1. Laverty (Aprilia)

2. Sykes (Kawasaki)
3. Guintoli (Aprilia)
4. Elias (Aprilia)
5. Davies (BMW)

WSBK 2013 – RIDERS (final result)
1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 447 points
2. Laverty (Aprilia) 424 points
3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 402 points
4. Melandri (BMW) 359 points
5. Davies (BMW) 290 points

Text/Photo: PR Aprilia Racing

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