Paulo Goncalves fastest in the Rally dos Sertoes prologue

Team HRC and Honda CRF450 RALLY get off to a fine start in Brazil’s Rally dos Sertoes, as Paulo Goncalves wins the prologue and Helder Rodrigues takes fifth place.

It was a noteworthy display from Team HRC as the Rally dos Sertoes got underway, with Paulo Goncalves and Helder Rodrigues finishing the prologue in top positions in a race against the clock over a distance just shy of 10 kilometres.

Victory, in a very quick and surprise-free prologue, allows Paulo Goncalves to choose tomorrow’s starting position in first full stage, which sets out from Goiania and winds up in Caldas Novas, 216.21 kilometres later. 155 km will be against the clock. Helder Rodrigues crossed the finish-line just 24 seconds behind his fellow-countryman in fifth position, which also sets the rider up for a good starting position tomorrow.

Paulo Goncalves: “I’m very pleased because I’ve won the prologue in the Rally Sertoes. Tomorrow sees the first long special at 160 kilometres. I hope to be on form and be in the running for the victory as this rally means a lot to me.”

Results Prologue
1 Paulo Goncalves 06’01 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Jean Azevedo +0.07 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
3 Marc Coma +0.19 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 David Casteu +0.20 FRA KTM Team Casteu
5 Helder Rodrigues +0.24 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

Provisional after Prologue
1 Paulo Goncalves 06’01 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Jean Azevedo +0.07 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
3 Marc Coma +0.19 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 David Casteu +0.19 FRA KTM Team Casteu
5 Helder Rodrigues +0.24 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

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First Moto2 podium for Sandro Cortese

It’s done – Sandro Cortese grabs his first podium in Moto2! In the 20-lap marathon of Brno, where he already celebrated his first Grand Prix victory in 2011, he crossed the finish as happy third behind Esteve Rabat and Mika Kallio.

Since the second half of the season started, Sandro Cortese and the Dynavolt Intact GP team have had a real uphill battle. In just two races the 24-year-old scored 26 championship points. Seven days ago, he was sixth in Indianapolis – his best Moto2 result at this time. Today in the Grand Prix of Czech Republic, the Kalex rider secured his first podium of the intermediate class!

It was a tough eleventh race of the season on the 5.4 kilometer long Brno circuit. After a perfect start Sandro entered the first corner as second behind race winner Rabat. Although Kallio and Sam Lowes passed the IntactGP rider shortly afterwards, he could keep a stable fourth position. In the fifth lap Lowes made a mistake and retired from the race. Meaning that Sandro switched to third and on a promising way to secure a podium finish. The two front-runners already had a two second gap, while Lüthi and Aegerter battled for fourth behind the German. Thus, the path was clear for the Brno-winner of 2011 (125cc class), who was riding focused and consistent laps, crossing the finish line on a confident third position.

With an extra dose of motivation the now tenth in the championship rankings will continue his chase for points at Silverstone/Great Britain in two weeks time (29 to 31 August 2014).

First Moto2-podium for Sandro Cortese in Brno

Sandro Cortese:“I can not describe the feeling. After such a long time to be back on the podium, that is just great. Especially after the difficult period that lies behind us – after the heavy crash in Qatar. This weekend and also over the summer break and in Indy we have worked very hard. A big thanks to the team, they really had a lot of patience. We got through the whole thing and the podium is ours together. It’s impossible to describe how relieved I am. The race was extremely hard work. I was riding alone the whole time. Never time to rest. In the group, the race passes by much faster. But we have worked for it and had a good basic setup. It was fun!”

1 Esteve RABAT SPA 41’05.058
2 Mika KALLIO FIN +3.274
3 Sandro CORTESE GER +6.227
4 Thomas LUTHI SWI +8.083
5 Dominique AEGERTER SWI +8.145

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Marquez makes it a perfect 10

Repsol Honda rider takes victory at ‘The Brickyard.’ With tenth consecutive win of the season, he matches same feat by Mick Doohan from 1997.

Marc Marquez did it again at Indianapolis. The Repsol Honda Team rider took his tenth victory in a row today, something unheard of in the premier class since Mick Doohan achieved the same feat –also in Repsol colours– in 1997.

The race began with Marquez starting badly and Pedrosa moving up several positions, and at the end of the opening lap the Repsol Honda riders were in fourth and fifth, respectively. At the front, Rossi tried to escape, with Dovizioso and Iannone following him closely.

Marquez moved steadily up the order, passing first Iannone and then Dovizioso. At the same time, Lorenzo latched onto the reigning World Champion and both went in pursuit of Rossi. Behind them, Pedrosa lost time in his attempts to overtake Iannone –the three frontrunners already escaping by the time he had passed the Italian.

With 17 laps to go, Marquez put in a sensational lap, winning out in a brief but intense duel with Lorenzo to take the lead. The Repsol Honda rider then began to open up a gap of more than 2 seconds from those behind him, crossing the finish line alone. Victory at Indianapolis gives the Spaniard a perfect 250 points in the overall standings, which he leads by a comfortable margin.

Marquez makes it a perfect 10 in Indianapolis

Marquez now enjoys an 89-point advantage over his nearest rival, as Pedrosa remains second with Rossi a further 4 points back.

The MotoGP World Championship ups its pace after the summer break and will have another race next weekend, when the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic hosts the eleventh round of the 2014 season.

Marc Marquez:“I am really happy to have taken this win! After the summer break it was important to start with another victory. Yesterday it seemed like it may be a straight forward race, but it ended up being quite the opposite. We suffered a lot and physically it was hard, there was a lot of humidity and I was sweating a lot. The track temperature rose by 10 degrees today and this made the tyres behave differently. It was hard for me to have the same level of confidence. I was patient at the beginning and when I regained the good feeling I had in practice I decided to push, opening that two-second gap which in the end was enough for the win”.

1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 42:07.041

2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +1.803
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +6.558
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +10.016
5 Pol Espargaro Yamaha +17.807

1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 250 points

2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 161 points
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 157 points
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 117 points
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 108 points

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Marc Marquez wins another in the wet

Repsol Honda rider takes eighth straight win of 2014 at the Dutch TT, after starting in the wet, changing bikes and finishing in the dry.

Race after race, Marc Marquez continues breaking records –whatever the rivals and circumstances. Even in conditions that no rider wishes to encounter, with intermittent rain, a drying track and a change of bikes required, the Repsol Honda rider achieved his eighth consecutive win of the season at the Dutch TT. Such a feat has not been achieved since Mick Doohan in 1997 –who extended his run to 10 wins.

There was uncertainty 15 minutes before the start of the race as a shower fell on the Assen circuit on a day of intermittent rain. This forced a delay to the start and the teams prepared their bikes for a wet race. When the red lights finally went out, Marquez took the holeshot and had Dovizioso on his tail for several corners. The two exchanged overtakes early on, as Dani Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaro had their own duel behind the leading two.

However, the race changed on Lap 6, when all riders had come in to change bikes after seeing that the track was dry enough for slick tyres. Just a few corners after rejoining the action, Marquez made a mistake which left Dovizioso in the lead, and the difference between the two extended to more than four seconds at one point. Lap by lap, Marquez regained pace until, with ten laps remaining, he got past the Italian and continued on to win number eight.

Approx. 100.000 spactators acclaimed Marquez' 8th season victory in Assen

After eight races, Marquez continues to lead the World Championship. With 200 points, he holds a 72 point advantage over Valentino Rossi and Pedrosa in joint second. In a fortnight’s time, the season reaches its halfway point in Germany.

Marc Marquez: “It was a tough day because this was a race where I could have lost many points, but we were still able to extend our lead in the Championship so I’m very pleased with how it has gone and how we dealt with the flag-to-flag. It was our first experience of a race like this, with both wet and dry conditions, and we even had a little scare after the bike change. We are very happy with this victory and to have got a very important 25 points on a weekend we had circled on the calendar”.

1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 43:29.954

2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +6.714
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +10.791
4 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha +19.199
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +25.813

1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 200 points

2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 128 points
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 128 points
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 91 points
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 81 points

Text/Photos: Repsol Media Service

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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.”

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

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.”

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

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.”

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

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!”

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

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.

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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