Tom Luthi wins thrilling Moto2-final

Team Interwetten Sitag rider Tom Luthi crowned the Moto2-Grand Prix season in 2014 with a fantastic victory.

 

At the final round in Valencia he stayed consistently behind the Spanish world champion Tito Rabat, over the entire 27-lap distance and had the lucky ability in the end: Rabat underwent a little mistake when accelerating – according to him it was a problem with the fuel pump for a split second – what gives Lüthi the opportunity to pass just before the goal line and bring about a tenth of a second behind his opponent. The triumph also made sure that the fourth world ranking was safe for the swiss, according to the latest technical improvements this was also a deserved success for manufacturer Suter.

 

Tom Luthi: “I’m super-happy with this victory. It was my goal to round out the time with my old team with another success, and it is fantastic that I have succeeded. At first I did not know what was going on, even thought briefly, the red flag was swung and Rabat have aborted. Then I realized quickly that it was an error in fshifting from him and then I am naturally drawn past.”

RESULTS
1 Thomas LUTHI SWI 43’08.366

2 Esteve RABAT SPA +0.133
3 Johann ZARCO FRA +10.728
4 Luis SALOM SPA +13.014
5 Xavier SIMEON BEL +13.689

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Esteve RABAT Kalex SPA 346 points
2 Mika KALLIO Kalex FIN 289 points
3 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex SPA 274 points
4 Thomas LUTHI Suter SWI 194 points
5 Dominique AEGERTER Suter SWI 172 points

Text: PR INTERWETTEN RACING
Photos: Nico Schneider

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Alex Marquez crowned Moto3 World Champion

After 18 races and 450 points contested, Alex Marquez became Moto3 World Champion for 2014 thanks to just 2 points.

 

The race was uncomfortable and, as had happened in recent races, featured continuous overtaking at every turn. At the front, Miller tried to keep the lead whilst Marquez controlled his rival. A large group featuring Kent, Vazquez, McPhee, Rins and Viñales were very active trying to mix things up at the head of the pack. Rins played a great supporting role, covering the back of his teammate when necessary.

With two laps to go, Miller and Viñales fought for the race victory. It went to the Australian, but Marquez was half a second behind in third place and had done enough to seal the title. Like his brother Marc in 2010, on his 46th Grand Prix appearance Marquez was proclaimed World Champion. This is also the first season in which two brothers have won a World Championship.

Close racing till the last turn in the Moto3 category

Alex Marquez: “I am very happy. It has been a very eventful race, with some complicated situations, but yesterday I felt very strong and I knew I could handle those moments calmly. I was very competitive at all times during the race. Getting this title is the result of all the hard work we’ve done this season and is a reward for never losing patience and always wanting to get better and better. I wanted to win this title cleanly, and that’s what we did. I knew that if a difficult situation was created then I could play the same game, but finally we were able to take the title cleanly. Now the important thing is that we won.”

RESULTS
1 Jack Miller KTM 40:10.983
2 Isaac Viñales KTM +0.155
3 Alex Marquez Honda +0.955
4 Danny Kent Husqvarna +1.572
5 Alex Rins Honda +2.251

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Alex Marquez Honda 278 points

2 Jack Miller KTM 276 points
3 Alex Rins Honda 237 points
4 Efren Vazquez Honda 222 points
5 Romano Fenati KTM 176 points

Text: Repsol Media Service
Photos: Nico Schneider

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Marquez wins and equals Doohan record

 

World Champion takes twelfth victory of the season, something only Mick Doohan had accomplished before.

Marc Marquez returned to winning ways at the Malaysian Grand Prix and continued to make history. Yesterday he broke the record for pole positions in a single season and now he has equalled Mick Doohan’s number of wins in a single campaign -also set as a Repsol Honda rider in 1997. Dani Pedrosa was unlucky at Sepang and suffered two crashes: One on the second lap when riding in second and another mid-race, when he was almost into the Top 10.

The race began with Pedrosa taking the lead, before he was overtaken by Jorge Lorenzo on the first lap. On Lap 2 the Repsol Honda rider fell at the last corner. Behind him were Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, who had fought back from eighth place –where he had been riding after contact with Lorenzo at the opening corner.

Midway through the race, the Italian and the reigning World Champion passed Lorenzo. A lap later, Marquez took the lead after a mistake by Rossi. From that moment on, the Repsol Honda rider managed to hold onto his advantage and take his twelfth win of the year. Further back, Pedrosa had got back onboard and was putting in times to match the leaders but, after moving up from twentieth to eleventh, he crashed out definitively with seven laps remaining.

The final race of the season will be held in two weeks, as the series contests a the fourth event of the year in Spain: The Valencian Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez: “This was one of the toughest races of the year for me physically and I’m happy to have equalled Mick Doohan’s record! We knew to expect this kind of weather in Malaysia but it was especially hot today and we all found it hard to finish the race. Halfway into the race the pace slowed down because I think everybody needed to take a breath! I’m happy with how I handled the race, because the first corner was a bit of a nightmare but I was able to come back to the front and stay there, whilst I cooled down my tyres and brakes. I started to attack with 10 laps remaining, then made the difference when there were 5 laps to go.”

RESULTS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 40:45.523

2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +2.445
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +3.508
4 Stefan Bradl Honda +21.234
5 Bradley Smith Yamaha +22.283

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 337 points

2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 275 points
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 263 points
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 230 points
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 174 points

Text/Photo: Repsol Media Service

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Alex Marquez is made to wait until Valencia

 

Alex Marquez will have to wait until Valencia and the closing round of the 2014 season to see if he can achieve his dream of becoming Moto3 World Champion. At Sepang he experienced a tough race and eventually finished fifth, whilst Miller placed second to keep the title fight alive. Following this race, Marquez heads to Valencia with 262 points to Miller’s 251. Alex Rins was third today, climbing from seventeenth.

The race featured, as is customary in this category, bunches of riders battling amongst one another. Marquez and Rins were amongst the candidates fighting for the win. Together with them, Miller, Kent and Vazquez –amongst others– took turns to lead the way. Miller’s strategy was to make things hard for Marquez. He was hit by the Australian on the penultimate lap and dropped to fifth, where he remained when crossing the finish line.

Miller was second, Rins third and Marquez fifth in a race won by Efren Vazquez. At Valencia, Marquez will begin the race with an 11-point lead over Miller.

Alex Marquez: “The TV footage speaks for itself; it was a very hard fought race. I had to go very carefully at all times, because there was a title at stake. Perhaps I was overly cautious, but in the end I did the right thing. We stayed on the bike and, although I had to settle for fifth place, luckily Miller did not win. I’m happy because we scored some very important points. I would have liked to have won the race and clinched the title here, but the important thing is that we lead going to Valencia.”

RESULTS
1 Efren Vazquez Honda 40:41.002
2 Jack Miller KTM +0.213
3 Alex Rins Honda +0.385
4 Danny Kent Husqvarna +0.803
5 Alex Marquez Honda +0.831

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Alex Marquez Honda 262 points
2 Jack Miller KTM 251 points
3 Alex Rins Honda 226 points
4 Efren Vazquez Honda 212 points
5 Romano Fenati KTM 174 points

Text/Photos: Repsol Media Service

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Marquez brothers sign contract extension with SHOEI

 

SHOEI Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that an agreement has been concluded for the next 2 years with Marc Marquez, 2013 and 2014 MotoGP World Champion, and his younger brother, Alex Marquez, who is leading 2014 Moto3 Championship.

Marc Marquez: “I feel so happy to continue with SHOEI 2 more years, it’s a long story together and I hope we can continue enjoying and winning in the future. SHOEI has been always a top brand and it gives me a lot of confidence and safety.”

Alex Marquez: “I am so happy to sign with the brand that trusts me all those years, from Spanish Championship. I have a new challenge next year in Moto2 and it’s so important for me. SHOEI means quality. I feel really safe and comfortable on the bike.”

About SHOEI Co., Ltd
SHOEI Co., Ltd is a premium helmet brand known for its high-quality products. Its establish dates back to 1959 in Tokyo. Until today, its helmets have been appreciated to a large number of excellent riders in the world of motorcycle racing.

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Historic Fourth British Superbike Title For Byrne

 

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne became the first man in history to take the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on four occasions when he clinched the 2014 crown with a double victory on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Brands Hatch today.

The Sittingbourne rider’s task was made slightly easier when season long rival Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed out in free practice on Saturday morning, sustaining a broken collarbone in the process, but yesterday afternoon’s opening race saw further drama when Shakey crashed out of second place meaning his lead over his arch rival remained at 12 points.

That meant the title wouldn’t be decided until the final race day of the season and although the Japanese rider was unable to start today’s races, Shakey still had to finish fourth to make certain of the title. Starting from the third row of the grid meant there was further work to do but Byrne gradually worked his way through the field and hit the front for the first time at half race distance. From there on, he was never challenged and duly took the chequered flag for the 60th MCE BSB win of his illustrious career, duly securing the prestigious crown in the process.

With the pressure off, Shakey, who also won the title in 2003, 2008 and 2012, then went on to take his 61st race win in the final race of the year after a terrific six-rider battle whilst there was further joy for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team with Stuart Easton wrapping up the MCE BSB Rider’s Cup after three superb rides, which saw him finish all three races inside the top six.

The Hawick rider was on the pace throughout the weekend and enjoyed one of his strongest meetings of the year, taking fourth, fifth and sixth from his three outings. The results secured his seventh place overall in the Championship which saw him awarded the BSB Rider’s Cup, the trophy awarded to the best rider outside of the top six Showdown places.

Also in action for the Penrith-based team was eight-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson who was again on board the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Kawasaki in preparation for the forthcoming Macau Grand Prix whereby he battled to 22nd position.

Shane Byrne: “After what happened on Saturday, I was paranoid about something going wrong on the first lap today and my only plan was to get through the first couple of laps unscathed. I could see the guys leading but there was no rush and I picked them off one by one to eventually get the lead. I just concentrated on running a steady rhythm and got my head down to eventually open up a gap. To take the title with a win is massive although, of course, it’s a real shame Kiyo wasn’t out there. Massive commiserations to him and his team as I would have loved him to have been battling with us in all three races. I was really tense in the final few laps but I brought the bike home and to wrap everything up with a double later on in the day was the perfect way to end the year. I’m delighted to win my fourth title so a massive thanks to everyone in the team.”

MCE British Superbike Championship – race 1 (18 laps)
1 Howie Mainwaring (Kawasaki)
2 Josh Waters (Suzuki)
3 Jon Kirkham (Kawasaki)
4 Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki)
5 Tommy Bridewell (Yamaha)
DNF Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship – race 2 (20 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Howie Mainwaring (Kawasaki)
4 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
5 Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship – race 3 (17 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Tommy Bridewell (Yamaha)
4 Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
5 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)

Final Championship Points (after 12 rounds)
1 Byrne 682pts
2 Kiyonari 620

3 Bridewell 587
4 Brookes 584
5 Linfoot 577

Text/Photo: PR Shane Byrne

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Marquez finishes second in thrilling Australian GP

 

The Moto3 race held last weekend at Phillip Island was exciting and spectacular. The three major players in this intense season –Repsol duo Alex Rins and Alex Marquez, along with Australian Jack Miller– put on a show for the fans with a great battle at the front.

The race developed, as everyone had predicted, with a large group at the head of the field. Eleven riders took their turn at the front of the pack, as numerous overtaking moves changed the order repeatedly. The group was reduced to nine by the final lap. With four laps to go, Marquez dropped to ninth, but was able to recover positions and contest the victory with Miller and Rins on the last lap. Finally the home rider emerged victorious, followed across the line by Marquez and Rins. The top three were separated by just 0.032s.

After this race 50 points remain in play, and Marquez holds a 20-point lead in the overall standings from Jack Miller. Rins is now 41 points behind his teammate. Next weekend, the penultimate round of the 2014 season takes place in Malaysia.

Alex Marquez: “Today we took 20 very important points. It was a very difficult race, in which I tried to set my pace from the start. Both Rins and I were superior today in that aspect. However, with 3 laps to go I had a problem and dropped to ninth, although I was able to recover. I am satisfied with the strategy I chose; perhaps on the last lap I lacked some decisiveness, but I’m happy with the outcome and with the work of the team. We will go to Malaysia with the same mentality: To try to work as we have done here”.

RESULTS
1 Jack Miller KTM 37:25.209
2 Alex Marquez Honda +0.029
3 Alex Rins Honda +0.032
4 Efren Vazquez Honda +0.044
5 John McPhee Honda +0.134

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Alex Marquez Honda 251 points

2 Jack Miller KTM 231 points
3 Alex Rins Honda 210 points
4 Efren Vazquez Honda 187 points
5 Romano Fenati KTM 174 points

Text/Photo: Repsol Media Service

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Kiyonari’s injury ends his title bid

 

Ryuichi Kiyonari has finished second in the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship after a fractured collarbone prevented him from contesting this weekend’s three races. Kiyo was hoping to be able to ride today after physiotherapy and pain relief, but it was too much to ask and he was just not fit enough in time.

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne took his fourth title after a season-long battle with Kiyonari, with fans treated to thrilling race action at circuits the length of the country.

The disappointing final round comes at the end of Hawk Racing and BMW Motorrad UK’s most successful season ever in the series, with a total of seven wins and six further podium finishes in Kiyo’s maiden season on the BMW S 1000 RR.

In addition to Kiyonari’s second place in the championship, the team is also celebrating Lee Jackson taking third place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship – a position he secured two rounds ago. Danny Buchan takes the 2014 title with Jason O’Halloran second.

Ryuichi Kiyonari: “I’m obviously disappointed not to get to battle with Shakey at Brands Hatch, but looking back at this incredible season I am very, very happy. Around one year ago I first spoke to Stuart Hicken and signed to ride the BMW S 1000 RR and we hoped, maybe, to win a race in 2014. We have done that seven times and we are second in the championship. I wanted to prove that I was still fast and now that is certain. Shakey was great fun to race against and we had some very good battles on track. Now I am looking forward to riding in 2015 and we start to think about that on Monday. There is a new BMW S 1000 RR which I am very excited to try and to start testing as soon as possible. I have come to realise this year just how much support I have had from the British public and the fans and it is amazing. I am very thankful for everyone who has been involved in my year- thank you all so much.”

Text/Photo: PR Buildbase BMW Motorrad

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Smith blazes to podium in Australia

 

Bradley Smith rode an unforgettable race to clinch his best ever MotoGP result and a debut podium at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix.

The young British rider began the Grand Prix at the 4448 meter track from 4th after just missing out on the front row of the grid by 0.006 seconds. He launched forward to run right behind the leading MotoGP bikes before completing the first lap in third, hot on the heels of the front runners.

Smith set into his strong race rhythm as he looked to maintain this position, before being shuffled down the order to 8th due to a few aggressive moves by his competitors which he needed to avoid, to prevent crashing. However the 23 year old remained fully determined in the following laps as he sought to ascend back through the field and he remained firmly in the thrilling battle for 5th with the four other riders.

With three quarters of the race distance covered, the British rider moved into 5th after passing Andrea Dovizioso and as the finish line loomed closer, his consistent and fast times saw him rapidly cutting the gap to third place. The tireless efforts undertaken by the Tech3 rider were rewarded as he relentlessly pushed further before screaming over the finish line in 3rd, seizing his first podium since Mugello in 2011 in the Moto2 class. In addition, it was his career best result and ensured a complete Yamaha podium. His strong showing today granted him a rise to 8th in the World Championship standings and leaves him poised for more success in Malaysia next week.

Bradley Smith: “For sure it is a fantastic feeling to clinch my debut podium in the MotoGP class and I am so pleased to reach this milestone. Honestly, I wasn’t too happy with how I was riding at the beginning of the race, I made several mistakes and lost a few positions. Therefore I told myself to calm down, I improved and moved forward. It’s a bit unexpected to be on the podium in all honesty, but after having great pace all weekend, it is the dream way to complete all of the good work we have done recently. I passed the chequered flag and saw the team on the wall, so I thought that I was in 4th or 5th, but then I saw my name in 3rd on the board as I came around the corner, which was an amazing feeling. Now we have closed the gap in the championship to 6th quite considerably, so we need to focus on this for the next two races. There is only a small gap between myself, Pol and Aleix in the standings, so we will aim to continue this great run in Malaysia and try to climb two more positions in the final standings. I must say a big thanks to the team who did a great job this weekend as well as to my sponsors for their support. Moreover, it’s a fantastic experience to complete an entire Yamaha podium and I can’t be anything other than grateful for their assistance!”

RESULTS
1 ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 40’46.405
2 LORENZO, Jorge Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +10.836
3 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +12.294
4 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team +14.893
5 BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing +30.089

Text/Photo: PR Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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Marc Marquez clinches second MotoGP title

Repsol Honda team rider wins premier class crown thanks to the second position in the Japanese Grand Prix.

An historic second place for Marc Marquez at Honda’s home track of Motegi allowed him to mathematically claim a second MotoGP title. The Repsol rider becomes the youngest man in history to take two consecutive titles in the premier class, and adds the accolade to his World Championship wins in 125cc and Moto2. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, finished fourth in a race won by Jorge Lorenzo.

The start of the race had a big impact on the outcome. When the red lights went out, Pedrosa and Marquez dropped to the fifth and seventh, respectively, at the first corner. The reigning World Champion regained positions gradually, reaching third by the midway point. It was enough for Marquez to finish ahead of Valentino Rossi to win the title, and he passed the Italian with 8 laps remaining. Maintaining the advantage over the Italian, he crossed the line second and sealed the title win. His 20 points from the Japanese GP take him to 312 overall, 82 ahead of Rossi and Pedrosa on 230. Pedrosa took longer than his teammate to overtake Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso and, although he managed to get within half a second of Rossi, he finally finished fourth.

The next Grand Prix takes place in seven days, at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

Marc Marquez: “I am very happy to have sealed this second consecutive World Championship, because although it is difficult to maintain this level, in the end we succeeded! Today is the time to enjoy this title. In the race I had a very clear objective, which was to finish ahead of Valentino and Dani ‒the other riders did not matter to me so much today. I just had one goal in mind and the important thing is that I was able to achieve it. I want to dedicate this title to all the people who have helped me ‒they know who they are‒ and especially to my family and the team, who are the foundation for all of this.”

RESULTS
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 42:21.259
2 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda +1.638
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +2.602
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +3.157
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 312 points

2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 230 points
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 230 points
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 227 points
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 153 points

Text/Photo: PR Repsol Media Service

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