Win number eleven for Marc Marquez

Hard fought win for World Championship leader in Great Britain, returning to winning ways after leading every practice session this weekend. Pedrosa places fourth, 1 tenth of a second off the podium spots.

Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo picked up from where they left off last year at the British Grand Prix, engaging in a thrilling battle for victory at Silverstone on race day. This time it was the reigning World Champion who claimed the win, taking revenge for last season. The Repsol Honda Team rider thus completed an impeccable weekend: He headed every practice session, took pole yesterday, was the fastest in warm-up this morning and set the fastest lap of the race, en route to his eleventh victory in twelve races. In another tussle, for third position, Dani Pedrosa finished fourth and was just 0.175s off the podium.

When the lights went out it was Jorge Lorenzo who took the lead from the polesitter, and both riders broke away from a second group in which Rossi, Pedrosa and Dovizioso competed for third place. With seven laps remaining, Marquez led, but with a mistake two laps later he dropped back into second. He had push to the limit in order to regain the place three laps from the end, and to hold on until the chequered flag. Behind Marquez and Lorenzo, Pedrosa was in contention for the podium until the last lap, overtaking Dovizioso but ending up 0.175s behind Rossi.

With this result, Marquez has a total of 288 points from a possible 300 this season. Pedrosa remains second with 199, ten more than third-placed Rossi.

Marc Marquez:“I’m very happy with this win! I expected the race to be slightly different, given what happened in practice yesterday, but today with higher temperatures it seems that both Jorge [Lorenzo] and Valentino [Rossi] took a step forward. Above all, Jorge, because he had a great pace and we were fighting right to the end. It was important to win today, after missing out at Brno. I also had a score to settle from last year, when Jorge beat me on the final corner, so I am happy to be back on the top step of the podium!”

RESULTS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 40:51.835

2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +0.732
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +8.519
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda +8.694
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +9.238

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 288 points

2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 199 points
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 189 points
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 157 points
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 129 points

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Runner up finish for Alex Marquez at Silverstone

A valuable result was taken by the Repsol Moto3 rider Alex Márquez, who finished second, respectively. Thanks to this important outcome, Alex Marquez remains second in the overall standings and the gap to Jack Miller has been cut to just 13 points.

Starting from the front row, Repsol duo were both amongst the top four riders since the opening lap. It was a similar start to that of the round held two weeks ago in the Czech Republic, with fifteen riders in the first group. However, the constant overtaking in the group led to a split on lap twelve, leaving just four riders in the fight for the podium places. Alex Marquez, Alex Rins, Enea Bastianini and Miguel Oliveira reached the final lap with everything still up for grabs.

With an impeccable final lap, Rins crossed the line first, just 11 thousandths of a second ahead of Marquez. In turn, Marquez was only 72 thousandths ahead of third placed Bastianini.

Following this Grand Prix, the Moto3 riders face each other again at Misano in two weeks’ time as the title picture gets ever tighter.

Alex Marquez:“I’m happy with this result because I think we had a very good race, fighting for the win from the beginning. I tried reducing the lead group by setting a strong pace, but it was really hard to break away with all the slipstreaming. By mid-race we had broken away and were in a group of four, and that gave us a little more tranquility for the end of the race. I tried for the win until the last corner and maybe I lacked a bit of aggression, but I think we rode a very good race. The most important thing is to keep on cutting points to the leader; we are just 13 points behind now”.

RESULTS
1 Alex Rins Honda 38:11.330
2 Alex Marquez Honda +0.011
3 Enea Bastianini KTM +0.072
4 Miguel Oliveira Mahindra +0.123
5 Jakub Kornfeil KTM +4.600

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Jack Miller KTM 179 points
2 Alex Marquez Honda 166 points
3 Alex Rins Honda 150 points
4 Efren Vazquez Honda 145 points
5 Romano Fenati KTM 135 points

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Paulo Goncalves finishes the Sertoes in second place

Paulo Goncalves and Team HRC put in yet another fine performance, in this, the fifth race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship held in Brazil. The Rally dos Sertoes ended with a victory for the Honda CRF450 RALLY rider, who has won five of the eight specials disputed.

It was good work all round in the Brazilian Rally dos Sertoes from Team HRC, as Paulo Goncalves – last year’s winner- took second place, in a competition in which he waged a constant daily battle for each stage, always making life difficult for the eventual winner.

The seventh and final stage of the Rally dos Sertoes was held between Diamantina and Belo Horizonte, with an initial link of just over 54 kilometres. The route of the 125 kilometre special took in rutted tracks, several river crossings, and a fair share of pot-holes. There was even a bit of trial as the route zigzagged its way up a hillside, before straightening out into faster stretches. The arrival in Belo Horizonte, the capital of the Minas Gerais region brings the twentieth edition of the Rally dos Sertoes to a close.

Paulo ‘Speedy’ Goncalves began the final day in search of victory, perhaps recalling last year’s editon in which he took the title. The rider set a cracking pace and once again, won the special, his fifth win in this Sertoes (four stages and the prologue), proving that both he, and the Honda CRF450 RALLY, are once again, highly competitive.

Next event for Team HRC will be the Rally OiLibya Maroc, held in Morocco from 3rd to 9th October.

Paulo Goncalves:“The Sertoes 2014 is over. I won five stages and I’m very happy with the work that Team HRC and I have done: we’ve done a great job. I wasn’t able to win the race, as Marc [Coma] has performed at a high level, but we will keep fighting in the future. We’ve got one more race to go in Morocco, and we’ll see who becomes the new champion . I will continue to work hard to achieve this.”

Results Stage 7
1 Paulo Goncalves 01:34’57 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Marc Coma +1’14 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Jean Azevedo +1’50 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
4 Ruben Faria +3’32 POR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Helder Rodrigues +3’43 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

Final Results Rally dos Sertoes 2014
1 Marc Coma 18:21’51 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Paulo Goncalves +3’23 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jean Azevedo +14’05 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
4 Helder Rodrigues +21’46 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
5 Jordi Viladoms +26’37 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

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Gonçalves clinches victory in the Sertoes’ longest special

Paulo Goncalves on the Honda CRF450 RALLY, battled to a notable victory in the fourth stage of the Rally dos Sertoes. The Portuguese rider imposed a formidable pace from the outset, clawing back precious minutes from the overall race leader.

The Rally dos Sertoes arrives at its mid-point with the race’s longest timed special, in a stage run over a variety of different types of track, amidst the distinctive reddish hue of the Brazilian terrain. Today’s stage, with a total of 363.85 kilometres, set off from Paracatu, and once the 125 kilometre link had been passed, it was pedal to the metal in the timed section – a very well-rounded special that included a narrow, hard and damaged track, that had been at the mercy of the rain and elements. The route also took in a fair amount of sand, as well as creeks and fords of varying water levels. The riders arrived in the town of San Francisco after a ferry-crossing, on the river bearing the same name; thus completing a total stage distance of 585.30 kilometres.

It was first and third place for the two CRF450 RALLY riders, and the third time that Paulo Goncalves has marked the best time in the special so far in this Rally dos Sertoes. The Portuguese rider’s aim was clear – nothing less than victory – and not even a slight time-consuming error was able to dent the Honda rider’s continual will to win. In doing so, Goncalves cuts down the deficit with the leader by 1 minute 15 seconds leaving the Honda rider just two minutes adrift of Marc Coma.

Tomorrow sees the riders face the race’s marathon stage, the rules of which outlaw any kind of mechanical assistance at the end of the day, and where the bikes will be closed off in the parc fermé. As a consequence, preparation is of utmost importance, and likewise, it will be crucial to not run the machine too hard tomorrow.

Paulo Goncalves:“I had a great day today. I started from third place and I started to really push. Towards the middle of the stage I made a slight mistake, I momentarily lost concentration and lost a bit of time. I really forced it on the last part and made up time and won the stage. I’m really pleased for me, for the CRF450 RALLY and for all the rest of the HRC Team, which is doing a great job. We will continue to work hard over the next few days, as we are now at the half-way point.”

Results Stage 4
1 Paulo Goncalves 04:24’02 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Marc Coma +1’15 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3 Helder Rodrigues +6’49 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
4 Jean Azevedo +7’18 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
5 Jordi Viladoms +7’32 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

Provisional after Stage 4
1 Marc Coma 09:43’55 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Paulo Goncalves +2’04 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jean Azevedo +9’13 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
4 Helder Rodrigues +11’33 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
5 Jordi Viladoms +14’20 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

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Paulo Goncalves takes third place

Reigning world champion Paulo Goncalves finished the third day of Brazil’s Rally dos Sertoes with a third place finish, and holds on to second spot on the overall leader-board. Likewise, Helder Rodrigues performed well today, climbing one place in the overall standings.

It had been a tricky day at the Rally dos Sertoes for Team HRC, who managed to turn out a positive result, with Paulo Goncalves riding a commendable stage after starting out from the front after yesterday’s victory. The Portuguese rider made it to the half-way point without being reached by his adversaries.

Today’s stage, featuring a timed section of 209.86 kilometres over a mainly rocky course, but also included a lot of loose gravel and stretches of harder surface, which allowed the riders to raise the pace considerably. The ride also took in a lot of navigation as the route wound through rural villages, eucalyptus plantations, and included the speed checks which have become a constant feature in these races.

Paulo Goncalves skilfully handled the Honda CRF450 RALLY, always attentive to not lose precious seconds, and concluded the race with the day’s third best time behind the race winner and Honda Brazil’s Jean Azevedo. ‘Speedy’ is consistent in the second place in the overall. Helder Rodrigues, Goncalves’ sidekick at Team HRC, rode a fine special, finishing in fourth place. ‘Estrelinha’ thus climbs a place on the overall leader-board.

The two will be looking to better themselves in tomorrow’s fourth stage, between Paracatu and Sao Francisco, as the riders prepare to face 363.85 kilometres of timed special – the longest of the whole race- in a stage that totals 585 km.

Paulo Goncalves: “Today was a good day’s race. I started out from the front and finished ahead too, opening the track the whole day. I lost a little time, but that’s normal. Tomorrow, I start from third position and have 360 km to make up time. I hope to be able to ride hard without making mistakes to make up some time and get up to the front of the race.”

Results Stage 3
1 Marc Coma 02:36’10 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Jean Azevedo +1’18 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
3 Paulo Goncalves +2’40 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
4 Helder Rodrigues +3’07 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
5 Ruben Faria +3’28 POR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

Provisional after Stage 3
1 Marc Coma 05:18’37 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Paulo Goncalves +3’19 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jean Azevedo +3’34 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
4 Helder Rodrigues +5’59 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
5 Jordi Viladoms +8’03 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

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Paulo Goncalves closes in on the leader

A second victory for Paulo Goncalves and Honda CRF450 RALLY in teh Rally dos Sertoes. After taking first place in the prologue, Team HRC rider rode the fastest time today in a much shorter than scheduled second stage.

Due to hazardous conditions on the race route, including narrow stretches and poor ground, the second stage of the Rally Sertoes was shortened quite radically from the originally-planned 155.65 kilometre stage.

This put a damper on Team HRC’s chances of narrowing the deficit with the race leader. Paulo Goncalves, who started out from third place on the day, had hoped to whittle down the gap with the front runner, who set off ahead. In spite of the changes to the original schedule, Paulo managed a fast, yet comfortable ride, reducing the gap with the overall leader to just 39 seconds.

Paulo Goncalves: “Today I set a really good rhythm on the bike. I was able to keep up a really quick and constant pace. However, the organization shortened the route and we competed over a 70 kilometre course, which meant that I was unable to make up much time. I would have been able to win the stage and pull back. I’m very close at just one minute 47 seconds behind the leader overall. I’m closing in, and tomorrow I’ll try and do it again.”

Results Stage 2
1 Paulo Goncalves 45’37 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC

2 Jean Azevedo +1’02 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
3 Marc Coma +1’21 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4 Jordi Viladoms +2’30 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5 Ruben Faria +2’39 POR KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

Provisional after Stage 2
1 Marc Coma 02:42’27 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2 Paulo Goncalves +0.39 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
3 Jean Azevedo +2.16 BRA HONDA Honda Mobil Rally
4 Helder Rodrigues +2.52 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
5 Jordi Viladoms +3.41 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory

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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!”

RESULTS
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”.

RESULTS
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

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
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”.

RESULTS
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

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
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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