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Pirro to replace Loris Baz in Barcelona

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Michele Pirro looks set to make his fifth appearance of the 2016 season, this time with the Avintia Racing Team in place of Baz.
Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAMichele PirroAvintia Racing.
Michele Pirro will replace injured Loris Baz in the Avintia Racing team at the Grand Prix of Catalunya. The Italian rider has been the official test rider for Ducati since 2013, but he has been always in touch with the competition doing several wild cards and some other races replacing injured riders in the past few years both MotoGP™ and World Superbike. The last time out was in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello and he finished the race in the top 10 riding a Ducati Desmosedici GP16. But in the seventh round of the MotoGP™ World Championship, scheduled for the 3rd to the 5th of June at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya, Pirro will race the Avintia Racing GP14.2, one bike that he also knows really well.Agustin Escobar (Avintia Team Racing Manager): "First of all I want to wish a speedy recovery to Loris. We are looking forward to see him back in our garage, because is part of our family and we’ll be supporting him for his come back, hopefully in Assen. And I want to say big thanks you to Ducati for letting us Michele Pirro to replace Loris in the next race. We couldn’t find a better rider and I think that will be very important that he rides our bike in Barcelona. He is a fast riders and he knows all the Ducati bikes. It will be interesting to work together and I’m sure that he will give some valuable information tour engineers to improve theb bike set up and the electronics.”Michele Pirro: "I'm happy to be at in the race in Barcelona. I'll be riding a GP14.2, a bike that I haven't ridden for about two years. I will do my best to help the Avintia team. For them it is the home race and I will give my best to make a good result. The week will be challenging because until Wednesday, I am committed to Misano in a test with the Desmosedici GP; however I am ready . I hope to help as much as possible to do a good GP for the team. I wish Loris all the best to come back soon and in better shape because he has had a bad injury; also thanks to the Avintia team for this opportunity and Ducati for its increasingly strong support."

Source: MotoGP™

Positive Valencia Test for Suzuki in Valencia

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Team Suzuki Ecstar went for a two day test in Valencia after Mugello, testing several new parts.Tags MotoGP2016Aleix EspargaroMaverick ViÑalesTeam SUZUKI ECSTARFollowing a thrilling Mugello race in Italy last weekend, Team Suzuki Ecstar moved to Valencia in Spain for two-days of exclusive testing to allow Suzuki engineers and technicians to evaluate several new parts; primarily to find new set-ups that will improve the traction and grip of the Factory GSX-RR.The Suzuki Factory delivered two different specifications of the chassis, which have been tested intensively by Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró; and their feelings were positive today, having gained more confidence in riding and improvement in efficiency. Together with the chassis’, engineers introduced many variations in the geometry of the machines and set-up configurations, as well as many new finalisations to the electronics.The two-days of testing has been very demanding due to the tight schedule, but having a track at its exclusive disposal allowed the riders to find more efficiency, whilst also improving the feeling with the team.Maverick Viñales: “It’s been positive for us to take profit from this private test, we needed to find more efficiency with the traction and we also worked for many other improvements. The Suzuki factory sent us many pieces to test and also new configurations, so we tried some improvements in the chassis and also many set-up configurations. It was a positive test, we had a great deal of feedback that will be useful for the future to determine the paths to take. The GSX-RR is already a very good machine in certain areas; like the fast corners and its agility, but lacks in some other areas. We are working to find a good balance and be more and more performing.”Aleix Espargaro: “The Mugello weekend was tough but testing is always important for us, as we are still in the development process and we need to grow as fast as possible. Here we had many things to test as the Factory is working very hard to give us all its support. We had two different steps on the chassis and one of them gave me very positive feeling, so we have made another step forward. Of course we need to further investigate our options; in Barcelona we will continue this work, but it is very positive that we have this support and we are consistently improving.”

Source: MotoGP™

Baz set to miss Catalan GP
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Surgery on his injured right foot went well, but Loris Baz will sit out round seven in order to fully recover.

Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYALoris BazAvintia RacingAvintia Racing rider Loris Baz went under the knife to fix his right foot fractures on Wednesday the 26th of May 2016 in Switzerland. Baz was injured after crashing during the start of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello last week. The surgery carried out by Dr. Adrien Ray, Dr. Finn Mahler’s team foot specialist, at the hospital La Tour Meyrin, Geneve, was successful, despite a fracture being more complicated than it seemed at Mugello’s hospital. Dr. Ray needed one hour and a half to fix the fractures with three titanium plates, plus two nails and fifteen screws.The bad news is that the estimated rehab process will be long, four to six weeks, so it will be impossible for Loris Baz to get on the bike for the next round of the World Championship scheduled at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya. He left the hospital on Thursday, but Baz will have to wait one week before starting to work with the physiotherapist. Even so, the 23 year old Frenchman is eager to come back for the Dutch TT at Assen in four weeks time.The team will announce Baz's replacement in the coming days.
Loris Baz: “It’s a shame, because the injury is quite big, not in terms of health risk, but it will take some time to heal. Is not just one broken bone, are all foot, because the one that is not broken, the ligament does so. It was a tricky injury but I’m happy with the great job made by Dr. Mahler’s team. Unfortunately miracles don’t exist, and my bones won’t heal in one week, so it’s impossible to be fit for Barcelona. Want to be back in Assen, and we’ll work together to make it happen. Now I’ll go home and rest for a couple of days, because I can’t do any exercise for one week. Then I’ll start to work with the physio, also trying to keep my physical condition. I wan to say big thank you to my team, Bocha, Raul, my mechanics, also Hector, who is always calling asking for news. Is difficult when you are at the hospital when you want to ride your bike, but when you know the team you have, that believes and support you, is something I really appreciate. Of course I want to thank my family because they have been with me every single minute. And also big thank you to the staff of Mugello’s hospital, the MotoGP Medical Team and the Clinica Mobile, because they did a great job to set the dislocations.”

Silverstone charity event to go ahead
[Image: 8gn_6522_0.middle.jpg]The traditional charity event held on the Thursday of the British GP at Silverstone involving teams and riders will go ahead as planned.
MotoGP™ fans will be delighted to hear that there will be the traditional charity event conducted on Thursday of the Octo British Grand Prix with activities involving teams, riders, the highly-anticipated auction, access to the paddock etc. and the profits generated will be to support programs in Africa.

Said Andrea Coleman, founder of the event “There have been some delays in putting tickets on sale for the event but with the support of MotoGP™ and the Circuit of Wales we have been able to overcome the administrative difficulties of the past few months and the money raised will, once again, be using two wheels to save lives in Africa.” 

Look out for tickets to go on sale on the Silverstone site shortly.

Source: MotoGP™

Pedrosa Blog: My 250th GP
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 In his latest boxrepsol.com blog Dani Pedrosa looks back on his 250th GP and reveals a trick of the trade.
Hello,I’m writing to you after a positive weekend. I really got into the swing of racing with the bike, especially towards the end of the race. I also felt a lot more comfortable with the tyres.It was a shame I didn’t get on the podium, but I came very close. At least I’m heading back from Mugello feeling satisfied after getting my fastest lap on the last lap of the GP.Italy was my 250th GP and that’s why I’m a bit sad I couldn’t celebrate it on the podium, but I’m still proud of having reached that figure. All I’m thinking about now is getting some good results and big successes for the team.I can’t wait for the next GP and to try and develop the bike more, keep on progressing, and meet the fans.Before saying goodbye, some of you have asked me about something you’ve seen on TV: I sometimes put bandages on my hands before going out on the track. It’s something I do to protect my hands from the gloves when I’ve got any blisters or cuts. This is very common, especially when the gloves are new. It’s just to protect my hands.QUESTION OF THE WEEK (From Joey):
How early on in a race weekend do you know if the race is going to be easy or difficult? Or does it all depend on the race day itself and how you and the bike are?Hi Joey.From practice on Saturday you can tell more or less the race, but not always is exactly like practice or predictions are after practice. Your inner feeling is crucial to change things your way.Dani Pedrosa
Tags: MotoGP2016GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIMDani PedrosaRepsol Honda TeamBlog

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Marquez Blog: A battle to the end
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In his latest blog for boxrepsol.com Marc Marquez reflects on an incredible Italian GP and looks ahead to Barcelona.
Hi everybody!

I came back from Mugello feeling very satisfied. It was a hard weekend, like most this year, as we had to work quite hard to make the appropriate adjustments for the race.

In the end I was quite competitive and I think that we were able to offer the spectators a great show: a duel with Lorenzo where we battled for victory until the last second.

It’s a pity to have lost on the finish line itself; it’s a bit upsetting…but I have to look on the bright side. The truth is that those 20 points are very important. Last year at Mugello, for example, I finished without scoring.

I’m very close to leading and I have quite a bit ahead of me. What I have to do now is keep pushing. Honda is also going to keep working hard; they are trying to make us more and more competitive.

I’m feeling optimistic about the Catalan GP. I know that it isn’t one of the circuits that I do best, but I’m sure that I’ll be able to keep this dynamic up. It will also be important for us to take advantage of the test before the GP; the goal is to keep improving.

The truth is I’m very excited to have my fans close. Cervera isn’t very far from Montmeló and I’m sure they will be cheering me on from the stands. If you’d like to join them, Fan Club Marc will be in grandstand G, sections 14 to 24.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK (from Clàudia C.):
I’m curious to know how old you were when you started studying English?

Hey Claudia,

Your question is very interesting. I have to think about it…It was when I started primary school when I was about five years old, although I really began to apply myself when I got to the World Championship, just after my 14th birthday.

Best wishes,

Marc

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A day of mixed fortunes
[Image: yamaha-motogp-2016-mugello-8.jpg]Luck plays a big role in everyone’s life and as Mugello showed, it can be a cruel mistress.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIMRACWith 21 years of experience reporting on MotoGP™, Matthew Birt knows the championship inside-out. For the 2016 season he remains with the motogp.com team to bring you exclusive news and opinion from inside the paddock.Luck is defined as a force that brings good fortune or adversity to a person’s life.It shapes events, circumstances and opportunities over which an individual has no control.God-given riding talent and genius engineering expertise play a pivotal role in deciding the outcome of a MotoGP™ race and ultimately a World Championship.Sunday’s dramatic Mugello round highlighted just how luck is such a key contributing factor in shaping the destiny of a World Championship.Valentino Rossi’s luck deserted him at a time when he looked in the strongest position to win at his spiritual home for the first time since 2008.The hills overlooking Mugello were alive with the sound of revving engines, loud music, air horns and fans roaring themselves hoarse as a boisterous and predominantly yellow-clad crowd watched expectantly as Rossi menacingly harassed Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo.Fans were dreaming, just as Rossi was, that he would once again be the master of Mugello.A memorable sight in the build up to the race was yellow smoke wafting around the track. It was smoke of a different colour belching out of Rossi’s crippled YZR-M1 on lap eight that ruled him out in the cruelest manner.A catastrophic engine failure ended his pursuit of Lorenzo, and as his motor fell silent, an eerie quiet quickly replaced the frenzied atmosphere.

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Rossi was devastated but typically philosophical. He couldn’t alter what happened but he was hurting so much that he couldn’t bring himself to visit the podium to receive the adulation of his loyal but shell-shocked supporters. The timing of his first mechanical failure since Yamaha’s brand new pneumatic valve motor gave up the ghost in Misano way back in 2007 could have seriously damaged his title aspirations. As Rossi and Yamaha sought answers to the engine failure, he had to sit and watch a classic battle unfold between Lorenzo and Marc Marquez that saw them move 37 and 27 points respectively clear of the Italian. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I think Rossi would have won on Sunday had lady luck not slapped him in the face. He looked comfortable behind Lorenzo and was patiently waiting for the right time to pounce, with the Spaniard clearly not possessing the pace to streak away like he so often does. Rossi’s luck contrasted completely with that of Lorenzo’s. The Spaniard had also been the victim of an incredibly rare Yamaha engine failure in the pre-race Warm Up session. But he could not have imagined what a stroke of luck that engine destroying itself would turn out to be. He dodged a bullet on a day that Yamaha’s reputation for bulletproof reliability took a battering. Losing one engine was incredibly rare for Yamaha, so to see two let go in less than five hours was a truly unique scenario. Luck had been on Lorenzo’s side and he fully acknowledged it. Had he done one lap less in the Warm Up then he would have started the race with the engine that was doomed and been condemned to the same fate as Rossi. The time gap between Lorenzo and Rossi’s identical issues was too short for Yamaha to conduct a thorough investigation of the cause. And with no clear diagnosis in Mugello, there was no cast iron assurance that a worried Rossi would not have escaped such a high profile and demoralising mechanical meltdown had he opted to run a brand new engine. Rossi’s blown engine was fresher than the one that went pop on Lorenzo and both were short of what can be classed as top mileage, so it seems unlikely that hard wear was the cause. Yamaha clearly could not have predicted how severe their technical woes would be. The blown motors were Rossi and Lorenzo’s third of seven in their 2016 allocation. It has since been revealed that their first two had reached double mileage of engine number three without missing a beat. Yamaha must not only identify the source of the failure but also navigate a solution through the strict freeze on in-season engine development. Engine modifications can only be made on safety grounds and unanimously sanctioned by the Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers Association (MSMA). One early theory in Mugello is that Rossi and Lorenzo’s engine problems could be the result of a defective batch of parts. If Yamaha can prove that was the case then it may be given room to manoeuvre. Rossi’s exit sent many disgruntled fans heading for the exit, but those that remained were treated to a breath-taking showdown between Lorenzo and Marquez. Lorenzo won by less than a bike length after a final lap that again buried the myth that the reigning World Champion can’t get his knuckles dirty when the combat gets close.
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Crucially for his title hopes, he capitalised on the good luck that came his way. Hopefully for the spectacle of the World Championship, then the bad luck that came Rossi’s way doesn’t mean his own title hopes have gone up in smoke.

Bautista: “I felt the wheel lock up and I crashed”[Image: alvaro-bautista_cd51417.jpg]
Two crashes on Sunday leave Alvaro Bautista outside the points in Mugello and dusting himself off for Barcelona.
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Sunday started on an unfortunate note for Alvaro Bautista who took a tumble during morning Warm Up. While he was ok, his Aprilia RS-GP certainly was not and he was therefore forced to use his number two machine for the race. It was a race which did not last long as Bautista tried to make up ground in the first corner, subsequently losing the front and finishing ending his race in the San Donato gravel trap. His fall saw Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) also go down, Bautista deeply apologetic to the pair for his mistake.

First of all I want to apologise to Baz and Miller, who I involuntarily involved in my crash
-Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista: “After the crash in the warm-up session I had to use the second bike for the race. In the warm-up lap the front brake felt strange, so I adjusted the lever before the start. When I got to the first turn I braked normally, but as I was leaning the bike into it I felt the wheel lock up and I crashed. First of all I want to apologise to Baz and Miller, who I involuntarily involved in my crash. I'm disappointed because, despite the fact that it wasn't my best weekend, I was confident in my race pace. Now we need to do a mental reset and think about the next round in Barcelona”

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 Bradley Smith had better watch out because Danilo Petrucci is coming for him in Barcelona after losing out to the Brit in Mugello.
Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIMRACDanilo PetrucciOCTO Pramac YakhnichReaction
Having only had his first race of the year in Le Mans, Danilo Petrucci is showing incredibly well upon his return from injury. The Italian started in ninth, his best Qualifying result since Aragon in 2015, and was competitive throughout the weekend. His speed carried into the race, which got off to a less than ideal start after contact with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and sent Petrucci back down the order. The Italian found his feet quickly and began to close in on Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who was the leading Independent Team rider. His charge through the field saw him pass the factory machine of Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and set his personal best lap of the race towards the end. The Octo Pramac Yakhnich man was unable to pass Smith who had a half second advantage in the closing laps.Eighth place is a great result for Petrucci and the team, but he was not satisfied. Petrucci had wanted to end as the top Independent Team rider and once again Bradley Smith stood in his way. Petrucci missed qualifying as the top Independent Team rider, Smith just 0.014s quicker. But Petrucci is planning his revenge at round seven in Barcelona where he’s ready to go toe to toe with Smith in the battle for parc ferme.Danilo Petrucci: “It was a good race. My team always did a great job, giving me the best bike and finding the best solution for every little thing. I struggled in the first 4-5 laps, then I started to push to catch Smith. I tried to do my best and I set the best time with four remaining laps. I am very happy with how the bike goes and how competitive it is. My regret is to have not been the best Independent rider, as Bradley passed me yesterday and he did it again today by very little, but I'm happy. I will take my revenge in Barcelona!”

Hernandez: “I grabbed the clutch and the bike moved”[Image: AsparTeamMotoGP_01GPQatar-1.jpg]
 A jump start penalty ruined Yonny Hernandez’s chance of finishing in the points in Mugello, salvaging 16th.
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What had been a very promising weekend was brought to a disappointing end before the race had even properly begun, Yonny Hernandez moving slightly on the starting line for which he was handed a jump start penalty. The subsequent ride through was especially disappointing as it made Hernandez’s 12th place grid position, his best of the year, worthless. A ride through penalty in Mugello is especially detrimental, the 60km/h pit lane limit a far cry from the 300km/h + all the riders were reaching. Some hope was offered when Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) crashed, but the Spaniard was eventually able to re-pass Hernandez and demoted the Colombian back to 16th.Yonny Hernandez: “After a weekend in which we have been very competitive, it is very sad to finish the Grand Prix in this way. We were closer to the top riders than usual and we have done very well in general, but I was very surprised by the penalty. The bike moved a bit off the start: I grabbed the clutch and the bike moved by itself. By the time I realised, it was a little late. It's a shame because I was having a good race: I was twelfth, which is more or less what we had predicted, and was fighting to enter the top ten -but it was not to be. Anyway, we continue with good energy, in order to face the next race in the best way. I'll take the positives from this one, which is that throughout the weekend we were among the first ten riders.”

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Lorenzo: “Barcelona is so special for me”
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Jorge Lorenzo is hoping to take his fourth win of the season in his home race at the Catalan GP.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAJorge LorenzoMovistar Yamaha MotoGPPreviewJorge Lorenzo is looking to make it three wins in a row and extend his ten-point championship lead over Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Lorenzo always loves riding at his home race in front of his passionate fans at a track that he has won at four times previously (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015).

After the thrilling last lap at the Italian GP that saw Lorenzo out drag Marquez to the line by just 0.019s, the Mallorcan is feeling confident on his M1 and will be hoping to make it victory number four of the season in a manner similar to last year’s race, when he led from the first corner to the checkered flag. Lorenzo is also no stranger when it comes to getting involved in spectacular battles at Montmelo, with the duel between him and his teammate Valentino Rossi at the 2009 Catalan GP remembered as the “Battle of Barcelona”.

"I lived here for a long time here and I feel at home"Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo: “Here we are, at my home race. Barcelona is so special for me. It’s a track I love and most of my people are coming to this Grand Prix. I lived here for a long time and I feel at home. I’m still savouring my last win in Mugello, that one was so special because of the many ingredients that were mixed in. It was an important race for the championship. Now in Montmelo we need to add more points obviously but we will try to show our potential and try to fight again for the victory.”

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Having grown up in the shadow of the Montmelo circuit, Aleix Espargaro knows the circuit like the back of his hand and is out to repeat his 2015 pole.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAAleix EspargaroTeam SUZUKI ECSTARTaking pole position for the 2015 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya was an undeniable highlight of the year for Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s first pole since returning to the championship. The race would unfortunately end in the gravel and finishing the race is Espargaro’s main goal for the 2016 edition. But his overall ambitions remain much loftier with the GSX-RR having improved significantly since one year ago. The Catalan GP arrives just a few short days after Team Suzuki Ecstar completed a private test in Valencia where Espargaro was able to test a new frame. He and his team made progress with the set-up of his bike, but Espargaro knows there’s still even more to come once the Grand Prix weekend commences. Aside from his DNF in 2015, Espargaro has always scored points in Barcelona in the premier class and took his only Moto2™ World Championship podium at the track in 2011.

Aleix Espargaro: “Racing in Barcelona is always magic; I was born and grew-up very close to the circuit, and when I was a kid at school, I could hear the sound of engines while I was in class, so this again will be an emotional race for me. Lately we have been finding very positive set-ups and my competitiveness has increased a lot. The two days testing in Valencia gave us further options we will investigate more in Barcelona, but the overall feeling is good and I have the confidence that we can improve even more. The bike has also improved a lot since last year and we should suffer less with acceleration problems we had in 2015 as our engine is now performing much better.”

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Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce a contract extension with Marc Marquez for the next two years.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAMarc MarquezRepsol Honda TeamOn the occasion of the Grand Prix de Catalunya, the home race for four-time World Champion Marc Marquez, Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce a contract extension with the 23-year-old Spanish rider that will see him continuing to race for the Repsol Honda Team for the next two years.Marquez is currently in his fourth season in the MotoGP™ class, always with the Repsol Honda Team. During that time, he has achieved two World Titles, in his rookie season in 2013, and again in 2014, whereas he finished third last year. Thus far, Marquez has won nearly half of the premier-class races he has entered and has finished on the podium 73% of the time.With six rounds having been completed in the 2016 season, Marquez arrives at this weekend’s Catalan GP second in the standings by just 10 points.

Marc Marquez: "I'm very happy to announce this renewal with HRC, especially coinciding with Grand Prix of Catalunya, my home GP, where I have some really good memories. HRC and I have a very strong relationship, and I’ve always wanted to continue being a part of the Repsol Honda Team. In three and a half years together, we’ve enjoyed some unbelievable moments, with great victories and two world titles, as well as a few challenging moments that I believe are making us stronger. We’re working very hard this year to regain the title. It’s a great honour to be a part of the Honda family, and I’m glad to remain with this special group of people for another two seasons.”

Shuhei Nakamoto: "We’re honoured to have reached an agreement with Marc for two more years. There’s no doubt that he is the present and future of MotoGP! We know him well and he knows us well, and we both wanted to continue together; for this reason, we felt no rush for this renewal. Marc has grown a lot during almost four years with HRC, and now he’s an even more complete rider than in 2014, when he won 10 races in a row. Although he’s still very young, we already have a long relationship together, and we know that Marc's experience is very important for helping our engineers to develop our bike."

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 With the MotoGP™ rider market continuing to shift, Herve Poncharal held a small press conference to talk about the state of the championship.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAMonster Yamaha Tech 3In the build up to the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya it was announced that Pol Espargaro would be departing the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team at the end of 2016. With Bradley Smith off to KTM at the end of the year, this means Herve Poncharal will be required to find two news riders for his team. One of his new riders has already been announced as Jonas Folger, but Poncharal feels finding a second may not be as easy as in previous years: “For some reason, although we have very close machinery to the factory teams, it looks like now there is a trend, a fashion, where if you are a young, fast rider there is nothing but a factory ride. I think this is quite difficult for us to swallow, to understand as clearly we were the B teams some years ago but I think now we are C teams clearly.” 
Quote:"We were the B teams some years ago but I think now we are C teams clearly"Herve Poncharal
 New rules have seen the Independent Teams closer than ever before to the factory teams: “I feel the championship with Dorna, the FIM and IRTA have done a great job and it was the right decision to push for the one ECU. We clearly have the closet bike for many many years to the factory team, each partnership: Tech 3 to Yamaha and the independent teams to Honda and Ducati. We’ve also been pushing to have more factories, which is working as there are now four factories who are working really well and another two are working hard and I’m sure they’ll be fast very soon,” said Poncharal.The new rules have been a double edged sword for teams such as the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad, riders choosing to go to one of the newer factory teams rather than heading to a satellite outfit: “Clearly now I think the B team are the new factories like Suzuki and I don’t know if Ducati is B+ or A-, something like that. In our sport I believe more and more we can find out that the riders are making the difference. You have five, six or seven riders that are almost the only ones who can fight for victories or for podiums. All of these guys have interest in going to a full factory team.
“I always said that we were the junior team inside the Yamaha organisation but are we the junior team inside Yamaha now? I think the answer is clearly no as when was the last time there was a Tech 3 rider moving up to the factory team? I think it was 2010 Ben Spies, but he was not a real Tech 3 rider, he was a factory rider that won the World Superbike championship and he was meant to move onto the factory team but there was not the space,” concluded Poncharal.

#CatalanGP: Locals ready to fend off Italian attack[Image: _gp_7110-2_0.big.jpg?version=79da2878ec6...1a2f9%201x]2017 announcements continued to flow ahead of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya while other riders question their futures.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA
 News was breaking before riders had even sat down for the press conference for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) announced he would be remaining with Honda for another two years, continuing their fruitful relationship. “Like I always say, my heart is in Honda and it was the best option and the best feeling,” he said during the press conference. It was another big day for announcements as Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) revealed he would be joining the new KTM project for the 2017 and 2018 seasons alongside current teammate Bradley Smith. A new bike is a significant challenge, but the Spaniard plans to take it step by step: “This MotoGP war isn’t easy, but first we have to finish this year with Tech 3 and go to Suzuka to try and win again. Then the new project comes.”Marquez and Espargaro weren’t the only riders in the press conference as Italian GP winner and home rider Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was also present along with teammate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was there alongside his brother, both growing up just a few kilometres from the track in the town of Granollers. Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) was also present after his strong recovery to third in Italy.
 Lorenzo arrives as the man of the moment, but knows a number of challengers lurk in the shadows: “This year is the most close the championship has been for a long time. Four bikes, four factories with clear options to win races. I don’t think we’ve seen this in the last 20 years even. A lot of riders with very competitive pace.” After a difficult pre-season, Marquez was quite surprised to arrive in Barcelona as Lorenzo’s closest rival: “Before the start of the season it was really difficult and our target was to arrive here in Montmelo maybe 25 points behind him but we arrive only ten, so happy with this.”

Third in the championship, Rossi arrives in Barcelona looking to make up ground lost in Mugello. It was revealed his engine issue was caused by issues with the rev limiter: “In motorsport it’s always like this, it’s always electrical or a part that’s just a dollar! In Mugello with the hill and the jump at the end of the straight, a lot of RPM, it looks like the rev limiter isn’t precise like last year and with the small jump on the hill maybe the RPM goes too high and breaks the engine. It was a great shame. I hope it doesn’t happen again!” he reflected, his attention already on round seven. The Espargaro brothers had quite contrasting press conferences, Aleix Espargaro not hopeful of his future within Team Suzuki Ecstar: “Last weekend was quite difficult for me, I realised I wasn’t as important in Suzuki as I think. In Mugello we started to think to maybe move to another team. We’re still thinking because I’m not sure I will continue in Suzuki, I will try to go somewhere they really love me and really want me.” Meanwhile his younger brother Pol Espargaro was beaming to have his future with KTM set in stone: “Right now they are building everything, the team, the mechanics and even the bike. I’m looking forward to going there and seeing how they work. Where they go they win and we will try to repeat what they’re doing in Moto3.” Much of the attention was focused on the other riders in the press conference, Iannone flying under the radar while quietly confident about the weekend: “Now this is a new weekend in Barcelona and I like this track a lot, in the past I won 125 and Moto2 races. I think we have the possibility to fight for the top in all the races, this is the priority.”

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KTM complete their 2017 MotoGP™ World Championship line up as they announce the signing of Pol Espargaro.
Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAPol EspargaroAustrian manufacturer KTM have been busy testing with a variety of former World Championship riders in order to prepare the KTM RC16 for its World Championship debut in 2017 but have also remained focus on signing an all-star line up for 2017. At the start of the 2016 season, they announced Bradley Smith as their first rider and on the eve of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Pol Espargaro has announced he too will be joining Smith for the 2017 season. The current teammates have proven to be competitive, Espargaro especially so in 2016. The pair are also known for their in depth feedback, critical for assisting KTM in the development of their MotoGP™ machine. Since moving up to the MotoGP™ World Championship as the Moto2™ World Champion in 2014, Pol Espargaro has achieved a best finish of fourth at the 2014 French GP and has taken 32 top-ten finishes in the premier class. Espargaro’s focus remains on the 2016 season, the Spaniard out to achieve the best results he can before making his debut on the RC16 later in the year.

Pol Espargaro: "I am going to sign with KTM for the next two years and join the new adventure with them. New team, new bike in MotoGP. I saw the opportunity to try something different and to try and be with these guys in the future. Working together with KTM will be crazy hard, but I’m ready to work. They also showed me they’re ready to work. We have an agreement for two years and I want to thank Yamaha, Herve and Lin as they gave me the chance to grow in MotoGP and this is my dream come true. I have to say thanks and also to Ducati and Avintia because they showed a lot of interest too but we couldn’t go that way. Happy to face this adventure with KTM and finish this year well." 

Pit Beirer (Motorsport Director): “We’re more than happy that we’re now able to sign Pol Espargaro as a young rider of form and with MotoGP experience for this dynamic project. Both Pol and Bradley are well suited to KTM. Also in Mika Kallio we have an extremely motivated and competent test rider within the structure. We can grow together and continue to develop in all aspects. Now we hope for good conditions for the further tests and extend wishes to everyone for a successful rest of the season 2016.”

Meet the Wildcards: A mixing pot
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Three wildcards join the ranks of the World Championship, but only one is a local rider.
Tags Moto32016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAAlbert ArenasDavide PizzoliRamdan RosliMRW Mahindra Aspar Team,Procercasa - 42 MotorsportYet again two extra names have appeared on the entry list for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, both returning names. For the second time in 2016 Albert Arenas (MRW Mahindra Aspar Team) will run with the World Championship, his first race in Jerez saw him take 18th and just miss out on points. He’s been working hard to improve both himself and the Mahindra in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship, scoring points in each round. Of the three wildcards, Arenas is the only one from Spain. He’ll be joined on the grid by fellow Junior World Championship rider Davide Pizzoli (Procercasa – 42 Motorsport Team). Pizzoli raced in Jerez and was scheduled to run in both Le Mans and Mugello, but withdrew due to an injured foot.
In Jerez he took 20th after qualifying in 28th position. The Italian is currently 21st in the Junior World Championship standings, having scored just once at the second race in Valencia.Ramdan Rosli (Petronas AHM Malaysia) will join the Moto2™ World Championship for the weekend, the Malaysian also making the step over from the FIM CEV Repsol series. 2016 is Rosli’s second year in the Moto2™ European Championship, now a frequent runner inside the top ten. His results remain mixed in the Spanish series after two rounds, crashes ending promising races early. This won’t be Rosli’s first step up to the big leagues, having run in Barcelona and Sepang in 2015.
Both those appearances ended outside the points with 26th and 24th place finishes respectively. While not a wildcard this weekend, Michele Pirro will once more be back on the MotoGP™ World Championship grid. The Italian will run with Avintia Racing colours for the first time as he steps in to replace Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) on the GP14.2. This ride comes just a fortnight after Pirro took a great tenth place finish in Mugello, proving he clearly has the pace to battle with the full time riders. Twice Pirro has finished 14th in Barcelona while running in the premier class, his best finish a tenth in 2013 when replacing Ben Spies at Pramac.Be sure to follow the progress of all the wildcards from 09:00 Local Time on Friday when the Catalan GP begins.

Viñales carries form to Catalunya

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Maverick Viñales threw down an early challenge, topping Free Practice 1 from Lorenzo and Rossi.
Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP1Maverick ViÑalesTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR#CatalanGPReportAction began as soon as the pits opened for Free Practice 1, everyone flooding out of pit lane. The session got off to an unfortunate start for Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) who lost the front of his GP14.2 on his out lap at Turn 2, forcing him to jog back to the pits.For the rest of the field the session progressed without major issue, a ground temperature of 32°C providing almost ideal working conditions. Of particular note was Jorge Lorenzo’s (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) early pace, the Mallorcan dipping below the circuit record with a 1’42.143 on his fifth lap.The standings looked set in stone until Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) exploded into action and set a 1’42.065. This put him 0.078s ahead of Lorenzo, who was unable to improve on his early time.Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completed the top three with a 1’42.536, ensuring all of the top three were within half a second of each other. Both Rossi and Lorenzo have had their third engines of the year officially withdrawn after the problems in Mugello.
Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was the fastest Independent Team rider in fourth, just in front of Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) who surprised many with the fifth fastest time. Hernandez was the fastest Ducati of the first session with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) in sixth.Honda riders found the going tough with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) struggling down in seventh and 0.821s slower than Viñales. Teammate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) had a similarly tough session, finishing down in 14th.Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was another victim of Turn 2, crashing with 20 minutes left. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) suffered a fast off at Turn 4 in the dying minutes of the session.
He, like Miller, was unharmed.Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) will miss the weekend after his foot injury sustained in Mugello. Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was also injured in Mugello, fracturing his left collarbone in FP3, but was back out with the World Championship after successful surgery.
He ran without painkillers, setting the 21st fastest time. Rabat was another rider to fall at Turn 2, but he walked away unharmed.Complete results from the session can be seen here.
Riders will have a short break before hitting the track from FP2 at 14:05 Local Time.

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 The top three was devoid of local riders in FP1 as Antonelli, Romano Fenati and Enea Bastianini made it an Italian lock out.Tags Moto32016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP1Niccolò AntonelliOngetta-Rivacold#CatalanGPReportClassic Barcelona sunshine continued to warm the Montmelo circuit throughout the first Moto3™ World Championship practice session. Riders were straight out on track to begin adjusting to the 4.7km track, times hitting the 1’52s before too long. The Grand Prix might be running in Spain but it was a very Italian affair as the 40-minute session came to a close. Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) held the fastest time for the majority of the session, the first rider in the 1’52s. Several riders challenged the veteran Italian but he pulled out a 1’51.729 at the end of the session to remain on top.Fellow Italian Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) was unable to get below a 1’52, ending 0.301s behind Antonelli.Despite missing the French GP due to a broken wrist, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) was right back up to speed as he ended the session in third, half a second back on Antonelli’s best time.Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) and Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) were both inside the top five, under a tenth of a second between the pair. Neither Honda nor KTM appear to have an advantage at the circuit, the top six a perfect 50-50 split. 

Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was sixth with Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) the leading Spanish rider in seventh. Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3), Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) and Jorge Martin (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) completed the top ten.Both Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) and Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) had problems with their respective machines during the session. Towards the end of practice Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) also encountered an issue with his KTM, the Italian pushing the bike back to the pits.Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) made his return after missing the round in Mugello due to Injury. The German ended FP1 in 27th.Full results from the first Moto3™ session can be seen here.

Antonelli rules Friday Moto3™ practice in Barcelona

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Niccolo Antonelli proved to be the man to beat in the lightweight class on Friday, leading both sessions.
Tags Moto32016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP2Niccolò AntonelliOngetta-Rivacold#CatalanGPReportFree Practice 2 for the lightweight class began with an ambient temperature of over 45°C. Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) started the session as the rider to beat after setting a 1’51.729 in Free Practice 1.The Italian was able to improve his time by half a second to end Free Practice 2 as the fastest rider and cement himself as the quickest overall. Antonelli seemed on track to dive into the 1’50s until traffic on his penultimate lap forced him to ease off. Since winning the race in Qatar, Antonelli has been unable to return to the podium, fourth in Mugello last time out his best result since. Having started the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya in such a strong way, he could very well return to the podium come Sunday.Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was the first rider into the 1’51s and the first rider to drop under Antonelli’s time from FP1. The Italian would be the only rider to lap faster than Navarro, the Spaniard eventually ending 0.261s back on Antonelli as they completed a Honda one-two. Navarro’s championship ambitions were dealt a serious blow in Mugello when he fell from the race, a top result a necessity in Barcelona to close the 49 point gap to Binder.World Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) cut 0.8s off his time from Free Practice 1 to complete the day in third. The South African was the lone KTM inside the top five, but all bikes seem evenly match around the Montmelo circuit.

As ever a good strategy in Qualifying will be crucial on Saturday afternoon, several teams experimenting at the end of Free Practice 2.Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) and Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) completed the top five of the day. Both riders have shown flashes of speed throughout the 2016 season, but are yet to truly emerge as podium contenders.Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing Team), Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46), Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46), Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) and Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) made up the top ten on combined times. All of the top 13 were within a second of the fastest time, the entire 35 rider field within four seconds of each other.Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) was awarded a five-place grid penalty for riding slowly in three sectors during Free Practice 1. As this was his third penalty for the same offense, the sanction was five places as opposed to three and will be applied after Qualifying.Complete standings and results can be seen here.

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 As the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya begins, Spain’s first premier class world champion is inducted into the Hall of Fame.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAAlex Criville
 In 1987 Alex Criville made his World Championship debut in the 80cc class and made an immediate impact, scoring second place in his first race. His path to glory was foreshadowed in 1989 when he made the move to race in the 125cc class full time, winning the title on his very first attempt. The Barcelona native then moved to the intermediate 250cc class but experienced two difficult seasons.
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A move to the premier 500cc class in 1992 reignited Criville who took victory in Assen and became the first Spanish rider to win a 500cc class race. Two solid seasons with the Pons team earned him a place in the factory Honda squad, partnering Mick Doohan. The pair had a number of thrilling battles and between 1994 and 2001 Criville achieved 47 podiums including 14 victories.
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Criville’s greatest achievement came in 1999 when he scored 267 points over 16 races to become Spain’s first premier class champion. This paved the way for all the Spanish champions who followed, Criville breaking the domination of American and Australian riders in the blue ribbon class.
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Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta was there to present Alex Criville with his award. He joins a long list of greats that have been made MotoGP™ Legends that includes Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Nicky Hayden, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees and Carlo Ubbiali.

Alex Criville: “I enjoyed just riding bikes. It was not my dream to be a rider, because I was very young. But then my brother said: “You have the ability to ride a bike. Maybe in the future you can be a rider.” I think one of the best moments of my career was when I came back home, and there were thousand and thousand of people there celebrating my title. In that moment I was like a legend.“I want to say thank you to Dorna for all their work over these years. I’m so happy; it’s great to join the best riders in history. It’s very nice to get it at home in front of my friends and family. After winning the championship in 99 I think this is the happiest moment, there are no words for what I’m feeling right now.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta: “For me personally and for everyone working in MotoGP it is a great pleasure to have Criville as a MotoGP Legend. Alex started in the championship before we started, but I’ve known him for many, many years. He always tries to do the best and he’s a person who never gives up. Together with Valentino Rossi he is the only person who has won 125 titles and 500 titles. It’s great to be here, we’ve been waiting all year for this. Myself and Dorna are very proud to give this award to Alex, he’s an icon around the world.”

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Round seven begins with Nakagami in charge

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The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya is underway for the intermediate class, Nakagami striking early.
Tags Moto22016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP1Takaaki NakagamiIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia#CatalanGPReportA late charge from Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) put the Japanese rider at the top of the times thanks to a 1’46.537. Nakagami’s time came on the harder option rear tyre, boding well for the race on Sunday.Fresh off his thrilling last lap victory in Mugello, Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) was right on pace from the word go. The Frenchman produced a steady flow of 1’46s throughout the session, setting a best time of 1’46.660. With 22 laps completed, Zarco did more laps than any other rider on track.After two tough weekends in France and Italy, Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) looks to be back on form as the German ended 0.229s from Nakagami and third overall. His teammate Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) was the only faller in the session, coming off at Turn 10. He sustained no series injuries.Championship rivals Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) were in fourth and fifth respectively, a decent start to their weekends.

Rins’ bike underwent significant modifications during the session, his fastest time coming on the penultimate lap.Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team), Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten), Luis Salom (SAG Team) and Miguel Oliveira (Leopard Racing) formed the top ten. The Moto2™ World Championship remained as tight as ever with the top 12 within less than 0.8s.Complete times from the first Moto2™ practice session are available here.

Valentino Rossi: The Game
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This year, the official MotoGP™ video game celebrates Rossi's career and the man himself was there to launch it at the Catalan GP.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAValentino RossiMovistar Yamaha MotoGP‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ is the most complete official MotoGP™ game ever & the only game featuring all the teams and riders of the 2016 Championship.Pre-order ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ now and you'll get the DLC 'Real Events: 2015 MotoGP™ Season' for free - click hereWhat's new for 2016? 
You can experience the thrill of beginning a career in the world of motorsport. The game will take you to Rossi’s MotoRanch in Tavullia, where you can sharpen your driving skills not only on two wheels, but also on 4 in Rally and Drift modes! With more than 290 riders and 47 tracks to play with, this is the biggest official MotoGP ™ video game ever created.





The other main features of the game include:
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Race with & against official bikes & riders 
In addition to the official 2016 MotoGP™ Championship, ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ includes Moto2™ & Moto3™ 2016 Championships and the 2015 MotoGP™ Championship. A huge selection of MotoGP™ bikes from between 2002 and 2014 are there, as well as the historical 125cc, 250cc and 500cc 2-Stroke class machines, a Flat Track mode and a mode dedicated to the Yamaha R1M.
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Rossi is your mentor in career mode 
Start the game as a VR|46 Academy rider! Valentino will become your mentor to turn you into a real MotoGP™ racer. During the debut season you will compete in Moto3™, participate in exciting Flat Track races, discover the world of Valentino Rossi’s MotorRanch and race on a Yamaha R1M. You will experience the exciting Drift mode, take control of a rally car and race on different tracks, plus you will participate in the 2015 Monza Rally Show. When you’re ready for the next step, you will be able to choose a team to join and compete against the leaders, beginning your journey to the MotoGP™ podium.
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Relive 20 years of MotoGP™ history 
Thanks to the inclusion of historical classes and riders that have defined this sport, ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ allows you to experience the excitement of twenty years of history, from the 125cc class in 1996 all the way up until the MotoGP™ class of 2016. Year after year, you will meet some of the icons of motorcycling and race against them, reliving some of the most memorable challenges. ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ celebrates the most exciting championship in the world with a huge amount of historical content. Game race modes available: MotoGP™ Grand Prix Mode MotoGP™ World Championship Time Attack Split Screen MotoGP™ Flat Track Rally Single Stage R1M Race Flat Track Americana Rally Show Master Show Split Screen Flat Track Rossi Event Beat The Doctor Play online against up to 12 players simultaneously in these game modes: MotoGP™ Online Grand Prix Mode MotoGP™ Online Championship Valentino Rossi’s Challenge Flat Track Drift Rally Show Rally Single Stage Master Show (up to 2 players only) To keep up to date with the latest on ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’, be sure to follow the official accounts on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!
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Moto2™ Free Practice 2 in Barcelona is brought to an early end due to a incident involving Luis Salom.
Tags Moto22016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP2#CatalanGPReportFree Practice 2 for the Moto2™ World Championship saw track temperatures rise by over 10°C from Free Practice 1. With just over 24 minutes remaining the red flag was brought out due to a crash involving Luis Salom (SAG Team) at Turn 12. He received medical treatment trackside before being taken to the Hospital Universitari General de Catalunya for further treatment. This brought an early end to the session on safety grounds. Luis Salom unfortunately passed away soon after.Takaaki Nakagami’s (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) 1’46.537 from Free Practice 1 stood as the fastest time of the day, only a handful of riders able to improve their times in the shortened second session. The Japanese rider’s time in Free Practice 2 was a second off his best time from the morning session, easing into the session.In similar fashion to Nakagami, Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) remained as the second fastest rider of the day with his FP1 time. The reigning World Champion ended 0.123s back on the Japanese rider.

After the Catalan GP Zarco will travel to Japan to test the Suzuki MotoGP™ machine, though his future still remains uncertain.Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) remained the third fastest rider of the day, 0.229s behind Nakagami and only 0.106s back from Zarco. In the past, Folger starting a weekend well has usually delivered great results come race day. A return to the podium would be more than welcome for the German who has struggled to even finish races since announcing his move up to the MotoGP™ World Championship in 2017 back in Le Mans.Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) led Free Practice 2 before the session was red flagged, the only rider inside the top ten to improve his time.

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Lorenzo ups the pace on Friday afternoon
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Improvements continue throughout the field in Free Practice 2 as Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Viñales set the pace.
Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP2Jorge LorenzoMovistar Yamaha MotoGP#CatalanGPReportConditions continued to be ideal as Free Practice 2 at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya began for round seven of the MotoGP™ World Championship. Times remained steady for most of the session, the final ten minutes seeing riders fit new tyres for a couple of flying laps.Home hero Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) began his quest for three straight wins in a near perfect way, setting a 1’41.712 to top Free Practice 2 and Friday overall. Lorenzo has only once finished outside the top two in the premier class at the Catalan GP, in 2014 when he was fourth. With his two title rivals outside the top five, Lorenzo could extend his championship lead beyond ten points if his form keeps up for the weekend.There were no signs of Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) slowing down after topping Free Practice 1, the Suzuki man the first rider into the 1’41s. A best time of 1’41.954 would see him end the day 0.242s behind Lorenzo. Suzuki’s work back at the factory is clearly working, Viñales ending ahead of all the Yamaha riders in terms of top speed, hitting 336.6 km/h during the session.Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) proved he still has the speed despite a tough start to the year, wrapping up Friday in third and as the fastest Honda rider. The Brit was 0.299s back on Lorenzo and only 0.057s behind Viñales. Not only was Crutchlow the leading Honda rider, he was also the fastest of the Independent Team riders.

The Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya is by no means one of Crutchlow’s best tracks, having failed to finish the last three races he has started there. But as the Brit has proved time and time again, he’s full of surprises and always capable of a strong result.Fourth was a dramatic improvement for Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who had ended FP1 down in 14th place, his time improving by over a second. Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) ended fifth overall, 0.570s off Lorenzo. Redding was also the leading Ducati rider, both Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) taking a while to get up to speed as they ended eighth and tenth respectively.0.014s back on Redding was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), ‘The Doctor’ unconcerned by his position as the times were so close. In contrast, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and his crew have some work to do ahead of Qualifying as he ended the day down in ninth and 0.773s off the championship leader.Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was an early faller in the session, coming off at Turn 1 on his fourth lap. Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) had his second fall of the day, crashing at Turn 3. Both riders were unharmed.Results from the second 45-minute practice session of the day can be viewed here.The premier class will next be out on track at 09:55 Local Time for Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning.

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Remembering Luis Salom
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Luis Salom will be remembered for his hard riding, his valiant Moto3™ title challenges in 2012 and 2013 and his dedication to his familyTags Moto22016Luis Salom#CatalanGP#Mexicano39
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Born in Palma de Mallorca on 7 August 1991, Luis Salom began racing from a young age and quickly progressed through the Spanish ranks. From the moment he stepped on the bike he was a fighter, almost always up against the odds. In 2007 he joined the Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup, scoring second in his debut before taking victory at the fourth race of the year in Assen. He remained in the championship for 2008, winning four out of the first five races and battling with American JD Beach for the title, Salom missing out by just four points.His World Championship debut came in 2009 as a wildcard at the Spanish Grand Prix, riding a 125cc Honda to 23rd place. He would go on to contest the last ten races of the 2009 season with the WRB Team, scoring a best finish of sixth at the British GP.In 2010 a full time ride awaited briefly with the Lambretta team, scoring a point in the second round before swapping to the Stipa-Molenaar Racing squad on an Aprilia, taking nine top ten finishes. The Portuguese GP saw him take fifth, continuing to raise his profile within the World Championship.

2011 saw him ride with the RW Racing GP team, again on an Aprilia RSA 125. Together they achieved a sensational first podium at the Dutch TT, Salom taking second at the team’s home round. He would repeat the result at the Australian GP later in the year, ending eighth overall. Known as 'El Mexicano' by his friends, his nickname became known by more and more as his popularity grew.

RW Racing and Salom remained together in 2012 and took eight podium finishes on the Kalex KTM. The highlight of the year came in Indianapolis when he snatched the first win of his career, beating Sandro Cortese by 0.056s. He would only have to wait four races for his next win, again beating Sandro Cortese but this time in Aragon. Salom finished the inaugural Moto3™ championship in second.

His efforts in 2012 earned him a ride with the prestigious Red Bull KTM Ajo team and immediately impressed, winning the first race of the year in Qatar. The opening eight races of the 2013 season saw him take four wins and never step off the podium. He went on to take three additional victories and came into the final round of the year as one of three title contenders, eventually finishing third.

Across his years in the lightweight class he developed a reputation as an incredibly aggressive and emotional rider, exciting his fans with every overtake. He took a total of 22 podiums, nine wins and four poles in the lightweight class. He may have may never lifted the title but he was seen as a champion in the eyes of many and his move to the intermediate class was hotly anticipated.

It took just three races for him to score his first Moto2™ World Championship podium, taking third in Argentina. At round six, just three races later, he went one better and took a stunning second place finish in Mugello. His second season with the Pons team proved to be more challenging, taking eight top ten finishes but struggling for consistency otherwise.

2016 saw the SAG Team come together with Salom, the Mallorcan paying them back immediately with second at the opening round in Qatar. A teary Salom took the podium, thanking his mother and family for sticking it out through the hard times. He was once again enjoying riding, again ready to head out on his Kalex each weekend and push to the maximum. The paddock has flooded with tributes to the memory of Salom.

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Luis Salom passes away
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 Luis Salom was involved in a crash at Turn 12 in Barcelona during Moto2™ Free Practice 2.Tags Moto22016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYALuis SalomSAG Team#CatalanGP#Mexicano39Following an incident during today’s Moto2™ Free Practice 2 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, it is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom (SAG Team).The session was red flagged with just under 25 minutes remaining after the Spanish rider fell at Turn 12.Two medical cars and then two ambulances were immediately on scene to treat the 24-year-old and the medical helicopter was also deployed to assist in his treatment.Due the severity of his condition, the decision was taken to transfer Salom by road to the nearby Hospital General de Catalunya. On arrival, he underwent surgery, but despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away at 16:55pm local time.Salom made his World Championship debut at Jerez in 2009 in the 125cc category. He finished on the podium in 25 races, including nine victories in the Moto3™ World Championship.

He finished the 2012 Moto3™ World Championship in second position in the standings and a year later was third overall after battling with Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins down to the final round in Valencia.He also finished on the podium three times in 41 appearances in the Moto2™ World Championship, including a second place pace in the opening round of 2016 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.The FIM, Dorna, IRTA, RFME and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya wishes to pass on its condolences to the family, friends and team of Salom.
Remember and pay tribute to Luis Salom with the hashtag #Mexicano39

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Catalan GP to run with revised layout and schedule
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As agreed with Salom's family, the riders, teams and the Safety Commission,the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya will go ahead.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAIn a Safety Commission meeting attended by Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Pol Espargaro, Jack Miller, Bradley Smith, Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso, Tito Rabat and Cal Crutchlow, it was agreed to change the configuration of the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit to race for the remainder of the event on the F1 track configuration.This layout was tested two years ago in an official MotoGP™ Test - back then this configuration wasn't elected for use in Grand Prix racing.As riders will have to deal with a new track configuration, practice time will be extended with a new schedule for Saturday.

Updated schedule:
Saturday08:40-09:35 - 55 min.
Moto3™ Free Practice 3 09:50-10:50 - 60 min.
MotoGP™ Free Practice 3 11:05-12:05 - 60 min.
Moto2™ Free Practice 3 12:35-13:15 - 40 min. 
- Moto3™ Qualifying 
13:30-14:00 - 30 min. 
- MotoGP™ Free Practice 4 
14:10-14:25 - 15 min. 
- MotoGP™ Qualifying 1 
14:35-14:50 - 15 min. 
- MotoGP™ Qualifying 2 
15:05-15:50 - 45 min.
- Moto2™ Qualifying Sunday08:40-09:00 - 20 min. 
- Moto3™ Warm Up 
09:10-09:30 - 20 min. 
- Moto2™ Warm Up 
09:40-10:00 - 20 min. 
- MotoGP™ Warm Up 
11:00 
- Moto3™ Race (22 laps) 
12:20 
- Moto2™ Race (23 laps) 14:00 
- MotoGP™ Race (25 laps) 

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Viñales fastest in first session on new Barcelona layout

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Maverick Viñales sets the pace in the extended FP3 session as last-gasp effort secures Q2 passage for Rossi.
Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP3Maverick ViÑalesTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR#CatalanGPReportFree Practice 3 for the MotoGP™ World Championship was extended to an hour due to the new layout of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, introduced after the events of Friday. Turn 10 was altered to be tighter while a chicane was added just before the last corner, this layout is used for the F1 race held at the circuit. Back in 2014 during a post race test riders ran the revised layout at Turn 10, but the final chicane was brand new. The new layout also meant that all previous times and records became irrelevant, Free Practice 3 the only session counting towards Q1 and Q2.Having shown well in both Friday sessions, Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) continued to raise eyebrows. The Suzuki man set a 1’44.727 to lead the session by just over a tenth of a second.

Both Suzuki and Viñales continue to make improvements with almost every race, the GSX-RR now able to match the Yamaha riders in terms of outright speed.0.120s behind Viñales was fellow local rider Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). He was back to his wild riding style as he wrestled his RC213V around the tighter fourth sector of the track. It was by no means a perfect session for Marquez who crashed at Turn 2 on his outlap towards the end of the session. His bike sustained a heavy blow but Marquez was fortunately unharmed.The new layout seems to suit all the Honda riders more than the previous one, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) showing well with third overall, 0.224s from the top and only 0.104s from his teammate. Friday had left the Spaniard incredibly frustrated, but there’s now hope for a strong result on race day.

Meanwhile it was a tense session for Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who found himself outside the top ten as the final minutes of the session began. ‘The Doctor’ put his head down and got to work, setting a series of fast laps to drag himself up to fourth. Fifth was Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), the Independent Team rider ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who was sixth and 0.094s slower.Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) all finished inside the top ten and will go directly into Q2. With the new layout, Free Practice 3 was the only session which contributed towards Q1/Q2 times. All of the top 13 were within a second of each other, Qualifying set to be a hard fought battle.Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) were two of the bigger names to miss out on direct access to Q2.Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was another faller at Turn 2, ending his session early. The Brit was unharmed but will have to contest Q1.Free Practice 4 will commence at 13:30 Local Time before Qualifying starts with Q1 at 14:10 Local Time and Q2 at 14:35 Local Time.Full standings with times from the session can be viewed here.

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MotoGP™ World Championship Medical Team statement
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A statement from MotoGP™ Medical Director Dr. Angel Charte regarding Luis Salom’s fatal accident during Moto2™ FP2 at the Catalan GP.Tags Moto22016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYALuis SalomThe medical team of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship and the Medical Team of the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya arrived at the scene of an incident involving Luis Salom at turn 12 of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday 3rd of June 2016 during Moto2™ Free Practice 2 to find Luis Salom in cardiac arrest.While at the scene, given the severity of his conditions, they decided to secure his airwaves via orotracheal intubation and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at trackside.

They then secured him with a neck brace, introduced two intravenous lines’s and began chest compressions.
Upon arrival at the scene it was quickly established that Salom was asystolic (in cardiac arrest) and he was immediately administered with medications to cardiopulmonary and hemodynamically stabilise him. They continued CPR at trackside for 18 minutes after which, due to Salom’s life threatening condition, it was decided to transport him to hospital by road in an ambulance.During the ambulance transfer treatment continued for another 40 minutes, but his oxygen saturation levels had deteriorated.

The medical staff then proceeded with a bilateral needle thoracostomy with air and blood aspiration. During the transfer the Hospital General de Catalunya ICU Team was kept constantly updated on the evolution of Salom’s condition.
Salom arrived at the Hospital General de Catalunya at 16:10pm and he was immediately taken to the emergency ward where the staff on site continued CPR as he was transferred to theatre for the surgical team to perform an explorative laparotomy.The patient was declared dead at 16:55pm. The treatment at the track, ground evacuation procedure, transport to the Hospital General de Catalunya and the treatment at the hospital was of the highest standard.

Dr. Angel Charte
MotoGP™ Medical Director

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Riders were given an extended session to learn the revised layout of the Barcelona circuit, Navarro coming out fastest.
Tags Moto32016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP3Jorge NavarroEstrella Galicia 0,0#CatalanGPReportAfter Friday’s incident the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya was set to be run on a revised circuit layout, similar to that used by the F1 championship. This saw adjustments made to Turn 10 as well as the implementation of a chicane before the last corner. The new layout also meant that all previous lap records and benchmarks were null and void. Aside from learning the revised corners, teams and riders also had to adjust the setting of their machines.Most of the field had little issue adjusting to the new corners, familiar names still filling the top positions.

Local rider Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) emerged fastest, setting a 1’54.641. With the previous records from the circuit erased, this stands as the fastest ever Moto3™ World Championship lap.Fastest in both of Friday’s sessions, Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) remained fast, ending 0.052s behind fellow Honda rider Navarro. The extended practice sessions proved a productive one with the majority of the field completing more than 19 laps.Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) made it an all Honda top three as he set a 1’54.726 to end 0.085s behind his teammate. No doubt times will continue to fall in Qualifying and during the race as riders continue to refine their lines around the new track.

Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) was the only KTM inside the top five as he took fourth place ahead of Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3).Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia), Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing Team), Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) completed the top ten.Qualifying for the lightweight class will begin at 12:35 Local TimeComplete times from the 55-minute session are available here.

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Riders quickly got up to speed on revised Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Alex Rins fitting a soft tyre for a last flying lap.
Tags Moto22016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP3Alex RinsPaginas Amarillas HP 40#CatalanGPA sombre mood hung in the air before riders in the Moto2™ World Championship went out for Free Practice 3. The session was extended to a full hour after the incident involving Luis Salom on Friday, riders given more time as the track layout had been revised. Alterations were made to Turn 10 and a chicane added ahead of the final corner, the World Championship using the same configuration as F1.Riders headed out on track acquaint themselves with the new layout, the final sector now much tighter. Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) set a 1’49.579 to end top of the session.

His time stands as the current record, the previous times wiped away due to the changes to the track.Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) had looked set to end the session as the fastest rider until Rins’ final assault. The French rider still set a respectable 1’49.601 to end only 0.022s behind Rins.Championship leader Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) concluded the extended session in third by over 0.7s back on the leading two.0.018s back on Lowes was Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) who continues to look like a podium challenger. Franco Morbidelli suffered a fall at Turn 3; his team working frantically to fix his bike and get him back out with 20 minutes to go.

He ended fifth.Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) suffered his third fall of the weekend, coming off at the new Turn 15. He was unharmed.Jeskon Raffin (Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG), Salom’s teammate, has chosen to withdraw from the remainder of the weekend.Qualifying for the intermediate class will begin at 15:05 Local Time and last for 45 minutes.Complete times from the one hour session are available here.

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 Times were tight in the lightweight class, the front row decided by 0.088s with Binder taking pole ahead of Antonelli and Navarro.Tags Moto32016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAQPBrad BinderRed Bull KTM Ajo#CatalanGPReport

Having had an extended Free Practice 3 session to adjust to the new layout of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, riders in the Moto3™ World Championship began Qualifying on a 40°C track. It was a slower than usual start to the session as riders took the opportunity to focus more on race pace and learning the new corners, rather than pushing for a flying lap right away. Mid 1’54s were the target time on the new layout, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) having topped FP3 with a 1’54.641.


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 Binder: "An unexpected pole position"But with five minutes to go all thoughts of the race were gone and new tyres were fitted for the charge to pole position. In classic Moto3™ style it was all about the last laps, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) setting a 1’54.024s to take just the second pole position of his career. Not only is this the South African’s second pole but it is just his fourth ever front row start in the World Championship. It has been 11 races since a Moto3™ race was won from pole position, can Binder break the curse and become the first rider to take four straight wins in the series?
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Antonelli: "I struggled in the last part"Having been inside the top two in all three previous sessions, it came as little surprise that Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) was again strong at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Italian completed a 1’54.078 to grab second on the grid, his second front row start of the 2016 season. He’s out to get back on the podium for the first time since round one in Qatar.
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Navarro: "We've adapted quickly to the new track"Jorge Navarro will line up third on the grid for Sunday’s race, the highest placed Spaniard on the grid and in the championship. After crashing out of the race in Mugello he needs to beat Binder to keep his championship hopes alive. The Spanish rider is yet to take a victory in the World Championship, having had seven previous podiums.The second row of the grid will be headed by Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) who starts in fourth, the highest placed rookie. Just behind was fellow Italian Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3), 0.036s splitting the two riders. Bastianini has twice missed out on victory at the Catalan GP, taking second in 2014 and 2015.Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia), Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3), Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold), Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) completed the top ten.The lightweight class will be the first out on track on Sunday with their Warm Up beginning at 08:40 Local Time before racing at 11:00 Local Time.Full Qualifying results can be found here.

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Marquez controls FP4
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Free Practice 4 gave riders in the premier class more precious track time, Marquez fastest ahead of Qualifying.
Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAFP4Marc MarquezRepsol Honda TeamThe FP4 session ended with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) as the fastest rider, setting a 1’45.194 to lead the final practice with a 0.410s advantage. The revisions to the circuit have benefitted the Honda and hindered the Yamaha somewhat, the Honda and Marquez preferring the tighter turns.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) made it a Honda one-two, able to just hold off a swarm of riders behind him.

There were eight riders within a second of the Brit’s time.Progress continued to be made for Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) who concluded the session in third, 0.533s back on Marquez. The Italian has slowly built up his speed over the weekend, just squeezing into Q2.Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was fourth and 0.006 faster than Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich). Both have consistently been in the top five throughout the weekend, out for revenge after tough races in Mugello. Redding especially is looking for a strong result after technical problems have hit him in a number of previous races.Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) had his second fall of the weekend losing the front at Turn 5. His bike tumbled through the gravel and suffered significant damage, but the Italian was on his feet immediately. Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also fell at Turn 5 later in the session.

Click here for complete FP4 times.

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Barbera and Dovizioso get ready for Q2
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 Hector Barbera and Andrea Dovizioso ended the Q1 session in first and second, granting them a ticket to Q2 and a chance of pole.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYAQ1Andrea DoviziosoHector BarberaDucati TeamAvintia Racing,#CatalanGPReportHector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) set a 1'44.494 and a 1'44.656 respectively to head to Q2. 2015's pole setter Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was unable to rekindle the magic and will start 13th.The Q2 session will commence at 14:35 Local Time.Results and times from the session can be viewed by clicking here.

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Marc Marquez continued to be the man to beat in Catalunya as he sprinted to his third pole of the 2016 season.
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Highlights: Marquez claims third pole of 201604/06/2016Marc Marquez secured his third pole position of the season to head an all-Spanish front row with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.The sun continued to beat down as MotoGP™ World Championship bikes roared out of pit lane for Q2. With an air temperature of 25.5°C and a ground temperature of 42.5°C, conditions were ideal for the forthcoming battle for pole position at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) quickly set the best time of the weekend, becoming the first rider to ever set a 1’43 lap around the new layout on a Grand Prix motorcycle.
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Marquez: "We did a big improvement on the setup"His lap wouldn’t be challenged until the final 30 seconds when the timing screens became a sea of red. Just as the flag came out Marquez recorded a 1’43.589, netting pole position as he ended 0.467s faster than his closest rival. The Repsol Honda man was the only rider under the 1’44 barrier to take his first pole position since Austin earlier in the year. Both of Marquez’s previous 2016 poles have converted into victories. This is also Marquez’s first MotoGP™ pole position at the Barcelona circuit, having never previously started higher than third in the premier class.
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Lorenzo: "Our bike struggles in 1st gear corners"Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) did well to produce a 1’44.056, unable to challenge Marquez’s time but a quarter of a second faster than third placed Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). The Catalan GP sees Lorenzo out for his third straight victory of the 2016 season, arriving with a comfortable ten-point lead. Lorenzo has won the premier class edition of the Catalan GP on four previous occasions, most recently in 2015. Lorenzo did admit that he and Yamaha are struggling in the final sector, the heavy braking causing issues which need to be solved to stay with Marquez.
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Pedrosa: "I made mistakes in my fast laps"The Catalan GP is home to all three riders, making for a very special front row. Dani Pedrosa returns to the front row for the first time since the Valencia GP in 2015, having not started higher than fourth so far in 2016. This ends what had been Pedrosa’s longest run without a front row start since his rookie season in 2006. A 1’44.307 saw Pedrosa just able to hold onto the front row 0.015s ahead of fourth place.Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was a surprise in fourth after advancing from the Q1 session. Not since the Italian GP in 2012 has Barbera started a MotoGP™ race inside the top six.0.002s back on Barbera was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had been unable to crack the top three since the new layout was introduced. Like Lorenzo he is having some difficulties with the new layout, the Yamaha preferring longer, faster corners as opposed to the more stop-start nature of the new course. Even in fifth, Rossi was only 0.017s off a front row start.
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MotoGP™ grid talk #CatalanGP Qualifying04/06/2016The fastest MotoGP™ riders of the day give us feedback on their qualifying results at the #CatalanGP.Completing the second row will be Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), unable to deliver on the pole challenging speed he’d shown in Free Practice 3 and Free Practice 4.Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) formed the remainder of the top ten.Action commences on Sunday with Warm Up at 09:40 Local Time before the Catalan GP begins at 14:00 Local Time.Click here for all the times from the session.
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#CatalanGP: MotoGP™ Qualifying 2 04/06/2016The second Qualifying session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the #CatalanGP.

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Johann Zarco will start from pole position for the first time since lifting the world title in Japan back in 2015.
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Highlights: Zarco pips Rins to Moto2™ pole 04/06/2016Johann Zarco beat Alex Rins by just 0.035s to secure pole position at the Catalan GP for the second year in a row.Conditions remained stable for Moto2™ Qualifying at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, not too hot and not too cold. The field picked up immediately where they left off and resumed working on refining the settings of their 600cc machines. During Free Practice 3 Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) were a step above, but their half-second advantage vanished in Qualifying.
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Zarco: "I like the track"
Johann Zarco’s pole position time came relatively early in the session, the French rider setting a 1’49.179 on his eighth lap. This would prove to be the fastest time of the day, 0.5s quicker than he had gone the previous session. In 2015 Zarco also took pole position in Barcelona, making this the first time in his career that he has taken back-to-back poles at the same track. His pole in 2015 would provide the perfect launch pad for Zarco who went on to take victory. Can he do it again on Sunday?
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 Rins: "I will try to do my best for Luis"
Although their advantage wasn’t as big, Zarco and Rins remained as the two quickest riders, Rins only 0.035s off pole. For the fourth time in 2016 Rins will line up on the front row, continuing a pattern of taking a front row at every second race. Rins is the only Spanish rider inside the top five and is out to deliver the home fans a good result. He is only two points off the championship lead and could very well see himself leading the championship after the race if he finishes ahead of Lowes.
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 Luthi: "We made good steps forward"
Third place on the grid went to Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten), who is currently third in the World Championship standings. The Swiss rider ended 0.293s back on pole position, both Zarco and Rins having just a slight edge over him. Luthi took his maiden front row of 2016 in Le Mans at round five, going on to finish on the podium.Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) will begin Sunday’s 23 lap race from fourth, ahead of Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2). The Brit had a difficult session, crashing at Turn 9 with 20 minutes of the session remaining. His team did a brilliant job to get his bike repaired and send him back over, unfortunately traffic saw Lowes unable to set a final flying lap.Axel Pons (AGR Team), Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team), Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) made up the top ten. As is now typical in the intermediate class, times were ridiculously tight with a second dividing the top 14.Franco Morbidelli’s (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) Saturday proved a difficult one. The Italian had crash in Free Practice 3 and his Qualifying session got off to a similar start, coming off at Turn 3 for the second time in 24 hours. His team worked to their maximum to repair the bike, allowing him to return to track. Unfortunately this was followed by an even bigger crash at Turn 9, ending his session. Morbidelli was unharmed and will start Sunday’s race in 18th.Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) also suffered a fall, coming off at Turn 5. He was uninjured.Moto2™ action begins at 09:10 Local Time on Sunday with 20 minutes of Warm Up. Racing begins at 12:20 Local Time.Times from the Qualifying session and the full standings are available here.
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#CatalanGP: Moto2™ Qualifying Practice 04/06/2016
The full Qualifying session of the Moto2™ World Championship at the #CatalanGP. 

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Marquez: “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow”

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For the first time since stepping up to the MotoGP™ class in 2013, Marc Marquez will start his home race from pole.
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Marquez: "We did a big improvement on the setup"04/06/2016
The Repsol Honda rider finished first on Saturday after being 9th in Friday's sessions.Having ended Friday down in ninth place, Saturday saw a distinct turn around in the performance of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Due to the events of Friday the layout in sector four of the track was changed significantly, now much tighter than the previous version. This seems to be suiting the Hondas more so than any other bike, Marquez setting the pace in FP4 after concluding FP3 in second. During Free Practice 3 Marquez suffered a strange crash at Turn 2 on his outlap due to a cold tyre on his first bike. His speed carried over and Marquez immediately attacked in Q2, becoming the first rider to set a 1’43 around the new layout.
He would improve his time further to a 1’43.589 and romp to pole position by 0.467s. For the third time in 2016 Marquez will start from pole, his two previous launches from the front in Argentina and Austin converting nicely to victory. Marquez has not won at a Spanish track since he took victory at the 2014 Valencia GP.

Marc Marquez: “We've worked well, and this morning we had a good feeling, but that fact was covered up because my crash was on the bike that I liked more. I felt very comfortable in FP4, with a good pace when using race tyres. We did a very good job and everything together meant that things worked out well. I’m very happy with the pole position, but we’re already thinking about the race. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I want to dedicate this pole to my grandmother who passed away two weeks ago and to Luis Salom.”
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Marquez's pole-winning lap04/06/2016
Relive Marquez's pole setting lap at the Circuit de Catalunya, complete with telemetry data. 

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Jorge Lorenzo proved his fifth place grid position in Mugello was just a bump in the round as he returned to the front row with second in Catalunya.
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Lorenzo: "Our bike struggles in 1st gear corners"04/06/2016
The five time World Champion says that the difference between Friday and Saturday was the track layout modifications.Second place in Qualifying saw Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) continue his perfect run of front row starts at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in the premier class. The factory Yamaha rider had struggled with the new layout initially, but found a little extra in Q2 to produce a 1’44.056 which put him second and 0.251s ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) in third position. Unfortunately Lorenzo was 0.467s back on pole setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and remains cautious about his prediction for Sunday’s race.

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A welcome return to the front row for Dani Pedrosa as he breaks his six race front row drought at his home round.
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Pedrosa: "I made mistakes in my fast laps" 04/06/2016
The Spanish rider thinks that he could have improved on third place on the grid at the #CatalanGP.2016 has been a tough year for Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), the 2016 RC213V alongside the new technical regulations seeing him struggle to get within touching distance of the podium. In Argentina he took third place, but Pedrosa himself admits that this was entirely down to the double crash of Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) on the last lap. Throughout the year Pedrosa hasn’t given up and has continued to work, getting closer and closer to the front with each round, Mugello showing promising signs.
Quote:"Tomorrow we’ll use the new chassis that we’ve been trying here over these two days"Dani Pedrosa

His hard work paid off in front of his loyal home fans as Pedrosa completed a lap of the modified Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in 1’44.307 to take third on the grid. With his teammate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) on pole position, Pedrosa has helped to award Honda their first double front row start of 2016. Could Pedrosa continue his run of four straight podium finishes at the Catalan GP on Sunday?
Dani Pedrosa: “I’m very happy with a place on the front row; it’s important for me because I had been trying for it all season. Tomorrow we’ll use the new chassis that we’ve been trying here over these two days, and we’ll have to figure out which are the best tyres to have a good race. Today I tried to do my best on the bike to improve in all aspects and in every section, but obviously the last sector is new and it tests the ability of each rider to learn a track quickly. In any case, it certainly is a difficult part. In qualifying I made a few mistakes here and there, although fortunately I was able to get a spot on the front row. Anyway I don’t want to forget what happened yesterday, I knew Luis and his family well, as I started racing with him long time ago with the minibikes at Mallorca. He was a strong and positive guy I will never forget him.

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Rossi: “We are quite worried for the race”

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0.017s separated Valentino Rossi from the front row in Barcelona, but ‘The Doctor’ fears the gab will grow significantly on Sunday.
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Sunday’s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya will see Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) line up in the middle of the second row. ‘The Doctor’ put in a 1’44.324, only 0.002s slower than fourth place Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and 0.017s away from a front row. Staying with the likes of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) during the race will be difficult, Rossi’s Yamaha not working as well around the new tighter layout of the track.
Quote:"It’s not a voluntary decision, with the medium option after seven or eight laps it’s finished"Valentino Rossi

Tyres present a major issue for Rossi as well, perhaps even more so than the new layout. With the medium option having a relatively short life on the M1, both Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) look set to use the harder option. While it will last the distance, neither rider is yet able to extract the full potential from the tyre and Rossi feels his race pace will not be enough.

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Valentino Rossi: “In the end, the qualifying was not so bad. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the perfect lap, I made a few mistakes and will start from the second row, from fifth position, that is OK. We need to work, we are quite worried for the race. With this new layout we suffer a lot and especially because we need to use the hard front, but unfortunately we are not able to use it in the right way, we are very slow and in terms of pace we are quite far from the top guys. I think that it will be hard, but we have time and have some hours to think and we hope we can change the situation for tomorrow. It’s not a voluntary decision, with the medium option after seven or eight laps it’s finished, so we need to use the hard tyre, but try to use it in a better way.”

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#Catalan GP: Qualifying Debrief
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.Tags MotoGP2016GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez ended his jinx at his home Grand Prix to claim his first premier class pole position in Barcelona and third of the season, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

Highlights: Marquez claims third pole of 2016Highlights Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa completed an all-Spanish front row at the Catalan GP.
Read the full qualifying report
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Marquez's pole-winning lap Pole Lap Watch Marquez ride like a man possessed as he secures his 61st career GP pole position at his home race.
More on Marquez’s pole position

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Michelin Ideal Lap: #CatalanGPIdeal Lap Analysis Could Marquez have gone even quicker? Find out in our ideal lap analysis.
Watch our OnBoard guide to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

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 Home heroes deliver in Barcelona Home Heroes After the first all-Spanish front row since Qatar, find out what Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo thought of the new track layout in Barcelona.
Check out the rest of the grids reactions to Saturday’s qualifying

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A guide to the new #CatalanGP track layout Guide to the track Talking of the new track layout, here is a handy guide to explain the changes made on Saturday.
More on the track layout changes

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#CatalanGP MotoGP™ qualifying in slow motion detail Slow Mo Watch all of the spectacular slow motion footage from Qualifying at the Catalan GP.
Check out all of the videos from the Catalan GP

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Three home riders fill the front row, will the anthem ring out or could Rossi fight back from fifth?

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Marc Marquez is on pole for the third time in 2016. This is the first time that Marquez has started from pole in the MotoGP class at the Catalunya circuit. Marquez has not had a win at any of the Spanish circuits since he won the final race of the 2014 season at Valencia.- The last Honda rider to win in the premier-class from pole position at the Catalunya circuit was Valentino Rossi in the 500cc class in 2001.- Jorge Lorenzo returns to the front row after missing out at Mugello for the first time in 2016. Lorenzo has won in Catalunya four times in the last six years.- In third place on the grid is Dani Pedrosa – his first front row start of 2016. Pedrosa has finished on the podium for the last four years in Catalunya, but last won at this circuit in 2008. Pedrosa has finished fourth at the last three successive races.- This is the first time this season that Honda have had two riders qualify on the front row of the grid.

- The highest Ducati rider in qualifying and the top Independent Team rider, Hector Barbera, heads the second row of the grid – his best qualifying result since he had his only front row start in the MotoGP class at Mugello in 2012.- Starting from the middle of the second row is Valentino Rossi, who has won on six occasions in the premier-class at the Catalunya circuit, the last of which was in 2009.  Rossi has failed to finish twice in the last four races after only having one none finish in the previous 51 races.- Taking the final place on the second row is Maverick Vinales, who will be aiming to give Suzuki their first podium finish at the Catalunya circuit since Kenny Robert’s victory in the 500cc class back in 2000.- Cal Crutchlow has qualified at the head of the third row of the grid. Crutchlow has failed to finish for the last three years at the Catalan GP.- In eighth place on the grid is Andrea Iannone, who was the first Ducati rider across the line last year in Catalunya in fourth place.

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Crutchlow: “It was the best solution available”
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Seventh place of Cal Crutchlow who did the best he could on the new circuit, emphasising the importance of safety.

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As part of the Rider Safety Commission, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was a member of the team involved in making the decision to alter the Montemelo circuit after Friday’s tragic incident. The Safety Commission chose to use the layout used by F1, slowing down the final sector significantly. This resulted in Crutchlow and the other riders having to adjust their setup, getting an extended Free Practice 3 session to do so. Thanks to some quick laps in FP3, Crutchlow gained direct access to Q2 and subsequently set a 1’44.366 to claim seventh position on the grid.

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Cal Crutchlow: “It’s been an emotional day for all of us, and as part of the Rider Safety Commission along with Dorna we took the decision to alter the circuit in the best way we could. I don’t think we did a bad job because it means we are able to race safely, even though the new layout is not great. It is tight, twisty and difficult to get used to, but it was the best solution available.“The last sector was my best sector yesterday, but we did the best job with it we could today. We have to go into tomorrow quite positive, because I feel ok on the bike despite some setting problems. I’m just a little disappointed not to be on the front row because with just another half a tenth I could be there.”

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The pole setter has been unable to take victory in the last 11 Moto3™ races, will Binder break the curse?

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- Brad Binder starts from pole for only the second time in his career and from the front row for just the fourth time. Binder could become the first rider to win four successive Moto3™ grand prix races.
- The rider starting on pole has not won in the Moto3™ class for the last eleven races. The last time a rider starting a Moto3™ race from pole won the race was Enea Bastianini at Misano last year.
- Niccolo Antonelli is on the front row for the second time in 2016. Antonelli has not finished on the podium since winning the opening race of the year in Qatar.
- In third place on the grid is Jorge Navarro
- his fourth front row start of the year.  Navarro finished sixth last year in Catalunya, which was his best GP result at that time.
- Heading the second row of the grid and highest placed rookie on the grid is Nicolo Bulega.
- In fifth place on the grid is Enea Bastianini, who has finished second in Catalunya for the last two years, and is the only rider on the grid who has had a grand prix podium finish at this circuit.
- Taking the final place on the second row is Khairul Idham Pawi who has scored just four points since winning the Moto3™ race in Argentina.

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 Can Johann Zarco make it two wins from pole in two years in Barcelona or will Rins delight the home fans?

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- Johann Zarco starts from pole for the first time since the Japanese Grand Prix last year. Zarco won the Moto2™ race in Catalunya last year from pole position.
- Alex Rins is on the front row for the fourth time in 2016. Rins set a new lap record last year in Catalunya while battling with Zarco for the race win.
- Tom Luthi is on the front row for just the second time this year – his other was pole position at Le Mans. Luthi took his first ever GP podium finish at the Catalunya circuit, second in the 125cc class in 2003.
- Takaaki Nakagami, who heads the second row of the grid, will be aiming to get back on the podium for the first time since he finished third at Misano last year.
- Sam Lowes starts from fifth place on the grid, just the second time this year that he has not qualified on the front row. Lowes has finished on the podium four times in the last five races.
- Starting from sixth place on the grid is Axel Pons, who finished sixth two weeks ago at Mugello – his best grand prix result in what was his 116th GP start.
- Alex Marquez, the winner of the Moto3™ race in Catalunya two years ago, heads the third row of the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was sixth fastest qualifier in Aragon last year.

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Navarro on form in Moto3™ Warm Up
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Local rider Jorge Navarro leads morning Warm Up ahead of Khairul Idham Pawi and teammate Aron Canet.

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Jorge Martin (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) fell midway through the session at Turn 11. His teammate Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) crashed not long after at Turn 10. Both riders were unharmed.Racing begins at 11:00 Local Time, no doubt the 22 lap Moto3™ race will be as thrilling as ever.Complete times from the session are available here.
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 Takaaki Nakagami sets the pace in the 20-minute session ahead of Morbidelli and Alex Rins.

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Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) was the man of the morning, setting a 1’50.221 to lead Warm up by only 0.014s.After his two crashes in Qualifying, Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was on an almost brand new motorcycle, ending second.Local rider Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) continued to show well and was only 0.075s off Nakagami’s best time.Pole setter Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) was fourth, again within a tenth of a second of the top.
The Moto2™ World Championship race is scheduled to begin at 12:20 Local Time and last 23 laps.Full Warm Up times can be seen by clicking here.

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#CatalanGP: Moto2™ Warm Up 05/06/2016
The full Warm Up session for the Moto2™ World Championship at the #CatalanGP.

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 Action lasted down to the flag in yet another thrilling Moto3™ race, Jorge Navarro taking victory from Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini.

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Highlights: Navarro battles to first Moto3™ victory05/06/2016Jorge Navarro took his maiden Moto3™ victory at the Catalan GP ahead of championship leader Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini.Sun continued to grace the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya as the Moto3™ World Championship lined up on the grid, the first race to be run on the revised layout. Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was on pole for just the second time, out to take a fourth straight win of the season. The circuit roared to life as the 35 strong field jumped forward, the slipstream keeping them all close together.
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Navarro: "This victory is for Luis"While the opening laps were hectic for some, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) kept his head cool and his powder dry. He worked his way to the front of the field and looked to be opening up an advantage until a big mistake on lap eight at Turn 7 dropped him from first to fifth. By lap 15 he had again worked his way to the front of the field and once more attempted to break away. His plan would eventually work, the Spaniard going on to take his first ever World Championship victory by 0.564s.
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 Binder: "It could have been a 0"Binder made a fantastic start and led into Turn 1, but found himself surrounded by rivals, just as he had in Mugello. The leading three looked to be breaking away from Binder, but he rallied and caught them within a few laps, leading across the line on lap 10 as a clear group of eight riders fought for victory. Five laps from the end disaster struck for Binder, Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team) colliding with the rear of his KTM and sending them both wide. With three laps to go Binder looked to be out of contention, but a stunning move at the start of the last lap saw him take second. His lead shrinks by only five points, leaving Barcelona with a 44-point lead.
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Bastianini: "I was passed too much!"The race marked a return to form for Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3), the Italian in contention from the start. Bastianini looked a shadow of his former title challenging self at the start of the season but was back to his best in Barcelona. He attacked and defended till the end, returning to the podium with third place and keeping his perfect podium record in Catalunya alive.Action was intense throughout the race, the front eight eventually becoming the front five. Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) was a man on a mission, out to recover after a technical issue destroyed his home race. The Italian was quickly inside the top five, in podium contention by lap eight, eventually finishing fourth ahead of teammate Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46). The last lap was classic Moto3™ action,
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Full last lap from nail-biting Moto3™ race 05/06/2016Relive all the drama from the final lap in the Moto3™ race at the Catalan GP.A number of riders fell on the first lap, Alexis Masbou (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) and Stefan Valtulini (3570 Team Italia) coming together with the latter remounting before retiring. At Turn 10 Adam Norrodin (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) fell on the first lap as well.Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) suffered a fall on the exit of Turn 2, unfortunately collecting Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) in the process. Ono sustained fractures to two fingers on his left hand.Lap 6 saw another multi-rider accident, Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) and Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing Team) coming together at the new Turn 10. One lap later Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) lost the front at the same corner. Turn 10 also saw a fall for wildcard Albert Arenas (MRW Mahindra Aspar Team) on lap 14.Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) looked to be gaining on the front group after a poor start to the race from second. His comeback was cut short as he fell at Turn 15 on lap 15, just losing the front.Jorge Martin (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) fell at Turn 2 towards the end of the race, walking away from a heavy fall.Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) led lap 2, the slipstream helping the Malaysian to snatch the lead at the start of the race. Having been in contention for victory for much of the race, he crashed at Turn 10 on the 20th lap. He was soon followed by Gabriel Rodrigo who had had a similarly fantastic start to the race, leading for the first time in his career. The Argentinian slid off at Turn 1 on lap 21.Complete race results can be seen by clicking here.

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#CatalanGP: Moto3™ Full Race05/06/2016
The full race session of the Moto3™ World Championship at the #CatalanGP.

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 Valentino Rossi sets the pace in MotoGP™ Warm Up ahead of Marquez and Iannone, all within a quarter of a second.

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Having struggled for much of Saturday, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and his crew made a step overnight and found some pace. The experienced Italian set a 1’45.318 to end the 20-minute session as the fastest man.Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) wasn’t far behind with a 1’45.460, 0.142s slower than Rossi. The Honda rider is looking to close the ten point gap to Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in the championship standings.Rossi wasn’t the only Italian to turn his fortunes around in Warm Up, Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) also doing well to end the session in third. Ducati riders haven’t featured as heavily in the top five at the Catalan GP as would be expected after their pace early in the year.World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was fourth in the session, still within 0.3s of his teammate and his close rivals. Yamaha riders remain uncertain about the tyres for the race, feeling the harder option may be the only viable choice.The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya will last 25 laps and is scheduled to start at 14:00 Local Time.Click here for the full run down of times and standings from Warm Up.
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Rossi gets revenge in Barcelona thriller
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A race full of drama saw Rossi win a thrilling battle over Marquez as Iannone takes out Lorenzo.

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Highlights: Rossi beats Marquez in epic duel 05/06/2016Valentino Rossi won the Catalan GP after an excellent battle with Marc Marquez over the closing laps, as Jorge Lorenzo crashes out.Anticipation for the MotoGP™ World Championship race at the circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya continued to grow as the riders sat on the grid, hiding from the scorching sun beneath their umbrellas. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was on pole position, but both Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) seemed to have found something on the new layout in Warm Up. High track temperatures had riders cautious about tyre life, everyone except for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) lined up with hard tyres.
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Rossi: "One of the best victories of my career"
From fifth on the grid, Rossi was shuffled back in the opening melee and found himself down in seventh as the first lap began to play out. At the beginning of the second lap he and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) made an incredible pass on Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), demoting the Italian to sixth. ‘The Doctor’ was on fire and was almost immediately on Pedrosa’s tail, passing him into the new Turn 10 on the third lap. On lap seven he took the lead from teammate Lorenzo with a classic move into Turn 1. Marquez came back at Rossi in the last five laps; the battle was fierce with no love lost between the two.
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Marquez: "When I saw 'Lorenzo KO' my mentality changed"
Marquez launched from pole position for the first time at his home race, managing to hold onto second into the first corner. The local rider soon found himself with Rossi for company, the Italian slipping up the inside on lap six. Marquez was not deterred and soon followed Rossi through on Lorenzo, right back with his great rival. Five laps from the end and they were right together, Marquez doing all he could to wrestle past Rossi. He may have been unable to battle for victory, but Marquez moves to the head of the championship and is ten points clear of Lorenzo in second.Two perfect final laps saw Rossi glide to his second win of the season and return the championship to a three-way battle. A mistake at Turn 7 on the penultimate lap cost Marquez the chance of winning, taking second and moving to the head of the championship. Handshakes were exchanged between the two in Parc Ferme, the thrill of a great battle burying any hard feelings that may have lingered. All of the riders took to the podium wearing shirts to honour the memory of the late Luis Salom.
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Pedrosa: "At six laps from the end my tyre was finished"
A reasonable start from Dani Pedrosa saw him within touching distance of his teammate during the opening laps. Both Lorenzo and Marquez were working hard to break away, Pedrosa happy to match their pace and try and break away. Try as he might he was unable to fend off the aggression of Rossi and Viñales, the experienced Spaniard working hard to take back a hyper aggressive Viñales. A mistake from the Suzuki man gave Pedrosa a lap of calm, the lifelong Honda rider able to pass Lorenzo for third on lap nine. It proved a lonely end to the race for Pedrosa, his second podium of the year going largely unnoticed due to the action out front.Jorge Lorenzo made a perfect start and rocketed off the line to lead into Turn 1, holding the advantage as the field completed the first lap. The triple MotoGP™ World Champion looked comfortable at the front but his lead wouldn’t last. On lap seven he went from first to third within just a few corners. His pace continued to drop and he found himself in fourth as Pedrosa went past, Viñales following soon after.
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Iannone takes out Lorenzo
The situation grew worse with each lap but on lap 17 the almost unbelievable happened as Andrea Iannone left his braking too late at Turn 10, smashing into the back of Lorenzo. Both riders went down, Lorenzo clearly furious with the Ducati rider. Iannone attempted to apologise but Lorenzo was distraught, his championship lead gone. He may have been out of contention for victory, but could have certainly scored points were it not for Iannone. As a result of the incident Iannone will start the Motul TT Assen from last place.Viñales was more aggressive than ever in the opening laps, slamming himself and his GSX-RR up the inside of any rider ahead of him. His aggression would be his downfall as he made a number of mistakes, forced to concede positions and briefly losing contact with the podium battle in the process. The 2013 Moto3™ World Champion rallied found himself battling with the 2015 MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo for fourth. After laps and laps of trying, he finally got past his fellow Spaniard to move into fourth, where he would finish.Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) worked his way to fifth to seal top Independent Team rider honours.Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was demoted a position at the end of the race for exceeding track limits. This granted Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) his first ever-top ten in the premier class.Look back at the full standings from the race by clicking here.
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#CatalanGP: MotoGP™ Full Race05/06/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the #CatalanGP.

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He left it until late in the race, but when Zarco hit the front he was untouchable as he beat Rins and Nakagami to the podium.

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Highlights: Zarco wins 3rd race of season 05/06/2016Johann Zarco took a commanding win at the Catalan GP, ahead of new championship leader Alex Rins in 2nd and Takaaki Nakagami in 3rd.All eyes were on the leading two on the Moto2™ World Championship grid, pole setter Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) having set the pace on the new layout. Conditions continued to heat up, the track at 43°C just ahead of the lights going out for round seven of the 2016 championship. Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) made an incredible start to lead into Turn 1 with Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) sliding in just behind him.
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Zarco: "I’m really happy"From lap two onwards Zarco was locked deep in the battle for the podium, closing in on Rins slowly but surely. The French rider ensured the gap was never more than a third of a second as they continued to snake their way around the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. At the start of lap 17 Zarco took the lead for the first time and began to push to open up an advantage, quickly opening up a half second lead. Zarco would eventually cross the line four seconds ahead of Rins, taking a perfect 50 points from the last two races and moving into third.
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Rins: "Zarco had more than me"Rins may not have had the best launch but was up into second within just a few corners, immediately looking for a way past Luthi. Like a man possessed the Barcelona native scythed through on Luthi at the end of the first lap to lead across the line. Zarco was right with him, sticking on his tail and occasionally applying pressure. The Frenchman would eventually get past, Rins unable to respond at the end of the race. Although unable to challenge for victory, Rins now takes the lead in the championship.
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Nakagami: "Really tough to stay there"The battle for third was one of the most thrilling of the weekend, Tom Luthi holding the position for much of the race. Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was gaining on him but on lap 12 Marquez crashed at Turn 10, Nakagami then picking up his challenge and taking third from Luthi on lap 17. The Japanese rider then went about opening up a one second lead to return to the podium for the first time since Misano 2015.With a great launch Luthi was able to lead for most of the first lap before Rins blasted past. He tried to stay with Rins and Zarco but was unable to match their pace which was half a second faster than his own during the first half of the race. Luthi continued to fade, falling into the clutches of Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia). The two battled till the end with Syahrin winning out for fourth position.Lap three saw Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) come together at Turn 15, Corsi trying to force a gap. The incident was looked at by Race Direction, ruled a racing incident.Championship leader when the race began; Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) was unable to get within touching distance of the podium, unable to even challenge the top five. He eventually finished sixth, losing the championship lead once more in an ever-tightening Moto2™ championship.Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP), Miguel Oliveira (Leopard Racing), Axel Pons (AGR Team) and Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) complete the top ten.Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) was forced to retire from the race, as did Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP). None of the former Moto3™ World Champions able to finish the race.Complete results from the race are available here.
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Navarro: “This win feels glorious”
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An incredible first win for Jorge Navarro in front of his home fans after a hard race in Barcelona.

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Highlights: Navarro battles to first Moto3™ victoryEight riders in the Moto3™ World Championship race at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya battled for victory. Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) was able to open up a small advantage several times during the race but a number of mistakes dropped him back into the clutches of the chasing pack. He made one last attempt to break away in the closing laps, this final attempt working and allowing Navarro to open up a small gap. The advantage would be enough to break the slipstream of his pursuers, crossing the line 0.564s ahead of chief title rival Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo).This is Navarro’s 36th Grand Prix start, the Spaniard finally able to deliver on his potential and take victory. A first win can often ignite a fire within lightweight class riders, opening the floodgates to many more wins. Navarro remains second in the championship standings but does gain five points back on Binder, now 44 behind as they prepare for the Motul TT Assen.
Quote:"I wanted the win for me, for my team and to dedicate the victory to Luis Salom" Jorge Navarro

Jorge Navarro: “This win feels glorious -and even more so with the way we earned it. In sporting terms it has been a very good weekend for us, because I had a race like this in mind since Friday, with the idea being to start well and push hard. The improvements brought here by Honda have helped me a lot too. Today I started the race thinking only that I had to win, that today was the day; I wanted the win for me, for my team and to dedicate the victory to Luis Salom.”
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Navarro: "This victory is for Luis" 05/06/2016 The Spanish rider wins his first GP in Moto3™ after a hard race.

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Rossi: “It was a perfect Sunday”
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It may not have been his home race but Valentino Rossi certainly had the crowd behind him after a thrilling battle Marquez.

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Rossi: "One of the best victories of my career" 05/06/2016
The nine-time World Champion wins in Barcelona and is once again battling for the MotoGP™ Championship.When Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) spoke to the press after Qualifying at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya he was full of doom and gloom. The new track layout hurt his pace and having to use the harder tyres seemed as though it would destroy any chance he had of battling for victory. But as he and his crew have done so many times before, a little bit of magic happened overnight and ‘The Doctor’ topped Warm Up. When racing eventually got underway the hustle and bustle into Turn 1 knocked him down the order to seventh, but was immediately making up ground. On lap seven Rossi took the lead with a textbook move into Turn 1, but he wasn’t free at the front.
 
Quote:"You can’t wish for a better race"Valentino Rossi


Rossi’s great rival Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was just behind, stalking him for most of the race until he struck with five laps to go. The duo battled for several laps, passing and re-passing each other. Fans edged forwards in their seats, the tension reaching a climax when Marquez made a mistake at Turn 7, giving Rossi just enough breathing room to break away and take his second victory of the year.
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Both of Rossi’s wins have come on Spanish soil and with his Spanish teammate, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), failing to finish the race, Rossi’s championship is back on. 25 points for victory may keep Rossi third overall, but he is now only 22 points behind Marquez and only 12 back on his teammate. Fans were delighted to see Rossi and Marquez shake hands after their hard, but fair, battle. It’s all to play for as they prepare for Assen.

Valentino Rossi: “I think it was a perfect Sunday, because this morning we improved the setting of the bike a lot and after the warm-up I felt more confident about the race. The race was great! Though the start was not fantastic, I was strong enough to come back, do some good overtaking and arrive in front. From that moment I tried to push at 100 percent to go away alone, but unfortunately I wasn’t fast enough to pull away from Marquez. I tried to stay quiet and ride well, because I felt I had a good pace and felt good with the bike. At the end I was ready for the battle, which was a good one, with a lot of overtaking and I was ready to give it a try. You can’t wish for a better race, I think. This is one of my favourite tracks and it was from 2009 that I didn’t win here, and that wasn’t great for me. For this reason I’m more happy today and the battle with Marquez we can put on the same level as the battle with Lorenzo. What happened in Mugello was very sad because I was ready to fight for the victory there, which was fantastic. Over the last week I just thought I had to try do the same, to arrive ready for the race. Together with my team we did a great job and I think this is the best way to forget about the zero points in Mugello.”
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Highlights: Rossi beats Marquez in epic duel 05/06/2016
Valentino Rossi won the Catalan GP after an excellent battle with Marc Marquez over the closing laps, as Jorge Lorenzo crashes out.

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Lorenzo: “Unbelievable that Iannone made this mistake”

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Disaster for Jorge Lorenzo at his home race, any chance of salvaging points blown away by Andrea Iannone.

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MotoGP™ grid on the #CatalanGP RaceFrom second place on the grid Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) made a perfect start to Sunday’s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya and was in control of the race for the first six laps. But then his pace began to drop and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) slipped past him, quickly followed by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Something was clearly wrong with Lorenzo’s bike, the 2015 MotoGP™ World Champion revealing after the race that he struggled to find grip with his front tyre, the issue getting worse as the race went on. Even with the problems he looked on track to score points, certainly a top ten and take something away from a terrible day.
 
Quote:"There is always one rider that doesn’t understand the risks and that his actions can seriously injure the other riders"Jorge Lorenzo

That was until lap 17 when Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) collided with Lorenzo, bringing the pair down. For the second time in 2016 Lorenzo was forced to return to his pits and leaves the weekend with zero points. Failing to scores sees Lorenzo slip to second in the championship table, Marc Marquez now ten points ahead thanks to his second place. With Valentino Rossi taking first, Lorenzo is now only 12 points in front of him.
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Jorge Lorenzo: “First of all, as I said yesterday, everything is secondary after what happened on Friday. About the race, it’s unbelievable that Iannone made this mistake again and when he did, instead of saying “sorry” he asked me if I had an engine failure or something strange happening in this corner. I thought it was his fault, but he had this reaction and didn’t say sorry. There is always one rider that doesn’t understand the risks and that his actions can seriously injure the other riders and if Race Direction don’t give him a hard penalisation, like they did with me in 2005, these kinds of riders don’t understand that they have to change their mentality. That's why I think starting the race from last position is not enough, because in five to seven laps he will be positioned at the front again due to his pace.”

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Iannone takes out Lorenzo 05/06/2016
Relive the moment Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the Catalan GP.

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Pedrosa: “I’m happy to get back at the front”
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A sensational return to the podium for Dani Pedrosa as a gamble on medium compound tyres pays off.

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Pedrosa: "At six laps from the end my tyre was finished"05/06/2016
Dani Pedrosa finished third in a race where he struggled with the tyres from the first lap.Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) had to work hard at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya for his podium. He was up in podium contention from the start of the race but became locked in a battle with Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar). The young Spanish rider was hyper aggressive, his attacks in the final chicane costing both riders valuable time and saw them lose contact with the leaders. Pedrosa would eventually break Viñales, but his tyres were done and he was unable to close down the leading two.This is Pedrosa’s fifth straight podium at his home circuit and sees him extend his lead over Maverick Viñales in their battle for fourth place in the standings. The result is also proof that both Pedrosa and Honda are continuing to get faster and are edging closer and closer to being a regular contender once again. Monday’s test in Barcelona will be another important day for Pedrosa to continue improving the RC213V.

Dani Pedrosa: “This has been a positive race. We opted for the intermediate rear tyre because I felt more comfortable with it. On the first few laps I tried not to wear it down too much so as to keep it in good condition for the final stretch of the race. In the fight with Maverick Viñales I lost contact with the front group, but I managed to set a good pace and push a little more. In the final laps, the rear tyre had degraded quite a lot and there was nothing more that I could do. I’m happy to get back at the front and return to the podium, and to do so at home but on the other hand it’s been a difficult weekend for what has happened. Luis’s family wanted us to continue, and we gave our all for him and for them. The minute’s silence, with all the riders and the whole MotoGP family, was really emotional.”
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Andrea Iannone’s charge into the top five came to a dramatic end on lap 17 when he collided with Lorenzo.

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MotoGP™ grid on the #CatalanGP RaceStarting in eighth place, Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) shot off the line and quickly found himself in fourth at the end of the first lap. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) would pass him the very next lap and demote the Italian down to sixth place. Slowly he worked on closing the gap to Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who was experiencing issues and off the pace. On lap 17 Iannone attempted a passing manoeuvre on Lorenzo, but the pair came together and fell from the race. As a result Race Direction have imposed a penalty on Iannone which will see him started from the back of the grid in Assen, the next round of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

Andrea Iannone: “I am very sorry for what happened with Lorenzo because I was doing a good race with the limited grip I had. I was riding well and pushing hard, without making any errors, and had even managed to catch Jorge. As for the incident, I can only say that I could do nothing to avoid it: I braked at the same point as all the previous laps but he was very slow at that moment and unfortunately I made contact with him and we both crashed. It might seem that I came in too fast and that I wanted to pass him but that’s not the way it went and we got the confirmation of this by analyzing the telemetry data.”
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Iannone takes out Lorenzo 05/06/2016
Relive the moment Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the Catalan GP.

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Second place grants Marc Marquez the MotoGP™ World Championship lead after a great battle with Valentino Rossi.

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Marquez: "When I saw 'Lorenzo KO' my mentality changed" 05/06/2016The Repsol Honda rider enjoyed his battle with Valentino Rossi for first place.The run down to Turn 1 may have not gone exactly how Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) wanted, but he soon recovered and had the podium in his sights. Lap by lap he made progress, unconcerned when Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) got past him. With Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) encountering a number of problems, Marquez and Rossi were left to battle it out for victory alone. The gap between the two stood steady at just under half a second for much of the race until Marquez turned his pace up and was right with Rossi as the final five laps began. Marquez attacked through the last sector and into Turn 1 a number of times, his RC213V slightly stronger on the brakes than the Yamaha. He was desperate for victory and did all he could to get past.
 
Quote:"I think that together we paid tribute to Luis Salom with the Sunday that he deserved" Marc Marquez

Unfortunately for Marquez a mistake at Turn 7 cost him any chance of victory, settling for second place. With Lorenzo crashing out of the race due to Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), Marquez takes control of the MotoGP™ World Championship with 125 points, ten more than Lorenzo.

Marc Marquez: "It has been a hard weekend for all the riders, but in the end I think that together we paid tribute to Luis Salom with the Sunday that he deserved. It was a nice race with Valentino. I was suffering a little with the increase in temperature and was never completely comfortable, so I was unable to try overtaking at the right time. I had a couple of scares and started doing the math for the standings in my head, knowing that Jorge Lorenzo was out of the race, and I think that in the end, a podium finish is a very positive result for the Championship. Another thing that’s important for motorcycle racing is that Valentino and I shook hands; it was probably the weekend and the right situation to do so."
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The MotoGP™ World Championship had their second in-season test of 2016, Crutchlow ending as the fastest rider of the day.

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Crutchlow tops Barcelona Test06/06/2016Cal Crutchlow proved fastest at the second official post-race test of the 2016 season in Barcelona.After an emotional Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, most of the teams and riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship remained in Barcelona for a one-day test. This is the second official post-race test of the 2016 season, the first coming in Jerez. Tyres and electronics remained the primary focus for most teams.Michelin continued to experiment and innovate with a number of new tyres to be tested. The French tyre company had riders run the front tyre they tested in Jerez in order to see how it performed on two different tracks. For the rear they brought three options. These rear tyres had the same compound but with different structures, all with the goal of improving traction on corner exit.
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Crutchlow: "I hope it'll be beneficial for Assen"
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow continued to work on finding consistency aboard his RC213V and lapped late into the day. With only three minutes to go the Brit dropped into the 1’43s with a 1’43.963 to steal top spot. With no one else circulating he went uncontested and can leave Barcelona with his head held high.Just an hour after the test officially started, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was out on track with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) making a typical late start. The pair focused on working with Michelin as well as improving their own settings. Lorenzo was one of the last on track, completing 49 laps and setting the second fastest time of the day, a 1’44.202. Rossi did 42 laps to wrap up the day in 11th, ‘The Doctor’ having proven his speed on Sunday.
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Aside from Aprilia, Team Suzuki Ecstar have had one of the most prolific test schedules of 2016 with extra days in Austin and Valencia. The Monday in Barcelona gave Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro a chance to run a variety of different settings on the chassis they tested in Valencia ahead of the Catalan GP. Their work was focused on assessing which frame to run in Assen. Viñales led for most of the day but was eventually pushed down to third, a 1’44.310 coming on his ninth lap of 65. Teammate Aleix Espargaro wasn’t far behind, ending the test fifth with 64 laps.For the Ducati Team it was a day spent working with the tyres, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) eager to understand the issues he had with his rear during Sunday’s race. Andrea Iannone did the second least amount of laps of any rider, but still managed to end fourth fastest. Meanwhile Dovizioso was seventh.It proved to be a productive test for Avintia Racing, Hector Barbera the only rider on track as Loris Baz is still recovering from injury. As they are on the older GP14.2, there was little to test and Barbera chose not to run in the afternoon but still managed to complete 75 laps and ended the day as the sixth fastest rider and second fastest Ducati.Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) used the day to continue testing the new frame he ran all weekend, his teammate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) getting a chance to run it for the first time. Just over a second slower than Crutchlow’s time, Marquez ended the day in eighth with 77 laps under his belt. Pedrosa rounded out the top ten with a 1’45.379.After Scott Redding languished down in 16th place on Sunday, the Octo Pramac Yakhnich squad were keen to understand why Redding’s pace vanished on race day. For Danilo Petrucci the day provided some much needed bike time after missing the first part of the year due to injury. The day offered a lot of data for both riders who completed 127 laps between them, Redding the faster of the two in ninth while Petrucci was 15th.

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Sunday’s race was one of contrasts for Monster Yamaha Tech 3; Bradley Smith forced to retire with technical problems while Pol Espargaro fought his way up from 12th on the grid to fifth. The test gave Smith a chance to work on bike setup as he continues to look for a return to his 2015 form. Suspension, tyres and electronics were also a focus for teammate Pol Espargaro. As is quite common in testing, Smith completed the most laps of any rider, a staggering 83 and left the test with 12th fastest time, a place ahead of Espargaro.Aprilia Racing Team Gresini have, like Suzuki, already run several tests during the 2016 season due to the different regulations they run under as a result of collecting less than six concession points in the previous season. At all of their private tests improving the electronics has been a primary focus and the day in Barcelona proved no different. Alvaro Bautista set a best time of 1’46.338 to end 14th with Stefan Bradl completing 82 laps and finishing 16th.

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The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team were out early in the day, Jack Miller and Tito Rabat running a new look black and gold livery. As with the other teams they assessed Michelin’s new tyres. Miller completed 48 laps with a best time of 1’47.005 putting him 17th, teammate Rabat ending the day just behind in 18th.Aspar Team MotoGP elected not to run at the test.

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Marquez: “We’ve taken a small step forward”
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A Monday of testing in Barcelona gave Marc Marquez a chance to run a revised chassis, giving Honda some much needed data.

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Sunday was a great day for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) as he battled his way to second place but it proved there’s still room to improve. One of Marquez’s biggest weaknesses in 2016 has been corner exit, Honda testing new electronics settings and a new exhaust to help improve power delivery. A new chassis, which Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) had run during the weekend, also awaited Marquez. Some positives were found and it was felt that at least some progress was made. The gap of two weeks between the Catalan GP and the Motul TT Assen will give Honda engineers back in Japan a chance to analyze the test data and improve the chassis further.It wasn’t a faultless test as Marquez fell in the afternoon at Turn 5, uninjured but unable to test all of the new Michelin rear tyres. Even with the fall Marquez completed 77 laps to end eighth overall.

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Marc Marquez: “Today I tried out a lot of things, including a chassis and some electronics solutions, and overall, we’ve taken a small step forward today. You always gather a lot of information in a test, which can help you to move forward in the future. With what we’ve learned today, Honda will be able to make their analysis and apply it to the new chassis. The chassis that I tested today was better in some parts of the track, but in others it isn’t entirely suited to my style, so we have to continue working. We have two races coming up at tracks where I’ve always felt very comfortable, so I’m optimistic with that in mind. There are also two weeks between each of them, giving us time to seek further improvements.”

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 Hope on the horizon for Cal Crutchlow who takes his first top ten of the season before topping the post race test.

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Sunday’s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya was a hard fought affair for all the riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship as high temperatures made tyre life a key factor. The run into Turn 1 saw Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) pushed down to 11th, the Brit attacking in the following laps to work his way forward. By lap three he was ninth and behind twice-former teammate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), doing all he could to get past. Crutchlow eventually managed to put his RC213V ahead but was unable to make any further progress, settling for sixth after a number of big moments under braking. Sixth sees Crutchlow take his first top ten since the 2015 Valencia GP where he was ninth.
 
Quote:"I ran off the track a couple of times in braking zones, but I managed to bring the bike home"Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow: “I finished sixth, and you have to finish the race in order to pick up some points. First and foremost I beat a lot of guys that I didn’t last time out, and it was a real race of survival. I struggled for speed on the bike, but thankfully I had a great rear tyre. It’s crucial to get away in those first ten laps though, and I just felt I had no speed and I couldn’t use the rear tyre to get a run on anyone.“I lost some time behind Dovizioso, because I couldn’t stay in front. I’d pass him, or have to lunge at him but he could get past me again. By the time my rear tyre was done, I was riding alone. I wasn’t going to get caught from Dovi behind, but I couldn’t catch Pol Espargaro. I ran off the track a couple of times in braking zones, but I managed to bring the bike home which was the main thing. I’m not pleased with the distance to the winner, but I’m happy.”
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Crutchlow tops Barcelona TestMonday proved to be just as positive a day for Cal Crutchlow who led MotoGP™ testing with a fast lap late in the day.  Crutchlow’s time was mostly focused on using the hard option tyres and assessing a new Michelin front and two rears. The LCR Honda man was the only rider to drop below the 1’44 barrier, setting a best time of 1’43.963 to conclude the day 0.239s ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). During the course of the day the Brit completed 73 laps, his fastest time coming on his penultimate circulation.“Obviously we are happy to be quickest overall, it’s nice to be back on top of the timesheet, even though it’s a Monday and it doesn’t mean anything really. We will take some positives from the day though, and we have worked so well together as a team which means we will go to Assen optimistic. We used the hard tyre for much of the day, because that would be the race tyre here whatever, and we made some setting changes that we had been wanting to try like softening the front end of the bike, which helped it decelerate quite well. There was some electronic stuff to test too, because that takes so long – about 20 to 30 minutes every time you want to make a decent electronic change.“We tried the new Michelin front in the morning when it was cooler, and it was positive in some areas and not so good in others, but this is the information they require. Then we tried two new rears towards the end of the day. As you can see from the lap time, they were good. We also tried the ‘over-the-top’ wing for Honda to give them some information. I think maybe it’s a little better. ”
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Crutchlow: "I hope it'll be beneficial for Assen"06/06/2016
Crutchlow finished the post-race test in Barcelona on the top of the timesheets.

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Lorenzo: “I could get through the day quite well”[Image: motogp-catalan-gp-2015-jorge-lorenzo-yam...racing.jpg]
Despite some pain from his crash on Sunday, Jorge Lorenzo had a productive test in Barcelona with the second fastest time.

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There’s no time to rest when you’re fighting it out in the World Championship, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) right back out on track after a difficult Catalan GP. Michelin brought along the front tyre from the Jerez test as well as three new rears, making it a busy Monday for Lorenzo who also continued to work on improving his YZR-M1. He initially had some lingering pain from his crash with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) on Sunday but was able to work without restriction after some painkillers. In the afternoon Lorenzo shifted his attention to setting a fast lap, completing a 1’44.202 after having already completed a full race run. The time saw him top testing until the final five minutes when Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) eventually pushed him to second.

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Lorenzo: "A new chassis gave us some positives"
Jorge Lorenzo: “It was a positive test. After my crash yesterday I felt quite some pain, especially in my leg, but some pills made me feel better, so I could get through the day quite well. I tried many things, especially some new tyres from Michelin on the rear, some of the them had quite a positive effect on acceleration, and a new chassis from the team, which also gave us some positive points that we will test further tomorrow.”

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Laverty: “Thirteenth place isn’t where I wanted to be”[Image: 50-eugene-laverty-irl_gp_8369.middle.jpg]
The points continue to flow for Eugene Laverty as he preserved his tyres till late in the race.

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An emotional weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya came to a thrilling end on Sunday as the MotoGP™ World Championship put on a great show to honour Luis Salom. There was battling throughout the field, tyre life more important than ever in the hot conditions. Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) was well aware of this and tried to go easy on his tyres in the opening laps; despite a great start this saw him overtaken by several riders early in the race. In the final five laps Laverty’s plan paid off, moving from 15th up to 13th and easily passing the likes of Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Michele Pirro (Avintia Racing). Points in every round have Laverty 11th overall, only two points back on Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team). Aspar Team MotoGP elected not to test on Monday.
Quote:"I wanted to be 10 seconds in front of that, in the Top 10"Eugene Laverty

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Eugene Laverty: “I made my best start of the year. Whilst it was a good start, I just couldn’t hold my position and was overtaken a few times. I knew it was going to be important to preserve the tyres, and in the end I had a little more left in them than other riders who were going backwards, but it was a test of endurance. Thirteenth place isn’t where I wanted to be; I wanted to be 10 seconds in front of that, in the Top 10. I thought we could be there, but we had more tyre problems than we had expected. Some people had much bigger problems than us, but we did what we could.”

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 Finding a team of mechanics and technicians who work well together can be as important as the bike a rider is on. In recent years more and more riders have been changing teams and taking their crew chief or mechanics with them, this will not be the case when Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) makes the move to Ducati in 2017, reports motorsport.com.Lorenzo’s current crew chief Ramon Forcada was approached by Ducati, but has chosen to stay in Yamaha to work with Maverick Viñales. Long time mechanic Juan Llansa will make the step over to Ducati with Lorenzo, the pair having worked together since Lorenzo made his debut in 2003. There is as yet no word as to who Lorenzo’s crew chief at Ducati will be.

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Espargaro: “I really wanted to have a great race”[Image: motogp-catalan-gp-2016-aleix-espargaro-t...motogp.jpg]
 Another difficult home race for Aleix Espargaro who fails to finish for the second year running.

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Quote:"Maybe to decide to race the weekend in Catalunya with the evolution chassis was not the best choice for me"Aleix Espargaro

Having claimed pole position for the Catalan GP in 2015, many were expecting Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to be up challenging for the front once again. But despite the GSX-RR having made clear steps forward, Espargaro never showed the pace to challenge up the front. Starting in 13th, he did all he could to get up inside the top ten but electrical and tyre issues ruined another home race. The combination of traction control problems and high trye consumption was an impossible situation to solve and forced him to retire from the race seven laps from the end. This is Espargaro’s first DNF of the year and ends a run of four straight top tens.

Aleix Espargaro: “Unfortunately during the race I had electronic issues that prevented me finishing. There was an unusual intervention of the traction control which prevented the bike delivering the power we had, and lap-after-lap, with the consumption of the tyres, the situation got worse and worse, until I had to stop. It’s a pity, I feel at home in Montmelò and I really wanted to have a great race. Unfortunately, we couldn’t be really competitive the whole weekend, we still need to work and get a better feeling, the test will be very important in this sense. Let’s try to forget this race, focus on the job and think ahead to Assen, which is one of my best tracks.”
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Monday’s post race test offered Aleix Espargaro some relief, able to end the day with the fifth fastest time and 0.754s back on the fastest time. Team Suzuki Ecstar used the day to verify the data they had found during the weekend and continue assessing the new chassis they debuted during a test in Valencia. During the course of the day Espargaro’s crew were able to understand what had caused the issue during the race. Now they head to Assen with a better understanding of tyre management, which should help to prevent a repeat incident. Espargaro looks set to revert to the older frame.“This test has been positive because it allowed us to understand many, many things. First of all, we could re-analyse what happened yesterday and take advantage of this and learn from it. Then, we again made a comparison between the standard chassis and the evolution one; the one we already tested in Valencia two weeks ago. Maybe to decide to race the weekend in Catalunya with the evolution chassis was not the best choice for me, because today we spent the morning with it and I felt the same problems I felt during the weekend, then in the afternoon we got back to the standard chassis with new settings and I immediately felt more comfortable and the lap time dropped quickly. This was very helpful to decide which path to take for the next race in Assen. We did many laps today which were very helpful for the new settings and electronics improvements.”

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Smith: “I was struggling when slowing the bike”[Image: __gp_8275.gallery_full_top_lg.jpg]
 Disaster on Sunday for Bradley Smith who retired from the race, making up for it with the most laps in testing.

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Just six laps into Sunday’s Catalan GP Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) pulled into the pits. Problems with the engine in his bike saw the Brit drop to the back of the field almost immediately. With no solution or improvements on the horizon, Smith rolled into the pits and was forced to watch the remainder of the race rather than contest it. It had been a tough weekend even before the disappointment of the race, Smith and the team hoping for more in Assen and eager for the Monday test.

Bradley Smith: “It goes without saying that this is quite an upsetting way to finish the Grand Prix. As soon as we began, I noticed that something wasn’t right with the bike, even though I didn’t know immediately what it was. We lost a lot of positions and I was struggling when slowing the bike down. Now, we will obviously investigate what happened in order to figure out what the issue was. However, it’s frustrating to finish this way because I certainly felt that we could have had a really positive close to an otherwise tricky weekend. Thanks to the Tech3 team for their efforts in Catalunya, we’ll work out the issue and then start again with testing. Nevertheless, I am certain that we can get right back to where we need to be at the next round which is the Motul Dutch TT.”
 
Quote:"I am really pleased to complete 83 laps without any issues at all"Bradley Smith

Smith is no stranger to hard work and headed out at the post-race test in Barcelona looking for answers. Most of the day was spent helping Michelin evaluate their new rear tyres across a total of 83 laps, more than any other rider. Several rear suspension options were also evaluated, everything adding up to a very positive day overall. The Brit concluded that day in 12th place with a best time of 1’45.670, 1.7s behind Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) who topped the day. Regardless of position, Smith heads to Assen with more confidence in himself, his team and his bike.
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“In general, today was positive and we can leave Barcelona feeling content with what we achieved at the test. After the technical issue in yesterday’s race, I am really pleased to complete 83 laps without any issues at all. I did a lot of tyre testing this morning for Michelin and they brought some interesting options so I'm excited to see how the tyres will evolve in the future. With regards to our setting, the main area of focus was the rear of the bike which seems to be where I’m most sensitive at the moment. We had quite a few different rear shock solutions that we wanted to try and although the result won’t necessarily boost performance, it will certainly make our weekend easier if I am struggling like I was here. Now, we have a good direction as well as more of an understanding about my YZR-M1. I’m always happy about these types of test because, like in Jerez, I can leave with more knowledge and added confidence for the package that I have. I will rest up now for two weeks and then get ready for Assen which I am looking forward to.”

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Rossi: “I tried the new chassis”
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 A late start to testing for Valentino Rossi, steadily improving his time and working with a new chassis for his M1.

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Having taken victory just a day before at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was in no rush to hit the track. With over three hours of the test still remaining, Rossi went out on track to test new tyres for Michelin. Alongside working with Michelin, Rossi also ran a new chassis for his YZR-M1 and continued developmental work on the bike. This frame may debut in Assen if it is deemed an improvement after further analysis. As Yamaha scored more than six concession points in the previous season, they are not allowed to alter their engine during the year. Even with his late start Rossi was able to get through all the items he and team needed to test. A best time of 1’45.454s came on Rossi’s 23rd lap of 42 and put ‘The Doctor’ 11th overall. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team remained in Montmelo for a day of private testing on Tuesday.

Valentino Rossi: “It was a good test. We concentrated on the tyres and we found something good so the rear tyres are working better than yesterday, but now we have a bigger task because we have to try new things that Yamaha have brought here to test, which will be very interesting for the rest of the season. I tried the new chassis and the first impression was OK and tomorrow we will continue with the rest.”
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MotoGP™ grid on the Barcelona Test06/06/2016
The fastest MotoGP™ riders give us feedback on their day of post-race testing after the #CatalanGP.

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Espargaro: “I didn’t really go for a fast single lap”[Image: 38a0031d96373bd0c27874ec28ec7425.jpg]
13th place for Pol Espargaro at the post-Catalan GP test, focusing on tyres and suspension as opposed to a fast lap.

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Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took a three pronged approach to the test in Barcelona, working on tyres, electronics and suspension. Michelin had brought four tyres, one front and three rears, for riders to asses with Espargaro praising the improved stability and less drop off. In terms of suspension, Espargaro focused on the rear shock as he worked on improving rear grip. Work on both the tyres and suspension showed promising signs for the coming rounds. A crash did upset his work rate slightly, but Espargaro was unharmed in the fall. A best time of 1'45,835 saw him end 13th overall, not worrying about a fast lap time but still able to match the pace of his teammate.

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Pol Espargaro: “Overall, the test was successful and we can leave here feeling pleased with what we discovered. We worked on the tyres, the clutch and suspension settings, but the main area of focus was to try to improve the rear grip which was our weakness this weekend and we have made good progress even if I didn’t really go for a fast single lap time. With regards to the tyres, I sampled one new option and I ran ten consistent laps on it. It felt really good because there was stability at the beginning of a run and the drop off was not big, similarly to the medium option. We collected some good information and the best improvements are the traction and the increased stability, which is key.
”I don’t know exactly when this tyre will be introduced, but my feedback is positive. For the suspension, we adjusted the rear shock as we had a lack of grip on the rear, so I tried three settings and found some encouraging results. Considering that we were already competitive yesterday, I am now confident that I can be even stronger because of today’s outcome. I am pleased with the race performance because it was the first time that we were competing with the front guys so we deserved our result here and with the knowledge that we have gained, the team and I are optimistic for Assen.”

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Petrucci: “I would have liked to be the best Ducati”[Image: Danilo-Petrucci.jpg]
Although able to battle for top Ducati honours, tyre problems saw Danilo Petrucci’s challenge fade.

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He may have missed the start of the season due to injury, but since his return Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) has produced consistently strong results. He has qualified inside the top ten at all three rounds he has participated in and thanks to a determined ride in Barcelona he has also taken three top ten finishes. Crossing the line in ninth was no easy task for Petrucci who experienced significant tyre drop off. The Italian had focused on going steady at the start of the race to save his tyres, but with just five laps to go they suddenly dropped off. Until this point Petrucci had been challenging Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), but the rider from Terni was forced to let his factory counterpart escape.
 
Quote:"I was calm throughout the race to preserve the rear tyre and I thought I could play with him for seventh"Danilo Petrucci


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Monday after the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya gave Petrucci a day to experiment with his GP15 and work on finding the cause of his tyre woes on Sunday. Petrucci ended the day in 15th with a best time of 1’46.515 coming on his 26th lap of 67. As the paddock prepares to head to the Motul TT Assen, Petrucci holds 15th in the overall championship standings. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Petrucci’s position is he has eight more points than his teammate Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), despite having only run in three races.
Danilo Petrucci: “It was a good race until five laps from the chequered flag when I managed to pass Dovizioso. I was calm throughout the race to preserve the rear tyre and I thought I could play with him for seventh. Then I felt that the rubber was over, almost suddenly, and it was very risky. I do not know what the problem was, maybe it depends on our set up as the tyre that we used was the same as Valentino, Marquez and Pedrosa. However, I want to thank the team for the great job they have done: we have proven to be competitive in any circuit. I would have liked to be the best Ducati.”

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Miller: “I had a big fight throughout the race”[Image: _gp_1370.middle.jpg]
 Sunday’s Catalan GP saw Australia’s Jack Miller take his best ever premier class finish before a productive day of testing on Monday.

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A pre-season training crash has made the first seven rounds of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship a difficult affair for Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), a crash in Austin aggravating the injury. But Sunday’s race at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya showed there’s more to come from Miller. The 25-lap race saw him adjust to ever-worsening grip levels, working his way through the field at a steady pace and having some nice battles along the way. Although he would cross the line in 11th place, a one place penalty for Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) promoted Miller to the top ten, his first in the premier class.
 
Quote:"My guys have stuck with me all through a difficult first part of the season and I’m happy for the team"Jack Miller

Miller and the rest of the paddock remained in Barcelona on Monday for the second post-race test of the year. He completed 48 laps and set a best time of 1’47.005 to end the day 17th. In Qualifying Miller had done a 1'45.942. The Motul TT Assen takes place almost three weeks after Barcelona, giving Miller’s ankle even more time to heal.

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Jack Miller: “I’m really happy to be back in the points and I had a big fight throughout the race and really enjoyed it. I tried to conserve my tyres because I knew we would lose some grip in the hot conditions and it was a strategy that paid off.  I definitely feel like I got the most potential out of the bike today. I tried to save the tyres in Jerez and I probably conserved them too much and felt I could have pushed more. I gave it my all and I used the whole performance potential of the rear tyre. To finish in the top 10 for the first time in my MotoGP career is a really big boost for me. My guys have stuck with me all through a difficult first part of the season and I’m happy for the team. And I dedicate my first top 10 in MotoGP to my friend Luis Salom, who I will miss greatly.”

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Barbera: “I think that we need some help”
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Having taken his best grid position in years, Hector Barbera was forced to swallow a disappointing 11th place finish.

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Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was beaming after taking fifth of the grid for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. But the Spaniard's dreams quickly became a nightmare as he found himself battling for grip after six laps. Every corner was a challenge and Barbera did all he could to stay upright. He crossed the line in tenth but was awarded a one-place penalty for cutting the chicane, dropping him to 11th and rounding off a terrible day.
 
Quote:"After six laps I had no grip at all, the bike was spinning a lot"Hector Barbera

He and the Avintia Racing team remained in Barcelona for a day of testing with Barbera completing 75 laps. A best time of 1’44.889 put him sixth overall and as the second fastest Independent Team rider of the day. The speed is there for at least one lap, Barbera looking to find his early season form to again challenge the top ten. It’s now time to hit reset and head to Assen for the next round.
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Hector Barbera: “This is not the result I was expecting today after what we achieved yesterday. The race was very difficult because of the tyres and after six laps I had no grip at all, the bike was spinning a lot and the traction control was working everywhere. In these conditions the bike was not working like yesterday and I had to slow my pace. The lack of grip was increasing lap by lap and the bike became un-rideable. I was patient and I tried my best to get the bike back to the garage, but I was more than five seconds slower compared with yesterday. We’ll try to find something in the test we have tomorrow, but I think that we need some help from Michelin.”

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Pedrosa: “First of all we’re looking at the short term”[Image: motogp-catalan-gp-2016-dani-pedrosa-reps...a-team.jpg]
A small crash at Turn 2 upset an otherwise productive test for Dani Pedrosa after the Catalan GP.

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Having shown clear progress on Sunday when he landed on the podium for the second time in 2016, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) was ready to keep improving. Monday after the race saw the second official MotoGP™ World Championship in-season test, Honda bringing along a new frame and exhaust for the riders to try. Pedrosa had spent most of the race weekend running on the new frame, Honda looking to improve performance out of corners on the RC213V. A crash at Turn 2 just after 13:00 Local Time limited Pedrosa to running with just one bike, reducing his track time slightly. A 1’45.379 saw Pedrosa finish the day in tenth place, two positions and 0.35s back on Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team)

Dani Pedrosa: “We tested various things today, especially with the chassis and a few setups for the electronics and engine to improve our corner exits. Some things we tested worked well and others weren’t yet as good as expected but they gave us more ideas because we’ve found a few positives. We’ll try to keep working with the future in mind; first of all we’re looking at the short term, which is the next race at Assen. There, we’ll try to use some of the feedbacks that we took from today’s test, to see if they work at that track and the coming circuits. Unfortunately I had a crash at midday that meant I could only continue testing with one bike, and I wasn’t able to do many more laps.”
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Hernandez: “My times were almost three seconds slower”[Image: AsparTeamMotoGP_01GPQatar-1.jpg]
 Another difficult race outside of the points for Yonny Hernandez as his pace drops and forces a pit stop.

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The last three races have seen Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) unable to score a single point. Hernandez had been hoping for a top ten finish in Barcelona, showing a pace capable of doing so earlier in the weekend, and had jumped up to 13th place from 16th on the grid early in the race. He seemed comfortable in 13th but as the halfway mark of the race approached, the Colombian’s speed left him. Hernandez was suddenly three seconds a lap slower than he had been and began to drop down the order. A lack of rear grip was the cause, the problem so bad that Hernandez pitted for a change of machinery.  With this his race was done and he crossed the line in 17th, a lap behind the winners. The Aspar Team MotoGP chose not to run during the Monday test.
 
Quote:"It's been a difficult year, one of the most difficult of my career"Yonny Hernandez

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Yonny Hernandez: “It's a shame about this result, because we had been having a good weekend until the race –always fighting to get into the top ten. I felt good, and although the start was not great, I recovered positions and had a good pace. When I was riding in thirteenth, around Lap 10, I began to notice that the rear tyre performance dropped significantly. My times were almost three seconds slower than normal when I was riding at the limit. In the end, due to this problem with the rear, I had to pit to change bikes. It's been a difficult year, one of the most difficult of my career, but I have a strong mind, hold my head high and will focus a lot of positive energy on the next round”


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KTM continue progress in Brno[Image: 2016-ktm-rc16-brno-test-randy-de-puniet....T&fc=50,50]
With Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith confirmed for the next two years, KTM continue pushing development of the RC16.

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The team used the pause between this and the previous test to be ready for the second test at Brno in the best possible way with new parts and new ideas. In contrast to the anticipated forecast, there was very good weather and track conditions similar to that in Misano at the beginning of May. This allowed the KTM team to advance on the development work of the MotoGP™ bike.
Mike Leitner (Vice President Onroad): “This time we also had luck with the weather and the team was able to try many things that we had prepared in the factory since the last test. Both riders were very satisfied with the technicians’ work and both noticed a clear advancement. We now have to confirm these improvements in the next test, where Randy de Puniet will again be back with us and will be able to provide additional feedback.”
Sebastian Risse (Technical Director Onroad): “In Misano we had really good test conditions for the first time and we collected an unbelievable amount of information that took us in a broad direction. The preparation time between the tests was not long but we were able to react and also work on specific things here in Brno. That is, on the one hand we were able to make tangible progress concerning the rigidity of the swing arm and the frame. On the other, there was further development in the area of electronics, which needs normal track conditions and tyres.”
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Mika Kallio (Test Rider MotoGP): “For me this test in Brno was a bit better than in Misano. The bike is beginning to behave more and more as I would like it to do and is easier to ride. Firstly because the electronics are engaging better and secondly because we made changes to the front fork and the bike is easier for me to steer. But currently I see the greatest potential in the chassis, where we have again tested a lot and we now have a better understanding how the individual changes impact on each other. There is still a long way to go and usually nothing happens overnight, but we are moving forward with each round of tests.”
Karel Abraham (Test Rider MotoGP): Two days ago rain was forecast for the test, but we were able to use 100% of the track time and we even rode through the noon break. In addition I achieved my personal goal concerning lap times. We tried very many things and I hope I was able to again deliver a lot of info to the team so that we make another good step forward when I return for my next test. For me the test stint was very tiring but I’m very happy with the performance and thankful that the team achieved so much between the tests and here onsite.”
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The KTM MotoGP™ Factory Racing Team now travel direct to Spain where tests will continue with Mika Kallio and Randy De Puniet and there will be further development on the KTM RC16.

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 Work to do for Stefan Bradl and the Aprilia technicians after an unsatisfactory race in Barcelona.

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Starting the Catalan GP down in 18th place put Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) at a distinct disadvantage. Fighting through the MotoGP™ World Championship field is never easy but the German did his best, making up six positions to take 12th spot at the end of the race. Bradl remains the leading Aprilia in the championship with 29 points, matching the points of his teammate Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini). Only once in 2016 has he missed the points, at the first race of the year in Qatar. From where Aprilia were in 2015 to where they are now is testament to the hard work done by Bradl, Bautista and all the crew and technicians at the factory.
 
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Stefan Bradl: “We achieved a good result in conditions that were not very easy, but I cannot be entirely satisfied. In fact, our times were quite a few seconds off Alvaro's, whereas usually our pace is quite similar. Now we need to investigate this aspect in view of the next races. The positive side is that the only person who overtook me in the race was my own teammate. We figured out that in these conditions, where tyre management makes the difference, even the slightest change has a significant impact on the bike's performance. We'll use the tests tomorrow to look at this situation more in depth and to have some clearer ideas for the coming races.

Although Aprilia have been running an extensive testing program, Bradl and the team were ready to get to work on Monday during the post-race test. The test focused on assessing new tyre options for Michelin as well as continued work to improve the settings of the electronics and chassis of the RS-GP. Bradl did a number of smaller runs, looking to maximise the amount of information and data gathered. With 82 laps under his belt, Bradl completed the second highest amount of any rider and set a best time of 1’46.524 midway through the day.“We took a lot of laps, working hard on the chassis with numerous changes. We need these tests a lot. They help us to discover the bike and they let us test some solutions that would be difficult to analyse during a race weekend. After such an intense weekend and a test day with 82 laps taken, we'll head to Assen full of both data to analyse and motivation to do well.”

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The FIM CEV Repsol arrives in Barcelona
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 The FIM CEV Repsol is back in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with the fourth event of the season.

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Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) arrives as clear leader of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship class after taking his second win of the season at MotorLand Aragón. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna) had challenged the Leopard Junior Stratos rider for the leading position after winning at Le Mans but remains second, 15 points behind Ramírez after coming in third at MotorLand. Kaito Toba (JPN-Honda) is in third place four points behind the Italian.
In the Moto3™ Production class, Aleix Viu (SPA-Honda) stays at the head of the rankings.In the Moto2™ European Championship, Steven Odendaal (RSA-Kalex) is the one to beat after his double win at MotorLand - his third consecutive victory. Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN-Kalex) and Alan Techer (FRA-NTS TPRO) swapped podium places in the two races, with the Japanese rider finishing second in the first race and Alan Techer third, with positions reversed in the second outing. The AGR Team rider heads the Moto2™ European Championship leader board with 95 points followed by Alan Techer on 72 and Tetsuta Nagashima on 36.Jacopo Cretaro (ITA-Yamaha) is recovering from his injuries after being involved in the pileup in the second Moto2™ race at MotorLand and won't be riding in Barcelona. Ivo Paixao (POR-Kawasaki) is the leading Superstock 600 rider, 13 points ahead of the Italian.Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) arrives in Barcelona looking to extend his winning streak started in MotorLand where he won both races of the Superbike European Championship, which puts him 11 points behind the category leader, Maximilian Scheib (CHI-BMW), though Santiago Barragán (SPA-BMW) still holds second place 9 points adrift of the Chilean rider. These three riders have swapped podium positions so far this season, except in the first race in Valencia where Carmelo Morales dropped out with a puncture and Alejandro Medina (SPA-Yamaha) finished second, though injury prevented him from racing in Alcañiz.Valencian Oscar Climent (SPA-Yamaha) heads the overall standings of the Superbike Privateer class, 15 points up on Niko Mäkinen (FIN-Yamaha).The fourth round of the FIM CEV Repsol closes with the Kawasaki Z Cup race, with Procurve team rider Daniel Carrau (SPA-Kawasaki) topping the leader board with 50 points, followed by Marc Cortell (SPA-Kawasaki) on 40.
Next Sunday's race schedule is as follows:Moto2™ (17 laps): 11.00
Moto3™ (16 laps): 12.00
Superbike (17 laps): 13.00
Moto2™ (17 laps): 14.00
Moto3™ (16 laps): 15.00
Kawasaki Z Cup (16 laps): 16.00
As usual, entrance to the paddock will be free over the weekend. In addition, FIM CEV Repsol fans can pick up a pass on Sunday from 8.30 onwards (from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Pass Center) to join the Pit Lane walk that will take place before the start of racing.All the races can be seen live on the Championship's Youtube channel.

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Marquez Blog: We will always remember you![Image: marquez-mm93-catalangp.jpg?itok=CdUZcvdM]
 In his latest boxrepsol.com blog Marc Marquez reflects on an emotional Catalan GP.

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Hi everyone.One thing’s for sure: this weekend has been different from any other that I’ve experienced. The loss of a teammate and friend has affected the whole World Championship community. It’s been a heavy blow, and I would like to send my sincere condolences to Luis Salom’s family. We will always remember him. He was a fighter and that will remain with us in our hearts
 
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As far as the results are concerned, I can confidently say that things have gone well, especially bearing in mind what happened to me here last year. I wanted to win so badly in front of my fans that I didn’t finish the race on that occasion. This year I finished in second position, securing 20 crucial points. The test run on Monday will also help us find solutions for the future.I would like to thank our Trial team colleagues Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami, and Jaime Busto for visiting our box. I think they enjoyed themselves, and the luck they brought us was their small contribution to a really good result: two podium positions.Looking back, I can now say that the hardest part of the season is over. The first four races in the last two years have been tough, but this time we’re leaving Montmelo as World Championship leaders.And having two weeks to prepare for the next GP is turning out to be very useful. Next week, we’re travelling to Austria to get to grips with the circuit. We have to be well prepared for the upcoming GPs as they’re going to be important to keep us in with a chance of a title in the second half of the season.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK, from Laura: 
My question is: Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo? And if you have…do you have anything particular in mind?
Hi Laura!I’ve actually thought a lot about getting a tattoo, and it’s something that I might do in the future, but I still don’t have any idea about what I’d get done.Best wishes,Marc.

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 A promising weekend ends over a minute behind the race winner and outside the points for Scott Redding.

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From the start of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) was looking competitive. Only once during practice was he outside the top ten before qualifying in 11th place. After issues in Mugello, Le Mans and Jerez a top ten finish would h
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Alonso and Nagashima take first poles while Morales repeats
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Morales stays strong in the Superbike class while new challengers emerge in the junior classes.

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In Moto3™ Alonso López (SPA-Honda) earned his first pole in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship after achieving the best time of the day of 1'54.143 in the first qualifying session. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna), who had taken pole each meeting so far this season, had to be content with the second slot, despite posting the best time of the second session. Albert Arenas (SPA-Mahindra) will close out the front line of the grid tomorrow for the first time this season.Asia Talent Team riders Kaito Toba (JPN-Honda) and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA-Honda), performed strongly in qualifying practice and will start from the second row ahead of Tony Arbolino (ITA-Honda). World championship rider John McPhee (GBR-Peugeot) finished seventh, 0.871 off the pole time. In Moto3™ Production Héctor Garzo (SPA-Honda) edged out Aleix Viu (SPA-Honda) to post the fastest time in the class.In Moto2™, Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN-Kalex) took his first pole this season after setting a time of 1'50.566 in a close qualifying session with Remy Gardner (AUS-Kalex) 0.181 behind and Steven Odendaal (RSA-Kalex ) just 0.022 behind the Australian. The AGR Team rider set the same time as Ricky Cardús (SPA-Transformers), riding a unique machine for team Promoto Sport, but Odendaal will start in front as he set a faster time than the Spanish rider in the first qualifying session.

With Jacopo Cretaro (ITA-Yamaha) absent, recovering from injuries sustained in the pileup of the last race of the Moto2™ European Championship at MotorLand Aragon, Ivo Miguel Paixao (POR-Kawasaki) set the fastest time of 1'54.039 in Superstock 600.Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) notched up his second consecutive pole with a time of 1'49.781, the only rider able to get under 1'50 in the Superbike European Championship. Ángel Rodríguez (SPA-Kawasaki) and team Kawasaki Palmeto PLRacing, who habitually dispute this event, broke the status quo of the first row of the grid established by Carmelo Morales, Maximilian Scheib (CHI- BMW) and Santiago Barragán (SPA-BMW) thus far this season, finishing second ahead of the Chilean Targobank Easyrace SBK Team rider.Finishing fourth overall just behind Maximilian Scheib and in front of Santiago Barragán, Norwegian Ole Bjørn Plassen (NOR-Ducati), was the quickest privateer rider.In the Kawasaki Z Cup, Marc Cortell (SPA-Kawasaki) took pole ahead of Daniel Carrau (SPA-Kawasaki) in a time of 2'00.907, with Francisco Javier Valera (SPA-Kawasaki) closing the front row, repeating the line-up of the first round of the KZC disputed in Valencia. Procurve team rider Daniel Carrau is category leader with 50 points followed by Marc Cortell on 40 points.

Sunday's race schedule is as follows:Moto2™ (17 laps): 11.00
Moto3™ (16 laps): 12.00
Superbike (17 laps): 13.00
Moto2™ (17 laps): 14.00
Moto3™ (16 laps): 15.00
Kawasaki Z Cup (16 laps): 16.00

As usual, entrance to the paddock will be free over the weekend. In addition, FIM CEV Repsol fans can pick up a pass on Sunday from 8.30 onwards (from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Pass Center) to join the Pit Lane walk that will take place before the start of racing.All the races can be seen live on the Championship's Youtube channel.In Moto3™ Alonso López (SPA-Honda) earned his first pole in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship after achieving the best time of the day of 1'54.143 in the first qualifying session. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna), who had taken pole each meeting so far this season, had to be content with the second slot, despite posting the best time of the second session. Albert Arenas (SPA-Mahindra) will close out the front line of the grid tomorrow for the first time this season.Asia Talent Team riders Kaito Toba (JPN-Honda) and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA-Honda), performed strongly in qualifying practice and will start from the second row ahead of Tony Arbolino (ITA-Honda). World championship rider John McPhee (GBR-Peugeot) finished seventh, 0.871 off the pole time. In Moto3™ Production Héctor Garzo (SPA-Honda) edged out Aleix Viu (SPA-Honda) to post the fastest time in the class.In Moto2™, Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN-Kalex) took his first pole this season after setting a time of 1'50.566 in a close qualifying session with Remy Gardner (AUS-Kalex) 0.181 behind and Steven Odendaal (RSA-Kalex ) just 0.022 behind the Australian. The AGR Team rider set the same time as Ricky Cardús (SPA-Transformers), riding a unique machine for team Promoto Sport, but Odendaal will start in front as he set a faster time than the Spanish rider in the first qualifying session.With Jacopo Cretaro (ITA-Yamaha) absent, recovering from injuries sustained in the pileup of the last race of the Moto2™ European Championship at MotorLand Aragon, Ivo Miguel Paixao (POR-Kawasaki) set the fastest time of 1'54.039 in Superstock 600.
Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) notched up his second consecutive pole with a time of 1'49.781, the only rider able to get under 1'50 in the Superbike European Championship. Ángel Rodríguez (SPA-Kawasaki) and team Kawasaki Palmeto PLRacing, who habitually dispute this event, broke the status quo of the first row of the grid established by Carmelo Morales, Maximilian Scheib (CHI- BMW) and Santiago Barragán (SPA-BMW) thus far this season, finishing second ahead of the Chilean Targobank Easyrace SBK Team rider.Finishing fourth overall just behind Maximilian Scheib and in front of Santiago Barragán, Norwegian Ole Bjørn Plassen (NOR-Ducati), was the quickest privateer rider.In the Kawasaki Z Cup, Marc Cortell (SPA-Kawasaki) took pole ahead of Daniel Carrau (SPA-Kawasaki) in a time of 2'00.907, with Francisco Javier Valera (SPA-Kawasaki) closing the front row, repeating the line-up of the first round of the KZC disputed in Valencia. Procurve team rider Daniel Carrau is category leader with 50 points followed by Marc Cortell on 40 points.

Sunday's race schedule is as follows:Moto2™ (17 laps): 11.00
Moto3™ (16 laps): 12.00
Superbike (17 laps): 13.00
Moto2™ (17 laps): 14.00
Moto3™ (16 laps): 15.00
Kawasaki Z Cup (16 laps): 16.00

As usual, entrance to the paddock will be free over the weekend. In addition, FIM CEV Repsol fans can pick up a pass on Sunday from 8.30 onwards (from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Pass Center) to join the Pit Lane walk that will take place before the start of racing.All the races can be seen live on the Championship's Youtube channel.

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Respect wins out
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Matthew Birt reflects on a difficult weekend in Catalunya the tragic loss of Luis Salom still looming in the minds of many.

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With 21 years of experience reporting on MotoGP™, Matthew Birt knows the championship inside-out. For the 2016 season he remains with the motogp.com team to bring you exclusive news and opinion from inside the paddock.The tragic loss of Luis Salom in a practice crash at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was a painful reminder of why sometimes I hate the sport I truly love.Motorcycle racing is a dangerous sport and no matter what steps are taken to make it as safe as possible, you can never completely eradicate the risks.It is the danger that lurks around every corner, managing the risk and the thrill of the chase that makes the sport such an adrenaline rush for the riders.And it is why when you talk to any of them that they can’t find a single experience they’ve tried in life that comes close to matching the buzz of racing. Base jumping, wing walking and white water rafting can’t come close to the exhilaration of slipstreaming at close to 220mph or scrubbing your knee and elbow on the ground at close to 150mph.Every single lap of every single session of every single race, they are on the limit in pursuit of milliseconds that can mean the difference between the front or the fifth row or the podium and no points.And all of the time they acknowledge they may pay the ultimate price in pursuit of their dreams. They don’t think about the risks they expose themselves to and they want to talk about it even less. “It won’t be me.” That’s the attitude, because if they thought too much about the risks and death, then they wouldn’t be the adrenaline junkies we admire that they are.I’m sure that was Salom’s perspective before his untimely death.Mercifully, fatal accidents are rare events in the MotoGP™ World Championship. Four have occurred in my time in the paddock since 1996 and just like in the aftermath of Kato, Tomizawa and Simoncelli, how safety improvements can be facilitated will be examined in microscopic detail.Suzuka was banished from the calendar after Kato’s accident in 2003. Rider equipment has been analysed in great depth after Tomizawa and Simoncelli perished after being hit by pursuing motorcycles.And now there will be a thorough examination on how best to avoid anything like what happened to Salom being repeated at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.With the full blessing of the Salom family, the race weekend continued. There was little time for Salom’s passing to fully sink in. There was little time for reflection and little time for the grieving process to begin.As difficult as it was, particularly for the riders, it felt right for the show to go on.Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco delivered a heartfelt and eloquent case for continuing after his pole position.
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Salom was a racer, a young man who had sacrificed most of his life to his passion and who had dedicated himself to being the best he could be on two wheels. The best way to remember him was to race on and once again the MotoGP™ paddock came together in one its darkest hours to show the world what unity, respect and dignity is all about.There was an impeccably observed silence and powerful and moving tribute to Salom on the grid before the races started on Sunday.Every rider that finished on the podium wore a special tribute T-shirt to Salom and of all the very personal tributes, none were more poignant than the touching gesture made by Marc Marquez when he reversed his number 93 to Salom’s number 39.
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The emotions were still raw on Sunday but three fascinating and incident-packed races quickly reminded us again all why we love MotoGP™ so much.All were a fitting tribute to the Spaniard. I am sure he was looking down with that infectious smile appreciating the way his grief stricken colleagues honoured his memory in the best possible way.It was also heart warming when so many hearts had been broken to see Valentino Rossi and Marquez shake hands in Parc Ferme after their epic Barcelona battle.The very public meltdown in their relationship last October in Sepang has been one the most acrimonious fallouts I can recall. Reconciliation seemed unthinkable but the passing of Salom showed that some good could come out of tragedy.It was the appropriate time for respect to win over rivalry.I will fondly remember Salom as a fearsome competitor who wasn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.I recall many passionate displays of emotion that I loved because it showed what racing and being successful meant to him.It is a testament to his talent that he remains the most successful Moto3™ rider in history with nine wins.
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Six of those were won by less than two-tenths-of-a-second and it was hard to find a rider who was more fearless, tactically astute and clinical on the last lap in 2013.He was an incredibly charming and engaging character who was always approachable for his fans.What happened after Salom’s accident on Friday made me immensely proud to be part of the close-knit MotoGP™ family. It’s so hard to comprehend we will never see one the most popular members of that family again.RIP Luis Salom. You’ll be greatly missed.
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Dalla Porta, Cardús, Gardner and Morales shine in Barcelona[Image: lorenzo-dalla-porta.big.jpg]
The next FIM CEV Repsol event - the fifth of the season - will take place in Albacete on July 2nd and 3rd

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After the different warm-ups, the FIM CEV Repsol paddock and the 15,000 fans who gathered at the Catalan track joined together in an emotional minute's silence in memory of Luis Salom, who died in last week's GP Monster Energy de Catalunya.In the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA Husqvarna), had the best pace in the category during the weekend, and took his second victory of the season in the first Moto3™ race, which had first been suspended in the early stages after a fall by Andy Farid Izdihar (INA-Honda) on turn five.The shortened race was resumed over 10 laps. This time Lorenzo Dalla Porta had a good start and joined the leading group along with the three Asia Talent Team riders and Alonso López (SPA-Honda).When Narakin Atiraphuvapat (THA-Honda) went down Lorenzo Dalla Porta took the opportunity to pull clear of Alonso López and Kaito Toba, who were being chased by Ayumu Sasaki (JPN-Honda) and Kazuki Masaki (JPN-Honda).On the last lap Kaito Toba made a last ditch attempt to snatch second place from Alonso López in the final chicane but the Japanese rider slid off, leaving Ayumu Sasaki to take third position on the podium. Dalla Porta chalked up his second victory of the season and took his second Repsol free fuel cheque. In Moto3™ Production this time it was Héctor Garzo (SPA-Honda) who won the duel with Aleix Viu (SPA-Honda) in the tussle for first place.The second Moto3™ race was cut short after a fall by Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) brought out the red flag, leaving Lorenzo Dalla Porta to take his second win of the day. Albert Arenas (SPA-Mahindra) led early on but after a few laps was overtaken by Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Tony Arbolino (ITA-Honda), who pulled away.The chasing group was formed by the MRW Mahindra Aspar Team rider, Kaito Toba and Alonso López, among others. The Japanese rider fell again, while Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) managed to get in touch with the chasing pack. However, the Leopard Junior Stratos rider, who had finished in twelfth position in the first race, crashed out badly with three laps to go, bringing an end to the race.Tony Arbolino, who in the first race had run off the track on the first lap, earned his first podium, to the delight of team SIC 58 Squadra Corse, run by Paolo Simoncelli, father of the late Marco Simoncelli. Albert Arenas took the third place on the podium.In Moto3™ Production Héctor Garzo was again the fastest of the category and topped the podium where Lorenzo Dalla Porta had picked up his second Repsol free fuel cheque of the day.

The Italian is the new leader of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship rankings with 118 points, followed by Marcos Ramírez on 87 and Alonso López on 65.In Moto2™, Ricky Cardús (SPA-Transfiormers) won an eventful Moto2™ European Championship race. Right from the lights Remy Gardner (AUS-Kalex), who was a wildcard rider in last weekend's Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, took the lead and pulled clear in the first lap. Dimas Ekky (INA-Kalex) and Alan Techer (FRA-NTS NH-6) were involved in a fall, while Ricky Cardús, Eric Granado (BRA-Kalex), Steven Odendaal (RSA-Kalex) and Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN-Kalex) formed the chasing group.Remy Gardner was forced out by a mechanical problem while he was clear leader and Ricky Cardús took over the front. Steven Odendaal also had to abandon the race with a puncture. Eric Granado finally ended up second followed by the Japanese Ajo Motorsport Academy rider.Along with earning his Transfiormers team's first victory in the Moto2™ European Championship, Ricky Cardús also won a Repsol free fuel cheque. In the 600 class a Honda won for the first time as Rafid Topan (INA-Honda) took victory.

In the second Moto2™ European Championship race, Remy Gardner redeemed himself by achieving his first win. The Australian took the lead from the start and held it to the flag, followed by Ricky Cardús and Steven Odendaal, whose position in the rankings improved today as Alan Techer's first race fall meant he did not contest the second. Remy Gardner was awarded the Repsol free fuel cheque while Rafid Topan repeated his victory in Superstock 600.Steven Odendaal is clear leader in Moto2™ with 111 points, followed by Alan Techer on 72, while Eric Granado is now third with 66 points, one more than Tetsuta Nagashima.Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) achieved his third consecutive victory in a Superbike race which had to be suspended when Niko Mäkinen (FIN-Yamaha) had to leap from his bike at the end of the straight after it suffered a mechanical problem. In the first race, Ángel Rodriguez (SPA-Kawasaki) took the lead from the lights and pulled clear when Carmelo Morales had a poor start and Santiago Barragán (SPA-BMW) had to retire with mechanical problems.The race was reduced to seven laps and this time Carmelo Morales started well, with Ángel Rodríguez sliding off on at the first corner. Maximilian Scheib (CHI-BMW), seemed to have made a slow start, but recovered to reach and overtake Alejandro Medina (SPA-Yamaha), who was in second place behind Carmelo Morales.

The Laglisse and Targobank Easyrace SBK Team riders pulled away but began to play cat and mouse just before the start of the final lap, neither wanting to be in first position at the start of the last lap. Alejandro Medina came past and Carmelo Morales was pushed back to second. Then in the braking section at the end of the main straight the Catalan rider took back the lead and Maximilian Scheib finally managed to pass Medina, who was recovering from an injured left foot, on the last chicane.The reigning Superbike European Championship champion was awarded the Repsol free fuel cheque. Óscar Climent (SPA-Yamaha) came in fourth just after the Leopard Yamaha Stratos rider and was the first privateer rider past the flag. Carmelo Morales took his third consecutive victory which makes up for the zero points he earned in Valencia after a puncture. He is now six points behind leader Maximilian Scheib.

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Intense testing schedule for KTM
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Fresh off their test in Brno, the KTM MotoGP™ test team was back out in Jerez alongside the Moto3™ test team.

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On Thursday and Friday the air and track temperatures were a constant 30 and 50 degrees Celsius and with a clear blue sky. This allowed the team to confirm last week’s development steps on a different circuit and with an additional rider, but it also permitted the testing of material under extreme conditions for durability and performance.Mike Leitner (Vice President Onroad): “The team and riders came directly from Brno and were also very motivated here. It has been a while since Randy (de Puniet) sat on the motorcycle, but it was very important for us that he also noticed a clear improvement. That showed us that with Mika Kallio we have an extremely good test rider. In practical terms, because of the very hot conditions, we have saved ourselves a test in Malaysia, and this is positive for our development progress.”
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Sebastian Risse (Technical Director Onroad): “Our focus here was mainly on being able to confirm the development steps we made in Brno. However, the conditions, especially on day one allowed us to shed light on how our material would work under extreme conditions, and we had no big problems. We also had tyres from Michelin for the first time, which are very similar to those used in the Grand Prix on this circuit. Because of this we were able to work on the setup in different ways, and we saw a significant improvement in laps times compared to those from the earlier tests in spring.”
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Mika Kallio (Test Rider MotoGP™): “The test days last week in Brno and now here in Jerez were very productive for the team. As rider I am very happy about the advancements that we’ve worked on together. The bike behaves on the track more and more as I would like it to do. It wasn’t so easy for us to take big steps in the past couple of months and that makes it all the more important that the lap times are now coming. This is also good for the team’s motivation. I think we have made the decisive further development just at the right time, before we shortly test ourselves against the competition.

Randy de Puniet (Test Rider MotoGP™): “It’s been some time since I put in laps on the bike at the first test in Brno at the end of April. The team has done excellent work and the motorcycle is very much improved – the engine, chassis, electronics – these have all been more developed. We were also able to make further improvements here, and put in good lap times. For me it was the best test so far. I enjoyed both days on the bike and I’m ready for Aragon, where I will probably ride next.”
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The KTM MotoGP™ Factory Racing Team is now carrying out intensive development on the KTM RC16 in the new motorsport building in Munderfing (Austria) before tests continue in Italy in two week’s time on a new circuit and with another new test rider.

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Lorenzo visits Sokol Racetrack
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A trip to Kazakhstan for Jorge Lorenzo after the Catalan GP, visiting the soon to be opened Sokol circuit.

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In Almaty there was a presentation of the racetrack at ‘Sokol’ sports and leisure complex. This track will be ready for international competitions shortly. Specially for that, the current MotoGP™ World Champion visited ‘Sokol’ circuit and Almaty city. The purpose of the visit was to check the status of ‘Sokol’ racetrack that is now under construction.The construction of the main circuit will be completed shortly. The track, which has a length of 4,495 meters and a width of 15 meters, was designed by the famous architect Hermann Tilke. It will be possible to organise such sports competitions as: the MotoGP™ World Championship, Superbike World Championship, DTM, WTCC and other championships. Jorge Lorenzo came to Almaty and Sokol in 2015, and he was interested in following up the works and see onsite the state of the art circuit. After his race in Barcelona on and ahead of the race in Assen, he travelled to Almaty for two days.On the first day (Saturday 11th) Lorenzo met local media during a visit around Sokol racetrack and the main building of the circuit. Later he participated in a press conference. The media representatives were able to ask him his opinion about the facilities. He was impressed.
 
Quote:"I am really looking forward to test the track riding a bike"Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo pointed out the importance of having such a facility and explained how the circuit will help to promote the country around the world and attract a lot of tourism to the area.  Finally, he explained some of the technical features of the track.On the second day (Sunday 12th) he took the chance to visit again the city and he stopped in Esentai Mall to meet his fans and signed some posters for the crowd that came to see him.
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Successful operation for Navarro[Image: 14603084511072.jpg]
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider underwent successful surgery on his broken tibia and fibula on Monday.

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Surgery was performed on Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) on the displaced fracture to his left tibia and fibula. The injury was sustained the Saturday (the 11th of June) before at Karting KSB in Valencia and has ruled him out of the Motul TT Assen.Second in the World Championship standings, Navarro went into surgery on Monday evening with Dr. Ignacio Ginebreda Marti, a specialist Orthopaedic, leading the team to repair the fracture.Dr. Xavier Mir, who was present at all times to oversee the process and has worked with a number of top level riders, said: “Jorge Navarro sustained a fractured tibia and fibula in his left leg and had intramedullary nailing of the tibia along with proximal and distal milling blocks inserted. This type of intervention, which fixes the tibia with a nail instead of plates, was chosen as it should allow the rider to use his foot sooner and accelerate recovery. The patient will be released in 48 hours and can then begin recovery.”

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Pawi, Binder and Navarro have already written their names in the history books by taking sensational first wins in the lightweight class.

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Each year the Moto3™ World Championship detects new talent, riders who catch the eye of team managers with brilliant first wins. In 2015 four new faces stepped into the winners circle for the first time: Miguel Oliveira, Enea Bastianini, Niccolo Antonelli and Livio Loi.Already just seven races into the 2016 season three brand new riders have triumphed: Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) taking victory in three quite different races.
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 Highlights: Binder charges from back of grid for maiden winBinder had to wait 79 races before climbing on to the top step of the podium at the Jerez circuit. The race looked set to be a disaster for the South African who had qualified in second but was sent to the back of the grid due to non-compliant ECU software. Binder did the almost unthinkable and recovered from the back of the grid to win by 3.3 seconds from Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46). It was one of the most sensational Moto3™ races in history, an extremely impressive way to announce yourself as a Grand Prix winner.Never had a South African accomplished such a feat in the 125cc/Moto3™classes, Kork Ballington, Alan North and Jon Ekerold the only South African winners but in the 250cc and 350cc classes. The momentum continued for Binder into France and Italy before Jorge Navarro became a roadblock in Barcelona. Across all three classes, Binder is the only rider to have been on the podium in the first seven races and he holds a strong 44-point lead going into Assen.
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Highlights: Navarro battles to first Moto3™ victoryRookie of the year in 2015 with seventh place overall, Jorge Navarro also had to wait for his first win. The Valencia native, who took four podiums in the last five races, was able to take to the top step for the first time in Barcelona, his 36th race on the world stage. Starting from the front row, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider fought at the front from the start before opening up a small gap in the final few laps while Binder was pushed off track after contact with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team).Navarro looked to be gathering momentum to face Binder in the second half of the season but the Spaniard then broke his tibia and fibula during a training session, an injury that could cost him the championship.
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Highlights: Pawi claims first GP win for MalaysiaMany may have expected Binder and Navarro to win but almost no one saw Khairul Idham Pawi coming. The Malaysian showed his undeniable talent when he balanced slick tyres on the wet track of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Fourth on the grid, the Honda Team Asia rider escaped without issue and would cross the line 26 seconds ahead of second place Jorge Navarro.Pawi’s win came in just his third appearance and was Malaysia’s first ever win. Since then he has had trouble scoring points, still clearly in his rookie season. The Italian GP saw promise, running in the top ten before falling. Unfortunately the Catalan GP told a similar story, Pawi battling for the top five before falling.
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Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) remains the man to beat in the ‘time to first win’ category. The Italian won in just his second Grand Prix, cruising to victory at the Jerez GP in 2012. Maverick Viñales won his fourth ever race, at Le Mans in 2011 in the 125cc class. Meanwhile Marc Marquez had to wait 33 races before he took to the top step of the podium.Relive the last lap of the Moto3™ race in Barcelona.
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Full last lap from nail-biting Moto3™ race 05/06/2016
Relive all the drama from the final lap in the Moto3™ race at the Catalan GP.

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Syahrin Interview: “The thrill of a race still excites me!”[Image: 2016-PETRONAS-Raceline-Malaysia-Moto2-Ha...in-003.jpg]
Hafizh Syahrin has quietly gone about his business in the World Championship, now consistently challenging for top points.
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This season seems to be going very well for you, currently fifth in the championship and almost always battling for the top ten, what has changed this season?
“This is my third year competing in Moto2 World Championship and I do feel a little bit wiser with more exposure and experience. I was down resting and recovering from the hand surgery that I had after my crash in Valencia last year and was a bit restless. Once I was able to start working again, I pushed and worked harder than before. I would say that I am more prepared mentally and physically compared to my past two seasons, although my hand was still in pain during the pre-season tests and the first race in Qatar. I also feel better and more compose now.

Every race you are getting closer and closer to the front, are there any tracks where you feel you can fight for the podium? 
“Of course! Let’s see… there are Aragon, Silverstone, Motegi and my favourite/home race: Sepang. Don’t discount other tracks just yet because we even had a good run in Mugello, which is my least favourite track due limited track time that I’ve had there.” 
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In almost every race this year you have made up at least ten places from the start, would a better Qualifying help you in the hunt for the podium or do you just love the thrill of a race?
“We always spend more time in getting the bike right and ready for the race. We were still pushing to the limit sometimes even during the warm up session on Sunday morning. Yes, I would love a better placing on the grid as we always give our best in every session. It will definitely help in my podium hunt! It is a learning experience during every GP weekend and we do hope to speed up things and ‘catch the wave’ to qualify better.“On the other hand, we are here to race, and the thrill of a race still excites me every time!”.

With Moto2™ being such an equal class what are the areas that can help make a difference, other than the rider?
 “Ideally, we want to have the bike setup in record time! That will make a major difference. We are a single bike team and it will take up a bit more time to get the setup right comparing to the two bike teams. However, as I said before, every GP weekend is a learning experience for us.“Several different performance parts can also be seen throughout the Moto2 bikes but the performance differences are small, in my opinion. It is more important to ensure that everything is working as it should be.“
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What do you do between races? There is quite a decent sized break between Barcelona and Assen, do you return to Malaysia?
“We plan our schedule accordingly in between races. There are gym sessions, runs, cycles, track tests, flat track etc. I still train regularly but it is important to have some time off to clear your mind. Our trip back to Malaysia is included in the schedule and I kind of look forward to it to see my family and catch up with friends. Sometimes there will be promotional events with sponsors and sometimes it will just be media sessions. We left for a week break right after Barcelona and will be back for a scheduled test and the Assen GP.”

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2016 - The year of last-lap drama
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Relive some of the incredible last-lap battles we have seen unfold so far in 2016.

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#QatarGP: Moto3™ Full Race20/03/2016The full race session of the Moto3™ World Championship at the Qatar GP.Starting things off in style was the very first race of the season under the lights in Qatar. As always the tension mounted before the Moto3™ race with a number of new riders looking to make a name for themselves and some more established stars looking to push on to become title contenders. As it came down to the last lap, four riders were in the hunt for the victory and it was anyone’s guess who would come out on top, with the winner eventually taking victory by just 0.007s.
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#ItalianGP: Moto3™ Full Race22/05/2016The full race session of the Moto3™ World Championship at the #ItalianGP.
The 2016 Italian GP went down in history as the closest weekend of racing that the World Championship has ever seen. Just 0.087s separated the first and second riders across the line in all three classes combined! First up on the day was the Moto3™ race that saw the top five riders finish within 0.077s of each other after an incredible last lap.

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#ItalianGP: Moto2™ Full Race22/05/2016The full race session of the Moto2™ World Championship at the #ItalianGP.Up next on the day was the Moto2™ race and the intermediate class wouldn’t disappoint either. A red flag after just three laps saw the race restarted as a ten-lap sprint, and in the final stages two incredible battles emerged. One for the race win and the other for the final podium spot, with the winning margin just 0.030s and the first four riders across the line separated by just 1.2s.

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#ItalianGP: MotoGP™ Full Race22/05/2016The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the #ItalianGP.After what had already been a rather exciting race day, the MotoGP™ race had a lot to live up to at Mugello. Everything was setup for an incredible three-way fight for the victory between Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) on pole at his home race, his teammate Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda). Disaster would strike for Rossi whilst he was in the hunt for the win, but even that couldn’t detract from the incredible battle to the line between Lorenzo and Marquez. The winner eventually triumphed by just 0.019s, making it the seventh closest finish of all time in the premier class.

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#CatalanGP: MotoGP™ Full Race05/06/2016The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the #CatalanGP. After Mugello, surely we would have to wait a while for the next dramatic finish? Nope! At the very next race in Barcelona we were treated to the battle we had all been waiting for as Rossi and Marquez fought it out over the last few laps. The duo swapped places at nearly every corner in the latter stages of the race before a mistake cost one of them the chance for victory on the very last lap. After such a brilliant display of riding, even these two fierce rivals acknowledged just how good the battle was afterwards with a rare handshake, in what was a fitting end to an incredibly emotional Catalan GP.

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Lowes: “After Assen I get my first go on the Aprilia!”[Image: 0_sam_jerez_hires.middle.jpg]
Sam Lowes chats to motogp.com about battling for the Moto2™ title this season and making the step up to MotoGP™ in 2017 with Aprilia.

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Sam, you’re currently second in the Moto2™ championship standings, just 8 points behind Alex Rins with seven races gone. How would you assess your start to the season?
“I’m really happy! The last race wasn’t ideal; it was bad for a lot of reasons. I was actually disappointed with the race, but in the end I was happy to get out of there and start focusing on Assen, which is a track I really like. I respected the decision to change the track, while it wasn’t great for me; I was 100% behind the decision. I just couldn’t make the best of it. That’s Moto2™! If you have a bad weekend and you finish sixth, you have got to be happy, as it could easily have been 15th.”
 
Quote:"That's when you make the big mistake..."

This year is the first in your career that you haven’t recorded a DNF in the first seven races of a season, have you changed you’re your approach in anyway to allow you be a bit more consistent, or is this you just getting more confident and adapting to the class?
“Definitely, if I want to try and fight for the Championship, I know that I can’t be chucking it down the road. It’s the days when you are struggling most when you do crash, because you are trying to make it happen and not being smart. That’s when you make the big mistake.”

With Zarco just a further 2 points behind you in the standings, do you now see it as a three-way battle for the title now?
“I have always said my title rivals would be Rins and Zarco. When Zarco had one or two bad races, everyone was counting him out. He won the second race of the year, then people were writing him off after Jerez. I suppose that’s Moto2, but for me it’s always been myself, Zarco and Rins. Hopefully I can keep taking the fight to them. If you had said to me in Japan last year that after seven races I would be two points ahead of Zarco, I’d have bitten your hand off. I don’t know why people were writing him off, I never did. Rins was fast last year and he was always going to make a bit of a step this year. It’s going to be tough, but it should be a great battle between us all. I know that I can beat them. I’ve got some good tracks coming up, but I’ve got a good bike. They are the best two riders and if I can be running with them and beat them, then it’s good for me.”
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You have your first test coming up on the Aprilia RS-GP, how excited are you?
“Yeah I am actually going to the wind tunnel this week first with Kalex and Aprilia in Italy, which will be nice as I have never done that before. I didn’t come up through 125’s and 250’s and it’s a bit different getting tucked in on a Supersport bike, so maybe we can find something in that area. Then after Assen I get my first go on the Aprilia and I really cant wait!”
 
Quote:"I am just going to go out, ride and enjoy it!"

What do you think will be the biggest difference to your current Moto2™ bike?
“I think the stopping power with the carbon brakes is quite big. Plus I think the electronics side of things, but I have a bit of experience with that in Supersport. While that was nothing like MotoGP, at least I have a little bit of knowledge. So for me it’s the extra power and the stopping ability, plus of course the tyres, but that is applicable to anytime you change series. I’m not trying to think too much about it. I am just going to go out, ride and enjoy it.”

You have a deal with Aprilia for the next two years in MotoGP™, but there has been a lot of talk about teams approaching you in the paddock. Were you tempted or are you committed to Aprilia?
“For me it was a case of, I have signed my deal and I am really happy with it. It’s a great option; the bike is only going to get better from what it is now. If you look at Rins and Zarco they also have deals in MotoGP next year and they won’t really be in a much better position than me. With their records, that makes me quite happy. I also have a great package and team behind me now with Gresini, so for me it will be great to go into MotoGP with that behind me. You always want to be riding next to Marquez or Rossi, but for me the Aprilia project looks really good and since I signed that contract last year I have not considered anything else.”
 
Quote:"For me it was a case of, I have signed my deal and I am really happy with it!"

Do you think it will be an advantage to have Rins, Zarco & Folger to compare yourself against next year in your debut season in MotoGP™?
“Yeah massively! I think it will be good to have them all there; in fact it will be great. Plus of course there will be the new bike from KTM to compare ourselves against. I don’t really feel the pressure, don’t get me wrong going to MotoGP is a pressure in itself, but we will try and do the best job we can. For me it will be nice to have them to gauge ourselves against, otherwise you don’t know how well you are actually doing.”
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Octo renew British MotoGP™ World Championship round sponsorship[Image: silverstone-motogp-moto2-moto3.jpg]
Octo Telematics announced it will be the title sponsor of this year’s Silverstone FIM MotoGP™ World Championship - the Octo British Grand Prix, promoted by Circuit of Wales.

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The 12th round of the 2016 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship will take place at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, Great Britain, on 2nd – 4th September 2016.Octo Telematics has a strong commitment to MotoGP™ and is the current title sponsor for the Octo Pramac Yakhnich team. Octo also has a deep interest in the broad automotive sector. As the Global leader in Insurance Telematics, connecting over 4m consumers with over 90 global industry partners, Octo is at the forefront of Telemetry technology and has developed the powerful analytics that are transforming the insurance industry. Whether it’s on the track or the public highways, Octo is constantly improving algorithms that assess contextual driving behavior crash alerts and accident reconstruction, ultimately to make the roads safer.

Fabio Sbianchi, CEO, Octo Telematics: “Octo is an international business with a strong interest in the innovative UK market, so we are delighted to be renewing our sponsorship of the Octo British Grand Prix. Telematics technology has a key role to play in international motor sports, but it’s also important for every driver and we’re proud of our commitment to delivering continued innovation for the benefit of all. We were really pleased to see Danilo Petrucci of Octo Pramac Racing on the podium at Silverstone in 2015 and we are excited about Scott Redding riding in his home GP. We are looking forward to another exciting round in the UK and a competitive season.”

Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of the Commercial Area at Dorna Sports: "We're very pleased to continue our relationship with Octo at the MotoGP World Championship at Silverstone. Octo is the global brand leader in telematics and is the ideal partner for the MotoGP World Championship, where cutting edge technology and innovation is so important.”

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Back When: YZR M1 2004 – Rossi’s first Yamaha
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The arrival of Valentino Rossi at Yamaha in 2004 gave the Iwata firm a major competitive boost in MotoGP™.

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motogp.com takes a look through history with ‘Back When’, exploring some of the most important races, bikes and riders throughout history.
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Honda and Yamaha’s battle had waged for years both on and off the track. With the 2002 rule changes and the introduction of the MotoGP™ class, the four stroke engines presented their rivalry with a new dimension. New regulations meant more development, racing technology again testing and experimenting for future consumer products.It was for this reason that Yamaha adopted a more conventional four-cylinder engine layout as opposed to the exotic V5 of their rivals Honda. From this point on the Yamaha became known as the ‘YZR M1,’ the Iwata brand looking for success in the new racing era.

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The arrival of Valentino Rossi in the official team at the end of the 2003 season marked a distinct shift with the Yamaha. His move changed the expectations of many and saw a complete revolution within Yamaha’s racing department, accelerating the development process of the M1 to turn it into Rossi’s bike, a true championship weapon.Within the framework of the inline four a number of different crankshaft settings were tested in the pursuit of power and make it as useable by the rider as possible. Four and five valves per cylinder were also tested with the same end goal, Yamaha eventually settling on four valves. Electronic carburettors had already been rejected during the 2003 season. The cylinders were inclined along the lines of the Yamaha R1, which allowed the frame, a classic twin beam aluminium design, to envelope the engine more and improve overall aerodynamics.In the 2004 version of the Yamaha M1, the engine mounting spars at the front of the bike were longer than that of its predecessor as Yamaha looked for great rigidity. The centre of gravity was also lowered to improve traction, all MotoGP™ bikes and riders always hunting for more traction.The results of all this work was a leap forward in the competitiveness of the bike, confirmed by the victory of Valentino Rossi in the first GP of the season in South Africa. Rossi took the title on his first attempt with Yamaha. It was the start of a relationship that would bring a number of great moments for the union of the Italian rider and Japanese brand in the following years.

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MotoGP Race - Full session - betandwin.com Africas´s Grand Prix18/04/2004
Tech Specs EngineFour stroke, in-line four Capacity990cc CoolingLiquid FuelingElectronic fuel Injection PowerOver 250bhp ChassisTwim beam aluminium Front Suspension Öhlins upside down front forks Rear SuspensionÖhlins rear shockBrakesBrembo Carbon front disc, steel rear disc Tyres Michelin.

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The best overtakes of 2016…so far!

Take a look back at our selection of the best overtakes from the first seven races of the 2016 season.

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 Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #QatarGP22/03/2016
An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #QatarGP.The 2016 MotoGP™ season kicked off with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit. During the race it was Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)  who would carry on from where he left off in 2015 to take the race win ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda). There were also some rather tasty overtakes, with the battle at the front a particular highlight. The power of the factory Ducati Desmosedici GP bikes telling down the straights and the other riders were forced to try and make up for this lack of straight line speed in the corners, meaning there was action aplenty!

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Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #ArgentinaGP04/04/2016
An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #ArgentinaGP.Round two consisted of the Argentina GP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. This time it was Marc Marquez who would emerge victorious, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) completing the podium as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out. We also saw a brilliant battle between Rossi and the two factory Ducatis, plus a superb charge by Marquez through the field with a number of awesome overtakes…

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Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #AmericasGP12/04/2016
An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #AmericasGP.The American Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas saw Marquez make it back-to-back wins as he romped to victory over Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), whilst this time it was Valentino Rossi’s turn to record a DNF as he crashed out. It also saw Lorenzo cut a swathe through the field and Viñales on the Suzuki also pulled off some excellent moves…

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Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #SpanishGP25/04/2016
An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #SpanishGP.Rossi responded at the Spanish GP at the Circuito de Jerez. The Italian went on to record his first win of the season ahead of Lorenzo, with Marquez completing the podium. The amazing Jerez circuit provides a number of overtaking spots and bore witness to a couple of excellent battles between teammates. Rossi & Lorenzo would fight it out early on, as would Marquez and Pedrosa, with some excellent moves between the four…

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Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #FrenchGP10/05/2016
An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #FrenchGP.The French GP at Le Mans followed, with Lorenzo taking a flag-to-flag victory from his teammate Rossi, Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) recording his first premier class podium. Marquez crashed during the race, but remounted to cross the line in 13th. Rossi was the star of the day when it came to overtakes, the Italian battling his way from seventh on the grid, taking no prisoners on his way to the podium…

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Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #ItalianGP24/05/2016
An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #ItalianGP.Next up was the Italian GP at the Autodromo del Mugello, which went on to become the closest race weekend in the history of the World Championships, with the first and second rider across the line in all three classes separated by a combined time of just 0.089s. Lorenzo would win the race by just 0.019s from Marquez after an incredible battle in the closing stages, with Iannone returning to the podium. Rossi unfortunately was forced to retire during his home race after a blown engine. The battle between Lorenzo and Marquez over the last few laps was rather special, so sit back and enjoy the two rivals going at each hammer and tongs…

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Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #CatalanGP07/06/2016
An explanation of the most remarkable overtakes that took place at the #CatalanGP.Round seven was the Catalan GP at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Rossi bouncing back from the disappointment of Mugello to take a thrilling victory after an epic duel with Marquez over the last few laps. Pedrosa crossed the line in third to complete the podium, while this time it was Lorenzo’s turn for bad luck as Iannone unceremoniously took him out during the race. Taking centre stage was the battle between Rossi and Marquez over the last few laps, but there was also a spectacular double overtake on Iannone by Rossi and Viñales…


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Brad 'The Bullet' Baker will return to Spain to run in the new Copa de Flat Track series in early July.

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Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National champion, will head to Spain between the Lima Half Mile and the Charlotte Half Mile to ride for the Noyes Camp Kawasaki team in the opening round of the inaugural RFME Copa de Flat Track. The American star will compete Saturday, July 9, on the Valencia quarter-mile oval and the next day in Sunday´s TT event.The Noyes Camp Racing School, run by Kenny Noyes and On Track Motorsports, promoters of the RFME Copa de Flat Track, is working to increase the popularity of American-style Flat Track racing in Spain. The first race of the all-new Spanish National series will be held under the lights at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit of Valencia. The just-completed oval is an exact replica of California´s famous Lodi Cycle Bowl quarter mile. That, and the fact the series runs under rules basically identical to those of AMA Pro Flat Track GNC2 and on 19-inch tires supplied by Dunlop, should make Grand National #6 feel right at home.Baker is undefeated in Spain, winning the first Superprestigio Dirt Track of Barcelona in January of 2014 on the eighth-mile Palau Sant Jordi indoor oval and repeating that victory in December of 2015.

Brad Baker: “I’m really excited to finally race outdoors in Spain on a full-size quarter-mile oval,” Baker said. “This will be my fourth trip to Barcelona, and I’m glad to be able take part in the very first Spanish flat-track National. I’ll be riding a Kawasaki KX450F for fellow American Kenny Noyes’ team. From my experience racing in the Superprestigio, I know there will be a good field of flat-trackers. Iana Petrova (CEO of On Track Motorsports) and Kenny want Spanish flat trackers to gain experience on a variety of tracks, including American-style quarter miles and TTs. I really enjoy racing in Spain, and I’m looking forward to this new challenge.” 

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Binder ITW: “Aki is an incredible guy to have on your side”

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Brad Binder chats to motogp.com about how he felt after his maiden GP victory and his relationship with Team Manager Aki Ajo.

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Valentino Rossi: The Game - available now
Valentino Rossi: The Game - available now The official MotoGP™ video game celebrating Rossi's career is available to buy online or in store now.

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‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ is the most complete official MotoGP™ game ever & the only game featuring all the teams and riders of the 2016 Championship.To find more info on where to buy Valentino Rossi: The Game, click here.
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Valentino Rossi The Game - Launch Trailer 17/06/2016#ValentinoRossiTheGame is now available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, and Windows PC/STEAM.
What's new for 2016? 
You can experience the thrill of beginning a career in the world of motorsport. The game will take you to Rossi’s MotoRanch in Tavullia, where you can sharpen your driving skills not only on two wheels, but also on 4 in Rally and Drift modes! With more than 290 riders and 47 tracks to play with, this is the biggest official MotoGP ™ video game ever created.The other main features of the game include:
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Race with & against official bikes & riders 
In addition to the official 2016 MotoGP™ Championship, ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ includes Moto2™ & Moto3™ 2016 Championships and the 2015 MotoGP™ Championship. A huge selection of MotoGP™ bikes from between 2002 and 2014 are there, as well as the historical 125cc, 250cc and 500cc 2-Stroke class machines, a Flat Track mode and a mode dedicated to the Yamaha R1M.

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Rossi is your mentor in career mode 
Start the game as a VR|46 Academy rider! Valentino will become your mentor to turn you into a real MotoGP™ racer. During the debut season you will compete in Moto3™, participate in exciting Flat Track races, discover the world of Valentino Rossi’s MotorRanch and race on a Yamaha R1M. You will experience the exciting Drift mode, take control of a rally car and race on different tracks, plus you will participate in the 2015 Monza Rally Show. When you’re ready for the next step, you will be able to choose a team to join and compete against the leaders, beginning your journey to the MotoGP™ podium.

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Relive 20 years of MotoGP™ history 
Thanks to the inclusion of historical classes and riders that have defined this sport, ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ allows you to experience the excitement of twenty years of history, from the 125cc class in 1996 all the way up until the MotoGP™ class of 2016. Year after year, you will meet some of the icons of motorcycling and race against them, reliving some of the most memorable challenges. ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’ celebrates the most exciting championship in the world with a huge amount of historical content.Game race modes available:
  • MotoGP™ Grand Prix Mode
  • MotoGP™ World Championship
  • Time Attack
  • Split Screen MotoGP™
  • Flat Track
  • Rally Single Stage
  • R1M Race
  • Flat Track Americana
  • Rally Show
  • Master Show
  • Split Screen Flat Track
  • Rossi Event
  • Beat The Doctor
Play online against up to 12 players simultaneously in these game modes:
  • MotoGP™ Online Grand Prix Mode
  • MotoGP™ Online Championship
  • Valentino Rossi’s Challenge
  • Flat Track
  • Drift
  • Rally Show
  • Rally Single Stage
  • Master Show (up to 2 players only)
To keep up to date with the latest on ‘Valentino Rossi The Game’, be sure to follow the official accounts on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!
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Loris Baz forced to miss the Dutch TT
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Once more Michele Pirro will step in for Loris Baz who continues to recover from surgery after his Mugello injury.

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Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) won’t be fit to ride in Assen. He got the news from Dr. Finn Mahler’s team in Geneva. Although the rehab is going in the right direction and he had the stitches out yesterday, he’ll have to visit the hospital one more time next Thursday to remove two big nails from his right foot, and then he’ll have two wait two days before touching the ground with his foot. As such he’ll be forced to miss the Dutch TT. Baz will continue his rehabilitation program in the next few weeks to be ready to race at the German Grand Prix, in Sachsenring from 15th to 17th July.Like in Barcelona, Ducati’s test rider Michele Pirro will ride Baz’s Desmosedici GP14.2 in Assen.

Loris Baz: "I’m really disappointed to not be able to ride in Assen. This was my target after the crash in Mugello. But to be honest, from the very first moment the doctors told me that being ready for Assen would be really difficult. I tried my best from the beginning, but I’ll have to wait until next Thursday to remove some metals I have on my foot, and it will be impossible to ride the bike just on Friday… It’s a shame because I love Assen and I have some good memories like the WSBK lap record. Last year I enjoyed racing there, but I’m eager to get back to my garage and work with my guys to solve the problems. I would like to be there, but I’m forced to wait a couple of weeks and head Germany with a stronger foot. Everything is going perfect and I work hard every day. I want to wish good luck to Hector, I’ll be supporting him from home. And also to Pirro, so he can get a good result for the team. See you in Sachsenring."

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Marquez Q&A: “You want to beat your teammates, your friends”
After a busy start to the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship, Marc Marquez finally had a chance to sit down and reflect on the first seven races.

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You’re back in the championship lead after losing it temporally – what would you rather be, the hunted or the hunter?
“Of course you like to be at the top, because then you have some margin, and some points between... now it’s 10 points. You prefer to lead the championship because if you do a mistake, like in Le Mans this year where I crashed and took only three points, they reduce the advantage, maybe they overtake you, but you’re there. But if you’re second or third, you know that you cannot lose, you cannot do any mistake.”
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A 10-point lead on Lorenzo – how fragile is it?
“For me honestly, 10 points are like nothing. Because in the next race, if I finish third and he wins, it’s only one point. So 10 points is better than nothing, but we are very, very close. Valentino is also only 22 points behind… after seven races, the first three riders are within less than 25 points: this will be tight until the end.”


 
Quote:"For me, Lorenzo is faster around a lap, but on the other side, Valentino has a lot of experience"

Rossi or Lorenzo – who’s tougher on the track?
“It depends. On the racetrack, when Lorenzo has the day, he is really, really fast. He is stronger than Valentino. For me, Lorenzo is faster around a lap, but on the other side, Valentino has a lot of experience, he knows how he can take the profit of any situation. He’s very tough to beat when he’s having a fast race. Even if he isn’t the fastest guy of the weekend, he’s able to get there. He is very consistent.”


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#RossiVsMarquez: The calm after the storm

You shook hands with Rossi in Barcelona. Is your rivalry officially over?
“You know, for me, the rivalry is with all the riders. On the track, you want to beat your teammates, your friends – and the guys from other teams. In the end, all the riders, we must have a professional relationship because we are taking a lot of risks on the track. I already said after the Valencia’s race – my hand is here. It arrived late, but it arrived, and this is the most important. I don’t have any problem.”

You’ve trained in

Austria at the Red Bull Ring on June 14 – a good preview of what the Spielberg MotoGP
 will entail here on August 14?
“I’d have liked to try with the MotoGP bikes, but because of the rules, we don’t have enough days to train here. But with these bikes, it’s very similar and this test is important. We will be here in two months, riding with different bikes, but as least, we will already know the track.”
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Back When: Honda RC211V 2004 – Equally competitive
In the early days of MotoGP™ Honda not only had the best factory bike, but also a deadly fast satellite machine.

Tags MotoGP2004Sete GibernauBackWhenmotogp.com takes a look through history with ‘Back When’, exploring some of the most important races, bikes and riders throughout history.When the 500cc class departed in 2002 and the MotoGP™ class was introduced, the Honda RC211V became the first reference in terms of technology and sophistication, Honda’s rivals working overtime to catch them.
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Honda approached the new MotoGP™ class with the same philosophy they had in the Formula 1 championship, developing sophisticated prototypes with only the smallest influence from their street machine. Instead the technology developed in the prototype series would eventually trickle down to the street level, MotoGP™ and F1 a testing ground for innovations.
 
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The RC211V held true to this spirit and dominated the opening races of the new MotoGP™ era. One of the Honda’s key strengths was the 990cc 5-cylinder V engine at 75° (three cylinders in front, two behind) with electronic fuel injection, a world apart from any other Honda. It was more expensive than other more conventional configurations but this was of little importance to the technicians who sought only the highest possible performance. It is said that the engine produced 300 horsepower with ease.As such the engine was limited to help improve power delivery and traction, both much more important than the raw power of an engine when looking to produce the best possible lap times. With the unique configuration Honda again proved they were leaders in the field, not haggling over the economics and instead looking to boats about their technological prowess.
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After overcoming some early clutch problems and abruptness of the first versions of the bike, Valentino Rossi playing an important hand in the development. By 2004 the technicians were able to increase the power slightly, the true number a closely guarded secret as no team wants to give their rivals a true ideal of their strengths and weaknesses.The engine was unique but the chassis of the RC211V was far more traditional, a twin beam aluminium design. In 2004 Sete Gibernau helped push the bike forward and received many upgrades including a Unit Pro-Link rear suspension with the rocker arm above the swinging arm itself. The fairing retained the sharp outlines of the first models but enjoyed better aerodynamic penetration that allowed Honda to close in on Ducati, the kings of top speed.Although the official HRC team in 2004 was sponsored by Repsol, the Honda RC211V of Team Gresini, sponsored by Movistar, and ridden by Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau was theoretically identical. The parity between the machines was clear in the results of Gibernau, factory riders’ only advantage was being top of the new part list.

Tech Specs

Engine                   4-Stroke, 5 cylinders in V at 75º, 20 valves
Capacity                 990cc
Cooling                  Liquid
Fueling                  Electronic fuel Injection
Power                   Over 260 bhp
Chassis                  Twim beam aluminium
Front Suspension  Showa telescopic front forks
Rear Suspenion    Unit Pro-Link with Showa monoshock
Brakes                  Two Brembo carbon/steel discs
Tyres                    Michelin

Catch up on the 2016 MotoGP™ season
Missed any of the action from the first seven races? Relive all of the drama with this recap of the 2016 season so far.Tags MotoGP2016
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#QatarGP: MotoGP™ Full Race20/03/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the Qatar GP.The season kicked off under the lights in Qatar with high expectations after such an incredible end to the 2015 season. Michelin made their return as the sole tyre supplier to the championship plus there was the new spec electronics for teams and riders to adjust to as well. Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) secured pole position ahead of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), but with less than a tenth of a second separating the front row, it was anyone’s guess what would unfold when the lights went out. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was starting from the middle of the second row, sandwiched between the two factory Ducati riders of Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). Who would take the chance to lay down an early marker to their rivals?

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#ArgentinaGP: MotoGP™ Full Race03/04/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the Argentina GP.Next up was the Argentina GP, where tyre concerns saw the race reduced to 20 laps with an enforced mid-race bike change. Marquez had established himself as the man to beat during practice, with the Spaniard going to claim his first pole position of the season by almost four tenths of a second from Rossi. Lorenzo completed the front row, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) starting from fourth ahead of Dovizioso and Iannone.  With the compulsory pit stop, riders did not have to worry about tyre wear or fuel consumption and could simply go out and give it their all. If that wasn’t enough drama added into the mix, it had started to rain during Warm Up as well!

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#AmericasGP: MotoGP™ Full Race10/04/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the Americas GP.After Argentina, it was time for the paddock to head north to Austin for the Americas GP. This time, there wasn’t much to separate the three title favourites Marquez, Lorenzo and Rossi as they started from the front row together. Marquez claimed his second pole of the season, but Lorenzo was just 0.069s off the pace of his rival with Rossi having seemingly ended his qualifying woes as he secured his second consecutive front row start. Could Marquez defend his 100% record in MotoGP™ on American soil?

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#SpanishGP: MotoGP™ Full Race24/04/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the Spanish GP.Next the championship returned to Europe with the Spanish GP at Jerez, which in 2015 was the point when Jorge Lorenzo went on a run of four race wins in a row. This time it was Rossi’s turn to impress, as the Italian recorded his first pole position since Assen the year before. Lorenzo and Marquez would complete the front row, as once again the three favourites for the title had set themselves up for an epic battle come Sunday. Would Rossi go on to take his first win of the season? Or would Lorenzo rule in Jerez once more?

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#FrenchGP: MotoGP™ Full Race08/05/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the French GP.Le Mans was next on the calendar with the French GP and it was Jorge Lorenzo who would appear to be in z class above the rest of the field after qualifying saw him secure pole by 0.441s from Marquez. Iannone secured his first front row start of the season, with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in fourth on the satellite Yamaha and Rossi on the factory bike down in seventh. Would Lorenzo run away with the race like his pace suggested? Could Marquez possibly stop him? Or would Iannone return Ducati to the top step of the podium?

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#ItalianGP: MotoGP™ Full Race22/05/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the #ItalianGP.The Autodromo Mugello played host to round six of the season, the Italian GP. Rossi was on fire at his home grand prix, securing pole once more, the first time the Italian had managed two pole positions or more in a season since 2009. Viñales and Iannone completed a front row split by just 0.155s as once again it looked like we were going to be in for some close racing. Marquez could only qualify in fourth, the first time he had missed out on the front row in 17 races, with Lorenzo in fifth. What happened next was quite simply stunning and went down in history as the seventh closest premier class grand prix finish ever.

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#CatalanGP: MotoGP™ Full Race05/06/2016
The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the #CatalanGP.The seventh and latest race of the 2016 MotoGP™ season took place in Barcelona, the Catalan GP. Here it was local rider Marquez who took his third pole position of the season in dominant fashion, 0.467s ahead of Lorenzo with his teammate Dani Pedrosa completing the front row. Rossi found himself starting from fifth, just 0.002s behind the fourth placed Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and 0.005s ahead of Viñales in sixth. Another epic race ensued, but the question on everyone’s lips was, who would come out on top in the battle of Barcelona?

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Marquez and Pedrosa get run out in Austria
The Repsol Honda Team hit the track at the new Red Bull Ring in Austria for a day of filming.

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In 2016 the MotoGP™ World Championship will return to Austria on the 14th of August for the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. The Repsol Honda Team pair of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were out on the Austrian track once again for a day of filming aboard the RC213V-S, Honda’s road going MotoGP™ machine.
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Marquez: "10 points are like nothing"With the time to Assen and round eight of the 2016 championship rapidly counting down, the day gave the pair a chance to relax and pop a few wheelies. Assen will be an important round for Marquez who looks to extend his championship lead, having moved back to the top of the points table after an eventful Catalan GP. “Now it’s ten points, you always prefer to lead because if we do a mistake like in Le Mans then they reduce the advantage but you’re still there. But ten points are like nothing!” he said on his current position.

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Pedrosa: "The bike is getting a little bit better"Pedrosa heads to Assen not worrying about the championship, instead his desires centre on continuing to improve the RC213V. “The start of the season was hard but the bike is getting better, the rhythm of the races and my physical condition is also coming together,” reflected the hopeful Spaniard. Pedrosa has never won at Assen in the premier class, his last, and only, victory at the historical track coming in 2002 in the 125cc class.Assen is the immediate challenge for both Pedrosa and Marquez, but the pair are also thinking ahead to the Austrian GP where almost every rider will have to learn the new track. The most recent circuit to be added to the calendar before Austria was the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in 2014, won in spectacular style by Marquez.

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Fenati Interview: “There’s no shortage of overtaking!”
The most experienced rider in the SKY Racing Team VR46 squad spoke to motogp.com about 2016 and beyond.
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Romano Fenati currently sits third in the Moto3™ World Championship, showing much better consistency than in previous years. Each of his World Championship campaigns has seen Fenati run towards the front and challenge for the top spot in at least the first top ten. In 2016 he has 80 points, five top tens, two poles and two podiums, including his great win in America.
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Third in the Moto3™ World Championship standings and always towards the front, were you expecting such a season?
“The expectations are always high, so yes, I would say that we expected to always be towards the front. We have worked hard this winter and already last season we were committed to improving everything that was limited us.”

We are heading for the eighth race of the year, Binder looks very strong and Navarro is injured. You’re third but have shown you can beat them both this season. How do you approach the rest of the year?
“In the end the best will win, but there are still ten races which is a lot, and anything can happen. What I am sure of is that, besides me, Binder and Navarro, there are others who are strong and won’t give up. I think it will be hard till the end.”

Between the two, Binder and Navarro, who has been the toughest opponent on track?
“Binder is at present the most consistent and has a strong team behind him, and he is the main opponent. But even among the Italians there are so many strong riders as we’ve seen in recent races. There’s no shortage of overtaking!”
 
Quote:"Go to Moto2 and continue the project I started in 2014 with the SKY Racing Team VR46"

The future. You are one of the more experienced riders in the lightweight class, will you stay or move on?
“The goal for next season is to go to Moto2 and continue the project I started in 2014 with the SKY Racing Team VR46. The work we have undertaken in recent years has grown a lot and in the off season surely I will focus on training to prepare myself for the new category.”
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A new era at MotoGP's most historic home
Racing will take place in Assen on a Sunday for the first time, but the historic track is set for another classic showdown.

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Round eight of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship will be held at the historic TT Circuit Assen. Assen remains as the only venue to have hosted a round of the World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. Since then it has undergone a number of changes, most recently in 2006. The track may change but the run from the Ramshoek to Geert Timmer Bocht and the line is always breath taking.
 
Quote:This is the closest the top three in the MotoGP™ World Championship has been since 2012


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#RossiVsMarquez: The calm after the stormThe MotoGP™ World Championship family came together in Barcelona remembering Luis Salom with three incredible races. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) battled it out until the last lap, a moment costing Marquez a chance of victory. With Rossi taking his second win of the year, ‘The Doctor’ is now well and truly back in championship contention. Assen is a special track for the 37-year-old Italian, taking seven wins there in the premier class and the scene of his 100th win in 2009. In 2013 he broke a 44 race drought when he returned to the top spot for the first time since returning to Yamaha.

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#RossiVsMarquez: Last lap clashOne of Rossi’s most exciting Assen victories came in 2015, fending off Marquez’s ambitious last chicane move and forced to run across the gravel. Marquez had to settle for second, missing the top step of the podium in Assen for just the fourth time in his career. The Motul TT Assen gives Marc Marquez a near perfect chance to extend his points lead over Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). With 125 points, the Honda rider heads to Assen with a ten point lead over Lorenzo, Rossi a total of 22 behind.This is the closest the top three in the MotoGP™ World Championship has been after seven rounds since 2012 when Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) were split by 19 points. No clear title favourite has emerged with both Rossi and Lorenzo suffering two DNFs so far in 2016 and Marquez crashing in Le Mans.

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Iannone takes out LorenzoThe Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya was a terrible race for Lorenzo, a lack of grip destroying his chances of victory. His Sunday got a lot worse when Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) collided with him at Turn 10, the pair fortunate to walk away unharmed. For Lorenzo it meant zero points, for Iannone it means a back of the grid start in Assen.

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Lorenzo rejoins action in Assen Warm-UpUnfortunately for Lorenzo his recent record in Assen is mixed, largely due to issues out of his control. In 2011 he came together with Marco Simoncelli and in 2012 Lorenzo was taken out by Alvaro Bautista at the first corner. His bad luck in Assen continued in 2013 when Lorenzo broke his collarbone during Thursday practice, making a heroic comeback from surgery to race on Saturday. Lorenzo’s lone premier class win in Assen came in 2010, third in 2015 his first return to the podium since.The factory riders had better watch out as Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) has hit a run of form, taking his best finish of the year before topping the post-race test. Crutchlow has only once finished outside the top ten in Assen and took pole position for the 2013 race aboard the Tech 3 Yamaha, going on to take third.Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) is another Honda rider who was back to his best in Barcelona, taking his first front row of the year and converting it to just his second podium. Honda brought a number of new parts to the test including a frame and an exhaust. Despite having raced in the premier class since 2006, Pedrosa has never won at the historic Assen circuit.In Barcelona neither Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) nor Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) achieved the results they wanted. Assen offers a chance to do it all again. It’s a special track for Espargaro who took his first premier class pole there in 2014.The battle for top Independent Team rider continues to be led by Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), sixth overall and 11 points ahead of Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing). A steady stream of points in each round have Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) third in the battle and 11th overall.
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Highlights: Rossi beats Marquez in epic duel 05/06/2016
Valentino Rossi won the Catalan GP after an excellent battle with Marc Marquez over the closing laps, as Jorge Lorenzo crashes out.

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Inseparable top three arrive at The Cathedral
The top of the championship continues to tighten, Rins, Lowes and Zarco all in contention as the year creeps towards the half way mark.

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Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took a well-earned victory in Barcelona, stalking rival Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) until the end of the race and blasting away into the distance. Back-to-back victories in Mugello and Montmelo have put Zarco right back in contention, only ten points off Rins in the lead. The French rider, along with every rider on the podium, dedicated the race to Luis Salom who lost his life on Friday of the Grand Prix. Salom and Zarco had raced together since 2007 and had many battles in the 125cc and Moto2™ World Championships.
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Second in the race gave Alex Rins the Moto2™ Championship lead, heading to Assen with 116 points. Rins, Lowes and Zarco have all won races but have all also had tough weekends, no one able to gain a clear advantage in the three-way title fight.  Rins has twice finished on the podium in Assen in the lightweight class and took fourth place on his Moto2™ debut at the track. Since round four in Jerez the lead of the intermediate class has changed after each round, can Rins buck the trend?

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Sam Lowes Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) was the last rider to hold the championship lead for successive rounds, but the Brit had problems in Barcelona and was unable to contest the podium. Fortunately for the Brit, he has a tendency to do well in Assen, taking third behind Zarco and Tito Rabat in 2015 and having crashed out of podium contention in 2014.Barcelona marked a welcome return to the podium for Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), his first since Misano in 2015. With a best Moto2™ finish of 12th at the Dutch track, taking back-to-back podiums for the first time since 2013 could be a tall order.After winning the Qatar GP, Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) has been unable to challenge for victory since. Luthi has twice finished on the podium at Assen during his 14-year career, taking third in the first ever Moto2™ race at the circuit in 2010. Since then the Swiss veteran has had a best finish of fifth at the Dutch TT, achieved in 2015.While most other riders took a well-deserved weekend off, Miguel Oliveira (Leopard Racing) was at the 12 Hours of Portimao World Endurance event riding a Yamaha R1. The Portuguese rider arrives in Assen not only with his first endurance race done, but also with his first top ten in Moto2™ thanks to a great ride to eighth in Barcelona. Assen is one of only three circuits where he has more than a single podium finish, his most recent visit to the box coming after winning the 2015 Moto3™ race there.

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Highlights: Zarco wins 3rd race of season 05/06/2016
Johann Zarco took a commanding win at the Catalan GP, ahead of new championship leader Alex Rins in 2nd and Takaaki Nakagami in 3rd.Watch back all the action from the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

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Binder leads into Assen as Navarro suffers injury
Jorge Navarro broke Brad Binder’s win streak, but the South African remains top of the pile as the Spaniard suffers injury.

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For the first time in his career Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) took to the top step of the podium. In 2015 he came tantalisingly close to taking a career first podium in Assen, missing out by only 0.062s after a frantic last lap. Navarro’s win closed the gap to Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) by five points, but there’s still over 40 points splitting the two. Unfortunately ahead of the race Navarro suffered a broke left tibia and fibula in a training accident, ruling him out of at least the race in Assen. FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship points leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta will substitute for Navarro.
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Oliveira takes incredible Moto3™ victoryIn 2015 Assen produced a classic race, the top seven within half a second of each other. Miguel Oliveira on the Red Bull KTM Ajo bike managed to edge out Fabio Quartararo, then on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda, by a mere 0.066s. Those top seven were truly in a class of their own in Assen, five of the top seven still racing in the class in 2016. Many of the front-runners may still be the same but Assen itself will be distinctly different in 2016 as the Motul TT Assen will run on a Sunday for the first time.Were it not for contact with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team) towards the end of the race in Barcelona, Binder is confident he could have battled for the win. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Binder made it 12 races in a row where the lightweight class pole setter has been unable to claim victory. Even on tricky weekends the South African is able to take to the podium, a worrying fact for his rivals. After seven rounds Binder holds a 44-point lead, the biggest in the three classes.

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Luis Salom’s racing careerThe Catalan GP was a tough weekend for everyone in the paddock after the loss of Luis Salom. Binder and his Red Bull KTM Ajo team were hit particularly hard, Binder having ridden alongside Salom in his rookie season and the Ajo squad having helped him challenge for the title in 2013. With nine wins, Salom remains as the most successful Moto3™ rider since the class began in 2012.Now 17 points behind Navarro and 67 back on Binder, third in the championship is starting to look like a very lonely place for Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46). A 20th in Argentina and a DNF in Mugello have put a serious dent into his championship campaign. The Italian has only once finished in the top ten in Assen, when he battled with the likes of Navarro to fifth in 2015. With Navarro missing out on at least Assen, there is a huge opportunity for Fenati to step up to the plate and make Binder work for the title.His teammate Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) remains within striking distance, 14 points behind Fenati.Of the top ten in the standings, five are Italians. Behind the SKY Racing Team VR46 duo an increasingly tight battle for fifth is emerging. Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) currently hanging on to fifth spot with 54 points. Mahindra have a tendency to go well in Assen, Miguel Oliveira taking third there in 2014 and fourth the year before.

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Bagnaia will have to work hard as fellow Italians Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) are both within five points. Antonelli’s season is yet to stabilise after a number of crashes while Bastianini’s continues on an upward trend. ‘The Beast’ was back up the front in Barcelona, snagging third and his first podium since winning in Misano in 2015.The Dutch TT in 2015 was the last time Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) stepped on the podium, injuries late in the season preventing him from battling again. His start to the 2016 championship has been plagued with issues but the French rider heads for Assen more determined than ever after three top tens.11th place in Catalunya stands as Bo Bendsneyder’s (Red Bull KTM Ajo) best result since joining the World Championship. As the only Dutch rider in any of the three classes, the Motul TT Assen is set to be a big weekend for the reigning Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup Champion. Can he crack the top ten at home?

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Full last lap from nail-biting Moto3™ race 05/06/2016
Relive all the drama from the final lap in the Moto3™ race at the Catalan GP.Relive the hard fought and emotional Catalan GP.

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Classics: Relive three of the best Dutch GPs
Ahead of the 2016 Dutch GP relive three of the best races from the historic TT Circuit Assen.

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In 1993 Kevin Schwantz arrived at Assen leading the championship after winning three of the first six races that year and having never finished off the podium. His arch-rival reigning 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey was second, just a few points behind him, having won two races and recorded another three podiums. Strangely though, Rainey would struggle during the race and not be able to fight for the lead.Runner up in the championship for the previous two years, Mick Doohan, started from pole ahead of Schwantz and Alex Barros. The battle between these three for the race win was an absolute classic, coming right down to the final chicane...
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1993 Dutch TT 500cc Highlights19/01/2009 2002
The 2002 season saw the dawn of a new era as 500cc 2-stroke bikes lined up on the grid against the new 990cc 4-stroke MotoGP™ machines. Valentino Rossi was the reigning champion and he had dominated proceedings so far that season. 'The Doctor’ had won five of the first six races of the season, finishing second in the other, and had a 48-point lead in the championship standings over Tohru Ukawa.Nothing prepared people for what was to come though as Rossi, starting from fourth on the grid, became involved in a brilliant race long battle with Alex Barros. Rossi was riding the new RC211V 4-stroke Honda, while Barros was on the NSR500 2-stroke, the Brazilian having to ride out of his skin to try and match the Italian on the more modern machinery…

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MotoGP Race - Recorded Video29/06/2002 2015
The 2015 Dutch GP saw Jorge Lorenzo arrive in Assen riding a wave of confidence, having won four races in a row. In the process the Spaniard had closed down his teammate Valentino Rossi’s early season advantage in the standings to just one point. Rossi knew he had to stop the rot and swing the pendulum back in his favour, but he didn’t quite count on reigning champion Marc Marquez who was determined to bounce back from two DNF’s in a row that had effectively ended his chance to defend his title. Rossi was a man on a mission and 'The Doctor’ secured his first pole position of the season in an effort to halt Lorenzo’s charge. Marquez started from the front row in third, with Lorenzo recording his worst qualification result of the season in eighth.What happened next was simply epic, as Rossi and Marquez had an incredible scrap over the final few laps that culminated in a rather dramatic finish at the last chicane…

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Dutch GP: MotoGP™ Full Race27/06/2015The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the Dutch GP.

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Past successes in Assen for the Aspar Team
Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez was quite a handy racer before he became a team manager, the historic Assen circuit in 1988 home to one of his best weekends.

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The last week of June means one only thing for the MotoGP™ World Championship: the Dutch TT. Even though this season the long tradition of racing on Saturday will be broken, the home of motorcycle racing in the Netherlands remains soaked in history. Featuring strongly in the story is the Aspar Team, who have celebrated no fewer than ten wins at this track since Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’ stepped onto the top step of the podium for the first time in his career there on 30th June 1984.‘Aspar’ took a total of five wins at Assen, his most successful circuit during an illustrious career. He had more victories at the Spanish and Italian Grands Prix, but in those days the events were shared between different circuits (Jarama and Jerez for Spain; Misano, Imola, Monza and Mugello for Italy), so none of them witnessed as much success for the Spanish rider as the famous Dutch TT track.The 1988 season was the best of Jorge Martínez's career and Assen was arguably his finest day. He had won there twice before, on the way to his first two world titles, but on 25th June 1988 “Aspar” achieved a Grand Prix career first: two race wins on the same day.

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Reports from that day all highlight the difficulty of the achievement and at the time the rider himself admitted that it had not been an easy ride. “There was a moment when I started to think I couldn't win,” he said, reflecting on the 125cc race. “My whole body was hurting. I don't know where I got the strength from but I was able to increase the rhythm and escape.” Even after all these years, the Valencian remembers every detail of that famous day.
 
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“It was a very tough day,” he recalls. “At the start of that week in Alzira I ate a cuttlefish sandwich with mayonnaise in a bar and got food poisoning. I travelled to Barcelona with a fever and met up with the team and as soon as I got to Holland they put me on a drip. I was left very weak and if I thought the 80cc race was tough, I didn't even think I would make the end of the 125cc race. They had to lift me off the bike at the finish, I almost passed out.”
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This, of course, was an era when it was commonplace to race in two different categories, or even three, on the same day. “They were different times, different tracks, different bikes. The riders were different, the margins were bigger and you could do it. The more professional things have become, everything has changed and it gets harder every year. I was the last rider to contest two races in a day, in 1993 at Mugello in 125cc and 250cc.”The head of the Aspar Team remembers Assen as “a talisman circuit, the Cathedral of motorcycling. They used to say that a win there was worth half a title. It is where I won my first Grand Prix and my memory of that is spectacular. It had a surface with incredible grip, even though seventy or eighty percent of it was not a permanent circuit but public roads. It was brutal, very technical, with no run-off or curbs – just asphalt and grass.”Five wins as the Aspar Team
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From 1988 it was another sixteen years before an Aspar Team rider repeated victory at Assen. Argentinean rider Sebastian Porto, on the Aprilia Aspar 250, claimed the 2004 250cc Dutch TT on his way to second place overall in the championship. Porto would go on to repeat his victory in the quarter-litre class the following season.

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Twenty years on from that famous double for the team boss, there was another one for the Aspar Team at Assen. In 2008 Gabor Talmacsi took the honours in the 125cc class, before Álvaro Bautista followed up an hour or so later in the 250cc race.Finally, the tenth victory for the team at Assen came in 2009, with what would prove to be the final victory in the career of Sergio Gadea. On the podium, incidentally the 200th for the Aspar Team, he was joined by Nico Terol and his team-mate Julián Simón, although a retrospective penalty for Terol lifted Bradley Smith to third place to secure a podium lockout for the Aspar Team.  

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Rins moves to MotoGP™ with Suzuki for 2017 and 2018
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Alex Rins and Team Suzuki Ecstar have announced the talented Spaniard will line up alongside Andrea Iannone on the GSX-RR in 2017 and 2018.
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Suzuki Motor Corporation announces the agreement with Alex Rins to become its factory rider for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. This defines the Team Suzuki MotoGP™ rider line-up for 2017 and 2018 with Rins alongside Andrea Iannone aboard the factory GSX-RR.Alex Rins Navarro was born in Barcelona on the eighth of December 1995 (20 years old) and started to race at the age of seven. His debut in the World Championship was in 2012, at the age of 16 in the Moto3™ class. He claimed his first pole position at the second race of his debut season. He raced in Moto3™ for three seasons, collecting a total of eight victories, becoming vice-champion in 2013. In 2015 he stepped up to Moto2™, ending his first season in the class with second place overall, winning the Rookie of the Year award after collecting two wins, a total of ten podiums and three pole positions. In 2016 he has already scored two wins and currently leads the points standing after seven rounds.As a consequence of this new signing, the collaboration between Suzuki and Aleix Espargaró will come to an end after the 2016 MotoGP™ season. All the Suzuki family is extremely grateful to Aleix for his contribution to the growth of the MotoGP™ project and the development of the GSX-RR. Both Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and Suzuki Motor Corporation will continue their unconditional support to Aleix, looking forward to the best possible results in the remaining 2016 MotoGP™ races. Suzuki wish all the best to Aleix Espargaró for a bright and successful future.
Davide Brivio – Team Manager: “Alex Rins is a young rider who has already proven to have much talent, always fighting within the top positions of the World Championship since his debut in every class, making him the type of rider who we want to support for the future. To pair Andrea Iannone, an experienced rider with such a young talent as Alex creates a perfect combination for our challenge. We believe that the combination of these two riders, together with the further development of the Suzuki GSX-RR, can help us to create a strong team to compete at the maximum level. It wasn’t an easy choice and we feel sorry for Aleix who we would like to thank for his hard work and the real passion he has continued to put in our project since it started. We wish him all the best for his future but in the meantime we will support as best as we can to try to get the best possible results together until the end of this season.”

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Qualifying Results #DutchGP/ TT Assen Belanda:

1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 45.246s [Lap 7/7] 290km/h (Top Speed)
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.961s +0.715s [7/7] 290km/h
3. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 46.312s +1.066s [7/7] 290km/h
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 46.430s +1.184s [4/4] 289km/h
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 46.568s +1.322s [8/8] 296km/h
6. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 46.828s +1.582s [6/6] 279km/h
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 46.997s +1.751s [7/8] 293km/h
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.118s +1.872s [7/7] 291km/h
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 47.567s +2.321s [7/7] 292km/h
10. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.601s +2.355s [7/8] 291km/h
11. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.897s +2.651s [9/9] 281km/h
12. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 48.415s +3.169s [6/6] 294km/h

Qualifying 1:
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 48.830s 286km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 48.909s 289km/h
15. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 49.163s 284km/h
16. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 49.364s 276km/h
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 49.678s 272km/h
18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 49.685s 274km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 49.775s 270km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 49.779s 277km/h
21. Michele Pirro ITA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 50.204s 280km/h

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Miller walks on water for miraculous first win

A red flagged race put the MotoGP™ riders through their paces, Jack Miller mastering the wet to take his maiden premier class win.

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Highlights: Marvellous Miller wins in the wet26/06/2016Jack Miller took a sensational win in the wet at Assen in the re-started 12-lap race ahead of Marc Marquez and Scott Redding.The Moto2™ World Championship race was red flagged due to rain, a torrential downpour following and ensuring that at least the start of the MotoGP™ World Championship race would be wet. With the track soaked, the rain eased and riders headed out onto the grid with wets fitted. Conditions were far from ideal, Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) falling on his sighting lap. The lights went out with riders knowing a flag-to-flag race was likely, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) grabbing the lead out of the first corner as they tiptoed around the first corners.Once he had the lead Rossi didn’t look back, opening up almost a second advantage on everyone but Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) on the first lap. But soon the wild Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) was past him; with a championship to consider ‘The Doctor’ and Dovizioso chose not to risk anything.Riders looked set to consider a change to intermediate or dry tyres but then the rain returned with a vengeance. Dovizioso was able to catch up to Rossi once again. The rain only got heavier and allowed Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) to join the battle for victory, Yonny Hernandez’s fall turning their battle into one for victory. But then with 12 laps to go the rain was ruled to be too severe and the red flag was brought out due to the weather conditions.
Not long after the race was restarted, run over 12 laps. The grid was based on the finishing positions on lap 14 and the quick restart rule made its first appearance in the premier class. As such Dovizioso lined up on pole with Petrucci and Rossi completing the front row. Redding led the Repsol Honda Team pairing of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on the second row, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) lined up in 19th after a disastrous start in the first 14-lap race.Andrea Dovizioso, who had led the restart, lost the front end as he attempted to stay with Rossi. He took a heavy roll through the gravel but sustained no serious injuries. This granted Rossi a comfortable lead until he crashed out at Turn 10 a lap later. Disaster for ‘The Doctor’ in a race which could have seen him right with Marquez in the championship. This is Rossi's third DNF of the 2016 season.

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Rossi crashes out of lead in restarted race 26/06/2016Valentino Rossi crashes out of the re-started 12-lap race whilst in the lead at the Dutch GP.

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Miller: "It still feels surreal"Known for his ability in the wet, Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) made steady progress off the line and soon found himself in second behind Marquez. After an injury hit start to the season Miller seized his chance and took the lead of the race at the final chicane on lap four. Marquez tried to close down the Australian but Miller kept his cool. Miller’s victory is the first MotoGP™ win by an Australian since Casey Stoner’s final victory in Phillip Island in 2012. He also becomes the first rider on a non-factory bike to win a race since Toni Elias won the infamous Portuguese GP in 2006.

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Marquez: "A critical result for the Championship"Marquez was aggressive off the line, leading into the entry of Turn 1 but dropping back as he ran wide and sliding to third. But the Spaniard soon found himself in first as Dovizioso and Rossi fell. He had an important decision to make when Miller went past him, risk it for victory or settle for 20 points with his main rivals having disastrous weekends? Championship ambition won out and Marquez settled for second place, extending his championship lead over both Lorenzo and Rossi by a significant margin.

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 Redding: "I struggled more in the beginning"The battle for third was one of the closest on track, Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Redding finding themselves in podium contention due to the falls ahead. Espargaro could smell his first podium but Redding had a point to prove. Redding muscled his way past his former Moto2™ rival to return to the podium for the first time since Misano in 2015.Iannone managed to take fifth place ahead of Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP). Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Jorge Lorenzo completed the top ten. Lorenzo had a terrible time in both races, the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship unable to find any speed in the wet. He picked up six more points than his teammate, but there's a lot of work to do still in the championship.Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Bradley Smith all finished the race, everyone who remained upright scoring points.The wet gave Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) the perfect chance to show his skill; with nothing to lose the Colombian took the lead of the race on the third lap. He’d extend his lead out the front until he fell on lap 12; his dreams of a miraculous first win gone as he retired before the red flag.Dani Pedrosa’s weekend went from bad to worse as he crashed at Turn 9 on lap one of the restart. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) followed soon after at Turn 12.What had been a dream Sunday for Petrucci ended in disaster as the Italian’s Ducati died on the second lap, his hopes of a Silverstone repeat over.Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) also fell from the race, conditions proving trickier than before.Michele Pirro (Avintia Racing), Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) all suffered falls. Several were able to remount, solid points on offer due to all the crashes.

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#DutchGP: MotoGP™ Full Race26/06/2016The full race session of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the
#DutchGP.Complete results from the historic 250th MotoGP™ race can be seen here.

Aleix Espargaro moves to Aprilia for 2017 and 2018
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After finding out his services were no longer needed at Suzuki, Aleix Espargaro has lined up a ride with the Aprilia team for 2017 and 2018.

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Aleix Espargaró, the Spanish rider born in Granollers on 30 July 1989, will ride an Aprilia RS-GP in the MotoGP World Championship. The agreement signed with Aprilia Racing is for two years, covering the 2017 and 2018 seasons.Bringing Espargaró on board is part of Aprilia's development plan - which aims for an increase in competitiveness, in line with the progress already demonstrated in 2016 - and it reaffirms the Piaggio Group's commitment to an excellent technological and sport project aimed at making the Aprilia brand a protagonist on the track and on the road.Aleix Espargaró was the Spanish champion in the 125 category in 2004. After a series of placements in the 125 and 250 categories, in 2009 he made his début in the top class where he drew attention during the 2012 season astride the ART (the CRT bike developed by Aprilia Racing), finishing the season as the best rider in the category. This excellent result was repeated the next season as well, again on the ART - Aprilia Racing bike. Overall, in MotoGP™, he has taken two pole positions and a podium finish, as well as seventh place the rider standings (his personal best) for the 2014 championship season.
 
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Redding: “I made the move and risked it”
A return to the podium for Scott Redding after a dramatic Sunday in Assen, weather reducing the race to just 12 laps.

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The Motul TT Assen began on a wet track, rain having stopped falling just before the race. All the MotoGP™ World Championship riders lined up with wets fitted, but if it didn’t rain they would almost certainly be forced to change bikes. From third on the grid Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) had a great run into, but not out of, the first corner and ended the first lap in ninth. He floated outside the top five as the track dried, but as soon as the rain returned he shot forward. The Brit soon found himself dicing for victory, until the red flag was brought out due to the rain.

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This saw the race restarted and run over 12 laps, Redding again making a decent start. The leaders vanished into the distance, the Brit settling in behind Independent Team rival Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). A number of high profile crashes ahead soon saw their battle become one for third, Redding grabbing his chance to pass Espargaro after multiple laps of trying. He would eventually cross the line almost four seconds ahead of Espargaro, returning to the podium for the first time since Misano in 2015. The GP15 may not be the newest Ducati machine, but Redding proved it is still more than capable in the wet.

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Redding: "I struggled more in the beginning"

Scott Redding: “I struggled more in the beginning. I was sliding more at the end but I had the feeling. I said OK, two laps I’ve been here but it was hard to pass him because he was fast in half and I was fastt in half. Then I made the move and risked it. It paid off, I’m happy to be here in the podium after the crazy race out there. I came back but I was a little frustrated. In the end so happy to be here.”

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Rossi: “I pushed too much”
For the third time in 2016, Valentino Rossi walks away from a MotoGP™ round without any points after a mistake costs him dearly.

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As a result of having ridden in the premier class since 2000, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has raced in almost ever condition that Mother Nature can think of. When the rain came before the start of the Motul TT Assen, ‘The Doctor’ was unconcerned having seen it all before. He made a great start to the race and immediately took the lead, only conceding a place to Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) who had far less to lose than Rossi and was more willing to push. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) would soon slip past as well, Rossi then deciding it was time to push. But just as he was picking up his pace the red flag was waved due to monsoon-like conditions.
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Rossi crashes out of lead in restarted raceThis meant the race was restarted as a 12-lap dash, Rossi making another good start and opening up a two second lead before long.

On lap three of the restart Rossi fell victim to the conditions, coming off and ending his race in the gravel. Try as he might, his M1 was in no condition to restart the race and he walked away. Rossi leaves Assen 42 points back on Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and 18 points behind his teammate Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). This is Rossi’s first season with three DNFs since 2011 when he failed to finish the final three races while on the Ducati. Rossi has never finished higher than second in the championship in a reason with three DNFs.

Valentino Rossi: “It’s a great shame considering our great level of speed and competitiveness this weekend with our bike at this track. We could have gotten some important points for the championship after a difficult weekend and we could have taken second place in the championship over Lorenzo, but unfortunately I made a mistake. In the second half I pushed too much while I already had a good advantage. On that lap I was trying to push to understand my level. In the second part of the race we started with a soft rear, which provides very good grip, but unfortunately I entered turn ten too fast. I think we had a good chance today, but with my mistake I threw away a lot of points. The distance, especially to Marquez, is quite big, but we need to continue working hard like this and try to be competitive also next time.”
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Marquez Blog: Filming Day in Cerdanya
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In his latest blog for boxrepsol.com Marc Marquez reflects on the Dutch GP and a day of fun with the Repsol Team riders.

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Hi everybody!As I’m writing to you, I still feel tired after the last Grand Prix that was held in the Netherlands, but I’m happy and pleased with the end result.Last Monday was actually a really great day. We were in la Cerdanya (Lleida) with the rest of the Repsol Team riders. To be honest, I can’t give too much away about what we were up to as you will be able to see it for yourselves soon enough. But we had a great day filming with the Trial riders, Dani, and the Repsol Bravo 3 aerobatics team.It was a new experience for us as we had never all come together to film anything, much less in a setting as amazing as la Cerdanya. It’s also a privilege to spend time with my other team mates, who are such top-notch pros in their sports. And just like every time we get together, we had a good few laughs. I bet you’re looking forward to finding out what we were up to! You’ll be able to see it for yourselves soon enough.
 
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Back to Assen. The conclusions can only be positive. Thanks to the good tips that the team gave me on how to approach this type of difficult race, I managed to rack up more points again. They really stressed that it’s better to be cautious and build up points during qualifying, rather than risking it all to win the race and end up going home with zero points. So I’ll keep taking their advice! Hehehe…The conditions were tough and we had to analyse and understand the race well, not taking risks at certain times and avoiding any kind of incident. I had good vibes and now it’s about maintaining them for Germany, the last GP of the first part of the season.
 
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I want to thank Tino Martino for lending me his scooter after my fall during qualifying on Saturday. I already thanked him when he came to the box for his bike, but the least I can do is thank him publicly.I don’t want to say goodbye without first inviting you to the event that will be held this Saturday at the Catalunya Circuit, where you can run a few laps for a good cause. I’ll be there of course to do my bit. See you there!

Question of the week from Albi Encinas:
Hi Marc. Where do you see yourself in ten years time? Will you still be in MotoGP, or do you think you’ll eventually tire of it? Bye.Hi Albi!Hmm… Well ten years is a long time to think ahead, but I hope to still be working with the same enthusiasm that I’ve always had. If my team and I are still together and still have the drive to keep going, that would be a good sign.
Talk to you soon!

Marc Márquez.

1000 to 1, Miller defies the odds
Having been criticized and questioned for over a season and a half, Jack Miller silenced his critics with an against the odds win in Assen.

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With 21 years of experience reporting on MotoGP™, Matthew Birt knows the championship inside-out. For the 2016 season he remains with the motogp.com team to bring you exclusive news and opinion from inside the paddock.When Jack Miller walked into the Assen paddock last Thursday, he did so as a rank outsider with odds of 1000-1 to win the Dutch TT.Bookmakers thought it more plausible for the Loch Ness Monster to be discovered (500-1) and you could get the same odds of 1000-1 on U2 lead singer Bono being the next Pope and alien life being discovered before 2017.History and the odds certainly seemed stacked against Miller pulling off a giant-killing act in Assen.
 
Quote:Add Miller’s name to an illustrious list that includes Findlay, Doohan, Gardner, Stoner, McCoy, Magee, Beattie, Vermeulen and Bayliss.

No Independent Team rider had won a premier class race since Toni Elias triumphed by the width of a hair against Valentino Rossi in Estoril 10 years earlier.No Australian had won a premier class race since Casey Stoner won the last of his remarkable sequence of six successive wins at Phillip Island in 2012.No rider other than Stoner, Rossi, Lorenzo,  Marquez and Pedrosa had won a MotoGP™ race since Ben Spies was victorious at Assen in 2011.The odds may have seemed excessively long but not ludicrously unjust when you consider too that it took Miller 24 races just to break into the top 10.And his only visit to the top 10 had come just three weeks earlier when he finished 10th at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.He’s qualified no higher than 15th and prior to Assen had scored 25-points in 24 races.And now here is. The first rider to win a Moto3™ and MotoGP™ race, the 10th youngest premier class victor in history and the 12th member of Australia’s exclusive MotoGP™ winners club.Add Miller’s name to an illustrious list that includes Findlay, Doohan, Gardner, Stoner, McCoy, Magee, Beattie, Vermeulen and Bayliss.In 12 incident-packed laps that followed a red flag for biblical rain, it was Miller time.
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Time for him to silence merciless critics who have berated him for not being good enough after Honda gambled on fast tracking him out of Moto3™ on an unprecedented three-year factory contract.Time to silence those who said he was foolish for bypassing the conventional route through Moto2™ to MotoGP™.Time to repay Honda’s faith in him and to show that HRC’s big risk to promote him off the back of six wins in a breakthrough Moto3™ year at KTM in 2014 hasn’t been an ill-judged experiment that’s hopelessly backfired.Time to stick two fingers up to those that questioned his dedication to physical and mental preparation.Time to show those that feared he rode hard but partied even harder that he does have the application to back up the undeniable talent.And time to show that he was not an idiot (his words not mine) that many had fallen into the trap of thinking he was.

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Miller: "It still feels surreal"26/06/2016
The Australian rider wins his first premier class GP ever in Assen after a crazy race restarted due to rain.Miller’s is a true tale of blood, sweat and tears to get to the pinnacle of world motorcycle racing. The tears, like the beers, flowed freely on Sunday as he remembered the blood and sweat that’s gone before.He’d busted 27 bones by the time he was aged 14 and unlike so many of the big name European talents he now races against, he didn’t start road racing until he was 14 in 2009 because of Australia’s strict age restrictions on when you can transition to tarmac.That’s some journey going from raw novice to MotoGP™ winner in seven years.It was a trail that had been blazed before. Much like Stoner and his family, Miller’s parents Peter and Sonya quit Australia to live the nomadic life in Europe, putting themselves on the brink of financial ruin to chase a day like their son experienced on Sunday.His early career was spent scratching around in low budget teams riding machinery that he was more likely to break bones on than lap records.Yet he never gave up. Not once did his belief falter and he once told me that starting out on slow machinery was actually a Godsend.  It made him hungrier to prove himself and he learnt how to scrap for every precious tenth-of-a-second.It was still tough to gain recognition and had the offer not to join the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad in 2014 materialised, his parents were poised to remortgage their home in Australia for one final push for the big time.Now he’s a MotoGP™ race winner.

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Last year, Miller and HRC were vilified for what was an underwhelming season.But it’s easy to forget the Honda RC213V-RS Open class machine he was cutting his premier class teeth on was a toothless motorcycle. He might as well have been asked to sell ice to an Eskimo.The argument that he wasn’t mentally or physically prepared sufficiently to go from a 60bhp Moto3™ bike to a fire-breathing 250bhp 1000cc prototype definitely carried some weight. A bit like Miller did in 2015 to be fair!The Miller of pre-season 2015 was around 7kg overweight. He trained but not in the right way. Give him a motocross bike over a mirror in a gymnasium any day of the week.But you have to give him enormous credit for understanding that talent will only take you so far when you are competing against the elite on two wheels.You’ve got be razor sharp mentally and have fitness levels not lagging too far behind Olympic athlete standard.
 
Quote:"He’s the first rider I saw breakdance in a gravel trap after a win and he’s the first I’ve seen drink Cava out of his boot on the podium."Matthew Birt

Riding a MotoGP™ bike on the ragged edge for close to 45 minutes is a brutal examination of mind and body. That test becomes a sterner one when you are riding Honda’s RC213V, which is fast but a nightmare to control.I think one man who must also take big credit is Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team boss Michael Bartholemy.He recognised Miller’s potential in 2014 and thought he had signed him for the Belgium team’s Moto2™ project in 2015.HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto then intervened and went on a personal crusade to move Miller straight out of Moto3™ to MotoGP™. Nakamoto’s ‘gut feeling’ and ‘crazy idea’ that Miller could prosper came at the cost of Marc VDS’s own aspirations.Despite their turbulent history, Bartholemy had no hesitation in bringing Miller into the Marc VDS fold.And Bartholemy’s no-nonsense approach might just well have come into Miller’s career at the right time.Bartholemy can be a hard taskmaster. He demands the same drive, determination and passion that he puts in from his rider’s. He will cut you slack and give you the chance to escape the danger and pressure of earning a living at 200mph.But the rest of the time expects a work ethic and approach befitting an elite level professional sportsman.Bartholemy has played the role of lion tamer before. He tried tirelessly to keep John Hopkins on the straight and narrow at Kawasaki before he turned Scott Redding from a rough diamond into a rider that came close to winning the 2013 Moto2™ title.

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Redding’s formative time with Marc VDS reminds me so much of Miller’s. Redding had talent to burn but without a clear grasp on how to unleash it. He was a young man living the dream. Paid to travel the world and race motorcycles as a teenager, with all the temptations that come with it. In his position, I’d have done exactly the same thing. He raced hard and played hard.But he got to a stage in his career where he had the light bulb moment. He realised that without immersing himself into a strict training regime both for his head and body that he wouldn’t be showcasing his true potential.All aspects of his life were looked at. What he ate, how he trained, his mental prep, when, where and with whom he socialised. No stone was left unturned to ensure his talent wasn’t wasted.Miller’s hell raiser reputation has been calmed of late. He still loves to let his hair down but anybody questioning his commitment to the cause hasn’t seen him work so hard to recover from a pre-season double leg break.And this came after a punishing winter training regime that saw him return in 2016 looking a shadow of the man he was 12 months earlier. Leaner, meaner, stronger, that was the Miller at the start of 2016.I’ve got to admit that I’ve always been a big fan of Miller’s. He’s the first rider I saw breakdance in a gravel trap after a win and he’s the first I’ve seen drink Cava out of his boot on the podium.He’s always been frank and funny and he’s proper loveable rogue.He’s jokingly called a TV presenter a w****r on the grid in Australia after it was suggested his aspirations of a top 10 were over optimistic.And he dropped the F-bomb to a global TV audience in a Parc Ferme interview in Qatar after his first ever Moto3™ win in 2014.

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Qatar 2014 - Moto3 - RACE - Full23/03/2014Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took a brilliant first win of his career in the first race of the year at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, with Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) second and Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) third.He’s a mischievous character but one with a heart of gold. Once when his parents went away for a week, he persuaded the babysitter to drain the swimming pool so he could turn it into a skate park.Miller is such a likeable character that when he punted off teammate Cal Crutchlow at Silverstone last year, the Briton couldn’t bring himself to be even remotely angry, despite being torpedoed out of a potential podium battle in his home Grand Prix.In the two weeks leading up to Assen, Miller lodged with Crutchlow at his Isle of Man home and ran errands galore for Cal’s heavily pregnant wife Lucy.This is the side of Miller many don’t see. The Miller that’s so good-natured that he would walk an old lady across the road and rescue a cat out of a tree without a second's hesitation.I hope we don’t have to wait too long to see him on the podium again soon. Sunday’s masterful win in Assen’s wet and wild conditions showed he’s got the brain, heart and courage to go a long way in MotoGP™.After Gardner, Doohan and Stoner, maybe we have got another Wizard of Oz emerging after all.

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Are you faster than Rossi?
Valentino Rossi is a demon on track, but Valentino Rossi The Game gives you the chance to go even faster than ‘The Doctor’.

Tags MotoGP2016Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha MotoGPIt’s hard to drag Valentino Rossi away from the track, if he’s not riding his Yamaha M1 he’s probably out on his dirt track at the Ranch or ripping around Misano with his VR46 Academy. His loves for racing is so intense that even when he’s relaxing at home, he’s still practicing his racing lines on Valentino Rossi The Game.





“Having my own game is just great, it’s simply awesome,”
he said. “There is the Ranch, the Monza Rally Show, so it’s not just MotoGP! I would love it to simulate the thrill and the adrenaline rush from the speed, power and strength of a MotoGP race.” There’s a very small number of people who get to ride a MotoGP™ bike and an even smaller number who can do it quickly, but with Valentino Rossi The Game you can be inside Rossi’s helmet as he grabs for the brakes into San Donato in Mugello, your vision shifting as the rear of the bike lifts off the ground from the forces. "When play alone, you think you are really good, then you go online and there’s a lot of players who are simply insane!"Valentino Rossi Of course there’s more riders than just Rossi in the game, even ‘The Doctor’ doesn’t always play as himself: “I usually race with myself, but, at the beginning, when I fall a lot, I choose the other riders. I can’t stand seeing myself fall like that, so when I still need some practice I choose the other riders. I also like playing with Moto3 and Moto2, it’s different to MotoGP and always fun!”
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Riders are super competitive people, everything they do they want to be the best at. From racing to videogames, Rossi is always looking to be the fastest: “I play online. The problem with online races is that when you play alone, you think you are really good, then you go online and there’s a lot of players who are simply insane! I always take a beating, but I like to play online because you’re against the best. You can be sure I’ll be there.”
Now the big question is: are you faster than Valentino Rossi? Head over to the Valentino Rossi The Game page to find out how you can get a copy, get online and try your luck against the man himself!

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Pirro: “The limit was so narrow that I couldn’t save it”
Replacement rider Michele Pirro was certainly put through his paces in Assen as the weather changed multiple times during the race.

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The Motul TT Assen was an up and down weekend for Michele Pirro (Avintia Racing), unpredictable weather throughout the weekend restricted his progress on the GP14.2. Pirro started second last on the grid, Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) the only rider behind him due to his penalty from Catalunya, the 26-lap Motul TT Assen commenced in the wet but would not go the full distance. Pirro struggled in the conditions, eventually crashing on the last lap before the race was red flagged. The Italian was able to return to the pits and therefore make the restart. But Pirro’s fortunes wouldn’t get much better in the restart as he crashed again, unable to finish.
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Michele Pirro: “This weekend was really difficult for me, I think one of the hardest of my career. But this is racing. I feel sorry for the team, because we had the chance to fight for the seventh place in the second race, but I crashed. I had no warning and the limit was so narrow that I couldn’t save it. I feel bad for the team because today we could have achieved a good result. These two races were a great experience for me, but to be honest I hoped to get better results. Thanks to Avintia for this opportunity, I hope it will go better next time.”

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Smith: “We will continue to soldier on”
You can’t question Bradley Smith’s determination, two crashes, three laps down but he still finished and scored points.

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The Motul TT Assen was a race of two parts due to weather conditions forcing a restart. Unfortunately neither part of the wet race went exactly to plan for Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who fell twice. On both occasions he got back up and continued to lap, hopeful of scoring some points. The brutal conditions allowed Smith to limp home in 13th place, three laps behind the race winner but still able to collect three championship points.
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Bradley Smith: “It was an eventful day and with the challenging conditions, it was tricky for everyone to not make any mistakes. We started with the harder option rear tyre, which was the first time that we tried it all weekend and it took me a long time to get a general feeling. Yet, I could see Pol just in front of me on the track and I thought that I had made the right decision to go for the full distance, because 26 laps is a long time. Then we had a lot of rain and to be honest, it would have be nice to stop a few laps earlier because it was quite unsafe. It’s always difficult for race direction to understand the right moment but this is something we need to talk about in the future at safety commissions."
“Then, in part two, I felt a lot better because we were able to start with the softer compound of rear tyre, and twelve laps gave us that chance. I immediately made up a lot of positions in the opening lap, and in fact, I would say that it was one of the most competitive laps that I’ve had this season. Then unfortunately, like many other riders, I fell because I lost the front as it was pushed too much by the extra grip from the rear. Even though it’s another disappointing weekend, it was nice to finish and get some points because the team has worked really hard. We will continue to soldier on and do the best that we can. Right now, if we look at the championship we’re not where we want to be, but hopefully our fortune will change at some point this season and we’ll be back to where we belong.”

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Bautista: “At the restart I stayed calm”
Alvaro Bautista walked away with nothing in the end after running comfortably inside the top six on his RS-GP.

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Maintaining his focus in the difficult conditions of the Motul TT Assen, Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) picked his way forward and was soon inside the top ten. With the track drying and conditions constantly evolving, Bautista put all of his efforts into simply staying upright. The race would eventually be cut short, the red flag displayed due to a torrential downpour of rain. Bautista was in tenth when the flag came out, giving him tenth on the grid for the restart.Bautista was cautious off the line, trying to fully understand the conditions before beginning to attack. His caution proved correct as a number of high profile riders fell ahead of him. Slowly Bautista picked up his speed and found himself in sixth by the fourth lap. The Spaniard did all he could to close down Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) for fifth place; unfortunately this ambitious quest would result in a fall on the last lap. Sixth place would have been Bautista’s best result with Aprilia.
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Alvaro Bautista: “In the first part of the race I was riding well, despite the difficulties. At the restart I stayed calm, trying to figure out the track conditions lap after lap and setting my pace. I felt good, even when Iannone overtook me, opening up a little gap, I managed to close it back down. In the last lap I was very close to Andrea. His line went slightly wide on a turn and I moved in to overtake him. Unfortunately I fell, but in those situations the rider's instinct is always to aim for the best possible result. I'm sorry, first of all for the guys on my team and for Aprilia. Now the only thing to do is to look forward and keep on growing.

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Eleventh place for Tito Rabat after an unfortunate crash, the Spaniard feeling better in the wet than ever before.

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The 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship has already thrown Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) a fair few curveballs, the Dutch GP proving no different. For the first time in his fledgling premier class career, the former Moto2™ World champion raced in the wet. It proved to be an unusual race even by wet race standards, the red flag coming out halfway through the race due to a lack of visibility. Like the professional he is, Rabat took it all in his stride and made positive progress during both phases of the race.On the fifth lap of the restart Rabat fell, picking himself and his Honda RC213V up to secure 11th place. This is Rabat’s fifth point scoring finish of 2016 and allowed the Spaniard to show the progress he has made as a wet weather rider.

Tito Rabat: “It was a very difficult race and tricky conditions but I am happy to score more points. In the second race I’d got into the top 10 and felt I had a very good pace. I’m not normally so confident in the rain conditions but I felt really comfortable. I tried to pass Bautista because I was quite a bit faster than him in the last two sectors but I carried a bit more lean angle at turn 11 and it was a huge mistake because I crashed. I was lucky to be able to rejoin the race and I’m happy to finish and gain a lot of experience of the bike, tyres and electronics in the race. I want to say big congratulations to Jack and the whole team for the victory today. He rode an unbelievable race and deserved his victory.”

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