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SPOILER ALERT: MotoGP Qatar Race Report!

Rain, delays, uncertainty and a decision for a slightly shortened race distance prefaced the 20 laps that then blew the drama out the water: MotoGP is back for 2017, and in some style.

Monday, 27 March 2017 10:45 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Vinales tops Friday MotoGP qualifying; surprises abound in top five

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) kept his top spot on the combined timesheets after FP3 at Losail International Circuit, with his Friday best unchallenged by the grid. The Spaniard also suffered his first crash on the Yamaha in an official session earlier in the day, escaping unscathed. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was the late superstar of the session, moving up from P17 to second and just beating reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).

Behind Marquez was an impressive dash from reigning Moto2™ Champion Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who took over from his teammate Jonas Folger as fastest rookie.  Folger is eighth on combined times, and also goes safely through to the Q2 qualifying session.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) completed the top five overall after the three sessions, ahead of FP2’s fastest man Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing). Redding also suffered two incidents in FP3 – with damage to his fairing followed by a late crash. Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa was seventh fastest, only 0.028 off the Brit.

Behind Folger was fellow crasher LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, who took ninth despite the late incident. Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) just completed the top ten by 0.021 - the last of those graduating automatically to Q2.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) had a tougher second day, ending twelfth on combined times and missing the cut by only half a tenth. The 'Spartan' will be a big threat in Q1 as he looks to fight at the front in his first weekend in red.

The grid head out for FP4 at 19:55 local time (GMT + 3) on Saturday evening, before Q1 chooses two more graduates for Q2 – and the first grid of the year gets decided.

Friday, 24 March 2017 19:05 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke, Riedmann, Lawrence amongst St-Eustache winners

ST-EUSTACHE, QC – Jordan Szoke completed a sweep of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at Autodrome St-Eustache with victory in Sunday’s 22-lap race aboard his Express Lane / Motovan / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:36 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Lorenzo dominates crash-filled French MotoGP round

Jorge Lorenzo ran away with the French GP, taking a flag-to-flag victory as former championship leader Marc Marquez fell.

Monday, 09 May 2016 10:16 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Rossi gets first win of 2016 in commanding fashion in Spain

The Gran Premio Red Bull de España saw Valentino Rossi lead from start to finish, winning from Lorenzo and Marquez with ease.

Monday, 25 April 2016 09:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo starts MotoGP title defence with win in Qatar

With new Michelin tires and new unified electronics, the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar was set to not only start a new season of the MotoGP™ World Championship, but also begin a new era. Testing had given fans a preview of who was fast and what bikes were working well, but few had any idea what would happen as the lights went out on the first race of the 2016 season.

Monday, 21 March 2016 09:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Lorenzo Takes Win and Title in Valencia (Exclusive IM report)

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo led from lights off to the checkered flag to win both the battle and the war, earning his third career MotoGP World Championship and his fifth career world crown with victory at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain today. Lorenzo experienced almost race-long pressure from the Repsol Honda of outgoing two-time world champ Marc Marquez, as well as a late race push from on-form Dani Pedrosa on the second Honda, to earn his crown.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 13:12 Published in News


Rossi, Marquez and Pedrosa Talk Malaysia

A controversial bumping incident during lap seven of the Malaysian Grand Prix on October 25 caused Repsol Honda’s World Champ Marc Marquez to fall from third, while Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi continued on to net that spot at the finish, holding his points lead in the MotoGP World Championship.

Dani Pedrosa won the race for Honda, while Rossi’s arch-rival and teammate Jorge Lorenzo netted second.

Following the event, race control reviewed multiple-camera video footage of the incident and spoke to both racers, and then Race Director Mike Webb gave Rossi three penalty points against his licence due to his actions. 

This decision gave 36-year-old Rossi a total of four of a possible seven per-season penalty points against his status, and means he will start the final event of the season at Valencia from the back of the MotoGP feature race grid.  His initial point was awarded due to a qualifying incident earlier in the season at Misano involving Jorge Lorenzo.

This decision means that Rossi, although seven points ahead of teammate Lorenzo in the 2015 championship standings, is unlikely to hang on to his championship lead.  Rossi has 312 points while Lorenzo trails at 305, Marquez out of contention with a total of 222 points in third spot.

“I don’t know if I have lost the championship,” stated Rossi after the race direction ruling.  “This will be very difficult now.  I am very disappointed in the three points.  He (Marquez) won.  He decided the championship and he made me lose the championship.  I think that he will be very happy.”

“I don’t want to make Marquez crash and I didn’t kick him,” continued Rossi, still very aggressive while on defence.  “From the helicopter shot, you see, in slow motion, it is quite clear that I go wide. I don’t want to say I do the normal corner – I want to go to him, slow down and make him loose time.”

“When I go to slow down, slow down, slow down, and I go to cut his line, and we touch.  He touched me with his handlebar on my left leg and it is for that reason he crash.  If you kick a MotoGP rider he don’t crash, because the bike is heavy, it has a lot of grip.”

Following the post-race review and penalty, 22-year-old double MotoGP Champ Marquez spoke out regarding his crash, saying:  “I didn’t expect that he (Rossi) would take off the leg and push my handlebars and my front brake.  Then I lost my front and when I was on the floor I saw him (Rossi) look behind again.

“For me, it does not matter if you are Valentino or another racer, in this type of incident you are out of control.  When you are a rider you know what is going on – to take a leg off and push another rider out, it is difficult to see how you can think this on your bike.”

Meanwhile, forgotten victor Dani Pedrosa, age 30, spoke about the incident at the delayed post-race press conference, an event Rossi opted not to attend.

“I had the chance to watch this incident just now, and this is not good,” said the Repsol Honda rider.  “It is not good for the championship, it is not good for Rossi, and for Marc, Jorge and me – even though I was not involved.”

“This is not a good thing, happening so late in the fight for our championship.  The manoeuvres were okay, for sure Valentino wanted to have a more calm race, to try and catch Jorge for second. But in their last manoeuvre, yes you can go as wide as you want if you are on the inside (Rossi), you have the line for that corner.  The guy on the inside has the preference always, so normally the guy on the outside would shut the throttle.

“But the speed was very, very slow, and Marquez understood this and close the throttle completely, waiting for Valentino to turn. Then there is the moment when I can see Valentino’s leg moving and we see Marquez crash.  Unfortunately, not a good thing, and I am really disappointed about this.  I started out front from the beginning and stayed in front, and I am really happy to escape out front and be unaware of all the problems behind,” stated the Malaysian victor.                

Sunday, 25 October 2015 14:39 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Pedrosa Wins; Rossi in Trouble in Malaysia

The penultimate round of the 2015 MotoGP Championship might not have had a dramatic last lap in the fashion of the previous event in Australia, but it was an equally big deal.  Unfortunately, the 17th Grand Prix of the season on October 25th at in Kuala Lumpur will not be remembered as a feel-good story, unlike Philip Island down under last weekend.

Polesitter Dani Pedrosa was in near-perfect form on the second works Repsol Honda RC213V, leading from the start to take his third career MotoGP win at Sepang international in hot, humid and overcast conditions. 

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, doing his best to make up points in the battle for the 2015 MotoGP title against his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, was second, just over three seconds back.  Rossi netted a distant third, and is now under real pressure from Lorenzo with the final round slated for Valencia, Spain in two weeks’ time.

Huge controversy erupted on lap seven of 22, after Rossi and Honda team leader Marc Marquez had traded third spot often, in increasingly aggressive and risky fashion.  After an incredible number of overtaking maneuvers, including a bump or two, sideways moments and some Rossi gestures, the two interacted in turn 14 with Marquez crashing out of contention.

Video reviews did not make the circumstances of the incident clear, although Rossi certainly ran way wide in the tightening right hander and looked over at Marquez on his outside, away from the line, as the two were inches apart.  Rossi seemed to bobble and then Marquez tucked the front end, seemingly on the brakes, and fell.

Earlier in the weekend, Rossi had lashed out at Marquez through the media, claiming that the reigning and two-time World Champ was trying to help fellow Spaniard Lorenzo in the title battle.  Formerly friendly, Rossi and Marquez have been on the outs since incidents while battling for first in Argentina and Holland earlier in the season.  Malaysia was apparently strike three.

A beyond-angry Marquez refused to comment, although his team was outspoken in their criticism, waiting for race control to review the incident, post-race, and make an official ruling.

The stewards decided to penalize Rossi at the upcoming final event, where he will be required to start from the back of the grid regardless of his qualifying performance.  Rossi was allowed to keep his third place on the day, but this F1 style judgement will put Rossi in a tough spot in terms of the title battle.

With 25 points available in Valencia, Rossi heads the standings with 312 points, Lorenzo second with a total of 305.  Lorenzo seems to have the best chance given recent performances and the Rossi grid penalty.  Marquez keeps third overall, but is not in contention for the title after two straight World crowns.

Rossi did not directly comment on the Marquez crash, saying post-race that “I lost a lot of time with Marc, then in turn 14 I tried to go a bit wide to get a better line and make him slow, because he was riding to cause me problems.  Unfortunately, I don’t know, he come up to me and crash at that moment.”

Some Rossi supporters claimed that Marquez tried to head but Rossi’s left knee as they leaned into the turn, side by side.

Amazingly, Lorenzo opted not to take the high road concerning events involving his teammate, even though he was in front of the action and didn’t know about the accident until after the race.

“It was huge, I don’t know what to say,” commented new championship favorite Lorenzo.  “It is clear that he (Rossi) took Marquez off and the regulation is fair.

“This time they need to give him a big penalty,” continued the two-time MotoGP champ. “For example with Danny Kent in (support class) qualifying, they demote him many positions on the grid.  So for this action the penalty should be much harsher.”

Behind the controversy, Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha) had a strong run, earning his best dry track result while out-duelling Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) for fourth and best satellite team result.  Crutchlow was fifth, but might be in trouble with the stewards after an early race incident that caused Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso to fall.

Top Ducati was the Pramac entry of Danilo Petrucci, earning sixth after pulling away from the battling works Ecstar Suzukis of Aleix Espargaro (seventh) and Maverick Vinales (eighth).  Pol Espargaro netted ninth on the second Tech 3 Yamaha, while Gresini Aprilia finally had a solid result, Stefan Bradl placing a close tenth, right behind the GSX-RRs.

Top privateer was the Forward Yamaha of Toni Elias in 14th, while American Nicky Hayden, in his penultimate career GP, wound up just out of the points in 16th aboard the Aspar Honda RC213V-RS.     

- By Colin Fraser

Sunday, 25 October 2015 06:15 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Flat Track Canada race report - Round 6, Wheatley Thunderfest

One day after dealing with blazing heat and some great racing, the Flat Track Canada travelling road show was at it once again. Sunday saw the group head to Wheatley to race at the short track on the Erie Ramblers club grounds. Long regarded as one of the most unique and coolest tracks around, the Wheatley track is always fun and Sunday certainly didn't disappoint.

After some of them riding 750's the night before, the Experts went to smaller displacement machines for the short track. Although the bikes were smaller the thrills were huge as once again the best riders in Canada put on a great show for the fans. Making a rare appearance on his beautiful 450 framer it was Doug Lawrence, making up for the night before, who came away with the win in Open Expert. Early leader in the race was Chris Evans but unfortunately for Evans he slid out in corner two shortly after Lawrence got by him. Local ace Nick Wenzler had a strong ride through the pack to finish second while new points leader Tyler Seguin took home third. A surprising non-factor in the final was reigning number one Don Taylor who had looked like a man on a mission in his heat race bouncing off the wall on the back straight while going for the win.



Rookie Expert Dave Pouliot surprised perhaps everybody except himself in taking the win in Expert DTX. While the others behind him were sliding and bobbing, Pouliot looked smooth and fast on his way to his first Expert victory. Taylor was a factor in this race as he grabbed second while Wenzler was once again in the mix and was able to grab third. Congratulations Dave!

 

Intermediate once again belonged to Brodie Buchan as he grabbed both wins to go four for four on the weekend. Track knowledge, skill, and great starts went a long way for Buchan and he just couldn't be caught. Braden Vallee and Cody Marentette swapped positions from the night before with Vallee grabbing second in both races after having to make up ground from some harrowing starts.

 

 

The Novice class was dominated for the second day in a row by the trio of Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle and Luke Rahm. Finishing order was the same in both races as Pickle found himself sandwiched between Brown and Rahm on his home track. 

 

Boyd Deadman proved to be the master of the light on Sunday grabbing the holeshot in both 85 Youth and Novice 250 action. While unable to hold the lead until the end in both races, Deadman did have a couple of great rides to finish second to Hunter Bauer with Jimmy McCullough rounding out the top three.

 

VET action saw Steve Ball, winner from the night before, take a hard tumble in turn three after making contact with Rob Churchill. With Ball out of commission, Churchill was able to grab the checkers ahead of Dan Doreen and Windsor firefighter Paul Renaud.

 

A special thanks to all the Erie Ramblers and Flat Track Canada crew for putting on such a great weekend in such extreme temperatures. Bravo !

Other Classes Wheatley Top Three

Youth 65: Adrian St. Amand, Brandon Keys, Spencer Whittam

Youth 50 Chain: Adrian St. Amand, Spencer Whittam, Easton Ventoso

Photos Courtesy of David Dudley.

 

Flat Track Canada would like to thank Parts Canada, Deeley Harley Davidson, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Kawasaki Canada, Diesel Equipment Limited, Dunlop Tires, Klotz Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Grand River Powersports, Sturgess Cycle, Town Moto, and JD Graphics.

   

For Results and Standings please visit  

  

http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/   

 

Monday, 27 July 2015 14:00 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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