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I'll post all of the press releases from HRC as the season goes on in here as I receive them.
 

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14/1/15

HRC renews relationship with Casey Stoner

Honda Racing Corporation have retained the services of two-time World Champion Casey Stoner through 2015.
The 2007 and 2011 MotoGP World Champion will test for two days in Sepang between the 29th and 31st January, prior to the first Official IRTA pre-season test.
A second test will take place towards the end of the year, but no date is confirmed at present.

Shuhei Nakamoto
HRC Executive Vice President

“First of all, Happy New Year! We are very happy to be able to start 2015 by announcing the continuation of our relationship with Casey and keep him in the Honda family. The feedback he gives HRC is invaluable and we are fortunate to have a test rider capable to push the RC213V to its limits”

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Test Rider – MotoGP

“After having a long break from riding, it was refreshing to get back on a bike a few months ago! Now after a relaxing Christmas and New Year I’m happy to announce that I’ve been speaking to Nakamoto san and we have come to an agreement in continuing our relationship. I am currently preparing to ride in Sepang in a few weeks - which will be very different weather and humidity to Motegi - so I need to get myself fit!”
 

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21/1/15

HRC and Termignoni continue MotoGP partnership
The positive and successful partnership between HRC and Termignoni in MotoGP will continue for a further two seasons, through to the end of 2016. After conquering seven World Titles – three riders and four constructors – between 2011 to present day, the renewal of the contract confirms the harmony and good relationship built over the past four years.

Livio Suppo
Team Principal – Repsol Honda Team, HRC Communications & Marketing Director

“We are very happy to continue our relationship with Termignoni for another two years. We have enjoyed much success together in recent seasons and we hope this will continue for many years to come!”

Michele Burnengo
CEO TERMIGNONI S.p.A.

“It’s a great pleasure for us to continue to work with HRC. In these four years, we have enjoyed many victories and have had the opportunity, thanks to the excellent working relationship, to extend and strengthen the cooperation also in the Rally Raid and Motocross World Championships. We are proud to work closely with the legendary Honda racing department, because it validates the capabilities and potential of Termignoni”
 

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31/1/15

Stoner returns to Sepang in HRC test
Two-time MotoGP World Champion, Casey Stoner, has completed a successful test in Sepang with Honda Racing Corporation.
Casey began his test schedule at the 5.548km Sepang Circuit – 75km to the south of Kuala Lumpur – on Thursday mid-morning. Brief rain showers interrupted testing throughout the course of the three days, but nonetheless Casey was able to fulfil the plan set by HRC.
Casey spent time on both the 2014 and 2015 RC213V machines, doing a chassis comparison and analysed new variations of the new spec brought to this test by HRC. He also tried new brakes from Brembo amongst various other testing components. The engineers also took advantage of having Casey in Sepang to run a few laps on the Suzuka 8 Hour Honda CBR1000RR in the afternoon on the final day.

Casey Stoner
Test Rider – MotoGP

“Overall it’s been a good test, very positive and we got a lot done! On the first day we worked on the base setup and tested some small things before the rain arrived and we had to stop. Then on day two I spent a lot of time doing a back-to-back chassis comparison from last year’s bike to this year’s and I also tested different variations of the chassis. Brembo brought some new aluminium callipers for us to try and Honda had several other test items which we managed to get through before the rain came once again. On the final day we confirmed some feelings from yesterday and tried a few electronic packages as well as some different suspension. Riding the CBR was very different, I’ve never really ridden that kind of bike, the shifting, riding position, engine power, weight characteristic etc was quite difficult and took some getting used to. After a few exits I had more of an understanding and was able to give some feedback. In general it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed being able to feel the rear of the bike step out!”.
 

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1/2/15

Marquez and Pedrosa unveil new 2015 livery in Bali
Today on the tropical Island of Bali, Repsol Honda’s World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa revealed their new look 2015 race machines.
The Repsol Honda Team enjoyed an incredible 2014 season winning Honda’s third Triple Crown in four years (Rider, Constructor and Team titles) and second in succession. Honda continue their partnership with Repsol – after celebrating their 20th anniversary last season – and remains the longest running sponsor-factory agreement of its kind in the history of the motorcycle World Championship. For 2015, the iconic bike now features an exciting new graphic by ways of the new, increased team partnership with Austrian-based energy drink manufacturer, Red Bull.
After a well deserved winter break, both riders looked refreshed and eager to get the season started. Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice-President was present in Bali, together with Team Principal Livio Suppo to introduce the riders ahead of the first test in Sepang scheduled to begin in just three days, on 4th February in Sepang, Malaysia.

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“It’s been a long and busy Winter break and now I’m really looking forward to starting the season! It’s great to be able to present our new bikes in Indonesia, together with our partner Astra Honda, it’s such a beautiful backdrop! It’s my first time here in Bali and it’s wonderful to see all the fans here and feel their enthusiasm for MotoGP. Tomorrow we leave for Malaysia, I’ve trained a lot during last month to prepare myself for these first two tests in Sepang and I’m excited to be with my crew again and see how the new bike is working after Valencia test!”


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“It’s been really nice, and something different to have our Team Presentation here in Bali, so thanks to Astra Honda! It never stops to amaze me how passional the fans are for our sport in this part of the World. I’ve had a good Winter, with a mix of relaxation and training and now I’m ready and highly motivated to get back on the bike in Sepang in a few days!”


Shuhei Nakamoto
HRC Executive Vice President

“We are very grateful to Astra Honda for hosting our 2015 Team Presentation here on the beautiful Island of Bali and thank you to Repsol, Red Bull and all our partners and sponsors for their ongoing support in 2015 and beyond. It’s good to see Marc and Dani in a positive mood and relaxed after the Winter break and ready to get back on the bike next week in Sepang. We hope it will be a very productive test so we can start the season in Sepang in the best way possible”.


Livio Suppo
Team Principal / Communications and Marketing Director

“We can’t wait to start the season! After a very successful 2014, we are very motivated to begin the Championship and even if we know if won’t be easy to win more… we will do our best to do it! It is great to be here in Bali, as Indonesia is a country where MotoGP has a huge number of fans but unfortunately we don’t race here. We are glad to introduce our Repsol Honda Team here, hoping to come for a GP in the future!"
 

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28/2/15

HRC team up with ASICS footwear
Honda Racing Corporation is delighted to announce a two-year collaboration with ASICS in the MotoGP World Championship.
ASICS is a premium sporting goods company – founded in 1949 – which produces high-quality footwear, apparel and accessories for a wide range of sports. The name is an acronym for the Latin phrase ‘’anima sana in corpore sano’ which translates as “sound mind in a sound body”.
This partnership will see HRC personnel and also Honda’s factory outfit – The Repsol Honda Team – wearing custom HRC ASICS shoes in the MotoGP paddock.
Please visit our new website www.HondaRacingCorporation.com and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on all the team news across multiple categories. You can find out more about ASICS through their website www.asics.com and via their Facebook page.


Shuhei Nakamoto
HRC Executive Vice President
“We are very happy to begin this exciting partnership with ASICS. They are a unique company with a special approach to their industry and founded upon a distinctive motto. We appreciate their attention to detail in creating a special HRC shoe and hope this will be the beginning of a long affiliation with Honda!”
 

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27/3/15

Casey Stoner returns to racing in 2015 Suzuka 8hr
Honda Racing Corporation are pleased to announce Casey Stoner’s return to competition racing. The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007 and 2011) will form part of Honda’s MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three person team at this year’s Suzuka 8hr race, taking place on Sunday 26th July.
Casey, together with Honda’s World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi, will be looking to clinch Honda’s sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event which runs for eight hours consecutively where entrants (composed of two or more riders) alternate during pit stops.
Having recently renewed his testing contract with HRC, Casey tested the Suzuka CBR1000RR machine during January’s Sepang test, reporting positively on the machine to Honda engineers.
Casey will have further opportunities to test the Honda machine on the 7th/8th and 14th/15th July.

Casey Stoner:
“After riding the bike in Sepang a few months ago, I’ve been speaking closely with Honda about the possibility to take part in Suzuka. It’s always been an event I wanted to do and something I was never able to consider when I was racing in MotoGP, due to our busy schedules, so I’m really looking forward to taking part! The bike is very different to a MotoGP machine, but it will be a new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I’ve been used to in my racing to this point. I’ve been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season and Takumi Takahashi has a lot of experience on this machine, so I’m looking forward to hearing their comments and working together with them in preparation for the July race. Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race!”

Shuhei Nakamoto – HRC Executive Vice President:
“We are very happy that Casey agreed to take part in the 8hr with Honda. It will be great to see him back on a bike in a racing environment and I’m sure he will enjoy it. Together with van der Mark and Takahashi they form a strong team to compete in this endurance race – I’m excited to see how they will do.”

Shigeki Honda – Team Principal MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO:
“This year, MuSASHi Racing Team HARC-PRO is aiming to win the Suzuka 8hr for the third consecutive year. In addition to our riders, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi, who together have celebrated the past two victories , we are very happy to invite the legendary Casey Stoner to join our team. Casey has an enjoyed an incredible career and achieved a huge amount of success. We believe that with his fantastic experience, coupled with our team’s know how after many years of involvement at this event, we can make our dreams come true.”

Michael van der Mark:
“The Suzuka 8 Hour race is such a special event for all the fans and the Japanese people and not many riders get the chance to take part, even though many would like to. I also know what an important event it is for Honda so it’s a greathonorfor me to be asked to race the CBR1000RR once more, and this time with Casey as our teammate! The testing and race schedule is quite tough to combine with the World Superbike Championship but I really enjoy riding at Suzuka so I’m very happy to make time for it. The bike is very different to my World Superbike CBR but it’s easy to ride so it’s not big problem to change. I’ve had two fantastic years with a great team and it would be really nice and something quite special to get a hat-trick of wins.”

Takumi Takahashi:
“The Suzuka 8hr this year means a lot to me and my team since our goal is to win for a third consecutive year, and I’m even more excited to take part together with Casey. Nonetheless, we know our rivals are all set to beat us, so I know it will not be easy to accomplish this goal. I will try to get the best out of the remaining few tests so that we will be able to run the 8hr race as fast as possible without any mistakes. We guarantee to demonstrate our extreme professionalism and excitement to those who will come to Suzuka to support us!”
 

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2/4/15

Pedrosa confirms further surgery to fix arm pump issues
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will unfortunately need further surgery to fix his arm pump issues that continued to plague the Spanish rider during the first round of the 2015 MotoGP Championship. This common problem among motorcycle racers is a build-up of pressure in the forearm causing great pain, and makes riding a bike exceptionally difficult when the muscle becomes too big for the ‘sack’ that it sits in.
Dani tried very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, after struggling to perform at his top level throughout the 2014 season, and even had surgery last year – after the Jerez GP – but it was unsuccessful. During this time doctors advised against any further surgery. Then throughout all the Winter testing it seemed that in theory the problem was solved, unfortunately the issue came back again under the stresses of the race situation.
After his sixth place finish in the opening race of 2015 in Qatar last weekend, Dani returned to Spain on Monday and met with specialists in Barcelona and Madrid. Their recommendation was for him to undergo surgery as soon as possible, which Dr. Angel Villamor will perform in Madrid. Special attention will be paid to the closing of the wound as this will guarantee better recovery and less risk of the problem arising again in the future.
Surgery is planned for the morning of Friday 3rd April with an expected recovery time of four to six weeks, this means Dani will certainly miss the Red Bull Austin and Argentina races. His return to racing won’t be confirmed until doctors can ascertain the success of the surgery.
His replacement will be HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.


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"Obviously this isn’t the news I wanted to be sharing with everyone. However, after speaking with some key doctors and medical professionals that I trust, they are all in agreement that this is the only option for me. We will have the surgery on Friday and they will use a special technique to help close the wound to try and prevent this issue continuing to affect me. Let’s hope it’s a success. I want to thank all my fans for their support, but especially Honda, Repsol, Red Bull and all our sponsors for their understanding in this matter."
 

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3/4/15

Successful surgery for Pedrosa in Madrid
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery this morning in Madrid, performed by Dr. Angel Villamor – orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Director of iQtra Medicina Avanzada. The surgery, aimed to fix Dani’s problematic arm pump, took just over 2 hours with Dr. Villamor confident of its success.
The operation, aimed to fix Dani’s problematic arm pump, took just over 2 hours with Dr. Villamor confident of its success. During today’s surgery, Dr. Villamor completely removed the layer of fascia – the casing around the muscle that gives it form and shape – which is causing problems for Dani.
It is expected that Dani will be discharged from the hospital in a few hours, after confirming that his post-operative evolution is positive. He will visit Dr. Villamor regularly in the coming weeks for check ups and then begin a custom physiotherapy program. A recovery time of 4 to 6 weeks is expected, however his return to racing won’t be confirmed until Dr. Villamor can ascertain the success of the surgery.

Dr. Angel Villamor:
“The surgery was complicated and aggressive using a microsurgery technique and microscopic lens. It lasted two hours, and was done under a local anaesthetic. We examined the muscle fascia, which were hypertrophied and had to be opened up and released. The muscle fascia has been dissected and removed from the forearm. This increased volume engorged the muscle within the inelastic fascia resulting in increased pressure within the compartment, and causing a painful condition of oxygen deprivation – thus causing intense pain in the forearm which collapsed after exercising during riding. We will now monitor Dani over the next few weeks to measure the success of this surgery.”
 

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Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
MotoGP 2015 Round 2

Marquez and Aoyama head to Austin for the Red Bull GP of The Americas
After a difficult start to the 2015 Championship in Qatar, resulting in 6th place Dani Pedrosa requiring further surgery to fix his arm pump issues, Marc Marquez (finishing 5th in Doha) and replacement rider Hiroshi Aoyama are en route to Austin, Texas.
Dani underwent successful surgery in Madrid last Friday with Dr. Villamor reporting positively but unable to confirm a exact recovery period. What is known is that Dani will certainly miss the Austin and Argentina races, which are back-to-back GPs so HRC have called on the services of their test rider – Hiroshi Aoyama – to replace the injured rider.
This is just the third time the MotoGP paddock will visit the 5.513km Texas circuit completed in 2012 which features a total of 20 corners with 9 right turns and 11 left turns. Marc took his first premier class victory here in 2013 and also emerged victorious in 2014, with Dani completing the 1-2 for Repsol Honda on both occasions. Hiro – riding for a Satellite Honda team, took 17th in his first outing here and 12th last year.
The normal weekend schedule returns in Austin with first practice on Friday and the race on Sunday at 14h00 local time.



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CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 5TH - 11 POINTS

"I’m really looking froward to getting to Austin and putting Qatar behind us. The Circuit of The Americas is one of my favourite circuits and I have good memories of taking my first win in the MotoGP class, back in 2013, and also winning there last year. We need to work hard from FP1 and then keep this momentum for the whole weekend and have a ‘normal’ race. I’m really sorry for Dani, myself and the whole team wish him a speedy recovery. We welcome Hiroshi to the team and will help him how we can!"

Marc Marquez Statistics
Date of Birth 17/02/1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 168 cm
Weight 59 kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Racing Number 93
First Race 1998 “Enduro per nens”
Grand Prix Debut 2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)
GPs raced 114
GP pole positions 50 (14 in 125cc, 14 in 250cc, 22 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 69 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 30 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 45 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 19 x MotoGP)
First GP Win 2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)
World titles 4 (1 x 125cc - 2010, 1 x Moto2 - 2012, 2 x MotoGP - 2013, 2014)
Previous Results in Austin 2014 1st (MotoGP), 2013 1st (MotoGP)



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CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: N/A

"I’ve very sorry for Dani’s situation, I know how demanding it is to ride a MotoGP machine and with the problem he had, it’s a great job to finish sixth in Qatar! I would like to thank HRC for asking me to stand in for Dani in Austin, I will do my best and hope to enjoy this experience with the Repsol Honda Team. The Austin track is very demanding and technical, each session will be important to learn the bike and get to know the team, but I am looking forward to being there and racing in the USA with the MotoGP riders. I wish Dani a fast recovery and that he can return on track soon."


Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda
6 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 10 Repsol Honda Team Honda
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 9 CWM LCR Honda Honda
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
10 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 6 Pramac Racing Ducati
11 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 4 Pramac Racing Ducati
13 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
14 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 2 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 1 Avintia Racing Ducati
 

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Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
MotoGP 2015 Round 2

Wet start to Red Bull GP of The Americas
The first session of the weekend has got underway in Austin, Texas with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez second fastest and replacement rider Hiroshi Aoyama in 12th.
An issue with the lap time transponder delayed the session from starting by fifty minutes, then after just twelve minutes the session was red flagged when a dog was spotted on the track. A further delay of twenty minutes ensued before the riders were able to return on track and complete this first session.
Marc completed fifteen laps with his fastest lap of 2’19.864 (lap 14) and Hiroshi Aoyama – replacing injured Dani Pedrosa – recorded 17 laps and took his best time on the final lap with 2’22.387.



Marc Marquez 93
2ND 2'19.864 [LAP 14/15]
“I felt good this morning even in these wet conditions. The grip of the track in the rain isn’t too bad - but not one of the best! It’s important to work well on the setup as it looks quite likely we will have a wet race. I tried to push on my last lap and had a moment, but it was good to see the limit in these conditions. This afternoon we will continue to work and prepare for qualifying and the race, regardless of the conditions.”




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
12TH 2'22.387 [LAP 17/17]

“Unfortunately this first practice in Austin was very wet, which wasn’t ideal for me. I’ve just jumped onto Dani’s bike and I need some time to adapt. I was trying to get some feeling and slowly improved through the session but it looks like the weather will remain like this for the weekend so we’ll keep working on the wet setup and try to find some consistency.”




Results Session
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'19.402
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'19.864
3 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'20.487
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'20.593
5 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'20.665
6 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'20.951
7 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'20.983
8 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'21.300
9 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'21.486
10 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 2'21.625
11 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'22.018
12 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'22.387
13 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'22.391
14 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'22.498
15 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'22.542
16 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'22.571
17 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'22.663
18 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'22.716
19 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'22.741
20 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'24.178
21 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'24.851
22 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'25.024
23 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'25.141
24 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'25.160
25 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 2'25.405




Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda
6 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 10 Repsol Honda Team Honda
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 9 CWM LCR Honda Honda
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
10 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 6 Pramac Racing Ducati
11 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 4 Pramac Racing Ducati
13 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
14 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 2 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 1 Avintia Racing Ducati
 

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Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
MotoGP 2015 Round 2

After a wet start to the Red Bull GP of The Americas, this afternoon the track dried up and allowed the MotoGP riders the opportunity to experience some dry track time.
The track improved as the FP2 session continued and it was reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, who finished on top. His time of 2’04.835 recorded on his final lap of ten, placed him 0.327 seconds ahead of satellite Honda rider Cal Crutchlow in the combined times. Marc’s teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama, finished the day in 16th with his time of 2’07.268 (lap 12/12). Hiroshi – standing in for injured Dani Pedrosa – was grateful to have some dry track time to assist his learning experience aboard the Honda RC213V.
Tomorrow’s FP3 session is scheduled to begin at 09h55 local time.



Marc Marquez 93
1ST 2'04.835 [LAP 10/10]

“Today was a positive day and in general it went fairly well. In the morning we rode in wet conditions, which was important because it is possible that Sunday’s race will be under the same circumstances and we were able to discard a few things. In the second session we were able to ride in the dry and, although we only put in five fast laps, the feeling was good and we could draw a few conclusions. Let’s hope that tomorrow the weather is dry and we can continue trying out some modifications to the bike to improve further –although the important thing is that our initial feeling is positive.”




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
16TH 2'07.268 [LAP12/12]

“Unfortunately this morning’s session was in wet conditions which wasn’t the easiest start for me in learning how to ride this bike. We adjusted the bike a little and by the end I had more confidence. This afternoon it was slightly damp still but we rode on the slicks so I could get some experience in drier conditions. We didn’t really change too much on the bike, I just needed to put in some laps as I’m still missing a good feeling on the bike.”




Results Session
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'04.835
2 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'05.162
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'05.190
4 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'05.564
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'05.646
6 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'05.691
7 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'05.840
8 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'05.990
9 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 2'06.092
10 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'06.134
11 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'06.174
12 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'06.216
13 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'06.294
14 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'06.591
15 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'07.011
16 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'07.268
17 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'07.419
18 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'07.581
19 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'07.916
20 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'07.968
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 2'08.266
22 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'08.762
23 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'09.372
24 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'11.258
25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'12.409



Location Information
The Circuit Of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the impressive 1000-acre facility was completed late in 2012, with MotoGP lining up at the track for the first time…read more.


Length 5.513 kilometres / 3.426 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 11
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles
Constructed 2012
Circuit Records
Pole Position 2m 02.773s (161.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap 2m 03.575s (160.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 43m 33.430s (158.9 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2014 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617 – View in Google Maps
circuitoftheamericas.com
 

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Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
MotoGP 2015 Round 2

Dramatic Austin qualifying as Marquez takes pole in final moments with record lap
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his first pole position of 2015 in sensational fashion for tomorrow’s Red Bull GP of The Americas. His teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama – standing in for Dani Pedrosa – qualified in 18th for the twenty one lap race.
With rain threatening to arrive at anytime, the MotoGP riders were thankful to have a dry day at the Austin track after yesterday’s difficult conditions. Marc led this morning’s FP3 and FP4 and confirmed his place in Q2. Hiroshi improved throughout the day but was unable to reach Q2 and sealed his 6th row start from 18th place with his time of 2’05.086.
As the 15-minute Q2 session got underway, Marc took provisional pole on his first exit. After returning to the pits for a fresh rear tyre, Marc exited back on track but encountered a warning light on his dashboard, so as a safety measure he switched the bike off, HRC engineers are looking into this issue. Thankfully this happened on the pit straight and Marc was able to sprint back to his garage to jump on his second bike. The fast reactions of his team meant the bike was already running as he approached the garage and with 2’27 remaining Marc made it back out on track – demoted to 7th as other riders posted faster laps.
He passed the start / finish line with seconds to spare and immediately pushed his Honda RC213V to the limit. Marc lit up the timing screens in all sectors and took a stunning pole position with his time of 2’02.135 smashing his own record from 2014 by over half a second (2’02.773) and 0.339 faster than second place Dovizioso.



Marc Marquez 93
1ST 2'02.135

“I'm happy, because after having a problem we were able to come back and set the fastest time. It was rather different to what we are used to, because when I crossed the line for the first time with the second tyre I saw a warning light on the bike. When that happens, we are normally advised to shut off the engine. I was able to get out again on the second bike and cross the line right at the cut-off point to put in a final lap, which worked out well for us. It's important, because tomorrow we are expecting an eventful race with the unstable weather conditions. If the race is dry, then I'm ready. If it's wet, then we will have to see how things go in the moment!”




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
18TH 2'05.086

“Today we were fortunate to have dry conditions all day and in each session I have improved but it wasn’t easy. During qualifying I had an issue with chatter but still bettered my time, however, it wasn’t enough to get a good grid position. I still have room to improve in time for tomorrow’s race so I hope it’s dry. I’ll try to find a few tenths in different places to allow me to move up in the standings.”




Results Session
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'02.135
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'02.474
3 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'02.540
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'02.573
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'02.613
6 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'02.674
7 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'02.792
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'02.869
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'03.161
10 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'03.440
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'03.741
12 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'03.754
13 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'03.926
14 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'04.275
15 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 2'04.313
16 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'04.392
17 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'04.875
18 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'05.086
19 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'05.156
20 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'05.214
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 2'05.261
22 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'05.569
23 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'05.595
24 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'06.145
25 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'07.267
 

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Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
MotoGP 2015 Round 2

Marquez continues perfect record in USA with emphatic win in Austin
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has returned to winning form in the Red Bull GP of The Americas with teammate Hiroshi Aoyama – replacing Dani Pedrosa – fighting to the last lap to take 11th place.
Pole man Marc dropped back briefly from the start to 2nd place behind Dovizioso whilst Hiroshi got caught up and found himself 20th, from 16th on the grid. By lap five, Hiro had climbed to 13th and after a brief battle with Dovizioso, Marc took first place.
With Rossi and Iannone fighting with Dovizioso, Marc never looked back and led from the front for the remainder of the race – taking his 20th victory in the MotoGP class. Hiroshi progressed further and reached 11th place, which he briefly lost on the final lap, but showed a fighting spirit and re-passed Barbera taking 11th.
Marc has won on all six occasions that he has raced in the MotoGP class in the USA, and Honda celebrate their 11th consecutive win on American soil. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.
Now the team must pack up and head straight to Argentina for the third round of 2015.



Marc Marquez 93
1ST CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 3RD - 36 POINTS

"I am very happy with this victory! After yesterday, things looked positive for us, but the only doubt was about the weather. In the end, it turned out stranger than it had seemed. When I saw that it was going to be a dry race, I started out very focused - because I knew it was important to try to win today. However, right from the first lap I saw that the track was not like it had been before the rain of last night. There was less grip and it was harder to ride comfortably. I decided to keep calm in the early laps to try to understand the situation well, and when I started to find a feeling similar to practice, I decided to push the pace a bit. That was when I was able to open up a gap."




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
11TH CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 14TH - 5 POINTS
“It was an exciting race! It hasn’t been an easy week with the weather so unstable and the race was the first time we’ve had 100% dry conditions. I tried my best, the bike worked well and Dani’s team really helped me. I pushed to the last lap for the best position and I have learned a lot this weekend! Now I will try to build on this experience and improve in Argentina next week.”




Results Session
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43'47.150
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati +2.354
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.120
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +6.682
5 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +7.584
6 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +10.557
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 9 CWM LCR Honda Honda +16.967
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 8 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +19.025
9 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +38.570
10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati +41.796
11 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN 5 Repsol Honda Team Honda +47.199
12 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 4 Avintia Racing Ducati +47.339
13 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA 3 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda +56.484
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 2 CWM LCR Honda Honda +56.731
15 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +57.372
16 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda +58.898
17 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'08.787
18 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'22.236
19 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing Honda DNF
20 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
21 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
22 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati DNF
23 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 0 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda DNF
24 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha DNF
25 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF




Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 41 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 40 Ducati Team Ducati
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 36 Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 27 Ducati Team Ducati
5 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 26 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
6 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 18 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 18 CWM LCR Honda Honda
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 13 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
9 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 10 Repsol Honda Team Honda
10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 10 Pramac Racing Ducati
11 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 9 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
13 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 6 Pramac Racing Ducati
14 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN 5 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 5 Avintia Racing Ducati
16 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA 3 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda
17 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
18 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 2 CWM LCR Honda Honda
19 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
 

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GP Red Bull de la Republica Argentina
MotoGP 2015 Round 3

Fresh from victory in America, the Repsol Honda Team head south to Argentina
With no time to rest, Marc Marquez and Hiroshi Aoyama (replacing injured Dani Pedrosa) are en route to Termas de Río Hondo (1100km North West of Buenos Aires) for round three of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship.
After it’s inaugural Grand Prix in 2014 – where Marc and Dani took a 1-2 finish – the MotoGP paddock returns to the Province of Santiago del Estero, with Marc looking for back-to-back victories and Hiroshi hoping to progress his experience further at a track he enjoys and finished 10th in last season on the Open Class Honda bike.
FP1 will commence on Friday at 09h55 local time.



Marc Marquez 93
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 3RD - 36 POINTS

“After a good weekend in Austin, I am feeling relaxed and confident again. Now we travel straight to Argentina for the next round and we have a good momentum which I hope to continue this coming weekend. Argentina is a circuit that I like and it’s the second year we visit Termas de Río Hondo. We had many fans there last year so I hope they all come to support us again this year and we can put on a good show for them.”

Marc Marquez Statistics
Date of Birth 17/02/1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 168 cm
Weight 59 kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Racing Number 93
First Race 1998 “Enduro per nens”
Grand Prix Debut 2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)
GPs raced 116
GP pole positions 51 (14 in 125cc, 14 in 250cc, 23 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 70 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 31 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 46 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 20 x MotoGP)
First GP Win 2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)
World titles 4 (1 x 125cc - 2010, 1 x Moto2 - 2012, 2 x MotoGP - 2013, 2014)
Previous Results in Argentina 2014 1st (MotoGP)
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Hiroshi Aoyama 7
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 14TH - 5 POINTS

“The weekend in Austin was complicated due to the weather but we learned a lot. Now we travel to Argentina which is one of my favourite tracks and I had a good race there last year. The track isn’t easy - it has a long straight and many tight corners but I believe the Honda RC213V will work well there. I have a strong teammate to learn from and Dani’s team are all helping me a lot so my confidence is high and I hope to improve from last weekend.”

Hiroshi Aoyama Statistics
Date of Birth 25/10/1981
Birthplace Chiba, Japan
Height 165 cm
Weight 57 kg
Racing Number 7
GP pole positions 8 (250cc)
Total GP podiums 27 (250cc)
Total GP wins 9 (250cc)
First GP Win 2005 250cc Japan GP
World titles 1 (2009 - 250cc)
Previous Results in Argentina 2014 10th (MotoGP)
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Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 41 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 40 Ducati Team Ducati
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 36 Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 27 Ducati Team Ducati
5 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 26 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
6 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 18 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 18 CWM LCR Honda Honda
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 13 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
9 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 10 Repsol Honda Team Honda
10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 10 Pramac Racing Ducati
11 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 9 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
13 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 6 Pramac Racing Ducati
14 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN 5 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 5 Avintia Racing Ducati
16 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA 3 Aspar MotoGP Team Honda
17 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
18 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 2 CWM LCR Honda Honda
19 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
 

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GP Red Bull de la Republica Argentina
MotoGP 2015 Round 3
Marquez and Aoyama get first taste of Termas de Rio Hondo circuit

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Hiroshi Aoyama have completed FP1 for the Red Bull GP of Argentina.
The track proved to be dirty and very slippery – as it was last year – and both Marc Marquez and Hiroshi Aoyama spent the session working on general settings, not looking for a fast lap time.
Marc finished the session 10th with his lap of 1’42.605 on lap 5 of 14, and Hiro finished 23rd with a time of 1’45.688 on lap 5 of 18.
FP2 will commence at 1405 local time.



Marc Marquez 93
10TH

“This first session the track was very slippery. In the beginning it didn’t look too bad but after just a few laps the tyres were totally destroyed, but there was no meaning to put fresh tyres on. We can’t take much information from FP1 but anyway I’m sure FP2 the conditions will improve and we can progress.”




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
23RD

“This first session of Argentina GP wasn’t easy for us, but I think we are all in the same position. The grip level was very low, I think some riders put on fresh tyres but we chose to keep the same tyre so that we have extra tyres for tomorrow. I hope the conditions get better this afternoon.”
 

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GP Red Bull de la Republica Argentina
MotoGP 2015 Round 3
Track conditions improve as Marquez goes third on day one in Argentina

With more rubber on the track and a cleaner racing line emerging, the times dropped drastically from this morning with Marc bettering his FP1 time of 1’42.605 by over three seconds with his best lap of 1’39.336 on lap 12/15, placing him 3rd in the combined times on this first day. Teammate, Hiroshi, also improved his time of 1’45.688 from this morning by over four seconds with his time of 1’41.380 on lap 16/18, placing him 21st.
FP3 will commence tomorrow at 09h55 local time.



Marc Marquez 93
3RD 1'39.336 [LAP 12/15]

"I'm pretty happy today even if the track was not in the best condition. In the first session I was sliding around a lot, but in FP2 it was better. Things are gradually improving and we felt progressively more comfortable. I think the key to this weekend will be understanding the evolution of the grip level of the track, and adapting the setup to the changes. But the important thing is that we were able to go out and ride, and we are already at a good level."




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
21ST 1'41.380 [LAP 16/18]

“This morning and this afternoon have been difficult for me on the bike. I wasn’t able to get a good feeling or feedback on the bike due to the conditions. FP2 was a little better and we were able to go faster but the position didn’t change that much. It’s not the best way to start this first day but we will analyse the data tonight and try to improve tomorrow.”
 

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GP Red Bull de la Republica Argentina
MotoGP 2015 Round 3
Marquez clinches breath-taking pole for Red Bull GP of Argentina

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has clinched his 24th MotoGP pole position – and second successive – for tomorrow’s twenty-five lap race in Argentina, with teammate Hiroshi Aoyama qualifying 15th.
With track temperatures almost doubling since this morning’s FP3 session, replacement rider Hiroshi was unable to find a better feeling with the Honda RC213V and did not manage to reach Q2. His time of 1’39.715 placed him 15th for tomorrow’s race. Marc, who has been fastest all day, opted for a three-stop strategy in Q2, in order to take maximum advantage of each new tyre. He was able to improve on each exit and his pole time of 1’37.802 was over half a second faster than second place Aleix Espargaro, and only 0.119 off his 2014 pole record.
Tomorrow’s race will start at 16h00 local time.



Marc Marquez 93
1ST 1'37.802

“I am happy today, because we were able to fight for pole and eventually got it. It was a lot of fun, because we used a three-tyre strategy and it worked well. It was important to start from the front tomorrow, because the track is quite dirty and that makes it harder to overtake. We'll see what happens, we expect a pretty tough race with even higher temperatures than today. My strongest rivals - Jorge and Valentino - are starting from the second row, so I hope to have a good start and a strong race.”




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
15TH 1'39.715

“Yesterday I struggled to find a good feeling with the bike and also this morning, I still wasn’t comfortable. Then this afternoon we changed something with the setup and I found some confidence on the bike which allowed me to push. In qualifying we made another step with the setup and improved the lap time but of course it’s not the position we had hoped for. We still have some areas to improve and I hope we can find a step in time for the race.”
 

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GP Red Bull de la Republica Argentina
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Disappointment for Marquez and Aoyama in Argentina

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez enjoyed a strong start from pole position, tussling for first place on the opening lap with Lorenzo and Aleix Espargaro and took the lead as they crossed the line for the first time. He pushed to open a gap over the rest of the riders and by lap thirteen he was benefitting from his hard option rear Bridgestone tyre – the softer of the compounds available – and had opened up a 4.2s advantage over a chasing Valentino Rossi.
Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama dropped back at the start from 15th to 22nd on the first lap and gradually progressed through the pack to reach 14th by lap twenty-one. Meanwhile Rossi continued to chip away at Marc’s lead as Marc’s tyre life began to drop and Rossi’s extra hard tyre choice was coming into it’s element. With seven laps to go the gap was down to just two seconds and with three laps to go it was down to half a second as the riders began to battle. With two laps remaining, they jostled for first place then in the next corner they touched and as they picked the bikes up Rossi’s rear wheel collected Marc’s front and the reigning World Champion hit the ground. Despite running to his bike to rejoin the race, Marc soon saw this was not possible and had to accept his race was over.
In the final five laps, Hiroshi continued to fight and was up to 11th on the last lap when he was hit in the final turn by Petrucci and unfortunately crashed out of the race also. Race direction reviewed both incidents immediately and docked a penalty point from Petrucci but considered the contact between Marc and Rossi a racing incident.
It was a disappointing end to a strong weekend for the team. Now they must pack up and head to Spain for the first round of the European races which takes place on Sunday 3rd May.



Marc Marquez 93
DNF CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 5TH - 36 POINTS

"It’s a shame what happened, because we were having a good race! It was interesting, because our tyre choice was different from Valentino’s as I felt we were not as competitive the harder compound. The strategy was working out well for us – it’s just a pity about the last two laps. When I saw that he was closing in on me, I decided to conserve the tyres a little. On the final laps I went back to riding in the low 1'39s to check that the tyres were still in good shape, and knew that we would be fighting to the end. When he caught me, we fought for a few corners and unfortunately we touched and I crashed. I've always said that he's my idol and my reference, so you always learn things from him. Now we have to think about Jerez and begin to recover points."




Hiroshi Aoyama 7
DNF CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 17TH - 5 POINTS

"I didn’t get the best start as the start procedure seemed to happen very fast and caught me slightly off guard, so I didn’t get off the line immediately. I lost some positions and had many riders in front of me so I had to fight hard and managed to progress from 22nd position to 11th on the last lap. Unfortunately in the last corner on the final lap, Petrucci tried to pass me but he hit me forcing me to lose the front and I crashed. It was disappointing to end the race in this way. Also, with the incident involving Marc, it’s not been a good weekend for the Repsol Honda Team and I’m very sorry for all the team. Race control penalised Petrucci with a penalty point, so it’s good that they acknowledged the incident, but anyway it doesn’t affect our result."
 
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