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Well COTA was certainly interesting to say the least, delayed start, and of course the DOG lol, glad the rain held off in the end. MM93 put on another show, absolutely insane pole lap!!! give me the chills watching it! dude is superhuman i think. Nice to see Vale on the podium yet again, and the GP15's are most certainly in it this year. JL99 finished the best he could considering he had or was recovering from Bronchitis, lets hope he is ready to go here.

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The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city which gives the venue its name, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built in a 150 hectare area and officially inaugurated on May 11, 2008, during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In 2012, the reconditioning, enlargement and modernization of the circuit began, with the purpose of turning it into Latin America’s most modern, safe and vibrant circuit.

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Current Points:
1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 41
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 40
3 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 36
4 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 27
5 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 26
6 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 18
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 18
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 13
9 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 10
10 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 10
11 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 9
12 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 7
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 6
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 5
15 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 5
16 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 3
17 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 3
18 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 2
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 1


 

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I just have to talk again about Marc's pole lap - he had a warning light coming down the straight full out, quickly pulled off to the side, (couldn't have been a better place to abandon bike!!) jumped off bike, jumped over wall, sprinted down pit lane, jumped on bike no2, crossed finish line with only 18 seconds to spare (otherwise lap wouldn't have counted) then proceeds to set a record pole lap!!! Dovi had the best view right behind him and was quoted something along the lines of " he was making mistakes everywhere and still beat me by almost a half second" NUTS!! Nothing phases this guy!!

 

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All Times are EST Eastern Time
Friday April 17
Moto3 FP1 08:00 - 08:40
MotoGP FP1 08:55 - 09:40
Moto2 FP1 09:55 - 10:40
Moto3 FP2 12:10 - 12:50
MotoGP FP2 13:05 - 13:50
Moto2 FP2 14:05 - 14:50

Saturday April 18
Moto3 FP3 08:00 - 08:40
MotoGP FP3 08:55 - 09:40
Moto2 FP3 09:55 - 10:40
Moto3 QP 11:35 - 12:15
MotoGP FP4 12:30 - 13:00
MotoGP Q1 13:10 - 13:25
MotoGP Q2 13:35 - 13:50
Moto2 QP 14:05 - 14:50

Sunday April 19
Moto3 WUP 08:40 - 09:00
Moto2 WUP 09:10 - 09:30
MotoGP WUP 09:40 - 10:00
Moto3 RAC 12:00
Moto2 RAC 13:20
MotoGP RAC 15:00
 

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That qualifying lap for pole was certainly insane. I thought for sure he wouldn't be able to pull it off because the tires wouldn't have been warm enough, but sure enough with each sector he was ahead. I too got the chills watching that; it was a small piece of history being made, for sure.
 

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anyone have info of who was on what engine allocation for the race?

marquez was on a fresh one due to the problem in qualifying.

so if Duc/Yam were on 'old' ones thats not a bad result, especially since yam suck at this track anyway. LOL.
 

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anyone have info of who was on what engine allocation for the race?

marquez was on a fresh one due to the problem in qualifying.

so if Duc/Yam were on 'old' ones thats not a bad result, especially since yam suck at this track anyway. LOL.
not exactly sure of the numbers yet, ill try and get that info though. I do believe the Ducs were on new engines
 

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from MM re both Ducs running out of fuel at turn 1 just after crossing the finish line.
"Of course, running out of fuel as you cross the line can be seen as the ultimate in race planning, after all, any fuel that you don't use is merely unnecessary ballast. But Turn 1 is cutting it a little too fine perhaps, and the result of Ducati having focused on other areas. They were not forced to focus on fuel management like Honda and Yamaha, who have been racing with 20 liters of fuel since 2014. But the sudden rise in air temperatures before the race, and the fuel-hungry nature of the Austin track, meant that Ducati were possibly caught a little short. There was some furious swapping of fuel tanks on the GP15s going on after the start of the MotoGP race was delayed, the only way to legally ensure a full tank at the start and after the sighting lap.

After Austin, you can expect Ducati to be putting in a bit more work on fuel consumption. The next few tracks are lighter on fuel, not having slow, first-gear corners leading onto long high-speed straights. But you can be sure that at a track like Misano or Motegi, Ducati will need better fuel management. Misano is not a problem: the circuit is one of the test tracks Ducati uses, and they will simply send Michele Pirro out to do endless laps of the track to find a solution. Motegi is even tougher on fuel, though, and prohibitively expensive for Ducati to test at. Gigi Dall'Igna has until October to address the issue."
 

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MotoGP Austin: Marquez 'This championship is different' 16 April 2015
“The first part of last year was special and I already understand that this championship is different”- Marc Marquez.


Two rounds into the new MotoGP season and reigning double world champion Marc Marquez already knows it will be very different to 2014.

The Repsol Honda star approached last year's inaugural race at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit already leading by 14 points and on his way to what would be ten successive wins and a record 13 for the season.

Marquez returns holding third in the 2015 standings, although only five points behind early leader Valentino Rossi after victory last Sunday in Texas.

“I know that the first part of last year was special and I already understand that this championship is different,” Marquez said on Thursday. “You must be patient. You cannot win every race. You cannot be at the top every race.

“The most important thing is the final result and if you want to be there at the end, as we saw in the past, the most important thing is consistency. So we will try to be at a good level every weekend, but if it's not possible to win it is better to finish on the podium, and always be there for the championship.”

Marquez began this season with a first-turn mistake at Qatar, forcing a fight back from last to fifth. As such, the 22-year-old admitted his victory from pole in Texas was just what he needed.

“At the moment the championship looks nice for the spectators,” he said of the close Yamaha, Ducati and Honda battle. “After Qatar my worry was to come back strong and be there in the championship and now we are only five points behind Valentino.

“Last year I felt really good on this track. I was enjoying it. Then in the race the first laps were tricky, I was in eighth position I think, and then I came back. Last year I felt good here but as we saw in Austin the other guys have also improved, so we will work hard to try to be in the same level.”

Hiroshi Aoyama will continue to replace Dani Pedrosa alongside Marquez at Repsol Honda this weekend. Pedrosa is recovering from arm pump surgery.
 

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UPDATE: RE Ducs running out of fuel
MotoGP Argentina: Ducati ‘didn’t run out of fuel’ 16 April 2015
"The reality is we didn't run out of fuel... We had a different problem."

When both Ducati GP15s stopped on the slow down lap in Texas, their first race since a two-litre fuel reduction, it threw doubt on the Factory's claims that the lower 22-litre limit would make no difference.

But speaking on the eve of this weekend's round in Argentina, Austin runner-up Andrea Dovizioso declared:

“No, the reality is we didn't run out of fuel. We had something [wrong] on the tank. We had a different problem. But it is something we don't want to speak about!”

Ducati lost half of its extra four litres of fuel after accumulating three dry podiums since the start of 2014, but still has a two-litre advantage over the Factory class Honda and Yamaha riders.

Satellite Pramac Ducati riders are also subject to the new fuel limit. Danilo Petrucci did not appear to have any consumption issues on his GP14.1, stopping to give Dovizioso's team-mate Andrea Iannone a lift back to the pits, while Yonny Hernandez crashed out.

Dovizioso is just one-point away from world championship leader Valentino Rossi heading into this weekend's event, with second place finishes in the opening grands prix. Iannone is fourth in the standings with one podium, underlining the seismic step forward made by Gigi Dall'Igna's all-new design.

Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the machine, Dovizioso explained:

“My lines are different [from last year] because the bike starts to turn, so I'm able to do the line I want. The positive from Ducati is the turning has become very good so I'm able to make the entry of the corner very quick and in the straights the bike has a lot of horsepower. That has made the difference for the lap time.

“We miss a little bit of traction, I believe. Especially compared with Yamaha, not compared to Honda. That is not so easy to find and it is not easy for riding because we lose a little bit of speed in the first part of acceleration.

"But now we speak of really small things. Small things which become big at this level when you are fighting for victory or the podium - but which are very small compared to last year.”

This year's results have been especially rewarding for Dovizioso, whose arrival at Ducati coincided with a podium-less 2013, then the first signs of recovery last season.

“After you've had the hard moments, especially the first year in Ducati, now we have a lot of energy to fight. When the base of the bike is good everything changes. Everything is different and the consequence is the results we made in the first two races.”
 

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MotoGP Argentina: Rossi 'focused and prepared' 15 April 2015
MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi aiming to build on strong start to season in Argentina


Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi is feeling upbeat over his prospects ahead of this weekend's third round of the MotoGP World Championship in Argentina.

The 36-year-old holds a slender one-point advantage over Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso at the top of the standings and is five points clear of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez in third place after a strong start to the 2015 season.

Rossi followed up his victory in the Qatar night race with a podium at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin and the nine-time world champion will be aiming for another rostrum challenge at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, where he finished fourth in the inaugural race in 2014.

“I'm happy to go to Argentina because I like the track. We hope that there will be a better condition of the tarmac compared to last year, because the track and the layout are good,” Rossi said.

“It's also not a bad circuit for our YZR-M1, but first we take a few days of rest and then we'll try to be focused and prepared for the race.”

Rossi has revealed that he hopes to continue racing at the top level in MotoGP beyond his current contract with Yamaha, which expires at the end of the 2016 season, saying he hopes it 'won't be my last'.
 

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FP1 Results: (dont read too much into this session, from what i heard They used a single set of tyres throughout the session to put rubber on track and make it grippier, so in other words track was "dirty")
VR46 "“Today's first practice was very difficult, as we expected,” Rossi explained. “The track is still very dirty and it is very difficult to make the tyre work. After 3 or 4 laps the tyre moves a lot. "


1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.806s [Lap 12/16] 314km/h (Top Speed)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.379s +0.573s [14/15] 324km/h
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.527s +0.721s [13/17] 323km/h
4. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.785s +0.979s [13/17] 323km/h
5. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.884s +1.078s [14/15] 319km/h
6. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar (RC213V-RS) 1m 41.932s +1.126s [14/15] 315km/h
7. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 42.174s +1.368s [9/16] 317km/h
8. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 42.246s +1.440s [11/13] 322km/h
9. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 42.391s +1.585s [16/18] 318km/h
10. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 42.605s +1.799s [5/14] 328km/h
11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.828s +2.022s [14/16] 315km/h
12. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 43.297s +2.491s [11/15] 324km/h
13. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 43.330s +2.524s [13/16] 306km/h
14. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 43.373s +2.567s [14/15] 320km/h
15. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 43.390s +2.584s [4/16] 320km/h
16. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 43.891s +3.085s [15/15] 321km/h
17. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 44.300s +3.494s [15/18] 323km/h
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar (RC213V-RS)* 1m 44.313s +3.507s [14/19] 318km/h
19. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 44.572s +3.766s [8/14] 306km/h
20. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.750s +3.944s [13/14] 320km/h
21. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 45.001s +4.195s [15/15] 313km/h
22. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.237s +4.431s [4/17] 322km/h
23. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.688s +4.882s [5/18] 323km/h
24. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 45.747s +4.941s [5/16] 316km/h
25. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 46.239s +5.433s [15/16] 312km/h
 

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Argentina MotoGP: Rossi: 'Dirty and difficult FP1' 17 April 2015
“The track is still very dirty and it is very difficult to make the tyre work" - Valentino Rossi.

First practice for the Argentina MotoGP saw world championship leader Valentino Rossi just 14th fastest and Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo down in 20th.

“Today's first practice was very difficult, as we expected,” Rossi explained. “The track is still very dirty and it is very difficult to make the tyre work. After 3 or 4 laps the tyre moves a lot.

“Despite the results and although the situation is pretty atypical, the first impression is not so bad. Let's see what happens this afternoon, trusting that the weather stays like this. If so, the condition of the track will improve and we'll be able to understand more about our competitiveness."

Crew chief Silvano Galbusera stated: “We asked Vale to stay on the same set of tyres, because we want to save new tyres for this afternoon. We expect the lap times to improve by 2 or 3 seconds from morning to afternoon so this morning it was meaningless to use a second set of tyres. We need to wait this afternoon to understand the potential of our bikes, hoping that the weather does not get worse."

Rossi lapped 2.567s behind surprise session leader Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki), with Lorenzo 3.944s behind in 20th.

“As it happened last year, the track this morning was very dirty and I destroyed the tyres in a few laps,” Lorenzo confirmed. “The riders who put new tyres at the end of the session improved their times a lot whilst we decided to stay on used tyres and we could not do any better. Actually it's exactly the opposite than last year, when I put new tyres at the end of the session and I ended up FP1 in first position."

“It's not a normal situation but at least we know the reason as we had the same experience last year,” commented crew chief Ramon Forcada. “If that's the grip with the softer tyres then we only have to wait that the circuit gets cleaner in the next sessions, because we can't change the tyres… Hopefully the grip will improve on the second day and the feeling with the bike will get better."

The Yamahas were far from the only frontrunners left down the order in FP1, with Repsol Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez only tenth quickest.

“This first session the track was very slippery," Marquez said. "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.”
 

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FP2 Results:
1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 38.776s [Lap 12/14] 316km/h (Top Speed)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.311s +0.535s [16/16] 330km/h
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.336s +0.560s [12/15] 332km/h
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.403s +0.627s [16/17] 324km/h
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.434s +0.658s [15/16] 325km/h
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.463s +0.687s [16/18] 324km/h
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.648s +0.872s [16/19] 327km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 39.892s +1.116s [13/17] 322km/h
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.947s +1.171s [16/18] 324km/h
10. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.088s +1.312s [13/14] 326km/h
11. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 40.126s +1.350s [15/16] 319km/h
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.195s +1.419s [16/22] 327km/h
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 40.438s +1.662s [14/17] 327km/h
14. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.522s +1.746s [13/16] 317km/h
15. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.586s +1.810s [14/18] 317km/h
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.626s +1.850s [12/13] 328km/h
17. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 40.672s +1.896s [8/17] 323km/h
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.846s +2.070s [12/16] 318km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.864s +2.088s [12/17] 320km/h
20. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 41.152s +2.376s [15/18] 310km/h
21. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 41.380s +2.604s [16/18] 326km/h
22. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.490s +2.714s [9/17] 318km/h
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 41.531s +2.755s [3/13] 323km/h
24. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.576s +2.800s [14/17] 317km/h
25. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 41.784s +3.008s [9/16] 317km/h
 

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MotoGP Argentina: Espargaro lauds 'special feeling' in Argentina 17 April 2015
Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro tops both free practice sessions on GSX-RR on Friday to raise expectations ahead of Sunday's third round of the MotoGP World Championship

Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro says he has developed a 'special' feeling with the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina after topping both free practice sessions on Friday.

The Spanish rider was over half-a-second faster than Ducati's Andrea Iannone after recording a best time of 1m 38.776s in FP2 on the GSX-RR and Espargaro, who has struggled with chatter issues in Qatar and Austin, says the characteristics of the track are ideally suited to the Suzuki.

"It's just the first day but I'm really happy and pleased with the performance. The feeling I have with this track is special," said Espargaro.

"Last year I also felt really good here and obviously the layout of this track is really good for Suzuki. There is just one right corner where I have a lot of chatter but for the rest the bike is really agile, turning well and I enjoy it a lot.

“With the old tyre we led for all of FP2. This is the best thing. Then with the soft tyre I did a good lap time. I think we can still improve a lot because I used the soft front tyre and I didn't feel too good," he added.

"[I was] Too much on the limit, but it was a risk to go with the hard tyre today. Tomorrow I will try the hard and see what happens."

Espargaro is keeping his fingers crossed for an improvement in the track conditions in Argentina after revealing his rear tyre was 'destroyed' after three laps in FP2.

“In the second session the track conditions improved a little bit, but still not enough for us. In the first session after three laps the tyre was destroyed," he said.

"In the second session I did 10 or 12 laps with the hard rear tyre and it was quite destroyed. So the track needs to improve or we will have problems with the rear tyre, because we do not have the extra-hard tyre in our allocation.

"So we need to be careful with the rear tyre consumption.”
 
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