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What an almost battle in Argentina, really too bad Marc went down, "these things happen in racing" yes they do. I do know Marc is young and he will most def learn from this. Very happy to see Vale doing so well though! The latest news (today) Marc fractured his little finger left hand, as of now he is questionable for the race, but i would be very surprised to not see him race, Dani on the other hand....


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Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently good weather and beautiful scenery, its numerous grandstands providing the perfect viewing facilities for up to 250,000 spectators.

With two alternative road circuits (4,423m and 4,428m), which were resurfaced during 2005, Jerez is a popular venue used by many race teams for testing throughout the year, whilst its recently updated corporate and media facilities have proven to be a popular addition to the complex. Other facilities such as the control tower and pit boxes have also been vastly improved.

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1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 66
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 60
3 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 40
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 37
5 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 36
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 34
7 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 28
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 22
9 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 15
10 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 15
11 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 15
12 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 10
13 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 10
14 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 8
15 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 6
16 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 6
17 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 5
18 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 3
19 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward FRA 2
20 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward GER 1
21 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 1

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All Times Easter Time Zone
Thurs Apr 30 Press Conference PRESS 11:00
Fri May 1
Moto3 FP1 03:00 - 03:40
MotoGP FP1 03:55 - 04:40
Moto2 FP1 04:55 - 05:40
Moto3 FP2 07:10 - 07:50
MotoGP FP2 08:05 - 08:50
Moto2 FP2 09:05 - 09:50

Sat May 2
Moto3 FP3 03:00 - 03:40
MotoGP FP3 03:55 - 04:40
Moto2 FP3 04:55 - 05:40
Moto3 QP 06:35 - 07:15
MotoGP FP4 07:30 - 08:00
MotoGP Q1 08:10 - 08:25
MotoGP Q2 08:35 - 08:50
Moto2 QP 09:05 - 09:50

Sun May 3
Moto3 WUP 02:40 - 03:00
Moto2 WUP 03:10 - 03:30
MotoGP WUP 03:40 - 04:00
Moto3 RAC 05:00
Moto2 RAC 06:20
MotoGP RAC 08:00
 

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I posted this in the Round 3 thread as well
Marc Marquez Breaks Little Finger In Training Crash, Questionable For Jerez
Marc Marquez has broken a finger in his left hand in a dirt track training crash. The reigning world champion fell heavily, suffering a displaced fracture of the proximal phalange in the little finger of his left hand. This means that the bone between the hand and the first knuckle was broken, and the two parts of the bone moved.

Marquez was taken immediately to the Dexeus Institute in Barcelona, where Dr Xavier Mir, who performs surgery on many of the top MotoGP and WSBK riders, operated on the Spaniard. The bone was put together again and then fixed with a titanium plate. Marquez is due to start functional recovery within 24 hours.

The press release issued by Honda is strangely hesitant about Marquez' prospects of racing at Jerez. The press release says, in rather unconventional wording, that Marquez participation at Jerez "has not been ruled out." The aim for Marquez will be to ride, but the injury sustained is a particularly difficult one. Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics describes fractures of the proximal phalange as "potentially the most disabling fractures in the hand". Full recovery for normal patients is 4 to 6 weeks. In motorcycle racer terms, that's 2 to 3 weeks.

The only positive from this injury is that it is on his left hand, in the little finger. It is the least used of the fingers, though Marquez' style is to grip the bars with the fingers on the grips, rather than with the little finger off the grip, as some others like to do. No doubt that Marquez will do all he can to try to race at Jerez, but it is far from certain he will do so. With Marquez already 30 points down to championship leader Valentino Rossi, Marquez cannot really afford another zero points in the championship, he needs all the points he can get. A decision on participation will only have to be made before FP4 on Saturday afternoon, giving Marquez another day to assess his condition.

Marquez' injury puts the Repsol Honda team in a difficult situation for Jerez. Dani Pedrosa is not yet confirmed as racing at the Andalusian circuit, and if Marquez is forced to miss the race as well, HRC would need to field two replacement riders. Though the most obvious choice for Honda would be test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi, the controversy surrounding Casey Stoner's offer to race for Dani Pedrosa at Austin and Argentina will no doubt see his name be put forward once again.

With both riders likely to undergo medical checks on the Thursday, we may not know who is racing for the Repsol Honda team until Friday morning at the earliest, and Saturday afternoon at the latest.

Marc Marquez undergoes successful operation on little finger fracture

Repsol Honda rider operated on this afternoon to treat fracture to little finger of left hand, suffered while training dirt track. His participation in the Spanish Grand Prix has not been ruled out.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has been successfully operated on this afternoon by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Unit for Hand and Upper Extremities Pathology at the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus in Barcelona.

Dr. Mir commented after the surgery that Marquez had “attended the casualty department of the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus having suffered a crash in training this morning. The patient presented a deformity to the little finger of his left hand and a subsequent X-Ray showed a fracture of the proximal phalanx, with displacement. Therefore, we decided to treat the injury -as we would in the case of any other patient- by fixing a titanium plate to his finger. This will allow us to initiate functional recovery after 24 hours and give him a chance of racing at Jerez.”
 

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So is Jerez supposed to be a Yamaha track? (if that means anything any more)
Looks like a long drag to the finish line. Could we see Dovi on the top step?
 

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yeah long run to finish could very well mean a last second surge by the Ducs. Should be good! looks like Marc is ok to race (not confirmed yet) still no word on Dani as well?
 

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MotoGP: More details emerge of Marc Marquez injury 27 April 2015
“Marc tried to put [the finger] back into place by pulling on it, but as he heard some noise he figured out it was better not to touch it!”
"yeah ill just pop it back in, oooh wait that doesnt look or sound right??" lol nuts

DANI Update Below:

Further details have emerged regarding Saturday's finger injury for reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed surgery on the Repsol Honda star, has revealed Marquez's hand was run over during the dirt track training accident.

“Marc crashed on Saturday while he was practicing dirt track. Unfortunately the rider just behind him hit his hand,” Dr Mir told ***********. “This caused a severe displacement of the fifth [little] finger of the left hand.

“It [the displacement] was so bad that he thought it was dislocated - as the finger was out of its place. He tried to put it back into place by pulling on it, but as he heard some noise he figured out it was better not to touch it! And that's when he came to the hospital.”

Dr Mir inserted a titanium plate to stabilise the fracture and believes Marquez will be able to take part in this weekend's fourth round of the championship at Jerez.

“Treatment during the next few days before Jerez should reduce inflammation, so he can race there,” Dr Mir declared.

The doctor added that the latest gearshifting technology, which removes the need to use the clutch lever, means Marquez is in a better position than would have been the case several years ago.

“It's a shame he got hurt but he was lucky it's the left hand - in MotoGP the clutch lever is not used that much,” Dr Mir said. “It's mainly used for the start of the race, so this kind of helps us so there's less stress on the injury.

“I can't say he will be 100% fit, but we always see riders push their limits so I'm sure he will be able to do well!”

Marquez is 30 points behind title leader Valentino Rossi after falling while the pair battled for victory last time out in Argentina.

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa, sidelined since Qatar due to arm pump surgery, is also tipped to ride this weekend. Pedrosa will take part in a supermoto race this week before making a final decision.
 

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Dani out, Marc IN

Dani Pedrosa delays MotoGP return 28 April 2015
"My forearm still didn't feel 100%" - Dani Pedrosa.

Dani Pedrosa will not make a MotoGP return in front of his home Spanish fans at Jerez this weekend.

Pedrosa has been absent for the past two events following an operation to address 'arm pump' problems in the season-opening Qatar round, where the Repsol Honda star dropped from second on the grid to a dejected sixth.

The Spaniard tested his post-surgery fitness on a Supermoto bike yesterday, but: “Even though at first it felt OK, after riding my forearm still didn't feel 100%.

"I know that if I do a whole race weekend it will be much worse, and the last thing I want is to create another big problem.

"So it has been a very difficult decision to make, but I think the best is to wait a while longer, go ahead with the rehabilitation and be back [for the next race] in Le Mans.”

Pedrosa underwent a 'complicated and aggressive' procedure to remove the layer of fascia around his right forearm muscle after revealing that previous surgery, plus less intrusive treatments, had not worked.

Immediately ruled out of Texas and Argentina, Honda turned down retired double champion Casey Stoner's offer to replace Pedrosa and instead called upon Hiroshi Aoyama. Aoyama will again take Pedrosa's place at Jerez.

"I'm sorry for Dani that he is not able to return to racing this weekend at his home grand prix," Aoyama said. "Honda have asked me to substitute for him again and it's an honour to do so."

Pedrosa's team-mate Marc Marquez is also injured, the reigning champion having a titanium plate inserted into his little finger after a dirt track accident on Saturday.

However Marquez, currently 30 points behind title leader Valentino Rossi, is expected to try and ride this weekend

MotoGP: Marc Marquez confirmed for Jerez 28 April 2015
Marc Marquez to take part in Spanish MotoGP just days after a titanium plate was inserted into his finger.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has confirmed he will ride at this weekend's home Spanish Grand Prix.

Marquez had a titanium plate inserted into his left little finger after suffering a displaced fracture when his hand was run over during a dirt-track training accident, last Saturday.

An initial statement from Repsol Honda said only that Marquez had “not been ruled out" of Jerez. But already 30 points behind title leader Valentino Rossi, it would have been a surprise if Marquez elected not to try and ride.

Following a post-operation check-up, Dr. Xavier Mir provided a positive assessment of Marquez's chances and, after a further check this afternoon, the 22-year-old was given the green light.

"Today I underwent another examination by Dr. Mir, and he confirmed that the wound is healing well and looking good,” said Marquez. “He took off the cast that they had put on and now I have begun to do some physiotherapy work with some active and passive movements.

“My finger will be checked at Jerez after every session and the bandages will be changed.

"I am very motivated for this Grand Prix, because it is the first of the year in Spain, there are my home fans there and I have some good memories from previous years! It's a pity about the injury, but I hope that it doesn't affect me too much and that I can get a great result in front of the fans.”

The injury means Marquez clearly faces a tougher task in terms of preventing Rossi increasing his title advantage. The #93 finished fifth in the Qatar season opener after a turn one mistake, won from pole in Texas, then fell after clashing with Rossi while battling to keep the lead in Argentina.

All of which means Marquez, seeking to extend his perfect MotoGP title record and become Spain's first triple premier-class champion, is currently just fifth in the standings.

By contrast he won the first ten races of last season, including Jerez, where he crossed the line 1.4s ahead of Rossi.

Marquez overcame the same 30-point disadvantage to win the 2013 MotoGP title as a rookie, in a season that saw fractured collarbones for nearest rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

During that season Marquez fractured his right little finger (and a toe) during practice at Assen, but still finished second in the race. Although on that occasion the injury did not require surgery.

While Marquez is confirmed, Repsol Honda will again be without team-mate Pedrosa, who is to miss his third race in succession following arm-pump surgery. Test rider Hiroshi Aoyama will again take Pedrosa's place.
 

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MotoGP Jerez: Rossi 'The championship is still very long!' 29 April 2015
“We must continue to work well together. The championship is still very long!” - Valentino Rossi.

Valentino Rossi has praised his Movistar Yamaha team as he urges them to dig in for a 'very long' MotoGP championship battle.

Rossi sits six points clear of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso after winning two of the opening three events, including a dramatic clash with reigning champion Marc Marquez last time in Argentina.

The Doctor used the extra hard rear tyre to hunt down Marquez at the Rio Hondo circuit, the pair bumping and then tangling as Marquez tried to keep the lead from Rossi on the penultimate lap.

Marquez was flung to the ground after clipping Rossi's rear wheel, putting the Italian 30-points clear of the Repsol Honda rider, who then suffered a finger injury while dirt track training.

All of which means Rossi starts the first European event with a six point lead over nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati). Rossi hasn't led the championship after three rounds since 2009, the year he won his seventh and most recent premier-class title.

“I'm very happy to come back to Europe!” said the 36-year-old, who has claimed both his 2015 wins from just eighth on the grid. “These first three races have been very positive, although some of these circuits are not my favourites nor of the Yamaha! Yet my YZR-M1 has behaved very well and we rode nice races!

“To go to Jerez, after the victory in Argentina and holding first place in the championship, is certainly very positive. However the most important thing is that we're doing a great job with the guys of the team. We must continue to work well together. The championship is still very long!

“I feel good and returning to Europe is nice. I really like the Jerez GP. The track is beautiful and also the atmosphere is fantastic. It also has very fast turns and I like that a lot. I did good races at this circuit in the past and I'll try to have a good race also this year!”

The oldest rider in MotoGP, Rossi's victory in Argentina extended his premier-class record to 84 wins, with 110 wins across all grand prix classes. Giacomo Agostini holds the all-time record with 122 victories.

Rossi finished second to Marquez by 1.4s at Jerez last season. Jerez is again round 4 of 18.

MotoGP Jerez: Lorenzo: We have time to turn things around 29 April 2015
“I have to say that, though the results weren't as I expected, this season is still long” - Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo may have avoided the mistakes that marred his start to last season, but two fourths and a fifth is below expectations for the double MotoGP champion - who hasn't taken a podium since last October.

Lorenzo can draw some comfort from the fact that the 37 points scored is 15 more than this time last year, when he was also 53 points from the title lead rather than 29. But now it's Lorenzo's own Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, winner of two of the opening three races, who is at the head of the standings.

Nevertheless, Lorenzo emphasised that there are still 15 rounds remaining, the first of which is in front of his home Spanish fans at Jerez this weekend.

“After the three first races of the championship I have to say that, though the results weren't as I expected, this season is still long, so we are very focused on working hard and trying to get better results from now on,” Lorenzo said.

“During last week I was able to train a lot. In front of us is the GP in Jerez, one of the most challenging races of the year and it's also one of the most exciting, because of the atmosphere.

“We come back to Europe and Spain and I like that. I look forward to racing there in front of all the Spanish fans and I will do my best to try to get my first podium of the season. The track is really nice and I hope to do a good job with my M1.”

Lorenzo - who celebrates his 28th birthday on Monday - finished fourth at Jerez last season, 8.5s from winner Marc Marquez and 7s behind runner-up Rossi.
 

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Vale on verge of 200 Podiums!!, if it weren't for the "Duc" Days, he would have already been well past 200

MotoGP Jerez: Rossi on brink of record 200th podium 29 April 2015
Valentino Rossi has first chance to claim 200th grand prix podium at this weekend's Spanish MotoGP

Victory in the MotoGP of Argentina marked Valentino Rossi's 199th podium in all grand prix classes.

The Italian could thus become the first rider in history to claim a double century of rostrums this Sunday at Jerez.

The omens are good: Rossi is the most successful rider at the Spanish Grand Prix with eight grand prix victories and the Doctor has only finished off the rostrum six times from 19 Jerez starts.

Official MotoGP statistics list Italian Giacomo Agostini as second for all-time GP podiums, with 159.

2015 world championship leader Rossi, fighting for a tenth title, has scored 66 points this year - his highest points total after the opening three rounds since 2005.

Rossi's last three MotoGP wins (Phillip Island last year, Qatar and Argentina this year) have all been achieved from eighth on the grid - but the most surprising statistic is that Rossi has only led across the line for a total of four laps in 2015.

The other riders who have led races year are: Marc Marquez - 40 laps, Jorge Lorenzo - 15 laps, Andrea Dovizioso - 9 laps.

Valentino Rossi's 199 GP podiums:
125cc Aprilia: 15 podiums
250cc Aprilia: 21
500cc Honda: 23
990cc Honda: 31
990cc Yamaha: 37
800cc Yamaha: 47
800cc Ducati: 1
1000cc Ducati: 2
1000cc Yamaha: 22
Total: 199
 

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MotoGP Jerez: Valentino Rossi: 'I love my life' 30 April 2015
“I like very much the race. I love my life, also going around the world and especially working with Yamaha and my team”- Valentino Rossi.

Valentino Rossi may be oldest rider on the MotoGP grid, but he's also firmly in contention for a tenth world title in his 20th season of grand prix racing.

“I am 36. I have a long career but I am in a good shape. So I don't feel that now I have a particular problem to bring the bike to 100% physically and mentally. So at that point what makes the difference is the motivation,” Rossi said.

So what keeps him motivated?

“If you like to stay at home because it is enough and also don't risk and stay relaxed... But in my case I like very much the race. I love my life, also going around the world, Europe and especially working with Yamaha and my team.

“It is just this and the taste of victory is always special. Something different. It is a pleasure to work to find that feeling.”

Rossi has tasted victory twice in the three races so far this season, putting the nine time world champion at the head of the points standings. The Italian credits the 2014 arrival of crew chief Silvano Galbusera as playing a key role.

“I think it is very important because we work well on the bike and we have a good plan to improve practice by practice. Also in this moment I ride well, from 2013 to this year I've improved my skills and my riding style. And we work well in the box,” Rossi said.

Looking to this weekend's fourth round at Jerez, The Doctor added: “I think that the tyres will also be very important because in Qatar and Argentina you can go fast also in the second half of the race, but at some other tracks like here usually the rear tyre drop more. So we have to work on the bike, try to avoid this problem and be more consistent.”
 

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MotoGP Jerez: Marquez: A friend ran over my hand! 30 April 2015
"I was lucky that it was only the finger [broken] because when a bike passes over your hand it can be more" - Marc Marquez.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has confirmed that his finger was fractured after it was run over by a friend.

Already 30 points from world championship leader Valentino Rossi after their collision in Argentina, Marquez sustained the injury while dirt track training in Spain.

“It was Saturday morning and we were [riding] with friends like always,” Marquez explained at Jerez on Thursday, on the eve of this weekend's home Spanish Grand Prix.

“It was a very small crash, but one friend was behind me and he passed over my hand. I was lucky that it was only the finger [broken] because when a bike passes over your hand it can be more.”

Marquez suffered 'a severe displacement of the fifth [little] finger', for which a titanium plate was inserted during surgery in Barcelona that same day.

“The operation put the finger more or less straight because it was - when I took off the glove I could already see that it was broken because the finger was [sideways]. But Dr Mir did a really good job, because I broke the finger at 2 o'clock and at 6 o'clock it was already fixed.”

Having been passed fit to ride this weekend, the big question now is how much the hand injury will impair the 22-year-old Repsol Honda star.

“Sure to put the hand inside the glove is disturbing me and it can be [a problem] for braking and acceleration. But until I try it on the bike I don't know,” he admitted.

“Of course it will be painful because the operation was only on Saturday evening. We will suffer more than in other races, but racing here in Jerez in front of the fans I have [extra] motivation which can help me.”
 

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MotoGP Jerez: Lorenzo: I need to find my way to go fast again 30 April 2015
“For me the bike is more competitive than last year, as Vale has demonstrated. I just need to find my way to go fast again" - Jorge Lorenzo.

Having watched team-mate Valentino Rossi celebrate two wins and a third from the opening trio of 2015 MotoGP races, Jorge Lorenzo is growing impatient for his own success.

The Spaniard approaches this weekend's home Jerez round holding fourth in the world championship, with two fourth places and a fifth.

“For me the bike is more competitive than last year, as Vale has demonstrated. I just need to find my way to go fast again,” said the double MotoGP champion. “I think in Qatar I was able to fight for the win apart from this thing with the helmet. Then I was a little bit weak [with sickness] in Austin and I had some problems in Argentina with the tyres.

“When you are on the top and faster than your rivals if you have some little problems it doesn't change your position. But when you are a little bit slower and have some little problems, now there are a lot of riders very competitive in MotoGP and you are in third fourth or fifth position.

“So we have to improve this two or three tenths and then we will again be always fighting for the win.”

But already 29 points behind Rossi, a first 2015 podium is his minimum target for Sunday.

“Valentino won two races so for sure he has much more points compared to us, but obviously it could be worse, like last year. But obviously it's not the places where we want to be. At least we want to fight for the podium and I think Jerez is the perfect place to do it. So we are going to try.”
 
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