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Moto GP 2015 Round 7 Catalunya ***SPOILER***

JL99 looking unbeatable, can he continue his winning streak? will Marc and his bike be sorted out?? no way he can afford another DNF :( What will Vale and the Ducs do to stop 99..... Can't wait to find out :)
It was also confirmed CS27 will ride some demonstration laps on the new RC213V-S at Catalunya.

Billed as a 'MotoGP machine for the street', the RC213V-S is based upon the RC213V grand prix prototype with which Stoner and then Marc Marquez have each won world titles.

The bike - expected to cost around £100,000 - will be unveiled in the Catalunya paddock on Thursday, on the eve of the grand prix weekend.


About the circuit

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep of Barcelona in September 1991 and welcomed its first international event that same month, hosting the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. It went on to host the European Motorcycle Grand Prix and in 1995 became home to the Gran Premio de Catalunya. Considered to be one of the best designed circuits of the recent era, the Circuito de Catalunya won the much coveted IRTA ‘Best Grand Prix’ trophy for 2001 and has a general admission capacity of 104,000 spectators.


Circuit Record:

1'42.182
Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)
2014

Current Points:
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 118
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 112
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 83
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati 81
5 Marc Marquez Honda 69
6 Bradley Smith Yamaha 57
7 Cal Crutchlow Honda 47
8 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 45
9 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 36
10 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 32
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 31
12 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 26
13 Dani Pedrosa Honda 23
14 Scott Redding Honda 18
15 Hector Barbera Ducati 16
16 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 10
17 Nicky Hayden Honda 8
18 Michele Pirro Ducati 8
19 Jack Miller Honda 6
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilla 5
21 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5
22 Eugene Laverty Honda 3
23 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1
MOTOGP CONSTRUCTOR'S CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 (AFTER ROUND 6)

POSITION MANUFACTURER POINTS 1 Yamaha 141 2 Ducati 106 3 Honda 98 4 Suzuki 47 5 Yamaha Forward 10 6 Aprilla 5


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Thursday June 11
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Friday June 12
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

Saturday June 13
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
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Sunday June 14
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Lorenzo the man to beat in Catalunya
The one question on everyone’s lips as we head to the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya is, can anyone stop Jorge Lorenzo?

The Movistar Yamaha rider has won the last three races in a row at a canter, and has looked simply untouchable, although he currently occupies second in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings, six points behind his teammate Rossi.

Lorenzo has three premier class victories to his name at the Circuit de Barcelona, which will host the seventh round of the 2015 MotoGP™ Championship, and finished last year’s race in fourth.

Rossi is the most successful rider at the Barcelona track ever since it was introduced to the World Championship calendar in 1992, with nine victories to his name across all classes (1x125cc, 2x250cc, 1x500cc & 5xMotoGP), although the last of these came back in 2009. The Italian finished second in the race last year, just 0.5s behind the winner Marc Marquez.

Rossi has not finished off the podium yet this season, but if he is to stop Lorenzo’s charge, and maintain his lead in the World Championship standings, he will need to improve his Saturday performances. Rossi has effectively been giving Lorenzo a head start in recent races due to his poor qualifying performances, and will need to address this is if he wants to win his 10th World Championship title this year.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez is facing the biggest crisis of his career so far. A nightmare weekend in Mugello saw him take no points for second time this year as he crashed out of the race. The Spaniard has identified a number of issues with his RC213V, as it appears as though his team has been treading water while his rivals have made giant strides. Marquez, the winner in Catalunya last year, will be hoping to turn his season around in front of his passionate home support and reduce the 49 point gap to Rossi in the championship standings. Marquez’ teammate Dani Pedrosa finished a comfortable fourth in Mugello, and will be confident of a good result in a race where he has not finished off the podium since 2011.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone will be looking to build on his first MotoGP™ pole position, and his best ever race result (second) last time out in Mugello. The Italian has had an extra two weeks to recover from the arm injury that was affecting him in Italy, and has won at the Barcelona circuit before in Moto2™ (2012).

His teammate Andrea Dovizioso will be looking to bounce back after he was forced to retire from the Italian Grand prix with a rear sprocket issue. He has tasted success at the Circuit de Barcelona before, winning the 2006 250cc race, and finishing third on the Tech 3 Yamaha in MotoGP™ in 2012. Dovizioso has stood on the podium in four of the six races so far this season, and is currently third in the title standings, 25 points behind Rossi.
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All of the vital MotoGP™ stats you need to know ahead of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya in Barcelona.
The Circuit de Catalunya was first included in the motorcycle grand prix series in 1992 and this is the 24th successive year that it has hosted a grand prix event. Below are some stats and facts about motorcycle grand prix racing at the circuit:

•Only three current venues have a longer on-going sequence of hosting grand prix events: Jerez, Mugello and Assen.


•The last time that Spain did not have at least one GP winner across the three classes at the Catalan Grand Prix was 2002.


•Spanish riders won all three classes in Catalunya in both 2013 and 2014. The last non-Spanish rider to win a grand prix in Catalunya is Andrea Iannone in the Moto2™ class in 2012.


•During the four-stroke MotoGP™ era, Yamaha have taken seven victories, Honda have had four wins and Ducati two.


•The last win by Suzuki at the Catalunya Grand Prix was in 2000, when Kenny Roberts won the 500cc race. Since the introduction of the MotoGP™ formula in 2002 the best results by Suzuki riders have been 4th place finishes by John Hopkins in both 2006 and 2007.


•The last podium finish by a Ducati rider at the Catalan GP was the 3rd place finish by Casey Stoner in 2010.


•Honda riders have started from pole for the MotoGP™ race in Catalunya for the last four years, but none of those riders has gone on to win the race from pole. The last Yamaha rider to start from pole was Jorge Lorenzo in 2010. Ducati have had a single pole at the Catalunya GP – with Casey Stoner in 2008.


•Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider across all grand prix classes at the Catalunya circuit with nine victories (1 x 125cc, 2 x 250cc, 1 x 500cc, 5 x MotoGP™). The next most successful, with four wins each in Catalunya, are Jorge Lorenzo (1 x 250cc, 3 x MotoGP™) and Max Biaggi (4 x 250cc).


•There have been eight premier-class victories by Spanish riders at the Catalunya circuit; Alex Criville in 1995 & 1999, Carlos Checa in 1996, Dani Pedrosa in 2008, Jorge Lorenzo in 2010, 2012 & 2013 and Marc Marquez last year.


•There has been at least one Spanish rider on the podium in the MotoGP™ race at the Catalan GP for the last eight years.


•Only two riders have won the MotoGP™ race at Catalunya from pole position: Valentino Rossi in 2006 and Jorge Lorenzo in 2010.


•The win by Marc Marquez in Catalunya last year was the 100th victory for Honda in the four-stroke MotoGP™ class which was introduced in 2002, as a replacement for the 500cc category as the premier-class of grand prix racing.



•The three riders who won at Catalunya last year all went on to win their respective world titles.


•Marc Marquez won the MotoGP™ race at Catalunya last year and Alex Marquez won the Moto3™ race - the first time in 66 years of World Championship competition that siblings both won Grand Prix races on the same day.
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Marc looking strong after FP1/2

FP1 Results:
Suzuki has engine upgrades for this weekend. Repsol Honda also has new parts, including an exhaust. Cal Crutchlow is back on track after dislocating his ankle in the Mugello race...

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 41.808s [Lap 16/17] 341km/h (Top Speed)
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 42.018s +0.210s [18/21] 340km/h
3. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 42.183s +0.375s [16/16] 332km/h
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.458s +0.650s [7/17] 339km/h
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 42.555s +0.747s [15/18] 332km/h
6. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 42.594s +0.786s [13/17] 342km/h
7. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 42.623s +0.815s [16/19] 331km/h
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.938s +1.130s [6/19] 335km/h
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 42.945s +1.137s [5/18] 342km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 42.957s +1.149s [5/18] 341km/h
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 42.981s +1.173s [15/18] 345km/h
12. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 43.002s +1.194s [16/23] 337km/h
13. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 43.008s +1.200s [17/18] 328km/h
14. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 43.116s +1.308s [4/18] 337km/h
15. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 43.378s +1.570s [21/21] 337km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 43.536s +1.728s [18/19] 335km/h
17. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 44.059s +2.251s [13/14] 338km/h
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 44.062s +2.254s [16/21] 330km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 44.357s +2.549s [16/19] 333km/h
20. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 44.594s +2.786s [14/16] 326km/h
21. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 44.603s +2.795s [4/17] 334km/h
22. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 44.676s +2.868s [15/19] 331km/h
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 44.768s +2.960s [14/15] 338km/h
24. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 44.865s +3.057s [15/17] 325km/h
25. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 45.270s +3.462s [16/17] 332km/h


FP2 Results:
1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 41.158s [Lap 17/17] 336km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 41.443s +0.285s [17/18] 344km/h
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 41.789s +0.631s [18/19] 344km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.823s +0.665s [16/16] 341km/h
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 41.922s +0.764s [16/18] 336km/h
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.938s +0.780s [17/19] 343km/h
7. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.034s +0.876s [4/17] 337km/h
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 42.044s +0.886s [17/17] 341km/h
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 42.313s +1.155s [18/20] 339km/h
10. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 42.354s +1.196s [13/16] 340km/h
11. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.367s +1.209s [17/20] 337km/h
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 42.417s +1.259s [10/19] 344km/h
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 42.645s +1.487s [20/21] 339km/h
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 42.697s +1.539s [13/13] 335km/h
15. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 42.968s +1.810s [13/15] 328km/h
16. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 42.995s +1.837s [17/19] 337km/h
17. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 43.110s +1.952s [17/19] 330km/h
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 43.351s +2.193s [17/19] 335km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 43.369s +2.211s [14/16] 333km/h
20. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 43.463s +2.305s [17/19] 333km/h
21. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 43.562s +2.404s [15/16] 331km/h
22. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 43.760s +2.602s [13/15] 336km/h
23. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 43.851s +2.693s [13/17] 337km/h
24. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 44.614s +3.456s [17/18] 327km/h
25. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 45.323s +4.165s [8/16] 331km/h
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MotoGP Catalunya: Espargaro and Suzuki fastest on Friday
12 June 2015

Aleix Espargaro fastest during Free Practice 2 for the Catalunya MotoGP.

Aleix Espargaro put Suzuki on top of the Friday practice timesheets during Friday practice for his home Catalunya MotoGP.

Suzuki's long awaited engine parts look to have made a slight difference in terms of top speed, with Espargaro and team-mate Maverick Vinales within 10km/h of Honda's Marc Marquez this afternoon.

That still left them in the second half of the top speed charts, but significantly the upgrades haven't harmed the GSX-RR's already impressive handling. Espargaro was fastest of any rider through the second half of the lap as he led the session from the 6th to 42nd minute.

Morning pace setter Marquez, running a revised (slightly longer) Honda exhaust plus further less visible upgrades to try and improve the RCV's rear grip issues, then moved ahead before Espargaro blasted back to the front by 0.285s on a new soft rear tyre.

Espargaro's 1m 41.158s was just a few tenths from the circuit pole record and one-second under the race lap record.

Dani Pedrosa backed up Marquez's performance with third (+0.631s) on the other Repsol machine, followed closely by the top Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. Vinales made it two Suzukis in the top five (+0.764s), with Andrea Iannone (Ducati) in sixth.

The top Yamaha was man-of-the-moment Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard was only seventh quickest (0.876s) in the afternoon heat, but set more sub-1m 43 laps than any other rider (12). Aleix Espargaro and Pedrosa set nine laps under 1m 43s this afternoon, with six each for Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow was the final rider within one-second of Espargaro's flying lap, with younger brother Pol ninth for Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

Scott Redding suffered a fall on his way to tenth (1.196s) for Marc VDS Honda, with world championship leader Rossi only 11th (1.209s) on his Movistar Yamaha.

As ever the Italian looked quicker in terms of race pace, but will need to break into the top ten tomorrow to avoid being sent to Qualifying 1.
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It will be interesting to see the results from FP3, FP4, Q1, and Q2. Will Yamaha claw back to the top?

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The Zooks are a welcome pleasant surprise for me. All the talk until now has been about the Ducati, Yamaha, and Honda machines. Suzuki is showing that even spotting some horsepower to the field, they're still fantastic riders getting excellent results from those bikes. Congratulations to them - hopefully they carry that through to (a) good qualifying session(s) and a great race. They will be the force to be reckoned with next year, just like Ducati is that force this year.
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Now if only Aprilia can get their sh1t together....
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Suzuki 1,2 in qualifying. New engine seems to be helping. Already have perhaps the best handling bike. Lorenzo's race pace looks tough. Hondas still struggling. Doubt we see much from Aprilia until they bring forth the prototype next year.


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Pumped for the Suzuki's tomorrow! Aleix has always had the talent to run at the front, he just needs the right machine. Hopefully soon they can sort them out to keep the pace at race distance.

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I don't think Suzuki can hang for an entire race, although it would be nice to see. Tire rules probably had quite a bit to do with today's result (I don't think that's a bad thing), but still impressive. I suspect winter testing is going to be VERY interesting.

As for the race, I think JL99 probably will lead by the end of the first lap and then run away with it. He's got his mojo back (he's healthy AND confident - bad news for the rest of the grid), and I just can't see anyone beating him for the foreseeable future.
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Pretty dangerous Moto3 qualifying today. I understand everybody is looking for a tow or slipstream, but today was absolutely idiotic, with riders looking like they were in a slow roll competition.
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Wow the Suzukis, the new engines are working well lol, happy for both of them!! Still don't thing JL99 will win tomorrow, and we may very well see Suzuki on the podium...

FP3 Results
1. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 41.105s [Lap 16/17] 337km/h (Top Speed)
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 41.158s +0.053s [3/17] 337km/h
3. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 41.232s +0.127s [18/19] 336km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.384s +0.279s [16/17] 345km/h
5. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.473s +0.368s [15/19] 340km/h
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 41.479s +0.374s [20/20] 340km/h
7. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 41.563s +0.458s [12/19] 345km/h
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.644s +0.539s [17/18] 343km/h
9. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.658s +0.553s [15/18] 345km/h
10. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.667s +0.562s [17/18] 338km/h
11. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 41.699s +0.594s [16/20] 342km/h
12. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.864s +0.759s [15/19] 344km/h
13. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.994s +0.889s [14/18] 340km/h
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 42.222s +1.117s [16/18] 341km/h
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 42.381s +1.276s [17/17] 342km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 42.458s +1.353s [3/18] 338km/h
17. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.519s +1.414s [14/19] 334km/h
18. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 42.623s +1.518s [3/18] 336km/h
19. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 42.723s +1.618s [16/17] 333km/h
20. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 42.805s +1.700s [15/16] 334km/h
21. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 42.817s +1.712s [14/14] 330km/h
22. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 43.013s +1.908s [9/17] 334km/h
23. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 43.267s +2.162s [13/13] 331km/h
24. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 44.571s +3.466s [15/18] 327km/h
25. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 45.206s +4.101s [15/17] 331km/h


FP4 Results
1. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.959s [Lap 4/13] 347km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 42.079s +0.120s [3/15] 347km/h
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 42.210s +0.251s [4/13] 343km/h
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.459s +0.500s [6/15] 335km/h
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 42.495s +0.536s [9/14] 343km/h
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 42.528s +0.569s [3/13] 334km/h
7. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 42.559s +0.600s [4/15] 339km/h
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.560s +0.601s [4/12] 337km/h
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 42.673s +0.714s [10/14] 345km/h
10. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 42.687s +0.728s [8/13] 334km/h
11. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 42.760s +0.801s [11/14] 335km/h
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 42.823s +0.864s [3/13] 342km/h
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 42.902s +0.943s [10/13] 339km/h
14. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 42.916s +0.957s [3/14] 339km/h
15. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 43.091s +1.132s [10/13] 329km/h
16. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 43.233s +1.274s [5/15] 339km/h
17. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 43.529s +1.570s [8/9] 330km/h
18. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 43.650s +1.691s [6/14] 340km/h
19. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 43.750s +1.791s [9/9] 331km/h
20. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 43.852s +1.893s [2/2] 329km/h
21. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 43.948s +1.989s [4/14] 334km/h
22. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 44.159s +2.200s [9/13] 332km/h
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 44.428s +2.469s [6/13] 335km/h
24. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 44.687s +2.728s [9/11] 326km/h
25. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 45.195s +3.236s [5/13] 331km/h
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Aleix Espargaro claims Suzuki's first MotoGP pole since 2007 - team-mate Maverick Vinales to start second!

Qualifying 2:
1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.546s [Lap 5/7] 333km/h (Top Speed)
2. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 40.629s +0.083s [6/8] 334km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 40.646s +0.100s [5/8] 337km/h
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.754s +0.208s [7/7] 344km/h
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.907s +0.361s [6/7] 343km/h
6. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.928s +0.382s [6/7] 346km/h
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 41.058s +0.512s [7/7] 336km/h
8. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.068s +0.522s [6/7] 340km/h
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.195s +0.649s [3/6] 344km/h
10. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.333s +0.787s [6/7] 342km/h
11. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.385s +0.839s [6/6] 339km/h
12. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.524s +0.978s [3/7] 346km/h

Qualifying 1:
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 42.003s 342km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 42.029s 339km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 42.053s 333km/h
16. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 42.155s 341km/h
17. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 42.273s 336km/h
18. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 42.485s 332km/h
19. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 42.592s 328km/h
20. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.600s 334km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 42.928s 335km/h
22. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 42.971s 328km/h
23. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 43.601s 327km/h
24. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 44.345s 332km/h
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MotoGP Catalunya: Marquez 'I will fight to stay with the Yamahas' 13 June 2015
“I need to do my 100% all the race if I want to be there or as close as possible” – Marc Marquez.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez feels Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have the edge heading into Sunday's Catalunya race.

But the Repsol Honda star, who already faces a 49-point gap to title leader Rossi, vowed not to back off despite his Mugello fall and revealed that big progress has been made towards solving the RCV's corner-entry woes

Suzuki stole the qualifying headlines by claiming a shock one-two, with Marquez in a close fourth place, just 0.2s from pole and 0.1s from Lorenzo.

But the Suzukis benefited from the soft Open class rear tyre and in terms of race pace Marquez is adamant it is the Yamahas that hold the advantage.

“In FP3 still we tried many things and then in FP4 we tried to put the best of what we have and looks like the pace was better, but even like that still not enough for be with both Yamaha riders,” he declared. “Especially Jorge but also Valentino is strong and that is where tomorrow in the warm-up we still try to work to find something to be closer for the second part of the race.”

Lorenzo set a devastating long-run pace in Saturday morning practice, only for the likes of Rossi and Marquez to suddenly exceed the #99's sub-1m 43s laps during FP4. However Marquez believes Lorenzo was using old tyres, masking his pace.

“Jorge was really, really fast in those ten laps [in FP3]. The thing is that in those five laps maybe we can be with him, but then our tyre drops and it looks like he is able to keep the pace a little better,” he said.

“Looks like this morning Jorge was really strong, but this afternoon he kept his tyres, he was with used tyres, and even like that he was strong. We will try to be with him but we must be honest and at the moment still we are not ready to fight with them.

“What we are missing is rear grip on corner exit. The bike is spinning, is moving, and is the most difficult point. I think everybody is struggling with rear grip but looks like Honda riders are struggling a little bit more, but we will try to be as close as possible to Yamaha riders that look the strongest.”

Nevertheless, Marquez declared that his RCV now behaves much more like last year's all-conquering machine on corner entry, having labelled such slides as his biggest problem last time at Mugello.

“I'm happy for this. Still it is not completely the same as last year but we improve a lot on this corner entry. This problem that we had with the big sliding, at this circuit we improve. With the exhaust, with the things we tried by the electronics, it looks like we improved and for that reason I'm happy.”

Despite falling while pushing to stay in the fight for second at Mugello, Marquez ruled out changing his tactics.

“No!” he smiled. “Tomorrow I will try to be with Yamahas until I see that is not possible. In Mugello it is true that I was there, but then I crashed. But you cannot start a race thinking 'I cannot push because maybe I will crash'.

“You must go out and then feel where is the limit and try to be there. I know I'm not in the situation to manage the race, to push a little bit more or less. I need to do my 100% all the race if I want to be there or as close as possible.”

One of the biggest unknowns ahead of the race is the performance of pole sitter Aleix Espargaro and rookie team-mate Maverick Vinales.

“Looks like not only Aleix but both Suzuki riders are really strong,” Marquez said. “Especially on one lap but not only one lap. Also on race distance, especially Aleix is stronger. I think the first ten laps they can be there, then we will see. They did a big step also with the top speed. They are like 6-8km/h slower than us so congrats to Suzuki because they did a good job.”

Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa will start from sixth.
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MotoGP Catalunya: Rossi: I’m closer and can be competitive 13 June 2015
Valentino Rossi remains upbeat despite failing to meet his objective of a second row start, believing he has a good pace for Sunday's MotoGP encounter in Barcelona


MotoGP title leader Valentino Rossi believes he is much closer to team-mate Jorge Lorenzo at the Majorcan's 'home' MotoGP round in Barcelona than previous races, insisting he can be competitive in Sunday's grand prix.

Coming off seventh and eighth qualifying positions in Le Mans and Mugello, Rossi set himself the target of starting from the front two rows in Montmeló in a bid to halt Lorenzo's ever-increasing momentum.

Yet on Saturday the 36-year old qualified for Q2 by the skin of his teeth, his final lap in FP3 a 'risky' strategy but enough to bump him into the top ten.

Rossi once again left it late to qualify seventh after positing a time of 1m 41.058s, putting him just over half a second slower than the pole position time, set by Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

Although the extremely fast qualifying time has yet to arrive, Rossi believed the pace he showed in FP4, in which he finished fourth, demonstrates definite potential for the race.

“Practice was quite positive,” said Rossi, leading the championship by six points. “From yesterday we had a good balance, especially the pace. FP4 was the most interesting because everyone is trying their race pace. I was fourth and feeling confident.

“I was able to do good lap times. After for the qualifying I'm not satisfied 100 percent because I have the potential with the bike to make the top five and start from the second row. Unfortunately I wasn't strong enough to make the perfect lap.

“In the end I have to start seventh. It's not fantastic but it's not too bad. Also, because the guy with the right pace starts from third position [Lorenzo], fourth [Marquez] and sixth position [Pedrosa], seventh [is] not so far.

“I think Jorge has the best pace. Also both of the Hondas are not so bad but this time I am more close and I think I can be more competitive for the race.”

The Suzuki pairing of Espargaro and Maverick Viñales were undoubtedly the surprise of the session, placing first and second, and Rossi admitted he is unsure how the GSX-RR pairing will fare in the second half of Sunday's race.

“I think nobody knows. I am quite optimistic for the Suzuki. They make an incredible lap time with the super soft but the pace with the medium is good. Especially Aleix is fast.

“I think they can stay in the first group for the first half of the race. For the second half nobody know. Or Suzuki don't know. Also the speed on the straight, it looks like Suzuki has improved. If it is fast they can keep the slipstream and can stay on top.”

Asked why he had waited until the last possible moment to set his fastest lap in FP3, which narrowly put him through to Q2, Rossi joked, “We make a good strategy. We simulate the qualifying and I do the lap time on the last lap. We have forty seconds in advance so we have another forty seconds to use!

“Apart from the joke, it's risky. Now it's like this. Everyone is so fast and Saturday morning is already pre-qualifying. Staying in the top ten is not easy. We have a lot of very fast bikes. Also Suzuki here with the super soft so it's not so bad. A good result.”

When judging his pace in FP4, Rossi was able to eleven laps in the mid-to-high 1m 42s while Lorenzo, using worn tyres, set six. According to the Italian 'another step' is needed to consistently challenge in Sunday's race.

“It will be very important now to improve and make another step for tomorrow, to try and improve the set-up for tomorrow morning. Also the start will be important like always.”
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MotoGP Catalunya: Espargaro: I pushed like completely crazy! 13 June 2015
In only his seventh round as a 'Factory' Suzuki rider, Aleix Espargaro claims an 'unbelievable' pole position at his home race after 'pushing like crazy'

Aleix Espargaro secured a stunning pole position in MotoGP qualifying at Montmeló and later admitted he was riding on the absolute limit to achieve this feat.

Just his second ever pole is the premier class, Espargaro led team-mate Maverick Viñales at the close of Q2 by 0.083s to mark a memorable day for the Japanese factory, just seven rounds into their return to the series.

Buoyed by a new engine that provides a smoother power delivery in the lower revs, Espargaro's final time of 1m 40.546s was three tenths of a second under the outright circuit record.

“I pushed like completely crazy,” Espargaro told the qualifying press conference. “On my first qualifying lap I was P1 I think and it was fast, but I didn't push so much. But the second fast lap, especially the last split, I completely blocked both brakes in every corner. I opened the gas without thinking. It was really fast.

“Obviously we have some help with the soft tyre but you have to do the lap as well. If you leave the bike alone in the pits with the extra soft tyre you won't get pole position. So really, really happy.

Several riders believed the added horsepower in Suzuki's new engine would affect the GSX-RR's sweet handling chassis but Espargaro said it has done little to limit its turning ability.

“To be able to do a pole position is unbelievable and a lap record in front of my crowd. I enjoy a lot riding at this track every year, the layout is fantastic and since yesterday I've felt great with my bike.

“The frame is turning really good, change of direction as well, and also with the new engine spec we are able to improve some km/h on the straight, which is great and helps us a bit.”

Asked how he will feel as he takes to the grid to lead a premier class race in front of his home fans, Espargaro stressed the need to stay calm and ensure he is well placed on the run to turn one.

“In Argentina I was leading until we arrived in the straight. Obviously to be able to lead my home GP in front of all of the crowd, my friends and family will be fantastic. But it's going to be very difficult because it's a long straight.

"Last year I was P5 and I arrived in the first corner in tenth. Then it's difficult because you need to overtake a lot of riders. But tomorrow I have to use the brain. I know I did the pole position today.

"I'm really happy but the race is going to be more difficult. If I'm able to follow Jorge or Vale for example, try to learn from them, try to follow them to see if we can follow for half-race, all race, three laps, four laps. The first corner will be hard, but we have more power so we will see.”
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Terrible day/year for Repsol Honda :( just couldnt believe he went down again :( in way to hot, and he ALMOST clipped Jorge, imagine if that happened!!! Yup was hoping to see a repeat of 09' what a crazy year it has been. Really hope Vale can take it this year, but its most def looking like a Yam year either way. Really too bad for Marc, but he is still young and 2 time world champ, he wont be able to win the title every year, we will see him as a champion again no doubt about it, just not this year.
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This picture sequence, from Crash.net's photographer's Gold and Goose, shows reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez crashing out of Sunday's Catalunya MotoGP.

Marquez got out of shape under braking while running second behind Jorge Lorenzo on lap 2 of 25. He narrowly avoided the Yamaha rider only to run off track and fall in the gravel.

The Repsol Honda rider then tried to rejoin only to discover his gear lever was broken off. It was Marquez's third non-score in seven races and leaves his hopes of a third straight MotoGP crown in tatters..









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MotoGP Catalunya: Caught out Marquez left with ‘nothing to lose’ 14 June 2015
“Sure I can finish the race 20 seconds behind but you know it is not my style” - Marc Marquez.

Marc Marquez's MotoGP title hopes are well and truly on the ropes after the Honda star suffered another fall in Sunday's home Catalunya race.

The reigning double champion was running second to Jorge Lorenzo when he was caught out by the ongoing corner-entry problems with his RCV, on just the second lap.

Marquez said that he braked in the usual place but a rear slide saw the #93 almost clip Lorenzo before veering into the gravel trap, sending him down and out for the third time this season.

“Today was the day that I felt closer to Valentino and Lorenzo's pace,” Marquez began. “When I start the race I felt strong behind Jorge but still this problem that we have with corner entry - I'm happy because this weekend we did a step - but the problem is still there. And one thing is riding alone in practice, when I can go wide or tight when I slide and loose maybe one tenth of a second.

“Today when I was behind Lorenzo I braked at the same point, but I had a slide and it was so difficult to stop the bike. Then I saw Lorenzo in front of me and had to decide to go in [to the corner] or go wide. I saw that to go in was too dangerous for both of us, so I decided to go wide. Then I saw the wall was coming really quick and when I entered the gravel I was too fast.”

Marquez, who said he did not touch Lorenzo during the incident, added: “The gear lever was damaged so I had to stop. I'm disappointed because we lost many points, but happy on the other side because we did another step [with the bike this weekend]. Tomorrow we have an important test where we need to try some new and old items to understand everything and after that we will see.”

With Marquez out, and the likes of Andrea Dovizioso also falling, team-mate Dani Pedrosa went on to finish as best of the rest behind the Movistar Yamahas. However Pedrosa was almost 20-seconds from victory.

“Today I took the risk and people will say 'why don't you finish the race'. Sure I can finish the race 20 seconds behind but you know it is not my style. Yesterday I say that now I am at the point where I need to take risks if I want to win this championship, but I cannot lose any race.

“I tried. We lose the race, now it will be really difficult for the championship but the next target is to try to find the way to be as close as possible to both Yamaha riders. When you are trying to follow the [Yamahas] you need to ride 100% on the limit and then when you do a small mistake, like Mugello and here, you lose the race.”

Marquez is 69 points, almost three race wins, behind Valentino Rossi after the seventh of 18 rounds.

“My approach will be the same,” Marquez insisted. “I don't have anything to lose now, so just the target is to try to arrive in the top level as soon as possible. Of course now is the time to work hard and I want to thank my team because they finish this weekend at 11-12 each night working on the electronics and things.

“I'm sorry for them because in the end I cannot say thanks with a great result. But when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. We are working hard and really close.”

Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo won his fourth race in a row on Sunday and is just one point from the championship lead.
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Jorge Lorenzo takes a dominant victory for the fourth race in a row after holding off team-mate Valentino Rossi, while Marc Marquez crashed out for the third time this year...

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 53.208s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 54.093s
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 43m 12.663s
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 43m 18.133s
5. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 20.990s
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 43m 22.767s
7. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 43m 29.632s
8. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 43m 35.311s
9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 43m 42.558s
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 43m 45.777s
11. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 43m 46.874s
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 43m 48.973s
13. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 43m 49.040s
14. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 44m 2.245s
15. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 44m 18.471s
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) +1 lap
Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) DNF
Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) DNF
Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF

updated points:
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 138
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 137
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati 94
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 83
5 Marc Marquez Honda 69
6 Bradley Smith Yamaha 68
7 Cal Crutchlow Honda 47
8 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 46
9 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 45
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda 39
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 39
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 31
13 Scott Redding Honda 27
14 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 26
15 Hector Barbera Ducati 16
16 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 13
17 Jack Miller Honda 11
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilla 11
19 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 9
20 Michele Pirro Ducati 8
21 Nicky Hayden Honda 8
22 Eugene Laverty Honda 7
23 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5
24 Mike di Meglio Ducati 2
25 Alex de Angelis ART 1

Yamaha 166
Ducati 119
Honda 114
Suzuki 57
Yamaha Forward 18
Aprilla 11
ART 1

Last edited by CBR Time; 06-14-2015 at 09:23 PM.
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