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MotoGP: Marc Marquez cruises to impressive victory in Austin

Marc Marquez stamped his authority on the MotoGP World Championship by winning in Austin by more than 2.3 seconds.

The reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez sent a message out to the rest of the paddock that he was back after his mishap in Qatar, as he dominated the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, at one point leading by over 5 seconds.

Marquez took the lead on lap 5, and didn’t look back as he went on to leave the rest of the field behind to maintain his 100% record at CoTA, before relaxing towards the end of the race.

Andrea Dovizioso made it another podium for the resurgent Ducati Team, as he won the fight for 2nd ahead of the Movistar Yamaha of Valentino Rossi, who leads the Championship standings.

Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo left it late, overtaking the Ducati GP15 of Andrea Iannone with only 3 laps to go to snatch 4th place from the Italian, with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith rounding out the top 6.

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi wins season opener in Qatar

Italian legend Valentino Rossi won the opening race of the 2015 MotoGP season in a thrilling finish in Qatar.

Yamaha’s Rossi, a seven-time MotoGP champion, claimed his 109th Grand Prix victory after the 36-year-old held off Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Andrea Iannone on the Ducati made it an all-Italian podium, with Spain’s two-time defending champion Marc Marquez back in fifth place.

Britons Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith came seventh and eighth respectively.

Marquez won the opening 10 races in 2014 but made a dreadful start to the new season as he was forced off the track and slipped to the back of the field.

The 22-year-old fought his way back up to fifth but could not challenge Rossi, who began the race eighth on the grid but charged to the front.

Rossi, who won the last of his seven titles in 2009, and compatriot Dovizioso enjoyed a dramatic duel in the closing stages, with the former champion defending a small lead over the final two laps.

“This was one of the best victories for me,” said Rossi. “The bike was fantastic, I never gave up but it was a real fight with the Ducatis and the Hondas who were really strong.

“I’m so happy for me, for the team and for Yamaha. The second part of the race was really good and I’m very happy because we had difficulties in testing and practice but my experience helped today.

“This is a great, great victory but I had a good feeling this morning.”

Qatar MotoGP result:
1. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati
3. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati
4. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha
5. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda
6. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda
7. Cal Crutchlow (GB) Honda
8. Bradley Smith (GB) Yamaha
9. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha
10. Yonny Hernandez (Col) Ducati
11. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Suzuki
12. Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati
13. Scott Redding (GB) Honda
14. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Suzuki
15. Hector Barbera (Spa) Ducati

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MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso claimed a sensational pole position in Qatar

Ducati fill 3 of the top 5 positions on the grid for Sunday’s race in Qatar.

Andrea Dovizioso blitzed his way to pole in spectacular fashion as he took advantage of the softer tyre option to set a time two-tenths quicker than the rest of the field, and funnily enough, seemed quite pleased: “I am very happy because the pole today is the result of a group effort: after two years in which we have suffered, we finally managed to achieve a competitive motorbike, and I honestly did not think we would have been so fast right away with the GP15.”

One of the surprises of QP2 was the pace of Dani Pedrosa as he out-qualified his teammate Marc Marquez to finish in 2nd. The Spaniard was delighted to get onto the front row: “It was fantastic, because I think that it was one of my fastest laps at this track. It was vital to set a good lap time today, without making any mistakes, due to the fact that at this track all the times are very close together.”

Andrea Iannone was disappointed to miss out on a front row start on the second Ducati Team GP15, as he finished in 4th.

It was another disappointing day for the Movistar Yamaha’s of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, who will start tomorrow’s race in 6th and 8th place respectively

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith, who only just made it through from Q1 with last lap of the session will start from 7th, admits he didn’t make it easy for himself

Cal Crutchlow, who ended the practice sessions 2nd fastest overall, crashed out at turn 14 and will have to start the race from the back of the fourth row: “Thankfully it’s just my pride that is hurt today, but obviously I’m not happy. I made a stupid mistake. The positive is that we were very fast and we had a great chance to get on the front row and my ideal time would have put us there. But hey, that’s racing! The other guys did a better qualifying and we were 12th.”

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MotoGP: Teammates Dovizioso and Iannone help uncover Ducati 2015 MotoGP bike

The Ducati Team launched its all-new GP15 machine this morning at the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, Italy.

Teammates Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone joined with Ducati Corse General Manager and GP15 designer Gigi Dall’Igna to uncover the much-anticipated machine.

Originally planned for the first winter test of 2015 in Sepang last month, the eagerly anticipated machine has already sparked worldwide conversations on what is under the bodywork that Dall’Igna has introduced or changed to turn the bike into a championship winning machine like the glory days of 2007 when Casey Stoner guided the ‘bologna bullet’ to MotoGP glory.

The machine has become infamous for it’s vague front end field and understeer problems despite multiple chassis modifications and not even seven times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi could get to grips with the machine during his two disastrous years with the Italian marque.

Starting with Ducati last year, Dall’Igna was brought on-board primarily to manage the Ducati MotoGP project but also to find solutions to the ongoing issues with underperforming machinery. His first changes came with the GP14.2 and further changes with the GP14.3 that was used at Sepang a few weeks ago with both Dovizioso and Iannone impressing with their pace, albeit on the soft Bridgestone rubber.

While no detailed information is yet available on the new machine, it is believed that Dall’Igna has stuck with the traditional Ducati 90 degree Desmodromic valve engine but all else could be completely changed and with Ducati effectively racing in the Open class they were able to work on their engine development last year whereas the other factory teams were not permitted to do this.

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MotoGP: Crutchlow to ride with CWM-LCR Honda in 2015

The LCR Honda Team is pleased to officially announce that British rider Cal Crutchlow will join Cecchinello’s squad in 2015 MotoGP campaign riding the Honda RC213V Factory Spec.

The 29-year-old from Isle of Man will compete in the premier class for the fifth year counting on Honda HRC support and the brand-new LCR Main Sponsor CWM.
Lucio Cecchinello (LCR CEO): “We want to thank Cal for his trust in our 2015 racing project and we are excited to line up with new Team colours thanks to the cooperation with CWM. In the mean time we will keep working hard to end the current season in the best way”.
Anthony Costantinou (CWM CEO): “The 2015 MotoGP season is looking to be a very exciting one, CWM-LCR Honda are very happy and pleased to have Cal Crutchlow on our new bike and new team colours. Cal is a professional, reliable, and top performer as CWMFX.COM is. Perfect synergy”.