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MotoGP: Marc Marquez seals second world title

Marc Marquez secured back-to-back MotoGP world titles in Motegi thanks to a hard-earned second place in the Japanese Grand Prix.

The race was won by Jorge Lorenzo, who battled past his team-mate Valentino Rossi to take the lead, and was never headed from that moment on as he sailed to a dominant victory.

But despite the Yamaha team riders finishing first and third, it was Marquez who took centre stage, celebrating with a special Samurai ceremony on his warm-down lap.

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MotoGP: Lorenzo wins rain-hit Aragon

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won a rain-affected and crash-strewn Aragon Grand Prix for Yamaha on Sunday while Honda’s MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez fell for the second race in a row.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won a rain-affected and crash-strewn Aragon Grand Prix for Yamaha on Sunday while Honda’s MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez fell for the second race in a row.

The two Spaniards swapped the lead until three laps from the end when the reigning world champion, chasing a record-equalling 12th win of the season, crashed after choosing not to change to a wet set-up as rain began to fall.

Lorenzo had already pitted and the victory was his first of the year, with compatriot Aleix Espargaro finishing second on a non-works Yamaha after holding off Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow by 0.017 seconds.

It was Yamaha’s second successive win in a season Honda had seemed set to dominate completely.

Marquez, who also crashed in San Marino and had started on pole, rejoined the race and finished 13th and ahead of Repsol Honda team mate and title rival Dani Pedrosa, who also fell on the slippery surface.

The 21-year-old champion now has 292 points to Pedrosa’s 217 with Rossi on 214 and four races remaining.

Italian Valentino Rossi, the winner of his home race at Misano, crashed out after four laps and was carried off on a stretcher for medical checks although he was able to stand and did not appear too seriously hurt.

Others fallers were Italians Andrea Dovizioso and early leader Andrea Iannone.

“It has been a long time without a win and to get it in these conditions is incredible,” said Lorenzo, who avoided an unwanted record of becoming the first rider to finish second in five successive races in the top category.

“I was concentrating on not crashing and was ready to finish third,” added the Spaniard, who has now won at all four Spanish circuits on the calendar.

Lorenzo and Rossi had struggled with the choice of tyres on their Yamahas during practice but while the Italian fell, the 2010 and 2012 world champion had an inspired ride.

“It was a crazy race. I wasn’t happy when it started to rain as the Hondas were starting to get away from me. I wasn’t comfortable at all,” Lorenzo explained.

“Then it started raining more and I decided to go for it, go into the pits and see what happens. Returning it was very difficult as it was slippery with the tyres not warm enough and I had to take risks.

“Bit by bit it got better, I dug in, tried my best. I saw on the board that I was 12th which meant I was going to finish well down but then after the next lap I’m first.”

Both Marquez and Pedrosa had opted for hard rear tyres compared to Lorenzo’s choice of a medium, and their decision not to change proved costly.

“It was all or nothing. I saw there were four laps to go and as I would have lost a lot of time I decided to stay out to see if I could finish the race,” Marquez told reporters.

“I am not experienced in these conditions, it has never happened to me before. The important thing though is that I was able to finish the race ahead of Dani, who also sadly fell.”

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MotoGP: San Marino: Valentino Rossi takes first win of the season

Valentino Rossi won his first MotoGP in 15 months with victory at his home track in San Marino.

The Yamaha rider finished ahead of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in third.

Championship leader Marc Marquez suffered an early crash and finished down the field in 15th. His overall lead was reduced to 74 points from 89.

Rossi’s win at Misano was the Italian’s 81st career victory and took his MotoGP points total beyond 5,000.

British riders Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow finished seventh and ninth respectively.

The Misano circuit is located near nine-times world champion Rossi’s home town of Tavullia.

His last win came at Assen in the Netherlands in June last year and the victory saw an end to Honda’s 100% winning record this season.

“It’s a really great win and with Marquez in such amazing form it’s not like it happens often,” said Rossi.

“It was the right moment and I took advantage of it, thanks to a Yamaha which was better than the Honda.”

Rossi, 35, had qualified third on the grid, behind Spain’s Lorenzo and Italy’s Andrea Iannone, with Marquez starting from the second row for the first time this season as he looked for his 12th win in 13 races.

Marquez and Rossi battled from the start, until the young Spaniard fell on lap 10.

He lost control of his bike with 19 laps to go with the machine slipping out from beneath him under braking.

“Winning was the main aim of the season and I did,” Rossi added.

“I knew I could do it and I continued to push and believe in it always, regardless of everything.

“I kept telling myself that it would happen one day – that Marquez wouldn’t be at 100% and I had to be ready.”

The next race is in Aragon, Spain, on 28 September.

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MotoGP: Pedrosa victory ends Marquez winning streak

In the Brno MotoGP race Dani Pedrosa won for the first time since Malaysia last year.

He ended the winning streak of Marc Marquez, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi second and third, whilst Marquez came home just off the podium.

From fifth on the grid Pedrosa returned to his best form to blast through the pack and eventually take victory by 0.410s from Lorenzo in front of more than 138,000 fans. For Lorenzo it was his third successive podium result and he also produced a great ride, having started in sixth on the grid.

Rossi got his seventh rostrum result of 2014 in his 245th premier class race as he equaled the all time appearance record in the top class, pulling level with Alex Barros on that front.

With Marquez finishing fourth it is the first time this year that he did not win the race and this is the first time he has finished a MotoGPâ„¢ race off the podium. Marquez is of course still in a commanding position in the standings with a 77 point lead.

Marquez lost out in a midrace battle for third with Rossi, having earlier had a close fight with Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) in the opening laps – with the two former Moto2™ rivals clashing on two occasions.

Iannone would later get the better of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) for fifth in the final stages.

The top ten was completed by Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini).

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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo signs new two-year Yamaha deal

Double MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has signed a new two-year contract to stay with Movistar Yamaha.

The Spanish rider, who won the title in 2010 and 2012, follows team-mate Valentino Rossi, who recently also penned a new two-year agreement.

Lorenzo told YamahaMotogp.com:  “I strongly believe we can fight for a third title together.”

The 27-year-old heads to Indianapolis this weekend fifth in the standings, 128 points behind leader Marc Marquez.

Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have signed two-year deals with Honda, leaving Aleix Espargaro, sixth in the world championship, as the highest-ranked rider yet to confirm his 2015 plans.

Yamaha team principal Lin Jarvis said: “The 2014 season has been a tough one for Jorge so far but I am hoping that the confirmation of this new agreement will give him the peace of mind to be able to focus 100% of his energy on the remaining races.

“For 2015 and beyond we have no doubt that Jorge will be a strong title contender and we will do our very best to provide him with the materials and the support he needs to be able to realise our shared ambitions.”

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