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 â€“ with the two former Moto2â„¢ 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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A five-year deal has been signed to bring motorcycling’s British MotoGP to Wales.
It will be held at the new £315m Circuit of Wales race track in Blaenau Gwent which has yet to be built.
Land near Ebbw Vale will be transformed into the Circuit of Wales to host all but Formula 1 racing.
Next year’s event will take place elsewhere in Britain but it is hoped the circuit in Ebbw Vale will take on the remaining four years.
There is also an option for a further five years.
Heads of the Valleys Development Company says the circuit will bring 750,000 visitors a year to the area.
The project has been hit by delays with issues over common land and call for the Welsh and UK governments to commit up to £50m towards the scheme.
“Our agreement with [commercial rights holders] Dorna is a significant landmark in the development of the Circuit of Wales,” said Michael Carrick, chief executive of the Circuit of Wales.
“MotoGP is the pinnacle of global motorcycle racing and expectations within the series and of its millions of fans worldwide are for a truly world class event at iconic and state-of-the art venues.
“We look forward to meeting those expectations when we welcome MotoGP to Wales from 2016 and we are now working closely with Dorna and the FIM, MotoGP’s governing body, with regard to the 2015 British round of the MotoGP World Championship.”
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Marquez claimed Spainâ€™s 100th premier class victory and his 10th successive win of the season at the world famous Brickyard.
The MotoGPâ„¢ World Champion becomes the first rider since Mick Doohan in 1997 to win ten successive premier class races.
A slow start off the line had Marquez some way down the order and allowed Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) to make an early break. A three-way battle quickly emerged between Rossi, Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) as Doviziosoâ€™s tyres began to fade.
Lap 11 saw Marquez take the lead with an impressive move on the Yamaha pair, going on to win by just under two seconds from Lorenzo.
Teammate Pedrosa gambled with a hard front tyre on the newly resurfaced Indianapolis track. The Spaniard was able to fight back and get up to fourth position after qualifying in eighth.
Repsol Honda now lead the team championship by a comfortable 137 points over the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.
â€œThe race was very hard, especially as the track temperature was very high. I struggled a little with the front tyre so I stayed behind Rossi to try to keep the front tyre cool. I tried to push but then the rear started sliding! Eventually I was able to open the gap and take 25 points,â€ said Marquez.
He added, â€œWe will try to fight for the victory in Brno. The test we had went well but it was very slippery so we donâ€™t have too much data. I have never gone great there and Jorge and Vale are very strong there.â€
Pedrosa added, â€œOverall it has been a difficult weekend in which at no point did I feel good on the bike. We couldn’t find a good setup in practice. Then in the race, although I was able to move up a few places, I was always off the pace if I was going to fight for the podium.â€
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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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The 24 year-old German rider will race for the NGM Forward Racing Team on board a Forward Yamaha machine next year.
The 2011 Moto2â„¢ World Champion has been riding with the LCR Honda MotoGP team in the premier class since 2012 but now looks forward to a new chapter in his racing career with the Forward Racing squad.
Giovanni Cuzari, Team Owner of the NGM Forward Racing outfit, commented, â€œItâ€™s with great pleasure that we welcome Stefan Bradl to our team. We believe that Stefan is a strong rider, that our package will suit his riding style very well and we look forward to start this new cooperation.
Moreover, Germany represents an important market and itâ€™s important to have a strong German rider in our line up.â€
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The second half of the season starts at a slightly revamped Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Unfortunately for the rest of the field, the three sets of modifications are unlikely to make the track any less Honda friendly. At 95mph, the lap record is the slowest on the calendar and nothing puts the power down out of a slow corner like a Honda.
Both the factory Honda riders have won here, so there will be interest in the satellite team riders. Stefan Bradl knows he’ll be on a Forward Yamaha next year but Alvaro Bautista is riding for a job.
The same could be said of Bradley Smith who had a horrible end to the first half of the year with a startling five crashes in Germany.
In the absence of Nicky Hayden, recovering from an operation on his wrist, his replacement Leon Camier is also riding for a job. He has Indy and the Czech Republic to make himself indispensable.
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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 wayâ€.
Anthony Costantinou (CWM CEO): â€œThe 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 synergyâ€.
At the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Marc Marquez made it nine wins from nine races.
Rain just moments before the race start had riders switching to their wet bikes. However, the downpour was brief and 14 riders, including Marquez and Pedrosa, opted to switch to their dry bikes at the end of the final Warm Up lap and start from pitlane.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) switched to slick tyres on the grid and had an early lead but both Repsol Honda riders quickly caught up. Marquez and Pedrosa passed the German and had their own battle throughout the race. Championship leader Marquez set several fastest laps with Pedrosa responding each time.
Marquez was able to maintain his advantage and win by almost one and a half seconds after Pedrosa made a mistake. Nonetheless Pedrosa was able to claim his seventh podium of the season, and mark Repsol Hondaâ€™s third 1-2 result.
â€œIt looked like Assen but in the end everyone came in the pits because we all saw it was dry. I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and (Valentino) Rossi, my main rivals for the championship. I followed them. The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. Iâ€™m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit!â€ commented Marquez.
Second placed Pedrosa added, â€œI think it was really tough in turn 1 with slicks. We did a good job in the pits. I tried to make it up to Marc but the gap always stayed at 0.5, 0.6. The rhythm was very similar and I wasnâ€™t really gaining or losing at all. Iâ€™m happy overall though.â€
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Marc Marquez produced a masterclass in difficult conditions at the Iveco Daily TT Assen to make it eight wins from eight races in 2014.
In a race which started after a delay due to wet conditions Marquez judged the 26-lap challenge to perfection, running with Dovizioso at the front in the early stages and asserting his authority as the riders changed to dry set-up machines on the seventh lap.
Marquez eventually clinched the win by 6.7s seconds to become the first rider since the great Giacomo Agostini in 1971 to win the first eight premier-class races of the year.
Dovizioso stepped onto the rostrum for the second time in 2014, with Pedrosa completing the podium after holding off the pursuing Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) for several laps. Espargaro rode well to hold fourth, having started on pole on the â€˜Openâ€™ Forward Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took fifth having shown great pace in the second half of the race, his problem being a late decision to swap back from slicks to wets at the start. Rossi started from pit lane on wets, therefore, and recovered considerable ground before and after eventually the swap back to slicks.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) completed the top ten.
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