Jorge Martin unfit for the reminder of the German GP due to FP2 crash

Spanish rider Jorge Martin suffered a heavy crash during the second practice session of the lightweight class. 

Coming out of turn 1, the Del Conca Gresini rider suffered a huge highside and landed on his right ankle. His pain was obviously severe as he could not get up even with help from the track marshalls. 

The session was red flagged and Martin was taken by ambulance to the Medical Center, where it was confirmed that his right ankle is unfortunately fractured.

As a result, Jorge Martin will sit out for the reminder of the German GP. This puts an end to his amazing series of 5 consecutive pole positions. 

Coming into the German GP, Jorge Martin was 4th in the standings. He climbed on the podium 4 times in 2017, three times in 3rd place and once in 2nd.

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Arnaud Tonus extends his Yamaha deal for two more seasons

Arnaud Tonus has signed an extension of his current contract with Wilvo Yamaha. The Swiss, aged 25, is in his first full MXGP season after two difficult years spent in USA.

His brief career in Europe already made news. Tonus has already finished on podium once, at Pietramurata, where he managed a second place in Race 1. Also, the Yamaha rider has won the qualifying race in Russia.

Tonus is currently 10th in the MXGP class standings, with a total of 227 points.

 

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Ricky Carmichael returns for Aus-X Open

Fifteen times champion in motocross and supercross, Ricky Carmichael confirmed the rumors regarding his race return intentions. Aged 37, Ricky Carmichael is considered to be the greatest motocross racer of all time.

His last race was in Australia, in 2015, at the same Aus-X Open. Last year, Ryan Villopoto returned after nearly a year and a half of inactivity, but it was only a brief comeback. Ricky Carmichael’s return was rumored in the motocross paddock from early spring.

Ricky Carmichael retired from professional racing after the 2007 MXoN, when he led the USA team to a dominant win. Alongside Carmichael, for the australian event which is to be held in November, Chad Reed and many other motocross superstars were already announced.

 

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Assen 2017 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

Assen turned out to be the most spectacular weekend of the season so far, as all three classes were filled with drama and suspense from start to finish. Let’s now review the main protagonists and antagonists from the Dutch GP. 
THE GOOD 

Aron Canet 

Having found himself at the points limit at one moment of the race, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider managed to make his way up to the top and battled in style for the win. In a magnificent last lap, Canet overtook Fenati to go in front and did not let the win escape his grasp in the last corners. This is his second win of the season, a win that lifts him up to second in the standings. If he keeps going like that, Mir’s job will not be as easy as it seemed after the Catalan GP. 

John McPhee 

Another Moto3 rider who had an amazing comeback was British Talent Team rider John McPhee. The Scotsman qualified only 19th, but managed to recover during the race, as he finished in a superb 3rd place. After some bad races in the last period, he was in need of a podium finish to keep his title chances alive. 

Marcos Ramirez 

The Platinum Bay Real Estate rider had another strong performance on Sunday. Even if he led the race at some point, once again his effort was not enough to secure a maiden podium finish. For the second GP in a row he crossed the line in 6th, but his consistency in good results shows that his time might come soon. 

Franco Morbidelli 

After missing the podium in both Mugello and Catalunya, the Moto2 championship leader came back in style here in Assen. Strong in both practice and qualifying, the Marc VDS rider kept his good pace in a hard fought race. Going into the last lap Morbidelli was second, right behind leader Tom Luthi. The Italian had no serious issues in overtaking the Swiss rider, thus cruising to the 5th win of the season. Good way to celebrate a MotoGP contract for 2018.

Takaaki Nakagami

After lot of misfortune in the last GPs, Taka finally managed to get back in the class’ elite here in Assen. Having won his first and, up to now, only race in his career here in Assen last year, the Japanese rider was once again a fierce presence on the Circuit van Drenthe. Having led a good part of the race, the final laps saw him struggle a bit, falling down in 5th. However, Taka managed to overtake both Oliveira and Pasini in the last lap, thus securing his first podium finish since Austin. 

Miguel Oliveira 

For the first time this season, the Portuguese rider was able to match the pace of the leading riders and stay with them from start to finish. Throughout the race he was always in the podium battle, having also led at some point. He notched another strong top 5 finish and, with the KTM chassis still developing, we can expect Oliveira to fight more often for wins and podiums in the second part of the year. 

Valentino Rossi 

The ‘Doctor’ offered another masterpiece performance here in Holland, leading for the most part of the race, no matter if wet or dry. He clinched his first win of the season and the 10th at the venue, thus approaching the championship leader at only 7 points. 

Danilo Petrucci 

Petrux continues to be in the form of his life. After locking out the podium in Mugello and starting from the front row in Catalunya, the Pramac Ducati rider tied his career best by finishing 2nd here in Holland. He battled and won duels throughout the race with stars like Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso, but had to recognize himself defeated by Valentino Rossi for only 0.063.
THE BAD

Nicolo Bulega 

Another terrible Moto3 race for Valentino Rossi’s rider. Even though he started from the first row, the Italian could not keep the pace of the guys in front and dropped to the outside of the top 10. Taking advantage of Bendsneyder’s last corner drama, he crossed the line in 10th, this however being a result much under the expectations. 

Enea Bastianini

Another Italian who is becoming just a shadow of the former self is EG 0,0 rider Enea Bastianini. Somewhere near the top 10, the Italian crashed, adding another no-points race to this year’s collection. 

Alex Marquez 

Winner of the Catalan GP in the Moto2 class, the Spaniard was far from that form here in the Netherlands. His race was a silent one, running in 6th place pretty much from start to finish. This allowed his teammate Morbidelli to increase the Point difference between them in the championship. 

Dani Pedrosa

Dani’s pace was bad throughout the whole weekend, the Spaniard’s form being much worse compared to the one had in the Catalan GP when he started from pole and finished 3rd. In all sessions he was somewhere between P10 and P15, positions that do not honour him. He finished the race in P13, a result that could mean a check-mate to his championship chances. 

Jorge Lorenzo 

One of the most disastrous weekends for 5 time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo since joining Ducati. The Spaniard once again showed how much he struggles in wet conditions, having qualified in 21st. The race brought no significant changes in his pace, even though most of it took place in dry conditions. The ‘Spartan’ crossed the line only in 15th.
THE UGLY

Maverick Vinales 

On top after Friday, Vinales could not mantain his dominance in the wet conditions of the qualifying session. Starting only from 11th, the former championship leader made his way up to P5, but crashed while pushing to catch the leading quartet. He walked away unharmed but this incident cost him the championship lead. 
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Another win for Marc VDS – Franco Morbidelli strikes late in Assen

Franco Morbidelli took his 5th win of the season in what has been the most exciting Moto2 race so far, after passing Thomas Luthi on the very last lap. Takaaki Nakagami completed the rostrum. 

Tom Luthi had a great start of the race, taking the lead after turn 1. Morbidelli, Oliveira and Nakagami closely followed.

The Swiss rider experienced some tough moments, falling in 4th place. Miguel Oliveira overtook Franco Morbidelli and took the lead, these being the first laps led by both Miguel Oliveira and KTM in a Moto2 race. However, the Portuguese rider could not resist much time in front and was successively overtaken by Morbidelli, Nakagami, Luthi and Pasini.

Mattia Pasini made his way through the front riders and took the lead. This did not last much as Taka Nakagami overtook him with no problems.

The Japanase rider led the race for some time, but, as the dying moments were approaching, Tom Luthi made a move and established in P1. Taka was also overtaken by Morbidelli, Pasini and Oliveira and everything seemed lost for him at the entrance in the last lap.

Morbidelli was not happy with 2nd place and tried everything to pass Luthi. Eventually he did it and there was nothing the Swiss could do about it.

Behind them, Nakagami passed Oliveira and was looking for a way to get past Pasini and grab the last podium spot.

Morbidelli crossed the line in P1, thus obtaining his 5th win of the season and the 7th out of 8th races for EG 0,0 Marc VDS team. Luthi finished once again in P2. Entering the last chicane, Taka Nakagami made a move on Mattia Pasini and took 3rd place. Pasini went wide, cutting the chicane, and he came back on track in front of Nakagami, crossing the line in 3rd. However, this maneuver was considered illegal by the race direction and the Italian was demoted to 4th place. Miguel Oliveira locked out the top 5, ahead of Alex Marquez. Xavier Simeon finished in P7, this being a new best for Tasca Racing. Hafizh Syahrin got a new personal best in 2017, crossing the line in 8th place. The top 10 was completed by rookies Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia.

Franco Morbidelli extends his lead in the general standings. The Italian has now accumulated 148 points, 12 more than Tom Luthi, who sits in P2 with 136 points. Alex Marquez remains 3rd with 113 points, while Miguel Oliveira and Mattia Pasini are in 4th and 5th with 94 and 82 points, respectively. The third place obtained today lifts Taka Nakagami in 6th place, 20 points behind Pasini.

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Valentino Rossi makes La Decima at Assen

King of Assen – Rossi back on top in the Netherlands

Valentino Rossi triumphed in one of the best races the MotoGP has ever seen. Danilo Petrucci tied his career best, finishing in second, while Marc Marquez won a hard-fought battle for the 3rd place. 

Johann Zarco took advantage of the pole position and remained in 1st place after turn one.

Marquez kept 2nd position, while Rossi passed Petrucci and went up in 3rd. The leading quartet left everyone else behind. Andrea Iannone was the best starter, the Italian climbing all the way up to 9th place after 3 laps after starting from 16th.

After a few laps with no overtakes in the leading group, Valentino Rossi decided to make a move on Marc Marquez. He easily went past the Spaniard and soon after he took the lead from Zarco.

The Frenchman was also overtaken by Marquez and Petrucci and had to settle in 4th. Danilo Petrucci surprised everyone and went past Marquez, starting to chase Valentino.

Disaster struck for championship leader Maverick Vinales as he crashed out of the race while in 5th place.

First drops of rain made their appereance and they brought with them an astonishing Dovizioso. The Ducati rider caught up with Zarco and Marquez, overtaking both of them. Soon after, Zarco entered pit lane to swap for a bike with rain tyres. Dovizioso caught up with Petrucci and Rossi and the Italian trio battled it out in style.

Rossi kept the lead for some laps while Petrux and Dovi were successively swapping 2nd and 3rd between them. Eventually, Petrucci won the duel and also overtook Rossi. The Doctor responded right away and recovered 1st place. Dovizioso’s rhytm started to drop and he was caught by Marquez, who was also in danger as Cal Crutchlow was approaching.

The trio disputed the last place on the podium till the very end, while the victory became a 100% Italian business between Rossi and Petrucci. Going into the last lap, Rossi had some tenths of a second ahead of Petrucci when the duo caught Alex Rins by one lap. Rossi went past him with no problems, but Petrucci had a small contact with the Spaniard while trying to overtake. This caused a significant loss of time for Petrucci who did not have any further chance of overtaking Rossi. Anyway, he came pretty close, as The Doctor notched the win for only 0.063.

This is Rossi’s 10th win at the venue and the first one of the current season. Marc Marquez won the fight for the 3rd place ahead of Crutchlow and Dovizioso, who locked out the top 5. Jack Miller and Karel Abraham crossed the line in 6th and 7th, these being their new personal bests in the current season. Loris Baz, Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro completed the top 10. The decision of Zarco to swap bikes proved very wrong, as the poleman finished only 14th.

Apart from Vinales, other riders who have crashed were Jonas Folger, Alvaro Bautista, Sam Lowes and Scott Redding.  All walked away unharmed.

In spite of finishing only 5th, Andrea Dovizioso is the new leader of the World Championship with 115 points. Maverick Vinales falls in 2nd, with 111 points, while Valentino Rossi goes up in 3rd with 108 points. Marc Marquez falls în 4th with 104 points.

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Canet wins Moto3 thriller at Assen

Canet takes advantage of Moto3 last lap madness and takes his second win in Assen.

Aron Canet took the win in the Moto3 race after a fantastic battle with 10 other riders. Romano Fenati finished in second, with John McPhee locking out the podium. The start saw a very determined Nakarin Atiratphuvapat going in front after turn one, but the Thai rider could not resist in front.

He was slowly but surely swallowed by the pack. Jorge Martin took the lead, followed by Bo Bendsneyder, Joan Mir, Tatsuki Suzuki and Adam Norrodin. The Spaniard tried to get away, but the local hero had other plans.

In the meantime, Romano Fenati was making his way up to the front. Mir, Fenati, Martin and Bendsneyder changed positions between them lap by lap, until a second group of riders, consisting of Canet, Ramirez, Danilo and McPhee made the junction.

With few laps to go, Ramirez took the lead. Martin tried to overtake him on the outside, but he failed. They touched and Martin went wide, falling in 11th place. Entering the last lap it was Mir who was leading, with McPhee second, McPhee third, Canet 4th and Fenati fifth. Poleman Martin was in 7th. Aron Canet went up in 2nd and Martin in 6th.

As the group entered Ramshoek, every rider tried to overtake as many riders as possible. Fenati was the big winner out of this total madness, the Italian taking the lead. The big loser was former leader Joan Mir, who found himself in P11. Adam Norrodin crashed out, leaving Mir and Bendsneyder to battle for P9.

Canet made a decisive move on Fenati and kept his place until the end. Thus, he obtained his second victory of the season. Once again, Fenati had to deal with second place. John McPhee was rewarded for his excellent effort with the last spot on the podium. Poleman Martin finished 4th, completing a great comeback from P11. Jules Danilo crossed the line in 5th.

Marcos Ramirez had another strong race, but once again not enough to climb on the podium. He finished in 6th, followed by Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki. Right before the finish line, Bendsneyder made contact with Mir and crashed. Mir finished 9th, while Bendsneyder’s bike crossed the line ahead of the rider.

As the rulebook says, a rider has to be in contact with his bike when crossing the line in order to have his finish validated. So, Bendsneyder was disqualified. Bulega took advantage and locked out the top 10. Bastianini, Diggianantonio and Pagliani also suffered crashes, but all three walked away unharmed.

In the general standings, Mir leads with 140 points, but his advantage has been significantly cut off. Canet îs now second with 110 points, while Fenati falls in 3rd with 108 points. Martin goes up în 4th with 89 points, while McPhee is now fifth with 83 points.

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Morbidelli set to stay with Marc VDS at MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli will join the MotoGP class in 2018 alongside EG 0,0 Marc VDS.

Even though Morbidelli has been recently linked with a possible move to LCR Honda, Michael Bartolemy confirmed that the Italian will do the step to the premier class with EG 0,0 Marc VDS. Currently, the MotoGP EG 0,0 Marc VDS duo is consisted of Jack Miller and Esteve Rabat.

Morbidelli’s move means that one of them will leave the Belgian team at the end of the 2017 season. Franco Morbidelli is the current championship leader in the Moto2 class, having won 4 of the first 7 races of the season. He has been racing for EG 0,0 Marc VDS in the Moto2 class since 2016.

His place in the Moto2 EG 0,0 Marc VDS team will be taken by Moto3 championship leader Joan Mir.

Tony Cairoli wins the qualifying race at Ottobiano

Tony Cairoli won the qualifying race of the MXGP of Lombardia.

KTM dominated the whole weekend before the qualifying race of today. In the free practice, Cairoli and Herlings did a 1-2 for the austrian manufacturer and a win seemed to be on the cards for them.

Cairoli dominated and won in a fashionable style at Ottobiano. Arminas Jasikonis did a tremendous job and finished in second place in order to take the best result ever in MXGP. The podium was completed by Max Anstie, while Max Nagl and Tim Gajser completed the top five.

Jeffrey Herlings did awful in the qualifying race and managed to finish in a lacklustre position, 20th. Therefore, he will have a difficult job at the start tomorrow in the two races.

In the MX2 class, Thomas Covington won easily. The american outclassed Pauls Jonass. The championship leader didn’t have a proper answer for his rival and had to finish second. The podium was completed by Thomas Kjaer Olsen.

The races of the MXGP of Lombardia will start tomorrow at 13 CET, with Race 1 of the MX2 class.

 

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Johann Zarco takes maiden pole position at Assen

Johann Zarco will start from pole position tomorrow.

The qualifying session started under wet weather circumstances. In Q1, the biggest shock was Jorge Lorenzo. The spaniard underperformed once again and he will start from the seventh row. On the other hand, Sam Lowes did a tremendous job and managed to go through to Q2 for the first time in his short MotoGP career. The other who managed that was Scott Redding.

The second phase of qualifying was even more spectacular. Andrea Dovizioso and Scott Redding had crashes and Sam Lowes had an engine failure near the end of Q2. Danilo Petrucci seemed to be in the position to get his first pole position in MotoGP, but in the last minute, the ecuation changed drastically.

Johann Zarco stunned everyone and managed to set the reference. The frenchman did an impressive and will start from pole position in only his eigth appearance in the premier class. Marc Marquez and Danilo Petrucci will start as well from the front row, with Valentino Rossi, Scott Redding and Jonas Folger completing the second one. The top 10 was completed, in order, by Alvaro Bautista, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso and Sam Lowes, who managed to beat Maverick Vinales.

The championship leader will only start from the 11th place after a disastruos qualifying session. He only managed to beat Dani Pedrosa, who was an another major dissapointment today.

The MotoGP race will start tomorrow at 14 CET.

 

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