MotoInterview – Gabriel Rodrigo 



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Racing rider Gabriel Rodrigo currently sits 18th in the Moto3 World Championship, after a tough first half of the season marked by serious injuries. We requested to have a little talk with him and he proved very kind by accepting it.

Hello Gabri, first of all congratulations for the good results you achieved in some of the races of the first half of the 2017 Moto3 Championship, results achieved in spite of the fact that you suffered some tough injuries. Are you now 100% fit or is that collarbone fracture still troubling you? 

This break has been perfect for me, because I was struggling a lot and now I’m feeling much better. Maybe I’m not 100% but really close to it.

 

How would you rate your 2017 season so far?

It’s difficult, missing so many races and with both injuries I can’t rate it in normal conditions. But I think that in spite of all the difficulties we showed that we are competitive and the most important thing for me is that I learnt how to continue fighting even in bad moments, and that made me really strong mentally.

Throughout your 2016 and 2017 season there were some races in which you were battling there in front for top positions but ended up crashing and retiring. Are your emotions the reason for this kind of mistakes or is it just bad luck?

I think both things. Last year maybe was a bit more because of being too anxious but now I think that I’ve grown up a lot as rider and that my mistakes were a bit more about bad luck.

Since your debut in Moto3, you have always raced on KTM bikes. Are you satisfied by the performances of the Austrian manufacturer? Do you plan to continue racing with them in the upcoming years?

KTM is working really hard and they have the potential to win a world championship. There are always some years in which the bike is better or worse than the others but I’m sure that it’s a competitive bike and factory.

I don’t know what will happen in the future but I’m happy where I am.

Do you prefer wet or dry conditions? 

Dry conditions.

Throughout your career in the Moto3 World Championship you have raced with numbers 91 and 19. Do the digits 1 and 9 have any special meaning to you?

I started racing with the 48 because of my dog, but in my second year I couldn’t use it and tried the 19. I had a really good year and I decided to keep the number. In my first year in the World Championship, Tonucci was using the 19 and I decided to use the reversed number, but my idea had always been to come back to the 19 as soon as I could.


Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions? 

Yes, I have many. I also have two amulets.


Apart from racing, do you have any other hobbies? 

I like a lot any kind of sport and I like to have fun with my friends and family.

Whats your objective for the second half of the 2017 season?

I hope to be in the front group in every race and consolidate my pace with them.


A message for the Romanian fans, please. 

It’s always nice to feel the support from other countries and I’m really happy about it. I hope you’ll enjoy my next races!


photo credit- motogp.com



Graham Jarvis wins Day 1 at Red Bull Romaniacs

Graham Jarvis won the first off-road day of the Red Bull Romaniacs.

The start of the first off-road day had a delay due to bad weather conditions. Therefore, the organizers decided to cancel CP3, which was affected by heavy rain the night before.

After a half an hour wait, the boys from Gold took the very shot of the romanian off-road and forests. Jonny Walker was the first guy to take the start at 6:30. Soon after, Graham Jarvis and Paul Bolton started.

The day was marred by the heavy shunt Wade Young took. The south african rider took several falls during a downhill and had to abandon the race after having problems with breathing.

In the end, Graham Jarvis won easily the day, though he initially finished second after Paul Bolton, who was penalised with a 245 minutes timebar penalty. Mario Roman and Jonny Walker completed the podium, while the prologue winner, Alfredo Gomez Cantero had a miserable day in the forest and lost any chance to win the 2017 Red Bull Romaniacs.

Given the fact that in the first day we had a prologue, the standings are more or less the same as the first off-road day standings.

The second day of the Red Bull Romaniacs has already started today.

 

photo – Caleb Owens

Marvin Musquin goes 1-1 at Spring Creek

Marvin Musquin won both races at Spring Creek.

RACE 1

After a perfect start, Marvin Musquin opened up a gap and he disappeared in front. Eli Tomac kept his cool and had to settle for a distant second. Dean Wilson and Cooper Webb fought for the last podium place, with Wilson finishing third and Webb fourth.

Justin Barcia showed great potential throughout the practice and he converted his excellent form into a fifth place, just one place above the championship sensation, Blake Baggett, who lost once again points on Tomac. Christian Craig, Cole Seely, Henry Miller and Matthew Bisceglia completed the top ten. For Bisceglia this was the first race for RCH Suzuki after he filled up for Broc Tickle who ended his season after a big shunt two weeks ago.

RACE 2

Once again, Marvin Musquin stepped up the game and went on to make the double. The only central point of the race was Eli Tomac who had to make a bit of a comeback after a miserable first part of the race. In the end, he managed to reduce the deficit as he finished fifth in Race 2 and third overall.

The battle for the podium wasn’t quite as impressive as it was in Race 1. Blake Baggett nearly made it to top three overall as he manage to finish second in Race 2, while Dean Wilson saved the day once again for Husqvarna, with a third in Race 2 and second overall.

The overall win was taken by Marvin Musquin. The frenchman was followed at Spring Creek by Dean Wilson and Eli Tomac. In the championship standings, Eli Tomac extended his gap in front of Blake Baggett and Marvin Musquin.

The next round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship will take place next Saturday on Washougal.

 

photo – Simon Cudby/ KTM Media Library

Trey Canard retires from motocross

Trey Canard retired after a season full of injuries.

His retirement comes only two months after Ryan Dungey’s announcement. Trey Canard was currently 18th in the standings with only 39 points from the first seven rounds of 2017 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Canard, aged 26, has signed this year a contract with KTM. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained throughout the Supercross season and the outdoor season, made his decision imminent.

I love racing and my passion for doing so has not changed, but there comes a time in every racer’s career where you come to the realization that although the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak, and I know in my heart it’s time to call it a day. I’ve had many injuries throughout my career and have always done my best to heal and bounce back. However, I feel I am not able to push myself to the level I need to in order to be competitive at the highest level of racing. I am sad to say goodbye but also extremely grateful and thankful for the last 10 years of my life. I never could have dreamed I’d do the things I’ve been able to do, to live out a childhood dream and meet and become close with so many wonderful fans and industry people.

The AMA Pro Motocross will continue tonight with the eight round of the season, which is held at Spring Creek.

 

photo – Simon Cudby/KTM Media Library

 

Tony Cairoli wins the qualifying race at Loket

Tony Cairoli continues his domination with an outstanding win at Loket.

The qualifying race at Loket was a one man show. Tony Cairoli dominate from start to finish as he went on for another easy win under his belt. The italian started well and soon, the gap between and his nearest rival, Tim Gajser, was already up to five seconds.

He maintained the gap throughout the race and took a fairly easy win. Tim Gajser managed to finish second, in what was his best result since Kegums. The podium was completed by Max Nagl, who scored another great result for his team, Husqvarna. Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff brought all the three KTM’s inside the top five.

Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, Clement Desalle, Arnaud Tonus and Kevin Strijbos finished inside the top ten. The two race of the MXGP category will be held tomorrow afternoon.

 

photo – Ray Archer/ KTM Media Library

Glenn Coldenhoff signs contract extension for 2018 with KTM

It has been announced that Red Bull KTM and rider Glenn Coldenhoff have agreed on a new contract that will keep the rider at the Austrian team for the 2018 MXGP season.

Both sides look happy about the renewal, as Coldenhoff declared that he is really satisfied about the cooperation with the team as they provide him with the best material and conditions.

The Dutch rider currently sits 11th in the 2017 MXGP standings, with 244 points. His best result in 2017 so far has been a 2nd place finish in the Indonesian GP. He obtained his only victory in the MXGP class in his debut season (2015), in the first race of the Latvian GP.

credit foto – Ray Archer / KTM Media Library

Alvaro Bautista will remain at Aspar for the 2018 MotoGP season


Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista, currently riding for Pull&Bear Aspar Ducati, will race with the sattelite Ducati team also in 2018. 

‘SuperAlvaro’ arrived in the Aspar team at the beginning of the current season, after two seasons spent with Aprilia. The Italian manufacturer made him an offer to return in 2018, but Bautista declared that his priority will be to remain with the Aspar Ducati, something that has now become official. 

Bautista is currently 11th in the standings with a total of 44 points. He has finished inside the top 7 on four occasions, the season best being the 4th place notched in Argentina. 

Bautista is the second-oldest rider on the current MotoGP grid, with 32 years, behind Valentino Rossi’s 38. His biggest career achievement was becoming the 2006 125cc World Champion. 
credit foto – Scorpion Sports Europe 

MotoInterview – Johann Zarco

2015 & 2016 Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco celebrates today his 27th birthday. On this occasion, we will take a look back to the interview the Frenchmen gave to our site before the start of the 2017 season. 

 

Hello Johann, first of all congratulations for the amazing results you achieved in the last two seasons. How would you rate your 2016 season?

Well, winning the second title was fantastic. I raced with the same team and the same bike as in 2015, but this does not mean it was easy, as I had a lot of pressure from the media and from the other riders on me. Winning the title is the perfect way to say goodbye to the Moto2 class and step up to MotoGP.

 

During the last 2 years you have worked with Aki Ajo. How was it like to have him as your boss? Did you get on well with him?

I have also worked with him in 2011 in the 125cc class. I love the way he manages his team, the mentality inside it is very good. He is a professionist and he has always helped me to focus on what I have to do. When I see him I can talk to him, he is a very nice guy. Also, he has a junior team, I have a school, so our relationship is not over.

 

You have raced with #5 for a big part of your career. Does it have any special meaning to you?

I used it when I raced in Red Bull Rookies, but I could not use it at my debut in the World Championship as it was already taken, so I used #14. Since the third season I came back to #5, I did it because of my manager who had worked in the past with a rider who used this number and he was always telling me interesting stories about him.

 

Do you prefer wet or dry conditions?

I think everey rider prefers dry as you can push more and the risk of falling is smaller, but I can say that I also feel good in the wet. I like the most when the race starts in wet and continues in dry, as I can save the rain tyres and create big differences between me and the other riders.

 

Did the 2016 title feel as good as the 2015 one or was it more special?

It felt very well, as I said, because of the pressure. I was not as constant as in 2015, in that year I took the title pretty quick, the point difference was big all the time and I could control my emotions. On the other hand, in 2016 the difference was much smaller, I was the man to beat, and when I finally won it all the pressure was gone and i was more emotive.

 

Did you felt in any moment in 2016 that the title might escape your grasp?

Yes. The difference between me and the other riders was always very small. I started the year in a bad way with that jump start in Qatar and with the crash at home in Le Mans. I was always confident that i will take the title by working hard, but of course I thought that my rivals deserve it and are able to win it.

 

You celebrate every win with a backflip. Who gave you the idea?

It comes from my highschool period. I was doing it with my friend. The first backflip made after a race was after I won my first race in Red Bull Rookies. Then I stopped doing it, but from 2015 it became like a signature for me. It is very funny and some nice photos can be done.

 

In 2017 you will race for Yamaha Tech3. What are your first impressions of the staff and the bike?

My impressions are very good, being in a French team helps me a lot because in MotoGP there are a lot of technical things to understand which, talking French with my mechanics, I understand better and faster. I did lots of laps on the new bike and the feeling is great. For the moment we do not know what the limit is, and it feels very good to push.

 

What is your objective for the upcoming season?

Winning the Rookie of the Year title. I think I will fight for it with Folger and Rins, both having good bikes. Also I think we need to finish close to the top 10.

 

A message for Wheelies fans, please.

I want to say to everyone ”multumesc!” (I know how to say ”thank you” in Romanian!!). I have never been to this country but I plan to do it as it seems to be many fans there. Thank you for following me and I hope to show you some backflips soon.

 

photo – Yamaha Racing

 

 

 

Romano Fenati will step up to Moto2 in 2018


Italian rider Romano Fenati, currently riding in Moto3 with Team Marinelli Rivacold Snipers, will race in Moto2 starting from next year alongside his current team

This will be a new experience for both rider and team, as both have raced only in the lightweight class until now. 

Fenati made his debut in the Moto3 class in 2012, starting his World Championship adventure with a 2nd place finish in Qatar, followed by a stunning win at Jerez de la Frontera. 

Even though 2017 is his 6th season in Moto3, the Italian has never been able to fight for the title throughout a whole season. He has his chance now as he has become more constant, finishing on the rostrum on 5 occasions in 9 races. Second in the championship, 37 points behind leader Mir, Fenati will be looking to make the move with the Moto3 title in his pocket. 
credit foto – otorider.com 

X Games – James Foster and Garrett Reynolds won the BMX events on Day 2

The BMX events from Friday were won by James Foster and Garrett Reynolds.

BMX Big Air

The Big Air final had a lot of dramatic plot twists. After the first two runs, Vince Byron was leading the pack, but, after the third run, James Foster reclaimed the first place.

In the end, Foster won another gold in the Big Air. In the last run, he amazed everyone with a triple backflip with tailwhip. His score was 94.33, with exactly two points more than Vince Byron, who won the gold medal in the BMX Vert.

Foster won the gold. Vince Byron had to settle for the second place and the silver medal. The bronze medal was won by Kurtis Downs.

BMX Street

The BMX Street was a one man show. Garrett Reynolds dominated the competition and managed to score the highest score in both of the runs. As the rules say, only the best score stays. Reynolds scored a higher score in the first run, 89.33, and he took the gold medal.

Devon Smillie was the only finalist who managed to stay near the score Reynolds obtained but he only did enough to finish second with 87.00. The bronze medal was taken by Simone Barraco, who did an 85.66.

The X Games will continue today with several finals from Moto X, skateboard and BMX.

 

photo – X Games