Rossi to miss the San Marino GP due to confirmed fracture of tibia and fibula 



It has been confirmed that the nine time World Champion Valentino Rossi has fractured both his tibia and fibula after the crash suffered in an enduro training earlier today.

Valentino Rossi will undergo an emergency surgery, so he will be forced to sit out at least the San Marino GP which will be held next week in Misano. This can mean a check-mate to his championship chances, as the time of recovery is not yet known.

Rossi currently sits 4th in the championship, 26 points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso.
photo credit – Yamaha Racing

Valentino Rossi to miss Misano?

Various sources throughout the italian media have announced that Valentino Rossi has suffered a heavy accident this evening in an enduro training.

More specifically, it seems that Valentino Rossi suffered a broken leg. If confirmed, Valentino Rossi will certainly miss his home GP which will be held next week at Misano.

Valentino Rossi is currently fourth in the MotoGP standings, 26 points behind the championship leader, Andrea Dovizioso. In the last GP, the legendary italian rider finished third in the British GP at Silverstone.

 

photo – Yamaha Racing

Thailand to host MotoGP round starting from 2018 


It has been officially announced that the Chang International Circuit, located in Buriram, Thailand, will host a Grand Prix in the MotoGP World Championship. 

According to the contract signed today by the Governor of Sport Authority of Thailand and the Dorna Sports CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, the Thai GP will be included in the MotoGP calendar in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. 

The Chang International Circuit was opened in 2014 and since 2015 it has hosted a round in the Superbike Word Championship. The circuit has a length of 4.554 kilometres. 

The date on which the GP will take place in 2018 is not yet known, as the 2018 calendar has not yet been published. 

photo credit – Buriram Times 

British GP – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 


Round 12 of the MotoGP World Championship has come to an end this Sunday, so now it’s time to review the main protagonists and antagonists of the British GP held at Silverstone.

Moto3

THE GOOD 

Aron Canet – Having started from only P17 on the grid, the Estrella Galicia rider made a masterclass comeback race and engaged in the podium battle. Taking advantage of the red flag interruption, the Spaniard got his 3rd win of the season. 

Jorge Martin – Another impressive Spaniard was Del Conca Gresini’s rider Jorge Martin, who, in spite of still facing pain from the injury sustained in Sachsenring, managed to fight for the win until the very end. He was in 1st place on the last lap, but the red flag took away from him his maiden career win as he was only 3rd after the last completed lap. However, a podium finish is still a great achievement for a rider that seriously hobbles outside of the bike. 

Gabriel Rodrigo – Definitely the best ever race of the Argentine rider as he managed to stay in the front group and fight for the podium throughout the whole race. His great strategy paid off as he made his way up to P2 during the last lap, but he was another one to have his result affected by the red flag as he was only 4th at the end of the last completed lap. Nonetheless, this is still a new career best for the RBA Racing rider. 
THE BAD 

Romano Fenati – Having started from pole position and having lead a part of the race, Fenati once again threw everything away in the last laps, falling outside of the top 5. He tried to fight back and went past Mir in the last lap, but the red flag ruined his effort. He finished 7th, once again losing points to Mir and also losing the 2nd place in the championship. 

Joan Mir – The championship leader could not be as dominant as last time out in Spielberg and, after leading in the early stages of the race, he settled around the 5th place, the position on which he finished. However, his championship lead remains intact. 

John McPhee – The local hero gave the fans hopes that he would be able to fight for the podium after the great QP session in which he finished 4th, but this was not the case. McPhee dropped out of the top 10 quickly before the start and remained there throughout the whole race, eventually finishing in 13th. 
Moto2

THE GOOD 

Takaaki Nakagami – Having just signed a contract with LCR for the 2018 MotoGP season, the Japanese rider celebrated in style at Silverstone and got his second ever career win. The start of the race was more tricky for Taka, who fell in P5 after taking P2 in Turn 1, but he managed to make his way back through the field and clinch a magnificent victory. 

Mattia Pasini – The Italian veteran impressed once again. Having started from pole for the 3rd consecutive GP, Pasini seemed to be unable to keep up with the front riders as he was 5th after Turn 1. However, after a duel with Luca Marini and Tom Luthi, the ItalTrans rider managed to get away from his opponents and caught up with Franco Morbidelli, taking 2nd place from the championship leader. 
THE BAD 

Thomas Luthi – The Swiss rider was far away from his rivals throughout the whole weekend, so it was clear that his race will be a race of damage limitations. He managed to do that pretty well as he finished 4th, losing only 3 points to championship rival Franco Morbidelli. 
MotoGP

THE GOOD 

Andrea Dovizioso – The Ducati rider stunned everyone and won his 4th race of the season after another tactical masterclass. Having let Valentino Rossi in the lead right from the start, Dovi hit with 3 laps to go, leaving the multiple World Champion nothing to do. 
Maverick Vinales – The Spaniard was the only rider in the front group to have risked by opting for a soft rear tyre. With few laps to go, the choice seemed to have been disastrous, as Vinales was almost overtaken by Crutchlow, but the Yamaha rider showed what his made of and took 2nd place from Valentino Rossi. He was close to getting the win, but 2nd is still good as he comes back to the podium ways and closes the gap to the championship leader. 

Valentino Rossi – ‘The Doctor’ reached at Silverstone his 300th premier class start and he was determined to celebrate the occasion with a win. He burst from 2nd on the grid and took the lead in Turn 1 and did not let the lead escape his grasp until the last 3 laps, when he was unable to resist against Dovizioso and Vinales’ efforts. However, by finishing 3rd he came back on the podium after 3 difficult GPs in Sachsenring, Brno and Austria. 
THE BAD 

Dani Pedrosa – ‘The Baby Samurai’ was unrecognazible at the British GP. He came at Silverstone with 3 podiums in the last 3 races, but he could not mantain the same good form here in Great Britain. He stepped up from Q1 and qualified only 7th, the position on which he also finished the race as he could not beat Zarco for 6th.
THE UGLY 

Marc Marquez – The championship leader got the pole on Saturday, becoming the first ever rider to go in the 1:59s at the modern Silverstone. He was also strong in the race, staying in the battle for the win until an engine failure ended his chancea and forced him to retire. 
photo credit – F1 Fanatic 

British GP – Wins for Canet, Nakagami and Dovizioso


Moto3 – Canet wins red-flagged 100th Moto3 race

Romano Fenati had a great start, taking advantage of the pole position and remaining in P1 after Turn 1. Spaniards Jorge Martin and Aron Canet were both outside the top 15 after the start, but managed to make their way through the field and engage in the battle for the top positions.

The Moto3 pack did not let the fans down on the 100th GP anniversary and offered an amazing battle throughout the race. Every single one of Fenati, Mir, DiGiannantonio, Rodrigo, Guevara, Martin, Loi and Canet was in possesion of the lead at certain times.

Approaching the dying moments of the race, the Estrella Galicia duo (Canet and Bastianini) took control of the race. Martin and Rodrigo settled nicely in 3rd and 4th, respectively, waiting to strike in the last lap. Fenati had a rough period and got behind title rival Mir, outside of the top 5.

Before entering the last lap, an incident happened in the leading group: both Guevara and Bendsneyder crashed out of the race, with Guevara looking seriously injured, laying near the asphalt unconscious.

The pack entered the last lap and Martin applied his strategy perfectly, going past both EG 0,0 machines. Same did Gabri Rodrigo, while Fenati went past Mir in 5th. As the drama reached its highest point, the red flag was taken out. As more than 2/3 of the race was completed, the race was not restarted and the final classification was given by the last completed lap. This meant that Canet got his 3rd win of the season, with Bastianini completing the EG 0,0 double. Martin finished 3rd, in spite of leading at the moment of the interruption. Rodrigo got a new career best by finishing 4th, while championship leader Joan Mir locked out the top 5. His teammate, Livio Loi, was 6th, with Romano Fenati suffering another blow to his championship chances in 7th. Andrea Migno, Phillip Oettl and Fabio DiGiannantonio locked out the top 10.

Joan Mir conserves his 64 point lead at the front of the championship, but his main rival is now Aron Canet. Romano Fenati is 3rd, 66 points behind Mir.
Moto2 – Nakagami celebrates his new 2018 MotoGP contract with a magnificent win in Silverstone 

Poleman Mattia Pasini had a rough start and was 5th after turn 1. Alex Marquez was leading the way, with Nakagami and Morbidelli closely following.

Nakagami was overtaken by Morbidelli, Pasini and Marini, as Marquez pulled a gap at the front. Frankie quickly melted the difference and overtook the Spaniard, and, as he tried to come back, he ended just like in Sachsenring – crashing. Nakagami made his way back past Pasini and Marini, and, taking advantage of Marquez’s crash, went up in 2nd and started chasing Morbidelli.

The championship leader could not match Nakagami’s pace and was overtaken by the Japanese rider. With a few laps remaining, he also lost 2nd in favour of poleman Mattia Pasini.

Taka Nakagami crossed the line in 1st, thus obtaining his second ever career GP victory. Veteran Pasini impressed once again, scoring another podium finish, while Morbidelli took 16 important points by competing the podium. Luthi managed to limit the damages by finishing 4th, with Pecco Bagnaia locking out the top 5. Simone Corsi was 6th, while countryman Stefano Manzi rode the race of his life and finished 7th. After falling outside the points zone after going wide in one turn, Oliveira did a great come back race and crossed the line in 8th. Teammate Binder was right behind him in 9th, with Dominique Aegerter in 10th. Alex Marquez got up after the fall and crossed the line in 14th.

Franco Morbidelli increased his lead to 29 points ahead of Tom Luthi (223-194), while Alex Marquez can consider himself out of the title fight as he is 68 points behind his teammate.
MotoGP – Two in a row for amazing Dovizioso as he takes the championship lead

Valentino Rossi started like a rocket from 2nd and took the lead going into Turn 1. Marc Marquez, Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow closely followed. Behind them, the 2 Ducati Team riders were battling for 5th, with Dovizioso eventually getting away victorious.

Marquez was overtaken by both Vinales and Dovizioso and the race entered a lull state.

Some laps later, when Marquez finally decides to make some moves on his rivals, disaster struck for the championship leader. An engine failure forced him to retire.

With 3 laps to go, Dovizioso went past Rossi. ‘The Doctor’ was unable to fight back and he was also overtaken by his teammate Vinales. The Spaniard tried to catch Dovi and get the win, but the Ducati rider resisted well.

Once again, against all odds, Andrea Dovizioso proved that he is a real championship contender and got his 2nd win in a row and the 4th of the 2017 season. The Yamaha riders completed the podium, while local hero Cal Crutchlow was 4th. Jorge Lorenzo resisted well in 5th, while Johann Zarco won a battle with Dani Pedrosa for the 6th place. Scott Redding, Alex Rins and Alvaro Bautista (the Aspar rider celebrating his 250th career GP) locked out the top 10.
Taking advantage of Marquez’s bad luck, Dovizioso takes back his championship lead. He now has 183 points, 9 more than Marquez. Vinales and Rossi got back to the podium ways and also got closer in the championship, now staying 13 and 26 points behind Dovi, respectively.
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British GP – Poles for Fenati, Pasini and Marquez


It was an exciting evening in Northamptonshire at the Silverstone Circuit as the riders competing in the World Championship put up great battles in each of the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP classes in order to clinch a start from pole position in tomorrow’s races. Romano Fenati in the lightweight class, Mattia Pasini in the intermmediate class and Marc Marquez in the premier class were the laurates of the day.

MOTO3 

Nicolo Bulega sat first for some time but he were to lose out in the dying moments of the session as many riders had a last lap dash. Romano Fenati managed to claim his first pole of the season as he beat title rival Joan Mir for a little more than a tenth of a second. With the 2 championship contenders heading the grid, we can expect a memorable duel in tomorrow’s race. Gabriel Rodrigo mantained his good QP form and finished 3rd. This will be his 3rd consecutive front row start as he claimed the pole in both Czech Republic and Austria. 

John McPhee flied the flag high on home turf as the Brit ended in 4th, just ahead of Italians Niccolo Antonelli and Andrea Migno. Bo Bendsneyder will head the 3rd row on the track on which he took his first ever podium finish in 2016. Bulega and Jorge Martin will complete the 3rd row, while the top 15 is locked out by Guevara, Toba, DiGiannantonio, Loi, Oettl and Suzuki. 
MOTO2

Mattia Pasini dominated the qualifying session of the intermmediate class. The veteran settled early in 1st place and remained there until the very end, thus clinching his 3rd consecutive pole position. The front row is completed by the EG 0,0 Marc VDS duo, with Alex Marquez ahead of championship leader Franco Morbidelli. 

Takaaki Nakagami is determined to celebrate his new MotoGP contract with a podium finish here in Great Britain and the Japanese will have a good chance at doing so as finished the QP in 4th. Luca Marini strike late to clinch 5th, while Dominique Aegerter confirmed his good pace from the FPs and finished 6th.

Lorenzo Baldassarri also had an impressive session and ended in 7th, ahead of podium contender Miguel Oliveira and championship contender Tom Luthi. The 4th row will be opened by veteran Simone Corsi and will be completed by rookies Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Navarro. 
MOTOGP

Q1

After a close battle with Alvaro Bautista and the Suzuki Machines, Dani Pedrosa and Jonas Folger managed to clinch the top 2 spots and advance to Q2. Alex Rins, Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone will consist the 5th row tomorrow, while the starting grid will be completed, in the following order, by Barbera, Miller, Petrucci, Smith, Abraham, Loris Baz, Rabat and Lowes. 

Q2

Marc Marquez showed potential to become the first ever rider to finish a lap on the modern Silverstone in less than 2 minutes after he freezed the clock at 2:00.106 at his first stint of the session. 

As the riders exited pits for the second stint, Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi started a lap with red sector. The red colour remained there also after the third sector, when Rossi had an advantage of more than 0.4 seconds and Marquez more than 0.3. Roles changed after the final sector as Marquez improved to an amazing 1:59.941, while Rossi crossed the line in 2:00.025. Thus, Marquez got his 4th consecutive pole position. 

After impressing in the FPs, Cal Crutchlow mantained a good rhytm in qualifying and will complete the front row. Maverick Vinales finally had a good QP after a lot of GPs in which he failed to secure a good place on the starting grid. The former championship leader will start from 4th. Alongside him on the 2nd row there will be the Ducati riders, with Jorge Lorenzo ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. 

Dani Pedrosa finished 7th after coming from Q1, a very good result for the ‘Baby Samurai’ on this physically demanding track. Johann Zarco and Aleix Espargaro will join him on the 3rd row, while the top 12 is locked out by Jonas Folger, Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding. 
Spectacle is guaranteed in tomorrow’s races after these exciting qualifying sessions. The schedule is a little bit different here at the British GP, as the Moto3 race will start at 12:40, the Moto2 at 14:00 and MotoGP at 15:30. All times are local. 

photos – motogp.com 

Crutchlow in front on home turf on Friday 


LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow topped the MotoGP combined timesheets on the first day of the British GP. 

The morning session saw a determined Maverick Vinales going into P1, more than half a second ahead of countryman Jorge Lorenzo. 

Except for Bradley Smith, who finished last anyway, every rider on the MotoGP grid managed to improve in FP2, so the standings of the afternoon session also gives us the combined timesheets of the first day. 

Cal Crutchlow flew the flag high on home turf and finished in P1, freezing the clock at 2:00.897 and beating Yamaha Movistar’s Valentino Rossi for 0.241. Having dominated FP1, Maverick Vinales kept a good pace and finished 3rd. 

Aleix Espargaro and his Aprilia offered an impressive performance, ending the day in P4, ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez, who crashed twice during FP2 – rider OK. Jorge Lorenzo followed in 6th.

The other member of the Espargaro family also produced an upset as Pol took his KTM all the way to P7. Johann Zarco followed closely, while title contender Andrea Dovizioso finished 9th, only 0.008 behind the Frenchman. 

Scott Redding was another Brit who did not let the crowd down. The Ducati Pramac rider locked out the top 10, letting both Suzuki machines behind him, with Iannone in 11th and Rins in 12th.

However, the day was not entirely filled with nice surprises like the Espargaro brothers as we also had some disappointing performances from big names. Dani Pedrosa, who is still one to keep our eyes on in the title fight, was only 17th. Also, Rookie of the year contender Jonas Folger finished only 19th. Both will have to push hard in FP3 if they want to secure their place in Q2. 

FP3 will begin on Saturday morning at 09:55 local time, while qualifying will kick off at 14:10 on the same day. 

photo credit – motogpbrits.com 

Canet dominates on Day 1 at Silverstone 


Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Aron Canet topped the timesheets in both FP1 and FP2 in the lightweight class. 

In the morning session the Spaniard was absolutely flying, finishing more than 8 tenths ahead of Bo Bendsneyder. 

In the afternoon the times were much closer. Every rider on the grid managed to improve their previous time, so the FP2 classification also tells us the combined timesheets of Friday. 

Canet freezed the clock at 2:13.320 and conserved his 1st place. Title contender Romano Fenati was 2nd, 0.101 behind the Spaniard, while Bo Bendsneyder mantained the good pace showed in the morning session and finished third, 0.203 behind Canet. 

The Del Conca Gresini riders locked out the top 5, with Jorge Martin (+0.463) ahead of Fabio DiGiannantonio (+0.508). Phillip Oettl (+0.520) followed in 6th. 

Championship leader Joan Mir (+0.534) could not dominate like in Spielberg and was only 7th, ahead of rookie Ayumu Sasaki (+0.797). Juanfran Guevara (+0.875) and Enea Bastianini (+0.908) completed the top 10. 

The last FP of the Moto3 class kicks off tomorrow at 09:00 local time, while the battle for pole position is scheduled to start at 12:35.

photo credit – motogp.com 

Luthi to step up to MotoGP in 2018 with EG 0,0 Marc VDS 


After 15 seasons spent in the small categories of the World Championship, Thomas Luthi will finally race in the MotoGP class. He will partner current Moto2 title rival Franco Morbidelli in the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team in 2018.

The 2005 125cc World Champion has been racing in the intermmediate class since 2007, and since the introduction of the Moto2 class in 2010 he has always finished overall inside the top 6. 

Tom finished as the runner-up to Johann Zarco in 2016 and is also second in 2017, at least for the moment, behind Franco Morbidelli. 

In spite of getting only one win in 2017, compared to Morbidelli’s seven, it’s his consistency that keeps Luthi in the title fight. With 9 podium finishes out of 11 races, Luthi is 26 points behind the Italian.

Since his full-time debut in 2003, Luthi has scored 14 wins, 47 podiums and 11 pole positions across the 125cc, 250cc and Moto2 classes. 

photo credit – Tom Luthi Facebook Page 

AMA Motocross: Jeffrey Herlings to race at Ironman

Jeffrey Herlings will make his AMA debut this weekend at Ironman. The Dutch rider will ride for KTM as they are trying to help Marvin Musquin winning bid for the national championship in the 450cc.

Aged 22, Herlings, made his professional debut in 2010, in MX2. In 2011, he was involved in one of the greatest battles for the MX2 world championship with Ken Roczen. Afterwards, The Bullet won three world championships in MX2 (2012, 2013, 2016).

At the beginning of this season he moved to MXGP. He started his season badly, struggling with an injury, but managed to rose up to second in the championship. So far, he scored 530 points, 101 less than the championship leader, Tony Cairoli.

The Ironman round will be held on August 26 and will decide who will win the AMA Pro Motocross national championship in the 450cc. Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett have a mathematical chance to win the championship.

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library